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CONTENTS Foreword A Tribute#Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templar Diary of Events .. A' Squadron 'B' Squadron . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 'C' Squadron .. .. .. .. ’D' Squadron

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The Blues and Royal Association Annual Report

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1979 was, in many ways, a sad year. The Regiment suffered the loss of four soldiers during our tour in Northern Ireland, and then in October, occurred the sad death of our beloved Colonel, Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. As 1980 dawns, there is much to which to look forward. The Queen has been pleased to appoint Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick to be Colonel of the Regiment and Gold Stick. This appointment, which will give the greatest pleasure to all Blues and Royals. will be particularly welcome to those of us who were serving at the time of the amalgamation and who know how much the new Colonel did to ensure that the new Regiment got off to an excellent start. We have also just heard that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to visit the Regiment at Windsor on March 31. 1980 also sees the move of the Regiment to Windsor and our conversion to the armoured reconnaissance role. Later in the year. ‘C' Sqn will move to Cyprus for a six-month tour with the United Nations. In early 1981. we expect to exchange a squadron with an American squadron. and there will probably be opportunities for troops to train with infantry battalions in Kenya and possibly the Sudan. The Regiment has enjoyed its 4% years in Detmold. Although training as an armoured Regiment has been much hampered by two four-month tours in Northern Ireland, we have had our successes; not least was the final training season. which culminated in a highlysuccessful firing period. for which the Regiment received an extremely good report. We now look forward to the different challenges and changes in our way of life. which life at Windsor will bring.

Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, Dso. DCL, LLD

The Funeral

A TRIBUTE The appointment of Sir Gerald Templer as Colone l of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and Gold Stick on December 5. 1962. proved to be an event of the greatest significance for the Regiment. Front the start it became clear. that despite his many other commitments. he was going to give very much time and interest to The Blues. He was a frequent visitor to Regimental Headquarters. cross—examining its occupa nts thoroughly; both Silver Sticks and Commanding Officer s were just as often summoned to his home to discuss issues: he regularly visited his Regiment wherever it might be: he made a point of lunching with the officers in London every two weeks; and he unfailingly attend ed all the major regimental occasions. This close contact with his Regiment gave him an unrivalled feel for it and for the men of all ranks in it. The seventeen years of his Colonelcy covered a period in which two events dominated. When it became apparent in the late 19605 that part of the planned reduction in the armoured order of battle of the British Army would have to fall upon the Household Cavalry. it was his wise and inspired leadership that made it possible for his Regiment to accept that in the best interests of the whole Army and the Household Cavalry. the proposed amalgamation with The Royal Dragoons was to succeed. Powerfully supported by General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. the last Colonel of The Royals and Deputy Colonel of the new Regiment for its first five years. his determination and close personal supervision achieved the result he set his heart on. His pride on becoming the first Colonel of The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and lst Dragoonsl on March 29. 1969. was thereafter rightly tinged with no little satisfaction in his own influential part in the creation of this new Regiment. from two of the oldest and proudest British Cavalry Regiments. He was always conscious of the great honour of his position as Gold Stick. He had a supreme sense of personal loyalty and service to his Sovereign. He loved being In Waiting. He carried the Gold Stick on eight Queen’s Birthday Parades and eight State Openings of Parliament. But no such occasion gave him greater pleasure than when he attended The Queen at the Silver Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. His love of ceremonial and his deep historical knowledge enhanced his special appreciation of this appointment. But he did not confine his attention exclusively to his own Regiment. He regarded his position as one of the seven Colonels of the Household Division as of enormous importance. He felt that as a senior Field Marshal he could contribute much to all the Regiments and Major-Generals can testify to the great interest he took in all regiments with perhaps as an Irishman from an Irish Regiment an understandable particular bias towards the Irish Guards.


In addition to the deep professional interest he took in all military developments that involved his Regiment. he had a great love and understanding for horses. He took much personal satisfaction from the achievements of his Regiment on the polo field or in the show-jumping arena. He enjoyed riding on parades and was invariably furious when his health occasionally prevented it. He could. of course. appear as a formidable figure. He had strong opinions and his views on matters of which he disapproved were expressed with great force. He loathed conceit. But to his regiment he was a much loved father figure. a delightfully witty companion and a very human and often compassionate man. He was always prepared to enjoy things to the full and he was particularly sensitive to those who appeared left out. He had a remarkable gift for heading straight for a slightly embarrassed visitor or a shy young soldier and giving them a broad smile and a warm greeting. To celebrate his eightieth birthday his past Deputy Colonel. his past and present Lieutenant Colonels and past and present Commanding Officers with their wives gave a dinner in the Officers Mess at Hyde Park Barracks for Lady Templer and himself on October 31. 1978. It was a signal honour that Her Majesty his Colonel—in-Chief came and that His Royal Highness the Senior Colonel of the Household Division proposed his health. It was a happy occasion with a clear sense of the unique esteem and affection in which Colonel Gerald has been held. He was a very great man. a very great soldier and a very great Blue and Royal. His Regiment will remember him with pride.



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Diary of Events 1979 The first six months of the year were taken up with the Regiment‘s tour in Andersonstown. West Belfast. Training for the tour finished at the end of January and the Regiment flew to Belfast at the beginn ing of February. where we took over from

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Kings Hussars. The area was generally quiet but sometimes the calm was shattered by vieious inciden ts. In two separate tragedies SQMC Tucker. Tprs Maggs. Dykes and Thomett were killed. Our deepest sympa thy goes to their relatives. Nevertheless we had our succes ses finding three rifles, a shotgun and submachine gun. a pistol, and over 5.800 rounds of assorted ammunition . A notable sporting achievement was the succes s of the Regimental basketball team in winning the North ern Ireland and Major Units Championships During April the Regiment was visited for the last time by the late Colonel of the Regiment. Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, who visited all Squadrons and managed to speak to a majority of the Regiment. We were also pleased to be visited by Major General R. M. H. Vickers Commanding 4th Armoured Division. Major General Sir John Swinton. and by our Task Force Commander, Brigadier A. K. F. Walker. The Band paid us a particularly welcome visit and played in all the Regimental locations. The Regiment handed over to The Queens Own

Hussars on June 5. and went on leave until early July. After more than half a year away from the armoured role sotne intensive trade training was required to make up the shortfalls in trained tank erewmen. needed for the training season in BAOR. in mid July we were particularly pleased to welco me a party from the Regimental Association led by Major C. W. J. Lewis. We were delighted to see them all fit and well and look forward to seeing more of them when we are at Windsor. The two major events of the shortened training year were troop training on Soltau in late September and October and Annual Firing at Bergen-Holine in November. The three weeks of Troop Training were successful and included three days of tests run by our Task Force Headquarters as a troop competition. Ct Daly and 3 troop B Squadron won this competition and they were presented with a cup by Major General J. Akehurst who has taken over command of 4th Armoured Division from Major General Vickers. Annual Firing followed two weeks later and by November 16 the last tactical and gunnery training on tanks had been completed. Squadrons are now busy with the problems of preparing the tanks and equipment for hand over to The Life Guards in January and February next year. Maj Gen R. M. H. Vickers CDC 4 Armd Div with the Commanding Officers rover group at Fort Monagh The Commanding Officer and RCM on taking over from Lt Col Pharo—Tomlin and the RSM 14/20 H The Major General talking to members of ‘HQ’ Sun on his farewell visit to the Regiment at Soltau

Her Majesty The Queen talking to Maj Parker-Bowles, Captain of the Army Triathlon 'l‘eam


A Squadron The personality of the Squadron has changed and the daily routine has been dominated by demanding training, rigorous maintenance, and other activities. In short, following the Northern Ireland tour. the Squadron has begun to focus on the arduous task of being an armoured Squadron again. The Squadron’s personality change resulted from the posting in of new leaders throughout. These included three Corporals of Horse, four Troop Leaders, and both a new Second in Command and a new Squadron Leader. Corporals of Horse Shillabeer. Harkness and Perry have moved into 1. 2 and 4 Troops respectively. The new Troop Leaders are Lt Voorspuy and Comets Howard, Atkin and Hanmcr. Capt Rollo is the new Second in Command. He replaced Capt Shaw who is the Regimental Gunnery Officer. Capt Shaw is being posted to the Mounted Squadron and will be on his way after a brief stay at riding school. However, the most unusual change is found with the new Squadron Leader, Maj Smith. United States Army. Maj Smith, whose last posting was at the Staff College in the United States, is on a two year exchange with the Regiment. He is a cavalry officer and is experienced in both armoured and recce missions. The keystone of the Squadron‘s activities was in its training effort. This was divided into two parts. Firstly. trade and revision training was conducted for newly assigned and experienced soldiers respectively. Secondly. tactical and gunnery training was conducted to reorientate the Squadron to the armoured mission. The half year involved in preparation for and duty in Northern Ireland left the challenge of integrating new troopers into the Squadron, as well as. providing revision training for experienced soldiers. These activities occupied the first six weeks after Ulster duty and were ably performed. One item which found the new and experienced soldiers on equal ground was the introduction of Clansman radio system. The equipment was converted while the Squadron was away. As a result, all of us attended conversion training to become familiar with the new equipment. The Regimental instructors were kept very busy indeed. After individual training we directed our attention to more demanding tactical and gunnery training. Tactical training was at Troop level and had impetus because the Annual Report on the Unit was written on the results of Troop Tests. The weather at Soltau was very cooperative and the Troopers were kind to the domestic rabbits provided for their ‘survival‘ meal. The latter part of the two weeks at Soltau provided a psychological lift to the Squadron. The first reason for this euphoria was the thirty—six hour Regimental tactical exercise which was fun and fast moving. The second rea— son was the parade for the General Officer Commanding the 4th Division which was conducted while mounted


in our tanks. Both exercises were imaginative and well executed. The annual gunnery period was also very successful for the Squadron. Everything seemed to fall into place for the Battle Runs. All of the Troops had extremely successful shoots and everyone had an enjoyable time. The weather, while not as good as at Soltau, was acceptable for a November in Germany. Coincident with all the training activities was a rigorous maintenance programme designed to return the tanks and equipment to fighting shape. The hours of toil paid dividends however. During both tactical training at Soltau and gunnery training at Hohne, the Squadron’s equipment held up beautifully under the stress. This is a tribute to the attention given by the crews and to the tremendous support provided by SSgt Chapman and his Fitter Section. While we have focused our attention on our tactical mission, we have found time to partake in other endeavours as well. These range from site guard at Hemer to numerous social gatherings to help keep our sanity. Even during Soltau and Hohne, the Squadron found time to have a ‘smoker’ and relax. It can be said that ‘A’ Sqn is ready for our armoured role in Germany and yet, is looking forward to the recce role upon our return to Windsor. While in Germany. however. we will continue to take every day as it comes—prepared and ready for any challenge that awaits.

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Maj Smith, Lt Voorspuy and LCpl Andrews


LCoH Rushton about to be disciplined by his troop


B Squadron Our final year in Germany has been one of the busiest. Over half of that year has been spent on Northern Ireland Training and on the tour itself. The Squadron started the year on a high note by Winning the troop tests which were set to gauge the standard of our training for Northern Ireland. The day was memorable in more ways than one due to the unusual occurrence of freezing rain at ground level, which caused havoc in the final four minutes of our tests. Many new faces joined us for the Northern Ireland tour. the most notable of which was that of SCpl Chamberlain who ran our intelligence section. Sadly we lost SCpl Lane and CoH Brown (now SCpl) to Regiental Intelligence. CoH Mackenzie chose this opportune moment to disappear to Lulworth. Cts Daly. Howard and Sutherland all joined us as troop second officers. Having survived the mud. slush and bitter cold days of training in Tin City we assumed responsibility for Andersonstown in Belfast on a bleak cloudy February day. At this point we gained two more officers. Cts Coreth and White-Spunner (now Lt)


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who joined us for five weeks only. We now had eight officers for three troops! The tour was highly successful and was amply written up in the three editions of BLUE EAGLE. By the time June came we were all only too happy to hand over to the 001-1 and disappear on leave for three weeks. Four months living behind the walls is enough: only SCM Clayton was unhappy about leaving because he likes tin walls as they acted as an amplifier for his voice. No one could escape. After leave Capt Gurney. Lts Hanmer and Mitchell and Cts Howard. Macauley and Sutherland all left the Squadron. Was it the tin walls or was it the Squadron Leader who drove them all away? Others who left were CoH Baker, CoH Lock and LCoI—I Rushton. However we received an injection of talent in the form of Capt Browne. Lt Huggins. SCpl Pinks and LCoH Cooke. Whilst on leave Lt W. R. G. Hanmer had the misfortune to be knocked down by a lorry. He was seriously ill but is now well on the road to recovery. During trade training and the run up to Soltau training everybody practised hard and passed the Basic Fitness Test. Even SCpl Pinks who qualifies as the ‘Grandad‘ of us all passed as if he were still a sprightly 38 years old. The Squadron won the Regimental Swimming competition in grand style. In fact it was in many different styles and our ace was Tpr Hollingworth who swam brilliantly. SQMC McEvoy having put up a magnificent performance in the denim changing relay has now hung up his competition trunks for ever. The Regimental football competition ended in a gripping final between ‘B’ and ‘C’ Sqns and was only won on penalties by ‘B’ Sqn. Neither side deserved to lose but a good deal of the credit for the victory must go to our captain. LCpl Charlton. the mainstay of the defence Tpr Stott and the grinning goalie Tpr Dewar. CoH Gillingham also organised an excellent car rally for the Squadron. Capt Browne departed for Sandhurst in September and has been replaced by Capt Bucknall fresh from HCR. We were soon off to Soltau for Troop Training. We were blessed with superb sunshine throughout and the Squadron once again won troop tests. Training was not without mishaps: Ct Daly smashed his tank completely and Lt Huggins bogged his tank up to the turret in almost the same soft ground that he bogged himself the year before. There are no reports of soft ground on Salisbury Plain for next year! SSgt Lawson who heads our tireless band of REME experts in his inimitable way kept all of us and the tanks working. The Squadron has just returned from Hohne where C/S 21 managed to win the inter-troop urgent targets competition. the prize for which was the John Tucker memorial cup. C/S 22 was third and 23 fifth. The standard of shooting was high and the whole two weeks was enjoyed by all. It now remains to clean the tanks for handover to the Life Guards before we depart for England in February.


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‘C’ Sqn has had a year in which it has survived conversion to foot soldiering in Belfast, amalgamation with ‘A‘ Sqn (forming ‘D’ Sqn) before triumphant resurrection as ‘C’ Sqn. We have also seen three Squadron Corporal Majors, three Squadron Leaders, several Corporals of Horse and too many assorted Troop Leaders to count. However, the ‘0‘ side has remained constant with the Second in Command, Capt Barclay and SQMC McKenna holding the Squadron together throughout. The story of the Squadron in Ireland is really the province of ‘D’ Sqn Notes, and little will be said except that we went to Woodburn, we saw the Irish problem but we cannot claim to have conquered it in spite of many successes. In June we reformed before departing on three weeks well-earned block leave. However, in July the ravages wrought by time (Rear Party?) on our tanks became apparent, and by dint of much thought and regimental tool checks. (QMtT) proving to be an excel— lent auctioneer and loss adjuster) we assembled sufficient men and equipment to man the Squadron. We then looked forward to a peaceful summer preparing ourselves and our tanks for Troop Training in September and October and Annual Firing at Hohne in November. The first interruption to this plan was the very welcome visit of The Blues and Royals Association members to Detmold on July 18723. We were responsible for the arrangements for the dinner given by the Regiment attended by 300 and seated and fed in the gymnasium. The task of decorating the gymnasium and serving hot food in a fit state to eat was one which required all SCM Fortt’s administrative flair. It also completely occupied the Squadron for a week. We then had a short pause during which we competed in the Regimental swimming competition on the coldest day of a cold summer. Despite valiant efforts by the team backed vociferously by the Squadron Leader’s dog and led by LCoH Arnold and Ct Sutherland we did not succeed in preventing ‘B’ Sqn from winning. The Inter Squadron football competition was again very keenly contested. In the final, we were matched against ‘B’ Sqn. This was a most evenly-balanced game which swung first one way then the other, and was not decided until the tenth penalty shot after a drawn game. SQMC McKenna almost hung up his boots in disgust. At the end of October we moved to Soltau for Troop Training and in particular troop tests which were set and controlled by Headquarters Task Force G. These involved a most unaccustomed amount of footslogging as well as the more familiar tests of tank skills. Many pairs of cavalry feet were suffering badly by the end. However. I Troop in particular showed their all round ability by taking second place overall. Moreover each

troop succeeded in being first in at least one of the tests and all enjoyed the training. Most will retain memories either of live white rabbits or alternatively of the llavour of a well-roasted one, depending on their scruples Annual Firing at Hohne in November was to be our next engagement. In spite of the occasional excesses of the gunnery experts this is always much enjoyed, and this year was no exception. The Inter Troop urgent targets competition for the John Tucker Memorial Trophy was inaugurated but unfortunately the prize just evaded our grasp, though 4 Troop earned a creditable second place. There now remains the cleaning, polishing, painting and maintaining of the block and tanks before hand over to The Life Guards in February. We have enjoyed our four years in Germany but now we are all looking forward to Windsor. Lt Lendrum will be posted shortly to London, leaving the present team of Cts Dale-Thomas, Sutherland, Boles and Kisielewski-Dunbar. SSgt Kosa has sadly left us to be replaced by SSgt Harrison. We have also said goodbye to SCpl Fox who is taking on the Officers Mess, but welcome SCpl Reid in his place. CoH Rumbelow joined in July from recruiting in Newcastle and CoH Mead on promotion from ‘A’ Sqn after the Northern Ireland tour. Major Tweedie and SCM Fortt arrived as Squadron Leader and SCM on the re-establishment of ‘C' Sqn while CoH Stacey, SQMC McKenna and Col-l Lampard continue as old members.

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Maj Tweedie. SCpl Fox, W02 Pomroy and CoH Rumhelow on battle run recce at Hohne

D Squadron March 13, 1979, was a bad day for those who had vowed that there would never be another ‘D’ Sqn. At 2359 hours of that day both ‘A' and ‘C’ Sqns were placed in suspended animation and amalgamated into an enormous new consortium known as ‘D’ Sqn, The advantages of economy of scale were soon apparent and overnight our operational capability was greatly improved. The difficulties, however, of getting troop leaders to remember that their callsigns had changed soon became an ops officer’s nightmare, especially in the case of C/S 11 who had dropped in the order to C/S 46.


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allowed to guard Cloona House, a former ‘C’ Sqn preserve. with its indoor heated swimming pool, while the old ‘C‘ Sqn troops had to take their share in the less obvious delights of guarding the Musgrave Park Hospital. Almost as soon as ‘D‘ Sqn was formed we had our first success when our attached 16/5 Lancer troop found a large quantity of ammunition in a house in Twinbrook, and had the pleasure of introducing the proud owner to the RUC. The Blues and Royals were not to be outdone and Mr Lendrum’s troop discovered an automatic rifle and a sub—machine gun. both loaded. in a parked car ominously close to ‘B’ Sqn’s l‘ont gate at Glassmullin. By the end of the tour we had recovered over 6,000 rounds of ammunition of over 35 different ealibres and the assorted ironmongery that goes with it.

Despite the size of the Squadron there was no time for anyone to stand idle, and we were kept very busy with large scale searches, guarding ballot boxes, covering marches from the Busy Bee and reacting to the various incidents that occurred in Belfast. Mr Voorspuy found that stolen cars had a habit of turning over in the middle of his VCPs, while the Ops Officer, who had read too much about the Messines Ridge mine was convinced that someone was tunnelling under the camp and sent out fruitless parties in search of republican moles. He was greatly taken by surprise therefore when wholesale destruction overwhelmed us in the shape of an enormous beech tree. This came through the camp wall one night and neatly squashed a line of five Landrovers. Mr Horsford’s troop, while patrolling the Lenadoon. were rudely interrupted one day by a burst from an Armalite rifle fired at them from a range of 60 yards. It was remarkably poor shooting for the only damage was a hole in a pair of lightweight trousers and a slightly singed Cpl Hankin, RCT. When at. last it was all over and our plane touched down at Wunstorf it was sad to see ‘D’ Sqn disband as the 16/5 Lancers set off for Wolfenbuttel and the

‘A’ and ‘C’ Sqn Corporal Majors set about sorting out who belonged to who. Quite a few of us had entirely

forgotten that we had not always been just ‘D’ Sqn. 13




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Woodbourne Hotel During the tour there was a recurring problem of keeping sufficient Landrovers on the road. This situation was aggravated when the tree fell on our vehicle park. Thus: 10.3.79. ‘There is a drastic shortage of Landrovers at present due to bad driving and unreliable trees. Should any more go off the road you will simply have to run’. But a firmer stand was necessary: 13.3.79: ‘Ensure that all faults are reported. Under the new system your failure to do so will quickly be discovered and the offenders brought to justice. This also applies to failure to fill up with petrol and other acts of vandalism’. A distinct improvement was noted after this appeared: 21.3.79: WARNING ORDER: This Squadron is required to supply a guard for Crumlin Road Prison from Monday, March 26. This is an ideal place for people who fail to hand back Landrover keys, etc. The Ops Officer had a series of disturbed nights at the end of April. 27.4.79: ‘When it says on the Patrol Programme “See Ops Oflieer” then see him in plenty of time. Don’t wait till the last possible moment and then

kick him out of bed at 0400 hrs. This is regarded as a sign of incompetence and/or malice’. There was a relapse in the Landrover situation at the same time. 28.4.79: ‘We are once again having trouble with Landrover keys. There will be an amnesty ending midday Sunday, April 29. If the missing keys are not handed in by then this may be regarded as knowingly aiding and abetting the enemy’.

It worked, but: 05.5.79: ‘Having temporarily solved the problem of the Landrover keys it has been discovered that they won’t work anyhow as they haven’t got any petrol in them. This is due to idle and dissolute commanders. This WILL be done in future. The guilty party has his signature in the book so I can easily discover him’. It was too much for the Ops Officer who went on


R & R: 06.5.79: ‘Captain Barclay disclaims responsibility for this patrol programme. He is on R & R until further notice‘. Some people probably didn‘t notice: 15.5.79: ‘Cases have arisen when people have clearly not read the patrol programme. The most notorious case involved the 10 minute pig commander who as a result nearly made the Ops Ofiicer miss his R & R flight. This behaviour is not amustng‘. Having solved one problem another would emerge: 17.5.79: ‘1 am running out of radio batteries. 1 need them. I know who has got them. Hand them back now. They cost £43 each. Traffic accidents: A dire warning 18.5.79: ‘Yesterday a Landrover overturned and the crew escaped with minor injuries. The Landrover is written ot’f. This Landrover was fitted with a roll bar. without which the crew would very probably be dead. There are no other Landrovers fitted with roll bars. Therefore the next person who turns over a Landrover will probably be very dead. Therefore drive carefully’. The first Queens Own Hussars began to appear and were escorted by us to Woodbourne. 23.5.70: ‘. . . nothing can be allowed to go wrong with these escorts. The consequences of losing the incoming regiment would be unpleasant’. Nevertheless: 27.5.79: ‘. . . we have almost got too few LandRovers to escort the QOH from Aldergrove to here. If we can‘t do this they won’t come. Alternative arrangements have been made to collect their Ops Oflicer‘. There was a spate of cars breaking through VCPs. 28.5.79: ‘Take Caltrops with you when you go out. No self-respecting terrorist is going to stop for some character standing in the road waving his arms about. Burst his tyres and he will hopefully end up on his back in the Collin River’. Suddenly it was nearly over but a final warning note was deemed appropriate. 05.6.79: ‘Just because there is only one day left to do does not mean to say that there is any excuse for slacking ofi“ or notorious celebration. Churchyards are full of people who broke their necks celebrating V.E. day‘.

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9. A question of value. Dclumain Vale and Dry is. naturally. a little more c\pcnsi\c than some of the other cognucs that may tempt you. But the quality is such that we bC-ilC\LT that you will find it better value for money. But to apprectatc its value. you . must respect it. Ne\cr. l‘lC\L‘r. ne\cr mix it with unit/ting. Always insist on an absolutely clean glass. Be sure the glass is flame. a with it warm not do : neither too large nor too small Store the bottle upright : always rccork it. Gixe Dclamain Pale and Dry the attention it dcscn cs. in due course you wtlllcome to realise that \\c are offering you not a luxury. but a bargain.

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MT TROOP Having emerged from Northern Ireland, Soltau and Hohne we are now into our preparation for handover to the Life Guards. A very successful year as far'as the Troop was concerned and one of the most satisfying features was the number of miles driven which were accident free. 107,000 miles were covered during the

HQ Squadron The chameleon character of Headquarters Squadron was much in evidence again this year as it split in two to administer both the Rear Party in Detmold and the Regiment in Belfast, always blending to its background and swallowing Regimental loose ends to make the orbat neater and then when required returning them. It has, however, managed to grow in size and now owns more tanks than any other squadron, has both guard dogs — courtesy of ‘D’ Sqn. and has had a three weekly influx of students on the All Arms riding courses. SCM Lawson has moved away to the Household Cavalry Regiment and SCM Hawley has moved across to the SCM’s desk handing over his stores to SQMC Villers. The other important move has been of LCpl

Beynon ‘The Squadron Clerk’ to ‘B’ Sqn in a direct swop for LCoH Birchall. During the Ulster tour the Echelon was commanded by Capt B. W. Lane and was located in Musgrave Park

which for the least well-founded of motives was nicknamed ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ The tour passed in drill book fashion and the routine became rather repetitive though the various departments enjoyed their own highlights as when in the QM’s department LCpl Masson conquered his smoking habit and in MT when Tpr Gowland was persuaded to forgo the multi-gym for a day and thus ease everyone else’s conscience. LSgt Taylor, Cpl Hughes and LCpl Brzeski spent their few leisure hours in restructuring the G10 cleaning equipment into instruments for the ‘Sleepy Hollow Skitfle Group’ which played at such a pitch that any idea of sleep was soon dispelled and both local religious communities soon developed an uncomfortable respect for the echelon when such old favourites of the fifties as ‘It’s goin’ to be hot in the cannibal pot tonight’ pulsated from the camp as the pigs went to and fro! The Rear Party was meanwhile busy chasing snow— flakes with bags of salt and attempting to conserve fuel in temperatures that rarely reached above freezing until the storm and cloudbursts of spring arrived. CoH

on an isolated ‘Gut' near Brunswick and established a four-star hotel for the Task Force study day. After a splendid piece of mass catering by W02 Ball and his team the Quartermaster felt confident to recommend to the Task Force Major that maybe The Life Guards should be his first choice for next year! We now moved into the exercise period, this year restricted to a short time on Soltau and, after a fort— night‘s break. gunnery at Hohne. On Soltau the Technical Department discovered hidden culinary talents in LCoH Barratt and an alternative to ‘Hancock’s Half Hour‘ in LCoH Stickels, while tucked away in Rheinsehlen Camp the Quartermaster’s department familiarised itself with different sizes of MFO boxes and LCpl Callingham busied himself distributing the fresh rations that had been liberated on the departure of 6th Field Force from the main kitchens. It was nice to see SSgt Shealer ACC, who had been with the Regiment for so long previously, managing this vast Field Force cookhouse and being so generous when the Field Force left for the UK. The Task Force Commander arrived on October 2 to put the Regiment through its paces in the form of an ARU which involved troop tests. This included a night to be spent under the stars with live rations enabling Tpr Todd to demonstrate old skills while some new ones were learnt by the majority. The echelon provided three main teams led by SCpl Lane, SQMC Reid and CoH Benn and consisting of men drawn from the various departments. 0n the sporting side we have been able to more than hold our own against the thrusting young members of the sabre squadrons. The only sport that we failed to really shine in was the swimming in which we got a joint third place despite LCoH Smith, LCoH Fallon. LCOH Robertson and LCoH Bryan’s stalwart performances and their winning the ‘denim strip swim.’

Chillingworth kept the orderly room running while CoH Benn persuaded the under eighteens on the maintenance team that the weather was ideal for changing tracks.

On return from Northern Ireland and the demise of the Rear Party the Squadron was tasked with the normal number of administrative problems including organising the garrison orienteering meeting at the feet of Hermanns Denkmal, training yet more HGV drivers and controlling the provision of spare parts cannibalised

from the laid up tanks bequeathed by ‘D’ Sqn. During the absence on duty and leave of Capt Lane and SCpl Hughes the driving courses were co-ordinated by SCM Smart. Thanks to the thoroughness of the instructors LCoH Watson, LCoH Hutton, LCoH Edwards and LCpl Holton, CoH Scammell, the PRI storemanager, when not helping in the families office was able to

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The cricket team organised by SCpl Lane had an average age well into the thirties but with SSgt Hinchliffe knocking out scores into the fifties and LCoH Young taking wickets like a GPMG on fixed line, there was no holding us and we had a very successful season. It was always a pleasure to know that Tpr Harris 480 was looking after our interests at the scoreboard. The football was run by LCoH Barratt With LCoH Hobson, LCoH Frampton, Tpr Jobling, Tpr Wright and Tpr Wallwork making a very strong team to back up the forward line of Sgt Blake, Sgt Farrell and LSgtUnwin. LCpl Millington was a rather stylish but sometimes . underoecupied goalie. Unfortunately the second day of the Regimental Athletics was rained off with Headquarters Squadron lying well ahead of the other squadrons after the first day. Our attention has now been focused on the bOXing and the squad of LCoH Frampton, LCoH Reeve, LCoH Henney, LCoH Hobson, LSgt Johnson, LSgt Gosling. LCpl Goodall, LCpl Mitchell,WLlel Helljiwlell,prr i ey are ai y eing Wri ht, T r S andley and Pte put gthrough their paces by SSgt Hmchliffe and LSgt n. Ulislvdw as the winter once more descends on Detmold we are busy preparing for the start of the Snow Queen hut at Wertach and discovering that every spare shed in barracks has been utilised for salt storage. The move to Windsor will not include the LAD and we Wish them all well with The Life Guards.

credit on all the drivers concerned. . Unfortunately the return to Windsor Will see a reduction in the Troop due to the new establishment. Quite a few people will not be in the Troop thenext time these notes are produced and therefore it is an appropriate time to thank everyone for their hard work and above all else their ability to retain a sense of humour. There are very few members of the Troop who are not yet qualified to HGV 2 Standard and it is hoped to rectify this by the time of our return to UK. The following have joined the Troop Since the last notes: SCpl Cain, LCOH Weightman, LCpl Glen, LC_oH Watson, Tprs Chappell, Bennett, Slater, Todd, O’Brien, Fernley, Spandley. Hopefully they are enjoying their time with us despite the road runs (frequently), sports (as and when), digging in (often), drill (now and again), and the occasional day off (for haircuts/bank, etc), and, of course, all the driving and maintenance that goes on. It would appear that despite all this activity there is still plenty of energy ieft for Sugars Disco down town where there is a nightly event called the ‘Truckers Dance’ which is a show stopper by all accounts. Messrs Gowland, Hamill, Frith, Boden, Chappell are reported to be the highlights of this. All we can hope for is that ‘Hot Gossip’ are prepared for the arrival of this dynamic new challenge.


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The Mounted Squadron 1979 was different from other years not only in the extent of our commitments, but also in the extraordinary number of varied locations in which the mounted dutymen have found themselves operating. 1978 terminated with two major state occasions. the Opening of Parliament and the State Visit of the President of Portugal. Once these were finished each troop in turn went down to Winter Camp, this year at Twesledown rather than RAF Sopley. This seems virtually custom built for our programme of training Mounted Dutymen to B2 Standard. However, considerable turmoil was caused by the weather. 1 troop in particular being completely snowed in. No tragedies were sustained except for CoH Standen who broke his heel bone while attempting to open a gate. From November to March when each troop was at Winter Camp a number of unforeseen commitments arose. Most prominent of these was the standby for Military Assistance to the Civil Community. The whole squadron was at 24 hours notice to move. all expecting to be lorry drivers or lorry drivers mates. Disappointingly for some. our assistance was never required. Also during this period the Squadron arranged for the bearer parties to be found for the funerals of SCpl Tucker, and Tprs Dykes and Thornett. which all took place in England. All were attended by their many friends in the mounted squadron and our greatest sympathy and condolences go to their families. Despite these commitments we found time for a number of sporting activities mainly in a revised form an Inter-Troop Competition. This included varying sports from a cross-country run. volleyball, basketball, to a team jumping and tent pegging in Kensington Palace Fields. Unfortunately 3 troop were beaten into first

place by one point by a troop from The Life Guards. We also entered a number of Hunter trials. The main competitors were Maj R. C. Wilkinson on Buckskin who came second in his section at Bucklebury. fourth at Liphook and seventh at the Portman Hunter Trial, and second in the Military Open at Aldershot. Lt C. C. Bucknall on Abdullah also came second in his section at Bucklebury and third in his section at Liphook. Other competitors included LCoH Pendry on Bountiful who came ninth in the Intermediate Section at Liphook and CoH Webb on Yasmine who came sixth in the Windsor Park Equestrian Show. With the spring we started the normal routine build up to the ceremonial season with varying inspections culminating in the Major General‘s Inspection on May 22. Despite the Squadron Leaders evident success at Hunter trials he appeared on this occasion to encounter difficulties in the horsemastership area for a brief period. Then began an extremely hectic period which involved consistently long hours which those who have not served at Knightsbridge may find difficult to appreciate and understand. On May 30 we provided a travelling escort for the Year of the Child celebrations in Hyde Park. There were the normal rehearsals leading up to the Queen‘s Birthday Parade on June 16. On June 18 the squadron lined the route at Windsor Castle for the Garter Service. There were also requirements for Beating the Retreat at Horse Guards. the Wembley Pageant and a full State Visit for the President of Kenya on June 12 and 13. 1 Troop provided a travelling escort for the Isle of Man Centenary commanded by Lt A. J. MillerBakewell on July 5. 3 Troop pretended to be the Heavy Brigade in a re-enactment of Balaclava at the SSAFA Aldershot Tattoo. 2 Troop provided a travelling escort for the Queen Mother's instalment as Lord Warden of

the Cinque Ports at Dover. Then. too, trumpetcrs and dutymen were sent to the Leeds Chivalry Show, Wills International Polo Tournament, Carlislc Tattoo. Hickstead and countless investiturcs quite apart from finding the Queen‘s Life Guard everyday. It was perhaps with a collective sigh of relief that the Squadron sent some horses to grass thus enabling them. the dutymen. to take summer block leave. After returning from leave the Regiment set about preparing for summer camp at Stoncy Castle. However, we were involved in the state funeral of the Colonel of The Life Guards at which we furnished a marching party. Summer camp followed the same pattern as last year with troops spending individual days out. This year, though. there was an emphasis on Skill at Arms, training which culminated in an all ranks competition on open day which was won by Lt A. A. Wood. Each troop had a day out with Maj W. A. Stringer‘s Windsor Forest Blood Hounds. The Squadron Handy Hunter competition was won by LCpl Haywood and Tpr Kinniburgh. Since the return from summer camp the Squadron sadly found itself involved in the funeral of the Colonel

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February 1980 brings our move to Windsor when we will once again rejoin our Regiment. As well as saying hello to old friends we will be saying goodbye to others in Knightsbridge, but not for long as soon after the move we will be visiting Hyde Park Barracks again for the start of another mounted season. Our engagements for 1980 include:

The Band At the time of writing this account of the Band‘s activities for the past year we are preparing for our last trip to The Regiment in BAOR. Although our stay will only be short (nine days). we will have a full programme. As our stay coincides with the visit of The Major General, the Band will be on parade with The Regiment for his inspection. Plans have also been made in this period to make a second LP, which will consist of a selection of marches, the title to be ‘Eyes Right’. Please note our new record ‘The Sovereign’s Escort’ GBS 1017, was released on December In reviewing the past year, we began it by playing our secondary role as Medical Assistants Class 111. during the ambulancemen’s strike. (Did this mean we were then known as Band Aids?) It was noticeable that several of our Band-aged considerably. There was great relief that all members of the Band and their patients managed to survive this ordeal. The Mounted Band Season (longer than usual). started with the first music rehearsal in February, and finished at the end of September with the Household Cavalry Regiment Open Day at Stoney Castle. On top of our normal duties, our contribution to the International Year of The Child, was two Mounted Band Displays in Hyde Park. Northern Ireland in April was a chance for the Band to see the Regiment in their other role. We stayed at Glassmullen with ‘B’ Sqn, and moving around from this point we were able to give concerts at all the other locations of the Regiment in Belfast. Capt Lane presented Maj Keeling with a riot shield and an extra large baton for our protection whilst in Northern Ireland. SQMC Whennell wished we had received the shield a few days earlier. as he did not appreciate a bottle hitting him on the back of his head whilst travelling in the back of a ‘pig‘. Fortunately SQMC Whennell did not require medical aid from the Director of Music or other SNCOs that were in the vehicle at the same time. During our stay the Band marched and gave a short outdoor concert in the centre of Belfast. Easter saw an early start to our concert season, with a visit to Eastbourne over the Bank Holiday period. This was followed in May with an appearance at the opening of the new extension of the Tate Gallery by HM The Queen. The outdoor programme concluded with Handel‘s Firework Music, and was followed by an impressive firework display. After playing for the Royal Ascot Week, we began the summer season with the first of our two weekly engagements at Bournemouth. During the first visit we were honoured by a guest appearance of an ex-member of this Band, Michael Chesters. who now plays with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Mr Chesters, immaculately attired in white bow tie and tails, accompanied LCoH Marsh in a xylophone duet. In July we began our twice daily concerts in the Royal Parks. starting with St James Park, and towards the end of the month we appeared in Regent‘s Park. In between these engagements we appeared at the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley. The end of the month saw a visit


to Leicester, followed by a week at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. After our second visit to Bournemouth, the summer season ended with two concerts in Hyde Park on August 19. The programmes for these concerts consisted entirely of requests, which had been sent in by friends and followers of the Band throughout the summer. On May 3 the Trumpeters journeyed to Devonport for the Commissioning Ceremony of HMS Broadsword in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra. Whilst attaining our sealegs. the visit was made pleasurable by the welcome accorded us by the Royal Navy. The Tynwald Ceremony was of special interest this year with the Millennium celebrations. Besides the Trumpeters, the Mounted Squadrons attended to provide an escort for HM The Queen. A trip abroad saw the Trumpeters in Germany for the Berlin Tatoo. On November 10 the Trumpeters played Last Post and Reveille at the Festival of Remembrance. Albert Hall. followed by the Lord Mayor’s Show and Banquet. The Band were involved with the funerals of the two Goldsticks. Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer and for the Field Marshal‘s Memorial Service at the Guards Chapel. Once again we say farewell to three members of the Band, LCoH Parker. SQMC Todd who spent twenty of his twenty-two years in the Band as solo comet, words cannot express the value this fine cornet player gave. Trumpet Major Hayne also served twentytwo years with the Band, we thank him for all the work he did with the Trumpeters, we shall miss his grin and fine soprano voice on the not too rare occasions he burst into song. Welcome to the Band musicians Bellis, Biscoe. Haddock, Harmsworth and Mayhew, we wish them well and look forward to their progress in the Band. Promotions and appointments this year have been SCpl Whennell, SCpl Tanner. SCpl Parsons, COH Orritt. CoH Healey, LCoH Packer, LCOH Marsh. LCoH Sabourin, LCpl Connaughton and LCpl Jones also COH Mansfield as Trumpet Major. Congratulations to CoH Turner, LCpl Clark and LCpl Stevens on their additions to families, it is suggested that they now purchase a TV set each.

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Opening of the Royal International Boat Show, Wembley Band Concert at Westcliff. Royal Windsor Horse Show. St James‘s Park. Royal International Horse Show. Bournemouth. Pine Walk Bandstand. Victoria Embankment Gardens. Luton Pageant. Open Day, Pirbright.

The Household Cavalry Squadron, Guards Depot This year has proved very successful as far as the Household Cavalry Squadron is concerned. The Corunna intakes passed out before summer vacation, leaving Flanders 4 a third of the way through their course, who under the dynamic leadership of Lt A. E. M. Mitchell and COH Wilde, aided and abetted by LCoH Wasp, LCoH Fry and LCoH Margan, have managed to prove conclusively that in the end quality always triumphs over quantity. They won the Junior Drill Competition, March and Shoot and many other trophies ending up with the Champion Platoon Shield. losing only one major trophy, the Cider Cup, donated by Woodpeckers’ which was unanimously awarded to the Foot Guards! The Troop took their break from Depot life with their pound-stretcher holiday to Sussex. They all went

to the Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes, where they replaced numerous sleepers, shifted lots of track and, of course, painted everything green. They also went on a day trip by Boeing Jetfoil to Dieppe from Brighton, where they managed to sample every available French drink in half a day, culminating in an al fresco trip back to the camp by four-tonnei. The troop is now at the halfway mark and is continuing to do well, hopefully, the Daily Mirror allowing. they will be with their respective regiments to enjoy a full training season next year. This leaves the Gibraltar intake who arrived in September who, although they did reasonably well in the Drill Competition, have so far done little in the adventurous field.

The Bluebell Reunion Club

The Band returning from Belfast City Hall

One Weekend THE JOYS OF TRAVEL By Tpr Franks It was Friday night. We set off for Zeebrugge in my ear, but it was a late start at 5 o‘clock after picking up my passengers and loading the luggage. We had eaten tea and all we had to do was fill up with petrol and get onto the right road. That was when our night of disasters began! We thought that were were heading for Dortmund, and somehow, even when we passed signposts for Berlin we did not realise that something was wrong. We arrived at the first Russian checkpoint for the Berlin corridor eventually. We were back at Detmold by midnight. and soon made the next checkpoint on the border between Germany and Belgium. No problem. An hour later we reached another border and produced ID cards. a NATO travel order and a passport; the guard wouldn‘t let us in. I got out to sort out the problem. Another squaddie car was at the checkpoint. and on asking the way to England, discovered that we were heading back into Germany. A sharp U-turn solved that problem. It was now 2 a.m. in Belgium and all the petrol pumps were closed. We tried to get some life out of one without success so we moved on to the next and pulled in for the remainder of the night. At 6 a.m. we filled up with petrol. We missed the turn-off for Zeebrugge and carried on to Ostend. We

changed the ticket and boarded the 8.30 ferry to Dover. We watched ”Bright Eyes’ in the cinema. It was sunny in England, so we took the roof down and turned up the music. I followed the signposts for Ipswich. but after 20 miles I had to turn round. We were going the wrong way. 1 finally arrived at my destination at 7.30 pm. on Saturday. On Sunday morning. I picked up one passenger in Coventry. and we drove on to pick up the other one at Waterloo station in London. We had agreed to meet at 4 pm. I was there by 6 pm. and we just had time to catch the 8.40 pm. ferry. He was not there. We had a pint and waited. And waited. We moved on at 11 pm. I had to stop at a cash point. and immediately a panda car pulled up. After an interrogation by two policemen and a thorough briefing on the situation by us. we were allowed to go on our way. Arriving at the terminal at midnight we found that the next ferry would be at 5.30 a.m.. so we parked up and slept — till 8 a.m. We just caught the 8.30 ferry. On arrival at Detmold. we had a bit of hassle at the Guardroom and 1 found my room was locked up. so I slept on the settee next door. At 5 am I was woken up to get ready to parade for SAS Guard at 7 am. I just made it. I was fined £20 for being absent on Monday. The passenger we waited for had picked up another lift at the station.








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By Lt W. B. White-Spunner By Ct R. J. Dale-Thomas It was in West Belfast during a lapse in activity that inspiration came to me. As ‘Paddy’ bicycled unsteadily home past an unusually desultory ‘pub check‘ the thought occurred that here was modern technology thoroughly wasted. Now. put a suitably motivated group of soldiers on a few of those for a couple of weeks . . . The possibilities seemed endless. nor were any special qualifications required. Nothing could be a simpler way to explore a fair—sized chunk of Europe. at little expense and with that financially indispensable element of adventurous training. Some weeks later after much head scratching. advice taking and writings in triplicate the idea had become beset with difficulties. The master plan would not qualify for a grant, neither were men. bicycles. escort vehicle nor time available from military sources. I had to change my approach. Pressure of public feeling eventually aroused a positive interest and enabled me to convince the Commanding Officer that eleven bicycles could be bought by the PRI. Money recovered by their sale on our return would prevent that venerable organisation from falling into bankruptcy. It only remained to extract the manpower from Squadron and Troop Leaders‘ jealous grips and we would really be underway. Meanwhile there were only five working days left before H hour. In the nick of time various dubious characters were to be seen careering about. both within and outside Lothian Barracks on brand new Italian ten speed bicycles. CoH Armishaw was recruited to the cause and with commendable case had everything on the kit lists collected together. The MTO ‘fixed’ a bluepainted g-tonner and trailer with civilian BFG identity whilst the ASM and Cfn Easton guaranteed its serviceability. At 1000 hrs on Monday, August 7. the strenuous cultural experience began with a ten-hour lift down to Saarbrucken by 4-tonner. Dismounting on to two wheels we were still able to appreciate the contrast in life styles as we crossed the border. A Gallic atmosphere combining fresh coffee. garlic and open sewers prevailed. Streets were less clean, houses older and more ornate and the girls seemed darker and more beautiful. Not entirely bicycling fit and with machinery beset by teething troubles we were grateful for the hospitality and generosity of the country people. The dialect is a quite barbarous mixture that bears witness to the German invasion of Saarland in 1870. (More villagers‘ lives were lost than in the 1914-18 war, after which the territory reverted to France.) Language, therefore, was no problem to seasoned members of BAOR. The expedition sped north from Metz via Verdun Sedan and Charlesville-Mezieres towards Cambrai. Abundant cemeteries and the fortifications of the Magfnot line were interspersed with overnight stops in farmyards. Financially this was a great relief to overstretched resources. A stay in a 2nd World War concentration camp, overlooked by a farm house still pock-marked with bullet and shell holes, was followed by one in a large cattle shed. The latter was warm and dry with hot running water, but fly ridden and a


thoroughfare for farm children. Bangers were persistently let off next to soldiers vainly trying to sleep away the effects of cycling all day in wind and pouring rain. The French food and wine were much enjoyed once hunger had overcome suspicion at its novelty. (There was always compo. if one preferred.) That said. having swopped some spare odds and ends from our rations and duly being invited to share one farmer‘s rhubarb champagne. it was unnerving to be rounded up by his not-so-friendly Alsatians! Mistaken identity. They had taken us for the so—troublesome gypsies. we were assured. (Tpr Kingham‘s new plastic football was never the same again!) Inevitably there were cases of stomach complaints which slowed our progress. These led to a much recounted conversation. witnessed by Tpr Manning. that took place when the author tried to explain the problem to a most respectable provincial chemist. A keen interest was taken by all in the curious continental sanitary arrangements and the necessary skills were quickly and hilariously acquired. A half-shaft broke conveniently close to a cafe with rooms. Madame was very fierce but eventually everyone had bed space and communal bathroom and disappeared to spend their first night in a French discotheque. Meanwhile Cfn Easton and LCpl Davies disconnected the rear drive as I coaxed oil and spares from the local garage mechanic. From here we went on into Cambrai, still a garrison town and very obviously the scene. not only of the first tank assault. but of great carnage during the Great War. The Commandant kindly allowed us to use military property as a camp site (a small arms range!) and gave use fresh water. However. after a night at the fair we fled with the dawn. under threat of invasion by curious journalists and embarrassed by both sides” poor linguistic ability. Regrettably Lille, Arras and Ypres had to be cut out of the circuit at Valenciennes. where the Land— rover gave up the struggle. Due to political constraints upon military vehicles entering France it had to be towed the 30 km to the Belgian border by civilian low loader. From thereon the recovery was carried out by the UK Support Unit at SHAPE Mons. under the auspices of Lt Col J. G. Hamilton-Russell. Everyone then had a 24-hour break while a replacement

LCpl Morris, Col-l Armishaw, Tpr Kingham, Andrews, Tpr Manning, LCpl Davies, Tpr Clarke, close to the

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L pls Andrews and Davies at Luxembourg border ’

vehicle was driven out from Detmold by Tpr Bennett. Much Belgian beer, RAF food, ‘rock and roll’ and sleep were had in a totally American environment where, at least, they speak English. (Well almost.) At Waterloo

it was made amply clear that the

French almost won. that the British certainly did not and that Napoleon is the folk hero. The sun shone for a few hours. so an afternoon was passed in visiting various monuments. tourist attractions and eating ice cream. A night followed in the fields of a farm used as a hospital by our troops during the battle. The following day Tpr Morris fed the cows with our compo rice and we departed before any ill effects could be detected. Bicycling in the Ardennes was demanding, but hardening muscles made fair going through the perpetual “Scotch mist‘, fog and rain. The burden of early mornings and departures was lightened by the sparkling repartee between LCpl Sisson and Tpr Clarke: Ruthless and imaginative. but not repeatable here! On most days. as the average distance covered increased. the afternoons after 1430 hrs were free for “cultural interaction’. Tourism is so important in this region of steep hills and forests that historical fact is often ignored by commerce. For example. the panzers have entirely disappeared from Bastogne'. jazz bands, piped music, leather, fur and food stalls dominate Rochefort. once

a monastic centre and ‘pommes frites’ are everywhere the order of the day. We could not afford snails ‘or frogs‘ legs! Nevertheless, LCpl Andrews and Tpr Stott led the way to the discotheques and bars. At the Luxembourg border post passports were not asked for and once again, the expedition found great hospitality. Time was divided between a cafe owned and run by two girls and a huge barn used as the local dance hall, where we slept. It seems that the natives speak the continental equivalent to Welsh. are taught German at school, but prefer to converse with foreigners in French. The exercise nearly ran on ‘ad lib‘. due to a gearbox failure on the escort vehicle. followed by a main engine oil seal burst on the Bedford that came to collect the troops. Nevertheless. a ten-hour journey in a crowded lorry full of diesel fumes and bicycles brought the human element back to Detmold. Everyone was still in one piece, mysteriously suntanned and fitter than before. It remained to recover the crippled Landrover, with its occupants. to sell the bicycles and to tie up the financial loose ends; but that is another story.

It was after block leave that a discerning group of gourmets. appalled by the prospect of a long summer in the gastronomic wastelands of Westphalia decided that the time had come to probe the heartland of the German epicure. A trip was duly organised with surprisingly military efficiency by Capt Hadden-Paton to the Weinguts of the Mosel and the Rhine. Sadly Hadden-Paton proved too much of a mouthful for most of the honest publieans who put us up, so it was under the leadership of the Hauptman Paton that we arrived for our first night in Metersdorf near Trier. We started as we meant to go on, placing the emphasis on quality rather than quantity but sadly due to an explicable lack of will power our values became slightly reversed. However. we slept well for it and spent an enjoyable if sleepy next day running round and tasting in the vineyards of the Ruwer valley. The knack of wine tasting in Germany is to appear to be very knowledgeable not, of course, that we were not. but a few loud and perhaps slightly insincere comments on bouquet and fruitiness had the desired effect, as did some official looking files which we carried with us to take copious (and mostly illegible) notes. From the Ruwer we travelled via Trier up the Mosel, staying at Krov for our second night in the Weingut Beth from which both Regimental Messes get their wine. We had a particularly interesting tasting here, trying for the first time some Eiswein, made when the grapes are frozen. The next day we spent on the Rhine, starting our tastings in Erbach and finishing with an excellent dinner at the Hotel Schwann in Eltville. Sunday found us rather bleary eyed and with our taste buds perhaps slightly dulled driving north for our final tastings at Rudesheim and Koblenz. where Deinhards kindly laid on a full scale tour of their cellars folowed by a fairly Gargantuan tasting session. We returned poor and ill to have a final tasting of Alka Seltzer in Detmold. and thinking that perhaps it was just as well that we weren’t stationed in such a tempting area.

Schloss Johamiisberg

Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Staumiihle Camp . . . where on earth is Staumiihle let alone the camp? Well the privilege of informing you has been bestowed upon the author. It lies on the Sennelager training area and this is where the mess was located at the beginning of 1979. Here a very cold Regiment was busily preparing for Northern Ireland in temperatures of —8 to —20. Ironically the mess building was in greater demand for its heat quality rather than its more usual attributes. Training completed, the Regiment moved to West Belfast on February 5 and four messes opened. one in each location. The RCM and SCMs Hawley and O’Halloran each managed a dinner night but SCM Clayton managed to get one over all of us by hosting the local ladies‘ dart team. much to the delight of SQMC McEvoy. Tragically during this period SQMC Tucker was killed and the mess lost an excellent member and a great friend. May saw the RCM and his Warrant Officers leaving Belfast for Knightsbridge to attend the Cavalry weekend. which proved to be a most welcome break. RCM Miles showed us his best hospitality and a good time was had by all. In July. with post NI leave behind us. the mess was once again functioning correctly in Detmold. Three dinners were laid on and attendance at each was determined by rank so that every mess member and lady. would be seated. We were most honoured at the first of these dinners to dine out the Adjutant, Major H, P. D. Massey and welcome to the Regiment Major G. N. Smith (US Army) now ‘A‘ Sqn Leader.

Shortly after this we were again delighted to receive and entertain, members of the Association. SCM Fortt assisted by SCpl Fox and SQMC McKenna organised probably the most successful Association dinner held in Detmold this tour. Ex SCM Matthew presented a fine painting to the mess which was gratefully received by the RCM and promised a place of prominence. This visit was sadly the last time that Maj Lewis would appear in his capacity as honarary secretary and we. as a mess. wish this enthusiastic. hard—working. and loyal gentleman great happiness in his retirement. SCM Clayton excelled himself in September and ran a superb function in the Stadthalle. this was indeed the Ball of all Balls. The most amusing part of the evening was watching the Master Cook (W02 Ball) and CoH Shillabeer attempting the 'limbo‘ not to mention firc eating. Our next function . . . well three functions. were entertaining The Life Guards for a weekend during their R & R from Ex Steel Trap. RCM Kelly and his seniors quickly recovered the feel of the bar. etc. in readiness for their Detmold tour commencing February 1980. It was jolly nice to meet old friends so unexpectedly. at home. as it were. Soltau came and went with very little time for seniors to meet or to entertain in any fashion. Anyhow beer isn’t terribly nice after eating rabbits that one has just killed. skinned and cooked over a wood fire -— just not Household Cavalry — whatl! Much more mess life took place over Hohne and we were delighted to entertain Mr Len Tucker (father of

the late SQMC Tucker) and Mr Phil Pates who had just presented The John Tucker Trophy for inter-troop gunnery from the North Bushey British Legion Branch. Five days these gentlemen spent with us and they showed tremendous interest in all Regiment aspects of Annual Firing. Apart from all major functions in the mess a handful of dedicated people run minor posts and are well worth a mention. SQMC McKenna works hard to produce and maintain a Sunday league football team. SCpl (The Sheriff) Freeman assisted by CoH Rumbelow put down dart after dart each Friday evening. RQMC Anslow runs whist matches on Wednesdays. CoH Gillingham runs mess film nights on Sundays and the RCM runs the mess bicycle polo team . . . the last match was three years ago but never mind!

Much hard work has been undertaken by the LAD members of the mess, Mr Curtis (ASM) assisted by personalities such as AQMS Joseph, SSgt Kosa, AQMS Gay, etc, created effects and designed many an emblem ensuring our functions were always different. SSgt Lawson and LSgt Choppin run all our mess rallies, with a professionalism second only to the real thing. Senior Mess Members are RQMC Howick, RQMC (T) Anslow. QRQMC Sproats, SCMs Fortt, Clayton, Hawley and O’Halloran. W02 Pomroy W01 (ASM) Curtis and SQMS Ball. As we conclude these notes we find ourselves moving rapidly into December and all that that entails. Once over and the New Year is upon us two months will remain prior to the Mess and Regiment returning home eto Windsor.

The Wives Club With the end of the Regiment’s tour in Germany the Wives Club activities are also coming to an end. We have had a fairly busy time mostly concerned with when the Regiment were away on their Northern Ireland tour. There were several successful meetings. the highlights being a visit by Dave Raven for a cheese and wine party to be followed the next morning by a live broadcast on B.F.B.S. Unfortunately due to ‘circumstances beyond their control' the master tape was spoilt and couldn’t be played for the husbands in Ireland. Every other Sunday there were very good family lunches and alternate Saturdays films and teas for the children. Judging by the full paper bags which left each time. one could only conclude that we supplied Sunday’s as

well as Saturday’s tea for some. In September Mrs Weston who had been our hard-working chairwoman left and we were all very sorry to see her go. We held a dinner in the WOs and Col-{s Mess. kindly organised by RCM Macdougall. We were waited on by the husbands who were amazed to find that 70 wives could consume more wine than 150 mess members in the same amount of time. It was a most enjoyable evening with music provided by Col-I Darby and his merry men, noise and appreciation being provided by the wives with Mrs Holt and Mrs Taylor doing an impromptu cabaret. We are now all looking forward to our lives in Windsor.

Mrs Craig, Mrs Miller, Mrs Ball, Mrs Young, Mrs Chamberlain, Mrs Reader, Mrs McEvoy

Mrs Holt, Mrs Evans, Dave Raven (BFBS), Mrs Muff, Mrs Fortt, Mrs Bright

The Regimental Association Visit Mrs Macdougall. Commanding Officer, RCM, Maj C. W. J. Lewis

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The Household Cavalry Officer SCM O’Halloran

CORRESPONDENCE venturous. challenging and fun aspects of life. At present we need to recruit some [40 adults and juniors into the Household Cavalry a year; that is no more than one recruit for every 10 soldiers serving now. We are not fully achieving our figures and are still short Therefore any of you. serving or retired. who have friends or relations you think might join for three years~ service or longer in the Household Cavalry please either take them direct to an Army Recruiting Information Office or send their name to The Household Recruiting Office at Combermere Barracks, Yours sincerely S. C. Cooper.

From Col S. C. Cooper Lt Col Commanding The Household Cavalry Dear Editor I would be very grateful if 1 could use your Magazine to remind all serving and former members of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals how they can assist their regimental recruiting effort. We all know that the two Regiments of Household Cavalry stand out head and shoulders above the rest of the Army. All of us are proud to serve or to have served in The Life Guards or the The Blues and Royals and we are all aware of how a shortage of manpower afi‘ects each of us in terms of increased work‘ more duties and less chance to take part in the ad~ 40

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Auditors’ Remuneration Printing, Stationery and Postage

Less: Sale of Tickets

Grants and Assistance to Members Subscriptions and Donations Annual Dinner Cost of Dinner 1,546-06





1978 £ 4,567-92 3,625‘17 81-30 —~< --W

1979 £ 10,09603 4,]83-90 50969 W

REPRESENTED By: ACCUMULATED FUND Balance at lst January 1979 Excess of Income over Expenditure for the year

Subscriptions and Donations Dividends on Investments (Gross) Deposit Account Interest


Income and Expenditure for the year ended 3lst December 1979


THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1979 Obituary On Friday. November 26. we were all deeply shocked to receive the sad news that the Colonel of the Regiment, Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. KG, GCB. GCMG. KBE, DSO, had died earlier that morning. Colonel Gerald. as he was affectionately known by us all, had been a very staunch supporter of the Association. and when the amalgamation took place one of his main interests was to ensure that the two associations would amalgamate into one, in exactly the same way as the Regiments had merged. Any point. no matter how large or small it may have been. was fully discussed at all levels. and there is no doubt whatsoever that one of the main reasons why we have a thriving and successful Association is due entirely to his efforts to ensure that there should be goodwill and comradeship between everyone irrespective of age or rank. We all owe him a very great deal for all his interest in our welfare and we shall miss him very much indeed. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Lady Templer and her family in her great loss. His burial took place at St George‘s Chapel at Windsor on Friday, November 2, and a selected party from the Association marched behind the Association banner in the procession from Victoria Barracks to St George's Chapel.

Membership This has again increased during the year thanks again mainly to the almost 100 per cent membership from the serving Regiment under the One Day‘s Pay Scheme. We welcome all new members and sincerely hope that their association will be a very happy one.

Annual Dinner — 1979 Due to the fact that the serving regiment were on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland at the time of the dinner our numbers were expected to fall a little, but despite this 250 members attended and. from reports received, an excellent time was enjoyed by everyone. To cut down on the time in speeches the Committee had decided that. except for actual toasts. only two speeches would be made, one by the Colonel of the Regiment and the other by the Commanding Officer of the Regiment. This obviously was a great improvement and the same procedure will take place at the 1980 Annual Dinner. It is impossible to organise a successful dinner without the assistance we received from the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks. and we would be lacking in our duty if we did not thank RCM Miles and his mess members for all the help they gave to us and the cheerful way that that help was given. For the past six years the PA equipment for the dinner has been installed by the permission of Mr John

Wilkinson of Telefusion. who is a member of the Association. Our thanks are due to him for his kindness and help in this matter which has been a great success.

Combined Cavalry Parade and Service — May 6 The salute was taken by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. and it is with the greatest delight that we can report that we had the strongest contingent on parade. The weather was extremely kind and there is no doubt that any member of the Association who can march should really join in this parade. and not stand on the sidelines. It is hoped, but not yet confirmed. that HRH Prince Philip will take the salute at the 1980 Parade and we all look forward to your support.

At Home Day —— September 29 We were pleased to receive an invitation from Lt-Col B. J. Lockhart. who commands The Household Cavalry Regiment. to take part in their Annual At Home Day at Pirbright. and this was extremely well supported by members of the Association. A total of 780 admission tickets were issued and 428 luncheon tickets were also distributed. We were most fortunate in selecting an extremely fine day. and it was wonderful to see the way that the parents and their families enjoyed all the facilities which had been kindly laid on by The Household Cavalry Regiment. We should be lacking in our remarks if we did not add about the most cheerful way that all ranks greeted us and made the day a memorable one. Visit to the Serving Regiment —- July 18-23 A mention of this wonderful visit has been published elsewhere in the journal but we offer our extreme thanks to the Commanding Officer, Lt—Col H. 0. Hugh Smith, MVO, for his kind invitation to again visit the Regiment. It really was wonderful and our thanks to RCM Jock Macdougall for making us so

Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday. May 3, I980. The meeting will commence at 6 pm. and all members are invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting is given below and all members are reminded that should they have any point to be placed on the agenda they must inform the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks prior to the Meeting.

AGENDA (a) Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on May 4. 1979. (b) Points arising from those minutes. (c) Confirmation







ending December 31, 1979. ((1) Committee: (i) Under Rule No. 13 the following members are due to retire from the Committee: Mr J. Clements and Mr F. A. Simpson. (ii) In accordance with Rule No 13 the undermentioned are recommended by the Committee to be appointed: Mr J. S. Clark and Mr Z. A. Goodacre. (c) Any other business. Only points for suggestion to the Committee can be accepted.

Annual Dinner — 1980 This will be held in the gymnasium at Hyde Park Barracks, London. on Saturday. May 3. Lounge suits. no decorations. Bars will be opened in the Dining Room and the WOs and NCOs Mess from 6 pm. Application for tickets. strictly limited to one per member only. should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary. The cost of the dinner will be: (a) Over 65 years of age 7 £3.50. (b) Under 65 years of age 4 £5.00. Any member who would wish to attend the dinner and cannot afford the cost should so inform the Honorary Secretary. who has been authorised to issue free. Should any member be aware of another member in this category would he please inform the Honorary Secretary of this. It is emphasised that tickets will NOT be on sale at the door. and ladies are not allowed to attend the dinner. but can attend the WOs and NCOs Mess on conclusion of the dinner.

very welcome.

Field of Remembrance — November 8 This year the ever-familiar face of Colonel Gerald was not at the Field at Westminster. but there is little doubt that all those who attended the ceremony of the laying of the Regimental Cross were thinking very much of the times that he has done this task in the past years. The ceremony was well attended and to those who were able to attend our thanks are recorded.

Combined Cavalry Parade and Service — 1980 Will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday. May 4. 1980. The Chaplain General has again honoured us by accepting the invitation to conduct the Service. Assemble on Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East at 1050 hours. Dress will be lounge suits and decorations. All those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks on conclusion of the Parade. Your Committee look forward to your support at this Parade.

Annual General Meeting — 1980 This meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs

At Home — I980 As the Regiment will be returning to Combermere

Barracks, Windsor. early in 1980, it is expected that the At Home Day will be held at Windsor. but actual date has yet to be confirmed.

HM THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARADE An extremely limited number of tickets are available to the Association for the final dress rehearsal and the actual parade. Those requiring tickets for themselves and their families should apply to the Honorary Secretary. Application will not be acknowledged and allocation made taking into consideration any issues made in recent years. Seating tickets are not available through the Association and anyone requiring these tickets must apply direct to RHQ Household Cavalry.

Field of Remembrance — November


The Regimental Cross will be planted in the Field Remembrance at Westminster at 1145 hours.

Assemble at 1140 hours.

No medals.

Change of Address Great inconvenience and delay is being caused by members not informing the Honorary Secretary of their change of address. Please do ensure that any change of address is notified immediately, thus ensuring that records may be kept up to date. The address of the Honorary Secretary is: Maj C. W. J. Lewis, MBE, 52 Homestall Road, East Dulwich. London SE22 OSB. Telephone: 01-693 2577.


(6.) Rules and Constitution of the Association. These have now been amended up to date and a copy has been enclosed with the journal. Should any member not receive a copy please so inform the Honorary Secretary. (b) Tucker/Dykes Memorial Fund. The response to this appeal on behalf of the children of the late SQMC Tucker and Tpr Dykes has been extremely good. Should any member still wish to subscribe will he please forward cheque without delay to the Honorary Secretary. Cheques to be made payable to the Tucker/Dykes Trust Fund. (c) Oliver Montagu Fund. During 1979 grants to the value of just over £2.000 have been made to mostly widows and children who do not qualify for assistance from the Association. If any member is aware of any case where help may be needed he is asked to so inform the Honorary Secretary so that it may be placed before the Trustees. Any cases of hardship shoud be forwarded for consideration. (d) Appreciation. The Association acknowledge with much thanks the most generous donation received from one of our members. Mr H. Patterson. who lives in Jersey. lt was made to one of the widows of those killed in Northern Ireland and we all indeed much appreciate his most large gift. 45


REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Name Lt Co] A. B. Houston Lt Col C. G. M. Gordon Hon Mrs M. Freeman-Thomas Capt R. C. Bucknall Maj D. S. Barrington-Browne Capt Sir John Hanmer, Bt Capt J. W. M. Mitchell

Address Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, Angus Rwecroft, Wombleton, Yorks King’s Wall. Malmesbury. Wilts Tulip Tree House, Donhead St Mary, Dorset Highfield House, Somerford Road. Cirencester The Mere House. Hanmer. Whitchurch, Salop

Parkend by Heck. Lockerbie

Capt A. C. Robson Dr D. R. W. Burbury

Parkside, St Aidan‘s Road. Carlisle

Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr

66 Sefton Avenue, Harrow Weald. Middx 20 Quintock Park. Cheyesmore, Coventry

Bluebell. Payhembury, Honiton. Devon

R. S. Austin F. Ashton A. W. Baker D. Barnes A. C. Hards G. E. W. Halls G. A. Johnson N. C. Lewis-Baker R. C. Lowe

Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr

R. A. Newman J. Rowlands A. V. Roberts R. J. Robertson E. H. Weller

Mr E. J. Woodman, MBE

Mr J. Mallinson Mr D. P. Young

Mr J. A. Matthews

SURGEON COLONEL E. W. HAYWARD, OBE Late The Blues Donhead 600

Cirencester 4771 Hanmer 383 Lockmaben 275 Carlisle 21866 Exeter 77951 01—427 4817

Combermere. Manor Close. Bramthorpe. Leeds

Coventry 503976 Arthington 2156

81 Armond Road, Witham, Essex 38 Glendale Drive. Burpham. Guildford

Godalming 4122

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

01-89 3765

l Strathcona Avenue, Little Bookham, Surrey 40 Cherwell Drive, Old Matston. Oxford 39 Proops Hall Drive. Failsworth. Manchester Rippledale, 18 Glebeland Close. Coychurch. Bridgend Plot 23, Knights Hill. Sandy Lane, South Wootton 18 Selby Road, Hollin. Middleton, Manchester 87 Chaffinch Way, Dufi‘ryn. Gwent NPl 9WR 43 Filching Road. Eastbourne, Sussex 95 Riverbank, Laleham Road. Staines, Middx 396 Field End Road, Eastcote, Fuislip. Middx 2/27 Stenhouse Gardens, North Edinburgh 11 37 Orkney Street. Spring Farm. Antrim, N Ireland 37 Manor Drive, Birchington, Kent

Mr E. Marchington Mr C. F. Mogg, MISM

Obituaries Tel No Lintrathen 228

Bookham 56025 Oxford 722872 06l-681 6712 0656-861486

Eastbogne 20702 01-8688398 Thanetj43598

All the above are willing to give advice or assist in any way possible. They are not authorised to make money grants which must be referred to the Committee for authorisation.


24 Scott Evan Court, Winslow, Bucks

Ofiicers Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO October 1979 Col Hon C. G. Cubitt, CBE, DSO August 1979 Maj N. Reed Felstead August 1979 Lt J. R. Smithers July 1979 November 1979 Maj H. G. Bartlett 209 Milton Road Cowplain, Hants. Capt M. J. Sutton November 1979 Millhouse Cottage Churt. Surrey.


Ex-Sgt F. D. Thompson.

Feb 1979

5 Fairmile Drive.


East Didsbury. Manchester Ex-Tpr R. G. Head, 5 Russel Court, Leatherhead Ex-Tpr W. Beesley, 01313. Hanslope. Wolverton, Bucks Ex—Cpl D. Crook,

Feb 1979

Mar 1979

as a whole. Outwardly austere. Ted was in fact a very Mar 1979

48 Makins Road.


Henley-on-Thames Ex-Sgt B. R. Munson,

Mar 1979

Cleavcwatcr Farm,

Other Ranks

I Killed while serving 23923601 SQMC J. R. Tucker Lwith Regiment in 24306550 Tpr E. R. Maggs Northern Ireland, February 1979



I Killed while serving Lwith Regiment in 24125830 Tpr A. Dykes 24306575 Tpr A. D. Thornett Northern Ireland April 1979 Dec 1978 398737 Ex—SQMS C, W. Toone, 15 Norfolk Street, Leicester Jan 1979 304697 Ex-Cpl R. W. Tily, 21 Brook Street,


Chipping Sodbury Ex-Cpl A. T. Duffield

Jan 1979

Haywards Heath Ex-LCpl A. W. Barker, Bramhope, Nr Leeds Ex-LCpl A. L. Walker,

By Major General D. J. StM. TABOR, C.B., M.C. Late The Blues Ted Hayward, who died last year at the age of 76, was educated at Tonbridge and afterwards at Caius College, Cambridge, where he gained a Kitchener Scholarship. He receivcd his training for his chosen profession of medicine at the London Hospital. He joined the RAMC in 1926 and became a Fellow of the Royal Col— lege of Surgeons, Edinburgh, at the early age of 27. Hc was appointed Principal Medical Officer of Jodhpur State, a fruitful and fascinating period in his career. which was sadly interrupted by his recall to the Army in 1940. During the war period he served throughout India, in PAI Force and later as ADMS of 31st Indian Armoured Division in the Middle East and North Africa. He was appointed Regimental Medical Officer of The Blues at the ripe age of 50, an appointment which he held for 15 years, ultimately retiring in the rank of Surgeon Colonel. Unable to remain inactive after his retirement from the army, he joined the team investigating the long-term effects of imprisonment in Japanese POW camps; he also screened applicants for the Commonwealth Service Overseas and worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the reception of VIPs from overseas. Such are the bare bones of an immensely varied. dedicated and rewarding career. It is anomalous to try and do real justice to his sterling character and his great achievements in a few short sentences but that is the problem of the writer of any obituary notice. I shall always remember Ted as a strong. resolute character, who set himself immensely high standards both professionally and in his everyday life, standards from which he departed not one iota over the years. despite radical changes in moral standards in society

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humane person with a deep concern, not only for his professional patients but also for all his many friends and acquaintances. A devout Catholic. an uncompromising patriot. a highly skilled medical practitioner, a valued and undemanding friend. a devoted husband and father. Ted will be missed by a wide circle of friends. acquaintances and by the many who benefited from his kindness and professional skill.


MAJ N. W. REED-FELSTEAD Norman Reed-Felstead transferred to the Royals at Wolfenbuttel in 1947 from the Royal Sussex Regiment which he joined on leaving Cambridge University at the beginning of the war. He was captured in the Wes— tern Desert shortly after the battle of El Alamein and remained a POW for the rest of the war. The Royals first met Norman while he was ADC to the late Marshal of the RAF Lord Douglas of Kirtle— side when he was High Commissioner for the British Zone of Occupation of Germany. Norman then served with the Regiment in Germany and Egypt commanding both ‘C‘ and HQ Sqns and after a tour with the 67th Training Regiment in Carlisle he was seconded to the SAS serving in London and Cyprus. He retired from the Army in 1958 and shortly after joined the firm of Berger, Jenson and Nicholson where he ultimately rose to be a member of the Board and Director of Personnel. Norman will always be remembered for his great loyalty to the Regiment. his kindness and his droll sense of humour; he could always restore balance and sanity to a difiicult situation by a quiet and amusing word. He was concerned at all times with the welfare and interests of his soldiers and was much respected by them and his advice to all who served under him was both sage and kindly. Norman made many friends and he was always most welcome in any company: he was a truly good and loyal companion and his sad death on August 14, 1979. was a shock and a loss to all of us. We send our deepest sympathy to June. David and Nicola. PDR

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Hants Ex—Tpr T. W. Morris, l2 Barnfield Road, Belvedere, Kent Ex—COH (STM) C. Hamilton, South Harrow, Middx Ex—Tpr F. G. W. Norton Baker, Pinner, Middx

blown up whilst trying to lift a land mine, losing one eye and most of the vision in the other. This injury would have been enough to dampen the enthusiasm of most men. But Guy threw himself wholeheartedly into Pony Club and British Horse Society activities. He was president of the British Horse Society and of the Royal International Horse Show. After being Chairman of the Pony Club from 1945 to 1970 he became Life President and in 1972 was made CBE for his services to riding. He was a great countryman and enthusiast, and his courage in overcoming his injuries and willingness to help others are the things by which he can best be remembered.

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COLONEL THE HON C. G. CUBITT, C.B.E., D.S.O.. T.D. Although Guy only served in The Royals 1923-27 he was always a keen supporter of the Regiment and a regular attendant at Regimental Dinners. On leaving the Army in 1927 he became Master of the Crawley and Horsham Hounds and this became his life until the 1939-45 war. He then commanded the Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry until 1943 when he was

TROOPER ANTHONY DYKES Dixie Dykes joined the Regiment on August 27, 1969. Having completed his training he was posted to the Mounted Regiment in London and he often in later years recounted many happy tales of his service there. Dixie was posted to the Armoured Regiment in BAOR in November 1976 and quickly proved himself to be an asset in his troop. He had a bright cheerful nature and was always willing to help out others. His home was a refuge for all his friends and many young 47


Regiment at Carlisle, before returning to the Regiment in Germany. He retired in May 1958. l was lucky enough to know Teddy well. serving in his squadron and as his adjutant in the Yeomanry. He was modest and unassuming but extremely painstaking. sparing no effort or detail where people were concerned. He took enormous trouble over the careers of all who served under him. whether officers or other ranks. Consequently, he was most successful in his personnel role at Ranks after his retirement. Teddy had a marvellous sense of humour which combined with his very even temperament, ‘unflappability,' and his great personal interest in all who served with him. made him popular with everybody. He was a loyal friend, and his death on 16th January 1978. nine months short of his sixtieth birthday. was not only a rude shock to all of us. but also a great loss. All his friends in the Regiment otter their deepest sympathy to Cynthia. Tim and Andrew.

soldiers were grateful for the help and home comforts given to them by him and his young wife. Valerie. His passions in life were his family, cars, horses and playing cards. _ His service with the Armoured Regiment took him to Germany, Canada and he was on his second Northern Ireland tour when he was killed. Dixie leaves behind his wife, Valerie, son, Davey, and daughter. Marle. Our thoughts are always with them and hIS parents.









Staffordshire Yeomanry in 1939. In June 1940 helwent to OCTU at Karkur. Palestine, and was commissroned in December into the Yorkshire Hussars, with whom he served in Egypt and Cyprus. He returned to England in November 1943 and. in January 1944. married Cvnthia Rackham at St Giles‘ Church. Oxford. 'It was in February 1944. that he first joined the Royals. and was posted to 'B‘ Squadron under Peter Thin. In November he was promoted to Captain. and he served throughout the campaign in North West Europe. He was promoted to Major in June 1946. and was joined by Cynthia and their son Tim to Dedelstorf. where the Royals were stationed within easy patrolling reach of the frontier with East Germany. In 1945 and 1950. Teddy was squadron leader of ‘A‘ Squadron. who were air lifted into Berlin during the blockade to relieve “C” Squadron of the llth Hussars. He played Rugby Football for the Combined Services XV in Germany in 1948 and 49. In 1951, after the birth of a second son. Teddy and Cynthia moved to Scotland where he became Training Major of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, who were then the Royals affiliated Yeomanry Regiment. In 1953 he re-joined the Regiment in Egypt and commanded C Squadron when the Royals moved back to Germany. in 1954. From 195510 57 he served with the 67th Training 48

TROOPER ANTHONY DAVID THORNETT Tony Thornett enlisted at Coventry on May 5, 1975. Having completed his training at the Guards Depot he was posted to Knightsbridge. After a short tour at Knightsbridge he joined the armoured Regiment in Germany on February 21, 1976. During his short career he had been to Londonderry and to Canada. His great love was driving but he was a soldier who would take on any task and make a success of it. Always bright and cheerful. he had the reputation of being a man who would help others. He mixed well socially and made a lot of friends in Germany. having made himself a proficient German speaker. His service career had taken him to Germany. Canada

and twice to Northern Ireland. He died doing his duty, an example to us all. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

ROBIN IRWIN SMITI-IERS Robin Smithers died in a motor accident on July 23. 1979, at the age of 33. He joined the Royals in 1964 on a three-year Commission and was posted to ‘C’ Sqn. During his time in the Regiment he established himself as a person of great character with a very individual and colourful approach to soldiering and to all the many other interests in his life. Possibly his greatest enjoyment was skiing for the Regiment. a sport at which he was of a very high grade. His zest and determination on the slopes remained with him equally off them. and it is with affection that many of his brother officers will remember his untiring. if not expensive efforts to master the art of backgammon. After leaving the Regiment in 1967. he joined his family stockjobbing firm, Akroyd and Smithers. To his wife, Liz, and his two sons, Christian and Lucian, we offer our deepest sympathies.

SQMC JOHN RICHARD TUCKER John Tucker joined The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) on September 3. 1962. and subsequently The Blues and Royals on amalgamation. Early in his career he proved himself to be above average in gunnery and having passed his instructors” course he was posted to Lulworth and eventually Hohne as a gunnery instructor. During this period he made many friends throughout

The Royal Armoured Corps and brought with that friendship great respect for his cap badge. John believed that in dealing with younger less— expcrienced soldiers firmness coupled with sound advice was better than temper and detention. He proved this on many occasions earning respect not only from his juniors but also his own seniors. During his career he saw service with the Regiment in England, Germany, Cyprus, Jamaica, Canada and Northern Ireland. A full and promising career was brought to a tragic end in Northern Ireland. He is missed by all who knew him and who served with him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and his son Mark. Also to his parents and all members of his family.

TROOPER EDWARD ROBERT MAGGS Trooper Eddie Maggs joined The Blues and Royals on April 16. 1975. Having completed his basic training he fulfilled his life-time ambition when he was posted to the Regiment in February 1976 and took his place in a Sabre Squadron. During his short Army career, he had completed one previous tour in Northern Ireland and a short tour in Canada. It was during his second tour he died so tragically aged just 21 years. We offer our profound sympathy to his parents and family on their grievous loss.

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Sports FOOTBALL Once again we are into the new football season, although last season ended only in August. During the latter part of the Op Banner Tour there were difficulties in getting people together. However, due to the strong support from SCM Sibley and SQMC McKenna we never failed to get a team out for a league match and in fact achieved a creditable performance by reaching the semi-finals of the N. Ireland Cup losing to the eventual winners. 1 Royal Anglians. Following our return to BAOR a very competitive inter-squadron football league was run with a view to talent spotting and selection for the Regimental teams. This competition was well supported and provided some very exciting matches with the eventual winners being ‘B’ Sqn who beat ‘C’ Sqn in the final which went to penalties and a sudden death penalty competition. Following this competition the Regimental squad went into training. Unfortunately due to other commitments we could not train as often as we would have liked. However. some 25-30 soldiers are turning out and already some new faces are appearing in the teams, Tpr Parker CO Sqn). Tpr Legg (‘C’ Sqn). Tpr Heath (‘C’ Sqn), Pte Willey (RAPC), LCpl Dyson (‘A’ Sqn)

to mention only a few. Although the new season has not gone particularly well for us at present we have had some good games, notably against some of the local German clubs who must possess some of the finest grounds seen at our level of football. complete with floodlights. This does seem to raise cveryone‘s game. The ‘match of the day’ influence. Perhaps so much so that we beat Heiligenkirchen 3-0 on our first venture into Europe. The continued presence of LCOH Barratt (HQ Sqn), Tpr Hamill (HQ Sqn), Tpr Stott (‘B‘ Sqn\, LCoH Rushton [‘B‘ Sqn) and LCoH Fallon ( HQ Sqn). has given us a good framework to build on for that elusive Cavalry Cup. We are through to the second round of the Army Cup having beaten 1 RWF after extra time 3-2. This was real cup tie football, yellow cards. penalties, behind twice and going into extra time so perhaps with a good run in the Army Cup ahead of us we could do well in the Cavalry Cup next year. Stop press: We are through to the third round of the Army Cup, having beaten 27 Fd Regt RA. 3-2. We now await the result of the 49 Regt, RA and the Royal Irish Rangers match to see who we play in the third round.

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Regimental Football Team Back row: SQMC McKenna. Tpr Heath. Tpr Legg. Tpr Parker. LCoH Barratt. LCoH Rushton. LCpl Dunkley. Tpr Hamill. Capt Lane Kent, LCoH Hobson, Tpr Stott, LCpl Gray, LCpl Dyson LCpl Fallon. LCoH row: Front


THE REGIMENTAL STABLES As the Regiment prepared for N. Ireland the worst possible weather descended on Germany and for some three months the horses could only be ridden in the school with an occasional lungeing in the deep snow of the manege for a change. To break this monotony a series of Sunday afternoon indoor show-jumping sessrons were organised and these became so popular that the last of them saw over 80 horses competing. CoH Catlin, LCoH Hague and SCpl Holt organised a tight schedule while Mrs Holt ran a ‘bratwurst bar‘. on occasion in temperatures so low that the sauces froze. In March the BAOR competition circuit started and Capt Leadbetter on Yokel produced the first success with a fourth place in the Gamblers at the Herford Indoor Show. The following week the RAVC outdoor show produced more rosettes including ones for CoH Kennard and Tpr Plank. The next fixture was the Spring One Day Event and Hunter Trial which sadly attracted only a small number of competitors due to unfitness after the hard winter but LCoH Hague achieved a creditable second in the event on Cambridge. a horse which had arrived from London in February. In the hunter trial. Capt Leadbetter, Surg Lt Col Page and SCpl Stubley were amongst the ribbons. The Horste Riding Club kindly invited a team to compete in “Ein Kleine Springe‘ and despite Zebedee achieving the impossible by clearing the two arenas dividing wall and scattering the Bundeswehr team who were warming up under its protection, it was generally agreed that we has misread the schedule and that we were not quite ready for such a high-grade show. The versatile blacks were next to be found pounding the 14 kilometres of the Sennelager Ride when Yokel and Maj Hayward came second in the all-comers section and Maj Tweedie on Zanzara was third in the novice. Maj Tweedie returned a little stiff the following Monday on his Ops desk in Andersonstown. On June 9 the horse world of BAOR gathered for the annual spectacular of the Rhine Army Horse Show. As in 1978 the challenge was taken up by the rear party. fortunately boosted this year by the presence of Maj

Maj Hayward on: o e

LCoH Hague on Black Chief

SCpl Bright tent pegging on Amos

CoH McGregor on Zebedee

Tweedie. CoH Bright and CoH McGregor who had recently returned from Ulster and were on leave. A profusion of rosettes was won and it was most encouraging to see so many of the stables staff and various novice riders from the rear party being willing to have a go and holding their own against the impressive German line up. The team jumping was won by the Regiment with LCoH Hague riding Black Chief, Maj Hayward riding Yokel and CoH McGregor riding Zebedee. These three also took first, second and fourth placings respectively in the show’s overall championship. On the sidelines Farrier LCoH Williams was successfully winning first prize in the largest farriery competition BAOR had seen for many years despite his heavy handicapping. The only black spot during the day was the unscheduled feeding of the bloodhounds by a bockwurst seller half way through their parade — quick reaction by the two whippers-in Tprs Herring and Plank prevented the incident turning into a full canine debauch. The summer season came to an end in June with a hunter trial run by the 16/5 Lancers at Wolfenbuttel where amidst splendid hospitality Beaufort with Maj Tweedie up was second in the novice and LSgt Kelly was third in the Beginners.

On their return from Wolfenbuttel the horses were despatched to the lush grass fields that had been loaned to us by various farmers in the Mosebeck Valley and the grooms disappeared on well-earned leave. Apart from parades of hounds at local open days the only activity during August was the formation of the Regimental Tent Pegging Team led by Capt T. P. E. Barclay who recruited a large following by claiming that success at the BAOR tent-pegging championships would count as any eavalryman‘s personal weapon test and probably excuse them the annual gunnery camp as well! The Blacks found the arena too small and were clearly outclassed in speed and agility by the polo ponies that the other competitors rode; accuracy however bore fruits and two lance teams (Capt Barclay and LCoH Hobson and SCpl Bright and LCoH Hague) took joint first place. By early September the Autumn competitions were beginning and with the return of the Regiment keen rivalry for rides was evident. At the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and 15/19 Hussars combined show and hunter trial prize money was taken by LCpl Jackson. LCpl Hodgson. LCoH Hulland. LSgt Kelly. Capt Barclay. Maj Hayward. LCoH Hobson and LCoH Ha ue. 3% Field Regiment Royal Artillery ran a hunter trial and team chase on Sennelager where LCpl Hammond. LCoH Hobson and LCoH Hague won rosettes while Tpr Plank led a Regimental team into fourth place in the time chase. The following Saturday with the 9/12 Lancers, Surg Lt Col Page rode Boomer into third

place. Capt Carr-Ellison’s own Tom Duff won the restricted novice and Capt Barclay and Ct Howard were beaten into second place in the pairs by SCpl Holt and CoH Kennard. A further rosette studded week-end was then enjoyed at Osnabruck where the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards ran their hunter trial. The season ended with The Rhine Army Autumn One Day Event and Hunter Trial. A large German entry resulted in very few British horses being ‘in the frame‘ but Tpr Blakeley succeeded in being third in the beginners. Tpr Thompson sixth in the restricted novice on Bastille, LCoH Hague fourth in the Open on Black Chief and Maj Hayward on Yokel sixth in the Open. The end of a very satisfactory competition season has seen the show jumpers and eventers being quickly converted into hunters at the weekends while continuing to be used for instruction during the week. The eleven All Arms Beginners courses. the two A11 Arms Intermediate courses. the four pre-HCR courses and the great variety of wives rides and fun rides have ensured that the horses have not wasted their days away in their boxes despite the Op Banner Tour and SCpl Holt’s administration and LCoH Hague’s instruction have been well tested. The private horses have not been plentiful but Mrs Catlin’s Jubilee. Mrs Hague’s Charley Farley. Mrs Kelly's Rio and Capt Carr-Ellison‘s Torn Duff have provided continued employment for Tpr Popple in the private end. When the Regiment departs SCpl Holt. LCoH Hague and FLCoH Williams will remain to settle The Life Guards into the BAOR routine.

THE WESER VALE HUNT The 1978—79 season was disastrous. with only 12 days hunting. Under Acting Joint Masters Maj Hayward and Surg Lt Col Page only six days hunting were possible after the Regiment left for Northern Ireland. due to the extremely long. hard winter. No hunting was possible from Boxing Day until March 18. Hounds had their best day of the season at Schloss Biickeburg on May 1. Later in May. we travelled to Dusseldorf to take our hounds to the exclusive Haus Sehwarzenstein



Maj Hayward showing hounds at the Rhine Army Summer Show

where we had an enjoyable. it rather warm day. The pure-bred doghounds. William and Drummond. were entered and are progressing well. A sad note was the departure of Endless in January who was nine years old. a great age for a bloodhound. To replace her, Maj Stringer sent us a pure—bred bitch. Harlot. who arrived from England in March. after various delays. The 1979-80 season opened in October. with nine couple of hounds in kennels. including 311 couple of unentered hounds (The ‘A‘s). Capt Barclay and Surg Lt Col Page are Joint Masters. Capt Barclay is hunting hounds again. Lt White-Spunner and Ct E. Hanmer are turning hounds to him. Surg Lt Col Page remains Hon Secretary and Field Master. Tpr Herring continues as kennelman. To date we have had five meets. with no days lost to bad weather. there is much enthusiasm and support with over 30 subscribers so far (compared with 23 in 1978-79). The ‘A‘s have been entered except for Amburg whose fate is undecided at the moment. Given better luck with the weather this season. we should be able to hand over a happy and thriving hunt to The Life Guards in February 1980. Our sincere thanks are due to all our British and German friends who continue to make it possible for us to hunt.

Capt Barclay on hound exercise

The Regiment was asked to provide the equine element for the lst British Corps Tctrathlon championships in September. Tetrathlon is a multi—sport competition in which the competitor competes in four sports: swimming. pistol shooting. cross-country running and either a riding event or a motor-cycle scramble. Maj Hayward was the riding member of the Tctrathlon Committee and the Blacks were ridden by the competitors in an arena event that was a cross between very elementary dressage and showjumping. Although we were unable due to lack of time to train a team we did enter a scratch team of Ct Sutherland. Tpr Herring. Tpr Dick and LCoH White-Park with LCoH Henney acting as coach and team manager. To their credit the team were all individually placed in the first half of the competitors and Ct Sutherland was second in the overall result. he also won the riding event while Tpr Herring was joint second in the riding.

The Tetrathlon team Tpr Dick, Ct Sutherland, Tpr Herring, LCpl White-Park

SKI-ING As Germany‘s icy pall engulfs us the Regimental Langlauf team is beginning to work into a frenzy of activity. Despite this being the only year in which there has been enough time to train a team. there are great hopes for a good result in the championships in January. Ct Coreth is captaining the team which will be trained by CoH Quinn and LSgt Pickstock with Tprs Wallwork. Jones. Lanham and Swindlehurst making up the rest of the squad. After the Major General’s inspection they leave for the Bavarian Alps and then move on to Reutte in the Tyrol where they remain until the 4th Armoured Division Championships at lschgl in January. Meanwhile the Downhill Ski Team has also started training at Tignes in France. with its hopes boosted by the arrival of Lt Boone straight from Sandhurst. His previous racing experience should prove a great asset to the team. The other members are Lts Huggins and Lendrum, Lt Hanmer and the veteran Maj Tweedie. Capts Lukas and Rollo have also been training but will not be able to spare the time for the races.

Capt Rollo at the Regimental Swimming Gala

HOCKEY Due to Soltau training and Annual Firing, Hockey has got off to a slow start this year. We have had one win in a friendly match against 28 Engineer Regiment. From now until we leave BAOR in 1980 there will be plenty of matches in both the league and knockout competitions. The hockey officer is Maj Reed Felstead who plays centre half and the team captain is SQMC McEvoy who plays at left back. These two players are the only two remaining from The Blues and Royals team which won the BAOR competition in 1970. SSgt Chapman and LSgt Campos from the REME are both skilful players. Sgt Howe is a useful goalie and Ct Atkins and COH Kennard have performed well. Although we don’t have a world-beating team there is enough talent for us to be in with a chance of winning the divisional competitron.

POLO 1979 The revival of the club system at Bad Lippspringe this year meant that four new players were able to sample a taste for the game. It was unfortunate that, due to our tour in Northern Ireland. polo for us did not start until the beginning of July. With the demand for players

The P010 Team

from Regiments in BAOR far outweighing the supply of ponies, the opportunity for our beginners was minimal. Unable to produce an Inter-Regimental team in June we did, however, manage to scratch together a captains and subalterns team later in the season. Alas. due to a pony shortage, we ended up mounting three players against a full 15/19th Hussars team and sadly sufiered the consequences! Those that played in BAOR were Capt N. Hadden-Paton, Lt T. M. Voorspuy, Lt B. W. White-Spunner, Ct H. Sutherland, Ct E. H. Hanmer and Ct M. R. Coreth. In England, the Regimental team consisted of Lt Col B. J. Lockhart, Maj A. H. Parker-Bowles, Capt T. L. Livingstone-Learmonth and Lt D. Darley. Although we were the highest handicapped team, favourites and playing two Army players we were deservedly knocked out by, of all teams. The Life Guards in the semi-finals. This was the first time we had been beaten by them in living memory or anyway since amalgamation but they were a team who had played together all season and the result was a fair one. Maj Parker-Bowles captained the Army team against the Navy and both he and Captain Livingstone-Learmonth played for the successful Army team which beat the Indian Army. Lt Col Lockhart hung up his polo boots straight after the Inter-Regimental for the third year running. Capt Livingstone-Learmonth and Lt Darley will not be with us next season but with the opportunities available at the Guards Polo Club, some recently acquired privately owned ponies, eight officers intending to play and a spot of luck, the Inter Regimental Cup should return to its rightful place in Com— bermere Barracks!

EAGLES RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB The club has grown this year to form a squad which made Regimental history on September 15 by fielding two XVs on the same day at Gutersloh against the Garrison RAF team. The following for the club has been increasing throughout the year and with favourable results. While in Ireland the Regimental side played several matches against military teams and reached the second round in the 7-a-side competition. Some players also


(.‘t Hanmer, I.t Voorspuy, Capt Hadden-Paton. Lt Wlnte-Spunner

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played for local civilian clubs and managed to play in parts of Belfast which they could otherwise not have visited including the Shankhill Road. On return to Detmold in July we lost nearly 50 per cent of the Regimental side. but the challenge to train the squad was taken up by SCpl Bright, Together with the help of LCpl White-Park and Sgt Blake. SCpl Bright got the team into shape and led them to six Victories in their nine games. The games have been of a high standard and the discipline of the squad has gained the Regiment an ex— cellent reputation in the rugby circles of BAOR. The largest problem being shortage of rugby balls and a training ground. However, the squad has adapted themselves and made full use of the gym and th: manege. The social life of the club has been interrupted by Soltau and Hohne but we did manage to have a drinks evenings in August. At the moment we are all looking forward to the Christmas Party on December 11. The squad has been very successful this season and have their eyes set upon the Cavalry Cup for next year.

The members thank everyone who has supported their club and hope that next year the support will be as popular. The club wishes to excnd its special thanks to the ‘Rugby Club wives‘ who have faithfully stood on the touchline no matter what the elements tried to throw at them.

Match against I R Anglians

The Rugby Team . Back row: LC 1 Beynon, LSgt Unwin, LCoH Gimblett Tpr Wallwork, SCpl Bright, Lt Daly. Tpr Dogie. LCpl Irvine ‘ Front row: Tpr Davies), Tpr Harris, Tpr Matthews. LCoH Windrass, LCpl Manning. LCoH Henney, (.oH Buckle. Tpr Vickers

SAILING Somewhat to everyone's surprise. this year‘s offshore racing squad maintained the Regiment‘s varied reputation at Kiel. Having been ninth out of ten with a prize for improving the quality of life in 1977. first out of twelve under the professional guidance of Maj Barne in I978. we were third in the 4 Armoured Division and fifth in the Royal Armoured Corps Regatta. Crowds lined the banks of Kiel Ford. huddled together in anxious masses peering into the darkness and drizzle. to watch The Blues and Royals ‘A‘ in Spear sweep across the line to win the last race in the divisional regatta. This was after a chequered series in which we hit the bottom once; crossed the startline stopwatch in hand ten minutes late once: attempted to torpedo a passing ferry with the spinnaker boom once: sailed round Faaborg harbour in pouring rain seventeen times and hit the lead twice. Manoeuvres which we sadly lacked time to practise for this time included hoisting sails upside down, hoisting sails still lashed firmly to the deck and indeed hoisting sails unattached to anything at all. However. we did manage to lose the keys to the Commanding Ofiicer's yacht. Always a popular move! The squad, Capt Rollo, Lt Voorspuy, Cts Atkin and Howard and Tprs Sheppard and Robertson. is now holding daily tactical think-ins and swimming trials preparatory to next year’s Olympic series at Kalundborg. Applicants for training courses at Gosport next year should apply now.

i» Passing a rival boat

Tprs Shepherd and‘Robertson

FREEFALL PARACHUTING Unfortunately the Regiment returned from Ireland too late to enter a team for ‘Parashot’ this year. Despite this the team has not been without its successes. Several members of the rear party managed to attend courses at Bad Lippspringe while the Regiment was in Belfast and this proved to be very popular. Unfortunately the training programme for Annual Firing at Hohne was too demanding to allow anyone else away for the three weeks required for the course. Tpr Platt was posted to The Guards Depot Freefall Team, based at Pirbright in June. He went to the open championships in Cyprus during August and also managed to get to Raeford in California during September. There he trained with The ‘Golden Knights’ who are the United States Army relay work team and gained considerable experience which will prove useful during next year’s competitions. At the moment The Guards Freefall Team are busy completing an extensive tour of demonstration around Great Britain. LCpl Spencer returned once more to Bad Lippspringe in June to complete his training as an instuctor. He has had a very successful year despite several injuries including a mid-air collision at 8.000ft in which he was knocked unconscious. He has totally recovered. and is now completing the last course of the year. At the Rhine Army Parachute Association Meeting held at Bad Lippspringe in July LCpl Spencer won the accuracy competition and was also a member of the winning four-man relay team. He has safely secured a place for himself in the army team and we wish him the best of success in the future. On our return to Windsor we hope to get more students away on courses down to Pirbright. The 57

Windsor and we hope to include the families once the club has become established. Everyone is welcome and we guarantee that you will find this sport exciting, and the social life enjoyable. There will be instructors’ courses running next summer and we are looking forward to meeting our new members. The sport is cheap, safe and exciting. Get a lift out of life. Come Para-Ascending!

LCpl Spencer achieving a ‘dead centres’

course is only a week long but guarantees two jumps, This is a growing sport within the Regiment and will be helped by being so close to both Netheravon and Pirbright. Finally The Guards Freefall Team is very short of jumpers, if there is any one who would like to joint the squad please contact Ct D. R. A. Daly.

PARA-ASCENDING This new sport, brought to the Regiment by Ct Daly and SCM Clayton from R.M.A., Sandhurst. received a strong following from all ranks. The club has managed to buy its own canopy. and on return to Windsor intends to buy some towing tackle and safety equipment. This will make the club totally independent. and enable the jumpers to use the airfields in the area. of which there are several. Para-Ascending is a growing sport within the Army and has the advantage that it is much cheaper than parachuting. and yet provides the same sensations. Each jumper is towed into the air by a Landrover. and when his optimum height has been reached he releases and . . floats back down again. All jumpers complete a course of ground training and are tested as to their knowledge of the safety principles before ‘they are allowed to ‘fly‘. This sport is directed at the soldiers who are non—sport gladiators and yet are looking for excitement with a difference. We have several suitable airfields close to us at


SQUASH During the 78/79 season virtually no regimental squash has been played due to the Northern Ireland tour. One friendly match was played against a Belfast club. The Regiment lost 1-4. We are now well into the 79/80 squash season and to date we have played one match against HQ 4 Armd Division. This we also lost 1-4. Not a good record so far but we hope to improve on this and stand a good chance of getting through to the semifinal of the 4 Div Knockout competition with the favourable draw that we have. Our only success this season was when Maj Reed-Felstead won the Divisional Individual Championships in November. Our team is headed by Maj Reed—Felstead. At number two comes Maj Smith-Bingham who had a long and exciting game in the first match of the season losing 6-9 in the fifth game. Our numbers three and four Capt Hadden-Paton and Ct lnnes-Ker will have left us by the end of November. Sgt Blake our PT] will move to three closely followed by CoH Kennard at four. which leaves a question mark for number five. There are plenty of aspiring players to fill this space and we might even witness a comeback by 50’] Adams who has been plagued with arm trouble so far this year. Squash has become an increasingly popular game. The average age of our team this year was 33. We still need some young talent for next year.


SOLDIERS (Nasty Steeplechasing Devils) by Slittfi‘l'as'


Nominal Roll as at 11th November 1979

Tpr TurnbuII, S. Tpr Wright, K. A.

Maintenance Team


SCpI Lane. E. L.

Capt J. McM. Carr-Ellison

CoH Benn. T. F. CoH Williams, B. R. LCoH Jervis, J. M.

Capt M. H. Lingernan

LCoH Gregory, M. R.

W02 Pomroy, H. S. J. (Int WO) SCpl Weeks. N. (Fams NCO) CoH Scammell (PRI) Tpr Robertson, H. (Temp Att KIEL) Tpr Spencer. R. (Temp Att JSPC)

Capt F. G. S. Lukas Surg Lt Col J. P. A. Page

LCpl Garfinh. J. F.

Sgt Blake, J. (APTC)

Capt A. Bunnell (RAChD) RCM MacDougall. W. R.

SHQ Troop Maj H. T. Hayward Capt R. B. Yates SCM Hawley, H. SQMC Villers, L. LCoH Birchall, R.

Tpr Athenon, S. J. Tpr Crooke. E. J.

Tpr Elliott, L. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Naylor, K. J. 0rd, R. B. Thacker, H. Wallwork, J. P. Wright, A.

0M Department Capt R. R. Giles ROMC Howick, D. A.

CoH Taylor, K. LCoH Butcher, J. LCoH Goodyear, A. M. LCoH Kay, D. LCoH Nicholson, G. LCoH Pentith, T LCpl Masson, T.

Tpr Bellamy, D. Tpr Logie. D. Tpr English. T. OM (T) Department Maj W. R. Marsh

ROMC Anslow. R. J. CoH Kennard, S. D. CoH Stephenson, W. LCoH Barratt, A.

SCpl Adams, K. LCoH Bryan, K. E. LCoH Frampton, K. A. LCoH Robertson, M.

LCoH Smith, H. LCpl Goodall, B. LCpl Nichols, K. LCpl Rees, S. Tpr Davies, P. G. Tpr Johnson. A. D. Tpr Martin, S. M. Tpr Wheatley, G.

Stables SCpI Holt, M. L. LCoH Hague, S.

Fl CoH Williams. C. J. L. LCpl Jackson, G. Tpr Blakeley, M. Tpr Hancock,

Tpr Herring M. R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Plank, A. Quinn, A. D. Popple. S. Thomson, M. R.

LCoH Hobson, D. LCoH Holloway, R. LCoH Kempster, l. K.

Pay Office Capt M. R. Llewellyn SSgt Hinchllffe. M. Sgt Farrell, J. LSgt Gosling, M. LSgt Johnson, I. A. LSgt Unwin, N. T. Pte Willey, P.

LCoH Partis, J. LCoH Stickels, J. LCpl Ashby, B. Tpr Maplesdon, H. J. L.

RHO. (H) Troop LCoH Greenaway, C. J. LCpl Millington, R.

Tpr Jobling, D. Tpr Robinson, A. J. Tpr Shaw, G. 5. MT Troop Capt B. W. Lane SCpl Hughes, K. C.

SCpI Cain, P. LCoH Hutton, R. J. LCoH Kelsey, J.

LCoH Robinson, R. LCoH Reid, P.

LCoH Watson. M. J. LCoH Weightman, P. LCoH Young, D. A. LCpl Davies. W. V. LCpl Glen, A. S. Tpr Bennet, T. N. Tpr Beresford, D. Tpr Boden, P. Tpr Chappel, P. N. Tpr Fernley, T. Tpr Foster, M. L. Tpr Frith, S. C. Tpr Gowland, G. Tpr Hamill, P. Tpr Hardy, C. B. Tpr Humberstone, A. P. Tpr O‘Brien, W. D. Tpr Miller, G. T. Tpr Slater, A. Tpr Spandley, J. P. Tpr Thomas, D. F. Tpr Todd, R.


ACC W02 Ball, B. Sgt Hewitt, C. M. LSgt Carr, M. LSgt Hinton, R. LSgt Scott, P. LCpl Hendy, R. LCpl Rowcliffe, P.

LCpl O'Callaghan, A. Pte Abbott, G. G. Pte Lewis, J. Pte Moss, 8. R.

Pte Smith, D. Pte Sinclair. R. B.

LCoH Coffey, J. P. R. LCoH Harding. D.

LCoH Howland, D. LCoH Maskell, P. LCoH Whiting, B. J. LCpl Allen, K.

Pte Pike, R. E. Pte Jones, E. G.

Orderly Room OROMC Sproats, R. J.

CoH Chillingworth, G. D. LCoH Bourne, N. W. LCoH Fallon, D. LCoH Giblette, J. LCoH Reeve, A. D. LCoH Seget, M. Tpr Austin, H. S.

Musn Harmsworth Tpr May, A.

LAD Section Capt N. Leadbetter

ASM Curtis, W. T. AOMS Gay. S. F. AOMS Docherty

AQMS Joseph, R. SSgt French, M. C. SSgt Ward, C. P. Sgt Brown, H. J. Sgt Bell, T. H. Sgt Crissall, M. Sgt Davies, M. T. Sgt Howe. R. S. Sgt Kane, D. H. Sgt Lowrie, R. J. Sgt Suddes, I. Sgt Wietecha, M. R.

LSgt Ashton, P. C. LSgt Bachu, P. LSgt Campos, C. B. LSgt Taylor, C. B. LSgt Stafford Cpl Hughes, I. R. LCpl Crellin, R. G.

LCpl Ford, R. C. LCpl Gordon, P. F. LCpl Gray, P. S.

LCpl Healey, D. S. LCpl Helliwell, R. W. LCpl Howard, P. LCpl Kennedy, D. C.

Cfn Easton. D. W. Cfn Morrison, K.

WOs and CsoH Mess SCpl Stubley, l. LCoH Craig, A. LCpl Mitchell, P. J. LCpl Loft, C. L. LCpl Simpkins, A. J. Tpr Moody, S. C. Tpr Renton, R. Provost SCpl Freeman, K. R.

LCoH Henney, P. LCpl Murrow, F. A. Tpr Cottee, C. Tpr Harris, R. Tpr Havard

LCoH Hyndman, W. T. LCoH Martin, W. LCoH Quinn, T. J.

Cfn Nation, G. C. J. Cfn Pelleschi, S. C. Cfn Riddel, A. Cfn Powell, A. Cfn Webster, P. J. Cfn Wilkinson, H. R.

LCoH Wilcox, N. P. W. LCpl Andrews, D. S. LCpl Jones, A. Tpr Cox, S. Tpr Hancock, N. P. N. Tpr Swindlehurst, M. 1 Troop Lt T. M. Voorspuy

CoH Shillabeer. M. A. LCoH Cliff, A. LCoH Rushton, D. LCpl Rendell, R. E. J. Tpr Applin, T. J. Tpr Baxter, M. J. Tpr Consadine, M. R. Tpr Eyre, R. W. Tpr Payne, K. C. Tpr Richards. M. J. Tpr Webb, S.

LCoH Cook, M. F. LCoH Mardon,T A. LCpl CIavering, M. LCpl Kent, G. LCpl Day, 8. Tpr Brown, M. Tpr Fowler, D. K. Tpr Hollingworth, G. S.

Tpr Plater, I. M. Tpr Voyce, T. Tpr Walters. P.


LAD Section SSgt Lawson, R. LSgt Routledge, A.

3H0. Troop Maj D. M. Reed-Felstead Capt C. C. Bucknall Ct The Lord R. Innes-Ker SCM Clayton. J. W. CoH Gillingham, S. N.

LSgt Pickstock, J.

LCoH Bowden, T. J.

Cfn Pelleschi

LCpl Beynon, K. E. LCpl Charlton, M. F. LCpl Dunkley, G. M. LCpl Fisher, J. LCpl Manning, R. P. Tpr Abbott, D. H. Tpr Dick, I. S. Tpr Hartill, E. A. Tpr Hutton, M. A. Tpr Joyce, P. A. Tpr Needham, J. W. F. Tpr Proffit, M. J. Tpr Stott, T. Tpr Landy, 8.

Cfn Gupwell, A. R.

LSgt LSgt LSgt LCpl LCpl

Kelly, N. Horrocks Rees, H. Bullock, G. E. Bruce, J.

Cfn Silver. A. P.

LCpl Dyson, A. LCpl Kent, N. R. Tpr Armstrong, M. L. Tpr Elliott, P. Tpr Jones. K. Tpr Jones. G. Tpr Matthew, G. C.

Tpr Shatliff, T. W. 3


Ct T. J. Atkin CoH Muff, A. E.

LCoH Gimblett, K. LCoH Sandercock, J. M. LCpl Mason, K. J. Tpr Barugh, S. M.

Tpr Darby, I. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Egan, J. A. G. Fidler, G. E. Fleming, R. Harris, A. M. Johnston, R. P.



Ct E. H. Hanmer CoH Perry, 8. J. LCoH Miller, D. G. LCpl Towse, J. Tpr Burbidge, A. Tpr Carpenter, T. M. Tpr Challinor, l. Tpr Kingham, G. M. Tpr Lanham, S. Tpr Mitchell, M. Tpr Musgrove, A. G. Tpr Pitt, C. M. J.

Admin Troop SQMC McEvoy, J.

LCoH Thomson, S. P. LCpl Hastings. A. P. LCpl Kitchen, R. M. LCpl Edmonson 1 Troop Lt B. W. B. White—Spunner

CoH Wall, 8. G. LCoH Breakwell, T. R. LCoH Gardiner, R. L. LCpl Clarke, N. LCpl Hodgson, S. A. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Atkinson, P. C. Briggs, T. Clarke, R. H. Dawson. K. Dewar, J. T, Dobie, R. Matthews, G. S. Sheppard, M. R. Ward, S.

2 Troop Lt J. A. C. Huggins CoH Wendon, H.

LCoH Owen, R. P. LCpl Gledhill, C. LCpl Wood, C. Tpr Birch, G. W. Tpr Davies. H. P. Tpr Evans, J. Tpr Flynn, M. J.

Tpr Miekeljohn, S. Tpr Mitchell, M. D. Tpr Rutland, D. J. LCpl Lawson, P. 3 Troop

Admin Troop SOMC Triggs, J.

CoH Armishaw, P. LCoH Pitt. 0. J. LCoH Reynolds, B. J. Tpr Bailey, M. A. Tpr Chetwynd, R. Tpr Davis, l. M.

Cfn Cox, M. T.

Tpr Manning, I.

Cfn Harrison, P. J.

Tpr McKinney, R. Tpr Salvidge, G. Tpr Saunders, N.

Ct D. R. A. Daly SCpI Bright, R. J. LCoH Blackburn, S. LCoH Windrass, R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Kershaw, D. Lambert, K. Mayo, M. S. Morrall, B. D. Ribton, S. P. Stubbs, D. J. Westgate. N. Widdowson, S.

4 Troop Ct T. C. Boles CoH Stacey, M. B. LCoH Nolan, G. B. LCpl Cowton, K. LCpl McGarry, P. Tpr Booth, A. N. Tpr Budge, R J. Tpr Debbie. G. Tpr Fox. M. R. Tpr Rodgers, A. Tpr Rolfe, M. Tpr Vaughan, M. D.

'C‘ SQUADRON SHQ Troop Maj G. H. Tweedie Capt T. P. E. Barclay

Ct L. M.-J. H. Kisielewski»Dunbar SCM Fortt, R. A. CoH Lampard, B. D. LCoH Harris, R. LCpl Barry, P. K.

LCpl Elliott, C. D.

LCoH Buxton, P. LCoH Whitehead, S. A.

3 Troop Lt R. C. D. Lendrum CoH Mead, I. LCoH Guest, J. R. LCoH Taylor, A. D. LCpl Shaw. P. Tpr Keen, N. S. Tpr Miles, D. M. Tpr Perry, R. D. Tpr Reynolds, A. A. Tpr Ryan, G. M. Tpr Stones, l. Tpr Townsend, P. Tpr Watson, T.

Cfn Trigger, S

2 Troop

’D‘ Sqn Fitter Section SSgt Powell, A. R. LSgt Morgan, P. C. LSgt Rees, J. W. LCpl Thomas, E. D. E.

Cfn Mochan. A. Cfn Peake, L.

Sgt Dean, E. LSgt BellamyeBooth. C. LSgt Choppin, W. LCpl Birrell, R. LCpl Holmes, W. LCpl Irvine, A. LCpl Verryoke, M. Cfn Flemming, D.

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CoH Harkness. P.

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CoH Murray, 8.

RHQ (L) Troop LCoH Henry, S. LCpl Hunt, P. R. J. Tpr Cawley. M. Tpr Harkup, P. Tpr Schofield, D. A.


Ct M. R. Coreth SCpI Pinks, M.

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4 Troop

LCpl Kirkwood, W. J. LCpl Morris, S. LCpl Wynne. D. A. Tpr Atkinson, L. Tpr Beard, J. M. Tpr Harris, P. D. (327) Tpr Hellewell, G. P. Tpr Matthews. K. T. Tpr McSheehy, J. T. Tpr Mouncey. G. Tpr Norris, M. J. Tpr Nutohey, A. C. Tpr Philp. M. W. Tpr Steeden. J. Tpr Wilson, R. P.

Admin Troop

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2 Troop Ct R. J. Dale»Thornas SCpI Fox, G. A. LCoH Harding, M. A.

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RY Capt (0M) J. G. Handley

RMA Sandhurst SCpl Sayer, C. J.

LCoH Barber, P. J. RMCS Shrivenham LCpI Barclay, R. J,

H0 ME District CoH Harman. B R. ADU RAVC N Ireland Tpr Murray, A. K.

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HQ UKLF Maj J. J. F. Scott Maj I. M. D. L. Weston

2 Armd Del Sqn CoH Greer, D.

CDE Porton Lt Col D. J. S. Wilkinson

'C' Son RY

RAVC Trg Centre CoH McGregor. 0. Household Cavalry Hospital LCpl Nixon, B.

RAC Centre W02 Preece, G. R. W02 Burton Johnson, H. SCpl Fisk, P. E. CoH Rose. C. W. LCpI Corway, G. RAC Gunnery School

W02 Thomas, L. H. RSC APSG W01 Sellars, J. W.

W02 Chapman, L. C SCpI Stacey. M.

CoH Mackenzie, I.

Tpr Priest. R. M.


H0. West Midlands District 7 Cadet Trg Team LCoH Stevanovic, L.

SCpl Docherty, J.

MD Wales 20 Cadet Trg Team W01 Bell, P. G.

LCoH Smith, 6.

SCpI Chamberlain, D. E.


CoH Smith, D.

H0 London District CoH Preece, D. C. F.

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Lt H. A. K. Field

MVEE Chertsey Tpr Anderson, C. R.

SCpI Westwood, M.

SCpI Weston, A. J.

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Lt J. Peck

Lt Col 0. S. A. Boyd

Lt Col D. J. Daly

CoH Grimes, F. (1.

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Lt A. E. M. Mitchell

Ministry of Defence

H0 SHAPE Lt Col J. G. Hamilton-Russell, MBE

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W01 Wennell, D. J.

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LCpI Laidlaw, A. N. Maj R. C. Wilkinson

Musn Stephenson, G. R.

Musn Wall, 5. J. Musn Williamson, J. Musn Yurek, R.

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