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Colonel of The Blues and Royals and Gold Stick: General Sir Desmond l"it:/utlrlt'/\. GCB. 050. 311815. MC

Commanding Ot't‘icer Household Cavalry Regiment: Lieutenant Colonel P S 11‘ I” Fol/(nor, T/u' Ll/i’ Guards

Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel P B Rogers. The Blues and Royal)

Commanding ()l‘l'iccr The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment: th'lllC/lll/ll Colonel H I) l) Muxscy‘, The Blues and Royals

Langemarck (1914).Ghe1uvelt. Nonne Boschen. St Julien. Frezenberg. Ypres (I915). Somme (1916). Albert (1916). Scarpc (1917) (1918). Broodseinde. Poelcappelle. Passchendaele, Bapaumc (1918). Arras (1917). Ypres (1917). Arras (1918). Hindenburg Line. Epehy. St Quentin Canal. Bearcvoir. Cambrai (1918). Selle. Somme (1918). France and Flanders (1914— 18).

Mont Pincon. Souleuvre. Noireau Crossing. Amiens (1944). Brussels. Neerpclt. Nederrijn. Nijmegen. Lingen. Bentheim. NortlrWest Europe ( 1944 7 1945). Baghdad (1941). Iraq (1941). Palmyra. Syria (1941). El Alamein. North Africa (1942 7 1943). Are/1o. Advance to Florence. Gothic Line. Italy ( 1944).


The Household Cavalry Regiment Foreword by the Commanding Officer ......... Diary of Events ....................... A SQUADRON The Life Guard. B SQUADRON The Life Guards

C SQUADRON The Blues and Royals... D SQUADRON The Blues and Roya Headquarters Squadron ........................... Light Aid Detachment ............................. Quartermaster‘s Department

Pages 3 — 24 Technical Quartermaster's Department... WOs' and NCOs‘ Mess ........................... Colour section The Band of the Blues and Royals

The Life Guards BATTLE HONOURS Dettingen. Peninsula. Waterloo. Tel el Kebir. Egypt (1882). Relief of Kimberley. Paardeberg. South Africa ( 1899 7 190(1). Mons. Le Cateau. Retreat from Mons. Marne (1914). Aisne (1914). Messines (1914). Armentieres (1914). Ypres (1914).

Tangier (1662 7 168(1). Detiingen. Warburg. Beaumont. Willems. Fuentes d'Onor. Peninsula. Waterloo. Balaklava. Sevastopol. Egypt. Tel el Kebir. Relief of Kimberley. Paardeberg. Relief ol’ Ladysmith. South Africa ( 1899 7 1902). Mons. Le Cateau. Retreat l'rom Mons. Marne (1914). Aisne (1914). Messines

Foreword by the Commanding Ol'l‘icer Diary 01‘ Events The Life Guards Squadron ..................... The Blues and Royals Squadron .............

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Headquarters Squadron WOs~ and NCOs‘ Me The Musical Ride . HCMR Shocing Team . .. . . The Band ol‘ the Life Guards ................... .

Spruce Meadows Visit Standards Parade Colour Section The Household Cavalry Training Wing. 39


The Blues and Royals BATTLE HONOURS

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Pages 25 —39

Household Cavalry News

(1914). Armentieres (1914). Ypres (I914). Langemarck (1914).Gheluve1t. Nonne Boschen. St Julien. Ypres (1915). Frezenberg. Loos. Arras (1917). Scarpc (1917). Ypres (1917). Somme (1918). St Quentin. Avre. Bromlseinde. Poeleappelle. Passehendaele. Amiens. Hindenburg Line. Bearevoir. Cambrai (I918). Sambre. Pursuit to Mons. France and Flanders (1914 7 1918).

Amiens (1944). Brussels. Neerpelt. Nederrijn. Veghel. Nijmegen. Rhine. North-West Europe (1944 — 1945). Baghdad (1941). Iraq (1941). Palmyra. Syria (1941 ). Msus. Ga/ala. Knightsbridge. Del‘cnce ol' Alamein Line. E1 Alamein. E1 Agheila. Advance on Tripoli. North Africa (19417 1943). Sicily (1943). Arezzo. Advance to Florence. Gothic Line. Italy (1943 74).

Mont Pincon. Souleuvre. .\loircau Crossing.

Falkland Islands ( 1982).

Household Cavalry Recruiting Team ..... 41 Household Cavalry Training Squadron Guards Depot . “Harambe” in Fermanagi . Peace in Cambodia ........... Life as an ()ps Officer in Croatia The Household Cavalry in Beliye ........... The Household Cavalry Expedition to Venezuela. Exercise Union Royalc ......... .

The Household Cavalry Regiment at Batus 1993 The Life Guards Platoon in Northern Ireland ..................................................... . Colour Section Exercise Grand Canyon 7 September 199? 55 Exercise Almost Blue 7 16-21 November 1992 ............................ 57

Pages 40 - 70 The Moonlight Charge at Kassassin ....... 59 The Royal Canadian Dragoons 1992 — 1993 in Review The Ol‘t‘iccrs' Union Day . Flying in Belize ............................ Cruising in the Caribbean ............. A Gordon Remembered Sports News ..................... Color/1‘ Section

News from the Associations

Pages 71 — 92

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The Lil'e Guards Association Annual Report ......................................... 71 Information for Both Associations .......... 73 Accounts

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hen the Union of the two regiments was originally announced it was thought that the Acorn and The Blue and Royal would continue as separate magazines. However. it soon became apparent that so much news Wits common to both Regiments that it would be more sensible to combine the two. As a result the Household Cavalry Journal has been born and this is the first edition. Nearly six thousand copies will be printed to be distributed as follows: Serving Household Cavalrymen: Life Guards Association: Blues and Royals Association:

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It is now over a year since The Life Guards moved back from Germany and the Union took place at Windsor. 0n giving up command of The Blues and Royals. l was posted abroad for nine months. I returned to find firstly that the Union had happened and settled with the minimum of ftiss. and secondly that life at Windsor for the soldiers of both cap badges was virtually unchanged from when 1 had left. In other words the impact of the Union to the men on the ground had been minimal The Regiments at both Windsor and Knightsbridge fottnd themselves with a busy Summer programme and as far as the Household Cavalry was concerned it was very much business as usual. This painless transition to a new and untried configuration says a lot both for the planning that happened last year after the Union was announced. and for the positive attitude and spirit of determination displayed by all of those involved. Perhaps this was best demonstrated by the superb parade ptit on by both regiments and both cap badng at the Presentation of Standards some six months after Union. Readers should know that in order to reduce the sire of the Household Cavalry in line with the overall reduction in the sire of the Army. three phases of redundancy are taking place The third will happen in this year but in the first two phases we have lost 39 officers and 10‘) other ranks. leaving deficiencies in some areas which will take time to fill. It would therefore be premattire to say that having tichieved the Union. all otir problems are over. The Army remains in a state of turbulence as it changes size and shape. The implications of the new recruit training package of only 10 weeks. a new employment structure for the Royal .~\rmourcd Corps and a small surplus of manpower as a result of thc two Regiments coming together. all mean that it will be months if not years before the dtist is settled.

To overcome these difficulties and to take account of the tighter constraints now prevailing. my predecessor. Colonel Smith— Bingham. created a Career Development Cell to assist in the planning and management of all soldiers of both Regiments. This is now established as part of l'lc‘lqutltll‘lct‘s Household Cavalry. The fundamental problem for the Household Cavalry will always be the manning of Kniglitsbridge from a reduced manpower base. In anticipation of this. Colonel Smith—Bingham also upgraded the Training Wing at Windsor to cater for the proportional1y greater numbers attending riding school. in the last year 171 men have learnt to ride. and the two-way flow of troopers ind NCOs between Windsor and Knightsbridge. so much more necessary now. has greatly increased. I congratulate both Regiments. and the indi\ idtials involved. on the positive way they have pursued this goal which is essential to otir futtirc prosperity. Those who wish to remind themsely es of the past have hopefully by now bought a copy of the recently published Regimental histories. ln Challengers and Chargers. Major W T V Loyd charts the history of The Lifc (iuards from lU—lSNZ. This mi.\tL1re of history. anecdote and photographs is an easy and informative rcad which 1 strongly

recommend. In his Story of The Blues and Royals. Major] N P Watson traces the history of both The Royal Horse Guards and The Royal Dragoons from 1661 until amalgamation in 1969. showing particularly the many common threads across the centuries. He then covers the complete history of The Blues and Royals tip to Union in 1992. This is another well researched book with many interesting photographs, kindly written for the Regiment free of charge. The pages of this Journal cover the main events since Union. I would like to specially mention the notable sporting achievements of the Household Cavalry over the last year. which include the London District and Prince of Wales Cups for Rugby Football. the lnter»chimenta1 and Captains and Stibaltcriis Cups for Polo. and the Grand Military Gold Cup won by Captain Ogden. LC: at Sundown Park. These successes were achieved against a busy programme of military commitments. l have also seen for myself aitd heard from many others of the professional and good hiinioured manner in which those at Windsor and Knightsbridge are going about their business. From both these factors. I feel confidently able to assure c.\-members of both Regiments that the Union has had no effect whatsoever on the standards and esprit dc corps of both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals.



FOREWORD By Lieutenant Colonel P S W F Falkner, The Life Guards, Commanding Officer



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0 n I9th Octobcr I992. Thc Life Guards and The Blues and Royals came together at Windsor to form the Union with two squadrons of Life Guards (A and B). two squadrons of Blucs and Royals (C and D) and a mixcd RHQ and Headquarters Squadron. This event markcd lhc culmination of thc process brought about by Options for Change although. as a concept during war. the Liniting of the two Household Cavalry Regiments is not entirely new, Thc Life Guards and The Blues fought together in mixcd regiments in Egypt in 1882. in South Africa in l899 and in both World Wars. Furthermore. The Lifc Guards and The Blucs and Royals havc scrvcd alongside one another at Knightsbridgc for many years and happily The configuration of the Household Cavalry Mounted chimcnt has remaincd unaltcrcd by these rcccnt changes. Thc Union places us in a unique position when compared to the remaining Regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps because we retain our separate idcntitics. our uniforms. our traditions and standards. The Blues and Royals. for cxamplc. still salutc without headdress. At our Presentation of Standards on 27 May 1993. Her Majesty The Queen‘s spccch ctnphasiscd the retention of our scparatc idcntitics. and our special relationship with the Monarch Thcsc arc fcaturcs that will definitely not changc with the Union. Our operational role is an exciting onc. As the Medium Rcconnaissancc rcgimcnt for 3rd Unitcd Kingdom Division. we can cxpcct to bc at thc forefront of any national contingency opcration but could also cxpcct to be taskcd. along with Thc Light Dragoons (I3th/181h Hussars and ISth/l9th Hussars) and Tltc Ouccn‘s Own Ycomanry. in support of NATO‘s Acc Rapid Rcaction Corps. Although no longcr dircctly undcr

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Regimental training was completed on Salisbury Plain in March and the Guided Weapons vehicles of all squadrons fired for the first time at Ottcrburn in April. We visilcd Castlcmartin for a successful period of Regimental firing in Junc and followed this with a chimcntal exercise all over South East England. This formcd an cxccllcnl precursor to the various Ficld Training Exercises in the later Summer: B Squadron supporting 5 Airbornc Brigade. C Squadron with 19 Mccltaniscd Brigadc. both on Salisbury Plain. and A. D and HQ Squadrons exercising in Southcrn Germany. All those were successful and tested the chintcnt's abilities to the full. We also had a number of dclachmcnts from the chimcnt. A troop of 30 Blues and Royals under Lt J P Barclay went to 1st Battalion Irish Guards for a successful six month tour in Co Fcrmanagh. whilst a troop of Life Guards under Lt S J Rhodcs»Stampa was attached to 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in Edinburgh bcforc dcploying to Ist Battalion Wclsh Guards in Ballykclly. \x ho Ioancd them in turn to lst Battalion Irish Guards. Thus the two troops finally. and

unexpectedly met up to form their own Union! In addition. a mixed troop spent a six months tour in Belize as part of 45 Commando Royal Marines Group. On the sporting front. we have had two notable succcsscs. Our skiing team won the UKLF Championships under the captaincy of Lt A C Orr-Ewing. while the Rugby team distinguished itself by winning the RAC Cup. the London District Cup and the Household Division Championship (Prince of Wales Cup). A particular sadness during the past year has been the redundancies in which we lost some excellent members of both Regiments. They will be sadly missed and all of us still serving wish them the best of good fortune in civilian life. 1994 promises to bc a year of variety with overseas training exercises at Squadron Icvcl planned in Cyprus. Italy and Canada apart from the normal homc»based training. The Union is now over a year old and is working very well. Our recruiting is strong and the calibre of our people is as high as over. The Regiment is in good shape for anything that the future holds.

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have strong links with Airbornc Forces and currcntly have more than 30 lraincd parachutists. In addition. we continuc to train. wltcncvcr possible. with 3 Commando Brigade. to maintain our amphibious skills. Thc past ycar has hccn a busy onc from start to finish. First was the rcquircmcnt for The Lifc Guards to com'crt from Challcngcr to CVRIT). This training culminated in a period of conversion firing at Castlcmartin.


DIARY OF EVENTS his Diary will cover the period from jttst prior to the Union up until October

1993. September. The Life Guards. following post BATUS leave. prepared for the handover of Athlone Barracks in Sennelager to the Queen‘s Dragoon Gttards. This was complete by the 251h after which the Regiment departed on pre»Embarkation leave in preparation for the Union in Windsor. The Blues and Royals. meanwhile. returned from their summer leave in mid September to prepare for the Union. The Commanding Officer. Lt Col P B Rogers. was sent on promotion to the Western Sahara as Commander BRITCON MINURSO. It could not help but be noticed that bottles of sun tan oil had been packed on to the Landrover that drove him out of the camp in front of the Regiment. Maj F G S Lukas. the Second in Command. immediately assumed command of the Regiment. The Colonel of the Blues and Royals attd Lady Fitzpatrick visited the final Blues and Royals families day on the 27th. It was a wonderful day which culminated in a drive past on the square of old military vehicles used by the Household Cavalry during and since the war. October. The Life Guards advance party arrived on the 14th and Combermere Barracks was officially opened as the base

for thc Household Cavalry Regiment. On the Wth. Lt Col P S W F Falkner LG marked the occasion of the Union by taking all the officers to the home of Major N Hadden Paton. formerly RHG/D. for an assortment of country sports and "Hell's Angel" activities on cross country motorbikes. this all being rounded off with a dinner in the Officers‘ Mess. November. The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. now formally “unionised”. undertook their first major joint venturc in the form of thc Remembrance Day Parade. All Ranks marched to the Garrison Church led by the Commanding Officer. The Old Comrades of both Associations joined the Regiment on the march back to Camp and then lunched in the respective mes. The Life Guards Squadrons swiftly swapped their drill boots for boots combat high and pressed denitns to convert from Challenger tanks to the rather more nimble CVR(T)s. Meanwhile C and D

Sqns of the Blues and Royals deployed on dismounted exercises in mid November. C Son to Dartmoor and D $qu on an UNFICYP trainittg exercise on Thetford: Ex Almost Bltte. Unfortunately. for D 5th their hopes of a winter of Sun. Sea and Surf were soon to be shattered by the cancellation of their Cyprus tottr. Windsor was devastated by news of the fire at Windsor Castle. A. B. C and HQ Sqns were quickly put into action and put tnost of

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Britain's rcmoval companies to shame by taking the major part in the cvacttation of the contents of the Castle. Itctns saved included the massive carpet of the irand Hall which took 60 men to lift. The Colonels of thc Regiments visited us for the first time on the ZSIh and the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding followed on the Zoth with a reassuring speech to the Regiment on the future ofthe Household Cavalry. December. RHQ Tp kicked off the month with a procedural exercise on a very cold and wet Salisbttry Plain. Meanwhile. the Rugby team were preparing for their first big test of the season. the Prince of Wales Cup final against the Welsh Gttards. They soundly beat the Welsh Guards. We then threw ourselves into the Christmas celebrations and all were very grateful to depart for Christmas and New Year leave even if most members were a few stones heavier. January. Everyone swiftly recovered from the excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. A and B Stlns broke open their combat jackets for a 10 day CVRtT) familiarisation exercise on a very welcoming Salisbury Plain. The Regimental ski learn had enjoyed a very profitable six weeks in Vcrbier and were preparing for the RAC. 3 (UK) Div. UKLF and Army

Championships. They returned triumphantly at the end of January with pots galore. The team captained by Lt A C Orr-Ewing RHG/D came second in the RAC Ski meeting and won both the 3 (UK) Div and UKLF championships. LCpl Beech LG became the Army Giant Slalom Champion. February. The cntirc Regimental command strtictttrc was tasked to a superb Brigade and Battle Group Trainer (BBGT) at BBGT South in Bovington. A and B Sqns and elements of HQ Sqn moved to Castlcmartin for a successful conversion firing. They were also accompanied by the combined Life Guards and Blues and Royals Belize Troop for their preeBelixc GSTEs. The month of gttnnery ended with the first outing for the Regimental Gttidcd Weapons troops which deployed to firing Camp in Otterburn. March. The Regiment. ever hopeful that Mother Spring might look kindly on hcr. departed for the first Regimental training on Salisbury Plain. This training culminated with troop tests which as normal were competed for with l'iercc determination. Lt D Ii Httghcs RHG/D and his Troop ran ottl the winners for D Son. The Rugby team again trotted out on to lIounslow‘s‘ Rugby pitch and collected more Silver in the form of the London District Cup. Meanwhile. some of tltc racing enthusiast officers made the trip to Sandown Park Racecourse and were rewarded by watching a beaming

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Capt A C Ogden LG win the Grand Military Gold Cttp with Maj The Hon M R M Watson LG coming a very close third. April. Easter Eggs tucked under their arms thc Regiment departed for Easter leave in early April. The rugby team. however. abstained frotn too mttch chocolate and catne away with the UK Cavalry Cttp by beating the newly formed King's Royal Hussars in the Final. One Troop of The Life Guards joined the Royal Marines on alt amphibious Exercise Dragon Hammer for a month, Lt J F C Coopcr LG and It) men decided it was such fun that they staycd for an extra weck sailing on HMS Fearless to Cyprtts where they trained on Akamas Ranges. The Belize troop departed for their six month tour undcr command of L1 .1 E A lugs-Chambers RHG/D and 3Lt .I II Fuller LG. May. The merry month was ittdccd merry as the Regiment won the Cavalry Cup beating the Light Dragoons 37-11 and preparations got under way for ottr Presentation of Standards by HM The Queen. This was a wonderful parade and all

on Horse Guards surpassed themselves with a truly splendid performance, The two armoured squadrons were provided by /\ and C Sqns with B. D and HQ Sqns doing all the work behind the scenes. The Standards Parade notwithstanding the Regiment still maintained its normal dtttics with A Sun on BBGT north and RI IQ on a 3

(UK) Div BBGT. June. Capt G C N Lane Fox RHG/D handed over the Adjtitant‘s chair to Capt A .l

P Woodward RHG/D.

C and D Sqns

immediately left for Castlcmartin for their Annual Firing. meanwhile the rest of the Regiment hosted the Mounted Regiment for the Garter Service. B Sqn had their tttrn at BBGT North and Comberincre Barracks fast became like Picudilly Circus with moves of personnel all over the country. The filial soldiers back to Windsor were the Blues and Royals Northern Ireland platoon under command of Lt I P Barclay RHG/D returning after a very successful tottr with the Irish Guards. July. The Regiment now assembled we then departed on Ex Union Call. a regimental FTX involving all the Sqns and taking in most of the South of England. We were blessed by glorious weather. the exercise went very well with most vehicles covering over 400 miles. and it will be of no surprise to readers to know that all the vehicles made the journey back into Catnp once Endex had been called. The officers welcomed the officers of thc lst Battalion Scots Guards who had become otir new neighbours in Victoria Barracks with a traditional Household Cavalry lunclt. The Squadrons. meanwhile. were preparing their adventure traitting packages with A Sqn going hill walking in Dcrbyshire. B Sqn enjoying the facilities of Fremington. C Sun cnjoyi g the hospitality of the Wclsh and D Sqn crossing tltc border to Fort George in Scotland. Willi the Rugby team rttggcd tip for the summer. the polo team took over the regimental pot hunting and was rewarded

with victory in the Inter Regimental played in front of HM The Queen. August. With the Summer fast disappearing as the rain beat down on Combermere Barracks. the Regiment went on split block leave. B Sqn deployed on Ex Roaring Lion. a 5 Airborne Brigade Exercise on Salisbury Plain. This was to be Maj D C Waterhouse‘s last exercise with B 8th before departing to RMAS. This time it was the turn of The Life Guards Northern Ireland platoon to return after a successful tour under command of Lt S J Rhodesv Stampa LG. The Polo team again crept ottt of cainp and this time managed to return with the Captains and Subalterns Trophy. September. With A. C and D Sans back off lcavc they then tttrncd their attentions to autumn exercises albeit different ones. A. D and HQ Sqns deployed on Ex Grand Canyon. an ACE Rapid Reaction Corps rcccc exercise in the Black Forest in Southern Bavaria, C Sqn departed for its favourite training area. Salisbury Plain. for an exercise with 19 Mcch Bde. Both exercises went extremely well and those on Grand Canyon were grateful to be able to stock up on duty free and mosquito bites! October. At the time of writing the Regiment is complete back in Windsor and is preparing for GW Firing in November and thc rctttrn of the Belize Troops. I atn sure readcrs will agree that. having ploughed throttgh these notes. not mttch has changed at Combcrmere and we are as busy as ever.


A SQUADRON The Life Guards A 1 least two people were pleased to get to Windsor and form the Union regiment » Maj Scott and SCM Lindsay. A Squadron in Germany had shrunk to fourteen men. so the Squadron Leader was pleased to have a fill] completnent. and SCM Lindsay escaped from HQ Squadron. Matty of the Senior NCOs were old A Squadron hands. while tlte final tttake up seems equally found from A.C and HQ Sqns. All this talent was now directed to the A Squadron ethic — everything done thoroughly well. (Omnia bene maxime faxunt. Forget FAB. its got to be OBMF). A most dramatic but tragic incident was the fire at Windsor Castle. Our first thoughts were that it must be a terrorist bomb. but very soon that afternoon and evening we had half the Regiment up the hill. Our efforts to tnake off with a carpet were spotted by the national press. A suggestion to the Duke of York that what he really needed to do was call Anneka Rice and say “your challenge this week is to ........ " met with a very good response given the circumstances. The early months were spent in trade training. Mrs Lindsay was preparing herself for the London Marathon. and the Squadron were training up with the SCM as he prepared to train her. Lots of running. We were narrowly beaten by the oversized HQ Squadron in the Cross Country event. Since January ‘93 A Squadron has been on exercise for 10 weeks. By the time Christmas comes that will have come up to nearly three months in total. We began with Exercise Redstart to get our hands back in at medium recce. One week of fairly dry January weather on Salisbury Plain later. we had covered all the basic drills. and were ready for the Regimental exercise in the



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beginning of March. Particularly entertaining was a day spent at Copehill Down. the FiglttingainiBuiltiUp—Areas village on Salisbury Plain. Within the village is a confidence and assault course to test people in the movement required within a town. Troops raced each other over roofs. throttgh walls. down tunnels. through sewers in light and darkness. all resulting in a few bumps and bruises. and a good sltow of spirit. Our own Squadron troop tests resulted in 3 Troop winning. and GW Troop second. The next challenge was conversion firing at Castlemartin. Mixed weather hampered our progress. but by the end of the week all crews had surpassed the annual standard necessary. The beginning of February saw the sporting field as the scene of attraction. as

we provided three or four of the Regimental football team. While our gallant goalkeeper got no support frotn his back four. the supporters entertained themselves. Bus loads of Scots DG arrived and celebrated each goal they scored with drink and pipes. Each tilnc the pipes sounded LCpl Swinburne led the HCR spectators in impromptu Highland dancing. mttch to the infttriation of the Scots DG. Maybe our football team can win next year. and they cart dance to our tune. (NB: While the football did not go well. the ruggcr did. HCR became the H Cav & RAC Champions). Regimental training was a needle match. All the squadrons were out to impress looking for the selectors eye to send them to Bosnia. As yet this has not been necessary. but we‘ll be out again next year to try again. The only truly unusual thing about the exercise was that in ten days it never rained. Of all the days he has been on exercise this year it has only rained on the Commanding Officer once. He either has a pact with the RCM or the devil. Well done to l Troop for finishing second in Regimental Troop tests. With this foundation to work front the name of the game changed completely as we prepared for Standards Parade. Those not on essential courses were involved in producing the vehicles spick and span for the parade. and driving round and round Elizabeth Barracks Pirhright. and on the square at Coinbcrmcrc until the drivers could wliccl together in their sleep. We also had to practise riflc drill. all ranks carrying their personal weapon. ethe SASU rifle - and standing at attention. at the shoulder. for 29 minutes:

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longer we believe than the Foot

Guards need to on the Birthday Parade. The parade went very well. Tpr Thwaitcs is

particularly to be congratulated for driving in the right direction and stopping in the right place. With a warm glow. the Squadron went off on a well deserved long weekend. And catnc back ready to go to Castlemartin again within the week. Otir return to Castlemartin was met with glorious weather and a really good week‘s shooting which produced excellent results. LCpl Gardner was judged “best gunner" and Tpr Davidson was “most improved gunner". The LAD salvaged an elevation handwheel from a hulk which was tnade into a prize to be awarded annually to the best gunner. It should soon record sortie demon gunners. A new trade and skill to the Squadron was guided weapons. A troop of four Strikers in the squadron has demanded titnc and attention. Once in GW Troop soldiers must stay for two years because so few courses





and missiles are available. (Each missile costs the same as a Metro. Imagine forty of them going down the range each day). The dubiotts quality of the vehicles we were issttcd has been remedied. and at the time of writing the troop are just going up to Otterburn for the second time. At the end of July we went on the Regimental Exercise Union Call. This involved much mileage and honing of driving. maintenance. map reading and communication skills. Troops were fifty miles away from Squadron Headquarters. who were one hundred miles frotn RHQ. Bliss. It was such fun that a man complained to 21 Norfolk newspaper of seven British Scorpion tanks roaring along the waters edge on Mundscley beach. Couldn‘t have been ours though. as we have Scimitat‘s. (It is believed that Colonel



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Barnard was personally at the scene. so it is rumoured that 2 Troop were the culprits). Very marked throughout the year has been the ntttnbcr of visitors. Hardly a week goes by without a star or two coming through the gates. or meeting its out in the field. The “Union” has created a great deal of interest, and ntuch less trouble or grief than some had hoped or expected. July was a month for adventure training. leave and preparation for the September exercise. Otir great adventurers went to walk in the Derhyshire dalcs. or in Scotland. and sail off the South Coast. The grim tales of walking in the Peak District would impress many a young barmaid. Slightly more arduous pursuits are planned for next year‘s adventures. In September the squadron went to Germany on Exercise Grand Canyon. This was conducted around the Black Forest. and again involved lengthy drives. and long distance communicating. The countryside was lovely. and not to be spoiled by us. Some thousand pounds was spent hiring Portaloos. so no small holes need be dug in precious Bavaria. However. we only ever spotted one portaloo. but German

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Gasthauses never seemed to mind. although we never ever entered the bars. As the final straw this year. almost a year to the day after Union. the squadron went on tltc Porton Battle Run to practise our chemical warfare defence. While not gassed all the time. we were well and truly put through our chemical protection paces. All learned something. if only how to shttt CoH Carey ottt of all vehicles at the first sign of trouble. At the end it becatne clear he had had no wish to be shut in in the first place. All in all it‘s been a very busy first year. The turnover of men to Knightsbridge. or back from Northern Ireland has been tremendous. Standards have quickly been set at high levels. whether in gunnery by CoH Tate. or in NBC by CoH Harlow. The Squadron begins the second year after Union with a 50‘}? changed nominal roll. We‘ll have to continue to learn fast. OBMF.


B SQUADRON The Life Guards n the Union the original B Squadron from Gemiany fonned the bulk of the new B Squadron in Windsor. The period up to Christmas was used to put the finishing touches to conversion training and also in taking over the Scimitars and the rest of our CVR(T). In January the Squadron deployed to Salisbury Plain for Troop and Squadron level training. By the end of it the cobwebs on inediutn recce had been well and truly blown away. The training period ended with a road move from the Plain back to Windsor. Almost straight away an intense period of gunnery training was carried out in preparation for a conversion firing period at Castlemanin. This went off without a hitch. with the Squadron achieving high standards. Between the training period on Salisbury Plain and Castlemartin. a Battle Group Trainer was completed in Bovington. The highlight of this was ZLt Fuller drilling the CCF from Milton Abbey School. Unfortunately. he was not up to scratch and CoH Kelland had to take over. He enjoyed it so much that he literally had to be dragged away. During February and March the Squadron took pan in Troop and Regimental Training. again on the Plain. which culminated in Troop Tests. The Squadron Leader. as was his wont. managed to attract the attention of the media. although this time only the Salisbury Journal. Amied with an oatmeal block. and with the help of that well known bird spotter CoH Pringle. a bright red parrot (an Indonesian Buru Lory) was rescued. and

carefully nurtured back to life. Troop tests consisted of a series of challenging stands over a period of three days. which taught some valuable lessons. the most notable of which were that Troop Leaders were completely incapable of making a brew and all sheep pennings were thereafter to be known as mincfields. B Squadron Leader‘s "troop raid" stand was. of course. the pick of the bunch. Wearing combat high gumboots and armed with his 007 waterpistol he was ideally equipped to demonstrate his mastery

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of medium reconnaissance tactics. All in all it was a good package. in which GW Troop was placed a commendable third and all the other troops at gentlemanly fifth. Following this extensive period of collective training. I Troop (Lt Fuller) was dispatched to Belize for a six month tour. Meanwhile. 3 Troop (Lt Cooper) departed for Ex Dragon Hammer. a 6 week excursion round Europe in May and June with 42 Commando Royal Marines. The first week was spent on board HMAV Ardenncs. a small. poky. bath—like vessel designed to make all troopers seasick. Despite this. a useful week was spent attacking the Lulworth Coast. confirming the value of CVR(T) as a supporting asset. Due to political sensitivities in Cyprus. the Scimitars were sent back to Windsor and Lt Cooper. LCoH Farrimond. LCpl Mackay (HQ Sqn). Tpr Waller (HQ Sqn). and Tprs

Smith. Forsdick. Moore. Canning. Osborne and Finncy continued the trip on board HMS Fearless. They soon became fully incorporated into “M Coy" 42 Cdo RM and established a way of life that can only be described as “Fizz. and still more Fizz" (Fix. being the Marine term for PT). The main feature of this “Fizz." excursion around the Mediterranean was an 8 day stop in Cyprus: three days field firing on Akarnas Ranges and three (lays adventure training from Bloodhound Camp. Lt Cooper was put to good use rtrnning the clay pigeon stand. After the break in Cyprus they transferred to HMS Fearless where life on board and subscqtrcntly on RFA Sir Bediverc was thankfully punctuated by two “hoofing runs ashore" (Marine speak for a good time on land) in Gibraltar and Majorca. The resort of Magaluf is certain to be visited by Household Cavalryrnen in the future.

Exercise Dragon Hammer was a great success and the troop was marvellously looked after by the commandos. We hope that this will strengthen ties with the Royal Marines and result in further cxotic trips with them. In July the Squadron provided a large share of the “back stage" manpower for the Standards Parade. The Drums and Standard Parties were chosen from its and we provided two spare vehicles and crews. Actually. the whole squadron was involved btrt not in as glamorous a role as A Squadron. After the Parade. we began preparations for the first Regimental exercise since the Union. Exercise Union Call gave us a chance to practise low intensity UN style operations. currently the fashion in the CVR(T)


The five


deployed separately throughout the South East. the emphasis being placed on self sufficiency and reliability. Over the week the Squadron recccd islands and air fields. probed routes. cleared buildings. and interacted with locals and "militit We had to rclearn the skill of communicating over long distances by HF radio. We were

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visited by Commander 5 Airborne Brigade. Brig J T Holmes. and GOC 3 (UK) Division. Maj Gen H W R Pike. Overall the exercise was very successful, despite a troop leader being pulled up by the Kent Constabulary for speeding. and another having to wade through sea water well above his fetlocks as he failed to realise the tide was coming in. After the Regimental exercise the Squadron headed down to the Guards Adventure Training Wing at Frernington. This was a two week package organised and rtrri by Lt MacKenzic Smith. The Squadron was lucky to have the services of CoH Pr'inglc. who has every adventure training qualification under the sun. Despite the rather miserable weather. we climbed. swam. surfed. cycled and canoed. One of the highlights w as the paintballing which was enjoyed by everyone involved. While returning from rock climbing Capt Bryant. the EME. and his party found an old man who had strffercd a heart attack. The squadron medic. Tpr Wareing. was on hand

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and managed to keep him alive until the ambulance arrived. In August. the Squadron's annual FTX was with 5 Airborne Brigade on Exercise Roaring Lion. This was to be the largest exercise carried out by British troops in 1993. It involved a lengthy period of simulated air/sea movements so we spent a

large amount of time in RAF Abingdon. South Cerney. and Keevil. before reaching Salisbury Plain. 2 Troop under Lt Barlow carried out a TALO assault on Keevil Airfield with 7 Gurkha Rifles. When the rest of the Squadron arrived at Keevil. Support Troop took 2 Troop‘s place with 7 Gurkha Rifles. Lt Bulwer Long and his RHG/D Troop joined I PARA and became the enemy. Support Troop had a very challenging time with 7 GR: they spent a good 24 hours preparing company secondary positions which. unfortunately. were never trsed much to CoH Kelland‘s delight. The remainder of the exercise followed the usual fonn of long periods of idleness followed by bursts of high activity. Not surprisingly the majority of the Paras did not understand about CVR(T). and enjoyed capturing them. generally speaking having already been shot and killed by vehicles. Unfortunately. the umpires didn't understand them either. Lt Sporborg is now preparing to give lessons to thc Squadron in the art of the strip search. On return. we had to say goodbye to Major Watcrhousc. who had been Squadron Leader for two and a half years. He led the Squadron from Challengers through the Union and on to CVR(T). That the Squadron has reached such a high standard is a great tribute to him. The Squadron also lost the services of W02 (SCM) Fry and SCpl (SQMC) Kidd they again will be sorely missed as they brought a touch of humour to every situation. They have been replaced by WOZ (SCM) Lewis and SCpl (SQMC) Roberts.

Both Capt Uloth and Lt Gaselee who had each acted as Squadron 21C dtrring the year

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C SQUADRON The Blues and Royals Squadron was largely unaffected by the drawdown of The Blues and Royals to two squadrons in August 1992 in preparation for the Union in October. Most of the old faces stayed with us and. although the squadron was slightly under strength. we eagerly awaited the arrival of the Northern Ireland Platoon who were to bolster up our numbers in June I993. At Union really very little changed. except that there were a lot of new faces around Combermere Barracks. Squadrons tend to keep themselves very much to themselves and the Union in no way changed this. In Windsor. perhaps more than in Germany. the squadrons also do things such as exercises much more on their own. The first foray outside the barracks was Exercise Elusive Eagle. a two day dismounted orienteering event across Dartmoor in November. It took place in virtual hurricane conditions raining so hard that even the Gore»tex suits with which we were all equipped had no chance. Much to everyone‘s amusement the Squadron Leader‘s tent blew away in the middle of the night. Capt Coxhead. who had decided to do things the Canadian way and strip off to his “shreddies”. realised as he ran around in the dark. in a bowling gale and clad in little more than a pair of wellington boots that the British way can be just as good! Teams of four had to cover large distances carrying packs and radios gaining more points the further they went. Tpr MCGarry led the winning team just pipping SHQ at the post. As we travelled back





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over the flyover into Windsor in the buses we saw the first smoke from Windsor Castle at the start of the disastrous fire. Over the next few hours many members of the Squadron would be involved clearing out the library and much of the furniture to safer places in the Castle. In December SHQ took part in a Brigade and Battle Group Trainer exercrse in Bovington with the Royal Marines.


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Unrealistically they were pitted against the might of the Soviet Army. but C Sqttadron ”held the bridge" against overwhelming odds and had to be completely utnpired out to allow the Commandos a look in. February again found us at BBGT. but this time as part of the Regiment‘s first exercise. It was very valuable with the action taking place round the “bird" table where all the troop leaders and Corporals of Horse were getting seriously involved in the contact battle. The noise from the shouting as troops tried to register their successes was deafening. March. wet and windy as always. is traditionally the month for the Regiment to head for Salisbury Plain for Troop Training. The troops very much did their own thing for the first four or five days before the Squadron exercise which was based. not surprisingly in the current climate. on United Nations operations in Bosnia. Almost everyone seemed to enjoy this slightly different scenario. Lt Tomes. to universal amusement. negotiated away his CoH. CoH Tapsell. in exchange for safe conduct for the convoy his troop was escorting. but failed to get him back for twentyvfour hours. All troops flew UN flags to add to the realism. Troop tests brought out the competitive side and. although we did not win. every troop did very creditably. Not long alter our two weeks on the Plain Guided Weapons Troop. our most recent acquisition. went North to their first firing camp at Otterburn. We had inherited

vehicles which had very few parts working and we were still very much getting to grips with the technological complexities of Striker. That and the unreliability of very old practice missiles caused sortie frustration. The next firing will be in November [993 and we expect some impressive results. Clearly the highlight of the year was the Presentation of Standards to the Regiment in May. Hectic rchearsals at Pirbright. messing up “God‘s own acre" with rubber frorn the tracks and even digging up the tarmac. much to the consternation of the RSM of thc Irish Guards who had just returned from Northern Ireland. was followed by the drive to London. For many this was one of the highlights. Despite A Squadron‘s efforts to write off otrr accompanying police motorcycles before we left Pirbright. both squadrons drove at a steady thirtyefivc tnilcs an hour up the M3 into London on roads completely empty of traffic. every driver greatly enjoying the experience of being allowed to jump masses of red lights. legally. and with :1 police escort. The reactions of thc harassed commuters trying to leave London at the same time were well worth seeing. Everyone who took part or watched will remember the parade for many years. Our small arms drill. including the officers' improved no end. we did not lose a back bin and the little hand waving at the crowd from one of the vehicles was not seen by too tnany of the spectators. The dressing as the vehicles drove round Horse Guards was spectacular and the whole parade proved to have been worth all the very hard work put in. June bought the annual outing to Castlcmartin in Pcrnbrokeshirc for Annual Firing. This cxtretnely successful firing

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period hinged on the progressive training devised by CoH Dickens in the three weeks before we deployed and also on the sterling efforts of the other squadron gunnery instructors: CoH Kershaw LCoHs Mills. Smith. Spandley and Young. All gunners very quickly got to grips with the weapon whatever their experience and scored some outstanding results. SQMC Cowton‘s burger bar again proved the most popular place on the range and the range staff were also kept well fed. strictly in the name of Anglo-Welsh relations.

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Those who had been away in Northern Ireland with the Irish Guards returned to the Squadron at the end ofJune after a very successful tour. They were CoH Harris 97. LCoHs Gibbons and Johnson. LCpIs Carr. Hemming and Shaw. Tprs Clerehugh. Burton. Freeman. Gordon. Harrington. Harvey. Iccton. Piric. Salmon. Stables. Taylor and Wilson. Hardly had we recovered from Annual Firing than the whole Regiment set off on Exercise Union Call. our first major regimental exercise. This was a week‘s round robin during which troops visited large areas of the South and Southeast of England and completed about 650 miles per vehicle. Ct Chauveau and 2 Troop spent much of the time visiting country houses. refreshing themselves in swimming pools and conveniently remaining otrt of contact. It is rumoured that I Troop and Lt Tomes paid an unscheduled visit to Stowc School. SCM Manning. despite many offers of alcoholic refreshment front enthusiastic locals. invariably declined explaining that the exercise was dryI Within its aims the exercise was a great success with remarkably few breakdowns. mechanical or otherwise. Those that stick iii the memory are LCoH Hagan‘s Striker parked in the middle of a busy junction in Dunstable in the morning rush hour while almost simultaneously LCoH Kibble v is scattering the running gear from his Striker in the path of the cat's entering the town from the other side and SSgt England. who was meant to be repairing them. was also not moving , not such a good road move. One vchiclc cvcn broke down next to a chip shop. The whole squadron took a


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shower in one of HM prison‘s sports pavilions. The governor drew the line at our using the rather better prison showers as he could not be sure exactly who he would be letting out of the main gate. By the end of the week we had all learnt a lot: how to communicate over long distances and particularly how to nurse the vehicles when large distances and substantial wear and tear to them were involved. And the weather was nice too. By the middle of July it was time for some adventure training. We spent an extremely damp week under canvas in a soggy field just outside Monmouth. The main aim was to get as many people as possible qualified as basic canoeists and to do some rock climbing. walking and mountain biking. Major Bradbourne and seven of his instructors from the Guards Adventure Training Wing at Fremington ensured that we had a highly amusing and worthwhile week. either on or in the water. The period culminated with the Army Canoe Championships in which we entered almost everyone. Twelve medals were won. the highlight being Tprs Green and Tutton who capsized fifteen metres from the finishing line when in the lead in the 500m pairs race but had the presence of mind to swim their canoe over the line and still Come third! Exercise Panther"s Prowl in September again took the Squadron back to Salisbury Plain for 19 Mechanised Brigade's annual FTX. Capt Wilkinson's recce concentration for the brigade recce troops involved many as DS and was an outstanding success. In the exercise 2 Troop unscrewed their Rarden cannons to look like enemy Scorpions and kept that up to Endex.

Most recently we won the Regimental 7aside rugby. the recently presented Davies Cup. The team led by Tpr Brown 81 was Ct Chauveau. LCpl Mowbray. and Tprs Smith. Thomas. Evans and McGarry and Lt Webb. with us for 4 months from Australia for Exercise Long Look. Tpr Brown has had a particularly good year playing for the Combined Services and getting a trial for England Under 21s. The Squadron has consistently produced the largest contingent for the Regimental rugby learn. Among other sporting successes was the overwhelming victories by our Tug-of—War

team coached by LCol'l Sykes during the l’amilics Day. The year has also included many other events too numerous to list. but they included: several TALO training days. Lt Tomes spending two weeks in Malaya on exercise. and 2 Troop‘s day out on a gin palace on the Solent. They had a great time without their troop leader who when questioned as to his troops whereabouts declared confidently they were on the vehicle park. During the year we have said farewell to Capt Jowitt. Capt Coxhead back to Canada after 2 years. Capt Daniel. Lt Pitman to London. Lt Hawcs who has come and gone several times. Lt Barclay. CoH Dickens. CoH Spandley. LCoH McCarley. LCoH Pycroft. LCpl Ward and LCpl Vosper to the Mounted Regiment. CoH Kcrshaw left for SCTT. CoHs Tapsell and Allen and LCoH Henden all took Phase 2 redundancy and we wish them the very best for the future. Sgt Burdett. LCpls Abbott. Calder and Roberts left the LAD. We have welcomed Maj Lane»Fox as temporary squadron leader. while Maj Tabor has served a four months sentence as a watchkecper in the “Bunker" at High Wycombe. Capt Wilkinson. CoH Mills. LSgts Connor and Grey. and LCpl Gardiner. This article would not be complete without mention of W02 (SCM) Manning who has moved on posting as SCM of C Squadron Queen‘s Own Yeomanry in Chester. After three years as SCM he leaves an indelible mark on C Squadron.

D SQUADRON The Blues and Royals D Squadron formed in August l992. when A and B Squadrons merged under command of Maj Swayne with W02 Rogers as SCM. After summer leave the Squadron returned to Windsor with training for their UN tour of Cyprus uppermost in their minds. Ct Dick. LCpI Glasgow. LCpI Trinick and Tpr Stickland departed on Exercise Union Royalc aboard HMS Ark Royal. and the rest of its prepared mentally for a sojourn in Prince William Camp. originally named by Lt Col Rogers. Towards the end of the year the Northern Ireland Platoon moved to Pirbright to train with the Irish Guards prior to their 6 months tour in Co Fermanagh. Members of the platoon from D Squadron were LCoHs Hill and Hallhide. LCpls Ashdown. Hooker and Gaddes. Tprs Adams. Ansell. Bcscoby. Cowan. Faiers. Galbraith. lccton. Moxey. Sawyer. Watson. Wall and Williamson. October saw the arrival of The Life Guards advance party and then the main party and everybody settling down to life in the new Regiment. The first major event was an Officers‘ day out. which is described in another article. After countless rumours. it was

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eventually confirmed at the beginning of November that our Cyprus tour had been cancelled. which was a hefty blow to morale. There was no time to ponder

though. as we struggled to dredge up long forgotten infantry skills for Exercise Almost Blue. This was D Squadron‘s 10 day dismounted exercise in ”Thetnam".

His successor. W02 (SCM) Nicholson LG

is the first SCM from either capbadge to "cross over" and we wish him a very fulfilling time with the Squadron.

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Stanford. which was a great success. Everybody had a chance to practise patrolling. operations. harbours. section attacks and the thoroughly enjoyable “Fascine Race". which prompted SCM Rogers to admit that he was getting old. One of the most interesting incidents was the river crossing where individual troops had to cross using a boat. which happened to be moored to the far bank. The majority of the troops used a ferry system to transport people across. but 3 Troop managed to pile everybody . plus bergens. webbing and weapons in. in one go. Tpr James lost a boot in the river which was eventually handed back to SCM Rogers to throw to the far bank. Unfortunately. after furiously windmilling his arm in an incredible build up. he only succeeded in throwing the boot back in the river. On our return to Windsor LCpl Shields and Tpr Haresign took part in the 5 AB Brigade March and Shoot competition. but despite valiant efforts from all concerned a significant result was not achieved. Lt Orr— Ewing and Tpr Tate left for Verbier to take part in the Regimental skiing team. which was to achieve great success in the coming months. A large number of officers made the trip to Switzerland to support the team. both during the races and especially in the apres—ski activities. After Christmas leave we welcomed the new Squadron 2IC Capt Woyka. from

Knightsbridge who replaced Capt Woodward on his way to JCSC. With a plan to take the Squadron adventure training in Scotland in the summer. Capt Woyka. Ct Hughes and CoH Ford set off for Inverness at the beginning of February to conduct a recce. This not only proved fruitful btrt thoroughly enjoyable. apart from having constantly to drag CoH Ford out of various hostelries and public houses. As they boarded the sleeper to return to London CoH Ford spoke

the infamous words. “I bet I could drink all the beer on this train". Needless to say he failed. In February those D Squadron personnel in the Belize Troop left for Castlemartin under Lt Ings-Chambers. to condtrct field firing with A and B Squadrons. Those remaining in Windsor concentrated on getting skills up to speed for Troop Training despite commitments like the Battle Group Trainer (South). Exercises Phantom Bugle. Black Adder and Lanyard 4

and finally the Windsor Highlanders Ball in aid of Tommy‘s Campaign. which was a huge success thanks to the tireless efforts of Mrs Swayne and Mrs Lane—Fox. Troop training on Salisbury Plain was an extremely successful two week period. Regimental Troop Tests at the end of the period were won in spectacular form by l Troop commanded by Ct Hughes. With Troop Training safely behind us it was now titnc to look ahead. 3 Troop had come to the end of their pre—Belize training and were keen to be off. GW Troop were away in Otterburn on annual firing under the watchful eye of the Regimental Gunnery Officer. The second in command was also looking forward to married life and his impending wedding at the end of April. It was. therefore. no wonder that April seemed to rush by and soon the glories of troop training were just faint memories. The first of May was marked by the Annual Regimental Association Dinner at Hyde Park Barracks and the Cavalry Memorial Parade the next day. This as usual was well attended by many D Squadron members old and new.

It was a

happy reunion for the many personalities whose squadron had been disbanded with our move to Scnnelager to take over Challenger tanks. only to be resurrected as part of the new Regiment and as its second Blues and Royals squadron. The new Regiment was not allowed to rest on its laurels. There was the Presentation of Standards by Her Majesty The Queen on Horse Guards Parade to prepare and rehearse for. Then straight

into Annual Firing at Castlcmartin in

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Wales. Sadly the Squadron had to say farewell to SCM Rogers who left to take over as RQMC of the Mounted Regiment. Into his

place stepped W02 Carpenter who we already knew well as Regimental Gunnery Warrant Officer. This was a fortuitous arrival as it heralded our departure to Castlemartin for Annual Firing. The Squadron had a very successful week firing and felt more than ready to return to Combermerc for the Commanding Officer‘s surprise exercise. The exercise had been kept a total secret from the Regiment. However. it was known that the exercise area was to be most of Southern England. With this strong steer the squadron set out to prepare itself. NBC. Medical and Signal skills were all quickly brushed up on. Saturday 26 June saw the whole Regiment lined up on the Square in battle order, and expectations were high. Imaginations were slightly fuelled by the fact that it appeared as if the whole Thames Valley Police Traffic division were in Barracks to help its. As it turned out D Squadron was deployed to Crawley in Sussex. Within a week the Squadron had patrolled. secured and subjugated all of the south east of England. a brave and dashing action with the loss of only one vehicle. the ambulance. It had served the Squadron well throughout. valiantly commanded by the Squadron Clerk. Cpl McKay. It decided that it had had one early start too many. So in the middle of the morning rush hour on the M25 on the way back to Barracks it shed it‘s track rather too spectacularly for the normally calm and composed Cpl McKay. No one was hurt but it did remind everyone how careful you have to be. No qtrarter was given. No sooner were the Squadron‘s vehicles serviced and ready to go again than Lts Hughes and Bulwcr» Long headed off to lead the Squadron adventure training in Scotland. With a two week package of water sports. climbing and hill walking in the Cairngorms. CoH Norris headed the permanent staff based at Cameron Barracks in Inverncss. This was a very successful package and all credit goes to those who took part and to the organisers and permanent staff. The Squadron was now ready for its summer leave. Sadly. it was also the end of Maj Swayne‘s tour as Squadron Leader and his time in the Army. A sad farewell and he will be missed. The Squadron returned to work after a good leave. pleased with some well earned promotions: Tprs Newman. Anderton. Wheatley and Reason to LCpl and LCpls Gaddes. Brown. Pass and Hemming to LCoH. The next thing on the agenda was Exercise Grand Canyon. Thanks to the Army‘s thoroughness in these matters D Squadron paraded for Ex Grand Canyon a ftrll nine hours before our flight. After much hanging around we eventually landed in Stuttgart and met coaches to take the Regiment to Munsittgen Camp. The first weekend was spent in camp and the Squadron deployed in the early hours of Monday 20 September. The first week was spent on a Squadron and







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then a Regimental Exercise. Despite the severe limitations with DAMCON and night movement. the Squadron managed to shake out arid get some good training. On the middle weekend after vehicle servicing had been completed the Squadron went to Stuttgart or stayed in Munsingen for entertainment. The Regiment deployed on late Sunday 26th for its ARRC exercise. This was more taxing and meant a lot of movement across practically all of Southern Germany. including the treacherous tracks through the mountains of The Black Forest. It did seem that no sooner had we left camp though. than we were back in. on Tuesday afternoon. due to the now severe German training restrictions. After everyone had cleaned up we had several days R&R in Stuttgart. Munich and down on the Swiss border on Lake Constanz. Exercise Grand Canyon proved yet again the reliability of CVR(T) if properly maintained. and the difficulties of communicating over realistically large distances. In the period covered by these notes the Squadron has said farewell. figuratively. to the following members: CoHs Miles. Pitt and Vickers. LCoH Terry. LCpls Jordan and Spencer. Tprs Curley. Horsfield and Mooney and have welcomed Cts Hughes and PlHllpSOII-SIOW. CoH Ford. and LCpls Mathieson and McCrossan. Officers departing have been Lts Hamilton-Russell. McBride and Jodrell. The Squadron also said farewell to Captain Woyka who has moved on to a staff job at 3 (UK) Division

and welcomed Major Onslow back from his staffjoh to take over from Major Swayne.




HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON n the past twelve tnonths the Squadron has had no fewer than four Squadron Leaders and two Squadron Corporal Majors. The compilation of a fluent article has. therefore. been a little tricky. Despite a wide variety of personalities running the Squadron. however. and the changes that have been made the Squadron has maintained the "heads down and go for it attitude". The year staned with many members of the Squadron taking part in intemal courses. either as instructors or students. The whole Squadron deployed on Regimental Training in February on Salisbury Plain. Everyone seemed to have a very beneficial exercise with every one of the Squadron’s tasks being tested. We were blessed both with favourable weather and also an understanding Squadron Leader in Maj S H Cowen. so all went well. Troop tests are usually something in which Headquarters Squadron takes a back seat. However. this year we played a very important organisational role providing many of the stand DS. Much secrecy was involved and all ran smoothly. with some very challenging and detnanding tasks not only for the players but also for all the support elements and examiners. A reasonable amount of normality should have returned to the Squadron on our return from the Plain. but the arr rail of Maj A E Smyth~Osboume meant that a traditionally rather unfit squadron was soon to be beasted in its entirety (including the Pay Staff) to all four corners of the Great Park almost every day. Despite the grumbles and complaints. for the first time in history HQ Squadron

Bovington to write the RAC signals doctrine whilst LCoH Risbridger and LCpl Findell have gone to HCMR. While they will all be sadly missed we welcome SCpl Maher as the new RSWO and CoH Pringle as the Troop CoH.

REGIMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE (RAO) 19 October 1992 brought two Orderly Rooms and Pay Offices together to form the Household Cavalry Regiment Orderly Room and Pay Office. This created a mixed composition of talent and characters which the Regiment would lose on 1 July 1993 to the Adjutant General's Corps (AGC).

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matched and possibly even bettered the fitness of the sabre squadrons. The next time out of barracks came in June with Exercise Union Call. Al and A2 Echelons learnt a great deal about the distances over which they were now likely to have to operate and a lot of lessons were learnt, There was a great incentive to ensure the exercise was a success with our next deployment being the large ARRC Reconnaissance Exercise Grand Canyon due in September. At the end of June we ran a week long

adventure training exercise at the Guards Adventure Training Wing. Fremington. Some twenty Soldiers had a thoroughly enjoyable week, Activities included the usual climbing. walking and surfing. but the favourites were sand sailing. deep sea fishing and sttnbathing. After a well deserved summer leave it was time to prepare for Exercise Grand Canyon. During the run up to the exercise it was the formation of the orbat which caused most headaches. A complete squadron was required and manpower was at a premium. The exercise went very well. Union Call having been good preparation for an exercise that was at times demanding especially considering the distances involved. An R&R weekend excellently set up by the Paymastcr meant that all the soldiers were able to “let their hair down". The Squadron is looking forward to the coming training season.


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1993 will be remembered as a year of change for Command Troop. starting with our name. It was decided that RHQ Troop was not appropriate anymore as our primary task is to provide a platform from which the Commanding Officer can command the Regiment. We have seen the arrival of two Secure Speech Rebroadcast Vehicles in the troop as well as the pending arrival of Single Channel Radio Access (SCRA) and Bid 300. the new secure radio which will be installed in every "A" vehicle in thc Regiment. A BU" B‘ldy Baum-(I has been

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our most recent acquisition which was fitted ottt as the A2 Echelon Command Vehicle and deployed for the first time on Ex Grand Canyon. With depleted manpower and the responsibilities required of thc Troop in barracks it is perhaps difficult to understand how we managed to find time to mould the newly formed. but continually changing. bunch of Merry Men. Ilowevcr busy the training season has been the Troop has performed well on Regimental Training. the Battle Group Trainer at Bovington. Annual Firing. Exercises Union Call and Grand Canyon. and several troop and command post exercises.

Whilst it has been important to maintain a healthy reserve of manpower to work on the vehicles and do duties. soldiers have kept up to date with courses as well as attending The Roof of America Trials. visits to HMS Broadsword and adventure training at Fremington. We said farewell to Capt Daly in February who is now serving in Northern Ireland and CoH Flanagan in March who is working as a recruiter in Brighton. W02 Gaunt has moved on to the Signals School at


man managed to avoid being drawn into the AGC - W02 (ORQMC) Tomkins. because he‘s coming to his retirement age and was far too old! The introduction of the RAO brought a few surprises and changes to the administration of the Regiment. and an increase in paperwork. If only we were paid by the hour.... On 18/19 February we were honoured by a visit from the staff of the Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Manning and Records Office frotn Chester who. among other activities. enjoyed a carriage ride through the Park. On 11 September a team consisting of Maj Bettaney. Sgt Wells. Sgt Wood. LSgt Galvin and Pte Roberts travelled South of Stuttgart to a place called Munsingen Camp. Exercise Grand Canyon brought a new dimension to the Field Records Office.

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R&R consisted of a boat trip on the Thames with the civilian staff employed in RHQ. The weather was not at its best but LCpls Bourne and Brown and Ptc Lord still managed to demonstrate their swimming prowess in the river. During the period we have said farewell to the following, either on posting or to civilian life: Maj Snowball. WOZs Lyons and Cooper. Sgt Wells. LSgt Fairbairn. LCoHs Lugg. Byrne. Findell. Coulson. Hellewell. Pilchowski and Hale and LCpl Pearson. We have welcomed the following to our team and wish them every success: Maj Bettaney. SSgt Parr. Sgts Sell and Knibbs. LSgts Galvin and Hurst and Pte Roberts. Congratulations go the following on their promotion: Tprs Greenwood and McKay to Lance Corporal. and LCpls Clarke and McCrossan to Corporal.

HQ SQUADRON FITI'ER SECTION The last twelve months have been very busy. Apart from the increase in the number of vehicles bccattse of the Union. we have had the transition from Bedford to Leyland Daf to contend with as well as the change from Series 3 Landrovcrs to I 10s. We have had a heavy exercise programme during which we have had to deploy frequently away from the camp. We have said farewell to SSgt Wood. SSgt Reid. LCpl Higgins. LCpl Calder. LCpl Purves. Cfn Wilson and Cfn Lumby. We welcome SSgt Thomas. Sgt Glennie. LCpl Mackinnon. Cfn Darville and Cfn Wilkinson.

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Besides providing support in B Echelon. the RAO team also set up an excellent R&R package. which was enjoyed by the whole Regiment and the rest of the Battle Group. Sgt Wood clocked up the most mileage for a three week exercise » over 5000 miles. God knows what 20 Squadron RCT thoughtll The Bruno/Lewis fight was screened live from UK with the special help of retired Col Jock Smith. The whole team was glad to return to the UK for a rest even if it was short-lived. The RAO did have a splendid afternoon of R&R. (if only it had been two weeks but unfortunately Cilor was not granted). The

LIGHT AID DETACHMENT [1' want one volunteer ASM" said the EME. “Someone who hasn‘t been here long. to write an article on what the LAD has been up to in the last 12 months". “I know" the ASM replied swiftly. “Sgt Simcock has only been here for four and a half seconds. 1‘” get him to do it". With the fever and excitement of a vehicle mechanic finding a 4" adjustable spanner in the belly of a Scimitar after an engine lift. 1 swiftly set off on my fact finding mission around the LAD. The first person I came across was Sgt Smith in his G1098 store. Surprisingly he was prepared to give something away without a signature for once. He is leaving us in the New Year not. as some think. to have his exercise mattress surgically removed frotn his back. but on posting to BAOR. cht. I guessed that Sgt Stafford was soon to go on his Armourers Tiffy‘s course judging by the way he was practising his techniques of nominating instead of pointing in front of the tnirror. so I grabbed him as well. Between the three of us the following information was put together for you to lie back comfortably and peruse. Last year saw the Union of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. This was celebrated during the year with 21 Standards Parade in May with the LAD doing their bit. The creation of the Household Cavalry in its present form resulted in a change from three sabre squadrons and a HQ squadron to four sabre squadrons and a HQ squadron. Two


squadrons are The Life Guards and two The Blues and Royals with 21 HQ Squadron being made up of half of a each. Exercises and firing camp are in the forefront of cveryone's mind (hottest Guv leave doesn't come into it). The firing of the Scimitars‘ 30mm cannon is done at Castlemartin in the South of Wales. I believe it to be a nice quiet little seaside resort with fine weather. soft sand and rolling waves with a good local nightlife. Guided Weapons (Swingfire) are thrown down the range at Otterburn near Newcastle. This too is a nice. quiet. idyllic setting with an AA 4»star rating (Alcoholics Anonymous that is!). Troop Training takes place on Salisbury Plain. The aim of the exercise. apart frotn trying to find enough trees to hide the squadron‘s equipment under. is to practise NBC. signals. first aid. replens. actions on and numerous other things that can be thought tip for the good of the squadron‘s experience. During the training each squadron has its element of REME LAD filters to keep the equipment in a battlcworthy condition with a toolbox containing a black nasty. bostick. 12“ adjustable spanner. 2 Brufen and an clastoplast. The biggest exercise to date has been Exercise Grand Canyon. The exercise area was Bavaria in Germany. For those of you who do not know Germany too well it is in the bottom part where there are lots of hills and no Trabants. The start of the Exercise

was the trip down via Harwich and the Hook of Holland for the advance and main parties with the rest flying from Luton. The tracked vehicles had been containerised the week before and were already on their way to the exercise area. The drive went well with Sgt Smith proving that. although you may have a blowout on a two ton trailer. you can still drive for twelve kilometres without noticing it. His actual words of “Aren't the Germans friendly. they‘re all flashing their lights at me". must be one for the history books. Don‘t tell anyone but LSgt Harbour was seen holding on to the towing eye of his Foden Recovery EKA. which weighs around twenty—seven tons as it started to slide down a mud bank during a recovery task. The return trip was uneventful apart from LCpl Ware RLC providing buckets ofentertainment trying to reverse his Rover and trailer on to the ferry. Anyone wishing to learn trailer reversing or “how to let your trailer overtake your vehicle on the move" should contact him. The exercise lasted a total of three weeks and nearly one day. Congratulations are due to the following people and their wives who have been increasing the world’s population: Sgt Cowans. Sgt Mills. LSgt Murray. LSgt Hargreaves. Cfn French and Cfn Moore. Congratualtions are also due to the following for there being fewer single women in the world for LCpl Pink to chat tip: LCpls McKinnon and James. and Cfns James. Atkins and Connolly.

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QUARTERMASTER’S DEPARTMENT s in all areas of the Regimettt this has been a busy and rewarding year. Much burning of the candle has eventually produced perfect joint accounts — well almost. The Department has supported litany outings of the Regiment during 1993 not least a major deployment to Southern Geniiany for Exercise Grand Canyon. After a most impressive and luxurious sea crossing from Harwich to the Hook of Holland courtesy of Stena~Sealink. we survived a gruelling sixteen hour convoy drive to Stuttgart. The Advance Party prepared for the Regiment‘s arrival and subsequent deployment under the command of the ARRC. Three weeks later we undertook the journey in reverse and were involved in a crash and rescue on the Autobahn just north of Karlsruhe followed later by the rescuing of a suicide ease as he was throwing himself over the side of the ferry in “mid-Channel" » nothing dull in this Department. As I write the Department has just produced excellent results on the Annual Ordnance Ancillary Inspection which. to be fair. reflects a very high standard of accounting throughout the Regiment. Sadly time marches on and faces change.

most notably Maj J A Livingstone RHG/D has left us for the Royal Yeomanry on redundancy. RQMC Whatley LG for HCMR as RCM and Pie Lord for Northern Ireland.

WOS’ AND NCOS’ MESS We wish them well in their new appointments and welcome in their placm Maj D A O’Halloran RHG/D and RQMC

he notes for our new magazine start from 19 October 1992 when. under the watchful eye of the first Regimental

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TECHNICAL QUARTERMASTER’S DEPARTMENT he Union of both Regiments of Household Cavalry in October 1992 went quite smoothly in the technical world with many older members of both Regiments already well acquainted from basic training at the Guards Depot. previous handovers and trade Courses. The main challenge was to obtain the fourth sabre squadron‘s vehicles and equipment in advance of a new equipment table being written so that the new Regiment would be fully functional in its first year’s training. We achieved the aim and the Regiment now has the full family of CVR(T) vehicles: Scimitar: Striker: Spartan: Samaritan: Samson and Sultan. All in all some 107 “A" vehicles and about 53 “B" vehicles. In addition to supporting the Regiment on exercise in the usual exotic places like Castlemartin and Salisbury Plain. the Department found itself fully tested on the secretly planned and exccuted('."7).



Exercise Union Call. Tech found itself travelling to little known places where the M25 was treated as a huge roundabout. supporting troops as far apart as Cromer on the north coast of Norfolk. Otmoor in Oxfordshire and the more civilised climes of Bath in Somerset. An average of 450 kms was clocked—up by the armoured vehicles and a good time was had by all if the NAAFl bar is to be believed The main exercise of the year in Bavaria. Exercise Grand Canyon. required the sabre troops (from only two of the squadrons) to load the vehicles on to containers for the long move to Germany. The faint-hearted flew to Germany whilst the "Rambos" drove the 1600 kins to the cxcrcise area. On arrival the tables wcrc turned and once again the CVR(T)s covered sortie 600 kins. Lessons learned on the previous exercise (perhaps RHQ did plan it‘?). saw Tech giving spare parts in advancc to tl'ic troops thus making themselves largely redundant

during excrcisc play. Time was not wasted and copious quantities of duty free alcohol and several mountain bikes were loaded on the vehicles as down payment towards Christmas. The long journey home by way of a lorry ferry was managed with neither breakdowns nor lost vehicles — 1 think good leadership on the author‘s part! On a sadder note the term “technical storeman" has been compared to grouse on The Glorious 12 August as far as redundancy notices are concerned. We take this opportunity to bid a belated farewell to the following “grouse“ — SCpl Stcclc LG. SCpl Ashby RHG/D. Coll Firtli RHG/D. LCoH Ford LG and LCoH Morris RHG/D. The Technical department is no“ juggling/ balancing the books for the forthcoming Ordnance Ancillar) liispcclioii and looking forward to the Christmas festivities. but to misquote someone famous ("it “We stand ready”.

Mcsses of both The Life Guards and Thc Blues and Royals became one. Life in the Mess got off to a fairly casual start. when on 8 November many Mess Members and their families together with some of the “Old Comrades" descended on the Mess fora buffet lunch after the Remembrance Sunday Parade. Later on in the month the Mess welcomed back more of the "Old Comrades" to attend 2 HCR‘s Annual Dinner. December brought all the normal functions of the festive season. kicking off with the Carol Service on the 14th. The Officers were invited back to the Mess after the Troopers” Lunch on the 18111. The highlight of this time of year is. of course. the Christmas Draw. Another packed house waited in nervous anticipation for the draw to be made. Although not all Mess Members were lucky enough to win a prize. all were treated to a traditional plate of beef stew! Finally. an historic “Brick Hanging" on the 21st. A look of sheer bewilderment passed across the faces of The Blues and Royals Mess Members when W02 (RQMC) Whatley appeared at thc Mess with hundreds of broom handles. “What the hell are they for?" and “Who‘s this Lloyd George bloke?" were the words voiced by many of The Blues and Royals. and probably neither of the questions were answered adequately. It was also good to see so many “veterans" of previous Brick Hangings in the Mess in the form of many “Old Comrades“ and former Mess Members 1993 started in a vcry traditional manner with the majority of the Mess sitting down to the New Year dinner. During the Mess meeting for March. thc Mess said farewell to W01 (RCM) Lodgc as he handed over to the new Regimental Corporal Major. W01 (RCM) Sackctt RHG/D. 8 May saw many Blues and Royals Mcss

must go to W02 (RQMC1T)) Partis and his merry band of workers. 11 was also in July that the annual Crickct match against the Officers‘ Mess took place, After a steady start by our opening and middle order batsmen. a tail end collapse left the Officers‘ requiring a fairly modest total for victory. But it was not to be. Due to some excellent scoring by LCoH Clarke and some (lemon bowling from CoH Lanahan coupled with a mixture of experience and flair. the Mess team proved too strong for the Officers and the game was won. In October the Berkshire and Buckinghamsliirc Branch of The Scots Guards Association returned to the Mess for their annual dinner. as too did the Warrant Officers. both past and present. of The Blues and Royals Dining Club. A good night and part of the following morning w as had by all concerned. During the course of the past year the Mess has received the following visitors: Maj Gen Lord Michael Filzalan-Howard Colonel ofT/n' Life Guards Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick Colonel ofT/ic Blues and Royals Coll D Smith-Bingham Lf('l//('ll(lll/ Colonel Commanding

Maj Gen R J S Corbett Maj Gen Commanding Household Division

Maj Gen H M R Pike General ()flii‘or Commanding 3 (UK) Division Maj Gen R J Haymandoyce Dime/or Royal Armoured Cor/ix H R H Prince Sidi Mohamed Crown Pl'lllt't‘ oft/lo Kingdom ofMoror't'o Brig] T Holmes Connnundcr 5 Airborne Brigade The following senior Mess members have departed during the past year and we wish them every success in the future: W02 (RQMC) Whatley. W02 (SCM) Rogers. SCpl Bellringer. SCpl (SQMC) Hickman. CoH Ford. CoH Dickens. CoH Willacy to HCMR. W02 (SCM) Lindsay to

BATUS. CoH Stanworth and CoH Pilchowski to the RAC Gunnery School. CoH Flanagan to ACIO Brighton. CoH Hunter to the D&M School. CoH Kershaw to SCTT. CoH Kitching and CoH Maunder to PMC Arborficld. and W02 Powell. W02 (SCM) Gimblett. W02 Taylor. SCpl Ashby. SCpl Harris. CoH Allen. CoH Kallaste. CoH Flynn. CoH Tapsell to civilian life.

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on 12 June The Life Guards held tlicirs at Combermerc Barracks. Windsor, Both dinners were extremely successful. The 17111 July saw what many people classed as the jewel in the crown regarding the Mess. the Summer Ball. held at Combermcrc Barracks. The Parade Square was transformed into a huge tent in which the Ball was held. There was live entertainment while all enjoyed a first class buffet.

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THE BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS aj C R C Garrity. the Senior Director M of Music. The Royal Artillery. \\ as appointed to take over the Band of The Blues and Royals in July [992. on completion of the statutory Equitation Course. We are pleased to announce that he

passed out of Riding School successfully. somewhat bruised. but happy in the knowledge that he is partnered by Ebony the Wonder Horse for ceremonial occasions. Recruiting into the Band is good. and we have welcomed seven new members: Musn Tulip. Musn Thomas. brother of Musn Thomas who is already in the Band. Mttsn Marsh. the son of W02 (ABCM) Marsh. Musns Carnell. Speight. Kent. and Musn Redtnan. on transfer from The St George‘s Band. The Queen‘s Regiment. The Berlin Tattoo featttres as one of the highlights of 1992. when in October the Mounted Band performed at The Deutschlandhalle. in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. This was a unique occasion for the Marsh family. as father and sort rode on parade astride the two drum horses. Both were presented to Her Majesty after the show. The tnost dratnatic moment

for the Mounted Band in Berlin was on the occasion we rode from West to East. through the Brandenburg Gate. an event unlikely ever to be repeated. ()n a more solemn occasion. the Band and the Trumpctcrs provided music in St George‘s Chapel for the funeral of Col Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG KCVO DSO. who died in late January. In December. Musn Milne. who was attending a course at The Royal Military School for Music. Knellcr Hall. was awarded the "Cousins Metnorial Medal". for the best instrumentalist. He also won the Professors Prize. for the most improved Flatttist. A very good individual effort. and deserving congratulations from everyone in the Band. The beginning of 1993 proved to be a turbulent period for us. We had all long been waiting for the decision over the future of Military Music under Options for Change. and whether both Household Cavalry Bands would survive the cuts. When. finally. the decision was released on Budget Day. it was with great relief that we received the good news that we were to

remain untouched. tinged with a little sadness at the disappearance of so many famous and distinguished regimental bands. The start of the year saw preparations for the rest of the year‘s events. Sadly. due to the fire at Windsor Castle. the East Terrace concert planned for Easter Sunday. which is attended by HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. had to be cancelled. Not so the Carter Ceremony which proved a very damp occasion for all. 1993 had many highlights. beginning with the very successful Standards Parade on Horse Guards when the two Regiments of Household Cavalry received new Standards from Her Majesty. This was followed a few days later with the annual Beating Retreat and the Trooping the Colour or Queen‘s Birthday Parade. Any thoughts of being able to relax after such a busy period were soon dispelled as looming on the horizon was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Band. along with horses and stable staff. moved to Edinburgh for the whole of August. It was the first time the Band had appeared on the Esplanade and so it was understandable that everyone was a little


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THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MOUNTED REGIMENT apprehensive about the surface we were to perform on. I am pleased to report that throughout the entire period covering twenty-six performances, everything went as planned and the Band was well received by the 8500 people who attended each show. Also while in Edinburgh we took part in the Cavalcade along Princes Street to mark the Opening of the Festival period. Cheering crowds packed the pavements ten deep and it was a tremendous experience for all. While all this was going on. behind the scenes the stable staff were working continuously looking after our horses and preparing them for each performance. They remained cheerful throughout and our thanks go to all who were involved for a splendid effort and a job well done. After some well earned leave we continued our busy schedule performing with the Spanish Riding School from Vienna. first at the NEC Birmingham and then at Wembley Arena. It was our turn this year to take part in The Lord Mayor’s Procession. This was very successful but we all got rather wet as it rained all day. This brought to a close our major commitments for 1993 and everyone had a sense of achievement at the high standards maintained throughout a very busy and successful year. Sadly we are soon to say farewell to W02

FOREWORD By Lieutenant Colonel H P D Massey, The Blues and Royals, Commanding Officer it October 1992 The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals joined in Windsor to form the Household Cavalry Regiment. a composite armoured reconnaissance Regiment. In a sense 1992 was a milestone

and a coming of age for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. a similarly cotnposite Regiment since 1946. There is much to be positive about. At a stroke. the Union placed both Regiments in a complementary relationship: in order to pursue a full career in the new Household Cavalry all ranks are now expected to tnaster both mounted (traditional) and armoured

(BCM) Brammer who retires early in 1994

after 30 years service with the Band. We wish him and his wife Brenda every good fortune for the future. W02 (ABCM) Marsh, after 22 years, retired in February. Somehow it is hard to imagine. in the future. going on Parade. without him astride Belasarius. However. in true Regimental tradition. he has handed over the reins to his son. who will soon come to realise. that he has a hard act to follow. We. too. wish him good fortune for the future. Our congratulations to W02 (BCM) Hayward on his recent promotion and his appointment as Band Corporal Major. We hope his term of duty will be successful. The Band continues to develop and we are all looking forward to new challenges in the coming year.

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recce (contemporary) roles: and for the first time since the war the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment plays an equal part with the Household Cavalry Regiment under the direction of HQ Household Cavalry in career planning. and postings and promotions decisions in the Household Cavalry. This evolution has been assisted by the Army Establishment Committee who established an enhanced Household Cavalry Training Wing as part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. but situated at Windsor. It is commanded by a Captain with ‘I. All trainees who arrive after 10 weeks basic training at the Army Training Regiment. Pirbright carry out 8 weeks training at Windsor in equitation. signals. cavalry drill and driving. before being channelled to specialist training for either the mounted or armoured reccc role. The Regiment has been delighted to see such a high number of recruits. 171. and those reroling from HCR pass out of Riding School. Correspondingly 75 have been posted out to HCR at Windsor but sadly

more have left the Army on redundancy. The Regiment is now up to strength. The Riding Staff too have done heroic work training no less than 35 remounts. and there appears not 10 be a bad one among them. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has been anything but idle during

the last year. Apart from the usual Sovereign‘s Escorts in March. June and November. we provided 2 divisions at Earls Court in November 1992 to participate in the Great Event to mark the 40111 Anniversary of Her Majesty‘s accession to the throne. Lengthy preparations went into the Presentation of Standards Parade on 27 May

1993 when HM The Queen emphasised in her speech. reproduced elsewhere in this Journal. the requirement to retain our


separate regimental identities and our special relationship with the Monarch. Great credit redounds to the Regiment for undertaking such a full programme under the very difficult conditions imposed by the rebuild currently underway. I am delighted to be able to say that the new floor of single soldiers" accommodation is now in use which has allowed HQ Squadron to move back from Cavalry Barracks. Hounslow where they have been for the last 18 months. At the same time the new Squadron cleaning rooms above The Blues and Royals stables have been occupied which has improved the quality of everyonc's life immeasurably as no ‘upstairs kit' needs to be taken to soldiers‘ rooms any longer. The cleaning rooms hold specially designed lockers for each man. At the same time the WOs and NCOs Mess is being rebuilt and should be ready by March 1994: a new Band practice room is currently under construction and the troop Te piece rooms in the stables are being completely refurbished. Many other less major improvements are under way. On the equestrian achievement side. members of the Regiment have competed with varying degrees of success in competitions and events across the country. Perhaps most worthy of mention is the

selection of the Riding Master Major D McGregor and SCpl Waygood to be part of the 4 man team to represent Great Britain at Fontainebleau in September 1993: and a team of farriers led by FSCpl Wright came second in the World Shoeing Competition at Verona. Italy in November 1993. In other sporting activities. the Regiment won the London District 6 - aside Hockey competition and the Prince of Wales Relay Race competition. Evert more spectacularly. perhaps. we were the only Regiment in the Army to field an ernan relay team (which included 2 ladies!) at Ascot for the Charity Race Day in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund on 24 September 1993. The team itself raised £3000 for the fund. 1994 promises to be no less demanding than 1993 with the bonus of improved working conditions in the Barracks itself. The final phase of redundancies will be announced in February. We are particularly sad to have lost members of the Regiment of both cap badges in the last year. good friends all. They are much missed and those of us still serving wish them and their families all luck and good fortune in their new lives. The Union is strong and the Regiment continues to be ready to meet any challenge with which we might be presented.

THE "013. {HOLD CAVALRY 1\1()lll\"l‘EI) REGIMENT

Brigade Major. Lt Col A J Miller-Bakewell RHG/D. the Surgeon General. Lt Gen Sir Peter Beal. The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding and The Commanding Officer of The Queen‘s Own Yeomanry. Lt Col the Duke of Westminster with his RCM. WOl

DIARY OF EVENTS his Diary will cover the period from just prior to the Union up trntil October

I993. September. Lt Col H P D Massey RHG/D assumed command of the Regiment on the retirement of Lt Col G T R Birdwood RHG/D. Lt J D A Gaselee LG and CoH Mills LG took four soldiers to the International Show Jumping Tournament at Spruce Meadows in Canada. followed by adventure training in Banff. A detachment of horses and men commanded by Lt A Mc A Holman RHG/D represented the Regiment at an International Polo Tournament in Antwerp.


Lt P G R Earl LG and four

lance corporals travelled from Ponsmouth to Malaga on board our affiliated ship. HMS Scylla. The Musical Ride. commanded by Capt G V de la F Woyka RHG/D performed at Chatsworth. Eye and Althorp. Captain A C Ogden LG took over as Adjutant from Capt N D Garrett LG.


The Regiment found a

Sovereigns Escort with Double Standards on the occasion of the State visit of his Majesty the Sultan of Brunei. The Field Officers were Maj H M Robertson LG and Maj J Shaw RHG/D. whilst Capt W M Dwerryhouse LG commanded the Escort. The Standards were carried by W02 (SCM) Evans LG and W02 (SCM) Dunkley RHG/D. The following day a Captain‘s Escort commanded by Capt J B Poole RHG/D escorted the Sultan to St James‘s Palace to meet members of the Diplomatic Corps. The Life Guards Squadron found a Troop led by Capt C H E Garnett RHG/D for the Cenotaph Parade on Remembrance Sunday. The Adjutant. Capt A C Ogden LG. commanded two divisions and eight State Trumpeters at Earls Court as part of the celebrations to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Queen‘s Accession. The new Household Cavalry Training Wing formed at Combermcre Barracks under the command of Capt W R B Jowitt RHG/D and W02 Pickard LG. Winter Training Troop formed at Melton Mowbray under the command of Lt The Lord Fermoy

January. The Lord Mayor of Westminster visited. The WOs~ and NCOs‘ Mess won the intra Regimental Go Kart competition after the Regiment had come third in the Annual Go Kart Challenge. Capt I W Kelly LG took over as Quartermaster from Maj C R Slater LG. The refurbished Queen‘s Life Guard accommodation was

handed back to the Regiment after nearly twenty months‘ work. February. RHG/D Squadron found a bearer party for the funeral of Col Sir Henry Abel Smith. late RHG/D. at St George‘s Chapel. Windsor. The party was commanded by Maj J Shaw RHG/D. The Army Shoeing Championships took place at the Forge in Hyde Park Barracks. The Regimental Team took first place. Capt C N Mitford Slade LG gave a presentation on his 1992 Orinoco expedition. Ex Union Royalc. to a VIP audience including his Excellency the Venezuelan Ambassador. March. The Major General. Maj Gen R J S Corbett. took the salute at the Full Dress Pass Otrt Parade of Tangiers and Relief of Kimberley Rides. Capt A C Ogden LG won the Horse and Hound Grand Military Gold Cup riding On The Other Hand. Household Cavalrymen took four of the first five places: Capts C R F Ward Thomas. J E Wingfield Digby and A J P Woodward followed him past the post. The Regiment hosted the 1993 British Horse Society Sefton Awards. given to those who have achieved notable service to the cause of cquestrianism. April. Rehearsals began in earnest for the Presentation of new Standards by HM The Queen on Horse Guards Parade at the end of May. WOls were observed with some relish by junior members of the Regiment going into Riding School. His

Royal Highness Prince Mitab bin Aziz visited. We held a Spring Open Day. Lt Col G T R Birdwood was dincd otrt of the Officers‘ Mess. Cuirasscs and buckskins were dusted off in preparation for the forthcoming Kit Season, and the Musical Ride formed tip under command of Capt C H E Garnctt RHG/D. the Riding Master, Maj D McGrcgor RHG/D and CoH Harris RHG/D. The Regiment found a Sovereign's Escort with Dotlblc Standards on the occasion of the state visit of The President of Portugal. The Field Officers were Maj J Shaw RHG/D and Maj H M Robertson LG. whilst Capt C B B Clec RHG/D commanded the Escort. The Standards werc carried by W02 (SCM) Dunkley RHG/D and W02 (SCM) Evans LG. The following day a Captain‘s Escort commanded by Capt G C Davies LG escorted The President to St James‘s Palace. May. Mons Kit ride passed out in front of the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding. Col J D Smith Bingharn. There was a strong turnout for the Cavalry Memorial Parade on Sunday L) May followed by lunch in barracks. On ll May the Minister for the Armed Forces. The Right Hon Archie Hamilton MP. visited. The Royal Windsor Horse Show involved numerous members of the Regiment in competitions and the Princess Eli/.abeth Cup. which was won by Tpr McCaulcy LG riding Nizfella. The remainder of the month proved to be very busy with the many rehearsals for the Standards Parade. HM The Queen presented the new Standards on 27 May followed by a Regimental lunch in Hyde Park. lmmediately after this the Regiment started preparing for The Queen‘s Birthday Parade.

RHG/D. December. Surrey and Essex Kit Rides passed out in front of the Commanding Officer. Camberley Horse Show saw the Regimental team of the Riding Master. Maj D McGregor RHG/D. SCpl Wnygood LG and CoH Maxwell LG win the Dressage and Showjumping Combined Team Event. SCpl Waygood was also part of the tri-scrvice team which took the silver medal at the International Military Event in Stockholm. He took fourth place in the individual competition. On 8 December the Director Royal Armoured Corps. Maj Gen R J Hayman-Joyce. visited the Regiment.

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June. Jtrne is by tradition otir busy month and this year was no exception. Both Regimental bands were turned ottt for Beating Retreat while the Regiment rehearsed for the QBP and Garter Service. The Field Officer for the QBP was Maj H M Robertson LG and the Escort was commanded by Capt G C Davies LG. The Standard was carried by W02 (SCM) Pickard LG. Whilst the rain held off for the parade. thc Garter Service on 14 June was awash and HM The Queen graciously dismissed the Regiment dttring the service. The following day the Chief of the Defence Staff. Marshal of the RAF Sir Peter Harding. visited with his Principal Staff Officer. Brigadier T J Strlivan. late RHG/D. The first period of leave began. Maj Shaw handed over command of RHG/D Sqn to Maj C B B Clec on retirement. Chatcatt Ride passed out in front of Comd l Inf Bdc. Brig l H McNeil. latc Coldstrcam Guards. July. The AG Corps formed and took the regimental clcrks into its ranks. On 6 July HM The Queen Mother unveiled the Queen Elizabeth Gate in Hyde Park adding a colourful spectacle to early morning rides. Wc hosted the final visit of the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding. Col J D SmithBingham. on his relinquishing the post to Col P B Rogers. Lt A McA Holman RHG/D led a party in the Royal Tournament Tent Pegging Preliminaries. On 31




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the Squadrons' notes. however. it was a great success with the various competitions being won as follows: Junior Ranks Show Jumping: Tpr Bassett LG Cross Country: Tprs Knaggs LG McDowell LG Senior Ranks Show Jumping: Capt H R D Fullerton LG Cross Country: Lt F Marshall LG CoH Grantham LG Maj D McGrcgor RHG/D and SCpl Waygood LG. took time out to compete in the lckworth 3 Day Event with SCpl Waygood coming 1st in the lntermediatc Section which qualified him to compete at Gatcombc Park in 1994. During camp we were visited by The Major General with The

soldiers to The International Show Jumping Tournament in Spruce Meadows in Canada. A detachment from the Musical Ride took part in the filming of the film “Princess Caraboo" starring Kevin Kline. The Regiment returned to London after camp and resumed QLG duties from The King's Troop RHA. Lt M Rees—Davies LG and CoH Douglas LG led a party of ten soldiers on a paragliding exercise to Bavaria. On the way back they were kindly invited to the Pol Roger Champagne House in Epcrnay for a guided tour. Lt P R German LG led a party of four soldiers to the Falklands Islands to board HMS Scylla for its decommissioning trip to England via the Carribcan! October. The Regiment returned from the final period of leave. On ll October a party of Korean officers visited. and the Winter Training Troop departed for Melton Mowbray. Frezcnburg and Balaclava Kit Rides passed out in front of the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding. Col P B Rogers. On 20 October the Regiment had an Autumn Open Day for local school children who looked around the Barracks and watched a display by The Musical Ride. Many members of thc Regiment took part in the Larkhill and Sandhurst Hunter Trials. Maj H M Robertson LG and W02 (SCM) Hickman LG represented the Regiment at the Blue Cross Animal Centre Manege Opening on 28 October. The Regiment entered two teams for the Inter Regimental Pace Sticking Competition at The All Amis Drill Wing.


Edinburgh with their horses to appear in the Military Tattoo. August. The Regiment sent thirteen soldiers to the Roof of Americas Expedition selection camp from which seven were selected to attend the expedition in 1994. On l3 July the Officers‘ Mess held a Summer (lance with a Mexicali theme, The Regiment moved to Thctford on lo July for Summer camp Most detail of camp is in

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THE LIFE GUARDS SQUADRON he last year has been one of the busiest in living tnernory at Knightsbridgc. State Visits. Standards Parades. Birthday Parades and Garter Services have all come and gone orchestrated by a cast largely new to mounted duty. However. despite the hectic pace and the relative inexperience of the participants. the year has generated enormous enthusiasm and it is a telling statistic that not one single soldier of any rank signed off to leave the Anny. The Autumn season was marked by the State Visit of The Sultan of Brunei. The Life Guards were responsible for finding the Standard. which was carried by W02 (SCM) Pickard. with Major Robertson as

the Field Officer and Capt Dwerryhouse as Escort Commander. The Escort itself took place on a wonderfully sunny autumn day and proved. as always. to be a marvellous spectacle. Indeed the photograph of the Squadron in The Mall has been the set piece of Brunei Airways advertising ever since. The Lord Mayor's Show soon followed. with Lt Rees—Davies in command of the usual division escorting the corporation milkfloat. However. the rain soon intervened and it was a slightly sorry looking division. band and Inns of Court and City Yeomanry Detachment that returned afterwards to Hyde Park BarTacks. Soon. though, the ceremonial kit was put away as the troops. in rotation. left for winter camp. Held at Melbury House. the home of The Hon Mrs Charlotte Morrison. this proved to be a great success and all the troops managed to fit in a day's hunting

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during their stay. This was the prelude to an exciting week before Christmas marked by a Squadron Beach Party. This extravaganza. organised by Tpr Saunders. proved to be an excellent tonic at the end of the year and a suitable prelude to Christmas leave. On return in January the Squadron used the quiet period of the year to get as many people away as possible on courses. LCpls Wyard and Egginton and Tpr McDowell all passed their PTl course over the period and CoH Douglas tackled his drill course with such enthusiasm that he returned an addicted

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pace-sticker. The squadron LCsoH all rotated through their EPC courses with LCsoH Gray. I-Iodder. Stewart and Gandar all performing particularly creditably. LCpl Allum. Tpr Mount and Tpr Jenkin all departed for their Equitation Instructors Course and the Squadron provided many of the hockey players who represented the Regiment with such distinction both in Jersey and in the London District Competition. Over this period Capt Dwerryhottsc. Lt Gaselee. Lt Earl. W02 Pickard. SCpl Margan. CoH Tierney. and CoH Lanahan left the Squadron and we welcomed Capt Davies. Lt E H J Hamilton— Russell. Lt Marshall. W02 Evans. SCpl Bellringer. CoH Barry and CoH Dixon itt their place. The summer season started with a Squadron dinner night in the WOs‘ and NCOs' Mess at which the guest speaker was Col J W M Ellery. After a memorable after dinner speech the festivities continued long into the night and resulted in CoH Barry and LCoH Rees forming a body new to Knightsbridge named The Welsh Equine School! The April State Visit of the President of Portugal saw the Squadron providing two divisions and the second Standard although Capt Davies commanded the Captain‘s Escort on the following day with Lt Rees-Davies and W02 Evans alongside. The period up to the Standards Parade was marked by many drills and early morning starts and the reintroduction to mounted duty of Lt Col Falkner and WOl Ritchie to accompany WOI Carter. W028 Pickard. Gilbert. Evans. Whatley and McDerrnolt and SCpl Margan. More good news came when Tpr McCauley won The Richmond Cup for the best turned out

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Trooper and collected the prize from the Queen at Windsor. He and Tprs Garton. Knaggs and Bassett (the other Life Guard contestants) thus formed The Retintre Section for the Queen‘s Birthday Parade. [1 was the third successive year that a Life Guard had won the competition. Both the Standards Parade and The Queen‘s Birthday Parade. commanded by Maj Robertson with Capt Davies as Escort Commander and W02 Pickard carrying the standard for an unprecedented second time passed off without a hitch and the busiest summer for sortie time came to an end with an extremely damp Garter Service.

After leave W02 Hickman took over from W02 Pickard as SCM and attention turned to Summer Camp. This proved to be a remarkable success both for the Squadron and the Regiment and everybody returned from Thetford with morale at an all time high. The Jttnior Ranks Cross Country. with The Colonel of the Regiment in attendance. was won by Tprs Knaggs and McDowell who narrowly squeezed Tprs Leggett and Royston into second place. The Squadron also bagged fourth. fifth and sixth positions. The Junior Ranks Showjurnping was a similar success with Tpr Bassett just pipping Tpr Knaggs to win the trophy. Lt Marshall

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and Cell Grantham won the Senior Ranks Cross Country with Lt Rees~Davies, CoH Douglas and most surprisineg the Squadron Leader and SCM also in the prizes. Capt Fullerton took the showjumping trophy. Senior and Junior Ranks nights out provided the social backbone and all the troops managed to sample the delights of a day out at the seaside in Great Yarmouth. On return to Knightsbridge. the Squadron's adventure training expedition led by Lt Rees-Davies and CoH Douglas departed for ten days Paragliding in Bavaria encouraged by The Chairman of Army Paragliding. Col Ellery. who flew out to inspect progress on one of the week-ends. The party of twelve returned via Garmisch (for some more adventure training), Heidelberg attd Epernay and everybody, particularly the younger members of the party such as Tprs Bassett. Knaggs and Feet. had a trip to remember. As October came along. the pace quickened again with Squadron drill parades and Full Dress Inspections and the start of this year’s autumn season now beckons. Thus. 1993 has proved to be an unusually busy year for the Squadron but one in which much has been achieved. The high turnover of manpower has led to an approach more closely aligned to that of a squadron in the Regiment and thus the distinction between armoured and mounted soldiers has largely been removed. The Squadron is. therefore. particularly happy and well motivated at present and looks forward to the November State Visit and State Opening of Parliament with eager anticipation.

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THE BLUES AND ROYALS SQUADRON 0 use a rather well worn opening. this last year has been extremely busy though we say it ourselves. successful. Indeed there has not been such a hectic ceremonial season since 1983. which saw the last Presentation of Standards to the Household Cavalry. This year has been further complicated by the large tumover of all ranks brought on by the effects of the Union of the two Regiments. The ‘92 Autumn Season saw the State Visit by the Sultan of Brunei. The Regiment‘s winter camp took place in Dorset at Melbury House. courtesy of the Hon Mrs Charlotte Morrison. The camp was run by Lt Miller. and was an extremely valuable and enjoyable end to the year. The latter part of ‘92 and the whole of ‘93 have seen the newly formed Training Wing kick into overdrive. The result was that by the April ‘93 State Visit. 60% of the Squadron were riding on their first ever Escort. Among those churned out by the system were: the Squadron Leader (designate) Capt C B B Clee. Capt M C Goodman. and Lts T E Pitman and M J G Hamilton-Russell. At the same time the Squadron said goodbye to: Capt C H E Gamett to the musical ride. Lt S St M Miller who left to spread some good news and chaos in his new job as assistant adjutant. Lt A McA Holman who left to generate some chaos. and Capt J B Poole who left in search of some chaos with the UN in The Western Sahara. The NCOs had an equally unsettled time with every SNCO in the Squadron changing over between July ‘92 and July '93. the SQMC changing twice with SCpl Gear leaving us for civilian life. to be replaced by SCpl Willacy. Lt Pitman celebrated his first day at Regimental Duty by travelling in one of the Royal Mews coaches during Regimental Drills. splendidly bedecked in his Frock Coat. Unfortunately the team bolted. eventually disposing of all the coach men. while simultaneously scattering four divisions of the Regiment. Tpr (now LCpl) Yates nearly ended up being run down by the coach as it careered through the park. Lt Pitman calmly unbuckled his sword and climbed along the shaft. between the two galloping wheelers. then vaulted neatly into the empty postillion saddle from the offside and pulled up. For this action he was awarded a Commander in Chief‘s commendation. The large turnover in the Squadron necessitated an extremely comprehensive Squadron programme. Maj J Shaw punching home his wealth of mounted experience and knowledge with his usual Yorkshire charm and diplomacy. ably assisted by the SCM and Squadron members of the riding staff. The result was very successful. which


Maj Cleo riding Ring/e! at [/16 Royal anle/JI' Horse Show. LCplx lrlt'iulr'r and Davies.

reflected well on all concerned. while also proving that the Training Wing was producing the goods. The Sovereign‘s Escort for the visit of the President of Portugal saw the SCM. in the guise of "Squadron Major" Dunkley. receive the Order of Merit for his part in the parade. The next item on the agcnda was the Standards Parade. to be closely followed by the first rehearsal for the Birthday Parade. The result was a potentially confusing. overlapping series of briefings for both parades. But it came “all right on the night". Those who were privileged to ride on the Standards Parade represented just over half the Squadron. It must be added that the success of the parade was largely due to the efforts of the unseen members of the Squadron. who all worked so terribly hard in support ofthe occasion without being able to take part. The Parade was the last time the Squadron was commanded in public by Maj Shaw. who sadly left in early June to move up to Yorkshire before leaving the Army this

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year. We wish him the very best of good luck and good fortune for the future. The Birthday Paradc followed soon after. with its rehearsals interspersed with those for the Garter Service. A newly promoted Maj Clee rode on the Parade as the Serrefilc Captain. and was captured. in glorious Technicolour. going for an illicit canter at the end of the Mall. on the way down to Horse Guards. Our participation in thc Garter Service was cut short by Her Majesty due to heavy rain. while The Duke of Edinburgh remarked to the Adjutant that he hoped we didn't rust. which we promptly started to do. when wc got back on to the coaches. We then started block leave and the summer grass plots. The Musical Ridc reformed in early July. The Squadron meanwhile started the build up for Sumttter Camp. Unfortunately. Troop Leaders and Corporals of Horse found their pie—camp training programmes hard to arrange due to the loss of men and horses to the Musical Ride. the Blues and Royals Mounted Band who were performing at the Edinburgh Tattoo as well as the loss of horses to the Training Wing. As a result those that remained were working harder than ever to get horses fit. while also taking part in a greatly increased number of Queen‘s Life Guards. These duties fell by necessity to the younger members of the Squadron who acquitted themselves extremely well. taking in their stride this sudden increase in work load after such a demanding ceremonial season. The move to Summer Camp at Bodney went smoothly. Full credit must go to the SQMC and RQMC for the effortless way in which they coped. Camp started well. We had managed to get most of our military training out of the way beforehand. so the

emphasis was on riding. All three troops got away to swim the horses in the sea at Holkham Bay. 1 Troop took their drum horse. Janus. who steamed round the bay with a bow wave like a channel fcrry. at one stage towing three troopers. It must be said that he was exhausted afterwards and Tpr Adams. his groom. claimed it was two days before he could summon tip the strength to eat! The Colonel of the Regiment visited us during the first week and kindly presented us with assorted saddlery. which we are putting to good use. The Squadron was involved in cross country training at the time and he was able to move between the troops and see most of them in action. The end of the first week saw Lt HamiltonRussell escape to Spruce Meadows. in

Canada. taking LCpl Davies and Tpr Hough. The Squadron show jumping saw almost all the Junior Ranks competing. sixty-one in total. It resulted in an extremely exciting jump off. won by Tpr Evison riding Lyric. It was a particularly good win for Evison. as he was still in Riding School. The Squadron cross country was won by Tprs Murray and Hough. The Squadron did not have a terribly good showing on the Junior Ranks Handy Hunter. as the Life Guards Squadron did a rather better time appreciation. The show jumping was a different story with the Squadron providing nine out of the fifteen ridcrs going through to the final on Open Day. The Senior Ranks had some success. Capt Goodman and CoH Carney came second in the Handy Hunter riding two

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rcmounts. CoH Harris came second in the show jumping just beating the Squadron Leader. Lt Miller won the 5 Bar Jumping with SCM Dunkley coming second. Open day was a great success. Tpr (now LCpl) Hackman did a tremendous Bcn Hur impersonation. cuntcring round the arena standing on two horses complete with Roman Helmet and leather skirt. His troop leader apparently lent him the chest wig! We were very fortunate with the low number of injuries over Camp. both equine and human. the exception being Tpr Ramsden who took a dive off Great Yarmouth pier while the tide was out .......... He should be off crutches by Christmas. On return from Camp. the Squadron started the last instalment of their summer leave. We managed to get several people away adventure training. LCpl Winter damaged himself falling out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft. while LCoH Jenkins and Tprs Lever. Russell and Bush proved more adept at taming gravity. Tprs Cunniffe. Allport. Mahoney and Goldsmith went sailing for two weeks with the Squadron Leader. The winds were mostly gales. with seats to match. and they lightened the load by being ill most of the way from Portsmouth to Falmouth. Still on a nautical theme. we sent LCpl Allison and Tpr Eastwood on HMS Scylla's final journey. prior to decommis— sioning. from the Falkland Islands. At the time of writing the Squadron is working itself up for the Autumn State Visit and State Opening of Parliament. The Christmas programme is full already. and Squadron Officers~ livers can be seen in training most evenings for the social onslaught! The Training Wing has not stopped. and another eighteen trainees are due to join the Squadron by Christmas. which will also see a large number of familiar faces moving on to Windsor. The Squadron Leader. having caught the selector's eye. is due to move on in the New Year to start division one of the Anny Staff Course before attending the RAF Staff College at Bracknell. His replacement will bc Major G C N Lane Fox who will be joining us from Windsor.

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The riding staff under the direction ot~ the Riding Master. Maj D McGregor RHG/D. have continued to excel in Equestrian

Competitions. Summer Camp was again at Bodney Camp. on Stanford Training Area in Norfolk. and as in previous years. a great success, The Open Day was greatly enjoyed

n the first year since the Union. Headquarters Squadron has changed little at Knightsbridge. Some perhaps would claim we have had a mixed Squadron for


by the many thousands ol~ the general public

The Squadron has again been instrumental in keeping the Sabre Squadrons on the road via the departments. This past year has seen a few personalities change: Maj A M Clark LG replacing Maj J L Hewitt LG as Squadron Leader: and Capt l W Kelly LG replacing Capt C R Slater LG as Quartermaster. In November members 01‘ the Squadron rode on the Sovereign‘s Escort for the Sultan of Brunei. Troop winter camps came and went ably supported by us followed by the Christmas Leave Period. This year there was no Major General‘s Inspection but instead a Sovereign's Escort for the President of Portugal.

who visited us. At the time ol~ writing the departments are preparing for the State Opening ot‘ Parliament and the November Escort.

followed by troop winter camps.

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From then on it was the rehearsals for the Presentation ol' Standards by HM The Queen running side by side with those for the Queen‘s Birthday Parade that took tip most 01' the Squadron‘s time. Hyde Park Barracks is midway through its rebuild. A new accommodation block on top of the existing one is shortly to be opened and a new cleaning room above the Stables has already been opened. During this time the soldiers have lived in Cavalry Barracks. Hounslow. or amongst the rubble. The WOs' and NCOs’ Mess is also being renovated and should be open in time for the cycle of Christmas t'esiivities. The Household Cavalry Training Wing at Windsor is working at full capacity turning out newly trained Mounted Dutynien. This


new system of training is working well and there have been many passing out parades, Both the Saddlers and Tailors have seen changes with the Phase 2 redundancies and the new stat't' are performing extremely well in what has been a busy year. The Quartermastcr's department again sultered from the redundancy programme but continues to provide unabated the enormous amount of equipment needed by the two sabre squadrons. The Farriers have. as always. worked hard during the year. and with a relatively junior crew had some success in competitions. most notably when the Farrier Major. FSCpl Wright. led a team to the World Shoeing (.‘oiiipetition in Verona and they came second, ('ul/ Mllt'lit'll [fl/(NI) It'll/I Bogur timl l.t[\'lun<l.


WOS’ AND NCOS’ MESS he Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment finished its Christmas and New Year‘s block leave on Monday 11 January 1993 and the Mess reopened for breakfast that morning. We were swiftly back into the swing of Mess life with the traditional New Year‘s dinner night on Friday 15 January. This was quickly followed on 19 January by an evening out at Clapham Go—karting Arena where teatns from all Squadrons and Messes took part in an enjoyable but competitive racing event. After many protests. stewards enquiries and “friendly discussions" it was decided that no real winning team could be found. and that we should all return to the bar for a “lap of honour“ each. Other notable events on the run up to the start of the ceremonial season included HQ Squadron saying farewell to their Squadron Leader and the Life Guards Squadron holding their Squadron Dinner Night. These two occasions were interspersed with regular discotheques which were well supported The Mess Warrant Officers and Senior Non— Commissioned Officers entertained their wives at a sumptuous dinner night on 16 April. after which on the following Tuesday we commenced the first of our Regimental Drills with a keen eye on the State Visit of the President of Portugal on 2'l April. On 8 May the Mess hosted the annual Blues and Royals Association Dinner. followed by the traditional Cavalry Sunday Parade on 9 May. There was. of course. the Standards Parade on 27 May and the Queen‘s Birthday Parade on 12 June. The Garter Ceremony on 14 June was followed that evening with the dining out of WOl (RCM) Carter and a most intriguing speech


by WOl (SC) Stnith (Wooshl watch out for Scuds)! There was many a "sandbag pulled up". “lantern swung" and “haynet sat on" during the course of the evetting. The Regiment dispersed for the first of the two week block leave periods on 15 June. and on 19/20 June we sadly had to leave the “hallowed halls" of our Mess. due to the rebuilding and refurbishing of the Mess living accommodation. and set up temporary home in the gymnasium. On 21 June WOl Whatley took over the reins as RCM and President of the Mess. July and August were spent quietly and the Mess







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moved to Bodney Camp on the Stanford Training Area in Norfolk on 21 and 22 August. The traditional Summer Camp dinner night was held on 30 August. quickly followed by a “not so traditional" games night. The theme for the night was ”Medieval". A challenge was thrown out to the Officers” Mess to compete in u contest of skill and strength. The games included were: bicycle jousting. bungee running. pillow fighting over water. sumo wrestling. an obstacle course and a game of "porcine pursuit". A thoroughly memorable evening of friendly competition ensued and the stories still go on! We returned from Summer Camp and completed our third block leave period by the end of September. HQ Squadron took over entertainments on 1 October and the Mess was entertained by the Band of The Blues and Royals at a concert in the gymnasium on 9 October. The Farrier Major. FSCpl Wright. and his “posse" of Farriers organised a Country and Western Night on 23 October. Everyone who attended entered the spirit of the evening. which included the RCM being arrested by Deputy Sheriff FLCpl Byrne and placed in the "jail". At the time of writing the refurbishment of the Mess is nearing completion and we hope to take repossession during the first week of December. The senior Mess Members are: W01 (RCM) Whatley. W01 (SC) Smith. W02 (RQMC) Rogers. W02 (ORQMS) O‘Daly. W02 (SCM) McDermott. W02 (SCMl

Hickman. W02 (SCM) Dunkley. W03 Pickard and W02 Pendry.

N 0 part of Britain has felt the recession more strongly than the leisure sector. and this has been reflected in the steep fall in bookings for the Musical Ride this season. A second factor has been the outstanding success of thc previous two seasons. when a total of forty—three shows were attended. This high exposure led inevitably to many show organisers being unwilling to book the Ride again without a two or three year gap. In short. this has been a relatively lean year. The season opened traditionally. with five performances at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. These proved to be very hard work for all concerned as allied to the normal first night nerves was the security—enforced requirement to hack a lengthy route to and from the showground between performances. This led to nearly six and a half hours in the saddle on a double performance day. a far cry from the relative luxury of a country show. But Windsor proved to be an excellent first venue as we performed in all weathers and day and night. and the Ride felt justifiably proud to perform the new routine in front of Her Majesty so early in the season. Following Windsor the Ride disbanded for the bulk of the ‘silly season‘. and reformed in July for the Holkham Country Fair in Norfolk. We were supported on that occasion by the Band of The Scots Guards. who would have been surprised to see a 2nd Xl band led by LCpl Turnbull LG. perform a tattoo with sortie skill. A weekend of glorious weather and an unforgettable venue left both horses and men ill-prepared for the

Flanders like conditions we encountered in Cumbria at the Lowther Country Fair and Driving Trials. Matty stands had to be towed on to the ground, and after two days of pouring rain all were grateful to move south to the sunnier climes of the Shrewsbury Flower Show. Here. our excellent compound could be marked out by the clouds of steam from drying tunics and horses. During the three days prior to the show, Salopians were introduced to the Watering Order and all the trumpet calls that LCpl Mitchell RHG/D could muster. The result of all this publicity was that the show achieved near record crowds in blazing sunshine. thus ensuring a repeat booking for 1995 with the mounted band. Away from the show circuit. the Ride performed at both the Summer Open Day at Bodney Camp. when almost 310 local school children were guests of the Regiment. Matty of the horses have remained from last year 7 why spoil a winning combination"? - but the turnover of men has been high due to the high turnover of those at Regimental duty. Eleven of the dutymen are in their first year on the Ride. and credit must go to Tpr Cossins Price for getting on to the Ride in his first year at the Regiment. The Ride is now gearing up for the swan song of the 1993 season. the tour to Germany to perform in Kiel and Frankfurt before Christmas. In a determined effort to introduce a little more adrenalin into the Ride Officer's and Riding Master’s bloodstrcams. a disconcerting number of

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S~reg horses have appeared on transport manifests. However. no doubt the tour should prove a fitting end to an enjoyable and successful year for all. Prospects for next your look rosy. with seven shows booked already. and many others with the costings in front of them. The expected economic upturn and the fact that the Ride will not he at the Royal Tournament gives plenty of opportunity for a reasonably fttll season. Ride Officer: Capt C H E Garnett RHG/D Riding Master: Maj D McGrcgor RHG/D Ride CoH: CoH Harris 27 RHG/D


HCMR SHOEING TEAM 1993 very year is a busy one for the Farrier at Hyde Park Barracks! 1993. however. has turned out to be an even busier year than usual. In addition to the usual Ceremonial Duties. where the Farriers are represented by two mounted axemen. our support was required during the Edinburgh Tattoo and with the Musical Ride as it perfonned all over the country. As in previous years. HCMR entered a team of Farriers to compete in Military Farriery Competitions at the Army School of Farriery. Melton Mowbray. and the King’s Troop. St John's Wood. A heavy horse competition was also held at the Forge, Hyde Park Barracks. Even though competition was hard. we were successful in all events. winning all three. True to form the Farriers work is often his hobby and many of our Farriers were glad to spend some weekends. free of duties. competing at some of the Country Fairs against our civilian counterparts. Suffolk, Essex and Kent shows were our most successful. The Royal Highland Show is renowned as one of the toughest farrier competitions in the country. FSgt Bell and FLCpl Cox-Rushbridge decided to enter and it would be the first time that serving Farriers would be represented. After a long drive of over nine hours. it was pleasing to see our B&B sign on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The first day


started with FLCpl Cox—Rushbridge competing in three forging classes and FSgt Bell competing in the surgical shoe making classes. The one metre tongs that we had made back at barracks came in handy as the fuel used was coal. which generates much more heat!

The number of

competitors who borrowed these long tongs tested them to the full. It was great to get back to the B&B for an early night as the second day consisted of shoeing several horses. The highlight of the competition was shoeing the mighty Clydesdale horse with






experience every farrier should try! Results produced by the Army Furriers were good especially FLCpl CoxRushbridge being in the top three in all his competitions. A number of ex-Army Farriers and Blacksmiths who served in the ‘405 with mules made interesting conversation between rounds. The whole weekend was thoroughly enjoyable and we look forward to going back again next year. Four Furriers from HCMR competed in the British Army team at the International Shoeing Championship at Stoneleigh in August. The British Army team had been placed third in the previous two years and was fifth this year. This competition entails contpeting against international teams from all corners of the world. Five military Farriers travelled to The


Blacksmithing World Championship held each July itt Calgary. Canada. Comprising of three HCMR farriers: FLCoH Newman. FLCpl Adcock and FLCoH Edwards. and two other RAVC Farriers. the team flew out on 9 July to Calgary. where the next five days saw each farrier compete in: a three man team forging competition of different types of shoes found from all over the world: the four man team draft horse shoeing competition: the two man team forging competition: the St Croix speed forging competition: and the World championship eagle eye competition. By competing for the first time and gaining vital experience. the Army team will be competing next year and looking forward to getting the British Army team recognised throughout the world. We were also invited by the ltalian Army. who paid all our expenses. to compete as their guests at their Annual Championships in November where we finished a creditable second. The Welsh learn were overall winners and they included the World Champion and have an unbeaten record recently. FSgt Bell completed his Fellowship in the art of farriery with honours. This is the first honours awarded by the Worshipful Company of Farriers in the last twenty—one years. FSCpl Wright has now embarked on his own Fellowship project.

trr I993 season started with the Band 0 playing for the Sunday church services; usually the services are held at the Guards' Chapel in Wellington Barracks but. due to the refurbishment being carried oul on the Chapel. we found ourselves playing in the Military Chapel at Chelsea Barracks -

this made quite a pleasant change. During January the Trumpet Major and LCoH Carson headed off to the United

States on yet another "round the world" trumpet engagement lasting five days! (that must have been some Guinness Book of Records fanfare to have lasted that long!) Meanwhile. back at Knightsbridgc. the string players in the Band (apart from those allergic to resin) rehearsed under the baton of the Director of Music for the Lord Mayor of London's Banquet at the Guildhall. March saw the orchestra in action again. this time at Buckingham Palace for an lnvcstiture. We seem to be extra busy with orchestral work these days which makes a change from the military band work that we are used to. A week later we travelled down to the ranges at Pirbright dressed in combats (yes. we have got them!) for our annual weapon training and once again we all managed to pass. thanks in no small part to CoH Woodhouse who managed to fire on to everyone else‘s target. Trumpet engagements appear to be more frequent than ever these days and this was in evidence with the trumpet learns travelling up and down the country playing at such venues as Blenheim Palace. Birmingham. Woburn Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. On 1 April we travelled all the way down to Sennybridge in Wales fora passout parade. Everyone in the Band thought that this was a “wind up" April Fool‘s joke but it turned out not to be. We arrived thcrc to play for the Oxford University OTC. We received a very warm welcome and were very much appreciated.

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May saw the start of a very long ceremonial season starting with the Massed Cavalry Bands forming up at Hyde Park Barracks to march to the Bandstand in Hyde Park for the Annual Cavalry Memorial Parade and Service. During the same month we had our annual inspection by the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry. and the Band passed with flying colours. The mounted season was the busiest that any of us can remember because of Guard Mountings at Horse Guards. the Standards Parade. Beating Retreat and the Queen‘s Birthday Parade to mention but a few (or should it be “Phcw!"). Even with all the rehearsals that went with them we still managed to spare the Trumpet Major and his team for the Garter Service at Windsor

Castle. The Band played at the Royal Windsor Horse Show as House Band this year: this is always an enjoyable event to play for. providing that the weather is on our side and this year. luckily for us. it was. This is quite a busy engagement as we have to play for so many varied displays. This year these included the Musical Ride. the King‘s Troop Musical Drive. and Pony Club events which are always great fun to watch (comment from typist - you should be looking at your musicl).

There has been an increased demand for ceremonial marching displays this year and these have taken us to Penshurst in Sussex. the Bedfordshire Pageant at Luton and many hotels up and down the country. The main concert events of the summer were a week on the Bandstand at St James‘s Park and a week on the Grand Parade Bandstand at Eastboume. The latter is one of the highlights of the Band calendar as it gives the Band a chance to show its full entertaining ability including the Director of Music‘s jokes! It also gives the opportunity to renew old acquaintances with ex—members of the Band and our loyal Band followers before taking some well deserved leave. We are sorry to say goodbye to W02 (BCM) Bourne who has left the Band after twenty—two years service: he was a great entertainer and will be sadly missed especially by the orchestral quartet. We wish him and his wife Janet the very best for the years ahead. We would like to welcome Musn Carter who has just completed Riding School and wish Musn Bowen a successful riding course.




27th May 1993

By Lieutenant M J G Hamilton-Russell, The Blues and Royals his annual visit is often considered a perk after completing the summer madness at Knightsbridge. 1993 being no exception. perhaps even more so due to the Standards Parade in May. The “Masters Tournament" is a show jumping event which takes place annually in Canada for five days at the beginning of September. It is reputedly the third largest and third highest paid in prize money in the World. after only Hiekstead and Aachen. Our job was essentially to lead the winners of each event into the arena. complete a lap of honour at a Canter (although certain

people had trouble staying out of a gallop!) and lead them back out again. all in State Uniform. On “taking over" our horses LCoH Thompson produced a programme which detailed who was to ride which horse and

how they were to be exercised each day. Tpr Iles. all six foot eight inches of him. got the largest. Galactica. which stood well over 17 hands. Between them they made a very grand sight indeed. Another horse Wigwam. or Sir Wigy as he was affectionately known. had been given to the Queen on her visit to Canada in 1991 and is now the property of HCMR. He was a prodigious eater and on one occasion was seen digesting LCoH Thompson‘s return air fare. The event‘s first day was not especially cheery as we witnessed The King‘s Troop Royal Horse Artillery ride into each other (they did not take their guns) and end up walking otrl of the arena after their horses. On the eve of the first day a MiniOlympics was held with fifteen small games. We took part in this alongside the

British Equestrian team of John and Michael Whitaker. Robert Smith and Nick Skelton and beat them pants down. However. over the next four days they were to win between them nearly half a million pounds! Our daily timetable for the next four dil)'\ started early and ended late often leaving U\ only four or five hours sleep a night. Tllh was occasionally because Robert Smitlr (Harvey‘s son) was showing its how tn consume Canadian beer. By the fifth day we were knackercd. over l30.()00 people had seen us. not to mention live television (LCpl Twyrnan and LCpl Davies both opted for that particular event). Our last four day were spent in the Rocky Mountainx reclining in hot spring baths surrounded by beautiful countryside in what can be considered a truly unspoilt part of the world.


Colonel Smith—Bingham, Officers. Warrant Officers. Non— Commissioned Officers and Troopers of the Household Cavalry: This Parade is of great personal significance to me. These Standards are reminders of that very special association between the Household Cavalry and the Sovereign ever since the Restoration. The ceremony also gives me an opportunity to congratulate you on the

excellence not only of this Parade but of your daily duties here in London. The Household Cavalry is widely known for its ceremonial role. but the presence on Horse Guards today of your armoured units is a reminder that you are primarily fighting soldiers, with your Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment based in Windsor. At the last Presentation of Standards it was The Blues and Royals who had recently returned from the Falklands. This time it is The Life Guards who have recently seen service in the Gulf. And at this moment you have Officers and Soldiers serving on operations in many different and dangerous areas of the world.

Like all of the Services,you are living through a period which is a difficult one for you and for your families. The Blues and Royals amalgamated in 1969. and yet again last year the Household Cavalry had to accept the union of your two Service regiments. It is my wish that my two Regiments of Household Cavalry should maintain their traditional and separate identities, and I am aware that you have faced up to the special difficulties of this union with your characteristic determination and adaptability. In these times, it is all the more important to preserve those constant and

unchanging standards of excellence and achievement for which you are famous. symbolised by the new Standards 1 have presented to you today. emblazoned with the battle honours earned by your predecessors. I commend these Standards to your

safe-keeping as a source of inspiration to all of you. wherever you may be. in the service of your country.

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' THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY TRAINING WING T he Household (‘avalry ’l‘raining Wing (HCTW) was enhanced in November I092. since when it has trained Ill recrttits ‘


and fifty soldiers from lI(‘R in a total of

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twelve rides in just over a year. As one can tell from the figures. it has been both a challenging and busy year for all concerned. The idea and concept of an enlarged HCTW came about from tlte “Union" of the two Regiments. In order to keep both organisations fully manned and trained. it is essential that everybody should be mounted trained. In addition. tours between Armoured Reece and Motinted Duty are going to be shorter. The HCTW. already in existence as part of HCMR. was. therefore. enhanced to achieve this dynamic concept. The Training Wing has three main roles. Firstly to teach all young soldiers from the Army Training Regiment. Pirbright. a course in Phase I Signals and secondly to give each student driving lessons to obtain a car licence. Thirdly. of cottrse. our objective is to teach all students to ride. The standards they must reach here have not changed from what has always been known as ”Riding School“. After a very busy Christmas with over a hundred horses and men. life began to quieten down a little and the majority of the year was spent with between 3 - 5 rides running concurrently. Once a basic standard has been achieved. the riding instructors. (under the careful eye of SCpl Boyd) attempt to push each ride to their maximum potential. The facilities at Combermere Bat acks. coupled with the Cavalry Training Area and Windsor Great Park. provide excellent areas for all sorts of equitation training. It is now mandatory for all students to have trained at Skill at Arms. to have competed in a basic show jttmping CVent and to have carried ottt basic escort drills. This together with rigorous cross country training. has enabled the Riding

Staff to produce higher grade riders in the limited time of 16 weeks. During the summer. Warburg and Iraq rides were lucky enough to go to Summer Camp with the rest of the Regiment where they were thrown in at the deep end. All riders were pttt around the Regimental Handy Hunter course. and their riding improved so mttch that their cottrsc was shortened by a week. Of course. some parts of the training are less amusing than others. During the second part of the course. trainees spend time learning how to clean their military kit for riding and state kit for Cavalry Foot Drill! With only ten weeks of basic training. this is an area which many trainees find dif cult. However. with the excellent guidance of the staff. those who are considered good enough p: off the Square in front of the Adjutant. Cavalry drill is. of course. essential for the Garter Service. at Horse Guards or at investitures at Buckingham Palace. The command of the HCTW has been varied since the beginning. Capt W R B Jowitt RHG/D. was responsible for the initial rttnning and he handed over to Capt A J P Woodward RHG/D in the late spring. Due to unforseen changes. Capt Woodward had to leave for a more pressing job as Adjutant of HCR. Capt H R D Fullerton LG. fresh froin ICSC. stepped into the office and continued for five months. The HCTW now has the familiar face of Capt The Lord Fermoy for the next 18 months. Maintaining the standards of the Training Wing is the responsibility of all the staff. W02 Pickard LG. with his own special type of encouragement has proved to be successful in showing the young soldiers what standard of work is required. A delicate balance of knowing how much one can expect from a trainee has to be set against what faces him once he has passed otlt. The Training Wing has been fortunate enough to have CoH Barry LG. as the

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administrative CoH. who has virtually every training qualification open to a Household Cavalry NCO (including being Welsh), The intakes froin ATR Pirbright have varied in age and ability but a few names come to light. Tpr Bridgeland RHG/D. who has his roots in Zimbabwe. is an excellent Junior Wimbledon Tennis Player. who it is hoped will go on to represent the Regiment in the summer of "9—1. Tpr Owens LG. has been selected for the Army under 31 Rugby Team. whilst Tpr Stay LG. whose father was in the Regiment and Tpr Lythe LG. are looking forward to representing both the Regiment and further teams at Football. Other sporting potential has come in the forth of Tpr Berry LG. who is a promising medium to long distance runner. who. having run for his county. should be able to earn his colours at next year‘s Lawson Cup. The training cycle continues over Christmas and new rides will form in December. February and June 1994 which will mostly be designed for riders from the armoured reconnaissance regiment. while there will be a gentle flow from ATR Pirbright. Not to be forgotten in the selection process is Capt G A Fox RHG/D, who is the 21C of the Guards Company. His work in selecting the right recruits for the HCTW has proved to be highly successful and undoul‘itedly his experience of many years in The Blues and Royals and at HCMR has assisted hitn. The HCTW is still very much in its infancy and there is a considerable distance to go before the staff can relax in the knowledge that the) have produced the perfect training programme. However. with the limited resources and time available. HCTW‘s reputation has been proved by the large numbers of trained soldiers who have come through the system to serve at either of our l\\ o Regiments.


HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY NEWS HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY RECRUITING TEAM by the Recruiting Officer, Maior (Reid) B W Lane 0 ctober 1992 saw the conclusion of another strcc ssfttl recruiting season

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM S taff: Major (Retd) A W Kersting. formerly RHG/D (1954-sm. Mr A Morris. Formerly LG (1967—92) The following additions have been received during the current year:

. Medals - CoH MacKenzie. The Life Guards. Given by his son. Mr I MacKenzie.

. Pistol — Two .45 9mm Pistols. one 7.62mm SLR. one Hungarian AKM and one AK47 given by QMtT) RHG/D.

. Painting » Inspection of The Queen's Life Guard in the Yard. Hyde Park Barracks. Loaned by Cranston Prints.

Medals » Mr Humphries 1st Royal Dragoons (WW1). Given by his son. Mr Humphries.

Medals - CoH Cowdrey. lst Life Gttards (WW1). Given by his son. Mr A C Cowdrey. One-sided Trumpet Banner (EIIR).

Given by the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Hotrscltold Cavalry. . Two Dresden statuettes of Mounted Life Guards Officers in Waterloo Order. Property ofthe late Brigadier E M Tumbull. The Life Guards. Given by his wife. Medals 7 Tpr G Marsh. RHG (Egypt 1882). LS and GC Khedive Star. Given by Mr Chris Foot. lterns belonging to Major W H King. Riding Master RHG 1903. RHG silver lighter case. tie pin stirrup of riding crop emblem. Prince of Wales Feathers tie pin. Three miniature medals. Given by Mr R W King.


1().Staff Car Flag. pair of 24 carat gold major"s crowns. black and white print of a portrait of Captain Claude dc Crespigny. DSO. 2nd Life Guards. dressed in Cuirasse order. Loaned by Colonel D de C Smiley. .HM The Queen‘s Speech. Presentation of Standards 27 May 1993 (Original Signature). Given by the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry. ~.Two ORs‘ helmets. Cttirasse front RHG/D. Cuirasse back LG. ORs‘ sword and scabbard. Stair Trumpet. Musician's Cloak. Gold Coat. Musician‘s Cap and Gold Belt. Given by QM HCMR. .Battle Dresses. trousers. overcoat and webbing. Given by Mr John Stacey. RHG. l4.RHG Officer‘s plume and case. Given by Major The Lord Patrick Beresford.






Recruiting Team. apart from SCpl Sandercock RHG/D and Tpr Hammond LG. A winter programme of Schools visits and Work Experience weeks for youngsters between the ages of fifteen and sixteen and a half was undertaken: dttring the course of one of these school visits at a local School. we were able to produce not only Armoured representation but the Mounted side as well. with a recruit ride of about a dozen horses calling in. This was extremely well received by the youngsters. and even more so by the Headmistrcss who. judging by her letter of thanks. is an extremely keen gardener. who greatly benefitted from the presence of the horses in her playground for 30 tnitiutes. With the future of the Recruiting Team in some doubt for 1993 we were finally reprieved by the arrival of the programme for the year. Having found someone with some money. the opportunity to replace Chieftains/Chilllengers on the outside of the Recruiting Trailer was not to be missed, and a complete repaint was carried out depicting both our Armoured Recce and Ceremonial roles. Although this worked out well in the end there were several delays at Workshops, not least of which was “sorry no white paint. priority to UN". This resulted in us initially taking to the road in April with a hastily "cobbled together" 2‘ x 12‘ shelter in lieu of the trailer (we never did qtrite get the wheels onl). However. it all turned out for the best in the end.

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An extrcmcly hard working team in 1993 has ensured that not only have we met our recruiting targets - (these have actually been exceeded by other methods). bttt that we

have represented the Household Cavalry throughout the whole United Kingdom covering 58.954 miles in all. The Team consisted of the following:

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Life Guam/x LCoH McMillan LCpl Cordwell LCpl Squire Tpr Hammond Tpr Smith Tpr Marsh Tpr Fitzgerald

Blues and Royals SCpI Morgan LCpl Caile Tpr Lofts Tpr Gillespie Tpr Cook

SCpl Sandercock handed over “the Scottse connection". to SCpl Morgan RHG/D in June after two years with the Team. He deserves great credit for the ever increasing popularity and demand for our Team at Displays around the Country: we wish him well in his ne\\ appointment as MTWO. Having got ourselves on the road. eyeryone quickly slotted into the Team system and despite long hours. and in some cases nearly impossible distances to drive in the time allowed. all members exhibited that well known "sense of humour" when required. Particularly adept at this was LCpl Caile who quite rightly as a “Geordie" kept cveryone‘s morale up, Willi some of our vehicles nearly as old as the OC. they required a lot of “tender loving care". However. despite the odd hiccup. not one show/booking was missed. and the 26-hour Edinburgh to Bassingbourne drive. a breakdmvn. blown tyres. and the x factor is well recorded in Recruiting Team annals:

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but the determination to succeed shown by Tprs Smith and Gillespie. to tnention only two involved in that move. did them great credit. To conclude the “Touring" season. the Team was attached to the Mounted Regiment at Bodney Camp for five days prior to Open Day. This was a great success and is already in the Diary for 1994 for. 10 and behold. we have been reprieved again and have a programme for 1994 from the Director of Army Recruiting which will see us out and about in the countryside from April to September As we still greatly rely on the two Regimental Associations as valued recruiting agencies. I would like to conclude these notes with an update of the latest

recruiting/training information which you may find useful:


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From January 1994 all selection proce— dures will take place at an Army Training Regiment and not in the local Careers Office. as at present, Should yoti require any further assistance or information. please contact me. as many of you already do. and we will give yotl all the assistance we can. 1994 will see fcw vacancies (only thirty

in 1993). and an even greater need to see that we get the “right man for the job". So. if you know of anyone who is hard working. trustworthy. and a potentially good team member. see if he is interested and wants to join. Competition for places is extremely tight. “Only the Best Will Do"

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY TRAINING SQUADRON GUARDS DEPOT By Captain G A Fox, The Blues and Royals he Guards Depot ceased to exist in its present form on the 31 March 1993. Sadly as part of Options for Change. and in particular the Review of the Training Base. the Guards Depot became an Army Training Regiment (ATR). one of live such regiments which replaced the old depots. Each new ATR is multi cap badng and comes under the command of the Initial Training Group (ITG). Pirbright will train Gunners. REME and the new Royal Logistic Corps along with recruits to the Household Division. ATR Pirbright teaches Phase One (10

weeks) basic training only. known as the Common Military Syllabus recruits (CMS(R)). The Household Cavalry and Foot Guards continue to train here in a new training company called Guards Company. Household Cavalry recruits then move to Windsor and attend Phase Two training at the Household Cavalry Training Wing. Foot Guards move to Catterick for their Phase Two and attend the Combat lnfantryman‘s Course. The other squadrons. companies and batteries at ATR Pirbright are Rowcroft Company REME. 59 Aston Battery RA. and two squadrons of the Royal Logistic Corps. 96 and 97 Squadrons. Junior Troopers and Guardsmen ceased to train at Pirbright in June 1993. thn the last platoon passed out. the recruiting of junior soldiers in the Army ceased Completely. However. from September 1993 Single Entry was introduced due to changes in government education policy and in order to catch young school leavers at sixteen.

The Amiy now accepts recruits as young as sixteen years and three months. These recruits train alongside what were formally adults. This is all subject to selection.



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Sadly the stables have no place in the new ATR establishment and. as a result. have been closed down and the Blacks returned to London: they are missed! Over the last two years fewer and fewer juniors have been able to find time to learn to ride. due mainly to the Common Military Syllabus (Juniors). which has led to a tighter training programme in which the number of daily periods was increased from eight to nine. That said. juniors were allowed to work in the stables on sports afternoons. and many chose to do so along with members of staff The Household Division training base at Pirbright has slowly been reduced from what was five companies to only one. The Household Cavalry staff by mid 1994 should consist of an SQMC. Platoon COH and three LCoH Platoon Instructors, The Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment took the salute at the Passing Out Parade held on 22 February 1993. In future there will he a Pass Out Parade at the end of Phase Onc ( 10

weeks) and parents and friends will he invited to attend. All Household Division bands take it in ttirn to play at these parades. HM The Queen visited the Guards Depot on the afternoon of Friday 19 March 1993, She very kindly sat fora photograph of all the Household Division Staff and visited Platoons in training. The highlight ofthc day was the opportunity for all the families to I have tea with the Queen before her departure. Our recruit retention rate is very good. mainly due to the variety of roles we have to offer young men joining the Household ‘ Cavalry. which many Regiments are unable to do, We also gain from Trainee Guardsmen who transfer across to its from the Foot Guards. At present we try to direct most of our rccrtiits to mounted duty first and to opt for the armoured side later. This policy works well and only one or two g0 “Armoured" first. The fact that we offer :1 civilian driving course for our recruits is 11 strong attraction and. of course. Windsor and Knightsbridgc are popular postings.

By Captain J P Barclay, The Blues and Royals [II don‘t know much about ‘The Micks‘. except they throw a damn good party" Lt Col P B Rogers Combcrmere Barracks Jilly 26111 1992 .......... with such thoughts in our minds. thirty-six Blues and Royals volunteers headed off to join the 1st Battalion lrish Guards in their Pre—Norlhcrn Ireland training. and we weren't disappointed! ~ The phrase "The Good ‘01 Mick". seems to be accepted in justifying any form of fatix pas ......... how does “The Good ‘01 Household Cavalryman" sound?! The training. though often frenetic but always full of commitment. immediately demonstrated the resilience. adaptability and intelligence of our Troopers. They fitted in remarkably quickly and always performed splendidly: if not actually winning. always being somewhere near the top. The “Mick" sense of humour and their constant consideration. always made us feel both appreciated and at home. A typical example of this arose on our “Union Day". when the Commanding Officer and RSM paid us a special visit. by helicopter. in order to give us a celebratory cake and brief message. This was a wonderful gesture. At this stage CoH Reitdell left us on compassionate grounds. which was a big blow. He had completed most of the training with us and we were all looking forward to working with him. Fortunately though. the Regiment pulled out all the stops and rapidly rearranged things, In no time at all. we had a lnan of cqtial virtue and calibre with us in order to help helm the now reasonably seaworthy ship: none other than the popular CoH Harris 97. It was not until early November. after nearly four months training. that we were unleashed on to the fields and streets of Co Fermanagh. No longer. though. were we one entity. btlt now spread across the whole County: with four of the platoon involved in “Int" work. six remaining in Ops Company based near Enniskillen. and the rest of us divided between two multiples in the 1 RRF Company to the West. Though upset not to be working together. as hoped. everyone seemed to get the measure of their particular

Just to paint the picture a “wee bit" the Ops Company fellas under the command of LCoH Johnson. operated far and wide: though always returning to their base at St. Angelo. just North of Enniskillen. The combination of their Company Commander. a “Dangerous Sports” enthusiast and their Company Sergeant Major. a man with five years SAS experience. rcstilted in generally outrageous and exciting operations! LCoH Johnson and his gang relished these. He was a great lettcr writer. The last one began with: “I hope you are well. Our little outpost of “Cut and Dash". amongst a world of footsloggers. sends its greetings!" As far as 1 could gather: Tpr Moxey had set up a barber‘s operation. whilst also managing to win the lnter»P1atoon Squash Competition: Tpr Adams nearly sparked the first 1 1G vs RUC firefight. when he spotted what he thought was an illegal VCP that turned out

to be a “lost" RUC callsign: Tpr Bcscoby was the wettest “Pointman” in Fermanagh by religiously pursuing his policy of “Recce by falling in“: and Tpr Faicrs spurned all attempts to get him into the gym. claiming that carrying the "Antler“ (a piece of ECM kit - for the benefit of those fortunately uninitiated souls) is enough weightlifting for any man. and I agreed with him. Those of us with l RRF had a more routine existence. We were based at two locations. spending a month at each. For the first month. my “Multiple" was based at a patrol base (PB) called Rosscor Bridge. a hypermodern place. only completed the previous July and costing a mere £4M. which was all on my signature! We were complctley selfv sufficient. only needing resupply of things like codes. food and mail. every two weeks. The work revolved around keeping the PB running and catering for its immediate protection i.e. patrolling for mortar base plates. watching out for snipers. checking the area for any kind of device etc. However. we spread our wings every now and then to add novelty and “foraged” further afield. being feiried around by “chopper". So all in all not too bad. except for the notorious Fennanagh “ditch/ Blackthorn hedge/fence" combination and the @l“f/(&’\~ weather! - without exaggerating. in November if it rained once. it rained seven times a day! Otir second location was completely different: an old RUC station called Kesh. We lived (if you can call it that!) in disgusting accommodation » tiny portacabins. with twelve men in each i.e. six bunks and twelve drawers! We were heavily tasked whilst there, going out every

circumstances and keep in touch amazingly

Well via fax. phone and letter. The Fusiliers proved to be highly efficient to work with and. once again. remarkably accommodating (the fact that their Company Commander had come across us before in Cyprus and Was very much a “kindred spirit” was


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They got out and about a lot more than at first suspected. and often entirely when they wanted. i.e. when the sun was shining! Tpr-is Cowan and Wilson roamed about in tln lntcell car. went on helicopter recce flights~ attached themselves to multiples at whim;

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day and usually covering around 20kms at a time - a 24 hours “out". 12 hours “in" system. We all far preferred this "proper patrolling". though were pretty relieved to return to the “PB" after a month of it! During the 12 hours in. you grabbed some sleep. got kit ready for the next patrol. planned it etc. so. thankfully. you hardly had time to absorb the effects of the pitiful living conditions! The tasks normally involved protecting a “soft target" (people with any connections with the security forces i.e. off duty Policemen. building contractors etc.) at night. and checking vehicles. searching certain areas and generally showing a presence. during the day. Humerous incidents ..there have been many. Whilst observing a house. somebody noticed a couple of soldiers “cutting about" a few fields away. behaving very professionally - observing arcs. using the ground. getting into a fire position to observe. etc. etc. yawn. yawn: when. all of a sudden. they just bolted. losing all composure — why? Well. around the corner appeared three calves in hot pursuit! The unfortunate souls. Tprs Sweetman and Harvey. “squeaked it“ to the field‘s edge and promptly got themselves completely entangled. though luckily just out of reach of the calves! Funnily enough. we seemed to have far more run-ins with God‘s fourlegged creatures than with his two—legged. balaclava-clad ones! ....... LCpl Ashdown had a very similar experience. when a flock of sheep thought he had come to feed them. and ended up chasing him over the side of a disused railway embankment: LCpl Gaddes was set upon by a marauding badger in the middle of the night. and Tpr Galbraith had an encounter. on the same patrol. with a donkey! The leading half of the patrol had all passed within inches of a perfectly unassuming bush but when he came up to it. it erupted with a noise resembling an amplified version of an accordian. or a set of bagpipes starting up: to be swiftly followed by an ear piercing series of eeeaorrs! This. at the dead of night. and two inches from his

ear. startled Galbraith beyond description. He was do“ n on one knee. weapon cocked. wideieyed and reciting twenty “Hail Marys" before he‘d \\ orked out what had happened! There was the occasion \\ hen “Lynx 9" hovered above some trees at two o‘clock one November morning. The aircrewman opened the door to look out to help guide the pilot down. Then he tirade a gesture that resembled the “OK. ottt you go lads". signal. So. enthusiastic and rearing to go as always. and with the tree tops looking like bushes. out the CoH. plus two of his loyal followers. Tprs Stables and Watson. went! Was the ground six inches away”) fifteen feet below. the three “ninnies” hit the deck in a heap! quite sortie sensation. apparently: stepping ottt into thin air! Human behaviour was always the most amusing. and that of some of the members of the public we encountered. was no exception. One night. whilst in a complete “white-out" we stopped a car. The driver promptly took pity on us and gave us the only disposable thing he had with him a bunch of bananas! On another occasion LCoH Halthide stopped a German couple. He asked the husband (though he may not actually have been such. he was a good deal older) if. as a matter of routine. he minded stepping out of his car and opening his boot. Having been very friendly. the man now went on the defensive and the wife/girlfriend began to look very shifty indeed. Tensions rose. and LCoH Hallliide was in his element. Having been reminded of our powers under The Emergency Provisions Act 1991. the gentleman reluctantly opened the boot. LCoH l'lallhide dived in. only to dive back out just as quickly when faced with knickers. nurses‘ outfits and the like! He naturally (2"?) had to continue the search in case this was just some form of cover-up. By the time he had finished. the "couple" looked as though they hoped the ground would swallow them tip. The “hit” lot deserve a mention. Initially saddened not to be among the troops on the ground. they actually landed on their feet.

and generally led a rather more civilised existence than us: which tirade up for often dull. desk bound work. Tpr Clerelrugh was out on a limb with no Household Cavalrymen around. but was in the area with the most operational excitements and represented us in fine style. Wherever they‘ve been and whatever they‘ve been up to. all thirty-five Household Cavalryrnen out there represented the Regiment in just such a manner. I was never anything other than proud to command them and I cannot overstress the value of them all being volunteers: the old adage that "a volunteer is worth ten pressed men". was demonstrated time and time again. The best news. however. was that no one was seriously hurt (news of my Masai tricks mtrst have spread!) There was the expected occasional toothache. twisted knee. cut. bruise etc: and due to some dodgy ‘compo the odd case of “Kenyan Quickstep" out on patrol! Tpr Cowan came closest when a sniper took a pot shot at his team. Unfortunately. he lost all hope of being mentioned in Despatches because rather than moving “hard. fast and aggressively" (that great NITAT cry). he spun around. accusingly. towards his fellow team members. and was quoted as saying: “alright. who was that‘?". .. he thought it was a negligent discharge! It is such memories that one treasures. It is the great bond established between individuals. that one values. It is by challenging oneself that fortitude. personal pride and satisfaction. are attained. it is such stoic reasons that vindicate volunteering for this sort of tour.

PEACE IN CAMBODIA By Captain W J M Scott, The Blues and Royals ndividual perception of Cambodia I depends entirely on which part you happen to have been posted to at the tirrrc. In the south there are long unspoilt sandy beaches. in the centre and north. (Kornpong Thom and Siem Reap provinces). flat paddy fields with daily artillery exchanges and fire fights that told a different talc. To the east the jungle extends unbroken to the Vietnamese border. still pock marked by the 853 strikes against the Ho Chi Minlr trail. The west was largely unvisited by the United Nations because it was controlled by the Khmer Rouge who denied access. bttt on the map it looks fairly hilly and borders with Thailand. Arrival in Cambodia is via Phnom Penh. the capital. It is a sprawling. lively city which. unlike Bangkok. has wide tree lined boulevards and some ancient colonial style houses. At one time Phnom Penh would have been a very smart city but has now fallen somewhat into decline. The French influence remains. not just in the architecture. but also with the most wonderful fresh baked bread. Phnom Penh was the most likely place to become sick in Cambodia. but aye there is a German Field Hospital within easy reach of cyclo. (a three wheeled bicycle taxi fora single passenger).

The elections were UNTAC‘s main objective and the btldgct allocated to them was some $2.8 Bn. (most was spent on the UN Civilian Police and Military). it involved registration of voters. civic education. and finally the actual voting. The Khmer Rouge refused to participate in any of this and since they controlled the wealthy logging and gem regions. war or partition seemed likely. They argued that UNTAC had failed to enforce the Paris Agreement and in many respects it was hard to disprove

their accusations. There probably were still Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia and the government (through which UNTAC managed Cambodia) was trndcniably corrupt. the two biggest complaints. All this left the unarmed Military Observer liclmeted. sitting on his flat jacket going from one ceasefire violation to the next. The main dangers. apart from disease (malaria is freely available throughout Cambodia) came from mines of which there were tnore than six million and from getting

UNTAC (United Nations Transitional

Authority in Cambodia) had its Headquarters in Phnom Penh. This "organisation" was a circus that Billy Smart would have been proud to own, Performing animals could be seen from 0800- l 200 daily — nothing happened in the afternoon in Phnom Penh. Fortyiscven nations contributed to UNTAC. all pulling in different directions. Some did not bother to pull in any direction brrt preferred to spend their $|45 a day on the ever present Vietnamese girls. This was widely reported in the press and resulted in UNTAC gaining something of a bad reputation in South East Asia. As Military Observers (UNMO) we were assigned to learns consisting of three other Officers of differing nationalities and ranging in rank from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel. Our job was to monitor the ceasefire and investigate/report on ceasefire violations. These were a daily occurrence and the term ceasefire largely redundant. The Khmer Rouge. although agreeing to disarm at the lWl Paris Agreement. had not Permitted the UN to carry out this first. vital

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stage of the peace process. Although some disarmament had taken place the other three factions in Cambodia. suspicious of the Khmer Rouge‘s intentions also refused to cantone their troops in United Nations camps and took up arms again.

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caught in crossfire be it artillery or small arms. With the exception of a few isolated incidents for most of my time none of the factions actively targeted the UN. The work was interesting but sometimes seemed rather futile as once more the artillery shells started falling. The UN had 17.000 troops in Cambodia. There was no command and control above battalion level and thus the staff in Phnom

Penh remained largely ignorant of the circumstances on the ground. There were no support weapons and the lines of communication were tortuous. UNTAC was not a lighting force. We were told that we were Peacekeepers not Peacemakers bttt in Cambodia there was no peace. The Khmer Rouge refused to take part in the elections in May. Political and military activity increased in intensity in the final

UN personnel

were targeted for attack which resulted in some highly unpleasant incidents. The civilians in the mission were withdrawn from the more sensitive provinces at the beginning of April. Still the UN to its credit did not throw in the towel. As UNMOs we then took up the running of the elections. picking tip the pieces dropped by the fleeing civilians. to put together a creditable performance in the glare of a critical international press. The UN then threw in with the government forces as the only choice if the mission was to continue. We would often find ourselves giving advice to the local Brigade Commander as how best to deploy his forces to protect the election sites. We were able to keep the Khmer Rouge at arms distance and the elections were largely trouble free. It was not an election that most would have recognised: voting was behind barbed wire. surrounded by trenches and SF guns. ballot papers being delivered either by helicopter or by APC. but a 90% poll was achieved (less than 50% voted at the last County Council elections in England). We. therefore. achieved our aim. The seven months were a thoroughly worthwhile experience. working in a multinational organisation and in South East Asia. I think we could have done more if the UN had been better managed but Cambodia has at least been given a chance albeit a small one. It does. however. remain an outstanding example of how not to spend $2.8 billion.

LIFE AS AN OPS OFFICER IN CROATIA By Captain E H D Andrews, The Blues and Royals y story begins at 5 o‘clock on the afternoon of Friday l4 May. although being in the office at that time on a Friday afternoon is not a habit that l practise if at all possible. At that time I was working in RHQ as the Assistant Adjutant and was hoping to go to Cambodia as a United Nations Monitoring Officer (UNMO). This was becoming more and more unlikely as the word “Cambodia” rapidly became even more of a proverbial “red rag" to the Commanding Officer than "CV building". Colonel Simon called the into his office and shoved a signal in front of me. telling me to read it. The signal read something along the litres of "5 Field Ambulance requires Ops Offr for deployment on Op Hanwood. Candidates must be experienced Captains and Battalion Ops Offrs. preferably with previous operational experience". I handed the Signal back to the Commanding Officer and replied that I really didn't see what in the world it had to do with me and what was Op Hanwood anyway! I I was required to attend two weeks of training in Warminster before deployment to Croatia which started on Tuesday 18 May. so as you can imagine it was rather a hectic weekend to say the least. One of the first familiar faces I was to see down in Warminster was a certain Surg Maj O‘Kane. who. purely by coincidence. was also to be attached to 5 Ed Atnb for the tour. I distinctly remember asking him then what his job was to be and he replied he didn't know. I am not entirely sure that four months on he is any the wiser! I am pleased to say that I managed to avoid most of the training at Warminster which was designed along the lines of Sandhurst type infantry training. on the pretext of important “ops liaison" work at UKLF btlt those who did complete the course told me it was. what is known. as “a good all round package". I finally arrived in Croatia on the 5 June. The HQ and logistical support for the British Medical Battalion (BRITMEDBAT). totalling 200 personnel. was based at Camp Pleso. on the outskirts of Zagreb. the capital of Croatia. The Battalion also had medical learns of 24 soldiers in each of the four United Nations Protection Areas (UNPA). The role of the Battalion was to provide Second line medical support to all United Nations troops within Croatia. Due to the Current

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practice I became far more involved in the "Military Information business" (intelligence is a dirty word within the UN). 1 was required to send a report to UKLF on it daily basis as well as briefing two Generals. the Minister for the Armed Forces

and the British Ambassador amongst others during my time. The situation in Croatia and Bosnia is absolutely fascinating and I soon realised that it is impossible to pick tip a real grasp of the situation from the media alone. Life in Zagreb and Pleso Camp was really quite civilised. Zagreb itself is a very impressive Hapsburg city with the usual amenities found in any other European capital. It boasts an Opera house. night clubs and even some fairly reasonable restaurants all available to UN personnel even if you didn't often get a smile frotn the locals. Pleso Camp itself was an old IA (Yugoslavian Army) barracks and probably would have been perfectly decent had it not been full of Frenchmen! I was also able to travel to each of the four UNPAs on a fairly regular basis. The UNPAs are the areas in which most of the fighting took place within Croatia in the later months of 199] and the early months of 1992. Much of Croatia is very beautiful and it was often sad to see the many towns and villages completely destroyed by the fighting. I was also lucky enough to take a couple of trips into Bosnia. One visit I will never forget was to the disabled children‘s hospital in Fojnica. 30km to the west of Sarajevo. It was widely reported by the world's press that the hospital had been dcscrted by its staff when it became part of the

The staff had left the hospital five days before and consequently it was in an appalling condition when they arrived. The team spent the first few days tidying up and then set to work in caring for the young patients. I visited the hospital a week after the members of BRITMEDBAT had arrived. It was incredibly moving to see the soldiers caring for the children. who in many cases had never been out of their cots before or been allowed outside to play in the sun. and giving them the proper attention they deserved. If there can ever have been a “silver lining" to the horrors of war in the Former Yugoslavia it would be that these children. thanks to the soldiers of BRITMEDBAT. had received the best three weeks of their lives. The hospital was handed back to the staff after four weeks. in which time the usual staff had returned and were taught the proper care required for disabled children. On this occasion and many others the soldiers of the RAMC proved to be of the highest quality. The United Nations is perceived as an organisation with immense duplication of work and often being placed in impossible positions due to mandates and resolutions. The United Nations has to be seen to be treating each nation equally and consequently suffers frotn the inefficiency and the lack of training of some troops. It is often said by members of the British Military that our Army is the best in the world and it is reassuring to see in practice that this is genuinely trtte and I atn sure that

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is the opinion of most nationalities in the UN within Croatia. The four months were generally quiet within Croatia. The Croatian President. Franjo Tudjeman. became more involved with the plight of the Croats within Bosnia with a view to extending the sphere of influence of his government in Zagreb. so that if an agreement is signed to approve the proposed carve up of Bosnia Hercegovina. Croat areas will be absorbed into a Greater Croatia. At no time have the Croats acknowledged the right of Scrbians to any territory within Croatia. and once matters are settled within Bosnia and the Croatians have had time to regroup there will undoubtedly be an attempt by them to gain the Serbian held territory of Krajina. The week from 9—16 September 1993. when following a limited offensive by the Croats there was a clear escalation in events. demonstrated the assets which both sides are prepared to use. The Serbs fired both FROG 7 missiles and Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers at key installations and the Croats used MIG 21 aircraft to retaliate. Many people in Croatia perceive it to be a country recovering frotn war. the tragedy is that

Croatia is a country preparing for a war even ntore horrific than the first. All in all my time in Croatia was a very enjoyable and fascinating experience which

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By 2nd LieutenantJ H Fuller, The Life Guards ri/_e Norton. Washington Dulles. Belize City. Brief. Bally‘s Bus and. at last. with a sigh of relief and some minor resignation. Holdfast Camp. With just six months of sunshine (and a spot or two of rain) to go! One troop each of B Squadron The Life Guards and D Squadron The Blues and Royals had finally arrived. Our partners in crime for the duration of the tour were 45 Commando Royal Marines. a reasonable sort of lot in spite of their inability to grasp the English language on occasions! Holdfast Camp itself stands nine miles East of the Guatemalan border and comprised a number of Nissen huts. breeze block buildings and straw roofed sheds affectionately known as “ataps” after the leaves used for thatching. After the initial admin. patrolling began. and for the next month or two vehicles were out at all times in terrain varying from secondary jungle to savannah. visiting villages on the way and carrying out "chat ups" to establish whether any illegal substances were being moved through the area. Meanwhile. those of us available joined 45 Commando on their Jungle Warfare Course which involved jungle navigation and basic survival. In spite of their "tough" reputation. the Marines were the least of our problems. ants and mosquitoes being our primary concern. Following this. the troop began its exercise phase . staging first a gunnery camp which. despite the heat (at times very uncomfortable in a turret). was very successful — if you discount the rather severe bogging of one vehicle on Baldy Beacon and SCpl Wragg and the echelon‘s efforts to deprive tis of any sort of supplies. Several weeks of the tour were spent supporting 45 Commando. the Gunners and the Belizean Defence Force in various

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THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY EXPEDITION TO VENEZUELA EXERCISE UNION ROYALE SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 1992 By Lieutenant F C Marshall, The Life Guards xploring the upper reaches of tlte Orinoco River was a tentpting challenge and on 1 September last year the complete team met up at Combcrntere Barracks. It was a joint team of twenty»two all ranks from both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals including a vehicle mechanic (REME) and a medic (23 Para Field

Ambulance). Equipment had been procured from a multitude of sources including 180 man days of specially prepared emergency rations. I was definitely given the short straw when the expedition leader gave me the task of taking the main team out to Venezuela. With a limited budget. and a passage on a Royal Navy deployment to Puerto Rico. 1 had to get tlte team to Caracas by the end of the month. Meanwhile. Lt A D Dick RHG/D would be carrying out a detailed recee in country to set up the expedition. Three weeks at sea can lead to the best intentions in the world » no alcohol. healthy eating. plenty of exercise and the chance to brush up on the old “espanol”. Medical training and all the rest occupied as for the

first week but it was a problem vying for a space with a flight of Royal Navy helicopters. The same crew were also responsible for curtailing our fitness by hosting us superbly throughout the trip. Life at sea was a memorable experience for everyone. In mid Atlantic I was informed that we would be dropped off in Norfolk. Virginia not Puerto Rico. This was seriously going to upset the budget but after some persuasive negotiations witlt the American Air Force (under the mistaken belief that we were on some covert mission in South America) we were given an indulgence flight to Puerto Rico. The team had a chance to stretch their legs and explore the island before flying to Caracas on 27 September. Arriving late in the evening we were put up in a very run down hotel which it transpired was a brothel! The next day we were let loose on the mountain range which divides Caracas from the Caribbean coastline (the Avila National Park). Kit was limited. Food was rationed and it turned out

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to be tnore of a survival exercise with torrential rain at night and temperatures only just above freezing. This was a serious shock to the system after life at sea and the razzamatazz of Puerto Rico. Maj Mitford-

Slade was obviously trying to emphasise the point that this was not a holiday! Four days soaking tip the rays on the (leserted island of Cayo Sombrero was a welcome break. despite the sand flies. W

chance to try out our culinary skills on the local food as well as snorkelling and diving iii the lapis lazuli blue water of the Caribbean. At the same time Capt D J G Mahoncy LG had flown in with a film crew from SKY Television - they were going to spend a week with the team in our training camp. which was the next phase of the operation. before being launched into the unknown Up the Orinoco River. Puerto Ayacucho is the furthest accessible town by road on the Orinoco River and this was to be our base for the next week. Jungle survival. rock climbing. abseiling. white water rafting and several endurance marches were in store for us. It was a fascinating week made even more interesting by the presence of the film crew (they fitted in well with the team especially the presenter. Penny Smith. who took part in all aspects of the training). The week (lid not go without incident. Rafting the notorious Atures Rapids. with waves over 12‘ high crashing over the bow of our precarious inflatable raft. resulted in Tpr Archdale receiving a spontaneous nose job on the splash plate of the boat. Fortunately Tpr Zollino grabbed the unfortunate victim before he went overboard into the midst of a shoal of hungry piranhas and an inquisitive anaconda. The local hospital stitched up the gaping wound and an X—ray revealed a badly fractured nose.


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