Formed in 1887 - The Worlds Oldest Military Association

Crossing The Bar – Information


White Ensigns

ARNO HQ has White Ensigns suitable for ceremonial occasions including funerals. These can be provided free (except for P & P) to ARNO members and for a nominal £10 charge to non-members subject to a refundable £50 deposit.


Committal of Ashes

Portsmouth, Devonport and Clyde Naval Bases provide this service, subject to weather conditions, on a regular basis. These are provided free of charge with the exception of casks which must also be biodegradable. A limited number of family/friends are also able to attend. Contact telephone numbers are: –

Portsmouth: 0239 2723 000, Devonport: 0175 2555 427, Clyde: 0143 6674 321 x 6150



Any veteran, who has served for 22 years or has a campaign medal, irrespective of rank, is entitled to the services of a bugler, free of charge, at their funeral. This is subject to operational commitments/availability.
Queries should be directed in the first instance to:
RM School of Music 02392 547553


Veterans Bereavement Support Services

The Veterans Bereavement Support Service is a bespoke FREE service for families needing assistance with bereavement and support including advice on funeral care 365 days a year from their national office in Romsey. Further information is available on their website or telephone 0238150066. If the lines are busy, please leave a message which will be responded to asap. The office number is also diverted to their out of hours service during the week and at weekends.