Our History and Founder

Charity volunteers based in Belfast 

The team at The Not Forgotten Association Northern Ireland strive to provide charitable services to serving WIS and ex-Tri service personnel and their families. Call us to find out more

Our History and Founder

The Not Forgotten Association was founded by the Late Miss Marta Cunningham CBE, in 1920, and is a registered charity

Miss Cunningham, a famous american opera singer, was horrified to find so many wounded servicemen lying injured in hospitals up and down the country a year after the terrible carnage of the Great War.
HRH Princess Mary became the Association’s first Patron and remained so for the rest of her life. She was succeeded by HRH The Duchess of Kent, who has since been succeeded by HRH Princess Anne.

The NI Branch is an autonomous voluntary Branch of this organisation and was formed in January 1930 by the Late Sir Frederick William Moneypenny CVO, CBE who was a former Army officer. Sir Frederick Spent many years in the post of  Lord Chamberlain of Belfast and as secretary to the Lord Mayor of Belfast. He was made a Freemen of the city, and at one point held the post of Lord Belmont. The portrait below of the Late Sir Frederick was commissioned and presented to him by the city fathers in 1928 in recognition of his work with charitable trusts in the city and province wide.

Sadly, Sir Frederick Passed away in 1932, just two years after our formation. He was succeeded in that role by Lord Dunleath after his passing.

The not forgotten association memorial located at the National Arboretum, Litchfield, Staffordshire.

Royal Parties

Our Main Aim

Her Majesty The queen, graciously allows the Association to hold a Summer Garden Party in Buckingham Palace, and a Christmas Tea Party in St James’s Palace each year. These parties are attended by those in receipt of a War Pension who reside in the UK. These parties allow the NFA to entertain over 1500 War Pensioners at these prestigious events.

With our knowledge and liaison with other ex service charities and local authorities we hope to provide you with a quality of life you so richly deserve in return for serving your country.Please note that the Association is not empowered to assist wives or widows, or undertake welfare casework, but it enjoys the support and close co-operation of all the major ex-service welfare organisations.

For charity volunteering for ex-service personnel in Northern Ireland, get in touch with us on 07484 321 002