Notifying Deaths of Ex Arborfield Boys and requests for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll
In the event of an ex-Arborfield Old Boys death it would be most helpful if Members could report as much of the following information to the Bereavement Officer or to any AOBA Committee Member.
The full name of the deceased, his/her intake number and date of death. Also the full name and address of the next of kin (“n-o-k”) of the deceased. Normally who ever reports the death is a friend or is known to the family and it is better that they negotiate on our behalf, with the “n-o-k” or family, not the Bereavement Officer or Committee Members to obtain all the necessary information.
Note: After some drumhead services a few members mentioned that some deaths were not read out and no crosses were planted for them. Majority of the names mentioned were found to be from the previous year and were recorded, a small number were not. The reason why we miss some is because we have not been informed or we have insufficient information to record the death. Members are reminded to report deaths as and when they are aware of them. If you know of an ex-Arborfield Old Boy who has passed away and is not listed in the AOBA Roll of Honour (which can be viewed on the AOBA Website) then please let me have their details.
A request for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll
Members are reminded that the Bereavement Officer does not automatically send out a Remembrance Scroll until notified of a death. They are only sent when requested by whoever has made contact with the family of the deceased and only then when the n-o-k has confirmed that they would like to receive one. Remembrance Scrolls can be requested in the memory of the deceased for both AOBA Members and non-members. The minimum information required, before a scroll is sent, are listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. below:
a. Full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death.
b. The n-o-k or family member’s full name, ensuring that we have their first name, and the address to where the scroll should be sent.
c. If a Member of the AOBA his Membership number, if available.
When it has been confirmed that the n-o-k of the deceased has requested a Remembrance Scroll, I will only send one if I have all the detail as listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. above. The Bereavement Officer will not send a scroll until in receipt of all the above details. As you can imagine, if we get any of this details incorrect, it could cause extra grief to the bereaved family.
You can contact the Bereavement Officer through the completion of the short webform found here