Army personnel sitting on tank

November 26th 2020

The Battle of Geilenkirchen

Of particular note to East Midlands RFCA members was the participation of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in Geilenkirchen, whose tanks had fought their way across Europe since landing in Normandy on D Day. General Horrocks, who had them under his command from 1942 to 1945, stated of them that ‘no armoured regiment can show a […]

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Gnr Townsend

November 25th 2020

Financial Advisor describes his first year training as an Army Reserve

“Sometimes in life, an idea you have just seems to fit the situation perfectly. I was back in rural Nottinghamshire for the first time since I had left for University six years before and I was lonely. Returning to my family home after living in the freedom of South Africa for three years meant I […]

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Desserts being prepared

November 13th 2020


The challenge for the Army chefs was to cook and serve a two-course meal for four diners in just 90 minutes, whilst also impressing judge Mike Robinson. Mike is one of the UK’s most respected game chefs. He is the owner of three restaurants specialising in wild game, including the elegant The Elder restaurant in […]

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The Wall of Names

October 30th 2020

Taking part in Remembrance Sunday from home

Face to face ceremonies and memorials have been cancelled across the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing rules, but there are still numerous ways you can commemorate from home this November. From a two-minute silence at your doorstep, buying poppies, to online ceremonies there are many ways you can commemorate. Councils and […]

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LNR ACF parading

October 29th 2020

Preparations for return to face-to-face training for Cadets

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been working hard to get everything ready.  Following Government and Regional Command guidance, they have ensured all detachments are thoroughly cleaned and have updated their Risk Assessments to reflect the new situation.  Every Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) has received a briefing and training on […]

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Sqn Ldr Thompson

October 23rd 2020

MBE for Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Sqn Ldr Thompson after 40 years of dedication

Squadron Leader Thompson, South & East Midlands Wing RAFAC, commissioned into the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch 40 years ago, and four years later became the 7th Officer Commanding of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron. Following Squadron Leader Thompson having been at the helm for 35 years, Swadlincote is a jewel amongst the Corps’ 950 units, having […]

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Major Angela Laycock planning the NHS Nightingale hospital at Birmingham NEC

October 15th 2020

Gold ERS Awards demonstrate that the Health sector and the Armed Forces are natural allies

Covid 19 has publicly demonstrated where the dynamic, logistical skills of the Armed services can support the national health responsibilities of the NHS.  But this is not something new; behind the scenes, many of our local health trusts have recognised their responsibility to provide services specific to ex-service personnel and Reserves, and also that the […]

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Reserves Pass Out at Grantham

September 30th 2020

Proud Army Reserves from Grantham celebrate the end of their basic training

More than 80 new Reserves from a range of civilian backgrounds including a driving instructor, a rural policy researcher and a personal shopper took part in the traditional pass out ceremony.  The parade marked the successful completion of Phase One training. This includes four weekend courses and a 16-day residential training course at Army Training Regiment, […]

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Graduating students

September 28th 2020

East Midlands education sector gives a lesson in supporting the Armed Forces community

In April 2019, the then Universities Minister and Defence Minister called for all UK Universities to step up and support ex-service personnel and their families. The participation rate for young people from military service families in the higher education sector is just 24%, compared to the rate for the whole population of around 43%. East […]

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The Ulysses Trust logo

September 10th 2020

‘Give As You Live’ supports charity funding of Reservist and Cadet expeditions

The Ulysses Trust provides funding to support Cadets and Reservists to experience the great outdoors and participate in outward bound style adventurous training in the UK and overseas. You can help support the charity to raise more money by signing-up to ‘Give As You Live’. It’s a free service that generates funds for charities via […]

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