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A day to remember ...

Post by Bill Bentley » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:27 pm

My wife and I were in London, we had been invited to attend an evening function on Tuesday, so we had flown in on Monday. As I don't travel well we ate then crashed out early on Monday evening. Tuesday morning found us feeling refreshed and after a large breakfast we decided to recce our options for the evening function. After a while we found ourselves outside of Westminster Abbey and because we didn't think it worth 18 quid a head to say a quick prayer we departed. Walking past Big Ben we saw a guy photographing a paratrooper who looked like he was attending a remembrance parade. Knowing that there are lots of Walter Mitty's I decided to give him a grilling. It turned out that he was waiting for a comrade from 3 Para and they would shortly be attending a hearing, in the Houses of Parliament, where the proposal for the posthumous award of a Victoria Cross for Cpl. Stewart Mclaughlin was to be debated. Stewart had been killed in action alongside Sgt Ian Mckay who had earned one of only two Victoria Crosses awarded during the Falklands War of 1982.

As I myself had been involved in the action of 2 Para at Goose Green, in the same war, where Lt. Col H. Jones OBE was awarded the other Victoria Cross, my wife and I asked if we might lend our support and so we joined a growing group and entered the Houses of Parliament and were duly escorted to the Westminster Hall where the debate took place. The former C.O., now retired, Lt General Sir Hew Pike, supported by his former RSM, led what looked like a good platoon of what I can only describe as WARRIORS; my wife and I in tow. The debate was lively and we were all impressed with the efforts of Angela Eagle and Dan Jarvis making the case for, unfortunately our age old system, though admitting it's imperfections, would not budge and the case was not accepted. After meeting the son of Stewart and his brave comrades Sir Hew thanked us as we had to depart, our own event of the day was not far off.

We had been invited to attend the launch of Lord Michael Ashcroft's new book 'Special Ops Heroes' in which I myself was being featured. It was a brilliant do and I had been allowed to invite my own special guest Paddy O'., a comrade of the Falklands War and other conflicts. We spotted Nigel Farage in the crowd and having been 'Maggies Para's' we decided to grill Nigel. He turned out to have a cracking sense of humour and having been asked if he was up to Maggies job he admitted that his balls were not as big as hers; we offered to give them an airborne massage to see if they might swell up, but he laughingly declined. Lord Ashcroft had an amazing gathering of people and we were humbled by some of the tales which we heard, also from some not featured in any gallantry books ... as yet. Lord Ashcroft's book 'Special Ops Heroes' really is worth a read, not because I am also featured in it but because there are many other stories in there that sent a shiver down my spine. Because Lord Ashcroft has pledged to donate all of his royalties to military charities, because he has given 6,000 copies to schools up and down the country, because he is a friend and supporter of those things that made Britain great and because he enabled my wife and I to have a day we shall never forget.

I have arranged for a signed hardback copy of the book to be sent to Bob with the comment: 'Once a Hawk always a Hawk' therein, with the request that Bob adds it to the prizes for the 2015 reunion raffle.

HUSSAR !

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by PINKY » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:39 am

Great read, thanks for sharing.
Well done
HUSSAR
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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Brian Moulton » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:04 am

Bill,

Based on your post, I have just downloaded a copy for my Ereader (Nook) and quickly read the chapter in which your actions are featured.

All I can say is that having read it, I have the greatest respect and admiration for you.

To anyone, who like me, was not aware of Bill's unselfish actions in the Falklands conflict, should consider reading this book. I'm looking forward to reading it in it's entirety.

When you first appeared on Noah's Arc, I was guilty of labelling you a "Green" crank, but having got to know you better through your posts, I now consider you to be one of the better "posters" on the site.

Bill, I salute you.
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Post by lawrie salkeld » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:39 pm

Bill, this is a great post which enables us to find out what is going on in the past and in the modern day world. It shows how people are still prepared to step up to the plate and fight for what they think is right. So I thank you for that. I wish you all the best, and keep posting these articles they are great.
Brian, your honesty has to be respected, if only more people in this country were doing this we soon would be back to be Great Britain.
These are just my opinions
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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:55 pm

Bill
I have already said it on another thread. but I will add I think we all aprecciate that you say it as it is and tell as it happend
with all due respect
Phil

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Mac McNulty » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:12 pm

Hi Bill,

Just bought the book and look forward to the reading of it.

Cheers

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Post by Brian Moulton » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:28 pm

For those who may be wondering what we are on about read this:

http://www.paradata.org.uk/people/martin-w-l-bentley
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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by tigger » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:06 am

For those that know him well Bill is as modest a guy you would ever wish meet, he is driven in the things he does and a perfectionist in regard to his own doings. He seeks not to surround himself with hangers on but chooses and cherishes those who he calls friends

That other people write about his actions is by them fair comment, but you wouldn't find Bill bigging himself up. He will however go out of his way to passo n what he believes is good advice, or news he feels we need to know about. As many men of action he has found a path for himself that brings him peace and fulfillment, his life style is now his salvation , both for his health and peace of mind .

Having known him since JLR he is a much deeper thinker than many gave him credit for and his recent articles esecially about his Bee's and small holding display a rich understanding of the seasons and the land

We could all learn from him how to balance our needs verses wants to achieve a great sense of peace and happiness

Cheers Trev .
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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Bill Bentley » Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:30 pm

My thanks to one and all,

Brian, your first assumption was not necessarily wrong, a person can be many things at the same time.

I do believe that we humans are are doing much harm to the planet upon which, and from which we live, this is worse than naive, it is stupid ! When parasites kill their host, they too die. Sir David Attenborough has often made the point that 'there is hardly a problem on this planet that would not solve itself, if only there were fewer humans. Having been a soldier I would dearly like to see a solution to our problems without war. It is perfectly possible, but not with the present attitude of our leaders our law-makers and our peoples.

If whenever a natural disaster occurred, those who needed help were also sterilized, it would massively reduce the population in that area for a generation. Then we could help the survivors to help themselves, without the burden of countless new born children. Educating the second generation could bring long term improvements which then leads to less children being born. In Sudan there are fourth generation refugees, men with 20 odd children, all being fed, getting medical care and schooling, and then becoming terrorists, our enemy, it is insanity !
In Haiti the situation is not much better, our example setters were proud to have saved a person who had lost both arms and legs, it cost tens of thousands of pounds to keep him alive and now he gets spoon fed and somebody has to shake the drips off his knob and wipe his arse, which daily costs ever more money. There are many thousands of such handicapped people that we 'saved', so IT IS A QUESTION OF BIG MONEY ! Now because of the lack of money available millions of other people are still going hungry in Haiti, almost every woman has been raped and had children because there is no work for the men and they know no better. Their population of beggars is rapidly increasing and few have any standard of living to talk of. It is highly likely that they will turn into pirates because they have no other option really.

But we can't shove all of the blame on to the so called third world countries. WE must also stop all forms of unnatural fertilization and birth assistance. My God we operate on the heart of a dying foetus to bring a disabled baby into the world who is then in need of life long care.
We refuse people their God given right to say 'I don't want to live any more' and force them to stay alive, sometimes for years, in care homes that are worse than prisons.
We refuse to execute criminals that have, by any standards, proved by their actions that they are not worthy of the status of 'human being'.
Almost all of us eat and drink too much, especially meat and this burdens our host, mother nature, our planet, far more than is necessary for our comfortable survival, it also makes us ill.

Every single breath every one of us takes reduces oxygen and increases carbon dioxide when we eat meat the animal did no less when it was alive. Our waste products produce methane gas which is potentially even more harming to our climate. Our industries pollute the air, the water and the land and unless we take drastic action very, very soon 'the boat that we are on will sink'. Perhaps we shall then need another type of Noah's Arc !

The rich don't care, they have long since planned their departure from this planet. Why else do you think there is so much investment in space travel ? Were the money which is put into space travel and the brutal killing of each other - military - wars and the genius otherwise employed, we could save the world !

I don't think this will happen. So, as my friend Trev said, I have found a hole in which I can bring the rest of my days. I try to follow the old Red Indian maxim, to leave the earth in at least as good a condition as I found it when I was born. But my plot is very small and the best that I can hope for is to leave a Garden of Eden where perhaps the bees will have a chance.

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by bryanlythgoe » Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:45 pm

A day to forget is when I was invited to go Kung Fu training with Bill Bentley and Paul Nutter in the gym in Herford. The warm up that they both did lasted about 10 mins of them battering each other black and blue with blood pouring from both of their mouths and noses. After being invited to warm up after them I decided that the football team needed my talent more than a kung fu team so it was my first and last session with those 2 sado masacists. Regards to both of you, and I trust your wounds have healed. :lol:

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Bob_H » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:20 am

Bill, I'm happy to say that the signed book has arrived and is being closely guarded. Thank you.
Owfen born and Warburtons bred :lol:

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Bill Bentley » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:48 am

That was a cracker Bryan, thank you and best wishes, I remember you as a good lad.

I suspect that Paul, Dusty, Mac Hutch and myself were one of the reasons why the football and rugby teams had so many followers. :lol: It was seriously good fun training together, Paul, as everybody must know was the Kung Fu man, Dusty was an old styled street fighter, Mac Hutch was our Karate man and my own thing was judo and savat, after months of playing together I fear we turned into monsters. At least that's what many students said when we were doing the pre NI unarmed combat training. That was in any event a wrong title, because many techniques were how also to use a weapon to devastating effect without having to squeeze the trigger.
Thanks for the memory Bryan, best wishes to you and yours ... Bill

Bob,
thanks for the confirmation, keep up the good work for the rest of us bandits, it's your Arc that keeps us afloat !

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Re: A day to remember ...

Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Paul blended a mixture of Kung Fu Akido and Karate. I used to train with him in HK not that I could do any of the Martial arts mentioned It was just that I knew how to fall from my time doing Judo. I couldent put a guard up to save my life I just used to lead with my chin
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