Interesting court martial on the horizon, General in the dock.

OK it's the DM, but is that right? The school was only 10 miles from his house? How on earth was he allowed to claim?
 
About 40 years back I, and many others, used to regularly donate blood with the Army Blood Transfusion Service I think it was called.

In return you got a nice cup of tea, a couple of biccys and - most importantly - got chatting with some very pretty nurses.

Turns out that shed loads of Squaddie blood was being flogged off by a couple of high ranking Officers to foreign countries - and they were making serious money out of it - and had been for quite a while.
 

diverman

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About 40 years back I, and many others, used to regularly donate blood with the Army Blood Transfusion Service I think it was called.

In return you got a nice cup of tea, a couple of biccys and - most importantly - got chatting with some very pretty nurses.

Turns out that shed loads of Squaddie blood was being flogged off by a couple of high ranking Officers to foreign countries - and they were making serious money out of it - and had been for quite a while.
Reminds me of the story if true of two QA officers in Germany who were caught making 'educational' films using the School of Nursing's equipment
 

Rod924

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Kit Reviewer
Was he ex Gloucesters? I notice his Beret with Cameron.

If he loses, that's one hell of a pension he will not get.
 
About 40 years back I, and many others, used to regularly donate blood with the Army Blood Transfusion Service I think it was called.

In return you got a nice cup of tea, a couple of biccys and - most importantly - got chatting with some very pretty nurses.

Turns out that shed loads of Squaddie blood was being flogged off by a couple of high ranking Officers to foreign countries - and they were making serious money out of it - and had been for quite a while.
I vaguely remember that. Weren't the officers in the RAMC and it all got quietly dropped. I can't recall anyone doing the long course at Colchester.
 

Bodenplatte

War Hero
So close to the end of his service too.
Knew him as a Chico, very decent young man, but not seen or even heard of him in 35 years.
 
Was he ex Gloucesters? I notice his Beret with Cameron.

If he loses, that's one hell of a pension he will not get.
The article said that he retired in 2018 and is working at Bournemouth college, so he is already getting his pension. They won't be able to take it off him for a bit of CEA fraud. You have to commit treason or shag one of the Queens Corgis before they can even consider it.
 
Was he ex Gloucesters? I notice his Beret with Cameron.

If he loses, that's one hell of a pension he will not get.
Strikes me as rather a formality if the quoted numbers are to be believed.

Allowed to claim a maximum of £23,480 of public money, actually claimed around £50k (which will be a matter of verifiable record).

The Daily Mail has already demoted the fellow to Major so quite clearly, there can be no doubt of his guilt as charged... March the guilty bastard in Sgt Major.
 

AlienFTM

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Book Reviewer
About 40 years back I, and many others, used to regularly donate blood with the Army Blood Transfusion Service I think it was called.

In return you got a nice cup of tea, a couple of biccys and - most importantly - got chatting with some very pretty nurses.

Turns out that shed loads of Squaddie blood was being flogged off by a couple of high ranking Officers to foreign countries - and they were making serious money out of it - and had been for quite a while.
Might have been the Army Blood Service by about 1986. At Worthy Down I got an ABS Vampire badge instead of a normal bronze donor badge cos they didn't have any. To go with the Iron Cross the DRK gave me in Osnabrück. It might have been the day I became the third human to connect to an aphoresis machine after a couple of Aldershot medics. First person in the wider Army community before going out into the community.
 

Rod924

LE
Kit Reviewer
The article said that he retired in 2018 and is working at Bournemouth college, so he is already getting his pension. They won't be able to take it off him for a bit of CEA fraud. You have to commit treason or shag one of the Queens Corgis before they can even consider it.
Depends on the scheme? Many cases of RAPC (and all other Regt and Corps) SSgt/WO2's getting caught with their hand in the till, getting found guilty and dismissed from service and losing their pension. I think there was a few MMA cases involving Sn Officers...........eeey, but that were back in'th day.

Things may have changed.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
1. Yes

2. Unlikely he will forfeit pension - it doesn't often happen.
Vaguely recall about 20 years ago a law was passed protecting pensions. It isn't the army's to steal, leave a man old, unemployable, penniless and without hope.

Or a meringue?
 
Depends on the scheme? Many cases of RAPC (and all other Regt and Corps) SSgt/WO2's getting caught with their hand in the till, getting found guilty and dismissed from service and losing their pension. I think there was a few MMA cases involving Sn Officers...........eeey, but that were back in'th day.

Things may have changed.
When was this? I dont think anyone has lost their pension in the last 30 years.
What sometimes happens is that they get binned before their immediate pension point, but thats the same as anyone else leaving at that time for any reason.
 

Bodenplatte

War Hero
Vaguely recall about 20 years ago a law was passed protecting pensions. It isn't the army's to steal, leave a man old, unemployable, penniless and without hope.
What could happen is that a man might be chucked out at, say the 20 year point, and therefore not be entitled to an immediate (22 year) pension. However, the preserved pension, payable at age 60 would not be forfeit. The only exception that I knew of in my time was the corporal at Glencorse who murdered a paymaster and sergeant with a Sterling.
 

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