Poppy award for tireless Tom

Caistor's Tom Walkley has received the 30-year emblem from the Royal British Legion
Caistor's Tom Walkley has received the 30-year emblem from the Royal British Legion

YEARS of tireless work for the annual Poppy Appeal has been rewarded for one Caistor man.

Tom Walkley, 89, of Spa Top, has been awarded the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal’s 30-year Service Emblem.

The emblem was presented to Mr Walkley at his home by the president of the Legion’s Great Grimsby Branch Gordon Oxby.

In the letter accompanying the award, Royal British Legion national chairman John Farmer sincerely thanked Tom for all his “staunch and loyal service in raising a great deal of money, which has enabled a great number of people to benefit from the Legion’s benevolent work.”

And it is not just for the Poppy Appeal that Mr Walkley has shown his commitment.

He is a founder member and chairman of the Royal Navy Patrol Service Veterans.

Having served with the mine-sweeping section during the war, he has never forgotten the thousands who didn’t return and whose graves were the sea.

Mr Walkley was instrumental in the fund-raising effort with the Grimsby Branch of the RNPSV group to site a memorial to the lost men at the Royal Dock in Grimsby.

But he always says he doesn’t want personal recognition, just the satisfaction of knowing the men who deserve honour have received it.