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THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY JOURNAL

CONTENTS

Incorporating The Acorn and The Blue and Royal VOL No. I 1993 Editor: Major P J Tabor, The Blues and Royals Prcl‘acc by Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry ........... Colonel-irrChict‘: Her Majesty The Queen Colonel of The Life Guards and Gold Stick: Major General Lord Mic/rue! Film/an» Howard GC\ '0. CB. CHE. MC. DL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Blues and Royals BATTLE HONOURS

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Pages 25 —39

Household Cavalry News

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

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

Mont Pincon. Souleuvre. .\loircau Crossing.

Falkland Islands ( 1982).

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

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

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

News from the Associations

Pages 71 — 92

The opinion expressed in the articles 01‘ this magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy. or views. official or otherwise of the Regiment or Ministry ol‘ Dcl‘ence. The magazine contains official information. It should be treated with discretion by the recipient. '11? (‘roun Copyright

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

The Blues and Royals Association Annual Report. Accounts ...... ()bituarics .................................

Nominal Roll ....... Notices


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a

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

into Annual Firing at Castlcmartin in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(BCM) Brammer who retires early in 1994

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October.

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

November.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darius. LC/r/ Fi/migtm. LCpl Eggiltgmn. Coll Doug/us. Tpr Russell. LCpl [)0ng and T/tr McDowell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Squat/I‘m: [mm/or [u‘znwulx Tpr Erisnn on Lyric t/u' Burr/(tr Trap/iv jiu‘ winning the Sl/Hlltll'fill S/nIuj/muping.

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

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HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON

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

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

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

years.

by the many thousands ol~ the general public

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

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

followed by troop winter camps.

(pl Kelly LG \t'llll(‘ lllt’ Commanding Officer and Maj Clark [00k (in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The number of

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al the Standards Parade.

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

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

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

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PRESENTATION OF STANDARDS by HM The Queen SPRUCE MEADOWS VISIT — 3-17 SEPTEMBER] 993

27th May 1993

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

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

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

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

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

recruiting/training information which you may find useful:

”HARAMBE” IN FERMANAGH

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P/Itl.\'(' 2 Training Age Limits

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

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

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

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

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

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The t'lv/Itljttl’ Genera/Kr ririt. The Mir/or General talking to Capt G A For RHG/D. The Brigade Major. 1,! (0/ .‘I ./ Mil/chi’u/(cire/l RIlG/D in the bur/(ground.

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

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

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

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

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

circumstances and keep in touch amazingly

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

invaluable).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNTAC (United Nations Transitional

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

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

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

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

UN personnel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would not havc missed for anything. it just goes to show it does sometimes pay 10

THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY IN BELIZE

be in the office at 5 o‘clock on a Friday

afternoon!

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

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two FTXs in Northern and Southern Belize worked well. especially once they maximised Lise ofthe troop. We were fortunate enough to be able to show the Commanding Officer the sights of Belize when he came out to visit in early July. His visit ended on Serial 73 tan obtuse reference to the standing joke “what's the next activity on that detailed programme you prepared earlier‘P"). It was not all work. The Cayes. only a short flight from Belize City. comprised white beaches. blue sea and palm trees. Fishing. snorkclling. swimming and sunbathing passed the time at weekends along with shooting and barbecues. Finally. our PRE went smoothly in preparation for hand over to the QDG who are due to be the last Armoured Reece Troop in Bcli7c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Being robbed by local fishennen and the failed transfer of £8.000 from our account in the UK did not help matters. Life was not all roses and with only three days remaining before Starling on the river we had still not acquired the necessary permits. Dealing with the local authorities was desperately frustrating. requiring eternal patience. and Tpr Herrero—Driver was kept busy as our Spanish interpreter. The next scene was something out of “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" LCpl Shaw running down the road being followed in hot pursuit by an amied platoon of the local Guardia Nacional (a cross between the Hitler Youth and a Los Angeles street gang). He had led them straight to our hide out where the expedition leader was promptly arrested. Rumours filtered through town that a group of military spies was planning a covert operation on the Colombian border. After lengthy explanations and producing our “Get Out of Jail Free Card". which had been written by the British Embassy. the team were given the go ahead to proceed with the expedition. In fact. this arrest put the whole expedition back on course and the local Colonel. Lt Col Lara. guaranteed as casevac if required and even assigned us our own radio frequency. With enough food and fuel to last the team for four weeks we set out from the small p011 (two huts and a very basic shop) of Samariapo. Our transport was two "bongos" (hand made dug out canoes) each with a 55hp outboard engine. We also had a speedboat. which was renamed the “boat" due to a severe shortage of speed. The team travelled for a week up river to the Indian village of the Tekwana Tribe » a distance of over 300 kms. The vast waters. heavy with mud. stretched up to a mile wide in places. It was the end of the rainy season and the water levels were dropping at an alarming rate. Avoiding hidden boulders and ever changing sand banks made navigation a real art. A vast expanse of unspoilt dense primary jungle covered the whole region of the mighty Venezuelan Amazonas (the government does not allow any mining or deforestation which is the reason for the current destruction of the forest on the Brazilian side). The Orinoco is a vital artery for the II Indian Tribes who still live a very primitive existence in this remote part of the world. They live in round houses. made from bamboo and thatched with leaves. situated on the banks of the Orinoco (or its tributaries). They burn small patches of the forest to grow their manioc (thc staple diet). pineapples and papaya. For game they fish the rivers which provide a plentiful supply of fish. crocodiles and turtles whilst in the jungle they hunt for Iapa (a cross between a rodent and a baby deer). monkeys and birds. Most nights we stayed in local villages and we were often treated to their local delicacies (in return for the good old British

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THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT AT BATUS 1993 By 2nd Lieutenant A B Methven, The Life Guards

Rafting l/It’ rupit/s.

tea bag or vast selection of fish hooks. matches or fish line). Sgt Anderson. the medic. had his first casualty when LCpl Calder tried to remove a fish hook from a piranha but then ended up having to extract his own finger. In thc process he lost a large chunk of flesh and eventually had to be flown out from a small jungle airstrip by an American missionary. After a week of being eaten alive by mosquitoes the team left the Orinoco River and travelled north up the Rio Cunucunuma to Culebra. The Tekwana village was dominated by the two peaks of Ccrro Duida and Mount Huachamacari. It was a picturesque setting and for some reason was void of mosquitoes and sand flies (much to the relief of the whole team). This was our base for the next week and we quickly made friends with the village chief. Othelio. and the rest ofthe locals. Having been the first "white" team to climb Duida. a small group was selected to take on Mount Huachamacari, This involved five days of hacking our way through the dense jungle. avoiding the multitude of tarantulas and snakes as we went. We took with us two guides who had the most incredible innate sense of direction I have ever seen. There were no maps. and it was not possible to see the mountain through the towering jungle canopy. It proved to be an amazing climb: one of the hardest things that I have ever done. The last 500‘ of the vertical rock face was too technical for the team and it was decided to turn back at this point, However the view was spcctacular and we had bccn the first team ever to attempt this impressive mountain. Exploring other tributarics of the Orinoco

River we made our way to La Esmarulda: beyond this was strictly out of bounds as it was being preserved as an Indian reservation. Herc four large fuel tanks provided the only point of resupply since leaving Samariapo three weeks before. The village housed a German scientific team. a small missionary school and a long grass airstrip. It sits just east of the Brazo Casiquaire. a natural canal in the middle of the Amazonas which links the Orinoco to the Rio Negro (a tributary of thc Amazon). A place full of interest and intrigue spoilt only by a swarm of mosquitoes and sand flies which infested the tranquillity. Fuel tanks refilled we headed back down the river. exploring the Brazo Casiquairc and Indian villages as we went. The most primitive and revered are the Yanomami — they believe that they were the first race on earth and have very peculiar customs and values. lntcrbred over the centuries they are just over four foot tall with extremely long noses and eyes very close together, One cannot look at these people without wondering how. if at all. contact with western missionaries has done anything for them. apart from teach them all the evils of the civilised world: the worst of these being greed and materialism. Samariapo was a welcome sight after four weeks on the river. a basic diet of fish and rice. and the constant plague of biting insects. It gave us the chance to have :1 dcccnt wash. take on a few beers and mull over our adventures safely back in civilisation,

A good t'ule of thumb for subaltcrns is never spend any longer than you have to near the squadron offices. "Unpleasant things live up there." according to popular folklore. I thus got my just dcsscrts when. awaiting a squadron “0” group. I was grabbed by Maj Scott. “Each squadron is to put in a nomination for BATUS safety staff... and cr... you‘re it." Thus. after troop tests. I arrived at Sufficld. Canada. via all stops including BAOR whcncc most of my fellow passengers had originated. It was -2(l dcgrccs. l was met by Capt W R B Jowitt RHG/D. who had been there a wcck. to be told that owing to the cold no-onc had done more than scuttle from the accommtxlation to their respective messes. Unfortunately. the weather warmed tip to a mere —3 degrees and work started. The Regiment as a whole no longer sends battle groups to BATUS. but as we form one of the two remaining medium reconnaissance regiments we (and the Light Dragoons) now provide the recce range safety staff. Sufficld is near Medicine Hat just inside Albcrta (Le. second in from the left) and is further from the East coast than we are in Windsor. The "season“ consists of range preparation in March and April and then six cycles of three weeks on and one week off from May until October with a cliangcovcr for temporary staff halfway. The two things which strike you immediately about Canada are the size of thc placc , the training area was rolling countryside larger than Hampshire (with eight trees) , and thc wcathcr — hot enough for tennis in shorts one day. horizontal slcct the next morning. sunshine that afternoon.

It had been a fascinating

experience and its success can only be attributed to the sheer determination of the expedition leader and the great team spirit of all those who took part.

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Thus we spent over an hour each way commuting from the base to our template and back. in either cloudless sunshine (midsummers day) or in heavy rain and tnttd (the rest of Med Mans 1.2 and 3). Having completed the warm tip period of checking targetry and doing TEWTs (which taught us little about the forthcoming exercise but alot about map reading) there was a weeks well earned rest and then we got into the Med Mans. Close Reece has similar skills to Medium Reece but the way in which the troops are tasked was completely different. However. use of dead ground doesn't change and l and LCoH Frccman RHG/D. marking the right half troop. relied on a heavy breakdown rate amongst the rcccc troop to be able to mark the surviving vehicles more closely. so that they (and we) didn‘t get shot at (much). The great advantage of a BATUS posting was the adventure training. During the weeks between cscrciscs there was skiing in thc rockics. hiking and rock climbing for the

enthusiastic. watersports when the sun came out or just the chance to travel in some of the most stunning scenery anywhere. Frec fall parachuting was another craze which went through the mess until it claimed the ankle of Capt .lowitt. Owing to this Capt R A E Tarling LG found himself taking over as recce safety officer slightly earlier than planned. At the mid season point I handed over to Lt R C Lester-Smith LG and LCoH Freeman took charge of the Ferret Scout car flcct. making way for LCoH Crocker RHG/D as callsign “28A". In the meantime the “bright young things" of the safety staff managed to escape as far afield as Alaska and Mexico. taking in the American West coast including LA. Las Vegas. San Fransisco and the Grand Canyon (in Arizona. not to be confused with the ARRC rcccc exercise in Bavaria!). All in a all a good posting for the Household Cavalry to have. You learn alot. you are worked very hard. but you do get great holidays.

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THE LIFE GUARDS PLATOON IN NORTHERN IRELAND THE MOUNTED SEASON By Lieutenant S J Rhodes-Slampa, The Life Guards he LG platoon departed for Edinbttrglt on ll September 1993. and almost immediately. low level infantry training began. with the troops grappling with ambush drills. and patrolling skills. By mid October the Platoon was beginning to work well. and a healthy competitive spirit existed between the Troopers and Guardsmen. Mid October to mid November saw the Platoon split tip for the Battalion exercise itt Otterburn. In twos and threes the Troopers joined Scots Guards‘ Platoons in order to learn the tricks of the trade. NCOs had a good basic knowledge to work on as most had been to the Depot at some point during their careers. The exercise was organised on a limited warfare scenario and was a great success for the Life Guards despite the appalling weather. In early December the Platoon managed to get away from barracks and spent eight days at the Guards Adventure Training httt at Folda. where the emphasis was on physically orientated training providing everyone with a variety of interesting activities whilst not losing the high level of fitness we had all attained. Following Christmas leave we assisted G Company and the emergency services to deal with the terrible flooding in Perth. The Platoon (in a non»mech role) spent

many hours paddling civilians tip and down flooded streets helping to move furniture. sandbagging various doorways and rescuing stranded OAPs. cats and so on. The first three weeks of February saw the Platoon thundering around Barracks and training areas in a Battalion run Northern Ireland package. The Scots Guards NCOs gave tts helpfttl hints arid valuable information on working in the “Province" based on their own hard gained experience. The first three and a half weeks of March were spent with NITAT either on the ranges at Hythe and Lydd being trained on less common weapon systems such as the FRG or RLG and firing on purpose built Fibua ranges or training in both urban and rural environments. The tnost entertaining part of the training w as certainly at Rype. the mock NI village. where the Platoon lived and worked for three days clashing frequently with the Civpop. TZOB. CoH Coleman‘s multiple. became quite famous for their stringent fire control policy. using more ammunition in three days than the other ten multiples did in two weeks. Some members of the DS were heard to remark that it was a good thing not to have issued GPMGs to T20 whilst they were iii the village! Pre Nl leave then began and we enjoyed several weeks leave before deployment.

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SCpI Bowl with [/18 Standard. Tprx Cousins-Price and Robson [IF/INK].

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Having been with to 23G. we were then attached to the Welsh Guards. followed by the Irish Guards and finally the RWF. All these Battalions looked after us very well and firm friends were made. From April to August the Platoon split into two multiples then carried out a different array of security operations around Co Fermanaglt. Based in St Angelo Camp. we were involved in a range of tasks supporting the RUC and the Battalion. The tour was demanding and enjoyable and everyone learnt from the experience. Firm friends were made with many servicemen. policemen and civilians who worked with us in NI. Having given a thoroughly good account of themselves. the Platoon then returned to England and after a period of leave rejoined HCR at Windsor and paraded for the last time for an address from the Commanding Officer before splitting up between the two Life Guartb' squadrons.

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EXERCISE GRAND CANYON — SEPTEMBER 1993 a By Maior W S G Doughty, The Life Guards it September the Regiment (less B and C Squadrons) took part in Exercise Grand Canyon. a reconnaissance exercise in i Southern Germany. The aims of the exercise were to practise the deployment of the ACE Rapid Reaction Corps‘ Reconnaissance Brigade on a range of military tasks from l’cacc Support to General War. Our planning began iit March when tlte Second in Command. Quartermaster and

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Operations Officer flew out to Bielefeld to be briefed by the staff of the ARRC Reece Branch. We discovered. to our delight and surprise. that the Brigade. which incidentally remains a planner‘s dream rather than an established formation. would be exercising across a vast stretch of Baden Wurttemburg. This is a beautiful part of Germany and so different from the ubiquitous North German Plain. A combination of the Black Forest with its thick woods and plunging ravines. the Danube running across the area and Lake Constance in the South. made for some varied country. It was interesting. for example. that the Black Forest closely resembled some of the terrain in Bosnia. while the rolling countryside further east allowed the squadrons to shake out over extended distances. Deployment formed an important part of llte exercise. We began in early September by loading our A vehicles on to civilian containers. From Windsor they moved by road to Harwich. followed by ship to Rotterdam. and then barge along the canals and the Rhine, This was all completed in an unintentionally clandestine manner: no one could have known what was actually in the Containers! This move of A vehicles was Combined with a long and extremely tedious B vehicle move - an almost continuous journey that lasted nearly two days. The lucky ones travelled by air from Brixe Norton to Stuttgart. The only problem w as that the time spent on the ground at South Cerney and the departure lounge exceeded the flight time by a factor of three, Our Forward Mounting Base was to be Munsingen Camp. at German training cantp that had recently been vacated by the French Army. The place had a rather eerie feel about it: the deserted Cercle Mixte that had seen some good parties in its time; the beautiful bandstand with its chipped mosaic floor and peeling paint; and the dark and empty barrack blocks, There were stories that this camp and its surrounding area had been offered to the British Army as a replacement for Soltau. True or not. the training area might prove to be too small for Our purposes but there could be much to

recommend the camp. Beautiful country nearby and not far from the Alps 7 not a bad place. We spent the first weekend preparing for an early morning deployment the following Monday morning. We then had five days of regimental training in which we practised our tactical procedures. communications. vehicle reliability and log' ’tic sustainability. Although our vehicles were to be restricted to roads and tracks. the scope for

deployment proved to be considerable. The locals were also \ery friendly: military vehicles being a comparative novelty. we were invariably met by smiles and waving. During the middle weekend we returned to Munsingen Camp and had a quiet few days which included visits to Stuttgart. the local US Army PX and an excellent Church Parade iit which the Commanding Officer read a lesson that implied that he was everyone else‘s servant!

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an enjoyable and busy exercise in which we had covered the full spectrum of war from

Snnmrlicrc in Southern Germany.

Just after midnight on the following Monday morning HCR deployed. together with The Queen‘s Own Yeomanry. on the Brigade Exercise. The first phase was a general war scenario in which the Regiment established a long screen. Over the next few days. as the tempo of the exercise changed rapidly. we found ourselves moving further west and then into the Black

Forest. This was arguably the most enjoyable and different phase as we were conducting a Bosnia type exercise. The highlight was Maj Scott being snatched by a local "war lord" — once he had consumed all their available rations. he was released back to his squadron. The final phase of the exercise was a long move in which we advanced on a broad

high intensity operations to low to high again — in just over three days. The major constraint on time had been the requirement to get The Queen‘s Own Yeomanry back home by the end of the week. The next stage for us. following the recovery to Munsingen. was R&R. By Saturday morning most members of the Regiment had managed to disappear in different directions. Some went to the Oktoberfest in Munich. others to the darker areas of Stuttgart. while others took to the shores of Lake Constance. By late Tuesday most of the Regiment were safely back in Windsor and we had hardly been away for two weeks. Exercise Grand Canyon was a short exercise » nine days in the field » but it had proved that the Regiment could deploy overseas both efficiently and quickly — and get back again. We also benefitted from some of the lessons that we had learned from Exercise Union Call in the summer. Our communications. particularly with rebroadcast and HF. had improved considerably. and we had also proved that we could keep the vehicles going despite the high mileage. It was a good exercise and a great opportunity to exercise over some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe.

xcrcise Almost Blue was a pie—Cyprus UN tour exercise planned to give the whole of D Squadron a good run out before we went to bring back Asil Nadir. In fact. "pre" in this instance stood for premature and not preliminary. as we had sadly discovered just before the exercise. So just before our departure to Thetford the theme of the exercise changed into a series of six set piece phases. with a strong flavour of lntcrnal Security. and a number of . extra events. Helicopter reconnaissance by the now SCpl Willacy and the second-in— command had allowed us to build a great deal into the exercise and so. an arrival. the troops were fairly thrown into it. Most troops had been formed according to a Cyprus Orbat and had. therefore. not worked together before. However. this . proved no obstacle. Deployed directly from Wretham Camp. each troop had to cross a river and retrieve a boat so that both kit and people could gain the other bank. One swimmer lost his boat in the crossing and was then lucky enough to see SCM Rogers almost hurl himself into " the water when returning the boat to its owner. As he flung it. the rope became entangled with him and for one second. caught in the lights of the safety vehicles. he tottered on the bank. I failed to mention that these crossings took place from 2300 hrs onwards.

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Troops patrolled into the night and sought to have an OP in position by first light. Most patrols were followed and it was in this way. as I followed Lt Hughes and SCpl Vickers. that I ran into CoH Norris who was lurking with intent in some bushes. Patrols of Junior Guardsmen had been requested to cover the routes into OP areas and. inevitably. their reports contained almost every move Ct Orr—Ewing made. The following day. small patrols were sent to find out various things. not the least of which was to find a spot in the area surrounding Frog Hill. and lay an ambush against live patrols provided by Oxford UOTC and a TA Company led by Capt France. During the night 50 percent of the troops were successful and came into contact with at least one patrol. Apparently. long after the trip flares had run out. Tpr Newman and Tpr Stickland were still correcting fire on to the shrill screams of the Oxford female cadets. The next day the Commanding Officer flew in with the elegant Adjutant. Capt Lane—Fox. and saw the troops negotiating the excellent confidence course under the tutelage of SSgt O‘Reilly. Once the course was finished the troops were able to drop their Bergens and begin the march to the Assault Course. The run back to barracks was timed from before the Assault Course and included carrying a large plastic fascine with them. Tpr Reason proved very fit for the task and the overall placings were a very fair representation of the fitness of the troops.

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At this stage. after a period of rest. the troops were again deployed but this time on fix and destroy operations against previously prepared targets. These were all successful and indicated that the troops were warming to their tasks and enthusiastically

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carrying them out. One incident stands ottt. which is SCM Rogers visitittg a site to act as a target. On arrival. he left the trttck and wandered into the ghostly ruitts wltich were his patch. LCpl Pass. still on the truck. locked all the doors and even when SCM Rogers had returned. refused to leave tlte doors insecure because. "there were people out there". Since the night was free. everyone moved to the NAAFI where most watched a football international while the officers received instructions on billiard fives from the quite refreshed Squadron Leader. It is worthy of note that Lt Lester—Smith LG. on loan frotn Maj Waterhouse. proved an excellent player and should. therefore. be prevented from playing again. The last set pieces of the exercise were now upon us. Split into two halves. the troops rotated through an outstanding Close Quarter Battle (CQB) range rtttt by Lt Dick and COH Norris. and 3 pairs fire and movement range run by CoH Willacy. All officers were required to supervise in some capacity. being officially capable of this due to receiving the basic range

qualification at Sandhurst. ()n the fittal day. however. we needed the c\pcrt assistance of Lt David and his platoott Colour Sergeant frottt the Grenadier Guards. as we were running a Section Level advance to corttact on Frog Hill. The prescncc of so many experts provided a wonderfully efficient range day and. there is no doubt. a very testittg day. also. It was ttot over yet. though. as the troops found out later. Two troops were selected to approach :1 live ambush position at night. set their own trip flares and position cut—off groups within the legal limits of the range. In due course a Schcrtnuly flare was fired and the ambush tripped. All targets were hit. but nowhere near cttough times. which clearly showed tltc need for fire control and tttore practice at that sort of thing. Anyway. a good opportunity to dust off the Infantry skills attd a great chance to have an impromptu revue/ stnoker half way through the exercise. The ZIC. who had conte on the recce. never showed his face again and until writing this I wasn‘t even conscious of it. I tttttst follow tltis one tip.

THE MOONLIGHT CHARGE AT KASSASSIN THE FIRST UNION By Maior (Reid) A W Kersting

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oon after landing in Egypt. the Household Cavalry Regiment consisting of a full service squadron - comprising one Major. one Captain. fottr subaltcrtts and 153 NCOs and men frotn each of the three Regiments. formed part of a small force sent to occupy lsntailia. There was sortie sharp skirmishittg when. using lstnailia for a base. the greater part of the force pressed on to Kasstssin on the Freshwater Canal. The Household Cavalry remained at Mahsamah and it was ltcrc at about noon on the 28111 August that a report was received that the main force at Kassassin was being attacked by the Egyptians. The Household Cavalry Regiment turned out but after marclting only a short way it became obvious that the firing they cottld hear was very distant and rtot from Kassassin. The Regiment returned to Camp. They had ttot unsaddled when a galloper came in and announced. not as it turned out entirely correctly. that Kassassin was being attacked in force and that the force tltcre was very hard pressed. Taking with them four guns of the Royal Horse Artillery. the Regiment moved off in a wide sweep to the rigltt. urtder cover of the hills. with the intention of surprising the Egyptian flank. As they hastened over the desert tltc sttn set. to be replaced by a bright full tnoott. Coming over the brow of these bills. the Regiment came uttder a heavy but not very accurate fire from rifles and field guns. The order was given to unmask the guns and the Royal Horse Artillery quickly unlimbcred and came into action. Under cover of their fire the Household Cavalry Regiment formed two columns to thc rigltt of the guns. The Egyptians lay before them at the foot of a long slope. The gallop was now sounded and the brilliant attack 7 known in Verse and story as the “Moonlight Charge" was launched down the hill led by Col Ewart of the Second Life Guards. Tltc Egyptians retaliated with a brisk rifle fire and some saddles were ctttpticd. but the charge was pressed home in deadly earnest and smashed ittto the Egyptians with such force that they scattered in every direction. many of tltcnt falling on their faces to escape the slashittg of the swords. Some of them got up and fired after the troopers who thereupon turned about and dispatched them. Those who stood and fought were frequently clcft to the waist by tremendous blows. (The Titties Correspondent reported that these great giants of the Household Cavalry in several instances cut Inert from the head to the waist belt with their heavy swords).

The Egyptians were swept off the plain leaving eleven gutts bchittd thcm. Sir Drury Lowe in his dispatch alluded to C01 Ewart‘s brilliant leadership attd said that the greatest praise was due to all ranks of the Household Cavalry. Sir Garnet Wolseley adding on his own account "their excellent behaviour at all titttcs is on a par with their gallantry itt action”. Commander-in-Chief in the Field Sir Garnet lli’olscltjv

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found right. After tltc official parade was over the Regiment drove the ten kilometres back to our Itoittc station as hundreds of people along the route stopped to wave and cheer. The mortth of December brings with it the snow and Annual Technical Inspection (ATI). The AT] is the in depth process by which every vehicle. weapon and piece of kit iii the Regiment (and Brigade) is pulled apart. examined. cleaned. repaired and then rc-inspectcd by a team of experts front the Brigade. This process helps ensure that the Brigade maintains a high calibre of battle readiness. The ATI is followed immediately by the General Officer

THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS I992 — I993 IN REVIEW w B will remember 1992 as a very btrsy and rewarding year for The Royal Canadian Dragoons. Life with the Special Service Force at Canadian Forces Base (CBF) Petawawa can be hectic. but last year proved to be even more so. In January the Regirnertt conducted several courses to qttalify new drivers attd gunners. The cold tnonth of February was used to practise winter warfare skills to include winter survival techniques artd snow defences. While this took place. Reece Squadron prepared for the Biathlon ski season. This task occupied the entire squadron for ten weeks. as they organised and officiated at malty of the Canadian Army Biathlon ski events. The highlight of March for A and B Squadrons was a gun camp at Fort Drum in Northern New York. Later in the month tlte Regiment deployed to Kingston. Ontario (approximately 300 kilometres South of Petawawa) for a week lortg Aid to the Civil Power exercise where we took over the guarding of several prisons in the area. This was to practise for an actual deployment irt the event of a prison guard strike or prisoner uprising which the civil authorities could not cope with. Reece Squadron took part in the 1 Canadian Division exercise which was held in April and May at CBF Wainwright irt Alberta. The remainder of the Regiment stayed in Petawawa and prepared for the annual Armoured Corps gunnery competition. known as Ramshead. A Squadron represented the Regiment and did very well. On 26 June command of the Regiment passed front Lieutenant—Colonel Rick Hillier to Lieutenant—Colonel Matt Macdonald. During the summer months rrtuch of the Regiment was involved supporting local Militia courses and deployments and taking leave. In September. each Squadron deployed to conduct troop and squadron level training. This was followed by a Regimental deployment to Fort Drum. New York where we conducted a gun camp. small arms qualifications and FIBUA training. In the early fall. the Canadian Airborne Regiment was told they would deploy to Somalia. The RCD were tasked to train 75 airborne troopers as armoured vehicle drivers as well as organize and conduct the final pre—deployment training exercise. Exercise Stalwart Providence saw the soldiers of the Regiment conduct road blocks manned by armed clans. play aid workers. UN representatives and ntasses of hungry Somalis. It was fortunate that no talent agents were present or many a good soldier would have been lost to Hollywood.

A Regimental celebration was ltcld irt late October commemorating the Boer War Battle of Leliefontein. Dtrrirtg this battle on November 7. 1900 three members of the Regiment won the Victoria Cross. This year‘s festivities lasted a week and irtcludcd several competitions and Mess Dinners. It also marked the official opening of the RCD Home Station Museum irt Petawawa. Durittg the parade roll past. C Squadron of Gagctown. New Brunswick lined tltc parade square on either side of tltc dais artd were saluted. as this was the last time they will parade with the Regiment. In April 1993. C Squadron RCD will re—forrn as A Squadron 81h Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise‘s) as part of the Canadian Forces restructure. November saw the Regiment prepare for arid complete the Annual Technical Inspection and the Contrttttnder‘s Inspection. The Regiment did very well being considered by the Commander as the best urtit iii the Special Service Force. The end of I992 saw the RCD prepare and deploy A Squadron to Somalia as part of the United Nations response to tltc crisis irt that country. The Regiment had seven days to prepare the personnel attd equipment frortt the time of warning. The effort put forth by all Dragoons to meet this deadline artd produce a ftrlly equipped and trairted squadron was nothing short of magnificent. In 1993. our 1 mm year. the Regiment has deployed troops all over the world irt support of UN operations. Dragoons were deployed to Cambodia. the Golan. Kuwait

and rtrost notably irt numbers — Somalia. A Sqrt deployed there irt January for a Six month tour in tlte desert. Repatriation of the Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank to the Dragoons frotn Germany was completed. The RCD received twenty tanks and one ARV. The Regiment now has it squadron of Cougar armoured cars. one of tanks. Reece squadron equipped with armoured personnel carriers and headquarters squadron equipped with the ancillary vehicles and technicians that keep the Regiment on the roll. In early February. 3 Sqrt deployed to Cape Dorset on Baffin Island in the North West Territories. The ptrrpose of this excursion was to exercise Canada‘s sovereignty lit the frozen north. For tert days they stayed and lived with the Inuit people. Their expertise at living off the land and surviving the harsh environment was tremendously ltelpftrl. Exercise Osorts Thunder irt May was a full blown Brigade exercise built on the combat team model which saw all units from the Special Service Force taking part. In June. B Sqn deployed on art eight day excursion to Fort Knox. Kentucky. tltc home to the United States Armour School. to train on their extensive simulator network. After much needed time for familiarisation. we launched headlong irtto a combat tcartt advance to contact and defensive operations. June saw the retirement of our Regimental Sergeant Major. Chief Warrant Officer S Mercer after 37 years of active service to his country. The new RSM is CWO B Prendcrgast.

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The fall training period was an extremely busy time for our soldiers. The Regiment was involved in ruttrtirtg several gunnery and driving cotrrses. The echelons also deployed to Central Area Concentration “93" irt support of the armoured Militia ttrtits in Ontario. November. traditionally. is the rttost hectic month irt the annual calendar and this year was no exception. We celebrated the ‘931‘d anniversary of The Action at Leliefontcin. The winning of three Victoria Crosses iii a single action is a feat not yet matched by arty urrit iii the history of tltc Canadian Armed Forces. This year‘s

Leliefontein Parade was also the venue to change the Colonels of the Regiment from Brig Gert P H C Carcw. CD to Maj Gen C Milrter OMM. MSC. CD. The day after the Leliefontcin Parade. the Regiment was granted the freedom of the City of Pembroke. a small City about ten kilometres from otrr home station. The Regiment deployed with its full complement of vehicles and personnel. The inhabitants of the city came otit irt droves to witness this momentous occasion. /\s the tanks rumbled through tltc streets. children. adults. and veterans alike lined the streets arid cheered us on as we exercised otrr rtcw

is where each urtit in the Brigade in succession is thoroughly inspected on the parade square with every itertt of issued personnel and collective kit including vehicles. Immediately following the inspection. the Commander orders the urtit to deploy in wltole or in part to different destinations in the training area to undergo a series of tests and taskings. These tests gauge a series of predetermined standards. Th se range front march and shoots. NBC warfare. ritap and compass. and whatever else the Brigade Operations Officer has in mind. In the summer of I994 the Regiment will start training irt earnest for a deployment to the former Yugoslavia irt November. The Regiment is eagerly looking forward to this opportunity. In closing. the Corrtmartdirtg Officer and all ranks of Tltc Royal Canadian Dragoons would like to y\ ish you good health and hard training in 1994.

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THE OFFICERS' UNION DAY

FLYING IN BELIZE

By Major J S P Swayne, The Blues and Royals

By MaiorJ D A Dalgliesh, The Life Guards

he Officers” Day really began the moment the Commanding Officer assumed command of the Regiment. His idea was to bring both Officers‘ Messes together with some form of joint venture. He began by sifting ideas that were suggested in conversation with D $th Ldr Including Go Karting and paintballing but all were eventually in favour of a larger event entirely. When Maj (Retd) Nigel Hadden-Paton left the army he took on the Rossway Park Estate belonging to his family. A firm called Business Pursuits lease part of the estate in order to entertain various companies and give them a good day out. and it was to this estate and that particular company we pledged ourselves. In an atmosphere of complete secrecy the coach taking the officers slowly filled up with participants wearing many strange orders of dress. Not knowing what to expect but aware that they might get wet some officers were less than cheerful. after all. it was October. We left on time. arriving at Rossway Park at about 1000 hrs and were met by the Haddon~ Patons and the staff of Business Pursuits who briefed us on the fomiat of the day. We all felt a good deal better with a bacon roll and large cup of coffee floating around in us and soon it was time to start the events. Naturally there were highlights at each stand but the ones of most interest are worth repeating.

The Union kicks (if/{I‘ll grail spirit.

On the reverse steering car Maj Livingstone found it totally impossible to guide the car more than 10 feet without some part of his brain going into override and forcing him to steer the other way. Therefore. remembering that steer left equals go right. the spectators spent most of their time behind the biggest oak tree they could find sheltering from Jim. “I think I‘ve got it. oh no I haven‘t". Livingstone. The archery was also dangerous. The Life Guards own someone called Robin who

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really ought not to be. The last medical report on the girl who was instructing on that stand held out a slender chance of her being on her feet by Christmas. Other stands included blindfold driving. an event taken by Maj Tabor who is so used to driving with his eyes shut on the way up from Wiltshire. no one else stood a chance. A small four wheel tractor obstacle course provided much amusement as one after another. officers mistook the brake for the accelerator. The final stand was a high speed form of go — karting on mud which the Commanding Officer has convinced its all he won. We broke for lunch at about one o'clock and repaired to a barn for some wonderful stew and crumble washed down with whatever Maj Waterhouse hadn‘t already drunk. Lunch was quite a lively affair with the Officers strenuously trying to postpone the afternoon‘s events. This consisted of Its a Knockout type games. most involving water (I would remind you this was October). and all involving skulduggery. The certain winners. led by Capt Brown were cruelly fouled by Lt Pitman who flung himself into the spokes of the teams giant inflatable wheel. This will not remain unavenged. Lt Hamilton-Russell was unable to string words together. let alone climb a twelve foot rubber obstacle while clutching two blown up bananas. so really what hope was there"? With many a nodding head we all left Rossway Park for the journey home. The day had been great fun but the night was even better. with a Bistro style evening in the mess. The wives and girl friends hung on our every exciting word as we told how brave we had been and to back it all up the video of the day‘s events ran on television for us all to look at. The Union really began the way it will go on.

n the 3 March 1993. 1 found myself facing the blasting humid heat of Central America for the second time as I stepped off the RAF VC710. My first time had been four years before with the Irish Guards as an infantry/man. This tour was going to be very different: four and a half months as the detachment commander with the Army Air Corps flying Gazelles. It didn't take long to settle into life at Airport Camp (APC). and I was soon revisiting old places and rapidly getting to know new ones. My first flight. a familiarization sortie with the resident instructor. was breath taking. Within ten minutes of leaving APC. we were flying along the spectacular coral reef spotting rays. shark and barracuda in the crystal clear Caribbean water. Heading inland. over the salt marshes. crocodile and cgrcts were abundant in the Lagoons. I saw more in that hour and a half than in my previous tour. including a remote Mayan temple. Helicopters seemed the preferred way of getting around the country. not surprising as a foot patrol could take an hour to cover 500m in the jungle — a mere eight seconds by Gazelle! I was often on liaison and resupply flights all over the country: from very deep and remote areas in the mountains to the back deck of a Frigate. all the time amassing a vast amount of flying time. I reached a milestone in the flying world by achieving 1000 flying hours whilst out there. It was celebrated by the rest of my detachment with champagne as I landed back in camp. but not before receiving a royal soaking from the waiting fire engine! All the odd and seemingly peculiar lessons and techniques from Middle Wallop were used during the tour. even on routine flights. 0n exercise. low level below the tree line. hurrying to a new observation point whilst on a Forward Air Controller task. talking to the Harriers. controlling the pilot and map reading was a challenge on its own: some areas of Belize are devoid of contours or any features at all. a plain green sheet of paper would suffice as a map! Not so ftumy when you know the Guatemalan border is somewhere below you (thank goodness for the fall back: a satellite navigation pack!) If trying to confirm your position wasn‘t enough to make you sweat. the usual cockpit "greenhouse" temperature 0f nearly 40 C during the height of the day surely would. But. a trip “over the top" and round 1000 feet watcr falls at the edge of the Mayan mountains range would certainly I‘cstorc moral! Making friends at home turn green with envy was easy. a call on the 1117 radio to England with a phone patch would get us through to London (timed usually so

that they were in the office!) as we flew over the jungle , quite an expericncc! Even the Brigadier was amazed the first time we got him through to his wife in Wiltshire. There were many other aspects to the tour that were just as memorable. The six day long jungle survival course. where we learnt to live and Lise the material in the jungle. having only a small survival tin and a machete as initial resources (the J , plan diet works wonders. 1 lost half a stone without try ing! ). It was possibly the new world of subaqua diving that awed me the most: each dive revealed a new magnificent spectacle: corals. hundreds of brilliant fish. turtles and once a shoal of dolphin. There is no doubt. this tour was the

highlight of my time with the Army Air Corps. all crammed into a short few months. bttt there are some very close seconds during my three years flying: the sights of London. Paris. the Chateau down the Loire valley. the difficult moments in adverse weather on NVG (Night Vision Goggles) over Northern Ireland and chasing the coyote across the Prairie in Canada. The last word must come from Cpl Clements RGJ. one of my pilots in Belize. who having landed for the first time on a deserted. white beached island with palm trees hanging over into the Caribbean sea. said: “I can‘t believe I‘ve been ordered to fly here... I‘ll never be able to look an honest tax payer in the eye again!!"! A He did...

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sailed to chuia. Mustique. the 'l'obago Keys and onwards. This was sailing in the Caribbean as I had imagined it to be. Every conversation was punctuated by a rtttn punch. the environment was naturally peaceful. and the on going battle of Willow & leather between the West Indians and Pakistan in Port of Spain. provided the back drop to many hours sailing in thc ferocious sun. In the three weeks which we spent in the Grenadines I saw an endless supply of secret islands. large and small. and coral reels to rival anything that is seen in the Red Sea. Thankfully malty are declared Marine

By Lieutenant D Avis, The Life Guards he night was very cold. His feet were numb and his collar and face were wet front where the rain had drifted throuin the opening in his sleeping bag. “Get up. ready to tnove in 15 minutes." His day had begun yet it was half past three in the moming and he had onlyjust gone to sleep. Quite a few thousand miles South West. A Squadron‘s part in the Regimental Exercise was causing line no sorrow. I had just discovered Tortuga » that little known sandy beach about 100 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. surrounded by the coral reefs of the Caribbean. We were discovering the "jewels in the Crown" of a ten week passage. the Los Roques Archipelgo was yet to come. but that would be the last part of a voyage of discovery which had begun in early April in St Lucia. I was one of three guests whom Col H O HughASmith. formerly The Blues and Royals. had invited to join him aboard his yacht Tai Chi. to help him bring her back across the Atlantic to her home port in Falmouth. Why we were still sailing in the Caribbean. rather than the Bay of Biscay was the result of the “fluid thinking" which surrounds the preparation and planning of long yacht passages. and also that England is very cold in the winter. Hugh and I had just svt um back to the boat after a snorkelling expedition to the petrified reefs at the north end of the island. where we had encountered the largest shoal of barracuda that we had seen so far. A chilling experience. I first met Hugh Naylor in St Lucia.

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having flown out via Barbados to meet Tai Chi at Rodney Bay. I discovered Colonel Henry and Fido watching the electrician and his assistant mend the boat‘s electrics and was presented with a suitable Rum Punch and told that Hugh had gone shopping and gone to get a hair cut in Castrics. When he returned I was glad to mcct somebody my own age but made a mental note to have my hair cut in the Eastern Caribbean. With Paddy Gratton aboard we started as five. getting to know the boat. exploring St Lucia and making a quiet journey north to Martinique to buy btttter. wines and a generally better standard of food. Sadly as the fun was really beginning Fido unfortunately had to return to England at very short notice. His sailing experience was sadly missed. but still full of enthusiasm we set a course south to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Grenada and Trinidad before finally heading west into Venezuelan waters. The sights and sons north of the Grenadines were largely unrotnanlic and touristy but anothcr world opened up as we

for years to come. Tai Chi was thirty seven feet long and the few people aboard were all eating large amounts of food. Supplies for breakfast and lunch could be found reasonably freely. but we had not been shopping since Martinique. The bilges which were once full of wines and butter were now only full of btttter and what little rum we had left was being "punched“ with anything. There was a small shop on Canaouan bttt we really needed to reach Grenada before we were living on buttcr and water only. In Grenada we suffered our first real set back. The plan had been to sail from Secret Harbour to Trinidad. bttt it was thwarted just about half way by heavy seas. A small gap had been forced open in the anchor well and consequently a lot of water was amassing in the forepcak. (too much for the bilge to cope with) and we ended tip having to tttrn back again just after midnight. to go to thc only person who we knew for certain could repair the fault. This was a horrible decision to make at the titne. but Grenada was the one island which we had not really had much time to explore. and I was looking forward to the opportunity again. The Caribbean changes as one sails through it. The deep blue seas and white sand beaches give way to the brown seas. oil (ICl‘I‘leS. island prisons and wastes of Trinidad and Port of Spain. But they change again to the west. the sea becomes grccner and the uninhabited tip of the Gulfo de Paraya (NW tip of Venezuela) is covered in a rainforest which grows on the sides of the most incredible hills and cliffs. Along the Venezuelan Coast we sailed to Cumana. the Machima and Pucrto La Cruz before finally the last leg of Los Roques and Tortuga. In mid June we sailcd back to Puero La Cruz and rather sadly laid tip Tai Chi until the coming Autumn.

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By Captain DJ Davies, The Blues and Royals ow many times have we all left Hyde Park Barracks by the Ceremonial Gate. turned right towards Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner, and whilst passing along the outside of the Barrack wall have perhaps noticed (or perhaps not) a green bronze plaque on the wall in memory of Maj M F M Meiklejohn VC the Gordon Highlanders? This is his story which. although sad. is at the same time an example to us all. Matthew Fontaine Maury Meiklejohn was born on 27 November 1870. son of the late Prof Meiklejohn. of St Andrew ‘s University. and was educated at Fettes College. Edinburgh. He joined the Gordon Highlanders in India on 17 June 1891. and four years later saw his first active service with his regiment when Sir Robert Low"s Field Force advanced to the relief of Chitral. by way of the Swat Valley. Two years later the Gordons were again actively employed on the Indian Frontier. and Meiklejohn was slightly wounded when his regiment gallantly cleared the heights of Dargai. He saw much more fighting during the campaign. He received the Indian Medal with three clasps. On the outbreak of the South African War the Gordons deployed with the Infantry Brigade sent from India. and he was still with them. He was desperately wounded at the battle of Elandslaagte during an advance early in the campaign and won the Victoria Cross in the action. Evacuated into Ladysmith. which was shortly afterwards invested by the Boers. he shared the privations of a close and exhausting siege there. It was wonderful. considering the hardships the garrison of Ladysmith suffered before they were relieved. that Capt Meiklejohn survived his severe wounds. which led to the loss of his right arm, It was for gallantry in the advance that Capts Mullins and Johnstone. of the Imperial Light Horse. as well as Capt Meiklejohn were awarded the Victoria Cross. His own decoration was gazetted on the 20111 July. 1900. as follows: “Matthew Fontaine Maury Meiklejohn. Capt. Gordon Highlanders. Date of Act of Bravery: 21 Oct. 1899. At the Battle of Elandslaagte. on the 21st Oct. 1899. after the main Boer position had been captured. some of the men of the Gordon Highlanders. when about to advance. were exposed to a heavy cross» fire. and. having lost their leaders. commenced to waver. Seeing this. Capt Meiklejohn rushed to the front and called on the Gordons to follow him. By his conspicuous bravery and fearless example he rallied the men and led them against the

enemy‘s position. \\ here he fell. desperately \iounded in four places." Capt Mciklejohn was also mentioned in dispatches and received the Queen‘s Medal. In 1901 he was Garrison Adjutant

at St. Helena. whence he returned to enter the Staff College. In 1904 he married Vera Marshall. daughter of the late Lt Col Lionel Marshall. They had one son and two daughters. He was later on the General Staff at Army Headquarters, during which he was promoted to his majority. Maj Meiklejohn died on 4 July. 1913. in the Middlesex Hospital. from the effects of an accident in Hyde Park on 28 June. His horse bolted. Handicapped by the loss of his right arm. he just managed to steer him into the rails bordering Rotten Row. opposite Hyde Park Barracks. in order to avoid some children and their nurse. who probably would otherwise have been killed or seriously injured. The mother of these children wrote to the “Times" ofJuly 7. 1913 “As my nurse was the only eye—witness of the tragic accident which led to Major Mciklejohn‘s death. I think it right to acquaint the public with her story. She and my children were in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon. 28 June. They had reached a spot opposite to Knightsbridge Barracks and. as they walked along the path. Major Mciklejohn on his runaway horse suddenly came upon them from between the trees. In order to avoid danger to the children. he turned his horse against the railings of Rotten Row. which he must have known he could not clear. He thus gave his life for theirs. and added one more to the roll of his brave and unselfish deeds."

re season training started in early September with the Blues and Royals touring Wales and despite losing to thc Welsh Junior Champions who came from a town. the name of which even I have problems pronouncing, we made a lasting impression in many ways. The tour will be remembered for years to come. The Life Guards squad under the ever watchful eye of W02 (SCM) Evans started training early. but as individuals due to move back from Sennelager. rather than as 21 learn. In early October. with a clear directive from the Commanding Officer. the combined squad started training twice a day. The loss of W02 Kilvington. the learn coach. made life difficult but. after all. anyone good enough to coach the young England team would be missed. This was solved by appointing LCoH Smith 75 and LCoH Young. both RHG/D. to coach the

forwards and backs respectively. The Prince of Wales Cup 1992-93 Being the holders of the trophy and also a new Regiment. there was a certain amount of pressure on us to do well in this competition. We quickly progressed to the Final. This was played at Cavalry Barracks. Hounslow. on a Friday in December 1992. With the Regiment. including the Band in attendance. the stage was set for an epic battle.

Our opponents. the Guards Depot, kicked off and all was very even until late in the first half when CoH Richards crashed over the line taking three of the other team with him to score in the right hand corner. Conversion missed. the reply was immediate. a very well worked try by their talented back division. The score at half time was 775 to the Guards Depot, Early in the second half our backs sprang into action. a sweet dummy from Cfn Evans and a dotiblc scissors from Tpr Brown 81 saw LCoH Young score in the best move of the match. 1077 to l'ICR. The Guards Depot then scored a scrappy try which was successfully converted. 12»l(l to the Depot. Ten minutes remained and despite our crossing the line twice the advantage remained with the Guards Depot. With just minutes left the Depot cracked under increasing pressure and a penalty was awarded. Cfn Evans. the man of the match. converted it. We had won 13-12 in what was without doubt one of the hardest games of the season. The match over. Cfn Evans rushed home to Wales to be married. The team toasted our success and his future. An historic victory was ours. Despite a very busy period for the Regiment getting ready for our operational role. we reached the Final of the London District Cup by disposing of the Grenadier Guards 464). Our opposition in the Fittal guess who‘.’ Yes. the Guards Depot.

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The match was played once again at Hottnslow but. our homework done. we ran ottt easy victors 29-1 1. The point scorers were CoH Richards. LSgt Turpey and Cfn Evans. Each scored a try and Cfn Evans a conversion and two drop goals. This was a great team performance which saw the Guards Depot very much on the rack. RAC Cavalry Cllp Competition 1992-93 Our campaign for the Cavalry Cup started with a victory over The King‘s Royal Lancers in the UK Cavalry Cup Final on 26 April 1993 at Bovington. The pitch was a mudbath but we managed to win in a hard fought match 10-6. with a try from CoH Richards which was converted by Cfn Evans who also scored a penalty. The Final was played at Bovington on 5 May 1993. They say you save the best till last. We all knew that this was the filial time this team would play together. The Regiment in full support. our opposition were the newly formed Light Dragoons.

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Light Dragoons. their very talented backs worked a miss tnove to send their right wing in for a try.

say “is he related to Barry John?“ The game was ours.

0—8 After a penalty rewarded the opposition's pressure in the middle of the first half. we started to wake up.

10—1 1 The Light Dragoons had no answer to our pack pressure and sadly their tight row forward was replaced through injury. They w ere awarded a penalty for our dropping the pack. but they were in complete disarray.

7-8 In the dying minutes of the first half our pack came alive. having soaked up all the pressure. and encamped in the Light Dragoons 25. The back row moved in concert and the pack crashed over for a big try before half time. scored by CoH Richards and converted by Cfn Evans.

10-8 Just after half time saw the turning point of the match with the front row of LCoH Spandley. SQMC Tierney and CoH Dickens destroying the opposition for one brief moment just forward of the halfway line. We were awarded a free kick which Cfn Evans converted but it was disallowed as being outside the rules. Seconds later. however. he scored a penalty from the same place. The opposition captain was heard to

13-1 1 Due to constant pressure their pack collapsed and we were awarded a penalty which Cfrt Evans kicked. 20~ll More forward pressure found the Light Dragoons in all sorts of trouble That man again. Cfn Evans. sidestepped the serum half and scored to the left of the posts and then converted. 27»1 1 In a flash of brilliance our fly half. LSgt Turpey. hoisted a Garry Owen with snow on it. LCpl Foster followed up to tackle the full back and the ball bounced into touch. But our back row of SSgt O‘Reilly and LCoH (the Chin) Smith. always aware. took

a quick throw and. try scored. Cfn Evans converted again. The final score was 2771 1 with Cln Evans having scored 12 points on his last day in the Army. He was outstanding bill the team performance was out of this world. To conclude we won fotrr trophies in a great season. Cfn Evans. LCpl Trinniek and Tpr Brown have all been selected for Army teams. All should be congratulated for their achievements. Tpr Brown has also played for the Combined Services side. The final team results were: Played Lost Drawn Won

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May I use the last few litres to congratulate all the Regimental supporters. Where would we be without you? And also to congratulate the whole rugby squad for their sterling efforts in this our most successful season. It is not the first choice players who make a successful side but the squad member who trains alongside and pushes to get into the team himself. that produces such high standards.

POLO he Polo playing members of the Regiment had waited a long time for a season like that of 1993. As a result of the Union we could field at least 10 players from the two Regiments. Added to this was the fact that with the retirement from Polo in 1992 of Lt Col C R Watt WG OBE. it left the door open for Capt A J P Woodward RHG/D. Lt J P Barclay RHG/D and 2Lt A M R Barlow LG. to take the top slots in the Army and Combined Services teams for the summer. Lt Barclay. however. decided to forego his Polo for the ‘93 season as he was leading The Blues and Royals Northern Ireland Platoon. With hopes high the Regiment decided to field two teams in The Inter Regimental. the A team being considerably stronger. However. it was the B team that first took to the Ground in The Inter Regimental Competition with Maj S H Cowen RHG/D. Lt T E Pitman RHG/D. Capt W M Dwerryhouse LG and Capt H F M O Jodrell RHG/D. They were unfortunately narrowly beaten by the Royal Navy. Good luck favoured the A Team who eventually won the Tournament in front of a beaming HM The Queen. having beaten the Foot Guards. last year‘s winners. the Wessex Yeomanry (10—1). and The Queen's Royal Lancers (102) in the final. The Team consisted of Maj The Hon M R M Watson LG. Capt The Hon 1 H A Broughton RHG/D. Capt A J P Woodward RHG/D and 2L1 A M K Barlow LG. Meanwhile all Polo players were taking full advantage of the Guards Polo Club. Capt Dwerryhouse ran a very successful Morgan Grenfell team in the 8

Goa]. Maj P R L Ilunter LG ran a team with 2Lt Barlow. courtesy of PCL Ltd. and Capt Woodward played in the Mcditrrn Goal with Galen Weston‘s Maple Leaf Team. The next trophy on the Regiment‘s agenda was the Captains and Subalterns at Tidworth. always good fun. if not for the Polo but for the parties which always seem to bring to the fore sortie amusing antics both by the players and grooms. Capt Woodward and 2L1 Barlow again pivoted the team. but it was the sterling efforts of Lt Pitman and Capt Jodrell. which eventually swung the day with another convincing win over the Queen‘s Royal Lancers (8-4).

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delivered to the field of play on each day of the weekend by his 8th Ldr. Maj D C Waterhouse LG. in his landrovcr. as both were on Exercise Roaring Lion. Surreptitious RVs were arranged all over Salisbury Plain for the transport to Tidworth and the rest of the players stayed well clear of an exercise “smelly" 2Lt Barlow. The main tournaments over Willi. the Household Cavalry teams split back out into Life Guards and Blues and Royals teams for the Major General‘s Cup. This enabled the younger team members and the late starters a chance to play for their Regiments. The Life Guards Team were unfortunately knocked out in the Semi Finals. but The Blues and Royals team did well to be narrowly defeated in extra time by a very urider—handicapped Foot Guards side. As one can see Polo is very healthy in the Regiment at the moment and it is hoped more officers will participate next year. There is no doubt that the Household Cavalry is very much the leading light in Army Polo and long may it continue.

FOOTBALL he 1992/93 season started off well with The Blues and Royals in September 1992. In the first five weeks the Regiment went undefeated with good wins against stronger opposition. In October 1992. The Blues and Royals and The Life Guards “‘unionised" to be better known in the football world as Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR). This introduced more football players and. as a result of this. it was decided to run two teams: 1st XI and 2nd XI. As soon as this was set up we lost a majority of first team players to the two Northem Ireland Platoons formed from both The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. The “Pat Jennings" of The Blues and Royals. LCoH Knibbs. found his first posting away from the service Regiment after ten years as Regimental goalkeeper to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The Regiment played against the RAC Training Regiment in the Quarter-Finals 0f the Cavalry Cup. But with star players away on postings and a last minute course for a good up-and—coming Tpr Walbrook the result was a win for the RAC Training Regiment. On a sad note. an injury to LSgt Straiton in that match resulted in his being unable to play football again. Hopefully. this will not deter him from football and soon he might join the backroom staff. The Regiment played 3 PARA in the third round of the Army Cup and. much to their surprise. we beat them 4~1. with goals from LSgt Straiton. LCpl Thomas. LCpI Beulah and Tpr Lofts. The 4th Round ended in a 2—1 defeat by 27 Regt RCT whose depth of experience and fitness in the last ten minutes were decisive — the fact that they had four Anny and four corps players did not help much either! We came mid way up the London District League but still gave some of the stongcr teams a run for their money: 1 Kings defeated 4—3 (goals each from LCpl Beulah. Tprs Lofts and Walbrook): a 4+1

draw with PCD RE (two goals front LCpl Beulah. one each from Tprs Lofts and Cullen). and 213-1 victory over 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. the eventual winners of the League with goals coming from LCpl Beulah and two from Tpr McMullen. The 1992/93 season was a leaming process of playing as many footballers as possible in preparation for the 1993/94 season. Several players have been or are due to be posted back to the Regiment. one to note being Sgt

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Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Windsor will be his first posting as a member of the AG Corps which is quite lucky because we lost CoH Srnithers on posting to C 5th QOY. After 18 months away Sgt Knibbs is only too glad to get his old pair of keeping gloves frotn the QM‘s for another three years. Finally. with the injection of new. and old talent and the re-organised back room staff we look forward to the 1993/94 season with good prospects.

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SKIING I992 — 1993 l‘ter lots of people dropping in and out of the ski squad. we cventuall} took a team ol‘ eight consisting of: Lts ()rriliwing. Hince. Httw'Cs and Pitman. LCoH Knight. LCpl Shaw and Tprs Beech and Tate. We were very much an Ltnknown quantity as The Life Guards had not fielded a team for three seasons and we had a lot of late volunteers. such as Lt Hawes. who had to sell his shotgun in order to meet the financial requirements. We arri\ ed in Verbier and thought that the best idea would be to remind everyone that the Household Cavalry had arrived in town. So. having met the rest ol‘ the RAC on a social basis. we were soon to he competing on the slopes with them. Tpr Beech was. without doubt. our best skier and was in Group 2 while Lt Ori> Ewing and Tpr Tate were in Group 3. The rest of the team were evenl) spread over the rest of the Groups down to 8 inclusive. We had six weeks training in Verbier where everyone performed extremely well both on and off the slopes. This was especially true of Lt Hawes who was

determined to show that the one thing in me more important than skiing was singing the Blues. and h} the end e\ er} one tota[l_\ agreed with him. We then took a l'our man team on to the Divisional Championships in Scrre Chevalier in France. Lt ()rreEw ing and ’l‘pr Beech had to hiteh»hike there as their tnode ol‘ transport. Lt Haw es‘s £300 custard )ellow Saab. hroke down irreparahl} two miles ottt ol~ Vet‘bier tin fact it is still rumoured to be sitting there in the same la_\'h_\ t. l€\er_\one skied well at the Championships and we came aw a_\ with nine trophies. winning overall the UKLF and .1 Di\isiona| Cups. .-\mong ottr victories were Team Downhill. 'l'eam Super Giant Slalom. ‘l'eam Slalom and Team Giant Slalom. All four ol~ us ended up in the top l’il‘teen out of 130 skiers with Tpr Beech coming second o\ erall. We then went on to the .r\rm_\ Championships where our average position was l'il'th out of twentytw o teams. 'l‘pr Beech skied stunningl) well to become Army Giant Slalom Champion and is surely hound for the Army team ne\t season it he continues in the same vein. Overall we had a very suecess‘l'ul season. putting the Household Cavalr) on the map as a force to

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THE LIFE GUARDS ASSOCIATION Annual Report I993 l’atron Her Majesty The Queen The Cmnmumling7 OflTt'L'l' (1(‘(it’l7/I‘Il‘g’ r/u' Crimes .‘Vfg/ll‘ Challenge. From the Left: 7])1‘ tIIL/l'X/l, SCI)! Boyd, [.Cp/ Coma/7m. Regime/Hal Corporal .llujor, Cmnnmmlin;Y Officer. SQMC Rel/ringer. SC/i/ ll uygnml, TLC/II Dogu.

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Committee The Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Regiment

W01 W01 W02 W02

Vice-Chairman Officer Commanding. The Life Guards Mounted squadron

W02 (SCM) C Hickman

President Maj Gen Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard,

GCVO. CB. CBE. MC. DL Trustees of The Life Guards Charitable Trust The Commanding Officer Officer Commanding, The Life Guards Mounted Squadron Honorary Treasurer. The Life Guards Association Auditors: Messrs Cape and Dalgleish (Chartered Accountants) 40! St John Street London EC I V 4LH

Honorary treasurer Lt Col (Retd) A D Meakin

Honorary secretary Capt R Hennessey Walsh

Serving Members Capt l W Kelly Lt J T Lodge W01 T G W Carrington

(SC) D J Smith (RCM) M Whatley (ORQMC) T Tomkins (SCM) A Fry

W02 (RQMC) J S Holbrook

Non-Serving Members Maj T R G Gooch, MBE Maj N E Hearson. JP DL Capt L D Stratford. MBE Capt A M Cherrington Capt W A B Henderson C E Dean. RVM D Johnson E 0 Lloyd. RVM N W Taylor Esq S Wallington Esq

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l.Tbe Association shall be called “The Life Guards Association",

2. Membership. All officers. warrant officers. non-commissioned officers and troopers of Her Majesty's First or Second Regiments of Life Guards or of Her Majesty‘s Regiment of Life Guards who have left the Regiment are eligible for election by the committee. as well as all officers and other tanks still serving. Other ranks may become members on joining the Regiment but should they be discharged tlishonourably from the service they will be deemed as no longer a member of the association.

3. The objects of the association are: a. To keep all past members of the Regiment in touch with one another. le Rwy-[)uries. Molar/lull (Illtf fltllllf/IIIII’RHA\L’H collect runner/or :‘ltu/‘i/y (II Summer ('ump.

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b. To help such members in obtaining situations.

c. To maintain “The Life Guards Charitable Trust" in accordance with the terms of the Deed of Trust. for the purpose of granting temporary assistance to members of the association. their wives. widows or children. or other dependants who may be in distressed circumstances through no fault of their own. Nonemembers of the association. their wives. widows or children and other dependants who may be in distressed circumstances through no fault of their own may also receive temporary assistance at the discretion of the committee. 4. The Annual subscription payable by exserving members of the Regiment shall be in the case of officers £2. and in the case of soldiers of all ranks £1. but members of the association whose annual subscriptions are fixed at £2 and £1 respectively may become Life Members of the association on payment of £l5 in the case of officers and £5 in the case of soldiers.

Serving soldiers of the association who pay each year under the One Day‘s Pay scheme shall be deemed to he Life Members of the association. Serving officers who pay under the One Day's Pay scheme shall be deemed to be annual members of the association while serving. and if their donations are paid by the Deed of Covenant over seven years they will be deemed to be Life Members of the association. 5. A member of the association whose subscription becomes two years in arrears shall ipso faeto cease to be a member. but the committee may at any time revadmit him to membership upon him giving a satisfactory explanation and paying all arrears of subscriptions then due. 6. An annual general meeting will be held on a Saturday in May or June to be followed by a dinner. 7. The officers and committee of the association for the ensuing year shall be elected at the annual general meeting

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8. The committee shall consist of tile Commanding Officer (chairman). a serving officer (deputy chairman). ten past members (including two past officer members) and ten serving members. the honorary treasurer. the honorary secretary and the assistant honorary secretary. 9. The secretary shall at least 14 days before arty general meeting send to every member of the association a notice of each meeting stating the time and place where it will be held and the business that will be brought before it. No business other thart business of a formal nature shall be brought forward at any meeting unless notice thereof shall have been duly given as herein provided. 10. At all general meetings the Chair will be taken by the Commanding Officer and failing him by the senior serving officer present. or if no such officer be present by some member of the association chosen by the meeting. Every question shall be decided by a majority of votes. Every member of the

association shall have one vote. and in the case of equality of votes the chairman shall have a second or casting \ ote.

incapable of attending. the meetings of the committee. or refuses to transact or is incapable of transacting the business of the

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committee. then the surviving or continuing

11. Accounts All money to be paid to the honorary treasurer \v ho will open the banking account for the association with Lloyds Bank Ltd in his own name and tltat of the honorary secretary. All cheqties shall be signed by an officer nominated by the chairman. The accounts of the association to be balanced and audited tip to 3| December each year, 12. Five of the committee shall be sufficient to form a qtrorum bttt at least three of these shall be past members of the Regiment. lf votes be equal the vote of the chairman shall count as two votes.

members of the committee shall appoint another person to be a member of the committee in his place. 1—1. The committee shall have power to add or alter or amend all or any of these rules. provided always that no addition to, alteration or amendment of such rules shall be of any force or effect until the sante shall have been submitted to the members of the association and confirmed by the majority of such of the said members as shall vote at a meeting dtily convened for the purpose. 15. The following books will be kept by the association:

13. When and if a member of the committee dies or remains out of the United Kingdom. otherwise than with the Regiment. for more than 12 months. or desires to retire. or refuses to attend or is

Postage Book: Address Register: Minute Book; Account Book.

Annual General Meeting The 60th Annual General Meeting of The Life Guards Association will be held in the WOs‘ and NCOs‘ Mess at Combcrmere Barracks at 1800 hours on Saturday 1 1 June 1994. All members are requested to attend this meeting.

Annual Association Dinner The 1994 Association Dinner will be held in Combermere Barracks. Windsor on Saturday 1 1 June 1994 at 1900 hours. Dress: Lounge suits with medals (not miniatures). Col T .1 Earl. who commanded the Regiment front July 1983 to November 1985. will be in the chair. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be obtained from the Honorary Secretary on the attached proforma by 1 June. Personal guests will not be permitted to attend. Any member wishing to have overnight accommodation in Cotnbermere Barracks on the evening of the Dinner and who has travelled in excess of

25 miles should make written application at the satire time as applying for their dinner tickets and enclose a separate cheque/postal order for £2 made payable to “Central Bank IICR" to cover laundry. breakfast etc. As in previous yc' s the Regimental Corporal Major will offer the hospitality of the Mess to all Association members and their wives after the Dinner. However. it is necessary for him to impose a restriction on children accompanying their parents into the Mess unless they are aged eighteen and over,

NOTICES All correspondence for the association should be addressed to the Honorary Secretary. The Life Guards Association. Combermere Barracks. Windsor. Berks. SL4 3DN (Tel Windsor (0753) 868222 Ext 5204 or 5297).

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

Life membership. Any annual member of the association may become a life member on payment of £15 in the case of officers and E5 in the case of other ranks,

Regimental History. A Regimental History of The Life Guards covering the period from 1945 to 1992 written by Major William Loyd is available to members at the reduced price of £16 including postage and packing. Members wishing to obtain a copy should send a cheque/postal order for £16 made payable to “Household Cavalry Regiment" to Challengers & Chargers. c/o Household Cavalry Regiment. Combermcre Barracks. Windsor. Berks. SL4 3DN.

Regimental items for sole. Various items with the Regimental cypher are available for purchase from the Regimental PR1 Shop at Cornbermere Barracks. Windsor. Anyone interested in purchasing such items should apply to the PR1 Shop fora list of items available.

MINUTES OF THE 59TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The 59th annual general meeting of The Life Guards Association was held at Combermere Barracks. Windsor at 1800 hours on Saturday. 12June 1993, The Commanding Officer. Lt Col P S W F Falkner. took the Chair and opened the meeting by welcoming those present and proceeded with the business as follows:

the price in due course (e) It was hoped that a video of the Presentation Parade would be available for purchase by members. It was proposed by Maj Hearson and seconded by WOl J T Lodge that the Secretary‘s report be approved. Carried

Proposed by Mr C E Dean and seconded by Mr Pritchard that the Treasurer's report be approved, Carried.

Election of Committee The Chairman said that in accordance with normal custom the non—serving members of the Committee resigned but they all offered

Honorary Treasurer’s Report themseves for reelection for the coming

Approval of Minutes Copies of the minutes of the 58th annual general meeting are published in the latest edition of The Acom and it was confirmed that these were a true record of the proceedings.

Honorary Secretary's Report The following points were included in his report. (a) Current number of serving members. (b) The return of mail from members who fail to report their change of address thereby losing contact with the Association. (c) The Acorn covering the period up to October 1992 would be forwarded to all members as soon as possible. (d) The Christmas Card for 1993 would be a photograph of the recent Presentation of Standards to the Household Cavalry and members would be notified of

The draft accounts for 1992 were approved as correct by the Association Auditors and a copy of their report was included in the last edition of The Acorn. The financial position of the funds remains in a healthy state and the investments with the United Services Trustees. which cost {138000 are currently valued at {318000, In 1992 we made grants of £14690 to widows and members of the Association who found themselves in financial difficulties and this was an increase of £5000 over grants made in 1991. All cases for assistance are initially investigated by either SSAFA or the Royal British l.cgion. At present we are making regular monthly grants to 13 widows of former members of the Regiment and the Army Benevolent Fund continue to help us with grants and in 1992 they donated the strm of £2335 to our funds for this purpose.

INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS OF BOTH THE LIFE GUARDS AND THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATIONS

year. Proposed by Mr Sayers and seconded by Mr Warner that the committee be re elected for the coming year. Carried.

Any Further Business The following items were discussed: (a) The publication of the new history of The Life Guards covering the period 1945 to 1992 which was now available to members at the reduced price ()f£16 including postage and packing All members present wished to pass a vote of thanks to the Regiment for their excellent performance on the recent Presentation of Standards Parade. The members of the North Staffs Branch wished to record a vote of thanks to the Association for all their help and support. There being no further business to discuss the chairman closed the meeting with the hope that all members would enjoy tht‘ coming dinner and evening.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Combined Cavalry Parade and Service The 70th Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Parade and Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday 8 May. Assemble in Broad Walk at 1030 hours on the grass behind the Regimental Marker Boards. Drc s: Lounge Suits and Medals (not miniatures). Due to increased security arrangements. members should give them.‘ lves 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 Blues and Royals Association will be available from the Secretary at the Annual Dinner or in Hyde Park before the parade.

Trooping the Colour The Trooping the Colour Parade will be held

on Saturday 11 June. and the Trooping the Colour Colonels~ Review will be held on 4 June. A limited number of tickets for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing only) will be available for members of the Associations. Application should be tirade to thc Secretaries by 27 May,

IHCR and 2HCR Dining Clubs Both these Dining Clubs \\ill be holding their respective Annual Dinners in the atiturnn of 199-1. Ftlll details of the two clubs and details of the dinners may be obtained from: IHCR Dining Club. Assistant Honorary Secretary. Mr .1 Cosgr-ovc. Flat 2th Peabody Estate. Dalgamo Gardens. London. W10 5.1T (Tel: 081 969 7470). 2HCR Dining Club. Honorary Secretary. Maj Sir Arthur Collins. KCVO. l2 (iough Square. London. EC-l SDE,

NOTICES Areo / Regional Representatives. The Associations‘ offices maintain lists of those members who have been selected or have agreed to act as area/regional representatives of the associations. Owing to current security conditions it is not permitted to publish their names and addresses in this journal. bttt members may obtain the namc and address of

their nearest Representative on application in writing to the honorary secretary of The Life Guards .»\ssociation or the secretary of The Blues and Royals Association.

Change of Address. All members are requested immediately to inform their association of arty changes in their address. Every year the associations lose touch with a number of members \\ ho have failed to inform the associations of their change of address.

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THE LIFEGUARDS ASSOCIATION AND CHARITABLE TRUST

1992 1993

. , . 1 .. , . ncome and expendltUIe “(0111“ for .‘Vedr ending 31 December 1993

202939.56 3 . 46757.45 89252

I

RECEIPTS

'l 993

-| 992

Cash balances as at 31 Dec H. Cav Charitable Trust (1 day‘s pay) Subs and donations LG Assn Helping Hand Fund Charitable Trust Misc Stock Sales Sale of stock Purchase of stock Interest on Deposit Aces Dividends from United Services Trustee Grants from Army Benevolent Fund Christmas Cards Sales

46737.45

45758.3

Investments :11 current \ alue 'Is 'It I Dec . L ‘ Current Bank and Deposit Accounts Stock held at cost price

348459 97 ’ ' 39458.71 2

{350619.53

”immigps:

1 1000.00 NOTES ON ACCOUNTS 1652.93 1 1090 74,45

$41.12 1984.19

1057.70 85.40 128.61 1725.80 1 169.95

Stock Nil Regt stock in no“ held by LG Assn.

Regt Stock is now obtainable by members from the Household Cavalry Museum.

55.85 2888.10 In\ estments

1153646

1 1229.21

3496.00

2335.00

2125.00

{138153.70 58611 {348459.97 £59453

2026.05

2289110

Cost

Cost of shares held on 31 December 1993 No of shares held Market value of shares held on 1 December 1993 Value per share as at 1 December 1993

164.10

161500

7 £66597.60

411.05

£7544927

The share holdings on 1 December 1993 are attributable to the l’olou ing trusts: Sir Roger Palmer Fund Helping Hand Fund Charitable Trust

EXPENDITURE Office equipment and misc expenses Postage Stationery Audit fee Wreaths and funeral expenses Donations Combined Cavalry Assn Empire Field of Remembrance St George‘s Memorial Chapel Household Cavalry Museum D.C.M. League

Note:

Grants

Cost of Acorn Annual Assn Dinner Cost Income

29.23 1715.19 169.96 822.50 461.45

636.98 3626.19 6312 763.75 417115

122,45 65.35 5.25 300.00 5000

1 | 1.47 64.35 10.50 300.00 7

13013-79

1409990

(Signed I). Meakin. Lieutenant Colonel.

940000

64034 0

Hon Treasurer THE LIFE GUARDS ASSOCIATION}

5110.72 4126.00 4482.00

Cash Balances as at 31 Dec

The investments of the Sir Roger Palmer Fund represent a permanent endowment of which the income is available for use by the Charity. The income of the Sir Roger Palmer Fund and the Helping Hand Fund is passed to the Trustees of The Life Guards AssocIatton Charitable Trust as a contribution towards grants made.

; In View of the publication date of their new Household Cavalry Journal. the accountants (Messrs Cape and Dalgleishl have not yet ‘completed ' the final audit for 1993 and these accounts are therefore published in draft form for the information of members and their correctness \I ill be confirmed at the next annual meeting of the Association in 1994.

6107.76 984.72 1625.76 39458.71

46737145

£66597.60

£75449.27

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AT I.awsonACruttcndcnT11. MA. S

)r. Dawson Cornwcll & Co. 17 Red Lion Sqt

. London WC1R 4QT Independent Examiner

view of the state of the Association's

my o pinion these accounts give a true and I (1 report ar ended on 11

‘ and Income and Expcnd' lus of income over expend

RI PORT OF THE INDEPENDL3 T EXAMINER

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December 1993 ant

I. Sundry Debtors. The cos {13,032.79 which must be re

E xcess of Income over Expenditure for the Ye' r

1993. most of the gram expenditure has been borne by the Olivcr Mom

17.307.80 1.07500 Less: sales

‘stmas Cards

Cost of M

expenses IIICOLIS

2. Grants. Due to a dec

147.639.98

17.46963

119.741.66

Excess 01 icome ova cxpcndit re Rescheduled Ca

G ENI< RAL FUND 460.00

(891.54)

10.428.69

[11 the income ot'thc Association It

' ory of The Regiment was £18.081.79 of which {5.04900 has so far been received in sales. This leaves a debt balance of

119.741.66

1 18.327. 28

119.741.66

N ‘T CURR ENT ASSE TS

1.939.00

2.51953

6.488.72

(3.96919)

28.72118

10.129.76

LESS: CURRENT LIABILITIES ent Bank Account Sundry Creditors

62.51869

61.042.81

147.639.98

34.29349

32 909.17

305,651.00 Z H

>rs‘ rcmunci

Correspondence All correspondence for the Association should be addressed to the Secretary. Combermcrc Barracks. Windsor. Berks. SLY 3DN, Telephone 0753 868222 Ext 5297.

>

4.893.741

Association Tie Members of the Association have asked for clarification on which official tic may be worn by members. The Household Division Tic may be worn by all Association members. Members who had served in the Royals may also continue to wear the Royals Regimental tie.

L11

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Annual General Meeting This will be held in Hyde Park Barracks.

Liberation of Denmark 50th Anniversary Celebrations Thc Royal Dragoons w ere the first Regiment into Denmark at the end of the War. Plans are already advanced for celebrations in France. Belgium and Holland. but thc Danish Government has yet to make an announcement. There is

Regimental History “The Story of the Blues and Royals". Written by J N P Watson. was published in September 1993. Copies are available from the Household Cavalry Museum. Combcrmerc Barracks. Windsor. Berks SL4 3DN. Members wishing to obtain a copy should send a cheque or postal order for £19.95 made payable to Central Bank. Household Cavalry Regiment and include £3.00 for postage and packing.

:1:

Subscriptions & donations Annual cost of dinner Less: sale of tickets

FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN I994

NOTICES Annual Dinner The Annual Dinner will be held in Hyde Park Barracks. Knightsbridge. on Saturday 7 May at 1930 hours. Dress: Lounge Suits. no medals. Bars will be open at 1730 hours. Because of the limited space available tickets will be limited to one per member. and only official guests will be allowed, To assist with security. members are asked to produce some form of identity on entrance to the barracks. and the Dinner tickets must be produced for entrance to the Dinner. Tickets will not be on sale at the door. Ladies will not be able to attend the dinner but will be welcome in the Mess afterwards. Details of the Dinner are shown on the proforma and those wishing to attend should complete and return this to the Secretary with a cheque or postal order,

2 F

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Combined Cavalry Parade There was again a very large turnout of Association members and members from the Regiment. We were entertained in the WOs‘ and NCOs~ Mess in Hyde Park Barracks after the parade and we would like to thank the Mess members for their hospitality.

however likely to be an opportunity for those who were there to return and take part. Any Ex-Royals who are interested should give their names to the Secretary of The Blues and Royals Association at Combcrmcre Barracks. who will forward details when they become available.

EXPENDITURE . sistance.

Annual Dinner 1993 This was held at Hyde Park Barracks. Knightsbridge. on Saturday 8 May. 285 members and official guests attended. We would like to thank the Commanding Officer of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment for allowing us to use the facilities of the barracks. the RCM and members of the WOs‘ and NCOs‘ Mess for making the Mess available to us. and all members of the Mounted Regiment who worked so hard on our behalf. We are indebted to W02 (SCM) GM Dunkley for the excellent layout in the gymnasium and for making all the arrangements

Knightsbridge. on Saturday 7 May. The meeting will commence at 1830 hours. Members are reminded that if they have a resolution to put before the meeting. it must be sent in writing to the Secretary not later than .six weeks before the meeting in accordance with Rule 21 of the Constitution and Rules. The Agenda for the meeting will be issued separately.

121.1

1 1.86578 15.255.79

Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting for 1993 was held at The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Knightsbridge on 8 May 1993. The accounts for the year ending 31 December 1992 were approved. Maj J Peck. Mr D H Clark and Mr K Adams were elected as members of the Association Committee in place of Col W R Marsh. Mr P B Lawson and Mr] D C MacMillan.

pt Z

14.609.41

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CURRENT ASSETS Cash at batik 4 Current Account Deposit Account Sundry debtors (Note 1)

Hon Legal Advisor and Independent Accounts Examiner A T Lawson-Cruttenden Esq. TD. MA

INCOM Subscriptions & Donations Divrdends on investments Deposit account interest

Non Serving Members Major A W Kersting Major] Peck Mr K G Adams .\‘Ir E N Bellas Mr D H Clark

17.469.63

(RQMCI L Rogers (RQMC(T)) .1 Partis (SCM) G M Dunklcy (SCM) N P Carpenter J Sandercock

86.597.17

WO2 W02 W02 W02 W02

Market Value

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer Major (Retd) E L Payne

W01 (RCNI) N P Sackett

CAPITAL Regscheduled capital from Rose Fund

Ex-officio members Lieutenant Colonel H P D Massey Commanding The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Major R .l Onslow Household Cavalry Regiment

Serving Members Major D A ()‘Halloran

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 1991

Chairman Lieutenant General Sir Richard Vickers. KCB. LVO. OBE

Mr F G Collingwood Mr .I Cosgrove Mr .1 Edwards Mr D Ellis Mr W A Ford Mr A G France Mr Z A Goodacre Mr E L Lane Mr W R Macdougall Mr M A Martin Mr C G P Missenden Mr M A Shillabeer Mr W H T Steel Mr K A Taylor

Balance Sheet as at 3151 December 1993

MBE. MC

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer (Designate) Major (Reid) J G Ivlandlcy

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT

President General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. GCB. DSO.

THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION

Annual Report I993

33.144.49

86597.17

THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION


OBITUARY

BRIGADIER E M 'I‘URNBUII. ()BE (LATE THE LIFE GUARDS) by Major N I3 Hcarson. JP. DL (formerly The Life Guards)

COLONEL SIR HENRY ABEL SMITH. KCMG. KCVO. DSO (LATE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS) by Major Sir Arthur Collins. KCVO (fonnerly Royal Horse Guards)

eneral Sir Brian Horrocks stated that so hard did Colonel Henry train 2 HCR that almost any other regiment would have been driven to mutiny. All I. as his Adjutant for about four years. can say is that I never saw any sign of it. Nevertheless he did train us all very hard. Once we. in September 194l. became the Armoured Car Regiment of the newly—formed Guards Armoured Division. he instilled in us two principles. First. that when held up in front. there is almost always another way round: second. that infonnation once obtained is of no use to High Command unless forthwith sent back. “Wireless communication must not break down" says General Horrocks. We therefore had countless troop runs and repeated signal exercises. This training bore fruit when the Regiment at last saw action and led the right flank of the breakout in Normandy of 31 Amiy Group. capturing intact a vital bridge over the Souleuvre some eight miles behind enemy lines and later. the three bridges over the Somme. South of Amiens “Faith. Hope and Charity". The Regiment thereafter acted as eyes of 30 Corps as well as of the Guards Division and led the way to Brussels and Nijmegen. However. personally. I have always thought that the exploit when Colonel Henry‘s training came most into play. was when two troops of 2 HCR in the early morning. slipped around the enemy lines on the island between .Nijmegen and Arnhem and made contact with the beleaguered and surprisingly out of touch lst Airborne Division. enabling its G1 to speak to its Corps Commander. back at Nijmegen over the 2 HCR regimental net. Rightly did General Horrocks say that 2 HCR was the best Armoured Car Regiment in the British Amiy. All I consider due to Colonel Henry‘s training. Colonel Henry was born in 1900. After the shortest stay at Eton. where he contracted pneumonia. he joined The Blues via Sandhurst in I919. By 1925 he was a young Adjutant and incidentally took part under his Colonel. Lord Alastair lnnes Ker. in the 1927 Presentation of Standards by George V. In 1928 he became ADC to Lord Athlonc. the Governor General of South Africa. Here he acquired a life-long love of that continent. In l931 he married Lady May Cambridge. Lord Athlone‘s only daughter and. via her mother. a great-grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. This proved an idyllic marriage which lasted till his death. Before and after

his marriage. he hunted in Leicester‘shire and also was a keen flat racer. After South Africa he returned to regimental soldiering and at the outbreak of war was Second in Command of l HCR. the composite horse regiment which went to Palestine. In May 194]. l HCR. with makeshift vehicles. took part in the fightimy against Rashid Ali and the advance to Pet a. Halfway across this 5007mile trek. he was recalled to the UK to command a newly-formed Motor Battalion: 2 HCR. shortly to be converted to the Armoured Car Regiment of the Guards Armoured Division. After the war. Colonel Henry. having rcfused the command of a Guards Brigade. commanded the Household Cavalry and with the enthusiastic support of George VI was greatly responsible for their quick return to full dress and their enhanced and present role in the Trooping.

He retired in 1950. but in l958 he was again called to serve as Governor of Queensland 7 in the event the last Governor

from the United Kingdom. He was universally popular and was given an extended tour of duty from five to eight years. There was no part of this vast state that he did not visit. He was always said to have been to every town of over 2.000 inhabitants. For a period he acted as (lovernor»Gcncrzil of Australia. moving to Canberra. On his return to the UK he continued to farm and breed Arab horses and went annually to Zimbabwe where he had. willt thrcc partners. set up a large and successful farming partnership. He dicd in January. just short of his 93rd birthday: undoubtedly the greatest Household Cavalryman of his generation and the man who has had the most inflitcncc on the continued future of the Corps.

B orn a Northumbrian. Muir Turnbull waited no longer than his eighteenth birthday to volunteer for Active Service. Passing out at Sandhurst 1| year later his entire wartime service was spent with the Second Household Cavalry Regiment. His erstwhile peers remember him as the Regimental Signals Officer par excellence. inculcating into all ranks vital wireless Communications skills. His attention to detail was destined to stand 2 HCR in good stead in the subsequent NW Europe campaign. whether acting as Corps Troops or as the Reconnaissance chirnent of the Guards Armoured Division. Appropriately. in his autobiography “A Full Life". the late Lieutenant General Sir Brian Horrocks pays tribute to the Regiment's unique prowess in communication expertise. With the end of the war and reversion to peacetime establishment Muir‘s subsequent career proved to be a rounded mix of Regimental Duty and Staff. Service at Windsor. in Germany. Egypt, Palestine and Aden formed stepping stones to the pinnacle. command of the Regiment. coming during the complex transition from National Service. Success elsewhere and at Staff College brought appointments in HQ 61h Armoured Division and HQ London District. His work as 0501 in HQ East African Command over the period of Kenya‘s independence merited the award of the OBE. The ultimate in extra Regimental duty came in [972. with a three year appointment as Military Attache in Moscow. Determination to become fluent in the Russian language prior to taking up his appointment. combined with inherent integrity. was rewarded by a rare freedom. for the Cold War years. to carry out his mission diligently and relatively ttnhampered. This was the mark of the man. On parade he was the epitome of the professional. off duty. relaxed. and in the company of his friends. Muir possessed an irrepressible sense of humour. He bore stoically what proved to be his filial illness. Surviving him are his wife Joan. to whom he was married for fortyd'our years. and three sons. Charles. David and Patrick.

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THE EARL ()F WESTMORLANI). GCVO. DL (LATE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS)

LIEUTENANT COLONEL SIR JAMES SCOTT. BTU (LATE TIIE LIFE GUARDS)

by Captain M M G Naylor-Leyland. MC (formerly The Life Guards)

avid Anthony Thomas Fane 15th Earl of Westmorland died in September aged 69. He was educated at Eton and commis» sioned in the Royal Horse Guards in 1943 after winning the Belt of Honour at Sandhurst. He was posted to the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment and endured the severe training regime imposed by Colonel Henry Abel Smith which made that unit such an outstanding armoured car regiment in North West Europe. David was wounded in Nonnandy in August 1944 but hastened back to 2HCR. by then. in Belgium; he served on to the end of the war as a thrusting troop leader in B Squadron. David Westmorland was posted to Knightsbridge in August 1945 as :1 Blues subaltem to start up the Mounted Squadron. Although he was a superb horseman. had ridden and hunted all his life not for him to shirk the tedium of the recruits course. including the discomfort and indignity of bare back and blanket rides. He was the first Blues officer to mount The Kings Life Guard after the war. In 1946 David was promoted to Captain and appointed Equitation Officer with the task of forming a Household Cavalry Musical Ride. With little prior infomiation to go on he made a great success of this in 1947 and 1948. In 1949 he competed in the first Badminton Three Day Event. David was an outstanding horseman combining grace with efficiency and dash. he was absolutely at one with his horses and it was a loss that he did not have the opportunities to compete more frequently. His skill and companionability made him such a popular figure in the hunting field both in Leicestershire and the Beaufort country. In 1950 David married Jane. daughter of the formidable Colonel of the Royal Scots Greys. Sir Roland Findlay Bt. In the same year he resigned his commission and set about making a base for his future family. With typical modesty he declined no opportunity to further this aim. whether it was helping a firm of bookmakers or selling champagne. Soon he found a niche for himself in Lloyds. From this he was prised by Peter Wilson to join the board of Sotheby"s. eventually becoming chairman. Suffice it to say that he compromised only his health in that office and what he earned he valued most. the gratitude and affection of all members of the company. In 1955 David Westmorland was appointed Permanent Lord in Waiting to Her Majesty. He gave long. loving and loyal service to the Crown. In 1978 he succeeded the Duke of Beaufort as Master of the Horse. Much to his regret he had to resign in 1991 when the rigours of state occasions proved

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by Lieutenant Colonel S V Gilbart-Dcnham (formerly The Life Guards)

too much for his failing health. He had taken a deep and keen interest in his duties and was most highly regarded by all the staff at the Royal Mews. He was made KCVO in 1970 and GCVO in 1991, David‘s interest and skill with horses was manifested by his selection to be. at various times: President of the British Horse Society: the British Show Jumping Association; the Hunters Improvement Society: Royal Richmond Horse Show: Royal Windsor Horse Show: the Olympia Horse Show: and the judging at the Winter Fair. Toronto, Not only in the horse world did David deploy his knowledge and acumen. His many involvements in charities included the Keystone Cops. Spastic Society. Boys Clubs. Barnby Foundation. National Aids Trust and the Gloucestershirc Society. David was a paradox. Proud of his ancient lineage but without a trace of arrogance: his modesty and self dcprecation concealed an inner firmness and resolve; his good humour and joviality replaced by sincere gravitas when the occasion demanded. He was a great comrade. kind. generous and the best possible companion to be with. So it w as tragic that the stroke he suffered in

August 1992 left him with total comprehension but devoid of the power of speech. He was making good progress to recovery until another stroke in January this year presuged his ultimate decline. No words can adequately describe his courage. dignity and good humour in combatting his infirmity. Nor can any praise be sufficient for the love. devotion and bravery with which Jane nursed him. Westmorland‘s funeral at Badminton was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and representatives of HM The Queen. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HM Queen Eli/.abeth. The Memorial Service at the Guards Chapel in November was attended by a vast congregation. a measure of the respect

and admiration in which he was held. It was graced by the presence of HM The Queen. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. IIRII The Princess of Wales. HRH Princess Margaret and many mcmbers of the Royal Family. David is succeeded by his son Burghic. To Jane. Burghie. Harry and Camilla we offer our deepest sympathy. 1n the words of his brother. "We are left to mourn and to miss a truly noble man. a friend of all the world".

T owards the end of I942 when eighteen years old, Jim Scott joined the Grenadiers and with the Second Battalion. he took his troop of tanks to Normandy. They fought their way to Nijmegen and the battle for the bridges. After the war he served in Palestine. India. Malaya and Cyprus until eventually transferring to The Life Guards. He was appointed Commanding Officer in May 1964 whilst the Regiment was serving in Cyprus. Forage caps were removed and all ranks donned the light blue beret and insignia of the United Nations for the first time and. incidentally. making “Household Brigade" history as its first Regiment to serve under the United Nations Flag. The Regiment returned to Windsor in the autumn and under Colonel Jim enjoyed a peaceful period in England. It was at that time that The Queen approved the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet. the Earl Mountbatten of Burma to be Colonel. The Life Guards. Jim Scott was delighted as he had served as Mountbatten‘s ADC in India and they new each other well. In the summer of 1966 Jim took The Life Guards to the Far East for the start of a two and a half year tour. and after settling the Regiment in. handed over soon afterwards to Ian Baillie after a highly successful two years in command. The following year. 1967. he assumed command of the Household Cavalry Regiment. and is one of a very few officers to have commanded both his Household Cavalry Service Regiment and Mounted Regiment. 1969. his filial year in command. saw the amalgamation of The Blues and Royals. a State Visit at Windsor. the first in the Royal Borough since the reign of Queen Victoria. Also. that summer. the Regiment embarked by train for Edinburgh where they provided a Sovereign‘s Escort for The Queen to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. This was the last time British Rail was able to move the Regiment with its horses. And finally the Regiment moved to Caernarvon Castle for the Investiturc of The Prince of Wales. This was a fitting climax to Jim‘s long and distinguished military career in both the Grenadier Guards and Household Cavalry. After retiring from the Army. .lirn continued to live a ftrll public life with numerous interests — in particular as Lord Lieutenant for Hampshire and as a member of Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlcmcn-atiArms, Whatever Jim turned his hand to. he was much loved and respected. lie was an

excellent Regimental Officer who had enormous energy and enthusiasm. sincerity and humility No one will forget meeting him; he came forward with it smile looking you straight in the face with those twinkling. inquisitive cycsl

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CAPTAIN C N YOUNGHUSBANI) MC (LATE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS)

MAJOR V H H McCALMONT (LATE THE ROYAL DRAGOONSI

by Malcolm Fraser Esq (formerly Royal Horse Guards)

ary Younghusband. who died itt November 1992 aged 68. won a Military Cross near the notorious Nazi concentration camp of Sandbostel in April 1945. Although the camp guards had fled. experienced and fanatical units of the Waffen SS were deployed in strength along the bank of the River Oster. barring the way with infantry and anti—tank guns. “Lieut Younghusband". as the regimental diary recorded “has led his troops sittce Nomiandy in many actions. He has always shown a total disregard for his own safety and taken every risk to obtain information which has often proved of the greatest value." Having fought through considerable opposition. Younghusband was near to Sandbostel when the leading scout car was destroyed. Since it was not possible to rescue the crew from his own annoured car. he dismounted with a Bren gun and succeeded under heavy fire in recovering the crew of the scout car. one of whom was severely wounded He then had to tight his way out. as the enemy had closed in behind him. A few days later he was ordered to reconnoitre a route and then take up a position east of Bevern until the infantry arrived. The troop held the position for several hours. suffering heavy casualties of both personnel and vehicles. until the infantry relieved them. “The above are two of the many actions. “the citation concluded. “in which Lieut Younghusband's leadership has turned the scale." A kinsman of Sir Francis Younghusband. the explorer and diplomat. Cary Norman Younghusband was born on 11 December 1923 and educated at Radley. He was commissioned into the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment. a unit which had been fonned in 1939 when The Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards (the Blues) were merged for the duration. "It requires strong nerves." General Sir Brian Horrocks once observed. ”to be the leading man in the leading car. day after day. always scanning the hedgerows for that hidden anti-tank gun which must sooner or later be encountered. " Before his demobilisation. Cary Younghusband worked for a time in Intelligence. Then in 1947 he changed direction. and joined James Buchanan and Co. the distillers. who sent him to South America to learn Spanish and to research the potential market for whisky there. He became export director in 1957 and managing director in 1964. as well as becoming a director of Distillers. Before he retired in 1986. after 39 years of service with James Buchanan. he was interviewed about his long career with the Company. In answer to the question “What have

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been the most exciting challenges of your career“.’". he replied “When the Scotch whisky industry as we know it today first started. it was a small. rural cottage affair. In the Thirties it had developed well. Alter the war it developed marvellously and now it the world‘s largest international spirit beverage. To participate in that was very exciting. The challenge is to keep it that way and to keep on growing." What. however. he did not tell his interviewer was that on [7 April I984 he experienced a very different sort of exciting and dramatic experience when. assisted by the Police. he had to evacuate his entire staff and himself out over the roof of his offices in St James's Square during the siege of thc Libyan Peoples Bureau which was situated practically next door. History does not relate his comments when he and his staff finally reached the ground safely. but it must have been a very traumatic and unexpected experience. After his retirement. Cary took up painting in oils. and many of his works captured the beauty and mystery of the Normandy landscape. and other parts of France. where he and his wife. Sue. whom

he married in 1957. spent as much of their spare time as they could manage. He held two exhibitions of his paintings in Winchester. which attracted much local interest and a great deal of very favourable comment. Cary was a very warm hearted and generous person. besides being a devoted family man who possessed considerable charm. and had a wide variety of different interests. He and Sue had a son and a daughter. both of whom are happily married. He was also a natural leader with that wonderful gift of being able to relate to people from all walks of life. whatever their backgrotlnd. and whatever their social standing. He was. as a rcstrlt. a highly popular anti mttch respected Managing Director of his company which he served so well. Cary is greatly missed. not only by his family but also by a wide circle of friends and admirers. Sadly. he had so few years in which to enjoy his well earned retirement. but 1 for one count myself as being extremely fortunate to have enjoyed his true and lasting friendship over a period of nearly 50 years.

he sudden and unexpected death of Victor while going round his stables in Ireland came as a great shock to his many friends in the Regiment and in the Racing and Hunting world in Ireland and this country. Others better qualified than I have written already about his work as Senior Stcward of the Irish Jockey Club. Chairman of the Irish Masters of Foshounds Association and of his forty four years as Master of the Kilkenny Hounds and Master and Huntsman of the Wexford. I would like to write my own personal tribute to him as an old and valucd friend of more than 50 years. starting from his arrival with the Royals in Palestine in late 1939 from Sandhurst. There. among other things. he had distinguished himself by being the last cadet to win the Saddle. the prize being discontinued after the war. He was assigned to B Squadron and attached to my own No l Troop. so I was asked to show him “the ropes". This proved to be an easy task and we became firm friends at once. The Regiment remained “Horsed Cavalry" until the end of 19-10 and then moved to Abassia near Cairo to convert to Armoured Cars. Always sotneonc who enjoyed life. Victor once sttrprised some of his friends by hiring an aircraft to take him on local lcavc. Shortly after conversion the Regiment moved to Syria. less C Squadron who remained in the desert with thc llth Hus. ‘. It was not until after the defeat of the Vichy French that we were reunited. so I had not seen Victor for some time. After the fall of Tunis the Regiment “rested" at home where Victor. never one to miss an opportunity. was made Clerk of the Course for the 81h Armoured Brigade St Leger meeting. Victor succeeded Jack Hamilton-Russell as Adjutant before the Battle of El Alamcin. Jack took command of “A" Squadron. and when he was killed in Sicily in August 1943 1 took over. so it was not until January 19—1—1 that Victor and 1 met again when the Regiment sailed for home from Taranto. In due course we moved to Hothficld Hottsc near Ashford to prepare for Normandy. and the establishment increased to 4 Squadrons. Victor became Squadron Leader of the new “D" Squadron in which appointment he remained for the rest of the war. Before we moved to Normandy. Victor married Bunny Sutton and l was honoured to be their Best Man. For the rest of the war. Bunny kept him sttpplicd with Fortnums hampers which were much appreciated by his troop leaders at night lcagucrs across North Wcst Europe, /\t the end of the war. he and Tom Jones. also in the Royals. gathered together a leading German trainer and horses (one a

former Derby winner) to form the nucletrs of the Regimental racing stable which was to be so successful. They were leading lights in the early days of British racing at Hammer and Dusseldorf. After the war Victor became a successful Amateur National Hunt rider in England before moving to Co Carlow. Eventually he inherited the beautiful Mount Juliet House and Estate and Stud Farm from his father Major Dcrmot l\/1cCalmont. who had had the unusual record of scry ing with the Royals in both the First and Second World Wars. My \\ ifc and l were lucky cnottgh to stay with Bunny and Victor at both their lrish homes and will never forget their great kindness and wonderful hospitality. Affablc.

urbane and ever courteous. Victor was deservedly popular throughout the racing and hurtling world. He was much in demand as a judge and breeder of hounds including at Pctcrborough where he w on the champion bitch in 1978. When Bunny died tragically in 1987 after a bad fall ottt hunting. Victor moved to a smallcr‘ house Stonyford. Co Kilkenny. Mount Juliet was com erted into a hotel. Victor‘s achievements speak for themselves. He will be remembered with great affection and respect by all Royals w ho served with him. and by many others as a loyal and staunch friend and an e\trcmely ablc officer. We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughter and two sons.

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RCM C l) MAXTED. MM (LATE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS) by Brigadier The Duke of Wellington. KG. LVO. OBE. MC. DL (formerly Royal Horse Guards)

0 [1 31st March 1993 there died. at the age of 82. one of the most outstanding men I knew during my service in the Household Cavalry - Charles Douglas Maxted. late Royal Horse Guards (The

Blues) who joined The Blues in 1930 and thus realised a long felt boyhood ambition. A very tall athletic man of 6ft 3ins he soon made his mark both as a soldier and as an all—round athlete. excelling in running and fencing. By 1939 he was Troop Corporal of Horse in No. 1 Troop A Squadron under the command of Major Henry Abel Smith. Thus began a friendship which lasted for over fifty years and only terminated with Maxted‘s death earlier this year. No young officer was ever more fortunate than I in having as his mentor such an outstanding Corporal of Horse. Our next two years serving together were some of the happiest and most rewarding in my whole life. He had an extraordinary gift of combining professional competence with the ability to manage. to the highest of standards. a troop of thirty odd men of very different characters. He achieved results. not by a great show of authority. but by a mixture of common sense. humour. example and above all. fairness and understanding of human nature. Always immaculately turned out and a man of great presence and bearing. he expected the same high standards of others and he got them. But it was in the campaigns of 1941 in Iraq and Syria that the real worth of the man shone through. He was quite simply the coolest and most courageous man in action I ever saw. However disagreeable the situation he set an unparalleled example 7 always calm. always collected and brave as a lion. He was awarded a well deserved Military Medal. In 1943 after 18 months away from A Squadron I happily returned. first as 2IC and later as Squadron Leader. Maxted was already SCM and we found ourselves once more in partnership and a very happy one it was. From SCM he graduated to being RCM of the Regiment in Germany. After three years he became in 1950 RCM of the Mounted Regiment at Knightsbridge where his pre war experience of ceremonial duties was particularly valuable. I was by that time Squadron Leader of The Blues Squadron. In early 1952. King George VI died. Maxted carried the Sovereign‘s

Standard at the subsequent funeral at which The Blues Squadron provided the Escort in London. In 1953 he carried the Sovereign‘s standard at the Coronation in which just about every Household Cavalryman. for whom a horse could be found. took part. He finally retired from the Regiment in 1954 after a most remarkable carccr including 7 years as a RCM. but he was too imbued with the concept of service to his Sovereign and to his country to ptit his feet up and. in 1954. he joined Black Rod's staff where he served for 24 years. much of it as Door Keeper at the Pcers' Entrance. In 1955 he also became a member of The Queen‘s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the

Guard. eventually rising to the rank of Sergeant Major. 1 saw him regularly in both capacities. and I recall one occasion very well. It was at the State Opening of Parliament. It was a very cold day and I was in my Pcer‘s robes and he immaculate as always in his scarlet coat and gold braided top hat. Out of the blue he said to me “Do you remember the rice pud we made in Syria?" I remember it well. We had come out of the desert after several very hard months into the comparative civilisation of scattered villages. Bedouin cncampments. goats. scrawny chickens and. above all. eggs. We bartercd some issue cigarettes and bully beef for some rice. raisins. eggs and goats” milk and decided to make a rice pudding: no rice pudding has ever tasted as good since. It was typical of the man‘s sense of humour that he chose to make that remark at what was outwardly a pretty pompous occasion. Sadly in 1982 he was forced. after an operation. to relinquish all his duties which had deservedly earned him. as well as his Service and Coronation medals. the Royal Victorian Medal and bar and the Meritorious Service medal. He returned to live permanently with his family at Eton Wick. He had always been a devoted family man and in 1984 he and his wife Margaret celebrated their Golden Wedding. Sadly. she died soon after in 1985. They had two children ~ their son David Charles and their daughter Betty who selflessly stayed on at home nursing her increasingly incapacitated father after her mother's death. In 1989 however Maxted‘s condition had deteriorated so much that he was moved to that wonderful institution The Royal Star and Garter Home in Richmond. I visited him there on several occasions. Initially I was shocked by his appearance. His frame shrunk and hunched in his wheelchair. hardly able to speak or move. he nevertheless gave the impression that he enjoyed my visit as much as I did as we sat and chatted about old times in the sunshine of the terrace. On my last visit his condition had deteriorated a great deal and I knew the end could not be far off. On April 1st I received a message from Betty that her father had died the previous day and I was deeply touched to hear that he had instructed her to let me know as soon as this happened. At the funeral I joined a number of his old friends and comrades from both Regiments who had gathered together to pay tribute to a man who had served his Sovereign and his country well and brought great honour to his Corps and his Regiment. 1 for one will never forget him.

OBITUARY NOTICES THE LIFE GUARDS The following members of thc Regimental Associations have died since the last magazines were published.

2451 I705 Tpr Banks Served 8 Dec 1978 to 10 Apr 1983 Died 16 Aug 1993 aged 32 years 294602 Capt B C Durbin. MC. RVM Served 12 Mar 1925 to 8 Dec 1939 Died 13 Aug 1993 aged 86 years

Lt Col N P Foster Served 3] Mar 1936 to 22 Sep 1947 Died May 1993 aged 81 ycars

296105 Tpr R G Wigmore Served 29 June 1943 to 20 Sep 1947 Died 4 Sep 1993 aged 67 years

294252 LCpl L Hatch Served 5 Nov 1914 to 4 Nov 1926 Died 28 Aug 1993 aged 96 years

23814246 Tpr E Newton Served 3 Nov 1960 to 27 May 1963 Died 16 Sep 1993 aged 51 years

23679095 Tpr G Osborne Served 16 Mar 1960 to 16 Mar 1966 Died 18 June 1993 aged 54 years

2956676 SCM E W Prince Served 26 Sep 1946 to 31 Jan 1968 Died 23 October 1993 aged 65 years

296732 Tpt Maj 1. Downs Served 2 Dec 1946 to l 1 Feb 1970 Died 21 Aug 1993 aged 62 years

296514 TprJ Scott Served 2 Apr 1944 to 6 Feb 1948 Died 1 Jtlnc 1993 aged 69 years

24263275 Tpr 3 Ellis Served 5 Jan 1973 to 25 Nov 1975 Died 24 May 1993 aged 33 years

295355 TQMC D C Thompson Scrvcd 24 July 1939 to 13 Sep 1968 Died 15 July 1993 aged 73 years

295136 Tpr R A Blackwell Served 31 Jul 1936 to 20 Mar 1946 Died Sep 1993 aged 78 years Lt Col Sir James Scott. Bart. Transferred to the Regiment and served from 11 Oct 196010 1 Dec 1969 Died 2 Nov 1993 aged 69 years

THE BLUES AND ROYALS 7949873. Tpr J C Moreton. Royals. 10 Langton Close. Stockbridgc Road. Winchester. Died 31.08.91 306159. Cpl R Langdcll. Blues. 574 Dorchester Road. Weymouth. Died 12.09.91

20451600. Cfn L F Tucker. REME. 38 Friars Way. Bushey. Herts. Died 07.01.93

Tpr T Markland. Royals. 123 Probert Road. Oxley. Wolverhampton. Died 06.06.93

7020891. WO2(SCM) C W Farrance. Blues. 7 Gordon Road. Trinity Hill. Taunton. Dicd 12.01.93

305542. Tpr S Blackman. 155 Arthur Road. Windsor. Berks. Died 24.06.93

410629. Tpr G W T Stacey. Royals. 24 Lower Sands. Dymchurch. Kent. Died 07.05.92

304952. Cpl R N Puttrell. Blues. 95

5106056. Cpl H C Stansbic. Royals. The Royal Hospital. Chelsea. Dicd 280592

21039542. Tpr T J Hassctt. Blues. 7a Longlcy Street. Bermondscy. London. Died 16.01.93

63390440. W02 S Harris. Royals. 1 Briar Lane. Four Marks. Alton. Hants. Died 29.05.92 305193. Tpr F R Perrin. Blues. 22 Gelham Manor. Dcrsingham. Norfolk. Died 30.05.92 399186. Lt Col L Midglcy. Royals. 52 Celtic Close. Beckfield Lane. Acomb. York. Died 14.06.92 22140825. Tpr G Forward. Royals. |1 Drovers Place. Westlands Estate. Droilwich. Dicd 13.07.92 305694. Tpr L F Hill. Blues. Fairholmc. Gol'fs Lane. West Green. Crawlcy. Dicd 21.08.92 544966. LCpI G R K Frccth. Blues. Ramlcy House Nursing Home. Lymington. Hams. Died 14.09.92 305179. Tpr R Ilall. Blues. 9 Ilammett Court. Wyesham. Monmouth. Gwcnt. Died 15.09.92 Captain C N Younghusband. MC. Blues. The Old Post Hottsc. Kilmcston. Nr Winchester. Died 20.] 1.92

Ackworth Road. Pontcfract. W Yorks. Died

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26940070. TprJ M McNab. Blues. 16 Bosman Drive. Windlcsham. Surrey. Died 18.01.93 Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG. KCVO. DSO. Barton Lodge. Windsor. Berks. Died 23.01.93 30455.5. Cpl F C Murdoch. Blues. The Royal Hospital. Chelsea. Died 18.02.93 305266. CoH B J Glynn. Blues. 56 The Avenue. Castlccrofl. Wolverhampton. Died 01.03.93 Major V H H McCalmont. Royals. Ennisnag. Sloncy Ford. Co Kilkcnny. Died 25.03.93 304899. WOltRCM) C D Masted. MM. Blues. The Royal Star and Garter Home. Richmond. Surrey. Died 31.03.93 305993. Cfn H Walker. Blues. 34b High Street. Harcficld. Middlcscx. Died 28.04.93 21001615. WOItRCM) W O Watorski. Blues and Royals. Died 02.06.93

22044419. WO2(SCM) K E Martin. Blues and Royals. 41 Christchurch Street East. Frome. Somerset. Died 10.07.93 408931. LCpI W H Gray/~Horwood. Royals. 10 The Paddocks. Great Chart. Ashford. Kent. Died 26.07.93 23974725. LCoH G A Phillips. Blues and Royals. Flat 2. 315 High Street. Sutton. Surrey. Died 07.09.93 305617. CoH R E Laws. Blues. 12 Blundell Close. High Oaks. St Albans. Herts. Died 05.10.93 23929146. LCpI R Ritson. Blues. 7 Crown Road. Muswell Hill. London NW10. Died 24.09.93 2321551. Cpl PCA Sherwin Blues 8; Royals. Little Trenarrett. Altarnum. Launceston. Cornwall. Died 27.10.93 2255673684. Tpr N Milner. Blues. 84 Lindridge Road. Sutton Coalfield. West Midlands. Died 01.1 1.93 305258. W02 (RQMC) A R Alder. Blues. 164 Upton Court. Slough. Berkshire. Died

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Erratum In the final edition of The Blue and Roval. Captain chry dc Pinna Weil was rcfcrrcd to as having been a Blue when he was. in fact. a Royal. We would like to apologise for any dislrcss caused to his \vidow.

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NOMINAL ROLL AS AT 19 OCTOBER I993 HEADQUARTERS HOUSEHOLD C AVA LRY Col PB Rogers Maj FGS Lukas Capt R Hennessy Walsh

W01 (SC) Smith DJ SSgt Potts PA LCpl Suess Francksen NE LCoH Byrne JJ Tpr Walker CD

Tpr Kincaid M

QM‘s Department Maj DA ()‘Halloran VVOI tRQMCl Holbrook JS CoH Kent C-C CoH Button AA LCoH Macken/ie JCI LCoH Tron SP LCoH Young GE LCoH Martin W Pte Lord ST QMtT)‘s Department Capt AJ Mead

W02 (RQMCtT)) PartisJ THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT

SCpl Craistet‘ S LCoH Plater IN

HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON

LCoH lbhotson T Tpr Cottpland SS Tpr Jones CC Tpr Spares SJ

LCoH Redhead PB

RHQ Lt Col PSWF Falkner Maj WSG Doughty Capt AJ P Woodward

Capt WM Dwerryhouse Capt HMF Jodrell Capt JP Barclay

WOl (RCM) NP Sackett W02 Evans JD Regimental Admin Office Maj AT Bettaney WOZ (ORQMS) Tomkins TN

W02 Greeh F SSgt Parr DJ Sgt Sell PR Sgt Wood OH

Sgt Knibbs PM LSgl Clarke SS LSgt Coker S LSgt Galvin P LCoH Heaton LC LSgt Hurst GE LCpl Bromi PF LCpl Bourne DR Pte Roberts W Pte Thorburn K

SHQ Maj The Hon JHA Broughton

MT Troop SCpI Sandereoek JM CoH Kirkpatrick I

LCoH Abhlott M LCoH Elston PB LCpl Mathieson J LCpl Jones NWG LCpl Penn A

LCpl Cox G Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

But'l‘itt MC Calvert S Dandy J Ford G HerreroiDm er A Hart AK Harrison CP Htt\le_\ GJ Reid G Sweetman

Medical Centre Maj CAJ ()‘Kanc LCoH Thaule} PD

Provost CoH Cross P LCpl Squire LD

W02 (SCM) Fry AJ LSgt McCrossan SC LCoH Perkins MJ

LCpl Slingsby DP

Families Office Lt JT Lodge CoH \r'ickers

Command Troop Lt JR Wheeler SCpl Maher VP CoH Pringle LCoH Peat AD

Officers‘ Mess SCpl Tate AR Tpr Codd I

LCoH Brooke TJD

“05‘ 8; NCOs‘ Mess CoH llorner DS

LCoH MeKechnie PJ LCoH Elliott CJ LCpl Bishop NP LCpl Mackay SH LCpl Carhart SC

LCpl Galvin AJ LCpl Waller SC Tpr Bennett A Tpr Campbell MP Tpr Dewe JM Tpr Fevt R Tpr Fletcher ND Tpr Lanchester M Tpr Moloney PJ

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Training Wing Capt TPR Daniel

SCpl Fisher J(‘ SCpl Wragg L

Stables Tpr ”to clock SN Tpr .\elson .II) A rcbh es W01 Gratton BJ Admin SCpl (SQNICI Tierney JS LCpl Jones AR Tpr Dodtls GP Tpr Haney MA Tpr lle_\es .\lR Tpr Renton R\\' Tpr Stokes DC Community Centre LCoH Lowen CvL

LAD Capt AJ Br} ant WOI l.‘-\S.\ll CJ Sayers W02 tAQMSl Howard M SSgt Kennah MJ

SS tRied GRM SSgt Thomas LII Sgt Edwards SJ Sgt Glennie PR Sgt Stat't'ord DL Sgt Smith RD Sgt Simcock GR Sgt Cowans DY [.Sgt Barton (AGCI LSgt Harbour IJ L. gt Armstrong AJ LSgt Ptnk I LCpl Cunlit'l'e SP LCpl Hargreaves DA LCpl Mackinnin AA LCpl Thomas M LCpl Warc DJ tRLCl LCpl Wright A] Ctii Connolly PJ Ct'n Darvillc Cfn French KP Cl'n James S Cl‘n Wilkinson DB Chefs W02 [SQMSJ Jirat PJ Sgt McGa y .\lG Sgt Skinner SA LSgt Scott TR LSgt Ward RW LSgt Po\\ ell GG LSgt Coathupe PV LCpl Regan KJ Pte Ayre WI)E Ptc Basslord MA Pte Marstlcn KA Pte Walker R Pte Walcrson SJC Ptc Wilson C Officers on Hcld Strength Maj JSP S\\ aync

Mai .ll. Ilew itt Recruiting Team SCpl Morgan D Tpr Hammond CJ

APTC Sgt Hedge MB

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Ma] JA Livingstone Capt JB Poole Capt EA Sniythdkhournc Capt RJA Bull Capt EDJ (iootlchild Capt CC Mcynell ('apt WJM Scott

Capt RW llloth Lt DPJ Ha\\cs 1.] \\'.\IA Moore [J DJ Davies A SQUADRON The Life Guards

SHQ Maj HSJ Scott Capt DCG London

LCoH Bonner NA LColl Craw lcy l LCoH Goodwin SJ Tpr Archdale J Tpr llitcltings DJ Tpr llorrocks B Tpr Mather N\ Tpr Morgan G Tpr Smith IA Tpr Stokoe Al Tpr Wood J Support Troop Lt A Atherton (RCD) Coll Coleman DM

WOZ (SCM) Kidd KR

I.Coll Heath DAC

CoH Squires M Coll Smithers SI: LCoH Core JP LCoH Lon e JM LCoH Miller (iii LCpl Auld GD LCpl George RN LCpl Hitchcock JD LCpl Matthen s SR LCpl Sitnpson DJ I.Cpl Ward SJ Tpr Cavanagh MK Tpr La\ allin JW Tpr North NA Tpr StalTord GT Tpr Thwatles PT Tpr Wyhorne SCIK

LCoH Toy ell ADW LCpl Derbyshirc SB LCpl Hoggarth JS LCpl Vernon NJ Tpr Fry SK Tpr Haynes DE Tpr McDougall JA Tpr Wilson AJ Tpr Wood DA

l Troop 2L1 AB Meth\ en Coll Hat'lmv PN LColl Bright M LCoH Ste“ art NV] LCpl Rogers BE Tpr Allarton TR Tpr Amos I_J Tpr Carrtngton PJ Tpr Cole SR Tpr Mortlock ,VIB Tpr Roy ,VIP Tpr Wass SP 2 Troop 2Lt JRD Barnard CoH Kingston MEW LCoH Fisher G LColl Gardner GC LCoH McMillan IJJ

Admin Troop SCpl (SQMC) Burns NH CoH Tate AR LCoH Barratt AN LCoH Moore KR LCpl Cooling M Tpr Allen DM Tpr Taylor DCF Tpr Winter M

LAD SSgt Tait GR Sgt Corns SJ

Sgt Mills J LSgt Whitehead NJ LSgl Whitc AL LCpl Deighton KA LCpl Hurst G Cfn Atkins A

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SHQ Maj DR Amos (LD) Capt ’I‘EG Kenyon Lt SJ Rhodes Stampa

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Beaumont AM Bridges KR Bromlield R Davidson C Dochcrty’ CWC James GHA

3 Troop Lt DK Av is Coll Carey SM |.('o|| Parkinson JC LColl Stevenson I) LCpl Smith (IV Tpr Brown RM Tpr Cullen MP Tpr Dawson DE Tpr llay wood AM Tpr Lindsay SH Tpr Mowm DJ Tpr Wilson P (IW Troop Lt (iW llowson

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2 Troop Lt RC Lester Smith CoH Irving R LCoH Bridges DAP LCoII (it'ay IM LCoH Poyntcr KJ LCpl Weston CA LCpl Williams M Tpr Edishury D Tpr Goatet' SM Tpr Holloway DL Tpr LcGallais AJ Tpr Sherman MA Tpr Young JGA 3 Troop Lt JFC Cooper CoH Lanahan P LCoH Cttrson AD LCoH Farrimond SP LCoH Paternotte PM LCpl Brown WD LCpl Irwin JS Tpr Abraham AEE Tpr Canning KJP Tpr Clottgh RN Tpr Finney IM Tpr Plant SA Tpr Smith D (IW Troop 21.1 SR Sporborg

Coll Wills DC LCoH Hammond MS LCoH MeGregor S LCoH O‘Connor R LCpl Clubley CL Tpr Clare J A Tpr Grosvenor DN Tpr Hcarn RD Tpr llorvath DB Tpr Latham N Tpr Marsh A Tpr Osborne N Support Troop Lt AWC Mackenzie Smith Coll Kelland BR LCoH Foster J LCoH Hepple C

LColl Wall S Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bickerdike CR Close JS Forstlick JR Mtn'gatroyd DJ Scott BC Stephens SJ Zollino M

Admin Troop SCpl tSQMCl Roberts I LCpl Edwards K Tpr Clancy L Tpr Garrad M Tpr Holmes DRJ Tpr Sinclair L

LCpl Purves K (Tn Bryant JE Cln Irvine SW Cln Kennedy RN Detached Coll Brown GR LCoH Smith RD LCpl Cordwell LC Tpr Nenton MS C SQL‘ADRON The Blues and Royals

SHQ Maj PJ Tabor Maj GCN Lane Fox Capt JMS Wilkinson W02 (SCM) Nicholson Cl CoH Young PC LCoH Johnson S LCoIl Robertson KW LCpl Illingworllt JP (AUCJ LCpl Short ADW LCpl Taylor JW Tpr Ball M Tpr Bell GD Tpr DutTy MT Tpr Elliott MA Tpr Piric IA Tpr Richards JA Tpr Simkins AD Tpr Taylor JW Tpr Venahles PD Tpr Walbrook CAS 1 Troop Lt SC Tomes CoH Harris AM LCoH Panter AD LCpl Davies S LCpl Hemming MA LCpl Mon bray M Tpr Egan C Tpr Green MW Tpr Hammond CR Tpr Jones WP Tpr .\IcGarry EJ Tpr Wilson PA 2 Troop Ct LE Chanveau CoH Harris SK LCoH Pickford SR LCoH Hooper MA Tpr Brooks MS Tpr Brown S Tpr Cain TR Tpr Corway MA Tpr Lofts NA Tpr Shavt JP Tpr Ttitton SJ

Admin Troop

SCpl tSQMCl Cowton KM LCoH Hiseoek DR

LCpl Elliott CM LCpl Gardner AC Tpr Deick GA Tpr Shaw BA Tpr Smith DA

LAD SSGT England N LSgt McKeown AG LCpl Wilson ST Cln Wright WJ Cl'n Dodson BC

Cl'n Ellis MI. I) SQUADRON The Blues and Royals

SHQ Maj RJ Onslow Capt CA Lockhart Lt JEA Ings-Chamhers Lt AC Orr-lining 1.1 C York W02 (SCM) Carpenter TM CoH McGuire P Sgt MeNaughten KJ (RAAC) LCoH Polley NF LCoH Shields J LCpl llooker L

LCpl McKay MA tAGCl

Ll JJ Wehh tRAACt Coll Mills S LCoIl Sykes JA LCpl (‘aile D

LCpl thatley WJ Tpr Adams P Tpr Bennett J Tpr Cowan A Tpr Faicrs P Tpr Galbraith C Tpr Mason WA Tpr Roper RRD Tpr Sand) R Tpr San y er T

Sgt Rcid lM Sgt Turpie S LSgt Baldwin Jl\' l.Sgt liot‘dl

GW Troop [,1 GR Breitniey cr

LAD

Support Troop Ct W Bartlc-Jones CoH chdell J LCpl Boggan J LCpl Fortune K Tpr All“ ood M Tpr Evans CP Tpr Freeman WC Tpr Gordon D Tpr Harrington BDM Tpr Harvey JP Tpr lceton JS Tpr Lingard J Tpr Rodgers KD Tpr Salmon P Tpr Stainsby PI Tpr Thomas C

3 Troop

LCpl Carr JB Tpr Bt‘ovtn .\IP Tpr Driver P Tpr llunt L Tpr McCormack SJ Tpr New lands MR Tpr Roskell P

SSgt llunte AD

CoH Kibble LJ LCoH Carrington DW LCoH Hagan JC LCpl Clerchugh A LCpl Lochrane Jl. LCpl Nixon RE LCpl Stables MJ LCpl Williams C Tpr Burton WA Tpr Dixon J Tpr Maxwell S Tpr Whiting DP

I Troop Ct DE llughes CoH Clavering M

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LCoH Halthide PJ

Admin Troop

LCoH Smith 1M LCoH Welsh SR LCpl Barrett SB Tpr Beseoby GD Tpr Darby CG Tpr Peat Pl Tpr Swain DA Tpr Turner TDF Tpr Walker NK

SCpl (SQMC) Rose AJ

2 Troop Ct BE Bulwer»Long CoH Brockhurst CR LCoH Gray DP

LCoH Dixon D LCoH Brown TE LCpl Glasgow KF LCpl Foster WR LCpl Newman JLD Tpr Bright JA Tpr Griffiths NL Tpr Hockings CGC Tpr Lewis CJK Tpr McMullen S

LCoH Bamard RD LCpl Wood PM LCpl Anderton A Tpr Gilligan MA Tpr Ham ood PA Tpr Horne PJ Tpr Stickland CG Tpr Tate RMM LAD SSgt Rogers 1C Sgt Edtnonds JM LSgt Gibson A LSgt Straiton G LSgt Mun‘ay PA

LCpl Magill JED Ctin Porteous AN Ct'n Wilson RC C In Moore AA

GW Troop Ct RR PhilipsonAStow LCoH Smith T

LCoH Cox DW LCoH Gaddes A LCpl Telling DJ LCpl Davies AG Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bestwick MP Check RJ Honeybell MA Hutton MJ

THE HOL'SEHOLD CAVALRY MOLNTEI) REGIMENT

RHQ Lt Col HPD Massey Capt AC Ogden Capt CHE Garnett

Li S St M Miller W01 tRCMt M Whatley Regimental Admin Office Capt MJR Cotton MBE W02 tORQMS) O‘Daly BEM Sgt Munday PJ Sgt Lugg SM LSgt May CS LSgt West PJ LCpl Turner D LCpl Watson D

SHQ Maj AM Clark

W02 tSCMt McDermott MP CoH Lock MJ

Pte Hall SI (AGCJ QM‘s Department Capt lW Kelly

Tpr Phillips Al

W02 (RQMC) Rogers LD

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Sgt Cameron K (REME)

Shorey WJ Wall M Watson AP Whelan LF

Support Troop

Lt AD Dick CoH Norris MJW LCoH Flynn NA LCoH Murphy SP

LCpl Ashdow n CN LCpl lreton K LCpl Reason JJ Tpr Ansell DW Tpr Blake DA Tpr Bromley JA

CoH Hadden MJ LCoH Hughes AB

LCoH Nash JMW LCoH Pycrot‘t AG LCoH Terry SM LCpl Moore RA LCpl Yeomans M Tpr Creed AS Tpr Marsh G Tpr Plimmer WA Tpr Royle JA

Light A Moffat JA Moxey RL Randall LT Santi MA Selby S Sprakcs SJ Williamson A

Sttrg CoH LCpl LCpl

Maj CM Stone Vaughan SDM Franklin DP Httmpagc RJ

MT Troop CoH Everett SA

LCoH Sturgeon EJ LCpl Jousil‘t‘e AP LCpl Taylor RA Tpr Biggs JJ Tpr Frampton DA Tpr Grcenhough MJ Tpr Squires SA

()t‘ficers‘ Mess SCpl Atkinson L LCoH Smith KJ Tpr Cooper M Tpr Lcwis PA Tpr Stnith DB

“'05” & NCOs‘ Mess CoH Elliott LJ LCpl Brown P Tpr Archdale G Tpr Grant RA Tpr Griffin lAT Riding Staff Maj D McGrcgot‘ SCpl Waygood RG CoH Weller JR LCoH Thompson MJ LCpl Chambers Rl LCpl Pearse T LCpl Tcnnant GA Saddlers Shop SCpl Mills T LCoH Goodwin M LCpl Twyman P Tpr Maeken/ic SI

Families Office

Tailors Shop

Lt MA Harding CoH Hastings GK

Coll Jones 1\' LCpl Slingsby DP Tpr Baker CP

Tpr Gillespie S Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Proyost Staff CoH Di\on T LCoH How ie DJ LCpl Bye CE LCpl Callow TJ LCpl Davis W'M LCpl Farrell MJ LCpl Streeter M LCpl Whiteside JA

Medical Centre

HEADQLARTERS SQUADRON 3 Troop Lt GW Wilson»Fit7,gerald CoH Ford H LCoH Snell B LCoH Hemming NG LCpl Triniek CJ Tpr Bentley RM Tpr Haresign RH Tpr James D Tpr Kendle DHB Tpr Naylor JL Tpr Palfreman MK Tpr Rath JEK Tpr Sydenham NJ

FLCpl Byrne R FLCpl Da\ ies WJ l-‘LCpl New man S Farr Bainhridgc JJ Farr Cm-Rushbridgc SAF Farr McGregor |A Farr Nuttall GA Farr Pearson DJ Farr \"arlcy NJ Farr Welsh GS

Forge Maj TS 0gilvie~Graham FSCpl Wright GA FLCoH Measures S

H (‘a\ Training Wing Capt HRD Fullerton Lt PRG Earl W02 Pickard D

LSgt Tidy PR IRAVCI FLCpl Adeoek DRJ

W02 Pendry TA BEM SCpl Boy d DR

FLCpl Bundy JP

SCpl (SQMCJ Dickens JP

Sgt Bell 1T (RAVCI

CoH Barry R Coll Mitchell PJ LCoH Bowtcll AD FLColl Edwards MJ LCoH Hatcher LCoH Musgrave RA LCoH Scovell A M LCoH Wood C: LCoH Pope SE Tpr Bailey RJ Tpr Cttlleti K Tpr Daiels CB Tpr E\ ans LA Tpr Goodman AP Tpr Nicholls SRA Winter Training Troop Capt EHD Andrewes

Chefs SSgt Berry DR Sgt Stott RW LSgt Johnson I LSgt Holohan PT LCpl Calvert GA LCpl Gear SJ LCpl Goodwin CD LCpl Maine AT LCpl White PJ LCpl Wreglesworth NM Pte Carney .\'A Pte Edwards WL

Pte Shields M Pte Willard BJ Officers on Held Strength Maj CHN Graham Maj DTL Hardy Capt RRD Griffin Capt TJFC Masterton Capt RPG German

THE LIFE GUARDS MOUNTED SQI‘ADRON SHQ Maj HM Robertson Capt GC Davies W()2 (SCM) Hickman C SCpl (SQMCJ Bcllringer MP LSgt White AS (AGC) LCpl Hammond DK Tpr Garton PD Tpr Knaggs JDK Tpt‘ .VleDow ell GW Tpr Nowell KS Tpr Saunders N l Troop Lt M Rees-Dm ies (‘oH Douglas W Coll Wells AS LCoH Rees DA LCoH GandarJ

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

McClelland KAJ Mount Wll Nicholson SR Peel MD Pcltipher AP Robinson M Royston DR Tift'oney TJ Ware PW Young 1)

2 Troop Lt FC Marshall Col‘l Grantham SM CoH Cripps AG LCoH Benge S LCoH Holden Tl LCoH Stevens D LCpl ’l‘aylor SB LCpl Httnt NJN LCpl MeCauley JS LCpl Payne DJ Tpr Bailey DP Tpr Bishop DJ Tpr Bridgeman CC Tpr Brookin JP Tpr Connor KN Tpr Gammage SD Tpr Greensmith MR Tpr Hall NB Tpr Jacobs SM Tpr Leaver WN Tpr Maskrey D Tpr Minor ART Tpr Owens AP Tpr Preston SP Tpr Rad ford A Tpr Rutter S 3 Troop Lt EHJ Hamilton-Russell CoH Coles MJ LCoH Knowles SCI LCoH Hodder SJ LCpl Turnbttll PJ LCpl Parkinson D LCpl Doga M Tpr Fitzgerald P Tpr Griffin Gl Tpr Hodge KJ Tpt' Hubbard AE Tpr lles JA Tpr Jenkin MJ Tpr Leggett SJ Tpr MeAleney AD Tpr Ormerod JS Tpr Patterson G Tpr Pecl DRR Tpr Royston DL Tpr Royston MR Tpr Walker LA Tpr Watkins GA Tpr Woods MJ

Tpr Wright EM

LCpl Allum PW LCpl Finnigan M LCpl Moore R LCpl Wyard S Tpr Amos M Tpr Bassett A 'l'pr Catnp 1G Tpr Clancy Tpr Conroy Pl) Tpr Doncaster C Tpr Edwards D Tpr Hillier EB Tpr Holden NJ Tpr llulsc CE Tpr Law son DS

THE BLUES AND ROYALS MOL'NTED SQUADRON SHQ Maj CBB Clec Capt MC Goodman

W02 tSCM) Dunkley GM SCpl tSQMC) Willacy liS LCpl Clayton PJ LCpl Coomhs PJ Tpr Adams CA Tpr Adams CD Tpr Amos RD Tpr Anderson LJ

Tpr Smart RA Tpr Smith DB 1 Troop Lt A McA Holman Coll Carney RJ CoH Harris PD LCoH Beaumont MN LCoH Jenkins DA LCpl Bye Cli LCpl Lawson VJ LCpl Ward JC LCpl Whiting CE Tpr Allport WP Tpr Baml'ord WF Tpr Binns A Tpr Broom JR Tpr Brownlow ND Tpr Channing CAJ Tpr Cossins-Pt‘ice BJ Tpr Druty N Tpr Gray PG Tpr llandley P Tpr Hartshorn DE Tpr Haywood S Tpr Mahon) RE Tpr Payne GW Tpr Pcmberton GLG Tpr Robson DHR Tpr Rushton SP Tpr Semczy syn PE Tpr Sitntns DW Tpr Spencer CAJ Tpr Swift GP Tpr Vyse K 2 Troop Lt TE Pitntan CoH Evans J CoH Maxwell PG LCoH Beulah M LCoH Brown SD LCoH Fermor DA LCpl Allison PT LCpl Callow TJ LCpl Henderson N LCpl Jones G LCpl Yates JC Tpr Ball SKG Tpr Cook D Tpr Cunnitfe TD Tpr Day J Tpr Dttndertlalc J Tpr Evison AJ Tpr Featherstone AR Tpr Goldsmith P Tpr Hopewell DL Tpr Howell 1M Tpr Martin AJ Tpr McNamara K Tpt' McThunc PJ

Tpr Mertirter SL

LCoH Thomas PJ LCpl Crighton CD LCpl Curley W LCpl Hackman RC LCpl llorsl'ield RM LCpl Winter MW Tpr Blackburn lP Tpr Bray MFW Tpr Bush DJ Tpr Bushell WGL Tpr Butler JS Tpr Collett TM Tpr Eastwood SlR Tpr Farrar M Tpr Gladish DM Tpr Goth KV Tpr Hay es GPG Tpr Hearn PFG Tpr Hodgson SH Tpr Hough PT Tpr Kincaid M Tpr Lever M Tpr Marsh CJ Tpr Massey SD Tpr Murray PL Tpr Nieholls SRA Tpr Park GJ Tpr Prentice SJL Tpr Selway AC Tpr Sharpe RD Tpr Taylor SI Tpr Walker CD Tpr Webber Kl Tpr Williams CA

ERE

RMAS Maj DC Waterhouse Capt DJG Mahony Capt JDR Cox 0Ctlt CE Allerton SCpl Camp SG SCpl Yarrow RT CoH Postance JC RMCS Shrivenham Maj MC Van der Lande Capt CN Mitford-Slade RAC Troop Leaders Cse 2L! HCB Briscoe 2Lt MG HoldenACraut'ord 2Lt RC Taylor RAC Gunnery School SCpl Stanworth JK RAC D&M School W02 Jordan P SCpl Hunter S RAC Signals School Capt JC Ct‘uddaee Lt JDA Gaselee W02 Gattnt J W02 Valentine RA

ATDU SCpl Jerattt KS CoH Flynn D RAC Trg Regt CoH Carter DS Bovington Support Unit W01 (GSMJ SR Carter

THE LIFE GUARDS HQ Londist Col TJ Earl Maj The Hon MRM Watson

.ISDC Col JWM Ellery

()p Grapple Capt RA Bramt‘ord

2 ADS W02 lngrain JH LCoH O'Hare TF LCoH Sharples LB

MOD Lt Col AP De Ritter Lt Col JR Bayley

Maj GGF. Stibbe

1 Gren Gds Lt NC Carrell Lt WH de Gale

W01 TGW Carri ngton

HQ BAOR

1 BW Lt MRE Graves

Tpr Fenwick RD

HQ UKSC (Fwd) Capt ND Garrett HQ H Div Capt TE Thorncy erot‘t Rabat Lt Col CSK Anderson

4 Regt AAC LCoH Know les NJ 7 Regt AAC Capt JDA Dalgliesh ATR Pirl)right Maj JD Knowles LCoH Davidson B

LCpl Stafford PR Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Moore EL Pctt'ord DD Ramsdcn CD Russell B Staft'et‘ton RK Temple S Timtns MP Trencher CJ Watson lC Ward MA Wood MW

3 Troop l.t MJG |~|amiltonARusscll (‘oll Miles DM CoH Smith TVA LCoH ()verton Tl.

Stockholm Lt Col CS Harcottrt-Stttillt

Tpr Smith GA

HQ Berlin Sigs Sqn Maj J Leighton

PMC Arborfield CoH Kitching MR CoH Maunder KJ

I'IQ Padcrborn Garrison LCoH Peers NRH

Sch Sigs Blandt'ord Maj CR Slater

Catterick Garrison WOI RJH Stephenson

9 Sigs Regt LCoH Bridges DAP

1TB Catterick LCpl Hopkins L

BATT Lesotho W01 Collins KM

DS Staff College Maj PRL Hunter

Cyprus Lt AMK Barlow

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RY W01 (RCM) DP Evans W02 Jones AP LCpl Hood GWA RWxY Maj The Hon NJ Adderley

RMAS

Manehester/Salford llOTC

OCdt HF Whitbread SCpI Bow den TJ LCoH Kellett X Tpr Toon CJN

W01 (RCM) H Wendon

RMCS

I’LVIC Arborlield

Maj SH Cowen

Capt TJ Quinn I.CoH Osborne—Smith PR

BATUS Capt RAE Tarling

Def Animal Centre Capt I Sanderson W02 Haywood CT CoH Avison MA

RAC Troop Leaders Cse Ct JAM Corse Ct MP Good“ iii—Hudson Ct AC Lowe

ACIO Stoke CoH Stillwell 1M LG TA Officers Capt JC Hopkins

ATR I‘irbright Capt GA Fox Coll Voyce D LCoH Welsh SR

RAC Gunnery School

CoH Pilchowski GW H Di\' Stables LCoH Hughes AB

RMSM Lt Col R.l 'I‘omlinson

GATW LCoH \V'oolfenden ALE

RAC D6231 School

SCpI Greenaway CJ

NMS

CoH Atkinson L

Capt RD Greer

RAC Signals School SCpl Simpson PW

ATI)I' LCpl Johnson RM

Palace ()rderlies CoH Dotrglas MR CoH Freeman KR CoH Hyett SP LCoH Whiting BJ

ERE RAC Trg Regt

THE BLUES AND ROYALS

CoH Birch GW

MOD CDS

CoH Hodges CI

BATUS LCoH Crocker PS LCoH Freeman MA

Brig TJ Sulivan CBE

DAVRS

Boyington Support [nit Capt MR Brown

Ex Long Look Lt JDS Boy d

Brig AH Parker~Bowles OBE

CoH Pitt CMJ

CoH ShatliffTW

HQ H Cay (Held strength) Lt Col IMDL Weston OBE

RAC Gnry School BAOR Capt PF Stretton

5 CTT CoH Kershaw ED

HQ Londist Col JD Smith-Bingham

Equitation Course Capt WEH Bagnell Capt JP Barclay

7 CTT CoH Dobic RJ

Lt Col AJ MillenBakewell AAC Centre LCoH Addis JC

MOD Lt Col DM Reed-Felstead Maj BWB White-Spunner Capt WRB Jowitt WOI Reeve AD

Fort Leavenworth Lt Col WR Rollo

8 R IRISH

ACIO Bournemouth CoH Bradley CD ACIO Brighton CoH Flanagan TJF

ACIO Surhiton SCpl Henncy P

HQ UKLF Capt CMB Daly Maj MR Coreth Capt GV de la F Woyka

l Coldm Gds

HQRAO sqammuoo

Capt MJ Manning

HQ NI CoH Burhidge A

HQ L'NFICYP Support [nit

I R IRISH

SCpl Mardon TA

Capt The Lord Fermoy

HQ DSF Capt DW McBride CoH Symons 00 HQ Wales 8; WI)IST Maj GH Tweedie

LCpl Hiley R

Army Dog Unit NI I.Cpl Preston A

RY Capt CJ Sayer W02 Hastings AP CoH Farmer AP LCpl Habgood AJ

Oxford University Ct GW Rodway

Capt GMD McCullough

QOY W0] (RCMI OJ Pitt. BEM

HQ 15 NE Bde

W02 (SCM) Manning RP

Maj WT Browne Maj J Shaw

Tpr Mooney JM

RHG/D TA Officers Capt TC Boles Capt D dc B Kinahan l.t H Sutherland Lt RFD Fryer Lt CRF Ward-Thomas Lt EBS Mountain

5 AB Bde

RMLY

BANDS

Lt JP Eyre

Capt JA Ly diard-Wilson

HQ Belize

LCplSuHeyPL.

BAND OF THE LIFE GUARDS Berlin Capt L Villers CoH Fernley C

Scots Yeo Maj JW Clayton I,CoH Roberts MJ

HQ Paderborn Garrison LCoH Moore RA

UOTC Aberdeen Maj AA \Vood MBE

Maj CJ Reeves W02 Bourne RP W02 Graves I SCpl Young R M CoH Wootlhouse J CoH Isa/.enhury Pl)

Coll White NA Coll (Iook ON LCoH Bole DM LCoH Pankhurst NC LCoH Dutton BJ LCoII Carson PJ LCoH Pearson KA LCoH Allen RM LCpl Morrish .IH LCpl Wilman PC LCpl Goodchild NJ LCpl Bolstridgc SJ LCpl Maher ND LCpl Stott IJ LCpl Rowe SA Musn Bowen ND Musn Carter DRM Musn Corrie) IG Musn D'Arcy P Musn Field J Musn Isherwood DL Musn Matthews J Mtrsn Rayner IS Musn Riseley NG Musn Semkin GJ Musn Shirley J Musn Smart DA Musn Sturgeon IR Musn Taylor DJ Mtrsn Walsh AK Musn Walters MD Mtrsn Wheeler GW Musn Whybrow MP BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS Maj CRC Garrity W02 Hayward MR SCpl Haywood P CoH Billington HR CoH Francis TR CoH Kitching S LCoH Haddock R LCoH Paine NJWF LCoH Howe RB LCoH Hassack PWJ LCoH Purnell l’l LCoI'I Kinsler GL LCoH Coates SC LCpl Preston P LCpl Whitfield A LCpl Htrghes G LCpl Lindsay A LCpl Richardson MT Musn Gougli RL Musn Heap KA Musn Horscroft SJ Musn Collin lM Mtrsn Groves A Musn Milne .I Musn Hume G Musn Thomas G Musn Sparks K Musn Martin SJ :VIusn Jones GS Musn Tulip RS Mtisn Rcdman M Mtisn Carnell CJA Musn Spcight MD Musical Ride LCpl Mitchell II, Musn Marsh S Musn Thomas PA Kneller Ilall Musn Kent P Terminal Leave W02 Brammcr M

NOTICES EX-SERVICE FELLOWSHIP CENTRES The Ex-Scrvicc Fellowship Centres runs two residential care homes for ex-scrvice men and women. ex-merchant seamen and their widows/widowers: New Belvcdere House in Stcpney. East London. for 2‘) male residents and Hollenden House. in Bexhilli on-Sca, East Sussex. for 44 male or female residents ineltrding 10 disabled. Residents. who must normally be of pensionable age. have their own rooms in comfortable buildings and may bring some of their own furniture if they so wish. These Houses are not nursing homes and residents rntrst. on admission. be capable of looking after themselves though help can be given where necessary eg with bathing. Naturally. with age more assistance becomes necessary and residents remain welcome in the homes for as long as they wish or until their doctor urges transfer to hospital or a nursing home. Fees are maintained within the limits set by DSS»Local Authorities. Those interested should write to: The Administrator Ex-Scrvice Fellowship Centres 8 Lower Grosvenor Place London SWIW ()EP Telephone: 071—828—2468 Fax: 07I—630—6784

REGULAR FORCES EMPLOYMENT

ASSOCIATION The Association. together with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Employment. is part of the Forces Resettlement Service. Our task is to assist all non-cornrnissioned men and women who served with good character for a minimum of three years. or less if discharged on medical grounds. to find civil employment at the end of their engagements. Our services are free. and we take a long term interest in ex»Regulars so they are available to them throughout their working lives. Our Employment Officers are situated in Branches throughout the United Kingdom and they maintain close contact with local employers and .Iobcentres. Their addresses and telephone numbers can be obtained from Unit/Ship Resettlement Officers: Jobcentrcs and local telephone directories. During the period 1st April l99| - 31st March “>92 the Association assisted I LIX} men and women with their resettlement and placed 430l in employment. Of those

placed 2013 were men and women from the Army and 10 were from your Regiment.

ROYAL CAMBRIDGE HOME FOR SOLDIERS’ WIDOWS As the title suggests. this is a Residential Home for the widows of soldiers who served some time in the ranks of the Army. A peaceful and pleasant house with its own large garden only a field away from the towpath near Hampton Court. There is accommodation for sortie thirty residents who have their own bed-sitting rooms and choose their own lifestyles in a safe. warm and comfortable environment. with expert care staff on hand if required. Medical. Chiropody and hair-dressing services are available on the premises. The Royal Cambridge Home is a registered Charity and its charges are well below those of other homes and certainly within the limit of statutory support benefits. There is nothing in the least military about the way the Home is run. but its association with other Army charities has resulted in treasured privileges — invitations to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. the Festival of Remembrance. etc. Residents maintain their independence and have every opportunity to involve themselves individually or in groups in life outside the Home. For information write or telephone the Superintendent. ROYAL CAMBRIDGE HOME FOR SOLDIERS‘ WIDOWS. 82/84 Hurst Road. East Molesey. Surrey KT8 9AH, Telephone: 081 979 3788.

75 YEARS FOR THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1092 saw the Order of the British Empire reach its 75th year. In celebration. the 75m Anniversary Appeal was launched. Designed specifically to help renovate the Chapel of the Order in St Paul‘s Cathedral. the Appeal Ftrnd aims to raise £750.000 through the generosity oftlic Order. The money will fund a total refurbishment programme for the Chapel which has been the Spiritual Home of the Order since I960. Official Services for members are held regularly every three to four years. whilst individual members are entitled to hold private Services such as a marriage or baptism. To date. response to the Appeal has been phenomenal. Individuals have donated nearly £300.000 and this figure has been boosted by the introduction of a unique

range of gifts on sale to members of the Order. Approved by Her Majesty The Queen as Sovereign of the Order. a handcrafted enamel box commemorates the 75th Anniversary. whilst a tie. cuff links and lady‘s scarf provide members with an accessory for those occasions when the Order's Insignia is not worn. “We are thoroughly delighted with the generous support of so many members“. commented Sir Robin Gillett. GBE. Chairman of The 75th Anniversary Appeal. “We only regret that there are so many more within the Order who have moved address and thus whom we are unable to contact". Donations and orders for the commemorative gifts can be sent to The 75th Anniversary Appeal. Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood. St James‘s Palace. London. SWIA IBH. Note to Editors: Pure Silk Tie

@£12.50

Pure Silk Scarf @8000 Silver Gilt Cuff Links @li40.00 Enamel Box @£55.00 All prices include VAT: £2.00 p&p to be added to the total of each order. For further information. please contact: Mrs Claire Segrave Fund Manager 75th Anniversary Appeal Tel: 071 834 2837 Ext 4307

THE VICTORIAN SOLDIER; NEW GALLERY AT THE NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM A new Permanent Gallery on the British Army from ISIo to 1914 opened at the Museum on Friday 26 November [993. The displays continue the story of the British Soldier told in the Road to Waterloo Gallery and brings the story tip to the outbreak of the First World War. The exhibits are drawn from perhaps the strongest part of the Museum‘s collections and include extensive displays of uniforms. decorations. equipment and memorabilia. Many items on display have never been exhibited before. Some of the more unusual exhibits include rnanacles used to detain British prisoners in Ab nia. 1868. a concertina played by a Surgeon-General during the Indian Mutiny. and a pair of breechcs with a bullet hole in the seat! The exhibits are supported by a series of lifeisize models which look at life in the Army from Regency England through to the Boer War. Finally. an audio—visual display explores the lives of three Victorian soldiers. One was wounded in the Charge of the Light

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Bri gade; one was ki ll ed by th e Z ul us at I andh lwa na; the last won a Victoria Cross in the Boer W ar. Through their individual stories the v isi tor will be able to gain some in igh t into the soldier" s life during one of the British Army · most fascinating peri ods. For furth er inform ati o n pl ease co nt act Julian Humphrys on 07 1 730 0717 ex t 2243 .

GALLIPOLI ASSOCIATION April 25 is the anniv ersa ry o f th e day in 19 15 when Briti hand Allied Forces landed on the Gallipol i Penin sul a in an effort to capture the Dardenelles. defeat Turkey and open a supply route to Ru ia. Had we been succes ful. there is no doubt th at it wou ld have had a significant influence on the length of The Great War and thu saved many who became casualties in the laller stages of the conflict. H owever. we did not succeed and in fighting. as severe as anyth ing ex perienced in France and Flanders during the whole of the W ar, the Allies. in the eight months they were on the Peninsul a. suffered an estim ated 250 ,000 cas ualti es . th e vast majorit y of whom were Briti h and from these island With the exception of one Reg ul ar A rm y Di v ision. the 29 th , th e Briti sh forces were composed of pre-war Territori als and initi al vo lunteers for K i tcheners Army of 19 14. The va t majorit y of men were thru st into battl e wi th limited trainin g in f ighti ng a detem1ined enemy in hostile terrain . The Gallipoli Association wa founded to ensure th at th e memory of G allipo li . th e men who fought and died on it inhosp itable hores and the many sacrifi ce they made, are not forgonen. The Assoc i ati o n i s wo rld wide in membership and includes over fifty veterans of the ca mpai gn, all now in their mid/ late nineties. The remainder of the membership co n sis t of th ose w ho hav e fa mil y con necti ons wi th someone who served in the Gallipoli ca mpaign . or have a spec ifi c or general in terest in th e activi ti es of Th e Briti sh Army on the Peninsul a. The Associat ion welcomes new members and wo uld be plea sed to provide furth er in form ati on to anyone w ho has an intere t in keepin g ali ve the memory of the Gallipoli Campa ign of 191 5. (J. J. Fallon ) Hon Publi c Relati ons Officer, Th e Gallipoli Assoc iati on, 2 Sunnyfi eld , The Ryde, Hat field Hen s A L 9 5DX T el. 0707 2658 12

2 HCR POEM M embers of 2HCR might be amu sed by the fo ll ow in g poem un ea rth ed at th e Annua l Dinner in 1992 by Mr Z A Good acre.

"Push On" T o say that '·Schemes of men and mi ce Gang o ft agley" . w ill not suffice Our banner bear s the strange dev icePUSH 0 . For pu h we mu t in mud and rain In Holland. (Bi ackclock once again Save that we did not hear so plain PUSH 0 ). The leading scout comes on the air " Held up'' - but HQ " rockets" fl are, " There's positively no-one therePUSH ON ". Poor leading scout, he lays hi s head At length upon his low ly bed Even in sleep he crie (' ti s sa id) PUSH ON. Along the track, wi th mine ahead Whence all. it seems, but he has fl ed "Send for the "gardner ?"- No. he said PUSH 0 . H ave you not read the Brigade M ag? They show me mounted on a nag, I CJVVIES, what an awfu l rag; PUSH ON. We won' t be beaten by that " Taurus". We' ll see that no-one's there before us, The ether bear the unending chorus, PUSH 0 . Accelerators pressed dow n fl at, W e' ll play Pied Piper to the Rat, We' ll push and push, and after that PUS H 0 .

For pu shing on days cease. and so We welcome back the status quo -and Bluebell , poli sh and blanco PUSH 0 .

Dear Editor, Wh at do O ld L i fe Guards do when aged for we ne ver ge t o l d but ju st keep go in g forwards. Perhaps the enclosed photo mi ght be of intere t to the readers of the Acorn . I j oined the Reg iment on 16 March 1938 and was commiss ioned from W eedon OCTU in August 1940 and went to Palestine in the I st Cavalry Di vision. Then l was posted to 52 M E Comm andos and was in the rearguard in Crete in D Ba ttery of L ayfo rce thu s the enclosed articles. Yours si ncerely (M ajor) John Eaton-Hall (Regt No 295265) Maj Ea ton - H all sent detai l s of the Commemorat ion Service for the B an le of Crete (20 M ay- I June 1941 ) whi ch took place at the Co mmon wea lth W ar Grav es Cemetery in Suda Bay on 22 May 1993. Maj Eaton-Hall read the lesson.

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A nd then along some dubiou way. Commanding vo ice is hea rd to say '·Don't sit there singing 'Tanendrai " PUSH ON.

For minu s AAFI. what cared we. Of whereabout s of Echelon " B'' Reconnai ssa nce for G.A.D. PUS H ED ON.

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Push on across the Ri ver Rh ine, Recce the prospective centre li ne, We carry first, the Guard Di v Si gn, PUSH ON.

Thou gh when recepti on was in doubt Ti true they ' d send a " step up" out , Then at trength 2 we'd hea r them shout, PUSH 0 .

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Your children wi ll enquire o f you "What did you in the Great War do?" and your reply will be SO true" PUSHED 0 !" .

We pushed the front out far and fast, The whole worl d stood amazed - aghast. While RHQ tood firm and fa t PUS H 0 .

Pu shed was a ve rb for us, it s use A adjective is more profuse Wi th those who shout (perhaps ab use?) PUS H ON.

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We've pushed and pushed, and now we stand Tri umphant over M offer L and Shall now behind the Horse Guards Ba nd PUSH ON .

Dear Sir. I wo uld li ke to use the medium o f yo ur reg i m ent al m agaz in e to publici se a ge t together of old boys from the Boys Squadron RAC, stationed at Bovington Camp. I am try ing to trace those boy soldiers who served during the years 1954 to 1957. W o uld yo u plea e let me know if thi s woul d be possible. Thanking you in anticipation. Your sincerely J. Welchman

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