WFA members will no doubt be aware of the superb series of DVDs that are being produced in collaboration with the WFA. It is a little known fact that the scanning undertaken for this project was financed by a legacy from the late Eric Axe.
Major Eric Axe, MC, was attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Gurkha Rifles in the Second World War, and was a long standing WFA member. He very generously remembered the WFA in his will and as a result the WFA benefited to the tune of nearly £9,000 after his death in 2001. A very informative article appeared in the June 2002 issue of the Bulletin.
If you have already made a Will
If you would like to leave a gift to the WFA but have already made a Will, you can do so by making a simple addition to your existing Will, known as a codicil. By doing this, you can include new instructions and delete old ones without having to go through the task of revoking the whole Will.
If you have not already made a WillIf you do not have a Will at the moment, it is best to take legal advice from a solicitor, specializing in such matters. Although you will have to pay a fee, it is preferable to obtain professional advice so as to ensure that your wishes are achieved.
Whilst the day to day finances of the WFA are met by our income from members' subscriptions, over the coming years we would like to be in a position to take advantage of opportunities that come our way which may involve capital outlay. Because of our charitable status, the WFA is not able to build up large reserves of cash; however, we are able to accept bequests which can be placed in designated accounts, which we will then be able to use either as directed by the donor, or as the Executive Committee deem appropriate if the donor did not provide stipulations.
Obviously how anyone draws up their will is a very personal issue, but the Executive Committee of the WFA would like to draw members' attention to the option of leaving a small bequest to the WFA. Such a bequest would be fully acknowledged and would be utilised strictly as directed.
Examples of how bequests can be left to the WFA could include money to be spent on the upkeep of war memorials (please note though that it is not the WFA's policy to encourage the erection of new memorials); or for the purposes of education (such as the funding of competitions). Alternatively, a bequest may be left for the saving of any records that are discovered (such as the case of the Medal Index Cards which were saved from destruction by the WFA), or to fund such activities as the WFA's memorial service at the Cenotaph in November every year.
These are naturally, just examples of how money may be left to the WFA, and of course, such a gift would be a superb way of ensuring the WFA's work is continued in the years to come. It would enable future generations to hear of the sacrifice made by the generation of 1914-1918 and surely encapsulates the WFA's duty of "Remembering".