This week has been a week of remembrance for myself and my family and I thought I’d take some time to reflect on it. Last Sunday Dad and myself went down to the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Torquay. One of the many conversations we had that day was about how little either of us had … More A week of remembrance
I felt compelled to write this post off the back of a facestalker update that my little sister just posted: Abi wants to thank all of my dearest friends & family who have got us through the last 178 sleeps, we couldn’t have done it without your support. 1 more sleep left and it’s all … More The Swift and Bold
This evening I watched Young Soldiers, a new short BBC3 documentary that follows the lives of four recruits to the British Army from basic training through to frontline action in Helmand. Those of you who are regular visitors might know that I have the utmost respect for those serving in our forces, as much as … More RIP L/Cpl Jon McKinlay
On Monday this week Cpl Mark ‘Maldoon’ Palin was killed in Afghanistan. He was leading a patrol to recover component parts that would be used to make IEDs when he was killed by an IED. Mark was a young father to Lennon and married to Carla who is 5mths pregnant with their daughter. He was … More Semper fidelis – Always Faithful #RIP Maldoon
Today is 11 November 2010, remembrance day. I’m on my third poppy this year, just don’t seem able to hold onto one, not that I mind as I think the Royal British Legion do fabulous work and deserve every penny they get. I’ve written about my thoughts on service personnel before Respect please! if you … More Never was so much owed by so many to so few
August 15 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of VJ Day, the day that Japan surrendered, the official end to the Second World War. My Grandad was serving in Burma – now 92 his memories of that time are as vivid today as they were the first time round. My Grandad often says that he went … More VJ Day – in gratitude
I thought I’d start this blog post by sharing a little bit about my family life with you, I guess by way of setting the context! My parents are very different people – my dad served in the Navy, has been involved for the past 20 years with the Army Cadet Force and a lot … More Respect please!