Lonely death of Private Dave Forshaw

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  1. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2648621.ece
     
  2. Rest in Peace mate.

    I've heard this said in one way or another many times "The best time of my life was being in the Army and fighting for my country, England"
     
  3. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    We hear anecdotes for the TA being cut adrift when they return but seeing the story of one hits it home.
     
  4. He killed himself about a mile from my house. I saw the flowers in the car park in the woods. Didn't know who it was until now.
     
  5. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    That is such a sad story. That such a young man should only feel happy by taking his own life is just too much. To feel that the only way to be happy was to be dead - his mind must have been in a huge turmoil.

    I hope his funeral goes as he asked and that it is well attended. God rest his troubled soul.
     
  6. Poor b*stard. RIP.
     
  7. Sad - RIP fella.
     
  8. RIP mate, what a sad end to a young soldiers life..
     
  9. RIP: my condolances to his family he is at peace now
     
  10. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    What a heart-breaking story. He wasn't good enough to be a regular, but he was good enough to send out to a war WITH the regulars.

    What a sad loss. RIP.

    I hope the MOD reconsider the issue of dyslexia and joining up - it should not bar people from regular service.

    Added to this, those in the TA that go on regular tours, especially to places like Afghan and Iraq, should be offered the same post-op services that the regular soldiers get (even if it is too little).
     
  11. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Another article from the Times:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article2648698.ece
     
  12. RIP fella, condolances to all that knew him

    AM
     
  13. RIP mate
     
  14. The Dyslexia issue really shocks me. As Biped says, if he was deemed to be fit and able enough to serve 2 x back to back tours in the Sandpits, why on earth shouldn't he (and countless others like him, no doubt) have been given the chance to serve with the Regulars? With recruitment struggling at the moment, I believe this is an area which needs to be reviewed.
    RIP.
     
  15. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    That got me as well. I don't know what his speciality was but his dyslexia did not not stop him becoming proficient in it. So much so that he deployed twice!