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15 January 2021 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 12 Issue 03
We regret to report the death at home in Tiverton on 8 January of Lt Col JDC Blake of the Devon and Dorsets. He served as a popular and well respected second in command of 1 WFR 1971-73 in Warminster, N Ireland and Berlin and, after attending the Joint Services Staff College, was promoted to command the Mercian Volunteers until 1977. His next and final appointment before retiring from the army was as Chief of Staff BRIXMIS.
001 VETERANS AT HOME
Are you, or do you know, a Veteran who could use some help keeping their mind active?
The Veterans at Home Service, which is run by Age UK in partnership with The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and The Royal British Legion, are supplying tailored activity packs to lonely and isolated Veterans to assist with their cognitive stimulation.
They can provide: puzzle books, sudoku books, magazines, jigsaws, CD's, DVD's, books, audio books, craft materials, dementia activities and much more.
Colin, who served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy for over 22 years, has been a recipient of these activity packs. He has a passion for horses, especially race horses. So the Veterans at Home Support Worker put together a parcel which included books and magazines about race horses and the Sea Biscuit DVD.
Colin said "I love getting the telephone calls followed by a lovely parcel it makes me feel really cared for. The books and magazines have been fantastic, and I am thrilled with the DVD".
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002 TRENCH TALK
The First World War was fought on three continents, and saw 14 million killed and 34 million wounded. Its impact shaped the world we live in today, and the language of the trenches continues to live in the modern consciousness. One of the enduring myths of the First World War is that the experience of the trenches was not talked about. Yet dozens of words entered the English language as a direct result of the soldiers’ experiences. In a new regular spot I will be looking at how the First World War changed the English language, by adding words that were both in slang and standard military use, and modifying the usage and connotations of existing words and phrases and how they emerged into everyday language.
From the Urdu word bilayati meaning "foreign", applied to British troops in India, this came to mean British, and then Britain. One of the great hopes for a British soldier was "a blighty one", a wound that was disabling, but not disastrous, which would send the wounded man home for good.
No man's land
The term that more than any other suggests the western front; used centuries earlier to describe a place of execution outside the walls of London, as a description of the space between lines of opposing trenches the term was already in use in 1907.
The poor bloody infantry referred to themselves as "something to hang things on" as an infantryman's pack and equipment might come to half the soldier's own bodyweight.
As in "take a dekko at this" (take a look at this). From the Hindi word dekho meaning "look", one of a number of terms brought from India by British troops and gradually disseminated through the British army. On 20 March 1915 the Birmingham Daily Mail wrote that "The wars of the past have invariably coloured the language of returned soldiers, and this worldwide war will be no exception to the rule."
Mangling place-names was surely one of the most creative forms of language to come out of the conflict. Auchonvillers became Ocean Villas, Mouquet Farm became Moo Cow Farm, Ploegsteert became Plug Street, and Ypres became the famous Wipers.
003 VETERANS SUPPORT
The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;
Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123
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