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An emotional last parade for 16 Tank Transporter Squadron

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The Antar drives off the parade square followed by a Scammel Commander and Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)From the deserts of North Africa to the heaths of northern Germany 16 Tank Transporter Squadron has an impressive history that has been celebrated with a parade and presentation of medals prior to their disbandment.

The 74 soldiers on parade were representing a long history in Bad Fallingbostel where the Sqadron has been stationed since 1952, although the first formation was in 1878.

In 1952 the squadron was formed with former Polish prisoners of War from concentration camps in the area, most notably Stalag XI­  B (357). These formed bodies of men were known as the Mixed Service Organisations (MSO), and the connection with Poland is as strong today as it was when it all began.

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Pet tragedy sparks review

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MerlinA cross-Channel ferry company is reviewing its policy on the carriage of pets following the death of a BFG family’s pug on board one of its ships.

Merlin, one of three dogs being driven from Detmold to the UK by the Wallace family, reportedly died due to heat exposure during the 90-minute Calais to Dover crossing with P&O Ferries on July 18.

Kirsty and Deane Wallace and their three children are heartbroken that the four-year-old black pug could not be revived despite efforts to save him by Deane, ferry company staff and other helpful passengers.

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SSAFA 1914 Home Front records go online

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At the start of the First World War in 1914 SSAFA was the only charity there to care for the families of soldiers sent to the FrontSSAFA, the only military charity working on the Home Front across the UK at the start of the First World War and still operational today, made its local 1914 records available online on July 22.

The digitalised records reveal SSAFA’s extraordinary achievement, mobilising some 50,000 volunteers across the UK and assisting more than one million people in 1914 alone.

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Above and beyond

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Garrison Deputy Commander, Lt Col Weetman presenting the Westfalen Garrison Commander’s Commendation to Garry Trott Garry Trott, King’s School head teacher, was recently awarded the Westfalen Garrison Commander’s Commendation. 

He had called a staff meeting for what turned out to be a very emotional farewell to all of his staff, thanking them for all their efforts, hard work and support during his tenure.

It was then that the Garrison Deputy Commander, Lt Col Weetman slipped in to surprise Gary with the award.

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