Contents Thursday 21st April 2016 Email: email@example.com 3 Youngest Afghan Soldier killed The youngest soldier to serve in Afghanistan was murdered while on leave, court hears 3 SAS Hero Jailed for gun offence SAS Falklands Veteran jailed for possessing a weapon he had as battle memento 4 Mixed Race Cadet honoured A mixed race officer cadet wins Sword of Honour at Sandhurst Academy 5 Soldier Hailed as new Vera Lynn A female soldier has been tipped as the new Vera Lynn for her outstanding voice PTSD & the FFD Page 7 6 Cover Story: Taphophiles A look in to the interest in War cemetery's and war graves by John Terry 7 PTSD and the FFD The way one veteran plugged his mental wound with his own therapy Women in Combat: America Leads the Way Page 9 Sponsored by 10 Have Faith This week: Not good enough 12 The Historic Tommy Atkins Gallipoli & Anzac Day 101 Years on 15 VRN The Naafi of the airwaves What’s happening on your favourite radio station 19 SBT Information A page dedicated to back issues, information, book reviews etc 20 Time for a NAAFI Break Fun & Games on the final pages. We are always looking for new ideas and competitions from you
Youngest Afghan Soldier killed while on leave court hears SAS Hero Jailed for possessing firearm from Falklands An SAS hero was yesterday jailed for the illegal possession of a souvenir weapon captured in the Falklands War. Albert Patterson said he kept the 9mm pistol, taken from an Argentinean officer, to remind him of the 22 friends who died in the conflict. He served for 22 years, in the Parachute Regiment and then in the SAS. Sentencing him to 15 months in prison for the possession of the The youngest British soldier to serve in Afghanistan was killed on leave in his home town by vodka-swigging thugs who shook hands after leaving him to die in the street, a court has heard. Serviceman Dave Curnow, 20, died during an alcohol-fuelled attack that was totally without provocation, a jury was told. Mr Curnow was posted to Helmand province in March 2013 just days after turning 18 and survived a sixmonth tour that included several fire fights with the Taliban. The victim, who served in the 4th war trophy, Judge Christopher Plunkett said that he had been privileged to see Patterson's service record. But he said parliamentary legislation left him with little choice over the sentence. Patterson had admitted possessing a 9mm self-loading pistol, five rounds of expanding ammunition, 177 rounds of 9mm ammunition, four Enfield pistols and a selfloading rifle component. Battalion, The Rifles, was found unconscious on the ground following the assault at 2.45am on September 20 last year. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital before being transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he died the following day. The serviceman left behind parents Michael and June and sister Charley. An estimated 800 people attended Mr Curnow's funeral at Truro Cathedral as he was given full military honours. The young soldier's father described Mr Curnow as 'the best son a father could ask for'. Soldier sues MOD over weather injury An African born soldier from Warwickshire is suing the Ministry of Defence for up to £200,000 for injuries sustained during a training exercise in extreme weather conditions. Abdoulie Bojang, who was born in Gambia, says the MoD 'failed to take his ethnicity into account' before exposing him to cold temperatures during a training exercise in Canada in 2014. Mr Bojang says he sustained career ending hand injuries after being exposed to minus 30 degree cold during a ski training session codenamed "Exercise Frozen Fun" with 105 Regiment Royal, Logistical Corps. The 30-year-old from Nuneaton had been with the regiment since 2006. The MoD's defence to the action was not available from the court and the contents of the writ have yet to be tested in evidence before a judge.