Veteran’s ‘best day’ at Palace garden party

Arthur Mills MBE at the garden party
Arthur Mills MBE at the garden party

A 94-year-old Market Weighton resident “absolutely loved” the day he was honoured to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Arthur Mills MBE was part of the 15 Squadron South African Air Force when he and his crew completed 31 operational sorties from their tented 15 Sqn. South African Air Force base at El Adem in the desert in 1943.

He was invited to attend the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party hosted by the Duke of York Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Kerry Taylor, activities facilitator at Wilberforce Care Home, said: “Arthur absolutely loved it. He thought it was the best day. It was really good there was beautiful tea and strawberries and cream.”

Before the event, Arthur told the Pocklington Post: “I am honoured to be going to these events. It is wonderful that I have been asked and I will do all I can to make sure I attend them, despite my age.”

Earlier this year, Arthur was awarded with an Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge to his services to the Royal Air Force.

During the war he showed “continuous gallantry” said Lt. LG van Renen in a citation.

Arthur then served as the physical fitness officer for six years at the RAF Officers Cadet College, at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire, before he was posted to RAF Germany.

His hard work, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness earned him an MBE in he New Year Honours List in 1964.

Having lived in Allerthorpe for 12 years, Arthur moved to Market Weighton 4 years ago and takes a break by staying at Wilberforce Care Home in Pocklington and spends time seeing friends in the area.