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Joe Erskine

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About Joe Erskine

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    All Round Good Egg
  • Birthday 11/10/1947

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    All things to do with the Falklands. Fly Fishing.

Previous Fields

  • Service in 1982
    Royal Navy
  • Rank / Rating in 1982
    Weapons Engineering Mechanician 1 (CPO)
  • Unit in 1982
    HMS Hydra (Ambulance Ship)

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  1. Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme (Oyster Card)

    Here you are. The original post about Veterans Oyster Card for free travel in London for veterans who are in receipt of regular (monthly) payments from a War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. First available since November 2008
  2. Oyster Card for entitled disabled veterans

    I have used mine for the last 11 years many times (though my bus pass works on the busses ) You can go straight to the TFL website relevant page to apply here:- https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/veterans-oyster-photocard It was first introduced by the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
  3. Done - and I elected the £3 to go to SSAFA as at the end of the Survey they give you 4 coices of charity
  4. HMS Collingwood Open Day

    I helped George on the stand last year with Debbie Pick, Ann Townsend and her husband George. It would be nice to see some other volunteers this year. I said I will help George again, but if there were more of us we may be able to rotate and get to see some of the gun runs.
  5. reunion

    Glad you enjoyed it Lofty. Why not join the Survey Ships Association and attend our annual reunions at the end of October every year. This year it is in Hull, all organised by IOW Tours. https://www.surveyships.org.uk/2017_reunion.html Encourage all those who attended at Bristol to attend. Also not forgetting the SAMA (82) reunion next year in Grantham.
  6. Garden Of Remembrance

    Sorry the GOR is down at the moment. The webmaster is working to get it back with the server company.
  7. Wandering Falkland Veteran

    I was speaking to the SAMA (82) Standard Bearer, Michael Winning at the funeral of Canon Roger Devonshire RN (HMS Hermes Chaplain in 82) on Monday 15th January 2018 in Portsmouth Cathedral. Michael spent 4 weeks over Christmas and New Year in the Falklands. In Stanley one day, he bumped into a vet and his wife, the vet was a HMS Sheffield survivor, he had never heard of SAMA (82), the FVF - and he knew nothing about the Concession Flight Scheme or free accommodation in Liberty Lodge and the fact that the Islanders will take vets around Battlefield and other sites for nothing (or a donation for fuel). He had arranged all his trip commercially, flights via Santiago, paid for Hotel accommodation on Islands and obviously didn't say to anyone on the Islands that he was a vet as he also paid the full commercial rate for all his tours on the Islands. His trip for them both cost £10,000!!! I am amazed that there are still vets out there who do not know about SAMA (82) and everything else. He obviously does not know about the HMS Sheffield Association either or he would have learnt from there. Unfortunately Michael Winning didn't get his name. We can but try and spread the word! Falklands Concessionary Flight Scheme PS I am off to the Falklands tomorrow Sunday 21st January until Saturday 3rd February 2018.
  8. These Forums

    You may have noticed that the Forums were down for a few days. We appologise but this was due to a glitch beyond the SAMA Office's control. Thanks to the efforts of Mark Griffin, it was up and running again from 2100 this evening.
  9. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year for 2018. I am off on a Cruise around the Solent with Christmas Lunch today from Scumhampton with my wife as guests of The Not Forgotten Association and tomorrow we are off for Christmas on a 7 day River cruise around the canals of Holland and Belgium.

    FIREARMS SURRENDER: 13 -26 November 2017 Police forces are appealing for people to hand in unwanted firearms during a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on 13 November 2017. This firearms surrender will be taking place in England and Wales. The firearms surrender will not be taking place in Scotland. Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities. The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over. Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed firearms avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place. During the surrender period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender of the firearm to lawful authority and they can remain anonymous. Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at any civilian police station but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station by calling 101 or visiting the police website. If you know of people involved in illegal firearms, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  11. Chris Welch, Joe Erskine.

    Had a nice day thanks. Memorial Service and Lunch at HMS Excellent, Whale Island in Portsmouth and my Masonic meeting and Festive Board in the evening.
  12. Veteran search

    Would Peter Imrie know his whereabouts?
  13. Steve Butterworth

    Welcome Steve Butterworth Visit often and post if you wish
  14. Discussion Board working again

    The Discussion Baird had been down for some time for which we appologise. It was due to a glitch on the server which has now been resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  15. F25 07 P2 216

    Wee Billy Sutherland. SAMA Rep for Scotland and Ireland sadly crossed the bar. I miss you, my old friend from our Minesweeper days together.