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Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by ordinaryforces, Jul 7, 2013.

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  1. Just come across this photo of a load of hard bastards, The last surviving members of Rourkes Drift, CSM Bourne centre standing, I wouldn't have looked at their pints.
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  2. I would have, but only to see if they needed a refill.
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  3. Apparently, there were more than a few survivors of that episode that had some serious PTSD issues of consequence. Nothing new under the sun, eh?
  4. Colour Sergeant Bourne was eventually commissioned. My Gandfather met him at the Brecon depot in 1914. Of the others, Hook (who was a good soldier) became a sergeant, Hitch (who was not) vanished. One of the Williams was drowned in the R Dore and is buried in (I think) Dorstone churchyard. I've seen the grave but was dying for a pint at the time....
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  5. one can only imagine the conversation between those five old boys as they sit in the pub after that photo was taken.
  6. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    pints sir ... faasounds of 'em.
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  7. I'm fascinated by that photo! I can't stop looking at it, look at the eyes on those men..they are the eyes of men who have seen things!! the man second right has invented the thousand yard stare. could he be troppers great grandad?
  8. Not enough VCs on his chest, let alone lesser medals...
  9. Could they have handled the stress of BAOR during the cold war? I somehow doubt it.
  10. It was hell man!! you really had to be there.
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  11. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    you didn't need chest bling in those days medals just meant you were related to the queen like charles.
  12. Any idea what year it was taken? Looks maybe 1920s-ish.
  13. I don't think its a thousand yard stare, I think its a surprised look as the chap on the right is holding his hand.
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