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The Household Cavalry Journal


Incorporating The Acorn and The Blue and Royal Vol. No. 4 1996/7

Preface by The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry . , 6

Editor: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) JS Olivier; The Blues and Royals.

Household Cavalry Regiment

Pages 7 - 27

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, GCVO, DSO, MBE, MC

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

Colonel PB Rogers, The Blues and Royals

Lieutenant Colonel BWB White—Spartner, The Blues and Royal:

Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment:

Foreword by the Commanding Officer ................... 7 Diary of Events ..................................... 8 A Squadron, The Life Guards ......................... 10 B Squadron, The Life Guards ......................... 12 C Squadron, The Blues & Royals ...................... 15 D Squadron, The Blues & Royals ...................... 18 Headquarters Squadron .............................. 20

Quartermaster’s Department .......................... Technical Quartermaster’s Department ................. Light Aid Detachment .............................. W05’ and NCOs’ Mess .............................. The Band of The Life Guards ......................... The Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Mobile Display Team ...............................

21 22 23 24 26 27

Lieutenant Colonel HS] Scott, The Life Guards

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Pages 28 - 50

The Life Guards Battle Honours Dettingen

Ypres (1914)


Langmarek (1914)

Waterloo Tel el Kebir

Ghelttvelt Nonne Boschen

Bapaume (1918) Arras (1917) Ypres (1917) Arras (1918)

Egypt (1882) Relief of Kimberley

St Julien Frenzenberg Ypres (1915)

Hindenburg Line Epehy St Quentin Canal

Somme (1916)

Cambrai (1918) Selle Somme (1918) France and Flanders

Paardeherg South Africa (1899-1900)Mons

Le Cateau Retreat from Mons Marne(1914) Messines (1914)

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

(1914418) Mont Pincon

Souleuvre Noireau Crossing Amiens (1944) Brussels Ncerpelt Nederrijn Niimegen Lingen



Syria (1941) El Alamein

Ypres (1917)


Mons Le Cateau Retreat from Mons


Musical Ride ....................................... The Band of The Blues and Royals ..................... Household Cavalry Training Wing ..................... Winter Training Troop .............................. Equitation ........................................

42 46 48 49 50

North Africa (1942-1943)

Pages 52 - 92 Advance to Florenec Gothic Line

North West Europe


Italy (1944)

Baghdad (1941) Iraq (1941)


Battle Honours Mont Pincon

Somme (1918)


St Quentin

Noireau Crossing


Marne (1914)



Defence of Alamein Line


Messines (1914)



Fuentes d’Onor

Armentieres (1914)


E1 Alamein E1 Agheila



Ypres (1914)


Advance on Tripoli


Langemarck (1914)




North Africa (1941~1943) Sicily (1943)


Nonne Bosschen


Cambrai (1918)

Tel el Kebir

St Julien Ypres (1915)

Relief of Kimberley


Paardeberg Relief of Ladysmith

Loos Arms (1917)

South Africa (1899-1902)

Searpe (1917)


28 29 32 34 35 41


The Blues and Royals Tangier (1662-1680)

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

On Exchange with The Royal Canadian Dragoons ........ Exercise Cockney Hanghigh .......................... Exercise Red Stripe ................................. B Squadron, The Yetis in Norway ...................... The Household Cavalry Safety Staff in BATUS 1995 ...... Exercise Purple Star ................................. C Squadron in Bosnia» Operation Resolute .............. Exercise Lion Sun — Cyprus ........................... A tour of Northern Ireland with 8Royal Irish ............ Summer Camp ..................................... Remembrance and Armistice Day Parade, Zillebeke, Belgium . . Spruce Meadows ................................... The King’s Birthday Parade .......................... Canadian Exchange Officer — Life on the other side 0fthe pond . . . Exercise Cockney Shark ............................. Exercise Long Look ................................. The Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund .........

52 53 55 S7 59 60 62 66 68 69 70 71 77 78 80 82 83

The Household Cavalry Regiment Sports Round Up ...... 84 Cricket ........................................... 85 Athletics .......................................... 86 Marathon ......................................... 87 Cross Country Running .............................. 87 Target Shooting .................................... 87

Golf .............................................. 87 Squash ........................................... Household Cavalry Ski Team — RAC Championships ...... Polytechnic Marathon ............................... The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Sports ....... P010 Team ......................................... Hockey ........................................... Football ..........................................

87 88 89 89 90 90 91

Golf .............................................. 92 Tae Kwondo ....................................... 92

Passchendaele Amiens Niimegen

News from the Associations

Pages 94 - 120

Hindcnburg Line Rhine North West Europe


Gothic Line


(1944-1945) Baghdad (1941)

Pursuit to Mons

Iraq (1941)

Italy (1943—1944)

France and Flanders (1914-1918)



Syria (1941)

Advance to Florence

Falkland Islands (1982)

journal are Crown Copyright: This publication contains official information. It should be treated with discretion by the recipient. The opinions expressed in the articles in this for the goods or those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy and views, official or otherwise. ofthe Household Cavalry or the Ministry of Defence. No responsibility good faith, services advertised in this iournal can he accepted by the Household Cavalry, publishers or printers and advertisements are included in

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The Life Guards Association Annual Report ............. Minutes of the olst AGM of The Life Guards Association 1 . . The Life Guards Association Charitable Trust Accounts ..... Association Notices ................................... The Blues and Royals Annual Report ..................... Minutes ofthe AGM ofthe Blues & Royals ................ The Blues and Royals Association Accounts ..............

94 94 95 97 98 98 99

Association Notices .................................. 101 Household Cavalry Museum ........................... 101 The Household Cavalry Association (Dorset Branch) ....... 102 Obituaries The Life Guards ............................ 103 Obituaries The Blues and Royals ........................ 104 Nominal Rolls ....................................... 110 Notices and Letters .................................. 116

Covers : The Front Cover shows: The Musical Ride — Jersey September 1996. The Rear Cover shows: D Son The Blues and Royals aboard landing craft from HMS FEARLESS on Ex PURPLE STAR.

Household Cavalry Regiment Household Cavalry Regiment

The first three reviews accepted the need for both an impartial overview, and indeed a professional head to stand between the Director Royal Armoured Corps and the Major General Com— manding the Household Division. The opinion of the latest review remains to be seen, but it is hoped that so soon after the Union, any recommendations are rigorously resisted which might further dismember the fabric of the senior Corps in the British Army.

Preface by Colonel PB Rogers, The Blues and Royals, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry. Since the last Journal went to press the deaths have occurred of both Lady Michael Fitzalan Howard and Lady Fitzpatrick. The sympathy of all members of the Household Cavalry goes to both the Colonel of The Life Guards and the Colonel ofThe Blues and Royals for their sad losses.

This is the last Preface I will write for the Journal. I hand over as Lieutenant Colonel Commanding to Colonel I’SWF Falkner in the summer, having served longer in the appointment that any one else this century. Owing to the aftermath of Options and our Union, the job has not been as straightforward as perhaps it was for my predecessors. Our unique role gives us few supporters in the Army although our reputation outside goes from strength to strength. Nevertheless,

even at the lowest moments I have only had to spend five minutes in the company of officers or soldiers from our two Regiments to have my spirits revived. Each year I have praised their hard work and also their attitude. I can do no more than repeat that praise and to thank them one and all for making my time with them so uplifting.

With deployment to Bosnia no—longer a novelty and without the extra excite-

ment of the VE/VJ Day celebrations of 1995, 1996 has been a year of good work and solid achievement for the Household Cavalry. The predominant worry continues to be undermanning at Knightsbridge although I am pleased to report that the Windsor Regiment is now up to strength.

Household Cavalry Regiment Foreword Colone/ PB Rogers

The reasons for our undermanning are easy to see. Firstly, most recruits come from urban backgrounds where they have no experience of, nor interest in,

ters tell us that the Army is not affected by overstretch!

horses. Secondly, with no territorial

Naturally the workload of both regi-

‘home’ we are losing out to local county Regiments and Battalions who are themselves understrength.

ments follows peaks and troughs and some excellent Adventurous Training expeditions have taken place this year. Whether rock-climbing in France and America, diving in the Red Sea or running marathons in Nepal, Household Cavalrymen have travelled extensively, testing themselves in many new envi— ronments and skills. Most expeditions are paid for by those taking part with subsidies from the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund (HCCCF). Elsewhere in this journal is an article on the purpose and organisation of this Fund.

Throughout the year a number of initia— tives have been introduced to improve our recruiting. However, it takes a long time for changes to work their way through the system and down to the Recruiting Offices. Only now are they starting to pay off with improved figures. Having said that the standard of recruit that I see in Riding School is high, with a good proportion of people from a riding background. I believe we have turned the corner, but it is a subject which will go on being near the top of the agenda for both regiments throughout 1997. By contrast I am pleased to report that our Offi— cer recruiting continues to be healthy.

One of the highlights oflast year was the visit by our Colonel in Chief to the Mounted Regiment. The event is documented elsewhere, but I would like specially to mention the marvellous atmo-

When squadrons deploy to Bosnia they

sphere which was a feature of the whole

do so on their War Establishment which

visit. The Queen seemed determined to enjoy every minute and by the end I calculated that she had spoken to two

is some 20 men more than their estab— lishment at Windsor. B Squadron recently deployed there with a total of 13

different capbadges to get them up to strength. In addition soldiers from another unit had to be drafted in to provide the barrack guard at Combermere. In the light of this, those of us at Regimental duty are unimpressed when senior officers and government minis-

thirds of the Regiment. We look forward with pleasure to Her Majesty’s visit to the Household Cavalry Regiment at Windsor this spring. Described in the Journal is the fiftieth and final dinner onHCR, held at Wind— sor last October. Far from being a sad

occasion it was a spectacular success, well attended, and beautifully arranged by RCM Lindsay. Looking round I was struck by how well so many ex—Household Cavalrymen had worn. I hope they will continue to keep in touch by attend— ing their Regimental Association Din-

ners. At the Remembrance Sunday Service in Windsor last year, Colonel White—Spun— ner read out a list of all those from The Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Dragoons who have died while on duty since the War. The total was 58 of which 26 died in armoured vehicle accidents, 16 were killed on active service or by terrorist, and three died in riding accidents. Most of the remainder were killed on training. Over fifty others died off duty over the same period, almost all as a result of civilian road traffic accidents. Since the ‘Options’ reductions, my post of Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick in Waiting to The Queen has been the sub— ject of four reviews. The uninformed compare it to the old Regimental Colonels of Foot Guards, or the equivalent in the Royal Tank Regiment, both ofwhich have now been modified. However, they seem to forget that neither the Foot Guards nor the RTR simultaneously run two Regiments in two roles and two capbadges.

by Lieutenant Colonel BWB White-Spunner, The Blues and Royals, Commanding Officer. Life at Windsor remains as busy as ever - almost too busy in some respects. As you read this B and C Squadrons will have returned from six months tours in Bosnia, D Squadron from two months Winter Training in Norway and A Squadron will have just deployed to Bosnia to take over from B Squadron. On top of that we have had our normal round of exercises, annual firing and training, including a Regi— mental exercise in America and adven— ture training expeditions to France and Jordan. That is not to say that our life is not fun or that it is not rewarding - it is certainly both and our soldiers return from Bosnia feeling that they have done a thoroughly worthwhile job. However, from April 1997 things should, we hope, become a bit less hectic. The size of the British contribution to IFOR reduces and the bill for Medium Reece Regi— ments goes down to just one squadron. In addition the 9th/1Zth Lancers become operational as a third and much needed Medium Reece regiment throughout the year and they should take some of the weight off us and the Light Dragoons. My aim for 1997 is to have a quieter year, to give our patient families some more time with their husbands and to try to find time for many of those Regimental and sporting events that are such an important part of our

military life but which lack of time has prevented us from enjoying over the last few years. We will, however, always have to cope with the unexpected, and our inclusion in the Government’s new Joint Rapid Deployment Force will mean that we may have to react quickly to world events. An example of this was the Regiment being warned to deploy to help refugees in Zaire last November which involved a series of painful injections against the multitude of fatal diseases which abound in that country but we were stood down just as we had begun to be able to pronounce the names of the tribes with whom we would have been dealing. 1997 will bring other challenges as well. Our recruiting is now picking up and we are up to strength at Windsor although the Household Cavalry is short of recruits overall. Both Regiments have always prided themselves on being fam» ily regiments and we would very much like to see more sons and grandsons joining us if even for a few years. We are also faced with a major rebuild of Combermere Barracks, which is long overdue but which will, when completed, provide us with a fitting home for the next century. We have a full exerCiSe





Lieutenant Colonel BWB Wh/te-Spunner

programme, including a Regimental deployment to Egypt, another squadron due to go to Bosnia to relieve A Squadron in the early Autumn and we have a Battlefield Tour with Old Com— rades from ZHCR to look forward to. 1996 was a rewarding year but it was also a particularly busy one. 1997, we hope, will be just as rewarding but hopefully not quite so hectic.

Household Cavalry Regiment

Diary of Events he year began with two squadrons deployed in widely different c1i~ mates. B Squadron deployed with 3 Commando Brigade to Norway from January to March, and C Squadron deployed to Cyprus on Exercise LION SUN for a month. B Squadron prepared hard for the winter conditions, and enlivened a sleety afternoon in Wind sor by running shirtless around Combemere barracks, ostensibly to harden themselves, but actually to show off the steely bodies engendered by Major van der Lande’s training regime. This proved of great value as they underwent a month’s winter war— fare training with the Royal Marines, followed by a series of amphibious exercises in the fjords and mountains. C Squadron, in contrast, benefitted from the balmy conditions of Cyprus and Major McCullough’s training methods, although skiing featured largely in their programme- chiefly behind speedboats. They too conducted a complex amphibious exercise, sug— gesting that the Household Cavalry should add ‘sail’ to our ‘Ride, drive and

fly’ slogan. The rest of the Regiment, confined to the less glamourous shores of the United Kingdom, embarked on a programme that was to rival that of B Squadron for cold, and even scenery. A fortnight of dismounted skills training on Dartmoor saw temperatures lower than those in Norway, with thick cloud and snow; this was compounded with Troop Training and Tests in Sennybridge. Exercise

UNION MARCH in March was the Commanding Officer’s exercise to test our deployment plans. Driving out of Lt Col Ro/lo's Farewell.

competition developed between Major Rees—Davies, HQ Squadron Leader, W02 (RSWO) Simpson and the Adjutant for the deepest suntan. Three weeks of airborne and amphibious exercise followed, proving the concept behind the new Joint Rapid Deployment force. The Regiment was at the forefront of both brigades’ operations and was extremely successful.

RHQ HCR lands on the coast of North Caro/ma. ExerC/se PURPLE S TAR, May 1996.

Cardiff on a Friday evening, bound for Sennybridge, Regimental Headquarters’ and the squadrons’ CVR(T)s endeared us all to the Welsh commuters. Running through a scenario based on Bosnia, the week saw much patrolling and movement all around South Wales, coordinated from RHQ sited in Farm 10 at Sen— nybridge. Farm 10 proved to be the bleakest spot on the summit of a moun— tain, chosen especially by Captain Gase— lee as a leaving gift on his posting to the Welsh Guards - consequently the Adju— tant became fuel and wood officer, desperately trying to prevent radio operators from freezing into their seats.

Summer The summer began with the deployment of RHQ, A, B and HQ squadrons on Exercise PURPLE STAR in North

Carolina, USA. This joint exercise was based around the American 82nd Air— borne Division and the US Marine Corps. The Regiment supported 5 Air— borne Brigade with A Squadron and 3 Commando Brigade, glad to be some— where warm, with B Squadron. B Squadron and some of RHQ had the pleasure of sailing from the UK on HMS FEARLESS. The Commanding Officer

took over the Wardroom office as his bunk, and was routinely awoken by naval officers requiring a pink gin. Meanwhile many of B Squadron, and the Second in Command and Adjutant, wise to these things, prepared for the rigours of landmg with a week on the cruise liner The Prince of Scandinavia complete with Danish stewardesses, bars, restaurants and a sun deck. The weather was perfect, and a closely fought

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C Squadron, back in England, were beginning to train for their deployment to Bosnia. This took place in July, with the squadron going to Glamoc, and an old factory. Conditions were basic, and the successes of their tour are covered elsewhere. They returned to Windsor in January 1997, receiving their NATO medals from the Colonel, The Blues and Royals. B Squadron also began their training on return from Exercise PURPLE STAR, and deployed to Banja Luka, from where they have just returned having conducted a highly successful campaign aimed at restoring some degree of normality to the people. Their exploits too are reported elsewhere.

from Troop Leaders to Brigade exercises, but as the winter approached they began their training for winter deployment to Norway with the Com» mandos, where they are still, at the time of writing. With the sabre squadrons all committed to their own programmes, and with manpower at a premium, the autumn was a comparatively quiet period.

Winter November saw the fiftieth Proper/mg for Gun FIN/7g .20 C wmd 30mph, Norway 7966. and last Reunion Dinner of 2 HCR, held in the Squadron training for its deployment to Warrant Officers’ and Non Commis— Bosnia in early 1997 and D Squadron sioned Officers’ Mess. The guest list was readying itself for Norway the lead up to extremely distinguished, it was a great Christmas was a quiet period, although success, and although originally intended the traditional festive season was to be the last, there may yet be another. marked by an excellent Troopers Christmas Ball in the newly redecorated gym, After Annual Firing in early December, a highly successful Brick Hanging and with two squadrons in Bosnia, A a very well attended Carol Service.

As the Regiment went on summer leave we bade farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Rollo RHG/D as Commanding Officer, who was driven out of Combermere Barracks in a Bren Gun Carrier, to the cheers of all in the Regiment. Lieu— tenant Colonel White»Spunner RHG/D assumed command, having spent two busy years as Military Assistant to Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge, Chief of the Defence Staff

Autumn D Squadron spent much of the year undertaking the essential but unglamourous work of providing support to many other Regimental commitments,

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A Squadron, The Life Guards 5 the brick was hung in the Warrant

Officers’ and Non Commissioned Officers’ Mess in December 1995, mem— bers of the squadron were able to relax and reflect on a busy but very successful year. We looked forward to 1996 as a year of relative stability, where the squadron could develop the specialist skills required to operate with 5 Air— borne Brigade, catch up with career courses and enjoy life at Windsor. The forecast of events had suggested that this might have been a rather rose tinted expectation, but it did not prepare the squadron for the hectic six months that followed. ,' The new year was rung in with a visit to Dartmoor for a week of dismounted training and field firing. The wry amusement of the range staff on our recce, blossomed into good natured banter as the predicted freeze restricted the training to Arctic survival, tobogganing and lectures on “How I’m going to win the Grand Military” by Lieutenant R C S Hall. Sadly no—one gave the Squadron Leader the lecture on climatic conditions on UK ranges and two weeks later GW troop set out to Otterburn for Annual Firing. Despite the snow and sub zero temperatures, there were enough clear days for the squadron to

fire successfully.

All the controllers

qualified and despite the high propor-

tion of “rogue” missiles, a degree of confidence in the SWIG system was devel— oped. The GW troop moved directly to Ex Western Promise. COH Stevenson 7 Tp.

with commendable dedication. Capt Allerton collected tee shirts and admir— ers at the House of Dolls and CoH Miller achieved “Clint” status with his Stetson. 2 Troop finally had control of the airwaves wrestled from them by US frequency hopping radios. With the RAC Gunnery school’s support, GW Troop opened the eyes of the US range staff by the first section firing of STRIKER. The Squadron Corporal Major became “Tops”, Callsign “Mad Dog“ ruled the airways and the Red Cockaded Woodpecker ruled the train— ing areas. The squadron then moved with 5 AB Bde on the FTX phase. Our experience of airborne operations was sadly concentrated on standby on run— way aprons. The UK’s strategic lift capability restricts the scope for the rapid and concentrated deployment of a medium reconnaissance squadron. This focused the minds of planners and creat-

”‘5' Us”.

quadron adventure training at the peak of Ing/eboroug Head

Salisbury Plain to join the squadron, in the first round of musical training areas, for troop training. Into this was mixed a blend of airborne training to bring us on line for Exercise PURPLE STAR, the May deployment to USA with 5 Airborne Brigade. All the squadron completed Tactical and Rapid Air Landing (TALO and RALO) training and then returned to the Plain to prepare for Troop Tests. Having sampled Dartmoor, Otterburn and Salisbury Plain, it was only fair that the squadron should be allowed to sam— ple the delights of Sennybridge. So when the music stopped next time the squadron was wending its way up the Brecon Beacons to Troop Tests in a snowy Welsh sunlight. Three strenuous and challenging days later, having redis— covered the eight ton bobsleigh qualities of Scimitars, we returned to Senny— bridge. GW troop’s First Aid skills, 3 troop’s hand signals and 2 troop’s complete domination of the airways had secured 3rd, 4th and 6th places in the tests. After a short break at Windsor, the music started and heralded a frantic three week merry-go-round of RAAT, Brigade CPX, and Regimental and Brigade FTXs. It is a reflection of the level of commitments that the squadron was deployed on three exercises simultaneously. The value of this commitment was blurred by traces, orders, range briefs, computer print outs, Welsh fundamentalists, Wessex nationalists and

software analysts. A heavy ante—post bet on Lieutenant R C S Hall in the Grand Military was not realised and the squadron fund suffered a black Wednes— day as he came in mid field. Having taken G K Chesterton’s winding English road, we returned to Windsor via Cardiff, Builth Wells, Welshpool, Lyneham and Imber. We had been resupplied by Chinook, Holbrook, Hercules and a memorable chip shop in Llandudno Wells. With mobile phones at melt down, the SQMC’s burger bar emptied and loaded magazine exhausted we rolled into Windsor three days before Easter and three weeks before the largest English deployment to the US since the Boston Tea Party. There are those who will cover Ex PUR— PLE STAR with greater military detail and Montgomery’s eye for manoeuvre. However from the grass root level the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg and North Carolina will be remembered for its lighter moments. The first indignity came with US customs’ belief that CVR(T)s suffered from BSE. The Ukrainian ferries had seen little service since the Crimea and arrived late. Consequently 3/73 Armoured Battalion’s (Airborne) first experience of the squadron was the rushed arrival of det— tol scented wagons. However cross training and firing, softball and line dancing established a more balanced rapport. LCpl Wyard approached the business of Anglo-American relations

despatched on local recruiting events and equipment trials. Thus, the pace of life remained fast but it was harder to quantify the achievements. Our final gathering before summer leave was Exercise WESTERN PROMISE, a com— bined recruiting and adventure training exercise in Lancashire. Troops were despatched to Preston, Lancaster, Morecambe and Blackpool. It is undoubtedly important to fly the flag and generate a broad interest in the Household Cavalry but there were very few recruits as a direct result of the visits. The adventure training included walking, climbing, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting and the odd cultural visit. LCoH Heaton realised he was not cut out for the navy when he ran his canoe aground. Tpr

Cunniffe produced “Elvis” imperson— ations on the rocks and Oasis impersonations in the night-clubs. The whole squadron visited Blackpool on the last night and were “Pepsi Maxed”. Rejuvenated by our healthy living we returned to sweep the board in the Commanding Officer’s Cross Country race and into summer leave. It did not take long after the return from leave to realise that the musical com— mitments did not diminish. The squadron started preparations for Op

RESOLUTE, Bosnia in February 97.

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ed some animated discussions on the Light Air Orbat. Fortunately we were able to insert the whole squadron by air in the final phase, a first in operations with 5 AB Bde. It was sad that after such a major deployment R & R was restrict— ed to three days. However the squadron managed to wash off the North Carolina dust in the Atlantic at Myrtle Beach So by early June the squadron had com— pleted a major part of the training year. Having paused to draw breath, we then entered the second and more fragmented half of the year. The emphasis moved to trade and career courses, and support of Regular Army Assistance Training (RAAT). The Squadron spent six weeks in Otterburn supporting the MILAN concentration. Troops were

Simultaneously, a Brigade CPX was followed by a Divisional CPX. LCoH Crawley, the squadron “Bill Gates”, hacked into the computers to magic air strikes and replens like a latter day Napoleon. As always, meticulous planning went into the S Airborne Brigade concentration during October in Thet— ford. The Knightsbridge warriors look— ing wistfully across the handy hunter course as we skirmished over Hillborough. In Windsor, the squadron was beginning to reconstitute after the course programme, the Bosnia orbat was firmed up and gunnery training for Annual Firing was progressing well when Cen— E tral African affairs intervened. Humanitarian . ‘. aid and peace support ‘ operations pamphlets

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field carrying a tray of exotic vaccinations for the Surgeon Major to administer brought a sobering reality to the situation. With William Hill offering evens on attending Annual Firing, 2/1 on Zaire and 5/2 on Bosnia, I will draw these notes to a close. It has been an incredibly busy year; realistic training for potential opera— tions, backfilling on career courses, the sad farewell to Captains Earl, Briscoe and Allerton, SCpl Godson, SSgt Pixley, CsoH Coles, Carey and Kingston, and many others. Last year I quoted Alice in Wonderland to reflect the challenges and experiences of Bosnia. This year I leave to others to ponder upon a literary quotation for the spectrum of work and the preparation for deployment to two operational theatres simultaneously,. Wherever it does deploy, the squadron has the strength to meet the challenges.

were dusted off. All the JRDF staff checks that were completed in July were revisited and con— firmed. The spectre of long delays on runway aprons were remembered from North Carolina and the sight of Tpr Brom-

L to Fr" SCpl Camp. SCp/ Maunder, CoH Core. LCoH Tove/l. LCpl Hogarth (front)

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B Squadron,The Life Guards hen describing B Squadron’s trav— els over 1996 it is difficult to know where to begin. Without doubt it has been one of the busiest years on record and, as these notes are written, the start of the year seems an eternity away. Conversely, the previous Bosnia tour seems like only yesterday. The year has been full and has undoubtedly made many demands both on members of the Squadron and their families. However, what has also been clear is that the Squadron has risen to the challenge pre— sented to it and acquitted itself well in unfamiliar environments.

that Tpr Walker found that the pills he had been issued by the Household Cavalry Regiment were not sea sickness

tablets at all. After a few close shaves we berthed alongside the carriers at Nor— folk Naval Base.

The year began with most of the

Squadron deploying to Malselvfossen, a picturesque spot over two degrees north

of the Arctic Circle near Bardufos in North Norway. There, under the watch— ful eye of the Royal Marines ski instructors, led by CSgt Wilkins RJM, we learnt how to ski on ‘army planks’ and how to survive in the cold. The trip is dealt with in greater detail elsewhere but suf— fice to say that we all managed to stay upright on skis for a little while and that some became quite expert. Skiing with a bergen is rather different to downhilling at Verbier and definitely not as glamorous. Particular highlights included the dip in the River Malselv on the first weekend, the night out in the snow hole without the comforts of the bergen, and maintenance on the

vehicle park at 60°C. After completing LtA Fox-Pitt LG shows off the latest hairstyles Ex PURPLE STAB.

Her Majesty’s historic steam ships. Ele» ments of Squadron Headquarters sup— ported by some ex B Squadron officers from Regimental Headquarters and 3 Troop complete were to spend the next 4 weeks aboard. The Atlantic crossing was quite an experience. Ship’s PT was excellent. CoH Hodder particularly enjoyed it while others preferred to tan their bodies between the oceanic storms. Officer’s mess bills were reassuringly large, the ship was predictably unstable and the Royal Marines suffered as much as anyone else. It was not until day 5


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the infantry work we progressed on to our vehicles. We found that CVR(T) has neither the oversnow capability of the EV 206 nor the same heater. We found many of the mountain tracks difficult. Indeed, it was not until a vehicle slid off that one found out that the track was in fact over a meter below the snow surface. Troops learnt a lot about recovery in the Arctic and also what the vehicles limits actually are. Occasionally we had to call on the Norwegian Army for recovery help. It was reassuring to see that Norwegian Army Leopards also got stuck. All in all it was a successful trip. We learnt a lot and made some new friends, particularly with the Fleet Air Arm just

up the road from us. While the majority of the Squadron were in Norway, Lieutenant R J C D Phelps and CoH Poynter remained at Windsor dealing with the cadre course and other important pursuits. They then formed a composite troop with the cadre course graduates and deployed for

a month on the 45 Commando Royal Marines Tessex. This went very well and many useful things were learnt, not least that a ‘dead’ OPFOR Scorpion can come to life again very fast indeed. We were pleased to welcome Tprs Cooper and Greensmith from the Mounted Reg— iment via a cadre course. The Squadron

is still enjoying Cooper’s brand of wit. After a little leave we returned to pre-

pare for Exercise PURPLE STAR in the United States. Lieutenant McDonald returned from his Troop Leader’s course to take command ofl Troop. In order to reacclimatise the Squadron hierarchy to temperate conditions, the Squadron Leader and Troop Leaders went to Wales as umpires on Exercise UNION MARCH, the Regimental FTX. Equipped with Vauxhall Corsas of various loud colours and with Orange mobile phones which did not work north of Mythr Tydfil, the team shot around the countryside simulating incidents to troops from the rest of the Regiment. Lieutenant A] L Fox—Pitt found that the Corsa can go almost anywhere though he was heard to say that LCpl Scott should on no account try an alter— native career as a rally driver.

After a couple of runs ashore the advance party were joined by the rest of the Squadron who had taken a week off and flown out. They went straight on board the Prince of Scandinavia, a luxu— ry liner. Work up training then began. 3 Troop went to Ford Pickett where they worked underslung from all sorts of helicopter while the rest of the Squadron took part in some rather abortive amphibious drills: neither the beach nor the surf were suitable. After reembarking, battle procedure for the main assault began. The rest ofthe exer— cise will be covered in greater detail else— where. However, suffice to say that the Squadron was well exercised. We received a gratifying amount of fire support (all available batteries from the ship and lots of aircraft) and had an excellent time. We exercised at Camp Lagan and

then moved to the tick fields of Fort Bragg. The Airborne Brigade kindly laid on a Brigade parachute assault for us to observe and plenty of targets amongst which we could deploy the

excellent American fire marker teams to cause confusion and annoyance at appropriate moments. The only disap— pointment was that the umpires failed to award us a kill on A Squadrons 0B as it made it’s fleeting appearance on the ground. After a bit of R & R the Squadron recovered back in Windsor. Our sights then became set firmly on

Bosnia. Slowly the ORBAT began to fill up, first with the Recce Troop from the Queen’s Royal Lancers, led by Captain Thompson and SSgt Smith. They quickly fitted into the Squadron and were to be followed by reinforcements from Knightsbridge, in the form of LCoH Jukes, and Headquarters Squadron, in the form of LCpl Mardon. SCpl Maunder replaced SCpl Hunter as SQMC. Later we were to receive reservists and individual replacements from 1 IG (LCpl O’ Connor), 1 WG (in the form of DSgt Evans 70), l Para and KRH. The Squadron has at present 13 cap badges serving in it. The vehicles were all overhauled and prepared for pre—Bosnia firing and training in July. Lulworth was a great success and the training laid on by the Combined Arms Training Centre practicable and rele— vant. Thankfully we have not had to use the worst case scenarios presented. The final exercise on that training, which took place in North Wales is worthy ofa mention. The squadron did a 140 km road march from Sennybridge to the Clocaenog Forest. This took all vehicles through the centre of Bluith Wells at closing time on the night of the Royal Welsh Show. Several unusual sights were seen and a few drivers received extra helpings of chips and quantities of beer without a glass from the excited populace.

Guided Weapon Troop B Squadron loses tt's way! — Bosma

LCOH Jukes painting the roof of the K/ho‘erganenRADCST

A week after getting back from Wales the squadron was able to go away on well earned summer leave. All vehicles had been fully serviced and either loaded and sent on their way to Bosnia or handed over to the Quartermaster Technical. All stores and accommodation had also been handed over. Our account holders had nothing left at Windsor. The Squadron began to deploy to Bosnia in late August with soldiers returning directly from leave to enjoy the delights of the Air Mounting Centre. We took over from A Squadron The Light Dragoons in Banja Luka and, are well into the second month of our tour. We have found the people welcoming and extremely hospitable. The local military are determined to comply and be seen to be complying with the Dayton Agree— ment and are particularly pleased to have the British in their area. The main elections are out of the way and went peacefully. We now await the municipal elections with some interest. There LCOH Jukes With Children m the RADCST Kindergarten ,

The post Norway period was one of the busiest parts of the year. Short of man— power, because of the heavy course commitment, and with a tight timeline within which to prepare the vehicles in order to hit the sailing time, as well as doing ATD training, the Squadron had to work long hours. Easter was only a Slight respite. Fortunately everything was done in time and the squadron

embarked its vehicles on 4 different Ships to get them across the Atlantic. It was with some trepidation that the Squadron Leader led the Regimental party board HMS FEARLESS, one of

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Tpr Goodman steaoles the KE rope, Ex PURPLE STAR

have been a few incidents and we have confiscated several weapons without dif—

Capt SJ Rhodes Sta/ripe 21C 8 Son, in Norway Jan 96

plans for our second Christmas away from home in two years.

ficulty. The main effort rests with civil reconstruction and assisting the large number of refugees in the area. Winter is not yet here; everyone says it is going to be cold. We are beginning to make

new friendships. However, what is clear, is

that despite some extraordinary

demands on them, individuals throughThe tour has come at the end of an exceptionally busy two years. The Squadron has broken new ground in many areas and established many strong

out the squadron have continued to demonstrate their professionalism in all conditions in the best traditions of the Regiment

he beginning of a new year is traditionally a time to renew forgotten skills with a progressive training programme at a relatively gentle pace beginning with equipment preparation, classroom work, TEWTS, followed by varying levels of field training later in the year. But such is the army of the 19905 that there is no time for gentle reawakenings after a heady festive season and for C Squadron the Christmas cobwebs were swept away in rude fashion with a five week infantry exercise in the hills of sunny Cyprus. By this stage, the squadron had been warned that it would be going to Bosnia in July, so this was a good opportunity to polish our dismounted skills. The package included range work, dry section drills, a live field firing exercise at section level and a four day squadron exercise. Because there were several essential career cours— es running in January, there were a number of gaps in the squadron orbat, and these were filled by sections from

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Companies, so it was truly a Household Division exercise. Each troop included a Foot Guard section and our soldiers benefited greatly from their advice. In addition to the military training, every— one completed a six day adventurous training package, which was notable for Tpr Cook’s inability to remain upright in a canoe for longer than two minutes, LCpl Macnamara’s inability to remain upright on a pair of skis for more than 10 seconds and Captain J E A Ings— Chamber’s inability to remain upright after a night in the Famagusta Tavern. For once, the C Squadron rain cloud took some time off; the weather was extremely kind to us with temperatures which made the water sports and field training bearable and enough snow in the mountains to give everyone a good crack at skiing. Despite a very full pro— gramme, there was time for two days leave and the majority of soldiers were adventurous enough to take a 48 hour cruise to Egypt which included a whistle stop tour of the pyramids. A full report of the exercise appears elsewhere in this magazine. Our return to Windsor heralded the pre— dictable accusation that C Squadron had been sunning themselves in the Med while the rest of the regiment earned

xx L to Ft... Ma] McCu/iough, Capt ingsiCiiambers. Capt Turner, Lt Slater & Lt Swetman C Squadron 0 Group prior to Electron Day.

their pay with a fair days work and as a penance, C Squadron would spend the rest of the year on exercise or operations. A slight exaggeration but not far from the truth. The pre—Bosnia build up started in earnest with the l Mech Brigade Battle Group Trainer at Warminster which involved the Squadron Leader and SHQ. It was a pleasurable surprise to find that we would be working with l Mech Brigade as we had been made most welcome by them on their FTX the previous November and it is unusual that a Bosnia bound brigade takes so many of its peace time attached units on operations. The remainder of the Squadron joined SHQ on Salisbury Plain the following week for Troop Training, and the Brigade Commander, Brigadier B P Plummer, visited us in the field and was entertained to a compo lunch by the officers. It faded fast as did the memo» ries of brandy sours in the Paralimni Karaoke Bar. Armoured reconnaissance skills were honed to the fine edge which C Squadron is famous for and it was with a degree of confidence that we set off for what would become a regular journey to Wales for troop tests. Oh how the squadron leader laughed as he passed D Squadron Leader on the side of the Melksham road being fined by the police for not wearing a seat belt. But it was not to be a lucky omen; Two Troop

was narrowly squeezed into second place on troop tests by a D Squadron troop. The Training Officer had certainly come up with a demanding set of tests and the weather played its part; driving sleet and freezing temperatures which added to the entertainment value when Cap— tain C W G Rodway led his foot recce patrol across a wire obstacle using a rather unorthodox method which left him flat on his back in the river. There then followed a brief respite dur« ing which we managed to fit in a quick BLACK ADDER exercise in support of the Troop Leaders course before going on the Regimental FTX in Wales. Exercise UNION MARCH was billed as a rapid deployment exercise with a Bosnian theme, so it was of particular interest to us. Captain J E A Ings— Chambers’ excellent road movement plan didn’t survive more than 30 seconds as the Cardiff police took it upon themselves to re-enact a Hollywood car chase as they escorted us out of the city at speeds which did the CVR(T)s no good at all. As with all FTXs, few tactical lessons were learned below SHQ level, but the soldiers enjoyed getting out and about in a different area. Some found the geography baffling, hence a photograph on the front page of the Dyfed Times of LCoH Roberts asking a

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sadly the atmospherics were not on our side that day and nor was the law. Before the Sultan could be redeployed, it was impounded by the police for having a faulty brake light, probably the least believable excuse which LCoH Jones could have come up with for failing to provide comms. For some, the exercise was followed by a well earned period in Windsor. There was no such comfort for Guided Weapons Troop who moved straight to Otterburn to fire their missiles under the guidance of the Squadron Corporal Major. A routine firing period you may

think, but not for CoH Spandley who experienced a rather spectacular missile explosion while the missile was still in the bin. This equipment failure didn’t The RCM and CO Jn Bosanska Granovo.

mar what was otherwise a successful firpoliceman for directions in Newtown.

The main benefit of the exercise which has proved to be very relevant was the difficulty we had in communicating across rugged terrain not dissimilar to where we are in Bosnia. The very smart mobile phones supplied to SHQs by London District were quite useless north of Myrthr Tydfil, (“The future’s bright, the future’s Orange, unless you live in Wales”). So it was a case of working through it. At a vital stage of the battle, SHQ lost comms with RHQ, the

Commanding Officer was raining his wrath on the Squadron Leader who was doing orbits of the planet. SHQ Step Up was despatched in every direction to find a spot where we could talk from. The police station seemed a good bet as we had spoken from there before, but

ing period which qualified the new controllers and converted the troop to the new Swingfire Improved Guidance sys-

tem. Concurrent to all these activities, SHQ was busy planning for pre—Bosnia training and the eventual deployment. The Squadron Leader and the SQMC went on their recce in March which enabled planning for deployment to begin, par~ ticularly the assembly of equipment, much of which had been dispersed to other squadrons and regiments in Bosnia during the past eighteen months Despite this frantic activity, the squadron hosted a very successful visit by Recce Squadron of the Royal Canadi— an Dragoons. The dates for the visit had been brought forward at short notice due to the visit to Canada of HRH The

Lt Swetman and LC’I Haywood Winning the run/7mg eve/71in the Ml/Itary SK/l/s compel/tion.

Prince of Wales and now included the Easter period and the Bosnia Commanders’ Cadre. This limited the options of military activities, therefore there was a strong social element to the visit. Recce squadron had visited Windsor in 1995 and many of their soldiers lost no time in renewing acquaintances and making new friends in the pubs ofWindsor. Vis» its were made to HCMR and the RAC Centre and a squadron sports day was held in Windsor during which both squadrons competed at five a side football and hockey. Not surprisingly, C Squadron took the honours at football, but the Canadians wiped the floor with us at hockey. But the results were immaterial as both squadrons later set about demolishing a very generous donation of beer made by the Canadian High Commission in the Templer Club. The highlight of the visit for the Canadians (and some would say the low light of the visit for the LAD) was the exercise on

Salisbury Plain. After a day of vehicle familiarisation under the guidance of C Squadron drivers, Recce Squadron com— pleted a 48 hour exercise using a mixture of Canadian and British procedures and tactics. This proved to be a particularly

useful exchange of information for the two Squadron Leaders. The Canadian drivers could not expect to become CVR(T) experts overnight and the LAD were kept very busy, with reinforcements being required from Windsor. Due to the Easter break, we were lucky enough to have the whole plain to ourselves, but this did not prevent one clash of interests on the first night when an RCD troop came under fire in their hide by a lone poacher! Our new under-

standing ofthe Canadian army has since proved to be most useful and it is hoped that this exchange is able to continue.As our visitors departed, training for Bosnia began in earnest. CoH Smith, LCoH Callow, LCoH Hemming and LCoH Pickford had already completed an instructors’ conversion course on the new SPIRE thermal sight which was to be fitted to the Scimitars for Bosnia. They then set about converting the squadron’s gunners and commanders. A week of ATD training and APWTs brought the squadron up to standard prior to the pre-Bosnia training package run by the CATC at Warminster. An

intensive period of gunnery training prepared the squadron well for a week of live 30mm firing at Lulworth from which the squadron departed for three weeks ofpre-deployment leave. The last stage in this busy period was the CATC training which had been specially tai— lored to our needs as a result ofthe Com— manding Officer’s and Squadron Leader’s recces. The entire exercise was kindly supported by D Squadron whose experience on such a recent UN deploy— ment proved invaluable. After a period of work up training at Warminster and on Salisbury Plain, the climax of the exercise was a road move to Sennybridge in Wales as part of a 48 hour FTX. To the surprise of everyone, the squadron, less one Striker, made it to Sennybridge within the time allotted, which bade well for a useful exercise. The scenario written by the ops officer bore an uncan» ny resemblance to several situations which we have found ourselves in on the ground and the role of the Former Warring Factions was most accurately and imaginatively played by members of D Squadron for which we are most grate— ful. No doubt Captain H F Whitbread learned from the lesson that it is not within the Rules of Engagement to engage innocent civilian refugees with several killing bursts from his GPMG!

LCoH McCarty, LCpl Bas— sett and Tpr Amos joined the skiing team in Verbier for the .‘ RAC and Divisional champi— ‘ onships;. In June Lieutenant M D Swetman and the Squadron Leader each skip— pered crews on Gladeye and were joined by CoH Spand— _ ley, LCoH Hooker, LCpl Bassett, Tprs Spencer, Anderson, Harvey and Eulert. The wind was comfortable to light , during both weeks which led to sociable rather than adven— turous sailing. The Squadron Leader’s crew made it to France although it could have been a lot further had it not been for the timely interven— tion of the permanent skip- , per! Our greatest triumph ~ was the Regimental athletics ..~ meeting at Eton in July. This was initially approached by the team manager, Captain H F Whitbread, as a damage limitation exercise. We had not had the time to train as some other squadrons had and we are not known for our healthy lifestyle, but we did have a secret weapon in the form of LCpl Haywood. Cheered on raucously by those well known arm chair sportsmen, GW troop, the team pulled victory from the jaws of defeat etc. Results: C Squadron - Over the Moon, the rest of The Regiment sick as parrots. The Victor Ludorum went to LCpl Haywood.

7 Troop lake the p/unge at Malt/n Brod.

Christmas, those summer days seem so far away. It has been an extraordinary year of action and adventure, but also at times of boredom and loneliness during some of the time in Bosnia. But what shines through in all the activities of the

past year is a great sense of fun generated by the camaraderie and good humour of the entire squadron. 1996 hasn’t always been easy, but it has left a smile on everyone’s face.

As I sit here with a blizzard blowing out— side, recovering from a “Two Can” LCp/ Haywood, Tpr Hayes Gdsmn Ha/fh/nde CG, Tpr Richards. being debriefed after a sect/on attack.

At least the population of Glamoc can be thankful for that. With training complete, it only remained to prepare the vehicles and pack equipment prior to embarkation at Marchwood. Our arrival in Bosnia dur— ing the second week of July was a great relief; we could finally get on with the job we had been so thoroughly trained for. Many adventures followed, but that is another story. Sport has taken a back seat in 1996, but there has been time for some soldiers to get away. In January, while most of us were in Cyprus, Captain H F Whitbread,

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D Squadron, The Blues and Royals This edition of the Regimental magazine finds D Squadron as busy as ever. From the time of last writing the Squadron has completed an Annual Fir— ing at Castlemartin, ATD Training at Okehampton, Troop Training and Troop Tests on Salisbury Plain and Senny— bridge, a Regimental Exercise in mid— Wales, an exchange tour to Canada, sup—

ported C Squadron‘s OP RESOLUTE pre—training package and participated in 19 Mech Bde’s FTX. In between these events we have provided numerous displays for schools, country fairs, parades and the Royal Windsor Horse Show. 1995 ended on a high note for D Squadron after some extremely successful results at Annual firing. l Troop won

the Tucker Trophy with CoH Gray’s section being awarded Top Gun. This was particularly impressive as his gunner,

Tpr Santi was in the Gunner’s seat for the first time. LCoH Smith was best overall gunner and 3 Troop won the Squadron gunnery competition. Throughout all this SCpl Harris and Admin Troop flipped hundreds of burgers to keep the Squadron happy even in the worst of the weather. The usual round of pre-season festivities wound up the year and the Squadron went on leave for Christmas in the knowledge that the challenge of a busy year in 1995 had been successfully met. 1996 saw the temperature plummeting to -l7°C on Dartmoor where the Squadron deployed for the Regimental ATD week at Okehampton. During his visit the Commanding Officer was heard to remark that it was colder on Dart«

1 Ex Green Wader Wltn the Royal marines on HMS Fearless.

moor than it was in Norway (where he had just been with B Squadron). Snow, ice and generally filthy weather prevented any live firing, however a full pro— gramme of lectures on NBC, First Aid, Rules of Engagement and the Geneva Convention was to stand the Squadron in good stead for troop tests. The respite was brief and mid-February saw the Squadron back on Salisbury Plain conducting a week of Troop and Squadron level training followed by troop tests. Troop Tests were held in Wales on the Sennybridge training area. The Squadron drove from Salisbury Plain to Wales and arrived to see a picturesque blanket of snow covering the training area which brought back mem— ories of Dartmoor and ATD week.

L to R: SOMC Hams, LCoH Smrtn, Col-l Robertson CoH Carey. LCoH Welsh.

Troops were put through a series of demanding tasks which included route

recces, convoy escort, casualty treatment and evacuation, a farm clear and search operation, section attacks and, of course, overnight OPS. I am glad to report that the Squadron performed well with 2 Troop even managing to clear the field and lead the Squadron to glory by win— ning Troop Tests. However, CoH Dixon’s night patrol must not be forgotten either, as he showed his hidden talents for amphibious operations by submerging his patrol on route to the objective, much to the surprise of the Directing Staff, the RCM and SCM.

ing Officer’s FTX. The local inhabi» [ants of southern Wales awoke to find the Regiment deployed from Cardiff to Brecon. This was a demanding but highly enjoyable exercise which saw the Squadron with TAOR from Myrthr Tydfil to Brecon. The aim of the exercise was to recce, secure and mark routes whilst maintaining contact with the local population over a large area. Lieutenant W Bartle—Jones distinguished himself and his troop by ensconcing himself under the Myrthr Tydfil’s branch of MacDonald’s Golden Arches. SSgt Newman and the LAD worked wonders around the clock to keep the Squadron on the road, especially as the large distances covered made heavy demands on all the vehicles. In early April the Squadron was lucky enough to return to Canada to revisit the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa. Again the Canadian’s were superb hosts and provided a very enjoy— able and varied programme. With activities like; helicopter rappelling, self defence, force on force paint balling and a wonderful tour of Ontario. The visit culminated in a four day field exercise with a complete range and field package. Everyone tried their hand at being driven over by a Leopard, escape and eva— sion, plus firing the Leopard l, Cougar (76mm) and many other weapons. It was very nice to see so many old friends from our last visit and for the new mem— bers of the Squadron to realise the myth of the last visit. May, June and July saw the Squadron involved in the Royal Windsor Horse Show, on exercise on Salisbury Plain, recruiting in Bristol and the Home

Counties and running C Squadron’s pre In March we returned to Wales for Exer— cise UNION MARCH, the Command-

Ex FlNGALS CAVE/MAPLE EXCHANGE, Petawawa D Son Para Trained Personell ga/nlng [nelr Canadlan Wings

Bosnia training on Salisbury Plain and Wales. However, we still found time for

some none military adven— tures. Lieutenant A] Mayhew took fourteen members of the Squadron on a two week Paragliding expedition to the British Forces . Alpine Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre in Southern Bavaria. LCoH Cox led a ten man canoeing team on a sponsored 100 km paddle in the Norfolk Broads which raised over £1000 for charity. Second Lieutenant C J Trietline took 12 members of the Squadron to Bulford to qualify as novice divers. This was in preparation for Exercise Cockney Shark, his scuba diving expedition to Jordan in October. The Squadron rounded off the first 6 months of the year by participating in 19 Mech Bde’s FTX on Salis— bury Plain. This had been the main focus for the Squadron’s training pro— gramme and enabled us to put into practice all our intensive training of the past six months. With this successfully completed we adjourned for summer leave and a well deserved rest and to contemplate our next challenge, training with the Marines.

Squadron 2lC Capt Breltrneyer and SCM Norns.

Over the Summer some well known and new faces joined the Squadron. A warm welcome is extended to SCpl Harris

from ATR Pirbright who takes over as SQMC. CsoH Peat and Snell from HCMR who take over as SHQ and 3 Tp CsoH respectively. CoH Hiscock from the D and M School in Bovington, and

Cornet P A Bedford born afresh from the Troop Leaders course. Lieutenant

Ex FlNGALS CAVE/MAPLE EXCHANGE Apr 96, Petawawa. D Sqn on the ranges belng briefed before firm 2 rnds each and a box of 7 62. Leopards rn background

RR Philipson-Stow fresh back from a 6 month tour with 8 RIrish, Where he won the Northern Ireland Skill—abArms meeting and finally but not least, in November we welcomed Lieutenant S W D Costello on a years Short Service Volunteer Commission from the QOY as l Troop Leader. Sadly we also had some farewells to say. After working miracles in SHQ, CoH Robertson joined C Squadron to work the same communications magic for them in Bosnia. Lieutenant W Bartle— Jones disappeared to Melton Mowbray to try and learn how to ride horses.

“Endex” 79 Bde F TX July 96 The Plain 7 Troop D Squadron.

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Lieutenant ] Corse departed earlier to walk the hallowed corridors of the Gunnery School at Lulworth. And SCpl

Quartermaster’s Department ,

Harris departed to RMA Sandhurst after a memorable Dining Out in the W0 and SNCO’s Mess. In December Captain G R Breitmeyer having kept the Airborne spirit alive for so long finally handed the Squadron Zic’s reins over to Captain R R Philipson — Stow. We wish them all well in their new posts. Summer Leave over and the Squadron was quickly back into the foray. 2 Troop were the first to deploy. Cornet PA Bed—

ford cut his teeth with a ten day TESEX with 40 Commando. Lieutenant RR Philipson-Stow was next to go with l Troop on a joint Anglo-Dutch RM live

firing exercise on Sennybridge.

Canadian Forces Base, Perawawa.


Squadron Leader, SCM and CoH His~ cock flew to Northern Norway to recce the Squadron’s winter training in January 97. Second Lieutenant C J Treit~ line departed on his diving expedition to Jordan. This left only one thing outstanding, an amphibious deployment. This was duly accomplished on the very aptly named Exercise Green Wader. The Squadron embarked and disembarked in every possible amphibious

craft, and even managed to carry out a dismounted seaborne raid into Lul-

come round all too quickly and our deployment to Norway in January

worth Cove, only to escaped the rigours oflife at sea when the exercise culminat-

which will complete our integration with the Royal Marines.

ed in a full beach assault from HMS FEARLESS. Feeling thoroughly salty and not just a little unsteady on our feet

This has been a successful if some what busy year. It has seen the Squadron

but very relieved to be back on dry land, we returned to Windsor to contemplate

exercised or represented from Otterburn

our future fixtures and activities. Annual Firing, which seems to have

through the Solent to Jordan and it will start 97 in northern Norway. I hope that our commitments remain as varied if a

Headquarters Squadron At the beginning of the year there were a number of farewells which meant another change in command. The Squadron said goodbye to Major N D Garrett who had taken Headquarters Squadron to Bosnia and is now the LG Squadron Leader at HCMR, with his place being taken by Major M Rees— Davies. More sadly W02 Sandercock who had been with HQ for so long working in many of the department’s left and the whole squadron wishes him all the

best for the future. In came WOZ Atkinson from HCMR who very quickly

found his feet in all that was going on. HQ have certaintly had a busy year in supporting the Regiment in all that it has done and in conducting it’s own

training. The year started with a training exercise at Oakhampton in what can only be described as arctic conditions.

The fog, snow and ice descended which meant that training was limited but extremely worthwhile. Various exercis— es followed on Salisbury Plain and a Bosnian style scenario up and down Wales. Training on a new terrain was exciting as well as adding some realism. The main effort for the year was of course Ex PURPLE STAR in America. Many in HQ were involved in the organisation including W02 Atkinson who managed to get everyone and their equipment there and back. The initial stages were cross training and getting to know the American forces, who were

extremely friendly and helpful to our needs. It was an education to all those involved from the training to exercise and other activities on just how the Americans worked. It was also a fine opportunity to enjoy the recreation on offer and the excellent weather that we experienced. On our return there was still much to do for C Sqns tour to Bosnia. There was also another change in Squadron Lead«

ers. Major M R Brown RHG/D came in from Bovington and what can be sure is that he will be there for some time to give the Squadron some stability and I am sure that he will receive the support

from all in the Squadron to ensure its

he year began again in support of the Sabre Squadrons, initially on squadron training and then on Troop tests. This was followed by a Regimen— tal deployment exercises throughout Wales which served a timely and useful workup to Exercise PURPLE STAR (a tri service deployment to the United States). The Quartermasters Depart~ ment seemed to deploy far sooner than anyone else, both with the demanding, collection and issuing of various loan stores and the endless queues of people wanting items from deep, dark depths of the QMS Department. The RQMC and CoH Cross MBE went on the pre advanced party, hoping to be tanned before the rest of the Regiment arrived a week later. Unfortunately that was not to be when they saw the workload awaiting them. A week later LCoH Gandar arrived to make the team complete and ready for action, which left the QM, CoH Mackenzie, LCoH Martin, LCoH Edwards and LCpl Needles and Thread (Baker and Peet) to keep the home fires burning in support of D Squadron’s return form Canada and C Squadron’s Bosnia preparation . Once the deployment into the US was complete, the first job was supporting A Squadron on their close training phase which involved a ranges package. To overcome the strin— gent red tape involved in moving ammunition within the States was a complex operation. However with the help of the Host Nation the aim was achieved. The next part of the exercise took us on a jaunt through the America bush, which we shared with Black Widow spiders, ticks, mites and other such exotic creatures. On completion of the exercise, everyone got a chance to see the local attractions which were well received and enjoyed. This rounded off what had been an enjoyable exercise and a chance to see a little visited part of the


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camouflaged Gortex Waterproofs, Body warmers and at long last a decent pair of boots (The Combat Assault Boot CAB). All this has been generally well received by the soldiers and it would seem that the biggest source of contention is the badge of rank as all are now worn on the front of the combat shirts and jackets. A Squadron Corporal Major’s crown is much larger than that of his Squadron Leader.

Having now dispatched B and C Squadrons we await the deployment of A Squadron in the New Year. Changes in the QM staff have been few: We say farewell to the tailor LCpl Baker and wish him all the best in civilian street and welcome LCpl Peet from HCMR. Tprs Hogg and Grosvenor are welcome temporary additions to the Dept.


USA. With the Regiment now back in the UK it was time again to work towards the pending Board of Officers and Log Ancillary inspection which took place in June. This achieved a good and true reflection on the state of the Regiment. Among many other tasks performed this year has been the issue ofthe new cloth-. ing range called Combat Soldier 95, a ‘Gucci’ collection of kit that includes

strength and well being.

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Quartermaster Technical’s Department

Light Aid Detatchment

his department has had one of it’s most diverse and busy years in sup— porting the Regiment in it’s many var-

1996 proved to be as busy a year for the LAD as for the rest ofthe Regiment. The year opened with a very cold ATD training period at Oakhampton, where withstanding the icy northern breeze even better than the Royal Marines who were present was considered to be the mark of a real man. This was followed by support to GW firing in Otterburn and then build-up training for Exercise PURPLE STAR. D Squadron underwent an exchange exercise with the Canadians, managing to find time to visit Niagara Falls, Toronto and Ottawa.

ied activities, mainly involving both 3 Commando Brigade and S Airborne Brigade, notwithstanding B and C Squadrons’ deployment to Bosnia on

OP RESOLUTE. The year began with B Squadron’s deployment to Norway with 3 Comman—

do Brigade on WINTER DEPLOY» MENT 96. The planning and demanding of equipment began last October and involved the issue of winterised wheeled vehicles and more importantly, a raid on the most ‘Gucci’ store in the Forces, the Mountain and Cold Weather Warfare Store. 3 Commando Brigade’s professional and no nonsense approach ensured the Squadron was well equipped and pre— pared for what may now be an annual exercise. Tpr Spares, who deployed as their Tech Storeman, can now ski and live in the snow, or so he says. This was closely followed by EX UNION MARCH, the Regimental deployment to Wales. This was the first time HQ Squadron had deployed complete for some time and A2 Echelon was put through the hoop supplying the Squadrons, which were scattered throughout Wales. The attachment of

an Immediate Replenishment Group (IRG) from our RLC Supply Squadron with their computer system for demanding and checking Depot stocks UK wide was a welcome and invaluable addition which considerably cut down the time in critical spares issues. A testing time, which highlighted a lot of useful lessons to be learnt.

No sooner had we returned from Wales and we had to get to grips with demand» ing equipment for EX PURPLE STAR in the USA. With A Squadron attached to 5 Airborne Brigade for Air Opera» tions and B Squadron attached to 3 Commando Brigade for Amphibious Operations, this department was on route to meltdown. Two different types of specialist equipment from two very different Brigades taxed our limited powers of tact and diplomacy to the limit. Being a very small cog in a very large wheel can have it’s advantages as the underdog does eventually get what he wants. The most contentious of the specialised equipment was the Helicopter Underslung Load Equipment (HUSLE) which was required for A Squadron’s CVR(T) to be lifted by helicopter at various stages throughout the exercise. HUSLE became known as HASSLE as it produced the most prob— lems in acquiring. Working on the premise that if you ask for more than you require, you will probably get sufficient for the task, we demanded enough for a Squadron plus. We ended up with almost the Army’s future entitlement. The exercise proved an excellent experi— ence gathering medium for Tprs Coupland and Marsh who supported A and B Squadrons respectively. They each had a tech binner and provided close liaison between the Squadron and their respective Logistics Bn/Regts. This was no mean feat and highlighted the high calibre of trooper working in this depart— ment. LCoH Ibbotson worked with HQ Squadron and the QM(T) and LCpl Jones provided the logistics liaison with the Force Rear Support Area (FRSA).

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On return, the Regiment’s priority became C Squadron who were deploying to Bosnia with all their own vehicles and equipment. This was coupled with final confirmation of B Squadron’s deployment to Bosnia at the end of August. Fortunately for us they would only be taking their gun vehicles and taking over the equipment left by them on their last deployment. This department has sent LCoH Mow— bray with C Squadron and LCpl Jones with B Squadron as their Tech Store— men. They will be running all accounts and a mini Tech department for the Squadrons. This will provide them with invaluable operational experience and, of course, a medal. All that remained prior to Summer leave were the Boards of Officers for the Com— manding Officer’s Handover.

PURPLE STAR itself involved A and B Squadrons as well as elements from Headquarters Fitters and LAD Main. Stories vary as to how much work actual— ly took place in America, although according to the Casrep log the majority of engine changes, recovery tasks and

Compared to the first half, the remain— der of the year proved to be fairly quiet,. We continue to support the Squadrons in their varied exercises and prepare for the return of C and B Squadrons from Bosnia and A Squadron’s possible deployment. It has proved to be a busy and varied time to say the least, however, the experiences and interesting avenues explored this year have widened all our horizons, especially with the formation of the JRDF and continued commitment to 3 (UK) Division. There have not been many changes in personnel this last year, however, we have said our farewells to SCpl Craister, who left in July after 22 years service. Sadly we are also losing W02 (RQMC(T)) Lewis MBE in February 1997. We both took up our posts at the same time and have both experienced the same steep learning curve involved in a job one has never done before. His support, dedication and loyalty will be sorely missed and we wish him, Lynn and Aaron well deserved success in civilian street. He will be replaced by WOZ (RQMC) Nicholson who will be coming across from HCMR and is the current RQMC there.

Members of LAD en/oymg Amer/can Cu/tt/re. Ex PURPLE STAR Sgt Cowans and LSgt Godfree

sight repairs appear to have taken place in an area of natural beauty known to locals as “The House of Dolls”. Having returned to England it was down to yet more hard work as A Squadron went adventurous training in Northern England, and then enjoyed supporting a MILAN concentration at Otterburn.

also kept them busy. Never a dull moment. Following summer leave, numerous exercis— es preceded the build-up to Regimental Annual Firing which took place in Castlemartin during a wet, windy and extremely cold two weeks. Upon




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way training, with both Members of 1 Troop C Son and the LAD m the workshop. Bosnia Fitter Sections working ture). extremely hard. The possibility of a hasty Several LAD members have departed deployment to Zaire in December caused during the year including Captain Goodexcitement amongst the LAD, particular» fellow (who had managed to live up to ly between the ASM and new EME, who his name) and ASM McCracken, both to both insisted it was vital that they deploy 3(UK) Div Headquarters. Both will be while the other stay behind to hold the fort. missed. Other departures included AQMS Heap, SSgt Pixley, SSgt Thomas, Each Squadron Fitter Section has per~ Ssgt McCartan, Sgt Walker, Sgt Reid, Sgt formed a tour in Bosnia since the last Betteridge, Sgt Pallister, Sgt Cowans, Sgt journal article, in what has now become Armstrong, Cpl Stratton, Cpl Wilson, a fact of everyday life within the Regi— Cpl Murray, LCpl Bryant, LCpl James, ment. It will be nice to see something of Cfn Ellis, Cfn Moore, Cfn Sanderson and England for a change now that the comCfn Woodall. mitment to SFOR has been reduced to The new EME, Captain Wise, arrived in one squadron. September (and will hopefully live up to Highlights of the year included Captain his name as well as his predecessor); as Goodfellow’s death-tussle with a Black did AQMS Griffiths who is shortly to be Widow (of the arachnid variety, not the relieved of his ASM/AQMS dilemma by House of Dolls variety), SSgt Buck’s holthe arrival of ASM Harvey, who has served with the Regiment twice before iday job as a canoeing barman, LCpl Cas— and still asked to return! (Freak or sidy and Cfn Tomlinson running up the unique?) Overall the LAD’s year was largest ‘Little Chef’ bill in recorded hisbusy but interesting, with hard work tory during Exercise UNION MARCH, once again being the order of the day. SSgt Newman’s legendary resurrection from the dead during TESEX (having taken a direct hit with a D Sqn LAD ENDEX 79 Bde FTX Jul 96 Salisbury Pia/n

LAW 66), SSgt Buck finally getting a medal, Headquarter Squadron fitters improving their


bowling scores at Fort Bragg,



being sighted wearing coveralls, SSgt Stead 5 -- ‘v Headquarters Fitter Section were once again scattered to the four winds during the year, with detachments and tours in Cyprus, America, Norway, Bosnia, the Falkland Islands and of course Salisbury Plain, Castlemartin and Otterburn. The introduction of SWIG to the Regiment

being lost for words : (once), and Sgt Cowans’ and LSgt Godfree’s daring behind the lines raids on enemy-held fast food outlets (see pic-

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Lastly the mess congratulates Col-l (General) Kirkpatrick for his selection on the New Years Honours list for an MBE. Very well deserved.

WOS’ and NCOS’ Mess

Senior Mess Members are: 996 started with yet another success—

ful New Years Dinner where the Commanding Officer described the

W01 (RCM) H R Lindsay LG W01 (ASM) M Cracken REME W01 (BM) Cooper LG

interesting and busy year that lay ahead. Mess life in the early part of the year was, however, very slow as Regimental life was dominated by the exercise in the

W02 (RQMC) Maher RHG/D W02 (RQMC (T)) Lewis LG W02 (SCM) Camp LG


RCM Lindsay,

W02 (SCM) Valentine LG Next in the calendar was The Life Guards Association Dinner. This year all the Squadrons were in Windsor so there was a really good attendance from both serving and Association members. At around the same time the old RCM (now Captain J S Holbrook) stepped off and went to Bosnia and the new RCM (W01 Lindsay) took the reins. The old RCM was dined out in some style having first been driven around Windsor at break neck speed on a motor bike courtesy of the Thames Valley Police.

W02 (SCM) Fisher RHG/D W02 (SCM) Norris RHG/D

W02 (SCM) Atkinson RHG/D W02 (BCM) Graves LG

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W02 (RCWO) Humphries RLC Also in November the Mess hosted the 50th 2 HCR Annual Dinner. This year was the last, so something a little special had to be done, and it was headed up by

In July it was time to say farewell (in the form of a dinner) to the old Command— ing Officer Lieutenant Colonel WR Rollo. An excellent evening was had by all and, whilst we were all recovering, it was rumoured that Lieutenant Colonel Rollo was sighted running in the park at 6 o’clock in the morning with the RQMC (T) as his wing man.

W02 (SCM) Camp and W02 (RSWO)

Mess life became very busy between September and November. There were

great functions held in the Mess.

Carney. A spectacular show was put on including a video of all the past Pathe news reels of 2 HCR (now much in demand), and a Powerpoint presenta— tion of scanned photographs during the dinner, a fitting end to this one of the

some LS & GC presentations, a number of cabaret nights and the culmination was Remembrance weekend, during which we dined out SCpl Stan Craister and Margaret. On Remembrance Sunday a good parade was followed by a lunch where we sat down 215 mess members, their families and the Associations.


Brigadier AC Gadsby DRAC, presenting L88. GC Medals.

The Christmas marathon was next in the diary, the two main events for the Mess traditionally being the Christmas Draw and Brickhanging. The draw this year was held in the gym which was transformed with an internal

liner brought by the Regiment and the Associations. With this one function alone it showed what a good buy the liner was as the Mess sat 400 comfortably for an excellent evening of food and cabaret. Brickhanging was another success this year with those on ERE and the Associations making a real effort to attend. This made up the numbers and more although two squadrons were away. The brick was hung again this year by Mr Eric Lloyd. Although we did not know it at the time, this was to be the last time Mr Lloyd hung the brick as on 23 December he died of a heart attack. This will be a sad loss not only for the Mess but the whole of the Household Cavalry.



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The Band of The Life Guards aving completed our traditionally hectic programme of duties and concerts over the Christmas period, the band settled down to a relatively mundane routine in the New Year. This began with a number of dismounted Queens Life Guards at Whitehall. Half way through January we were visited by the Director of The Corps of Army

Returning from leave fully refreshed the Trumpet Major and his team were once again in the vanguard, working for two days at Blenheim Palace. The band then joined forces with the Musical Ride and went to Jersey for five days performing at the Island Horse Show. The band were comfortably accommodated at St Helier TA Centre on camp beds. Unfor— tunately the “Ride” faired worse, some people were even sleeping in the pan— technicon horseboxes at the show.

Music, Colonel T P Hogarth. In the years between our triennial Kneller Hall inspection he comes to see us informally to keep us abreast of recent changes affecting all regular & territorial army bands.

In February the band ex-members committee was formed by former BCMs Walthew, Morris and the present BCM. It is presided over by Major Walter Jack— son MBE, a past Director of Music. The

first function was held in the WOs & NCOs mess at Hyde Park Barracks on the 16th February. March was an extremely busy period, seeing the first of our full dress inspections. We provided an orchestra at St James’s Palace for The Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award presentations and also gave a band concert at the Royal Star and Garter home for injured ex-servicemen. At the end of March Trumpet Major Carson, LCoHs Allen & Dutton and Musn Carter went to Prague to take part in the state visit of HM The Queen

and The Duke of Edinburgh. They were there at the request of the British Embassy and were looked after splen— didly by the Prague Castle Guard. When Prince Philip went to see a horse stud farm he was visibly surprised to see the trumpeters. It seems that no matter how

The Life Guards Band at Wrndsor Castle.

Westminster Abbey when the President delivered his speech to both Houses of Parliament. At the end of the month the band played at the opening of the new Defence Procurement building in Bristol by HM The Queen. During August the band did its usual week at East— bourne bandstand after which we went on a well deserved leave.

Band of The Ute Guards leads 20 Platoon ATR P/rbnght back to barracks after their final parade.

far some members of the Royal family go, they will never escape The Life Guards Trumpeters! At the same time as the Prague tour LCoH Goodchild and

LCpl Wheeler went to Cairo for four days for the Jaguar car company. After the Commanding Officers full dress inspection in April, the band had its first mounted Queens Life Guard of the season, this was closely followed by the Major Generals inspection in Hyde Park. We also managed to fit in some medical training between these two fixtures In May we joined forces with The Blues and Royals band to perform at Wembley for the FA Cup. Musn Isherwood was seen worshipping the ground that Eric Cantona walked on!? The end of the month saw us at the Guildhall in the City of London providing an orchestra

The band had a good year for sporting achievements starting off with a 4-0 win

against the Black Watch Pipes and Drums at football. LCpl Wheeler was part of the Household Cavalry golf team that won the Colonel in Chiefs cup and along with the Trumpet Major, were runners up in the London District minor units Squash competition. The cricket team entered the London Military Band league and had two wins against the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards. Sadly, due to other commitments they were unable to complete the competition. The Bandmaster, Band Corporal Major & Musician Riseley were however in the regimental team that won the London district competition.Trumpet Major Carson and LCpls Whybrow and Kirk also completed the London marathon. In between the above highlights the band has also been fulfilling its regular duties at the Guards Chapel, playing during cricket at Burton’s Court, Sunday afternoon concerts at Castle Hill Wind-

sor and Buckingham Palace garden parties. We have also begun Windsor Castle guard mounting to relieve the strain on the Foot Guards. Regretfully we had to say goodbye to LCpls Rowe & Stott and Musn Corney. All three were respected members of the band and we wish them every success in their civilian careers. Our civilian band secretary, Mr Keith Whitworth has also left because ofa lack of funding. He had been a band member and had continued to do his job after retiring from the Army. His many years of loyalty and experience will be missed, however he has been ably replaced by LCpl Matthews. We would like to congratulate LCpls Smart, Kirk and Semkin on their promotions and also LCoH Dutton & LCpl Maher on receiving their Long Service and Good Conduct medals from the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding.

for the luncheon in honour of the French President, M Mitterand. During June we participated in Beating Retreat by the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade and also in the Queens Birthday Parade. We also provided the marching band for the Garter service at Windsor Castle, after which we spent four days playing on the bandstand at Royal Ascot. July saw the band playing at Wimbledon on both of the tennis finals days. Unfor— tunately we were prevented from playing on the centre court by the usual inclement weather. On the 10th July the Trumpeters were once again at the Guildhall, this time for the State visit of The President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela. The next day they were at

LCoH‘s Dutton. Allen. TM Carson and Musn Carter rn the British Embassy bar rn Prague having pu//ed agarn.

The Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Mobile Display Team 996 finally saw the full integration of the Household Cavalry Mobile Display Team with The Royal Armoured Corps. The Household Cav— alry being very kind in allowing the RAC to use their assets and build on what was already in existence. On my arrival to take command of the team I met the tower of strength behind Household Cavalry recruiting, that is Major Brian Lane. Luckily for me, I had the honour to be on his side and not to be battling against him. Unlike those in DAR, where the mention of his name strikes fear in all those to hear it, Major Lane was already far ahead with the programme for the team and enthusiastic about joining with the RAC. So it was just up to me to prepare the dis— play trailer and complete as many rec— ces as possible before April. First step was to have the trailer resprayed with the RAC logo to let people know who we were. Finally on with the remaining preparation. Lieutenant Colonel P Gregson in Bovington provided all the back up needed for the RAC side of recruiting and a meeting with Brigadier AC Gadsby (DRAC) highlighted just how important recruiting now is to both HCav and RAC. All that was left, was for the team to arrive.

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team formed up at Combermere Bar— racks, Windsor. For the majority this was to prove a big shock. From a team of 15, ll were RAC soldiers taken from; Scots DG, QDG, RDG, 9/12L, KRH, QRL and l RTR. The first problem was to master the rank structure and then the posture to be adopted around

Captain RDG Wright. “DRAG to show whrte mess removed from beret".

the camp. We all soon settled in with help from both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. We now had a month to familiarise ourselves with the equipment, the latest recruiting policy, each other and most importantly just how to fill out a recruitment committal card. This period of training culminat— ed with two inspections, one from The Silver Stick, Colonel P B Rogers, followed immediately by one from Brigadir A Gadsby DRAC. We were now ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

So it began, on 3 May with the Aldershot show.

We were to travel as far

north as Perth and Dundee. As far west as Fremington. Across the Irish Sea to Belfast, Omagh and Ballykelly.

in September. Finally to finish the trip on a balmy Sunday in Cambridgeshire. Naturally with these distances to cover

the team was going to see some spectacular sights and meet all types of people. But the reason for us being on the team was always with us. Recruiting.

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Blackpool in August to sunny Skegness

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Foreword by Lieutenant Colonel H S] Scott, The Life Guards Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. 996 has been a year of consolidation and innovation. You will read in the diary the detail of the year’s events, but

three that have been worthy of extra remark are the State Visit of the President of South Africa, Mr Mandela, HM The Queen’s Visit to the Regiment at

Bodney Camp, and the introduction of civilian grooms to alleviate temporarily the manning shortage in the stables. While the London escort route is now shortened to merely Horse Guards to Buckingham Palace, the throng of the multitudes to the Mall to catch a glimpse of Mr Mandela as the Sovereign’s Escort took him to the Palace was remarkable. The press and public interest was always expected to be keen, but the collective warmth and optimism that was present on that day was extraordinary. This does open up an

interesting possibility, as with the return of South Africa to the Commonwealth there is now a chance for both white and black South Africans again to serve with the Household Cavalry. We are well placed to investigate this possibility as the future Lieutenant Colonel Com— manding, Lieutenant Colonel PWSF Falkner, is on duty in South Africa, and is at work on this problem too.

Quite rightly we spend much of the year concentrat- 1 ing on jobs that need doing in the areas where we are weakest. This foreword provides the opportunity to



An experiment that has also proved a success has been the introduction of 12 civilian grooms to the stables to alleviate the problems of undermanning. The efforts of those men and women to work within the unusual programme and commitments that are the Regiment’s way of life have been exemplary. Their contribution has raised spirits, and maintained or even raised standards of stable management. Not having state kit or ceremonial duties to bother them

Looking forward to 1997 there will be State Visits at either end of the year; February and December. This will make for a long first half of the year, as the horses will be in and prepared from mid January to mid July after The Royal Pageant of the Horse. The Pageant is to be an evening performance in Windsor Great Park for HM The Queen in honv our of her 50th wedding anniversary. It will stretch our resources to the limit. It is anticipated that the State Opening of Parliament will be before the end of May, so the second half ofthe year looks quite empty for mounted ceremonial. As we move into 1997 the Regiment’s profile will remain high, and all oppor~ tunities that meet the criteria of viability, acceptability and decorum will be grasped. Following “Options for

change” we now need at least 7 out of every 10 Household Cavalrymen to be mounted trained. It must be understood by all ranks that a tour at Knightsbridge is an essential part of their careers. For many their time at Knightsbridge will be relatively short, but it will have its own variety of opportunity, and will be fun. On a final note I should like to pay a personal tribute to Lieutenant Colonel WT Browne who has now moved to command New College at Sandhurst. He left behind a happy regiment doing a good job, which has the highest respect and regard for him.

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strengths. I have no hesitation in saying that standards at Knightsbridge are as high as ever. A high degree of self discipline is required by all ranks to keep up day to day with the workload in horsemastership and ceremonial. Our non—commissioned officers are second to none, and the wealth of talent in our troopers looks

good for the future. A typical example In August HM The Queen visited the Regiment at Bodney Camp. Such a visit always requires a degree of preparation, and the success of that work is measured in the smooth running of a complicated day designed to show Her Majesty as much of the Regiment and as many of our soldiers as possible. It was a tremendous success.

On the sports front it would be splendid if HCMR could become the natural home of Pentathlon. Fencing would be our main weakness and I seek to pro— mote that so that we have a better chance of moving both sports along. The backbone of our team games will continue to be rugger, soccer and cricket, and when up to strength I see no reason why the Regiment should not put up strong competitive teams in these prin— cipal games.

they are able to concentrate t‘ their efforts on the horses . and the stables, and their efforts have been very bene— ficial. This should be seen as a temporary relief as there is no long term funding for people unavailable for ceremonial duty once we again reach establishment levels. However, until that time our civilian grooms are welcome and greatly appreciated.


fresh, entertaining and challenging; it is important to maintain the Ride’s appeal to the shows and events that compete for our attendance. The joint ride and drive with The King’s Troop at Olympia this year was very good, but very much a ‘one-off’.

of the range of our soldiers’ talents was

on show at Olympia and in the Guards Chapel. At the former our Musical Ride men and horses were quickly adapted to a joint performance with The King’s Troop and stole the show. At the Guards Chapel Carol Service, 2 Troopers, one from each squadron, read lessons as clearly and as well as any reader may have managed in the whole year, show— ing tremendous nerve and poise. Our immediate challenge in 1997 remains recruiting. Further efforts are being made to strengthen the effort with the commissioning of Mr Pickard to become the new recruiting officer. While there is much being done, all can assist in being on the lookout for likely lads, and we must boldly suggest service with the Household Cavalry to all who


Lieutenant Colonel H S J Scott. are suitable, wherever in the country. When you read this magazine next year make it your business to know that you have found a man for the Household Cavalry in 1997. Then the target will be a further success every year afterwards,

too. There is no sense in change for change’s sake, and whatever change there should

January was used as a time for training . The Bl Course took place under the watchful eye of the Riding Master. The winter grass horses were retrieved from Melton Mowbray and given an exten— sive overhaul by the Squadrons. The Training Wing were in full swing with three rides in progress with Captain AD Dick ensuring that their every wish was met. The Regiment managed to draft 10 Troopers to the Armoured Regiment who have now all served abroad in Bosnia. The Blues and Royals Band started to prepare for their Kneller Hall Inspection which prevented Major C R C Garrity , Director of Music from having a restful New Year.

System which is designed to relieve everyone of tonnes of paperwork. The RMAS Hunter Trial provided great entertainment for horses and jockeys but not for that great duo of Mrs Serena Brown and Trumpet who took a crashing fall.

March The first half of March was spent com— pleting our Training Directive and the

Squadrons got down to basics with Troop Drills, the Officers Riding Course

and a Senior Non Commissioned Officers Stable Management Course. The Commanding Officer carried out his inspection of both men and horses before the State Visit. The Grand Mili— tary Meeting at Sandown produced no Household Cavalry winners this year and Captain A Ogden gracefully dis— mounted four from home. Captain E H D Andrewes had a good ride on a horse

Captain Barnard asks Colonel Michael‘s pelmlSSIOfl to dismiss the Queen ‘3 Die Guard.

be at Knightsbridge should be well researched, but there is room for a change of emphasis. It is hoped to give more emphasis to sword skills, by expanding the understanding of the use of sword on horseback. While we may never devote the time to that skill which our forebears must have, it is important for everyone to be able to have a thor— ough understanding of how heavy caval— ry would have used the sword as a weapon. Still on the subject of change, the Musical Ride in 1997 will be developed and produce a performance that is

February The Investiture season which takes place at Buckingham Palace, starts as always in February. The Training Wing passed out Waterloo Ride in Khaki in

front of the Commanding Officer and Squadron Leaders, and Tripoli Ride passed out in the kit to become fully fledged members of their Squadrons. Technology finally arrived with the Regiment in the form of the UNICOM

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Bosnia. Rehearsals started in earnest for the Major Generals Parade, it was agreed that a canter past would not take place due to the older members of the Regi— ment having bad backs and frosty hors» es. The Mongolian President was rumoured to be wanting to ride his horse which he gave to the Prime Minis— ter, causing some panic as to its location. Again the Regiment turned out a good team for the London Marathon but alas no winners.

May The Major Generals Parade was a great success with no fallers even though the Commanding Officer was running on .




narrow odds for first faller of the day.

Brig AC C talking to 00/3 of Horse Fermor and Farmer

The State Visit for President Jacques Chirac of France was commanded by

he had never ridden before causing him to turn three shades whiter than usual. Finally the Director of Music was able to get some sleep after his band pre-

Major J A Lydiard-Wilson and went off

formed admirably in front of the Kneller Hall Inspection Team.

April The Royal Canadian Dragoons paid the Regiment a visit in the beginning of April. Many members of the Regiment met old friends after serving together in

without a hitch. Cavalry Sunday took place with good weather and only one mistake from the Director of Music over the choice of National Anthem. The Master of Foxhounds Association Meeting took place in the gym allowing time for Lieutenant J R D Barnard to book his next season of sport. Lieutenant D E Hughes entered as many horse events as he could manage in an effort to get off duty. The latter half of May was spent rehearsing for the Queens Birthday Parade and Garter Service.




The month ofJune was absorbed by the Queens Birthday Parade commanded by Major J A Lydiard-Wilson and the Garter Service which was commanded by the Commanding Officer and ruined

August was spent enjoying the hospital~ ity of the inhabitants of Norfolk. The

October proved to be a month of great panic with the State Opening of Parliament looming and no horses available. At the last moment DAC released the horses and work began in earnest to transform a herd of Highland Cows into the fine black steeds that The Queen is used to seeing on her parades. Lieu— tenant W Bartle — Jones started his illus— trious career as a mounted Troop Leader by guiding his Division over the Colour of The Irish Guards, when asked by the Adjutant to explain his obvious dislike

by the Adjutant who fell over in front of the worlds press. The Regiment then disappeared on block leave to recharge their batteries before going on intensive training in Norfolk. HMS Westminster sailed into the Docklands and kindly hosted a cocktail party for all members of the Regiment. There was only one casualty on the night who tried to enlist into the Navy but found the rum too strong and had to be returned to unit. The Squadrons were topped up with Azzero Ride passing out in the kit.

highlight of Camp was the Visit of HM The Queen which was a great success and enjoyed by all. Troop Tests were carried out under the guidance of Captain

W H De Gale and involved a cavalry charge against dismounted rebels. Major I W Kelly was in charge of this phase and managed to complete six charges without falling off. The annual Open Day saw some of the worst weather of the year, but in true British style the public turned out and the displays sloshed on.

of the Micks, he replied that he had for— gotten his contact lenses and thought the Colour to be a manhole cover.

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The highlight for July was the State Visit of Nelson Mandela. The escort was commanded by Major N D Garrett and was undoubtedly the best attended by the public. The Officers words of command could hardly be heard above the applause as the President ascended the dais. The Regiment prepared for Summer Camp and as many horses as possible were sent to grass at Melton. The Kings Troop arrived and took on the Queens Life Guard role allowing all members of the Regiment to attend Summer Camp.

Half the Regiment went on leave to recover from the hardships endured during Camp and the Regiment found time to send twenty soldiers adventure training in Wales. The Musical Ride deployed to Jersey where they proved to be a great success and only one girl was roped into marriage. The grass horses were programmed to return to barracks however, much to the delight of the troops, an outbreak of strangles was detected and they were delayed from returning.

Lieutenant Colonel W T Browne handed over the Regiment to Lieutenant Colonel H S J Scott and departed for three years as College Commander, New College, The Royal Academy Sandhurst. Lieutenant W Bartle—Jones furthered his career during the Cenotaph Parade by marching the entire Army contin— gent into the car park ofWellington Barracks. The Lord Mayors Show was com— manded by Lieutenant M G HoldenCraufurd; this is one of the longer parades with six hours in the saddle.

December The Musical Ride deployed to The Horse of The Year Show causing some strain to a sadly under manned Regi— ment. The strain was alleviated by the Squadrons sending some horses out to winter grass and sending horses to Winter Training Troop. The Christmas Festivities started with the Squadrons having their Squadron Parties, the Regimental Christmas Carol Service and dinner causing the supply of headache tablets to be severely depleted.

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The Life Guards Mounted Squadron Major N D Garrett took over the reins from Major R R D Griffin in

Nov 95 at which time Captain M Barlow had handed over to Lieutenant J H F Fuller in Two Troop and Captain W H de Gale moved to Assistant Adjutant allowing Lieutenant M G Holden-Cranfurd to take over in Three Troop. 1995 saw the year coming to an end with Lieutenant J R D Barnard taking sol-

diers hunting with a number of West Country packs. This allowed not only the soldiers but also the horses to escape from the London routine, and at times, over a hedge or two, from each other. Once the festive celebrations were well underway, Christmas leave was a wel— come break. A select few led by the Squadron Leader took part in the Avon Vale Hunter Trials where the huge Richmond horse box for four immaculately turned out cavalry blacks, supported by two sports cars did nothing to improve the equine skills with two fallers at the third (Tpr Iddon and Tpr Rigby). A good day was had by all. It was all hands to the grooming kits in March for all the horses returning from grass in preparation for the Command— ing Officer’s Horse Inspection. With lots of tender loving care and hard work the horses were in good order on the

Inspection. In May after all the hard work for the Commanding Officer’s Horse Inspection, the horses looked very well for the Major Generals Inspec— tion, this year carried out without a canter past and on the grass nearest camp in

Hyde Park.

A number of soldiers entered ‘ .

the Royal Windsor Horse' Show with varying degrees of success. In the showjumping Lieutenant Holden-Craufurd managed to not only part with his steed but left th saddle on the underside of‘ his horse. Although the' Squadron fielded a number of competitors for the Tent Pegging competitions, the King’s Troop took the prizes this year.

The first state visit of the year, commanded by the Blues and Royals’ Squadron Leader was by The President of France, Jacques Chirac, with both Standards on parade. Taking place in the

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Queen’s Birthday Parade.

With all the rehearsals going W02 T/erney LG prepares to Lodge the Standard after hrs /ast Queen '5 ere Guard. so well for the Queen’s Birth— day Parade, there was minor In July 3 Double Standard Escort was concern for the big day but it was unfounded as the Parade looked very provided for the State Visit of the Pres—

impressive. This year it was the turn of

ident of South Africa, Nelson Mandala.

the Blues and Royals to provide the Standard; the Life Guards wait for 1997. As always the Garter Service quickly brings us back down to earth (some with a louder clang than others!) two days after the Queen’s Birthday Parade. The June heat proved a prob— lem for some, but this year only the Adjutant tripped over his spurs.

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HM The Queen rneets Tpr Scott and Shar/ah L to R: W02 Befir/nger Ma] Garrett, HM The Queen, Co/one/ Michael :8, Tpr Scott.

Bellringer and the Field Officer of the Escort was Major N D Garrett. Before the move to the annual summer camp at Thetford, once again the Squadron provided a large number of competitors for the Skills at Arms competitions at the Royal Tournament.

L to R: Tprs Arkley, Scott. Every & LCpl Rad/0rd,

Queen. A visit we were all looking for— ward to. Among all the various competitions held the notable results were; Tpr Arkley won the Junior Ranks’ Show Jumping, Lieutenant M G HoldenCraufurd and CoH Carter won the Senior Ranks’ Handy Hunter, Captain W de Gale won the Tent Pegging, Lieu— tenant J H F Fuller won the Skill at Arms and Two Troop won Troop tests. The LG Squadron Inter—Troop competi— tion results were close with 3 Troop scooping the Show Jumping and Cross Country, with 1 Troop coming second in each. However 2 Troop’s win in Troop Tests pulled back points for them, resulting in 3 Troop winning overall with both 1 and 2 Troops tied in second place. Amongst the individual results LCpl Hodge won the Leading Rider competition, Tpr Arkley won the Show Jumping and LCoH Patternotte and Tpr Forte won the Cross Country. September was the time for Adventurous training with two groups going to Capel Curig in North Wales, completing a number of activities: dry slope skiing, canoeing, trekking and mountain bik— ing. No sooner were we back than it was time to get ready for an early State Opening of Parliament on which this year the Life Guards’ Standard was carried by W02 Burns, the Field Officer was Major N D Garrett and the Escort Commander was Captain T E G Kenyon. To end the 1996 ceremonial season

Lieutenant M G Holden—Craufurd commanded a division in the Lord Mayor’s Procession. This year the Life Guards’ Squadron has sent several soldiers abroad. In September Lieutenant MG Holden—Craufurd took several soldiers to Spruce Meadows in Canada. In October two soldiers went adventurous training in Nepal with SCpl Richards. Whilst in November Lieutenant J R D Barnard took a small detatchment of Life Guards to Belgium

to take part in the Remembrance Day parades at Zillebeke and Ypres. As well as the many competitions the Squadron has competed in our soldiers have performed with the Musical Ride and given a Tent Pegging demonstration at the BFSS open day at Cheltenham 1996 is soon over, and we welcome Lieutenant C E O Allerton who takes over One Troop from Lieutenant J R D Barnard and we look forward to a hectic 1997. It is now time to finish this year like last, with the round of festive celebrations.

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Troop had a day visit— ing France and we all ' departed for Bodney Camp on 28 July. Summer Camp is c0v~ ered in a separate arti- ,

The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron On 1 November 1995 Major] A Lydiard Wilson took Command of the Squadron from Major G C N Lane-Fox who moved to Yorkshire. Captain E H D Andrewes took over as Second in Command of the Squadron and immediately departed to run Winter Training Troop with the able assistance of LCpl

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Colonel of the Blues and Royals visited the Squadron touring the lines, feeding off the Squadron and having lunch in the Officers’ Mess. On 20 November Lieutenant L E Chauveau passed out of St. Quentin Kit Ride and took com—


It was with great sadness that our Drum Horse Belisarius caught a virus which

proved to be fatal. He has been greatly missed by all of the Squadron. His suc— cessor Spartacus is proving to be a worthy replacement and should be seen on parade in 1997.


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promotion. (SQMC)

Atkinson departed

on 15 November. On 29 November the

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light of our time in . ., Norfolk was the visit by The Queen that was appreciated by all.

1996 saw the arrival

Davies and Tpr Cromie. On 11 Novem-

Andrewes. The first of the B1 courses took place in Windsor with LCpl Hodg~ son, Troopers Abbott, Swift, Taylor and Timms increasing their equine knowl— edge and earning potential.


of Lieutenant D E Hughes who took . over from Lieu-

ber Lieutenant A D Dick commanded the Division on the Lord Mayor’s Show. Parliament continued at full speed with The Life Guards carrying the Standard

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quarters Squadron in Windsor [0 be The Blues and Royals Squadron replaced by SCpl Shatliff. February saw the return of the On 1 April we went into Summer Order. grass horses after their holiday in The Blues and Royals Band played The Melton Mowbray and the start of their Queen’s Life Guard down to Horse build-up programme in preparation for Guards and started their preparation for the ceremonial season. On 7 February the Major General’s Inspection. On 18 the Irish Ambassador visited the April the pre—inspection took place for Squadron which hopefully has helped to The Richmond Cup with the Squadron bring our two countries closer together. getting five out of the six places to go The second Bl course took place with forward to the Royal Windsor Horse Tprs Berry, Bodycoat, Bond, Kincaid Show. Soldiers went to the Larkhill and Walker passing the course which Horse trials, Show Jumping at our own this time was based in London. Regimental one day event in Windsor

In July the Squadron prepared for sum— mer camp with soldiers and horses departing to Melton Mowbray on Exercise Warm-Up and the “old and bold” horses going out to grass for a rest. Two

In October the Squadron was visited by the Mayor and Mayoress of Westmin— ster. Winter Training Troop departed to Melton Mowbray under the command

The year came to an end with Lieu— tenant W Bartle-Jones commanding the detachment on the Cenotaph parade on 10 November.

and the Country Life Team Chase. March was the turn of the soldiers to start their preparation for the ceremoni— al season. The 6 March was Blood Donor Day and the Squadron Leader’s

The Major-General’s Inspection took place on 2 May which was quickly followed by a Double Standard Escort for

Full Dress Inspection which happily

the State Visit of The President of

were not connected. The Commanding Officer’s Full Dress and Horse Inspec— full advantage of throughout the West tion produced a very high standard of End of London. The Squadron then turnout. Tpr Blackburn, the Squadron Medic, departed for Bosnia and we were Lt Col Comd, HM Tne Queen, Ma; Lydrard-Wilson. Maj Sanderson. visited by General

France commanded by Major J A Lydiard Wilson the Standard being carried by W02 Willacy. On 14 May the Squadron had great success at The Royal Windsor Horse Show where the Richmond Cup was won by Tpr Bovey. The annual Association Dinner was on 18 May with W02 Willacy organising the event and it was a thoroughly suc» cessful evening. The month ended with the seasonal Beating Retreat.

In December the usual pre-Christmas training took place with a variety of different methods and locations being taken

burgh to watch the Royal Marine Beating Retreat on Horse Guards. The 17 June was the Garter Service before half the Squadron disappeared on the first leave period.

At the end of August .Captain S C Tomes departed to Windsor and then Bosnia to be Officers 0/ Tne Blues and replaced by Lieu- Ma/ LydrardWr/son, Lt LEA Cnauveau, Cap! El-lD Andrews. tenant W BartleJones. The Musical Ride went to the of Captain E H D Andrewes with LCpl Shrewsbury Show and the second leave Kendall and Tpr Broom. Tpr Cromie period began. The start of September departed for an Adventure Training saw Tprs Alport, Butler, Delaney, Feath— Exercise in Nepal. The Colonel of The erstone, Spink and Webber being posted Blues and Royals visited the Squadron to Windsor, a visit by The Adjutant on 10 October and was on fine form. General, the Musical Ride going to Jer» Tpr Forder passed out as a Squadron sey, members of the Squadron going to Trumpeter and the State Opening of Spruce Meadows in Canada and from Parliament took place on 22 October 16—27 September Adventure Training in Snowdonia. with a Life Guard Standard.

Pike (DCinC).

It was with great sadness that the memorial service was held for Lady ‘ Mary Fitzpatrick

who had been part of a ‘ ’

this Squadron for such a long time. The Squadron offers our sympathy and support to the

Colonel of the Blues and Royals.

June was the busiest month of the year with The Blues and Royals Squadron providing the Standard for the Queen’s Birthday Parade on 15 June. Major] A

Headquarters Squadron Headquarter Squadron has once again had a busy and active year, along with The Life Guards Squadron and The Blues and Royals Squadron, not only in everyday Sqn matters but also on the Ceremonial scene. The Squadron has been under the command of Major I W Kelly, Squadron Leader and W02 (SCM) Burns who, along with the Heads of Departments, kept a tight rein on Squadron affairs, the Squadron also having an active year within their own departments.

Lydiard Wilson was the Field Officer in

The year began with the Major Generals

Command and the Standard was carried by WOZ (SCM) Willacy, Standard Cover

Parade in May with HQ Squadron hav—

SCpl (SQMC) Shacliff and LCpl Shaw as the Squadron Trumpeter. Captain 8 C Tomes commanded a Captain’s Escort for The Queen and The Duke of Edin-

ing an active involvement in both the riding and organising. This was then followed by a State Visit from the Presi-

dent of France in June. The Regiment then participated in the Queens Birth~

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neath a horse with a good sixth place on Oak and a jump off on Open Day which was to be one of the wettest ever held. After Camp the Ceremonial season took a slight break allowing farriers, saddlers, tailors and other HQ Squadron mem— bers time to participate in other events. The Saddlers Shop had a representative in Canada attending an event at Spruce Meadows. CoH Goodwin took a trip to Cyprus to brush up on his suntan, test the local beer and participate in the odd bit of Saddlery repairing. The Master Saddler, SCpl Mills rode on trooping the colour in the divisions and later in the year received his LS & GC Medal. Tpr Woods started his apprenticeship in the Saddlers Shop, we wish him well.

Summer Camp.

day Parade in which the Squadron again

had both Life Guards and Blues and Royals representing HQ Squadron on this parade. The Garter Service then took place on the Monday — “everyone’s favourite”. In July one of the biggest State Visits ever seen in London took place with the President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela visiting the country. On 28 July the Regiment started to move to Summer Camp in Norfolk, this is where the Squadrons departments then moved lock, stock and barrel for 3 weeks in the Norfolk countryside improving our equine skills. On 2 Aug The Queen paid the Regiment 3 visit where she saw the Regiment out of full

state dress. The Squadron also faired well on the equine side of life with good results in the Regimental Handy Hunter and Showjumping Competitions. The WOs

& NCOs Showjumping event gave the Farrier Major an opportunity to show his equine skills on top instead of under-

The Forge once again faired extremely well in both civilian and Army competi— tion. The Forge won the Inter Regimental Competition, the London Cup and had good individual results in all competitions. FLCpl Adams is also to be congratulated on being the most improved farrier for 1996. He receives a

trophy and a cheque for £100.


Forge also had two new members with FLCpl Gammage LG and Farr Turner RHG/D joining the team. FLCoH CoxRusbridge completed his Bl qualification later this year. FLCoH Middleton has embarked on a tour of Bosnia com— plete with Combat 95 steel helmet and tool box plus an assortment of horse shoes. For the RAO Staff and clerks it was busy as usual. W02 O’Daly went adventure training to Wales whilst two soldiers from the Squadron got married! N0 things haven’t gone wrong. Our Squadron Clerk, LSgt Hand married SCpl Hunter RHG/D at the Guards Chapel. We wish them well in their new life together.

WO2{ROMS) Nicholson and Ma] Kel/y, HQ Sqn LC/r. prepare for the Handy Hunter.

SCpl Hunter and LSgt Hand after their man/age at the Guards Chape/

The Tailors Shop had a new arrival in Tpr Stevens in February replacing LCpl Feet in April. The Master Tailor and LCoH Slingsby were members of the winning Tug-of-War team at Summer Camp and most importantly the Master Tailor has recently become one of the big names in the goat showing world, there is also a rumour that he may be starring in a remake of the Sound of Music.

Lt Col Cornd present/rig Long Servrce Medals to Sgt Fo/chowsm, LCOH Dutton and LCp/ Mather

Last but not least the Quartermasters Department have again had a busy year demanding and supplying for the Regi— ment. CoH Hadden has recently gone onto the Long Service List and the present WOZ (RQMC) Nicholson is about to leave to be replaced by WOZ Burns who is at present on his RQs Course. In all a busy but successful year for HQ Squadron, all hoping that 1997 will see similar if not better results for the year.

LSgt Hand AGC and LCp/ Young LG at the start of the Handy Hunter.

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The ceremonial season was a full one, with the Major General’s Parade the first parade ofthe year. This was closely followed by a State Visit for the President of France. The Queen’s Birthday parade in June, was then followed by the Garter Service. The President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, came in July for which was to be one of the biggest state visits ever.

The 19th of May was Cavalry Sunday q

and Mess members attended a parade, then met up later in the Mess, to talk over old times with the veterans. On the 15th June many Mess members participated in the Queen’s Birthday Parade, where the colour was “trooped”

by the Irish Guards. A buffet lunch was laid on in the Mess. We then started the first of the Summer Leave periods and on the 24 July the Regiment moved to summer camp preparing for a visit by The Queen, on 2nd of Aug. The Queen visited the stable lines and then the Mess. Before leaving the whole Regiment had a photo with Her Majesty. After camp the State Opening of Parliament was to be the next big parade ofthe year, this was to be all hands to the pumps due to the turnout required. The Lord Mayor’s Parade and the Ceno— taph Parade finished off the year’s ceremonial season. The WOs‘ and SCp/s‘ p/cn/c breakfast at Summe/ Camp

FLCoH Lawson, FLCp/s McGregor and Carrol

On the social side, the year began with the new year’s dinner, which was held after the Christmas Leave period on the 12th January 1996. This was a huge success with many sore heads the next day. The Mess then became Madison Square Gardens for the evening as the ABA Amateur Boxing Association Champi— onships were held in the Gym. On the 14 of February the Mess held the Valentine disco, this again was a success. The Regiment also had a visit from the Deputy Commander Land who addressed the Mess. In April the Mess had its annual Sum— mer Ball, organised by SCM Willacy RHG/D, this was attended by over 400 mess members and guests. He called this the Passchendaele Ball, he then commented on how all had enjoyed their red

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we hosted a farewell dinner to the Riding Master Maj D McGregor. The Adjutant General, General Sir Michael Rose visited the Regiment, on 10th September. The let of September saw a German night organised by SCpl Mills the Master Saddler. This was a very entertaining evening with too many mess members drinking applekorn, eating bratwurst and suffering the following day. The Commanding Officer Lt Col WT Browne was dined out on the 25th Octo» ber. On the 16th of Nov Farrier Major G A Wright and his committee organised a ‘War to War’ Function; this was an 8 course meal, each course representing a different War. The Mess Staff and Chefs did the Mess proud with such a varied


‘ decor, On the 18th of

May the Mess hosted a dinner for the Blues ' and Royals Associa. tion which was attended by the Colonel of the Regiment General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick.

On the 30th of Nov the Mess will be dining out the Regimental Corporal Major D Pickard, LG, leading onto the Christmas Ball on the 7th of Dec with around 250 Mess members attending. The Wives will be having their Christmas Dinner on the 14th Dec and we will be hosting the Brick Hanging on the 17th of Dec.

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Return of the Regi— ' ment from camp. On ' I the 7th of September

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The Musical Ride by Captain G WHowson, The Life Guards he Musical Ride formed up in March and, after selection, began to train for its first engagement at the

Royal Windsor Horse Show in May. This was a hard show for both men and horses as there was a long hack to the Showground from Combermere Barracks each day. We were honoured by the presence of Her Majesty The Queen at the penultimate performance and

reports have it that she was delighted with the display. After Windsor, the ride disappeared back in to the troops in order to prepare for the Silly Season and did not reform until the end of June. In the meanwhile, the ride said farewell to

the outgoing Riding Master, Major D McGregor, and welcomed from Melton Mowbray the redoubtable Major 1 Sanderson. His first show as RM came at the end of June at the Wirral Show. The ride has been there for several years running but 1996 will be the last as the sponsors are finishing. They did, however, throw a fabulous party, principally for the ride, which was a great success.

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inside the marquee and it could not have worked better, despite some early apprehension. From Hampshire it was a 3 0’ clock reveille in order to make the long journey to Wales for the Royal Welsh

The next commitment for the ride was

Agricultural Show at Builth Wells. Sev-

the Fordingbridge Show for the first time. It is a one day show which is very demanding for both men and horses since it involves much travelling as well as the performance. The show organisers achieved a daring feat of architecture by turning a marquee into a stable. They simply fixed up a hitching rail

eral members of the ride were able to indulge in their favourite sport in the

The ride also performed at the Summer Camp Open Day and from there deployed straight to Shropshire for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which is a bigger show than its title might imply. The ride was received extremely well and Tpr Abbott was able to assert him— self as champion tent racer, by climbing possibly the biggest marquee ever!

small hours by taking part in a spot of tent racing. This involves climbing up the guys , over the roof and down again but also can result, as in this case, in catastrophic damage to the tent.

One of the biggest highlights ofthe year was a trip to Jersey in the Channel Islands. It was the first time that the ride had been there and they took the

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island and islanders by storm. The press atten— tion was staggering with articles in almost every daily paper and interviews with Captain T E G Kenyon were keenly sought by the paparazzi. The Riding Master, CoH Bridges, LCoH McGarry, Tprs Idden and Taylor even took part in a fashion show in the presence of the Silver Stick, who was heard to mutter that he thought


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The Band Of The Blues and Royals he regimental band has had another very busy year. This began in early January with a build up and preparation for our Kneller Hall Inspection. This is a formal inspection carried out by the Inspectors of Army Music Colonel T P Hoggarth who is the Commandant of Kneller Hall and Lieutenant Colonel C J Ross the Principal Director of Music for the army. The inspection took place at Hyde Park Barracks on the morning Friday 29 March, and fortunately we were blessed with a fine morning for the first phase, which was the inspection of the mounted band in full ceremonial order, followed by a short mounted musical display. There then followed a quick change into playing out order for the indoor phase which took the form of a concert. This was very well attended by members Of the regiment and their families and we were honoured by the

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presence of the Colonel of the Regiment, General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. The overall support of the regiment played no small part in the band achieving a high grade of excellence, who are to be congratulated on a job well done. The usual round of ceremonial duties followed with the Major General’s Inspection, Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade and the Queen’s Birthday Parade This years Trooping was to be the last for Major Bob Garrity, Director of Music who retires in April 1998.

Combined Household Cavalry Band on Horse Gua/ds.

The Massed Bands of the Household Cavalry were fortunate to be invited to take centre stage at this years Cup Final at the Wembley Stadium between Manchester United -v» Liverpool. The atmosphere was terrific and the band responded with magnificent playing.

There was no shortage of bag carriers from the regiment and some ofthe lucky ones were able to see the match for free. w


The band finished Off the ceremonial season by performing mounted on the Lord Mayor’s Show, again the weather was with us, but bitterly cold.

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appointment and his wife Mandy for producing a -' bouncing baby boy, James on the 7 September 1996 and we wish them well. We would also like to welcome new members tO the band; Musn Stroud, Musn Ravenscroft, Musn Pithers, Musn Bishop and Musn ‘ Andrews.

= Once again this has been a very successful year for the Regimental Band maintaining the very highest standards of the House- . hold Cavalry.





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Winter Training Troop Captain EHD Andrewes RHG/D

Yet another extremely busy year for the Household Cavalry Training Wing, with a total of seven rides passing out in khaki. The training program has now been revised and this brings phase 2 training to a total of 17 weeks includ— ing the kit ride.

he 1995/1996 has been a season of


great change with both members of the Household Cavalry and Foot Guard

Regiments hunting from the Household Division Winter Training Troop.

Household Cavalry and Foot Guard Winter Training Troops which was set

up in order to streamline the two exist-

Early in the year the Training Wing hosted the Regimental Showjumping Competition with visitors from other units competing as well. The weekend was a tremendous success and all credit must go to W02 (SCM) Haywood and his team for not only organising the competition but also for obtaining the excellent sponsorship for it. As usual Summer Camp was the highlight of the year, and this year more so with the visit of The Queen. The senior ride passed out of khaki in front of Her Majesty and all members of the ride were presented to her afterwards The annual visit to the beach was completed with relative safety, the only casualty being the rides officer Captain AD Dick who got bucked off in four feet of water. The beach visit ended with a well earned bar—b-que that was almost not lit by the intrepid duo of SCpl (SQMC) Coles and CoH Brooke , who had to rely on passers by donating large amounts of matches! The ceremonial season saw the Training Wing moving to London on a number of

occasions to help with band turnouts. As it appears that this will be a regular activity in the near future, the perma-

nent staff have made themselves a prop— er office in Four Troop LG and now call it our second home.


Troop is an amalgamation of the former

ing organisations. The amalgamation has been a resounding success allowing for members of the Household Cavalry to hunt Foot Guard horses and vice versa as well as producing much more efficient usage of the joint subscriptions to the respective hunts. During the 1995/1996 hunting season Household Cavalry Officers enjoyed a total of 121 days hunting in Leicester— shire with the Other Ranks from House— hold Cavalry getting out on 68 separate occasions. It is worth noting that Other Ranks hunt free of charge due to the subscriptions paid directly by the Officers or from the Serving Officers’ Trusts. As well as hunting in Leicestershire Captain J R D Barnard organised a total of 40 days hunting for Officers and

The Tram/Hg Wing going SW/mm/ng at Ho/k/iam Beach

Other Ranks from London with a vari— The Coach Troop, under the effective guidance of CoH Mitchell have contin— ued to compete with the park drag, with success at three shows where they were placed. The troop has also worked at various weddings and of course during the week of Royal Ascot. During the year we have bade farewell to W02 (SCM) Tierney who goes to ATDU as RSMI in early 1997. Earlier in 1996 SCpl (SQMC) Henney left the

The Queen inspecting the Khaki Pass Out at Summer Camp.

army and is now working in the recruiting field. CoH Peat left us to return to the armoured regiment. We welcome W02 (SCM) Godson, SCpl (SQMC) Coles and CoH Brooke who replace them.

ety of packs including the Heythrop, Royal Artillery, New Forest, South and West Wilts and the Bicester. These days proved thoroughly enjoyable and both soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry were welcomed with open arms by all hunts (despite the havoc which was sometimes wreakedl). Subscriptions in Leicestershire for the 1995/1996 season consisted of 4 places on a Monday and Friday with the Quorn and 4 places with the Belvoir on a

The Tram/rig W/ng prepare for a Dr/ll Pass Off


Wednesday and a Saturday.

It was

decided at the Household Division Annual General Meeting that the 4 places on a Wednesday with the Belvoir

should be exchanged for 4 places on a Tuesday with the Cottesmore thus ensuring a more even spread of hunting between the three Leicestershire packs. Whilst it has been sad not to hunt in the Wednesday country, which provides some prime Leicestershire pasture and hedges, Tuesdays with the Cottesmore have proved to be extremely popular and enjoyable. As well as providing good sport for the

hUman members of the Household Cav-

Counr/y Us Team Chase. L to Fr: Capt Barnard, Maj M/m‘oro' Slade. Co/ Rogers, Maj Cowan.

alry hunting still remains an important part in the development of its equine folk. Often horses come back from the welcome break of a winter in Melton more mature and stronger. A good example of this from the 1995/1996 sea» son is Tadcaster. He is a big, good looking horse who had been earmarked as a potential Charger for the Commanding Officer however proved to be too flighty and unsteady on parade. He became more manageable and improved steadily throughout the hunting season and on returning to London completed a full ceremonial season as a reliable charger. Usk, Una, Utah and Umpteen are all young horses who have come on leaps and bounds during this season’s Winter Training.

MFH. The course road extremely well and all 28 starters managed to finish... some quicker than others! Simon Sporborg was the outright winner with Captain A D Dick finishing as the first Officer on a black and first Blue and Royal with Captain] R D Barnard taking

the Life Guard prize. After the race both spectators and competitors adjourned to Waltham village hall in order to cool off over a long lunch. It has been particularly encouraging to see the increase of interest in Hunting Capt Andrews on Mr L/IE/

As well as hunting the Winter Training Troop has been involved in a number of other equine activities. A Household Cavalry team won the army section at the Belvoir Team chase; Reveley finished 6th in the Melton Hunt Club Ride and members of the Troop have competed in hunter trial and show jumping competitions with varying degrees of success. 13 Household Cavalry Officers entered the Wessex Yeomanry Ride. Captain A D Dick finished 2nd and remarkably all

other Officers finished unscathedl. The Household Cavalry Race was held in early March over a 2 mile course between the villages of Stonesby and Saltby by kind permission of Mr Joey Newton

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amongst members of the Household Cavalry over the last few years and no

less than 26 Household Cavalry Officers have subscribed to the Household Divi-

sion Saddle Club for the 1996/1997 season. There can be no other sport on earth that manages to overcome the apa-

thy of 26 Household Cavalry Officers! I would still reiterate to anyone within the Regiments who is able to ride not to miss the chance of hunting in the most splendid of all country at such good value. Captain JH F Fuller will be taking over sometime in the New Year and he needs to be kept busy!

Some of you may have read a statement issued by Elliot Morley, the so called “Shadow Spokesperson for Animal Welfare” (a misnomer if ever I heard one), during November which threatened to ban all hunting on MOD horses and on MOD land. While hunting remains a legal sport it is outrageous to suggest that one group of the Armed Forces is allowed to partake in their own sport while another group is not purely because a particular section ofa political party does not agree with it. No distinction should be made between hunting on a MOD horse or playing cricket with

an MOD bat and similarly no distinc-

In the eventing world Lieutenant D E Hughes on Boo Radley was placed 9 times at Novice and Intermediate level with 2nd places at Tweseldown, Tythrop Park and Everdon. WOZ Haywood riding Ultra had a win at Larkhill and finished off the season by going extremely well at Tweseldown Three Day Event, in October. LCoH Hackman on Sunder— land was 2nd at Penton in an intermedi— ate class.

hold Cavalrymen in the team of four,

tion should be made between playing Rugby on an MOD owned pitch or hunting on an MOD training area. It is essential that all are aware of the lack of logic in Mr Morley’s proposal.



Equitation SCpl Boyd, The Blues and Royals he Regiment has had an excellent year again in the competition field, which started at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May at which Major D McGregor, SCpl Hunter and LCoH Hackman were second in the Queen Elizabeth Cup, beaten narrowly by the Defence Animal Centre team, which consisted of two Life Guards, WOZ Waygood and CoH Thompson. At the Royal Tournament Showiumping the Regiment had some fine results with LCOH Hackman qualifying Sunderland for the King’s and Queen’s Cups held at Earls Court in July. Tpr Arkley and

SCpl Boyd were both placed, on Opera and Traherne, in the Princess Anne Cup

and the Junior Derby. LCoH MacDon—

WOZ Waygood serving at the Defence Animal Centre has had an excellent year gaining 91 BHS points with wins at Lincoln on Fly By Night and 9th place at Windsor Three Day Event. He also recorded wins at Ragley Hall and Tidworth on Oracle.

ald riding Uttoxeter had an excellent

win in the Senior Derby over a large imposing course.

The International Military Event held this year in Rome consisted of2 House-

8CD.I Boyd ‘Z’anmere Poyai‘ Tournament, finished 4th,

which finished 2nd to the Italian team. Our members of the team were Lieutenant D E Hughes, WOZ Haywood and W02 Waygood. In October the Regiment was represent— ed at the Honourable Artillery Compa— ny’s showiumping competition at St John’s Wood. The team of LCoH Moore on Thunderbolt, LCoH Hackman on Sunderland, LCoH Hayes on Moonstone and Tpr Knaggs on Utopix swept the board, winning both the Team and the Top Score. Major I Sanderson having settled into his new job has recorded some excellent Dressage results, with a win at Willow Farm and placing at Invicta and Cobham Manor. We all look forward to 1997.

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On Exchange with The Royal Canadian Dragoons April 95 - August 96

cool down). The arctic was certainly interesting, and I will not forget refilling a stove at night, outside, in only silk underwear at -31. (Oddly enough, it was colder in Ontario a month later.)

by Captain A B Methven, The Life Guards I was minding my own business on the tundra, on radio watch for the squadron, when we first heard of what was to

“Variety” would best describe my last year and a half with the Dragoons. “Rather busy” would come a close sec-

become IFOR. On return to I’etwawawa

ond (curiously, for the Commanding Officer sent me to Canada to “have a holiday”), but then “fun” would not be very far behind, either. During my time on exchange I completed one and a bit tours in Bosnia, spent a summer preparing to join the American “rescue” of UNPROFOR, messed about in boats with the US Marine Corps in San Diego (Hoe-ah!) and went to the Arctic just to show that Canada still owns two million square miles of nothing. I can now claim to have had frostbite, been attacked by a shark (a docile over-sized dogfish might be nearer the mark), hunted caribou, gone ice fishing (definitely the most pointless activity known to man) and collected my share of boring Bosnia stories. To begin at the beginning. I landed at Split in balmy Croatian spring weather to join the RCD Battle Group for their last month with the UN in Visoko, just outside Sarajevo. I was somewhat surprised at the thoroughness with which we were searched for weapons by the large tooth— less ladies of Croatian Customs. After all, there was a war on, and we could see

bundles of rifles being carried through a side door straight past customs. I was then shown a map of Bosnia. The eight hour journey was described and I was suitably impressed until I looked at the scale and realised that the distance was less than Windsor to Melton Mowbray. My role, once I got up country, was to

take over from Captain S.].Rhodes»Stampa LG as a Battle Group Liaison Officer. Having tried very hard to get us arrested three times on my first day he returned to England and I floated around Bosnia for the rest ofthe month, “liaising” and waiting, like the rest of the Dragoons, to get out of the country before the biggest offensive since the last big offensive started literally on our doorstep. We left, the

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Cant Methvsn looking swab/y impressed as he receives some Luisa/tested adwce from an Air Force Four Star.

team (second hand from Saddam Hus— sein) had told them that by this stage they had nothing to lose by shelling the UN. After a spot of leave near the Michigan border, I found myselfin recce Sqn. This lasted barely two weeks before Canada announced a contribution to the UNPROFOR extraction plan, and I found myself in a scratch Brigade Armoured Car Sqn. Four months of intensive training folllowed, culminating in a month long exercise in New Brunswick. Using the collective experi» ence of Bosnia and Somalia, the Sqn carried out a very effective work»up, having succesfully guessed and trained for likely scenarios. Unbeknown to us, it was also to stand us in good stead when the bulk of the Sqn was deployed with IFOR three months later. We were rather relieved that this original rescue plan was not called as we discovered later that some staff officer had volunteered our Brigade to do a disproportionate amount of the dirty work for any American involve—


French Canadians moved in and within

In the middle of all this I dashed off to

days they were hostages in their own camp, mined in by the BiH (whose peo-

San Diego as an observer on a fortnight’s amphibious exercise. There followed much splashing about in the Pacific in Zodiac inflatables, Boston Whalers, land» ing craft and LVTP7 (an amphibious

ple had been the main recipients of our aid) whilst the odd round winged over-

head from the Bosnian Serbs whose PR


APC that can carry 30 men). We ran over a small shark whilst on a night navex in Zodiacs out in the Ocean. The unfortunate creature lost badly and it was only a day later that the instructor told me that it was a shark and not an oversized goldfish which had been mangled by the props. All in all, “shark attack” was rather an over-rated experience. The visit finished with some sea time on the USS Duluth (similar to Fearless) before we landed by CH—46 helicopter in the hills of camp Pendleton. After patrolling in unpleasant heat for several days we moved to the ranges to fire the USMC M40 sniper rifle and watch the mortars marking targets for F—18s. The Marine Corps were very professional and frighteningly enthusiastic. At times it was embarassing to find them deferring their experiences in Vietnam, the Gulf, Pana-

we found that the squadron had ben reorganised yet again, but that most of the key players had stayed the same. A hectic Christmas and New Year followed as we tried to re»gather the kit which we had accumulated and given away again in the summer. We carried out refresher train— ing in —30 as though we were in temperate Europe and found that Goretex boots do freeze like planks of wood at that temperature. We learnt that we were to meet our APCs on the way over and our armoured cars actually in Bosnia. These were Cougars, with six wheels and a power traverse Scorpion 76 turret. Our deployment date was moved steadily up until what had been four weeks of leisurely training and leave became, “you fly on Friday”. Travelling by Hercules from Ontario we landed in Split and moved up country to the Bihac pocket in NW Bosnia. Having arrived to sunshine and warm weather, the snow soon set in again and was to continue until mid—April. (six months of winter —oh boy!) Initially the

Omarska concentration camp and we found ourselves eo—opted by some US Navy SEALs into taking Admiral Smith (Commander IFOR) to see for himself. Thus, with a friendly half battery of A890 which we had invited along to play, some very pumped Canadians led the American Admiral into the hitherto inaccessible Serb death camp. The guards, faced for the first time with fire power to back the demand for entrance, did not obstruct us and COMIFOR toured first the camp and then the strip mining com— plex at Ljubija itself which was the major suspected mass grave site. This set the tone for the rest of the six months. We did not own any real estate to guard. Rather we were the Brigade Com~ mander’s fire brigade. Wherever something was going on, a troop or more would be sent there. This meant that the soldiers were always on their toes and got to do real recce “stuf ” the whole time.

Captain AB Methven LG takes his B/son APC for a walk at HO 2CAMNB Coral/Ci, Bosnia.

even in our final week, so I was somewhat surprised to be told on my return to England of what a boring time I had had.

By the end of the tour the Brigade and especially the Squadron had to called off twice for being too aggressive when seizing illegal weapons, which was an unusual position for your average Canadian sol— dier. A typical Cougar covered 10,000 miles, patrolling all over the brigade area, the A vehicle fleet total mileage was almost one third of a million. Things were busy right up to the day of our departure, with warnigs of alert-state—red

I flew back to some well earned (?!) leave in Canada and the States (New Orleans is well worth a visit) before finishing my tour. As probably the last exchange offficer, owing to cuts, I must regret the passing of what has been a quite excellent exchange in recent years. One can only hope that the connection between The Household Cavalry and the Royal Canadian Dragoons remains

Exercise Cockney Hanghigh 9-23 June 1996 by Captain A ] Mayhem, The Blues and Royals xereise Cockney Hanghigh was D Squadron’s expedition to the British Forces Alpine Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre (BFAHPC) at Kranzegg (near Sonthofen) in Bavaria,

ma and Grenada to my month ofbluffing

South Germany. We intended to learn

in Bosnia.

all about the delights of paragliding, or

the fine art of running off the side of a Back in Canada I found myself co—opted into the Biathlon team. The snow arrived early and so we would go for long runs in temperatures of -20 degrees C. My lungs are, alas, not designed for such activity and it was not long before I was walking about with the feeling that there was a steel band around my chest. Mercifully I was excused any more of this for a while as I was sent north of 60 where, although colder, the last thing one does is run (or

squadron patrolled along the ceasefire

line near Ljubija. Our patch included the

mountain with a paraglider. A paraglid~ er for those not in the know looks simi— lar to a parachute but is constructed dif— ferently, in that it is markedly less Porous, which allows greater ‘airtime’ and much longer distances to be trav-

elled. In theory and with plenty of prac» tice it is possible to attain altitudes of hundreds of feet and float around in warm winds for as long as you like.

It was therefore with wild dreams of catching hugh thermals and soaring “with wings as eagles” that the expedition assembled on the parade square for the prompt departure time of 2100 hrs on 9 June. With true military precision we managed to leave by 2145. We were delayed by Tpr Attwood who eventually turned up looking mildly shaken after just surviving a near—death 120 mph rear-wheel blow out on his motorbike as he raced back to barracks to join the expedition.

On the Channel crossing celebratory drinks were served (naturally) to toast the beginning of our endeavours. Of course a mere half hour after leaving Calais we had the misfortune to pull up

next to a Belgium canal into which Tpr Cullen quickly disappeared. He was given a helping hand by a grinning Tpr Trencher who was luckily nearby to rescue him from the murky waters. Eleven forgettable hours later we arrived at the BFAHPC (BerghofRiesen) to be greeted by Mick Maloney MBE the creator of British Army paragliding. For the novice paraglider the most important aspects of the sport are the launch and the landing. These we were to practice almost ad infinitum over the next week progressing to successively steeper and bigger slopes. However, in order to minimize the damage we could do to ourselves and the kit (at upwards of £1500 for each paraglider, accidents

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could prove expensive) we began with an introduction to the launch technique on the baby slope next to our new home.

erstwhile dentist) was notably successful, being slightly lighter than the rest of us.

By mid-afternoon of our first day most of us could inflate the glider and bring it to the correct position directly above our heads. Keeping it balanced there as we began to run downhill would prove to be slightly harder as we were to find out.

A thunderstorm struck in the middle of the night bringing with it bad weather that prevented us from flying the fol— lowing day. A trip to the American PX at Garmisch was arranged, but not

The next day we moved to the first of our training slopes on a small verdant

foot-hill 45 minutes from home. With spectacular views onto dark-green stands of pine forest, rolling pastures, lakes and the snow-covered peaks of the Allgau Alps we began to try and break

free of gravity’s tenacious hold. We were looking for lift and the only way to create this with the paraglider was to rush headlong down the hillside (this forward momentum rams air into the canopy giving it the characteristic aeroplane wing shape which we all know is designed to create lift when air passes over it at a certain speed). The problem was that the glider had an annoying and very frustrating tendency to collapse left or right at any time. To launch properly this obviously could not happen. How—

before lectures on the theory of flight, air flow, air law and landing priorities. Relieved to finally escape the classroom and after a lot of bimbling around Garmisch trying to find the obscurely located PX, tax-free purchases were hap~ pily made. LCoH Findell was particularly pleased with his Aloe Vera which he used to sooth his sun-burns from the day before. Over the next three days the weather held, the sun blazed and the tempera— ture did not drop from 25 degrees centi— grade until after 10 o’clock at night. We continuously toiled up and down training slope number 2 to which we had by now progressed and from which we extended our little hops to jumps with considerable air—time. But there were a few bumps, scratches, and scrapes (plus a minor electrocution) along the way.

ever, little by little as we practised manipulating the directional toggles, changing our speed and position under the canopy we gained more control over the wilful glider. By the end of the day some of us even managed a few small hops into the air. Captain Gayer (our

Tpr Hartshorn started it all off with a superb face—plant. LCpl Adams narrowly missed losing a precious part of his anatomy when he vaulted a barbed-wire fence to end up sprawled over a small wooden hut that moved into his flight

path. Tpr Bennett had a mid-air canopy collapse, bumped to the ground, tripped over a rock, somersaulted four times and ended tip out of commission for 3 days with strained tendons in his shoulder. Tpr Moffat tangled himself up in a cat~ tle fence on landing and went into a puppet-on-strings routine as the pulsing electrical current entered through his mouth (he extracted quickly). Para training proved to be of little advantage to those warriors who had their wings. LCoH Trinnick had to run extra fast to fly his statuesque build half of the distance of the rest of us, and Tpr Trencher had a unusually natural ten— dency to pull left when the instructor was shouting ‘pull right’ and Vice—versa. He twice ended up in the trees as a con— sequence of this confusion. Tpr Cullen was as light as a feather so flew double the distance of the rest of us, and LCpl Haresign (‘Harry the Eagle’) barely flew at all (Lean forwardl). Lieutenant May— hew was pretty good all round (really) and led from the front by performing the most jumps in a day.

a mountain flight (even the Eagle). And so we sat at the top of Mittag (a nearby mountain 800m high) and waited for the wind to drop. It didn’t. The weather

broke, Closed in and put paid to any hope of flying for the remaining 4 days. It was a big disappointment, but we

improvised. We mountain biked through the beautiful local countryside (The Sound of Music was filmed in the area); went on a couple of excursions to Aquaria, a local water world complex; sat through more lectures on air safety, flight theory part 2, and the weather; drove along dramat— ic mountain passes on our way to shoot the rapids of the river Inns in Austria, where borders were repelled and everybody ended up in the river (still very cold from the ice melt); had a smashing time in Sonthofen and became naviga—

tionally embarrassed (briefly) on the way back; watched Euro ‘96; sat and passed the end of course exam and each received a basic paragliding license; did not go to the Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang castle (Lieutenant Mayhew was out— voted); peeled spuds for supper, pan bashed and of course did the block jobs. On our last night we took Billy and Ian out for a sumptuous feast of typical German fare at the Englebrau. Miraculously everybody made if back up the extremely dark and steep lane to

Berghof Riesen from Sugar’s Bar down in the village, where the revelry had continued after dinner. It was a good way to end a demanding but enjoyable expedition. And we were all looking forward to 10 days down on the Plain when we returned to good ol’ Blighty!

Exercise Red Stripe Billy and Ian our instructors taught us with magnificent patience. They never shouted, swore, got irritated or became frustrated at our hair raising antics. Their good humour knew no bounds, their professionalism was undisputable and their faith in us was so extraordinary that by the sixth day of training they felt confident we could all attempt

by LCoH Wélsh S R, The Blues and Royals Exercise Red Stripe was a Foreign & Commonwealth Office sponsored,

to board British Airways flight 265 to Kingston, Jamaica.

minor unit, reciprocal training exercise between the UK and the Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) which ran over the period 1 - 31 May 1996.

A total of 20

individual attachments (IA’s) took part A day out on the River Inns (Austria).

and the aim of the exercise was to teach

There must have been a shortage of alcohol aboard the flight because there was none left by the time we reached Kingston; or it may just have been because 3 PARA were drinking as if their lives were depending on it”

a variety of subjects ranging from Armoured Reece to maintenance of sub— aqua equipment.

On arrival in Kingston the exercise party encountered a number oflogistical

obstacles such as immigration and transportation. However, we eventually were on our way. B Coy set off for the North Coast for Port Antonio and the remain— der went to the Liguanea Club which was to be their accommodation. On arrival at the Liguanea Club I soon realised that the remainder of the exercise party were to be split up further. A group of 4 which included myself were

The tra/nmg area at Monegue North Jamaica.

The exercise was divided into 4 phases : deployment,



R&R and

return to UK.

My own task on the exercise, over the 3 week period, was to train a group of 20 pupils in some of the arts of armoured

recce. Phase 1, the deployment, began with a trip to Dover, which is the home of B Coy 3 PARA who were to be the main body of the exercise group. It was at Dover that all the pre-exercise adminis— tration took place. During Phase 1 the

IA’s were able to get to know each other, and after a night in Dover we were transported by coach to Gatwick Airport

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of fog. Once the fog lifted ‘ we were able to appreciate the breathe taking scenery with its hilly terrain and lush jungle vegetation sparsely populated with farmers and local villagers. . Phase 2 of the exercise was the course. I was given a group of 20 pupils to teach. Due to the pupils lack of experience in Armoured .. Recce and the amount ofthe ‘ group, I decided to split them into 2 groups and run 2 mirror courses.

.7 a» LCoH Welsh a! the base of Dunn River Falls.

to stay over night at the Club and then the following morning to go inland to be located at the National Training Camp at Monegue. The next morning we were due to be picked up at 10am. This gave us the first chance to hear the famous Jamaican saying which is “Soon Come”. This could mean anything from 5 mins to 7 hrs and we were eventually picked up at 5pm, arriving in Monegue at 9pm. The next morning we awoke to a blanket

7st Course of me EXE’CJSE‘. LCcl-l Welsh. seated central/y.

On the first morning the pupils arrived late, which is normal in the JDF,. This is a big problem with the JDF who seem to hold no great importance in punctuality. This was to be my biggest problem on the courses that I ran. The pupils were, however, very conscientious and very keen to learn as much knowledge as I could pass on, such as escort drills, counter ambush and anti heli borne drills. All subjects were absorbed very well. During the courses we managed to go on a Route Recce along the North Coast through the tourist area which gave me the opportunity to recce the location for the R&R, which was to take place at the end of the exercise.

The problems the JDF have with their V150 Armoured Vehicle is the expense. They do not have funds to pay for the upkeep of their own personal uniform let alone their vehicles. The other thing I noted that appeared to lower the students enthusiasm. was the thought that they may not get a chance to exercise their new found skills as elite recce troops. I discussed this matter with their Company Commander who said that he would make improvements. On phase 3 of the exercise I joined up with SSGT Shute (RE), CSGT Wood— croft (l STAFFORDS), SSgt Cooper for R&R. Maj Robinson, HQ Coy Commander helped by providing the transport. R&R included Marlin fishing, and drinking a few Red Stripe and Gin & Tonics at a friendly Canadian’s house overlooking Oracabessa.This was the home of Ian Fleming and also where my brother had been working . During our weeks’ R&R we all had a great time, but after a month in Jamaica, most were ready to head home to see our families. Phase 4, the return was also aboard a British Airways flight although this time everyone was a bit more subdued. In conclusion I feel that Red Stripe was a very worthwhile exercise for both the JDF and myself. It was a good opportunity for me to see how troops from a different country operate.

B squadron, The Yetis. . .in Norway by Captain S ] Rhodes—Stampa, The Life Guards t was with some trepidation that we

Iembarked for Northern Norway in early January. It wasn’t that we weren’t looking forward to it, quite the opposite, it Was just that any cavalry soldier worth his salt dislikes to be parted from his steed even for a short time. It had also been some time since the Regiment had

participated in arctic training and none of us really knew what to expect, despite a very useful period of familiarisation training. Bardufoss is a small town which lies in the Bardu valley some 400 Kilometres inside the Arctic Circle. The region was settled comparatively early in Norwegian history by frontiersmen lured north by the promise of uninhabited, rich arable land and endless supplies of game. Although the population has grown, enormous tracts of land remain uninhabited and provide ideal areas for military training. The region is characterised by long interconnecting narrow valleys surrounded by towering mountains which rise suddenly from the valley floor. During January daylight is limited to about three hours a day, and this is ambient light reflected from the pole, rather than direct sunlight. It was during the dark hours that the Squadron arrived and were transported to the Mal— selvfossen Touristcenter which was to be our base throughout the deployment. Malselvfossen was built as a summer camp and is hired by the MOD every Winter for use by British Forces training in Norway. It consists of a large main building and a number of small chalets which provided comfortable, if slightly cramped, accommodation. It was certainly better than we had expected and having prepared for skiing familiarisa— tion the following day the Squadron settled down for the night, some no doubt dreaming of showing off their skiing prowess the following morning. Now I really don’t know what happens if you force a penguin to drink a bottle of Scotch, but I should think he would look like the majority of us did on the first skiing day. ‘Pussers Planks’ or mil— itary skis are a great leveller. The boots

and bindings are very different to those found on a normal ski and so even the experienced skiers found themselves in

trouble. Everyone spent some time flat on their faces or in interesting piles on the floor. The one or two professionals amongst us who didn’t fall over were

Snow drlvmg . B Squadron. C/S 29. Norway 7 996.

caught up in the general melee of arms, legs, sticks and skis and knocked down anyway. Worse than falling over was the so called ‘suicide’ or ‘Valentine stop’ which was to come in handy throughout the deployment. The general idea here was to ski into something solid, trees proved a favourite, hoping that it would hurt less than whatever one was about to fall into. Happily the Squadron got past this first obstacle without any serious injury and we soon progressed onto the Novice Ski and Survival Course. The Novice Ski and Survival course is mandatory for all British troops on a winter deployment. It lasts for about twelve days and teaches one basic sur— vival skills, like recognising a potential avalanche area by taking snow samples or building emergency shelters. At the same time the Royal Marine and Royal Netherlands Marine instructors taught skiing skills, starting with the basics of ‘diagonal gait’ and progressing through Christi’s, stem Christi’s, parallels and on to Telemark turns and stops. This went on throughout the week and on Satur» days the Squadron had the opportunity to show off their newly acquired skills on the Squadron ski race. The race was held every Saturday and started as a fairly gentle 5 kilometres. As our skiing skills improved so did the distance and all members of the Squadron competed with much enthusiasm. Once we had completed the NSSC we were able to go

out skiing in groups of three away from the watchful eyes of our skiing instructors. Having learnt how to survive in the Arctic, we then moved onto the Winter Warfare Course (WWC) to learn how to fight in the arctic. This course lasted for just over a week and culminated in an exercise involving the Squadron spliting into ski patrols to try to locate and attack the ski instructors, which was a resounding success. The Squadron also managed to fit in some small arms firing during this period at the Mauken Range Complex. Troops were given a ‘Stand to’ scenario and fired SA 80 on a challenging ETR range whilst on skis, with very creditable results. Following the WC the Squadron were given their vehicles back and there was much rejoicing. Despite some mechanical problems brought on by the cold weather, which both crews and REME worked hard to fix, the vehicles were in a fair condition for having been left idle throughout the first phase of the training. The first priority was to get some driving experience on the treacherous roads and deep snow, and although the CVRT were equipped with studded tracks, it was found that they skidded fairly easily if driven incorrectly. It is to the credit of the drivers of the Squadron A and B vehicles that we didn’t have a single Road Traffic Accident in the most hazardous conditions imaginable. A range period then followed at Blatinden

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dismounted ski OPs to monitor the enemy’s activities. The Norwegian Army kindly provided the enemy in the form of 2 Troops of Leopard tanks.The exercise was a great success and tested all of the Squadrons skills, both old and newly acquired.

Tpr Young contemplating conquests In‘ Norway Bosnia and America

Ranges. Despite poor visibility and several cold initiated stoppages, the firing progressed well, from single car engagements to Troop shoots. By the end of the range period all crews had adjusted to firing in the Arctic and were achieving creditable results. The vast majority of the Squadron also managed to fire ground mounted GPMG. The Guided Weapons Troop also fired Striker with excellent results. This was the first time that Striker had been fired in Norway and interest in the results was great. The last phase of the deployment was Exercise Northern Charger. The scenario was based on an amphibious operation by 3 Commando Brigade. As Brigade recce, the Squadron were to advance from the beachhead to locate

concentrations of enemy armour some way inland. Once identified, the enemy were to be destroyed using air and aviation with patrols co-ordinating the fire forward. Practically, the exercise involved a great deal of long distance movement by day and night, mounted and ski patrols to locate the enemy and B Squadron Gwdeo’ Weapon FIN/79. Nowvay.

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Several specific points are worthy of note. On the military training side the ice breaking drills and ski-orring both proved particularly interesting and were the cause of much hilarity. Ice breaking drills are designed to test the soldier’s metal and to give them some experience in what is a constant danger when oper— ating in the Arctic, particularly in CVRT. The Squadron cut a hole in the ice on the local river and then one by one skied into the hole wearing cam whites and carrying a bergen. It was a breathtaking experience with the tem-

perature a balmy - 20°C.

The British

Military Attache who had come to visit the Squadron no doubt went away having learnt some useful colourful expletives as he watched us splash about. The idea behind ski—orring is that a rope is attached to a BVZO6 oversnow vehicle and a patrol then holds onto the rope as the vehicle moves along. In theory this enables patrols to cover great distances at a decent speed with minimum effort. In practice the Squadron spent some time tied up in knots on the tow rope or

plastered to the back of the BV206 following a sudden stop. Once the soldiers had mastered the skills required, they were soon roaring around like old hands, tripping each other up and attaching the tow rope to some poor unfortunate’s feet for an impromptu ride. On the Visits side both Commandant General RM and the Commanding Officer enjoyed their visits enormously. The Squadron cooks laid on a veritable

feast for CGRM’s Visit which was well received. CGRM commented on the high level of training that the Squadron had achieved and was delighted to see CVRT on a Winter Deployment with the Brigade, after such a long absence. The Commanding Officer, being a keen ski mountaineer was in his element as soon as he arrived. He spent a busy few days with the Squadron skiing between groups, accompanied by the Squadron Leader and ski guru extraordinaire Major van der Lande, having a look at the ski training that was ongoing. The Squadron Second in Command had the privilege of spending the night with the Commanding Officer and Squadron Leader in a snow shelter and emerged early the next morning with a new understanding of Army doctrine and the Monty Python ‘Mr Hilter’ sketch. Overall B Squadron’s deployment was a great success thanks to the help that we received from the host nation, neighbouring units, particularly Clockwork Navy and the determination and drive of all of the troops deployed to Malselvfossen. We all learnt new lessons and improved on old skills to become a more effective and versatile subunit. Lastly, should anyone who reads this be tempted to ‘try their hand’ on a Winter Deployment then they might try the following to get a better idea of what it’s all about. Strap some floorboards to your feet, leave all windows and doors in your house open until the temperature has dropped to an unpleasant low. Then

turn off all lights and in your underwear try to negotiate your way over whatever furniture you may encounter whilst a friend belts you with a very large piece of wood. Ifthat doesn’t put you off then you may be made of the right stuff.

Tpr Grosvenor loads a Swing/ire missile, Norway 1996.

The Household Cavalry Safety Staff in BATUS 1995 by Lieutenant RR Philipson—Slow, The Blues and Royals. n arrival at Suffield l was met by W02 Lindsay LG (now RCM) who had already been in BATUS for one year

of exercises and had a further year to go. As Warrant Officer in charge of2 Group (armoured safety) the RCM was the man who would keep us all on the straight and narrow; Us being LCoH Henderson RHG/D, Tprs Zolleno LG, Costain, Salmon and Wall RHG/D and myself. The structure at BATUS has remained

the same for some time. Each aspect of the Battle Group going through the exercise package is alloted its own safety staff. For the armoured Regiments it is the 2 Group, the Infantry 3 Group, Artillery 4 Group and the list goes on all the way to the 8 Group, 9 Group being reserved for the “Grandes Fromages“. The BATUS year is split into six MEDMAN exercises which last for twentyfour days each. That in turn is split into two halves, a live firing exercise and a TESEX, both lasting twelve days. It is the safety staffs’ job to ensure that during the live firing phase the various parts of the battlegroup don’t kill or injure themselves or others. This is achieved by regulating each part of the exercise through movement, arcs of fire and training areas. During the TESEX phase safety staff are split up to manage the Battle Group units as well as units from OPFOR . W02 (now WONRCM» L/ndsay look/ng happy on Ms last Med/nan.

Tpr (now LCpl) Wal/ checking out one of [its ven/c/e s predecessors.

The TESEX is the grand finale, the mother of all TESEXs. The whole Battle Group from Land Rovers to Challengers are fitted with Saab DFWES equipment as well as every single man. Opposing them is an OPFOR that, come the end of their second MEDMAN exercise, are so proficient at their job they are very tough to beat. The OPFOR at the time was made up of two squadrons from 2 RTR, who manned recce and armoured OPFOR and were helped in the infantry role by different units each MEDMAN. BMPs were Spartans with mini turrets mounted to the rear, T80s were Scorpi— ons with drain pipes as barrels. All the OPFOR vehicles were transformed from their original design and appearance to resemble somewhat their new role. This at times brought complaints from the battlegroups about the size of Scorpions compared to T80s etc; this was usually after “loosing“ to the aforementioned OPFOR callsigns.

diers going to Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, skiing in Banff and the ultimate holiday in Cuba 1 Household Cavalry officers and soldiers have been on the safety staff at BATUS since it’s conception and continue to do so. W02 Carpenter RHG/D is now firmly set in place of the RCM as the new 2 Group Warrant Officer and no doubt more stories will come from him.

Ueutenant RP Phi/xpson-Stow RHG/D and Captain C [VIM/er RY fee/mg the effects of Hem/ngway‘s Ear, Havana. Cuba.

If all this sounds like hard work, it certainly was. Starts were invariably at 0400 hrs, safety being back in camp at 1900 hrs (if at all), for the duration of most of the exercise; culminating in five to six days on the prairie at the end of the live and TESEX phases. This meant that the breaks between MEDMAN exercises had to be enjoyed to the full, with sol-

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A Squadron were meanwhile working with the Paras on such diverse tasks as route recces, close protection, intimate support, helicopter recces, operational parachuting and the drop of a Scimitar

Exercise Purple Star by Captain A B Methven, The Life Guards.

on a High Stress Platform. Rapid air xercise PURPLE STAR was the Landings took place over this phase with plenty of praise being heaped on the Squadron. LCoH Gardner deserves a mention as “ the U Boat Commander”, having bogged his Scimitar in a swamp up to its hatches.

largest deployment of troops since

the Gulf War and involved the co-ordi— nation between the American Armed Forces, 5 (UK) Airborne Brigade and 3

Commando Brigade. The Regiments contribution was A Squadron, playing

with the Paras, B Squadron with the Observing the biggest parachute drop since Arnhem, B Squadron changed sides to play enemy with the Gurkhas. Over the following week there were

Commandos and a large slice of HQ Squadron and Regimental Headquar—



plenty of skirmishes. The Airborne After an entertaining if somewhat ardu— ous crossing of the Atlantic, with the usual share of fires in the engine room, pan diving, vehicle deck sentry and rub—

Brigade was eventually declared the winner although 1 PARA was almost wiped out by the Gurkhas, with a little help from a few Scimitars.

bish fatigues, the various elements of the Regiment arrived in Norfolk, Vir-

The exercise over, all enjoyed a little R&R in such glorious places as Myrtle beach and Charlottesville. Tans were

ginia. A Squadron started with familiarisation training with the 3rd/73rd US Cavalry, culminating in a 36 hour exercise where the squadron was able to show off the many skills possessed by medium recce

soldiers. They never, however, got to the bottom of the greeting and retort “Hoo— ah” which erupted from their hosts lips at all hours of the day and night. Lieu-

B Squadron, after a few days spent los— ing their sea legs in and around Norfolk, joined 42 and 45 Commando in simulating a build up to joint operations. This was split into two parts, FIBUA and a heliborne assault. This involved being

lifted by CH47 and CH53 helicopters,

cunningly gave the 3/73 Battalion’s echelon some opportunities to practice bug out drills after becoming geographically challenged.

which had a habit of ripping the bins off the vehicles. Quickly the squadron could rig and unrig the vehicles in under ten minutes, but one must always remember to let go of the helicopter, as LCpl Scott found out almost to his cost.

Leieune by road and air to prepare for the next phase of the exercise. For the duration 5 Airborne brigade were fortunate enough to be attached to A

Squadron under the leadership of Major S.H.Cowen The Blues and Royals. ln the North Carolina bush.

topped up and jet skiing and deep sea fishing were popular. A Squadron leader claimed he had “just lost an 8001b Blue Marlin” but one 9 oz mackerel suicidally swallowed his hook. Enoch Powell

once said “No battle is worth fighting except the last one” and the Regiment can vouch for that when applied to Purple Star.

RMaj M Rees Davies. WOT J S Holbrook ROM and Capt A C Lowe.

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The Squadron then proceeded to Fort

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A Son. Captain RS Hall LG and Tpr Ryan loading onto a C- 730 Hercules for a TALO

After a week on dry land the squadron returned to HMS Fearless, where conditions were somewhat less roomy than on the trans-Atlantic voyage. Two companies of Royal Marines were even

ensconced on the vehicle deck. After a week of convoy drills the squadron was ready to go over the beach. This entailed Guided Weapons Troop, l troop and Tiffy cross decking from the luxury of the Prince of Scandinavia onto less com— fortable landing craft before attempting av APPOINYMENY ro KM. QUEEN Etluesm n swonu CUVLERS thxmson SWORD no man wvcouae

to land in six feet of surf. As they neared the beach, Tpr Cock was picked to test the depth of the water. When only his helmet was left floating a new approach


was tried. This was more successful than the last attempt and definitely more so than those coming by helicopter. They landed safely but a tragic mid air colli— sion stopped all flying and the bulk of their vehicles had to follow later over the beachhead.

A Son. Major SH Cowen RHG/D and Tpr Ryan with Amer/can Forces at Camp Lejeune, N Carolina.

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tenant] S Holbrook. The first problem to become apparent was the distances which would have to be covered in order to patrol our area, particularly the town of Drvar which is a two hour drive from Glamoc. Having made contact with the HVO (Bosnian Croat Army), they lent us a house overlooking the town which we soon turned into a patrol base with accommodation for two troops. The remaining problem was how to communicate over such distances and varied terrain. This proved to be a continuous problem, but a rebro site was eventually found, after the route had been cleared of mines, at the top of Velika Sator, a 6000 foot mountain where 200 partisans

winter and they made the best of what they found. But there was still a lot of

C Squadron in Bosnia

work to be done to make the base com-

Operation Resolute, July 1996 - January 1997 by Major G M D McCullough, The Blues {‘9’ Royals Squadron deployed to Bosnia as part of the NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR) in early July, taking over from C Squadron The Light Dragoons who had deployed in January as an IFOR surge unit. Command was assumed on ~ 12 July, D+205 of the Dayton Peace agreement which had taken effect on 19 December to end the four year long conflict and lay the foundations for a return to normality: For most of the squadron, this was their second tour in Bosnia, the first having been spent as reinforcements for the other squadrons either in Zepce, Maglaj or Gornii Vakuf during 1994 1995. So for many, Bosnia was already a

fer, which decided the final Inter Entity Boundary Line (IEBL), had been hand» ed over to the respective entities and the armies of the Former Warring Factions (FWF) had been withdrawn to agreed cantonment sites. Our task was to enforce the Peace Agreement by monitoring FWF activity, controlling the carriage of weapons and facilitating aid to the civil community (known as GS work). This was achieved by presenting a high force profile with

vehicle and foot patrols and also by close liaison with the civilian and military authorities. We were also mandated to protect Persons of Designated Special Status which included the UN Interna— tional Police Task Force (IPTF) and the many Non Government Organisations (NGOs) which are distributing aid in the region. Despite the main military

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LCp/ Robson. LCp/ Bassett ALC‘OH Hemmmg and LCp/ Haywood fir/rig 30mm at Glamoc ranges

The ground elements of IFOR are organised as three Divisions commanded by the HQ ARRC in Sarajevo. The American led division is responsible for the north of the country based in Tuzla and is known as Multi National Division (North) (MND(N)). The French led division is responsible for the South East of the Country and is known as MND(SE), based in Mostar and the British led division responsible for the south west (and indeed the largest area) is known as MND(SW), based in Banja Luka. MND(SW) comprised two large Brigades; 5 Canadian Multi National Brigade which included the Queens Dragoon Guards and a Czech battle group and 1 UK Mechanised Brigade which included two British Battle Groups, a Malaysian Battle Group, a

Dutch Battle Group and C Squadron. In addition, the Division was supported by two batteries of AS 90 from 1 RHA and a battery of light guns from 7 Para RHA. The C Squadron AOR covers an area of approximately 2000 square KM stretching from Glamoc in the south to

the town of Tito Drvar in the north.

September and the supervision of train-

The international border with Croatia marked the south western boundary and the IEBL with Republika Srpska marks the north eastern boundary. The northern boundary with the Canadians was also the ethnic fault line with the Muslim area centred on Bihac and the southern boundary with the Malaysians cut a line through a large Bosnian Croat

ing and deployment by the FWFs.


time lines having passed, there were still a number of challenges to be met, notably the national elections in

had frozen to death in the winter of 1943. The SCM sprang into action and constructed an improvised shelter which served as a patrol base for the third operations troop. The Squadron operated a ten day cycle. Each troop spent six days at a time on patrol: including four days at Drvar and two days at the Rebro site from where they patrolled Bosansko Grahovo. They then spent two days in camp doing vehicle and personal maintenance and two days as the camp guard force/quick reaction force. The main tasks in Drvar were to carry out inspections of the HVO weapon holdings, to supervise their training and to monitor freedom of

pendence and also the invaluable hard

familiar environment and this made for a quicker settling in period, but the differences between a UN tour and a NATO tour could not be more apparent. Mem— ories of UNPROFOR days are marked by uncooperative and obstructive war— ring factions and the mere fact that the war was still in progress. This led some— times to a feeling of uselessness and frus— tration that we were unable to have a greater influence on the course of the war and plight of the innocent civilians caught up in it. But the Dayton Agreement turned the tables and gave us a strong mandate. By D+ZOS, most of the military time lines imposed by Dayton had already passed. The areas of trans—

fortable for our six month stay. SCM Fisher set to work immediately to transform the camp using any materials that came to hand. Tpr Brown 44 had been sent on a City and Guilds builders course prior to the tour and his new found expertise proved invaluable in making improvements. Within a week of our arrival, the announcement was made that we would be moving into the RHA camp on the other side of town. This decision was fought strongly by both the artillery and ourselves because although the camp was uncomfortable, we were Very keen to maintain our inde-

The ground can only be described as inhospitable. The terrain resembles the Highlands of Scotland, with the squadron base in Glamoc at 3000 feet above sea level and the squadron rebro

standing which surrounded the ware— house and was the envy of our neighbours. The battle to stay in place was won, although the future of the camp remained in doubt throughout the tour until the decision was finally made to close it on our departure. Thus no camp improvements were to be made by “the system” and hence we acquired the nick name “The Camp That Time Forgot”. The Squadron was organised into five sabre troops (including GW troop), SHQ, Admin troop and the LAD. In

station at 6000 feet which results in a

addition, a FOO party from 4/73 Special

sharp fall in temperature when climbing from the Adriatic coast. There is only one paved road through the area and a number of rough tracks, many of which are still mined after the war. The area was heavily fought over during Opera— tion Storm in the latter half of 1995 when the Croats captured it from the Serbs. It is historically a Serb area, thus the new population of hastily assembled Croat refugees from central Bosnia start— ed from scratch, rebuilding two of the three war damaged towns. The third; Bosansko Grahovo, had a pre war population of 5000 people, but is so badly damaged that only 200 people subsist there and it is unlikely that any work

OP Battery, a TACP party from 3 Com» mando Brigade and an Engineer recce section from 22 Engineer Regiment were under command. To make up the shortfall of soldiers in the squadron, one of the sabre troops came from 9/12 Lancers which was called Four Troop and five reservists were provided by the Scottish Transport Regiment to augment Admin Troop. The post of Admin Officer proved to be very useful to previous squadron in Bosnia and this was filled by the newly commissioned Lieu-

movement on the major routes. The HVO unit in Drvar is 1 Guards Brigade, one of only two regular brigades in the HVO. They number 3000 men (over half the population of the town) and are organised into three infantry battalions, a tank company, an artillery battery, an engineer troop and a recce platoon. These soldiers are far superior in quality to the HVO whom we had come across on previous tours. Their turn out and bearing is good and

Tpr Harvey, LCp/ Haywood and Tpr Jones 40 get cosy at the Heb/o Patrol Base 17-. .'-~ @- .‘l'i

their discipline is of a high standard. Maybe this is because they had just won a war. They aspire to being a professional army and they certainly respect our professionalism. Promotion prospects are obviously good in the HVO; the Brigadier commanding is only 28 years old and his boss at Divi« sion is 29! Both had been educated in Zagreb prior to Op Storm, probably by Americans judging by some of their habits. In general, the HVO are the most compliant of the three FWFs. The only instances of non-compliance which we encountered were either the result of misunderstandings of the complex agreement or shows of bravado by individual soldiers. The latter led to a number of confiscations of weapons in the street by patrolling troops. The most spectacular of these was made by Sgt Dent of Four Troop. He spotted an HVO soldier wearing a pistol in the high street and followed him into a bar. The bar was full of drunk HVO soldiers and when Sgt Dent attempted to confiscate the weapon, an argument ensued. Sgt Dent maintained a bold front and after much posturing, the weapon was handed over. This sort of incident usually resulted in the HVO soldier being heavily fined by his headquarters. The police were a different story alto— gether. Most west European democra— cies operate lightly or unarmed police forces with a ratio of one policeman to every 10000 people. The ratio in Bosnia is more like one policeman to 100 people and they operate a very strict regime, so Bosnia could now be described as a police state. Most policemen are recent— ly demobbed soldiers with no training in police work. Some professional policemen are working, but neither the Chief of Police nor the Head ofCriminal Investigations in Drvar have any trainTprs McWh/rter. Harrington, R/chards and LCOH Lawson.


will be done to rebuild it for a number of years. There are a number of isolated villages which are now deserted and many have been burned since the fighting stopped. C Squadron found its home in a disused potato warehouse just outside the town

of Glamoc. Glamoc had not escaped the fighting and we are still feeling the effects of interrupted water and electric— ity supply which the town’s 3000 inhab— itants bear stoically in typical Balkan fashion. The Light Dragoons had arrived during the worst of the previous

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Murder, arson, extortion and drug dealing are the most popular offences in our area and the police appear to have a quick detection rate when asked by the IPFT. Their suspects usually confess fairly quickly after interrogation, but whether they actually had anything to do with the crime is another matter. A legacy from pre \var communist days is that the police feel that they cannot carry out their job without permanent police check points on major routes. These had been removed in April, but a change in police chiefs saw their re-

emergence, so a squadron operation was mounted to forcibly remove the new check points with the help of a Foden recovery vehicle

, a... JVsI-ng‘ CoH Coleman on patrol in Dwar.

ing. The task of the IPTF is to monitor their activities and to advise them on modern West European police methods. The team responsible for Drvar and Bosansko Grahovo includes Americans, Germans, Russians, Portuguese, Jorda» nians and Egyptians, so a wide spectrum of experience and differing standards exist in the IPTF Our dealings with the police have been centred on ensuring that they guarantee Freedom of Movement as agreed at Dayton. A Croat policeman earns an average of 200 Deutch Marks a month, so it is not surprising that they supplement their income with illegal on the spot fines, particularly from Muslims at their traf— fic check points. This became a regular occurrence during the summer months and we were able to stamp it out by shadowing their patrols day and night. Crime is rampant in post war Bosnia. Tpr Jones ano‘ 7Troop In Drvar on Electron Day

Day to day patrolling could be mundane at times, but the operations cycle was frequently interrupted by events and specific operations directed by Brigade. Routine patrols yielded an average of one weapon confiscated per week, but some vigilant patrolling followed by quick reaction in the best traditions of recce soldiering produced some more spectacular results. One incident concerned an illegal convoy of Muslim soldiers (ABiH) which was known to be travelling from Tuzla in the north of the country, to Bihac in the extreme west, a distance of some 400 km. A call came from brigade one morning to all units to stop the convoy if sighted and to turn it around. As C Squadron is the western most unit in 1 UK Mech Brigade, we did not expect to get involved. However, the SQMC was carrying out a replen to Drvar in the afternoon and spotted the convoy moving through Bosansko Gra» hovo at about 1800 hrs. This was report— ed to Brigade who confirmed that the convoy had been stopped by the Dutch but had been allowed to continue after the convoy commander had lied about permission that he had been given by the Americans to move. We were told to stop them and turn them around. Four troop were dispatched immediately to intercept the convoy before it reached Drvar. We got into position just in time and were able to stop the 8 buses and military police escort. An argument ensued; they genuinely thought that they had authorisation but they had no paper work. They were only 60 KM from their destination, so the thought of returning was out of the question for them. To complicate matters, a crowd of hostile Croats began to gather as a traffic jam formed. The convoy was moved to an area where they could get off the road and GW Troop was tasked to set up a road block on the north side of town to

stop any inquisitive Croats becoming involved. A further complication was the arrival of General Dudakovic, the hero of Bihac and commander of S Corps BiH. He had been returning from Sarajevo and had become caught up in the convoy. He was most put out that his men had been stopped and told the squadron leader that General Kiszely would get to hear about how the ABiH was being victimised! He was given one hour to make some phone calls to arrange for fuel to be provided to get them back to Tuzla. He told us that the convoy would be going to Bihac as he

sped off in a cloud of dust. In fact he returned an hour later, a little the worse for drink and gave his own men a massive dressing down before ordering them to turn round, which they did, escorted by 4 Troop. By this stage, the ops officer had organised a co—ord point on our boundary manned by the Corpo~ ral Major and the Malaysians and the convoy was handed over to their escort. The election was a tense time and much preparation had been put in by the troops recceing potential polling sta— tions and making security arrangements for what could have been a serious movement of opposing entities across the various boundaries. It was two days before the election that GW Troop came across a convoy of ABiH special forces in Bosnansko Grahovo. They were travelling to Bihac from Sarajevo, probably to disrupt a campaign rally being held by a government opponent. They were certainly prepared for trouble as they were armed with ten MP 5 sub machine guns, ten AK 47 rifles, a G3 rifle and several grenades. These were duly confiscated by the troop and again the con— voy was sent back. Election day itself was rather an anti—climax throughout the country, mainly due to the postpone— ment of the municipal level of the elections. The whole squadron moved to Drvar for two days, but rather than the 6000 Serb former residents which had been expected, a rather meagre 200 turned up in buses, bewildered to find empty streets as they had been corralled away from the Croat population in a joint operation with the civilian police. Visits by Displaced Persons (DPs) across the IEBL in either direction was the most frequent cause of trouble in Bosnia in 1996. The most important clause of the Dayton agreement was that which guaranteed Freedom of Movement for all. But such is the hatred and mistrust which lingers a year after the cessation of hostilities that few DPs are willing to

risk visiting their former homes. Visits which have taken place, particularly in MDN(N), have ended in violence. The

position of IFOR is difficult in that we are seen as the upholders ofDayton, and therefore the concept of freedom of movement, but we are not responsible for the security of civilians. That is the responsibility of the police force of the hosting entity and none of the entities are particularly good hosts to each other. One of the biggest DP visits in MND(SW) area during the past six months was to Drvar. An association of former Serb residents of Drvar had been set up in Banja Luka led by Milo Marceta. His aim was to organise visits to Drvar with the intention of eventually moving back to their former homes. But he did not have the backing of the Serb authorities who were keen to formalise the IEBL as an International border and are not keen to allow Serbs to return to Federation territory. No one could stop Marceta from visiting Drvar, but he was advised against it by IFOR Liaison Offi— cers in Banja Luka and by UNHCR offi— cials whose responsibility it is to co— ordinate DP visits. The Squadron Leader had warned the Chief of Police and the Mayor of Drvar that the visit would take place, but both men are par— ticularly anti Serb and warned of violence if the Serbs entered the town. They didn’t actually threaten violence themselves, but they refused to be held responsible for the safety of the DPs. On the day of the visit, we had been told by Brigade to keep a low profile and to

let the IPTF lead. We were to force the convoy across the IEBL but we were

told not to force them into town if a crowd had developed. Two hundred DPs were expected by UNHCR, but when the buses arrived at the IEBL, there were more like six hundred people, mainly middle aged and elderly men and women, crammed on the buses. It is always amazing to see people travel in this country. Every journey is an occasion, and vast picnics are produced, much Slivonic plum brandy is drunk and the reek of the rather distinctive local cigarettes collects in a trailing mist. The plan went like clockwork. Marceta Was told at the IEBL that the inhabi— tants of the town were likely to give him a hostile welcome and that we could not guarantee his security but he was determined to carry on. He was strikingly earnest and well intentioned, his only desire to visit his home. The convoy was stopped at a track jttnction about 16

KM from the town by two policemen who were quickly joined by more. It was

very difficult to stand by and watch this going on, but we had been specifically told not to get involved. The Chief of Police arrived and so did the deputy Mayor and a number of municipal offi— cials. Quite a crowd gathered, the Serbs got off the buses and the negotiations began. Eventually, Brigadier Plummer, Commander I Mech Brigade arrived and it became obvious that we would have to become more involved. CoH Coleman in Drvar had reported a large crowd gathering with the intention of driving the Serbs back. So he was tasked to set up a road block to prevent more Croats from joining the incident. Lieutenant Swetman and LCoH Pickford provided security with their section at the track junction and Two troop was tasked to move from the rebro to provide a reserve. After much cursing and shak— ing of fists and idle threats, the Serbs decided to turn back. The disappointed passengers had spent six hours by the side of the road and faced another four hours in the crowded buses on appalling roads to Banja Luka, but they will try again until they succeed; the desire to return home is passionate and is really beyond our comprehension. The Croats had scored a hollow victory; the police and the municipal officials had behaved dreadfully, like gangsters, but no worse than their counter parts in Republika Srpska. A particularly vindictive reaction to the return of DPS was the systematic destruction of empty homes. This took place on both sides of the IEBL and was aimed at discouraging the return of DPs by dynamiting or burning their former homes. This practice was at its height in early November and during one weekend, there were 80 homes burning in our AOR. This prompted a brigade operation called COMET, the aim of which was to watch likely target areas with covert observation posts and then prompt the local police through the IPTF to do something about it. C Squadron manned three covert OPS, two of which were dismounted, commanded by Captain Whitbread and the F00 party and one was mounted, command-

ed by CoH Smith. Two overt Ops acted as cut-off groups and a quick reaction force. The operation lasted for two weeks and although no one was caught in the act of burning, a lot of useful information was gathered. It was probably the longest that anyone in the squadron had spent in an OP and was a

advantage of the excellent adventurous training facilities provided by 1 UK Armoured Division on the Island of Brac in the Adriatic. Throughout the summer, a hotel was rented by the Army and four day packages consisted of canoeing, dinghy sailing, sub-aqua diving and windsurfing were organised. There was also the chance to spend four days on a Nicholson 55 yacht which was moored at Brac for the summer and the whole exercise was at no cost to the sol— dier. Our success in the Regimental Athletics must have gone to our heads because we had some great successes on

the sports field in Bosnia. First of all, a team was sent to take part in the Mount Igman march near Sarajevo. This was a 40 KM march against over a hundred teams from all the troop contributing nations. The march took place in July with temperatures in the thirties and the team did well to finish in the first forty. As a brigade unit, we were very much the under dogs in brigade competitions, as we were competing against the likes of 22 Engineers with over 800 men to choose from. So it was with great pride that we came second to 22 Engineer Regiment in the Brigade Military Skills competition. This was organised very well by the Dutch Battle Group at their beautiful camp in the ski resort of Sisa« ya and consisted of six events which involved getting very hot and bothered running up hills and climbing ropes and carrying things etc. There was also a commanding officers’ race which the Squadron Leader finished a creditable second. Lieutenant Swetman and LCpl Haywood won the Up Hill Running event out right and the Tug of War team won their event out right under the direction of CoH Smith and CoH Span— ley. The Tug of War was particularly close fought and as the under dogs, we were well supported and made a lot of friends. Another sporting triumph was our second place in the divisional 15 a side rugby tournament. Due to the ops cycle, it was difficult to get the team together to train, but our scratch side were only beaten in the final very narrowly by the QDG. Again, a very good performance for a squadron of our size. Apart from having the worst camp in Bosnia, we also became famous for hav— ing the only golf course. This was con-

structed by the SCM with the help ofthe engineers who blew the bunkers. It was only a three hole course, but with six approaches to each hole making a total of eighteen holes.

very useful experience for recce soldiers. It has not been all work and no play. Almost all junior ranks have taken

It is difficult to know how to judge this tour. It has been successful in that we

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have not suffered any serious accidents and we have done everything that we have been asked to do efficiently. Our only set backs were caused by the weath— er which soon turned from glorious sunshine in the summer to the harsh extremes of a Balkan winter. The coldest recorded temperature was minus thirty degree at night on Boxing Day. The sudden arrival of snow caught out the SHQ recce party which was recceing a new rebro site in the hills to our south. The effect of one vehicle getting stuck in the gathering darkness resulted in a fur-

ther three vehicles getting stuck whilst trying to rescue it. The crews were rescued within three days and the vehicles were all lifted off the hill by Chinook during the next 10 days, but only after LCoH Hooker had pin pointed their exact locations with the help of a Malaysian Snow Cat. He now has God status in Malaysia! The Squadron Corporal Major led the rescue of personnel from the Signals Squadron who got stuck at night in the snow on the hills near our base. It would be nice to say that C Squadron has left its mark on this

area. There is no doubt that the HVO will remember us for our robust stance. Sadly, we’ve had little effect on the lives of the civilians here. Their quality of life does not seem to be much better than when we arrived and the blame lies with the civil authorities whose intran— sigence has prevented any major investment by the NGOs. As for the future, it would be crass to make any predictions in Bosnia, particularly at this crucial time when IFOR is being re-organised as the Stabilisation Force (SFOR). Who

knows what the Spring will bring?

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Exercise Lion Sun 13 - Cyprus 1996 by Capt C W G Rodway, The Blues and ith the start of the New Year and with the Yuletide Festivities now a mere warm memory, C Squadron locked up the vehicles in the tank park and

boarded VClO’s to fly to Cyprus for five weeks for the start of Ex LION SUN. After a year of armoured recce exercises, a concentrated spell in the infantry role was to be a challenge; but help was already at hand in the shape of two excel— lent infantry experts, Lieutenant Chubb on loan from the Scots Guards and C/Sgt Flemming of 2 Para. In addition, three full sections were loaned from the Grenadier, Coldstream and Scots Guards respectively.

This proved to be a very successful phase marred only by the recklessness of local speedboat drivers who insisted on ignor— ing the dangers, by passing red flags and safety boats to race into firing areas and causing many delays which the troops good humouredly put up with. As well as the advent of numerous locals straying onto the ranges to pick mushrooms! Due to the delicate situation the Army finds itself in at the moment in Cyprus, all these incidents had to be dealt with infinite patience and restraint in order to maintain cordial relations with the locals. With the successful completion of the drills, tactics and range phases, the Squadron now took four days off soldiering for the greatly appreciated adventure training. This encompassed activities as varied as sailing and waterskiing under the guidance of CoH Knowles; rock climbing with Sgt Hedge and skiing in Troodos with LCpl Beech, on loan from

the Ski Team. Skiing in Cyprus was a C Squadron Polo Team. L to R: Lt Dereck Chubb SG, Tpr Cook, Capt C Rodway Tpr Batten.

definite novelty, but a little restricted as some soldiers commented they had been Great Britain was thus left behind in freezing fog and temperature of -9C, while in Cyprus, the legendary birthplace

of the Goddess Aphrodite, we were welcomed by heady temperatures and the immediate announcement of shirt sleeve order! First port of call was Radio Sonde Camp near Episkopi Garrison in the Sovereign Base Area in the south of the Island. Here, under the auspices of the instruc» tors, the Squadron revised all low level

infantry skills and it was good to see how

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quickly the Cavalrymen readjusted to their new role with vigour and enthusi— asm to the approval of the Guardsmen.

The Guardsmen were split between the troops to make the numbers up to platoon strength and share their expertise and soon fitted in with the Cavalrymen to

on longer escalators in Bentalls than the ski lifts in Cyprus! There were also opportunities for some to take a two day cruise to Egypt to inspect the pyramids, whilst others crossed the border and toured the Turkish side of Cyprus and learnt a little about the confrontation there and examined the UN’s role there. It was an eerie experience to walk from the tourist spots of Nicosia through the checkpoints and into 100m or so of No Man’s Land with beautiful old buildings still scarred with the signs of previous conflict.It was during this time that the Squadron managed to field a polo team to play the local garrison in Happy Valley, thereby honouring a challenge thrown down to the leader on his original recce in October 95. Four players under the tutelage of Capt Rodway had just four days to learn the rules and shots before the big match. But disaster struck on day two when LCoH Jones broke his wrist in a collision at the gallop during practise.

Luckily Lieutenant Chubb was able to step in and save the day. Thus the final line up for the match was: Captain Rodway, Lieutenant Chubb, Tpr Batten and Tpr Cook. Considering the short notice, the team acquitted itself admirably with Tpr Batten safely knocking two goals through the posts, conceding only a 3—2 victory to the experienced local side. Thanks are due to the Cyprus Polo Asso» ciation for providing the ponies and the facilities to make a very enjoyable occa— sion possible. Very soon the Squadron was back in the field with the start of the final phase, a five day Search and Destroy Exercise starting dramatically with a sea borne assault via landing craft in the middle of the night. A troubled dawn that day ensured the requisite storm broke out as the attack went in, the signal of the start of any exercise in Wales, Salisbury Plain and, as it seemed now, Cyprus! Fortunately, the weather cleared sufficiently for the squadron to be flown Tpr Cook upngnt


LCpl Johnson 60 on Mount Troodos

by Wessex helicopter to the next objective. All the revised skills were confirmed in this period with lengthy night navigational marches over rugged ter» rain, close target recces followed by platoon attacks, culminating in company strength attacks and the finale, 3 compa— ny dawn attack on the enemy headquarters at Parmali Village. Ex LION SUN provided an occasion for the Squadron to locate to new areas, away from the familiarity of SPTA to practice challenging skills. It was a highly moti— vated and rewarding experience, which also afforded a brief look at the excellent facilities that Cyprus can offer a unit for adventure training and overall was a worthwhile step in the first phase of the Squadrons training for its IFOR deployment to Bosnia later in the year. Thanks are due to all those in the Sovereign Base Area who made every effort to accommodate us and to the team and all the players of the Squadron who made sure it all happened Rugby Training.

the benefit of all. Once the necessary skills had been honed in the dry, the Squadron moved further east to the Pyla Ranges at Dhekelia on the coast to confirm all they had revised with a series of live firing exercises. These were to culminate in live night firing section attacks with opportunities for the many members of the squadron to reacquaint themselves, while others for the first time, with firing 51 mm mortars and LAW 90.

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A Tour of Northern Ireland with 8 Royal Irish

Summer Camp

by Lieutenant R R Phillipson-Stow, The Blues and Royals

by Lieutenant LEA Chauveau, The Blues and Royals

ews of my impending departure to Northern Ireland was passed to me

whilst in BATUS working as a safety officer for Battlegroup Reece. By this stage I had spent a good year away from Windsor and the Wanderlust was start—

ing to wear a bit thin. At first I shrugged the whole thing off, until reality started to dawn on me that, for

the first time I would be away from a cavalry environment and would have to do what the majority of the army calls “real soldiering“. I arrived at Belfast International where I was met by Captain Sam Courtauld (Gren Gds) who stopped me hard targeting around the car park, asking me whether I knew about the current cease— fire. My reply was that from my experiences in Bosnia I didn’t trust ceasefires, this turned out to be rather ironic as , in less than four weeks the whole Battalion was on an emergency footing after the

tragedy at Canary Wharf. 81h (County Armagh and County Tyrone) Battalion, The Royal Irish Reg— iment (to give it’s full name), is com— prised of two full time and four part time companies. Different people will give different descriptions of what is meant by “full time“ and “part time“ soldiers. A basic description and one that would be fair to them, is that the full time companies work on a shift sys—

tem covering the TAOR on a permanent basis, whilst the part time companies fill in at certain times to enable the full time companies to rest. This having been said, it took me almost the whole six months to get used to the system and when I left I still was not totally con— vinced by it. The soldiers of the Royal Irish are extremely knowledgeable not only on the local area, but also on everyone who

one we were watching for the second time ). All troops save those on leave were recalled to their various bases as a security measure. Unfortunately there were two officers who were unaccount~ ed for and their descriptions were circu— lated province wide. Three hours later and blissfully unaware of the whole situation, the two said officers arrived back in Armagh to a messfull of anxious and somewhat angry faces.

lives in it. Although living in a rural area myself , I was astounded by the extent of the local knowledge within the company. Not only did they know who everyone was, but also where their family lived and what their movements had been for the last few years. This brought to reality the old saying “I know yur mothar”. Due to the constant change in commitments, the ops cycle would change on a regular basis thereby making it difficult to explain the activities and timings that were a part of my everyday life. There were however many memorable occasions some of which cannot be printed, whether due to the official secrets act or because of reasons of libel and the like. The day the ceasefire broke, another officer (who shall remain nameless) and myself where in Belfast at the cinema watching the film “Showgirls“ (a very fine production and

L! E R Phn’lrpson-Stow HHGNDQHO‘ from right. 153/ rank) framing at Bts/ey with the W/nn/ng N/SAAM Team from SR Ins/7,

The majority of the tour was spent on operations, either on patrol or waiting in

camp to go out on patrol . I was fortu— nate enough to be chosen to lead the Battalion shooting team in the Northern Ireland Skill At Arms Meeting (NISAAM). This I later found out was due to the fact that no one else wanted to do it. This aside, the team went on to win in fine style for the first time in many a year, beating stiff competition . Many officers have been sent on attachment by The Blues And Royals to Armagh over the years, and unfortu~ nately I was the last in the string to ben-

efit from the wonderous experience of Northern Ireland , which is still very much there. 8 Royal Irish ( who are affiliated to the Household Division) are always on the lookout for platoon com— manders, not just officers but also


Having fought through the jungle of the Ceremonial season The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment pre-

pared to head to sunny Norfolk for a well earned Summer Camp. The horses were well prepared and the SQMCs had catered for a large amount of alcohol for recreational consumption.

The main event was an informal visit to Summer Camp by Her Majesty The Queen. Suffering the usual build up of cleaning nightmares which included

Lieutenant Chauveau taking his Troop through the middle of camp managing to leave a modicum of horse muck on one of the roads incurring the wrath of the Adjutant and the RCM who then set the ‘Hounds’ on him in the form of the farri~ ers. The actual day was a marvellous occasion. The Queen arrived on a beautiful day and the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Browne presented the Regiment to her Majesty. Almost every member ofthe Regiment was indi— vidually presented to Her Majesty and there were various equine demonstrations and the whole day seemed to be a success. The Regimental photograph went without the RCM, W01 Pickard , having to raise his voice and the Regiment presented The Queen with a statue of her favourite horse, Bustino. An unusual troop test was organised by Captain W De Gale in a World War scenario. It was reconnaissance on horses. All the stands were both fun and chal— lenging. It is a whole new ball game doing advance to contact on horses. Troop tests were won by 2 Tp LG with 3 Tp and 2 Tp RHG/D a close second and third.

The Regimental showjumping had its usual ups and downs with CoH Atkinson winning the Senior ranks and Tpr Arkley winning the Junior ranks. The Handy Hunter was a great success providing a lot of amusement for everyone - nothing to do with CoH Smith’s running commentary ofcourse. It was won by Lieutenant M G Holden-Craufurd & CoH Carter in the seniors and LCpl Martin and Tpr Abbott in the juniors. Tpr Stag riding Kn/ghtsbndge.

There was the usual movement of Officers to the WOs’ & NCOs’ Mess and vicea-versa. So much so that Troop CsoH claimed that they saw their Troop Leaders more at camp than the rest of the year. The ‘sketch’ night in the WOs’ & NCOs’ Mess was very much driven by LCoH Ashdown and was described as “the best ever”. There were notable performances by all who took part but Lieutenant] R D Barnard’s ‘two’ performances, the first in a talking part and the second in a dress

deserve a mention.

LCoH Ashdown’s

(who should be on stage!) now famous impression of WOZ Willacy had everyone in hysterics. Both messes took each other on at Cricket with SCpl Lanahan guiding his side to victory in the last

The Queen meeting The Life Guard Son

over, even with a valiant 40 runs from Lieutenant L E A Chauveau. Many Me he local Watton show which was an excellent day. The weather was not so kind on Open day. It poured down all day. At any minute we expected Noah to ask on the loud speaker if he could bor-

row two horses for the Ark! However morale was high and we fought through and the day was enjoyed by a smaller but just as enthusiastic crowd as usual. So with hearts breaking all over Norfolk we headed back to London having had a marvellous Camp and looking forward to going back on guard! The Queen meeting Subadar and The B/ues 8. Roya/s Son

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the Belgium Firemen, lay a wreath and then Musn Carter played Reveille.

Remembrance and Armistice Day Parade Zillebeke, Belgium 9 - 12 November 1996

The following day, Armistice Day, we paraded at the Household Cavalry Memorial at Zanvoorde and laid a wreath there. From there we travelled back into Zillebeke for the Church service. Both events were an honour to participate in and again very well received by the local people.

by Capt ]RD Barnard, The Life Guards n 15 November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres a German

sniper’s bullet killed a young officer from the First Life Guards, Second Lieutenant Howard Avenal Bligh St

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George. His body was buried next to the

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Finally we were treated to a fantastic farewell lunch attended by about two hundred people. As we came into the dining room an old gramophone record player was cranked up in the corner of the room, everyone rose to their feet and the British National Anthem was played.

diets are recorded who were killed in the area. Every night of the year the town fire service plays the Last Post. Our part in the parade was to form up opposite

Our visit to Belgium was a humbling experience, we all felt extremely proud to be Life Guards now knowing the huge sacrifice made by our predecessors.

parish church in Zillebeke, where it still rests today. He was just twenty years old.

After the War ended his family regularly visited the church and in 1924 they presented a stained glass window, created by Reginald Bell, to the church in his memory. Second Lieutenant St George’s younger brother also served in the Life Guards and in 1968, when he was Commanding Officer of the Life Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Ferres St George laid up a Standard in the church of St George in Ypres, and at the same time presented to an inhabitant of Zillebeke a picture of his younger brother. His express wish that it should one day hang beside the stained glass window, so that the memeory of his brother should never fade. Early in June The Life Guards Squadron received a request from the Adjutant of the Zillebeke Gendarmerie

in Belgium for a marching party to participate in their Service of Remembrance, during which they wished to

formally place Howard St George’s pic— ture beside the stained glass Window. The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding

agreed to send a dismounted marching party of 1 officer, myself, one Senior Non Commissioned Officer, SCpl AR

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‘1 lea St George stained glass Window in the parish church of Zillebeke (Flanders Field 7 Ypres) given by his mother in the memory of 2Lt H A B St George, 7 st Life Guards. killed in action 7974.


SCpi Tate, Tpr Pratt Musn Carter Tor Dar/ington at the grave of Lt The Hon W R Wynd/ham. 1st Li/e Guards, Died 6 November 7974

Tate, a trumpeter, Musician Carter and three Troopers Darlington, Pratt and Troy. We arrived through the Channel Tunnel in Zillebeke which is about five miles from Ypres, on the evening of Saturday 9 November and were treated to a mag— nificent dinner at the Vicarage. This dinner very much set the tone for the enormously generous hospitality we received throughout our stay.

links with the area, and at each battle— field that we visited our guides were keen to impress on us the part that the Household Cavalry had played. Despite the fact that most of us had a fair bit of knowledge about the Great War, it was still extremely hard to comprehend how British soldiers managed to fight in the environment we saw. But they did, and the debt that the locals owe them and their thankfulness to them became extremely clear to us.

The following morning we were taken

round the Battlefields of the Ypres Salient. It became very clear that the Household Cavalry had very strong

That evening we participated in a ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where the names of tens of thousands of sol-

Musn Carter p/ays the Last Post at the Men/n Gate.

Spuce Meadows 1996 by Lieutenant M G Holden- Craufurd, The Life Guards After six men, one Officer, one Riding Instructor, one Saddler and three Troopers, with valid passports had been found, the multitude of arrangements necessary to transport men and materiel were made to get the party to Calgary, Canada to participate in the world renowned festival of show-jumping at Spruce Meadows. After the obligatory, unsuccessful attempts at upgrading the airline tickets to Club Class we boarded the aircraft to find that far from being upgraded, Canadian Airlines had warily split the party up around the plane. After nine-or—so hours of what was apparently a good flight, if flying can ever be described thus, we landed at a very warm and sunny Calgary Airport to be met by our hosts for the next ten days. They burst

the bubble somewhat by telling us that Canadian weather had been specially arranged for this day and it was likely to

be snowing within the week. All the equipment was loaded into an incredi— bly smart van and we set off to the Cana— dian Forces base that was to be home for

our stay.

As well as being a competition centre, Spruce Meadows is a breeding and schooling establishment. Our driver for the day was Karen Mast, the Riding Mistress. Immediately we found a lan— guage barrier and the journey to the barracks was amusingly taken up with explanations of various colloquial phras— es such as “Eat my shorts”. After settling in we then moved on to Spruce Meadows to meet our mounts. The vast size of Spruce Meadows was apparent straight away, and after investigation it was agreed that there were

well, and very quickly a number of favourite haunts were quickly established including the French Maid - a personal favourite of LCpl Mackenzie. Sure enough, the following morning after a hearty breakfast of eggs«over-

about seventeen outdoor manege, two huge indoor arenas, three international size show-jumping rings, and the horses required two baths each. It was also very pleasing to see two large billboard posters, one of the Household Cavalry and one of the Kings Troop RHA either side of the main entrance, impressing the status of “Star Attraction” on us all. It was decided by all concerned that the best way to overcome jet»lag was to fully immerse ourselves in the nightlife of downtown Calgary on our first night; a plan that actually worked remarkably



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Tprs Harth and Bovey return from a prize ceremony.

easy—on—rye at Humpty’s Diner every— one was in fine spirits and the morning was spent riding around the area including a slow horse race worthy of an Olympic final which Tpr Haith won hands down on a grey that had been hit— ten by a flea once too often. The author’s delight at seeing his first gopher was short lived upon learning that shooting Was not allowed within thirty miles of the town centre. The horses were then bathed to find that they were all bay except Wigwam, a horse that had been given to Her Majesty The Queen. '

The weekend was free for us to use as we L to R: LCOH Gaddes, Tprs lay/or, Bovey, Abbott, CoH Smith 73, Tpr But/er, LCOH Moore.

liked, so we made our way deep into the

Rockies to visit Banff and the local surrounds. We were very fortunate to find some cheap accommodation as the small town was incredibly popular due to its picturesque location and the varied entertainments that could be had. We found a company that specialised in whitewater rafting and nervously put

our names down for the following day. After a late night we were very fortunate to catch the transport having being woken by Trooper Parr with seven minutes in hand before it left; but catch it we did and after a long journey to Lake

LCoH Moore and Lt Holden Crantord are unaware that they are the only ones paddling.

Louise and donning the various safety equipment required we boarded our raft with two Japanese girls who spoke not a word of English. I was much relieved that after ten minutes we were still going at no faster than walking speed, and then we rounded the corner.... It was then that the fortuity that the girls knew no bad language was most welcome.

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After jumping into the glacial waters and shooting the last set ofrapids on our backs, when LCoH Moore swears he died and seeing his face I believe him, we headed back to Calgary in preparation to commence the remaining weeks work, which promised to be reasonably hard. Our tasks included escorts for both the prize winners and the National team, Colour guards, and dismounted duties for the five days of the Masters’ Tournament. It fortunately was possible to take some time out from the schedule to watch some of the showjumping which was a sensational spectacle as the Nations Cup and prize money of over a million dollars over the weekend attracted all of the worlds top showjumpers.

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V/rglt torc/b/y introducrng himse/I to The Queen during her visit to Thetlord.

SHQ, C Sqn HCR in Drvar at the patrol base.

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The King’s Birthday Parade - 3 December 1996 by Captain G WHowson, The Life Guards

Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Queen presenting S/lver Stick with me Geoffrey Cross Memorial Pay sponsored by Beneficial Corporation Also Shown are Mr Finn Casparsen. Chairman of Beneficial Corporation and Mr Mohammed Al Fayed.






Irish Ambasador and CO HCMB Lt Col WT Browne.

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wo officers were invited, again at short notice, to visit the Royal Thai Army for the King’s Birthday Parade in December. This year it was particularly special, since 1996 was the fiftieth anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne and he is still the longest serving current monarch. Captain G W Howson and Lieutenant L E Chauveau were the guests of 29th Cavalry Regiment for the duration of the visit and our hosts went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Our first commitment was to watch the final rehearsal of the parade and we were immediately impressed by the sharpness of the foot drill. Like our own Birthday Parade, the limelight is taken by the Foot Guards and the cavalry play only a small role at the end. It is nonetheless smart and the standard of horsemanship and turnout were good. Waxed boots would not stand a chance in the fierce sun— shine, however, and so all the leather was only brush-polished. The actual parade two days later was spectacularly colourful; all the foot guards were dressed in different combinations of garishly coloured plumes and tunics. Some wore red or blue but other, more outrageous mixtures included lurid green, canary yellow and electric pink. Our hosts were more soberly attired in pale blue tunics and breeches and black boots and the other ranks carry lances rather than swords. Otherwise the horse kit was similar to ours but all soldiers had the advantage of riding on civilian saddles. Some soldiers, depending on their stage of training, did not wear spurs and some even rode on the bridoon rein rather than the bit rein for the same reason.

Capt GW Howson LG and Lt LE Chauveau RHG/D flanked by (lie CO and Officers of 29 Cay Regt Royal Thai Army, Bangkok, December 7996.

Bangkok has to offer. We were entertained by the officers of the Horse Guards at a karaoke bar, karaoke being far more popular in the Orient than it is here. Their Commanding Officer, Oper— ations Officer and 21C all did turns, singing in both English and Thai and we did not disgrace ourselves either. Lieutenant L E Chauveau’s rendition of ‘ Moon River’ will have the young lasses of Thailand sighing for many a moon. Of all the people to bump in to, we came across Major D C Waterhouse who was out in Bangkok representing his depart— ment of the MOD. We also met up with the former Captain A J P Woodward

who is now working in Bangkok for a big merchant bank. This merry crowd formed a sizeable Household Cavalry posse and we were looked after royally by a Thai officer who had been at Sandhurst with Major Waterhouse and had been educated in England. It is very much hoped that two Thai officers can visit us in the summer of 1997 to see the Queen’s Birthday Parade and that the affiliation, although unofficial, can be continued. A visit to a foreign army is important for furthering one’s understanding of the military profession and an inside view of an army and culture so alien to our own is both fascinating and valuable.

Out of over three thousand soldiers on parade, not one, it was noticed, fainted despite the intense heat. The Crown Prince celebrates his birthday in the height of summer so when he accedes to

the throne, it might be a different matter. The Horse Guards are lucky in that they do not have to wear cuirasses which would be unbearable in the heat. We suf—

fered less from the heat than from the

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dreaded “Bangkok Belly” which laid us low for 36 hours. Unfortunately this resulted in us missing our chance to ride their horses. Once recovered again, how— ever, we rallicd strongly enough to be able to enjoy the vibrant nightlife that

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Canadian Exchange Officer Life on the other side of the pond. by Captain P Turner, Royal Canadian Dragoons his posting came as a great shock to both myself and my wife Adina. At the beginning of May 96 I was approached by Lieutenant Colonel WR. Brough, Commanding Officer of the

The first of October was the darkest day of the tour. I was out on ops when I received a radio message to phone Glamoc. After having just received word that his cancer treatment was going well, the Squadron Leader had to tell me that Captain Brian Field had passed away. The news came as a complete shock both to me and the Squadron. Brian had been a humorous and well respected member of C Squadron and the Regiment. During the short time that Brian and Wendy served with the Regiment in Windsor they had made a very strong impression on everyone they met. Brian will be deeply missed by all. C Squadron is currently raising funds in order to purchase some equipment for the cancer wing at the Wexham Park Hospital in Brian’s memory.

Royal Canadian Dragoons, as to whether I would like a posting to the Household Cavalry Regiment in Windsor for two years. This news was to be double edged: it was a great opportunity to serve overseas, but it also came with the very disturbing news that Captain B.P. Field RCD had been diagnosed with leukaemia. In typical Dragoon fashion I

was given five minutes to phone Adina and decide if we wanted the posting to the UK or not. On the fifteenth of May, barely two weeks later, I was off unaccompanied to Windsor to assist the

Fields’ move back to Canada. Can: P Tomer , CD

With the Regiment on Exercise Purple Star and C Squadron on leave, my arrival in Windsor went relatively unno— ticed. On many occasions I overheard

people say “Who is the that large Amer— ican sounding officer and what is he doing here?” Slowly people filtered back to the Regiment and I then only had to explain who I was three or four times a day. Once C Squadron had finished their two weeks leave we geared up for our two

week preBosnia CATC training package at Warminster. The day before I left I had a five minute walk around my vehi— cle, the Striker, and was introduced to my troop. Off we went and conducted a rapid fire marathon package of lessons

and practical “Bosnia” skills. A quick private lecture on the SA-80 prepared

:c GW To. C Soc c Bosnsa

exercise waiting for the FRT to arrive and then dead-headed it all night to Sen— nybridge. The ensuing two days of the exercise proved to be a steep learning curve for me. The confusion began with the different typed of equipment, terminology and language used by the British soldier. At times it was a nightmare, constantly having to ask people to slow down and say things again in an effort to understand their message. The radio VP was particularly differenL/funny, and my controller was constantly having to say other stations messages again in “English” and coach me while I sent my own. I will not even begin to talk about BATCO! the exercise was deemed a suc» cess and we moved back to Windsor to make final preparations for our July deployment to Bosnia, and to get a bit more face time with our loved ones.

me for my first APWT and a series of live fire patrol scenarios. everything went smoothly, as most of the squadron had been to Bosnia already. The Squadron conducted an overnight road

move to Sennybridge as the start of a two day confirmation exercise in the Brecon Beacons. Needless to say, it was quite a hairy experience being driven on the wrong side of the road, in a ten ton armoured vehicle, at night and on the motorway. I had only just got the hang of driving my own car in England. My fun did not last long, as after the first mile on the motorway my wagon blew its gearbox. I spent the first night of the

June saw Adina arrive from Canada with our personal effects. It was a busy couple of weeks setting up house, and saying goodbye. One of the weeks was spent on a crash GW Controllers course. All the necessary lessons to launch and be safe were included. The final bits of kit were issued we loaded the vehicles onto the

ship for Split, Croatia. Our arrival in Glamoc in July was a huge shock to the Squadron. The potato factory is exactly what it is; a dusty, rat infested hangar. The men have put a lot of effort into making it liveable; and in

two TMA 3 mines, eight TMRP 6 mines, two PMA-Z anti personnel mines and six canisters of cyanide. Most of the confiscations occurred whilst GW troop were out searching for pizza, or so most people would believe.

The greatest sources of satisfaction so far on the this tour has been learning the way in which the Household Cavalry does business and getting to know the soldiers and officers of C Squadron like you only can on an operational tour. I look forward to returning to Windsor in

early January 1997, not only to be reunited with my wife, but to serving within the Regiment for the next year and a half. I hope the rest of my time with the Household Cavalry is as rewarding. Bold and Swift!

fact it is now considerably better than when we arrived. The improvements include the eighteen hole “Fisher” golf course, volley-ball court, a soccer — oops football pitch and a three phase overhaul of the living accommodation itself.

The Squadron is on a ten day Ops cycle. This includes two days on maintenance, two days on guard QRF, two days at the rebro site and four days at the patrol base at Drvar. Most of our tasks involve presence patrolling in the AO. Our A0 is very large, but very few people live in it. The pre-war population was 51,750 and ninety—five per cent of the people were Serbian. all of the Serbs fled as the war pushed towards them and only seventy old Serbs remain. The Croats have actively re-populated the area, moving in 7,200 refugees from Central Bosnia. There have been many exciting moments during the first four months of the tour. These have typically been weapons seizures and small confronta» tions with the former warring factions. GW Troop has accounted for many of the Squadron's confiscations. In total to date we have confiscated one Croatian Uzi SMG. One Walther P—38 pistol. two silenced MP-S SMGs , seven MP-S SMGs, one G3 assault rifle. ten .\l79.—\B (Yugo folding stock AK»471 assault rifles. one Croatian version of the Walther P—l pistol, one hand grenade.

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Exercise Cockney Shark by Lieutenant C ] Trietline, The Life Guards xercise Cockney Shark was a D Squadron Sub—Aqua diving expedition to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jor— dan. Thirteen people participated in the expedition, nine from the Regiment and four external instructors. The aim

of the expedition was for all Household Cavalry Regiment personnel to achieve

the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Sports Diver qualification. Only one member of the expedition had dived before, so it was a new and interesting

experience for us all. The training for Exercise Cockney Shark began at the end of April 1996 with the majority of 3 Troop, D Squadron completing a BSAC Novice Diver II course at the school of Physi-

cal and Recreational Training. This consisted of a week of pool and classroom work. The course was concluded

With an open water dive at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. We flew early on 14 October 1996 from Heathrow to the Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, and then on to Aqaba. On leaving the airport main building we were ushered reluctantly towards four smashed up yellow taxis and their lunatic drivers. It soon became extremely obvious why the taxis were so battered! Everyone made 15 dives, including two wreck dives, a night dive, a boat dive and eleven shore dives, all from different locations around the Gulf of Aqaba. The coral and the other sea life were not only absolutely spectacular but


CoH Gray checking his equipment.

A// members of Ex Cockney Shark about to enter the water from the /eny at the Roya/ D/wng Centre.

Tpr Faiers ; “Petra has been here since 13BC; it’s about time it was bulldozed!” The rest of the expedition was spent diving twice a day. The most impressive dive was into the MV Cedar Pride. This was a cargo ship which lay on its port side and was over 100m in length. We swam out to the buoy that marked the wreck’s location. Then we descend— ed down a shot line to a depth of 28m and entered the cargo holds and other easily accessible areas. The air con—

sumption at this fast so the time short. Everyone swam back to the

depth was relatively spent exploring was surfaced safely and shore.

The last day was spent doing other water sports at a hotel in Aqaba. CoH Gray had an extreme wipe-out whilst travelling in a rubber ring behind a speed boat. This ruffled his hair and created rather a large oil slick. Luckily there are no repercussions. As with all expeditions it was not without inci— dent. A certain member of the expedi-

tion complained of sunstroke, but after closer examination of the symptoms it turned out that a beautiful Austrian lady had taken off her wetsuit and was wearing very little underneath.

guage barrier between themselves and the owner. However they did manage to eat their way through the entire menu several times. (Both suffered severe cases of Bombay Belly throughout the entirety of the expedition.)

Jordanian food leaves a lot to be desired so the evening meal was usually taken in an American style burger bar known as The Chilli House. LCsoH Barratt and Crawley would have purchased shares in this restaurant had there not been a lan—

In conclusion Exercise Cockney Shark was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It also proved a healthy from life at Windsor. We can now look forward to the formation of the Regimental Diving Club and also Exercise Cockney Shark II in Indonesia.

The BSAC Sports Diver qualification was awarded to all which now means we can dive with another sports diver anywhere in the world.

Lt C J Trier/foe frnh/ng along the Fringing Reef.

plentiful. The temperature in Southern


Jordan was a constant 35 degrees Centigrade. This meant that the sea was not only extremely warm but also crystal clear.


Sunday 20 October was used for a trip

MiIitary, Civil and Sporting Tailors to the ancient city of Petra. This proved to be very popular with all members of the expedition, even though it did involve a considerable amount of walking in the heat. The two quotations of the expedition were recorded on this day:


LCoH Crawley ; “Petra is very impressive and deserves to be one of the seven wonders of the world, but nothing beats the Thames Barrier.”


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Exercise Long Look

The Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund (HCCCF)

By Lieutenant WjP Simpson Gee, The Life Guards Surf, sand, stunning scenery and Lieu— tenant W J P Simpson-Gee skiving

by Colonel PB Rogers

were the five ‘S’s that revolved around I suspect many of you will have little idea of the purpose of this Fund or its relevance to you.

my head as the Commanding officer asked me to make a decision on a posting to Australia. It took only five seconds of blissful thought to give him my answer. ‘Ex Long Look - what a winner!

The HCCCF is a registered charity whose overall aims are as follows:

Exercise Long Look is an exchange posting between the Australian and

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To help past and present members of the Household Cavalry and their dependants who are in need, hardship or distress.


To promote the efficiency of the Household Cavalry.

These aims are achieved by giving money to individuals either serving or retired, suffering from hardship, and to individuals and groups of serving Household Cavalrymen undertaking adventure training, sport, or other activities to increase the effic1ency or morale of the Regiments. Most expeditions last year mounted by both Regiments received a cash grant from the fund.

British forces lasting four and a half months. The aim of the exercise is for

British and Australian forces to have a Welfare matters are dealt with by the two Regimental Associations; adventure training is dealt with by the Trustees of the Fund, of which Silver Stick is Chairman.

good idea of how each force operates. I was sent to 2 Cavalry Regiment, based in the Northern Territories. There is a marked difference between The Household Cavalry Regiment and life at Wind-

Do not stop reading now! Go on. All of us in the Household Cavalry, donate One Day’s Pay per year to the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund. This is deducted at source by a Deed of Covenant signed by each of us when we join. Clearly the more senior the individual, the more he pays. Thls brings in about £40,000 per year which is allocated by the Trustees as follows:

sor to the heat of Darwin and 2 Cavalry Regiment in the Northern Territories. 2 Cavalry Regiment is a medium recce regiment equipped with three squadrons and a Regimental Headquarters. The role of the Regiment is to conduct recce operations including offensive and


£10,000 - The Life Guards Association £10,000 - The Blues and Royals Association £8,000 — The Army Benevolent Fund £6,000 — Adventurous Training grants etc Remainder - Ploughed back into the Fund

L: W J P Simpson~Gee swrmmmg his M1 13 In Australia.

manoeuvres to cover the

enemy. They have the ability to regroup and conduct Civilian or Military operations as directed. The set up is complete-

ly different from ours. The main difference being three squadrons rather than four. The squadron orbat is different as well - they employ three troops rather

than four. Their squadrons can perform six recce tasks over the long term (over 48 hours duration) or up to nine for a short while. In the troops there are six vehicles; four armoured recce vehicles

and two APCS. My troop had M1135. A Squadron had the new ASLAVSs and the rest of the Regiment should be con-

verted to these in the not too distant future. Although my role was to understudy the troop leader and to partake in several

exercises the most notable one was in my first two weeks in Australia: Exercise Northern Predator. Here I had a great opportunity to see the soldiers, vehicles and tactics - however, it was a very slow exercise at troop level. The result of this meant that the troops had to keep them-

selves amused. Of course one of the best ways was to see how “the Pom” would react to a snake. Whilst crawling into my sleeping bag and wishing the world a

good night, with blissful ignorance I fell

asleep. Meanwhile an over ambitious “snake” had made its way over my sleep— ing bag and I felt something heavy rest» ing on my legs. It didn’t take me long to scream, compromise my position and run to the troop sergeant bellowing like a child who had just had a bad nightmare. There were roars of laughter as the hosepipe with a bit of string attached to it came crawling towards me! The problems with Poms, as my fellow troop leaders told me, is that they think that they like the heat, but give them Darwin and they find it difficult to cope. This was felt when I arrived in the Australian training area which was only the size of Britain, Germany, France and Italy put together! I had a love hate relationship with it. I loved firing the ASLAV 2; also making use ofits air con— ditioning and fridge, burying my head right in it whilst the humidity reached

97% and the heat 37”C. I also had a spectacular crossing over a river as the amphibious vehicle made its way through the crocodile infested water. However I also had a hate relationship with the place as I am sure is felt by everybody as I found myself constantly slapping away the flies or should I say

“whinging” about the heat. This was however better than night-time when instead of going on patrol to find the

enemy, I was sent out on patrol to protect the squadron from intruding crocodiles, armed only with a pick axe handle. On one such occasion I crept too close to the river bank, saw two eyes of a crocodile greedily looking towards me, backed off and ran as the crocodile slithered through the undergrowth towards me!

By subscribing to the One Day’s Pay Scheme, we all automatically become life members of The Life Guards or The Blues and Royals Association. We are also entitled to a free copy of the Household Cavalry Journal. In addition to income from the One Day’s Pay Scheme, the HCCCF has a capital sum invested by a stockbroker to build up the value of the Fund. When Colonel Smith—Bingham started the Fund in 1993 its value was £233,000. Now it is yalued at over £400,000. My aim is for the Fund to continue growing to create a substantial reserve against the day when a catastrophe in one of the Regiments (terrorist outrage, major accident) demands funds in a hurry. The Trustees of the Fund are as follows: Lieutenant Colonel Commanding (Chairman) - Col P B Rogers Commanding Officer HCR — Lt Col B W B White—Spunner Commanding Officer HCMR - Lt Col H S J Scott

A retired officer from The Life Guards - Col V A L Goodhew Exercise Long Look gave me the opportunity to see New Zealand and Australia. I love travelling or, as the Commanding Officer would politely put it, “skiving”. It wasn’t long before I found myself in New Zealand and was heliskiing in Queenstown, bungie jumping, black water rafting and viewing the local

scenery. On the whole I have had a trip which has left me with no friends back home due to jealousy. The Australian hospitality has been second to none. I have been looked after so well, I have seen how the Australian Army operates and I have had a great time travelling (“skiving”), finally making my own way back to England on the Trans—Siberian Railway. I cannot express enough thanks for all those who made it such an enjoyable experience.

A retired officer from The Blues and Royals - Capt A] S Bagge The Treasurer of The Life Guards Association - Capt R Hennessy-Walsh The Treasurer of The Blues and Royals Association - Maj J G Handley

Keep Reading who has a welfare problem concernAny serving or retired member of the Associations of The Life Guards or The Blues and Royals Lead_ through your Squadron in himself or de endants can apply for financial help. As far as you are concemed this is best sought . assrstance at welfare to entitled be thereby will and Association your of member a remain will you , P er.gWhen you , leave the Army any time should you get into difficulties.

' ' h ld Cavalrymen who need money for adventure—training, ie sailing, canoeing, climbing etc, can apply, through for agree0 House any Simllarly, involved, for a grant. All applications at e either dealt with by myself, or passed to the Trustees NCO Senior or the Officer

ment. y contributions through the One Day’s Pay Scheme. The Trustees are as bile and rel» training. This makes the HCCCF a thoroughly worthw adventurous or welfare it be cause any to be can they as generous evant charity.

Please remember the HCCCF relies largely on your and m

the account of the HCCCF and any other matters of In future the Household Cavalry Journal will contain an update on the state of interest connected with it.

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The Household Cavalry Regiment Sports Round Up hanks to the Regiment’s busy exercise programme and its operational deployments to Bosnia, this has been a difficult year for . sport; in fact, the Household Cavalry Regiment has been so thin on the ground that it is now officially registered as a London District minor unit for sports purposes. Nonetheless, against this depressing background, the Regiment has remained active in almost all disciplines and there have been some notable successes, by both teams and individuals.

through tries (HCR scored 11). Victory came the Regiment’s way with a con— vincing final score of 69—17. Particularly encouraging was that 3 new subalterns (Cornets Peasegood, Antlcme and Bedford) all performed promisingly as did HCR’s Australian exchange officer, Lieutenant Strapp, though the man of the match award was won by LcoH Trinick who led the pack aggressivly, showing the young how rugger should be played.

Soccer Looking ahead, the 2 Welsh Regiments in London District (1 WG and lRRW) will be strong rivals this season and the Regiment hopes to play them after C Sqn players have returned from Bosnia to strengthen the team. So far, the Reg— imental team promises to do well.

by Sgt Hedge / Captain Burton-Doe

As usual the team focused its efforts on the Cavalry Cup competition. The quarter final play off was against HCMR at Burton Court when the team won 4 — 1. Being a ‘derby’ match between sister Regiments, emotions ran high providing a charged atmosphere at the match. Goal scorers were COH Gray and chl Walbrooke and Sgt Hedge.



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Officers and Tprs team tn b/ack assert pressure On the W03 81 NCOs try /the.

Regimental Rugger Squad 1996/97 Capt Burton—Doe, Lt Strapp Lt Cape 2Lt Peasgood Ct Bedford Ct Antelme

Victory over HCMR pitched the team against 9/12L in the UK final at Eton College. Though 9/12 L may have had the better footballing skills, this was balanced by HCR’s determination and ‘grit’; it turned into a level and exciting contest. HCR scored the first goal early

SSgt Newman Sgt Hawkins SCpl Kingston SCpl Miles LSgt Smith LCoH Barrett

LCoH Trinick LCoH Beach LCpl Probert LCpl Holloway LCpl Flahavan

Tpr Newman Tpr Bickedike Tpr Ramsden

Tpr Stafford Tpr Trenchner


in the first half and held that lead up B Sqn Football Team.

until half time. However, fatigue set in during the second half and the Regi— mental team dropped its guard on a couple of occasions allowing the 9/12 L to equalize and then lead by a goal. Con— troversially, literally in the dying sec— onds of the match LCpl Codd struck the ball at the goal, but the referee blew the final whistle as the ball flew into the net. The Regiment’s equalizer was then dis— allowed causing the whole pitch to erupt in argument, though good military dis-

cipline restrained individuals and ugly scenes were avoided. 9/12 L went on to win the Cup. Outside the Cavalry Cup, the Regiment entered the LONDIST League which ensured regular match play for the team over the season. As players were withdrawn to go to Bosnia the teams perfor— mance varied, but nonetheless HCR came a creditable second in the league.

Regimental Soccer Squad 1996 Capt Burton-Doe WOl (ASM) McCracken SCpl Pringle SCpl Godson SSgt McCarten Sgt SI Hedge Sgt Betteridge CoH Gray LSgt Codd LCoH Wood LCoH Barrat LCpl Baker LCpl Smith LCpl Lofts LCpl Beulah LCpl Jones Tpr Hoosen-Owen suffers the after effects of a tackle on SSgt Newman.

ML»; ' 3.3..) - " ‘~ > \fi F? to L: Sgt Hawkins, LCOH Probe/t LCOH Brown of the WOs and NCOs Team



by Major M Rees—Davies by SSgt Newman / Captain Burton-Doe

The main match in the early part of the year was the London District knock out cup final which the team reached having beaten 2 teams. This fixture was played against 16 Regt RA in front of a healthy

crowd at Chiswick sports ground.


match was even throughout and the lead changed hands on several occasions,

though, with extra time in sight and the score at 10 all, the opposition snatched victory with two swift tries in the closing moments of the match.

In the Cavalry Cup HCR played 1 RTR at Windsor. This was a quite excellent game with the score close throughout. During the first half the Regiment played into a strong wind and limited 1 RTR’s advantage to one try. However, hopes of pulling back the deficit during the second half were unsuccessful despite the majority of play being in the opponents 22. In the end it was 1 RTR who went on to the next round. This was a very tough, physical game in which

Lieutenant W BartleJones proved out— standing in the centre, while our backs tackled tenaciously; the difference between the two teams was in the scrum. This season the Regiment, despite 13 team members being deployed to Bosnia, has made a good start. In the London District League the team’s opening match was against HQ LONDIST. This was an open running game with a high score, particularly

ven with a busy summer on the milEitary side of life, there was still plen~ ty of time to enjoy some extremely good cricket. Within the Regiment there is a wealth of talent which, by playing and practising regularly, has reaped rich rewards.

The season started well with a week of cricket in the 5 AB Bde Warrior sports HCR mixed players competition. throughout the week and good play was rewarded with a third place in the com»

petition. Notable performances were BCM Graves who opened the bowling. Approaching to the crease he was an impressive sight with the white sun cream on a red face, almost like Merv Hughes, but without his moustache. Musn Riseley contributed as an all rounder and was always able to turn in a good performance when it counted.

The London District Competition was the main focus for the season. This began with a very professional victory

over HCMR helped by excellent batting performances from Maj Rees—Davies and LCoH Wood which saw HCR through to the final. This was played at Burton Court against 16 Regt RA and it was a great pleasure to play at an excellent venue. Batting first, HCR set an impressive target for the Gunners to beat scoring 181 for 6 wkts from their 35 overs. The game then swung both ways during the RA innings but finally the HCR’s total proved too much and the RA could only produce 159 for 9 wkts off

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35 overs. LCoH Wood was certainly man of the match with an unbeaten 67 and bowling figures of2 — 21 - 7. It was then left for Maj Rees-Davies, the influ— ential skipper, to collect the cup. Thanks must go to L/Cpl Short who worked extremely hard in co-ordinating fixtures and players throughout the sea—

son. The last match of the season was The Life Guards Past and Present XI v The Blues and Royals Past and Present XI which was also played at Burtons Court. It is very much hoped to make this an annual event with tea and cakes being

provided for guests. LG batted first and scored 220 off their 30 overs with Major M Rees-Davies and Major (Retd) H

HCR Cr/cket Tea

Robertson scoring a 100 partnership

Captain (Retd) Uloth for his article in Country Life.

which proved just out of RHG/D’s reach. All in all, this was an excellent afternoon during which many old friends met up again. Thanks goes to all those who supported the day and also to

Next year the team will remain largely unchanged and with a more stable set of Regimental commitments, this team


Target Shooting

by Sgt Hedge

by LCoH Gander

Several individuals, including COH Carson, LCoH Flynn and Major P Kersting, competed in local half and full marathons However the Regiment’s main effort here was to compete as a team in the Army Marathon championships. This ran from Windsor [0 Chiswick and was organized as part of the Politechnics Marathon (the oldest such race in Europe). In all 800 people ran, including 80 from the Army of whom 4 were from HCR. HCR team runners were: SCpl Kingston, Sgt Hedge, LCoH Tovell and Haresign. See also the article by SCpl Kingston.

The team small bore shooting team formed up at the end of 1995 to prepare for Match 116, the inter command/division small bore match final, to be held at Bordon in March 1996. The team cap— tain, Captain Rodway organized several worthwhile practice shooting sessions at the Kings Regiment TA Barracks in London and at Eton ACF range which enabled the Regiment to qualify for the final. In this, a combined HCMR/HCR team, also representing London District, was drawn against some very experienced and strong teams. These were, 4th Division, the previous year’s Army representatives, Northern Ireland Division, this year’s Army team, and 5th Division. Although, the Regiment were placed 4th out of 12 teams, reaching the final was a great achievement for a completely new team (Capt Rodway, SSgt Fern, LCoH Gandar, LCoH Pearce, LSgt Clarke, Tprs Cossins-Price, Walker and Delaney)

promises to do well. In particular, the HCR have their sights set upon the Cav— alry Cup trophy which they intend to play for.

Cross Country Running Athletics

by Sgt Hedge

by Sgt Hedge

Windsor Great Park provided the venue for the Regimental Cross Country Running Competition held on Friday 1st November at an ungodly 0630! Only the long weekend promised at the end of the race spurred people on. The course was five miles long over ‘undulating’ terrain and included a wade through a 2 foot deep pond. In all, 188 runners completed the course and main results were:

he Regimental athletics day was held on 26 June at Eton College. Not only was this a sporting occasion, but also a Regimental social gathering; the LG band played, messes had tents around a central BBQ and families attended. The weather was perfect, being warm but not too hot for the com-

Following this good start, the Regiment has formed a small bore shooting club which now has some 12 members and which is expected to grow as potential members return from Bosnia next year.

The Colonelvin-Chief’s Cup was fol« lowed by an internal tournament held at Wrexham Park and which was won by LCoH Wood of A Sqn HCR. This prepared the players to then take part the London District summer meeting at the

Army Golf Club in Aldershot.


around 50 Army players competing for this prize and LCoH Flynn of D Sqn HCR did well to come second being beaten by 2 strokes after a 133 strokes over 2 rounds. This initial success led the Regiment into the next London District competition which was held on 9th October, again at Aldershot. This time many more players entered, and the Regiment’s 30 entrants competed in afield of some 130 players. Regimental results were extremely good: 1st

SCpl Mills (Morning Stapleford)

2nd COH Fermor (Morning Stapleford) lst

Tpr Smith (Afternoon Stapleford)

Overall winner of combined event LCpl Wheeler of the LG Band

In the London District Inter unit championships the Regiment reached the semi finals where they were beaten in a close match by the Irish Guards.

The club is currently looking for rifles (all donations keenly accepted) and planning for Match 118 which is the Land Command Inter Unit Competition to be held in February 1997 under the leadership of the new shooting officer, Lt Cape.

On an individual basis, the most notable performance during the year was that of SSgt Macarten who distinguished himself with two good results in the REME Corps Championships, being beaten in the 2nd and 3rd places through playoffs.



by LCoH Flynn

by W01 McCracken

The Household Cavalry Regiment Golf Society was revived this year. Membership fees are £15 per annum for which members gain access to Eton College Golf Club. Though this club is mainly for the Windsor Regiment, the Regimental teams have, as is traditional, been drawn from both Knightsbridge

The two courts in the Gym at Combermere Barracks continue to be well used, though few formal matches have been played this year. The Regimental team reached the second round of the Army championships, but were then knocked out by a strong Sandhurst team. How— ever, the LAD’s squash team faired bet-

and Windsor.

ter and reached the semi-finals of the

The first competition of 1996 was the Colonel-in-Chief’s Cup (for Household Division teams) held at Worpleston Golf Club on 3rd April. HCR’s combined team won this competition, thereby retaining the cup which they had won last year; a good start to the season.

Craftsmans Cup. W01 (ASM) McCracken, SSgts Buck, Pixley and Norris and Lsgt Doherty all represented the Regiment. Next year coaching will be available in the gym and this, combined with players returning from Bosnia, should enable participation in more formal competitions.

petitors. Nearly all the main athletics events were held and competed for by the Squadrons. Mrs Rollo presented the prizes to the winners and the squadron results were: 1st 2nd

C Sqn D Sqn

3rd 4th 5th

HQ Sqn B Sqn A Sqn

Overall squadron results: lst 2nd 3rd 4th

D Sqn HQ Sqn A Sqn Band

Individual results:

W/nmers. .. Athletics ‘96

110 Hurdles 400 Hurdles 4x100 Relay 4x400 Relay

Lt Mayhew Sgt (SI) Hedge B Sqn C Sqn

W02 Shorrock

Chain of Comd

C Sqn

Tpr Haywood

Triple Jump

LCpl Bennett

W02 SCM Norris D Sqn

Tpr Brooke

A Sqn


Capt Breitmeyer

D Sqn

lst Veteran (35+)

Winners at Athletics ’96 Tpr Close Tpr Close LCpl Haywood LCpl Haywood



High Jump Long Jump Shot Discus Javelin

LCpl Johnson LCpl Bennett CoH Dixon SSgt Newman Tpr Gewood

W02 Norris

Worthy of note was that Maj Kersting (late RHG/D), our 63 year old museum curator, ran and put most of the Regi— ment to shame by coming well up in the


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Household Cavalry Ski Team RAC Championships - Verbier 1996-97 eluctantly leaving the remainder of A and D Squadrons cold and wet at Castlemartin, the ski team departed for a snow covered Verbier. Compared to the two previous years the snow was excep— tional. The whole of the four valleys were ski-able, with exceptional off—piste available form mid-December onwards once all potential avalanches were blown.



P01ytEChniC Marathon . . . 7?) train or not to train by SCpl Kingston


unday is traditionally a day of rest. Sunday the twenty second of September was different. I was to com— pete in the Windsor to Chiswick Marathon. I was up at six and into the Home Park for eight o’clock, ready for the start of my first ever Marathon. As I stood amidst some of the best athletes in the country I began to wonder if

The Championships consisted of five weeks training, which this year incor— porated pole training from week two, followed by race week in the second week of Fanuary. Naturally coupled with the ski training was the essential altitude training. Under LCpl Beech, the team PTI, a special programme of long lunches and late nights was devised to improve stamina and endurance. Further remedial training over Christmas and the New Year ensured the Regimental team were well prepared for race week.

The Team.

Our A Team, consisting of LCpl Beech, LCpl Tate, Capt Mayhew and Capt(chalet girl) Lester»Smith won the team Slalom, Super Giant Slalom and the overall team competition. Special mention should be made of

LCpls Beech and Tate who came first and second respectively in the individual competition and Capt Lawrence for his valiant first place in the Long Island Iced Tea competion.

Cresta aptain] Fuller and Lieutenant L E Chauveau drove from Knightsbridge to St Moritz to take part in the 50th anniversary of the Army Winter Sports Association Cresta Run compe-


Lieutenant Colonel D Willoughby, MC. introduced the Cresta Run safety brief with an x-ray of a human showing various injuries gained on the course; two broken legs and arms, a broken jaw, a broken neck. His opening words were very reassuring: “Tobogganing is a dan— gerous sport. The Cresta Run is not a slide, it is run which needs riding.” He immediately got the rooms’ attention.

spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce would have to do. Suddenly, the bottom dropped out of my world. There, in the distance, through the haze of sweat and tears was the official

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would be enough to get me through the

pointing his large Japanese camera at unsuspecting runners. There was no way that I was going to allow . myself to be caught on film in such a physical mess. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a way out of my predicament. Outside a shop was a lady spectator in a wheelchair. I quickly explained my problem to her and without further ado I pushed the wheelchair past the photographer at a slow jog. I parked the wheelchair in the next convenient door— way and continued on my way with a wave and smile. I hit the wall at the 20 mile point; the “wall”, I am reliably informed is a point which all long distance runners reach and once through the wall things are supposed to get easier. This wall must have been the thickest in running history. I noticed that I was being passed by a group of octogenarian runners sporting the strip of the “Maidenhead Tortoises”. Could this be true? Myself, 3 young soldier, being passed by 80 year old reptiles! Dazed and disorientated I ran on past Rich— mond Lock. After about an hour I knew I was in trouble. I hadn’t seen another

given up smoking at six o’clock that morning really stop my lungs from packing their bags and leaving my body via my mouth? I gazed longingly at the other competitors, clad in their lycra body suits and ultra lightweight training shoes. I wondered what sort of picture I painted, dressed in my blue army shorts, green army socks (with the mandatory 2 inch roll downs ) and my issue daps which can only be described as two sacks tied around my feet. I didn’t even have a lunch box. The starter’s gun punctured the air and

we were off. There was much jostling for position and I cursed the sleek Olympian who pushed past me. In doing so he knocked the Nicorette patch off my left arm. This was a small step for me but a great step for smoking fatties. I reached the thirteen mile point in 1 hour and 40 minutes which wasn’t a bad time. I got my second wind (or was it my third) and things didn’t seem to bad. LCoH Tovell had told me to consume as

by Captain]r H F Fuller, The Life Guards

pasta I had decided that :

my full hours training in the Gym task ahead. Would the fact that I had

LCpl Beech tack/es The Army Giant Sta/om.

much pasta as possible. I «.3; .5-9‘ \.N . 4. . Not being a great fan of 3% KT? 3’


runner for an hour and a quarter, not even a tortoise. I was lost. I asked a man with a dog if he had seen anyone else dressed like me. He replied “No”, and then offered to call me an ambulance. The detour had cost the valuable time, not to mention extra miles. I reached the last water stop just as they were packing up. They could only offer a half chewed polystyrene cup of water. I needed something more, so I reached into my pocket and produced a packet of cigarettes. They were damped but smokeable. The staffthought I was mad. They thought I was even madder when I lit a second. The finish was in sight but I was too late. Everyone had gone home and only empty snickers wrappers were left to greet my final shufflings. I had ran for 6 hours and covered over 32 miles including my detour. Although I came last I did have a sense of pride. If only I had trained.

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Sports Squash by Major N D Garrett, The Life Guards

After a shaky start Lieutenant Chauveau managed to reduce his time to a 56.22 sec 996 has been a successful year for the

coming 18th out of 35.

Unfortunately new HCMR Squash team. At the beginning of the year a small band of

Captain Fuller on his third run made a dramatic exit at Shuttlecock Corner but

dedicated players began preparation for the London District Squash Championships. Our first major setback was the loss of CoH Irving to Sundcrland as The first game was set a recruiter.

managed a 57.73 sec on his first run. By the end of the week both team members had their times down to 54 sec.

an ‘ Lt Chauveau 8. Capt FuI/e provmg they had been there.

Next year it is hoped that the Household Cavalry will be able to provide a larger team.

against 31 Sigs in June.

On 11 July a reasonably surprised team arrived at Wellington Barracks Gym for the London District Finals aginst PCD

and Maj N D Garrett as reserves. At the end of an exhausting and exciting match PCD RLC still reigned supreme. How—

RLC from Mill Hill, who had held the cup for the last three years. The team consisted of LCoH Hughes (No 1), LCpl Wheeler (No 2), SCpl (TM) Carson (No

ever we took more games from their team in the match than they had lost in the

3), LCoH Slingsby (No 4), LSgt Green AGC (No 5) with Captain CA Lockhart

returned to barracks and further training

whole season, so we felt justified as runners-up. After a good post match ale, we

for 1997.

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Polo Team 1996

HCMR Football by W02 (SCM) Bellringer The Life Guards he Regimental Football Team has had another fine year. It got underway with a couple of excellent results against HCR in Windsor; of the 2 games played the Regiment won 5—2 and 5—0,

here was concern at the start of the season that 96 would not be a great season for Household Cavalry Polo. Sadly we had lost Captain Barlow from the team and even with some liberal interpretations of the reserve officer rules, he would not be eligible for the Inter Regimental or Captains and Suba1~ terns. The draw in the Inter Regimental was hard as we drew the favourites, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, in the first round. The team which lined up was Major J A Lydiard Wilson, Major CM Mitford Slade, Lieutenant A] L Fox Pitt and Major S H Cowen. The first round was played shortly after the Regiment’s return from America. The team took to the field with very fresh ponies and very little practice. Down three goals in handicap, the game was very close with the Yeomanry winning by one goal. The focus then turned to the Captains and Subalterns. A young team of OCdt Lewis, Lieutenant R C S Hall, Lieutenant A J L Fox Pitt and Captain R C Taylor went to Tidworth and returned with the Cup. In August the Guards Polo Club hosted the Major General’s Tournament. Six military based teams entered and The Household Cavalry beat

the latter in the Londist Cup Quarter Final. However in the Semi Final us came up against a strong Artillery side which beat us quite convincingly and went on to win the Cup. During the League campaign, the Regiment had some difficult games, there were games we should have won but drew, and games we lost but should have drawn. Overall all those involved worked hard for the results. Unfortunately the league title hinged on our last game, which was the day before the league closed, and the team we were due to play called the game off. No matter how hard Captain EHD Andrews and the Commanding Officer tried, we were not awarded the points and therefore conceded the league by just one point.

The highlight to every season is always the Cavalry Cup. This year was no exception. The Regiment was drawn against HCR in the Semi Final, which was played at Burton’s Court. Both sides fielded their best players and the game was played at a frantic pace, however against the run of play the Regiment opened their account with a goal from W02 Bellringer; for a while it looked like we may get a famous victory, but this was not to be. The game turned in favour of the Armoured Regiment, with SCpl Godson at the back, organising his team and CoH Gray an inspiration in midfield, who went on to win by 3 goals to 1. They certainly at times played with great professionalism. Well Done. The Team this year has started its programme well, with a good draw in Chatham against RSME and a fine win over the Armoured Regiment by 6 goals to 2, with CoH Paternotte scoring 4. However it all went horribly wrong in

the Londist Cup as the Regiment lost by

4-2. The Regiment has still some old timers in the team with W02 Bellringer, SCpl Lanahan, and CoH Smithers. However this season sees some new faces in Tprs Anderson, Forte, Mountford, Ingham and Ireland, who I might add is a dead ringer for David Beckham of Man Utd. The Regimental Team held the second football lunch which was attended by Major N D Garrett who surprised everyone with his knowledge of the game, for that we all thank him. It

was a good day which coincided with the England v Holland which everyone watched in the local pub in the East End. Lastly may we wish the HCR good luck for the 96/97 Season and hope to see some old faces soon.

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SCpl (SQMC) AR the, The Life Guards Having been asked by a number of people to teach them TAE KWON DO, once they found out that I was a Black belt, I was granted permission by the CO, to run a school and use the gym. A demonstration was arranged by the senior members of my association The British Freestyle Tae Kwon Do Associa—

Combermere Barracks, where we has some success. CoH Atkinson’s son Jay won the PEE WEE sparring. My daughter Jessica walked off with third place in patterns and sparring, very pleased with herself because she only used the front kick and double punch she had been practising all week.

tion (BFTA). The demonstration showed patterns (a

series of offensive and defensive moves against one or more imaginary opponents). Children and adults then sparred

LCoH Simpson in his first competition won silver in patterns and sparring, along with a few bruises.

showing off the techniques that they

Later in the year, the adults went to the lst Army Martial Arts Championships

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kick combinations to simple straight

another trophy to his cabinet, with a sil— ver in patterns. Sgt Mather and CoH Kemp fought each other in the coloured belt sparring. Sgt Mather kicked CoH Kemp injuring himself, giving the win

punches. Being flexible, I lead the stretching exer— cises finishing with 3 of us in full box splits one of them being my son Mark , who is now only 9 years old. The demo was narrated by Mr Paddy Baker, who felt very much at home in the gym, where as a LCoH in the LG Mtd Sqn he had been a PTI.

gradings. Mark Tate was awarded best attendance trophy, and I didn’t drag him to train once. At the time of writing Robert Wills, Jessica and Mark Tate and LCoH Simpson are awaiting their latest grading results. What does next year have to offer? 365 training days to start with.

LCQH Simpson added

to CoH Kemp which has encouraged Sgt Mather to train harder for the rematch! I came first in the Black Belt sparring which finished a good month for me having just passed my second dan with a distinction two weeks earlier.


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News from the Associations The Life Guards Association Annual Report 1996 S Patron



Chairman: Lieutenant Colonel HSJ Scott

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Vice Chairman: Major ND Garrett

Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan

Honorary Treasurer: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) AD Meakin


Honorary Secretary: Captain R Hennessy—Walsh


1956 died in the Cayman Islands in 1992 and his family have formed a Trust in his memory in Nassau. We have been informed that in the near future the sum of US$1,300 (approx £850) will be received by the Association from this Trust and, in all probability, a similar sum will be received in future years. The Honorary Treasurer’s Report was approved by Mr Hitchman.

4.H0norary Secretary’s Report Trustees of The Life Guards Charitable Trust

Serving Members

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Lieutenant Colonel HSJ Scott Major 1W Kelly Lieutenant Colonel SV Gilbart-Denham CVO

Major ND Garrett Major A] Mead

Major NE Hearson JP DL Mr CE Dean RVM

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) AD Meakin Captain JT Lodge

Captain LD Stratford MBE Mr D Johnson

Lieutenant M Whatley Auditors

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Captain AM Cherrington

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Minutes of the 62nd Anuual General Meeting of

The Association Office has had a particularly busy year and the re—vamping of the database which I referred to at the last AGM is now complete. I would urge all Area Representatives to make the best possible use of it. Direct line telephone numbers and a facsimile machine are now in place in the Association Office thus avoiding having to go through the Military Exchange. Nonserving membership in now at 2,295 which takes into account the 41 mem— bers whose Journal has been returned. Membership therefore is slightly up on last year’s figure of 2,279 and 2,256 the year before. This upward trend is

1. Opening the Meeting The Chairman, Colonel JWM Ellery,

opened the Meeting at 1800hrs and wel— comed everyone present. He explained that everything was in good shape with the Association and thanked the Com— mittee for their continued support during his absence on duty in Bosnia. The Household Cavalry commitment to

could lend as much support as they felt able. The Chairman further explained that the Honorary Secretary would be retiring from the Regular Army in April 1997 and that he would take up one of the two retired officer positions within the Household Cavalry and continue to act as Secretary from then onwards.

2. Approval of Minutes

recruiting remains undiminished and he urged all members of the Association to

encourage, through family and friends, as many potential recruits as possible. HCR had agreed that whenever recruiting exer« cises were to take place that Area Representatives would be informed so that they

The Minutes ofthe 6lst Annual General Meeting were published in the current edition of the Journal. It was proposed by Major Hearson and seconded by Mr Morris that they were a true record of the proceedings.

3. Honorary Treasurer’s Report The draft accounts for 1995 as published in the Regimental Journal have now been audited and confirmed as correct. The funds remain in a healthy state and our investments with the United Services Trustee which cost £145,850 are now valued at £437,800. So far this year we have received applications from 18 members, or their wid— ows, through SSAFA for assistance. These have been dealt with but two cases were rejected. A total of £7,000 has been distributed this year. Major Henry Montgomerie Charrington who served in the Regiment from 1944 to

5. Election of Committee In accordance with normal custom the non-serving members of the Committee resigned but they all offered themselves for re—election for the coming year. This was proposed by Mr Dodson and sec~ onded by Mr Warner.

6. Any Other Business In view of the large number of Association members living in Dorset Mr Hitchman offered himself as an additional Area Representative. The Honorary Treasurer was asked whether the Association was getting value for money regarding the annual auditors’ fee. The Honorary Treasurer said that official auditors had to audit the accounts to satisfy the requirements of the Charity Commissioners and that he considered the fee realistic. The Honorary Secretary was asked to investigate the reason why so few tickets were allocated to the Association for the Queen’s Birthday Parade. The number of tickets being allocated to any organisation, including serving officers and soldiers, is reducing and this is in part due to the reduction in size of the stands. Tickets were however much easier to get for the lst and 2nd Rehearsals and Inner Line of Sentry tickets were always made available to the Association.

The Life Guards Association and Charitable Trust Income and Expenditure account for year ending Blst December 1996

The Life Guards Association held at Combermers Barracks Windsor on Saturaday 125th June 1996

encouraging despite the large number of obituaries - some 31 - I sadly had to report in the Journal. Regrettably, since the publication of the Journal, a further 15 members have died. It was suggested at a recent Committee Meeting that the Annual Newsletter should contain a list of those members who had died since the publication of the Journal. I will do this commencing with this year’s Newsletter and they will also be included in the next edition of the Journal. Committee meetings continue to be held every quarter to decide on policy matters and the Financial Sub Committee continue to make grants to worthy cases both young and old. The awaited membership card - and Book of Rules - will be issued with the next Newsletter.

RECEIPTS 1995 36,272.11 10,000.00

Bank Balances as at lst January HCCCF (One Day’s Pay)

Subscriptions and Donations The Life Guards Association 2,011.08 15790 Helping Hand Fund 95.76 LG Charitable Trust Interest on Deposit Accounts 1,935.71 Dividends from United Services Trustee 13,695.36 Legacy the late Major HE Montgomerie—Charrington Grants from Army Benevolent Fund 7,006.00

1996 41,344.18 10,000.00

1,799.12 122.90 35.79 1,891.69 21,644.34 850.00 5,360.00

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348.15 71,522.07

£2,628. 15 £2,280.00 Profit

SALES £3,129.70 COST £2,451.25 678.45 83,726.47

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EXPENDITURE 3,191.65 407.81 822.50 353.90 Donations 177.19 72.00 13,513.66 5,367.84

Office Equipment/Misc expenses Postage Stationery Auditors’ Fee Membership CardsxRule Books Wreaths/Funeral Expenses Combined Cavalry Association Empire Field of Remembrance St. Georges Memorial Chapel (60) Grants (55) Regimental Kneelers » Gds Chapel Regimental Magazine

Annual Dinner £5,636.57




The Life Guards Association Notices

259.00 3,427.13 416.13 822.50 602.00 256.90 198.80 67.78 10.50 14,724.88 180.00 4,962.75

Correspondence for the Association should be addressed to:


5. Annual Association Dinner

sent a Life Membership Card. member who has not


received these

The 62nd Annual Dinner will be held in

items should contact the Honorary Sec—

The Honorary Secretary

Combermere Barracks, Windsor on Sat—


The Life Guards Association

urday 14th June 1997 commencing at

Home Headquarters


Household Cavalry

medals (not miniatures).

Dress: Lounge Suit with

Combermere Barracks

Colonel A P De Ritter, who commanded


7. Area/Regional Representatives

the Regiment from December 1990 to

Home Headquarters Household Cavalry

August 1992, will be in the chair. Tick-

maintains a list of those members who


1,196.07 63.37 5,011.90 41,344.18 71,522.07


Deficit Bank Charges Invested with United Services Trustee Bank/Deposit Balances as at 31 December


Investments at current value at 1 Dec Current Bank and Deposit Accounts


must be obtained through the Honorary

area/regional representatives of the Association. Owing to current security







Secretary using the proforma enclosed Tel: 01753 755297/755213

469,038.37 47,546.47 516,584.84

with this Journal. Personal guests will

conditions it is not permitted to publi~

not be permitted to attend. The Regi—

cise their names in this Journal but

Facsimile: 01 753 755161 mental Corporal Major will offer the

members may obtain the name and

hospitality of the WOs’ & NCOs’ Mess

address of their nearest representative

to all Association members and their

by contacting the Honorary Secretary.

All members of the Association are requested to introduce the Association

wives after the Dinner.

1. Membership INVESTMENTS 402,379.45 41,344.18 443,723.63

ets will not be available at the door and SL4 3DN 491.53 32.00 9,726.10 47,546.47 83,726.47

However, it is

to all those eligible for membership

necessary for him to impose a restriction

under Rule 2 of the “Rules of Member—

on children accompanying their parents

8. Christmas Cards

into the Mess unless they are aged 18 or ship”. over. Please also note that ladies should

NOTES ON THE ACCOUNTS 2. Life Membership

1. Investments

be announced in the Newsletter which

that the HCR hold their Open day in

will be issued about August. In view of

Combermere Barracks on the next day.

the large demand on them, members are advised to submit their orders as soon as

Cost of Shares held on 31 December 1996 Number of shares held Market value of shares held on 31 December 1996 Value per share on 31 December 1996

£153,208.17 61675 £469,038.37 £7605

they receive the proforma which will be Any Annual Member of the Association may become a Life Member on payment

The Shareholdings on 31 December 1996 are attributable to the following:

The Book of Rules was sent out to all

October/November before making their

members with the 1996 Newsletter. All


the 1996 card because they left it until

with Rule 4 of the “Rules of Member—

56286 1081 4308 61675

Many mem-

bers were disappointed at not receiving

of £15 in the case of officers and £5 in


sent with the Newsletter.

6. Life Membership Card/Book of Rules

the case of other ranks, in accordance

Charitable Trust Sir Roger Palmer Fund Helping Hand Fund Total

Details of the 1997 Christmas Card will

not attend until after the Dinner, also

non-commissioned members were also The F/e/ds of Hemebrance, November 7996. Officers and their Ladies

3. Regimental Items for sale The Charitable Trust holds 1051 shares on behalf ofthe Regimental Funds ofThe Life Guards. These shares cost £7,314.47 and are valued on 31 December 1996 at £7,992.85

Various items with the Regimental Cypher are available from the House-

2. Miscellaneous hold Cavalry Museum at Combermere 55 grants were made to members of the Association or their widows during 1996 and 12 applications were refused.

Barracks. A list of these items for sale

The Legacy from the Estate of the late Maior HE Montgomerie-Charrington. This officer served in the Regiment from 1944 to 1946 and died in the Bahamas on 1 June 1992.

from the Curator on 01 753 755203.

appear in this Journal or can be obtained

In view of the publication date of the Regimental Journal the accountants have not yet completed the audit for 1996 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 Mcet~ ing of the Association in 1997.

(signed) AD Meakin Lt C01 Honorary Treasurer

4. Annual General Meeting

The 63rd Annual General Meeting will be held in Combermere Barracks, Windsor on Saturday 14th June 1997 com—

mencing at 1800hrs.

News from the Associations 96

News from the Associations

The Blues and Royals Association Annual Report 1996

A considerable discussion ensued con-

ties of travel to and accommodation at

c) Cavalry Memorial Parade

cerning the reasons for and against the

Windsor for those not living in the

The Chairman urged all members to

annual dinner being held at the respec-

South of England who made long jour-

attend the Cavalry Memorial Parade tak-

tive venues, with opinion being equally

neys to attend both the Dinner and the Cavalry memorial parade. There being

lined the procedure for forming up on the Broadwalk.

divided. Mr Lawson observed that it

ing place on Sunday 19 May 96, and out—

had always been the practice in the past

no definite consensus and in view of the

President :

Legal Advisor

to hold the dinner at Windsor whenever

strength of opinion being expressed, the

General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick

AT Lawson - Cruttenden Esq. TD MA

the Regiment arrived or departed from

Chairman asked the meeting to refer

There being no further business to dis«

UK. The union with LG had meant that

this matter to the committee to consider

cuss, the meeting closed at 1900hrs.

this natural interval had been lost and

what ways could be found to establish a


the Association should consider re»

firm policy on the matter. This was

Capt MA Harding

Mr N Bourne

establishing a similar


W01 (Bandmaster) R Pennington

Mr DH Clark

Other members spoke on the difficul-

W02 (RQMC) VP Maher W02 (SCM) J Fisher

Mr FG Collingwood

W02 TR Francis

Mr AG Francis

W02 MR Hayward

Mr H Hunter

Serving Members

_ Committee: Lieutenant General Sir Richard Vickers

interval again.

KCB,LV0,0BE.(Chairman) Lt Col BWB White — Spunner RHG/D

Mr D Ellis

Major JA Lydiard - Wilson RHG/D

Hon Treasurer W02 (SCM) MJW Norris

Mr W Henderson

W02 (SCM) FS Willacy

Mr PB Lawson

Non Serving Members

Mr CE Mogg

Major (Retd) JG Handley

Lt Col (Retd) WR Marsh Major (Retd)] Peck

Mr CE Missenden

Asst Secretary

Capt (Retd) RB Yates

Mr KA Taylor

Major (Retd) AW Kersting

Mr K Adams

Major (Retd) EL Payne Mr WR Macdougall

Hon Secretary

The Blues and Royals Association Balance Sheet as at 31 December 1996

Mr MA Shillabeer






CASH AT BANK 80855.60 £49200.79

Current Account Deposit Account

£217S.26 £66230.71


Sundry Debtors






Regtl Histories


Sundry Creditors



Minutes of the Annual General Meeting Held at Combermere Barracks on Saturday 18 May 1996 1. Opening remarks


The President opened the meeting at

Mr W. Steel

It was then PROPOSED by


Mr J

ward at the next meeting ofthe commit-

1830 hrs by welcoming all members

Triggs BEM that the accounts for the


period be PASSED.

5. Other business

4. Committee members.

Mr Hulland asked what facilities were

2. Minutes of the Previous meeting. The Chairman stated that the minutes

The Chairman informed the meeting


that under Rule 12 of the Constitution

opportunities to ex Household Cavalry—

and Rules, Mr W Steel & Mr E Lane

men as he had recently been in a position

of the Annual General Meeting 1995

retire from the committee. In addition

to direct members into employment

were published in the Household Cavalry Journal for 1995/6 which had been

Mr Ford had sadly died. The Chairman

(which had included accommodation)

informed the meeting that Mr Hender-

but had found difficulty in finding a suit-

He then handed the meeting



over to the Chairman, Lt Gen. Sir

(a) Employment opportunities

Richard Vickers.




despatched to all members of the Asso—

son and Mr Macdougall were recom-

able information exchange. After some

ciation and it was not proposed to read

mended by the committee to fill the

discussion the Chairman recommended

them out. Having established that there

vacancies created by retirements and

that all submissions be made through the

were no points arising from these min-

that nominations would be considered




utes, it was PROPOSED by Mr K. Tay-

by the Committee for that created by

Office. (details of which would be pub-

lor, SECONDED by Mr M Shillabeer,

the death oer Ford . It was then PRO-

lished in the Journal annually.)

that the minutes be PASSED .

POSED by Mr PB Lawson and SEC-



INVESTMENTS (see Note 1)

£86597.” £86597.17

3.1 COST

Market Value







(b) Venue for the Annual Dinner

3. The Accounts

Henderson and Mr Macdougall be

Mr RA Newman had submitted the fol-

The Treasurer gave a summary of the


lowing proposal by letter.

95 as published in the Household Caval-

Major E Payne nominated Mr H Hunter

That: The Annual Dinner be held at

for the third vacancy and the chairman

Windsor and

ry Journal and gave a short report on the benevolent activities for the past 6

agreed that his name would be put for—


accounts for the period 1 Jan - 31 Dec.

Balance at 31 Dec 1995


Balance at 31 Dec 1996




London on alternate

News from the Associations 98

News from the Associations

The following investments are held

Association Notices 1995 Units Held 29057

1995 Market Value £197006.46

Investment Title United Services Trustees Combined Charitable Fund

199 Units Held 29057

61996 Market Value £220577.79


Equities Investment Fund for Charities (CHARIFUND)






£60591.57 £98733.51

accumulation units £87054.04

Barclays Unicorn Exempt Trust




All correspondence should be addressed to: The Hon. Secretary The Blues {'9’ Royals Association Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berks. SL4 3DN 7231: 01753 755297 Annual General Meeting

Due to limited space, tickets will be lim-

The 29th Annual General Meeting will

ited to one per member and only Official

be held at Combermere Barracks, Wind-

Guests will be permitted.

reunion of ex members of the Household Division. The event will take the form of a cruise on the Murray River

sor, on 10 May 1997 commencing at

and will include a Remembrance Day

1830hrs. All members are requested to

To assist with security, members are

attend. Members wishing to place a res-

asked to be prepared to present some

olution before the meeting should write

form of identity on entering Barracks.

to the Honorary Secretary at least 6

Ladies may not attend the dinner, but

weeks before the meeting.

are welcome in the mess afterwards by

service at a River Town.

Those interested should contact:

INCOME & EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT kind permission of the RCM HCR.

For the Period 01 Jan — 31 Dec 1996

Association Annual Dinner

Grants & Assistance Investment Dividends Deposit a/C Interest Subs & Donations

Annual Dinner Tkt Sales



£7998.00 £13503.02

£00 £17381.84






EXPENDITURE Grants & Assistance Memorials Wreaths & Funerals

1995 £14532.07 £681.50

1996 £10445.62

The Guards Association of South Australia

The Hyde Park Bombing Memorial

May 1997 at 1930hrs. Dress: Lounge

The Committee of the Guards Associa-

Members are reminded that there will

Suits. NO MEDALS. Tickets will not be

tion of South Australia are interested to

be a short service of remembrance held

available at the door and must be

hear from Members either living in or

at the memorial on Sunday 11 May 1997

obtained through the Hon Secretary on

visiting Australia during

the proforma enclosed with this journal.

1998, for the purpose of arranging a

directly after the Cavalry Memorial Parade has ended.








Annual Dinner costs





Christmas Card costs







4 Nerida Court Kidmarz Park 5025. South Australia.

Combermere Barracks, Windsor on 10

The 29th Annual Dinner will be held at


K Wardle Esq.


Household Cavalry Museum Stafi‘: (Major (Reld) AWKersting, formerly RHG/D (1954-86)

Christmas Card Sales Book Sales & Royalties Journal Sales & Advertising Sundries Total Income





Journal Production costs Administration costs Total Expenditure







Mrs j‘anet Watts he move of the museum from Combermere Barracks is at present on hold and is now unlikely to happen for at least two years. The number of visitors to the museum during the year was around 6,000 mainly school, clubs, coach parties, military clubs and various associations. The following is a list of some of the additions received during the past year:

REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT EXAMINER The Blues & Royals Association I have examined the Balance Sheet and income and expenditure account and report that in my opinion these accounts give a true and fair view of the state ofthe Association’s affairs at 31 December 1996 and ofthe surplus of income over expenditure for the year ended on that date.

1. Officers Waist Belt - The Blues and Royals sealed pattern given by Clothing Directorate, Didcot.

Curator on the Reg/meme! Cross Country.

2. Tent Lamp and Saddle Bag used in South Africa by Capt Houston, Royals.

6. Medals — Egypt/Khedive Star 1059 Tpr H Moore ZLG. Medals - WW1 2753 Tpr D J Basson

3. Medals - SA and WW1 SCM Brown 1st LG given by Mr and Mrs Farrance.

Both groups of medals given by Mr Midgley ex The Life Guards.

mond Ladies Brooch.

4. Guidon Belt Plate lst RD given by Clothing Directorate, Didcot.

7. Medals - WW1 305625 WA Ford RHG given by his brother.

Lady Fitzpatrick. Given by the Colonel

5. Medals WW2 SCM] Dawkins RHG given by Mrs I M Titford.

8. Binoculars and Spurs, 400255 J Wilson, Royals, given by Mrs P Rose.

9. First Royal Dragoons Silver and Dia— mond Ladies Brooch.

lLG. The Blues and Royals Silver and DiaAT Lawson Cruttenden TD.MA. Solicitor Advocate 17 Red Lion Square LONDON. WClR 4QT

Both brooches were worn and owned by

of The Blues and Royals, General Sir Independent Examiner.

Desmond Fitzpatrick GCB, GCVO,


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The Household Cavalry Association (Dorset Branch) The Annual report of the Dorset “Support” Squadron President:

Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan-Howard, KCVO, CB, CBE, MC.


Mr Ray Peck, Late LG.

Colonel ofThe Life Guards and Gold Stick.

Bovington Battle Day saw four committee members blister onto the Regiments recruiting caravan to assist with a days recruiting. We answered countless questions and sent many an old soldier away happy in the knowledge that we as a Regiment were still very much in business. The day was

enjoyable Secretary:

Mr Barry Idle, Late RHG/D.


Mr John Triggs BEM, Late RHG/D.






ballet. This type of behaviour by the over 65’s sets a bad example to the younger over 50’s. Eddie Roberts concluded that his heart operation appeared to be successful, after demolishing half the buffet and lead— ing the dancing. A truly memorable night that just has to be repeated— if only for the water ballet.

encouraged elsewhere. Headquarters:

he many pleasures of the festive season a distant memory, the Dorset squadron paraded at the Savoy Hotel for their AGM in early January. The committee-types were quickly given their PULHEEMS, then humoured, begged, conned and cudgelled, before being proposed, seconded and elected within the time it takes Denis Clark to say “YES SIR”. Their instructions from the member— ship were clear and concise, “get a bit on” for 1996. The DRAC’S conference at Bovington was slipped from its traditional November date to February, however, we were more than equal to the task

and hosted a buffet at which some 45 serving and Association members met for an informal gathering with the Lt Col Commanding, Col Peter Rogers and the Commanding Officer of the Mounted Regiment, Lt Col Toby Browne. An enjoyable evening was had by all and special mention goes to the Silverstick, for those blazer

buttons Colonelll. The Valentines Dance commenced the years entertainment and ably organ« ised by one of our serving members,

namely SCpl Richard Carney — Signals Instructor extrordinair by day and international cabaret promoter by night - a most enjoyable evening ensued, so much so, that “Reg” was immediately posted back to Windsor

— Mess PEC no doubt. In March we broke new ground along with a few other things — when our Treasurer, ever on the lookout for even more “GROATES”, introduced Somerset Pig Racing to the Savoy Hotel ballroom. Very entertaining, though somewhat noisy, placing it midway between a mess games night and the Grand Military Gold Cup. Endless shouting, blatant cheating, false starts, photo finishes, bent book-

Savoy Hotel, West Hill Road, Bournemouth.

ies, we had the lot. It will go down as a wonderful evenings entertainment for those who attended. April was again given over as the month to keep the wives sweet and a good deal of interior


exterior econo— >

my was planned, namely decorating, gardening, decorat—I ing, gardening etc.,. etc., etc. You finASS/SI/ng With ream/ting . L to R (stand/rig) CoH F/anagan. ished depending Barry /d/e, Ray Peck' seated from Maj M? Brown, Pete WMson much on the size of your house, your garden and your member in Beirut - the Emir of wife, not necessarily in that order. Wareham — Pete Ashdown. The Life Early Grockles were encountered around this time, however, their numbers were judged insufficient to call an extraordinary committee meeting. On 18th May a select group bade tearful farewells to their loved ones and headed off to attend The Blues and Royals Association Dinner in Knightsbridge, only to be reunited the following morning, when a coach arrived carrying the aforementioned loved ones and a strong Life Guards backup to attend the Cavalry Memo~ rial Parade. At the conclusion of the parade, Branch members moved across

Hyde Park and the Chairman laid a wreath at The Blues and Royals Memorial as a mark of respect and remembrance to those who lost their lives in the bombing. A cheese and wine evening at Mike (Chippy) and Sheila Woods home followed in June and proved very enjoyable, highlighted by that well known Dorset panto dame, Ms Phil Fisk, siphoning a stone demi—john - the things they taught on D&M courses

- and a guest appearance from our

Guards Association Dinner at Wind— sor drew the old and bold from our LG membership. That daunting cru— sade along the M3 gets longer each year, or so George Hitchman will have us believe. A warm summer evening in July saw some 170 nautical cavalrymen and their guests mustered on Poole Quay for the annual Fireworks Cruise. This is always the Chairman’s “baby”, with his wife Paula and other wives feeding the hoards. Ray was seen super— vising Paula and the buffet with one hand, collecting tickets with the other and dispatching gatecrashers with both feet. However, with the food safely stowed in the galley, a well stocked bar and the disco warming to the occasion, we set sail to cheers from the drunks across the road. Sprawled out in the first class lounge was none other than that famed BT engineer from Burnham-on-Sea, Jack (the grocer) Davis, his hair was being closely scrutinised by Wally Pitt, however, a compromise was reached and a very unsavoury incident averted.

Fifty or so members descended on Les and Mandy Moore’s “hacienda” at Corfe Mullen in August to carry out the annual CFT on the Branches two BBQ stands along with Les’s swimming pool and test Pete Wilson’s claims that as a dispatch rider he could TAC sign a route. Needless to say all apart from Pete Wilson passed the tests — DR my foot. Tentage and lighting were erected in double quick time, the Benghazi burners exploded into life and the wives gave the punch bowl a close inspection. Some older male members had to be res— cued from the pool, after Mrs Mau— reen Fisk demonstrated her water

The Annual Dinner in October was excellently organised by John Triggs and over 170 sat down to a first class meal and good entertainment. With many people staying at the hotel from Friday night to Sunday lunchtime, the Household Cavalry Weekend has now officially arrived. Maj Gen Sir Richard Vickers KCB, LVO, OBE. was the Guest of Honour and was quite surprised to find a couple of his old tank crew amongst our number. Special mention also to Sam Keyworth, for his professionalism as Toast Master and to “Taff” Ford for not telling that joke to Mrs Sheila Kersting.

Our charity “Carriage Driving for the Disabled” at Holton Heath near Wareham, benefited when the mem— bership, represented by the Chairman and. three committee members, presented equipment to the value of #500 at a presentation in the Sum-

mer. As we move towards the end of 1996, our membership has moved through the “magic” one hundred barrier and for that we thank our Chairman and his hardworking and dedicated committee. Our sympathy is extended to the widows and families of the two members we sadly lost during the past 12 months, ex WOZ Alfie Allcock and ex COH George Hubback. We would like to feel we saw them off in a manner befitting two loyal and trusted Household Cavalrymen.

Obituaries The Life Guards 294815 Cpl Osborne HS

23929158 LCpl Harriett JW

Lieutenant the Earl of Warwick

Served from 2 Apr 64 to 1 Apr 73

Served from 15 Nov 52 to 21 May 54

Served from 21 Jan 30 to 17 Oct 45

Died 9 Nov 95 aged 50 years

Died Jan 96 aged 62 years

Died 24 Mar 96 aged 84 years

24447650 LCoH Nicholson AG

294973 CoH Ashby HGA

294673 W01 Sutcliffe VR

Served from 12 Jan 77 to 23 Apr 86

Served from 29 May 33 to 27 Nov 45

Served from 11 Nov 27 to 17 Jan 53

Died 18 Nov 95 aged 36 years

Died 18 Feb 96 aged 81 years

Died 13 Apr 95 aged 88 years

295784 Tpr Bartram W

296265 W02 (RQMC) Smith J, BEM

376185 Major A N K Chiesman

Served from 24 Oct 41 to 5 Apr 46 Served from 2 Mar 44 to 12 Aug 66

Served from 22 Dec 46 to Dec 64

Died 15 Mar 96 aged 70 years

Died 12 May 96 aged 68 years

23865703 LCoH Phillips NR

296195 Tpr Marriott RV

Died 3 Nov 95 aged 73 years

741725 W02 Dicker EM Served from 25 Jul 27 to 16 Aug 42 — on Served from 9 Jan 61 to 16 Nov 76

Served from 9 Dec 45 to 20 Mar 46

Died 31 Mar 96 aged 54 years

Died 3 Jun 96 aged 80 years

discharge to a commission Died 3 Dec 95 aged 93 years 294886 CoH Shirlaw LCG

296713 Cpl Wigmore SC

Served from 17 Mar 31 to 10 Feb 35

Served from 22 Jul 46 to 21 Jul 58

Served from 1 Oct 40 to 1 Jan 47 Died 18 Dec 95 aged 74 years

Died 10 Apr 96 aged 83 years

Died 5 Jun 96 aged 75 years

295508 Cpl Boddy NE

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22205072 Musn Hogg A] Served from 7 Apr 48 to 6 Apr 60

295044 Tpr Harnden LRW

Lieutenant AC Everett LVO OBE DL Served from 1 Jan 54 to 1 Jan 56

Died 18 Jun 96 aged 66 years

Served from 5 Mar 35 to 1 Dec 45 Died 8 Sept 96

406900 Lt Col W R Edgedale

295272 Tpr Cleverley J

24245687 LCoH Chamberlain AM

Served from 28 Oct 49 to 30 Nov 75

Served from 11 Apr 38 to 29 Oct 46

Served from 1968 to 16 Jun 74

Died 20 Jul 96 aged 65 years

Died 1 June 96 aged 76 years

Died 8 Nov 95 aged 43 years

21000123 Cpl Smith NL

24656006 LCpl Daynes S

2616319 W01 (RCM) E0 Lloyd RVM

Served from 5 Dec 47 to 29 Sept 68

Served from 21 May 84 to 17 Feb 93

Served from 31 Jul 1939 to 30 Jul 1965

Died 16 Jun 96 aged 70 years

Died 6 Oct 96 aged 29 years

Died 24 Dec 96 aged 75 years

294958 Tpr Green A

299496 Tpr B McLachlan

24096754 Tpr DJ Ayres

Served from 1933 to 1936

Served from 1921 to 1927

Served from 1 Nov 68 to 28 Aug 75

Died 12 Aug 96 aged 86 years

Died 28 Sept 96 aged 91 years

Died 30 Dec 96 aged 46 years

Major General Geoffrey Armitage (Late Royals)

Died 30 Oct 96 aged 61 years

6012541 LCpl Beatwell E

Geoffrey Armitage was one of the few

army officers, who managed successfully not only to transfer between Artillery and Armour halfway through his career, but also to become the pro— fessional head of his adopted arm as Director of the Royal Armoured Corps at an important juncture in the history of tank development. Brought up in Ireland, he was educated at Haileybury and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he won the Sword of Honour and was commissioned into 14th Anti—tank Regiment RA in 1 937.

Royal Dragoons (1 st Dragoons), to find some potential commanding officers from other arms who were willing to transfer. Much to the Gunners’ fury, Armitage decided to accept the Royals’ invitation to join them in 1951. He was gifted in sporting activities that would appeal to a cavalry regiment. He had won the army pentathlon; excelled as a polo player, was a succesful breeder and trainer of gun-dogs; and had a lifelong interest in all country pursuits. At that time, he was re-establishing the Staff College and Sandhurst pack of drag


Served to 19 Nov 47 Died 14 Sept 96 aged 75 years

Surviving the retreat to Dunkirk, he stayed with the Regiment deployed on anti-invasion defences. He became Adjutant in September 1940 and a Battery Commander a year later. In March 1943 the 4th Division sailed for North Africa, where his Battery took part in the final battles for Tunis.

The Blues and Royals 305371 Tpr GREENAWAY. S. (RHG)

305376 Musn HAWKINS. JB. (RHG)

305625 W01 FORD. WA (RHG

Served from 1939 to 1947

Served from 1938 to 1970

Served from 1940 to 1963

Died 27 September 1996

Died 14 July 1996

Died May 1996


305071 W02 . KELLY HC (RHG)

7949873 Tpr MORETON.]C. (Royals)


Served from 1961 to 1984

Served from 1942 to 1946

Served from 1936 to 1949

Died 3 August 1996

Died in 1991

He was mentioned in dispatches and appointed MBE (mil) in 1945.

Within four years of transferring he had become a highly respected regimental commander of The Royal Dragoons. He went on to be an instructor at the Imperial Defence College, 1959~60 and a Colonel, General Staff, in the War Office, 1960—62. Such was the confi— dence that he had inspired in Royal Armoured Corps circles that he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Armoured Corps Centre at Bovington,


Died 11 October 1996 Tpr REEVES.L. (Royals)

7949874 Tpr MORETON. PC. (Royals)

306322 Tpr BROWN. BG. (RHG)

Served from 1931 to 1941 (Transer to

Served from 1942 to 1946

Served from 1943 to 1953


Died in 1991

Died 23 January 1996

Died 16 November 1995 Maj.Gen. GT ARMITAGE (Royals)

21000108 CoH FIELDEN. H. (RHG) Served from 1937 to 1973 Served from 1947 to 1963 Died 11 Jan 1996

305139 W02 MUNFORD.V. (RHG)

Died 23 June 1996

Served from 1935 to 1957 Died 19 November 1996

Major CE WINSTANLEY (Royals)

It was during the crossing of the Rhine and the subsequent advance to the Baltic that his Battery was supporting 8th Hussars’ Armoured Regimental Group commanded by Desmond (later General Sir Desmond) Fitzpatrick. In 1946, he spent a year in the Mediterranean in the aircraft carrier HMS Ocean as an Army/Air Liaison Officer, which he greatly enjoyed. He was then specially selected to be one of the first of the Royal Artillery’s representative instructors at the new Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Desmond Fitzpatrick was asked by his regiment, The

His artillery and tank experience, cou—

pled with his ability as a Staff Officer, made him a natural choice as Chief of Staff to 1 st (British) Corps in Germany in 1966. It was not an easy time to hold such a responsible job; Denis Healey’s rolling defence reviews were in full swing, and the 1966 sterling crisis made it imperative to fight back to defend 1 st Corps from Treasury—driven cuts in its capabilities. To his relief, having been promoted Major—General and appointed CBE in 1968, he returned to England to take over as Director Royal Armoured Corps.

Served from 1947 to 1965

Served from 1939 to 1947

Served from 1936 to 1946

Died November 1995

Died 10 October 1996

Died 25 July 1996

Major C E Winstanley (Late Royals)


by Colonel jB Evans CBE, formally Royals.

305084 Cpl KEMP. H

400074 Tpr MALLINSONJM. (RoyServed from 1934 to 1946

Served from 1961 — 1984

Served from 1926 to 1932

Died October 1996

Died 10 May 1996

Died 1 January 1996

22351105 Cpl CHAMBERLAIN. RD.

305291 Capt JH. PITTS (RHG)

23744308 S/Cpl STUBLEY.I.

Served from 1937 to 1940 (Commis-


(RHG) Served from 1950 to 1952


Served from 1960 to 1982

Died 30 October 1995

Died 04 February 1996

Died 11 November 1996

305354 Tpr NORTHAGE. J (RHG)


Major PL.LEE. (Royals)

Served from 1938 to 1946

Served from 1955 to 1984

Served from 1940 to 1945

ric Winstanley who died in October 1995, joined The Royals from The 15th Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army at Wolfenbuttel in 1948. After serving as Second in Command of B Squadron and then Headquarter Squadron, he took command of Head— quarter Squadron in 1949. In 1951 he left The Regiment to command The East African Armoured Car Squadron in

Kenya, during which the Mau Mau insurrection began. Died 10 May 1996

Died 11 Feb 96

His last job in the Army was as Commander of Northumbrian District at Catterick, 1970-72, at the time of the first miners’ strike against the Heath

Government. The Army found itself involved in giving the police support, when and where needed to handle demonstrations, in the North East. On his retirement in 1973, he gave much of his time to the Country Landowners’ Association, running its Gamefair from

1973 to 1979. In 1949 he married Monica Wall Kent. They had one son who served in The Blues and Royals.


305416 CoH TYLER. WA (RHG)


It was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. the new Chieftain tank was just being brought into service. Regrettably, the gross unreliability ofits L60 engine, which was no fault of his, marred his tenure as Director.

appointments in BAOR, Somalliland

and in the UK, Eric left the Army to become a Retired Officer as Station Staff Officer at Hamm in Germany for almost five years followed by a long spell at The RAC Manning and Records Office. When this moved to Chester in 1976 Eric retired fully. He had many friends in the Regiment and was aloyal suppo— erter at all functions. We extend our sympathy to his widow, Halcyon.

After further

Died 20 November 1996

Obituaries 105 104 Obituaries

Lieutenant Colonel A M Barne OBE DL

Malor J S CI‘ISP late the Blues and Royals

(Late Royals)

by Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles OBE formerly the Blues and Royals.

ieutenant Colonel Tony Barne was

born in 1906 and brought up at the family home in Norfolk. From Marlborough he went to Sandhurst and was commissioned in 1926 into the Royals who were stationed at Hounslow, training on what is now Heathrow Airport. In 1927 the Regiment was sent to Egypt and then in 1929 to Secunderabad in Southern India. In both he was able to immerse himself in enviable sporting opportunities, particularly riding, shooting and pig-sticking. The Regiment moved to Meerut in 1930 where the officers shipped polo ponies from the Argentine and featured prominently in the racing and polo worlds. Colonel Barrie captained the team which won the Muttra Cup as well as competing successfully as a jockey. By 1934 the regiment was back in Egypt after a short stay in England. Still a Regimental Officer, one of Colonel Barne’s early tasks was to organise a work-force of 8,000 Nubians building the railway line from El Alamein to

Mersa Mertruh.

By 1936 the Royals

returned to England, affording the offi-

cers the opportunity to reacquaint them— selves with the British sporting scene. Colonel Barne headed for Leicestershire with a stable of horses. The following year he married Cara. The Royals were in Palestine with their horses on the outbreak of war, later to be converted to armoured cars and deployed in the Western Desert. Colonel Barne was Second—in~Com— mand when, shortly after Alamein , the Commanding Officer, Tony Pepys was wounded. Barne assumed command in the dash to Tripoli until the new Com— manding Officer arrived. He was then transferred to command of the 4th Hus— sars, in which appointment he remained throughout the Italian campaign. In the 9 years between 1938 and 47 he claimed to take only 2 weeks leave, one of which was at Lake Como as a guest of Winston Churchill!

Colonel Barne was Mentioned in Dis— patches in 1945 and appointed OBE in 1947. His last military post was in com» mand of the Royal Armoured Corps Depot at Bovington during which he founded the Royal Armoured Corps

Simon Crisp in died early January this year, a few days before his sixtieth birthday. Having been educated at Eton and RMA Sandhurst, he was commis— sioned not into The Life Guards with his three Gooch cousins but into The Royal Horse Guards in December 1956.

U (30/ A M Barrie OBE

Yacht Club, winning the Round the Island Race in 1949. Then followed retirement with Cara at Culeaze in Dorset, where many cavalry officers from his own and other Regiments enjoyed their hospitality. Up to his death in November 1996 he retained his sporting interests particularly sailing and shooting. To Cara and his son Christopher we offer our sincere sympathy.

He saw active service almost immediately with the Regiment in Cyprus during the Eoka emergency and again a year later in Aden, where his contemporaries believed he was unlucky not to get a bravery award in one particular opera— tion. His career included postings to BOAR, Windsor, the MOD and the Mounted Regiment. A surprising posting was as ADC, aged 35, to the present Colonel of the Regiment General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. There were

(Late Royals) by Colonel][ B Evans CBE formerly Royals ac who died in 1996, joined The Royals at Wolfenbuttle in 1950. Formally commissioned into the RTR, he had served with 5 RTR in 7th Armoured Division in North Africa, Italy and NW Europe where he was awarded an immediate MC at La Lande in Normandy in August 1944.

In The Royals he commanded B Squadron both in Germany and in the

Suez Canal Zone in Egypt before being appointed MA to the Commander in Chief Middle East early in 1952. Subsequently he served as a Training Major

with The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, attended the US Command and Staff College and completed appointments in NATO and the Ministry of Defence. After leaving the Army he worked for Jardine Mathieson. Mac was a keen shot and a talented games player particularly at tennis and squash as well as a Free Forester and Regimental Cricketer. Although he only served for a short time in the Regi— ment, he made and retained many

friends on whose behalf we extend our condolences to Brenda and their family.

Simon retired to farm his estate, east of Norwich, in 1975. He was a complex character. He hated serious conversation but was better read on many sub— jects than most; he disliked sport but was an excellent cross country runner; he was always beautifully dressed; perhaps he had too great a love of fine wines. More importantly he was excel— lent company and both his friends and soldiers who served with him held him in great affection, as was shown on that icy day in January at his funeral in his beloved Kirby Cane church. The church was packed with officers and sol— diers who came from all over England to

folk friends and neighbours. Simon was unique and the sympathy of us, his friends is extended to his devot— ed son Edward, his brother Giles and to his family.

A J Nares - Late The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) by Colonel j’D Smith—Bingham, formerly The Blues and Royals

his year, on the 9th February, Anthony Nares was tragically killed by an avalanche in the mountains above Klosters.

Lieutenant Colonel D N Macdonald, MC.

moments when one questioned who was looking after whom!

Anthony was born on 17 December 1942. His early education was at St Peters School and then Charterhouse, where he was very successful both aca— demically and as an athlete. He went out to Argentina for three years, after which he joined The Blues. He was a man who made friends where he went. He worked hard; his soldiers would follow him anywhere, admittedly some— times on the strength of his infectious enthusiasm rather than because of his sound military logic! He bought to all those around him the feeling that every part of life was to be enjoyed and played to the full. After six years he moved on and success quickly followed in companies in England and Spain. But his business flair was best revealed in the world of pub— lishing. In 1978 he launched Marketing Week, in direct competition against the magazine Campaign, owned by Michael Heselline’s vast Haymarket Publishing

empire. In 1982 Marketing Week was bought by Centaur and, a few years later, Anthony had his second brainwave and brought out Money Marketing, again against fierce competition. Both magazines are real success stories, both started with very little against formidable odds and were built up largely due to Anthony’s efforts. On the sporting side he rode well, show jumping for the army in Germany, was a very proficient water skier, windsurfer, and particularly fine shot. But it was skiing which was his great sporting love, and there were few who could really match his effortless grace and skill down almost any slope, in almost any snow and in almost any visibility. St Anton and Klosters were very special to him. He possessed more than his fair share of life’s fine qualities. He had a very quick brain and an enquiring mind, with enormous energy and enthusiasm in whatever he was doing. He was a man with great style, flair and sense of humour. But it was the combination of his courage and love of life, together with his great kindness and generosity, that

made him so very exceptional. There was never a dull moment with Anthony. In 1975 he married Tomma Gilbey, and together they formed a formidable team. They had one son, George, now at Har—

row. He will be greatly missed; life will never be quite the same without Anthony around. We all extend to Tomma and George our very deep sympathy at this sudden and tragic loss.

Obituaries 107 Obituaries

Eric Owen Lloyd, RVM 1921 - 1996

presumably on the part ofthe MOD, the selection of Regimental Padres was not within his control. The subject invari— ably cropped up annually at the Remem» brance Service in this the Garrison Church when Eric year after year led The Life Guards Association’s wreathlaying party up the aisle. The 10th of November just past was no different except that to the Regiment in 1996 a

Written by Major NE Hearson, jP DL (Read at a Tribute in the Garrison Church, Windsor on Friday 10]anua7y, I 997) Over three centuries, in war and peace, those responsible for the appointment of the Regimental Corporal Major of The Life Guards have taken infinite care in their selection process for this crucial leadership role.

were known locally) no longer in operational use for the purpose for which they were built did not become havens for

Eric Owen Lloyd RVM whom we hon— our here today in the Garrison Church at Windsor, the home of the Regiment, was a star in that galaxy.

‘BUNKER’ which remained with him

It is my proud task to share for a few moments with his family, colleagues and comrades some of the precious memories of his full life, not in any maudlin way, but by way of thanksgiving for a friend. Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard our Colonel and Gold Stick who is on duty in London today has particu— larly asked to be associated with this

tribute. Eric was born in the Village of Bilton, near Rugby the middle of three sons. His younger brother, Euan survives him.

At Bilton village school he already displayed those leadership skills which were to hold him in good stead in three substantial careers. As House Captain

and School Captain he earned the plaudits of his Headmaster who wrote “A real leader to the younger generation of the school”. (Interestingly this comment is

illicit fraternisation between members of the Regiment and frauleins! It was arising out of this onerous duty that our hero acquired the term of endearment throughout his life. Two tours of the Middle East, with a Mention in Despatches in OMAN and a return to BAOR led later to his five year term as Regimental of initially The Inns of Court Regiment and subsequently of his own Regiment. Typical of the remarks by successive Commanding Officers were “Mr Lloyd has proved himself a tower of strength at all times” and “Warm, human personality combined with a power to demand a high standard of discipline”. Perhaps the respect and admiration for Eric’s fairness loyalty and absolute integrity is best illustrated by the comment of a former Governor of Bermuda who at the time he was a Poten— tial officer in the Regiment ran foul of Provost Corporal of Horse Lloyd... “Dear old Bunker, he put me in the book at Windsor when I was a PO”. He certainly was his own man. As Rudyard Kipling wrote so aptly, “He walked by himself and all places were alike to him”.

In 1939 Eric enlisted in the Grenadier

Not because his two further careers were any less important to Eric and his family but simply because his inbred commitment to everything he undertook was mirrored throughout his whole life then we may hastily pass on to his 21 years of exemplary service as a manager with



almost verbatim what more than one Commanding Officer wrote of him in respect of assistance to young soldiers many years later).

This confusion can only be

accounted for when we recall that the lst Troop of Horse Grenadiers some 200 years previously had become the lst Life

In one major job he was charged with the responsibility for the safe custody of mil-


Realising his misreading of

lions of pounds of computers. Needless

Regimental History Eric bought himself out after 56 days during which he earned a “good character” assessment. His enrolment in The Life Guards followed immediately, one month before the outbreak of war. The next 26 years were to

to say the warehouse was immaculate... everything which moved being painted white! The storemen became civilian soldiers and after a short period ofinduc— tion they loved Bunker for his insistance on standards...Regimental haircuts and boots which had earlier in the day been used as a shaving mirror! For his IBM retirement party his colleagues asked the Regiment to provide representatives from the Mounted Squadron and Scout Cars from Windsor...a special action for a very special person. It will come as no surprise to his friends

take Eric into numerous theatres of operation serving with 2 HCR in North-West Europe, and then in Occupied Germany following the end of hostilities. It was here in Berlin that he became Provost Corporal of Horse, one of his tasks “in

aid of the Civil Power” being to ensure that air-raid shelters (or bunkers as they

lem as custom dictated his election to perform the Brick-hanging ceremony himselfl However through an oversight,

new Padre had been appointed. I am sure that the Reverend Philip Bosher who is officiating today will derive great comfort in the knowledge that following his Sermon to the Household Cavalry Regiment that same day Eric turned to his seated companion and whispered “He’ll do”! That in Bunker language,

Philip, is ‘A OK’EI To Eric’s wife Caroline to whom he had been married for almost 52 years, to his brother Euan, to John, his wife Barbara

and the two grand-daughters they creat—

ed for Eric and Caroline we offer our deepest sympathy and ask that we may share your love of our comrade. You may each take comfort knowing that the memory of Eric’s life on earth will remain in perpetuity as an ever present reminder and example to new genera— tions of colleagues within those organi— sations of excellence to which he devoted his life.


Captain Brian F131d - Late The Royal Canadian Dragoons RCA/7 Presentation of Standards 1963.

By Major G M D McCullough The Blues and Royals here today to learn that Eric will be remembered in IBM since his retirement in 1986 for the self—adopted role of welfare visitor supporting his fellow and to his mind less fortunate retirees. In addition to Regimental and IBM com— rades and friends present at today’s thanksgiving service we welcome representatives from Eric Lloyd’s third career, “The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard” to give this illustrious organisation it’s formal title. Accepted as a Yeoman in 1970 he rose through the ranks to become Divisional Sergeant Major, receiving in 1990 the Royal Victorian Medal. He was transferred to the exempt list in 1991, once again having given 21 years service. It was a source of very considerable pride to both Eric and his wife Caroline that as had been the case with the Regiment where father and son had both served with distinction their only son, John too was now serving as a Yeoman in the Bodyguard. Nothing typified Bunker’s renowned determination to maintain standards more than, firstly, his concern that the Regiment should have a good Brick Hanger for the annual mess Brick«Hanging ceremony at Christmastide. Second— ly, but of equal importance, that the Regiment should have a good Padre and by the same token that Holy Trinity Garri~ son Church should have a good Rector. In the case of the first Eric had no prob-

rian Field was an exchange officer from the Royal Canadian Dragoons attached to C Squadron and had completed nine months of his tour in Wind» sor when he was taken ill and repatriated to Canada. Born in 1970 in Beleville Ontario, he was educated in Kanata and read history at Carleton University

Ottawa where he met his wife Wendy. Brian’s father was an Air Force Officer and Brian had always been interested in a service career, but it was to the Royal Canadian Dragoons that he was drawn. Having completed his armoured training in 1993, he was posted to A Squadron in Petawawa where he soon showed the temperament for hard work and good humour which we came to know in Windsor. Within his first year at regimental duty, his squadron went to Bosnia as part of UNPROFOR and it was here that we first met Brian when his troop took part in an exchange with a troop from D Squadron in Maglaj. During this tour, Brian found himself writing orders for the rescue ofthe bulk of the squadron which was being held by the Serbs east of Visoko. Fortunate— ly, those orders never had to be executed because the Serbs backed down, but Brian certainly had the confidence and

tactical ability to have succeeded. On arrival in Windsor in August 1995, Brian was posted to Guided Weapons

troop in C Squadron as the Troop Leader. The troop had been in moth-balls until the up-grade ofthe missile system, and it was Brian’s task to reform the troop and prepare the equipment. He soon proved that he was not afraid to get his hands dirty, much to the embarrassment ofsome of his brother officers who lacked his technical skills. He also led his troop in the infantry role in Cyprus. Foot soldiering did not come naturally to Brian, as the Commanding Officer discovered when Brian was caught hav~ ing a sly cigarette during the final attack! But, as in all he undertook, he put in a hundred per cent effort and expected the same in return. It was very noticeable that his first concern was for the welfare of his soldiers, whether in the field or in camp. And so it was a great shock to the squadron to learn that he had been diagnosed with Leukaemia in March. A mark of the respect he was held in was that his troop rallied round to visit him and to host his parents who flew in from Canada. Brian was repatriated to Canada in June and made steady progress. He started a new job as a staff officer at the National Defence Headquarters which gave us all some hope that he was on the road to recovery. So it was with great sadness that we heard ofhis death on 1 October. Brian was a kind man with a big heart and a great sense of humour. He was also a strong

officer and a pleasure to serve with. He will be remembered for the natural ease with which he fitted into the Household Cavalry, as well as for his endless thirst and the well deserved ribbing that he handed out to anyone who appeared remotely pompous. Our sympathy goes to his parents Murray and Beth who became friends ofthe Squadron and also to Wendy who will always be welcome in Windsor.

Obituaries 109 Obituaries

Nominal Rolls as at December 1996

LCpl Williams

LCpl Moore

LSgt Bolton

Cfn St Pierre

Tpr Brown

LSgt Codd

Tpr Webster

Tpr Hall

LCpl Flahaven

Tpr Williams

Tpr Murgatroyd

LCpl Jeffreys


Tpr Vick



CFN Tomlinson

CoH Hodder Lt Simpson—Gee

Maj (Retd) A \V Kersting; Aluseum

The Life Guards

The Blues and Royals

Capt Earl

CoH Cripps


LCoH McMillan


LCpl Garton

Lt Barnard Lt Col (Retd)J S Olivier: Regtl Adjt

Capt R Hennessey-Walsh: CDC

LCoH Mathews Mai C H N Graham

SSgt Lewis R D. RLC: Chief Clerk

Capt T C Boles

W02(SCM) Camp LCoH Tennant

LCoH Cordwell L: Driver

Maj The Hon M R M Watson

Capt J B Poole

LCoH Welsh P: Orderly

Lt S R Sporborg

Capt M C Goodman

CoH McGuire CoH Miller

Capt C R F Ward—Thomas

LCoH Rogers

Palace Orderlies

Lt FOX—Pitt


C01 P B Rogers; Lt Col Comd


CFN Johnson

SHQ TROOP HorseGuards

LCpl Keogh

Tpr Kinsey

COH Freeman K R CoH Douglas M R

LCpl Ashton

CoH Hyett S P

LCpl Beech

LCpl Abraham

LCpl Wyard

LCpl McDowell

Tpr Brool

Maj Van der Lande

LCpl Scott

Tpr Gerrard

Capt Rhodes Stampa

Tpr Bradshaw

Tpr Johnson

Capt Corse

Tpr Byrne

Tpr Stafford

W02 (SCM) Valentine

Tpr Cooper

Tpr Stay

CoH Curson

Tpr Hanson

Tpr Webber

CoH Dixon


LCoH McCullough

LCpl Brown

LCoH Whiting B J

LCoH Bell

LCpl Holloway LCpl Hopkins

LCoH Cornock LCpl Plant



Tpr Bridges LCoH Taylor Tpr Bromfleld



Tpr Selway

LCpl Mathieson

Tpr Stafferton

LCoH Gandar

LCpl Penn

Tpr Stafford

LCoH Turbull

LCpl Townsend

Tpr Wyborn Lt Col White—Spunner

Mai Stibbe

CoH Mackenzie


LCoH Winter LSgt Jervis

Tpr Bickerdike Tpr Binns


LSgt Thorne

Tpr Frampton

Capt Talbot

LCpl Childs

Tpr Harwood

Capt Daniel

Maj Brown

LCpl Garaway

Tpr Lewis

LCoH Carheart

Capt Methven Capt Lowe

woz Atkinson SCpl Miles

chl Gillespie LCpl Oliver

Tpr Lidsay

Capt Taylor

LCpl Wymant

LCpl Peet


W01 Lindsav

LSgt Dodsworth

Lt Phelps

LCpl O’Conner

CoH Bonner LCoH Clubley

Pte McKean

CoH Stevenson

Capt Carrell

Capt Lawrence COH Stillwell

Tpr Fethersto LCoH Wood

Tpr Caisley

LCpl Doga

Tpr Forsdick

LCoH McGregor

LCpl Hitching

Tpr Hearn

Cpl Childs

LCpl Pickard

Tpr Rogers

LCpl Canning

LCpl Vost

Tpr Royston

LCpl Jarvis Tpr Goater

Tpr Amos

Tpr Thompson

Tpr Hoosenowen

Tpr Walker

Tpr Greensmith

Tpr Beaumont

Tpr Young

Tpr Moxom


Tpr Shipp

2Lt Macdonald


LCoH Heaton Tpr Allport Tpr Chinn

Tpr Nixon

Tpr Bryant Tpr Drury

Tpr Deick


W02 Carney


WOZ Evans

Tpr Harvey

CoH Kirkpatrick

Tpr Hancock

Pte Smith

LCoH Beaumont

Tpr Nixon SCpl Pringle

Sgt Francis

Mai Stone

CoH Flanagan

CoH Cox

CoH Horner

CoH Vaughan

CoH Poynter

Tpr Pursehouse SCpl (SQMC) Maunder

Sgt Eehus

LCoH Gray

LCoH Irwin

LCoH Holden

Sgt Eachus

LCOH Knowles

LCpl Clancy

LSgt Baker

Tpr Spink



COH Walker

LCoH Davies

Capt Harding

Capt Wise

LCOH DaVies LCOH 511“”

ch1 Ball LCpl Southall

woz Lewis CoH Plater

W01 McKracken W02 Griffiths

LCoH Beulha

SSgt Damms

LSgt Andrews

LCOH Brow“


LCoH Gallager LCoH Henderson

Maj Mead

LCpl Carrington LCpl Lavallin

Capt Burton—Doe W02 Hvland


SSgt Bull

LCpl 811011

LSgt Fidler

LCpl Stainsby

LCoH Ibbotson

SSgt Stead

Trp Coupland

Sgt Bradbury


LCpl Wheatley Tpr Costain

W02 Humphreys

Tpr Farrar

W02 Maher

LCpl Mardo

LCoH Smith

LCpl Childs

Tpr Catterall

LCoH Swinburne

CoH Core

LCpl Consadine

Tpr Close

LCoH Yeomans

LCOH Galvin

LCpl Maitheson

Tpr Cock

LCpl Elliott LCpl Jones (Tech)

LCoH Gardner

LCpl Wood

Tpr Finney

LCpl McCauley

Tpr Bickerdyke

Tpr McDowell

LCpl Jones

Tpr Newton

LCpl Shaw


Tpr Creed

Sgt Cook

Trp Marsh Tpr Spares

Pte Hedley

Sgt HQWkinS Sgt McLure

Sgt Simcock Sgt Tholllas


LCpl Walbrook

LSgt Toye Capt Hall

Tpr Butler

Tpr Coupland

Tpr Cunniffe

Tpr Dellaney

Tpr Rigby

Tpr Docherty

Tpr Ryan

Tpr Hall

Tpr Wood

Tpr Lindsay

SCpl Flynn

Tpr Hugall Tpr Shearing

LSgt Godfree

LCpl Woodgate

Tpr Holton

Tpr Pettipher

CoH Howie

LSgt Holloway


Pte Smith

LCoH Jukes

Capt Whatley W02 Mardon

LSgt COdd LSgt Hindley

Lt Cape


SCpl Pilchowski

LCpl Chamberlain

CoI-I Tovell SSgt Pratt

LCpl Smith

Sgt Cunningham

LCoH Stewart


LCoH Vernon LCpl Saunders

SSgt Sadler

Tpr Glaister

SCpl Kingston

Sgt Jones

LCpl Clark

LCoH Farrimond

Tpr Hogg

SCpl Maxwell

LCoH Abblot

LCpl Haywood

LCoI—I Rees

Sgt Corns

Tpr Doncaster

LSgt Ashover

Tpr Pirle

Sgt Mutch

LCpl Bennett

LCpl Probert

LCpl Hoggarth

Sgt Watkins

Tpr Hubbard

LSgt Bates

Nominal Rolls

110 Nominal Rolls

LSgt Borland LSgt Doherty LSgt McDonald LSg,t McKenzie LCpl McLay Cfn Melody


Tpr McWhirter Tpr Peat

W02 (SCM) Fisher CoH Robertson LCoH Brown

Tpr Taylor



Lt Swetman CoH Coleman LCoH Hooker LCoH Overton LCoH Roberts LCpl Anderson LCpl Bassett LCpl Bulman LCpl McCormack Tpr Collett Tpr Cook Tpr Watchorn

Lt Col H SJ Scott Capt Mayhew

Capt S StM Miller

LCoH Carrington

Capt J R D Barnard

CoH Peat

LCpl Haresign

W01 (RCM) R P Manning LCpl Gibson B K

LCoH Byrne

LCpl Murray

Tpr Smallbone R H

LCoH Johnson LCoH Jones

LCoH Lochrane

LCoH Mackay

LCpl Hutton LCpl McNamara

Tpr Young J

Tpr Sandy

Tpr Roper


SHQ SCpl (SQMC) Harris CoH Hiscock

Maj N D Garrett

LCoH Hemming

Capt G W Howson

CoH Gray

LCoH Shields

W02 Bellringer M P

LCoH Smith

LCoH Taylor

SCpl Tate A R

LCoH Trinick

LCoH Smith

LCpl Royston M R

LCpl Darby

Tpr Stevenson V C Tpr Wharton G

Lt Costello

LCpl Bell Tpr Crangle Tpr Cullen

LCpl Stickland

Tpr Daley

Tpr Bushell

Tpr Spencer Tpr Williams

Tpr Santi

Tpr Clarke

Capt C E O Allerton

Tpr Smith

Tpr Hartshorn

CoH Bridges D A P

Tpr Whelan

Tpr Bennett


Capt Holbrook SCpl (SQMC) Voyce

LCoH Pickford LCpl Amos LCpl Haywood LCpl Robson Tpr Eulert Tpr Harvey Tpr Holden Tpr Jones Tpr Richards 2 TROOP

LCoH Hooper LCoH Mowbray LCoH Ward

LSgt Corke LCpl Bateson

LCpl Russell Tpr Brown

LCoH Johnson

Tpr Ingham R D Tpr Johnson E A

CoH Fermor D A

LCpl Bentley R M

Tpr Kidd L R

LCoH Brown T E

LCpl Griffiths N L

Tpr Looker P J

LCpl Hockings C G C

LCpl Petford D D LCpl Stubbings A M

Tpr Mackenzie A H

LCpl Hodgson S H LCpl Kendle D H B

Tpr Brown GJ

Tpr Mountford R A

Tpr Scott P S

LCpl Kincaid M

Tpr Campbell D F Tpr Cromie D K

Tpr Tucker P

Tpr Bodycoat M

Tpr Willliams S F H


CoH Stewart N M

LCpl Clare J A

LCoH Couling M LCoH Davidson B W

CoH Hastings

LCpl Hunt M

LCoH Hayes M T

LSgt Challlbers

LCpl Tiffoney T J

LCpl Fitzgerald]

LCoH Barrett

LSgt Pike

Tpr Anderson WJ

LCpl Knaggs J D K

LCoH Pass

LSgt Smith

Tpr ArkleyJ D

LCpl Lythe P T

LCpl Chell LCpl Dewe Tpr Blockley

Tpr Armstrong R T

LCpl Moore S R

LCpl Cassidy Cfn Soroka

Tpr Bailey D P

Tpr Bysouth A G

Tpr Birch D N

Tpr Collier P A

Tpr Burton Tpr Cane


Tpr Callinan S P

Tpr Dormer M J P

Tpr Eastick J A

Tpr Eaton L G

Tpr Forder D

Tpr Galbraith C S

Tpr Gibbons D J

Tpr Gladish D M

Tpr Hessian J A

Tpr Gledhill S D

Tpr Oriordan C J

Tpr Holt P M

Tpr Parr M H

Tpr Jackson L E

Tpr Reeves P J

Tpr Ledger G J

Tpr Semczyszyn P E

Tpr Lever M

Tpr Shearer K R

Tpr Newton P W

Tpr Smith B

Tpr Scott A D

Tpr Taylor K H Tpr Vyse K Tpr Walker C A


Tpr Williams A J


Tpr Burgess] F

Tpr Coupe T C

Tpr Clancy D S

Tpr Dimbylow S C

Capt D E Hughes

Capt T E G Kenyon

Maj I W Kelly

Tpr Downing

Tpr Imeson CoH Bowtell to ATR

Tpr Gibbs C S

Tpr Ramsden

Tpr Crawford J

Tpr Lidbetter Tpr Prentice LAD

CoH Gibbons S F

W02 Burns N H


Tpr Darlington L

Tpr Haith B D

Tpr Sharpe

CoH Kemp R P

W02 Haywood C T

LCpl Adams to BATUS

Tpr Flood M P N

Tpr Lerwill D J

LCoH Allinson P T

CoH Brown G R

LCpl Smith to ATR

Tpr Hammond D K

Tpr Lindsay M P

LCoH Ashdown C N

CoH Polley N F


Tpr Jordan L C

Tpr Mattinson A G

LCoH McGarryJ E

Capt Rodway

LCoH Lawson LCpl Brooks Tpr Batten Tpr Brown Tpr Collett Tpr Corway Tpr Harrington

LCoH CarrJ B LCoH Gaddes A RJ

LCpl Connor K N

3 TROOP CoH Smith LCoH Goodall

Lt L E A Chauveau

LCoH Irwin J S

Sgt Broadhurst

CoH Brockhurst C R CoH Panter A D

CoH Farmer A P

SSgt Newman Sgt Norris

Lt Bedford CoH Birch

Lt W Bartle Jones

Tpr Iddon J J

LCoH McCartney N

CoH PostanceJ C


Tpr Greenfield N S

Lt M G Holden—Craufurd CoH Carter D C

Tpr Simkins




CoH Atkinson P C

Tpr EveryJ M Tpr Forte M M


Tpr Driver Tpr Gerrard Tpr Marriott

LCoH Hemming

LCpl Walker N Tpr Cossins Price B

Tpr Brown P L

Tpr Lingard

Tpr Moffat

Tpr Grant Tpr Jones

CoH Musgrave

Tpr Walsh L J

LCpl Newell K S LCpl Preston S P

Tpr Swift G P

LCpl Edwards

Capt Whitbread

Tpr Uglow T

Tpr Hinds T

LCpl Davies


SCpl ShatliffT W

LCpl Radford A

Tpr Dixon

Tpr Salmon

Tpr Timms M P

LCpl Hodge K J

Tpr Benfield D W

Tpr Campbell

Tpr Roskell

W02 Willacy F S

LCpl Venables

I TROOP CoH Spandley LCoH Hagan

Capt E H D Andrewes

LCpl Fearnley I

Tpr Bnrfitt


LCoH Gardner

Tpr Russell B Tpr Sherlock N

LCoH Halfhide

Tpr Wall

Capt Turner

Maj J A Lydiard Wilson

LCpl Toon Tpr Attwood

Tpr Lutherborrow D M Tpr Rushton S P

LCoH Weston C A S

LCoH Allum P W

LCoH Conway


CoH Paternotte E M

Capt Breitmeyer Capt Philipson-Stow

Tpr Hayden R C Tpr Hunt K J Tpr Lewis RJ

Capt J H F Fuller

Maj Woyka

W02 (SCM) Norris



LCoH Gallow

Tpr Leslie


CoH Goodwin SJ

LCoH Crighton

Tpr Blackburn

Tpr Johnson

Tpr Williamson


Maj MacCullough Capt lugs-Chambers


SSgt Burdett Sgt Pearson Sgt Wallace LSgt Allen LSgt Blackett LSgt Dean MBE LCpl Hughes LCpl Shaw Cfil Hughes Cfn Thorndyke

Tpr Lancaster K A

Tpr Mcalaney A D

2Lt Trietline

LCpl Cain T R

Tpr Parry R G

CoH Snell

Tpr Porter L G

LCpl Gilligan M A

Tpr Scott C J

Tpr Pratt A D J

LCoH Barnard

Tpr Abbott D B

Maj T R Spry

Tpr Smith J P

Tpr Shenton MJ

LCoH Findell

W02 O’Daly K M BEM

Tpr Taylor D J

Tpr Smith C A

LCoH Flynn

Tpr Bathurst M G Tpr Berry S E

Tpr Stafford D D

Tpr Bovey P J

Sgt Terron D A

Tpr Stockill R J

Tpr Broom J R

LSgt Hunter A M

LCpl Anderton LCpl Shaw Tpr Blair Tpr Bray

Tpr Waite C T


SSgt Fearn J B

Tpr Cooper A A S

LSgt Liveley PJ

Tpr Goodwin R A

LCpl Davies D J

Nominal Rolls 112 Nominal Rolls


Pte Burgess A C

LCpl Mackenzie S I

LCoH Foster W E

Pte Hogan S L

LCpl Plimmer W A

LCoH Ireton J K

LCpl Mitchell D C V

LCpl Walker N K

1 WG



CoH Mills

Musn Darcy P

Capt] D A Gaselee

LCpl Mount

W02 Stanworth

CoH Oconnor

Musn Bowen ND

LCoH Simpson D J

Tpr Bond D L


LCoH Wood G


LCpl McThune P J

Capt J R Wheeler

Tpr Stevens M B Tpr Woods M J


Tpr Royston D R



LCoH Newman

Capt R C Lester—Smith

FLCOH Adcock D R]

SCpl Lanahan P C

FLCoH Bainbridge J J

LCoH Hitchcock J D

FLCoH Cox—Rusbridge S A F

LCoH Welsh P

FLCoH Middleton A M

Tpr Ireland P G


LCoH Addis

3 RHA LCoH Bundy




CoH Foster


FLCpl Gammage S D

LCpl Young D P

FLCpl Lawson D S

Tpr Ford D


FLCpl McGregor I A

Tpr Ireland M R

FLCpl Varley N J

Tpr Ramsay S D

5 REGT AAC CoH Bright

W01 Pennington R


CoH Weller

SCpl Rendell


Lt Col P S W F Falkner LCoH Dewe J M LCpl Hammond C R

W02 Billington H R SCpl Francis T R SCpl Kitching S

DAC LCoH Pearson CoH Thompson

CoH Howe R B CoH Paine N J W CoH Purnell P I

MOD M04 Lt Col J R Bayley


LCoH Gough R L

CoH Parkinson

LCoH Hughes G

MOD FEW 3 Lt Col H P D Massey

CoH Smithers S F

LCoH Auld G D

W02 Hayward M R

CATC SCpl Barry

W02 Waygood

Tpr Ryan J P

LCpl Rowan J B

SCpl Harlow

DACOS J8 (E) PJHQ C01 W R Rollo


COH Benge

LCoH Hughes

Maj Gen T] Sulivan CBE

Lt Col A P De Ritter


CoH Haddock R


LCpl Wareing N A

Musn West TS

CoH McKechnie W02 Simpson

SCpl Harris

C01 J W M Ellery

Maj C A J O’Kane


Maj C R C Garrity


FLCpl Casey S D


Musn Haggerty MC Musn Hinchliffe VT

RMAS W02 Tierney



F LCpl Conroy P D




‘FLCpl Adams C D

Farr Turner T D F

Musn Carter DRM


Sgt Kinniburgh G L

FLCpl Carrel C J

SCpl Reade CoH Sykes

SCpl Elliott SCpl Rose

Tpr Ramsden C D Maj H R G Carruthers

W02 Wright G A


RMCS Lt Col W T Browne

LCpl Harrison C P


LCoH Milne J H F



W02 Ingram

SCpl Evans

CoH Kent



Maj C J Reeves W01 Cooper T]

CoH Dixon

LCoH Cordwell

WOZGraves I

LCoH Mitchell I L LCoH Whitfield A LCpl Collin I M LCpl Groves A J LCpl Jones G S LCpl Marsh S




LCpl Park G J Lt Col C S K Anderson

Mai I Sanderson

LCpl Parkinson D


Lt Col F G S Lukas

SCpl Woodhouse


SCpl Lazenbury

LCoH Whiting

CoH White NA


CoH Panhllurst NC

SCpl Peers

CoH Carson P]



LCoH Pearse T

LCpl Wass S P

Maj PRL Hunter

LCpl Adams C A

LCpl Watkins G A

LCpl Williams C A

LCpl Wood J


MOD MDSl Mai D C Waterhouse

Msn Hume G R Msn King A S

CoH Carey

Maj C B B Clee

Tpr Biggs J J

Msn Hodges S J LCoH Dutton B]


LCoH Pearson KA

W02 Partis

LCoH Allen RM

LCpl Horne

Msn Pithers M I LCoH Wilman PC

ARRC SP BN Tpr Le Gallais A J

Msn Bishop P A Msn Carnell C J A

SCpl Kershaw

CoH Everett S A

LCoH Moore G P

Msn Sparks K LCpl Maher NL

W02 Hickman Capt C A Lockhart

Msn Speight M D LCpl Wheeler GW



Msn Stroud E J D


Capt J T Lodge SSgt Baxter T A




Elliott C M Scovell A M Slingsby P D Telling D J Twyman P Wilson D

LCpl Edisbury D

LCpl Fry

LCoH Chambers LCoH Payne



W02 Roberts


W02 Sandercock

CoH FIsher

Msn Thomas P A

LCpl Whybrow MP LCpl Smart DA ALCpl Kirk AK ALCpl Semkin G]

Msn Tulip R S Msn Witter D L

Musn Taylor DJ Musn Riseley NG

LCoH Burton

SCpl Grantham

SCpl Clavering

CoH Hepple

Sgt Mather M J

Musn Walters MD

CATC Maj T E Thorneycroft

LCoH George

CoH McCarley

LCoH McMullcn

CoH Moore

Musn Jarvis PC Musn Darcy P Musn Sturgeon IR

Capt A D Dick W02 Godson N SCpl Boyd D R

LCpl Nicholls

MOD CGS-ASDl Maj R A E Tarling


Musn Isherwood DT LCoH Wall


CoH Woolfenden

WOl Dunkley

Musn Taylor D] Musn Riseley NG W02 Jenkins

SCpl Coles M J

Musn Walters MD

LCpl Freeman W C

CoH Brooke T J D


LCpl Green C A

CoH Mitchell P]

Capt H R D Fullerton

114 Nominal Rolls


Maj E A Smyth—Osbourne


LCpl Matthews J

W02 Jeram

Capt N P Sackett

Maj D A O’Halloran CoH Hadden M J

Msn Ravenscroft I A Msn Screen M P



Tpr Camp I G

W02 Nicholson C I SCpl Button A A SCpl Mills T CoH Goodwin M

LCpl Thomas G B Msn Andrews 8 J

CoH Gook 0N

Lt Col P J Tabor, LVO. LCoH MacDonald F A

LCpl Redman M

COH Hyett


MOD BBGT (S) CATC Lt Col W S G Doughty

LCoH Hackman R C

W02Young RM

CoH Irving

SCpl Hunter D LCoH Bye C E

CoH Douglas CoH Freeman




SCpl Douglas Musn Jarvis PC

W02 Carpenter

SCpl Freeman

Nominal Rolls


public are as follows: Programme £3.00 includes entry into the Prize Draw



OAP and Disabled £1.00

THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARADE AND REVIEWS The Queen’s Birthday Parade will be held on Saturday 14 June 1997 with the Colonel’s Review on 7 June 1997 and Major General’s Review on 31 May 1997. HRH The Duke of Kent will take the salute on 7 June 1997.

A limited number of tickets for the Inner Lines of Sentries (Standing Only)

will be available for members through the Honorary Associations.




CHANGE OF ADDRESS 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 of address.

BRICK HANGING Brick hanging will be held at Combermere Barracks WOs’ and NCOs Mess at 1200 hours on Thursday 18 December 1997 and at Hyde Park Barracks WOs’ and NCOs Mess at 1200 hours on Tuesday 16 December 1997.

For further information or photographs contact Janine Hood on 0171 233 033

AREA/REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES The Associations’ Offices maintain lists of those members who have selected or agreed to act as area/regional representatives of the Associations. Owing to current security conditions it is not permit— ted to publish their names and address» es in this Journal but members may obtain the name and address of their nearest representative on application in writing to their respective Honorary



Children 16 and under


Car parking


Those Association members who wish to attend the Open Day are most welcome. There will be no charge for parking or entry, however if Association members wish to participate in the Prize Draw the cost will be the same as for the general public £3.00. Entry for Association members will be through a separate gate. They will be required to show their Association Membership Card or if they are not in possession of a card, they are to write to confirm their attendance to:

ON GUARD! The Massed Bands of the Household

Division will Beat Retreat on Horse Guards at 9.30 pm on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 June 1997. Performances will be floodlit. Ticket prices are £10, £8 and £5 (all reserved seating). Salute tak— ers are yet to be confirmed but we anticipate a member of the Royal Family tak-

The Royal Tournament has just announced that its 1997 spectacular will be held from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 27 July at London’s Earls Court. Due to public demand, the show has been extended to include an extra matinee performance on 27 July.

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT OPEN DAY The Household Cavalry Regiment is holding an Open Day on Sunday 15 June. Details are on the flysheet includ— ed with the Journal.

COMBINED CAVALRY PARADE AND SERVICE The 73rd Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Parade and Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 May 1997. Assemble in Broad Walk at 1030 hours on the grass behind the Regimental Marker Boards. Dress: Lounge suits and medals (not minia— tures). Due to the increased security

arrangements, members should give themselves 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 of the

Life Guards Association will be avail— able 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



Traditional events such as the Musical Drive by the Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition can also be seen.

Music will be provided by the Massed Bands of the Household Division incorporating The Blues and Royals, the Scots Guards, Irish Guards, the Coldstream Guards and the Grenadier Guards — in their familiar red tunics and bearskins. Tickets will be available from the box

office on 0171 244 0244 from 6 January A memorial service for Lady Templar is to be held at the chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, on Tuesday lst July at 11.00 am.

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1997, and will cost £5, £11.50, £19.00 and £25.00. Discounts are available for children, senior citizens and groups of 20 and over.

London SW7 lSE


ing the salute at each performance. This 107th Royal Tournament looks set to be an action—packed show illustrating the power of the modern day forces and featuring more special effects than ever. Events will include the Household Cavalry, the Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team, an RAF Motorsports competition and the ever popular dog display team. Highlights of the show will include the history of the Royal Artillery portrayed by gunners in cos— tumes through the ages and Maoris from New Zealand who will stage an exciting tribal display.

Major I W Kelly HQ Squadron Leader Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Hyde Park Barracks Knightsbridge

M H A Fraser Esq, Honorary Secretary

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MOUNTED REGIMENT OPEN DAY The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is holding its Open Day at Bodney Camp, Thetford on Sunday 24 August 1997, to which all Association members and their families are invited. Over the last 5 years we have been sported by as many as 4000 civilians who have come to see the Mounted Regiment perform many traditional activities. The Open Day caters for all ages from rides on the Drum Horse to rides in helicopters.

BODNEY CAMP is situated on the B1108 near Watton. We can offer car parking facilities adja— cent to the camp. We are unable to offer lunch meals, however, there are many fast food and refreshment facilities on our show ground to cater for all necds. The gates open to the public at 1100 hrs and close at 1800 hrs. The costs to the

At the 50th Anniversary Re—union Dinner of the l HCR Dining Club which was held at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 12 October 1996, it was unanimously agreed that the annual re— union should continue but under some alternative arrangements. It was proposed by The President, Brigadier His Grace The Duke of Wellington and agreed by all the members present that as from 1997, the re— union should take the form ofa Buffet Luncheon which this year will be held on Thursday 9 October in the WO’s and NCO’s Mess at Knightsbridge where they have agreed to accommodate us once again.

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. -. . . .J . _ . F<j _ . 2 HCR Dinner L to R: The Jonkhear FWE Green/ax Van Zoe/ah MC. Capra/h RMA Pa/mer, S/r Rupert Buchanan Jard/ne MC. MFH. Lt Co/ WR Ro//o The Colone/ of the Life Guards.

The 2 HCR held its 50th and final dinner in the NCOs mess on Saturday 23 November 1996. The Chairman was Major Sir Arthur Collins who has been Secretary of the annual event since its formation at the end of World War Two. 126 members and guest attended. The Guest of Honour was Major General I C Mackav Dick, the Major General Commanding the Household Division, who spoke of some of the exploits of 2 HCR and in particular emphasised why General Sir Brian Horrocks stated that they were the best Armoured Car Regiment in the British Army. Both Gold Sticks, General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick and Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard were present as were the Silver Stick, Colonel Peter Rogers and the Commanding Officers of both present-day regiments. Very efficient arrangements were made by Mr Lindsay, the Regimental Corporal Major at Windsor, who had organised an exhibition of the various vehicles used by 2 HCR during the campaign, and a series of newsreel films of the time. After the final reckoning, the Club was able to donate some £990 to the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund. It was decided that there was considerable support to continue an annual function. This Wlll probably be a Luncheon rather than a dinner and will be held at Combermere Barracks in late 1997. Details will be issued at a later date.

Members of 2HCR at their hnar’ Dinner

The Mess will be open from 11.00am onwards, and the Buffet Lunch will be available from 12 noon. The usual circular letters will be sent out at the end of August, and any queries should be addressed to the Assistant Honorary Secretary, Mr J R Kerrcll, at 12 Tenterden Gardens, Croydon, Surrey, CRO 6NI-.



DearEditor Dear Editor. . . I wonder ifI might be allowed to add a few words to the excellent tribute paid by Major Eric Payne in last year’s Journal to the late


eX-RSM Skip Edwards? Dear Editor

Dear Editor Thank you for printing my letter

1. . .

It is now almost 50 years since an event

concerning Hugh Grosvenor in



IaSI year’s Journal. May I thank


Ch allen g CI S

William and

Lloyd’s Chargers ,



Dean, Mr Watson, Mr Borwick, Mr


Williams and Mr Yorke. The last

wonder if there are a few old Life Guards who still remember it and might

named put me in “mm With Hugh Grosvenor’s sister, Robina Mills.

enjoy the nostalgia of a revival?

Enclosed is 3 photograph 0f LI Grosvenor, given [0 me by Mrs Mills.

It was, more accurately, not just a HQ Squadron inspiration. Cinderella, appropriately, was a member of C Squadron; at least one of the Ugly Sisters came from B; Peter Coleman, the

regimental paint—master, who did some of the scenery, was in D; and you might think Fergusson, who played the accom— paniments to our songs on a seedy piano, was a squadron unto himself.

Roy Watson, who took the part of the Fairy Godfather, was indeed in HQ; he went on to play double bass in the

London Philharmonic Orchestra. At Christmas 1946 The Life Guards were stationed at El Amariya, a few

miles outside Alexandria.

A few

months before, however, they had spent a benighted month revisiting Qassasin, which every good Household Cavalryman knows as the place of the ‘Midnight Charge’, preceding a heavier engagement known as the Battle of Tel


mild man with a judicious sense of humour, in action he displayed great dash and aggression, killing and wounding many of the


h: C:Il[ElLII3Cl 1113 tV— l:[ M A

duction of ‘Cinderella through the

Looking Glass’, in Egypt in 1946.

Mr Edwards was my troop sergeant in England after Italy and throughout the whole of the North West Europe campaign. He was an outstanding troop sergeant, not the least of his attributes being a keen eye for country and an ability to ‘smell’ danger. Normally a

1116 ClICulnbldllCeS 0f DIS 0 W 1'1 W0 Ll 11 d W61‘ C unusua l .


armoured car regiments, as it prevented good communications. . _ On our approachlng the town centre, a shot rang out from a sniper in a high—rise building and Sgt Edwards was hit in the head, severing the middle of his forehead. We evacuated him to the Regimental Aid Post, where he was patched up by the MO, Captain Paddy O’Flynn (who was killed at the Rhine crossing some months later). Sgt Edwards was then sent to the Echelon for a rest, but he could not stand the comparative inactivity, and after a few days worked his way back to the troop.

Second Lieutenant Grosvenor was killed in an unfortunate accident

This was typical of the man with whom we shared numerous triumphs and disaster and a little fun. He was a good friend, a fine sol—

on the Ridgeway.

dier and a credit to the Regiment. He was rightly proud of his Belgian Croix de Guerre.

A patrol of

Daimler armoured cars was out on exercise with young officers, learn— ing armoured car tactics, stood on the engine deck behind the turret. A normal practice at the time, to give the officers some idea of the speeds needed in action. The patrol commander, Captain Smallwood decided to have a race, he made the cars form up line— abreast across the Ridgeway. He 2l_th/gn Grosvenor- (photo courtesy-Wars Robina M/l/s) dropped his handkerchief to start the race and the Daimlers shot off at great speed with the officers on the engine deck holding on for all they were worth. Suddenly the Daimler Hugh Grosvenor was on hit an obstacle, he was thrown over the turret, run over by the Daimler and his body was trapped under the spare wheel. Hugh’s father, was heir presumptive to the Duke of Westminster. On his death the title passed to a cousin. Thank you again to everyone who contacted me. I hope the memorial, erected by his mother, can now be looked after by your Regiment.

tomime at Tel el Kebir, as Qassasin and EI Amariya are not all that helpful when you have to cope with rhythm and rhyme.

Owen E Dadge 6 Grasmere, Liden Swindon, Wilts 8N3 6LE

Major 3 A Dimond MC 12 Harwoods Lane Rossett, Wrexham

LL12 0HB

Trip to Northern Cyprus - April 1996


organised by Major


The ballad is anecdotally pretty accurate. Two or three weeks on into


rehearsals we did have to make special

Photographs of 20th Century HousehoIdCavalrymen.

arrangements for Cinderella to be released to us under escort, or the pro—


duction would have foundered. We obviously failed dramatically with our

For eventual lodging in the Regimental Museum. Any man of either regiment irrespective of rank.

attempt to impersonate the Adjutant, for he was utterly convinced that Baron Hardup was intended to be the Colonel. Ah, it was all part of the ‘hilarity’.

Tel: 01371 851097

he [[0013 had entered the [own 0f lUI‘IICI'lthIeS on [he ,

With hindsight we might then have exchanged our grey berets for steel helmets, but the wartime steel helmet was not much used by

el Kebir, all way back in 1882. I trust readers will allow me the poetic licence to see this ballad version of the pan—

David Cobb Sinodun, Shalford,Braintree Essex. CM7 5HN

B y a SCIICS 0 f C h ances

France/Belgium border. We were then ordered to try to discover an intact bridge over the River Lys, which forms the frontier through the eastern suburbs of the town.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND. An individual postcard size ph0t0(Approx 6x4). Name and Regiment. Any regimental dress and date of photo. (Location) TO:

Arthur W Rowlinson. Ex LGs - lHCR - Mounted Regiment. 21 Gadlas Road,





Officers of The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) who were on active service in Cyprus in the late 19505.

Pictured at the British Military Cemetery, Waynes Keep, Nicosia after laying wreaths on the graves oftheir fellow Blues who were killed during the

emergency. Lord Beresford is organising future Contact tours (next 13—20 Sep 97). Green, Wicks Cottage, Fairview Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 SPF.

Tel 01344 860976.

Tnp to NOIT/ISUI Cyprus , Apn/ 7996 L [o R » Capt 8/! James Dunne KCVO. Major Lord Pall/ck Beresford, The Hon Edward B/ddulpn. Major JNP Watson. The Earl of Pembroke, Lord B/IdWOOd. Bngad/er Andrew Parke/~Bow/es, OBE. Captain Gerald Ward. CBE, Mr James Fl/llié‘flrWI/SON.

Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd LL29 STD Tel: 01492 514805


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Re-settlement Guide Book Reviews

Second Career Planning and Resettlement Provision DANGEROUS LIAISON

If you are planning on leaving the forces during the next two years, then above all, find out what resettlement help you are eligible to receive and then. get yourself properly briefed. The range of briefings and training courses that are available to Service leavers will not only assist you

An Irish Pimpemel’s War Diary

in selecting your next career path, but will also significantly help you in finding and successfully competing for a job.

by Derek Cooper OBE, MC (formerly Irish Guards and Life Guards), edited by AJ Maxse (formerly Coldstream Guards). published by Michael Russell (formerly Royal Horse Guards, The Blues) Wilby Hall, Norwich Norfolk NR16 ZJP. £14.95. 108 pages with contemporary pho— tographs from private sources and Household Cavalry Archives. (Available from bookshops and

Fact: An Army career can prepare you very well for a future civilian career : The Army does not provide a career for life, At some pomt everyone reaches the end of their contract. Therefore, your second career planning should start the day you decide to join the Army. What

this means is that you should be aware that everything that makes you better at your Army job is also helping to prepare you for your neXt career at the same time:

the publisher) Fact: The longer you Stay in, the better you do: A recent study of unemployment rates amongst Army leavers reveals that it is the younger ex—soldicr who has the most difficulty in finding work. They have not served long enough to qualify for resettlement help when leaving, nor have

Derek Cooper, called ‘The Irish Pimpernel’ by Henry Abel«Smith his Commanding Officer in the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment (ZHCR), joined the Irish Guards’ Supplementary Reserve ' of Officers in 1936. On mobilisation three year later he reported to Wellington Barracks from County Londonderry, and subsequently served in the Micks’ 1st, 2nd and training battalions. V. Y He was involved with the building of the outer defensive ‘Brown’ line around London during the battle of Britain, before volunteering for Lord Lovat’s Commandos and ZHCR. (The latter had asked for an officer from each regiment of Foot Guards). Cooper transferred with Michael Eden to ZHCR as their acceptance arrived first, and joined The Life Guards!

they done enough service to develop many transferable skills. In contrast, the Army leaver who has had at least one promotion and who has served five years or more is doing markedly better in the job market.

Fact: An Army career develops many transferable skillszAll Service men and women have a mix of qualities, experience and skills which have been spectfically and progressively developed throughout a Service career. These are recognised and sought after by many employers because they are often not so well developed in your civilian counterparts. These skills and qualities are in addition to any specialist trade or profession that you are trained to do.

Qualities developed in the Services Reliability, Adaptability, Self-discipline, Self-organisation, Self-reliance, Resourcefulness, Teamwork, ‘Can-do’ attitude, Goal—orientation,

Cooper’s war diary describes his experiences initially as a liaison officer, then as a sabre squadron second~in~command in ZHCR, the Guards’ Armoured Division’s reconnaissance regiment, during their advance across Europe after D-Day. The View is from his scout car. It features incidents like the author’s single—handed reliefofRenaix, and his part in the breakthrough by Lord Wrottesley and Arthur Young to the Polish Airborne Brigade trapped near Arnhem. Cooper’s observation post overlooking Nijmegen bridge with the US lOlst Airborne Division was visited by his Corps and Divisional commanders Generals Horrocks and Adair. If the action was rigorous, the relaxation was equally so; fifty bottles of champagne and nine of brandy consumed at a party for twenty in a proverbially ‘cushy’ billet! He captures the professionalism and camaraderie of the Guards’ Armoured Division; his scout car is forever liaising between different headquarters as if he was visiting friends and sharing a drink. Above all he delights like all Micks in ‘good crack’, often with Colonel J O E Vandeleur’s tank battalion, and usually with his driver Trooper Paddy Carroll from County Tipperary, who was pardoned for being late back from leave when he explained he had successfully defended his honour when accused by his brother of fighting for the wrong army! The spirit evoked explains why Horrocks said of ZHCR ‘There was no other regiment in the British Army who I got to know so well or for which I had a higher regard’, and will stir happy and amusing memories for Cooper’s many friends and fel—

._ . * _ ._ i

Integrity, Decisiveness, Social awareness, Self—motivation, Commitment, Responsibility, Leadership

. . . and a sense of humour!

General Life Skills developed in the Services Ability to teach complex subjects in easily understood way. Confidence in briefing and making presentations.

Experience of taking on responsibility. Training in management at every level. Experience of personnel development and team building. Knowledge of budgetary control. Familiarity with high technology equipment. Effective communication skills. Social awareness.

Compulsory Resettlement Interviews *

There are two compulsory resettlement interviews for all leavers (voluntary for officers) at which you are told what help you are eligible to receive and where to get it from: Career Advisory Board with a local resettlement officer between 24 and 12 months before leaving

g .. 1' ’

Final Resettlement Board around nine months before leaving

_ Tri-Service Resettlement Provision There is a comprehensive range of professional advice and training available to eligible leavers. Eligible Service leavers are broadly any adult who will have completed an engagement of five years or more, and anyone coming out under redundancy or on a medical discharge after completion of basic training.

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low Guardsmen.

The Vital Briefings — Careers, CVs and job search The Second Career Advice Briefing and the fab Search Briefing are an absolute must for all eligible leavers. They give you the basic information and knowledge you require to make career decisions and get a new job, These briefings are provided by professional outplacement consultants and are held at the Tri Service Regional Resettlement Centres.

After the war Cooper served in Palestine as regimental second—in—command to Colonel Ferris St George, and won the MC at the bat— tle of Jaffa. He retired from the Army in Coronation year and has since devoted his life to relief work in the Middle East for which he was awarded the OBE. Cooper’s biography is being written by Sir John Baynes, Bt (formerly Cameronians, Scottish Rifles) author of ‘Far from a donkey; the life of General Sir Ivor Maxse’ who was grandfather to the editor of this war diary.

Other briefings: Briefings are held on almost 100 different topics, they last for anything from one to three days. You can attend several of these

briefings during your last two years of service. Training courses: Excellent training courses are available on more than 100 subjects (and vary in length from one to four weeks). MOD Sponsored Courses are also available on a further 50 subjects. These are run at educational and training institutions throughout the UK. Eligible personnel may undertake 4 weeks (20 working days) pre-release training and you can fund them out of your Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) grant - up to a maximum of £534 . IRTC may also be used to fund courses with civilian training providers who are not MOD sponsored. This is


known as a Civilian Attachment which also covers an attachment to a civilian company for work experience.

(SANDHURST TO SALAMANCA) This book, to be published by Spellmount Limited in July 1997 as one ofa series of military classics, is a facsimile ofthe much sought— after rare memoirs ofa great soldier first published in 1841 by his son Sir Denis Le Marchant MP. General Le Marchant, described by Sir Charles Oman as “The Scientific Soldier”, founded the RMA Sandhurst and the Army Staff College, designed a new British cavalry sabre and instructed the Army in its use. His Headmaster described him as “the greatest dunce I ever met” and, at the age of sixteen, be challenged his first Commanding Officer to a duel, yet he survived to rise to a position of considerable influence as a military visionary. He proved himselfa born commander and he led the famous cavalry charge at Salamanca in 1812; his death in that battle robbed the Army of one of its most able, talented and courageous leaders. Sir Denis, Clerk to the House of Commons for 23 years, gives a unique insight to the politics and mores of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. The book includes an up to date introduction by Nick Leadbetter, a retired REME officer, and the Foreword is by David G Chandler, one of the twentieth centu~ ry’s leading military historians. Priced at £24.95, it is a 352 page hardback book with 12 colour plates, a map of the battle of Salamanca and the family tree.Advance copies (p&P free) can be ordered direct (cheques to Spellmount Ltd) from: NA Leadbetter, Centuries House, London Lane, Ascott-U-Wychwood,

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