Laughing Stocks received today the following message which, having checked its authenticity, we have agreed to post since the Nobody in question in it doesn't allow a right of reply on his 'blog'
Dear Oakham Laughing Stocks,
Through your blog pages could you post that I agree with Martin Brookes that I was never a Royal Marine please. This is the only time he has ever said something that is remotely true about me.
What I would like to say though is that I successfully completed the army commando course in April of 1966 and completed the parachute course in 1967. My parent regiment was, and still is, 29 Commando Regiment RA. All those that doubt this should check my cap badge and not just the colour of my beret.
I have two decorations that I wear on my left breast, that of the GSM 1962 for South Arabia and the bar is for Dhofar in 1973/4. The other two medals on that side are from the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces (SOAF). I wear all of these decorations quite legitimately. I completed my 9 year engagement on the 12th October 1974 and left with an 'Exemplary' record.
I claimed, quite rightly, my grandfather’s medals with the permission of my mother and all the relevant immediate family, some 18 years ago. I have worn them with pride ever since on every occasion I can. 28386 Cpl JC Carr (RGA) served throughout WW1 and was wounded in 1914. He did not serve in three campaigns, as was stated on Martin Brookes's Blog, but in one only, The First World War.
If there are those that doubt the authenticity of this little nugget of truth then can I suggest that you visit me at my home and we will discuss the matter in depth. Preferably after dark.
Paul Beech GSM & Bar, BA (Crim)