Alan joined the army as a boy soldier aged just 14 years of age. Initially based in Cardiff; Alan moved to Belfast where he quickly established himself as a personal fitness instructor. In July 1944, having become old enough to join the regular Army, he transferred to the Army Air Corps as a paratrooper and went on to fight during the height of WWII - deep behind enemy lines in Germany.

In 1945, when an 18 year old Helen Andrews was told by the Army – “don’t tell a soul where you’ve been” – she followed their orders to the letter. It wasn’t until 70 years later, that Helen was finally happy to share the story about her involvement in the Second World War, her time at Bletchley Park, codebreaking and the Enigma machine.

The legendary story of a Chelsea Pensioner who blindsided the German forces on not one, but two occasions during World War Two.

From an East End boxing ring to the battlefield of the largest seaborne invasion in history, we take a look back at the story of Chelsea Pensioner, George Skipper.

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The Royal Hospital is proud to have achieved Platinum status under the Gold Standard Framework – a national scheme of excellence for end-of-life care.

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Paymaster General praises 'Fantastic work' of Royal Hospital

We were honoured to welcome Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, to the home of the Chelsea Pensioners on 31 January.

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