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The Sandbag Times Issue No:52

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NEWS SBT NEWS THE VETERANS’ MAGAZINE February Edition A Sad Farewell To Sergeant Major ‘Shut Up’ Tributes are flooding in to the much loved actor Windsor Davies who has passed away aged 88. He was best known for his role as Battery Sergeant Major Williams in the series ‘It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum’ where he played the reluctant Senior NCO of the Royal Artillery concert party during the Burma campaign. He also starred alongside Donald Sinden in the series ‘Never The Twain’ and had two roles in the ‘Carry On’ films. He was born in Canning Town, London, but returned to his father's home village, Nant-y-Moel in Bridgend county, when World War Two broke out. He served national service in the East Surrey Regiment seeing service in Libya and Egypt. In 1975, Windsor teamed up with fellow actor Don Estelle to record ‘Whispering Grass’ in the roles of BSM Williams and Gunner ‘Lofty’ Sugden from the hit series. The single went on to sell over a million copies and reached No:1 where it stayed for three weeks. His daughter Jane Davies said he and her mother, who died in September, left a family "who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude". The couple, who were married for 62 years, had retired to France. They had five children. RIP Windsor Davis: 1930 - 2019 GET HELP NOW: Rewind @ Tommy Atkins Centre | 6

NEWS THE VETERANS’ MAGAZINE SBT NEWS February Edition By Daily Mirror War veterans with PTSD given £25m over 7 years Nearly £25million in compensation has gone to war vets with post traumatic stress in seven years. Most of the 2,177-plus cases are from Iraq or Afghanistan veterans who have left the services then sued the Ministry of Defence for failing to treat their symptoms. The £24.7million figure was revealed in a freedom of information request, which also showed in 2016 eight soldiers with PTSD, who privately sued the MoD, each received an average of £150,000. But £6,000 is the usual payment for those discharged with PTSD. In 2018 there were at least 80 suspected suicides by serving and ex staff thought to be sufferers. In the past four weeks two serving and a former member of the armed forces are believed to have taken their own lives. The Sunday People has campaigned for better treatment of our veterans. Col Richard Kemp, ex Commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said troops risk their lives for us and it is our duty to look after them. Ex Royal Marine Jeff Williams, of Veterans United Against Suicide, said: “Far more needs to be done than paying compensation. I’d like to see increased financial support of groups of volunteers who help to save lives of veterans.” Dr Walter Busuttil, of health charity Combat Stress, said mental symptoms can take years to surface. He said: “This is not going to go away. Read more... Pilot in Shoreham Airshow crash had record of “taking risks” Court hears A former RAF jet pilot accused of killing 11 people during a failed airshow stunt had a record of taking risks and had been previously forced to abort a display because of “dangerous” flying, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutors allege that Andrew Hill, 54, was responsible for “serious negligence” when the 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter he was piloting plummeted Story: Daily Post onto a dual carriageway at Shoreham in West Sussex on 22 August 2015. A jury at the Old Bailey was told that the vintage fighter had been in “excellent working condition” and the crash was “purely because of pilot error” – namely an alleged failure by Mr Hill to reach sufficient height to complete his manoeuvre. Tom Kark QC, prosecuting, said Mr Hill had fallen short of the correct altitude by as much as 1,000ft (300m). Read more.. Story: INews Veteran dies 4 months after becoming a dad A former Royal Marine has died of an inoperable cancer just a month after getting married. Edward Burke also leaves behind a four-month-old daughter Esme. Mr Burke, who lived with wife Ruth and baby girl Esme in Penmachno, died on Monday, surrounded by his family, at St David's Hospice in Llandudno. He was told last October that he had three inoperable brain tumours, and probably only had three to six months to live. Edward's beloved daughter was just a month old when he and Ruth were given the devastating news. The couple married at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd on December 27. Edward's father Geoff Burke, who co-founded the Llandudno Jazz Festival with his son, spoke of the pride he feels for a son who packed so much into his short life. After undergoing radiotherapy treatment in a bid to slow the progress of his illness, Edward's health deteriorated over Christmas.Read more 7 |

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