About us

Welcome to the website of the Association of British and Commonwealth Servicemen & Women in Sweden (ABCSWS).

The Association has been in existence since 1937 (indicated in convening the 1962 AGM) and has a current membership of more than 71 persons.

We hope that you will find this website useful as a provider of news and information concerning the activities and operation of the Association as well as news clips from external sources, links to other relevant sites and a look at curiosities in The Armoury.

For those of our members who may wish to contribute with information about themselves, particularly of incidents in their life which have played a significant role, we welcome this. Naturally subjects of a military service nature would be preferred.

Any reproducible photographs, also with a military service theme, together with a short description of what they represent, would be most welcome.

To find out more about us, visit our facebook group here or contact us via email.

Committee 2018

President:  Guy Skingsley

Vice-President:  William Austen

Secretary:  Andrew Richardson

Treasurer:  Tony Matthews

Membership Secretary:  Tony Matthews

Ordinary Member:  Stan Milne

Ordinary Member:  Ray Duke-Berkeley


The Personal Data Act 
On the 24th of October 1998 the Personal Data Act (1998:204) came into force and replaced the out-dated Swedish Data Act from 1973. The Personal Data Act is based on Directive 95/46/EC which aims to prevent the violation of personal integrity in the processing of personal data.

As a member of Association of British and Commonwealth Servicemen & Women in Sweden (ABCSWS), personal information about you is recorded electronically for administration purposes.

The details recorded are:
” Surname
” Given name
” Spouse/partner’s name (when notified to the ABCSWS)
” Postal address
” Telephone number(s)
” E-mail address
” Birth date
” Nationality (when notified to the ABCSWS)
” Military record (when applicable)
” Payment of membership fees
” Events attended
” Each year when you have been a member (from 2000)

It is stressed that this information is used solely for the administration of the ABCSWS and under no circumstances, except as provided by law, is this ever passed on to a third party. In certain circumstances, the personnummer of members attending an event at the British Embassy has been required by the Embassy for security purposes. This information will be destroyed after its use for this purpose.

Since the electronic storage of your personal information is covered by the Swedish Personal Data Act (1998:2004), we are bringing this to your attention. This act provides for you to be given any information about yourself which is electronically stored and also gives you the right to have any of your personal information amended or removed. This demand for amendment or deletion must be done in writing and signed by you and mailed to the Controller of Personal Information of the ABCSWS. This person may change from time to time in accordance with any changes to the composition of the ABCSWS Committee after each Annual General Meeting. Normally this person will be the Secretary of the ABCSWS.

Should you wish to have more detailed information about this Act, it can be found in English at this Internet website http://www.sweden.gov.se/content/1/c6/01/55/42/b451922d.pdf

The name and address of the current Controller of Personal Information can be obtained by contacting a Committee Member or emailing to Membership