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Ilkeston-born Ernest Taylor was awarded the Legion of Honour by French government Joins the Nottingham Branch
February 24, 2016

Ilkeston-born Ernest Taylor was awarded the Legion of Honour by French government Joins the Nottingham Branch

Ernest a veteran of the D-Day defied Hitler's armies for two years – but was nearly undone by his love of eggs. His closest brush with death came after he took part in the Normandy Landings and ran up Juno Beach, where 2,000 men were scythed down by German guns the day before.     The 18-year-old learnt very quickly how to build a slit trench and from its relative safety, he ventured out to find eggs to augment his dreary rations one aftern...

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Former LBdr Daisy Coleman in the fast lane!
January 27, 2016

Former LBdr Daisy Coleman in the fast lane!

Daisy Coleman (formerly LBdr Coleman) was discharged from the Royal Artillery in 2013 after being diagnosed with suspected Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). On this diagnosis she gave up her lifelong passion of riding. Daisy was introduced to water sports and power boating in 2012 by Mission Motorsport and has had measured and continued success in the mostly male dominated sport.        Since leaving her disability has diminished and through r...

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Comarade visit to Sgt Tom Wain
January 18, 2016

Comarade visit to Sgt Tom Wain

The President John Marshall, Chairman Michael Backhouse and Secretary Peter Grice of the Lincoln & District paid a visit to a retired Gunner, Sgt Tom Wain who with his wife resides in a home in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.   Tom is 90 years of age and joined the Royal Artillery in 1944 joining 14 Regiment RA.  Tom then went on to serve in India and Korea on the 25 pounders. Tom remembers how deep and cold the snow was in his days in Korea. Tom and h...

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Blind Veterans UK supports over 300 former Gunners now living with severe sight loss
December 9, 2015

Blind Veterans UK supports over 300 former Gunners now living with severe sight loss

Blind Veterans UK, a national military charity, is currently supporting just over 300 former Gunners who are now living with severe sight loss. The charity’s free, lifelong support to Armed Forces and National Service veterans includes training, rehabilitation, employment advice, emotional support and the opportunity to take part in activities ranging from sports such as archery through to arts and crafts as well as social events.   Blind Veterans UK fo...

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Capt Leslie Gosling 100th Birthday Celebrations
December 9, 2015

Capt Leslie Gosling 100th Birthday Celebrations

On the 26th November the Canterbury Branch of The Royal Artillery Association held a surprise 100th birthday party for their President, Captain Leslie Gosling. Leslie had a very distinguished career during WW2, seeing action at El Alemain with J Bty 3 RHA in Italy and Normandy. He was awarded the Legion d'Honeur at a Ceremony at the French Embassy on the 11th November. Canterbury branch are very proud and honoured to have such a remarkable man as their President.&n...

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