Records of the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airman's Families Association, East Riding branch

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains one volume of minutes for the SSAFA East Riding Branch. The minutes were stuck onto pages and bound in sections into the book but are now loose. The main focus of the minutes is on financial and organisational issues of the branch.

Administrative / Biographical History

The UK's oldest armed forces charity was established in 1885, after an appeal for funds and volunteers to care for families left at home was made by Major James Gildea; a member of the Second Expeditionary Force departing for Egypt. Three months after this appeal, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association was born. In 1919 it became a registered charity and was renamed the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association (SSAFA), following the creation of the RAF in 1918. After the merger of the SSAFA and the Forces Help Society in 1997, the charity was renamed SSAFA Forces Help.

The SSAFA Forces Help aids former and serving members of the UK's armed forces, as well as their families, offering financial and welfare support to those in need. The charity's headquarters are in London with branches at county level. The East Riding County Branch had its first Annual General Meeting in 1952.

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Deposited by Col. K Walker, York, 3 November 1975

Related Material

Letter from Miss M.E. Still, Honorary Secretary, The Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association, Brixton Division dated 5 Apr 1916 [U DDSY2/1/30/198]

Newspaper Cutting: letter from Lady Herries concerning statement of expenditure of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association dated 18 Apr 1903 [U DDEV/68/71]