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Raymond thanked for service to city and country

Published Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Raymond Calcott has been presented with a Good Citizen Award from Coventry’s Lord Mayor.

Raymond receiving his award 70 years ago
Raymond receiving his award 70 years ago

Raymond served in the Royal Navy on HMS Amethyst as an Able Seaman and in 1949 was involved with the Yangtze Incident in China, where a number of his fellow crew members sadly lost their lives and many others were injured.

Throughout the years Raymond has served his country and the City of Coventry to the best of his ability without a second thought. 

When he retired from work at the age of 66 he became actively involved in the Royal British Legion and has served as President, selling countless Remembrance Day poppies, particularly in West Orchards Shopping Centre.

Raymond is also a member the Royal Naval Association serving in the capacity of Chairman and is also a member of the HMS Amethyst Association. 
He received his award ahead of yesterday’s meeting of the Full City Council from Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham.

The award was presented in the Council Chamber – close to the spot where he received an award from then Mayor Alderman Joseph Howat nearly 70 years ago for his efforts and bravery during the Yangtze Incident.

Part of the citation which states why he received the Award, reads: “For many years he has assisted the Lord Mayor's Office, offering advice for the organisation of Remembrance Sunday and other Armed Forces events that have taken place within the city. 

“He also travelled with the Lord Mayor to the launch of HMS Diamond, where he was introduced to the First Sea Lord Sir Jonathan Band.

“He has helped to organise the HMS Coventry service at the Cathedral and for the last 20 years he has been a very active member of the Stoke community, taking the role as Chairman of the Stoke Village Residents’ Association. 

“Through Raymond’s work he has shown tremendous commitment to our country, his fellow servicemen and the community of Coventry by investing his time, efforts and resources.”

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