Remembering the past, helping with the future

Jay’s Invictus Journey

This blog outlines Lt Cdr Jay Saunders of the Royal Navy and his Invictus Journey. This is just the begining. Background It took me a long time to realise that I was suffering with PTSD following my deployment on OP GRITROCK, the UK’s contribution to defeating the Ebola virus in West Africa. I was the only […]

15th February 2018 0

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A Right to Vote – February 1918 In November 2010 Cpl Sarah Bushbye RAMC was awarded the Military Cross by Her Majesty the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.  Sarah is only the third ever female recipient of the MC.  Pte Michelle Morris also RAMC was the first in 2006 and Able Seaman Kate […]

19th January 2018 0

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We will all be aware of the rising tensions between the United States of America and North Korea and the veiled threats coming from the man in the white house, or golf club a lot of the time, and the unveiled threats from the young leader Kim Jong Un. Whether you believe that one is […]

18th January 2018 0

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Bosnia-Herzegovina This year in the Tommy Atkins Diary we will be looking back one hundred years to the events leading up to the Centenary of the Armistice.  But in between that we will also be looking at other history changing events that have occurred since that time.  In the early 1990’s British Servicemen were called […]

18th January 2018 0

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Veterans – History in the Making The Atomic Bomb 6th November 1917 marked the end of one of what are often referred to as the greatest battles in the history of war.  This was the Third Battle of Ypres, or Passchendaele as it is better known; a battle that had raged from 31st July 1917 […]

18th January 2018 0

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Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian doctor, was serving in Ypres in the Spring of 1915 when a close friend was killed. As the doctor looked out across the battlefields, scarred by mud, disused trenches and barbed wire, he noticed flowers, bright red petals fluttering in the breeze. Despite the fighting that was happening on […]

4th November 2017 0

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The Man Who Saved the World In October 2002 the Director of the National Security Archive, Thomas Blanton ordered the release of Secret and Top Secret documents pertaining to an event that had occurred forty years earlier. At the time the Director made a speech during which he alluded to someone who, in his opinion […]

17th October 2017 0

Veterans – History in the Making …6

Special Order No. 6 A cold biting wind swept across the parade square at Bovington in late November as the Royal Tank Regiment stood to attention on a Regimental Parade. Dressed in their familiar black tank suits and belts their black berets bore the distinctive silver RTR cap badge. A lone trooper, the youngest in […]

17th October 2017 0

PTSD -Trust

Please remember I write this from my own military perspective. It took 12 years after I had left the army to put my trust in someone.  Although I think the worst thing I ever did was join a bar age of PTSD Facebook pages looking for answers, because the nurse in me took over and […]

8th October 2017 0

Veterans – Over Before Christmas – September 1944

Talking of sayings, of all the famous lines from films starring Michael Caine, my favourite isn’t his most famous, the one about doors being blown off, nor even any mention of Zulus.  The line I am referring to was when he portrayed the role of Lt Col Joe Vandelour, 3rd Bn Irish Guards in the […]

1st September 2017 0