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THE BLUE AND ROYAL VOL. No. 19

1988

FOREWORD Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen

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THE COMMANDING OFFICER Colonel and Gold Stick: General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB, Dso, MBE, MC

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL T J SULIVAN Lieutenant—Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel A H Parker-Bowles, OBE

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel T J Sulivan

to one Regiment in Detmold and taking over from another Regiment in Athlone Barracks Sennelager went remarkably smoothly. The turmoil caused by the planning. preparation and execution of such a change of station in mid tour. effectively another arms plot move. should not be underestimated and the fact that the Regiment accepted the rationale for the move and quietly got on with it is a great tribute to the stoicism of all ranks.

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

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Fuentes d'Onor, Peninsular, Waterloo, Balaklava, Sevastopol,

Egypt (1882), Tel el Kebir, Relief of Kimberley. Paardeberg, Relief of Ladysmith South Africa (1899-1902).

The process of absorbing a Squadron of 14th/20th King‘s Hussars. mentioned by my predecessor in his foreword last year. started in March and at the time of writing is nearly complete. I have been immensely impressed by the way they have integrated into the Regiment both at work and on the sports field. Indeed on our inspection by The Major General, they were the second largest contingent out of six cap badges on parade. I am sure I speak for all ranks when I thank them for their major contribution to Regimental life and wish them every good fortune in the future. for as you read this they will already have returned to their own Regiment in Munster.

Le Cateau, Marne (1914), Messines (1914), Ypres (1914), Gheluvelt. Ypres (1915), Frezenberg, Loos, Arras (1917), Ypres

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(1917), Somme (1918), Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Cambrai (1918), Sambre, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders (1914— 918). Souleuvre, Brussels, Nederrijn, Rhine, NW Europe (1944—1945), lraq (1941), Palmyra, Syria (1941), Knightsbridge, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, North Africa (1941—1943), Sicily (1943), Italy (1943—44), The Falkland Islands (1982)

The other major excitement of the year has been the steady introduction. since August. of Challenger tanks to replace our Chieftains. This will be our fourth fleet of tanks in four years in BAOR but. nonetheless. it has been an eagerly awaited event. If the revised issue plan keeps roughly to schedule we will be completely reequipped by Troop Training in April 1988. The greatly increased speed of reaction possible with Challenger will require us to look carefully at our battle procedures and drills. Now we can produce some real dash and elan on the battlefield.

CONTENTS Foreword ................................................................................

Diary of Events .. A Squadron Notes. B Squadron Notes C Squadron Notes D Squadron Notes

H0 Squadron Notes ................................................................ LAD Notes .................... Mounted Squadron Notes... Guards Depot Notes ..... HMS Broadsword... Band Notes

Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Notes ........ The Blues and Royals Association Report ........................... Obituary .................................................... Recruiting Team Notes Adventure Training ................................................................ Household Cavalry Museum .

The Falklands — Five Years On Sports Notes ........................................................................... Operation Horsepower.

Scrapbook .................... Nominal Roll ..........................................................................

The Cover is from a painting of the Battle of Warburg by Simpkin lent by Lt Col H W Davies

The Regiment has had another challenging year. The move from 4th Armoured Division to the 3rd Armoured Division. with all the attendant problems of handing over

In 1988 we have a full but orderly programme of events that will take us from Troop Training through to a Divisional FTX. This should leave us in good shape for a BATUS tour in the Spring of 1989. Finally. we have just learnt that we are to return to Windsor in the Armoured Reconnaissance role in February 1990.


DIARY OF EVENTS 1987 January: The surprises started from the day that the Regiment arrived back from block leave, not least of all for the new Operations Officer who was appointed Adjutant at short notice due to a sad hunting accident that befell Capt Bernard. The band was amazed to find themselves doing extensive military training in the Senne— lager area which included commanding, map reading and driving FV 432s. Before they left they gave both Messes a rousing and extremely entertaining recital in a somewhat rejuvenated style. The ski teams returned having narrowly missed qualifying for the Army championships but with good results. With the impending arrival of our Challenger fleet January saw us starting our conversion training in earnest. February: The start of a somewhat complicated adjust— ment from a Type 57 establishment to a Type 43 establishment, but also a very happy relationship between the 14th/20th King‘s Hussars and The Blues and Royals. Let me explain. In March 1988 we are to be reduced by one squadron of tanks and men but until then we are to man all four squadrons. To achieve this we are posting in over the year a Squadron’s worth of 14/20 H. In March 1988 the complete 14/20 H Squadron will revert to its parent Regiment in Munster. Magically we will reduce by a Squadron. The first troop appeared in early February. March: An Adjutantal nightmare. A Squadron had to do an ammunition site guard, B and C Squadrons with Reece Troop prepared for their annual firing. and in the latter part of the month D Squadron went for a month‘s tour in Berlin. All these commitments require a full complement of men plus more but with a bit of juggling we survived. March also saw B Squadron. Reece Troop and RHQ Troop deploy with the Royal Scots to Soltau, a chilly exercise I am informed. The RCM came into his element by arranging an inter-squadron pacesticking competition, despite heavy snow, D Squadron won. April: The annual firing was very successful. A number of those at firing camp went to visit the squadron in Berlin over Easter. The first of our new Challenger MBT fleet arrived to the Regiment’s excitement. The Silver Stick, Col J B Emson, paid his final visit to the Regiment before handing over to C01 A H Parker—Bowles OBE. May: Our conversion to Challenger began but this did not get in the way of a number of adventurous training exercises. Capt Stratton-Christensen took a team to India on Exercise ORIENTAL QUADRANT. Exercise MERMAID TRIANGLE took place in the Baltic under Lt Clee. June: The Regiment had a large part to play in the Rhine Army Summer Show not only 95 participants but also in the organisation. The Regiment had teams entering all major events including such bizarre happenings as bicycle polo. Polo proper was played in Berlin at the week long annual tournament. sadly however the silver room did not bulge as a result. June was not all play and no work because C Squadron went to Putlos in Schleswig-Holstein to act as enemy for the Milan concentration and a number of others played on Exercise CHECK FORGE, the run up to Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE, more on the latter later. A and B Squadrons went on 50 per cent block leave. July: The first of what will hopefully be an annual

A Squadron Notes

event, the Regimental Sports Week. even cooks. bottle washers and Adjutants. all of whom are overworked. took part. The week took precedence over anything else and was a resounding success. The second half of annual firing took place in the latter half of July with A and D Squadrons firing. They both fired for the first time from Challenger and attained some very good results. We had the pleasure of our first visit by the new Silver Stick. Col A H Parker-Bowles OBE. The feature of the month must however be the Garrison in Bloom Competition which the Regiment won, entirely due to the support of Mrs Sibley and Mrs Brown the self appointed Regimental gardeners. August: Members of B Squadron under 2Lt Goldie 14/ 20H went sailing on the South coast while C and D Squadrons took their leave. Sadly Lt Col Davies took his leave too at the end of his command taking with him half the livestock from the stables. The RCM organised a handover parade at which we welcomed Lt Col T J Sulivan as the new Commanding Officer. September: The Commanding Officer had little time to settle into his new command before he took half the Regiment to Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE, a part of the

US REFORGER exercise. to umpire the Orange Forces. September recorded an event in Regimental history as we welcomed the arrival of 2Lt Mawby WRAC as the Assistant Adjutant (the first female Cornet?). October: Life did not ease up for we had just two weeks on return from CERTAIN STRIKE to prepare for the Major General’s Inspection on 14 October. We had a most welcome and enjoyable visit by the Goldstick and Lady Fitzpatrick from 6—8 October. The Major General‘s parade and inspection went very well. The Regiment put a lot of hard work into it. A complete cross section of the Regiment was on parade including attached arms and the 14/20H. We were fortunate to have the Regimental Band out over both weeks. The Commanding Officer maintained the momentum of the previous weeks by surprising the Regiment with a 24—hour exercise called RUPERT’S RAMPAGE. The name is fairly telling as all the chiefs and few of the indians deployed as a composite squadron. In preparation for Battle Group Training we had two weeks in the Brigade and Battle Group Trainer as well as squadron training days on the Goldgrund training area. November: The high momentum of the previous two months was maintained into November. On the 4th we had two important visits. that of the DRAC, Maj Gen N G P Ansell OBE. and the new Corps Commander, Lt Gen P A Inge. Both visits were very successful. The Regiment deployed for Battle Group Training on Soltau. This involved our Annual Report on the Unit Inspection as well as a 36-hour Brigade exercise. The training area was remarkable for the depth and quantity of mud, but that is a feature of Soltau at this time of the year! December: The year finished with the traditional Christmas festivities and a Site Guard. Exercise SNOW QUEEN started on the 20th. Those on Excercise WHITE KNIGHT II. and Exercise BLUES TRIANGLE, the Regimental ski teams began their training. The somewhat high momentum of the past months will be directed towards more lighthearted but equally important activities.

A SQUADRON AT HOHNE

The year 1987 has been one of the Challenger. In January the first drivers went to the RH in Fallingbostel and 17/21L in Munster to master the vehicle details. Meanwhile, 14 lucky soldiers on Exercise SNOW QUEEN made their way to Sontoffen in Bavaria. LCpl Woolfenden excelled as usual, coming second in the downhill race against 15/19H and 1 RS. LCpl O’Brien kept everyone in stitches with his talented impressmn of a gymnast doing forward somersaults into snowdrifts. LCpl Morris won the prize for the least—improved student, starting in the advanced class and ending up With the beginners. This was all too frivolous for LCpl Richards and Tpr Vosper who volunteered to join 1 QLR for their Northern Ireland tour. LCpl Richards won the nickname ‘Pathfinder’ for his exploits, and Lt Clee opted out to become head rabble— rouser for the civilian population at tin e1ty. In March the hierarchy changed. Maj Browne departed for a spell at Colchester, after a.touehing farewell, when he gave the Squadron an exotic leavmg present — an orange rumped agouti. This rare spec1es was in need of adoption, and who better. than A Squadron. Luckily for the animal in question, it lives at London Zoo, but its photograph hangs next. to the Corps Commander’s in the Squadron IOffice.

of BAOR quizzes helped to pass the time. In April the first Challengers were collected and the training began in earnest, with a tight schedule and limited availability of tanks before annual firing in July. Each driver had a oneweek course of driving, and the turret crews completed a two-week course on the Thermal Observation and Gunnery System (TOGS). _ May was an extremely healthy month — With adventure training, sport and the arrival of SCM Sackett, the

regimental fitness officer. SQMC Wendon jomed the Squadron in May and has been working hard coordinating the rolling equipment programme as we receive new tanks, armoured repair and recovery vehicles. Landrovers, respirators, helmets and personal weapons. The Regimental Athletics Day was in May and A Squadron went all out to achieve three successwe wins. Tprs Barnard and Molyneux were in close competi— tion for the Victor Ludorum. Tpr Barnard led the field all the way in the 10km race, followed by Tpr Noon. With

SCM O’Gorman was next to leave, on promotion and

posting to 11 Cadet Training Team at Bovington, where a splinter group of A Squadron were forming. Lts Clee and Lane Fox, CsoH Lock, Miller, Sandercock and

Taylor, LCoI—I Hollingworth, LCpls Darby and Widdowson were all on courses to prime the Squadron for conversion to Challenger. SQMC Evans assumed the

post of SCM until moving to Command Squadron as M. SCCsoH Miller and Sandercock are now at the D & M School, and CoH Robertson is posted to 7 Cadet . . ' Training Team at Maidstone. . Maj Miller-Bakewell arrived in March just in timeto

enjoy a site Guard at Hemer, where volleyball and brains

Troop at Soltau


A Squadron taking the first four places. Tprs Barnard and Noon then won first and second place in the 3000m Steeplechase. Tpr Molyneux won the 100m and 200m and came second in the long jump. and with Ct Woodward, Tprs Smith (97) and Fermor won the 4X 100m relay. This earned him the Victor Ludorum trophy. and the championship shield was A Squadron’s for the third year running. Three Troop continued the sporting flavour with an adventurous sailing expedition from Kiel. A full account appears elsewhere in the journal. The Regimental rugby team still has a strong A Squadron contingent. Both CoH Rose and LCoH Dickens received their Regimental Colours, much to the chagrin of CoH Lock. The Major General awarded him his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal instead in October. Ct Wilkinson decided to emulate LCpl Richards and so left in July to train with Scots Guards for a tour in Northern Ireland. In July the Regimental Swimming Gala eventually happened, on a rare sunny day. The highlights included a close contest between Cfn Scott and the RCM, in the 200m breastroke. Cfn Scott surged ahead at the end to win by a fraction of a second. LCoH Hollingworth won the 200m freestyle, the Squadron team being placed second overall. Do not be deceived by all this sporting prowess. Preparation was underway for annual firing at the same time as the Brigade Sports Week, and the conversion training and the commissioning of the eight Challengers available to fire. The firing period was an outstanding success. The vehicle preparation, accuracy of the equipment and the execution of the drills combined to produce some really accurate, consistent shooting. A presentation by the British Judge on The Canadian Army Trophy, Capt Hogg, dispelled many of the misconceptions about Challenger and brought home the real advantages of firing Challenger as opposed to Chieftain. In the event, the Squadron made rapid progress through the new Standard Gunnery Training Exercises and took on and passed the test battlerun on their first ever Challenger Troop battlerun. The Tucker Trophy was decided on the individual tank battleruns this year and was won by 4 J

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The Colonel of the Regiment with LCpl Elston, Maj MillerBakewell and SCM Sackett

Troop. This was the climax to an excellent annual firing for CoH Taylor, the Squadron Gunnery NCO. LCsoH Hollingworth, Dickens and Willacy adapted quickly to the new skill of coaching shoots from the tower using a television monitor, while the ECEs, LSgt Reeve and

LCpl McIntosh, spent all their time switching the cabling from tank to tank. Capt Swayne took great delight in compiling ‘off the record’ recordings with his cassette player. His life and many other people’s reputations are in great danger as a result. He is now the operations officer and knows how to keep a secret so all is well!

THE MAJOR GENERAL INSPECTlNG B SQUADRON

The SQMC was open all hours at Hohne, with the

‘Drop In’ Bar doing a roaring trade in turkey burgers with LCoH McGarry and Tpr Horvath busy collecting the JAT (Jock Added Tax). To celebrate the success at Hohne, the Squadron party was held in the Templer Club. LCpls Mills and King laid on a really enjoyable evening, complete with Capt Swayne’s farewell cabaret appearance. Lt Lane Fox, having just completed his RGO’s course, left us in September to Saumur to join the Cadre Noire for nine months. After summer leave. the Squadron formed umpire teams to support Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE and umpire the Challenger-equipped QRIH. Good relations with the farmers proved much more entertaining and Tprs Butterfield and Lowen provided a full-time liaison service. No sooner was CERTAIN STRIKE over and we were on the square each day practising for the Major General’s Inspection, and the visit of the Colonel of the Regiment. LCoH Dickens and CoH Taylor briefed the Colonel of the Regiment on TOGS and Tpr Snell gave the Colonel his first Challenger driving lesson. The Major General’s Inspection was deemed a great success, and while the stars of the Squadron were still admiring themselves on the video recording of the parade, the Commanding Officer called a crash out and deployed a composite Squadron of all tank commanders in crew positions to refresh our memories on some basic drills and tactics. Ironically, this was the first time the Challengers have been on Exercise. As November approaches we have just received the last Challenger to complete our conversion in time for Battlegroup training and have said farewell to Chieftain until Canada in 1989. Sadly, LCpls Baxter and Rodgers left the Squadron for civilian life; where we wish them every success.

As ever, B Squadron was awarded an exciting and busy programme in 1987. In addition, it was deCided that B Squadron would be home to men of the 14th/20th King 5 Hussars who were to maintain the establishment numbers as the Regiment reduced to a Type 43 for March 1988. This was to be possibly the most militarily demanding and heart—rendering year the Squadron has faced. . Athlone Barracks in winter is miserable. From the air,

the camp heating system can be followed by lines in the melted snow, and it was in this climate that the Squadron started its build—up training. The first 14/20 H Troop arrived in January. and in February Maj Holmes deCided to shake out the cobwebs. We deployed on the local Goldgrund Training area. A round of Troop tests was the climax of a demanding Exercise and the Squadron was ready; 3 and 4 Troops supported 1 RS on Sennelager Ranges and Lt Holland enjoyed a sea of mud on his birthday. successfully tripped up by Tpr Pass. In March. the Squadron deployed to-Soltau to play enemy to the Royal Hussars; mounted in.Challengers. they whetted the appetite for our converSion. they are mighty good tanks. It was really cold. water. eggs and even toothpaste froze in the Siberian temperatures; the Chieftains survived. On return to Athlone Barracks the snow melted, road runs started and the Squadron settled down to Gunnery Training under the expert gUidance of Sgt Clayton 14/20 H. Gunnery Camp was a great success. with all four Troops and SHQ claiming excellent final _ . battleruns. In May, we said goodbye to Maj Holmes. albeit temporarily to RHQ as Operations Officer before departing in July to Fulda and 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment. Maj and Mrs Holmes made a notable impression. both on the Regiment and on the Squadron. and we thank them for their genuine concern for us all, and for an overall increase in tactical awareness. We Wish them well in Fulda. Maj Singer 14/20 H. assumed command;

poor SCM Hunter, after an American he had to educate a Line Cavalryman. The most notable difference in command is that we no longer have a long-distance running Squadron. May was the first month when we did not deploy out of barracks; instead our first drill parade, as part of the build-up for the Major General‘s Inspection, and a detailed Troop by Troop inspection by the new Squadron Leader. June in BAOR means the Rhine Army Summer Show and for us in Sennelager it means fatigues and more fatigues. Maj Singer. as an experienced BAOR warrior. took a joint RHG/D and 14/20 H. crew sailing from England to Germany via Norway missmg all the hassle. Lt Goldie 14/20 H. led a most successful adventure training expedition to Corsica where our group of 12 beat the local Legionaires in their ascent times of the masswe mountains. For those who know him. and most seem to. it was SCM Hunter‘s first adventure training expedition after E years‘ service. but all will be relieved to know that he behaved himself!

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C Squadron Notes

Members of B Squadron at Hohne

Our run—down to block leave was the Garrison Sports Week. Individuals could only enter two disciplines. and a lot of fun was had by all. The final result hinged on the cross-country race. when sadly we failed to produce our expected success. A family barbeque followed which was very well supported by our wives and children. The Squadron split into two block-leave groups. each enjoyed three weeks‘ leave. Those left behind suffered the many duties with which we are tasked as part of the Sennelager Garrison. a major difference to Detmold. Two more 14/20 H Troops arrived under Lt Morgan and 2Lt Allinson. and by the end of August we had more 14/20 H soldiers than RHG/D. The majority of the Squadron deployed as Obstacle Police on the major NATO Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE; 76,000 troops were involved and there were more foreign troops on German soil than at any time since 1945. A major change in Squadron life came with the handover of SQMC from SCpl Pitt BEM. to SSgt Clayton. The SQMC is off to HCR where he takes over as Training NCO. We thank them both for their contribution to the Squadron life and style. One of the biggest challenges facing an SCM is the Major General‘s Inspection. With B Squadron. SCM Hunter had three cap-badges. a lack of ammunition boots and kit shortages not to mention drill, with which to deal. Ammo boots were begged. LCpl Dickinson visited his girlfriend via Catterick to collect kit. and the three cap-badges 25 RHG/D. 21 14/20 H. 4 LAD jelled. The parade was a great success. and a unique and

memorable moment for us Line Cavalrymen. but once is enough. The final link with the past was severed when SCM Hunter handed over to SSM Cornish. What will they say when future generations peruse the B Squadron scrapbook? CoI-I Barry and 16 RHG/D remain. and most will stay with us until B Squadron reforms into SCM.

B Squadron practising for the Major General‘s Inspection

SQMC. etc. This article has not mentioned the many soldiers who have departed or arrived. since so to do

would have far exceeded editorial tolerance. To those who left, thank you and. to those who arrived. welcome and well done. From all members of the l4th/20th King‘s Hussars who served in The Blues and Royals a very big thank you. Serving with another Regiment is never easy but the kindness. patience and direction which we have received has made us feel most welcome and we shall remember the new ways. new ranks. different ideals but “we did the business‘. It was the 'full montage‘.

MAJOR J L HOLMES United States Army Maj Holmes commanded B Squadron from September 85 to July 87. Reproduced below is the text of a letter that he sent to the Colonel 0f the Regiment on leaving the Regiment. We wish him the best of luck in his new job at Fulda. ‘It has been my distinct pleasure to have served as a member of The Blues and Royals for the past two years. I would like to take this opportunity to express to you my appreciation for the excellent hospitality your Regiment has shown my family and me. ‘I have been extremely impressed with the quality of men in The Blues and Royals. In many ways the members of the Regiment are similar to the officers and men in the US Army. What sets them apart is their fierce loyalty and dedication to their Squadron and the Regi-

C SQUADRON AT ATHLONE BARRACKS

Maj G T R Birdwood arrived at the beginning of the year with the prospect of taking over his old Squadron once more. Any thoughts that because there was only one visit to Soltau in the year. that it would not be busy were very misconceived as we were shortly to find out. The year started off with mixtures of success and mishap. SCM Manning steered the pacestick team through ice and snow into second place, before SQMC Morgan. CoH Maher and LCoH Nolan set off to the

the commendation of Commander Armoured for the “best battlerun he had ever seen’. The firing period was split into two by the Easter break. _ Over a third of the Squadron visited D Squadron in Berlin. where many a good night and dawn was seen and enjoyed by all. All those who went wouldlike to‘tha‘nk Maj Bucknall and D Squadron for their hospitality. which gave us new vigour before returning to firing. enabling us to get the successful results that we did.

World Championships. Ct Scott and Tpr Crocker both enjoyed long periods on the piste and LCpl Truss not. so long. as he broke his leg at REME Ski Meeting. putting himself off the road for five months. An arduous training up to annual firing paid its dividend with very good results. 2 Troop winning the Chieftain entry of the ‘Tucker Trophy‘. and LCoH Kent with some excellent shooting from Tpr Clayton winning

ment as a whole. Without a doubt the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and soldiers set a

proud example and are excellent representatives of the Regiment’s unsurpassed history and tradition. All ranks ,have shown that they have the flexibility to execute the duties of the mounted soldiers of previous centuries as well as master the skills required by sophisticated and highly technical armoured equipment. No other army can make that claim. Indeed. no other British Regiment can do it as well as The Blues and Royals. The soldiers of this Regiment are truly exceptional. ‘I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to serve with such outstanding professionals. I will never forget my service with your Regiment. It has been an honour and a pleasure beyond description.”

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After firing, it was planned that the Squadron would head south to Northern Italy to do an exchange with the Italian army. Owing to the Italians~ inability to tell us where and what we were going to do the study had to be cancelled. Ct Lydiard-Wilson took an ad hoc Troop up to Putlos on the North German coast to take part. as enemy, in Exercise FORTH FLIGHT. This was an Exercise lasting six weeks, designed to test all Milan platoons in BAOR. At half time personnel were changed around which caused a real rehash of the orbat, as there were still a lot

of internal courses going on, Brigade Sports Week and the normal large load of garrison duties taking up a large percentage of the Squadron. Despite the first three weeks of torrential rain, the last three weeks brought hot sunshine, much to the annoyance of the initial crews who were at this point stuck back in Sennelager. LCoH Frampton came into his own and managed to find a few more relatives to assist in setting up windsurfing and barbecues to name just a couple of the varied activities he managed to arrange. The summer saw a host of activities with the odd CCF visit and polo tournament thrown in. The Association visited over the Rhine Army Summer Show and enjoyed many a “Regimental History‘ session in the WOs and CsoH Mess. Regimental Sports Week saw varied success. winning the Inter—Squadron Football with Tpr Wood going on to earn himself a place in the Divisional team. Tpr Johnson proved to all that he is a greyhound by winning several events. On the adventure training side of life we have had 15 people on freefall parachuting courses. Ct Scott took five people to India trekking. returning briefly before taking members of his Troop down to Spain. Two periods of block leave broke up the summer; however. the Squadron was involved in supporting 49 Fd Regt. 2 R Anglian and providing members of ‘civpop‘ to the QLR (with whom Tpr Preston went on tour in Northern Ireland). The summer months have seen six members of the Squadron getting married. The Squadron wishes LCoH Kent, LSgt Clay. LCpl Dixon, Tprs Porter. Murphy and Rowlands the best of luck.

Tpr Fowler, LCpl Symons and Tpr Crocker

September saw a majority of the Squadron safely back from leave and honeymoons. Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE employed 60 per cent of the Squadron as umpires to 17/21 Lancers BG. Capt Broughton tried his hand at infantry work and went on attachment to No 2 Coy l Grenadier Guards for three weeks. SI-IQ had quite a demanding but enjoyable time with the chance of seeing a lot of American equipment. as well as the countryside with the Squadron Leader. Throughout the year the Squadron had been involved in Challenger conversion courses with CsoI-I Atkinson. Ashby and Elliott instructing. We shall see whether they have all been worthwhile when we eventually get Challenger. Since 30 per cent of the Squadron had never been on Exercise before. it has been a matter of going back to real basics. with lectures and going through normal routines in slow time, in order to bring the troops up to scratch for Battle Group training in the autumn. We say farewell to the following: Maj Birdwood now Second in Command of the Regiment. Capt Broughton to I-ICR. Lt Reid now Platoon Commander at the Guards Depot. ZLt Neil, AAC, returning to the Army Air Corps after six months” attachment. SCM Manning who is going to Canada to join the Range Safety Staff. SOMC Morgan to the Officers” Mess. Col-I Seager to RAC Trg Centre. Col-I Mead to Bovington. Sgt Blaza to Hohne. Sgt Pickup to B Squadron. LCoH Dobie. LCpls Armstrong and Boden all who have

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left to become civilians, we wish them all well.

C Squadron Fitter Section

We welcome: Maj Rollo. Ct Lydiard-Wilson. SCM Guest. SOMC Baker. CoH Atkinson, Sgt Flitcroft. LCsoH Nolan. Rendall and Thorpe.

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D Squadron Notes

CoH Carpenter, LSgt Fraser, SCM Quinn and CoH Wasp

D SQUADRON IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG CGATE, BERLIN D Squadron have had another busy but highly successful year. It started off quietly enough. but soon picked up steam! We were selected to be the relief Armoured Squadron in Berlin over March and April. a highly coveted posting which was full reward for our hard work in the past. We were to take over the operational rOIe from B Squadron 14/20 H to allow them to go on exerctse. Having returned from Berlin. Maj Bucknall left us for civilian life. and we are glad to hear the he is becoming a successful ‘Yuppiel‘. Maj Lukas took over command and we started preparing for annual firing at Hohne with a difference. This year we were to fire on the eight Challenger MBTs which A Squadron had been given. To achieve this end the whole Squadron undertook a very rapid Challenger conversion course. with CsoH Carpenter and Hyndman. and LCoH Vickers doing sterling work to prepare us fully. This included many a late night, but our excellent results were a direct consequence. The ranges have now gone ‘hi-tech’. the tower looking like a television outside broadcast unit. Each crew were in touch with the tower by cable and by radio. allowing the useful and some times vociferous advice to flow from the IGs. LCsoH Flynn and Willacy deserve special mention. The ‘Mats A” team went away minus two aircraft. with Capt Jeacock and LCoH Vickers both claiming clean hits; however. Lt Woyka. who had just returned from Northern Ireland with 1 Grenadier Guards. claimed a hit but was outranked! The experience we all gained from working on Challenger will be invaluable when we get our complement. Presently only SHQ have Challengers. 10

A very necessary leave period was then upon us. after which we said farewell to SCM Quinn. who has now been promoted and is to be the next RCM. We all wish him well. SCM Evans has now slipped into the chair and is making his presence felt! October was hectic as the Goldstick and Major General visited with parades galore as we said ‘hello’ to them and ‘goodbye‘ to Lt Col Davies, and then “Hello” again to Lt Col Sulivan! We are now preparing to go to Soltau for Battle Group Training, which everyone is

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Practising for the Major General’s Inspection

looking forward to as this is the first Exercise for over a year the Squadron has undertaken. Capt Jeacock is leaving us after Soltau for civilian life, and we all wish him well. We say goodbye to: Maj Bucknall and Capt Jeacock to civilian life; Lt Jowitt to University; SCM (now W01) Quinn ~ tempor— arily; SCpl Rogers to the Trg Wing; SSgt Hooper on posting. ' We welcome:

East and West Berlin. Many of the historical sites were visited. including Kaiser Wilhem‘s court house. now housing the Quadripartite Berlin Air Safety Centre. However. one needs more than five weeks to see all the sights. Great efforts were made at all levels to explore thoroughly all aspects of night life. To help work off any ‘excess‘. a rugby side was fielded

Maj Lukas. Lt Holland, Ct Wakeham. SCM Evans

under LCoH Gaskell. and included some ‘roadrunner’-

SSgt Johnson CoH Marden. We congratulate on promotion: W01 Quinn. SCpl Rogers, CsoH Vickers and Fernley.

type bursts from SCM Quinn on the wing. A soccer team was also assembled under SQMC Guest. who had a number of close games. The inter—troop ‘superstars’ competition was won. deservedly, by SHQ Troop. In the end the margin was one point over 3 Troop. Capt Jeacock and Tpr Hughes seeing off the strong challenge from Tpr Smith in the gym tests. Over the Easter weekend a large proportion of the rest of the Regiment, who were at Hohne. came up to visit. They. like us. were surprised at the fantastic facilities available to us. On the Saturday night all the officers and SNCOs had a meal in the East. and then carried on the party back in the West until the early hours. All in all, it was a thoroughly successful tour. and a most educative one. A lot of us are still paying it off. but it was still a tremendous experience.

D SQUADRON IN BERLIN On 20 March 1987 D Squadron travelled up to Berlin to take over the Armoured Operational rOIe in the city. This was for a five—week period to allow B Squadron 14/20 H to exercise in ‘the zone”. This was the first time an RHG/D Squadron had taken on this r61e. The tour was an eye—opening and most educative tour. We all had to be trained up for fighting in built-up areas (FIBUA) as Armoured Regiments in BAOR do not usually get an opportunity to practise this very important aspect of modern warfare. First and Second Troops had a successful Exercise with A and C Companies of 1 Glosters in Ruhleben fighting city at the end of March. CoH Coutts, l Troop Leader. commanded the friendly armour while Ct Jowitt attempted to crack the defences. Realism was heightened by the use of flash/bang pyro— technics to simulate tank gunfire. The infantry companies had not experienced this before and had many infantry— men jumping out of their skins early on! In addition to the FIBUA package the Squadron was hard at work with other aspects of training. The River Havel was crossed by heavy ferry. provided by 38 (Berlin) Fd Sqn RE with help from the newly-arrived 1 BW. All APWTs, BFTs as one‘s important Individual Training were completed, with CoH Wasp. LCoH Burbridge and Tpr Greaves beating the Squadron over the assault course and confidence areas. Culturally. Berlin was fantastic. We all received very informative orientation briefs. followed by a tour of both

3 Troop passing the Victory Column in Berlin

In front of the Russian War Memorial


HQ Squadron Notes

Arriving at Smuts Barracks, Berlin

MAJ REED-FELSTEAD, SCPL BAKER, SCM HUNTER AND CAPT COWEN AT HOHNE

It has been a year of change for Headquarters Squadron. The move from the relative security of Detmold to the wilds of Sennelager was accomplished after much hard work and heartache. SCM Buckle may not have been entirely relieved to find that his new Squadron Leader, Maj T P E Barclay. had learned his logistics during four years hard labour with The Mounted Regiment. SQMC Armishaw has had his work cut out. dealing not only with the many requirements of any Headquarters Squadron but with demands for horse manure for the flower beds and other horticultural necessities. In late October SCM Buckle took over as RQMC and was replaced by SCM Hunter from B Squadron. This took place shortly before Battle Group and Brigade Training. Tin hats and trenches are now the height of fashion in Headquarters Squadron and visitors to A2 Echelon in the field are forced to come equipped with helmet and entrenching tool.

Back row: LCpl Townsend, Tpr Cleary, LCsoH Brettell, Gaskell, Maxwell, Tprs Landsley, Riley Front row: LCpl Cowton, Cfn Cope, LCpl Hayward-Jones, Tpr Greaves, LCpI Smith, CoH Coults, Tprs Hughes and Stephenson

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Lt Col Davies presenting the Inter-Squadron Pacesticking Cup to SCM Quinn and the winning team

RHQ TROOP This has been a year of change for the Troop with new equipment arriving steadily. We are now the proud owners of a Challenger Command Tank (CO‘s) and four instead of three Sultan command vehicles. the latter having undergone modification to receive SCRA. part of the PTARMIGAN secure communication system. Even the Landrovers are new, diesel engined, hard topped and an immense improvement on the old Series 3 type, which serves to keep the Commanding Officer and 21C happy!

With all this change it is perhaps difficult to understand how the troop managed to find time for exercises. however we did and our first outing was a huge 3 Armd Div CPX. This exercise was based on a disused German coffin factory. a dank eerie complex, brought to life with our 100 radios going about their business. The roof sprouted more elevated antennae than U-boat periscopes in the Atlantic during World War II! We provided comms for Annual Firing and several small CPXs, finally


Over the year, we have said a sad farewell to the following troop members: ROMC Lane — to civilian life CoH Rushton — to BATUS CoH Douglas — to Recruiting CoH Tapsell — to MT Troop We also make a welcome to the following new department members: CoH Kent. LCsol—I Beynon and

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culminating in Battle Group Training during November. This was the wettest period on Soltau for many a year reminding us all of our signals courses where one was taught. ‘The wetter the better‘, fine propagation! Mind you that was for HF not our VHF. We sadly said goodbye to Capt Stratton—Christensen as Regimental Signals Officer and welcomed Capt O‘Hal— loran in his place. However the latter was moved to Tech months later retaining the sleeping appointment of R50. resulting in SCpl Blackburn having to take on an increased work load as have the rest of the Troop. Courses have been run steadily throughout the year culminating in a very successful Control Signaller course run with 4/7 DG and 15/19 H. RECCE TROOP NOTES Looking at the forecast of events in January. it appeared that Reece Troop was in a for a quiet year. Predictably. this was not to be. After the excitement of the handover and move to Sennelager, most members of the troop were able to get away to Bavaria for Exercise SNOW QUEEN during the winter. The first exercise commitment was to act as enemy with B Squadron against The Royal Hussars Battle Group at Soltau. It was then that recce troop came under the influence of Maj ‘Rambo‘ Holmes, we‘ve been trying to scrape the cam cream off ever since! There then followed a busy period of gunnery training prior to a very successful firing camp at Hohne in April. This was the first time that the troop had fired using the new training standards. Although there were no major exercises during the summer. we still managed to stay very busy. The opportunity was taken to send a lot of people on courses. Now 90 per cent of the troop have their B1 trades. The remainder are all CVR(T) crewmen. At the end of the summer, the troop took part as umpires on Exercise CERTAIN STRIKE. This was very interesting as it gave us an idea of how another Army works. It also added to our collection of American camp beds! During this period we said goodbye to Capt Mountain after a long and successful tour. We then said hello and goodbye to Lt Owen and finally hello to Capt McCul— lough. Between handovers the whole show was held together by SCpl Gimblett before he handed over to SCpl Henney from HCR. 14

RHQ hiding outside a coffin factory — Day 2

The new team assembled an extraordinary collection of recce troop veterans. four Amerinans and a civilian from MOD to go to Soltau for Battle Group Training in November. This was a good opportunity to blow away any cobwebs that might have formed since BATUS. The most memorable moment of the exercise was nearly burying alive the GOC 3 Armoured Division in an OP trench. The Commanding Officer breathed a huge sigh of relief when Maj Gen Jones emerged in one piece. The promise for 1988. is very exciting. with a full season‘s training culminating in the 3rd Armoured Division Recce Concentration.

The Colonel of the Regiment and Tpr Pass

LCoH Beynon, Tpr Renton, Capt Sibley, RQMC Lane and Mrs Lane

QUARTERMASTER’S DEPARTMENT The year 1987 began well in Sennelager. we were just settling in after the move from Detmold. This would be the ‘Year of Change‘ for the department. Firstly CoH Rushton moved from being Accommoda— tion Accountant to Ration Accountant (quite a similar job really). LCol—I Eyre moved from ? to become the Accommodation Accountant. He promptly computerised everything. (That’s what he did before ?) LCoH Needham took on the Clothing Account and part time HGV Driving Instructor (you might say. so what. but you don‘t know who his students were, read on). In March, the department started to prepare for our first of two annual firing periods this year. This was about the time of our first surprise, our newly acquired ‘just got his feet under the table’ Ration Accountant was posted to BATUS. CoH Douglas stepped into his shoes. looking ever perplexed at Ration Account paper work. This we beleive was the cause of the decline of that very proud and proper moustache (it drooped). CoH Tapsell joined the troop just in time to take over the Ammuni— tion Account for the firing period at Hohne. The firing camp went well under the jurisdiction of the QM/RGO. LCoH Needham never stayed long. prefering to stay on the Autobahn‘s between Sennelager and Hohne. LCpls Thompson and Round became experts in Security! (banding pallets of empty boxes ready for transit). Tprs Renton and Moody began a Body Building course. using the barrier on the gate as a weight. On return Tpr Moody passed his test. as an HGV 3 Driver, The troop then went about normal business until the second firing period of the year. this also went well. LCoH Needham returned from Leconfield having passed his QTO’s course. Then RQ Lane began his preparations to hand over to SCM Buckle in October. Having changed over RQMCs the changes began again. this time it was called the Great Office Swop’. . November saw battle Group training under way at Sunny Soltau. The department set up as (DD and at one stage the only link to the outside world. Question: What smoulders nine metres in the air. Answer: A pineapple on top of a mast that has just been power tuned. Take note LCol—I? otherwise the training period went very well. We are now preparing for the Christmas festivities. a very hectic time for the QMs group, but enjoyable. In to the New Year the cycle starts all over again. I wonder what the changes will be in 1988.

Capt O‘Halloran welcoming his 26th year of Army Service on Sonau

TECh‘JICt L QUARTERMASTERS DEPARTMENT The year 1987 will certainly be recorded as one of the busiest the department has experienced for many years. Our Main Battle Tank fleet has been changing over from Chieftain to Challenger. a tank originally produced for the Shah of Iran. This Exercise has suffered many changes of plan. not least the last-minute cancellation of issues due to the sudden emergence of priority trials or demonstrations in England. Crews have been required to meet LSL‘s landing at Antwerp and escort their new charges back to Sennelager. one crew being held up at RAF Bruggen for several days due to the only IOU-ton route undergoing road repairs!

New 110 Landrovers


Whilst all this has been going on the entire Landrover fleet and Forklift trucks have been changed over to Landrover 110 and Volvo. respectively. Eighty per cent of our unit repair scale has been reorganised in order to meet the new vehicles and gradually run down the Chieftain stock. Supporting a mixed fleet this year with limited carrying capacity has proved to be somewhat of a nightmare; however, our five lorries and trailers have coped, even if they have looked like gypsies‘ caravans! I dread to think of the spectacle we would present in the event of war when much more. ‘just in case‘ spares would be carried. Ah, but maybe the dream of requisitioned trucks will actually come true! As one would expect in this fast—moving world. people move on. and we have sadly said goodbye to Capt Livingstone. SCpl Stickles, LCol—I Beynon and Tpr Crook. We have welcomed in their place Capt O’Halloran and Tpr Marsden. In conclusion. the department, to quote a ‘pun‘. look forward to a Challenging 1988 with Challenger.

COOKS TROOP Since moving from Detmold, the cooks troop has had a busy year not only at work but at play. All sporting competitions both within and outside of the Regiment have been entered if not with a total comprehension of the sport but with keenness. Sports at Regimental and Squadron level have had representatives from the cooks troop and virtually every single cook took part in some activity during the Regimental Sports Week. At Corps level RHG/D cooks have had some success, by winning the Sennelager (ACC) Volleyball Competition and being placed third in the 3rd Division ACC area Volleyball Competition. Besides this we have played in the 7-a-side Competition (football) and Rugby Sevens. Although not placed in Cup or Medal positions nobody won extra duties. A special mention must be made of the

Master Chef who has given gentle persuasion and encouragement throughout all sporting competitions! On the work side, what can one say except that the junior members of the cooks troop have gained invalu— able experience in how to flap without hurting them— selves. Also a mention must be given to that elite body of men from the ration stores, who the Master Chef has named the A Team. The reason for this, one imagines. is due to the resolute, loyal and helpful manner in which they support the cooks troop. When. of course, they are in. Exercises have been a delight to all the cooks who have met all challenges with a smile and a generally good attitude. On the subject of exercises the Battle Group training held some special highlights such as LSgt Johnson break—dancing in the shower room. slipping and breaking two fingers. Also, the A2 Echelon cooks taught rations how to swim. and last but not least to Pte How

who decided to give up the frying pan and take up the tank. On a final note the past year has had its ups and downs but on the whole has been a happy and rewarding time with the Regiment, and there is a great sense of being

part of a family within the cooks troop. MT TROOP Since arriving in Sennelager the pace of life in MT Troop has continued at a high rate. From a newcomer’s point of View one has to experience the variety of tasking that this small department copes with on a day to day basis. to fully understand the amount of work that is achieved by the unsung heroes of MT. The department at the time of writing these few lines is going through a stage of building back to its true establishment. During this period of change individuals come and go, and hopefully it will settle down in the not too distant future. The stalwarts of the troop, not the wheeled type, are: LCoH Wyne, LCoH Kilpatrick and LCpl Cawley.

REGIMENTAL ORDERLY ROOM Since last writing there have been many changes. We are now firmly ensconced in our new headquarters building. Hopefully, we have finalised the locations of whose office is which. The Chief Clerk is especially pleased as, since taking over the building, he has had four different offices. In fact, so fed up with moving is he, that he now waits in the corridor until all the other offices are occupied, then uses the empty one! It is untrue that his door name plate is held on with Velcro! We have managed to promote Tprs Jones (23) and Peat both to LCpl. Congratulations. We have received many visitors, namely Col (now Brigadier) Emson, Maj Gen Jones CBE, Commander 3rd Armoured Division, Lt Gen Inge the new Corps Com— mander, Maj Gen Ansell OBE, Director Royal Armoured Corps, The Gold Stick and the Silver Stick and many more. I think we have prepared more programmes than the BBC! Our integration with the Pay Office to form the Unit Admin Office has gone from strength to strength. We have received favourable comments both from the Commander Finance on his inspection and from the RAC Documentation Team on theirs. We are now trying to streamline the operation by siting all the UAO staff in the same office (another move!). On 30 October we held a Clerk’s Dinner at a local hostelry. The aim of the evening was to dine out the Chief Clerk W02 (ORQMC) Greer, but the evening was deemed to be such a success that it is planned to hold Clerks Dinner Nights more often and not to save them just for farewells. The food was of a very high standard, the Adjutant perhaps being the more adventurous by having snails followed by shark steak! Needless to say this prompted the comedians amongst us to spend the evening humming the tune from ‘Jaws’! Our Clerical Ambassador to the Unit Admin Office, is one LCoH Broughton. our PAMPAS minder: when you pass him in the corridor he is always muttering about Megabytes (I thought that was what you took out of sandwiches), machine downtime. floppy disc wipe—out, etc. Our man in the Reiseburo ~ LCoI-I (I-Ierr Flick) Williams is rather like sennapods — he keeps us on the move. Sadly he is due to leave us in January to take a new post at the Guards Depot. We wish him well and suspect we will see a more streamlined chap on his return! His place as Leave Clerk is being taken by LCpl Wood who has joined us from I-ICR. We wish him well and hope he enjoys his stay back in the fold. We have said goodbye to LCpl Bates who left us to take civilian employment in Detmold. His spot (or blemish) as D Squadron Clerk~ has been taken by our Filing Clerk, Tpr Jones (24). filing now being done by Mrs Callaghan. Again this year we have secured a more than fair share of courses. with LCoH Broughton and Williams gaining good passes on their RAC Soldier One courses. If you want a hole dug 7 you know who to ask! We also have obtained three BI courses. three 82 courses and three UAO courses. We welcome back from UK Mil Rep at Brussels, SCpl Reeve who takes over as ORSQMC, and lastly. we sadly

say farewell to ORQMC Greer who leaves us to go. on promotion to WOl. to RHQ H Cav. The rumounthat he CAPT SIBLEY AND COOK’S TROOP

is considering transferring to the Stables Staff is com—

pletely unfounded. It may seem to some of the clerical staff that his equestrian hobby had taken priority over all else — he had been known to look into his office to see if his “Horse and Hound’ had arrived before going back to the stables for yet another ride! We now look forward to the hectic build—up to Christmas and the start of our second year in Athlone Barracks. It hardly seems like five minutes since we moved over the hill from Detmold, rather than last

November! Where to next?

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PAY OFFICE This year has seen many changes in the Unit Pay Office. We have finally moved location and are now situated in the old Orderly Room and formation of the Unit Administration Office is now complete. Coming under our direct control are three Blues and Royals clerks. LCoH Broughton. LCpl Wood and LCpl Jones.

Major Thompson left us in October and three happy years in the Regiment and has been replaced by Capt Morse who has already taken over the Basketball Team and started the office on two runs a week. Sgt I-Iolliday left in March. his replacement being Sgt Reid. Finally we said goodbye to LSgt French who has been posted on strength of HO 1 (BR) Corps as permanent staff for Exercise SNOW QUEEN. LSgt Spiby has joined us from the Army Pay and Documentation Office Northern Ireland. The remaining staff in the office are SSgt Edwards. LCpl Brownhill and not forgetting Mandy Villers. our YTS girl who adds a touch of glamour. . Our major ‘exercise’ of the year was the financial administration of the Rhine Army Summer Show. which went exceedingly well. Obviously too well as we have been nominated to do the same task in 1988. The skiing season is now upon us and we now look forward to a fairly stable year in 1988 with only a little exercise commitment and minor staff changes to interfere with enjoying our life in Sennelager and BAOR.


LAD NOTES

The Mounted Squadron Notes

CAPTCPARSONS AND MEMBERS OF THE LAD

The last year has been. as ever. one of change for the LAD. November 86 saw a certain amount of reorganisation as what had been the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards LAD changed allegiance. and was assimilated into The Blues and Royals. I recall that someone said the year ahead was to be a fairly steady one. December 86 did however see one or two unsteady beginnings with members of the various departments getting to know us over the festive season. In January 87 we said goodbye to W02 (AQMS) Hopper and hello to W02 (AQMS) Gray. and it wasn‘t long before ‘0' was seen driving his team. at times, probably round the bend, as the LAD team got to grips with pacesticking. in the Regimental pacestick competition. April saw the LAD at Hohne with B and C Squadrons for the first Firing Camp of the year. It was during this period we said farewell to W01 (ASM) Parsons. now Capt Parsons. our congratulations to you, and welcomed W01 (ASM) Smurthwaite, as our new father figure. The early summer months went by quietly with the majority of the LAD being able to slip away to warmer climates for a break. Most of the LAD returned once more to Hohne in July for the A and D Squadron Firing Camps. It was the EME, Capt Parsons, turn to head for new pastures and hand over to Capt Weatherall. Could it be that ASMs and EMEs have something against loud noises. The next point of note this year was to see the LAD with their newly acquired ammo boots. alongside the other mem— bers of the Regiment over the numerous parades which took place in preparation for the visits of the Goldstick and the Major General. 18

October also saw the LAD make a very promising start in the first round of the Craftsman Cup Soccer competition, disposing of 4/7 DG LAD by a score of 5—2. November was Battlegroup Training and the LAD, depleted in strength due to numerous courses and the occasional kidnapping by fitter sections (welcome home Cfn Bird), enjoyed two weeks on Soltau Training Area. Having returned we looked forward to the festive season and we wish to all members of the Regiment all the best for the year ahead.

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The year at the Mounted Squadron has followed a familiar pattern except that 1987 has been crammed with more ceremonial, more parades and more events than ever before. It is easiest to guide you through it month by month. January. Maj White—Spunner assumed command of the Squadron from Maj Barclay. who departed for BAOR after a record tour of Mounted Duty. He took the best wishes of the Squadron and his Greatcoat with him. Twenty—five members of the Squadron went Skiing on a Regimental Adventure Training Exercise at Guards House Folda. this was a great success and the first time most people had tried to ski. February. Capt Mountain ran the JNCOs Cadre Course. This was held at the Guards Depot and ended with an exercise at Thetford. Tprs Southern. Morgan, Yarnold. Tims. Roberts and Twort took part. On 24 February we held the Squadron Party in the Gym. This was a great success. Full Dress and Horse inspections started prior to the Ceremonial Season. March. On 5 March The Household Cavalry Race was

held at Baggrave near Melton Mowbray. Capt Onslow surprised everyone by staying mounted throughout and won The Stringer Bowl for the First Officer of The Blues and Royals. Lt Ward—Thomas won the prize for the llrst officer to fall off. On 24 March the Squadron prowded

the Standard for the State Visit of the King of Saudi Arabia. SCM Davies carried the Standard. April. April was full of inspections, re-inspections and preparations for the Major General’s inspection. Band Rides were held to get the Band used to the saddle again. The horses returned from Melton Mowbray and Lt Ward-Thomas arrived from the Long Course. May. The Major General’s inspection was held on 8 May and went very well. CoH Manning and CoH Lawson passed out of Riding School together with LCoH Harris. Tpr Moore won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Windsor Horse Show. Tpr Southern was third and Tpr Morgan was fourth. On 19 May we welcomed the Colonel of the Regiment who came to watch the Squadron Show Jumping on Kensington Palace Fields and to present the prizes. June. June was dominated. as always. by The Queen‘s Birthday Parade. However. on 1 June Capt Mountain Commanded a Travelling Escort for Her Majesty The Queen when she reviewed The King‘s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. This was a very nice escort in Windsor Great Park. On 15 June the Garter Service was held at Windsor. It was a hot, sunny day but luckily we had no casualties. The last weekend of June the Squadron won the Team Jumping at lmber Court Show. and Capt Johnsen arrrived after an invigorating tour in the Falklands.


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July. We had another State Visit in July for the King of Morocco. As soon as that was over we got the horses out to grass and half the Squadron away on leave. We also ran a B2 upgrading Course at Windsor with ll successful candidates. August. August was a quiet month with just the Guard Horses in barracks until the last week when they all came back and the Squadron returned from holiday. September. We spent the first three weeks of September getting the horses fit and cleaned up for Summer Camp. We departed for Stoney Castle Camp 23 September. Lt Jacobs. Tpr Jones and Tpr McGarry went to Canada for the Annual Show at Spruce Meadows and LCoH Bulmer went to America on a Trust House Forte promotional tour. October. Summer Camp was a great success until the rains came in the last few days. Nevertheless we achieved a considerable amount. The Squadron Handy Hunter was won by LCpl Stokes and Tpr Lee with LCoH Brookes and Tpr Austin second. The Squadron won the Officers and SNCOs Showjumping with CoH Baldwin and Equerry. the Junior Ranks Showjumping with Tpr Austin and Farthing, and the Tent Pegging with LCpl Phillips and Woodbine. We were very pleased to see the Colonel of the Regiment who visited in the first week.

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November and December. At the time of writing we have the State Visit of the President of Italy. which is to be our Escort and the Lord Mayor‘s Show to look forward to. Immediately after that the troops go off to Ardingly Show Ground for Winter Camps. We have soldiers currently at Pirbright. Sandhurst. Windsor and in Melton Mowbray. We have Tprs Twyman, Austin, Lee and Pickford going on a BHSAI course and we are running a Winter Training Troop at Windsor. We have four Investitures. Diplomatic Receptions, Visits. Events and Winter Camp to look forward to. All in all, life is as frantic as ever. We welcomed the following who have joined the Squadron during this year: Capt Johnsen; Lt Ward-Thomas; CsoH Manning, Lawson, Gear; LCsoH Evans. Shatliff, Harris; LCpls Terry. Kellett; Tprs Caile. Courtney, Garrett. Coombs. Spencer. Bartlett, Findell. Goodwin. Moore. Fozzard. Alcock, McCormack. Wiseman. Congratulations to the following on their marriages: Capt Mountain; LCsoH Edwards. Evans; LCpls Stafford, Young; Tprs Beulah. Garrett, Roberts. McBain, Dowle. Mowbray, Spencer, Findell.

THE RETINUE: TPRS WELSH, PICKFORD, SHAW, AND SOUTHERN

And the following on their promotion: CsoH Taylor, Brooks; LCsoH Edwards, Allen, Graham; LCpls Souther, Drinkwan, Robertster, Twort. Wood. Young, Midgley, Culton, Bartlett.

MOUNTED SQUADRON — EQUITATION The Mounted Squadron have had a very successful year on the competition front both Show Jumping and in Hunter Trials. LCoH Boyd, riding Lincoln, has had a very successful eventing year and now has five BHS points. Hopefully he will take the horse to Intermediate next year. The Squadron put a Show Jumping team into the

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Team Jumping at The Royal Windsor Horse Show and also won the Team Jumping at Imber-Court, the first time that this event has been won by The Household Cavalry since 1956! We have been competing in Hunter Trials most weekends, the main competitors have been CoH Dunkley riding Hero. LCpl Jones riding Impala, LCpl Culton riding Filigree, and Tpr Austin riding Farthing. This last combination scored a major triumph by coming second in the Open at Larkhill. From Sandhurst Capt Haywood has represented the Army in the International Military Event in Italy and has had considerable success Show Jumping and Eventing at home: in September he won the Tweseldown One Day Event on Donegal. Capt McGregor from Melton Mow— bray has won The Kings and The Queens Cup at The Royal Tournament. Bicton One Day Event and The Cranwell Individual Championship. We have had a very successful Team Chase Team consisting of Maj White—Spunner. Capt Cowen and Capt Onslow. Mr Ward—Thomas and Mr Wingfield—Digby have been successful Point to Pointing with the latter coming third in The Grand Military Hunter Chase at Sandown. HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSICAL RIDE The Musical Ride formed in March 1987 and took part in their first Show in Belfast in May. This was a great success with The Musical Ride being given a very warm welcome after an absence of two years. Throughout the season the ride took part in some dozen or other Shows including The Rotterdam Show in July, The South Norfolk Tattoo, The Newbury Show and gave a most impressive performance on Open Day at Camp. In The Musical Ride this year were LCoH Edwards, Tprs Rayner. Pickford. Ewens. Tims. Welsh and Flynn. In addition Belisarius was used as the Drum Horse looked after by Tpr Slingsby.


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HOUSEHOLD DIVISION FUNDS Attention is drawn to the funds described below. Further details may be obtained through Regimental Orderly Rooms for those serving or direct from RHQ Household Cavalry. 1. Household Division Queen’s Silver Jubilee Fund (a) This fund is available to assist in the care, up-

bringing, maintenance and education of physically and/or mentally handicapped children of Officers. Warrant Officers. Non-Commissioned Officers and

Soldiers of the Household Division and also children so qualified. who were born while their fathers were serving in or have died having served in the Household Division. (b) The Trustees meet twice yearly, in May and Decem— ber. to hear bids for grants and check on previous meetings. 2. The Guards’ Home Fund (a) This Fund is available to assist in the education and

welfare of the children of serving and non-serving soldiers. (b) To qualify for a grant there should be some form of special circumstances. hardship. need for special education or a special project needing help.

Guards Depot Notes Life at the Guards Depot follows a reasonably predictable course as dictated by the limitations of a training establishment, hence it is difficult to highlight any aspects of a recruits day—to—day life which are of special note. At present there are 20 Blues and Royals staff on the Depot strength with jobs as diverse as The Officer Commanding The Brigade Squad. Platoon Commander and staff. running the stables and The Personnel Selection Officer. There are currently 29 Blues and Royals recruits and juniors undergoing training of which one. Rct Hogsden, is due to pass out soon and will be joining the Regiment for the new year. Meanwhile there are two officer cadets. Bridgeman and Holman. presently at Sandhurst and they will be joining the Regiment in September 1988. All are doing well. On the sporting side The Household Cavalry Training Squadron has done commendably well considering our limited numbers as compared with the other regimental companies. A good solid performance in the InterCompany Basketball produced a narrow but convincing victory against the Irish Guards and we are about to maul them again in the finals of the rugby competition.

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(d) The Trustees meet twice yearly. in May and December. to hear bids for grants and check progress on

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In conclusion life continues in the same vigorous vein and the recruits and juniors are working hard in order to pass out and join the Regiment.


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BAND NOTES

THE MOUNTED BAND LEAVES HYDE PARK BARRACKS VISIT TO HMS BROADSWORD Ct Wakeham, Tprs Snell, Telling, LCpI Shaw, CsoH Mardon and Partis

Once again the Ships Company of HMS Broadsword invited six Blues and Royals to join them at sea. This year, the ship was returning from the Persian Gulf. in August. which seemed like an ideal time to visit. For the first six months of the year. HMS Broadsword

was very much in the public eye. either patrolling the treacherous waters of the Gulf. or nearly being blown up in Malta by terrorists. However when a party of Blues and Royals (Ct Wakeham. CoH Mardon. CoH Partis. LCpl Shaw. Tprs Snell and Telling) joined the ship in Nice. they were on their way home and were very blase’ about their exciting year. We joined the ship on Monday 24 August. at 1700 hrs. By 1830 we were having a cocktail party on the flight deck. This first evening set the tone for our stay in Nice. We were ‘alongside‘ for four days. in which time the Ships Company entertained. and were entertained by. the locals virtually non—stop. We visited all the sights and had a chance to go out in the ship‘s two speed boats (Tornado and Pacific). and visited the odd private vessel along the coast. At 0900 on Friday morning we sailed from France. By now the sailors were looking forward to getting home. They had travelled back via Mombasa. Djibuti. Cyprus and Malta and were about to go on a month‘s well earned leave. The Blues and Royals were slightly less pleased about leaving: some had friends in Nice and 24

others (like Col-l Mardon) weren’t sure of their stability at sea! However we all got through Friday without too much trouble. partly because of the seasick pills. which virtually knocked one out. The Ship‘s Company quickly settled into the sea routine while we wandered around the ship being shown the weapons systems. the radars. the engine rooms. the bridge and everything else. By the time we arrived in Gibraltar we all knew our way around fairly well. We pulled into Gibraltar at full Harbour Stations. with the Blues and Royals parading on the flight deck. Here the ‘Run Ashore" lasted less than 74 hours. We spent the day seeing the sights including the famous Gibralta Rock Apes and the fortifications and soaking up the extraordinary Anglo—Spanish culture. This brief visit was culminated by a visit to the Gibralta Yacht Club Dance which ended not long before we were due to sail. We sailed at 0900 and already the weather was telling us that we were nearing home. However. contrary to popular opinion. the Bay of Biscay was very calm. By 3 September we were in Plymouth. The party of Blues and Royals had done a variety of things on board. including firing .303 Brownings into the sea. firing the Bofors guns and Ct Wakeham did a watch on the bridge (not alone). We all made some very good friends and learnt a great deal from the thorough professionalism of the Ship‘s Company. We all enjoyed our visit and very much hope that a party of sailors will soon return the visit.

Whilst last year was dominated by the changeover of Directors of Music, the major upheaval this year has been the departure of our two Warrant Officers. W02 Whennell has decided to retire after 25 years in the saddle to begin a new career as a music teacher in Windsor. and W02 Baines has opted to settle in our ‘third home”. Bournemouth. No doubt we shall continue

to see quite a lot of them both in the years to come. Yet whilst it is certainly sad to see such ‘True Blue‘ stalwarts moving on. there is indeed a bright side to the coin. for

their departure has opened up a wealth of promotion prospects within the band. And others are on the move too. We also say farewell to LCoH Guy, who is to bcome an accountant. LCpl Mayhew. who is to take up music professionally as a civilian. and Musn Allport. who has been accepted into the Police Force. We wish all our leavers the very best for the future. and thank them for all the years of hard work and talent that they have given to the band. They will all be missed very much. All these departures have been balanced by new arrivals. thank goodness. and we have welcomed some very talented players in the guise of Musns Coates and Preston from Kneller Hall. Musn Mitchell from JLR

rain was so torrential that we were completely washed out. Perhaps the date had something to do with it — April 1. The Royal Windsor Horse Show also springs immedi— ately to mind because of the dreadful weather. but the conditions we experienced at Maidstone for the Kent County Show are going to take an awful lot of beating —I don't think we‘ve ever known it so muddy and wet. The weather was also disappointing for our week in Jersey. We had visualised sun-soaked beaches and glorious tans. but the reality was a cold. rainy seafront and an abundance of rust. The bandstand in Howard Davis Park where we staged the majority of our concerts

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recruits. Life goes on. of course. and we‘ve had our usual wealth of varied engagements throughout the year. although some of these have been notably damp. We were supposed to play for a grand firework display on the Thames for the opening of the new Clore Wing at the Tate Gallery. built to house Turner‘s paintings. but the

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The Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess Notes The past year has seen an end to the nomadic life of the WO‘s and C’soH Mess. We have been sited in building No 5 Athlone Barracks throughout the year, quite a change from the previous year. The decoration of the mess is now complete and the overall impression is very pleasing indeed. Life in the Mess has followed its expected hectic pace, in early January the customary New Year Dinner was held with the Commanding Officer as Guest of Honour. A St George‘s Day Dinner was held in April and in June we were very pleased to host a Dinner Night to entertain the 30 members of the Regimental Association who were paying a visit to Athlone Barracks. Our Dinner Night fell on the anniversary of D—Day, a theme which was used for the THE BAND AT CAMBRIDGE

was a lovely place in which to perform. however, and did much to compensate for the dreary conditions. However. the weather was kind to us during our annual fortnight in Bournemouth. and again at Houghton Hall, in Norfolk the home of Lord Cholmondeley. the Lord Great Chamberlain. We go there every year to give a concert followed by Beating the Retreat in the most glorious of settings. We performed another Beating the Reteat in a beautiful location on the Officers Mess lawn at Pirbright. in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund. It has been a quiet year for mounted engagements. After the excitement of the Berlin Tattoo last year and the imminence of the Royal Tournament next year we probably needed a bit of a breather, and our mounted engagements this year have been confined to the Major General’s Inspection in Hyde Park. Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade. Trooping the Colour, and the Lord Mayor’s procession We were involved on foot for the Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle, of course, and we’ve also played at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, St Paul’s Cathedral (what magnificent accoustics) for the Order of St Michael and St George, and for the week of Royal Ascot. The Trumpeters have been as busy as ever, frequently performing in the Guildhall and Mansion House for State Banquets, for various functions in the Royal Albert Hall, and in several top hotels for business conferences. Trumpet Major Brammer is to be congratulated for all his immaculate performances, and in a way he must be relieved to be taking over the slightly less pressured job of Band Corporal Major. Other notable engagements this year have been a live broadcast for Friday Night is Music Night, a concert in

Director of Music. Maj Tomlinson. The hopefully the first in a series called ‘Heritage‘ its title ‘Rural England‘. The music consists English traditional folk tunes, and we think it out very well.

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Garrison Sergeant Major London District. This was a joint venture with members of the Sergeants’ Mess 1 En Grenadier Guards and 1 En Welsh Guards. Secondly, we said goodbye to Commanding Officer Lt Col H W Davies upon his relinquishing command of the Regiment. The month of October has seen further Dinner Nights to welcome the new Commanding Officer, and say farewell to RQMC Lane. We were also most privileged to welcome the Goldstick into the Mess for dinner during his visit to the Regiment. A Summer Ball was held in July, organised by RQMC(T) Harkness. This was the first ‘Ball’ function to

the Barbican with The Band of The Life Guards, two

concerts in the Cambridge Corn Exchange as part of their Festival Week and a concert in the Poole Arts Centre with the Morriston Orpheus Choir, who were .

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be held within the Mess Building and was a great credit to the RQMC(T) and his committee. We have also been enthralled by concerts performed by the Regimental Band on two occasions. held a number of cabaret nights and other such functions all designed to keep the members and their ladies entertained. Visitors to the Mess during the year have included the Goldstick, the Major General Commanding the House— hold Division, Maj Gen C J Airy CBE; Maj Gen C E W Jones CBE. GOC 3 Division; Brig A G H Harley. Commander 33 Armoured Brigade; and two Silversticks. Col J B Emson followed later by Col A H Parker—Bowles OBE. A team of Mess members were selected to take part in ‘The Brain of BFG”. a competition arranged by BFBS and broadcast on the radio. This was no small achievement as 97 teams entered the competition BFG wide. and only 16 were selected to take part. On the sporting side the Mess football team has done very well under the guidance of W02 (SQMS) Fitzgerald ACC to finish second in the Garrison Sergeant‘s Mess League. Other more lighthearted sports have included Baseball. Hockey and Cricket versus the Officers‘ Mess and Frisby Football versus the Officers and Junior Ranks. As Christmas drew near the Mess marked the end of an era and a new beginning with the departure to pastures new of RCM C J Sayer and the appointment of W02 Quinn as RCM. All in all a busy year in the WO‘s and C‘soH Mess which has been enjoyed to the full by the Members.


THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1987

Full details and cost are given in the proforma and those interested should fill in the application form and return it to the Secretary. If a visit is oversubscribed a draw will

be held. Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade 1988

The Annual Dinner 1987 This was again held in Hyde Park Barracks and 314 members were present. We were delighted to see such a large number from the Regiment in BAOR. A very good meal was prepared by the Master Chef and his staff from the Household Cavalry Regiment and we would like to thank the Commanding Officer for allowing us to use the facilities of the barracks and the Quartermaster and the RCM for making their staffs and the Mess available to us. SCM Davies organised a first class layout in the gymnasium using all the available space to seat such a large number. Combined Cavalry Parade 1987 Once again we had a very large contingent on parade including the party from the Regiment in BAOR. After the parade members were entertained in the WOs and NCOs Mess 0f the Household Cavalry Regiment and we would like to thank the RCM and members for all their hospitality. Visit to the Service Regiment We were very pleased to receive an invitiation from the Commamding Officer for a party from the association to Visit the Regiment again in 1987. The visit took place from 51h to 8th June and the party proceeded by air from Heathrow to Dusseldorf and return. We were delighted to take Sgt Len Williams an in—pensioner from The Royal Hospital with us. Although the visit took place over a public holiday in Germany many members of the Regiment gave up their time to ensure that we had a successful visit. All those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the Dinner given by the WOs and CsoH Mess on the anniversary of "D‘ Day. the visit to the Rhine Army Summer Show and the games evening with the Junior NCOs and Troopers. We are most grateful to the RCM and the members of the WOs CsoH Mess who looked after us so well and for all their hospitality during our stay. Alamein Social Evening This was held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 31st October. 125 members and their guests attended and we are most grateful to the RCM and members of the Mess for allowing us the privilege of using the Mess for this function. SCM Davies once again made all the arrangements including the provision of the Disco and we pass on our thanks to him. to the members of the Regimental Band who played during the evening and the Master Chef and his staff who provided the Buffet. At Home Day Members of the Association were invited to join the Household Cavalry Regiment for their Open Day at Stoney Castle Camp Pirbright on Sunday 11th October. Although the weather was atrocious before and just after the Open Day the sun shone for us that day. We are grateful to the Quartermaster for organising the lunches and to the members of the Mounted Regiment for laying on such a good show in the afternoon. 28

Forthcoming Events 1988 The Annual General Meeting will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at ‘Hyde Park Barracks Knightsbridge on Saturday 7 May 1988. The meeting will commence at 1830 hours and 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 1987 meeting. Points arising. Confirmation of the accounts for the period ending 31st December 1987. Committee members. Under Rule 12 of the Constitution and Rules Mr P G Bell and Mr] Cosgrove are due to retire. The undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the Committee to fill these vacancies: Mr E M Bellas Mr 1 D C MacMillan Future location of the Annual Dinner. Any other business Annual Dinner 1988 The Annual Dinner will be held in Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 7 May. 1988 at 1930 hours. Dress — Lounge Suits. no medals. Bars will be open at 1730 hours but those in the WOs and NCOs Mess will be closed during the period of the Annual General Meeting. There is no accommodation available in Hyde Park Barracks but some may be available in the Union Jack Club or Victory Services Club — details of these are printed below. Applications for dinner tickets will be limited to one ticket per member and only official guests will be allowed. The cost of tickets will be £9.00 but only £3.00 for members over 65 years of age. Should any member know of an association member who would like to attend but cannot afford the price of a ticket. please notify the Honorary Secretary who is authorised by the Committee to give a free ticket in such cases. To assist the Mounted Regiment with security. the dinner ticket will be used as an admittance ticket to the barracks and only those in possession of a ticket will be allowed in. Tickets will not be on sale at the door. Ladies are not allowed to attend the dinner but will be welcomed to attend the Mess afterwards.

The parade is held on Saturday 11 June and the final rehersal on Saturday 4 June. A limited number of tickets for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing only) will be available for Association members. Those wishing to attend should write to the Secretary who will send an appplication form. Applications should be submitted by 10 May 1988. Remembrance 1988 a. The field of Remembrance will be held at 1200 on Thursday 10 November. Members are asked to assemble at the Regimental Plot in St Margaret‘s Churchyard at 1150 hours. Dress: Lounge suits. no medals. . Windsor. The normal service of remembrance will be held at the Garrison Church on Sunday 13 November. A limited number of tickets will be available from the Honorary Secretary. ‘. London. A service of remembrance will be held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park at 1050 hours on Sunday 13 November.

This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday 8 May 1988. Assemble on the Regimental Marker in Broad Walk at 1050 hours. Dress — Lounge suits and decorations. Your committee look forward to your support and hope to see a large contingent on parade. Those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the parade. Visit to Service Regiment The commanding officer and members of the Service Regiment in Germany are inviting 40 members of the Association to visit them from 23 to 26 September 1988.

Members are reminded that all correspondence for the Association should be sent to RHQ Household Cavalry. Horse Guards. Whitehall. London SW1A 2AX. The telephone number. 01—930 4466. is an automatic exchange and calls connected to the wrong extension cannot be transferred. All telephone calls for the Association should be made to extension 2214 only. NOTICES Accommodation in London Two places in London offer reasonable accommodation in the centre of London and details are reprinted for your convenience. 1. The Union Jack Club. Sandell Street. Waterloo London SE1 8U]. This club has 340 single rooms and 63 doubles. Ex-servicemen who served for at least two years are eligible to become members. The fee for joining is £5.00 with an annual subscription of £4.00. If you are not yet a member you should write soon asking for an application form. The Victory Services Club. 63-79 Seymore Street Street London W2 2HF. This is just by the Marble Arch in Edgware Road. The joining fee is £5.75 and you will need to send proof of having served in HM Forces. ie photocopy of Discharge Book or some— thing similar. The Regular Forces Employment Association

Alamein Social Evening 1988 This will take place at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday 22 October 1988. Those interested should complete the proforma requesting further details. At Home Day 1988

The Household Cavalry Regiment will be at Thetford in Norfolk for their summer camp this year. They will be holding an Open Day on 28 August. Owing to the distance involved it is not proposed to arrange an official visit this year but those members who may be in the area or wish to make their own arrangements to visit the Regiment on that day will be welcome to do so.

This Association exists to help members of the Regular Armed Forces to find employment and to settle in civil life. If you have served with good character in the noncommissioned ranks of the Forces for a minimum of three years. or less if you are being discharged on medical grounds. the Association is at your service. The Employment Officers. all ex-Regulars. are situated at Branches throughout the United Kingdom and are in close contact with local employers and Job Centres. Addresses and telephone numbers can be obtained from Resettlement Officers. Job Centres and local telephone directories. The Association provides all its services free.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Thcsc 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

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£3,961.67

AUDITOFIS’ REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION

H DE PINNA WEIL Hon Treasurer

E L PAYNE

219,261.08 $21,488.81

381 04 1,077.00 (158.90) 1,316 00

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Balance at 1 January 1987 Excess of Income over Expenditure

General Fund 2,008.56 500 00 70.37 662.91 2,973.61

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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

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LESS: Current Liabilities Sundry creditors 5,845 00 7,860.00 245 35

Deposit account

219,633.39 $25,450.48

Sundry debtors

16,159 72

209,830.00 Current Assets Cash at bank: Current account

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Many old Royal Dragoons will be sorry to hear of the death in July of Maj David Rogers who served in the Regiment from 1931—53. David was the youngest child of Col Middleton Rogers who had served in the Royals for 20 years and won a D80 in the Boer War. During his childhood. Riverhill. the family home in Kent. was in its heyday and David enjoyed a traditional Edwardian country upbringing enlivened by his elder brothers' participation in the comparitively new sports of motor racing and flying. At Cambridge he shot and swam for the University. flew his own aeroplane and also developed a lifelong interest in playing jazz piano. He was commisssioncd in 1931 and joined the Royals in Mecrut in India. where. for reasons obscured by time he was almost immediately christened ‘Tcapot’ by his brother officers. From the earliest days David was an unusual subaltcrn with an unconventional side to his character. Independent by nature he was often unwilling to compete or conform to other people‘s perception of life and quite unconcerned with the impression he made on them. This characteristic which persisted throughout his life was well summed up by the Attorney General. Sir Patrick Mayhew. who. in his address at David‘s memorial service described him as "very much his own man: gloriously eccentric and undeniably English‘. Part of this eccentricity was the air he had of ignorance on many subjects in which he was in fact above average. A typical example occurred when the Regiment returned to England and the officers set about collecting hunters. David went off alone and announced that evening in the

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Regional Representatives continued from page 2‘) Name A ddress Mr E MARCHINGTON 39 Propps Hall Drive. Failsworth. Manchester M35 ()WB Mr] A MATTHEW 37 Manor Drive. Birchington—on-Sca, Kent CT7 9TN Mr I MEN'I‘IPLY Am Hechtstuckcn 10. 3180 WOB31. West Germany

asked his brother officers. He did not know. ‘How old?‘ — Aged. ‘What was its name?~ He did not know that either but it was Lot 65 at the sale. “Was it expensive?~ Not really because the man had taken a heifer from home in part exchange. ‘Lot 65‘ became a good hunter

and point—to—pointer and was. I think. the horse on which

he won the cross—country race at the end of the Weedon equitation course of 1937. In 1938 he was a member of the polo team (Rogers 1, Calvert 2. Hamilton—Russell 3, Heathcoat Amory back) which won the Inter Regimental Subaltern‘s Cup at Ranelagh. When the Regiment moved to Palestine the following year. he made good use of his musical talent as officer in charge of the Band. With the Bandmaster and some able musicians they worked up a touring concert-party which became famous throughout the area and in great demand with the other Regular and Yeomanry Regiments. He spent the war years in the Middle East with the Regiment in the Western Desert and on various staff appointments. One of these took him to the Greek island of Samos from which he had a lucky last minute escape when it was overrun by the Germans. But perhaps the cleverest thing he did during the war was to marry Eve. daughter of Brigadier and Mrs Frederick Bewsher. Her father was Area Commander Alexandria. and David used his skill and charm to outmanoeuvre many rivals for her hand. much to the delight of his friends.


After the war he was Secretary to the Japanese War Crimes Tribunal and then a Squadron Leader at the RAC Officers Training Unit at Carlisle before retiring in 1953 to run the estate at Riverhill. Here he and Eve brought up three sons. one of whom is now serving in the Regiment. Over the years they gradually reduced the house to a more manageable size and opened the garden as a commercial enterprise David‘s strongest qualities were those of modesty. courtesy and lack of pretention or any wish to push himself forward. During all the time I served with him I never once saw him angry or bad tempered. and this made him many friends. He also went out of his way to be pleasant and helpful to those less fortunate than himself which won him much loyalty and affection within the Regiment. Up to the end David always enjoyed the company of others although for the most part he lived simply and quietly. He died at Riverhill after a short illness. with his family at his side.

JACK ARTHUR MALTBY SHEPHERD by I A Crowther

It is with great regret that I must report the death of Jack Arthur Maltby Shepherd. known as 'Jerry~ of our Regiment who died after a lengthy illness on 8 September 1987. Jerry was born in Nottingham in 1922. Following school and one year with an insurance company. he enlisted in the Royal Horseguards in 1940. He served the Regiment for seven years. seeing wartime service in France and Germany in the Guards‘ Armoured Unit. When peace was declared in Europe. he commanded the Regiment‘s stables and his riding skill earned him a place in the British Army showjumping team. He competed in the Prix des Nations at Baden Baden in 1947. I am not sure whether he was still with the Blues at that time or whether he had been demobilised. He went on to become a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable horseman in South Africa where he emigrated in 1949. He was a Founder Member of the Pietermaritzburg Horse Showing Association and in 1953 became a Founder member of the Natal Horse Society and their first Chairman. a position that he occupied on a number of occasions thereafter. He was also involved in the formation of the South African National Equestrian

Federation in 1954 and became President of the Associa— tion in 1958. From 1950. he was a member of the Horse Section Committee of the Royal Agricultural Society of Natal and in 1967 he became Chairman of this Committee. a position which he held for no less than 17 years. He served as a Vice—President of the Society and. in 1983. was elected an Hon Life Vice—President in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Royal Shows' Horse Section. He was an Hon Member of the Natal Horse Society and of the South African National Equestrian Federation. In 1980 his services as an administrator were again called upon when he undertook the SecretaryGeneralship of the Federation for a four-year period. In 1957 he won the South African Dressage Champion— ship riding ‘Spike Jones‘ and repeated this success in 1963 on ‘Aqua Velva’. His knowledge and experience of all equestrian matters was very comprehensive and his name appeared as either a senior judge or inspector in all the disciplines for which the Equestrian Federation is responsible. He leaves his wife. Audrey. in Pietermaritzburg: their son. Mark. a qualified veterinarian; and their daughter. Robyn. who is also well known in riding circles in Natal. His sister, Betty. lives in Britain.

Jerry joined the Guards Association of Southern Africa on its re—formation in 1984 and we are all very sorry to have lost such a fine gentleman. soldier, horseman and friend.

TPR HALL Tpr Hall. of 4 Troop. A Squadron. died tragically with his younger brother in a car crash on 2 January 1988. whilst on leave in Cheshire over Christmas. He trained as a gunner at the Junior Leaders Regiment at Bovington and joined the Regiment in November 1986. He served with A Squadron throughout his service. He was among the first to convert to Challenger and he had excellent results on Annual Firing. He made many friends in the Squadron. and played football for the Squadron team. We will remember him as a good friend and a professional soldier and offer our deepest sympathy to his parents.

Those whose deaths have been reported since the last Journal was published.

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Recruiting Team 1 would like to start this article by saying a sad farewell to Maj O M Price (formerly RHG/D) who. after 45 years” service to the Household Cavalry. has retired to his

garden in Ascot. we wish him well. Also a farewell and ‘Bon Voyage~ to W02 Cozens LG. who has left the Regiment upon completion of his service and is now Night Manager for a plastics company. we hope he has settled into his new way of life and wish him the very best of luck. We welcome in their place firstly Maj B W Lane Retd (Formerly RHG/D) and SCpl Kennard. RHG/D. The Household Cavalry Mobile Display Team has covered 6.000 accident-free miles this year (well done the drivers) from points North Aberdeen. South Portsmouth. East Dover. and West Pembroke with some 25 shows in between. from one-day stands to 10—day Tattoos. The year has been full and varied and, with the exception of a few events. very successful. During the first few weeks the Staff settled in and grew accustomed to dealing with the public in general and the characters in particular. One over—enthusiastic gentleman in York City Centre gave us a practical demonstration of both his personal drill technique and his vocal ability as a drill instructor to prove his prowess as. I quote: “An Army Man! The Fly in the Ride. Drive and Fly logo was ably borne out by Tpr Byrne RHG/D who managed to step aboard a Hot Air Balloon and take off into the blue at the Great Yorkshire Show (in full State Dress). a spectacle which the public seemed to appreciate. Various TV and Radio Interviews were conducted with stars from the Team. proving that talking into the mike is not as easy as it looks. LCoH Rosborough, LG, in particular was fooled into talking to the whole of Lancashire when he thought he was “On the Air‘ to just the Showground (well deceived by SCpl Kennard. RHG/D). The Mounted Dutymen proved. as ever. a major attraction and enhanced by the Scorpion the Display looked the business. The crews were kept busy. chapped lips being the order of the day! It was found that the public had to be talked to on the first occasion. as they would stand and look at us but not actually cross the line and enter into conversation. LCoH Bell soon got a grip and had them telling their life stories. To actually break the ice

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was the most difficult task set before the crew but once a few civilians were lured into conversation the rest took their lead and started asking questions. The uniforms provoked a lot of comment and the most popular question being ‘Wheres Yur Orse?‘ The Scorpion had its admirers from all age groups and one young American lady baffled us with science as she estimated ‘Probable Direct fall of shot in a possible interface situation” against ‘Humanoid error”. whatever that means! Tpr Stewart LG. addressed a C01 CRLS as ‘General‘. subsequently a highly delighted Colonel left our Display with only good thoughts about The Household Cavalry. Well done that man! The travelling soon became tedious as we plodded up and down the country from show to show with just occasionally someone in the convoy getting lost adding a bit of spice to alleviate the boredom. Tpr Gibbons RHG/D was the only ‘Cab Happy Soldier‘ amongst us as he only passed his driving test a few weeks before going out on the road. and gained some valuable experience throughout the year. The RCT personnel. two of them. attached to us for the duration were the self-styled. fashion-concious. smooth dudes of the tour. desparate to keep ahead of the fashion stakes they held serious parleys each night before proceeding bedecked and bespangled into town for some serious posing! The other teams in our group were very amicable RA and ACC and we learnt a lot from each other. One member of the RA Team walked into a shoe shop and asked for a ‘Diddly‘ after seeing us use the silvettes on our boots. needless to say he did not get one. And now the bottom line from CC Recruiting: May I through the columns of the Regimental Magazines appeal to all members of the Associations to act as our scouts. If you know of a ‘Likely Lad‘ who you think is suitable for your Regiment please let me know. we will do the rest. Our forecast target for 1988—89 is 62 Junior Leaders and 100 Junior Soldiers. minimum ages 15 years 11 months for Junior Leaders and 16 years six months for Junior Soldiers. We may even initiate an award for the Best Regimental Association Recruiter‘.


Adventure Training EXERCISE ORIENTAL QUADRANT by Ct A C Scott

‘I refuse to believe that we have made it. until we leave this building”, said Tpr Wood in Delhi Airport. After a year-and-a-half of organisation, fund-raising. Telex between England. India and Germany as well as one aborted attempt, 12 Blues and Royals had arrived in

India. All the paperwork and red tape was to prove a good indication of what was to come. After changing our money into rupees. a laborious and nightmarish task. which took us over two hours we set off for our Government Tourist Hotel. This turned out to be reasonably hygienic. by Indian standards. and incredibly cheap. Our first day was then spent recovering from jet— ;ag and trying to work out what we had let ourselves in or. As we had arrived on a weekend there was not much that could be done in the way of organising our trip North. It was decided to lay on a sightseeing trip. This was done on one of the government Tourist buses. The tour included the many sights of both New and Old Delhi. including the Qutab Minar complex. the Jami Masjid. and the extremely impressive Red Fort. Apart from a massive injection of culture we were also taken to hundreds of arts and crafts shops and bazaars. where our guide tried to cajole us into buying. Even the government guides are not free from the desire to get their commission! On the Monday, after paying our respects to the High Commission and being briefed on the do‘s and don‘ts we set about organising our trip North. This was not. by any means. an easy task. It seemed that everyone wanted us to go to Kashmir. when we wanted to go to the Himachal Pradesh. We had initially planned to go to Simla by train. and then on to Dharamsala by bus; however. we were informed that there were no places available. due to everyone fleeing the hot capital for the hill stations. This turned out to be a complete exaggeration. as we found on our return trip.

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We ended up buying ‘Luxury Coach‘ tickets to Simla as this seemed to be the only way of getting reserved tickets. I must say now that our faith in the Indian motorist to this point was not high. To travel around Delhi. about the only alternatives to feet. were the Tuctucs. Small three—wheeled mopeds into which as many as possible were crammed. A ride in one of these can only be described as being like someone who accidently managed to get a ride with a kamakazi pilot. who keeps changing his mind. The bus trips still remain clearly in my memory. Naturally the word ‘Luxury‘ bore no resemblance to the barely mobile deathtraps that these abhorrances are. The fact that these vehicles have bald tyres. are clapped out within a year of being unleased on the roads is one matter. but the way that they are driven by psychotic Indians with a death wish was much more of a concern to us. Only one of these buses had been over a precipice. plunging the occupants to their death. that year. to our knowledge. but we all had the feeling that there could be one more. A whole day spent on the bus to Simla. looking at the magnificent scenery as we approached the foothills or in watching the insufferable Indian videos which blared out at full volume. Although our arrival in Simla was a great relief. it was tempered by the sobering thought that it had only been our first trip on a bus. and would be our last ‘luxury‘ bus. We left Simla early the next morning. by one of the local buses. for McLeod Ganj. taking the slow scenic route. Our invaluable ‘India on a shoestring‘ book had told us that this was to be a 10—hour trip; however. it took 12 because of the never-ending stops it made to pick up solitary passengers. and the one half-hour stop it made for the driver to stop at his home. Local buses varied in their ghastliness, but at least there were no videos and we were able to concentrate on the beautiful countryside. Sleep was out of the question. On our arrival in McLeod Ganj. we found that there was an extreme shortage of accommodation. so the group was split up into smaller groups, in the hope of being able to squeeze into somewhere. This was eventually successful. with some doing better than others. Needless to say. the Officers ended up in accommodation costing about 25p per night.

The next morning was spent hiring guides and porters for the trek and sorting out clothes and our own supplies. We ended up employing the services of 'Yeti Trekking’ who were to supply us with three guides. a cook, two porters and two mules. We were very lucky to have Amin Thapa as our number one guide. as he was a very experienced climber. having already done Everest twice. We had two days to wait before the previous trek returned. McLeod Ganj itself was fascinating. Its main attraction being its strong Tibetan influence. It was here that the Dalai Lama and his followers fled after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. and set up two monasteries. The town itself is about 2000m above sea level with the Dhauladhar range behind it. Unfortunately, due to the weather having been par— ticularly foul. up until just before we arrived. many of the passes were still shut after the winter so we were unable to trek where we had originally planned. We set off on the first day at a leisurely pace. as it was particularly hot. The route was simple. as it followed a well-worn track. We took almost five hours to climb the 1000m. but the views from even there were most impressive. Our first meal went down a treat with everyone congratulating themselves. The second day continued in a similar vein. upwards. Our objective was a small cave at about 3400m. This was to be our camp for one night. in the snow line. ready for an early attempt at the mountain pass. at 4600m. When we arrived there, due to the heavy recent snow and

avalanches. the cave was full of snow. It was decided to leave the bulk of our kit in what remained of the cave while we returned to spend the rest of the night below the snow line. We had spent five hours getting up to the cave. To get down we slid down the hill. Coupled with the fear of being caught up the mountain. and the sound of a small avalanche in the next valley. we made it to the bottom of the snow line in about ten minutes. The next morning we started at 4.30am in order to make it to the pass before midday. when the risk of avalanches started. This was certainly the most arduous part of the trek. as apart from the weight. the air was very thin. and we had to stop to catch breath every‘20 paces or so. We also had a few scary moments cutting across the main slope. in front of a wall of ice formed where a large sheet of snow and ice had slid downhill. All that we could think of was what would happen to us it this decided to slide downhill. We forgot. briefly. all about the bus trips. When we finally made it to the top of the pass it was quite exhilarating even if we could not see

anything. as we were engulfed in cloud as soon as we arrived. We shot down the other side at a fantastic rate of knots. The inevitable Dhal. curry and watery rice we had for dinner that night had never been so welcome and had never tasted quite as good before. Hardly anyone even noticed that we spent the night in sheep shelters. The next four days were spent walking along the valley, behind the line of mountains that we had crossed over. through some of the most stunning scenery. It was all so untouched and peaceful. with only a few shepherd villages. The crossing back over the mountains was relatively uneventful. except the extreme frustration of coming over the pass. with everyone exhausted. to see a shepherd climbing up the other side, with his sheep. as if it were nothing out of the ordinary. We returned to McLeod Ganj three days later with a great sense of achievement. aching legs and sunburn. We then had three further days in McLeod Ganj resting legs and getting our washing done. before we had to board the dreaded bus back to Simla. After another death defying bus trip we returned to Simla. this time. however. to stay for a few days. On our arrival we were met by the usual group of sharks. who all had the best and cheapest hotels. After a number of thoroughly unhygienic hotels we managed to get ourselves into the YMCA. The building itself was just like a perfectly preserved Victorian School. As we were to find out. so was the rest of the town.

Simla was the old summer capital in the days of the Raj. It is an amazing mixture of beautiful old mock Tudor and Victorian buildings. with a messy sprawl of more recent Indian additions. The main street itself looked just like a street out of a Victorian novel. it even rained to help conjure the illusion of England. Everyone then started to feel homesick. We decided to take the train back to Dehli rather than push our luck on another bus. The ticket office was also straight out of Dickens. even down to the ticket—franking machine. The only difference being. that I cannot believe that it took two-and-a-half hours to buy 12 tickets in those days. The train from Simla only went to the bottom of the hills where we had to change onto another train for Delhi. The first train was a very ancient ‘toy' Victorian “‘3

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train on a narrow-gauge railway that went around every bend in the hills. After the first hour we rounded another bend in the track to see Simla only about a mile away. after which the novelty of the tiny train wore off. The train trip on the last leg was relatively uneventful, with all of us being crammed into the smallest space possible surrounded by hundreds of screaming children. The last few days of the trip were spent getting the souvenirs demanded by loved ones and Squadron Leaders before we left. On the day before we left we were advised by another tourist to make sure that we booked into the airport in good time, as no matter how difficult it had been to get into the country they did not seem to want us to leave. We arrived at the airport six hours before the flight left. which was only just about right. It was with a feeling of both relief and sadness that we departed India, since we had seen so little in relation to what the country has to offer, but then it was a great relief to get back to a more ordered lifestyle. Although India can be very frustrating, you get used to shrugging your shoulders and saying ‘That is India‘. It was the most fascinating worthwhile place to visit and to do our adventure training in. Finally, on behalf of the team, I must thank all those who helped make the trip possible. especially Flag Travel, from P & 0, who not only got us such cheap flights, but put up with all the cancellations and general confusion.

EXERCISE MERMAID TRIANGLE by Lt Clee

This was a sailing trip in the Baltic mounted by A Squadron on the British Kiel Yacht Club yacht Flamingo, one of their old 100m square yachts. Flamingo is a yacht of few winches with blocks and tackle held together with some lovely brasswork. The yacht came complete with her own skipper and a full tank of diesel. Six soldiers took part and they were led by the ‘Mate’ Lt Clee. The trip was for three weeks. the intention being to get up to the Swedish port of Goteborg and beyond. Any mental pictures the crew had built up of tropical islands and scantily clad females were rapidly dispelled on arrival up at Kiel . . . by the weather. Despite the fact that May comes before June, which is the middle of summer, it rained. Not only did it rain it was also cold, very cold. There was just time to point out the main ponts of interest on the yacht such as which bits of string not to pull before the sleek menacing lines of Flamingo slipped out of the Kiel fjord for a little boat handling practice. In view of the weather LCpl Mills gave a very interesting talk on the immediate action drill on meeting polar bears, his qualifications stemming from his friend— ship with someone who ate a lot of glacier mints. After a couple of days local sailing, the hardened team of matelots set out for Copenhagen. The weather improved beyond all belief, with the result that Tpr Stanley spent most of the first morning at sea complaining that he had left his sun glasses in the cab of his Bedford. However there is always a calm before a storm and our first night was spent in Robyhavn. Tpr Stanley was now mourning the lack of windscreen wipers on the yacht and Tpr Elliot spent most of the evening searching for a 13-amp socket for his hairdrier. After a 36

EXERCISE MEDITERRANEAN TRIANGLE III by Lt J K Goldie, 14/20 H It was —27°C when SCM Hunter said to me 'lets get the boys brown this summer‘. So it was decided then and there during a Squadron smoker in Rheinsehlen Camp that B Squadron would go to Corsica to investigate what had happened during the last two trips. We left Athlone Barracks early on 23 June and arrived at our camp site on the afternoon on 24 June. One day of acclimatisation in Ille Rousse followed by a day for the recce of route GR 20. As a result it was realised that the terrain was very difficult, but more importantly there were no passable tracks for the Landrovers to use to join route GR 20 in order to set up nightly camps. Quite simply this meant that our original plan had completely fallen through. Luckily LCpl Westgate, chat— ted up a hippy who gave him a route map with every track and climb marked on. With a new plan based on this intelligence we changed our base camp to one in the woods beside a magnificent mountain stream. We were now within easy reach of four

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restless night sheltering from the storm it was decided to go for Copenhagen. Despite protestations from Tpr Gilligan that his sleeping bag needed to be kept warm, with all hands on deck Flamingo sailed out into the wild grey yonder. After an unbelievably wild night when we hit 15 knots, Copenhagen was reached in time for breakfast. Rest had been impossible during the evening and a tired wet crew settled down to clean the brasses before bed. Tpr Fermor won the John Wayne walkalike contest after attempting to sterilise himself with Tpr Stanley’s cup of coffee during the journey and Tpr Bowden in his quest for a kindred spirit started fishing. A rest day was spent in Copenhagen to see the sights and dry out. The search was on to find a Dane in the capital city, as everyone seemed to be Americans. Tpr Elliot claims he spoke to one whilst doing his hair but it was unsubstantiated. The next stop was Goteborg after some day sailing around Helsingborg. This was then reached after another long night sail with the added excitement of finding the chart was missing as we approached the city lights. After a series of comments covering officers and maps, we waited for light before entering the port. This was a mistake. Goteborg proved to a disappointment. It was

routes, yet still able to live in reasonable comfort.

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impossible to get a drink, the sight of a motley crew of British soldiers eating ice creams at 11.30pm was one that would have warmed the heart of any mother. It did little however for Anglo-Swedish relations. Tpr Gilligan was a little disorientated and kept on muttering about Caped Crusaders and Gotham City between mouthfuls of his ‘Big Mac”. Attempts to leave Goteborg were frustrated by fog, but after 48 hours we escaped. The next stop was Mastrand, an island fortress which was set in a breathtaking approach through some particularly menacing rocks and narrow channels. From Mastrand we beat across the Baltic to Friedricshaven. This was a 14 hour journey spent playing submarines as Flamingo ploughed through a choppy and thoroughly uncomfortable sea. The first seasickness cases materialised, and the Mate suffered the indignity of an exploding pipe in the Heads. After a delightful admin period to clean up the boat and freshen the air, we coast hopped down to Arhus. The winds now started to let us down and the sun appeared. A rest day was spent in Arhus which proved to be very lively city. The highlight was a lOkm run through the parks to ‘stretch our legs”. The last week was spent sunbathing as we attempted to sail in a southerly direction. The weather was glorious and the wind non existent. Excessive use had to be made of the motor to return to Kiel in time. Mermaid Triangle was adventure training in its true sense. The three weeks proved to be extremely hard work, very rewarding and above all Fun.

of us had lunch and only then did a few things come to light. Firstly, we had proved that we were quite quick climbers, secondly that it was great fun. but thirdly that we had come to Corsica to go hill walking and we now found ourselves stuck on top of a mountain for the first time in our lives. Altitude had is affect on some of us. SCM Hunter decided to drill a mountain range, whilst LCpl Gray thought himself to be Superman. The descent of Punta Alle Ponte 2250m was speedy but safe. The second climb was Monte Rotondo which was exceptionally hard work, but there was a surprise for us on our return. This surprise came to light in the evening when it was discovered that the French Foreign Legion do the same climb. but usually take two hours longer.

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With this fact in mind the next day was left for replenishing supplies and relaxing by the stream. The following two days were spent climbing Berg De Cappenaccia, and then a shorter climb to Lac De Capitello. Information in the mountainous interior of Corsica is actually easy to come by. It was one of our original intentions to climb Mt Cinto (2710m), yet the feeling in the team was to attempt the far longer and more exciting North face. The decision was made and we arrived at a new camp site near the base of Cinto. We knew it was going to be a long and arduous climb. Enthusiasm was high, as it was to be our last climb, but also because we knew it would be an exceptional challenge. An early start was made and we soon reached the snow line. This was now no novelty but this time we still had a good four or five hour climb ahead of us. The route was far steeper than anything else we had come across and also very badly marked. A much slower pace was kept and more stops were made. Just after sighting the summit a very difficult slope faced us, consisting of loose stones and large boulders. all at a very steep angle. Once at the top of this slope it was very clear that we had taken on something that we were perhaps not qualified and certainly not equipped to deal with. Rest was required and a liberal decision was made — those wanting to stay stayed, those wanting to get to the

summit continued. It took an hour to the summit, yet

that hour was probably the easiest hour of the climb. to the others for lunch. It was now already three o’clock. The decent turned out to be more dangerous than the ascent with fatigue and sliding stones, which Tpr Plimmer seemed to stop. Once all back at the camp site a good dinner was laid on and much conversation followed. A period of rest and recuperation was welcomed and bodies went red and peeled and almost as much money was spent on creams and lotions as beer — well not quite.

by Capt J W Johnsen What on earth was a Household Cavalry officer doing in the Falklands you might wonder, as did I when delight at a long-planned tour at the Mounted Regiment turned to gloom when I learnt that it was via a four month posting to the South Atlantic. In brief, the Household Cavalry

The climb at Cinto

Household Cavalry Museum Staff: Maj A W Kersting (Ret’d) (Formerly RHG/D 1954—1986) Mr A E Woodbridge (Formerly 306573 RHG from 1944—1948) Mr W Johnson (Formerly 22556701 LG from 1954—1976). The Museum has continued to be open to the Public throughout the year from Monday to Friday inclusive and on Sunday during summer months (except on Bank Holidays and Public Holidays). There has been an increase in the flow of inquiries from relatives of those who served in the Household Cavalry many years ago, other inquiries continue to arrive from overseas which included S Africa, USA, Canada, Germany and Sweden. Visits from the general public are slightly down on last year but it is heartening to report that a good many ex members of the Regiments who have not made contact for years have during the year visited the Museum. The Museum was recently offered an Unexploded 100lb Shell which was fired at Mafeking during the South African War, a careful inspection confirmed the charge had been removed and the shell is now on display in the South African Display Case. The following new additions are now on display in the Museum: Medals of: Cpl R Swash 1 RD DCM, donated by Maj Hamon Massey Tpr J Stocks 1 RD LS & GCM, donated by Maj Hamon Massey Tpr D Harkness 1 RDS Crimea War Medals donated by Mrs J M Wright

The Falklands — Five Years On

Cameras came out, pictures were taken and we returned

Cpl D Knibbs LG GS Medals and Clasps donated by Mr D Knibbs (Australia) Tpr Joseph Wilkinson 1 LG Waterloo purchased by Museum Tpr Charles Taylor RHG Waterloo purchased by Museum Tpr Alexander Tumer RHG Waterloo purchased by Museum Tpr John Meyer 1 RD Waterloo purchased by Museum Other items: Six Silver Riding Cups won by Riding Master W H King RHG Jan 1900—Oct 1913 donated by Mrs P Riches 1914—18 Trench Clay Plaque 2 LG Battle Honours donated by H W & D H Jaggard Oil Painting of Trooper LG on Kings Guard donated by R W Cragg Framed Box Tribute (Tear of Remem— brance) to the members of the Blues and Royals killed Hyde Park 20—2—1982 pre— sented by Pioneer Police Memorial Com—

and Royal Armoured Corps presence amongst the military might assembled on the Falklands is limited to providing one officer as the Army’s 503 G3 Watch— keeper at the joint HQ BFFI. And from February to May (1987), I was that man. My remit was essentially to ensure the smooth running of the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in the Head— quarters. This included the control of the three radar outstations on Mts Kent, Alice and Byron. Apart from mastering the technical complexities and capabilities of the vast array of communications equipment (which varied from computer satellite links to MOD to the Bit of Don 10 wire to the sentry outside 7 I could just about understand the Don 10 bit), I had to learn very quickly Navy—speak and RAF—speak, two very different languages, as I became the exchange centre between the six main G3 cells: Navy Ops, Land Ops. Air Ops, Heli Ops. Int and Sig Ops. Curiously, the Navy were all too delighted to speak simple English. The RAF. on the other hand, persisted to the bewilderment of all, to speak in the largely acronymic jargon of their, I suppose, much more technical service. Co—ordinating two or more of these cells in a joint operation was a fascinating exercise in human nature and called for supreme diplomacy and adversarial skills of communication. An initial willingness to help all too often became a unilateral fight of someone‘s own corner. A typical example of an everyday occurrence would be an air to sea rescue of an injured Polish and Russian fisherman which could involve not

unrivalled bird life and wildlife: the penguins. seals,

mittee, Australia Selection of Books, comprehensive notes,

drawings, photos and various writing of historical importance on Household Cavalry Uniforms and equipment 1661—1987 purchased at Sotherby’s by Museum Trustees Model of Mounted Trooper Camel Corps donated by Mr Gary Gibbs Tournament Medals and Horse Furniture Bequeathed by SCM Wyer LG

only tasking the RAF Sea King, Army Doctor and civilian hospital, but also a Naval tanker to refuel the helicopter en route and a RAF Hercules to provide ‘top cover” and communications link. Apart from regular air to sea rescue operations, other excitements included occasional wandering of Argentinian surveillance aircraft into the FIPZ (the 200 mile Fl Protection Zone) which usually necessitated scrambling a pair of F-4 Phantoms plus a Hercules tanker, regular casevacs of local populace including a baby in an oxygen tent to the British hospital in Montivideo and the so—called Easter Rebellion by several prominent Argentine Army officers against the Alfonsin Government. Finally, the most hair—raising but actually enjoyable part of the job was briefing the Commander BFFI, Admiral Christopher Laryman CVO and all the HQ staff on the previous 24 hours” incidents encapsulating all relevant World News as well as matters of local import such as the NAAFI running short of beer or a farmer angry at low over-flying of sheep about to lamb. Expected to know the activities and movements of all and everything on the Islands, I became adept at joint services jargonising which silenced all but the most querulous inquirer. The work was very intense and for very long hours but during time off, I managed to visit most of the settle— ments and many of the islands. in particular to enjoy some of the unrivalled sea trout fishing, using both fly and spinner (when, as it often was, very windy), I had some fantastic days regularly hauling out a dozen or so fish to take back to the mess. Some people managed 12le and the record that season was, unbelievably 22le, but my largest was 8‘/:lbs. However, on my trout rod a 51b fighter proved immense fun and often took more than 20 minutes to land. When the fishing season ended, I spent some solitary and beautiful days wandering the fore—shores with my gun and some No 3 shot ‘stalking’ geese and duck with varying degrees of success but usually managing to vary the quite appalling diet of RAF mess food. And finally, mention must be made of the

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whales and dolphins — common sights all, and the divers, cormorants and plethora of migrant birds to be seen in this natural, unspoilt haven of conservation. My photography simply failed to do justice to this vast array. We have maintained the honour of the Crown and the superiority of our influence. Beyond this what have we acquired. What but a bleak and gloomy solitude. an island thrown aside from human use, stormy in winter and barren in summer. an island which not even the Southern savages have dignified with human habitation where a garrison must be kept in a state that contemplates with envy the exits of Siberia. “of which the expense will be perpetual and the use only occassional'. Words not written in 1987 , but in 1770 by Dr Johnson on regaining the Falklands from Spain. Political comment is neither apt not permissable in such an article as this. but two hundred years on and four months living there did not seem to me to disprove this prescient statement.


Sports Notes WESER VALE HUNT Lt Col T J Sulivan Maj A J Miller—Bakewell Ct W F C Wakeham Huntsman: Ct W F C Wakeham Honorary Secretary: Maj B F Watts Whippers—In : Capt The Hon J Broughton Ct A J P Woodward Tpr Hopkins Kermelman : Tpr Hopkins Chairman: Masters:

The 1986/87 season came to a close with a meet at Grevenburg in April. After an excellent run of 24 days, the hard winter set in on 20 December for three months. This prevented anything but a few days hunting on foot after Christmas. Two racing nights were held during the winter in the Officers” Mess. Both were a great success. and we hope to hold another racing night this season. The main event of the summer was the Puppy Show in July. We were very fortunate in having Capt C Barclay MFH. who came out especially from England, and Frederick Majoie MH. to judge the hounds. The winning puppy was Gallant. walked by Dieter and Isa Brinks. who live at Himmighausen. Following the Puppy Show. many friends and supporters were entertained to lunch and a tour of the new kennels. Frederick Majoie has kindly offered us a bitch. and we hope to work closely with him in the future. The hounds were shown at the Rhine Army Summer Show in June and on the Saturday evening we held a midnight Steeplechase by the Windmill on Sennelager. The six races. each of eight runners, reached a climax with the fancy dress race; Lady Godiva beat Father Christmas (Lt Col Davies) and the Cowboy by a length and two lengths respectively. over a course of six furlongs and eight fences. Through the summer months the Masters have all changed, Maj Bucknall has retired to The City. Capt Cowen is now Adjutant at Knightsbridge and Lt WingfieId—Digby is at Melton Mowbray on the Long Course. Ct Wakeham carries the horn this season and k

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together with the new kennelman, Tpr Hopkins. has worked hard with the young entry of four and a half couple with a number of training meets. The hounds were shown again at The Blues and Royals Team Chase and we started the season with seven couple. The prospects for the coming season are excellent. apart from having had a busy training programme in September and November. We met at the Bielefeld Riding Club on 17 October in blazing sunshine. The hounds hunted well in the difficult conditions over six lines. with a field of 50 covering 40 fences. Though the wet summer has spoilt much of the feed crops for the farmers. we hope to be hunting soon in the Nieheim— Steinheim Vale. STABLE NOTES The stables are now well established at Sennelager with SCpl Pendry and his staff putting in long hours of toil to make the most of the present limited facilities. The promise of the new Riding School complex has not yet come to fruition. In no way is this due to the Regiment as it is easier to list the Generals who haven’t visited than those who have. The lobbying goes on and hopefully we will have something positive to report come the next issue of the magazine. The main problem with the present buildings are their lack of insultation. Come the mildest of German winters and all the water systems freeze. the tack becomes frozen solid along with the horses and the staff. Also, being without a riding school compounds the problems with no exercise and courses are unable to be run as we would like. All the aforementioned facts cannot. however, detract

from the success stories of the year. On the competition scene our stables have taken the lion‘s share of the top

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took great interest in our new home, the extra facilities Sennelager offers in the many areas we have at our disposal for riding, combined with the capacity for running all grades of courses should we receive the goahead for a Riding School. The Colonel then chose to look at the proposed Team Chase course from horseback and was accompanied by the commanding Officer, Adjutant and Stables Officer. Capt Brown succeeded Capt Cowen as the Stables Officer in the late Summer being faced immediately with the task of running the Regiment’s Team Chase on 10 October. Again SCpl Pendry excelled along with the stables staff in producing a course which was the envy of not only military riders but also the Germans. being built with great expertise and many hours of hard work. The course was rated as one of the best ever in BAOR. The weather was extremely kind, the day being warm and sunny. the entries were a little disappointing with The Colonel of the Regiment with the Stables Staff and Trophies

prizes. notably the NATO Team Cup at the Rhine Army Summer Show, our team being SCpl Pendry. LCpl Avison and Tpr Gladstone. Going back, however, to April at 39 Hy Regiment Hunter Trials, the Novice event was won by LCpl Avison. the Intermediate by SCpl Pendry, Lt Col Davies and SCpl Pendry won the pairs and Maj Barclay was second in the Open and Capt Cowen was third in the One-Day Event on Lewcombe—Winston. At Verden Garrison Horse Show. the Regiment won five classes with 11 other placings. They also qualified for the Novice and Open Summer Championships held at the Rhine Army Summer Show. At Dortmund Garrison Horse Show there were three wins and numerous other placings. At the Rhine Army Summer Show. SCpl Pendry won the Bacardi Rum Trophy and Tpr De Vere Walker amassed the most points in the various classes to win a saddle. In the NATO Competition the Regiment entered two teams and took first and second place. More recently. at the 5 INNIS DG Hunter Trials, we had two wins and three other placings. At the 15/19 H. SCpl Pendry and LCpl Avison won the pairs with Tpr Gladstone and LCpl Avison second; the open event was won by LCpl Avison with SCpl Pendry second and there were other minor placings. At the Sennelager Show Jumping Competition. Mrs Barclay and LCpl Avison won the pairs and in the accumulator. ORQMC Greer was placed second. At the Hannover Race. four of the Regiment's blacks were entered. LCpl Avison and ‘Hightide‘ won. with Capt Onslow on ‘Geraldine‘ second. Mrs Barclay on ‘Gunman‘ was third. and Ct Woodward on ‘Keystone‘. fourth. At the Dortmund Garrison Hunter Trials. Capt Brown returned to the saddle to win the Novice with Ct Mawby. WRAC. third; LCpl Avison won the Intermediate with SCpl Pendry second: LCpl Avison was also third in the Open. Finally. the long trek to Hohne was worthwhile as LCpl Avison won the Intermediate Class riding “Kilmore‘. As you can see. quite a successful summer! We were very honoured to receive a visit from the Colonel of the Regiment at the beginning of October. He

some 15 teams being entered; the Germans, it would

seem, are not Team Chase fans. However. I am sure we claimed a few converts by the end of the day. Being the hosts we refrained from entering our normal teams. we did feel, however, a ladies‘ team from the

Regiment should represent us, ably led by Mrs Barclay. they swept the opposition aside to finish second fastest of the day, taking the top ladies” prize and only missing out to a very good German team by some hundredth of a second in being fastest of the day. The other team members included Debbie Churchman and Diana Hal— lett. two of our civilian grooms from the stables and Gabriele Kehl our local German Veterinary Officer. The prizes were presented by Mrs Sulivan. wife of the Commanding Officer amid fanfares from the Regimental Band’s state trumpeters, who just happened to be visiting us at the time. There being approximately three more competition weekends left in the BAOR calendar as these notes are being written. we hope to add yet more silverware to the 28 cups and trophies already on our sideboard for this season. It should be noted that we now possess some four horses graded intermediate and three graded open. LCpl Avison deserves special mention in taking ‘Hightide‘ from Novice to Open grade in one season.

FLCoH Storey at work


of both the Army Cup and the Cavalry Cup in the initial rounds, the latter by the Royal Hussars 2—0. A special mention should be made of Tpr Wood of C Squadron who played three matches for the Division and also to SSgt Clayton and the 14/20 H footballers who have bolstered our team whilst being attached to us over the past year.

The Cricket Team

WINNING THE SEMI-FINAL OF THE CAVALRY CUP (87/88) - LCsOH VICKERS AND MAXWELL AND LCPL TOWNSEND

RUGBY FOOTBALL Rugby continues to flourish within the Regiment and is perhaps the best supported of all the games. Two sides are run, and all the places are keenly contested. SCM Buckle, rumoured to be the oldest player, is the key administrator for the club and still plays every week. SCMs Quinn and Manning also play. with SCM Sackett being wheeled out for Mess games. The Officers Mess has at last started to generate more players. Apart from Capt Jeacock. the Mess now provides excellent centres in the form of Ct Woodward and 2Lt Neil AAC, with Lt Holland being a utility player, despite his shape! Even Capt Cowen has cast away his chaps to put on a cleaned boot. The pack is run by the excellent LCoH Gaskell who has played for the RAC. The pack is by no means small, _ and the return of LCoH Vickers has really strengthened the side, The backs were run by LCpl Dyche. who also captained the side, and his hard work was rewarded with

a place in the Army side. We all hope he will continue to be picked. Tpr Cook also gained representative honours as outside half. The side was very disappointingly knocked out of the Cavalry Cup in the second round, which marred an otherwise fine season. Many fine victories were recorded,

as SCM Buckle reminds everyone that he did not score a try this season! The Commanding Officer has taken a keen interest in the side, and this has helped us acquire a scrummage machine and some tackle bags. The season finished in June with a fine inter— Regimental game between the WOs & CsoH Mess versus the Officers and Other Ranks. The latter side ran out winners 27—6 in a highly entertaining game, played in a marvellous spirit. The winning side decided to run everything, and youth eventually saw them through. The club has a marvellous facility in the pitch. with the Templer Club and terrace adjoining it. We manage to 42

attract good crowds. especially when the bar is open, and are all looking forward to next season. Many thanks to all those who have played or supported the side in any way, especially CoH Rose who tried hard to get us fit!

FOOTBALL The 1986/87 season was brought to a close by an Inter— Squadron competition run on a league basis. with the top two teams playing in the Final. This was played before the Regiment on 29 May. the two Finalists being Command Squadron and C Squadron, the latter running out winners by three goals to one. The prizes were presented by Mrs Davies and Mrs Holmes. Thanks also to the match officials who were on a hiding to nothing even before the competition started with some 16 matches to oversee in just over six weeks. Our move to Sennelager meant a change of Division and we looked forward to meeting new teams. This however has proved to be a major headache as most teams are some 30-50 miles away. In this the 1987/88 season we have reverted to playing our football league matches with 4 Armoured Division. This reduces the mileage to away matches and the league is run on more professional lines. The young team we have this season are showing great promise and if they can be kept together for the next couple of seasons will become a major force. Their commitment is total and under the administrative eye of CoH Mellor things will come good shortly. This was shown with a resounding 2—0 win over the 4/7 DG in a league match on the day of the Major General’s inspection and another against 22 Signal Regiment (2—1) whilst the Regiment were on Annual Firing with a team from the Rear Party. We must report, however, that we were knocked out

CRICKET The season started early with cricket nets at the superb indoor facility in Alanbrooke Barracks on Monday evenings. This gave us an early opportunity to assess talent. We started the season with a RHG/D versus LAD match; LAD 85 all out, RHG/D 88 for 3 (LCoH Gaskell 42, the Quartermaster 36 not out). We then had a trial match of WO’s & CsoH versus Officers and Troopers, Officers and Troopers 189 for 8 (LCpl Cowton 96, Tpr Proffitt 49). WOs & CsoH 142 for 9 (RQMC Lane 44 not out). The annual WOs & CsoH versus Officers was a very close-run thing with the WOs & CsoH making 101 all out (W02 Fitzgerald 31). The Officers’ Mess 98 all out (Ct Wakeham 23 not out, RQMC 2 for 10). The first proper game was against a very strong 5 Innis DG 74 all out (LCoH Vickers 3 for 22, LCpl Cowton 4 for 20). RHG/D 75 for 3 (LCpl Cowton 39 and man of the match). This was a very creditable performance against a very strong team. The Brigade sports week produced an excellent week of cricket, D Squadron proving in the end to be the strongest team. The best scores were: Sgt Clayton 65 v HQ LCpl Cowton 88 v A Ct Wakeham 32 v C Tpr Proffitt 46 v C CoH Elliott 38 v D LCpl Parker 41 v D Ct Woodward 92 v HQ Capt Sibley 76 v A The final was between B and D Squadron with B Squadron scoring 88, LCpl Knibbs 40; D Squadron 89 for 5, LCpl Cowton 33 not out, Tpr Proffitt 25 not out. Congratulations to D Squadron. The Quarter Final of the Cavalry Cup produced an away draw against the OOH at Hohne, OOH 86 all out. LCpl Cowton 4 for 10, Sgt Ashworth 2 for 11. RHG/D 87 for 9. Sgt Ashworth 51 not out. This was an exciting cliff hanger with the result being decided in the last over, a very creditable performance. The undermentioned have been representing the Regiment this season: Capt Sibley, Cts Wakeham (Cric-

ket Officer) and Woodward, RQMC Lane (captain), LCpls Cowton and Knibbs, LCsoH Vickers and Gaskell, CsoH Elliott and Rose, Tprs Proffitt and Berger, LSgt Ritchie, Sgts Horsfall, Ashworth and Tankard. We have also lost one of our stalwarts, CoH Douglas on posting to the UK, we wish him well and plenty of cricket. The Cricket Season ended in the beginning of October when we were finally beaten by 17/20L in the Cavalry Cup Semi-Final. We had a batting collapse, not for the first time this season, but managed to score 59 all out. LCpl Cowton and Tpr Proffitt bowled extremely well but it was all too late. We got further in the Cavalry Cup this year than we have in any competition in recent years. Although we had to say goodbye to RQMC Lane (the cricket guru of recent years) we look forward to next season and hope that the Regiment’s cricket revival will continue. We wish RQMC Lane well in civilian life and W02 Evans luck as his successor. HOCKEY Nineteen hundred and eighty-seven has been a rewarding season for the Regimental Hockey Team with some interest in the game being generated at all levels. 49 Fd Regiment RA sponsored the first competition of the season, a garrison indoor six-a-side event, for which we

entered two teams. Sadly, with lack of practice we were no match for the better garrison teams although we did reach the second round. A garrison sports week and an indoor competition within the Regiment were next on the agenda, the victors on both occasions being D Squadron led by Sgt Mitchell. The Regimental Team, meanwhile, had a run of luck in the 3 Div Summer League, scoring a bye and two wins over 33 0rd Coy and 39 Hy Regiment. This enabled us to reach the competition semi—final where we sadly had to retire due to pressure of work and therefore no players available for our next game. The inter—squadron competition was without doubt the most hotly contested and enjoyable part of the season and therefore it is due to be repeated next year. The next event due for us to field a team is at the 3 Armd Div Indoor Hockey competition on 6 February 1988 at Menden and Iserlohn.

DOWNHILL SKIING TEAM The downhill skiing team has a relatively successful year this year. We took part in the centralised RAC training scheme in Verbier. This proved to be extremely good as we were able to learn from some of the best ski instructors that Switzerland had to offer, four of whom

had been in the Swiss national team. The training here ended with the RAC race week, in which the team came a very respectable fifth. considering that all barring LCpl Westgate were novices. Ct Swayne was unfortunately unable to participate having cracked two ribs in training. The 3 Division ski meet was in Fulpmes, Austria. We suffered a number of minor disasters at the beginning but fought back valiantly. We came 15th out of the 30 units represented there, with Ct Woodward missing a place in the Army race by only two places and our team captain Capt Owen, by five places. We have great hopes for the 87/88 season as we have managed to keep some of last year‘s team, and between us we have a great deal more experience.


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THE DOWNHILL SKI TEAM Capt Owen, LCpI Westgate, Cts Woodward and Wilkinson, Tpr Larmouth and Ct Scott

SWIMMING With the early heatwave many Squadrons took advantage (mainly A. C and H0) 0f the facilities for swimming both at Schloss Neuhaus and the Army pool in the Sennelager Training Centre (STC). The Regimental Swimming Gala was held on 1 July at the STC. The event was blessed by sun; however. this did not seem to affect the freezing temperature of the pool. The competitors were shown a fine example of breaststroke by the RCM. who was unluckily beaten by a short head in the final. by Cfn Scott (A Squadron). LCoH (now COH) Hollingworth won the 200m Freestyle only to find that he was to race in another event very soon. He was obviously not too amused but too tired to argue. C Squadron, although undermanned. put in a good performance. particularly Ct Scott who won the Butterfly and 2Lt Neil winning the Backstroke. The chain of command race as normal caused great amusement. With competitiors swimming a shuttle relay consisting of a changing parade into wet coveralls and then trying to make an inner tube move at speed to the opposing end of the pool. It was noted that some rings sank more than others! Command Squadron won that race very convincingly. The end result of the competition was tight and was decided by the relays which although close were domin— ated by D Squadron, the overall winners.

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Tpr Ellis and Ct Woodward in the Chain of Command Race

THE BAD LIPPSPRINGE POLO CLUB Our responsibility encumbent on the Sennelager based Armoured Regiment is to run and organise the Bad Lippspringe Polo Club. The polo grounds are situated bordering the beautiful Senne and are sandwiched between the Rhine Army Parachuting Association and the Sennelager Golf Club. There are three good grounds and a clubhouse. The latter was originally designed as a cricket pavilion but makes up as good shelter for windswept spectators. The club forms its membership from the RAC Regiments stationed nearby and The Blues and Royals play an active role in all its activities. Apart from anything else we the Regiment are respon— sible for the polo stables where some 18 polo ponies from three different regiments have been stabled under the supervision of LCoH Jackson and LCpl Day. It is due to their efforts and those of Capt Cowen that the club has flourished. The target of 400 chukkas played by Rhine Army Polo Association ponies was overtaken and reached 582 by the end of the season. These ponies on loan to the club are played by our many club members. In addition the Regiment has two ponies of its own, Pantera and Indiana. Pantera has now been retired and is looking for a home and Indiana will sadly be cast due to consistent lameness. Capt Broughton and Ct Woodward had their own ponies and had enormous fun with them. It has been club policy to enter club teams into tournaments so apart from the Inter Regimental and the Captains and Subalterns the Regiment did not field a team as such. However we joined in with the 15/19 H and took part in every tournament. The highlight was to be able to enter into the 750th anniversary of Berlin tournament held on the grounds of 1936 Olympics. The tournament was organised on a grand scale by its architect. Reto Gaudenzi. The Regimental team were sponsored by Flair Fashions of Berlin and Audi cars. It was a spectacular event culminating with a British Team competing against a German team. The British managed to win. Although the season recorded no notable successes all the players and many spectators had an exceptionally happy time visiting each tournament and enjoying the very fine hospitality each club had to offer. The mainstay of the Regiment‘s expertise were Capt Broughton and Ct Woodward. Ct Woodward derives most of his experience from his pony club days and six months at a polo school in New Zealand. Capt Broughton has managed to do the same thing and will spend the winter in New Zealand hopefully to return as a +1 handicapped player. Maj Birdwood and Capt Cowen followed the polo bandwagon around the tournaments and Cts Scott and Lydiard—Wilson took up the game for the first time. It is LCoH Jackson and LCpl Day who achieved the most by winning the final of the Grooms Tournament against the Hohne Polo Club. RAC REGATTA Team: Lt Morgan — Captain Capt Weatherall — Mate Lt Holland — Purser Mr Bagnall — Scribe Mr Garnett a Boy Racing experience was not abundant within the team that gathered in Kiel to compete with the rest of the RAC. Our greatest concern was for the race results to be at least respectable. It was no surprise. then. to come seventh in the first race. At the beginning of the second

race, therefore, we were mildly surprised to find ourselves lying second at the first mark. We managed to rectify this soon enough by tacking to oblivion and fifth place. That afternoon it all changed. In strong winds we stole a march on the entire fleet at the start. This gave us a good lead and we managed to arrive in Faaborg with the next yacht still five minutes astern of us. This was certainly cause for celebration and so we forsook the compo and dusted off the Purser‘s eurocbeque book. With a race under our belts and good night in port behind us, the team‘s outlook on the racing was much refreshed. The starts turned out to be our forte,

invariably leaving port a leisurely 15 minutes after the majority of the fleet but reaching the first mark in the lead in all but one of the remaining races. The excitement was also mounting on the committee boat where Maj Singer was watching beside Lt Col Morrison RH, the Commodore, whose team led the competition.

We had a number of dramas through the week. usually while manoeuvring around the harbours under sail. As far as the locals are concerned this is a quite insane practice. Nothing stimulates more athletic behaviour from large, rich Germans than seeing a boatful of British bearing down on their beloved yacht, usually with a particular member of the crew laughing hysterically and shouting ‘Ramming speed”! The end of the regatta was marked by holding a floating drinks party in the middle of the Baltic, with all 10 yachts rafted to two 100 squares. During the week we had an enormous amount of fun and in the meantime managed to learn about the basics of yacht racing helped by some very sound advice from Maj Singer on the ways to get an edge on the rest of the fleet.

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Operation Horsepower

SCRAPBOOK 1987

by ORQMC Greer ‘We can temporarily support it at each end with a rampling jack. Then we'll spline across into the reinforc— ing crab~shanks and try to re-butt from the angle—chunks. But you know what that means, sir — it means we‘ll have to file of the lintel dugs and drop a steel froggit from the sill direct to the bum-plates. That can be mightly tricky!‘ I was discussing the fitting of a rollcage into one of our rally-cross cars. I am, however, as the Bishop said to the

actress. too far in front of myself. It all started back in June 1986, I said ‘you know what we have‘t got?‘ ‘Yes.

said the Colonel, ‘we haven’t got a limited slip differential on my cross—country carriage; that would be most useful you know”. ‘Er — thats not quite what I had in mind,’ said I. ‘Oh! nothing to do with work is it”. he said, fairly dismally. ‘No‘, I said, ‘It‘s a branch of sport we have not ventured into before. it's called Economy Rally— cross’. ‘I like the sound of that”. he said, ‘especially the bit about Economy! You‘d better find out a bit more about it‘. I decided that now was the time to play my trump card, so to speak. I casually dropped on to his desk one of my ‘studies’. when the dust settled, the Colonel commented ‘I see you‘ve been into this subject in some detail; you‘d better get on with it then’. Basically, Economy rally—cross consists of strippeddown cars, prepared for racing. They have roll bars, a full harness. windows removed and steel mesh windscreen; a few other minor adjustments and the cars are ready to ‘go’. The cars race in fours, in timed heats: three heats for every driver and the driver‘s best time goes into the final. The winners receive trophies and the spectators have a good day watching. The meetings are held on an 800m constructed track at Junkers Farm which is inside the Airport complex at RAF Gutersloh. I had actually got the idea when, on one boring Saturday, we went for a drive and saw the signs for ’rally-cross’, and followed them. We ended up at RAFGUT (sounds like the ..;.‘“\;‘\‘. .A

The RCM and LCoH Nolan racing

English equivalent of Trotsky’s tummy). Watching the day’s activities sowed the seeds and it was then I decided the Blues and Royals should ‘have a go‘. Having got the go—ahead from the Commanding Officer, the next stipulation was that we had to have a properly formed club, and it had to belong to The RAF(G) Motor Sports Association. RCM Sayer very kindly offered to become the OC of the Club and his experience of stock car racing at Aldershot has proved invaluable. It is also handy to have the RCM as DC, because when he says — ‘Is there any chance of . .

etc,

it is 100 per cent odds-on favourite that there is every chance of . . . etc! You will remember that this was happening from June 1986 and, what with Exercises and the preparation to

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move from Lothian Barracks, the formation of the club

was shelved until we arrived here in Athlone Barracks. The idea was, that it would prove a sounder approach to go slow and sure, rather than rush into things.

You certainly couldn’t accuse us of rushing into things because our first club meeting was held on 15 May 1987. We formulated the club rules, officials etc. and decided that we would prepare three cars to go into our first event in June. The first outing of the club was on 20 June, 1987. We

took three cars: A BMW 1802, Opel Rekord 2000 and a Ford Taunus

we

LCpl King

1600. Considering that it was the first race-day for the club, we did exceptionally well; Tpr Hardwidge came second in the over 1600cc class and LCoH Nolan came fourth also in the over—1600cc class. The club is now well and truly established and goes from strength to strength. It is sad that both the RCM and I leave in December and November, respectively, and we both look forward to hearing great things of The Blues and Royals Horsepower Club.

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Nominal Roll as at 1 December 1987 HEADQUARTERS SOUADRON

RHQ Ll Col T J Sulivan Maj D M Reed-Felstead Capt M Fl Coreth Capt J S P Swayne Capt L Villers 2Lt D H Mawby, WRAC W01 (RCM) C J Sayer W02 T J Quinn (RCM desrgnate wei 14 Dec 87) SCpl (ORSQMC) Reeve. A D

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

Brown, S M Callow, T J Cleary, S S Clement-Shipley, J O Colson. E J Dalrymple, B A Foot. J P McCarley, A McKerey, K J, 1420 H Pass. J Robertson, K W Round. S J Schofield, D A

SHQ Maj T P E Barclay W02 (SCM) Hunter, H W SCpl (SQMC) Armishaw, P D CoH Bryson, S W LCoH Goodall, B LCoH Reynolds, 8 J LCpl Ditchourn, M J LCpl Gynane. C, LG Tpr Bond, D E Tpr Davies. S A Tpr Grant, D A Tpr Jordan, M D Tpr Osmond, V E Tpr Simkins, A J

LCpl Mills, Tprs Stanley, Bowden (215) and Elliott d

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48 PALL MALL, LONDON SW1Y 5JY A Riyiisliirorl CM. miy

Comd Troop SCpI Blackburn, S SCpI Gimblett, K SCpI Rogers. L D CoH Gardiner, R L CoH Greenaway, C J COH Hyndman, W T CoH Masson, T R LCoH Barugh, S M LCoH Brooker, D M LCoH Flanagan, T J F LCoH Harris, 8 K LCoH Matthew, G C LCpl Armstrong, M L LCpl Cooper. B LCpl Hodges, G A F LCpl Monson, R E C LCpl Munroe, G

Provost and War Dog Section CoH Parsley. A, LG LCoH Bradley, C D LCpl Hancock, K Tpr Howie, S T Tpr Locke, P A Tpr Welsh, P MT Troop Capt J A Livingstone SCpI Baker. K H CoH Tapsell, G K LCoH Beresiord, D LCoH Wynne. D A LCpl Cawley, M J LCpl Dixon, D LCpl O'Brien, W D LCpl Perkins. M J LCpl Perry, M A C Tpr Byrne. J Tpr Carrington, D w Tpr Cook, G R Tpr Cracker, P S Tpr Edgington, G T D Tpr Pleace, A J Tpr Polley. N F Tpr Proiiitt. M J Tpr Stanley, A P Servicing Bay LCoH Kirkpatrick, I Tpr Lawson, V J

LCpl Smith, P R

QM Department

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Capt S F Sibley

Carr, J B Clerehugh. A Collins, S R Jackson, N C Johnson, 8 Pendlebury, D

Orderly Room CoH (ORCoH) Mawer. J LCoH Seget. M P LCpl Peat, A D LCpl Fugatt, P R LCpl Wood. 0 H Tpr Doheny, C S 14/20 H Unit Admin Office Capt R J Morse, RAPC W02 (SQMS) Wall. B G. RAPC SSgt Edwards, G A. RAPC Sgl Reid. | A, RAPC LSgt French. K R, RAPC LCpl Brownhill, A D, RAPC LCoH Broughton, A D LCoH Williams, G LCpl Jones. C N

w02 (RQMC) Buckle. R M G CoH Grimes, F C CoH Kent, N R LCoH Beynon. K E LCoH Cross, A D LCoH Eyre, R W LCoH Needham, J W F LCoH Sharples, L B, LG LCpl Nixon, R J LCpl Round, D R LCpl Thomson, D P P Tpr Ellison. M J Tpr Moody. S C C Tpr Quinn, A D Tpr Renton. R W

RECCE Troop

QM(T) Department Capt D A O'Halloran W02 (RQMC(T)) Harkness. P J CoH Partis, J CoH Towse, J LCoH Firth. P LCoH Kitchen, R M LCoH Morris. S LCoH Webb, A J LCpl Henden, B V

Capt G M D McCullough

Tpr Brainwood. C J

SCpl Henney, P LCoH Ford, H LCoH Harris, A M LCoH Hodges. C J LCoH Simpson. P W LCpl Clavering, M LCpl Dobie. R J LCpl Hodgson. G LCpl Pilchowski. G W

Tpr Mackenzie. J G Tpr Marsden, J E Families/PHI Capt M R Brown CoH Mellor. D LCoH Goodyear, A M

LSgt Perry, M P, scors DG LCpl Roberts. M A

MRS Sennelager Surg Col J P A Page LCpl Lambert, K R Tpr Tanner, J M, LG Oï¬&#x201A;lcers Mess SCpI Elsey, S R LCpl Trow, S P Tpr Ellis, K L Tpr Hardwidge, N D Tpr Suter, P 8

Cin Cin Cin Cfn Cln

Moore. Slater. Stone, Taylor. Tooke,

D N P A M J I A G

A SOUADRON SHQ Maj A J Milier-Bakewell Capt R J Onslow

W02 (SCM) Sackett. N P W05 & CsoH Mess SCpI Maskell, P M LCoH Hudson. K LCpl Smith. P Tpr Parkin. S Stables Troop SCpl Pendry, T A LCpl Avison, M A, LG LCoH McDonald, A LCoH Storey, A J LCpl Day, M K LCpl Jones, T Tpr De Vere-Walker, G P E Tpr Gladstone. R P J Tpr Hennessy, M Tpr Hopkins, T P F Tpr Robinson, J A APTC SSgt (SSI) Ross. B ACC W02 (SQMS) Fitzgerald. T J F

Sgt Bull, M J LSgt Ball. A L LSgt Bayes, R LSgt Beeston. P A LSgt Johnson, M P LCpl McMunie, T B LCpl Storer, N Pte Elliott, S J Pte Howe, K J Pte Lee, T O Pte Lowe. S C Pte Price, N LAD attached to H0 Squadron Capt S P Weatherall

wor (ASM) w Smunhwaite W02 (AQMS) Gray SSgt Pearce, J SSgt Powell. E M Sgt Horsiali. K C N Sgt Leonard. G D Sgt Marsden, | Sgt McLean, K Sgt Mortimore. A E R Sgt Swrngler. K W Sgt Tankard, A K LSgt Edmunds. B LSgt Harvey. M D V LSgt Jones. T L LSgt Nagy. S A

LSgt Ritchie. R G LSgt Seddon, I A LCpl Bryson, D LCpl Castle, R F

LCpl Gibson. A LCpl Harbour. | J LCpl Leighton. D LCpl McDermott. S R LCpl Murkin, A LCpl Purcell. T C LCpl Simpson. G C LCpl Standing. C J Cln Asquith. D S Cin Bird. 8 M Cln Davis, S M Cln Duddy, S Cin Granlield, J P Cln Hudson. D A Cln McGhee, P J

CoH Rose. A J LCoH Davies. P G LCpl Widdowson, A R LCpl Woollenden, A L E Tpr Barnard, R D Tpr Elliott, C J Tpr Larmouth, P Tpr Molyneux, M S 1 Troop Ct A J P Woodward CoH Hollingsworth, K P LCoH Hows. P P LCpl King, N P Tpr Bostock, J C Tpr Brown, T E Tpr Holden, L A Tpr Jackson, D S Tpr Moxley, R L Tpr O'Neil. N M Tpr Redfem. L W Tpr Snell, B 2 Troop CoH Lock. M J LCoH Plater. I M Tpr Bowden. J R Tpr Collins, R G Tpr Glynn. J D Tpr Heath, M L Tpr Lowen. G L Tpr Smith, R S Tpr Smith, M S Tpr Stokoe, S 3 Troop Lt C B B Clee LCoH Brockhurst. C R LCoH Dickens, J P LCpl Mills. S J Tpr Ashdown. C N Tpr Bowden. M D Tpr Fermor, D A Tpr Gilligan. M A Tpr Hemming. M A Tpr McCabe, K R Tpr Pilchowski. D M Tpr Vosper. N J a Troop CoH Taylor. A D LCoH McGarry. P LCoH Willacy. T S LCpl Elston, P B LCpl Richards. M J Tpr Duncan. A J Tpr Findell. R J Tpr Hall, N S Tpr Horvath. C A Tpr Lansley. R E Tpr Noon. R Tpr Williams. C D Admin Troop SCpl (SQMC) Wendon, H LCoH Tuxlord, P LCpl Jones, E LCpl Morris, M Tpr Bradley. L P Tpr Butterireld. A G Tpr Gautrey. D S Tpr Halllord. L F Tpr Henderson, N


Detached Lt G C N Lane Fox (Long Equitation Cse Saumur) Ct A J P Wilkinson

2 SG LCpl Hallhide, P J (Gds Depot) LAD attached to A Squadron SSgt Fulcher. A T Sgt Bateman, G

Sgt Bligh. D LSgt Lamb. A LSgt Grimshaw. R M LSgt McCarthy M LCpl Elliott, J K M LCpl Jones. R I Cln Scott Cln Smith, I D

B SOUADFION 5H0 Maj A R E Singer. 14 20 H W02 (SSM) Cornish, J C, 14 20 H LCoH Mitchell, M D LCoH Day, K R LCpI Gray. G P LCpI Hastings, G K LCpI Lowe, 1420 H LCpI Nichols. M T Tpr Gaddes, A R J

Tpr Holt, R A, 1420 H 1 Troop 2Lt R P Allinson. 14 20 H

LCpl Osborn. Tpr Hamilton, Tpr Ibbotson. Tpr Postle, A Tpr Vasey. M

M C, 14 20 H P A T A, 1420 H A. 14 20 H

Detached Capt M J J E Stratton~Christensen

2 SG 2Lt J L Dingley. 14 20 H

(T08 14 Dec 87) SCpl Pitt, 0 J BEM (Pending posting to HCR) LCoH Birch. G W (Gds Depot) Tpr Bowen, G M (Temp att BATUS) Tpr Dawes, A D (Northern Ireland) LCpl Panter, A D (Northern Ireland) Tpr Shaw. B A (Nonhem Ireland) Tpr Wilson. P W (Northern Ireland)

LAD attached to B Squadron Sgt Herbert. A Sgt Pickup, J M LSgt Aymes, D LSgt Priestly. A G LCpl Baker. P D LCpI Herman. R F LCpI Sands. A Cln Cardew. S C Cln Cassie. M G Cln Shearer, G F A

Sgt Bradley. K D. 1420 H LSgt Wheeler. S M, 1420 H LCpl Coase. B V. 1420 H LCpl Kobewka. S. 14920 H Tpr Atkinson. S J, 1420 H

Tpr Bartley. M J, 1420 H Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Gannel. 1420 H Harris. M K P. 14’20 H Lonsdale, T. 14120 H Williams. N A, 14.20 H Woods. D G. 1420 H

2 Troop CoH Barry, P K LCoH Atkinson. P C LCoH Kershaw. E D Tpr Ellis, D A Tpr Hagan. J C Tpr Jones, G E Tpr Leak, C J Tpr Lyons, S Tpr Lythgoe. E S, 1420 H Tpr Redgrave. S R J, 1420 H Tpr Tnnick, C J 3 Troop Lt J K Goldie. 14920 H

LSgt Cohen. D B. 1420 H LSgt VIfild. S, 14/20 H LCpI Dickinson, S J. 1420 H Tpr Fletcher. G D. 14.20 H Tpr Jones. P S. 14/20 H Tpr Marshall. 8 J, 14120 H Tpr Martin. W Tpr Pomtret. R A. 14.20 H Tpr Rothwell, P A. 14.20 H Tpr Saunders, P W. 14120 H Tpr Woofl. S J. 1420 H

C SQUADRON 8H0 Maj G T R Birdwood Capt The Hon J H A Broughton W02 (SCM) Manning. M CoH Maher. V P LCoH Miles, D M LCpl Farmer. A P LCpl Hellewell, G P LCpI Hiscock, D R LCpI Parker. J T Tpr Dawes, l S Tpr Porter, D 1 Troop Ct J A Lydiard-Wilson CoH Elliot1, C D LCoH Carney. R J Tpr Binks, I G Tpr Bowlell, A D Tpr Charles, P M Tpr Jackson, D R Tpr Martin, S Tpr Sykes. J A Tpr Thomas, P J Tpr Winterbottom, P Tpr Wood. 8

LCpl Angel, A c, 14,20 H LCpl Campbell. J. 1420 H LCpI Keller. P A. 14 20 H LCpI McAleese. N G. 1420 H Tpr Corlett. S W, 1420 H Tpr Jones, G W, 1420 H Tpr Nettleship, A C. 1420 H Tpr Plimmer. D F Tpr Telling. D J Admln Troop SSgt (SOMS) Clayton, C P. 1420 H LSgt Turnbull. T W, 1420 H LCpI Knibbs, P M

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4 Troop 2Lt R A Neil, AAC CoH Atkinson, L LCoH Thorpe. R J. LG LCpl Monks, K A Tpr Brown. P Tpr Carroll. P F Tpr Coulson. A P Tpr Coulter, | G Tpr Evans. C P Tpr Liddell. M Tpr Lochrane. J L Tpr Murphy. D Admln Troop SCpI (SQMC) Morgan, D W LCoH Frampton. K A LCoH Thomson. G LCpI Pycroft. A G Tpr Fowler. M R Tpr Preston. P Tpr Seed. | Detached Ct C A Lockhart (Tpr Ldrs Cse Bovmgton) CoH Rushton, D W

(BATUS) LCpI Symons, G G (GDS Depot) LCpl Homer, D S (05M School) LCpI Marsden. L (Bordon) LCpl Campbell, A H (Course) Tpr Morris, B W (Cori Sigs Cse — Hobart Bks) Tpr Mardon. A D (Con Sigs Cse — Hoban Bks) LAD attached to C Squadron SSgt McLeod. J E Sgt Blaza, D A Sgt Flitcroft. S P LSgt Clay, M A LSgt Moflatt. C H W LSgt Reeve, G J LCpl Taylor. S Cln Mulcaster. A B Cln Wilcock, G

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bone, A J Hernming N G Jones. N W G Lee. A N McEwan, E Shepherd, 5 T Wignall. K

3 Troop Ct W F C Wakeham CoH Carpenter, T M LCoH Gaskell. N Glasgow, K F Lawson. B McCrossan, S C Pelling. R A Ruddlesdin. K Sadler. M A Slight. N Turner. T J

4 Troop Ct J A C Swayne CoH Vickers, S A LCoH Maxwell. P G LCpl Cowton. I A Tpr Cody, | J Tpr Davies. R J Tpr Dewmg, N J Tpr Howell, I M Tpr Riley, S P Tpr Sellen, P C Tpr Stockoe. W

Admln Troop SCpI (SOMC) Guest. J R LCpl Townsend. P LCpl Young, T J Tpr Binks, M J Tpr Houghton, 8 Tpr Kerr. P Tpr Morrison. 0 R E Tpr Nudd, A

Detached Lt W R B Jowm (Degree Course) Lt G V Woyka (RSOs Course) LCoH Pitt, C M J

(RAC CEN) D SOUADRON

SHQ Maj F G S Lukas Capt A S Jeacock

LCoH Nolan, G B LCpI Kibole. L K

Davies, S Habgood, A J Hunt, L Johnson. R M Lickfold, P M Reid, P

3 Troop CoH Mead, I LCoH Kent. G S LCoH Randall, R E J LCpl Young, P C Tpr Beaumont. M N Tpr Clayton, P J Tpr Elliott, C M Tpr Jones. C J Tpr McGee. F Tpr Morris, A J

Dettlngen

M21] P J Tabor W02 (SCM) Claridge, D J LCoH Hodges, P H LCoH Walton, S P LCpl WheelerrSmith, I D Tpr Foster, C M

Tpr Adcock. D R J Tpr McCormack. S J Tpr Moore. G P Musn Hassack, P W J

QM Department Ma) J Peck CoH Hyetl, S P LCpI Dawson, K J LCpI Nash, J M W

LCpI McGwre, P (Con Sig Cse Hoban Bks) Tpr Berger, S J (RAC Gny School) Tpr Jones. D A (Worthy Down 7 CTS)

Tailors' Shop LCoH English, W A

Saddlers' Shop SCpI Perrin, J G LCoH Butcher, J D LCpl Staflord, P R Tpr Daly, | S

Pharmacy Lt Col N H Carding

Farriers FCoH Chalmers, A W FCoH Garland. D J FCoH Watson, K R A FCoH Scruton, C FLCpl Kendrick, K FLCpI Smith, P J FLCpl Tilley, A M E (Det to Cyprus) Farr Francis, L M R Farr Measures, S

Equltation Staff LCoH Boyd, D R LCoH Mitchell, P J LCpI Rawlings, T E N LCpl Rex, J P

Provost Staff LCpl Bartlett, M LCpl Roberts. M J LCpl Twort, N M

W05 and N605 Mess LCpl Bridgewood, J E Tpr Barker. A L

Ofllcers' Mess CoH Barber, P E J LCoH Cross, P R Tpr Jenkins. D A Tpr Roberts, J

w02 (SCM) Evans, B R c CoH Wasp, G LCoH Brettell, S G LCpI Topham, P Tpr Greaves. J B Tpr Hughes, D J Tpr McKechnie. P J Tpr Sulley. P L

LCpl Spandley, J P Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

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LCpI Smith. T Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCpl Elliott. L K 2 Troop Ct A C Scott CoH Ashby, B

Tpr Ball, M

4 Troop Lt D H Morgan, 1420 H Sgt MCNally, A J. 14.20 H LSgt Crompton. D P, 14.20 H

Tpr Mowbray, M J Tpr Rowlands, K M J Tpr Welsh, D E

1 Troop CoH Coutts. A J D CoH Fernley, C LCoH Griffin, K J LCpI Joyce, P A Tpr Gerrard, S J Tpr Giddings, S J Tpr Mathieson, J G Tpr Overton. T L Tpr Oxtoby. K J Tpr Smith. M R Tpr Stickland. C G Tpr Winter, M W 2 Troop Lt O C A Holland CoH Mardon. T A LCoH Flynn, M J LCpl Shaw, G S

LAD attached to D Squadron SSgt Johnston, D M Sgt Mitchell. D A LSgt Burt, J W LSgt Fraser. D K LCpI Bennett, A M LCpI Cameron. M LCpl Ord, J W LCpl Thornton, P W A LCpl Wright, A J G Cln Cope, D W Cln McNiven, G W

MT Troop LCpl Cox, D W LCpl Saunders. N J Tpr Sturgeon, E J

Medical Centre Surg Capt A V D Moss CoH Gregory. J LCoH Johnson. K P Tpr Bradley, D A

Coach Troop Windsor LCoH Bissett. I N

LCpI Watlow, M J Tpr Roberts. A M

Orderly Room Tpr Thumwood. S G THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS SOUADRON RHQ Capt S H Cowen

w01 (ROM) (3 A Fox W02 (OROMC) Bourne, N W

Tralnee Rldes Tangler LCpI Terry. S M Tpr Fozzard. D Tpr Wiseman, S Musn Hughes. G

LCpl Kellett, N

Warburg Tpr Boggan, J Tpr Codd, | Tpr Morrison. K Tpr Smith, K J Tpr Turner. T D F Tpr Webb, A F Musn Antclille. P J Musn Mitchell, I L Penlnsula LCoH Martin, S M Tpr Beacock, A Tpr Bentley, R M Tpr Bone, R C Tpr Brown, L P Tpr Emery, N D Tpr Reason. J J Tpr Theobald, N J Awaltlng Ride Tpr Maloney, P

THE BLUES AND ROVALS MOUNTED SQUADRON SHO Troop Maj B W B White—Spunner Capt E B S Mountain W02 (SCM) Dawes, D J LCpl Nichols, A E LCpl Wood. G Admln Troop SCpI (SQMC) Chamberlain, D A LCpI Pratt, P A Tpr Findell, M J Tpr WIISOI‘I. A T 1 Troop Capt J W Johnsen CoH Baldwm, A G CoH Gear, D J LCoH Harris, P D LCoH Edwards, D J LCoH Jackson. G LCoH Whopples. G V LCpl Drinkwater, | R S LCpl Dugdale, P A LCpl Jones, C R LCpl Sullivan, 5 A Tpr Allison, P T Tpr Barrett, S B Tpr Byrne. J J Tpr Caile. D Tpr Culton, R O Tpr Davies, W J Tpr Dowle. C A Tpr Edwards, M L Tpr Flynn, N A Tpr Goldsbrough, K Tpr Horslield. R M Tpr Ireton, J K Tpr Jenkins, D A Tpr McGarry, J E Tpr McMullen, S D Tpr Norris, P S Tpr Pearse, T Tpr Picklord, S R Tpr Reay, | Tpr Spencer, N D Tpr Walding, J J Tpr Wood, P M 2 Troop Lt C R F Ward-Thomas CoH Dunkley. M G CoH Brooks. C P CoH Lawson, P J LCoH Allen. A L LCoH Shatlifl. T W LCpl Culion. D J LCpl Musgrave. R A LCpl Young, D J Tpr Austin. A R Tpr Baker, C P Tpr Beulah. M

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

Bye, C E Coombs. P J Courtney, L J Ewens, J l Goodwin, R A Hooker, K p Hooper. M A Hughes, A B McBain , G Morgan i G Moore. R A Ruff, D R Shaw. T W D Short, A D W Tirns. C J Twyman. P Venables, P D Weall. G J

3 Troop Lt S D Jacobs CoH Manning. R P CoH Taylor, M R LCoH Bulmer, | R LCoH Evans, J A LCoH Smith, N A LCpl Phillips, A LCpl Stokes. L LCpl Southern, M R Tpr Black, G J Tpr Clarke. G J Tpr CoxVRushbridge, S A F Tpr Cross, 8 J Tpr Downing, T J Tpr Edgington. D P Tpr Edwards. J C Tpr Garrett. W J Tpr Jones, L E Tpr Lee, J | Tpr Link. S V Tpr Mason, A S Tpr Maynard, J L Tpr Newman, 8 J Tpr Oxley, K Tpr Raynor, M S Tpr Raynes, P R Tpr Scovell. A M Tpr Slingsby, D P Tpr Welsh, S R Tpr Williams, J P Tpr Wright, S J Tpr Yarnold, A P T Detached LCpI Scott, N P (Long Term Sick) Tpr Curley, W (Crew Dvr Cse Catterick) Tpr Freeman, M A (Crew Gnr Cse Catterick) Tpr Joussme, A P (Crew Gnr Cse Catterick)

Musn Kimberley. I Musn Kitching. S Musn Lindsay, A Musn Mitchell. | L Musn Paine, N J W Musn. Preston, P Musn Richardson. M T Musn Stretton, J L Detached Musn Hassack. P W J (Equitation Course HCR) Musn Hughes. G (Equitation Course HCR) Musn Purnell. P I (RMSM Kneller Hall) Musn Whittield. A (RMSM Kneller Hall) Recruits Musn Antclilt (Pirbright — Adult) Musn Hickling (Pirbright — Junior)

OFFICERS SENIOR TO THE REGIMENTAL LIST Col J G Hamilton-Russell MBE (DCOS UNFICYP) Col P T Keightley (Comd Kuwait Liaison Team) Col H 0 Hugh Smith Lvo (DA Kenya) Col A H Parker-Bowles OEE (Lt Col Comd H Cav) OFFICERS AT ERE HO Londlst Lt Col T C Morris LVO Soltau/Luneberg Trg Area Lt Col J A Aylen

MOD (m5) Lt Col J J F Scott RAC Tactical School Lt Col J D Smith-Bingham CHALL DGFV Lt Col H W Davies Maj J S OIIVier HO UKLF (UKCICC) Lt Col P B Rogers HQ NI Maj I M D L Weston H0 Berlin (BR Sector) Maj G H Tweedie

A MAN (S) DAMA BAND OF THE BLUES AND ROYALS Maj R J Tomlinson W02 Baines. S L E W02 Whennell, R A SCpl Brammer. M ASCpI Bower, V CoH Burroughs, C J CoH Marsh, P M CoH Packer, F J CoH Stevens, M P LCoH Connaughton. K J P LCoH Guy. S C LCoH Hayward, M R LCoH Jones, P LCoH Stanton. G W LCpl Billington. H R LCpl Haddock, R LCpl Haywood. P LCpl Mayhew. K P LCpl Searle, M J

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