The late Admiral'of The FI~et, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma . KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO Colonel of The Life Guards and Gold Stick 1965 - 1979
.0 UME XII 1980 -rlE REGIMENTAL MAGAZINE OF THE LI FE GUARDS :: -: -
nel-in-Chief: Her Majesty the Queen. 5
and Gold Stick: Major-General Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard, KCVO, CB, CBE, MC
enant Colonel Commanding The Household Cavalry: Colonel S.C. Cooper, The Life Guards
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel A.B.S.H. Gooch
Editorial A Tribute to the Late Lord Louis Mountbatten The Mounted Squadron A Squadron B Squadron C Squadron HeadquarterSquadron Light Aid Detachment The Band Household Cavalry Squadron, The Guards Depot Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers Mess Sports Nijmegen International Marches 1979 The Ambulance Drivers Strike The Land of Midges and Snakes Reminiscences of The Ambulance Strike Exercise Brigade Frost 1979
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Page "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow" or The Early Acorns '" The Diary of a Lifeguardsman who served in "The Peninsular" and at Waterloo Not a Word of Arabic Â Oman 1978-79 A Farewell to The Colonel of The Life Guards Letters to the Editor Regimental Recruiting The Life Guards Association Annual Report and Rules Obituaries Forty Fifth Annual General Meeting Notices Forthcoming Events
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Household Cavalry Museum
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THE ACORN is printed and published by Art Set Limited, 122a Castle Street, Reading, Berks. for The Life Guards and The Life Guards Association
Editor: Captain J.A. Black
The brutal murder of ou r Colonel on 27th August shocked and saddened e'.ery Life Guard, and a special tribute appears in this Issue. Colonel Dickie \ ill be greatly missed by us all. He waS indeed a rare person. It waS an honour a.nd privilege that so many members of the Regiment were able to pay their Ilast respects to him by taking part in his funeral in London on 5th Septem ber. I think we all pray that the circumstances of his death will lead in some way towards peace in Northern Ireland. The Regiment and the Associ ation intend to dedicate a Memorial to Colonel Dickie in the Guards Chapel next summer. Once again 1979 has seen no Regimental activity as such and the Sabre Squadrons have had separate and different tasks. This has become nor mal while stationed at Windsor. A Squadron has spent most of the year converting to Chieftain. The Driving and Maintenance training has been done on Salisbury Plain with Instruc tors and crews commuting weekly to Tidworth. Gunnery has been taught at Windsor on a borrowed Chieftain and a Cl M. The culmination of A Squad ron's training waS their highly success ful Conversion Firing at Lulworth in October. Conversion training has only been possible by begging and borrow ing the necessary equipment, and we have been helped enormously by 3RTR and the QRI H at Tidworth and the RAC Gunnery School.
Lord Mountbatten on his last visit to the Regiment, 22nd July 7979
Queen during Her visit to 1- bermere Barracks, 5 Nov. 7979
·.illd permission of The Windsor, Slough and Eton Express
B Squadron was the Force Reserve Squadron in the United Nations Force in Cyprus from March to September. They did exceptionally well and received glowing reports on their achievements which are covered in their contribution to this Acorn. C Squadron has remained in the Armoured Reconnaissance role and have done exercises in Denmark and Germany. They have also borne the brunt of the 'fatigues' which came our way, notably assistance to the Combat Team Commanders Courses at Warminster, and provision of enemy for a multi national exercise in Northumberland. We have not found it possible to field many proper regimental teams but have had some sporting successes. We are particularly pleased to have won both the Inter-Regimental and Captains and Subalterns Polo Cups; the latter was presented on Smith's Lawn by Colonel Dickie on the Sunday before he left for his home in Ireland. The year drew to a close with all Squadrons preparing for the Periodic REM E Examination (PRE) . prior to handover to The Blues and Royals in February 1980, and Band C Squadrons starting their conversion training. We were greatly honoured by a farewell visit by The Queen on 5th November.
COLONEL OF THE LIFE GUARDS
ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET THE EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA KG GCB
OM GCSI GCI E GCVO DSO
Lord Mountbatten was appointed our Colonel and Gold Stick on 29 January 1965. He was the fifth holder of this office since the Amalgamation of the First and Second Life Guards in 1922 and his Colonelcy began some eight months before he retired from his active service career and relinquished the post of Chief of Defence Staff A national and internationaL figure, whose reputation as a Sailor, Commander South East Asia, last Viceroy of India and first Governor General of the new State of India, and Chief of Defence Staff had already won him the respect and admiration of millions. He was at a time in his career when most people look forward to more relaxed and quieter times, but quite the reverse, Colonel Dickie was accepting extra commitments to add to his already extraordinarily wide interests and responsibilities. There were those who thought that perhaps these resonsibilities might allow him only limited time for the details of Life Guard regimental life. They were quickly proved wrong; Colonel Dickie applied his very considerable energy and formidable memory to learning and understanding every facet of the Regiment. His interest in everything was unfailing and increased with the years.
He never failed to attend the annual Old Comrades dinner at Combermere Barracks and he was never allowed to leave the table until he had told at least one story from his seemingly endless repertoire. He visited the Regiment wherever it was stationed, in Malaysia, in Cyprus and on several occasions in Germany. Only last May he spent a full day, in appalling weather, talking to individuals and watching training on Salisbury Plain. In July he attended the final of the Inter-Regimental Polo Cup on Smith's Lawn and took great pleasure in presenting the Cup to his Regiment. Whatever the occasion, whether at Knightsbridge, Windsor or somewhere overseas, he spent his time in conversation with as many members of the Regiment as possible. His habit, firmly estab lished in his days in South East Asia Command. of getting his au.dience to break ranks and gather round him did not always endear him to the Pirbright drill staff. None the less it was a great success with the Juniors on passing-out parades and he took great delight in their ability to return to their allotted places in the ranks at the end of his talk.
He loved the ceremonial of his appointment which realised for him a life long ambition to take art in the Queen's Birthday Parade; an ambition fostered for many years as a spectator of this great .:eremonial occasion and an attachment to the Second Life Guards in 1921. His unaffected pleasure and :md the pride that he felt for the Regiment when he . as honoured by being asked to take the salute at :he final rehearsal of the Queen's Birthday Parade is year was very evident. However his concern for T e Life Guards went far deeper than the purely ·]fficial side of his duties.
To illustrate the active interest he took in the well being of his Regiment two smali examples are worth quoting. In 1976 on a visit to a detached Life Guard troop serving with the UN in Cyprus he discovered that the troop, living in a deserted villa on the Green Line, had been without a proper water supply for two months. The water was reconnected within twenty four hours of his visit. Modernising some items of full dress to reduce cleaning time while maintaining standards was also a subject which caught his imagination. Only recently he was bitterly disap pointed that the manufacturers of white leatheli accoutrements were unable to produce a material that did not require daily cleaning and was unaffected by rain.
His vigorous defence of the Regiment's trad i jom, at a time when the Army was faced with large scale reductions, ensured, in concert with the Colonel of The Blues and Royals, the future of the Household Cavalry as it is today.
Colonel Dickie held the devotion, admiration and complete loyalty of his Regiment from Old Comrades to young soldiers and their families. He was proud to be a Life Guard and we were proud and privileged to call him Colonel.
Lt. Col. Lockhart, Earl Mountbatten, Maj. Gilbart Denham, "Dolly" Octave, LCpl. Hodson (7978)
Col. S. C. Cooper with the late Lord Mountbatten after the Cavalry Memorial Service.
Six armoured cars provided the escort as a Life Guards' Land Rover carried the coffin of Earl Mountbatten on its journey from Westminster Abbey across Westminster Bridge and on to Waterloo Station after the funeral service at the Abbey.
LORD MOUNTBATTEN GOES HOME
The flag-draped coffin of Earl .liountbatten travels in a Life Guards' Land Rover en route from the uneral service at Westminster Abbey -0 Waterloo Station and the train lourney to the Earl's home town of omsey, Hampshire, where he was l id to rest in a private ceremony.
The Mounted Squadron
Since last year's article the Mounted Squadron has undergone many changes in personalities. Maj S V Gilbart-Denham and Capt N J D'Ambrumenil have been replaced by Maj C J Simpson Gee and Capt P S W F Falkner. Lt J R Astor has left us, while Lt N B Holliday and Lt P J Knipe have joined us. Also SCM Gook has finished twenty two years service and left for an active retirement, to be replaced by SCM McGloughlin. December and January were probably the most miserable months of the whole year. These months are set aside for 'Winter Camps' which -troops do individually. It is generally the only time in the year when each troop gets the opportunity to run and enjoy itself for about a fortnight. It makes for an excellent break for both men and horses from London. Unfortunately the sun did not smile on us making it impossible for 1 Troop to go at all, and sending 3 Troop back from Tweseldown with frost bite. However the object of the exercise was achieved (to qualify almost all the troopers as B2 Mounted Dutymen), at Knightsbridge or Tweseldown. The Squadron was almost entirely unable to hunt with Maj W Stringer's Windsor Forest Bloodhounds, or the RMAS drag, or at Melton Mowbray, owing to the Fire Strike and generally arctic conditions. In April the run-up to the ceremonial season was well under way, the barracks, stables and horses received a spring clean for the Commanding Officer's inspection. In May the Inter 'l'roop Competition was won in customary style by 1 Troop who have con tinued to show their heels to all opposition. (2 Troop intend again to reverse matters at Summer Camp). In a well fought competition the events were Cross Country Team Running, Basketball, Section Jumping and Tent Pegging. May and June tested us tirelessly with the Squadron involved in rehearsals and ceremonial occasions on no less than twenty four days. Among these tasks were Beating the Retreat, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the unexpected Opening of Parliament, the Major Generals' Inspection, the State Visit by President Moy of Kenya, the Queen's Birthday Parade, Garter Service and the Wembley Pageant. Our involvement at all these is well known, barring the Wembley Pageant. This was a most spectacular affair involving over a thousand bandsmen and plenty of Zulus who again failed to defeat the garrison at Rorke's Drift. The Princess Elizabeth Cup is awarded annually to the best turned out trooper in the Household Cavalry. Our congratulations to Tpr Allen who was presented the cup by The Queen, and to Tpr Heam who finished equal 2nd, and Tpr Wright who finished 4th. 12
In July Maj Simpson-Gee took 1 and 3 Troop; LG and 3 Troop RHG/D to Tweseldown to take par: in the Aldershot Tattoo. We were to take part in th". Finale which re-enacted the Battle of Balaclava. ThE Squadron Leader and CoH James as Lord Cardigar. and Captain Nolan respectively, Lt Holliday and S Troop (with a little help from the Royal HorSE Artillery) comprised the Light Division, resplenden in their Hussars uniforms. Lt Scott and 1 Troop per· formed the role of the Heavy Brigade and took great delight in routing the Russian Cavalry. As each per· formance was completed, the charges became faster and more dangerous, the horses more excited, and the bandsmen trapped in the arena more frightened. Tpr Slade, one of the Russian Cavalry, was the only casualty, but he was fortunately thrown well clear of the murderous Heavy Brigade. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the chance to realise what being in a cavalry charge might mean, and perhaps some of the audience learned how it might feel to be charged. Also in July was The Life Guards Open Day at which we turned out the band and those brave enough for the jumping competition, which was entertaining.
A sad Lord Cardigan (Maj. Simpson Gee) returns with the decimated Light Brigade - Aldershot SSAFA Tattoo 7979.
There was no Inter-Troop Competition as such this year, but Football, Volleyball and Tug of War Competitions did take place. Honours were evenly distributed with 2 Troop winning the Tug of War prize, which they seem to have made their own. The Squadron Handy Hunter Course provided great entertainment and hard competition. This competi足 tion was won by Lt I S Forbes-Cockell and LCoH C McDermott, and the IBM Computer attached to Lt Forbes-Cockells wrist, the competition depending on a bogey time. The showjumping became a celebration of Life Guard and Medicinal qualities, LCpr Heam on Young Pretender winning the junior ranks competi足 tion, and Surg Lt Col Stewart on Unicorn winning the senior event. Not content with this CoH Borthwick of the Medical Centre on Belona finished second equal with CoH Bums on Young Pretender. The junior ranks Handy Hunter was the competition in which Tpr Ingham and Agatha and Tpr. Thomas on Zev amazed all when finishing second to a Blue and Royal combination. The Princess Elizabeth Cup. In order of merit: Tprs Alien, Brooks RHG/D, Hearn and Wright.
In August The Queen Mother sailed to Dover where .she was installed as Warden of the Cinque Ports. Dover had gone to great lengths in their pre足 parations for the day, and we provided a Captain's Escort to accompany The Queen Mother from Dover Castle to Dover College. Capt Falkner commanded the escort which travelled down the steep hill that leads into Dover, through the crowded throng that filled the streets with flags and cheers, to the College. The only black spot in the proceedings was the treacherous weather which darkened the morning, threatening to spoil the occasion. Fortunately the sky brightened but it would never have deterred either the cheering town or The Queen Mother. Travelling to Dover also gave us an opportunity to visit ex-CoH York who left the Army in January. His wife's family are landlords of the Ship Inn at Folkestone where we were regally entertained. The last phase of the Regiment's year was Summer Camp at Pirbright. The three week Camp serves to qualify the Regiment on the Ranges, and also for fitness, Map Reading and Driver training. The rest of the time is devoted to mounted sports. This year the emphasis was on Sword, Lance and Revolver, which has its roots in the basic training of a pre 1914-18 War Cavalryman. Almost all of the Squadron had a go at this and greatly enjoyed it, some people showing that with some practice they will be per足 forming in shows around the Country.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Queen presents prizes to W02 McKie, CoH Sanderson, CoH james, SCpl Gries, CoH Webb, RHG/D & CoH Burns.
The Senior Ranks Handy Hunter gave Lt H S J Scott on Zahir and CoH Burns on Young Pretender a chance to show their best qualities before they left to join the Regiment. They scraped in first in front of Lt P J Knipe on Zouave and CoH Flory on Egypt. The Sword, Lance and Revolver competition was a chance for Tpr MacCallum to show his class, but in a thrilling competition he was beaten into second place by Lt Wood RHG/D. 13
Lt Scott and 7 Troop re-enact the Heavy Brigade at the Aldershot SSA FA Tattoo
During the three weeks the weather had been wonderful, and the sun shone for the Open Day, the climax of the week. About 2000 people came down for the day, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy themÂ selves in all the activities, a proper end to a very full and entertaining year.
Most of our riders were unable to compete at The Royal Tournament due to courses etc. and CoH Burns had our only success there being placed second in The Kings Cup. Tpr Hopewell did well to reach the final stages of the competition.
MOUNTED SPORTS NOTES
At the Army and RA Hunter Trials held at Larkhill the Household Cavalry fared extremely well winning four competitions and being placed second in four competitions. Amongst the Life Guards Mounted Squadron successes, LCoH Bevan and Tpr Frawley won the pairs competition, Tpr Hearn riding Zouave came second in the Novice competition and CoH Sanderson riding Brabazon in a pair with CoH Webb RHG/D came second. S Cpl Gries now rides Brabazon and has been placed in One Day Events at Frensham (seventh), Portman (seventh), and was a member of one of the teams which was placed third at The Royal Windsor Horse Show. W02 McKie, CoH Burns, CoH Sanderson and CoH James were also members of the two teams which finished equal third at The Royal Windsor Horse Show.
On Tues 28 Aug the Squadron sent two teams to the invitation tent pegging competition at the City of Leicester Show. The teams were CoH Swallow riding Edwina and Tpr Roe riding Cleopatra, making up the A team with LCoH Nicklin riding Yarborough arid Tpr MacCallum riding Warlord, the B team. In the team event, which consisted of two runs at single pegs, the B team was placed third out of the eight teams competing, beating the two other military teams, the Military Police and the RAVC Training Centre. Following this the top seven individuals went forward to a competition consisting of two runs at two rings and then a peg. Tpr MacCallum was placed third very close behind the first two civilian policeÂ men, who took first and second place.
Since the last edition of these notes A Squad ron has again had a busy period, mainly in barracks and recruiting shows. Following exercise Bold Guard in September 1978 which was wet and windy the Squadron has concentrated on converting to Chieftain tanks ready for February 1980. Before training began within the Regimental Training Wing, run by Capt The Hon N J Adderley, most of the senior NCO went to Bovington and Lulworth converting their CVR Instructor trades to Chieftain. Once the instructors themselves were quali fied, they were immediately hidden away both in barracks and at Tidworth. However, they have all worked very hard to convert 25 gunners, 6 gunner mechs, 17 drivers and 6 driver mechs. LCoH Guiney has meanwhile converted the entire Squadron to Clansman radio. Nine junior ranks went to Scotland on adven ture training, LCpl Bray, Tpr Farrar, LCpl Willis and Tpr Preece have become canoeists. Tpr Farrell has walked all round Nijmegen with a party of Sea Cadets. Tpr Brooks has been to Canada to recce the area for next years Chieftain training in BATUS. A host of Stalwart, FV 432, water duties NBC, Fire NCO, Tech rep courses have kept the Squadron busy.
Fifteen troopers have recently arrived from the Guards Depot and the Junior Leaders Regiment, having been via Catterick to gain their first Chieftain trade, and more are expected.
A Sqn NCO s on their tactics week at Bovington
With the few soldiers left in barracks nobody except the SCM, who has gone grey, knows quite how we crewed ambulances and maintained Op Trustee but it worked. Lt Darley, who has recently trans f~rred from The Blues and Royals, found just enough tune to appear on "News at Ten" in the days when ITV was on the air. Recently the Squadron spent a week at Lulworth following the Chieftain Conversion firing. This was the first occasion during the year that
Colonel Dickie with Tpr Sprague M, LCoH jenkins and LCpl Kane
With B Squadron in Cyprus, and C Sqn on exercise, the Squadron has had a full year of recruit ing shows to contend with but the results are showing.
Tpr Batchelor 15
LCoH Beck makes the most of handling 76 mm HESH. - Next year it will not be quite so effortless!
the whole Squadron had the opportunity of working together. By the end of the week a high standard had been achieved, which proved a fitting culmination to the many weeks' hard work put in by individuals in the classroom and CIM. The Squadron, being the first in the Regiment to convert, is now well trained and eager for our
return to BAOR in February 1980. We have a full training season ahead of us, which includes a month at BATUS in Canada as part of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Battle Group. The year ends on a high note with the major FTX, Ex Crusader 80.
B Squadron After six months in Cyprus impressions of the Island have almost eradicated the memories of our preparatory exercise on Salisbury Plain in January. Rain, cold and mud seem very remote and our efforts to simUlate Cypriot peasants without either Goats or a Donkey seem ridiculous. With only a matter of days to go the tour seems to have flashed by and yet at the same time we had to assume the routine so quickly that it is hard to believe life in any other way, without independent Troops, monthly changeovers, daily patrols, and the other foreign contingents. 16
The Squadron has been formed of six, four Vehicle Troops consisting of nine men each, with full supporting elements in Nicosia. The Ferret Troops have rotated monthly between the different National Contingents each of which is totally responsible for a Sector of the Buffer Zone, with a Ferret Troop as a reserve force, and to assist with routine, daily recce patrols. Accordingly the system was arranged so that each Troop spent one month working with a Nicosia based Contingent and living at "home" with the rest of the Squadron, followed by a month working with one of the different Contingents and living as a guest in
one of their camps. In addition each Troop stood down for one month for leave and Adventure Training.
Brig J C Reilly DSO, visits Lt McPherson's troop during their UNFICYP tour.
Inevitably each Troop developed preferences and a favourite month of the tour and undoubtedly each Sector had its own merits. Starting from the West the first Sector was the Danish one. Here the Troop lived in a Company camp in a village called Skouriotissa. The camp itself was extremely attrac tive, having initially been developed as a rest camp for American engineers working on the mine behind the village. The Danes themselves were very hospitable and friendly, and just occassionally, in the Bar this
2 Lt Pilkington establishes exactly where he is (With a little help from LCoH Stephenson)
hospitality verged on the oppressive. The Troop lived in a little bungalow of its own. But meals were eaten with the Danes, the Officers and NCO's sharing a Mess and the Privates and Troopers eating together. The food was cooked centrally for all ranks and the old meat balls and boiled potatoes seemed to appear with remarkable regularlity. Daily! The main attrac tion in Camp was the Swimming Pool and the Troop soon discovered that if you push the Troop Leader into it hard enough, the Troop is Leaderless for weeks. The patrols in this Sector were long and at times the driving was hard but they rated as some of the more interesting, and thought the most attractive country. The next Sector East was the British one; here the Troop lived with SHQ in Nicosia and patrolled the area manned by ·3LI and then by the Royal Marines. This was the dullest Sector, as the patrols were short and totally uneventful. To the East again came the Canadian Sector. Again based in Nicosia. This consisted of two different patrols, one round the now disused Nicosia International Airport, and a more interesting patrol straight through the Old City of Nicosia, where the Turks and Greeks are only a few yards apart. This Sector was manned by the Royal 22 Regiment of French Canadians, many of whom spoke only French, baffling the odd Life Guard! East of Nicosia again came the Swedish Sector in Athienou. This sector involved the most work as all four Ferrets patrolled every day. Two West into Nicosia and two East down to the coast. The tracks were hard and long and in May during a very wet spell 1 Troop had to exchange thirteen Ferrets, such were conditions. The Swedes were again charming hosts and gave us many amusing evenings, with and without Blue Movies. The final Sector on the South East coast was Austrian where we lived in the offices of a disused Cardboard Box Factory, the other end of which was an Austrian OP manned by one Section.
4 Troop Parachute Team 17
The patrols were short and conveniently ended at the coast so this was the water skiing and bronzing month for each Troop. The Austrians themÂ selves were very friendly, though living with only a Section we got to know fewer of them. So that was life for the Ferret Troops; meanwhile back in Nicosia SHQ and the support elements seemed to get by with only 2 resident Ferret Troops at anyone time. The SCM organized programmes of sports competitions to keep everyone happy at 6.30 AM four days a week, alternating between running and volleyball, running and swimming, running and log relays, just running and cross country running and just running and relay running. Sometimes even the LAD joined us, often showing rather too much prowess at the various sports, for the Life Guards good. Other activities in Nicosia included several quarter Guards for important visitors, area cleaning on Friday mornings and periodic hair cutting blitzes, all to make us feel a little bit at home.
Start of the DANCON March
On the Adventure Training side of life the Squadron was also active. Within our first month twenty members of the Squadron had taken part in the DANCON March - a route march with packs through the hills, organized by the Danish ContinÂ gent. Tpr Plumstead and LCpl Saunders REME distinguished themselves by being the first two British soldiers to finish. LCoH Bell disappeared very early in the tour to instruct Parachuting at Pergamos and during the course of the summer managed to put more than fifty of the Squadron through a one jump course, as well as a large number of civilians and soldiers from other UN Contingents. Tpr Layzell distinguished himself by coming 7th out of 19 in the all Cyprus Parachuting Competition held in the middle of August. 18
LCpl Nicholson and LCoH Stephenson many kms later!
LCoH McKenzie took charge of the diving, and in addition to disappearing every weekend with LCoH Snowden and CoH Read he also trained several other members of the Squadron to dive. Beyond these main Adventure Training activities much time was spent on the beach, mainly Fig Tree Bay and we now have many competant water skiers. Tpr Phillips and Tpr Horton were fortunate enough to be selected for a ten day canoeing trip round Rhodes Island with soldiers from the Sovereign Base Areas, which proved to be a great success too. On the R&R front the Squadron divided its attention between Israel, Cyprus and the UK. Many members of each Troop took the Canadian Buffalo flights to Israel and toured there for a week or two, generally with success. Others stayed in Cyprus and hired cars in order to see the Island. In addition several wives and girlfriends appeared from England to brighten up our lives for a while. So, life has tended to be a reasonable balance between work and play and there is no doubt that we have been very fortunate to have been given a summer tour on the Island as most of the fun has been sun and water sport orientated. Six months is probably also the ideal length of time to enjoy Cyprus. Even now the Squadron is becoming restless and there is a definite urge to get back to Windsor, to Foxes and Chieftain and even perhaps back to Salisbury Plain for the odd day or two. Our very enjoyable and successful tour ended on a sad note with the news of the assasination of the Colonel of the Regiment Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The Squadron Leader and 20 ORs returned to England to take part in the Funeral. A further tragedy occurred on the 31st August 1979 when CoH Meade was killed in a driving accident; he will be badly missed by the Squadron and our sincerest condolences go to his widow, Janet and children Garry, Lorraine and Elizabeth.
C Squadron has had a very busy year. We have been on numerous exercises, many of them on Salisbury Plain as demonstration troops. Personalities within the Squadron have altered; as new faces join the Squadron and others move on. In January Maj C N Haworth-Booth left the Anny, and his place as Squadron Leader was taken by Maj C S Harcourt Smith. Early in February the Squadron held a party to say goodbye to Maj Haworth-Booth. All ranks were certainly sorry to see him leave. Maj Harcourt Smith has had three seconds in command. Capts J R Bayley, S F Hayward and C B Oldfield. The Squadrons' first major exercise with the new regime in power was Ex Brigade Frost in Denmark, a full account of which is given elsewhere in the magazine. On the 29 March 4 Troop and some others visited Alvis in Coventry to see CVR (T) in various stages of manufacture. The Troop enjoyed the visit and some sound technical advice was given to the Managing Director by CoH Richardson - 4 Troops' D & M King. All the party had lunch and numerous drinks with the Directors - this came as a surprise both to The Life Guards visiting and the Directors concerned. The 4th April was the start of the trout fishing season a date well known by all of C Squadron. One of the SCM's more difficult tasks is siting SHQ with good communications, easy access to a Gasthaus, and good trout fishing waters for the Squadron Leader. Unfortunately the 4th April was the start of Ex Quick Flash, one of the many Warminster exercises. While the Squadron Leader pined about the lack of fishing, the troops suffered under some surprisingly cold and very foggy conditions. Some vehicles were guided for ,over an hour by engine noises to a leaguer - not surprisingly we still do not know where they went! The remainder of April was taken up by another exercise on Salisbury Plain and the start of our Op Trustee commitments. From May 9-13 we provided a number of soldiers to help at the Windsor Horse Show. From 17-25 May the Squadroon took part in the Regimental Training on Salisbury Plain. SCpl Stay missed the exercise, much to his disgust, as he was on a Gunnery Course at Lulworth. After fighting through the various phases of war the Squadron took part in an Escape and Evasion exercise. The Master Cook and SCpl Richards enjoyed asking the questions. Tpr Robinson had a pleasant cup of tea with the RCM, which for unknown reasons he threw on the ceiling whilst being interrogated. The Squadron Leader insisted that Capt Hayward and LCoH Abel cheated on the Escape and Evasion, and insisted that they walked the 20 mile route again. Rumour Control believes that a number of others may have used excessive initiative (cheated), LCoH Kelly came in first.
Ascot week was a major operational challenge in June. Numerous NCO's stood firm for long hours in the bar tent, and large amounts of money were won by all. By June two months into the trout season, most of the Squadron could tie their own flies. Ex Tristar from 29 June to 4 July was a good test of the Squadrons fishing ability. Ex Tristar was an Interna tional Special Forces exercise with C Squadron as part of the enemy. Maj Harcourt-Smith was amazed by a member of 23 SAS who used a 'fly' he had never heard of, known as a "No.10". It was only realised at a later date that a 'No 10' was a Thunder flash. The exercise was of great value and it proved very interesting to meet soldiers from the Special Forces of other countries. 2Lts Graham and Hoare with LCpl Bingham and Tpr Barry were lucky enough to take part in an Escape and Evasion Exercise organised by 23 SAS. They all did very well; 2 Lt Hoare was arrested for loitering with intent and also survived 2 sessions of interrogation by Joint Service Interrogation Wing, 2 Lt Graham made arrangements with a helicopter pilot to help him, but unfortunately the helicopter went direct to JSIW. The effects of this exercise linger on. 2 Lt Hoare will not answer any of SCpl Mead's questions.
Left to right - Tpr White, LCoH Jones, LCoH Mu//en,
Maj Harcourt-Smith, SCM Keeys
The Squadron Leader, the Squadron 21C and the Adjutant flew by helicopter to Scotland to visit Mo by McLean's Adventure Training Centre. A party of C Squadron spent a week in Scotland and enjoyed rock climbing, scuba diving, hill walking and canoeing. Immediately after the adventure training on July 9th the Squadron took part in Ex Phantom Bugle on Salisbury Plain. The Squadron, for exercise purposes, was commanded by Capt Dick of the Canadian Army. The Squadron Leader was relegated 19
LCpl Bingham, LCoH McCance and LCpl Cumming prove that Inter-City makes the going easy
to giving advice. On July 22 we provided all the stalls for Open Day. LCpl Darley's father won the Horse shoe competition and LCpl Tinsley excelled at the equestrian events. In early August we enjoyed Block Leave and Op Trustee. In September the Squadron provided a large part of the Regimental commitment to the funeral of Lord Mountbatten. This was a duty we felt honoured and sad to perform.
In September we set sail for the major exer cise of the year, Ex Steel Trap in BAOR. The exercise was hard work and a sound test of everyone's capa bilities. The weather was good and we all enjoyed Capt Bossom's presence which added a very necessary sense of humour. CoH Cruddace would like to point out that SHQ moved more often than ever before and Tpr Porter is still worried about what Capt Oldfield did to his Landrover. 2 Lt Graham managed to cut his head open in a battle with some Danes. LCoH Hardacre's vehicle was never on the road, and when it was 2 Lt Marlow-Thomas made use of it himself. Rand R was great fun and many of the NCO's enjoyed a short stay in Detmold. After Ex Steel Strap the main concerns of the Squadron were to convert Chieftain and prepare for the PRE. Three C Squadron officers joined RHQ in Italy for Ex Display Determination in October. CoH Burns has joined the Squadron from HCR. Tprs Pugh and Dobson are still on exercise with 23 SAS in Southern Germany - we believe they will be walking back soon. In summary it was a busy, exciting and interesting year.
The year of The Acorn dawned for Head quarter Squadron with a series of changes of com mand. Major Goodhew, having won his seat at the Army Staff College, moved in January to join his syndicate in Camberley. Capt Stratford moved in as Squadron Leader until he joined B Squadron as Admin Officer for their United Nations tour in Cyprus. With the seat still warm, Capt Payne took the helm until the arrival of Major Anderson from the Directing Staff at the RMA Sandhurst, whence the former returned to command the Regimental MT department. Changes too for RHQ Troop: Capt Black returned to the fold at the beginning of July to become RSO having undertaken a plethora of external courses. SCpl Allen completed his tour as SQMC of the Household Cavalry Squadron at the Guards Depot and replaced SCpl Richards in August as Regimental Signals SCpl. A change of location also for the LAD and QM(E) departments; our sister Regiment, when they move to Windsor in February, 20
will be impressed if not staggered by the techni colour scheme in the joint complex. It is generally believed that the knee-level windows in this quasi industrial estate are likely to be instrumental in the hunched development of its technicians; perhaps when SCM Leighton from B Sqn has settled deep into the TQ's chair, he will set the record straight. The Regimental Open Day saw Headquarter Squadron win the Inter Squadron Show Jumping Competition. The team led by Capt Black, on a black, comprised CoH Radford, LCoH Yarrow and LCoH Beck. The enormous crowd attracted to the menage were rewarded by a most entertaining display of horsemanship. The jumps provided considerably less challenge to the competitors than the unforseen obstacles which surrounded the ring~ One is compelled to mention just two such incidents:- the proximity of a building contractor's site hut which witnessed the unannounced entry of one hapless horseman through a window ... and the permanent danger of the studded-hunter which having taken off from the
''Throw the Welly" stall, appeared permanently and menacingly in flight throughout the competition. The training cycle has been fulfilling. In May the Squadron, in its entirety, took to the fields of Salisbury Plain to join battle with C Squadron (some what easier to do than with a notional enemy!).
stop and compo, served from a Restaurant Car at 10 sittings per meal. The R & R period granted after the exercise however greatly redressed the balance and afforded the opportunity for everyone to visit and stay in Venice for a couple of days - a visit much enjoyed by all. Too much cannot be written about the tragic death of our Colonel, Lord Mountbatten; suffice it to say, however, that the Squadron was strongly represented on the funeral parade and at the service in Westminster Abbey.
"Chacun Capts. York, Saunders and Maj. Anderson
A Command Post Exercise in the Surrey Commons Training Area preceded the Regiment moving in September to BAOR to play its role in a 6th Field Force exercise, Exercise Steel Trap. One high spot was a Casevac exercise for which the Squad ron was asked to stage an incident involving 2 seriously injured soldiers. The volunteers were Tpr Nelson and Cfn Thomas, who, heavily bandaged and made up for the occasion, waited on the side of a busy road for nearly 2 hours for a Puma that was "rushed in" to assist. During the loading of the stretchers aboard the helicopter, the Flight Sgt was seen to throw himself backwards out of the open door opposite, landing with splayed limbs into the ploughed field. Scpl Mitchell and LCoH Leak ardently deny that they assisted in this ungainly display of agility. Exercise Display Determination was a Com mand Post exercise which took place in October and was designed to display the resolve of the Field Force to reinforce NATO in the Southern Flank. The exer cise took place in North East Italy in an area some 75 miles North of Venice. In effect, it was a movements exercise which tested fully the endurance and stamina of those who participated; the Regiment was repre sented by some 20 all ranks mostly from Headquarter Squadron. The outgoing train journey and the carbon copy return, which could be likened only to a South Moluccan hijacking, was a ghastly affair which lasted for many days and nights; no water, Military Police guards who patrolled the station platforms at each
LCpl Hoskins and LCpl Gynane ona Sports Afternoon
Light Aid Detachment
Since last year the LAD has undergone some traumatic experiences. The saddest was attending the funeral of one of our members, LCpl Heath, who was killed in a car accident on Wed 11 Jul at the end of his upgrading course at Bordon. LCpl Heath was a popular and talented soldier, a potential artificer and a natural athlete who had represented the Corps at football and won the Regimental Cross Country. He will be sorely missed by the Corps in general as well and by his friends and relations. On a happier note we are now the proud possessors of a brightly painted, spanking new work shop forming the larger part of an impressive building housing the Regiment's Technical Stores as well; the whole complex being somewhat irreverently coined as the Regiment's "Multi-coloured Swap Shop". Because of the Regiment's impending move to BAOR (the LAD's involved staying put) and conse quent conversion training the fitter sections have had mixed fortunes; A Sqn has had a rather 'cushy' year and C Sqn an incredibly busy one, notching up 18 assorted exercises involving LAD support. B Sqn. Fitter Section have, of course, escaped this maelstom 'of activity, but although they could not help being ordered to sunbathe in Cyprus they are getting little sympathy during their hectic preparations for our forthcoming PRE - "tougher than usual" inspection because of the handover. On Ex Steel Strap in Germany HQ LAD supported Fitter sections belonging to our C Sqn, 32 GW Regt RA and QRIH. On one occasion an enter prising enemy commando seized a bridge near our location, and in 20 minutes, shot up the EME, ASM, SSgt Iredale, SSgt Blackman and SSgt Naylor - an indication of how vulnerable we are. Generally we were kept busy moving from wood to wood, mending vehicles, manufacturing spares and trying to look like trees and bushes. Our sporting life has been varied and success ful; SSgt Blackman continues to be in great demand for Corps sailing and SSgt Naylor has been selected to represent the Army at fly fishing. The Regimental Squash Team is largely REME, and LAD members have played a considerable part in the Regiment's football and rugby successes. An LAD team, ably led by Sgt Hobson, performed the unique feat of reach ing the finals of the Corps Rugby Seven-a-Side competition roundly beating SEME Bordon - an organisation with some 2000 personnel from whom to select. As always over the last year we have said goodbye to many old friends and welcomed many fresh spirits. It is impossible to mention the contri bution of every one but special mention should be made of ASM Lodder, whose experienced hand was long at the helm of SSgt Hardy, whose magpie 22
instincts are sorely missed in this age of spares short ages, of SSgt Iredale whose uncompromising high standards unnerved most confident of Squadron Leaders and of Sgts Leeming, Penn and Smith. Captain Saunders is also leaving, off to 20 Electronic Workship and from there to organise another expedition, this time to a volcano is the High Andes of North West Argentina. A warm wel come is extended to Captain Sandy McPherson who joins the Regiment at the beginning of another chapter in its life, with different set of technical problems to his predecessor. He does have a well known Chieftain expert to help him, W01 (ASM) Chaszczewski, (pronounced Has-Chess-Ski). Finally, a list of all those who have passed on or joined the Regiment since the last issue of the Acorn. POSTED OUT Capt Saunders ASM Lodder SSgt Hardy SSgt Iredale Sgt Blundell Sgt Percival Sgt Kitchen Sgt Penn Sgt Smith LSgt Mallinso n LSgt Masters LSgt Rees-Davies LCpl Garden LCpl Maloney LCpl Crilly Cfn Bright Cfn Bray Cfn Porter Cfn Hamilton Cfn Ryan Cfn Street
POSTED IN Capt McPherson ASM Chaszczewski SSgt Magnay SSgt Dearden Sgt Wilson Sgt McCabe Sgt Wheelan Sgt Reid Sgt Hewison LSgt Calver LSgt Brennan LSgt Walker LSgt Doughty LSgt Oxley LCpl Graves LCpl Mcllroy LCpl McKabe LCpl Rafferty Cfa Rudin Cfn Beal Cfn Lewis Cfn Elliot Cfn Bowell
PAY OFFICE 1979 has been an interesting and challenging year for the Pay Office staff. Certainly there has been little opportunity to settle back and tackle The Daily Telegraph crossword. The traditionally hectic post Christmas period led very swiftly into preparations for B Sqn's departure to Cyprus. Fate kindly permitted just sufficient breathing space before plunging us all back into the mixing pot for Audit Boards. Changes in Governments coupled with Pay Reviews and the annual Budget conspired to increase the work load. Such problems were tackled with renewed fervour perhaps because were were all to benefit by it.
September brought about Exercise Steel Trap in BAOR and the year was nicely rounded off with more audit boards, Staff Paymaster's Inspec tions, and preparations for the move to BAOR. Any one suffering under the misapprehension that the life of an 'office wallah' is dull and sedentary may like to ponder the following: During the year Sgt Meadows has been to Cyprus, LSgt Hines-Randle to Denmark and BAOR, SSgt Truelove to Wales and Italy, and LSgt Tipping to Aldershot! In fairness it must be said he did get to Canada on leave.
LSgt Eagle, fearing that the last Paymaster would be unable to operate without him, promptly effected a posting to CPO BAOR to join him, being replaced by LSgt Tilt from 2nd Field Regiment RA. LSgt Tipping envious of Sgt Meadows sojourn in the Cyprus sun decided to opt out of a 'White Christmas' by obtaining a posting to CPO Cyprus whilst his successor, Cpl Yoxall, reversed the trend by being posted from Gibraltar back to England.
We commenced 1979 in the right way. Our first engagement was the Band Social, held in the Band Practice Block. We were privileged to enter tain the Commanding Officer and Mrs Gooch for the first time. It was also a great pleasure to see so many old comrades at a social. After recovering from our revelries, we had what we thought was going to be an easy engagement in Bristol. We were booked to appear at a conference of Honeywell employees. The plan was simple; a quick journey to Bristol, followed by a short march round the conference room, and then return to Windsor. But we had not planned on there being a diesel shortage. Our civilian coach stayed overnight in Windsor, but the driver failed to fill up before we set off. We managed to get near the hotel just as the coach ran out of fuel. The driver decided he would coast down the hill to the hotel, and succeeded in wrapping the coach round a road sign. He managed to get only 5 gallons of diesel whilst we were per forming, and we set off for Warminster to meet a messenger from the coach firm with more fuel. We ran out of fuel again five miles short of Warminster and after several 'phone calls from a nearby farm we managed to get our diesel brought to us. Instead of a two hour journey from Bristol, it turned into nearly five hours on one of the coldest nights of the Winter. After that engagement we continued our normal winter season, including playing at the Regi mental Boxing Tournament. In March, whilst the Band was on a KAPE tour in Lancashire, the Trumpet Major, led a team of four Trumpeters sounding fan fares at the British Song Competition in Shrewsbury. The Musical Director of which was an ex-member of the Band, Geoff Baldwin.
At the end of April we started what was to be a very long Ceremonial Season. May brought us to the Windsor Horse Show. Several of the Band were filmed and interviewed for the film made by Ian Wooldridge about the Trooping. Beating Retreat was again a marathon event for the Band, with early morning and evening rehear sals. This year we had even more riding than usual, because we took part in the Children's Party in Hyde Park. After the Trooping, the Garter Ceremony took place on a fine, hot day, with the Band leading the Mounted Regiment from the Long Walk to their positions outside St Georges Chapel. Following. the Garter Ceremony there was just a couple of days respite before we took part in the Military Musical Pageant in Wembley Stadium. A new experience for us was a concert for the Recruits at Pirbright. It was a beautiful Summer evening, so it was decided we would play outside. The concert was well received by all concerned, and the weather helped to make it quite an enjoyable evening. Our next engagement was marching at the head of the Medway Carnival. We weren't looking forward to the marching because the organisers had told us that the procession would take 1% hours, which is a long time to keep blowing. Fortunately they had meant that it took 1% hours for the pro cession to pass, and the actual marching time was only 40 minutes. The march past coincided with a green-fly invasion, so it took several pints to clear our throats when we finished. We continued our Summer Season, interspersed with various other duties, including the Regimental Open Day, another KAPE tour of the North West (which turned out to 23
be the Manchester Show), and trumpeters playing at Hickstead. In August we sent 8 trumpeters and a drum mer to take part in the Plymouth Tattoo. They all seemed to enjoy it because they came back like the proverbial Rag Dolls, with strange tales of the Plymouth night life! The Band had its usual trips to Eastbourne and Bournemouth, but our week in Bournemouth was marred by the tragic death of Lord Mountbatten. We were brought back early for slow marching rehearsals. Our engagement in St James's Park the following week was also cancelled. The Band combined with the Band of The Blues and Royals who were brought back from leave (except one who was in Venezuela!!) to form a 72 strong Household Cavalry Band in the funeral procession. It was a solemn and moving experience, marching past silent crowds, after going down The Mall so many times past noisy, cheering crowds. The next engagement was for only four trumpeters, and after the previous solemn day it
was a total contrast. We went out to Cyprus for the UN Medal Parade. We were met by SCM Leighton in true Life Guards fashion, and were looked after by the rest of B Squadron in the same way for the four days of the visit. After one night in the Mess, the Trumper Major lost his way back to the 'Kennels' - he still says it was the darkness, not the Brandy Sours!!! The Parade itself was a great success; B Squadron stole the show with their drive past at the end. The Trumpeters came back to join the Band on another KAPE tour. This time to Stockport, Bolton and Altrincham, doing school concerts. The year is now drawing to a close with talk of pro grammes for Christmas concerts and 'what shall we play at the Mess concert?' We are looking forward, not too happily, to our move to Knightsbridge, and several years down in our 'dungeon' of a practice room. However, that is mitigated by the prospect of several trips to Detmold, to which we all look forward.
Household Cavalry Squadron
The Guards Depot Since the last publication of the Acorn, the Squadron has said farewell to both Blenheim Four and Corunna Five Intake, who by now will no doubt consider themselves to be 'old Soldiers' in their respective Regiments. The Squadron has once again spent its Easter Camp in Devon; Penhale Camp being chosen for the great variety of night life available. It was unfortunate that the poor weather curtailed many of the outside activities but if nothing else it ensured that the boys became expert at Dry Skating. As it was the only indoor activity available it became over subscribed as the weather worsened. However, most of the boys went Surfing and enjoyed a flight in a Glider at some time during the ten day camp. We have continued to gain considerable suc cess in the many Competitions held here at the Depot, and have more than held our own in both the Tactical and Sporting Events. No less than seven of the twelve man shooting team, representing the Guards Depot at Bisley this year, were from the Squadron. As they won seven of the eight Trophies available all should bode well for future Regimental Shooting. 24
The Squadron won the Brownlee Trophy for Boxing which was mainly for effort rather than skill! There was a great deal of the 'blood and guts' that one associates with Novice Boxing but it was a good start to the years sport. Our Juniors have come first in the P.T. Competition and in the March and Assault Course Competition. We have won the Perkins Trophy on three occasions this year. One feels it should now be presented to the Squadron on a permanent basis. We have won the following sports leagues which the reader will appreciate means a sustained effort over a period of time. The Hockey, Basketball, Cricket, Volleyball and Swimming League Trophies have all been won by the Squadron. This was no mean achievement as our numbers are fewer than the other Companies competing. This left only the Football and Rugy Cup for the remainder of the Depot to win between them. Mention must be made of our Staff Football Team who reached the final of the Inter-Regimental Cup, only to be beaten by the Coldstream Guards. Unfortunately CoH Harvey broke his leg early in the game and it would be fair comment that this incident
did affect the game considerably. However on the day the best team won. All seems well set for our success to be con tinued; our Flanders intake have taken the Depot by storm and have won the Drill Competition, the Inter Platoon Rifle Cup and the Match 79 Trophy. To climax their effort they have won the Champion Platoon Competition at their first attempt. There have been several changes in the Squad ron Staff during the year. We have said farewell to Captain T L S Livingstone-Learmonth and Lieutenant T Thomson-Jones who have left for civilian life.
Lieutenant W S G Doughty and Lieutenant L A Lumb have been posted to the Household Cavalry Regiment and The Life Guards respectively. SQMC T Allen and CoH C A Read have both left us and rejoined the Regiment. In September we said farewell to CoH C Grant who has left the Army to start life afresh in Canada as a 'Mountie'. We wish him and his family every success. New members to the Staff are Lieutenant C H N Graham. CoH J Holbrook and LCoH I D Margan; to whom we wish a successful tour here at the Depot.
Warrant Officers and
Non-Commissioned Officers Mess
The Mess has once again become complete with B Squadron returning from their tour in Cyprus. Functions have been few during the last quarter in preparation for a hectic Christmas and New Year period prior to moving to BAOR. During August the PMC arranged a boat trip on the Thames for 180 Mess members. He is to be congratulated on picking an evening when the weather was good. We also held a Cafe Continental towards the end of August where members and their guests were able to choose from Chinese, German and English menus. The evening was a great success and the Master Chef is to be congratulated on helping towards its enjoyment. During September the Regiment was on its annual FTX in Germany. Fortunately some of the members were able to go to Detmold for 24 hours where they were well looked after by The Blues and Royals. October saw LCoH Jones volunteer for duties as President of the Entertainments Committee. He is to be congratulated on organising a Tramps Night, Western Night and Pram Rally. We were paid a visit by members of the Guards Association from Blackpool, led once again by Des Howe and his merry band.
The members of the WOs & NCOs Mess would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Reg Gable for his presentation to the Mess of a solid silver Boxing Cup, which is to be presented at Regimental Boxing Nights to the best individual. We have said farewell to RQMC(E) Reynolds and SSgt Hardy REME, on their completion of 22 years service, and we wish them and their families every success in civilian life. We have welcomed the following to the Mess on return from ERE: SCpl AlIen T, CoH Lee, CoH Parkinson. We also welcome the following attached personnel to the Mess: Sgts Wilson, Clarke, McCabe and Reed. We must also welcome LCoH Steed back on his return from civilian life once again. The following promotions have taken place amongst the senior ranks: W02 Leighton to RQMC(E) SCpl Slater to SCM B Sqn SSgt Saunders REME to W02 (AQMS)
Sports RUGBY There has been very little rugby ·activity during the early part of 1979, however most of the Regimental players have turned out regularly for local civilian clubs. In March we managed to field two teams for the London District 7's played at the Guards Depot, Pirbright. The 'A' team, led oy Sgt Hobson REME, played well and eventually was beaten in the final to the Guards Depot. The 'B' team got through to the Quarterfinal of the 'Plate' competition but they unfortunately lost that match. As a result of reaching the final of the London District 7's the 'A' team qualified for the Courage Army 7's at Aldershot. They played 4 matches in the opening rounds losing two and winning two, which qualified them to play off in the 'Plate' com petition. Having beaten Depot Regt RA in the quar terfinal the 'Gunners' had their revenge in the semi final when 47 Regt RA beat us 12-8. Both teams are to be congratulated on all the hard work they put in and in obtaining the results they did. 26
A special mention must be made of the Regimental LAD. Sgt Hobson entered a team in the REME 7's at Arborfield, and as a result they were the first ever LAD team to reach the final, which they unfortunately lost to the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. SOCCER Once again the cooks of the Regiment entered two teams in the London District ACC 5-a-side com petition, as hopes were high that we might repeat our success of 1978. These were dented slightly when the 'A' team, last years winning finalists, were beaten in the first round. However through shere hard work and the odd slice of luck the 'B' team managed to fight their way through to the final which they won beating the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital by 4 goals to nil. A very creditable performance by all taking part who must be congratulated on retaining the cup for the second year.
It was clear by 1200hrs Sunday 6th that any threat to the team had been beaten off, and it was just a matter of how many miles could be completed by the finish of the event at 1500hrs. At the finish the team came out as easy winners and had walked a very creditable 140.10 miles which was an increase on the 1978 performance, and as a result a cheque to the value of ÂŁ323.88p was sent by the Regiment to the NSPCC. This in itself was double the amount raised in 1978. Congratulations to the team who trained hard in their own time to achieve such an excellent result.
REGIMENTAL POLO Capt PRL Hunter The Regimental Cooks Team. Winners of the London District 5-a-sides
ROAD WALKING Again in 1979 a team of walkers led by CoH Rymer entered for the Annual NSPCC 24 hour Team Relay Walk which took place at Aintree Racecourse over the week-end 4-6 May 1979. Y(;u may remember from the last edition that in 1978 we entered two teams who were placed 1st and 2nd, also winning the shield for the best placed military team. This year only one team entered from the Regiment, and together with competitors of various ages from 18 other teams the walk started at 3pm on Saturday 5 May 1979. Luckily this year we were blessed with better weather throughout the whole 24 hours of the walk, which contributed towards a greater mileage being covered, and more competitors lasting the course.
The Winning Team. LCpl Gummer, CoH Rymer, Tpr Willis and LCoH Theakston
This year the Regimental Team has had probably its most successful season since 1963. In part this was due to the whole team being together for most of the Summer. The season began in February with a number of very shaggy looking ponies coming in from grass. Some went to the Royal Mews, while others came into barracks. All were set upon by the grooms bearÂ ing clippers. It takes several weeks to get the ponies into condition to play even slow chukkas, a process which was further handicapped by the weather. The season runs through until September, when the ponies again go to grass and a well earned rest. The Guards Polo Club owns ten ponies, and a further fourteen ponies were at the disposal of the team. The Club is run by Col Gerard Leigh, Maj Ferguson and Maj Loyd, all former Life Guards officers. As the majority of polo players at Windsor are now civilians, the help of these three made it possible for us to be given a very fair share of the tournaments.
Presentation of the Inter Regimental Polo Cup to the Regiment (L-R) Brig A R Douglas-Nugent, Lord Mountbatten, Col W H Gerard-Leigh, Capt PR L Hunter 27
Left to Right The Life Guards
Capt P R L Hunter, 2 Lt H C N Graham Lt / S Forbes-Cocke//, 2Lt J L Hewitt
In the Inter Regimental Cup we were drawn against the favourites, The Blues and Royals. For tunately they were at a disadvantage in not having played together as a team before. Despite their total handicap of seven, the final score was 3-2 to us. The final was between ourselves and the Royal Navy. Lord Mountbatten came to watch, and compromised by wearing a Royal Navy boating jacket and a Com bined Services tie! At the end of the first chukka we were 1-0 down, which caused us some consternation. The Royal Navy were to score again twice, but in the end we won 6-3. Lord Mountbatten, who presented the prizes commented on how our far younger team (average age 24) had triumphed over a much older side. The last time that the Royal Navy reached the final was in 1936, when Lord Mountbatten himself played. The teams were as follows: Royal Navy 1. Lt Cdr R Guy 2. Lt Cdr H Richardson 3. Cdr C MacGregor Bk. SubLt R Mason
0 1 1 1 3
The Life Guards 1. Capt PRL Hunter 2. 2Lt MCN Graham 3. Lt IS Forbes-Cockell Bk. 2Lt JL Hewitt
0 2 1 0 3
In August the team also won the Captains and Subalterns Trophy. In a triangular match we beat a different Royal Navy team and the QRIH by 4-1 in both cases. This was the first time that the Regiment had won both cups since Maj RI Ferguson's team did so in 1963. 28
The Royal Navy
Cdr CL MacGregor, Lt Cdr H Richardson Lt Cdr R L Guy, Sub Lt R Mason
Away from Windsor, we won the Owl Trophy at Cirencester, and narrowly lost finals of the Tidworth and New Forest Tournaments. Much of our success is due to the hard work of the grooms, LCoH Dagge, LCpls Mills and Walton, and Tprs Retallick, Hancock and Bartlett. 1980 promises to be another good season. At present we are busy trying to find a sponsor for the team in order to help offset the not inconsiderable costs involved.
THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION BISLEY MEETING 1979 Lt PJ Knipe The National Rifle Association meeting took place on Bisley Ranges in July. The target rifle event in which I was compet ing has become an international event with marksmen travelling to Bisley from all parts of the world to compete in team and individual competitions culmin ating in the final for Her Majesty the Queen's prize. Target rifle shooting is very different to military small arms shooting. The rifles used are pre cision made bolt action weapons costing anything up to £600 and the best ammunition costs between 15 and 20 pence a round.
The targets are conventional square screens with a circular black aiming mark and four scoring rings-bull (5), inner (4), magpie (3), outer (2). There are two main ranges at Bisley. Century Range which has 108 targets and firing points at 300, 500 and 600 yards and Stickledown Range with 50 targets and points at 900, 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards. The size of the bull, which you must hit every time to achieve any kind of success, varies in size between 6 inches at 300 yards to 24 inches at 1000 yards. The meeting started in bright sunshine with three competitions on the first day, the Donegal 300 yards,The Daily Mail 500 yards and the Conan Doyle 900 yards. Although the weather was good there was a strong wind blowing across the range which at long range can blow your bullet as much as 60 feet off course on its journey to the target. The main concern of all army shots over the first four days as well as individual honours is to shoot well enough to be selected for the army team competing in the Inter Services match. After a rather average start on the first two days I found myself sitting on the 600 yards firing point waiting to fire in the Alexandra Cup thinking that I might sell my rifle and take up polo! An hour later I was feeling considerably happier after scoring a possible 50 out of 50 and putting all 5 of my extra tie shots in the bull. This resulted in a tie for first place with two others and a further shoot later in the week. The next day was the Inter Services Match. This is a two range shoot at 300 and 600 yards with the range totals added together to give a final result. The Army started well and after 300 yards we were well up with only a few points separating us from the Royal Air Force. At 600 yards the Royal Air Force team shot magnificently and were declared the winners at the end of the day. The meeting finished with the final of the Queen's prize (15 shots to count at 900 and 1000 yards). This competition is undoubtedly the most prestigious competition of them all and was won by Andrew Tucker, a gunsmith from Chobham in Surrey. It is interesting to note that the prize money for the Queen's (ÂŁ250) has not been increased since it was first competed for on Wimbledon Common in the 1860s. (The first winner bought a pub with his prize). This total lack of financial reward is a contributing factor to the tremendous friendliness between comÂ petitors which must be unique in international sport of this standard. Very few competitors get upset when they have a bad shoot and what must be the most well known phrase on Bisley Common is often
heard from even the finest international shots "Oh well there's always next year."
JUDO This year there were four Life Guards in the Army Championships. All did well, especially Tpr Moore who came second in the Novices Championship. Sgt (SI) Williams has represented the Army when they won the Inter Services Championships and the Combined Services Team which came 3rd in the British Championships.
SI Williams instructs an anxious pupil
SGT (SI) WILLIAMS - APTC Sgt (SI) Williams has been awarded both the Garside Trophy for personal achievements in Judo, and the Maxwell Trophy for his services in promoting the sport. The trophies, which are awarded annually, are open to all members of the APTC. This is the first time that the same man has held both trophies simultaneously, and is a very high accolade for Sgt Williams' unsparing efforts. 29
NOTES FROM LCPL SCHUBERT'S SEA LOG
The Guards Freefall Team was formed in 1974, since when the team have jumped into approxi mately 110 shows and fairs, and taught countless students the art of Free Fall Parachuting, the vast majority being soldiers from the Household Division. Considerable public relations are attached to their displays, and in 1977 the team were the first parachutists to jump into the centre of London, landing in Hyde Park for the Sports Spectacular, which was widely reported in the national press. At present the team consists of five regular jumpers, two of whom are Household Cavalrymen. LCpl Treble LG has been in the team since March 1976, and has some 460 jumps to his credit, two bronze medals were awarded at the British National Championship 1979. Tpr Platt RHG/D joined the team earlier this year, and has already competed in Cyprus. In September the team went off to Raeford in the United States to train in preparation for the Army Championships 1980. Volunteers to join the team are always welcomed.
Friday 27 July 1979 Operation Seadog The Life Guard contingent of the crew assembled at 0600 hours ready to move down to Weymouth to be the second crew on the yacht Gladeye. The crew were LCpl Schubert, LCpl Roberts, Tprs Howatson..Jones, Phillips, Haywood-Percival. The crew arrived at 1030 hours. We almost imme diately set sail for Lulworth Cove, our first sea-trial, under the guidance of Maj C J Simpson Gee and Sgt Ankers WG. We reached Lulworth at 1400 hours and dropped anchor and threw our tired bodies into the briny and swam manfully around. We left Lulworth at 1630 hours, sailing into the Solent for Cowes, our port for the night. Of the crew only LCpl Roberts became sick, making dashes every five minutes for the safety rail and soon we had flocks of gulls following in our wake which LCpl Roberts was leaving behind. We reached Cowes at 0100 hours and moored for the night.
Operation 'Sea Dog' Tpr Phillips, LCpl Schubert, Tpr Hodges, Tpr HaywoodPercival aboard Gladeye
Saturday 28 July 1979 All up at 0630 hours. We showered in the 31st Nagasaki Mobile Bath Unit and return to break fast. Soon afterwards we set sail for Portsmouth. We concentrated on sail drills on the voyage, making good time. On arrival we whiled away the time looking at old naval vessels, including Ark Royal. From Portsmouth a course was set to Nab Tower, off the east coast of the Isle of Wight. The sea got choppier and LCpl Roberts got progressively greener. We rounded Nab Tower and set course for Warsash , Gladeyes home port. We arrived at 1830 hours, safley moored by 1900 hours. After a few chores it was all hands to the oars as we raced to the local haunts of all good seadogs. Sunday 29 July
LCpl Treble competing at the National Accuracy Championships 30
Got up early and ate a hearty breakfast, before tidying the boat up for handover. Although our trip was short we learned a few things. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and look forward to another.
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY COACHING CLUB Driving the Household Cavalry and carriages in 1979 has been very much a Life Guard activity. Maj D'Ambrumenil has been the only driver available and the hard work has been done cheerfully by Tprs Howe and Mountford. All three, have travelled at weekends to Holker Hall in the west coast of Cumbria where the team were fourth, Perth where it was third, Lowether sixth and Roxburghshire seventh. The coach also competed in local events at Windsor. It was a noteworthy year in that Maj D'Ambrumenil did not overturn any carriages although at the National Driving Championships over enthusiastic movement down a thirty foot drop in the sandpit resulted in horses being unharnessed but the team were quickly on the road again to complete the course.
At the Royal International Horse Show in the Coach ing event the Household Cavalry Park Drag came fourth in the championships and has participated in most of the large shows in the country. The team spent three happy days in June sunshine during the petrol crisis driving from Manchester to Edinburgh on the original stage coach with Maj D'Ambrumenil taking turns on the reins with George Bowman, the British Cham pion, Albert Menaged, the coach owner, and Mrs Pirie from USA. The last event of the season was to convey Tpr Smith from his wedding, back to Combermere Barracks with his bride.
An over enthusiastic Maj D'Ambrumenil at the National Driving Championships
Household Cavalry Recruiting 10 - 17 August, 1979
On the 10th August, nine Life Guards and two moun ted duty men from HC R set off for a week of recruiting for the Household Cavalry, visiting three camps, in which four county ACF's were holding their summer training. We were greeted with great hospitality by the ACF's and particularly the cadets whose ages ranged from thirteen to sixteen. When Col. S. Gaussen (formerly WG) saw what interest and enthusiasm we were generating in the Glamorgan ACF who supply the Welsh Guards with many recruits, his expression was definately not encouraging!
The Dressage Stage at Windsor
Light relief for ACFCadets! 31
In all about 500 boys were interested in The House足
hold Cavalry, although unless this recruiting is carried out on a
yearly basis it is impossible to tell what percentage actually
These summer camps are an extremely good 'breeding ground' for Household Cavalry recruits as they provide a 'concentration of boys interested in the Army who can be organised and 'fed through' our recruiting display. The vehicles, and mounted dutymen in state kit,
provided a contrast to the cadets' training, which consisted of
drill, digging trenches and getting wet, a fact that added to our
Those Who Took Part 2nd Lt CHN Graham, LCoH Wright, LCOH Windebank,
LCoH Blunt, L!Cpl Stanworth, L!Cpl Cumming, Troopers
Shone, Pugh, Flether, Wright, Simpson
R.E.M.E. L!Cpl Arnold, Cpl Marr
LIKE FATHER - LIKE SOI\l Photographed prior to the Queens Birthday Parade
this year are SCM Gook and his son Musn Gook.
Father carried the Standard on the occasion of his last parade whilst serving and son, who has just passed out of Riding School took part in his first parade in full dress. SCM Gook, who has just completed 22 years service has now retired. We wish him well and hope that his son will follow in his footsteps. Musn Cook and SCM Cook
EXERCISE MOBY McCLEAN - 30th JUNE to 14th JULY My initial reaction on being told that I was to organise an adventure training expedition with Moby McClean (the lone Atlantic rower) was one of horror. Would we be asked to row the Atlantic again or perhaps the Pacific, this time for a change of scenery? My fears were soon dispelled, however, with the news that the adventure training was to take place at Ardintigh Camp, a delightfully remote spot on the South shore of Loch Levis near Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland. I had decided to divide the fortnight into two separ足
ate periods with two parties attending the Centre for one week
at a time. This allowed more soldiers to partake, particularly
members of C Sqn who were on exercise at Otterburn until
The 4 tonner and Landrover containing the Advance Party left Windsor very low on their axles on Thursday morn足 ing, 28th June, carrying equipment and stores to last the full two weeks. After an overnight stop in Edinburgh they arrived at Ardintigh on Friday evening and prepared the Camp for
Lt JR Astor the main party's arrival on the following day. The rail party arrived safely in Mallaig on Saturday and were somewhat sur足 prised at the speed with which the adventure training started when they were told they would have to walk four miles across country to the camp because the launch had broken down. The week's training included canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing and absailing. Trout fishing proved popular in the evenings and on both Fridays of the fortnight the Master Cook introduced volunteers to diving. Eight soldiers took the opportunity of having their first dive. The canoeing started with the inevitable swimming tests and capsize drills which everyone completed successfully. Despite Tom McClean's assurances that the water was quite warm because of the Gulf Stream, one or two soldiers doing their tests felt that these claims were exaggerated and that Lock Levis had somehow been by-passed. The canoeing proved very popular with the temperature of the water being a major influence on the very small number of capsizes.
The one canoeing incident that stands out in my mind occurred on the Monday of the last week. As the canoeÂ ists passed the narrow mouth of Loch Levis, the wind and tide whipped the waves up to four feet. The first one that capsized was successfully rescued. The second repaid his gallant rescuer by ramming the safety boat and breaking the propeller as well as displacing a large portion of the bottom of the boat. To make matters more exciting, another canoe then capsized and I discovered the oars to be virtually rotten. As I bobbed around in four foot waves with no engine, rotten oars, water pouring in the bottom of the boat and three canoeists still to rescue, I strived to remember the correct procedure for a tactical appreciation. With a certain amount of luck, a good deal of bailing, and a successful recital of 'For those in Peril on the Sea' given by a nervous Pte Jones in the front of the safety boat, all were rescued and the boat and engine both repaired. The climbing and absailing under Sgt Williams was very successful. The beginners soon caught up with the more experienced climbers. The mountain walking was challenging but very rewarding. On the first week parties were dropped off by helicopter and then had to make their way around Loch Levis to the opposite shore where they collected canoes and paddled back the following day. Despite the odd grumble, few of those taking part could fail to be impressed by the marvellous views, the enormous variety of wildlife, and the magnificent scenery.
Tpr Farrar and W02 (SQMS) Sinclair
A team of five divers under the guidance of W02 Sinclair spent the whole two weeks at Ardintigh. Each diver managed 18 dives and spent a total of 6 hours under water. The programme progressed to a night dive, a large boat dive, and a deep water dive of 25 metres. All four novice divers reached British Sub Aqua 3rd Class Standard. The divers supplemented our compo rations with lobsters, scallops, mussels and crabs, whilst Sgt Williams procured sea trout, salmon and rock salmon. The remoteness of the camp was always a worry in the event of any accident. Ironically the medic, Pte Jones, was the only one to receive an injury when he slipped and broke his glasses. Possibly the fact that his eyesight was further impaired as a result, persuaded everyone to take greater care of themselves. The services of the doctor in Mallaig whose name was Dr Donald Duck, were not required. His name did, however, lead to the inevitable joke that the 'Mallaig Quack was called Donald Duck'.
In all 36 officers and other ranks were given the opportunity of enjoying a complete break away from Windsor. Those who had not previously been adventure training were given an introduction to a wide variety of sporting activities. The fortnight was a great success and much enjoyed by all who took part.
LCpl M j Prior 33
NIJNIEGEN INTERNATIONAL MARCHES 1979
Over 17,000 marchers, soldiers and civilians took part in this annual event which was first held in 1909. Organised by the Royal Netherlands League of Physical Culture, the marches are not competitive. Teams or individuals attempt to march 25 to 30 miles on each of four days around different courses starting and finishing in Nijmegen. Reward for completing the course each day and pass ing throughout official checkpoints is a highly valued com memorative medal. The first recorded British entry was in 1928. Military teams from many nations were among the long columns of marchers who packed the mainly flat roads and causeways leading to Nijmegen over the four day period. British military entries, Army and RAF were drawn from Western Germany and the United Kingdom. Among the Army entries from the United Kingdom were part-time soldiers of the Territorial Army, Junior Soldiers and cadets. Entry is voluntary. Civilian march teams and individuals from all walks of life and of all ages were representative of many countries, including Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During the Marches, Nijmegen, its streets flag decked and gaily lit at night, became the international meeting point for both participants and spectators. The marches opened with a spectacular open air dis play by bands and local Dutch orgnisations in Nijmegen Stadium. Highlight of the proceedings was a multi-nation flag raising ceremony. At the end of the fourth day's march there was a grand finale, with more marching led by bands, the marchers took part in a mammoth march past in the town centre, uniformed contingents saluting military VIP's from many countries at the special saluting base.
Tpr Farrellon the Nijmegen Marches
THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS STRIKE The Regiment was warned off to drive Army Land· rover Ambulances late in the afternoon of Friday, 19 January. Over the week-end the Technical Quartermaster, Captain D A York, drew up 40 Ambulances from the Vehicle Depot at Ash church in Gloucestershire. On Sunday, 21 January, representa· tives of the London Ambulance Brigade and the Metropolitan Police briefed us, and large numbers of the National Press descended on Combermere Barracks. Major Emson, the Second·in·Command, appeared on National Television. Early on Monday, 23 January, the Ambulances deployed to Metropolitan Police Stations throughout London. The Police provided the communications and escorts for the Ambulances. We were very well received by the Police who made great efforts to make us comfortable. The soldiers fed in the Police canteens. In the 24 hours during which we were deployed, our ambulances moved just over 100 people to
hospital. Medical Orderlies were proVided by the RAMC, and in the latter stages by The Life Guards Band who are now all fully fledged Medical Orderlies. Captain L D Stratford, MBE, was our 'Supervisor', based at Scotland Yard. On return to Windsor on the evening of Tuesday, 23 January, we were stood down to 12 hours notice. No sooner had the soldiers dispersed than we were told to have 10 Ambu lances in Liverpool by 0630 hrs the following morning. The Orderly Officer rustled up volunteers, and, escorted by the Police, Captain C B Oldfield led the ambulances through one of the foulest nights of the winter and arrived at Preston (whither he had been directed en route) at 0630 hrs. The crews remained at 4 hours notice in Fulwood Barracks, well looked after by HQ North·West District, until they were stood down and returned to Windsor on 31 January.
We were deployed again to London on 30 and 31 January, on 21 February and 27 and 28 February. Altogether our Ambulances covered 11,100 miles without an accident in the appalling weather conditions of last winter. We were fin ally stood down on 26 March. What effect did the Ambulance drivers' strike have on the Regiment? It disrupted trade training courses slightly. It kept, for the most part, 40 drivers on varying degrees of short notice for nine weeks, with all that means in restriction of movement in the evenings and at week-ends. The REME were kept busy fitting sirens and blue-flashing lights without which the public do not recognise an ambulance. We know we did our duty to the best of our ability. What the public thought we really do not know, but repro duced below is what Mr Clenton, the Sunday Express Motor ing correspondent had to say in his newspaper on 26 January, having watched our ambulances leave Combermere Barracks on 23 January. It sums up pretty well what we are called upon to do nowadays, and the spirit in which we do it:
'I was parked near the back door of Windsor Castle when the Army ambulances went by on Monday morning. Off to the strange confusion of the City and Heaven knows what stomach-turning duty. They were driven by determined kids. For that is what so many of them looked like. Kids who risk their lives fighting fires with ramshackle tackle when the proper equipment is strikebound. Kids who shield London Airport when terrorists are feared. Kids who have humped frozen sides of beef and cargoes when the dockers have refused. Kids off last Monday morning to meet emergency, heart attacks and bloody injury for, perhaps, the first time. The same kids who will soon be back to Ulster and the gunmen. You may have thought that in the last week there has been little in Britain for which to give thanks. But, if you had been in Windsor when that convoy went by, you would have raised your ice-frosted furry hat in pride!'
THE LAND OF MIDGES AND SNAKES This is where C Sqn were sent to take part in Exercise Tristar, between 27 June and 9 July 1979. The exercise took place in the Keilder Forest area of Northumberland where there is beautiful countryside, containing forestry, streams and hills. Ou r task was to create incidents for Special Forces Units of seven NATO countries. These were from Britain, America, West Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Denmark. Also taking part were the 3rd Bn The Light Infantry and a Puma Detachment from 38 Group RAF. The aim of the exercise was to practice the Special Forces in AFV Recogni tion, Communications, OP Techniques, Tactical Movement, Agent Contact, Survival, and Escape and Evasion. The exercise took place in three phases. In the first phase the Special Forces carried out a parachute drop, then walked approximtely 25 kms across country to their respective areas of operations. The second phase, in which we were more involved, was to attach large number boards to the sides of our vehicles to enable the Special Forces to practice accurate reporting of
information. Sometimes one or two vehicles would go out to represent Regiments or Battalions. We also had to record the time we passed certain check points in the area so that Liaison Officers could check whether the Special Forces were sending contact reports correctly and quickly to their respective HQ's. Likewise 3rd bn The Light Infantry were using landrovers with numbers on. They also had to do foot patrols and that is where the RAF Detachment came in with their Pumas. The third phase was escape and evasion in which three members of the Squadron took part. Reports came in that the British were the ones that were hard to catch! Now, I will come on to why I called this article 'The land of Midges and Snakes'. For the whole period of the exercise we were persecuted by midges, the insect repellent that was issued doing little to repel them. However it did give us a better suntan! There was an amusing incident when Tpr Cumming went out with a shovel. To his dismay, in the middle of his recce, a snake surprised him, discretion being the better part of valour he beat a hasty retreat. Thereafter he took a body guard with him to act as lookout!
REMINISCENCES OF THE AMBULANCE STRIKE
SCpl Milne During the recent Ambulance Drivers Strike in lon don we were called to a house where a man was reported to be suffering from a fractured femur. Our Landrover Ambulance, crewed by myself, one Medic and a London Policeman in the passenger seat, was escorted by a Panda Car.
On arrival at our destination we all baled out and were greeted by a very impatient lady who informed us that our patient was upstairs. With great speed and efficiency we raced up the stairs, getting our Army stretcher stuck halfway up. We found that no matter how many ways we tried to move
it, we could not, so despite many grunts and groans, and, 'I do beg your pardon, Madam', we abandoned this plan and deciÂ ded to employ new tactics, the collapsible stretcher.
was up to, and to my surprise he was in fits of hysterical laughter. I thought to myself that it was a good job he had a sense of humour.
The ascent of the stairs, with the collapsible stretcher, was achieved and on reaching the summit we found an elderly man, obviously in some agony, lying on a settee. We strapped him to the stretcher and very carefully manoeuvred him down the stairs and put him into the ambulance. His wife was also helped into the ambulance. We then all climbed aboard, I shut the back doors, and, amid a great flurry of flashes from the Pressmen's cameras, ran round to my driving seat. We settled ourselves comfortablY in our seats and I pressed the starter button. Nothing happened. I tried again, and after a few more, 'I do beg your pardons, Madam', got hold of the starting handle and swept round to the front of the vehicle.
A point to note here is that the patient had been sitting with his injury for 18 hours, and when we asked his wife why she had not rung for an ambulance sooner, she replied, 'I did not want to put the Army to any trouble'.
After I had wOW1d a few times, a burly policeman arrived on the scene, and with a, 'Out of the way Sarge, let me try', he started to use the starting handle on the defenceless ambulance. All he got for his troubles was a tom jacket, and with a grunt, gave up the struggle. By this time the starting handle looked more like a tuning fork. At this stage a reporter, armed only with a camera, from the Daily Mirror, crept out from behind a car and began to click away merrily. I was reported to have told him to 'Go away, in short, sharp movements, or I would use the 'tuning fork' on his head.' After this everyone except the patient was asked to bale out of the ambulance, and with the help of four kindly policemen and the medic, the vehicle was pushed down the street in an attempt to get it started. With all this effort the vehicle obligingly started about 50 yards down the road. As I was getting concerned for our poor patient in the back, I glanced round to see what he
SCpl Milne and Tpr Wilde 082 'Stand to their ambulance'
EXERCISE BRIGADE FROST 1979
What a way to go to war, there we were, the whole of C Squadron, travelling to Denmark on the DFDS Dana Anglia, a more comfortable ferry you would have difficulty in finding. Still dressed in combat suits and DMS boots, we were surroW1Â ded by pretty Danish girls accommodated in cabins that left little to be desired and offered food that was quite superb. If the real thing starts with a similar trip - then C Squadron will not be slow in volunteering. Exercise Brigade Frost was the reason for our journey - a NATO Exercise held on the Oksboel training area in South West Denmark. We arrived on Monday to be met with thick snow and ice which promised extremely cold nights for the duration. After the Danes had hosted their 'Stag' party that evening we found ourselves, somewhat worse for wear, in the field on Tuesday morning. 36
The day started off with a parade so that each particiÂ pating nationality could have a look at the others equipment. Two Renault cars managed to squeeze into the Squadron's drive past, resulting in the Germans immediately complaining that we were trying to outdo them. The Germans gave an impressive fire power and bridge-laying demonstration that was considerably enlivened when the crew conunanders clicked their heels and raised their right hands in salute to cries of 'Sieg HeW from the audience. This caused a good deal of hilarity among the Danes who have long memories, and from Capt Hunter who has a similar sense of humour. When the exercise proper started, the Squadron went into a hide for the night before the big push commenced the following morning (all of 5 miles). Whilst the LAD worked throughout the night repairing vehicles, the order for the
Squadron was 'go out and bring back prisoners'. This move caught the Danes and Germans totally by surprise and strength ened their belief in British madness. Representatives from 2 and 4 troops were duly despatched; Lt Oldfield almost caught frostbite rather than a prisoner and CoH McBride lost Capt Kemp, who was attached from the Royal Yeomanry. However, the nett result was a good one terrified German sentry, five other German or Danish soldiers and a jeep complete with maps marked up. Lt Oldfield persuaded the sentry that he really was a British Commando; whereupon he became quite co-operative, disregarding muted threats from his fellow Germans. Now that we had six prisoners the question was what to do with them. LCoH Mullen's suggestions were considered somewhat too realistic. Maj Harcourt-Smith finally decided to send the prisoners to HQ 2 Jutland Dragoon Regt which meant sending Capt Hayward off through enemy lines, with a 1 tonne loaded with bound and gagged prisoners. With only LCoH Mullen, LCpl Blowey and Sgt Jones, to fight off vengeful Danes and Germans who wanted their men back, there was good reason for Capt Hayward to believe that his Sqn Ldr had written him off for the exercise.
LCpl Darley and SCM Keeys setting defensive trip-flares These events sparked off certain reactions during the rest of the week, making the British umpires jobs more diffi cult than they had anticipated. The rest of the exercise went without mishap. The Squadron "fighting" well against German and Danish Leopards, pushing them back initially, but eventually being pushed back by excited German umpires. The SCM tested SHQ's reactions with a midnight fireworks display. The Commanding Officer, who had arrived to visit us, only to be bogged in the snow on his way from the airport, lent invaluable assistance to vehicles which had thrown tracks. The exercise finally ended very suddenly on Friday as the Danes had to finish before lunch. Everyone looked forward to the return journey, this time on the DFDS Dana Regina. We cleared customs without a hitch, and went off on a well earned Easter Leave.
'Not the North Pole' but Oksboel Training Area (LCoH Theakston in deep thought)
EDITORS NOTE: The Danish life Regiment certainly sought revenge later in the year during Ex Steel Trap. They formed part of the enemy under command of I Armoured Division!
"TALL OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW"
- or - THE EARLY ACORNS To follow the article in last year's magazine by Mr C W Frearson on the reasons behind the naming of The Acorn I thought it may be of some interest and mild amusement to pass comment on the earlier editions of our magazine. The very first edition was Volume 1 Number 1 pro duced in the Summer of 1966 as the Regiment commenced its Far East tour. Nothing original about the numbering, you may think, but the Editor of the 1971 edition did not appear to
think quite so logically, but I am getting ahead of myself. Most copies of this first edition were cast aside once read by the itinerant soldiery, but some retained theirs. I am now very glad to say that I still have mine. It was a very basic edition, 32 pages long (including the thin cardboard cover), with articles from the Squadrons and a so-called pin-up photograph of what seems to be a lady of high quality (some say chosen by the then Tpr Digney!). The magazine was rounded off by several
pages of advertisements from local tradesmen with names of such glorious Oriental flavour as Lee Hock Jeow, Wong Lok Fong and Lee Kee, (who welcomed the British Army's Senior Regiment to the Far East) although I could never understand why the latter advertised his bar as it was regularly wrecked by high-spirited soldiers! Also advertised were the delights of the Wado Hotel, although there are some I can think of who are glad it was not too specific in mentioning the services they offered The articles were interspersed with such tit-bits as extracts from Notes of a Conversation with the Duke of Wellington 1831-1851 some of which went thus: The Guards are superior to the Line - not as being picked men like the French but from the goodness of the non-eommissioned officers. When I had given an officer of the Guards an order, I felt sure of its being executed; but with an officer in the Line, it was, I will venture to say, a hundred to one against it being done at all. Many half-naked bodies were pictured desporting themselves in obvious poses in which they tried so hard to look natural but blatantly failed. Volume 1 Number 2 was produced 3 months later in a glossy cover still supported by the same local worthies of Seremban town - some will remember Busty who gave a reliable "non-Pirate Taxi" service both to and from the town (and Anna's! i). This copy was bolstered with a nominal roll of the Regiment (I have not checked their accuracy) and notes from the Household Cavalry Regiment. An individual who signed himself "Sheffield"(!) became a regular contributor with cartoons lampooning various senior members of the Regiment and very accurate they were too. Our pin-up in this edition dared to bare the upper curvature of her left breast, needless to say this was the last occasion when the pages of our magazine were sullied by a partially naked female figure. I've always thought that a trifle unkind bearing in mind that Mayfair and Club International did not exist in those days. For reasons which were no doubt obvious to the Editor but oblivi ous to the remainder, a Rubber Estate in Perak took a full page advertisement; maybe the owner thought we bought the tYres for our Armoured Cars, I am reliably informed that the Tech Department did in fact give just that impression! BV the time Volume 1 Number 3 was produced in the spring of 1967 the Regiment was well spread over the Far East, with RHQ & A Sqn RHG in Singapore, B Squadron in Hong Kong and C Squadron in Seremban. The format of the magazine was now set, with Squadron notes, notes from the Mounted Squadron and the Household Cavalry Training Squadron plus the odd article from a member of the Regi ment who had participated in something or achieved some thing in particular or who felt he was sufficiently articulate to brave the world of journalism. The usual round of familiar faces who were to become regulars of the magazine's photo graph ic vi rtuosos started to appear; Hutchings, Charles, Gil bart Denham, York, Whyte, Saunders, Young and, of course, the Colonel (with no apologies for lack of seniority). A notable
photograph in that edition was of a particular Squadron Leader (at the time) riding the sweetest little motor cycle you ever did see! Six months later, Volume 1 Number 4 was produced, which if nothing else was notable for a 13 page entry from B Squadron in Hong Kong recalling the Squadron's involvement in the troubles of that Summer of 1967, the background to those events and the usual Squadron notes; I remember those notes in particular and the many painful hours it took me to tYpe them. In this edition there was shown at the Guards Depot some 17 Life Guards of all ranks; now there is an Acorn which has grown somewhat, in fact exactly doubled in size. For this edition several advertisements were obtained from local trades men in Hong Kong, one of which was for an electrical goods firm who were agents for Philips; the original request to the Editor was supported by the statement "Philips Trade Mark if Possible" and that is exactly what he got "Philips Trade Mark if Possible"! Ah Lee who was the Squadron contract tailor advertised his services as "Tailor to 50 Command Workshops REME" and "High Quality Tailor to The Life Guards", I'm not quite sure what conclusion should be drawn from a com parison of the two. The last 6 monthly edition, before the present annual presentation, was produced as Volume 1 Number 5 in the Spring of 1968. The cartoons cl la Sheffield were still there as were the regular familiar faces. One could tell that a certain amount of expertise was coming to the fore not only from the Editors but also from the printers in Seremban, with more sophisticated advertising and a better layout. The Acorn was turning into an oak sapling at last. The next edition was not produced until 2 years later in March 1970 and was numbered as Volume 2 Number 1, and was fu rther bolstered by a complete Iist of all members of the Association but which was noteworthy by its exclusion of those Life Guards serving at RHQ Household Cavalry, the senior of whom, of course, was the late Colonel lan - I would dearly have loved to have been a fly on the wall of his office when he discovered thatl The Editor of the 1971 Edition decided for reasons which escape me to number that copy as Volume 3 Number 2 (see preceding paragraph). Alvis took a full page advertisement extolling the virtues of the Saladin Armoured Car as if after 13 years we didn't already know (maybe they were expecting some private purchases). That was not peculiar for military magazines but what really hurt was the fact that this Saladin was crewed by the Queen's Own Hussars! A more recent edition displayed a real "howler", suffice to say that those who kept their copies should closely scan the frontispiece photographs of the last few editions to answer the question "Who was missed out?" - no prizes offered, just condolences to that Editor. This article is not intended as a slight against past Editors rather maybe as a warning to future Editors not to fall into the trap of failing to check every little detail - there is always some finicky individual who will delight in finding errors.
THE DIARY OF A LIFEGUARDSMAN
WHO SERVED IN "THE PENINSULAR" AND AT WATERLOO
In Volume XI of The Acorn, mention was made of the existence of a diary kept by a Corporal Horse Playford of the 2nd Life Guards who served from September 1810 uritil May 1834, and fortunately we have now been able to obtain a copy of this diary for the archives of the Household Cavalry Museum from a descendent who lives in Australia. The original copy of the Diary is being deposited in the Historical Archives of South Australia because a great deal of the diary refers to his Iife in Australia from the time of h is residence there in 1844 until his death in 1873. It is thought that the following extracts from the diary concerning the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 would be of interest to the current members of The Life Guards Associa tion; and therefore they are published for information: "The English Life Guards were among the troops selected to take part in the gigantic contest which was to decide the dynasty of France and probably the destiny of the world, and in June 1815 I was in quarters in Flanders, awaiting to take part in the great enterprise. On the 17th June, although midsummer was near, we passed an uncomfortable night exposed to a cold wind and to heavy rain. We stood on soaked ploughed land, shivering, wet and hungry, for there was neither food for man or horse. Some soldiers complained of the hardship, some jested at their sufferings, and others tried to guess at what would take place on the morrow, and some hinted at the probabil ity that not many of us would see the 19th June. No one believed in gloomy prognostications. We pulled down a fence and made a fire but we gained little good by standing round it, for while one side was warming the other was cold and wet. The morning of 18th June was clear, the rain gradually abated and myself and several others were sent in search of food for our Regiment. We found a wagon with bread which had been abandoned and we each took a sack full of loaves and then went to a large farmhouse in search of cheese, butter or bacon, but at that moment a cannon shot gave indication of the approaching battle. Cpl Shaw who was with our party exclaimed "the work is beginning" and we hastened to our Regiment with our bread. The occurrences of the 18th June have a place in my memory like a dreadful dream - scenes of frightful destruction flit before my mind as shadows and yet I know that they represent awful realities. I recollect our brigade consisting of 1st Life guards, 2nd Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoon Guards being formed in regimental columns of Squadrons under the brow of a hill near the centre of the British Army and dismounted. The field of battle was in front of us but it was hid from our view by the rising ground. We saw many wounded men passing towards the rear - some were carried in blankets, others walked slowly along and several fell and died. It was dangerous to pass the ground behind us for the shot and shell which passed over our heads struck the ground behind us in great numbers. After a time I saw the Earl of Uxbridge who had been in front of us watching the progress of events, gallop towards us. The word "Mount" was given and the trumpet sounded "Draw Swords" and the command followed "Form line on the leading Squadron of 2nd Life Guards". This done, the word" Advance" was given and the trumpet sound "Walk".
We saw no enemy, yet there was a strange medley of shouts, musket shots and the roar of cannon beyond the rising ground in front of us. The trumpet sounded "Trot" and the Earl of Uxbridge was in front watching for the best moment to bring us into action and he regulated the pace we should move at accordingly. The Earl of Exbridge again approached us, took off his hat, waved it round his head and then passed his hat forward over his horse's head. It was a signal and the trumpets sounded "Charge". At that moment a line of French horsemen in bright armour appeared in front of us, they were shouting and waving their swords and sabring the English Infantry and artillerymen who had not got out of the way. Our shouts had arrested their attention and looking up they saw fearful ranks of red horsemen coming galloping forward, shouting and brandishing their swords. The cuirassiers paused and looked at us as likely to prove an easy conquest. They met us in mid onset as men confident of victory, but the shock of battle overthrew many of them; for the weight and power of our men and horses was too great for their less powerful men and weaker horses. They gave way, some fell back, but returning to the attack, hand to hand, sword to sword the work of death went on, but our weight and the strength of our men and horses again proved too much for them. Many fell, others fled and were pursued towards their own lines. British valour had triumphed so far but the French cuirassiers were also brave men and good swordsmen but we fell upon them and their line was a little deranged, otherwise they would doubtless have stood their ground longer, yet I think that our charge was irresistable. We pursued the French too far and when we returned we sustained some loss. We had gallopped through wet ploughed ground and many of our horses panted for breath; at the same time a number of fresh enemies rode down upon us and a few single combats occurred in which French men generally had the advantage. Those of my companions who fell at this time generally lost their lives from rash brava do; for they rode singly out of their way to attack two or three enemies and when a greater number came against them their horses were blown and they could not escape - they could only sell their lives as dear as possible. I saw a comrade (Joseph Hindley) whose horse had been killed running to catch a French horse and I rode between him and his pursuers. I helped him to catch the French horse and stood by to defend him while he mounted and although musket and pistol balls passed near us, we remained uninjured. When our Regiment was again formed, I looked round to see who was there and I found that about three out of four were not present. Many were killed, some were only wounded, and others had lost their horses, but our loss alto gether was dreadful. We were only a small remnant of what we were in the morning and some of that remnant were bleeding. We again advanced and I have a confused idea of lancers, cuirassiers and infantry retiring before us. The 1st Life Guards being at the head of the column, rode boldly forward and it was a noble spectacle and I admired the heroic conduct of the 1st Life Guards who fought with determined bravery. This close combat producing no important consequence, we
retired about 50 paces and facing about confronted a formid able body of horsemen. Meanwhile a troop of horse artillery had arrived and unlimbered behind us unseen by the French; the word "open out" was quickly passed along and we formed a lane along which cannon balls were fired against the mass of French horsemen with terrible effect, men and horses falling in rapid succession. In an instant the whole column broke up and fled in some disorder pursued by the English cavalry. On the following morning we went in search of the surviving fragments of our Regiment and found a few officers and men. In this search I rode across one part of the field of battle and Corporal Webster pointed out to me the dead body of Corporal Shaw. This Corporal Shaw was only two files from
me in the ranks; he was a powerful brave man. At the outset of the battle our Troop formed the right half of the left Squad ron of the Brigade. In the centre of the Squadron Troop Quartermaster Beamond (who was killed) was stationed. On his right hand was Corporal Shaw, riding a very powerful horse and grasping a recently ground broad sword. Next to Cpl Shaw FOde a Trooper named Adamson who was killed; on Adamson's right hand rode Trooper Hilton who was also numbered among the slain. On Hilton's right hand I was stationed and on my right hand rode a powerful Yorkshireman named Youson. Memory fails to retain the names of the other brave men who fought near us; they were however nearly all killed through penetrating too far into the French Lines."
NOT A WORD OF ARABIC - OMAN 1978-79 Maj J W M Ellery It was with not a little apprehension that I stepped down the gangway of the Gulf Air Tristar which had brought me from a raining London to Oman. I thought at first that I was standing behind the engine but no, it was lOO°F in the shade (had there been any). I had arrived for a 2 year tour with the Sultan of Oman's Land Forces initially as an Opera tions Officer and later as the Brigade Major. I knew no one and spoke not a word of Arabic.
My rooms were air conditioned and looked quite comfortable - certainly some cockroaches found the bath room to their liking. Fortunately there was little time to con template why on earth I should have forsaken Windsor in armoured cars for Oman on my feet - tomorrow I was to go up the Jebel Akhdar (6,500 feet) which at least sounded familiar as I remembered that The Life Guards and the SAS had taken it by storm in 1958. Oman is both centuries old and yet in a way only 10 years old for prior to 1970 it was ruled by an old Sultan who isolated his Country from the excesses of the outside world to the extent that there were 3 schools, no hospitals and only 10 kilometres of tarmac road. Permits were required to ride bicycles and there was a 2 years waiting list. Smoking and the wearing of sunglasses were forbidden. He was however the first Sultan in this century to venture into the Interior to visit his second largest town Nizwa which lies at the foot of the Jebel Akhdar. When he arrived, the leader of his tribal opponents escaped by a rope down the wall of the fort and fled by donkey. Then the sheikhs came forward to make their peace one in an ancient Plymouth convertible, said to be the only car in the Country, with a slave-footman perched on the boot. In 1970 the old Sultan was deposed by his son who since leaving Sandhurst and the Cameronians, to which Regi ment he was attached for 9 months, had been imprisoned in his father's palace in Sa1alah.
One of many strategically sited forts protecting the Interior Since then progress has been electrifying and not a moment too soon. There was a Communist backed civil war in Dhofar which was to continue for a further 5 years. Now there are 355 schools, 13 hospitals and 2,000 kilometres of tarmac road. The armed forces number about 20,000 and are very well equipped. The Air Force has Jaguars and Hunters, the Navy has fast patrol boats with Exocet missiles and radar controlled cannons and the Army has a Household Cavalry! It also has a Royal Guard Regiment of about 2,000 men and there are 8 Infantry Battalions. Of these, 5 are Omani and 3 Baluch - rather like our Ghurkas but tall, fearsome men with beards. Oman and Great Britain have been firm friends since 1798 and that friendship is now more vital than in the past in the extreme North of Oman and separated by a strip of
United Arab emirates, Sha~ah being one such, is the Mussan dam Peninsular which controls the Straits of Hormuz. Through these an oil tanker from Iran or the Arabian Gulf passes every 15 minutes. Should an unfriendly power gain control of the Straits it could prevnt any Gulf oil reaching the West. Oman, especially since the fall of the Shah of Iran, is thus of an importance far exceeded by any other Country with a popula tion of less than a million. Now back to my lack of Arabic. The Military Secre tary's Branch of Headquarters Household Division said "don't worry, all you need is 'Salaam a lekum', the traditional greeting, and the Arabic for fallout - whatever that is". Well that was not strictly accurate as I discovered when I sent the Brigade Commander's Mercedes Benz to the garage to be resprayed black and it came back canary yellow! Fortunately my Omani GS03 Operations Officer spoke 5 languages and the Orderly Room composed of Pakistanis and Baluch was nothing short of brilliant.
Omani soldiers Times are changing fast but Oman has the advantage of being able to select the best of modern life without destroy ing the old. Some months ago I again climbed the Jebel Akhdar, this time with Captains Mackie and Brooke (both late of The Blues and Royals) - half way up we were welcomed by total strangers into a small house made of mud and straw in a village which had seen many helicopters but never a car. We were given coffee and fruit and were told about their son who had just gone to Sandhurst.
The faithful 5aladin still going strong
Some 500 Omanis now attend universities in Britain, America and the Middle East and I consider myself fortunate in having been one of the last Seconded British Officers in The Sultan's Army. Already there are Omanis flying some of the Hunter strike aircraft and soon they will fill all the key jobs but I have little doubt that in 20 years time it will still be possible to sit at the swimming pool of the British Embassy drinking a glass of Pimms and wonder at why some post-war British Governments were so keen to discard their world role.
The Household Division is well represented in Oman, about 25 Officers and non-Commissioned Officers in all, the most recent additions being Capt Gurney of The Blues and Royals serving in the Armoured Car Squadron (equipped with Saladins and TOW) and 'Sergeant' Lawrence, a weapons instructor in the Training Regiment. The Oman of 1978/79 that I found was a strange mixture indeed. Women have absolutely no rights, their job in life being to cook and bear children - an eminently sensible state of affairs. All marriages are arranged and money changes hands between the parents of the boy who is normally 15 or 16 and the girl 12 or 13. The Sultan has only one wife bu t more are permitted and 4 is not unusual. Servants in the Palaces are referred to as slaves with out any thought that the word, let alone the concept, have disappeared elsewhere in the world. Actually their lot seems a rather desirable one as they all have fast cars and one recently wrote off a new Aston Martin to prove it. 41
A FAREWELL TO THE COLONEL OF THE LIFE GUARDS From His Charger - or - DOLLY'S GOODBYE My socks all white, my hooves all black, and bright,
I'm readied for my master; for this last
Of many strides through history's rough oft-hidden paths
Down which there lie the crossroads, where we soon must part;
Wearing scarlet, gilded shabraque upon my back,
Draped with rugged lamb,beside which stand high boots, reversed,
Within the stirrups, bearing home journeyings of a warrior
And, ordered for review, fine furnishings of an officer - and a gentle man
1 am now, Life Guard number seven - Octave;
Bravely to bear the loss of one, who, in our final summer's jaunt,
Gauntlet upon my flank in playful slap, with twinkling eye
Said, "Dolly, my good old girl, we should be past this, you and I!"
--=------ // Tpr Howe driving Father Christmas to Clewer Primary School December 7979
The Commanding Officer, during his visit to B Sqn in Cyprus, in july, beside the grave of the late CoH M. Brown, in Nicosia Military Cemetery.
RCM Kelly and LCpl Collet on Ex. Steel Trap 44
Capt. j. C P. Gorman in Cyprus
COLONEL LB. BAILLE,JP, Late The Life Guards BY MAJ. GEN. H.D.A. LANGLEY, MBE, Formerly The Life Guards IAN BAILLlE was tragically killed in a motor accident on 28 November 1978 at the age of 50. His father, Arthur, had been a notable Equitation Officer of The Life Guards in the 1920s and lan enlisted in the Regiment on leaving Eton in 1946. He was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1948 and retired in 1972 having com manded first The Life Guards and then the Household Cavalry. His interest in the technical and particularly the mechanical side of his profession was recognised when as a Subaltern he qualified at the School of Tan k Tech nology and was later appointed Technical Adjutant of the Regiment. During the 1950s he became a well known rally competitor and racing driver, holding many records and competing at the Nurnburg Ring and Le Mans. Assisted by the late Arthur Thomson, Mechanist Quartermaster-Corporal, then Artificer Ser~eant Major and later Technical Quartermaster, and a team mostly recruited from the Regiment, he was one of the last p~ivate individuals to race internationally without full com mercial sponsorship. He served in the Mounted Squadron as both Second in-Command and Squadron, Leader and showed a knowledge of his horses equal to that of his vehicles. He commanded an armoured car squadron very successfully in the A!abian Peninsula and. was Second-in-Command of the Regiment first in 'Germany and later for a short time in the Far East. He did a tour as Regimental Adjutant Household Cavalry but man aged to restrict greater involvement with the Staff to fifteen months as GS02 (RAC) at Northern Command. He took over command of the Regiment in the Far East and worked hard to maintain a proper regimental spirit and the highest standards in his squadrons widely dispersed in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He flew himself in his own aeroplane, sometimes to the alarm of the local Army Air Corps Commanders, who thought their aircraft endajlgered when he landed at military runways, and to those of his officers who were co-opted as passengers. He flew the Cessna east as far as Bali and then home to Gatwick when the Regiment returned to England. As Silver Stick-in-Waiting he once dropped the Stick when signalling with it the order for an Escort to rank past at Windsor Castle, a difficult problem for others present when he found it nearly impossible to bend down in Full Dress and recover it.
He was a great regimental soldier whose kindness, interest and'understanding was repaid with lasting respect and affection by all who served with him: His knowledge n f regimental lore and personalities was encyclopaedic and his memory for names and faces astonishing. His direct manner and puckish humour were part of a colourful personality which endeared him to all who knew him. Once when Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry he ar rived at Knightsbridge for lunch to find another car in his parking space. To emphasise his displeasure he let down all four tyres and, feeling the unknown officer would learn a lesson, allowed his anger to subside and helped to entertain the German Military Attache whom he found as a guest in the Mess. It was not until the Attache came to leave that it was discovered that it was his car which had the flat tyres. He went to live in his home in Norfol k when he retired but remained a dedicated supporter of the Regimental Association and did much to help behind the scenes in other ways. He was a very fine shot and was most generous with his invitations to others to shoot with him. He became closely involved' with County affairs and served as a Justice of the Peace and had been nominated as a future High Sherriff. He had long been very active as a Freemason. He was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and son. To June, who supported him so well and who had to face a similar tragedy earlier in her life, we offer our heartfelt and deepest sympathy. It was often said in his lifetime that no two Household Cavalrymen could meet without recounting some story of lan: it will remain true for many years to come.
CoH BRYN MEADE CoH Bryn Meade was fatally injured in a road traffic accident on the night of 30/31 st August 1979 whilst serving with B Sqn as part of UNFICYP. Bryn Meade enlisted into the Army in 1964 and joined The Life Guards from the Junior Leaders Regi足 ment in 1966. It may have been his previous experience as a Junior in the Army that made him such an out足 standing success when he later had the responsibility of training young men at the Guards Depot. He had the natural ability and enthusiasm that was required, and his own high standards were always achieved. As a sports足 man he was a better than average footballer playing for the Depot on many occasions.
Although Bryn started his service at Knights足 bridge with the Mounted Squadron it was with the Regiment that he made his presertce felt; in such stations as Borneo, Malaya, Norway, Germany and Cyprus. Even the handicap of being a late starter with the Regiment did not deter him, and his efforts, backed by a modest approach and a great sense of humour, were recognised by all who served with him. He was a devoted husband and father to his wife Janet and children Garry, Lorraine and Elizabeth,to whom we offer our deepest sympathy. He will be sadly missed by us all, as a friend and well respected NCO of the Regiment.
CoH IAN PURVES CoH Ian Purves was tragically killed in a road traffic accident in the Gambia on Sunday 18th March, 1979. At the time he was serving as a pilot with 658 Sqn AAC, and had just begun an exercise in support of 1 Bn Coldstream Guards. Whilst serving with the Regiment, Ian had taken private flying lessons during a tour in the Far East at Kuala Lumpur Flying Gub in 1966. He was later seconded to the Army Air Corps as an Observer. Once
he attained the rank of CoH he applied for pilot training and successfully passed out as an Army helicopter pilot. He was a well respected Non Commissioned Officer, who will long be remembered by his many friends in both The Life Guards and the Army Air Corps. In adverse conditions he could always be relied upon to continue working in a calm and unflustered manner. Our deepest sympathy is offered to his family.
22556501 Lance Corporal COUSINS, B. Died 12 Apr 1979 aged 43 years. Served 6 Oct 1053 to 23 Jul 1976.
14950295 Trooper RENDELL, P.H. Died on 20 May 1979 aged 51 years. Served from 14 Get 1946 to 2 Apr. 1948.
2975 Corporal of Horse DABSON, W.J. MBE., Died 29 Mar 1979 aged 84 years. Served 1 LG from 9 Sep 1913 to 12 Dec 1917
294148 Trooper SMITH, W.R. Died 31 Aug 1979 aged 85 years. Served 31 Jan 1913 to 30 Jan 1925.
2???535 Trooper EATGN, W., Died 26 Apr 1979 aged 70 years. Served from 10 Dec 1926 to 10 Get 1937 and from 1 Sep 1939 to 3 Get 1945.
14468553 Trooper STEVENS, J. Died on 7 Jan 1979 aged 51 years. Served from 6 Jul 1945 to 26 Mar 1949.
Captain T.F.J. HANBURY, MC., Died 5 Apr 1979 aged 64 years. Served 27 Jul 1940 to 12 Jan 1946.
5496605 Trooper SLADE, P.T. Died on 3 May 1979 aged 69 years. Served from 3 Apr 1929 to 2 Apr 1937 and from 1 Sep 1939 to 12 Get 1945..
24236870 Lance Corporal of Horse LAWRENCE, A.S. Killed in traffic accident on 5 Sep 1979 aged 24 years. Served 7 Jun 1973 to 10 Jan 1979.
Lieutenant Lord Valentine THYNNE Died 8 Jul 1979 aged 41 years. Served 20 Get 1956 to 25 Jan 1958.
22556090 Trooper NUTTALL, K. Served 8 Sep 1952 to 14 Sep 1955. Died on 21 Jan 1979 aged 44 years.
4260 Trooper TWIDDY, D.W. Died 24 Dec 1978 aged 80 years. Served 1 LG from 28 Jul 1916 to 25 Feb 1919.
296681 Squadron Corporal Major KANE, R. Died 30 Sep 1979 aged 52 years. Served 29 Get 1945 to 28 Get 1967.
4324 Trooper URIE, L. Died 1 Mar 1979 aged 84 years. Served 2 LG 10 Nov 1916 to 20 Mar 1919.
3616 Trooper PARKS, E.F. Died on 4 March 1979 aged 89 years. Served 1 LG 13 Nov 1914 to 19 Dec 1917.
14253814 Trooper WILKINSON. K.H. Died 23 Mar 1979 aged 55 years Served from 6 Aug 1942 to 10 May 1947.
294223 Trooper RAMAGE, J. Died on 10 Feb 1979 aged 85 years. Served from 7 Sep 1914 to 29 Aug 1922.
3648 Trooper JAMES, O.C. Died 1979 aged 86 years. Served 1 LG 19 Nov 1914 to 19 Dec 1917.
299399 Squadron Corporal Major MICHIE, K.J. Died 21 Sep 79 aged 78 years. Served 9 Apr 1919 to 10 Sep 1945.
294341 Lance Corporal MACINTOSH, W.H. Died in 1974 aged 79 years. Served 15 Dec 191 5 to 14 Dec 1923.
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS Lt Col A.B.S.H. Gooch
Maj S. V. Gilbart-Denham
Capt P. R. L Hunter
Capt J.A. Black
Capt G.B. Charters-Rowe
SCpl Alien T
CoH Jones A P
A SQUADRON SHQ TROOP Maj N J D' Ambrumenil Capt the Hon N J Adderley SCM Whyte CoH Renton LCoH Boal LCoH Pickard LCoH Guiney LCpl Sansom LCpl Williams LCpl Bray K S LCpl Roberts LCpl Wragg LCplOldman Tpr Farrington Tpr Godson Tpr Ormerod Tpr Robinson Tpr Walmsley Tpr Ward
1 TROOP Lt A.J. Watson SCpl Milne LCoH Gratton LCoH Evans LCpl Walley Tpr Appleby Tpr Evans 964 Tpr Fawkes Tpr Leafe Tpr Mitchell Tpr Rowbottom Tpr Wallace Tpr Willis 808
2 TROOP SCpl Kelly I W CoH Marshall LCoH Vince LCoH Beck LCpl Kelland Tpr Brooks Tpr Brettell Tpr Clark 301 Tpr Farrell Tpr Preece Tpr Walker Tpr Willis 784
Lt D.C. Darley SCpl Mclvor CoH Parkinson LCoH Jenkins LCoH Reed LCoH Steed LCpl Whiteland LCpl Kane LCpl Bissett Tpr Batchelor Tpr Duncan Tpr Farrar Tpr Kent Tpr McLeod-McLean Tpr Marshall Tpr Sprague Tpr Steele
Lt The Hon C W Cayzer CoH Frape LCoH Whatley LCpl Cairncross LCpl Fenn C R Tpr Flynn Tpr Griffin Tpr Paterson
4 TROOP Lt H.D. Dyson CoH Cusick LCoH Jordan LCoH Cavin LCoH Derbyshire LCpl Stiff TprCox Tpr Evans 314 Tpr Moore 406 Tpr Richards Tpr Smithers Tpr Stillwell Tpr Timson
ECHELON SOMC Alien R K LCoH Hollman LCpl Stockwell LCplCoe LCpl Hadden Tpr Anscombe Tpr Bucktrout Tpr Godley Tpr Schubert Tpr Wilde
LCpl Bray D
LCpl Davies S R
Tpr Smith 061
WOs & NCOs MESS T pr Pritchard
LAD TROOP AOMS Saunders Sgt Reid LSgt Sandells LCpl Calver LCpl Graves LCpl Seymour LCpl Woodcock Cfn Brodie
B SQUADRON SHQ Maj R J Morrisey-Paine Capt J C P Gorman G M Capt L D Stratford MBE SCM Leighton W02 Slater (Des)
2 TROOP Lt T J Paske CoH Holbrook LCoH George LCpl Lindsay Tpr Burge Tpr Graham Tpr Knowles Tpr Strange Tpr Walpole
3 TROOP 2 Lt R W Pilkington CoH Brunning LCoH Martell LCpl Jackson Tpr Clarke 361 Tpr Herd Tpr Hodge Tpr Thomas 867 Tpr Williams 834
4 TROOP Lt N C B McPherson LCpl Drennan LCpl Craister LCpl Jeram Tpr Butler Tpr Phillips Tpr Schofield Tpr Wood Tpr Waudby
5 TROOP Lt D C Waterhouse CoH Burns LCpl James LCpl Nicholson LCpl Tierney Tpr Brown Tpr Collins Tpr Hunter Tpr Locke
6 TROOP 2 Lt The Hon M R M Watson CoH Stephenson LCoH Ormiston LCpl Preston LCpl Kidd Tpr Coole Tpr Gelder Tpr Valentine Tpr Thomas 921
G TROOP CoH Read LCoH Carson LCpl Leader LCpl Worley LCpl Sumnall Tpr Airey Tpr Ashton Tpr Keech Tor Means
Tpr Newton Tpr Pitt
A TROOP LCoH McKenzie LCoH Bell LCpl O'Connor LCpl Tanner Tpr Castle Tpr Dunn Tpr Radford Tpr Lambert Tpr Tonner
Q TROOP SOMC Williams LCoH Snowden LCoH O'Flaherty Tpr Harrison Tpr Horton Tpr Layzell Tpr Ambrose Tpr Ditcham
MT TROOP LCoH Lewis LCpl Keyworth Tpr Elliott Tpr Egan Tpr Greest Tpr Maksymiw Tpr Plumstead Tpr Pillman Tpr Rose Tpr Smith 532
LAD TROOP SSgt King Sgt Goldsmith Lsgt Rees- Davies Lsgt Williams LCpl Lafferty LCpl Watson Cfn Lovett Cfn Richards Cfn Gollop Cfn Beal
CSQUADRON SHQ TROOP Maj CS HarcourtÂ·Smith Capt C B Oldfield SCM Keeys BEM CoH Cruddace CoH Burns LCoH Clarke R LCoH Loftus LCoH Abet LCoH Gaunt LCpl Tinsley LCplTaft LCpl Darley Tpr Porter Tpr Brown 342
1 TROOP SCpl Mead CoH Mills LCoH Windebank LCoH Theakston LCoH McCance
1 TROOP (Contd) LCpl Pearson LCpl Cumming LCpl Bingham Tpr Lockett Tpr Leach Tpr Stand lake Tpr Bridges
2 Lt CH N Graham CoH McBride CoH Coffey LCoH Fenn AD LCoH Blunt LCpl Stanworth Tpr Wilson Tpr Rochtord Tpr Dobson 823 Tpr Mantield Tpr Thorpe Tpr Barry
3 TROOP SCpl Stay SCpl Richards LCoH Ritchie LCoH Wright LCpl Smith 567 LCpl Fletcher LCpl Arthur Tpr Greenhalgh Tpr Key Tpr Pugh Tpr Shone Tpr Clegg
4 TROOP 2 Lt P J D Marlow-Thomas CoH Richardson LCoH Dobson R L LCoH Hardacre LCpl Pringle LCpl Appleyard LCpl White K P Tpr Renshaw Tpr Price Tpr Robinson Tpr Smith 365 Tpr Walker ECHELON saMC Saunders CoH Belza LCoH Jones B LCoH Egan LCpl Parr LCpl Blowey LCpl Underhay LCoH Mullen LCoH Kelly T D Tpr Shaw 877 Tpr Dickinson Tpr Clarke 653 Tpr Murphy LAD Sgt Hewison LSgt Taylor LSgt Greentield LCpl Arnold Ctn Marr Ctn Bowell
Ctn Morrison Ctn Elliott Ctn Henshaw RP STAFF LCpl Vince I F Tpr Aish
HEADQUARTER SQUADRON SHG
MT Capt B P Payne
LCoH Moore W T G
LCpl Prior A J
LCpl White A C
Tpr Smith CS
Maj C S K Anderson SCM Knowles SaMC Land LCoH Ridsdel LCoH Gale LCpl Gynane Tpr Smith 058 Tpr Croager Tpr Stephenson
ORDERL Y ROOM
WOs & NCOs MESS
ORaMC Henderson CoH Walsh Co"H Radtord LCoH Smith D J LGoH Beck LCpl Ellis Tpr McSherry Tpr Phillips Tpr Tucker Tpr Dunn
W02 Reed LCoH Foster LCpl Gawthorne Tpr Roper
RaMC Hutchings CoH Hugman CoH Bartlett LCoH Wood LCoH York LCoH Dangertield LCpl Hastie LCpl Prior M J LCpl Gummer
W02 Sinclair LSgt Smith Sgt Green LSgt Wilde LSgt Brimicombe LSgt Coutts LSgt Cal vert LCpl Barker LCpl Powell LCpl Goodwin LCpl Blackman LCpl Garner Pte Harkins Pte Bevan Pte Vernon Pte Shirley Pte Elliott
OM (E) Capt D A York RaMC(E) Reynolds W02 Leighton SCpl Daysmith CoH Edge CoH Lee LCoH Gledhill LCoH Yarrow LCoH Byrne D J RHG/D LCoH Tomkins LCpl Hollingsworth Tpr Page 323 Tpr Bannon
PAY OFFICE Capt P R Smith SSgt Truelove LSgt Hines-Randle Sgt Meadows LSgt Tilt LSgt Tipping
Capt J E Saunders ASM Chaszczewski SSgt Blackman SSgt Iredale SSgt Naylor Sgt Hobson Sgt Lincoln Sgt Oxley Sgt Wilson Sgt Whelan
GYMNASIUM SI Williams
SCpl Cozens SCpl Griffiths LCoH Tuck LCpJ Bellringer LCpl Craister LCpJ English LCpl Hembling LCpl Killeen Tpr Bartlett Tpr Hancock" REME LCpl Walden RHG/D
LCoH Davies M W
Sgt McCare Sgt Clark LSgt Brennan LSgt Walker LSgt Sands LCpl Druce LCpl Me Lean LCpl Mcllroy LCpl Renton Cfn Lewis Ctn Beal Cfn Thomas
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY HOSPITAL Surg Maj K J Connolly SCpl Mitchell LCoH Clarke LCoH Leak LCpl Tanner LCpJ Nixon RHG/D LSgt Hynes RAMC Pte Jones RAMC LCpl Tracey ACC Pte Slinger ACC
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT SHG Major C J Simpson Gee Capt N B Holliday SCM McGloughlin LCpl Roberts
1 TROOP Lt I S Forbes-Cockell CoH Denton CoH Diamond LCoH McDermott LCoH Wilson LCoH Nicklin LCpl Alien A J Tpr Bishop Tpr Clipston Tpr Godden Tpr Haywood-Percival
.1 TROOP (Contd) Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr . Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr
Porter Rettalick Shipton Snow Stone Valentine Ward 799 Wright Bates
SQUADRON STORES SQMC Nicklin
LCpl Smith MGS
GROOMS LCpl Van Craeyenest Tpr Ward 532 Tpr Lewis
2 TROOP Lt T J Paske
Tpr Thomas 234
FARRIERS LCoH Smith T P
LCoH Jones M C
MELTON MOWBRAY (HUNTERS) LCoH Mills
3 TROOP Lt P J Knipe
CoH Gilbert LCoH Bevan LCpl Hodson TLCpl Orchard LCpl Marsden Tpr Bennett Tpr Boyns Tpr Corner Tpr Darvell Tpr Doe Tpr Frampton Tpr Frawley Tpr Hazelwood Tpr Howatson-Jones Tpr MacCallum Tpr Meredith Tpr Phillips Tpr Slade Tpr Sykes Tpr Taylor Tpr Terry Tpr Walker Musn Winckles Tpr Waude 882
ORDERLIES LCpl Thomas Tpr Roe Tpr Sims Tpr Wright Tpr Jacobi
SADDLERS LCpl Caste low Tpr O'Donnell
TAILORS W02 Taylor LCpl Shipway Tpr Evans
MT LCoH Thornton Tpr Drew Tpr Banks Tpr Bryant Tpr Snape
QMs DEPT Lt Col (QM) J W Greaves. MBE SCpl Rhodes LCoH Wilkinson LCpl Gibson LCpl Tinkler Tpr Thornton
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS RCM Miles
TRAINING WING - WINDSOR
Major (RM) A Jackson. MBE W02 McKie SCpl Gries CoH James CoH Sanderson LCoH Westaway LCpl Saddler
LCpl Schubert . Ride NCO LCoH Robertson . Instructor LCpl Walton . Groom Tpr Grey· Stable Guard Tpr Haverly - Stable Guard Tpr Howe - Coach Troop Tpr Mountford . Coach Troop Tpr Mullen . Remount GroolTl
COURSES Lt Doughty' Long Equitation LCpl Butler· Long Equitation LCpl Burns· Long Equitation CoH Prentice . Resettlement
HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON SCM Woodland LCpl Davies
ORDERLEY ROOM LCoH Kalaste LCoH Diggle LCpl Coles
PROVOST STAFF LCpl Cowling Tpr Hayes Tpr Dodson Tpr Harrison
WOs & NCOs MESS Tpr Stevens - RCMs Orderly Tpr Archer
CoH Grant CoH Potts CoH Powell LCoH Carrington LCoH Carter LCoH Evans LCoH Fry LCoH Margan LCoH Puddephat LCoH Reed LCoH Rigby LCoH Rothwell LCoH Tucker LCoH Wise LCoH Wolczynski LCpl Alien LCpl Berrisford LCpl Hollingsworth LCpl McAlpine LCpl Smith LCpl Walley LCpl Wright LCpl Farrell Tpr Bing Tpr Brown Tpr Chambers Tpr Edwards Tpr Harper Tpr Hunt Tpr Rea
RECRUITS IN RIDING SCHOOL CoH Whately Tpr Wilson Tpr Hutcheon Tpr Palmer Tpr Camp Tpr Holland Tpr Hughes Tpr Convery Tpr Ash Tpr Hall Tpr Hoon Tpr Kearns Tpr Saint Tpr Jervis Tpr Baxter Tpr Lewis Tpr McKenny Tpr Coller Tpr Renson LCpl Alien 386 Musn Dutton Musn Lancaster Musn Tunkin Musn Newham
THE GUARDS DEPOT
Surg Lt Col J M Stewart CoH Borthwick Tpr Livings
Lt L A Lamb SCM Shaw SCpl Alderson
BAND OF THE LIFE GUARDS Major A J Richards BCM Fletcher ABCM Harman SQMC Marsden SCpl Davies CoH Jolley T/M Close CoH Robinson CoH Whitworth CoH Barnes LCoH Mean LCoH Lund LCoH Morris LCoH Bourne LCoH Watts LCoH Poland LCoH Hopkins LCpl Alien LCpl Manfield LCpl Hart LCplOwen LCpl Graves Musn Bole Musn Collier Musn Cox Musn Dutton Musn Faulkner Musn Grieve Musn Jarvis Musn Kidd Musn Ladkin Musn Lancaster Musn Morton Musn Newnham Musn Pankhurst Musn Redford Musn Tunkin Musn Wade Musn Wiltshire Musn Woodhouse Musn Young
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY LCoH Sturgess LCplO'Daly Tpr Hargreaves 529
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY RECORDS W02 Cherrington CoH Starlihg LCoH Hale Tpr Willis 767
EXTRA REGIMENTALLY EMPLOYED ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST W02 Gibson BEM SCpl Knowles SCpl Lawrence CoH Byrne CoH Flaherty LCpl Vickers
GUNNERY WING HOHNE SCpl Willis
5 cn CoH Collins
7 cn CoH Flory
HU LONDON DISTRICT CoH Preece Tpr Aitken
2 AOS SCpl Maxwell
MVEE - CHERSEY PALACE ORDERLIES
CoH Smith CoH Dean CoH Charlett
W02 Lawson SCpl Griffiths SCplOliver SCpl Townsend
ARMOUR SCHOOL ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT W02 Mitcheson
CoH Lodge CoH Mayo
RAC RANGES CASTLEMARTIN
ARMY APPRENTICES COLLEGE ARBORFIELD
CSUN THE ROYAL YEOMANRY - CROYDON
W01 J R Henderson
RECRUITERS Leeds路 CoH Boots Liverpool路 CoH Frazer Nottingham路 CoH Bishop Preston路 CoH Turner Stoke - CoH Lea Surbiton - CoH Kissock
Maj C N Haworth- Booth
O&M SCHOOL SCpl Lloyd
W02 Murnan CoH Jones CoH Lowry Tpr Ingram Tpr Trevethan
OFFICERS WHO HAVE LEFT THE ACTIVE SERVICE LIST 1979
JUNIOR LEADERS REGIMENT RAC
RAC TRAINING REGIMENT
OFFICERS SERVING AWAY FROM THE REGIMENT Maj Gen H 0 A Langley MBE - Maj Gen Comd H Div Col S C Cooper - Lt Col Comd H Cav Lt Col A J Hartigan - AQMG HQ London District Maj J B Emson - National Defence College Maj C J D'Oly - GS02 SO HQ RAC Centre Maj T J Earl - GS02 HQ 8 Fd Force Maj V A L Goodhew -Staff College Camberley Maj J W M Ellery - BM/S02 lOps) HQ N Oman Bde Capt J R Bayley - SC (Q) HQ 6 Fd Force Capt A P De Ritter - Staff Capt HQ H Div Capt P G Huntley Language Course RAEC Centre Lt J R Astor - HQ AAC Centre Capt 0 C Waterhouse ADC to Maj Gen Comd H Div 2 Lt J L Sunnucks - Oxford University 2 Lt J C Hopkins - Oxford University Maj (QM) 0 Charles -RPO Brighton Maj W Jones -MOD (OAR) Capt C J Rodger - RAC Gunnery School Capt 0 Bentley - HQ 3 Inf Bde Lt A T Varley - RAVC Trg Centre
RAC SALES TEAM MOD (AG17) 22 SAS 2 Members
JOINT SERVICES PARACHUTE CENTRE CoH Johnstone
CAMP OFFICE LONDON DISTRICT CoH Etches
GUARDS FREEFALL PARACHUTE TEAM
GUNNERY SCHOOL LULWORTH
MAJ GEN COMD H DIV HOUSE STAFF