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Care for Veterans is a Rehabilitation Home based in West Sussex which supports physically disabled ex-service personnel of the past, present and future.

During the First World War, makeshift hospitals cropped up all over the country to deal with the huge number of wounded soldiers requiring surgical care. Once the war had ended, it became increasingly clear that many of these men, so seriously injured and disabled, would require ongoing care.

Situated at the former Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Care for Veterans was established in 1919 to care for those soldiers returning from World War 1 with life changing disabilities.

For over 100 years, they have provided long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite, and award-winning end-of-life care to disabled ex-armed forces personnel from the RAF, Army, Royal Navy and auxiliary services.

For anybody who wishes to know more about this facility or even have a visit, their Liaison Officer, Nick Francis (www.careforveterans.org.uk Direct Line: 01903 790336) will be more than pleased to help.

National Secretary
March 2024

Having served in the RAMC for 37 years, Col Robin Jackson embarked on a personal visit to Singapore with the sole goal of seeing the former BMH Singapore now known as the Alexander Hospital. This was quite a poignant and personal visit for Col Robin not just because of the former BMH but also because his father, Capt Geoffrey Jackson RAMC was posted to BMH Singapore as a MO in 1953 and as such he also wanted to use the opportunity to pay his respect and that of the Corps at the hospital Memorial.

Brigadier David Weeks has been the resident of a Southampton Care Home for several years, but little did he know that this year, on his 90th Birthday, that he would be visited by serving members of the RAMC. In arrangement with the RHQ RAMC, serving members of the RAMC from 1 Multi-Role Medical Regiment (1MMR), including their RSM, made a surprise visit on Brigadier David along with bearing RAMC gifts. As a veteran RAMC Surgeon, this was a delightful surprise from which Brigadier David took to sharing his career experiences and memories with younger members of the Corps.

Nat Secretary
Feb 24

This award is granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism as a mark of national recognition for their loss.

Named the Elizabeth Cross, the award is available to the families of those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948, including the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Falklands conflict and operations in Northern Ireland as well as recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those receiving this honour receive two pinned sterling silver emblems, one full size for formal remembrance events and a miniature version for less formal events. The reverse of the cross will be engraved with the name of the person in whose memory it is granted. The emblems will be accompanied by a memorial scroll.

In a message to Her Armed Forces, Her Majesty The Queen said:

Please be advised that the Waterloo Uncovered’s 2024 Support Programmes for Veterans and Serving Military Personnel (VSMP), is now open to receive applications.

Waterloo Uncovered is a groundbreaking charity that combines world-class archaeology with a programme of care and recovery for VSMP who have struggled with the physical or mental impacts of their service.

Taking part in a Waterloo Uncovered Support Programme can help to rebuild wellbeing and confidence, give participants the opportunity to learn new skills and provide a great forum to mix with people from a variety of backgrounds with shared experiences.

Applications for their 2024 programmes are now open!

This year they are offering three programmes to VSMP - Excavation, Finds and Battlefields Uncovered - the details of which are outlined in this Programme Prospectus and this useful video.

They are looking for potential candidates to take part in their Excavation and Battlefields Uncovered programmes and are looking for Midlands-based veteran groups or hubs with a physical space to host their Finds Programme, which last year were hosted by the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre and STEPWAY Worcester.

Excavation: Two weeks of excavation on the Waterloo Battlefield, suitable for veterans and serving personnel. Applications close on the 28th April 2024.

Finds: Six weeks of in person archaeological finds workshops hosted in existing Midlands’s veteran’s groups. Applications close on 28th April 2024.
Please note that applications are invited from host organisations, not individual veterans.

Battlefields Uncovered: Ten week online military history and conflict archaeology course suitable for veterans, serving personnel and adult military family members. Applications close on 24th June 2024.

If any veterans are suitable for their programmes, or you would like to learn more about hosting their Finds programme, please email them at apply@waterloouncovered.com and they will provide more details about the programmes and application process. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis following their interview & selection process.

Their website and social media pages also contain lots of information about how they support VSMP.

Nat Secretary
Feb 24

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.