Power of ARRSE required (in a Pen is Mightier than the Sword Scenario)

Please read the message below, and if you agree, sign the petition. I sometimes think the more we progress the more we regress

Dear All,

Sergeant Matthew Telford of the Grenadier Guards was promoted to that rank in June 2009.
In November of that same year, Sergeant Telford was one of 5 British soldiers killed when a rogue Afghan policeman opened fire on them.

His wife and family will only receive a Corporal's pension since he only held his rank of Sergeant for less than a year.

However, he was killed on operations by the enemy whilst wearing three stripes of a Sergeant on active service.

Please sign the petition below to support a change in the rules that deny a hero’s widow the pension she deserves.

Rank and Pension of Soldiers Killed on Active Service | Petition of Soldiers Pensions

Please forward onto any sympathetic contacts that you may have in your address book.
Denise Edgar
National Trustee
The Royal British Legion
Home 01904 670677
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It is Biscuits, although it was initiated last parliament (last March).

Signed and will email Julian Smith to ask him to sign the EDM.
It would help move everything along if Arrsers also asked their MPs to sign the EDM. You can use 'They Work For You' to get in contact.
There are several precedents - I give you one, relating to WWI.

Captain (formerly CSgt) E A Pauly 1 KRRC (1875-1944): Ernest Pauly enlisted as a HQ Recruit in 1895. After service in Sudan and the Boer War, he was commissioned in 1914. In May 1915, by now a Lt/T/Capt, he was blinded in both eyes during the Battle of Festubert.

As he had held temporary rank for less than 3 months, his disability pension was assessed as a Lieutenant: on this matter, the War Office was adamant.

In 1916, the worthies at the War Office received a letter from the King. Here is an extract:

‘The King has heard that Captain E. A. Pauly, late King’s Royal Rifles was commanding his company on the night of the 15th May 1915 in the attack upon the enemy’s position at Festubert, and whose wounds received on that occasion resulted in permanent blindness, has been informed that he must revert to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant because he had not held that of Temporary Captain for three months before the above incident took place.
His Majesty feels that this is a case worthy of every possible consideration and of exceptional treatment. The man has lost almost everything but life, and if any little thing can be done to make the terrible affliction which he has to bear lighter, and to cheer his future days it ought to be carried out.
The King understands that this slight concession will involve no expense to the country, and therefore he asks that Pauly may be allowed to retain the rank of Captain, which position he was considered worthy to hold and to exercise in leading his company into

The letter caused these minions to reconsider and the pension was awarded.

Times have changed. However, a worthy cause is still a worthy cause. I wish the petition well.
Signed and being emailed around. MP will get a nudge.
Good response as expected...

I wasn't sure about the OpSec with regards this but Denise Edgar has obviously mass mailed it out to reach as many people as possible, it was from a good friend of mine whom I received the E-Mail yesterday, it is obviously now working as the Signatures are increasing all the time...

Nice One! lets hope ARRSE contributions helps in a big way with the right decision being made...


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E-mailed my MP. I already the petition in March but I've moved since then so I have a new MP.
Signed & forwarded

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