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1974

Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen.

Colonel and Gold Stick: Field-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO, DCL Deputy Colonel: General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB, DSO, MBE, MC, ADC The Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding The Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel H. D. A. Langley, MBE Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel W. S. H. Boucher Officer Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment (Mounted): Lieutenant-Colonel W. R. Edgedale The Life Guards

BATTLE HONOURS Tangier (1662-1680), Dettingen, Warburg, Beaumont, Willems,

Fuentes d'Onor, Peninsular, Waterloo, Balaklava, Sevastopol, Egypt (1882), Tel el Kebir, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa (1899-1902). Le

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Italy (1943-1944).

CONTENTS Diary of Events HO Squadron A Squadron B Squadron C Squadron

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Presentation of New Standards The Band of the Blues and Royals The Household Cavalry Training Squadron The Royal Canadian Dragoons Major C. W. J. Lewis Retires

Letter to the Editor Book Review

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The Lighter Side of Cavalry The Household Cavalry Museum

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The Blues and Royals Association. .

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The Blues and Royals List of those who have died, 1973 ..

Nominal Roll as at 3lst December, 1973 .,

The Commanding Officer anzl the RCM admiring the Carlos Sancha Portrait of the Colonel 0f the Regiment. The portralt hangs in the Officers Mess

The cover depicts part of the Standards Parade held in 1973 on

Horse Guards Parade.

FOREWORD Usually this column gives details of past events and forecasts the future. This year I want to leave this task to another column and instead, I would like to use this space to discuss what this very expensive magazine is trying to achieve and the editorial policy. You, our subscribers, are paying over £l,000 for THE BLUE AND ROYAL to be produced every year in its present form. This sum is almost as much as the total contributions for membership; so when the Army Benevolent Fund and the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund have taken their slice there is not a lot left for the Association Funds. All our readers, therefore, have to decide whether they are getting value for money. We need your ideas, your suggestions and your criticisms to produce the magazine that you want. But before you criticise let us be clear what the President and Committee of the Association and the Editor are trying to achieve. We want a magazine that we can be proud of and that is decently printed, with good pictures. In other words, it should reflect the status and pride of the Regiment. We want it to inform the members of the Regimental Association what has happened in the past year (the year being from one Cavalry weekend to the next) and to tell members, so far as anyone can foresee, what will be happening in the next year. Hopefully the serving members of the Regiment have some idea already of these things; therefore the magazine is mainly directed towards the ex-members of the Regiment. However, a very large number of serving Association life members are employed away from the Regiment (108 at the last count) and they also want to know what is going on, both in the Regiment and in the Association. Your committee are of the opinion that we should continue to produce a high-quality magazine in spite of the rising cost. The Editor is doing his best to reduce these costs by getting more advertisements by the cooperation of our new printers, and by sending out Association literature in the same envelope as the magazine. But inevitably each issue will continue to absorb a large proportion of your subscription to life membership and we have not thought it proper to change that subscription even for those who took out life membership a long time ago when prices were lower. So please take up your pens, write to the Editor at Combermere Barracks, and give him your views. If you think he is doing a good job, well, he may be pleased to hear that, too! Finally, I want to give an important message to all members of the Association. The committee has been criticised recently for reinvesting the income from invested funds rather than spending the money on those in need. This is a deliberate policy to counter the effects of inflation by maintaining the value of our funds at least at the level obtaining in 1969 when the Associations were amalgamated. It is also due to the fact that we do not always get to hear about ex-members ofthe Regiment who are in distress. Some are not members of the Association, some have lost touch with their friends and some are too proud to ask for help. Many of the cases we do hear about are very distressing indeed and, if we had heard about them earlier, much needless sufiering could have been avoided.

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We are hoping, therefore, to form Regimental Groupings of Association members where people will get to know all the ex-members of the two Regiments in their area and readily identify needy cases. Furthermore, Major Lewis has agreed to stay on as yourjoint honorary secretary after his retirement from his post at Home Headquarters, and will be more free to travel about the country on behalf of the Association. Major Dickinson has also agreed to stay on and is most willing, as always, to take an active interest. Please therefore attend the annual general meeting ready to suggest your name as a regional representative for your area, and also bring to the attention of one of the honorary secretaries any cases which you hear about. We are not nearly so stinking rich as many people seem to think we are, but we do have the support of the Army Benevolent Fund and of the Household Cavalry Central Charitable Fund and should, therefore, be able to carry out the aims of the Association more effectively than ever before. It should always be remembered that these aims are not only charitable, for the Association aims to promote the efficiency of the Regiment in many ways.

Diary of Events The beginning of 1973 was notable insomuch as the Regiment was not represented in any way in Northern Ireland, but it is entirely wrong to presuppose that we were all languishing in Windsor. This was far from the case. In fact, it is probably true to say that we were almost as strong numerically in Cyprus as we were in England. Both B and C Squadrons insisted that they were working hard, both ski-ing in the Troodos Mountains and playing bicycle polo. They entertained a long and distinguished line of visitors, the Colonel, the Deputy Colonel, the Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel, the Regimental Adjutant, General Sir John Mogg, Major-General R. E. Worsley, Major-General H. D. G. Butler, and Mr Ian Gilmour, Minister of State for Defence. Whilst B and C Squadrons were enjoying the Cypriot snow, A and HQ Squadrons also felt the call for winter sports. HQ Squadron to the delights of the Guards House, Folda, in Scotland, and A Squadron to the more serious aspects of Exercise ‘Hardfall’ in Norway where they discovered the problems of firing both Swingfire and Scorpion on the open snow-covered ranges of Hjerkinn. March and April saw the Cyprus Squadrons diversify— ing their successes; B Squadron controlled and escorted the rotation of the Turkish National Contingent and achieved such notable sporting achievements as minor units champions at darts and orienteering, and winning the Open Class in the NEARELF Art Competition. C Squadron spent much of this time on exercise but still found time to organise the ‘Prichett Cup’, an inter-pony club one-day event, and to win the Inter-Regimental Polo Tournament for the second year running. In May, the Cyprus Squadrons were busy preparing to hand over, and A and HQ Squadrons were also

preparing for the Presentation of Standards Parade. However, before that, on lst May, Brigadier G. P. M. C.

Wheeler inspected the Regiment on the annual FFR and even the RHQ officers had to demonstrate their

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marksmanship with an SMG at 30 metres. We were visited by the Chaplain General, The Venerable Archdeacon ]. R. Youens, on 7th May and, on 10th May, the Officers Mess acted as hosts to the Coaching Club Dinner during the Windsor Horse Show, and we were honoured by the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. On 23rd May a few members of the Regiment were invited to attend the presentation by the Major-General of Her Majesty The Queen‘s silver wedding present at St James’s Palace. On 30th May, the Presentation of

Standards Parade took place in the afternoon. It is covered pictorially elsewhere in the magazine, but sufifice it to say that the main difference between 1963 and 1973 was that the mechanised regiments had a moving part which required much skill, preparation and constant practice.

The Regiment was represented by the Mounted Squadron, the Band and a composite Scorpion and Mk V Ferret Squadron, found mainly from A Squadron and led by Major J. G. Hamilton-Russell. The Metropolitan Police became more than a little worried when camouflaged troops of Scorpions sped into Central London in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday morning, and thoughts of the Greek Colonels were luckily short—lived in their minds. It was the first time that tracked vehicles had taken part in the Ceremonial Parade on Horse Guards. However, the Department of the Environment

put its foot down at the thought of The Life Guards Chieftains churning around. After the Standards Parade, C Squadron The Life Guards remained in Windsor and carried out a successful KAPE tour in the Midlands. June saw the return from Cyprus of B and C Squadrons, and whilst they went on leave their respective baggage officers awaited with some trepidation, and cheque books in hand, the arrival of the MFO containers. On 15th June A Squadron demonstrated Swingfire and Scorpion live firing for the CGS, General Sir Peter Hunt, at Larkhill. Before the

Cyprus Squadrons had returned from block leave, A Squadron had left for exercise Alexander Express in Greece. When they returned from Greece on 5th July, the entire Regiment was together for the first time since A Squadron left Detmold to take up their AMF(L) role in 1970. It was the time for intensive Scorpion conversion training for A and B Squadrons, and we were visited by the C-in-C UKLF, General Sir Basil Eugster, the GOC

3rd Div, Major—General R. E. Worsley, a Canadian documentary film crew, a party from Harrow CCF, some severely handicapped cripples from Kent, and a party of under-privileged but over-vociferous children from Cardiff. We were also delighted to read in the newspapers of CoH Hughes and CoH Sibley’s mention in despatches during B Squadron‘s tour of Northern Ireland in Londonderry. At the end of July, Lieutenant-Colonel J. A. C. G. Eyre, who is now GSOl London District, handed over to Lieutenant—Colonel W. S. H. Boucher. In the middle of August, A and B Squadrons carried out conversion firing at Otterburn, tarrying on their way up and down for several KAPE visits, and they broke their journey

northward with a very welcome stop with Major G. F. Lane-Fox at Bramham Park. In August, we had the Regimental Sports Meeting which was won by B Squadron, and Lady Templer kindly presented the prizes. All the Squadrons carried

out some field training, both at Stanford and Salisbury Plain, but the major exercise, Diamond Ring, had to be

cancelled due to track faults with our new Scorpion. We were visited by the DQMG, Major—General R. W. T.

full and varied year, and whatever the coming one holds in store, we are already assured of exercises in Norway, Turkey and the Far East, and many other challenging jobs.

Brittain, and Brigadier B. N. L. Fletcher, Commander

of 2 Inf Bde. On 16th September, our Association ‘At Home’ Day, we marched to Holy Trinity, Windsor, and after lunch entertained the 1,600 spectators to displays of sideshows, vehicles on the square, the Quadrille from the Household Cavalry Regiment, and a marching display by the Band. There was a small dance in the Officers Mess on 20th September. In October, A, B and HQ Squadrons travelled to Warcop by train for annual firing. We in no way foresaw the Arab/Israeli conflict or the present fuel crisis, but so long as the trains continue to run this must be a pattern of things to come. C Squadron, however, were busy preparing for Northern Ireland, but whilst rioting and civil commotion were no longer permitted on the Slough Trading Estate, they got some expert tuition on the London Transport Skidpan. They finally departed for Aldergrove on 31st October. During the autumn our visitors were many and various. We saw Colonel J. W. Meijer, the Commandant of the Dutch Armoured Corps Centre, the entire USA women’s hockey team, who were

entertained in the WOs and CoHs Mess, and several hundred policemen who controlled the Windsor Pop Festival. In November, A Squadron again went abroad, this time to Denmark for two weeks. The Colonel of the Regiment visited us on Thursday, 8th November, and on 12th November, the Band went to SHAPE on the

occasion of the retirement of the Deputy Colonel. Traditionally, December is a quiet month but it has proved to be the exception this year. On 2nd and 4th December the old Standards were laid up at the Guards Depot and the Guards Chapel respectively, and on 6th December the Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding the Household Cavalry made the annual inspection of the Regiment. It took the form of a fairly complicated and ambitious drill parade which was crammed in between a welter of trade training courses. The soldiers carried SMGs and the officers swords, and all went well until

after the Advance in Review Order which, although we say it ourselves, was quite impressive. The local council dust cart swept in between the Silver Stick and the entire parade, but fortunately this did not mar the overall impression. On 13th December, a visit to the Regiment was incorporated as part of the official State Visit of President Mobutu of Zaire, and we accumulated a large number of vehicles for display, including most ofthe CVR series. The Major—General visited us informally on 17th December, and on 20th December we held a Carol Service in the Education Centre which was followed by the Christmas lunch. Little mention has been made of C Squadron in Northern Ireland but they are flourishing and have been visited by the Major-General, Major-General R. E. Worsley, and the Commanding Officer, and have just completed half oftheir tour. They had several operational successes, notably arms finds and the arrests of wanted men. And so we enter 1974 with the uncertainties of the power and fuel crises, having completed an extremely

HQ Squadron This year has certainly proved to be one of the quietest years experienced by HQ Squadron. The beginning of the year provided a major problem of HQ Squadron being responsible for the security of the barracks as all three Sabre Squadrons were abroad; however, we managed to survive even though it required rather senior Corporal-Majors to do guards. In February the Regiment was allocated Folda and SCM Rainger took a team of 26 up for a week’s ski—ing. In general, however, they certainly provided both a colourful sight and an entertaining group for the more proficient skiers who graced the slopes. The opportunity of repeating the venture in 1974 might well provide even more amusement for those north of Hadrian’s Wall. Perhaps LCpls Toney and Ford should be sent on a Northern Flank Exercise to practise winter driving and so reduce the damage they seem prone to inflict on 4-tonners. In March, a team of 30 were despatched to Upavon for a day to be given instant instruction on helicopter handling, fortunately no helicopters were written off. Major Barrie disappeared for 10 days on board Glut/eye in the summer taking a potted crew. Information concerning their cruise seems to be difficult to ascertain, so one certainly assumes that they had a very goodtime. During June RHQ Troop was asked to prowde a static display for Exercise ‘New Envoy’ at Aldershot. They provided this and spent three days at Aldershot having a memorable time ogling at all the Visitors from behind their display. In August, Major C. M. Barrie departed to become Squadron Leader of the Household Cavalry Training Squadron at Pirbright. Captain R. R. .Giles replaces him temporarily until Major J. S. Crisp returns'to command the Squadron again. Even whilst Captain Giles is commanding the Squadron he is busily preparing himself to take over as QM from Major 0. M. Price who is soon to depart and take over as Recruiting Officer from Major C. W. J. Lewis. MBE. In October, SCM Rainger left and is now the RQMC. He was replaced by SCM Simpson who has been away for a lengthy period supervising in Hong Kong. He is rapidly proving himself to be a budding Sir Matt Busby. SCpl Wilkins still remains looking after the Officers Mess. SCpl Lawson is now the Signals Corporal—Major (still sporting his enormous hairy growth). Perhaps this coming year will provide more excitement for HQ Squadron and, at the same time, less changes in the

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Exercise ‘Alexander Express’ Northern Greece, June 1973

A Squadron It can never be said that service in A Squadron is boring: cold-yes, hot—~yes, at times arduous, at others languid, but repetitive~no. ln l973 flexibility again reigned supreme and, with the exception of no trip to Ulster, the Squadron's progress around the world has maintained the momentum of 1972. Once again we are grateful to, and proud of, our wives and families who stoically accept the burden of long periods away from home of husbands and sons. ‘They also serve who only stand and wait . . We hope that we are all the more appreciated when we visit Windsor, and wish them to know that we are not insensitive to their plight. This year has seen a major turnover throughout the Squadron—too many to mention all by name, but we have sadly lost Major Smith-Bingham, Captain Wilkin— son, Lieutenants Massey, Messel and Scott, SCM Stephenson, SQMC Hague, and CsoH Cain and Patter— son. By way of replacement we have suffered Major Hamilton-Russell, Captain Walker-Okeover, Lieutenants Lingeman, Everard and Gurney, SCM Kersting, SQMC Hill (again) and CoH Sayer. The LAD section has enjoyed greater continuity than the Squadron and, at their present high production rate of miracles, can stay forever. It is rumoured that SSgt Davies is negotiating a trade agreement with Iran (Sgt Forsdike in exchange for Scorpion spares). An attempt to find a different and original method of presenting the chronicle of the Squadron successes in battle has failed and, as before, the year revolves round the four major events of which the first was another visit to the sun-drenched shores of Norway.

Exercise ‘Hardfall’ 1973

South Norway Many of us had not been to Norway before and, inspired by rumours put about by the veterans, were seen wandering around camp like Michelin men trying to get Arctic clothing to fit, and building igloos out of ice cubes in the NAAFI in the evenings.

It is a source of constant amazement to the writer that 100 or so men with about 40 vehicles of many different types can leave the barrack gate in small groups at different times and within 24 hours be concentrated in a small corner of some far-ofl“ land, a considerable

distance from the point of arrival and invariably without any maps to assist. That it works, not once but many times, is in no small measure due to the oft-maligned movement organisation, and also to the Squadron oflice

where the main burden of preparation lies. The system of checking before loading on to the aircraft is always rigorous but we do not always understand why a driver is asked to empty the petrol tank at one stage only to be told to fill it up again 10 minutes later at the next stage. Lieutenant Boone river crossing in South Norway

visitors, notably our Deputy Colonel, General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick and General Sir Thomas Pearson, C-in-C North. After the ranges, the Squadron went south to participate in Exercise ‘Breadbasket’, an eight-day AMFtL) exercise. Whilst embarking on the LSL one of the Scorpions was airdropped without parachute from a height of 40ft onto the quay, the controller having, with difficulty, positioned himself out of sight of the crane operator. Maintaining tradition, we managed to set alight an island in a lake at the end of the exercise. With little regard for their own safety, Captain Wilkinson, Lieutenant Boone and SCM Stephenson set off in a punt to extinguish it. Due to a lack of directional control the punt started to sink and a passing Norwegian kindly waded out to retrieve them. Meanwhile, Squadron firefighting parties were flown in by helicopter to achieve the aim. We returned to Windsor towards the end of March.

In the event, when we arrived in mid-February, the

After Norway, a period of relative calm led up to the Presentation of New Standards, which is recorded more

balance. Favourites for 1974 are l Troop. At the end of February we moved to the ranges at Hjerkinn at a height of 3,000ft and a temperature of —30°C. The gunnery went well although Captain Wyburd laid himself out after giving the safety briefing. Missile firing was colourful to watch but spectators were glad to be under shelter. During this period we had many

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a period of troop training on Salisbury Plain culminating in a weekend exercise with the Royal Yeomanry. This did everyone good except the Squadron Leader who collected two threatened police prosecutions, one for owning a Scorpion in a dangerous condition and one for despatching the Squadron along a road with a width restriction of 6%ft (time spent in recce seldom wasted). At about this time we collected some more Scorpions,

and said goodbye to the last of the Ferrets, before going to Warcop and Otterburn ranges for the annual Gunnery Instructor’s wake. A lot of the familiar old cries were resurrected and the two weeks passed off with relative success, after which we got ready for Denmark.

salute was taken by the President of Greece, and a

Exercise ‘Absalon Express’ The Zealand group of Islands Denmark, November 1973

fully elsewhere. Suflice it to say that the first occasion on which Scorpions paraded in public (it has since happened

Once again the movement miracle occurred and, with a delay due to bad weather, we found ourselves amongst people who displayed the highest degree of hospitality and friendship. Everything possible was done to alleviate the effects of cold and wet weather and we were thoroughly grateful for all the help given us by members of the Danish Garde Hussar Regiment. This time the Squadron was under constant pressure,

in Dubai), and surely the first drive past of tracked vehicles on Horse Guards, was embellished by the

demonstration to our Colonel-in-Chief of the efficiency of the Scorpion handbrake by an anonymous driver who omitted to release it for the journey past the dais! it was nevertheless a memorable occasion for those who took part and the Mounted Regiment showed commendable steadiness on parade in the face of determined backfiring from the armoured cars. A number of B Squadron personnel returned from Cyprus in time to be represented amongst the crews. immediately following this the Squadron laid on an impressive demonstration on Salisbury Plain. for the Chief ofthe General Staff, of the fire power of Scorpion, Scimitar and Swingfire Ferret, before preparing for the air move to the Mediterranean.

The easy way out . ..

contingent from the Squadron in vehicles carried the flags of the participating AMF nations. . Eight days on one of the better LSL’s brought Captain Wilkinson a commendable suntan and the Squadron back to England to some leave after which we undertook

Presentation of New Standards 30th May 1973

daytime temperature at Rinnleiret Camp was marginally above freezing. It was nostalgic to re-visit the site of the burnt—out NAAFI and to discover that the camp fire engine still did not work for the demonstration. Troop training began with vehicle commanders experiencing the inaccuracy of Norwegian maps, and drivers, the danger of ice on the roads hidden under the snow. Most entertaining of all was Squadron ski training, particularly for the crowds of locals who would happily stand and watch for hours. 5 Troop CoH claims to have won the ski jump competition, which, with langlauf-type skis,

was more a question of mass and momentum than

The exercise in Greece gave us all a chance to see an interesting part of Europe but did not extend the Squadron in a military sense except that at one time we were operating across a distance of 200 miles, which gave the signallers convulsions and the echelon no sleep. Lieutenant Armitage rejoined us from the Depot for the exercise and his Troop was never to be found far from the beach while Lieutenant Scott, Tprs Lloyd and Buckman were tasked to show the Scorpion off to a gathering of NATO Generals (243 stars were counted— standing room only for Major-Generals and below). Such were the powers of persuasion of the crew that several national Defence Chiefs were seen fumbling for their cheque books. We were delighted to be visited by General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick during the exercise, accompanied by Major Crisp and, as is the custom, the proceedings were brought to a close with a large parade, at which the

scarcely ever being out of contact with an extremely

The NATO parade at Karalla, Papadopoulos takes the salute

Greece, July

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persistent enemy and at one moment SHQ amassed 28 vehicles, including a Royal Air Force team controlling l6 strike aircraft from three different Nations, two artillery OP parties controlling three batteries of guns. two helicopters and liaison parties from British, Italian and Luxembourg infantry battalionsinot to mention four Danish umpires. CoH Adams almost ran out of ‘callsigns‘.


B Squadron

Swingfire firing at Hjerkinn ranges

Memorable moments were when Captain Wyburd argued with a Scorpion for the second time this year (we are wondering where the third one will strike); when 1 Troop captured all the officers of an enemy tank squadron having dinner; and when Cpl Cousins and Tprtthe galloping gourmet) Gambrell showed astonishing cmsmary powers by casseroling four pheasants, defeated by the Squadron Leader in fair combat, in red wine. The climax to a hectic exercise came when Captain Walker-Okeover, SCM Kersting and 24 stalwart performers defeated the elforts of the whole force, infantry included, in the March and Shoot Competition for the NATO Challenge Cup. The fact that some of them had to jump from the quay into a scrambling net lowered from a moving ship in order to get home to England seems of little significance in retrospect. We have recently survived the bi-annual inspection by the Lieutenant—Colonel Commanding the Household Cavalry and, in the near future, are setting off again for Norway, this time to the far north and the Arctic Circle where, at the time of writing, the temperature is —38°C. Perhaps Belfast next June holds some attraction.

The Squadron was lucky to start this year under the blue and cloudless sky of Cyprus as the United Nations Force Reserve stationed in a camp alongside Nicosia Airport. B Squadron was the only armoured car unit in the force, alongside infantry contingents. mostly at battalion strength, from England, Sweden. Denmark. Austria, Finland, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Snow fell briefly in late January and the Squadron ski team of Captain Roberts, Lieutenant Greenwell and LCpl Wilkinson left for the slopes: they were installed as favourites to win the Army Ski Championship but in the night before the great day the snow melted and did not return. During January, February and March each Troop in turn visited and stayed with the other contingents. During these visits a Troop Platoon exercise was organised, weapons and means of communications were studied, and the final night was party night when the tax-free drink flowed like the proverbial water. CoH Burton Johnson made the almost fatal mistake of joining the Finnish troops in a run up to one of their mountain OPs above Kyrenia. During March, the twice-yearly changeover of the regular troops from Turkey took place. This was probably the most serious operation undertaken during the tour in Cyprus. especially so as Grivas’s Enosis party had started a bombing campaign and the road route taken by the Turkish Freedom Fighters from. Famagusta Docks to the Turkish enclave north of Nicosia was through fairly hostile country. The Squadron had the support of both Canadian and British infantry. it was a tiring but luckily very successful 24-hour operation. Sport played a large part in the Squadron’s life. Rugger, football, cricket. hockey. squash, tennis.

badminton, volley—ball, polo, orienteering, aqualung diving, water ski-ing, swimming and darts were some of the sports undertaken. We played C Squadron at rugger and were held to a draw, and likewise at football, although there were those

that thought that if the Squadron Leader had not selected the Squadron Clerk and himself a more favour— able result would have been achieved. We had an excellent hockey team which C Squadron refused to find time to take on, which was surprising as our sister squadron seemed to do little else but lie about in the sun. Cornet Browning took a party to Kyrenia to learn how to aqua—dive and also led a team which won the UN Minor Units Orienteering Competition. The darts team, under the captaincy of LCol-l Rumbelow and LCpl Mulgrove (ACC), were well fancied (it must be admitted, mainly by themselves) to win the UN Darts Competition. They were, however, beaten by the eventual winners, and it is

possible that the hospitality of the Irish contingent had something to do with their downfall. Twice weekly a dozen soldiers went down to C Squadron stables and, thanks to C Squadron and our two instructors, CoH Preece and CoH Burton Johnson, learned the finer

points of equitation. The Corporal—Major is now a confirmed addict, whilst the junior officers had a compulsory polo session once a week. During our six-month tour we were delighted to see and entertain many visitors, chiefly among whom were Colonel Gerald, General Desmond, the Major-General,

Mr Ian Gilmour (Minister of Defence), the Silver Stick and his Adjutant, the Adjutant-General, Major-General Worsley and, of course, our own Commanding Officer, at that time Colonel Eyre. A special point was made on most of these visits that the graves of those Blues killed in Cyprus during the emergency were visited and wreaths were laid. It is possibly of interest to readers to know that the graves are kept in an excellent condition among beautiful lawns and trees. It was in March that the news came through that from the Squadron’s emergency tour in Londonderry for operation Motorman CoH Sibley and LCoH Hughes had both been awarded the citation of Mentioned in Despatches for bravery. This news was of great satisfaction, especially so as these awards were the first gained by the Regiment in Northern Ireland. It was also in March that three nameless members of the LAD took the Squadron speedboat out and managed to sink it, 300 yards out in 40ft of water. It was luckily spotted after three days’ searching by Captain Roberts and brought to the surface. During the tour, a. couple of Squadron dances were organised by the junior ranks. LCpls Murray, Chamberlain and Collet collected a mixed bunch of ladies from all over the island and Tpr Hunter moved his bed into the Squadron Club in order to miss none of the action. When the warm weather came Squadron beach parties were‘held near Kyrenia, and Captain Giles, as a result of his contacts, ensured

that we had as many free oranges and grapefruit as we could eat made available on the weekly four-tonner s

A Sqn marching past on the Silver Stick inspection at Windsor

trip to the orchards.

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BIII Signal and Land-Rover drivmg courses were

held and a steady stream of soldiers returned to England .a-

The Adjutant-General inspecting the barrack guard provided for his Visit. From left to right: Major Parker Bowles, General Sir John Mogg, CoH O’Halloran (Guard Commander), Tprs Perkins, Windrass, Baxter

While visiting the Squadron the Commanding Officer, LieutenantColonel J. A. C. G. Eyre, took the opportunity to pay his respects at the grave of Surgeon Captain Wilson, The Blues. The wreath-laying party was composed of (from left to right) LCpl Wasp, SCM Bell, Lieutenant-Colonel Eyre, Msn Bullock, Major Parker Bowles, Captain Giles

for conversion courses to Scorpion in preparation for

the Squadrons return. Whilst in Cyprus everyone had two weeks’ leave, spent in England, on the whole, by

those who were unmarried and in Cyprus by those who were married. Thanks to LCoH Whyte’s hours of tele— phoning, everyone who wished to indulge home or bring out their families were able to do so. The Squadron rented two flats in Fainagusta for the families from England. Some took their leave in the Middle East; LCoH Pentith and the Squadron Clerk ran out of money in Lebanon and Pte Francis (ACC) went on a tour of the Holy Land. Since the six—inonth tour counted as an emergency UN tour, everyone who did more than three months was

presented with a UN Medal. This presentation took the form of a medal parade with an inspection by the Force Commander,

Major-General Chand,

some foot drill

and a drive past in Land—Rovers and Ferrets. Some problems occurred during the rehearsals, but all was all right on the day, with the added bonus of a backdrop of the sun setting behind the mountains. A few days before the parade, a party of vehicle commanders under CoH Preece returned to England to bolster up A Squadron for the Presentation of Standards by our Colonel-in-Chief on 30th May. By the time he left CoH Preece was probably the best—known NCO on the island due to his role as PMC of the WOs and CsoH Mess, his party organising. his guitar playing, and his habit of trying to visit most contingent Messes most nights. After the medal parade the advance party of 16/5 Lancers arrived and a very happy handover took place. The camp was certainly in a better condition than we found it. both inside the buildings and outside, by the construction of gardens and the planting of over 50 trees within the camp.

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The main parties changed over at the beginning of June and, looking brown and healthy, ‘Beautiful 8‘ arrived back in Windsor and had two weeks‘ leave. In July, the Scorpions were taken over and courses for drivers and gunners were held. Recruit and Regimental gunnery took place at Otterburn and Warcop and on the drive up we stayed one night with Major George Lane-Fox (past 21C of the Blues and Royals), who took great trouble to look after us very well and, similarly. on the way south to Thetford we were very well entertained by Major John Shaw, MC (formerly of the Blues). The Regimental gunnery took place in beautiful weather and in the final battle run competition B Squadron crews took the first six places. On return to Windsor we held a Squadron dance in the dining hall. The Squadron Leader, always an advocate of soldiers remaining bachelor (we had only two married troopers out of 70), got married, and the junior ranks gave him an inscribed silver salver. and the Squadron NCOs an inscribed electric clock. In August, the Regimental Athletic Competition took

C Squadron The start of 1973 saw C Squadron still located in the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus. The hectic round of Christmas parties had passed and somehow everyone had survived. Perhaps the most rewarding party of all was the one given for 50 Turkish Cypriot children from Pergamos village. January and February were the months for trade training and so once again the training wing became a hive of activity with the Squadron instructors putting in long hours and, as the results of the trade test showed,

producing most encouraging results. A number of the Squadron attended a one-week parachuting course and CoH Stubley will probably bore his grandchildren for many hours relating how both parachutes failed to open until the last minute on one occasion. At about this time BFBS were running a series of programmes on the Regiments and minor units located in Cyprus, and C Squadron was chosen to produce the first one. Regimental histories and recordings of Regi—

place, watched by Colonel Gerald, and with an element

ofluck and some skilljust heat C Squadron for the shield. The skill was chiefly shown by Captain Roberts. CsoH Emery, Sibley, Martin, LCoH Pentith and Tprs Baxter, Napier and Gregory. November and December were spent on trade training with over three-quarters of the Squadron on various external and internal courses. During this period a lot of new faces joined the Squadron, chiefly from the Depot, and a strong dismounted Troop of three infantry sections was formed in preparation for the Squadron‘s visit to Belfast in March 1974. During the last few months many old faces have moved on: Captain Giles to become Quartermaster, Captain Roberts and Cornet Browning to civilian life.

mental music were unearthed, and a cross-section of The Colonel, Field-i arshal ir Gerald Templer, \istts lst Troop Room, and is seen talking to Tpr Tanks and LCoH Smith. Cyprus

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Lieutenant Greenwell to HCR, Lieutenant Holcroft to

Oxford University, Cornet Lingeman to A Squadron. SQMC Weeks and CoH Hughes to C Squadron, CsoH Preece, Burton Johnson, Stacey and LCoH Shaw to various instructors‘ jobs, and many more. all of whom will be missed. Christmas and the New Year passed as normal and it is now that these notes should end and would have done so if the Squadron at no notice had not been called out on the evening of Friday, 4th January, to assist the police at London Airport. The national papers had their own views and were filled with pictures, cartoons and quotes of the Squadron. These notes will not cover this operation, but it is thought that this is the first time since World War I that armed troops and the police have operated together. In conclusion, the Squadron is hoping that 1974 will be as varied, happy and successful as 1973 was.

the Squadron was chosen to be interviewed about various aspects of Squadron and Regimental life. The end result was, to everyone’s surprise, quite good. For those in Windsor who were missing C Squadron, the remedy was easily found by switching on television sets to watch the BBC series of‘The Regiment” which featured Christopher Cazenove, LCOH Challoner, Tprs Meredith, Evans and many others. And for those who could not be satisfied by this, perhaps satisfaction could be found by gazing in admiration at the ‘Join the Professionals’ poster featuring LCpl Padgett, Tprs Lampard and Tuckwood. However, in order to ensure that we were not becoming too obsessed with filming and modelling, the RCM decided to pay us a visit closely followed by the Quartermaster. We were delighted to see them both and managed to persuade them that the notes written about C Squadron in the Guards’ magazine were not only widely inaccurate but also verging on the libellous. Lying on beaches indeed! Everyone knows that it’s far too cold to lie on a beach in January. The exercise season was now with us, and once again we were required to exercise with and against a very wide assortment of units. As often as not these exercises had little to do with our role, but they provided a

CoH Clayton. LCpls Sackett, Young, Tprs Blake, Murrow, proving once again that visual contact is far better than audio systems, at least where Mrs Baker is concerned

valuable opportunity for troops to get out of camp and train together. Although the facilities for individual training were excellent, the problems of troop training were enormous as we were confined to a small training area adjacent to our own camp. First priority for use of this tended to go to visiting units, and therefore we grasped with both hands any opportunity to. train With these visiting units. Troop tests were organised at the end of March which happened to coincide with the visit of the Commanding Officer. The tests were set by Captain Corbett, and had a definite Northern Ireland llavour. The results were extremely close, the eventual

winners being lst Troop. Just after this we had another visitor, this time GOC London District, Major-General Bowes—Lyon, who stayed with us for a day. The highlight of the training season was our annual pilgrimmage to Akamas ranges at the western end 01 the island. This was to take place from 8th—l4th April,

Major-General Bones-Lyon talking to Captain Hayward during his visit to C Squadron in Cyprus

and so the last weeks of March and early April were directed towards gunnery training under our Gunnery Instructors CoH Chapman and LCOH Benn. Firing went extremely well and an excellent report was received from the Gunnery School. At the same time as all this was going on, preparations were in hand for the Prichett Cup—the annual war between the four pony clubs on the island. This takes the form of a one—day event with dressage in the morning, followed by cross-country in the afternoon and showjumping in the evening. LCOH Catlin together with LCoH Partridge and the other grooms had constructed a really first-class cross-country course. The event was a great success and all credit must go to the grooms who worked extremely long hours and coped admirably with all the problems which go with such an occasion. Visitors were with us once again, and we were delighted to see DRAC, Major—General Brockbank on 7th May,

the Colonel ofthe Regiment from 14th—16th May, and the Deputy Colonel and Lady Fitzpatrick who stayed with us from 17th—19th May. The polo season had arrived with the hunters having been turned out for a day and then brought back in as polo ponies. Before turning to polo, a word should be said about the Dhekelia Drag Hunt. This over the winter months had provided a lot of fun for a lot of people not only in Dhekelia but also in Episkopi and Famagusta, and all credit must go to Cornet Leslie King who put in a lot of work into the running of the hunt. The hounds

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C Squadron Polo team: Cornet Leslie King, Tpr Harvey, Tpr Hayward, Major Lockhart and umpire

looked amazingly well considering the problems. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the Boxing Day meet at the WOs and CsoH Mess. There were three teams entered for the Inniskilling Polo Cup—the inter-Regimental of Cyprus: lst Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, B Squadron The Blues and Royals, and C Squadron The Blues and Royals. The semi-final between B and C Squadrons was played over two days, pony power being the main problem. C Squadron emerged the winners by one goal scored in the last minute, and therefore went forward into the final against the Royal Anglians at Episkopi. Represent~ ing C Squadron were Major Lockhart, Cornet Leslie King, Tprs Harvey and Hayward. In a hard game C Squadron were the winners by 4 goals to 0. We took part in most sporting activities but without any great success in any of them. The exception was perhaps the rugby team who were most go-ahead and organised themselves a weekend tour to Beirut to play against a local club there. This was reckoned to be a great success though, unfortunately. no one could remember the result of the match or, in fact, if one had even been played. Their finest moment came in

reaching the final of the seven-a-side inter-unit tournament where they were beaten by 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. HQ and A Squadrons sent out a team to play against B and C Squadrons. the tour culminating with a match between the Regiment and Dhekelia Garrison which was narrowly won by Dhekelia. The hockey team under CoH Melbourne also showed great promise but never really achieved the results they should have done. Preparations were now in hand for our handover to B Squadron 16,15 Lancers and our departure from Cyprus in mid-June. On Wednesday, 6th June, the Commander British Forces Near East paid us a farewell visit. The final event in which we were required to partake before departure was a firepower demonstration featuring not only ourselves but also infantry support weapons. guns of the Royal Artillery. and RAF with Fighter Ground Attack aircraft. Representing us was 1 Troop commanded by CoH Chapman and crewed by the cream of the Squadron gunnery experts. They all did extremely well and many complimentary remarks were later received on their performance. Our departure from Cyprus was not without drama. Our luggage had gone, quarters and accommodation were handed over, the buses were ready, when it was learnt that our aircraft was still in Brize Norton and had every intention of staying there for another 24 hours. The problem was quickly passed over to Headquarters staff who booked us into hotels in Limassol where we suffered for another 24 hours lying in the sun and drinking brandy—sours. On returning to England the Squadron went on leave for three weeks before reporting to Windsor on 8th July. July and August were devoted to trade training where the opportunity was taken for newly-joined members to gain a basic trade, and to upgrade others with a second trade. The Support Troop also got together at this time to attend various courses. The Regimental sports meeting took place on Wednesday, 15th August, where C Squadron finished a very close second to B Squadron. Those who distinguished themselves were Tpr Lampard who won the 1.500m and 5,000m, the last by 1:} laps,

and LCpl Playford who won the long jump. 6th Troop won the tug-of—war. and Tpr Lampard was awarded the trophy as Victor Ludorum. At the end of August the Northern Ireland Training Advisory Team visited us for two days. This was a most useful visit. giving us all a valuable insight into the background of the Irish problem. and also advice on our future training. This was followed by a week on Salisbury Plain where we had the good fortune to have the whole Plain virtually to ourselves. This gave us a chance to polish up basic troop tactics, and culminated in a small Squadron exercise with the gallant 3rd Troop as enemy. Then some more leave until mid—September followed by one or two small exercises as well as a KAPE tour to Walsall, and then the Northern Ireland training started in earnest. The Support Troop had already attended a 'Search and Sniffer’ course at Chatham, and now the

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priorities lay with individual weapon handling and shooting. the setting up of vehicle check points and improving driving skills. VCPs could be seen springing up all round Windsor Park and Support Troop did a cordon and search ‘somewhere in Buckinghamshire‘.

days of fuel shortages. The Ferrets keep on going as do the ‘B‘ vehicles and this is in no small way attributable to the hard work and long hours put in by the LAD under SSgt Waterman. During the year there have been many changes within the Squadron. Captain Bols remained in Cyprus with the UN and was succeeded as 21C by Captain Tweedie, Captains Hayward, Marsh, Corbett and Cornet Leslie King have all moved to other jobs, and Lieutenants Agar and Carter have left the Army. SQMC Greenwood and Col-l Garvey left us in Cyprus for Germany and the Mounted Squadron, respectively; CoH Anslow went recruiting: CoH Chapman has gone to the Gunnery School: LCpl Steel and Tpr Bramble transferred to RMP: CoH Smith, CoH Howells, LCpl Wischussen and

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Tprs Prusak and York—Explosives find in Northern Ireland

Several lecturers came down to talk to us and a wide variety offilms were shown. As our tour was to take place during the winter months, it was thought that extra practice was required in driving in slippery conditions. A contact was established with the London School of Transport at Chiswick and each Troop spent one evening practising skid pan driving techniques. The first thing that emerged was that it was virtually impossible to make a Ferret skid in these sort of conditions (not, though, in other conditions as 3rd Troop will bear out). As a result, the drivers ended up at the wheels of London buses which skid perfectly. The final week before departure saw an inter-Troop shooting competition won by 6th Troop, the handover of our ‘A’ vehicles and then a long weekend before catching the boat from Liverpool on the night of Slst October. This had its moment of drama, for with the trains being slightly late, and the boat having to catch the tides, the main party only arrived at the docks with five minutes to spare, after a 60mph drive through Liverpool with a police escort.

LCpl Brady have all left the Army. There are, of course, many others, and to all of these go our thanks for the valuable contributions they made to the Squadron, and we wish them the best of luck in whatever job they are doing now. Our congratulations to those who have been promoted, including LCsoH Thompson, Blake, Edwards and Perry, and also to LCpl Blomquist for getting an ‘A’ grading on an MT accounting course. We welcome all those who have arrived in the Squadron during the year. with perhaps a special welcome to Tpr Hutton who left us in Cyprus to try out civilian life and rejoined us in Windsor.

THE GORDON BOYS’ SCHOOL The National Memorial to General Gordon Founded 1885

WEST END

WOKING

SURREY

Telephone: Chob/mm 8084 and 8085

So here we are in Ireland, based at Aldergrove, and

responsible for patrolling the whole of South Antriin (some 900 square km). Most of the action, of course, goes on in the city and it is difficult to see many posttive results from all our patrolling and countless VCPs which have been set up. However, what is quite impossible to say is how much more arms and ammunition would have been moved were it not for our presence and the fact that the potential bomber never quite knows when he is going to run into a VCR We have had a number of good finds, including explosives mostly, but also arms and ammunition. Christmas came and went, as did New Year, and they

were very little different from any other day. Everyone had their Christmas dinner at one time ‘or another, and

the Squadron laid on a party for 50 handicapped children from Muckainore Abbey. This was extremely rewarding for those who organised it judging by the reaction of

those who attended. We are now more than half-way through our four—month tour, and the time passes by

with remarkable rapidity. The fact that everyone is

The Gordon Boys’ School, a voluntary aided Sehool,is conveniently located 25 miles from London. It offers an excellent boarding education and boys who make the necessary progress are able to take the G.C.E. “0" level examination at the end of the course. atthe age of about 16 years. Boys are also helped to take the G.C.E. “A” level examination subsequently, ifthey are able to reach this standard. The fees are moderate by present-day standards and fathers who are serving in the Armed Forces may draw the Service education allowance to help with the payment of the fees. The School has a very high proportion of sons of Servicemen and it is particularly sympathetic to their educational needs. It can be especially useful when fathers are liable to be posted overseas. The age of entry is 12 to 14 years. There is an entrance examination. which is held in the Spring and Autumn terms for admission to the School each September and January. Full details may be obtained by writingto the Head Master. The Gordon Boys' School,West End, Woking, Surrey.

kept extremely busy. of course helps. The vehicles do a

huge mileage and the whole Squadron covers about 55,000 miles a month—7a rather alarming figure in these

NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY


The Mounted Squadron

Sports Football Notes

Without doubt, 1973 has been the busiest year for the Mounted Squadron for the last decade. A royal wedding. a parade for the presentation of new Standards. as well as a Regimental camp and a heavy musical ride commitment have all come on top of a normal ceremonial year. With leave and courses coming to an end in February. the wheels started to turn in March. The Musical Ride started training in the first week, while spring drills took place during the last fortnight, culminating with an early stay with the Armoured Regiment at Combermere to greet the President of Mexico. This proved to be a very successful escort which boded well for our future

After reaching and being defeated in the London District six-a-side final for the second successive year, we have had a very successful Regimental five-u—side competition in the gymnasium, which was won by a LAD team. The Regiment entered the football season with great enthusiasm managed by WOl Wood, who was then RQMC. The first league match was against the Scots Guards which we lost 4&1. Bad news quickly followed when we found ourselves drawn against the Scots Guards in the Preliminary Round of the Army Cup. Twice the match ended in a draw, 2-all. The second replay at Burton Court found both teams determined to settle it one way or another; we won 6—l. We then played the 2nd Bn Light Infantry, drawing 3-all in the first match. We lost the replay 3‘1. The London District Cup slatted prior to Christmas and our first match was against the Coldstream Guards in the preliminary round, having been 2A0 up at half time: by full time it was 3—all. However, after extra time we lost 574. SCM Simpson has now replaced WOl Wood as the taskmaster. We are rapidly approaching the Cavalry Cup, our first match against HCR, the winners meeting 13/18 Hussars in the UK zone semi-final.

comm1tments. As soon as the Musical Ride returned from performing at Newark and Windsor during the first fortnight in May, rehearsals started for the Queen‘s Birthday Parade. These rehearsals were quickly followed by more rehearsals for the Standards Parade, with the result that everyone was trying not to muddle up the various movements of the two parades. However, everything went well on the Standards Parade on 30th May and this was followed by an equally successful escort for The Queen‘s Birthday Parade on 2nd June. Fortunately,

all

calculations

concerning men

and

horses were proved correct for 12th June. for, not only was the Musical Ride performing at Ardingly and later at Malvern, but the rest of the Squadron was involved

in providing an escort for the President of Nigeria from Victoria Station. In spite of these two engagements, the Garter Service was only days away, and the SCM had to work out a second set of sums to determine whether the Squadron could find enough bodies with the Musical Ride still away. As usual, the Garter Service proved to be one of the hottest days of the year and one or two individuals unfortunately succumbed to the heat. Apart from various Musical Ride engagements, the rest of June and the following two months gave the Squadron a well—earned breathing space, during which the Troops were able to get some people away on leave. On 6th September, the Squadron moved to Pirbright for Regimental Camp. The King‘s Troop had taken over Queen’s Life Guard duties two days previously which meant that, for the first time ever, the Mounted Regiment as a whole could be under one roof. It was universally agreed that the hard work carried out by the Quartermaster’s department and the SQMC during the latter part of August had created a wonderful tented camp for us. Each Troop had about a fortnight to its own devices before Regimental functions took preference. It soon became apparent that the standard of equitation greatly improved throughout the Squadron and, with each Troop building its own cross-country fences in the surrounding woods, a lot of fun was had by all. On 15th September the Squadron Leader took the whole Squadron over to watch the RMAS horse show, which provided a long and amusing day out for both men and horses. The following week saw a Squadron smoker—notable for LCoH Twinn’s Swahili love song and subsequently an uncensored version of ‘Zulu Warrior’—two handy 28

Tpr Love on his way to heaven via the fancy dress competition at Stoney Castle Camp

hunter competitions, two show—jumping competitions and a very successful open day. The Squadron eventually returned to London on 25th September at the end of a very happy three weeks or so. October, November and December saw the State Opening of Parliament, Princess Anne’s wedding and a Victoria Station Escort for President Mobutu, respectively. Having recovered from the Christmas and New Year festivities, the Squadron is currently enjoying a quiet period, during which time each Troop is spending a fortnight at a time away at Windsor with the dual purpose of improving the riding standard and of providing some enjoyment. The last year has seen many moves of officers and senior NCOs in and out of the Squadron. Major T. C. Morris has departed for RHQ and in his place we have welcomed Major J. J. F. Scott. Lieutenants (now Captains) P. B. Rogers and P. R. L. Walker-Okeover have returned to the Armoured Regiment, while Lieutenants G. T. R. Birdwood and C. H. Boone have taken their places. Recently, Captain H. T. Hayward has replaced Captain H. W. Davies as Second—in-Command, the latter being posted to Chobham. At the end of August the Squadron was very sad to lose SCM A. Doxey to civilian life and we wish both him and Mrs Doxey every success. In his place we welcome SCM J. Peck from a tour at Pirbright.

CoH Emery asking for help at the Regimental Sports Meeting

Rugby Club Notes 1973 The season should perhaps be remembered for the fact that the Regiment was all together here at Windsor, albeit

only for a short time. For us rugby types this meant a gathering of the clans at last. Scorah 5 Lot (Windsor) met Evans‘ Lot from Cyprus: the moment we had all waited for.

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Lady Templer presenting LCoH Mathews with a prize during'the Regimental Sports at Windsor. Captain J. W. Wyburd on the right

The Windsor Lot boasting of their tour to Cyprus, the Cyprus Lot boasting of their tour to the Lebanon and a famous seven-a-side tournament. Not many units can boast of having players playing in Singapore (RHQ on exercise). Northern Ireland (B Squadron), Cyprus, Lebanon, all in one season. Oh yes, and the odd game in England as well. Unfortunately that very good season had to come. to an end (we even won more games than we lost). During the close season we lost our two leaders. Major A. Scorah (RAEC) on posting to Hong Kong, and Sgt Evans to Germany where, he tells us, he is going to grow leeks on the banks of the Weser. We also lost several serious players to civvy street, namely, Messrs Howell, Lloyd and Garrett. We were all so sorry to see them go after putting in so much hard work on our behalf. However, the wheel was kept turning and the new season was approached with great hopes. Ahmeeting of the rugby club was held in August to get things off the ground, several ideas for social events, etc being discussed. I Our record to date on the playing field beingwon 5, drawn 1, lost 8: not at first looking too impresstve, but when allied to the fact that over 50 people have played in these games (some not even rugby players), a reasonable record. Yes, the dreaded commitments are With us once again but, not to be defeated, we continue to play our rugby with the best of them and haveachieved the reputation in rugby circles of being a Side who Will always give a good sporting account of themselves no matter what the odds. We have not cancelled a fixture yet. Before getting carried away with our acts of heroism, perhaps we should change to the soc1al side _of things. With two film evenings behind us and many pints inSide us we are looking forward to more. Perhaps the films have even affected our play: when people see how it should be done they try it themselves (did I see Nigel try a sidestep?). There were even some soccer players in the audience (it’s okay, RQ, they only came tor the beer). Things are going well at the moment. Let us hope that at the next time of writing perhaps it will be a success story, maybe. With more and more players playing at

weekends for civilian clubs. things should certainly improve.


P010 1973 The 1973 polo season started early in the Regiment with B and C Squadrons both playing in Cyprus and two officers, Major Pitman and Major Parker-Bmvles, representing the Household Division in a team plcying in Jordan. The latter was initiated by Colonel Timbrell, a previous commanding officer of The Royals and now Military Attaché in Aminan.The players and their wives were most generously flown out and entertained by the Royal Jordanian Army and, although finding themselves unable to defeat their hosts on their home ground, a most enjoyable visit was provided. During the season eight ofi‘icers of the Regiment played at the Guards’ Polo Club, five of them regularly. Majors Pitman, Lockhart and Parker~Bowles, Captain Rogers and Cornet Hadden—Paton had some ponies of their own and all officers made ample use of the 20 club ponies, playing a total of 183 chukkas on them during the season. Teams were entered in both the Inter-Regimental and Captains’ and Subalterns’ Tournaments. In the former, the Regiment, having defeated the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards in earlier rounds, were the runners-up, going down to the Queen’s Own Hussars in the final by 3 goals to 4. The team was: No. 1: Capt R. N. O. Couper No. 2: Major A. H. Parker Bowles No. 3: Major J. H. Pitman Back: Major B. J. Loekhart In the Captains and Subalterns the Regiment drew against, and were defeated by, a considerably more

Major Pitman, Captain of The Household Division Polo team, with King Hussein of Jordan. Amman March 1973

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experienced team from the l7th/21st Lancers, who were

the eventual tournament winners. The team was: No. l: Capt P. B. Rogers No. 2: Cornet N. Hadden Paton No. 3: Capt R. N. O. Couper Back: Lt P. R. L. Walker—Okeover The season ended in August particularly well, with Majors Pitman and Parker-Bowles both being selected, the former as captain, to represent the United Kingdom Land Forces in the annual match against BAOR. On this occasion the match was played in Germany at Bad Lippspringe, the visitors easily defeating a much-fancied BAOR side. The prospects for summer 1974 at present look only fair, with two Squadrons in Northern Ireland for much of the time. However, we should be able to field a

reasonable Regimental team and, in spite of steeply rising costs, there are as many officers as ever wishing to play.

Household Cavalry Coaching Club The year 1973 has been a thoroughly successful one. The coach appeared at all the major shows in the south of England and, in addition, made an expedition north to the Great Yorkshire Show. We ended the season with more than our share of firsts and certainly were placed overall higher than we have been on previous occasions. A great deal of hard work has been put in throughout the year by LCpl Kelsey, Tprs Hughes and Frankland, under the ever—encouraging eye of CoH Henderson. Without an enthusiastic team of grooms it would be difficult to continue and the Household Cavalry is particularly grateful for all their efforts. CoH Henderson has regrettably now left to continue as head coachman and assistant curator of a coaching museum in Gloucestershire after seven invaluable years’ service. His ability to get a team going, together with his impeccable turnout, will be sadly missed. We wish both he and his wife good luck in the future. LCpl Kelsey is now head coachman and has the challenge of ‘making’ a team of blacks which we hope to enter for three-day events later in the year. The box seat has been shared this season between Colonel Langley, Major Morris and Captain Doyly. Both Colonel Langley and Captain Doyly, who took up the ribbons for the first time this year, have successfully competed in horse shows. It is encouraging to see the Life Guards taking an active interest in driving again, and it is hoped that other suitable whips will come forward and seize the opportunity and challenge of driving four horses.

Presentation of New Standards HORSE GUARDS PARADE 30th MAY 1973


and maturity which is always difficult to replace. LCoH O‘Donnell did a particularly good job with the orchest ra as leader. We wish them all the very best for the future. In the meantime Musns Morrison, Ward and Ci‘cedy have settled in as newcomers and we hope they will in time plug the gaps and we wish them every success in their careers. For those who would like to join Ida and Dot and follow the Band here is an engagement itinerary for 1974: 1042 May Royal Windsor Horse Show Concert Band 4~6 June Beating Retreat; Horse Guards Mounted Band 15 June Trooping of The Colour Mounted Band 24~29 June Royal Parks (St James’s

Band of The Blues & Royals When the editor asked for Band notes for this magazine I wasn’t quite sure whether musical notes were wanted or an account of events in the Band calendar for the past year. To produce musical notes would have been a simple task but, a literary contribution becomes a chore for the author who will call on all the cliches and phrases to fill up the allotted space. There is very little change each year in the Band routine and engagement programme. but the past year has been a little dilferent. Added to the annual ceremonial parades was the Presentation of Standards and the subsequent laying up which involved music and the Band in no small way. It was certainly unusual to see the combined Bands of the Household Cavalry on parade in both Mounted and Dismounted formation. The Dismounted Band was divided by the Mounted Band providing an interesting situation with the rear ranks having to guess when the conductor would bring down the baton. This was the last ceremonial parade for Major Jeanes who was the Dismounted Director of Music. In spite of the difl‘iculties, the Bands coped and came out of it all with high praise. This event was followed by the Beating of Retreat on Horse Guards which gave the Director of Music (designate) Captain Evans an opportunity to mount his charger, Orpheus, and front the Band. It wasn’t all that noticeable that he was a novice to mounted ceremonial parades. The Band were doubtless waiting for some incident to occur like tearing up the Mall as an unintended lone ranger. All went very calmly and without incident. Major Jeanes took the helm once again and finished off his service with a week at Eastbourne, a recruiting spell in the Midlands and, finally, Royal Ascot week. He actually served one extra day without pay (the only time he did anything without pay) in order to complete the Ascot week. On 24th June, Captain Evans stepped out of his car at Castle Hill and took up the baton for the first time to conduct an unrehearsed programme, this was a case of eyes down and look in for conductor and musicians. The rest of the season’s work was also conducted very much in this fashion with so little time for rehearsal. Every one survived the storm and there is now a degree of understanding between conductor and performers. The engagements included the Norfolk Show, the Shrewsbury Show, Embankment Gardens, Bournemouth and Jersey, with other one-day engagements: altogether a good season which had its highlights. Ida and Dot popped up here and there to lead the audience applause. These are two ladies who follow the Band with enthusiasm and have been keen supporters for the past 12 years. How they get their information we do not know, but they appear in so many places where the Band is performing and they are appreciated with warm affection. Since the end of the summer season we have been getting down to quite intensive rehearsals. A refurbishing programme is organised for the library and instruments which means digging deeply into the Band Fund. The trumpeters have had a good year with the usual good standard being achieved on so many important occasions. This year rounded off the service of Trumpet Major Wilson who said goodbye after 24 years’ service

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Concert Band

7—13 July Bournemouth Concert Band l6, 17 Aug Shrewsbury Floral Show Concert Band 18—24 Aug Embankment Gardens Concert Band We are always happy to see old friends on our travels, so please come and say hello! We have even been known to play requests.~End of chore. Da capo!

The Household Cavalry

Training Squadron

Our new Director of Music is noted for his insistence that polo is purely equestrian golf.

The Household Cavalry Training Squadron has been affected by the nationwide shortage of recruits this year. However, in spite of it, we have still managed to be busy. Above all, 1973 has been a year noted for its changes in the Guards Depot in general and the House— hold Cavalry Training Squadron in particular. At the end of May. Cornet A. M. W. Armitage left

to join A Squadron and Lieutenant H. P. D. Massey arrived in his place. On 19th July we said goodbye to SCM Peck RHG/D who left to be SCM of The Blues and Royals Squadron in Knightsbridge. We were pleased to welcome SCM Reynolds LG in his place. After the block leave, 52 ex-Juniors joined the Squadron for four weeks and passed out on 3lst August in front of the Silver Stick. We were very sad to lose Major S. V. Gilbert-Denham, the last of the old guard to leave who returns to Germany to command A Squadron The Life Guards. We welcomed Major C. M. Barne, The Blues and Royals, in his place. On Wednesday, 29th August, the Sergeants Mess gave a delightful dinner party in Major Gilbert-Denham’s honour. We were all amused by the nonchalance with which the Drill Sergeants managed to eat from astride their sheepskins which is, I gather, a Sergeants Mess custom. The evening was a great success. On 23rd October, we celebrated El Alamein Day for all Household Cavalrymen in the Depot. After lunch we played 30-a-side football with a giant pushball 6ft in diameter. The Silver Stick narrowly escaped being trampled in the stampede when he very kindly ‘pushed ofi”. After retrieving his stick and gloves he made a dignified, if hasty, withdrawal from the pitch! On Sunday, 2nd December, a service was held at

the Guards Depot to lay up two Household Cavalry Standards. The Colonel of The Blues and Royals, Field-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer read the lesson. On 6th December, all adult recruits left HCTS to

join Caterham Company. In their place we received 135 Junior Household Cavalrymen. This has been happening throughout the Depot with the dispersal of the Junior Guardsman’s Wing and the centralisation of all adult recruits in one company.

and a very successful appointment as Trumpet Major and gaining high praise wherever he performed. We wish him every success in civilian life and hope he won’t be too affected by the building problems. His successor is Trumpet Major Hayne who is carrying on in good style and upholding the tradition and standards ofthis highly exposed department of the Band. The annual competition was held for the Commanding Officer’s trumpeter and a very close thing between Musns Frew and Renwick, with Frew winning by a short head. Our congratulations to Frew who has now been appointed Lance-Corporal. In the sporting world we have Musn Baines helping the Regimental football team to achieve its aims. Musn Healey enjoys his rugby, and the Band Tony Jacklin is still waiting to hit peak form. The remainder ofthe Band sports range from bar billiards, fruit machines, tiddly-winks and the fastest beer shifter. There is every reason to believe that golf will emerge as the Band major s ort.

pWith the change of Director of Music came what appeared to be an exodus with no less than seven members either retiring or purchasing discharge. In addition to T/M Wilson, CsoH Commins, Briggs. Riddell, LCoH O’Donnell, LCpl Phin and Musn Rougvie have retired. Five of these represent a lot of experience

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY TRAININGLSTAFF. JULY 1973 Back ro“ : 'I'JS Harris. Grant, 'l‘rench, Bridger. LCpls Pratt. Jennings. T S Sunnnerfield, LCpls Gilbert, Scully, T S Lewis, Budden. Middle r0»: 'l',S Tanner, Goggins, l.(‘ol'l Harkness. (10H Broderick. l.(‘sol| llunt. Phillips, Cummings, l.(‘,pl Percy. [.(‘oll Potts. 'l‘ 5 Davies, Bonarius Front row: Col-l Mead, Norman, Aucutt. SQMC l'loare. Major S. V. Gillmrt-Denhani, Colonel H. D. A. Langley, MBE, SCM Peck, Major T. C. Morris, Lt H. P. D. Massey, CsoH Dugdalc, Donnelly

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Exercise ‘Ex Elburz March‘, by Tpr Davidson In June and July 1973. LCpl Fuller and Tpr Davidson RHG/D, were members of a party of nine people who formed 'Ex Elburz March”. The object of the exercise was to reach the Alamut Valley._ The Alamut, famous as ‘The Valley of the Assassms‘. lies at a height of 7.000ft in the Elburz mountain range. just west of Damavand. Iran’s highest peak (18.375ft). and about 30 miles off the south—west coast of the Caspian Sea. _With the aid of six mules hired to carry the necessary

The Royal Canadian Dragoons 1973 Currently garrisoned in Lahr. West Germany. this Regiment forms the armoured component of the 4th Canadian Mechanised Brigade Group. The Regiment comprises a Regimental Headquarters, a Headquarters Squadron, two Tank Squadrons equipped with Centurion Mk XI and one Reconnaissance Squadron equipped with Lynx. (The Lynx is a tracked recce vehicle. American

built to Canadian specifications and is part of the M113 family.) The year 1973 began with participation in January in the American exercise Reforger IV. This major annual exercise is designed to test the flyover abilities of American NATO reinforcement troops. The Canadian Brigade takes part in the tactical exercise that follows their initial deployment from the USA. The next few months saw the Regiment take part in the NATO exercise Wintex. a gun camp in Hohne and a spring Regimental training session in Munsingen. This training was conducted as a work-up for all levels culminating in Squadron test exercises. Summer brought with it rotation of about one-third of the Regiment to/from Canada. Concurrently B Squadron participated in exercise Zulu, an American medical evacuation practice and a Regimental team of volunteer marchers took part in the Nijmegen Marches. Fall brought the most rigorous training period of the year. The Regiment. along with the rest of the Brigade, moved to the American training area of Hohenfels in Bavaria and began training designed to integrate its new arrivals from Canada. This training period was followed by exercise Donau Dash, in which the Brigade was

kit and rations, the llO-mile march from Gashsar t0

the entrance of the valley was managed in 12 days. Along the way. calls were made at small villages, the inhabitants of which made the party welcome with wellearned cups of ‘chay‘. The language barrier was eliminated by the party‘s interpreter, Major Wylie Carrick of the 2nd Gurkhas, and by incredible noises and demonstations from everyone else. It was due to the number of

village children that the ration of chocolate and sweets was soon exhausted. Three days were spent in the valley, and two of the castles were explored only after difiicult climbs were made to reach them. The castles were built by Hassan Sabah, the first “Grand Master of the Assassins‘ whom

«m ' C Squadron Lynx on road move

the Shah Elburz (13,000ft), and the last few days which were spent in Isfahan, Iran’s main tourist centre, where,

at long last, cool beer was to be found.

exercised as a formation, and exercise Raub Vogel in

which the Canadians acted as an enemy force for German reserve troops. These exercises were followed by a twoweek respite, then once again it was back to the field for another American exercise, Reforger V. The fall exercises ended the fieldwork for the year. Back in garrison the Regiment celebrated Leliefontein with a mounted Trooping of the Guidon, sports day, and various social functions. This annual celebration commemorates

the

action

of 7th

November,

1900,

the Crusaders called ‘The Old Man of the Mountains‘. Marco Polo described him as: ‘A Strange Magician who intoxicated young men with drugs and sent them out to kill Kings and Princes’. The young men were called Haschischins (hence the word ‘assassin’) because he made them drunk with hashish. Two of the highlights of the trip to Iran, which lasted just over three weeks: one was reaching the summit of

during which three members of the Regiment won the Victoria Cross. Hard on the heels of Leliefontein, Brigadier General P. V. B. Grieve, Commander 4 CMBG and a past Com— manding Ofl‘icer ofthis Regiment, carried out his annual inspection of the unit on 16th November, 1973. From mid-November on, the Regiment has busied itself with the conduct of trades courses, semi-annual physical fitness testing and gunnery training in preparation for its next Hohne gun camp in January 1974.

Tpr Davidson

On 2lst December, the Regiment celebrated its 90th

birthday. Ninety years of unbroken, regular service to Queen and country is not a matter of particular significance in the British Army. However, in an organisation as young as the Canadian Forces, it is noteworthy since only two Regiments in the whole of the force can make a like claim. The Canadian Horse Artillery is about 10 years senior while The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) was formed on the same day as The RCD, 21 st December, 1883. (We continually remind members of The RCR that, since this Regiment was formed in the morning,

formation of their Regiment of infantry obviously had to wait until the afternoon!) in summary. 1973 has been a busy, challenging, and successful year: 1974 promises to be even better, with a

RCD tanlts move through the early morning on ‘Exercise Raub Vogel’

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rebuild scheduled for our ageing Centurions and construction of additional, sorely needed accommodation planned to begin.

LCpl Fuller anticipating his posting to mounted duties

White Plumes in the Breeze. by Stan Darling (ex-Bandsman and Trumpeter). A history of the Regimental Band of The Royal Dragoons. the oldest Cavalry Regiment ofthe Line. Also contains a description of life in the Cavalry during the first half of this century. Profusely illustrated. some in colour. The Foreword is by General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, GCB. pso, MBE, MC. Colonel of The Royal Dragoons 1964-1969. This book has yet to be published. A pre-publication price will be obtained for members of The Blues and Royals Association, serving members of the Regiment and such others who only receive the Journal. Arrangements will. in due course, be made for such copies to be autographed and sent post free. If you would like to reserve a copy please send a stamped addressed envelope ONLY. to: Mr S. Darling. 62 Cel‘n Road. Bonymaen. Swansea. Glam. S. Wales SAI 7HH. 5th January. [974.


Kissinger to shame. Many tributes have been paid to his active service years elsewhere, in partic ular in the Eagle of 1961. The bare outline of his servic e does little to reflect his great influence for good on all ranks of his Regiment, but shows only the remarkably rapid rate of promotion for those days before the war and gives some indication of his success in war, and in those difficult years after the war. Born let January, 1906 Enlisted lst March, 1924 1936 W02 1938 WOl 1942 Lt (QM) 1945 Captain 1952 Major 196] Retired Major Lewis was mentioned in despatches and awarde d the MBE during his service. On this occasion we are paying tribute to his service as a retired officer. When he left the Regiment, ‘Spud’ became Station Staff Oflficer at Verden but typically he longed to get back to the Regiment and, almost immediately, he took up the post of R02 Home Head— quarters, where he brought a new breath of life into the

recruiting organisation. The present strength and quality of the Household Cavalry owe much to his personal influence. Whether as chairman of the Combined Cavalry Associations, secretary of the Cavalry Football Association, secretary ofthe BAOR Referees Committee, as a boxing referee or, more particularly, as co-secretary of the Association, Spud has continued to bring to these voluntary unpaid jobs the efliciency, determination and high standards which, for 50 years, have marked his

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1 As a corporal, Cairo 1928

3 SQMS in Cairo, 1935

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5 SSM Church Parade, 1938 (Shorncliffe)

2 Sgt in India, 1930 4 SSM in Shornclifie, 1938

6 RSM, Palestine, 1940

Major C. W. J. Lewis, MBE, retires after 50 years Major (Ret’d) C. W. J. Lewis, MBE, whose picture, taken at various stages of his military career, appears in this issue, is about to leave his post as a retired officer at Home Headquarters. He has been responsrble for'the Household Cavalry Recruiting eflort all over the United Kingdom and. from his office in Windsor. has also conducted a full orchestra of other regimental and sporting activities.

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It comes as no surprise to anyone who served with Major Lewis, before his retirement from the active list,

to observe the remarkable energy and skill whiclrhe has continued to apply to his job as an R0. From enlistment on lst March, 1924. at Newport to retirement on 2lst

January, 196l, he brought to his solidering a unique blend of forceful energy, administrative and tactical knowledge and negotiating skill which would put Dr

service. He would be the first to acknowledge his debt to his wife, Edith, whose loyalty and patience should be a model for all Army wives to follow. Fortunately, this is by no means a farewell, and we are very happy indeed to report that Major Lewis has agreed to stay on as co-secretary of the Association with Major Dickinson. All members of the Association welcome this decision with the greatest possible pleasure, for Spud‘s service to the Association has been truly wonderful. Judging by his present fitness and alert mind he will continue for a very long time yet to give the same selfless and effective service that has marked the last 50 years of the history of the Regiment with the imprint of his personality. There is no better place than this Journal to record our appreciation of Spud’s many activities over the last five years since amalgamation, for all members of the Association, whether ex-Blues or ex-Royals, who read THE BLUE AND ROYAL would wish to see the occasion properly marked. Major Lewis will in future conduct operations from his home. He will be sadly missed at Combermere Barracks by all those who seek his advice and help. Fortunately, his place is being taken at Home Head— quarters by Major ‘Taffy‘ Price, There are few people indeed who could so easily take over the task and in whom one could have such complete confidence that a job well started will be well continued.

Letters to the Editor To The Editor: Ministry of Defence, Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square,

London WlX 6AA. DEAR SIR,

I hope that you have heard of the Army Dependants Assurance Trust (ADAT), which was launched in October ’73. My reason for writing to you is to ask whether you could be so kind as to make mention of it in your Journal? I am afraid that we have no funds available to pay for the insertion of an advertisement. Full details of ADAT are contained in DCI SSS/73 and the Unit Pay Oflice has all the necessary forms. The aim is to provide the soldier with a cheap and simple form of life insurance. For the price of a packet of king-sized cigarettes (30p) each week he can ensure that his dependant gets £520 per year tax free; this escalates at 4% per year, so, after 20 years it has become over £1,000. Since the scheme started, over 6,000 soldiers have joined and during that time 80 soldiers have died, about one—third in traffic accidents. Sadly only one of these was a member; he joined ADAT a week before his death, taking out three units of benefit. His widow now receives £129 per month tax free, and when the last monthly payment is made it will be £216 and she will have received over £26,000 tax free. Some regiments now have 50% membership, Others have so far had not one applicant. D. A. GILCHRIST, Colonel, for Director of Personal Service (Army).

To The Editor: 62 Cefn Road, Bonymaen, Swansea,

Glam. S. Wales SAl 7HH. 5th January, 1974. DEAR SIR, I have yet to have the pleasure of visiting the Museum at Windsor and the annexe to house the many items of The Royal Dragoons. Perhaps in December of this year i can look forward to the presence of the mementoes of Major C. W. J. Lewis, MBE, which will be an added measure of the affectionate care which has been lavished on the Museum and Annexe, which contains, in effect.

more than 300 years of the military history of Britain. If my memory serves me correct, then Major Lewis exceeds the record of service of Pte Tom Tree. West Yorkshire Regiment, who served for 50 years and was the first soldier in the British Army of ‘Private‘ rank to do so. Major Lewis not only will have served for 50 years by the latter part of 1974, but also reached Commissioned rank in the same regiment, and remained throughout his service with the regiment he first joined.


His shoulders are ‘Light’ bearing a ‘Crown’, but as a pomt of interest, had he remained a ‘Trooper’ then his left arm would have been heavy with its 10 GoodConduct stripes plus several badges of efficiency. I owe my early physical well-being to a certain Lance— Corporal Gym Instructor—yes! now Major Lewis. Thank you, Sir, for what you did then and the 18%

years that followed. I often reminisce on the past and if brmgs to mind many happy years served in the Regiment with one I knew then as 'Dixie’ Lewis, a great sportsman and soldier, a typical Royal Dragoon, now of course a ‘Blue’ and “lst Dragoon’, which I am sure he considers an honour to be at the close of his 50 years service to King, Queen and Country. S. DARLING.

Book Review Red John of The Battles (John, 2nd Duke of Argyll and lst Duke of Greenwich. 1680-1743) by Patricia Dickson. Published by Sidgwick and Jackson. 1973. price £550.

In the year ‘Red John’ died, an enlightened Hanoverian was born. namely William Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1743—1805) who was to immortalise himself with the

remark, Inade in 1776—‘Another damned, thick, square book.

Always

scribble,

scribble.

scribble!

Eh,

Mr

Gibbon?’ Mr Gibbon was Edward Gibbon and the damned, thick square book was his magnum opus, ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’. To The Editor: Regimental Headquarters. Household Cavalry, Horse Guards. Whitehall, London SW1. 28 November, 1973. DEAR SIR,

The Household Cavalry Museum I should be grateful if you will allow me space in your columns to make an appeal for funds for the Museum. As your readers will be aware, our Museum was

opened in 1964 by the late Duke of Wellington and was built to house the relics and history of both The Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues). Shortly, a new extension will be opened to show The Royal Dragoons’ collection and the continuing history of the Household Cavalry post-1969. The Museum, within the barracks at Windsor. is housed in a Ministry of Defence building and there is therefore no burden on the Museum Committee for upkeep. However, the contents are their responsibility, and as no entrance fee is charged, thereis aconstant need for income to maintain the high standard of display which your readers would expect. Since 1964 the improvements, new acquisitions and day-to-day running of the Museum have been financed by regimental subscriptions and by donations, mostly under deed of covenant, from retired and serving officers of the Household Cavalry. With the march of time these covenants, which benefit the Museum considerably, have lapsed. Indeed, it is sad that we have had only 65 subscribers in the past when one realises that the strength of the Officers Dining Clubs and Regimental Associations within the Household Cavalry number approximately 4,500 members. I would therefore ask all former officers and soldiers to consider giving a donation, or a donation under deed of

covenant, however small, to ensure the future well-being of the Museum. Donations or enquiries should be sent to me or to The Treasurer, Household Cavalry Museum, Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge, London SW7, and all contributions will be gratefully acknowledged. A. J. DICKINSON,

Curator.

Miss Dickson is the first biographer of the 2nd Duke of Argyll and is to be complimented on her courage and her sympathetic treatment of an unsympathetic character. Argyll was a Colonel of the Blues in the days—from Anne to George IVfiwhen the Colonelcy was a political appointment and associated with a good deal of ‘Whiggery-Popery’. This book barely mentions The Blues, and Argyll certainly did not leave any enduring or endearing marks on the Regiment during the three periods in which he held the appointment of Colonel. He was, of course, one of the prime movers of the Act of Union with Scotland, which allowed the Picts and Scots to breach that environmental blessing of Hadrian’s Wall. He supported the Hanoverian dynasty, possibly because of a sense of enlightened self-interest. The book proves that the cult of the kilt, or vice versa,

is still with us after being put into mothballs by Cumberland only to be revivified by Walter Scott who, incidentally, also figures Argyll in sympathy in that boring novel, ‘Heart of Midlothian’. Argyll served ‘with distinction’ at Ramillies, Mal-

plaquet and Oudenarde. It was customary for 18th century Dukes to ‘serve with distinction’fiand woe betide any historian who dared say that any Duke did not serve with distinction. (He would be truly ‘dis— tinguished’.) That may or may not be fair comment, but it is generally accepted that Argyll was treacherous to Marlborough and his was at least one of the hands to administer the ‘dolchstoss’ to the greatest General of the 18th century.

The Lighter Side of ‘Heavy Cavalry’ W02 C. W. FREARSON, Assistant Curator, The House/told Cavalry Museum Alas, I cannot reminisp,

One half so well as Major... . p And if] could, the way he does, 1 would hav trouble with the Fuzz. (Old Suflbl/t Folk Song) What‘s in a name, That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet. (Bi/l, Sirazlbrd on Avon) ‘What’s in a name‘, indeed, Cornet Hunt-Grubbe would not agree. He arrived when the Blues had no Messing Officer but a witty Lieutenant-Colonel. He managed much better than Captain A., who, on an exercise, when he was Messing Officer, observed his

servant feeding his dog with Mutton-Scotch and in full hearing of the Troopers, queueing with mess-tins at the ready for that most hated of rations, was heard to say, ‘Don’t give my dog that. . . . (unprintable)’. The Troopers responded with . . . (unprintable). Don Quixote Lord B stepped straight out of Cervantes to be my first Squadron header. He was both a Cavalryman and a gentleman of the old school and his particular wind— mills were the internal combustions engines (I think he would say ‘infernal’), with which the Household Cavalry had been equipped when I arrived in 1941. I was not a witness to his synchronising his watch with the Regimental petrol pump gauge, but heard of it, on one occasion and from an unimpeachable source, in the NAAFI queue. l was a witness to his declaration of incomprehension as to why the tyre pressure numbers, painted in white at equidisant points on the wheels of a Bedford 15cwt, had been painted two sideways, one the

right way up and one, upside down. Or, ‘Why is your vehicle not at the “wash-down” Cowell‘l’. Cowell, a cockney, replied, ”Can’t move it sir, the bleedin’ big end’s gorn’. ‘Then I will give you till half past four to find it’, said his Lordship. It’s Funnier by Rail A modern counterpart of Lord B was Lieutenant C,

who, when the Mounted Squadron were entrained for foreign service, at Stoney Castle, was asked by the RTO to “check the train’. The RTO presumably meant to check fittings and cargo, etc. Lieutenant C dismounted, stood on the platform and reported to his Squadron

He could turn his coat, too, as, for example, again in

Leader, ‘Train seems to be there, Guards van and all

enlightened self—interest, he led opposition to the Malt Tax to an unsympathetic Queen Anne in 1713. and in 1725, for political reasons, helped remove Scottish opposition to the same Malt Tax. Thereby he left the way open for Queen Victoria, in the 18505 to introduce to the cellars of Windsor Castle, the greatest blessing that ever crossed Hadrian’s Wall from North to South? ‘usquebaugh’—or whisky to you, Sassenachs.

the things coupled up'. ‘No’, said his ‘Leader’, ‘1 think they want you to tap the wheels’. Mint with the Hole On occasion when the Blues were moving overseas, Squadron Leader D was in charge of an ‘Advance Party’ which had a variety of widespread and differing commitments. His 21C was not distinguished for administrative ability and Squadron Leader D approached the Commanding Officer and listed his ZIC’s admin shortcomings, hoping to get a replacement. The CO listened but terminated the discussion with the remark (about the

You see, those maligned Hanoverians were enlight— ened in so many respects. C.W.F.

21C in question), ‘But he‘s a damn fine polo player’. Justice One Squadron Leader, E, became so engrossed with a pack of fox-hounds (imported from every corner of the UK), that he seldom found time to visit his Squadron —save in times of crisis—(visits by GOC, etc). His SCM F, was perfectly able and willing to cope and would administer justice without holding ‘Squadron Office’7 by enquiring of the military miscreants. ‘Do you wish to accept MY punishment, or do you want me to get Major E away from his dogs, wear uniform and hold Squadron Office, because Major E will not be pleased?’ They always accepted the SCM’s ‘award’ and it was, indeed, a very efficient and well—run Squadron. I think that the lst Duke of Wellington said that the Guards were better than the line because their NCOs carried out orders given to their officers, whereas the officers of the line intended to carry out his orders, but didn’t. More Justice Two Troopers at an early stage of my service were of very similar appearance, name, and followed each other on the Squadron Roll. They were generally called out as ‘The Twins‘, but were not. One stuttered very badly and was well behaved, the other did not stutter and was not

a model soldier. The non-stutterer came back ‘pushed’ from leave and, unfortunately, it being Monday morning SCM G (an ex-Farrier), was not at his best. The wrong twin was hauled up for ‘office’ and charged. Lord B’s 21C, Lord H, held office and, having read the charge, Lord H said, ‘What have you to say for yourself?’. The stuttering but completely innocent twin could say nothing but, ‘Er-Er-Er-’ ad infinitum. This was too much for Cpl-Major G, who intervened and said ‘Shut up’—(probably not his own words). Captain H pronounced sentence;

‘Seven days, march out’.

In the

corridor outside, the stutterer got the words out and convinced Cpl-Major G that it was another case of mistaken identity—he had not, in fact, been on leave.

‘Right’, said Cpl-Major G, ‘you got the punishment but HE will DO it’. Buddhism and Birdwatching In the days of ‘Jankers’, vanished, alas, like church

parades, it was the practice of the Orderly Cpl-Major to parade the ‘Janker Wallahs’ at the officers’ house at 10.15 pm. On bleak nights, when the Orderly Officer was late coming out, the J.W.s used to develop whooping cough, hoping to call the 00’s attention to the fact that he was awaited. One such bleak night I was Orderly and the 00, after dismissing the so~called ‘Staff—Parade’, invited me into the officers’ house for a dose of cough mixture. The only other officer present was the vet. who was engrossed in Horse and Hound. OO and myself, within reach of the ‘night tray’, fell to reminiscing about officers of his own vintage who had left. The name of the former Cornet J occurred—he had resigned. The 00 said, ‘You see, he bought an Austin Champ and set off for Tibet to become a Buddhist monk. The Champ went kaput at Southend but. after delays, a cleft-stick runner had brought the news into Khatmandhu. Cornet J had arrived on a Tibetan mountain top and was meditating. No further news had been received’. Captain J was the son of a valorous and very distinguished father. It was at this point that the vet. lost interest in Horse and Hound to enquire. ‘Really. what do his parents think about it?‘. ‘Oh’. said 00

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(seated on the dining room table and swinging his legs), ‘They never talk about him’. Months later, in the inner pages 01‘ the Telegraph, 1 saw a photograph of a Champ, immersed to the windscreen in water. The caption read: ‘The Richmond Fire Brigade spent two hours recovering this vehicle from the Thames. It was the property of Mr (Cornet) J, a Bayswater birdwatcher, who spotted a rare diving bird and decided to follow it, with this result’. This is how we discovered that J had been converted from Buddhism to birdwatching. The Faith of Cornet K I would not tell this story but for the fact that Cornet K, who retired long ago, writes nowadays for Private Eye and has been known to lampoon his erstwhile brother ofiicers. He was with his Troop in a Moslem village. The last Christians who had been in the place had been massacred and mutilated. There was not even a Moslem in sight at the time I write of. since Cornet K and his Troop were enforcing a 24-hour curfew. Cornet K was standing in front of his Ferret Scout Car when the Browning MG ‘cooked ofl” and the half belt he had left in the gun (with no-one in the turret) ripped off. without a stoppage. Three rounds hit Cornet K who slumped under the Ferret, a fact which saved his life. His Troop ”Three Bar’ rushed to his aid, after the gun

stopped. He had already radioed for the MO, but Cornet K did not know this. The Three Bar told me later that as he lifted the head of Comet K, and I quote, ‘Know what the . . . (unprintable) said? Not get a (unprintable) doctor~get a (unprintable) PRIEST’. This request in a Moslem village under 24-hour curfew recalls the visit of the President of Zaire (Congo) to Windsor recently, when the vehicles offered for his possible purchase included at least one Volvo SNO-CAT. It just isn’t ON. ’Eads and ’Aversack Rations Nor were the heads of bodies massacred by Moslems ON when Cornet L’s Troop intervened too late to prevent certain Moslems decapitating and mutilating a party from another village which had set fire to their barley fields. Cornet L’s Troop had been so busy throughout that day that not once had Cornet L found it possible to acquiesce to the Troop’s repeated plea, ‘Sir can we have our ’aversack rations?’ Ambulances had been ordered to take the bodies away, it was a frightful scene. Cornet L was somewhat green about the gills and again the

away from his breakfast and got in the Land-Rover with me. ‘Has the Leader given you all the grifl’?‘ said Captain N. 'All on this piece of paper, Sir’, said 1. ‘May I see it?’ said Captain N. He took the paper and, being a very observant type, he examined BOTH sides of the paper, which he then passed back to me. I then read the other side which was printed in red and said, ‘FINAL WARNING, your account of so many pounds, etcetera, is so many years overdue, pay up or else‘fidear reader, do you know the kind of thing I mean? Captain N went on to tell me that as a young officer he had been in Melton Mowbray and taken his car in for servicing. The garage proprietor had enquired if he was in the same Regiment as Major M. ‘Yes’, said Captain N (thinking that this might help to get his car serviced better, cheaper, and quicker). “Major M is a great friend of mine’ (said Captain N). ‘Then you can off’, said the garage man, ‘He owes me 70 quid’. Environmental Notebook

Membership The membership of the Association is at present: Officers 377 Life members 1,040 Life members (serving) 618 Annual members 32 Total

The Household Cavalry Museum Visitors There was a falling off in the number of visitors over the year 1973. Signatures in the visitors’ book came to 1,500, about three-quarters of the figure for 1972. This

weakened and the rations were issued. Then the ambulances arrived and the Troops were helping to clear up the grisly remains. A tall Scotsman was observed by Cornet L. carrying a human head in one hand and a corned beef sandwich in the other. ‘Machonocky’ (shouted Cornet L) ‘Put that corned beef sandwich down—have you NO RESPECT for the dead?’ All credit due To Major M, who, as my Squadron Leader on an exercise, summoned me very early one morning and instructed me to go to the next ‘harbour area’ with his 21C and arrange a better layout of the Squadron harbour. He gave me a piece of paper on which he had sketched out the layout of the harbour; battery charger next to Ofiicers Mess Tent, etc. The 21C, Captain N, was called

does not include cadets, schoolchildren or organised parties. The fall in the number of visitors is probably due to security restrictions imposed after the London and Aldershot IRA bomb incidents. Acquisitions . The main acquisitions have been an Orlando Norie water colour of lst Life Guards ‘Advance Points”, circa

1870, purchased by the assistance of the Ogilby Trust, and a helmet of the 1855 pattern (officers) of the Royal Dragoons, given by Major F. W. B. Fryer, late Royal Berkshire Regiment. Annexe _ The Royals’ collection is to be integrated With the 01d Household Cavalry collection when the annexe. is completed. This will entail vastly altering the eXisting museum. But when the annexe will be completed is anybody’s guess.

highest possible order and we should like to congratulate the band on their excellent concert and marching display which was much appreciated by us all. The Master Cook must be thanked for the excellent way he and his staff looked after our needs. A most excellent day in every way.

2,067

This is a slight decrease on the 1972 figure but this is due to the fact that a number of members have not informed the hon secretary of their change of address, resulting in correspondence being returned. All members are again reminded that change of address should be notified to the hon secretary as soon as possible.

Cornet O was never a keen soldier, so we were all

surprised to see him on the Squadron maintenance parade carrying in his denim pocket a notebook into which he would frequently make jottings. One day we asked him what the notebook was for. His answer was that he made notes of any colourful phrases made by the Troopers on maintenance parades. We wanted to see it and it proved to be a tabulated bOOk in which the colourful phrases had been listed according to the first letter of the phrase, thus, B . . . bred b. . . and so on. It was a document which would certainly have shocked Mary Whitehouse, and I daresay, even Joan Littlewood. Why did he collect such things, we asked. The answer was that he ‘used them at parties’. I can only visualise the kind of parties he went to, but he is now in the Conservative Party, an MP and Under-Secretary for a VERY IMPORTANT Department of the Government. I hope he hasn’t lost his notebookiit will come in handy when he is Prime Minister and wants to duff up the Opposition.

request, ‘Sir, can we ’ave our ’aversack rations?’ Cornet L

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THE BLUES & ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1973

Annual Dinner—5th May, 1973 This was again held at Hyde Park Barracks and was extremely successful. Over 250 members attended plus official guests which included the Major-General Commanding Household Division and the LieutenantColonel Commanding The Household Cavalry. Our thanks are due to all those who assisted in making this event such a happy one and, in particular, we should like to thank Mr John Wilkinson of Telefusion for the installation of the closed-circuit TV which helped enormously. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service—6th May, 1973 Extremely well attended despite the inclement weather but it was noted that a few of our members watch this parade from the side-lines instead of taking an active part. We hope that next year they will assist in making us the strongest contingent on parade, particularly as this will be the fiftieth anniversary. Presentation of New Standards—Household Cavalry Held on Horse Guards on Wednesday, 30th May, and

the demand for tickets from members was heavy. A fine parade in every way and great credit is due to the serving members on parade who did an excellent job. ‘At Home’ Day—16th September, 1973 The serving Regiment acted as hosts at the “At Home’ Day held in Combermere Barracks. Except for officer members the numbers attending was most gratifying and over 1,600 luncheons were served in the dining tents. Many members travelled from as far afield as Edinburgh, North Wales, West Country and north-east England,

and from their remarks it was well worth the journey. Again the weather was kind to us and no better hosts than the serving members could have been possible. After the church service. which was extremely well attended, the Association party marched back to barracks with the serving Regiment. Colonel Sir Henry AbelSmith commanded the Association party and the salute was taken by the Colonel of the Regiment on entering barracks. The hospitality from all ranks was of the

Field of Remembrance—Westminster Abbey—8th November, 1973 A very good representative party attended this service and we were again honoured by the Colonel of the Regiment laying the Association Cross. HM The Queen Mother also visited the plot. Annual General Meeting This will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks at 6 pm. on Saturday, 4th May, 1974. All members are entitled and encouraged to attend. The following is the agenda and all members are reminded that if they have resolution to place before the AGM this must be forwarded to the hon secretary at least six weeks prior to the meeting. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 5th May, 1973. Points arising from those minutes. Confirmation of the accounts for period ending 3lst December, 1973. Committee: (a) Under Rule 13 the following members are due to retire: 1. Mr G. C. L. Ingham 2. Mr H. M. Healey (b) In accordance with Rule 13 the undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the committee to be ap— pointed members of the committee: 1. Mr J. Hammond 2. Mr E. H. Weller Amendment to Rules: That Rule 17 on page 6 of the Constitution and Rules should be so amended that the present maximum of £25, which the president or his nominee may make in urgent cases, without prior authority of the committee, should be increased to

£50. Any other business.

Annual Dinner The annual dinner will be held in Hyde Park Barracks. London, at 7 pm. on Saturday, 4th May, 1974. Dress: lounge suits. No decorations. Bars will be open at 6 pm. Applications for tickets on the enclosed proforma to the hon secretary by Saturday, 2lst April, 1974. Tickets will be limited to one per member and only official guests will be allowed. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis and they will not be on sale at the door. As usual, ladies will not be allowed in the gymnasium bar.


Chi/litrlfiIBtjrgai-gzuiring Christmas cards should apply '

FUND BALANCE SHEET STATEMENT OF HCCCF AS AT 315i DECEMBER, 1973 period Ist January, 1973 to 3lst December, 1973)

derCt to PRI’ The Blues and- Royals’ Combermere Windsor, Berks. It IS hoped that spec1men Barracks,

(Covering CURRENT ASSETS

£

copies of the card will be on display at the ‘At Home” Day on 29th September.

Investments DEPOSIt Account

2,448-00

Association Lapel Badges

Current Account

51 14

£

503:83

[Name 1973 (CURRENT ACCOUNT)

Can be obtained from hon secretary. Price 13p. PR1. Sh0p

SugSEriggons via One Day's Pay

Ties, blazer badges, car badges, ash trays, etc can be obtained direct from PRI. These items will also be on

TaXCReefund on Covenanted Subscriptions

sale at the annual dinner and ‘At Home’ Day.

Interest on Investments Total Income

5 565-65

, 151.17

106-38 5.823-20

Balance B/F from 3lst December, 1972

67-94

The Battle of El Alamein

Wm.”

Memorlal

.

EXPENDITURE 1973 (CURRENT ACCOUNT)

.

.

.

A memorIal for the Battle of El AlameIn 13 being built at the village of Enham Alamein in Hampshire. An appeal was received from the organisers and the matter was carefully considered by the committee of the

Association. As a result, the sum of £100 was donated

to The Life Guards Assn

Employment Agency (formerly the

from Association funds for two pews in the new chapel,

T Guaéds Egiployment Society))

' carry the plaque of The Blues and one pew W111

Xpen ota December, 1973 M31“Iture Balance

an (1

the other pew will carry the plaque of The Royals. The village of Enham Alamein is a commumtycf disabled people, mostly cit-servicemen and their famIIIes.

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1. 00'

Paid I. 0 . paidto The Blues and Royals Assn I, 00 Paid to the Army Benevolent Fund Paid to Household 4 , , _ Division Funds ‘ (CSXS‘SH’EESCt‘fifi’enSHféfi'S‘ghfifi’ S31E10Dn

5 840 00 ,

'

5H4 £5,891~I4 _.._

£2.832-76

£1,317 ‘4

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

EXCESS OF INCOME OVER EXPENDITURE for the year

Less: Sales

Regimental 'At Home‘ Day

Auditors' Remuneration PrIn ng. Stationery. Postage Miscellaneous Expenses lam Miscellaneous Receipts Annual Report and Magazine: Cost of Magazine

Cost of Dinner L my : Sale of Tickets

Members Subscnptions and Donations Annual Dinner

Grants and Assistance to

EXPENDITURE

£1 .69809

£31.019~34 NET ASSFTS

255 15 1.782-64

(Valuation at 3lst October. I973. £36,322: 1972 £40,000)

AUDITORS’ REPORT

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY CENTRAL CHARITABLE

are .“0‘ “knomedged-

We have examined the annexed Balanc 6 Sheet as at 315! December, I973 . together with [the Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended on that date, and compared them with the Books and V0 uchers of the Association and cert ify them to be in ace ordancc therewith. City Gate House, HOGG, BULLIMORE. GUNDREY & CO. Finsbury Square, London EC2A IQP. C/llll‘li’l‘t’d A('(‘0MIIun/.\'.

2 £961

£3.780-74

(C) Total aId granted

£4,150.10

are for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing). Applications

Ties, etc

available to the Association. The majority of the tickets

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Dividends on Investments (Gross)

(a) Total cases dealt With

(/7) Cases refused

30-34909

29.34909

given 35 shown:

rehearsal on Saturday, 8th June, 1974, are normally

INCOME Subscriptions and Donations

parade on Saturday, 15th June, 1974. and for the final

followmg cases have been conSIdered and asststance

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE for the year ended 31st DECEMBER 1973

An extremely limited number of free tickets for this

INVESTMENTS 25,224 (1972 ~24.544) Shares in United Services Trustee Charitable Fund at cost

HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade

Major C. W. J. Lewis.

Oliver Montagu Fund

HON TREASURER Colonel The Honourable Julian Berr y HON. SECRETARY

This fund is separate from the Association and is normally used for assistance to those who are not members ofthe Association. Any member ofthe Association is asked to forward to the _ . hon .secretary the name of anyone he_ conSIders requires aSSIstance _ . ' so that the case may _ be Investigated and dealt _ With. During 1973 _ the

CURRENT LIABILITIES AudItors~ Remuneration

NOtlceS Subscriptions (Annual Members only) Annual subscriptions for Other Rank members are now due and should be forwarded with the attached proforma as soon as possible.

£32,336-88

The Blues and Royals

CURRENT ASSETS Stock in Hand Badges at cost Cash at Bank Cash in Hand

, 1974. Bl ck t'e. 7.30 p.m.

29.32125 1.698-09

, 4th J

3|.019-34 | 317 54

d

REPRESENTED BY ACCUMULATED FUND Balance as at Ist January, 1973 Excess Income over Expenditure for the year

T

f0: 86.1gxpmllgolignel E. JFSEWard. MVS, MC,l in the chair.

BALANCE SHEET — DECEMBER 3lst 1973

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Regimental Association march past the Colonel of the Regiment after the Remembrance service

THE BLUES 69° ROYALS ASSOCIATION

Cavalry Memorial Service Will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday, 5th May. 1974. Dress: lounge suit and decorations. Assemble at 10.50 am. on Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East. The Association banner will head the contingent. This will be the fiftieth anniversary of the parade. Please make an extra special effort to attend. After the parade. members will be welcome with the Household Cavalry Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks. ‘At Home’ Day The serving Regiment has kindly invited us to the Annual ‘At Home’ Day at Windsor on Sunday. 29th September, 1974. Details will be given in a separate letter later in the year. Field of Remembrance—Westminster Will be opened at 12 noon on Thursday, 7th November, 1974. Assemble in St Margaret‘s churchyard at I 1.30 a.m. The Association cross will be planted by the Colonel of the Regiment. The Blues and Royals Club The annual dinner will take place at the Hyde Park


Col Sir Peter Grant-Lawson Lt—Col Sir Ralph Gore Lt-Col E. P. Brassey

Lord Fairhaven Major Sir Harry Legge-Bourke. MP Capt D. M. Guthrie

Ex RCM G. Colley Ex RQMS R. E. Mynard 2211 W. Falkinder Sunnymede

Major Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, KBE, DL, MP

Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) By COLONEL 1). Dli C. SMILEY. MVO,()B1. M(' l-‘ormerly Royal Horsc Guards (The Blues) Harry Legge-Bourke joined The Blues in 1934 and was the most junior Officer until I joined two years later.

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London N1. A. E. Rayson 24 Regent Street Desborough. Northants

Colonel Grant Lawson

H. Crosland Major Lord Fairhaveii

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Swansea. S. Attrill Vesses Farm Arreton Newport, Isle of Wight

A. Birkett 13 Helvellyn Street

Keswick Cumberland CoH B. R. Cox

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On service in N. Ireland

R. J. Wilson 99 Manor Park

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Highclifi—on-Sea. Hants. F. Peacock 2 Layton Terrace

where he and his wife, Ginny, made a host of friends,

Hurst Wickham Hassocks, Sussex.

finally retiring from the Army in 1954.

H. H. Lambert 48 Colleg Road

Isleworth Middlesex. E. Crozier 12 Queens Gardens Hornsea

East Yorks. A. E. Oates Grinde Wood Fen Road Littleport Cambs. Colonel Sir Peter Grant Lawson, Bt Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

By COLONEL C. G. LANCASTER Formerly Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) Towards the end of the First War and in the succeeding four years three Harrovians joined The Blues—Hugh Sefton, Henry Fairhaven, and Peter Grant Lawson. Their combined service in the Regiment was 65 years and now in one short year they have all three died. Peter being the last.

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Peter. or Piggy as he was affectionately known by his brother officers, joined in March 1922, and was ap— pointed Adjutant in June 1930, relinquishing the role three years later and being promoted Captain the following year. In 1937. he was seconded as Adjutant to the North Somerset Yeomanry. Shortly after the outbreak Of the Second World War Peter went overseas with l HCR as Brigade Major to the Fourth Cavalry Brigade known as Kingcol and commanded by Brigadier Joe Kingstone (The Bays), taking part in the campaign in Syria which culminated in the capture of Baghdad. He returned in June 1943. to take up an appointment as second-in-command 2 HCR having attained field rank the previous year. Peter commanded A and B Squadrons 2 HCR in operation ‘Goodwood‘ in Normandy in July 1944 and commanded the Regiment in December of that year on the Meuse. He took over command of The Blues in January l948, relinquishing command in 1951. The following year he had a Staff post in Malta .

As a soldier rider, Peter was in the forefront of his

brilliant contemporaries. He had learnt his riding as a boy in Yorkshire hunting with the York and Ainsty and Middleton packs. He started riding under NH rules shortly after joining The Blues and had an oustanding record winning the Grand Military twice. the Foxhunters at Liverpool, and finishing fifth in the National on his

own horse. Aspirant, in 1932. He was a member of the Army Equestrian Team in 1934 which took part in the Dublin Horse Show, and in New York at Madison

Square Gardens and Toronto. Peter was not a‘particularly strong man but he had beautiful hands, a firm seat, and great courage. He rode at Liverpool on numerous occasions and had the unique experience of never falling over that course. On their retirement, Hugh Sefton and Henry Fairhaven played a prominent part in national affairs. Peter, however, was struck down by a long and painful illness which he confronted with the same stoicism as he had shown over the Aintree fences. The Regiment has suddenly suffered the loss of three outstanding Blues but we are all the richer for their example.

Major The Lord Fairhaven Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

By COLONEL C. G. LANCASTER Formerly Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) Henry Broughton was born in 1900 and after Harrow and Sandhurst, where he was a GC in the redoubtable

K Company, he joined the Blues in the summer of 1919. Henry was promoted Captain in 1926 and attained field rank five years later, retiring in 1933. He belonged to a generation just too young to have served in the First War and on rejoining in 1939 rather too senior in his rank to be posted overseas. He was, however, given command of a Squadron in the Household Cavalry Training Regiment at Windsor and continued in this appointment until the end of hostilities. This rather bald account of his Regimental service pays little tribute to the affection and esteem to which he was held by all those who served with him during these years. Although he was over 6ft and rather well built, he was known by his brother Officers as ‘little man~ from the time he joinedia term of endearment which followed him through his Army service. Some time after his retirement he went to live at South Walsham in Norfolk where he spent much of his time planning and planting a large priinula garden. Henry was an accomplished rider hunting regularly between the wars and playing polo and riding under NH rules. He had always been interested in bloodstock and during the last 20 years of his life bred and raised more than 50 winners, amongst the most notable being

Officer, ‘Andy‘, we virtually shared the Officers Mess. Harry was an enthusiast in whatever he did. He enjoyed the normal activities ofa pre—war regular cavalry officer to the full. was a popular captain of The Blues rugger XV, and managed the boxing team. He loved fast driving, with a special addiction for Lagondas, and added to this was his keenness for cine—photography. He used to edit his own films, providing music or a running commentary before the days of tape recorders. He also indulged in writing poetry but I fear he found me sadly lacking in the attributes of a listener tO his recitations. He also ran concert parties for the Regiment, both at home and overseas. He went to Palestine with the First Household Cavalry Regiment in the winter of 1939-40 as Troop Leader of the Machine Gun Troop. In 1941, he was posted to GHQ Greece, and during the German attack he was wounded and lucky to be evacuated to Egypt. As a result of his wounds, Harry suffered from deafness for the rest of his life, which must have added to the difficul— ties of his parliamentary life. though he learned to lip-read with fluency. On recovering from his wounds, he was appointed ADC to the British Ambassador in Cairo, Sir Miles Lainpson (later Lord Killearn), and accompanied him

to the Abdin Palace for the famous interview with King Farouk when the king was given the ultimatum Of abdicating or changing his ways from being pro-German to pro-British. At this time Harry broadcast regularly on the Forces network from Cairo. calling himself Jack Boot.

French Fern, Butterflynet, and Passport. Another of his

interests was in support and encouragement of the fine

Major Sir Harry Legge-Bourke

arts, and the acceptance by the Fitzwilliam Museum of

his 17th century collection of flower paintings was held by him to be the greatest of honours. But 1 believe possibly the happiest period of his life was his service in The Blues, a Regiment he did much

to adorn as did his son, Ailwyn.

Having been wounded for the second time at Alamein. he returned home to become an instructor at Sandliurst. There is many a younger cavalry officer who will remember the rigours of the exercises he ran, and in retrospect came to appreciate his training.


Harry entered politics when he stood as candidate for the Isle of Ely in the I945 election—he was still a serving oflicer but obtained leave to fight the election although he later had to resign his commission. His was one of the only two Conservative gains and he remained MP for that constituency until his death. He was a member of the executive of the 1922 Committee for 20 years and became chairman in I970. For a short while he acted as Deputy Speaker. and but for his deafness, would have become a serious contender for the Speakership. He possessed the qualities of integrity and straightforwardness, and his absolute honesty and patriotism compelled him to speak as he truly believed. He did not subscribe to double standards and he would not toe the party line if it went against his conscience. One of the hardest decisions of his life was when he was asked to return to the Regiment he loved. to command it: but after seeking the advice of Colonel ‘Wombat' (MajorGeneral Sir Richard Howard-Vyse) he decided to remain in Parliament. He did not forget the Services and championed many of their causes in Parliament. He always retained his tremendous interest in the Household Brigade. which he helped others to share by writing some excellent books 'The King‘s Guards‘, ”The Queen's Guards‘. ‘The Household Cavalry on Ceremonial Occasions‘. He gave all royalties from these books to the Guards‘ Chapel fund. In 1962, he was made a KBE for his political services, but an honour that may have given him even greater pleasure when he was made the only living Freeman of the Borough of Wisbech. in his constituency, in 1971. ”Sir Harry was a perfect gentleman who sought only for perfection‘ are the words of SQMC Peart, for many years his servant. When Peart was wounded and taken prisoner in Greece, Mrs Peart and her son came to stay with his household for the rest of the war. In 1938, Harry married Jean, 3 Grant of Monymusk. This happy marriage produced two sons and a daughter of whom Bill, the elder son, went into The Blues and became the Adjutant—this must have given Harry immense pleasure. Harry died of cancer on 2Ist May. At his request his ashes were carried by Peart, wearing Blues Church Parade Order, and laid in Ely Cathedral where a vast number of his friends attended his memorial service. All our sympathy goes out to Jean and her family. Capt. D. M. Guthrie, late The Royals, by Major C . M.

Barne (RHG/D) David joined The Royals in May I957 and retired due to ill health caused by jaundice and yellow fever after four adventurous years, mostly spent in Aden. He inherited from his parents, Sir Rutherford and Lady Guthrie, a personality and a charm which all who met him could never forget. He became a keen yachtsman, and before the day when long ocean crossings were common he sailed first his cutter, Hope, to Australia and later built Widgee to his own specifications and sailed many thousands of miles accompanied by his little dog, Cider, who would give tongue to whales and sharks. One one occasion Widgee had her rudder knocked off by an enraged bull killer whale. Few other men would have brought their boat rudderless a thousand miles to port.

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David was a member of the Ocean Cruising Club. a very small select band. He always held a great affection for The Royals. He was also a loyal member and splendid advertiser of the RAC Yacht Club. This world is a duller place without his lavish, friendly hospitality and his unique manner for gathering his friends around him. RQMS E. J. Mynard (The Royals) By MAJOR C. W. J. Liawrs. MBIS Ted Mynard was a very fine and efficient soldier who earned the respect and affection of all ranks. As a Squadron Sergeant-Major he organised a most excellent Squadron and never failed to set a fine example to everyone. He was a strict disciplinarian but was always ever helpful and a good judge of character. He was a first-class horseman and every year he would be in the top grade in the Regimental Champion Man-atArms competition at which he excelled. He was always most helpful to those requiring instruction so that they could improve their skill. When he became RQMS he did this appointment with the same quality and efficiency as he had done as an SSM and never failed to take an opportunity to help the Regiment both in barracks and in the field. On leaving the Army he became an Inspector in the Society for Cruelty to Children and this earned the praise of all those with whom he came in contact. Recently he had suffered from arthritis in his legs which had left him a cripple but he never lost his cheerfulness and was ever keen to have news of the Regiment. Our sympathies are extended to his window and family. 305120 RCM George Colley, MBE (RHG) By W02 C. W. .FREARSON (RHG D) George Colley was born at Shenston, Kidderininster. 18th May, 1914, and joined The Blues on the 14th January, I935. He died 13th December, I973. He served for 25 years in the Regiment and, during the second world war saw action with the lst Household Cavalry Regiment in Syria, Iraq, Persia and in North Africa with the legendary ‘Smithforce’. After the war he was one of the senior NCOs responsible for the training of the Mounted Regiment for public duties. He had the medals for the Coronation of HM The Queen and her father, George VI, and the Long Service and

Good Conduct Medal. He was appointed RCM of the Inns of Court Regiment in 1953 and RCM of the Household Cavalry Regiment in I954 from, which appointment he retired on 13th January, 1960. In the Birthday Honours list of June 1960 he received the award of the MBE. Most will recollect his wry sense of humour. which never deserted him. I for one remember very well his appearance, in a leading part in one of the last of the NCO’s pantomimes (1949), when he scared everyone by 'ad libbing’ and introducing the audience, which included the Commanding Officer. to details of Regimental scandal. He prompted, in fact, much of the script. He was Regimental light heavyweight boxing cham— pion in I939 and played for the Regimental soccer team until about 1950. All those of us who had the pleasure of serving with him wish to extend their deepest sympathy to his wrfe, Dorothy, and his son, Graham.

NOMINAL ROLL as at 3lst December 1973 REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS Lt-Col W. S. H. Boucher

Tpr Riglar, A. V. Tpr Riley, D. L. Tpr Smith, T. G.

Cfn Scott, A. J.

Orderly Room

Cfn Horncastle, A. Cin Jinks, A. Cfn O'Hara, D. J.

RCM Heath, J. M.

OROMC Yates, R. B. CoH Sturrock, V. LCoH Back, R. LCoH Kearns, B. J.

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 8H0.

Tpr Dawson, C. T. Tpr Davidson, J. M.

Cfn Swiit, D. R.

Major J. H. Pitman Capt J. W. Matthews Capt P. B. Rogers Capt R. D. G. Corbett

Major J. S. Crisp Capt R. R. Giles SCM Simpson, F. A. SQMC Burroughs, M. G. LCoH Bond, B. T. LCpI French, C. J. LCpI Tompkins, S. F. Tpr Dearden, J. P.

0M Major (QM) O. M. Price

ROMC Rainger, P. D. CoH Howick, D. A. LCoH Taylor, K. A.

LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH

Phillips, G A. Hennesey, W. Craig, A. J. Law, K.

LCpI Copsey, R. J.

LCoH Hatherall, B. S. Tpr Goodman, P. J. LCoH O’Dwyer, J. A. LCpI Smith, N. A. LCpI Kay, D. Tpr Russell, L. G, Tpr Anderson, J.

LCpl Auker-Howlett, A. Officers Mess SQMC Wilkins, G. LCoH McGowan, G. M. LCoH Black, I. Tpr Hinton, J. G. Tpr Lloyd, M. W. Tpr Pearson, E. J.

WOs and Col-ls Moss CoH Williams, R. T. LCoH Bradley, A. LCpl Maskell, P. M. Tpr Birch, L. Tpr Shiels, A. K. Tpr Underwood, P.

CoH Cooksey, P. D. Tpr Coffey, J. P. Tpr Rochford, A. R. Recruiting

CoH Norman, B. M.

SQMC Robson, P. LCoH Young, D. LCpl Eastwood, P. LCpl Graves, T. J. LCpI Doubtfire, B. R. Tpr Bird, P. Tpr Callingham, P. A. Tpr Ciantar, H. Tpr Dempsey, J. Tpr Henchion, M. Tpr Juchua, M. A. Tpr Kitchen, R. M. Tpr Nicholson, G. M. Tpr Ricketts, H. B. Tpr Scannell, T. J. Tpr Shaw, I. D. Tpr Stevenitt, W. E.

LCoH Buckle, R. LCoH Cousins, P. LCoH Haine, M. LCpl Brown, D.

Tpr Hughes, D. Tpr Fawkes. W.

Pte Ayre, R. (RAPC) AZ Echelon

LCpl Ouinn, T.

SQMC Hague, M.

LCpI Gardiner, T. Tpr Gambrell Tpr Jay

SQMC Hill, J.

1st Troop Ct M. H. Lrngeman CoH Sayer, C. LCoH Dodsworth, R. LCpI Grimes, F.

LCpI Smith, A.

Sgt Smith, R. J.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

LCoH Partridge, R. S. Tpr Hall, J. F.

ACC W02 Hastie, J.

Frampton, K. Jaryckyj, S. Morgan, D. Mundy, P. Masson, T. Slater. P. Redman, G. Patrick, W.

2nd Troop Sgt Inman, D. A.

LSgt Suliolk, M. K.

CoH Freeman, E.

LCoH Barrett, J. LCpI Guy, N. LCpI Webb, P.

LCoH Fisher. D. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Beynon, K. Smith, I. Bryan, K. Devlin, B. Power, P.

LAD Section SSgt Davies, J. Sgt Hook, M. Sgt Whittle, A. LSgt Fazakerley, S. LSgt Forsdike, B. LSgt Inder, A. LCpI Wright, 8. LCpI Graves, P. Cfn Fleming. T.

Ct R. A. S. Everard Cfn Robinson, M. Ct N. C. J. Scott

LSgt LSgt LCpl LCpI LCpI LCpI

Boyce, T. Freeman, 8. T. Eckhart, W. Tucker, A. J. Hopkins, J. O. HeWItt, C. M.

LCpI Mulgrove, F. LCpl Jarvis, T. LCpl Scott, D. C. Pte Carter, S. F. P. Pte McVey, A. C. Pte Wyllie, |. A. Pte Francis, P. J.

Pte Marsden, K. Pte Reed, L. Pte Jennings, P. R.

Cnl Smith, W.

CoH Villers, L. LCoH Smith, D. LCpI Gillingham, S. Tpr Lloyd, R. Tpr Gulley, N. Tpr Simpson, C.

Tpr Moore. 5. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Whittaker, A. Guest, J. Womack, J. Towse, J. Buckman, N.

3rd Troop Ct A. J. Gurney

LCoH Harris. D. LCoH Lyons, T.

Royal Army Pay Corps Capt D. K. Mumford SSgt Jones, G. F. SSgt Thomas, D. J. M.

Sgt Cartwright, G. J. LAD Capt E. C. Jackson»Smith

LCpl Gellatly, W. LCpI Manning, M. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Wookey, C. Mowbray, P. Smith, H. Elsey, R. Schofield, R

W01 Thomas, M. B.

RHO. Troop

SQMC Lawson, P. B.

Sgt Smith, A. E,

LCoH Wall, B. G.

Sgt Southcott, D. Sgt Pratt, K. G. W. LSgt Ramsden, E. J. LSgt Truluck, V. S. LSgt Barnes, M. A. LCpl Bittles, D. LCpI Eccleston, A. LCpI Hudson, 0. LCpI Masters, T. L.

LCoH Hill, B. B.

LCoH Crowley, P. Tpr Hall, L.

LCoH Docherty, J.

Tpr Buxton, M.

W01 Chequer, D. J. SSgt Turnbull. R. W. SSgt Bevan, J.

LCpl Shakespeare, T. H. LCpl Pearce, D. J. LCpI Kempt, |. G. Tpr Andrews, D. S. Tpr Bentley, P. W. Tpr Beresford, D. Tpr Corway, G. P Tpr Hosker, G. Tpr Quartermain, P. J. Tpr Rees, M. A.

A1 Echelon CoH Scammell, J. LCoH Feldwick, L.

Tpr Weightman, P.

Tpr Alexandrou, P.

Stables LCoH Murphy, H. J. A.

Lt J. G. Handley

CoH Adams, K.

LCoH Frampton, D. J.

Capt (OM) W. R. Marsh RQMC Hunt, H. CoH Birt, R. V. LCoH Haighton, B. LCoH Gregory, D. LCpI Stainsby, D. J. LCpI Howard, J. Tpr Marriott, A. D. Tpr Harris, R.

MT

Capt P. R. L. Walker-Okeover SCM Kersting, A.

Gymnasium LCpl Ford, M. J.

LCoH Stephenson, W. Tpr Nixon, R. J. Tpr Brzozowski, S.

A SOUADRON Squadron Headquarters Troop Major J. G. Hamilton Russell Capt J. W. Wyburd

LCoH Brown, M. LCpl Mead. |. LCpI Webb, D. Tpr Robertson, H. Tpr Reid, J. Tpr Sanders, M. Tpr Beecham. K. Tpr Holbrook, S. Tpr Wright, K. Tpr Johnson, P. Tpr Merry, E.

Provost

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Medical Centre Lt-Col L. G. Stewart SQMC Gook, A.

Dennis, G. Umpleby, B. Tring, J. W. Kelly, E. C.

CoH Pomroy, H.

4th Troop CoH Pearce, D.

LCoH Butler, R. LCpI Palmer, I.

LCpl Reid, P. LCpl Allen, H. Tpr Herratt. C. Tpr Miller, D. Tpr Wood, M. Tpr Burt, E. Tpr Joplin, K. Tpr Crowley, D. Tpr Wright, J. Tpr Ayscough, F.

LCpI Wilson, P. LCpI Wildman, K. J.

5th Troop

Cfn Smith, V.

Ct T. P. E. Barclay

B SQUADHON Squadron Headquarters Troop Major A. H. Parker Bowles

W02 Bell (SCM), P. G. CoH Idle, 8. M. LCoH Standen, D. C. LCoH Whyte, J. A. LCpl Wilkinson, B. D. LCpl Storer, P. B. LCpI Quinn, J. LCpl Rogers, W. Tpr Fairbrother, J. J. G. P. Tpr Murnan, D. Tpr James, G. R. Tpr Bowden, T. J. Tpr Kempster, I. K.

Tpr Millard, W. P. Tpr Ironmongcr, K. 1st Troop

CoH Martin, M. A. LCoH Stacey, M. LCpl Baker, K. A. LCpl Young, D. P. LCpl Hunter, H. Tpr Baxter, A. D. R. Tpr Rushton, D. M. Tpr Wilson (392), A. L. Tpr Hulme, P. J. Tpr Thorpe, G. J. 2nd Troop Ct J. Shaw

CoH Sibley, S. F. LCoH Fox, G. A. LCoH Williams, R. J. Tpr Lock, M. J. Tpr Hartley, J. Tpr Gardiner, R. L.


pr Gregory, M. R, Tpr Windrass. R. Tpr Kinlock, J, E. 3rd Troop CoH Clayton, J. W.

LCoH Shaw, 5. M. LCpl Collett, T. G. Tpr Rowland, W. S. Tpr McKenzie, A. Tpr Murrow. F. A. Tpr Napier. C, M. Tpr Hulland, P. A.

LAD

Tpr Barry, C, L.

NCOs Mess

SSgt Milne, J. M Sgt Dale, A, Sgt Lewis, K. G. LSgt Howes, R. LSgt Green, N. LSgt Tollan, H. LCpl Bennett, R, T, LCpl Dunning, D. J. Cfn Burton, 8. Cin Marks, A. J. Cfn Marshall, C. J,

Assault Troop CoH Chapman, L. CoH Woolard, R.

LCoH Sanimons Tpr Burns Tpr Dykes Tpr Williams

RSC Sutton Coldfield 4th Troop CoH Emery, A. W.

LCoH Carroll, W, LCoH Pentlth, T.

Tpr Stretton, P. F, Tpr Seddon, A. Tpr Littlcr, M. E Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Owen, R. P. Perkins, P, Walden, S. Featherstone, A, C.

5th Troop Ct A, J, C. Pratt

CoH O'Halloran, D A. LCoH Rumblelow, H, W.

LCoH Mackenzie, l, LCpl Sackett, N. P, LCpl Mellor, D, Tpr Blake, G. G, Tpr Miller, G, T. Tpr Barratt, A. L. Tpr Munson, A. V,

Tpr Anyon, A. Tpr Pugh, M. H. Tpr Firth, P. 6th Troop CoH McEvoy, J. LCpl Appleyard. l. LCpl Wasp, G, Tpr Dunderdale. M. T. Tpr Henry, S. Tpr Thompson, S. W.

Tpr Bryson, S. W Tpr Wheelhouse, J. H,

LCoH Smith, T. J.

C SOUADRON Squadron Headquarters Troop Major B. J, Lockhart Capt G H Tweedie Capt A. P. Keelan (TRRW)

SCM Hunter, J. R. SCM Harty SCpl La Roche, M. J.

CoH Ford, D. N, LCoH Morris, W LCoH Edwards, G. M, Tpr Hayward, N. A. Tpr Measor, J. F. Tpr Metcalfe. E. A. Tpr Smith, D. P. Tpr McLuckie, A. W. M. Tpr Fairclogh, D. A, Tpr Peachey, R. Tpr York, G, Tpr Prusak, R. Tpr Bramley

Sisson, P. J, Barker, 5. M. Pick, G. Lawson, P. J. Timlin, R. Breakwell, T. R. Taylor. A. S. Dakers, A. Vetters, D. R.

Tpr Murray, I. Tpr Mayo, M. S. Tpr Gariirth, J. M. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Allen, S. J, Burrows. J J, Reynolds, D J. Rushton, D. W.

Admin Troop SOMC Hayward. P M F. LCoH O'Callaghan, A. J.

LCoH White, M, J. LCoH Finch, P. R. LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Chamberlain, D. A. Page, I. Cooke, L, McAnulty, M. E.

LCpl Wendon, H. LCpl Giblette, J, E. LCpl Hyndman, W, T. Tpr Bennett, J, Tpr Jones, D. R Tpr Burnham, R L. Tpr Leah. R, A. Tpr Tonks, R P. Tpr Watson, C. E. Tpr Loft, C. L.

Tpr Burgess, D. R.

LCoH Freeman, K. R. LCpl Grocott, G. S. Tpr Goodwin, E. J.

Tpr White, K. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bisset, J. N. Harris, R. Jellries, M. E, Ellis, J. M.

Section 2 LCoH Blake, J, M. LCpl Cliff, A. Tpr Cuthbert. M. H. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Kirkwood, W. J. Stodden, K A. Thomson, W, K Giles, J S, Anderson, C R. Averill, R.

LCpl Scarroit, J. P. LCpl Salisbury, R. A. Tpr Porterfield, A. Tpr Hart, |. A. Tpr Rex, N. P. Tpr Chiles, |, T. S. Tpr Hastings, A. P.

LCoH France, A. G,

Sgt Vearncombe

LCpl Seager, M. A. LCpl Padgett LCpl Blomouist LCpl Reeks, G J. Tpr Hutton, R. J. Tpr Chirgwrn, D, H Tpr Lampard, B. D Tpr Sinclair, S. M. Tpr Hayward, N, A Tpr Gurdin, N. T Tpr Rose. J, S Tpr Whiting, B. J

Cooks LSgt Conway-Lee. M. C, LCpl Spenceley. R. J.

LCpl Duckett, R. D. Pie Scott, I. G

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Tpr Smith Tpr Goodyear Tpr Salisbury

Officers Mess CoH Westwood Regimental Barber LCoH Fisher Pharmacy FOM C Woodman

THE BLUES AND ROVALS SQUADRON THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRV REGIMENT Squadron Headquarters Major J, J. F. Scott Capt H, T. Hayward SCM Peck

SQMC Sellars CoH Garvey CoH Marchinglon LCoH Shillabeer LCpl Mosley LCpl O'Gorman LCpl Burness Tprs Piwowarskr Farr Hows Farr Stonehewer Tpr Wilde 1st Troop

Ct S. C. de Chair

Lt C. R. Goodall

CoH Hughes. R C. LCoH Thompson, S. LCpl Bates, P, LCpl Wright, P. A, Tpr Bowhay, D. A. Tpr Stevenson, A. Tpr Murray, D. M. Tpr Finlay, F. C. Tpr Caley, P. J.

REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT Major B. J, Hodgson

HEADQUARTERS SOUADRON THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT RHO.

41h Troop SCpl Weeks, N.

LCoH Forester. R. W, LCoH Wood, M. J. LCpl Claridge, D. J LCoH Perry, S J. Tpr Gowland. J. W. Tpr Armishaw. P, D. Tpr Arnold, A. J Tpr Jones, K. R. Tpr Robbins, A 5th Troop

CoH Greene

LCoH Chillingworth SHO. SCM Jamieson LCoH Staveley Tpr Drake

MT LCoH MeWillianis LCpl Gratton Tpr Aindow Tpr Miller Tpr Pike

Lt A, M. W. Armitage EON Staff LCoH Muff, A.

LCpl Toney, J Tpr Humberstone, A. P, Tpr Moss, T. M. Tpr Lee, S. B.

Capt W. A, Stringer CoH Murtagh LCoH Manslield

3rd Troop

CoH Stubley, I,

LCoH Robinson, D.

Quartermaster's Department

Pte Buttle, D. R

Pte Patchett, J. (RAPC) MT Troop

SOMC Wright Tpr Cornock

LCpl Toghill

LCpl Rose, C. W. LCpl Marshall, J.

LCoH Challoner, G H.

W02 Frearson CoH Shearn CoH Pitt

LCpl Parish, C. LCpl Watson, D. H. LCpl Carr, R. D. LCpl Playlord, D. M. Cin Wormstrup, H. Cln Booth, J. C. Cin Barratt, M. G.

LCoH Reid, H

CoH McKenna, D.

SOMC Fielding SCM Doxey LCpl Manners

Guardroom

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Ct N. Hadden-Paton

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Admin Troop

2nd Troop

Capt A. N, D. Bols Capt R. N. O. Couper

LSgt Whittaker, C. L.

LAD SSgt Waterman, P. J. Sgt Welch, D. R. Sgt Seear, S. W.

1st Troop Ct A. J. S. Bagge CoH Fisk, P. E. LCpl Fuller, J. F, LCpl Dawes, D, Tpr Davis, J, H, Tpr Tuckwood. A. R. L. Tpr Wylie, D C. Tpr Meredith. L. T. Tpr Hough, A. A.

Holdees Major D. J S. Wilkinson

LCpl Waldron LCpl Gowling Tpr Bourne Tpr Boardman Tpr Perrin Tpr True

Tpr Shell, J. J,

Tpr \Nilson (799). R. H. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

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LCoH Benn, T. F, LCpl Seabourne, M. A. Tpr Steven, T. Tpr Kavanagh, R. G. P. Tpr Broderick, K Tpr Duke, l

LCoH McGregor Tpr Ogilvie Tpr Lalfan Tpr Webb Medical Centre Surg MajorJ P. A. Page

Tpr GouldingrBosworth

CoH Patterson CoH Jones LCoH Twrnn LCpl Flude LCpl Sidebottom LCpl Patey LCpl Bowden Tpr Blackman Tpr Cox Tpr Davey Tpr Edge Tpr Floresco Tpr Hall Tpr Kelsey Tpr Nicholson Tpr Robinson Tpr Stei anovrc Tpr Sangster Tpr HighAStepheiison Tpr Walters 2nd Troop

Lt G, T. R. Birdwood CoH Holt CoH Lane LCpl Barber LCpl Slade LCpl Nisbet LCpl Gilbet T/LCpI Hyert Tpr Baker

Tpr Board Tpr Burton Tpr Campbell Tpr Clarke Tpr Foster Tpr Hobson Tpr Harding Tpr Johnstonc Tpr Kershaw Tpr Morris Tpr Penn Tpr Stewart Tpr Maddams Tptr Atkinson 3rd Troop Lt C. H. Boone CoH Bellas CoH Bright LCoH Thornton LCpl Drogomeirecki LCpl Oliver LCpl Hague LCpl Dane LCpl Roberts Tpr Bubear Tpr Cornock Tpr Edwards Tpr Grun

Tpr Innes Tpr Winstone Tpr Dow Courses Tpr Brough Tpr Brashill Tpr Mitchell

NCOs Mess Tpr Renton Hospital LCoH Ayres Tpr Jones (762)

Davies Hammond Shallcross Cooper Marchington Ruddle Clark Becker Gimblett Harvey Jones (600) Henney Cartwright Crockford Crotch Hardy Marsh Nolan Price Randall Rees Harvey, S. Suffell

Riding Staff LCpl Church

Coach Windsor LCpl Henderson LCpl Kelsey (373) Tpr Frankland Grooms/Melton LCpl Currah Tpr Allen Tpr Cross Tpr Perrin Tpr Rainger Tpr Baldwrn Grooms/Windsor LCoH Warren Tpr Fenton Tpr Douglas Tpr Jervis Tpr Popple Orderlies LCpl Hennesy Tpr Panter Tpr Reynolds Tpr Protopapa

Mus Ward, C. Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus

Watts. P, Williams, P, Janaway, P,—Kneller Hall Packer, F.~Knel|er Hall Roberts, D.~—Kneller Hall

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LCpl Sedgwood, G. G.

LCoH LCoH LCoH LCoH

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Mus Spurs, D. Mus Stephens, K.

RHO. Household Cavalry W02 Desborough, J. A. SCpl Lee, P. A, CoH Sproats, R.

Tpr Jackson Tpr Moore

Trainees

CoH Anslow, R J, CoH Chamberlain, D E.

Guards Depot Major B. V. Smiley Major C. M. Barrie Lt H. P. D. Massey Ct T, B. R Leslie-King SCpl Edwards, J. A.

LCoH Timmis, Fl, W,

Tpr Railton, D. Tpr Railton, D. M. Tpr Stephen Tpr Swmdlehurst Tpr Tonge Tpr Vasey Tpr Walker Tpr Youdale Tpr Beck Tptr Davies

Recruiters

Mus Rowden, R.

Mus Ruddle, G. Mus Sabourin, S.

CoH Pinks, M. CoH Pitt, D, A, J. CoH Sampson, (L, S. L.) CoH Whitworth, B. Army Air Corps W02 Matthews, J. A, SCpl Baylay, D N. SCpl Wilkinson, J. CoH Clay, K.

CoH Melbourne, D. W. BLUES AND ROYALS AT THE GUARDS DEPOT

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Dalziel, J. R. Davis, J. Barden, F, T, Harman, B. R.

LCoH Williams, B, A. LCpl Moloney, J, P. LCpl Evans, B. R. L. LCpl Green, R. D. LCpl Harkness, P. J. LCpl Callaghan, K. J. LCpl Cummings, G. T, LCpl Mc'Ginlay, G. D. Tpr Hullett, A. J. Tpr Dunderdale Tpr Watson, J. M. Tpr Ford, P. D, Tpr Harding, D. Tpr Lewis, W. D. Tpr Russell, P. F. Tpr Wells, G. R. G. F. Tpr Durden, A. Tpr Hoskeri, J. R. Tpr Schofield Tpr Miller, G E. Tpr Tait. W. Tpr Rees, M, A.

BAND OFTHE BLUES 8 ROYALS Capt G, E, Evans

BCM Middleton, R. SCpl Wise, P. CoH Blogg, G. CoH Daniels, D.

CoH Acton, G, R.

CoH Stratford, J. W. Tpr Hewitt, J. W. Tpr Piper, S, P.

MAT GULF LCpl Fallon, D, Hong Kong Regiment (V)

W02 Hunt, C. W. M, BEM AVSC (S) CoH Triggs, J.

Tpr Reeve, A. D.

RMAS

HO. Rheindahlen Garrison W02 Melia, P. B,

SCpl Smart, R. E. CoH Brown, D. J. LCpl Ikins

Berlin Provo Coy W02 Varga, (3.

RAC Centre

AAC Arborfield CoH Midwinter, J. C,

WO‘l Hearn, B. W02 Stephenson, A, K, W02 Wennell, D. J. SCpl Burton-Johnson, H, SCpl Cox, W. G. SCpl Hales, N. J. SCpl Preece, G. R. SCpl Thomas, L. H.

CoH Elmslie, l. G. S. CoH Livingstone, J. A. CoH Lloyd, W. J.

CoH Maskell, W. L. CoH Stacey, M. P, CoH McLean, S. C.

CoH Strudwick, J.

CoH Owen, W. CoH Weston. A. J. H0. 11 Armd Bde LCpl Robinson, R. D. HQ 1 Div and Sig Regt SCpl Whittington, D. 7 CCF Trg Team CoH Cain, P. F. M. RMSM CoH Watts, 8. A. 2 Armd Del Sqn SCpl Greenwood, C. E,

CoH Tucker, J, R,

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CoH Austin, J. M, LCoH Murray, 8, Tpr Curtis, A.

RAC Trg Regt CoH Cook, K. W,

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W02 Story, J, E. SCpl Kelsall, C. G, CoH Desborough, W. C. CoH Jones, N. W. CoH Thurston, D, R, A. LCpl Morley, G, M. Tpr Clews, J, A. Tpr Vaughan, R. Mercian Yeomanry W01 Wood, N. L, P.

LCoH Sherwm, P. C. A. LCoH Harris, R. Tpr Moylan, J. Tpr Dobson, R. l.

KLT W02 Hayes, D. W, G.

H0 LONDIST CoH Proctor, B. E. 1 (Gds) Para Coy LCoH Stratford, B.

CoH Todd, R, CoH (T/M) Hayne, G. LCoH Mansfield, R. LCoH Tanner, R.

LCoH Whenneli, A. LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Bull, M. Chesters, M. Parsons, A. Platt, S. Leslie, J Orritt, C Turner, H. Sowter, R.

Mus Baines, S, Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus Mus

Becker, J Brammer, M. Buckley, A. Bullock, R, Clark, M. Cooper, P, Creedy, A. (Loc LCpl) Frew, J. Griffiths, E, Healey, A Hempseed, R. Jaskulski, C. King, P. Marsh, P.

THE BLUES AND ROYALS OFFICERS AT ERE HQ UKLF Lt-Col T. A, K, Watson HO UKLF Major J. A. Aylen LtACol J. A. C. G, Eyre Major T. N. P. W. Burbury Lt-Col D. J. Daly Major D. J. S, Wilkinson Major T. C. Morris

H0 London District H0 London District MA Malawi

Major H. O. Hugh-Smith

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JLR (RAC) JLR (RAC) RMAS

Lt J. M. M. Carr-Ellison

Mus Prosser, K,

Lt-Col J. B. Evans Lt~Co| D. S. A, Boyd Major J. A, Dimond, MC Major D. Miller Major P. T. Keightley Major J. D. Smith-Bingham Major P. M. R, Brook Capt R. C. Wilkinson Major |. M. D, L. Weston Capt H, W. Davies Lt A. S. Lukas Lt T. W, Tucker

Mus Renwick, R.

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