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1985, Lt C T de M Fraser LG and Major D Reed-Felstead RHG/D

As the final showpiece match of the tournament, the gallery was chock

full of fellow competitors awaiting the much anticipated and always enjoyable cocktail party and further swelled by a large contingent of spectators form the United Services Defence College in Belgrave Sq. In a match of great entertainment and much skill, belying the handicap that age normally confers upon athletes of this experience, the match entered the fifth and deciding set with the Number 1 seeds and Nicholls in particular serving with hostile ferocity. At 13-16 down (first to 18 was the winner) and with both servers to dispose of, the Household Division pair’s cause was looking somewhat bleak. However, in the closing moments of great excitement, Fraser/Seagrave

won back the serve and then served out to win 18-16 in one of the great upsets of this prestigious Tournament. Interspersed amongst all this rackets, Fraser managed to find himself in the semi-finals of the Real Tennis competition, but against the RAF squash champion and with his mind dwelling on his more favoured discipline of rackets, this was a step too far for the ageing body. He would dearly love some younger subalterns, officers or soldiers to partner or indeed to take over the Regimental banner in this enormously enjoyable and valued tournament.

Tank Heroes

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ormer SCpl Keith Allen remembers his efforts to be ready to train The Life Guards at Chieftain D&M. He reports that in 1971 he was given a handbook and had to learn as much as possible before going on his B1 Course. At that point he did not have a B3 Chieftain licence, having just been posted from the Mounted Regiment. On arrival at Bovington he had a driving test, passed, and subsequently passed top of the Course. First prize was to go back three months later on the Instructor’s course and be ready to train the Regiment on first conversion to tanks.

Cpl Allen outside the Miniature Range in Combermere Barracks in 1971, preparing for his B1 D&M Course

Explaining the Blast from the Past 1 by 22556776 Laurie Young, The Life Guards, 1954-69

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he photo of the escort forming in the yard at dear old Knightsbridge Barracks could be anytime during the fifties and sixties. I think it could quite possibly have been taken on the morning of 7th April 1960

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prior to riding to Horse Guards Parade to take part in President De Gaulle’s Review of the Household Troops. This was the third day of his state visit and the Mounted Squadrons had already carried out the arrival Escort from Victoria Station on the 5th and Guildhall

Escort on the 6th. All in a dutyman’s day’s work. The actual Review consisted of the Mounted Regiment parading with three Standards, The Kings Troop with their Guns, and three Battalions of Foot

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