Veteran Affairs


Regimental Plaque in space
National Defence Medal Campaign
Wear Your Poppy With Pride Campaign
Under the Queen's Colours. UPDATEDnew item
UN Veterans Parade London.
Legasee war veterans project
Jackie Trent
Investigation into the 1949 Yangtze campaign medal awards system
Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland Association
The Royal British Legion magazine Appealnew item
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We have received an appeal from the Royal British Legion magazine:

The Royal British Legion magazine is looking for contributors with a military story to tell for their new Badge Of Honour section. It doesn't need to be heroic, or frightening, or even dramatic - we just want to help a younger generation of readers understand what it was like to do military service in that campaign in that year. Stories should have taken place in a specific month, and the ones they print will be in that month's corresponding edition.
Interested? Please email

In February 2000 a regimental plaque of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) was taken into space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The article about the plaque and photographs can be view at: Regimental Plaque in space

We have been asked to help promote the current epetition for the National Defence Medal; the epetition can be found at:

The epetition reads:
I propose an award of a National Defence Medal to all serving and ex- serving members of HM Forces in recognition of the service that they have given/give to their country and to the people, subject to meeting certain criteria. Not everyone was able to go into a war like zone but they nevertheless gave 100% effort. Please recognise their efforts.

If you would like to support the epetition, please take the time to sign.
Thank you.

I am writing to update you on the email you kindly posted on Britain's Small Wars last year. I was appealing for contributors to my book, Under the Queen's Colours, a commemorative diamond jubilee book that will raise funds for service charities.

The response was brilliant! Contributors came from all forces and all ranks. Thank you to you and all your readers. I do appreciate your help. The book has just been published and I took it along to the 'Remembering the Falklands' event at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 5th and 6th May, where it was very well received.

If your readers are interested, it can be ordered on Amazon, on the publisher's website
The History Press)
or on my website (Penny Legg's Books) and will shortly be in branches of Waterstones nationwide.
Editors note: The book can also be ordered through either the US or UK links on our books page as well: Under The Queen's Colours

Thank you so much for your help. I really do appreciate your support.

Very best wishes,


Should employees be allowed to wear a Poppy our National Symbol of Remembrance at work or not !My name is Harriet and I'm 18 years old, back in November I changed the Employment Policy of an American clothing company because I was told I couldn't wear my Poppy whilst at work. I am now on a mission to lobby the Government to look into this matter, so this embarrassing situation doesn't happen to others in the future. Please take a moment to look at my website and my petition, I do hope I can rely on your help & support as I need a 100,000 signatures or more to help make this petition work and be eligible for a debate in Parliament.BBC Midlands Today covered my story on Monday 7th March, you can now watch it on my Website..My campaign / petition and web site is now in full swing, the online petition is currently standing at 8,742 and I have over 1,000 signatures on my manual petition, a long way to go yet but I intend to hand deliver my petition to No. 10 personally.Please help me by spreading the word as this is such an important and most sensitive issue to be addressed, don't leave it to others please sign it today..
Thank you for your assistance ...Best Wishes..
Harriet Phipps

Wear Your Poppy With Pride Campaign petition

The UN Veterans parade that is held At the Cenotaph here in London in May has been given the status of "Event of National interest".

This years parade starts @ 12.30 hrs with a march from the R.U.S.S.I. Building at Whitehall.
The UN Veterans Association (UK) will provide a colour party and render honours after the wreath laying.
This years parade will be held on the 26.05.11.

Legasee war veterans project

The Legasee war veterans project is looking for volunteers who want to tell their stories.

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee is looking for war veterans who would like to have their stories filmed for posterity.

This footage will be used to launch a unique online archive of interviews for use by schools, colleges and members of the public.

To kick-start the project, we're looking for war veterans of any age who wish to recall their experiences in front of the camera for the benefit of future generations.

It doesn't matter what campaign or country they served in, or what role they played. The Legasee war veterans project is completely free of charge, with any travel expenses paid - all we need is their knowledge, enthusiasm and a small amount of their time to take part in the filming.

If you know anyone that's interested, please ask them to email me giving their name, age, daytime phone number and brief details of their wartime service so we can contact them to discuss this further.

We hope to hear from you, and please feel free to forward this email to any war veterans that you think might be interested.

Kind regards

Dave Player

Legasee - 'become a part of history'

Legasee war veterans project


Jackie Trent

Jackie made many friends amongst the military and is anxious to include their stories in that part of her life story. Surviving members of our Forces may enjoy making contact with Jackie about old times.

We posted a dedicated 'Were You There' section on her web site - - and seek the ID of,and contact with, British military personnel on the two black-and-white old photo's we found in Jackie's old papers.

Jackie has sent us a letter, please click on the link to read the letter;
A message to the British Forces Veterans of the 50's and 60's 'Wherever You Are.' (Word file)


Investigation into the 1949 Yangtze campaign medal awards system
Raised by: William Leitch on 07 January 2010

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government asking it to investigate the circumstances into the process for awarding medals to those involved in the 1949 Yangtze campaign and, in particular, whether this process was corrupted as a result of the exclusion of relevant and important documents relating to the role of HMS Concord in the Yangtze Campaign on 30 and 31 July 1949.

If you would like to sign the petition please follow this link:


Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland Association

My Name is Alan 'Mac' McClinton and together with Eddie Shinton we have started a new association for ex soldiers and serving soldiers who were, in the now disbanded, 'Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland'(ADUNI)

The aim of this new website is to re-establish contact between ex-dog handlers and put them back in touch with each other - without the payment of a fee! So many of us served in the ADU NI from the early 1970's onwards, which makes some of us roundabout 60 years of age, and more! Now has to be the time to do this, or it will be lost forever.

We want to build a successful Association which, in future years, can be administered by our younger colleagues who served in the later years of the Unit's involvement in NI.

The ADU used hundreds of handlers from all branches of the services and this is part of our history which we should not allow to fade away. It was a unique situation and we have some wonderful memories of those times.

Please get in touch - stay in touch - and help us build the first Army Dog Unit (Northern Ireland) Association. No subscription required!

We look forward to hearing from all who served in the unit - send us your photos (then and now!) for inclusion on the website, and share you memories with us too - they will make good reading for everyone. Tell us about your ADU NI tours, and what you are doing now - always interesting to former colleagues!

Whether you were a Guard Dog Handler Tracker Handler or AES Handler. you were the guys who made it so special for more information go to

Yours Sincerely

Alan 'Mac' McClinton Ex ADU NI 3brigade 8Brigade and 39Brigade

(1975-1982) with a little holiday in the middle

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