Seven British World War Two veterans are finally receiving France's highest honour the Legion d'Honneur

The seven men and women, all in their 90s, will be presented with the award by James Ryeland, honorary consul for France at Dover, at the clifftop Battle of Britain memorial at in Kent. Recipients include a former sister with the Imperial Military Nursing Service, a Lancaster navigator, a...
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The grieving mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq has made an emotional appeal after losing her son's dog tags.

Anne, the mother of Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington, was training to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in her son's memory when she lost his tags, along with a St Christopher pendant. The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment soldier died at the age of 22. He was the first...
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A highly decorated RAF Wing Commander who broke the sound barrier over London has passed away.

Robert Jefferies died on Valentine's Day at the age of 93. He was in the crew on a prototype Gloster Javelin, which first exceeded the speed of sound at 767mph. This feat was performed on 4 July 1954 and disproved media claims it could not be done in the aircraft.

Described as "an air force man...
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The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) are holding their Spring Event for tri-Service family members who have a child or adult dependent with an additional need and/or disability or have an additional need and/or disability themselves. The is a FREE, informal event for families and individuals and an opportunity to meet other families in similar situations, network and gather...
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A WW2 veteran who was captured for over three years as a Japanese POW is pleading for his stolen medals to be returned.

Geoffrey Blain was staying away from home at Christmas when thieves broke into his home and stole four of his medals and three medals belonging to his father Arthur Blain, who served in the First World War.

While all the medals were of huge sentimental value, it was his...
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Do you know a World War Two factory girl?

We are on the look out for any ex-factory girls out there who would be happy to share their stories and feature in an exciting campaign we are working on.

If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who would be keen to talk to us, we want to hear from you! Please go to our website and fill out the form: [ Link ]
The most injured British soldier from the Afghanistan conflict has been nominated to get Freedom Of the Town.

Ben Parkinson MBE, former paratrooper, was severely injured after the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a mine in Helmand province eight years ago. But since emerging from a coma in 2006, he has stunned medical staff, friends and family with what he's been able to achieve, and...
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Members of SSAFA’s Southend Veterans Club were treated to a tea dance as they celebrated two birthdays. Former Wren Dorothy Walters marked her 97th birthday; she volunteered to join the Royal Navy during World War II and worked as a Wren Writer in London. Invictus Games medallist Andy Bracey, 42, who was also celebrating on Thursday (Feb 16), served with the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland...
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A WW2 Veteran fulfils his war time wish to reach his 100th birthday - and celebrate surrounded by 100 women!

It was a half-joke made in the middle of battle – but years later it has actually come true. Doug Cunningham celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday surrounded by 100 local women after promising his troops he would host a big party if he lived that long. The British Army officer...
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A 100-year-old former RAF pilot has taken to the skies in a Spitfire, to mark the centenary year celebrations of an airport that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain.

Ray Roberts, used a walking aid on the runway to take his place in the twin-seat aircraft, while fellow centenarians Lily Osborne and Trudy Baxter flew in a Learjet 75.

The trio were VIPs at Biggin Hill Airport in...
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D-Day Spitfire pilot who crash-landed five times during 160 wartime missions dies just days before his 101st birthday

Tony Cooper, 100, joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1937 and was sent to Canada in 1940 to train pilots until mid-1943 when he managed to convince his commanders he was more valuable on the front line.
Cooper completed 160 missions - including fighter and ground attack...
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A homeless veteran now-turned-actor has been reunited with the Good Samaritan who stopped in the street, paid for him to stay in a B&B and turned his life round.

Former Royal Artillery gunner Phil Webb, 58, was contemplating suicide as he slept on the streets as he battled alcoholism, a lost job and his marriage breakdown. But when Stephen Finlayson, 36, walked past him in the road in...
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To mark the launch of our partnership with Haven Holidays, SSAFA supporters can now take advantage of an exclusive offer with the chance to double their discount on selected Easter breaks promoted through our dedicated SSAFA and Haven Holidays partnership page.

To claim your discount or find out more, simply visit [ Link ] or call 0333 202 5423 and quote CH_SSAFA.
This special offer...
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An Auschwitz survivor and the Scots commando who helped save her today marked their 71st Valentine’s Day together.

John Mackay, 96, rescued a column of Jewish prisoners from the horrors of Auschwitz as they marched with their Nazi guards to another concentration camp. World War Two was coming to a close and little did he know that his future wife, a young Hungarian girl by the name of Edith...
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This Valentines Day we are celebrating military couples, like Rob and Karen.

SSAFA beneficiary Rob Cromey-Hawke and Karen were together for a blissful 18 months before Rob proposed, but tragedy struck in December 2012 when Rob drove over an IED while out serving in Afghanistan. The blast permanently damaged Rob’s memory and, as a result, he could not recall any of the happy memories he...
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After a traumatic medical discharge, severe PTSD and three failed overdose attempts, Afghanistan veteran Jason's life was turned around by his SSAFA volunteer, Bill. In this video Jason talks about how with Bill's help he has rediscovered his reasons for living, and started looking to the future, one step at a time.

The work our dedicated volunteers do cannot be underestimated. Bill and...
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A rescue dog and a Valley veteran coping with PTSD have found the perfect union.

Former infantryman Chris Kavanagh discovered “traumatised” American bulldog cross Ranger as part of a scheme to rehabilitate veterans. And after just two weeks together, Ranger and Chris, a member of Veterans in Communities (VIC), are inseparable.

When Chris visited the nine-month-old puppy in kennels, he took...
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105-year-old woman who sold more than a million poppies after serving in World War Two has died.

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects at the funeral of Carmel Connolly, a former member of the Women's Auxillary Air Force who survived Luftwaffe bombing raids. She was given a military send off, the Union flag draped over her coffin as the 'Last Post' played.

Our condolences are with her...
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