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Kirkwall Branch - Orkney Isles

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Rousay Trip 2017

On the first warm day of Spring 2017, a small delegation from Kirkwall Royal British Legion accompanied family members of a young airman on a trip to Rousay today. Robert Marwick Mainland was born of Rousay parents in Kirkwall in 1916, when his father was a mechanic in the Royal Naval Air Service. Robert joined the RAF shortly after he left George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and was selected to train for flying duties starting in 1938. He was flying Hurricane fighters when 605 Squadron left Tangmere for Wick in February 1940. After taking part in aerial fighting to protect the Home Fleet in Scapa Flow, Robert died in a crash following a mid-air collision on 25th April 1940.

Robert Mainland's niece Christine and nephew Mark had travelled to Orkney from Wiltshire. They are pictured with his cousin Cynthia from Stromness beside his name, which was recently added to the Rousay War Memorial. A short dedication service held there in bright sunshine included a brief history of Robert Mainland's life read by Legion Chairman Eddy Ross, two tunes played by piper Brian Findlay, the laying of a wreath by Colin Wylie on behalf of the Royal Air Force Association and a recital of Binyon's poem For the Fallen by Legion President Bryan Taylor.