18 June 20176649TS Trimmer George Robert Harvey of Firth
Today is the centenary of the death at sea of sailor George Harvey of Firth, aged just 19. George was called up from working in the fishing fleet out of Grimsby in May 1917. After only six weeks' service in the Royal Naval Reserve, George became one of the 26 Orcadian RNR sailors commemorated on one of the Orkney war memorials, out of over 200 who served during the Great War. George Harvey's story can be read as a pdf from the Firth section of the website, or downloaded direct using the link below
13 June 2017Pleural Mesothelioma
Sadly, a great number of armed forces veterans in many countries suffer life threatening illness, usually many years after being exposed, from the use of asbestos in military equipment. Kirkwall Royal British Legion has been asked to include a link to an American website with the most extensive prognosis support and information source on pleural mesothelioma, the most common cancer linked to the inhalation of fine asbestos fibres. The website can be seen using the listing Pleural Mesothelioma Center link on the Links page of this website, or directly using the link below.