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An Evening with the Mercian Regiment, 18th February 2014

On Tuesday 18th February over 40 Bowyers and their guests gathered at the White Harte in Bishopsgate to witness the first hand experiences in Afghanistan of RSM Paul Muckle of 2 Mercian Regiment (pictured right).

Paul who had joined the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters over 30 years ago started by recounting his early career that had included service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. Various staff appointments followed this part of his life in the Army prior to being deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.

In a most courageous and moving way Paul recounted graphically being on active service fighting the Taliban and the awful consequences of witnessing the horrific injuries sustained by those he was serving with. He then went on to describe being 'blown up' himself and the long journey back to normality; Those present I think all agreed that we watch the news and read newspapers but hearing the real life story from first hand experience put matters very much into perspective.

One of the main purposes of the evening was to raise funds for The Mercian Regimental Benevolence Charity and Lt Col Bill Temminck (pictured right) who is now the Through-Life Care Officer of the Regiment addressed those assembled to give an in depth view of the ongoing need to look after soldiers in the future. He explained that the charity works in conjunction with other service charities such as ABF and the Royal British Legion in helping to alleviate the problems encountered by those who find themselves 'in need, in hardship or distress' whether active or retired soldiers or their dependants.

At the end of proceedings the Master had the great pleasure of being able to hand over a cheque made out to the Mercian Benevolent Fund for £1000 to RMS Muckle. That figure was doubled, at least, by the kind generosity of all those present hopefully helping in some small way the problems that are going to be unfortunately with our affiliated regiment for many years to come.

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