08.11.18 Security Institute Charity Remembrance Event

100 years of conflict - same challenge, different approach

Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 7:00pm – Doors open at 6:30pm
Civil Service Club

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Since the end of World War 1 the battlefield has changed phenomenally in terms of technology, weaponry, equipment, support and understanding. The variety and complexity of the equipment and approaches used is amazing, but this has to be tempered by the same mental challenges and fears our soldiers have always been brave enough to face and the choices they have to make.

At this event we will hear a fascinating comparison of life in the trenches as described by award-winning historian Max Arthur with excepts from his "Forgotten Voices of the Great War", which will be in direct juxta-position to the picture painted by ex-paratrooper and world champion para-cyclist Jaco van Gass.

Every way we look there are huge changes. Whether we are talking about the use of drones, a better understanding of PTSD, or vitally improved surgery and post-trauma care, our speakers will help us understand just how far reaching these changes have been, and provide an enthralling comparison of 100 years of conflict.

Outline Programme

6.30pm Arrival and Refreshments

7.00pm Welcome and Introduction. We pay our respects.

7.10pm VIP Speakers: 

        Jaco van Gass, ex Parachute Regiment, now World Champion Para-Cyclist

        Max Arthur, WW1 Historian

The contrast between kinetic ops today and those of 100 years ago will be fascinating. The "battlefield", the risks, fears and bravery are the same but the advancements in weaponry and medical make things more dangerous; but ultimately more survivable, both in terms of MERT interventions and life after the Army. 

Max' Forgotten Voices stories will really set the scene of the Great War. That will allow Jaco to relay his personal story, so guests will gain a better understanding of what 100 years means in terms of the effects of war

8.00pm Hot supper, drinks and networking

Forgotten Voices Of The Great War (Forgotten Voices/the Great War)

8.45pm Charity Auction 

8.45pm Charity Auction

9.00pm Concludes

About the Speakers

Join us for this special charity evening, and listen to an inspirational speaker.

We are delighted to welcome Jaco van Gass and Max Arthur  as our guest speakers for this year's Remembrance event. 

Max Arthur OBE is an oral and military historian and author who specialises in first-hand recollections of the twentieth century in particular the First and Second World War. His most noted work is 'Forgotten Voices of the Great War' and 'Forgotten Voices of the Second World War' both in association with the Imperial War Museum. He has presented two television documentaries: The Brits Who Fought For Spain (2008-9), for The History Channel UK and 'Dambusters' for Optimum Releasing. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military history.

South African born Jaco van Gass was a member of the British Armed Forces Parachute Regiment. It was during Jaco's second tour of Afghanistan in 2009, after five and a half months and with just two weeks to go when Jaco sustained severe life changing injuries, when he was hit by an RPG. The injuries he sustained included the loss of his left arm at the elbow, and numerous other horrific wounds needing 11 operations and intense rehabilitation. 

Despite the physical and mental trauma endured, Jaco became a first-class downhill skier, and multiple marathon runner. He was a member of the record-breaking team of wounded soldiers to trek unsupported to the North Pole (joined partly by Prince Harry) and he's also climbed Alaska's 6000m Mt. Denali and Everest. 

He has overcome adversity and is taking on the world.

More recently, Jaco has been a member of the GB Para-Cycling team competing at the World Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has become a National Cyclist on the road multiple times. Jaco raced in the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in March 2018 and won a bronze medal in the C4 4K Pursuit.

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Starts: Thursday, November 8th 2018 at 7:00pm
Doors open: 6:30pm
Ends: 9:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: November 1st 2018


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