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.
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.
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.
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.