Veterans

Young Soldiers Swap Thoughts With Chelsea Pensioners

Servicemen and women from across the generations share their experiences of military life.

Comradeship, selfless commitment and the meaning of Remembrance were among topics discussed by two generations of servicemen and women in the week leading up to events marking the 100 anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to the First World War.

Two young soldiers have been sharing their thoughts about their military experiences with two Chelsea pensioners.  

A resident of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Michael Campbell-Smith, and RAF Aircraftman Jack Cowling found they had much in common about their lives in the Armed Forces.

Mr Campbell-Smith said he enjoyed the comradeship that serving brought. 

"You didn't all get on together when you first joined but it bonds people together."

Private Amy Wadhams of the Royal Logistic Corps was keen to find out from another Chelsea pensioner, Barbara Whilds, what kind of changes she has seen since her service.

"People like yourself have a lot more opportunities in the Army than what I did when I was in," she explained.

"Because women didn't have the opportunities that they've got now."

When it came to the meaning of Remembrance, the feelings of the four were mixed, but Mr Michael Campbell-Smith shared the view that it was a time to reflect.

 "You've just got to step back, take time, remember the loss."