Territorial Army looking to recruit veterans for new unit association

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A new association for former Territorial Army soldiers has been set up in Sunderland.

 The TA unit 251 Field Ambulance has been based at Dykelands Road in Seaburn, Sunderland, since 1967.

 The unit was officially formed in December 1937 when they were based in Hutton Terrace drill hall, Newcastle, and is a medical unit which has provided support on operations around the world, most recently Bosnia, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan.

 Earlier this year, ex-members of the unit decided to form a veterans’ association.  

 The idea of the association would be for members to meet monthly as both a social gathering and also as a network to offer support to ex members.

 The unit does not take part in the Remembrance Day parade in Sunderland and the association is hoping to change that and take part in the event in 2016.

 Headed by John Lennox and his committee board, the association is looking for ex members of 251 Field Ambulance to get in touch with them, either by emailing Sunderland251@outlook.com or by coming along to the monthly meetings (held every second Sunday at 12.15 at The Royal Artillery Club in Mary Street).

 Vice-chairman and former unit member Anth McDermott, who served in Afghanistan in 2009, said: “I would greatly encourage any former unit members to get in touch. The monthly meetings are a great chance to see the old faces and share stories and experiences and if the association can support you in any way, we will.”