Armed Forces

Armed Forces


ON JUNE 22, 1948, Sam King, along with 492 West Indian passengers arrived on the docks of Tilbury, Essex on the SS Empire Windrush. Filled with plucky spirit and buoyed by optimism and anticipation for their new lives in a country they had proudly served during the war, the passengers, most of them ex-servicemen, were the first… [Continue Reading]

Windrush West Indians fought for Britain in war

The arrival of the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury, Essex, 64 years ago, has long been identified as a symbol of the birth of multiculturalism. It is less well known that the majority of the 492 West Indians on board, each of whom paid the £28 10s fare to travel here in search of work,… [Continue Reading]

Triple amputee veteran completes grueling 10.5 mile endurance race

Covered in mud, five hours after starting, triple amputee Corporal Todd Love charges to the finish line after competing over ten miles of rugged terrain across 75 obstacles in an event called The Beast. Having lost both his legs and an arm in Afghanistan in 2010, this weekend Love took to Leesburg, Virginia, in an… [Continue Reading]

A Hero Steps Forward

It took the courage and determination of a gravely wounded soldier to remind us what the Olympic Torch relay should really be about. Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson battled for 27 painful and exhausting minutes yesterday to carry the torch 300 metres. After accusations that the relay was becoming a circus for minor celebrities and corporate… [Continue Reading]

War Service (1941-1946) of W/O J L Paulden D.F.C.

I volunteered a month or so before I would have been called up, as this gave me a choice of Service.I did not want to go in the Navy and was not attracted by the Army, so I opted for the R.A.F. In June 1941 I had to report to an aerodrome at Cardington for… [Continue Reading]

Sea King Sub-Zero Heroes Rescues Fisherman

Naval fliers plucked a stricken Norwegian fisherman from the rocks in sub-zero temperatures in a dramatic rescue. A Sea King from the Commando Helicopter Force broke off a training mission inside the Arctic Circle to find and save the man whose boat had hit rocks near the northern city of Tromsø. Naval fliers broke off… [Continue Reading]

Soldier Takes Bullet to Save Afghan Child’s Life

Lance Corporal Craig Murfitt, a rifleman and medic serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, demonstrated nerves of steel and the coolest of clear heads in a startling sequence of events, after being called to assist other soldiers during a recent patrol The 25-year-old, serving with the Tidworth-based 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was amongst a crew of… [Continue Reading]