THE grieving widow of an SAS hero killed herself after watching the Remembrance Day service on TV, an inquest heard yesterday. Joanna McAleese, 49, was found dead alongside a photo of her late husband John last November. Ex-SAS Staff Sgt John McAleese was part of the band of elite soldiers that stormed the Iranian embassy in 1980 - ending a six-day siege broadcast on live TV. Joanna was also grieving for her soldier stepson Paul McAleese - who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. She was working in a supermarket in Brecon, South Wales, when she was struck down by depression as Remembrance Day approached last year. Her friend and flatmate Monica Golwacka told the hearing: “She had spread pictures of her husband and son on the table in the conservatory. “She was upset and drinking red wine - she asked me to join her to watch the service of remembrance on TV.” STARED AT PHOTOS The inquest heard Joanna left her flat to have a tattoo of a lily on her left … [Read more...] about SAS hero’s grieving widow whose stepson also died serving in Afghanistan killed herself after watching Remembrance Day service on TV
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A SOLDIER gave his fallen comrades a moving tribute - by buying each of them a pint. The mourning veteran walked into a pub, bought a pint for each of his eight friends he lost in Afghanistan, and left them with a Remembrance Day poppy and their photograph lying beside them. The touching gesture was posted on Facebook by Neil Taylor, from East London, who witnessed the solider drink his own pint before leaving the pub with his dead comrades' pints untouched. He posted the photo with the caption: "A soldier walks into a bar and buys 8 pints for his dead comrades in Afghanistan, drinks his pint and leaves the bar leaving photos of each mate at there glass, how incredibly moving is that, god bless them all. Quality....." The post was shared by over 300 people and got nearly 800 likes. In the comments people shared their admiration for the tribute. Andrew Furber wrote: "Wow what a great way to show respect for his fallen comrades. May they all enjoy a pint in heaven. Thanks to them all for … [Read more...] about Soldier’s incredibly touching Remembrance Day tribute to comrades who died in Afghanistan
REMEMBRANCE Sunday takes place today, November 11. Here's everything you need to know about the Armistice Centenary services. When was the Cenotaph service? The Cenotaph service was held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. It began straight after the two-minute silence at 11am and commemorated the contribution of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It concluded at 11.25am. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the Armistice Centenary, 100 years after the First World War ended, so huge crowds were expected. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph on Sunday by members of the public. What time was the Remembrance Day parade? After the Cenotaph service at Whitehall, the Royal British Legion detachments dispersed past the Cenotaph. Then the Nation's Thank You procession commenced at 12.30pm. This concluded at 1.30pm and the Remembrance Day service and parade was be over. DIFFERENCES ASIDE Putin gives Trump thumbs up as leaders … [Read more...] about When was the 2018 Remembrance Day parade and Cenotaph service?
THE guns had been silent for two years as millions of Britons stood to honour their dead at the first ever Remembrance Day. Half way through the two-minute silence a widow, still raw with grief, began to sob. By the time the buglers at the newly-unveiled Cenotaph sounded the Last Post 60 seconds later, nearly 1,000 people were in tears. Tomorrow, exactly a century after the Great War ended, organisers are recreating the extraordinary scenes of the first national service of remembrance in London. The year before there had been a victory parade past a temporary war memorial made of plywood. But in the summer of 1920, the Cabinet decided that Whitehall would be at the heart of national mourning and remembrance throughout the British Empire. As well as a permanent Cenotaph to the Glorious Dead, the body of an unidentified British soldier would represent the 887,858 Tommies killed in the four-year war. His body would be buried in Westminster Abbey, the parish church of the Empire, for a … [Read more...] about First WW1 Remembrance Day saw the unknown warrior returned from France as 1.25m Brits filed past memorial in London 100 years ago
REMEMBRANCE Sunday is taking place this weekend on November 11. But what time will the services be taking place and how can you get involved? Here's everything you need to know about the Armistice Centenary. When is the Cenotaph service? The Cenotaph service will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. It will begin straight after the two-minute silence is held at 11am and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It will conclude at 11.25am. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the Armistice Centenary, 100 years after the First World War ended, so huge crowds are expected. Wreaths may be laid at the Cenotaph on Sunday by members of the public. What time is the Remembrance Day parade? After the Cenotaph service at Whitehall, the Royal British Legion detachments will disperse past the Cenotaph. Then the Nation's Thank You procession will commence at 12.30pm. This will conclude at 1.30pm … [Read more...] about What time is the Remembrance Day parade and when is the Cenotaph service?