First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 55

May 2018

The Journal of the 81st Entry

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Welcome to the 55th edition of The Journal.

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The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Eddie 'Ned' Kelly who passed away on 20 March 2018.

Four of our Entry members - Ken Williams, Phil Jarman, Don Higgins and David Cross - live close enough to Peterborough and were able to attend 'Ned' Kelly's funeral - see Feedback; please join with me in thanking them for attending and thus being able to repesent the 81st Entry in passing on to family and friends our sympathy and condolences along with their own.

For all those who let me know of the mistake in Dave Blake's letter - in Feedback with the image in question - you're all dead right it was No. 1 Sqn in 2 Wing and not No. 2 Sqn. On the back of the photo Dave had written that it was the No. 1 Sqn Athletics Team that had won the 1956/7 (?) Wing athletics championship so it was just a slip of his pen!

My thanks to those who came back to wish me well after my TURP - 'rebore' - several of whom had been through the 'experience' themselves over the years; unfortunately my post operative biopsy came out badly and I have prostate cancer; an MRI done since I received the news has confirmed that there's no spread so I await a consultant's recommendation as to where we go from here. The rebore worked though, maybe not enough yet to get over that 3 ft wall but, hey, great fun being able to fire-hose the porcelain again, even though complaints about the noise have already begun! Coincidentally I recently attended our local U3A AGM after which there was a talk given by a lady involved in training dogs to detect cancer in human beings using their powerful sense of smell - it was very interesting but my Labrador hadn't told me I've got it, how very remiss of her! According to this lady it has been statistically proven that 1 man in every 8 will get prostate cancer. That's 12½% of men in general or in our case, where I am in contact with exactly 80 ex 81st members, it could be 10 of us; ain't that a thought now?


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