April 11, 2016
My Girl saw service in the Second World War when, in 1939 she was requisitioned by the Royal Artillery to ferry Gunners, ammunition and supplies to the coastal defences. Her skipper at the time was Mr Ron Hill and together with his brother Bert they manned the small vessel throughout the war, carrying troops from the harbour to the sea forts along Weymouth and Portland. The little boat was painted grey at the time to camouflage her on these dangerous jou...
February 24, 2016
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...
January 27, 2016
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...
January 18, 2016
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...
December 9, 2015
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...