RAFA Île-de-France was created on merging RAFA Paris and RAFA Saint-Germain-en-Laye (founded in 1946 and 1956 respectively). Members included French veterans who responded to the 18 June 1940 call of Charles de Gaulle, by escaping to England and joining the Free French Forces in the RAF, the Royal Navy and British Army. Sadly, many have now passed on and it is our duty to keep their memory alive.
Ile-de-France Chairman: Wing Cdr Graham August RAF (Rtd), Tel: 09 54 75 23 42
We care for the welfare of the RAF family, serving or retired, and for their dependents; also for members who are ex-Free French aviators. Lyon Jubilee Branch covers an extensive area encompassing most of eastern France and we are proud to be present with our Standard Bearer, together with the RBL Lyon Liberation Branch and other military associations, at many memorial events in our area commemorating the human sacrifice of RAF, Commonwealth and Allied Airmen.
President Sean Brady, email@example.com
Chairman Brian J Millar MRAeS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch Secretary Shirley Faust, email@example.com
Branch Treasurer Leslie Blankley FRAeS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare Support Officer Anne Daynes, email@example.com
RAF Association Sud-Ouest France (Loire to Spanish border). Membership comprises RAF veterans of many nationalities and those with an interest in all things aeronautical.
We meet regularly all over our region. Our support team of trained welfare officers takes active care of veterans and their dependents. We attend ceremonial commemorations remembering those RAF personnel who gave their lives in SW France. We are the charity that supports the RAF family.
Chair Squadron Leader Beryl Dennett Stannard RAF (Retd), Tel: 06 89 90 55 82
Secretary Squadron Leader Terry Dennett RAF (Retd), Tel: 05 46 95 38 89
The Lyon Liberation Branch covers the Rhône-Alpes & Burgundy regions. The aims of the Branch are those of the RBL world-wide: we help serving and ex-service personnel and their families, and we raise funds through the Poppy Appeal. We are present with our Standard at a number of events during the year, and, together with the RAFA Lyon Jubilee Branch, we are involved in the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at St. Germain au Mont d’Or, a few kilometres north of Lyon.
Chairman: Garth Drury - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chairman: Brian Rosen - email@example.com
Secretary: Mary Vince - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paris Branch, founded in 1921, can provide financial assistance for ex-servicemen and women and their dependents in the Ile-de-France Region, this being funded by the Poppy Appeal.
Ceremonies are organised at the Arc de Triomphe on 4th August and in the Cathedral of St. Louis, Les Invalides on 11th November since the devastating fire at Notre-Dame.
Membership is open to ex-Service and serving Service personnel, and to all who abide by the aims of the Legion. The Clubhouse premises may be available for use by Associations or for private events for a donation to the Royal British Legion.
28 rue des Acacias, 75017 Paris Tel. 01 47 42 19 26
Branch Chairman: Richard Neave, email@example.com
Branch Vice-Chairman: Pierre Quenot
In addition to the Paris branch, there are the following RBL branches in France :
Bordeaux & SW France *: Chairman & Secretary - Duncan Andrews, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nord-Pas de Calais: Hon. Secretary - Jennie Knight, email@example.com
Lyon: see separate listing
Somme: Hon. Secretary - Anita Platt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linazay Poitou-Charentes: Hon Secretary - Jerry Morgan
Central Brittany: Secretary - Kevin Ball, email@example.com
Founded in Paris in 1950, the Association has some 30 members. Membership is open to all who have served in or with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and QARNNS or the French Navy. Associate membership is available to those who support the interests and aims of the Association in things naval and maritime. A luncheon is held each month as well as an annual dinner, at which members, guests and their spouses are welcome. The Naval Attaché is the Honorary President.
7 rue du Centre, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
01 47 47 17 68
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has provided lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885.
Last year our team of volunteers in France helped over 300 people. Our support covers financial, welfare and administrative needs for veterans and their families in France, also some Merchant Navy and British Airways veterans.
Should you, or someone you know, need help, or wish to volunteer for casework, support the lonely, assist with fund-raising, then please contact:
Chairman: Keith Cima, Tel: 05 53 24 92 38, Keith.Cima@France.ssafa.org.uk
Secretary: Mrs Lesley Blake, Lesley.Blake@France.ssafa.co.uk