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Peter Snow and his wife, Ann MacMillan, will speak at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on MON 25 Sep 17 beginning at 7.30pm. They will give an illustrated talk on their new book of military stories, called WAR STORIES – Gripping tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion. The book is being published, this month, by John Murray.
The book includes 31 stories from history since the 18th century to the 21st century. General and Lady Sale feature, within the context of the Afghan campaign, is one of the stories. Others stories include: an officer at the Charge of the Light Brigade; a spy and saboteur during the Second World War; a US turncoat in the War of Independence; and, a lady who nursed her husband after the Battle of Waterloo. The most recent story relates to Syria and the escape of a chemist from Homs, with his family, and arrival in Sweden in 2015.
More information and tickets can be purchased on line from Wed 20 Sep 17. The Brewhouse website can be accessed via www.thebrewhouse.net
Thereafter, click on tickets, scroll down to Mon 26 Sep and select ‘more info’.
The Purple Warriors
This morning, I and a group of friends launched a new initiative. Purple Warriors is a dragon boat club for serving and retired members of HM Forces who have some form of impairment (mental or physical) as a result of their service to this country. You may, through Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media already be aware of it. But, if you’re not, please visit our website
and find out what this is all about. Alternatively checkout Facebook or LinkedIn (search for Purple Warriors or there are links in the website).
It’s been a manic day already. Through some clever software stuff, we know we have already reached over 4,000 globally, and we have over 30 recruits from our target community.
All I ask of you is to spread the word. Somewhere out in the big wide world is someone you know, or are indirectly linked to, who might want to join Purple Warriors if only he or she knew about it. So please use you social media connections to help us. If the idea takes off (and it does seem as if it could) we will need sponsors too and, again, someone might just be sufficiently touched by what is happening to help make a difference .
Our plan is to take the sport of dragon boating to the Invictus Games with Purple Warriors the source for a GB team. I am also in discussion with the sport’s peak body (The International Dragon Boat Federation) about having an ‘impaired’ category at future continental and World championships.
I am backed by some really terrific folk - check out the website for an example of pro bono work done by a fellow GB paddler who has no military connections but who is as inspired as I am by our forces.
To be remembered at National Memorial Arboretum
The 371 British servicemen who died in the ‘forgotten’ war – on Cyprus in the 1950s – are to be commemorated at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Thanks to ex Royal Military Policeman David Littlemore and the RAF a large piece of Cyprus stone has been brought back to the U.K. where a stonemason will drill out a special chamber to house a copper capsule which will contain a roll of honour bearing the names of the servicemen who died on the island between 1955 and 1959. Most were conscripts – some of the last to lose their lives while carrying out their National Service.
The Cyprus Emergency, as it was known at the time, saw a series of murderous attacks on servicemen in the then British colony by EOKA - the Greek acronym for National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters. Although there is now a large memorial in Kyrenia Cyprus recording the servicemen’s names and regiments, until now there hasn’t been a presence at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire solely for those who served in the trouble spot.
The stone should arrive soon at The Arboretum but we’re still waiting to hear when it will be officially unveiled and dedicated.
I’d love to hear from any Cyprus veterans - who served between 1955 and 1959 – along with friends and relatives, so I can add them to a database and keep them updated on progress and the date of dedication.
You may not know, but I was Denis Waters batman in Hong Kong, and we have kept in regular contact with each other since our days in the !st BattailonThe Witlshire Regt.
I am suffering now with Parkinsons disease and before this came on I was a well known competitor road runner here in Cornwall. I have run the London Marathon twice, the Duchy Marathon, and the Cornish marathon, I have won the 70+ category of the Cornish Road running Grand Prix, won the 75+ category at the Leeds half marathon twice, Bristol half marathon twice, Bath half marathon twice, and countless ten kilometre races too many to keep relating to, all at the start of my road running carer which started at the tender age of sixtynine years, I had to finish rrunning two years ago when Parkinsons was found in my system. Where is all this leading to I can hear you asking?
Well last November at the age of eightyfour, I entered a race I have done in the past many times, The Falmouth Mob Match a five mile race along Falmouth sea front, this year I decided to enter the race to raise funds for Parkinsons UK, my club Hayle Runners helped me get donations from participating runners at the race, and we managed to raise a little excess of £1000. I was accompanied by my doctor, who runs for Cornwall AC, my daughter Clare Ex RADC/QARNC. and two lady runners from my club.
The letter I have enclosed below, was from a young lady media student currently studying at Falmouth University, who took the opportunity to do a video item, and it was suggested by Denis Waters, that maybe you would be interested in what I have accomplished, I hope it will be of interest to members of the OCA.
Mondemont Commemoration 2016
Every year France commemorates the victory against the invading German armies at the 1st Battle of the Marne in September 1914. Often called the miracle of the Marne the victory saved France from defeat and enemy occupation and thus changed the course of WW1 and history. The German Schlieffen Plan to defeat France in 40 days before turning against Russia was therefore thwarted and they faced a war on two fronts thereafter.
In this titanic fluid battle between two sides of over a million men each Great Britain played a small but significant part through the British Expeditionary Force fighting alongside its French allies. France has not forgotten that British soldiers fought and died for France as well as King, Country and Empire.
An invitation to all regiments who were part of the BEF was extended to join in the annual ceremonies some fifteen years ago and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Association has attended ever since. The Association's annual party is already boosted by inclusion of some from other regiments and an invitation to Rifles Regimental Association members to join us this year is made with pleasure.
The following units of The Rifles antecedent regiments fought on the Marne. 1 Dorsets, 1 Devons, 2 KOYLI, 1 D of C LI, 1 KSLI, 2 DLI, 1 Glos, 2 KRRC, 1 KRRC, 1 RB, 3 RB, 2 O & B LI,
1 Berks, 1 Wilts, 1 SLI.
This year the party departs London by coach early on 1st September returning early evening on the 5th. Cost will be £250 per person inclusive of coach, ferry, four nights B&B in a family run hotel near Epernay, ie virtually inclusive. Wives/partners are welcome. Parking over the weekend is available at our start point - Fusilier House in Balham.
It should be stressed that this is NOT your average Battlefield Tour type of trip. It is very much an extremely enjoyable long weekend of comradeship in the delightful Champagne Region of France. The September weather is normally excellent. We attend some pleasing and meaningful ceremonies organised by our French hosts leaving plenty of time for private enjoyment. Our presence is greatly valued by the French.
To express interest in joining and/or to seek further information please contact the organiser and trip leader Richard Adams on 01608 662328 or 07961452192 or
Cyprus scene has been liaising with David Littlemore regarding his wonderful project to have a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum which will be a piece of Rock from Cyprus to honour the British service personnel who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency 1955-59.
We have now published a first article which will be followed by a second and then a third which will cover the unveiling when the Rock is completed and placed in its location at the Arboretum.
Everything is going ahead with the help of the RAF who have given this project their support and David is now establishing a fund for the completion of the Memorial Rock and future maintenance.
The link to the first article is as follows:
A Cyprus Rock is going "home" to the UK and is to be laid at the National Memorial Arboretum in memory of the British service personnel who lost their lives in the Cyprus Emergency 1955-59. To read more the link is http://cyprusscene.com/2016/01/17/national-memorial-arboretum-cyprus-rock-memorial/
Mark Bishop - 2016 London Marathon - Team Leader at Army Recruiting Team in Aldershot
It's a good cause a smaller charity but important as its what helps this earth produce oxygen.
I'm raising money for The Rainforest Foundation (UK) by taking part in 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Please sponsor me at www.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkBishop68
Rededication of the 66th Foot Colours
The Colours of the 66th Foot previously hung in the Minster, Reading and prior to being re-hung in the Minster, will be re-dedicated by the Bishop of Reading
at a Choral Eucharist Service in the Minster at 1100 hrs on 25th October 2015.
The Archdeacon of Berkshire & the previous Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss, will be in attendance. Previous Officers and Soldiers of The Royal Berkshire Regiment(49th/66th Foot) will be led by Mag Gen D.T Crabtree CB.
Dress: Suits, Medals and decorations.