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The Centenary of Hartlepool Bombardment
December 23, 2014

The Centenary of Hartlepool Bombardment

Today marks 100 years since the bombardment of Hartlepool by the German Navy in the First World War. 130 civilians and military personnel were killed and more than 500 were wounded when German warships attacked on the morning of 16th December 1914. To commemorate the centenary the town is holding a series of events to honour those who died. A new memorial is also being unveiled in the town, featuring 130 ceramic poppies from the Tower Bridge installation in Londo...

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The Truce Match
December 2, 2014

The Truce Match

I think this one of the nicest stories that came from the WW1.  There were lots of moments that apparent cease fires were held due to holidays and certain times of the year.  The facts are scattered and if some are to be believed then it would be nice to assume that on Christmas Day the allied and enemy forces came together in ‘No Man’s Land’ and played a game of football and tried to remember what Christmas was about.  At the heart...

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LT. COL. SAMUEL IRONMONGER DERRY RA 1914 - 1996
November 21, 2014

LT. COL. SAMUEL IRONMONGER DERRY RA 1914 - 1996

"LT. COL. SAMUEL IRONMONGER DERRY RA 1914 - 1996 "A HERO IN WAR. A LEADER IN PEACE" Last night, Newark Branch RAA were extremely proud and honored to have been invited to attend the unveiling of a portrait of one our Town's most famous sons, Lt. Colonel Sam Derry RA. He was not only a decorated war hero, having been awarded both the MC (Military Cross) and the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) for his exploits and bravery during the Second World War. He was al...

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Tenby Memorial Garden
November 19, 2014

Tenby Memorial Garden

Ex-Gunner and local Tenby man Jeff Thornton has been influential in the restoration of the Gates at Tenby Memorial Garden.  After several years of neglect, Jeff contacted the local council with a plan to have the gates restored to their former glory.  Jeff says “  It has taken a long while for the badges and gates to be completed. Originally, only the badges were going to be renewed by Tenby C.C. but then Pembrokeshire C.C. who cl...

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Remembrance
October 30, 2014

Remembrance

It is that time of year again when we all remember why we have the freedom we do.  We think about the 8000 men and women that bravely gave their lives to ensure our current way of life.  I know that we at the Royal Artillery Association and the Royal Regiment will all remember with pride and that during Remembrance week our soldiers from all the Royal Regiments will be all over the country, from Blackpool to Plymouth remembering and holding ceremonies to c...

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