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A bed of support

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Combining forces – From left: Technican Sven Moeller; Frau Christiane Rampsel-Horstmann, head of the purchasing department at the Klinikum Gütersloh; Cpl Derrick Cobbinah, co-founder Forces Help Ghana; and Volker Lehmann, a GGS watchman who has helped British-German relations and approached the hospital for donationsA Ghanaian veterans' charity started by two Gütersloh-based soldiers has received a boost to its mission thanks to the donation of 15 beds from a local hospital.

The Klinikum Gütersloh presented the mechanical beds and 25 mattresses to Forces Help Ghana (FHG) co-founder Cpl Derrick Cobbinah last Wednesday, August 20.

One of the charity's projects is to refurbish the clinics in 10 veterans' villages – or care homes – in Ghana where armed forces veterans are treated.

The used beds will be shipped to Ghana next month, where they will be presented to the Veterans Administration Ghana (VAG), the equivalent of the Royal British Legion.

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Major leaves his mark

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Legacy - ony Clunn MBE with a Roman coin he found at Kalkriese. Inset: A Cavalry mask also found at Kalkriese – its image was used on the front cover of his book, In Quest of the Lost LegionsTributes have been paid to Tony Clunn, the former British Army major credited with discovering the Varus battlefield at Kalkriese in northern Germany, who has died at the age of 68.

Tony was an amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist when he unearthed a handful of Roman coins in 1987 some 20km north of Osnabrück, turning
German national history on its head.

At the time serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant, he also uncovered three Roman slingshots near Kalkriese – the first indisputable evidence of military activity in the region.

Since then thousands of priceless artifacts have been found at the site where Varus’s legions were lost, which now boasts a state-of-the-art museum run by German National Heritage.

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A walk on the wild side

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Cyclists taking their journey of discovery through the 12,000-hectare siteFor the first time, the British Army invited local people to visit the Senne Training Area – and more than 5,000 hikers and bikers took advantage of the offer.

Where there’s normally live-firing in a place closed to the public, on Sunday, August 10, there was an air of tranquility.

The Senne Information Day saw people of all ages take the opportunity to visit after the entire 12,000-hectare area had been thoroughly searched beforehand for ammunition and duds.

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