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THE BLUE AND ROYAL VOL.NO.15

FOREWORD

1984

BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. D. SMITH-BINGHAM

Colonel and Gold Stick: General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB, DSO, MBE, MC.

Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel J. G. Hamilton-Russell, MBE Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel J. D. Smith-Bingham Officer Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment (Mounted): Lieutenant-Colonel C. J. D'Oyly, The Life Guards.

Editor: Major P. B. Rogers

Tangier (1662—1680), Dettingen, Warburg, Beaumont, Willems, Fuentes d'Onor, Peninsular, Waterloo, Balaklava, Sevastopol,

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Le Cateau, Marne (1914), Messines (1914), Ypres (1914), Gheluvelt, Ypres (1915), Frezenberg, Loos, Arras (1917), Ypres (1917), Somme (1918), Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Cambrai (1918), Sambre, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders (1914—

1918). Souleuvre, Brussels, Nederrijn, Rhine, NW Europe (1944-1945), Iraq (1941), Palmyra, Syria (1941), Knightsbridge, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, North Africa (1941—1943), Sicily (1943), Italy (1943—1944).

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C(IN1'ERFTS Foreword Presentations of Standards Parade

Famous Faces Dartmoor Encounter ......................

'A’ Squadron Notes ..................... ’B' Squadron Notes .. 'C’ Squadron Notes ......... Exercise Royal Measure II ...................

Exercise Cambrian Fugitive Au Pair—Finnish Style The Blues and Royals Association Report Scrap Book 1983 ................................

HQ Squadron Pictorial Notes

Obituaries ........... Sports Notes

Mounted Squadron Notes

Guards Depot Notes ............ Band Notes Museum Notes ...............

Regimental Sports Day 1983

Recruiting Office Notes Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess .....

Short History of the Standards of the Regiment Detmold BFPO 41 Nominal Roll ......................................................

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Notices ............................ Letters to the Editor

The Cover shows the walk past and drive past the Queen of the Mounted and Armoured Squadrons during the Presentation of Standards Parade. Photographs by S/Cpl Stretton The Blues and Royals

A glance at the forecast of events in January 1983 would have given the impression that this year was going to be a busy one and this has undoubtedly turned out to be the case. It has been a year in which the diversity of a Household Cavalryman’s life has been demonstrated to all; the Regiment was fully committed operationaly to l and 5 Infantry Brigades and London District and at the same time took part in the Presentation of Standards by The Queen having, from midsummer onwards, more than a quarter of its strength away on conversion training for the new role in Germany. The year started with ‘B’ Squadron returning from their United Nations tour in Cyprus, overlapping briefly with ‘C’ Squadron who were taking part out there in a short dismounted exercise with 5 Infantry Brigade. To further shake out the winter eobwebs the whole Regiment took part in a five-day exercise in the West Country in March, where adventurous training and a tough and long navigation march across Dartmoor ended with an escape and evasion exercise against a Hunter Force led by 21 SAS. The weather conditions were appalling, but seemed to have little effect on the drive, stamina and endurance of the Regiment. Troop Training in April was followed almost immediately by the Presentation of Standards. ‘B' Squadron in Scorpion represented the Regiment, while ‘D‘ Squadron of The Life Guards were present in Fox belonging

to, and prepared by ‘C’ Squadron. However, in one form or another the whole Regiment was involved. The rest of May and June was taken up with intense preparation for Annual Firing which culminated in the Regiment achieving an excellent standard of gunnery at Castlemartin. Whilst the Regiment was in Wales, Her Majesty The Queen Mother unveiled the Memorial Stone to those members of the Regiment who were murdered in Hyde Park in 1982. In July conversion training began in earnest and both technically and tactically the Regiment began to turn its mind towards tanks. Despite this, ‘3‘ Squadron and part of RHQ took part in Exercise Winged Victory in Scotland, and in early November the whole Regiment. less ‘C’ Squadron, who were engaged elsewhere. acted as the Hunter Force for 21 SAS’s escape and evasion exercise in mid-Wales. In the midst of all this activity the highlight of the year was undoubtedly the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to say goodbye to the Regiment prior to our departure.

In London, the Mounted Squadron, too, has had a busy year, with the Presentation of Standards super— imposed on an already crowded season. Summer Camp was thoroughly enjoyed by all, while for the first time for seine years Winter Camps have also taken place,

owing to the Opening of Parliament taking place in the summer. These camps were intermixed With a heavy commitment to Home Defence Exercrses. The year has gone by very swiftly with the Regiment so heavily involved in its multitude of different tasks. and with conversion training now almost finished we are all looking forward with enthusiasm and zeal to our forthcoming tour in Germany.


THE PRESENTATION OF STANDARDS PARADE 1983

On Thursday 19 May, the Queen presented New Standards to her Household Cavalry on Horse Guards Parade. The Queen was accompanied by Princess Anne and travelled from Buckingham Palace in a carriage. known as a Balmoral Sociable, drawn by the same two horses which drew her carriage on the occasion of the previous Presentation of Standards in 1973. The Queen had not previously used this carriage in London. A Travelling Escort of The Blues and Royals, formed from

The Queen’s Life Guard and carrying the Guidon of the Regiment, escorted the Queen to and from the Parade, where she was received by the Colonels of the Regiments. On parade on 19th May were the Mounted Squadrons of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, the

Band of The Life Guards mounted and the Band of The Blues and Royals dismounted. Representing the operational roles of the Household Cavalry were ‘D’ Squadron of The Life Guards mounted in Fox recon-

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and 457 NCOs and soldiers were commanded by Col J. G. Hamilton-Russell, Silver Stick-in-Waiting. He replied to the Queen’s Address in which she paid tribute to the Squadron Standard of The Blues and Royals and those who died and were injured in the bombing outrage in Hyde Park last July. The New Standards were consecrated by the Chaplain General, the Venerable Archdeacon W. F. Johnston, after the Old Standards had been trooped and carried on” parade to the strains of Auld Lang Syne. Following the presentation ceremony, the Mounted Squadrons, with the Standards of their Regiments, walked and trotted past the Queen, and the two Armoured Squadrons drove past. dipping their guns in salute. At the end of the Parade, during which the sun happily made an unexpected appearance, the Queen spoke to members of both Regimental Associations before leading her Household Cavalry back up The Mall to Buckingham Palace. That afternoon, the Queen was

present at a Garden Party at Burton Court for 2,500 past and present members of both Regiments with their wives. While the weather was less kind than in the morning, the Queen was undeterred and spoke to a great many of those present. It was a particularly happy family note on which to end a memorable day for all Household Cavalrymen.

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A Squadron Notes As 1983 draws to a close, ‘A’ Squadron as it has been for the past two years at least, ceases to exist and almost half of its members have to shake off old loyalties and prepare to join new squadrons and troops in Germany. The reason for this is the difference in size between the close recce squadron in Windsor which at one time numbered I47 all ranks, and the tank squadron in Germany which numbers about 70. The splitting up of such a proven and successful team is bound to be a sad occasion for those involved so these notes will look backwards over the last year rather than make predictions for the future.

members of the Squadron were captured by the ‘enemy’ from 21 SAS and many others distinguished themselves in a variety of ways: Ct Mountain by biting his captors thumb to the bone; LCpls Hows and Brooker by proving that the plastic exposure bag is not big enough for two: Lt Sutherland by maintaining the Squadron Leader‘s morale with his whisky flask. and Tpr Shatlil'l‘ by ‘doing the bis’ on the radio almost incessantly throughout the night, thereby maintaining vital contact between the various sodden groups of ‘escapers’ and earning himself a nomination for a Control Signallers Course (and an Oscarl).

Since the last issue of the magazine the Squadron has been joined by 30 newcomers from recruit training or other squadrons, and has said goodbye to 46 all ranks on posting or demob. We have converted to a medium recce squadron from our close recce role of supporting infantry battalions in either 1 or 5 Infantry Brigades. We have lost 14 Foxes and become a mixed wheeled/ tracked squadron with the addition of 2 Sultan command vehicles, 5 Spartan assault troop vehicles and the Samaritan ambulance. In addition to the normal Regimental Training, troops have taken part in 11 exercises with their battalions including 1 Troop going to Canada with l Glosters and 4 Troop going to the USA with 7 Ghurka Rifles.

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Preparation for Annual Firing in June was hampered by various factors particularly conversion courses. Nevertheless, SCpl Stretton, CoH Gimblett and the Squadron gunnery statf succeeded in getting everyone into the right frame of mind while the Fox crewmen got the vehicles up to a very high standard of serviceability. The firing was consistantly good and the guns, particularly GPMG’s worked virtually without a single fault. The result was a very satisfactory week culminating in an A grading on the final battle run. Best gunners overall were Tpr’s Bell and Waterhouse. The weather at Castlemartin remained nearly perfect and the camp ended with a Squadron barbeque on the ranges. LCpl Martin gave what turned out to be the last rendering of the Squadron song; Tpr Young showed us some of his talent; LCpl Hows did his David Bellamy commentary; SQMC MacKenzie, on loan from HCR, proved that he

has lost none of his skills as a master of ceremonies and comedian extraordinaire. 2 Troop being briefed before a battle run

The ‘A Team. LCpl Webb and the echelon on Troop Training

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Highlights of the Squadron’s training in 1983 have included Exercise Brass Monkey in January when 47 all ranks spent a week at Guards House Folda learning to ski. Ct Mountain was the instructor and Tpr Hayes the star pupil although others showed promise for the future. The Dartmoor adventure training and escape and evasion Exercise Spring Clean tested everyone’s stamina, map reading and sense of humour. Only eight

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Troop Training in 1983 was blessed with fairly constant rain. On Troop Tests the squadron showed up well overall but would have done better if Mr Hollings had managed to read the timings for the first stand. Credit must at this point be given to the many LCpl vehicle commanders for holding their own throughout the year with the other squadrons whose most junior commanders are all a rank higher. The final exercise on Troop Training found ‘A’ Squadron tasked with capturing and holding an airstrip while collecting in evacuees from outlying areas, and then moving itself complete plus a convoy of 10 lorries across the plain. ‘B’ and ‘C’ Squadrons were the ‘enemy’ tasked with preventing this. As it was, 3 Troop decoyed the main enemy to the north of the area while the remainder of the Squadron slipped virtually undetected through the south. Apart from two small skirmishes the whole convoy arrived safely at the release point before the other squadrons were able to block the route, and the exercise was effectively ended several hours early.

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At the beginning of the year we were encouraged to be prepared for the unexpected during our training. The difiiculties experienced by RHQ in arranging conversion courses throughout the country have ensured that SHQ has been frequently practiced in the art of reorganising crews and troops at short notice and people have sometimes found themselves on the move to Catterick or Lulworth with less than 24 hours notice. Perhaps the most unexpected task set us though was to take over and train on 16 Green Goddess fire engines at Blaekdown, while we were in the middle of Troop Training on Salisbury Plain. This was in case of a firemans‘ strike. In the event the strike was averted and we were able to bus back down to the Plain, change back into our still-damp exercise kit. and recrew our Foxes for the final exercise.

B Squadron Notes The next test for the Squadron was the Troop Training exercise on Salisbury Plain, in April. This was quite difficult for the Squadron, who had not been on exercise

in normal tactical circumstances for nine months. However, the minor problems were soon ironed out

and by Troop tests the Squadron was on top form with 3 Troop winning the competition, led by Lt Lord Robin limes-Ker and CoH Elsey.

5 Troop before Battle Run 12

November found the Squadron once more cast in the role of infantry on Exercise Cambrian Fugitive in Wales. This time we were the captors and 21 SAS the escapers. The Squadron deployed with a series of snatch squads being directed onto the enemy by OPs hidden forward of our positions. LCpl’s Barugh, Davies and Baxter with their small teams froze in the heather long enough to ensure the capture of 17 enemy, meanwhile

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and LCoH Clavering leapt about the hillsides apprehending the startled SAS as they topped the ridge to our front. The sound of LCpl Baxter whispering into the radio as enemy crawled within a few metres of him will long be remembered as also will the surprise of LCpl Matthew on being unexpectedly bounced by a large group of very unfriendly SAS. The exercise was a great success and much enjoyed by the Squadron in retrospect.

The year concluded with the PRE on all vehicles and equipment. Preparation for this was carried out by scratch crews made up from those left in Windsor, with periodic breaks to rush down to Heathrow on Operation Trustee. The overall standard of our vehicles and equipment was good and 5 Troop in particular are to be congratulated on the negligible number of faults found on their vehicles. Indeed, throughout the year the standard of their vehicles has been outstanding as also were their battleruns at Castlemartin.

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There is not room in these notes to mention all those who have come and gone during the year. Capt Barclay left us in April and is now back at his beloved Knightsbridge. Capt Howard is ADC to The Major General. Lt Sutherland is eagerly awaiting us in Detmold and Mr Hollings has left the Army and is rumoured to be running a coffee bar. In their place, Capt Boles has returned from BATUS as Second in Command and Mr Jacobs has arrived in 3 Troop from Bovington. SQMC Rumbelow has handed over to SQMC Finch. We wish him and Mrs Rumbelow the best of luck for the future. SSgt Flockhart has handed over command of the Squadron Fitter Section to SSgt Bailey. His team has changed several times throughout the year but has continued to give us good service both on exercise and in barracks.

The Squadron re-assembled on return from Cyprus, and was immediately caught up in preparation for the Arduous Training Exercise on Dartmoor, which mainly concerned getting fit and shedding unnecessary pounds gained on United Nations social festivities. At this time we bade farewell to Maj T. J. Sulivan and Maj D. M. Reed-Felstead took over ‘B’ Squadron, for the second time. Dartmoor proved to be an interesting exercise, enjoyed more in retrospect than at the time. Only 20 per cent of the Squadron was captured in the Escape and Evasion phase; however, 100 per cent of us got wet on the Adventure Training phase, which included such delights as surf canoeing and rock climbing.

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Our return from Salisbury Plain marked the start of the immense preparation for the Standards Parade. The vehicles were cleaned, painted, touched up, and then painted again. We practised at Windsor, on foot and in vehicles, and then moved to Pirbright, where

the Welsh Guards looked on in amazement as we trundled round their drill square covering in excess of seven miles in the process. We finally drove up the M4 to the Duke of York’s Barracks in Chelsea (astonishing the local inhabitants!) where the vehicles stayed while we rehearsed on Horse Guards. The parade, on Thursday

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19 May, was a great success and the whole Squadron was very proud to be able to take part in it. The emphasis then switched to gunnery, and preparation for our visit to Castlemartin was extensive, including dry battle-runs on Salisbury Plain, with Troopers from the Admin Troop acting as targets! Gunnery Camp itself, in mid—June was hard work but enjoyed by all. The Squadron was very much under scrutiny as we were the only ones firing 76mm; however, all went well, particularly on the final day when we gained an ‘A’ grade on battle run 12.


C Squadron Notes Very predictably ‘C’ Squadron has had a very busy year. What with many exercises and many more outside commitments we have hardly had time to stop and breathe. At the beginning of the reporting period 3 and 4 Troops were attached to ‘B’ Squadron in Cyprus and 3 and 4 Troops of ‘B‘ Squadron, of Falklands fame, who had since returned, found themselves blistered on

to ‘C~ Squadron. At the beginning of November we changed over vehicles from the tracked Scorpion and Scimitar to the wheeled Fox. The swap over was completed with minimal fuss and in just four weeks from then we found ourselves shooting at canvas screens down in Welsh Wales on our annual gunnery camp. The internal gunnery courses had provided a solid springboard and we returned to Windsor with a very good B grading. A great deal of hard work was put in and the very creditable standard was largely due to the efforts put in by CoH Harding and LCoH Coutts. Within hours of returning from Castlemartin, the Squadron Leader and SQMC Harkness were jet bound for Cyprus with the task of organising an infantryorientated exercise called Exercise Royal Measure II. This exercise was mounted at very short notice and more of it is described elsewhere.

Brigadier R. J. Rhoderick-Jones visits background activity

On our return from Castlemartin, life became par-

ticularly hectic with the start of our conversion to Chieftain programme. The Squadron was spread around various depots and schools (even the School of Infantry at Warminster) learning the intricacies of Chieftain Gunnery and Driving and Maintenance. We reassembled, however, in early October for the 5 Inf Bde FTX, Exercise Winged Victory, in Scotland. The Squadron travelled up by ship on the LSL Sir Lancelot, one or two of us were extremely sick in the Irish Sea. When we finally disembarked after six days on board we spent an interesting week at the disposal of various infantry battalions, performing a wide range of tasks varying from convoy escorts to drying the infantry sleeping-bags on our engine decks! On our return we had to go to Salisbury Plain to do a couple of small exercises for the School of Infantry, and then the Porton Chemical Warfare Battle Run, which sorted out our breathing problems. We are now heavily involved in our preparation for hand-over to the Life Guards in February. Over the last year we have said a sad farewell to SCM McKenna, SQMC Taylor, SCpl Rose, CsoH Wendon, Hunter and Elsey, and we have welcomed

Chinook helicopter lifting a damaged Scorpion on Exercise Winged Victory

(in some cases, back) SCM Fox, SQMC O’Gorman, CsoH Harris and Gregory. The Squadon is sad to leave Windsor, but we are all enthusiastic about the future in Detmold.

ADVENTURE TRAINING NEAR EPISKOPI, CYRPUS CoH Rushton, LCpl Harris, Tpr Suter, Tpr Brown, LSgt Phillips, Tpr Terry, SCM Lane, Capt Sands

less fortunate in finding themselves receiving that wellknown ‘friendly’ treatment from 21 Regiment Special Air Service. April took us to Salisbury Plain to carry out Troop Training. As well as training for the standard NATO role, we practised a large number of ‘Out of Area” tasks, such as convoy escorts, ambush drills, protection of key points and refugee handling. Troop Tests followed with a considerable variety of intriguing problems being set for each Troop. SCpl O’Gorman’s Troop came second, followed by Lt Welling’s Troop. The month culminated with a 72—hour Regimental Exercise. The Squadron acquitted itself well and moments to remember were LCol—I Vickers going airborne with Tpr Rudin at the wheel and SCM Lane driving over the Squadron Leader’s suitcase, and not looking back.

OFF DUTY IN CYPRUS LCpl Harris, Tpr Brown, LCoH Goodyear, LCoH Barry, Tprs Terry, Dillon, Suter

On returning from Cyprus at the end of February the Squadron concentrated on preparing themselves for an Escape and Evasion and Adventure Training exercise in the West Country. It was all character-building stuff and is still talked about even today. No one can accuse us of not being versatile, we turned our energies to

Tpr Hogan and LCoH Henney on self-defence training

Varying degrees of sea-sickness aboard ‘Sir Lancelot’

canoeing in the River Torridge at 5.30 in the morning, death plunges over Baggy Point and rock climbing above mountainous Atlantic waves. All this was good fun. quite different to the Escape and Evasion part which was to take place over the inhospitable ‘tors’ of Dartmoor. As luck would have it not one member of ‘C’ Squadron was caught, quite a coup as opposed to others who were

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On return from Salisbury Plain, the Squadron had e

just ten days to change the vehicles into pristine chariots for ‘D’ Squadron The Life Guards to drive on Horse Guards Parade for the Standards‘ Parade. During the days The Life Guards practised with our Fox we made much of the time by sending the Squadron parachuting. It was with some trepidation that Lt Wellings and Ct Swayne took their Troops to the Guards Free—Fall Team at Pirbright. As in all memorable experiences “war stories‘ were abundant. Tpr Suter managed to find the only bush and the largest puddle in the area to land in, needless to say, the bush no longer remains. LCoH Sisson surprised everyone by removing parts of his anatomy before jumping! Tpr Molyneux had never been flying before! There were many who didn‘t lose time in doing some good ‘searemongering’ with the result that CoH Harding turned completely ‘pale' faced!

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On the sports field the Squadron was victorious at the Regimental Athletics Day at Pirbright. Ct Pitman, LCoH Martin, LCpl Parker and Tpr Kent all gained masses of points. The relay team even had time to drop the baton, thanks to LCpl Dewar, before winning the event. It shouldn‘t be forgotten that SCM Lane won

an assorted bunch of other vehicles such as two combat engineer tractors to make up the box formation for this final attack. The whole operation and implementation was conducted with much enthusiasm and gusto! At the time of writing we find ourselves preparing for

the Veterans’

Porton Down. You will have to wait until the next magazine to see if we all survived.

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2 Troop looking quietly confident

If the bad weather was the thing to remember on Troop Training it was quite the opposite for Annual Firing in June. The team of instructors kept the standard up and the weapons pointing down range. All Troops completed four battle runs, the last one being on Battle Run 12 which involved moving from a tactical setting to the run itself. The Camp was run with the customary enthusiasm and aggression, Tpr Dillon won himself the title of being best gunner. SQMC Harkness organised an excellent barbeque on Penrith Beach. Everyone had a good time taking part in volleyball. “murder ball‘ and some having a go at windsurfing. During July the conversion training programme to Chieftain began and from then onwards to the time of writing the Squadron has never been 100 per cent complete. Lt Harman and CoH Bowden took 30 troopers up to Scotland where they stayed in Guards House Folda for a week. The weather was near tropical and most managed to enjoy themselves canoeing on the River Tay, dinghy sailing, sea fishing and pony trekking.

SCM Lane (left) preparing for lift -0l’f

Autumn saw ‘C’ Squadron preparing for_Exereise Gryphons Gold, a 24 Infantry Brigade exerCise to be held at Stanford Training Area. This was to be the only independent exercise that this Squadron would take part in during 1983 and the final climax to our time spent with CVR at Windsor. The exercise was primarily designed around the defence of a rear area. Sadly, due to conversion training only two composite sabre troops were deployed. The exercise was much enjoyed by all those who took part. On the final phase the Squadron ‘turned coat‘ and became enemy, our final task being to simulate the lst echelon Soviet Motor Rifle Regiment attack. This took a tremendous amount of organisation as it required the marshalling of some 40 4-tonners With

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‘C’ Squadron Tiig-o-War Team 4 Troop at Battlerun 12

Tprs Seed and Matthews adventure training in Scotland


EXERCISE ROYAL MEASURE II by Ct J. S. P. SWAYNE

HQ Squadron Pictorial Notes

Maj Birdwood and members of ‘C Squadron on Exercise Royal Measure

In January of 1983 ‘C’ Squadron went on a one-month exercise in Cyprus to be reborn into the singular world of the Infantry. The makeup of the ‘Company’ was hybrid, consisting of members of 2nd and 3rd Battalions The Parachute Regt, 16 Field Ambulance, RCT, 36 Engineer Regt, 2 Wessex (V), 10 Field Workshops, and ACC, totalling 160 in all. We arrived at RAF Akrotiri in blinding sunshine and met the outgoing ‘B’ Squadron from their UNFICYP tour. We made the trip to Radio Sonde—our home for the next month, a charming set of bus shelters on the road West of Episkopi. The first two days were spent settling in and revising basic infantry techniques, before launching into the training programme proper. We were into the programme soon enough, with wheezey old four-tonners taking half platoon strengths up above Radio Sonde, into the high hills where we would train. Once dropped off, we were taken by our Paratroop tutors to learn the mysterious and absorbing intricacies of the ‘dash, down, crawl, sights, despair’ method; or the ‘run, dive, stand pull the spines out, kneel, pray it will end soon’ method. The infantry drills continued all day, and finished at about 4 o’clock, when we would assemble for a run back to Radio Sonde. It was a neverending mystery to us all why the four—tonners were always unavailable for the run back, but alas, this seemed to suit the Para’s very well. The basic infantry training now complete we swapped over with the attached units, and members of ‘C’ Squad-

ron went adventurous training while the other attached personnel trained in the hills. Some of ‘C’ Squadron skiied, surfed and water—skiied their way to collective bodys’ beautiful, while others canoed, climbed and rode.

This interval was much enjoyed by the Squadron. On Troodos we were taught by Col-l Rushton how to ski and in Larnaka by various troopers, how to usefully employ our spare-time! The days tumbled by, and we were soon back into the main part of the exercise. We, as platoons, did several well orchestrated ‘fix and destroys’ on targets in the exercise area; living rough and looking even rougher. Tprs Dillon, Bond, Pycroft and Terry excelled themselves on these long-range patrols, running about, squatting under thorn bushes and being generally vigilant. ‘C’ Squadron roared through this phase and were soon back adventure training while the remainder patrolled agressively after being dropped by helicopter. The final phase of our time in Cyprus was the escape and evasion exercise. The Blues and Royals went first on this, being dropped in groups of four or five and trying to evade the others as we made our way to the far end of the Sovereign Base Area. Needless to say, the author and two others were bagged immediately. The grim realisation came to us that our friends the Paras and their very good chums in 16 Field Ambulance were not so friendly after all and were waiting for us back in Radio Sonde. We had,as was expected, an uncomfortable reception from them as our captors. They kept us cool with water and if we got too cool we went for forced exercise to warm up again! Several people did well to survive this part of our stay, notably LCoH Mawer and Tpr Charles. This phase concluded our stay in Cyprus. All in all, despite some initial misgivings due to the lack of time for preparation, the exercise turned out to be a great success and we regarded ourselves most fortunate in being volunteered at short notice, to take part.

HQ Squadron firing Carl Gustav anti-tank weapons

m LCpls Challinor and Mitchell ‘taking five’

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Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Page looking apprehensive


RHQ TROOP If the Regiment is involved in an event, whether it be

an exercise, training or a sports meeting you can guarantee RHQ Troop has something to do with it. If there is a hiccough, the fingers will point to the R80 who will be sent ‘to drink out ofthe other side ofthe glass’ ‘If you cannot manage the difficult, go and try the impossible’ is our order. The members of the Troop are well trained now to managing the impossible, whilst the Troop Leader still struggles with the elementary. After a flurry of changes at the beginning of the year Capt Kinahan followed Capts Tabor and Howard as RSO. He was, however, last seen assisting the Adjutant in RHQ. With so many changes the continuity has been kept by the hard work of the NCOs and Troopers.

RHQ Troop relaxmg on the beach (when do they find the time?)

hay barn. Bedspace was cramped, and despite changing stag in the dark and having to find our way out by identifying the groans of human stepping—stones, morale remained high. Next step, escape and evasion in Wales. The weather could not have been better as the advance party of RHQ made themselves at home, but as usual nobody wanted

to speak to us, so LCoH Robertson and Tpr Johnson were sent to conquer the highest peak, to maintain communications. In between times we were kept on our toes with three Battle Group Trainers, three Porton Battle Runs and two Skywave exercises. Rumours that LCpl Carney is still playing battleships by himself, and that LCoH Rees is joining the Intelligence Section are not true!

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One of our newest recruits at that time was Sgt Heinz (57) Bondzio who spend many hours attempting to zero bore sights, no one told him the jig was bent.

JUNIOR RANKS CLUB by Tpr Renton

THE PAY STAFF

Hello Readers, As a member of the Junior Ranks Club Committee it gives me great pleasure to write a few lines about the goings on in the Club. The committee consists of two or three members from each Squadron with a PMC. One good thing about being a member is that when you are down town in Windsor for a drink, the local girls immediately come up for a chat to find out when the next do will take place. During my time on the committee we have had several discos, plus some Games Nights. Last summer we had a Toga party in June and a Pyjama party in July—both of which saw some very strange outfits, but which went down very well. At the moment everyone is looking forward to the Christmas Party which should be the major event of the year. When the Regiment arrives in BAOR the Club hopes to go from strength to strength with more activities arranged for everyone to attend. One last word; let me thank the Quartermaster, the Master Chef and the cooks themselves, and the Naafi Manageress, for their hard work in arranging everything and making the nights’ entertainments so successful. Goodbye for now and see you when the Club starts up again in Detmold.

Regimental Signals NCO, SCpl Davies

The year started with the usual provision of communications for command and control on Troop Training, and then picked up speed as the fog of Dartmoor encouraged both personnel and equipment not to talk to each other. A brief respite followed as the Standards Parade and Annual Firing preceded the hectic autumn, when we experienced the novelties of an exercise designed to test the handling of evacuees or refugees. The Airways Hotel became a reality as all members of the Troop played every part from Latrine Technician to Hotel Receptionist. On the final exercise, Exercise Winged Victory, it took no time at all for the Troop to occupy the local

LIGHT AID DETACHMENT, ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS Like the Regiment, the LAD has once again had a very busy year. We came up to full strength in February With the return of ‘B’ Sqn from Cyprus. They were extremely sad to return as they were looking forward to a rest period in the Lebanon. We also said goodbye to one EME (Capt K. E. Ferguson) and hello to another one (Capt S. J. Tetlow). The next major event of the year was Troop Training on Salisbury Plain (rumour has it that the Regiment wore out the M3 as it has been under repair ever since). After converting the Foxes and Scorpions into mobile adverts for the dangers of driving through woods at night (i.e., all bent) we had to convert them back into brand new vehicles for the Presentation of Standards Parade. Sgt Whelan and Cfn Titterington, our illustrious welders, worked wonders in the repair of Fox wings and, in fact, hold the world record for changing l6 Foxes and I6 Scorpions from scrap to new. The next event on the calendar was Annual Firing at Castlemartin, leaving AQMS Duty and his merry band of armourers and gun fitters three weeks in which to prepare for camp. Sgt Berry, Cpl Manicom, LCpl Gray, and the baby of our team, Cfn Burton, burnt the midnight oil to check the whole of the Regiment’s Mantlets for the proverbial cracks. It was a depressing sight to see grown men cry when they found one. Castlemartin went with a ‘bang’ with everyone enjoying the lovely weather and a spot of the Englishman’s game of cricket. I say all, but maybe I should point out that some enjoyed it more than othersfitake the ASM for instance, he found that catching the ball with his nose was more a painful than enjoyable experience.

The civilian staff at Combermere Barracks

All said, we still have a busy time ahead of us with the

forthcoming PRE and then the handover to The Life Guards; then it’s back to wearing out the M3 again and the chance for two new welders to attempt the world record.

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The Director General, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers talking to ‘B’ Squadron Fitter Section

NOTE FROM THE 0C, CAPT S. J. TETLOW RENIE It is with more than a twinge of regret that we see our friends and colleagues from the Regiment depart for BAOR. On behalf of all the REME Artificers and Tradesmen who have served with the Regiment over the past year, we wish you all a happy and successful tour in Germany.

As usual, change has overtaken the Pay Office: Capt Cassie has departed to the Computer Centre at Worthy Down where, if he comes to open his window, he will hear the dulcet tones of W02 Ashworth drilling the apprentices in his new role as CSM. They were replaced by Maj Noble, freshly arrived in the Corps from the Gunners, and SSgt Docherty from HQ AFNORTH in Oslo. Sgt Reid replaced LSgt Simmonds and, finally, Pte Brierley arrived to start his career in the Army. Changeover time complete, it was heads down to continue the tradition of ‘Open all Hours’. In no time at all the ‘new boys’ were made to feel part of the family for which we say ‘thank you’. Particular highlights of the year?~LSgt Masterson being selected to play for the Army Hockey XI; Sgt Reid becoming a father; SSgt Docherty wearing out his running shoes; and LSgt Cole sticking to the Mayo Clinic diet! Perhaps the best of all though was the generous contributions to our ‘Charity Jar’. So far £50 has been given to PHAB, and at Christmas £83 was spent on presents for abandoned children. Keep it up!


The Mounted Squadron Notes The ceremonial season of 1983 has been one of the busiest on record. In March, following a period of Troop, Squadron and Regimental Drills. we provided the leading divisions of a Sovereigns Escort with two Standards for the State Visit of the President of Zambia. This was followed the next day by a Captain’s Escort to St James’s Palace. Preparations then began for the Major General‘s Inspection which took place on 4 May. This took the same form as in 1982 and included a canter past and a canter in review order. Despite the very wet state of the ground in Hyde Park this passed off extremely well and proved to be valuable practise for our next major event, the Presentation of Standards to the Household Cavalry by Her Majesty The Queen. This parade proved to be a most moving and memorable ceremony in which all those taking part, both mounted and armoured, performed to the very highest standards. The Mounted Squadron provided two divisions, a Standards Party, which was, commanded by Lt Col J. D. Smith-Bingham, and Tavelling Escort for Her Majesty, with Guidon, found by the Queen’s Life Guard and commanded by Capt T. P. E. Barclay. In the afternoon many members of the Squadron were presented to Her Majesty at the Garden Party held at Burton Court.

Capt Barclay—up and over

In the meantime, the Squadron was also busily involved in providing organisers and competitors for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and participating in the Household Cavalry Quadrille.

The remainder of May saw us involved in turning out band horses for the Beating Retreat by the Massed Bands of the Household Division and with rehearsals for The Queen’s Birthday Parade, which took place at the beginning of June. This was as usual followed by the Garter Service, but on 22 June we were again required on parade, this time for the State Opening of Parliament. Although this parade, being held so early in the year, did put a considerable strain on manpower at the time, it has meant that the autumn has been free of major ceremonial events. On 28 June the Squadron was again on parade for the Service of Dedication of the Memorial in Hyde Park for those who died in the explosion on 20 July last year. This was carried out in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and was a most impressive and moving occasion. In the meantime we had said a sad goodbye to our Squadron

Leader,

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individual approach and great knowledge of horses were of immense benefit to the Squadron. We welcomed in his stead Maj G. H. Tweedie. On 6 July many members of the Squadron attended a service in the Guards Chapel for the Laying-Up of the tattered Standard damaged in the Hyde Park explosion, and the unveiling of a memorial plaque to the victims. In September, we were kindly presented with a stone aw

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commemorating the horses killed. and this now stands SNCOs OF THE MOUNTED SQUADRON CsoH Lampard, Barber, Mead, SCM Brown, SQMC MacKenzie, CsoH Taylor, Rushton and Pitt

at the entrance to The Blues and Royals” stables.

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Lt Bullard going on Queens Life Guard on ‘Grand Canyon' the ex-champion steeplechaser

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The end of the ceremonial season allowed us to send men and horses to grass for a short period, and to participate in the Royal Tournament. This was followed by preparations for Summer Camp and a fitness build up period for the horses. Camp itself was as enjoyable as ever. The horses certainly enjoy the change of routine, and we had the great benefit of a cross-country course designed and constructed by Lt E. H. Hammer and his excellent course building gang. We were also able to practise Sword, Lance and Revolver, and Tent Pegging. at which Tpr Utley showed himself to be most proficient in winning the competition against expert rivals. Maj Tweedie won the Officers and Senior NCOs Show Jumping, and thus the coveted prize ofa saddle presented by Mr Missenden of Harrods. Two Troop won the finals of the football competition against The Life Guards in a satisfyingly one-sided match, but otherwise the honours in the various competitions were very tactfully divided with our sister Squadron. During our last days at Camp the Squadron entertained Maj Braunstein of the Swedish Lifeguards, and he accompanied us in our ride back to London. This he thoroughly enjoyed, the more so as the last Regimental move with horses he had done had been in Northern Sweden in a temperature of —40 degrees.

LCoH Mills jumping at Summer Camp

Since our return from Summer Camp we have been involved in many and various activities. Several members of the Squadron have been hunting with the Staff College Drag Hounds, and the casualty lists from this have been negligible compared to those from the officers in Leicestershire. Capt Barclay and LCoH Goodall, with

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two Life Guard NCOs, made a visit to the Garde

Republicaine in Paris. The Garde Republicaine are the Household Cavalry of France and keep some 550 horses. The fact that they are not army but Gendarmerie made this visit the more interesting and enjoyable. The production ofa Gendarmerie identity card has the same effect on French officials as the production of an lvory pass on a Gate Sentry at Horse Guards.

2 Troop on the march

At the time of writing, the Squadron has taken on a distinctly warlike appearance, with tin hats and rifles replacing, hopefully temporarily, helmets and swords: six horses and men have just returned with a composite troop of 12 from an escape and evasion exercise in conjunction with the Service Regiment. The enemy, 2l SAS, appeared to be horrified by the unknown factor of horse power and many were swiftly apprehended. In conclusion, we would like to record the sad deparMaj Tweedie riding out with Maj Braunstein, Swedish Lifeguards

ture of two famous Blues and Royals from the Mounted Regiment. Lt Col A. H. Parker Bowles has given up command and gone to a staff job, and WOl (RCM)

Lawson has ended his tour as RCM and has retired from the Army. Congratulations are due to Lt Col Parker Bowles on being awarded the OBE; the Regimental Veterinary Ofificer. Maj N. Carding. on being awarded the MBE; and CoH Pitt on being awarded the BEM.

Horses being unbridled. Cmire: Tpr Armstrong

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JUNIORS The Household Cavalry Training Squadron, as most

Guards Depot Notes

of you will remember it, has ceased to exist since

ADULTS Having received a directive from on high to produce an article for the Magazine from the Guards Depot, I thought it best to start with a Grid Reference—928570, for (a) the benefit of those who have never been to this well-established Surrey Health resort and (b) as a reminder to those who have, that you may very well pass this way again. We have had no adult recruits through Caterham Company for somewhere in the region of 18 months, due to the fact that Regiments are up to strength. However, we have managed to poach the odd Coldstreamer or two who we have found along the way and from all reports they are doing well in the Regiment. The great impact of 1983 upon the members of the Household Cavalry serving at the Guards Depot has been the Presentation of Standards” Parade. The dismounted

drums, standards and microphone

party was found entirely from members of the staff serving at the Guards Depot. The party comprised of 21 members ranging from the SCM of Caterham Company, the SQMC of Pirbright Company, through drill and weapon training instructors, signals instructors, stables staff, a tailor and a PTI. Having been drawn from all corners of the Depot, training periods were a sight to behold, NCOs marching

with drum boxes, halting and ceremoniously lifting sand-filled ammunition boxes to be placed upon the box lid with great reverence. Others marching and halting with rifle range butt flags, handing them over to Junior Troopers upon startled horses, most of which trace their military careers to the Royal Military Police and Royal Artillery. The SCM was often to be seen, head buried in a

folder of diagrams or devising methods of cutting down

September 1982. The disbandment was done in two stages, first the HCTS was amalgamated with Nos 1 and 2 Companies to form the PIRBRIGHT COMPANY and then, four months later, this again was amalgamated

with Warley Company and became the Junior Wing of the Guards Depot, still called Pirbright Company. We then found ourselves with foot guard NCO instructors and a foot guard Sergeant-Major, known as CSM. which was very confusing for our Junior Troopers, who had only just got used to SCM. The confusion of

the number of nods, winks, ups and other signals needed

regimental customs clashed for many a day, as they

to enable the various parties to synchronise movements. As all this progressed so did the orders of dress. Foot Guards looked on puzzled as Household Cavalrymen appeared on the Barrack Square in various stages of dress, from Barrack Dress through to State uniform. The Riding Master inspected the whole party in full dress. The parade Quartermasters attended Khaki rehearsals with officers serving at the Depot acting as ‘stand in’ for all sorts of people, and recruits in bed sheets acting as the Clergy. Once all training was completed the time came to move to Knightsbridge and join with all the other formations to produce a parade which will live on in the memory of all who took part forever. A photographic record of this will remain in the photograph album presented by the party to Depot Headquarters.

still do at times. Only three members of the Regiment who started the combined Cavalry/Foot Guard Company, are still with us, they are LCsoH Wood and Laidlaw and LCpl Saunders. Four others, CoH Gregory, LCsoH Tapsell and Nolan and Tpr Cook, have since left the Company and returned to the Regiment, and better things, where everything is ‘Cavalry’. In the early days of the newly-formed Junior Wing of the Guards Depot the Household Cavalry were very thin on the ground, with a total of 27 Cavalry Junior Troopers, ofwhich only 10 were due tojoin the Regiment. This Junior Troop called Gazala Troop got involved in many outside activities which included the Lord Mayor’s Show in London and the Windsor Horse trials, finishing

Photographs Courtesy u/"So/(Iier’ filagaziue

MEMBERS OF THE GUARDS DEPOT STAFF PRIOR T0 THE STANDARDS PARADE

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SCM Sayer, LCsoI-I Tapsell, Wood, SQMC Gillingham, LCoH Nolan, CoH Gregory, LCoH Booker, CoH Kilvmgton, LCoH Dobbie LCoH Steeden, LCpl Richards

Above: The Automatic Polish Reflection Indicator. and Right; SCM Sayer using it. This spoof device was featured in Soldier Magazine and generated much serious correspondence

with an Exercise against the SAS. This took place in an underground bunker in the Beaconsfield area. The Troop initially went to do fatigue duty but after a couple of days got fed up and volunteered to do patrols around the bunker area. They were very successful and captured the SAS soldiers, much to their displeasure. The Honour-

able Artillery Company of London were also involved and on the final assault of the HQ a very large bees’ nest was thrown into the ops room. The Gazala Troop have since become very good bee-keepers. During the middle of June 1983 a new Household Cavalry Junior intake formed, lnkerman One. This started as 32 Juniors but at the time of writing is steady at 22, of which 15 are due to go to Detmold in the middle of 1984. These young Troopers have already been in the limelight as they formed the arena party at the International Horse Trials at Thorpe Park near Staines during July 1983. A good time was had by all especially as they had the freedom of Thorpe Park. On 5 September more Junior Troopers joined us from the big wide world. This is called Knightsbridge One and is 23 strong. To cope with this influx ofJunior Troopers we welcome from the Regiment the following: Mr Bullard, LCsoH Rendall and Munton and LCpl Ford. Ifeel sure they will find the Guards Depot a place with so much ‘magic’.


Band Notes

During the summer the Band not only provided trumpeters for Queen’s Life Guard (a job undertaken in the past year by Musns Alderson, Biscoe, P., Gilder, Haywood, Kitchen and Paine) but also provided Musns Paine and Reid as trumpeters and Musn Francis as a mounted drummer for this year’s Quadrille. They played at a number of shows, and at the Chichester Gala, ‘Claudius’ (the drumhorse) reared and threw off one of his drums a few minutes before they were due to go on. As a result, Musn Francis was unable to do the performance mounted so he performed dis— mounted with the Band of the Royal Corps of Transport. At the beginning of October the Band undertook a Mounted Band Performance in the courtyard of the Guildhall in London. Despite many doubts from Band members as to whether there would be enough room for us there, the performance was a success. Mention must be made of the enormous help from men from the Household Cavalry Regiment who groomed and tacked up the horses, as without their help the whole thing would have been impossible.

LCpls Jones and Hayward

RHG/D BAND ENGAGEMENTS FOR 1984 (Provisional)

April May

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The Band playing incidental music at the Regimental Athletics Meeting

9—13 June

During the last year the Band has produced a new long playing record which was released in June under the name of ‘The Queen’s Life Guard‘. This brings the number of records at present on sale to four, the others being ‘The Sovereign’s Escort’, ‘Combined Cavalry Old Comrades’ and ‘Eyes Right’. The Band also broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on three occasions. Two of these were live broadcasts alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, and the other was ‘Marching and Waltzing’, when we took care of the marches and left the waltzing to others. In November the Band gave its annual concert to the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association in the Fulcrum Centre, Slough, and also performed at 221 Field Ambulance (to which we are affiliated) in Kingston. Major General Langley attended this concert which was in aid of various charities including the South Atlantic Fund. It was whilst on this engagement that the Band discovered the principle under which SCpI Tanner runs the Band Stores: on the door of 221 Field Ambulance Clothing Store was this sign: ‘Stores are for storing. If they were for issueing They would be called “Issues” ’ Later in the month the Band played in the Skyways Hotel at Heathrow to a large group of mentally handicapped children for a party. LCpl Clark was a huge success as he came in to ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ wearing a bear costume. When it was time for us to leave, the children wanted to keep LCpl Clark as a cuddly toy. In December the Band teamed up with the Bands of the Scots Guards and the Welsh Guards for the presentation of medals to those who had served in the Falkland Islands. This took place on the lawns of Buckingham

Palace and provided the Band with a rare opportunity to view the magnificent gardens behind the Palace. Towards the end of February the Band took its annual weapons test after a week at the Guards Depot which included our annual medical revision. The number of marksmen in the Band was increased from 6 to 23, with Musn Allport scoring the highest in the Band, dropping only one shot.

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Bournemouth Cavalry Memorial Parade, Hyde Park Major General’s Inspection, Hyde Park Royal Windsor Horse Show Beating Retreat, Horse Guards

Trooping the Colour, Horse Guards St. James’s Park Hyde Park BAOR Royal International Horse Show Bournemouth Houghton Hall Concert, Chatham Blesma Concert, Slough

The Band played on the Bandstand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show with Musn Biscoe, J. sounding

his trumpet in the arena as ring guard. The Royal International Horse Show was moved from Wembley to the White City Stadium this year. As this is an open-air stadium, Musn Billington, who acted as ring guard, ended each evening‘s performance by playing ‘Sunset’ on a Coach Horn to the Band’s accompaniment. This summer’s heat caused the Band to carry larger flasks with them, especially at Gifford House in Worthing where we spent the afternoon sitting in the sun playing at a hospital fete with no shade at all. Cliveden House (near Maidenhead) four days later was also very hot, although, fortunately, we did not play until early evening. This was an informal concert with the audience picnicking on the lawns whilst the Band played on the Bandstand. The Regimental Sports Day at the Guards Depot created the same problems for the Band, who looked

on enviously whilst the Regiment around us kept themselves cool with numerous drinks. The RCM came to our rescue with a kind offer allowing us to use the W0 & NCOs Mess Bar (outside which we were playing), and the Band showed their gratitude by swelling the Mess profits for the day by some consider— able amount.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

Cartoon of 1850 by John Leech The Band playing at the Guildhall in London

Local performances this year were all around Windsor Castle. In April we spent every Sunday afternoon on the East Terrace, we produced an orchestra for the Garter Luncheon in June, we have given Sunday afternoon concerts on Castle Hill twice, played Carols in the same place, and have Beaten the Retreat in the Lower Ward of the Castle. Tumpet Major Mansfield, CoH Morrison, LCpls Clark and Jones, A., and Musn Stephenson have left us

in the last year, to be replaced by Musn Thornborrow who is at present on his equitation course. Musns Haddock, Harmsworth and Pegler are studying on their one—year course at the Royal Military School of Music. Congratulations go to Trumpet Major Orritt on his appointment, and to LCoH Stanton and LCpl Avins on their promotions. Congratulations are also due to LCpl Jones, P. and Musn Kitching on their respective marriages.

RECREATION FOR THE HORSE GUARDS and how much better than idling in a public-house or flirting with

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MUSEUM NOTES The Museum suffered a severe loss in the death of Mr C.'W. Frearson (formerly The Blues and Rovals) who died at the beginning of 1983 after a long period of ill health. ‘Fritz’, as he was affectionately known to most Household Cavalrymen, had been on the stafi” of the Museum as a serving soldier for a number of years and Since 1975 had been on the civilian staff. Mr Bill .lohnson. formerly of The Life Guards. has now been joined on the staff by Mr Ted Woodbridge who served in the Royal Horse Guards as a Corporal from 1944 to 1947, and until joining the Museum had been employed on the civilian staff of the National Defence College at Latymer. A great number of requests have been received from the public concerning the history of the Regiments and also from those checking on the details of service of their ancestors who had served in the Household Cavalry. Fortunately, we have been able to answer the queries from our comprehensive library. The following items have been donated to the Museum during the last year: Rank and file 1 LG shoulder scale (circa 1840). Medals of Maj G. E. Makins who was killed in The Royals during the Second World War, and a Colonel’s

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donated by Lord Sherfield. The Royals No 1 Dress complete and accoutrements donated by Mrs W. Morgan. wife of the late Capt N. H. Morgan. MVO, MM. Medals of W02 C. W. Frearson, presented by his widow, Mrs Frearson. Medals of 1287 Cpl Porter, RHG, presented by his son, Mr P. J. Porter. Two Fencing Swords used by SCM Dawkins, RHG.

presented by his sister, Mrs Titford.

Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Notes 3-.-;

Any ex-member of the Regiment who would care to donate any item of interest concerning the Household Cavalry is requested to contact the Curator. At present we are trying to collect items and photographs concerning the respective Regiments tours in Northern Ireland for a future display. and any such items would be most welcome. The Museum is open to the public throughout the year from Monday to Friday (except at Bank Holidays) and during the summer months we are also open on Sundays. Any ex-member of the Regiment in the Windsor area on a visit is asked to make a point of visiting our Museum where they will be most welcome.

RECRUITING OFFICE NOTES

May—Biggin Hill June—Bath and West .1uly—Felixtowe—Tyneside Exhibition August—Skegness—«Leeds September—Combined Services Exhibition, Bassingbourne.

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The captured Argentinian Panhard armoured car, displayed outside the Museum

Once .again a change of Warrant Officers in that WOZ Ntckhn of The Life Guards has replaced W02 Williams as 1/0 the Mobile Display Team. Although the recruiting figures for both Regiments are extremely good (it is remoured that Lance Corporals at Knightsbridge have their own grooms), it has been a very busy but successful season, in addition to visiting many smaller shows the main events attended were as follows:

During the visit to Skegness the team combined with all the other units in their group and held a barbecue on the beach which was a great success if all the tales reaching this office are anything to go by. At the end of September the caravan went to 41 Command Workshops for a complete overhaul and new design of the inside complex. The team consists of Maj O. M. Price (Retd), WOZ

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T. Nicklin (LG). LCsoH White and Johnson. LCpl Heath and Tpr Sycamore. although this will change in early 1984 when The Life Guards return from BAOR.

THE WARRANT OFFICERS LN FRONT OF THE NEW FIREPLACE, JULY 1983 SCM Villers. SCM Holt. RQMC O‘Haflor‘an. RCM Patterson. RQMCCD Triggs. BENI. SCSI Fox and SCM Lane. In front. ‘Boris‘

The Mess has seen a fairly busy past 12 months in the way of functions and visits from distinguished guests. The major change of 1953 was the handoyer by RCM M. A. Patterson to RCM R. A. Fortt. whom we welcomed back from the ‘Big Sky Country of Canada. The farewell dinner to RCM Patterson. which was organised by RQMC O'Halloran was. for those who can remember. a grand afi‘air. We thank Lt Patterson for his farewell presentation to the Mess of a watercolour of the Standards Parade. and wish him well on his new appointment as Troop Leader of the Guided Weapons Troop. As is traditional when the Regiment is in its last year in the CR. the Association Dinner was held in Windsor. and on this occasion the venue was the cookhouse on 30 April. The Colonel ofthe Regiment chaired the dinner which was a great success. thanks mainly to the endeayours of RQMCtT) Triggs. J.. BEM. and his committee. On 19 May. HM The Queen graciously presented the Regiment with New Standards and to celebrate the e\ ent The Standards Ball was held in the Mess a wee ' later. In a manner to which we are accustomed. the Standards Ball proved to be an unforgettable evening for about 500 people. with superb food. wine and entertainment in abundance. Besides the more traditional functions. during the last quarter of the year \arious ey enings will go down in Mess history as being bigger than Ben Hur! These included a Cocktail E\ening on 10 October to honour a distinguished \iSiIOr. Maj Braunstein of the Swedish

Army: the German Night of 30 September: and. of course. the Christmas Draw and Farewell to Windsor Ball plans are well in hand at the time of going to press. Old Mess members will be interested to hear of the stone fireplace with leather surrounds which is a new addition to the Mess. It enhances the decor especially on cold winter evenings. It really looks grate and should keep away the flue! The Mess has also acted as host to various outside organisations all of whom we regard as our friends and whom we feel sure The Life Guards will sustain during our tour in BAOR. The organisations included The Life Guards. Scots Guards. Coldstream Guards and 9 ll Lancers Association Dinners. Police (Traific Division). and The Honourable Artillery Company. A number of distinguished guests \isited the Mess in 1983: these included: The Colonel of the Regiment: Major General H. D. A. Langley. MBE: Major General .1. A. C. G. Eyre. CVO. CBE; and Lieutenant General Sir

Richard \‘ickers. kCB. _\t\'o. OBE. on his retirement from the Army. There have been some memorable farewell lunches this year where we said goodbye and paid our tributes to the following: WOsZ Jack Preece. Ray Anslow'. Ray Birt: SQMC Mick Pinks: SSgt Matt Helm: Trumpet Major Bob Mansfield: and CoH Fritz Grunn. We also said farewell to a few on posting: WOl Pomroy. SCM Sayer. SQMCs Rumbelow and Taylor. We would close by sincerely thanking our permanent Mess stafl‘ and all other young soldiers who ha\e helped out in the Warrant Officers and Coporals of Horse Mess in 1983.


HMS ‘BROADSWORD’

FAMOUS FACES

‘SWORD ABROAD’ by Lieutenant Commander J. E. MURPHY, BA, MNI, Royal Navy

A year ago Broadsu'ord, as some of you will personally recall, was halfway through a sales and public relations deployment to the States and Canada with visits to Nassau, Charleston, Baltimore. Newport. Charlotte Town, Montreal, and St. Johns. The deployment came as a welcome respite for the ship‘s company after the rigours of last year‘s Falklands conflict and was well deserved. The trip also allowed practice with the new weapon enhancement package which followed in the six months after the ship‘s return from the South Atlantic. These improvements included the addition of ASW torpedo tubes, close—range AA guns and Chafi dispensers. and also the re-design of Seawolf software to cope with low-level massed aircraft raids as well as missile attacks. To bring the ship back to earth. so to speak, the return to the United Kingdom was marked by an all too brief visit to Birkenhead#the closest port to our affiliated city of Chester. This was the ship's first opportunity to visit the city since the Falklands and despite the very soggy experience of marching through the streets in heavy rain we all enjoyed the very warm hospitality which greeted us from below the umbrellas. After a much needed maintenance period, Bram/sword sailed for a four-week work-up at Portland where every aspect of the ship’s war role was fully and repeatedly exercised—Portland is best compared to the dentist since whilst there the experience is unmitigated pain for all but on departure the relief alone encourages ships to regularly clean their teeth. The lessons of Portland firmly fixed in our brains we made our way north to take part in a two-week NATO Exercise off Scotland’s north coast before taking part in the trials at Aberporth to finally prove the modifications to Seawolf. More maintenance and Easter leave passed unnoticed as the ship prepared to lead a group of five ships with afloat support to the Falklands at the end of April. After a brief stopover at Gibraltar the group moved into the late autumn of the South Atlantic spending 100 days in the FIPZ providing radar coverage and a weapon presence to the west of the Islands. Despite occasional incursions by Argentinian fishing vessels and aircraft, the majority of the time was peaceful compared to only a year before and even the weather appeared to be on our side#despite envious thoughts of the sweltering conditions being endured by our friends and relations at home. The highpoint of the deployment was a five-day visit to the South Georgia groupivery clear, still weather allowed the majority of the ship‘s company to get ashore and investigate the deserted

HMS ‘Broadsword’ steams past an iceberg ot‘f South Georgia

In the new year the ship will be visiting the States before taking part in two major NATO exercises lasting some six weeks; 1984 will also see visits a little closer

to home with Liverpool and Chester as highlights before the ship again deploys to the South Atlantic in midsummer.

NEARLY 400 YEARS’ SERVICE! Left to Right: Back and Centre: Lt Patterson, Capt Barclay, Capt Rollo, Maj Lane, Capt Bucknall, Maj Giles, Capt Boles, Capt Peck Capt Kersting Front: Maj Handley, Maj Price, Lt Col Jackson, LG, Commanding Officer, Maj Stringer, Lt Col Marsh. Maj Keeling

whaling stations of Leith, Grytviken and Stromness.

At the end of August the Broadsword group was relieved and after a short visit to Funchal to catch the last of the Madeira sun, we arrived home for some long-awaited leave and a month’s maintenance period in late September.

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ix vi The RVO, Maj Carding, MBE, and ‘Sefton’ admiring cards from wellwishcrs

Capt Barclay and an Officer from the Guarde Republicaine


DARTMOOR ENCOUNTER OR A NIGHTMARE RELIVED by Oflicer Commanding ‘A’ Squadron ‘If he‘s bigger than you, put your fist up to his face and poke his eyes out’.—My mind had wandered back to the lecture the Regiment had received from a Corporal in 2]. SAS as part of our preparation training for Exerc1se Spring Clean. No one had believed. back in February in Windsor, that anyone could be unkind enough to really send us out on to Dartmoor in March to practise escaping and survival in enemy territory. But when words like ‘large packs‘, ‘killer dogs‘ and ‘mterrogation’ were overheard around RHQ. the terrible truth began to dawn. I can still recall the shock horror that rippled through the Squadron when more information leaked out. Noone was to be excused the exercise; we would be sleeping rough without tents; the SAS were out to get us and they had some unsavoury ways of treating prisoners. The final straw was the long-range weather forecast of rain and more rain throughout the period. By now the weaker brethren were showing signs of panic and even some of the older hands were observed to take on an air of forced bravado whenever the exercise was mentioned— which it was, frequently! Clearly no—one would go straight on to Dartmoor to be hunted by the SAS without some sort of warm—up. It was therefore no surprise to find the first five days of the exercise were spent canoeing in the sea, rock-climbing along sea-swept cliffs and navigating across the moor in rain, mist and fog. The canoeing was fine for those who did not overturn but most of us did. Those who did not, usually found themselves wading waist—high into the sea to rescue their partner who was upside down and gasping for air. The shock of cold water on the legs, not to mention anywhere else, was literally agonising. Navigation was by means of the Silva compass—an ingenious piece of plastic equipment with which veterans like the author were only vaguely acquainted, having previously used the prismatic version. The Silva compass is simple and accurate provided one relies totally on it and resists the temptation to follow one’s own instinct. It was a Silva compass which was in front of me now as I lay with my group of six—Lt Sutherland and four Troopers from ‘A’ Squadron Headquarters. We had been dropped off at the top of the area with the task of reaching a rendezvous at midnight. There we were to pick up instructions to get us across the ‘enemy’ area to friendly forces some 12 miles away. The first hazard was a long hard walk up the bank of a river, large packs biting into our backs, hands alternately hot or frozen, feet getting wet in the rainsoaked heather—morale taking a bit of a tumble. Added to this was the possibility of the enemy leaping down on us from behind the rocks on the hills either side. The river seemed to go on for ever and darkness was rapidly approaching, making map—reading increasingly difficult. Suddenly, a movement in the gloom and drizzle to our front. I froze and the party behind me halted and dropped to one knee. We peered through the twilight at a small group of figures standing on the river bank.

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I gambled that no enemy would stand around in the open, and moved forward towards them. It was COH Claridge and his group, more exhausted even than us, who had decided to call a halt and lie up until it was time to move forward to the rendezvous. A few mumbled words in the gloom. the wave of a hand at a recognised friend, the glow of a cigarette being inhaled between cupped handsfithen we were away into the night. When we finally halted the relief of resting and a few sips of whisky soon made us light-headed so that what had up till then been a nightmare quickly turned into a comedy farce. The first joke was trying to find a bit of ground to sleep on which was neither rocky nor saturated like a bath-sponge. Eventually we gave up and settled for a small hollow which provided some protection from wind and rain even though it appeared to be the source of several rivers. The second joke was trying to erect protective ground-sheets on a slope with no suitable ground for pegs. The third joke was trying to cook tactically with solid-fuel blocks, in a howling

gale which fanned the flames and cast giant shadows across the valley floor. At least, we comforted ourselves, we will be able to

sleep in the dry thanks to the polythene ‘envelopes’ the SQMC had made up for each of us to protect our sleeping-bags from the wet. All except Tpr Hows abandoned his groundsheet and unwrapped his envelope. Sleeping-bags were placed inside, pillows made out of

large packs, and weary, wet bodies were lowered into a paradise of dry quilt. After shifting position to get as comfortable as possible I pulled the bag up around my head, zipped up and, thankfully, closed my eyes. ‘Oh no!’ Mr Sutherland’s voice shattered the now— familiar sound of running water. ‘My feet are soaking.’ We all sat up and peered towards him. As if by magic the act of sitting up caused the SQMC’s jerry-built envelopes to split down the sides and ends putting us all in the same predicament as my companion. His sleeping-bag had for some time been protruding through the bottom of his envelope and now we all resigned ourselves to getting gradually wet and cold as the rain soaked through. Tpr Brooker decided to crawl under the groundsheet with Tpr Hows, turning the bivouac into a writhing, grunting, occasionally snoring cover for part of both of them. Mr Sutherland and I decided to sit the night out discussing mutual acquaintances in London. Tprs Roberts and Flanagan somehow managed to snatch a few hours’ sleep before the cold woke them and we all sat in a huddle praying for first light. It did not take us long to get on the move when dawn finally came. The moor was cold and uninviting; progress was hampered by peat bogs and the need to use ground for concealment. Rain alternated with sun. Wild marsh birds screamed at us and wheeled away on the wind as we invaded their territory. Legs ached and large packs got heavier. Thirst continually knawed at our throats. Twice we saw figures ahead of us and dived for cover until they had gone. No—one could be trusted when identification was impossible until it was too late. By midday we had covered half the distance and, by luck or skill, had remained undetected. We could see our destination but the route to it was overlooked by huge rocky outcrops. We knew that hidden some— where amongst them were the cruel searching eyes of our enemies. Slowly we edged our way along the line of a stream. Quite suddenly we spied another group of men moving parallel to us but half way up the side of the hill to our right. It was COH Claridge again. I ran over to him and arranged for him to stay put while my group made a dash for home. If we succeeded then we would call him up the same route by radio. If, God forbid, the worst should happen, then he could double back and try another route. “GET DOWN!~ One of our group had heard a helicopter moving behind us. We dropped to the ground and wriggled for cover behind a stone wall just as the chopper swung down into our valley and started to search the ground. My pulse raced in my ears. I could not resist glancing upwards through blades of grass at the evil machine as it relentlessly hunted us. I shuddered at the thought of being caught so close to home. For some reason the chopper disappeared as quickly as it had come and we were soon back on our feet and pushing on. Soaked in sweat, our lungs bursting, we piled on speed up the final re—entant as victory seemed ours for the taking. I glanced back at my merry band as we neared the top then suddenly I noticed a figure, the other side ofthe valley, running at top speed towards us. I looked harder and realised that there were four figures and an alsation—~the SAS! My first thoughts were for COH Claridge who was still down in the valley bottom awaiting my call. l grabbed the radio and told

Ablutions. LCpl Burbidge and Tpr O’Brien washing in a

mountain stream

him to go for his life up the route we had‘taken. ‘Don’t worry,’ he gasped, ‘we’re already inovmg.’ He had seen the dog team a few seconds earlier. Within five minutes my own group was home but we all remained in the area shouting warnings and en— couragement to COH Claridge as his team flogged up the hill in front of the closing enemy. The SAS, the scent of blood in their nostrils, seemed even fitter and faster than I had imagined. Our boys looked easy prey weighed down as they were with large packs and webbing. The suspense was shattering and we burst our lungs shouting to them to keep going. There is little more to tell. COH Claridge and his group reached home with about 100 metres to spare. The SAS melted away again into the mist, and we staggered to the transport to get out of the area. We learned later that eight of the Squadron had been captured. Despite two cases of hypothermia all had endured the hardship and sheer physical effect of the whole exercise with a toughness and resolution they are not often called upon to display. And me? Even now there are nights when l awake in a cold sweat having relived that nightmare week on Dartmoor in my dreams. 29


EXERCISE CAMBRIAN FUGITIVE by Captain B. W. B. White—Spunner In March of last year 21 SAS very kindly acted as the Hunter Force for the Regiment in an escape and evasion exercise on Dartmoor. To return the favour as it were, the Commanding Ofi‘icer naturally agreed with alacrity when their Commanding Officer suggested that the Regiment might act as Hunter Force for their own escape and evasion exercise, due to take place in mid Wales over the first week—end of November. With a lot of people still away on conversion courses and with ‘C‘ Squadron already on exercise at Thetford two depleted Squadrons, ‘A‘ and ‘B‘, together with an interesting assortment of attached troops, made their way to the Elan Valley, North of Sennybridge Training Area, to deploy throughout the Friday night ready for the staged escape of the SAS men from the cattle trucks in which they had been transported from London on Saturday morning.

Maj Rogers with Lt Watson and Tpr Conway from HCR V

The Bloodhounds also participated with great voice and enthusiasm although their enemy recognition was occasionally at fault, as a mountain ewe discovered to

her ultimate cost. The SAS were released from their train with nothing but a compass and half a map, briefed to move North through the area to an intermediate RV where they could collect the second half of their map and the location of their final RV. The Regiment‘s idea was to trap them in three positions as they moved up through the area, altering positions on a time scale based on the average runner. This plan proved to be a great success with the Commanding Ofiicer of 21 SAS being cap— tured relatively early and being joined at the Joint Services Interrogation Wing by nearly 50 of his men before the end of the exercise, which came half way

through Sunday morning. Everybody who took part. whether escapers or hunters, then gathered in the Cookhouse at Sennybridge Camp for a debrief and Curry lunch, kindly provided by 21 SAS, before departing for Windsor tired, in some cases bruised, but all having enjoyed a very different type of exercise in particularly beautiful countryside.

The Commanding Officer briefing the ‘hunters’

Our ‘Hunter Force” orbat was interesting indeed: attached to the Regiment was a Mounted Troop from Knightsbridge, a ‘section‘ of the Windsor Forest Bloodhounds with their redoubtable handler, Miss Linda Glover, a Squadron

of the Wessex Yeomanry,

Movement and Light Squadron of the Royal Engineers who provided searchlights, and a platoon of the Welsh Guards. The Cavalry proved to be a particularly enlightened tactical innovation or reincarnation, with the horses proving that however well hardened the two legs of the SAS may be, four are always faster in the end, although it must be admitted that four do sometimes prove rather an encumbrance when negotiating bogs. Equipped with service saddlery and manpack radios, the horses did prove invaluable operating in country that was impassible to vehicles, and captured SAS men were the first to admit to their value as ‘Shock Troops’.

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. A’ SQUADRON SNATCH PARTY Tprs Parker, Bradley, Lamble, LCpls Hows, Roberts, CoH Chamberlain, LCpl Barugh, CoH Gimblett

AU PAIR—FINNISH STYLE by Ct J. S. P. Swayne

l was offered the chance to visit Finland in September and early October of this year on one of the Army‘s exchange/au-pair schemes, and jumped at the oppor— tunity. lt transpired that I would be met at Helsinki by the Defence Attache (DA) and given a chance to acclimatise myself and sight-see. The following day, after meeting the British Ambas— sador, I was driven to the Finnish Army GHQ in Helsinki where I met my guide and interpreter for the next 12 days, Capt Havula. l was given a brief on what I might see and the structure of the Army and then I was taken to the War Museum for what turned out to be an absorbing glimpse into the historical background of Finland from Independence in 1909 to the present day. This included some time spent discussing the two major phases ofthe Second World War in which the Finns were involved; the Winter War and the Continuation War. in the afternoon of the first “official” day l was taken to the Cadet Officer School just outside Helsinki. 1 was able to watch the training and examine the equipment each cadet must wear and live in on exercise. I was treated with the never-failing courtesy I experienced in my whole time in Finland. The first day finished with a sauna, hotly followed by a trip to Helsinki to a disco! all in the line of duty. The next day we had an early start in our Army Saab, to Lahti, to visit a Cavalry unit stationed there. Most units are of Brigade strength and the only difference with this one was their transport, consisting of only trucks and some mixed BTRs, and that they were co— located with a logistics battalion. The sense of order and cleanliness is overwhelming and when one realises this is not confined to the military one appreciates how well organised the Finnish style of living is. In Lahti l was shown the enormous number of sporting facilities available to the Brigade, including a skijump, a huge running track and enormous indoor sports complex. I had dinner with the local Cavalry unit and was familiarised with some of their very old regimental customs; for example, when toasting visitors. all officers place one foot on the table as if mounting a horse! The rest of the Army side of the trip was most interest— ing. l was able to watch units demonstrate some remarkable guerrilla training tempered with standard military training. The sight of Field Artillery being deployed, or foreign tanks on a battle run with myself on the back. is likely to stay with me for some time! 1 was privileged enough to see almost the complete range of equipment the Finns have, from infantry carriers to various Main Battle Tanks and even discuss these equipments as soldiers do everywhere. In the Arctic Circle. where I visited my final camp before heading back to Helsinki. 1 met the most remarkably dedicated soldiers I saw in Finland, the Lapp Brigade at Sodankylii. These people are all recruited from the immediate area and must be able to fight in anything down to 30 degrees below zero.

Ct Swayne and Finnish T54 tank

I had my last sauna in Sodankylafia great affair with beer and marvellous reindeer stakes, but I cannot forget the sauna of 100 degrees being immediately followed by a dip in the river which currently languished at 20 degrees below (1 was thrown in).

When the interpreter and I left Sodankyl'ri for the train and the long ride back to Helsinki through the land the Germans burnt as they left, we were invited to stop on the way, to see the Great Reindeer Separation. This occurs hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town and involves the males of good quality being released. the previously—marked animals being counted, and their unmarked young being branded. with the occasional animal being butchered. Reindeer are Lapplanders‘ life and money and these wiry. tough little men do their job with great humour and verve. That was the last part of the journey and 1 don’t think anyone could ask for a better au-pair visit. One final event does stick in my mind. 1 was sitting in yet another sauna. sipping my warm beer when the C0 of the unit with whom I was staying, rushed in with several bunches of birch twigs and began to beat himself —this apparently increases the blood flow. To my horror he turned to me and with hearty shouts began to beat me too! Even as 1 covered myself and prayed for it to stop,l kept thinking. ‘1 hope to goodness no-one photographs this!‘ 31


THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1983 The Annual Dimer 1983 The Dinner was held at Windsor in accordance with the Rules and 360 members sat down to an excellent meal which was provided by the Regimental Master Chef and his staff. The dining room was beautifully laid out, the speeches inspiring and a really good time was had by all who attended. The Service Regiment are to be congratulated on such a great show. The Dinner is not due to be held in Windsor again until the Regiment are due to go abroad again, so it will probably be a very long time before we next dine in Combermere. Combined Cavalry Parade 1983 The Blues and Royals were the largest contingent on parade again and the WOs and NCOs Mess were excellent hosts to both our Comrades and those of the entire combined Cavalry. It was the last year in the appointment of the Commanding Officer, Lt Col A H.. Parker-Bowles, OBE, and RCM Lawson who both moved

on shortly afterwards. We would like to thank them for their help and support over the last few years, and to wish them the best of luck for the future. Standards Parade The year also saw the Regiment and the Mounted Squadron taking part in the Presentation of New Standards. This is being reported elsewhere in the Journal. It was nice to see so many of our members and their wives having the honour of meeting Her Majesty The Queen, our Colonel—in-Chief. The Association Bufl‘et Dance The first annual Buffet Dance was held in Hyde Park Barracks on Friday, 25 November 1983. This was a great success due mainly to the hard work put into it by the committee under SCM M Brown; but also the excellence of the Dance Band under the direction of BCM T. Whennell, the superb buffet prepared by the Master Chef, SSgt Mosten and his staff. Congratulations must also go to the 150 couples who danced the night away. In fact it was so successful that the 1984 function is likely to be fully subscribed and we may have to hold a draw for the tickets. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 1984 The Annual General Meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 5 May. The meeting will commence at 1800 hours, all members are encouraged to attend. Members are reminded that if they have a resolution to put before the meeting it must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks in advance of the meeting.

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AGENDA Minutes of the meeting 1983. Points arising from the minutes.

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Confirmation of the Accounts for the period ending 31 December 1983. Committee Matters. ((1) Under Rule 12 the following members are due to retire: Maj E. Payne, Mr H. Norris. Mr C. C. F. Crabb has regretably had to retire due to a move of employment. In accordance with Rule 12 the undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the committee: Mr J. Neill. MBE, Mr A. Beynon. Mr C. Mogg. Any other business.

Annual Dinner 1984 The Annual Dinner is due to be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 5 May. Dress: lounge suits. no medals. Bars will be open at 1730 hours. There is no accommodation available in Hyde Park Barracks but some may be bookable in the Nuffield Centre, or the Ex-Service Victory Club. Details of these are reprinted below. Applications for Dinner tickets will be limited to one ticket per member and only official guests will be allowed. The cost of tickets will be £500, but only £200 for members over 65 years of age. Should any member know of a Comrade who would like to attend but cannot afford the price of a ticket, please notify the Honorary Secretary who is authorised by your committee to give a free ticket to any such genuine case. To assist the Mounted Regiment with security, the Dinner ticket will be used as an admittance ticket to the barracks and only those in possession of a ticket will be allowed in. Tickets will not be on sale at the door. Ladies are not allowed to attend the Dinner butwill be welcome to attend the Mess afterwards. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday 6 May. Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne will take the Salute. The service will be conducted by the Chaplain General. Assemble on the Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East at 1050 hours. Dress: lounge suits and decorations. All those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade. As always your committee look forward

Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade Saturday 16 June 1984 A limited number of tickets should be available to the Association for the rehearsals and the actual parade. Members who would like to apply for tickets should please write to the honorary secretary who will send an application form. Please send a stamped addressed envelope. If you have had tickets during the last five years, please do not apply. Applications must be with the Honorary Secretary by 21 April 1984.

Remembrance 1984 (1. THE FIELD or REMEMBRANCE will open at 1200 hours on Thursday 8 November. Members are asked to assemble at the Regimental Plot in St Margaret's Churchyard at 1150 hours. Dress: lounge suits, no medals (should the weather be cold. wear an overcoat). 1). Windsor. The normal service of Remembrance will be held in the Garrison Church, Windsor, on Sunday

11 November. Tickets are available from the Honorary Secretary and those who attend will be welcomed back to the barracks by The Life Guards, those of Mess status will be able to use the WOs and NCOs Mess by kind invitation of the Regimental Corporal Major. 6. London. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park, at 1150 hours on Sunday 1 1 November. All members will be made welcome and the Regimental Corporal Major of the Mounted Regiment and his members will make all members welcome in the bar afterwards.

‘At Home’ Day 1984 The Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment has kindly invited the Association to join them for their Open Day at Stoney Castle on Sunday 23 September. This will start with the picnic lunch (available on repayment) and will be followed by the full programme

Accommodation in London. Two places are able to offer reasonable accommodation in the centre of London, details are reprinted here for

your convenience. Should you be looking for accommodation for some Association function during this year I suggest you apply for membership now. 1.

The Union Jack

Club,

Sandell Street, Waterloo,

London SE1 8UJ. This club has 417 single rooms and 43 doubles. Ex—Servicemen who served for at least two years are eligible to become members, the fees forjoining are £300 with an annual subscription of £200. If you are not yet a member you should write soon asking for an application form. 2. The Victory Ex-Service Club, 63—79 Seymore Street, London W2 2HF. This isjust by the Marble Arch in Edgeware Road. The joining fee is £575 and you will need to send proof of having served in HM Forces, it) a photo— copy of Discharge book. or something similar.

THE ROYAL HOMES The SSAFA Royal Homes for Officers’ Widows and Daughters, Queen Alexandra‘s Court, St Mary’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7DE, comprises 75 self-contained,

well fitted, unfurnished, centrally heated flats and flatlets on a mature four-acre site amidst gracious surroundings. There is a resident Warden (a retired Service Officer)

and a resident Nursing Sister for emergency medical treatment and care during short-term illness.

of mounted sports, etc. Food and drink will be available

and also a PR1 shop to sell Souvenirs. Do come along and support your Mounted Squadron. Fill in the application form.

Association Buffet Dance The Buffet Dance is due to be held on Friday 26 October 1984. Please return the proforma for more details and an application form.

Widows and Unmarried Daughters of limited means of deceased Officers of all three Services are eligible for admission provided they are between the ages of 50 and 70, and are fully capable of looking after themselves and their accommodation. The flats are rent free. but residents contribute towards meeting maintenance costs according to their means. Further particulars may be obtained from the Warden (tel: 01—946 5182).

to your support.

itlllrmufial jfunh —0£pt gamma (Kipper Visit to the Service Regiment 5 to 10 July 1984 The Commanding Officer and members of the Service Regiment in Detmold are kindly inviting 40 members of the Association to visit them for a long weekend in July. The coach is due to leave Hyde Park Barracks on the Thursday evening 5 July and return to London on the early morning of the 10th. Full details and timings will be sent out later. The cost of this visit will be £4000" per person and if the visit is over-subscribed a draw will be held. Fill in the application form if you are interested. *Int'lur/usfood and ucmnmmr/arion.

The Romsley Branch of the Royal British Legion have launched a Memorial Fund in memory of Tpr Simon Tipper who died as a result of the Hyde Park Bombing. Romsley is a small village near Stourbridge and was Tpr Tipper’s home. The purpose of the Fund is to endow Tpr Tipper’s old school, Longlands School,_Stourbrrdge, with a trophy to be called the ‘Simon Tipper Trophy for Tenacity of Purpose’. The trophy IS to be housed in a special cabinet with acrested honours board to record the winners. In addition the concert room of the British Legion Headquarters at Romsley [S to be refurbished and named the Simon Tipper Lounge. So far this small village has raised £1,300 which has covered the cost of the trophy, but funds are still needed to

complete the Simon Tipper Lounge. Any reader who would like to contribute tolthls memorial pl‘OJQCt is asked to send a donation or cheque made out to Romsley Royal British Legion and post it to the Vice-Chairman (ex-Royal Horse Guards), Mr lVlICHAEL PRICE, 30 WAVERLEY CRESCENT, ROMSLEY, WEST MIDLANDS. 33


Chartered A ccolmlanfs

HOGG, BULLIMORE & Co.

These representatives are willing to give advice or to assist in any way possible. They are not authorised to make money grants which must be referred to the Committee for approval. If, on studying the list you find that there is no representative in your area and you would be willing to act for the Committee, please send your name and address to the Honorary Secretary. Ntune

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Telephone Number

LT COL A. B. HOUSTON

Lintrathen Lodge, Kirrieinoir, Angus DD8 5J1

Lintrathen (50756) 228

LT COL C. G. M. GORDON

Ruecroft, Wombleton, Kirbymoorside, Yorks YO6 5RX

0751 31093

HON MRS FREEMAN-THOMAS

King‘s Wall. Malmesbury, Wilts SN16 98.) Grove Farm House, Knightingale Lane, Old Wardour, Tisbury, Wilts

Malmesbury (06662) 2338

CAPT R. C. BUCKNAII.

MAJ D. S. BARRINGTON-BROWNE

Cockleford Mill, Near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

024287 266

CAPT SIR JOHN HANMER, RT

The Mere House, Hanmer, Whitchurch, Salop

Hanmer (094874) 383

CAPT A. C. ROBSON

Parkside, St Aidans Road, Carlisle CA1 1LS

Carlisle (0228) 21866

CAPT J. W. M. MITCHELL

Parkend by Heck, Lockerbie

Lockmaben (038781) 275

MAJ C. W. J. LEWIS, MIIE

52 Homestall Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 OSB Haydown House, East Cholderton, Andover, Hampshire

01-693 2577

LT COL D. J. S. WILKINSON MR F. ASHTON MR D. BARNES

20 Quinton Park, Cheylesmore, Coventry 12 Bristowe Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM8

Coventry (0203) 503976 Chelmsford (0245) 72141 Godalming (04868) 4122

MR C. F. MOUG

MR R. A. NEWMAN

Combermere, 2 Blickling Close, South Wootton, King's Lynn, Norfolk

MR J. ROWLAND

18 Selby Road, Hollin, Middleton, Manchester 109 Hereford Road, Abergavenny, Gwent NP7 6AB

Abergavenny 3779

014368 8398 Edinburgh (031) 444 1127

MR E. MARCl-IINGTON

CF35 SHE January 1984

Weyhill 2276

38 Glendale Drive, Burpham, Guildford, Surrey 39 Propps Hall Drive, Failsworth, Manchester M35 OWB Mism, Ripplesdale, 18 Glebeland Close, Coychurch, Bridgend

MR A. C. HARDs Chile House, 20 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 98A

yeaI ended on that date.

H. DE PINNA WEIL

W. R. MARSH

We have‘ audited, in accordance with approved auditing standards, the attached Balance Sheet and Income and Expenditure Account and report that in our opinion these Accounts give respectively a true and fair view of the state of the Association’s atT rs at 31 December 1983, and of the surplus of income over expenditure for the

Hon. Yi‘eusln‘er

Hon. Secremrv

271,542 32

AUDITORS’ REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION

£68,788 21

64,562 45

68,788-21 Excess of Income over Expenditure

GENERAL FUND Balance at 1 January 1983

A.B.F. Loans

Sundry Creditors . .

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INVESTMENTS

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J‘,677-57

£71,542 32

£ 59,845-77

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59,845'77

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Manchester (0618]) 6712

Bridgend (0656) 861486 King‘s Lynn (0553) 674583

Eastbourne (0323) 20702

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MR E. J. WOODMAN, MBE

43 Filching Road, Eastbourne, Sussex BN20 SSD 396 Field End Road, Eastcote, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 9PG

MR J. MALLINSON

27/2 Stenhouse Gardens, Edinburgh EH11 3EN

MR D. P. YOUNG

37 Orkney Street, Spring Farm, Antrim, Northern Ireland BT41 2TQ

Massereene 68608 Thanet (0843) 43598

MR J. A. MATHEWS

37 Manor Drive, Birchington, Kent

MR J. L. LOCKE

Flat 5, The Croft, Hawkshead, Nl' Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 ONX 22 Green Lane, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on—Trent, Staffs STll 9LZ

Blythe Bridge (07818) 5700

3 Fairview Rise, West Dere, Brighton BN1 5GL Am Hechtstucken 10, 3180 WOB 31, West Germany

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EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR

EXCESS or INCOME OVER

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

Bufl‘et Dance

Regimental at Home Day

Standards Parade . .

Purchase of Comput ‘1‘

Cost of Magazine

Annual Report and Maya ine

Less: Miscellaneous Receipts

Printing

Postage 1Wisrcllnneonx [Sr/inst):

Auditors‘ Remuneration . .

Cost of Dinner Lents .' Sale of Tickets

A nnnn/ Dinner

Subscriptions and Donations

Grants, Assistance, etc. . .

EXPENDITURE

Deposit Account Interest

1,645.50

£2,754 11

£19,138-49

11,252 27

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Income Tax Recovered Dividends on Investments

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Subscriptions and Donations

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Name

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Brigadier

H. S. Hopkinson

Capt

A. J. A. Cubitt

Coopers, Woolstone, Faringdon, Oxon Chedwode Grange, Buckinghamshirc

CoH

W. A. Gunningham

2 Elm View, Ash Hill, Ash, Aldershot, Hampshire

Major

E. S. Gosling

Fox Hill, lnkpen, Berkshire Langdons, Newham, Gloucestershire

Rank

Tpr

G. F. Nash

SQMC

D. A. Allen

CoH

Soper

63 Blumficld Crescent, Slough, SL1 6NL 62 Trealow Road, Trcalow, Porth, S Wales 37b Lyngford Place, Taunton, Somerset

SSM

Bayliss

SCM W02

J. W. Smith C. F. Frearson

77 Grove Road, Windsor, Berks 84 Clarence Road, Windsor, Berks

N K

J. Lewis

9 Brookville Road. Fulham, London SW6

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C. H. Owen

Tpr

D. R. Kilby

Major

D Bowes Daly

COH

C. Rance

COH

Joe Lawrence

LCoH

A. Craig

COH

T. J. Hayden

Date died 10A03783

1 Francis Court, 130 Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth. 8H8 STR 123 Nimrod Road, Streatham, London SW17 Theglan House. Ballingary, Co Limerick 3a Lambirt Road, St Johns, Worcester 6 Warren Walk, Fcrndown, Dorset The TA Centre, Bolton Road, Windsor, Berkshire 34 Forest View Road, Walthamsto“, London E17 4EC

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SCRAPBOOK

The Major General inspecting the Barrack Guard during his vi to the Regiment

Tpr Pederson parading ‘Sefton’, winner of the Horse of the Year Award

Spectators at the Regimental Athletics Meeting

Lt Coreth briefing Officers from 2 En Parachute Regiment on exercise

SLOW, SLOW, QUICK, QUICK, SLOW The Quartermaster assisting W02 Parsons with the baton

LCpls Wright, Richards and Pitt

I Capt Kinahan and Maj Sulivan open the batting, SQMC Rumblelow prepares to bowl

Junior Officers relaxing during Regimental Study

Squadron

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Obituaries BRIGADIER H. S. HOPKINSON, M.B.E. by Major General Sir Roy Redgrave (late RHG)

The Queen speaking to Mrs Ward and [Col-I Ward, LCpl Dobie and LCpl Birch

The Colonel-in-Chief accompanied by the Colonel of the Regiment and the Commanding Officer,during her farewell visit to Combermere Barracks

From Flanders to the Falklands-

help us help them all

48 PALL MALL, LONDON SW1Y SJY /\ Hawaii-n11 m ,i w.

FALKLANDS CAM AIGN LECTURERS L to R: SCpl Stretton, LCoH Farmer, Lt Lord Robert lnnes-Ker

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It is 20 years since Harry Hopkinson produced the first edition of his regimental magazine, “The Blue’ in 1963. The cover had a picture of himself in Review Order taken down the gun barrel of a Saladin Armoured Car. Sadly, he died last spring, aged 59. He enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers in 1942 but was commissioned into The Blues to become an armoured car Troop Leader in the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment. He first saw action in the Normandy Bridgehead and made his name when after the break out, he captured two SS Generals and 185 soldiers in skirmishes near Arras. On 3 September he was in the forefront of the epic advance of the Guards Armoured Division to liberate Brussels. By lunch time he had reached the outskirts of the city accompanied by just one scout car, his own Daimler armoured car having destroyed five armoured vehicles and 22 trucks on the way. They ran into very heavy opposition, had their tyres shot away and were hit repeatedly by rocket launchers and small arms. He then became the first British officer to enter the city, which he did in style riding in an open staff car, with his crew sitting on the mudguards, but the rest of his escort were German SS troops. After many adventures he escaped and a few weeks later was again in action trying to get through to the parachutists at Arnhem. After the war he became an instructor at Mons Officer Cadet School and then returned to become Adjutant, first at Menden and then at Wesendorf. He set incredibly high standards with his own immaculate turn out, punctuality and sense of duty. He went to Staff College in Pakistan and his first staff job was GSO 2 in Cyprus, a tour which coincided with that of

Brigadier H. S. Hopkinson, MBE

severe radio problems to Corps Headquarters, and got the Russians to go home by telling them they were wasting their time. He subsequently returned to Cyprus to be GSOl at

the Blues on the island, 1957759.

HQ Middle East and then became Silver Stick, an

After commanding the Mounted Squadron in London he became the Commanding Officer of The Blues who had just moved to Herford in Germany. The Regiment came under great pressure learning how to handle new equipment and new tactics in order to carry out a new role. Harry kept calm, maintained the high morale of his regiment and trained them up to an exceptional state of readiness and efficiency. His unfiappable manner must have been put to a severe test when one night the Orderly Ofiicer received the dreaded code word to turn out the Regiment, and did nothing about it. Driving to work next morning through an unusually quiet garrison town, he found two officers from the Soviet Military Mission asleep in their car outside the barracks waiting to follow the Regiment to their new battle stations. He realised that he should have been over a hundred miles away, got the Regiment moving in 30 minutes, reported

appointment he held for nearly three years. After attending the NATO Defence College in Rome, he became

Chief of Logistics at HQ Allied Forces Central Europe, then Deputy Director of the Military Assistance Office in London and, finally the Deputy Commander of West Midland District. He retired in 1978 and took up an appointment with the Sales Division of Alvis. As a young officer he will be remembered too as a fine hurdler and an accomplished fencer; he was also a keen polo player. His kindness and concern for others endeared him to all who knew him. He had a delightful sense of humour and was invariably good natured however trying the circumstances. Steadfast on matters of principle. courageous in battle. true to his friends and to his regiment, Harry Hopkinson had a profound influence on the Household Cavalry and on the successful formation of The Blues and Royals. 39


W02 C. W. FREARSON by Maj A. J. Dickinson, Formerly Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

Charles Walter Frearson was born in Derbyshire in June 1920. He rejoined the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment in September 1942 and served with 2 HCR in NW Europe from 1944—45, in the ‘Blitz’ Troop of his Squadron. He was a fluent German speaker (hence his nickname ‘Fritz’), and after the war he was posted to No. 1 Information Control Unit, and afterwards served with ‘The Blues’ in BAOR until returning to Windsor in 1952. He went to Cyprus in 1956 and served during the EOKA emergency. He remained at Windsor after returning from Cyprus, serving in many roles, until his discharge from the Army in 1975 after 34 years‘ service. He thereafter served on in a civilian capacity, as Assistant Curator of The Household Cavalry Museum, until his sad death in 1983.

MAJ E. F. GOSLING By Brigadier R. Heathcoat-Amory, Late The Royal Dragoons

I first became aware of his capabilities when, as

Teddy Gosling died on 28 February 1983 after a short illness. He was commissioned in 1928 and joined The Royals shortly after, in Cairo, just before the Regiment moved to India. Teddy was first and foremost a Regimental Officer and contrived to spend nearly all his service with the Regiment taking a full part in every aspect of Regimental life.

Regimental Adjutant in 1957, I found him at Windsor involved with an embryo recruiting team. Regretfully, I found myself technically responsible! His own enthusiasm for this task was unbounded and throughout his travels in the UK I had no doubt that his efforts, and those of the display team, resulted in a most satisfactory supply of recruits, of a high standard, to the regiments. In 1966 I returned to the Household Cavalry as a Retired Officer. Maj-Gen David Tabor was then Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, and on his telling me my terms of employment, Assistant Regimental Adjutant and Records Ofiicer at RHQ and Recruiting and Curator of our Museum at Windsor, I realised that in order not to develop a split-personality I badly needed help at Windsor! Therefore, the Silver Stick agreed that Mr Frearson be appointed Assistant Curator of the Museum. It is not often that a round peg is actually put into a round hole, but this was achieved and proved to be a master stroke. The team thus formed, together with an old Blue, Mr Ben Goodacre, recently retired from his second career as postman at Windsor Castle, set about a complete reorganisation of the Museum, including creating a library, which took nearly two years to complete. The highlight for all concerned was when Her Majesty The ColOnel-in-Chief visited the Museum in 1968. The late Colonel of ‘The Blues’,

Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, was quoted as having said ‘There is no doubt that this is probably the finest Museum in the United Kingdom at this time“. This tribute was a great compliment to Mr Frearson‘s skill and ingenuity in the arts of display and presentation —a source that had been hitherto untapped. The Museum, in a way, became his life. To many he appeared a slightly forbidding personality. Behind this was a highly-strung, intelligent individual with a strong sense of humour. He was a gifted writer with regular contributions to the Guards Magazine and regimental journals—the Society for Army Historical

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with the Training Regiment and was very well known throughout the Royal Armoured Corps. It was March 1948 when due to the cutting down of establishments he was posted to The Royals, with whom he served until he completed his service in July 1954. During his tour with The Royals he did several ERE attachments with the Training Regiment and also with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. From the day he arrived in the Regiment be immediately settled down and took a great interest in all types of affairs and this included sports. He had been an amateur boxer of some standing and was always keen to ensure that the soldiers in his Squadron should have the best in tuition. A good disciplinarian, but always fair, and the welfare of everyone in the Regiment was of paramount importance to him. Blessed with a good sense of humour he was always good company and could be relied upon to be cheerful even in the most trying circumstances. He served in Egypt, India, North-West Europe and the BAOR; and was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette dated 4 April 1946. The Regiment was his life and his last wish was to be buried in a military cemetery and as a result he was buried at the Military Cemetery in Tidworth with representation and a trumpeter from the Regimental Association. Our sympathy goes out to his widow, Kathleen, and his family, and we appreciate very much the sad loss they suffered on ‘Babs’ death.

He particularly shone on the cricket field when he was

Research published his ‘Letters to Mr. Davenport’. as a booklet, in the late ’sixties. He was a meticulous researcher, an acknowledged expert on Household Cavalry history (in particular his own regiment) and on many occasions was consulted by the National Army Museum, the Household Brigade, the Corporation of the Royal Borough of Windsor, Television and Radio. His display technique was shown in an Exhibition he mounted ‘Soldiers of The Queen’ at Austin Reed’s Regent Street store, depicting early Victorian uniforms and relics of the Household Cavalry, which was given wide acclaim.

He was also the ‘ghost’ author of inumerable essays for junior oflicers who were too busy to write for themselves and who owed him an enormous debt of gratitude. However, it was as a ‘raconteur’ that I shall remember him best. In spite of many years of prompting to commit his regimental reminiscences to tape it was never done, but his stories, immensely funny, told without malice, were legion. A large congregation of serving and former members of the Regiments gathered at Slough for his funeral in May to pay their last respects. To his widow, Elsa, and his son, by a former marriage. our deepest sympathy is extended.

a member of the Regimental XI for many years, and bowled out a great many of our opponents with his deceptively easy-looking medium-pace bowling. During the war he again spent most of the time with the Regiment until just after taking over as Second-inCommand to his future brother-in-law then Col Tony Pepys in North Africa, they were blown up on a landmine while travelling in the same Jeep. Tony Pepys lost his foot and Teddy was invalided to hospital with lesser wounds. He was later posted as Second—inCommand of 61 Training Regiment RAC in England. Teddy will be remembered by his many friends as being a perfect companion in all circumstances and on all occasions. His ability to see the funny side of himself and everyone else with whom he came in contact precluded all pomposity from his nature and enabled him to enjoy life to the full. After tragically losing his first wife, Lucia, perhaps the wisest thing he ever did was to marry, in I955, his ex-Commanding Officer’s sister, .once Arkwright, as she then was. They lived a most happy life together in retirement until his sudden death last year when many of us, both young and old, as well as his relations, felt we had lost a rather special friend. SSM ‘BABS’ BAYLISS ‘Babs’, as he was familiarly known in the Regiment, was born at Kingswinford in Stafiordshire in May 1909. In July 1927 hejoined the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards and served in that Regiment until March 1943 when he was posted to the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. During the latter years of his tour with the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards he was employed as an instructor

SSM Bayliss


Sports Notes

COACHETROOP NOTES The Coach Troop has had another successful season. On the Coaching side there were wins at the Royal Windsor, South of England, and Great Yorkshire Shows. At the last two Capt Howard drove the Coach. There were the usual social events with four days at Royal Ascot, the Coaching Club Dinner at Hampton Court, and a repeat of the very popular Coaching Drive through Windsor Great Park, followed by dinner in the Officers” Mess. On the more competitive side the most notable successes of the team were fifth at Brighton and second at Osberton, followed by a creditable seventh at the

National Carriage Driving Championships with three members of the British Team below us. One of the highlights of the year was the extremely successful party which we gave in the Officers” Mess for the International competitors andjudges at the Royal Windsor Three—Day Driving Event. We were honoured by the presence of Prince Philip, Princess Anne, and many of their European relations. Finally, the thanks of everyone who has enjoyed driving, in whatever form, must go to LCpl Howe, and Tprs Watlow, Pendle, Dyche and Twyman, and, of course, our box driver LCpl Slade, all of whom have given up many of their weekends during the summer.

D. de B. Kinahan, and either SSgt Bryan or Cfn Pilbeam, entered the London District inter-unit squash competition. After two thoroughly enjoyable matches against Royal Artillery Depot at Woolwich, and Queen Elizabeth’s Military Hospital also from Woolwich, the team met MoD in the Final. Hopes were high that we

TENNIS The Regimental Tennis could hardly have been more successful as the endless use of the court throughout such a fabulous summer paid dividends. Four Regimental pairs entered the London District Regimental Doubles at Burtons Court: Maj D. M. Reed-Felstead and Capt D. de B. Kinahan, Maj G. T. R Birdwood and Lt J. A. S. Bernard, Lt N. D. Harman and Ct W. E. S. Carey, and Lt J. S. P. Swayne and Ct R. F. D. Fryer. Sadly, most pairs were knocked out early on but Maj D. M. Reed—Felstead and Capt D. de B. Kinahan got into full swing and had the great satisfaction of defeating the No 1 Household Cavalry Regiment pair of Lt Col A. H. Parker—Bowles and Lt A. J. Watson 6—3 6—2. ln the singles there was less success as all those that entered failed to go far. The fabulous weather and close proximity of the HCR helped to make it a most enjoyable two days. Maj Reed-Felstead and Capt Kinahan entered the Army Championships but sadly were knocked out early on in the Corps doubles. Capt Kinahan with Cpl Garner of the Royal Engineers battled through to the fourth round of the open doubles where the number one Army pair soundly defeated them. Meanwhile at Combermere the court was in use

would win but greater experience led to a 4—1 defeat,

almost every evening. The Gardening Oflicerzshould

Maj Reed—Felstead being the only winner. Victory was tasted not long after in the 5 Airborne Brigade Major Units Winter Sports Competition. The same team won comfortably 5—0 against both 2 Para and 3 Para but was made to work much harder in their 5—0 victory over 10 Field Workshop where most wins were gained with the narrowest of 3—2 victories.

have felt his ears twitching endlessly as abuse was hurled his way every time another ball disappeared into the thick thorny undergrowth cultivated all around the court. A new net and new netting was quickly produced when needed, and when the undergrowth was cut back enough balls to last the summer were unveiled. A thoroughly enjoyable tennis season by all.

THE OFFICERS’ AM) SENIOR NCOs CRICKET TEAMS CRICKET 1983 Due to the heavy workload early in the season, and the bad weather in May, cricket has been fairly restricted this year. The team, led by Ct Cotterell and SCM Lane, has a lot of new faces and some very promising talent. In the first round of the London District Cup we managed to beat the Household Cavalry Regiment convincingly with an excellent bowling performance by Tpr Dixon, but, despite having a stronger team for the second round we were sadly dispatched by the Depot Regiment, RA, who boasted four Army players. The notable batsmen in the Regimental team were Ct Cotterell, LCpl Evans, Maj Noble and LSgt Young; while the leading bowlers were SCM Lane, Tpr Dixon and LCpl Donnelly. Yet again, this year, the WO’s and CsoH Mess failed to beat the Officers’, in a hard-fought match; however, SCM Lane is planning his revenge next year. Other notable cricket victories this year were ‘C’ Squadron winning of the Inter-Squadron matches and the very satisfactory 2—1 defeat of 2 RTR at Lulworth by a composite team led by the Regiment’s answer to Boycott, LCoH Vickers.

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Maj Davies, LCoH Howe, LCpl Watlow at the driving championship at Smiths Lawn

SQUASH Sadly, due to the extremely large number ofcommitments for the Sabre Squadrons, teams could not be entered in the Army leagues. The court was, however, in constant use as the large number of squash players within the Regiment, swelled from interests originally kindled whilst in Cyprus, made extensive use of it every lunch time and every evening. The number who now play in the Regiment almost merit applying for a second court to be built. A team consisting of the Commanding Officer, the Second-in-Command, Maj D. M. Reed-Felstead, Capt

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LCpi Burbidge and friend at a charity race

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During the summer months all members of the team were playing in a lot of civilian low and medium goal polo, especially Lord Robin which certainly helped in the next tournament, The Captains and Subalterns. In the first rounds we beat The Royal Air Force and The Life Guards. Lt Sutherland disappeared and LCoH Jackson stepped in. After a large lunch the final against the Queen’s Own Hussars started with large Regimental support. It was a very close game played in the pouring rain, won by one goal. It was the best match to watch of the season and was a memorable way to finish the year’s Polo. The Polo season would not have been possible without the marvellous support of LSgt McBride and his team at Flemish Farm, to whom the players extend their thanks.

THE REGIMENTAL TEAM, RUNNERS-UP IN THE INTER-REGIMENTAL TOURNAMENT Lt Lord Robert Innes-Ker, Lt Sutherland, Capt Hadden-Paton.

Lt Col Parker Bowles

After a disrupted 1982 season due to the Falklands Campaign, the 1983 season was started with great optimism with practically the whole Regiment back in Windsor. The season started with an invaluable beginners’ polo course run by Maj Hugh Dawnay at Combermere Barracks. Regimentally it was attended by Cts S. Cowen and H. J. Pitman and LCoH Jackson. It was a great help to be able to start playing so early in the season. The first tournament in which we were involved was the Inter-Regimental. The team comprised Ct H. J. Pitman, Capt N. Hadden-Paton, Lt H. Sutherland and Lt Lord Robin Innes-Ker. After a succession of needle games the team defeated The Life Guards and The Royal Navy and found themselves in the final against the favouritesfiThe Welsh Guards. The team developed throughout the season, as Lord Robin’s millionaire shots became more accurate, Capt HaddenPaton’s long runs along the sidelines became less like the flight of the wayward frisbee and as Lt Sutherland‘s endeavours in front of goal were no longer dangerous but deadly. Lt Col A. H. Parker Bowles kindly stepped out of polo retirement to play in the final instead of Ct Pitman who was in Hong Kong. The final was a very close game, but sadly the Regiment lost, largely due to the outstanding efforts of Maj Watt, Welsh Guards, mounted on very fast ponies. Next on the agenda in the Polo Calendar was the annual groom’s match played on 26 May. The Household Cavalry team included the following Blues and Royals: Lord Robin Innes—Ker, LCoH Jackson and Tpr Finch. Sadly, Tpr Liddle had not joined the Polo Stables at Flemish Farm by that stage. The Foot Guards won 4—0 and were presented their prizes by Mrs Eyre. It was a very successful afternoon, and enjoyed by all.

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REGIMENTAL ATHLETICS DAY, 26 JULY 1983 Recollections by Ct R. F. D. Fryer

To the casual observer this year’s athletics day must have resembled an event out of the last century. The band played and the sun beat down on the track where athletes competed in a wide variety of runs, relays and field events. The Meeting took place at the Guards Depot sports field where there were ground stalfto mark out the lanes and also proper facilities which are not available in Windsor. The QMs department starred in every way by setting the scene: an Officers, a WO’s and CsoH, and a Junior Ranks Mess were erected, with ample seating

facilities and refreshments, and the Regimental Band played throughout, a bold effort considering the perfect summer weather. The atheletes arrived at 9.00 am with the remainder of the Squadrons brought down by bus to support and encourage, including many families who came, too. The first event to take place was the high jump. There were some bold efforts in this event, including that by LCoH Mackenzie but it was Tpr Symonds who won. LCoH Martin powered round to victory in the 400m Hurdles followed by Tpr Ford who apparently had never performed in this event before. There were two more field event finals before lunch, the longjump and discus. Once again LCoH Martin performed well, but it was Tpr Smith who leapt the furthest, beating Ct Fryer by only 3 cm. The heats of the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m promised dynamic finals after the lunch break.

Ct Fryer long-jumping into second place

The first long-distance final, the 1500m, was won by Tpr Foulkes beating Tpr Symonds to second place. Tpr Kent starred in the 3000m Steeplechase with Tpr Tucker in hot pursuit, and a spirited effort was made by Maj Birdwood. The 200m final even tempted Ct Cotterell, but it was won by Ct Pitman with LCpl Hayward-Jones coming second. LCpl Parker won the 800m, Tpr Foulkes coming second; and Tpr Hodges beat Tpr Kent to win the 400m final. The quickest man in the 100111 was Tpr Smith (is there no stopping him?), followed by a fairly sharp performance from Tpr Welles. Having completed the finals of the major events, it was time for the more amusing competitions. There was

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The Major-General and Mrs Eyre With the Blues and Royals members of the Household Cavalry Grooms Team Left to Rig/n: Tpr Finch, Lt Lord Robert limes-Ker and LCOH Jackson

THE GUARDS FREE-FALL TEAM It would be remiss not to mention the Free—Fall Team. Members who have done so much to put the Pathfinders on the map. You, 700 could boo/c them for yom‘fete/ 24306560 LCoH D Spencer came third in style event at the Army Parachute Championships, is a British Team Member and represented Great Britain in last year’s world championships in Czechoslovakia. He is now still a member of the Army Parachute Squad. He has also been to the World Army Parachute Competition in Bavaria, where he came first in the accuracy. He has also been award the German Gold Parachute Wings. Number of Jumps—2,000-p1us. 24256749 LCpl Platt has achieved first place in the Metropolitan Police Accuracy Meet, which was held this year. He is now also a qualified Private Pilot and hopes to go to the Army Air Corps. Not only has he got his instructor’s rating, but he now holds a Parachute Rigger Licence and has done well over 1,300 jumps.

35 years old or more; and W02 Lane powered through

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An hour and a half had been put aside for lunch allowing enough time for stomachs to settle. While this was in progress the Tug—of-War competition occurred. Due to pure beef and weight, HQ Squadron pulled their way to victory. After lunch, Ct Pitman won the [[0111 Hurdles beating Ct Fryer by a second. It must be pointed out that Maj Birdwood also put a lot of work into this event, and performed admirably. During this excitement, Cfn Titterington won the shot, beating LCpl Parker. Tpr Smith (yet again) won the Triple Jump, beating LCoH Mackenzie; LCpl Donnelly hurled his spear further than LCpl Parker to win the Javelin: LCpl Hayward-Jones won the Discus: and a surprising second place went to Capt Field who turned up at the last minute to ‘have a go’.

ANXIOUS MOMENTS FOR THE SPECTATORS L m R: Tpr Dear. Maj Birdwood, RCM Fortt, Tprs Prunty. Morris and Arthur

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Notices

‘SEFTON’ by Connoisseur of Malvern Connoisseur of Malvern have produced a limited edition sculpture of ‘Sefton‘ carrying a trooper in State Kit. The model is of fine bone china with platinum and gilt finish and the sword and scabbard are of solid silver. It is l8in long and 22in high and the edition is limited to 25 copies. The model has been approved by Lt Col Parker Bowles and the Household Cavalry Charity will benefit from the sales. The recommended retail price for the model is £2,950 each, including VAT. Furl/Mr details can be obfainedfi‘om: Connoisseur of Malvern Ltd Grundy’s Lane Malvern Wells

Theo Fennel]

Worcestershire

Maj Birdwood holding the Inter-Squadron Shield

OFFICERS’ MESS SILVER In order to enhance the value of the Servicing Officer’s Trust, the Trustees have agreed that a certain amount of Silver will be put up for sale. The proportion of silver being sold in comparison with the total holding of Regimental Silver is very small. The Trustees have selected pieces which have not been in general use for many years and which, in their opinion, would be better converted into money in order to boost the income available from the Trust. It is hoped that about £10,000 will be raised from the sale. All items of silver are now available for viewing at: Sydney Street London SW3

Telephone 01-352 7313 to victory only narrowly beating a stunning performance by the Commanding Officer. ‘A‘ Squadron won the 4 X 100m Relay, and ‘C’ Squadron the Prince of Wales Relay. The Chain of Command relay race provided more than a few laughs, and it was W02 Fox and Maj

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Anybody who is interested should see the silver and lodge their bid with Theo Fennell. Depending on what response is received, the silver should be distributed by the end of 1984.

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Kent

Reed-Felstead, with the assistance of a wheel-barrow

who brought victory to ‘B‘ Squadron in this event. The day had to go to Tpr Smith (‘A’ Squadron) as the best overall athlete who excelled himself in three major events, and ‘C’ Squadron won the Inter-Squadron Athletics Shield. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable meeting, and our thanks must go to Mrs Smith-Bingham

for presenting the prizes; to $81 Bryan and Maj Reed— Felstead for the overall organisation; to W02 Triggs for some very lively announcing; and to all members of the QM‘s department for their hard work in setting up the whole show. SEFTON—The Story of a Cavalry Horse By Maj J. N. P. Watson (late RHG) Souvenir PressfiLondon £8-95 Review by Capt B. W. B. W/Iite—Spulmer

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL LEAGUE A muster of holders of the above award is to take place in 1984 to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of the award by Queen Victoria in 1854. [t is hoped that the occasion will be a Royal Ceremony of Remembrance and Re-dedication. The date of the muster is yet to be decided. It will be on a weekend in early autumn 1984 at either Windsor or London. Any holder of the DCM, interested in further details,

should contact the president: Major .1. C. COWLEY, DCM 17 Lower Ward Windsor Castle Windsor, Berkshire

Mr Clark, who retires in 1984, as gardener at Conibermere Barracks after 23 years’ service

Mrs Barbara Woodhouse, ‘Rats’, ‘Sefton‘ and Tpr Pederson at the opening of the ‘Animals in War’ Exhibition at the Imperial War

Museum

Maj Watson has written a unique and very detailed account of the life of a Troop Horse in The Household Cavalry for which he uses ‘Sefton‘ as his model, Had it not been for the tragedy of 20 July 1982 ‘Sefton‘ would, happily. have enjoyed no more kudos in the public eye than any of his contemporaries but Maj Watson uses the tremendous publicity that he received to its best advantage in portraying the life of horses in the Household Cavalry in general and in the Mounted Regiment in particular. As an ex-Squadron Leader of the Blues Mounted Squadron he writes with considerable authority and a welcome accuracy of detail so often lacking from previous works on the Household Cavalry. His photographs are excellent and his involvement of so many of the personalities concerned. in most cases the result of interviews, gives the book a quality of its own. It is also particularly pleasing to know that the profits from the sale of the book are being contributed to the families of the victims of the bomb attack.

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Letters to the Editor

SHORT HISTORY OF THE STANDARDS OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

FROM AUSTRALIA

by Maj G. H. TWEEDIE, Commanding The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron

‘On 19 May 1983 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 presented new Standards to the Household Cavalry on Horse Guards Parade.’ This brief news report though admirably accurate does not reveal anything of the long, complex history of the Standards of the Household Cavalry. The aim of this article is certainly not to provide a complete history, but simply to highlight the most important chapters of the story, leading up to this most recent Presentation of New Standards. All the four Regiments which make up, through amalgamation, the present Household Cavalry trace their history back to the Restoration of King Charles II

A letter was received from Mr R. J. Harris, Treasurer of the Guards Association in South Australia. He enclosed the picture (right) of five Ex-Blues at a reunion dinner

in 1660/61. All have borne Standards or Guidons or both L 70 R : John Bowen, David Gwyne-Harris, Peter Fielden,

Capt Jack Sylvester, Arthur Budgen WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHO IS WHICH?

since then, though the numbers carried, colours, sizes and embellishments have changed frequently. The Royal Regiment of Horse raised under the Colonelcy of Aubrey de Vere, Earl of Oxford in 1660,

which was to become the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) was formed with eight Troops. The King’s Troop carried a very large Standard, and the seven other Troops had ‘Cornets’ of a more modest size. All were crimson

and one with the Regimental monogram ‘RHG’. The two Regiments of Life Guards each carried one Sovereign’s and three Union Standards which is of course exactly the same as was presented to each Regiment of Household Cavalry onl9 May 1983. In addition, William IV presented a Guidon to The Blues in 1832. This Guidon, which is now in the Household Cavalry Museum, is of crimson damask, with a

total of six battle honours. In the centre it bears the Royal Cypher of William IV with an ‘Albert’ crown (a German style). At the four corners there are St Edward’s crowns and at the base is the Regimental monogram. The finial of this unique Guidon is a silver gilt figure of ‘St George Slaying the Dragon”. A request in 1880 to have it replaced was sadly refused on the grounds that it was a personal gift of William IV. It was carried for the last time on a mounted parade in 1887 and finally, dismounted, at the unveiling of the Queen Victoria Memorial in 1911. However, since 1969 The Blues and Royals have again carried its Guidon, with its own long and separate but parallel history. The Household Cavalry were issued with new Standards

fringed with gold and silver, with cords and tassels. in 1833,

Between them the seven cornets required 40 ounces of gold thread, 8 ounces of silver thread and 34 ounces of silk to embroider them. There is no record of the amounts used for the King’s Standard. Each bore a distinctive Royal badge, and were carried on lances with gilt finials. In 1685, a ninth Troop was formed which also carried a similar standard. By 1717 there were still nine Standards though now all of the same size. One bore the Royal Arms, a second

the Crown and Royal Cypher, and the Union Badge was on the other seven. The Union Badge then consisted of a common stalk with the Rose and the Thistle ensigned

A letter was also received from Mr William Brady enclosing the photograph (above) of Chelmsford Troop, The Blues, taken at Combermere Barracks in July 1962.

They are: Back Row: Tprs Shepherd, North, Forsythe Front Row: Tprs Brady, A. N. Other Are they still reading the Journal?

GUESS WHO? From page 26. Answer Maj (Retd) O. M. Price! See also photographs on pages 24 and 27

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The picture (above) shows In-Pensioner Fred Cook (RHG 1922410 and 1939—45) and Fred Cook a wax model made for an historical display at Windsor Station. Which is the real Fred Cook?

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Regiment had been reorganised into three Squadrons, each carrying one Standard. The first bore the Royal Arms, the second the Crown and Cypher and the third a Union Badge. A fourth Squadron was formed in 1794. Its Standard bore the Regimental monogram ‘RHG’. A common design for the Standards and Guidons of the Household Cavalry and Royal Horse Guards evolved in 1815, though the Royal Horse Guards did not formally become Household Cavalry until 1827. It was also at this time that the first Battle Honours, Waterloo and Peninsula, were added. Full details of these Standards are contained in a report dated 1824, prepared for the Lord Chamberlain’s Department containing drawings of the Standards and Guidons of The Life Guards and Standards of The Blues. This shows that the Royal Horse Guards carried four Standards; a Sovereign’s Standard bearing the Royal Arms, a Union Standard showing the Union Badge, one with the Royal Cypher ‘GR’ reversed and interlaced

1853 and

1887. Undoubtedly, there was a

further new issue early in the reign of Edward VII, but there is no record of the date. Subsequently, new Standards were issued in 1912 and now for the first time since 1815 the Union Standard of The Blues could be differentiated from those of The Life Guards because of awards of the battle honours, Warburg, Beaumont and

Willems to The Blues but not The Life Guards. The first Presentation of Standards by the Sovereign to the Household Cavalry was on Horse Guards in 1927 by George V. The Blues received one Sovereign, two Union and

for the last time, one Regimental Standard. Subsequently, in 1953 and every decade thereafter, both Regiments of Household Cavalry were presented with one Sovereign’s and three Union Standards. Nevertheless, the old Regimental Standard was carried up to 1965, when it was laid up in the Household Cavalry Museum. The old Standards which were on parade on 19 May are now to be laid up. Indeed the Sovereign's Standards of both Regiments are now laid up in Holy Trinity Church, Windsor. The Union Standard which was damaged by a terrorist bomb on 20 July 1982 in such tragic circumstances has also been laid up in the Guards‘ Chapel, above a memorial tablet to those killed by the blast. Since 1953, new Standards have been presented every 10 years. The ceremony of presentation by The Queen is a splendid opportunity to emphasise in every decade the close ties which bind the Household Cavalry to the Monarch. It is very much to be hoped that the next Presentation of Standards will take place in 1993.


Nominal Roll as at October 1, 1983

DETMOLD, BFPO 41. SOME BACKGROUND NOTES

HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON RHO. Lt Col J. D. Smith-Bingham

by Maj P. B. ROGERS

Maj T. J Sulivan Capt W. R. Rollo Capt D. do B. Kinahan Capt B. W. B. White-Spunner Capt M. R Coreth

In February 1984, the Regiment started a five-year tour in 'Detmold, West Germany. The aim of this short article is to give those members of the Regiment or Association who have never been to Detmold. some idea of the town and its surrounding area. Detmold is the same latitude as Leicester in England and it has a population of about 68.000, including outlying villages. It is situated about 100 miles South West of Hannover and 75 miles from the East German Border. Just over 100 miles due East of Detmold. in East Germany. is Magdeburg which has been Headquarters of the 3rd Soviet Shock Army since it halted there in 1945, after the relief of Berlin. To counteract the Soviet threat, the NATO line of defence in West Germany stretches from the Baltic in the North to the Swiss Border in the South: lst British Corps, together with German, Belgian and Dutch Divisions, is situated in the Northern half of Germany,

while the Americans and Germans are in the South. Detmold Garrison comprises three barracks and a wide variety of units. The Household Cavalry are always stationed in Lothian Barracks, which is an old German Horse Artillery Barracks standing on its own on the Northern edge of the town. Although Detmold is situated on the North German Plain, it lies in the lee of the Teutoburger Wald, an attractive wooded line of hills which are the only prominent feature for many miles in any direction. Apart from vast coniferous and beech forests. most of the area is arable and grazing farmland, with a network of small villages and traditional farm buildings. The first impression one gets of this part of Germany is the Size and space compared with England. Most houses are considerably larger than their British equivalents and almost all are detached with a garden or orchard. They are all of at least two storeys, with sloping roofs to combat snow and large cellars. A second impression is of the neat, tidy and ordered way the Germans keep their villages, and of the obvious forethought which goes into new building to avoid the excesses of style and contrast so often seen in Britain. There is no heavy industry in the area and possibly because of this and because of the predominance of agriculture and forestry, one frequently sees scenes more reminiscent of ancient fairy tales than of the bustle and progress of a modern industrialised state. In other words, horse-drawn vehicles, cobbled streets and mysterious forests live alongside Mercedes cars, three-lane autobahns and huge shopping centres. Detmold is in the county or ‘krcis’ of Lippe and was for 700 years an independent Princedom. In the centre of the town is a 14th-century moated castle or Schloss as well as a famous Music Academy where Brahms once 50

taught, a theatre and several museums. There is also a modern pedestrian shopping precinct, including branches of C & A and MacDonald’s Hamburgers! There are five main estates of married quarters for British Servicemen as well as schools, Naafis, sports facilities. etc. All Germans learn English at school so that conversation with younger ones is easy. Although it is not always so easy to communicate with older Germans. most solders can get by with the same cornbination of gestures and signs used by many previous generations. Germans of all ages, particularly away from Garrison towns are invariably friendly and generous. They are also proud of their country and in order to maintain the high standard ofliving, they have a number of laws which need to be quickly grasped. For example, it is forbidden to hang out washing or mow the lawn on Sundays or to wash a car parked in the street. There are even specific times of day when lawn—mowers or electric drills may be used! Apart from learning new by-laws, readers may be wondering ifthere are other pitfalls to serving in Detmold. There is no doubt that the level of professionalism of the Army is such that to keep abreast of the various conflicting demands. all ranks work extremely hard with many weeks” separation. living in the field, and many restrictions on movement caused by the requirement to be ready to go to war at short notice. Also, Detmold is 5 hours. drive from the Channel Ports and 8 hours from the Alps. so that a disproportionate amount of leave time is spent simply travelling. The climate in Detmold is more extreme than in England and although the summers can be very hot, it is not without reason that Detmold is sometimes known as ‘Wetmould’. However,

despite these problems, the town is much liked by the Regiment and most Blues and Royals agree that if you are going to be stationed in Germany, Detmold is the place to be.

Tpr Jones, G. Tpr Parkin, S.

Pte Stephenson, M. Pte Winder, A. J.

0M(T) Department Capt J. A. Livingstone

Stables

SCpl Stephenson, W. CoH Partis, J.

W01 Fortt, R A. W02 Sturrock, V. CoH Bourne, N. W. CoH Giblette, J. E.

CoH Stickells, J. LCOH Towse, J.

LCoH Beynon, K. E.

LCpl Pieter, |. M. LCpl Robinson, A J. Tpr Greenwood. |. S. Tpr Harwood, M C. Tpr Jones, E. Tpr Spandley, J. P.

LCOH Callaghan, K. J. LCOH Hammond, B. LCOH Seget, M P. LCpl Bates, S. LCpl Donnelly, M. LCpl Hodges. P. H

LCpl Williams, G. Tpr Kellett, N. RHQ Troop SCpl Davies. 0. J. LCoH Farmer, G. LCoH Rees. M. N.

LCoH Robertson, M. LCpl Brooks, C. R. LCpl Carney, R. J

LCpl Challinor, |. D. LCpl Lilley, MA. LCpl Pitt, C. M. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Armstrong, M. L. Cooper, B. Dear, A. M. Johnston, R. P. Monson, R. E. C. Payne, K.

LCpl Kitchen, R M,

Tpr Quinn, A. D. Tpr Renton, R. W. Household Cavalry Hospital

Lt Col J, P. A. Page LCpl Thompson, D. R. Tpr Rookes, D. R. Training Wing SCpl Stacey, M. B.

Tpr Shatliff, T. W. Recruiting Team LCOH Johnson, A. D.

GW Troop

Lt M A. Patterson

LCpl Heath, 8. M. Tpr Sycamore, A. J.

SHQ

Officers’ Mess

Maj J. Shaw Mai H. St. J Holcroit

SCpl Murray, B. CoH Seager, C. R. LCOH Loft, C. L. LCpl Cross, P. R. LCpl Mitchell, P. J. LCpl Rogers, A. Tpr Brown, S. M. Tpr Cook, G. R. Tpr Finch, D. S. Tpr Phillips, M.

LCoH White, A. C.

CoH Harman, B R, LCoH Davies, W V.

LCoH Morris, S Tpr Ellison, M J. Tpr May, C. S. Tpr Smith, T. G. QM Department Capt J. Peck W02 O'Halloran D A. CoH Bond, B. T. CoH Hyndman, W. T

CoH Timmis, R LCOH Butcher, J. D. LCoH Goodyear, A. LCpl Cawley, M. J,

POSTSCRIPT NOW WE KNOW! (from The Financial Times, September 1983)

MT Troop Capt A. W Korsting

Sailors beware From an Ohio newspaper: “He passed out of the British Military Academy at Sandhurst at the age of 22 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Life Guards (the British equivalent ofthe United States Coast Guard”).

SCpl Hughes, K. C. LCOH Beresford, D. LCoH Haley, C.

LCoH Scarrott, J. F. LCpl Needham, J. W. F.

Tpr Byrne, J. Tpr Davies, S. A. Tpr Dyche, M. A.

LSgt Cole, M. J. LSgt Masterson, P. G. Pte Brierly, D. R.

LAD attached to H0 Squadron Capt S. T. Tetlow

W01 Howell, R. J. W02 Duty, S. 8891 Holmes, P. R. SSgt Sloan, G A. SSgt Moore, A. R. Sgt Allen, R. C. J. Sgt Bondzion, H. G, Sgt James, G. C. Sgt Scurr, |. P. Sgt Whelan, T. P.

Sgt Wilson, G, R. LSgt Gill, A. LSgt LSgt LSgt LSgt LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Gaw, D. Granville, K. S. Jackson, G, M. Young, G. A. Harding, H. M. Roberts, 8. Dabinett, J, A. Sharpe, A. M. Tulloch, A. J. C.

LCpl Willis, F. T. Cfn Brailey, S, M. Cfn Burton, S. P. Cfn Campbell. R.

Cfn Chisnell, l. C. H. Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Lockyear. J H. Millward, M. D. Stenson, M. P. Titterington, S. B.

Cfn Wheeler, D. P. 'A' SQUADRON

CoH Wright, P. A. LCoH Kent, M. R LCpl Lashley. A. D. Tpr Bradley, L. P. Tpr Darby, | Tpr Hayes, J. P. Tpr Hoyle, C J Tpr Lowen, G L. Tpr Morris, l Tpr Underwood, G 4 Troop Lt S. H. Cowen CoH Gimblett, K. LCoH Carpenter, T. LCoH Lawson, P. J.

LCpl Kingham, G. M. Tpr Atherton. S J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Brockhurst, C. R. Drinkwater, l R. Lamble, P. H McKinney, B. A Parker, D. M Pembroke, M J. Perkins, D. C. Shea, M. Turnball, S J. Waterhouse, D. R.

5 Troop Lt J, A. S. Bernard CoH Guest, J R. LCOH Clavering, M LCOH Taylor, M. R. LCpl Matthew, G. S. Tpr Hancock, N. P. N Tpr Hodges, G A. Tpr Hodgson, G. Tpr King, N. D. Tpr Newman. P. R. Tpr Saunders, P. J. Tpr Snell, 8. Assault Troop Lt J D McKelvie SCpl Stretton, P F.

SHQ

LCoH Baldwin, A G

WOs and CsoH Mess Staff

Maj P. B. Rogers Capt T. C. Boles

SCpI Scammell, J. A. G.

W02 Villers, L.

LCOH Mackenzie J G. LCpl Barclay, R. J. LCpl Gulley. N.

CoH Hutton, R. J.

CoH Buxton, R. P. LCOH Hart, N.

LCpl Eyre, R W. Tpr Ellis, D. A. Tpr Gray, D. E. Tpr Proffit, M. J. Tpr Smith, |. D.

LCpl Hollingworth, K. P. LCpl Nixon. R, J. LCpl Painting. N. Tpr Beard, J. M. Tpr Clark, P. C. Tpr Jordan, M. D. Tpr Knibbs, P. M. Tpr Moody, S. C. C. Tpr Simkins, A J. Tpr Thomson, D. P. P.

Maj N, B. Noble SSgt Docherty, D. Sgt Reid, T. A.

SSgt Bryan, D. C.

Tpr Phillips, B.

3 Troop

Ct S. D Jacobs RAPC

APTC Admin Troop SCpI Buckle, R. M. C. CoH Perry, S. J. LCOH Murrow, F. A. LCoH Watson. J M. LCpl Young, T. J. Tpr Lister, B. Tpr Naylor. S. J.

Jobling, D. Oxtohy, K. J. Shaw, G. S. Smith, P. R. Townsend, P. Woolfenden, A. L E.

Holdee

W02 McKenna, D. P.

LCpl Cooper, D. R.

Tpr Voyce, D. C. Tpr Widdowson, A. R.

W02 Holt, M. L.

LCoH Jackson, J.

W02 Triggs, J, BEM

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Provost

CoH Wilcox, N. P. W. LCpl Havard, D. S. T. Tpr Cox, T. A. Tpr Magowan, C. G.

ACC

LCoH Tabor, B. LCpl Barugh, S. M. LCpl Baxter, M. J. LCpl Brooker, D. M. LCpl Burbidge, A. LCpl Davies, P. G. LCpl Hows, P. P. LCpl Sheppard, M. R. LCpl Wright, K. A. Tpr Flanaghan, T. J. Tpr O'Brien, W D. Tpr Roberts, T.

LCpl Harris, A M. LCpl Martin, S. M. LCpl Mason, K. J. LCpl Richards. M. J Tpr Brainwood, C. J Tpr Consadine, M. R Tpr Coombes, P. Tpr Crooke, E J. Tpr Custerson, G. M. Tpr Davison, R. T. Tpr Foot. J. P. Tpr Gautrey. D. S.

Tpr Halfhide. P. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Hibbert. G C. Jones. A. McEwan, E. McLoed. S.

W02 Spring, R. C. Sgt Player, R. B. LSgt Brimicombe. J. C.

Tpr Sulley, P, L.

LSgt Carberry P. M. N.

1 Troop

Tpr McNeil, A D.

LSgt Neal, J. P. LCpl Conroy, G. P. LCleones, B, J. LCpl Lyness, B. W. LCpl Hughes, M. J LCpl Watson, K,

Lt E. B. S. Mountain CoH Chamberlain, D. A. LCOH Sandercock, J. M.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Pte Bartlc , J. R. Pte Keers. G Pte Powell, G. G.

Tpr Thomas, D. F.

LCoH Willacy, F. S LCpl Nicolson, D. R. Tpr Bell, M.

Tpr Elliott, L. J. Tpr Gibbons, S. F. Tpr Hunt. P. J.

Mills, S. J. Morrison, 0 R E Nunn, M. C. Peeling, R A. Pittman, G W. Robertson, K Sayer. A. M. Worrallo, D J. Young. D. Y.


Admin Troop SCpl Finch, P. SCpl Claridge. D. J.

SCpl Wall. B. CoH Baker, K. H. LCoH Andrews, D, S. LCoH Hudson, K. LCpl Stephenson. A.

LCp| Brown. M. LCpl Day, K. R. LCp| Gaskell, N, Tpr Hastings, G. K. Tpr Hogan. C. J.

Tpr Holdsworth. J. Tpr Neary, S, J. Tpr Pilchowski, G. W.

LCp| Webb, A. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Cox, D. W. Douglas. D. Doyle, W. M. Jones, A. Watt. A. A.

LAD attached to 'A' Squadron

SSgt Bailey. R. E. Sgt Berw, R. L.

Surv Troop

LCoH Maher. V. P. LCp| Dickens. J, P. Tpr Cropp. M. S. Tpr Dowson, A. Tpr Foulkes, T. J, Tpr lbbotson. T. Tpr Pielou. S. A. R. Tpr Smart, K. A.

LCoH Barry. P. K,

SHQ

LCoH Harris. S, K. LCoH Sisson, P. J.

Maj H. T. Hayward

LCpl Smith. N. A, Tpr Brown. G. R. Tpr Cranlield, S. M. Tpr Dillon. R. S. Tpr Farmer. A. P. Tpr Rudin, J, D, Tpr Suter. P, B, Tpr Terry. S, M.

Tpr Wall. D. M.

QM Department

Lt Col W. R. Marsh CoH Hyett. S. P, Tpr Brown, M. J. Tailors Shop

W02 Law. K. 3 Troop Ct W. E. 5. Carey

CoH Miller. D. G. LCoH Allen, K. B. LCoH Greenaway, C. J.

LCpl Jones, T.

LCp| English, T. Saddlars Shop

LCoH Vickers, S. A.

W02 Hatherall. B. S. CoH Perrin. J. G.

Admin Troop SCpI O'Gorman. P, W. P.

LCp| Parker, J. T. Tpr Davies. l. S.

LCp| Lawson, M. G.

LCoH Hastings, A. P, LCoH Nolan. G, B.

Tpr Giddings, M. L.

Medical Centre

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCoH Hayward-Jones. J, A.

Sgt Fulcher, A, T.

LSgt Taylor. K, C. R. LCp| Weedon. M. C.

W02 Bellas. E. N. LCoH Nisbet, R. J. LCp| Care, C. C.

LCpl Hoyes, S, W. C.

Cfn Butler. K, S. Cfn Hammond, G, P. Cfn Still, A.

'B' SOUADRON SHQ Maj D. M. Reed-Felstead W02 Fox. G. A. LCoH Blackburn. S. LCoH Dunkley, G. M.

LCoH Jervis. J. M. LCoH Masson. T. R. LCoH Reynolds, B. J. LCpl Dawson. K. A. LCpl Morrall, B. D,

Tpr Eyers, S.

LCoH Tapsell. G. K. LCpl Bayliss. S. L. LCp| Davies. H. P. LCpl Fugatt. P. R. Tpr Atkinson. P. C. Tpr Binks, M. J. Tpr Cottee, T. K. Tpr Ellis. K. L. Tpr Falco. R, A. Tpr Horwill, N, Tpr Leeson, B. Tpr Lee. A. N, Tpr Lloyd. K. S. Tpr Murphy, D. Tpr Pendlebury. D. Tpr Robinson. M, S,

Tpr Hendon. B. V, Tpr Joyce, P. A.

Tpr Clement—Shipley. J.

Tpr Landy. M.

Tpr Smith, G. B.

Tpr Round, S. J. Tpr Rutland. D. J.

Tpr Trow. S. P.

Horner, D, S, Mardon, A. D. Mathieson, J, G. Morris. B. W. Peckover, L. G. Symons, C, G. Webb, A.

1 Troop Ct R. J, Onslow CoH Hunter. H. W. LCoH Garfirth, J. F. LCoH Simpson, P. W. LCpl Lambert. K. R.

LCp| Mitchell. M. D. Tpr Hoare. M. A. Tpr McGuire. P. Tpr Nichols, M, T. Tpr Parsons, C. D. Tpr Schofield, D. A. Tpr Taylor. R, 2 Troop

Ct H. R. G. Cotterell CoH Wendon. H. LCoH Manning. R. P.

LCoH Robertson. A. S.

LSgt Bayston. N. R. LSgt Hutchings. A. Cfn Coats, C. Cfn James, P. Cfn Powell, B. M. 'C' SOUADRON SHO Maj G, T, R. Birdwood Capt C, C. Bucknall

W02 Lane. E. L. CoH Bowden. T. J. LCoH Kent, G. S. LCoH Mawer. J. LCoH Rose. A. J. LCp| Austin. H. S. LCp| Dewer, J. T.

Lt N. D. Harman CoH Morgan, D. W.

LCoH Ashby. B. LCoH Cowton. K. LCoH Elliott. C. D. LCpl Hiscock. D. R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Baguley, G, Barlow, C. G. C. Deccico, A. A. Morley, J, D. Perry. M. A. C.

Tpr Seed. I.

MT Troop LCoH Kirkpatrick, |.

Tpr Findell. M. J. Tpr Hardwidga, N. D. Tpr Moule, J. D. Tpr Perkins, M. J. Admin Troop

SOMC Harkness. P. J. LCoH Waterman, A.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCpl Birch. G, LCpl Flynn. M. J.

LCoH Atkinson, L. LCoH Harris. P. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr McCarley. A. Tpr Morris. M.

Tpr Simmons. D. P. Tpr Young, J. P. 4 Troop Ct J. C. Tanburn

Arthur, T. P. Charles. P. M, Crocker. P. S. Matthews, K. T. Merriman, S. C. Molyneux, D. T. Pycroft, A. G. Stace. P. F. White—Phillips, G,

SCpl Rose. C. W.

CoH Harris, R. LCoH Fernley. C.

LCoH Ward. S. A.

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Dugdale, P. A. Elliott, N. 5, Holdsworth, K. R. Logie. B. W. Spandley. J. P. Stones. l.

Tpr Watson. T. A.

LCpl Kershaw, E. D. Tpr Maxwell. P. G.

2 Troop Ct J. S. P. Swayne SCpl Evans. B. R, C.

LCpl Brooks, K. LCp| Bissett. |, N. LCpl Flower. P. J, Tpr Pitt, N, R. Riding School

LCoH Baston. C. G.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

1 Troop Lt M. G. Wellings CoH Harding, M. A.

W05 and N005 Mess LCoH Robinson. R. D.

LCoH Rushtonh, D, LCpl Monks, K. A. Tpr Bartlett, M.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

CoH Gregory. M. J. LCoH Fisher, J. C. LCoH Mardon. T. A.

LCoH McGarry, P. LCp| Ervine, O. M. LCpl Jones. T.

Officers Mess

Tpr Booth. A. N,

3 Troop Ct R. F. D, Fryer

Provost Staff

LCoH Goodall, B. LCpl Smith. P.

SCpl Kennard, S. D. A.

Tpr Carrington, D. W. Dixon, D. Fowler. M. R. Hellewell, G. P. Kent. P. Miles, D. M. Young. P. C.

LCp| Boyd. D. R.

CoH Rogers. L. D, LCoH Martin. W.

Tpr Burton, B, Tpr Cowton. I, A.

LCoH Wheatley, G. LCoH Whiting, B. J. LCp| Brennan, N. J. Tpr Jones. C. Tpr Clark, B. Tpr Edgington. D. Tpr Welsh, S, Tpr Lofthouse. M. S, Tpr Massie, M. Tpr Miller, C. J. Tpr Wood, 0. H.

Tpr Bradley, D. A. Awaiting Ride

Tpr Wood, D, J. Tpr Wood, G.

Sgt Swaby. R. M. LCp| Gray. S. J. LCpl Heap. M. J. LCp| Lewis, G. D.

Cfn Coelho, A. J. Cfn Pilbeam, T. H. THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS SOUADRON

RHQ Capt A. J. Miller-Bakewell W01 Clayton, J. W. Tpr Peat, A. D.

Tpr Singleton, M. D,

LCp| Maddern. K. D. LCp| Phillips, A, LCpl Rex, J. P. Tpr 8999, C. W. Tpr Clayton, D. J.

Tpr Daly. |, S. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Duckham. J. W. Ellis, A. J. Graves. J. B. Home, A. R. Kennedy, W. S.

Tpr McLeod, R. J. C. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

McCarthy, S. Pederson. M. Pope, J. P. B. Pratt. P. A. Stafford. P. R. Sullivan, S. A. Taylor. J. R. Tims, D. R. Wright. A.

Musn Gilder. V,

Farr Kendrick. K. Farr Smith, P. J. Farr Tilley. A. M. E.

Melton Mowbray LCp| Graham LCp| Mitchell, P. J. LCp| Storey, A. J. Tpr Freeman, M. A. Tpr Goodwin, M, Tpr Hinton, D, M. Tpr Measures, S. Tpr Utley, S. F. Tpr Wright, S. P,

Windsor LCpl Stokes. L, Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Chalmers, A, P. Coulson, A. P. Culton. D. J. Jones. C. R. Jousiffe. A. P. Nichols, F. E. Rawlings, T. E. N.

2 ADS

Musn Ballworthy, P. J.

SCpI Standen, D,

Musn Kinsler. G. L. Princess Marina College RHQ Household Cavalry

CoH Rushton, D. M.

W02 Weston, A. J. SCpI Chillingworth, G. CoH Freeman. K. R. LCoH Hammond. D, J. LCoH Howland, A, R.

Household Cavalry Hospital

Tpr Thwaites. B. Tpr Wight. M. A.

Kuwait Liaison Team W01 Sibley. S. F.

Guards Depot W02 Sayer, C. J. SCpl Giliingham, S. N. CoH Henney, P,

CoH Reeve. A, D.

3 Troop

Lt E, H. Hanmer CoH Lampard, B. D. CoH Mead, l. CoH Wasp, G. LCoH Dyson, A. LCoH Long. A. LCpl Hunter, D.

Training Wing

LCoH Bubear. A. J, Coach Troop CoH Cliff, A. TprTwyman, M, D. THE BLUES AND ROYALS MOUNTED SOUADRON SHQ Maj G. H. Tweedie Capt T. P. E. Barclay W02 Brown, M. R. SCpI Mackenzie, |.

CoH Lock, M. J. LCpl Fletcher, S.

LCp| Cooke. A. W. Tpr Armstrong, P. R. Tpr De Vere Walker. G. P. E. Tpr Edwards, D. J. Tpr Foster. C. M. Tpr Francis. L. M. R. Tpr Gladstone, R, P. J. H. Tpr Harding. P, Tpr Hudson, K. I. Tpr Liddle, P. Tpr Latino, V. A. Tpr Murphy. 5. P. Tpr Robers, A. M. Tpr Scott. N. P. Tpr Sowden, D. G. Tpr Tunnicliffe. S. Tpr Williams. L. G. Tpr Willis. K. Tpr Young, A. J. Musn Alderson, D. J,

CMTT Uganda

W01 Midwinter, J. C.

RHKR (V) W01 Smart. R. E.

CoH Pendry. T. A. LCoH Munton, N, C. LCoH Laidlaw, A. V.

12 Cadet Training Team W01 Pomroy, H. S. J.

LCoH Spencer, D. W. A,

RHO Royal Yeomanry SCpl Rumbelow, H. W.

LCoH Wood, C. LCoH Booker, A. LCoH Budge. R.

LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH

Cross, A. D. Steeden. J. Firth, P. Dobbie, G. Rendall, R. E. J.

LCpl Flatt. W.

Holdee: W01 Lawson, P. B. W02 Harris, D. F. W02 Weeks. N. C.

LCp| Whopples. G. V. LCpl Harris, P, D.

W02 Garvey. J.

LCp| Broughton. A. D.

W02 Greene, B. F.

LCp| Summerfield. S. R.

SCpl Taylor, K. A.

LCp| Saunders. N. J.

BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS Maj B. T, Keeling

LCoH Johnson, K, P.

CoH Kilvington. J. A.

Household Cavalry Regiment

LCpl Ford, H. LCp| McDonald, A.

BATUS W02 Stacey. M. P. LCp| Mills, R. J. Ministry of Defence W01 Sproats, R. J. SCpl France, A. G. SCpI Greer, R. D. AClO Burnley SCpl Catlin, D. G.

ACIO Stoke CoH Armishaw, P. D,

LCp| Norris, M. J. W. Tpr Brown, G. R,

RMAS

ACIO Leeds CoH Maskell, P. M.

W02 Whennell, R. A. W02 Parsons, A.

SCpI Sackett. N. P, CoH Hague. S.

SCpl Tanner, R. W,

CoH Quinn. T. J.

ACIO Bournemouth CoH Mellor, D,

LCpl Gibb. A. G. J.

CoH Thompson, S. P.

Tpr Buchanan. C. R. Tpr Thompson. G.

AClO Brighton

CoH Orritt. CoH Baines. S. L. E. LCoH Brammer, M. LCoH Packer, F. J. LCoH Marsh. P. LCoH Bower, V. LCoH Stevens. M. P. LCoH Burroughs. C. J, LCoH Connaughton. K. J. P.

LCoH Stanton, G. W. LCp| LCp| LCp| LCp|

Guy. S. C. Jones, P. Hayward, M. R, Avins, J. M. G.

Musn Allport. N. M.

LCpl Bulmer, l. R.

LAD attached to ‘C' Squadron

SSgt Neal. K. P.

2 Troop Lt A, J. Atkin CoH Barber. P. E. J. CoH Taylor, A, D. LCoH Gregory, J.

Ct H. J. Pitman

LCoH Wynne, D. A. Tpr Armstrong, D. R. Tpr Boden. P,

Westgate. N. Halewood, P. Hone, P. W. Mayers. R, P. Tucker. E. C.

LCp| Tuxford. P. Tpr Banks, M. Tpr Birkett, M, J, Tpr Cowling, J. M. Tpr Dickens. P. L. J, Tpr Edwards, M. L. Tpr Hamilton, P. A. Tpr Kibble. L. J. Tpr Kinniburgh, G, L, Tpr Montgomery. J. K. Tpr Nash, J. M. W. Tpr Reed. 5. L. Tpr Seddon, C. J. Tpr Sharratt, J. Tpr Twort. N. M, Tpr Williams. C. J. Tpr Yorke, G. A,

LCoH Smith. M.

Tpr Hennessy, A.

Tpr Bond. D. E.

LCp| Dick. l. S.

Lt L. M. J. Kisielwski-Dunbar CoH Pitt, 0. J., BEM CoH Rushton, D. W. LCoH Gear, D. J, LCoH Clarke, R. H. LCoH Maplesdon. H. J. L. LCpl Allen. A. L.

JLR RAC

LCpl Bradley. C. D. Riding Staff W02 McGregor, D. LCoH Haywood, C, T.

6 Troop

LCpl Hodges, C. J.

LCp| Dobie. R. J. LCp| Evans, J. A,

1 Troop

LCp| Polkey. F, C. LCp| Scruton. C. LCp| Watson, K. R. A. D.

4 Troop

SSgt Williams. K. Sgt Jellis. K. L.

Pharmacy Maj Carding MBE

Farriars LCoH Garland. D. J. LCoH Chalmers, A. W.

W02 Smith, B,

Tpr Prunty, G. J. LAD attached to 'B' Squadron

Grooms Tpr Hunstone, A,

Tpr Musgrave. R, A.

LCpl Walton, S. P. Tpr Hancock, K.

CoH Pentith, T. HQ LONDIST

LCoH Gratton, A. E. LCp| Bridgewood, J. E. 'C' Squadron Royal Yeomanry

W02 Reid, H. SCpI Smith, D. A. CoH Gardiner. R. L. CoH Breakwell. T, R.

Biscoe, J. J, Biscoe. P. R. Cairns. P. J. Dawson. K. J, Francis, T. R, Haywood, P.

Musn Kitching. S. Musn Mayhew, K. P.

Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn

Mitchell. L. T. Paine, N. J, Reid, A. R. Searle. M. J. Wall. S. J. Williamson, J.

MVEE (Kirkcudbright) SCpI Muff, A. E.

LCoH Stubbs, D. J. Tpr lronmonger. D.

Tpr Fry. C. N.

HO UKLF SCpI Proctor, B. E., BEM

RAC Gunnery Wing BOAR W02 Chapman, L. C.

7 Cadet Training Team CoH Wilde, G. E.

Musn Bellis. E. Musn Billington, H. R.

Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn

RAC Training Regiment Catterick CoH Coutts. A. J. D. CoH Grimes, F. C.

HQ Episkopi Garrison

LCoH Swindlehurst, M. K. Attached LG CoH Douglas. M. R

LCoH Hammett. M. A.

Clarence House CoH Preece. D. C, F, Munster Saddle Club LCpl Hammond. W.

LCpl Watlow, M. J. MVEE (Chertsey) RAC Centre Gunnery School

LCp| Millington. R J.

W02 Adams. K. G. SCpI Manning. M. J. CoH Elsey, S, R.

ITU (UKLF) LCp| Kirkwood. W. J

CoH Porterfield. A. Kneller Hall

Tpr Elston. P. B. QOMY

Musn Haddock. R, Musn Harmsworth. C. T. Musn Pegler. C. N,

Tpr Herring, M R. RAC Centre D and M School W02 Fisk. P. E. SCpl Williams, B. R.

Riding School Musn Thornborrow, A.

AAC Centre CoH Bryan. K. E.

RAC Centre Saddle Club SCpl Forester, R. W.

RAC Sales Team

CoH Cook. M. F, JMW Pirbright Musn Gandy. R.

JLR RAC

Musn Howe, R. B. Musn Palmer. 5,

CoH Kearns. B. J. LCpl Frith. S. C.

W02 McEvoy, J.

Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland Tpr Hyde, J. R.


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