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The tour party on Juno beach

Stratford Upon Avon and the Windsor Royal Horse Show, as well as setting up semi-permanent displays in Windsor Library and Holy Trinity Garrison Church. In addition, we have helped out with artefacts and expertise at both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals Association dinners and for functions at the Officers’ and WOs’ and NCOs’ Messes. Our indefatigable Battlefield Tour guides Pete Storer and Jim Lees have carried out two trips during the year. Both the Regimental Associations joined together in April for a trip to the Somme area and in July Jim and Pete took fifty serving soldiers to Caen to trace

the route of 2 HCR after the Normandy landings. Both of these trips were very well received and Pete and Jim are on the road again in May 2017 taking both the Associations to the Ypres area to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 3rd battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). There is also a likelihood of another trip in late June 2017 to commemorate the VC winning action that led to the death of John Spencer Dunville, 1st (Royal) Dragoons, the only VC winner in our joint history, at Epehy in France. Our volunteer numbers have been swelled in recent months by the arrival

of Jim Evans, who is proving to be an excellent tour guide, Phil Pike, who is looking into producing an audio-visual archive, Tony Webb who is sorting out our firearms collection and Dave Voyce who will be helping with research. All are ex-Household Cavalrymen and all are keen to get stuck in. Sue Storer is now our admin assistant and brings some much-needed IT expertise and computer skills to the office for three part days per week. Sue is also intending to assist with research queries and other general work as time allows. A couple of our more senior volunteers, Harry Mitchell and Stuart Madden, are in the process of leaving us for fresh fields and pastures new (or old in the case of Stuart, who is now an in-pensioner at the Royal Hospital!). Stuart is intending to help out in future as a volunteer at the Horse Guards Museum. We wish them all the best whatever they decide to do in the future. The recent news of the proposed Regimental move to Bulford has introduced a new degree of uncertainty into the equation but we at the Museum will continue to do our best to preserve, protect and publicise the heritage of the Household Cavalry wherever the vicissitudes of Army 2020 may take them. The thought of there being no Household Cavalry representation in Windsor for the first time since 1804 does not exactly fill us with delight but we will await with interest the pending decisions as to whether we will be staying put and if so what the new occupants will make of us!

A most unusual mixed visitor group touring barracks

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Household Cavalry Journal 2016