December 11, 2017
As the hundredth anniversary of the great sacrifices at Ypres were commemorated at the Menin Gate, we were all reminded of the hardships faced by our grandfathers’ and our great grandfathers’ generations. Coincidentally ,this year, after twenty five years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, Her Majesty The Queen, unveiled a memorial in London to mark the sacrifices of all those of our own generation, who had taken part in these t...
December 11, 2017
“ALL HANDS ON DECK, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY”, bellowed the Mate (John Johnston) of St Barbara V as he dashed below to alert the off-watch of a disastrous event occurring less than 300m from St Barbara. He simultaneously notified the local maritime agencies via the VHF radio.
The crew from 29 Cdo Regt partaking in Leg 5 of Ex MEDITERRANEAN UBIQUE had been sailing St Barbara V (the Gunner Flagship) all day into a strong Easterly wind whilst on...
November 28, 2017
Between the months of April and September there is a small ‘war’ occurring between cyclists across the Army; it’s called the Army Cycling Road Race Series. Packed together in a group known as a ‘peleton’ it moves at speeds in excess of 30mph, constantly accelerating and flexing depending on the tactics being applied. Your heart rate is rarely below 85% of its maximum limit and over the space of 1 hour you are pushed to the very limits o...
November 21, 2017
Children from Pembroke House, a Prep School in the Rift Valley of Kenya, visited the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Gilgil on Remembrance Day. They held a ceremony by the grave of Lieutenant Thomas Sanders, Royal Artillery. The last post was played and the School Chaplain read a short prayer.
Thomas Sanders was 22 when he died of fever whilst serving with an East African unit in 1943. He had attended Blundells School in Devon and according to his local newspa...
November 7, 2017
Ex ICE MAIDEN aims to be the first all female team to ski coast to coast across Antarctica using muscle power alone. We will cover 1,700km, pulling sledges of approximately 75kg and battling temperatures of -50°C and wind speeds of over 60mph during our three-month journey. With only two resupply points along the route, we will carry all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time.