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Old 30-12-2014, 06:37 PM   #56
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Arrow Victor Two

Major Peter Ratcliffe DCM is an author and former member of the Special Air Service (SAS)..Billy came originally from Salford, Greater Manchester.. As a boy, he joined the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1 PARA) before and eventually going on to pass the SAS selection course.. Upon joining the regiment, he was posted to 18 (Mobility) Troop D Squadron..

During his time in the SAS he was to deploy into a number of theatre and operations including the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, the Falklands War and Operation Granby in the Gulf.. During the 1991 Gulf War, Ratcliffe was the Regimental Sergeant Major and deployed in Iraq to relieve the Officer Commanding A Squadron (one of the few times where an enlisted man has formally relieved a commissioned officer).. He subsequently led the squadron on a raid on a communication site known as "Victor Two" for which he was awarded the DCM...After the conflict Ratcliffe was himself commissioned as an officer..Apart from writing books himself Ratcliffe has appeared in books by Andy McNab, Chris Ryan, Peter 'Yorkie' Crossland and Cameron Spence...

We go to and live in the little red schoolhouses.... In Little Britain, it's little red-brick schoolhouses, as the Eli te refer to them.. Of course, their universities are granite stone, whereas we the ordinary muck go to the red-bricked schools and universities...and live in little red brick houses..

People from Salford are called Salfordians, and the city has been the birthplace and home to notable people of national and international acclaim.. Amongst the most notable persons of historic significance with a connection to Salford are Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the founders of the British suffragette movement, who lived in Salford, and the scientist James Prescott Joule, who was born and raised in Salford.. The novelist Walter Greenwood (Love on the Dole) and the dramatist Shelagh Delaney (A Taste of Honey) were both born in, and wrote about, Salford.. Musicians Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, who were members of Joy Division – which later reformed as New Order – are both from Salford..Salford was also the former hometown of The Smiths frontman, singer-songwriter Morrissey and the band Happy Mondays. Composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 2004, was born in Salford..Actors Albert Finney and Robert Powell were both born and raised in Salford.. Another notable resident of Salford is Eddie Colman, the youngest of the Manchester United players to die in the Munich air disaster of 6 February 58, when only 21.. Born at Archie Street in November 1936, he lived in the area all his life and is buried at Weaste Cemetery. His former home was demolished in the early 70s.. Journalist Alistair Cooke who wrote and broadcast "Letter from America" for decades on the BBC was born in Salford..United Utilities also manages Salford's drinking and waste water... canvas and brushes were wearing thin when London started calling him to come on down and wear the old flat cap.. They said tell us all about your ways and all about them Salford days ..Is it true you're just an ordinary chap..Beside the greatest of them all..And even the Mona Lisa takes a bow ...

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