Have you ever painted a figure that has fought against you every step of the way? Well, this one did. A great sculpt and love the bicorn being worn rather than the tarleton helmet. I was really looking forward to painting this.
To prevent handling, I fix figures to corks with blutak when I paint. It fell off at least twice resulting in bent bits, scratches and fluff stuck to wet paint.. It was fiddly and I just couldn’t get the freehand on the sabretache… three times I tried… lost patience. Gave up in the end.
The varnish didn’t dry properly leaving bubbles and that white residue in the creases, folds and recesses. I just couldn’t remove it. You can see it on the photo.
Finally, as I removed the figure from the cork, the horse’s tail broke off! I gave up in the end. Sometimes it is best just acknowledege that things were never meant to be and move on.
Capt Peter Singlehurst . Captain Peter Singlehurst is from the Media Operations Group(V) and is currently serving as the Media and an Ops Info Officer, with 17 Port and Maritime Group in Cyprus . It has been a busy time for 17 P7M Gp here in Cyprus since my first blog here is some of what we have been up to .
Welcome back to Cyprus ! Since my first blog we have been extremely busy here in Nicosia . The Force Commander for the military component of UNFICYP is Major General Chao Liu of the People Republic of China, so yes we are in the unusual position of being commanded by a Chinese General .
His Chief of Staff, however is Colonel Angus Loudon MBE late R Irish . Later this month Maj Gen Liu will be visiting us at the Ledra Palace Hotel to carry out the Force Commander s Inspection and prior to that Col Loudon first visited to carry out his own inspection . This meant that WO2 (SSM) Pitt of the Ops Squadron was able to demonstrate his new fully trained Honour Guard team to Col Loudon for his first official visit to 17 P&M Gp .
Col Loudon then became the first visitor to sign the brand new Officer s Mess Visitors book, before spending the day visiting various departments and also going on patrol into the Buffer Zone . A fire breaks out in the Buffer Zone . Photo by Maj Adrian Spicer .
The heat is on for 17 P&M Gp already, as the island is experiencing an early period of hot weather with temperatures unseasonably high, the result has been an early outbreak of fires on the Buffer Zone and indeed a fire also broke out in one of the abandoned buildings in the Old City part of the Buffer Zone in Nicosia . This was quite a serious incident and saw 17 P&M s Deputy Commander Major Adrian Spicer literally rise to the occasion, when he took to the sky in an Argentine UN Helicopter to assess the situation . Meanwhile on the ground Major Chris Hike one of our Military Observation and Liaison Officers was able to help coordinate the efforts of both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot Fire-fighters who tackled the blaze from their respective sides of the fire .
Maj Hike RLC(V) coordinates Turkish and Greek Firefighters during the Buffer Zone Fire . The situation was brought under control but not before one of the buildings collapsed and extensive damage was caused . This incident has therefore reinforced to us all here the very the real risk of fire that we were already prepared for .
ANZAC Day commemorated The last few days have also been ones of remembrance . UNFICYP has a UN POLICE element to it, which has a strong Australian contingent, and every year at dawn on April 25, Australians and New Zealanders gather to remember the fallen and in particular those who died at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsular . Wherever they are in the world Aussies and Kiwis pause to remember, as this day in 1915 during the First World War, the soldiers from these two Dominions of the Old British Empire landed on the Turkish mainland .
This was the day when the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand by their deeds began to forge a national identity for the countries we now know . Anzac Day in Nicosia 2013 Here in Cyprus in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, the Australian Police Contingent, invited the CO, Lt Col Rob Askew RLC and officers and men from 17 P&M Gp to join them for their dawn service . We assembled in the cemetery and at 5am, as dawn was breaking, under the watchful eyes of Turkish soldiers in two observation posts and with the twinkling lights of Nicosia in the background, our Fijian Choir sang a lament to open the ceremony .
The ceremony was conducted by an Australian Master of Ceremonies from the Australian Federal Police, with the assistance of our Padre, The Reverend Mark Ewbank CF, who conducted the religious element of the ceremony . Wreaths were then laid by Australian, New Zealand and British High Commissions, the French Ambassador, The UN Chief Of Mission, The UNFICYP Force Commander and various others . A more personal remembrance ceremony has also been held on May 3 by the Royal Engineers serving with 17 Port and Maritime Group .
We gathered to remember one of our own, WO2 (QMSI ) Graham Bean RE(V), who sadly died two years ago on this date while serving with the 3 Royal Anglian Group here on Op TOSCA . The short ceremony was again conducted by our Padre and finished with a wreath being laid at Graham s memorial stone in the Buffer Zone . WO2 Bean s Memorial Service .
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When Light Dragoons looked like British light Cavalry, before they began to ape their French counterparts with plastron fronted coatees and shakos! Just some fun that has been lurking in the lead pile for some time.
Painted up as 11th Light Dragoons. Some liberties taken with the uniform…. the turban on the helmet should, by this date, be black rather than in the facing colour. It adds, however, some lightness to the overall appearance. I have an officer on the table as I type.
Wounded warriors and gold-star family members at the start of the 5K race. (Photo: eventmugshots.com) About 2,000 runners and walkers gathered on campus Saturday to honor and raise money for wounded warriors and families who have lost loved ones serving in the military. UCF hosted Operation Giveback s third-annual signature event, 5K, 10K and 15K road races that raised $80,000. Our outstanding wounded warriors and military families have given so much so that all of us can enjoy our freedom and quality of life, said Jos Garcia-Apont , the retired Army command sergeant major who founded Operation Giveback with his wife, Maribel.
We want to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made and give the wounded warriors and military families the opportunity to get to know each other. Many of them stay in touch and support each other after they leave Orlando. UCF has hosted Operation Giveback s races the past three years.
Below a large U.S. flag held up by fire engines, about 20 wounded warriors led the start of the 5K race. UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Tony Waldrop spoke during the opening ceremonies by the Veterans Commemorative Site on Memory Mall.
The crowd applauded when he gestured toward the Classroom II building under construction and pointed out that it soon will be the new home of the university s Army and Air Force ROTC programs. Also before the races, the Oquendo family from Hillsborough County received Operation Giveback s first Make a Dream Come True Award. Decorated Army Sergeant First Class Paul D.
Oquendo dreamed of taking his family to New York City for sightseeing and a Broadway show once his daughters were old enough to appreciate the experience. Cancer prevented the Hillsborough County resident from fulfilling that dream. He died in September from a rare but aggressive form of cancer known as synovial sarcoma.
As a way to honor Oquendo for serving his country for 21 years, the Orlando nonprofit organization Operation Giveback will fly his family to New York City. They will stay at the luxurious Plaza Hotel and watch a Broadway show. This trip will mean so much to me, because I can share Paul s dream for him, said Dora Oquendo.
I know he is looking down and is smiling at this dream come true. My girls are going to be so excited. We have told them lots of stories of New York.
Operation Giveback s mission is to raise awareness and resources for wounded warriors and their families, as well as the families of fallen heroes. The organization intends to fulfill one family s dream each year. Several UCF ROTC students volunteered at the event, and the Student Veterans Association, the Psychology Department s Trauma Management Therapy program and UCF Athletics all set up tents on Memory Mall.
The Trauma Management Therapy program treats veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are diagnosed with PTSD.
Corporal Si Longworth in Afghanistan Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers . He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer . He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18 .
A Combat Logistic Patrol So hello again . It s good to know you guys and girls are still reading about life as a British Army Photographer, five blogs in . I have had really positive feedback from you all and for that, I thank you .
Just when I thought I was getting into the groove of things out here, what with portraits, group-shots, training budding photographers and the occasional walk-on-the-wild-side, the powers that be decided to mix things up a little, and here s how . As some of you may know, my trade is lovingly nestled deep in the bosom of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), the largest corps within the British Army . I wear that cap-badge along with over 16,000 other officers and soldiers .
The trade groups within the RLC are vast, and include Air Despatcher, Chef, Ammunition Technician, Supply Specialist, Movement Coordinator and Boat Crewman . However, there is another group of fellow RLC soldiers that probably make up one of the largest trade groups, but maybe don t get enough recognition or praise. (Well not from me in the past, anyway) These are the humble Drivers . Being a driver in the Army may well appeal to the young guys at school whose dreams are filled with tearing up the road in a huge military truck or tank, but it has never flicked my switch .
So, when I was approached by the adjutant of 3 Combat Logistic Support Regiment and asked if I wanted to come out with them for a drive , my heart didn t exactly skip a beat . Not wanting to disappoint and having a slight curiosity of what life was like on a Combat Logistic Patrol, I checked my diary and pencilled it in . My first of several mistakes was to assume that I would be out with these guys for a few hours .
I should have remembered flying around those patrols, providing valuable top-cover from a Lynx helicopter two years ago . Even more importantly, I should have remembered that we used to be out for hours and hours whilst the patrol made its way through the Helmand River Valley . Anyway, having a terrible memory, lets just say I was more than a little shocked when attending the orders for the patrol, and discovered I would be out for over 24 hours .
Nice ! Once I had recovered from my initial shock I was hit with mistake number two; photographers, as it happens, don t get the comfy ride . Top-cover man In order for me to get on the patrol I had to take somebody else s place on it .
On this occasion I was heading to the heights of the EPLS (Enhanced Palletised Loading System) as the gunner / top-cover man . An EPLS only caries a two-man crew, and as I don t have a HGV licence, yep, you guessed it, I was stagging (On duty/sentry at a post) on the top . I could almost feel my bladder strain as I re-checked my notes from patrol orders to discover that the journey would take around eight hours .
Okay, so this was going to be a challenge for me, but one I relished . First thing to do was brush up on a few key skills that would be required such as: Patrol SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), GPMG (The big machine gun on top) refresher training, and most importantly, drop-down drills , should we inadvertently roll over whilst out and about . At this point I was introduced to my driver (drives), a 43-year-old Army reservist named Ian .
Ian was a steady hand, and through his very broad geordie accent he guided me through the basics and the essentials of the EPLS cab . The Enhanced Palletised Load Platform My steady hand driver, Private Ian Coulthard . The plan was relatively simple .
My vehicle joined by another 30 or so would make their way from Camp Bastion, down Highway 1 and through the green-zone, stopping off at each of the main locations along the way . At each location a smaller vehicle packet would break away and deliver its stores, whilst the larger packet moved on . The main convoy would remain outside the wire the whole time, so there was no rest for the top-cover man .
Checks, checks, checks With all the necessary familiarisation and refresher training complete I hit the sack . It was only 1600 hrs the day before the patrol, but I was due to be up and parading in the CMA, (Convoy Marshalling Area) that s a vehicle park to you and I, for 0200 hrs . Beep Beep Beep Oh my god .
What am I doing ? I asked myself as I clambered out of my pit (bed) . It took me a full half an hour to wake up, just as I joined my fellow dreary-eyed men and women in the CMA .
We were quickly put to work as there were more preparations to be made; final kit checks, communications checks, weapons checks, vehicle checks, checks, checks and some more checks . To be honest, I was impressed by how professional the whole thing was . It was reassuring to see the Squadron Sergeant Major, WO2 Turley, conducting random checks on individuals kit and equipment, including their clothing .
All the personal protective equipment that we are issued in the Army is state of the art, so there really isn t any point in leaving it in your bed space . Before moving off around 0530 hrs, there was just enough time for a sausage bap, delivered to us from the kitchen by some RLC guys from another well-known trade group – the chefs . Ian and I mounted up, and away we went .
We were positioned around two-thirds the way into the patrol . The sun was breaking so I managed to grab a quick shot before heading out of camp . Sunrise in the Convoy Marshalling Area .
Almost immediately I realised that the journey was not going to be a particularly pleasant one . The road surfaces were dusty gravel tracks for around 70 per cent of the journey, and when you are 13 feet up and standing on your feet, boy do you feel it ! Side to side you re thrown constantly, bouncing left, right, up and down .
CRACK goes your elbows as they smash into another piece of metal in the turret . I never expected it to be so rough . I stupidly assumed that big tyres meant smooth sailing .
Well, there you have big mistake number three . Travelling along Highway 1 gave me a brief reprise, but watching all the other traffic squeeze every inch out of the tarmac was equally unnerving . The Afghan Highway Code isn t quite the same as the UK s .
Twang By the time we had arrived at our first destination to drop off a few vehicles, two hours had passed . My knees and feet were fully aware I was carrying an extra 20 kgs in body armour and had also cottoned-on to the fact I hadn t sat down in a while, so they were politely asking me to take a rest . As I was standing there observing my arcs of fire, I declined gracefully .
I remember Ian looking at me whilst I performed weird ankle rotating exercises to try and sooth the discomfort, and quipping: That was the easy part of the journey . Well, unfortunately, he wasn t wrong . As we progressed, uneven track became potholes, which became bigger holes, and then finally what felt like full-on rocky outcrops .
We forded fast flowing waddies, threaded huge lorries over bridges with little room to spare on either side and inched our way along the side of huge canals . The camber of which constantly fought against our high centre of gravity, trying to get us wet . My feet, knees and elbows felt every single pebble until I was given a small blessing at the six-hour point, when everything went numb !
The journey down through the Helmand River Valley was otherwise a pleasant one . The landscape was beautiful, the adults and the children constantly waved and shouted hello . Sometimes the children would playfully throw stones at the vehicles in order to hear the ricochet twang off the armour .
I could see them all laughing amongst themselves as it made the noise . Watching life carry on as normal from 13 feet up was fantastic, and everything from my chest upwards was thankful for the experience . Afghan children laugh and joke as the convoy rolls by. (I am going to save you the detailed account of how one goes to the loo whilst on the move, and stood right next to your driver s head .
Needless to say it becomes a very personal experience for both of you) Winding our way through the Afghan countryside . The Neb Canal . The route is slow-going due to the state of the roads .
On the road again At the seven hours and fifteen minutes point, we rolled into PB Folad . Once stopped, I cautiously jumped down from the cab . My legs had never been so happy to see terra firma and they showed their love for it by embracing it horizontally, for about 10 minutes .
Lying on the ground gave me time to reflect on what was happening around me . There was no time to rest for the guys who were carrying essential loads . I watched vehicles being guided carefully into position and dropping off stores, then picking up new loads .
This was all done with the slickest of efficiency, as no doubt the Patrol Base commander had been eagerly awaiting this logistics patrol resupply for some time . The occupants from other vehicles, which weren t carrying loads, helped where they could and then laid in the shade of their vehicles . Almost every person who was resting took off his or her boots and socks, and I didn t need to be told .
The relief was instantaneous, and in a cruel way, so was the respite, as in no time at all we were loading up again . In the small space of time at Folad, I had managed to force-feed myself a whole tube of Pringles (Salt and Vinegar, in case you were wondering), a Mars bar and a Twix, flushed down with a can of Mountain Dew . I thought I would need the energy for the return journey, but the sun was shining on me that afternoon as I was offered a swap into the Mastiff command vehicle .
I am not even sure the officer had finished the sentence, and I had thrown my bag in the back and jumped on a seat . Not the comfiest of seats in the world, but I certainly wasn t going to be complaining . I said farewell to Ian and wished my replacement luck .
We were on the road again . The journey home was pretty uneventful . There isn t much to look at from the back of a Mastiff vehicle .
For safety reasons you are strapped very tightly into a four-point harness, and it feels like being in an inverting roller coaster safety seat, only without as much fun, screaming or somebody throwing up next to you . I did manage to grab this very quick shot of our resident top-cover woman, Cpl Sheridan Lucas . Cpl Lucas keeping a keen eye out on her arcs in the Mastiff .
We had a slightly longer break at one of the locations on the way back, so that the drivers could have some enforced rest and possibly a bit of shut-eye . I didn t sleep for the two hours, but spent the time trying to convince the occupants of my vehicle (not the driver, who was flat-out) that it would be a great idea to let me experiment with some lighting techniques I had been mulling over during the last five-hour roller coaster ride . Here are the results .
I am reasonably content with the outcome considering how long I had been awake . Extremely robust individuals The other soldiers from my Mastiff chill and chat at dusk during enforced rest on the return journey . WO2 Grant Turley poses for one of my lighting set-ups .
Corporal Lucas posing for a long exposure before waking troops from enforced rest . When we finally rolled through the gates of Camp Bastion it was 0200 hrs .
25 hrs after my stupid alarm clock forced me out of bed . I sighed in relief to the Squadron Sergeant Major and made some dribbly comment about being happy it was all over .
He laughed at me, and then educated me that every one of the 30-odd vehicles needed to be refuelled, which took time from two petrol pumps, and then all kit had to be squared away , weapons handed back, cabs cleaned out, only after dropping the loads . I felt pretty humbled at the time . I am not ashamed to say that I was, how we say, baggage .
I left the crews and headed back to my bed . Having spoken to the adjutant the next day, I am reliably informed the last person made it to their bed two hours after we breached the gates of Bastion . That s some going as far as I am concerned .
I now believe that being invited out with the Combat Logistic Support Regiment on a Combat Logistic Patrol was a real privilege . Being out with 32 Squadron for over 24 hours has smashed any misconception about what these extremely robust individuals do for a living . It is an unpleasant job due to the sheer time involved in moving tons of kit around a battlefield, all the time under threat and needing to be that little extra bit alert to your surroundings, when fatigue may well be knocking at your door .
32 Squadron, 3 Combat Logistic Support Regiment, and the rest of the driver trade in the RLC, I wholeheartedly take my hat off to you My eyes have been opened . More tc . Read Si s other blogs here: Life Through a Lens 1 Follow Si on Twitter: @Si_Army_Phot 2 .
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Road moves and ricochets
ARLINGTON, VA MAY 10: Prince Harry of Great Britain, wearing his British Army ceremonial uniform of the Blues And Royals in his role as Captain Harry Wales, lays a wreath at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, on May 10, 2013 in Arlington Virginia. During his visit to the US, Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which he is closely associated, on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. Credit: Getty images WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) Britain s Prince Harry saluted America s war dead in somber remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, pausing, too, to place flowers on the tombstone of President John F.
Kennedy and visit the grave of a British World War II hero buried far from home. There were none of the shrieking throngs that greeted his arrival Thursday on Capitol Hill at the opening of his weeklong U.S. visit, only solemn reflection at gravesites and time-honored ceremony attended by hundreds at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Harry, a British Army captain who has served twice in Afghanistan, capped the Washington portion of his trip with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, seeing the latest prosthetic technology and chatting with wounded warriors. From there it was on to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2013 Warrior Games. He s to spend Saturday at the games, where more than 200 American and British veterans wounded in service are competing.
His two-day official visit in Washington was in no way like his decidedly unofficial romp in Las Vegas last summer when embarrassing photos leaked of a prince partying naked in a game of strip billiards. Harry s itinerary is focused on his military ties and charitable works, and it got off to a crisply professional start. Amid the rows of headstones at Arlington, the prince laid a wreath at the grave of soldier Michael L.
Stansbery Jr., 21, of Mount Juliet, Tenn. He left a note reading: To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom. Captain Harry Wales.
Stansbery, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, was killed July 30, 2010, by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. His grave was chosen randomly for the prince s honor, among thousands marking the resting places of the fallen from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Elizabeth Jennings of Arlington was in Section 60 tending to the grave of her brother-in-law and unaware that Prince Harry was just a few feet away until she was told.
I think it s really great that he s paying his respects, said Jennings, whose brother-in-law Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
They re all brothers-in-arms. Credit: Getty Images ARLINGTON, VA MAY 10: HRH Prince Harry lays a wreath at the JFK memorial during the second day of his visit to the United States at Arlington National Cemetery on May 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces.
Credit: Getty Images ARLINGTON, VA MAY 10: HRH Prince Harry lays a wreath at the JFK memorial during the second day of his visit to the United States at Arlington National Cemetery on May 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. Credit: Getty Images After placing the wreath, Harry, in ceremonial Army uniform with a light-blue beret, saluted for several seconds, then walked through the rest of the section, pausing at the stones occasionally to read them.
On one knee, Harry placed flowers on Kennedy s tombstone near the eternal flame, then stood at attention and bowed his head. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this November. The prince also paid his respects at the grave of the British officer, Major Gen.
Orde Wingate, who created the Chindits, troops who fought behind enemy lines against the Japanese in World War II, developing guerrilla tactics familiar in today s special forces. He died in the crash of a U.S. bomber in 1944.
His remains and those of other crash victims, most American, were later moved to Arlington.
Corporal William Thomas Savage, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint, both from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Private Robert Hetherington, from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan on Tuesday 30 April 2013. Corporal William Savage (Click on image to enlarge) The soldiers were part of a patrol travelling along Route 611 between Forward Operating Base Ouellette and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai in the Nahr-e Saraj district when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. They were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, where it was confirmed that they had been killed in action.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of these soldiers, each highly praised and respected by their colleagues and commanders. It is clear from the tributes paid to them that they were exceptional men who served their country with distinction. My thoughts go out to the families and friends of these brave men at this very difficult time.
Brigadier Rupert Jones, Commander of Task Force Helmand, said: The loss of these 3 brave Scottish soldiers comes as a great blow to everyone in the Task Force, but leaves us all the more determined in our task to do justice to their memory. Their families are in our thoughts and I hope that they can draw a little comfort from the affection in which Corporal Savage, Fusilier Flint and Private Hetherington were held by their brothers-in-arms and from the courage they displayed. Corporal William Thomas Savage Born in Irvine on 27 January 1983, Corporal Savage enlisted into the British Army in April 2003.
After completing recruit training he joined 1st Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) in November 2003. He deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic in 2004 and completed 2 previous deployments to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 8 in 2008 and Operation Herrick 13 in 2010 with 2 SCOTS. He excelled on the Section Commanders Battle Course on 17 June 2011 and was promoted to full Corporal shortly afterwards.
Prior to his appointment as a Section Commander in a Rifle Company he had been a member of the Regimental Police. Corporal Savage deployed to Afghanistan on 11 March 2013. He commanded 3 Section of 1 Platoon in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS, part of the First Fusiliers Battle Group.
He was based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the northern area of Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province. Corporal Savage was a keen sportsman who enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities. He was enthusiastic about skiing and was a talented kayak instructor.
Corporal Savage was a shining example of a Scottish infantry soldier and was a rising star in the battalion with an extremely bright future ahead of him. He will be sorely missed by the entire battalion and will always be remembered. He leaves behind his wife, Lyndsey, who is expecting their first child.
Corporal Savage s wife has made the following statement: I am completely devastated by this news but extremely proud of Sav and everything that he has achieved. He loved being a soldier! I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son.
I know his life will live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together. He will be deeply missed amongst family, friends and the regiment. Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay, Commanding Officer, 2 SCOTS, said: We will remember Corporal William Savage as an exceptional soldier, a dedicated leader and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
He was a classic example of a Scottish infantryman: robust, committed and blessed with a fine line in banter. He had made the battalion proud with his excellent recent performance on the Section Commanders Battle Course at the Infantry Battle School and he was rightly proud of his well-earned reputation as a tough combat soldier. He had proven his credentials on 2 previous tours of Afghanistan and we considered him a leading light amongst the corporals in the battalion and regiment.
Corporal Savage s composed and professional approach had a calming influence on his platoon and he was seemingly unaffected by the dangers he faced daily in Afghanistan. He was unflappable and this example inspired his fellow soldiers. In a similar manner his bright personality lifted the spirits of those around him, particularly during difficult times.
Corporal Savage also played a full and vibrant part in wider battalion life; whether it was growing an extravagant moustache for charity or organising social events in the Corporals Mess, he was always at the forefront of the fun. He was very popular with us all, but particularly with our junior soldiers because of the compassion and understanding he showed them. The loss of Corporal Savage has been a hammer blow to the battalion and the regimental family.
We are all immensely proud to have known him and we will miss him dearly. He will always be remembered as a brilliant soldier and a remarkable man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lyndsey and his family at this tragic time.
Lieutenant Colonel Jon Swift, Commanding Officer, First Fusiliers Battle Group, Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj, said: The loss of Corporal William Savage will be keenly felt by all in the First Fusiliers Battle Group. He arrived in Afghanistan only 7 weeks ago but he had already made a tangible difference to the combat effectiveness of his section. He was an outstanding leader who took pride in inspiring his men to follow his lead; he demonstrated compassion and courage in equal measure.
Corporal Savage s sacrifice has deepened our admiration for the courage of those who so willingly risk their lives in order that others may hope to live in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult of times. Major Stephen Dallard, Officer Commanding B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: Corporal William Savage joined B Company in January 2013 after the company was reroled to take over Forward Operating Base Ouellette.
He made an immediate impression on me; relaxed in character and yet utterly professional. Deploying on Operation Herrick 18 with a section consisting of many new Fusiliers, he led by example and managed his section with warmth and compassion; it was clear from the start that Corporal Savage was hugely popular with the men he commanded. Since arriving in Ouellette he has been a pillar of strength to his section, leading and guiding them through the initial difficult few weeks of deployment.
During the company s final training in Camp Bastion I was able to see much more of Corporal Savage than I had managed in pre-deployment training. It was evident he was immensely respected by his peers, with most looking up to him and seeking his advice and guidance. It has been a real privilege to have commanded a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer of such quality, a man finessed with a genuine and sincere character.
Despite only serving in B Company for 4 months, he had integrated fully and become part of the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) fabric that underpins the company. His loss is deeply felt by all and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, in particular his wife Lyndsey, at such a devastating time. Lieutenant Robin Hold, 1 Platoon Commander, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: Corporal Savage was a charismatic and enthusiastic individual.
He possessed the ability to inspire those under his command due to his competence and professionalism as a soldier and through his confident personality. He was always thoughtful and caring, putting the needs of the platoon before his own. I have worked with Corporal Savage for 6 months and during that time his diligence and ability impressed me on every level.
He had so much potential to succeed in his career and I have no doubt that he would have excelled on any path he wished to take. Words cannot describe the impact that his loss will have on the platoon. He will not only be missed as an excellent soldier but also as a well-rounded and amicable character.
My condolences go out to his wife and family at this emotional and difficult time. Warrant Officer Class One Billy Garrick, Regimental Sergeant Major, 2 SCOTS, said: Corporal William (Sav) Savage will be remembered as a true Jock, never stuck for words and quick to reply with humorous banter. His manner was such that warming to his wide smile and endless enthusiasm was easy to do regardless of rank.
My first impressions were of a man with so much to give and the bright future ahead of him was evident from the first day I met him. He was that true Scottish soldier, never phased by the challenges that were brought upon him and quick to help others when required. A truly talented Junior NCO who led by example in all that he did; excelling at every opportunity both in the barracks and on operations.
He was a true friend to those who served alongside him. There will be a gap, not only in the Corporals Mess, but battalion-wide. My thoughts are with his wife, Lyndsey, the future of his child, and his family and friends at this time.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Stevie Main, Company Sergeant Major, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: Corporal Savage was an outstanding soldier, professional throughout, and set the high calibre of Junior Non-Commissioned Officers within B Company. A true friend to all ranks within our company and across the whole battalion. My thoughts are with his wife Lyndsey and their families.
You will always be in my prayers mate. Sergeant Saisi Vono, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: Sav was a good friend and comrade within the B Company Group. I have known him for years; he was a good humble person and very well respected by his peers.
My friend, may your soul rest in peace and my heart goes out to your family mucker. May God bless your soul. Corporal Connor Grant, 2 Section Commander, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: A true professional and a true friend.
I am proud to have known him; he was taken far too soon. Corporal Mark McLaren, 1 Section Commander, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: A kind, considerate and professional soldier, I feel proud and privileged to have served with him for so many years. He will be truly missed.
Lance Corporal Andy Dunsmore, Second-in-Command, 1 Section, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: It was a pleasure and honour having Sav as a friend and part of 1 Platoon. He was a true friend that you could rely on for any help or advice. Gonzo will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Fusilier James O Brien, Rifleman, 2 Platoon, B Company, 2 SCOTS, said: Mrs Savage, it hurts me so much to write this to you on this day. I can t begin to think how you feel right now. On 20 April, myself and William got tasked to help some contractors make the area safe.
It was just me and William most days and each night for a week. We talked and laughed about so much. He had some amazing advice which helped me so much and made me a better person and I will always be grateful for the time we spent together out in the desert, in camp or on courses.
I will never forget him or the time we had together; he was the perfect man. I am so sorry for his wife Lyndsey, the baby and the family. I will never forget him.
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Capt Mau Gris . Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) Captain Mau Gris is team leader for the British Army s Combat Camera Team (CCT) based in Afghanistan throughout the summer 2013 as part of 1 Mechanized Brigade . Op Herrick 18 s CCT also includes Sergeant Barry Lloyd video cameraman and Sergeant Barry Pope photographer .
A song and dance It s been a fun time for the CCT since I last wrote . Life has been dominated by the Combined Services Entertainment (CSE) Show . This is on the opposite end of the spectrum to what we exist to cover but has its difficulties .
For those who haven t had the pleasure of attending one, a CSE show combines comedy, music and dancing to help troops take their mind off work where ever they are deployed for a couple of hours . Having directed a music video before I am well aware of the pitfalls of filming entertainment . The combo of noise, movement and lights if not handled correctly can be an absolute and utter nightmare to edit, doubling or even tripling the time it takes to complete a job .
This was the first time that I had seen one of these entertainment shows and, like any typical soldier, I was sceptical about the show s ability to distract me without the aid of alcohol . I was even a bit nervous for the stand-up comics, as sober soldiers on operations would be a tough audience . I was proved wrong .
Within minutes of the first comic coming on, I was relaxed and enjoying the show . So relaxed that I pretty much forgot I was working . Good for morale, bad for work .
I realised, as we left the show, that Lloydie would need more interviews to create a video piece . We would have to come back and do the show again . Again, I thought I would be bored .
Nope, second time round I couldn t get enough of the dancers and the band called Front Cover, but still we needed more . The next night promised massive crowds as it was for the whole of the camp Bastion . Sgt Barry Lloyd .
Cpl Si Longworth (phot) Capt Mau Gris and Sgt Barry Lloyd . Cpl Si Longworth (phot) Sgt Barry Pope . Cpl Si Longworth (phot) Sgt Barry Lloyd .
Cpl Si Longworth (phot) Large events like this pose their own problems for the guys both Lloydie and his Holiness (Sgt Pope) have to contend with the crowd, who don t like people pushing past them to get closer to the stage . Also moving around a venue that is much larger takes time and can make cutting a bit trickier . Lloyd and his Holiness nailed it working like madmen to get the shots they needed .
To add to the fun we had the talented Brigade Photographer Cpl Simon Longworth 1 along to take some amazing drag flash photos (I think that s what he called them anyway.) We were nearly there, almost enough footage . We had one night to get the last shots that would make the piece . Sadly just when we thought we had achieved our mission, operational commitments meant that the last show was cancelled .
Just when you think nothing more can go wrong ! So quick thinking by the guys meant that we worked out that a multimedia piece could still be possible . The Army definition of a multimedia piece is a video that relies fairly heavily on photos or even exclusively on photos with some audio on it .
We learned a valuable lesson realising this . There are multiple ways to skin a media cat in order to get that story across . CSE Show in full swing .
Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing . Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing . Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing .
Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing . Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing . Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) CSE Show in full swing .
Sgt Barry Pope RLC (Phot) See you next time guys . Take it easy . Read Mau s other blogs here: Capt Mau Gris 2 Follow Mau on Twitter: @mau_gris 3 .
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Winston Churchill, writing in My Early Life , mentions how wealth affected one’s choice of branches in the British Army: I qualified for a cavalry cadetship at Sandhurst . The competition for the infantry was keener, as life in the cavalry was so much more expensive . Those who were at the bottom of the list accordingly were offered the easier entry into the cavalry .
Tom again: So, by making the cavalry expensive, the wealthy aristocracy was able to reserve largely for itself job openings in part of the military — perhaps a place to store second sons without sufficient brains for other jobs ?
I asked Douglas Allen 1 , an economic historian who has studied the political economy of the British military .
He wrote back, “No doubt though, it took a long time for the aristocrats to be replaced by attrition, and they probably did use a price mechanism to keep the vulgar middle class out of their preferred positions.” References ^ Douglas Allen (ricks.foreignpolicy.com)
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Fusilier Samuel Flint, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint, both from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Private Robert Hetherington, from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan on Tuesday 30 April 2013. Fusilier Samuel Flint (Click on image to enlarge) The soldiers were part of a patrol travelling along Route 611 between Forward Operating Base Ouellette and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai in the Nahr-e Saraj district when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. They were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, where it was confirmed that they had been killed in action.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of these soldiers, each highly praised and respected by their colleagues and commanders. It is clear from the tributes paid to them that they were exceptional men who served their country with distinction. My thoughts go out to the families and friends of these brave men at this very difficult time.
Brigadier Rupert Jones, Commander of Task Force Helmand, said: The loss of these 3 brave Scottish soldiers comes as a great blow to everyone in the Task Force, but leaves us all the more determined in our task to do justice to their memory. Their families are in our thoughts and I hope that they can draw a little comfort from the affection in which Corporal Savage, Fusilier Flint and Private Hetherington were held by their brothers-in-arms and from the courage they displayed. Fusilier Samuel Flint Fusilier Flint was born in Blackpool on 19 May 1991 and joined the British Army in November 2011.
Following his recruit training he joined 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in June 2012 as they began their Mission Specific Training for their deployment to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 18. He approached this training in a hugely enthusiastic and motivated manner. He was an extremely fit soldier who, although quiet, was full of humour and popular with his peers.
Fusilier Flint deployed to Afghanistan on 9 March 2013. He was a member of 3 Section, 1 Platoon in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS , part of the First Fusiliers Battlegroup. He was based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the Northern Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Fusilier Flint was a motorsports enthusiast and an avid Manchester City fan. He was dedicated to his family and spent his spare time at home in Blackpool or socialising with friends in Edinburgh. Fusilier Flint was a vastly impressive infantry soldier and it was clear that he had an extremely promising future ahead of him.
His loss has been felt deeply by all who knew and worked with him and he will live forever in their memories. The Flint-Broughton family have made the following statement: The whole family is completely devastated. Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud.
Sam was always the life and soul of the party, a real ladies man, witty funny, the real cheeky chappy. He was a loving son, the protective brother, courageous nephew, the caring uncle, the loyal grandson that anyone would wish to have. We want to thank everyone for the kind tributes and strong support.
Always in our hearts and minds, we love you Sam. Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Fusilier Samuel Flint arrived at the Battalion at the very beginning of Mission Specific Training in June 2012 and made an immediate impression as a fit, enthusiastic, motivated and capable soldier who was quick with a smile and a laugh. Despite his young age and relative inexperience it was clear to us all that he was a soldier brimming with skill and ability.
He excelled during the many exercises that his Platoon took part in during the build-up to operations and had been identified as a potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer following the tour of Afghanistan. Perhaps more importantly, he was quick to form deep friendships with his fellow Jocks and he was always one to help others around him and to give of himself for the benefit of his Section and Platoon. Fusilier Flint was not only committed in military life but revelled in outdoor pursuits and activities such as climbing and mountain biking.
He approached everything he did with total motivation and it was clear that his ability matched his ambition. A bright future lay ahead for Fusilier Flint and it is cruel to see that future taken away from him. We have all been immensely proud to have known and worked with Fusilier Sam Flint and he will forever be in the memory of the Battalion and of the Regiment.
We bid him farewell and promise to continue his work in Afghanistan and to commemorate his sacrifice. All of us in the Battalion offer our deepest condolences to Fusilier Sam Flint s parents, brothers, sisters and wider family during this hard and tragic period, but in particular to his brother David who serves with us in the Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Jon Swift, Commanding Officer, First Fusiliers, Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj, said: The loss of Fusilier Samuel Flint will be keenly felt by all in the First Fusiliers Battlegroup.
Despite being a young, operationally inexperienced Fusilier on his first tour of Afghanistan, he had settled quickly into life on the frontline. He was a real character and a professional soldier with a bright future. Fusilier Flint s sacrifice is a stark reminder that we should be so very proud of those who risk their lives so willingly in the pursuit of peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult of times. Major Stephen Dallard, Officer Commanding B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Fusilier Sam Flint joined B Company in January 2013 and during the final stages of pre-deployment training, Fusilier Flint made a real impression on his new Platoon. Despite having only joined 2 SCOTS in June 2012 he demonstrated a real aptitude for soldiering, a trait continued into his deployment on Op Herrick 18.
A gregarious character, Fusilier Flint was often found to be the centre of any prank and had the ability to make people laugh at any time with his keen sense of humour. Genuine and loyal he was the epitome of the selfless commitment and dedication that is expected of our young soldiers today. A true friend to those serving with him, Fusilier Flint will be sorely missed by B Company.
His loss is deeply felt by all of us and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Captain Euan Eltringham, Officer Commanding Fire Support Group, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: I had the pleasure of taking Fusilier Flint through his basic training at Infantry Training Centre Catterick. Very quickly after starting he stood out amongst his peers bright, enthusiastic, fit and with a keen sense of humour.
It is no exaggeration to say he was an utter joy to train and work with as he displayed a real aptitude for soldiering. There will be many others who will be able to comment upon this aptitude, but what I found most endearing and what I want to bring out was that he was that wonderful phenomenon of a genuine, honest young man. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and upon his face would always be a beaming smile accompanied with a cheerful Good Morning Sir whenever I ran into him.
His loss will be keenly felt by the Battalion and I will miss watching him develop from the young man I met in Catterick. My thoughts go out to his family at this most difficult time. Lieutenant Robin Hold, 1 Platoon Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Fusilier Sam Flint was one of the most genuine individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
There was not a single instance when I saw him other than when he was full of laughter and happiness. His personality was contagious, affecting all members of the Platoon. Although he had only been in 2 SCOTS for a short time, he had made a huge impact with his peers and his chain of command.
He intended to make a career in the Army and I have no doubt that his acute sense of judgement, determination and willingness to involve himself in every aspect of Army life would have ensured the greatest of successes. I speak for the whole Platoon when I say his loss will have an immeasurable impact. His ability and personality will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends who are suffering from such a tragic loss. Warrant Officer Class 2 Stevie Main, Company Sergeant Major, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Fusilier Flint was a Jock that you could always trust. He was very keen to learn, hard-working and always offered to help others.
He had a can do attitude and he would never let you down. Sam Flint epitomised everything that being a Fusilier in the Royal Regiment of Scotland is all about. Lance Corporal Clinton Prime, Second in Command, 3 Section, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Today is a very sad and heartsore day for anyone who knew Sam Flint.
He was a great soldier and a great friend. He was always kind and polite and it was an honour to have him in my Section. He will be sadly missed; my regards go to his family.
Lance Corporal Stewart Lyons, Fire Support Group, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: You brought a smile to my face no matter how bad a day I had and drove me nuts fixing that car. Our banter with David and Bez can never be repeated. You made us all proud.
It has been an honour working alongside you and calling you my friend. You will be forever missed. Fusilier Kieran Campbell, Rifleman, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Sam was fun to be around, I always gave him stick for being English and joining a Scottish regiment but it never bothered him.
Sam used to spend most weekends in camp as travelling home was a bit of a graft for him, I stayed some weekends to keep him company and we had a few good nights in Edinburgh. Sam was a great friend and soldier. We both joined the Army at the same time and passed out from Infantry Training Centre Catterick on 25 May 2012.
We joined the same battalion and we both found ourselves in A Company. We were lucky enough to be chosen to go to Afghanistan and even luckier to be in the same platoon and section. It is mad to think we came from Catterick to Afghanistan; I m just sorry we can t finish our tour together.
Flint was well-liked in our Platoon, 1 Platoon, B Company. We came to the Platoon with a new bunch of lads from another company and within the two months here we had clicked. Sam was morale for the Platoon, daft at times but always happy unless you threw anything with more than two legs in his bedspace.
I can t express in words how much I ll miss him and how much of a loss he is for the Platoon, the Company and 2 SCOTS as a whole. We have lost a great soldier and a great friend. Rest in peace, buddy.
Fusilier Ross Fletcher, Rifleman, 3 Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Today myself and the rest of 2 SCOTS lost a valued member of the team. Flint was a brilliant soldier and an even better mate. After being with him through training at Infantry Training Centre Catterick and onwards to A Company in the 2nd Battalion, I knew Flint s funny and friendly nature.
He has been side by side with me and Fusilier Campbell and we have had some great laughs, whether it s dancing about doing block jobs at Catterick or having to drive seven hours to Blackpool one night because he forgot his Service Dress. He has been a trustworthy and close friend for two years and words can t describe our feelings. It is as if it hasn t happened and we re expecting to see him tomorrow saying, Ay up Treacle .
Me and the rest of the boys send our greatest sympathies to Sam s parents and his brother David but I know that he passed away doing a job he truly enjoyed. He buzzed for this job so that gives me some peace of mind. Fusilier Robert McSkimming, Rifleman, 1 Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: Today I lost a good friend.
There was never a dull moment living and working with Sam, he was always smiling and laughing and making everyone do the same.
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