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1,400 family and Assocation members; also by a dinner held in the WOs’ and Cs’oH Mess mainly for those Association members who had joined the annual visits to the Regiment in Germany; finally, by our hosting the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment Dinner at Combermere in October which was attended by many old Blues who served during the war. The Regiment values the friendship and support of the Association and I hope that more members will come this year both to the Annual Dinner on 11 May at Hyde Park Barracks and the Open Day on 8 September at Combermere. Serving members may be interested to know that this year the Association earmarked nearly £8,000 in welfare grants to needy members. or their dependents. By contributing to the one day's pay scheme and thereby becoming members of the

Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen

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

Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel J D Smith-Bingham

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant—Colonel P B Rogers

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CONTENTS Foreword .............................................................. The Commanding Officer, Lt-Col P 8 Rogers Diary of Events .................................................... A Squadron Notes ...................... B Squadron Notes ...................... Exercise DRAGON HAMMER .............................. C Squadron Notes ......................

Who said it was a Holiday in Zimbabwe? ........ HO Squadron Notes ......................................... LAD Notes .......................................................... Mounted Squadron Notes ................................. Band Notes ...........................................................

Guards’ Depot Notes ....................................... Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Notes ....... Recruiting Team Notes ................................... ....................... ..... The Blues and Royals Association Report Obituaries ......................................................... Household Cavalry Club — North East Household Cavalry Museum ..................... Sports Notes ............................................... Yes — we have no BMATT

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A Belfast Tour with the Jocks ........................

Exercise ROYAL SAFARI ................................ Scrapbook ............................ Nominal Roll .....................................................

The cover is a Scorpion from C Squadron during the Royal Review of 5 Airborne Brigade in May 1990

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1990 was a year of historical significance to the Regiment for several reasons. Firstly. it saw our return to Windsor and conversion to armoured reconnaissance after six years on tanks in Germany. Secondly. it marked the 21st anniversary of amalgamation so that we can now very truly be said to have come of age as a Regiment in our own right. Indeed. recruits joining today were not even born when amalgamation took place. Thirdly, it is now 50 years since our predecessors in the two Regiments handed over their horses and for the first time learned the art of gunnery. the science of radio and the skill of driving armoured vehicles.

The Association I mention these events because each is of significance to a particular group of readers of this magazine. Naturally the 370 Blues and Royals serving with the Regiment at the moment were directly involved in the return to Windsor, Thcre are also nearly 300 other Blues and Royals serving with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and elsewhere. In addition this magazine is distributed to about 2.000 members of the Regimental Association many of whom will remember the other two dates I have mentioned. 21 and 50 years ago. Our return to Windsor has enabled ties between the Regiment and the Association to be strengthened. particularly by the Open Day held last Scptember and attended by nearly

I am not going to list the events of last year as this is done elsewhere. Unlike Germany where the squadrons followed a Regimental programme. at Windsor with a mixture of tracks and wheels. each squadron has a separate programme and there are few training activities where the whole Regiment deploys together. Thus it was in the spring. that while A Squadron were in Australia. B Squadron were in Windsor hosting the Australian exchange Squadron. and C Squadron were preparing to move to Northumberland to exercise with infantry. This was the pattern throughout the year. Regrettably. due to a shortage of spares caused by the Gulf crisis. the autumn exercise which had been arranged to get the whole Regiment into the field. was cancelled. As second priority to personal security. I had given the Regiment three main tasks in 1990. The first was to establish ourselves as a willing and competent light armoured regiment in the Order of Battle of 5 Airborne Brigade. In a letter to me after his farewell visit in November. the outgoing Commander. Bridager N W F Richards said: ‘Your Regiment has tackled the new airborne role in an exemplary fashion. and I was delighted to find such a positive and enthusiastic approach to life in every quarter. You command a very fine Regiment and can be justly proud of them‘. The second was to prove our conversion to reconaissance vehicles by a successful live firing of our guns. The report from the Gunnery School for the Regiment‘s firing in 1990 said: ‘The Regiment can be pleased with its overall performance which was a culmination of thorough

preparation and a committed approach during the firing camp‘. Finally. the Regiments retttrn to Windsor and London District required us to parade in December for a formal inspection by the Major General. The report for this inspection said: ‘The Major General was well pleased by the substantial hard work and effort that had clearly been put into preparing for his inspection and which resulted in most successful First and Second Paradcs‘. From these extracts readers can see that the Regiment has not been slow to re—establish itself in Windsor. 1 cannot comment on the programme for 1991 due to the number of uncertainties at the time of writing in January. 0

The Regiment 1 know people often think that as the years pass standards tend to drop: ‘lt wasn‘t like that in my day'. or similar. When I took over command a year ago I had not served with the Regiment for six years so that for the first few months I felt like an outsider looking in. I would like to record that I found a Regiment whose professional standards were undoubtedly better than 1 had left in 198-1. and whose reputation in Germany was amongst the highest. Much of this was due to the fact that the Regiment had been in tanks for 6 years. Much can be

attributed to the efforts of my predecessor. and in particular the priority given by him to the training in Canada in 1989 which provided invaluable experience to everyone. But praise must also go to the strong team of Squadron Leaders. senior NCOs. and tank commanders. whose

ability and

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underwrite our

professional standards as armoured soldiers. Also. much in evidence at Windsor and what still frequently impresses me. is the enthusiasm. smartness. politeness and humour of the junior NCOs and troopers of the Regi— ment. Both the Director Royal Armoured Corps and the Major General specifically commented to me on these when they visited last year. It should not be forgotten that today the complexity of equipment and range of skills which all ranks are required to master is greater than ever before. At the same time. while many are better educated. most come from softer backgrounds than their predecessors, and we live in a civilian world where old fashioned standards have frequently slipped. However. I feel confident that as we enter the last decade of the 20th Century. those Blues or Royals who gave up their horses some 50 years ago will find in their successors in the Regiment today young men with the same motivation. professionalism and comradeship which was the hallmark of previous generations. The know— ledge of this is a constant source of pleasure and pride to me as Commanding Officer.

Diary of Events 1990 The hard work that had been undertaken in the latter part of 1989 was to prove the start of things to come. The move back to Windsor in 1990 dominated the early part of the year and once the containers had finally finished arriving then the transition from an Armoured Regiment to an Armoured Reconaissance Regiment began in earnest. January. Lt Col Rogers took over command of the Regiment from Lt Col Sulivan on 5 January. Christmas and New Year celebrations were firmly put behind us as work for the handover commenced with a vengeance The Skiing team managed to avoid the handover stresses as they remained away until early February. They did. however. manage to do well in their races. The Advance party of The Life Guards arrived on 15 January and after a few short days of getting acclimatised they found themselves taking over the fleet of tanks. The completion of the handover was programmed for 29 January btit ran on until 5 February. February. The main body of the Regiment started the journey back to England on the morning of 5 February avoiding the flag—raising ceremony of The Life Guards which did not attract great crowds. The Second in Command had completed the takeover of Combermere Barracks and so. when the majority of the Regiment returned to Windsor. they arrived to see familiar faces on

the gate. Sadly. the Regiment left behind lo soldiers with The Life Guards as they had ties in Germany. These stay behinds have since rebadged. The handover was judged to be a great success and reflected the determination of The Blues and Royals to produce the highest standards. The retnaindcr of February was spent on disemlmrkation leave. Marc/r. The transition from Tanks to Armoured Cars

was consolidated in March. Although a lot of residual knowledge was evident the quirks of the individual equipments had to be relearned. A short training exercise on Salisbury plain which was rttn at troop level proved invaluable. This exercise culminated in troop tests and a short Regimental exercise run by the Second in Command. Maj Massey. Despite the odd shower. the weather was excellent and this improved the training. Within two days of returning to Barracks the Regiment was tasked to host a lunch for the Foot Guards. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother laid the foundation stone at the new Victoria Barracks. and the lunch to mark this event attended by prominent Foot Guards was a great success. Sadly. few Officers from the Regiment attended as there were nearly 40 guests into lunch. April. April was dominated by two overseas exercises to sunny climes. Exercise DRAGON HAMMER was a multi»national amphibious. live-firing exercise with The Royal Marines. 2 Troop B Squadron completed this exercise. which involved amphibious assaults in Sardinia and Egypt. The vehicles were thoroughly tested in the desert and proved to be very capable of functioning in the hot and dusty conditions. Reports of their progress reached the Regiment on a regular basis. Constant references to the lovely weather were not well received. an extremely rough return crossing of the Bay of Biscay was. A Squadron. meanwhile. had departed to Australia on an exchange training package with 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The arrival of 120 Australians caused a few mtirmurings from the local nurses‘ home and also the Lord Raglan Public House. A Squadron completed an exercise in Northern Australia over a massive area. while the Australians sampled the delights of Salisbury Plain

and Thetford training areas. The RAF managed to adjust the flight plans for A Squadron who visited Singapore. Hawaii. Bahrain. and Seattle for numerous technical

reasons. May. The Australians departed in a shocking style having eaten the goldfish from the Lord Reglan’s aquarium ~ The Sun and Mirror had a field day. It proved to be a fairly quiet month despite the Royal Windsor Horse Show which was beset by appalling weather. Kings Troop used the stables for the week. Everywhere one looked horses were to be found which was a welcome change. June. C Squadron and the majority of B Squadron deployed in early June to Castlemartin to complete their annual firing. This period on the ranges was a successful completion of the immediate training objectives set by the Commanding Officer. Both Squadrons did well. passing all their basic firing test shoots and also completing a few battleruns. The Director of the Royal Armoured Corps visited the Squadron over this period. The shock of finding an ex-member of his Regiment who had transferred to this Regiment was almost too much for him. June was also the month for the Golden Jubilee of Airborne forces celebrations with a large parade in Aldershot and at Rushmoor. and a service in St Paul’s Cathedral. Members of the Regiment took part in both parades. cementing our Airborne affiliations. July. A Squadron and a troop from B Squadron started their firing camp at Lulworth in early July. The weather was hot which enabled the crews to concentrate on their firing. They were visited by Brig Gilruth (Commander RAC Centre) and the Brigade Commander. The firing report was again good with all crews passing their basic gunnery tests. C Squadron departed for Otterburn training area to act as moving targets for the Milan concentration on Exercise DEADLY IMPACT. This long and tedious exercise was highlighted by some excellent adventure training and social functions. The SNCOs and Officers of the Regiment visited Pirbright on 16 July and were shown the training system. This was extremely useful for all concerned. giving an insight into the problems faced by the Depot. The final week of July was hectic with the Officers‘ Mess Dance and the SNCOs‘ Ball, incredibly hot weather beset both. The Colonel of the Regiment also visited the Regiment prior to summer leave as it proved to be the first chance for him to see all the Regiment in barracks. August. Block leave dominated this month and despite the invasion of Kuwait on 3 August nothing interrupted this break.

The Guidon on Parade during the Major General's Inspection

September. September turned into one of the busiest months in the year. Preparations for a possible deploy« ment were undertaken. An extremely thorough and rigorous check of all equipment and training was carried out. On top of this a Regimental Open Day on 9 September was held. This proved to be a great success with nearly 1.400 visitors coming to see a display of vehicles and equipment. Elements of the Mounted Squadron and the Band put on excellent displays. A Squadron deployed to Salisbury Plain on a Squadron exercise in the latter part of this month and B Squadron deployed to Northumberland on Exercise BORDER FOX. This was a TA exercise with the Queens Own Yeomanry. B Squadron were the enemy. The final event of the month was the band inspection which was carried out by a team from Kneller Hall. The band was graded excellent. which is most unusual. October. October proved to be a month of mini exercises in support of outside agencies. It also saw the departure of two Troops from B Squadron to Belize for a six month tour; preparations also started for the Major General‘s inspection. The drill square was suddenly in use. The new personal weapon. SA80. caused a consider— able amount of confusion and a lot of discussion. C Squadron ran a TEWT for young officers which is part of the new Junior Officers‘ Training and Education package. attended by nearly 100 young officers. November. This month was the month for staff inspections and also the main training month for C Squadron who were preparing for their Cyprus tour in January 1991. Despite the Gulf deployments C Squadron managed to get some Ferrets for their training. Drill continued and the standard improved dramaticaly especially on Friday afternoon drill Parades. 10 Airborne Workshop completed their inspection of the vehicle fleet

which despite its age proved to be in reasonable order. December. The Major General‘s Inspection on 13 December took tip the early part of the month. The parade was very successful and the standard of drill was considered high. The Guidon was on parade and it undeniably gave the parade a certain style. The remain— der of December was spent in a whirlwind of seasonal

festivities. The Inter—Mess Rugby Match won this year by the junior ranks. caused a great deal of friendly rivalry. The third half was not played as the bar in the NAAFI was closed. The Inter—Squadron Football was won by C Squadron as was the Inter~Squadron Boxing competition. although B Squadron. minus the Belize troops. came a close second.

A Squadron Notes

2' ‘ I , . . ' . -‘ .- .~ 1‘: SHQ in the Northern Territories From left to right (standing): Lt Glynn, LCpls Round, Henderson. Brown, LCoH Panter, Capt Wilkinson, LCoH Morrell, SSgt Cheatham. Kneeling: Tpr Hemming, Sgt Wooster, CoH Harris, LCoH Peat. Tpr Channing

A Squadron — November 1990

The Squadron had not been back in Windsor for more than two weeks before it found itself on briefings for the Heathrow commitment. deploying to Gatwick airport in support of an infantry exercise and diving into the back of the CVR(W) prior to the regimental exercise in March. As well as numerous tactical briefings. lectures. com— manders” study days and weapon handling crammed into those early days. the squadron was re—roled for 5 Airborne Brigade and both the South East and London District. It only remained for us to exercise on Salisbury Plain to ensure that we had taken it all in. Our first of doubtless many exercises on the plain consisted of a full regimental build-up from troop training through a squadron shake-out to a short. regimental exercise and a troop test finale. Fox CVR(W) proved to be a tricky beast. particularly when moving cross-country at night. The squadron quickly came to the conclusion that this was a once in a lifetime experience. 2 troop in particular had several

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narrow escapes. with CoH Tapsell providing some interesting new ideas on track discipline when travelling for some distance on two wheels. The Squadron finished on a high note with some excellent results on troop tests. The squadron was now ready to take on the world and this we duly did. Rumours had been circulating in 1989 of a possible trip to Australia. These turned to reality as we received our first—aid lectures on heat exhaustion and began to compile our flight manifests for our departure to the Antipodes in mid—April. Two weeks and an issue of two tropical combat suites later. A Squadron (it‘s ranks swollen to 120 men) set off around the globe taking in Bahrain and Singapore on the outward journey with Hawaii and Seattle on their return. The RAF played it‘s part in ensuring a memorable trip out by grounding the plane for 3 days in Singapore. However. much to the relief of the British High Commission there. the US Navy and Maj Wood. we finally arrived at Holsworthy Bar— racks in Sydney on 19 April. home of 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

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The RCM Debriets, 2 Troop on Troop tests. From left to right Tpr Hallford, RCM, COH Tapsall, LCpl Glynn, Tprs Phillips and Foot

Dawn on the plain in A Squadron Leaguer

The planned ‘acclimatisation through fitness” pro— gramme was soon swept down river by the worst floods to hit Australia since the Bible. Our exercise in the outback of the Northern Territories was postponed as all the C1205 were mobilised for flood relief. The Australians apologised and we spent an extra weekend in Sydney. where the officers put on an exhibition game of rugby football and the squadron made an exhibition of themselves in ‘Aussie Rules‘ or more appropriately known as ‘NO (Aussie) Rulesi' When the rules had finally been mastered the whistle was blown and our hosts informed us that they had won. When the rain finally turned to drizzle and after being a cat‘s whisker away from participating in the flood relief we set off for Crocodile Dundee country. The distances involved were enormous. The road party. for example. set off a full week before we arrived in Australia in order to be in the Northern Territories at the end of our first week. Our exercise area was a block of 6.000 square miles. an area equivalent to the south of England from Portsmouth to Newcastle-under—Lyme and east. With the distance came the problem of resupply as SQMC Taylor found to his horror when trying to reach each troop which was 11/: days drive away on dirt tracks. Live ammunition was issued to those troops working on foot in the event of patrolling into an unfriendly buffalo. swamp dog. wild pig or wild aboriginal. Impor— tant lessons were also learnt in catching possums. stewing lizards and remembering those all—important words that ‘If it moved it would bite you and when it did you were dead ~ FACT!” After many a farewell in true Aussie style in Darwin and back in Sydney we were airborne once again. homeward bound with a whirlwind stop in Hawaii and Seattle courtesy of the Royal Australian and US Air Forces. Our return in early May gave us just enough time to prepare for what proved to be an extremely successful annual firing camp at Lulworth. with every section passing its compulsory GSTEs first time. 2 troop. with the highest scores. led by Ct The Hon M Erskine. won the Tucker Trophy in conjunction with C Squadron. The remainder of the spring and summer was taken up with a plethara of mini—exercises. visits and vehicle demonstrations as well as a heavy commitment to retaining and retrading. The most noticeable and com— mendable training was that undertaken by those in the squadron who both attempted and passed P Company. led most ably by LCoH Norris. We ended the year as we started with the squadron exercising on Salisbury Plain in support of the School of Infantry.

The squadron‘s final commitment for 1990 was for the Major General‘s inspection which passed off without a hitch. With the Gulf crisis looming over us. the im— mediate future in 1991 is somewhat uncertain. suffice to say that the diversity and the intensity of the squadron‘s training in 1990 has us well prepared for any eventuality with 5 Airborne Brigade. The squadron said farewell to the following: Maj A Wood

Capt A Wilkinson Lt S Miller Lt C Garnett Lt J Wilkinson SCM Guest CoH Sandercock COH Dickens LCoH Mills

LCoH McGarry LCoH Morrell

And welcomed the following into its ranks: Capt E Mountain Capt J Wingfield—Digby Ct Eyre Ct Daniel Ct Bagnell Col-I Wright COH Gear COH Willacy LCoH Miles

Tprs Wood and Ashdown with Aussie style fresh rations

B Squadron Notes With a great sigh of relief the handover in Sennelagcr was eventually over and it was time to look forward to the prospect of new vehicles and a new rele. The Squadron was finally fully ensconced back in Windsor by February with the knowledge that apart from one short spell of Troop training in March we would not be together as a whole Squadron for much longer than a NAAFI break. With all conversion courses completed the Squadron deployed to Salisbury Plain (which made a very welcome change) to Golgrund or Soltau. After a week of troop training. allowing troops to find their recce feet on the ground. Regimental training started in earnest. The Squadron proved that it had converted successfully and that the effort put in by everyone had been worthwhile. The proof of the pudding was that the Squadron overall gained the best results in Troop Tests. SQMC Dunkley excelled himself throughout the exercise. proving that it is not only RHQ who are capable of having an ‘0 Hotel‘. Capt Ward Thomas was not denied missing the highlight of the racing year. ‘The Cheltenham Gold Cup’. Not only did he receive his daily copy of ‘The Sporting Life‘. but he was able to watch the racing on the SQMC‘s television. The Squadron were kept happy as they were able to watch the Five Nations Cup. SQMC‘s efforts in providing an excellent ‘Dinner Night‘ in the field have culminated in him being sent to look after the Officers Mess. Troop training was cut short for 2 Troop. who left four days early in order to undergo TALO training. Exercise BLUE LANYARD followed. which was our first encounter with the famous Parachute Regiment. Meanwhile. 3 and 4 Troops were getting ready to go off to Australia. 3 and 4 Troops left for Exercise SOUTHERN CROSS with A Squadron on a journey of a lifetime. Having stopped in Bahrain. Sir Lanka and Singapore they finally arrived in Sydney. They began their training on Australian vehicles almost straight away and by the end of the week had been introduced to M1135. 30 and 50 Cal machine guns. and also the two plastic cups with string that passed for radios. After much deliberation (due to floods) they headed to the Northern Territories. where they learnt about basic bush survival. They then carried out a small exercise come safari in the ‘Outback‘ to put the training into practice. this included plenty of walking to CoH Vicker‘s horror. The hard work ended with the handing back of vehicles.


Squadron mess members. Standing: LCsoH Birch, Derby, McCarley. CoH Harris 23, LCpl Smith 84, LCoH Jones, CoH Flynn and CoH Miller. Kneeling: LCsoH Pendlebury and O’Brien. SSgt Lunnon and Sgt Halcombe

LCoH Murphy and LCpI Howe at Castlemartin

The grand finale came when they left Australia. with the first port of call being the much dreamt of Hawaii. where Tpr Randall won the loudest shirt competition. It was then a short skip and jump via Seattle before the globetrotting was over with many great memories to last a lifetime. Everyone had had an excellent trip. and would like to thank A Squadron for letting them tag along. Meanwhile back at home the remainder of the Squad— ron was hosting a Squadron of Australians on Exercise NORTHERN STAR. During their stay the visitors had a week long exercise in Thetford. visited Aldershot and also gave demonstrations of how to eat live fish fresh from the aquarium of a local pub (as illustrated in one of the more popular daily tabloids). They ‘did‘ most of Europe during their week‘s leave. Not long after 3 and 4 Troops had gone to Australia the Squadron was depleted further when 2 Troop disappeared on Exercise DRAGON HAMMER. under the command of Lt ‘Sea Anchor‘ Miller. This was an exercise with the Royal Marines. during which they visited Gibraltar. Sardinia. Crete and finally Egypt. Apart from discovering how bad weather in a flat bottomed LSL can effect the body and what an Egyptian Barbecue can do to the stomach. the trip went well (see separate article) so well that CoH Mitchell wanted to leave the Squadron Leader‘s side and go back into the troops.


SQMC Dunkley’s excellent dinner night for the Squadron Officers and SNCOs

Due to 2 Troop still being away in Egypt the Squadron was not complete for Annual Firing at Castlemartin. (We were now getting used to the fact that we were never complete as a Squadron). The weather was typically Welsh (Tprs Hemming. Marshall and Telling had a permanent smile). However. as hard as the rain and mist tried to hinder our progress the crews worked through it. fighting on when even the rabbits had to run for cover. Confidence grew quickly and there was some excellent shooting. The hours that CsoH Wright. Vickers and Maxwell worked. drumming in the techniques over and over again. were finally worthwhile. We thank them for their patience and time.

Fresh from Sandhurst. the

Squadron was inundated with young officers: Cts Bull. Hince. Joddrell. and McBride; we welcome them to the Squadron. The last of the four was remembered by the Squadron. perhaps too well. He quickly earned a nickname due to his amazing ability to sleep as soon as his backside hit a flat surface. During the middle weekend the SQMC and Capt Reid organised an excellent day of adventure training and a barbecue on the beach. LCoH McCarley particularly enjoyed being buried and eating the Black Forest Gateau. Apart from a 10—day period when 2 Troop went down to Lulworth for Annual Firing. the remainder of the

summer was mainly taken up with some trade training. 2 Troop had a successful firing period. realising that techniques used in Egypt did not necessarily work in England. After a period of block leave the Squadron (less 1 and 2 Troops) returned in time to prepare itself for Exercise BORDER FOX. This was a fiendish exercise organised by Maj Shaw (ex B Sqn Ldr). on which we acted as enemy for the Queens Own Yeomanry. The exercise was held in Northumberland and was to be one of the few Chances we might ever get to work over natural terrain. even though our movement was limited to roads and tracks. SQMC found out that the TA work in mysterious ways sending you a grid to go to to collect fuel. most certainly does not mean that they are going to be there when you get there. CoH Vickers also discovered the intricacies of finishing a road move. to find that he had lost his back bin somewhere en route. Ct Pitman (Fresh from Sandhurst) learnt the hard way. that when lighting a water heater it is best to keep ones head back unless you want your eyebrows burnt off. 1 and 2 troops set off in late September on their six months‘ emergency tour of Belize with The Gloucesters and have settled iii well. Lt Scott is discovering the difficulties of being a local commander of only two troops

under the overall command of an infantry battalion. Many of the soldiers have found some interesting pets. and Tpr McGough keeps a tarantula in a box next to his bed. Ct lngs—Chambers organised Exercise HIGHLAND FLING. This was an adventure training exercise in the Glen Nevis region. A party of six troopers. three NCO’s and two spare troop leaders set off to Ardingtigh Adventure Training Centre. run by Tom McLean. the Trans-atlantic oarsman. On arrival. shock was the over— riding feeling. when Tpr Brown (88) discovered that the nearest pub was an hour‘s boat trip away. or as it turned out. two days” walk. So desolate was the centre that not even Tpr Vickers was able to spot any local talent within a three hour radius. Dispite all the misgivings. a tremendous amount was packed into six days. canoeing. climbing. abseiling. trekking and clay pigeon shooting. it all culminated in the ascent of Ben Nevis. Not withstanding the earlier misapprehensions it was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile trip. The Squadron has seen many newcomers and wel— comes Capt Broughton freshish from the rigours of HCMR. Cts Hamilton-Russell. lngs-Chambers. Joddrell. Bull. Hince and Pitman from Sandhurst and also CoH Harris (23). LCoH Birch and LCoH Dear. The Squadron says farewell to Capt Ward—Thomas who has gone to be RGO. Lt Wakeham to civilian street. SQMC Dunkley to the Officers’ Mess. CsoH Allen and Mitchell to HCMR and CoH Vickers who will shortly be the Sheriff.


Exercise DRAGON HAMMER Lt S St M Miller

It was with a great sense of foreboding that I went to join the Marines. Having been given strict orders that I had to behave, I was sent to the first of the Marine 0 Groups. To my horror. I realised that I would have to learn an entirely new military language. The loading programme for our movement across the Mediterranean went com< pletely over my head. The outline of the exercise was to consist of a two—day stop in Gibraltar; a five—day exercise in Sardinia: a twenty—four-hour stop in Crete. and a twoweek exercise in Egypt. Affter a perilous journey across the Bay of Biscay. we reached Gibraltar. It was here that 2 Troop The Blues and Royals learnt the meaning of the phrase ‘a run ashore‘. Having got to grips with the Gibraltar nightlife. we were poured back onto RFA Sir Gallahad. Now we had to get down to the serious business of preparing the troop for war. After many hours of 0 groups and tactics discussions. we arrived at the coast of Sardinia. Also located in the near vicinity were the US Sixth Fleet. the Italians. the Spanish. the French. and several unknown submarines. On Monday 7 May 1990. 0200 hrs. 2 Troop The Blues and Royals landed on the coast of Sardinia at Blue Beach. We found the going extremely difficult because of high mountains on the coastline. CoH Maxwell and his section moved north through the most difficult terrain of all. He was the very first to come into contact with the enemy. With great excitement and our adrenalin pumping. my section rushed to his aid. at which point I drove my vehicle over a 30 ft cliff. and rendered it useless. The REME arrived. and under the excellent guidance of [Sgt Smith. they managed to retrieve and mend it in two hours. Once out of the hills. 40 Commando had no problems in destroying the enemy. Now it was our turn to defend. The American Sixth Fleet landed at dawn on four beaches. They used shock action which involved Apache helicopters and amphib» ious personnel carriers to storm the coast. After two days of battle. the Americans finally managed to supress us. still not accepting that they had only been faced by a single troop of recce vehicles.

Crete proved to be a well-deserved “run ashore‘. We soaked up the Greek sun, and ate and drank as much as we could. In the early hours of the morning we sadly had to return to the ship. and we bade a sorrowful farewell to the luxurious island. Egypt turned out to be a totally different kettle of fish. We off—loaded at the port of Alexandria. Having been assured that we would be able to drive through Alexan— dria and into the desert. we found we were not allowed to. 40 Commando left ‘en masse‘ for the exercise area. We unfortunately had to spend two days camping in the port. However. we managed to purloin four 8—tonners onto which we loaded the Scorpions and departed for the desert. The next two weeks were to be a live firing exercise for which we had over 400 rounds of all natures of ammunition for each vehicle. We started training at section level and worked our way up to a final exercise at brigade level which also involved Egyptian armour.

The American Beach Head. Sardinia. Tpr Carr, LCoH McGuire, Lt Miller and LCpl Dewing

Then we all moved out of the beach heads and spent two days testing each other‘s weapon systems. We demonstrated Scorpions firepower and mobility with great success. The troop learnt how to fly suspended by a piece of rope attached to an American Chinook helicop— ter. This sport was called ‘spy rigging”. Unfortunately. the weather turned extremely nasty. the ground turned to thick orange mud. and our international campsite began to look like Veitnam on a bad day. Our last adventure in Sardinia involved trying to drive six vehicles off a mexi—float onto RFA Sir Gallahad in a Force 9 gale. To loud cheers from the ship‘s crew, we managed to get aboard after two attempts. The troop then settled down to hot showers. real food and a long. cold beer. followed by a good sleep. They had not been to bed for 72 hours.

2 Troop crosses the Egyptian desert

1. Spy rigging The desert proved to be completely Scorpion—friendly. The vehicles behaved immaculately in the very hot and dusty conditions. We travelled at high speeds at all times. for hundreds of kilometres. The drivers were in seventh heaven; the REME looked particularly pained. After two weeks of living in the desert. we were looking forward to our R & R in Cairo. Cairo was extremly smelly. However. the three—star hotel in which we stayed had all the ‘mod cons‘ we required: a freezing swimming pool: a large bar and a comfortable loo. Unfortuantely. the whole troop came down with salmonella (otherwise known at the 'Cairo cramps‘) but we were not going to let this ruin our short holiday. We visited the pyramids. the light show. Cairo Museum. and the plush and extravagant Sheraton Hotel. Not much eating went on. but this was compensated for by the amount of cold beers consumed. We finally had to leave Cairo to board RFA Sir Gallahad for the trip home.

- . All at Sea. Tpr Marshall, LCpl Hill, Tpr Telling and LCoH Pitt

Ten days at sea were not spent idly. The vehicles needed to be stripped and the sand removed. All the equipment had to be cleaned. and the REME had to carry out their tests and essential tasks. which they did with great skill. We arrived at Plymouth in the usual British rainstorm. but we were extremely glad to be home. The troop that was sent to the Commandos under my command was probably the most experienced troop ever put together. The Commandos looked after us and used our skills extremely well. I hope that in the near future they will once again call upon the Regiment for assist— ance. Capt

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C Squadron Notes

Squadron made it into Tcnby. The Rollo Trophy for the best gunner in the Squadron was won by LCpl Beaumont and l Troop shared The Tucker Trophy with 2 Troop A Sqn.

C Squadron returned from BATUS last Autumn. after a most successful exercise. to face a long winter preparing for the move back to Windsor. October to February were spent doing Internal Conversion Courses and in preparing our Challengers and just about everything else in Athlone Barracks for handover. Some of the Squadron did manage to slip away for a bit of skiing including LCpl Lickfold. who was rewarded by winning The Webb Trophy. We all took two weeks embarkation leave on arrival back in England and met up again on 22 February to start life as a medium Recce Squadron. There were a lot of personnel changes and we started in Windsor with almost completely new management. Maj White—Spunner took over as Squadron Leader. fresh from the delights of the All Arms Tactics Course. Lt Daly moved from 2 Troop to become Second in Command and we welcomed Cts Kent. Seyfried and York from Bovington. CoH Burbridge also returned after a lengthy spell at Pirbright (which seemed to include a lot of time spent in Belize). We also welcomed our new LAD Fitter Section. It did not take long to get to grips with life at Windsor. The Scorpions are still the same ones that we were issued in I974 and you still go the same way to Heathrow Airport. but everyone was glad to be back home after six years in darkest Germany. We spent two weeks Troop Training on Salisbury Plain (which also had not changed much) in March culminating in Troop Tests which were won convincingly by 2 Troop. April was spent doing our second leg Training. In the last week we had our first crash out to Heathrow where we spent an interesting few days patrolling the runways and terminals. In April we also said goodbye to Lt Lockhart who left us for Knightsbridge and welcomed Cts Breitmeyer and Boyd from Bovington and CoH Carpenter from the Gunnery School. We also won the final of the Inter Squadron football. May was dominated by the 5 Airborne Brigade Concentration on Salisbury Plain (again). This consisted of low level Squadron Training. The Royal Review and

C Squadron Football Team — winners of the Inter Squadron Competition

July saw us off to Otterburn. in Northumberland. to help run the UKLF Milan Concentration. This turned out to be a tedious committment with the Squadron acting as targets for Milan operators dry engagements However. the boredom was alleviated by Live Firing every second day and by an Adventure Training Camp run by Ct Barclay on Kielder Water. We returned from Otterburn on 25 July. cleaned up the vehicles and then went on Block Leave for three weeks. We were back on 20 August. preparing for Cyprus and a most successful Squadron Party run by LCoH Harris. LCoH Brown. LCoH Smith and Tpr Ward.

Members of 1 Troop at Castlemartin — joint winners at the Tucker Trophy from left to right: LCoH Sykes, Tpr Henderson, Ct Kent and LCoH Hislock

Ford. LCpl Pickford. LCpl Mardon. LCpl Davies. LCpl Mowbray — to Knightsbridge. CoH Day. LCpl Perry. LCpl Morris. Tpr Fowler. Tpr Bowen. Tpr Welsh — to Civilian Life. And welcomed: CoH Fernley. CoH Rush— ton. LCoH Harris. LCpl Coomhs. Tpr Jones 357. Tpr Giles. Tpr Murray. Tpr McWhirter. Tpr Burton. Tpr Jones 074. Tpr Maskell. Tpr Sharpe. Tpr Smith. Tpr Brown. Tpr Wilson. Tpr Walbrook. Cfn Wright. Tpr Petford. Tpr Harrington. Tpr Hammond. Tpr Stainsby. Tpr Gladish. Tpr Dandy and Tpr Rushton. Many congratulations to the following who have got married this year: LCoH Knibbs. LCpl Brown. Tpr Caile. Tpr Elliott. Tpr Turner. and to the following on their promotion: CoH Carney. LCsoH Brown. Hiscock. Pycroft. Perkins. Smith; LCpls Thomas. Davies. Clerehugh. Beaumont. Lickfold and Lochrane.

Squadron officers prior to the Major General‘s Inspection. From left to right: Ct York, Capt Daly, Maj White-Spunner, Cts Seyfried and Boyd

then an Airborne FTX. The Royal Review. when Her Majesty The Queen reviewed the Brigade. was a spec— tacular success. Her Majesty spent a long time talking to LCoH Brown. Tpr Shaw and Tpr Hammond before watching 3 Troop proforming a Heliborne attack on Haxton 0. On the FTX every Squadron vehicle was flown into Keevil Airfield from where we deployed for a two-day exercise with the Ghurkas. At the end Ct Seyfried left us for a four month attachment with The Scots Guards in Northern Ireland. We only had a week back in barracks before we were off to Castlemartin for Annual Firing. This proved to be a very successful fortnight with all crews reaching a good standard. Sadly the weather was not ideal but we did manage to have a Squadron Beach Party and most of the

C Squadron Boxing Team — winners of the inter Squadron Competition. Tprs Dandy, Hunt, Davies, LCoH Young, Tprs Lofts and Harington. Standing: LCpl Smith and LCoH Spandley

Tpr Ward, LCoH Farmer and Tpr Caile

In mid-September we were off to Salisbury Plain again. this time to support the Troop Leaders Course Exercise. At the time of writing we have just finished PRE and are busy preparing ourselves for our forthcoming UNFICYP Tour. Our Scorpions are going into light preservation and we are drawing out some ancient Ferrets for pre—Cyprus training. Capt Greer has joined us as Admin Officer and CoH Carpenter has taken over as SQMC. Soldiers from the Squadron seem to have visited most parts of the globe this year. LCpl Hagan spent from June to September with Operation RALEIGH in Zimbabwe. His report appears elsewhere in this magazine. In October Cts Kent. York and Boyd together with LCpl Clerehugh. and Tprs Petford. Maskell. and Stainsby spent a month with lst Bn Royal Regiment of Fusilers in Gibraltar. In November Ct Kent. LCoH Farmer. LCpl Calder. Tprs Ball. Henderson. Shaw and Hammond are due to spend a month helping a conservation pr0ject 1n Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Ct Breitmeyer is currently shooting for the Army Team in Kenya. Throughout the year we have said goodbye to: CoH

Tpr Syms, LCpl Clayton, LCoH Young

Who said it was a Holiday in Zimbabwe LCpl Hagan A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, I made an initial application to join an Operation RALEIGH expedition as a member of staff. this was sent off in late March 1990. Several weeks later I received a summons to go along for an interview at the end of May. Having successfully flown through the interview I was then informed a few days later I would be off to Zimbabwe on 19 June, for just over three months (much to my wife‘s shock). After a sleepy 10-hour flight all the staff arrived in Harare on the 20th. where I found out. to my horror. I was needed to start work within a few hours of unpacking by bags. I found myself down at the Operation RALEIGH warehouse, where I discovered why I was needed so soon. it looked as if the place had just staged the third world war and lost. Five hours later. after all the tools had been checked. 8O tents put up. checked and taken down.








thought we would be able to call it a day. when just at that moment a 40ft cargo container arrived. and you‘ve guessed it, it needed to be unloaded that night. Needless to say we didn‘t need any help getting to sleep that night. The next few days were spent getting to know my way around Harare. memorising all the local places. Oper— ation RALEIGH bought. begged or borrowed various items the 14 project sites would need in the following months. The next two weeks saw much more work down in the warehouse, adjusting the project site allocations and getting the fleet of about 14 vehicles in a roadworthy state, which was no small job as most of the vehicles were exArmy Rovers and Bedfords plus one well-worked Sherpa van. need I say any more. As soon as the vehicles were finished we had to arrange for a reception area for over 140 venturers due to arrive from the UK within the week. The preparations were made. and on a cold and crispy morning. 140 odd 18-24 year—old jet lagged venturers arrived. They were whisked off 60 kms to the induction camp. or as it was more affectionately known to one and all. Stalag 13. The five days went by at the Stalag with the usual snakes and dangerous animals lecture. the medical. map reading and how to make shelters and pack your own bergen the right way. lectures. On the final morning 14 groups of street wise venturers departed to various grid references around Zimbabwe. These varied from the eastern highlands and building a flood bridge. up to Lake Kariba and avoiding hippos on the canoeing site. building a medical clinic at Rusape and a 40 kms electric fence to annoy elephants at Binga. Then. true to form. all the stupid requests started pouring in via the twice daily radio checks from the sites; ‘Venturer 128 had forgotten his tooth paste. any chance you can get some?‘ or the more usual one ‘No one likes the camps stewed steak menu. any chance of chicken in brown sauce instead?‘ All these were dutifully ignored until the real ones came in a few days later. Once all the equipment had been sorted out for the site that needed it. it was then usually down to myself. 12

the expedition mechanic and the signaller from 30 Signals Regiment (who's now in the gulf ~ ha ha!) to actually take it out to the sites. We would then go out. never on our own for safety reasons. and once at the site would stay over for a few days helping out where ever needed. This included building. digging foundations. servicing the vehicles or fixing the radios. Doing this kept the staff and field HQ in Harare in touch with all the outlying sites and how they were coming along in relationship to the work being done.

adult 'l'yrannasaurus Rex. which was around about 140 million years ago. The trip up to the park was just over 180 miles of dirt track of the kind you've only imagined in your worst nightmare. which is the reason it took over eight hours and three punctures to get there. Once we arrived we had to set the camp up. usual stuff. getting the tents up. making a cooking area which would last two months and also digging for water. as the only fresh water supply was over 60 miles away. Once we had achieved all of this we started digging a 30 foot trench into a riverbank to get at the prints. One week later we had uncovered 36 prints in very good condition. We then had to start cleaning them, after that drying them and keeping them in that condition ready for the latex resin to be put on to make the moulds. These were used to make fibre glass and plaster of paris moulds which we managed to do after about three and a half weeks of trial and error and a lot of interesting latex moulds which I won‘t go into now. By the time we had finished all of this we had two weeks to kill in the game park. which proved to be the ideal time to go on game safaris with our Ranger. who took us to see rhinos. lions. elephants. crocs and a host of other beasts we stumbled across. One interesting thing happened when the camp was raided by hyenas who destroyed the radio and ate the handset. what a case of

indigestion they had in the morning. After we got back into Harare and the third phase came to an end, all the kit needed to be cleaned to a reasonable standard for the expedition and then everyone departed for six days R & R around Zimbabwe. All the staff went up to Victoria Falls to do whitewater rafting down the lower Zambezi river. The crew I managed to get on made a new record for a one day raft trip by flipping the raft over on five out of the 18 rapids you go through, much to the delight of all the other raft crews. Actually, only one flip was accidental. the rest we tried for as everyone thought it was such a great experience swimming down a rapid. As far as I’m concerned you haven‘t lived until you‘ve whitewater rafted, if you ever

get a chance jump at it. you won‘t regret it. Once the R & R was over we returned to Harare and had just under a week until our flight home on 23 September, which is where the story is brought to a close. I will say. if you ever get the chance to do an Operation RALEIGH. do it as it’s a great experience and you will learn a lot once you've finished it. plus you meet some great people. I would like also to thank Maj White-Spunner and Maj Browne for all the help they gave me in getting on Operation RALEIGH.

HQ Squadron Notes

LCpl Hagan navigating the rapids on the Zambezi River

One place we went to on a regular basis was Ovas. one of the canoeing sites on Lake Kariba. They had developed an unusual talent for sinking the safety boat that went with them everywhere. so all the compo and rations. most of their personal kit. and the radio were sunk. The most important thing was the outboard motor which needed a complete overhaul every time it went under. It also weighs quite a lot which is probably the reason not many of the Zimbabwe Army divers enjoyed getting a phone call from Operation RALEIGH asking if they were busy that afternoon. Every 30 days a phase of the expedition finished and everyone came back to Harare to get sent off to a new site. On the first changeover I was told I would be going to one of the sites for over a month and probably wouldn‘t be back until halfway through the third and final phase. The site I went to was in the North West of Zimbabwe in the Chewore National Game Park. The site was where many Dinosaur footprints had been discovered some years earlier. Prints and moulds of these were taken for the museum at Bulawayo. The footprints were of a semi~

1990 started off at a gallop for Headquarters Squadron putting the final touches to everything that moved in preparation for the handover to The Life Guards. By the end of January there was much sadness in the Squadron. the thought of leaving the ‘Camp in the Woods'. Herforder Beer and Bratwurst was too much for some. February brought the pleasure of being home. not only in England but Windsor with everyone looking forward to the challenging new role on CVRs with 5 Airborne Brigade and for Headquarters Squadron in particular the infamous ‘Evacuee Handling Centre‘. At this time the Squadron said farewell to SCM Guest who has moved to A Squadron and welcomed SCM Armishaw in his place.

March saw the Squadron on Salisbury Plain located in Rollestone Camp. The QM stating that it was by accident that situated within the Camp was a Nine Hole Golf Course. The Squadron Leader never played it. ‘HONEST‘. April was a quiet month but saw all Departments supporting the visit of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Aussies). May saw the introduction of the SA80 and the training of the Squadron on it‘s new personal Weapon. The sight of the Chief Clerk bounding about the Ranges bad to be seen to be believed. The Ranges were followed by the Association Annual Dinner and the Combined Cavalry Parade. both of which were attended by some sixty

SSgt Battersby, SSgt Cheatham, WOII (RQMC) Buckle, WOII (SCM) Armishaw, CoH Vickers, SCpI Buxton, Sgt Bankier and WOI (ASM) Wales

LCpl Roberton modelling the new waterproof jacket

members of the Squadron. In late May it was time to test the ‘Evacuec Handling Centre‘ on Exercise WINGED TALON. Flying from RAF Lynam to RAF Keevil with all the men went to plan. the RAF assuring us that the SOMC and equipment would be on the next load out. Surprise, surprise. it was the only aircraft to break down. To be fair the SQMC and equipment did arrive some six hours later and 300 Evacuees were duly dispatched. The Squadron supported the Sabre Squadrons on their annual firing camps at Castlemartin and Lulworth during June and provided communications for the Silverstone Grand Prix in July. August came and went with the Squadron split. half the Squadron on leave while the other half ‘did the duties‘. On the 20th they changed over. On 9 September was the Regimental open day. with the Squadron marching to church with the rest of the Regiment. followed by lunch. vehicle displays and side shows for the Mums and Dads. The old and bold Capt O‘Halloran left the Squadron at this time to take over as the OM of the Royal Yeomanry and we welcome in his place Maj Livingston (The Raging Bagpipe) an old hand in HQ Squadron. The Squadron also welcomed RQMC(T) Sackett from the Mounted Regiment. sport— ing his brand new Para Wings. The last time we saw him. I am sure he only had an upside down balloon on his arm. Mention here must be made to the Adjutant's cry ‘you are over strength in Headquarters Squadron‘. and the Squadron Leader‘s reply ‘what favour are you after now‘. The end result is that the Squadron has had soldiers serving in Australia. Belize. Egypt. Sardinia and Cyprus.

RHQ TROOP Predictably the year began with the hand-over/take— over in Sennelager and Windsor in January. After accounting for endless quantities of cables and plugs and a spell of block leave the troop began work fully acclimatised to life in England once more. The regiment‘s first exercise in the recce rele proved to the troop that standard logging and reporting was the same whatever the job. only the grid references had changed.

Summer leave was most welcome but passed extremely quickly. The second group returning on Open Day. Needless to say we still produced all the requirements for the day and ran two side shows. LCoH Mitchell and CoH Eyre turned a few heads with their tights on the archery stall as well as having to retrieve a few of the RQMC's practise efforts from the nearby housing estate. The Master Chef. SQMS Atkinson. found himself feeding some 430 more mouths than were catered for. he actually had the five loaves and three fishes to hand but try as he might he could not remember where he had placed the instruction book. To those guests that ex— perienced an ‘Eastern Block' food queue we apologise. next year we will be ready.

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The Department voiced its disapproval at forever issuing and cleaning the new Adventure Training Stores and never getting to use them. This was rectified with CoH Eyre being instructed to organise an adventure training week. Scotland was chosen. log cabins were


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Exercise BIMBLING BOATER Capt Brown reflects on life at Castlemartin

In April and May the RSO (Capt Scott). LCoH McGuire and Tpr Carr provided the liaison to 3 Commando Brigade for 2 Troop B Squadron. on Ex DRAGON HAMMER in Egypt. For Capt Scott the whole experience could not have passed quickly enough, after an unfortunate first meal which remained as a continual reminder for the entire trip. Meanwhile the RSWO (SCpl Manning). LCpls Elliott. Johnson and Bowtell and Tpr Cambell became entangled in the Squadron‘s evacuation handling exercise with its enormous quantities of tentage. ropes and civilians. The troop came together once more in time for the regiment‘s annual firing camp at Castlemartin. On setting up the Ops room. however. CoH Davies and his advance party found the ‘Night Owl Disco” in Tenby unsuitable once the main body arrived. The month of June continued with Exercise BIMBLING BOATER. involv— ing the whole troop. lengthy stretches of England‘s canals and two Gemini dinghies powered by paddles. Starting at Llangollen in North Wales the troop paddled south only to become involved in one incident where the troop quashed a riot in the village of Ellesmere in Shropshire — the details of which are now being withheld under the Official Secrets Act. From July through to September four marriages took place. First to fall was SCpl Manning then LCpl Johnson. followed in August by Tpr Carr and lastly LCpl Jones in September. We wish them all the happiness for the future. In October the troop were on the move once again. this time to Northumberland assisting Maj Shaw and the Queen‘s Own Yeomanry. Capt Scott. often seen impro— vising during bad comms with his car phone. did his last exercise as RSO. After the regimental CPX. for which Capt Scott handed the reins over to Capt Wilkinson. the RSWO left the troop to take over as SCM to C Squadron. He was shortly to be followed by LCsoH Robertson and Gibbons seeking a posting in sunny Cyprus. Other changes during the year were CoH Harris 23 to B Squadron and LCpl Bowtell to the Guards Depot. In return we received LCpl Elliott from A Squadron. Tpr Hemming from B Squadron and Tpr McKay from training.

QUARTERMASTERS DEPARTMENT These notes are being pencilled within the Quarter— masters Department overlooking St Leonards Road. a true indication although some wag has removed the bus station — that we are once more resident within the Royal Borough. Poll Tax and all. The Arms Plot Move was relatively non—eventful, with the main players making claim and counter-claim over the Officers Mess chairs. the Quartermasters were able to apply themselves to the task of agreeing to disagree. checking the depth of tarmacadam on the square along with the ever popular. ‘Does the roof in this building leak?‘ ‘Only when it rains.‘ March saw the B Echelon nose out of barracks bound for Salisbury Plain. the same wag that had knocked down the Bus Station had obviously sold it as hard core to whoever extended the A30. It is now dual carriageway all the way from Bagshot to Stonehenge. We set up the echelon — under extreme pressure — in Rollestone Camp. which had only a few months before had been vacated by overspill prisoners. It lent itself admirably to its new inmates. The novelty of all the camp staff speaking the ‘Mother Tongue~ did take some getting used to. as did the visit to the Larkhill Point to Point to check the performance of our new Bino‘s under somewhat dubious circumstances. RQMC Buckle applied himself to the fact that Gun— nery Camp was to be split between Castlemartin and Lulworth. some of the verbal ammunition required to ensure the Live Ammunition arrived at the correct part of the country. let alone the correct firing point. would have deserved an ‘excellent‘ from even the most consci— entious IG. Along with his small team of LCpls Roberts and Simkins and Tpr Moody. the ammunition was always where it was required. They did find it a trifle puzzling that ten days worth of 30mm fitted quite nicely into the rear of a four tonner and the fleet of 16 tonners should have been left in Hohne. Lulworth also brought to light

across the Glens. Canoeing, cycling. hillwalking and many more obvious pursuits were undertaken. Tpr Renton rolled his canoe with some regularity as he enjoyed being rescued. LCpl Roberts perporting to be the Depts only cell phone buff. took the liberty of phoning the RQMC in Windsor from some rain—lashed. windswept hillside astride his mountain bike. requesting permission to return to Windsor on humanitarian grounds. Gone are the days when you had to be 6 ft and 14 stone just to carry a manpack and even then you couldn‘t be sure it would reach half a mile. The experience was generally welcomed but further ex— peditions have not been mentioned. The barracks has been converted to the automated ‘Fastnet' telephone system. this has resulted in Mrs Maureen Price the telephonist at Combermere for the past 27 years hanging up her ‘Number Please‘ and taking early retirement. We wish her the very best of good fortune and congratulate her on being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her services to MOD. The Ord Ancillary inspection looms ever closer. prePRE inspections are in full swing and issue and receipt vouchers are once more the order of the day. all these late nights play havoc with the Fuel and Light Account but that‘s another story . . .

the long lost ex—SQMC Burton»Johnson. he has been out

of circulation nearly as long as Lord Lucan: it was very pleasing to see him and in such good health. the heard was obviously there to fool us but the purloining of A Squadron‘s tea urn gave you away B—J.

LCoH Mitchell, Tprs Renton and Emery somewhere

in Scotland

The Department has welcomed LCol-l Jones and Tprs Deciceo and Emery. LCoH Beynon has left us to take up a seat in Post Bunk and LCol—l Kent has arrived from C Squadron.

LAD Notes


Orderly Room NCOs — WOII (ORQMC) Reeve, LCoH Williams, CoH Broughton, LCoH Peat

The Staff on the Medical Left to right: Tpr Roper, SSgt Cheatham, Surgeon Maj Stone, LSgt Richards and Tpr Hamilton

TECHNICAL QUARTERMASTERS DEPARTMENT BFPO 16 now far behind us. 33 Armd Bde a dark corner of our memories. mention IFCS. SIMFIX or Challenger and the mind goes blank. Yes. we are now well and truly settled in our new Brigade (5 AB). we now think of medium stress platforms. air portable packs and DZ markers. Another year passed and so much has been achieved. the department has had to adapt quickly to its new role. We now send independent storemen with the Squadrons. so they must be acquainted with all sides of the technical world. Since our return to Windsor the following Storemen have been sent to these diverse locations: LCpl Nash. Egypt 40 Cmdo Exercise; LCoH Kitchen. Lulworth ‘A‘ Squadron Gunnery Camp; LCoH Hendon. Otterburn 5 AB Bde Mortar Concentration and LCpl Nash (lucky him), Belize. In August. we came back from leave. the Quartermaster handed over to Maj Livingstone who was just back from BATUS and Capt O’Halloran went to London with Royal Yeomanry. At the time of writing these notes. once again we are well into the PRE and working hard for the Ordnance Ancillary Inspection. The nucleus of the department that is to say the “old stalwarts” of SCpl Partis LCsoH Firth. Morris. Hendon. Kitchen. LCpl Carrington. and Tpr Hardwidge have remained loyal. There have been a few additions to the department these are as follows: W02 (RQMC) Sackett from H Cav MR, LCpl Mackenzie from civilian life and LCpl Thom-

son from C Squadron. 16

HQ LAD Although I am now writing as a member of RHG/D LAD. I cannot avoid casting my mind back briefly to 1989, the year of the ‘light scales’. It was during the summer airborne exercise, with HQ LAD crammed into three Landrovers, a Ferret and a shopping trolley. that the mystery of the disappearing trailer wheel on the M3 occurred. Of course this is just another exercise statistic now. After a very busy period during the run-up to the

allowing us an unexpected stopover. Our delayed arrival to our hosts. 2nd Cavalry Regiment. meant we began conversion training immediately on the M113 and the Browning 30 and 50 machine guns. Holdsworthy Barracks boasts an excellent training area in the back yard and our driving conversion proved to be very rigorous. The move to the exercise area in the Northern Territory was delayed as all available RAAF aircraft were being

handover between RHG/D and LG. the handover itself

point the Squadron was almost deployed. The Northern Territory proved to be a very harsh area with temperatures always in the high eighties. The distances the Squadron covered called for different thinking in terms of REME support. As a result of this the section deployed from SHQ to be nearer (only 200 miles) the sabre troops. The Australians put a greater emphasis on driver mech tasks. something which our crews could benefit from. This deployment brought a number of logistical problems to light including replents and maintaining comms. Never a REME strong point in such harsh climatic conditions. The fitter section operated on an almost 2nd line basis as do the RAEME fitter sections. Pack lifts do not entail the fitting of a replacement pack but the stripping of the pack and replacement of the defective assembly. The vast distances involved meant a greater emphasis on track inspection and running gear. with our limits of track mileage being met within a week. End Ex and the familiar ‘work ”till its done' which we associate with equipment handover in Canada. R&R in Darwin was organised and desptie tented accommodation was a great success. The return to Sydney meant a fond farewell to our brother Corps members of the RAEME. Special thanks go to Maj Rosenbaum for his support. Sgt Bonner for being a typical ‘recy mech' despite being an Aussie. Cpl

was a period of relative stability. However. it was soon out onto the unfamiliar terrain of SPTA for Exercise ROYAL RETURN. This included a 36 hour HQ LAD Shakedown organised by Sgt Jones and which was hugely enjoyable to those who can drive at night without headlights whilst avoiding convoys of CVR(T) with headlights. Later at Castlemartin on annual firing Sgt Jones was in the thick of it again. Abetted by a flame throwing assistant. he gave an impromptu demonstration of the benefits conferred by the ‘Fire NCOs‘ course. Furthermore Sgt Jones' performance as the cookhouse plate monitor has rarely been bettered. With the recov— ery section painting anything which doesn’t move. life has been colourful in the various HQ LAD sections. Whilst the Instrument Technicians have been heavily committed to biking and sailing. the Metalsmiths are doing an eye—catching range of barbeques for the Sum— mer and enough signs to signpost the entire motorway network of Great Britain. Meanwhile. our Clerk. LSgt Turner, specialises in trips to Scotland and advanced clock watching. Capt ‘Mac’ Mackenzie has sculled off to ‘Main Building”. our mole in MOD is now making tea for the QMG. In his place Capt Wilson has arrived to bolster the LAD command contingent. A Squadron Fitter Section

LCpl Roberts and Tpr Emery, the regiments ice dance champions with Tpr Moody the proud choreographer

Capt O‘Halloran and the Commanding Officer at Castlemartin

Rumours of an exchange began earlier this year when an Australian army officer was spotted in the LAD. Rumour soon became fact when it was confirmed that A Squadron The Blues and Royals would take part in Exercise SOUTHERN CROSS. Murmurs of discontent from B (Fox) fitter section soon turned to joy when it was realised A Squadron The Blues and Royals was to be the Fox Squadron after their return from BAOR. Preparation for the trip soon passed with a number of passport scares for some section members giving cause for concern. Sadly. because of differences in equipments. our armourer LSgt Steel was unable to join us. The late arrival of a replacment recovery mechanic allowed LSgt Lindsell to join us despite already being allocated a place on Exercise LONG LOOK later in the year. SSgt Brown joined us as our new ‘tiffy‘ and Cfn Thorburn managed to delay his posting by a few weeks. The remainder of the section were Sgt Bennct. LSgts Richardson. Halcomb. LCpl Haselock and Cfn Corry. Deighton. Meighan and Beaumont. Our trip first took us to Bahrain for an overnight stay in five»star luxury. From there we flew to Singapore where the section sampled the delights of the East including lobsters and prawns. plates of rice and noodles and cold Tiger beer. Our thanks go to the RAF who grounded our VCIU for a further two days

used for flood relief in Western Australia, and at one

A Squadron fitter section in the Australian bush. Standing: Sgt Bennet. Left to right: LSgt Richardson, SSgt Brown, Ctn Kennet, Sgt Bonner (RAEME), Foreground: Ctn Corry

Nicolas and Cfn Kennett for joining in all the songs and Cpl Crawley (RAAOC) for the spares. A fond mention for the owners and staff of Hayes Creek Wayside Inn for a much needed shower and the occasional cold beer whilst passing through on a task. The return trip via Honolulu and Seattle only added to the fantastic memories and are too numerous to mention in this article. Having been through customs and immigration in some of the most exotic places in the world with relative ease. we arrived in Blighty at good old Heathrow to a fresh spring morning. 'No problem. we‘ll be home soon” some were heard to say — not if the baggage staff had anything to do with it. Three hours later our baggage arrived and the SQMC was resuscitated when the freight and ceremonial gear was located in Terminal 4. and transferred with the usual civilian contempt for squaddies. in slow time. to Terminal 1. Back at Combermere it was all hands to the pumps to rebuild the Fox fleet after the 02 experience. prior to deploying on Annual Firing Camp at Lulworth. This is normally a busy time for our armourer. which is a great shock to his system. but this year the tables were turned on the VMs by having an engine change and a mystery fault. found only by the Tiffy having a quick taste of the fuel as a last resort (not his usual tipple) to find the commander who shall remain nameless. had filled up a jerrycan with water (pure unleaded). Despite these numerous little tests the men of the Corps Soldiered on. bleary eyed. and gave 100 per cent availability to the firers. Accommodation at Lulworth was a scenic tented camp near Weymouth which resembled the Somme after a force 8 gale. This convinced the ASM that he was needed back at Combermere asp. and so being very sympathetic we gave him one of B Squadron's Landrov— ers. which A Squadron .had borrowed and made all the way to Fleet services before giving up the ghost and required the help of ‘a nice man. a very nice man‘. As ever the REME will remain resourceful and will survive and live to fight another day.

fortnight later to Lulworth to carry out their firing. The next big event in our diary is the Belize deployment for which we carried out REME inspections on the vehicles in August. LSgt Lindsell left us in August for Exercise LONG LOOK in Australia and we welcomed his replacement for the next four months, Cpl Barber RAEME from 10] Field Workshop.

B Squadron Fitter Section Shortly after the arrival of The Blues and Royals in Windsor, we deployed to our favourite campsite. Salisbury Plain, for a spot of Regimental training. This exercise was adjudged a success. especially for the senior ranks who were entertained to dinner in the field by the Squadron officers. After this exercise the section would rarely again be together in one place. LSgt Halcomb. LSgt Lindsell and Cfn Beaumont joined A Squadron in Australia whilst we supplied much of the Squadron’s vehicles plus fitter support to the visiting Australian Squadron. We were amused to note that the Australians were perturbed at the size of STANTA. a postage stamp to them. and that the maze of small tracks demanded accurate map reading. At the same time as the Austra— lians were here. LSgt Smith made his escape to the Mediterranean for a two-month exercise in Sardinia and Egypt. He is to be congratulated on his choice of postcards depicting some of the more colourful sights. The remainder of the Squadron deployed in June to Castlemartin for annual firing and this proved. luckily, to be a comparatively quiet exercise for the section. The Sardinia Troop returned full of sand and went on a

LAD moves Posting In:


C Squadron Fitter Section Combative. Commanding. Competent C Squadron (steady on — Editor). What C Squadron have not done this year is not worth doing. It is a case of On it. read it, done it and probably do it again. Our first task with C Squadron RHG/D was Operation WOODSHED — old hat we thought. But we hadn’t figured on the Squadron Leader rewriting the orders to include the vital missing ingredient ~ common sense. and changing the kit list. We had to modify the antenna bases which now fouled on the cursed Otis bins, a job complicated by the equally cursed Countryman Welder. a byword for reliability. In March we deployed to SPTA for Exercise ROYAL RETURN. where the Squadron seemed already to be at a healthy trot rather than the stumbing walk which might be expected with new vehicles. We were now getting to know the Squadron characters and clowns and the Exercise SMOKER was a great success. It was back to Salisbury Plain in May for a 5 AB Exercise, STONE WARRIOR. when we practised FIBUA. TALO. HELI

moves. acronyms and live firing battle runs. During the latter, somewhat to our emabarassment, out of a possible

400 rounds we managed to fire about 17 and were exposed to calls of ‘you can‘t get quicker than a quick—fit fitter”. Annual firing at Castlemartin was quiet on the repair front but there was plenty of action in the ‘Dock’. So. too. at the Milford Haven parade, talk of which will

probably keep the British Legion going well into the 21st century. July was spent on OTA supporting the UKLF Milan Concentration. We had plenty of time for cycling, windsurfing. canoeing and other pursuits despite the long hours. We are now looking forward to six months in the sun when we deploy to Cyprus in January I991.

Capt Wilson W02 Clare SSgt Brown SSgt Battersby Sgt Bankier Sgt Smith LSgt Dabinett Cpl Haselock LCpl Brandon LCpl Humphreys LCpl Mackinnon LCpl Abbott Cfn Cairns Cfn Deighton Cfn Meighan Cfn Evans Cfn Roberts 391 Cfn Wright

Posting Out: Capt Mackenzie W02 Neve SSgt Elson SSgt Orr Sgt Baines Sgt Hextall Sgt Imrie Sgt McCallum LSgt Forster LSgt Parratt LSgt Nicholls LCpl Diggins LCpl Burn LCpl King LCpl Lyons Cfn Thorburn Cfn Corry Cfn Reed Cfn McDermott Cfn Strang Cfn Patrickson

The Mounted Squadron Notes

As always it has been a busy year for The Mounted


Squadron. However. in addition to the normal Ceremo—

further raised the activities by introducing a substantial sport programme. By April, the Squadron. in order to survive, was humming like a well oiled machine. The Major General’s parade and the Escort both went very well. The Regiment's football team won its league in Londist and the Rugger team won most of its matches. The majority of players in both teams were Blues and Royals. The year had started well and the Squadron was well prepared for the Summer Ceremonial season. This preparation was important as it was the Blues and Royals Squadron who were providing the Sovereign's Escort at The Queen’s Birthday Parade. The hard work was rewarded and the Queen‘s Birthday Parade went stylishly and without a hitch on a sunlit day. SCM Sackett carried the Standard with SQMC Wasp as the coverer. It was the second time in three years that this team had performed this duty. Maj Hardy as the newcomer. was the Field Officer. Sadly. this group will not be seen again. Maj Hardy has departed to H0 DRAC. SCM Sackett as RQMC(T) at Windsor and SQMC Wasp is finishing his 22 years in the Army.

nial activities there has also been a heavy commitment in training soldiers who have joined Knightsbridge for the first time. The number of riders trained in the year has been 73, which is about treble the normal figure and has necessitated in Lt Woodward being permanently dedi— cated to the Training Wing as the Riders‘ Wing Troop Leader. This of course is good news, as these increased figures have allowed The Mounted Squadron to rectify its previous shortfall on establishment, and establish a position to absorb the current restriction on recruitment. The only complaint was from horses, as it is they who have had to almost consistently be involved in training these soldiers; this can often be tiring and demanding for them. The year started quietly with some soldiers going skiing and people recovering from New Year celebrations and fun. But this was a false calm. Suddenly the new riders arrived training for the Major General’s parade and the Spring Escort started; furthermore the Commanding Officers changed. The new Commanding Officer is a

Changing Queens Lite Guard with Kings Troop RHA









2 Troop, Exercise BUCKINGHAM TOFI'S


However. the completion of The Queen‘s Birthday Parade did not herald a rest. Riding school for the new riders continued. There was the Garter Service. Hyde Park Tercentenary Celebrations. The Queen Mother‘s Celebrations. which were commanded by Col ParkerBowles. The list can go on and on but it would be wrong to paint the picture of all work and no play. The Squadron achieved both. Lt Lydiard—Wilson took a small group to Canada to help add ‘Ceremony‘ to The Calgary Horse Show. The Musical Ride travelled the country. Soldiers visited Fremington in North Devon by the sea for adventure training. Another group spent 10 days on the ship HMS Scyla under CoH Greenaway. Capt Lane Fox took his troop plus horses for a week‘s equitation at his cross country course in Yorkshire. There was of course Summer Camp at Thetford and leave. The adventures undertaken while on leave are certainly not for reporting. The horses also managed to obtain some fun. At Summer Camp they eagerly jumped the cross country course and took all the leading places from the Life Guards. Tprs McGarry and Welsh being the main achievers. on Equerry and Hotspur. This performance was repeated in the show jumping and Mountjny with CoH Greenaway on the SNCOs competition. Most horses achieved two to three weeks grass rest with Maj White-

Spunner’s sister and many have jumped at various com— petitons. Capt Woyka and CoH Flynn have led many of these jumping forays into the eventing world where our ‘blacks’ have met and beaten other horses. Next year should be less hectic for the horses, as undoubtedly there will be fewer soldiers who require initial training. There will be few changes in the Squadron and experienced hands should be able to provide the horses with a better ride.

Band Notes

Headquarters Squadron Notes

Headquarters Squadron has also involved itself in every way with Regimental activities. not only because they have given such sterling support to the Regiment behind the scenes. but also through their involvement in riding on Ceremonial parades. sporting activities and in train— ing. LCoH Wood takes a lead part in the Football team and members of the Squadron including (as was then) SCpl Pitt. BEM. FLCoH Wright. SCpl Masson. Tpr May and indeed the Sq Ldr Maj Coreth ran in the London Marathon. Again fcw manpower changes are scheduled in the Squadron. RCM Davies. SCpl Henney and FCoH Storey will all be present for the 91 Ceremonial Season. Then of course there will be the senior riding staff of W02 Pendry and SCpl Haywood. who will be much in evidence making new horses and reminding everyone how to ride.

The Band leads the regiment through Windsor for the Remembrance Day service

Although we left some very good friends behind at Knightsbridge. the move back to Windsor in January to rejoin the Regiment was like a breath of fresh air — literally. We vacated our airless. overheated. under— ground dungeon that we called a practice room for a

bright. roomy and cheerful band complex on the corner of the parade square at Combermere Barracks. If last year was considered to be busy. this year has been even more eventful. The mounted season began with the Queen‘s Life Guard and the Major General‘s Parade. followed by Beating the Retreat and Trooping the Colour. but the icing on the cake came in June when we had the pleasure of participating in the Queen Mother‘s 90th Birthday celebrations on Horse Guards. A cast of thousands took part. a mixture of children and charities. military and livestock. music and laughter. combining in a universal feeling of love and affection for the Queen Mum — not a dry eye in the house! Back on Terra Firma the Concert Season kicked off with the annual visit to Cambridge where we performed 3 concerts during the day. one for the children. one for the Senior Citizens then an evening concert for the public. In May we were invited to Guernsey to take part in the Liberation Day Parade. The Band spent five hectic days on the island. but the welcome we received everywhere

was fantastic. The Festival Hall provided us with an excellent venue for the first ever Massed Guards Division Concert where the proceeds went to the Guards' Museum. This concert proved to be so successful that we will be getting together again sometime in l99l. With such a hot summer. Bournemouth and Eastbourne were the only places to be. All our concerts were well attended and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The

winner of the ‘Horrendous Shorts‘ competition went jointly to Musns Hickling and Richardson. The Trurnpetcrs have been extremely busy. especially with trips to Brazil. the USA. and Mexico — and that was just in the first quarter of the year. The Trumpeters thcn settled down to their normal round of State duties.

banquets. premiers and various other venues. all of which has been good training for CoH Peter Haywood D Dickens and McGarry at the bookies

Capt Lane-Fox, Tpr Biggs and LCpl Flannigan on Isla

who. just as we go to press. has recently been appointed

Trumpet Major. Without doubt the ‘Piece de Resistance‘ this year has been the Kneller Hall Inspection. at nail-biting experience for all and sundry. September 25 was the big day. The Inspectorate arrived by horse drawn carriage. a ‘first‘ for the Commandant as he pointed out later. The inspection of the Band on the square was followed by a 10 minute marching display. While the Inspectorate walked around the Band complex the Band went into the Gymnasium to get ready to do the technical stuff. Questions were asked. answers were given. scales were asked for and scales were played. apart from B minor melodic where half the band went into cardiac arrest. For our ‘Test Piece‘ the Band played Walton O‘Donnell‘s ‘Three Humoresques‘ where the Director of Music gave a brilliant narration. In the entertainment section the Ceilidh Band. Dance Band. Combo. Brass Group and Orchestra all gave a pleasant performance. Then came the Finale. for which we played the ‘Brandenburg‘ with laser effects and cannon 7 were still having nightmares about the can— non‘s determined silence. When we were informed that we had achieved an ‘Excellent‘ the trials and traumas were all forgotten. On the non—musical side. we can sometimes find ourselves in very different situations. For example. for four months from November 1989 to March 1990 we suddenly became London Ambulance Medics. Such was our skill at this job we became known as the ‘Grim Reapers‘ and we were not the only ones to heave a sigh of relief when the dispute was resolved. Seriously though. we did in fact receive many letters of thanks appreciation and commendation from many members of the public. In particular we were all very proud of LCpl Peter Hassack. In April our standard of music did not quite reach its usual peak of perfection as several of us were training hard (very hard) for the London Marathon which we all completed with respectable times. The team consisted of the Director of music. BCM Brammer. LCoH Pegler. LCpl Howe and Musn Downes. This year we lost the services of CoH Burroughs and LCoH Pegler. we wish them all the best in civilian life. 21

Guards Depot Notes

Blues and Royals at the Guards Depot are: Staff


Lt S St M Miller CoH Rendell, R E J

Jones Martin

LCoH Cooper, B


LCoH Hellewell, G P LCoH Kershaw, E D LCoH Kibble, L J LCoH Woolfenden LCpl Welsh, S R

Junior Recruits Anderson Brooks

Tpr Wignall, K Tpr Preston, A Adult Recruits Burfit James Deick Smith Lewis

Hingley 6 Troop Household Cavalry pass-out parade 12 Oct 1990. TTpr Lewis and parents talking to the Commanding Officer

At present our adult recruiting has been stopped except for special cases, when a potential recruit is able

to state that he has or had close relatives in the Regiment. On the other hand, Juniors are in a better


Blues and Royals at the Guards Depot — Sept 1990 Back row: Tl'prs Hanshorn, Davies, Anderson, Day, Ellis, Gray, Wheaton and Anderson Middle raw:Tl'prs Fulleylove, Sydenham, Brown, Ansell, Martin, Simpson, Darby, Taylor, Bush and Green Front row: LCpl Welsh, LCoH Cooper, LCoH Kershaw, Capt Fox, Col-l Rendell, LCoH Kibble and LCoH Hellewell

Household Cavalry recruits and staff are to be found in all Companies at the Guards Depot. We are also well represented in the following departments — Army School of Junior Music. Physical Training Wing, Dog Section. MT, Stables and in the clerical world.

In March 1990 we held a social evening to enable the recruits to see the instructing staff at close quarters, and gain more of an insight into future Regimental life. Maj B W Lane was kind enough to come along with his recruiting team and give all recruits and staff a very polished presentation on the Mounted, Armoured and Armoured recce r61es. Recruits were well briefed. in particular on a mounted trooper in his ceremonial and mounted duties role. This was followed by a very good insight into 5 Airborne Brigade and what is required for those who perhaps want to do parachute training. Our numbers are not large at the Depot and at the Inter Regimental Company Athletics Meeting we teamed up with the Junior Parachute Company. The result was a great success, we swept the board and won the day. Particular mention should be made of Recruit. now Tpr Haywood, who won three individual events and anchored the 4 X 400 metres relay team to a victory. Subsequently, he was awarded the Victor Ludorum trophy as the best athlete of the day. We wish him well at mounted duty. We have had some very senior Household Cavalrymen to take the salute at Passing Out Parades this year. Brig J B Emson, late LG and Deputy Commandant RMAS,

took the salute for 6 Troop on 12 October 1990. All these Passing Out Parades enable the recruits to identify their future Commanders and relate much better to their Regiment. On the Stables front. which is now run by LCoH Jackson. LG. ably assisted by LCpl Welsh. they have gained sponsorship from SNOWFLAKE WOODSHAV— INGS of Boston, Lincolnshire. thus enabling them to have two Rice trailers for the forthcoming eventing and hunting season. All Recruits and Depot staff are encour— aged to take an interest in the Stables and surprisingly a lot do. including many Foot Guards. wives and children.


Ottawa, Canada.

The 1991 Regimental Christmas card will feature the tollowing

and the previous Silver Stick, Col A H Parker—Bowles, OBE. On 10 Ausust 1990 Lt Col G T R Birdwood,

Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Mounted Reg— iment, took the parade for 5 Troop and Lt Col P B Rogers, Commanding Officer The Blues and Royals,

position, but we are still likely to be reduced on what we, the Household Cavalry. can recruit. All members of the Regiment should do all they can to encourage their relatives to join up. We have bid farewell to CoH Willacy and LCoH Dobie and wish them well back at Regimental duty. We welcome Lt S St M Miller to the depot. He replaces Lt J A C Swayne who has since been promoted to Captain and posted to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in

picture in colour. It is a modern J

6 Troop Household Cavalry pass-out parade 12 Oct 1990, TTpr Wall (winner of the Farrar Cup and Kiwi Spur) with the Commanding Officer, Lt Col P 8 Rogers

painting by Robert Wade ot the Queens Life Guard found by the Blues and Royals passing Buckingham Palace in winter

Junior Musicians

Capt G A Fox

Smalley Wheaton Ansell Brown

Sydenham Williamson

Taylor Darby Green Martin Bush

Harwood Swain




Hunt Vernalls Adams Davies Greenwood






Day Ellis Cavanagh Nagle Sprakes


Downing King Garton Bamford

Sharpe Whelan Ramsden


The Warrant Officers and

Corporals of Horse Mess Notes The notes for this year start on 13 January when the Mess said farewell to Sennelager by holding a cocktail party just prior to the Mess being packed and moved to Windsor. On the return of the Regiment to Windsor our first function was a ‘Meet and Greet night‘ held on 3 March to enable us to become acquainted with our new attached personnel. .... On 29 March the Mess celebrate the let anniversary of the Regiments‘ amalgamation. The Regimental Corporal Major managed to gather together 11 of the 13 Warrant Officers who have held the appointment of Regimental Corporal Major of The Blues and Royals. The evening. which commenced with a formal dinner. celebrated the Regiment‘s coming of age in a fitting manner. Due to the presence of a squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment from the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on an exchange visit with A Squadron the Mess held an ANZAC Day dinner on 25 April in their honour which provided an opportunity for the Australian NCOs to

witness at first hand many of the traditions of a British Regiment‘s mess. many of which were unfamiliar to them but with which they certainly appeared to approve. With the Mess now being located once again at Windsor it was possible. for the first time in six years. to enjoy the traditional visit to Downs Sunday at Epsom on 3 June with our familics. also traditionally it rained. but this did little to dampen the spirit of the occasion. The Mess returned to Epsom on (7 June for the Derby and lost our collective shirt. The Summer Ball was held in Combermere Barracks on 28 July and being the first such event since our return was rather larger than normal and to this end a marquee was erected on the square to create a superb ballroom for over 400 members and guests. The evening. directed by SCM Harding was a great success and will provide a rOIemodel for future occasions. The Colonel of the Regiment. Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, joined the Mess for pre—lunch drinks on 30 July during his first visit to the Regiment at Windsor.

The Amalgamation Day Dinner — 29 March 1990. Regimental Corporals Major of the Blues and Royals. Standing: Capt Sayer, Mr Fortt, Mr Midwinter, Capt (Retd) Patterson, Capt O’Halloran and Lt Quinn. Sitting: Maj (Retd) Peck, Mr Godfrey-Cass, RCM Hunter, Maj (Retd) Lane, Mr Macdougall

Prior to joining the Mess the Colonel presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to the Regimental Corporal Major. SCPL Partis. SOMC Taylor. CoH Lawson and LCoH O‘Brien.

The Colonel of the Regiment presenting RCM Hunter and SCpl

Partis with their LSGC medals

Following a break to allow the Regiment to take a block of three weeks leave during August and early September the Regiment held an Open Day on 9 September which provided an opportunity for the major— ity of Mess members to renew acquaintances with friends from many years ago. many of whom had travelled considerable distances with their families to attend the day. The Mess was filled to capacity throughout the day and it is hoped that Open Days will become a regular feature of the Regiment's calendar. On 24 November the Mess held a formal dinner night to which 40 members of the Regimental Association were invited continuing the tradition of the annual pilgrimage

A Squadron mess members at the Major General‘s Inspection. Standing: WOII (SCM) Rogers, LCsoH Miles, Stanley, Elston, Snell, CsoH Gear, Harris, Mayer, 559! Brown, SCpl Taylor and LCoH Hodges. Kneeling: LSgt Steel, LCsoH Schotield, Polley and Findell

made by the Association to BAOR during our four years in Germany. During the dinner the Association presented the Mess with a magnificent silver bowl as a mark of gratitude for the hospitality shown by the Mess in BAOR. (The occasion was tragically marred by the death of Mr Jim Clark in his sleep. during the night following the dinner. Mr Clark‘s funeral was attended by members of the Regiment who bore his coffin). The Christmas Draw was held on 15 December and to break with past such events the ROMC conceived a bold plan to alter the concept of the evening away from the somewhat materialistic. traditional draw with its multitude of small prizes and provide more of a ‘Christmas Ball‘ than has been the fashion of late. The number of draw prizes was drastically cut and the emphasis shifted from consumer goods to trips on the Orient Express. an evening including tickets to The Phantom of the Opera and the like. In the event the evening was a resounding success and is likely to set the trend for future years. Following the Christmas break and New Year celebrations the Mess opened 1991 with a formal dinner held on 9 January to which the Commanding Officer was invited to give the traditional ‘State of the Union' address. During the course of the year the Mess has received the following visitors: Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick Colonel of the Regiment Col A H Parker Bowles Lt Col Commanding Col J D Smith—Bingham Lt Col Commanding Maj Gen S C Cooper Maj Gen Commanding Household Division The following senior members have departed during the year and we wish them every success in their new posts: CoH Goodyear to H Cav MR. SCpl Maskell to ACIO Shrewsbury. CoH Day on Discharge. SCpl Towse to RY. CoH Allen to H Cav MR. CoH Ford to H Cav MR. CoH Mitchell to H Cav MR.

Recruiting Team Notes

From left to right: Tprs Trinick, Lute (LG), LCpl Findell, Tprs Elliott, Smith (LG), Braces, Varley, LCoH Crockor and Dvr Thomas (RCT)

The Household Cavalry have had a successful Recruit— ing Year in 1990. so successful that our numbers were ‘Capped‘ (the ‘in‘ buzz word) in September. and we were restricted to taking only Adult Recruits with family connections. This should not deter all our Association members from their magnificent efforts on our behalf. By the time you receive our Magazine we will hopefully be back in full swing looking for Adult and Junior Soldiers and of course Musicians. hence I am enclosing our introductory slip again which has proved so success— ful over the past two years. Personalities who have served in the Recruiting Team this year are SCpl Maskell. (now in ACIO Shrewsbury). SCpl Sandercock. LCoH Crocker. LCpl Kellett (our Clerk). LCpl Simpkins. Tpr Findell. Tpr Elliott. Tpr Davies and finally our mounted Dutyman Tpr Bone. The season started in March at the Blackpool H Div Dinner and the team finally returned to Barracks on 29 September. In between. an extremely successful month was spent in Scotland and Wales with the remainder of the time being spent predominantly in North West and North East Districts. As usual the season has not been without its lighter moments with a controlled explosion on the Budget Hire Van at Halifax probably being the highlight. Following this we encountered one or two councils who were loath to have Army Recruting Teams going into their areas. Due to the Gulf crisis. however. the Team were very well received throughout the country and certainly made their name! LCpl Kellett. who certainly acquired his ”Navigator~ Qualification at the Grand Tour of Lake Winderemere. was instrumen— tal with others in detaining some local ‘Boys‘ at Folke— stone who had attacked the RA. Recruiting Team. Dvr 26

Richard. meanwhile. attached from RCT. and a Jock as well, actually gave a £10 note to a fellow Jock in his home Town of Dundee to get some ‘Chips’. having thought he had a potential Recruit for the RCT. Needless to say money, chips nor Potential Driver were ever seen again. Tpr Davies was detached from the Team to The Royal Tournament complete with ‘Cherry Beret” to assist the Foot Guards with the all singing and dancing H Div Laser Range during July and special mention is rightly made of Tpr Findell and LCpl Simpkins for their very safe and high standard of driving throughout the six months period. There are of course members of the Life Guards on the Team and it would be wrong not to mention them and thanks therefore go to SCpl Clarke, BEM, Tpr Leafe and Tpr Smith from The Mounted Regiment. The culmination of the Recruiting Season was marked by a Grand Dinner/Disco in the ‘Oxford Blue‘ attended by some 29 members of the Team. their wives and girl friends, prior to proceeding on some well earned leave. I appeal as ever to all readers of this Magazine to continue in their efforts to recruit for their Regiments and The Household Cavalry in order that we go into 1991 and beyond at full strength. Should you wish to contact any of our Recruiters I have their addresses and telephone numbers. They would be delighted to hear from you at any time. We will be in the following Districts during 1991 and should you know of a School or Cadet unit who would like us to visit them please let me know and I will see what can be arranged. The Recruiting team will of course be delighted to see any ex-members of The Regiment. South West District 29 March — 30 April Western District 1 May — 15 May South West District 16 May — 31 May North East District 1 June — 30 June Eastern District 1 July — 10 July Royal Tournament 10 July — 31 July North West District 1 August A 15 August Western District 16 August — 31 August Eastern District 1 September A 30 September

The Blues and Royals Association Annual Report 1990 Annual Dinner 1990

This was held in Hyde Park Barracks Knightsbridge on Saturday 12 May. 320 members with official guests attended. We would like to thank the Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment for allowing us to use the facilities in the Barracks, the RCM and Members of the WOs and NCOs Mess for making the Mess available to us and the Quartermaster for all

the preparation and providing the items for our use. We are indebted to SCM Sackett for the excellent layout in the gymnasium and the organisation of the staff and to the Master Chef who produced an excellent meal. Combined Cavalry Parade This was held on Sunday 13 May and was again well supported by the members and we were the largest contingent on parade. Members were entertained in the WOs and NCOs Mess after the parade and we would like to thank the members for their hospitality. Open Day The Regiment held an Open Day at Windsor on 9 September to which Association members and their families were invited. We attended Church Parade and afterwards a party from the Association marched back to barracks with the Regiment. A very good lunch was provided by the Regiment and the entertainment pro— vided which included a first class display by the Band was much appreciated by the members. Mess Dinner at Windsor

The RCM and the members of the WOs and CsoH Mess of the Regiment invited 40 members to a Dinner Night in the Mess on 24 November. The RCM informed us that the members of the Mess wished to continue the tradition of holding a Dinner in the Mess each year which had been established during the Association party visits to the Regiment in Germany. Invitations for this first dinner

were extended to those Association members who had visited the Regiment in Germany. This was an excellent occasion and we are all very grateful to the RCM and members of the Mess for providing such an excellent meal in very good company. At the end of the dinner. Capt Sir Peter Miles our deputy President, presented a silver bowl to the Mess as a mark of our appreciation of everything that had been done for us on our visits to Germany and to commemorate the 21 years since amalgamation. Forthcoming Events 1991 Annual General Meeting

This will be held in the Band Practice Room at Hyde Park Barracks. Knightsbridge on Saturday 11 May. The meeting will commence at 1830 hrs. Members are reminded that if they have a resolution to put before the meeting it must be forwarded to the Secretary at least four weeks before the meeting. AGENDA

1. Minutes of the 1990 meeting 2. Points arising 3. Confirmation of the accounts for the period ending 31 December 1990. . Committee Members. Under Rule 12 of the Consti— tution and Rules Mr J Edwards and Mr J Neill. OBE.

are due to retire. In addition a new member is required following the death of Mr J S Clark. The undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the Committee to fill these vacancies: Mr W A Ford Mr A G France Mr C G P Missenden . Any other business

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Sir Peter Miles, Kcvo. presents a silver bowl to the RCM on behalf of the Association

22 January 1991

$100,228.41 2110,98778

Chartered Accountants I\) LO


Excess of Income over Expenditure for the Year

9 Kingsway, London WCZB 6XF.


Total Expenditure

Association Photograph Less: Sales Visit to BAOR ‘At Home' Day Less: Recovered

Christmas Cards Less: Sales

6,779.04 863.36 Annual report and magazine Cost of magazine Less: Sales

Postage Miscellaneous expenses

4,835 86

AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION We have audited, in accordance with Auditing Standards, the attached balance sheet and income and expenditure account and report that in our opinion these accounts give a true and fair view of the state of the Association's affairs at 31 December 1990 and of the surplus of income over expenditure for the year ended on that date,


Hon Secretary

H DE PINNA WEIL Hon Treasurer





6,587.58 1,239.53



12,523.39 10,759.37

87,705.02 100,228.41

$100,228.41 {110,987.78

General Fund

Balance at 1 January 1990 Excess of Income over Expenditure


1,548.75 1,067.62


1,548.75 1,067.62

Net Current Assets

Less: Current Liabilities

Sundry creditors

31,181.75 25,458.23


Deposit account

Sundry debtors

7,868.47 1,855.55

Auditors' remuneration Printing

These details are held by the Secretary. and any member who wishes to use the services of a regional representative should contact the Secretary to find out if there is one in his area. These representatives are not authorised to make money grants which must be referred to the Committee for approval. Any member who is willing to act as a representative in his area should forward his name and address to the Honorary Secretary.

Cost of dinner Less: Sale of Tickets

of regional representatives are not to be published in regimental journals.

Subscriptions and donations Annual Dinner

The Ministry of Defence has advised that for security reasons. the names, addresses and telephone numbers

Expenditure Grants, assistance, etc.



Accommodation in London

Two places offer reasonable accommodation in the centre of London and details are reprinted for your convenience: 1. The Union Jack Club. Sandell Street. Waterloo, London SE1 8U]. This club has 340 single rooms and 63 double rooms. Ex—servicemen who served for at least two years are eligible to become members. The fee for joining is £5 with an annual subscription of £4. If you are not a tnember you should write asking for details. . The Victory Services Club. 63—79 Seymore Street. London W2 ZHF. This is just by the Marble Arch in Edgware Road. The joining fee is £7.50 and you will need to send proof of having served in HM Forces with your application. Members are advised that rooms are booked quickly for Cavalry weekend and early application is therefore recommended.



Current Assets Cash at bank: Current account

inconvenience to members.


Trooping The Colour 1991 The Trooping the Colour Parade will be held on Saturday 15 June and the Trooping the Colour Colonels‘ Review will be held on 8 June. A limited number of tickets for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing only) will be available for Association members. Those wishing to attend should write to the Secretary by 25 May. Remembrance 1991 a. The Field of Remembrance will be opened at 1130 hours on Thursday 7 November. Members are asked to assemble at the Regimental Plot in St Margaret‘s Churchyard at 1120 hours. Dress 7 Lounge Suits, no medals. . The normal service of remembrance will be held in the Garrison Church on Sunday 10 November. A limited number of tickets will be available from the Honorary Secretary.

Members are requested to notify the Secretary when they change their address — a large number of journals are returned each year because members have moved. causing unnecessary expense to the Association and


Combermere Barracks Windsor. Berks SL4 3DN

Subscriptions and donations Dividends on investments Deposit account interest

The Blues and Royals Association




All correspondence should

Investments (at cost) Market value


addressed to: The Secretary


located at


Association Office Members are reminded that the Association office is now


Social Evening It is proposed that this will take the form of a Buffet Dance in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Knightsbridge in late September. Members interested in attending should complete the proforma requesting further details.


At Home Day

The Regiment is to hold an Open Day on Sunday 8 September. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regim~ ent‘s Open Day will be held on the same date at Thetford. Regrettably the clash of dates is unavoidable due to Regimental programmes.

Telephone Windsor (0753) 868222 Ext 5204 or 5297 Combined Cavalry Parade and Service This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday 12 May. Assemble on the Regimental Market in Broad Walk at 1050 hours. Dress — Lounge Suits and Decorations. Members are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade but for security reasons admission to the barracks will be by ticket only. Tickets will be available from the Secretary at the Annual Dinner or in Hyde Park before the parade.


c. A service of remembrance will be held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park at 1050 hours on Sunday 10 November.


Annual Dinner 1991 The Annual Dinner will be held in Hyde Park Barracks. Knightsbridge on Saturday 11 May at 1930 hours. Dress: Lounge Suits. no medals. Bars will be open at 1730 hours. There is no accommodation available in Hyde Park Barracks but some may be available in the Union Jack Club or Victory Services Club — details of these are printed below. Because of the limited space available. dinner tickets will be limited to one per member and only official guests will be allowed. Details of the cost of tickets are given on the proforma and those wishing to attend should fill in the application form and return it to the Secretary with a cheque or postal order. Should any member know of an Association member who would like to attend but cannot afford the price of a ticket please notify the Honorary Secretary who is authorised by the Committee to issue a free ticket in such cases. To assist the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment with security, the dinner ticket will be used as an admittance ticket to the barracks and only those in possession of a ticket will be allowed in. Tickets will not be on sale at the door. Ladies will not be able to attend the dinner but will be welcome to attend the Mess afterwards.


Obituary Charles Halifax. They all worked hard and played hard, Henry, with a considerable stable, hunting from Melton. He was very upset that his health prevented him going with lst Household Cavalry Regiment to the Middle

Squadron with which he spent all his service in the Regiment. After attending a course at the Middle East Cavalry School he accompanied the Regiment to Abassia near Cairo for conversion to armoured cars. Like most of us he was sad at saying goodbye to the horses but at the same time thankful for not having to involve them in war. He was also pleased at taking part in the Western Desert Campaign rather than being left in a backwater in Palestine.


worked in their Head Office in Boston, USA and in

Major Henry Garnett, CBE Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

by Maj Sir Arthur Collins, KCVO formerly The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

Henry Garnet, 6ft 7in tall, glamorous and always immaculately dressed, joined the Blues in 1933 at the same time as Tony Murray Smith, Bobo Roxburghe and

Australia, he quickly rose to be Chairman of Gillette UK and later of Gillette Europe. This job folded for political reasons through no fault of Henry‘s and he. with a second young family, was at a loose end. However, he was inspirationally recruited as Chief Executive of the Cancer Relief Society. In his 14 years in this job, he built up the income and the work of this Charity. In co-operation with the NHS, hospices were founded, educational posts in pain-control for doctors and nurses were established and finally he had the inspiration to set up the Macmillan Nursing Service. There are now close on 800 of these Nurses waiting to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients and giving comfort to them and their families. They are surely a fitting memorial to his work. He left two sons. the younger of whom is a serving officer in the Blues and Royals. and two daughters.

Notification has been received of the deaths of the following members since the last Journal was published. Rank Tpr Cpl CoH

Name T Gullan, Blues S Bates, Blues R E Barrett. Blues H Parmcntcr. Blues J Dodd. Blues C Cook. Blues



Address 1 Manor View. Up Hatherly. Cheltenham, Glos 50 Paradise Lane. Hall Green, Birmingham 29 Godwin House, St Marys Estate. Thurtlc Road.

Date Died

15.07.89 04.01.90 23.01.90

London E2 140 Brighton Road. Horsham. W Sussex Windoria. 16 Grove Lane, Baystone Hill, Shrewsbury The Royal Hospital. Chelsea

24.01.90 30.01.90 03.02.90


H Martindale, Blues

8 Blythe House, Barnfield. Chippenham. Slough


Tpr Tpr SCpl Tpr Tpr Tpr CoH Tpr Col



64 Coppicc Avenue. Ferndown. Dorset 34 Grove Road. Wimbledon. London SW19 52 Highland Road. Beare Green. Dorking. Surrey

16.02.90 18.03.90 20.04.90

12 Green Court. Littlehampton. W Sussex 87 Western Road, Haywards Heath. W Sussex 54 Victoria Road. St Peters. Broadstairs. Kent

21.04.90 01.05.90 01.07.90

S Clark. Royals G Williams. Blues Sir Marc Noble. 81. (BE. Royals

41 Marchmont Road. Wallington, Surrey Flat 7. Clyde Place. Leyton. London Chilton, Hungerford. Berks 27 Alexandra View. Darwcn, Lancs 16 Heol Las. Pencoes, Bridgend. Glamorgan Dearlcep House. Knockholt. chenoaks, Kent

03.10.90 07.11.90 l3.1l.90 25.11.90 09.12.90 02.01.91

WOl (RSM) Tpr Maj


(late The Royal Dragoons)

by Maj John Bowlby (late The Royal Dragoons) Many readers of this magazine will have been greatly saddened to hear of the death of Hugh Cholmondeley in March 1990 at the age of 70. They may also have read various accounts of his life as a soldier and. after leaving the army. of his public life in Cheshire and as hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England, having succeeded his father in this office in 1966. Hugh was involved in taking a leading part in all state ceremonials He was eminently suited for and much enjoyed these duties which he carried out with great courtesy and dignity, as I feel sure that anyone present or watching on television would agree. As I happened to be very closely associated with Hugh in the Royals during the war I have been asked to write my own personal tribute to him since we shared so many vicissitudes. Hugh was born in 1919 and educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In October 1939 he received his calling-up papers to report to the 3rd Horsed Cavalry Training Regiment. Edinburgh, and to take up the appointment of Second Lieutenant in The Royal Dragoons. In the early days of 1940 he set sail for Palestine with a draft of reservists and newly joined officers of The Royals and Greys. He joined the Regiment at Basaan, overlooking the Jordan valley, and was assigned to A

Adjutant of the Training Regiment, then as Troop Leader of the Household Cavalry Armoured Car Detach— ment of the Royal Family’s immediate protection mission, then as ADC successively to 10 Corps Comman— ders, Gens Harding and O’Connor, a surprising mismatch with two of the shortest officers in the Army. Finally, he was Commandant of the 21 Army Group ‘All Ranks Leave Centre’ in the Metropole Hotel in the centre of Brussels where he certainly showed his tremendous organising ability. Post War he joined Gillette Industries and, having


Major The Marquess of Cholmondeley GCVO. MC.

Although Hugh and I were mostly in different squadrons during the desert war we had always been friends. It was not until the death of Jack Hamilton— Russell who was commanding A Squadron in Sicily in August 1943. and the departure of his second in command Geoffrey Makins to the Staff College. that I was flown to Sicily from North Africa to take over A Squadron with Hugh as my second in command. We remained together until December 1944 in Holland. During the whole of that period I considered myself exceedingly fortunate in having had such a staunch, loyal and helpful person as my right—hand man. Always ready to see the funny side of any situation and with whom one shared so many trials and tribulations but also so many opinions and comic episodes. In a book which Hugh published privately in 1947 entitled ‘A Day‘s March Nearer Home' he gave a wonderfully descriptive. accurate and entertaining account of life as a troop leader. first in a horsed cavalry Regiment in Palestine and then in an armoured car Regiment in the Western Desert. It includes his account of the invasion of Sicily and Italy and follows A Squadron as far North as the River Sangro on the Adriatic coast. before setting sail with the Regiment from Taranto for home in January 1944. His narrative covered the six months in England before going to Normandy and ended with the Regiment on the Dutch / German frontier at the end of that year. ‘ There are many instances contained in this book of Hugh‘s exceptional interest in everything going on around him and of his great powers of concentration and observation which were essential characteristics of rec— eonnaisance. He had tremendous stamina and good health and a great appreciation of Nature and beauty, all of which combined to make him a remarkably able and courageous troop leader. Hugh had a sharp eye for detail and meticulous organisation, but he also possessed a mischevious sense of humour and a strong sense of the ridiculous which made him invariably cheerful and fun to be with. I certainly cannot ever remember him being bad tempered or agitated in even the most unpleasant and awkward situations. He was immensely efficient and set high standards, but was possessed of a most generous and sympathetic nature with great humanity and kindness. He took a great interest in the lives of all ranks in the squadron and as a result was hugely popular and so much appreciated by us all. and will be remembered by everyone who served with him with great affection. I and many others have lost an irreplaceable friend. and we extend our special sympathy to Lavinia and all his family.

East, but nevertheless he had a busy war, initially as

Powell. Blues aker. Blues

Rumsby. Blues llcn. Blues uckham. Blues rccnfield. Royals Bowman. Blues Sullivan. Royals 5 Ward. MC LVO. Blues


H D Pleavin. Blues

32 Canadian Avenue. Hoole. Chester



P F Rose, Blues

79 Storrington Way. Peterborough. Cambs



R A Spalding. Blues

71 Victor Road. Windsor. Berks

19.01.91 31


Bequest We would like to record our gratitude to Col the Hon J Berry who kindly left a most generous sum to the Serving

Officers Trust In his "Will. It would perhaps be appropriate at this juncture to remind those who are consideri ng arrangements for the final disposition of their affairs that any sum left to either the Serving Officers Trust or The Blues

and Royals Association would be most gratefully received and much appreciated.

Household Cavalry Memorial, Zandvoorde The Household Cavalry are responsible for the upkeep of the memorial at Zandvoorde . It has recently been overhauled and the register book has been restored and rebound. The photographs show the memorial and the inscription at the base which reads: ‘To those of the lst and 2nd Lifeguards and Royal Horse Guards who died fighting in France and Flanders 1914. Many of them fell in defence of the ridge upon which this cross stands.

Colonel E J S Ward MC. Lvo Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

by Maj Sir Arthur Collins. KCVO formerly The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

Jackie Ward died on 13 November 1990. Modest. soft— spoken. apparently self-effacing yet mightily effective. he without any shadow of doubt was to prove himself as one of the most outstanding regimental officers in the long history of the Household Cavalry. After Eton and Cambridge. he joined The Blues in 1933. He became Adjutant in 1935 during a difficult period. The outbreak of war found him as Gas Officer at Windsor. then thought to be an important job in which he succeeded the legendary Bob Laycock. himself at the time on an advanced Gas Course at Woolwich. He therefore did not go to Palestine with l HCR but. through the long period of training before D-Day after the formation of 2 HCR as the Armoured Car Regiment of the Guards Armoured Division. he successively commanded HQ and B Squadrons and. after a short period with the Training Squadron at Windsor in January 1944. took over D Squadron. Here he really came into his own and trained and commanded his Squadron with great skill and bravery. It took part in all the battles from the break—out in Normandy to the liberation of Brussels. the abortive rush to Arnhem and the final fights in Germany. 2 HCR was always in the van of the Guards Division and sometimes of the whole 30 Corps. First into Holland. Jackie‘s Squadron was forever active. In the last fortnight of hostilities. Jackie. who was then second in command of the Regiment. commanded a composite force of Armoured Cars. Grenadier Guards tanks and 32

Gunners. called Wardforce. which operated in most difficult terrain with every bridge and village heavily defended by fanatic SS troops, to turn the enemy‘s right flank between Hamburg and Bremen. He showed himself throughout to be absolutely intrepid and very decisive. He won the MC for his bravery in Normandy. After the war. having taken part in the presentation of Standards to the Regiments of the Guards Division by the City of Brussels. Jackie moved first to command the Inns of Court Regiment. then Armoured Cars. Next — after an almost unprecedented transfer — he moved to command The Life Guards. Finally. he ended his military career as Colonel Commanding the Household Cavalry and Silver Stick at the Coronation. After retiring. he went home to his lovely estates of Chilten near Hungerford. and Kinnaird on the Tay in Scotland. In Berkshire. he was Chairman of the District Council. served on the County Council and fulfilled many local ploys. He also cherished his beautiful garden with its well<known TV gardener. Harry Dodson. He married twice — his first wife. Susan. being killed in the car crash in 1980; his second wife. Betty. survives him. His son. Gerald. was also in the Blues. as was his uncle. Gerald Ward. his brother—in—law. David Corbett. and two of his nephews. Simon and Robin Corbett and his Cousin Julian Ward. He was buried at Chilton on a sparkling November day with the sound of neighbouring pheasant shoots echoing all around. Hard to get to know but. once known. the staunchest of friends. A really great Household Cavalry man.

Household Cavalry Memorial at Zandvoorde

HOUSEHOLD DIVISION EMPLOYMENT AGENCY Some ten years ago the decision was taken to close the

Regular Forccs Employment Service and. through that

Guards Employment Society. Since then. the Regular

connection. with Resettlement Boards countrywide. It

Forces Employment Service has catered for the needs

will also have strong links with the Corps of Commis-

of retiring and retired members of the Household

sionaries. If any reader can either offer job opportunities or

Division. as it has for the rest of the Army. That valuable service will continue; but there has existed a strong feeling that the Household Division should and


know of suitable opportunities elsewhere now or in the future. they are asked to contact Maj James with details. Equally important. past and present members of the Division. either seeking civilian employment themselves. or who know of a serving or exGuardsman in that position are urged to register with Maj James or pass on details to him.

Maj James plans to be in his office three days a week (Tuesdays. Wednesdays and Thursdays) between 1030 and 1630 hours. His telephone number is London

The Household Division Employment Agency is there to provide a vital service. It can only exist if we make full use of it.

could do more to look after its own. The Household Division Employment Agency has

therefore been set up and is now open for business. It is run by Maj (Retd) Idris James. Welsh Guards. and based





District (071930 4466) Extension 3423. In his absence. messages can be left on his answcrphonc.

The Agency will act as a point of contact for potential employers UK-widc on the one hand. and for all those

about to leave or who have left the Household Division on the other. It will work closely with the

Household Division Employment Agency Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk London SWIE 6HQ

Household Cavalry Club North East This Club is now into its sixth successful year, holding regular meetings on the last Thursday of each month, at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. It all started by a call from RCM Derek McKenna to ex—members of both Regiments. The Club was founded in January 1985, and following a tentative start. it now has a paid—up membership of 50 past and serving officers from all parts of the United Kingdom. It was founded with the intention of supporting both regimental associations, and the various social activities arranged in the North East, help promote the image and encourage recruiting within the Household Cavalry. Numerous minor events have been arranged over this period, to provide social recreation for members and visitors in pubs, clubs and breweries, as well as very popular River Tyne cruises each year, attracting 120 guests who revel in music. bar meals and alcohol during the three hour trip. (The first cruise actually ran out of gin within the first two hours!) At our main event last year, our President Maj Ronald Ferguson and Chairman Don Scott welcomed 200 guests and ladies from all parts of the United Kingdom at the very popular annual reunion Dinner Dance at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. (Late March/early April each year). The event developed from a modest social night in 1986 at the Gateshead TA Centre, an enjoyable reunion in a marquee in 1987, and sell out weekends within the Ramside Hall Hotel in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Household Cavalry Museum

It is the policy of the Club to invite guest chairmen, as well as serving officers and their wives from each Regiment. as well as special guests, Chelsea Pensioners, and NCOs in state kit. (Courtesy of the Commanding Officer HCMR). Past chairmen and serving officer guests have included Maj Gen Sir Desmond Langley, Maj George Lane—Fox, Lt Col Alec Jackson, Lt Col Denis Daly, Capt Reg Lawrence, Capt Bill Clayton, Maj Jack Peck, Maj Don York, Capt Ian Kelly, Capt Lou Villers, Maj Simon Falkner and Maj Paddy Tabor. Other guests have

STAFF: Maj A W Kersting (Ret’d) (Formerly RHG/D 1954—1986) Mr A E Woodbridge (Formerly 306573 RHG 1944—1948) The Museum continues to be open to the public throughout the year from Monday to Friday inclusive and on Remembrance Sunday. Regimental Open Days and Dinners. There continues to be a flow of enquiries from relatives of those who served in The Household Cavalry and a steady request for information from Military


Historians, Collectors. Model Makers, the press, writers

Durham and David Grant, Lord Lieutenant of Durham. It is now hoped that the Club can develop and enjoy a close association with The Blues and Royals now that

and travel agencies. Visitors included, organised tours by







they are in Combermere Barracks, Windsor.

Membership of the club is open to all past and serving members of both regiments, and whilst this is encour— aged, non-members may attend the club‘s meetings and social events. Honorary membership is offered to senior citizens. The next reunion/dinner dance will be held on Saturday 6 April 1991, at the Ramside Hall Hotel. Durham. Further information can be obtained from: Don Scott (Chairman) David Horsefield (Secretary) 78 The Cedars, Whickham,

4 Garden Croft. Forest Hall,

Newcastle-upon—Tyne, NE16 STL (091—488 2223)

Newcastle-upon—Tyne, NE12 9LT (091-266 5440)

the Tourist Board, Cadet Units, Junior Leaders Recruit s

from the Guards Depot. individual members of the Public and ex—members of the Regiments and their families. The following new additions were received during the current year: 1. Troopers broadsword lst Royal Dragoons c1807, purchases by the Museum Committee. 2. Painting of 1st Life Guard c1837. given by Mr Malinowski. 3. Short Officers Cloak 2LG 1907—1919 given by Maj T R S Gooch. . Guidon lst Royal Dragoons c1903, handed in by Mr I Macmillan. . lst Royal Dragons shoulder and cap badges. given by Mr D Blackman. . lst Royal Dragoons memorabilia given by Mr T W Pollard. . Medals of WOI R W Rapkin lst Royal Dragoons. handed in by Mrs Shephard. . Medals Cpl J P Smith Life Guards, given by Mr J P Smith. . Medals and certificates of CoH Blake Life Guards,

given by Mrs E Blake. . Commemorative envelope No 105 of the Amalgama— tion 1969. given by Mr B Fullick. James Smithies (1787—1868) 1st Royal Dragoons

a? Back row: LCpl Erskine, D Sayers, F Last, J Richards, A Stanford, W Ford, B Nixon, F Cummings, J Cowdery, W Dean, C Dean, P Bates, K Wright, LCpl Morrell. Seated: B Harman, K Rowe, Maj R Fergusson (President), D Scott (Chairman) and D Horsefield

James Smithies was born at Tonge. Lancashire in 1787. His parents were weavers and he entered this occuption. In July 1804. at the age of 17 he ran away from home and enlisted in the Royal Artillery at the Hare and Hounds Inn, Tonge. Because of strong parental opposition and a technical disqualification in his enlistment, he was released from the service and returned home. After less than a fortnight he ‘wanted to be off again’. He went to the house of the recruiting sergeant for the district who, ‘finding he had not a shilling in his pocket,‘ borrowed one from his mother with which he enlisted Smithies. who was then sent to Ipswich and ordered to join the lst Royal Dragoons. He served with the Regiment until the Autumn of 1815, when he received his discharge, returned to Tonge and recommenced silk weaving. He was in receipt of a pension for wounds received at Waterloo from 1815 until his death as a result of an accident (he was knocked down by a colliery tramway coalwagon) on 3 January 1868. James Smithies served in the following stations during his service with the Royal Dragoons.

James Smithies (1787—1868) 1st Royal Dragoons

1804—1807 — Colchester. York. Newcastle—upon—Tyne and Edinburgh. 1807—1808 — Moved to Ireland. stationed at Dundalk. Smithies joined the Band which was being reformed at this time as a Clarinet Player. he also served as Orderly to the Commanding Officer. 1808—1809 — Stationed at Dublin and Clonmel. 1809 — Moved to Cork and embarked for Portugal (Peninsula) reaching Lisbon on 12 September after a very rough voyage. 1810 — Moved to Santarem in early January where the Regiment came under the command of Maj Gen Sir John Slade. Smithies first experience of a large scale action was at Busaco. where the Regiment was in reserve. Encamped at Santarem. where rumour was that the

French were meditating a retreat. To discover the truth of the rumour, several of the Commanding Officers went out on a recce tour and Smithies was taken along as an orderly. Smithies records that ‘We could see by the telescope that place where the French had been en— camped. but could perceive no sign of life whatever. though the sentries seemed to be posted in their usual places. We approached these sentries as cautiously as possible. not wishing to attract any attention and when we got nearer to them we noticed that they continued to face us in the same manner as when we first saw them. My Officer ordered me to challenge the one nearest to us. which I did, but received no reply. I thought I‘d make the fellow either speak or run. so I charged him at full gallop and cut him in two. but great was our surprise to find that instead of a living sentry, it was a dummy on horseback stuffed with straw. It was found that under cover of darkness and during a very heavy mist which hung over the mountain sides, the French had broken up their position and beat a retreat.‘

1811 — Saw action at Sabugal. Fuentes d‘Onoro. during the charge Smithies described that there were 70 casualties in the horses. falling dead on all sides, though they were not wounded. but dying from exhaustion and strain and he himself had a lucky escape having been struck on the belt by a spent ball. Albuera — Salamanea. 1812 — Madrid. 1813 — Vittoria. Here Smithies noted the care the French took of their wounded on the retreat after an engagement — in one case dismounting a whole Regiment of Cavalry and placing the wounded on the backs of the horses. to get them away. 1813—1814 — Moved to France, operations at Hasparen. Nivelle and at Toulouse. The Regiment then marched

from Villefranche to Calais and embarked for Dover on 19 July. 1815 — Smithies account ends with a description of the events of 1815, for which preparations were made on a very extensive scale. for the first time ever known in our Army the Cavalry were ordered to grind the back of their swords. As so our Capt Clarke said, we should have to use both sides. Smithies took part in the Armour Charge of the Union Brigade on d‘Erlons Corps and was later wounded and taken prisoner. but made his escape the following evening. About half of those engaged in the Regiment were casualties — killed, wounded or missing. Smithies returned to England in August 1815 and received his discharge.

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The Regimental Rugby team as seen in the TV series ‘Jeeves and Wooster”. LCpl Smith, LCpl Roberts, RQMC Buckle, SCpl Elliot, LCoH Evans, CoH Wright, CoH Vickers, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, W0ll Manning, LCoH Matthew, LCoH Townsend, Capt Mountain, Tpr Brown, LCpl Round, LCpl Byrne, LCoH Hodges, Tpr Nixon, CoH Broughton, LCoH Harris, Tpr Campbell, LCoH Young, Tpr McWirter, LCpI Henderson, Tpr Trinick, LCpl Brown, SCpl Buxton and LCpl Overton

RUGBY After what looked at first to be a dismal end to the 1989/ 90 Season due to the enforced lay off (move back to Windsor Syndrome, less said the better). we managed to dust our boots off and get playing again by the end of February. Our first game back in England being against HCMR,



warmer before

setting off back


Germany to contest the BAOR RAC Cup Final once again against the QDG's. The team received sponsorship from both the Regiment and NATOCARS of Bridge» water. The RQMC did most of the ground work in organising the trip. delegating some of the responsibili— ties to other members of the Club with a special thanks to LCoH Matthew for taking and driving his own minibus on the trip. LCpl Byrne drove the other bus who along with CoH Broughton was put in charge of obtaining enough fuel to get us to Sennelager. an obvious mistake by the RQ putting clerks in charge of administrative details and needless to say we ran out of petrol 20 miles

WOs and CsoH Mess Members. Menden 1946. Could members of the association help with identification and forward to the Household Cavalary Museum

short of Sennelager. Recovered and refreshed we started Our pre-Cup Final training with a game against The Life Guards. the first such game for over 25 years. we beat them 20 points to Nil. So with the victory against HCMR already under our belt. we now claim to be the undisputed champions of the Household Cavalry. Unfortunately. the odds against winning the title were stacked against us. not only did we have to travel 450 miles to Wolfenbuttel to play the Game on The QDG‘s own pitch. they turned out almost their entire Regiment

to support them whilst we had the RQ. ASM Lewrs and LCoH Shatcliff both stolen from The Life Guards on the way.

With a near miss behind the team the only remaining games at the end of the season were The London District and South East District Seven—a-Side, we won the plate in both competitions. so at last we had medals that said winners instead of runners up.

As seems to be the way of the army. half the team moved on at the end of the season. with ASM Lewis staying for a short while with The Life Guards. SCpl Kilvington to Bovington, CoH Dickens. LCoH McGarry and Tpr Mowbray posted to HCMR to strengthen their team. and last but not least Sgt Tony. posted back to the APT] school in Sennelager. Also one or two retired namely CoH Vickers. But we received some equally as good replacements. SSgt Brown. LCpls Abbots and Emans from the LAD. Cts lngs-Chambers. Kent and Hince and Tpr Brown 81 from their respective training establishments. The new season has seen us hit the Windsor Area by storm with at least 15 players turning out on Saturdays for various local teams ranging from Slough and Windsor to University Vandels and Old Pennanians. with LCoH Young leading the way and now playing regularly for Slough 1st XV. meanwhile. RQMC Buckle also gets a game but at the other end of the scale playing for Windsor Veterans. Whilst the Regimental team playing on Wednesdays is undefeated in 10 games so far. however. come December when C Sqn start their preCyprus training, results will start to suffer. A quick mention of some of our Super Stars with Tprs Cambell and Trinick attending the Army under 21 trials. Trinick being selected to play regularly for the under 21s. 37

also put forward for the Army trials in December. LCoH Young for the full Army team and Tpr Brown 81 for the under 195. All readers of the Magazine should keep a lookout on channel four for episode six of the Jeeves and Wooster programme being shown in April 1991. the storyline being a rugby game between two rival villages with all the players of both teams other than the stars of the programme being from the Regiment, nobody, including Capt Mountain, bargained for the haircut required to convert us to 1930s lookalike players. Finally, the RQMC is handing over the reins after eight years in charge to CoH Vickers on the ROS final posting to Civilian life.

FOOTBALL Regimental Football. along with many other sports is obviously going through the Arms Plot Move transitional period. having lost attached personnel in BAOR and welcoming new faces now we are in Windsor. We chose to play our 1989/90 Cavalry Cup in the UK zone and were drawn against QRIH. this didn’t benefit us as much as we would have liked. owing to certain key players being unavailable so soon after the move. A full scale gale was blowing when the teams took the field and a very spirited performance by players who hadn’t even met each other. let alone played together, saw us go down 24 to a very accomplished team. The 1990/91 season commenced with two ‘Friendlics’. the first against AFC Bowden. a Sunday League team from Basingstoke. we ran out 7—0 winners against a side who played well but failed to match the finishing of LCoH Findell (3). Tpr Walbrook (3). and Tpr Lochrane (1). A first-class display of goalkeeping by Ct Yorke also dampened their efforts. The second was against the Royal Household Football Team. no titled persons appeared on the team sheet. however. 11 armwrestlers sprinted from the dressing room. more in the lumberjack mould than Butlers and Footmen. A very enjoyable match followed with us winning by 3—2. It was rather REME orientated, goals coming from Sgt Worrell. LCpl Humphries and Cfn Evans.

CoH Vickers caught mauling the opposition

back—pass 7 minutes from time took the match into extra time and a similar unforced error lost us the tie 2—1. The Preliminary round of the London District Cup saw us drawn against 238 Signal Squadron. the match kicked—

off on a very bad Battersea Park pitch which made ball control near impossible. chances were squandered and on

a couple of occasions we were kept in the match by last— ditch saves from LCoH Knibbs, Inspired performances once again by Sgt Worrel and Tpr Walbrook and some tireless running by CoH Carney kept us in the driving seat as the match went into extra time. Cfn Evans whose midfield grafting had lead to many near misses. opted to go it alone and bent a wonderful shot around the opposing goalkeeper from all of 25 yrds. The match also brought to light the heading ability of Tpr Vallary. whose last 15 minutes in the heart of defence was very encouraging. The players are now performing more as a team. we will obviously lose many on the Belize and Cyprus tours. but this holds good for the youngsters coming through. they are encouraged to come forward at every opportunity to challenge for a place. POLO The 1990 polo season held great promise for The Blues and Royals Polo Team. indeed it had the possibility of fielding 2 Teams. It was decided to put all the power in the ‘A‘ Team in the form of Capt The Hon J H A Broughton (1). Lt A J P Woodward (1). Ct Barclay (2) and Ct Kent (1). The B Team came under control of Maj D T L Hardy (1) and consisted of Lt Lockhart (—1). Lt Lydiard (—2), Wilson and Ct McBride (~2). The first Tournament entered was the Inter Regimen— tal. the ‘B‘ Team played One Life Guards at Smiths Lawn. unfortunately they lost after a valiant effort as the underdogs. Maj Hardy scored a number of goals including one for the opposition.

players owe a great deal to their continual support. The target was then set for the Captains and Subalterns at Tidworth in early August. Unfortunately The Blues and Royals ‘8’ Team were knocked out in a qualifying round, however the ‘A' Team looked a strong contender for the title. The Team made the trip down to Tidworth and very nearly did not make the first round as Ct Barclay’s lorry broke down. however the end result was a delayed start and the Navy (who had a very young side) being thrashed 16—0. The game the following day was against the old enemy, the Royal Hussars. who posed no real problem this time with the loss of two of their more senior players. However. they did put up a good fight including one particular individual trying to run Lt Wooward down. he was dealt with in a rather brisque manner by a rather quaking and angry Lt Woodward. The final was to be held on a Sunday against a very well-fancied Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWY) side. unfortunately the handicap was not on our side and we had to give the RWY at 2% goal lead start. The game was fast and furious with some dazzling play from both sides particularly the opposition No 3. In the last 20 seconds we were ahead by '/2 a goal having scored 5 in the preceding Chukkas. Unfortunately a very accurate shot from Capt Trendan of the RWY secured the end result 5V2—5 and the Captains and Subalterns had lost. The last Tournament to be played was the Major Generals Cup which was sponsored by Hackett. Unfor— tunately the ‘A‘ Team was knocked out by the eventual winners (again by a goal scored in the last 20 seconds) Hill Samuel Unit Trust. However. we went on to play the subsidiary final against a visiting Dutch Team. the Hackett/Blues and Royals Team ended up convincing winners 66—1 goals. A special mention should be made to Capt Cowen who had a splendid two chukkas and as a result will never be invited to Holland again!

SAILING The Arms plot move and the problems attendant upon converting to the Windsor rOle somewhat restricted the amount of sailing carried out over the year. However. we were able to enter two teams for Household Division Yacht Club Regatta at Seaview. I.O.W.. a two—day event held in June. RHG/D 12Maj Snowball RHG/D 2:Capt Ward-Thomas Lt Garnett Lt Miller Lt Argles (2 Gren Gds) SSgt Cheetham

The so-called ‘B‘ Team performed significantly better than the much rated RHG/Dl. as the results indicate.

This was down to the presence of a Foot—Guard ~ or was it Lt Garnett and the Paymaster‘s spinnaker handling. Four races were held over the regatta. split by an excellent dinner hosted by the Commodore HDYC. Results: . Grenadier Guards 4% Horse Guards 51/2 Guards Depot Blues & Royals 2 Welsh Guards . Blues & Royals 1 . Gladeye Away from the racing scene. soldiers have been sent on courses at the Joint Services Sail Training Centre Gosport. and enthusiasm continues to increase for a good season in 1991. 38

CoH Carney warming up

Our first League match was appropriately against the mounted Regiment. it was extremely close for the first 20 minutes. with a low scoring draw looking the likely outcome. however. inspired bellowing by the Quartermaster and SQMC Dunkley did the trick for both sides and we won 8—4. goals coming from Sgt Worrel (2). LCpl Humphries (2). LSgt Dean ACCC (2). Cfn Evans and Tpr Lochrane. The Arms Cup beckoned and we were in good spirits as we travelled to Folkestone to face the Permanent Staff of the Junior Leaders Infantry Battalion. A very good goal from newcomer Tpr Walbrook looked to be enough to see us through to the next round. however. a bad

The Hackett polo team, Ct Barclay. Lt Woodward, Capt The Hon Broughton and Ct Kent

Our ‘A‘ Team was very well fancied to end up in the final. however this was not to be. as due to a lack of practice the team went down 4—0 to a well-drilled Royal Hussars Team. Both Teams. as a result of these blows to morale. took part in some serious practice games. The ‘A‘ Team undertook the guise of The Hackett Polo Team and did relatively well in the Flemish Farm Trophy. At this pomt I might add that without the generosuy of 'Hackett.

(Anthony and James Lloyd Jennings and Jeremy Hackett) Blues and Royals Polo would be all but dead and the

Hackett sponsored the whole day. brought all their employees along and made the Tournament very worthwhile indeed. As for the future. Polo looks very healthy at Regimen— tal level. Capt Broughton was graded the Best Military Player at Guards Polo Club 1990 and Lt Woodward also played for the Army in the Cup and went to America as part of a very successful Combined Services Team. We look forward to a slightly more experienced and cohesive side or two for 1991 and hope to make a decent account of ourselves.

Yes — We Have No BMATT Capt C B B Clee Well. I was back. It was a quiet home coming. well it would be at 0630 hours. It was a little embarassing to see scores of beautiful maidens feign complete disinterest as I walked through the immigration desk of London Heathrow. ‘Oi. who let him in?‘ panted a rather stern faced woman in a natty blue uniform set off by some rather charming gold braid. I walked past the chipboard partitions. the aeronautical substitute for the White Cliffs (environmentally friendly. but geologically less interest— ing). and paused to reflect on the challenge of the last two and a half months. The story started back in November 1989. As I sat in BAOR watching the blue grey cloud of Trabant induced smog rising steadily over the Westphalian countryside. the offer of BMATT Uganda seemed too good to be true. The excitement reached fever pitch when. in December. my loan service papers arrived. It posed the question (rare indeed in downtown Sennelager). ‘What the hell do you do with an officer with a smile on his face?‘ (Replies by F Sigs 266. postage paid!). My resulting grin seemed to be in inverse proportion to the size of the East/West divide as the treasured posting order arrived. At last. I thought. a chance to do some real soldiering; now where did I put my sunglasses? The illusion lasted for about two weeks. I then received my first communication about what was to be expected of me during this great adventure. I was to become Staff Duties Supremo of a five man Short Term Training Team. tasked to run a junior Command and Staff Course for the National Resistance army of Uganda. We were the second such team to be sent out to Uganda. the first being 10 months earlier. The team assembled at Warminster at the beginning of March for a three week beat up prior to being launched into the depths of the African Continent. The first detail to correct was that of our title. Despite a posting order to BMATT Uganda. there was no BMATT. only a STTT (Short Term Training Team) which sounds more like a speech impediment than a military organisation. The reason for this soon became clear: we were not a military organisation. but a Foreign Office one. (the loan service papers had been a feint. SW1 not yet qualifying for sovereign status). In stark contrast to the BMATT Namibia that was gathering in Warminster at the same time. we were being administered on a shoe string. The

freight (we were taking all the stationary and instructional materials with us) to be flown by Hercules to Nairobi. then on to Uganda by road. Somewhere near High Wycombe was a small band of our sky blue clad brothers. hunched over a boiling kettle. muttering: "No. that‘s just what they will be expecting us to dol‘. We were initially told that we had a complete aircraft available. Then came the news. seven days before we were due to fly. that they had never heard of us and really could not be expected to move that quantity of equipment at such short notice. After spending the next 2-1 hours running in concentric circles. the original Hercules re-materialised. (the fact that the chief instruc— tor had found an old comj‘o tin and given it a quick rub with his handkerchief. . . was dismissed as a complete coincidence). Just as we thought it was safe to start packing the boxes. the Kenyans decided they wanted to play as well. One slight detail that had been overlooked was that Uganda and Kenya had not exchanged Christmas cards for some considerable period of time. the result was: yes the freight can land. but it cannot be driven across the Kenyan border. After a few panicked phone calls to DMAtO). the freight was booked to fly direct to Entebbe. A much more satisfactory solution as far as we were concerned.

good news was. however, that the Foreign Office travel

Capt Clee and his syndicate at the Junior Command and Staff

the globe by Club Class at least; crabs being relegated to the menu rather than used as a mode of transport. I was. apart from the Chief Clerk. the only member of the team who had not served as an adjutant. Once I began to realise what was required of me. I asked: ‘Why am I teaching Staff Work and Service Writing?‘ The Chief Instructor’s reply is worthy of note: ‘Well it is a rather dry subject and I felt that a Cavalry Officer would be able to put it across in a more amusing manner‘. Would they. I wondered. be laughing with me or at me. The three weeks flew by. life was made all the more interesting by the combined efforts of the RAF and the Kenyan Government. The original plan was for our 40

Course, Uganda

Our last act before flying was to attend a brief by Major The Lord Valentine Cecil. In the space of 60 minutes he bravely tried to prepare us for what we were about to experience. It was therefore with some trepidation that l boarded the plane to Brussels on the evening of the 23 March. At Brussels we received our first real experience of Club Class travel; a comfortable

‘lounge‘. a very superior brand of piped music and a free bar. As we were waiting to board our Sabena flight. two burly policemen approached dragging a rather unhappy looking gentleman between them. There was a lot of screaming and wailing and just as they were about to

enter the aircraft the unfortunate dropped to his knees and pleaded to his restrainers. I don‘t know what he said. but it seemed to have the desired effect. He was then dragged. silently this time. back into the airport. It prompted the question: ‘What does he know about flying Sabena that I don‘t!‘ The journey was. however. ex— tremely pleasant. Entebbe airport is on the edge of Lake Victoria. The final approach offers a beautiful view of the coast line and islands although I did carry out a quick check that my life jacket really was underneath my seat. There is something very disconcerting about runways that are bordered by water. Once off the plane. almost everything you saw prompted the statement: ‘This must have been

fabulous once‘. The biggest surprise for someone like thyself. whose experience of Africa was limited to news coverage of Ethiopia. etc.. was just how lush and green the country looked. As we drove to Kampala from Entebbe. we got our first views of the shattered infrastructure of the country. The small villages by the side of the road were. quite literally. shadows of their former selves. We were taken by the Defense Advisor. Lt Col Molyneux Carter. MBE. RRF. to meet the High Commi5< sioner. who was rather surprised that no one from the FCO had bothered to brief us before we flew out. After a very pleasant talk about our perceived role in Uganda. we left to travel to Jinja. The accommodation was not ready for us to move into so. we were put into the Hotel Daniel. We were supposed to be staying in the Sunset. but the owner had some unfavourable relatives so that NRA relocated us. The Defense Adviser exorted the hotel staff to look after us. then Col Mandy. the Commandant of the College. revealed to them what would happen if they did not. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The power supply. as we discovered on the first night. was optional. It was then that we discovered the speciality of the hotel. fish and chips. Ex-pats from miles around paid homage to the Daniel‘s Talapia (a small fish. freshly caught from Lake Victoria) and chips. lightly fried in Ghee Nut oil. I had travelled 4.000 miles to stay in a chippie in Jinja! We had a week to settle down and acclimatise. This was assisted by copious quantities of the local beer. The Nile Brewery in Jinja produced two brews. Blue Cap. or Club. for those quieter moments. Black Cap. or Special. for when you had thrown caution to the wind and were due to visit the Opticians anyway. (rumours that they were named after the colour of your lips when. and if. they found you the next morning were unsubstantiated). The start of the course loomed closer. There was a small army of builders still working on the classrooms. The course was based in the old KAR Barracks. now renamed Quadaffi Barracks. It became clear that the workmen would still be there at the start of the course. The workmen are. themselves. worth a mention. You

just do not realise what Health and Safety at work begins to mean. until you have seen the ‘Villagc Welder" in action. The action starts at the power point with two bared copper wires thrust into the live and neutral sockets. Following the wires along. noting the numerous breaks in the insulation. you come to a large green tub.

the transformer. with four rusting terminals. The wires from the mains are hooked around the low tension side of the transformer. and then two large. multi core. high tension leads are ‘knitted' to the other two terminals.

The final day. Capt Clee flanked by four graduates

The most impressive part of the high tension circuit is the number of breaks in the insulation and broken strands that can orrur. without losing the ability to weld. In the middle of this cat's cradle of tatty wires squats the merry welder oblivious to the dangers of electrocution. as his bare feet come perilously close to closing the circuit. As one would expect. there is no face shield. The preferred technique is to use one’s hand to shield the eyes. The drawback to this is that you cannot see what you are welding. the advantage is that you cannot see the mess you are making of it either. On one notable occasion. after welding a new lock into a door frame. the welder grabbed a large hammer to knock the clinker off his weld. and in doing so removed the concrete securing the frame. Smiling sheepishly. he tracked off to get the man with the trowel; the construction (?) cycle started yet another revolution. One of the first things we covered was the Ordnance Survey conventional signs from the Salisbury Plain map sheet. The reason was that we did not have time whilst at Warminster to adapt all the exercises that we were going to use. As they sat and studied the symbols I was asked by one perplexed individual. what a motorway was. I explained. then he wanted to know why one was not shown on the map. I further explained that this was because there were no motorways in the area. He then wanted to know why we had map symbols that we did not use. Another query was about Heliports. Question: 'What is a Heliport?‘. Answer: “It is where helicopters can land‘. Statement: ‘But helicopters can land any— where!‘ Get out of that one. One had to be very careful with one‘s use of English. In an exercise that I adapted from Warminster. they had to write a letter to all the units in a brigade warning that a journalist. called Muck Raker. was in the area asking questions and that he was to be referred to the Press Information Officer. In the text. to paint a more colourful picture. I had explained that Muck Raker had a ’Chip on his shoulder‘ about the army because he had been arrested photographing a sensitive area . . . a mistake. This prompted a letter that ran something like this.

Warning — Muck Raker Muck Raker is a journalist. he is very dangerous. He can be easily identified because he has a chip on his shoulder . . . Errr just let me explain gentlemen! Much against our better judgement. the course included a tactics week. Despite an offer by us to concentrate on Counter Revolutionary Warfare. we ended up teaching mainstream European tactics. The concern expressed by them was that they were now a conventional army, they required conventional tactics. I suspect it was driven by the desire for status. rather than need. The week did however give us the chance to see the sun. For five glorious days we had the opportunity to top up our sun tans and switch off our overhead projectors. Perhaps the most difficult thing to cope with here was their capability for lateral thought. One of my students planned to send his force on a five mile detour to prevent a notional enemy air delivered force. who had seized the Jinja airfield from swimming the Nile. As the course drew to an end. we had the opportunity to socialise with our proteges. On one occasion. after a few bottles of NRA beer. we managed to get them to sing for us. It was a truly stirring sound. Their natural harmony was incredible. our reciprocal rendition of ‘The Wild Rover‘ was apparently well received. but really

pretty pathetic in comparison. The final function was the Graduation Ceremony. Despite speculation that the President was going to attend. it was left to the Army Commander to hand out their certificates. After eight weeks of constantly preaching the importance of punctuality. it was perhaps fitting that he was over three hours late. With the end of the course came a mass of farewell parties. The ex-pats in Jinja. who had done so much to help us keep our sanity. seemed to never want to let us go. At least if we were going to leave, we were not going sober! Our final few days was spent hectically sorting out notes and visual aids. trying to do as much as possible for the next team. Our plans for a mini safari in Kenya fell through due to a number of reasons. But at the time we were all rather relieved to be getting back. We return to where I began this piece. with my arrival in London. The trip had been extremely hard work (honestly Colonel). but really very interesting. In reply to the perennial question: “Was it fun?'. I would reply: ’no. but I did enjoy myself‘. Like most things that had happened during the previous three months. that probably does not make much sense. But it was perfectly put into context by the trooper who searched my car as I drove into Combermere Barracks . . . ‘had a good leave Sir?”

A Belfast Tour with the Jocks Lt THE LORD FERMOY ‘So you want to go to Northern Ireland with my Regiment?‘ These words were spoken in the garden of

However. it was home. Old Sweats will notice the vast area that a company now covers in the Province. Our company now hold the ground that three battalions used to patrol ~ FOA Monagh is now a council housing estate while the base in West Andersonstown is the DHSS Office. The terrorists in our patch numbered in all about a hundred. and this was out of a population of 40.000. Our area included the location of the two Signal Corporals murder and the grenade attack by Michael Stone on the Republican funeral cortege. However. a British soldier had not died for over a year on patrol in north and west Belfast. The main weapons ranged against us with the RPG7 rocket launcher and drogue bombs against our Landrovers while our foot patrols watched for Bucket bombs containing ‘dockyard confetti‘ placed in a hedge and ignited by a long wire and firing pack. In all we. as a company. survived two RPG attacks. three drogue bombs and a shoot against FOA Writteroon. all without loss of life. The very frustrating aspect was security. The next day the terrorists. who were probably responsible and yet being able to. do little more than publicly talk of the poor shots there must be in their ranks. My platoon had a particularly tragic start with the death of one of my corporals in a shooting accident on the first day of tour. We were determined to put this behind us and have a successful tour. Fortunately this was to be the only casualty the Battalion would take. I was lucky enough to have some excellent NCOs within fit men nearly all of them facing their first tour in the Province. We soon settled down to the routine of Day Patrols.

rather large Lt Colonel to a considerably smaller troop leader suffering from an afternoon‘s supply of old Moosehead. A reply was spluttered and thus began my

QRF (Quick Reaction Force). Late Patrols and Guard.

The Patrols were led either by myself or my Platoon Sergeant and involved four to five two—three hour patrols. We were given the flexibility as multiple commanders of being able to plan the route of each team

attachment to lst Battalion the Queen’s Own Highland—


tion. two messes. a Cookhouse and an Ops Room.

the Platoon while the Jocks themselves were all young.

the Officers Mess at Camp Crowfoot. BATUS by a

ers as a Platoon Commander in West Belfast. I took up permanent residence in Munster at the beginning of November and was given command of 15 Platoon. Delta Company. the tour was to take place from February to July 1990. Training in barracks began almost immediately. The Jocks were rotated through Platoon Commanders giving lessons in terrorist recognition, first aid and all the different skills they would have to acquire before NITAT training began in January. We found ourselves burning the midnight oil in order to make the following day worthwhile and stimulating for the com— pany. However. I still managed to fit in two days hunting a week with the legendary Weser Valer, that made life bearable. The only problem in camp was with fitness. with a metal plate in my leg courtesy of the Sennelager Polo ponies and the infamous doctors of BMH Rinteln. After a particularly good month’s leave over Christmas we were sent through the NITAT package at Sennelager. This, sadly, is a poor relation of the UK NITAT and was very limited in scope. We found almost all our knowledge predictably was gleaned in the first 10 days on the streets. The Queen’s Own Highlanders are an amalgamation of the Seaforth and Cameron Regiments. My Jocks general— ly came from the Elgin Glasgow belt although there were

Girwood Park companies while a company from the Resident Battalion of the Parachute Regiment patrolled from Woodburne to our south. / . The base itself was little more than Jock accommoda—

during each patrol. This gave us enormous freedom of action to actively plan to defeat ‘dicking' by the enemy. Our QRF patrolled in Landrovers either covering the foot patrol on ground or carrying out admin runs. Other platoon members would be escorting the RUC through the city. Guard. as it states. was manning the ‘sangars' overlooking Turf Lodge. It proved extremely difficult to be able to ‘escape‘; the main exception being a five-day R & R period. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Royal Garden Party at Hillborough. much to the Colonel‘s chagrin (not invited).

We had an extremely good relationship with the RUC by the end of the tour. Each patrol would have a policeman walking with the Commander. We found them excellent company and particularly realistic about the situation. By the end of the five months some had become very good friends. Helicopters and other arms all lent their support to us. A Gazelle was above the patrols in direct support some three hours a day. The use of both tracker and sniffer dogs was particularly helpful. It was here that I came across one of the only other Household Calvarymen in the province — a Lifeguard CoH doghandler. Much to my Platoon's annoyance we used to disappear into the back garden and talk about track mileage. Doubtless there will be people who will say that Northern Ireland is easier than it was IO to 15 years ago when the Regiment was last there. There are fewer incidents but the resulting normality means that the soldiers are constrained enormously in what they can do to suspects. their vehicles and associates. One is still aware of the dangers on the streets. it is however. less apparent than it used to be. All the Jocks who went over came back much older and wiser. They were actually aware of what they were preventing from happening. From my own point of View it was a very rewarding year. Troop leading does not relate at all to commanding one's own platoon of 30 or so men. The Belfast environment certainly concentrates the mind on the job in hand. For Junior NCOs and Young Officers it is an

extremely worthwhile attachment. I hope the Regiment will continue to allow us to go.

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Lt The Lord Fermoy at FOA Whiterock

many from Outer Hebrides and Orkneys. English for some was their second language after Gaelic. Their Officers were overwhelmingly welcoming and could not have been more helpful with advice. etc. I had an excellent Platoon Sergeant and all my team commanders (you can’t call them bricks anymore) were bright and experienced. Our company area covered Turf Lodge and Anderson— stown. We patrolled from FOA Whiterock. a camp built up on the side of Divis Mountain overlooking the whole of the city. To our north. the North Howard Street and


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The Colonel in Chief HRH Duke of Edinburgh visits the Battalion during NITAT training


Egypt was fascinating and we were able to see the Pyramids. the Sphinx and the other sights of Cairo. It is a truly archaic place. so different from anywhere else we had ever been. However. it was shortlived and we had to board another plane for London on 13 December. In conclusion. there are many people to whom we owe our greatest thanks. and without whose help this amazing trip could never have got off the ground. Firstly. to the Regimental Association and the Major General who both contributed so generously to the funding of the expedition. which was always the deciding factor as to whether we were going to be able to undertake this venture or not. Secondly. we would like to thank Friends of Conservation. who provided the funds for building materials and eo-ordinated the delivery of supplies. and provision of a workforce of casual labourers. Without their dedication to saving African Wildlife. the number of breeding rhinos in East Africa would have certainly diminished. And finally. our deep—felt thanks and gratitutde goes to the Kenya Wildlife Services and the Director of Wildlife and Tourism. Dr Richard Leakey. for allowing us to undertake this project and work alongside their dedi— cated and professional Rangers. It was a truly adventurous expedition. and being integrated for three weeks into a purely African society was fascinating. If the chance came to do a similar trip — and I know Friends of Conservation are very willing to involve the Regiment in future ventures ~ I would truly jump at it.

15 November — 15 December 1990 by LCoH Farmer Location:

TSAVO West Game Reserve. Kenya

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To build a stone bridge ('drift‘) for the Kenya Wildlife Services — funded by a charity called Friends of Conservation ~ to help them in their quest to save the African Rhino from extinction — Expedition Leader Ct Kent LCOH Farmer — Expedition Senior NCO — LAD LCpl Calder Vehicle Mechanic Tpr Hammond — l Tp C Sqn Tpr Henderson — 3 Tp C Sqn — Admin Tp C Sqn Tpr Ball e l Tp C Sqn Tpr Burton _ African Camp Staff Maluki e African Field Cook Mynas

2 ~ 8 Dec 9 Dec


Calendar of events 15—17 Nov Fly London — Cairo — Nairobi 18 Nov Equipment and food purchase for threeweek expedition 19 Nov Drive Nairobi — Tsavo West: set up camp 20 Nov ~ l Dec Construction of stone ‘drift‘

ll) Dec 11—13 Dec Dee

Watersports and adventure training on Kenya coast Drive Mombasa — Nairobi: equipment handover Depart Nairobi for Cairo Cairo. Egypt Depart Cairo . . . arrive London

In the initial narrative I hope I have given you a general outline of what ROYAL SAFARI involved and what was achieved during our month in East Africa. Building the 'drift‘ proved to be physically hard work and due to the lack of mechanical equipment, was very labour intensive and time consuming; 90 bags of cement. 30 tonnes of rock, 17 tonnes of gravel and 15 tonnes of sand were mixed and moved by hand! The reason the Kenya Wildlife Services needed the drift so badly was that at present they were unable to patrol an area of 80 km against poachers due to the lack of access to the area. With the drift in place, it was possible for a grader to move in and clear bush paths for the Rangers patrol vehicles The obvious gratitude that the KWS showed us. gave one an immense feeling of satisfaction in undertaking a project that was so worthwhile in the long run. In that region of the Tsavo Reserve there are only eight rhinos left and we really felt we were doing our part to guarantee their survival.

Tpr Hammond out in the midday sun

The only problem we encountered in our three weeks apart from the scorching sun. scorpions and inquisitive

lions and buffaloes was Tpr Ball‘s leg. Three days before departing for Kenya. Tpr Ball rolled a Ferret Scout car during driving training for Cyprus and he hobbled onto the plane with the help of crutches. However. on arriving in Tsavo (after a plaster—cast had been applied in Nairobi and rapidly ripped off due to excessive pain). the leg started to swell. and after four days of pain. Ball was taken back to Nairobi Hospital for treatment. It was found that he had several potentially lethal blood clots moving around his body. and was kept in hospital for ten days being fed rat poison to thin his blood, On returning to England. he contracted thrombo— sis and is unfortunately unable to come to Cyprus with C Squadron. Nevertheless. despite that unfortunate and unforeseen problem. we completed the drift on schedule. having made many and varied African friends in the Game Park.

and departed for the sun and sand of the Kenya Coast. We took our two African staff with us to Mombassa and on to Malindi where we constructed a tented camp on the beach. The next few days were spent goggling on

the reef. playing football with the local African children on the beach. reading. writing postcards. and coming to terms with the active night-life that proved so rewarding in Malindi town centre. By 8 December the blisters had hardened. the sunburn had had time to heal and we bid farewell to the Indian Ocean. in order to get back to LCoH Farmer, LCpl Calder and Tpr Henderson start the digging

Nairobi in time for our flight to Cairo.

The team on the completed bridge

Scrapbook 1990


The Colonel of the Regiment talks to the wives after the presentation of LSGC medals





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The '4 CO’ Commanding Household Cavalryt C°' J D Smith-Bingham

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The Royal Review of 5 Airborne Brigade. HM the Queen meets LCoH Brown, Tpr Hammond and Tpr Shaw





The Major General’s Inspection of the Regimental Staff

The Commanding Officer, Adjutant and RCM

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Watering Order. Standing: LCpI Bevlah, Tprs Morrison and Thomas. Front: Capt Woyka, Tpr Robertson, Lt Lockhart and Tpr Stubbing

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LCoH Morrell, LCoH Fermor and Tpr Hemming, A Squadron’s telephone exchange

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COH Eyre and LCOH Mitchell trialling the new Shemood Forest Outward Bound eqUipmeni

Tpr Wood and LCpI Polley

Tpr Hamilton

3 Troop A Squadron, Northern Australia. Standing left to right: CoH Gear, LCoH McGarry, Tpr Fardell, Ct Wilkinson, Tprs Wood, Short and Crighton. Front: LCpl Smith 96, Tprs McCabe, Ashdown and Drew

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Regimental Langlaut team. Lt Goodham, LCpl Findell, Capt Daly and Tpr Telling. Kneeling: LCpl Stanley and Tpr Henderson


Officers Mess staff Christmas Party 1990. Left to Right: Tprs Atkinson and Petford, SCpl Dunkley, Tpr Phillips, LCoH Trow, Tpr Hopewell and LCoH Panter

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LCoH Fermor. SCpI (SQMC) Taylor

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LCoH Hunter on Odessa

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The Commanding Officer presents LCoH Spandley with the Inter-squadron Boxing Trophy

RCM, SCpls Paris and Taylor, CoH Lawson and LCoH O’Brien parade for their

Lt Miller Obsewes the indirect fire demo

LSGC medals


SCM Elsey welcomes the Colonel ol the Regiment into the W0

and CsoH mess 52

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CoH Gear, LCpls Glynn and Collins and LCoH Panter with the soldiers from 2 Cav Regiment. Exercise SOUTHERN CROSS — NORTHERN STAR

Nominal Roll as at 2 January 1991 HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON RHQ Lt Col P B Rogers Ma] H P D Massey Cap! C B B Clee Cap! A J P Wilkinson Capt C R F Ward»Thomas Lt C H E Garnet W01 r'RCM) Hunter. H W W02 (OROMC) Reeve, A D

LCpl Carrington. D W LCpl Nash, J M W LCpl Mackenzre. M A C LCpl Thomson. G Tpr Hardwrdge. N D Families/FRI CoH Mead. | MRS Windsor

Mai C M Stone SHO Capt L Vllllel’S W02 (SCMl Armrshaw, P D SCpl tSQMC) Mardon. T A CoH Davtes. P G LCoH Fugatt. P R LCoH Gardiner. R L LCoH McGuire P LCpl Byrne, J LCpl Elliott, C J Tpr Church. J A Tpr Howard, J N

RHQ Troop SCpI Masson, T R LCoH Lowen, G L LCoH Ditchburn. M J LCpl Hemming. N G LCpl Johnson, S LCpl Sulley. F‘ L Tpr Campbell, M P Tpr Carr. J B Tpr Johnson. R M Tpr Jackson, N C Tpr Mackay. S H Tpr McGee, F Tpr McKay. M A Tpr Tl'lnlCK, C J Tpr Welsh, P Orderly Room LCoH Williams. G LCoH Peat, A LCoH Bet/non. K E LCpl Galvrn. P w Tpr Pilchowskt. D M Tpr Illingsworth. J Tpr Farrell, M J

Unit Admin Office Mai A J Snowball W02 (SQMSl Cooper. D J SSgt Lyons. J LSgt Foulds, J S LCpl Fairbalrn, M R

MT Troop W02 Gimblett. K CoH Wynne. D A LCoH Bereslord. D LCoH Lawson. B LCoH Crawley, M J LCpl Dixon. D Tpr Davies, R J QM Department Capt M R Brown

W02 lRQMCI Buckle. R M G COH Eyre, R W LCoH Button. A A LCoH Kent, G W LCoH Mitchell, P J LCpl Roberts, M A LCpl Simkrns. A J Tpr Decrcco. A A Tpr Emery, N D Tpr Moody, S C C Tpr Renton, R W

QM (‘D Department Ma] J A Livrngstone W02 (RQMC) Sackett N P SCpl Partis. J COH Firth. P LCoH Morns S


Tpr Hamilton. P A Officers Mess SCpl Dunkley, G M LCoH Trow. S P Tpr Bowoen. J R Tpr Atkinson. R D W05 & CsoH Mess CoH Klrkpatrick. | LCoH Monks. K A Tpr Edwards. J C Tpr Dalrymple, B A APTC SSgt Easter. G Training Wing W02 Guest, J R SCpI Buxton. R P SCpl Elllott. C D Guardroom CoH Vlckers, S A LCoH Cooper, B LCpl Morris. A J

ACC W02 Atkinson, R J Sgt Loughrey. S A LSgt Dean. N D LSgt Furmicge, A LSgt Stott. A Pte Ayre, W D E Pte Chappell. A Pte Marsden. D S Pte Jordan, S Pte Howard. C LAD Caot M C Wllson W01 {ASMI Wales. P

W02 lAOMSl Clare. 8 A SSGt Battersoy P A Sgt Anderson D Sgt Smith. R D Sgt Jones. T L Sgt Lyons. M J Sgt Rerd. D A LSgt Turner. C LSgt Wllson, A LCpl Hosre, J E LCpl Emans. M A (RCT) LCpl Thwates, M D Cln French. K Cln chkard. A M Ctr Cairns, J M RAMC SSgt Cheetnam. P C Recruiting Team SCol Sandercock LCol Jordan Tpr Leafe, J H W

A SOUADRON SHO Ma] E B S Mountain Capt J H WinglreloDlgby W02 Rogers. L D CoH Harrts P LCoH Findell. M J LCoH Hodges, C J LCoH Kershaw. E D LCoH Panler. A D LCpl Glynn J D LCpl Henderson. N

Tpr Elliott, M A Tpr Henirng, M A Tpr Newman, J L D Tpr Ratli. J E K 1 Troop Ct W E H Bagnell CoH Wright, P A LCoH Brooker. D M LCoH Voyce. D C LCpl Jones. G E Tpr Bone. A J Tpr Goldsmrth, P Tpr Horsfield A Tpr Hutton, M J Tpr nght, A Tpr Toon. C J N Tpr Whlting. C E 2 Troop Lt M J Erskine CoH Tapsell, G K LCoH Brockhurst. C R LCoH Fermour. D A LCpl Collins. R G Tpr Foot. J P Tpr Halltoro'. L F Tpr Honeybell. M A Tpr Kendall, D H B Tpr Massey. S D Tpr Phlllips. A l Tpr Reason. J J Tpr LeWIs. C J

3 Troop CoH Gear. D J LCoH Matthew. G C LCoH Polley. N F LCoH Shatlill. T W LCpl Smith. 1 M Tpr Ashdown, C N Tor Drew, J P Tpr Fardell, | P Tpr Grant. R A Tor James, D H S Tpr McCabe, K R Tpr Wood. P M

LAD SSgt Brown, D W LSgt Dabiriett, J A LSgt Steel. G R LCpl Etherington, A W LCpl nggins. P A Cln Atkins. C A Cln Deighton. K A Ctn Meighan. D (Bellze) B SOUADRON NOMINAL ROLL AS AT 10 DECEMBER 1990 SHQ Mat F G S Lukas Capt The Hon J H A Broughton Capt J D D Reid Ct H M F O Jodrell Ct G W McBride Ct T E Pltrnan W02 tSCMl Hardrng. M A CoH Harris, 8 K LCoH Elliott. S K LCoH Jones. C N LCpl Cox. D W LCpl Dewrng. N J LCpl Roberts. M J Tpr Anderson. M Tpr McGill, G J Tpr Roper, R R D Tpr Wall. l Tpr Wlddowson, A R Support Troop Ct R J A Bull LCoH O'Brlen. W D LCoH Towsend, P LCoH McCarIey. A LCoH Dobie. R LCpl Spencer, N D Tpr Bescoby. G D Tpr Bond. 8 R Tpr HanNood, S Tpr Hlngley. A Tpr Mooney, J N Tpr Paltraman, M K Tpr Presbury L Tpr Richards. J A Tpr Wyatt. J F

4 Troop Ct T P R Danrel CoH Maher. V P LCoH Atklnson. P C LCoH Mlles. D M LCpl Martin. W Tpr Curley. W Tpr Gllllgan. M A Tpr Pugsley J C Tpr Shaw, B A Tpr Taylor, | A Tpr Wheatley. W J Tpr Williams. C D

3 Troop Cl J E A Ings-Chambers CoH Flynn, M J LCoH Blrch G M LCoH Evans J A LCpl Callow. T LCpl Pass. J Tpr Darby C G Tpr Fortune. K Tpr Hooker, L P Tpr Horstleld, L P Tpr Mason W A Tpr Sandy, R

Admin Troop SOMC Taylor. A D LCoH Elston. P B LCoH Plater, | M LCoH Stanley. A P LCpl Brown, T E Tpr Cook, G R Tpr Moxey. R L Tpr Page. J L S

4 Troop Ct D S Hince CoH Pm, C J LCoH Darby, l LCoH Smith. P LCpl Howell. I V LCpl Overton. T L Tpr Anderton, A

Samaritan Tpr Trethowan. D 8 Assault Troop Ct J P Eyre CoH Willacy F S LCoH Norrls. M J W LCoH Scholield. D A LCoH Snell. B LCpl Flndetl, R J Tpr Charming, C A J Tpr Chell, R J Tpr Farrar, M Tpr Swain. D A Tpr Grrgsby. R

Tpr Hogsden, D M

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Hopewell. D L Randall, M R Tate R M M Watson. I C

Admin Troop SCpl (SOMCl Miller, D G LCoH Musgrave. R A LCoH Pendlebury. P Tpr Brakes, 8 R Tpr Falers P M Tpr Glasgow, K F Tpr Sellen, P C LAD SSgt Lunnon, D W

LSgt Linsell. P LCpl Buckingham, S J LCpl Humphreys. M R LCpl McKlnnon, A A Cln Evans. A G Attached to ER Forces Belize Lt W J M Scott Ct M J W HamrltonrRussell SCpl Hastmgs. A P CoH Hams, A M CoH Maxwell. P G Sgt Page. S D LCoH Dear. A M LCoH Freeman. M A LCoH Hastings. G K LCoH Smith, M R LCoH Smlth. T LCpl Beaumont, M N LCpl Gaddes, A R J

LCpl Hill, S P E LCpl Mathleson, J G Tpr Bestwrck, M P Tpr Brown. L P Tpr Deacon. P A Tpr Glddins, S J Tpr Harrison. C P Tpr Lawson L V J Tpr McGough, P D Tpr Sawyer, S J Tpr Stickland, C G Tpr Telllng, D J Tpr Vlckers, R Tpr Watson, l P Tpr Wlld. S A Tpr Winter. M W JDSC Lt W R B JOWItt C SQUADRON SHQ Mal B W B White-Spunner Capt C M B Daly Ct J P Barclay W02 Manning, R J CoH Simpson, P W LCoH Gibbons, S F LCoH Robertson. K W LCpl Clayton. P J LCpl Hagan, J C LCpl lbbotson. T LCpl Lochrane, J L LCpl Thomas. P J Tpr Gladish, D M Tpr Habgood. A J Tpr Jones. C J Tpr Murray, P L Tpr Shaw, J P Tpr Starnsby. P l Tpr Turner, T J Tpr Weall. G J Tpr Wllson. P A 1 Troop Ct H J A Kent CoH Cowton, K M LCoH Brown. S M LCoH Sykes, J A Tpr Dawes, S Tpr Hammond, C R Tpr Henderson, S J Tpr leon, R E Tpr Sharpe. R D 2 Troop Ct E J N Seylned CoH Burbtdge, A LCoH Farmer, A P LCpl Beaumont. M N Tpr Brown, S Tpr Hunt. L Tpr Simms D W Tpr Srnlth, D A Tpr Ward, J C 3 Troop Ct C York CoH Lawson. P J LCoH Hams. P D LCpl Brown, P Tpr Elliott. C M Tpr Gllos, S M

Tpr Hayes, K W Tpr Henderson, 1 J Tpr Jones. W P A Troop Ct G R Bnetrneyer CoH Rushton. D W LCoH Spandlcy. J P LCpl Clerehugh, A Tpr Dandy. J Tpr Evans, C P Tpr Harrlngton, B D Tpr Plimrner. D F 5 Troop

Admin LCoH Cross, A D OM Department Capt J W Clayton LCoH Everett 8 A LCoH Wheeler Smlth, | D LCpl Brldgewood, J E LCpl Jones T Tpr McBarn. G Tpr Prentree, S J Medical Centre Ma] A Y D Moss Tpr Franklin, D P

Ct J D S Boyd CoH Carney, R J LCoH Crocker, P S LCoH Smlth, P R Tpr Brown. M P Tpr Freeman, W C Tpr Moloney, P J Tpr Stables. M J Tpr Walbrook. C A Admin Troop Capt R D Greer CoH Broughton, A D Sgt Wells. P A (RAPC‘, LSgt chhards, J P (RAMC) LCoH Homer, D S LCoH Knibbs, P M LCoH Lambert, K R LCpl Coombs. P J LCpl Coulson, A P LCpl Porter, D G Tpr Ellrs. K L Tpr Jones, C C Tpr Maskell. A L Tpr McWhrrter, S L Tpr Rushton. S P Tpr Stokes, D C Musn Gough. R L MT Troop CoH Fernley, C LCoH Hlscock. D R Tpr Carle. D Tpr Maxwell, S Tpr Pearson, D J Tpr Vallely, F J Echelon SCpl (SOMCl Carpenter. T M Sgt Trollope. J G (ACC) LSgt Whitehead, 8 (ACC) LCoH Henden. B V LCoH Pycrolt. A G LCoH Young. P C LCpl Licklold. P M LCpl Thorne. R D lACCl Tpr Burton. W A Tpr Coupland. S J Tpr Pettord, D D Tpr Williamson. M l Pte Barton, D P (ACCl LAD SSgt Whittaker, M A Sgt Worrell. R LSgt Preston. S A

LCpl Abbott, o J LCpl Calder. M LCpl Stock. T Cln Colller. M J Cln Roberts. A G Cln Roberts. J S Ctn ergnt, W J THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT HEADQUARTER SQUADRON

Equltatlon Wing Windsor W02 Pendry. T A. BEM Training Wing SCpl Haywood, C T SCpI Henney, P CoH Ford, H CoH Mitchell, M D LCoH Mills. S J LCpl Dawes, A G Tpr Amos, R D Tpr Ball, S K G Tpr Bridgen. M J Tpr Burke, A L Tpr Crump, D Tpr Cunnilte, T D Tpr Hough, P T Tpr Lord. 8 T Tpr Macay. D M Tpr Nicholls. S R A Tpr Payne. C W Tpr Sees. D M Tpr Slantord. K A Tpr Swttt. G P Guardroom CoH Bradley C D LCpl Staftord. P R Forge FCoH Storey. A J FLCoH Scruton, C FLCpI Davres, W J Far Adcock. D R J Saddlers Shop LCoH Goodwm. M Tpr Thomas, C G J Officers Mess LCoH Tuxtord. P Tpr Mclnnes, T Tpr Slingsby. D P MT Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Troop Costain. M O Bone. R Downlng, T J Stubbrngs. A Walding, J J

WOs and N605 Mess SCpl Wasp, G Tpr May. S L Tpr Smith. K J

THE BLUES AND ROYALS MOUNTED SQUADRON SHQ Mal J Shaw Capt G V (to la F Woyka W02 Pitt. 0 J. BEM LCpl Jones, D A

HQ Sqn Office Mai M R Coreth Lt A J P Woodward

1 Troop Capt G C N Lane Fox CoH chkens. J P CoH Goodyear, C J LCoH Flanagan, T LCoH Pllchowski. G W LCoH Smlth, N A LCpl Barrett. S B LCpl Flynn, N A LCpl Mowbray. M J LCpl Seovell, A Tpr Baker, C P

W02 (SCM) Evans, B R C

Tpr Bell, G A

LCoH Wood 0 H

Tpr Bennett J

RHO Lt Col G T R Birdwood Capt R J Onslow WOt (RCM) Dawes. D J SCpI (ORSOMC) Hart, N LCoH Kellett. N LCpl McCiossan. S C

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tor Tpr

Biggs. J J Blnns. A Blake. D A Coleman, W J Cullen, K Dulty. M T S

Tpr Drury. N Tpr Foster, W E

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Fozzard, D Grilltths, N L Hare5ign, R H McCormack, S J Peat, P | Smith. M S Spencer, C A J Sweetrnan. C l Thorne N P Turner, T D F

2 Troop Lt C A Lockhan CoH Greenaway. C J Col-l McGarry, P LCoH Graham. M A LCoH Hunter. D CoH Terry, S M LCpl Lee, J | LCpl McGarry. J E LCpl Pearse T LCpl Ptcklord. S R LCpl TlmS, C J

Tpr Adams, B Tpr Bye. C E Tpr Cain. T R Tpr Cooper, D L Tpr Feist D P Tpr Goth. K V Tpr Haywood, S Tpr Hlll, W R Tpr Jaques, C A Tpr McGregor, l A Tpr McNamara, K Tpr McThune. P J Tpr Morrlson K Tpr Robertson M P Tpr Stallerton. R K TDr Taylor. J W Tpr Temple, S Tpr Todd. W E Tpr Varley, N J Tpr Venables, P D Tpr Ward, M A Tpr Watson. M Tpr Welsh G S Tpr Whitlng. D P Tpr Wood. M Tpr Yates, J C 3 Troop Ll J A Lydiard-Wilson CoH Allen, K B CoH Claverlng, M LCoH Gray D P LCoH Stokes. L LCoH Wood. G LCpl CoxrRusonoge. S A F LCpl Hooper. M A LCpl Jenkins, D A LCpl Maroon A D LCpl Shaw. T W D Tpr Adams, C A Tpr Bushall

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Dunderdale, Edgar, P J French S G Hackman. R Hocklngs. C Kincaid, M Mason, A S McMullen. S Moore, G P Naylor, J L Park. G J Parsons, T Pugh. J S Salmon. P Smart, R A




Tpr Smrth. D B

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tor Tpr Tpr Tpr

Spares, S J Walker C D Walker, N K Warbur‘ton. A D Watklns, M J Welsh. A M Willlams, C A

Admin Troop SCpl (SOMC) Bowden, T J LCpI Moore, R A LCpl Twyman. P Officers Mess LCpl Byrne. J J LCpI Hughes. A B Tpr Allison, P T Tpr Bentley, R M Tpr Courtney, L J


Guards Depot Capt G A Fox Lt The Lord Fermoy

HO W Dist Ma] G H Tweedie

45 Cdo RM Li A M Holman

HQ DRAC Ma] D T L Hardy

W05 and NCOs Mess Tpr Boggan. J Tpr Gardner, A C

HO BF Cyprus Lt M C Goodman

HQ London District Lt Col | M D L Weston

MOD DGFVE Maj J 8 Dinner

London University C1 8 C Tomes

RHG/D ERE LIST HQ Household Cavalry W01 Bourne. N W Cot-l Seget. M P

MOD Mac (A) Major General‘s Orderly Ruff. D R

RAC Sales Team SCpl Baker. K H CnH Lock, M J JLR RAC LCoH Jones. E Army Trials & Development Unit LCpI McKechnie. J G

Maj H St J Holcrott

2 Armoured Delivery Squadron SCpl Morgan. D W FIHO Royal Yeomanry SCpI Towse. J

Col-l Hyett s P BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS Ma] R G Tomlinson W02 Bower. V W02 Brammer. M SCpl Marsh. P M SCpl Stevens, M P CoH Connaugnton, K J P CoH Hayward. M R CoH Haywood. P LCoH Billington, H R LCoH Francrs, T R LCoH Haddock R LCoH Kitchrng, S LCoH Paine N J W LCpl Hassack, P W J LCpI Howe. R B LCpl Kimberley, | LCpl Krnsler. G L LCpl Lindsay. A LCpl Pumell. P l LCpl Wilson. D G Musn Antoni-l. P J Musn Coates. S C Musn Collin. l M Musn Dixon, 8 K Musn Downes, P Musn Groves A J Musn Heap. K A Musn Hickling. D C Musn Horscrol't. S J Musn Hughes. (3 Musn Hume, G R Musn Milne. J H F Musn Preston, P Musn Richardson. M T Musn Stretton. J L Musn Thomas. G B Musn Whitlreld. A


HQ UKLF Lt Col D M Reed-Felsteao Ma] P J Taylor

Coach Troop LCoH Mitchell. P J

RAC Gunnery School W01 Stretton. P F CoH Fisher. F C

HO 3 Armd Div Ma] A J Miller—Baxewell MOD Dis Me] A A Wood

COH Barber, P E CoH Freeman, K R CoH Preece, D C S LCoH Sturgeon. E J

C Sqn Royal Yeomanry LCoH Shaw. G S LCpl Halthrde, P J D Sqn Royal Yeomanry W02 Wendon. H

MOD ACGS Maj W R Rollo

H0 54 Inf Bde Capt S H Cowen

Guards Depot CUH Rendell. R E J LCoH Hellewell, G R LCOH Kibble. L J LCoH Woollenden A L E LCoH Murphy 5 P LCpl Welsh. S R Tor Wignall. K Tpr Preston A Tpr Gerrard S T Tpr Cnghton, C D

H0 22 Armd Bde Capt J S P Swayne

RMAS CoH Boyd, D R

HQ 15 Inf Bde Ma] W T Browne HO DAVRS Ma] S B Sibley. MBE

AAC Centre Capt G M D McCullough HQ 3 Int Bde Capt J B Poole

Army School of PT LCoH Walton, S P

Bovington Support Unit SCpl Kilwngton. J A COH Douglas M R

Royal Yeomanry Capt D H O'Halloran Capt C J Sayer

RARDE (Chertsey) Tpr Vesper. N J

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