ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Conversations

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Conversations

Lorraine Kelly introduces a series of conversations between people whose lives were changed forever by war and conflict, discovering how they’ve adapted to their new circumstances. These conversations are brought to you by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the national charity of the British Army. Founded in 1944, the charity has been providing support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need for 75 years. If you’d like to know more about ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, visit soldierscharity.org (https://soldierscharity.org/) Interviews conducted by Dave Roberts and Katie Burns . Produced by Wisebuddah (https://www.wisebuddah.com/podcasts/podcast-production) .

Episodes

October 2, 2019 29 mins
As part of the 75th anniversary of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – and to mark an evening of spoken word performance held in London in early October – Dave Roberts is joined by poet Martin Figura to explore the words we use when we talk about soldiers and soldiering.
 
This special episode of Conversations also features original poetry from Alix Hale, whose father was killed in action in Afghanistan, and work...
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Lorraine Kelly introduces a conversation between Joseph Connor and Gary Jamieson.
 
Joseph Connor joined the Army in 1942. He was honoured by the French government for his part in liberating France during the Second World War. He continues to live independently at his home in Glasgow at the age of 94. 
 
Gary Jamieson was in his 14th year of service – and on his second tour of Afghan...
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September 1, 2019 27 mins
Lorraine Kelly introduces a conversation between Andrew Blair and Alix Hale.
 
Alix Hale was eight years old when she was told that her father – Captain Mark Hale – had been killed in Afghanistan. 
 
Andrew Blair was also eight years old when he was told – 40 years ago – of the death of his father, Lieutenant Colonel David Blair, who lost his life in the Warrenpoint ambush in Norther...
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August 25, 2019 28 mins
Lorraine Kelly introduces a conversation between Andy Reid and John Cutting.
 
In October 2009, whilst on patrol with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan, Corporal Andy Reid stood on an Improvised Explosive Device. As a result of the explosion, he lost his right leg below the knee, his left leg above the knee, and his right arm. 
 
John Cutting served in the Royal Eng...
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August 18, 2019 30 mins
Lorraine Kelly introduces a conversation between Maldwyn Jones and Stewart Harris.
 
Maldwyn Jones served with 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards in Northern Ireland, Belize and Cyprus. In 1982, he was serving onboard the Sir Galahad – a ship which was bombed and set ablaze in the worst British setback of the Falklands conflict.
 
Stewart Harris was also with The Welsh Guards. Whilst on ...
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August 7, 2019 20 mins
Lorraine Kelly introduces a conversation between Bob Semple and Sarah Adams.
 
Bob Semple is a veteran of the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army he became a civilian engineer and his work regularly took him to the Middle East. Bob was working in Yemen in 2014, when he was ambushed and captured by Al Qaeda. 
 
Sarah Adams’ son James was serving with the 2nd Royal Welsh in Afghani...
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