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By Lt Col J. H. Pitman

VOL. 1 No.9


Tangier (1662—1680), Dettingen, Warburg, Beaumont, Willems,

The past year has been for the Regiment a full and successful one. above all. a year of contrast. An excellent operational tour from December 1976 to April 1977, with the whole Regiment in Londonderry in the infantry role. was followed in the summer, by a very full part in Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Parade at Sennelager. Progressive training led to Annual Firing at Hohne. Troop Training with 56 Chieftain tanks fully crewed and, to conclude the armoured training season, the entire Regiment deployed with other arms on a Field Training Exercise in the countryside near Hameln in November. The restructuring of the Regiment is now complete and we have 66 Chieftains in Lothian Barracks. The fact that these tanks must be crewed with exactly the same establishment of Blues and Royals as we had previously to man 47 tanks notwithstanding that we are now without recce and guided weapon troops, imposes a very considerable training requirement. Add to this the fact that each soldier must now be proficient in all three armoured trades and that this year, due to our Northern

Fuentes d'Onor, Peninsular, Waterloo,

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Colonel-imChief: Her Majesty The Queen.

Colonel and Gold Stick: Field-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO, DCL The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding The Household Cavalry and SI/ver Stick. ColoneIJ. A. C G Eyre CVO, OBE Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel

H. 0. Hugh Smith,

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Egypt (1882), Tel el Kebir, Relief of

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Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa (189971902). Le Cateau, Marne (1914), Messines (1914), Ypres (1914), Gheluvelt, Ypres (1915), Frezenberg, Loos, Arras (1917), Ypres (1917), Somme (1918), Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Cambrai

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Italy (1943—1944).

CONTENTS Foreword . . Diary of Events . , TourIn Londonderry . . .. The Blues and The Royals in Ireland 1689— 91 .. The Silver Jubilee Parade at Sennelager Gunnery 1977 .. Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess . . The Mounted Squadron Farriers . . . . The Band The Household cavalry Squadron, Guards Depot The Colonel of the Regiments Visit The Waterloo Ride The Household Cavalry Museum . . The Household Cavalry Careers Office . . . The Blues and Royals Association Annual Report Those Who Have DiedIn 1977. . .. Visit of Association Members to the Regiment . . Tactical Training in 1977 On the tank park, Lothian Barracks


Regimental Transport and Carpentry Notes The International Val- du Marne Marches Sports . . Nominal Roll The cover depicts Officers of the Mounted Squadron.

merly done in a year, and it is easy to see that the Regiment has been fully occupied. I would like to pay tribute to each and every soldier of the Regiment. both Blues and Royals, and our large number of attached soldiers. whose professional and intelligent work has alone made the fulfilment of this demanding programme possible. The quality of the Regiment‘s Warrant Officers and Non Commissioned Officers remains a byword in the Army. But such are the requirements of modern soldiering and so high is the standard of all our soldiers.that nowadays responsibility is delegated to every single crewman in the secure knowledge that each will carry out his task correctly with the very minimum of supervision. The Regiment now looks forward to a full training period on the prairies of Canada in the summer of 1978. where almost all will go, either as The Blues and Royals Battle Group or. separately. as a sabre Squadron with an infantry Battle Group. I have no doubt that the Regiment will achieve distinction in this interesting period of training and also in the future maintain its present high state of operational readiness, required within NATO to ensure the credibility of its deterrent forces. As for myself. 1 am due to hand over Command of the Regiment in February 1978 after a most worthwhile and enjoyable two and a half years. My period of Command has encompassed the departure from Windsor and two years armoured soldiering halved by an Ulster tour. I have regarded it as an immense privilege to be allowed to add my name to the list of Commanding Officers going back through joint parentage three centuries in unbroken line. and to have been able to consider myself as the custodian of the Regiment’s reputation and the steward of its customs. The Regiment. and both former Regiments. have never been averse to moving with the

times and our ancient traditions have. to achieve the best results. constantly been moulded as the passing years and our operational requirements dictate.

We are all more than fortunate in being both members of the brotherhood of Cavalry and armoured regiments and also firmly, and importantly. members of the House— hold Division. We have constantly demonstrated that we are strong enough and flexible enough to carry out any task required by either organisation. I am sure that, like me. you are all very proud to be members of The Blues and Royals and am perfectly eonfident that the future of the Regiment. with all of you as its guardians. will be as illustrious as the past.

During his visit the Colonel presented no less than seven Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs in The Blues and Royals and two in the REME their Long Service and Good Conduct Medals. The following weekend we were visited by over 40 members of the Regimental Association led by Maj C. W. J. Lewis. They all looked very lit and it was good to see so many friends again. The Saturday saw the Weser Vale Hunter Trial organised and directed by Maj R. C. Wilkinson who had built the course in August. We were also visited by Gen Sir Desmond and Lady Fitzpatrick over this period. The training year finished at the time of going to press on a particularly high note. From November 1424 the Regiment took part in a FTX during which time we inflicted ourselves on the population of the countryside around Detmold. Hameln and Einbeck crossing and recrossing the Weser several times. It should not need to be said but the Regiment returned to Detmold from the FTX without a single traffic accident. What perhaps does not come through in this account

Diary of Events 1977 At the time of writing. names such as Shantallow. Foyle. Enclave, Strand and indeed Londonderry have receded into the distance. Yet the time spent by the Regiment in Fort George. Londonderry. was a third of our year and is undoubtedly a milestone in the Regiment‘s history. From December 29. 1976. until April 29. 1977. the Regiment was brigaded with the 2nd Bn Scots Guards and the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards for the first time in the history of the Household Cavalry. as infantry. From the last half of November 1976 for six weeks the Regiment trained hard in the infantry role which paid dividends later. When we returned at the end of April without a single casualty. the Regiment had arrested 154 people for questioning. searched 32,220 cars and 103 houses. In addition we were responsible for finding substantial quantities of explosives and ammunition. On return the Regiment took three weeks well earned leave. During this period, however. trade training courses were being run in preparation for Hohne. troop training at Soltau and ultimately the FTX. A large proportion of the Regiment was involved and those that were not were employed preparing the tanks for the Queen‘s Silver Jubilee Parade at Sennelager. On June 26 the Regiment moved to the Rehearsal Area and practised their part until the day of the parade, July 7. On that day the Regiment paraded 40 tanks. two 4325, ten Scimitars and four 438s (Guided Weapons).

The latter have now been handed over to the Royal Artillery who have taken over the Army‘s guided weapon commitment. In addition the Regiment found two escorts of five ferret scout cars each. The Sovereign‘s Escort was commanded by the Adjutant, Capt P. B. Rogers with the Regimental Guidon. held by W02 (RQMC) Stephen— son. The Escort to the President of West Germany was commanded by the Adjutant designate Capt P. H. D. Massey with a Squadron Standard held by W02 (RQMC(T)) Hill. The day itself was a gala occasion and after the parade many families lunched in the tents provided before watching the excellent displays arranged in the afternoon. Immediately afterwards we turned our attention to gunnery in preparation for Annual Firing at Hohne. The firing period lasted from August 8719. extensive refresher training and conversion to the newly acquired laser range finder being required before all crews were ready. That we achieved an extremely creditable grading after such an interrupted year was in no small way due to the tireless efforts of the Regimental Gunnery Staff 2

of a foreshortened training year but otherwise distended calendar is the extremely high standard of vehicle serviceability throughout. Although naturally the efforts of the LAD under the EME Capt C. J. Oswald and the ASM WOl Curtis and the Technical Quartermaster’s Department under Maj (QM) W. R. Marsh and W02

(RQMC) Hill are fully recognised and appreciated, so too must mention be made of the long hours put in by crewmen on the Tank Park. often late and over the

weekend in order to be ready for the particular task. That we were ready and the FTX was so successful from the Regiment‘s point of view proves that we are well capable of carrying out our primary role. At the time of going to press we are preparing for our Annual Inspection which will be by the Commander ll Armoured Bde under whose command we now come in this restructured Army. In 1978 we have before us the prospect of extensive trade training in January and February. firing at Hohne and Battle Group Training at Soltau in March and April. training in Canada in May and June and an FTX at the end of the year.

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under the able tutelage of Capt G. T. R. Birdwood and SCpl Fortt. We were visited on August 4 by the Commander in Chief Gen Sir Frank King. lt was the day the Regiment was loading for Hohne and he arrived in between two packets of tank transporters. He was then able to see the Squadrons at work on the tank park. On our return from Hohne there was a welcome period of leave during which ‘A‘ and ‘C‘ Sqns carried out three special ammunition Site Guards and provided a troop from Command Sqn on one week‘s patrol of the lntra German Border under command of the EME. Capt C. J. Oswald. On September 30 the Regiment went north again to Soltau for Troop and Combat Team Training. During this time we trained with 54 (Maharajpore) Battery Royal Artillery. ‘A‘ Coy 1 Queens and a detachment of 43 Field Sqn Royal Engineers. It was on September 30 also that the Regiment completed its restructuring into four sabre squadrons of three sabre troops each with the exception of‘D‘ Sqn who consisted then of two sabre troops. Half way through the Regiment carried out a series of troop tests. There were l7 stands ranging from Map Reading and Recovery to First Aid and the Geneva Convention. The tests were won by 3rd Troop ‘A‘ Sqn commanded by W02 Sibley. During the Soltau period members of the Regiment managed two enjoyable visits which were a welcome break in the training. The first was to the German Armour School at Munsterlager and the second was to HMS Ark Royal which was berthed at Hamburg on a four-day courtesy visit. The day of our return from Soltau saw the beginning of a three-day visit by the Colonel of the Regiment. Field—Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. We were all delighted to see both him and Lady Templer looking so well.

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TOUR IN LONDONDERRY HEADQUARTER SQUADRON In Northern Ireland, Headquarter Squadron was effectively split into two parts. One half. RHQ Operations and Intelligence~ was purely concerned with the

operational role, whereas, the remainder carried out the administrative tasks normally associated with the Squadron. ‘RHQ Ops‘ provided the policy and control of the Regiment‘s Operations and also the signals communications that were required. Regimental Intelli— gence liaised closely with the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Brigade Intelligence Cell. Through an arduous process of sifting and collating they produced the information and intelligence that the Sabre Squadrons needed. In many respects the rest of HO” Sqn carried on with the jobs that it fulfils daily in BAOR. The QM‘s Group which was combined with the Tech Department provided all equipment required during the tour. The LAD worked as usual, late into the night to ensure that this was

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always available. The messes too gave excellent service to the Officers and Senior NCOs, who at the end of a long and tiring day were grateful for the comfort provided. At the same time the Master Cook and his team were caring for the Junior NCOs‘and Troopers.

‘HQ‘ Sqn was also responstble for guarding the camp at night and provided all the escorts for the numerous administrative runs to Belfast and elsewhere. There was a constant demand from the other two Squadrons to strengthen patrols. so many found themselves armed with a rifle. Even the Regimental saddler and carpenter both found a permanent role as infantrymen. It was a hard working tour and the efficiency of all departments contributed to its success.

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NO 1 SQUADRON The Advance Party arrived at Fort George on December 22 via Anglesey and Lynham due to aircraft mechanical problems. The handover period between ourselves and 2nd Bn Scots Guards went smoothly. Our main party arrived December 28 and 29. replacing the Right Flank Coy, who went down to the Bogside and Brandywell. The next day we became responsible for the Shantallow estates to the north of Londonderry. It contains about half the population of the city and is potentially the most difficult to control. Geographically the area is divided into three principal estates. The Shantallow. which is the oldest of the council estates was completed in 1963 and consists of terraced houses huddled together with two separate areas of flats. This sector contains the highest concentration of terrorists. Secondly. the Carnhill estate, completed in 1973. is an open and sprawling area which envelopes a gently rising hill. The houses are laid out in a series of quadrangles radiating from a circular road, making it a sniper’s paradise. Thirdly, there are the New Estates. where the houses are all new and some unfinished, though their condition varies from well kept to slums. These estates have taken the bulk of the migration northwards from the city areas of the Creggan and the Bogside. The Squadron‘s tasks were split into four; patrolling. standby, Fort George guard and the manning of the permanent vehicle check point at Muff. which is five miles to the north of Forth George. Foot patrols of three bricks each were the main method of covering the estates. These were interspersed with as many snap vehicle check points as possible, both day and night. We also carried out numerous house searches which were neither popular with ourselves nor the inhabitants due to the early hours at which they were arranged. At first, patrolling was hampered as it was difficult to relate the large scale maps to the ground. This resulted in LCoH Armishaw and CoH Villers ending up waist deep in an Irish bog! On assuming command, the Regiment decided to practise a proxy bomb attack on Fort George. The immediate action was to evacuate all buildings, deploy to the helipad and take up defensive

positions. On no account was anyone to leave the camp. The practice was initiated and was almost completed when a tip ofi from the RUC. informed us that there was a bomb in one of the local supermarkets. Confusion and chaos ensued as patrols were immediately despatched from Fort George. CoH Thurston. the Guard Commander, who was obeying his orders not to allow anyone out. nearly came to blows when half the Squadron tried

to deploy! The entire operation was witnessed by the Brigade Commander. who was paying his initial visit to the Regiment. The bomb subsequently turned out to be a hoax. Meanwhile Capt Carr-Ellison was feverishly mapping out suitable plots for area searches and had already made his first find. a catapult. Two brutal murders took place in January. both of which happened a short distance from the camp. The first was Police Constable McNulty who was shot at a garage. The second, Jeffery Agate, a director of Dupont Northern Ireland. was shot outside in his garden when returning home from work. This received worldwide press coverage as businessmen were becoming the chief targets for the gunmen. Towards the end of the month, the RUC made their first unaccompanied trip into the estates while assurance foot patrols lurked nearby. The initial sorties raised many eyebrows but by the end of the tour hardly a lace curtain was moved aside to look. The constant pressure throughout the tour increased with absences during R and R. Morale was maintained by two early finds both discovered by LCpl Rogers. The first was nine .22 rounds buried in a but at the back of of some flats and the second revealed our vulnerability when seven 7-62 rounds were found in a potential sniper‘s hide over-looking the camp. By the middle of February, the Squadron was confidently in control of the area except for several inexplicable gun shot reportings, Many patrols were sent all over the estates in search of an answer. It was eventually discovered by LCoH Thomson, that these shots came from a multibarrelled crow scarer! On February 15 we had our first ‘contact wait out‘. 4 Troop was conducting a snap vehicle check point when LCpl Slater‘s patrol was attacked. Nine armalite rounds were fired at them from 250 metres. They all missed. An immediate ‘hot pursuit’ operation was mounted with many houses being searched

and large areas being cordoned oll‘. It was subsequently thought that the weapon involved was dumped in a car boot outside the Shantallow House nearby. the potential assassin having walked olT empty handed. After this operation we had a blitz of further searches resultinLY in several arrests but sadly not directlv connected with this shooting. i . March was heralded with the biggest explosive find in the 8 Brigade area for well over a year. This discovery by LCpl Stockford‘s patrol had special significance as we had been led to believe that there was a high risk of

culvert bombs being placed in our area. The explosive was hidden in one rubbish shed at the back of a particular drab block of flats in the north Shantallow. The area was immediately cordoned


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Horsford. while the rest of the Squadron was deployed in the anti—sniper role. The bomb disposal experts were summoned and the substance was finally declared safe. At the height of the operation 103 soldiers were present on the streets. The security and all round defence of the Muff Vehicle check point was a constant concern, despite


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In September 1976 the Squadron was formed predomi— nantly from ‘B‘ 8qu but with a generous portion of both ‘C‘ and ‘HQ‘ Sqns. The arduous round of road runs, rifle shooting. exercises, night exercises and more exercies culminated in a fortnight at NlTAT on Sennelager.

On reflection. the enemy and local population during this period were far Inore extreme and intense in theii animosity than any we met during the four months that followed. On arrival at Fort George. the advance party started learning the area and building an Ops Room in what had recently been an Intelligence Section storeroom. CoH Triggs masterminded the construction work turning his team of operators into highly skilled electricians: carpenters and glaziers overnight. Portions of the Squadron area had previously been looked after by four different units and the first task was to consolidate them. The area varied from the doekland through rows of Victorian houses. modern estates, the University College of Magee to the industrial estates and the open, rolling farmland of the Enclave. With the help of the Intelligence Staff and Capt Lingeman’s ‘The Enclave Book—Doomsday Rewritten‘, a fund of knowledge was quickly built up. Every patrol seemed to add its little piece to the overall picture; whether it was LCoH Lock reporting back that he had found another teastop, LCoH Bowden returning from yet another night in a thorn hedge overlooking the border or CoH McEvoy reporting the absence of some bricks from a wall on the Glen Estate. The four troops rotated through the two permanent Vehicle Check Points on the Buncrana and Letterkenny Typical Graffiti in the


improvements by the Royal Engineers. At the same time, SQMC Lawson and LCoH Grimes did a great deal in improving the living conditions. His department also provided a faultless 24 hour service with never a grumble from LCpl Robinson or LCpl Bramley. In mid-March a local priest reported the sighting of a shotgun hidden in a hedge. A patrol was sent to the spot and confirmed the discovery. The normal procedure for local protection was implemented and eventually the entire haul totalled one shotgun and 1.200 .22 rounds. Although R and R absentees dwindled, the manpower problem remained as vehicle maintenance teams were required to be sent back to Detmold. A record number of 14 planned house searches took place one morning while the Squadron Leader was away. The search team and their advisers. SCM Smart and LCol—l Law, were in

constant demand and became quite well known in the estates. Cries of ‘Oh no not you again” were common but LCoH Gardiner had struck up quite a ‘rapport’ with certain ladies. Speculation and rumours were never in short supply and as a result the Squadron Leader was fuelled with many ideas which kept momentum and enthusiasm going. One such rumour was of a possible sniper position in between the estates. An imaginative plan was made to insert an observation post, commanded

by Lt Wood, covering the firing point. A reaction force led by the bionic LCol-l Morgan based in Fort George, would then be whisked to the scene of action at the 10

instruction of the OP. Unfortunately the plan never came to fruition as no sniper appeared! It was vital that alertness should be maintained towards the end of the tour. At the beginning of April we had our final coup where LCoH Merry found 1,100 extended .22 rounds under a manhole cover in a churchyard. It was through this continual vigilance and expectation of reward that this discovery was made. During our last weekend we were told of the high probability of a mortar attack. Searches and theories of possible base plate positions were numerous. Anti-mortar patrols went out in quantity and our ‘preventative‘ investment paid off. although another camp in Londonderry was attacked. We all returned in one piece except the Adjutant who fell over a wheel barrow. injuring a finger! It had been an excellent tour from every point of view; numerous arrests were made. some resulting in long convictions. 3,900 rounds were found and 2501b of explosives taken into safe custody. Tension was greatly reduced in the area and altogether a remarkable change of attitude was apparent everywhere. Many people appeared genuinely sorry to see us go. Sadly, although much had been accomplished, the impossible had not been done and the lives of many charming and generous people were still being influenced by a tiny hard core of vicious and evil terrorists.

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Roads. patrolling in the urban area and the rural Enclave. Letters home and the four editions of the ‘Foyle News‘ will have made most readers familiar with the ‘Patch', Mary‘s sodabread, airborne carpenters and grounded helicopters. Everyone‘s memories are different but all probably dominated by the relief of no fatalities amongst us and the belief that though the static duties were extremely dull, a most successful job had been

accomplished. The patrolling troops spent long hours in Iandrovers and on foot. Of the many incidents reported some were tragic: the shootings of LCpl Cloete of the UDR and Constable McNulty, the bombings on the industrial

estates, doekland and residential areas being particularly sad. However, the reports of stray dogs being found and returned to their owners (normally by Ct Bagge); crow scarers being outflanked by Lt Miller-Bakewell and LCoH Wendon: pigeon shooters being stalked by LCoH Roberts and CoH Brown disembarking his section from a marine patrol boat in four feet of water, ensured that no two days were the same. The first search success was achieved during SCM Burrough’s absence on R & R. SQMC Garvey standing in as search adviser was so pleased when LCol-l Maskell reported the find that he forgot about his leaking wellingtons, the stream he was standing in and the rain that was

pouring down. With the aid of Winston, a yellow labrador, the search team had found over 801b of mixed explosives and other bomb making equipment made into four bombs, in the grounds of a school.

Other minor finds were recorded and one ignored. The l2in cannon found in the woods near one of the big houses in the Enclave by Capt Lingeman was not considered to be a likely weapon of the PIRA, though

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Arthur Negus might have taken some interest in it. LCpl Rushton‘s find ofa rusty .35mm revolver produced more concern. The four months progressed with a steady success rate of arrests including telephone vandals by CoH Hughes and LCoH Windress and the house arrest of a murderer on RUC authority. The Permanent Vehicle Check Points monitored the traffic passing to the Republic and back. The only trouble that was usually experi— enced was at weekends when the cheaper beer of Eire had its attractions and the Buncrana ‘Bingo Bus‘ inevit— ably attempted to jump the queue. A few words from Tpr Ellwood or Tpr Jarvis normally saw the bus return to its proper place. At Letterkenny VCP the sangar sentries had a good view of the city area and such eagle eyed observers as Tprs Dunkley and Platt were able to pass back valuable information. Trouble reared its head. however. when CoH Stacey acquired a cat. via LCoH Finch. to deal with the mouse problem. It was not realised that CoH Bright and LCoH Perry had meanwhile adopted a very smart mouse and had gazetted him as Lt Cordite—Smith. Internal disruption was narrowly avoided by the cat


A patrol in wintry conditions in the Enclave

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Tpr Sinclair, LCoH Perry, Tpr Nicholls and LCpl Harris in the briefing room


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then able to bring back on charge the Combat Kit (Cat) that they had prepared for him. To the chagrin of the WUDR. Cordite-Smith and his multitudious family continued to enjoy the freedom of Letterkenny VCP. Buncrana VCP also suffered domestic problems these being normally in the form of power failure. What CoH Hughes erected. Lt Gurney put assunder! Tpr Stoddon managed to be locked into his own sangar by an Irish youth and Tpr Beresford nearly managed to swim around the perimeter during the flooding. Throughout the period we were very grateful for the assistance and indeed hospitality of the UDR stationed at Duncreggan Camp. No-one should underestimate the great benefit of their local knowledge and ability to distinguish between normal life and unusual occurrences. The Squadron Leader was able to benefit greatly in his planning from the advice of the Company Commander and also of the RUC with whom we worked closely.

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William’s army forced him to flee to Dublin and set sail for France a few days after the Boyne crossing. Virtually all military commanders. British or foreign. at this time. followed the French precept of avoiding pitched battles if possible. They preferred to conduct campaigns by laying siege to vital towns. The campaign of William in Ireland is largely one of sieges. After the Boyne and the flight of King James. Dublin and Waterford were captured following brief sieges. The Royals took part at Waterford. which capitulated on July 25, 1690. The Blues headed westwards into Athlone and were active in the taking of Clonmell and Kilkenny and at the capitulation of Limerick. August 30. 1690. The Army’s greatest historian, the Hon J. W. Fortescuc. dismisses the remainder of the Irish campaign of 169i as ‘of little importance to the history of the army~ but under the Dutch General. Ginkell. who succeeded Schomberg (killed at the Boyne). The Blues and The Royals were certainly very much involved. The Royals returned briefly to England from August to October 1690 but returned to Cork at the end of

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Much ofthe summer was spent on gunnery. with Recruit and Annual Firing taking place within six weeks. Fiftyone gunners passed the recruit phase, which included three officers and four newly joined NCOs from The Household Cavalry Regiment. Conditions were perl’ect with not a single holdup due to fires. The weather in late June also proved to be ideal. Few realised that there had been a 14 month gap since we had last fired as a Regiment. I976 was plagued by fires but this year was quite the opposite with heavy showers keeping the ground damp; as a result there were no stoppages and the programme was successfully con— cluded. The period ended with two individual night exercises and an inter—troop urgent targets competition. The entrants for the competition were drawn out of those troops that had achieved the highest standards over the whole period. The Secretary of State. Mr Fred Mulley, watched the competition which was won by I Troop ‘A’ Sqn. The night exercises were split into two because of range limitations. ‘C‘ Sqn conducted a separate exercise Ex Deadly Nightshade. This was an imaginative squadron withdrawal carried out on Battle Run 20, with aid of illumination provided by 3rd Bn The Parachute Regt. It was a great success with many targets being hit. The remainder of the Regiment took part in Ex Hard Rock [I a last light and night defensive battle. 35 Engineer Regt installed realistic battlefield simulation and ‘E’ Battery RHA provided illumination. Bearing in mind the turbulence of our Northern Ireland tour and the high proportion of new commanders and crews, the results achieved reflected the greatest credit on the Regiment.


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Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Due to the situation in Londonderry the Mess welcomed the new year of I977 in a somewhat subdued manner. Indeed parties were non-existent and merrymaking only occurred when visitors arrived and the routine of patrolling allowed it. Despite the necessary austerity. we made many friends in Northern Ireland. in particular the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The RUC also presented us with one 01‘ the original ‘Bobbies‘ helmets for our showcase. a headpiece now sadly never seen in Ulster. On our return to Detmold in the spring. we quickly resumed the hectic life of soldiering in BAOR. After the Queen‘s Silver Jubilee Parade at Sennelager ‘a la carte‘ dinners began again on Saturday evenings in the Mess and a Silver Jubilee Ball was held on Saturday. July 23. The Ball was an outstanding success. It was held in the most enormous ‘shutzent‘est' marquee erected on the parade square complete with floor and seating for over 500 people. Our new Master Cook. W02 Ball. made his debut here and provided a magnificent bufiet which looked as though it was designed for a Cecil B. De Mille epic. The Mess kitchen had been redesigned and decorated while we were in Northern Ireland and at the time of writing work is still going on in the living accommodation. Some of the attic rooms which once appeared depressing have taken on the

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glow and colour ol‘ Chelsea apartments. The Mess also saw the lirst games night this year between the Junior NCOs and Mess members and further similar evenings are being planned. While we were at Soltau on combat team training, a party of 16 Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs visited HMS Ark Royal while she was in Hamburg. The navy entertained us as only they can and when we left presented us with a plaque and a chromed wheel normally used for flooding the main magazine in an emergency! We have had many visitors including the Colonel of the Regiment. Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. who remarked. after presenting nine Mess Members with their LS and GC medals. ‘l‘ve never seen so many “good" Senior NCOs on one parade’. The old Comrades stayed for another memorable weekend in October and their visit coincided with that of the Regimental Band. Our social life is a very full one and credit must go to the PMCs and their committees for all the hard work in organising the various concerts. folk evenings. wine and cheese parties. dinners and dances which go on throughout the year. In conclusion we welcome SQMC Holt. SQMC O’Halloran and SQMC Hawley back to the Regiment from their various postings and congratulate SCMs Midwinter. Livingstone. W02 Sibley, SCPLs Sayer. McKenna and Villers on their promotion.


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Squadron l977~a year to remember! And surely all those who were fortunate enough to be serving with The Household Cavalry Regtment during this Jubilee Year will remember It for years to come. it started in the early spring when we were presented With the bill of how many horses and men were required. The Squadron Major sat for many hours at his desk trying to fit quarts into pint bottles in his frantic calculations to provide the required number for Escorts.

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Guards. Bands. Staircase Parties and so on. Meanwhile, back in the Yard. CoH Standen was

getting his first taste of the Mounted Squadron. Both he and his Troop Leader. Lt Browne. were swiftly broken into the job under the fatherly eye of CoH (now SCpl) Bellas. Also newly arrived were CoH Dalzeil. LCoH Roberts and LCpl Chamberlain. . The first formal parade was the Major General’s inspection of the Regiment in Hyde Park. though of course before that there had been the usual rehearsals for inspections and inspections for rehearsals. This took place on May 6 on a new site near Park Lane. The parade itself went well though on the final rehearsal the close proximity of the Playboy Club proved too much for Major Lockhart. who was seen disappearing towards it at high speed when he should have been leading his Squadron on the Trot Past: or perhaps it was towards the Dorchcster? immediately the parade was over our thoughts turned to Scotland and the visits to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Regiment moved to Glasgow on May 14. the horses by road and the men by train. The horses had the better of this deal. For some reason the word had got around that everyone would have a sleeper for the trip. There were plenty of sleepers at Euston Station. but none of them were attached to our train! To add insult to injury. the writer ofthis article found himself not only in the dark for the whole trip. but also without heating. C‘est la guerre! We lived in a lairage. which is the technical term for an animal market and slaughter house. This was a vast building which could have housed several regiments with room to spare. and because of its size it was bitterly cold throughout our stay. The horses loved it. each one having a large individual box with ample straw compared with the stalls and woodshavings of Knightsbridge. It was a Life Guards Escort with the Squadron providing two Divisions found by 2 and 3 Troops. l Troop having remained behind in London to provide the Queen‘s Life Guard. The Household Cavalry had never been in Glasgow before and there was a certain amount of trepidation as to our reception there. As it turned out the Regiment was made to feel enormously welcome wherever it went and few soldiers had to pay for their drinks in the local pubs. A huge crowd turned out for the procession on May 17 which took place in glorious sunshine. Then on to Edinburgh where the Regiment provided two Escorts. a Captain’s Escort for the Thistle Ceremony. and a Sovereign‘s Escort which was commanded by the Squadron Leader for the Opening of the General Assembly. We stayed in Redford Barracks which is a

fair hack from the centre of Edinburgh. A long day in the saddle certainly. but what a magnificent city to ride through—Arthur‘s Seat. Holyrood Palace, The Royal Mile. Princes Street. back to Holyrood for a rank past.

and then the slow ride back to Redford Barracks. On our arrival we were horrified to find the whole of the Massed Pipe Bands of the Scottish Division rehearsing on the square where we were hoping to dismount. One or two horses took grave exception to this intrusion. Our return to London gave everyone the chance of a well earned restianyhow for 36 hours. for then we were on with the rehearsal for the Queen‘s Birthday Parade. Between May 27 and June 13 we had: May 27 Khaki rehearsal Queen's Birthday Parade May 28 First rehearsal Queen‘s Birthday Parade June 3 Second rehearsal Queen‘s Birthday Parade June 5 Rehearsal State Drive to St Pauls June 7 State Drive to St Pauls June 9 Full Dress Garter rehearsal June | Queen‘s Birthday Parade June 3 Garter Ceremony _As you can imagine those 2—3 weeks were frantic. With the Squadron Leader‘s diary looking like a bad attempt at the Sum/qr Times crossword puzzle. with the Commanding Officer and Adjutant having to work out whether they were meant to be briefing for the next escort 0r debriefing from the last rehearsal. and so on. On June 7 London was full to bursting. The atmosphere in the Mall the previous evening was electric with large

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crowds camping out to ensure a good viewpoint. The 200 horses we put on parade that day seemed particu— larly unmoved by the whole affair. but certainly every rider will never forget it. A casual reader might think that was the end of it. Not at all! On June 19 we moved to Cardiff and stayed in Maindy Barracks where temporary stabling had been erected on the square. 3 Troop with Lt Barclay were left in London for the Queen‘s Life Guard. The rehearsal drew almost as large a crowd as did the Escort itself. mainly because it took place in the evening and so more people were able to turn out to watch. The distance from the city centre to LlandafT Cathedral is some four miles which is a long way at a sitting trot. One thing that we did learn was that the Welsh for Silver Stick in Waiting is ‘Bydd y Wialen Arian‘. The Jubilee duties being finished. both men and horses went off for a short holiday. By mid—August everyone

was back to get the horses lit for summer camp at Stoney Castle. It rained most days and there seemed little reason why it should stop for camp in September. Fortunately it did remain mostly dry and we were able to take part in almost every type of mounted activity. A Squadron One—Day Event was organised with the cross country taking place over an excellent course designed by Capt Carr-Ellison. This was won by l Troop who have held the troop shield on l2 occasions since it was presented in 1955. In the Regimental competitions there were some tine performances by members of the Squadron. most notably by LCoH Mosley on Buckskin and LCpl Pendry on Yokohama who won the Junior NCOs and Tprs Handy Hunter: by LCpl Pendry again who won the show jumping: by 2 Troop who won the team tent pegging: and by Tpr Waterhouse who won the individual tent pegging. In the Officers and Senior NCOs show jumping we swept the board with the Commanding Officer on Unisex coming first. Lt Bucknall on Arabella second. the Squadron Leader on Buckskin third and CoH Fox on Sefton fourth. Open Day for the Regiment and the Regimental Association took place on the final Saturday. Sadly this was one of the few days when it rained, but a large crowd still attended and it was good to see so many familiar faces. We are now back in Lonjon and beginning to think of the opening of Parliament. There seems to be more than the normal amount of movement within the Squadron with CoH Fox. LCoH Bourne and LCoH Hyett following SCpl Hawley to the Regiment and LCoH Mosley ofi~ to Sandhurst. We shall miss them all. In their places we welcome CoH Harris and LCoH Nesbitt who has rejoined the Army from the Police Force. The hunter trial and eventing season is also upon us. and we are hoping to repeat some of our success of last year when TLCpl Becker on Abdullah and LCoH Douglas on Yeti won the Pairs Cup at Larkhill, and Tpr Brough on Yasmine did well in both the Open and Military Classes. In the team events we again acquitted ourselves well with the three troop leaders. LCoH Hague and TLCpl Becker all partaking. Hickstead also did our riding reputation no harm when we provided three members of the Cavalry team. Possibly the best performance was by Lt Hadden-Paton on Abdullah in the Melton Hunt Race. when he came eleventh overall and first in the Army class wresting that position from The King‘s Troop for the first time in several years. Perhaps the reader will have appreciated by now that we have had a very full and successful year. It has been hard work but at the same time enjoyable. I end as I began, 1977721 year to remember!

The dismounted detachment marching past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

The Lairage in Glasgow


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At present the l‘arriers are going through a period of change. There is a new Registration Act which all farriers‘ both civilian and military, have to comply with by January 3L I978. The new Act states that no farrier may practise his trade unless he is registered. To be able to register he must be fully qualified at his trade, he must also pay a £l5 registration fee per annum. So now an Army farrier must pay for the privilege of carrying out his trade for the Army at his own expense. This new Act has also made changes in the trade test courses a l‘arrier has to take. The B3 trade course has been cut from four months to three, and on completion of this course the man will be known as an Army Apprentice Farrier. He can then go on to take a B2 farriers course, which is now a 14-week course instead of eight weeks: il‘ he passes this he will be known as an Army Farrier and be eligible for his RSS civilian qualification for which he must pay the prescribed fee to the Worshipful Company of Farriers. An Army Farrier may now take his final Bl course which is a further eight weeks ol‘ training and if he passes this he becomes an AFCL. FCoH Warren is presently in charge 01" the Squadron Farriers at Knightsbridge‘ where there has been a considerable change over due to the departure of FLCpl Brashill and Farriers Tonge and Curtis. FCoH Smith is now well established with Farrier Craig at Windsor looking after all the recruit rides in the training wing at Combermere Barracks. FLCoH Howes is now back at HCR with nothing but very fond memories of his long term in BAOR.

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The Band In spite of the suggestion from politicians to cut the Bands. we really earned our keep this Jubilee year. We have grown accustomed to life at Knightsbridge which. as everyone agrees, is different. The accompaniment of horses walking above the practice room during a pianissimo passage is now an acceptable part of the rehearsal sessions. We gave the London parks a miss during 1977 and took on Jersey and the Great Yorkshire Show instead. Once again we were able to perform for the Governor of Jersey, Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, at a Garden Party held at Government House. The Yorkshire Show was made especially popular by the visit of The Queen during her Jubilee tour. We combined with the Band and Pipes of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Mounted Trumpeters to produce a fine spectacle for the Royal occasion. The International Horse Show was again successful and the Band proved to be very popular. so much so that we have been asked to appear again in 1978. It was during the 1977 performance that the President of the Dutch Show Jumping Society made a request for us to appear at Amsterdam for their main indoor event in October. Regretfully, the dates clashed with the visit of the Association to BAOR for which the Band was required. We may be lucky enough to go to Amsterdam next year. The consolation was being able to perform at Wembley for the visit of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The Mounted Trumpeters and Drum Horse combined to make a notable contribution to the programme.

The season culminated with our visit to the Regiment. This is always a worthwhile venture and the Band was able to appear on parade with them for the first time in two years. Concerts were given to the Regiment and the local population in the new Stadt Halle. Detmold. We were also able to do a recording for the West Deutsche Rundfunk, which could be an annual event whilst the Regiment is in BAOR. We congratulate BCM Blogg. A/BCM Daniels (who has now given up the desk for a return to the musical sharp end). SCpI Hayne. CoH Turner. LCoH Baines and LCpl Robinson on their promotions. LCpl Hempseed has been appointed Trumpet Corporal with the Mounted Squadron at Knightsbridge. It is hoped that he will be more speedily understood through his trumpet than he was on the telephone! We regret losing to civilian life almost a complete trombone section in the names of LCpls Jaskulski. Griffiths and Musn Ward (happily there is another in the pipeline). BCM Wise also retired after 23 years service and will be missed for his performances as one of the finest euphonium players in the Army. Added to

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this. the Director of Music. Maj Evans. left the Band in

December on promotion to become the chief instructor at the Royal Military School of Music. In his place we welcome Capt Keeling from the Cambrai Band of the Royal Tank Regiment. Also Musns Atkinson, Avins. Croucher. MCKerlie, Mitchell. Parons, Stanton and Wall have recently joined us. We wish them all success for the future.

The Band in concert with the Bach Choir


The Opening Ceremony of the Battle of Flowers Jersey— The Governor Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. Maj Evans, BCM Blogg, Musns Connaughton and Sahourin

The Band crossing Hyde Park Corner

The Household Cavalry Squadron, Guards Depot 1977 has so far proved a highly successful year for the Household Cavalry Squadron and for members of the Regiment in it. The Spring Term Champion Platoon Competition was won by Arras 8 Troop under Lt Kersting and CoH Baxter (LG) assisted by LCoH Harding and LCoH Mills (LG). The Squadron also took

second, third and fourth place in this competition. In addition Arras 8 won the Juniors PT Competition and JTpr Steeden. as a member of the Depot Boxing Team. reached the Army Juniors Finals. The Kiwi Spur for the best turned out trooper was won by JTpr Fugatt. who is now with the Mounted Squadron. The Summer Term started with a week at Penhale Camp in Cornwall. A variety of activities. including sand yachting. sailing, fishing. skating. etc. were arranged and all juniors participated. On July7 the Guards Depot Jubilee Day celebrations took place. A parade of World War 11 vehicles. a riding competition. ‘lts A Knockout‘ between Companies and a Barbeque were all enjoyed in pouring rain. In June Lt Col Gaussen. WG. was succeeded as Commandant by Lt Col Lewis. WG. and at the end of the term. Maj Goodhew (LG) who had commanded the Squadron for two years handed over to Maj Rogers. The Kiwi Spur for this term was won by JLCpl Wright who is now at Knightsbridge. In August Rhine 4 Troop won the Juniors Assault Course Competition which was an excellent start for them.

Crossing the M3 on a ride from Pirbright to Windsor

(— HAVE I GOT YOU COVERED? T Jnr LCpl Wright, winner of the Kiwi spur

The Autumn Term began with the only troop. Rhine 4. whose weapon instructor is LCoH Smith. attending the Juniors Camp at Dibgate near Folkestone. Despite only reasonable weather. another series of adventurous pursuits were tackled as well as familiarisation visits to the Northern Ireland Training Centre at Hythe and a day spent in Calais. The September intake. known as Ypres. is well up to strength and has settled into the routine. SCM Hales. BEM (LG) has retired and has been suc—

Jnr Tpr Thomas sand yachting during summer camp

ceeded by SCM Patterson. SCpl Wright. BIEM. has also retired from the stables after many years teaching Junior troopers to ride and has been replaced by CoH Allen (LG). LSgt Day. who has worked in the stables for 13 years. has retired and gone to work at the Royal Mews. In February. Ct Thomson Jones joined the Squadron from Northern Ireland. and in November Lt LivingstoneLearmonth arrived from BAOR. The following NCOs have left the Squadron: CoH Cummings to civilian life. LCoH Wilde to the Regiment. LCoH Claridge to the Mounted Squadron. LCoH Stickels to Bovington prior to rejoining the Regiment and Tpr Robertson (250) and LCpl Perkins also to Detmold. Tpr Mawer hasjoined the Trades Wing and Tprs Robertson (374) and Pick have come to the Squadron as BRI and Storeman respectively.

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The Colonel of the Regiment’s Visit

The Colonel talking with members of ‘C‘ Sqn

The LS and GC Medal Parade. L-R: CoH Freeman. Sgt Cannon. SCpl Grinyer. SCpl Howick. SCpl Burton-Johnson. W02 Sibley. SCM Smart. SCM Livingstone. SCM Lawson, W01 Curtis

THE WATERLOO RIDE by Maj I. M. D. L. Weston

SCpl Burton-Johnson receives his LS and GC Medal

The ride is organised by the Dutch and Belgium Cavalry Officers Union, for all the allied cavalry and horse gunner units which took part in the Battle of Waterloo. This year an invitation was extended to the French but met with little enthusiasm. The weekend started with a reception at the Dutch Embassy followed by a mad dash across Brussels to a restaurant just north of the battlefield. By this stage the Herculean task of map reading through the one way systems of Brussels was beginning to tell. In true pre-Waterloo style the heavens opened during lunch and continued until late evening reducing the ground to a quagmire. The dismounted visit to the battlefield was therefore changed to looking at the panoramic view. followed by a champagne reception at Wellington‘s Headquarters (now a museum). In the evening the Duchess of Richmond's ball was held at the Club des Guides. fiendishly hidden in the \ery heart of Brussels. The ball was an international afi‘air but luckily English was the predominant language apart from the occasional incomprehensible Flemish tongue. By 9 o‘clock Sunday morning all participants were supposed to be mounted some 12 miles south east ot‘ Brussels. Although the night before and bad map reading had thinned the ranks. there were still suthcrent survivors to mount three troops of20 for an in\‘igoratmg three-and-half hours ride through the forests north of the battlefield. An alcoholic lunch was held at a riding school which was the envy of every horseman present. Again it rained and the two-hour return ride was somewhat damp but greatly enlivened by the escort of mounted Gendarmes. some of whom had imbibed too well.

Maj Weston riding with Dutch and German officers during the Waterloo Ride

The actual riding on the battlefield was cancelled as extensive damage would have been caused to the crops. It is traditional that the Dutch General finishes the day by leading all participants in a cavalry charge. but again the state of the ground precluded this. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend to be recommended to anyone who has a strong head and is capable ot‘ good navigation! 39

The Household Cavalry Museum During Jubilee Year a display was incorporated in the Museum depicting the Jubilees of 1809. 1887. 1897 and 1935. We have had approximately 5.000 visitors during the year. The stafl‘ have continued to answer queries on a variety of subjects connected with the Household Cavalry including enquiries from 50 people trying to trace details of ancestors who have served back to 1780. We have been able to provide these including details of marriages and birth of children. During the last year our main acquisitions have been: (a)

Two silver trumpets (1893) with banners bequeathed

by the late Brig W. M. Sale. cvo. OBE. who died in 1976. (b) A RHG frock coat (winter) (circa 1911) and shabracque (RHG) (cira 1918), a pair of cuirasses. state sword and helmet of 2LG bequeathed by the family of the late C01 C. G. Lancaster who died in 1977. Three prints of The Royals (circa 1742. 1830 and

1847) presented by the widow of the late Maj (QM) W. G. Baker who died in 1976. Purchase of a Royal Dragoon cartouche box of the Crimea period. Purchase of Dalton‘s Army List for period 1714—27. This supplements information already held in our archives of ofiicers and completes our records back to 1660.

The items on display in our Museum are a fairly comprehensive representation of uniform and equipment of the Household Cavalry back to 1660. but there are many gaps in the earlier periods. especially in the case 01‘ the Royal Dragoons, and anyone in possession of items of interest are requested to contact the Curator. As an example the only Royal Dragoon helmet in the Museum for the period 1883—1904 is incomplete because the centre badge of the helmet plate is missing. The Museum stafi‘ has changed recently and Mr Ben Goodacre (formerly RHG) has retired after 11 years service, and has been replaced by Mr Bill Johnson who

recently completed 23 years service with The Life Guards. We frequently have the pleasure of visits by exmembers of the Regiment and wish to point out that the Museum is open from 9am to 5pm on all Mondays to Fridays and also on Sundays from Easter to the end of August.



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THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1977 Membership Our membership has again increased during the year and this has been mainly due to two reasons. (a) More members of the Serving Regiment have joined the ‘One Day‘s Pay Scheme. (b) There has been a total of 23 either rejoined or newly joined after some years away from the Regiment. The latter is extremely encouraging and the committee hope that this trend will continue in 1978. Annual Dinner71977 Attendance at this year‘s dinner was slightly reduced in numbers due to the fact that the serving Regiment were actually changing stations between Northern Ireland and Germany at that time and it was impossible for them to attend. Despite this it was only nine less than in 1976 with a total of 254 attending. This is most satisfactory when it must be remembered that no guests are allowed and only those who are members of the Association can obtain tickets. The committee would like to take this opportunity of thanking Mr John Wilkinson. managing director of Telefusion. and a member of the Association. very much indeed for the installation of the public address system each year at the dinner. This he has kindly provided free of charge

Abbey. We are indeed most grateful for his regular attendance at this ceremony. Honours and Awards During the year the following awards were made to members of the Association not serving with the Regi— ment. All have been congratulated on behalf of the Association

Death It is with regret that we record the death ofone of our regional respresentatives in Mr David Geall of Brighton. A very active and loyal member he did an excellent job in his area and his ser\ ices will be sadly missed.

at Hyde Park Barracks. London. on Saturday, May 6,

HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade An extremely limited number of free tickets are normally available to the Association for the final dress rehearsal and actual parade. These are standing tickets. Those requiring tickets to inform Honorary Secretary. Applications will not be acknowledged and allocation will be made taking into consideration any issues made in last four years. Members requiring seating tickets must apply direct to RHQ Household Cavalry.

I978. The meeting will commence at 6pm. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. The following is the agenda and all members are reminded that if they have any resolutions to place before the meeting full details must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks prior to the meeting.

At Home Day71978 It is hoped that we shall be able to organise this on the same basis as for 1977. i.e. with the Household Cavalry Regiment at Pirbright. Separate details will be published nearer the date.

Annual General Meetingerirl978 This meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mcss

New Year Honours 1977 and 1978

Maj Gen D. J. St M. Tabor. Mt‘iawarded CB. Col J. A. C. G. Eyre. Olnivawarded CVO. Lt Col T. C. MOI'I‘lSA’liWLlI‘dEd MVO.

AGENDA Minutes of the Annual General Meeting. 1977. Points Arising from those Minutes. Confirmation of the Accounts for year ending

Bin/Ida)“ Honourv Maj Marquess ofCholmondley. \iC—avvarded GCVO. Col J. B. Evans#awarded CBE. Jubilee .‘l/t‘dtl/ Maj C. W. J. Lewis. MBE. Mr C. E. Mogg.


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(2) Mr C. C. F. Crabb In accordance with Rule No 13 the undermentioned are recommended by the committee to be appointed: (1) (2)

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Combined Cavalry Parade and ServieeiMay 1 Annual Dinneril978 Will be held in the gymnasium at Hyde Park Barracks, London. on Saturday. May 6, 1978. Dress will be lounge suits. no decorations. Bars will be open from 6pm. Applications for tickets. strictly limited to one per member, to be forwarded to Honorary Secretary. Despite the sharp increase in cost the committee have decided to keep the cost to members to same as last year. Balance will be paid from Association funds. Cost per ticket will be:

For the fourth successive year our contingent has

At Home Day—September 24 The ‘At Home Day‘ was again held in conjunction with the Household Cavalry Regiment celebrations at Stoney Castle Camp at Pirbright. by kind permission of Lt Col Trevor Morris who commands the Regiment. Numbers applying for tickets this year were an increase on I976 with 750 admission tickets and 390 luncheon tickets being issued to members. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as the previous year but it was obvious that those attending thoroughly enjoyed themselves. May we thank the Household Cavalry Regiment for their help and assistance.

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Field of RemembranceiNovember 10 Again the Colonel of the Regiment honoured us by planting the Regimental Cross in our plot at Westminster


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Tickets will not be on sale at the door and ladies will not be allowed to attend the actual dinner. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service—1978 It is expected that HRH Princess Alexandra will take the salute at the parade which will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday. May 7. 1978. The Chaplain-General will conduct the service. Assemble on Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East at 1050hrs. Dress will be lounge suits and decorations. All those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade. The committee look forward to your support.

Visit to the Serving Regimenthctober 26731 This year a party of 48 members visited the Regiment and a separate article on the visit is being published. Hospitality could not have been better and our thanks to the Commanding Officer and all ranks of the serving Regiment for making us so welcome. Grateful thanks are also extended to RCM Jack Peck who did such an excellent job.

Field of Remembrance#WestminsterrerThursday, November 9, 1978 The Regimental Cross will be planted at ll45hrs. Assemble at St Margaret's Churchyard at ll40hrs. No medals. Maj Price and Maj Lewis despatching magazines

is being returned to the fact that members are to Honorary Secretary. do this direct with him.

December 3], 1977.

Committee: (21) Under Rule No 13 the following members are due to retire:

WOl (RCM) N. L. P. Wood~~awarded MBE.

been the largest on parade. This is most gratifying but there are still a number who watch the parade from the sidelines instead of taking part. We hope to have their active support in 1978.

Change of Address Quite a lot of correspondence Honorary Secretary due to the not notifying change of address It is most essential that members

Correspondence Will all members please note that all correspondence should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary as under: Maj C. W. J. Lewis. MBE, 52 Homestall Road. East

Dulwich, London SE22 OSB (Telephone 01-693 2577). The Royal Hospital—Chelsea During the year Mr E. F. Cook was admitted as an Iii-Pensioner to the Royal Hospital and has settled down extremely well. There are vacancies at the hospital for pensioners either with normal service pensions or those awarded for disability. It is undoubtably a first class hospital and anyone requiring further information should write direct to the Honorary Secretary. Regional representatives Listed are the names and addresses of our Regional Representatives who are willing to give advice or help to members. They are not authorised to make money grants and these must be confirmed by the committee. The Blues and Royals Oliver Montagu Fund This fund is a charitable fund which is an amalgamation of The Blues Oliver Montagu Fund and The Royals Aid Society Fund. It is controlled by trustees and the Honorary Secretary of the Association acts as Honorary Secretary and treasurer of the fund. It is used for the purpose of assisting those in need and who are not members of the Association and cannot therefore be assisted from the Association Fund. The greater number of grants are made to families in distress. During the year 1976 a total ofjust over £2.000 was made in grants and in the first nine months of 1977 a total of £l.300 has been granted in assistance. Should any member of the Association know of any case or cases which they feel may be assisted from this fund they are asked to contact the Hon Sec with the details. Each case will be carefully investigated, and after consideration by the trustees, grants will be made as applicable. Loans cannot be made from this fund.


Those who have died in 1977

The following are the names and addresses of our Regional Representatives who are willing to give advice or help to members. They are not authorised to make money grants and these must be confirmed by the committee. Name Lt Col A. B. Houston. MC

Address Lintrathen. Kirriemuir. Angus

Tel No Lintrathcn 228

Lt CO] C. G. M. Gordon

Rwecroft. Wombleton. Yorks

Hon Mrs M. Freeman—Thomas Capt R. C. Bucknall Maj D. S. Harrington-Browne Capt Sir John Hanmer. Bt Capt J. W. N. Mitchell Capt A. C. Robson Dr D. R. W. Burbury

Kings Wall. Malmesbury. Wilts Tulip Tree House. Donhead St Mary. Shaftcsbury, Dorset Highfield House, Somerford Road. Circnccster The Mere House. Hanmer. Whitchurch. Salop Parkend by Heck. Lockerbie Parkside. St Aidans Road. Carlisle Bluebell. Payhembury. Honiton. Devon

4 Donhead 600 Cirenceslcr 4771 Hanmcr 383 Lockmabcn 275 0228 21866 Exeter 77951

Mr B. S. Austin

66 Sefton Avenue. Harrow Weald. Midd\

01—427 4817

Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr

20 Quinton Park. Cheylesmorc Coventry Combermere. Manor Close. Bramthorpe. Lccds 81 Armond Road. Witham. Essex The Bungalow. Lincroft School. Oakley. Beds Betu Tegot. Lenency Lane. St Sampson

Coventry 503796 Arthington 2156 ~~ 7 Guernsey 44203

F. Ashton A. W. Baker D. Barnes C. B. Churchman M. J. de Carteret


chers C01 The Lord Forester CO] C. G. Lancaster Maj A. Graham. MC Maj W. T. Pitt Maj The Lord Wrotteslcy Lt T. J. S. Nicolson


Mr A. C. Hards

38 Glendale Drive. Burpham. Guildford

Godalming 4122

5 The Close.

Mr G. E. W. Halls Mr G. A. Johnson

17 Middleton Road. Horsham. Sussex 113 Field Road. Feltham. Middx

01890 3765

Mr N. C. Lewis-Baker

1 Strathcona Avenue. Little Bookham. Surrcy

Bookham 56025

Stalbridge. Dorset EX—Cpl A. J. Brown, 47 Stanley Road.

Mr R. C. Lowe Mr E. Marchington

40 Cherwell Drive. Old Marston. Oxford 39 Propps Hall Drive. Failsworth. Manchester

Oxford 722872 061—681 6712

Rippledale. 18 Glebeland Close. Coychurch. Bridgcnd, Glam 63 King George V Avenue. Kings Lynn. Norfolk 18 Selby Road. Hollin. Middleton. Manchester 31 Howe Circle. Royal Oak. Ne“ port. Gwcnt 43 Filching Road. Eastbournc. Susse\

0656 861486 Kings Lynn 2762 .7 ~ ~-

Mr E. H. Weller

95 Riverbank. Laleham Road. Staincs. Middx

Mr E. J. Woodman. MBE

396 Field End Road. Eastcotc. Ruislip. Middx

7— 01-868 8398

Ex-Cpl B. Wincomb. 198 Stoke Poges Lane. Slough. Bucks

24021451 Ex-Cpl G. H. Chaloner. 24 Hudlestone Road,

Wavertree. Liverpool Ex—Tpr W. W. Hibbert, 77 Hadley Highstone, 304895


Nov 1976



Mar 1977

Ex-Tpr K. G. Smith, 94 New Cheveley Road,

Mar 1977

Newmarket. Suffolk


Ex-Tpr E. Ham,

April 1977

8 Bell View,


201A Epsom Road. Merrow. Guildford

C. E. Mogg. MISM R. A. Newman J. Rowlands A. V. Roberts R. J. Robertson

1977 1977 1975 1977 1977 1977


Other Ranks 24164592 Ex-Tpr N. Lancaster. 174 South Road. Hockley. Birmingham 24393489 JTpr P. Carr. with JLR RAC 388895 Ex-Tpr W. J. Copas,

Mr C. H. Frost

Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr

1690 Jan July (late entry) Dec Feb Oct May


Windsor Ex—Tpr F. W. Slater. 4 Hendons Way. Maidenhead Ex-SQMC S. H. Weston.

May 1977

May 1977

26 Little Basing, Ashford. Middx Basingstoke. Hants

Ex—Cpl J. Lord, 7 Brereton Close. Sandbach. Cheshire

Ex-Sgt W. Bancroft. Council Offices Flat. Ripponden. Sowerby Bridge. Yorks Ex-Tpr D. P. Geall,


Ex-CoH W. Thompson.

May 1977

38 Heathfield Walk, Adel. Leeds

24096687 LCpl W. Campbell. Serving with

Aug 1977

Regiment in BAOR

l Ashford Road.

Brighton Ex-CoH A. Thomas. 13 Bayham Road.

Appreciation Retiring from our committee due to his completion of service is RCM Jim Hunter. The committee have much appreciated all the help and assistance he has given to the Association during his tour of duty at Hyde Park Barracks and wish him well in his new environment. We were all delighted to hear that the Committee of the Combined Cavalry ‘Old Comrades' had also appreciated his valuable help and assistance and before he left they presented him with a canteen of cutlery for all that he did.

Bedford Park. W4

Ex-CoH A. C. Millan. 151 Arundel Road. Peacehaven. Sussex

COLONEL THE LORD FORESTER MR ATHERTONV a letter from Maj A. H. Parker-Bowles Some of your older readers may remember SQMC Atherton who left The Blues in 1964 after 16 years service with the Regiment. His last employment. before starting work for Col Jackie Ward at Hungerford. was running the Officers Mess House at the old Knightsbridge Barracks. In 1972 he was involved in a car accident which left him paralysed from just below his shoulders. He is now permanently living at the Cheshire Home. Kingeton. Langley. outside Chippenham.just offthe M4 Motorway. The Regimental Association helped with financial presents. However. a visit from any Association member. especially those who knew Mr Atherton. will be most welcome if they are in the area.

RCM Hunter with the canteen of cutlery presented to him by the Association

On his 18th birthday Cecil Weld Forester enlisted into the Scots Guards and was sent to the Household Brigade Cadet Bn. In January I918. he transferred to The Blues. and was posted to the Household Cavalry Machine Gun Bn in France. His outstanding physical courage was soon proved when he captured a German machine gun. which was causing severe casualties. At the age of 2|. he was promoted Captain. the youngest in the Army. In 1924 he was appointed ADC to Maj Gen the Earl of Athlone. Governor General of South Africa. He soon made friends with all members of the Legislative Assembly. and was instrumental in getting many Afrikaners to attend Government House functions. The Prime Minister. General Hertzog became his firm friend. In 1938 he was given command of The Blues. On the outbreak of war The Household Cavalry formed a Composite Regiment and command went to the senior

It is with regret that we record the tragic death in a traffic accident of LCpl William Campbell. Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife, two children and all other relatives.

Colonel. Cecil was bitterly disappointed at being left behind to train the Reserve Regiment: however. he inspired a fine spirit of esprit de corps and the Regiment did him credit as the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment. In 1941 he was appointed Military Liaison Officer to the North West region. based in Manchester. In order to get overseas. he transferred to the Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories. He was sent to Tripoli and then to Italy where he took part in the Salerno landings. He was mentioned is Dispatches and promoted substantive full Colonel. As British Military Governor of Naples. his task was to restore order from chaos. His next posting was to Antwerp where the Germans were depositing their VIs. After 27 years‘ service he retired. His memory will long remain green in the hearts of his many friends. for his resolution. his modesty. his compassion. his physical and moral courage. He was a great Blue. 45



1976 £ 3,301-54 2.85744 116144

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1976 £ 36,926-66 1,254-08


Share (Valuation 31st December, 19774124954. “No—£1,561)

Trustee Charitable Fund at cost (Valuation at 31st October. 1977488351, 1976~£25,623) 2,459 Units Equi '05 Investment Fund for Char" "s (Valuation at 31st December. 19774-193505, 1976—15154.” 1,443 Units Equities Investment Fund for Charities Accumulator (Valuation at 31st December, 1977—£2,457) 4,557 (197642.262) Units Unicorn Exempt Trust

25.224 (I976fi25,224) shares in United Services


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Let's: Sale of Tickets

Annual Di'nm'r Cost 01' Dinner

Subscriptions and Donations

EXPENDITURE Grants and Assistance~ Members





1977 £ 7,022-98

16th January, 1978

Chile House, Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 98A

Chartered Accountants


We have examined the attached Balance Sheet and Income and Expenditure Account and report that in our opinion these Accounts give respectively a true and fair view of the state of the Association‘s affairs at 31st December, 1977, and of the surplus income over expenditure for the year ended on that date.


Maj C, W. J. Lewis

Honorary Secretary

Capt H De Pinna Well

Honorary Treasurer

REPRESENTED BY ACCUMULATED FUNDS Balance as at lst January, 1977 Excess of Income over Expenditure

Total Income

Deposit Account Interest

Di idends on Investments (Gross)

INCOME Subscriptions and [Donations

Income and Expenditure for the year ending .3131 December, 7977


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Visit of Association Members to the Regiment TRIBUTE TO MY FORMER REGIMENT

To end my series of Tributes. 1 must with pleasure add Some memories of a life which has often made me feel so glad In the year nineteen twelve this mainly began When I enlisted in The Blues‘ Regiment and became a man Dedicated to the country with duty and loyalty.

At the kind invitation of the Commanding Officer and members of the Regiment, the Association again sent out a party to Detmold. Word had obviously gone around about the very successful 1976 visit and when applications were called for the numbers were over— subscribed. As a result a ballot had to be made to decide who should be the fortunate ones to travel. On

After campaigning together for many years To the Royal Dragoons. The Blues are united To serve the Nation when trouble appears With one voice and one aim we are plighted.

at Hyde Park Barracks. After a night crossing from Dover to Zeebrugge we arrived safely in Detmold at midday, thanks to our driver. Eddy Read. A very etiicient baggage party headed by RCM Jack Peck met us and soon we were all in our allocated quarters. Most of us then retired for a few hours to recuperate from the journey. but some went shopping locally or to the ~NAAFI. The latter is a trip of about 2; miles there and shall not publish the remarks of one Scottish member who did not make a successful jump over a water tilled ditch with the result that some of his German coins were lost! In the evening a full programme had been organised for us commencing with a cocktail party in the Oflicers‘ Mess. Afterwards. we walked to the gymnasium where an excellent band concert had been arranged under the Director of Music, Maj George Evans. Although deligh— ted to hear of his promotion as Senior Director of Music at Kneller Hall. we are sure that he will be sadly missed in the Regiment. We all wish him well and hopefully he will travel with us next year. Later we all adjourned to the WOs and CoHs Mess where most of us remained until the early hours. Early Friday morning we watched the Regiment take

Mr Ken Fitch. Mr Ron Boyce. SCM and Mrs Midwinter. Mr Ron Stephen and SCpl Anslo“

RCM Peek. Mr Gus Harris. Mr Jack Cosgrove and RQMC Stephenson

back so some took a short cut home across country. We

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visits to the stables. tank park. PRl Shop and various

other establishments within the Regiment were carried out and we understand that the Tailor was particularly busy sewing on blazer badges. That evening we were superbly entertained to dinner by the WOs and CoHs Mess. An excellent meal was beautifully prepared by the cooks and well served by the ever cheerful waiters. A small band enhanced the party and everybody was in fine fettle. After the loyal toast RCM Jack Peck spoke of the great enjoyment the visit was giving to those serving in Detmold and to the Mess in particular. Also the effect such visits were having in improving (if possible) the deep harmony which now exists between the Regiment and the Association. Maj ‘Spud‘ Lewis replied by thanking the RCM and all members of his Mess for their wonderful hospitality and said how much the Association appreciated the opportunity of visiting the Regiment. He sympathised with those who had applied to come but had failed to gain a place in the ballot. They were fully aware of what they were missing. He emphasised the fact that the visits were greatly helping to maintain the family spirit of the Regiment. There was little doubt that the same high degree of amalgamation was similarly reflected in the Association. After thanking the RCM and the Mess for all their much appreciated hospitality, Maj Lewis presented six inscribed silver menu card holders to RCM Peck for his Mess. After dinner we were joined by the wives of the serving members and a most enjoyable evening was had

the evening of Wednesday. October 26, 46 members met

We ‘the contemptibles‘ now so old Welcome recruits who are young and bold To add honour and glory with their toils For the Regiment now called “The Blues and Royals’.

part in an Adjutant’s Drill Parade. Sympathy was felt for those members ofthe WOs and CoHs Mess who had entertained us the previous evening! After breakfast

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at the WVH Hunter Trials Gen Sir Desmond and Lady Fitzpatrick with the Association visitors

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by all, from the oldest aged 84 years to the youngest present. We would like to thank the wives very much indeed for their company. Saturday arrived and we drove into the country to attend the Weser Vale Hunt Hunter Trials. A picnic lunch of curried chicken or beef with rice was laid on at the Mess Tent and the well stocked bar was fully patronised. Our interest in the various events was pleasantly broken by meeting Gen Sir Desmond and Lady Fitzpatrick, whom some of us had not met for a considerable number of years. We were all delighted to find them looking so well. We also enjoyed seeing Maj Gen Richard Vickers and his daughter. We were entertained again by the Band, then we were out in force. cameras clicking, some photographs of which illustrate this article. We were slightly delayed on our return by the antics of ‘Skipper‘ Edwards and ‘Topper‘ Brown who took a liking to a large chestnut gelding. which was being ridden by a very presentable young Danish lady. There was certainly some difference of opinion as to whether it was the language, the horse, or the rider which was the main attraction. We left them in no doubt that we considered it was the rider despite their strenuous denials! We had received an invitation to the Junior Ranks Mess after dinner that evening. All of us went over to meet the members and enjoy their hospitality and company.

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Sunday. our packing completed. our attention was divided between a meet of the Weser Vale Hunt and a football match with the WOs and CoHs Mess versus another local Mess. Despite The Blues and Royals leading on two occasions. they lost the game. no doubt due to the previous late nights and lack of necessary training. After a bulTet lunch we then placed our baggage alongside the coach. except one member who preferred to leave it in the Mess and alas. subsequently left it behind. We then prepared to embuss where a bar had been arranged for our final farewell. Quite a crowd of all ranks with their families turned up to say goodbye and make us promise to return next year. On our return to

Hyde Park Barracks a first class breakfast awaited us for which we thank RCM Ted Storey for arranging. We then said our farewells and dispersed as far afield as Edinburgh. Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Country, all of us very tired but extremely happy after a well organised trip. We shall never forget the hospitality of the Regiment in Germany and also the Household Cavalry Regiment for their kindness at the start and finish of the journey. which could not have been better. It is understood that the Honorary Secretary has already been approached by some of those attending that they want their names on next year‘s list and in fact they have retained their lapel badges to save the trouble of handing them in.


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FUSION For your nearest showroom consult your local telephone directory


Training in 1977

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A map reading problem for CoH Hennessey

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A troop of tanks arriving at Slapol


Replenishment in the field


'l‘pr Manning (660)


2 Troop ‘B‘ Sqn stop for lunch


Out on the training: area


'l‘pr l)_\ kes and [full Barr-all


The QM building his dovecot


The hobbies centre is now firmly re-established on home ground in the Regimental carpenter‘s shop. LCoH Kay and his assistant. Tpr Wookey are proving to be most amenable as instructors. On average there are between 6 and 12 members of the Regiment. who turn up on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some are showing quite a talent with saw and hammer. Notably an attrac— tive cofiee table in mahogany and a corner cabinet have been drawing the attention of many a visitor to the centre.


The Mercedes Minibus purchased in 1976. has proved to be a source of envy to other units in our area. During the summer of 1977 it made fortnightly weekend trips to London via Zeebrugge. These provided regimental personnel and their relatives with a cheap and convenient continental service. The bus has also been well used within the Garrison on a variety of tasks.

A further venture was undertaken on completion of the Northern Ireland tour. This was the purchase of a Bedford Horse Box. built by Jennings to carry 8—10 horses. After many failures in the past it was a bold and expensive decision. however. it has already proved to be a financial success. Since its arrival in May, the horse box has been in constant use, not only on local runs but also to Berlin, Hamburg. Paris and England. The Weser Vale Hunt during the winter has produced regular bookings and in September we inaugurated the first freight run to England. In spite of a long customs delay, the trip was a useful alternative to MFO and others will be made depending on demand. The Regiment also continues to run the Land Rover bought in 1969 and there are two horse trailers available for hire. Both Maj Ball RAPC and Capt Tucker, who have done so much towards the success ofthe Regimental Transport, are sadly leaving the Regiment. However, their hard work has founded an excellent servrce, which hopefully will continue during the remainder of our time in Germany.

The Regimental minibus and

Bedford horse box

‘Besser ein schlechte fahren als gut gelaufen’ goes the old German army saying, ‘better a bad ride than a good walk’. The Blues and Royals recently fielded a team that did both. It happened in this manner. SSgt Kosa and Sgt Cave are both in The Blues and Royals LAD. They enjoy marching when it is not conducted on a drill square and have participated in the famous annual marches at Nijmegan and also one or two lesser known events such as the 1976 marches at Windsor. This year they promoted sufficient interest and enthusiasm among members of the Regiment that a team of 20 got together and subscriptions raised sulficient money to pay for their food, accommodation and entrance fee for the Val-du—Marne International Marches in Paris. They were beset initially by minor problems: the French organisers and oflicials apparently had visions of her Brittanic Majesty’s Household Cavalry doing a march past in full ceremonial dress at the close of the event. When it was explained that this was both impractical and impossible, they settled for a promise that a colour party in No 1 Dress would be included in the team the same as all the other units that were participating. The only standard stafi" available from the QMs at short notice looked as though it was designed only for carriage on a horse or vehicle and a certain amount of adaptation and compromise had to be worked out for the standard party drill. The biggest problem was the transport or lack of it. Due to circumstances beyond anybody’s control the bus that had been booked was cancelled at the eleventh hour and we were provided with two Bedford trucks

place until the Sunday we would have Friday and Saturday to explore Paris (or at least those parts of Paris that ‘might‘ prove the most interesting). This feeling of euphoria was enhanced by the knowledge that a large proportion of the Regiment would be spending a very boring time on Sennelager Ranges on Friday while we were lounging at a boulevard table in Montmartre. By driving all through the night we joined the mid-day rush hour traffic on the Paris Periphique and here it was a matter of looking neither to right nor left but keeping determinedly in one lane at 40mph whilst relying solely on horn and accelerator to keep alive. Just after 1230hrs we arrived at the picturesque district of Chateau de Vinceunes where the marches were to start and finish. We were accommodated in a Gendarmerie Cavalry Barracks and SSgt Kosa, Sgt Cave and myself were invited to a reception and buffet in the French Foreign Legion Mess that evening in honour of all the military teams competing on Sunday.

from MT Troop. However. we left Detmold in high

beautiful scenery and their popularity has to be seen to be appreciated. Saturday was spent wandering down the Champs-

spirits on Thursday, September 22, at midnight, blissfully aware that as the marches themselves did not take

A break for both military and civilian competitors during the marches

These teams came from as far afield as the USA, Holland,

Germany. Denmark, and even one from the London Metropolitan Transport Police. The British Army was represented by ourselves, 114 Provost Coy RMP (also from Detmold). 3?. Signal Regt (TAVR), Royal Corps

of Transport, The London Scottish (ACF) and several other units. The marches were not confined to military entrants and there were many civilian teams from all over Europe. The marches are designed to promote comradeship and team fellowship among young and old, civilian and military alike. Stretching over a course of 30—45km, depending on the entry class, they take in

Elysees, round the Arc de Triomphe and queueing for the elevator on the Eiffel Tower. In the late afternoon we provided a colour party to line the staircase at the Town Hall and attended another reception there. After a few glasses of champagne we retired to the Cavalry Barracks to change into civilian clothes and then every— one either went to the cinema. sightseeing or whatever it is one does on a Saturday evening in Paris. The following morning the team left after a breakfast of black coffee and brown bread on their 45km walk. Despite some astonishing blisters the team kept together and arrived back in time for the March Past in good order and well within the allotted time limits. Every member of the team received a medal for their endeavours and a plaque was awarded to us for the team

etfort. We also received a silver cup for our turnout and bearing. That evening the local pavement cafes and bars were busy serving throngs of people in many different manners of dress. custom and language. but who had one peculiar characteristic common to allvthey all limped! The remainder of the trip was uneventful. We left Paris at OSlShrs on Monday. September 26. and were back in Detmold by 2240hrs the same night. Thejourney was an arduous oneiBedt‘ord trucks are not renowned for their comfortibut the visit more than compensated for any discomfort. This was indeed one time when being there. as opposed to getting there, was half the fun.

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Tpr Baylor leading Capts Hayward and Greenwell

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In a year as busy as 1977 it would be unusual if some aspects of Regimental life were not to suffer: in our case it was team sports. Northern Ireland training and the tour in Londonderry curtailed football. rugby. hockey and basketball. Cricket was never seriously played during the summer, however. some inter-Squadron football friendlies were organised. A Regimental Athletics meeting was only possible by running it on two

evenings in June. followed by an inter-Squadron swim— ming competition in August. Certain individuals and the horsemen among us had some successes during the year. One advantage of the restructured Regiment is the appointment of an assistant Sports Oflicer. W02 Sibley, who hopefully will ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to play the sport of his choice.

A CRUISE ROUND BRITTANY In October last year a crew of II officers and soldiers from the Household Cavalry, sailed round the Channel Islands and Brittany coast in a 55ft yacht skippered by Maj Barne. Five members of the crew were Blues and Royals. During the brisk sail from Gosport to Cherbourg, several crew members led by Tpr Walker spent much of the time hung over the lee rail. however. the majority of the crew soon got their sea legs. ln Cherbourg, we moored alongside a pontoon which was somewhat shorter than our yacht. This resulted in three of the crew walking off the end of it when returning on board from their night out! After an entertaining visit to St Malo we sailed on to chardrieux, which lies up an interesting

rocky estuary. This passage caused several grey hairs as the channel is unlit in parts——the rocky parts. The next day most of us attempted aqualunging instructed by Tpr Hook. An oyster bed was found and a sack filled with oysters. This was towed behind the yacht back to England, where the contents were devoured in the Officers‘ Mess at Knightsbridge! After another night sail to Guernsey to have Tpr Haywood-Percival's tooth removed and replenish the bar stocks, we sailed on to Alderney. Here Tpr Hook dived to a wreck while the remainder of the crew explored an old German fort, which still contained relics of the occupation. Art exhilarating sail back to Gosport rounded off the 450 miles and seven ports, which had been visited during the nine-day cruise. s“ s\i e

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Tpr Walker, Maj Barnc and ’I‘pr Hook 0n the sail to St Malo

Free fall enthusiasts#Tpr Platt in position and LCoH Reid on the skids

A meet of the Weser Vale Hunt

THE WESER VALE HUNT 1977 Joint Masters:

Capt A. J. C. Pratt Lt W. R. G. Hanmer Lt M. C. O‘B. Horsford Hon Sec: Lt J. M. Heath Kennelman : Tpr Toze One of the aims of the Weser Vale Hunt has been to give bachelor officers the opportunity of organising a weekend sport and to meet Germans with the same interests as their own. After a lapse of some years it is excellent to find three bachelors again in control of the

Since the season opened at the beginning of September, the Hunt has managed to meet about three times a fortnight and has been well supported both on horseback and on foot. Altered regulations concerning rabies and the assistance of local cavalry regiments have meant new and improved country. At present there are 5.; couple of hounds and although the majority ofthese are new entry the pack is hunting well. Maj Stringer is also kindly drafting a further two couple from the Windsor Forest Hunt to maintain numbers. The kennels too have been undergoing a refit which includes the roof, fencing, and concrete runs.


Lt Hanmer talking to the late Frh Clemens von Nagel at a meet of the Weser Vale


The Regiment and particularly the Weser Vale Hunt, lost a great friend on the death of Clemens von Nagel on September 7, I977. The owner of one of North Rhine Whestphalia's largest estates and a leading member of the Federal Republic‘s Equestrian Committee, he had known both Regiments of Household Cavalry for many years. All ranks have benefitted from his generosity. Parties have visited his private military museum and stud at Vornholz. The Weser Vale Hunt has had some of its best days from the meets which Clemens von Nagel organised. Often these lines would cover some 10 miles with 60 beautifully prepared fences. Every year at the Rhine Army Summer Show, he presented a prize for the best performance by a Household Cavalry soldier. In 1977 LCoH Sherwin won an engraved decanter. The Coaching Club too has received his advice and also the loan of a brake for driving trials. Many of the popular marches, with which the Band is now associated, originated from Clemens von Nagel’s own collection of German cavalry music. It may surprise readers that a German of his position should take so much interest in the Regiment. The answer lies in his mutual belief in the high principles and aims ofthe Household Cavalry. He will be sadly missed as a very generous friend and benefactor to us all.

1. LCoH Sherwin and Capt Pratt

2. Lt Hanmer and Yukon

THE WESER VALE HUNT HUNTER TRIALS The Weser Vale Hunt Hunter Trials. which are sponsored

by the Regiment, took place on October 29 during the visits of Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick and the Regimental Association. This year the course was changed to a hillside near Bredenborn, 20 miles south east of

. Lt Heath and Capt Tucker at the Bredenborn Band Concert

erected and dismounted all the tentage; 15 SNCOs acted as jump judges; the WOs and CoHs Mess ran the refreshments; the Band played during lunch; LCoHs Elsey and O'Gorman sold programmes. Finally, an international fence repair team of one Canadian and one Australian headed by Capt Hadden-Paton repaired the only fence demolished by Lt Horsford!

Detmold, in the best of the Weser Vale country. The

majority of the land is owned by a local dairy farming commune whose pasture land makes an ideal hunter trial course. Building the jumps, which were nearly all sited in existing hedges and fences, was completed in September by Maj Wilkinson assisted by Capts Lingeman, HaddenPaton and Gurney. Meanwhile Lt Heath had undertaken all the Secretary‘s duties. Together with Capt Tucker, who acted as interpreter throughout, he organised a Band concert in Bredenborn for the farmers and inhabitants. This proved to be an immensely popular ack— nowledgement of the commune’s kindness to the Hunt. Heavy rain, lost radio vehicles and slightly frayed tempers preceded the trials. However, from this unsettled start, emerged the well organised event to which one is normally accustomed. LCol-l Seager, driving a farm tractor, spent the initial hours towing horse boxes into their parking area, but the fields soon dried out and a most successful day‘s sport was enjoyed by both riders and spectators. Maj Tweedie on Yarmouth upheld the Regiment’s honour by winning the Novice event. The Weser Vale Hunt team of Lts Horsford, Hanmer and CoH Bright gave us the most spectacular fall of the day during the Cross Country Team Race. This was the first of these races to be held in BAOR. Their popularity in England is now well established and we were fortunate that the course was so designed that spectators could see the majority of it from one vantage point. An event of this nature always involves many in the Regiment: CoH Hughes with a party from ‘D‘ Sqn

Capt Massey and CoH Bright

REGIMENTAL STABLES In 1976 the Regimental stables had its most successful season. This was achieved by many people competing on different horses. rather than just a few ‘stars‘. It also proved that time and effort produces results. The tour in Londonderry meant only limited entries in the spring equestrian events. At the Herford Garrison show. Tpr Walton on Zebedee won the Gambler Stakes but LCpl Haywood fell. almost into the arms of the Corps Commander. sadly breaking his leg. At the Spring One Day Event and Sennelager Ride a rear party team was led by Mrs Pitman. Delicate but forceful riding over stifi" fences was not matched by technical professionalism and they were all unplaced! The Regiment then returned and for a fortnight prior to the Rhine Army Summer Show. Maj Smith—Bingham drove riders unmereifully almost into the ground (three times in succession in the ease of Capt Birdwood). However, the results started to improve: Tpr Toze, CoH Bright and LCoH Sherwin all riding Zebedee, but not simultaneously, won their sections of the 'Prix Caprilli’. Our A Team consisting of Maj Smith-Bingham on Black Chief, Maj Tweedie on Zebedee and Capt Birdwood on Utopia won the Inter-Regimental Team Event and our ‘B’ Team was third. LCoH Sherwin won

the Soldiers Competition convincingly. Utopia and Black Chief qualified in line style for the Dunhill Chainpionship but unluckily only finished fourth and fifth; Capt Birdwood having given a demonstration of the breast stroke in the waterjump! Detmold Open Day Horse Show was held in slippery conditions. Well over half the horses failed to get round a small course but strong legs placed Ct Hanmer on Yukon first in the Class ‘A‘ Event and LCoH Sherwin on Utopia second in the Class ‘L’. In the autumn, Capt Pratt on Zebedee produced a fine win in the Open Hunter Trials at Osnabruck and Maj Tweedie was in great form at Munster winning both the Novice and Open on Utopia. whilst the rest of us were soldiering at Soltau. Capt Pratt also won the cup for the most points in Open events during 1977 at the Rhine Army Autumn trials. The Weser Vale Hunter Trials ended the season on October 29 and these are reported on separately. In spite of military commitments it has been a good year for all very largely due to the hard and unselfish work of the stable staff, ably led in turn by CoH Catlin, SCpl Burton-Johnson and SCpl Stubley. Hopefully, next year the outside pressures will be cut and the fine potential of the loyal and hard working blacks will produce the results they deserve.

CoH McGregor riding for the Combined Services Equitation Team at Fontainehleau. France. in October I977

POLO Following a moderate season in [976. the Regimental Polo side returned to sweep the board in 1977. After early successes in the Inter-Regimental competition against The Royal Hussars and the l7/2lst Lancers. the Regiment met The Queen‘s Royal Irish Hussars in the final. The latter. although lower handicapped were well-fancied after cricket-score wins in the earlier rounds. The game started with an Irish attack which narrowly missed goal. Play soon went the other way and Lt Col Pitman scored after a foul in the Irish goal mouth. Lt Hadden—Paton got a second straight from the throw in and Lt Livingstone—Learmonth made it 370 at the end of the first chukka. Thereafter the Regiment dominated the game and the final score was 670. The Captains and Subalterns started with a hair— raising round against The Royal Hussars. eventually won 372 in extra time largely due to Capt Birdwood and Ct Darley. Lt Hadden-Paton returned for the

Teams The III/(’I’ Regimental l. Lt N. Hadden-Paton 2 . Lt Col J. H. Pitman 3 . Lt S. Livingstone—Learmonth 4 . Lt H. C. 08. Horsford S ubstitute: Ct D. C. Darley /l(' Captains and Subaltt’ms Lt H. C. O’B. Horsford Lt N. Hadden-Paton Lt S. Livingstone—Learmonth ("t D. C. Darley Substitute: Capt G. T. R. Birdwood

second round and no mistake was made in beating

The 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards 970. In the finals our opponents were again the Irish Hussars. Victory still eluded them and The Blues and Royals led from the start to win 472. Lt Haddcn-Paton and Lt Livingstone—Learmonth combined well in the middle. Ct Darley and Lt Horsford gave good support and the team never seemed in danger. The season ended on a high—note when the Regiment beat RMA Sandhurst. winners of the Inter—Regimental

m, (‘t Harmer, Maj Tweedie and Capt Birdwood Some of the Competitors at the Rhine Army Summer Show: Maj Davies, Maj Smith-Bingha

in England. to win The Combined Services Cup. This was the third time The Blues and Royals have won this cup in four years. however, this time Maj Parker—Bowlcs. playing for Sandliurst. was on the losing side. So ended a highly successful season and it only remains to thank LCoH Partridge and his grooms for their hard work behind the scenes.

The team in action against the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars



The successful Inter—Regimental

Polo Team

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Fleming, R. Frowhein, P. G. Glen, A, S. Gimblel, K. Goodall, B. Greenwood, |. S. Gazey, |. Haworth. T. Holmes, l. Homer, D. J. Jones. A. Joyce, K. Lanham, S. V. Lashley, D. Manning, R. P. Martin, W. Payne, K. C.

Tpr Pitt, C. M. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Sandercock. J. M, Shields, A. Spencer, D W. Simkins, A. J. Storey, P.

Tpr Harding, L. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Hughes, N. Johnson, P. K. Kent, G S. Lawson, P. Loft, C. Manning, R, P. Mitchell, P. J. Murnan, D. Noddle, F. Pexton, l Parker, G. R. Plater, |. M. Platt, W. Flees, M. N. Rose, G. Simons, R. A, Sisson, P. Stott, T. M, Slater, A. Stubbs, D. J. Wallwork, J. P. Whitehead, S.

Tpr Todd, R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Towse. J. Tyson, S. R. Vaughan, A, R. Wright, K. Wood, C.

’B‘ SQUADRON Maj J. S. Olivier Capt M. A. J. Gurney

Lt A. J. Miller-Bakewell

NOMINAL ROLL as at lst November 1977

Ct D. C. Darley Ct W. R. G. Hanmer SCM Livingstone, J. A.

SQMC Holt, M. L. HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON RHO. Lt Col J. H. Pitman Maj The Hon P. H. Lewis (15/19H)

CoH Weston, A. J. LCoH Davidson, J. W. LCoH Jay, R. I. K.

Capt H. P. D. Massey Capt C. M. Wilson (RAChD) Lt J. M. Heath

LCpl Birchall. R.

RCM J. Peck W02 G. R. Preece SHQ Maj H. T. Hayward Lt R. B. Yates

LCpl Beynon, K. Tpr Fairfax. S. (Temp Detachment) Tpr Gough, B. M. Tpr Reynolds, B. J.

Musn Moroz, D. C. MT Capt T. W. Tucker

W02 P. B. Lawson

MT 'A'

SQMC H. Hawley

SCpl Chamberlain, D. E. LCoH Hyett, S. P.

CoH Catlin, D. G. l. CoH Stratford, J. W. LCoH Crowley, P. F. LCoH Reeve, A. D. LCpl Perkins, P.

Tpr Bellamy, D. G. Tpr Harris. A. A.

0M Capt R. R Giles

RQMC A. K. Stephenson

LCoH Reid, P. LCoH Robinson. R. D. LCpl Coffey, J. P. R. LCpl Padgett, J. T. Tpr Bishop, A. P. (LG) Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Ellwood, M. J. Gowland, A. Gowland, G. R. S. Stockford K. R. G. Thomas, D. F.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bushell, A. J. Hulme, K. M. Popple, S. Thompson, M. R. Toze, A. M.

Officers Mess

SOMC O'Halloran, D, A.

Lt McO'B Horsford

LCpl Burnham, R. L. Tpr Flower, P.

Lt T. L. S. Livingston-Learmonth

NCOs Mess CoH Woollard, R. LCoH Cooke, L. Tpr Davis, I. M. Families SCpI Weeks, N.

LCoH Pentith, T.

SQMC Emery, A. W. SCpl McKenna, D. R. CoH Evans, B. R. C.

CoH McGregor, D. CoH Murray, B. CoH Rose. C. W. CoH Smith, D. A. LCoH Bourne, N. W. LCoH Bryan, K. E.

LCoH Perry, S. J. LCoH Seager, C. R.

LCoH Wilde, G. E.

LSgt Hewitt, C. M. LSgt Suffolk, M. K.

LCoH Stevanovic, L. LCoH Williams, B.

Tpr Boden, P. Tpr Cheshire, A. H. Tpr Chiles, l. T. J.

LCpl Buttle, T.

LCpl Andrews, D. LCpl Brown, J.

LCpl Jarvis, T. L. LCpl Page, C. G. LCpl Scott D. C.

LCpl Lloyd, R. [. LCpl Maggs, E. R. LCpl Reid, J.

LCpl White, A. J.

Pte Bayley T. T.

LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Pte Carter, 5. F. P.

LCpl Mockett, S. J.

Pte Hendy, R. Pte Lewis, M.

LCpl Kent, N. R. LCpl Weightman P. LCpl Wilcox, N. P. Tpr Bailey, M. A. Tpr Barrett, C, J. Tpr Beecham, K. D.

LCpl Wylie, |. A.

Pte Abbott, C. G.

Pte McKerie, T, A,

Slater, P. J. Tennyson F. D. Thorpe, G. C. Howland, A. R.

Pte Rowclfie, P.

Pte Sinclair, R. B.


Tor Chapple, P. M,

SCpl Stubley, l.

RAPC Maj R. A, Ball SSgt Hinchcliffe, M. Sgt Farrell, J,

Tpr Dykes, A.

Orderly Room

LCoH Sherwin, P. C. A. FLCpl Smith, T. (LG)

ORSOMC R. J. Sproat CoH Chillingwonh. G. D.

LCpl Jackson, G. Tpr Bennett, T. N.

LSgt Mousley, R. LSgt FranCIs. S.

Tpr Chetwynd, R, M. Tpr Dyson, A. Tpr Dunn, S. Tpr Elliot, P. D.

SCpl Adams, K. SCpI Fortt, R. A. SQMC McEvoy, J, SCpl Freeman, K. R.

CoH Bright, R. J.

SSgt Elliott, W. SSgt Gray, J. SSgt Joseph, R. SSgt Kosa, G. SSgt McKay, H. B. SSgt O'Brien, W. A. SSgt Webster, K. A. Sgt Blackburn, E, M. Sgt Cannon, J.

Sgt Cave, J. W. Sgt Sgt Sgt Sgt

Cook, R. K. C. Feeney, K. W. Hindson, M. Hilton, R. J.

Sgt Metcalf, R.

CoH Collett, T. G. CoH Gillingham S.

Sgt Shaw, C. Sgt Ward, B. Sgt Watson, S.

CoH Wall, B. G.

LSgt Adds, P. F.

LCoH Adey, J. E.

LSgt Barry, J. F. J. LSgt Chesswas, J.


Davis, J. H. Harris, R. Kempster, l. K. Maycock, S. C. Measor, J. F. Porterfield, A.


Quinn, J. Smith, G. L. Smith, H. Shillabeer. M.

LCoH Thompson, S. LCpl Frampton, K. LCpl Harding, D. LCpl Harrison, l. LCpl Mardon, T. A. LCpl Murrow, F. R. LCpl Nolan, G. B.

LCpl Rose, A. J. LCpl Schoiield, R. LCpl Tabor, B. P. LCpl Vetters, D. R.

LSgt Cushing, R. J. LSgt LSgt LSgt LSgt

Galley, P. Helm, J. Hoadlev, H. Howarth, W.

LSgt Killon, K. M. LSgt Miller, J. W. H. LSgt Miller, G. LSgt LSgt LSgt LSgt

Penny. W. Poffley, T. R. Routledge, J. A. Sneddon, A. G.

LSgt Taylor, J. B. LSgt LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Wyke, J. W. Abson, A. Ash, S. R. Barnes, T. W. Brzeski, F. S. Cullen, J. J. Day, 8.

Tpr Ballantyne, A. R. Tpr Baylor, J. A.

LCpl Hilliard, K. C.

LCpl Holloway, R. S.

Tpr Beresl‘ord, D.

LCpl Kelly, E. G.

Tpr Carter, G. P. Tpr Cutler, G. J. Tpr Davies, P. G. Tpr Elston, P. Tpr Eyre, R. W. Tpr Fenwick, P. Tpr Fulbrook, M. K. Tpr Fullard, T. D. Tpr Gray, D. E. Tpr Hamill, P. Tpr Harris, R. Tpr Iberson, K. W. Tpr Jarvis, S. P. Tpr Kennett, G. Tpr Laidlaw, A. Tpr Lamonby, J.

LCpl Merchant, R, ALCpI Pickup, J. M.

LCpl Anderson, l. LCpl Breakwell, T. R. LCpl Carroll, R. M.

LCpl Kirkwood, W. J. LCpl Luke, J. LCpl Metcalfe, E. LCpl Nash, |. F. LCpl Prusak, R. LCp Robertson, M. LCpl Taylor, A. D.


Lock, M. J. Maskell, P. Owen, R. P. Rushton, D, W. Stretton, P. F. Wendon, H. Windrass, R.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Mead, |. Merry, E. B. Miller, D. G. Morgan, D. W. Pitt, 0. J.

Ct A. Mitchell SCM Midwinter. J. C,

LAD Capt C. J. R. Oswald W01 W. T. Curtis SSgt Dunn, S. J.

LCpl Hamersley, S. LCpl Healy, D. S.

LCpl Henry, S. LCpl Jervis, J. M.

APTC SSI Pearson, K.

'D‘ SQUADRON Maj l. M. D. L. Weston Capt A. J. C, Pratt

Tpr Underwood, P. Tpr Whyte, A. P.

LCpl Whiting, P. J. LCpl Williams, M. A,

LCoH Kelsey, J.

LCoH Hyndman, W. T.

LCoH Smith, G. L.

Shaw, P. A. Somervell, C. M. Stoddon, K. Tait, W, R. Thornett, T. Townsend, P. Tuxlord, M. Vickers, S. A. Watson, T. Wynne. D. A. Whitepark, G. Wray, K. W.

LCoH Wright, P. A. LCpl Bryson, S. W. LCpl Burt, E. J. LCpl Goodyear, A. M. LCpl Gulley, N. LCpl Harris, P.

LCpl York, G.

Tpr Ricketts, H. B.


LCoH O'Gorman, P. W.

LCpl Firth, P.

Tpr Perrin, S. P.

LCoH Stephenson W. LCpl Burgess. D. R. Tpr Ashby, B. Tpr Millard, W. P..

LCoH Elsey, S. LCoH Fallon, D. LCoH Lampard, B. D.

LCpl Clark, l.

LSgt Boyce, T.

Tpr Kitchen, R. M. Tpr Moss. T. M.

LCoH Arnold, A. J. LCoH Cook, M. F.

LCoH Grimes, F. C. LCoH Grun, A. C. F. LCoH Hunter, H.

LCpl Currah, M. J. LCpl Wilson, R. H.

Holton, A J. Humberstone, A. P. Hunt, P. R. J. Kinloch, K. E.

CoH Stacey, M. CoH Thurston, D. R.

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LCoH Young, D. E.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

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LCoH Rogers, L. D.

Tpr Davies, W. V. Tpr Eckersley, G. C. Tpr Frith, S. C.

CoH Hughes, K. C.

CoH Lane, E. L. CoH Mackenzie, l. LCoH Baker, K. H. LCoH Bowden, D. J. LCoH Bowden, T. J. LCoH Gardiner, R. L. LCoH Gregory, M. R. LCoH James. G. R.

Maj R. C. Wilkinson Capt M. Lingeman Capt N. Hadden»Paton Ct J. A. Huggins Ct M. J. Macauley SCM Macdougall, W. R. SOMC Sayer, C. J. SCpI Burton-Johnson, H.

20 Armd Bde Officers Mess LCpl Lloyd, M. W.

Sgt Shealer, E. H.

SCpI Grinyer. R. V. C. LCoH Callaghan. K. J.

CoH Kennard, S. D. A. LCoH Barratt, A. L. LCoH Booth, S. A. LCoH Partis, J.

Lt F. G. S. Lukas SCM Smart, R. E. W02 Sibley, S. F.

ACC W02 B. Ball

CoH Taylor, K. A. CoH Craig, A. LCoH Kay, D. LCoH Phillips, G. A. LCpl Butcher, J, D. LCpl Masson, T. R. LCpl Nicholson, G. A. LCpl Plank, A, LCpl Piwowarski, J. S.

ROMC(T) J. M. Hill SCpl Anslow, R. J.

CoH Brown, M. R. CoH Finch, P. R.

’A’ SOUADRON Maj J. D. Smith-Bingham

LCoH Edwards, A. J. LCoH Gurdin, N. T. LCoH Hutton, R. J.

MT ’3'

0M(T) Maj W. R. Marsh

Pte Johnson, |. A.


CoH Law, K.

Tpr English, W. A. Tpr Wookey, C. T.

SCpI Villers, L.

Capt G. T. R. Birdwood Capt J. Shaw

CoH O’Dwyer, J. A.

Tpr Callingham, P. A.

LCpl Ellis, R. W.


Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCpl Greenaway, C. J.

LCpl Miller, G. T. LCpl Taylor, A. S. LCpl Wetherell, K. LCpl Wilson, A. L. Tpr Ansty, J. M. Tpr Ansty, J. R. Tpr Barry, P. K. Tpr Blackburn, S. Tpr Brown, J. H. Tpr Charlton M. F. Tpr Clarke, R. H.

Allen, K. B. Bailey, K. G. Beard, J. M. Bennett, T. N. Booth, A. N.

Tpr Brzozowski, S. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Budge, R. J. Coutts, A. D. Cook, S. Crooke, E. J. Davies, S. A. Dobbie, G, Finlay, F. C. Fowler, D. J. Gillard, P. K.

Tpr Clavering, M.

Tpr Gledhill, C.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Cleland, J. Cowton, K. Daley, J. Dawson, K.

Tpr Dick, l. S. Tpr Dunkley, M. G. Tpr Dykes, A. Tpr Edge, K.

Tpr Elliott, C. D. Tpr Farmer, N. Tpr Foster, L. Tpr Garfirth, J, Tpr Gowing, W.

Harrison, J. H. Haynes, T. W. Johnson, A. D. Keen, N. S. Langley, M. S. Lees, D. Mobbs, D. S. Morris, D. S. Perrin, M. A. Robertson, H. T. Rodgers, A. Rowbottom, M. S. Sinclair, S. M.

Tpr Mann, D. C. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Mason, K, McKenzie, J. P. McLoughlin, D. Millington, R. J.

Tpr Mitchell, M. Tpr Needham, J. W. F. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Nichols, K. M. Noddle, R. Nutchey, A. C. O'Brien, W. D. Parker, J. T. Phipps, T. J. Rendell, R. E. Robinson, B. Smith, T. G. Steel. S. Stones, 1 Stott, l. Tapsell, G. K. Tovey, R. M.

LCpl Fisher. R. A.

LCpl Hollingshead, D. M.

LCpl Priddle, P. LCpl Pugh, P. LCpl Sutherland, J. G.

ALCpI Quin, T, J. ALCpl Tooze, M. W. LCpl Watts, L. L. Cfn Bennett, J. H.

Cfn Bruce, I. Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Clarke, A. G. Davis, R. D. Dickson, J. M. Easton, D. W. Edmonds, K. Guise, A. Harrison, P. J. Hawkings, G. Holmes, W.

Cfn Jones, S. A. Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Liepa, R. McCarthy, T. E. Molfatt, C. P. Pelleschi, S. C.

Cfn Powell, J. E. Cfn Simmons, G. P. Cfn Speed, S.

Cfn Stansfield, N. S. Cfn Talbot. R. B. Cfn Thomson, A. L. Cfn Walker, D. W. Cfn Walker, I. J.

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