The Half Mile Trench.

One day in 1982 the Corporal was walking along when the Engineer walks up to him. We need a Trench making from the camp to a water catchment area, but it is Half a mile through very rough undulating ground down hill. Would you and your men be able to do it by next week….

Man With The Golden Lens.

Its me again the man with the Golden Lens, once I carried a Bow and Arrow round the woods in Cheadle with my war paint on after seeing the Lone Ranger on his White 🐎. The trees were my shelter from the Bullets. My tree that was easy to climb, little skinny legs covered in…

Funny or Not.

The life expectancy if you fell into the sea off Port Stanley was 2 minutes. The Helicopter lands a lad gets off the metal frame and he is back on land again. He wears a Pack on his back his big Arctic coat adds more weight to his body. The first port of call is…

Counselling?

its a normal day in 1997 the place is Guilford Surrey i am a Warrant Officer in the army responsible for the Fire Safety of 1000 Recruits girls and boys men and women. To test the recruits i decide to have a fire practice to record and log the reaction of the camp. Everyone in…

To The Hero’s

Not long to do hereMy time is nearly doneBut the memories of the men who died here live onThey died to give the islander’s their LibertyThe fought so the island would be freeThey fought a great VictoryThe sorrow i feel Who is it forThe Brave hero that died thereThe family at home Who will see…

The Army Sentry

We were on exercise in Germany and my lads were manning a sentry post as the smoke grenades went of bangs and flashes, a man walked towards the sentry who was in a trench Halt he said, Who Goes There, The man Our Commanding Officer said Romeo, my lad thinking it was me decided to…

Military Humour

I kept a diary of my service in the army not anything special just things I found funny. So I thought I would share with you some sayings or just what my mate said on a normal day. 2 Soldiers on a road in the middle of nowhere. Are your feet hurting mate. Who’s mine….

Crying?

Do you cry? And if so, why did the tears roll down your face into your mouth? Were they sweet tears? Whether tears of happiness or tears of sadness, the tear helps us to relieve pain and show our feelings. Sometimes we cry for no reason at all. “Why are you crying?” someone said to…

Elliman’s Rub

There once was a bottle, a bottle brown in colour, no label, with a white plastic top. It came out on cold winter days, when my PT hurts were very small with gaps up the side. Red, green, yellow with legs hanging down like legs from a nest. Legs that got me a nickname Knots…

The Jump

As the dawn breaks, I turn my head to the side focusing on the tree like a lens just having the cap removed. It is still, no movement from the leaves. The time is five am. I pass the Dakota sitting motionless, frost covering the wings. The door that thousands of men leapt from. Some…

Never let your Children Down

It was 1978 and my dad’s call rang out after me, “You will be kicked out and home in no time”. Was I cut out to be a Soldier, a Leader? Did the words of a man who never showed me love or affection make me more determined to make the grade and prove him…

Military Humour 1983 Bicester

From civilian life just seeing a few pals that I had a laugh with, to a Company of lads men and boys, all from different parts of the UK. See you laddie, do you Ken, or right Mara? The first night I was sitting on my 10 foot square bed after arriving on a afternoon…