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"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

100 years later on 4th August 2014, as a nation we are being encouraged to join together in a united moment of reflection by turning off our lights between 10pm and 11pm, leaving a single candle lit, to mark the time when Britain's ultimatum with Germany expired and war commenced.

For Beverley Gall, Lights Out will also be the start of a 4-year poignant journey.

A former Combat Medic, wife to an ex-Royal Engineer, and mother to a 16 year old son poised to join the Army, Beverley knows only too well of the sacrifices made by those who volunteer to fight for their country.

The Not Forgotten Association is a charity providing entertainment and leisure facilities for Service and ex-Service men and women whose lives have been affected by injury during or after Service in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force. The Chief Executive of the Association is Colonel (Rtd) Piers Storie-Pugh whose late father was interned in Colditz during WW2.

2014 so far has been quiet... but not for long!  You see this is our 60th Birthday and we are having a party! The event will be held in Chester on 25th September 2014 BUT the details are still under wraps!

If anyone is interested in joining the Chester Branch for their 60th birthday bash please forward your details to:

Lynn Orfanelli - email -

Liz Ashworth - email -                     

So watch this space...! AND Pass it on...


"Taxi for McNair" called the hall porter, as my husband Clive and I stepped out into the lovely sunshine and into the awaiting cab, asking the London cabbie for Buckingham Palace.

The day was Thursday 26th June 2014, and leaving Lancaster Gate, we were soon driving through the outskirts of Mayfair. With its bright flowerbeds and then on passing the magnificent green trees of the Mall as we drove along the red tarmac of the Palace precincts, where our driver stopped at the corner-drop off point. Clambering out of the cab, I grabbed the two sturdy hospital sticks, which my kind GP had especially organised for me (after my cry for help realising that with my poor mobility, that I needed something reliable to lean on!)


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A Career in Army Nursing


The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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