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Blind veterans take part in world championships

A team of three blind veterans makes up the first civilian team to compete at the Pace Sticking World Championships at Sandhurst.

Military charity Blind Veterans UK is entering a team that, as well as being the first non-serving team to take part in the competition’s history, also has three of its members who are registered blind.

The blind veterans that make up the team are Kevin Alderton, Billy Baxter and Steve Birkin. They are led by the sighted Drum Major Tony Taylor. They are taking on pace sticking teams from across the Armed Forces and around the world.

The origin of the pace stick, which looks like a large pair of compasses, is claimed by the Royal Regiment of Artillery, who used a 'gunner's stick' to measure the distance between their guns in the field.


Have a look at the new 'bigger, better, safer' army field hospitals

Field hospitals are a crucial part of our military - treating patients in some of the most hostile parts of the world. But they can only provide so much protection.

Now, though, there's a new addition to Field Hospitals. A structure so big it would need to be flat-packed into more than a hundred shipping containers. But it's designed for pretty much anywhere. Medics have been putting it to the test on exercise in Hampshire. Emma Wilkinson reports.


The field hospitals of the future...

Field hospitals are a crucial part of our military - treating patients in some of the most hostile and isolated parts of the world. They often include large tent-like structures, but they can only provide so much protection. Soon there could be a major new addition to Field Hospital capability, as Emma WIlkinson reports.

"Being in the Army was one of her ambitions". School pays tribute to Surrey Army recruit who died in training

Megan Park, 21, died while undergoing initial training at Pirbright Camp in Surrey Credit: ITV Meridian

The former school of the Army recruit who died while undergoing initial Army training has paid tribute to her.

Megan Park, who was 21, collapsed and died at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright in Surrey after taking part in an exercise.

"The School staff were saddened on hearing the news of Megan’s death yesterday. Staff who taught Megan and particularly Megan’s Head of Year, Mrs Hughes remember Megan as a polite, hard working young person willing and keen to involve herself in many activities. As an individual Megan knew want she wanted to achieve and being in the Army was one of her ambitions. Megan's focus on her studies reflected her determination to be successful in her future career. Our sympathy goes to Megan’s family at this sad time."

– Witton Park Academy

Family pay tribute young army recruit who died at barracks in Surrey

Megan Park Credit: Family photo

A recruit who has died while undergoing initial Army training was named tonight as Megan Park. Her family said she had always wanted to be in the armed forces and had started her dream job.

The Army said she had died while undergoing initial training at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright, in Surrey.

The family of the 21-year-old from Lancashire said: "It is with deepest regret that Megan's family must announce that she has sadly passed on, doing the thing she loved. Ever since Megan was at school, she always wanted to be in the armed forces. Everybody who knew Megan was aware of this. She was so excited about going. It was the start of her dream job. Megan is going to be missed by so many people, friends and colleagues. Although she will be deeply missed her presence will always be alive. Megan will always go on in people's memories for her lively sense of humour and her fun sarcasm and quirky personality. The family are very grateful for all the good wishes and thoughts and just ask that people respect our privacy at this time."

An Army spokeswoman said: "The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss."

Pirbright is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Privates Cheryl James, Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray all suffered gunshot wounds.

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