Waking & Sleeping Nightmare…

“Every waking and sleeping moment, my nightmare is the fact that I will give an order that will cause countless numbers of human beings to lose their lives.” General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 to 2012), speaking in 1991 Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a US Army officer who commanded Operation Desert Storm, the American-led military action that… Read More


What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)?

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) pays compensation for injury, illness, or death attributable to Service that occurred on or after 06 April 2005. Under the AFCS, an individual can make multiple claims, both in-Service and post-Service. The AFCS replaced the War Pension Scheme (WPS) and the the attributable elements of the Armed Forces and… Read More

What is the War Pension Scheme (WPS)?

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides no-fault compensation for all ex-Service personnel where illness, injury, or death is caused by Service from the start of the First World War in 1914 up until 05 April 2005. The WPS was replaced by the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). Reference FOI 2018/08416 dated July 2018.

What is the Armed Forces Memorial (AFM) Database?

The Armed Forces Memorial (AFM) database, owned by the tri-Service Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), was created in order to identify Service personnel whose names were to be, and continue to be, engraved on the AFM at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. The AFM database records the deaths of all personnel who had died… Read More

Advancing: Civilisation & Killing…

“You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, however, for every war they kill you in a new way.” Will Rogers (1879 to 1935) William Penn Adair Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humourist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the… Read More

Warriors & Death…

“Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.” Miyamoto Musashi (1584 to 1645) Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese soldier-artist of the early Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603 to 1867). He was also known for being a philosopher, writer, and Ronin. His original name was Miyamoto Masana, but he was also known… Read More