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FOREWORD

THE BLUE AND ROYAL BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER VOL. N0. 16

1985

LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. D. SMITH-BINGHAM Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen.

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

Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel J. G. Hamilton-Russell, MBE

It was apparent two years ago that The Blues and Royals would not have an easy first year in Germany and there— fore steps were taken to ensure that during 1983 conversion training was carried out well above the basic guidelines which the Regiment had been set; the Regiment had only been in Germany a short time before it became obvious to all how essential this additional training was going to be. The tasks which the Regiment faced were considerable. The move from Windsor to Detmold, followed later in

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Smith-Bingham

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Italy (1943—44), The Falkland Islands (1982)

the year by a complete change of tank fleet involving very different skills, a further change of half the tank fleet later involving again different techniques, the additions of Guided Weapon and Recce troops, and all this had to be carried out from a barracks which was in the process of almost total reconstruction. There was also the additional inconvenience of having Headquarters Squadron living in accommodation on the other side of the town. The Blues and Royals arrived in February and were given a good handover by The Life Guards. Following vehicle level training on the local training area at Stapel. the Regiment moved up to Soltau for Troop Training and soon began to get back in the swing again of handling tanks in the field. In June, the Regiment carried out Battle Group Training at Soltau, followed by the start of the change of tank fleet and further internal trade training. In August/September most of the Regiment had some leave before the start of Exercise Lionheart which has been sufficiently described in the press and needs no further comment now. The Regiment was fortunate to have had a busy time and covered considerable miles. both on roads and across country.

by all ranks of much that makes up the quality of lite in the Army. Sport, normal working hours and, to a certain extent, leave have been cut in order to produce the standards required. However the Regiment is now on a firm footing for the rest of its tour. Life in Germany for an armoured regiment is never easy but clearly the pace from now onward can relax to a more acceptable level so that all will be able to lead the sort of life that is expected in todays busy. but professional. Army.

On return, the issue of our new tanks continued and

CONTENTS Foreword

Wives Club Notes

Diary of Events 1984

Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess .

’A' Squadron Notes ..........................................

HMS ’Broadsword'

’B' Squadron Notes 'C' Squadron Notes

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Exercise Lionheart. ........................................... The Blues and Royals Association Report ..............

’D’ Squadron Notes ........................................

Visit of the Association to the Regiment ...............

HO Squadron Notes ..........................................

Scrap Book 1984

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Mounted Squadron Notes

Fifty Years Ago 7? ? .........................................

Guards Depot Notes ....................................... Band Notes ...................................... Quadrille Notes ............................................ . Museum Notes . . Recruiting Office Notes

Obituaries Sports Notes .................................................. Household Cavalry Ride Sopley—London Nominal Roll

this led straight into Annual Firing at I-Iohne in November. The firing itself went very well although we were unlucky to be interrupted both by a German holiday and bad weather. In London, the Mounted Squadron has had a hectic and varied year. In addition to the usual escorts in London, the Amir of Bahrain was received on a State

Visit at Windsor. The Major General’s inspection had its fair share of excitement and summer camp was spent at Sopley, in Hampshire, allowing the more adventurous troops to bathe in the sea. The Regiment had set out with the intention of establishing a firm base for its next five years in Germany. There was to be no cutting of corners and emphasis was to be clearly laid on correct tactics and accurate new techniques; speed would then follow naturally, I am quite clear that the Regiment has achieved its aim;

The Cover shows the Sovereign's Standard incorporating the Falkland Islands Theatre Honour—see page opposite

however, this has been due to personal sacrifices made

THEATRE HONOUR FALKLAND ISLANDS

The following is the text of a signal received from the Director Royal Armoured Corps: ‘To CO from DRAC. Delighted to read of the award to the Regiment of the Theatre Honour of the Falklands. This considerable distinction is most justly deserved, give my renewed congratulations to those members of the Regiment whose outstanding contributions to Operation Corporate has earned this honour. The Blues and Royals can be very proud to have added so conspicuously to their long and outstanding history.’


A Squadron Notes Diary of Events 1984

If anyone serving with the Regiment last year were to look at their 1984 Diary it would probably have many more entries than previous years—at least on the military side. Major events are covered elsewhere throughout this magazine but to complete the whole picture a summary of events for 1984 is below. The first two months of the year saw preparations for. and the move of the regiment to Detmold. ‘D' Squadron were complete in Detmold by the end of January and without wasting any time went on low-level tactical training at Stapel (the local training area) in the third week of February, by which time the whole regiment had arrived. The Weser Vale Hunt held an indoor show in March and the fitness of most was tested in the Regimental cross—country race on a gruelling course designed by Maj A. W. Kersting on 7 March. RHQ and SHQs deployed for their first CPX. Exercise New Ground, between 10 and 12 March which was bitterly cold. ‘A‘ and ‘B‘ Squadrons took their turn on Stapel in the last two weeks of March followed by ‘C‘ Squadron at the beginning of April. The Director Royal Armoured Corps, Maj Gen R. M. Jerram, CB, MBE, paid his farewell visit to the Regiment on 10 April. ‘D’ Squadron were sent to guard the ammunition site at Sennelager between 10 and 17 April shortly before we moved to Soltau on the 18th for two-and-a-half weeks of Troop Training. To the delight of some, RHQ went on another CPX during the last week.

Less than a month later we were back on Soltau for Battle Group Training. This was the first opportunity for us to work with supporting arms such as Gunners and Engineers and during the last week the Guided Weapons Troop fired their vehicles at Hohne for commissioning firing. However, before that the GOC 4th Armoured Division, Maj Gen C. J. Waters, CBE, paid

his initial visit on ll May. Two sporting events, an Inter-Squadron Winter Sports Day (rugby, football. hockey and volleyball) and a Regimental Orienteering competition took place within the following week. A Cadre Course for 28 JNCOs and troopers was run for two weeks starting on 26 June with LCpl Richards achieving the reward of best student. During that time we also received a number of visits; the Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sir Martin Farndale, KCB, on 3 July:

the Regimental Association between 6 and 9 July who as usual were very entertaining and their visit coincided with that of the Major General Commanding the Household Division, Maj Gen J. A. C. G. Eyre, CVO, CBE, for two days. He watched the Regimental Athletics Day on 10 July which was extremely hot: both weather and competition. A privately-arranged visit of 40 Oflicers and cadets from Eton College CCF came to see life at the sharp end between l3 and 2! July and tried their hand at

most activities with a great deal of enthusiasm. During this period RHQ and SHQs went to the Battle Group Trainer at Sennelager to play war games. During July and August apart from whatever else was happening the build up to Exercise Spearpoint was gradually gaining momentumimostly with paper being circulated at a horrific pace. Needless to say there were other commitments in August which included Reece Troop recruit firing at Hohne during the first week followed by a small contingent from the Regiment acting as umpires to the 4/7 DG on their test exercise in the third week. A party of 20 cadets from King Edward VI School in Essex arrived on 18 July for eight days who also tried their hand at most things including trying to eat rabbits in lieu of compo rations whilst on exerCise. The Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, Col J. G. Hamilton-Russell, MBE, visited us for two days just prior to Exercise Spearpoint and saw and re-met many familiar faces. Exercise Spearpoint for our Battle Group was between 12 and 29 September and due to it being such a large event a separate article can be found in this magazine. Immediately after the Exercise we were delighted to welcome the Colonel of the Regiment on a four—day visit~his first to BAOR as Colonel. Lt M. A. Patterson took a small Troop to do a two-day patrol on the Inner German Border on 17 October and did some successful spotting, returning in time for the visit of the recently-appointed Director Royal Armoured Corps, Maj Gen S. C. Cooper, on 19 October. The end of October was to see the Weser Vale Hunter Trials. Much hard work and effort by many had been exerted to make it a success but, unfortunately due to bad weather in the days preceding, it had to be cancelled. However. the Hunt Ball went on as planned. We had our ARU (staff inspection) on 8 November and were formally visited by the GOC 4th Armoured Division on 19 November during Annual Firing at Hohne. ‘A‘ and ‘B‘ Squadrons did concurrent ammunition

Site Guards at Sennelager during the first two weeks of December. This coincided with a long visit by our Band from 9—20 December who performed many concerts and, hopefully, all members of the Regiment heard them at some time. The build-up to the festive season seemed to go on for quite a while with some managing to go skiing on Exercise Snow Queen, otherwise life in barracks was geared to the PRE in January. Throughout the year as well as what has been mentioned

above,

conversion

training

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armoured

trades, changing to the new voice procedure and the issue of new tanks occurred. So it turned out to be an unusually busy and hectic year and we look forward to 1985 being a bit more relaxed.

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'A' SOUADRON TANK CREWS ON THE RANGE AT HOHNE

It was a very depleted ‘A’ Squadron which arrived in Detmold in January, having lost nearly half our number to HQ and ‘D’ Squadrons before we left Windsor. We arrived in Detmold to find the barrack rebuild programme in progress and all unmarried soldiers squashed into one floor of the RHQ block, ‘while two ofthe other accommodation blocks were refurbished. At the same time our tank hangers had disappeared so that vehicles were put under cover wherever and whenever enough space could be found, and the majority sat brooding outside. The first few weeks in Detmold were busy for every— one, taking over kit, vehicles, accommodation, etc, and

learning the intricacies of crash-out procedure, security, ORT, as well as simply finding the way about barracks. The first major event with the tanks was a three-day

shake-out on Stapel Training Area. Those who had been on tanks before were quickly reminded of the difference in noise, smoke, size and slowness of the vehicles, not to mention the problems of camming up. The old Foxes left behind at Windsor suddenly gained a large number of converts, although quite a few found the power and mobility of Chieftain a welcome change. A further phase of conversion trade training in April was followed by Troop training on Soltau. At this time the Squadron said goodbye to SCM Villers on promotion

and posting to UNFlCYP, and welcomed in his place SCM Murray who had previously served in ‘A’ Squadron in 1979. SCM Villers will long be remembered for his detailed knowledge of everyone and everything in ‘A‘ Squadron and for the way he was able to use his considerable Regimental experience to protect the

Squadron from outside influences and to keep things running smoothly even during the most difficult times. Very little escaped his fatherly eye and he was a constant source of sound advice and guidance to those who . . needed it. Troop Training was carried out in mainly excellent weather. However, it was hampered by a low allocation of track miles and an appalling number of split pipes and burst seals, most of which seemed to require pack lifts to repair. SSgt Marshall and the Fitter Section and almost all drivers at some stage, worked round the clock to keep the tanks motoring. It is to their credit that by the end of Troop Training the faults had largely been ironed out and the entire Squadron was able-to motor onto the tank transporters. All in all, the training proved a valuable introduction to Chieftain. Troop hides became brilliant, Troop movement became slick, and navigation over Soltau got progresswely eaSier. Even cam nets seemed to go up more easily as the days went by. The Training ended with a 30-hour exercise designed round the improbable task for ‘blue forces to capture a ladies‘ lingerie factory in‘Schneverdingen.

conveniently ended near the exit to Reinsehlen Camp. conveniently ended near the exit to Rheinsehlen Camp. After Troop Training, Mr Barnard left 1 Troop on posting to ‘D‘ Squadron thereby ending a most successful tour as 1 Troop Leader since he arrived With the Squadron in Cyprus in 1982. He was_ replaced ‘by Ct Ward-Thomas who spent Troop Training making brews for CoH Guest, but who is now well ensconced , as callsign 10. The Squadron spent April and May cleaning up the 3

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LCpl Matthew and Tpr Mills

tanks as well as possible with the available manpower and learning the new voice procedure and codes to be adopted by the Army on Exercise Lionheart. As well as leave, a number of the Squadron took part as simulated casualties on Exercise Mini Mash. A winter sports competition, held in a May heatwave, saw the Squadron

win the Softball and the Football plate competitions. It was not very long before we were once again loading onto transporters and heading up to Soltau for Battle Group Training. Many of the skills learned on Troop

Training were adapted to suit Squadron tactics. Despite appalling weather, the training progressed well so that by the end we acquitted ourselves with honour on the Brigade Test Exercise. Particularly memorable was an excellent advance led by Lt McKelvie and 2 Troop, followed by a Squadron quick attack which totally outmanoeuvred the opposition. That night saw a fairly dramatic move along forest tracks alive with the entire Regiment’s compliment of vehicles going in all directions without lights. The finale at dawn was a Regimental

was frequently a real black cloud to be seen in the sky on most days as Germany Stifiereti the worst summer weather for many years. During this period Mr McKelvic left 2 Troop to take command of Reece Troop, and was replaced by Mr Johnson who had returned from his Troop Leaders‘ course. Mr McKelvie‘s individual style of soldiering will long be remembered by those who served with him, and we wish him the best of luck when he retires in the spring. Exercise Lionheart received considerable advance publicity but regrettably got off to a slow start with the Squadron hiding up in large forests for five days before anything significant happened. During this time a large number of tanks had arguments with a large number of trees, particularly 4 Troop who tried to blame the Squadron Leader for their problems, and a certain member of l Troop who used his searchlight to settle the argument (in the tree‘s favour). When the Exercise finally got underway the Troops deployed into a very strong defensive position. Regrettably the enemy knew they had met their match as soon as they bumped l and 4 Troops so they avoided coming our way and we withdrew without getting properly involved. Thereafter we established contact with a large array of German enemy, and carried out a fighting withdrawal before breaking clean. Then followed a long road move when the Squadron was led (astray) by l Troop. Notable events on the Exercise were a spirited Squadron attack across open country when l and 2 Troops supported SHO. but 3 and 4 Troops got left behind at a river crossmg and only joined in at the last minute. Also an excellent advance across the Sibesse Valley when the Squadron moved through ‘B‘ Squadron and stormed a series of enemy-held villages with no loss to ourselves. Various other forays were made into hostile territory, normally as part of some great plan about which we knew very little, but which always involved making a critical deadline with little regard for the enemy who seemed to motor at will around the Exercise Area. Luckily, when ever we met, both sides seemed equally surprised so we probably gave as good as we got. The tanks ran very well and the Squadron became adept at deploying off the line of march and reacting quickly

to sudden enemy contact. All in all. the Exercise went

well and apart from predictably long pauses in damp dark woods, it was exciting and instructive. The six weeks between Lionheart and Annual Firing were spent in frantically repairing and cleaning up the tanks and testing all turret services and gun kits. At the same time crews spent many hours practicing firing and loading drills until they became almost second nature. Once more our life was complicated by the need to hand in our final three tanks and then take over three from ‘C‘ Squadron which had just completed Lionheart with consequent damage and faults. There never seemed to be enough people or hours in the day to really get on top of the work, so yet more long hours and weekends were spent in getting vehicles and crews to a suitable standard. At last the day came to load up for Hohne. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief knowing that everything that could possibly be done had been, and that the tanks were in excellent order. Annual firing was not helped by various non-firing days which interrupted the flow of things and prevented the Squadron from doing more than one Battle Run. Nevertheless, the standard of shooting progressed remarkably well and some very fine performances were put in by all crews at different times. There is no doubt that the turret crews learned a lot and became increasingly confident. However, the struggle to keep the kit going was constant. Particular praise is due to Sgt Price and Sgt Adams for the long hours they spent after firing. testing and changing boxes and leads in a valiant effort to keep the IFCS working. On the whole, this succeeded until the last day when almost all tanks developed

which was both slower and less accurate. A pity as it was the final day of what had up to then been a most successful firing period. Nevertheless, the Squadron has shown itself to have plenty of ability at gunnery and the foundations have been laid for a really good shoot next July. After Hohne, Mr Cowen departed for HCR where he is expected to settle in quickly. After three good years as a Troop Leader he left on a high note by commanding three tanks in succession on the final day’s firing. At the time of writing, the Squadron is preparing for PRE inspections which will effectively end our first year in Germany. No one could say that it has been all ranks have had to search very hard to find adequate reward for the hours spent on the vehicle park. At the same time the first year on tanks is expected to be hard and the Squadron has consistently met the various tasks and problems and overcome them effectively and to a good standard. Next year’s programme has the Field Training spread evenly across the year and block leave periods for each Squadron. These factors combined with greater expertise amongst the troops should enable the hours on the vehicle park to be reduced and the enjoyable aspects of soldering to play a more . prominent part in everyone‘s lives. By the time this articles appears. its author. Maj Rogers, will have handed command of the Squadron over to Maj Massey. another old ‘A‘ Squadron Officer.

attack, executed with Parade Ground precision, against

made while the Regiment is in barracks, the Squadron

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problems and crews ended up usmg steam gunnery

an easy year and there have been many occasions when

a rather bewildered GW Troop. They quickly and inevitably decided that discretion was the better part of valour. By the end of the Exercise the tanks were really motoring well and all mechanical problems seemed to have been cleared. Undoubtedly the worst aspect of 1984 was the prepar— ing of all tanks to PRE standard prior to exchanging them for a new fleet with the improved fire control system. Because of the requirement to fit in leave and courses as well as all the other demands on manpower reorganised into a maintenance team. The few people available found themselves working extended hours and Saturdays throughout June, July and August in order to prepare the vehicles. Sport, adventure training and leisure were forgotten and the work load hung like an oppressive black cloud over the barracks. Indeed, there

'A' SQUADRON OFFICERS AT HOHNE Lt Cowen, Capt Boles, Maj Rogers, Ct Jacobs, Lt Johnson and Ct Ward Thomas

Maj Rogers has commanded for just under three years: in Cyprus. Windsor and Detmold. Although the first

Tpr The Major General with members of 1 Troop ‘A' Squadron

’A’ SOUADRON SOFTBALL TEAM le and Hancock, CoH Wright, Tprs Dalrymp LCpl Hows and LCoH Robertson

Bradley,

grey hairs have started to appear he would like to say that he could not have wished for a more enjoyable time or a better Squadron to have served with.


painting teams prior to handing over a tank and also preparing for Exercise Lionhcart. The Exercise was notable for Tpr Nichols trying to grow a moustache and 4 Troop once again demonstrating modern warfare at periscope depth (underwater) enticing 3 Troop to join them. Thanks, at this stage, must be expressed to the umpire who, after the Squadron had advanced three miles in 20 minutes, totally surprising the numerically superior encmy, knocked us out as a result of a fictitious helicopter attack for six hours, The Firemen and their wives from the village of Bultum also deserve a mention for washing down the vehicles after the Exercise and feeding the tank crews coffee and buns. After Lionhcart, the Squadron were sad to have to say farewell to Maj Reed-Felstead, who leaves for new employment at the RMA Sandhurst. His replacement, Maj Shaw, approached the problems of Hohne and

B Squadron Notes

INSTRUCTION IN WEARING OF BERETS AND BELTS CoH Blackburn, Tpr Locke, LCpI Broughton

a

THE MAJOR GENERAL WITH LCoH DICKENS

President Reagan relaxed and was able to concentrate on his election campaign after February when ‘B' Squadron became part of NATO‘s front line. After a few weeks settling in, the Squadron waited for some cold weather, sufficiently adverse to make it beneficial,

in which to practice their skills, The whole Squadron enjoyed the many and varied techniques of using a cam net, with the possible exception of Mr Cotterell, who felt that it was cold and bad for his complexion. Having conquered Stapel Training Area, Soltau in April was the next major objective One Troop felt that the beginning of this was a cause for celebration and innovation and thus tried to get Mr Onslow’s and LCoH Fisher‘s tanks to join forces and make the first tank in the world armed with two 120mm guns. SSgt McFarlane’s LAD section took rather longer to separate this amorous couple than it took them to meet. Four Troop celebrated in a different way by demonstrating the potential of working at periscope depth

SHQ and l Troop, of an artillery battery complete with guns, who were not part of the Brigade exercise. The tricky spot of the exercise was 20 minutes at the end when the doctor taught everybody to put up drips, which people enjoyed until given a needle and told to draw blood out of their neighbour. The neighbour did not always approve! The next victory earned in Detmold was the Regimental Orienteering competition. This was another success for the Squadron thanks to the coaching of SSgt McFarlane and LCpl Mcllreavy. The Squadron also supported an Olympian Athletics

team, led by Lt Fryer to a very narrow defeat. Tpr Foulkes won the 1500 metres for the third year running whilst LCpls Bayliss, Birch, Sgt Mcdhurst and LCoI—l Mitchell provided yet more valuable points. Tpr Lloyd won the pole vault against stiff competition from LCoH Bryson (2nd) and Capt Bucknall who cleared a lot of ground and the bar twice. July and August, despite the lack of a summer, saw the Squadron handing over tanks in the land of ‘the midnight sun”. This became a common sight for the

SCpI Sackett, LCsoH Mansfield, Manning and Dunkley, Capt Bucknall, CoH Mardon's fingers and the Bultum firemen

gunnery with the cool of a seasoned desert warrior

(and also the headgear). With the help of Sgt Ross. lS/l9H (AlG), Col-l Mardon, the Squadron gunnery instructors and a succession of feeble jokes from Capt Bucknall, Maj Shaw steered the Squadron successfully through gunnery camp; SHQ supported by the Com—

(submerged) in the Schwindebeck. Meanwhile, LCsol—l

Manning and Dunkley organised games of cricket which were always won by SHQ, despite the entertainment provided by Col-I Mardon’s bowling. After running out of track miles, we watched LCoH Manning growing larger in general and enlarging on NBC in particular, while Col-l Blackburn played mastermind with the new signals procedure. The convivial atmosphere of the Squadron smoker proved enough to get LCpl Dickens to sing in fluent French and Tpr Dobie dancing with friends around the fire. In June, the Squadron returned to Soltau for Battle Group Training. Soltau is always popular during the tourist season but June 1984 was exceptional. After a road move or two and a practice counter stroke, ‘8‘ Squadron tried to increase their popularity by becoming enemy to the Regiment during the Brigade exercise. This was a great success, especially the capture, by

manding Officer's tank having the best battlerun with

2 Troop winning the Tucker Trophy for the best Sabre Troop battlerun.

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In December, SCM Fox. who had played a very major part in the smooth operation of the Squadron, departed

to the Blues and Royals Squadron at HCR. SCM Stacey replaced him. only to lose the Squadron on Site Guard training and Site Guard in Paderborn. The success of the Site Guard must go to Mr Fryer and CoH Pitt who busied themselves along with SQMC O’Gorman in distributing videos, talking to Americans,

SCM Fox, Maj Reed-Felstead and Capt Bucknall

Lt Onslow has a drip administered into his wrist by LCoH Garfirth

and smoothtalking a variety of less than enthusiastic armoured soldiers on the delights of hurtling through 7

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C Squadron Notes

DIVE, DIVE, DIVE! Only LCpl Morrall on a sinking ship, but he has got the rations Tprs Mayars, Taylor and Hone at ease Exercise Lionheart

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Btiltum during

the undergrowth as an infantee'r and looking interested while standing in a tower for two hours. After a successful Christmas and New Year period someone sent us 10 inches of snow. At the time of gomg to press we have retrieved everyone from leave and the sundry snow drifts, and look forward to reporting a successful trip to Canada with the lst Battalion, The Royal_Regiment of Wales, in the next issue of the magazrne. SCM THE MAJOR GENERAL TALKING TO LCoH ATKINSON. ALSO PICTURED ARE LT SWAYNE, MAJ BIRDWOOD, LANE AND LCPL PYECROFT

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No one could accuse ‘C’ Squadron of not being ‘busy' during 1984. For those who are not quite sure what busy actually means, the definition is as follows: actively employed, diligent, rushing around or just continually occupied. The year 1984 has gone quickly. It has flown by. It seemed only the other day that all those brand new A-registered cars were seen tentatively nudging their way into where everyone believed the Lothian Barracks guardroom to be. only to find it somewhere quite different. The Squadron has lurched from one activity to the next with little spare time between them to recover, before setting off and launching into the next. The four main events of the year have been Troop Training in hot, sunny April: Battle Group Training in cold, wet June, Exercise Lionheart in muddy September; and Annual Firing in November with cold, snow and mud for companions. Meanwhile, the tank park took on the appearance of a large ordnance factory assembly line covered with old tanks prepared for outloading and new tanks, recently reconditioned and updated. waiting to be taken over by the Regiment. In addition to our present 14- tanks, a further 28 have passed through our hands during the year. Some have

. . Tpr Dixon in reflective mood atop Zero Charlie


_ Other side shows to the year’s major activities have included sending members of the Squadron to a medical Exercise, Mini Mash IV, where Tpr Logie broke his leg, and the system had to send him to a civilian hospital for treatment, achieving the fastest loading of a tank transporter train in BAOR, and sending what seems to be the majority of the Squadron on Exercise Snow Queen in Southern Germany.

There has been a high turnover of personnel: LCOH Mawer left after two very hard working years; SSgt

Eagles has left us for Canada. We wish him and his family all the best for the future. Maj Birdwood has left us, after two years of intrepid leadership, to get

married and retire temporarily to the warmer climes of Cyprus, and we wish them every good wish for the future. (We hope that the first aid box loaned by the QM (T) will be of assistance to counter the tropical diseases.) We welcome, in his stead, Maj Hardy back from Hong Kong. Others who have left the Squadron include CsoH Harding and Harris who will be replaced by CsoH Coutts and Robertson.

Left to right: LCpI Symons, Tpr Logie and LCpl Dick

been easy to look after and have received well-deserved ‘tender loving care’, but a few more obstinate friends have refused to lie down and have continually necessitated medical attention. One nameless hunk of metal with electrical problems took 267 man-hours to put right. Despite all this, we have had an amusing year. All members of the Squadron have worked extremely hard. and it is with some satisfaction and not a little relief that we look forward to a slightly less action-packed 1985. It may even be that we will be allowed to complete some continuous training without all the interruptions to which we have become used. Most members of the Squadron have enjoyed themselves and have played as hard as they have worked. Tprs Farnes, Wall and Webb went to Spain, where

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CoH Morgan — the artist at work

The Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sir Martin Farndale, talking to LCoH Kent

their exploits are now legendary. Tpr Webb is now

wintering with the Regimental ski team in Verbier, Switzerland. LCpl Austin has been on a Langlauf course to Norway, and Tpr Crocker has taken on the mantle of the Squadron"s only skiing instructor by doing a course in Norway. As there was no snow at the time, we await the results of his instruction with some interest. Tpr Suter went sailing in the Baltic.

where it is said that his penchant for shore activities far outshone his nautical abilities. There have been various cultural visits to Amsterdam and Hamburg. LCpls Symons and Terry and Tpr Merryman undertook a parachuting course at Bad Lippspringe. The Squadron had considerable success on the sporting field, coming second in all aspects of the Winter Sports Day: and winning the Inter-Squadron Sports Shield for the second year running in the Summer Sports. Lt Pitman won the 200m and 110m hurdles, LCpl Parker the 800m.

and LCpl Symons the high jump. SCM Lane won the Veterans’ race. ‘10

LCoH Elliot at the Children's Christmas party

Left to right: LCpl Monks, LCoH Elliott and LCpI Miles. Tpr Charles shows no interest

Capt Tabor


D Squadron Notes

THE POINTS FOR GETTING HIS LANDROVER BOGGED! SSgt Wickett going for the Squadron Leader's age

’D' Squadron Leader ‘hull down' at Hohne

LT VOORSPUY WITH MEMBERS OF 'D' SOUADRON TASTE THE DELIGHTS OF CAMP COOKING

‘D’ Squadron was formed on 8 December l984, and we found ourselves in Germany barely a month later. SCM McKenna organised our move over and then returned to England to work with the Royal Yeomanry. Maj Olivier and SCM Brown, who succeeded SCM McKenna, both seasoned campaigners on Chieftain. had the task of moulding the Squadron into shape.

catch up on our beauty sleep. Yes. HQ Squadron were successful! However, not much sleep was to be had. In fact, the SQMC, SCpl Standon, was adamant that it was a Tech item and was ‘dues out’. Therefore, it was back to the tank park to prepare for Battle Group Training in June. The period between our two visits to Soltau was

The first major problem was welding each Troop into

hectic: new IFCS tanks to take over, new VP to learn

an entity, as no one had worked together before. This was done by a quick visit to Stapel which was a new experience for most of us and the cold weather was a shock to us all. This time spent at our local mud bath made us realise that a lot of work was needed to get the tanks and ourselves, into shape. The next two months was spent preparing for Troop training and doing a Site Guard. We went to Soltau in early April and spent two weeks learning new tactics and trying hard to forget all our CVR habits. We were extremely lucky with the weather and it was the first time that most of us have

and numerous mini exercises to participate in. CoH Lampard, the signals CoH, had great fun teaching the new VP which, in fact, was quite easy to understand; however, we all knew that when we came to use it that chaos would reign. We also took part in Exercise Quarter Gallop; six soldiers and two NCOs became infantry to take part in this Exercise. LCoH Booker and Tpr Gibbons proved that RAC soldiers are just as good on their feet even though they might complain a lot! Having had a brief stay in camp it was back to Soltau and what a change that was! Gone was the beautiful weather and dust. We found out exactly how muddy it could get with a little bit of rain. The first part of the Exercise was Squadron training and for the first time we worked together as a Squadron. During this first week CoH Chamberlain found out that digging out a tank by hand is hard work! Three Troop also had a few problems on the navagational side but in the end they nearly always found the Squadron. The second week was spent tying in all aspects of working as a Battle Group. During this period Lt Mountain found

been on Exercise and not needed a wetproof. Soltau

was very dusty and different to Salisbury Plain. The ‘Soltau Replen’ was voted an excellent alternative to anything we had previously experienced. Wolfgang’s mobile ‘Braty’ stand always found our replen location and usually beat the POL vehicles into position. Our nights on Soltau were spent trying to avoid the Sabre elements of HQ Squadron, who took great delight in bumping us! Everyone enjoyed Troop training but we were glad to get back to Detmold so that we could

out that the infantry in their APCs can get extremely

close to a tank without being seen! The Battle Group Exercise was a success and it could now be said that ‘D’ Squadron was a fighting unit! The next two months were again very hectic with still more new tanks arriving and a lot of preparation being done for Lionheart. The Regimental Athletics Day was held in July. Tpr Hughes proved that he could run three races in a row and still come in the top five in each; and CoH Elsey raised a few eyebrows by doing very well in the 100 metres. An internal Cadre course and the visit by the Major General also took place at this time with Squadron personnel involved in both of these events. September and Exercise Spearpoint were on us very quickly. This massive Exercise which everyone has heard about, was the highlight of our training and great fun. Whilst on this Exercise there were many funny incidents, LCoH Grilfin practised minefield clearance in a tank without a mine plough; CoH Rogers found out that to break down whilst doing a withdrawal in contact is dangerous, but it must be said that if you are going to break down the 21C (Capt Bernard) is a good person to keep you company; and 3 Troop found

Tpr Sulley and LCoH Harris

out that wet ground is boggy. Overall, we had great fun and prided ourselves in being the Squadron with best mechanical record in the division! We were privileged during the first four days of the Exercise to have Maj Crawford, an ex-Blue, attached to us. Exercise Spearpoint ended in late September but not the hard work. Preparation for Gunnery Camp then started. The Gunnery instructors under SCpl Hunter took over and frantic activity ensued. Yet again we had new tanks to take over and so when we weren’t in the

TRACK BASHING LCpI McKenzie, Tpr Jackson, CoH Lampard and Padre Robson

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GT'S we were on the Tank Park! The final part of this perlilod was the CO‘s Tank inspection. which went very we . Gunnery Camp started slowly with misty weather wh1ch prevented firing; however, once we started it was all go and culminated in all Troops having a successful battle run on the last day. Every day we had to take part in Capt Bernard's ‘Americanlstylc safety brief, followed shortly afterwards by SCpl Hunter’s never—ending technique briefs. We were all very impressed with lFCS and the standard of Squadron Gunnery was good. So we ended our first Gunnery Camp on a high note. It was then back to Detmold and Christmas. We failed in our aim in trying to delay Christmas until after the PRE so a busy Christmas is on the cards. We have managed to get a large portion of the Squadron away skiing under Lt McCullough and Lt Jeaeock. The Squadron is also heavily involved in the organisation of Regimental Rugby under Lt Mountain and LCoH Vickers. Overall, we have had a very busy year which has tested our resolve, however, we have proved our worth by doing well in all aspects of our training. We have had to say a sad farewell to Capts Kinahan and Bernard, Lt Mountain, SQMC Standon and CoH Chamberlain. We have also welcomed Capt Howard. Lt Jeacock, SQMC Hunter and CoH Rushton.

HQ Squadron Notes

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'CAPTIVE AUDIENCE'. THE RHG/D BATTLE GROUP ORDERS GROUP

This has been an extremely full and testing year for HQ Squadron. In moving to Detmold the strength of the Squadron increased to 260, some 80 members up ‘EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY’ Maj Olivier, with the ROM and SCM Brown

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Tpr Gibbons, Capt Kinahan and Tpr Coombs, ‘D' Squadron seven-a-side football team versus H0 Squadron

on our Windsor strength. This is largely taken tip in the addition of the Guided Weapons and Reece Troops. and a larger LAD section. Whilst the main priority during exercise periods continues to be to support the Sabre Squadrons. we have managed to carry out a considerable amount of our own training, particularly in the movement and establishing of echelon positions and operations. The results and standards the Regiment has achieved fully reflects the success of the Squadron in its supporting role. In April the Regiment spent two weeks on Soltau carrying out Troop training. It was during this period that the echelons. under the guidance of Maj J. Shaw (then Sqn Ldr) and Lt H. Sutherland, were able to train in a wide variety of military skills and still perform their supporting role for the rest of the Regiment. Our two ‘Sabre’ elements exercised in their own particular skills, all of which is reported under separate articles. Also during this period the GW Troop took off for Hohne Ranges to commission their newly— acquired equipment. On completion of Troop training we returned to Detmold in time to send a few members back to London for the Association Dinner and Cavalry Sunday Parade. all of which was thoroughly enjoyed by those fortunate enough to be present. In May we were able to demonstrate our sporting abilities. comfortably winning four out of live events in the Regimental Winter Sports competition. and

taking the overall champions trophyimuch to the dismay of the Sabre Squadrons. June saw us again on Soltau Training Area. This time to undergo Battle Group training and once again we were able to set aside short periods to train individuals and departments in their own skills. The hard work

and service provided by the MT QM(T) and the LAD resulted in a very successful period for the Sabre Squadrons as the various vehicle fleets were kept fit and motoring throughout. On completition of Battle Group training we were able to send most of the Squadron off on leave during what was termed a quiet period up to mid—August. By mid-August with every— body suitably refreshed and rested we began the concentrated preparations for Exercise Lionheart. The

Regiment deployed on 12 September and was kept fairly busy throughout. The QM. who was living fairly comfortably some considerable distance back from the ‘front line‘. went to great lengths to ensure that the fighting troops were properly fed and watered and clothed. His visits. however. though very frequent were invariably very short. as it seemed we were always in NBC suits and respirators. and smoking in that order of dress is to say the least very difficult! During Lionheart. Lothian Barracks was occupied by The Royal Yeomanry. some of whom were still in residence when the Regiment returned which gave us an opportunity to renew some old friendships and to establish new ones. The next major event in the Regimental Calendar was Annual Firing and obviously once again a very testing time for the QM(T) and the LAD. We moved ‘15


RHQ TROOP

to Hohne on 9 November with a complete complement of AFVs fit to fire. and with machine gun brackets fitted to 4 tonners to enable their crews also to partici— pate on the Ranges. Apart from Reece and GW Troops who obviously had their own firing programmes. all of RHQ‘s vehicles fired and elements of all Troops and Departments fired from the modified 4 tonners on both the static range and the mini battlerun. All of which was highly successful and enjoyable. With all our major training periods of 1984 completed we settled down to yet more hard work in preparation for PRE. Most of the work is well under way as we approach Christmas and a very “ell-earned break. We now look forward to opportunities for members of the Squadron to reward themselves for all their efforts in this year by taking ofiF on various skiing trips and expeditions. and possibly some leave.

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The Commanding Officer with the Commander 4 Armd Division, Maj Gen C. J. Waters. Capt Rollo is the loader/operator

The Commander 20 Armd Brigade, Brig G. C. Barnett, OBE. with Maj Wood and SCM Hughes at Hohne

The Commanding Officer's rover group. Tpr Payne and LCpl Pitt

The Second in Command fully equipped for work

LCoH Lilley, LCpI Bates. Tpr Manson and LCpI Joyce during Battle Group training

SQMC Buckle

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RECCE TROOP NOTES

to

Scorpion CVR(T) handed over from 2 RTR and with

the Troop under the command of Capt Coreth. Training for the Troop, both trades and tactical. began immediately and concluded with all members of the Troop becoming RAC crewman CVR(T) by the end of the

training season. During Troop Training at Soltau over Easter, the Troop gained more experience oftheir new role. including dismounted activity. On one evening the Troop split into sections and on foot attempted to find and attack ‘A‘ Squadron in their hides. Capt Coreth had most success with his fighting patrol. Having located several tanks and an ambulance in the dark, his patrol attacked in time honoured fashion leaving the Troop mark. drawn in chalk, only to discover they had attacked an SHQ from the 17/21 Lancers! The busy year progressed to Battle Group Training which was a very demanding period for the Troop. putting into practice in rapid succession our skills in OP’s, withdrawal in contact, route recce, traffic control and the recce and marking up FUPs and SLs. These skills were to stand us in good stead for Exercise Lionheart. Tpr Foot also discovered that when a large beetle enters one’s head through an car, it is extremely painful even while asleep. Incidentally the beetle finding the place deserted left by the other earl In August the Troop spent five days at Hohne qualifying the new gunners on 76mm. The firing period was successful and we returned to Detmold for prepara— tions and recees for Exercise Spearpoint, the 1(BR) Corps exercise within Exercise Lionheart. For Exercise Spearpoint the Troop had Lt McKelvie as the Leader, Capt Coreth having moved to the Guards Depot in the summer. The Troop and the vehicles performed well throughout the whole exercise, with the Troop Leader showing his dexterity as a bullfighter when trying to body-swerve around fast—moving BMWs whilst on a TCP.

The Major General with Tpr Schofield and Capt Coreth

A Border Patrol to the Inner German Border was carried out in October with a combination of Reccc Troop and GW Troop personnel. This was an interesting and enjoyable visit and gave a good insight into why we are here. We were fortunate enough to see some East German equipment and thus practice our recognition for real. November saw us moving to Hohne for Annual Firing The weather was mixed and we lost a lot of firing time because of it and also a German public holiday. How— ever, the standard of shooting was generally good, with two particularly successful night shoots (although the limited visibility prevented the tank squadrons from firing on the main shoot). The battle runs on the final

day were also of a high standard. The PRE now approaches and is the first event of a very full initial six months of 1985. We are about to have an orbat reshuflle and suspect that some old friends will leave us and that some new faces and some long—lost aequaintenees will join us.

GW TROOP NOTES The GW Troop was formed in Windsor immediately prior to moving to Germany. We are equipped with nine AFV 4385 and two FSCs used by the Troop Leader and Troop SCpl. Our first year of life has been both educational and rewarding. The year started with the entire Troop moving to Larkhill to train with the Royal Artillery on the Swingfire missile system. All members of the Troop qualified with 18 NCOs and soldiers firing three missiles each, achieving a 78 3,, hit rate. On arrival in Detmold we took over our vehicles and were very soon ready to begin field training. In March we spent five days on Stapel Training Area learning our basic Troop skills. Each vehicle commander was given a particular aspect to present and teach, all crews were then tested in all aspects. We left Stapel feeling confident in all our skills. During March and early April we were able to make skiing trips to Winterburg, where SCpl Quinn’s instructional skills were put to full use withjust about everybody managing ‘18

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disappeared. Whilst the Regiment was at Soltau in April we spent live days at Hohne Ranges for Commissioning Firing. We were blessed with glorious weather and actually spent two afternoons sunbathing in shorts due to a postponement ofour firing day. When we were eventually allowed to fire we successfully commissioned all our vehicles and qualified a further four missile controllers. The hit rate improved slightly to 81%. The Troop took part in all Regimental exercises and were able to demonstrate the versatility and efficiency of the equipment to the rest of the Regiment. Particular success was enjoyed by LCsoH Hastings and Tapsell when during Exercise Lionheart being attached to ‘D‘ Squadron they were awarded 14 ‘enemy targets‘ from one defensive position. The Troop moved to Hohne to join the Regiment on

The Troop formed on 16 February 1984 with eight

12 November for 10 days. During this time we fired

48 missiles, achieving a hit rate of 84%. During the year we have supplied a large number of gladiators to Regimental sports teams. On one occasion no less than seven members of the Troop turned out for two rugby fifteens. ln June we lost SCpl Quinn to the Officers Mess, and in his place came SCpl Wendon from the Officers Mess. Immediately before Christmas Capt M. A. Patterson who had been the Troop Leader since the Troop was formed, left us to attend a QM’s course and subsequently to become QM. We welcome in his place Lt E. Hanmer who has returned from the Mounted Regiment. We hope to build on our successes of ‘84, and look

forward to an interesting ‘85, during which we hope to train in Canada with the Sabre Squadrons.

ORDERLY ROOM NOTES

The Orderly Room moved into its makeshift offices on arrival in Detmold in February, and during the whole year we have avidly waited, commented and wagered upon the likely completion date of our refurbished block, a date which appears to be getting further away rather than nearer. In the meantime we have laboured in our temporary accommodation, a situation not helped by CoH Giblette‘s unique, untidy and occaSionally positively unhealthy style of working; however, that particular problem resolved itself on that gentlemans departure to RHQ H Cav (after a record 26 weekend visits to UK at an estimated cost of some DM13,Q00)!

GW Troop firing

The Colonel of the Regiment tries out the Swingfire separated sight with Capt Patterson

The year has for us, along with the rest of the Regiment been the hardest any of us have ever experienced and it is to all the young clerks credit that they have remained cheerful and dedicated throughout, despite the long hours of constant pressure. The coming year Will hopefully provide inore scope for time to be spent out of the office, leisure and possibly even the odd sports afternoon. To this end some form of course has been booked for the majority of the clerks and on 11 January tour of the newer clerks passed their Class 2 typing test. With this new hope fresh in mind after the Christmas stand down we took a sports afternoon on 9 January at Berlebeck were and stayed until the light failed. None of the clerks Since actually admitted to hospital but Tpr Kellett has

LCpl Bates finishes the Regimental Cross-Country race

suffered concussion and Musn Dawson is still smiling: surprisingly, only one of the slcdges was smashed. The year has seen many personnel changes in the Orderly Room, indeed only LCpl Bates remains from the Windsor team, our having lost LCsoH Reynolds, Hodges and Beynon on posting, LCpl Williams and Tpr Kellett to squadrons. 1f the phrase about a new broom is true then the Orderly Room should be one of the cleanest in BAOR, our fresh, keen new faces being CoH Hart on promotion, LCsoH Hammond and Mawer,

Tprs Knibbs, Morris and Jones from all points of the compass, Musn Dawson we need not mention as he speaks for himsclligconstantlyl


LAD

The Mounted Squadron Notes

The year 1984 has been a challenging one for the LAD in which we saw our greatest changes in recent memory. Not only did we become The Blues and Royals LAD from The Life Guards LAD, take on new sections to

look after Swingfire and Reece Troops, worked on new tanks and IFCS but this year saw the loss of our old title as ‘Blue bells’ which BATCO has removed forever. So what happened in 1984‘? Winter Life as The Blues and Royals LAD began for us on the 15 February when we underwent the formal handover from The Life Guards. ‘D" Squadron had managed to change earlier and had spent a week showing ofl‘ their new attire, before the rest of us locked away our shoulder flashes, took up lanyards and watched the EME changing his belt again. Winter drew to a close with all the squadrons taking their sections on a five-day ex— cursion to Stapel training area. Spring Troop training over Easter proved to be an eventful two weeks and also very profitable. Beers for some, cake for others and money for a few. LSgt Davies had some underwater swimming practice in the Schwindebeck as he prepared to recover our first MBT to have an early bath, earning himself the customary ‘crate’. The cake was for Cfn Todd in HQ Squadron who thought we had all forgotten his let birthday until the LAD and ACC produced a compo surprise! And the money . . . well that was the prospect for the manufacturers of Chieftain engines and gearboxes as we started to make our presence felt here in BAOR. Summer June saw the Regiment back on Soltau for Battle Group training. Once again water played a large part but this time it was the enthusiasm of SSgt Eagles who, keen to show ofi‘ his experience of MBT fault diagnosis, left the back of his 432 before it had stopped, only to find himself up to his chest in a mud puddle. So much for tiflies’ walking on water! This was the fateful exercise where BATCO removed from us the title of ‘Blue bells”, and our enthusiasm for using radios. The Admin net has never been so quiet.

AQMS Button and Sgt Pelz examine a Scorpion Barrel

he Regimental Lieutenant Colonel with the EME Capt Hayle and ASM W01 Williams

Autumn

Autumn consisted totally of Exercise Spearpoint (or seemed to). A good exercise for the LAD where at Endex we ended up with one of the best equipment states in the Corps. Several new skills were developed during Spearpoint; LSgt Clark and Cfn McKenzie learned to destroy a troop of tanks with their anti-tank weapons and a Very pistol only to find that the kill they were awarded was on four Challengers not Leopards. Full marks for accuracy: no marks for AFV recognition! LSgt Winwright developed a new brake test for ‘D‘ Squadron ARV which consisted of slamming the brakes on and measuring how far his commander, Sgt Austin, flies out in front of the tracks. And HQ LAD learned the essentials of locating A2 echelon. We all thought it was coincidence that the muddy field were bogged in at Endex happened to be next to the Squadron Leaders' favourite disreputable Night Spot . . . October came as ASM Williams left to be com— missioned, amid untraceable rumours that he would come back as our ‘EMELET‘. His place was taken by ASM Chapman who returns to the Regiment having been a tifly in ‘A‘ Squadron during the last tour in BAOR. lilinrel‘

November saw us on Hohne ranges with plenty of work, a chance to fire a few machine gun rounds, and rumours that SSgt McFarlanc had been seen outside his 432 for the first time since spring. November also saw SSgt Everingham taking the reins in ‘C‘ Squadron fitter section. December came and the OC and senior ranks of the LAD were invited to Brigade HQ for a little presentation in front of the other REME elements of 20 Armoured Brigade. After much speculation on the glories to be heaped on our shoulders we were presented, amid much mirth, with the [984 BEME Award for the ‘Sustained high usage of major assemblies (particularly over holiday periods)!~ Well. they say, any publicity is good publicity, and the name of The Blues and Royals LAD will certainly be remembered in certain HQs throughout the Corps! Now 1985 draws on and so does PRE but enough of that: 1984 was a busy but interesting year for all of the REME and as we prepare for the future we must thank all the Regiment for welcoming us into the fold and we look forward to the years ahead.

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MEMBERS OF THE MOUNTED SOUADRON AT SUMMER CAMP LCpI Yorke, Tprs Nicholls, Edgington, Chalmers, Willis, Watt and Liddle

The Ceremonial season may not seem to vary much from year to year. Nevertheless, no two years are ever exactly the same. The 1984 season started with a Sovereigns Escort for the State Visit by the Amir of Bahrain on 10 April. It was also the first major cere— monial event to be accomplished by the Mounted Regiment since the Opening of Parliament in June 1983. A gap of over nine months must be unprecedented in recent years. However, a concentrated week of Troop, Squadron and Regimental drills prior to the move to Windsor brushed away most of the cobwebs. Even so, it was noticeable that some horses had become more used to the hunting field than Queen‘s Life Guard during winter. At Windsor, the stables were crammed full, even though The Kings Troop, who were due to be installed in temporary stabling erected in the Riding School, could not appear owing to an attack of the strangles in St John’s Wood. A Windsor State Visit has a very special atmosphere. In spite of a shortened route cutting out the Long Walk, it was an excellent start to the year. The Major General‘s Inspection was the next event. The rehearsals, though lively, were accomplished in reasonable order, However, on the day the Commanding Oflicer’s Trumpeter somehow became dislodged. His grey then proceeded to make frequent and determined attempts to join his friends in the Band, avoiding all attempts to divert him. That the Band kept playing says much for their steadiness. However, that was not the only excitement. A helicopter, engrossed in filming the

parade, flew so low over the Inspecting Party that the Major General only narrowly avoided being carried precipitately off parade. Later, he was generous enough to blame the strong, cold wind that was blowing for our troubles. The Queen‘s Birthday Parade was late this year, being celebrated on 16 June, and for the first time for many years there was no Garter ceremony on the

following Monday. Her Majesty cancelled the parade as there were no new Garter Knights to be installed. With no further escorts scheduled until October, as many horses as possible were now sent to grass, and at the same time, a rare opportunity for some leave could be seized. The Squadron was requested to assist in a Historical Parade at the 150th Anniversary of The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars which was celebrated at Badminton Park on 2 July. CoH Barber took a party of four men and horses dressed in Hussars‘ Uniforms from 1797 to 1902. They were most excellently entertained and complimented on their performance by some very knowledgeable spectators. The next innovation, in this ‘normal' year was that Summer Camp took place not at Stoney Castle, but at Sopley. This ex RAF Camp, on the edge of the New Forest was last used by the Vietnamese boat people, and many reminders of their presence remain in the form of Vietnamese graffiti. Instead of putting up the normal forest of tentage, the advance party were fully occupied in clearing out the camp and erecting some 21


140 prefabricated but luxuriously large loose boxes. These gave full protection from the weather, and undoubtedly the horses voted the move to Sopley to be an outstanding success. Other advantages were the tremendous hospitality of the locals, and particularly Mr Butler who allowed us the use of his land to build two cross-country courses based on his existing fences. Also, The Earl of Normanton (ex RHG/D) kindly lent us a disused school-house on his Somerley Estate in which all troops camped for a couple of days, with horses picketed in the open. The sea, too, was only a short distance away, and 3 Troop enjoyed swimming their horses ofiF the beach, even though the charger of the Troop Leader, Lt E. H. Hanmer proved to be determinedly a non-swimmer. A most enjoyable Squadron Handy Hunter was attended by the Colonel of the Regiment. The winning pair was Tprs Birkett and Williams (884) on Gorgon and Yokohama. In the showjumping arena, LCpl Graham won the Junior Ranks Competition on Cormorant and Lt T. J. Atkin achieved third place in the Officers and Senior NCOs Competition, also riding Cormorant. Tpr Utley maintained his form by winning the Tent Pegging for the second year running. It would be best to draw a veil over our Regimental CrossCountry

results.

However,

SCM

Bellas

achieved

The Squadron sadly said goodbye to SCM Brown in January, however. at the time of writing, we hope to see him back again as RQMC before long. SCM Bellas

who took over, having served with the Mounted Squad— ron at every rank from Trooper to W02, is certainly not lacking experience. We have also said goodbye to SQMC MaCKenzie who has left for civilian life, and CoH Lampard. We welcome SQMC Claridge and CoH Wasp in their places. Among the Officers, Maj T. P. E. Barclay is congratulated on his promotion. However, his tenure as the

most senior squadron second in command in the British Army looks to be short lived as he is due to take over as Squadron Leader in January. We also welcome Capt J. S. Bernard, Lts R. J. Onslow and S. H. Cowen, while Lt E. H. Hanmer leaves for Germany and Maj G. H. Tweedie for BMATT Zimbabwe. Trooping the Colour 1984

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notable success after many years of trying. On his last attempt, he both completed the course and cleared the water jump (His horse followed on shortly afterwards.) Camp did have a sting in the tail. Permission had been granted to go to Sopley on condition that no transport be hired for the return trip to London. The full 115 miles would have to be covered on the hoof. Amidst much foreboding this proved a most successful operation. Three overnight leaguer areas were prepared on the route, at Broadlands, Moundsmere Manor near Basingstoke, and Stoney Castle. The ride proved conclusively that the Household Cavalry can still accomplish a long route march. See also the article on page 53

Cpl Walton on Wiseman in the uniform of a Royal Gloucestershire Hussar circa 1797 during their 150th Anniversary Celebrations

A Sovereigns Escort for the State Visit of the President of France in October was chiefly remarkable for the pace at which it was conducted. The President arrived 20 minutes late and The Queen was determined to make up lost time. The route was covered in record time, much to the discomforture of Tpr Edwards (667) on Yeovil renowned for his impossibly uncomfortable trot. He had to be taken straight to the Medical Centre on arrival back at Barracks. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done. Thankfully, the Opening of Parliament on 6 November was conducted at a more sedate pace. On the sporting side, the most noteworthy success was gained by LCoH Smith, who won both the Kings and the Queens Cups at the Royal Tournament on Equerry. It must also be many years since an Army horse was entered in and completed the Foxhunters Chase at Sandown. This was a very special horse though. That splendid old steeplechaser Grand Canyon, pictured in the last edition of The Blue and Royal going on

Lt Col D. J. Daly assisting Mrs D’Oyly to present Tpr Utley with the shield for winning the Regimental Tent Pegging Competition

Queen’s Life Guard, was allowed one last Visit to the

The Colonel of the Regiment presents whips to the third pair in the Squadron Handy Hunter Competition, LCoH McGarry and LCoH Baston. Maj Barclay and SCM Bellas looking on

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racecourse, ridden by Lt S, R. Bullard. He thoroughly enjoyed the outing, even though he allowed some of his juniors to get ahead at the finish. Lt E. H. Hanmer on Dragon duly won the Regimental Cross-country race which was held again at Baggrave Park by kind permis— sion of Mr Stewart Blyth, winning both the Wilkinson and the Booth Jones trophies.

CoH Barber on Telstar at the Anniversary Celebrations of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars

The Colonel at Summer Camp with LCpl Allen, Lt Hanmer and Maj Tweedie


On the sporting front the Cavalry Juniors have done very well. LCoH Ford has steered his Troop into the finals of many Inter-Platoon Competitions, and usually up against CoH Wilde‘s Scots and Welsh Guards

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Platoons. Our boxers, however, were no match for the

overpowering and aggresive blood and thunder of others in the Inter-Intake Competition but they put up a good account of themselves and perhaps with more training could do well later on with the Regiment. The outward bound phase of training at Fremington is often referred to as character training. This is a sentiment rarely shared by the Juniors. The staff at the GDATW strive to find new ways of scaring the pants off the Juniors but are always on hand for those words of encouragement and even the occasional helping hand when needed. An oft-forgotten establishment, the GDATW offers an excellent break from the humdrum life in Barracks but is rarely used by either of our Regiments. Perhaps this plug may reverse the trend? Tent Pegging was recently introduced on a Sergeants‘ Mess Games Night and as a concession it was agreed to do it on push bikes. Predictably it proved all too

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up in the flower and shrubbery beds; so for the time being the idea has been shelved. Over at HDCC, LCsoH Burbridge and Harris have recently passed their Potential Instructors Course with flying colours. The former is to replace LCoH Dobbie in Caterham Company and the latter to fill LCoH Booker’s shoes who has just returned to the Mounted Squadron.

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And finally, to someone who very rarely gets a mention. GUARDS DEPOT PERSONNEL CANOEING AND A FREMINGTON PROJECT c‘

Although officially disbanded in late 1982, the voice of the HCTS can still be heard thanks to the physically small but mentally strong presence of the Household Cavalry at the Guards Depot. In the Spring, we said a fond farewell to one of our more colourful characters, that of SCM ‘Oggie’ Sayer, who moves on with promotion to pastures new and to SQMC Gillingham who although posted out of the Guards Depot has moved across the road to the AADW for a while before joining the Regiment in the New Year. Posted during the Summer Break, transferred to REME with promotion,

went LCoH Wood. Making his last jump for the Regiment having spent a successful career in the Free Fall Team, LCoH Spencer now moves into ‘management’ at Headcorn as a civilian instructor. Let‘s hope that he (unlike many of his jumps) lands on his feet! Making a hat trick of appearances, CoH Wilde rejoined the Guards Depot staff in mid-June with the Pirbright Company. LCoH Beynon joins Depot HQ staff and will be keeping an ever watchful eye on the interests of Cavalry staff. Although only on a brief tour, LCpl Graves, who is appointed to the P & RTC, is hoping for a longer stay in the future. Lastly, a welcome return for an old favourite, LCoH Thompson, who with

his wealth of experience joins one of the newly-formed intakes. There are at present two intakes in stream, Loos and

Marne. Marne is now well into the new trial syllabus which is going to be the standard throughout the Junior Army if found to be successful. The recent junior intakes have been large and many of the Platoons/Troops have had to be amalgamated by necessity. This, in turn, has 24

required a mix of permanent staff in our Loos and Marne Troops. However, this experiment seems to be working well for the Household Cavalry and Foot Guards alike with no apparent loss of regiment identity which had been feared. Possibily the greatest achievement of the year by our Junior Soldiers was at the Junior Soldiers Skill at Arms Meeting in July, when they took away every Major and Minor Unit trophy to be won. J/Tprs Jenkins and Bowtell were our representatives in the team and between them they amassed two cups, one Gold Medal, 12 Gold Bars, one Silver Bar and seven Bronze Bars. This was a remarkable achivement and unlikely ever to be beaten. It has been a very busy but enjoyable year for the Household Cavalry Staff. The Life Guards and Blues and Royals Staff combined to make up a basketball team in the inter-Regimental competition and fought bravely to the end, only to be beaten to the last basket by the Scots Guards. The late autumn saw the House— hold Cavalry UK Dismounted Pace-Sticking Team so nearly clinch the Household Division title only to be beaten into second place by RMAS. The World Championships produced a stunning display of highly polished and varnished sticks, glinting brasses and diamond-like boots. Moving smoothly and steadily, the team ended up a very commendable third overall, much to the chagrin of the more seasoned teams. Bonfire night generally regarded by the Western World to be 5 November, was celebrated by the Depot on the 3rd. It was a wonderous night and as a sign of things to come, the first rocket nearly took the Commandant on

a free trip to the moon. This entertainment was free but

J/Tpr Binks rock climbing

you had to pay for medical attention (the Medic now owns a Mercedes). Ten of our Junior Troopers took a day off to assist Lt Col Marsh and The Royal Mews with horseholding at the Lord Mayor’s Show. Although the day was overcast and dull, the excitement of the occasion and proximity of the horses should ensure a swelling of the ranks of the Mounted Squadron come July. It would seem apt at this point to mention that it is to LCoH MacDonald and LCpl Mitchell together with LCoH Maxwell,LG, that we look to provide our future jockeys. All Troopers destined for Knightsbridge now attend a four-week course after their Pass Out Parade at the Depot Stables. This is in addition to the twice-weekly hobbies evenings and appears to be a great success. Ofthe two recent courses, the Riding Master has upridden the students by six weeksea commendable effort by staff and pupils. The upsurge in interest, within the Depot for in— struction, hunting and eventing keeps our small staff well occupied and makesjustifying maintenance bids so much easier. In this last six-month period the Quarter has arranged to refloor and cover the manege and provide fiood lighting so that evening instruction may continue during the winter months. The District Secretary has recently approved a saddlery grant of £1,500 and it is hoped that a bid for some new show jumps will meet with similar success. Such is the reputation of the Stables Wing that we have a young mare belonging to The Queen undergoing training and young hunters on loan from the Crown Equerry and the Guards Saddle Club.

LCoH Scarrett who keeps a low profile in MT Guards Depot, is sadly laid up in hospital at present, but we wish him a speedy recovery and an even speedier return to duty.

J/Tprs Howarth and Cody on Pirbright ranges


Band Notes

traditional Italian fare. A typical evening meal lasted for about four hours, and on the last evening the local choir was at the restaurant to greet us with ‘God Save The Queen”, and to entertain us during the meal. We were given a guided tour of the area in a coach which could hardly fit down some of the streets as they were so narrow and taken to a vineyard to see how the wine

spent a large part of the summer serving with the

Household Cavalry Quadrille, visiting many different shows around the country. Congratulations are due to CsoH Packer, Brammer and Marsh, LCsoH Guy and Jones, LCpls Cairns,

Mayhew and Wall on their promotions.

is made, and to have lunch.

The purpose of the trip was to play at a Homage to Dame Freya Stark in the beautiful little town of Asolo. Dame Freya, although English, has made Asolo her adopted home, and to anyone visiting the town it is

obvious what she sees in it. Superb views all around, tiny streets, some too narrow for any traffic, and old buildings all contribute to make it something from the past. We also gave a Marching Band Display in the Town Square at Treviso, which is similar to Asolo but on a larger scale, and on the last day we played in St Mark’s Square, Venice, after a trip down the canals in a motorised barge. In the square we met Harry Mortimer, made famous by his skill with Brass Bands, who was holidaying in Venice. After our lunch, which was another enormous alfair and a quick shopping and sightseeing trip, we marched onto the square again, where he was allowed to conduct the Band. We then left the square in our motorised barge and headed for home, taking with us enough memories to keep us all talking for many weeks. Our summer season was lacking our usual engagement with the Royal International Horse Show for the first time that most of the Band could remember, due to

THE BAND IN ST MARK'S SQUARE, VENICE

The last year has been one of change for the Band. We started it with a move to Hyde Park Barracks to join the Household Cavalry Regiment, taking over the accommodation vacated by the Band of The Life Guards. The Regiment’s posting to Detmold at the same time produced the need for us to visit them annually in Germany, and we sent a small Dance Band with the Regimental Association for their visit in July. With

the Bands involvement in Exercise Lionheart for three weeks in September and the rapidly approaching Christmas visit to the Regiment some doubt had been expressed in the Band as to whether it was a move to Knightsbridge or Germany. Consequently, consideration is being given to the possibility of buying houses in Detmold. The gradual run-down of personnel to arrive at our new establishment has been completed having said farewell to Musns Reid, Harmsworth and Palmer, to

be replaced solely by Musn Kinsler, who is at present undergoing his equitation course. We await his com— pletion of this with great interest as not only will he fill the vacant position of Bassoonist (an instrument we have not heard in the band for some years), but also because he is the first musician from this Band to go through riding school under the new riding master. Lt McKie. Musns Dawson and Billington joined the Regiment on its posting to act as trumpeters in Detmold. Musn Billington has since returned to the fold and was recently featured in a WO & NCO Mess concert, playing 26

his violin during the interval whilst dressed in NBC clothing. This year the ceremonial season was marked by the inclusion of a mounted Major General‘s Inspection for the first time for five years. One Life Guard Trumpeter‘s horse that had lost its rider insisted on continually charging the Band, much to the distress of our horses, who thought that they should be rid of their cumbersome loads and able to join in the fun. Despite the chaotic ranks of the Band the music did not stop, and

it was a still mounted Band that returned to barracks at the conclusion of the parade. In early May four trumpeters led by Trumpet Major Orritt visited HMS Broadsu‘ord, to whom the Regiment is affiliated. A short while later the whole Band went to Chesterithe home town of HMS Bram/swordg where we marched through the streets of this Cathedral City with the crew. We were then wined and dined with the Ship’s Company by the mayor at a civic reception in the Town Hall. where the Band had a chance to talk to some of the crew and find out what life is like in the Senior Service. Two weeks later the Band had a trip of a lifetime, a long weekend in Italy at the foot of the Dolomites. Everywhere we went we were made to feel more than welcome, and we stayed in a large Villa converted into a music college. All meals with the exception of breakfast were eaten in local restaurants, where the chefs tried to outdo each other, producing massive meals of

the date being moved to coincide with The Trooping of The Colour. However, the Band played at a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, a first for a large proportion of us. The Band was kept busy putting names to famous faces all afternoon, and during one short break Jimmy Saville came over to entertain us with a joke. The following day we were the guest Band for an open-air concert at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. This was a day of revived memories as most of

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Major General’s Inspection Beating Retreat H orse Guards Trooping The Colour Horse Guards Garter Ceremony Windsor Royal Ascot Wembley Military Musical Pageant St James Park Hyde Park Wellington Country Fair Bournemouth Houghton Hall Aylesham Agricultural Show 'Moreton in Marsh Spanish Riding School Visit to Regiment BAOR

us had served there at some time, but not been back for many years, and we met our ex Director of Music, Lt Col Evans, who has now retired but is the Assistant

Director of Music at Kneller Hall. After leave and our usual two sunny weeks in Bourne— mouth, we returned to Hyde Park Barracks to play Sefton into well-earned retirement. He was driven out of barracks in the full glare of media coverage to the strains of his Regimental March, having served not

only the Regiment well for many years, but also the Band as a steady and reliable Band horse. September brought the strange sight of the Band dressed in combat kit, preparing for Exercise Lionheart. We teamed up with 221 Field Ambulance in the non— musical role of helping to run a Field Hospital, but with the little town of Hameln (of Pied Piper fame) not far away, music could not be subdued for long. Instru— ments and music were borrowed, and in far from ideal

conditions a concert was given. As both audience and musicians enjoyed themselves this hastily-arranged performance must be considered a success, upholding as it did the tradition of bands lifting morale in wartime. At present Musns Paine and Francis are serving at Kneller Hall, and

Musn

Biscoc,

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The Blues and Royals Squadron as a trumpeter for Queens Lifeguard. Musns Biscoc, J.. and Thornburrow

The Band's concert on Exercise Lionheart


QUADRILLE NOTES

RECRUITING OFFICE NOTES

The Quadrille this year has been designed for the first time by our new Riding Master, Lt B. J. McKie. The display consists of a total of 23 horses: 1 Drum Horse,

Since the two remaining RHG/D personnel LCsoH White and Johnson left us midway through the year the team is now entirely manned by Life Guards. It has been a most interesting and successful tour this year. As well as the usual shows around the country, we ventured over the water to the Emerald Isle and spent a month touring Scotland. The shows of note that we attended are as follows: MAY—Army Apprentices College, Chepstow

4 Trumpet Horses, 2 Farrier and I6 Troop Horses,

and this year involves more speed and dash, and less of the dressage movements than in previous years. The single— and double-scissors movements done at full gallop, are particularly hair-raising, and have never before been attempted in this manner. It has been an interesting and varied season with performances in such places as Slough, Paris, Derby, Builth

Wells,

St Albans,

Chalfont

St

Giles,

JUNefiArmy Show, Aldershot; Sandringham Show JULvfiCombincd Services, Bassingbourne

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Sopley and Olympia. Paris was perhaps the most unusual venue. A large British contingent, including a company of Coldstream Guards was assembled in Paris for the Grand Opening of the new Stadium known as the ‘Palais d’Omnisports’ at Bercy. We left London as soon as possible after The Queen‘s Birthday Parade and enjoyed a remarkably smooth crossing. The Channel was the last thing to run smoothly for the next two-and-a half weeks. We arrived in Paris to be greeted with the news that ‘Bercy est Tombe”. The Stadium had apparently fallen down. This little problem, which took five days

to sort out, turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it allowed the troops time to enjoy some of the delights of the town. It was also of comparatively minor import— ance compared to some of the administrative earthquakes which were to follow. Nevertheless, Household Cavalry ingenuity, combined with much kind assistance from our equivalent French Regiment the Cavalerie de la Garde Republicaine overcame all obstacles. The actual performances went extremely well, despite the arena being half our normal size. The only mishap being when a horse turned over having put its foot in

The Ouadrille performing at Summer Camp

a mine crater thoughtfully forgotten by the management. It just happened to be the day that the Commanding Officer and the French General Staff were watching. Still, no damage was done to horse or rider. The Quadrille even found time to open a Hamburger Emporium which was well patronised by those Coldstream Guards, and others whose stomachs had failed to adjust to French Army cuisine. Our other engagements have proved both successful and enjoyable. They have also been extremely hard work for those involved but, nevertheless, a most rewarding experience. It is hoped that in 1985 we shall be able to widen our horizons yet further, but details will remain, for good reasons, on a ‘need to know’ basis forthe time being.

Auousr~North East of England Our Caravan was returned to us in May in pristine condition, having been rebuilt and refurbished by 41 Cmd Wksps. During the Scotland tour the team arranged a boat trip over Loch Ness—unfortunately the only monster seen was W02 Nicklin, LG. All in all an eventful year.

WIVES’ CLUB NOTES Our first Wives‘ Club here in Germany was held in April 1984. Frau Hildergarde Sauer came along to give a talk on Detmold and German customs. The June meeting was a great favourite. The PTl SSgt Goodwin organised a Self-Defence Demonstration. LCoH Bryson came along and showed us how to defend ourselves. It was an educational evening, inter-

sperced with just the right amount of humour. The July meeting was also a great success. There was a Barbecue and Disco but unfortunately the weather prevented us from having our food outside: nevertheless, everyone seemed to enjoy the evening. Also in July the Wives’ Club set up a stall at the Hakedahl Fayre. We had a Tombola stall and a Game of Chance. All the Wives were very generous in donating items for the Tombola stall. A total of DM450 was made; DM250 of this was donated to the Garrison

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM

The staff of the Museum has remained unchanged during 1984 and the Museum has been open to the public throughout the year from Monday to Friday inclusive and on Sundays during the summer months (except on Bank Holiday weekends). It is hoped that many former members of the Household Cavalry who visit the Windsor area will come along to the Museum. Many such members have paid visits during 1984 together with members of the public, school parties and Army Cadets. The staff have also continued to provide members of the public with details of service of their ancestors who have formerly served in the Household Cavalry. Our Reference Library has been greatly enhanced by the generous gift of 200 military history and reference books donated by Capt M. Tree. formerly of The Life Guards. During 1984 the following items have been received by the Museum Trustees for display: ed ORs sabretache of the lst Royal Dragoons present

by Lt Col R. Wilkinson Ofirs pith helmet 1 RD (1900) worn by Lt T. Gurner, 1 RD, and pair of 1 RD stirrup bosses Charing Cross Hospital Nursing Medal, suspended on Regimental Ribbon, by Dr S. H. Heard, MBE Metal die used for 1 RD Regtl Medal issued to members of Regiment who served in Peninsular and at Waterloo 1 RD ORs helmet (1902 pattern) and 1 RD Offrs cartouche box with gold cross belt, presented by

Tpr Ashley Coulson and ‘Miss World’

Charity. ‘ , At the September meeting we had a hairdressing demonstration. Staff from the Dittmanns’ Hairdressing

Salon very kindly came along and cut and blow-dried four of the wives” hair, free of charge. At the October meeting we had LSgts Barrie and Cox come to show us how to decorate a Christmas cake. They showed us how to make an icing bag which would not (or should not) come apart and how to make roses out of marzipan. With Christmas in mind, at the November meeting, Mrs Spring showed us how to make a table decoration. and LSgt Cox demonstrated how to bone and stuff a turkey. The Christmas Dinner was a great success. About 80 wives sat down and the husbands waited on the tables. The meal was excellent. Afterwards Mrs Livingstone sang to us, accommpanied by LCoH Elliott. Since April the PTI, SSgt Goodwin, has very kindly taken some wives for Keep-Fit classes in the gym. He works us very hard but it is very worthwhile and much appreciated.

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10% Discount to Serving and Association Members April, May and September

widow of the late Capt N. Morgan, Mvo, MM

Medals awarded to: W01 Allsebrooke, MM, 1 RD (First World War)

Pte Clare, 1 RD (South Africa War) Capt N. Morgan, MVO, MM, 1 RD (Second World War) together with 16 Foreign decorations awarded whilst employed as Superintendent Royal Mews Sgt S. H. Morgan, 1 RD (First World War) Maj Hon J. Hamilton Russell, MC, 1 RD (Second World War)

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Life Guards and The Blues and Royals here in Germany, leaves_us to take up a new appointment at Verden as a Captain. Our new ASM, WOI D. Chapman, is well known to many of our members as he has served with the Regiment as a Squadron Artificer some years ago.

THE WARRANT OFFICERS Left to right: OROMC Chillingworth, SCM Murray, SCM Lane, W02 Parsons, ROMC McEvoy, RCM O'Halloran, RQMC(T) Triggs, BCM Whennell, SCM Brown, SCM Hughes. SCM Stacey, W02 Wall

Early 1984 saw the move of the Mess from Combermere Barracks back to the old familiar surroundings of Lothian Barracks. During the move a few items of property became damaged but were hastily repaired and refurbished by an old friend, Mr Godfrey-Cass. Our first function on arrival back in BAOR, was a welcome back to Detmold cocktail party which was a tremendous success and enabled us to meet most of the dignitaries of the Garrison. On 10 April we were visited by Maj Gen R. M. Jerram, DRAC, as part of his farewell tour of BAOR, during his visit he presented Long Service and Good Conduct medals to Sgt Milne (REME) and LCoH Hudson. After the presentation the RCM presented the General with a silk-screen picture of the Drum Horse. During May the majority of the Warrant Officers managed the journey back along the escape route to London for Cavalry Weekend and much enjoyed the Association Dinner. The month of May also saw a changeover of RCMs when RCM D. A. O’Halloran ‘ took over the chair from RCM R. A. Fortt. June was a rather quiet period, mainly due to Regimental Training, but July commenced in true Detmold tradition with the visit of 35 members of the Regimental Association, shepherded as always by Maj (Retd) C. W. J. Lewis, MBE. The manner in which he cons them

from the bar onto the coach for the return trip is a sight to behold and never ceases to amaze Mess Members. We are also delighted that our Honorary Secretary. Maj (Retd) E. L. Payne, made the trip and to him we

extend our very best wishes for the task ahead. The obvious highlight in the Mess calender for 1984

The Director Royal Armoured Corps, Maj Gen S. C. Cooper, visited the Mess on the 19th as part of his visit to the Regiment, having recently taken up his new appomtment. The following night 140 Mess Members sat down to dinner, we were later joined by our ladies and the festivities continued into the small hours of Sunday morning. Monday the 22nd saw the arrival of WOl J. A. Clarke for a weeks” stay. Mr Clarke who is now involved in recruiting, came to have a first hand look at the Regiment. The Warrant Officers and their ladies enter— tained him to dinner on the 25th and that night we relived many old times together, a most enjoyable time was had by all. Sunday 4 October was a glorious morning with the sun shining brightly, but just a trifle cold as two teams stepped out onto the field. It was the long-awaited Officers versus WOs and CsoH hockey match. Although no referee was present, the match was conducted in a most gentlemanly manner, with each team having the whistle for one half of the game. It was a hard—fought battle with the WOs and CsoH taking a slight lead to win the match. Afterwards we all retired to our Mess to join the ladies for a curry lunch, and to rub bruised limbs. We said farewell to SSgt 1. Eagles (REME) on pro— motion and posting to BATUS, and SSgt M. Marshall (REME) to Princess Marina College Arborfield on 5 October.

The Mess moved to a temporary home at Hohne for two weeks on 9 October as the Regiment started Gunnery Camp. [t was while we were at Hohne that we managed to renew our relationship with The Royal Canadian Dragoons who were having a short break from Lahr. December, as normal, brought forth a whole mul-

titude of functions, including the traditional Christmas Draw and inviting the Officers in for Christmas drinks. On the 9th we gladly received the Band at the start of their 12-day visit to Detmold and enjoyed a most entertaining evening with them at a Night Club function which was a great success. Another successful evening/ morning was encountered by the Warrant Officers and their wives when they were invited to the Commanding Officer’s house for dinner, and almost breakfast.

Christmas Day suffered its usual festive awakening with the RCM and the Warrant Olficers delivering Gunfire to those who remained in barracks. Finally, a busy but successful year was seen out with a New Year’s Eve party. All in all, as you have seen, this has been a most

successful year for the Mess. The President of the Members Committee were W052 Lou Villers, Chris

Hughes, Brian Murray and Barry Wall. The Mess also said farewell to W02 Lou Villers on posting to Cyprus: W02 Derick McKenna to QOY as RCM; and W02 George Fox who takes over the Mounted Squadron at Knightsbridge. Congratulations to the following Warrant Officers who were promoted during the year—WOI Derick McKenna and Lou Villers, and to W02 Chris Hughes. Brian Murray, Mick Stacey, Doug Standen and Barry Wall.

took place on 4 AugustiThe Brussels Ball, so named

to commemorate the part played in the liberation of Brussels 40 years ago by 2 HCR. We were honoured in being allowed the presence of The Brussels Standard from the Household Cavalry Museum, The Standard having been presented to 2 HCR by the people of Brussels in July 1945. The evening started with a Beating Retreat by the Band of 2nd Royal Green Jackets. Nearly 400 official guests, Mess Members and their guests attended. taking full advantage of the hard work put in by the Ball Committee. A first-class group ‘Penny Lane‘ provided the music and SQMS Spring and chefs provided yet another fine display at the bufTet table. Mess life was very quiet at the beginning of September as preparation for Exercise Spearpoint was in full swing. We returned to barracks at the end of September and started to prepare for the visit of our Colonel, Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, on 2 October. The Colonel spent four days with us. He, as always. took a great deal of interest in all that we do and made some useful points to assist us in our training in the future. We welcomed the Colonel to our Mess on Thursday the 4th, during which time he had some very in-dcpth talks with the members. On his departure he wished us well and, of course, as always. we look forward

to seeing him again. We said farewell to the ASM this month. WOI (ASM) P. Williams, who has served with both The

HMS ‘BROADSWORD’ With temperatures soaring to minus —l“C. HMS Bram/sword enjoyed a five-day visit to South Georgia in October, providing a welcome break from patrolling the Falkland Islands. Snow—capped peaks and extensive glaciers are features of majestic South Georgia, and the visit began with a scenic coastal passage. Easing past a large tabular iceberg aground in 700 feet of water, the Broadsn'ord entered the magnificent Drygalski Fjord at the Southern tip of the island. There the icy peaks formed a dramatic backcloth for the traditional stiring of the Christmas pudding, a paddle and plenty of brandy ensuring that the mixture did not freeze before it was well and truly stirred. Sailing on, there was an opportunity for a look at St Andrew‘s Bay, which has one of the world‘s biggest King Penguin colonies, before berthing alongside the MV SCOINS/l Eagle in Grytviken. While some of the ship’s company explored the old whaling station and visited Sir Earnest Shackleton‘s grave. others expended their energies in helping the renovation of the old whaling ship Perry]. After calling. cautiously, on the elephant bull seals and staging a winter Olympics, the Bram/sword headed

back to the Falklands to complete her five-month deployment. before returning home for Christmas.

THE TRUMPETERS AT HMS VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ALEXANDRA LCoH Jones, LCoH Burroughs. T/M Orritt, Musn Mitchell

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Exercise Lionheart By Capt R. C. D. LENDRUM

The Commanding Officer with our complement of Reserve Officers during Exercise Lionheart CoH Blackburn shows how to clean a tank with a fireman's hose

ending in disorder. However, the battle days, even though tiring, provided considerable experience for all ranks. All our vehicles worked very well and only three major assemblies were usedithe lowest rate throughout the entire Corps. Considerable ingenuity and initiative was shown, for instance SCpl Sackett (who had been left broken down behind the enemy lines) reached a local telephone and passed on the enemy’s movements. Capt Bucknall chatted up the local fire station at endex so that they could wash their vehicles before the return to Barracks. Spies amongst The Life Guards (Orange Special Forces) gave us some timely information. During the first week we received about 30 Reservists,

'A' SOUADRON LEADER DURING EXERCISE LIONHEART

‘The biggest exercise since the end of World War II’ was the phrase most used in the press before deployment on Exercise Lionheart. As far as we were concerned it was potentially the biggest headache that we have had in recent times. Changing the fleet of tanks, trade training and conversion training meant that the build-up to the beginning of the Exercise was extremely hard work. The Commanding Oflicer gave a stirring speech to ensure that our minds were on the right track, probably looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Regiment was complete in the field by 16 September and such diverse characters as the Paymaster (Maj N. B. Noble, RAPC), the ORCoH (CoH Reeve) were seen donning their noddy suits. The idea of painting white crosses over their vehicles was not allowed and, as a result, they must have been umpired out a few times, having driven through the odd minefield. In essence we were exercising for 11 days although some days were spent doing very little except waiting in rather damp woods receiving order, counter-order

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some cap badged RHG/D, who were all allocated to Squadrons either as tank crews or in the administrative elements. The practise of this operation has provided some valuable lessons both for the Reservist system and ourselves. The enemy that faced us (Orange Forces) consisted of Americans, Dutch, Germans and British (including The Life Guards). We often wondered whether it was the enemy who had free play with the Blue Forces (friendly) being controlled or the other way round as

A Centurion ARV refuelling from Bedford RL Bowser

it should have been. Some of the enemy took a lot of killing even with help from the umpires. However, many of us were killed on occasion and knocked out for six hours—no wonder no reply was given on the radio sometimes. All phases of war were practiced both with and without success and we did win? However, at times

we faced a different threat—The Greens. Their activities in trying to create disruption to movement by road generally causing a nuisance fortunately never gave cause for alarm, although at times the numbers that

paradedein excess of ZOOimeant that real security of equipment was most essential. When on exercise most comforts of living at home or in barracks are discarded and luxuries such as hot showers and cover to sleep under are normally hard to obtain. The German people who had to put up with the noise and smell of lst British Corps were incredibly generous in providing all types of creature comforts. Their patience and hospitality was quite amazing and we are most grateful to them. For most of us it proved that people such as the Greens represent a vocal, but definite minority.


THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1984

Visit to the Service Regiment The Commanding Officer and members 01‘ the Service Regiment in Detmold are again inviting 40 members of the Association to visit them from 21 to 24 June 1985. Full details and cost are given on the proforma and those interested should fill in the application form and

‘At Home’ Day 1985 We have again been invited to join the Household Cavalry Regiment for their Open Day which will be held on Sunday 8 September 1985. Please return the proforma for more details and application form.

return it to the Secretary. If the visit is over-subscribed

Association Buffet Dance The proposed date for the third Buffet Dance is 2 November 1985. Please return the proforma for more details and an application form.

a draw will be held.

The Annual Dinner 1984 The Dinner was held at Knightsbridge this year and 300 members were present for an excellent meal provided by the Master Chef and his staff of the Household Cavalry Regiment. We are most grateful to the Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Regiment for allowing us to use the facilities of the barracks and to the RCM for all the help given to us in arranging this function. Combined Cavalry Parade 1984 On a very pleasant day the Association once again had a very large contingent on parade. We are indebted to the Household Cavalry Regiment for all their hospitality after the parade. Visit to the Service Regiment A party of 40 members visited the Regiment in Germany from 6 to 9 July. We wish to record our thanks to the Commanding Officer for allowing us to make this visit and to the RCM and members of the WOs and CoHs Mess for their wonderful hospitality during our stay. A report on the visit is published separately. The Association Buffet Dance The second Association Buffet Dance was held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on 26 October 1984. Unfortunately, this was not so well attended

as the previous year but those who attended voted it a great success. We are grateful to the Master Chef and his staff who arranged a first-class buffet, to the Band, under the direction of BCM Whennell, and to all

members of the WOs and NCOs Mess for their efforts on our behalf. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 1985 The Annual General Meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess, Combermere Barracks, Windsor, on Saturday 4 May. The Meeting will commence at 1800 hours and all members are encouraged to attend. Members are reminded that if they have a resolution tO put before the meeting it must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks in advance of the meeting. AGENDA . Minutes of the meeting 1984. . Points arising from the Minutes. . Confirmation of the Accounts for the year ending 31 December 1984. . Committee matters: Under Rule 12 the following members are due to retire: Mr J. R. Hunter Mr Z. A. Goodacre

Mr W. D. Flaxman has regrettably had to retire from the committee due to ill health. In accordance with Rule 12 the undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the committee to fill these vacancies: Lt Col W. R. Marsh Mr M. A. Martin Mr P. B. Lawson In accordance with Rule 7, Mr R. Barfoot is recom-

mended by the committee for honorary membership in recognition Of his support and generosity to the Association. Annual Dinner 1985 Owing to the major constructional faults which have been discovered in the floor ofthe WOs and NCOs Mess and the ceiling of the gymnasium in Hyde Park Barracks it will not be possible to hold the Annual Dinner in those barracks this year. The Commanding Officer of The Life Guards has kindly given permission for our Dinner to be held in Combermere Barracks, Windsor,

Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade Saturday 15 June 1985 A limited number of tickets should be available to the Association for the rehearsals and the actual parade. Members who would like to apply for tickets should please write to the Honorary Secretary who will send an application form. If you have had tickets during the last five years, please do not apply. Applications must be with the Honorary Secretary by 20 April 1985. Remembrance 1985 (I. THE FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE will be open at 1200 hours on Thursday 7 November. Members are asked to assemble at the Regimental Plot in St Margaret’s Churchyard at 1150 hours. Dress: Lounge Suits, no medals. b. WINDSOR. The normal service of Rembrance will be held in the Garrison Church, Windsor, on Sunday 10 November. Tickets will be available from the Honorary Secretary. 6. LONDON. A service of Remembrance will be held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park at 1050 hours on Sunday 10 November.

NOTICE Accommodation in London Two places are able to offer reasonable accommodation in the centre of London, details are reprinted here for your convenience. l. The Union Jack Club, Sandell

Waterloo,

. The Victory Services Club, 63-79 Seymore Street, London W2 2HF This is just by the Marble Arch in Edgware Road. The joining fee is £575 and you will need to send proof of having served in HM Forces, i.e. Photocopy of Discharge book, or something similar.

on Saturday 4 May 1985. Bars in the gymnasium will open at 1730 hours, Bars in the WOs and NCOs Mess, which will open at 1830 hours, are available to entitled members only.

Dress: Lounge Suits, no medals. Application for tickets will be limited to one ticket per member and only official guests will be allowed. The cost of tickets will be £5 for Members and £2 for those over 65. Should any member know of a comrade who would like to attend but cannot afford the price of a ticket, please notify the Honorary Secretary who is authorised by the Committee to give a free ticket to any such genuine cases. Coaches will run' from Hyde Park Barracks and return after the Dinner. Applications for tickets for the coaches should be made with the application for dinner tickets. To assist the Regiment with security, the dinner ticket

will be used for admittance to the barracks and only those in possession of a ticket will be allowed in. As usual ladies will not be allowed to attend the dinner but they will be welcome to attend the WOs and NCOs Mess afterwards. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday 5 May. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother will take the Salute. The service will be conducted by the Chaplain General. Assemble on the Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East at 1050 hours. Dress: Lounge Suits and decorations. Your committee look forward to your support and hope we shall have a large number on parade.

Street,

London SE1 8UJ This club has 340 single rooms and 63 doubles. Ex Servicemen who served for at least two years are eligible to become members, the fees forjoining are £5-00, with an annual subscription of £300. If you are not yet a member you should write soon asking for an application form.

THE GUIDON lNCORPORATING THE FALKLAND ISLANDS THEATRE HONOUR


HOGG BULLIMORE 8- Co. Chartered Accountants 25 January 7985

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

Han. Secretary

Hon. Treasurer

E 2 75411 £ 6 492-54 Excess of Income over Expenditure for the Year

London, EC2Y 98A

£71 542 32 £78 034 86 £11 817 45 Total Expenditure

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Buffet Dance Regimental ’At Home' Day

1,479-94

4 076 04 Purchase of Computer

Standards Parade

Auditors’ Remunderation

Printing Postage Miscellaneous Expenses Less: Miscellaneous Receipts Annual Report and Magazine Cost of Magazine 5,079-04 Less: Sales 1,003-00

1.33718 475-00 192 18 964 71

4.51524 1,294 00

2,997-47 1,645-50 199 00 Cost of Dinner Less: Sale of Tickets Coach Fares

2,391-18 1,054-00

2650-00 247 95

Grants, Assistance, etc.

Subscriptions and Donations Annual Dinner

Expenditure

£18,309'99

6750-84 98487

Dividends on Investments

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INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT

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FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 1984

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2.75411 6,492-54

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£16,384-38

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We have audited, in accordance with approved auditing standards, the attached Balance Sheet and Income and Expenditure Account and report that in our opinion these Accounts give respectively a true and fair view of the state of the Association's affairs at 31 December 1984, and of the surplus of income over expenditure for the year ended on that date.

68 788 21

£71.542 32 {78.03486

71 542 32

11,696-55

General Fund

300 00 2,019-89

2 319 89

Net Current Assets

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BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1984

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES These representatives are willing to give advice or to assist in any way possible. They are not authorised to make money grants which must be referred to the Committee for approval. If, on studying the list you find that there is no representative in your area and you would be willing to act for the Committee. please send your name and address to the Honorary Secretary. Nunw A (Ir/I'e.t'.\' Telephone Number MR D. BARNES l2 Bristowe Avenue. Great Baddow. Chelmsford, Essex CM8 0245 72141 MAJ D. S. BARRINGTON-BROWNI: Coekleford Mill. Near Cheltenham. Gloucestershirc 024 287 266 CAPr R. C. BUCKNALL Stephouse. Tarrant Gunville, Blandford Forum. Dorset 9189 214 HON MRS M. FREIEMAN-TI-IOMAS Kingswall. Malmesbury. Wiltshire SN16 9BJ Malmesbury 2338 LT COL C. G. M. GORDON Ruecroft Wombleton. Kirkbymoorside. Yorkshire YO6 5RX MR G. E. W. HALLS 3 Fairview Rise, West Dene. Brighton. Sussex BN1 SGL Brighton 551669 CAPT SIR JOHN HANMER. B1 The Mere House, Hanmer. Whitchurch. Shropshire SYI3 3DG Hanmer 383 MR T. HARDS 38 Glendale Drive. Burpham, Guildford. Surrey GU4 7JA 057 56 228 LT CO]. A. B. HOUSTON. ORE. Lintrathen Lodge. Kirriemuir. Angus DD8 5JJ MC, DL MR P. JONrs 22 Green Lane. Blythe Bridge. Stoke-on-Trent. Staffordshirc 078185700 ST11 9LZ MAJ C. W. J. LEWIS. MBE 52 Homestall Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 OSB 01693 2577 MR J. L. LOCKE Flat 5. The Croft. Hawkeshead. Nr Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 ONX 09666 374 27/2 Stenhouse Gardens. Edinburgh. Scotland EH11 3EN 031 444 1127 MR J. M. MALLINSON 39 Propps Hall Drive, Failsworth. Manchester M35 OWB 061681 6712 MR E. MARCHINGTON 37 Manor Drive. Birchington-on-Sea. Kent CT7 9TN 0843 43598 MR J. A. MATTHEW Am Hechtstucken 10, 3180 WOB 31, West Germany 05365 2855 MR 1. MENTIPLY Parkend By Heck. Lockerbie, Dumfrieshire DG11 IJF Loch Maben 275 CAPT J. W. N. MITCHELI Ripplesdale. Coychurch. Bridgend. Glamorgan CF35 SHE 0656 861486 MR C..F. MOGG, MISM Combermere. 2 Blickling Close. South Wootton. Norfolk PE30 3JE 0553 674583 MR R. A. NEWMAN Flat 4. St Oswalds Hospital. The Tything, Worcester WR1 IHR MR E. W. NICHOLAS 0323 20702 43 Filching Road. Eastbourne. Sussex BN20 8SD MR R. J. ROBERTSON 0228 21866 Parkside. St Aidans Road. Carlisle. Cumbria CA1 ILS CAPT A. C. ROBSON 061 653 6879 18 Selby Road. Hollin. Middleton, Manchester M24 3ES MR J. S. ROWLANDS 42 Stone Bridge Court. Lings. Northampton NN3 4LY MR P. D. SPENCER 12 Meadow Drive. Credenhill. Hercfordshire MR B. T. STRATmRo Abergaven ny 3779 109 Hereford Road. Abergavenny. Gwent NP7 6A8 THE REV A. VAUGHAN-ROBERTS Haydown House. East Cholderton. Hampshire Weyhill 2276 LT COL D. J. S. WILKINSON 396 Field End Road. Eastcote. Ruislip. Middlesex HA4 9PG 01-868 8398 MR E. J. WOODMAN. MBF 37 Orkney Street. Spring Farm. Antrim. Northern Ireland BT41 2TZ Massereen 68608 MR D. P. YOUNG

Major Lt Col Captain Sgt

Name His Grace The Duke of Beaufort. KG. PC. ocvo. MI-‘I-I Sir Charles Cooper. Bt D. H. Hall-Smith A. T. Thwaites J. Acres

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Sgt N.K. Sgt N.K.

L. Benson S. W. Bird G. Bramlcy J. Daley

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J. Holdsworth

N.K. Tpr Cpl Tpr N.K. Cpl CoH Tpr

H. Guthrie Stevens J. 0. Friend G. Hardcastle A. G. Harding G. Jones H. L. Jones K. M. Jones J. R. McCrackcn

CoH

C. G. Murphy

LCpl N.K. CoH LCpl N.K. N.K. WOI W02

C. W. Pepper K. G. Podmere W. H. Simms A. Somervell W. Thomas F. Whitford F. Hutchins. nrM .l. .I. Hume

A (I'dl‘t’XX Badminton. Gloucestershire GL9 IBD Cranbourne Grange. Sutton Scotney, Hampshire SO21 3NA 16 Elmsleigh Avenue. Stoneygate. Leicester. Lcieestershire LE2 2DF Kismeldon Cottage. Monksilver. Somerset ‘Brayfoot'. 32 Coombe Valley Road. Near Preston. Weymouth. Dorset 20 Quinton Park. Cheylesmore. Coventry. West Midlands CV3 5HV 65 Summit Road. Northolt. Middlesex UB5 5HL 5 Elm Row, Rushall. Pewsey. Wiltshire 54 Loch Lane. Sawlcy. Long Eaton. Nottinghamshire 7 Second Street. Crookhall. Consett. Co Durham Serving with Regiment Flat No l2. Tom Davies House. Braintree. Essex Hilleroft. Church Road. Rotherfield. East Sussex TN6 3LA I6 Blakeney Road. Patchway. Bristol BS12 SLX 84 Heath Row. Bishops Stortford. Hertfordshire CM23 5DF 52 Church Lane. Cheshunt. Herts 32 St Teilos Road. Abergaxenny. Gwent NP7 6EY 6 Berwiek Close. West Demon Park. Newcastle NEIS SXP 235 Andover Road. Newbury. Berkshire RG14 GNG l2 Balmoral Close. Cippenham. Berkshire SL1 6]? 20 Redruth Close. Northampton. Northamptonshire NN4 9PL 60 Church Street. Hadley. Nr Wellington. Salop 22 Meadow Bank Gardens. Cranford. Hounslow, Middlesex Bosham Castle. High Street. Bosham. Chiehester. Sussex Eldon Chambers. 30 32 Fleet Street. London EC4 I0 Strathfteld Close. Haywards Heath. West Sussex 6 Farley Avenue. l-larbury. Warwicks 59 Muddiford Lane. Christcluu‘ch. Dorset

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VISIT OF THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION TO DETMOLD, JULY 1984

MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WITH THE MAJOR GENERAL IN DETMOLD

At the very kind invitation of the Commanding Officer a party of 40 members assembled at Hyde Park Barracks on the evening of Thursday 5 July to embark on a visit to the Service Regiment. Maj ‘Spud’ Lewis had been appointed to be in charge of the party but all were delighted that Maj Eric Payne who had recently taken over the duties of Honorary Secretary of the Association and RCM Bill Clayton from Knightsbridge were in the party. Quite a number of those taking part in the visit had been previously and it was soon obvious that all intended to enjoy themselves and renew old friendships, not only in the Association but with serving members as well. Thanks to the hospitality received in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park everyone was in first-class form when they boarded the coach to proceed to Folkestone, to embark on the ferry for Ostend. It was unfortunate that we had to travel via Folkestone as it meant that we had to debus in the car park and walk on to the ferry (whilst at Dover you can drive straight on). However, thanks to

the kindness of the ferry staff our ‘walking wounded’ were allowed to remain on the coach. The Channel trip was used to swap stories and of course to take advantage of the cheap prices of drink on board. By the time we reached Ostend and embussed on the coach everyone made use of the lull and rested ready for the welcome at Detmold. By the kindness of RCM Bill Clayton food and drink had been provided for the party so that it would not be necessary to stop except for purposes of nature. Our coach driver who had served in Detmold (not with The Blues and Royals) assured us

that he knew a quick and best route to Detmold and as we were prepared to accept that we set off from Ostend. After a sight—seeing trip through the centre of some large towns, and where the local authorities had decided

it was an opportune time to carry out a little road maintenance we arrived at Detmold a little late! ll On arrival with the serving regiment we were informed that due to a rebuilding project it was necessary to split up the party with a number having to be accommodated

arranged for our visit and to give details of these would take up the entire publication of this year’s magazine. On the Saturday evening a dinner and dance had been arranged in the WOs and C011 Mess and was one of the many highlights of the visit. Later in the evening or early morning, a very large party of the older members could be found in the Mess garden, thoroughly enjoying the local wine, and swapping tales over many years. By the laughter and noise it was obvious that an excllent party was in progress and there is little doubt that it would have been possible to produce a best—selling book on the conversation. ‘Jock’ Mallinson was, of course, one of the highlights and entertained us not only with his tales but also with his spoons and minute mouthorgan. Members were given every opportunity not only to visit the shopping centres but also the local places of interest which are many in that part of Germany. Our coach driver was indeed most helpful in all these trips. Sunday arrived and it was obvious by the appearance of some members that they could well do without their breakfast. Those that were up in time. One remembered the old adage of the Windmill Theatre ‘We never close‘ and this was put to good effect thanks to the hard— working and cheerful bar staff. On the Sunday evening we were entertained to music by members of the Regi— mental Band who were in Detmold and under BCM Tony Whennall did a first class job ably assisted by Mrs ‘Rusty’ Taylor who gave us a few of her songs. Monday was our day of departure and by the downcast look on the faces, everyone realised that the visit was nearing the end. Prior to departure Maj ‘Spud’ Lewis, on behalf of all members, presented a bouquet to Mrs Murray, the wife of SCM Murray who had worked so hard to ensure that all was well. He also thanked RCM Dave O’Halloran very much for all his hard work and that of the members of the WOs and CsoH Mess, the wives, all the Messing staff, the barmen, waiters, and

those members who had kindly used their cars to assist in the transportation of the members of the party. He remarked on the very cheerful way in which all these

duties had been carried out and there was no doubt that for many years those who were present would think of the wonderful time they all had. In reply the RCM stated that they had enjoyed the visit very much indeed and it had ovbiously lifted the morale, which was already high, to even greater heights. He sincerely hoped that they would be able to entertain the Association again next year and he looked forward to it very much indeed. On the final day of our visit the Major General was visiting the Regiment and we were fortunate enough to have a group photograph taken with the Major General and we thank him very much for taking part. After luncheon the final farewells took place, and with three hearty cheers for all these in Detmold who had done so much to make the visit so memorable we embussed for Ostend. This was uneventful and it was the the quietest part of the whole trip. We ensured that we would return on the route we knew and enable us to arrive to schedule. Those that remained awake were full of praises for all that they had encountered. The trip from Ostend to Dover and on to Hyde Park Barracks was carried out in good time and very little difficulty was experienced with the Customs people at Dover who treated us quite well. We had hoped to arrive at Hyde Park about 7.30am but we actually arrived one ’hour earlier and this allowed all concerned time to have a wash and brush up prior to the dispersal of the whole party, which happened after we had received a very enjoyable breakfast arranged by RCM Bill Clayton.

On conclusion of breakfast much shaking of hands took place with the promise to meet again next year and

without exception everyone was most congratulatory on the hospitality, comradeship, kindness, and good humour experienced and we must again thank Lt Col Jeremy Smith-Bingham very much for inviting us to visit the serving regiment and which will be remembered for many years to come. Many thanks The Blues and Royals.

outside the camp. However, this did not cause any

‘MEMORIES OF A WET WEEKEND‘ inconvenience and everyone was really well cared for. We take this opportunity of thanking RCM Dave O’Halloran and his Mess very much indeed for the care which had obviously been taken to look after our needs. All members of the party, irrespective of the rank in which they had served, whilst in the Regiment, were made honorary members of the WOs and CoH Mess and this was very much appreciated by all members. Having lunched and had a few refreshing drinks, we had to prepare oursleves for the first function which was a cocktail party in the Oflicers Mess which was thoroughly enjoyed. Later that day we had received an invitation to attend the Junior Ranks Mess in the barracks and it was the unanimous opinion of all members that it was indeed a thoroughly good party and the kindness and hospitality could not have been bettered. We came away from that Mess with the opinion that the calibre of the Junior NCOs is such that it augurs well for the future Senior Ranks in the Regiment. Good material indeed. A very full and varied programme had been kindly

BY GUESS WHO? Day

Time

Thursday

0900 1200 1700 1900 2100 2300 2330

0500 1400 1500—1700 1715 1900 1930 2100 2200

Friday

Arrived office ‘FULL or news Left with Sales Rep for lunch and DRINKs Arrived WOs Mess Knightsbridge for sandwiches and DRINKS Boarded coach for Folkestone—stopped en route for DRINKS Had DRINKS in Folkestone bar Boarded Sealink—few seats available#had meal DRINKS in bar till 0430

Boarded coach—stopped twice on Autobahn for—wrong—strong black coffee Arrived Detmold lunch and DRINKS WOs Mess Kipped Dinner and BOTTLE WINI: Officers Mess for DRINKs Cpls Mess for DRINKs Tprs Mess for DRINKS Returned WOs Mess for—right~more DRINKS Continued on page 42

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‘OPEN ALL HOURS' The Silver Stick during his visit to the 0M(T)'s department

LCoH Taylor, LCpl Kingham and Tpr Woolfenden reading the instruction manual

egiment talking to Ct Tanburn and Tprs Sayer and Rutland

with SCpl Sanderson, Capt White-Spunner, LCoH Hammett and LCpl Watlow

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The Colonel

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Regiment with Orderly Room

LCoH

Hodges in the

M

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The Colonel of the Royal Yeomanry, Col Abel Smith, late RHG, with the Commanding Officer and Maj Olivier during Exercise Lionheart


Fifty Years Ago ? ? ?

T/Iefol/owing are some extracts/ram a Squadron account/iolder’s diary .' The Veterans' Race in full flight

The Major General inspects the barrack guard

Concluded from page 39

Saturday

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Kipped again Breakfast Visited Berlebeck and Heiligkirchen stopped at Gasthaus for DRINK Lunch in Mess—BOTTLE WINE DRINKS in Mess Visited town—on completion shopping ordered two coffees—took so long we had to run for coach (IfI can recall name will send you marks to pay) we did not receive coffee anyway! Dinner in Mess with BOTTLE WINE Had guided tour of Herford (thanks) Had one hour‘s kip Barbeque—Two BOTTLES WINE~returned to Mess bar for DRINKS Visited Burgerklaus for one hour to see if my German language was any good. Had a few—DRINKS Returned WOs Mess bar for FOUR HOURS’ DRINKIES Kipped for four whole hours Breakfast Coach trip to Hermannsdenkmal Lunch with families and MORE WINE (Noticed my hands were shakingAhad difficulty in picking up glass) Coach tour stopped at Gasthaus for DRINKS Dinner and some WINE Two hours’ kip Returned to bar for DRINKSiSUPER SINGER accompanied Band Switched on at last I’d had enough to drink. besides we were returning next day Had just completed seven hours" glorious kip (Didn’t notice whether 'SKIP’ snored or not) Having completed breakfast~visited tank park Super intro to Chieftain by ‘SHORTY MELLOR' Collected DUTY FREEs and loaded gear on coach Visited GTS—Mick ‘IT WAS SUPERB” Lunch and DRINKS with Major General No, I cheated—tonic ice and lemonglooks the real McCoy Boarded coach for Ostend (Needless to say loaded down with BOTTLES 0F BEER) THANKS, GUYS! Arrived Ostend (you’ll be pleased to know it bucketed with rain en route)

DRINK in Ostend bar Boarded Sealink—headed for BAR WHICH WE LEFT AT Boarded coach—‘Sweated through Customs‘ Arrived Knightsbridge—had wash/shave and super breakfast London link coach home Arrived home ‘KNACKERED‘

9th December £17 from Major S. and Captain B. for subscriptions to Squadron Party! Breakdown: Major S. £1 Captain B. £16 Why I had to pay so much 1 can‘t remember. Can’t even remember the Squadron Party either. Note on Audit CO‘S comments on the Squadron A/c audit arrived. Quite dreadful as they said ‘The accountholder is a sub-human wretch and ought to be locked up”, and signed ‘Commanding Officer', etc. Set of (sic) to resign but discovered that they were a low forgery. Suspect the Paymaster but can’t extract a confession

This concerns Open Day The Squadron ran two stalls to raise money. One was .22 shooting which takes too much organising and causes grey hairs. Also you have to pay out prize money. This therefore only brought in £(?). The other was shove halfpenny, but using 2—penee pieces (inflation). This is very popular indeed and almost impossible to Win on. I therefore recommend it. but up the stakes a bit. Try shove a krugerand. £(?) Had to write off some stock from the Canteen which got smashed up in one of those lunatic night moves we have to keep doing.

as yet.

6th February Paid to Mrs S. on 6th February (that’s the wife of SCpl 5., She’s a signwriter) £(?) for doing the Squadron Leader‘s and SCM’S record boards that hang outside the office. B Squadron don’t like them as they haven’t got anything similar, so its £(?) well spent. 20th February Now this one came from absolutely nowhere as far as 1 can see. Paymaster claims that the PR1 have given us £(?) out of the goodness of their hearts. Now that is no way to run a business, so they are either mad or corrupt. I suspect the former so 1 have accepted the money. In case the latter is correct 1 shall take care to keep the money in reserve. Therefore, if they attempt to obtain goods or services with it they can have it back and to hell with them. N.B.*Account-holders should beware of this sort of approach which can all too easily be used for blackmail purposes.

6th March Same detail as RV 6, 7, 8, 9. (T-Shirts) £(?). 1 think I ought to do something about this as we are still selling stock we haven‘t yet got. However. Paymaster is happy about the legality. and we are in it so deep the only way out is forward.

3rd April This contains £(?) we had to collect In for barrack damages, stupid things like cracked doors. etc. The Army apparently has not realised that there 15 such a thing as fair Wear and tear. This is a monstrous imposition. W.D. are the worst landlords Imaginable.

NOTE Over the last audit period there have been an almost unprecedented number of transactions. This is because the SCM pays in money at the first available opportunity, frequently several times a day. This causes work for the account—holder but more so for the unfortunate Paymaster. I will take Steps to suppress this habit, though 1 have few hopes of success. The only proper answer is to suppress all transactions altogether, with the exception of the incoming dividends. This would have the following advantages: ((1)

There

would

be

no

Squadron

Canteen,

and

therefore no temptation towards strong drink and tobacco; (b) A reduced work load for the account-holder and Paymaster (virtually nil):

(c) With the incoming dividends gradually increasing as investments accumulate it would take no more than 25 years before the Squadron could buy their own Training Area: (d) The end of the appalling Squadron T-shirt syndrome. NOTE 2nd July Paymaster and self closed account for audit. Paymaster did the work and l inked in the pencil work. This sounds dubious but having checked as 1 went along he (the Paymaster) has got it dead right. Therefore I am very happy with it. Good man. the Paymaster and we should take steps to keep him, though no doubt the military won‘t see the sense of it.

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MAJ SIR CHARLES COOPER, Bt By Lt Col A. M. Barrie, OBE, late the Royal Dragoons

Obituary

HIS GRACE THE 10th DUKE OF BEAUFORT, KG, GCVO, PC, MFH By Maj A. L. Rook, MC, late Royal Horse Guards Henry Hugh Arthur Fitz-Roy Somerset, 10th Duke of Beaufort was born on 4 April, 1900, and died at Bad~ minton on 5 February, 1984. During his lifetime Master held many high offices of State and Public Service, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester and Bristol until 1974, then of Gloucestershire until 1978. He was appointed High Steward of Bristol and Gloucester in 1925 and of Tewkesbury in 1948. His greatest public duty was that of Master of the Horse to the Sovereign, achieving a record 40 years in office, the longest since the office was established

in the

14th

Century,

and

serving three

Sovereigns during this time. He was a key figure at the Coronation of King George VI in 1937 and of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. He resigned after the Silver Jubilee in 1978 and was immensely delighted when another Blue, the Earl of Westmorland, was appointed to succeed him. Most of us will remember him for his dedication to Fox Hunting and Field Sports in general. The fact that he was always known as ‘Master‘ stems from a pack of Harriers his father gave him as an 11th birthday present, people were always stopping him and asking. ‘Where will you be drawing tomorrow, Master?‘, and that soubriquet remained with him for the rest of his life. He was a very fine shot, and was equally at home on a grouse moor or a large shoot as he was walking up hedgerow pheasants. He delighted in showing quantities of both foxes and pheasants at Badminton and if, by some misfortune one of our coverts was drawn blank when hounds came to us, he would remind you that you should come to Badminton to see how to keep both foxes and pheasants in the same cover, the glint in his eye was disconcerting to say the least! He was a dedicated salmon fisherman, and all of us who had a hand in running Badminton Horse Trials used to be delighted that he went off to the Spey immediately the Trials were over for a fortnight‘s fishing. The Park was usually back to its normal state on his return but this was not nearly so easy after he bought a beat on the Wye and only went away by the day! Master came to the Regiment from Sandhurst where to his great delight and pride he won the Saddle. He joined when the Regiment came back to Albany Street Barracks at the end of the First War. It was not long before he had arranged with his Commanding Officer, Lord Tweedmouth, that his annual leave should be taken by days, and that by doing

a certain amount of extra duty in the summer he would be allowed off to hunt the pack of bitches that he had

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been given by his father, two days a week. Master tells in his Memoirs how he was up and dressed by crack of dawn in time to leave Barracks and hitch a lift on a Mail cart to Paddington Station which got him home to Badminton in time to get his hounds to the Meet by 1045 hrs. Every night he returned to Barracks, if not in time for dinner. in time to report in before curfew. Master tells a lovely story of how he and Trumpet Major Heggie, who was teaching him to blow a hunting horn, used to repair to the sound-proofcd music room where they raised the roof playing all the brass instruments. Another legacy of Masters Service with the Regiment is the Tweed worn by the Officers, 1 don‘t think it is widely known that this was his personal Tweed, and he agreed to allow the Officers the privilege of wearing it. He was always delighted to see how many caps he could count over Badminton Horse Trials and never failed to tell me on the Sunday morning how many he had seen. I remember a Dinner Party before the Farmers‘ Ball, where quite by chance every man at the table had been in the Blues, when Master suddenly realised this, he was absolutely delighted and commented on it. He had a tremendous pride in the Regiment and at functions like Badminton Horse Trials Cocktail Party anyone going in who wore a Brigade tie was always quizzed as to which Regiment he belonged and if he was a Household Cavalryman the receiving line was held up for some time! If it had not been for Masters foresight when he saw the Three-Day Event at the Olympic Games of 1948 and started Badminton the following year. We should not be in the enviable position we are today of being at the very top of the Worldwide Horse Trials Tree, with

numerous Gold, Silver and

Bronze

Medals at

Olympic, World and European Championships to our Teams” credit. After he gave up Hunting hounds he still rode to hounds two or three days a week, although often in great pain, and it was only latterly that he had taken to hunting in his Range Rover, from which he entertained all and sundry from a well—filled basket drink. He was simply wonderful with all the foot followers and never failed to share his enjoyment ofa day‘s hunting with them. He was out hunting in the Range Rover the day before he died and had thoroughly enjoyed the morning but felt unwell in the afternoon and was taken home, he

died peacefully at Badminton the following morning, having followed his beloved Hounds to the end, which is as he would have wished. He will be much missed by many, especially those in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Charles Cooper, who died in May, joined The Royals in 1926 from Harrow and Sandhurst. He served through— out the Regiment‘s tour abroad of Egypt and India. and retired in 1936. He served in the Second World War on the Staff, despite every effort to get back to the Regiment and see active engagement. Those who remember him will recall his cheerful and enthusiastic approach to everything that he did. His Troop was always one of the best; he kept a good stable ofhorses and ponies, played polo in the Subalterns’ Team with a handicap of 3; rode hard; shot well:

a wonderful host; and had a great zest for life. In 1931 he married Estelle Manifold, but sadly she died in 1952. He later married Elizabeth d’Abo, and had two sons who survive him. In his last few years Charles suffered a lot of ill health. in addition to having lost an eye in a sailing accident. but he would never complain. Our sympathy goes out to Liz and her two sons. His many old friends will miss him greatly.

CAPT THE LORD FERMOY By Lt Col A. H. Parker-Bowles, OBE, The Blues and Royals

Edmund joined the Blues in 1959 having been educated at Eton and Sandhurst. He served at Windsor, in BAOR at Herford, and at Knightsbridge during which time he completed the long equitation course at Melton. By far the most important achievement during this time was his marriage to Lavinia, the sister of Col Hugh Pitman, as she was to become the main pillar of security in his all too short a life. Although he resigned from the Army in 1966 to farm, he never lost touch with the Regiment and he left behind him many friends of all ranks and legends of his exploits. At his Memorial Service his first Troop Col-l now Lt Col (va1) Ray Giles reminded me of those stories; how popular he was and what fun he was. He played polo and skied for the Regiment but his greatest sporting success was his winning, in record time, a very good race for the one hundredth running of the Grand Military Gold Cup on only his second ride in public and as a Subaltern from Germany. , He became an active trustee of the World Wild Life Trust, Mayor of Hungerford, a Steward at Kempton, and he played his full part in LocalGovernment and . ‘ accepted many other local responsibilities. Although Edmund was a very talented mus1c1an and helicopter pilot; remarkably generous and the owner of a most enjoyable sense of humour, among many other assets; be sadly underestimated himself until this underestimation turned into bouts of deep black depression. He died tragically and so. popular was he that in a most original Memorial SerVIce in the Guards

Chapel, where his daughter Frances sang a beautiful moving solo, there was standing room only. In his will he typically remembered the Regiment, bequeathing any polo ponies he had to us. To Lavinia, and his mother and his three children we extend our deepest sympathy and repeat the words of the final song at his Memorial Service. ‘THANks FOR THE MEMORY‘


Mr KEN JONES

Ken Jones joined The Blues on 31 July 1964. On being posted to The Regiment in Herford he joined ‘B‘ Squadron. He soon distinguished himself as a likeable, fun-loving member of The Squadron and joined in all the sporting activities and was particularly keen on football and cricket. It was also known that he liked to interview his Squadron Corporal Major occasionally with his friends. He later served with The Blues Squadron attached to The Life Guards in Singapore. On amalgamation he was in Reece Troop where he made many friends with ex-Royals. He played cricket for The Regiment and

as Honorary Secretary of the Association until the formation of Home Headquarters when this duty was taken over by that HQ. After the amalgamation he was a member ofthe Committee of the new Association. and his advice and guidance was always accepted . His main part in civilian life was his work and dedica— tion to his Church where he was a well-known figure and he received several very high Papal honours for his excellent work in this sphere.

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our deepest sympathy goes out to them. We also take this opportunity of thanking Lena very much indeed for her support to ‘Flutey’ when he was the Honorary Secretary of the Association.

was in that memorable Cavalry Cup Football Final in 1975. Ken left The Regiment on 21 August 1978 to join the Newcastle City Police after nearly 15 years in BAOR, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and, of course. Windsor. Ken Jones died tragically of a brain tumour in May I984. His many talents, good humour and generosity are sadly missed by his friends both serving and retired. Our deepest sympathy goes to Janet, and their son. Craig.

Mr W. ‘FLUTEY’ THOMAS

It was with the deepest regret that information was received that ‘Flutey’ Thomas, as he was familiarly known to all ranks had undergone a heart operation and during eonvalescenee had died. ‘Flutey’ joined The Royals in 1922 when they were stationed in Aldershot and was a boy posted to the Band and one of the instruments that he played was the flute, hence his nick-name. He was a very well‘known member of the Regiment and took part in all sports but especially in athletics and boxing. For many years he was the undisputed welter weight champion of the Regiment and was a first-class exponent of the ‘straight left’. In both his work and play he was a very dedicated man and full of good humour and no matter to whom he spoke one could rest assured that everyone would be entertained. He was ever helpful and would assist many of those who were not as fortunate as himself. After the Second World War he took over the Honorary Secretaryship of the Regimental Association and again he dedicated himself to a well organised and strong association. No matter whether it was the monthly dances, visits to the serving Regiment, or ‘At Home’ Day, one could rest assured that the organisa— tion would be of a high standard. During the time that the Regiment was stationed at Shornelilfe many serving members of the Regiment took advantage of attending the various functions and ‘Flutey’s’ home in SW London was always overcrowded after the function. All members of the Association owe him a great deal for his hard work in ensuring that the Association was kept strong during a very difficult period. He continued

TPR J. HOLDSWORTH

Tpr Jim Holdsworth was tragically killed in a road accident on 13 July I984. whilst returning to England to get married. He was born in Newcastle in I964. He joined the Blues and Royals in 1980 and went through basic training at the Guards Depot. passing out in 1981 as a junior Lance Corporal. On arrival at Windsor he was posted to 2 Troop. 'B‘ Squadron. from there he exercised in Germany. In April 1982 he went to the Falkland Islands with the troops attached to 3 Commando Brigade, where his was the fi'rst vehicle, ahead of 2 Para, to land at San Carlos, he later saw action at Wireless Ridge and on the three-day advance into Port Stanley. On returning from the South Atlantic, he was attached

to ‘C‘ Squadron in Germany on Exercise Bold Guard. and he then joined ‘B‘ Squadron in Cyprus for the end of their UN peacekeeping tour. He remained in Windsor until February 1984. when he came to BAOR with the Regiment and he was a member of Squadron Head— quarters, driving the Squadron Leader's tank. He was a quiet, much liked and well respected soldier who got a lot of pleasure from his work and he had good prospects for the future. He was a keen sportsman who enjoyed keeping fit and who participated in any sport. He had a broad spectrum of hobbies and interests and was a talented artist. We extend our deepest sympathies to Tpr Holdsworth‘s parents, sister and his fiancee to whom he was returning to marry. He will always be remembered in the Regiment as a good friend, and his loss leaves a gap in the lives of all who knew him.

THE COMPETITORS AND THEIR PRIZES

STABLES The Stables have had a very busy and successful year with an enormotis number of the Regiment making use of their facilities. Apart from running external riding courses at both Beginners and Intermediate level we have had :1 Coaching Course. at Stable Management Course and started Wives Rides two evenings every week. We also now have Single Soldiers Rides twice a week which have been very well supported and all this as well as competing on the BAOR Show Jumping and Hunter Trial Circuit: competing in an increasing number of German competitions and hunting with the Weser Vale. We have got IS blacks at present with Gainsborough and Heron due to go back to Knightsbridge in January when they will be replaced by Jason. Pegasus and Sharbally. There are also five private horses in, which are soon to be joined by another two. SCpl James left us in May to go to the Army School of Equitation as an Instructor and was replaced by

SCpl Sanderson Our year has gone something like this: April. The BAOR Hunter Trial Season was in full swing. culminating in the Seniiclagcr Spring Event at Moosdorf. The Weser Vale hunted until the middle of the month and we ran :1 Stable Management Course.

31/51)“. The first Officers Ride took place in the early part of the month, giving a basic introduction to the less horse—minded officers and several amusing interludes to the instructors. We ran our first Wives Ride during

Troop/Battle Group Training which went particularly well.

June. Show Jumping started in earnest with the horses winning three events at Verden Show and over DMI,500 in prizenioney at the Rhine Army Summer Show. LCoH Hammett won the BAOR Challenge Cup on Diiider. After the Rhine Army Show we started roughing the horses oh" and the first lot went out to Herr Ferdinand Smith‘s farm at Heiden—Oldendorf for their summer holidays. Maj Shaw, Capt WhiteSpunner and SCpl Sanderson went down to Arelsen to compete as the BAOR Team in the NATO Military Event. This proved to be an amusing weekend even if we didn't actually win. July. The Stables Troop went to Saumur in the lirst week to visit the French National School of Equitation and returned via Paris where they watched the Quadrille perform. On our return to Detmold half the Troop went on leave whilst the other half turned their attention to redeeorating the Stables. August. Most of the horses were still out at grass but we brought a few in early so that we could compete in the first BAOR Hunter Trials at the end of August. 47

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The best results being: BAOR Open ChampionkCapt Bucknall on Dinder BAOR Soldiers Champion—LCOH Hammett on Gunman Rhine Army Summer Show Triathlon winners Verden Team Chase winners.

Capt Bucknall and Dinder sharing a joke

September. All the horses were in by the end of the first week and started their fitness work by doing another Wives Ride during Exercise Lionheart. The Weser Vale opening meet was immediately the exercise ended and, luckily, over farmland unaffected by the manoeuvres. October. The BAOR Hunter Trial Season started in earnest with events every weekend and, where possible, the Weser Vale hunting on Sundays. All the horses went very well with Dinder, ridden by Capt Bucknall, winning the Open Championship and Gunman, ridden by LCoH Hammett, being just beaten in the Novice Championship. Sadly, our own Hunter Trials at Reelsen had to be cancelled as it was too wet. November. November started with the Rhine Army Autumn Event where we put up a good showing and this was followed the next weekend by the final Hunter Trial of the season. Three teams slipped away from Gunnery Camp to compete in the Verden Team Chase which we were lucky enough to win. We ran our second Coaching Course, organised and instructed on by LCpl Watlow and also our first Intermediate Course. This was very over-subscribed and numbered two Major General’s wives as students. The course passed out with a day’s hunting at Pombsen which they nearly all completed successfully and then had a formal pass— out, taken by the Commanding Officer, in the Riding

School. December. The Weser Vale was now hunting twice a week and all the horses were kept busy by subscribers from both the Officers and Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Messes. Those who competed in Hunter Trials and Show Jumping competitions from 1 June 1984 were:

Maj Shaw, Capt Bucknall, Capt White-Spunner, Lt Sutherland, Lt Cowen, Ct Jacobs, Ct Tanburn, SCpI Sanderson (LG), LCoH Hammett, LCpl Smith (LG) and Tpr De Vere Walker. Accumulated

results were

13

Firsts;

12 Thirds and 30 minor placings (4th—6th).

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REGIMENTAL RUGBY The Eagles Rugby Team has really made its mark in BAOR Rugby by achieving some excellent results and, we have gained a reputation asa spirited team. The fixture list has been full but due to Regimental commitments we have been unable to play all the games we had hoped to. Time allocated to training has been minimal and consequently we have not realised our full potential. The lst XV managed to reach the second round of the Cavalry Cup where we met 3 RTR. Unfortunately, they had managed to strengthen their team, whom we had beaten 32—7 in a friendly game, so that they beat us in the Cup game 19—8. In the 4 Armd Div Rugby competition we managed to reach the semi-final and to our horror we found that 7 Signals Regiment was our opposition. We regretably lost to this extremely strong team, but the standard of our game was high. We now have only friendly matches left to play. The 2nd XV has managed to play about six games against a variety of teams. The results have not always been favourable but the games have been enjoyable. 2nd XV Rugby in Germany is very limited and we have found that we have had to play the lst XV of minor units for the majority of games. Again we have had problems with training because during daylight hours the bulk of the team are working. However, we have enjoyed some good Saturday Rugby. Special mention must be made of a few of the Rugby stars. LCoH Vickers must be thanked for his hard work

in the BAOR Army Challenge Cup having beaten 39 Hy Regt RA 372 in the first round, and the 13th/18th RH 1—0 in the second round. The latter was a particularly exciting match won by a brilliant goal scored by LCpl Donnelly. The team is captained by CoH Guest from the back four, and as well as some stalwart members including LCoH Dunkley, some very promising new players are beginning to find their feet, LCpl Austin and Tpr Finch being two. Tpr Knibbs in goal has certainly saved the match on more than one occasion. The team is also entered for the Cavalry Cup Competition and is expecting to extract revenge from the Scots DG who knocked the Regiment out of the Cavalry Cup last year before the team had properly settled down from the move from Windsor. An inter-Squadron six-a-side competition was held earlier in the year with the LAD and ‘A’ Squadron team winning the Cup and the Plate, respectively. A successful start to a promising season, which, if

momentum is continued, could culminate in a very useful result in the Cavalry Cup next year.

organising fixtures and it is hoped, by all, that his arm,

LCpl Smith on Gainsborough

COACHING Coaching began well this year. On arrival in Germany the Regiment purchased a late 19th-century shooting brake from The Life Guards. This enabled LCpl Watlow to embark immediately on training a pair. Disaster struck in early May. While in training around obstacles in the outdoor school, the coach was turned over and during the ensuing events the front left-hand wheel parted company with the coach, rendering the coach useless. The problem then was to find someone who could mend a very broken wooden wheel. We did find somebody eventually but it took four months to get the wheel fixed and the coach back on the road. With the coach fully intact again, LCpl Watlow was able to run a three-week—long beginners‘ course. After much coming and going we ended up with three takers, Mrs Hayman-Joyce, Mrs Tabor and Mrs Molyneaux. It was a resounding success and another course will be run in the New Year, the syllabus included basic driving,

which was broken last season, will be sufficiently healed for next season. Mention must also be made of CsoH Kilvington and Elsey who have captained the lst and 2nd XVs, respectively. Overall this season has been a good introduction for us to BAOR Rugby and has been hard work for all concerned. We look forward to next season and, hope— fully, with more training we will achieve the results we are capable of. lst XV SQUAD CoH Kilvington (captain), SSgt Goodwin, LCpl Parker, Tprs Young, Dyche and Molyneux, Sgt Price, Tprs Doby, and Evans, LCsoH Elliott and Harris, LCpls Dickens and Gaskell, Sgt Medhurst, LCpls Smith and Mills, Lt Jeacock, and LCpl Heath.

‘ 2nd XV SQUAD CoH Elsey (captain), Tpr Cooke, LCoH Rose, LCpl Kent, LCsoH Hastings, Manning and Tapsell, SQMC Buckle, LCpl Kingham, LCoH Davies, Sgt Bremner, LCpls Mason, Brettell and Broughton, Tprs Burn, Jones, Phillips and Baguley, Lt Mountain, CoH Buxton, LCoH Rushforth, SCpl Davis, Tpr Smith (437),.

harness and its care and maintenance, shoeing, and

stable management with reference to coaching. We also hope to take a more active role when it comes to competitions next year, in particular the Rhine Army Summer Show, which has a class specifically for pairs. It would be appropriate to thank LCpl Watlow for his help and patience over the last year, particularly during the more trying periods when everything seemed to be going wrong.

4 ARMD DIVISION REGATTA Capt Boles, Tpr Suter, LCpl Evans and Capt Bucknall off Schleimunde

FOOTBALL

season The Regimental Football Team has started the Regiment the League Div Armd 4 the In note. high a on op. has proven unbeaten, having played 4 Armd Worksh nt was 22 Sig Regt and 5 0rd Bn. Sadly, the Regime DIV Major knocked out of the first round of the 4 Armd fierce match Units Challenge Cup by 47 Ed Regt RA in a much better at home. The Regiment has, however, fared

SAILING NOTES During a particularly busy year members of the Regiment took to the water in more than just their tanks. Eight members of the Regiment attended courses of instruction of a week’s duration on Contessa 28‘s. at the British Kiel Yacht Club. Two crews of five entered the RAC regatta in the last week of June. They were not blessed with the greatest of success on the water, though racing was hard and

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close fought. However, LCpl Evans and Tpr Suter seemed to have a lot of success on dry land, with a bit of help from more experienced crewmen, but LCpl Darby though none too choosy, seemed to meet up with some paternal resistance. Immediately after the RAC regatta we entered one boat in the 4 Armd Div regatta and despatched the other crew back to Detmold. Normally at this time of year the Baltic (like Detmold) is a very hot and sunny place. In 1984 the sun did not shine on The Blues and Royals in the Baltic (or in Detmold) but despite the

weather an enjoyable time was had by all and valuable experience was gained. At this stage it might be worth explaining the Sailing outlets in BAOR. Regimental sailing: Offshore sailing run by Capt Bucknall and Dinghy sailing run by W02 Wall. Dinghy sailing is done at the Dummersee Yacht Club which can provide instruction. membership clubhouse and camping facilities, ideal for adventure training and in nice surroundings. It also provides dinghies. windsurfing and racing. Offshore sailing is done from the British Kiel Yacht Club

(BKYC)

which

provides

Yachts.

clubhouse.

instruction and regattas. It is an adventure training pursuit. One week courses are run throughout the year to qualify soldiers so that they can take boats out around Denmark and the Baltic on charters and enter the various regattas which take place around Scandinavia. The BKYC has a selection of boats running from modern 28 foot Contessas, to 32 foot Contessas up to the classic old German 100 sq metre yachts which were commandeered at the end of the Second World War. This year the regiment will be entering boats in the RAC regatta only. This is because of Regimental commitments, but we will be subscribing to as many courses as possible. so members of the Regiment can take maximum advantage of this very inexpensive outlet for an immensely enjoyable sport.

WINDSURFING Not a great deal of windsurfing has taken place this summer, due in part to the appalling weather experienced in the North Rhine and Upper Westfalia areas and also because of the amount of weekends lost through Regimental commitments. There is a wealth of latent talent in the Regiment, and particularly in the LAD. both SSgt Marshall and Sgt Buchan being keen windsurfers. The Commanding Ofiicer and the ex-Adjutant (Captain Rollo) have also expressed keen interest in wild water windsurfing off the Northern Coast. This year heralded the first RAC Windsurfing Regatta at the Dummersee with over nine Regiments competing The RHG/D entry consisted of Capt Boles, SSgt Wicket and LCoH Kent, and did well in Force 2 to 3 conditions to finish fifth. Highest individual placing went to LCoH Kent who finished 13th overall. SSgt Wicket decided that his great experience of dinghy sailing did not help his windsurfing. which by his own admission he had only just started the week before. Next year the RAC windsurfing Regatta will be bigger and better and, hopefully. held in a warmer month than October! Maj Wood, Cts Owen and McCullough are all keen for next year‘s competition. 50

POLO Having had an extremely successful season in 1983, we lost Lt Lord Robin lnnes—Kcr and Maj N. Hadden—Paton from Regimental strength, and as a result we arrived in Germany lacking experienced players. Fortunately. Lts H. Sutherland and H. Pitman were stationed in Germany for most of the summer and gave some continuity to the Regimental Polo scene. The year 1984 has been very much a learning one, as we were unable to enter any of the Regimental tournaments, having no private ponies. The Regiment bought four shares in the RAPA syndicate, which, in theory, entitled us to 160 chukkas. Due to exercises and other commitments we only managed to play three— quarters of them. Nevertheless. 12 Officers managed to “have a go”. Lt Sutherland played in several tournaments at the beginning of the season for the Bad Lippspringe team. Capt C. Bucknall. Lts E. Mountain and H. Pitman managed to play in the End of Season tournament with great success. The 1985 season looks hopeful as Maj D. Hardy is returning to the fold and Ct The Hon J. Broughton is rumoured to be buying some ponies!

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The Clay Pigeon shooting season opened this year on a fine day with a gentle breeze at the North Eastern Beat of Sennelager Training Area. The Major General brought a team from London consisting of Lt Col Wardle, Maj R. Alderson and Capt G. Howard. Another team, aptly named ‘The Civilians’ consisted of the Bagge Bros, Capts R. S. Everard and C. C. Bucknall. Against this formidable array were entered two teams from The Blues and Royals. At the close ‘The Civilians’ took the honours beating the RHG/D ‘Deuxiemes’ team, which contained such notable Deuxiemes as Maj Sulivan, Capts Boles, Barnard and White-Spunner by three clays. The second day‘s shoot in the Clay Pigeon shooting calendar was held at Kupferberg in what began as

fine weather. Col Hamilton Russell and Maj Morrisey Payne headed a team fresh from Horse Guards. Each Squadron entered a team, and, despite a very wet spell which failed to stop the birds from getting up and some marauding cows which attacked the Bar, ‘A’ Squadron’s team led by Maj Rogers with Capt Boles and Lt Cowen won the Competition. In October, The Goldstick came to the Northwest Beat and was subjected to an array of very fast high Clays thrown with much enthusiasm by Lt Mountain and CoH Mardon. No less than four traps at two stands consisting of snipe, teal and a high pheasant stand were used to test even the best shots. The Competition had a strong ladies” entry with Mrs Sulivan proving she could shoot as well as her husband. Lt Mountain was narrowly beaten by Capt Boles who was then disqualified since he organised the day! CoH Mardon took No. 5 Peg and promptly showed everyone how to do it with an O/U gun! The Regiment has now bought a second Trap and all syndicate and private guns are looking forward to the Boxing Day shoot.

THE START OF THE 100m FINAL LCpl Darby, Tpr Smith, LCoH Rushforth, CoH Harris and Tpr Hodges

The Major General in the clay pigeon shooting competition

SHOOTING , Two members of the Regiment, Maj Sulivan and Capt Boles, have passed their Jagdschein (German Hunting Licence) this year; and both guns have had some interesting days” shooting at Sennelager after pheasant, duck and latterly boar and deer. It is hoped that next year several more will take and pass the .lagdschein exam. in order that they, too, may shoot game in Germany.

REGIMENTAL ATHLETICS This year’s athletics meeting took place on Tuesday 10 July 1984, which conveniently coincided with the visit of the Major General. Hobart Barracks athletics field was the setting for this extravaganza, but due to the lack of room we were not able to organise lunch on the track. Consequently the races began after lunch, and various refreshment tents catered for the thirsts of the tired Olympians.

1mm L LCpl Symons receiving his prize for the high jump from Mrs Smith-Bingham

Due to the fact that there have been many new arrivals in the Regiment since our last meeting, the competition was hotter than ever. Each Squadron selected their team prior to the actual day which cut down on having too many heats. The sprints were dominated by ‘A’ Squadron, as Tpr Hodges won the 400 metres and came second in the 100 metres. Capt Boles put in a lot of effort to come second in the 400 metres. LCoH Rushforth won the 100 metres and Tpr Smith the 200 metres with an exhausted Lt Pitman coming close second. The hurdles seemed to have attracted the Officers as Lt Pitman won the 110 metres just beating Lt Fryer and a bemused Lt Sutherland, who turned up to have a go at the 400 metres hurdles and finished first. LCpl Parker won the 800 metres and Tpr Foulkes the 1500 metres for the third year running! The 3000 metres Steeplechase seemed to have attracted the slightly older generation as Maj Birdwood gave'a gallant display of courage and finished somewherem the pack, with LSgt Duddy coming first. Tpr Smith dominated the triple and long jump With Lt Fryer coming second in both. In the field events, LCpl Donnelly, as suspected, proved too powerful with the javelin, and CoH Wright threw a mean shot to come first in the shot put. Last year’s pole vault victor. LCoH Bryson. was beaten by Tpr Lloyd after a long and tense battle. and LCpl Gaskell collected first prize for the discus. The 4>< 100 metres relay showed an easy victory for 'B‘ Squadron as the Fryer, Birch, Mitchell and Medhurst

combination proved too much for even ‘A‘ Squadron. ‘C’ Squadron won the 4f\’ 400 metre relay, beating D Squadron. The chain of Command race incorporating a wheelbarrow. and bicycle, and some beer. was won by ‘C’ Squadron. The veterans‘ race concluded the day’s events and SCM Lane retained his title. Our congratulations must go to 'C‘ Squadron who won the Squadron shield for the second year running, beating ‘B’ Squadron, and to Tpr Smith the Victor Ludorum, who beat Lt

Fryer who collected the runner-up’s prize.


THE WESER VALE HUNT Joint Masters: Maj J Shaw Capt B. White-Spunner Lt R. Onslow Secretary: Maj B. F. Watts Huntsman: Lt R. Onslow First W/ii'pper-In: Ct I. Tanburn Kennel Huntsman .' LCpl Gynane The end of the 1983—84 season was marked by cold weather which meant that we had to cancel three days but still managed to hunt on seven occasions before the summer rest. Amongst these was our first meet at Rlieder, which proved a very entertaining day, and we closed the season on Sennelager in mid-April. During the summer we showed hounds at the Rhine Army Summer Show and also at Rheder Village Show which proved very popular with our new supporters. Phoenix had a litter of puppies by William of which we kept two, Emperor, who is being walked by Col Geoffery Durrant and Ecstasy who is with Maj and Mrs Ronnie Young. Sadly. the effort was rather too much for William who died soon afterwards. We also nego— tiated sponsorship with Nagut of Lage who now very generously donate their excellent Vibramix dogfood to feed the hounds. This has proved to be much more reliable and nourishing than cookhousc swill. We started the 1984—85 season at Furstenberg in late September where Dr and Mrs Behmann very kindly entertained us, Since then we have hunted every Saturday except during Gunnery Camp, and we are now hunting Wednesdays as well. We had a very successful day at Hohne and have so far hunted from Diedersen, Hiddessen, Rheder, Reelsen, Pombsen, Himmighausen, Merlsheim, Sandebeck-Vinsebeck, Holzhausen and frequently on Sennelager. A lot of country has been opened up, including four excellent lines around Pombsen with formidable hedges that proved too much for some, and there is a lot more

that will be open by the end of the season.

Household Cavalry Ride, Sopley—London By Maj G. H. Tweedie

‘The Household Cavalry only exercise in Hyde Park and seldom move further than Horse Guards’. This popular myth was well and truly laid to rest when the Household Cavalry Regiment rode from Sopley to London last September, a distance of some 115 miles,

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We held a Band Concert for about 70 farmers on 15 December which was a very popular event, and we are very grateful to the Band for their excellent per— formance. The Hunt Ball was held in the Mess in October and was also very well attended. Its highlight was the raffle of one of Capt Coreth’s bronzes of a bloodhound which was, strangely, won by the senior Joint Master. He generously auctioned it, much to the benefit of the Hunt finances. We also held a Hunting Horn competition; this proved to be an ambitious venture with disappointingly few of the present master— ship in the prize money. Ct Tanburn has now taken over as Huntsman due to Lt Onslow's posting to Knightsbridge, and a badly needed spell in Riding School. Maj Shaw acts as Field Master on his rather curiously coloured horse which is often mistaken for a lightweight drum horse: he provides a lot of amusement for the field. We are very lucky that Maj Watts has agreed to continue as secretary and we are very grateful to him for all that he does. The present Mastership will continue, very sensibly without a committee, into next season when we hope to be able to start hunting as soon as the wheat is cut.

after our Summer Camp in the New Forest. Every year the Household Cavalry Regiment hands over the duties of mounting The Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards to The Kings Troop RHA for three weeks. This enables the whole Regiment to move out of London to concentrate on improving our riding and indeed military skills. For many years Camp has been located at Stoney Castle near Pirbright. This year the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Christopher D’Oyly, felt that the time had come for a change. The intricate negotiations involved in achieving this objective in the teeth of Mr Heseltine’s era of financial stringency are not part of this story. However, permission was eventually granted on one important condition. No public money was available for transporting the horses back from Sopley. One hundred and fifty horses would have to make the trip back to London without hiring any transport, just as we normally ride back from Pirbright each year. So although we are well used to covering 35 miles, 115 miles from Sopley would require a different order of planning and preparation. Maps were obtained and routes were studied. The police from Hampshire and Surrey and, of course, the more familiar Metropolitan Constabulary were consulted, and eventually a route was marked up on maps

covering an impressively large wall area. In order not to be forced to travel too far on any one day, it was decided to make three overnight halts on the route. The first of these was to be at Broadlands on the site of the Game Fair by the kind permission of Lord Romsey. It was planned that the first day should not be too strenuous so as to save the horses for the following three days. The route was almost entirely over tracks in the New Forest with a minimum of metalled road. The second harbour area was planned to be at the home of the Andreae family at Moundsmere Manor, South of Basingstoke, a stretch of some 29 miles, and

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the last at Stoney Castle Camp, Pirbright, the loca— tion of Summer Camp in recent years. In planning this route every effort was made to ensure that as far as possible we should use bridle paths in order to reduce traffic problems and be kinder to the horses‘ legs eventually, a suitable route was found which satisfied the police without adding too great a distance. Throughout August, horses were gradually built up to a two—hour exercise, walking and trotting on the streets of London. This achieved the minimum fitness required to start Camp. However, the Camp programme had to allow not only for schooling over show jumps and cross-country fences, as well as training in Sword, Lance and Revolver and Tent Pegging, but also include preparations for the long march home. Consequently,

each Troop was required to accomplish at least two long rides of 15—18 miles. Also, for three nights each Troop was to be picketed out. What could be simpler? A Cavalry Regiment must surely be able to picket its horses. Even the most senior Warrant Officers were having to cast back in their minds for suitable experience. Moreover, the horses had never worn heel shackles, and it was not easy to

know how they would react. In the event, when the shackles arrived, having been dug out ofa distant dusty corner of some far-off Ordnance Depot, it was found that there was no possibility of fitting them. They may have been designed for polo ponies or mules, but certainly not heavy cavalry troop horses. It was soon discovered that it was simplicity itself to put up a good-looking picket line at the correct height between conveniently placed trees. It was not so easy to keep the tension taut enough to prevent the horses crossing under the rope or trying to step over it. The longer the line, the more difficult the problem becomes. If there are no conveniently situated trees, telegraph pole-size posts have to be dug in and tensioned with guy ropes and smaller picket posts knocked in at regular intervals. There is also the problem of how to fix the horses to the line without allowing them to slide the head rope up and down, completely ruining the carefully worked out spacing between each horse. However, this was

overcome by firmly tying loops of twine round the rope, so that they could not slip, and tying the head rope to the twine. There is something very anarchic about the average Irish Draught stock troop horse, once he is released from the familiar confines of his stall. His neighbour‘s hay is inevitably far better than his own, and the tuft of grass, just out of reach, looks too good to ignore, and must be reached. Nevertheless, experience which

before 1939 would have been second nature was quickly learned. By the end of Camp, we were fully confident that we know how to picket horses at troop strength. It just remained to be seen how the experience stood up to the test of a Regimental move. The ride back was due to start on Sunday 23 September. The horses that would be required for the first day’s Queen‘s Life Guard had already been boxed to London in our own vehicles together with a small number with minor injuries who were not fit to start. Mackintoshes were packed onto front arches, and all saddlery checked

the previous day. Reveille was blown at 0600 hours and at 0730 hours the first Troop left, as the sun dawned in a cloudless sky. The movement instruction laid down a very gentle pace of 20 minutes’ walk, followed by a gentle trot. This was found to be very practical. There seemed no point in hurrying with 115 miles stretching in front of 53


us. Riding through the Forest on such a beautiful morning was a pleasure to be savoured. The fallow deer were plentiful, especially in the Deer Reserve North of Burley and, of course, the Forest ponies were

era. All that was missing were other passers by. The third day started with the most surprising arrival of an attractive young lady from Southern Television

everywhere.

told of our movements on some journalistic grapevine and brought a camera crew along. The Commanding Officer was quickly persuaded to be interviewed as the two Squadrons were filmed leaving camp at Moundsmere Manor. it is hoped that the bitter sounds of early morning stables were edited before it was broadcast.

At the first check-point the cheery figures of the Veterinary Oflicer and Farrier Major cast an eye over all the horses and on we went over the Forest, to a welcome watering point at the Bramble Hill Hotel, where a three-quarter hour halt was made. The Veterinary Officer moved from one check-point to the next throughout the march, so that he could see every horse

at least three times each day. There had been much discussion on whether horses should be fed at the long halt on each day‘s journey. It was decided, on the analogy with a day‘s hunting, that they should not. Instead they were fed in the morning before departure, secondly immediately on arrival at the day‘s destination, thirdly and fourthly at

intervals of about 2 to 2% hours after that. The last feed therefore was given at between 8 and 9 o’clock each evening. This worked well and all feeds were eaten. We continued to use a mixed feed, which has been

developed in the last year for the Household Cavalry and which has now proved itself excellent. After dismounting and walking the last half mile or so each Troop made their way into the camp area at Broadlands to be met by the Quartermasters’ organisa— tion. He had spent the last few days hijacking every man he could find to put up the picket lines and tents at Broadlands and Moundsmere Manor. While not over generous with canvas there was a large marquee for each Squadron and a cookhouse tent, so that every man could just squeeze himself into a dry corner overnight. The horses settled down well in their New Zealand rugs even though it was a wet and windy night. The only problems were caused by a small number of escape artists who, dissatisfied with their quarters, spent the night attempting to find better. Most were quickly caught and brought back, though the orderly officer did report that after going on his rounds in the early hours he stumbled over a recumbent black figure lying in solitary seclusion in a comfortable hollow behind the Officers Mess tent! All horses were fit to carry on the next day. However,

it was our policy to give each horse a rest day on either the second or third day and use our own horse boxes to shuttle half on to the next halt. The route on the second day lay over the Hampshire Downs from Broadlands to Moundsmere Manor. Again,

we were lucky with the weather, and the views from some of the high points were magnificent. The ridge line at Farley Mount is particularly memorable. Landowners on this part of the route are surely keen shooting men, and on the evidence of the numbers of pheasants seen will have an excellent year. A sharp shower caught us out as we arrived at the lunch-time halt at Lunways Inn on the A33 North of Winchester. Amazingly, this was the only heavy shower encountered during the day throughout the journey, although both nights were wet and windy. We then joined the old Ox Drove. While riding along this ancient track bounded by heavy crops of sloes, elderberries and blackberries, we might well have been transferred 100 years back, to a calmer, quieter

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who joined us for breakfast at 0630. She had been u HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON RHQ LtCol J D Smith-Bingham

LCoH Maher. V P LCoH Tapsell, G. K. LCpl Baxter. M. J

APTC SSgt Goodwin, M D

Maj T, J Sulivan Capt B W. B White-Spunner Capt R. C D. Lendrum Rev N, A, Knights Johnson Lt S Sibley

LCpl Hodges, C J

OM Department Capt J Peck W02 McEvoy, J CoH Bond. B, T CoH Maskell, P M LCoH Butcher, J. D LCpl Cawley, M, J LCpl Donnelly. M LCpl Martin. S, M LCpl Nixon. R. LCpl Painting, M J LCpl Beard, J M Tpr Jordan, M D Tpr Moody, S. C C Tpr Simkins, A. J Tpr Thomson, D P. P,

Then, for the next 10 miles or so, we seemed to meet

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the television crew round every corner. Meanwhile, it was becoming more difficult to avoid the road. We started through a rather wild wood, but soon were on the attractive, but hard lanes through

W02 Chillingworth, G D CoH Reeve, A D. LCoH Hammond, B LCoH Hart. N

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Basingstoke Canal we soon entered a more urban setting. in Aldershot we said goodbye to the Hampshire Police escorts who had seen us through the traffic problems over the last 2% days, and met up with the escort from Surrey. At Stoney Castle, we were back in familiar territory. The scafi‘olding picket lines were waiting for us, and the horses were soon used to the busy railway nearby. The normal expanse of canvas though was missing. We were all housed overnight at the Guards Depot, where best of all, hot water and baths were available. Not only during the journey. but through camp at Sopley no baths had been available. A good soak was just what was required before the last and longest stage back to London. We left before dawn the next morning, in order to arrive before the afternoon trafiic rush hour in London, closed up into a Regimental column. As usual, we were

given magnificent hospitality along the route, starting at the first long halt at Princes Water Ski Club, who provided a barrel of beer for the troops while the horses were watered. Then at the site of the old Firestone Factory. beer and an excellent sandwich lunch was produced. Lastly, a short detour took us by invitation to the Fullers Brewery at Hogarth Roundabout. Amidst many warnings that no one would be allowed to dismount to remove surplus liquid during the last hour back to Barracks. The whole regiment was superbly entertained in the Fullers Museum by Mr Anthony Fuller (ex Life Guards).

The peace and tranquility of the high Hampshire Downs and the Ox Drove seemed far away as we clattered back into London. Never was this more so then when passing Heathrow Airport. An ominous rumble was heard. Looking up, an enormous jumbo jet could be seen heading absolutely straight for us. and apparently low enough to knock off our hats! It would be nice to report that it passed over leaving the column intact. However, it must be admitted that we were temporarily scattered all over the A30 to the consternation of a passing lorry driver. No damage was done, and we quickly re-formed and moved out of the danger area. Thus was the journey back safely accomplished. Our initial forebodings were proved to be groundless. Throughout the journey only one horse dropped out through lameness, and only six horses did not start the last day in order not to worsen minor injuries. Although no epic journey, the Regiment gained a great deal of useful experience and satisfaction in completing it.

LCoH Hudson, K LCoH M’awer, V P

RHO Troop SCpl Davies, D J CoH Bowden, T. J CoH Robertson, M.

LCoH Brettell, S. G (LG) LCoH Farmer. G LCoH Lilley. M A LCoH Rees, M. N LCpl Brooks. C. P LCpl Carney. R. J,

LCpl Pitt. C. M, J. LCpl Voyce. D, C LCpl Joyce. P A LCpl Shatliffe, T W Tpr Armstrong. M. L. Tpr Cooper, B Tpr Dear, A. M Tpr Johnston, R. P Tpr Morison, R. E C Tpr Payne. K. C Tpr Smith, l D Tpr Widdowson, A R

SHO Maj A A. Wood W02 Hughes, K. C LCoH Bryson, S W

LCoH Nisbet. R J LCpl Standlake, P. A. (LG)

LCpl Lambert. K. R. LCpl Pilchowski. G W LCpl Rudin. J. D Tpr Blnks, M, J. Tpr Carrington. D W Tpr Cox, D. W Tpr Crooke. E J Tpr Custerson. G M Tpr Dillon. R S Tpr Elliott, N S Tpr Finch, D. S

TD! Gauntry, D. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Mardon. A D Matthews, K T McNeil, A. D Morns.l Murphy. B Pittman. G. W.

rMT Troop Maj A W, Kersting SCpl Seammell. J A G CoH Seager. C. R LCoH Andrews, D S LCoH Beresford, D LCoH Kirkpatrick. I LCoH Haley, C LCpl Flower. P. J LCpl Needham. J W LCpl Seager. K M. ( Tpr Brown, S L Tpr Byrne, J Tpr Clarke, K | (LG) Tpr Davies, S. A. Tpr Doyle. W. M Tpr Dyche, M. A Tpr Edgington, G T. D (LG) Tpr Evans, D. J. (LG) Tpr Holdsworth, K R Tpr Jones, G Tpr Lawson. B. Tpr McEwan. E Tpr Nelson, P, L. (LG) Tpr Saunders, P J. Tpr Stone, I.

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Tpr Neary, S J Tpr Smith, T G Families Office Recce Troop Lt J D. McKelvre SCpl Stretton, P F CoH Armishaw. P D CoH Gregory. M J LCoH Fernley. C LCpl Barclay, R J LCpl Day, K R LCpl Flynn. M J. LCpl Ironmonger, D

Dog Section LCpl Bradley. C. P LCpl Fugatt. P. R. Tpr Davis, K, (LG) Tpr Worrallo

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LCpl Round, 8. J LCpl Saunders, N Tpr Barlow. C G. Tpr Brainwood. C Tpr Davison, R Tpr Foot. J P, Tpr Halewood, P. Tpr Hoare. M A Tpr Hogan. C J Tpr lbbotson, T Tpr Jones, A. Tpr McCarley, A Tpr McGuire. P, Tpr Schoiield, D

Capt J. W. Sellars SCpl Timmis, R. W. LCoH Goodyear, A M

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W02 Spring, R C Sgt Bremner. G W Sgt Jones. M. LSgt Barrie. K J LSgt Cox, G K.

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LSgt Fish, R D LSgt Middleton. K T

Tpr Smart. K A Tpr Young, D J 'GW Troop Capt M. A. Patterson SCpl Wendon, H. LCoH Allen, K. B LCoH Baldwtn. A G LCoH Davies. W. V LCoH Hastings. A. P LCoH Kent, N R.

LSgt Stewart, H LCpl Conroy. G, P LCpl Dickie. A S LCpl Mclnnes. G H Pte Bartlett, J R Pte Richardson. A S Pte Rushton. P. M Pte Simpson, G Pte Stephenson, N.

»RAPC Maj N. B. Noble SSgt Docherty, B Sgt Reid. T. A LSgt Masterson. P G LCpl Newlands. R B Pte Brierley, D R

‘0.M(T) Department Capt J, A. Livingstone W02 Triggs. J,, BEM SCpl Kennard, S D CoH Partis. J CoH Stickels, J LCoH Plater, J M LCoH Seget. M. P

Sgt Pelz. P Sgt Readman, K Sgt Westlake, N LSgt Burrows. N LSgt Clapton, N R. LSgt Home, G. W LSgt Jackson, M L T LCpl Barnett, S. C LCpl Cartwright. S C LCpl Dale, P | LCpl Green. I LCpl Gauntlett, D, F LCpl Harrower. R A

LCpl Milejski. J, A LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Munn, S E Rossiter, J, O Walker, M K Worsley. P. J.

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Hammond. G, P Hughes. A. McCulloch, D. A O'Connor, 8. M

Cfn Ruddock, A R Cfn Todd. K R Cfn Vaughan, D |

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LCoH Towse, J

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LCpl Kitchen. R. M LCpl Robinson. A. J LCpl Spandley. J. P Tpr Harwood, M, C, Tpr Jones, E. Tpr Renton, R W

SHO

Admin Troop SCpl Buckle. R M C LCoH Loft. C, L'

LCoH Morris. S Tpr Ellis, D A. Garrison Medical Centre Surg Maj M, A Staunton CoH Leak. D. L (LG) LCoH Johnson, K P A 'Stables Troop SCpl Sanderson. l (LG) LCoH Hammett, M. A FLCoH Scruton. C. LCpl Gynane, C (LG) LCpl Prior, M. J. LCpl Smith, A. C LCpl Watlow. M J Tpr De Vere Walker, G P. E. eOfficers Mess SCpl Quinn. T J LCoH Ashby, B LCoH Eyre, R W Tpr Cook, G. R

‘A' SQUADRON Maj P, B. Rogers Capt T. C. Boles W02 Murray, B

CoH Mellor. D. LCoH Burbridge. A LCoH Steeden. J. LCpl B ooker. O. M. LCpl Consadine. M. R LCpl Flanagan. T J LCpl Hows. P. P.

LCpl O'Brien. W. D LCpl Wright. K, A. LCpl Atherton, S. J. Tpr Elston. P. Tpr Sowen. G L 1 Troop Ct C. R F. Ward Thomas CoH Guest. J. R. LCoH Taylor, M. R LCpl Munton, N Tpr Barnard. R. D Tpr Bell. M Tpr Dalrymple, B. Tpr Hancock. N. P N Tpr Hodges. G. A Tpr King. M. D. Tpr Polley. N F (LG) Tpr Snell. S

Tpr Perkin, S ”W05 and CsoH Mess Staff SCpl Harman, B. R CoH Hutton, R J LCoH Mitchell, P J LCoH Waterman. A Tpr Morley, J. D Tpr Proffitt, M J Provost CoH Frampton. K A / LAD attached to H0 Squadron Capt M. P Hayle WOl Chapman. D P W02 Dutton. M T W02 Lyon, F P. D SSgt Kerr. S N 859! Thompson, J D Sgt Berry, R L Sgt Buchan. A S C Sgt Gilbert |

Sgt Goodwin, S Sgt Killeen, N T

2 Troop Lt J. W Johnson CoH Buxton, R P LCoH Carpenter. T. LCoH Willacy. F. S LCpl Kingham. G M. LCpl Rogers, A, Tpr Bradley, L P Tpr Colson, E J Tpr Greasley. G A (LG) Tpr Newman. P R Tpr Smith. P. R Tpr Wolfenden, A. L E 3 Troop Ct S. D. Jacobs CoH Pendry. T A CoH Wright, P A LCoH Robertson. A S LCpl Darby, l LCpl Matthew. G. G LCpl Underwood, G Tpr Craigie, S Tpr Hayes, J P


Tpr Hibbert, G C. Tpr Mills. S J. Tpr Parker, D M

Tpr Martin, W. Tpr Pendlebury. D. A Troop

4 Troop

Ct J. C. Tanburn

CoH Gimblett. K, LCoH Lawson, P J.

CoH Douglas. M. R LCoH Gartirth, J. F. LCoH Simpson, P. W. LCpl Dickens. J. P. Tpr Evans. A Tpr Gray. D. P. Tpr Hastings. G K Tpr Robinson. M S Tpr Rutland, D J, Tpr Sayer, A. M. Tpr Trow. S R

LCpl Barugh, S, M. LCpl Richards. M. J Tpr Brockhurst. C. R Tpr Butterfield. A. G. (LG) Tpr Halfhide, P. J. Tpr Molvneux. M S.

Tpr Pelling. R. A. Tpr Shea, M. Admin SCpl Finch. P

Admin Troop

LCoH Firth, P.

SQMC O‘Gorman. P. W P.

LCoH Hollingworth. K P. LCoH Stephenson. A. Tpr Ellison. M J. Tpr Lamble, P, Tpr Quinn, A. D Tpr Sycamore, A J Tpr Smith, R. 8.

LCoH Davies, H. P. LCoH Mapplesden, H. J. L

LCoH Mitchell. M. D. LCpl Atkinson, P. C. LCpl Westgate. N.

Tpr Ditchburn. M. J. (LG) Tpr Foulkes. T. J

LAD attached to 'A' Squadron Sgt Adams, F. W. Sgt Price, S. T LSgt Cole, M. J LSgt Duddy, A. G. LCpl Brill, P. A. LCpl Pentworthy. R. LCpl Roe. D. P

BATUS Temporary Staff Tpr Evans. J A.

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LSgt Davies, M. C.

Baker. K. J. McFarlane, D. P. Parker, S. T. Sutton. R 'B' SQUADRON

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Maj J. Shaw

LAD attached to ‘B‘ Squadron SSgt McFarlane, J Sgt Loftus. K. P Sgt Medhurst. N. W. LSgt Bale. C. LSgt Gilbert. D. A LCpl Mcllreavy. G. W. LCpl Rietzler, M. J LCpl Masson. K. Cfn Groves. A. Cfn Oldham. R. E. Cfn Wall, D, J. M.

Capt C. C. Bucknall W02 Stacey, M. B

‘C' SOUADRON

CoH Blackburn, S.

SHQ

LCoH Dunkley, G. M. LCpl Broughton, A. D LCpl Dawson. K LCpl Simmons, D. P Tpr Farley. A. M. Tpr Findell, M J Tpr Hone, P, W. Tpr Locke, P. A (LG) Tpr Mayers. R‘P Tpr Taylor, R.

Maj G T. R, Birdwood Capt P. J. Tabor

1 Troop SCpl Sackett. N. P

CoH Pitt, 0. J.. BEM LCoH Fisher. J, C

LCpl Austin. H. S LCpl Dick. | S LCpl Kent. P. LCpl Miles. D, M LCpl Williams, G. Tpr Bond, D, E Tpr Dixon. D. Tpr Hellewell. G. P, Tpr Seed. |

Tpr Lloyd, K S

LCpl Parker, J. I. Tpr Charles. P. M Tpr Crocker, P, S. Tpr Fowler, M R Tpr Merriman, S. Tpr Molyneux. D Tpr Nugent, B. J Tpr Pycroft, A. G Tpr Young, P C

Ct The Hon J. H A Broughton CoH Harris, R. LCoH Manning. LCoH Nolan. G. LCpl Bayliss. S LCpl Morrall. B. Tpr Falco, R A. Tpr Hayward. J Tpr Jones, A Tpr Morris. M

R P B L D R C

3 Troop Lt R. F. D. Fryer CoH Mardon, T. A

LCoH Mansfield. A. E (LG) LCoH Masson, T. R LCpl Birch, G Tpr Clement-Shipley, J Tpr Horwill, N Tpr Lee. A. N.

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LCoH Kent, G S. LCoH Sisson, P. J.

Tailors W02 Law, K. LCoH English, A.

LCoH Clarke. R. H

LCpl Jones, N.

LCoH Griffin. K. J, (LG) LCpl McKenzie. J G.

LCpl Mills. R. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Morrison, 0. R. E. Slight. N. Smith, T. Spencer. N. Westlake, T, J White Phillips, G

Maj H. St J Holcroft

SCpI Tanner. R W SCpI Orritt. C. J. CoH Baines. S. L. E

Guards Depot Maj N Hadden-Paton

CoH Brammer, M CoH Packer, F J CoH Marsh, P LCoH Bower, V

MOD DASD Capt F G. S. Lukas

LCoH Stevens, M. P

3 Armd Div H0 and Sig Ragt Capt M A J Gurney

‘ Tpr Twort. N. M.

Musn Biscoe, P. R.

LCpl Gibb. A. G. l

LCpl Gaskell, N LCpl Maxwell. P. G. Tpr Barker. A. L Tpr Bartlett. M Tpr Burton, R. Tpr Hardwidge, N, D

Provost Staff

Admin Troop SCpl Harkness. P. J. LCoH Wynne. D A LCpl Boden, P LCpl Dewar,-J. T. LCpl Hiscock. D R. LCpl Smith. P. Tpr Armstrong, M. J.

Tpr Hughes, D. J. (LG)

WO's and NCO's Mess

Tpr Knaggs, S. P. (LG) Tpr Perkins, D. L.

CoH Robinson, R. D.

LAD attached to 'C' Squadron SSgt Everingham, A Sgt Milne, B. A. LSgt Burgess, M L

LSgt Clark, K. T LSgt West, M. V.

LCpl Griffiths. C. J. LCpl James, E. M LCpl Yates, N. P Cfn Hesp. K.

Cfn McKenzne. W. A. R.

LCoH Cross, A. D. LCoH Sharples. L. 8. (LG) LCpl Young, T. J Tpr Lister, B, Tpr Magowan. C G. Tpr Watson, T. A

W02 Brown, M. R. CoH Lampard, B. D.

LCoH Davies. P. G. LCpl Elliott, L. J.

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Lt E. B. S Mountain LCoH Gear, D. J. LCoH Sandercock, J. M

OROMC France. A G.

CoH Rogers, L D LCoH Rushforth, D LCpl Cowton. | LCpl Townsend. P Tpr Cleary, S S Tpr Coombs. P J Tpr Hodgson, G Tpr Hoyle. C. J Tpr Steel. J M (LG) Tpr Sulley, P L

MT Troop LCoH Whiting, B. LCpl Bissett, l. N. LCpl Brooks, K. Tpr Wright, A.

McKinney. B. A. Melbourne Hart, N. G. A. Morrell, P. C. Roberts, M. J Southern. M R Thumbwood. S. G. Williams, J.

SCM Standen, D. C.

THE BLUES AND ROYALS MOUNTED SOUADRON SHO

LCpl Care, C. C Tpr Musgrave, R A. Tpr Singleton. N. D.

Maj G. H. Tweedie Maj T. P E. Barclay Capt J. A. S. Bernard

SHO Maj H, T. Hayward

Farriers Maj N. H. Carding, MBE

FOMC Smith, B. FICoH Garland, D. J, FlCoH Watson, K R. A D. FleI Hammond, W E. Farr Smith, P J (Cyprus) Farr Tilley. A. M. E.

Ouartermasters’ Department Lt A S Jeacock

CoH Lock, M. J.

Capt A. J. Miller-Bakewell

1 Troop

2 Troop

LCpl Wall. 8. J. LCpl Gilder, V. L

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

wo1 Clayton, J,W.

LCoH Harris, S. K. LCpl Smith, P.

LCpl Cairns. P. J LCpl Mayhew, K. P

CoH Taylor, A.

Cfn Humble, K. J

LCpl Kershaw. E. D LCpl May, C. S LCpl Roberts, T LCpl Tuxford, P Tpr Jackson. N C, (LG) Tpr Rootes. D R Tpr Shaw, G. S. TprTopham, P (LG)

Tpr Smith. M R

Lt T. J. Atkin Lt R, J. Onslow

LCpl Taylor, J. R.

Tpr Kinsle . G. L.

LSgt Winwright, J A LCpl Gibson. L LCpl Thorn. S

CoH Hyett, S. A. CoH Callaghan, K, J. LCoH Reynolds, B. J. Tpr Hennessy, M Tpr Pedersen, M A Tpr Sowden, D G,

W02 Bellas, E. N. W02 Fox, G A, SCpI Claridge. D. J. CoH Cliff, A. LCoH Fletcher, S, LCpl Buchanan, C, R. LCpl Cooke, A. LCpl Wood, 0. H. Tpr Harding, P. Tpr Pratt. P. A.

1 Troop Lt L. M. J. Kisielewski-Dunbar

W02 Hatherall, B S, CoH Perrin. J G, LCoH Bubear. A J. LCpl Lawson. M G,

‘l Regt AAC Capt A. E M, Mitchell HO LONDIST Capt G, H. Howard

Musn Pennell, P I.

LCoH Hammond, D J

Kneller Hall

LCoH Hodges. P H Tpr Peat. A. D Tpr Wight, M A

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Roberts, J. Scott. N. P. Stafford, P. R. Sullivan, 8. A. Tims, D. R.

3 Troop Lt S. H. Cowen CoH Mead, |. CoH Wasp. G. LCoH Long, A. LCoH McGarry. P. LCpl Bulrner, I R. LCpl Webb, A. J. Tpr Birkett. M. J. Tpr Edwards. D J Tpr Foster. C M TprGIadstone, R P J H Tpr Hopkins, T. P. F Tpr Liddle, P. Tpr Latino, V. A. Tpr Munroe. G. Tpr Murphy, 8. P. Tpr Nicholls. F. E. Tpr Roberts. A. M. TprTunnicIiffe, S. Tpr Welsh, S. Tpr Williams. L. G. Tpr Watt, A. A.

Musn Haddock, R Musn Haywood, P Musn Kitching, S,

Musn Mitchell, L. T

Guards Depot

Lt M. R. Coreth Lt S R Bullard HCR held strength Capt W, R. Rollo

Musn Segler. C, N

Musn Dearle. M. J Musn Thornborrow, A Musn Williamson. J.

RHG/D PERSONNEL SERVING AT ERE RHO Household Cavalry

W01 Weston, A. J.

Musn Francis, T R.

CoH Freeman, K. R

Musn Paine, N J

HCR

Guards Depot CoH Henney. P

Musn Biscoe, P. R.

CoH Wilde. G. E.

Riding School Musn Kinsler, G L.

OFFICERS SENIOR TO THE REGIMENTAL LIST (As at 1 Dec 84)

Maj Gen J. A. C. G. Eyre. CVO. CBE

LCoH Beynon, K E LCoH Booker. A. W

LCoH Cross, P. R LCoH Dobbie, G LCoH Ford, H LCoH Laidlaw, A. V

LCoH McDonald, A. LCoH Rendell. R. E. J LCoH Thomson. G

—Major General Comd H Div

Col W. S. H. Boucher—HQ UKLF Col D. S. A. Boyd—PM CHARM Col J. G. Hamilton-Russell, MBE iLieutenant Colonel Comd H Cav RHG/D OFFICERS SERVING AT ERE (As at1 Dec 84)

Defence Attache RABAT Lt Col T C Morris. MVO HQ BF Hong Kong Lt Col H 0 Hugh Smith. MVO RARDE 'Lt Col P T Keightley

Melton Mowbray LCpl Hunter, D. LCpl Rawlings, T. E N. LCpl Kinniburgh, G. L LCpl Goodwm, M Tpr Edwards, M L Tpr Francts, L. M. R.

LCoH Ward. S. A LCoH Wood. C.

LCpl Mitchell. P J. LCpl Norris. M. J Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bucknall, H. C Chappell. A. P. Ellis. K L. Grange. S. N. P Jeacock, A. S PurneII, P I Stanley. A. P, Thomas. D. F Vosper, N. J Wilkinson. A J P

Royal Military Academy. Sandhurst LCoH Watson. J M

BMATT Zimbabwe Lt Col J A Aylen

H0 London District MOD (DIS) Lt Col J. J. F. Scott

CoH Gratton, A E LCpl Bridgewood. J E

Tpr Hinchliffe. J. A.

MOD MDS

Lt Col A H Parker Bowles, OBE

H0 London District 8 L Staff CoH Perry, S J

Tpr Measures, S,

RCB

‘C' Squadron Royal Veomanry

Lt Col H. W. Davies

W02 Reid. H.

Tpr Wright, S. P.

CoH Chamberlain, D. A, LCoH Baston. C, G,

LCpl Yorke, G, A. Tpr Coulson. A. P. Tpr Culton, D. J

Tpr Edgington, D. P. Tpr Jones. C. R.

QOMY Maj |. M D. L, Weston H0. BF Hong Kong Maj D T L Hardy

LCpl Young, A. J. Tpr Cowling, J. M. Tpr Freeman, M. A.

BFFl Capt D. De B. Kinahan

Temporarily attached from HCR

Windsor

LCpl Summerfield, S. R, LCpl Allen. A. L.

Alderson, D J Aleort, N. M Bellis. E Billington. H. R. Biscoe, J J.

Capt W T. Browne

Tpr Plumb. A. N.

CoH Rushton, D. W.

LCoH Wheatley. G.

Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn

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LCoH Booker, A. W. LCpl Graham, M. A. LCoH Martin, W. LCpl Rex, J. P, LCpl Stokes, L. LCpl Whopples. G. V. Tpr Austin, A. R. Tpr Daly, I, S. Tpr Duckham. J, W. Tpr Ellis, A. J. Tpr Greaves, J. B. Tpr Hawkins, J, C. Tpr Massie. M. B. Tpr McCarthy, S. Tpr Montgomery, J. K.

CoH Barber, P. E J.

LCpl Maddern, K. D. Saddlers

Burroughs, C. J Connaughton. K. J. P Stanton, G W Guy, 5. C Jones. P.

LCpl Phillips, A. LCpl Pope, J. P. B.

Cfn Egan. D M.

LSgt Phythian, N S

LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH

LCpl Hayward, M R. LCpl Avins. J. M. G.

Cfn Austin, G. M.

LAD attached to 'D' Squadron SSgtWickett. B J Sgt Austin, M. Sgt Hammersley, S

Cfn Pilcher, H. ‘D' SQUADRON SHO. Maj J. S. Olivier

Uttley. S. F. Williams, C. J. Wood, D. J. Wood. G.

2 Troop

Riding School CoH Rushton, D. M LCpl Brown, M. Tpr Beulah, M. Tpr Bowtell, A. D, Tpr Cheese. G. P. Tpr Culleton, J M. Tpr Dobie. R. J Tpr Drinkwater, I. R. S Tpr Dugdale, P A Tpr Flynn, N A. Tpr Harris. R. J. Tpr Jenkins. D A.

Cfn McKie, R S

Tpr Phillips, B

Lt J. J. E Stratton Christensen

W02 Parsons. A

LCoH Smith, M.

LCoH Greenaway, C J

3 Troop

W02 Whennell, R A

Kibble. L. J. Lofthouse. M. S. Nash, J. M. W. Reed, S. L. Seddon. C. J.

CoH Elsey. S. R.

Tpr Bradley. D. A.

Maj H. P. D. Massey

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCoH Vickers, S A LCoH Nicolson, D. R.

H0 EDist

Tpr Kennedy, W. S.

Ct C. S St J. Owen

Admin Troop SCpl Hunter, H. W. CoH Wilcox. N. P, W.

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

RMCS

LCpl Heath. 8 M Tpr Baguley. G M Tpr Deccico, A A Tpr Mann. P Tpr Perry. M A C. Tpr Prunty. G V Tpr Stace, P, F Tpr Wall, D. M Tpr Webb. A.

CoH Cook, M F.

LCpl Terry, 8 M Tpr Farmer, A P Tpr Logie, B. W Tpr Perkins. M J Tpr Porter, D (LG) Tpr Suter. P B Tpr Turnidge, J, D. (LG)

Grooms Tpr Huntstone, A.

Hamilton, P. A. Hancock, K. Hinton, D. M. Jou5iffe, A. P.

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

2 Troop SCpl Evans, B. R. C

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Medical Centre Surg Lt Col J. P. A Page LCoH Gregory, J.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

4 Troop

LCoH Elliott. C. D

LCpl Challinor, |. A LCpl Thorpe, R. J (LG) Tpr Berger, S J Tpr Dewing, N J Tpr Hunt. P J Tpr Mathieson, J Tpr Oxtoby. K. J

CoH Miller, D. G

Lt G. M. McCullough CoH Kilvington, J A.

3 Troop

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

W02 Lane. E. L CoH Harris, P, LCoH Rose, A. J,

1 Troop Lt J. S P. Swayne CoH Harding, M. A.

2 Troop

LCpl Homer, D S LCpl Monks, K A LCpl Symons. G. G Tpr Arthur, T. P Tpr Davies. 1 S Tpr Morris. B. W Tpr McMuIlen. M A (LG)

Cfn Poole, B J

LCpl Brown, N. LCpl Henden, B V LCpl Jones, T LCpl Parsons. C D. Tpr Landy, M Tpr Nichols, M T. Tpr Pielow, A R Tpr Suter, I

LCoH Atkinson. L. LCoH Cowton. K. M.

Coach Troop TprTwyman, M.

SCpI Stephenson. W CoH Breakwell, T R CoH Gardiner, R L LCoH Stubbs, D J Tpr Fry, C. N Tpr Robertson. K W

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LCoH Murrow. F A


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SCpl Manning, M J LCpl Lashley, D

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w01 McKenna. D P

W02 Chapman, L. C CoH Baker, K. H.

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LCpI Kirkwood. W, J

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W01 Stacey. M P

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MVEE Chartsey (PE) (AE)

LCOH Barry. P K

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