FREE rail travel is being offered to the armed forces community on Remembrance Sunday.

South Western Railway is making the offer to serving troops, veterans and cadets to allow travel to local Remembrance Day events, including the Cenotaph in London for the main national commemoration on Sunday 10 November.

Personnel need to be in uniform or able to show an identification card with their branch of the military stated (British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy). The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform and veterans who display valid identification, such as the MOD issued Veteran's Badge.

Free travel is also available for volunteers and collectors on the London Poppy Day Appeal event on Thursday October 31. A Royal British Legion card is required for verification purposes.

Supporting Remembrance events and the Poppy Appeal is of huge importance to SWR as many of its staff, including guards and drivers, are ex-members of the armed forces.

Peter Williams, Commercial Director for South Western Railway, said: "We wanted to honour the armed forces community with this offer of free travel as many of our colleagues come from a service background.

"We are grateful for the sacrifice that so many men and women have given over the years so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today."