Over 75 years since the Blitz and we are still uncovering the scars left on London today.

An unexploded 50kg World War Two bomb was uncovered from the River Thames last night. The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police forced Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London to shut. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the WW2 device had been towed...
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Nine Scottish World War Two veterans have been awarded France's highest honour for their role in liberating the country from German occupation.

The Legion of honour was bestowed on the men in a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle. Among the recipients was 99-year-old John McMillan who served as a Major in the Royal Artillery Field Regiment, and was awarded the Military Cross in July of that year for...
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It's your last chance to sign up to our newest team challenge Soldier 30:30!

On 25 February, teams will run 30 miles or 30 kilometres, carrying 30lb on their backs while navigating the beautiful countryside surrounding Denstone College near Uttoxeter. It's a great way to take on the new year, get fit and raise some money for our Armed Forces. It is open to all abilities.

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A trader from Pontypool is thanking donors for their amazing response after a collection tin in her store was snatched by thieves.

Gaynor James had been raising money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and the British Heart Foundation with a collection tin when it was stolen from the counter at the weekend. An online fundraising page was set up to replace the £100 stolen and managed to raise...
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A World War Two veteran has been left unable to afford food after being conned out of his savings.

Albert Simpson, 92, was left unable to buy his weekly shopping after scammers conned him out of £10,000, which he believed was going towards drugs to cure his arthritis. The pensioner, who spent time in active service in Northern Africa and Europe, was facing overdraft charges when his carer,...
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Are you fitter than a 95 year old World War Two veteran?

John Hamilton, a former Army Major, does five 90 minute workouts a week. He currently holds the world record for someone his age for completing a 1,000 metres in under 5 minutes and can hold a plank for 30 minutes!

Watch John's inspirational interview below.
A 97 year old veteran has donated his savings to earthquake victims in the Italian village where he was rescued and hidden from German forces during World War Two.

Lance Bombadier Eric Batteson was captured in 1942 and transferred to Sforzacosta prison of war camp in Italy, managing to escape in 1943.
Eric endured days of hunger on the run before seeking refuge with peasant farmers, Pompilio...
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SSAFA beneficiary and World War Two veteran Ernie Aylott has now received France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, for his part in the liberation of France.

His SSAFA caseworker Nick Bate, who encouraged him to apply for the medals he so justly deserved, presented him with the medal and read a letter of appreciation from the French Ambassador in the presence of his family.

Mr Bate said:...
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Fraser Corsan is a man on a mission. In May 2017 he will be attempting to break four wingsuit world records in order to raise an incredible £1 million for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

Fraser is passionate about the Armed Forces so all funds raised will go directly to supporting our work in the community through volunteer caseworkers, our confidential helpline Forcesline and service...
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Meet the boy with dreams of becoming a Windsor Castle guardsman after posing for a cute snap with his hero.

Soldier-mad Marshall Scott donned his very own uniform for a visit to see the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle for a birthday treat.

But as he watched the soldiers from the Coldstream Guards march through the quadrangle, Lance Corporal Paul Edden suddenly stepped out of the...
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Events will be held in July to mark the centenary of Passchendaele, one of the muddiest and bloodiest battles of World War One.

Some of World War One's most defining images of futility, mud, gas attacks and trenches come from these very battlefields. About 325,000 Allied troops and 260,000 Germans died in the battle.

The main ceremony will be on 31 July at the Commonwealth War Graves...
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Today is the first anniversary of our Southend Veterans club. The weekly club was set up by Divisional Secretary Michele Everett to give local Veterans a place to come together.

Every Thursday, a homemade two-course lunch is prepared by Michele Everett and the other SSAFA volunteers and afterwards, members can get to know one another, chat, play cards, games, darts and pool or get the guitar...
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A towering sculpture of a World War One soldier has been created from rusted scrap metal to mark the centenary of the end of the war.

Artist Martin Galbavy spent three months on the project at Dorset Forge and Fabrication near Sherborne. The figure, which is more than 6m (20ft) tall, was made from items including spanners, car jacks, brake discs and horseshoes.
The commission, called The...
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On the twelfth day of Christmas we look back on our successful December campaign that saw us unite with a number of famous faces to let those serving and those who've served that we've #gotyourback The campaign went well with over a 1000 people coming forward for help.
On the eleventh day of Christmas we remember Armistace day and the number of ways we commemorated the fallen this year.

Our Ride to the Somme was included in BBC Countryfile's Remembrance Day special, collections were held at rugby games and we had our own SSAFA volunteers (and veterans!) marching in the parade. Our Remembrance campaign encouraged all to honour the fallen and remember those...
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On the tenth day of Christmas we are looking back at one of our favourite beneficiary stories of the year.

This year we introduced you to Jason Wheeler, an army veteran who had served 15 years until he was medically discharged in 2013 as he was suffering from PTSD and depression. He soon became increasingly isolated, shunning contact with the outside world and hoarding rubbish in his flat....
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On the ninth day of Christmas we look back at our epic Ride to the Somme, the challenging bike ride to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

In September, a team of 46 riders successfully covered 250 miles in 3 days, cycling from Portsmouth to the Somme in honour of the cycling soldiers of WW1. They stopped at many monuments along the way including the Memorial to...
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On the eighth day of Christmas we look back on our very first Gala Dinner that took place in November.

The theme was success beyond service, raising money specifically for service leavers transitioning into civilian kife. The night saw former war reporter Martin Bell give a moving speech and Camilla Kerslake sang for our guests. The night was a success raising over £90,000.
Happy New Year to all our Armed Forces family.

How are you going to make your new year better than the last? Have a look at our list of suggested resolutions to help the Forces and their families.

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