Tuesday, 27 May 2014


The Regiment joined an array of former Coventry City professional footballers; including the likes of ‘Dion Dublin’,  ‘Mickey Gynn’ and ‘Darren Huckerby’ to raise funds for the well established ‘Help for Heroes’ charity; assisting wounded and injured British soldiers rehabilitate themselves. 

The well attended football event, held at the Ricoh Arena on Sun 4th May 2014, attracted in excess of 2000 people to watch a legends XI team play a team of Soldiers representing British Army Medical Services and supported by 159 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps based in Canley, Coventry. 


159 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in Canley, Coventry is currently recruiting and can offer paid part time opportunities in a logistics career to people already in full time employment, part time employment, those in any aspect of further education and the unemployed.  Training will be given and paid for by the unit, there are also many opportunities for travel and to enhance your CV and experience.

If you would like more information please contact 159 Supply Regiment Royal Logistic Corps on Tel: 02476 854977 or 02476 854956.  You may also visit the unit direct at the following address:

159 Supply Regiment RLC
Army Reserve Unit
Cateswell House

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Theatre Review: The Two Worlds of Charlie F by Sergeant Gentry (237 (West Bromwich) Squadron)

 237 (West Bromwich) Squadron recently conducted a cultural visit to Wolverhampton Civic Theatre to watch a touring production titled “The two worlds of Charlie F”.

The event was organised by Captain Alan O’Brian and saw representation from across all ranks in the Squadron.  We met at the local public house which enabled all to catch-up, socialize and sort tickets before entering the theatre.  I chose to attend with my partner as did many others; we regularly attend the theatre watching both amateur and professional productions throughout the UK and found this play as enjoyable as any we’ve seen in the past.

The production was played mostly by ex-service men and women injured in action with I believe some supporting actors.  The story line/plot centred about the recovery of injured personnel with several mentions of Selly Oak Hospital with some very loud visual effects and a little humour thrown in.  It covered physical and mental injuries with a focus on the partners and families of the soldiers.  I found the aspect from the families interesting with the initial sense of hopelessness and despair, coupled with the determination to get the soldier through their situation and on the road to full recovery

There was a song in the production during act two about flashbacks with the lyrics “not re-living it, living it” suggesting a struggle with reality, that I’ll not forget any time soon.  It helped to understand how these soldiers’ minds work during their recovery, opening my mind to aspects I would never consider.

The act with the blueys (military mail system for personnel deployed on operations overseas) was good for my wife (as I’m due to deploy this year); seeing the joy at receiving mail, brought home how something so mundane in the UK takes on a different aspect on tour.  My wife has already been rallying my family to this effect!

The production was well delivered, with some high visual & audio impact that made the audience jump from their seats (me included).  The confidence of the actors should be commended and they received a standing ovation at the end, which appeared to embarrass them a little.

Although the production has been advertised nationally on BBC radio 2 and possibly others I know none of our group were fully aware of it.  I would and have recommended it, as it’s a story that should be heard.  Non-military people may struggle to grasp what it’s like to serve in the Army on tour, and we must all find it difficult to relate to recovering soldiers, this production covers both and does it very well.

For more information on teh play or to book tickets visit:  http://www.charlie-f.com