The Sandbag Times Issue No:33


The Veterans Magazine

The Veterans’ Magazine

Issue 33 | August 2017

Ypres – A Century On

The Historical Tommy Atkins

commemorates the Centenary

A Journey’s End

Brand New Show to tell the story from

the trenches of Ypres

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Ypres: A Century On

As the Centenary approaches

the SBT commemorates

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accommodated in one of the old reception

blocks to enable WRAFs to relive their heady,

enjoyable and nostalgic youthful days again

and to attend buffets and events in the

Sergeants Mess where various military

entertainers performed. We were entertained

over the two nights by, Sarah-Jane a 1940's

tribute singer, who is a current member of the

Royal Air Force and and the Sleaford Concert

Band, some of whose members are veterans of

the RAF and Army bands,

Photo & Press extract

courtesy of Grantham

Journal. Content also kindly

by Marie Kearney

Photo: Tony Roberts

In September 1958, the first Women's Royal Air

Force (WRAF) trainees entered the gates of

RAF Spitalgate, Grantham, to undertake 6

weeks basic training to prepare them for their

chosen RAF careers. On 30 June 1960 RAF

Spitalgate was disbanded and reformed as the

WRAF Depot on 1 July 1960. The last Passing

Out Parade took place on 20 March 1974

before the camp was handed over to the Army,

now known as Prince William of Gloucester

Barracks (PWGB).

During that period, thousands of WRAFs

completed their training and went onto a varied

range of trade training courses throughout the

UK, before being posted at home and abroad.

Some WRAFs even returned to the the WRAF

Depot at RAF Spitalgate as Officers and NCOs

to train future WRAFs!

On 6 - 8 July 2017 about 60 WRAF Veterans

returned to RAF Spitalgate from as far afield as

Holland, The Orkneys and all parts of the British

Isles, to attend an ex WRAF reunion, as guests

of Prince William of Gloucester Barracks. They

have were given the opportunity to be

This was the third reunion and by far the best

attended. Those WRAF veterans who wore

their uniforms are members of the Royal Air

Force Association Women’s Royal Air Force

Branch (RAFA WRAF), but for the purposes of

this special RAF Spitalgate reunion, sported

the WRAF Depot Blazer Badge on their uniform

jackets instead. One of those attending the

reunion was Moira Byers, who arrived at RAF

Spitalgate in 1967. She was just 17 and came

from the small island of Eday in the Orkneys,

home to little more than 100 people. Moira

said: “I find it quite unbelievable that I did this

at such a young age. It’s incredible to come

back and find I was part of all this. “I feel very

proud to come back and be part of the WRAF.”

Pauline Van Dyke travelled from Holland,

where she has lived for 50 years. She was at

the base in 1965.

Reunion organiser Pauline said: “Post reunion,

the feedback has been overwhelmingly

positive, particularly for the 40 or so ladies who

were fortunate enough to be accommodated

on camp. This enhanced the trip down

memory lane, as 12- bed space rooms and

shared ablutions were a legend of almost five

decades ago, but could have only been last

week when we were there! “With no TV, radio

or Wi-Fi, we were transported back to a time of

camarardarie, conversation and

communication, a welcome respite from

bombardment of today’s multimeddia.

“To a (wo)man, we would do it all again and

join the WRAF. “The opportunity to tour the

barracks and visit buildings that had not

changed since our time there, and to be

hosted at dinners within the Sergeants’ Mess,

was an opportunity we could not afford to


“All of this was made possible by the

Commanding Officer of Prince William of

Gloucester Barracks and his men, who looked

after us so well, and to whom we shall be

eternally grateful.

The reunion period also afforded us the

opportunity to visit RAF Coningsby’s Battle of

Britain Memorial Flight Museum to see their

historic aircraft, the Lancaster, Spitfire,

Hurricane and Dakota.” In September 1958,

the first Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF)

trainees entered the gates of RAF Spitalgate,

Grantham, to undertake six weeks’ basic

training to prepare them for their chosen RAF

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careers. On June 30, 1960, RAF Spitalgate was

disbanded and reformed as the WRAF Depot

on July 1, 1960.

The last passing out parade took place on

March 20, 1974, before the camp was handed

over to the Army, and became Prince William of

Gloucester Barracks. In that period, thousands

of WRAFs completed their training and went on

to a varied range of trade training courses

throughout the UK, before being posted at

home and abroad. Some WRAFs even returned

to the the WRAF Depot at RAF Spitalgate as

officers and non-commissioned officers to train

future WRAFs.

An ex WRAF Officer, who was stationed at RAF

Spitalgate to assist with WRAF training, Flt Lt

KT Elliot, also attended the reunion and she is

currently writing a book on the history of RAF


The organisers of this years reunion were

WRAF Veterans Pat Sparkes, Pauline Cantrell-

Stephenson, Joan Geeson and Marie Kearney.

Some of the WRAF Veterans continue to be

involved in organisations such as the Royal Air

Force Association WRAF Branch and the Royal

British Legion, taking part in Armed and Allied

Forces Parades and Wings Appeal events

around the country to raise much needed funds

to support service personnel. This year WRAF

Veterans will take part in the Cenotaph Parade,

Whitehall, the Rememberance Service at The

Royal Albert Hall and the Ceremony of the Keys

at The Tower of London. Even though they

have long since completed their WRAF careers,

they continue to be part of the service family!

The Spital Gate Entertainers

The WRAF Veterans were entertained by some wonderful

music over their weekend, The SBT takes a peek.

1940’s Tribute Vocalist – Sarah Jane

The Sleaford Concert Band

The Sleaford Concert Band was formed in 1998 by a selection

of wind players (brass and woodwind) and will celebrate

its 20 years anniversary in 2018. The Band is fortunate to

have a number of ex-military musicians, members who have

graduated from Music Colleges, Music Teachers, and those

who have developed as a result of a long association with the

Sleaford Concert Band. The standard of the band is good.

Again, the band proved to be thoroughly entertaining and

even caused a little dancing in the aisles, so we are lead to


You can find out more about the band by going to

From Lincolnshire, Sarah Jane is a wonderful tribute singer

from those golden days of song. She has a whole array of

well known classics that inspired our troops back during the

Second World War. We’ll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover,

Dream a Little Dream and In The Mood are just a few of her

amazing repetoire.

Sarah Jane had the ladies from the WRAF singing their hearts

out over the reunion, a perfect accompanyment to a wonderful


To find out more about Sarah Jane, please visit her website at 9 |

Well now, here's another absorbing and scintillating Sponsor’s update!

Oooh, you all say, we’ve been waiting ages

for that! I’m sure. Anyway, it’s been busy in

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cracking, shoulder re-jigging and knee

crunching as usual, interlaced with the odd

afternoon off to go and soak up the sun

because, come on, it’s the UK, and there's

sun and you have to grab it whilst it's here!

Anyhoo, I digress, Pablo has been working

hard, (which is nothing new), for instance,

he’s just had a very good meeting with a

Combat Stress guy and was able to tell him

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relaxing venue for future meetings in

Worcester on Tuesday's and Thursday's

plus Combat Stress can run courses from

there. Therapy will be so much more

beneficial for Veteran's in a non-forces,

social club type environment – well done

Pab’s....always thinking that guy, you can

almost hear the cogs turning when he's


The Sandbag Times is also now officially a

limited company, with a registered number -

we're all proper now! Things seem to be

falling into place at the moment – it doesn't

mean they will or that if they do the path

won't be wobbly and skew off on dead

ended tangents – they generally don't go

right, (isn't that life though); but it's nice to

dare to hope that things are actually gelling

rather than ideas and expectations floating

around like dust motes and drifting away.

Now I've edited a book for someone

(incredibly time-consuming job for a rather

smaller book than imagined), written what

seems like hundreds of objection letters to

the council for a situation that's affecting our

tenants (including Pabs) very badly, I can

get started on some poetry of my own and

a short story about a veteran I was working

on pre-helping someone out with their

writing, no good deed goes unpunished 'tis

true!! Hopefully common sense prevails

and we get through the “problem” with the

neighbouring property – will let you know

about that once we find out the outcome.

And so, I've left you with a thrilling

mystery....and consequently none of you

can wait for the next exciting instalment.

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general had such a cracking weekend

proves what we're capable of."

Meet Matt Neal. Three times British Touring

Car Champion and all-around nice guy. Matt

takes a little time out from his busy schedule

to bring us up to date with life of the 2017

BTCC circuit.

Matt looks back on his last race at


The weekend was a case of what might have

been for me. Obviously qualifying jumbled

the grid and then it was just bad luck in the

first two races. In race one, Price ran into the

back of me and broke my rear suspension. In

the second race, I hit some fluid through the

Esses while making my way through the pack

and that did a huge amount of damage which

blunted my pace. In the third race the little

Civic Type R was awesome, it was hooked up

from the start and I managed to carve my

way through the pack to finish fifth and gain

many much-needed points. I am looking

forward to the summer break now and will

come back fighting in the second half of the

season with it all to play for.”


“Obviously this weekend didn’t have the

outcome we’d hoped for. Race one worked

out well – I just got caught up in traffic a little

bit too long to have a chance of going for the

win – and then I was pleased with our race

two performance on the harder-compound

tyre. The rain unfortunately came too late

from our point of view – we could have done

with it a bit earlier in the day – and when it

did arrive, it made things very tricky indeed

for race three. The conditions were really

treacherous at the first start; there was

absolutely zero grip and I was far from the

only one to go off, but rules are rules. Taking

the positives away, the car was fabulous all

day, it’s still very early championship-wise

and I’ll be light again going to Thruxton,

which has historically always been a Honda

track – so onwards and upwards!”


"After the disappointment of Donington, we

needed to bounce back and I’m really going

to cherish this 60th win. The Civic Type R

has always been amazing at Thruxton – we

work hard on the aero, and this circuit is

primarily high-speed corners. ‘Flash’

certainly made me work for pole, and to

come away with a Halfords Yuasa Racing

one-two and a Honda podium lockout on

home soil in the first race was a dream – a

fabulous result to reward all the guys and

girls from the factory who came down to

support us. I felt a bit wounded after race

two, because that was another win in the

Matts last few races. Positive thoughts!!

Brands Hatch

"Today gradually got better for me! What

happened at the beginning of race one was

just one of those things, caused by the

difference in starting speed between the front

and rear wheel-drive cars. We had a good

recovery in race two, although the ultracompetitive

nature of the BTCC means you're

only ever going to make up so many places.

The final race was then a strong way to finish

the day; the Civic Type R felt great and really

well-balanced on the soft tyres, but I lost a bit

too much time coming through in the

opening stages and just ran out of laps to be

able to launch an attack on the podium. That

was a shame because we definitely had the

pace for it, but there's a long season ahead

and the fact that 'Flash' and the team in

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ag – ‘Flash’ and I could really have made

hay out there – but the car was magnificent in

race three. The team said to me, ‘why don’t

you drop back and see if you can go for

fastest lap’, but I thought ‘stuff that’ and had

a lot of fun. I just wanted to keep going at the


BTCC Standings 2017

Drivers’ Standings

1. Gordon Shedden, 188 points

2. Rob Collard, 177

3, Colin Turkington, 176

4. Ashley Sutton, 168

5. Tom Ingram, 140

6. Matt Neal, 135

Manufacturers’ Standings

1. BMW, 421 points

2. Honda, 382

3. Subaru, 337

4. Vauxhall, 281

5. MG, 201

Teams’ Standings

1. Team BMW, 344 points

2. Halfords Yuasa Racing, 314

3. Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, 213

4. Speedworks Motorsport, 135

5. BMW Pirtek Racing, 123

The SBT on Matt Neal

We are indeed fortunate that Matt has agreed

to Patron the SBT considering his

enormously busy racing schedule. Lucky for

us, we managed to catch him during his

summer break which gave him enough time

to mull over what he was about to get himself


In the same year, I hosted a Military Vehicle

display at Goodwood Festival of Speed,

showing off some of the technology we had

back then on a purpose built cross-country


Prior to that I won a place on the London to

Mexico Rally in a BDA Escort, unfortunately,

due to military commitments I was replaced.

I taught evasive driving skills for drivers

training to use civilianised military vehicles in

Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles,

so yes, all in all, Matt was my perfect choice.

But my selfish reasons aside, the boys give

so much pleasure to the lads away from

home and provide a essential link back to

normality. Matt, Flash, Jason, and the gang

have never failed us.

Matt tells me he has never served but he has

supported the Parachute Regiment and other

worthwhile military charities.

So, Matt, suck it up!! you’re now one of us.

Why Matt as a Patron?

You only have to ask a serviceman away from

home about BTCC and a handful of names

will get picked from the air. Matt being one

of them. Motor Racing is big business in the

forces, not only do we spend hours watching

it on a Sunday, we take part in our own


I, myself, was hugely into motor sport in my

military days. apart from being a competitive

motocross and enduro rider, I was also in a

particular winning team in Roadmaster 2000.

A three day endurance rally set up for all

Armed Forces and Emergency Services. As

the driver, I helped our two man team to win

the Infantry Cup and came 6th overall. Out

of 96 teams, including the Lex Army Rally

team, the Police, AA, RAC, RAF, Royal Navy,

plus many other cross country professional

teams, I think we did bloody well. 13 |

R C Sherriff

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Rory Fairbairn - Raleigh

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You can win...

All of us, at some point, has a personal battle, or something

we strive to achieve or maybe a race we train for. whatever, it

is always something we try with all of our might to achieve.

This last two weeks has seen me win of of the hardest battles

of my life. It’s true, I am still reeling from it but I was also

reminded of a reflection I wrote some time ago called

Winners and Losers. I hope you like it.

It is true that failure and losing are essential parts of success

and winning. I look with awe at our tennis ace, Andy Murray.

It is not so long ago that we saw his disappointment at losing

in the final of Wimbledon. Disappointment, frustration,

exhaustion, I really felt for him. It seemed for years he could

not quite get to the heights he wanted, no matter how he tried

it just wasn't happening. Then all of a sudden, a year later, it

all started to fall into place. Everything paid off and he lifted

the first of two Wimbledon titles. Success was just beginning.

He is now the World's No:1 and he has just about won everything

going. But to get there he had to lose and fail over and

over again, each time making himself a little more experienced

and a little stronger.

The essence of his success was the willingness to keep trying

and that old virtue, patience.

Contrary to popular belief, losing and failure are nothing more

than processes to success and normally happen when you

are not ready to win or succeed yet. The important thing here

is to keep trying. This has been such a hard, personal battle

for me. The amount of times I have almost given up over my

own illness is unreal but every time I think that way, there is a

very small part of me that pushes me on to keep trying and to

keep living. I know in my heart that the little bit of me is starting

to get bigger and bigger because I asked for God's help. I

didn't get help straight away, I had to fail a few times more

before I saw the road I needed to walk down to win. I haven't

won yet but I feel my first title is just around the corner. Going

back to Psalms, I found this: Psalm 37:23-24 “The Lord

makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him though

he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with

his hand.” Again, a great bible verse that inspires us to go on.

Lyricist and Novelist Paulo Coelho once wrote “Defeat is for

the valiant. Only they will know the honour of losing and the

joy of winning. I am not here to tell you that defeat is a part of

life: we all know that. Only the defeated know Love. Because

it is in the realm of love that we fight our first battles – and

generally lose. I am here to tell you that there are people who

have never been defeated. They are the ones who never

fought. They managed to avoid scars, humiliations, feelings of

helplessness, as well as those moments when even warriors

doubt the existence of God.’’

No matter how many times you have failed or lost, you are

not a loser or failure. You just haven't won or succeeded yet.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the

runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way

as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games

goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not

last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do

not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my

body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to

others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

God bless, stay safe and have faith in all you do.

Until next month, Px 19 |

To all of our Armed Forces

& Veterans Breakfast Clubs

Pablo and the Sandbag Times team

have kindly given me a page to speak to

you all on a monthly basis. Here I will

try to inform you all of events, news,

updates etc., so you can filter them

down to your own members. Although

the SBT has supported us for the past

two years, and has become our official

publication, I feel we may be missing a

trick here. So this month I should like to

briefly talk about my visions for the


Firstly, since starting the Breakfast

Clubs, I have come to realise how

important they are to so many veterans...

Richard Massey, our National

Organiser, and I simply seek to ‘spread

the word’ about the Breakfast Clubs,

and support them. We are not seeking

any reward or recognition, we make no

money, or benefit personally in any other

way, save that we know for a fact that

there are veterans alive today, who simply

would not have been, had it not

been for the Breakfast Clubs … and I do

know that, for a fact… this above all else

is the motivation, and all the reward I

need to carry on!! For this reason, as

far as the current format is concerned,

nothing can or should be changed.

Long ago I realised the ‘informal’ nature

of our Breakfast Clubs is the crown

jewel; the ‘Squadron bar/mess room’

atmosphere that allows veterans to feel

like they have ‘returned to the tribe’.

As far as the meetings are concerned, it

simply MUST stay as it is; veterans and

service personnel meeting up for a brew

and breakfast… they can turn up if they

want to, do not have to send 'apologies'

if they don't, no subs to pay, no one is

being shamed into donating to, or helping

any charity, and they are not bombarded

with information, advice and literature.

For the ‘admins’ or ‘Group

Leaders’, they must also remain simple

to run too. There would be no incentive

for them to take up the challenge of

being an admin if it were labour intensive

or time consuming, and they are

veterans too.

In the future I'd like to see new leavers

getting the details of their nearest

Breakfast Club in their resettlement

packages, so they can draw on the

experience of those that have already

left service.

I feel leaving service should be more like

being 'posted' back to civv

ie street... "your new unit is the South

Hertfordshire Veterans Breakfast Club"...

to cushion the blow of their transition

into civilian life, and thereby ending the

isolation that many veterans are so

deeply affected by. I think service personnel,

who are near to the end of their

service, should be encouraged to attend

their local Breakfast Club, to allow them

to begin to tap in to the depth of experience

available to them, and allow them

to become familiar with this resource.

Breakfast Clubs offer support agencies a

unique opportunity to access veterans’

en-masse! Setting up agencies and

services, and expecting veterans to

come to them, has always been normal

practice, but when you train and condition

individuals to persevere under all

circumstances, and to succeed, it

makes it from a psychological perspective,

very difficult for many of them to

admit they need, or accept help.

Although many clubs already have veterans

attending who are also reps for their

local VWS, DMWS, RBL & SSAFA, but

I’d like this to be policy; reps regularly

attending Breakfast clubs, becoming

familiar the members, so that when a

veteran does walk through the door with

a problem, they have a recognisable,

friendly face to turn to; a member, and a

'mate' that they don't feel too proud to

talk to. Because the creation and attendance

of Breakfast Clubs is increasing

daily, I believe that veterans’ charities

and agencies should come to the breakfast

clubs, not the other way around,

because increasingly, the Breakfast

Clubs ARE the veterans. For this support

of the Breakfast Clubs to happen,

they have to have ‘substance’ behind

them; some structure. This is both obvious

and unavoidable. We actually do

have much of this in place, but we do

have to ensure it does not impact on the

nature of the clubs, and the informality

of the meetings. It should not cause a

workload for the Group Leaders, for the

reasons previously stated.

We have made headway with the logo,

which is now in place; copyrighted and


We need to encourage a 'corporate

identity' across all the clubs, so that

wherever a veteran, serviceman/woman,

or new leaver finds him/herself, the

Breakfast Club 'brand', is recognisable.

The logo has been legally identified, and

protected, and acts as a landmark for

potential members, so we should value

it, and protect it from trademark/copyright


I have been reliably informed that Pablo

has just discovered the wrath of

Copyright Infringement to his annoyance.

Happily though, the media and

journalist licence he has in place protected

the magazine from what could

have been a very nasty situation.

I personally would like to see all the

Breakfast Clubs referred to firstly by their

geographical location (e.g. ‘Fife’), then

‘Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast

Clubs’ (or ‘AFVBC’) post nominally,

which is a term that is ‘all-encompassing’

for both serving personnel and veterans.

More from me next month, take care all,


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Veterans Breakfast Clubs

Armed Forces &

Veterans breakfast Clubs


The VBC Website has now been revamped/redesigned and is now live. There

are several new features including a Post Code search facility that brings up the

five nearest Breakfast Clubs to your Post Code, and we now have a News feature

and links to the current issues of the Sandbag Times and much more. To make

it easier for people to get to it, funds have been made available to allow the

acquisition of more domain names.

The new address is and the old address is pointed

at the new site.

The main alteration is that the email addresses have changed from:

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Wrexham VBC

15 at Wrexham on Saturday

plus 2 newbies from the

navy type thing, also some

family freebie seeking, ie

having their breakfast


Southampton VBC

38 vets and family from as far as

Havant, Portsmouth, Southsea,

Basingstoke, Andover and Blackfield

saw our 2nd birthday in today. Even

took time for a train ride lol

Castleford AFVBC

Quiet day at Castleford

today but still got 31

having a good time in

good company.

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Veterans Breakfast Clubs

North Lincs VBC

Well yet another fantastic

Breakfast club with 34

frends/members. Good

conversations and lots

of banter. Pictures

attached but o only put

on good pictures (John

Terry) but I am sure I

will get my own back.

Edinburgh VBC

18 on parade in

Edinburgh this


Northampton & Duston VBC

The hosts of our venue are handing the

Pub over on Monday to another manager,

so we the Northampton & Duston BC gave

them a little something as a thank you &

leaving present. We will be sorry to see

them go, the breakfast costs will not

change as a result of them leaving.

They were also kind enough to give us the

same priced breakfast even though it was

not our usual BC morning before hand. 23 |

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Operation Blue Halo

Richard Joyce

SBT Radio Needs YOU...

A fast few months have passed and SBT Radio is firmly

situated within the pages of it’s magazine host.

Unfortunately Jim cannot be with us for this issue so I’ve

(Pabs) stepped up to the crease to do the SBT Radio


First and foremost, the Radio Station is there as a place

for everybody to hangout. The page comes with it’s own

social media platform, chatroom and messaging facility.

Ok, it’s not facebook but we see that as a plus. A place

where you can escape in some friendly surroundings

and just shoot the breeze with your own music requests.

Just pop in and say hello when Jim and the gang are on

air (Check the schedule for details). You will always be


I also want to say that Jim is hunting for new talent to

bring to the station. Presenting radio shows isn’t that

difficult and can even be taught to the those who fear

PC’s the most. Jim does want to get the station up and

runningto a point where there is always something

happening. All you need is a PC, a microphone and a

big love for music and veterans. If you have all of that

and fancy giving it a go then contact Jim on his email: Do make sure you check out

the schedule on the radio page to ensure you can get a

spot that fits around your life.

Since the last magazine, Jim appeared at the New Inn,

here in Worcester on the weekend of Armed Forces Day

to present shows for veterans in the community. After a

few teething issues getting the sound sorted out, he was

up and running and soon entertaining the masses. I

have to say he was very well recieved showing just how

versatile Jim and SBT Radio really are. He does need to

sack the sound engineer though, he was useless.

I am very pleased to say though, that the weekend saw

the team raising close to £1,000 for the Chennai Six. We

auctioned off three paintings, two gratefully supplied by

Black Halo Designs and a beautiful print by Jacqueline

Hurley. Each of them going for around £150 each.

Thank you so much to all who donated and spent

money. We have another booked in for the

Remembrance weekend, watch out for more details.

Finally, remember to pop in and sign up for your free

account at the website and feel free to use all of the

facilities there. See you all next month.

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Senior Aircraftman Kinikki

Griffiths, R.A.F. Regiment

16th July 2010

On this day in 2010, Senior

Aircraftman Kinikki "Griff" Griffiths,

from the RAF Regiment, died in

Afghanistan. He was serving as

part of the Camp Bastion Force

Protection Wing, and had been

conducting a patrol when it was

noticed that the Jackal patrol

vehicle had developed a fuel leak

- SAC Griffiths was underneath

the vehicle attempting repairs

when it rolled on to him due to

faulty brakes.

Read More Here

Captain John Young,

321 EOD Unit, Royal Army

Ordnance Corps

15th July 1972

On this day in 1972, Captain

John Young, 321 Explosive

Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit,

Royal Army Ordnance Corps,

was killed in Northern Ireland.

An IRA bomb had been left in a

milk-churn at Silverbridge near

Forkhill, Co. Armagh. It exploded

as Captain Young approached,

causing him massive fatal


Read more here

Private Richard Barton,

C Company, 2nd Battalion The

Parachute Regiment

14 July 1971

On this day in 1971, Private

Richard Andrew Barton,

C (Patrol) Company, 2nd

Battalion The Parachute

Regiment, was shot dead in the

Andersonstown area of Belfast.

He had been driving a Land

Rover during a night patrol when

three gunmen opened fire from

where they were hidden in a

garden at Killeen Park.

Read More Here

Lieutenant (Acting Captain)

Robert Bowness Gibson,

2nd Battalion, the Bedfordshire


11th July 1916

On this day in 1916, Lieutenant

(Acting Captain) Robert Bowness

Gibson, 2nd Battalion,

Bedfordshire Regiment, was

killed in action at Trones Wood

on the Somme. Three men from

his platoon risked their lives to

retrieve his body for burial - most

of his men had been killed by

machine gun fire upon entering

the wood, and he himself had

been shot through the head,

dying instantly.

Read more here

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The War Poppy Collection

By Jacqueline Hurley 29 |

| 30 31 |

The Veterans’ Magazine

The War Poppy Collection

Jacqueline Hurley talks to the SBT

about her stunning works of art

100 Years of Vera


As Dame Vera Lynn celebrates

her 100th Birthday we look back

at her incredible story


The SBT News

This week’s latest national

and international news

from the world of Veterans

and Armed Forces

Issue 29 | March 2017




Ken Brooks




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