War Widows Association of Great Britain

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War Widows Association of Great Britain is an advocacy group for widows and widowers of British military personnel killed in wartime. It was founded in 1971 to persuade the British government to make the widows' pension tax-free, a goal which it finally obtained in 1979.[1] It represents war widows at remembrance ceremonies.[2][3][4]

In the 2003 New Year Honours, Mary Brailsford of Chesterfield, Derbyshire was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) "for services to the War Widows Association of Great Britain".[5]

One of the group's founders was Kathleen Woodside from Liverpool. Her husband Charles was killed in Italy on 1 March 1945.[6]


  1. ^ "Our History". War Widows Association of Great Britain. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Prince, families, widows honor British war dead". Ocala Star-Banner. Ocala, Frlorida. 15 November 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Air Cadet carries the Standard for War Widows". Royal Air Force. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "War Widows Fight For Justice". Evening Times. Glasgow, Scotland. 16 January 1975. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "MBEs A-C MBE's surname A-C made in the 2003 New Year Honours.". BBC Mews. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Grove, Jason (11 November 2007). "Muslim brands Britain Nazi". Daily Express. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

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