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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Garden Of Remembrance

    Sorry the GOR is down at the moment. The webmaster is working to get it back with the server company.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Veteran search

    Would Peter Imrie know his whereabouts?
  10. Steve Butterworth

    Welcome Steve Butterworth Visit often and post if you wish
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The VOICE study

    This is still ongoing. They still need volunteers, if you have not yet taken part. Please consider it. You get shopping vouchers
  14. Updated Discussion Board

    Well Mark has arranged for the Discussion Board to be updated by Invision, the people who host it. It will take a bit of getting used to. If you have any problems just contact an Admin who will (try) and sort it out for you.
  15. VETERANS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU ARE AWAITING A JOINT REPLACEMENT As a Veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic Clinic at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital where there is a specialist Veterans Clinic run by Lt Col Carl Meyer. In one case a colleague applied for a referral on 16 March, and on 3 May had a hip replacement, a total wait of just over 6 weeks. If you don't mind a few days away from the family, he assures us that it is more like a hotel than a hospital, with really good food. If you have a long wait ahead of you at your local hospital, this might be the quickest way to achieve a result. What is it? A service for Military Veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery, a service that is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, who specialises in such areas. Lt Col Meyer is an Army Reserve officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital. It is a service available for anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service. The service is centred on The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG. A centre of orthopaedic excellence specialising in lower limb replacement surgery. Outpatients clinics are held fortnightly, normally on a Wednesday. HOW TO ACCESS IT:- You must ask your GP to refer you to the VETERANS HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry making sure that he specifically mentions Lt Col Meyer and ask your GP to include the NHS Issue code for military veterans AND your service number in the referral letter. Your records at your GP need to be annotated with the NHS issued codes for military/veterans, take photocopies of your discharges book/certificate, you will be asked for proof that you are a Veteran. Military Medical Codes: 13J1 Military Veteran 13JY History relating to Military Service 13qo History relating to Army Service 13q1 History relating to RN Service 13q2 History relating to RAF Service 13q3 Served in the Armed Forces Contact Information: E-mail: rebecca.ann.jones@rjah.nhs.uk Fax: 01691 404067 Tel: 01691 404344 IMPORTANT:- You should all apply to the MOD under the Freedom of Information Act for your FULL Military Service Records (and, in the Comments Box, ask to include your Medical Records). You should have done this as soon as you were discharged. It is a FREE service. There will be reams of computer print-outs which you then keep in a clip file. https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-mili…/apply-for-your-own-records Lt Col Meyer wants to carry out more operations for Veterans, but he has two problems: 1. Finding the patients and 2. Getting the money from the NHS. However, the more operations he performs, the more money the NHS will give him, which means the more procedures he can perform. If you are members of other military Facebook sites/Websites/Discussion Boards, then please copy this to them and let as many Veterans know about this brilliant service that's just for them. If I post it too many times FB class it as spam and will freeze the post. It's about time we Vets received something back for our years of loyal service.