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first established in 1977 to provide static covert observation in Northern Ireland. To commemorate the end of COP operations, a painting has been commissioned from the artist Chris Palmer; this painting now hangs within HQ Infantry. A mounted, but unframed, copy (56cm x 49cm) of this painting, signed by the artist, is available for £22 (this includes p & p and a donation of £1 to the Combat Stress Charity) from Mrs Pippa Tyrer, HQ Infantry, Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 0DJ (tel: 01985 222307).


Forthcoming Heroes Return 2


The Big Lottery Fund has announced the launch of Heroes Return 2 to enable veterans of World War II and their spouses/ partners/carers (up to 3 people in the party) to visit those places in which they served in WWII. Included this time around are places in UK. Details and application forms are available now. Contact RHQ to find out more.


Royal Cambridge Home


The Royal Cambridge Home was founded in 1851 to provide residential care for the widows of servicemen and for ex-servicewomen and it has continued to do so until the present day. Located near Hampton Court Palace, 28 residents are encouraged to treat the Home as their own home and their independence is acknowledged by the provision of comfortable individual rooms. A dedicated staff work hard to maintain the happy atmosphere and make life more comfortable and interesting for the residents and to encourage participation in the social life of the Home. The Home is managed by a Committee responsible to its Board of Trustees chaired by the Governor of The Royal Hospital Chelsea; residents join in many activities with The Royal Hospital Chelsea. If you wish to discover more about the Home or make a donation to its funds (which depend upon voluntary donations), telephone 0208 979 3788 or e-mail rch@ royalcambridgehome.org or visit the Home’s website www.royalcambridgehome.org.


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BBC TV Series The BBC is making a new TV series about the way in which fatherhood has changed during the course of the last century and the producers wish to talk to veterans who were or who were about to become fathers when they went off to fight in WW II. It is appreciated how difficult it would have been to leave a family and/or pregnant wife knowing that you may not see them again: how did you cope? What was it like to see them on your return? Were you able to contact your family while you were away? Did you think constantly that you were fighting for their freedom or did you try to put them to the back of your mind? For those taken prisoner, what were your feelings and did you manage to communicate with your family? These are just some of the questions to which the producers would like answers. Also, they would like to hear from those children whose fathers went off to war. Those who feel that they have something to offer are invited to contact Pete Vance or Hazel Fearnley by post at Testimony Films, 12 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RS or by e-mail at pete.vance@testimonyfilms.com or by phone on 0117 925 8589.


New No 2 (Service) Dress


The Army has now begun to issue a new All Ranks Number 2 (Service) Dress to be worn by all ranks. Infantry Regiments and ATRs will be at the forefront of the issue of the new uniform. There is a male and female uniform and a Scottish jacket. Coloured trousers will be issued where required by specific regiments (King’s Royal Hussars, Royal Dragoon Guards & Royal Irish) and Regimental buttons and accoutrements remain unchanged. This includes button configurations for Foot Guards Regiments. TA personnel will be issued with Number 2 (Service) Dress as distribution reaches their Regiment/Corps by garrison. Cadet unit officers and adults will receive it towards the end of the issuing process. The new uniform is of a far superior quality to the old Number 2 (Service) Dress. All metal badges and additions will be of “clutch and pin” type to reduce damage and to allow uniforms to be reused. Issue will happen over four years and priority will be determined by the requirement for uniform and on a regional basis. Recruits are now starting to pass out of training in the new uniform. A new shirt and tie will be issued: shirts will be available with both long and short sleeves and soldiers not currently in receipt of shoes will receive them. The Officers’ Initial Outfit Allowance paid to all RMAS cadets on commissioning will remain. Income tax relief for the


maintenance of uniforms remains unchanged. Finally, new Barrack Dress will be issued later this year; it is made from a comfortable wool-rich material which will be washable with permanent front creases.


SNCO Mess Dress


Allowance A grant was announced earlier this year to assist newly-promoted Regular Sergeants with the purchase of Mess Dress from 1 Apr 09. All Regular Corporals promoted to acting or substantive Sergeant on or after 1 Apr 09 will receive a one-off financial contribution towards the purchase and upkeep of Mess Dress uniform. The grant will apply to Regular Service personnel only. The amount of grant will be based on the average cost of the required Mess Dress uniform. The rate for the Infantry is £455. The grant will apply to regular soldiers only; Reserve personnel including Territorial Army and Full Time Reserve Commitment will not be eligible for the grant as the reservist requirement to wear Mess Dress uniform is much less than that of the Regular forces.


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British Forces Broadcasting Services


(BFBS) BFBS Digital Radio was launched by BFBS on 20th April 2009 and has UK-wide coverage: see www.bfbs.com. BFBS also has radio and TV coverage overseas wherever UK Armed Forces are serving – a wide audience with a similar character. Through their Big Salute on–air fundraising effort, they support five service charities (BLESMA, St Dunstan’s, Combat Stress, Headley Court and Veterans Aid) already (see http://bfbs-tv.com/big-salute-pa-290. php). Their core audience is the 20 - 40 year age group but they are keen to widen that towards the older range.


The Mercian Eagle


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