Ex-Royal Drank himself to Death

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  1. Rest in Peace Royal, you were let down in life.

    I'm so very sorry for your loss Naomi.

    Story in the Herald

    Unfortunately I can't add comments on the Herald website, as my email address is blocked following the Cornwall thing.
  2. Over 100 views and no-one gives a sh1t ?
  3. I do ...and you are correct, the ones that should and ought, don't, but do not increase their response, rather than just letting people [assets] go and founder in terror, frustration, bewilderment and despair. Some on here may understand that

    A sad, but real story. There are many more tragic ones still fighting long after the fighting is done but a few do care and a few actually try to help. The safety net does not exist within the 'Machine' to tend to the needs of these comrades of ours

    Maybe we should be kicking up a stink with the 'Machine'
  4. RIP Royal

    How many more have to die before some proper action is taken?
  5. Poor chap, he must have been hurting inside in such a way!
  6. Sad to say this is a problem that will only get worse unless the MOD take action!

    RIP Royal!
  7. RIP Royal. Damn shame that an intelligent man (He was a Tele Tech, that equates to genius with a capital G in the Corps!) was not steered towards some counseling a little earlier.
    It must have been known that he was an oppo of the guy killed in Iraq and it seems obvious that he would have been gutted.
    Whilst in no way defending MOD and not wishing to offend anyone (But it probably will) the problem it faces is that counseling can be offered, but will those in need seek it out or will they think "Counsellings for poofs, I'll just have a few to get me to sleep."
    A real tragedy.
  8. How very sad rest in peace and my sincere condolences to his family.
  9. There must be a number who have gone through the experience and come out the other side.....these are the people that can do the most in helping the guys that are suffering...they know the problems and they speak the same language....the first hurdle is cleared....talking to someone who understands

    The rest will follow...and it will be a tough road :thumright:
  10. Agree with that .
    Grief and getting help for it ---professional councelling -should be the norm for all returning servicemen who have been in situations like that unfortunate guy.
    The worse thing you can do to overcome grief is to drink .
    Alchohol is addictive . Untill you have lived with an alchoholic and experienced their ways and needs it would be hard to explain how a previously happy and contented person could get addicted.

    The worst thing was probably when he was discharged from the RM .
    Left to fend for himself

    RIP Royal.

    :nemo: :nemo:
  11. for one minute i thought sarah ferguson was dead
  12. Do they give a damn? That is the question.
    One poor man against a very 'poor' system..
    Should we expect more? I don't know.
    Looking back at my childhood, then it was surrounded by people, my mother included (her favourite brother probably burned to death) dented and damaged by war.
  13. RIP Royal, you deserved better.
  14. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Go to sleep brother, go to sleep.
    Be gentle with the gate sentry, he's a bit rusty.
    I could cry but you'd not want that.
    Sleep well, you are loved.

  15. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Fcuksake, this man was let down. What a needless death. people need to talk, get things off there chests. I'm willing to listen.
  16. Another empty bottle. We were trained too well to complain or ask for help.

    The Abandoned Soldier

    The eyes betray the pain

    Hollow, empty eyes

    A lifetime in one glance

    Blinking moist with sadness

    In search of understanding

    Barely holding back the tear

    Alone, standing to attention

    A solemn sight for all to view

    A stubborn look about the face

    Lips taught with embers of defiance

    A wry ironic smile

    A stoic sense of duty

    The glorious dead do not grow old

    The living are but vague reminders

    Of a soldiers gift and a nations debt

    A collective shame unwashed in generations

    Putrid and bitter without a voice

    Crying out for respect and restitution

    Body racked with untold hurt

    Phantom pain from near useless limbs

    Age has wearied him

    And the years condemned

    The shadow of a once proud man

    Who took the shilling and paid the price

    Young men, old beyond their years

    Damaged minds in ravaged bodies

    Witness to the horrors

    Victim of the daily struggle

    Stiffened with age and unseen scars

    He does not complain, we taught him well

    Communities of dead from conflicts past

    Stand testament to our human failure

    Leaders give no deference to the fallen

    Dulce et decorum est…, the oldest lie

    Loved ones nurse a heavy burden

    Complicit in their fervour

    Hand picked like poppies of the field

    Blossoms of the poor and disadvantaged

    Moulded to be the nations guardians

    Hailed as saviours in the morning

    Old heroes slowly fade away

    Discarded when the sun goes down

    In the autumn of our lives

    Old soldiers reminisce

    Amidst the dreams of death and glory

    Two minutes can seem a lifetime

    In remembrance of the fallen

    A fleeting memory remiss

    The promise has been broken

    No longer duty-bound

    Honour lies bloody on the altar

    A sacrificial lamb

    The soldier has been abandoned

    In a society that doesn’t care


  17. I give a shit

    Rest in peace mate.
  18. Commodore Toby Elliott, Chief Executive of the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress), did a great interview with Simon Mayo on Five Live last week about exactly that. Serviceman are trained to endure hardship & feel shame when they complain. It seems that many don't approach "Combat Stress" until 13 years or so after they leave.
    Combat Stress is available at www.combatstress.org.uk .
    Don't leave it too long....

  19. You need to remove the final full stop from from the address for it to function :thumright: :rendeer:
  20. I know.
    I was angry when I posted that because it seemed that so many had looked but no one had thought to leave any message. It is such a sad waste, quite un-needed. The hell he must've been going through has now passed on to his wife.
    As a past sufferer of PTSD I have an idea what he might've been going through, but I don't know the answers myself. I still have the blind rage that my missus has to talk me out of BEFORE it happens, also the fits of such deep depression that death really does seem like a release, so in a way SHE has become my counsellor and my children (unknowingly) raise me from the depression. So does being on here to a certain extent. Just knowing that there are like minded people out there helps.

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