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LIEUTENANT COLONEL H. W. DAVIES Colonel and Gold Stick: General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB, DSO, MBE, MC. three Regiments. Secondly, it has been decided that, for operational reasons, these three Regiments will be

Lieutenant- Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel J. B. Emson

in the Third Armoured Division, and as a result we

must therefore move into their divisional area of responsibility within BAOR. We are fortunate that it has been agreed that we can move into Athlone Barracks, Sennelager. This is a hutted camp, which has been

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel H. W. Davies

completely modernised over the last few years and which provides excellent accommodation both for equipment and men. The facilities in general are markedly superior to those in Detmold. I believe, therefore, that the Regiment will be consider-



ably better off as a result of the move. We will in due course lose a squadron but this is more than offset by the issue of Challenger to the Regiment during 1987 and by the superior barracks into which we are moving. I am sure that in contrast to many line cavalry regiments we have achieved an excellent deal, and you will be pleased to hear that the Regiment are looking forward to Challenger and the move to Sennelager.

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Diary of Events 1985 A Squadron Notes . B Squadron Notes... C Squadron Notes ........ . DSquadron Notes ., .... Command and Support Squadron Notes Household Cavalry Museum HO Squadron Notes

LAD Notes


Mounted Squadron Notes Guards Depot Notes


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Band Notes. . . . ... Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Wives' Notes .................... . . . .. The Blues and Royals Association Report... Visit of the Association to the Regiment Obituary ............ ., . .

Adventure Training Sports Notes , The Winter Essay . .. . Warburg —the story of a Battle Honour ., Oscar Wilde's Trooper . . ., Scrapbook 1985 .. .. Nominal Roll

Household Cavalry Manning and Record Office

The Cover is a picture of The Royal Dragoons painted by Simkin which hangs in the WOs and CsoH Mess

The last year is covered in detail in the Diary of Events and I have little to add to that except to say that the chance to carry out a good deal of Adventure Training has acted as a tonic to the whole Regiment following the pressures of 1984. The most important event in 1985 has, however. been

the announcement that the Regiment .will move to Sennelager in 1986. The reasons for this appear outwardly to be complicated but in reality are fairly Simple. First, the number of Challengers which are being bought dictates that there will be three Regiments in BAOR with three as opposed to four sabre squadrons, and In order to balance the size of establishment between Windsor and Germany the Household Cavalry Regiment serving in BAOR has been chosen to be one of these

Diary of Events 1985 The diary of an Armoured Regiment in BAOR, being structured as it is around certain events, tends to repeat the same pattern from year to year. Troop Training on Soltau followed by Battle Group Training, Annual Firing. a Medicine Man Exercise in Canada and an FTX in the autumn. This cycle poses three serious problems. First, it means that there is too little time for Individual Trade Training. Secondly, that families can be apart for up to six months of the year and lastly, that soldiers serving in Germany for tours of up to six years get very bored. There are two moves afoot to improve this package. First we have tried to encourage more Adventure Training and expeditions abroad. It will, hopefully, become clear from the ensuing articles that these have been enterprising and enjoyable. Secondly, the new Corps Commander’s policy is to reduce the training commitments so that we can concentrate on doing less but doing it better and with happier Regiments. January was, as normal, a bitterly cold month, but sadly there was not enough snow to benefit the skiers. We had a lot of soldiers on Exercise Snow Queen in Bavaria which proved to be a good holiday despite the lack of snow. The last fortnight of February we spent Troop Training in Soltau which was the coldest Exercise any of us could remember with temperatures falling to —28°C. It was difficult to achieve a lot as it became more a survival Exercise but some interesting problems were posed such as plastic jerry cans cracking when the water froze, suspension units being smashed by the frozen ground, and the water content of the petrol freezing in the vehicles’ fuel tanks. In March RHQ and Squadron LOCONS deployed on Exercise New Ground for a week to practise command post procedures in the country between Detmold and the Weser. This was a warm-up to Exercise Main Brace. the Divisional CPX which took place at the end of the month and in which RHQ moved almost up to the Dutch Border. April was dominated by Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel, the 4th Division Reece Concentration which the Regiment was responsible for running. The Regiment‘s commitment was very large, but the Exercise went well. At the end of April we all departed for l0 days“ block leave. Sadly, April was marred by the tragic trafiie accident in Sennelager when a 4-tonner overturned, killing Tprs Dillon and Webb. Their obituaries follow later. We returned from block leave with only a week until Battle Group Training, which started at Soltau on 27 May. We lost B and C Squadrons to the lst Bn Royal Regiment of Wales Battle Group. and we gained C Company of l RRW in our own Battle Group. We proved to have been very lucky to have been brigaded with l RRW with whom we struck up an immediate affinity. June was a festive month in which both Messes held excellent dances. The Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess led with their outstandingly successful ‘Waterloo Ball” on 23 June. It was held in a marquee on the football pitch and was timed to coincide with the visit of the Association. We were sad not to see

Maj Lewis but it was very nice to see such a well-supported visit and all the members in such good form. The Ofiieers‘ Mess held their dance on the following Saturday which was. likewise, a great success. July saw the Regiment split again with A and D Squadrons and Reece Troop going to Hohne for Annual Firing and B and C Squadrons and GW Troop going to Canada with l RRW Battle Group. Annual Firing was a great success and we were fortunate to be able to complete Capt Sibley‘s Firing Plan without too many Range Fires. After Annual Firing, A and D Squadrons departed for block leave again whilst B and C Squadrons prepared to move out onto the Prairie. August was a quiet month in Detmold but a busy one in Canada. B and C Squadrons and GW Troop all did very well at BATUS although they found the Medicine Man ‘Package’ rather too rushed to be as enjoyable as the older hands remembered it. Everyone returned in the third week of August for a few days before departing on block leave again on 10 September. One high point was the visit of the new Corps Commander who came to visit on 23 August. September was an even quieter month with threequarters of the Regiment away. The horses came in from grass in the first week of the month. D and HQ Squadrons both mounted Border Patrols. The relative calm of September was shattered in October which proved to be a hectic month. We were delighted to be visited by the Colonel of the Regiment and Lady Fitzpatrick from lst to 4th. They were both in excellent spirits and spent a very happy two days seeing the barracks and talking to a large number of the Regiment. On 9 October we had a Potted Sports Meeting that was won by A Squadron and, on the 12th, the Weser

Vale Hunter Trial at Bredenborn before our deployment on Exercise Quarter Final, the Divisional FTX, on l4th A

a fast—moving Exercise that was very much enjoyed by the whole Regiment. One interesting facet of the Exercise was that we had 10 American soldiers from llth Armoured Cavalry attached to us. They occupied crew positions in the tank Squadrons and Reece Troop and we started what we hope will prove to be a continuing liaison. We returned to Lothian Barracks to find the new Tank Hangars still not ready and half the Square being re—concreted. Block 3, where B and C Squadrons live, and the Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess are due to be started in mid-January so we will face our last year in Detmold with two Squadrons living in Elles Barracks. We were visited by the Major General from 20 to 22 November. It was a poignant visit as it was the Major General‘s last to the Regiment and he was presented with an engraved silver salver by the Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess to mark his retirement. December seemed to be maximum ski-ing month with soldiers departing on Exercise Snow Queen, on the Regimental downhill team and on the Regimental Langlauf team.

A Squadron Notes


A Squadron has had a busy but rewarding year. Training in the field apart, no less than 37 members of the Squadron have completed a course of one sort or another connected with our armoured role; and the whole Squadron, except those away on courses managed to pass their St John Ambulance Certificate exams at the end of the summer. We have had our gladiatorial triumphs and the Squadron has been away on adventure training of one sort or another. In January a number of soldiers were away ski-ing on Exercise Snow Queen in Bavaria while the remainder of the Squadron carried out trade training and prepared the vehicles for PRE— the periodic examination by the REME. In February we spent the last two weeks at Soltau, our training culminating in motoring to Hohne Ranges where we fired in a Regimental urgent target competition which was won by SHQ Troop. Although it is mentioned elsewhere, the cold during these two months was intense, and during our time at Soltau the temperature plummetted on one or two nights to —28°C. In barracks there were braziers on the Square for the crews doing maintenance and at Soltau, not being issued with cold weather equipment, fires were lit and tank engines were run at night to prevent the diesel from becoming useless. SCM Murray’s thermometer became a sort of shrine and the Squadron did not move until it had risen to ~10°C in the morning in order to avoid frost-bite from wind chill. Although

two members of the Squadron had to go into the warm for 24 hours with cold feet it is greatly to everyone‘s credit that we suffered no cases of frost—bite. Further trade training occurred in March while in

April the Squadron was involved in two duties. Some assisted D Squadron in their Site Guard at Sennelager. On the last day there was a tragic road accident in which Tprs Dillon and Webb (not from A Squadron) were killed and in which LCpl Underwood was seriously injured. Thankfully he has now made a full recovery. We were also involved in Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel, the Divisional Reece concentration being run by the Regiment. Here Capt Swayne made his debut as Squadron Second in Command, replacing Capt Bucknall, whom we congratulate on his promotion and move to command D Squadron. After 10 very welcome days of block leave we returned to Hohne in May to commission fire our tanks with the new fin stabilised round. We then motored to Soltau for Battle Group Training during the only two sunny weeks of the year. In tandem with D Squadron we acted as enemy for B and C Squadrons in their warm-up for Canada with l RRW Battle Group. Here tank crews discovered an aptitude for landscape gardening manifested by digging in their tanks; the most notable were CoH Guest and LCoH Hollingworth who produced some very attractive blends of eampion and ragwort which could well have claimed ‘Best of Show‘. Light relief was provided at our Smoker by, among others, LCpl Hows who, in his own inimitable fashion, gave a running commentary on how the Squadron was getting on and how his Troop Leader, Ct Ward-Thomas, was coping with no radio periodically—not always an act of fate. In July the Squadron returned to Hohne for Annual Firing, our preparation for which had been assiduously 3



LCoH Lawson, CoH Guest. Sgt Price, Sgt Adams, SCM Murray

masterminded by CoH Guest and LCoH Lawson. The usual combination of range sweeping, early morning safety briefs incorporating Capt Swayne's pneumonics for the day and armament accuracy checks had everyone cutting about and in the right frame of mind to kill targets. Unfortunately, we failed to peak in time to win the John Tucker Memorial Trophy and while the award went deservedly to the winners, Three Troop D Squadron, we are also proud of Four Troop for coming third in a very close contest. At Hohne we lost a number of the Squadron who went to Canada to help B and C Squadrons, the most notorious being Tpr Dalrymple for reasons best not recorded here. A large hole was made in the Squadron with the departure of LCpl Kingham who carries our good wishes with him in his search for wider horizons in civilian life. One of the highlights of our time at Hohne was the visit of our wives, and those of Recce Troop who arrived one Sunday by coach. We were delighted to be able to entertain them to lunch al fresco and to show them the mechanics of a tank Troop going down a battle run and other activities that make up the life of a Squadron in the field. Perhaps the main attraction was the wives” driving competition organised and judged by SCM Murray. It was won by Mrs Roe. During July and August the Squadron took leave during two periods, and went adventure training by Troops. Many went into the Harz Mountains while Four Troop visited historic castles on the Rhine and possibly some of its other associated attractions..The fact remains that they appear to have caused quite a stir with their collection of hats. During the same period we sent four members of the Squadron Adventure Training in Corsica, which IS recorded elsewhere. . On the sporting side A Squadron proudly carried off the Regimental Athletics Shield at the Regimental Athletics Meeting ~ notable gladiators being Tprs 4


Molyneux, Halfhide, Barnard and Wolfenden. Later, in September, a potted sports competition was held consisting of five-a-side football, tug-of-war and games in the gym. Again A Squadron won the competition. The Squadron also managed to spend some enjoyable afternoons at the Paderborn water-ski-ing complex. The last half of October saw us in the field on the Divisional FTX, Exercise Quarter Final which, as promised, worked us hard and was both testing and rewarding. The notable event was Lt Jacobs taking of the good news from Soest to Detmold, carrying out his own personal counter-stroke en route. We much enjoyed having Sgt Williams and PFC Reeves from the American Army with us for the Exercise and, hopefully, the firm friendships made will result in renewed liaisons in the future.

Row: Tprs

A SQUADRON'S WINNING TEAM IN THE REGIMENTAL ATHLETICS COMPETITION Hodges, Barnard, Larmouth, Dalrymple, LCoH Steeden. Tprs Sycamore. Smith 668, Ct Ward-Thomas, LCpl Brockhurst, Tpr Young Front Row: Tprs Fermor, Hibbert, Stanley, Molyneux, O’Neill

On return from the Exercise we spent November preparing for the PRE, training more members of the Squadron on internal courses and sending some 10 members of the Squadron to Kenya with Lt Johnsen, ex-Two Troop Leader, on Exercise Ecstasy Quadrant which is described elsewhere in the magazine. In December many of the Squadron were deployed to a Site Guard at Sennelager over Christmas and some of the time before Christmas was spent training for this duty. In 1986 we look forward to another busy year involving conversion courses to Challenger, training in Canada and the move to Sennelager. We have had a varied and successful year during which we have said farewell to the following: Capt Boles, who has gone to be ADC to the Major General.

Capt Bucknall, on promotion to command D Squadron. Lt Johnsen, who has become Regimental Training Officer. SCM Murray, on his elevation to the post of RQMC(T). SQMC Finch, who has gone to the RAC Signals School. CoH Wright, who has gone to the Lulworth Staff Cadre. LCoH Lawson, on promotion to D Squadron. LCoH Mathew, to RHQ Troop as the Commanding Officer’s gunner. LCoH Firth, to QM(T) Department. LCpl Wright, to RHQ Troop as the Commanding Officer’s tank driver. LCpl Kingham, to civilian life. Tpr Shea, to civilian life.

Tpr Halfhide, on promotion to the Guards Depot. In their places we have welcomed: Capt Swayne, SCM O’Gorman, SQMC Gillingham, SCpl Harding, Col-I Taylor, LCoH Locke, LCoH Plater, and LCpl Robinson.

4 AND 8H0 TROOPS ADVENTURE TRAINING Tprs Bradley, Lamble, LCoH Lawson, Tprs Pelling. Smith 668, Halfhide, LCoH Munton, LCpl Brockhurst, CoH Guest CoH Pendry and LCpl Kingham

B Squadron Notes




SCM Stacey on Exercise Medicrne Man 4 in Canada


We left Ct Tytherleigh—Strong, LCpls Broughton and Westgate, and Tprs Bowen and Ditchburn in Canada to do a tough stint of adventure training. They returned on 4 September in time to go on leave. On returning to work we went straight into preparation for this year’s FTX, Exercise Quarter Final. This being our first Exercise in Germany for some months the shock was very much like getting into a cold swimming pool. Two lengths and we were back to our normal selves. The first week was spent with just the Brigade

Looking across the Steppe-like wastelands of Soltau in February this year you might, if you were lucky, have seen the huddled figure of a member of the Squadron. In temperatures as low as —27° and only once above freezing, Troop Training was not so much a battle against the enemy as against the elments. As usual we prevailed with no serious casualties, except some mild frost bite for those, like SCpl Sackett, who chose to

sleep in a tent. Some worthwhile training achieved, we returned to Detmold with a new appreciation of the delights of central heating. The Barracks rebuild was, by now, in full swing and we were able to move at least part of the Squadron into the new hangars and away from the wind-swept tank park. We began to realise the character the year would take on as we were soon preparing to leave again for Soltau and the more clement weather of our Canada work-up. We quickly realised our good fortune in having such a good regiment as l RWR to work with and anticipation heightened as our departure approached. The Squadron left in June for Canada to continue the battle on the Prairies. Our first reaction of delight at seeing the sun, after months of rain in Germany, was dampened by Camp Crowfoot, a selection of little huts on the Prairie, where a team under CsoH

of Targetry we returned to Camp Crowfoot and spent a very busy four days repairing the tanks and handing them over. Some personal repairs were also necessary for LCpls Birch and Rutland, who had discovered that not even NCOs can support a tank or stop a bullet with one hand. The Squadron now split up for R and R and went their various ways throughout Canada and parts of the USA. Not all that many different parts as one often saw familiar faces in unexpected places. R and R being finished, we flew back to Germany (in fits and starts with a confused RAF) to reorganise ourselves and get sorted out prior to block leave in September.

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Hitchcock, Tprs Mathieson, Findell, Cfn O'Conner, LCpl Terry

doing an armoured exercise and some local demolitions, with ourselves acting as enemy. It was concluded with a Squadron smoker at which visiting Americans, Lt Chesney and Sgt Mencey, distinguished themselves. A few kilometres away the crews of 21, 40 and 13B were having a birthday party for Sgt Medhurst in the Gasthaus, outside which they had sadly broken down. The next week, still as enemy, we put our Canada training to use and advanced boldly, sweeping towards our objective. Our triumph was short lived. By a series of cunning moves we avoided disaster but werejudged to have been unsuccessful. On our return from Exercise and before the serious business of preparing for PRE we took the chance to have a Squadron party to say goodbye to Maj Shaw who will be greatly missed. Also present were C: at Browne, SQMC O’Gorman and SCpl Sackett, all of whom have recently left the Squadron for pastures new.

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Mardon had all been working hard to prepare the tanks. Soon, however, we moved out. Some didn’t move very

far as the breakdowns mounted but those on the road were quickly into live firing and working with the Infantry. Luck was with us as not only did the weather stay relatively cool but we also got the tanks moving again. This was exercising as we had not done it before. Finally, the sweeping Cavalry dash was possible (Safety Staff permitting) and the Squadron quickly slipped into the role of Desert Warriors. With the peace treaty successfully concluded between ourselves and the forces


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C Squadron Notes

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It has been a busy, demanding. but successful year for C Squadron. The Squadron spent some 19 weeks out of barracks on various Exercises. There were two major Exercises. The first was in Canada at BATUS during July and August and the second was 4th Division‘s FTX utilising the German countryside East and South of Detmold. The subsequent notes will relate that the Squadron both enjoyed and excelled in these two Exercises. The credit for this success is shared by all Squadron members but a special mention must be credited to the Squadron fitters who were outstanding and allowed us to train on most Exercises with the full complement of 14 tanks. The only shadow in the year was the sad death of Tpr Webb, who died in a 4-tonner accident while returning from a Site Guard. He was an enthusiastic and popular soldier. His cheerfulness is still missed within the Squadron. He was also an accomplished Regimental skier and his mother has made the fine gesture of presenting the ‘Trooper Webb‘ cup for the most improved skier. The cup will be presented each year. The training season started, as it did for the whole Regiment, with Troop Training at Soltau in February. It was memorable by the severe cold. Temperatures hovered around ~10 which was certainly too cold for

The late harsh winter continued into April but the Squadron remained warm with its many activities. Exercise Scarlet Pimpernell filled the last three weeks of the month. C Squadron had the responsibility for organising the Advance to Contact Stand which lasted 24 hours. The whole Exercise was a RHG/D responsibility and the aim was to test all reconnaissance troops in 4th Division at five different stands. A large portion of the Squadron was in the field for this commitment but the Squadron demonstrated its initiative by being based on a Schloss and Tpr Dick, the medic, particularly relished the comfort of the log fire and comfortable rooms. SHQ managed to use these facilities again on the major FTX. SCM Lane was bitterly disappointed every time we departed from these comforts. After a short leave in early May, training for BATUS started in real earnest and the beginning of a happy relationship with l RRW was developed. The Squadron was to be under the command of l RRW for BATUS

and from May until September all the training was with them and the Squadron was to predominantly train with their B Company. It was just before this training started that SQMC Manning took over from SQMC Harkness. A big smile was seen on SQMC Harkness‘s face as he escaped the problems of being an SQMC at BATUS. Middle of July and the Squadron departed for Canada. Almost immediately the tanks were on our signature and we were training on the enormous plain which was bigger than the county of Dorset. The work was hard and fast and the SCM quickly realised that keeping us supplied with ammunition was a demanding task. He was often seen just behind the front line with his immediate supply of ammunition on our many long advance to contact battles. It was on one of these ad-

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vances that Lt Stratton-Christensen attempted his famous drive across a lake which consequently developed into a major recovery exercise. The stories are countless but suffice to say that this period was much enjoyed and the Squadron was at a peak with its tail up at the conclusion ofthe training. The only note of distress was SCpl Elsey cracking his skull while closed down in his tank during one of the attacks. Luckily, he is now well and promoted to Squadron SQMC. So cracking your skull may have some benefits. After a well-earned leave the Squadron was almost

the Squadron Leader, who hadjust returned from a two-

year posting in Hong Kong. However, the Squadron survived, learnt some valuable lessons and on return to

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commitment lasted for one week with all the soldiers at various states of readiness in or near the Site Guard. Luckily, the time appeared to pass quickly as LCoH Frampton consistently provided an excellent selection of videos. The video film market has certainly reduced the boredom associated with a protracted guard commitment.


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D Squadron Notes

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It has been another varied and successful year for the Squadron. A year in which we have seen in both a new Squadron Leader and SCM, and also a heavy commitment to exercises and adventure training. February saw the Squadron in action on Troop Training in some extremely cold conditions. Notable parts of this training were massive fires, the largest being the Squadron Leader’s, all of which were necessary as the temperature dropped to —27°C on most nights. The Squadron Medic, LCpl Joyce, soon had us all versed in the art of pricking each other with pins to check for frostbite. The lack of response in some was not always attributed to the cold. One Troop, under Lt McCullough and CoH Rushton, put above average enthusiasm into the training period and were soon practicing Troop recovery almost daily. ‘I just wanted to see how much weight it could take’ — referring to a massive pond covered in ice. The Squadron performed a Site Guard in April which went well but was overshadowed by a tragic traffic accident on the return to barracks. This was preceded by a farewell to Maj Olivier and W02 Brown, the former to be 21C of the Regiment, the latter to Knightsbridge. We thank them very much for all their hard work to make D Squadron the excellent Squadron it is. To replace them, we welcome Maj Bucknall and W02 Davies as the new Squadron Leader and SCM. The more observant among us noted the size similarity between the new and old Squadron Leader, hoping, wistfully, this was indicative of more comfortable days to come.


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Two weeks of well-earned block leave was followed by Battle Group Training in May. Our mam task was

as enemy to practice B and C Squadrons in their preparation for Canada with the l RRW Battle Group. Three Troop proved their recce ability when CoH Kilvington found a hitherto undiscovered tank trap during a Squadron attack, and found out how effective it was! Rumour has it he was shaken but not stirred! SQMC Hunter provided a ‘first’ for Soltau by providing “artistes” in the field to everyone’s amusement. Shortly after this, in July, the Squadron underwent a very successful Annual Firing period at Hohne; our best day was on Battle Run 9 partly being due to SCM Davies marching us all with great style onto the range, nothing then could go wrong. Annual Firing culminated in the competition for the Tucker Trophy, and although













Waiting to Fire: Standing: CoH Rushton, Tpr Smith 239. CoH Breakwell, Tpr Oxtoby, LCpl Challinor. Sitting: Cts Owen, Cragoe, Woyka, LCsoH Thorpe and Goodyear

Four Troop under Ct Owen looked firm favourites

throughout, Three Troop had an excellent shoot on the day to win the prize with the Squadron taking three out of the top four places. A small number of soldiers then joined B and C Squadrons in Canada to boost their effort, and all

enjoyed themselves tremendously. Their experience will prove invaluable in Canada next year. We then came to the FTX, Exercise Quarter Final, in October which, as predicted, consisted mainly of woods and road moves, but the Squadron excelled in their speed of reaction and assaulted everything from

SQMC Hunter being led away by LCpl Young at the Waterskiing Day Barbecue

Broadswora’ during a trip down to Gibraltar and back. This outing was led by Ct Woyka with LCoH Davies and LCpl Roberts in support, all of whom were said to have had an uncomfortable first few days searching for their sea legs. Tpr Hoyle experienced similar problems when he took to the air in a helicopter flight on his very first night. At the end of July LCoH Thorpe, LCpl Topham, Tprs Coombs, Hodgeson, Lister and Slight went up to the Dummersea for a week’s Windsurfing and all Maj Bucknall and CoH Manning on the Divisional Exercise

successfully achieved the status of Army Class 2.

the Danes to the 4th_/’7th DGs that got in the way. Our new 21C, Lt Jeacock, was rarely seen on DC but

instead took a ride on almost everyone else’s tank, breaking them all in quick succession! In future all call-sign plates will have QC on the back in case of possible problems! The Squadron Leader was noted for his speed around the countryside when attacked by Delhi Belly; however, LCpl Joyce was able to control the movement with liberal doses of concrete pills . One Troop were very busy attacking various things including walls and wooden towers, Ct Cragoe having insisted they were hostile. We all enjoyed the company of SSgt Schmidt and Pfc Williams of the US Army, both of whom found our way totally different to what they were used to. We look forward to being able to send soldiers to them to find out about M1 tanks and their working practices.

CoH Lawson questions SQMC Hunter about his canteen bill

During September we managed to get LCpl Perkins, Tprs Bartlett, Hodgeson and Slight on a Freefall Parachuting course at Bad Lippspringe. This was also thoroughly successful and, hopefully, most of those participating will be able to continue of their own accord. The major Squadron expedition of the year is a tour following the campaign route of the Royals in I943 through Italy and Tunisia. We say farewell to the following: Maj Olivier now Second in Command of The Regiment. Capt Howard now a civilian working on the Stock Exchange in New York. Lt McCullogh posted to HCR as a Troop Leader. SCM Brown posted to HCR as the RQMC. SCpl Elsey now the SQMC C Squadron. CoH Armishaw now the SQMC HQ Squadron.

SCM Davies

Tprs Morrison, Hunt, LCpl Shaw, Tprs Coombs, Hodgson, Ct Owen in relaxed mood

LCoH Garfirth, LCpl Challinor, Tprs Hoyle and Jones, all who have left to become civilians, we wish them

well. We welcome: Cts Cragoe and Woyka; CoH Coutts from HQ Squadron; CoH Lawson from A Squadron.

Finally, on the exercise front the Squadron is now

preparing for Exercise Rhino‘s Charge in December, where we will play enemy to 6 Airmobile Brigade. This will hopefully be both useful and a lot of fun. . During this year we have also tried to take part In as much adventure training as possible; 1985 has seen D Squadron personnel on land, sea and in the air, The RAC Regatta at Kiel in July saw D Squadron racing for the Regiment with Tprs Jackson, Bartlett and Burton, and Cfn lrving skippered by SSgt Wickett forming a strong crew. Unfortunately, they carried home few trophies but did have a very enjoyable week. At about the same time on a different sea and slightly larger boat, D Squadron again represented the Regiment on HMS 12

Kilvington ready for action

LCoH Brettell, LCpl Dyche, Tprs Smith and Mathieson near Bari, Italy

Past and Present: Majs Bucknall and Olivier

Command and Support Squadron Notes


Lilley camming up

new toy to be. CoH Harris and LCoH Maher have done courses on it. LCpl Shatlitf achieved a ‘3’ Schools result as a Signals Instructor at Bovington. Finally, LCpl Johnson went to Nepal recently on an adventure training expedition organised by 43 AEC in Krefeld.

binoculars. Range estimation was no longer required, and 92% of the targets were hit with the first round. Special mention should be made of 24 and 24A who hit 36 targets out of 36. Exercise Quarter Final in October was the hardest Exercise ever done by Reece Troop. They worked almost non-stop, most of the vehicles doing over 600 miles. Two attached American Soldiers from the 11th US Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda thoroughly enjoyed themselves and proved to be very useful. The Troop Leader would insist on capturing anything that moved, including a member of the Danish Special Forces. This poor unfortunate was forced to drive his Mercedes pick-up back to RHQ at gunpoint with his boot—laces tied together. Quarter Final was highly successful from Reece Troop‘s point of view and many valuable lessons were learned about close Reece. These should prove invaluable in Canada next year.

LCleohnson, LCoH Matthew, CoH Mawer and CoH Harris

It is seldom in these days of retrenchment and equipment cut-backs that there comes an event which brings a glimmer of hope to the downcast. Such an event took place on 17 May 1985 when from that great amorphous collection of departments which is HQ Squadron was borna fiedgeling bodyzCommand and Support Squadron. This brave new being, whose constituent parts are RHQ, Reece and Guided Weapons (GW) Troops, the SQMC‘s department, the Provost and the Dog Section, has withstood all efforts to deny knowledge of its existence, and it continues to flourish. The rationale behind the creation of yet another Squadron at a time of manpower shortages and over— stretch was to remove all ‘teeth’ elements of HQ Squadron from those of the ‘tail’. HQ Squadron SQMC found it virtually impossible to support the forward Troops and the echelons simultaneously, and so Command Squadron had to have a SQMC with a vehicle to support it. From these humble beginnings the Squadron grew. There is no establishment for another Squadron and therefore the Command element is all ‘double hatted‘. The








Operations Officer and the Regimental Signals Officer, while W02 Wall the SC‘M is, in his spare time, the Regimental Intelligence Warrant Officer. SQMC Harman runs the WOs and CsoH Mess in Barracks. Even Tpr Kellett, the Squadron Clerk, without whose sterling work the Squadron would long since have submerged beneath a mountain of paperwork, is on permanent loan from the Orderly Room. He is a sort of mercenary clerk!

RHQ TROOP RHQ Troop has had, as usual, an extremely busy year, which began early. Perhaps things were a little more comfortable for RHQ on Troop Training in February


than for the Sabre Squadrons, but it was still pretty bloody. The year continued with two 20 Brigade CPXs which culminated in a seven-hour road move on which the Troop (10 vehicles) had to pretend it was in fact a Regiment’s worth (170 vehicles). As is to be expected, this proved to be a minor problem! Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel meant sitting on top of the Koterberg for three weeks, drinking huge quantities of coffee from the restaurant next door and getting increasingly bored. Despite protestations from various Headquarters that the hill belonged to The Blues and Royals for the Exercise, 58 other antennae from different units were counted up there on the busiest day. The only nice thing was the view, about which all our visitors commented. A smattering of snow on 25—26 April caught the entire Troop without its skis ready. The next major event was Exercise Brave Defender in the UK when certain members of the Troop went across in Umpire Teams. They were scattered liberally over southern England for 10 days. Three members of the Troop went to Corsica in September on a RHQ/Orderly Room adventure training expedition. This included hill walking and ‘seaside pursuits’. LCoH Tuxford and his wife helped run the administration while LCpls Johnson and Smith took part in the Exercise. Exercise Quarter Final was the culmination of the year. RHQ, as was to be expected, moved rapidly about the battlefield, at one stage being 25km in front of the other RHQs in the Brigade. On one farm, the owner insisted on seeing the map after which he suggested a completely new plan. He was delighted when his plan worked and explained that the last successful attack on that particular village had been by General Patton in 1945. We now await with

bated breath



LCoH Hodges and Tpr Finch being recovered

SCpl oimbiett RECCE TROOP The first major event of the year was Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel, the 4th Armoured Division Reece Concentra— tion. This was a continuous three-week nightmare for all concerned which took place in the middle of April. Reece Troop was used to ‘prove’ the Exercise before other Regiments tried their hands at it. After that the Troop ceased in the Reece role with Tprs Davison and Horwill becoming enemy snipers and Gibbons, Suter and Hoare friendly infantry a task which, despite being unaccustomed, they took to with gusto. LCoH Flynn and LCpl McGuire tried hard to make their Scorpions look like Chieftains. Battle Group Training was memorable only for LCsoH Flynn and Simpson digging in their long-range OP within sight of the enemy. This was quite a feat for which their section was renamed the SOE. Annual Firing was extremely successful with only one bad day. There was a very good smoke shoot but the highlight was after the 4/7 DG lent us some laser

GW TROOP The Regiment has just got to know how to use guided weapons again, and it is sad that the Troop will be disbanded in the near future. The year 1985 has been a particularly successful one. Just after Troop Training on the frozen wastes of Soltau, SCpl Evans came from C Squadron to take over from SCpl Wendon. Capt Hanmer was now the Troop Leader. Even GW Troop was not immune from the ever expanding tentacles of Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel, and five 4385 were made up to look like Soviet anti-aircraft vehicles with the addition of broom handles and bits of wood. Just before Annual Firing, the Troop was reduced to the Canada orbat of four 438s and one ferret scout car. Firing at Hohne was supremely successful. The Troop became the first ever GW Troop in the RAC to achieve a 100% hit rate. At the end of this firing period, SCpl Evans took over command for Canada and Capt Hanmer took over the Squadron. BATUS was spent with the Battle Group of the lst Battalion the Royal Regiment of Wales. The Troop teamed up with Support Company for the Exercise by whom they were very well looked after. Yet another success was to break the BATUS standing record for the number of targets destroyed by a GW Troop. Much useful experience was gained in Canada, particularly in map-reading, and everyone felt that the four days‘ R and R at the end were richly deserved.

Back in Germany, it was preparation time for Exercise Quarter Final. The Exercise went extremely well but

involved a monumental amount of work, the Troop proving particularly useful because of their thermal sights. These, sadly, will be the last notes from GW Troop. Disbandment is imminent in early 1986 which will be a great loss to the Battle Group. The Troop has proved that it is expert in its handling of Swingfire. and it is a great pity that it must go when it has been so successful. THE REGIMENTAL DOG SECTION The year 1985 has seen the Dog Section brought up to full strength for the first time. It consists of a regular team of four handlers and three War Dogs, all ably looked after by LCpl Bradley. The daily routine consists of road walks, grooming sessions and obedience training. Things have been coming along well, and on the last Training and Employment Team Inspection, the Section was congratulated for their efforts by Col Durrant of the RAVC. In October LCpl Bradley competed in the RAVCorganised Annual Canine Biathlon at Sennelager, with his dog, 3BI6 Brunni. Against the large international

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM Staff: Lt Col A D Meakin (retd) Mr W Johnson (formerly 22556701 LG from

1954 to I976) Mr A E Woodbridge (formerly 306573 RHG from I944 to I948)

The Museum has been open to the public throughout the year from Monday to Friday inclusive and on Sundays during the summer months (except on Bank Holidays and Public Holidays). The stafi“ continue to provide details of those who served in the Household Cavalry many years ago to relatives tracing their ancestors and also to the public who make enquiries regarding uniform and equipment of the Regiments during their history. Visitor attendance has been normal during I985 and it is always a pleasure for the staff to meet former members of the Regiment visiting Windsor who come to the Museum to renew their association with the Household Cavalry. The following items have been donated to the Museum during 1985: OR’s brass shoulder scale of lst Royal Dragoons (circa 1824) presented by Mr .I R Lees. Commemorative Flag presented by the citizens of Tessenderloo on the 40th anniversary of the liberation of their town in September I944 by 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment. Ist Royal Dragoon Ofi‘icer‘s helmet (circa 1870) presented by Sir Nigel Trench. Copy of plaque displayed in the Herberg de Leurse Hof, Near Nijmegen, recording the building being used as the Ofiicers‘ Mess of D Sqn, 2 HCR, in September I944. Medals of:

1325 Tpr Sharmer (First World War) RHG I585 Tpr Buckley (First World War) RHG

field, it is hoped to enter more handlers and their dogs next year. The Dog Section will grow in size on moving to Athlone Barracks to cope with the larger camp area.

HQ Squadron Notes

LCpl Bradley handles his dog


Lt D B Powle, MC (Second World War) LG 1738 Tpr McCart (South Africa War) 1 LG 2930 Tpr Tantrum (First World War) 2 LG 1617 Tpr Dawkins (I882 Egyptian Campaign) RHG 2951 LCpl Twelvetree (First World War) 2 LG 294566 Col-l Middleton (LS & GC Medal) 1 LG 2563 Tpr Smith (First World War) 2 LG

LCoH Connaughton on Belisarius


Whilst there is not the opportunity for every member of Headquarters Squadron to be a hero, I believe almost all of them can claim to be the ‘unsung’ element. As is indicated in the following departmental notes, the successes of the Regiment depend very much on the efi‘brts and achievements of the supporting elements. In covering our activities by separate departmental articles it is hoped that a clearer and broader account of our roles will be portrayed. QUARTERMASTER’S DEPT Almost every other article in this magazine tells of the hard but satisfying year this has been, and how everybody has worked long hours in difficult conditions to achieve their aims. We see no reason for this article to be any different, for whatever activity the Regiment is engaged in we in our department will be found battling against the limitations of the system to give maximum support. For example in the last year we have set up three ammunition compounds at Hohne for tank firing periods. Some more active and demanding than others (as photographs show). Perhaps our biggest task was to build an enormous tented camp for the 4th Armoured Division Reece Concentration, an Exercise which tested eight Recce Troops. The base camp housed and fed up to 400 at a time. We were not deployed for the major FTX as a department, but various members were engaged as tank crewmen for the squadrons. Re supply of rations was run from the warmth and comfort of Lothian Barracks. I feel I must make a special mention of our cooks, who have supported the Regiment in the field With tremendous enthusiasm and flair. In barracks they have transformed a very old dining room into a very homely restaurant, entirely on a self—help basis. Indeed. at the last Messing meeting compliments came thick and fast

on the standards produced by the cooks. They deserve great credit. During the past year there have been a number of changes of personnel in the department. Firstly in March, Capt (QM) J Peck handed over to Capt (QM) M A Patterson and headed off to HCR. We wish him every success and happiness in his new appointment. In August, our Master Chef, W02 R Spring, went off

to the Falkland Islands, 1 think voluntarily, and we welcomed in his place W02 T J F Fitzgerald. RQMC McEvoy who has served us and the Regiment particularly well over the last I8 months is soon off to Lulworth where he will see out his service. There is no doubt that his expertise and experience will be sadly missed. We wish him and his family every success and happiness in the future.

TECHNICAL QUARTERMASTER’S DEPARTMENT Life in the Regimental Technical Department goes on at its normal frantic pace, where we endeavour to satisfy all requests placed upon this department throughout the year. On the staff side there has been a number of changes, RQMC Triggs has gone off to the RAC Signal School as RCMl after spending 2; years of saying ‘it‘s on demand‘ or ‘it is in dues out!‘ RQMC(T) Murray

joined us from A Squadron and at the time of writing these notes he is doing his course where they teach you to say ‘it‘s on demand‘ or ‘it's dues out’. SCpl Kennard went off to B Squadron and CoH Partis, LCoH Plater and LCpl Robinson decided instead of writing demands, they would go on the tank park and create a few demands. LCoH Davies and LCpl Dewar leave in the near future for civilian life. To finalise, the stalwart members of

the Troop battle on day in and day out keeping the Regiment on the road.

ADMIN TROOP Admin Troop has been just about the busiest department in Headquarters Squadron this year. Not only did we do all the normal Exercises but we also took part in such memorable events as Exercise Scarlet Pimpernel — memories of which are still strong. ’ We have had a lot of people come and go within the department during the year. Tpr Renton finally decided he had had enough of us holding him back and left to take up the position of maintenance engineer in QM(T). LCoH Morris decided to return to the Big Green

Monsters in C Squadron. Among our new arrivals are LCpl Cawley and Tpr Jordan who between them have transformed the Bedding and Arms Stores so that we almost know what is in them now. SQMC Buckle decided to branch out into the entertainment business and is doing quite nicely with his films and entertainment empire named ‘Tenko’ enter— prises. Other new arrivals are Tprs Kerr and Evans, and our new SQMC, SQMC Armishaw, who is still recovering from the shock of his take-over; the old SQMC has not gone far, preferring to stay in Headquarters Squadron as SCM where he can continue to dig trenches and wear his tin helmet on Exercise. .

MT NOTES MT/Stalwart Troop has undergone a major change this




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McEvoy and RQMC(T) Triggs in the Ammunition Compound at Hohne

REGIMENTAL ORDERLY ROOM NOTES This year like all others, lived up to the normal standard of being permanently busy with lots of headless chickens running around doing their impression of clerks. On 1 April (aptly) we moved from our temporary office in block 4 to our present accommodation here at malfunction junction (block 2) and we now boast plenty of space with freshly-painted walls and fitted carpets, a real contrast in working conditions. Towards the end of May we took part in a fieldcraft Exercise at Soltau which included an over-night march to the first of six stands which ranged from section attacks, raft building, first aid, GPMG stripping, D and M fault-finding and Regimental History at the end of which LCpl Dawson became the RMO’s shadow. This was followed in August by an Adventure Training Expedition to Corsica, which was generously sponsored by the Regimental Association for which we were more than thankful! Details of the expedition are recorded elsewhere in the magazine. It was noses to the grindstone for the month of September for the annual documentation inspection for which we received a very good all-round report. The month of October brought us a little nearer to reality with the introduction of our computer/word processor (PAMPAS) and also the setting up of the Unit Administrative Office (UAO) which now handles

all the documents and records of Regimental personnel. October also saw our ORCoH, CoH Reeve, leave us

on posting to Brussels and get his well-deserved promotion to Staff Corporal, and in January we bid farewell to our ORQMC, W02 Chillingworth, on completion of 22 years’ service. We in turn welcome aboard Tpr Peat to the UAO and W02 Greer as ORQMC and wish them both a happy voyage. PAY OFFICE During 1985 the Regiment has been on a number of Exercises in which the Pay Office has been involved. In July/August LSgts Holliday and Brierley went with B and C Squadrons to Canada, both managing to get a spot of R and R in the State of Montana, USA. In October the Paymaster, Maj Thompson did some watchkeeping at Brigade whilst LSgt Holliday was commanding vehicles from Stalwarts to Ferrets. The Pay Office has represented the Regiment in many sports, SSgt Edwards, Sgt Reid and LSgt Brierley playing Regimental football; LSgt Holliday playing rugby; LCpl French playing hockey; and LSgt Newlands along with LCpl French competing in the Regimental orienteering team. LSgt Brierley also managed to complete the the Berlin Marathon in October. The Pay Office is now preparing for Exercise Medicine Man I in April 1986 and the move to Athlone Barracks in November 1986.

year. The ‘Commanders' in the shape of Maj Kersting

and SCpl Scammell have moved on to pastures new in the UK, and W02 Harkness and his 21C, CoH Hastings, have taken the reins. Other new faces include LCoH Carney, LCpls Gynane and Wright, and Tpr Cook. Lack of bodies and too many details meant working slightly longer hours, particularly on the build-up to Battle Group Training, but the Troop deployed in good heart, even ‘Gen George’ LCoH Kirkpatrick’s services were required in the field; secretly, he enjoyed the experience. The FTX proved no match for the Troop, even though LCsoH Carney and Wynne and LCpl Prior decided to spend a bit of time testing the Brigade recovery plan. Not to be outdone, LCpl Frith tried hard to wake

LSgt Holliday (RAPC) up by running into a tree, and in fact succeeded. We very much appreciated LSgt Holliday’s help during the FTX. We say a sad farewell to LCoH Needham, after six years, who is moving to the Ration Stores; LCpl Seager and Tprs Stones and Jones to civilian life, and Tpr Dyche to D Squadron; and, yes, all of CoH Seager has moved to the D & M Wing. We wish them all the best for the future. No MT Notes would be complete without mentioning LCsoH Haley and Beresford, two of the oldest serving members of the MT Troop. They are certainly in control of the office and know where everything is, at least, so we are led to believe. '



STABLE NOTES The year in the stables follows the now well-structured pattern of Riding Courses and Hunting in the winter, Events in the spring, Showjumping in the summer and then holidays for both Stables Staff and horses throughout July and August. This year we brought the horses in at the end of August in preparation for the autumn season of hunting and competitions which was briefly interrupted by Exercise Quarter Final. Horses We now have nearly thirty horses in the stables. Nineteen of these are Army horses and the rest private. We sent Gainsborough and Heron back to London last January and received in their place Jason, Shanbally and Pegasus. The horses’ numbers were swelled by the arrival of the Commanding Officer‘s Hungarian Coaching Team in April which distinguished themselves by their performance in the Shafts if not by their behaviour in the stable. We have a number of well-established private horses,



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such as Lt Ward-Thomas’ Advocate and Maj Watts’ Milly and some new arrivals including Lt Jacobs’ George and Capt Hanmer’s Mere Boots. Stables Troop SCpl Burns arrived to take over the Stables in April and we said goodbye and congratulations to SCpl Sanderson who returned to Windsor as Riding School Corporal Major on promotion. LCoH Hammett also left in April and was replaced by LCpl Lawes. We also welcomed Tpr Gladstone from Knightsbridge and said goodbye to Tpr Barlow who left us for civilian life. In August, LCpl Youngjoined us, also from Knightsbridge, LCpl Lawes left in October, his place being taken by LCpl Ablot who had recently recovered from a badly broken leg. Our civilian staff remain unaltered and we are very

lucky still to have Rosemary Wallace, Nicky Corber, Kurt, Ray Cartner and Sheila Hawes. Courses. We seem to have run endless Beginners’ Courses throughout the year which have gone well and all of which have been fully subscribed. We held a very successful Intermediate Course in November with 12 students from a wide range of Regiments. Sadly, their activities were somewhat curtailed by the very cold weather but they all passed out well in a small Combined Training Competition. The Commanding Officer also ran a Coaching Course in early October for four students which they enjoyed, greatly. Competitions. Competitions in BAOR can be divided into four sections. Plain Hunter Trials, One-Day Trials, Combined Training and Show Jumping. This year we have had more success with Dressage and Show Jumping than with Hunter Trials. Perhaps the high point of the year was winning the Military Team Jumping at the Rhine Army Summer Show and over DM2,000 in other prize money. LCpl Ablot also won the Rhine Army Autumn Event on Gunman and Lt Jacobs won the Munster Event on George. Sadly, Dinder was beaten into second place in the Open Hunter Trial Championship but he still performs very reliably. In April, Shanbally won the BAOR Race at Hannover, ridden by Capt Hanmer. This was the first time that this race had taken place. It was open to all British—owned horses in Germany and took place in between races during a scheduled Hannover Race Meeting. We now await the arrival of our new horse box. which can carry nine horses and which should end our perennial transport problem. In July, several of the stables staff took part in Exercise Mediterranean Quadrant which was a Command Squadron Adventurc Training Expedition to Corsica.

Seager, LCoH Beresford, LCoH Kirkpatrick, Tpr Stones, LCpl Frith and LCoH Wynne


MASSED BANDS OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY AND FOOTGUARDS The Musical Tattoo in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund at Wembley 1985 n





0L J G HAMILTON»RUSSELL MEETING THE LAD The year 1985 opened with a very full programme. No sooner had we returned from a well-earned Christmas break when we dived straight into the annual PRE,

considerably hampered by lack of hangers and constant sub-zero temperatures, which averaged —8°C for the two weeks of the inspection. After proving that we were fit for our role, we found ourselves once again autobahn bound for Troop Training on Soltau (a particular favourite during February) with outside temperatures of 727°C. Troop Training started with the OC‘s own Exercise Sharp Wrench, here the HQ personnel of all trade disciplines practised their map-reading, tactics and personal endurance skills, and it proved to be immensely popular with everyone despite the extreme cold. Troop Training continued in its usual smooth manner with very few hiccups and perhaps the highlight of the Exercise and certainly the most embarrassing for the LAD, was the recovery of our Chief Recovery Mechanic,

SSgt Thompson, by the Regimental Corporal Major. Moving into spring, the LAD found itself in support of the Divisional Recce Concentration Exercise, where a two-week period of intense CVR(T) work was carried out on a very wet and wind-blown hill called Koteburg. Battle Group Training followed shortly after this in May and SSgts Webber and Everingham were given their initiation of operating Chieftain within an Infantry Battle group, and preparing their fitter sections for the exercise in Canada that was to follow in July. As B and C Squadrons were preparing to leave for Canada, so the remainder of the LAD once again were autobahn bound for Hohne, where a quiet but gratifying two-week firing camp took place. August found the OC LAD Capt Hayle ably assisted by Cfn

Hammond and his wife,

Capt Parsons, our new OC

LAD, took the reins

from 20 September and at once found he was deep in preparation for Exercise Quarter Final. Exercise Quarter Final in October was an Exercise that all members of the LAD will remember, Frequent moves over long distances do have their problems, the ASM and AQMS Antill finding out to their detriment, spent 48 hours rounding up broken vehicles to an ECP for final backloading. Many memories of this Exercise will be talked about in years to come, the one that Capt Parsons will never forget, is being bogged in his Land-Rover miles from any other human soul, minus shovel, and accompanied by

LCpl Cartwright as they spent four hours digging with bare hands to free themselves. Finally, as the year draws to an end, we all look forward to a quiet period (ifthere ever is one) and to 1986.

experience, and welcomed in his place SCM Fox.

The Household Cavalry Race again took place at Baggrave in Leicestershire by kind permission of Mr Stewart Blyth. Although The Life Guards took the first two army places they also won the prize for the first officer to fall. This they achieved at the first fence. The winter trainers returned to London 15 March,

and on 9 April the Regiment departed for Windsor. On 13 April the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding led

the Regiment complete with both Mounted Bands, accompanied by Armoured contingents _of both Regiments in a parade marking the 20th anniversary of the granting of The Freedom of Windsor._The Colonel_of

the Regiment was present on the Salutmg dais. During

Louise, adventure

training in Corsica for six weeks. The remainder of the LAD still wonder if the OC’s career was really in 20

jeopardy were he unable to lead this expedition. September saw the passing of Capt Hayle and a memorable dinner was held in the Warrant Ofi‘icers and Corporals of Horse Mess to mark this occasion, chocolate slippers being part of the menu.

It has been a year of considerable activity for the Mounted Squadron. The build-up to Christmas celebrations 1984 was a particularly hectic period with Troops once again going away on Winter Camps at RAF Sopley. Simultaneously the Quadrille was reformed for its final swan song at the Olympia Christmas Show. This show has a special atmosphere of its own, an atmosphere not entirely unconnected with strong drink. The offer of ‘I would just like to buy the boys a wee drink’, is swiftly followed by the arrival of a case of whisky and six bottles of Courvoisier. Nevertheless, The Quadrille went out in a blaze of glory, enlivened somewhat by Farrier Kendrick’s involuntary dismount leaving his jackboot in the stirrup iron. Needless to say it was the day that The Silver Stick was watching. After Christmas, Troop camps continued and it was possible to get 2 soldiers away skiing on Exercise Snow Queen. Occasional days were enjoyed by soldiers with the Staff College and Camberley Drag Hounds. On 7 January we said goodbye to the Squadron Leader, Maj G H Tweedie, on his posting to Zimbabwe. His replacement is the late Squadron 21C, Maj T P E Barclay. On the same day we also said farewell to SCM Bellas to civilian life after many years of Knightsbridge

the same week we carried out a Sovereign‘s Escort with a Double Standard for the State Visit of the Life

fififi Cfn Hammond on the Divisional Exercise


President of Malawi, Dr Hastings Banda, and his official hostess. Unfortunately, the Life President was an hour late and the horses became very restless on the grass, with

nearly disastrous results to both Field Officers. The Escort took place at a great pace, and during the course of it the Squadron Leader collided with a Coldstream Guards street liner, becoming entangled in his rifle-sling and dragging the unfortunate man up the road until his sling broke and the street liner bayoneted himself in the leg. He has since recovered. This was the first state occasion on which our new drum horse Bellasarius was on parade. He is not the traditional colour but is

a Blue Roan Clydesdale. The Regiment returned to London on 17 April to prepare immediately for the Major General‘s inspection. This passed off well on the day but there was much carnage during rehearsals. On 22 May the Squadron provided a travelling escort for Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the

The Windsor Escort Advance Points: LCpl Young on Hadley and LCpl Allen on Jorrocks

This was the last major ceremonial occasion of the summer and we were then able to send some horses to grass and men on leave. Due to a large number of trainees in riding school many fewer horses than usual could enjoy their grass but those that did came back looking very fat, and had to undergo intensive fitness training before Summer Camp. Camp was once again held at the disused RAF camp ’ at Sopley near the New Forest. Three very good Hunter Trial courses were built and were put to good use by the Squadron. There is no doubt that the standard of riding has greatly improved this year and some very creditable performances were shown. Tpr McKinney









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Tprs Measures, Hayward Jones, LCpl Goodwin, Tprs Colton, Wood. LCpl Wood and Tpr Kibble discussing the odds at the Squadron Handy Hunter Competition


of Colours to the Coldstream


was placed in a show jumping competition and would have done well in the Squadron Handy Hunter if he had not proved too strong for his reins, which broke at the critical moment. Lt R J Onslow and CoH Chamberlain are to be congratulated on winning the senior ranks handy hunter; Tprs Duckham and Melbourne Hart on winning the Squadron handy hunter; Tpr Massey on completing the Junior ranks” course after breaking his arm half way round (a feat, however, emulated by Tpr Mathews, LG). CoH Rushton is also congratulated for the quality of the video recording of him breaking his arm. Whilst at Camp the Squadron had the opportunity of swimming their horses in the sea once more. This is a hazardous occupation due to the horses” inability to see the shore. Some soldiers also had the opportunity for a day’s hunting with the New Forest Buckhounds. Our gratitude is due to all the local people who helped make Camp so enjoyable. After the ride back to London the Squadron was able to settle down into a more normal routine, repair the considerable manpower casualties (six broken arms


This Escort was commanded by Lt L M J Kisielewski— Dunbar. It is very rare for a subaltern to command an Escort and the Squadron felt very honoured to be chosen for this duty. The Queen’s Birthday Parade took place on 15 June. This year it was a Life Guards’ Standard. The parade passed ofi" well but unfortunately as the Escort returned up the Horse Guards approach road LCpl Pratt’s horse, Kitchener, reared and fell over backwards on him, badly injuring his back. lt is hoped that he will soon make a full recovery and be back on a horse for next year’s parade. On 17 June The Regiment again moved to Windsor for the Garter Service and this also passed oh” well.



in One Troop alone) and get some people away on leave. The Musical Ride, successor to the Quadrille, Incanwhile, has been having a very successful and enjoyable season. Probably the highlight of the year has been their visit to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Show in Belfast. Despite the security implications they were extremely well looked after and the performances were

met with almost ecstatic appreciation. At the time ol‘writing, the Squadron is busily preparing for the Autumn Ceremonial season, and we have a

large intake ol‘trainees due to pass out in mid-December. This should set us in good stead for the beginning of next season. Maj Barclay with a 13-pdr gun

LCoH Walton, Tpr Stafford, Tpr Beulah, Tpr Plum and others waiting for the 'off' at Summer Camp

ANNUAL REUNION AND DINNER The 40th Annual Reunion and Dinner of the l HCR Dining Club will be held in the WOs/NCOs Mess, Hyde Park Barracks, on Saturday 1] October 1986. Members making enquiries, change of address, etc.,

apply to: A Quiney, Esq. 5,4 Francis Avenue, llford, Essex. (01-478 3452).

and he is glad to have three harmonious Blues and Royals 1n the persons of J/Musns Gough, Hughes and Lindsay. What with the latest developments in the Depot’s long and glorious history, we now have two more

Guards Depot Notes

Companies, Waterloo Company, the Junior Leaders

of our young men as well as the more crusty permanent staff. He has just departed for Windsor to work with our remounts. We look forward to yet another fun and productive year.

from Shornclifie, and the Junior Parachute Company. The former will, as a ‘one off”, be turning out 13 young leaders for the Regiment and the latter are here to add spice to the Depot! Caterham Company welcomes an old favourite in the form of Maj Kersting who has taken over from Maj Lane as 21C of the Company. We have not lost the latter however, as he has now moved to the PSO’s office. Maj Kersting has lost none of his zeal; he ran effortlessly in the Guildford Marathon,though was not placed! CoH Nolan has also recently arrived and is looking after a number of young Blues and Royals recruits and other denominations as a Platoon Sergeant in Caterham Company. The now retired RQMS Stevenson’s son is carrying on the family tradition. He left the Depot in September and is attending an Armoured course at Catterick. Other notable members ofthe Adult Company include LCol-l Burbridge, Laidlaw and Ward. LCol-l

Ward, aided by LCoH Barclay, has just finished training 15 Blues and Royals potential officers on the Brigade Squad, the largest of such courses ever run at the

Guards Depot; it totalled 44 students. It should be mentioned here that CoH Henney has been distinguished with running what was considered in pass rate terms, the most successful Brigade Squad ever. The Stables have had a successful year. LCpl Mitchell brought back several firsts and seconds from Melton, Camberley, and Tweesledown. He has also trained many

as THE FREMINGTON PROJECT Tprs Binks, Noon and others 'rescue‘ Tpr Miles

Another year has passed with its characteristic speed here at The Guards Depot, and with its disappearance we welcome a number of familiar names. LCoH Fisher can now be seen letting off steam both on the square and, I am informed, in the Mess. Soon, we hope, to become fully fledged Depotians are the irrepressible characters of LCpl Voyce and Gaskill both of whom are presently on the GDPI course. We still have such

riding courses and thence to Knightsbridge. Fifteen have now joined the Service Regiment in Germany. We have at present a further 58 potential warriors on the Depot production line. Pirbright Company has under its wing a new Platoon, that of the Junior Musicians, run ably by Capt Coreth,

honourable members as CoH Wilde, LCsoH Thomas,

Harris and Ford, all members of Pirbright Company. J/Tpr Telling, late of Marne I, has been doing an admirable job assisting the Pirbright Company Clerk whilst recovering from an unfortunate accident. He has just re-commenced training with Caterham Company and already has a Blll Clerks trade ‘under his belt’. J/Tpr Mackrill, likewise a casualty of the field is finding his footing in the NCOs Mess until fit enough to recommence training. Pirbright Company is shortly to lose Maj Hadden-Paton, who is deserting us for the Mounted Regiment to take up the reins of HQ Squadron. The Depot has, however, gained an Officer, as has the Regiment, in the form of Capt Watts, the new Director of Music. He has seen the light and recapbadged from the Parachute Regiment. This is not his first introduction to the Cavalry, he was, in former times a musician in the Royal Horse Guards. Welcome back! The Marne and Loos Platoons, who featured in last year’s magazine, passed out on 14 June. Their course syllabus proved to be a great success, even with the mix of Cavalry and Foot Guards. Thirty—one Blues and Royals from both Platoons attended introductory 24




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Marne l Platoon undergoing canoe instruction

HMS ‘BROADSWORD’ At the invitation of our affiliated ship, HMS Bram/sword, six members of D Squadron went to sea. The party was to be Ct Woyka, LCoH Davies, LCpl Roberts with Tprs Hoyle, Hughes and Dewing. HMS Broadsu'ord is a type 42 Anti-Submarine frigate and was the second ship to be commissioned HMS Brow/sword. The first ended her service on 24 January 1964. HMS Broadsworcl was commissioned in 1979 and was the first ship of the new type 425 and as such is also the Squadron Leader’s ship. With Plymouth’s breakwater behind us and the now unfamiliar motion of the ship at sea. The constant airconditioning and lack of windows below we peeled off one by one to our bunks. LCoH Davies who was the only one who could boast a nautical background with his grandfather having been at sea, stayed depressingly fit. Broadsword was in the middle of her battle fitness test, and she was just taking a break to go to Gibraltar. So the time at sea was busy with the full ship‘s comple— ment always seething to be doing something. The time was not without light relief though. As we passcd the Horn of Spain the flight deck was turned over to horse racing and barbecues. Our first stop was Gibraltar. There is only a small land-based Naval complement, one company of the Queen‘s Lancashire Regiment and a small RAF presence. But with the border with Spain open and ferries to Morocco there was a lot to do and see, Of the Rock

itself it is said that there is more road and passage way in it than road round it. After Gibraltar, we sailed further into the Mediterranean and had a day on the sea ranges with three Jaguars flying out from the Gibraltar Squadron. We first tracked them while they made dummy attacks on the ship and then towed a target for them to fire at, which we found most impressive. Our visit to Oporto was a much more relaxed affair with sight—seeing and port tasting more the order of the day. It was also a short stay. With the weekend over, Monday saw us leaving another breakwater behind us, and heading North to the Bay of Biscay and the tail-end ofthe weather that had wreaked havoc with Cowes Week. The two weeks we spent on Broadsword had not been idle ones. With emergency after emergency drill rehearsed and re-rehearsed. There had been a day and night spent on the sea ranges. The ship had picked up two people drifting in a small open boat. And we had spent time in each department on board during the time. As visitors to this new world we had learnt a lot about life at sea. At the end it all amounted to a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile trip which had educated us a little in the ways of shipboard life and service with the Royal Navy. We offer our thanks to the Captain and Ship’s Company in the hope that it will not be long before we are able to introduce some of them to the mysteries of Regimental life on a return visit.

Band Notes

Household Cavalry Manning and Record Oflice

»' FREEDOM OF WINDSOR PARADE The Director of Music, Maj B T Keeling. leading the Massed Mounted Bands past the Guildhall on 13 May 1985. THE FINAL TEAM Back Row: Tpr West LG. CoH Smith LG, CoH Beck LG, LCoH Hodges RHG/D, Tpr Taylor LG Front Row: Mrs Dolman, WO‘l (SC) Weston RHG/D, Maj R J Morrisey Paine LG. Col J G Hamilton-Russell RHG/D, W02 Etches LG, CoH Giblette RHG/D

The last year must be remembered for the change of personnel in the Band. We have welcomed Musns Purnell, Kinsler and Wilson, whilst the list of people we have to say farewell to almost reads like a Band

On 11 November 1985, Household Cavalry Manning and Record Office and RAC Manning and Record Office combined to form the Household Cavalry and RAC Manning and Record Office situated at Queen’s Park, Chester. For the Household Cavalry it will be the first time in 300 years that all Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned

Officers, Soldiers and Reservists will no longer be administered by their own Records Office. From the time the Regiments of the Household Cavalry were formed, each regiment has maintained its own records of service of other ranks in a section of their respective Orderly Rooms. In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, we saw the formation of the lst and 2nd Household Cavalry Regiments and the Household Cavalry Training Regiment. lt was then that the two regiments’ Record Offices amalgamated to form the Household Cavalry Records Office with a CoH in charge of their respective Regiments Records and this office was situated in the cellars, underneath the Officers

Mess, in Combermere Barracks. The SNCO in charge of the newly-amalgamated office, who at the time was CoH








Officer Commanding the Windsor Regiment was also appointed Oic H Cav Records. In 1943, the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding House-

hold Cavalry became Oic Household Cavalry Records. In 1947, the Household Cavalry Records Office was

moved with RHQ Household Cavalry to Hyde Park Barracks, and was again accommodated in the cellars of

the Officers Mess, perhaps this accounts for the clerical attribute of consuming alcohol! After the Coronation,

in September 1953, RHQ Household Cavalry moved to their present location in Horse Guards and later that

year the Records Office moved to their final location Nominal Roll. They are: SCpl Tanner at the end of over the Guard’s Quarters at Horse Guards.

Lastly, on the amalgamation of the Royal Horse Guards and The Royal Dragons in 1969, the records of The Royals were incorporated with the documents of the Household Cavalry. It can only be said that after 300 years of living something akin to a nomadic existence our roots are to become firmly embedded in Chester and our new administrators are only too well aware that what they are handling is certainly a great deal finer than Dresden china. So take heart! We are in safe hands. The benefits of such a move will be enormous and will be felt by all soldiers who serve in the Household Cavalry. Those who have held the appointment of Chief Clerk Household Cavalry Records are: J Oxberry LG Sept 1939 Nov 1950 M J Sutton RHG Nov 1950 Oct 1956 D A Phillips LG Oct 1956 June 1959 G C L lngham RHG June 1959 Aug 1963 R Hoggarth RHG Aug 1963 Feb 1965 W Jones LG Feb 1965 Nov 1968 C E Oxberry LG Nov 1968 Feb 1970 M G Holland LG Feb 1970 Sept 1973 A Desborough RHG/D Sept 1973 Mar 1975 D J Whennell RHG/D Mar 1975 Aug 1976 P A Lee RHG/D Aug 1976 Jan 1979 A M Cherrington LG Jan 1979 July 1982 AJ Weston RHG/D July 1982 July 1984 A C Etchcs LG July 1984 Nov 1985 Re—Designated as H Cav and RAC Manning & Record Office A C Etches LG Nov 1985 Jan 1986 N W Bourne RHG/D Jan 1986 To date









Mitchell, Thornburrow and Williamson, with LCpls Cairns and Avins; Musns Biscoe, J, Alderson, Haywood

and Bellis are leaving the fold soon. It is a shame to see so many g0. Atthe end of 1984the Band travelled to West Germany by coach and ferry in time to take part in the Royal Military Music Show at Munster. From there we travelled to Detmold to visit the Regiment for almost two weeks. Immediately upon arrival all those below the rank of Corporal of Horse became aquainted with the Regi— ment‘s severe accommodation problem; 24 men were barracked in one room not much larger than a squash court with little bathroom facilities. The Band kit was at first stored in one oftwo squash courts, and when Lt Col

Smith-Bingham wanted the old court for its proper use RCM O‘Halloran was kind enough to allow us the use of one bunk in the W0 & CsoH Mess. Needless to say. life was extremely cramped and we were not at all sorry when it was time for us to leave Detmold and head" for home. In the meantime the Band was heard by most members of the Regiment at a carol service and at a few Mess func— tions. In return, the Band was treated to a visit to the border under the guidance of Lt Mountain, whose

navigation on the homeward journey enabled us to pass through parts of Germany we did not expect to see. The Band was kept employed during 1985 as a Mounted Band for longer than is normal. April saw us all in Windsor where we took part in exercising the Household Cavalry‘s right as Freemen 0f the Royal Borough to ride through the town, and a few days later we were involved in the State Visit ofthc Life President of Malawi.

This was a new experience for us, and owing to the late arrival of the President we halted alongside the Royal Air Force Central Band for some time, during which we took it in turns to serenade each other. Beating the Retreat was noticeable this year for the weather. This engagement on Horse Guards Parade in June is noted for taking place on warm, dry evenings. This year, however, we cloaked up on every evening, and on one occasion were caught in a cloud burst only yards from home. The closeness to barracks did nothing to prevent either us or the horses from getting soaked. The poor summer did not affect our usual engagements too much. We had some wet days during our two— week trip to Bournemouth, but were. able ‘to play in the Pavilion Ballroom, and only had to cancel one concert.

New engagements for us this year were a day at the Roehampton Club where the Quartermaster and RCM from Hyde Park Barracks watched us playing as we watched them eat lunch. In July we played at the Wellington Country Fair at Strathfield Saye near Reading; we played at the Aylesham Agricultural Show on August Bank Holiday Monday: the Romsey Show in September: and at the opening of some new Barratts' Show Houses in Bracknell. October saw the Band playing at the Wembley Arena for the visit of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The Band opened each performance with a Marching Band display, being joined in the arena shortly before the Spanish Riding School started. by Mounted Trum— peters and Drum Horses of both The Blues and Royals and The Life Guards. The influence the Spanish Riding School had on those of us who were lucky enough to witness them was evident a few days later at the Bands rehearsal for the Lord Mayor‘s Show. The Riding Master in particular seemed to be practising some of the leaps the Spanish Riding School called Schools 27


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Above the Ground. In November the Band underwent its five-yearly inspection by the Inspector of Army Bands, Col Ewing: and the Assistant Inspector of Army Bands, Lt Col Beat, plot]? from the Royal Military School of Music. Kneller a . On Armistice Sunday the Band performed at morning service in the Guards Chapel and supplied Trumpeters for Westminster Abbey. In the evening we gave our annual concert in aid of the British Limbless Ex-Service— men’s Association at the Fulcrum Centre in Slough. This year we werejoined by the Griffin Male Voice Choir who took care of most of the second half. As the Fulcrum Centre is being sold it is most likely that this was the last concert we will give in aid of BLESMA, unless another venue is found. It was during this concert that it was announced that our Director of Music, Maj B T

Keeling, is to retire in 1986. This has fuelled speculation in the Band as to who will be his replacement, and by the time THE BLUE AND ROYAL is printed we expect that we will know. During the year LCpls Cairns and Gilder, and Musns Billington and Thornburrow have performed with both the Household Cavalry Quadrille and the newly—formed Household Cavalry Activity Ride. LCpl Dawson has been keeping the Band in the Regiment‘s mind as he has been working as a clerk in Detmold for the whole of the year. Musns Gandy and Howe have taken a course at the Royal Military School of Music and Musns Kimberley and Whitfield are awaited as they complete their six months of equitation. The year 1985 is to be rounded off as 1984 was, in Detmold. This time, however, it is to be for five weeks,

and the Band are at present busy packing for the trip. RHG/D BAND ENGAGEMENTS 1986 (Provisional) April Guard Mounting Association Dinner Cavalry Memorial Parade Royal Windsor Horse Show Castle Hill, Windsor

Beating Retreat, Horse Guards Parade Trooping The Colour Aldershot Military Tattoo St. James‘ Park Castle Hill, Windsor Hyde Park August

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Monmouth Show Castle Hill, Windsor

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December 4—6 From left to right: Musn Mitchell, LCoH Burroughs, T/Maj Orritt, LCpl Avins

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The past year has been a varied and happy time within the Mess, and certainly a year to be remembered and talked about, in the small hours, for a long time to come.

Sadly, our Mess Manager for four years, CoH Hutton, has left us for greater things in the Recruiting world, but in true Mess tradition CoH Mellor came to the fore to carry on the good work, with his team of LCsoH Mitchell and Waterman. Our notable guests to the Mess included Sir Julian

the rally Sport, with the Football the true matches. LCoH

was CoH Dunkley and family. as usual, is an important part of Mess life, Oflicers Mess being worthy opponents in bothand Cricket. Both matches were played in tradition of the sports, with a draw in both Baldwin continues to lead the Mess Darts

Team, but LCoH Waterman with his collection of seven

Hugh Smith; Lt Gen Sir Brian Kenny; Gen Sir Desmond

cups in one competition, ensures fair play. We say a sad farewell to the following: W052 Triggs, BEM and Hughes; SCpls Finch and

Fitzpatrick; Lt Col G N Smith, US Army; and Maj Gen

Timmis; CsoH Reeve, Blackburn, Breakwell and Buxton;

J A C G Eyre, who is due to visit us in November. Of the many lunches and dinners the most notable

W0s2 Dutton and Lyons (REME). We congratulate the following on their promotions: W032 Manning, O‘Gorman and Quinn; SCpl Armishaw; and CoH Lawson. We welcome into the Mess: W02 Hendricks (REME) and W02 Antill. With the hand-over of W01 (RCM) O‘Halloran and W01 (RCM) Sayer in December, and the build-up to the Christmas period the PMC (W02 Harkness) and the PEC (SCpl Gimblett) are planning a Christmas to remember.

Bullard, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bonn; Lt Col H 0

was that ofthe 20 April, where 155 members ofthe Mess

dined out the old Commanding Officer, Lt Col J D Smith—Bingham, in true Mess style. The new Commanding Officer, Lt Col H W Davies, was dined in by the

Mess on 13 June and both occasions were great successes. The highlight of the entertainment year must be the Waterloo Ball, which took place on 22 June. The total

of Mess members and guests was 460, which proved no problem to feed by the Master Chef, SQMS Spring, and his team. They produced a buffet equal to none past or present. Sadly, he is now looking after penguins in the Falkland Islands — no reflection on the bulTetl The presence of the 40-strong Regimental Association members helped make the Ball a great success, which was enjoyed by all. Ex-CoH Steel's trumpet notes will be remembered for years to come. Sunday 15 September is a day that the Mess took to

Lord Mayor‘s Show

the road in the form of the Mess car rally, SCM Dav1es

Halle, Munsterland

and SQMC Hunter set a course which caused the ‘wives: map-reading to be put to the full test. The winner of

Visit to Sennelager


MESS PHOTOGRAPHS At present the WOs and CsoH Mess of The Blues and Royals have a lack of group photographs of former members of the WOs and CsoH Mess, The Blues, and WOs and Sgts Mess, The Royals. If any former members of either Messes, or any former Blue and Royal Mess member have any group photos they would be prepared to loan or donate to the Mess we would be most grateful and give assurance that they will be safely and carefully looked after.


Wives Notes

by Schulz




Mrs Harkness, Mrs Westlake, SQMC Hunter, Mrs Towse obscuring Maj Bucknall; SCM Davies and Capt Havle during the Families’ Day at Hohne

On a warm summer‘s day, one of the few this year, two coaches loaded with wives and children drove to Hohne to visit the Regiment at Annual Firing. It was the highlight of the year. v Our hosts for the day were A and D Squadrons. They had organised a full programme of activities: excellent barbecues,

ice creams, children‘s and

ladies' assault

courses, Chieftain. Scorpion and AFV432 driving, dry Battleruns and Troop hides. We would like to to thank SCM Murray and CoH Armishaw for teaching us to drive Chieftain and hope they have recovered. We would also like to thank Tpr Dyche for the assault course from which those of us who tried it are still recovering. Most of all we thank the Commanding Officer. Lt Col Davies, for making the day possible and allowing us to visit the Regiment at such a busy time. Apart from many other activities, the other highlight was the Wives’ Christmas Lunch. The picture opposite says it all.

Kin m THE COMBINED CAVALRY OLD COMRADES ANNUAL PARADE AND SERVICE The Regimental Association party marching past HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in Hyde Park, May 1985

The Annual Dinner 1985 Due to the constructional faults found in the barracks at Hyde Park the dinner this year was held at Combermere Barracks, Windsor; 280 members were present for an excellent meal which was provided by the Master Chef and his stafi” of The Life Guards. We are most grateful to the Commanding Ofiicer of The Life Guards for allowing us to use the facilities of the barracks, to the Quartermaster and RCM of The Life Guards for allowing us to use their staffs and the Mess and to all members of Household Cavalry Regiment in Knightsbridge who did so much to make the dinner a success.

THE WlVES' CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY Mrs Maher persuading Santa Claus that she has been a good girl since last Christmas

Families' Day at Hohne: Mrs Bucknall, Capt White-Spunner and Mrs Olivier


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Combined Cavalry Parade 1985 Once again there was a very large contingent from the Association on parade. Despite the problems in the barracks, Association members were entertained in the WOs and NCOs Mess of the Household Cavalry Regiment after the parade and we are most grateful to the RCM and the staff for all their hospitality. Visit to the Service Regiment A party of 38 members proceeded by air to visit the Regiment from 2i to 24 June I985. On arrival they were joined by four other members who were on holiday in Germany at the same time. We would like to thank the Commanding Officer for allowing us to make this visit and the RCM and all members of the WOs and CsoH Mess for their hospitality during our stay

particularly for their invitation to attend the Waterloo Ball. A report on the visit is published separately. The Association Buffet Dance A total of I70 members and their guests attended the function at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 2 November. As the repairs to the WOs and NCOs Mess had not been completed this had to be held in the temporary Mess. We were therefore a little short of space but everyone seemed to enjoy a very good evening. We are most grateful to SCM Fox and BCM Whennell and all members of the Mess who made all the arrangements and to the Master Chef and his staff for preparing an excellent buffet. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 1986 The Annual General Meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 3 May. The meeting will commence at 1800 hours and 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. AGENDA Minutes of the meeting 1985. Points arising from the minutes, Confirmation of the Accounts for the period ending 31 December 1985.


After the Freedom of Windsor Parade: In Pensioners F C Cook (RHG 1922-30 and 1939-45), W J Wardale (RHG- 1932-46), E Blow (LG 1921 -37), L Williams (RHG 1934-46) and M Wager. BEM (LG 1929—49)



Committee matters: Under Rule 12 the following members are due to retire: Mr J S Clark Mr W R Macdougall In accordance with Rule 12 the undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the Committee to fill these vacancies: Capt L Evans Mr Z A Goodacre Any other business.

Assemble on the Regimental Marker in Broad Walk at 1050 hours. Dress—Lounge suits and decorations. Those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade. Your Committee look forward to your support and hope to see a large contingent on parade.

‘At Home’ Day 1986 We have been invited to join the Household Cavalry Regiment for their Open Day. At the time of going press details have not been received but further informa— tion is contained in the proforma which those interested should return for an application form.

Visit to Service Regiment The Commanding Officer and members of the Service Regiment in Detmold are again inviting 40 members of the Association to visit them in 1986. This year the visit will take place in early October to coincide with the farewell to Detmold parade and accompanying functions. Full details and cost are given on the proforma and those interested should fill in the application form and return it to the Secretary. 1f the visit is oversubscribed a draw will be held.

Alamein Social Evening 1986 This will take place at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 25 October 1986. Please complete and return the proforma for more details.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade 1986 The parade is on Saturday 14 June and the final rehearsal on Saturday 7 June. A very limited number Of tickets for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing only) are allotted to members of the Association. Members should write to the Secretary who will send an application form. If you have had tickets during the last five years, please do not apply. Applications must be with the Secretary by 21 April and if, as normal, the demand exceeds the supply a ballot will be held. Remembrance 1986 (I. THE FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE will be open at 1200 hours on Thursday 6 November. Members are asked to assemble at the Regimental Plot in St Margaret‘s Churchyard at 1150 hours. Dress— Lounge suits, no medals. WINDSOR.

Annual Dinner 1986 The Annual Dinner will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 3 May. Dress—Lounge suits, no medals, Bars will open at 1730 hours. There is no accommodation available in Hyde Park Barracks but some may be bookable in the Union Jack Club or The Victory Services Club— details of these are printed 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 £6 but only £3 for members over 65 years of age. Should any member know of a comrade who would like to attend but cannot alford the price of a ticket, please notify the Honorary Secretary who is authorised by the Committee to give a free ticket in any such cases.

The normal Service of Remembrance

will be held at the Garrison Church, Windsor, on

Sunday 9 November. A limited number of tickets will be available from the Honorary Secretary. LONDON. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park at 1050 hours. on Sunday 9 November.

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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 but will be welcome to attend the Mess afterwards. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday 4 May. Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret will take the Salute. The service will be conducted by the Chaplain General.

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The Chairman of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades. Maj ’Spud' Lewis, greets HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother at the Annual Parade and Service in Hyde Park in May 1985

are £500, with an annual subscription of £400. If you are not yet a member you should write soon asking for an application form. The Victory Services Club, 63—79 Seymore Street, London W2 2HF This is just by the Marble Arch in Edgware Road. The joining fee is £575 and you will need to send proof of having served in HM Forces, 1? Photocopy of Discharge Book, or something similar.

Assistant Honorary Secretary COH Giblette, J, is appointed Assistant Honorary Secretary ofthe Association on the departure of W01 A J Weston. The address will remain the same but the telephone number is now 01-930 4466 extension 2214.

The Ex-Service Fellowship Centre The Ex-Service Fellowship Centres run two resi— dential homes for ex-Servicemen and their widows. New House in Stepney, east London, can take 29

N OTICES Accommodation in London Two places are able to ofifer reasonable accommodation in the centre of London, details are reprinted here for your convenience.

be of pensionable age, have their own rooms in comfortable buildings. They are not nursing homes and residents on admission must be capable of looking after themselves though some help, for example, with bathing, can be given. Those interested should apply to: The Administrator Ex—Service Fellowship Centres 8 Lower Grosvenor Place London SWlW OEP


The Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo,

London SE1 8UJ This club has 340 Single rooms and 63 doubles. Ex Servicemen who served for at least two years are eligible to become members, the fees for joining

residents. Hollanden House in Bexhill—on-Sea, East Sussex, can take 52. Residents, who must ordinarily

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES 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. Name MR D BARNES MAJ D S BARRINGTON-BROWNE CAPT R C BUCKNALL HON MRS M FREEMAN-THOMAS LT COL C G M GORDON MR G E W HALLS CAPT SIR JOHN HANMER, ET MR T HARDS LT COL A B HOUSTON, OBE, MC, DL MR P JONES

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The Association were delighted to receive an invitation from the Commanding Oflicer for a party to visit the Regiment again in I985. It was agreed this year that because of the arduous journey by coach and boat for some of the older members, the Secretary was instructed to arrange for the party to proceed by air. Seats were therefore obtained on a charter flight by Dan Air from Gatwick to Hannover. The party of 38 assembled at the airport at ll30 on 2| June, many of whom had attended last year, and all were looking forward to meeting old friends and the wonderful hospitality the serving Regiment always give us. Arrangements were made for the party to sit together on the aircraft and after a few drinks at the airport everyone was in good form when we took off at I330. The flight was very enjoyable and we landed at Hanover at 1620 (BAOR time) where SCM Hughes was there to meet us with a coach. After one-and-a-half hours we arrived in Detmold where we were met by the Adjutant and RCM. Arrangements had been made for the majority of the party to be accommodated in the newlyrefurbished barrack block and all agreed that it was extremely comfortable. All members of the party, irrespective of their rank while serving were made honorary members of the WOs and NCOs Mess for the duration of the visit and we are most grateful to the RCM and members of the Mess for allowing us this privilege. After everyone had settled in and had partaken of a welcome meal and refreshment we were invited to the Officers Mess for drinks. This was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, so much so that the Secretary and the RCM had considerable difficulty in persuading some of our party that it was time to leave. On Saturday we were given the opportunity of visiting Detmold and the Minibus was put at our disposal for shopping. etc. After lunch most of the party were taking things easy in preparation for what was the highlight of our visit ithe Waterloo Ball organised by the WOs and NCOs Mess. We really are most grateful that with all the hard work which was put into arranging this Ball, the Mess could take on looking after a party of Association members at the same time. None of those who attended will forget the way that the tents had been set up and furnished on the sports field and the wonderful buffet which had been prepared by the Master Chef and his staff. We would also like to thank SCM Murray and his committee who were responsible for the organisation of the Ball and for arranging for

we were beaten at darts we returned to the WOs and NCOs Mess for a buffet and social evening. On Monday morning a programme had been ar— ranged for us to see the Regiment at work and to visit various departments, the stables, PRI Shop, etc. After lunch we all assembled in the bar for our farewell drinks where the Secretary thanked RCM O’Halloran and all his members for all they had done for us again this year. He also thanked the staff of the Mess for all their hard

work and their cheerfulness after long hours looking after us. The RCM said how much they had enjoyed having us and no doubt many would be looking forward to coming again. He also thanked the Association for the support which had been given to the Regiment particularly for the large amount given towards the purchase of the Minibus and for grants made to members of the Regiment towards adventure training and in other unfortunate circumstances. After our final farewells the Commanding Officer said how pleased he was that the party had been able to visit the Regiment and with a final trumpet call from our Trumpeter (Mr Herbert) we boarded the coach for our return to Hanover Airport. Our flight took off on time and we landed safely at Gatwick ten minutes early. We would like to thank once again the Commanding Officer, the RCM and everyone in the Regiment who helped to make this a memorable weekend for all of us.

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their families and guests. This was very much appreciated and contributed to an excellent evening en‘o ed b everyone. JOh Sufi/day most of the party didn‘t turn up for

breakfast having had an early one before leavifng tfie Ball. However, we were all on parade again or t e families lunch in the Mess where many carried on'where they left off the night before. On Sunday evening we were invited to the NAAFI where a large numbergof soldiers had gathered to make us welcome and after




Obituary EMMETT ROBERTS Emmett Roberts (Army No 398257) died on 29 Septem— ber 1985, at his home in North Wales.

He enlisted in the Dragoons of the Line on 31 January 1924 ~ his father having served in the same regiment as a Quartermaster Sergeant (Thomas Roberts). He served as a trumpeter, and was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1927, finally being discharged from the Army in 1936. He served four years with the Colours and eight years on the Reserve. After leaving the Army he played professional cricket for Arbroath and was later capped to play for Glamorganshireia career which lasted for a number of years. He joined the Lanchashire Constabulary in 1936, retiring to run a sports shop in 1946. In his later years he took up the position as a local Magistrates‘ Clerk in Llangollen. Although sufifering from ill health in recent years he supported many of the functions of The Blues and Royals Association and regarded himself as a true Royal. TPR R S DILLON, The Blues and Royals Tpr Max Dillon was tragically killed in a military traffic accident on 23 April 1985. He was born and lived in Nottingham until he joined the Army in June 1980, doing basic training at the Guards Depot as a junior soldier. On completion, he joined The Blues and Royals in Windsor in July 1981 and was posted into Two Troop, C Squadron where he remained until the Regimental move to BAOR in 1984. During his time in Windsor he was employed as a CVR gunner, settling down to the arduous Medium Recon-

naissance role with great zeal. His skill was rewarded at Castlemartin in 1983 when he was the best gunner in the Squadron. During the summer of 1983 he partook in one of the longest Recruiting Tours the Regiment

undertook when in Windsor. In BAOR he was posted to GW Troop as a GW Controller in which he had a particularly successful time. He was a quiet, much-liked and very popular soldier with all ranks. He derived a lot of pleasure from his work and he had good prospects for the future. He was a gifted sportsman, especially football, which he played for the Regimental team. Tpr Dillon was 21 when he died and his loss leaves a large gap in the lives of those who knew him, and in the Regiment he will be remembered as a truly professional soldier. We offer our deepest sympathy to his parents and family. TRP A WEBB Tpr Allan Webb joined the Regiment in Windsor August 1983, on completion of his basic training at Junior Leaders Bovington. He was posted into C Squadron and very soon made many friends. He was a bright and cheerful personality who was always willing to help others. In his work as a turret crewman he showed determination and would produce a job well done no matter what the task. He was a fit young man who would have a go at any sport; however, he was particularly keen on ski—ing and was beginning to show his fellow skiers how proficient he was becoming. After a short time in Windsor, his service with the

Regiment saw him continue in C Squadron through the move to Detmold (and our armoured role). After only 12 months in Germany, and while on duty, he was tragically involved in a road accident on 23 April 1985. Sadly, he died from his injuries on the same day. To his family we offer our deepest sympathy. He will be missed by all of us and remembered as a great friend and comrade.

Those whose deaths have been reported since the last Journal was published Name R C Bailey A Clark F G Coleman R B Crush J Currie R S Dillon G E Dilnot A J Dudley

A ddress Kenbrook, 100 Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, Wembley 45 West Parade, Wisbech, Cambs Kings Dale, Lion Gylen, Haslemere, Surrey Fairholme, St Addons, Lea Lane, Nut Bush Lane, Torquay 14 Rednam Place, Newcastle Serving with Regiment 10 City View, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8PT 2 Bure Haven Drive, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 488

E W Fortt

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B C Heaven B J Hogarth, DCM, MM F Holdaway J S Lockwood K R Nolan F W Owen R P Queen A Routley

Flat 2, 29 Sussex Square, Brighton, Sussex The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR 66 St Anns Road. Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DZ 3 Newlands Road, Chatteris, Cambs 28A Wimbledon Park Road, London SW18 9 Wimborne Court, Brooklyn Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN1] SQW 87 Golden Ridge, Freshwater, Isle of Wight PO40 9LF 10 Ash Road, Three Bridges, Crawley, Sussex RH10 ISH

L A Scott

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S F Smith A W Steer H R Traynar R D Waters A Webb S G Williams

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2 Regency Mews, Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, Sussex Serving with Regiment 8 Golden Oak Close. Slough, Berks

Date died

Adventure Training EXERCISE ECSTASY QUADRANT IN KENYA by LT J W JOHNSEN Churchill’s wry observation that it was the lot of the common soldier to be dispatched to foreign lands to die on operations with ludicrous names was never truer (hopefully with the exception of death) than in application to Exercise ‘Ecstasy Quadrant’, the Regiment’s expedition to Kenya. To make it easier for Soviet agents and RAF Corporals (one can only assume), there is a sort of consistency in the madness of army reason: ‘Quadrant’ because the Regiment is in the 4th Armoured Division, and ‘Ecstasy’ because that was the name of the Weser Vale Hunt puppy the Staff Officer responsible for the title happened to be walking at the time. All of which does not go very much further to explaining why two officers and 10 other ranks are, at time of writing, busy unpacking long johns after the autumn FTX and repacking the same kit bags with shorts and T-shirts to go to Kenya. Planning began in September 1984 with ideas encompassing first, a trek from Cairo to Capetown and, secondly, Cairo to Kenya both being thrown out by MoD and FCC due to the political sensitivity of some of the countries to be transmitted. It was finally, and even then only with grudging reluctance (with a coup erupting in Uganda and further instability in Somalia) that we were allowed to go to Kenya. This hurdle negotiated successfully, we then had to make a plan which embraced all the army stipulations for an official adventure expedition: ‘Challenge pursuits in an alien environment. . . with some degree of risk to life or limb. . .. Soldiers in a non—military context, thrown onto their own resources”, etc, etc. It all seemed to make Livingstone look a bit feeble. This is what we ended up with: a six-phase operation involving physical, mental and scientific challenges: Phase 1: Travel from BAOR—UK~Kenya (by air). 2: Assemble all expedition equipment and prepare the three Land—Rovers. Receive briefs from Defence Attache, Director of National Museum. : Drive via Nanyuki and Lake Baringo to the Southern edge of Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf) and set up Base Camp 1. : Party splits up into groups in order to: a. Attempt a man-powered crossing of the crocodile-infested Lake Turkana, a distance of some 35—45km via South Island, in either tribal craft or hired boat. . Trek to and climb (i) Mt Nyiru — 9,283ft; (ii) Mt Kulare7,522ft via El Kajarta Gage Trek to the Suguta Valley to collect data and specimens for the National Museum

of Kenya.


: Break Camp and move to Loiangalani on Eastern shore of Lake Turkana and set up Base Camp 11; from where we will trek 120 miles in six days across Chalbi Desert. : Travel back to Nairobi via Marsabit Game Park.

If any of us have survived the heat (midday maximum of 120°F in the Chalbi), the crocs, snakes and scorpions and the bandits, there is also the very remote possibility of a brief visit to the coast for some ‘R and R’ before the flight back to England. To the casual reader, organising such an expedition might seem an easy matter, what with the combined resources of the Army and the RAF to support you. This idea could not, however, be further from the truth, as any soldier will know, and the author would, on behalf of those taking part and of the Regiment, like to thank all those, in particular the Association and ex— members of the Regiment, who have helped to mount the expedition whether financially or with advice or with useful addresses. Above all, our special thanks must go to

Tristan Voorspuy for all his work and help in Nairobi before our arrival.

Lt T M Voorspuy with John and Ddu, the guards

It was hard to believe we were finally off. But as the already strong sun began frying off the blue haze that hung over the city early on the morning of Wednesday 13 November, our little convoy slipped out of Kahawa Barracks, Nairobi, and headed north. Within three days, we were at the foot of our first objective and ready to climb. Ecstasy Quadrant had begun. Our first project was to climb Mt Nyiru, 9,283ft, an enormous, sprawling outcrop right at the end of the Ndoto range of mountains. It took two days, with one night spent near the summit and l wager that none of the expedition will ever forget the climb. After three days’ bone-shaking, gear-grinding drive in hot LandRovers on the most indescribably awful roads (more pot-hole than surface after the ‘short‘ rains), initial

enthusiasm ran high. ‘John‘ and ‘Dundu‘ were posted to guard the vehicles and remaining kit as we set off with the sun already high in the sky. It was appreciably much hotter now we were so far north of Nairobi and water had to be strictly rationed. Even so, none of us.

although fit, had appreciated quite the severity of the heat and altitude. Ironically, it was the medical orderly, 37

shortfall. Leaving a near riot behind of unhired labour,

we set off at dawn on day one, 22 camels loaded down with the vital water jerries and assorted kit, ourselves

falling in next to the long train. To some it came as a surprise not to be riding these pack camels, but most were quite happy to keep well upwind of those belching, gurgling pungent beasts ofburden. They were remarkable animals and would plod on with a minimum of guidance for days withjust the occasional gulp ofwater and browse on a thorn bush. Their owners, a motley crew of Gabbra




Setting off at dawn on th e first day of the camel-trek

LCpl Atherton, who was the first to go, collapsing with a ground-shattering thud under the weight of the medical kit, which he had inadvisedly refused to leave behind. A simple case of heat exhaution, simply treated. As the water sloshed emptily in our bottles, it was all we could do to keep going. We had to get to water by nightfall. At about 6,000 feet we entered thick rain forest which became at once our friend and our enemy. The cool shade it afforded was nullified by the constant need to crawl on all fours through thickets of thorn and bamboo, impervious to our ‘pangas’ (knives). Weak with exhaustion and dehydration, we finally reached waterjust as dusk was falling, the object of our dessicated thoughts for the past eight hours. The next morning we made the summit in about four hours and we were there rewarded with an almost ethereal panorama: a glimpse of turquoise Lake Rudolf to the north-west, Mt Kulal towering above the flats of the Chalbi Desert t0 the north-east and to the east: Marsabit. The next few days were spent at our second base camp on the shores of Lake Rudolf (now known as Lake Turkana) from where we sent our expedition to Climb Mt Kulal (7,522ft) to collect butterfly specimens for the National Museums: from where we fished, boated and carried out repairs on the vehicles; from where we sent a party north to negotiate the hire of camels from the Gabbra tribe for the desert phase; from where another party climbed Mt Porr, that extraordinary, purple triangular hill so sacred to the El Molo people. By now all had lost their peaky BAOR pallor and we lived in shorts and gym shoes, washing in the glorious cool of the Lake with one eye cocked for crocodiles. Our staple diet of tea, porridge, goat, beans and rice was

and Somali tribesmen, provided constant chatter and amusement, despite their off-quoted anxiety concerning lions and ‘Shifta’ bandits. We walked on. Over some of the most desolate and dry desert country imaginable. But not without the occasional glimpse of Grevy‘s zebra or gerenuk, those delightful slender-necked creatures who shimmer away in the haze. We would get up an hour before dawn and load up the groaning camels ready to set off at first light before walking until midday or longer, depending on the distance to the next water hole. Our objective was Allia Bay, right in the north of Lake Rudolf, which we finally made on day five, glimpsing it tantalisingly for several hours before arrival. Our joy after five days and l40km in the wilderness of the Chalbi knew no bounds and we celebrated that night with a double ration of pineapple slices! After a final bathe in the Lake, we bade goodbye to our hardy camels and set olf back to North Horr and the long journey back to Nairobi. On the way back, we stayed in Marsabit and Samburu game reserves and, particularly in Samburu saw some ofthe most spectacular game: a herd of elephants (cows and calves), impala, buffalo, oryx, dik—dik and a myriad of wonderful birds. But all too soon, after three weeks away, we were

rumbling back into Nairobi and the sad sight of what the African thinks is civilisation. Before our final departure, we spent three days at Malindi, fishing, snorkelling and






enjoyed by all. The expedition provided the most magnificent experience for all concerned which would have been impossible without the generous help and support of the sponsors, the Regimental Association and the numerous others listed in this issue of THE BLUE AND ROYAL. It is events such as these that really take the khaki out of soldiering and replace it with some gold.

not without its critics, but the occasional fish or pine-

apple then came as a giant treat to be relished and drooled over round the evening fire. Another long, hot day’s drive took us to North Horr, surely the hottest place on earth, where clusters of huts and a Catholic Mission eke out an existence around a small well. This was the start point of our five—day camel—trek across the Chalbi Dessert. Miraculously appearing out of the desert, the camels arrived with their handlers on the appointed day — in fact, too many of them; purposely requested in anticipation of a 38

The Blues and Royals would like to thank all those who. have helped with the Kenya expedition and in partlcular: HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother The Duke of Wellington The Duke of Fife The Duke of Roxburgh Lord Kindersley Gen Sir Richard Worsley Maj P B Johnsen R E Wingfield-Digby, Esq, MC P O R Bridgeman, Esq Lt T M Voorspuy C Rogers, Esq G C Greig, Esq N F Lathaus, Esq Richard Snailham, Esq Lt Col J Scott Members:

Lt Col Hollicy Mwenda (of the Kenyan Army) Mrs P L Candler British Airways Nikon Cameras Fuji Film Schroder Wagg Plc The East Africa Association Coca Cola Africa and Middle East NAAFI (Detmold) Pilkington Brothers Plc The Blues and Royals Association The Household Division Eton College

Lt J W Johnsen (Expedition Leader), Ct J H Wingfield-

Digby, CoH Rose, LCoH Carpenter, LCpls Atherton, Rogers, King and Parker, Tprs Bradley, Elliott, Polley and O’Neill. A VISIT TO MOROCO by Ct C R F WARD-THOMAS Again this year, the threatened ‘heat wave of monstrous proportions’ managed to avoid Detmold with marked success. It was time that Mohammed scuttled off to the mountain and so my travels, and the industry of the Adjutant, took me to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and until lately the home

of Lt Col T C


Defence Attaché for Morocco and Tunisia. As I was given to understand this was part of an Exchange/Au pair scheme between the Moroccan Army and our own. This would probably explain the presence in Detmold of one Lt Sinnate over a four—week period which included such highlights as the Summer Ball and Annual Firing. Nothing could have prepared him for the hectic pace at which both are run, though in pursuit of different goals and often having much the same result. Lt Sinnate was unfortunate in the timing of his visit in that the Regiment was heavily committed and all hands were to the pumps, making it very difficult for him to obtain the maximum benefit not only from what we have to offer, but also Germany in general. I was more lucky. My visit to the Moroccan Army lasted for 11 days. In this time I was shown the cultural (touristic) side of Morocco and was also lucky enough to be shown the 2nd Armoured Regiment working. The weekends were devoted entirely to touring around markets of every shape, size and type, mosques, museums, mausoleums, springs, kasbahs, etc. This was all done

THE CHALBI DESERT LCpI Atherton and camels at a watering-hole outside North Horr

from the nucleus of Errachidia, home of the 2 GEB (second group of tank squadrons). A garrison town, Errachidia sits, totally dry, on the edge of the great expanse of country that makes up the north-eastern part of the Northern Sahara. One only has to throw open the gates and one is on a training area or open range, paradise? lt was nice to see the sun though.

Making Camp: Tpr Bradley, Lt Johnsen, LCpI Rogers. CoH Rose preparing the evening meal in the shade of a thorn bush

Due to very strong links with France from the colonial days the Moroccan rank structure and administrative methods are based on the French system. The similarities to our own Army are still there but are masked by an impenetrable (or at least it was for me) smudge of French and Arabic. The official military language is French but Moroccans also speak Arabic, Spanish,

Berber and American all of which they use in the same sentence.




Monocco: Ct Ward«Thomas ad friend i

Like most armies the Moroccans suffer from lack of money so they concentrate on basic soldiering techniques with the emphasis on endurance, small arms proficiency and sport. The training year culminates in a month—long exercise where all skills are tested on and off the tanks. Morocco offers great diversity in scenery. climate, racial make-up and customs. It is an interesting country from many standpoints and characteristically the Moroccans are enormously hospitable.


The aim of Exercise Mediterranean Quadrant was to give personnel in HQ and Command Squadron a chance to undergo a period of outdoors training away from BAOR. In particular it was directed at soldiers in those departments that normally do not experience this form of training, such as the Regimental Orderly Room and the Messes. It would not have been possible without the generous support of the Regimental Association, to whom we are all very grateful. The Exercise consisted of three groups; the permanent staff who were static at a base camp in Isle Rousse on the north coast of Corsica and two groups of nine, the first being led by myself and the second by the ORC, CoH Reeve. I travelled down to Corsica in the Land-Rovers with the permanent staff who left Detmold on Tuesday 30 July to set up the base camp at Isle Rousse so that it could receive the first group late evening on Saturday 3 August 1985. The first team arrived as scheduled at 2030 hrs Saturday 3 August 1985 by ferry at Bastia after travelling from Detmold in the Regimental minibus. The group consisted of: LCpls Darby, Smith (516), Wright, Bates and Johnston; Tprs Davison, Morris; and Cfn Waddy. We then moved off to the base camp where we spent Sunday preparing ourselves and stowing our kit for the start of the trek the next day; once this was done we relaxed as much as possible in the shade to avoid getting sunburn in temperatures of 110°F, which we knew from the outset would be a problem during the trek. At 1000 hrs on Monday 5 August with maps marked and compasses poised we arrived at the start point of St Florent where last-minute purchases were made such as hats and sunglasses. LCpl Darby was already at the local bank’s cash point and Tpr Davison was loaded down with anti-snake bite capsules. Once LCpl Bates had been given a crash map-reading lesson to dispel his theory that the blue bits on the map were water and not sky we moved off leaving the tranquil blue Mediterranean behind us. After the first five kilometres we knew that regular stops had to be made in order to rest from the sun and ensure that everyone drank some water as sweat was just pouring from us. The first day’s march was limited to around 20km and was done on roads. The end of that day’s trek found us in a small village called Olette, where we purchased bread, cheese, tomatoes and melon for our evening meal and which became our standard meal for the time we were to spend trekking. On conclusion of the meal it was decided that we should attack the local watering hole in order to refresh the parts; this attack was successfully led by LCpls Darby and Smith, who took no prisoners and our own wounded were not apparent until first light, when cries of ‘Oh my head” could be heard above the noise of rushing water in the local hedgerows. Tuesday 6 August (my 25th birthday!) proved to be the most testing day, after a breakfast of sausages and beans (some hot, some cold) we made an early start before the sun got too high and we were in the village of Murato by 1000 hrs having covered about 16km, it 40

Exercise Himalayan Backstop by LCpl JOHNSTON



Corsica: LCpl Wright, Cfn Waddy, Tpr Davidson, LCpI Bates, OROMC Chillingworth, LCpI Darby, LCpI Johnson and

LCpl Smith was from here that we made our plans to conquer a 3,500ft mountain which, when safely negotiated, would put us in the village of Barchetta, our night stop. Having obtained a few hairs of the local dog we started the ascent. For the first hour or so things were fine and then we found ourselves entangled in thick undergrowth which proved to be quite sharp, much like hawthorn and this, coupled with loose stones and boulders, made

the going harder still. At one stage Trooper Davidson was sent ahead to recce a route to the summit which was curtailed in about 30 seconds when he trod on a snake and refused to progress any further up the mountain unless someone was in front of him, We eventually reached the summit after 3% hours to find that the only route down according to the map had been totally destroyed by fire and with no ropes or any other climbing equipment our descent was made by zig—zagging across the mountain. We finally made the foot of the mountain

Exercise Himalayan Backstop was an adventure training expedition to Nepal which took place in October. The team consisted of four oflicers and 10 other ranks. My place on the team was obtained for me by Surg-Maj Staunton the RMO. The expedition was led and organised by Maj Slater of 43 AEC based in Krefeld. We also had four WRAC with us including one dental officer. They ranged in rank from Private to Captain. They worked very hard and proved themselves later on the trek in Nepal. The trek itself was the Annapurna Circuit which takes in the best the Himalayas have to offer. For the first few days we enjoyed the Views and had a good time following the Marsyangdi River. Crossing the Burma Bridge (one of many hanging—rope bridges in Nepal) was quite a challenge. The expedition‘s main target was the Pass of Thorung La at 18,000ft. We made Manang on the tenth day where rain and snow forced us out of our tents. Therefore, we had to stay one day longer than planned in Manang. Because the weather was so bad, at least eight members of other expeditions lost their lives. The Pass was 400ft above us when we hit Phadi, the weather was bad and it snowed right through the night. The following morning we had 10,000ft to do; 4000ft up and 6000ft down. We finally crossed the Pass in the worst conditions for that time of year. We were the first group over, most others turning back at Manang. Even so it took us 10 hours to climb up and over the Pass to Muktinath. After the Pass, we spent two days at Mucktnow for

R and R which made us feel much better. Things now changed for the better both as far as weather and scenery were concerned. All the members of the expedition now set about getting a good tan whenever we stopped. I would like to mention our magnificent cooks. They carried everything they needed for the whole 21 days on their backs. Even in pitch darkness they would turn up without a word of protest and start setting up camp. Everything was going well but we fell behind on the timetable and had to force march for 18 miles over rough country. The girls once again proved that they were as good as the men. Our kit did not turn up at the allotted camp site, so we had to rough it in the lodge nearby. Eventually everything appeared in the morning. The problem had been that the night before was a big celebration in Nepal so the porters might have got side-tracked! The lodge was at Tatopani (with hot water!) which is known for its hot springs. After a good long bath, everyone was a bit more bearable for a while. After Tatopani everything was plain sailing—well, sometimes. The trek had been 21 days long and we covered 200 miles of rough, mountainous country. We stayed in Pokhara for one night and then it was back to Katmandu for three more sun-filled days. Our flight left on 31 October to bring us back to the real world and our parent units. Rain in Germany welcomed us home. It is good to be back (i) and I would like to thank the Regiment for letting me go on the trip.

and Barchetta at 2000 hrs, where we found a river and, whilst polluting it, we decided that Barchetta would

receive the same treatment as Olette got the night before. Due to the fact that most of the countryside was on fire we agreed that the rest of the journey to Calacuccia would be done on roads and this we did enjoying some very picturesque scenery. Our journey terminated at a reservoir at Calacuccia which was a most welcome sight, once we had established our camp we all took a dip which did wonders for our sore feet and sunburn. On the second day at the lake we discovered why we were the only ones using the lake, a point we had been pondering, it turned out that the lake was also doubling as the local sewage farm; it also answered the problem of why Tpr Bates had a sore throat! With the trek now completed we returned to the base camp where were were to enjoy a week of water sports, sun—bathing and talent-spotting. New skills were soon learnt and some of the most unlikely personalities became experts overnight, for example, LCpl Wright showed off his skills at water-ski-ing, as onlookers gasped in amazement while he was towed all around the bay — underwater, and Tpr Morris did his impression of David Bellamy when he harpooned an octopus and then spent the rest of the day trying to get it unstuck from his Chest. After all is said and done it was an Exercise that will never be forgotten.





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Sports Notes WESER VALE HUNT NOTES Chairman: Lt Col H W Davies Masters: Maj C C Bucknall Capt B W B White-Spunner Lt J C Tanburn Huntsman: Lt J C Tanburn W/ii'pper—in: Capt E Hanmer Keimelman: Tpr Locke Thisseason has so far been a difiicult one. We started hunting in October when we had our opening meet at Furstenberg on a very warm day and at which The Colonel of the Regiment and Lady Fitzpatrick were present. Thereafter we had a very successful and remunerative day at Lemgo in conjunction with the local Lemgo Riding Club. The Hunter Trials were held at Bredenborn on Saturday 12 October over a new course built by Maj Bucknall, Lt Tanburn, SCpl Burns and chl Lawes. We had very large entries and it was a most successful day. For the rest of October the Regiment was deployed on .Exercise Quarter Final so we were unable to hunt again until Saturday 9 November when we welcomed the Masters of Bloodhounds Association to Schloss Holzhausen. They stayed for the weekend and it was

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Lts Ward-Thomas and Jacobs and SCpI Burns on their way to win at Verden

The German weather then did one of its nasty about turns and went from being very mild to ~8°C in one night. This meant that we missed all the Meets scheduled for late November and early December so that we could not meet again until 9 December when we went to Neuhaus im Solling. The Hunt Ball took place on 23 November and attracted a huge crowd. It was a most entertaining evening, enlivened by some quite remarkable behaviour

by some of our guests and it was a dance that will be

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very nice to see Maj Bill Stringer, the founder of the Weser Vale, there with them. That Saturday we enter-

tained many of the original subscribers to dinner in the Mess and it was gratifying to see how many were still hunting. The following Meets were in the ‘heart of the vale” at Merlsheim and Himmighausen but we were restricted as to where we could go due to the number of cattle still out in the fields because the weather was so warm. The Himmighausen day was filmed by BFBS and screened on ‘Scene Here’ in December. It was quite a good film that included rather too much of the Adjutant and a fair amount of Maj Bucknall drinking. 42

talked about for some time to come. It has been particularly nice to see so many members 0f the Regiment hunting from both Messes. Most worthy of mention is CoH Dunkley who started on a Beginners’ Riding Course last year and who is now a regular member of the field. Our other English and German supporters have remained fairly constant and our field normally numbers about twenty. We now hope that the weather will be kind to us after Christmas and that we will be able to hunt through January and February. Other hunt events throughout the year included a very good and somewhat alcoholic Weser Vale Dinner in the Turf Club last June where Maj Shaw made a witty, if pointed speech about the equestrian ability of his Joint Masters. He knew that they would not reply! The hounds were shown most successfully at The Rhine Army Summer Show and also at The BAOR Pony Club Camp in July. We have had three litters of puppies just lately and we are indebted to all those who so kindly walk them for us. We tried sending two bitches up to Frederick Majoie in Belgium to be covered by his Bloodhounds but sadly they did not take. We will, however, try again this spring.

COACHING The arrival of new Hungarian carriage horses in parallel with that of the Commanding Officer, brought a new enthusiasm for driving to Detmold. Taking part in competitions proved difiicult because of the complicated German system of registration and therefore it appeared simpler to head straight into International Competition. The first was the Hamburg Derby where the team finished 12th out of 24 starters—a good effort for horses in their first competition and up against some of the world’s best. Disaster was soon to strike, however, and at Reisenbeck an all too spectacular dash through the water ended up with the carriage upside down, a number of wet grooms and the Commanding Oflficer with a broken leg. This seemed to put an end to the proposed trip to Hungary a fortnight later. However, the consensus of opinion was that it was still possible and although the mountainous terrain and the World Championship Course for the preVious year proved a little too demanding, the team still_came in honourably, beating a number of other competitors and winning the cup for the third Nation. Throughout the year LCoH Bissett and LCpl Watlow have been the lynchpins of the team together With Ute Scheibig, the Commanding Otficer‘s girl groom. And last but not

organise the younger officers to attend the Polo course in May. It is important that there is a strong nucleus of players, as when the Regiment moves to Sennelager it will take over the full responsibility of P010 at Bad Lippspringe and all the club ponies. During the 1985 season the Regiment did not enter the Inter—Regimental Competition but it did enter various tournaments on the club ponies and was moderately successful . . . A team consisting of Majs Hardy, Bucknall and Browne and Capt Mountain won the Bad Lippspringe competition.

The big disappointment of the season though was Ct Broughton breaking his leg in one of the early tournaments. The break was so severe that he was unable to play again in 1985. However, we hope he will be fit and able to benefit from a full season’s Polo in 1986.

least, Sanyi, Marka, Bogar, Hollo and Kesely.

POLO 1985 . . The many Military demands on 1985 made time available for P010 very short. However, 232 chukkas were

played by eight officers. All these chukkas were played on the excellent club ponies which were managed by the Scots DG. Our thanks must therefore go to the Scots DG for organising a system which allowed us to play ponies without the actual worry of stabling and keeping them fit. If this system had not existed we would certainly not have been able to play in 1985. The good news is that 1986 appears to have many fewer Military commitments in the summer and arrangements are already being made to purchase ponies and

Ct The Hon J H A Broughton


The Blues and Royals Football Team had a very encouraging year in the very competitive BAOR League and cup competitions. A total of 22 matches were played, within the cup competitions, BAOR Cup, 4 Div Cup and Cavalry Cup, 10 matches were played with seven won and three lost. BAOR Cup The Regiment reached the last 16 out of 86 starters and were finally knocked out by 28 Sigs Regt in extra time.

4 Div Cup Beaten by the eventual winners in the semi-final. Cavalry Cup Again beaten by the eventual winners (RH) after a very exciting match by 3 goals to 2. The League fixtures had second priority and with the density of cup matches coupled with the very bad winter, not all the intended fixtures were played. We hope_to rectify that in the forthcoming season, weather permitting.

Within the Regiment there is now a very strong nucleus of players, coached by CoH Guest and Sgt Ashworth the following have represented the Regiment during the season: SSgt Edwards Tpr Knibbs CoH Guest Tpr Gray CoH Rushton Tpr Findell Sgt Ashworth Tpr Donnelly Sgt Reid Tpr Finch LCoH Allen Tpr Hodges LSgt Brierley Tpr Ditchburn LCpl Dewar Tpr Hibbert LCpl Cowton Tpr Wood LCpl Robinson Tpr Brown LCpl Norris To name individual players would be unfair because this season was a genuine team effort. But the following players have represented their Corps and 4 Armd Div: SSgt Edwards Tpr Knibbs Sgt Ashworth Tpr Wood CoH Guest Tpr Donnelly LSgt Brierley HOCKEY 1985 During the last year Hockey has started to become a more popular game in the Regiment. The support over the last season was small but very enthusiastic. The next season looks healthier with more interest and people playing. The facilities at Lothian Barracks have been nonexistent due to the square being used as a tank park, which did not improve anyone‘s game. This meant that all of our matches were played away and so the game was not seen by the majority of the Regiment. The Regiment played in the BAOR Cup matches; winning two games into the semifinal when we were narrowly beaten 1—0 by the 14/20 Hussars. This season again it plays in the Cup matches and also in the BAOR League. The team has been very ably captained and managed by CoH Bond with SCMs Lane and Wall, SCpl Sackett and LCoH Eyre as his primary enthusiasts. 44

SKI-INC REPORT 1985 Introduction Since the Regiment‘s arrival in Germany, ski—ing has become more important than hitherto. In previous years we have had to make do with a Regimental Ski Team selected on a fairly inconsistent and haphazard basis from Officers who could afford it. With the local resorts of Winterberg and Willingen (and even a little ski-ing in Berlebeck in Detmold) and the advent of the RACsponsored exercise in Verbier, both downhill and cross— country ski-ing have become that much more accessible to all members of the Regiment. The ease with which Squadrons and individuals can organise a day‘s outing locally enabled many soldiers to learn to ski in the very hard winter of 84/85. Several groups of 16—20 made their way down to Winterberg in the Sauerland. Nordic Ski Team For the first time since 1979, the Regiment entered a

Nordic ski-ing team for the 4th Armoured Division Ski Meeting. Lt McCullough led the team which consisted of Ct Owen, LCpls Cowton and Symons, and Tprs Woolfenden and Foulkes. An intensive programme of pre-season circuit training and endurance running was undertaken to build up the muscles and stamina required for Exercises Black Quadrant and Bionic Rosebud. The team departed for Scharnitz in Austria on 2 January, and training started almost immediately. This consisted of both ski-ing and interval training for two weeks. The Divisional Championships came as a bit of a shock but every race was entered and in the words of the team captain ‘although we did not make any impression on the results, I feel that we did very well and stand a

chance to qualify for the Army Championships within the next three years’. Exercise Snow Queen The Regiment sent an average of 15 students on four two-week courses. We shared accommodation with the Scots DG in the Hotel Seehofin the village of Martinszell. The ‘hut’ is a three—star hotel and, as such, is probably the best Regimental Snow Queen hut in the area. All the soldiers who went learnt both downhill and crosscountry ski-ing. There were very few injuries, the most serious being Tpr Decicco, who broke his leg, and one or two sprains and twists; 47 members of the Regiment gained the downhill ski-ing bronze qualification. The Downhill Team The Regimental Downhill Team was, not for the first time, led by Lt McKelvie. The team consisted of Lts

McKelvie and Johnsen, Ct Broughton, LCpls Parsons and Westgate and Tpr Webb; 1984/85 was the first year in which all RAC Regiments got together to combine resources to obtain accommodation, instructors and lift passes at reduced rates. Exercise White Knight therefore brought the sending of a proper team within the reach of most RAC Regiments. After some very hard and cold training the team departed for lschgl in Austria to take part in the 4th Armoured Division Championships. Unfortunately, despite a brave and noble effort, the team’s lack of experience showed and it just failed to qualify for the Army Championships. However, Lt McKelvie and Ct Broughton did go on as individuals and finished very creditably in all disciplines.

THE WINTER ESSAY SCpl R D GREER Back pain and related subjects Hello, I thought, this looks like a weighty problem. It just sat there, looming as large and forbidding as an empty multi-storey car park during the great Sainsbury’s strike of 1954. Have to get help with this I thought, what about Phyllis? No, best not to risk it, what with her knees—they give her gyp you know! How about Gill?—Too busy discussing the merits of the cucumber Rose wants to enter for the Stanmins Flower Show (what a funny shape, the cucumber that is, not Rose. Oh I don’t know though!). Enough of this prevaricating, nothing for it but to lift it myself. Grasping adjacent corners, giving a mighty heave, it started to move, that’s when it happened, a searing pain burned through my lower back and related subjects, that‘s torn it, I thought. My whole life, as they say, flashed before my eyes. It was a very short flash; I‘ve not had a very exciting life you know. Why 1 can remember the times we used to bang on next door’s wall to make their dog bark, we could then go and complain about the noise so that we had someone to talk to in the evenings. Enough of this, I‘ll be crying in my coffee next and Lord knows that doesn‘t need any more watering down. Well, this gigantic monolith hit the floor with a dull thud, it was a dull thud because it was mostly boring and most thuds aren‘t very bright anyway. After a while considering my next move, the options being fairly restricted considering I was bent at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground; dragging my knuckles along like a demented Grenadier Guards Drill Sergeant who had taken the road sign that indicates bend for three-quarter of a mile far too seriously. After several sparring bouts with members of the medical profession l was finally interned in the RAF Rehabilitation Unit, Headley Court. On arrival l was greeted by a lugubrious admissions clerk lurking behind a small hatch under a sign demanding that one should ‘report here”. ‘Ah, Staff,” he said, doing an impression of Eeyore in one of his more depressed moments. ‘Your room is 18 in the Sergeants’ Mess Annex,‘ indicating a very tall-looking structure with rifle slits up the side: ‘top—floor,‘ he said, with something approaching a smirk; more of a smear really. His demeanour made Clement Freud look positively ebullient. ‘Have you got any luggage?‘ he said. ‘ln the car,‘ said I gesturing to my 1978 vehicle with the 1985 Plastic Padding in the craggy bits around the top of the wings, which was parked in the Station Commander‘s parking space.

of the rehabilitation. The next morning 1 was to see the consultant Rheumatologist. ‘Should have you out of here in six weeks,’ he said. ‘1 was told two weeks,’ 1 said, returning his volley. ‘Nobody gets out of here in less than six weeks,’ he said (l’m sure he was about to add ‘alive’ but professional conduct prevailed). A nerve started to jump over his left eye, roughly about the time a nasty glint appeared in the opposite eye. Game to you, I thought. ‘You will receive massage and hydrotherapy,’ he said, busily doodling on page three of the Sun. A vision of a sylph-like Swedish masseuse, her long, sun-kissed hair caressing my back, as her hands gently eased the tension and pain from my torture-racked body was soon destroyed by the arrival of Cpl Arkwright; a corpulent corporal WRAF remedial gymnast wearing brown brogue boots. She sniffed loudly, adding to the silver streaks adorning the lower sleeve of a tracksuit whose design owed absolutely nothing to Carnaby Street. ‘Get ’em orf,’ she intoned, presumably referring to my tracksuit top and rather natty singlet from Milletts’ firedamage sale. Her attack on my back proved the worth of the many hours she had spent moonlighting for Pickfords Removals, but was, somehow, effective. The

hydrotherapy incidentally, turned out to be helping to clean the Officers’ Mess paddling pool in time for the summer, which this year was an afternoon during the second week in July. The treatment eventually worked and I was returned to the outside world, clutching a

pressed-cardboard suitcase and the remains of a Red Cross parcel, the rest of which I had swopped for half a hacksaw blade and a portion of NAAFI pork pie which we had used to stop the radiator vibrating. A swift two weeks to clear the backlog of my aggregated ln Trays and then it was off on three weeks leave to convalesce. Then it was time to return to work proper. As I walked in I thought, hello, I thought, this looks like a weighty problem! It just sat there looming as large and forbidding as an empty multi-storey car park during the great Sainsbury’s strike of 1954. Have to get help with this, 1 thoughtithere’s no-way I’m going to pick up the Adjutant’s ‘lN TRAY’ on my own this time!

‘Hmm, probably have a bit of trouble getting Lip the

stairs with the cases then, still you‘ve got plenty of time before tea,‘ he said, slamming shut his little hatch. His smirk had increased to a twitch of his lips, which 1 later found was positively hysterical for him. On arriving in my top-floor garret and laying on the floor for twenty minutes to allow my back‘to approach perpendicular again, I headed for the dining-room 7 on the ground floor, arrivingjust as everyonewas finishing. This was to set the scene for the rest ol my stay, by

the time I got to where the action was. everyone was coming back. I managed to lose several stones (and my car keys) whilst I was there, which I suppose is part

The Square being used as the tank park before resurfacing


Warburg—the story of a Battle Honour How many of us realised as we advanced and withdrew during Exercise Quarter Final that we were covering ground ridden over by our Regimental forebears 225 years before. They were not on exercise but were engaged in the little-known Westphalian Campaign of the Seven Years’ War. The Seven Years‘ War (1756—63) started with the French, Austrians and Russians ganging up on Frederick the Great of Prussia. It ended with the Russians going home in a hufl, the Austrians getting a bloody nose, the French losing Canada and India to the English and the Marquis of Granby losing his wig at the Battle of Warburg. The English contribution to the European War was 20,000 troops including The Blues and The Royals, both coincidentally commanded by Lieutenant Colonels called James Johnston. The Westphalian campaign (1759—62), except for the charge of six infantry battalions

in the area bounded by Paderborn, Hoxter, Kassel and

Marburg. Eventually, in July of the same year, the French near Kassel split their army into two and tried to cut Ferdinand off from his bases near Paderborn and Munster. The result was the Battle of Warburg. The French cut-01f force, 20,000 troops under General de Muy, crossed the River Diemel and took up a position on high ground between Warburg and the village of Ossendorf (see map). Ferdinand decided to destroy this threat and despatched his nephew, the Hereditary Prince

at Minden in 1759, is not very well known. It would,

however, be wrong to dismiss it as insignificant, because the British cavalry did so well, especially The Blues and The Royals. The value of the campaign to Prussia was that it prevented 130,000 French troops from helping the Russians and the Austrians. 1t was just as well for Frederick that Russia did lose interest as, before going home, its army committed every atrocity under the sun; they raped almost everybody including the Burgerineister of Beuthen, whose wife said she really thought they might stick to women.

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The Battle of Warburg Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, a brother-in—law of Frederick‘s, commanded the British—sponsored Hanover— ian army, which included 20,000 British troops. The British cavalry was led by the Marquis of Granby, who also happened to be Colonel of The Blues. The French had 130,000 troops in Germany, a superiority of more than two to one over the Allies. . Like all good campaigns of the eighteenth century, it was fought during the summer and autumn. It was unusual to fight in the winter months as wet weather made the movement of armies, especially vital supply wagons and guns, virtually impossible, and the difliculties of finding food and forage became that much greater. The two sides began the campaign by marching round and round trying to outmanoeuvre each other and score a crucial knock-out. In 1760, this sparring took place



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The northern column was led by The Royals. During the night of 30/31 July the allied main army slipped away from Kassel covered by darkness and early-morning fog to help in the attack at Warburg. Unfortunately for the French, they did not spot the Allies advancing until midday when they were fired upon by allied artillery. The battle hinged around the capture of the hill crowned by a tower which fell into British hands early on. To cover his left flank exposed by the capture of this hill, de Muy sent a cavalry regiment, the Royal Piedmont. The Royals immediately charged them, broke the enemy's ranks and drove them back in confusion. They then followed this by attacking French infantry as they fled from the hill, cutting down dozens, taking a lot of prisoners and turning the whole thing into a rout. At this crucial moment, as the French left wing gave way completely, Granby arrived with the main body ofthe British Cavalry. He put himself at the head of The Blues and, followed by nine regiments, charged the main enemy position. He led three charges into the lines of the French cavalry, during which he either lost or purposely discarded both his three-cornered hat and his wig. His bald head shone in the bright sunshine among the helmets and provided a rallying point. From this incident comes the regimental tradition of saluting without headdress. Under Granby's onslaught the enemy gave way and fled except for three squadrons which launched a counter attack into the right flank of the First Dragoon Guards. Granby ordered Colonel Johnston and two squadrons of The Blues todeal With the threat while the rest of the cavalry continued the pursuit. Johnston wheeled his men and routed the French squadrons. With both flanks now overrun, the French gave way completely and fled back across the Diemel. The Royals were right in the lead during the pLirsu1t, and in the

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process charged and captured an entire Swiss infantry regiment taking 419 men and 21 officers. Warburg had been a brilliant success, especially for the British cavalry under Granby. The French lost between six and eight thousand men to the allies 1,200. The battle saved Westphalia for Ferdinand, but did not end the war, which would drag on for a further two years. It enormously enhanced Granby‘s reputation as a cavalry commander, ‘under whose orders all the British

Cavalry performed prodigies of valour, which they could not fail of doing having his Lordship at their head‘. So popular did he become in the army that many pubs were named the ‘Marquess of Granby’, the first in Hounslow kept by an ex-trooper of The Blues. The battle did, however, gain the Regiment a battle honour.


OSCAR WILDE’S TROOPER Jonathan Goodman tells the story behind 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ Anyone who has read ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol‘ by Oscar Wilde will remember the remand prisoner who ‘walked amongst the Trial men/ln a suit of shabby grey;/ A cricket cap was on his head,/ And his step seemed light and gay;/But I never saw a man who looked/So wistfully at the day”. Indeed the poem is dedicated to the man, ‘CTW, sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards”. In the spring of 1896 Charles Woolridge was quartered in barracks in Regent's Park, London. He had recently left Windsor, where he had got to know Laura Glendell,

a 22-year-old assistant postmistress. Just before his transfer to London he and Laura were married at a register office in St Pancras. But Laura continued to use her maiden name. Indeed the only person in or near Windsor who knew she was married was her husband‘s niece, Alice Cox, who lived with her. Laura’s reticence contrasted strangely with Charlie‘s eagerness to talk adoringly of her to his comrades. And he would show off a sepia snapshot of her in the local pub. Not that he drank much: most of his pay was put aside as soon as he had saluted for it. That was parsimony in the best of causes, he thought — so that he could please Laura with small presents and travel to Windsor whenever he had a day and a night off duty. Early in March

must go. l‘m going to do some damage.‘ Laura was upstairs when he arrived at the house. had ‘a little matter of business to discuss’. Having fulfilled Charlie’s request, Alice stayed upstairs. After only a moment or so, she heard a scream, a scuffling noise, the sound of rushing footsteps. She herself dashed to the front window, and, looking out, saw Laura lying in the road. Charlie was kneeling over her. Already people were running towards them. One of them was the beat-policeman, Constable Henry Miles. ‘Take me‘, Charlie said to him. ‘1 have

killed my wife‘. There was no doubt about that: Laura‘s head, in a puddle of blood, was almost severed. Before manacling Charlie, Constable Miles picked up a kitchenknife from beside the body. The trial was held at Reading Assizes, before Mr

Justice Hawkins, on Thursday 18 June. The counsel assigned to Charlie submitted that, in the light of Laura‘s unfaithfulness, the jury could find him guilty of manslaughter; but Mr Justice Hawkins, already known as ‘the hangingjudge‘, summed up strongly against him. The jury took two minutes to decide that, though he was guilty as charged, he should be recommended to mercy. Ignoring the rider to the verdict, the judge passed sentence of death. After three clear Sundays in the condemned cell at Reading prison, Charlie was marched to the execution shed. There, he stood to attention, as if on parade, while the hangman girdled his neck. He said nothing before the trap opened.

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and living in exile in France, ensured that Charles Woolridge, sometime Trooper of the Royal Horse Guard, would not be forgotten.

was a weekday, she was in Sunday-best. She was about

to go out—for what purpose, she refused to reveal. No, she could not change her plans, she shouted at him: he had ‘a pretty good cheek in coming there at all”. Miserably but meekly, he returned to London. During the following fortnight, he made several trips to Windsor. None was appreciated by Laura. On one


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that he slapped her across the face, sending her sprawling on the floor. The commotion caused Alice Cox to come downstairs. Charlie was standing over his untidy wife, who was crying her eyes out. He looked confused. ‘What have I done now?’ he muttered, seemingly to himself. Lifting his voice, he exclaimed: ‘Why does she try my temper so?’ With that, he ran from the house. He returned soon afterwards, and handed Laura a note in which he expressed his love and pleaded for forgiveness. Then he asked Alice to walk with him to the station; on the way, he spoke disjointedly of his unhappiness. Puddle of blood On 27 March he went to see Laura again. Before he left, she handed him a document to sign-a pledge that he would stop ‘molesting’ her. She promised to meet him outside the barracks on the following Sunday afternoon. . She did not keep the promise. Charlie waited till about seven and then left the barracks. In his pocket was the document, signed and stamped. He puzzled the sentry by saying: ‘1 have to go to Windsor tonight. 1 48

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Sgt Westlake, N

Sgt Willett, D J

Dog Section

LCpl Consadine, M R LCpl Dewar, J T LCpl Parkin. S

LCpl Bradley, C D

Tpr Mackenlie, J G

LSgt Ellis, V H

LCpl Fugatt, P R Tpr Hancock, K Tpr Rookes, D R Tpr Worrallo, B

Tpr Renton, R W

LSgt Harrower, R A

Admin Troop SCpl Armishaw, P D

LSgt Jackson, M J T

LCpl Cawley, M J

LCpl Cartwright, S C LCpl Dale, P | LCpl Green, J LCpl Hughes, A


Garrison Medical Centre

W02 Buckle, R M G

LCpl Munn, S E LCpl Wilson—Dando, G M

RHO Troop

Surg Maj M A Staunton

LCoH Bryson, S W

Cfn Bell, C

W02 Quinn, T J CoH Bowden, T J CoH Harris, P LCoH Bissett, l N LCoH Maher, V P LCoH Matthew, G C LCoH Pitt, C M J LCoH Rees, M N

LCpl Tanner, J M (LG)

LCpl Armstrong, M L LCpl Barugh, S M LCpl Cooper, B

LCpl Hellewell, G P LCpl Johnston) R P

LCpl Shatliff, T W LCpl Smith, l D LCpl Voyce, D C Tpr Burton. B Tpr Clavering, M Tpr Dear, A M Tpr Farley, A M Tpr Matthews, K T Tpr Monson, R E C Tpr Payne, K C Tpr Widdowson, F

RECCE Troop Capt E B 3 Mountain SCpl Gimblett, M LCoH Fernley, C LCoH Flynn, M J

LCoH Harris, A M

LCoH Davies, W V LCoH Hayward-Jones, J A

LCoH Nisbet, R J LCpl Lambert, K R

LCpl Smith, T G Tpr Carrington, D W Orderly Room W02 Chillingworth, G D CoH Hart, N

CoH Mawer, J LCoH Hammond, B LCoH Hudson, K LCpl Bates, S LCpl Williams, G Tpr Morris, M Tpr Peat, A D

Stables Troop SCpl Burns, K R (LG)

FLCOH Scruton, C LCpl Ablot, M (LG) LCpl Prior, M J (LG) LCpl Smith, A C (LG) LCpl Watlow, M J LCpl Young, A J Tpr Bartlett, P D (LG) Tpr De Vere-Walker, G P Tpr Gladstone, R P J Tpr Locke, P A (LG)

Officers' Mess SCpl Sackett, N P LCoH Baldwin, A G LCoH Sisson, P J

MT Troop

W02 Harkness, P J CoH Hastings, A P

LCoH Beresford, D LCoH Carney, R J LCoH Haley, C LCoH Kirkpatrick, l LCoH Wynne, D A LCpl Evans, D J (LG) LCpl Flower, P J

LCpl Frith, S C LCpl Gynane, C (LG) LCpl Wrigh, K A

LCoH Tuxford, P Tpr Barker, A L Tpr Donnelly, M

W03 and CsoH Mess CoH Mellor, D LCoH Waterman, A Tpr Proffit. M J

Provost Tpr Loft, C L RAPC Maj R W Thompson SSgt Edwards, G A

LCoH Simpson, P W LCoH Willacy, S F LCpl Hoare, M A LCpl McGuire, P LCpl Norris, M J

LCpl Round, 5 J Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Brown, S N Davison, R Foot, J F Gibbons, S F Horwill, N McCarley, A Schofield, D

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bond, D E Byrne, J Cook, G R Davies, S A Doyle, W M Edgington, G T D (LG) Holdsworth, K R Lawson, B McEwan, E

Lt Col Davies prepares to drive Col J G Hamilton-Russell out of barracks. Officers on the steps: Capt (QM) Livingstone, Maj Holmes, Capt Swayne, Lt Tanburn, Lt Clayton, Maj Massey and Capt (QM) Patterson. Holding the horses: LCpl Watlow


LCpl French. K R

Pte Holt, M APTC Sgt Ashworth, G

ACC W02 Fitzgerald, T J F

Sgt Crowther, P J

0M Department Capt M A Patterson

W02 Lane, E L

Sgt Jones, M LSgt Barrie, K J LSgt Cox, G K

GW Troop

W02 McEvoy, J

LSgt Fish, R D

SCpl Evans, B R C LCoH Allen, K B

CoH Bond, B T

LCoH Clarke, R N LCoH Hodges, C J LCoH Kent, N R


LSgt Middleton, K T LSgt Stewart, H LCpl Brown, A J LCpl Dickie, A S Pte Benson, D R Pte Bird, G R Pte Eagles, S

LCpl Pilchowski, G W Tpr Binks, M J


LSgt Brierley, D R

CoH Maskell, P M

LCoH Tapsell, G K LCpl Baxter, M J LCpl Cox, D W


LSgt Newlands, R B

Lt J W Clayton

Tpr Suter, P B


Sgt Reid, T A LSgt Holliday, N J N

Families Office

Tpr Smart, K A


LCpl Austin, G M

Tpr Kellett, N

W02 Wall, B G

Elliott, N S Evans, D M Jordan, M D Kerr, P

LSgt Clapton, N R LSgt Daniels, M E

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Capt P J Tabor

Maj Bucknall amusing Surg-Maj Staunton

LCoH Kitchen, R M

Provost CoH Douglas, M R LCoH Parsley, A (LG)

Tpr Crooke, E J Tpr Finch, D S Tpr Gautrey, D Tpr Mardon. A D Tpr Morris, 1 Tpr Murphy, B Admin Troop SCpl Harman, B R

LCoH Mitchell, P J Tpr Morley, J D Training Wing SCpl Stetton, P F CoH Seager, C R

CoH Rushton, D W

Butcher, J D Eyre, R W Martin, S M Needham, J W F

LCpl Milejski, J A

Cfn Campbell, R Cfn Edwards, P Cfn Flynn. L J

Cfn Foster, G J Cfn Hammond, G P Cfn Harrison, A

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Marchant, K J R Todd, K Ratcliffe, K M Robinson, D J

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Vaughan, D I Waddy, C E Walker, 5 M Wyld, K

Cfn Yates, C P A SQUADRON SHQ Maj H P D Massey Capt J S P Swayne

W02 O’Gorman, P W P CoH Rose, A J LCoH Flanagan, T J LCpl Athenon, S J LCpl Brockhurst, C R LCpl Elston, P B LCpl Rodgers, A Tpr Bradley. L P Tpr Lowen, G L

Tpr Butterfield, A G (LG) Tpr Polley, N F (LG) 1 Troop

Ct C R F Ward-Thomas CoH Sandercock. J M LCoH Hollingwonh, K P LCpl Hows, P P

LCpl King, N D Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Barnard, R D Dalrymple, B A Hodges, G A Larmouth, D O'Neill, S Snell, B Stanley, A P

2 Troop

SCpl Harding, M A CoH Pendry, T A LCoH Carpenter, T LCoH Plater, | M LCpl O’Brien, W D LCpl Woolfenden, A L E Tpr Colson, E J Tpr Elliott, C J Tpr Jones, E Tpr Redfern, L W

LCpl Nixon, R J LCpl Painting, M J

Pte Richardson, A S

LCpl Thomson, D P P

Pte Rushton, P M Pte Simpson, G

Tpr Smith, R S

LAD attached to H0 Squadron Capt R J Parsons W01 D R Chapman.

3 Troop

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Beard, J M Lister, B Moody, S C C Simkins, A H Williams, J

0M(T) Department

Capt J A Livingstone W02 Murray, 8 SCpl Stickels, J CoH Towse, L LCoH Beynon, K LCoH Cross, A D

LCoH Davies, H P LCoH Firth, P

W02 Antill, G L W02 Hendricks, B A SSgt McFarlane, J SSgt Speake G Sgt Dickson, K D Sgt Fitsell, S C J

Sgt McGilI, B T Sgt Ogley, D B Sgt Pe'ntz, G Sgt Readman, K

Tpr Welsh, P

Lt S D Jacobs CoH Wright, P A

LCoH Robertson, A S LCoH Steeden, J LCpl Darby, l LCpl Robinson. A J LCpl Underwood, G Tpr Craigie. | Tpr Fermor, D A Tpr Hibbert, G C Tpr Mills, S J Tpr Vosper, N J

C Troop

Ct W R B Jowitt CoH Guest, J R CoH Taylor. A D LCoH Munton, N LCpl Brooker. D M LCpl Richards, M J

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Linsley, R Molyneux. M S Noon, R Pelling, R A

Tpr Smith, P R

Admin SCpl Gillingham. S N LCoH Lock. M J LCoH Stephenson, A Tpr Ellison. M J Tpr Hayes, J P Tpr Lamble. P W

LCpl Rutland. D J Tpr Bowden. G M Tpr Ellis. D A Tpr Gray. D P Tpr Lee, A N Tpr Robinson, M S Tpr Trow. S P SCpl Kennard, S D A LCoH Maplesden. W J L

SCpl Elsey, S R LCoH Frampton. K A

LCoH Morrall. B D LCpl Bayliss. S L

LCoH Morris, S LCpl Dixon. D

Tpr Tpr Pte Pte

LCpl Monks, K A LCpl Spandley. J P Tpr Decicco, A A

Findell. M J Foulkes, T | Hagan, J C (Glosters) Jones, C N

LAD attached to B Squadron SSgt Webber. D C

Tpr Quinn. A D

LSgt Davies. M B

LAD attached to A Squadron SSgt Kerr. S N Sgt Lindsay. S J Sgt Price. 8 T

LSgt Lambdon. R W

LSgt Gauntlett, D E LSgt Gilber. D A

LCpl Rietzler, M J Cfn Dinverno, S J

LCpl Seddon. | A LCpl Storrie, K R

LSgt Moss. N C LCpl Mason. K

LCpl Oldham. R E

Cfn Groves. M A Cfn James. M Cfn Wall, D J M C SOUADRON

Cfn Baker. K


Cin Irving. H D B

Maj D T L Hardy Capt E H Hanmer W02 Manning, M J

Cfn Maynard, K W G B SQUADRON 8H0 Maj J L Holmes (US Army) Capt S Sibley SCM Stacey. M B

CoH Dunkley, G M LCoH Masson. T R LCpl Broughton. A D LCpl Dawson, K A

LCpl Nichols, M T LCpl Parsons. C D LCpl Taylor. R Tpr Ditchburn, M J (LG) Tpr Howe. P W Tpr Sayer. A M 1 Troop

CoH Pitt 0 J LCoH Mitchell, M D LCpl Henden. B W

LCpl Landy, S LCpl Lloyd. K S Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Lyons. S Ovenon, T L Panter, A D Suter. l

2 Troop

Ct The Hon J H A Broughton CoH Partis. J LCoH Day. K R LCpl Atkinson, P C LCpl Evans. J A Tpr Hayward, J R C Tpr Jones, A Tpr Munton. N Tpr Simmons. D P Tpr Steel, W H T Tpr Thomas, D F 3 Troop Ct J H Wingfield»Digby CoH Goodyear, A M

LCoH Rendell. R E J LCpl Birch, G W LCpl Westgate. N J Tpr CIement-Shipley. J O Tpr Davies, A G Tpr Ellis. K L Tpr Ibbotson. T Tpr Martin, W Tpr Pendlebury. D 4 Troop

Lt J C Tanburn CoH Greenaway, C J LCoH Dickens, J P LCpl Hastings. G K LCpl Jones, T


CoH Robertson. M LCoH Goodall. B LCpl Dawson. K J LCpl Farmer. A P LCpl Horner, D S LCpl Miles. D M LCpl Ruding. J D LCpl Symons. G G Tpr Dick. l S Tpr Knibbs, P M Tpr Merriman, S C Tpr Turnidge. J D (LG) Tpr Young. P C

Tpr Bartlett. M Tpr Dewing. N J

Tpr Byrne, J J

Tpr Hardwidee, N D Tpr Morrison, 0 R E

Tpr Curley, W

LAD attached to C Squadron SSgt Everingham, A

Sgt Austin. M Sgt Cutliffe. J W LSgt Castree, A W LSgt Cole, M J LSgt James, E M LCpl Evans, S C LCpl Yates, N R

Cfn Cooling. D E Cfn Croft. S J Cfn Hesp, K

Cfn O'Conner. S M D SOUADRON SHQ Maj C C Bucknall Lt A S Jeacock W02 Davies, D J CoH Manning, R P LCoH Brettal, S G (LG) LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Joyce. P Roberts. T Shaw, G S Topham, P (LG)

Admin SCpI Hunter, H W LCoH Seget. M LCpl Harris, P D LCpl Magowan, C G

LCpl Young, T J Tpr Greaves. J B LAD attached to D Squadron SSgt Harrower, M Sgt Adams, F W LSgt Todd. S G LSgt Wilson, A J LCpl Barker, P LCpl Gibson, D W Cfn Egan, D M

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Kircell, M McKie. R S Pilcher, M Thomas, C R

LCoH Callagan. K J LCpl Wood, 0 H Tpr Lofthouse. M S

SHO W02 Standen. D C LCoH Reynold, B J LCpl Buchanan, D R QM Department Capt J Peck W02 Brown, M R LCpl Pedderson. M A Tpr Hennessey. M J Tpr Sowden, D G

1 Troop Ct G L Cragoe CoH Lawson. P J

Tailors’ Shop

LCoH Sharples, L B (LG) LCoH Garfirth, J F

LCoH Jones, N

Tpr Berger, 3 J Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Coombs. P J Mathieson. J Oxtoby, K J Smith. M R Winter, M W

Tpr Reay, I Tpr Ruff, D Tpr Scovell, A N Tpr Treanor, H R

Tpr Twyman, P

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Williams. C D Williams. J P Wilson. A J Wood, P Yarnold. A P T

Tpr Burchell, A E Tpr Smith, N A Coach Troop Tpr Coulson, A P THE BLUES AND ROYALS MOUNTED SOUADRON SHO

W02 Fox. G A SCpI Claridge, D J LCoH Fletcher, S

Hopkins. T P F Morrall. P C Munroe, G Roberts, A M Welsh, S R Sulivan. S A Young. D J


LCoH Garland, D J LCoH Watson. K R A D LCpl Smith, P J LCpl Tilley, A M E LCpl Kendrick, K Melton Mowbray Tpr Jones, C R Tpr Debbie. D J Tpr Edgington, D P Tpr Edwards, M L Tpr Francis, L M R Tpr Liddle, P Tpr Melbourne—Hart, N G A Tpr Stafford, T R Tpr Southern, M R

Surg Lt Col J P A Page LCoH Gregory, J Tpr Bradley, D A

CoH Henney. P

Lt G M D McCullough CoH Mead, I CoH Baston, C G LCoH Bulmer, l R

LCpl Mitchell, P J

Tpr Kibble, L J

LCpl Rawlins. T E N

Tpr Long, A Tpr McKinnie, B A

LCoH Hammett, M A LCoH Haywood. C T

LCoH Smith, M

Provost Staff 3 Troop LCoH Walton, S P LCpl Brown. M

LCpl Summerlield. S R LCoH Gear. D J

LCoH Griffin. K J (LG)

LCpl York. G A

LCpl Townsend, P Tpr Phillips, B Tpr Sadler, M A Tpr Slight, N Tpr Smith, T Tpr Spencer. N Tpr White-Phillips. G

WOs and N005 Mess CoH Robinson, R D Officers Mess

CoH Barber. P E J

Tpr Musgrave, R A Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Nash, J M W Scott. N P Sturgeon. E J Taylor. J R Wood. D J

2 Troop Lt R J Onslow

CoH Chamberlain, D A MT Troop

LCoH Whitting, B J LCpl Pitt, N R

4 Troop Tpr Miller. C J Tpr Wright, A

CoH Wasp. G LCoH Brooks, C LCoH Martin, W

LCoH McDonald, A LCoH Webb. A J

Tpr Ellis. A J

LCOH Maxwell, P G

Riding School

LCoH Rushforth. D

CoH Mardon, T A LCoH Johnson, K Tpr Barratt, S B Tpr Bostock, J C Tpr Brown. D

LCpl Caskell, N LCpl Perkins. D L

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

1 Troop

LCoH Boyd, D R

Musn Kitching, S


Musn Mitchell. L J Musn Paine, N J W Musn Pegler, G N

BDS(A) Washington Maj I M D L Weston

Musn Haywood, P

Musn Purnell, P |

Musn Searle. M J Detached (Posted)

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Goodwin, M Austin, A R Beulah, N Colton, D J

Tpr Daley, I S Tpr Hawkins. J C

ASC Greenwich Maj P B Rogers

Musn Kimberley, l

Musn Whitfield, A Musn Gandy. R J Musn Howe, R

RMAS Maj D M Reed-Felstead HO BF Cyprus Maj G T R Birdwood

Juniors JLR RAC:



Coates Preston Hughes Lindsay Gough

Adults Wilson

RMCS Maj H St Capt F G Capt A J Capt A A

J Holcroft S Lukas MiIler-Bakewell Wood

Guards Depot


Tpr Harris. R J

Medical Centre

LCpl Hunter. E

LCpl Elliott, L J

LCpl Rex. J P LCpl Stokes, B Tpr Bowtell, A D Tpr Cullerton. J M Tpr Drinkwater. I S Tpr Dugdale, P

LCpl Lawson, M

Tpr Westlake, T J Tpr Willis. K L

Ct J D D Reid

LCoH Booker. A W LCoH Nicholson, D R LCOH Taylor. M R LCpl Austin. A L LCpl Edwards, D J

Windsor Tpr Measures, S

LCoH Whopples, G LCpl Allen. A L Tpr Foster, C M Tpr Freeman, M A Tpr Flynn, N A Tpr Hamilton, P A Tpr Hinton, D M Tpr Jenkins, D A

LCplCowton, IA

LCOH McGarry, P

LCpl Storey, A J

Awaiting Ride

Maj N H Carding, MBE W02 Smith, B Riding Staff

Lt C S St J Owen CoH Coutts. A J D

3 Troop Lt S H Cowen CoH Rushton, D M

LCpl Pratt, P Tpr Murphy. S P Tpr Reed. S L Tpr Singleton, M D


4 Troop LCoH Dobbie, G LCpl Armstrong, M J

Newman, 8 J Nixon, R E O'DeII, J Pickford, S R Raynor. M S

2 Troop Ct G V Woyka CoH Rogers. L D LCoH Thorpe. R J (LG) Tpr Brainwood. C J Tpr Cleary, S S Tpr Cody, i J Tpr Glasgow. F K Tpr Hunt, P J

CoH Kilvington, J A LCoH Davies. P G

Hincliffe, J A Massey, M B Morgan, G Plum, A N Roberts. J Roberts, M J Watt, A A

LCpl Phillips. A Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Capt J A S Bernard

W02 Law, K LCoH English. W A

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Mowbray. M J

Maj T P E Barclay

W02 Hatherell, B S CoH Perrin, J G

CoH Morgan. D W LCoH Atkinson. L LCpl Hiscock, D R Tpr Beaumont. M N Tpr Clayton. P J Tpr Cocker, P S Tpr Morris, A J Tpr Morris. B W Tpr Rowlands, K M J Tpr Seed, |

Tpr Miles, D R Tpr Moore, R

CoH Hyett, S P Tpr Hughes, D J (LG) Tpr Jackson, N C (LG) Tpr Sulley, P L

LCpl Dyche, M A

CoH Miller. D G

Mainard. J L Marshal. S McBain, G McGarry, J Midgey. M L

Tpr Hodgeson, G

LCpl Kershaw, E D

LCpl Smith, P

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Musn Whitfield, A

Lt M J J E Shanon-Christensen CoH Elliott. C D

Tpr Davies. l S Tpr Lickford, P M Tpr Perkins, M J Tpr Preston, A D Tpr Porter. D (LG) Tpr Reid, P 3 Troop

Musn Kimberley, l

W02 France. A G

Saddlers‘ Shop

LCpl Perry, M A

Tpr Hemming. M A Tpr Holford. L Tpr Horsfield. R N

Tpr Walding, A Tpr Whitbrook, L L

LCpl Challinor. I D

LCoH Kent. G S LCoH Smith, N A

Tpr Grant, D A


1 Troop

LCOH Ashby, B LCoH Farmer, G LCpl Kent, P LCpl Parker, J T Tpr Binks, I D Tpr Charles, P M Tpr Fowler. M R Tpr Molyneux. D T Tpr Sykes, J A Tpr Wood, S 2 Troop CoH Cook, M F LCoH Cowton. K M

Tpr Cross. B J Tpr Gill, T P

Tpr Mann, P


Tpr Sycamore A J

LCpl Roe, o P

Tpr Evans. K J Tpr McGee, F Tpr Smith, J A Admin

Sgt Medhurst, M W Sgt Milne, B A

LCpl Hayes. 8

LCpl Boden, P LCpl Terry. S M Tpr Brown. P

RHO Household Cavalry

W01 A J Weston

Maj B W Lane Maj A W Kersting Capt M R Coreth Capt S A Watts (DOM)

CoH Freeman. K R

LCoH Hammond, D J

8 Inf Bde Capt J Shaw

Guards Depot

CoH Wilde, G E

MOD (ASD 1d)

LCoH Barclay, R J LCoH Burbidge, A LCoH Cross, P R

Capt W R Rollo


Fisher, J C Ford. H Harris, S K Laidlaw. A V Nolan, G B

JCSC Warminster Capt R C D Lendrum HQ London District Capt T C Boles

LCoH Thompson, G

4 Regt AAC

LCoH Ward. 8 A

Capt J W Sellars

LCpl Care. C C LCpl Graham, M A LCpl May, C S

RAVC Centre Capt D McGregor

LCpl Mitchell, P J LCpl Pycroft, A G Tpr Allen. T J Tpr Boyd, J D S Tpr Carr, A G H Tpr Ewens, J |

Royal Military Academy. Sandhurst

Tpr Halfhide. P J

CoH Gratton. A E

LCoH Watson. J M HQ London District

Tpr Nichols, F E

Tpr Jeacock. A S

Tpr Wood, G

Tpr Kirkland. W J B

HO London District and L Staff

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

CoH Perry. 8 J

Officers Mess Tpr Cowlin. J N Tpr Duckham, J W Tpr Twort, N M

Tpr Wright, S P WOs and NCOs Mess Tpr Cheeses, G P BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS

Maj B T Keeling W02 Parsons. A W02 Whennell, R A SCpI Baines, S L E SCpl Orritt. C J


Bower, V Brammer, M Marsh, P N Packer, F J

LCoH Burroughs. C J LCoH Connaughton. K LCoH Guy, 8 C

LCoH Jones. P LCoH Stanton. G W LCoH Stevens, M P LCpl Avins, J M G LCpl Cairns, P J LCpl Gilder. V L LCpl Hayward. M R LCpl Mayhew, K P LCpl Wall, S J Musn Alderson, D J Musn Allport, N M

Lock, K B Nunn, A Shephard, S T Smith, D A Stephenson. J Stokoe, S

C Squadron Royal Yeomanry SCpI Stephenson. W SCpl Wendon, H LCoH Stubbs, D J

Tpr Robertson. K W OFFICERS SENIOR TO THE REGIMENTAL LIST (As at 1 December 85) Maj Gen J A C G Eyre, CVO. CBE fiMajor General Comd H Div Col D S A BoyngM CHARM

Col J G Hamilton-Russell. MBE —Lieutenant Colonel Comd H Cav Kuwait Liaison Team Col P T Keightley

RHG/D OFFICERS SERVING AT ERE (As at1 Dec 85) Defence Attache RABAT Lt Col T C Morris. MVO RARDE Lt Col H 0 Hugh Smith. LVO BMATT Zimbabwe Lt Col J A Aylen Maj G H Tweedie

Musn Bellis. E

MOD(DIS) Lt Col J J F Scott MOD MDS Lt Col A H Parker Bowles, OBE RAC Tactical School

Musn Billington, H R

Lt Col J D SmithABingham

Musn Biscoe. J J Musn Francis, T R Musn Haddock. R

MOD (DCDS(Systems)) Lt Col T J Suliyan

Signals School RAC Centre W01 J Triggs

SCpl Finch. P R CoH Blackburn. 8 D Er M Wing RAC Centre SCpI Williams, B R

CoH Buxton. R P RAC Gunnery WG BAOR W02 Chapman. L C SCpl Baker, K H Armd Trials and Development Unit W01 M P Stacey

RARDE Chertsey (PE) (AE) LCoH Barry, P K

RARDE Kirkcudbright (PE) (AE) Tpr Baguley, G M

HQ BAOR SCpl Bourne. N W H0 Episkopi Garrison

LCoH Swmdlehurst, N/K The Life Guards LCoH Jackson. G

Household Cavalry Regiment

Def Stats (AE)


W01 R J Sproats

W02 Hughes. K C SCpl Scammell, J A G SCpl Timmis, R W

SCpl Greer, R D

CoH Breakwell. T R LCoH Vickers. S A

Royal School of Music

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Tpr Watson, T A

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CoH Gardiner, R L CoH Grimes, F C LCoH Gibb. A J G

UK Mil Rep HO NATO SCpl Reeve, A D

HQ Sqn QOY W01 D P McKenna


BATUS Temporary Staff CoH Wyndham, W T LCpl Mills, R J

2 Armd Del Squadron

SCpl Rose, C W Junior Leaders Regiment RAC SCpl Kearns. B J

FWD 0rd Depot Dulmen Tpr Hare. J

Civil, Military, Sporting and Ladies Bespoke Tailors.


LCoH Chalmers. A W Tpr Young, S

BR Contingent UNFICYP (SP Regt)

W01 L Villers

RAC Centre

LCpl Cooke, A W

W02 Fisk, P E

664 Squadron AAC CoH Bryan. K E

BMATT Zimbabwe W01 R A Fortt

Army Dog Unit Hong Kong

Household Cavalry Er RAC

RAVC LCpl Storey. A J

CoH Giblette, J E


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