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A World War Two veteran, who was injured when the tank he was travelling in was blown up by the Nazis, has been given France’s highest military honour.

92-year-old Bernard Sharrock, from Wigan, was heading to Normandy when he came under fire in 1944. The veteran and another crew member survived the attack but five others on board were killed.

He received the Legion d’Honneur for his part...
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Today we are celebrating International Volunteer Day and are taking the time to say a huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers.

We have an incredible volunteer network of over 6000 volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy to ensure we can provide vital support to those serving, veterans and their families. Caseworkers, Fundraisers, Secretaries, Treasurers and Chairmen –...
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An 89 year old veteran has found a job after placing an advert in his local newspaper looking for part-time work to stop him 'dying from boredom.'

Joe Bartley, from Paignton, was a member of the 6th Airborne division and served in the Palestine after World War Two. He has lived alone since his wife Cassandra died two years ago and is looking forward to getting out of the flat. He is due to...
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Sergeant Alan Robinson has become the first amputee to fly a spitfire since World War Two aces Douglas Bader and Colin ‘Hoppy’ Hodgkinson.

Sergeant Robinson is the first of two successful candidates in The Spitfire Scholarship – a private initiative supported by Prince Harry – to complete the goal.

In 2011, Alan was involved in a motorcycle accident and as a result had his right leg...
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SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us. Visit our website: [ Ssafa.org.uk Link ]
A stone will be laid in France next year to mark the "blackest day" in Guernsey's history - 30 November 1917.

More than 80 islanders died in a single day in the World War One Battle of Cambrai. To mark the 100th anniversary, a piece of inscribed Guernsey granite will be unveiled at the site of the losses - the French town of Masnieres.

Historian Chris Oliver, one of those behind the move,...
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This #GivingTuesday we would like to give thanks to all those who have donated, volunteered, fundraiser and supported us - online and offline!

We really appreciate every comment, like, and share that we receive. You are what make our page a lively and warm place to share our passion for the #Forces and their families. Learn how you can get involved here: [ Goo.gl Link ]

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Today is #GivingTuesday a day to do good stuff for charity and we are delighted to be taking part!

We are giving our time to say a massive THANK YOU to our extraordinary supporters without whom none of our services would be possible - we'll be busy spreading the love across all our social media, including Instagram (SSAFA_armedforcescharity) Twitter (@SSAFA) and Linkedin (SSAFA the Armed...
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Medals awarded to the Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, have been bought by a museum.

The war hero, born in the Leith area of Edinburgh in 1919, died earlier this year at the age of 97. He was renowned for flying 487 different types of aircraft - a world record that is unlikely to be matched. The medals, including his Distinguished Service Cross and CBE, were...
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WW2 RAF Veteran Harry Arrowsmith passed away earlier this month, survived by only his sister. Despite this, his funeral was attended by over 250 well wishers, who came to honour his bravery and service to his country.

During the war, Mr Arrowsmith worked as a rear gunner on the famous Lancaster bombers. While the life expectancy of such a pilot was four missions, he bravely flew and...
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One inspirational individual who took part in Ride to the Somme has now taken her support for SSAFA a step further by volunteering at her local branch.

Sarah Thyer from Swansea was a inexperienced cyclist looking for a new hobby before she signed up for the 200 mile ride, which so far has raised over 100k for SSAFA. On her return, having developed a passionate interest in the charity, she...
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A WW2 veteran who was a driver with the Royal Engineers during the Allied invasion of Normandy has been awarded one of France’s highest military honours.

Walter, ‘Wally’, from Bournemouth, 94-year-old, who landed in Normandy three days after the initial D-Day landings, was involved in Operation Pluto, which saw the construction of undersea oil pipelines under the English Channel between...
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Plans are well underway for an increase in the numbers of Gurkhas joining the Army.

The MOD wants recruitment to go up by 25% and among the new facilities for them is a messing hut area at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, home to Gurkha Company.

The messing huts are being constructed almost entirely by Gurkha company staff. This not only saves the MOD money, but also has another...
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Are you a good listener, non-judgmental and keen to inspire others? SSAFA needs you!

We are looking for mentors to join our dedicated team of volunteers providing support during the sometimes tricky transition from active service to civilian life. SSAFA’s mentoring service supports wounded, injured and sick soldiers make this transition and achieve their full potential.

Full support and...
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A WW2 veteran has finally received the Legion d'honneur medal for his role in D-Day, just after receiving a gallantry award for saving a young girl from drowning.

Fred Buckle, 93, joined the Royal navy in 1941 and has stark and shocking memories from D-Day: “We weren’t the first wave, we were the second. I can’t forget it. The sea was full of bodies. We had to wade through to get ashore.”...
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SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us. Visit our website: [ Ssafa.org.uk Link ]
The tale of two brothers who died in each other’s arms on the Somme battlefield in 1916 has been told for the first time as part of a new digital release of letters, photographs and memoirs to mark Remembrance Day.

Second Lieutenant Leonard Tregaskis and his younger brother Lieutenant Arthur were both killed in Mametz Wood on July 7, 1916, after one was wounded by a sniper while the other...
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On this day in 1916 the epic Battle of the Somme came to an end after more than four months of bloody conflict.

The conflict is known as one of the bloodiest in military history, with more than 60,000 men wounded or killed on the first day alone: the single heaviest day of casualties in British military history to that point.
Over the course of the next four-and-a-half months and no fewer...
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The tragic WW1 family, the Collins brothers, have finally been honoured by their home city a century after their deaths.

The six brothers signed up to fight with the British Army in 1914 and four of them were killed – the youngest to die just 16 years old, the eldest dying in the Battle of the Somme. When their grieving mother received a telegram to say that a fifth son was missing, presumed...
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A WW2 Veteran has finally been reunited with his Légion d’Honneur medal after it was wrongly delivered to a local Costco.

BBC Radio Merseyside made an appeal and producers were able to track down Joseph Carter, 92. He was delighted to finally be presented with the medal in front of four generations of family and the manager of Costco.

Congratulations Joseph!