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Pennant is the magazine of the Forces Pension Society. It is published bi-annually and it is free to all FPS members. Pennant is an entertaining mix of articles about life in the Forces, news, opinions and views, member’s feedback, and much more.

Nov 2017 edition


6  Editorial

8  Changes at the top. A new Chairman for the Society.

10 Master and Commander. Captain Jerry Kyd gives us the low down on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s new aircraft carrier.

14 A lifetime of Defence reporting. Robert Fox talks about his career.

16  The incredible Story of James Barry. ‘A proper man’s man’. ‘He’ kept them all in the dark.

18 The tumult and the shouting dies. A snapshot of some of the more unusual monuments in the UK.

22 An entrepreneur against all odds. Eleanor Coade made an invention that has weathered the test of time.

24 Big changes ahead? the General Secretary gazes into the pensions’ crystal ball.

26 I tell my wife pension stories in bed. Meet the latest member of the pensions team. Denis Mulholland.

27 Representative Rates of Pay.

28 Campaign updates: Death Lump Sum Benefits – an update on the Charlotte Hughes case and LE Supplement.

29 Better than a poke in the eye. A preserved pension claim success.

30 A most complicated case. A most testing pensions conundrum.

32 Don’t take our word for it. What Members say about us.

34 The 2017 Forces Pension Society Annual General meeting. A photo tour.

36 Borderline Blues. Gibraltar and its current political position.

40 The great storm of 1987. FPS staff reminisce.

44 I have the highest praise for them. A serviceman’s feelings towards Blind Veterans UK.

46 Surprising Servicemen. A selection of famous people who once served in the military.

50 Skanderbeg. Probably the greatest ever Albanian

52 Supporting the transition. RBLI’s LifeWorks programme.

56 Birdwatching in the Services.

60 Garden Solutions – berries in pots. RHS advice on growing berries in small gardens.

62 Wine and beer in the afterlife. What to do you when you retire.

64 The FPS 2017 Christmas Quiz.

66 Life with the Lions. Following the 20917 Lions tour of NZ.

68 Keats, Jars and Pyramids. Discovering ancient Rome.

71 Member offers 

77 Members’ small ads and notice board announcements

80 FPS Merchandise

82 Book Reviews



Read the latest digital issue of Pennant here, with a video introduction from Editor & General Secretary, John Pitt-Brooke CB.