To mark Remembrance Day this year, House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP has asked Members to each plant a wooden tribute in the House of Commons Constituency Garden of Remembrance. MPs are able to dedicate this tribute to an individual or regiment that had significance to their constituency.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has chosen to dedicate her contribution to Alan Lewis MBE, who was the Chair of the Skelmersdale Veterans Association until his passing in April 2020.
In tribute, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Alan Lewis MBE was a true hero of West Lancashire. Having joined the army in May 1973, he became a rifleman in the Royal Green Jackets and a member of the parachute display team. He served in Germany, Cyprus and Hong Kong and astonishingly, he jumped 997 times throughout his career!
“Following his military career, Alan was a tireless advocate for Veterans as the Chair of Skelmersdale Veterans Association and a dedicated charity worker, creating the Skelmersdale Action for Youth group in 1998. In 2015 Alan received an MBE for Services to the Community and Young People.
“I had the pleasure of working with Alan on a number of occasions, to support his vital work with the Veterans Association and other charitable activities. He was inspirational member of our community and West Lancashire will forever be indebted to him for his generosity and kind spirit.
“It is a great honour for me to dedicate the West Lancashire Remembrance tribute to a man that did so much himself for those that served and sacrificed for this country. Rest in Peace Alan.”