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Hello and welcome to the January 2022 Chairman’s chat.
Happy New Year, I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and looking forward to better things in 2022.
In memory of deceased PCS family members who passed away in December
WO2 Alf Manship
2 March 1944 – 1 December 2001
SSgt Tony James
7 September 1936 – 5 December 2014
SSgt Paul Brooks
22 May 1935 – 6 December 1998
LCpl Jean Martin (nee Randall) WRAC
December 1937 – 6 December 2016
Pioneer Harry Taylor (WW1)
1875 – 6 December 1916
Cpl DF Fraser</span
8 December 1923 – 7 December 1989
SSgt Cecil (Paddy) Vance
13 October 1932 – 7 December 2015
SSgt Kevin Loxham</span
28 August 1946 – 9 December 2019
Cpl Bob Moonie
1 April 1941 – 9 December 2010
Spr Arthur Fearnsides (WW1)
1876 – 12 December 1916
Dave Bowers RE Para
9 November 1940 – 14 December 1981
Maj Andy Quinn
19 March 1936 – 14 December 2010
Pte Karen Palmer WRAC
31 January 1966 – 16 December 2012
Cpl Michael Topping
31 October 1962 – 16 December 1989
LCpl Wilf Woodend
25 June 1947 – 16 December 1983
Hon Col Joseph HB Cantley
1929 – 17 December 2013
Brian H Fritchley
27 December 1932 – 18 December 1999
Maj Joseph Powney (WW1)
1869 – 18 December 1914
Cpl Carl Done
24 March 1949 – 20 December 1987
Maj Don Bramley
8 May 1931 – 22 December 2020
Spr Nick Chandler
24 December 2014
Maj (PEO) J R (Bob) Connelly BEM
23 March 1928 – 24 December 2001
Spr Dave Maxwell
31 December 1967 – 24 December 2020
WO1 (RSM) Gordon Pulley
3 August 1933 – 29 December 2011
Request for information about JHQ
The Director of Archives at the City of Moenchengladbach has started a project that will document the historic relationship between JHQ and the city. It will focus on all aspects of life and the interaction between the people of Moenchengladbach and the multicultural population of JHQ, with its many nationalities and “military” cultural background.
John Jackett has been asked to join the project, which will last between 3 to 5 years, John will be focussing on gathering all manner of information and documents from the various organisations that hold information about JHQ.
John would like to gather as much information from those of you who served in Rheindahlen. The information can be documents, photos, newspapers, magazines, contact information and written stories/memories. Of particular interest are those items relating to the link between the populations of JHQ and Moenchengladbach.
If you have any information that may be of interest to John, he can be contacted at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A quotation from Mother Teresa
Because of Covid, many people are suffering from its symptoms, in addition lowliness and mental health issues, I thought this Mother Teresa quotation at this time rather appropriate:
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realise it.”
Well take care and stay safe, let’s hope 2022 is an extraordinary one where Covid is conquered, and we can get back to living a normal life, catch up soon….sincerest wishes,
Veterans New Railcard
Government fulfils promise to veterans with new railcard.
Military veterans to get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends.
Military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends, with a new railcard on sale from Armistice Day, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (22 January 2020).
Available from Armistice Day this year, the railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.
Vetrans’ ID Card
18 February 2019
The launch of a Veterans’ ID Card has been announced.
The delivery is to be rolled out in two tranches:
Phase 1: The Veterans ID Card will be provided to all Service Leavers only, as part of the discharge process with effect from today, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018.
Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time, before the end of 2019.
The UK Armed Forces Veteran ID Card
The Ministry of Defence will be launching a new Veterans ID card on 18 February which will enable public and charitable sector services to instantly recognise the service of a Veteran. This card will provide proof that a Veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a Veteran, which is one day’s service.
Currently, there is no way for existing Veterans to easily prove the fact that they have served, and the administrative burden on providers when verifying that a person is a Veteran can be considerable, both in time and cost. This card will allow you to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.
However, this card will not be held by all Veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches and some genuine Veterans in need may not have the capacity to apply for one.
Therefore, please do not take the absence of a Veterans ID card as proof that a person is not a Veteran. Instead continue to use your existing processes to verify their Veteran status.
If you are asked questions about the ID card, please refer Veterans to the Veterans UK helpline number and they will be able to provide the relevant information, details below.
Telephone: 0808 1914 218
Website – www.veterans-uk.info [Read more…]