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The Household Cavalry Journal Incorporating The Acorn and The Blue and Royal

Preface by The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry. . 4

Vol. No. 3 1995/6 Editor: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) JS Olivier, The Blues and Royals.

Household Cavalry Regiment

Pages 5 - 25

Colonel-in-Chief Her Majesty The Queen Colonel of The Life Guards and Gold Stick :

Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard GCVO, CB, CBE, MC, DL

Colonel of The Blues and Royals and Gold Stick:

General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB, DSO, MBE, MC

Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Regiment:

Colonel PB Rogers, The Blues and Royals

Lieutananz Colonel WR Rollo, The Blues and Royals

Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment:

Foreword by the Commanding Officer ................... 5 Diary of Events ..................................... 6 A Squadron, The Life Guards .......................... 8 B Squadron, The Life Guards ......................... 10 C Squadron, The Blues & Royals ...................... 12 D Squadron, The Blues & Royals ...................... 14 Headquarters Squadron .............................. 16

The Quartemasters Department ....................... The Technical Quartermaster Department .............. Light Aid Detatchtnent .............................. WO’s and NCO’S Mess .............................. The Band of The Life Guards ......................... Recruiting Notes ................................... A Recruiting Update ................................

17 18 19 20 22 24 25

Lieutenant Colonel W TBrowne, The Blues and Royals

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Pages 26 - 42

The Life Guards Battle Honours Dettingen Peninsular

Ypres (1914) Langmarck (1914)


Bapaume (1918) Arras (1917) Y res (1917)



Noireau Crossing Amiens (1944)

Syria (1941) ‘ _

Waterloo Tel el Kebir Egypt (1882)

Nonne Boschen

Arras (1918)


E1 Alametn

St Julien

Hindenburg Line


NOUh Africa (1942-1943) Arezzo

Relief of Kimberley





Ypres (1915)

St Quentin Canal


South Africa (1899-1900) Mons Le Cateau Retreat from Mons Marne(1914)

Somme (1916) Albert( 1916) Scarpe (1917) (1918) Broodseinde Poelcappelle

Cambrai (1918) Selle Somme (1918) France and Flanders (1914—18)

Messines (1914)


Mont Picon

Lingen Bentheim North West Europe (1944—1945) Baghdad (1941) Iraq (1941)

Advance to Florence

Italy (1944) Gulf(l99l)

Battle Honours Mons

Scarpe (1917)

Mont Picon


Le Cateau

Ypres (1917)



Retreat from Mons

Noireau Crossing


Marne (1914)

Somme (1918) St Quentin

Gazala Knightsbridge


Defence of Alamein Line


Messines (1914)



El Alamcin

Fuentes d’Onor

Armentiers (1914)


Penninsular Waterloo

thes (1914) Langemarck (1914)

Broodseinde Poelcappelle

El Aghcila Advance on Tripoli



North Africa (1941-1943)





Sicily (1943)



Hindenburg Line

Egypt Tel el Kebir

Boschen St Julien


Rhine North West Europe

Arexzo Advance to Florence

Cambrai (1918)


Gothic Line

Releif of Kimberley

Ypres (1915)


Baghdad (1941)



Pursuit to Mons

Iraq (1941)

Releif of Ladysmith


France and Flanders


South Africa (1899—1902)

Arras (1917)


Syria (1941)


26 27 30 32 34 36

The Band of The Blues and Royals ..................... The Forge ......................................... Household Cavalry Training Wing ..................... Musical Ride ....................................... Capel Curig 1995 ................................... Winter Training ....................................

Household Cavalry News

Italy (1943-1944) Falkland Islands (1982)

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Pages 47 - 79

Royals in Denmark 50th Anniversary Trip ............... Horatio and Fibreglass... A Tail of The Royal Tournament . . V] Parade .......................................... Surprise Surprise ................................... Headquarters Squadron in Bosnia ..................... March Through the City of London .................... Edinburgh Military Tatoo 1995 ........................ Household Cavalry Band in America ................... Visit to the Royal Thai Army, Bankock 1995 ............. On Exchange with the Royal Canadian Dragoons ......... Exercise Cockney Cowboy ............................ Exercise Cockney Drake ............................. Exercise Cockney Lad ............................... Exercise Cockney Claviers ............................ Summer Camp .....................................

47 50 52 53 54 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 67 68 69

Spruce Meadows .................................... 70 Skill at Arms in California ........................... 71 Six Months with The Royal Irish ...................... 71 Combined Services Polo Scholarship ................... 72 The Curso de Maestros de Equitation, Chile ............. 73 Exercise Cockney Powderhound ....................... 74

Polo .............................................. 75 Swimming, Sailing and Modern Pentathlon .............. 75 Saling ............................................ 76 Rugby ............................................ 77

HCMR Rugby

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HCMR Football .................................... 78 Golf .............................................. 78 Tae Kwon Do ...................................... 79

News from the Associations The Life Guards Association Annual Report and Rules of the Association .......................... Minutes of the olst AGM of The Life Guards Association . . . The Life Guards Association Charitable Trust Accounts ..... Association Notices ................................... The Blues and Royals Annual Report ..................... Minutes of the AGM of the Blues 8: Royals ................

..................................... 77

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Pages 80 - 101

The Blues and Royals Association Accounts Household Cavalry Museum ............................ 88 Cavalry Sunday ....................................... 89 Obituaries The Blues and Royals ......................... 89 Obituaries The Life Guards ............................. 90 Nominal Rolls ........................................94 Notices and Letters

Covers : The Front Cover shows: A 8qu The Life Guards, Bosnia, Mt Igman. June 1996 The Rcar Cover shows The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment bathing at Holkham Beach on Summer Camp, September 1995.

Household Cavalry Regiment Household Cavalry Regiment

37 37 38 39 41 42

Gothic Line

The Blues and Royals Tangier (166241680)

Foreword by The Commanding Officer ................. Diary of Events .................................... The Life Guards Mounted Squadron ................... The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron ............... Headquarters Squadron .............................. W05 & NCOs Mess .................................

tribute to the outstanding work done by


Major Sir Arthur Collins on behalf of 2

by Colonel PB Rogers, The Blues and Royals, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry.

painstaking way in which he has run the Dinners, but also in his safeguarding of


This has not only

been the

the wider welfare and interests of everyone connected with 2 HCR since he fin— Both Regiments of Household Caval» ry have had a busy and high—profile year. The Windsor Regiment successful— ly completed its deployment to Bosnia, earning an excellent reputation and returning with everyone in one piece. The Mounted Regiment carried out all the usual State Ceremonial to a high standard and also played a major part in the VB and V] Day Celebrations. Our two Bands gave a much acclaimed con— cert in the Royal Festival Hall in May, and then carried out a 52 concert tour of North America in the Autumn. These accomplishments are detailed in the journal, but it should be noted that they were achieved against a backdrop of ten percent undermanning due to an armyiwide shortage of recruits. With no territorial area and the additional requirement to ride horses, our figures have been particularly poor despite the best efforts of the Careers Officer and both Regiments. Some of the shortfall has been made up by re—enlistments and by others transferring into the Household Cavalry. Even so the situation is serious and is likely to remain so during the forthcoming year. Undermanning is the biggest problem facing the Household Cavalry at the moment. There is another factor which is likely to have a bearing on the Household Cavalry of the future. In a recent article in the Guards Magazine, The Adjutant General, Sir Michael Rose said “...change is being bought about by the increasingly litigious society which we live in today and which is now directly impacting on service life. Examples are numerous; the employment of women and homo— sexuals and access to industrial tribunals...”. Sadly, in the present climate of so~called political correctness mili— tary efficiency looks like taking second place to an aggressive interpretation of individual rights. Whether the two are reconcilable is debateable, however, it would be unwise to suppose that we can swim against the tide. There is nothing imminent, but I believe we must expect changes in the future. When they come we must take a positive View from the outset in order to turn them to our advantage and minimize their effect on our traditional way of doing business.

The Household Cavalry is at . :the moment under pressure to find more recruits from ethnic minorities. Despite great efforts we have so far been approached by very few. I am in no doubt that we must con— tinue not only to actively seek such recruits, but also ensure that any we get receive exactly the same treatment — no better ‘ and no worse — than recruits from our traditional sources. Although overall numbers are down, many of our recruits at the moment are of excellent quality. It is in everyones best interest to welcome young men of similar quality from ethnic minorities into the Household Cavalry. Indeed I insist that we do so.

1995 saw a number of changes to the

Changing of The Queen’s Life Guard. As most readers will know, the Guard now changes on Horse Guards Parade in order to allow more room for spectators. During the handover of the Guard quarters , soldiers from the New and Old Guards now patrol in successive pairs, from where the Guard changes up to the Guards Memorial and back again. This creates more activity as well as giving the troopers a worthwhile task to perform. Each mounted Band accompanies the Queen’s Life Guard twice in the spring and autumn. In addition, the dismounted Bands now take turns to accompany the Guard Change every Wednesday except during the busiest months. This enhancement has been well received.

1996 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first Dinners of the l HCR and Z HCR Dining Clubs after the war. For those who are not sure, lst Household Cavalry Regiment consisted mainly of Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards who had enlisted as Regulars before the war. The Regiment deployed to Pales» tine in 1940, mechanising in 1941 before

serving in Iraq, Syria, Persia and Egypt. They then fought in Italy before joining the Guards Armoured Division in Holland prior to the invasion of Germany. 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment com-

1 HCR will decide at this year’s Dinner Whether to call it a day or continue in 1997. In either event, members of both clubs will still find many old friends at their respective Regimental Association Dinners where they are always most welcome.

ished four wartime years as Adjutant of the Regiment fifty years ago. A momentous achievement for which he deserves deepest thanks.

I would like to end up paying tribute to the Junior Ranks of the Household Cavalry for the success of their endeavours this year in so many different fields.

In my view both Regiments are superbly led, and we have a large number of very able Officers, Warrant Officers and Non—Commissioned Officers. Nevertheless we build our success on the dedication and hard work of those with the smallest stake in the enterprise. Despite undermanning our soldiers have consistently come up with the goods with the typical mixture of professionalism and charm that is the hallmark of the House hold Cavalryman. They deserve our pride and thanks.

Household Cavalry Regiment Co/onel PB Rogers prised the remainder of both Regiments supplemented by those who joined for wartime service. After training at Wind— sor the Regiment landed in Normandy in July 1944, spearheading the British advance across France, Belgium and Holland, and finally crossing into Ger— many in April 1945. The Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards reformed as separate Armoured Car Regiments in September 1945. In 1946 1 HCR and 2 HCR each formed Dining Clubs which have now flourished for fifty years. I have been fortunate enough to be invited to several of their annual Dinners. I have been most impressed by the spirit and comradeship of these occasions, and by the trouble people have taken to attend them. Sadly, time marches on and numbers are inevitably declining, bearing in mind that anyone who fought in the last war has to be at least seventy years old now. It has therefore been decided to draw 2 HCR Dinner to a close while it is still well supported. Their Dinner this year will therefore be their last. I would like to Lise this column to do two things; firstly to urge as many as possible of those who served in Z HCR to come to the final Dinner (lHCR at Knights» bridge on 12 Oct 96, 2 HCR at Combcrmere, on 23 Nov 96. Secondly to pay

Foreword by Lieutenant Colonel W R Rollo, The Blues and Royals, Commanding Officer.

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has been an eventful one for the Regiment. We have completed a series of tours in Bosnia, and have retrained as 3 (UK) Division’s armoured reconnaissance regiment. We now face a challenging 1996, including further deployments to Bosnia as part of the Dayton Peace Accord Implementation Force in the second half of the year. January will see B Squadron deploy to Norway for 2 months as part of 3 Commando Brigade’s winter deployment. This will be the first time the Household Cavalry has deployed to the Arctic for some 15 years, and will provide us with a valuable opportunity to relearn the skills required to operate in extreme— ly cold conditions. A different squadron will go each year, with the aim of ensuring a complete spread of Arctic experience across the Regiment in due course. January will also see C Squadron deploying to Cyprus for 5 weeks dismounted training on Exercise Lion Sun 6. The remainder of the Regiment will be cott— ducting an intensive spell of individual and dismounted training, including field firing on Dartmoor.

February will see Troop Training, and March a regimental exercise designed to confirm the Regiment’s ability to deploy at short notice by sea or air, and then to operate over extended distances in mountainous terrain. At the beginning of April the Regiment will be united at Windsor for 10 days, for the first and last time in the year, before dispersing once more. RHQ, A, B and HQ Squadrons will then move by a variety of methods to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA to take part in Exercise PURPLE STAR, in which we will work with 3 Commando and 5 Airborne Brigades, as well as 2nd (US) Marine Division and 82nd (US) Airborne Division. D Squadron will simultaneously deploy to Canada to carry out a squadron exchange with the Recce Squadron of the Royal Canadian Dra» goons, with whom we spent last winter in Bosnia. C Squadron will commence their work up training for Bosnia. After June the glass becomes darker, and the future harder to predict. C Squadron are due to deploy to Bosnia in July. There is a strong possibility that at least one further squadron will be required, and plans have been made should this prove to be

Lieutenant Colonel W R Rollo the case. For the future we hope to train in both Italy and Belize in 1997/8, and are actively investigating the possibility of training as a Regiment in both Canada, at BATUS. and in Eastern Europe. The year past has tested the Regiment. The year ahead may test it more. It has, however, been a most successful year,

thanks to the hard work, flexibility. determination and sense of humour of all within it, and to the support of our wives and families.

Household Cavalry Regiment

had to offer and in all extremes of weath»

Diary of Events

er, succeeded in raising DM 12,000 for local hospitals. Shortly afterwards the RCM organised a very successful half—marathon race around Zepce, in which nearly 200 runners took part.

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has been dominated by regimental deployments to Bosnia. This has been a piecemeal affair and detailed accounts of individual squadron deployments are covered else» where in the journal. This diary will highlight the main points, together with events that have taken place back at Windsor. At the beginning of 1995 the majority of the Regiment was deployed in Bosnia. RHQ was based in Zepce, in the Maglaj Finger and had D Squadron under com— mand. B Squadron acted as an independent squadron working to the Royal Highland Fusiliers further south. It was an interesting and busy time for all, with the Carter brokered Cessation ofHostilities agreement being signed shortly before the New Year, and there was much hope for the future. The relatively harsh Bosnian winter gave us the opportunity to carry out some winter warfare training under the expert guid—

ance of NCOs from the Royal Canadian Dragoons — our Canadian exchange regiment were also deployed with UNPRO— FOR. Despite the unusual environment Christmas and New Year celebrations were carried off in some style. The tra— ditional functions of Gunfire and soldiers' Christmas lunch took place wherever Household Cavalryrnen were based.

While events in Bosnia continued apace the Rear Party, under command of Major W S G Doughty, was far from idle. The remnants of HQ Squadron were on 7 days notice to move to aug» ment the Regiment, though in the end this did not happen until June. The main task was to support the deployment ofA Squadron and the recovery of B Squadron. However they also continued to support both 3(UK) Division and S Airborne Brigade exercises, study days and presentations. With the very limited manpower resources available, daily jug— gling was required in order to fulfil all our commitments.

February saw the arrival into theatre of A Squadron, who replaced B Squadron

the UN helmets were replaced with nor—

mal battle dress.

at Gornji Vakuf. Many important visits took place throughout the spring,

including the Secretary of State for Defence, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Leader of the Liberal Demo» crat Party and the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. B Squadron, having returned to Windsor, received their UN medals from the Colonel of

The Life Guards before taking 3 weeks well earned leave.

It was also the first time that Brick Hanging had taken place in an operational theatre.

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Despite the apparent lack of success in the latest round of peace talks life remained as busy as ever, with community projects and other humanitarian assistance in support of the Muslim

—Croat Federation. Amongst many suc— cesses was the rebuilding of the school gymnasium in Maglaj by D Squadron and the reeestablishment ofa number of schools in the Prozor area by B

Squadron. The regimental liaison offi— cers provided the backbone for the humanitarian effort, often spending many hours in long winded and often frustrating discussions in order to secure a new project or further freedom of movement. Thankfully there was always time to enjoy other adventurous pursuits. The Adjutant led a team of 10 runners on an epic 360 km sponsored relay from Jelah, the most northerly British base, to Split. The run, over some of the most harsh terrain Bosnia

LCoH Foster and Tpr Fosdick demonstrate gunnery equipment to a A Son The Life Guards, Bosnia - Spring 7 995

By May RHQ and D Squadron had safe— ly returned and, following the presentation of medals by the Colonel of The Blues and Royals, took some well earned post tour leave. C Squadron, having been carved up in order to bring the Bosnia Squadrons up to full war establishment, was now reformed under Maj G M D McCullough. Unfortunately no sooner did this happen than they had to provide manpower to augment HQ Squadron, which was deployed as the BRITCAVBAT echelon in support of 9/12 L. With only one Squadron now in Bosnia the focus of the Regiment switched back to Windsor and our role as the divisional medium reconnais— sance regiment. B Squadron were quickly back into the swing of things, with Annual Firing at Castlemartin fol~ lowed swiftly by a regimental TESEX and a 5 Airborne Brigade FTX. In July C and D Squadrons also went through the TESTEX package while across the board the normal exercise commitments and assistance tasks were re—assumed.

At the time of their

return in late September NATO air strikes were beginning to have a dramatic effect on the overall peace process. Final validation of the Regiment’s return to more conventional reconnaissance soldiering took place on SPTA in October with the first ever regimental TESEX; a force on force exercise using the latest battlefield weapon simulation equipment. A, C and D Squadrons were all put through their paces in a series of short but demanding exercises which did much to confirm the importance of speed and stealth, as well as highlighting once again the great need for an under armour thermal sighting system. As

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many commanders will verify, the experience of being taken out by a Chal» lenger tank firing from 2000 metres away, when you cannot see further than the end of your gun barrel was a sober» ing one indeed! RHQ was also given a piece of the action with a major divi— sional CPX in November which includ— ed, for good measure, a short spell in the Porton Down NBC Battle Run. Annual Firing at Castlemartin for A, C and D Squadrons rounded off what has been an extremely busy year for the Reg— iment. Only a small handful of soldiers have not had the opportunity to serve in Bosnia, their turn will undoubtedly

come next year.

Unders/ung Load Training. 8 Squadron September ‘95. Sennybr/dge.

Following summer leave B Squadron embarked on a second major FTX, this time with 3 Commando Brigade, while the remainder of the Regiment supported the Divisional Artillery Group’s first major CPX. Meanwhile out in Bosnia A Squadron found themselves switching

from peace support operations to a new deployment as part of Task Force Alpha, under command of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. This proved to be a far more interesting and exciting role for them as they led the battle group onto Mount Igman, overlooking Sarajevo. White vehicles were repainted DPM and

Household Cavalry Regiment

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Capt Ear/ attempting to explain the Son Ldi‘s plan he quote from “Alice in Wonder land” came to represent the Squadron’s interpretation of the Op GRAPPLE 6 deployment from Febru— ary to September 1995, the event that dominated the squadron’s year. It was a period of major change and confusion in the UNPROFOR operations in BOSNIA. With deployment at the end of February, the squadron returned from Christmas leave to complete the training and preparation for the tour. This start— ed with the late arrivals, including the Squadron Leader and Battle Captain completing individual training. The squadron then moved into collective training with 1 RWF, whose emergency voice procedure was to speak inWelsh. In a cunning move, SCM Kidd advised the Squadron Leader to take LCoH Rees as his operator and the squadron continued to stay in touch with the rolling dragon. After initiating the two new Troop Leaders, Second Lieutenants Lawrence and Hall, as to who really gets washed down after exercise, the

squadron set up a route recce and controlled road move to Lulworth for Pre

GRAPPLE firing. At the time it caused great consternation to the honest citizens of Dorset, but was to stand the squadron in good stead for future oper-

ations in BOSNIA. Pre GRAPPLE fir— ing was based round the BOSNIA battle run, a well run exercise by the Gunnery School and embellished with Gurkhas, acting as uncooperative waring factions,

and LCpl Hammond, the squadron medic, setting up a very realistic traffic accident. Unbeknown to the squadron,

it was a very accurate foretaste oflife on Route TRIANGLE. After a short leave the squadron departed to the FRY. The squadron took over the AOR from B Squadron who had done much to stabilize the situation in PROZOR and all points west. The first three months of the tour were spent on Peace Keeping operations. This was conducted in three spheres: political, military and humanitarian. The squadron leader was focused on the political agenda, allowing the second in command an opportunity to bring a Canadian influence to the patrol programme and the military sphere. Under his direction, troops conducted a ten day patrol programme round 300 kms ofpatrol track and 1700 square kms of AOR. Tasks varied from route securi» ty, to convoy and traffic control, to humanitarian aid. Each troop seemed to develop an affinity with certain areas. I Tp with Lieutenant H C B Briscoe and COH Coles developed a pioneering spitit to visit the lesser seen areas of the AOR, assisting in rebuilding a village school in the hills. 2 and 3 Tp focused on the RAMA area with various pro— jects, including CoH Kingston’s study of bears for the World Wildlife Fund. Under the leadership of Second Lieutenant R C B Hall, 4 Tp seemed keen to prise the control of the airways from

SHQ Tp but settled for assisting the Croat school of artillery on the DUGE POLJE. S Tp, attached from C Squadron kept busy throughout the area but developed a special relationship with the c: Muslims in exile “ in JABLANICA, who COH Farmer initially thought were a rock group. SHQ Tp took over the Tito’s Fist rebroadcast station, LCOH Matthews transforming it into an advertisment for Homes and Garden magazine. Captain P G R Earl, the G5 LO, ably assisted by LCOH Knowles was reputed to be doing some serious humanitarian aid work and developing contacts with aid agencies in MOSTAR. Lieutenants Allerton and Wiiitbread Wing to interpret the plan

In amongst the frustrations of frozen traffic on DIAMOND and TRIANGLE and the constant friction between the waring factions, it is hard to quantify the achievements of this period of the tour. The squadron had opened up LIVNO and KUI’RES, the two towns previously closed to the UN on the Contact Line. It had brokered and set up the first Municipal Assembly in PROZOR between Croats and Muslims and engineered several major projects to assist in the civil infrastructure throughout the AOR. However on May 26, with a deteriation in the military situation, the squadron’s role rapidly changed. At 48 hours notice to move, the squadron moved to VITEZ in 18 hours to join the Devon and Dorset BG as UN Task Force ALPHA. Thus we entered a period of change and intensive training, as operations transformed from peace keeping to peace enforcement. After 72 hours planning various options for the TF, it was decided to move the TF to the TOMISLAVGRAD area to train and be poised for operations. The squadron was tasked with route recces off the MSRs for the TF. During these recces, 11, a SCIMITAR from lTp, entered an unmarked minefield and was blown up. LCoH Bright and the crew of 13 showed great presence of mind in stabilizing the situation and assisting in recovering the crew of II. In a subsequent recovery operation, another SCIMITAR was blown up by another unmarked minefield, laid on the route to the first vehicle. Tprs Cole and Fenwick crewing COH Coles again showed great initative in the recovery of the crew. Sadly COH Coles, LCpl Tennant and Tpr Roy were casevaced to the UK after these incidents but have since rejoined the squadron. Operations for the squadron continued, marking the route for the TF move, route marking and convoy securi— ty for the move of 19 Fd Regt into the

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for this period. Superimposed on these taskings were continued planning and rehersal periods for operations, and training. After a throwaway line on where the Squadron Leader normally spent June, the squadron range was christened Smith’s Lawn by the Devon and Dorsets. An intensive field firing and training period followed. Sadly the squadron said farewell to Captain C E O Atherton who had to return to Canada and the more daunting duties of creating officers out of Canadians at Kingston Academy. 5 Tp conducted a firepower demonstration for the assembled world’s press. No~one is sure whether Kate Adie’s admiring gasps came from the fire and manoeuvre or Captain Earl’s commentary. After 7 weeks in the field, The TF mandate to train was withdrawn by the Croats and the TF was relocated to the VITEZ area. The squadron moved into BUGOJNO with l RWF to await further operations. At this point our command status became a little muddled, with both the newly created Multi National Brigade and HQ SSW requiring our skills. This ensured that the pace oflife didn’t slacken. Troops conducted recces throughout central BOSNIA. At one point two troops were on task in MOSTAR and two troops were exercising with 3rd Regiment, Foreign Legion in TOMISLAVGRAD. This gave us lines of com— munication of 100 and 70 km, a night— mare for COH Pringle, the signals COH. The Foreign Legion were concerned that “the little white tanks glow like a lady’s bottom in the moon light”, how— ever having missed all our OPs in the exercise, lTp were more concerned as to when the Legion had last seen a lady’s bottom. The last major operations of the tour were the move of 19 Fd Regt onto Mount Igman and anti hijacking operations against the Fish Head gang on route DIAMOND. The handover was completed during operations, with B squadron LD deploying onto Mount Igman. The squadron had covered 100,000 miles during the tour, and operated throughout central BOSNIA. The credit for our constant operational readiness must go to the LAD under SSgt Pixley and the Echelon under SQMC Godson. LCoH Crawley and the POD teams of Tprs Downing, Wilson and Lindsay, known as “Bowser


"Let them eat cake", SCM Kidd in the fie/o

20” for their tussles with local Waring Factions, kept the squadron replenished.The Tech team of LCOH Stewart, LCpl Stokoe and Tpr Spares worked ceaselessly to provide the spares. Cap— tain N P Sackett had remained in GORNJI VAKUF to coordinate our interpreters, to maintain our contacts with the locals in our old AOR and our links with the UK. On returning to the UK, the squadron bade farewell to SCM Kidd, the lynch pin of the volleyball team and Mrs Kidd who had been so important in supporting the families during the tour. 5 Tp and Lieutenant H F Whitbread returned to C Squadron. On returning to the UK, the squadron bade farewell to SCM Kidd, the lynch pin ofthe volleyball team and Mrs Kidd who had been so important in supporting the families during the tour. 5 Tp and Lt Whitbread returned to C

Squadron. SCM Camp arrived after leave and the squadron quickly settled on to a build up programme to TESEX7 and Annual Firing. The skills and lessons learnt from the GRAPPLE deployment paid dividends with the squadron operating smoothly. COH Coles and the indefatigable ll acheived the best Regimental JULIET, and 3Tp under Lt Allerton and COH Carey produced excellent results with Battlerun ROMEO. With only the run into Christ» mas preying on our livers the squadron finished a challenging and succesful year. However, the 1996 Forecast of Events appears to allow little dust to gather on the Laurels of 95. Within the first 5 months, the squadron will be involved in Regimental, Brigade and Divisinal FTX in the USA, Brigade CPX, Live 30mm and SWINGFIRE firing and Troop Tests. “Did_ we manage o to g et back throu g h the looking glass?” wondered Alice.

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B Squadron, The Life Guards Lieutenant Von Saldem particularly enjoyed meeting some ofthe older members of the Wardroom whose Lacl, diplomacy and drinking habits proved to be a revelation. A very amusing day was spent getting in and out of helicopters and all sorts of landing craft. It took a few days to get rid of our sea legs after we had assaulted Browndown Beach. Next we went to Sennybridge for Ex ROLLING DEEP, the 3 Brigade con» centration. Much was achieved, not least in having considerable aviation assets under command. However, it was a long exercise, and by the end the Squadron was ready for a spell in bar» racks. Not only has the programme been busy, but there have also been many changes in personality. W02 Valentine returned from the Signals School to take over


Amphibious Drills , 8 Son on board RFA Sir Tristran.

from W02 Lewis who now looks after Several years ago there was a recruit— ing slogan: “Join the Army and see the World”. Not only has B Squadron seen a lot of the world in 1995 but it also visited most major British training areas and exercised with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary,

The Royal Netherland Marine Corps, S Airborne Brigade and the Royal Air Force. In addition, of course, there was the Bosnia deployment at the start of the year. Indeed, an abiding memory of the year has been the rumbling of Bosnia in the background. In short, it has been an extremely busy and challenging year for the Squadron. This article will not recount the year's activities blow by blow, rather it will identify a number of themes which have become clear as the year has developed. The first theme has been operations. The year began in Bosnia with two months of the Squadron’s tour still to run. It was rather cold with tempera— tures dropping to —25 degrees centigrade and below. Fortunately, this dampened the fighting enthusiasm of the warring factions in the Squadron area and allowed us to make real progress in the Prozor region, particularly in developing sufficient tolerance to enable the Muslims in Prozor to celebrate Ramadan in their Mosque under Croat Police protection. In addition, we were able to hand over to A Squadron an area

where cooperation and trust between the two communities was growing strong enough to allow the old Town Council sit soon after the Squadron left. On return to Windsor, however, the Squadron was unable completely to for— get Bosnia as it was soon put on standby for a possible redeployment back there. Indeed, the Squadron is still on notice to move for that option. Live firing has been a recurrent feature of the year. The Squadron completed a very successful annual firing at Castlemartin in early June. All vehicles passed CABF l, Juliet and Oscar at the first attempt with troops completing an ambitious squadron leader’s exercise. 2 Troop emerged as the best troop. LCpl Adams was the most improved gunner, and Tpr Young won the prize for best gunner. The Squadron has also fired in support of both 3 Commando and 5 Air— borne Brigades. At Otterburn not only

did the Squadron fire in support of a number of attacks but also fired a half Squadron main armament automatic shoot as part of a JAAT. It was a particularly impressive display, and various infantry bergens were considerably heavier at the end of it, following some impromptu collection of empty cases. Live Firing at Sennybridge also proved interesting, not least the firing in support of l Battalion RNLMC’s night battle runs. Captain Count

Major IVIC Van der Lande O’GP - TESEX 95. ter Section, SSgt Thomas and Sgt Reid have both moved on to be replaced by SSgt Saddler, a veteran ofwinter deploy— ments and, in due course, Sgt Cunnigham. Whilst on the subject of personalities, a mention must be made of SCM Lewis and Captain TPR Daniel. Both received awards for their work in Bosnia. SCM Lewis the MBE and Captain TPR Daniel a Joint Commander’s Commendation. These are both richly deserved and we offer both recipients our warmest congratulations.

Rhodes—Stampa proved equal to the safety task maintaining his sense of humour even in the face of considerable provocation. It would appear that over the year B Squadron has managed to convert a considerable proportion of DRAC’s ammunition pool into empty cases. Squadron gunnery and, in partic— ular coax shooting, is now at a very high standard. The SCM has become partic— ularly adept at completing Free From Explosive Certificates!

our interests in Tech. Captain Count Rhodes—Stampa returned from Bosnia speaking Canadian, to be Second —in—Command. SQMC Roberts has gone to Pirbright to be replaced by SQMC Hunter, who had an extremely lucky escape when his landrover rolled on Ex PEGASUS FURY. We have said a sad farewell to the many Blues and Royals who were with us in Bosnia. They had been part of the team and had shown how the Union works. In the Fit—

Joint operations have been another-

SSQ[ Thomas resting befor assau/rmg Brownsdown Beach,

What of the future? 1996 looks every bit as busy as 1995. In January most of the Squadron deploys to the Arctic for two months. Fitness training is now at an

advanced stage. The mountains beckon, although at two and a half degrees North of the Arctic Circle, we are unlikely to see very much for the first few weeks. In late April, we go to America on Ex PUR— PLE STAR. If all goes well the Squadron will invade the Eastern Sea Board and a troop or two will go to Ca1ifornia for a major all arms live firing exercise with both the Commandos and the Americans. It promises to be a stim— ulating and challenging period. Finally, has the Squadron learnt anything over the year? Yes, undoubtedly it has: midges in Otterburn are big, plentiful and bite; Scimitars are heavier than water; never trust a helicopter to pick you up; and treat the term “A quiet period in barracks” with extreme caution.

W02 (SCM) Va/enI/ne LG is sure he /s in the right p/ace.

flavour for the year. Following the announcement of the formation of the Joint Rapid Deployment Force, B Squadron has taken a full part in both amphibious and airborne exercises. Before attending his Unit Emplanement Officer’s Course, SCM Valentine suc—

cessfully manifested the Squadron for real air and sea moves. Troops have completed four TALO exercises over the year and most ofthe Squadron has flown by C130. In addition, we had a grand— stand view on Ex PEGASUS FURY as a number of heavy drop parachutes failed to open fully. In September, the Squadron began in earnest to train with 3 Commando Brigade. First of all we completed amphibious drills exercise in the Solent aboard the RFA Sir Tristram. Things did not look good when we saw white horses in Marchwood Harbour as we loaded. Our visiting German Officer,

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C Squadron, The Blues and Royals he Squadron spent the initial part of the year as a small maintenance team with most people attached to the other squadrons in Bosnia. It was not until May that we officially reformed and the numbers started to swell.

quickly, we found that our information had to be exact and this precision com-

bined with the excitment of liaising with advancing friendly troops and directing them towards the enemy created an excellent exercise with a different realism to the TESEX.

Even at this time we still had soldiers with HQ Squadron and a complete troop with A Squadron under Lieutenant Whitbread and CoH Farmer. The HQ Squadron ele— ment was sent out at 2 weeks notice and soldiers were also sent as casualty replace— ments to A Squadron, again at short notice. Troop training, in June, allowed the 2 troops that formed the Squadron, the chance to get out of camp and again get their teeth into the real buiness of recce soldiering. We proved to be a small but effective force holding our own along— side the other squadrons. The effort that the crews put in was born out in the success of each venture on Salisbury Plain. It was particularly satisfying to work with a troop of Royal Yeomanry during the Commanding Officer’s TESEX. They arrived at midnight, thus missing the battle proceedure, but fitted in well, proving the flexibility of the Squadron. We left the Plain but did not return to Windsor. Instead it was off to the Manchester area for a recruiting drive and straight into a presentation role for 10 days. The sabre troops were based in Wigan and Manchester and SHQ Tp in Preston. This exercise proved to be extremely successful and the results have been fairly immediate with the first recruit completeing training at ATR Pirbright on 14 December. The Squadron, though, did not seem too impressed with the standard of “potential recruit” that Captain J A Lydiard—Wilson gave his personnal atten— tion. It will be some time before women will be recuited into the Household Cav— alry! After a busy period putting the Squadron back together, summer leave was well deserved but on return we were plunged straight into our rigorous programme. This time, though, it took the shape of the Royal Navy and British Army Equipment Exhibition. A long commitment which again kept the

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Gunnery Camp stepped into the frame 2 weeks after our return from Exercise First Crusade and a lot of hard work which included a period ofmachine gun firing at Ash Ranges, went into the preparation. A successful camp bore out the preparation and training carried out by the Squadron and, also, the flexibility to produce excellent results in a minimum time. Three gunners were up for the “Top Gun” award; LCoH Goodall and LCpl’s Brown 88 and Bassett, the winner by a whisker was LCpl Brown


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The camp was not without its downs, especially for LCpl Beulah who ended up parking his TUM at the bottom of a drainage ditch after some extra—curricula off—road driving.

LSgt Pearson and Cfn Cooper take life seriously during a malntenance day on Salisbury Plain. Squadron out of Barracks but allowed those involved a chance to see and sample trial equipment and equipment destined for foreign shores. The displays in which the Squadron was involved in were highly praised and the reports from the organisers could not have been better. These external and public commitments always help to boost the profile of the Squadron and Regiment. Soon after Captain J E A lugs—Chambers had replaced Captain J A Lydiard—Wilson as the second in command, more appeared in the form of 24 and 48 hour TALO demonstrations. Various public displays were performed including one at RAF West Drayton, headed by LCsoH Callow and Mackay, for mentally disabled children — the appreciation that followed that day was more than a credit to the soldiers involved. Losing the large majority of the Squadron’s troop leaders and CsoH over a period on weeks to umpire a TESEX put the Squadron in very good stead for an impressive run at our own TESEX (6 to 10 Oct). This exercise was always going to test commanders and crews to

the limit and the Squadron rose to the challenge. Infiltration across the River Avon was achieved in the first night and an impressive push forward followed. Notable ‘stars’ of the exercise included LCoH McCarley whose crew ‘killed’ the most enemy and Lieutenant H F Whit— bread, whose crew was the only one to destroy a T 80 tank. Wooden spoons go to Lieutenant C W G Rodway whose crew was ‘killed’ more than anyone else and LCoH Overton who successfully engaged the Squadron Leader!

We returned from Castlemartin to a fantastic Squadron Party arranged by CoH Smith at the Slough Town Football Club where every facet of the evening was a resounding success. The “Madhatters” performed well but the highlight of their performance was def—

CoH Farmer and Trooper Amos on Flrst Crusade.

initely having Tpr ‘Shakey’ Corway chase the more liberal performer/artiste around the dance floor The year has seen many individuals disappear for long and short periods. LCoH Henderson arrived back recent— ly from BATUS, as did LCoH Beau— mont. Lieutenant H F Whitbread took LCpl McGarry LCpl Basset and Tpr Amos to Verbier as part of the Regi— mental ski team and Tprs Nixon, Dixon and Brown 44 managed to get away on a sailing trip on Gladeye. There are many people whom the Squadron would like to welcome, arriving at such a difficult and busy time, especially W02 (SCM) Fisher who moved across from the Officers’ Mess

and LCoH Goodall who crossbadged from the Coldstream Guards. Regretfully the Squadron must say farewell to W02 (RQMC) Nicholson who has now moved to HCMR as the RQMC. His efforts during the substantial part of this year as the SCM were a major factor in the successes achieved by the Squadron. As we go to press, the squadron is preparing to go to Cyprus on Exercise Lion Sun; a dismounted exercise for a month which is sure to test some aching limbs. There are very few white spaces left on next year’s forecast of events, but we are confident that C Squadron will rise to the challenges of the year ahead.

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After a very short period in which to consolidate, the Squadron trod the well worn path back to Salisbury Plain, this time as part of the l Mech Bde FTX; Exercise First Crusade. This was back to the traditional way of exercising, using umpires, radios and guess work. Not surprisingly the Squadron felt that it was taking a step backwards having just completed the very realistic and exhausting TESEX, with its onboard computers and lasers. However, if we thought we were in for an easy time, we were proved wrong as we found our— selves performing recce tasks in front of friendly forces who then moved forward and acted on our information. Very

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D Squadron, The Blues and Royals t the last time of writing the Squadron were half way through their tour of Bosnia, and Major D C

'l‘he Squadron then went on BX UNION MUSTER, a recruiting exercise to Bristol, Weston—Super—Mare and Exeter which was worthwhile but sadly we could not manage to persuade any of the over seventies at Westoni Super—Mare to join up. It was at this stage in our preparation for the next TESEX that we said goodbye to W02 Carpenter who had served the Squadron in an exemplary manner and who won the respect and admiration of all those in the Squadron. We all wish him and his family the very best on their next tour at BATUS.

Waterhouse forewarned you all of Bosnian stories and recollections, which with the passage of time would have become grossly embellished with tales of outra— geous daring and bravado. This I can report is absolutely true. Stationed in Maglaj, we were located in an old school on the confrontation line between the Bosnian Serbs and the Bosnian Mus— lims. The town had been hit badly, and at the beginning and end of the tour we were witness to varying amounts of incoming and outgoing fire. The first war hero was Lieutenant R Philipson—Stow who on his way to Zepce found himself targeted, although his driver was completely oblivious to the incident. It does raise the question of whether this really happened or was it just another of Lieutenant R Philipson—Stow’s ploys to impress the local ladies? Thankfully the incidents were limited due to Captain S St M Miller's presence in the Ops room. The winter was certainly harsh at times with road conditions difficult, but every effort was made to ensure that the roads were passable. This however was not enough for our two Master Drivers, W02 Carpenter and LCoH Halfide who with all their years of experience could not steer themselves out of crunching situations, which even Tpr Bushell could have avoided.

Tpr Harrison. Lt Bart/eaJones. Canadian All/es. 2 Tp on an Exchange with the RCD at Mag/am. taken by The Colonel of The Blues and Royals followed by a well earned leave. At this stage we said farewell to a number of peopleincluding Major DC Waterhouse, Captain S St M Miller who disappeared to do JDSC and LSgt Coathorpe who won praise from all quarters for his excellent cooking throughout the tour. The new Squadron Leader was Major GV Woyka who was fresh with ideas having recently finished working with 3 Division and proceeded to give the

Squadron a morale boost by cancelling sorne exercises. The summer was to be hectic with only a few weeks to our TESEX which was an ideal opportu— nity to shake off the unique tasks of Bosnia and get back to normal opera— tions. After summer leave we sent a troop to give a cutting edge to HCMR’s summer camp. Unfortunately LCpl McMullen failed to make it past the first night due to a mix up over accommodation. He still maintains that he had paid for the room and that it was the other four Women Dog Handlers who were in the wrong room.

Fitness took on a new meaning with W02 Norris, the new SCM, who has certainly set the standard for others to follow. The TESEX with the new TES equipment proved to be a great success to all those involved. It certainly tests the skills of the whole Squadron and will be great aid in the future. At the end of the exercise it was interesting to

Staff DFE( /nt Corps ), Lt Phi/lipsonastow and Lt Ban/evJones, All three worked my close/y.

sit down and be informed of percentage hits and misses as well as blue on blue

engagements At the time of writing the Squadron is busily preparing for Gunnery Camp at Castlemartin and no doubt the next notes will inform you of all that happened there and of our Training and Exercises next year, which include a visit to The Royal Canadian Dragoons.


The Maori Display Team. Courtesy TAOP N2, perform/Hg at Mag/a] School.

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haymaker ofa right hook onto one ofthe locals and was dully sent off by the referee, our very own LCpl Short. By the end of the tour the situation had degenerated and the school received a few direct hits luckily without casualties. It was certainly a tour to remember espe— cially with some distinguished visitors including, The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Rifkind, Minister (Armed Forces), The Hon. Nicolas Soames, Mr

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he year began with the majority of the Regiment in Bosnia and HQ Squadron (including the remnants of C Squadron) forming the major part ofthe Rear Party. Major C M B Daly handed over command to Major N D Garrett in December 94. The squadron was far

he main effort of the Department has continued to be supporting Squadrons and individuals going or returning from Bosnia and even echoes ofa bass drum can be heard for yet anoth— er medal parade and thoughts of tailor-

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from idle. Having been placed on seven days notice to move at the end of December to augment the Regiment in Bosnia, by the beginning of February the probability of deployment seemed to wane, so the next task was to deploy A Squadron and to receive B Squadron back. By the beginning of March A Squadron were “safely” ensconced in Bosnia, whilst B Squadron were enjoying a well deserved period of disembarkation leave. The next major task for HQ Squadron was to prepare for the return of RHQ Tac and D Squadron during the last week of April and first week of May. This was successfully completed and as disembarkation leave came to an end HQ Squadron looked forward to supporting the Regiment back in the UK for the remainder of a full training year. Throughout this entire period the the Squadron continued to support both 3 (UK) Armoured Division and 5 Airborne Brigade on exercises, study days and pre« sentations. From the very limited resources that remained in Windsor a daily juggling process was required to ful— fil the many commitments passed to us. Several visits to the Regiment took place, including a very successful visit by the Dutch Cavalry Officers‘ Association.

The challenge ofproviding the goods and services from the increasingly money conscious budget holders for the diverse needs of an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment remains more extant than ever before. The tools of the trade remain very much the same, a smooth tongue, good lunches supplemented with a computer and fax machine.


En Route to Split. L to H. Col? Miles. tht C/arke, Maj Garrett.

At the end of June HQ Squadron were tasked to deploy to Bosnia in support of the 9/12 Lancers on Op GRAPPLE 6. This necesitated some soldiers who were on disembarkation leave deploying, immediately, back to Bosnia. (A further article covers this deployment). Following the Bosnia deployment, HQ Squadron continued to operate extremely effectively in Windsor, despite it’s depletion in personalities and vehicles. Naturally this loss affect— ed the extent to which the Echelons could support the Regiment in the field. The Squadron was therefore fortunate that there was no full blown Regimental exercise and initially only a string of smaller commitments to support, particularly Exercise Union Gallop in July.

t Sgt Jervis, LCo/s Jones and Chi/d5. ‘Al Fresco In Bosn/a'.

After Summer Leave the Squadron concentrated on fitness, working up to a series of BFT’s and CFT’s . in late September. This was -. followed by the build up to 7 Exercise Sarum Trot

~ ‘ (TESEX 7) in October. The exercise required an “all ‘1 hands on deck” commitment with the running and

' administration of Westdown Camp SPTA and general logistic support for A, C and D Squadrons, as they exercised sequentially over a two week period. There were few, if any hitches and to the

credit of all departments the exercise

was a great success. From June to October SHQ literally consisted of Captain G R Breitmeyer in command and an enthusiastic series of SCMs all double hatted; W02 Mardon as he took over as MTWO, was swiftly followed by SCpl Stanworth (RGWO), dexterously leap frogging between SHQ and the Gunnery Wing. Finally W02 Evans (RIWO) settled industriously into the chair, keeping firmly abreast of intelligence matters. The gaps were filled by W02 Simpson (RSWO) and SCpl Maxwell (SQMC) when the need arose. All provided a significant contri~ bution to the smooth running of the

The Barracks still looks like a building site in parts, although we have taken over new accommodation and kitchen in the WO’s and NCO’s Mess, the fourth Squadron vehicle hanger and a ‘state of the art’ gymnasium. There remains plenty of disruption with new gas boilerhous»

es and central heating being installed. The majority of the camp having a new face lift, and a comprehensive painting project. It has often been remarked there are more workmen in camp than soldiers. We await design and Treasury approval on a major re—build of the barracks, expected to cost in the region of £20 million. It will come as no surprise to the majority ofreaders to know the last major refurbishment in the ‘50s’ and early ‘60s’ with its flat, leaking roofs has not stood the test of time . The Department remains very busy supporting firing camps at Lulworth, Otterburn and Castlemartin, plus Troop and Squadron exercises throughout the UK. We look forward to preparing Squadrons for overseas deployments to Norway,

Since the last journal there have been some major changes of manning in the Department, with the Quartermaster having a dream posting to SHAPE Headquarters in Brussels, RQMC Dunkley gaining richly deserved promotion to RSM 8L1, W02 Mardon moving sideways to MTWO and finally LCoH Young leaving for a career in pub management. We welcome W02 Maher as RQMC, CoH Cross MBE now Barrack SNCO, and LCpl Edwards as the new clothing storeman. A thought bubble has just risen over the author’s head — “Why is it the Quartermasters office window is the only one in camp with a View over the perimeter wall?” With this thought in mind the moving hand comes to rest to debate other similar great philosophical matters.

Cyprus, Canada and a major Regimental exercise in America together with further Bosnia tours.





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Squadron. Over what had the potential to be a dif— ficult period the Squadron coped extremely well and remained in fine fet— tle, but were certainly glad to welcome back to work our Bosnia team on 30 October. Between the return from Bosnia and the end of the year, HQ Squadron supported RHQ on a Divisional CPX near Bath and changed Squadron Leaders for the eighth time in 36 months. Major Garrett LG handed over to Captain M Recs—Davies LG, as he moved to take command of the Life Guards Mounted squadron in London. SCpl Barry handed over as SQMC and moved to CATC Warminster as an Instructor.

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Quartermaster (Technical's)Department Out of all the myriad activities this year the major one has been the deployment of three Sabre Squadrons, Tac HQ and an HQ Squadron Augmen— tation Force on OP GRAPPLE tours in BOSNIA. All this in 14 months, during which time we had to leave approxi— mately 40% of all our equipment in

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For A Sqn Fitters 1995 was an inter« esting year, deploying to Bosnia at the end of February. Headed by SSgt Pixley the tour started well with the job of keeping the squadron on the road and off the mountainside. Towards the end of May they were given a new role in Task Force Alpha/Multi National Force. This was interesting, yet at times also very difficult due to the lack of work—

in shuffling paper and demanding

shop facilities, and more importantly

equipment on an already vastly depleted Ordnance Depot, to bring the Regiment up to strength again. This task began in May and to date the Regiment is still not totally reconstituted with A Squadron and HQ Squadron bearing the brunt. Exercises are emotive periods, especially when equipment has to be redistributed between Squadrons. Who said it would ever be easy? This has by no means stunted the Regiment’s activities over the year as they have been far too numerous to list.

showers. At the end of August the squadron was reaccommodated in Bugonjo. The section worked well and, even under attack from Serb shells, work and morale were not affected. They were joined by LSgt Blackett who stepped off the plane from the Falklands and straight onto their plane.


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The Department has not been shy in providing support to the various Squadrons and Bosnia was no exception. B Squadron deployed first with LCoH Ibbotson RHG/D providing their Tech support. Three months later Tac HQ and D Squadron deployed taking CoH Plater RHG/D and Tpr Coupland RHG/D respectively. They were followed halfway through their tour by the

The QMtT)‘ Department. crew, our unsung heroes, to man the department and administer the remainder of the Regiment along with overseeing the deployment and recovery of the sub units.This team consisted of the QM(T) Capt Mead LG, SCpl Craister LG,LCoH Mowbray RHG/D, LCpL Jones RHG/D and Tpr Allen LG. Like all operational deployments, there always has to be someone who sweeps up after the boat sails and then prepares the ground for their return. However, their chance for glory will undoubtedly


RQMC(T), W02 Pickard LG. The final deployment, A Squadron took Tpr SparesRHG/D. This left a skeleton RQMCU) Pickard tn Bosn/a, "In Penswe Mood "

Now we are all back, with noses to the grindstone, and in those rare moments of peace and tranquility (l?!) you reflect on what has gone by, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, look at next years forecast, shudder and do the same thing all over again. However, this time, better, hopefully. The New Year heralds yet another busy period, one in which most of the Department will at some stage get a chance to accompany a Squadron abroad. B Squadron’s Winter Deployment to NORWAY with 3 Commando Brigade, D Squadron’s Canadian Exchange visit, A and B . Squadrons participation


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with 5 Airborne Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade in the USA and if the peace is still holding in BOSNIA, with C Squadron in the Autumn of 96. This is notwithstanding all the smaller yet equally important exercises in the UK. There have been many significant per— sonnel changes over this last year and the Department bids farewell and con— tinued success in their new posts to Captain A J Mead LG who walks across camp to the QM’s Department, WOZ Pickard LG on his promotion to WOl and appointment as RCM of HCMR, Tpr Allen LG to civilian life. In their places the Department wel— comes Capt M A Harding as QM(T), W02 Lewis MBE, LG as RQMC(T), and Tpr Marsh LG, Tech Storeman. The department congratulates the RQ(T) on his well deserved award in the New Years honours List, the MBE is his sixth medal which I am sure makes him the most decorated serving Household Cavalryman. A special mention must be made on SCpl Craister’s imminent retirement, mid 96. His vast experience, wealth of knowledge and loyal service to both Tech and the Regiment has been invaluable to us this last year and we wish him and his family the very best of luck in civilian life.

After arriving back from Bosnia in February, B Squadron found the calm before the storm. All thoughts of leave vanished as preparation for the exercise season began in earnest. Annual firing at Castlemartin in May and an exercise on Salisbury Plain were followed by Ex

PEGASUS FURY with 5 AB Bde and Ex ROLLING DEEP with 3 Cdo Bde, a daunting prospect for any fitter section. LSgt Borland appeared to save the day on PEGASUS FURY when he managed to drag what seemed like the brigades’ entire vehicle fleet out of a Kielder For— est bog. The squadron are currently preparing for the winter deployment to Norway in January 1996, which involves vehicle preparation and plenty of fitness training. In fact the section have not seen much of their toolboxes for some time now — they are normally to be found in their Bergens as they tab around Windsor Great Park.

C Squadron Fitter’s exercises have

included RNBAEE, BLACKADDER, FIRST CRUSADE and the first trial of the DEFWES system. The section have had a particularly “smashing” year. LSgt Cunningham led the way by reversing into, and partially over, a staff car at Longmoor. Not to be outdone, Cfn Cooper decided to knock over SQMC Rendel whilst he was being manoeuvred by torch light on Salisbury Plain, and Cfn Ellis had a narrow escape from 200 Tonnes of fast moving metal whilst towing a SCIMITAR back to the

Back L to R: LSgt Wn/tehead, LCp/ Bruce. Cfn Lumbey. Front L to R: LSgt Blackett, LCp/ F/anavan, Sgt Corns. Cfn Jones. LSgtJo/inson. LSgt Pike.

Sqn location. A CHALLENGER ARRV, towing an MBT failed to see his vehicle, despite flashing lights and evasive action on Cfn Ellis’ part. The inevitable happened, and minor damage and 2 weeks sick leave was the result. C Sqn have an exercise in Cyprus and a tour in Bosnia to look forward to over the next year. HQ Sqn have had a disruptive year so far as up to half have been in Bosnia at any time. AQMS Heap and his merry bunch of men recently returned from a 4 month stint with BRITCAVBAT, and so finally the LAD has the vast majority of the manpower back in Windsor. The CET’s year has been predominantly taken up with the transition from SWINGFIRE t0 SWIG, the new guided weapon system. SSgt Buck and Sgt Gib— son attended the last GW Firing Camp in Nov 94, and then started to prepare the vehicles for backloading. During this time Sgt Walker and Sgt Pallister were deployed to Bosnia to cover electrical work. All work and no play makes an LAD very grey, and so whilst the Strikers were away being upgraded SSgt Buck organised a week of canoeing in North Wales. Using a stretch of water that had

been used the previous week for the British Championships, the assembled novices were given an introduction to white water techniques. This involved falling out of the canoe and proceeding down a 1/4 mile stretch of churning, boulder infested water on the backside — who said canoeing was not adventurous. The LAD football team also entered the Craftsman Cup competition this year, but the run has not been as extended as was originally hoped. Unfortunately ASM “I handle pressure every day” McCracken had a big say in the teams cup run following a penalty shoot out. Better luck next year. On the social side, we finally had the planned LAD summer party in November(!) which was a great success, thanks mainly to LSgt’s Hindley and Thomas, and a particularly fine Cabaret given by Sgt Pallister.

As usual many people have come and gone over the year. Goodbyes go to LSgt “180 paces” Barton, Sgt “Pass the Port” Reid, Sgt Chalky White, and SSgt Rogers and Thomas. We wish Sgt Simcock and Cfn Melody all the best for their “holi— day” tour to the Falklands — penguins stand by, and also a special belated good bye from the RCM to Capt Leadbetter!

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WOS’ and NCO’s Mess he New Year traditionally starts with the New Year Dinner; this year it was held in Bosnia where forty Mess members from HQ, B and D Squadrons enjoyed an excellent meal of

Christmas Fare. The message from the Commanding Officer was upbeat and reflected our dress (Combat Kit) and focused on the four months left of our tour in Bosnia. On the Commanding Officer’s Rest and Recouperation in mid February he addressed the remainder of the Mess members at a lunch in the newly opened, refurbished Mess in Windsor— (More of that later). With the Regiment rotating through Bosnia, Mess life has been difficult and

at times frustrating. With Squadrons away independently, all functions were difficult for PEC’s to organise and gauge attendances.

Nicholson organised the LG Association evening which went very well; the only ‘hiccup’ was

when the breakfast failed to appear at 0800 hrs. Everyone stayed on until 0900 hrs when Brunch was served— pies, chips and hamburgers were all stacked onto plates and our ration account went into debt!



. g‘ A In July the Mess challenged the . CoH Carey. CoH RI/rigston, CoH SUI/well. CoH Co/es 1st Bn Scots Guards to a games .CoH Mil/er night, they appeared ready for Finally our congratulations to W02 darts, dominoes and carpet bowls. We (RQMC(T) Lewis, who as Squadron had organised bungee running, sumo Corporal Major of B Squadron in wrestling and a bouncy assault course. Bosnia, has been awarded the MBE for Our guests entered into the spirit of the his work dealing with traffic accidents event and an excellent evening’s games and insurance claims against the United were played. Nations. W02 (RIWO) Evans also August and September were leave and received a Commanders Commenda— Regimental training periods. A tion for his intelligence work with RHQ. Squadron returned from Bosnia in early September and Colonel J W Ellery LG Senior members of the Mess are: kindly agreed to present the medals.

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much the same format of parade took place, this time The Colonel of The Blues and Royals and The Silver Stick presented the medals and were hosted by the Mess to a buffet lunch after the parade. June saw the bulk of the Regiment back from post GRAPPLE leave. June is a busy month, Derby Day, Downs Sunday and The Life Guard Association Dinner were all well attended, W02 (SCM)

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During the lead up to Christmas many functions have been hosted by the Mess. These include the RUC Widows Associa— tion, the Berks and Bucks Scots Guards Association, BLESMA Berkshire Branch and 2 HCR Annual Dinner. We also hosted a major 22 year dining out on Fri— day 3 November, W01 Evans, W02 Gaunt, W02 Fry,

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Throughout the whole of October and November the Band was on tour in North America (an account ofthis trip is elsewhere in this journal). During this time Trumpet Major Carson and those who remained behind were extremely busy., The Trumpet Major had to ride on the Lord Mayor’s Show and had to dis— mount halfway through in order to dash to the Albert Hall to sound the Royal Salute at the Festival of Remembrance. Several musicians also went to Gibraltar to assist the Band of the Gibraltar Regi— ment when the Governor was dined out.

Band Inspection pr/or to VE Day memorial in Hyd 8 Park. In early January we were once again acting as duty band at the Royal Mil-

itary Academy Sandhurst. This was the third time we had done so and involves

the Band providing music for all the College and Company drills, dinners and chapels. The two month tour of

only one point. We also recorded a new CD of music from some of the more recent “blockbuster” films. All of this was fitted in between packing for our move to Combermere Barracks, having been at Knightsbridge for the past five years.

duty culminated in the Sovereign’s Ban— ner Parade during which the whole Academy is inspected and marches past

the Inspecting Officer. March was an extremely busy period. It

started with the Commanding Officer’s Full Dress Inspection and the first of the Band Rides. Then it was off to Nottingham for a four day KAPE (Keeping the Army in the Public Eye) tour with the HCR Recruiting Team. On the way back we also managed to fit in an Army

Benevolent Fund concert in Sheffield. At the end of March the Band had its now tri—annual inspection by the Inspectorate of Army Bands. Apart from the very high standard of musicianship, the Inspectorate looks at all aspects of Band life from drill, turnout and bearing to accommodation, stores, library and accounts. It was also the

first time for 147 years that The Band was mounted during the day’s activities. All serving and past members of the Band and Regiment will be pleased to know that we were marked a very high “excellent” missing an “outstanding” by

May marked the 200th Anniversary of the forming of the Band of The Life Guards. To mark this occasion a concert was held at the Royal Festival Hall and was attended by HRH The Princess Margaret who was presented with a bou— quet of flowers by five year old Char— lotte, daughter of CoH Pankhurst. We were privileged to welcome back some distinguished musicians who had served with the Band to perform solos at the concert. To coincide with the event George Lawn (an ex—musician of the Band) launched his book “Music in State Clothing”, which is all about the history of the Band of The life Guards. We then entered a period of relentless Mounted Band duties with 4 days of practice and performances for the VE Day Celebrations in Hyde Park. This was closely followed by the Major General’s Inspection. At the end of the

month we also took part in the Cavalry Memorial Parade where we marched to Hyde Park Bandstand with all the other

During June we participated in Beating Retreat by the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade, and in the Queen’s Birthday Parade. We also pro— vided Trumpeters for the Garter Service Castle. in St Georges Chapel and the Orchestra for the Garter Luncheon in Windsor Castle. Georges Chapel and the Orchestra for the Garter Luncheon in Windsor Castle. We were delighted when Her Majesty The Queen changed her plans in order to come and speak to us along with some of the Garter Knights.


Celebrations during August; in addition to Mounted and Dismounted Bands we once again joined forces with The Blues and Royals to provide music for the open air service in front ol‘Buckingham Palace. Such large crowds had not seen for fifty years and the day was both memorable and emotional.

The Band had a very good year for sporting achievements. Our football team had good results during our tour at Sandhurst, beating the Band of The Blues and Royals 7~l. We also fielded a strong crick— et team that our sister Band again suc-

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cumbed to. LCpl Wheeler was also part of the Household Cavalry Golf Team who won the Coloneliin—Chief’s Cup. In between all this years work the Band has been performing its regular duties at the Guards Chapel, Polo at Smith’s Lawn, playing during cricket matches at Burtons Court, Sunday afternoon concerts on Castle Hill at Windsor and Buckingham Palace Garden Parties. We have also begun dismounted Guard Mountings at Whitehall and are due to start Guard Mountings at Windsor Castle shortly. As well as these duties the Band

has played at various venues including Stoke—on—Trent, Melton Mowbray, Stafford, Herstmonceux, Eastbourne and Cheltenham. It was with great regret that we had to say goodbye to LCoH David Bole after 23 years service with the Band. He was a fine Tenor singer and euphonium player. We wish him and his wife continued suc— cess for the future. We also would like to welcome Musns Jarvis and West on com— pletion of Riding School and hope that they will have many happy years in the Band.


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Recruiting Notes

A RBCI‘UItng Update - Please read

by Major (Ret‘d) BW Lime ( The Blues and Royals) HCR and HCMR are at present 67 men short. The Household Cavalry is unlikely to exceed 90 recruits in the period Apr 95 — Mar 96. The target figure being 163.

The Recruiting Team assembled in Combermere Barracks in early April 1995. Due to HCR operational commit— ments an arrangement was made with Headquarters Royal Armoured Corps for Cavalry Regiments to provide man-

As we have a combined Association total of 5,000, we now need everyone who is capable to assist our own efforts in recruiting. By getting out and about where possible, or through friends and relations, and helping us to achieve our targets for 1995 — 1996 of

power, and in return to re—designate the Display Team title to “Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Mobile Display Team”. NCOs and Troopers from 9th/12th Royal Lancers and The Light Dragoons soon joined Household Cavalrymen to convert the Trailer Display into a joint Display. The arrange—


ment has worked extremely well and will continue on an annual basis for the foreseeable future. The benefits for all

From the attached Recruiting Staff Lists, you will see how thin we are on the ground, with only two Recruiters plus 2LSL posts to cover the United Kingdom. However, with your help we will hit the target, so...

are in the fact that the Team tours coun— trywide, therefore covering local Cavalry Recruiting areas, and also increases the scope and variety of the Display with not only our own CVR(T) and Horse on occasions, but also now a Challenger 2 (provided someone will fund the trans-


porter costs).

The Princess Royal's visit.

In addition to our normal vehicles, we

To assist you there is a Recruiting Proforma enclosed with relevant information to pass on to potential recruits.


now have a D.R.O.P.S. vehicle with 20’ container, which greatly added to the ease of moving onto sites with the



Scot/and KAPE 95. LCoh Wibber/ey Tpr Sine/air and friends.


In 1996 HCR are due to travel W02 R Jones, MSM, LG

to Norway, America, Canada and Cyprus D.R.O.P.S. ability to offload the contain—

show. Both Regiments have worked exceedingly hard during 1995, on what is probably the hardest task the Army, and from that, this Regiment has to face at present, which is Recruiting.

form of the container.

‘Farewell’ tour as he leaves the Army in April 1996. He successfully managed, despite the normal running problems of blown tyres, suspension systems collapsing and breakdowns, not to miss one

The whole of the United Kingdom was

Mobile Display Team Members this year were::

er (With CVR(T)) right on site, and at the same time gave us a secure office, changing rooms and admin area in the

13 Castle Street,

CHOICE OF TRADE/REGIMENT 1. All recruits may choose their own 1st choice trade, ie. Mounted Duty or AFV Crewman.

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Ever increasing numbers of

SHREWSBURY LSL Army Trades and Qualifications are

covered (less Northern Ireland), and in addition to this, all Sabre Squadrons carried out mini ‘KAPES’ in various areas of the country. HCMR supported by the M.D.T. not only held a Work Experience Week for some 20 youngsters, but carried out valuable work in the Norfolk areas. In addition to what has been the most intensive recruiting effort ever required, or made, a series of visits to Job Centres and Employment Services was made by Teams of NCOs and Troopers.

These produced some mixed results in various areas of the country, ranging from actual enlistment

LCoH ‘Mr fixit’ Wibberley, LG HCMR Cpl I P Moyle, LD LCpl M Yeomans, LG (Departed to Bosnia in May 95) Tpr M Bodycoat, RHG/D Mounted Dutyman

2. Family connections or prefer— ences for Regiments will be honoured when requested.

being recognised by the Award of 46A Mardol, NCVQ Qualifications.

Tpr ‘Mr Football Geordie’ Houmark, 9/12L Tpr L ‘Jock’ Sinclair, LG (Our interpreter north of the Border) Tpr E ‘Smooth Operator’ Wright, LG HCR Tpr J Hugall (An ‘8’ Type Enlistment from TA who enjoyed it so much he has stayed on with LG and departs to Norway in January, followed by P Coy on return) Tpr S Calvert, LG HCR (Departed to course 29 May 95) Tpr C ‘Arthur Daley’ Sweetman, RHG/D (Now doing the Arthur Daly bit full time) Tpr D Frampton, RHG/D (Life and Soul of the Party) Tpr C Bennett, RHG/D (A short 1—day Tour before Bosnia loomed)

In addition to those who ‘served their 6 months’ on the road, we were very much kept running with help by Major M Brown RHG/D (MTO Bovington), who provided I‘IGV Drivers, mainly from 9/12L on a fortnightly basis.

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On the competition side it has been a more than usually successful year. The highlight without doubt was winning the Princess Elizabeth Cup services team jumping at The Royal Windsor

Horse Show for the first time in many


years; we also won the relay team jumping. There have been successes too numerous to mention in hunter trials and eventing throughout the year. More soldiers than ever are entering competition. The standard of equi— tation and the fact that so many are competing is a great credit to the Riding Staff and the energy with which they tackle their job. Competition at every level is one of the most important factors in improving equitation.

by Lieutenant Colonel W T Browne The Blues and Royals Commanding Officer 1995was a year of celebration and memorial in which the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment can justly be proud that it played its full part. Since the beginning of April feet have hardly touched the ground either physically or metaphorically. I will not catalogue the part this Regiment has played in the ceremonial year for it will be well documented elsewhere both in word and picture. However it is worth highlighting those unusual events that have featured so prominently in the last 12 months. That we were able to play such a part in the 50th celebration and memorial was a matter of great pride to us all. The two Household Cavalry Bands, and the Musical Ride in particular, played a major role in both the VE weekend in Hyde Park and the V] day parades in August. In May, Hyde Park had turned into a huge tented village. The Mount» ed Bands performed on both days of the weekend, as did the Musical Ride. They all said how much they enjoyed performing to such a huge and apprecia— tive audience. Many of the soldiers and their families were able to participate in the occasion which is best remembered for the great sense of community spirit and pride in our country. VE weekend was the start of our ceremonial season; despite undermanning all the annual ceremonial events were carried out with

great professionalism.

Apart from the

May State Visit, 1995 will be remembered for every State Occasion being blessed with good weather. A fitting end to the ceremonial season were the extraordinary events over the August weekend remembering the end of the war in the Far East. Again the Bands were fully involved both mounted and dismounted; they worked extremely hard over the weekend performing frequently in public to their normal high standard. For eighteen Life Guards the most memorable event must have been providing the travelling escort forHer Majesty The Queen from Whitehall Place to Horse Guards for the very moving service on the Sunday

evening. Their steadi— ness on such a parade was seen by millions worldwide. Despite undermanning the Reg— iment has continued to produce the very highest of standards in both equitation and bearing. The maturity that our young NCOs and sol— diers have shown has been outstanding, and the leadership shown by all NCOs has ensured that this Regiment has set an example on parade that is unsur~ passed.

Yet again the Rugger Team retained the Prince of Wales Cup and the London District Cup and although they have a youngish team this year they are confi-

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Guards the gate opening hours have been shortened and the general fabric of the buildings and the facilities therein have been vastly improved. This has provided a much more ‘work friendly’ environment for those soldiers who so frequently carry out duties. The guard change itself has been improved with the more frequent presence of a band. The troopers who are not immediately being posted as reliefs now patrol in half sections on Horse Guards Parade to alleviate the monotomy for both horses and men. It also prevents the tourists drifting away too quickly! The horses have been particularly impressive this year and I know that on several occasions this has been remarked upon. This is heartening at a time when we are so short of manpower. The introduction of electric groomers, which in no way substitute for normal grooming, has helped to improve general standards of horse cleanliness. This winter we have forgone troop winter camps in preference for courses and adventure training. The adventure training, which has not been undertaken for some years, was extremely successful and gave fifty young soldiers and NCO’s the opportunity to participate

1995 was a successful year for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The Regiment drew many compliments from far flung parts of the world for its’ excellence on parade both for the VB and V] celebrations, and throughout the ceremonial season. It says a great deal about our young soldiers but most par«

ticularly about our NCO’s that despite the stretch of undermanning they are able consistently, in all that they do, to produce the highest of standards. We must move with the times without affecting the traditions and roles of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. We must look for ways of retaining our soldiers; motivating them, interesting them, making them realise that they are doing an imperative and worthwhile job. On a final note, we are still critical— ly undermanned and it is inherent upon all of us, both those serving and those past members of the Regiment, to help ourselves. There has never been a more interesting time to be a serviceman with all that is going on in the world. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment still provides a challenging, demanding and exciting role. Let us hope that 1996 brings the upturn in recruiting we so badly need.

Diary of Events

There have been several changes in the last year to The Queen’s

Life Guard.

dent they will retain both again. The Football Team won their Central Lon— don League and are continuing to pro— duce promising results this season It is much to the credit of those who run these two particular sports that they have been so successful when one considers how rarely people get an opportunity to practice their skills on the sports fields. The Farriers have won the Army Farriery Competition beating DAC Melton Mowbray and the King’s Troop and most recently have retained the London Cup against the King’s Troop.

in activities in North Wales; this was very popular and we hope to run it, iftime and facilities permit, in future years. On the courses front this year we are running two Bl Mounted Dutymen courses, to try and ensure young soldiers are given the trade, and the pay that goes with it, in order that they are not disadvantaged in comparison to their brethren in Windsor.

anuary is always a quiet month within the confines of camp, but elsewhere there were things going on. After the second Christmas leave period ended, the Training Wing commenced the now familiar Bl Mounted Dutyman’s course at Windsor. This trade has allowed troopers to gain the equivalent to a “mech” trade in horses and means that troopers are not so disadvantaged in comparison to their armoured reconnaissance brothers at HCR. Winter Training Troop, under the experienced

hand of Captain EH Andrewes, RHG/D. We continue to run CVR(T) familiarisa—

tion courses for the drafts of troopers who are sent twice a year to Windsor. This movement of troopers is extremely important. We cannot hope to retain our young soldiers if we do not give those who wish to serve at Windsor the opportunity to do so in a realistic time


Further we have introduced a

secondary mounted dutymen role for those soldiers who do not wish to go to the Household Cavalry Regiment but wish to stay with horses. This role will be occupied by young soldiers and NCOs who have attended and passed the AMEC course but for whom there is not immediately a place on the Riding Staff. This is an aid to retention and I would hope that we will keep a small number of soldiers who would otherwise be lost to the Army.

Ten troopers were posted to HCR to commence their Armoured Reconnais— sance career at Windsor. February brought the start of the investitures at Buckingham Palace, (in fact, the first of 21 in the year). More significantly, on The Queen’s Life Guard, permission was granted for various changes to the opening times for the gates at Horse Guards. As from late February, the first reliefs were posted an hour later at 7 o’clock in the morning and the last reliefs ended at 10 o’clock in the evening. This raised morale amongst those at the sharp end,(ie the troopers on the guard role), as it took 3 hours off their extremely long day. In compensation, the boxmen do an extra hour in the boxes from 4 until 5 o’clock This works in everybody’s interest as it

Belisuar/us on the Map/Generals inspection.

has given the Regiment further exposure at little cost in effort and changed the format of the 4 o’clock parade. The parade now includes the 2 extra mounted reliefs who are posted at the end of the parade.

In late February the Regi-

ment put in a large turnout for the Hunter Trial at Sandhurst. The Cavalry Blacks did themselves proud getting the vast majority of the riders around in all classes.

At the beginning of March the Regi— ment hosted a mounted section of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards who came to refresh their knowledge and skill on some of the Regiment’s greys in preparation for the Grand Military meeting at Sandown Race Course, where they escorted the winning rider to the pre» sentation area. Later in the month, the Musical Ride, under the command of Captain WEH Bagnell, RHG/D left for a show in Zurich. The Musical Ride. con—

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sisting of the one officer and 25 Other Ranks spent 2 weeks in what has got to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, performing at a show where they found themselves to be the main attraction. The Winter Training Troop returned from the Defence Animal Centre in late March, just in time for the start of Troop Training. It was difficult to appreciate how busy the period of May was going to be, but the warnings had gone out that the troops were going to have to prepare or pay the price. Troop Drills turned into Squadron Drills, then into Adjutant’s Drills and finally into the Commanding Officer’s rehearsals. The first parade of the Kit Season was to be the Major Gen— eral’s Parade. It was the first Household Cavalry Parade for the new Major General, Major General IC Mackay—Dick, MBE. The Commanding Officer had decided to make a few changes to the parade this year and set the Adjutant and RCM to work on the new format. It basi— cally meant that this year there would be Standards on parade, (3 in total), and the Squadrons would have 2 smaller divisions but also a Musical Ride detachment with trumpeters. The Squadrons also had the chance to carry out their own drills in front of the Major General before reforming for the traditional rank past and advance in review order. There were a number of minor casualties on the rehearsals,(falls with a lot of hurt pride) but overall the parade went very well. At the same time, the Musical Ride and Bands were committed to the VE celebrations in Hyde Park and at Buckingham Palace. The gladiators continued in the equestrian world at the Aldershot and Royal Windsor Horse Shows. The Musical Ride performed there and the Queen presented Trooper Brownlow with the

Richmond Cup. The Blues and Royals forming up on Hyde Park

In late May the normal activities of the Cavalry Memorial Parade took place and this year being the 50th Anniversary of the end of the War, Her Majesty The Queen took the salute.Her Majesty and Prince Phillip attended lunch in the Officer’s Mess. The next month had no let ups, and it was the turn of The Blues and Royals to furnish the standard for

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at the Kent and the Wirral Show, and Lieutenant JRD Barnard, LG taking a detachment of horses and men to the Edin— . burgh Tattoo to act as

November saw the State Opening of Parliment under the command of Major RRD Griffin LG before he departed to Shrivenham. This ended the ceremonial

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The Life Guards Mounted Squadron then had to turn out the Band two days later, together with the Musical Ride, for the VE Day celebrations. The ceremoni— al season suddenly roared into life, with the Major General’s Parade and the Kuwait State visit in the following fortnight. The Regiment fielded three stan— dards for the Major General and a new format was used for the parade, although the ground was unfortunately too hard for a canter in review order. The high point of the ceremonial season was naturally the Queen’s Birthday Parade, with the Life Guards finding the standard (carried by W02 (SCM) Hick~ man), and the Field Officer of the Escort. The second rehearsal provided an opportunity for sympathy towards The Blues and Royals, who demonstrated a new formation in front of the Duke of Edinburgh.

he 1994 season drew to a close with a Life Guards division, commanded by Captain W H de Gale, taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Parade (together with the Life Guards Band), followed a few days later by the State Opening of Parliament. For the latter, the standard was

everyone departed on Christmas or New Year leave to restore their energies for

of a Life Guard Squadron standard in Suffolk, in the local church of Major

1995. The New Year Bl Mounted Dutyman course was run again, together with

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a less intensive stable management course, both with the aim of increasing

provided by The Blues and Royals, and

equine experience within the Squadron, and counter—acting the rapid turnover

The Life Guards Squadron Leader

of NCO’s and Troopers.

found himself on Queen’s Life Guard

for the day, as all the other Life Guard

April saw the Commanding Officer’s Horse Inspection, and also the laying up

Guards). In addition to two majors, the ceremony was attended by one man of

every rank from W01 to Trooper, Easter leave was followed by the concert at the Royal Festival Hall marking 200 Years of The Life Guards Band, which was well attended by Life Guards of all ranks, past and present. The Squadron

officers were riding on the escort. Capt WH de Gale and his remount.

With state occasions out of the way, the Squadron was able to concentrate on matters equine, and troops were sent to

The heat of summer was a considerable challenge, but the Squadron survived even the Garter Service without fall out, and opportunities were taken for activities such as rollerblading and boules in Hyde Park (Tpr Stay showing consider— able aptitude for the latter), before retir— ing for summer leave. The V] Day ceremonies included an unusual Travelling Escort with stan— dard, commanded by Major R R D Grif— fin, ably assisted by Captain A M K Bar~ low, and with the newly arrived SCM, W02 Bellringer, carrying the standard. There was then a total change of gear, as the Regiment moved to Thetford for Summer Catnp.

Regimental Drills for the State Visit of the President of Finland, a double standard Sovereign’s Escort. Lieutenant] R D Barnard led a Life Guards division for the Cenotaph Parade, before Major R R D Griffin’s swansong as Squadron Leader, commanding the Sovereign’s Escort for the State Opening of Parliament. Emma, the oldest horse in the Squadron, and on her last parade before being cast to the Household Division stables, took the opportunity to demon— strate that there was still life in her, and left LCpl Wass on the ground outside Buckingham Palace, as the Escort departed up the Mall. Reports ofa broken pelvis, back and legs turned out to be somewhat exaggerated, and he returned to the Squadron on the following day, assisted by a crutch. And thus the 1995 ceremonial season ended. During the year the Squadron sent competitors to a wide range of events, including the Sandhurst and Larkhill Hunter Trials and showiumping at Aldershot, Tidworth, the Metropolitan Police Horse Show, Trent Park Equestri— an Centre, the Royal Windsor Show, an international tent~pegging competition in Santa Barbara, California (The Life Guards represented by CoH Irving and Tpr Hodge), and, of course, the Regi— mental Showjumping at Combermere Barracks (Tpr Arkley winning the

Junior Ranks competition on Opera). Also, now that the hunting season has arrived, Lieutenat J R D Barnard is taking small parties to various hunts . The Squadron is therefore participating in a wide range of equestrian activities, and we look forward to another busy year ahead. The Squadron ends 1995 with an almost total change of command from a year ago: Captain FC Marshall handed over to Captain A M K Barlow, Captain E H ] Hamilton—Russell to Captain W H de Gale, and Captain R P G German to Lieutenant] R D Barnard. Captain T E G Kenyon arrived as the new Second in Command, and W02 Bellringer suc— ceeded W02 Hickman. CsoH Godson, Wells, Richards, Lowe and Coleman left the Squadron, their places being filled by CsoH Brooke, Carter, Wills, Bridges and Postance. Drafts to Windsor have restarted, while fresh faces have regularly arrived with new Kit Rides, and even the horses change, with familiar characters such as Flamingo (the DoM’s charger), Emma and Loxwood amongst those being cast (in all three cases, live). Finally, at the very time of writing, the Squadron Leader’s whip is being faultlessly passed from Major R R D Griffin to Major N D Garrett. Roll on 1996.

L to R: Tprs Fitzgerald. Mount. Coll/er. Ash/6y. Co//ectmg pr/zes at Summer Camp.

Winter Camp, accommodated at David Broome’s Showground, where the 30 horses sent by the Regiment occupied but a small corner of a stabling complex designed to take several hundred.


well as riding around the local roads and fields, the troops went dry skiing at Gloucester, shooting with the Squadron Leader, and spent some hair—raising

days riding with the Curre Hunt. This year, contrary to all precedent, the Regi— ment did not end up being banned from

Amongst the notable results for the Squadron during camp, Tpr Arkley won the Junior Ranks Showjumping and the Five Bar Jumping, with Tpr Collier coming second in the latter, and CoH Irving won the tent—pegging. The Squadron also ended up with a fine collection of second prizes. The visit ofthe Colonel of The Life Guards included the interesting spectacle of a trainee drumhorse galloping through the lines, having thrown its rider.

the dry ski slope. The Trooper’s Dance and Brick—Hang— ing, together with the normal clutter of

Summer Camp was followed by adven~ turous training in Wales, and then horses were returned from grass, and the build up began towards Squadron and

social activities, ended the year, and

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The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron t the end of October SCpl Willacy left the Squadron to become Offi— cers’ Mess Manager, taking his brand of management to a new audience. He was replaced by SCpl Atkinson, who came from the Officers’ Mess and was no stranger, having been a Troop CoH here before that.

After the Garter Service, CoH Mitchell and Tpr Russell took the Regimental Coach to Royal Ascot every day in fine


Following the State Opening of Parliament in November 1994, reported in last year’s Journal, the Troops went to Winter Camp for a week each. They were entertained by the show jumper David Broome at the Wales and West Showground near Chepstow. Many soldiers had a chance to go out with the Curre Hunt as well. On 23 November the Colonel of The Blues and Royals visited the Squadron touring the lines, feeding off the Squadron and having lunch in the Officers Mess. Early December saw the usual rush to consume as much alcohol in as many different establishments and messes as possible before Christmas and all retired on leave well satisfied. The Squadron found the Queen’s Life

Guard on Christmas Day and, as is tra— dition, both men and horses paraded in seasonal costume. At the conclusion of leave 6 members of the Squadron began the B1 Mounted Duty Course at Wind— sor in a quest for knowledge and more money. In the second week ofFebruary The Blues and Royals Band started their build—up programme with a khaki ride and all members of the mounted Squadron were banned from the riding school balcony, as the Riding Master put them through their paces. During the final week of February the Squadron completed its mandatory military training — quite a change for most as their is not much call for knowledge of the Geneva Convention on the streets of London. No sooner was this done, than the Commanding Officer’s stables inspection dominated the horizon and the customary efforts to outdo the Life Guards brought a new coat of paint to everything except the horses and extravagant artwork to the Troop blackboards. In early March the Winter Training Troop horses and men returned to Lon» don and the Squadron Leader had his first look at the remounts while the Com—

The first half of the Squadron

departed on a fortnight’s leave at the end ofJune. On 20 July, the Squadron Sec— ond in Command, Captain M C Goodman and the Squadron Corporal Major, WOII (SCM) Maher, represented the Squadron at the annual wreath laying at the Hyde Park Bombing Memorial on the anniversary of that dreadful event. The Memorial is newly refurbished and gilded with a generous grant from the Regimental Association.

RHG/D new Son Ldr, Major Lydiard Wilson manding Officer held his first full dress inspection. As preparations for the ceremonial season gathered pace Captain] P Barclay characteristically departed to Pakistan for a polo tour! The month finished with a Squadron show jumping competition in the riding school and a barbecue in the gym afterwards for all ranks and their partners. In early April the Squadron presented their horses for the Commanding Offi~ cers inspection, achieving a very good standard of condition and presentation. In the next week the first sessions of Squadron and Regimental Drills ensured that men and horses were well tuned before departing for a long East— er weekend. On return from the weekend, the Troop Leaders took their Troops to Wormwood Scrubs to watch the King’s Troop RHA conducting a Draught Parade. There were no applications to transfer following this out— ing. State Kit looked a lot easier to clean than a gun and all the harness and traces. The judging of the Richmond Cup, by an inspection team which included the Commanding Officer of 22 SAS, was a notable success for the

eration of Denmark by the Royal Dragoons in 1945. The Guidon was carried by WOII (SCM) Maher. The horses got no rest as the Musical Ride and both Household Cavalry Bands performed several times over VE weekend of 6 and 7 May. No soon— er had that finished than the whole Regiment was required for the Major General’s Inspection on 12 May. This year it took place on the football pitches opposite Princes’ Gate and con— tained an element of Squadron Drills, each Squadron mirroring the movements of the other. In another break from recent practice, the Regiment carried three Standards and the Musical Ride. Detachments of the Squadrons rode as formed bodies with lances.

At the end of July four greys and a small detachment, including CoH Dear, moved to last years stomping ground in Edinburgh to take part in the Tattoo. While they were there the Squadron moved to Bodney for the annual camp on 21 August. The weather was so warm that the horses were burning their chins on the metal tops of the stable doors. The Regiment began to work summer hours: exercising the horses early enough to avoid the worst heat. The Colonel of the Regiment visited the Squadron in the first week and watched from a Coach Troop Vehicle as the Troops gave demonstrations of tent—pegging, show jumping and cross country schooling. The Squadron managed to win the vast majority of competitions with Z Troop, under Lieutenant A D Dick,‘ CoH Spandley and CoH Fermor winning the Regimental Troop Tests Day, close-

ly followed by l and 3 Troops .

The same was true of the Inter—Troop competition, run over the whole Summer Camp competitions, only the order was 3,1,2 and then The Life Guards. Three Troop’s winning streak was directed by Captain S C Tomes,

CoH Atkinson and CoH Snell. On return from Summer Camp Captain J A Lydiard—Wilson arrived to replace Captain J P Barclay who in turn had replaced Captain M C Goodman shortly before Summer Camp. Captains Goodman and Barclay both leave for civilian life. WOII (SCM) Maher left straight after Summer Camp to become RQMC of HCR at Windsor and was replaced by WOII (SCM) Willacy from post of Officers’ Mess Manager. In mid—September many members of the Squadron took part in the Regimental Adventurous Training Camp at Capel Curig in Snowdonia. All came back better for the change of scene and the challenges of canoeing, mountain biking, caving, toperoping and abseiling. 3 .

The second half of October was hectic with the Squadron providing the Standard for the State Visit of the President of Finland and, two days later, providing a guidon party and two divisions for the Privileged Regiments’ March Through The City of London. Major G C N Lane Fox com— manded both of these, prior to his






Major J A Lydiard—Wilson took com— mand on 1 November 1995.

departure from the Regiment and WOII (SCM) Willacy carried the Standard and Guidon, covered by SCpl (SQMC)Atkinson. RHD/G Son '0’ To, L to H: CoH Young, SQMC AtkinsonCapta/n

Tpr But/er having a shower sornewnere, not rn Yorksnr're.

Andrews, CoH Atkrnson. showrng new headdress and Major Lane-Fox.

The Squadron found the marching party, commanded by Captain E H D Andrewes, for the Cavalry Memorial Parade, on 21 May, the night after WOII (SCM) Maher had organized an impeccable Association Dinner. We also found the standard party for the State Visit ofthe Emir of Kuwait. This

Squadron. The Blues and Royals took lst, 3rd and 4th places.

On 4 May

Lieutenant A D Dick commanded a detachment of Blues and Royals, who marched past Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, at the Danish Embassy in Sloane Street, in celebration of the lib-

Single Standard Escort was command~ ed by the Squadron Leader, Major G C N Lane Fox. No sooner was it over than the rehearsals for the Queen’s Birthday Parade began, for which the Squadron found numbers 3 and 4 division.

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Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment


HHG/D Old Son Lo’r, Major LaneeFox.

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L toR' Capt Fox, W02 (SC/W Burns, The Command/Hg Officer, Maj Kelly and Ma] Graham. recorded by CoH Thompson and Ramillies at Aston Park, plus a fourth place at Tidworth and Dauntsey. This pair should do well at intermediate level. LCpl Yates RHG/D now working at the sta— bles in Sennelager, Germany, won his novice section at Iping and recorded placings at Penton and Larkhill on Sultan; SCpl Boyd RHG/D recorded some good placings on his horse Sevastopol with a third at Fith Place and a fourth at Borough Court; CoH Avison

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LG whilst at the Defence Animal Centre won The Military Novice

HQ Sqn passing through Fullers Brewery

The year ended with the Opening of Parliament and before the horses were let down for the winter 54 members of the Squadron went for a long ride to Richmond Park, a distance of 28 miles was covered on the roads and approximately 10 miles round the Park. On the route back the Squadron called into Fullers Brewery for refreshments which was much appreciated by all. On return to Barracks a good Curry was served up to the members of the Squadron to warm the parts that were not already on fire by the ride.

section at Tidworth Army Horse Trials on the DAC’s Oracle, help— ing the Army Team of W02 Waygood; CoH Weller and CoH


Squadron has seen many

changes in its manning levels for the year 1995. There has also been a large turnover in the key jobs within the

Squadron, few departments have not felt the changes that are required for our soldiers to be more versatile to move between the Armoured Regiment and the Mounted Regiment. Our saving grace for the Sabre Squadrons is the expertise of those on long term posting 5 to London ie the Farriers, Saddlers, Tailors and Riding Staff which form the main strength in the divisions when the Regiment is performing its ceremonial

duties throughout the year. The Major General's Parade took a new form this year where both the Squadron Leader and the Squadron Corporal Major rode as standard cover during the ParadeThe squadron had to pick up the short fall of one division less one man for the State Visit in May. Summer Camp was a much appreciated

break from the many rehearsals for the Major Generals, State Visits, Trooping, VB and V] Day. Many equine skills were rejuvenated within the Squadron where the Quartermaster, Captain G A Fox

RHG/D, blazed a trail through to the

finals of the Officers and Senior Ranks Showjumping. It was said later by an old Blue that because the Quartermaster was riding a Foot Guard horse and might show the Squadron Leader up by win— ning the competition, the Squadron Leader shouted HALT as the horse was approaching a fence; being a good Foot Guard horse it obeyed the command and deposited the Quartermaster on the fence. Squadron Corporal Major Burns returned to London to become the

SCM. His vast experience of the work— ings of London has been put into practice throughout the year, enabling him to ensure that all supply and demand is met. The Corporal Majors' skills in the equine field saw him placed in both the

Senior NCOs and Officers Showjump— ing and Cross Country competitions. The Riding Staff had a very busy year training the constant flow of soldiers posted to Knightsbridge and training the new batch of remounts. On the com— petition side the Riding Staff had a very successful year with some good wins and placings in Showjumping and

Eventing. In the field of Showjumping their most notable successes were the winning of both military team competi— tions at The Royal Windsor Horse Show in May:— The Queen Elizabeth Cup being won for the first time in over twenty years by a Household Cavalry team consisting of: SCpl Hunter RHG/D CoH Weller LG LCpl Yates RHG/D

riding Nieheim riding Olympus riding Sultan

Thompson to win the eventing round of the ‘Lorriners Trophy'. He was also placed fourth on The Household Cavalry’s Oliver in a good intermediate section at Lincoln; CoH Weller LG had a number of good placings on Olympus, culminating with a tenth place at Tweseldown 3 Day Event. This pair will represent the Regiment at intermediate level in 1996 and will be worth watching.

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W02 (SCM) Burns 0/7 board. earlier that day the team speed class was won by: Maj McGregor riding Fly By Night SCpl Boyd riding Sevastopol CoH Thompson riding Ramillies At the Royal Tournament Showjumping prelims held at The Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray, later in May, members of the Staff were placed in every class. With a win in The Junior

Derby by W02 Haywood RHG/D on the remount Ultra, a talented prospect for the future. SCpl Hunter, SCpl Boyd and CoH Thompson qualified for the finals of The Kings and Queens Cup held at Earls Court in July. On the eventing front some notable wins were


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The W05 and NCOs Mess

The Band of The Blues and Royals

he Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment returned back to work on Monday 9 January 1995 after having a well—earned rest and got straight back

he Year 1995 has proved to be a most exciting and productive period in the recent history of The Blues and Royals Band.

into the saddle. The first function the Mess hosted was the New Years' Dinner on Friday 20 January 1995, followed shortly by the Army v London ABA on Friday 3 February 1995 and a good night was had by all.

It began in February with a seven week tour of duty at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst culminating in the Sovereign’s Parade in April. As always there was the usual round of rehearsals in May in preparation for the ceremonial duties covering the Major General’s Inspection ofthe Household Caval-

Throughout the rest of February and March the Mess had a good round of entertainment with a steady build up to

ry Mounted Regiment, the Household


Division Beating Retreat, Trooping the Colour and Queen’s Life Guards. Dur— ing this busy period the band joined forces with the band of The Life Guards to present a Gala Concert in the Royal Festival Hall in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret which was a

which was held on Saturday 8 April 1995. WOZ (SCM) MAHER who organised the Ball did an extremely thorough iob;nobody was disappointed. The Mess having just recovered from the Ball the Maj Gen visited on Wednesday 12 April 1995, eight days before The Blues and Royals Association Dinner. The Mess echoed with voices from the past and present, this was followed by Cavalry Sunday which was extremely well supported. In June the Mess bade farewell to W01

(RCM) WHATELY and dined him out on Tuesday 20 June 1995 and welcomed in W01 (RCM) PICKARD. That month we also bade farewell to W02 (SCM)

CoH Snell showing the correct lower leg DOSlflOfl. being assisted by CoH Atkinson. The Mess moved back to Knightsbridge on Friday 8 September 1995, ready for Monday 11 September 1995 when all Mess Members had returned from “roughing it”. In September the remainder took their leave and we also bade farewell to W02 (SCM) MAHER and welcomed across W02 (SCM) WILLA—





CY from the Officers Mess.

Years Dinner on Friday 12 January 1996.

November the Mess has had its fair share of Lunches, Dinners and also discos of all types.

great success.

The main high points of the year must be VB and VJ Day Celebrations and Commemorations. On a warm summer’s day, both bands of the Household Cavalry together with Bands of the Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and Foot Guards assembled in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to provide the music of the VE Day Celebration in the presence ofHer Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. VE Day was warm, however V] Day was possible the hottest day of the year, and once again the combined bands found themselves in full ceremonial dress situated on the Queen Victoria

including Heads of States from Allied Nations and veterans of WWII. The bands acquitted themselves well and coped admirably with the pressures of these memorable occasions. After a period of well deserved leave the Combined Bands ofthe Household Cav— alry together with the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch undertook a two month tour of North America during October and November covering a dis— tance of 19.500 miles, visiting 51 cities and providing 53 performances. The tour was well received throughout Canada and America and was hailed a great


memorial providing the music for the commemorations service in the pres» ence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal family,

The Band at Niagra Falls: L to R: W02 (BC/W Haywood. Tpr Howe. LCpl Mars/l and CoH Pal/7e. Life Guards Band hiding below.

The year ended with traditional Christ— mas events with everyone looking for— ward to their Christmas leave.

Which is the Director of MUS/C.

We are now preparing for the

Christmas Calender of events to come and in Particular the Christmas Party on



Saturday 9 December, Brick Hanging on Thursday 14 December and the new

The Senior Mess Members are:

HICKMAN and saw W02 (SCM) BELLRINGER take up the reins of the Life Guard Squadron. Summer Camp was fast approaching but before that the Mess members got their leave in, the first of two leave periods. On Friday 11 August 1995 we closed the Mess in Knightsbridge only to reopen at BODNEY Camp on Monday 14 August

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The PMC W02 Wil/acy (SC/W inspecting lunch. . .2, , .

1995. We all had the arduous task of having to “rough it” for the next three weeks, the farriers had a book running, not on who would win the Showjumping or

The Forge

Cross Country but the one who hit the dirt most. SCpl SQMC ATKINSON won hands down or is that heads down. The routine of camp was broken up by visits and also the Dinner Night on Tuesday 29 August 1995 at which point CoH

1995 was yet again a busy affair for the forge, with a varied amount of tasks

undertaken. The highlight of the year was that it marked the 50th Commemo-

SMITH 73 volunteered to run the New

ration of VB

Years' Dinner in 1996. Wellvdone. W02 (SCM) TIERNEY at that point was the PMC so we have him to thank for the Games Night on Tuesday 31 August 1995

bands of the Household Cavalry and

which was a great affair and a good time

abnormal heat conditions was called upon to treat more human casualties than equine. The VAP soon resembled a mobile Hospital!

for The Queen’s Birthday Parade then started with numerous rehearsals with FL CoH Byrne and Cox-Rusbridge representing the Forge.

The Ceremonial Season started as normal with the Major Generals Parade followed by a State Visit from Kuwait. FLCpls Bainbridge and Adams doing the Honours on parade. The build tip

Summer Camp provided the next challenge with the Forge heavily involved with tasks such as fishing. clay pigeon shooting and barbecuing. We also endured the occasional night of social

and V] day, with the

Musical Ride playing a central role. The Forge provided a Veterinary Aid Post (VAP) headed by the Veterinary Officer, Capt Owcrs, who due to the

was had by all.

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Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

participation when time allowed. In addition the Forge provided a stand for troop tests which gave the troops the chance to show off their veterinaryifar— rier skills in a variety of tasks and received excellent feedback from all participants.

FLCoH Adcock showed his usual farri— er skills by achieving the overall title in the Army Competition, best specimen shoe and being placed 5th. FLCoH Byrne won the Eagle Eye Competition, whilst FLCpl Adams gained 3rd at Leicester and Peterborough.

Veterinary Officer and Farrier Major also competed in the London Marathon

Musical Ride

later in April.

The forge also prodttced some excellent results in the farriers completion of course work with FLCpl Bainbridge

will endeavour to take up the reins from my predecessor, Captain W E H

Bagnell and try and outline yet another gaining honours on his Class 2 and Competitions within the department were as normal rewarding with the Household Cavalry winning the Inter Regimental Shoeing Competition, the London Cup. the Army Team and com— ing 5th in the International Shoeing Competition. On the individual note

On the sport and riding front the FarriFLCpl Lawson gaining an A grade on er Major prepared for his trip to the Himalayan region of Nepal in November and the Veterinary Officer once again showed off his equine skills by winning the novice event at Sandhurst, gaining 3rd place later in the year. The

exciting and rewarding season for the Musical Ride.

his B3. The end of the year finished wthe State Visit from Finland and the State Opening of Parliament in November. This completed what was yet anoth» er successful year in the Forge.

Captain W E H Bagnell concluded his 94/95 Journal account by hoping that

our trip in March to Zurich would bring more tales of“dash and colour”. He was correct, however to maintain the mystique, and a few other things, they can— not be re—counted.

Household Cavalry Training Wing It has been an eventful and colourful year for the Training Wing. The real estate has been subjected to a large building programme which is why the stable area has resembled a Wimpy

building site for so long.

The Ride returned from Zurich at the end of March, and recovered for a month before the start of the estab— lished season at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This provided an ideal opportunity for the Queen to ensure her Household Cavalrymen were, not unexpectedly, immaculate. At the end of May the Ride went to the Suffolk County Show in Ipswich and continued

to foster the strong Mounted Regimental bonds with East Anglia. Continuing the theme of Regimental friendships, the Ride moved north to Edinburgh to the Royal Highland Show. The Mounted Regiment can be assured that the tide of affection generated by the I994 Edinburgh State visit has not abated. In July the Ride returned to the north, to the Wirral show and some fantastic sponsor hospitality. This was made doubly enjoyable as LCoH Byrne was on hand to help translate. The Ride then headed south from the Wirral to the Weald of Kent at the Kent County Show. The exciting performances were able to bring a splash of colour to the otherwise parched Garden of England.

thunder. However this was far from the case the traditional glamour of shinning armour and cavalry elan won the day. The thronging crowds on the sea front of the Regiment Corporal Majors’s home town loved it. A mention of thanks must be made to the Troops for pulling together and allowing the Musical Ride to have a very successful season in an otherwise very busy year. We can look forward to an equally exciting year in 1996. The key personnel were:

Riding Master: Major D McGREGOR — RHG/D Ride Officer: Captain

T E G KENYON — LG The last show was the Sunderland Air Display in August. There was a bit of concern that the Red Arrows and halfa dozen Mig 29 Fulcrums might steal our


One of the

results is that we now have a new jumping lane around the manege, a long held aspiration of the Colonel of The Blues and Royals.

FORDINGBRIDGE SHOW Saturday 20th July 1996

There have been a number of highlights during the year. The Eton Tattoo proved to be popular with both soldiers and the public alike. The training wing attended Summer Camp and was, in

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many cases an eye opener to the recruits as they realised the horses that were once placid in Windsor, suddenly became wild uncontrollable beasts with Norfolk turf under their hooves. Fortunately all the recruits and their horses

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were rounded up in time for the return to Windsor. The experience of camp was obviously a great help as two rides

were upridden by four weeks; this is a tribute to the hard work put in by both permanent and riding staff, and especially the recruits themselves. In October the Training Wing attended the Slough Police Open Day — the rides were a large attraction and were seen by numerous members of the public as well

as The Princess of Wales. The Staff line up has changed considerably over the year. In January we saw the departure of Captain The Lord Fermoy and the arrival of Captain M J G HamiltoniRussell. In July LCoH Kellett moved to HCR to be replaced by LCpl Thomas. Sadly we bade farewell

to WOZ (SCM) Bellringer to HCMR — the overpowering smell of radox and deepheat will be missed. We welcomed WOZ (SCM) Tierney from the SWIG project at Lulworth. In January 1996 we bade farewell to Captain M J G Hamilton—Russell to civilian life, to be replaced by Captain A D Dick — he has settled into the job quickly, and has

managed to turn his office into some— thing resembling a Penny Arcade; at times it is difficult to spot him behind the mounds of computer equipment. The Training Wing continues to enjoy (some say endure) the steady trickle of recruits from ATR, and looks forward to another successful year in 1996.

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out his duties as Second Carriage Officer for the Finland State Visit, with all his normal skill and dexterity.

build up sufficient layers of sub—cuta— neous fat to survive such experiences in comfort.

On the dry ski slope, mild—mannered Tpr Watchorn underwent an amazing transformation into “Switch, The Suicidal Ski—Jump Maniac”: interested only in taking off, he had some truly spectacular crashes into the barriers at the end of the slope, but somehow failed to do himself any serious injury. In this respect he was more fortunate than Cap~ tain T E G Kenyon, who suffered a very severe dislocation of the little finger of his right hand and was carted off in an ambulance. At first it was suspected that he might be unable to hold a sword again, but three weeks later he carried

Tpr Parry and Captain A M K Barlow, both being of the skin—and—bones physique, appeared very susceptible to cold water. The former was persuaded by his rather plumper mates to join them by jumping into a lake halfway down Snowdon, whilst the latter followed Major G C N Lane—Fox down a death slide into the icy waters of a disused quarry. On both occasions the skinny individual appeared to begin hyper—ventilating, to the amuse— ment of his companions. For future years, participants are advised to follow Captain W H de Gale’s example, and

The death slide was the culmination ofa day of abseiling and slate—mine exploration, near the village of Friog. The mine was impressive, consisting of a series of man—made caverns linked by rough passages, and occasional abrupt drops. Attempts to test the depth of such voids by dropping pebbles were not always successful: one appeared not to have a bottom at all.

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variety of outdoor activities, both familiar and novel. It is hoped that HCMR will be able to undertake a similar adventurous training package in September 1996, possibly with an

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dition in the British Army. Indeed it is reported that the Duke of Wellington took a pack of fox hounds out to Spain in 1911 while Bonaparte’s troops were in winter quarters. The story goes that the hounds ran into French territory and the huntsmen, a Coldstream Guardsman by the name of Tom Crane, was so keen that he continued to hunt the fox. He was caught by a passing french patrol but later released when the

French realised the logistical problems of kennelling a pack of hounds! It is reassuring that the Winter Training Troop still provides hunting for all ranks of the Household Cavalry that would otherwise not be possible. The Regiment subscribes to a number of

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1994/1995 season the Troop provided 223 days hunting for Officers and 64 days for Non Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks, who are not charged for hunting. However Winter Training Troop pro— vides far more than just a recreational pursuit. Horses benefit from time away from Knightsbridge in an atmosphere where they can develop in other spheres apart from ceremonial duties. The majority of horses return to Knights— bridge stronger, more capable of jump— ing and calmer on parade. Similarly Winter Training Troop provides a good

platform for soldiers and NCOS to learn new riding and equine management skills. Apart from hunting soldiers have taken part in local cross country and show jumping competitions. It is the perfect opportunity for potential members of the riding staff and, without exception, soldiers return to Knightsbridge as better riders.

Winter Training Troop is also responsi» ble for those horses that are sent to grass at Melton Mowbray during the winter period. While ceremonial commitments are at their minimum, as many horses as possible are put out to grass away from London to enable soldiers to go on leave and provide a well earned rest. Hunting in the Army is often attacked by both members of the press and in the House of Commons. It is important to emphasis that hunting is paid for by officers, either by simple charges or Serving Officers’ Trust and Winter Training Troop does far more than sim— ply supply horses for hunting, within reason, any member of the Household Cavalry who is capable of passing the simple hunting test is greatly encouraged to take advantage of the unique opportunity to experience the best hunting in the world at an affordable rate.


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Royals in Denmark 50th Anniversary Trip 4 - 7 May 1995 By Sir Peter Miles KCVO

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May 4th Constantine LG Drum Horse, with a new recruit at Summer Camp '95,

Contract catering. Up early and caught the plane from Gatwick to Billund, North of Kolding. There I was met by Colonel Edeling who was in charge of me for two days, and a delightful companion. Colonel Edeling is still in the Horne Guard, which was formed after the war, from members of the Resistance Movement. He is also involved with the ex concentration camp, Froslev, near the border, which now houses five museums. We drove there, looked at one or two museums, had lunch, and went to the border crossing used by us in 1945. Here we met tip with about eight Danes from the Resistance Movement who had lined the route as we crossed, and a reporter from the Jutland/Schleswig radio sta— tion. Together with plenty of Tuborg we gave our impressions of that great day, which were duly reported several times the next morning. After 50 years it was not easy to recognise the crossing, but the line ofthe land seemed familiar.

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We then rctraccd our original route through Abenraa and Hadeslev, but most of the twists had gone, also the cobbles: except in Hadeslev where the cobbles had been put back and a glimmer of recognition arose.

We stayed the night in the Koldingffy— ord Hotel, delightful on a lovely evening, and with a stupendous view over the nyord. That night Sven Hoffman gave a dinner party. He is now Chairman of Handelsbanken, and as leader of Area 3 of the Resistance Movement, in charge of proceedings. This area took in the whole ofJutland from around Kolding to the Border. Two of Sven Hoffman’s colleagues in the war, Major General Bjorn Egge and Major PeterJebsen, both Norwegian undercov— er agents, and their wives, together with Henning Gottlieb, adviser to five Danish Prime Minsters, and his wife were at the dinner. Anything military is taken very seriously in Denmark, and they are very aware that they had no proper army in 1940. Indeed to start with the Danish Government had little choice but to collaborate 100%: and resistance was not encouraged But as details of German atrocities filtered through, so Resistance built up, and by 1943 the Government had started where possible to harden its way regarding the Germans. I was told that most ofthe sabotage took place in Area 3. We had a marvellous dinner, looking ottt over the nyord with plenty of Chain—

pagne and good claret. During that time a recording on the wireless gave us Monty’s announcement that at that very moment 50 years ago, German forces had surrendered in North Europe. Everybody in the restuarant clapped. To them, after Sir Winston, Monty is still the most popular man in the world.

May 5th We drove about 5 miles to Skamling— banken, where the main Memorial to all the Resistance fighters was built after the war. It is in a beautiful hollow surrounded by woods, below the original memorial on Skamling Banken established in memory of previous heroes. The latest memorial is surrounded by pillars and topped by a bell tower. About 2000 were present (in 1947 there were 100,000), some sitting including 7 or 8 “C" Sqn Royal Dragoons, staying in Veile. Sven Hoffman gave an introductory address and read out the names ofthe 88 killed by the Germans: then Prince Joachim, younger son of the Queen, laid a wreath, then Sven Hoffman, and then me on behalf of the Regiment. A further 10 were laid, then the Last Post, and some lttsty singing. After that a walk up the hill to lunch.

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This was for about 200 people. After four long but, I am told, good speeches, three by those at the dinner party the previous night, I gave mine (see below) After lunch, around 4.30 I flew to Copenhagen with the Prince, and oth» ers, in a 30 year old Sikorsky helicopter (to be replaced next year!) and that evening attended a dinner party for about 60 as a guest of Crown Prince Frederik in the Tivoli Gardens. Of the guests, who were mostly non Dane, the only British ‘soldiers’ 1 could spot were Lord Carver and myself. Among the rest were Americans, Canadians, Norwe— gians and even a Russian Jewish reporter who was on the Border where we crossed. Most of them had been involved in SOE operations. There were a number of impromptu speeches, the first by Lord Carver. The purpose of his was to thank Prince Frederik for all the hospitality, and then to make it quite clear to everyone that most of those who entered Denmark in 1945 had started from Africa, back and forth, then Alemein, up Italy, into Europe and so on. It was well done by the eighty year old Field Marshal.

laid a stone in honour ofthe 50 years, and of that Area, in the war, of the Resistance Movement.

For instance the Regiment stabled 14 race horses here in Kolding, there was duck shooting, and surprise, surprise, there was anyway to start with quite a lot of work.

May 7th

And this brings me on to the reason for our being here today — The Danish Rests»

tum‘c Movement, for whom I am greatly Sadly John and I had to leave shortly after

honoured to have been chosen on behalf of the Regiment to lay a wreath this morning at the Memorial and to be invited to this lunch.

breakfast to catch different planes at Kas— ., trup. The Danish venture was over. ‘

In October 1945 our Commanding Officer wrote an official letter to the Colonel ofthe Regiment, about Denmark and the Resistance Movement. I do not think I can do better than read out what he said.

I was sorry in some ways to have missed



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Copenhagen, like the ‘ march from the Citadel: but in Jut— land all the events

“We had duties to perform, even in Den~ mark. In the first place to show the flag. When we first arrived in the country there were many thousand fully armed German troops to be dealt with. There were arms and ammunition dumps suffi» cient to blow up half Europe. The harbours were full of German Naval craft.

were very moving, the hospitality remarkable, and the ‘old boys’ from Sven




who lined the route, made one proud to have been a Royal Dragoon.

They helped us in the numerous guards and patrol duties. Danish officers being attached to RHQ and HQs of Squadrons, have acted as interpreters and performed other useful duties. It may be that our days in Denmark are drawing to a close. We have had a good time, and our duties have been made lighter and pleasanter through the excellent help and cooperation we have received.

It has not been a simple task. Without the efficient and willing help of the Dan— ish Resistance Movement, it would have taken far longer and been more difficult than has been the case.

We shall not forget Denmark and we sincerely thank our numerous friends for their generous welcome and for all their kindness.”

The Danish Resistance Movement was a powerful and well organised body. It maintained constant communication with England throughout the War. Arms and ammunition were smuggled into the country, and frequently dropped by the RAF. A great number of Danes played what part they could to help the Allied cause, and many of them lost their lives. Since we arrived in Denmark the Danish Resistance has helped us wholeheartedly.

That as I said was sent in October 1945. It was, as one might say straight from the horses’s mouth, and straight from the heart. And the same sentiments are felt today, fifty years later by all Royal Dra—

goons. Now your Royal Highness, I would like to ask all those who are NOT Danish, rise and drink a toast to Denmark and the Danish Resistance Movement.


May 6th


After an early breakfast with John Phipps who was flying to Aarhus, Major Bay Hodgson and I went to the Citadel

to meet some from “C” Sqn, who appeared very pleased with their stay. It was fun seeing the Citadel so smartly repainted and again the beautiful Offi— cers Mess. Then Major Victor Whit— worth, his wife and I to Nyborg to stay with Eric Juel, where we met up with John Phipps. On the way to the house Eric drove us through the farm build— ings, where the Regimental vehicles

were parked on that first night.

There were extensive and fully equipped coastal and inland defences, minefields and aerodromes. German soldiers, sailors and airmen were everywhere. Expressed very briefly, our job has been to locate and neutralise all dumps and installations, to place guards over them, and to get the Germans out of Denmark, and back into Germany. We have received our orders from Allied HQ in Copenhagen.

CARRINGTON Sir Peter Miles’s Speech Your Royal Highness, Ladies and Gentlemen. This is not quite an Abbott and Costello act but it is one in which Col Edeling will turn my bad English into good Danish. Exactly 50 years ago today we the Royal Dragoons were somewhere south of Lubeck, and on May 6th our Command-

We got to Nyborg that evening, where we spent the night, and then quickly spread out over Jutland and Funen, with all sorts of different jobs. For instance the next day, first of all I was rowed out to a German Cruiser in Nyborg Harbour, and gave the Captain his orders to go to Keil to surrender: then in a scout car with a Corporal to Aarlborg, to arrange quarters for ‘C’ Squadron.

The ing Officer, Colonel Tony Pepys was

Barns must be some of the loveliest in Europe which were built, I believe at the same time as the house, around 1776. Apart from Erics wife Liza Lotte, his sister Birgitta and her husband Keld Hillingso and one of Liza Lotte’s sons, Kaspar, there were four Royals staying. But in a house which gave a dinner party

for all the officers on the evening of May 7 1945, and subsequently housed RHQ in one of the wings, these numbers were trifling. And Eric and Liza Lotte are noble successors to Gregus and Gunnila. They had also hosted a party for the Resistance Movement that lunch time when Lt Gen) Keld Hillingsoe, brother—in—law and recently commander Allied Forces Baltic Approaches, had

ordered by Monty to get to Denmark as quickly as possible — before the Rus— sians. We left immediately; it was the evening, but because the roads were sometimes blocked we did not get to the Danish Frontier until early afternoon on May 7th. The Danish Guards saluted, the barriers were raised, and we were surrounded by hundreds of cheering and clapping Danes who clambered into our Armoured Cars to shake our hands and kiss us where appropriate. It was a moment I will never forget. Col Edeling took me to the frontier yesterday, and although the scenery had changed out of all recognition, it did bring back memories of so long ago.

As we were the first British troops to arrive there our reception was unbeliev— able. In the tour round the City, with the Lord Mayor in front we took it in turns to drive while the other had to throw out the flowers, otherwise the driver could not find the pedals. After a hilarious night we were told to come here to Kold— ing instead, and another Squadron went to Aarlborg. Then after a few days we went to Vejle for a couple of months, and lastly to the Citadel in Copenhagen for the rest of our time in Denmark. And what a time it was. Aarlborg Schnapps, Heering Cherry Brandy Smorbroe, lovely country side, very, very kind Danish families and of course, lovely, lovely girls. Something for every one.

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Horatio and Fibreglass The dangers of having the Horse were appreciated, due to the presence of the

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‘ever mischievious’ Naval Gun Crews. However, after day one when “Fibre-

glass” was found to be AWOL, subsequently to be discovered in the middle

By Major (Reid) B W Lane, (Late RHG/D) With the D—Day Anniversaries taking place in 1994, as part of the Recruiting Team’s vehicle display at the Royal Tournament, CRLS London Dis— trict agreed to our request to add a wartime vehicle to our normal Scimitar/Striker display. Having contacted the Military Vehicle Trust, we received an offer from Mr John Marchant of Milton Keynes, an acknowledged expert in Armoured Vehicles and author of several books, that he was able and willing to provide a R.H.G. Daimler Dingo Scout Car Mark 2, Circa 1942 (Date—Built), (sold out of service Sep 62); still in its original colours and with a discernable R.H.G. Cypher on the turret. In order to gain further information on the vehicle many of the ‘Old and Bold’ from HCR were contacted # Major Taffy Price, RCM Jock Neill MBE, Ben Goodacre, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Meakin. However, it was not possible to add any more to John Marchants records. On the move into Earls Court we were treated to the fine sight (but very little sound) of the Dingo motoring into the Stand. Having set up it was noticed that even then oil was leaking from the Bevel Boxes — the fact that there were members of the Recruiting Team who knew what Bevel Boxes were certainly impressed John Marchant’ The vehicle and John (complete in Bat— tledress) certainly generated a great deal of interest with the general public and perhaps acted as a gentle reminder to the many other Arms at Earls Court that we were also involved in the “happenings” in Europe some 50 years ago.

of Earls Court Arena, on his back, with a ‘fag’ 0n the go, led to his permanent close arrest every night to deter any ‘Paras’ who may have had some bright ideas. (The thought of “Fibreglass in

will all be passed on to John Marchant, the

present owner.

para harness descending on the Massed Fibreglass Bands was too much to contemplate). As a further enhance ment to the Household Cavalry Display, . we were able (courtesy of Madame Tussauds and Major Kersting, Curator of the Museum), to produce a full size Cavalry Black, which H.C.M.R. duly fitted out and was named “Fibreglass”, as that is exactly what it is made of.

As the Household Cavalry Stand was sited quite close to Kings Troop, who also had a horse (alive and kicking), this did not entirely contribute to very good relations due to the fact that our own “Fibreglass” was in full view of the Kings Troop Horse, and amongst the discerning members of the public was “very much better behaved than that one up there”.


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two times “Fibreglass” on the rails in the Boxes at Horse Guards. They would require very little feeding, drop of oil now and again, and a hose down — not to mention lessening the Street Cleaners daily tasks.

they will remain with us for some time to come — certainly until Tpr Collett has

another story.

Horatio 1960

Having positioned “Fibreglass” alongside “Horatio”, it proved to be

the talking point of the Display with the general public, who would not be convinced that it was not real. Com— ments such as “well—behaved,” “wellitrained”, “Friendly”, “can we feed him?”, were every day occur— rences, and we could have run our own “Beadle Type”show for the com-

plete fortnight. The fact that our Mounted Dutymen, Tpr Hodge (LG) and Tpr Collett ( RHG/D), were also very much playing to the crowd by rubbing the horse’s nose and offering sugar lumps and sweeties, certainly broke the ice for the Team and the pub» lic, enabling us to get the even more important ‘recruiting’ mode, to attract to the Regiment.

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It has three theatres, an intensive therapy unit and its own Pharmacy, X»Ftay and Physiotherapy departments. A variety of outpatient treatments are available. Nursing and accommodation are provided free for serving officers (unless medically insured) and at a much reduced rate for ex—officers and dependants (unless insured for more). Subject to age, Friends of the Hospital can receive dis— counts from several medical insurance companies. The Hospital is entirely independent of the NHS and requires a substantial voluntary income. For more information please contact

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had been the Driver of the vehicle in Wolfenbuttel in 1960, who has kindly sent a photograph of that period. Hope—

well look as though they are on sale as part of the Army Shop Display, hopefully

paid for the Landrover — However, that is Our picture shows Tpr Collett (son

(Sister Agnes Founder) The fortnight at Earls Court was com» pleted by a visit towards the end of the period by a member of the public who, to the astonishment of all and sundry, started “talking” to Horatio, and it turned out to be a former member of R.H.G. 22360352 Tpr A J Barber, who

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The only hick—up of the day was when I was informed that I could not be a crewman in the Armoured Car as I was not properly dressed by one of the officials. Having suggested that he read his movement order with special reference to page 1, para 4 of the INVICTA section , that I was representing the Household Cavalry and that having travelled from

V] Parade - 19 August 1995 by Mr Iack Brook (SQMC 1940—47 LG) My participation in this parade really began about eight years ago, before the event was even in its emerging state for I received a phone call from Ted Woodbridge who was working in the museum at Windsor. “Would I contact a man named Bill Stupples living in Ringmould near Deal as he wanted some information regarding Daimler Scout Cars”. Contact was made and a lengthy phone calls ensued ( Bill is not a keen letter writer and neither am 1!). He had served with the Queen’s Regiment from 1960 until 1972 and in 1966 was in Borneo when the Life Guards were there and this is really when his interest in Daimler vehicles took off and is the proud owner of a Daimler Armoured Car (DAC) and Daimler Scout Car (DSC)— they carry the names of my old 3 Troop, D Squadron, 2 Household Cavalry Regi« ment, Devil and Dartmouth; the latter having my personal logo on the

side—”the SAINT”. “Had I any photographs of these cars? Was any non—standard equipment fitted? How much ammunition was car— ried? etc,etc. After much searching two photographs were found, both taken by civilians in Holland and Belgium at the moment oftheir liberation and had been sent to my mother after the war as war correspondent’s were seldom seen up at

the front with us. Bill is a member of INVICTA Military Preservation Society (IMPS) a group dedicated to the preservation of all types of military vehicle regardless of origin. They regularly hold Open Days at Bel— tring in Kent and attract some 4—500 vehicles for the display. Our first meeting was in Holland where IMPS brought over some vehicles for the re— enactment of Operation Market Garden starting at Bourg Leopold and terminating in Arnheim. About nine days before the parade Bill phoned me asking if I would crew his DAC and

Solihull it was definitely not my inten» tion to do anything other than ride in the AC he disappeared and returned half an hour later to agree with my point of view and to allow me to travel in the Scout Car. Two things in the army keep you in good spiritswtea and food which were provided by the W.R.V.S who very kindly set up their stall 20 yards from our vehicle. A packet lunch was available,tea, coffee, cold drinks and one galleon plastic water containers (kindly supplied by Thames Water) were on tap. Having delivered “meals on wheels” with my wife for the last 13 1/2

On Friday 18 August I caught the 0745 hrs “Pullman” from Solihull to Euston, very much the high pressure business man’s mode of transport. Not making much headway with the DT crossword I set—up my OP behind the paper and watched the lapitop’s and mobile phones come into action and was glad that I had taken early retirement. It reminded me of all Scout Car Comman~ ders who did this activity daily (and at night). The lap—top’s were bulging mapecase’s and the mobile phone a Number 19 Set. First stop was Knightsbridge where I was staying with my son Andrew and having deposited my small pack in his MQ I watched the Queen’s Life Guard being inspected? a sight that never fails

to fascinate me. Then a voice greeted me asked what I was doing. It was Major Ian Kelly, a friend of many years, who asked if we needed anything. I replied that a pennant was needed for the wireless aerial on the DAC. A quick visit to the Master Tailor produced a pennant two hours later. Thanks to them both.

details would follow in the post, which they did, all thirteen pages including four maps. I was instantly reminded ofC Squadrons move from Gatou to Spandau in 1946 where Major Peter William managed to produce seven sheets of written orders for a 7 Km move.

years on behalf of the W.R.V.S it was

Mr Jack Brook on ‘Devil'

All vehicles taking part in the parade would be allowed to park in North Car—

riage way from 1930hrs on Friday. So Andrew and me walked across the park but no vehicles had arrived when we

left at 2000 hrs and it later transpired

that “Devil” and crew did not arrive until 0230 hrs on Saturday, they then overslept on the grass which resulted in no breakfast. I in the mean time enjoyed a cooked breakfast (to hell with all this nonsense about the cholesterol levels) and after a spit and polish session we carried my bag up to Constitutional Hill—the assembly point. Time was then 1100 hrs and the temperature was beginning to rise respectfully. Here we parted company and after a security check I made my way to join Biland our other driver Mike Newton. The first task was to raise the pennant on the aerial. We were now properly dressed and the car was in immaculate condition, complete with 52 wooden dummy rounds of ZPDR ammunition. All around hun— dreds of men and women, usually husband and wife teams, made up the

crews of the other vehicles were mulling about putting the finishing touches to their “Chargers” accompanied by good humour and banter. Sev— eral old friends from the 43rd Wessex Infantry Division who had served in Holland during Operation Market Garden put in an appearance. They were followed by a party of Town Criers resplendent in their much decorated uniforms only to discover that one of them, David Bullock, had served with the R.H.G after the war and now was the Town Crier of Norwich.

quite a novelty to be on the receiving end for a change. In the distance I we heard the clatter of horses hooves— The Queen’s Life Guard returning to Knightsbridge, the same Guard I had watched the previous Fri— day. We reined back to allow them room to pass and the “eagle—eyed CoH saw our pennant flying and ordered them to

“Carry Sword’s” and a smart “Eyes Right” and they were gone. That’s the sort of man who would have made a good Scout Car Commander in 2 HCR. There was never a dull moment for we had an unexpected visitor, General Sir Simon Cooper, Master of The Royal Household who very kindly gave “Devil” the once over and passed him fit for action! Although comment was not given on the motley crew. The Service of Remembrance and Commitment was relayed to us and when it ended the Order “Crews Mount” was given and after some heaving and push— ing I finally installed my body in my

Scout Car which seamed a lot larger 50 years ago.

Then another spot oftrouble as the tractor towing the 5.5 Artillery piece developed timing problems resulting in it misfiring sounding like a machine gun and finally coming to a halt directly in front of our vehicles and 300 yards from the saluting dais. Mike, the driver skil— fully circumnavigated the obstacle and was back in line for the great moment as Bill ordered “Eyes Left” and I am sure that we were recognised as being 2 HCR. It was all over in a few moments despite being cheered all the way down The Mall and beyond. Under Admiralty Arch and under Police escort we made our way back to North Carriage Drive via Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane. A quick farewell to the “INVICTA” group and then aboard my train back to Soli-

hull. Due to the large number of Veterans attending, some 14000 against the 8000 expected, the March Past took longer resulting in us departing 20 minutes later than planned. Then came the “Start—Up” and we were off down Constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace where the cheering was deafen— ing and a sea of faces greeted us with waving arms. How can anyone describe such a scene with an atmosphere which must be unique to the United Kingdom and all those people there to take part. The wartime spirit of co—operation, of loyalty to the Crown and coun— try was manifest.

In conclusion I must thank all those people who organised the parade, all the veterans who in spite of advancing years, disabilities and heat marched so proudly. The public who helped to make our day such an unforgettable experience. Whilst the parade embraced men and women who had fought in theatres of war around the world I really think that it was at last a tribute to the Forgotten Army. The Dutch issued a medal inscribed “All is in vain ifit is forgotten”. For when the sun goes down at the end of the day we will remember them.

Surprise Surprise with Cilla Black 31/ Mr P] Aslzmmz (late Hlt’ Llft’ Guards In January 1995 the Regiment was contacted with a view to assisting LWT with the above programme. Mrs Ashman had written to LWT stating that her husband had never had his picture taken in Full Dress Uniform during his time in National Service at Knightsbridge and could they help. The Regiment was asked by LWT if we could fit him out with State Kit but without him knowing. His measurements were obtained by his wife and the Master Saddler, SCpl Mills, and the Master Tailor, SCpl Button, sorted otit the appropriate State Kit.

On the day of filming, he was still totally unaware, even sitting in the studio audience that anything was going to happen to him. That was until Cilla Sur— prised him, both Master Saddler and Master Tailor marched onto the stage and took Mr Ashman off with the aid of two State Trum— peters to be dressed up. On our return, the photographs were taken and we presented Mr Ashman with tickets for Beating Retreat and Trooping the Colour.






Master Sadd/e/ .Mr Ash/nan. Master Tat/or Then it was off to take part in the social side of the evening, (kindly provided at LWT‘s expense of—course).

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Headquarters Squadron in Bosnia June - October 1995 so the Squadron was split up and each

lthough HQ Squadron had prepared to go to Bosnia in January whilst RHQ and D Squadron formed

department of HQ BRITCAVBAT was augmented by HCR personnel. Secondly, we had only brought that kit which we could physically carry in one bergen

BRITCAVBAT, once they had returned we looked forward to a good training

and one holdall, we therefore felt like

season with the majority of the Regiment back in UK. It therefore came as quite a shock to receive a telephone call

poor relations compared with the remainder of the regiment equipped with duvets, and a host of electrical equipment, including radios, TVs and HIFIs! SQMC Barry quickly solved this problem by issuing each HCR room with an iron!

on the Late May Bank Holiday Monday

from the Commanding Officer informing me that HQ Squadron complete was being sent to Bosnia to support the 9/12 Lancers. When I asked what the time frame was, he told me that current plan-

The Squadron Leader, or Household

ning from HQ Land had us moving in seven days time. On Tuesday morning

Cavalry trade union rep as the Commanding Officer preferred to call him,

the Heads of Department met, and pro duced the first draft of the Squadron

was banished to Santici Camp in Vitez, to quell the rebellious colonials (Kiwis). He returned at the end of each week in order to change his crew, or seek civilisation with daring tales oflife as an L0.

orbat and list of vehicles required. By Friday lunchtime all kit had been issued, all weapons zeroed, intensive First Aid training carried out, all vehi— cles painted, and all equipment packed.

Capt Ham/(ton Russell being pressured as an to in HQ Sqn

"\ ~\ iub‘hfa. ~ -‘

In reality the vehicles departed on the following Wednesday by ship from Marchwood, with a seven day sailing time, accompanied by CoH Shatliff. This gave an opportunity for further training to enhance that received at CATC in January, and for a four day leave before departing.

The Advance

Party left on Thursday 16 June with the Main party departing a day later. Both parties flew direct from RAF Brize Norton to Split. The journey was made awkward by having to spend 16 frustrat—

ing hours at RAF South Cerney before moving to Brize Norton. We shared our flights with 10 Regiment RLC who we were to see a great deal more of as they regularly transported supplies to Zepce by DROPS. On arrival in Split the advance party unloaded the vehicles at the port. When the main party arrived

we were greeted by the RSM 9/12 L, briefed on the situation and spent a rea— sonably comfortable night at Split. Early the following morning we set off north to Zepce. The CVRT were carried on the back of DROPS vehicles, driven

HO Sqm meets A Son on Route D/amond. L to R: CoH Cr/pps (A Son}, CoH IW/es (HQ Son), LCpl Hammond (A Sari)

comfort ofa UN coach driven by a Dan— ish hippy with the unlikely callsign of “hot potato”. Our route north was along Route Circle to TSG, Route Triangle through Prozor, Route Diamond to Gornj Vakuf, Route Emerald to Vitez, and then on Route Lada through Zenica to Zepce. Whilst on Route Circle we passed UN Task Force Alpha which included A Squadron. As our party waved frenetically out of the coach at A Squadron they looked back blankly, not knowing that a further element of HCR had now arrived in Bosnia. Having received similar blank looks from SCM Kidd when we passed him a little later, we stopped as we overtook Captain E HamiltoneRussell so that A Squadron would know that we were also in the same country as them. To complete the A Squadron team we met Captain N P

BRITCAVBAT was a very mixed organisation. The RHQ officers came from

9/12 L at the RAC Centre in Bovington, supported by 9/12 soldiers from the Cen— tre Regiment. The QM, Major Kirk— bride 9/12 L, an old friend ofthe House» hold Cavalry, also came from Bovington. The LAD was drawn from varied locations including 17 Port & Maritime workshops! The Maglaj squadron was C Squadron QRL, commanded by Major


In fact there were more of

almost any other capbadge under command 9/12 L than there were 9/12 L (with the exception of the postie!)

Sackett RHG/D in Prozor. He merrily chatted t0 RSM 9/12 L whilst surround—

ed by HCR soldiers without noticing,

cles drove in convoy whilst the remain—

As he turned to get back into his Land Rover the penny dropped “Good grief, what are you lot doing here?”. What a

der travelled in the air—conditioned


by the same soldiers of 10 Regt RLC who had flown out with us, the B vehi-

By 2am all the vehicles had arrived in Zepce. Some impressive driving had been done, in particular by Sgt Dean MBE in successfully getting the Foden Recovery vehicle complete with 20 Ton trailer (carrying the SQMC’s Rover and trailer) along the route without incident.

We had been told that HQ Squadron was augmenting HQ BRITCAVBAT so that it could deploy into the field. As this was not now currently due to happen it caused two problems. Firstly, we arrived to find that this was unlikely to happen

Meanwhile W02 (SCM) Sandercock and SCpl (SQMC) Barry minded the Squadron and confused everybody by their ranks, initials and titles. In between short periods of acting as MTWO, SCM Sandercock covered for the RSM whilst he took R&R. SCpl Barry meanwhile became more and more excited as the time approached for him to become a father. The baby was due whilst he was on R&R. However his wife gave birth four weeks early, so SCpl Barry was despatched on the next R&R period home to see his son.

from the besieged enclave. The convoy set off with high hopes and travelled as far as B7, where it was stopped by the BiH checkpoint. They told us that what we were doing was very good and honourable, however they could not let us proceed as we did not have the correct convoy clearance. The convoy sat there for six hours and was eventually called back to camp. The next morning the convoy set out again. The BiH commented that we were indeed persistent, but that we still could not pass. After a further five hour wait the convoy returned to camp and was stood down.

The various members of HCR LAD supported the ASM in style. Unfortu— nately LSgt White had to return home on posting earlier than any one would have wished, but he gained promotion from it, so was happy to trade that for a medal. Meanwhile LSgt Uytendahl (on loan from 14 Fd Wksps REME) was labouring away under the apprehension that he was becoming passed over, and was delighted to discover in August that he had actually been promoted Sgt in Oct 94, and nobody had told him.

During the R&R periods HCR soldiers helped cover a variety of posts including OP D4. Tpr Spencer under the watchful eye of CoH Shatlifflost weight at OPD4, only to regain it with his first meal back in camp.

Towards the tail end ofJuly, BRITCAVBAT was tasked to provide a convoy of

TCVs to go to Zeppa, in order to assist in the evacuation of Muslim civilians

Some members of the Squadron were included in the week long exchange with the Kiwi coy in Vitez. It gave an opportunity for them to see a new area of Bosnia, and to see what comfort the other contingents lived in. Most of their time was spent out manning checkpoints.

that a peace agreement was close at

hand. As it happened the first was true, whilst the second took a further two months to materialize. HQ Squadron’s return to the UK was almost as fast as the deployment. Only 13 days notice was given of BRITCAVBAT’s withdrwal. Indeed some soldiers home on R&R remained in the UK and their kit was packed for them. On the last day in Zepce befor travelling home BRITCAVBAT achieved what Lieutenant Colonel W R Rollo had wished to achieve during HCR’s time in Bosnia, the opening of Route Duck from Zepce through to Tuzla. The 9/12 Lancers tried to boast that they were the first down the route. This was untrue, as LCpl Mardon RHG/D drove the first vehicle down the route, and therefore retained that accolade for HCRH Having been deployed to Bosnia for four months HQ Squadron arrived home, having experienced Bosnia. It made up for remaining on the rear party whilst the remainder of the regi— ment had deployed.

As October drew close two rumours circulated; one that BRITCAVBAT was about to be drawn home, and the second

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March Through the City of London

Edinburgh Military Tatoo 1995

by Major ].A. Lydiard — Wilson, The Blues and Royals

by Captain ] R D Barnard, The Life Guards

11 Friday 20th October 1995 The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron were given the honour of exercising their Freedom of London as one of the Privileged Regiments. The contingent of 3 Officers and 27 Other Ranks including a Guidon Party and Trumpeter departed from Hyde Park Barracks for a one and a half hour ride through London to Armoury House in

the heart of London. The route took us through Horse Guards Arch and along Embankment towards the City of London to the surprise ofthose who worked there who had not expected such a greeting on their way to work. A trumpet call from LCpl Shaw announced the arrival at Armoury House where we joined the other 12 Privileged Regiments and a cloud of smoke and whining of tracks saw the arrival of our sister troop from

Windsor in their CVRTis.

The Blues and Royals at Horse Guards on their way lo the Cay of London. L to H: LSgl Hand and LCp/ Holloway blue uniforms in front of him. The route took us along Moorgate, around the Bank of England and past Mansion House where the salute was taken by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and by

the Lord Mayor of London before our arrival at The Guildhall. The pavements were packed and many an old Regimental face was spotted from throughout The Household Division.

Lt' Whltoread. LCpl McGarry and Tpr Amos on the Pat/fledged Reg/ments Parade in the Gay of London.

Our arrival at The Guildhall produced some entertainment for the Division. The Royal Marine Contingent was called to “Attention” upon our arrival and scrapped their feet along the sand— ed cobbled ground as the naval drill

movement dictates. Captain J A Lydiard—Wilson riding “Subahdar” was seen executing a rearward movement through the Division coming to rest with “Subahdar’s” backside firmly against the local Church. He decided that it would be best to remain at the rear of the Division.

years as we were to parade not in cereOnce the Guidon had been Lodged a lucky few entered The Guildhall for lunch as the remainder returned to Barracks. It was a memorable day and an honour for all those who took part. We thank the Lord Mayor of London and his Aldermen for their kind generosity and for allowing us to exercise our Freedom.

Mr Kevin Taylor and Mr Fred Collrhgwood wrth The Lord Mayor of London at The Mans/on House, The next 20 minutes was taken up by photo calls and deciding whether or not we wished to appear in “London Tonight” or “The News at Ten”. Major G C N Lane—Fox conducted the negotiations. (We saw nothing that night on television so we can only presume he sold to Tyne Tees Television or they could not afford the modelling fee). The Parade was called to order and after the Standards and our Guidon had been marched on we proceeded behind the Navy contingent through the City. At some stages the Parade slowed almost to a halt and the rear men in the Navy ranks became concerned as “Quiberon” being ridden by Major G C N Lane—Fox took an interest in the


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his year a team of eight were asked by Brigadier Jameson, the new producer, to take part in the theme acts of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This was slightly different from in previous monial uniform but as the Stuart Kings and Queens within the main theme of the ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland and France. Therefore at the end of July eight hors— es, six black and two grey, and eight men moved to Redford Cavalry Barracks on the edge of Edinburgh, where we were stabled with four horses from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. As soon as we arrived we quickly realised that this was not going to be the glamorous swan it might have appeared to have been from the distance of Lon» don. Within five days we had to complete everything ready for the full dress rehearsal on the castle esplanade. This included several very detailed briefings, recce’s of the castle performance area known as the esplanade, the stabling and the tricky routes in and out under the stands of hundreds of applauding people. As well as this we all had to have our costumes fitted, some ofwhich were not far off Mounted Review Order. The most difficult preparatory task however was getting the horses used to every-

thing from bag pipes to fireworks, smoke and five thousand people applauding at once. We therefore had to spend hours walking the horses, through smoke with fifty bagpipers behind them and ten people either side waving enormous standards. Eventually nearly all of them took it very well. Special congratulations have to go to LCoH Moore of the Remount Staff who played the Dauphin Charles and LSgt Hand AGC who played Mary Queen of Scots, riding side saddle. Their job was made especially difficult as they had to come on at the beginning of the performance through the main gate and over a tremendously slippery draw bridge whilst smoke completely filled their path. The other per» formers were CoH Dear who played Charles I, LCpl Holloway who played JAMES l, Tprs Bond, Gibson, Haith and Bray all swapped between the roles of King Charles II and the stable night guard and myselfas Bonnie Prince Char— lie’s right hand man Cameron of Lochiel and James Power a Scottish Standard maker.

urday night. We were generally back in barracks and horses fed and bedded down by about midnight so anyone who wanted a quiet pint or two had between then and eight O’clock in the morning to take in the bright lights. Luckily Edinburgh during Tattoo and Festival period never seems to shut. The Tattoo was one of the hardest iobs any of us had had to do before but it had a very addictive quality about it which made it extremely memorable and enjoyable and I am sure there will be plenty of volunteers for next year. LCoH Moore

With a great deal thard work from the soldiers and a lot of co—operation from the horses the full dress rehearsal went well and were ready for the opening night on the Saturday. This too went well so we settled down to a month of seven performances a week one each night Monday to Friday and two on Sat—

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Houshold Cavalry Band in America By LCOH RM Allen — The Life Guards

was sitting in my troop office just before feedaway a few weeks before Christmas thinking about the build up to leave, when I got a phone call from the Assistant Adjutant, Captain W H de Gale. He simply said to me ‘do you want to go to Bangkok for two weeks the day after tomorrow’. For a moment I thought about the Yeomanry Race I was due to ride in the next day and the days hunting I had planned, then my mind quickly flipped to the bright lights of Bangkok and all the stories I had heard, my mind was made up, I said I’d love to go and went straight to the Adjutants'

uring October and November 1995 fifty members of the combined Household Cavalry Bands joined forces with the Pipes, Drums and Dancers of the lst Battalion The Black Watch. The tour, under direction of Major C R C Garrity RHG/D, was sponsored by Columbia Artists and involved giving fifty two concerts throughout the Unit-

ed States and Canada. The Massed Bands left Heathrow Air— port at 1330 hrs on the 2 October and flew to Seattle where we transferred to Victoria which is on Vancouver Island,

British Columbia.

Visit to the Royal Thai Army Bangkok 1995 by Lieutenant IRD Barnard, The Life Guards

Here we met the office.

Columbia Artists crew and began two days of intensive lighting and dress rehearsals before giving our first performance to a large audience in the Victoria Memorial Hall on the 5 October. The Band was impressed by the Canadians’ patriotism; the same could be said of the Americans, although some demon-

strations on behalf of NORAID were experienced. These demonstrations were dealt with very ably by large bouncers. Each show was two hours long and consisted of the Bands alter~ nating with the Pipes and then joining together for the Grand Finale which was always met with rapturous applause. The Band played American marches, songs from WWII and big band music by Glen Miller. Early on the 6 October we started what was to be seven weeks of travelling by

coach giving concerts in a different city every day. The average distance travelled was about 350 miles per day. At this point in the tour 70% of the Bands contracted a bad ‘flu virus’, two or three people even developed bronchial pneumonia.

On the 11 and 12 we gave concerts in San Jose and Oakland, near San Francisco. Between these concerts some of us man— aged to go over to Alcatraz. It was the biggest Guardroom that we had ever seen (but not as shiny as ours!). From here we went on down to California by aircraft to San Diego and then to Santa Monica. The hotel in Santa Monica was near the beach where “Baywatch” was being filmed and, I can assure you, Pamela Anderson is as impressive in real life as she looks on TV! We had one day off

tR‘ Drum I‘vIa/or Black Watch ,o/us assxslant, Musn Walsh. Tom Hanks (Forest Gump),

Musn Sherwood. Musn Carney. there and a group of us went to Universal Studios in Hollywood. The rides were excellent and there was a wild west show with stunts and some impressive horse— manship. Next day we flew across and up America to Chicago. The sky was completely clear and we had a wonderful view ofthe Grand Canyon as we went up its entire length. The major part ofthe tour began at this point which entailed forty con— certs in thirty six cities. On the 30 Octo— ber we played at Madison Square Gar» dens, New York and it was here that we had our best audience. (8,000+). The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding met us there and also Major Reeves, the Director of Music of The Life Guards who was leading the Advance Party publicizing the tour two weeks ahead of the main party. We had our second day off during the tour here in New York and had the opportunity to see all the “sights”. Several people went to see shows on Broadway which was one block away from our hotel. In Florida we were treated to an all expenses paid day in Disney World. Everybody went on a ride where you are plunged down a five story drop at a 45 degree angle at a speed of 40mph. On the way down a photograph of your exhilarated face is taken 7 the fine positions of many musicians’ salutes were noted by the Band Corporal Major!

During the tour we met many old com— rades from both Regiments and the Bands, the most notable being the ex—Riding Master, Captain Barrie McKie who lives near Orlando Florida. The end of the tour came in West Palm Beach near Miami. As we were flying home next day, which was their Thanks— giving Day, the Columbia Artist Staff gave us a lovely dinner. This was very much appreciated as we had being living almost exclusively on McDonalds for the last seven weeks! We arrived at Gatwick at 0700 hrs on the 24 November and the weather was very cold, grey and damp compared to the warmth of the sun in Florida. The trip had been extremely demanding, but we made the most of our limit— ed time off. We were well received everywhere that we performed and made some good friends. It was a perfect opportunity to promote the prestige of our Regiments and Bands to a huge audience and this was achieved with the usual professional and cheerful attitudes which are always found in the Bands of The Household Cavalry. Actually, in several cities the local mayor issued proclamations that the day was to be celebrated as “Household Cavalry and Black Watch Day”!

When I got there I was told we had no tickets booked, no Visa and we had not replied yet to say we were coming. If we wanted to go, Captain de Gale had already appointed himself the other Officer going, everything had to be completed within a day. All that went quite smoothly and thanks to Mrs Robinson in the Orderly Room we managed to get a flight at five o’ clock the following morning. The only thing that slightly worried us was that we were to fly to Hong Kong via Bahrain and Kuala Lumpur with the RAF. We imagined this would mean sitting for fourteen hours, in a Hercules, on a webbing chair with our fingers in our ears, eating bully beef sandwiches. Fortu— nately we boarded what seemed to be a perfectly normal passenger aeroplane and arrived in good shape in Bangkok. The following afternoon we were met by our guide for two weeks, Captain Chakri, who took us to a very comfort— able hotel very elose to the Regiment hosting us, The 29th Cavalry Regiment Kings Guard, Royal Thai Army. The next day we were taken to watch the Kings Birthday Parade. This is very similar to our Birthday Parade except there are probably five times as many soldiers on parade and the uniforms are far more varied. Each battalion’s tunics were anything from bright yellow to deep purple making a very impressive sight as they ranked past their King.

The 29th Cavalry



Regiment in contrast to us only comes on

parade at the end and L -‘ then



past and forms up at V the rear. Their escort trot is far slower and I’m sure more comfortable than ours. One

of the

other ‘1:

startling differences was their Major General was not mounted and doubled everywhere when on parade! The following day we visited the Barracks of the Kings Guard. The set up is in many ways similar to the Mounted Regiment here, there are two Squadrons both commanded by Majors and three Troops in each. The horses in the main are from Australia but recently Lt Col Worrawit, the Commanding Officer, has bought some from New Zealand which seem to be of a higher standard. They have also just started up a musical ride which we saw in rehearsal and promises to provide a great show. Lt Col Worraw— it also plans to set up a Mounted Band but his main obstacle is finding a big enough horse for the drums and a jock— ey to ride it, a difficult task in Thailand where the average height of a soldier is about five feet four inches. The rest of the week comprised of visit~ ing several palaces of the old Kings of Siam and the main Buddhist Temple in Bangkok which houses the Emerald Buddha. This is literally a model of Buddha that sits in a huge temple on top of a thirty foot high golden throne and each season in a ceremony the living King comes and changes its clothes. For the second week we moved north to the hills at Chang Mai to visit the pack Squadron and the Regiment competing

Lt JRD Barnard LG. Elephant and driver

in the three day event of the South East Asian games. There we met the famous Major Sam, a Thai officer who attended the Mounted Officers Equitation Course in Melton, who when we left was in with a good chance of winning a medal in the dressage. The other great highlight of Chang Mai was an elephant trek through the jungle. Captain W H de Gale, Captain Chakri and I had an elephant each and attempted to persuade our drivers to race each other, with little effect however. Our time in Thailand was extremely memorable. Our hosts and in particular Captain Chakri could not have made us more welcome or shown us more. Thailand and its people are so fascinatingly different to our experience that it-would be impossible not to enjoy a trip there. I am sure next year there will be a great queue of people wanting to go, I just hope they get more than thirty six hours notice to move.

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On Exchange with the Royal Canadian

Exercise Cockney Cowboy 1-11 Sep 95 by Sergeant (SI) M Hedge APTC


by Captain 5] Rhodes—Stampa, The Life Guards (Part Time Dragoon)

y arrival in Canada in mid Jan— uary 94, coincided with one of the

worst winters in Ontario for 30 years. The snow was drifting in downtown Ontario as I tried in vain to direct my French Canadian taxi driver to my hotel. He stolidly refused to speak any English and took me on a roundabout route, so that he could catalogue the list of injustices committed against Quebe— cois over the past century or so. It was only when I admitted that he was of course understandably miffed at the appalling treatment which my own countrymen had meated out, that he dropped me off several miles from my destination. It was well below freezing and very bleak. A period of acclimatiza~ tion was, I felt, in order. The RCD had other ideas. Five days after my arrival I embarked on a Winter Warfare Course at the head of my new troop. This first taste of working in an arctic environment was tremendous fun and many valuable lessons were learnt which are now proving useful to B Squadrons upcoming deployment to Norway.

A fairly steady time in Barracks fol— lowed and I decided to brush up on things Canadian. Despite the obvious differences I found that most military matters are very similar to our own. There were moments of confusion; ask— ing for an orderly caused much hilarity. Winter passed in a blur and as the snow melted I found that a landscape that I had known well changed dramatically. As a result I constantly lost my bearings and would appear in the most bizarre places without a clue to my where-


Following Gagetown, the Regimental main effort switched to Bosnia training. I was chopped to A Squadron as their LO, for an intensive period of buildup training. When not out liaising, my task was to be a belligerent balkan type and with my motley group cause as much trouble as possible for the rest of the Squadron. I worked diligently at this task and enjoyed it no end. I know that the soldiers involved found my perfor— mances convincing as they showed their appreciation by handcuffing me and throwing me into a lake. Finally, and following the usual amount of uncer~ tainty over the deployment familiar to soldiers worldwide, I deployed to Bosnia Hertzogovina with the Advance Party on 18 October 1994. The RCD’s TAOR covered an enormous area and included Muslim, Serb and Croat held areas. My first task was to liaise with the Serb forces in the Illias area. This was a unique opportunity as, with very few exceptions, only Canadian soldiers had been allowed to work in

Serb held territory. 1 found the Serbs a fairly amenable bunch and enjoyed working with A Squadron RCD enor» mously. Sadly following several aggres— sive air operations involving British war planes, the Ilias Brigade decided that I had outstayed my welcome and invited me to leave, which I did, rapidly. I then became an RHQ LO working in all parts of the TAOR less those held by the Serbs. During my time with the HQ I had the opportunity to work in Sarajevo for several weeks, which proved to be a fascinating experience and because I still had access to Route Finch I was able to move in and out freely. I can honestly say that my exchange posting was one of the more entertaining things that I have done with the Army. The Canadian soldiers made me feel very welcome and were polite enough to

ignore my more eccentric moments. Should anyone have the luck to pick up a similar posting, I can guarantee that they will have a wonderful time. Capra/h Rhodes Stampa bolting ser/oas.

X COCKNEY COWBOY was a rockclimbing expedition to the mid— west States of the USA from 1 Sep to 22 Sep 95. It consisted of eight personnel from the Household Cavalry Regiment and Army Physical Training Corps. The Regimental Second in Command bade us farewell at 0830 hrs on 1st September 1995 and MT were on time. By the time we had loaded our luggage the minibus resembled the Karachi—Delhi train. Our flight left Gatwick at 1200 hrs, some eight hours later we touched down in Houston (Texas), we then missed our connecting flight which was a good move as were given first class on the next! Two hours later we arrived at Denver International Airport, secured transport in the form ofa 12 seater minibus (fitted with all mod cons) and 45 mins later we were in Boulder (Colorado) and at our First Climbing Venue. Our first morning in America, we felt that we should sample the delights of an America diner for our breakfast it was as you would expect, illuminous signs and waiters cutting about on rollerskates. God Bless our Colonial cousins! The first crag into Boulder Canyon was called The Dome an apt name, this monster of a rock kept us amused well into the evening with several multi pitch routes all at easy grades to get into the feel of things. The day was finished by a bath in the River Boulder (to become a ritual) and then into town for supplies and to dominate the grid square.

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summer was the visit of D Squadron RHG/D, which went very well. The RCD pulled out all the stops to ensure that the visit went smoothly and firm friends were made on both sides. The Regimental exercise in Gagetown was also quite an occasion and the culmination of training so far that year. The exercise ran smoothly bar two notable exceptions, one being the near loss of an M113 into a seemingly bottomless bog by myselfand the other was the near loss of my thumb following a dazzling display of coordination involving a penknife and a laundry bag. The less said about that, the better.

Cob rock, 300ft of daunting crag and crevice (Cornet A J Mayhew’s feelings), an impressive bit of rock anyway. This rock was vertical in every sense of the Word with the easiest route being a Very Severe, there were no problems every» one was beginning to climb well and two long routes were completed by everyone


The Team at Mount Rushmore.

everyone got to terra firma safely apart from Sgt Mutch, who tried to pull the abseil rope from the start point at the summit only to find it would not budge. Shortly after this an American ‘Climber’ took his young son up a 300ft route wearing a cycling helmet and running shoes, the boy got stuck and started screaming for help. Sgt Hedge abley assisted by ch1 Smith quickly set off up the rock face to perform the rescue and become instant heroes. The day was fin“ ished off by a few cans of Budweiser by the River. The next day we woke up to pouring rain, on reading the weather reports a low was in for a while so we broke camp and headed for Wyoming. Cfn Mel Melody spotted a road sign which read “Welcome to Wyoming, there no place like it on Earth”, we all agreed who ever thought up that slogan

different routes on Castlerock and met at the top several hours later for a summit photograph. A multi pitch abseil was decided on as our means of descent,

Splendid weather returns and the party tackles Edward’s Crack, one of the clas— sic climbs of Vedauwoo, Sgt Mutch and Cfn Melody did not start it until late afternoon but the weather was good so they set off. Into the crux of the second pitch, the lightening came speeding across the plains and the heavens opened. In the height of the storm Sgt Mutch was belaying under a tree with wet ropes and several kilograms of metal work hanging from his waist with Cfn Melody screaming Welsh Obscenities. Still in Vedauwoo at a crag called Jurassic Park, the climbing standard is improving, all manage a 5.10a which is very pleasing and another quality climbing day without interruption from the weather. It is decided that tomorrow will be our last day at Vedauwoo before moving on.

had hit the nail on the head. What a desolate place, miles and miles of open prairie with great rocks and boulders thrown in. The weather had changed and it was now blistering heat.

before the day was done.

The next day the instructors set off on

the bar had bullet holes where a local had apparently gone beserk one day!

The following day the weather was terrible again. The Buckhorn Bar in Laramie was soon discovered, it looked like something straight out of a set from a Cowboy Film. Stuffed animals heads adorned the walls and the mirror behind

Tents down and we are off, still staying in Wyoming but right to the North of the State to a place called Devils Tower. Dev— ils Tower featured in the Film ‘Close Encounters of the third kind’ and is a 900 ft basalt plug which has pushed up out of the plains. After a day of driving we reached the Tower at 1800 hrs. What an awesome sight. We camped in a beautiful parks campsite by a river with real toilets and sinks and is well worth paying 8 dollars for, early night in anticipation.

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For half of the party, there was an

have been rude not to take up the chal—

enforced rest day so that the 3 instruc— tors could recce a route on Devils Tower for the next day. We selected a classic route from the guidebook called the Durrance Route.

lenge so we did and finished 1 hour later

Another early awakening as the rest of the party attempt to make it to the Summit of the Devils Tower, most are very worried having never climbed a rock of this magnitude before. Without going into detail, the climbing took us all day. We were held up by slower parties and held up again abseiling off, but everyone was buzzing when they reached the bottom so it was worth the trouble. Kit was packed and we were on the road heading for South Dakota and Mount Rushmore.

bloated. So eight fat climbers headed up the Needles to our first climbing area the South Seas.

On the opposite side of the road from the South Seas area lies an area called the Chopping Block here we based

stop was breakfast, Keystone is a town a couple of miles down the from the Rushmore Monument we found a restaurant that adver» all you can for 5 dollars. It would

The next day it snowed and snowed and the decision was made to drive back to Vedauwoo to climb, so off we went. On arriving at Vedauwoo it snowed, we stayed here until 20 Sep but it kept snowing.

today’s efforts. Baba Cool 5.1021 is a classic climb of the area, Mark lead it and then set up a top Rope for the rest, it proved to be quite a test piece with only 2 others reaching the top. The next day it rained!

And it continued raining

throughout the day, Sgt Hedge and Sgt Chappel being true mountaineers went climbing, the ‘girls’ went shopping. We

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fell for it, bless them. That night it snowed and snowed and snowed.

all met at Mount Rushmore that afternoon in the rain, two tourists saw the ropes that Sgt Hedge and Sgt Chappel had and were told about what a hard day they had cleaning Lincolns beard. They

Drove to Boulder in the hope of climb— ing, it snowed! The last night we stayed in a hotel so we could organise ourselves for the flight home, showers, food and a real bed, what bliss, it kept snowing but by now we did not care. James valeted the van to make handover easier in the morning, a few beers in Boulder and then off to bed.


We arrived back in Blighty at 0930 hrs on 23 Sep, the flight dragged on and everyone seemed to be suffering from severe depression. This lifted upon touch down!

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by Lieutenant W} P Simpson Gee, The Life Guards. fever there was an unlikely time to go canoeing, we had certainly achieved it on the frosty morning ofthe 6th Novem— ber. The aim of the expedition was to break the monotony of the tank parks and burst into a week of adventure and fun. To learn the rudiments of canoeing and gain a team spirit which could be felt from all onlookers down the River Exe right into the heart of Exeter. For the first day, it was a time to learn all the strokes and find out that “No!”, canoes do not go in straight lines when you paddle. This was carried out on Wimbleball Lake in North Devon. It must have been a strange sight for passers by to see ten enthusiastic canoeists going around in circles exclaiming the fact that they all had left handed paddles!

If that was not enough or if the town of Barnstaple or Exeter could not exhaust the most hardy of canoeist then the weirs of the River Exe were enough to

stimulate excitement akin to the falls of the Zambezi! All in all the trip taught us a lot about canoeing and finally was a real eye opener to the members. The expedition lead—


Day out at Summer Camp: L to RCOH Fermor, Smith, CaptAndrews, CoH Spahd/ey.

er took them to his Old University Pub of Exeter University. Here there was a striking contrast between 12 fit soldiers and long haired hippy drug smoking individuals (of course they are not all like this). It caused much amusement on both sides and what is more as Cpl Clubley pointed out “You mean to say I pay £300 taxes, so these people can have a £1 a pint, that’s great boys let’s get ...! SSgt Buck lead/mg the way,

The excitement really took off with the pounding waves of North Devon. As the ten surf doods in their canoes and 1960’s wetsuits surfed the waves cutting half pipes along the tube infested waters of the North Coast, outdoing any ‘Point break’ surf film techniques. Although through excessive courage they all cap—

sized on the first wave!


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Exercise Cockney Lad 27 Aug - 1 Sept 95 by Captain R Goodfellow REME Ex COCKNEY LAD was a novice canoe training week that took place in the Capel Curig area over the period 27 Aug - 1 Sep 95. The aim was to introduce 6 novice canoeists to basic techniques with the hope of progressing to fast water before the week was finished.

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Front row, LCp/ Bassett Lt Mayhew, LCp/ McGary, LCp/ Hackman.

The first day was spent on a large lake close to the delightful Rhyll seafront. Back at Windsor the hottest summer on record continued, whilst in Northern Wales the sun had yet to pluck up the courage to make an appearance. This made little difference to the assembled novices though as everyone thought that there was no possibility of getting wet whilst covering the basic techniques on day 1. How wrong they were. Under SSgt Bucks instructional eye, confidence levels were high enough for LCpl Codd and Cfn Woodall to demonstrate time after time the perfect l/Z Eskimo roll. Day 2 proceeded with more advanced techniques and the high winds and sharp temperature made it a hard days' canoeing ahead. Morale plummeted fur— ther below the temperature as SSgt Buck announced that the day would start with rescue drills — however this would prove very, very useful in the following days. Confidence was now sky high as day 3 started, after 2 days spent on relatively calm water. The prospect of white water canoeing was a challenge everybody felt up to, or so they thought. As everybody rounded the corner to confront the river, 6 iaws simultaneously hit the floor so LCp/ Todd, minus boat.

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t to R: SSgt Buck. th/ Codd, th/ Elliott, Ctn Wooda/l, tht Murray. LSgt Doherty. Sgt Pal/ister. hard that the dents had to be knocked out later. Meanwhile SSgt Bucks' eyes were lit up like fairy lights, and a discernable spring came onto his step. Following the signs to the start of the World Champi» onship course, the group assembled by the chosen spot and changed in silence, except for the occasional murmur that could be heard above the noise of the raging water. Due to the high level of water the group split into two groups, and after a short period ofinstruction the first three victims set off down river, and surprisingly all managed to stay upright and dry. In a fit of madness they all decided to run the gauntlet a second time but were not so lucky. All came out oftheir boats and had the pleasure of travelling about 1/4 mile over the rapids on their backsides before being pulled from the torrent. The sec— ond group had similar experiences. After the harrowing experiences of the

previous day a slightly slower stretch of water was chosen to hone the groups superb water skills. Everybody was improving at an incredible rate, when the EME decided to make an appearance for a couple of days. Brave or stupid he took to the water like a duck... feeding off the river bed. Within minutes he had showed the rest of the group the bottom of his canoe again, and again and again, but with dogged determination and a canoe full of water he persisted. With the mornings session over there was just enough time for each person to run the gauntlet of the Championship course one more time. Needless to say the EME once again decided to make like a bottom feeder. Only the brave survived!

The EME /L/st before demonstrating the perfect 7;? Eskimo Roll

Follow my leader: L to R , Tpr Bond, Capt Andrews, CoH Smith, Ma/or LaneeFox.

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Exercise Cockney Claviers 9-20 Oct 95

Summer Camp

(Cote d’Or department of France)

by Captain SC Tomes, The Blues and Royals

by Second Lieutenant AIC Fox—Pitt The Life Guards. xercise Cockney Clavieres was designed to give a multifarious climbing experience to all the participants. For this reason the Beaune region of France, with its numerous crags, was chosen. Having experienced all the dramas of the M25 on Monday morning and then the Peripherique in Paris we arrived, shaken but not stirred in Saffres, a small ghost town just west ofDijon. Having located a place to camp we set about cooking the dubious looking cans bought on the way South. Most of us survived the night except for CoH Hodder and Sgt Hedge who had obviously selected their supper badly and spent the night arguing about who had priority. After a cornflakes and caffeine breakfast the morning was spent learning the tricks of the trade. In the afternoon, under the watchful eye of Sgt Hedge, we attempted to put his teaching into practice. (The theory part anyway). Style did not seem our forte but CoH Hodder led the way for us rookies by scaling the first climb with surprising speed consid— ering his previous night’s antics. Con« sidering the motley crew we were, progress was fairly rapid with all the members reaching the summit of 3 4b climb by the end of the second day. That evening under LCpl Canning a

bonfire was lit for an expedition smoker. Judging by the carnage found around the ashes of the fire the following morn— ing it was a huge success. Tprs Finney and Doncaster who had initially decided that the top of a turret was the highest they wanted to go, proved that, they to could act like spiderman. (As long as they were wearing their ‘NO FEAR’ T—shirts.) Their success was not quite so apparent in a Dijon night—club where the language barrier seemed to hinder their progress somewhat. After four days in Saffres CoH Hodder

drove us South of Dijon to the village of Fixin. Having driven through a multi— tude of unmarked villages we arrived at a vineyard below the crag, our home for the next three days. After an uneventful night the first morning was spent doing some quality hill walking in the quest of finding the correct climbing location.

When we finally arrived at the foot of the crag we found many of the best climbs occupied by the locals. This led

Once again the Mounted Regiment en masse breathed a huge sigh of relief and without so much as a second glance over its shoulder, high tailed it to Thetford! From our concrete monstrosity to our new homes ofNissan huts and tents, life was about to improve for the next three weeks. Traditionally, Summer Camp is a time to relax and for the soldiers and horses to escape some of the rigours of ceremonial life and this camp was no exception. We were blessed with some exceptional weather at the start of our stay. Indeed it was so hot that several of the horses got

minor burns from leaning over the metal topped doors of their stalls. Sadly this did not last and the British temper» ate climate began to fight back and towards the end of camp the problem changed to that of rivers flowing through the stalls! 2L1 Fox- P/tt gnnn/ng and bearing.

Training started at troop level for both us to use areas where the climbing was harder due to the rock being smoother. LCpl Canning however seemed to adapt to the situation and overcame most of the problems that the rest of us encoun— tered. For the following days we had learnt our lesson (and route to the crag). Arrive early to stake your claim to climb the better routes. Having sampled the wine in their bars and the local food chez LCoH Hepple; we moved North to the cul—

ture of Fontainebleau. Although there was only bouldering available, the difficulty of climbs remained high with the




Hedge, startling the natives with his antics on the rock. The rest of us only managed to startle ourselves climbing for the first time without ropes! Having exhausted ourselves with two days intensive bouldering; we decided to venture into Paris on the final day to admire the scenery before travelling to Calais and ultimately on to Windsor. Cockney Clavieres proved

to be both fun and demanding for all those who participated, whether climbing or not. Some difficulties did occur when trying to communicate with the locals as Tpr Finney and Doncaster will vouch for, but perseverance as in all things won the day.

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squadrons as small posses disappeared into the Thetford wilderness to ‘settle in and settle the horses down’ on their own agenda! The area is certainly fantastic in its scope and allowed for some very con— structive riding indeed. Major G C N Lane Fox made equine history on one such day by getting Harvester over a rather good hedge. The poor horse had only come down to act as Musical Ride charger and has hardly ever jumped in his life. Not suprisingly a battle ensued with Major G C N Lane Fox having to use every inch of his energy and experi— ence! Another amusing aspect of the training area was the battalion of Foot Guards who were digging in as part ofa defensive exercise! We must have given them no end of scope for practising insults as we gently trotted by the latest gas attack! Troop tests were held and turned out to be a great success. They were not only enjoyable but also informative and interesting, allowing for a wide selection of skills to be practised and revised. Stands included section jumping, saddlery, dressage, vetenary, timed riding and horse—back sports. Sadly for The Life Guards, The Blues and Royals swept the board. A state of affairs that the Life Guards will work hard to change, I have no doubt next year!

The first one to blink loses. Feediaway at Summer Camp. Training included the annual security exercise where the most unlikely is pre» pared for. We were visited by the Major General who had a rather more than birds eye view. Having listened to the initial brief he went back to the ‘grand» stand area’ in the spare carriage with the spare division, both of which were not needed in the first serial. Chaos then ensued as SCpl Henney, who had been briefed to ‘let rip’ when he saw the first division and carriage did exactly that! Luckily the Major General was able to control events and provide an effective, ifa little unplanned, example of how to react to the unknown... The outcome ofall the hard practice and effort was a fine round of competitions. These included cross country, over CoH Weller’s splendid handy hunter course, tent pegging, show jumping and a plethora of other less well known equine events! The handy hunter was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. It was a demanding, exciting and exhilarating course and was all the more difficult considering the experience of many of our young sol— diers. The Senior competition was won by Captain E H D Andrews (practice makes perfect?!) and CoH Young RHG/D and the Junior by Tprs Sem» cyszyn and Vyse RHG/D. We had several visitors to Thetford including the new DRAC, Brigadier A C I Gadsby, who showed complete willing and not a little trust by jumping on horse back for his tour of the Regiment!

We also entertained the two Colonels of the Regiment and the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding. It was definitely a good balance and certainly the visits did not make us feel as if we were con— tinually on show, allowing enough relax— ation from the rigour of high profile London. A final visit came with the Adjutant who brought several other camouflaged, rediberet wielding souls who descended from on high in a Lynx. It left the rest of us somewhat suprised and could only feel that they must feel jealous that we can do their job, but they can’t do ours?! The open day was once again a complete success with many families as well as several thousand members of the gener— al public attending. The musical ride under the skilled and highly polished supervision of Captain T E G Kenyon

LCpl Adams (RHG/D) snowmg the perfect jump/mg posmon,

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stole the show with a magnificent performance. Not to be outdone were the

khaki ride from the HCTW who provided us all with a memorable display of bare—back riding, daring and amateur gymnastics! Several competitions were held including ‘horse ball’, show jumping and tent pegging, all of which proving popular with audience and participators alike. As in previous years Sefton was swapped every half hour so as to stop him from exploding with carrots and nearly all the horses left with something having been fed to them. Overall it was a great success and the collection at the end netted £800 for the Army Benevolent fund. Summer Camp in 1995 was a tremendous success and the right balance was struck between work and play. Certainly most soldiers seem to be of the opinion

that it was the best one to date. Those who have served at HCMR will know how important such a break is and it is increasingly so as we face the pressures of undermanning and increased commitments. If we can have camps as good as this in future years then the Regiment will benefit enormously and will help us to have satisfied soldiers who are able and willing to do their jobs. We cer— tainly do now.

Skill at Arms in California by Captain AD Dick, The Blues and Royals One of the better opportunities 0fthe year arose when the Regiment was asked to send a tent pegging team to the United States to compete in the first International Celebration of the Horse. When the offer arrived it was not surprising to see that most of the Regiment considered themselves to be expert tent peggers, including the eventual team Captain who had had two hours practice

in his life.

Tpr But/er arid his new groom, Capt Tomes.

Spruce Meadows 1-12 Sept 95

Eventually the team was chosen from a cast of many. The final four were Lieutenant A D Dick, CoH R Irvine, LCoH] Ward and Tpr T Hodge. Team training sessions at Kensington Palace took place three times a week in the month leading up to our departure culminating in a dazzling display in front 0fthe Commanding Officer in which most 0fthe team did not hit a thing!

by Captain RPG German, The Life Guards For the first week in California we were hosted by the United States Marine Corps at their air base in El Torro. These larger than life characters will always be remembered by all the team, not only for their incredible haircuts but also for their completed determination to compete in the tent pegging competition having never ridden before! It was at the air base that we met our horses. They had been hired from a film company and so all had histories. One had been a coach horse in

ne of the more challenging tasks set

before The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment each year is the Pre— sentation Guard of Honour sent to the Spruce Meadows International Showjumping Competition in Calgary, Canada. After a rigorous selection process to weed out those looking for a ‘swan abroad’ an elite team was chosen consisting of Captain R P G German, SCpl Boyd, CoH Goodwin, LCoH Kel» let, Tpr Petford and Tpr Partridge.

After a comfortable flight out, courtesy of Air Canada and a brief tour of the facilities at Spruce Meadows we were taken on a tour of the sights and watering holes in downtown Calgary by CoH Goodwin (now a veteran of three Spruce Meadows trips !). The locals were not too enamoured to see us due to recent

visits by troops from BATUS but we soon changed their attitude when they realised we were ‘competitors’ at the Spruce Meadows Masters Competition. In fact our job at the show consisted of providing Colour Guards and Presenta— tion Escorts. The Colour Guards required two Mounted Dutymen to per-











easy, were complicated by the fact that the horses we were to ride, were not used to the weight of state kit on their backs and they were certainly not ready for crowds of up to 50,000 cheering the winners on. Somehow the team and their mounts did seem to manage with only a few bumps and bruises. (Captain

R P G German was much relieved to

form sentry duty outside the main office

discover a tailor in the King’s Troop contingent after an involuntary dis— mount behind a backfiring car !).

and arena while the Presentation Escorts required two or four Mounted Dutymen to accompany winners of the events on their lap of victory round the arena.

The highlight of the competition was the final event: The Du Maurier International which was won by Great

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Fortunately the horse s were all of the correct L to R Col-i Irwne, Tpr Hodge, Bo Derek. Lt Dick, LCoH Ward. colour for the various British Teams taking part; although ours team and individual competition as well were nothing like the average Cavalry as skill at arms display all of which Black they adapted to their new task surdelighted our American audience. In the prisingly well during our early morning team competition we were pipped into practices. Under the direction of Capsecond place by the King’s Troop with tain I Sanderson the teams did not take the RSDG coming third, the DAC fourth long to get used to their horses which was and the USMC fifth. In the individual just as well as it was time for the compeevent Lieutenant A D Dick and CoH tition itself. Irvine were level to the end; it was decided that they would have a run offagainst a peg turned side on. In the end Lieu» The show was held in Santa Barbara tenant A D Dick managed to hit the peg which is the hideaway for most of the and take the title. Hollywood stars; despite trying we did not come across the likes of Pamela All in all the team had a fantastic time in Anderson but had to settle for Bo Derek California. This was the first Celebration instead. This provided us all with the of the Horse, and there are already plans perfect photo opportunity to impress to stage the Second in November 1996 — everyone back home! As the show was It is doubtful that there will be shortage held over two days the competition also of volunteers. had to be spread out. There was both a


Colour Guards from The House/void Cat/airy Mounted Regiment and King s Troop in the meadows on the Green Arena. L to R: LCoH Kei/el. Tor Partridge, Col-i Goodwin, SCp/ Boyd. These tasks, although they sounded

Maverick, another had been Nicole Kidman’s horse in ‘Far and a . Away. Anyone seeing a riderless black horse galloping around madly in the latest western can be quite certain that they have seen the horse that LCoH Ward was given!

Britain’s own Michael Whitaker on Everest Two Step; it was a good way to finish our stay escorting a British win— ner on his lap of honour. Despite the workload we still managed to find time to go to the Rockies at Banff where we took in the Views and had a healthy dip in the sulphur pools. Throughout our stay we were looked after extremely well by the Southern family and their organisation. The whole team enjoyed their stay in Canada especially getting the chance to see the world’s best showjumpers competing. II is a trip for which there will never be a shortage of volunteers.

Six Months with The Royal Irish by Captain AC Lowe, The Blues and Royals It was dark and I was lost. Barely half an hour before I had driven off the Ferry from Scotland and was heading towards Armagh. That meant travelling through Belfast, and that was where I got lost. I stopped a Policeman and explained my problem; he smiled shook his head and pointed to a road sign — It read “Divis St” and beneath it hung a tri colour. “You are no recce soldier are your Sir”.

So began my six month attachment to 8 Royal Irish in Armagh. as a platoon

commander. There have always been links between 8 UDR and The Household Division and I was the latest in a long line of Household Cavalrymen to have done this. Perhaps, however, this was the first time someone in that post could really get out and see something of Ulster.

battalion of local soldiers who joined essentially to fight terrorism. Patrolling programmes were cut and time there slowly materialized to broaden our activities. These new opportunities were embraced in typically Irish fashion — a huge smile and a genuine love of the absurd.

I arrived three months into the ceasefire and whilst therewas still a tangible air of apprehension and uncertainty, Ulster was clearly a very relieved place. This necessitated a change of emphasis for a

Patrolling, however. did continue, and is still continuingtoday. although the scale is greatly reduced. It frequently struck me as incredible how these soldiers having kept up so permanent a state of pro-

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fessionalism through so long a period, then managed to maintain it during a time of supposedly lesser threat, resisting the temptation to slide into ama~ teurism.Their experience is obviously their major asset and it was a great eye opener to work with them, not to men— tion a very steep learning curve for a man more used to his vehicle on Salis~ bury Plain. A word ofthanks must go in here to them for being so patient with a Platoon Commander often batting on a

totally different wicket. From the moment I arrived I was deter— mined to get out as much as possible

and see the province. I was all too aware that many of my predecessors had not been allowed to get out of the corrugated iron fortress. It was one of the true benefits of the ceasefire that I was able to get otit and spend a great deal of time meeting the locals. Anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time there will know what fttn that is. The famous Irish hospitality was limitless and all the more so for having been released from the cloud of the Troubles. I can honestly say that there was never so much as one evening for which I was left bored with nothing

to do, and it was with a proper lump in

my throat that I left. We have had strong links with 8 Royal Irish and previously 8 UDR for twenty five years. It is a hugely valuable link and gives us a fascinating insight into life in a Home Service Royal Irish Regiment, a Regiment that, unlike others, does not return to the mainland for a break after two years, but has continued unbroken service since 1970. It was a privilege to have been allowed to serve with them and I have nothing but the utmost respect for their dedication to their profession.

Combined Services Polo Scholarship 30 OCt 12 DEC 95 (Argentina) By: Lieutenant AIL Pox—Pitt, The Life Guards Major Simon Ledger was hinting throughout the summer that he was trying to send a military player away to play polo during the winter. However when he asked me in September ifI wanted to go, I was somewhat shocked to say the least. But after many phone calls and faxes, I was sitting on an Iberian Airlines flight to Buenos Aires, via Madrid (a cost cutting mea— sure!) With fax communications to South America not being the most trustwor— thy of services I was dreading the thought of negotiating the journey to my host’s house by bus. To my reliefI

saw the familar smiling face of Dr Mar— cos Llambias through the crowds. To my surprise standing next to him was a friend of my Uncle’s, James Crawford who I had met in Scotland whilst staying up there. Unfortunately he was due to leave in the next few days.

Having sampled the Argentine highway code, or lack ofit, we arrived at the stables where I met the gauchos, Hector, Jorge and Guillermo. Jorge with no sympathy that I was still jet lagged handed me a horse to ride and we played a couple of practice chukkas, 2 against 2. Having nearly died from heat exhaution we went to meet the rest of the family and have lunch at Marcos’ house some 3 km away. It is more ofa complex than a single house, with three houses situated on the side ofa hill each house over looking the next one. The

lower house was to become my home for the next month or so. After a well needed siesta we went to watch Maco, Marcos’ son, play a match before returning to stick and ball in the evening. This was not quite a typical day as usually we would stick and ball in the morning and play chukkas in the evening. Pa/mero No 7 ground in Beunos Aires.

After a week of farm polo the heavens decided to open after 5 months of drought and did not stop for another week. This obviously brought an end to any polo but we still rode in the corral. By the time the rain had eased off the Palermo Open tournament was due to start which supplied some real entertainment, the sort that can only be found in Argentina. The tournament was ultimatly won by the Heguy broth— ers beating a team called La Mariana but the best match to watch was between Ellerstina and La Martina in the quarter finals, where there were almost no rules. During the period of the Open I stayed in Buenos Aires with a friend, Ponchi Sohores, who showed me many of the

wonders of the city. Having sampled BA I returned to the fold of Marcos where I continued prac» tising under the scrutinising eye of San—

tiago, Marcos’ partner. He had 2 clients from Belgium staying, so there were chukkas organised most evenings; these proved to be great fun as well as constructive. I also had the opportunity of riding some young ponies, some belonging to Marcos others to Carlin, a friend of Marcos’ who kept his ponies at the farm. The last weekend before my departure Santiago, Carlin, his son Carlitos and myselfplayed a tournament at San Jorge where although losing on the first day we won on the second thus ending my stay on a high note. It was sad to leave such a great country behind but I hoped to have achieved the aim of improving my polo and my thanks go to Marcos Llambias and his family for helping me; as well as to Major Simon Ledger for allowing me the opportunity to do so.

The Curso de Maestros de Equitation Chile

by Captain AD Dick The Blues and Royals

Following the restoration of a democratically elected Government in Chile in the late eighties, the MOD was keen to offer Chilean military personnel places on courses in the UK. Chile was keen to accept the offer, and for six years they sent officers and soldiers on courses ranging from parachuting to tactics courses at Warminster. Throughout this time however, no British personnel were going to Chile to participate in any of their courses. It was with this in mind that I found myself on the first flight to Santiago in February 1994. With the prospect of a year in South America ahead ofme I did not know whether to be happy or wor— ried, especially as I was the first Euro— pean on one of their courses, ever. A month earlier, the Commanding Officer had approached me and asked me ifI was interested in going on the Chilean Army’s Riding Master’s course; he reck» oned that I had the necessary qualifica— tions, fluent in Spanish (I could order a beer — just) and an excellent rider (I had been in the Pony Club for a couple of years) so I was the obvious choice from the whole of the British Army! Having not received a joining instruction or a kit list, I made the mistake of packing all the military kit that I had into a box and sending it off to Chile to await my arrival. You may wonder why I sent all my DPM clothing, but if one considers the fact that Chile still sends mounted units to war in the mountains it seemed a sensible idea at the time. On my arrival in Chile, I was met by the DA and then directly to the Armoured Cavalry School to meet the others on the course. Set in the foothills of the Andes, one hundred miles north west of Santiago, the ‘Escuela de Caballeria Blindada’ could not have a less military appearance. Given to the army in the early part ofthe century, the school was originally an Estancia owned by a European family. The main house is now the Officer’s Mess, and the farm buildings have all been converted into accommodation and stables. The school is covered with a wide assortment of exotic trees (the orig— inal owner collected them on her travels around the world) and avocado and lemon plantations are dotted around between the buildings.

Capt Dick on grooming parade

The course has always been open to the Army exclusively, although for the first time a civilian was on my course (he showjumps for Chile on an international level, and his father used to direct the school). There were eleven officers on the course; one from Peru, an Argen» tinean, an Ecudadorian, a Uruguayan, five Chileans and myself. Despite think— ing to the contrary, I found that over the next twelve months the Argentinean was to become my best amigo ofthem all. The course is designed to prepare offi~ cers before they are posted to a mounted unit. It lasts for twelve months (with no leave) and each student has seven horses as well as two grooms. A normal day would consist of four hours oflessons in the morning, followed by a two hour lunch/siesta, ending with a further four hours oflessons. In all, we would expect to ride for at least fifty hours a week for the whole year. Although I had expected the course to be military orientated, it was nothing of the kind. When Chilean Officers had separate lessons to teach them how to go to war on their horses, the other students had a welcome rest. To keep us on our toes, we were tested at the end of every month, having to Show our horses up for inspection as well as our riding ability — written tests caused me the problems, but my Spanish improved dramatically! The horses were of varying ages and abilities. I had two remounts, an ‘Antigua Remonta‘ (a horse in its second year of training), a vaultng horse, a dressage horse, a polo pony and a showjumper/evcnter. The thrust of the

course is in the direction of Dressage, with the final parade involving all the movements would expect to see in a Grand Prix test — fortunately my horse

was a fifteen year old schoolmaster, so I never had problems with the Piaffe and suchlike although I am sure that he couldn’t wait to get rid of the gringo on his back! The Chilean army was trained by the Prussians early this century, and their customs still reflect this. They are incredibly formal, with a young Lieu» tenant having to ask an older one for permission to leave a room; Christian

names are never used, even among contemporaries. This came as quite a shock to me, having come straight out of the mess at Windsor. Their uniform is exactly like that worn by the Germans in the Second World War and their drill is also identical. Every morning during the weekly parade, I had to march past the Brigadier trying my best to do the goose step; I don’t know ifI was the first British Officer to do an eyes right to the Union Flag whilst marching in such a peculiar fashion, but I hope that I am the last! The highlight of the year came halfway through the course when we were all invited to the north of the country to take part in an international showjump~ ing competition. Taking part in the duty free part of the country, the prizes were bound to be good. but we were surprised to receive televisions for winning the equivalent of a clear round jumping competition. The big success

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for me personally was winning the pairs competition with the Argentinean Officer. This was all the more remarkable as we were actually tied together by the wrists for the duration of our round! Of course the press loved this and we were interviewed live on national television so that the Chilean public could see for themselves how well the ties between our two countries have come along. As we had just finished our celebratory bot— tle of the local spirit as the interview

started we were practically supporting

ber of reasons; I had made a number of

are the most hospitable people that I have come across, and are fascinated by the British and our peculiar habits. It was with great sadness that I left, know— ing that the chances of going there on a posting ever again were very remote indeed, but with the intention ofreturn~ ing as soon as I have the spare time. For anyone given the chance to go to Chile on a posting or on holiday, I cannot recommend it enough; it is an experience

very good friends whilst in Chile; they

you will never forget.

each other, so the impression we gave was decidedly amicable.

The course ended with a pass out in front of the director of the school as well as the ambassadors of all the countries with students on the course. It was a day that I shall never forget for a num~

Exercise Cockney Powderhound Regimental Skiing 5 this goes to print the Regimental Ski Team is in its second week of race training with the RAC Ski Club in Verbier, Switzerland. Even though Switzerland had an early fall of snow little now remains and the training has been confined to glacier skiing. The year the team is larger than last year (as are some of the members LCpl McGarry). There are some Verbier vet— erans: Lt Whitbread, LCpl Tate, LCpl Moore and LCpl McGarry, giving the team a stable base of experience, and some new hopefuls; Lt Bartle—Jones, Lt Lawrence, Lt Mayhew, LCpl Hackman, LCpl Basset and Tpr Amos.

by Lieutenant HF Whitbread The Blues and Royals For the third year running the team is being generous» ly sponsored by Justerini and Brooks. Not only are we spoilt with expensive ‘White Stuff’ ski jackets and sallopets but also fleeces, waist— coats and of course the all important brown stuff.

Polo by Major I A Lydiard — Wilson, The Blaes and Royals 995 saw the domination of Army polo by the Household Cavalry. After seeing both teams (LG and RHG/D) in the finals of The Inter~Regimental and Captain’s and Subalterns tournaments last year, 1995 saw the arrival ofa combined Household Cavalry team. This was to the great relief of the other Regiments of the British Army who, with the exception ofThe Royal Wessex Yeomanry, would be given the chance of playing in a final. The departure of Captain Woodward and Lieutenant Pitman to civilian life and the deployment of Major Cowan to Bosnia restricted the choice of teams even more. In the end a strong team of Captain Barlow, Captain Barclay, Captain Lydiard Wilson and Lieutenant Fox—Pitt emerged, after a rather shaky start against The Foot Guards, and Captain Barlow pointing out to Lieutenant Fox Pitt that you do not go and catch someone else's lose horse as you are about to score a goal, went on to play in both finals. The final of The Inter—Regimental was played at Smith’s Lawn in front of The Queen against The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) who had brought along a large crowd of followers to cheer them on. The game started to huge cheers from

11—3'2. L to R: Capt Barclay. Capt Bur/ow, Sponsor HM The Queen, Lt FOX’Plfl’. Capt Lye/lard Wilson: clog lnshal/ah.

The same team went on to victory play— ing against a combined Tidworth Garrison Team in The Captain’s and Subalterns Tournament a month later at Tidworth. The qualifying rounds produced the most exciting polo with Captain Lydiard Wilson playing a fine game at No 1 producing a variety of neck shots that took him quite by surprise by going through the posts. The team sees the departure of Captain Barclay to civilian street but it is hoped that we can pro— duce the same results next year.Regi—

mental players also played in a variety ofother teams based at The Guards Polo Club and played a crucial part in the only amateur team —Stable Cottage playing at Smith’s Lawn with their patron Major Jamie Heyward (Scots Gds). Army Polo is alive and kicking, without the support of The Guards Polo Club the Regiments would not be possi— ble. It is hoped that more young Subalterns will take up the sport. and contin— ue the Household Cavalry tradition.

Household Cavalry SK/ Team.

Swimming, Sailing and Modern Pentathlon As well as the Sponsorship from J and B, the team was supported by Household

It may not come as a great surprise for

Cavalry funds and the Major General’s

all work, work, work, in Verbier. We enjoy the luxury ofa chalet girl, Nichola Palitu, who is generously paid for by the Officers, and last night the team played host to Marie—Clare, owner of the Crox Bar, possibly the sexiest lady in Switzer— land. Marie—Clare confessed to naming

Fund, all of which made the exercise possible. A special mention must also go to the Trustees of Colonel W H Whitbread Charity Trust who ensured the team could grow from eight to ten members.

some of the readers to hear that it is not

by Sergeant P R Sell AGC (SPS) wimming and water polo in the Regiment this year has been non existent for the Regimental Team. However, since the Regiment has returned from Bosnia there have been a few per—

one of her new cocktails after an anony—

formances of note by individuals.

mous Blue and Royal. It is called a ‘Royal” and consists ofa Long Island Ice Team with a frozen Margarita thrown in for good measure.

On 22 July, Lieutenant Harrison, Sgt Sell

At present the team captain is looking into the

possibilities of widening the

exercise militarily in order to pass on

the knowledge gained to B Squadron to

and LSgt Broadhurst entered the Army Modern



assist in their Artic training. Also, with the Commanding Officer’s Visit, a two day TEWT is being prepared to assist the subalterns in their JOTES l. Avalanche training is now a compulsory

part of the RAC itinerary which LCpl Tate In the Super G.

the stands as RWxY quickly gained a 2 goal advantage and applause followed every RWxY tap of . the ball. However, the stands soon became silent as The Household Cavalry team, centred upon Captain’s Barlow and Barclay, knocked in one goal after another to win convincingly by

includes both a search and rescue practical and also theory lectures.

The team sends a warm welcome back to LCpl Beach who has just rejoined the Reg» iment and will no doubt produce the goods next year. The team also looks forward to the chance to trial Lt Fox Pitt and Ct Swetman both of whom were unavailable for selection this year and whom promise to add the necessary talent

which took place in Aborfleld.


Lieutenant Harrison and Sgt Sell are experienced pentathletes, whereas LSgt Broadhurst was trying his hand at being Harvey Smith, Zorro, Mark Spitz, Sebastian Coe and “Deadeye Dick” rolled into one for the first time.

Highlights were LSgt Broadhurst’s sterling performance in the fencing, where under the guidance and secret signals from Sgt Sell, he “took apart” some top class fencers with his random charges down the piste. The ride, as always, provided an amusing spectacle with Sgt Sell (announced as “the day’s entertainment”) getting a clear round whilst almost wiping out a fence that had already been jumped, with his head as he was dangling from the side of his horse. LSgt “I’ve ridden a donkey at the seaside before” Broadhurst entered the arena guided by a groom, after a valiant attempt to convince CoH Wood, the riding judge, that he had in fact taught Harvey Smith all he knew.


Sgt Sell by Lake Bala, After the live events the Regimental Team finished a close second to 7 (Para) RHA, who fielded a very fit and reasonably experienced team. Individually

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Lieutenant Harrison won the ladies’ competition, Sgt Sell was second in the men’s and LSgt Broadhurst was third in the novices’ competition. On 9th October, two brave members of the Regiment, namely Sgt Sell and LSgt Broadhurst, ventured to Lake Bala in North Wales to compete in the Army and Inter Services Long Distance Swim— ming Championships. For those who

do not know Lake Bala, it is cold, VERY COLD! As the mist rose both swimmers smoth» ered themselves in vaseline (for insulation!) and started the 1.5 km swim. Both emerged from the murky depths with respectable times, with Sgt Sell coming in 4th and LSgt Broadhurst finishing in the top twenty, which for a debutante in the event is very creditable

Now the Regiment is back in Windsor it is hoped that 1996 will see success in the pool to match are achievements of 1994 when the Regiment was second in both the District swimming and water polo. In addition, I hope to enter a team in the Lake Bala event — that is if anyone believes they are tougher than the AGC comes forwardll

HCR Rugby

by Lieutentartt W Bartle ]0nes, The Blues and Royals

ince the successful seasons of93/94, Regimental rugby has taken a back seat at the service regiment in Windsor. Operational tours for almost all, put pay to the 94/95 season. That saw those rugby players not serving in Bosnia playing a joint team with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. With high hopes for this year training started in November with an ever growing squad now numbering 37. Unfortunately the Army Challenge Cup came far too early, seeing our early exit from the competition. In the subsequent plate, exercise commitments meant we were unable to fill the team and therefore had to withdraw. CoH Smith and Captain J E A Ings~Chambers are planning the seasons fixtures in earnest, that should have the squad ready for the Cavalry Cup and the Prince of Wales Cup Competitions, both of which we hope to win.. We hope to follow this in April with a tour to Newcastle for those who can handle the pace ofa “third half 1”.

Sailing ith much of the Regiment having fun elsewhere, little in the way of Regimental Sailing took place in the early part of the year. The first hint of anything ofthe sort was when Captain G W Howson skippered a Mermaid dinghy in the Seaview Regatta. Apparently the results were very promising —

in the top 4, until he had to be replaced by Lieutenant J R D Barnard, when the results took nosedive of cataclysmic magnitude to the bottom of the scoresheet.

Perhaps the highlight of the season will be the Officers and Troopers versus the WO’s 81 NCO’s Mess match to be held at Windsor on the 6th of March 1996. No doubt a few scores will be settled during the match.

giving everyone plenty of winching practice, and reached, ran and beat up and down, calling in on Yarmouth, Cowes, Port Solent, and Southampton. Coming out of Portsmouth on Wednesday 13th September we had a spinnaker run down to the Nab Tower and it was lovely and warm. we all had a swim when the wind died, around Gladeye before the wind picked up enough for us to get going again. A couple of minutes later we were surrounded by a school of dolphin who swam and jumped around

us for 20 minutes or so, even bumping The highlight of the sailing year was provided by the Household Division Yacht, Gladeye in September. We arrived at the Hamble amid forecasts of westerly gales and found the bosun, unsurprisingly, reluctant to head out straight away with a crew. The day was spent in familiarisation with the boat and the art of coming alongside in all directions, safely at the top of the river and out of trouble. Saturday brought less wind and the

Commanding Officer, so we set off upwind for Poole. Glorious sun and a good force six from the west gave us a lovely day's sail, although Tpr Wyborn

was the first to succumb to the motion as Gladeye battled her way upwind. We made good progress through Christchurch Bay and made Poole Town

Quay in time for the Commanding Offi— cer to catch his train back to Windsor in reasonable time. Poole on a Saturday night was lively enough to keep us entertained, especially as the quay is

right in the busiest part of town.

into the boat almost enough for LSgt Court to get worried. They were not, however, tempted by a mackerel that Tpr Stafferton had caught, so Cornet W P Swetman was made to eat it instead. He did not think it compared well with Tpr Gordon’s cooking. The crew change happened in Southampton and, after stowage and familiarisation, we had time to drift down to Cowes in the light breeze. The following morning was a very early start at 0300 to catch a tidal boost down the Solent and out past the Needles. As soon as we were out we established a watch system, with LSgt Court, Captain G W Howson and Lieutenant J A M Corse as watch leaders. In the fresh northerly we ran dead downwind — not a comfortable motion — and soon Tprs Nixon, Brown, and Dixon were all feel— ing the effects and regretting the whole escapade. Even running the gauntlet of the Channel shipping lanes was not enough to take their minds off it. They started to get better as the weather improved and Cherbourg hove into view.

The following days were spent sailing back to, and around the Solent. We tacked all the way up the Beautieu River,

After sampling the delights of Cherbourg we took another early start so as

not to be fighting the tide in the Alder» ney Race, making good progress in the miserable weather. Thankfully, we were down to only one casualty of motion, Tpr Dixon, who spent all the passage time asleep — it was ashore that he really came to life... The northerly gales began to pick up again which left us effectively storm~ bound in St Peter Port, Guernsey for two days. Battling against them would mean very slow and uncomfortable progress back to the Solent. Eventually the wind abated and we floated over the ‘wall’ of the marina at four o’clock on Thursday 21st September, beating against a continually calming sea. It was well after dark when we crossed the shipping lanes and Gladeye’s radar proved invaluable in avoiding these ships, not an easy task. They go decep— tively fast, and will not often manoeuvre out of the way ofa small sailing craft, if they even see it. Reassuringly, our first landfall put us exactly where we wanted to be for the tide to push us through the Needles Channel into the Solent. There, a very thick mist descended on us — we could only see a boat’s length in any direction which was not conductive to a stress free crossing of Southampton Water, with hydrofoils doing 40 knots up and down. LSgt Court did an excellent job, using the radar to see the land and the navigation buoys, and crossed the shipping channel at its narrowest point.

So far the squad has been able to contribute a number of players to the Corps team of which we are the maior contributing unit. With the bulk of the matches yet to be played we hope this season will be as successful as previous years.

HCMR Rugby

by W02 Tierney The Life Guards

he 1994/95 season was one of the mixed fortunes for the Rugby Club. For the first time in 5 years, the Household Cavalry failed to reach the finals of the Cavalry Cup after being knocked out by 1 RTR in the semi~finals at Tidworth. A game we could have

won, ifit were not for the loss of two key figures: namely SCpl Richards at stand off and CoH T Smith at flanker, who suffered an horrific leg injury which thankfully he has almost recovered from. A mixture of enforced switches and lack of depth in reserves resulted in RTR taking command. However the team bounced back under the guidance of SCpl Richards who installed a new approach and game plan. CoH N Smith assumed command for the forwards and a new 1st XV was created. By the end of the season the new look XV retained the London District Cup by defeating Mill Hill PCD and also the Prince of Wales Cup by beating the Irish Guards in the final. On the way to these victories the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment produced some ofits best rugby ever. At the end of the season, the Rugby club held its traditional lunch in the Mess by kind permission of the RCM. It gave us a chance to say farewell to one ofthe Regiments most dedicated players W01 (RCM) D Evans who after 22 years in the Regiment, 18 of which were spent playing rugby, sadly left the Army. To his credit he still turns out for Windsor — a lesson to us all. (Rob Andrew’s Newcastle please note i.) We also say farewell and many thanks for all their hard work, enthusiasm and sometimes thankless effort to: CoH N Smith, CoH T Smith, CoH P Young and CoH] Spandley. The 95/96 season is well under way with new, young looking team and capable team. It has the promise of being another great side and keeping up our proud tradition of having a strong hold on RAC, London District and the Household Division Rugby. Thankyou to all those people who have let the team players have the time off and we hope for your continued support toward the end ofthe season.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

by COH Peat, The Life Guards

The clav pigeon shooting calender seemed to be a little bleak until the formation of the Army Clay Pigeon Shooting Association in

September 1995. Since its formation there have been regular shoots on a monthly basis including meets against the fire servrce, Navy and RAF. The aim of the meetings are to select from those who attend, members for the Army Team/Squad.

Cpl Turner. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is represented by: Captain A D Dick ,CoH Peat CoH Mitchell, All nine members of the Regiment who partook in Exercise Cockney Seafarer thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are interested in further adventurous sail training. It was a great success and a further charter will be booked for 1996.

shown Throughout the Army shooting world, the sport is dominated by The Royal Logistics Corps. I am sure with the determination bv Household Cavalry personnel it will not be long before our presence is well known.

later this year. With the It is hoped that members of The Regiment will represent the Army in a competition to be held in America

home! amount of firepower available in America it may be necessary to agree to a draw or defeat to ensure a safe Journey

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Tae Kwon Do

by WOZ Bellringer, The Life Guards

by SC)?! Tate, The Life Guards

At the time of writing these notes the team has now embarked on the

y interest in the martial arts start— ed the day I saw Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon “. Unfortunately it has taken me 15 years to discover Tae Kwon Do.

95/96 football season. Some of you may not be aware that the team last year won the central league of the London Dis» trict, which has never been done before. The team also made the final ofthe “Ian Black Trophy” however, were narrowly beaten 2—1 by the Postal and Courier Depot RLC.

I started training in Sennelager, Germany and on my posting to Windsor, joined Slough TKD and achieved my Black Belt 3 years later in September

1993. The structure of the team has not changed much over the last couple of seasons we have the experience of W02 (SCM) Bellringer along with others such as Col-l Irving, Lowe, LCoH Paternotte, Twyman, Jenkins and LCpl Brown. We have welcomed back SCpl Lanahan from HCR and CoH Bridges from Cyprus. Sadly we had to say farewell to Captain J P Barclay who was our football officer, who I might add showed great enthusiasm, we know welcome Captain E H D Andrewes who tries to split his time between football and the Winter Training Troop. We also said farewell to LCpl Bassett who was a great stalwart for the team. I would like to mention that due to HCR’s commitment in Bosnia they were unable to produce a team for the Cavalry Cup, last season however a couple of old favourites donned their boots to help the team out, those being LCoH Brown and Wood who both put a great

Back row. Tpr Fisher, Col-l Lowe, CoH living, LCol—l Paternotte. LCpl Young lpr Biggs, SCp/ Lana— han, tCoh Brown, Tpr Taylor, LCp/ tythe Front Flow: Con Thompson, thl Bassett, LCol—l Bassett W02 Bel/ringer. LCp/ Brown, Tpr Hus» ton, LCoH Twyrnan. deal of experience into the team. (LCoH Wood certainly had the worst disciplinary record in the league unfortunately this was due to the fact he was not aware of the rule changes ie1~ keep quiet). However we did not produce the same consistency in the Cavalry Cup as we did in the league being beaten by 9/12 Lancers in the replay after holding them 2—2 at Bovington. At one stage we led 2—1 with 5 minutes to go.We had a foot— ball lunch at the end ofthe season, a first

for the team, which was suburbly cour— teous of CoH Elliott and the Mess Staff. We made 2 presentations firstly to LCoH Paternotte who was voted play— ers player and to LCpl Lythe who was voted the managements choice. As I said we have already started our 95/96 league programme, having played our first 2 games and at the moment are unbeaten, with the same level of com— mitment as last season the team should do well.

Competitions have been one of the highlights for me, giving me the oppor— tunity to test my skills in sparring, breaking and patterns at a competitive level. I have been particularly successful in the sparring, much to my wife’s despair—she clean’s the trophies.

Once a black belt the next natural step was to open my own club, With other BFTA ( British Freestyle Tae Kwon Do Association) members , we organised a highly skilled and successful demonstration in the gym at Hyde Park Barracks to encourage soldiers and their families to take learn a form of self— defence, improve fitness and to hopefully take as much pleasure from it as I have. Interested? For further information contact: SCpl Tate at: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regi— ment, Hyde Park Barracks; or on London Military 2507.

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hank to the support of HQ HCav, HCMR and HCR we were Colonel—in—Chief’s Cup Competition held at the Worplesdon GolfCourse in April. The Household Cavalry ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams fell by the wayside but gave a good account of themselves producing some very fine golf. Hcav ‘A’ went on to Win their match against the Welsh Guards ‘B’ securing a place in the semi—finals which took place in September. After a nail biting match against the Irish Guards ‘A’ team, our ‘A’ won through to the final in the afternoon beating Scots Guards ‘A’ comprehensively by nine holes, thus retaining the Cup for the second year running. This has been an outstanding team effort which we will hope to continue in the forthcoming season.

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News From the Associations The Life Guards Association Annual Report 1995 Patron


Her Majesty The Queen

Chairman: Colonel JWM Ellery Vice Chairman: Major HSJ Scott Vice Chairman: Major ND Garrett Honorary Treasurer: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) AD Meakin Honorary Secretary: Captain R Hennessy-Walsh

President Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard GCVO, CB, CBE, MC, DL Trustees of The Life Guards Charitable Trust Colonel JWM Ellery Major ND Garrett Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) AD Meakin

Lieutenant Colonel or above to become Chairman. Ideally he should be either the Silver Stick and/or an ex Commanding Officer. No Chairman will remain in post for more than five years and in the event that a Life Guard Commanding Officer is appointed during such a term of office, the Chairmanship will devolve to him. Two Vice Chairmen; the Serving Life Guard at the Regiment and the Commanding The Life Mounted Squadron.

Senior Service Officer Guards

Ten past members (including two past Officer members) Ten serving members


Serving Members: Major IW Kelly Captain AJ Mead Captain JT Lodge Lieutenant M Whatley

Messrs Grant Thornton Grant Thornton House

W01 (RCM) IS HOlbr00k W01 (RCM) D Pickard

Melton Street

W02 (RQMCXT) PP Lewis

Euston Square London

W02 (RQMC) CI Nicholson W02 (SCM) RA Valentine


W02 (SCM) MP Bellringer

Non Serving Members: Lieutenant Colonel SV GilbartDenham CVO Major NE Hearson JP DL Captain LD Stratford MBE Captain AM Cherrington Captain WAB Henderson

Mr EO Lloyd RVM Mr Mr Mr Mr

CE Dean RVM D Johnson NW Taylor SF Wallington

The Honorary Treasurer The Honorary Secretary, and, if available, the Assistant Honorary Secretary. 9.The Secretary shall at least 14 days before any general meeting send to every member of the Association a notice of each meeting stating the time and place where it will be held and the business that will be brought before it. No business other than business of a formal nature shall be

brought forward at any meeting unless notice thereof shall have been duly given as herein provided. 10.At all general meetings the Chair is to be taken by the Chairman and failing him by the senior serving officer present, or if no such officer be present by some member of the Association cho— sen by the meeting. Every question shall be decided by a majority of votes. Every member ofthe Association shall have one vote, and in the case of equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. 11.Accounts: All money is to be paid to the Honorary Treasurer who will open the banking account for the Association with Lloyds Bank Ltd in his own name and that ofthe Honorary Secretary. All cheques shall be signed by an officer nominated by the Chairman. The accounts of the Association are to be balanced and audited up to 31 December each year. 12.Five of the Committee shall be sufficient to form a quorum but at least three of these shall be past members of the Regiment. If votes be equal the vote ofthe Chairman shall count as two


13.When and if a member of the Committee dies or remains out ofthe United Kingdom, otherwise than with the Regiment, for more than 12 months, or desires to retire, or refus— es to attend or is incapable of attending, the meetings of the Committee, or refuses to transact or is incapable of transacting the business of the Committee, then the surviving or continuing members of the Committee shall appoint another person to be a member of the Committee in his place. 14.The Committee shall have the power to add, alter or amend all or any of these rules, provided always that no addition to, alteration or amendment of such rules shall be of any force or effect until the same shall have been submitted to members of the Association and confirmed by the majority of such of the said members as shall vote at a meet— ing duly convened for the purpose. 15. The following books will be kept by the Association: Postage Book Address Register Minute Book Account Book

Minutes of the 6lst Annual General Meeting of The Life Guards Association


held at Combermere Barracks, Windsor on Saturday 17 June 1995 1. The Association shall be called “The Life Guards Association”. 2. Membership. All Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Troopers of Her Majesty’s First or Second Regiments

of Life Guards or of Her Majesty’s Regiment of Life Guards who have left the Regiment are eligible for election by the Committee, as well as all

Officers and Other Ranks still serving. Other Ranks may become members on joining the Regiment but should they be discharged dishonourably from the Service they will be deemed as no longer a member of the Association. 3. The objects of the Association are:

their wives, widows or children, or other dependants who may be in dis tressed circumstances through no fault of their own.

donations are paid by the Deed of Covenant over seven years they will be deemed to be Life Members ofthe Association.

. Non members of the Association, their wives, widows or children and other dependants who may be in distressed circumstances through no fault of their own may also receive temporary assistance at the discretion

. A member of the Association whose subscription becomes two years in arrears shall ipso facto cease to be a member, but the Committee may at any time re«admit him to membership upon him giving a satisfactory explanation and paying all arrears of subscriptions then due.

of the Committee. . The annual subscription payable by ex serving members of the Regiment shall be in the case of Officers £2, and in the case of soldiers of all ranks £1, but members of the Association whose annual subscriptions are fixed at £2 and £1 respectively may become Life Members of the Association on

a.To keep all past members of the Regiment in touch with one another.

payment of£15 in the case of Officers

b. To help such members in obtaining situations.

Serving soldiers of the Association who pay each year under the One Day’s Pay Scheme shall be deemed to be Life Members of the Association. Serving Officers who pay under the

c. To maintain “The Life Guards Charitable Trust” in accordance with the terms of the Deed ofTrust, for the purpose of granting temporary assis— tance to members of the Association,

. An Annual General Meeting will be held on a Saturday in May or June to

be followed by a dinner. . The Officers and Committee of the Association for the ensuing year shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

1.The Chairman, Major WSG Doughty, opened the meeting at 1800 hours, welcomed everyone present, and passed on the good wishes of the previous Chairman, Lieutenant Colonel PSWF Falkner, now in South


Major Doughty explained

that from today Colonel JWM Ellery would assume the appointment of Chairman as a result of the amended Rule 8 ofthe Rules ofthe Association. . Approval of Minutes. The Minutes of the 60th Annual General Meeting were published in the current edition of the Journal. It was proposed by Major Hearson and seconded by W01 Holbrook that they were a true record of the proceedings.

4. The funds remain in a healthy state and our investments with the United Services Trustee which cost 838,153.00 were, on 1 June 1995, valued at $357,064.00. . Our expenditure over income during 1994 amounted to £3000.00 but from the accounts you will see that this is mainly due to the grants we made of £16,884.00 compared with £8,012.00 in 1993 and the large increase in postage costs as a result of having to distribute both the last edition of the

Acorn and the first edition of the Household Cavalry Journal in 1994. . The Honorary Treasurer’s Report was approved by Mr Hitchman and seconded by Major Griffin.

and £5 in the case of soldiers.

One Day’s Pay Scheme shall be deemed to be annual members of the Association while serving, and iftheir

. The Committee shall consist of: The Chairman who should ideally be the Commanding Officer of either the Service or Mounted Regiment assuming he is a Life Guard. Ifthere are no Life Guard Lieutenant Colonels in command available, the Committee may invite a Senior Serving Life Guard of the rank of

Honorary Secretary’s Report Honorary Treasurer’s Report

the for accounts draft 3. The Association for 1994, as published in the latest edition of the Journal, have now been confirmed as correct by our auditors Messrs Grant Thornton.

7. The Association office remains as a combined Associations’ office at Combermere Barracks. I am in the process of re-vamping the complete database which I hope will provide us with a more useful administrative tool.

8. Non serving membership is now at 2279 compared with 2256 this time last year. . Those of you who have read the cur— rent Journal will have seen the very large number of obituaries, some 35 in all. I already regret having to report an additional 7 which will appear in the next copy of the Journal. 10. Committee meetings continue to be held every quarter to decide on policies and grants taken by the financial sub committee. 11.During our last meeting it was suggested that a membership card and book of rules be introduced. This was something that had been suggested at previous Annual General Meetings and which the Committee now feel could be implemented. Specimens of each are here for you to look at. (Secretary’s afternote: The method of implementation will be discussed by the Committee).

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15.The Chairman was asked to investi» gate accommodation for future

18.Mr Lawn thanked the Chairman for the pledge given by the Association towards the publication of his book.


35704 4,698.34 35539 82250 323.95

Office equrpmentand misc exp. Postage Stationery AUdil Fee Wreaths and funeral expenses

Any Other Business

Annual Dinners. He stated that there were particular problems this

13.Mr Lawn asked why his fathers obit—

year and as a result some members

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uary had not appeared in the Journal. The Chairman explained that the

had regrettably been refused accommodation.

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Journal had been in the process of being printed but would appear in

16.It was suggested that The Life

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the next edition. The Secretary had previously been asked by the Chairman to institutea more efficient

Guards Association consider advertising the Annual Dinner in the Royal British Legion magazine. It

were now mining the Army and mem— bers were aSkEd to notify us 0t poten— Hal recruits.

16’884’54 7,045.46

Grants (60) Cost of Regimental magazine

method of receiving the details of the death of Association members partic-

was explained that there were over 300 attending this year which is

ularly during silent hours and h01i-

almost as many as can sit down in the

day periods.

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13’513'66 5,367.84

Annual Dinner


83.37 36,272.11






Bank Charges


Invested with U.S. Trustee


Cash Balances as at 31 Dec




INVESTMENTS 342,446.48

The Life Guards ASSOCiation


and Chartitable Trust


Investments at current rates as at 1 Dec






Income and expenditure account for year ending 31 Dec 1995

Investments Cost of Shares held on 31 December 1995


Number of Shares held .59341


Market value of Shares held on 1 December 1995 1995



C3511 Balances as at 1 Jan



H. Cav.Charitab1e Trust (1 days pay)


Subscriptions and Donations


LG Association


Charitable Trust Interest on Deposit Account Dividends from US Trustee

1’484'94 10,448.30

Grants from Armv BCUCVOICHI Fund


478.00 1,700.00




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The Share holdings on 31 December 1995 are attributable to the following Trusts: Sir Roger Palmer Fund Helping Hand Fund

1081 4308

Charitable Trust




95.76 1593571 13,695.36 7,006.00

Grants were made to 60 former members, or their widows, and a further 8 applications were denied. _ In view of the publication date of the Regimental Journal the accountants have not yet completed the audlt for 1995 and therefore

these accounts are published in draft form for the information of members and their correctness will be confirmed at the next Annual General Meeting ofthe Association in 1996.

‘ Christmas Cards Sales 2,628.15 Cost 2,280.00

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Value per Share as at 1 December 1995

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Association Notices

The Blues 8: Royals Association Annual Report 1994

All correspondence for the Association should be addressed to:

The Honorary Secretary

The Committee

Serving Members

President: General Sir Desmond

Capt GA Fox

Capt RB Yates

Fitzpatrick,GCB, DSO,MBE,MC

Capt MA Harding

Mr KN Adams

W01 Pennington

Mr N. Bourne

ChairmanzLieutenant General Sir

RQMC Rogers

Mr DH Clark

Richard Vickers, KCB,LV0,0BE

RQMC Maher

Mr FG Collingwood

SCM Fisher

Mr D Ellis

SCM Norris

Mr AG France

The Life Guards Association Combermere Barracks Windsor Berkshire


Tel: Windsor (01753) 868222 Ext 5299/5297

Ex Officio Members: SCM Sandercock

Mr EL Lane SCM Willasey


Mr PB Lawson

Lt Colonel WR Rollo Commanding WO 2 Mardon

Mr CE Mogg

The Household Cavalry Regiment W02 Francis

All members of the Association are requested to introduce the Association to all those eligible for membership under Rule 2 of the Association rules.

Mr MA Shillabeer Mr WHT Steel

Lt Colonel WT Browne Commanding Non Serving Members The




Mr KA Taylor

Life Membership Regiment

Lt Col WR Marsh Major AW Kersting

Hon Legal Adviser & Independent

Hon Secretary & Treasurer:

Major EL Payne

Accounts Examiner

Major (Retd) JG Handley

Major J Peck

AT Lawson - Cruttenden Esq TD MA

Any annual member of the Association may become a Life Member on payment of £15 in the case of Officers and £5 in the case of Other Ranks.

Regimental History

A Regimental history of The Life Guards covering the period from 1945 to 1992 written by the late Major William Loyd is available to members at a cost of£16 inclusive of postage and packaging. Members wishing to obtain a copy should send a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Household Cavalry Regiment’. Cheques should be sent to ‘Challengers and Chargers’, Household Cavalry Regiment, Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Blues & Royals held at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 20 May 1995

Regimental Items for Sale Various items with the Regimental cypher are available from the Household Cavalry Museum at Combermere Barracks. A list of the items for sale appear in this magazine or can be obtained from the Curator.

The accounts for the year ending 31

Col WR Marsh, Capt RB Yates and Mr N Annual General Meeting Bourne were elected as members of the

The 62nd Annual General Meeting will be held in Combermere Barracks, Windsor commencing at 1800 hours Saturday 15th June 1996. All members are requested to attend this meeting.


Annual Dinner 1995 Annual Association Dinner

The 6lst Annual Dinner will be held in Combermere Barracks, Windsor on Saturday 15th June 1996 at 1900 hours. Dress: Lounge Suits with medals (not miniatures). Colonel JWM Ellery, who commanded the Regiment from June 1988 to December 1990, will be in the chair. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be obtained through the Honorary Secretary on the proforma enclosed with this Journal. Personal guests will not be permitted to attend. The Regimental Corporal Major will offer the hospitality of the WOs’ and NCOs’ Mess to all Association members and their wives after the Dinner. However it is necessary for him to impose a restriction on children accompanying their parents into the Mess unless they are aged eighteen or over. Picture Gallery

A former Life Guard, Mr AW Rowlinson, is compiling photograph albums of 20th Century Household Cavalrymen which he hopes to eventually lodge in the Household Cavalry Museum. Household Cavalrymen, of any rank, including those still serving, who have an individual postcard size, (approx 6x4), photograph ofhimselfmay send it to Mr Rowlinson at: 21 Gadlas Road, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, LL29 STD. Tel: 01492 514805. Photographs should include: Name, Regt, date of photograph and can be in any form of Regimental dress.

who attended. Mr J Edwards

December 1994 were approved and Lt

Over 300 members and Official guests attended the Annual Dinner for 1995 which was held at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 20 May 1995 We would like to thank the Commanding Officer of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment for permitting tts to use the facilities of the Barracks for our dinner, and the RCM and members of the WOs & NCO’s Mess for making the mess available to us before and after the dinner. Particular thanks are due also to SCM (now RQMC) VP Malier and the members of The Blues & Royals Mounted Squadron whose hard work in setting up and staffing the dinner ensured an outstanding evening for all

The Annual Report for 1995 would not be complete without a special mention for Mr J Edwards who sadly died this year. ‘Skipper’ as he was affectionately known to everyone was a member of the Association committee since its formation in 1969, and his advice and experience were invaluable. An obituary is published elsewhere in the Journal but we should like to record our appreciation for everything he did for the Association and to extend our sympathy to his wife Thea and his family in their sad loss. Liberation of Denmark. 50th Anniversary Celebrations Over the period 45 May 1995 many Royal Dragoon members who took part in the Liberation ofDenmark at the end of WW2 were able, at the invitation of the Danish Government to revive old memories and acquaintances by taking

part in celebrations both formal and informal in Denmark and UK. A full report of the visit appears elsewhere in this issue of the Journal. Cavalry Memorial Parade The Combined Cavalry Association was honoured this year by Her Majesty agreeing to take the salute at the Annual Parade in Hyde Park. Our contingient numbers again exceeded those of most Regtl Asoeiations and the whole parade marched past in glorious weather.

Forthcoming Events in 1996 Annual General Meeting The AGM for 1996 will be held at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 18 May 1996 commencing at 1830hrs. Members wishing to put a resolution before the meeting should write to the Secretary not later than six weeks before the meeting.

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1. Minutes of the 1995 Meeting Annual Dinner

INVESTMENTS continued 2. Matters Arising

The Annual Dinner will be held at Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge on Saturday 18 May 1996 at 1930hrs. Dress: Lounge suits (No medals) Bars will be open at l730hrs. Due to limited space, tickets will be limited to one per member and only official guests will be per— mitted. To assist with security, members attending are asked to produce some form of identity on entrance to the Barracks, and Dinner Tickets must be produced for entrance to the Dinner. Tickets will not be on sale at the door.

3. Confirmation ofthe Accounts dfor the period ending 31 December 1995 4. Committee Members Mr Ford has resigned from the Committee and Mr Steel and Mr Lane retire under Rule 12 of the Constitution €7‘Rule5.

5. Any other business

Ladies may not attend the dinner, but are welcome in the Mess afterwards. Members wishing to attends are asked to complete and return the proforma enclosed with the journal together with a cheque or postal order.



1443 M&G Charifund Accumulation Units

The Hyde Park Bombing Memorial








Members are reminded that there will be a short service of remembrance held at the Memorial . This will take place directly after the Cavalry Memorial Parade has ended on 19 May 1995.

Barclays Unicorn Exempt Trust Shares Total Market Value

Income and Expenditure Account for the Year ending 3lst December 1995

The Blues and Royals Association Balance Sheet as at 31 December 1995 GENERAL FUND INVESTMENTS




INCOME per Schedule (at Cost) see Note 1

86,597.17 Market Value



86,597.17 349,465.00

Subscriptions & Donations Dividends on Investments Deposit Account Interest Grants 81 Assistance


10,963.78 13,503.02 2,371.65 7,998.00

10,694.57 13,171.18 1,924.19

CASH AT BANK On Current Account On Deposit Account SUNDRY DEBTORS



10,855.60 49,200.79 1,706.70

7,058.97 45,466.03 1,966.91

£ 61.882.09

£ 54,491.91

Annual Dinner Ticket Sales Costs Christmas Cards Sales Costs Book Sales and Royalties Sundries



3,255.00 457.24



Total Income



14,532.07 681.50 318.12 2,814.35


5,246.25 4,817.16

7,174.50 6,511.23





NET CURRENT ASSETS 71,736.85 158.334.02

64,740.94 151.338.11


ACCUMULATED FUNDS Grants 8: Assistance Balance as at 1 Jan 1995 Excess of Income over expenditure

151,338.11 6,995.91

147,639.98 3,698.13 Maintenance of Memorials Wreath & Funeral Expenses





Annual Report & Magazine Costs Sales Misc Expenses

INVESTMENTS HOLDING Z9057 United Services Trustees Combined Charitable Funds

MARKET VALUE Total Expenditure 197,006.46




8878 Equities Investment Fund for Charities (Charifund)

Excess of Income over Expenditure

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News from the Associations


Household Cavalry Museum Stafszajor (th) A W KERSTING Formerly RHG/D (1954 — 86) Mr A MORRIS Formerly LG (1967 — 92) The impact of financial cutbacks by the Ministry of Defence is now being felt by Regimental Museums.


Full size fibreglass black charger 7 permanent loan — The Tussauds Group.

With further planned cuts of 50 — 700/0 being considered, Regimental Museums have had to seriously consider how best to plan for survival. Some Museums have accepted amalgamations, whilst others have been reduced to opening by appointment only. The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding and the Board of Trustees have dis— cussed the situation, and a number of possible relocation sites were proposed and examined. The location which received the strongest support, and would allow the museum to retain its Household Cavalry identity, was an unused part of the Horse guards build ing with access to the building from Horse Guards Parade. A feasibility study has been completed and detailed discussions are now takin g place between RegimentalHeadquarters, English Heritage and the City of Westminster. The following list are some of the additions received during the past two years. 1.

Letters written by Lieutenant Edward Estridge whilst serving in the Flanders campaign ~ purchased by the Museum Committee. Georgian State Trumpet Banners (2 sides 7 given by Mr and Mrs Broadhead). Water colour showing the Royal Horse Guards outside St Georges Chapel (1922) by John French later 2nd Earl of Ypres — given by Mrs Newark.

Uniforms and equipment Ist Dragoons — given by Maior (th) T W O’Connell. WWI and WWII Medals and books Lt Col R] T Hills, LG — Bequest Mrs Hills. Field Service Cap RHG Major E] Ward — Given by Brigadier A H Parker~Bowles. WWII Medals] F C Keene, RHG — given by] F C Keene.

. WWI Medals C H Mann, RHG ~ given by Mrs Christine Harris. WWII Medals H S Barrett, LG 1 HCR ~ given by Mrs C M Williams. . WWII Medals H Walker — given by Mrs ] M Walker. . WWI Medals Sgt Measures, 1 RD — given by Mrs P Bunker.



17.Uniforms and equipment Governor Generals Horse Guards ~ given by Governor Generals Horse Guards.

Pennant captured from the staff car of General Cantzler, German Commander West Baltic Forces ~ given by Major (th) K G F Balfour, MC , late Royals Saddle Bags, Officers Tent Lamp, Large Sepia Photograph Royals,

MC. Georgian Diamond Ring worn by Capt Simeon Hirst, RHG (1798 ~ 1842) ~ given by Miss Paget. Field Marshals Baton, Orders and Medals of Sir William Robert obertson Bart ~ Permanent loan Lord Robertson.









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Howard, GVCO, CB, CBE, MC, DL. Goldstick and Colonel The Life Guards, with the Salute being taken by H M The Queen, accompanied by H R H The Duke of Edinburgh. The Parade in 1996 is to be held in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 19 May, assembling on Broad Walk East from 1030 hours onwards; Marching Off at 1105 hours. The Sponsor Regiment in 1996 is The Blues and Royals.The salute will be taken by the Crown Prince of Denmark. Dress for those attending is dark suit, Regimental tie, full size medals to be worn. Cavalry Bands will give a short concert between 1030 — 1100 hours, prior to the Parade. Your support will be welcomed.

Household Cavalry Representatives on the Committee of the Combined Cavalry Association arez—LGMr C Dean RVM, Mr N Taylor, W02 (SCM) D Bellringer

RHG/D Mr W Steele, Mr B Lawson, W02 (SCM) F Willacy

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Gas Familiarisation Training Pack WWI Medals A H Blackshaw, H Bn given by Mrs Tinsley.

WWII (Complete) ~ given by Mr S I Royle.

Book — The Dress of The First Life Guards over three centuries by Broughton — given by Mr Dean Smith, New ]ersey, USA.

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bers of the Cavalry Regiments attended the Parade, which was commanded by Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan

Water Colour 1RD (Peninsula) — given by WOs and NCOs Mess.

WWI Medals S Butler, 2 LG _ given by Elizabeth A Butler.



Sponsored Parade, some 4,000 mem-

given by Major Andrew Houston, The Regimental Standards of The Life Guards and the Regimental Standard of The Blues and Royals ~ Given by HQ Household Cavalry.


The Comblned Cavalry Old Comra es Assoc1atlon Cavalry Sunday 1995

Colonel W S H Boucher - late The Blues and Royals


by Lt Col J J F Scott formally The Blues and Royals

The Life Guards 769687 SQMC GA LAWN

23316108 Tpr JE SIMPSON 295473 Cpl ET MANTLE

Served from 3 October 1929 Served from 7 June 1956

until 18 May 1953

Served from 1939 to 1945

until 29 June 1958

Died 22 December 1994 aged 85 years.

Died 18 August 1995 aged 75 years.

Died 25 May 1995 age not confirmed. 295433 LCpl EP SIDDALL Served from 1939 until 1945

294922 CoH RW TRENT

Died 8 January 1995 aged 78 years.

Served from 17 February 1932

294670 SQMC JB MITCHELL Served from 7 November 1927

Died 12 July 1995 aged 86 years.

23215377 Tpr PD HILL Served from 17 October 1956

296600 Tpr LC NOBLE

until 4 January 1944 Died 16 January 1995 aged 87 years.

until 19 September 1959

until 15 October 1952

295009 Tpr AT DIVE Served from 16 April 1934

Died 11 July 1995 aged 57 years.

Died 24 September 1995 aged 70 years.

until 17 February 1946 Died 10 February 1995 aged 82 years.

404820 Tpr D HILL

294963 Major J JORDAN

Served from 15 November 1940

Served until 9 February 1940

295418 Tpr WV ROBINSON Served from 17 November 1939 until 12 April 1946 until 22 January 1946

until 14 January 1946

23865854 Tpr EB KNIGHT

Died 16 August 1995 aged 78 years.

Served from 1 January 1945

on commissioning

Died 3 August 1995 aged 82 years.

Died 17 September 1995.

23222818 Musn GTH BALDWIN

295415 Tpr] TOPHAM

Died 9 March 1995 aged 50 years.

Served from 2 February 1961

Served from 11 November 1939

until 8 November 1967

until 13 May 1946

22556614 Tpr A DUNN Served from 23 January 1954

Died 10 August 1995 aged 71 years.

Died 22 September 1995 aged 78 years.

295444 LCpl TE CLARKE

4696658 Cpl EL PRYER

Served from 23 January 1962 until 1 July 1965

until 20 January 1957 Died 11 March 1995 aged 59 years.

121347 Major The Hon AV HARE MC Served from 5 March 1940

Served from 22 Janaury 1940

Served from 29 June 1940

until 9 May 1946

until 9 July 1946

Died 29 March 1994 aged 74 years.

Died 1 October 1995 aged 73 years.

295095 Tpr WA GANE

296625 LCpl A JARMAN

Served from 3 September 1939

Served from 12 March 1945

orn into a military family, Bill Boucher was educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst where. in 1953, he was recruited into The Royals and joined the Regiment, then stationed in Fayid, the Canal Zone, Egypt. Here and later in Germany, Bill represented the Regiment at athletics, took up polo and skied before he was wafted away to the warmer climes of Western Australia where for two years he became ADC to the Governor of the Province. On rejoining the regiment Bill served in BAOR, Aden and Singapore. During this latter posting he married Jane, daughter of Admiral Durant, the Chief

of Staff Far East Fleet. In 1964 he attended Staff College and thereafter achieved a pleasing posting to HQ Malta and Libya in a staff appointment which required him to be much concerned with the playing and organis— ing of polo. There then followed ten years of regimental soldiering only interrupted by two years as Brigade Major (to Brigadier Roy Redgrave). The culmination of this period was taking command of The Blues and Royals during which time the regiment acquit» ted itself with the distinction in Norway, Cyprus, Greece, Northern Ireland, Jamaica and BAOR In 1974

Bill led the polo team to win both the BAOR and UK inter regimental cups. As a diversion from the straightforward, Bill volunteered for service as an armoured advisor to the Imperial Iranian Army, from whence he escaped shortly before the revolution. Following that he became Military Attache, Tel Aviv during a period of extreme activity in the Arab/Israeli con» flict. In both jobs his persistence and ingenuity stood him in good stead and for distinguished service in the latter he was recommended for the OBE. On his return to England, after a short spell equipping the Nepalese Army with Armoured cars and then 18 months as Deputy Director plans for the United Kingdom Commanders in Chief Committees at Wilton, Bill decided to retire to go and live in his family home near Canterbury, a little corner of England which had been denied to him during the period of his service life. Thus ended a career which had spanned some thirty years, half of it spent at Regimental Duty, in which he had always shown himself to be a very kind and caring person prepared to assist anyone with problems in a most painstaking way. Always approachable,

considerate and fairi minded, Bill was a good companion and trustworthy friend. His self—deprecating sense of humour concealed his ability in the fields of literature, horticulture and country matters. In retrospect he was never happier than being amongst his family at Littlebourne, creating a garden and fishing on a stretch of the River Stour. All those who were friends of Bill will wish to extend their deep sympathy to Jane, and to Henry, Alice and Lucy on this sad and sudden loss.

Captain Somerset Struben De Chair -

unti 18 April 1951 Died April 1995 aged 76 years.

late Royal Horse Guards Supplementary Reserve

296077 Tpr LC PIGGOTT

until 27 September 1946

until 30 June 1949

Served from 27 May 1943

Died December 1994 aged 79.

Died 7 October 1995 aged 68 years.

Somerset de Chairjoined the Blues enlisting in the Supplementary

295592 NORRIS PJ

21003123 CoH F HOUCHEN

event he had predicted in his books the Impending Storm and Divided Europe published in 1930 age I 9.

until 4 September 1947

Reserve in I 938 on the same day Hitler marched into Austria on Died 5 May 1995 aged 71.

Served from 4 March 1941

Served from 25 February 1948

until 21 September 1942

until 24 February 1960

Died in 1992.

Died 23 May 1994 aged 70 years.

22205144 Cpl FJ WALKER Served 31 August 1948 until 2 September 1964 Died 22 May 1995 age not confirmed.


ducated at Kings School Paramatta and Balliol Oxford. Somerset was 27 a Member of Parliament, Author and Poet so he took a semi—detached

23969329 Tpr IG FRANKLIN

23215258 Cpl SAFJ WOLFE

view of the Military mind.

Served from 8 December 1964

Served from 19 April 1956

He described the atmosphere in the mess at

Served 1937 until August 1946

until 1 February 1968

until 18 April 1959

Knightsbridge as surprisingly unmilitary populated by quiet and cultured young men which differed from the more robust and horsey outlook of the

Died 23 May 1995 aged 82 years.

Died 11 June 1994 aged 47 years.

Died 29 April 1995 aged 59 years.

Life Guards at the time possibly with the exception of Colonel Joe

22205102 CoH ND ADAMS

295243 Tpr NF WILSON

451382 Major DG ROBERTS Served from 8 November 1939

Lane—Fox. Served from 10 May 1948

Served from 22 November 1937

until 3 July 1953

until 20 March 1946

until 30 September 1968

Died 9 June 1995 aged 69 years.

Died 18 August 1995 aged 81 years.

Died 6 September 1995 aged 75 years.

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Life in Spring 1938 passed in an atmosphere, suggestive ofSt Petersburg 1913. At Ascot the Blues has their own tent and he attended Parliament only for three line whips.

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All this changed abruptly in 1939. A telegram arrived “All officers of the Supplementary Reserve must report to barracks”. 1940 was an exhausting routine of guarding reservoirs and

Bobo Roxburghe, Tony Murry~Smith, Valerian Wellesley, Charles Wood and Max Gordon were also there dividing their attentions between the Vichy French and the Picadilly night club in

training. An important event occurred when Hitler invaded Norway and the Labour Party tabled a motion of censure on Neville Chamberlain’s handling of the war.






“Against the Government,”Somerset replied.“You can certainly go in that easel. The result of the “Narvic” debate was Neville Chamberlain’s resignation and the King sending for Winston Churchill. Somerset felt this was the

best thing he did in the war, although the Conservative Party never forgave him or the others. Somerset was sent to Palestine on October lst via the Cape with Dennis O’Rorke and John Shaw both of whom were put to bed far from sober on occasions. The Regiment was mounted at the time Somerset was sent to the Syrian border posted to A Squadron. Eion Merry,

to Palmyra without cover and take it. Palmyra was held by a strong force of Vichy French with air support. Outside Palmyra Somerset was wounded by a

intelligence course in Cairo and became Brigade Intelligence Officer to a composite Brigade Commanded by Ian Ferguson of The Life Guards. Subsequently he was doing the same thing for Brigadier Joe Kingstone. Kingstone’s orders from General George Clarke were " You go and cap— ture Baghdad”, which Kingstone duly did with only 1500 men including a combined Regiment of Blues and Life Guards two companies of the Essex Regiment and two batteries of 25 pounders. The story ofthis remarkable campaign Somerset wrote in the “Golden Carpet”. He also kept the official War Diary and was present when the surrender of the city was accepted at 0400 hrs May 31 1941. Sir Kinahan Cornwallis the Ambassador and the British Community were surprised and relieved by the speed of the rescue. Kingstone’s Column (King Col) was dissolved on Friday 13th June to create the 4th Cavalry Brigade. Somerset was 1.0. to this Brigade. Joe Kingstone was

sports, and in September 1937 he was

He served throughout the North West Europe Campaign and was wounded in France. He was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in June 1944 and was awarded the Commanderiin—Chief’s

selected to take part in the Young

certificate in February 1945 for his


excellent work. He was selected to carry the Regimental Guidon at the Victory Parade, and also carried the Old Guidon when it was laid up in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in June 1954.


Immediately he was to be the forefront in







Championships at Olympia when his team won the event. In 1938 he was sent to Weedon on an equitation course, and later served with the Regiment through—

death in October 1995. He was a familiar figure carrying the Association six years before leaving the Regiment in

out the North African Campaign, he


He rejoined the Royals when

the Regiment returned from Italy.

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Association annual parade in May. He

After a period of convalescence he worked at M1 11 and was PPS to Oliver Lyttleton, Minister for Agricultural and Supply. He demobbed in 1945. Having lost his South West Norfolk seat in 1945, he became Chairman of the National Appeals Committee of the UN Association (1947—50). After a short spell as Member of Parliament for South Paddington (1950/51), he retired to concentrate on his writings and other activities. Somerset along with the other Supplementary Reserve Officers (4 in all in 1938) were the forerunners of the Short Service Officers who came later after the war. He died in Antigua age 83, in January


paraded the Banner with the party of Old Comrades Association and regularformer Royals who went to Denmark in ly attended the dinners and other func1995 for the 50th anniversary ofVE Day. tions organised by the Regiment in the He also acted as The Blues and Royals UK and BAOR.

After the Regiment representative on the committee of the

He played football for the Regiment for many years, and was always a tower of strength to the team. He also played for the Rhine Army XI and was the only

‘Skipper’ as he was affectionally known by everyone, had a marvellous sense of humour and a wonderful personality. He was always smartly turned out and set very high standards for those who served with him. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Regiment and the Association. We extend our sympathies to his wife Thea who gave him every support during his service career and subsequently as a very active Association member.

amalgamated with the Blues in 1969 he was elected a member of The Blues and

Combined Cavalry Association for the last four years.

W02 MCEVoy. - late The Blues and Royals By CoH N Ford. formally of the Blues and Royals y great and close friend John McEvoy died of a brain haemorrhage in Southampton General Hospital on the 26 March 1995, he was aged 49. His sudden and tragic death has left all who knew and served with him shocked and stunned. We shall all miss his zest for life, limitless enthusiasm and unselfishness, but above all, we shall miss his infectious sense of humour and when times got difficult, there was no better comrade to have beside you. I first met John in September 1961, when as “spotty” fifteen year olds, we joined the Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington. 1n the thirty four years that have since elapsed, I have not one bad memory of our times together, and this to me showed the measure of the man. John was proud and respected member of the Regiment and he gave 100% in everything he did. He was a firm and fair NCO, expecting nothing from others that he could not do himself. He possessed that unique ability to guide those less gifted than himself and many SNCO’s and Warrant Officers serving today, owe much to John for his guidance and understanding during their early years of service. He enjoyed this aspect of life and never asked for anything in return.

returned to England and served with the

Inns of Court Regiment for about four


the committee of The Royal Dragoons a Huguenot, and evacuated to Jerusalem then onto England via 13 military hospitals. He was told he would either loose his sense of humour or his sense of judgement. He chose to keep the former also giving up Christian science at the same time.

By Major (Retd) E L Payne

at Shornecliffe in September

Royals Association Committee on which he served almost continually until his

He was Regimental Serieant Major for

Vichy French fighter aircraft, ironic for In March 1941 Somerset attended an

Ml‘ Skip Edwards - late The Blues and Royals

Mr Edwards joined The Royal Dragoons

amateur in the side. He played for the Army X1 in Egypt in 1951—1953. He also represented the Regiment at boxing.

1958. After his discharge he served on

Weld—Forester if he could go up to vote. “Which way are you going to vote?” the Colonel asked unconstitutionally.

still the boss. The Household Cavalry were told to advance tip the Euphrates

His warmth and humour were evident throughout his life, from the stmple cookhouse fatigue as a trooper, to the

more complex procedures of commanding a tank troop in Germany or Canada. He proved himself time and time again during the more . ’ serious conflicts in Cyprus (l964)and Northern Ireland (197479) where he served four tours. His knowledge and skills as a gunnery instructor were renowned throughout the Regiment, the Gunnery School at Lulworth and later at the Gunnery School of the United Arab Emirates. His\return to the Regiment in Detmold saw him take over as the RQMC, an appointment where he could demonstrate the many skills he possessed. On leaving the Army, John applied the same principles to civilian life and was much loved and admired by his many friends at Marks and Spencers. A staunch member of the Regimental Association, the Warrant Officers Dining Club and of course the Household Cavalry Association (Dorset Branch). ofwhich he was treasurer. He loved nothing more than attending the meetings and dinners, stood close to the bar, beer in hand. surrounded by his many friends and reliving those times which meant so much to him.

John was a great family man and adored his family. He treasured the time spent with wife Pauline and daughters Jttlia and Karen and later with grandson Conner. I would like to close by saying that I shall always remember John for his friendship, loyalty and humour.

News from the Associations

Nominal Rolls

SCpl Maunder K] SCpl Stanworth JK LCpl Wymont SR (AGC)

Captain EBS Mountain Lieutenant JH Wingfield—Digby LSgt Coathupe PV

Tpr Hancock JE Tpr Nixon PJA Tpr Pettipher AP

LSgt Jervis P] Tpr Purshouse JP Recruiting Team

LSgt Light DC Tpr Roy MP


SCpl Morgan DW SSgt Bull F SSgt Crabtree K Sgt Francis G]

Horse Guards SgtSell PR Col P B Rogersth Col Comd

LSgt Broadhurst DC

Lt Col (th)] S Olivier: Regtl Adit

LSgt Godfrey PA

SSgt Lewis R D. RLC : Chief Clerk LCoH Cordwell L: Driver Tpr De Vere Walker CDAJ: Orderly

LSgt Hurst GE

SCpl Craister S LCoH Ibbotson T LCoH Mowbray M] LCpl ]ones CC

Palace Orderlies CoH Freeman K R


2 Troop


LCpl Bassford MA

Sgt Hedge MB

LCpl Childs SM

Lt RCS Hall

LCpl Garraway P

CoH Core JP


LCpl ]ones GD

LCoH Gardener GC

Tpr Whiting DP

LCpl Masters EJ

LCoH Mathews SR

LCpl Russell S

A/LCpl Jacobs SM


LCpl Shearer TL

LCpl McCauley JS

Pte Waterston SJC

Tpr Coupland S] MT Troop

LSgt Longbottom C] LSgt Toye AMD

W02 Mardon TA

LCoH Ablott M

SCpl (SQMC) Maxwell PG

LCpl Hopkins L

LCoH Turnbull P]


LCpl Cox G LCpl Hart AK

LCpl Yeomans M

LCpl Penn A

Tpr Costain MO

Capt M ReeseDavies

LCpl Townsend JL

Tpr Deick GA

W02 (SCM) Sandercock JM

LCpl Wheatley W] Tpr Bennett] Tpr Binns A

Tpr Stafford GT


Capt SSM Miller

Tpr Framton DA

Capt RM Goodfellow

Capt RAE Tarling

Tpr Garraid M

W01 (ASM) McCraken A

Capt RC Taylor

Lt CEO Allerton

Tpr Hall CS

W02 (AQMS) Heap SM

Lt Corse JAM

COH Carey SM

Tpr Harwood PA Tpr Hearn RD Tpr Lavalin PC

SSgt Buck MDA

Lt Holden Crauford MG

LCoH Rees DA

SSgt Damms MP

Lt Metheven AB

LCoH Stewart NM

SSgt McCartan M]

2Lt Bedford PA

LCoH Tennant GA

Tpr Lewis C

SSgt Stead N

2Lt Cape TAD

LCpl Beech AG

Tpr Lindsay MK Tpr Royle JA

Sgt Armstrong A]

2Lt Swetman MD

LCpl Moore E R

Sgt Betteridge S]

2LT Treitline C]

Tpr Taylor JW

Sgt Cowans DY

Tpr Wilson A]

Sgt Hawkins SA


Tpr Crawley

Sgt McLure RAC

The Life Guards

Tpr Doga S

Windsor Capt R Hennessey—Walsh: CDC Maj (th) B W Lane: Recruiting Mai (th) A W Kersting:Museum

LSgt Thorne RD LSgt Wardl

LCpl McKay MA (AGC) Command Troop

LCpl Wyard Tpr CunnifeTD

Officers on Held Strength Tpr Daniels CB Capt HCB Briscoe

Tpr Docherty

Capt MP Goodwin 7 Hudson

Tpr Ryan KJ

Capt AM Holman

Tpr Watchcorn PB

Capt GW Howson 3 Troop

W02 SimpsonPW

CoH Miles DM CoH Walker PG LCoH Elliot C] LCoH Thomas P]

Major CHN Graham Major The Hon MRM Watson

Leiutenant SR Sporborg

LCpl Carrington P] LCpl Lofts NA LCpl Mardon AD LCpl NaylorJL


LCpl L StainsbyY PI LCpl Walbrook CAS

Captain TC Boles Captain JB Pool

Tpr Morris BW Tpr Pirie IA

Medical Centre

Sgt Simcock GR

Mai CM Stone

LSgt Blackett S

LSgt Dodsworth H S

LSgt Dean PG

Captain MC Goodman Tpr Stafferton RK



Dental Centre Pte Langton S

Capt PGR Earl LSthodfree PA (AGC)

Provost CoH Shatliff TW

CoH Mackenzie] G

CoH Stilwell IM

LCoH Galvin A]

CoH Plater IM

Capt TPR Daniel

LCoH Winter MW

SCpl Pringle M]

LCpl Baker CP Pte Hedley SI (AGC)

Regimental Admin Office

Tpr Marsh A


QM(T)’s Department

Capt MMT Burton—Doe

Capt M A Harding

W02 (RAOWO) Shorrock DB

W02 (RQMC) Lewis PP MBE

Tpr Bickerdike CR

LCpl Thwaites P LCpl Hitchings D] Tpr Bridges KR LCpl Hoggarth JS

Cfn James S

Tpr Bromfield R

Cfn Sanderson M

Tpr Cole SR

Cfn Shaw W

Pte Birchall JR (AGC)

LCpl Stokoe AL LCpl Vost PA Tpr Amos L]

Cfn St—Pierre JT Cfn Tomlinson NR

WO‘s and NCOs' Mess CoH Bonner NA

LCpl Doga M

LCpl Probert D

CoH Kirkpatrick I Officers‘ Mess

LCpl Edwards K

LCpl Doga M LCplL Hammond DK

Cfn Darville SP

LCoH Martin W

W01 JS Holbrook

LCoH Wood NB LCOH Rogers BE

LCOH Gandar]

Capt AC Lowe

LCOH Barrat AN LCoH Miller GB

LCpl Hughes SM Families Office Lt M Whatley

Capt NC Carrell

Nominal Rolls

Lt A Lawrence

LCoH Benge S LCpl Chamberlain P

LCpl Hayward

Major H St] Scott


CoH Kingston MEW

LCpl Elliot S]

Capt AJ Mead

CoH Cross P MBE

GW Troop

W02 Camp SG LSgt Hindley D]

W02 (RQMC) Maher VP

Lt Col WR Rollo

Tpr Wood DA

LSgt Thomas M QM’s Department

Tpr Haywood A

LSth Doherty AP

LCoH Llewelyn SD


Tpr Hall NB SHQ Maior SH Cowen

Tpr Selway AC Captain CRF Ward—Thomas Tpr Wyborn SGK

LCpl Parkinson D Tpr Brown RM

1 Troop

Tpr Beaumont GW Tpr Fenwick RD

Cfn Woodall AC Chefs

Lt CE Talbot CoH Coles M]

Training Wing

W02 (ROWO) Humphrey's LA

LCoH HeatonLC LCoH McMillan F]

SCplL Godson

Capt] D A Gaslee W02 Evans JD

Sgt Eachus DY

LCpl Hunt NJM

LCoH Fisher G

Sgt Jones PL

Tpr Drury N

LCoH Goodwin

Admin Troop

Tpr Selby SM

Nominal Rolls

CoH Moore KR LCoH Tovell ADW

Tpr Hubbard AE

Tpr Dawson DE

Tpr Sinclair L

Tpr Horrocks B

Tpr Thompson K]

Tpr HugallL JD

WOZ FishchC CoH Birch GW

'l‘pr Collett TM

Tpr Darby CG

LCpl Venables PD

Pte Edwards AG (SPS)

Tpr Burfitt MC

Tpr Grant RA

LCoH Mackay SH

Tpr Newlands MR

LCoH McKechnie PJ

Tpr Roskell PA

Tpr Mather RL

Tpr Farrar M

Tpr Gerrard SJ

Tpr Hartshorn DE

Tpr Goodwin RA

Tpr Imeson NJ

Tpr Lingard J

Tpr Jones MA

T pr Sandy R

Tpr Simpkins AD

Terall NJE

LCoH Roberts MJ 3 Troop

Lt AJL Fox - Pitt

SSgt Pixley A Sgt Corns SJ

GW Troop LCoH Woolfenden ALE


1 Troop

CoH Hodder S

Lt BP Field LCoH Hagan JC

1 TRoop LCoH Brown D

Lt HF Whitbread

LCoH Lochrane E JL

LCoH Hepple C

CoH Knowles SG

LCpl Burton WA

LCpl McDowellL GW

LCoH Hemming MA

Tpr Dixon J


Sgt Cunningham AJ Lt AT Mayhew

LSgt Bolton CC LCpl Scott BL

LCoH MusgraveE RA

Tpr Driver P

LCpl WilliamsM

LCpl Hammond CR

Tpr Spencer CAJ

Sgt Norris S LCoH Smith KJ

LCpl Bryant JE

Sgt Pallister D

LCoH Welsh SR

LCpl Codd BJ Tpr Goodman A

LCpl Ham‘ood SJ

Tpr Hanson PG

LCpl Hutton MJ

Tpr Walker LA

LCpl McGarry

LCpl Flahavan DJ

LSgt Downton CR Admin Troop

LCpl Dandy J LSgt Murray PA LCpl GillespieE S

Cfn Jones PG


SSgt Newman MD CoH Gray DP

LSgt Johnson M

LSgt Pike SP SCpl Rendell REJ

Tpr Ansell DW

LCoH Hooper MA

Tpr Bushell WGL

LCpl Robson DH GW Troop

LCpl Cassidy BM

Tpr Amos RD

Cfn Moore AA Tpr Cook D

Tpr Cullen K

Tpr Anderson LJ


Lt RJC Phelps

Maj MC Van Der Lande

CoH Wells AS LCoH Clubley CL

Capt SJ Rhodes—Stampa

LCoH McGregor S

WOZ Valentine RA

LCpl Canning KJP

CoH Curson AD

Tpr Clare JA

CoH Dixon T

Tpr Forsdick JR

Tpr Glaister M

Tpr Santi MA

Pte McKeown PD (AGC)

Tpr Trencher CJ

Tpr Rogers KD

Tpr Whelan LF

Tpr Egan CSA

Support Troop

Tpr Harvey JP Tpr Heyes MR Tpr Williams CD Tpr Richards JA

LCOH Trinick CJ LCoH Ward JC

2 Troop Lad

2 Troop Lt W Bartle~Jones SSgt Burdett GN

LCoH Cornock O

Tpr Grosvenor DN

Lt CWG Rodway

LCoH Holden TI

Tpr Rogers AW

CoH Smith NA

LCpl Taylor SB

Tpr Stafford MB

Tpr McBethPD

Tpr Zollino M

Sgt Paerson PC

LCoH Barrett SB

LSgt Stratton JA

LCoH Bowtell A

LSgt Wallace JVO

LCpl Dewe JM

LCpl Wilson ST

Tpr Attwood M

Cfn Cooper RA

Tpr Brown GM

Cfn Ellis ML LCpl Johnson RM

Tpr Galbraith C Tpr Harvey MA

SCpl Hunter S

LCpl McNamara K

LSgt Clarke SS (AGC)

Tpr Batten TP

LCpl Cain TR Admin Troop

1 Troop

LCpl Gardner AC

CoH Potnter KJ

LCoH Foster]

Tpr Bridgeland ADM

LCoH Gray IM

LCoH Vernon NJ

Tpr Brooks MJ

Lt Col W R Browne Capt S St Miller Capt W H De Gale WOl (RCM) Pickard D

Tpr McThune PJ

HQ Squadron

Tpr Ramsden N CD


LCoH Hayes MT

LCpl Faernley IM

Tpr Brown MP

LCpl Smith GV

Tpr Corway MA

LCpl Bell M

Tpr Hancock SA

Tpr Harrington BDM

Maj GV Woyka

Tpr Peat PI

Capt G R Breitmeyer

LCpl Wall SM

W02 Fisher JC

A/WOZ Norris MJW

CoH Birch GW

CoH Robertson KW

Tpr Cock NW

3 Troop

CoH Dixon D

Mai I W Kelly WOZ Burns N H CoH Brown G R CoH Lowe J M

LCoH Flynn NA


LCoH Shields] LCpl Anderton A SSgt Sadlcr CA

LCoH Mackay SH

LCoH Barnard RD

Sgt Walker AJ

LCoH McKechnie PJ

LCoH Hemming NG

Tpr FinneyY IM

Armourer Sgt Mather M J

LCpl Stickland CG

Tpr Goater SM

Tpr Newton MS


Tpr James DHS


LCpl Abraham AEE

LCpl Close


LCoH GoodallL DA LCoH Polley NF

Tpr Smith DA

ZLt CP Macdonald

CoH Hastings CK

Tpr Bray MFW

LSgt Bates SR LSgt Borland SC

Tpr Royston D

LCoH Roberts MJ

LCoH Taylor IA Tpr Campbell MP

LCoH Woolfenden ALE

Post NCO LCpl Oliver D A

Tpr Sharpe RD Tpr Faires P Tpr Shorey WJ

LSgt Macdonald A

Tpr Young JGA

Provost Staff Tpr Moffatt JA

3 Troop Cfn Clark AW Admin Troop

2 Troop

Tpr Taylor BN

Cfn Mackenzie CW CoH Mills SJ

Tpr Williamson A

Cfn Melody CP Lt WJP Simpson — Gee CoH Flynn D


CoH Howie DJ LCoH Stewart PA


CoH Voyce DC

SCpl Harris AM

LCoH Johnson S

LCoH Barnard RD

LCoH Jones GE

LCoH Byrne

LCoH Lawson VJ

LCoH Halfhide PJ

CoH Kershaw ED

LCoH Overton TL

LCoH Smith IM

LCoH Carrington DW

GW Troop

LCpl Griffith N L

LCoH Sykes JA

LCpl Allison P

LCoH Conway AP

LCpl Yeomans M

Maj GMD McCullough

LCpl Bassctt A'l‘

LCpl Channing KJP


Tpr Doncaster FG

Capt JEAC Ings—Chambers

LCpl McCormack SJ

LCpl Toon CJN

LCpl Murray PL

LCpl Saunders N

Nominal Rolls

CoH Young P C LCoH Reason J J LCpl Le Gallais A J LCpl Gilligan M A LCpl Kendlr D LCpl Nuttal G LCplWass S P LCpl Turner D F LCpl Preston S P

Nominal Rolls

QM. Department

LCpl Payne D J


I Troop

3 Troop

Capt M] G Hamilton—Russell

Lt] R D Barnard

Lt M G Holden—Craufurd

Tpr Elve M J S

Capt A D Dick

CoH Bridges D A P

CoH Brooke] D

Tpr Forder

W02 Tierney J S

Col-I Postance] C

CoH Carter 1) S

Tpr Gaynor A

W02 Haywood C T

LCoH Hammond M S

CoH Dear A M

Mai C A] O‘Kane

LCoH Couling M

Tpr GIbbons DJ

LCoH Simpson DJ SCpl Henney P

LCoH Davidson B W

CoH Hadden M J

CoH Vaughan S D M

Tpr Hodgson I

LCoH Swinburne R G

LCoH Auld G D

SCpl Hunter D

LCpl Brown W D

LCoH Ashdown C

Tpr Ireland M R

LCpl Connor K N

LCpl Edisbury D

LCoH Moore RA

LCpl Wareing N A

CoH Peat A D

Tpr Parr M H

LCpl Holloway D L

LCpl Lythe P T

Tpr Ryan J P

LCpl Jukes S

LCpl Moore S R

Tpr Semczyszyn P E

LCpl McCartney N

LCpl Wood J

Tpr Smith B

Tpr Anderson W J

Tpr Ashton N P

Tpr Swift G P

LCpl Hackman R C Capt G A Fox Capt] T Lodge W02 Nicholson C I

Medical Centre

WOZ Rogers L D

LCpl Creed A S LCpl Telling DJ

Tpr Cossins—Price B J Tpr Blackburn I P

Tpr Delaney D

CoH Mitchell P] LCoH Paternotte

LCpl Streeter M

LCpl Thomas C G]

LCpl Plummer W A

LCpl Jukes S

LCpl Wilson D

MT Troop

LCpl Freeman W C

Tpr Brownlow N D

Tpr ArkleyJ D

TprBrookin J P

Tpr Vyse K

LCpl Nieholls S R A

Tpr Armstrong R T

Tpr Collier P A

Tpr Walker C A

Tpr Isles J A

Tpr Birch D N

Tpr Coupe T

Tpr Royston D R

Tpr Bradshaw] D

Tpr Dimbylow S C

Tpr Clancy D S

Tpr Fitzgerald]

Tpr Darlington L

Tpr Haith B D

Tpr Flood M P N

Tpr Leggett S ]

Lt D Hughes

Tpr GIbbs K M

Tpr Lerwill D J

Tpr WIlliams AJ

Tpr Ware P CoH Everett 5 A

Tpr Green C A LCoH Wibberly M A

2 Troop

Waterloo Ride Saddlers

LCoH Hughes A B LCoH Mackay I

LCpl MIddleton A M LCpl Hammond

Tpr Johnson C W

Tpr Lindsay M P

CoHGibbons S F CoH Smith T

LCpl Plant S A

Tpr Mount W H

Tpr Mattinson A G

LCOH Ireton J K

Tpr Biggs J l

Tpr kidd L R

Tpr Owens A J

Tpr McAeney A D

LCpl Bell G A

Tpr Huxley GJ

Tpr mountford R A

Tpr Partridge M J

Tpr Parry R G

LCpl Bestwick M P

Tpr Camp I G

Tpr Jackson L E

Tpr Smith J P

Tpr Peel D R R

LCpl Findell RJ

Tpr Brough S M

Musn Hodges

Tpr Stockill RJ

Tpr Pratt A D J

LCpl McGarryJ E

Tpr Tiffoney T J

Tpr Rigby P

Tpr Abbott D B

Tpr Woods M J

Tpr Smith C A

SCpl Mills T

LCpl Watkins G A

CoH Goodwin M

LCpl Stables MJ

LCoH Scovell A M LCOH Twyman P LCpl Mackenzie S I Tailors

SCpl Button A A

Officers Mess

Ypres Ride

Tpr Peet M D

Tpr Berry S E SCpl LanahanP C

CoH Brockhurst C R

LCoH Irwin J S

CoH Goodwin S J

LCpl Bulman C W

CoH Farmer A P

2 Troop Tpr Bodycoat M


Capt A M KBarlow


Tpr Callinan S P

CoH Irving R LCpl Harrison C P

Tpr Smallbone R H

Tpr Featherstone A R

CoH WIlls D C LCpl Rowan J B

Sgt Kinniburgh G L LCoH Adcock D R]

Tpr Bovey P J

J H Fuller

LCpl Fry S K Tpr Park G J


Tpr Broom J R Lt

Capt OwersR A W02 Wright G A

Tpr Bathurst M G Tpr Stay M J

LCoH Slingsby P D

Maj J A LydiardiWIlson

Tpr Fisher L D

CaptE H D Andrewes

Tpr Hayden R C

W02 Willacy F S SCplShacliffT W

Tpr Hunt C ]

LCoH HiItchcockJ D W05 & NCOs Mess

Tpr Burgess] F LCpl Hodge KJ

LCoH Byrne R

Tpr Carey C M J

LCoH Cox—Rusbridge S A F

Tpr Cooper A A S

LCpl Garton P D

CoH Elliott L]

Tpr Ireland P G

LCpl Maskrey D LCpl Elliott C M Tpr Ford D

LCpl I’ickard SJ

Tpr Mackenzie A H

LCpl Radford A

Tpr Reeves P J

Tpr Benfield D W

LCpl Adams C D

Tpr Lutherbarrow D M

Tpr Brown P L

LCpl Lawson D S

Tpr Troy S G

Tpr Chinn S L

Lt L E A Chauveau

Tpr Every J M

CoH Fermor D A

Tpr Forte M M

CoH Kemp R P

Tpr Gammage S D

LCoH Brown T E

Tpr Greenfield N S

LCoH Fortune k

Tpr Iddon J J

LCoH Welsh P

LCpl Welsh G S LCpl Casey S D

LCpl Young D P

Tpr mitchell D C V

LCpl Bainbridge J J Tpr McDougal J A


Tpr Lewis R] Tpr Blackburn I P

LCpl McGregor I A

Tpr Petford D D 1 Troop

Tpr Rushton S P Tpr Russell B Tpr Timms M P 3 Troop


LCpl Varley N J Capt T M J R Cotton Tpr Conroy P D Tpr Carrel] C J Riding Staff

W02 O’Daly K M SSgt Fearn ] B

Capt S C Tomes


CoH Atkinson P C CoH Snell B

Sgt Terron D A

Maj N D Garrett

Tpr Johnson E A

LCpl Adams C A

LSgt Archer] D

Capt T E G Kenyon

Tpr Knaggs] D K

LCoH Carr] B LSgt Hand A M

W02 Bellringer M P

T pr Neate s R

LCpl Davies S LCpl Glasgow K F

SCpl Tate A R

Tpr Newell K S

LCpl Hockings C G C

LCoH Gaddes A R]

LSgt Green B S

Maj McGregor D SCpl Boyd D R CoH Avison M A CoH Weller] R LCOH Pearce T

LSgt Jack A

LCpl Weston C A S

Tpr Ramsay S D

LCpl Martin A]

LCoH Jenkins D A LCoH Pass J

LCpl Morriss J L D

Tpr Scott 1’ S

LCpl Shaw] P

Tpr GIbson B K

LCpl Bentley R M

Tpr Royston M R

Tpr Stevens M B

LCpl Walker N K

LCpl Stubbings A M

Tpr Wharton G

Tpr Allport W P

Tpr Stevenson V C

LCpl Tate M M

Tpr Wllliams S F H

Tpr Bond D L

LCoH Moore G P Master Chef LCoH Macdonald F A LCoH Bye C E

LCoH Foster WE

SSgt Baxter T A

Tpr Ward P S

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Tpr Bayliss] R Tpr Butler S]

]SDC Greenwich Major HS] Scott

Tpr Campbell D F

Tpr Eastwood S I R

CATC Major 'l‘horneycroft

Tpr Gladish D M

Tpr Gledhill S D Tpr Hayes G P G

MOD (London) MDSl Major DC \V’aterhouse

Tpr Hearn P F G Tpr Hinds T Tpr Hodgson S H


Tpr Kincaid M Tpr Lever M

Director General Land Warfare Major General T] Sulivan CBE

Tpr Newton P W Tpr Park G ]


Tpr Spink S C

Lieutenant Colonel HPD Massey

Tpr Taylor K H Tpr Walters—Bevan A O Tpr Webber K I F

MA to CD5 Lieutenant Colonel BWB White~Spunner

Tpr Williams C A


MOD CIS Lientenant Colonel FGS Lukas Equerry HRH The Prince of Wales Major P] Tabor G3 Ops 3 (NATO) Major CBB Clee

Colonel ]WM Ellery

LCoH Pearson KA LCoH Allen RM LCoH Wilman PC ALCoH Goodchild N] LCpl Maher NL LCpl Stott 1] LCpl Rowe SA LCpl Wheeler GW LCpl Matthews ] ALCpl Whybrow MP Musn Corney IG Musn Smart DA Mttsn Walsh AK Musn Semkin G] Musn Taylor D] Musn Riseley NG Musn Walters MD Musn D'Arcy P Musn ]arvis PC Musn Carter DRM Musn Sturgeon IR Musn Isherwood DL Musn Bowen ND Musn Haggerty MC Musn Hinchcliffe VT Musn West TS

BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS (Royal Horse Guards and lst Dragoons)


Bovington Support Unit Captain MR Brown

Lieutenant Colonel AP De Ritter BMATT South Africa

ARRC Support Bn Major L Villiers

Lieutenant Colonel PSWF Falkner RAC Gunnery Wing BAOR Captain P F Stretton

MOD FLS(A) Lieutenant Colonel ]R Bayley

803 G3 — HQ LONDIST Captain C A Lockhart

Def Attaché Rabat Lieutenant Colonel CSK Anderson

ATR Pirbright Captain N P Sackett

ACDS(0R)Land HEREFORD Major CN Mitford—Slade Captain ]P Eyre

HQ 5 AB Bde


Captain ]R Wheeler

Captain DA O’Halloran

HQ Div Army Youth Team


Captain RC LestervSmith

Lieutenant RR PhilipsoniStow

MOD(London) 502 IR (Coord)

THE BAND OF THE LIFEGUARDS Major WSG Doughty Exchange Officer USA Major PRL Hunter ]DSC Shrivenham Major RRD Griffin

Captain EA Smyth—Osborne RMAS Captain HRD Fullerton

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Notices INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS OF BOTH THE LIFE GUARDS AND THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATIONS THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARADE AND REVIEWS The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Saturday 15 ]une 1996 with the Colonel’s Review on 8 ]une 1996 and Major General’s Review on 1 ]une 1996. HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg will take the salttte on 8 ]une 1996.

A limited number of tickets for the inner line of sentries (standing only) will be available for members through the Honorary Secretary of your Associations.

COMBINED CAVALRY PARADE AND SERVICE he 72nd Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Parade and Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday 19th May 1996. Assemble in Broad Walk at 1030 hours on the grass behind the Regimental Marker Boards. Dress: Lounge suits and medals (not miniatures). Due to the increased security arrangements, members should give them» selves plenty of time to get to the assembly area. Members are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade but admission to the Barracks will be by ticket only. Tickets for members ofthe Life Guards Association will be available at the Regimental Marker. Tickets for members of The Blues and Royals Association will be available from the Honorary Secretary at the Annual Dinner or in Hyde Park before the parade. HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be taking the salute. The Colonel of the Blues and Royals will command the Parade.



The Massed Bands of the Household Division will Beat Retreat on Horse Guards at 9.30 pm on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 ]une 1996. Performances will be floodlit. Ticket prices are £10, £8 and £5 (all reserved seating). Salute takers are yet to be con— firmed but we anticipate a member of the Royal Family taking the salute at each performance.

MASSED BANDS CONCERT Junk/reef Groemnx Van Zoe/an. Ma/ Sway/79 Cot Rogers, Maj Sir Arthur Cot/ms at QHCR Dinner 7995

The Massed Bands of the Household Division will play in concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 3 December 1996. We should have firm details (cost of tickets and from where they can be obtained) by late April.


oth these Dining Clubs will be bold— Bing their respective Annual Dinners in the Autumn of 1996. Full details are as follows:

CHANGE OF ADDRESS 1 HCR Dining Club. Dinner Saturday 12 October 1996, Hyde Park Barracks. Captain M H A Fraser, South Bank House, Lacock Road. Corsham.

Wilthshire SN13 9H8. (01249 714958). The Associations‘ Office maintain lists of those members who have elected or agreed to act as area/regional representatives of the Associations. Owing to cur— rent security conditions it is not permit— ted to publish their names and address— es in this ]ournal but members tnay obtain the name and address of their nearest representative on application in writing to their respective I'Ionorary Secretary.

Collins KCVO. 12 Gough Square, London EC4 3DE. (0171 936 1000). The date and time of the dinner will be sent to all interested in the summer.

2 HCR Dining Club. 50th and Past Old Comrades Dinner 1996. will be on Saturday 23rd November 1996 It has been decided that this year will be the last of the Old Comrades dinner. Anyone who served in ZHCR and does not normally receive notice of the annual dinner which is regularly held in Combet‘mere Barracks, Windsor in the autumn and wishes to attend this year‘s dinner please apply to Major Sir Arthur

All members are requested immediately to inform their Association of any changes in their address. Every year the Associations lose touch with a number of members who have failed to inform the Association of their change ofaddress.

BRICK HANGING Brick hanging will be held at Combermere Barracks WOs‘ S: NCOs‘ Mess at 1200 hours on Thursday 19 December 1996 and at Hyde Park Barracks WOs‘ & NCOs‘ Mess at 1200 on Tuesday 17 December 1996.


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Royal Horse Guards 1936 / 37


TONY MUSTOE by Mr F G Collingwood (late The Blues and Royals)

Dear Editor

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I enclose three photographs which you may find of interest, all taken in 1936/37.

Lance Corporal Tony Mustoe was tragically killed with the Royals in Oman in August 1960. He was buried in a small cemetery near a Muscat town called Ruwi. It was then the only grave hear— ing a wooden cross.

The Tpr, I believe, is Tony Sherwood of‘A’ Sqn taken at Pirbright with A47. I have tried to find his address without success. I feel the photographs show the affection between man and horses. The other two are pictures taken of a squad returning from the range to camp. Can anyone help me name the others? Also has anyone any information of Mark Stott, A

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As a result of help from Barrie Standen and a pilot with the Sultan’s Royal Flight, Captain W Burborough, the grave was visited.

a»? Captain Burborough’s report was as follows:—

Sqn Farrier?

/; Yours Faithfully 25‘11998 WL

R.H. Flower, High Cross, Roger Ground, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 OQB Tor Shelwood - A Son

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Tprs Vaughn. Cooper Eighteen. Vetth, Christ/e, Alder and Marshall

should think that in two or three years the harsh sunlight will fall dapple shad— ed onto the headstones artd footpaths”. The photographs show a stone grave head.

“The grave is in the old Ruwi Cemetary, behind the Christian Church. I was there this morning taking these shots. It is a very peaceful place although quite close to the bustle of Ruwi. There are a small number of graves in the cemetary, most of them of military personnel who died between the late ‘50s and early ‘70s The cemetary is well tended, secure and therefore unlikely to be mistreated, in fact less likely to be so than were it situated in many locations at home. Trees have recently been planted around the site, each one having its own water sup— ply. Trees grow quickly here and I

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Since the War Graves Commission state they have no knowledge of who might have replaced the wooden cross and who has looked after the Grave, who has? Does anyone have knowledge of any rel» atives of Tony? Any help to: Mr Frederick G Collingwood 29 Millender Walk Rotherhithe London SE16 ZBL

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Dear Editor



The Order of the British Empire

Please find herewith a photograph of a Memorial that stands on the Ridgeway Path not far from the A34 near East Ilsley, Berkshire. My brother and his friends “found” it last summer while out in their landrovers, when it was in an

teachers of Cornwall

In 1993 the Officials of the Order of the British Empire decided to commission a history ofthe Order. Dr Peter Galloway was asked to write The Order ofthe British Empire. This book will be published to coincide with the Service of the Order in St Paul’s Cathedral on 8th May 1996.

School, Dortmund,

The Order ofthe British Empire describes in detail the controversy surrounding the establishment ofthe Order, and examines

Germany is planned for 27

the choosing of the colour of its riband and the story of the Chapel of the Order. Itlhas two hundred pages, twenty five full colour plates ofillustrations and contains a complete list of the Grand Masters, Offictals, Knlghts and Dames Grand Cross.

A reunion of ex pupils and

overgrown state.

the many decisions taken before its institution in 1917. The book gives a detailed account ofthe destgn ofthe Order’s 1n51gma, Since then they have polished up the plaque and cleared away the under-

July 1996.

growth fairly regularly.

Your Faithfully Owen E Dadge 6 Grasmere Liden, SwindonWilts 8N3 6LE


Dr Galloway is an expert in this field, having already written The Order afSt Patrick and a book on the Royal Victorian Order to be published in 1996. The price of The Order ofthe British Empire is £23 including postage and packing. All proceeds from sales will go towards the upkeep of the Chapel ofthe Order.


address, Information concerning the book will be sent to members and Medallists by the end of March 1996 to their last known


would they please write to me at The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, St James‘s Palace, London SW1A 1BH.

Those interested please

I have tried to research Hugh Grosvenor with little success. Could you possibly print this letter in your journal as I would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident on 9 April 1947 or who knows who had the Memorial erected.

If any of your members who belong? to the Order have not heard from me and would wrsh to know more about this history,

on 01622 743100 (Home) or 01622 773260 (Work). 1

Yours sincerely,


25d Lieutenant Hugh Grosvenor

Registrar, Order of the British Empire



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THE LIFE GUARDS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER TICKET APPLICATION I\PJI) SIEI{\71(ZIE I)IE]JAIIJS 1?I{()I7()I{Adj\ The élst Annual Dinner will be held in Combermere Barracks, Windsor on Saturday 15th June 1996, at 1900 hours. Tickets will cost £17.00 for Officers and £14.00 for Other Ranks (the same price as for 1994 and 1995). Please order your ticket(s) on the tear off slip below. I would also be grateful if you could complete the Service Details proforma to enter onto the new Association Database. Limited accommodation will be available for those members who live in excess of 25 miles from Windsor. An additional charge of £3.50 will be made for this and will cover breakfast on Sunday morning.

Honorary Secretary The Life Guards Association Combermere Barracks Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN

I would like ....(qty) Officers Tickets I would like ....(qty) OR’s Tickets Would you like accommodation? (Yes/No) (£3.50)

I enclose, if applicable: Offrs Annual Subscription (£2.00) OR’s Annual Subscription (£1.00)

Life Membership (Offrs £15.00/OR’s £5.00) Donation to Association Funds Total: PLEASE MAKE CHEOUES PAYABLE TO ‘THE LIFE GUARDS ASSOCIATION’ Service Details: Army Number: Rank on Discharge:

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WINDSOR, BERKS, SL4 3DN Tel: 01753 868222 etxn: 5204/ 5297 Hon Secretary: Major (Ret'd) JG Handley

THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION The Annual Dinner 1996 will be held in Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge on Saturday 18May 1996 at 1930hrs. Dress: Lounge Suits, no medals. The cost of the dinner tickets will be: Officers Non - commissioned members Non Commissioned members over age 65

£1 7.00 £14.00 £ 6.00

Members wishing to attend are asked to complete the proforma below and despatch it to: The Association Office, Combermere Baracks, I/Vindsor, Berks SL4 3DN.

I wish to attend the Annual Dinner 1996. I enclose:

Payment for ticket Donation to the Association TOTAL

(please make cheques payable to “The Blues (5’ Royals Association”)

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H cav 1995 1996 complete