Thursday 14th April 2016
3 Soldier found dead in Tenerife
A British Soldier found dead after
disappearing from barracks.
3 Army Hero’s dream home wrecked
Hero Veterans who helps home veterans has
his own home trashed by tenants.
4 Veteran sets up home in rusty van
A soldier has turned an old van into a
mobile home to combat homelessness.
5 SAS Hero medals returned
The medals of SAS Hero John McAleese
have been returned to his family after theft
Women on the Front Line Pt 3 Page 8
6 The Soldier Prince
A look back into Prince Harry’s army career
and how he supports veterans with PTSD.
8 Women on the Front Line
SBT’s own Bev looks at female combat
roles from a female veteran perspective
10 Have Faith
This week: The Lost Sheep
11 The Historic Tommy Atkins
Burma ‘Death Bridge’ Hero reaches
100 and still going strong.
14 VRN The Naafi of the airwaves
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British Soldier found dead in
Tenerife after going absent
A British Army soldier was found
drowned on a beach in Tenerife after
mysteriously disappearing from his
Matty Bermingham, 21, of the
Yorkshire Regiment, fled from
Barrington Barracks in Warminster,
Wiltshire, despite having just finished
his basic training.
The young soldier had always dreamed
of joining the forces but while on home
leave he told loved ones he was
becoming disenchanted with military
He was found dead on a beach at El
Cabecito, in Arona along the Costa
Adeje, Tenerife, on February 23, a
Bradford inquest heard.
His family had been baffled by his
disappearance for weeks.
They had been concerned by a
number of text messages in which he
said 'Sorry' and that he did not want to
bring shame on his family.
Coroner's Officer Steve Hepplestone
said that he had gone missing on
February 2. The inquest was
adjourned to a date to be fixed
Dream home of Army Hero wrecked by Tenants
An Army Veteran Landlord
who helped house homeless
soldiers has been left devastated
after a family wrecked one of
his dream homes before doing
a moonlight flit owing more
than £2000 in rent.
Bighearted Chris Wieczorek –
who served as an infantry
sergeant in Iraq and Northern
Ireland – now runs his own
booming property business and
has helped several former
comrades that have fallen on
Chris, 43, from Bo’ness, West
Lothian, said: “It’s a
nightmare. Words can not
describe how annoyed I was
after getting my property back.
“I lived here for 10 years then
decided I would rent it out to
a large family who were going
to be homeless.
“I am more than £2000 down
on rent. They have left it in a
mess with a smashed window,
stained carpets, marked walls,
the list goes on.
Another Hero veteran with PTSD sleeps in car
Daniel Smith, from
Rochdale, was just 21 when
he was commended for his
brave actions in Iraq. But
he has since found it
difficult to get treatment,
his marriage has failed and
he is struggling to find
For a number of nights
each week, Mr Smith parks
in a lay-by and sleeps in his
car, to get away from
people and control his
anger management issues
It is thought Mr Smith's
PTSD was sparked after
the vehicle patrol he was
part of was blown up by
roadside bombs twice in a
week in 2005.
The medically trained
fusilier tried to help many
of his colleagues who had
received terrible injuries.
He says he is bitter about
how he has been treated
by the army. "I feel like I
have been cast aside
because I haven't done
anything wrong," he says.
He was awarded the
George Cross in
WW2 Hero denied compensation – Historic report
A HERO who faced a year of
torment in a Nazi concentration camp
was denied compensation by the
British government because he did
not suffer enough hardship.
Flight Lieutenant Bertram “Jimmy”
James was held captive for a year in
the Sachsenhausen camp after being
recaptured in the ‘Great Escape’ from
Stalag Luft III in March 1944.
Jimmy and other officers were spared
execution but kept in solitary
confinement subject to torture from
Soldier sets up home in rusty old van
Fed up of ‘wasting up to £800 a month
on rent’, this former soldier decided to
start on his dream home by spending
£750 on a 16-year-old rusty LDV
And Jamie Waddington, 25, of Leeds,
then decorated it with a rustic wooden
interior finished with beautifully carved
handles, skylight and carpet, complete
with shelves and cupboards.
Originally hoping to buy a camper van,
Mr Waddington soon realised that
could set him back tens of thousands of
But 20 years after his harrowing
ordeal, he was initially denied
compensation for Nazi persecution
because he had not suffered
He had to wait another three years
before a parliamentary inquiry
decided the survivors at the camp
where he was prisoner should be
He was eventually awarded £1,192
and 15 shillings - which would be
worth around £18,500 today.
SBS’s heart warming gesture after OAP veteran was mugged
The Special Boat Service has gone
into action after one of its own was
mugged by a coward for his precious
Frank Marchington, 83, who served
with the elite group - sister force of
the SAS - in the 1950s and 60s, was
robbed near his home in Failsworth.
The pensioner was attacked from
behind by a thug who punched
him and stole his wallet and Omega
watch worth £4,000.
But after reading the story of his
Instead, he brought in the help of his
father to convert an old white van,
insulate it, panel it with wood and fit it
out with all the appliances he would
So far, the van has travelled around
Yorkshire, Cumbria and Wales and
spent time in Bristol as he stayed with
people he knows.
However he doesn’t plan to stay in
Britain. In fact, Mr Waddington
hopes to take the old van on a tour of
Europe and even hopes it might stand
up to a trip to the Sahara.
attack in MEN the SBS Association
has mobilised and are having a unique
replacement watch made for Frank.
Frank was walking near his home,
when he was attacked on Monday
evening at about 9pm.
He bought the watch during his service
as a Royal Marine, later joining the
elite SBS - a sister organisation to the
SAS. GMP are investigating the
robbery and asked anyone with
information to contact them on 101,
quoting the reference 1116 April 5 th .
Army badges stolen from an SAS hero
hailed for his role in ending the Iranian
Embassy siege have been returned to his
The SAS and Parachute Regiment cap
badges belonged to John McAleese and
were stolen during a burglary at his
Mr McAleese was part of the team which
helped end the six-day siege after a group
of six armed men stormed the embassy
in London in 1980 and took 26 people
The badges were found in a drug dealer's
car in 2010, but 62-year-old Mr
TWO faithful poppy fundraisers are handing over the poppy appeal to a ‘new team’ at the Grays Thurrock Royal British Legion.
Silvia and Peter Gaskin, who have been running the table in Grays Precinct for over 13 years, said it was “time for a new team to
They will be familiar faces to all those that have passed the
poppy appeal stall outside WH Smith in Grays town centre the
last few years.
The Gaskins said: “We wish to thank all the loyal customers
who have supported the Poppy Appeal for Grays. We hope
the new team that replaces us will receive the same support
that we have.”
Chairman and Poppy Organiser, Ray Bridger also added his
thanks for all their help.
The 2014 Poppy Appeal raised the record-breaking amount of
over £51,216. Totals for the 2015 appeal have not yet been
Medals of SAS Hero returned to family
Grays Thurrock British Legion to get new poppy appeal team
McAleese died from a heart attack while
on holiday in Greece before they could
be returned to him.
However, a former Army colleague, PC
Alan Reeves from West Midlands
Police, helped to trace his family and
“We’re delighted to finally have the
badges back…I know it’s been a bit of a
mission of Alan’s to return them and
we’re extremely grateful for his time and
effort," his widow Joanna said.
“The badges were very dear to John’s
heart and he was gutted to find they’d
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The Truth Behind
US Veterans Suicides
From the moment Prince Harry joined the Army in
2005 it was clear that this was not going to be a typical
‘Royal’ military career. He was going to be a soldier
It all began at RMA Sandhurst in May 2005 where he
became Officer Cadet Wales. 11 months later, he
completed his Officer training and entered the Blue and
Royals as a Cornet (Second Lieutenant). 2 years later
he reached the rank of lieutenant.
It was reported in early June 2007 that Harry had
arrived in Canada to train alongside soldiers of
the Canadian Forces and British Army, at CFB
Suffield, near Medicine Hat, Alberta. It was said that
this was in preparation for a tour of duty in
Afghanistan, where Canadian and British forces were
participating in the NATO-led Afghan War. This was
confirmed in February the following year, when the
British Ministry of Defence revealed that Harry had
been secretly deployed as a Forward Air
Controller to Helmand Province in Afghanistan. The
revelation came after the media – notably, German
newspaper Bild and Australian magazine New Idea [ –
breached the blackout placed over the information by
the Canadian and British authorities. It was later
reported that, while in Afghanistan, Harry
helped Gurkha troops repel an attack
from Taliban insurgents, and performed patrol duty in
hostile areas. His tour made Harry the first member of
the Royal Family to serve in a war zone since his
uncle, Prince Andrew, flew helicopters during
the Falklands War.
In October 2008, it was announced that Harry was to follow
his brother, father and uncle in learning to fly military
helicopters. After passing the initial aptitude test, he was to
undertake a month-long course; if he passed that, he would
begin full flight training in early 2009. Harry had to pass his
flying assessment at the Army Air Corps Base (AAC), Middle
Wallop, the result of which determined if he would continue
on to train as a pilot of the Apache, Lynx,
or Gazelle helicopter. Having reached the requisite standard,
Harry attended the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF
Shawbury, where he joined brother William.
Harry was presented with his flying brevet (wings) by his father
on 7 May 2010 at a ceremony at the Army Air Corps Base
(AAC), Middle Wallop. Harry had let it be known that he
intended to fly Apache attack helicopters if he was successful
in passing the rigorous Apache training course, after which
time it could be possible for him to see active military service
once again on the frontline in Afghanistan. During the
ceremony, he switched his Blues and Royals' Officer's Service
Dress cap for that of the Army Air Corps' sky blue beret with a
Blues and Royals badge.
On 10 March 2011, it was revealed that Harry had passed his
Apache flying test and he was awarded his Apache Flying
Badge on 14 April 2011.
There was speculation that he would return to Afghanistan
before the withdrawal in 2015. On 16 April 2011, it was
announced that Harry had been promoted to captain.
On 7 September 2012, Harry arrived at Camp Bastion in
southern Afghanistan as part of the 100-strong 662
Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps
to begin a four-month combat tour as a co-pilot and
gunner for an Apache helicopter. This was considered a
particular honour as most pilots are required to sit in the
"back seat" before being promoted to gunner.
On 10 September, within days of arriving in Afghanistan,
it was reported that the Taliban threatened his life.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid spoke
to Reuters and was quoted as saying; "We are using all
our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or
kidnapping," and "We have informed our commanders in
Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him.
It was announced on 21 January 2013 that Harry was
returning from a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan,
where he served as an Apache co-pilot/gunner.
On 8 July 2013, the Ministry of Defence announced that
Harry had successfully qualified as an Apache aircraft
On 19 June 2015 , after serving just over 10 years, his
career with the Army ended
Onwards and Upwards
On 6 March 2014, Prince Harry launched Invictus
Games, a Paralympic-style sporting event for injured
servicemen and women, which was held on 10–14
September 2014. Prince Harry met British hopefuls for
the Invictus Games at Tedworth House for the start of
the selection process on 29 April 2014. On 15 May 2014,
Harry attended a ticket sale launch for Invictus Games at
BT Tower, where he made a public tweet on the Invictus
Games' official Twitter account as the President of
In January 2015, it was reported that Harry would take a
new role in supporting wounded service personnel by
working alongside members of the London District's
Personal Recovery Unit for the MOD's Defence
Recovery Capability scheme to ensure that wounded
personnel have adequate recovery plans. The scheme was
established in partnership with Help for Heroes and the
Royal British Legion, the palace confirmed weeks later.
After he left the army Prince Harry said he wanted to
dedicate the rest of his life to working with ex-servicemen
fighting mental health problems, as he reveals he feels
lucky to have escaped Afghanistan alive.
As he prepared to join injured veterans on part of their
1,000 mile walk across Britain, the Prince said more needs
to be done to help personnel with “hidden” injuries.
The 31-year-old is patron of the Walking With The
Wounded Walk of Britain and today said as a country “we
need to do more” to get rid of the stigma surrounding
mental health issues.
He has previously spoken of the “very difficult” transition
to civilian life that former service personnel face,
particularly those who carry the scars and burdens of the
war. And in an interview with ITV News he has made
clear his life-long commitment to helping people battling
to overcome grievous injuries, both physical and mental,
suffered in the line of duty.
"Mental health is a sensitive subject but it doesn’t need to
be,” he said. “We need to talk about it more, get rid of the
So, from Prince to soldier to pilot to veteran to veterans
champion, there have been very few Royals, and I say this
with the greatest of respect, that have proved themselves so
much as an icon who leads by example in every sense of
the word. Yes, he will never be King but he certainly has
won the hearts and respect of the nation.
Women on the
By Bev Burrows
Over the years there have been many discussions - some of
them heated - on the topic of women in combat roles. When
I served in the Royal Air Force I was fortunate enough to be
one of the first females permitted to do live armed guard duty,
which I was happy to do, although I did have to prove myself
on the range before I was allowed to use an SLR instead of
the SA80 I was supposed to carry. The concern back then was
that I wouldn’t be strong enough to carry the SLR for very
long because of it’s weight, and that I would be liable to end
up with a dislocated shoulder from the recoil if, perish the
thought, I had to shoot someone with it.
Despite my build - 5’2” tall and about 8 stone back then, I
managed perfectly well with it, although three hours a day in
the gym might have had something to do with my apparent
strength and stamina.
Today women have become much more aligned with their
male counterparts. With the exception of front-line ground
combat there are very few roles women are excluded from
within the array of careers available in the British Armed
There are very definite arguments both for and against
women being placed directly in front of what is without doubt
one of the most brutal enemies we have ever faced. So how
should we choose who gets to go face to face with today’s
I think it is fairly safe to assume that the only women applying
for positions with a high chance of close combat will be
women who are actively pursuing such a role. The careers
available to applicants these days are still very varied, so there
will always be a number of options to choose from that would
mean the recruit would operate in more of a supportive role
of some kind. However, for those ladies who are adamant
that life in a war zone is their ultimate goal, why shouldn’t
they be allowed to just go for it?
My personal opinion on the matter is that SOME women
are perfectly capable of fulfilling the same roles as their
male counterparts. That has been proved by the existence
of women like Stephanie Rose who was one of the first
female soldiers to fly the Apache attack helicopter,
completing her fair share of tours in war zones. As a career
goes, I’d say that’s an achievement that would be hard to
beat, for plenty of men as well as women!
Front line though? Face to face? I’m not convinced that we
should be seeing huge numbers of women getting up close
and personal with insurgents and the likes any time soon. I
worked as a rigger (aircraft mechanic) in the RAF, so I
know that there are women out there who can do male
dominated jobs just as well as their counterparts, but the
woman in question HAS to be “fit for purpose” as it were.
There should be no difference at all in the training a
woman has to pass in order to be declared battle fit. If
women want to be on the battlefields with the lads they
should have to do everything exactly the same as the men
do. The training the men get is put together the way it is to
make absolutely sure that the only people who pass it and
get to fight are those who have what it takes. Lowering the
standards just so women can pass is, in my opinion, a very
dangerous thing to do. It could potentially endanger the
lives of the unit she is fighting with, and has the potential to
make the enemies’ lives easier as they could see women as
a weak link and purposefully target units with female
soldiers in them.
Receive La Legion
Two Worcester residents have received the National
Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la
Legion d’honneur) from the Honorary French Consul in
recognition of their service in France during the Second
The awards were made to Eric Tipping and Michael Stobe
in the presence of the Mayor of Worcester, family
members and comrades. The awards were made by
Monsieur Robert F. Mille, from the French Honorary
Consul in Birmingham.
Hosting the ceremony, Cllr Roger Knight, the Mayor of
Worcester, said: "It was an absolute delight and a great
honour to see these two heroes receive such a prestigious
award from the French consul. It was a remarkable event
to witness in the Guildhall and one that is unlikely to be
Born in Worcester in 1926, Eric Tipping was 16 years old
when talk began of an invasion of England. He pretended
he was 17 so he could join the services, later becoming a
member of the Worcestershire Regiment as an
infantryman. He travelled to join the 1st Worcesters in the
front line in Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion of
France, landing on a beach at Arromanches.
Eric became involved in every action of the battalion for
the rest of the 1944-1945 campaign in North Western
Europe, operating a German sub-machine gun and a
German Lugar pistol, both of which he removed from a
German soldier he had captured.
He was part of the British 43rd (Wessex) Division who
fought to capture the bridge at the River Seine, near
Vernon in August 1944. This was the last battle that Eric
fought on French soil, before pushing on into Germany.
After the war Eric returned to his beloved Worcester and
continued to work for the Co-op for another 30 years,
before reaching retirement. Eric still lives in Worcester.
Michael first moved to Worcester in 1926, aged four. He
attended Worcester Royal Grammar School, leaving at
Christmas 1939. In May 1940 he joined the Local
Defence Volunteers, later the Home Guard. Now 18 he
was invited to join the Royal Artillery.
After six months at Aberdeen University he went to
OCTU, gaining his commission in 53 Medium Regiment
in September 1941. There followed a brief period of
coast defence before his regiment was assigned to the
Second Front. Training in Scotland seemed endless until
crossing on an LST to France on D-Day, aged 22.
As Gun Position Officer, Michael was controlling a troop
of four 5.5 inch guns, his regiment being under command
of 3rd British Division. After the German defeat in
Normandy and the siege of Le Havre his regiment moved
up to Belgium and southern Holland. At Christmas 1944
the Germans attacked through the Ardennes and
Michael’s regiment was again involved.
In 1945 came the battles for the Reichswald and the
crossing of the Rhine at Wesel. At this point Michael
volunteered to train as an Air OP pilot. He gained his
wings and joined 652 AOP Squadron RAF. Now a
Captain, he served in Germany until demobilisation in
When the Territorial Army was reformed Michael joined
the local gunners, then 267 Field Regt. In 1955, when his
work took him away from Worcester, he had been a
Major commanding Queen Battery in Malvern for five
His work was in civil engineering, mostly helping to build
motorways. Later however he was on contracts abroad
ranging from Peru to Africa to Indonesia, eventually
retiring at 73 from his last job in Devon. Michael was
married for 53 years. On his wife’s death in 1999 a return
to Worcester was inevitable.
The Lost Sheep
In combat quick & important decisions
have to be made. Do you sacrifice one
man or the whole platoon?
A difficult decision, logic would dictate
one man for many.
A man is lost over enemy line’s is he
left there or are other lives risked to
save his? One man for many?
How much value can you put on a
man’s life? Well I know that God
values us far greater than we value
ourselves. It is written ‘Are not five
sparrows sold for two pennies? And
not one of them is forgotten before
God. Why, even the hairs of your head
are all numbered. Fear not; you are of
more value than many sparrows.’
In the Bible, Matthew 15:1-7, Jesus
tells the parable of the good shepherd.
The flock was one-hundred strong but
one sheep had strayed and got lost.
The shepherd valued the lives of each
of his sheep. He left the ninety-nine to
find the one he had lost. Now this
doesn’t make economic sense. Risk a
wolf or bear preying on the flock and
taking many sheep or leave the one
who has strayed to become the prey.
In this case the shepherd went out
looking for the lost one. He valued
that sheep. The others were doing as
they should, they were not of a worry
to him, but this one had strayed. He
was lost and needed rescuing.
We know that in the Bible Jesus is
referred to as the shepherd. In psalm 23
it is written ‘The Lord is my Shepherd;
I shall not want. He makes me lie down
in green pastures. He leads me beside
The Lord is the shepherd and we are
His sheep. He equally values each one
of us. No more, no less. Each of us is
important. When you are feeling like
you don’t matter, that your life doesn’t
matter, or what you do now doesn’t
matter, you are wrong. You matter.
Each of us hit on circumstances where
we feel like we’re fighting a losing battle,
but even in that battle we still matter.
Knowing this helps me to carry on even
when I feel like giving up. Knowing this
helps me to get through the darkest
A relative is laid in hospital fighting for
his life against cancer. He is fighting a
battle. His ammunition, the drugs
administered by the oncologists. Now
the cancer is gaining ground and means
he has to make a choice. Refuse invasive
treatment & be gone in a week or try it
and maybe crawl on for a bit longer. It’s
difficult to know when to concede. If
you’re a born fighter, feeling like you’ve
given up is hard to bear. My relative is a
fighter, he has powered through this
whole battle but he is getting combat
weary. He is staring death in the face and
he is scared. I want to reassure him with
the assurance I have through my faith.
That death is merely falling asleep and
then waking up in heaven, where there is
no sadness, no pain only overwhelming
peace, but he is still fighting a battle with
God, so even if I tell him this, he will not
listen. I wish I could take away his fear,
but only God can do that. He is lost, like
a sheep gone astray. But the Lord is still
looking for lost sheep and He will find
them just as the shepherd in this parable
found his lost sheep and rejoiced. Noone
is too lost for The Lord to find. It
comforts me to know that my relative will
die at peace whether that be sooner or
later, because God always delivers on His
promises. I have confidence and faith
that my relative will be at peace when he
dies. He will call out to Him even in his
last breath. God is true to His word. God
gives each of us the opportunity to know
Him. And many cry out to Him when
they are in the most desperate of
situations. It doesn’t matter when you
call out to Him. Romans 10:13 states
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the
Lord will be saved.’ But why wait until
your dying breath, when you could know
God’s assurance, love and peace now.
You may say I’m not ready to think about
this yet. But we all have to question the
truth of life and death at some point in
our lives. Why not ‘call out’, what have
you got to lose?
I want to reassure you that however alone
you are feeling right now, you are NOT
alone in your battle. Please message me
if you have any questions or if you would
like us to pray for you or for someone
you know. Please contact me at
Burma War Hero
A SOLDIER who was captured by the Japanese and
forced to work on the Burma “death railway” has
celebrated his 100th birthday.
Frank Kerridge worked on the infamous 258-mile stretch
of track linking Burma and Thailand for two years after his
capture in 1942.
The indomitable PoW survived the nightmare as more
than 12,000 Allied prisoners, including almost 7,000
British servicemen, were either killed at the hands of their
cruel Japanese captors or died of disease and exhaustion.
The veteran has lived in his home near Stowmarket,
which he shares with his cat Spooky, for 53 years. He
was married to Madeline for 71 years until she died in
Mr Kerridge, an infantryman, was fighting to save
Singapore with the 5th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment
when it was conquered by Japanese forces.
He said: “I worked on the Burma Railway. I was on there
for two years. We hardly had any clothes, most of the
time we were barefoot.
“We camped in bamboo huts. In the monsoons we used
to hold on to the middle pole so it wouldn’t blow away.”
He said of his Japanese guards: “They were very strict. If
you did anything wrong you would get a good hiding.”
He remembered being whipped with a brutal bamboo
cane but said he was “lucky” compared with the
treatment meted out to some of his comrades. Disease
from insect bites was a constant hazard. Some of the
sickest men lost legs, with doctors being forced to cut off
limbs with hacksaws. He was later shipped to Japan with
other prisoners for further hard labour, passing through
the shattered Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The brutal conditions inspired the classic 1957 war movie
The Bridge On The River Kwai, starring Alec Guinness.
Now, more than 70 years on, Mr Kerridge is still fighting
fit as he leads an idyllic life in his native Suffolk.
He tends to his garden, donates his home-grown
vegetables to his neighbours, enjoys baking and still drives.
The first his parents and wife heard of what had
happened was when he was finally freed at the end of
Mr Kerridge later worked with Eastern Electricity, before
retiring at 65 in 1981. About 60 guests attended his
birthday party. His sister Bessie, who is 98 and lives in
Essex, managed to make it to the knees-up.
Mr Kerridge said: “I’d really like to see her make 100
This week in the Clubs
Bourne Veterans Breakfast Club
17 for our first meeting this morning (3 had to leave before
the group photo was taken).
A great meeting, with someone from each Arm of the Armed
Forces (incl a WW2 RAF Fireman), 3 serving members, the
Chairman of the local RBL and the Town Mayor.
Looking forward to next week......
Eastwood Veterans Breakfast Club
Eastwood VBC had 10 Members to their 1st Meeting
today......cracking result, hopefully get more to the next one
on Saturday 14th May.
Tameside Veterans Breakfast Clubs
Well what can i say about our first meeting of the
Tameside veterans breakfast club.
Over a hundred people along with councillors and
lord mayor and mayoress of Tameside. Local
Tameside radio who interviewed veterans and the
Tameside council have made a commitment to the
But the most important thing about today is, 2
veterans approached me today asking about help
about issues with drugs and alcohol, of which we
were able to point them in the direction of SSAFA
and they will be getting assistance. Pete Millns
Retford Veterans Breakfast Club
Cracking day at Retford with the BBC filming the
club and the Money Advice Service present to assist
veterans. Attendance....45......not bad for a little
Veterans Radio Net
Our Time| Our Place | Our Voice
Veterans Radio Net
Welcome to Veterans Radio Net (VRN)
The NAAFI of the Air Waves
VRN is definitely coming in to it’s own this month. I think it would be fair to say we have been sitting in
the eye of the storm for a little while waiting for the next batch of busyness to hit us full in the face.
Guess what? It’s arrived.
Pablo is now starting to reduce his commitments on VRN due to his work load with the Sandbag Times
but he has said he will continue with the newly named The Sandbag Times Radio Show (The old
Tommy Atkins Show) and the Banger & Beanz Show with Ricky.
On the subject of presenters we are now crying out for new blood. We have lots of slots to fill on the
station and are on the hunt for presenters to fill them. If you fancy yourself as a presenter then why not
give us a shout. Experience is preferable but if you are just keen to give it a go we can help develop your
skills. All you need is a PC with an internet connection and a microphone.
We have 2 new shows currently in the mix. Big Vince and the Veterans Blues Show and Ricky’s New
Wave & New Romantic Show. Other shows coming soon are Poor Bob’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Jamboree,
Vickie’s Sunday Show and we also have a show being produced from Turn to Starboard with Roy
Newport. Looking forward to that one.
Keep listening folks and have a great week
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A word from the Ed
So, last weeks SBT hit the
world big time and for the
third week running I’m
reeling in its success.
I must say a big word of
thanks to Johnny Mercer MP
for his kind comments about
his article. It meant an awful
lot to the whole team knowing
that we had reached out to a
man who is making such a
difference to us Vets. Maybe
not changing the world but at
least renewing our faith in the
We move into our new office
over the next week which is
really exciting. We will be
turning the SBT into a proper
organisation. (Thought I’d
better in the light of the
amount of people that are
now reading it). We have a
couple of experts heading in
to help with the design and
business side of things. Two
guys to thank, Matt Jarvis
and Mark Hogan of Slap
So, here we go. A new mag,
a new look, a whole new
On the ‘A Song For A Hero’
front. We are getting ready
for our next show which is
on 23 rd April at the Lamb &
Flag, Worcester. The show
is being put on for the
Breakfast Club. Going to be
a cracker I think. Vince is
also planning some graphics
to help tell the story. I had a
sneaky preview of what he is
up to and it is stunning. It’ll
be a good one. Remember
our email if you would like
to get hold of us Pabs
Ways to find us
The Sandbag Times
The Tommy Atkins Trust
"The Brand New Rock Opera which tells the
truth of what happens to our heroes when the
killing ends. Packed with incredible songs,
breathtaking graphics and an emotional
rollercoaster of a story that will leave you
asking questions for a long time to come.“
Where Do They Go...
...When The Killing Ends
D-DAY Minute by Minute - JONATHAN MAYO
The regular decennial commemorations of D-Day show no sign of abating,
as a fresh crop of books fill the shelves with the onset of the
70th anniversary. Among them is this offering from Jonathan Mayo, who
retells the story from a fresh perspective by describing the events of 6 June
(and the previous day) on a virtual minute-by-minute basis. As the author
states in his introduction, this is not a military history but a chronologically
arranged series of stories from those involved that includes the experiences
of British, Americans, Germans and French, servicemen and civilians alike.
The emphasis is very much on human interest, and Mayo does an excellent
job in deploying his material and letting his chosen individuals tell their
stories. They range from the famous weather forecast given by Group
Captain James Stagg that gave the invasion the go-ahead, to the many
individual narratives of the battle for the beaches, which includes a chilling
account from a US paratrooper on the ground who observes a stick of men
jumping from a Dakota: ‘The plane is so low that as they hit the ground
they make the sound of ripe pumpkins bursting’.
Written in the present tense and lacking a wider historical structure, the
sheer mass of stories can at times seem overwhelming, but this is not to
take away from the drama and immediacy of this cleverly assembled
Back Issues of the Sandbag Times are available to download here
Where do they go...
...When the killing ends
"The Brand New Rock Opera
which tells the truth of what
happens to our heroes when
the killing ends. Packed with
incredible songs, breathtaking
graphics and an emotional
rollercoaster of a story that
will leave you asking questions
for a long time to come."
Click on the link to listen to the preview
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