Box clever

THE tradition of sending Christmas boxes to our troops originated in 1914 when Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V, came up with the idea to provide everyone wearing the King's uniform and serving over...

Google of the garrison

When Natalie Trezise met her future husband, she was living in Nottingham and working as a science teacher and he was based in Germany. They did the ‘long-distance thing’ for five years before he was posted bac...

A clean sweep

NO-ONE wants to live somewhere unloved and rubbish-strewn, so father and son Lee and Joshua Atkins (pictured below) decided to take matters into their own hands after they moved from Wiltshire to North Yorkshir...

Northern life

Catterick is already the largest British Army garrison in the world and over the next few years, further expansion will see it become the third-largest town in North Yorkshire. So what’s a posting there really ...

Leaving a legacy

BY THE time the last major units leave Bielefeld, Gutersloh and Paderborn in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 75 years. To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ ...

Accessible accountancy

Chartered accountant Nadia Hossen Mamode admits that she wasn’t quite prepared when she married into Forces life. Five years, four moves, three jobs, two children and a new patch later, she realised that straig...

Popular Help to Buy scheme extended

THE Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) scheme has been extended until the end of 2019 – great news for the 69 per cent of families in a recent AFF poll who are planning to use the scheme after December 2018. AFF is ...

Review: The Fool

Guest reviewer Loretta Brennan, who has a son in the British Army, tells us her thoughts on The Fool by Army spouse Michelle Moore… Loretta Brennan The book is set in ancient Egypt during the reign o...