I realise that this is is going to be absolutely of no consequence whatsoever to you all but this morning I received in the post my General active service medal with clasp from the British Ministry of Defence for my service in the Canal Zone and Korea in the 1950s. It has only taken 51 years for successive British Governments to admit that we where on Active Service. National Service required that all 18 year olds did 2 years service or go to jail! So after Conscription and 16 weeks training we were shipped off to all the 'Hotspots' of the World. Korea, Malaya, Kenya, Egypt etc., When all these conflicts had faded away into history the British Government, in it's wisdom, decided that these events never happened because they didn't want to cause problems with the French, Germans, and the Arab Nations and so we we were forgotten, even the one's who gave there lives and there were many. When they had finished with us we were just sent off home, back to the life we had left but with 2 years torn from our youth. We where never asked if the things we had seen and the things we where required to do had had any effect on any of us, no councilling was ever offered, you see in those days, in the 50s' 'Stress' or 'Trauma' hadn't been invented, in those days it was called 'That's Life' and you got on with it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not whining, I'm too old for that, but I do think that that era turned out the best "Teenagers" in the World and it turned us into Men, the like of which we will never see again. Sorry about this but I just felt I needed to let it out, I hope you will all understand. Regards, ( and still ) Cochise.