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Family demanding soldiers involved in their son's death be sacked from army

by Elaine Willcox

Family of soldier from Bury who was shot dead by a colleague trying to fix a jammed machine gun are demanding those responsible are sacked by the army.

An inquest ruled Fusilier James Wilkinson died as a result of poor safety practices during a live exercise in Kenya.

His family say they're appalled two soldiers convicted of negligence have since been allowed to resume their careers after appealing against their sentences.

You can find out more about their petition here and their campaign on facebook

Fusilier saves pensioner who collapsed in a bank

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome
Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome in hospital Credit: Men Syndication

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers came to the rescue of 81 year old Derek Broome when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in a bank. The Fusilier had only left his battalion in Cyprus 2 days earlier.

Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome
Corporal Jonathan Rodgers visits Derrick Broome in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

The pair were reunited in Fairfield Hospital, Bury. Derrick says he wouldn't have survived if it hadn't been for Jonathan's quick thinking. Jonathan was able to call on the CPR skills he'd learned during his tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland to help until medics arrived.

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Fusiliers take fight to keep Battalion to London

Members of Fusiliers Association en route to London Credit: ITV Granada, Mel Barham

Around 90 members of the Fusiliers Association are going to London in a bid to save their Battalion.

Six members will hand in a petition to Downing Street against the disbandment of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

The members will then march from Downing Street to Parliament.

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Latest round in job cuts as Govt aims to reduce Army

Today's announcement that 4,480 military personnel would be made redundant is the latest round in army job cuts.

  • Round 1: 920 military personnel lost their jobs with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 2: 2,880 military personnel were made redundant with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 3: 4,480 military personnel lost their jobs with 16% of them compulsory.

There will be four tranches of cuts as the Government aims to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2018.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the fourth round of army cuts would be less than the amount announced today.

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