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VOL. 1 No.7

1 had the honour of assuming Command of the Regiment just a few days before we left Windsor last October for our tour in Germany. On arriving out here, and completing a very good handover from The Life Guards, the Regiment has settled down into its new role with encouraging speed. Never before has an armoured regiment returned to that role after only four years; the RAC regiments’ normal turn-round being about twice that length of time. This means that we have arrived in Germany with threequarters of our Lance Corporals of Horse and above, and many below that in rank, already skilled in Chieftain soldiering. We intend to build on this strength and become a really well-trained armoured regiment in record time. We are fortunate in having arrived in Rhine Army in the autumn and in being more or less left alone for a year. B Sqn go to Canada in June on training with another Battle Group but otherwise, apart from the expected mass of normal BAOR commitments, life until the autumn is entirely concerned with armoured training. In October the Regiment starts training for a Northern Ireland tour in Armagh. We go there at the very end of the year until April 1977 and shall be partly on foot and partly in vehicles. The standard of the Regiment’s equipment nowadays would surprise many who soldiered in earlier days. No equipment is perfect and improvements are constantly being made. However, the present day soldier possesses military clothing and operational equipment only dreamed of by his predecessors of not so long ago. The armoured might of the Regiment is our fortyseven Chieftain tanks; to be increased to sixty-six in two years’ time under the Defence Review reorganisation. Each tank weighs 54 tons and currently costs a quarter of a million pounds. Overall, there are 167 vehicles in the Regiment and no less than 213 radio sets. The Regiment is fully up to strength at 440 all ranks; I can state that never in my experience has the standard of men in the Regiment been higher. Unfortunately in some ways, there is no room for passengers; those few soldiers one remembers of less than average ability, who still did a good job in some capacity, it is now not possible to employ. Nowadays most soldiers are on Notice Engagement and if they want to leave the Regiment can do so on giving eighteen months notice; or just a few months if they want to pay. Equally, those very few soldiers who are inadequate in some way or other, are asked to leave. It is noteworthy that an increasing number of our soldiers are staying on for longer careers in the Regiment. This healthy state of manning within the Regiment is no cause for complacency; we need a constant supply of high-quality men and as always the more help that Members of the Association can give us in this respect the better. We have the very large number of 207 families here in Detmold and, in spite of the fact that soldiers get married ever younger, very nearly all those who wish to have their wives and families out here can do so. The sporting and social sides are being far from


Colonel-in—Chief: Her Majesty The Queen. Colonel and Gold Stick:


Sir Gerald Templer,

KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO, DCL The Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding The Household Cavalry

and Silver Stick: Colonel J. A. C. G. Eyre, OBE Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel J. H. Pitman Officer Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment (Mounted): Lieutenant-Colonel T. C. Morris, The Blues and Royals

BATTLE HONOURS Tangier (16624680), Dettingen, Warburg, Beaumont, Willems, Fuentes d'Onor, Peninsular, Waterloo,

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(1914), Ypres (1914).

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(1918), Sambre, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders (19141918). Souleuvre, Brussels, Nederrijn, Rhine, NW Europe (19444945) Iraq (1941), Palmyra, Syria (1941), Knightsbridge, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, North Africa (1941-1943), Sicily (1943),

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neglected. Messes and entertainment are thriving at all levels and as many as 35 separate sporting activities are being actively encouraged and supported within the Regiment. In conclusion, your Regiment is well equipped, fully manned and now looks forward with enthusiasm to a useful and enjoyable year’s soldiering.

three, had their usual share of foreign travel. In February and March they took part in Exercise Hardfall in Norway which was a combination of individual training, live firing and a multinational exercise. Here the Scorpions behaved well and a considerable amount of valuable experience was gained by all those who took

part. A Sqn returned to Windsor to find C Sqn in the

middle of its Northern Ireland Training prior to another

Diary of Events Sitting in a centrally heated office in Detmold with gale force winds blowing in from Siberia and a thick crust of frost covering the lawns and tarmac of Lothian Barracks, the long summer months of 1975 spent by the Regiment at Windsor become increasingly hard to remember and the varied highlights of the Regiment‘s last year in England retreat into a memory of fresh early mornings and lazy afternoons when work seemed easy and training and sport were carried out in ideal conditions. It is easy to forget the frustration of never having a complete Regiment in barracks and the constant interruption of internal security work at Heathrow; the increased work load of moving the entire Regiment plus dependants to Germany and of converting to a new series of vehicles; of endless recruiting visits to schools, shows and fetes and of numerous visits of contingents of the ACF. CCFs, recruits, scouts, police, school children and old age pensioners. All of these tasks fell to the Regiment at Combermere and all of them provided a constant backdrop against which our day—to—day soldiering was carried out. No particular Squadron scooped the lion‘s share of work in 1975. A Sqn, which as the only armoured ear Squadron in the Allied Command Europe’s mobile

force has always had the most glamorous role of the

tour at Aldergrove in County Antrim from March to August. The Squadron arrived to find the situation relatively unchanged although with the army adopting a generally low profile throughout the province. Those of us that welcomed the Provisionals’ cease—fire at first glance soon realised what strength this gave to the enemy of boredom. It is much to C Sqn’s credit that they completed a successful tour in good spirits and with a high reputation in their area of responsibility. Meanwhile those elements of the Regiment that remained at Windsor found themselves fully occupied running a TEWT, providing demonstrations at the Royal Tournament. Aldershot Display and Cardiff Tattoo, and assisting at the Windsor Horse Show. Probably the most spectacular exercise of the year was Calypso Hop when B Sqn spent the whole of June in Jamaica as guests of the Jamaica Defence Regiment. This exercise which was carried out entirely on foot proved an interesting and exacting task for the Squadron as well as providing a fund of horrific stories about out of work hours that shocked the rest of the Regiment into jealous silence. While B Sqn were sampling the delights of Montego Bay, the Regiment at Windsor was hosting A Company of the Jamaican Defence Regiment. This exchange worked faultlessly and we were all most impressed by the charm and professionalism of the Company. A comprehensive programme was arranged for them and while the Jamaicans absorbed as much English culture as we could give them. The Blues and

Regimental Demonstration at Eton College

Col-I E. S. P. Freeman demonstrating the use of the Arctieshovel

The Jamaican High Commissioner talking to Capt Massey and Major Keightley during his visit to Combermere Barracks

Royals absorbed as much Jamaican Rum as they could give us. On their return from Jamaica B Sqn were able to start converting to Chieftain while A Sqn prepared for their final exercise as the AMF(L) Sqn. This was Exercise Deep Express which took place in Turkey in September and was again taken very much in their stride by .A Sqn which was now thoroughly familiar with soldiering on the Southern Flank. . During our last year at Windsor_the Regiment has been visited by a great variety of distinguished guests. Apart from the various senior oflicers under whose com: mand we came at Windsor we were visited by the Chief of: the General Stafi', the Director of the Royal Armoured Corps, and by the Jamaican High Commissioner. _ . On 4th August Her Majesty The Queen Visited the Regiment and spent the day seeing. several different aspects of Regimental life and meeting a greatmany members of the Regiment and their wives and families. Soon the move to Germany was upon us and on 18th September The Blues and Royals advance party arrived in Detmold. The final month saw many sad farewells to the numerous friends both military and civilian that all ranks of the Regiment had made in Windsor. Final leave was taken and everything packed up and on 15th October our flag was struck for the last time at Combermere Barracks. Since the Regiment‘s arrival in Germanywe have not wasted time in getting thoroughly involved in all aspects of BAOR soldiering. Conversion courses. have continued at a great rate and at the time of gomg to press every member of the Regiment has at least one Chief.. tain trade and many have two. All sports are being played and a notable success came within two weeks at the Rhine Army Hunter

Trials, where the Regiment virtually swept the board. The Christmas festivities proved a convenient way of getting the whole Regiment together on frequent occasions and already much of the Regimental feeling that had been hidden at Windsor has started to re-assert itself. The Regiment is found at the beginning of l976 up to strength. with a full programme and a conSiderable amount of enthusiasm and expertise porsed to start what we hope will prove to be a highly successful tour as an Armoured Regiment.



Tpr Robertson on RP Duty


A Squadron

On the amalgamation of The Blues and The Royals on 29th March. 1969, a new appointment was created. that of Deputy Colonel. This appointment was filled by General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. the last Colonel of The Royal Dragoons. He relinquished the appointment on 9th' December. 1974. . During this period General Fitzpatrick held success1vely the appointments of Commander in Chief British Army of the Rhine and Deputy Supreme Allied Cornmander Europe. As‘one of the officers who had the honour to command the regiment during this period. I was always conscious of his immense interest in all our domgs despite the great responsibilities he fulfilled elsewhere. It was a privilege to be able to rely on his advice and encouragement. His enthusiastic support for the new regiment played a vital part in the success of the amalgamation and past and present members of The Royal Dragoons in The Blues and Royals can look with gratitude on the 10 years under General Fitzpatrick’s guidance. J .A.C.G.E.

Once again Exercise ‘Hardt'all‘ launched the year and the complete Squadron set oil from Marchwood on what was for some their fifth trip to Norway. Tradition was observed and it was not long before a vehicle had been dropped on to the quayside frotn a considerable height ithis time it was a Volvo. A party of approximately 20 from C Sqn The Life Guards accompanied us to get the feel for next year, and it is safe to say that they got it.

There were a few days of enforced inactivity before the exercise during which LCoH Greer spearheaded a daily deterrent patrol into Copenhagen—until the money ran out. A visit to some old friends in the Gardehussars— the Danish counterpart to the Household Cavalry~and back home in time for Cavalry Sunday. No peace for the wicked, however, and we were soon off to Castlemartin in May. where we had a thoroughly successful, and ambitious, few days of firing in an entirely pleasant atmosphere, At about this time the first of the conversion courses got under way and SCpl Pomroy resurrected some old familiar gunnery cries with a grin all over his face. The Squadron Leader was frightened off to Italy by all this for an AMF(L) Study Period where he obtained first-hand experience of the habits and customs of the Alpini, as well as an insight into the much publicised wine surplus. In June two wheeled troops under SCpl Pearce and COH Martin respectively participated in a weekend exercise in Norfolk with the Royal Yeomanry, and a lot of individual Scorpions with their crews undertook recruiting engagements around the country. July saw the Royal Tournament where 2nd Tp participated in the Royal Marines arctic display: they established, and in some cases developed, many interest-

The portrait of Gen Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. by Carlos Sancha, which hangs in the Officers Mess.

View of the camp at Hjerkinn

Nothing much had changed since the previous year and even SCM Kersting’s unique style of ski-ing seemed familiar. There was a trip to the arctic wastes above the tree line at Hjerkinn, where missiles were launched


During his visit to Windsor on 16th April 1975. the C65. Gen Sir Peter Hunt. had an informal look at the Regiment’s activities.

against the odds and the Commanding Officer paid a visit which included an afternoon coaxing trout through a hole in the ice. The Colonel of the AMF Radio Troop, who were training with us, lent the occasion an air of improbability by assaulting his bagpipes on the top of a nearby peak. The end of March saw us back in Windsor and Squadron Headquarters almost immediately departed for Exercise ‘Arena Exchange,” a CPX in the Zealand group of islands in Denmark.

Scorpions firing at Hjerkinn Maj. Price & CoH Cooksey show CGS the Regtl. Recruiting Stand'

ing relationships with various seotions of the public. At the end of July SHQ took part in the RAC 3 Div CPX in the Salisbury area. The highlight of the year was, of course, the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to the Regiment on 4th August. Her Majesty met many members of the squadron and their wives and showed particular interest in the 24-hour arctic ration pack. She was subjected, by LCoH Quinn. to a detailed description of how to prepare curried chicken in a temperature of 25°C. It was the hottest day of a hot summer, After this a composite troop with Lt Gurney at the head went to Harrogate to form part of the Royal Armoured Corps static display. At the beginning of September. all the vehicles with two-thirds of the squadron left Milford Haven aboard the cruise liner Sir Percival for Turkey and Exercise ‘Deep Express.’ The

The German Infantry Battalion sounding the charge for the final assault during exercise Deep Express. Maj. Hamilton-Russell In attendance.

CGS is shown a GW separation Trainer

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Exercise ‘Deep Express’

Capt Birdwood, LCpl Herratt and LCoH Frazer (LG.) having their daily drag.


On board LSL ‘Sir Percival’ en route for Turkey

Malta—Swimming from the ship.


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trip was a good one with' a lot of sun and a stop in Malta, and after a beach landing at Saros Bay the remainder of the Squadron flew to Istanbul and joined up, having suffered a traumatic four-hour journey in the back of a Turkish Zfi-ton truck, during which they came face to face with almost certain death many times. It was not known at the time that the habit of Turkish army truck drivers, in moments of crisis, was to jump out and leave the vehicle and its contents to the will of Allah. At this stage, however, Allah was smiling and all was well. The exercise attracted a lot of international interest in a political sense and was visited by every four-star general in the western hemisphere. Militarily it was conducted according to a rigid scenerio written in lurkish and hence not observed by A Sqn. During the


:ourse of the two weeks we worked closely with infantry battalions from America, Belgium and Germany and found the contrasts absorbing. Our gallant liaison officer, anonymous under the security veil of Callsign l9 Haystack, struggled manfully with the problems of conversing with‘ Turkish Colonels in a mixture of French. German, English and Swahili, while the SHQ mascot, a tortoise (Callsign 19T), was so disgusted with the slow pace of the war that he went off on a mapreading exercisefand got lost. Again we had a party from The Life Guards with us and SQMC McGloughlan, with LCoH Barrett, managed miracles to keep us topped up with every sort of liquid—and a few other things. Most of the Squadron flew back in time for the open day at Combermere and marched to church to offer up thanks for salvation

from the Turkish road-user. So ends four years with the AMFtL). Whatever meaning one chooses to put to those letters. they have been interesting, rewarding and frequently amusing years. Few of us would have missed them by choice. though our wives and families have had much to put up with. To them our thanks. As always, many faces have changed and a lot of familiar ones have returned. Major Hamilton-Russell has left us to join the staff of JDSC Warminster. We send him our congratulations on his award of the MBE in the New Year Honours List. SCM Kersting has gone

to Cyprus as a W01. and SCM Stephenson has returned in his place. SQMC Hill has gone to C Sqn as SCM, SCpl Pearce has left to go to the police and to harass The Life Guards on the M4. SCpl Pomroy will shortly leave for a spell at the Gunnery School. Major SmithBingham has returned for a second session as Squadron Leader and Capt Boone has turned up again, while Capt Birdwood joined us for the last few months in Windsor but has moved on again. A lot of others, too many to mention individually, have left us for many reasons and a lot of new faces have arrived. We wish them all well.

ROYAL TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS Tpr Waterman Left to right: Tpr Stockford, Miss Elizabeth Manual (WRAC) Tpr Guest and

B Squadron After a Christmas free of the cares of soldiering the Squadron roused itself to start 1975 on the bleakest extremity of Western Wales. Castlcmartin Gunnery Ranges can be cold at any time of the year but in January they are always wet. The Scorpion crews had a most successful programme of firing but the hardest time was had by SQMC Wilkins and his administrative troop who had to contend with such difficulties as marquees being blown away. On return from the Principality, the Squadron settled down to trade training while Maj Aylen flew to the Caribbean to recce Jamaica where we were due to exercise in the summer. In his thoroughness he managed to remain an extra week and to recce the Bahamas as well! It was a time of comparative peace for the Squadron during which the sporting gladiators were able to regain their places in the regimental teams. LCpl Barratt, Tprs Taylor, Rushton, Kent. Napier, Gregory and Ironmonger, the goalkeeper. were all frequent regimental soccer players while CoH Sibley captained, played and managed the team. The hockey team had its share of help from the Squadron with Maj Olivier, CoH McEvoy, LCoH Hennessy, LCoH Pentith and Trps Clarke and Rose playing, while Cts Bucknall and Bathurst, CoH Tucker, LCpl Lock and Tpr Windrass played regimental rugby. On the return of a very tanned Squadron Leader, the Squadron set out for a week’s exercise on Salisbury Plain. It turned out to be an exercise few will forget as due to the high track mileage that had resulted during the Cyprus emergency the Squadron was not permitted to take its Scorpions (except for one) but were required to exercise on foot! It will be remembered that the

Tpr Noodle, the Major-General, Major Olivier and LCoH Standen

mild winter was followed by a cold and miserable spring and it was during this season‘s lowest point that we camped near Imber in two-man bivouacs. The highlight of the exercise was the escape and evasion which had to be cancelled (unfortunately) when it was discovered

that the infantry wanted to use their mortar range. Again the administrative side came into the limelight as SQMC Wilkins had damaged his leg during a riding course and the squadron’s comfort was left in the hands of LCoH Pentith. An evening was spent at the School of Artillery watching a night firing demonstration in which CoH Rumbelow and his crew fired the lone Scorpion with pin-point accuracy. After the return from Wiltshire we bade farewell to Major Aylen who departed into the grasp of the Riding Master in London and to SCM Mathews who left to become SSM in the Army Air Corps. We welcomed Major Olivier and SCM Burroughs in their stead. The Squadron now settled to a period of home soldiering with conversion courses and OP Trustee as the main occupations. There were also many forays to show the flag at places as diverse as the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Blackheath and Stowe School. The Major-General inspected the Regiment and the Squadron demonstrated to him their efficiency in being called out to Heathrow. May saw the departure of C'soH Standcn and Collett to the Jungle Warfare School in Malaya for a course that was later described as a ‘walking diet” but prove-:1 to have been most useful. once the Squadron reached Jamaica. LCoH Smith seemed to take most of the Squadron that was not on a conversion course of some description to Salisbury Plain for Ex Light Century, during which students from the troop leaders course at Bovington were introduced to Scorpions and B Sqn. Meanwhile. SCM Burroughs got himself to an even higher peak of fitness so as to be able to exhaust every member of the Squadron once the Jamaica training started in the middle of the month. CoH McEvoy’s troop recruited briefly in Gosport, Cornet Bucknall finally got to Eton (to recruit) and the Squadron hosted some visiting Americans.

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Most members of the Squadron had re-appeared at Windsor by late May in time to become fit before Ex Calypso Hop took them away to the Caribbean. Muscles began to appear on even the weakest members of the Squadron as the runs to the Copper Horse developed into forced marches to Pirbright. Orienteering in the Great Park progressed to survival courses in Yorkshire at Ct Shaw‘s parents’ home. The story of highly trained Chieftain and Scorpion crcwmen battling with the hidden horrors of the tropical rain forests are dealt with elsewhere. The Squadron returned from Jamaica in time for the fitness for role inspection by Brigadier P. R. Reid which again took the shape of an impromptu turnoth to Heath-

B Sqn Barrack Guard for the Major-General‘s visit



B Sqn Hangar

row. CoH Clayton got married and departed to Canada on a six month posting. Leave and courses continued to keep us busy, there were also small contingents under LCoH MacKenzie, LCpl Wilkinson and L‘Cpl Lock participating at CardIff Tattoo and the Army Air Corps Day at Tidworth. L-CoH Harman departed to the APTC to become an adventure training instructor. On Monday 4th August the Squadron provided the Quarter Guard for HM The Queen‘s visit and demonstrated the regiment‘s role in Otp Trustee. Many members of the Squadron and their families had the priVIIege of talking to Her Majesty. A very memorable day was also a very long one as after the royal cars departed the

Squadron had to move to Salisbury Plain to take its part in Ex Bugle Call, a demonstration exercise arranged by CRAC 3rd Division to illustrate soviet armoured tactics. The first night was spent on rehearsals going far into the next morning. The imitation of our soviet counterparts was the very last time that the Squadron was to be together in Scorpions, though hardly a military tattoo or convent open day during August in the South of England was not blessed with that “little bit extra" in the form of a B Sqn Scorpion and its crew. The preparations for handing over to The Life Guards began in earnest with PRE, leave, final courses and parades rushing into each other. The advance party left on Friday 19th September to take over the tanks and accommodation of B Sqn The Life Guards while we at Windsor prepared to hand over to C Sqn The Life Guards. The Squadron had to settle into the BAOR pattern of life fairly fast as before long we had said goodbye briefly to Detmold and left for a spell of troop training on Soltau. The long, hard task of converting was well proven by the competence of the troops during the troop tests when individual tanks covered almost 50 miles in thirty hours and S/Sgt Elliott. the squadron artificer, was able to judge two consecutive stands without having

C Squadron The Squadron started the year with the prospect of a summer spent in N Ireland, followed by the Regimental move to Germany and conversion to the armoured role. It looked like being a busy year and these thoughts were justified in the event. But first we had to complete our last Annual Firing in Saladins. the third range firing for the Squadron in 12 months. which took place this time at Castlemartin in January. With all this experience, it was not surprising that the gunnery was of a very high standard. The hard work of the Squadron Gunnery Instructors. CoH (now SCpl) Stacey, LCoH (now CoH) Muff and CoH Jones. produced a very high ratio of first round hits. However, 3rd Troop found the trip expensive in drinks and extra duties having arrived without any of their machine guns. In February Lt Hutchinson led a motley but gallant band, based on his troop supported by SQMC La Roche and a section of the LAD on Exercise Brigade Frost at Oksbol near Esbjerg in Denmark. After deporting laden with duty free goods, it is reported that they had an enjoyable, if rather wet, 10 days, acting as enemy for both sides. Unfortunately the ground consisted of either quagmire or sand dunes. The troop gained much experience and expertise in extracting themselves from sticky situations, and not least of these was the occasion when the troop drove happily into a Danish Army POL point without noting that two of the Ferrets were on fire. However, tempers were restored and after some close co-operation with the Danish equivalent of the WRAC, the troop returned unscathed to Windsor. Now Northern Ireland training began in earnest.


to be distracted by mechanical problems. The result of the tests was almost a tie between lst and 2nd Troops. A very strong team under SQMC Sibley and Tpr Kent is now hoping to dominate the minor units football league while others are again representing the regiment at hockey and rugby. On arriving in Germany the Squadron lost its guided weapons troop under CoH Tucker to Command Sqn, Ct Shaw left for RMAS. CoH McLean is also away to RMAS and thence to RMP, L/CoH White has left for civilian employment at Heathrow, Tprs Napier and Seddon have also left the Army, L/CoH Whyte has gone recruiting, L/Cpl Giblette has been posted to Household Cavalry Records (so we still hear from him) and Tprs Wheelhouse, lronmonger, Anyon, Henry and Fairbrother have all acquired jobs away from the Regiment. We have also lost several other members of the Squadron to regimental departments and other squadrons: to all of these go our thanks for the valuable contributions they have made to the Squadron. We must also congratulate the following on their promotions. L/CoH Robinson to CoH. L/Cpls Hunter, Stretton and Wendon to L/CoH and Tprs Littler, Lock.

Gregory, Wilson. Owen. Rushton, James, Pugh and Jones to Lance-Corporal.

Certain members of the Squadron suddenly developed secretive and knowing smiles. and could be heard muttering ‘Need to know’ in answer to every question. Permission was obtained to use the tracks of Burnham Beeches on which to practise Vehicle Check Points—that staple diet of Northern Ireland operations. SCM Hill found a broken down old house in Wraysbury in which to train his search teams. And as we were told that we would have to get used to footwork (an unnatural activity for most Cavalrymen) the streets of Windsor were filled for a short time with the sight of patrols ‘pepper potting‘ through the housing estates. It was not long before the local citizenry, less used to this than the inhabitants of Belfast. had mounted an effective campaign in the national press against our activities, and we were confined to Barracks. Nevertheless, the Squadron was well pleased with its training and ability to cope with the Irish on our departure at the end of April. Based at Aldergrove. the Squadron was widely deployed round S Antrim in various police stations and UDR centres. The centre of these operations was the Ops Room in Alexander Barracks. in which Captain Handley presided massively, assisted by the almost equally massive form of Captain Figgures, seconded from REME duties at Windsor. CoH Pinks maintained communications efficiently on the imposing battery of about eight different sets (including the television) though Tpr Little had some interesting ideas, which if put into efiect. could have silenced the Squad— ron utterly with amazement. Living conditions for those ‘at the sharp end’ ranged from the luxury enjoyed by Ct Browne and 2nd Troop at Lisburn to the squalor and cramped conditions of Carrickfergus where 3rd Troop somehow survived

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Midwinter CoH Jones, LCoH Manning and SQMC Tpr Prusak Tpr Bateman, LCoH Rose, Tpr Johnson, and LCp] Wright and Tpr Nolan

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3 Troop improving Anglo-Danish relations during Exercise Brigade Frost

rfinaking use of any such local comforts as they could nd. Cornet the Duke of Roxburghe and CoH Chamberlain kept 4 Troop on the move at Ballyclara, Lieutenant Pratt and lst Troop enjoyed the fishing in the Randalstown area, while 5th Troop were a law unto themselves at Aghalee, under Lt Carr-Ellison and CoH Lloyd. They seemed to have a strange fascination for digging in graveyards though they were adamant that this was all in the course of duty. Meanwhile the Intelligence cell at Antrim under Lt Lingeman and CoH Bellas kept the Squadron amused with their weekly fairy story (known sometimes as the Intsum). Generally, the tour was a quiet one in an area in which the ceasefire was almost a reality. The weather all summer was glorious so that the endless patrols and VCPs were less of a nightmare than they had been

in the frost and rain of the Squadron’s previous tour. The search teams, co-ordinated energetically by SCM Hill, after a long frustrating period with few results, had some successful finds including an enormous haul of ammunition in the River Lagan and a bomb factory in 4th Troop area. The only real trouble spot was Carrickfergus where the Protestant extremists kept up a steady stream of bombings and kneecappings. Towards the end of the tour, members of the Squad-

ron started to filter back in order to attend courses on conversion to Chieftain. And this was to be our next major task. Although the other Squadrons had been able to start on their conversion throughout the summer, we would have to arrive in Germany in October with very few tank trained men. Now, in December,

we have achieved 100 per cent conversion in primary trades, and are well on the way to full conversion. The tank park is rapidly becoming a familiar place, and everyone is looking forward to the first periods of firing at Hohne and troop training on Soltau in Feb—

ruary. There have been too many changes of personnel to list them all. But it would be wrong not to note the departures of SQMC La Roche to Sandhurst, CoH Chamberlain to the Officers Mess and CoH Stacey on promotion to Regimental Gunnery SCpl. In their places we have welcomed SQMC Midwinter and CoH Pinks. Captain Bols has joined as 2 IC and Captain Birdwood as Second Captain. Lt Lingeman has moved from Intelligence Officer in N Ireland to lst Troop. In their usual places, bringing up the rear of the Squadron, we have welcomed SSgt Gray, Sgt Ward and Sgt Cannon and the new LAD section who have taken over from AQMS Lodder and Sgt Seear, who were sadly left at Windsor.



Davis, LCpl Bryson, LCpl Hall, LCoH French, Tprs Callingham, Left to right: LCoH Crowley, LCpl Cooke, Tpr Maycoek, LCoH Callaghan, Tpr Tpr Gow land , LCpl Hoyle, Tpr Russell, ‘ ‘ ‘ LCoH Taylor LCoH La“' LCoH Young, LCpl Innes, Tpr Kilvmgton, th, LC lHoKen gayfiCo$16M:rtoglhblagogafla;:pnilESogfpgves, fii‘nl‘lgggi’wlzgtd, Tpr Igolton’, Tpi Vasey, LCpl Currah, LCoH Craig, LCpl HutéonélCOH , , uinn, pr um rs one, ‘ h T B llant 'ne T r Johnson Tpr Beresford Tpr 0rd, Tpr Riley, L p Ranger, ORQMC Desborough, SQMC Lawson, SCpl Emery SSI lSgcitli, SpCplaSibley, RQlE/IC MacDougall, SCM sellars, Major Crisp, RQMC

The Squadron was called upon to do many varied tasks during 1975. The main one was ‘Heathrow,’ when it seemed that every time there was a call out, HQ was on duty (much . . to the annoyance of both QMs). However, there was a point of amusement when Vis1ting VIPs inspected the Heathrow Troop and were told this driver works in the tailor’s shop, or the Commander was the ration storeman; many eyebrows were raised . in amazement. We also did some orienteering, with a practice in the Great Park (and we didn‘t have two umpires per soldier) iand two days out on Borrosa, which everyone seemed to enjoy, as many soldiers wanted to stay_ out longer. Several days later, back at their desks and in the stores ' . it was a different matter. During the summer many events took place Within days of each other and duties mostly concerned MT Troop, such as the Windsor Horse Show where all the transport was involved taking water bowsers to fill the fishing pool (the local fire brigade were working to rule). The biggest task by far was prov1ding vehicles for the Jamaican Defence Force which stayed with us during the summer. RHQ Troop were involved in the .Aldershot Army display, and once again came away With a good name for the Regiment. During the visit of HM The Queen, we had a maximum turnout of families and almost every member of the Squadron was spoken to. It was a day to

remember. On leaving for BAOR the Squadron came under new management, as the Squadron Leader, Major Crisp, left the Army for civilian life, in which we Wish every SCM Sellars left the Regiment for the success. Mounted Squadron in London. The Squadron Leader is now Major Davies and the SCM W02 Wilkins, to whom we wish a long and happy stay.

Brig Reid presenting RQMC(T) McDougall with the LS & GC medal



Tpr Nicholson, LCp] Copsey, LCpl Goodman, LCpl Curragh and Tpr Beresford after the Orienteering

Exercise for CRAC


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Command Squadron During the latter part of September and early October 1975, a collection of men were assembling in Lothian Barracks. They were to become the, as yet, unborn Command Squadron. They came from the Mounted Squadron, from RAC Gunnery Schools at Lullworth and Hohne, in fact just about every regimental outpost imaginable plus, of course, a large number from other Sabre Sqadrons. By 6th November, with the arrival of A Sqn from Windsor, Command Squadron was complete. The Squadron Leader held the first of many crewing conferences within a few days, and everybody was fairly happy with the possible exception of SCpl Livingstone, whose repeated suggestion that RHQ tanks were held in preservation was rejected. At this time there was a tremendous amount of power and experience in all departments of the Squadron, a situation which we later discovered to be only temporary.




Command element—Major Wilkinson, Major Keightley and Capt Rogers

Whilst the majority of the Squadron was involved in settling in at Lothian Barracks, SCpl Fortt and Reece Troop were preparing for an exercise due to take place in Denmark. Unfortunately the Denmark trip was cancelled and Reece Troop had to settle for an exercise conducted in and around the local area. This exercise was, it seems, both beneficial and enjoyable, apparently largely due to the exquisite food prepared by SCpl Stacey, and the hospitality of farmers and landowners in the exercise area. Lt Gurney had planned to take G.W. Troop out to the Stapel training area for a week in November, but as time went on, the chances of this being accomplished decreased considerably. Eventually the troop was able to spend only one night on the training area, during which time Lt Gurney lost only his beret, and therefore was extremely pleased by his efforts. His change

Tpr Nichols and ACV2

to contact lenses has both’ relieved and delighted wearers of spectacles in the Regiment. During early December Lt Livingstone—Learmonth was excused P010 to take Reece Troop, dismounted, to Laahr to visit the Royal Canadian Dragoons. The visit lasted for eight days and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those fortunate enough to attend. In the exercise brief there was reference to an escape and evasion exercise; it seems this developed into a situation whereby the troop was evading and escaping SCpl Fortt, who wished to do some training, and SCpl Stacey who was determined to do some more cooking. On 5th December RHQ Troop took to the field to support B Sqn during their troop training. SCpl Sibley, who was initially the Regimental Signals wizard, had been posted to B Sqn as SQMC (the start of what proved to be a brain drain), leaving CoH Maskell in charge and looking older each day. The period at Soltau proved to be the coldest to date, resulting in the R80 volunteering to drive every vehicle bound for base location and warmth. Unforeseen commitments have caused a drain on the experience once held in the Squadron. This has resulted in the Squadron losing quite a number of people who are tank trained. CoH Smith has been lost to A Sqn and CoH Tucker to RAC gunnery school at Lulworth. Lts Gurney and Everard have also left us. The Squadron is very well represented in regimental sport, having LCOH Porterfield and Tpr Woodings in the football team, LCOH Manning and LCpl Windrass in the rugby team, LCOH Bond playing hockey and, of course, the Squadron Leader running the Weser Vale Hounds; SQMC Garvey, SCpl Patterson and CoH K. Freeman representing the WO’s and CsoH Mess in an equitation event. On 16th December the Squadron Christmas Smoker was held, during which the Squadron Leader very skillfully managed to drink only one pint of beer, and SCM Preece was in excellent form on the guitar. We congratulate the following on their recent promotions: CoH Harkness, LCOH Porterfield, LCpls Budden, Chamberlain, Andrews and Wilson.

Col H. D. A. Langley presents Tpr Pick with the Commander-in

Chief ’s Commendation for arresting the attacker of a young girl

LAD The last year has been one of great turbulence and change. In January Capt A. C. Figgures replaced Capt Jackson Smith as OC LAD, and by October he, together with Sgt Smith and LCpl Kelly were the sole representatives of Windsor. The year started well with A Sqn fitter section going off to Norway for their annual winter holiday. The great feature on this exercise was the trial of the new 37% litre Rover truck which provided the LAD with the facility of getting home first. SSgt Davies, who was under sentence of posting, by dint of much campaigning and earbending, persuaded REME Records to allow him to stay with The Life Guards. Despite a rush of work at first, the only real problems encountered were with some rather obtuse guided weapon launchers and several recovery tasks which required imagination and faith to complete. On the return from Norway the whole LAD, with the exception of C Sqn, engaged in the mammoth struggle to overcome the Annual Periodic REME Examination. As is usually the custom, the report was fulsome in its praise and little of the inevitable drama which such an inspection inspires during the preparation period could be deduced from it. C Sqn, who had endured their yearly examination slightly earlier than the rest of the Regiment. were by now preparing for Northern Ireland. AQMS Lodder led the Squadron fitter section over to Ireland and was ably assisted by Sgt Goldsmith, who was promoted just

before the tour. Capt Figgures accompanied them as Second in Command of the Squadron. The fitter section did extremely well both as regards work and socially. Despite the requirement to keep a low profile they were to be seen prowling about when the Squadron was stretched. B Sqn fitter section, having lost AQMS McCann to the Kuwait liaison team and Sgt Bartholomew, went off to Jamaica under Sgt Smith. There they were confronted by a selection of vehicles that would have done justice to the motor museum at Beaulieu. Not dispirited, they indulged to the full in the facilities offered. On their return LSgt Howes had to shoulder the burden of getting the equipment ready for the handover until Sgt Hardy relieved him. During the whole summer the commitment to Heathrow remained high on the list of priorities. Much eflort and many heated exchanges of views resulted in efforts

to keep the rather antiquated vehicles selected for this task going. A lighter side was provided when AQMS Tumbull and others assisted in the recovery of a cow that had fallen in a ditch. This was rather harder than it appeared at first sight as cows are towed out by the pelvis rather than a sling round the middle. , The handover caused Herculean efforts to be made in the cleaning up of the LAD. Vast quantities of dilute caustic soda and detergent were expended together with much paint to produce perhaps the most oil and grease free repair shop of all time. This,

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together with an inspection which would have done justice to the Spanish Inquisition, did much' to ‘keep the pressure on to the last moment.

Although there has been a certain amount of troop training. the LAD has yet to be fully stretched. This delightful prospect is becoming only too real in the New Year. The year’s end was not without incident for CREME 4 Division visited and was inspired to remark favourably on the efficiency and energy of the LAD. This may have been caused by the preparation for the LAD Christmas Draw and Dance run by SSgt Stewart, Sgt Cosway and Sgt Ward. This was a great success except that Cfn Owen, a single soldier, won the star prize, a deep freeze, and found it was unsuitable for storing Carlsberg.

On changeover Mr Thomas the ASM remained at

Windsor with the majority of the LAD, whilst Mr Curtis, together with the rump of The Life Guards LAD, changed loyalties. A rapid transition! The emphasis has greatly changed from the clean, quiet conditions experienced at Windsor to the ear splitting roar of tank engines and the ever present hazard to DMS boots and overalls of “Diesel Rot.’

Visit of Her Majesty The Queen The Queen paid a farewell visit to the Regiment, less C Sqn on 4th August. Having seen demonstrations of vehicles and equipment. learning something of the contingency plans for Heathrow. Her Majesty saw a parade of the Regimental coach, The Windsor Forest Bloodhounds and the new drum horse. The Queen then planted a tree in the garden of the Officers House before being introduced to a large number of the Regiment and their families at a garden party. Her Majesty then lunched with her oflicers.

Mrs Timmis, LCoH Timmis (who is shaking hands with the Queen), LCoH Taylor LCoH Law and Mrs Taylor


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Tank Recovery SSgt Bevan

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A Sqn fitters lifting a power pack Capt Figgures, Tpr Chirwin and Major Keightley in Northern



ORQMC and Mrs Desborough talking to Her Majesty, Tpr Howland and SCpl Sibley in the background

Her Majesty meets A Sqn GW Troop (left to right in Combat Dress): Lt Gurney, CoH Smith, LCpl

Stewart, LCpl Smith, Tpr (now LCpl) Weightman, Tpr Wookey

Her Majesty meets the Arctic Experts: LCoH Quinn, Tpr Wright Tpr Holmes and Tpr (now LCpl) Rogers

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The parade of the Regimental Coach. The Windsor Forest Bloodhounds and the new drum horse, Claudius

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EX Calypso H0p Every year one squadron or company from 3rd Division carries out an exchange exercise with the Jamaica Defence Force. This year B Squadron was chosen, the first cavalry to be sent to the West Indies from Great

Britain this century. Having passed through the hands of AMC South Cemey, RAF Brize Norton. the duty free shop in Gander, Newfoundland. and the reception committee at Norman Manley Airport, Kingston. the main party finally arrived at Moneaque Camp. This was a most attractively situated semi-permanent tented and part hutted camp 20 miles south of Ocho Rios. which lies on the north coast of Jamaica It became our home for a month. On arrival we were introduced to the Jamaican soldiers who were going to act as Jungle Warfare Instructors and to the Jamaican MT troop who. little did we know at the time, were going to break many speed trial records but manage to remain, with grim determination and skill, clinging to the jungle and mountain paths. We also met the volunteer local labour force nicknamed by the JDF ‘Zulu Troop.’ Any local lad with

time on his hands. be he on holiday or playing truant from school. would gather at the cookhouse where an elderly blind man known as ‘Peanuts Milton' would detail them tasks around the camp. Seldom have troopers had their kit cleaned so well. Peanuts also provided copies of the local newspaper ‘The Daily Gleaner.’ fresh picked peanuts and would whistle any tune from the 19305. when he had been a bandsman in the West Indian Regiment. Time was short so training started in earnest immediately. the four large troops going off into the surrounding countryside for day and overnight exercises. learn— ing the techniques of jungle survival and the ditficulties of navigation in country where it was impossible to follow the contours. Slowly the delights of bread fruit. plantain. exotic ferns and the smaller animals became familiar to our palates and began to replace the four humdrum menus provided in composite rations. While the would be Chindits fought their way through the tangley undergrowth. the SCM busied himself decorating the camp. Bamboo flag poles. stone walls. white paint and bamboo fences appeared everywhere. Many a patrol returning early from a training

...A Beach near Ocho Rios

session were welcomed with the cry of ‘30 minutes on the rocks.‘ To commemorate Architectural Heritage Year a small wall reading from the air ‘B Squadron The Blues and Royals’ was designed. built and painted by pressed labour. When time permitted the squadron descended on Ocho Rios to bathe and enjoy the delights of such hotels as Plantation Inn. Shaw Park Hotel. Cosy Corner and the Hilton, which allowed us use of their many amenities. The local planting families came to call and invited us to their houses with unflagging generosity for meals, beach parties. swimming pool parties or just parties. Within the first 10 days both messes and the Junior Ranks Club had all given parties to which many local people and our friends in the JDF had been invited. The first of the major exercises took place in the aptly and intriguingly named Cock Pit Country that lies in central Jamaica near ‘the Country of Look Behind.’ Very scrubby. and in places extremely thick bush covers sharp laterite rocks that rise and fall with monotonous regularity. The troops chased each other around. ambushing and patrolling their areas. Towards the end of the exercise the arrival of rain was a welcome sight. though when it refused to stop tempers frayed a little. A Jet Ranger helicopter at the disposal of the Squadron Leader and Surgeon Colonel Stewart. the medical officer. was able to direct wandering patrols. Next on the agenda was Ex Mountain Stream. which took the form of a navigation exercise through the 6.000ft

The Dunns River Falls

Col-I McLean’s Troop crossing a river at Discovery Bay







fortable short journey. The first crew to reach the open sea and a reception of Red Stripe, the local beer and rum punch contained the Squadron’s own calypso duet Troopers Anyon and Rushton. After this first strenuous introduction to the bush, there was a five-day adventure training period during which Ct Shaw and LCoH Palmer took a party rock climbing near Falmouth. a

town renowned for its

alligator farm. At five o’clock one morning CoH Clayton attempted to remind Percy, a local fisherman. that he had undertaken to take a party out in his dugout canoes. The negotiations and deposit of the day before had meanwhile disappeared down Percy’s throat and the party ended up enjoying a rum breakfast in a wayside bar waiting for the evening and the return of the transport.

A little caving was carried out at the famous Green Grotto with its underground lake and also at the Windsor Cave. whose entrance the guide had extreme difficulty in finding. CoH McLean organised the sub aqua and other water sports with the help of LCpl Wendon at the Club Caribbean while LCoH Harkness took a party riding and LCoH Pentith played golf.


check point being the rafting station near the source of the river Rio Grandee. At this point the troops were expected to cut bamboo to make rafts which would then carry them downstream. The do-it-yourself rafts were not altogether successful but the professtonal rafters. who normally carry a cargo of Americans. willingly lent their own rafts to stranded soldiery. The SCM and Col-l McEvoy had little faith in bamboo and so borrowed a coconut tree for a very wet and uncom-

Sgt Reid. Tpr Mawer and Tpr Daley at the Turtle Towers Hotel


Tprs Rushton, Chamberlain. Millard, Wilson, Quinn and Mackenzie, LCpl Smith, Tprs Luke, Vetters and


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.i.4th Troop at Moneaque Camp

CoH Cain, CoH Rumblelow, CoH Clayton, ‘Peanuts Milton’, LCol-l O’Dwyer, SCM Burroughs Lt Gurney and Capt Giles

During these few days the squadron also managed to play two football matches against ‘Brazil’ and ‘Windsor’ (both of the Jamaican variety). both of which were won largely due to LCoH MacKenzie‘s and Tpr Gregory’s sharp kicking. However. we lost a rugger match to Montego Bay despite all the troop leaders playing and LCpls Lock and Hunter’s and Tpr Windrass’s grand efforts in the scrum. The cricket match against Reynolds Jamaica Mines, our very helpful neighbours, had unfortunately to be cancelled. The Squadron Leader and Ct Shaw had an unexpectedly close encounter with a shark while other oflicers enjoyed the hospitality of the St Mary‘s Polo Club or, in the case of the Quartermaster, the Playboy Club. The adventure training period ended with almost the entire squadron descending on Kingston Athletic Stadium to watch a live broadcast of the Mohammed Ali-Frazier fight. Training recommenced with a visit

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LCpl Giblette after torrential rain had washed away his ofiice CoH McEvoy

by the VClSOs of the JDF and a march and shoot competition against 1 JDF which B Squadron managed to just win. By this time the Commanding Officer had arrived for a 10-day visit during which he followed the squadron’s activities with interest. The final exercise took place on the extreme western tip of Jamaica (Negri Bay), home of the beachcombing hippies. The squadron made a beach landing in Geminis from two JDF patrol boats and attacked an airstrip. then moved on to carry out a river crossing. The beach landing was watched by His Excellency the High Commissioner, the Chief of Staff of the JDF, the Commanding Officer and Lt Sorby who had arrived from England on his fortnight’s annual attachment. There was new little left to do but pack up and say our farewells to the many friends that the Squadron had made during its stay and to have one final soccer

match against ‘Brazil‘! 41

Warrant Officers and Corporals of Horse Mess THE ARRIVAL IN GERMANY Prior to the Mess being officially taken over on lst October, The Life Guards had shown their usual hospitality to our Advance Party. To show our gratitude, two very successful social evenings were held in their honour prior to their departure to Windsor. The main topic of conversation was the ownership of an unlisted 1941 pattern egg cup found during the handover. By 18th October the last of the Main Party had arrived in Detmold and the Mess began to function in earnest. SCpl Patterson took over the duties as PEC as a duck takes to water and produced a full and varied programme for the next three months. On the Mess Meeting held on 24th October the RCM told the Mess that redecoration would commence 10th November. Each Squadron was allocated a part of the Mess and was given ten days to complete the task. Overnight professional tank commanders and drill instructors became painters, decorators and tea boys. The end product was a cost of DM 4,000 and an equivalent of as many evening and weekend man hours; with a much improved Mess, including a cellar bar, to admire. The redecoration was preceded on 7th November by the Mess dining-in our Commanding Officer. A formal cocktail party was held on 22nd November to which all RSMs and members from Messes in the Garrison and surrounding areas were invited. From the many rave notices received this was a huge success. The Christmas programme by necessity started early. On 15th December all members and their wives dined out the RCM at the Falconkruge, He was presented with a pair of ship’s decanters and a unique coffee table. The RCM reciprocated with a very fine silver coffee set. It is still not known how the unaccompanied members managed to miss the transport back to the Mess; saw off the remains of the wine and port and then appeared two hours late for the dancing. The remainder of that week was filled with the All Ranks dance; a visit to the Officers‘ Mess: the living-in members dinner and the LAD draw night. Little wonder that Saturday was spent by most members recovering in bed, whilst the wives searched frantically

for something different to wear to the Christmas Draw that night. The Draw, again organised by RQMC Rainger. was a huge success with an exciting display of prizes tempting most members present to purchase extra tickets. Those not as lucky as the ASM. or LCoH Greer. who won the star prize. consoled themselves with an excellent buffet and dancing to the Regimental Band. 22nd December saw the visit of the officers to the Mess and on 25th the customary serving of lunch to the junior ranks by the officers and senior NCOs. The fact that those serving outnumbered those sitting down by two to one was taken as an encouraging sign, hopefully meaning that most had been invited out for the Christmas Day festivities. RCM J. Peck took over the Mess on 29th December and began the meeting with a round of drinks, and a few comments on the high temperature of the seat! The hectic two weeks culminated in a formal New Year’s Eve Ball. The magic hour was seen in with much popping of champagne corks and best wishes all round. Some young subalterns got carried away kissing the wives and went round more times than was good for them. This excellent evening came to a close with a sing-a-long a la Patterson. It is not surprising that with such a full programme only two oflicial visitors were received in the Mess. One was the Major-General who came to visit the Regiment on 1st December. Considering the number of times he has visited us in the past few years he must know more members than the Mess Caterer! On the deficit side we have had to say farewell to a number of Mess Members. RCM Heath has gone to the Officers Mess, RQMC Rainger to Castlemartin as WOl, SCM Sellars who has returned to his beloved Mounted Regiment and Melton Mowbray pies, and Charlie and Margaret Greenwood to civilian life. As always our best wishes go with them. In conclusion the past three months have seen the take-over of a new mess. a new RCM. but not a new way of life. We look forward to consolidating our position and seeing more of those about us.

The Farewell Dinner for Lt Col Boucher at Windsor

The WO’s & CsoH Mess Morris Dancers

The Band Having less time to prepare notes for this edition of the magazine the readers will no doubt be content with abbreviated notes from the Band, i.e. Demi-semi-quavers instead of the full breve. In any case Breve has long been out of use as part of musical notation so it is the minim(um) edition this year even at the expense of

the reader feeling crotchet-y. To be rather more factual the Band has had a good year, taking in the normal summer engagements plus a few side jobs. Travel was extended a little and for our overseas tour we undertook ten days in Jersey. (We try and keep up with the AMF(L) Sqn.) This was highly successful, particularly as we were able to give a concert at Government House for the Governor and his guests. The setting was superb with the calmness of the sunny evening lending itself admirably to the occasion with good acoustics enabling the music to come over crystal clear. We were warmly provided for by our hosts and it was a memorable evening, touched with a little nostalgia. Another moment in the season was perhaps the success of the Conducting Competition at Bournemouth when members of the audience were invited to conduct the Band in music of their choice. They were given about three days warning and in the end eight people came to brave the afternoon and the capacity audience thought this was great fun. In addition to the Band engagements, the State T‘rumpeters and Fanfare Trumpeters have had a good year. the highlight of which was the Quincentenary Service at St George‘s Chapel Windsor when the Brass players were called upon to exercise their skills in what can only be described as an extraneous sounding composition of Phillip Cannon’s “Te Dcum’ commissioned by HM

The Band playing on the square at Combermere Barracks

The Queen for this Quincentenary Service for choir. organ and brass. The State Trumpeters acquitted themselves extremely well at the Funeral Service of the late Duke of Norfolk and latterly at the opening of the 62nd lnter-Parliameiitary Conference in Westminster Hall. The most recent event before going to press was the Luton Musical Pageant which involved about 500


Several members of the Band have been promoted in the last year and heading the list is the Director of Music. We congratulate all concerned on their well earned rewards. The Hatched and Matched have again been prominent with a daughter to LCoH Turner and Mrs Turner. The matched are listed with a ‘P’ for pending at the bottom of the list: Musicians Creedy, Clark and Lawrence (P). Arrivals and departures are inevitable. We therefore welcome Musicians Connaughton, Atkins, Jones, R, and Moroz, and wish them every success in their Band careers. We have said goodbye to BCM Middleton, LCoH Sowter, Musicians Buckley, Williams, Bullock and Cooper. We naturally wish them every good fortune in their new ventures. LIST OF FORTHCOMING ENGAGEMENTS FROM MID MAY 1976 May

The Director—‘Elevato’

musicians. The Director of Music took on the task of organising this event as an absolute first timer in Luton on this scale. It was held at the Luton Football Ground in aid of the Royal British Legion and sponsored by Shaw and Kilburn of Luton under the direction and guidance of Mr William Powers the General Manager. The evening was a huge success and at the end of 1812 (complete with 25 pounder cannon shots and Moscow burning) the Director of Music saluted with the last

distant shots of the battle being sounded by LCoH Orritt whose task it was to burn Moscow and provide the opposition gun fire. I think he had a little too much ammunition or forgot that the battle was over. The effect was quite dramatic. and as a result he has established himself as the chief Pyrotechnician of the Band.

MOTORING TERMS IN ‘GERMAN’ ............... The MTO, Capt Tucker, recently issued these phrases:

The Band leading the Queen’s Life Guard on to Horse Guards Parade

Indicators: Die Blinkenlighten mitticken furturnen: Bonnet: Der fingerpinscher und Kopfchopper. Exhaust Pipe: Das Spitzenpoppen bangentuben. Speedometer: Der Egobooster un-d Linenshootenbackerupper. Air Horns: Der Vatderhellvosdat klaxonfanfaren Puncture Das Pflatt mit Dammundblastcn. Learner Driver: Dumkopf mit Elplatz. Estate Car: . Der Schnogginwagcn mit Bagzerroomfurrompm inderback.

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Castle Hill — Windsor Concert Luton 1st Trooping Rehearsal Castle Hill — Windsor Beating Retreat Horse Guards 2nd Trooping Rehearsal Church Royal Hospital Chelsea St Pauls Steps Trooping The Colour Garter Service Windsor Mid week service — Guards Chapel Bournemouth July — Embankment Gardens Trumpeters and Drum Horse — Royal Tournament August 8—14 St James Park 15—21 Regents Park September 5 Guards Chapel 19 Guards Chapel 26 Guards Chapel

Mini: Der Buzzboxin mit Trafiikveerinfistshaken und fingerraisin. Petrol: Das Kostlijoose fur Geddinsegreezeoflendentrouseren. Motor Club: Der Meetinghaus fur Waggennatterin mit Elbowraisin under Chaddenupziebirds. Parking Meter: Das Tannerpinscher Lockenverks. Windscreen Wipers: Das Flippenfloppen mucksch‘preadunsticken. Cross Roads: Das Kussundschveeringstrassenr Roundabouts: Das Eeoohezitatizlost. T-Junctions: Das Vergutenessake dontgostraitonnderkorner. Power Brakes: Die Schtoppinverks mit Edbangenon dervindskreen.

The Mounted

His target now is the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown in March.

Squadron The Squadron had a busy but enjoyable year, 1975. In March the troops took turns to go for a week to Hickstead by kind permission of Mr Douglas Bunn. This was instead of the usual troop camps at Windsor. Hickstead made a pleasant change from the normal military routines of Knightsbridge and Windsor and riding on the Downs and visits to Brighton were enjoyed by all. The first ceremonial duty was the inspection of the Regiment by the Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding in Hyde Park on 20th May. This was closely followed by the Queen’s Birthday Parade and Garter Ceremony in June. The highlight of 1975 for the Squadron was undoub— tedly the visit to Edinburgh for the State Visit of the King of Sweden in July. The Squadron moved to Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, on 281h June, where the stables had been reconverted from temporary use as garages at great expense for our visit. A week was spent in brilliant sunshine riding in the hills around the city and getting to know the way around the streets. This was followed by some very early mornings spent rehearsing and then the three escorts on 7th, 8th and 9th July. Our work done. we then returned rather unwillingly to London. Camp at Stoney Castle brought some successes in competitions. Members of the Squadron won both the Troopers and the Officers and SNCOs Handy Hunter competitions, also the Officers Show Jumping. Two Troop was second in the Inter-Troop Competition. The Escort for the Lord Mayor‘s Show on 8th November was commanded by Lt Leslie-King and this was followed later in the month by three escorts in three days for the second time this year when the visit of the President of Tanzania coincided with the State Opening of Parliament. Among the other successes of 1975 Tpr Pendry won the Princess Elizabeth Cup for the best turned out Mounted Dutyman. In the field of equestrian sports members of the Squadron have produced some impressive results. CoH Forester was first in the Dunhill International Tent Pegging Competition at Olympia and has won 22 rosettes for pegging this season, The Squadron team was sixth overall and first among Army entries in the Prudential Cross—Country race at East Haddon in Northants where they competed against some very high class opposition. The team was as follows: Major Aylen on Unisex, Lt Pratt on Ringlet, CoH Forester on Woodbine and LCOH Mosley on Abdulla. The Squadron competed in several Hunter Trials during the autumn. A most enjoyable day was had on 19th October at the Eridge Hunter Trials at Langton Green when no fewer than 15 horses took part. Col-I Forester on Woodbine finished a good fourth in a very competitive open class. Lt Pratt has had considerable success with his horse Number Engaged. The horse has won three races this season, twice ridden by the owner. He won by six

Lt Pratt and ‘Number Engaged” » inning at Stratford

lengths in a two—mile chase at Taunton and had a Vet Lt Col Abraham meeting HRH Princess Alice of Athlone

narrower victory at Stratford in an amateur riders race.


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Tpr Moore with Lancer LCpl Frew with Merlin LCpl Ogilvie with Ukelele LCpl Brough with Una

Tpr (now LCpl) Perrin

At last the Guards Depot appears to have settled down into a routine that looks as though it could be here for some time to come. There have been several changes in organisation over the past few years, and in Decembr 1975, the Squadron pao‘ked its bags and moved into new accommodation at the Guards Depot that had been vacated by No 2 Company—the Squadron’s second move in the last four years. In spite of all the changes, the Squadron has had a good year in all aspects of sport and training, and produced some excellent results. Perhaps the most notable in the training field was the achievement by Junior Trooper Armitage of The Blues and Royals who became the Army Junior Shooting Champion at Bisley in July. Since the competition is open to all Juniors from the Army this was no mean achievement, and it is to be hoped that he will be able to continue with his shooting whilst serving with HCR. In the team event, the Guards Depot team of six became Champion Team, and contained no less than three Blues and Royals: Junior Troopers Armitage, Oldman and JRQMC Jeffries. On the Square the performance of JRQMC Jeffries RHG/D was noteworthy, for as Senior Junior of the Guards Depot he commanded the Passing Out Parade in August. He also won the Kiwi Trophy for the best turned out Junior Trooper or Guardsman of his intake. This was a particularly pleasing efiort as the trophy had been in the hands of the footguards since 1972. In the Depot Boxing Competition the Squadron tied with No 2 Company and after a tie breaker had to be content with the Runners Up Trophy and the Best Individual Loser’s Trophy, which was won by Junior Trooper Brookes LG. The team was made up equally of Life Guards and Blues and Royals: The Blues and Royals representing the Squadron were Junior Troopers Dyson, Atkin, Hancock and MacKenzie. This was the first time the Squadron had distinguished itself in the

boxing field by getting in the prizes. Apart from the usual Depot sports, Juniors have had the opportunity to sail on Gladeye during the summer, Visit The Life Guards in Detmold, and go skiing in Germany, and 1976 promises to offer as many opportunities as 1975.

JTpr Armitage, Junior Shooting Champion of the British Army

1975, with his medals

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The musicial ride staged at the Pirhright village gala by junior troopers and staff of the Guards Depot

The Household Cavalry Museum Between lst January and 3lst December 1975, 1.417 people signed the visitors” book. This excludes VIPs and organised parties. The very last people to call were from the Gilbert Islands. but others came from the USA. France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, South Africa, Australia. There have been no major acquisitions save for the Blues ‘Description Books‘ (rank and file), which the Curator has brought to the library from London. They cover enlistments between 1760 and 1890 into the Royal Horse Guards. We are almost near the end of integrating the former collection with that of the Royals and the annexe is complete, save for work due to have been carried out by the Department of the Environment some 12 months ago. The place has an entirely new look. We hope that those sufficiently interested will like it.

The first house still burning

Having been in Malawi for two months, our house

Lt Col Boucher & W0 2 Frearson


Before I was due to leave Knightsbridge, an officer from MS came to lunch. Having had an excellent lunch, and well laced with brandy, he was shown round the stables. The next day he telephoned to thank me for lunch, and said that all he could remember from the day before was that I would like my next appointment to be somewhere ‘in the sun.’ He then told me that I had provisionally been nominated as Defence Adviser to the British High Commissioner in Malawi. I returned to the flat, and told Val who said ‘I have never heard of the country. Where is it?’ We got hold of an atlas and eventually found a narrow strip of Central Africa which, as the atlas was pre-1964, was called Nyasaland. This was Malawi, which obtained its independence in 1964. The country is surrounded in the south by Mozambique, the north-east by Tanzania and to the north-west by Zambia. A large part of the country is occupied by a long (630 miles) lake. My predecessor had left in January and I arrived at the end of June. I felt as if I was going to school for the first time. Both the country and the job were completely new, and nothing like a handover. I arrived at Blantyre Airport, where I was met by

the Commander of our Training Team in Malawi. He made me very welcome, and allowed me to stay with him for the first week, whilst I moved into my ‘residence.’ Having been used to small married quarters, this was a magnificent house. It was very large with a


fabulous view of 50 miles looking towards the largest mountain in Malawi, Milange. The country is long and narrow with a great part taken up by Lake Malawi. The climate is wonderful. From April to October it is bright sunshine, and during September and October it can get very hot. It rains from November to March. It normally rains during the morning. and is sunny in the afternoon The country is very fertile. The main crops are tobacco, tea, sugar, groundnuts and maize (corn on the cob). There is also a small amount of rice grown. The vegetables are superb and always fresh. The lake produces over 150 various species of fish. The most delicious one to eat being the ‘Chambo,’ rather like English plaice. The quasi-diplomatic life in a High Commission is completely different to the Army. One must remember that First Secretaries have not got their present jobs because they type better than Second Secretaries! It is better not to confuse the British Consul with a member of the British Council, or you might not get your passport renewed. One of the main snags was that one had two offices. 45 miles apart. I lived in Zomba, which was the capital of Malawi and also where the Army Headquarters was situated. The British High Commission was in the main commercial town of Blantyre. This was where the airport and the telecommunications were situated. As I was on my own, I made out my own routine. I worked in Blantyre on Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays. The rest of the week I worked in an office which was in my house in Zomba. It took some time to get used to the hours of work: 073071200 and 1330—1600 hours. The next few paragraphs are purely personal reminiscences and roughly in order of sequence.

was burnt down and the photograph shows the state of damage. A spark from a grass fire settled on a cedar shingle roof, which was very dry after five months of no rain. The spark fanned by a light wind set the roof on fire. Unfortunately, there was no Fire Brigade in Zomba. The children were taken care of by the neighbours, and with the help of the Army and Police we managed to salvage about half our belongings. Thank goodness the fire started at lunchtime, and not in the middle of the night. The old High Commtsstoner’s house in Zomba was unoccupied, and had not been sold. so we moved in to that together with replacement furniture. The main advantage of this house was that it had a swimming pool. It was a Colonial house with a tin roof, and when it rained the noise was deafen— ing. The new house also had the most lovely four-acre garden, with mown lawns. avocado pear trees, both white and pink frangipane bushes. jacaranda trees .and numerous herbaceous borders, full of colour. Prov1ded one watered the plants, they all grew very well. There was also a badminton/croquet lawn. which was ideal for exercising guests after heavy lunches. I used to meet members of the Malawi Army three times a week, and the General who was the Army

Lake Beach

Commander, at least once a week. I was made an honorary member of the Officers Mess. There was always a curry lunch on Saturday mornings, when all the officers and a lot of the local farmers appeared. The Army only comprised an Army Headquarters and two battalions (2,000 men). It was completely fitted out with British equipment, and all the training was carried out on British lines. Most of the officers had been commissioned at Sandhurst, and a lot of soldiers attended courses in England. Prior to coming out from England I had got authority to pay one visit a year to Kenya, Zambia and South Africa, to liaise with our Advisers in those countries. 1 took the whole family up to Kenya for New Year 1974. and had a wonderful 10 days holiday on the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean near Mombasa. We then had two days spent in consultations with the Defence Adviser in Nairobi. Malawi trains some of their officers with the Kenya Army. In February we went to stay with the British Defence Adviser in Lusaka, and had a very ‘useful’ trip to see the Victoria Falls. It was an ideal way of getting him out of Lusaka. All diplomats were restricted to a 25-mile radius of Lusaka, unless permission had been previously given. The Falls were a fabulous sight, and we looked longingly towards Rhodesia. As members of the British High Commission we were forbidden to set foot in Rhodesia. although several Army friends came to stay with us on their way to stay there. As the end of the financial year was approaching we went down to South Africa in March 1974. We had a most enjoyable two weeks’ visit staying with friends in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria. We travelled from Cape Town to Pretoria by the Blue Train, which has the reputation of being the most comfortable train in the world. I am quite ready to believe that. Such comfort! At the beginning of April, the advance party of an enlarged RE Field Squadron which was to build roads and bridges arrived. They expected dry conditions, but the rains continued for longer than had ever been known before. The buses had to be towed by two bulldozers through two to three feet of mud to the advance party camp. They then had to remake four miles of road which had vanished in Black Cotton soil to the main camp site. The mud was so deep in places that tractors completely disappeared. The main party arrived in May, and after an eventful three months the road was completed by August. The Squadron brought their own helicopters which impressed everyone by flying from the airport to the camp site in one hour and 35 minutes after being unloaded from a Hercules. The return journey was not so spectacular when owing to being U/S they were brought to the airport in the middle of the night on trailers. The helicopters flew enough times to collect the British High Commissioner from Blantyre and take him to the main camp complete in a kilt on a stinking hot day (he received a loud wolf whistle whilst passing the cookhouse!) and also the Engineer in Chief when he came out on a visit. Distances are enormous. and in January 1975 the capital moved from Zomba 190 miles north to

Lilongwe. All official entertainment had to be done in 55

When the time came to leave it was amazing how qutckly two years had gone by. We shall miss the hot sun, large house, swimming pool, servants, and friendly people. I strongly recommend the life of a Defence Adv1ser to anyone over 40. What was really sad, and I nearly lost my composure, was seeing my driver at the bottom of the aircraft steps smartly at the salute with tears streaming down his cheeks. I could not have asked for more gratitude.

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The author helping to build the road!

Lilongwe, and one day Val and myself motored 420 miles for a cocktail party, where the whisky ran out after three-quarters of an hour! Lake Malawi was a perfect place to relax at. No telephone, so one could only be contacted in extreme emergencies. The High Commission had rented a cottage which had the barest essentials. At the cottage there were two servants to look after one. There were also a water—ski boat, a fishing boat, and a sailing dinghy. There was safe bathing from a lovely sandy beach. The bird life at the Lake was an omithologist’s paradise—all the tropical and South African birds can be found. Malawi has three Game Parks—Nyika in the north, Kasungu in the west, and Lengwe in the south-west. I visited them all and saw lion, elephant and buffalo, besides various types of antelope. I took Val with me to Nyika and we saw our first leopard that we had ever seen in Africa. The game Parks were nothing like Kenya where we had been in the 19608. I still think that the animals in Kenya are the best. I covered every single road in the country during the two years, and some of them are worse than the English farm track. There is a good tarmac road from Blantyre to Lilongwe and also for part of the way along the west side of Lake Malawi. The distances covered during the two years were: Staff car 57,000 miles, LandRover 20,000 miles and my own 3-litre Ford 17,000 miles. The stafl" car, although most of the mileage was on tarmac roads, had 98,000 miles showing on the speedometer when I left.


The regimental team entered various competitions during the 1974/75 season. It was, however, difficult to have a steady squad as squadrons were continuously away, and various members were posted. During the Cavalry Cup competition we had a serious injury to our goalkeeper LCoH Healey. He had one of his legs broken in two places and was still unfit when the Regiment left for BAOR. We wish him well and hope that he will eventually play for HCR this season. RESULTS—

BLUES & ROYALS FOOTBALL TEAM 1975 Back row—left to right: LCoH A. Healey, LCpl N. Guy, Tpr K. Ironmonger, Tpr L. Nash, Lt R. Castle, Sgt. G. Cartwright, SCpl S. Sibley, Tpr D. Rushton, LCpl A. Barratt. Front row—Left to right: LCpl D. Fallon, LCpl W. Baines, LCoH M. Ford, SSgt R. Smith, LCpl J. Guest, CoH R. Birt.

London District League Division One: League champions. London District Cup: Winners (beating 10 Sig Regt

4-l). London District Triangular Competition: Winners. Cavalry Cup: Lost in first round to 4/7 DG. Army Cup: Reached last 16 in the UK section. London District 6-a-side Competition: Runners-up. Slough and District (Civilian) League: Sixth.

1974/75 proved to be a fairly rewarding season. We now have to rebuild the team for the current season and make our potential known on the BAOR football


Rugby The 1974/75 season, although full, was not highly successful, mainly because the Regiment’s commitments frequently prevented a full strength ‘Eagles’ team from being fielded. However, AQMS Turnbull, the previous secretary, had provided a full fixture list with‘ both good teams and strong social potential. CoH Tucker, the team captain, was able to field a winning team in 9 out of 21 games.

The present season, 1975/76, has started off far better as there is greater incentive to play in BAOR. There are over 30 interested, and a team of great promise is in the making. Unfortunately the inevitable courses and postings have taken their toll. CoH Tucker has been posted, which is a great loss as he was the mainstay of

the backs besides captaining the side through thick and thin. LCoH Manning has taken over so a renewed emphasis on shock action from the forwards may be anticipated this season. The first match played in BAOR was the first round of the Army Cup against 26 Engineer Regiment. Although the game was lost, the team displayed potential under the watchful eye of the coach, CoH ‘Scouse’ Freeman. Several friendlies have been played with varying

success. The forwards have nearly always dominated the opposition with vigorous and determined play. The principal weakness has been an inability to produce a cohesive attack from the threequarters. The next goal is the RAC challenge cup, for which training is under way. The team is drawn against the 13/18 Hussars in March.

Cricket During the 1975 season the Regiment played 12 games. For the record 10 were won. one drawn and one lost. The good summer weather helped not only all the fixtures to be played but also to be finished without interruption. The games were good and competitive, two of these being outstanding. Firstly the match against the Coldstream Guards, which we just won with a little help from the Jamaicans who were staying with us. The other, against Reading Police, was drawn on the last ball bowled. Good batting performances during the season came from Ct Bucknall, CoH Birt. SCpls Sibley and Emery. Our bowlers were LCoH Young. SCpl Sibley and Sgt Gutsell. LCoH Ford surprised himself by becoming the wicket keeper. It is a pity that we have lost him due to posting. SCM Sellars deserves a mention for turning out for us during the summer. He would no doubt be with the MCC instead of HCR if he hadn’t dropped a catch or two too many! The stumps have been drawn on an enjoyable summer and we look forward to our first season in BAOR.

undoing. Their well drilled side under Capt Watt, marking and riding hard, caused considerable problems, but on the final bell the ball miraculously found the goal post, making the score 3-2. The final of the Regimental was against The Queen’s Own Hussars and turned out to be somewhat of a walkover with an eventual score of 11-2. In the Captains and Subalterns the Majors were replaced by Captain Rogers, coming out of retirement. and Lt Horsford. In the first round we met the same Welsh Guards team and owing to some unexpectedly brilliant play and straight hitting from the Adjutant. the team won 6-4. The finals were played at Tidworth Garrison against the Navy, captained by HRH Prince Charles. It proved to be a hard and fast game with noticeable performances again from Rogers and Horsford with the score on the bell at 5-1. The last of the Army games was played at Windsor for the United Services Cup against the BAOR winners, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. It was a nerveracking and exhausing afternoon with seven goals in all being scored. The experienced and higher handicapped opposition proved exceedingly hard to beat and in the dying second of the final chukka the R Scots DG were awarded a 40 yard penalty. The good Lord was on our side as Major Mahony failed to find the posts. Consequently a fifth ‘sudden death’ chukka had to be played, with some ponies being ridden for the third time. After several muddles around the goal posts at either end,

Polo Quote: ‘ln my opinion The Blues and Royals team was the best Regimental team since the war’iGeneral Pert, International and Army player. ‘This team sacrificed individualism for team work. and were a joy to watch‘iThe Times correspondent. This year’s team remained unchanged from that of 1974 except for Lt Livingstone-Learmonth who replaced Lt Col Boucher at back. His previous experience of schooling ponies and knowledge of the game made him to the key player in the team. At position number 3 was Major Parker-Bowles who, mounted on his quick Argentinian ponies, was able to make exceptionally good use of his brilliant stick work skills. Captaining the side was Major Pitman, who worked his ponies hard and was able to cover as much ground as the rest of the team put together. His defensive work and sharply angled shots saved several matches from imminent defeat.

And finally, at number 1 was Lt Hadden-Paton,

who despite being in the front, often receiving considerable wrath from the captain, was able to turn defence into attack by using the speed of his ponies and long. if sometimes erratic, hitting. Nevertheless he scored many winning goals. The first round of the Inter Regimental against the Welsh Guards early in the season was nearly the team’s Y


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Major (now Lt Col) T. C. Morris competing at the Lowther Driving Trials, August 1975

Coaching Club 1975 was certainly a year in which a great deal was learnt and it can only be hoped that we are now in a position to go forth and win. We competed in all the National Three-Day Driving Events at London, Edinburgh, Cirencester and Lowther. On each occasion except one the team finished the course successfully, although we were never in the money, a great improvement was noticeable from the previous year, in this very professional and exacting sport.

We were most generously lent a Wagonette by Frh Clemens Von Nagel which sadly lost a wheel at Windsor, but since being repaired has been an enormous asset in the training and driving of pairs. Also the

Scottish Co-operative Society have allowed us to borrow a sturdy brake. With these new vehicles we are confident that we now have all the hardware we need. Apart from turning out for three days at Ascot, the Household Cavalry Drag competed successfully at all the major shows in the South of England, nearly always in the capable hands of Brigadier H. D. A. Langley,

MBE. LCoH Kelsey continues to act as head coachman, navigator and time keeper, ably assisted by Troopers Marchington and Toone of The Life Guards. There is no doubt that the FBI competitions have brought alive the art and fun of driving a team of horses, and it is hoped that more Oliieers and NCOs will come forward and try their hand at the fascinating and sometimes hazardous sport.


REG [MENTAL POLO TEAM, 1975 Hayward. Left to right: Lt Hadden Paton, Major (now Lt Col) Pitman. Major Parker-Bowles, Lt Livingstone Learmouth. LC pl Tpr Jackson, LCoH Catlin, Tpr Popplc. LCoH Partridge,

the ball was finally cleared and found its mark. making the score 4-3 to the Regimental Team. In addition to the Army games the team won several civilian low goal tournaments around the country: The Combermere, Committee. Claude Pert. Archie David Cups at Windsor, The Whitbread Cup at Woolmers Park. gaining the grooms a cheque for £25. The Holden White at Cowdray. which was lost in the semi-finals owing to over confidence. and the Cheltenham Cup at Cirencester which we were unlucky to loose. In addition to the low goal tournaments. the individual team members played in and won the Jaipur Trophy. Horse and Hound. Ruins. Rodney Moore and Aldershot Cups. The final score at the end of the season was 25 matches played with 23 wins to our credit. None of the team‘s success could pmsibly have been

achieved without the long hours put in by the hardworking team ol' grooms headed by LCoH Catlin. His eonscientiousness and enthusiasm spr/ ad amongst the grooms and there was very rarely a pony oil the road for one single match. By the end of the season their ‘Rabbit‘ fund was considerable. benefitting in particular from several spectacular falls by Lt Hadden-Paton and negligence on the part of Lt Livingstone-Learmonth. reaping 50 pence each incident. With the £70 plus collected. a very good barbecue was organised by LCOH Catlin for the players and grooms to celebrate a successful and unique season. amassing 15 cups in all. The 1976 season promises to be equally successful with a team in Germany and a team at Knightsbridge. The ultimate success would be a Blues and Royals final in the United Services Cup. and with this year‘s run of luck. nothing is impossible.


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Too much champagne and I wreck a State Procession by Ray Milland

When I was 18, and stood 6ft 2in tall, I told my father I would like to join the cavalry. He had himself served in the Hussars. He went on filling his pipe, then after a time he said: ‘Before the war it wouldn’t have been a bad idea. Three or four years in the cavalry would put a lot of manhood in any boy, but now, I don’t know. ‘Most of the cavalry have been dismounted. They are putting them in tanks, driving lorries, meehanising ’em. I think there are a couple of Lancer mobs in India still. But you wouldn’t want that. Then over here there’s the Horse Artillery, a pretty group. kind of fancy, still have dress uniforms for special occasions. Then there’s the Inniskilling Dragoons. But they’re a kind of scruffy bunch, mostly lrish.’ He thought for a minute or two and then continued. ‘But there‘s one mob that would be perfect for you. Household Cavalry. ‘There are two regiments, the Horse Guards, who are called The Blues, and The Life Guards. Now what you want to get into are The Blues. They’re a little more elegant, have a little more class. But I hear they’re hard to get into.

‘Why don’t you write to that Major Ramsey who ran that riding school you went to near Usk? He could probably help you. ‘You’re the right size, your education is all right, you’re healthy, and you look well when you’re on a horse. Why don’t you do that?’ It was the longest speech he’d ever made to me. The Blues accepted me. I had only one slight problem: the horse they gave me for the riding test. What a big bastard he was. Seventeen hands, jet blaek, and a mind of his own. When I got up on him, I found it was like trying to manoeuvre an express train. We were in an indoor riding ring, about two hundred feet long by about a hundred wide. There were two obstacles down the centre, a low wooden wall and a motheaten piece of hedge. The riding master was Corporal-Major Dawkins, a big sternlooking man. His assistant, Corporal-of-Horse Robinson, was a thin, dark, elegant fellow who wore black Hessian riding boots. They told me to trot this juggernaut twice around the ring on the left rein, then change and canter round twice in the other direction. The trot? No problem. But the canter was a ride on Leaping Lena. It took me three times around instead of two before I could bring him to a stop, and when I did, he stood there as quiet as a mouse. I thought I’d broken eight fingers. The two riding masters stood there grunting and mumbling for a few seconds. then Corporal-Major Dawkins said, ‘Line him up in the centre and take those two obstacles and come out on the right rein. Quietly now.’


Not without some trepidation, I put him at the wall, which he took without breaking stride. The hedge he went right through. There were three strides left before we came to the riding ring wall and that’s where we parted company, I was already leaning for a turn to the right, but he had another idea. He turned to the left. I picked myself up from the floor and looked at the two instructors. Robinson. the elegant one, smiled and said, “Don‘t feel too badly, son. He’s quite a handful. He needs a little work and so do you. But we’ll take care of that. You did quite well.’ I asked if the horse had a name. No, not officially, they had numbers. This one was B63. From B Tp in B Sqn. The next eight weeks of basic training were a nightmare. I must give you a picture of the accomplishments necessary to become a fully-fledged trooper in the Household Cavalry, at least in those days. You had to be competent in the use of lance, sabre, and thrusting sword; proficient in the use of rifle, machine-gun, and signals —— which meant signal—flag, Morse, heliograph, lamp, and landline signalling. You had to do all this while mounted on a seventeenhand horse with a mind of his own. You also had to know infantry drills, marching, and map reading, and you were responsible for the care and feeding of one or often two horses, along with the upkeep of two sets of harness, both field and ceremonial. Then there was your personal equipment which you had to care for, and consisted of four uniforms; stable dress (utilitarian), active service uniform, dismounted dress uniform, mounted ceremonial uniform, sundry cloaks, great-coats, caps for different occasions, gold and silver helmets, horsehair plumes, great black jaekboots that came halfway up your thigh and weighed a ton, white buckskin riding breeches, swan-necked spurs, heavy buckskin gauntlets that came almost to your elbow, steel breastplates and backplates, sword belts, sword knots, cartouche boxes, and cutlass straps. The aforementioned eight weeks were spent learning the fundamentals of all those activities. Next came a fodr-week period of polishing up the weak spots. In due course I became Trooper Jones of B Sqn, B Tp, having signed on for four years with the Colours, eight years in the Reserve. As I sat on B63 in Whitehall, and looked at the crowds who had come to watch the changing of the guard, I knew I had seen that girl somewhere before, but for the life of me, I could not remember where.

She stood on the outer edge of the pavement looking foreign and mysterious in a leggy Hungarian sort of way. Her eyes, I thought, were blue and heavy, and they held a touch of some secret amusement. She kept looking at

me. At my face, at me. Not at the steel breastplates, or my horse, or the huge black jackboots. She had none

of the usual tourist appurtenances; no camera, no guide to London in her hands. She had only a square, black calf-skin purse and a tall, slim French umbrella. She was delightful. Suddenly I remembered! I had seen her the day before. This was the second time she had come to watch. She looked about my own age, nineteen. After a minute or two of study she very deliberately took a pencil and notebook from her handbag and started writing. Then she tore the leaf out of the book, folded it, and started walking toward me. Oh, please, I thought, don’t speak to me, because 1 can’t answer. And don’t try to give me anything because I can’t take it. She did none of these things. She simply walked toward me and tucked the note into the top of my jackboot and went away. I tried to sense whether anybody had seen or noticed. No, everything apeared to be normal. B63 stood magnificently to attention, feet nicely together, neck beautifully arched. Now if you want to know how long eternity is, I can tell you. It begins with the chiming of a clock in Whitehall Palace and ends two hours later with the same sound. That was the time that passed before I could get that jaekboot off and read the note. It gave a telephone number. The writing was Continental, the ones like sevens, the sevens like PS. The note said: ‘Please to call and ask for me. My name is Dominique. It is necessary that I thank you for something.’ I phoned the number and said: ‘Is that Dominique?’ There was a pause, and then very tentatively, ‘Yes. but who is calling please?’ . ‘This is the trooper to whom you gave a note this morning.’ ‘Oh, how enchanting." she replied. We arranged to have dinner at Quaglinos (I happened to be flush that week). I arrived there 15 minutes ahead of time. I didn’t know she had arrived until I sensed a hush of curiosity. I looked tip to see the other people staring at the foot of the small staircase behind me. I turned and there she was, dressed in a black velvet suit. tawny hair, no hat, white gloves and a small silk purse. She was absolutely stunning. As I stumbled to my feet she came toward me in a delightfully‘unalfected way and sat in the chair I was wildly wavmg at and said she would like a Dubonnet. I, being almost twenty. had a brandy and soda. After some very self-conscious small talk on my part, I suggested we move into the dining area and have something to eat. Still no explanation from .her, just that look of secret amusement. [t was a smallish room with a five-piece orchestra and a tiny dance floor. After we were seated. the waiter came and stood quietly mesmerised while she ordered, in French, a meal lit for a robin. I forget what I ordered. When the waiter had gone I turned to her and said. ‘Now tell me. _ ‘My name is Dominique Rouvers.’ she explained. And then the dawn came up like thunder. ‘You and vour sisters used to call me Nicky.’ And there. Goddamit, it was! . This was Stringy Nicky. little Draggie Drawers. the Belgian girl who as a child refugee had been billeted with us in Wales. The Chrysalis had really opened.

Trooper in the Blues . . . Ray Milland at the age of 20

She told me of her life since she had left us. How she had been reunited with her family: that her home was now in Paris: that she was staying at a frieiids’ flat in London. ' . At midnight. l suggested it was perhaps time I took


her home, and we took a taxi to the flat where she was staying. I was just about the pay the driver off when she said No, that I had better keep it because it was most diflicult to get another one in that area after midnight. Then she put out her hand and began to thank me for a wonderful evening. All restraint left me and I bent to kiss her. She gracefully turned her cheek and that’s what I got. 1 frantically asked if that was the way people kissed in France. ‘But of course! How else would one kiss one‘s sister? To me. :14 es comme man fre‘re." And with that she left. Gradually I became conscious of the taxi’s engine idling at the kerb. I climbed inside and flopped. ‘Albany Street bloody barracks,’ I snarled. In the regiment, musketry was taken seriously. The instructors soon noticed that I was a natural shot and I found myself being excused Squadron chores to be given extra practice. In the regimental musketry competition, I competed in four events, and won three~and about £20 in prize money. On the strength of that, I was entered for the Army competitions at Bisley. I shot in four events, and won two, an extraordinary feat if you remember the number of competitors, and the fact that I was practically a rookie. However, I soon began to chafe at the routine of Army life; and the occasion of the state visit of the King of Afghanistan did not help things. The procession was to start from Victoria Station in full panoply, complete with the British Royal Family and the Afghans. It was to be a state luncheon given by the City of London at the Guildhall. Please remember that at this time we still ruled India. and the Afghans were a nice little buffer group; so the gesture had a point. On the previous night, I and two others of B Tp, George Gillam and Porky, had been at a party with some Americans who had never seen a state procession. So we suggested that they go down to the Guildhall the next day before noon and get settled in the bar of a public house which was at the edge of the great courtyard in front of the Guildhall. We would meet them there during our two-hour dismounted period while the luncheon was going on. They thought it was a marvellous idea and we left it at that. It was a bright, brisk autumn morning when we gathered at Victoria for the forming of the procession. The coaches being used were open landau types. I was assigned to the right side of the one carrying, among others, the Prince of Wales. I had drawn that spot several times, and I felt almost on nodding terms with him. The procession started off promptly at eleven-thirty. We arrived at the Guildhall a little after midday. When we had dismounted and turned the horses over to the handlers, Gillam, Porky and I repaired to the pub and to our friends, who were already there enjoying themselves hugely. We took off our helmets and, as it was impossible to sit normally in chairs, what with all our accoutrements and sabres, I hoisted myself on a couple of wine cases


stacked against the wall. Somebody was buying champagne for all of us. 1 think I must have been on my lifth glass when the warning trumpet sounded, which meant that we had about 10 minutes to get mounted. I slipped down from my perch and suddenly found that I could barely stand. I‘d had one glass too many. On top of which, the minute I got outside I just had to get to the urinal, which happened to be a public one at the foot of a flight of stone steps. By the time I got down there and went through the complicated procedure of unbuckling, unbuttoning and unflapping, I barely made it. I had just started the rebuckling process when I heard the trumpet sound ‘Prepare to Mount.’ Oh, God, I had two minutes! I‘d never make it. After frantic fumblings I started up the steps, and as I reached the top my sabre got caught between my legs and down I went. Now it‘s very diflicult to get to your feet in that regalia even when you are sober. In my condition it was impossible. I twisted and turned like a gaffed pike for a couple of seconds and then someone lifted me, and it was George Gillam. ‘George, please! Get me mounted. Just get me on top

and I‘ll be all right.’ Somehow Gillam got me in the saddle and sorted out my reins. I managed to jam the protruding tops of my jackboots under the saddlebags and I was safe. There was only one thing wrong. I couldn’t see! Oh God! I’m blind! Blind! And me, not yet twenty-one! Through my panicky despair I heard Gillam’s voice: ‘Your helmet’s on backwards. Turn it around quickly!’ And indeed, that was what had happened. The helmet’s long tailpiece was down in front of my eyes. I managed to get it turned properly, but in doing so I never got the brass chin strap on the point of my chin. It was in my mouth. While trying to correct that problem I dropped my sabre, and it was hanging from the sword knot. When I savagely grabbed for the hilt I managed to give Trooper Dunbar’s horse a nice little four-inch gash near the tail. She let fly and belted old B63. Then he lashed out and got Con Andrews square in the chest and dented his breastplate so badly I don’t think he took a deep breath all the way back to barracks. But all was not over yet. It’s a funny thing about horses. Although they are among the dumbest animals in the world, they are very intuitive, and B63 was prac— tically clairvoyant. B63 knew instantly that l was a little floaty, and right then and there decided who was going to be in charge. He started off quietly enough until we got opposite the Savoy Hotel, whereupon he decided he‘d do a little side-passing, which he kept up all the way to Trafalgar Square. By this time 1 had had a bellyful, so 1 let him have both spurs. and up he went like a rampant unicorn.

Up until my little contretemps in Trafalgar Square they had had that bovine look of after-lunch boredom. But now they had chirped tip quite a bit. I managed to get down the Mall as far as St James’s Palace when a hefty biddy ducked into the road from the line of cheering spectators waving a flag and a bunch of flowers. She threw the flowers at the carriage, missed, and hit

B63 in the nose. Up he went, busted his curb chain, and that was it. I went right through the mounted band, who were helpless because their reins are fastened to their stirrups.

The drtlm horse, who was at least 1‘) years old, ended up in the memorial fountain. and I finished up in Buckingham Palace courtyard, alone and without a friend in the world. I will now draw a merciful curtain over the outcome. Suffice it to say I didn’t see the outside of the barrack walls for three weeks. Twenty—one days of barrack guards and stable guards. But I got a lot of letters written. * Acknowledgement to Ray Milland, author of ‘Widc Eyed in Babylon,’ published by Bodley Head.

THE BLUES AND ROYALS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 1975 Membership The membership at the present time is: Officers 380 Life members 1,075 Serving members 622 Annual members 24 Total


This again is a slight increase on 1974 due to the fact that a number have applied for life membership after

release and there has also been a slight increase in the serving members joining the ‘One Day‘ Pay Scheme which automatically entitles them to Life Membership. Annual dinner—1975 Due to the move of the Regiment to Germany the dinner this year was held at Windsor. and a total of 311 attended. Due to accommodation difficulties it was not possible to allow guests, other than those official guests. From all remarks made. the dinner and. of course. the “get together,’ both before and after the actual dinner,

l belted him between the ears with my sabre, and that

cooled him a littleithat is until we got to Admiralty Arch, which is rather narrow. He made straight for the wall to try to brush me off: so I gave him another kick with my right hook and almost ended up in the landau with the Prince and his party.

At Home DayiThe Association contingent

were a great success. and everyone appeared to have a most enjoyable time. We should like to take this oppor— tunity of thanking RCM J Heath for all his excellent arrangements. for the bar facilities.

Combined Cavalry Parade and Service—4th May For the second successive year our attendance was far greater than any other Association. and this is most gratifying to your committee. The salute was taken by HRH The Duke of Kent, who had recently taken over Patron vice the late Duke of Gloucester. At Home Day—28th September This was a most excellent day in every respect. Firstly the weather was most kind to us, after the gale the previous day when the marquees were blown down. Attendance at the Church‘ Parade was good and the Association contingent joined the serving regiment on the march back to the barracks. Again Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith commanded the contingent and on arrival at the barracks the salute was taken by the Colonel, Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. Almost 2,000 luncheons were served to all those attending and again the Master Cook and his stafl‘ did a first class job in coping for this number. This year the Quadrille from the MOunted Regiment gave a very fine display and we should also like to thank all members of the band for entertaining so well with their music and also their marching.

Annual General Meeting Will be held in the WOs and NCOs Mess at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday, lst May. 1976. The meeting will commence at 6.0 pm. All members are entitled and encouraged to attend. The following is the agenda and all members are reminded that if they have any resolution to place before the meeting this must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks prior to the meeting.


. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting, 1975. . Points arising from those minutes. . Confirmation of the accounts for period ending 3lst December. 1975. . Committee: (21) Under Rule No 13 the following members are due to retire: 1. Major E. L. Payne. 2. Mr H. Norris. (b) In accordance with Rule No 13 the undermentioned members of the Association are recommended by the committee to be appointed members of the committee: 1. Mr J. Neill. MBE. 2. Mr G. A. Johnson.

At Home Day This has become a most popular event and your committee are seriously considering where the 1976 At Home should be held. Any suggestions from members would be appreciated. When a final decision has been made all members will be informed.

Hotel on Tuesday, 1st June, 1976. Black tie, 7.30 pm for 8.15 pm. Subscriptions—Annual Members These are now due for 1976 and members are reminded the fee is now £1. Regional Representatives All members are reminded that we have Regional Representatives throughout the country and these have very kindly offered to assist with advice and to make reports to the Association where help is necessary. They are not authorised to make money grants as all grants MUST be authorised by the Committee. Below is a list of all representatives but application may also be made direct to the Honorary Secretary.

Field of Remembrance, Westminster, Thursday, 11th November, 1976 The Regimental Cross will be planted at 11.45 am. Assemble at St Margaret’s Churchyard at 11.40. No medals. The Blues and Royals Dining Club The Annual Dinner will be held at the Hyde Park

(c) Under Rule No 13 the undermentioned who were

Field of Remembranthh November The attendance at this year‘s ceremony was much better than last year and we hope this trend will continue. The Regimental Cross was planted by the Colonel of the Regiment and HM The Queen Mother also inspected our plot.

elected to the committee during the year to fill vacancies created should now be confirmed as members: 1. Mr H. M. Healey. 2. Mr J. Beynon. 5. Any other business. REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Retirements We sadly have to report that three members of our committee have resigned during the year. Firstly Major Dick Dickinson, who has been Joint Honorary Secretary since the amalgamation, retired from his appointment at RHQ Household Cavalry and decided that the time had come to retire from his Association appointment also. Over the years he has done an excellent job for the Association in which he took the greatest interest, and we should like to thank him for all his help. In addition we also lost Mr George Stacey (posted overseas) and Mr Jack Beasley (ill-health). Again we say thank you for all they did and we sincerely hope that they will be rejoicing again soon. Death It is with the greatest regret that we inform members ot the death of one of our most loyal committee members, Mr Jack Hammond. Jack had been ill for several years but did not allow this to interfere with his duties as a committee member if it could possibly be avoided. and he will be sadly missed by us all. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his widow and family in their loss. Jack was buried on 301h December and the committee was well represented at the funeral and a Trumpeter was also present to sound the ‘Last Post‘ and ‘Reveille.’


Annual Dinner, 1976 To be held at Hyde Park Barracks on Saturday. lst May. 1976. Dress will beilounge suits, no decorations. Bars will be open at 6.0 pm. Applications for tickets will be limited to one per member and only official guests will be allowed. Due to the present high cost the committee has reluctantly agreed to raise the cost of the dinner, but to ensure that those on pension will not be overburdened with cost. it is being done on a two price basis as follows: (a) Normal cost. £3. (b) Those over 65 years. £2. Due to security the dinner ticket will be used as an admittance ticket to the barracks. and only those in possession will be allowed in. Tickets will NOT be on sale on the night of the dinner. As usual, ladies will not be allowed to attend the dinner. Combined Cavalry Parade and Service This will take place in Hyde Park on Sunday. 2nd May. 1976. General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick GCB. DSO, MBE. MC, ADC will take the salute and the Chap-

lain General will conduct the service. All those attending are invited to Hyde Park Barracks after the Parade. Your committee look for your support in this Parade.

Mr B. 5. Austin Mr F. Ashton Mr A. W. Baker Dr D. R. W. Burbury Captain R. C. Bucknall Major D. S. Barrington Browne Mr D. Barnes

Mr C. B. Churchamn Mr M. J. de Carteret Mr E. L. Cole Mr C. H. Frost Mr D. P. Geall Mr A. C. Hards Hon Mrs M. Freeman-Thomas

Address 66 Sefton Avenue, Harrow Weald. Middx 20 Quinton Park, Cheylesmore, Coventry Combermere, Manor Close. Bramthorpe, Leeds Bluebell, Payhembury, Honiton, Devon Tulip Tree House, Donhead St Mary, Nr Shaftesbury. Dorset Wessex Yeomanry. Highfield House, Somerford Road. Ctrencester, Glos 81 Armond Road, Witham, Essex

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Godalming 4122

17 Middleton Road. Horsham, Sussex Mr G. E. W. Halls The Mere House. Hanmer. Whiteehirch, Salop Captain J. W. E. Hznmer Lieutenant-Colonel A. B. Houston, Lintrathen Lodge. Kirriemuir. Angus M 113 Field Road. Feltham. Middx TW14 OBE Mr G. A. Johnson 1 Strathcona Avenue. Little Bockham, Surrey Mr N. C. Lewis—Baker 40 Cherwell Drive. Old Marston, Oxford OX3 OLS Mr R. C. Lowe 39 Propss Hall Drive, Failsworth, Manchester Mr E. Marchington Parkend. By Heck. Lockerbie ' . Captain J. W. N. Mitchell Ripplesdale. 18 Glebeland Close. Coychirch. Birdgend. Glam Mr C. E. Mogg. MISM 63 King George V Avenue. Kings Lynn, Norfolk Mr R. A. Newman 18 Selby Road. Hollin. Middleton, Manchester Mr J. Rowlands Parkside, St Aidans Road. Carlisle. Cumbria Captain A. C. Robson 31 Howe Circle. Royal Oak, Newport, Gwent Mr A. V. Roberts 43 Filching Road, Eastbourne. Sussex Mr R. J. Robertson ‘The Bailitl"s Sergeant’, JetTerstone Lane. St Mary‘s Bay. Romney Marsh. Kent Mr W. Steel Mr E. H. Weller Mr E. J. Woodman. MBE

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Assistance—Ex-Members of the Regiment Your committee are of the opinion that all cases of ex-members of the Regiment who require assistance are not being received by the Honorary Secretary. It is hoped that any member of the Association who feels that he is aware of someone requiring help will so inform the Honorary Secretary without delay. The matter will then be investigated and as a result assistance will be given where considered necessary. There are two funds which grant aid, and details of these are given below:— (a) The Blues and Royals Association. Aid is given to those who are members of the Association, including their widows and children. All cases are investigated and the matter placed before the committee who grant aid. In urgent cases a sum of up to £50 can be given by a sub-committee. Any sum above this amount must be granted by the full committee. Loans are NOT made. (1)) The Blues and Royals Oliver Montagu Fund. Aid from this fund is granted to ex-members of the Regiment, their widows, and children who are not members of the Association. During 1975 a sum of almost £600 has been made in grants. Loans are not made by the fund. All cases are dealt with confidentially irrespective of from which fund the grant is made. Do please remember that the funds are there for the purpose of assisting those that require such help.



STATENIENT OF HCCCF AS AT 5th NOVEMBER, 1975 £ HOLDINGS Deposit Account Current Account


552-14 72-52

INcoME~CURRENT ACCOUNT Subscriptions (One Day's Pay)

Interest—Dividends Tax Refund Total Income


169-69 112-91 £8,769-97


Paid to Life Guards Association Paid to Blues and Royals Association Paid to Army Benevolent Fund

Employment Agency (Household Division) SSAFA Legal and Stamp Duty

Total Expenditure Balance

£8.514°00 £255.97

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LCoH Kelsey giving children rides on the brake

SQMC Lawson—Spot the deliberate mistake!

Those who have died in 1975 OFFICERS


Ex CoH J. G. Granger, 51 Selworth Road, Catford, London SE6.

Captain A. V. Young, MC (The Blues)


I/P F. W. Bullock,

OTHER RANKs Ex Farr Stfifi' Cpl. G. Lovegrove 14 Devonshire Road,


Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Wilson (The Royals) Lieutenant-Colonel R. B. Moseley (The Royals)

The Royal Hospital,




Bathampson, Bath. Ex Tpr M. Dunn, 9 Anthony Road, Shirley, Solihull, Warcs.


Friern Barnet. London N11. Ex CoH F, Buckley, 11] Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent. Ex Cpl E. Cox, 34 Belle Vue Gardens, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Hants.

Ex W01 W. J. Slade Yssign, ' 4 Dawn Gardens, Ellesmere Port, Wirral.


Ex Tpr J. Darin, 5 Harrow Lane,


Maidenhead. Ex Cpl A. Moore,


Ex CoH J. Hammond,


I46C Bishops Road, Fulharn, London SW6. EX SQMC 1’. Stone, ‘Bylanes’, Hillside Road, Fore, Northants.

120 Knighton Church Road,

London Road, Leicester 306003

Ex Tpr R. Simpson, Cromla, High Street,

Freshwater, IoW.

Ex CoH W. Speller, 91 Springfield Road, Windsor, Berks. Ex RCM A. Jobson, 18 MacDonald Road,

The Associaton contingent marches past the Colonel


(Dhitnaru Lt Col R. B. Moseley The_whole horse world and that of combined training in particular will have been saddened by the death of Lt Col R. B. ‘Babe' Moseley on Monday, 9th June, at the age of 74. He had been one of the most loved and respected characters on the horsey scene since the war. and his work and influence for good in Combined Training since the very beginning was unrivalled. Babe was educated at Dartmouth and was commissioned into the Navy shortly before the end of the first world war. As he said himself, ‘their Lordships in their

The Regiment parades for church


EME’s charger proves too much for Major Davies


The Quadrille performing in the paddock.

2 4

The Band display Tpr Clark, Tpr Littler, LCpl Toghill at one:0f the static displays

wisdom sent me to Cambridge after the war, and from that moment I never wished to go to sea again.’ So he transferred to the Royal Dragoons in 1921, and remained a regular oflicer in the Royals until 1945. He went to Egypt and on to India with his regiment in 1927. and it was in India that he really learnt his race riding. In 1930 he was granted nine months leave to return to England to ride in the Grand Military Gold Cup and the Grand National. He duly achieved his ambition, by winning the Grand Military of 1931 on Slieve Grein, and having a great ride in the National until the Canal Turn second time round. He then returned to India for a further four years. His main racing career in England was from 1935 until the outbreak of war, during which time, though already having weight problems, he won a number of races on horses belonging to Mrs Hollins. He always loved riding at Aintree, and took part in a further three Nationals and many other races there. For much of the last war he was Naval Liaison Officer at Alexandria. Afterwards his increasing weight prevented further race-riding. Indeed. those who only met Babe after the war could never understand how he had ‘made the weight’ for so long! The rest of his life was devoted to serving others in the world of horses which he loved so much. He joined the National Hunt Committee in 1951, and served continuously until becoming a member of the Jockey Club on amalgamation. He was Deputy Director to C01 Trevor Horn at the first Badminton three-day event in 1949, and remained very closely involved until his deathnindeed he was on the cross-country course inspection panel at Badminton this year. He was almost assiduous BHS Steward and the longest-serving member of the Combined Training Committee and of the British Horse Society Council until last year. He hunted hard and regularly with the Beaufort until a couple of years ago. Babe’s character was dominated by three marked traits—those of energy, determination and courage. He was a prodigious worker. thorough and relentless leaving no stone unturned in his chosen search. He was no respecter of persons. and he never shrank from calling a spade a spade if he considered it necessary; caution and tact were not virtues hc cultivated. His moral and physical courage was truly remarkable. I suspect that, if he had been asked. he would-have said that his two greatest achievements were the burlding

up of the British horse trials team during his 14—year reign as chairman of the selectors. and his subsequent similar service for the juniors. The juniors he started in this country virtually singlehanded. The conditions laid down by the FEI did not fit into our existing organisation, and there were many who felt that the idea of the three—day event as a competition for teenagers was itself inappropriate. But Babe would have none of this. and himself undertook the immense amount of work involved in selection, training and travel abroad. I know that those who were lucky enough to travel abroad in his junior teams are only too ready to acknowledge how much they owe to him. ‘Uncle Babe‘ was indeed the dominating figure, much respected and loved. but also slightly feared. His wrath could be frightening, but came and went quickly. One of the nicest things about Babe was that he never bore grudges. You could have a heated disagreement with him in the morning,

but at lunch he would be as friendly as ever, having clearly banished the incident from his mind for ever. Babe stories abound. and all bear witness to his strength of character and irrepressible joic (1e vivre. My own memories are largely of trips abroad. where he became a most popular figure on the horse trials circuit. A11 foreigners loved Babe: they regarded him as representing everything they approved of in the British character. His Churchillian pugnacity and determination to win, coupled with his genuine friendliness and bonhomie, were irresistible. Babe himself had no respect for bureacracy, foreign or English, and this sometimes led to incidents abroad. At the Olympic Games in Rome he was arrested by the Italian police for his noisy persistence when insisting on admittance to the stables. A similar fate befell him in Tokyo for trying to get into the Olympic Village without a pass. For Mexico, alas. he was prevented from going by a strong-minded doctor. so was unable to witness personally the team gold medal for which he was so largely responsible. In Moscow, he hugely enjoyed bouncing on his bed. saying in a loud voice. 'I know this room is bugged. so now you are going to hear exactly what I think about your country. . .‘ And they did! But perhaps the most endearing Babe story concerns his buying of 'a motor-mower a few years ago. He ordered three motor-mower representatives to appear with their models at the same time. He then lined them tip at the bottom of the lawn at Seagry and said “When I say go. I‘ll buy the first mower to reach the far end.‘ And he did! Driving with Babe was always a hazardous occupation. as he regarded every journey as a race. with very few rules. But policemen generally fell under his magnetic spell! Perhaps the climax of his driving career was the M4 incident last year. when his close friend of many years standing. Brig Roscoe Harvey, was acquitted for driving 71


six miles tip the M4 in the wrong direction, What the court did not know was that they had just had a celebratory lunch for the return of Babe‘s driving licence! V Babe married at the age of 54, and his wonderful wife Kaye became an equally popular member of the horse trials circle. Throughout the time of her tragic illness and sad death four years ago. Babe was magnificent. While missing her dreadfully, he courageously carried on with his many jobs. exactly as before. So when the horse trials season starts again in two months time, for many of us there will be a large gap which can never be filled. His cherubie beaming face. together with his wisdom and advice, will be very sorely missed. A great personality and an outstanding Englishman has gone to other pastures. M.W

The Duke of Norfolk. KG. PC. GCVO. GBE By Major-General Sir John Nelson, K('V0, cn. nso, our.

MC. BA Although Bernard Norfolk served from 19384933 in The Blues his real and intimate connection with the Household Division was due to his position as Earl Marshal over the past half-century. He was responsible for the State Funerals of King George V and King George VI in 1936 and 1952. the Coronations in 1937 and 1953. the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. and the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969. These major ceremonial occasions naturally brought him into direct contact with Headquarters London District. and this close liaison was in every respect an extremely happy one. Although he left the organisation of the military processions to the Household Division, he kept a very close eye upon them and always found time to know about and help with any problems that occurred. He became a complete expert and was quite rightly recognised as such. He was. of course, known to everyone but it was amazing how many people he knew and remembered himself, and one of the reasons for his triumphs was the deep respect and affection in which he was held by all who worked with him. The Bishops. the Heralds, the Police. the Press and the innumerable servicemen and officials with whom he had to deal all loved him and would do their utmost for him. His sense of duty was very pronounced and he never missed a meeting or a rehearsal where he felt he could be of some assistance. During that desperately cold and eventful week at the end of .Ianuary, 1965. leading tip to Sir Winston’s funeral he stayed at 8 Cadogan Gardens and scarcely went to bed at all. However. he may well be best remembered by the Army as a whole for his work for the Territorial Army. He was Chairman of the Council of Territorial Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations from 1956 to 1969 and President from 1969 to 1974. He proved its most powerful and importunate advocate in trying to lessen the blows and cuts which began to rain down upon it in July, 1965. He never spared himself in his efforts to save the TA from the threatened annihilation and it is largely due to him that it exists as an establishment of 75,000 today. He was a leading figure in the world of sport. playing a most prominent part in Flat Racing throughout his 72

life. being twice senior Steward of the Jockey Club. He was also The Queen‘s Representative at Ascot for no less than 37 years and the cheering of the crowd when his home-bred colt Ragstone won the 1974 Gold Cup was a deafening tribute to his popularity. Cricket he loved and few MCC sides have been happier and better

Born in 1898 in the Argentine, his parents returned to England in 191 l, settling in North Devon. George was educated at Uppinghant and then joined the North Devon Hussars, the Yeomam'y. and served in the ranks for two years until he was old enough to be

led than the one he managed in Australia in 1962/63.


1 know he would not approve of these brief paragraphs if they did not include one of appreciation for the love. advice and support that was always at hand from his wife Lavinia. They were a wonderful team and our deepest sympathy goes out to the devoted family he has left behind.

Demobilised in 1921, he went to work for the wellknown Taunton dealer. Pike Knott. and started showing polo ponies, cobs and hunters, an interest which continued throughout his life. He won the cob championship al Olympia in 1921, the first of many London successes. Then he went back to the Argentine with his younger brother and started importing polo ponies. bringing home 30 to 40 a year. In 1939 he joined the cavalry, went to Weedon for its

Colonel Peter Wilson When Peter died last April his age Inust have been a surprise to many. He had remained so essentially young in heart retaining all his infectious enthusiasm and interest in life. that it did not seem possible that he was 78 at the time of his death. After leaving Eton in 1916 he went to Sandhurst, and at the age of 19 joined the Royals in France where he took part in the Regiment‘s last cavalry charge. After the Great War the Royals were sent to Ireland. then as now, wracked by ‘troubles.’ and there Peter fell in love with the country and made a far reaching decision. Riding out one day on an early morning patrol he came upon the ruined Oranmore castle at the head of Galway Bay, and decided that one day he must live there. Some twenty-five years later. after he had left the army he moved there and set about turning it into a dwelling, largely with his own hands. This part of the world became home for him. and it was in Galway that he

died. Between the two wars he also soldiered in India, Egypt. and England. his enquiring mind always exploring the possibilities of each new postingfithe botany, the wild life, the history and the language, at the same time engaging in his favourite sports, of polo. steeplechasing and hunting. The last war found him in command of the Transjordan Frontier Force, where much of the expertise of Cavalry soldiering which he had learnt as a subaltern could still be put into practice in the hills of Jordan and Palestine. After a 12-year interlude of growing fruit in the Bahamas he came back to Ireland in 1965, and there spent his last years. creating yet another garden, working with horses and of course hunting. During this time he often came over to England for Regimental functions and he is going to be sadly missed on these occasions. He had a rare gift of friendship which extended as much to the serving Blues and Royals. as to his own generation. Of course he was a ‘character’. Unconventional? ~Certainly, but never dull; interested in everyone and everything and all who knew him will have their own particular memory of Peter. ‘Wasn‘t he the chap who lived on a barge in Folkestone harbour when we were stationed at Shornclill‘e‘?’ E.U.R.

last year under the late Col ‘Pcach‘ Borwick, was commissioned into the Royals and served in the western desert with the 8th Army from Alamein to Tunis and back. Demobilised in 1948 he was soon showing cobs and hunters for the late Herbert Fulford of Bideford and on his own account, and he was also in demand as a judge in England and Ireland. A stern taskmaster who insisted that all things pertaining to the horse should be done properly. he broke his last horse a couple of months before he died, though he had been ill for three years. A tremendous character, a loyal friend and a witty raconteur, he will be greatly missed by his many friends. Our sympathy goes to his wife, Margaret. and to their twins, Susan and Nicholas. P.M-M.

‘The Blues’ at Oadby The Quartermaster of the Household Cavalry Regiment, Major Stringer. opened Everard’s new public house at Oadby, Leics, on 16th December 1975.

Sir George Couper, Bt The horse world in North Devon will be a great deal the poorer following the death recently in Bideford Hospital. of George Robert Cecil Couper, the fifth baronct.

‘The Blues'

This book is a fascinating account of a Cavalry regiment during the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns. lt portray s vividly life in the Officers Mess and the troop in one of the British Army’s greatest and most colourful periods. Not only does it reveal a great family spirit within a regiment, always such a characteristic of the Royals, but also traces a family’s contribution to the service. Of particular interest is the author’s description of the Union Brigade at Waterloo. This is heartily recommended for libraries of all old ‘Royals.’ Author: A. E. Clarke-Kennedy. Publisher: The Research Publishing CO. Price: £3.90 net. 1975


£ 34,409-3] 2,517-35



.6 32‘336-88 2,072-43





1975, £1,628)

2,262 Units Unicorn Exempt Trust (Valuation 3lst December,

I975, £2,876; 1974, £47l)

2,459 United Eq tics Investment Fund for Chai ieS (Valuation 3Ist December,

I975, £28,645; 1974, £20,073)

25,224 (1954 25,224) Shares in United Services Trust at cost (Valuation as at 3lst October,


Auditors’ Remuneration

Less: Current Liabilities


CURRENT ASSETS Stock in Hand—Badges Current account £1,734-02 Current account 1,734-02 Deposit account 1,180‘54





30.34909 _










807-52 491-06







— Regimental At Home Day



1,332-92 525-40




Au itors’ Remuneration Printing, Stationery and Postage Miscellaneous Expenses Lets-s: Miscellaneous Receipts Annual Report and Magazine: Cost of Magazine 1,580-24 Less: Sales 601-35

Less: Sale of Tickets

Grants and Assistance to Members Subscriptions and Donations Annual Dinner: Cost of Dinner





1974 £ 2,592-51 2,019-38 44-38 12-65 ——

1975 £ 3,714-45 2,314-90 136-16 30-55 h

19th January, 1976.

Finsbury Square, London EZA lQP

C/1(H‘l(’l‘(’d Accountants.


We have examined the annexed Balance Sheet and Income and Expenditure Account and report that in our opinion these Accounts give respectively a true and fair view of the state of the Association’s affairs at 3lst December, 1975, and of the surplus of income over expenditure for the year ended that date. Finsbury Gate House,


HON SECRETARY Major C. W. J. Lewis

Capt H. de Pinna Weil


REPRESENTED BY ACCUMULATED FUNDS Balance as at 1 January 1975 Excess of Income over Expenditure for the year

Subscriptions and Donations Dividends on Investment (Gross) Deposit Account Interest Badges, Ties, etc

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE for the year ending 31315 DECEMBER, 1975

A Review of ‘Attack the Colour’


Mr Tony Everard presenting Major Stringer With a tankard


TxM Havne . Major Stringer and LCpl Frew

NOMINAL ROLL as at 3lst December 1975 ‘

Is your money problem here?


Capt C. H, Boone

Ct C. C. R. Bathurst

Regimental Headquarters

CoH Villers, L.

Lt Col J. H. Pitman Major P. T. Keightley

CoH Martin, M.

Ct W, G. G, Hanmer Ct Miller-Bakcwcll

Capt P. 8. Rogers

Capt J. G. Handley W01 J. Peck W02 J. L. Harry SHO Troop Major R. C Wilkinson

SCM Preece, G. R. LCoH Bond B. T Tpr Crowley. D. Tpr Harris, R. Tpr Nutchey, A C. RHQ Troop

Lt C. C. McColville (Royal Signals)

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LCoH Collett, T. G. LCoH Gregory, J.

LCoH Jones, K. M, LCoH Manning, M. J. LCoH Porterfield, A. LCpl Wilson, R. H. LCpl Windrass, R. Tpr Bushell, A, J. Tpr Millard, W. P.

Tpr Nolan. G. B. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Pick, G. Smith, T. G. Stoddon, K. A. Vetters, D. R. Williams, M. A.

LCoH Greer, R. LCoH Quinn, T. LCpl Bryan, K. LCpl Beynon, K. LCpl Buxton, P. LCpl Rogers, L Tpr Goodyear, 8 Tpr Miller, D, Tpr Norris, P Tpr Tabor, B. Tpr Wright, K 1st Troop Lt T. P. E. Barclay CoH Sayer, C. LCpl Grimes, F. LCpl Gardiner, T. LCpl Hyndman, W. LCpl Mundy, P. Tpr Fullbrook, M. Tpr Hall, L.

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2nd Troop CoH McEvoy, J. LCoH Mackenzie, I.

LCpl James, G. R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Allen, S. J. Bowden, T. J. Cleland, J, Mawer, J. Platt, W. Simons, R. A. Walden, S. Wetherell, K.

3rd Troop

3rd Troop

CoH Robinson, D. LCoH Smith, T. J.

Lt T. L. S. Livinstone-Learmonth

LCoH Hennessy

CoH Scammell, J.

LCoH Hunter, H. W,

GW Troop

LCpl Merry, B. Tpr Burt, E. Tpr Fawkes, W. Tpr Howland, A. Tpr Kilvington, J. Tpr Martin, W. Tpr Mockett, S. Tpr Wilcox, N. Tpr Womack, J,

LCpl Pugh, M. H. LCpl Rushton, D. W. Tpr Anderson l_ Tpr Charlton, M. F. Tpr Daley, J.

CoH Harkness, P. J.

LCpl Budden, A. E. G. LCpl Chamberlain, D. A. LCpl Smith, H. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bentley, P. W. Frohein, P. G. Guest, D. E. Harding, D. Riley, D. L. Robinson, 8. Wookey, C. T.

Admin Troop

SQMC Garvey, J. CoH Freeman, E. S. P. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Carter, G. S. Dearden, J. P. Ellwood, M. J. Henry, S. Pearson, E. J. '

Tpr Ricketts, H. B. Tpr Wilcock, C.

4th Troop

Ct A. A. Wood LCoH Gillingham, S. LCoH Graves, T. LCpl Guest, J. Tpr Ashby, B. Tpr Brown, J. Tpr Holmes, |. Tpr Homer, D. Tpr Lamonby, J. Tpr Robertson, A. Tpr Shields, A. Tpr Wood, Admin Tr00p

SOMC Weeks, N. CoH Freeman, K. R.

Towry Law & Co. Ltd., Incorporated Insurance Brokers, Towry Law House, High Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 lLX. Telephone: 07535 68244

1st Troop CoH Rumbelow, H. W. LCoH Standen, D. C. LCoH Thompson, G. LCpl Wilson, A. L. Tpr Clark, l, Tpr Greenaway, C. J. Tpr Kent, G. S. Tpr Lawson, P. J, Tpr Reynolds, D. J, Tpr Taylor, A. S. Tpr Thomson, S. W.

LCoH Mead, |.

Provost/Dog Handlers

hove The answers

C SOUADRON 5H0 Troop SCM Burroughs, M. G. COH Triggs, J. LCoH Page, I. LCoH Streton, P. F. LCoH Lock, M. J LCpl Gregory, M. R Tpr Barker, S. M. Tpr Elliot, C D. Tpr Gowrng, W. Tpr Mayo, M. S. Tpr Murray, I. Tpr Noddle, F. Tpr Rose, A. J. Tpr Jervis J. M.

Tpr Woodings, G. SCpI Patterson, M. A.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Burnham, R, L. Giles, J. S. Gulley, N. lberson. K. W. Johnson, P. A. L. R. .J. Murrow, F A. O'Brien, W. D.

CoH Barrett, J. Tpr Barrett, C. Tpr Devlin, D. Tpr Gazey, l. Tpr Haworth, T. Tpr Joyce, K.

Tpr MacCready, | Tpr Moore,

8 SOUADRON A SQUADRON Squadron Headquarters Troop Major .1. D Smrth-Binghnm

Major J. S. Olivrer Capt H. T. Hayward

Cl C C. Bunknzill

Tpr Miller, G, T. Tpr Ouartermain, P.

Tpr Kinlock, J. E. Tpr Sissons, P. J. 4th Troop

CoH Cain, F. M. LCoH Murray, B. LCoH Wendon H. LCpl Owen, R. P.

LCpl Littler, M. E. Tpr Ansty, J. M. Tpr Breakwell, T. R. Tpr Firth, P. Tpr Murnan, D. TprTimlin, R. Tpr Blackburn, S. Tpr Harrison Admin Troop SOMC Sibley, S. LCoH Pentith, T. LCoH Harman, A. R. LCoH Williams, R. J.

LCoH Finch, P. R. LCpl Barratt, A. L. LCpl Reynolds, B. J. LCpl Smith, G. L. LCpl Jones, D. R. Tpr Bennett, J. Tpr Burgess, D. R. Tpr Burrows, .J. J Tpr Brown, .J H. Tpr Garlirth, J. M, Tpr Hughes, N. Tpr Lolt, C, L

Major G. H. Tweedie Capt A, N. D. Bols Lt J, McM, Carr-Ellison Lt G. J. S. Hutchison Lt M. H. Lingeman Ct T. P. Bagge Admin Troop SOMC Midwinter, J, C. CoH Lloyd, W. J, LCoH Blomquist, l. R. LCoH Thomson, S. P. LCoH Wright, P. A. Tpr Dakers, A, Tpr Hart, N. Tpr Hastings, A. P, Tpr Hulmes, D. Officers Mess LCpl Wylie, D. C. Tpr Bateman, M. Tpr Cross, A. D. Tpr Keen, N. S.

W05 and CsoH Moss Tpr Haynes, T. W. Tpr Sinclair, S. M.

Provost Staff LCpl Stephenson, A. Tpr Cheshire, A. H, Squadron Office LCoH Davidson, J, M. Tpr Simmons, E. K. 5H0. Troop

SCM Hill, M. J. CoH Pinks, M. LCoH Davies, D. J.

LCoH Phillips, G. A. LCpl Gurdin, N. T. LCpl Harris, R. LCpl Measor, J. F. LCpl Newman, D. R, Tpr Bailey, K. G. Tpr Beard, J. M. Tpr Brzozowski S. Tpr Luke, J. Tpr McLoughlin Tpr Prusak, R. Tpr Thomson, W. K. 1st Troop CoH Bellas, E. N. LCoH Armishaw, P. D. LCoH Perry, S. J. LCpl Armold, A. J. LCpl Bramley, M. LCpl Harris P. Tpr Cook, M. F. Tpr Coutts, A. J. D. Tpr Finlay, F. C. Tpr Peachey, R.

Tpr Rowbottom, M. S. 2nd Troop CoH Thurston, D.

LCoH Lampard, B. D. LCoH Seager, C. R. LCpl Chirgwin, D. H.

LCpl York, G. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Duke, 1. Ellis, J. M. Fenwick, P. Harrison, I. R,

Tpr Metcalfe, A. E. Tpr Vickers, S. A. 3rd Troop

CoH Jones, N, W. LCoH Evans, 8. R. C. LCoH Toghill, C. T. LCpl Byrne, D. J. LCpl Robertson, M, Tpr Caley, P, J.

Tpr Crooke, E. J.

Tpr Davis, J. H, Tpr Kirkwood, W. J.

Tpr Bishop, A. (LG) Tpr Callingham, R. A. Tpr Clews, J.

Tpr Lees, D.

Sgt Gates, C. Sgt Cannon, J. Sgt Ashley, A. C.

Tpr Coffey, J.

Sgt Bingham, S. 4th Troop

Tpr Crawford, |. (LG)

CoH Bright, R. J. LCoH Rubens, P. J. LCoH Rose, C. W. LCoH Stephenson. W. LCpl Birchall, R. LCpl Taylor, A. D.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Sgt Stokes, J. W

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Adey, J. E. Anderson, C. R. Gillard, P. K. Johnson, A. D, Stott, l.

Gowland. G. R. S. Holton, A. J. Humberstone, A. P. andman, G. K. Johnson. K. P. Moss, T. M. Padgett, J, T. Phipps, T. J. Steven, T.

Tpr Tapsell, G K.

Tpr White, K. J. Tpr Whittaker, A. M.

Major H. W. Davies

Major R. A. Ball (RAPC) Capt R. R. Giles

Surg Capt P. L. 3. Hard Capt W. R. Marsh Capt T. W. Tucker

Rev C. M. Wilson Lt J. Heath SHO SCM Wilkins, G. SOMC Lawson, P. B. LCoH Fallon, D. LCpl Hosken. J. R. Tpr Anderson, J. Tpr Corway, G. P.

Officers Mess SCpl Chamberlain, D. E. CoH Stratford, J. W. LCpl Lloyd, M. W. Tpr Davis, I. M. Tpr Riglar, A. V,

we: Mess CoH Black, I. LCpl Hall, J. F. Tpr Hirst, J. W.

Medical Centre LCoH McAnulty, R. E. Gymnasium

SSI Smith, R. J.

0M ROMC Stephenson, A. K.

LCpl Bryson, S. W. Tpr Callaghan, A. P. R.

SCpl Howick, D. A.

Stables CoH Catlin, D. G. I.

CoH Aucutt, G. CoH O’Dwyer, A. J. CoH Murtagh. M. J. LCoH Craig, A. J.

LCoH French, C. J. LCoH Kay. D.

LCoH Law. K. LCoH Taylor, K. A.

LCoH Timmis, R. W. LCpl Piwowarski, J. S. Tpr Birch, L. Tpr Butcher, J. D.

Tpr Davies, W. V. Tpr Nash, I. F. F. Tpr Nicholson, G, A. Tpr Segret, M. P.

0M(T) ROMC(T) MacDougall, W. R. SCpl Anslow, R. J. CoH Bin, R. V. CoH Shanon, E. (LG) LCoH Crowley, P. E.

LCoH Kennerd, S. D. A. LCoH Saull, |. (LG) LCpl Jay, R. l. K.

LCoH Hague, S. LCoH Partridge, R,

LCoH Sherwin, P. C. LCpl Hayward, N. A. LCpl Hows. J. V. Tpr Hulme, K. M. Tpr Jackson, G. Tpr Kennett, G. Tpr King. P. D. Tpr Renton, R. W. Tpr Thomas, S.

Mus Becker, J. W. G. Tpr Fairfax, S. Mus Ruddle, G. C. MT SCpl Emery, A. W. LCoH Callaghan, K. J. LCoH Young, D.

LCpl Currah, M, J. LCpl Henchion, M. LCpl Hoyle, C.

LCpl Hutton, R. J. LCpl Innes, A.

LCpl Quinn, J. LCpl Robinson, R. D. LCpl Stewart, 8. W.

Tpr Ballantyne, A, R. Tpr Beresford, D.


LCpl Poffley, T. R. LCpl Cushing. R. J. LCpl Bruce, I. LCpl Tweddle, P. D.

LCpl Sutherland, J. G. LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Hughes. E. Galley. P. Routledge, J. A. Abson, A. Pugh. P. Penny, W. Helm, J. Ash, 5. R. Henze, W. W. Cowey, G. C.

LCpl Hilliard, K. c. LCpl Foster. R, A. LCpl Cowper, C, LCpl Merchant. R. LCpl Levett, S. LCpl Cullen, J. J, LCpl Kelly, E. G. LCpl Wilkinson, T. R. LCpl Burley, G. M. Cfn Watts, L. L.

Cfn Welfare, P. Cfn Youngman, P. C. Cfn Hannigan, P. E.

Cfn Moffatt, C. Cfn Dixon, G, Cfn Coyle, M. S.

LCpl Jarvis, T. L. LCpl Marsden. K, LCpl Mulgrove, F. LCpl Scott, D. C. LCpl Spenceley, R. J. Pte Baylay, T. T.

RAPC SSgt Thomas, M. B. Sgt Hannam, T. S. LSgt Francis, 8.

LSgt McGrath, J. S. LSgt Mousley, R.

Sgt Cook, R. K. C. Sgt Newton, J. W. Sgt Murray, G. W. Sgt Wheatley, J. R.

Tpr Curtis, M. J. Tpr Doodney, B. M. Tpr English. W. A. Tpr Hardy, C. B. Tpr Henney, P. Tpr Hodges. P. H. Tpr Lambert. B. T. Tpr Mawhinnev, G. B. Tpr Maplesden, H. J. L. Tpr Nuttall, R. J. Tpr Pyne, R. J. Tpr Randall, A. W. Tpr Williams. G. Tpr Whopples. G. V,

2nd Troop Lt N. Hadden-Paton CoH Lane. E. L. CoH Davis, J.


RHO Lt Col T. C. Morris Capt P. R. L. Walker-Okeover W01 (RCM) Hunter, J. R.

CoH Greene, 8. F. LCpl Goodyear, A. M. Tpr (LLCpl) Hammond, W. E, Tpr Eardley. A. M.

5H0. Major B. J. Hodgson

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Baston, C. G. Bissett, J. N. Clarke, M. P. Craig, C. S. Crockford M. Fogarty. P. D, Foster. S. E. Goldie, P. H.

Tpr Garland, D. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Gear, D. J. Hosker, G. Kershaw, F, E. Kirkpatrick, I.

THE MOUNTED SQUADRON 3H0 Major B. J. Lockhart Capt A. S. Lukas

SCM Sellars, J. SOMC Hawley, H. CoH Marchington, L. J.

CoH Jones, C. E. CoH Smith, B. CoH Warren W. LCoH Sidebottom. R. LCoH Henesy, M. J. LCpl Bourne, N. W. LCpl Kelsey, J. LCpl Bubear, A. J, LCpl Tonge, D. LCpl Hutcheon, J. P.

LCpl Penn, G. C. Tpr Brashill, M. Tpr Campbell, W. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Fenton, J. High-Stephenson, K. Perrin, S. P. Plank, A. Sanson, S. Cross, P. R.

Tpr Bareham, I. N. Tpr Bartlett, M. C.

Tpr Caldwell, M, N. Tpr Cleghorn, M. K. Tpr Crotch, A. F. Harvey, S. R. Hook, K. D. Jeffries, M. H. Mackay, S. J.

Tpr Murray, A. K. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Nicolson, D. R. Phillips, D. M. Polkey, F. C. Pritchard, M. P. Reekie, M. Scruton, C. Towns, S, Whelen, J. Clavering, D.

Major H. O. Hugh-Smith

CoH McGregor, D.

CoH Elmslie, l. G. S. CoH Shearn, L. D. CoH Cooksey. P. D.

CoH Haine M. N. CoH Stratford, B. J. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

(LCpl) Reeks, G. J. Whiting, B. J. Jarvis, S. P. Baxter, A. D. R. Brown, J. H. Smith, D. P. Pexton, I. Popple. S.

Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Major J. A. Aylen


Major J. G, Hamilton—Russell MBE Major A, H. Parker-Bowles

6502 Junior Division Staff College G802 Ministry of Defence (OR 17)

Major (OM) T. J. Williams


Major D. V. Smiley Capt I. M. D, L. Weston

Gds Depot

Capt (DOM) D. H. Mackuy Capt Capt Capt Capt

J. W. Matthews B. W. Lane D. M. Reed-Felstead H. P. D. Massey

HO 4 Gds Armd Bde DOM JLR RAC HO Household Division Gds Depot

(Pilot) 14/20 H ADC to GOC Berlin

Lt Hst. J. Holcroft Lt S. C, de Chair

Oxford University Gds Depot

Tpr Tonks, R, P. Tpr Jucha, U, M, A.

Lt M. A. J. Gurney Lt A. J. S. Bagge Lt J. Shaw

RAC Centre ADC to Governor of South Australia RMAS

Lt F. G. S. Lukas

Bristol University Gds Depot Oxford University Bristol University

Tpr Craggs, C.

Lt R. D. Field

LCoH Sedgewick, G. G.

CoH Daniels. D. J. T/M Hayne, W. G.

HHG/D PERSONNEL AT ERE Household Cavalry Hospital LCoH Feldwick, N. L.

CoH Mansfield, R. A. CoH Tanner. R. W. CoH Whennell, R. A.

H0 London District

BCM Wise, P. W. J.

LCpl Scarrott, J. P. LCpI Haley, C. Tpr (LLCpl) Pike P. M.

SCpl Todd, R,

CoH Parsons, A,

CoH Preace, D. C. F. SCpl Proctor. B. E.

LCoH Turner, H. B. W.

W02 Jamieson, M. S.

Tpr Sanders, M. F.

LCoH Orritt, C. J. LCoH Healey, A.

Equitation Staff LCpl Douglas, M. R.

LCoH Platt. S. M. LCoH Renwick, R. J,

RMAS SCpl Smart. R. E. SCpl La Roche, M. J,

LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

LCpl LCpl LCpl LCpl

Tpr Ciantar, H. Tpr Cox. T. P. Tpr Hodges, C. D.

Tpr Mitchell. S. J.

Webb, C. J. Ogilvie, T. B. Stephen, I. J. Dow, R. J.

Jaskulski. C. Frew, J. L. Baines, S. L. E. Hempseed, R. I.

LCpl Griffiths, E.

Tpr Hobson, D.

ROMC Story J. E.

CoH Mansfield, R. LCoH Hatherall, B. S. LCoH Gowling, K.

LCoH Storer, P. B. LCoH O‘Gorman, P. W, P. LCoH Shillabeer, M. A, LCpl Perrin, J. R. Tpr Board, D. B. Tpr Moore, R, D, Tpr Robbins, A.

Provost Staff CoH Butler, R. Tpr Baker, S. C. Tpr Stewart, P. R.

Officers Mess SCpl Westwood, A. J. M. LCpl Herratt, C, J. Tpr Winstone, B. C.

WOs & NCOs Mess

LCpl Brammer, M. LCpl Watts, P. Musn Bower, V. Musn Burroughs, C. J. Musn Musn Musn Musn

Connaughton, K. Creedy, A. T, Harmer, E. J. Janaway, P.

Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn Musn

Jones, A. P. Jones, P. Lawrence, K. Marsh, P. Moroz, D. C. Morrison, M. L. Packer, F. J.

CoH Gregory, M, R.

MVEE (A) LCoH Webb, D. RAC Gunnery School SCpl Pomroy

CoH Shaw, S. M. SCpl Chapman, L. C. CoH Harris, D, F.

CoH Adams. K. G.

RAC D E: M School

LCpl Ikins, T. R.

CoH Hughes, K. C. SCpl Burton-Johnson, H . SCpl Thomas, I. H.

ACIO CoH Sampson. W, H, J.——Newcastle CoH Woollard, R.—Brighton

CoH McKenna, D. P,—Bournemouth

Kuwait Liaison Team

CoH Norman, B. M.—Nottingham CoH Clay, K.—Wolverhampton CoH Kearns, B. J,—Surbiton

W02 Hayes, B. W, G.

H0 Eastern District LCoH Flude, A. J. H0 Berlin Inf Bde

RHO Household Cavalry 3 Household Cavalry Records W01 Yates. R. B.

LCoH Giblette, J, E. LCoH Gratton, A. E. ATDU LCoH Gellatly, W. Y.

W01 Hearn, B.

Musn Tickner. G. A. Musn Ward, C. A. Musn Atkins (Kneller Hall) (P)


VQMG (To Command1 (BR) Corps

Guards Polo Club SCpl Cross, C. J.

SCpl Lee, P. A. CoH Sproats, R. J. LCoH Chillingworth. G. D.

Musn Roberts. D. J. Musn Robinson, P. Musn Sabourin, S. M. Musn Sandy, A. Musn Spurs, D. Musn Stevens, M.

CoH Bradley, A.

W02 Wennell, D. J.

Musn Prosser, K. J.



Musn Coglan, C.

Musn Yurek, R,

Tpr Dykes, A, Tpr French. P. J,

JLR RAC CoH Pitt, A. F. J. CoH Desbrough, W. C. SCpl Hales, N, J. SCpl Cox. W. G.

RAC Sales Team CoH Whyte. J. A, CoH Wall, B, G.

HQ UNFICYP W01 Kersting, A. W. 22 5A5 CoH Stratford, B. T. RAC Signals School SCpl O'Halloran, D. A,

LCoH Buckle 12 Int 6: Sy Coy CoH Docherty, J. RAC Para Sqn LCpl Reid, P. P & EE Shoeburyness Tpr Mellor, D.

RAC Trg Regt

CoH Brown, M. R. CoH Stacey, M. B.

NBC School

C Sqn RY W02 Kelsall, C. G. CoH Fisk, P. E, CoH Benn, T. F. CoH Reid, H,

663 Sqn AAC

SCpl Stacey, M. P,

in Aprii1976 as Lt Gen) Maj Gen D. J. St M. Tabor, MC Maj Gen R. M. F. Redgrave, MC Brig R. M. H. Vickers, MVO, OBE

Brig P. D. Reid Brig H, S. Hopkinson, MBE

Trainee Troop CoH Stubley, I.

Major J. A. Dimond, MC Major 0. Miller Major J. J. F. 8. Scott

Major G, E. Evans

Tpr (LLCpl) Holbrook, S. P. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Holdees CoH Norman, B. M.

SCpl Blogg, G. C.

In! Troop

Lt T. B. R, Leslie-King CoH Fox, G. A. LCoH Barber, P. E. J. LCoH Grun, A. C. F. LCoH Nesbit, R. J. LCpl Wasp, G. LCpl Dane, I. R, LCpl Harding, M.

Regimental Coach LCoH Kelsey, M. Tpr Marchington, P.

MT LCoH Eastwood, P.

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Quin, T. J. Clarke, A, G. Talbot, R. B. Davis, R. D. Owen, T. C.

Ministry of Defence (Foreign Liaison section)

6501 German Armour School CAAT Iran NBC School HQ BAOR BLO Saumur

Lt The Duke of Roxburghe Lt R, H. G, Faber

Musn Clark, M. S.

Pendry, T. A. Rabbitts, S. D. Waterhouse, G. K. Webb, A. J. Whall, M. W.

Lt Col 0. J. Daly Lt Col D. J. S. Wilkinson Lt Col W. S. H. Boucher


LCoH Cliff, A.

LCoH Sackett, N. P. LCpl Rowland, W. S. Tpr Armitage, A. J.

Regimental Barber LCoH Fisher, J. E. P.

SCM Bell, P. G. LCpl Davies, M. E.

Cfn Day, S.

Ssgt Stewart, G. Sgt Cave. J. W. Sgt Cosway, D. L. Sgt Ward, B.

Tpr Baldwin, C. J, Tpr Booker, A. W. Tpr Cooper, S.

Cfn Rice, J. J. Cfn Speed, S.

Tpr de~Burgh, R. D. Ssgt Webster, K. A,

Tpr Brookes, S. E.

Major (0M) W. A. Stringer

Capt A. C. Figgures

Ssgt Elliott, W. Ssgt Humphris, A. C. J.

Tpr Allison, I. R.

Quartermaster's Department

LCpl Rainger, C. M.

SSgt Gray, J. SSgt Stanhope-Powers, J. 559! Coombe, B. R.

LCpl Stevanovic, L. Tpr Aiken, P. D. Tpr Aldridge, A. D.

LCpl Pitt, 0. J. LCpl Davey, l. V. LCpl Baldwin, A. G.

Thompson. M. R. Wheelhouse, J. L. Fernley, C. Edwards, G. C, C. Long, A. Smith, I. D. Walker, D. M. Toze, A. M.

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Cfn Dickson, J. M. Cfn Donovan, R. B.

LAD REME W01 Curtis, W. T.

Tpr Holland, R. Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr 'Ipr Tpr

Tpr Marsh, R.

LSgt Hewitt, c, M. LSgt Suffolk, M. K.

Pte Hendy, R. Pte Page, C. G. G. Pte Wyllie, I. A.

LCoH France, A. G.

Cpl Miles, M. J. Cpl Tranham, M D. Cpl Chesswas, J. LCpl Priddle, P.

Sgt Shealer, E. H. LSgt Boyce. T.

Orderly Room

LCpl Carroll, R. M. LCpl Cooke, L. LCpl Reeve, A. D. Tpr Adams, M.

Wyke, J. W. Beatty, D. P. Jones. F. H. Hoadley, J. Watson, S.

Cfn Oakley, P. L. Cfn Pickup. J. M,

Pte Buttle, D. R. Pte Caner, S. F. P. Pte Ellis, A, W.

CoH Weston, A. J. LCoH Back, R.

Cpl Dunwell. P. M. Cpl Cpl Cpl Cpl Cpl

Tpr Thorpe, G. J. Tpr Walton, C. G. (LG) ACC W02 Collins, H.

LCpl Vaughan, R. Tpr Booth. S. D. A, Tpr Partis, J.

OROMC Desborough, J. A.

Cpl Black. J. A.

Tpr Toney, J.


Sgt Smith, 8. A. Cpl Walker, C. C.

CoH Whitworth, B. CoH Forester, R. W. T/LCpl Hyatt, S. P.

Col J. B. Evans

GOC Eastern District GDC Berlin (British Sector) Dep Director Army Training CRAC 3 Division Dep Commander West Midland District Colonel GS MOD GS(OR) 17

CoH Morris RHG/D OFFICERS SERVING AT ERE Lieutenant Colonel Commanding

1 Troop

LCoH Mosley, R. G. LCoH Slade, l. L. LCpl Salisbury, K. W. Tpr Bellamy, D. G.

Lt Col T. A. K. Watson

CD and TMRE Porton

Lt A, J. C. Pratt

Tpr Chiles, I. T. J.

Lt Col D. S. A. Boyd

6801 and OC ATDU Bovington

Col J. A. C. G. Eyre, OBE

LCpl Morley, G. M. Tpr Meredith, L. T. Tpr Elsey, S. R. AAC Aborfield

CoH Dalrziei, J, R.

Household Cavalry 2 Army Delivery Sqn CoH Hague, M.

Tpr Stevenitt, W. E.

BATUS W02 Melia, P. B. Guards Depot Tpr Perkins, P. Tpr Tonks, R. P. CoH Cummings. G. J. LCoH Claridge. D. J. LCoH Wilde, G. E. LCoH Gimblett, K.

LCoH Bowden, D. J. LCDH Smith, A. K. (837) Tpr Robertson, H, T.

CoH Stunock, V. LCoH Ayrescough F. W.

LCoH Baker, K. H. Tpr Nixon, R. J.

LCpl Edwards, A. J. Tpr Lukowski, P. H. Tpr Seannell, T. J.

Tpr Wells, G. R. C. F.


Travel bargains for Forces-


travel Townsend Thoresen

Tpr Farmer, G,

Tpr lronmonger, K. LCpl Wright, J. A LCoH Hough, A. A LCpl Rushforth, D.

LCoH Stickels, J. SCpl Wright, J. G. M. SCpl Edwards, J. A. LCpI Rushton. D. M.

LCoH Auker-Howlett, A. J.

Going home on leave ? Save yourselfsome money,

Tpr Rex, N. P. Tpr Dunderdale, M. T. LCpl Frampton LCpl Holloway

cross by Townsend Thoresen at specially reduced fares. You qualify ifyou are

W01 Godfrey-Cass, D L.

W01 Kidman. J. F, W01 Clarke. J. W02 Martin, K. E. SOMC McLachlan~Kitchan, A, R.

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And make the most of the crossing by sailing Townsend Thoresen! The

Felixstowe O British or Commonwealth ships are modern, big, Forces personnel, or an comfortable. The staff look Southampton Dover. attached civilian, stationed 0 after you well — and the .Portsmouth :rleebrugge on mainland Europe. Your whole atmosphere on board Calais immediate family stationed is warm and friendly. You with you also get the can have a good meal in the concession. During winter. . .Le Havre restaurant or buffet, enjoy a your car, caravan, trailer or drink in the bar or just sit Cherbourg motorcycle goes with you at back and relax in a a reduced fare, too. comfortable roomy lounge. Attractive cabins are If you’re coming straight from Germany, or available too. and a well stocked duty»free shop for Holland or Belgium, speed last minute presents. up the journey by making Ifyou’ve only a short Zeebrugge your exit port. A leave it’s still worth going fast run along the E3 or E5 home ! Townsend Thoresen motorway and you are ready have a halfprice return to cross to Dover — or to scheme that gives you 48 Felixstowe, handy for North hours in the UK, or a 5-day London, the Midlands and visit at an inclusive fare for the North. Or there’s ltlllltltiittsai . . four adults — the car goes Calais-Dover, another of free. (Fares for these trips our routes. If you’re visiting are already specially France on the way, or live in south—west England. reduced, so no extra Force s concession is available.) there are also the Le Havre — Southampton and Find out all the details ~ routes. sailing times, prices 7 from our leaflet Cherbourg — Southampton To: Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries , ‘Travel Bargains for routes, and our new one,

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Your service to Queen and Country needn’t stop when you leave the Forces. The British Legion has as much interest in and responsibility for young ex-servicemen and women of today as it has for those of two world wars and looks to them for its leaders of the future.

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