St. Michael's Branch


The Overseas Branch of the

Royal Air Force Police Association





Alan Rusling Memorial Award




2007 Recipient






John Curtis














John served in the RAF Police from 1952 to 1974. He is a Founder Member of the RAF Police Association and of the East Midlands Branch.

His achievements are best taken from his 2007 nomination made by Neil Gardiner:

"Often unheralded but seldom unheard, John has been a stalwart of the East Midlands Branch since its inception in 1996.

Though never having served as a Branch Officer, he has always been to the fore within the Branch acting as Trustee and Auditor for several of those years. Without fail at the Branch AGM, John sees it as his duty, as a Trustee, to report to the members. Something not even the National Trustee do.

John has been the '5th Emergency Officer' of the Branch, standing in as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer at meetings when illness has struck others.

He was instrumental in organising the social excursions, lunches, trips, Xmas parties and raffles, attending almost all events despite the fact that his good lady wife Mary needs caring for after serious illness. John is a very persuasive man and any event he organised was well thought through ensuring that they were well supported because John knew what the members wanted. His Branch Xmas parties, assisted by the ladies, have become part of Branch folklore.

John is part of the 3 man editorial team of the Branch 'Snowdroppings' magazine and he is a major contributor of serious and funny anecdotes.

The Branch has organised 3 National AGMs and 2 May Balls and John was part of the organising committee for these. His main role was enduring that the raffles were successful and I can assure you that John is very proficient in procuring prizes from diverse sources. Neither Branch, nor National, funds have ever had to subsidise any of John's raffles.

At National level John & Mary have traveled to attend all AGMs, Blackpool, Bournemouth & Scarborough reunions and the Standard & Window dedications at RAF Halton. He was the Branch Standard Bearer at the Aboretum and in fact i/c the Standard Party. John also carried the National Standard at the Menin Gate (Ypres) ceremony in 2005.

Voluntarily, about 5 years ago, John took on the role of National Archivist, particularly for the Provost Parade and sourced almost every copy printed since 1949. John has indexed and catalogued the articles and any member can approach him for names, dates, photographs etc which he provides free of charge.

I personally believe that John is worthy of being considered the recipient of the Alan Rusling Memorial Award 2007 not only for his outstanding work and dedication to his Branch but also for his outstanding contribution at National level."

When the Adjudicators considered the 2007 nominations it was, in modern day parlence, "a no brainer" and John became the 10th Recipient of the Award.


August 2016




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