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                          Letters to the Editor from                             the next two weeks. When I asked if he
                                                                                 would like some smart trousers his face
                          Around the Regions continued                           lit up and his eyes twinkled, I think he
                                                                                 was probably quite a lad in his day! Still
         Dear Major Vincent,                                                     quite a fine looking man under the stub-
         As a former employee of Service Hospitals   He apparently has no independ-  ble and rather defeated air.
         Welfare as Senior Welfare Officer RNH  ent means therefore no new clothes or   I  need  to  be  made  aware  of  his
         Haslar I have continued to take an inter-  treats so I am determined to get RBL  condition and medication before

         est in the welfare of service personnel.  and SSAFA involved. His wife’s family  investigating further the possibility of
            I recently attended a Mandala art  did not want to care for him but a broth-  taking him out occasionally. However,
         workshop at a care home in Iskele  er-in-law occasionally visited but is  as he lived in Famagusta I did mention
         Northern Cyprus and worked alongside  himself terminally ill with cancer, as far  the Remembrance Service held at the
         an English patient. The home is mixed  as I can ascertain he has no one visiting  British War Graves Cemetery so maybe
         aged and mental health care and Turkish  him  although I  am happy to  befriend  I will be able to get him to that if he
         is the common language. I had been told  him. Yesterday I took him some clothes  wants to go. You have my email which
         that the gentleman was a former soldier  and eventually we got a conversation  you are at liberty to pass on if you
         and when I asked him when he came  going in English, he told me he had  think there is someone here who would
         to live in Cyprus he said (in  Turkish)  been a chef in the Army Catering Corps  take an interest in him. Thanking you
         1976.  Through translation the head of  I would dearly love him to have a visi-  in anticipation.
         the home told me he suffered an injury  tor(s) from his former unit do you know
         and was befriended by an older local lady  of anyone living in Northern Cyprus  Editor: I was very interested to read this
         whom he married and she subsequently  from your association?            email, responded immediately and placed
         died. He was found living in squalid cir-  I now have his shoe size and trouser  one of our members, who lives in Northern
         cumstances and moved to the care home  measurements, he was thrilled with the  Cyprus, in touch with the correspondent
         approximately 3 years  ago.  I  am  still  t shirts and shirts I took yesterday once  who was delighted that such prompt con-
         trying to find out more details through  he realized they were for him, I think it  tact had resulted. The gentleman has now
         a friend in RBL who remembers visiting  is a very long time since he has had any-  received a visit from a member living
         him with a member of the British High  thing to call his own. Size 12 shoes may  nearby, a case for a grant from The RLC
         Commission staff and they were respon-  be difficult to find here but the trousers  through the RBL or SSAFA is being made
         sible for his move to the home but he  should be easier despite his height! I will  and hopefully arrangements can be made to
         seems to have been forgotten about since.  do my best and visit him again within  help this former chef in a time of need.

         Dear Wally,
         I just thought I would drop you a line
         regarding a good deed that was done
         for  me  by  Bob  Nichol  recently.  We
         both served together with 1st Battalion
         Prince of Wales Own Regt of Yorkshire
         in the late 60s early 70s. In December
         1970 I lost my newishly born son Jeffrey
         to cancer and he was buried in Dhekelia
         military cemetery, this was a horrid time
         in my family’s life, I was only 20 years
         old at the time, my wife just 18. Time
         moved on, I then lost my daughter when
         she was 35 years old to cancer and then
         in July lost my son Mark. My wife and I  son Jeffrey’s grave, Bob had contacted a  thought that, after leaving the Army
         have always wanted to return to Cyprus  Military Chef called Micheal Battensby  29 years ago, these guys would do this
         to pay our respects to Jeffrey my son but  working in Dhekelia with 167 Catering  for me, a person they don’t know and
         my wife suffers from panic attacks and  Support Regiment RLC who went  haven’t met. It just goes to show there
         is unable to fly.                   straight out and took the photos for me,  are really big hearted people out there.
            After Mark died I contacted Bob  I was astounded.                    This all came about because of my mate
         as he puts a lot of military history on   A few days ago I received a message  Bob Nichol. Jeff Moston Ex W01 ACC.
         Facebook very regularly and asked if he  from Sgt MacAlindon who also sent
         could help as I wanted to look into try-  me a photo of the grave, a little time  Editor: That is a very touching story, cer-
         ing to get Jeffrey’s memorial cleaned and  later I received a message with photos  tainly is above and beyond the call of duty
         the inscription redone. Bob said to leave  from RSM Amanda Ward also of 167  but Bob continually demonstrates the com-
         it with him and would get back to me.  Catering Support Regiment RLC,  mitment and comraderie shown by so many
         Within an hour I was sent photos of my  OUTSTANDING, I never would have  former ACC members.
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