COL Nick Cooper was the Guest Speaker at the Exeter and District English Speaking Union (ESU) Supper Event on 18th October 2017
Col Nick Cooper gave a talk entitled “From Decimation and Firing Squad to Rehabilitation”
After graduating in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast, Nick worked for the health services in Australia and the UK. He then went on to serve for 25 years in the Royal Army Medical Corp (RAMC) in various roles and was then appointed Army Professor of Occupational Medicine in 1999. He undertook operational tours of in the former Republic of Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. Col. Nick Cooper has studied and practised rehabilitative medicine and history from a military perspective.
Nick talked about how troops had been treated over the years from Roman times when at the Battle of Teutoburg the Romans were ambushed by Germanic tribes and three legions were barbarically slaughtered, to the execution of conscientious objectors in WW1. Today we have a better understanding of physical and mental needs of the troops who require specialist skills and support. Whenever possible it is best for the soldiers to be treated and returned to active duty rather than they being honourably discharged.
Paul Waterworth the chairman of Devon and Exeter ESU told members about the recent training day for 60 local young people to “Discover their voices” he said that the day had been very successful and worthwhile. Members also heard from two Gap students that had been given sponsorship from the ESU to go to Thailand to teach English.
On 15th November there will be a lunch when The Countess of Devon is giving a talk entitled “The UK as viewed by one pair of American eyes - and a glimpse over the shoulder of the Countess of Devon”
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