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THE BLUE No. IV

1967

The Journal of THE ROYAL HORSE GUARDS, (THE BLUES,) past and present

Colonel-in-Chief:

Her Majesty the Queen.

Colonel and Gold Stick: Field-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, K.G., G.C.B., G.C.M.G.. K.B.E., D.S.O.. DC.L. Officer Commanding The Household Cavalry and Silver Stick: Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B,E.

Commanding Ofl'ieer: Lieutenant-Colonel R. M. F. Redgrave. MC. Officer Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment:

Editorial The Regiment 1966 Sports

WOs and CsoH Mess “The Fly on the Adjutant’s Wall"

The Blues Squadron, The Life Guards Sports and Games in Malaya Ex Barrawinga Bangkok and Thailand The Blue Who Always Was From Regimental Records

“Land of Parkas”

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The Mounted Squadron Wellington Barracks-in-Waiting

The Band Sea, Sunshine and Song in Sussex Sports News from London The Household Cavalry Training Squadron

“THE BLUE” is printed and published by Service Publications Limited. Caxton House, Slzoreham-by-Scu,

Comrades Association Report

Sussex, for the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) Comrades’ Assortatton. Association Accounts

Editor: Captain W. N. H Legge-Bourke,

Comrades Day 1966 Obituaries The Museum

The

Cover—Shows members

of “B” Squadron's 6th Troop

0n jungle patrol

in

Malaysia.

Troopers Gibson, Sowerby, Corporal of Horse Thompson and Trooper Watson.

Left to

Right:

Letters to the Editor Nominal Rolls

Lieutenant-Colonel M. A. Q. Darley.


As promised in last year’s edition, this year‘s Blue is being written from Windsor. Yet it was a depleted Regiment which reassembled in September last year.

Although in both theory and practice we are well up to strength in manpower, Windsor has a much smaller establishment than in B.A.O.R. One complete Squadron is serving with The Life Guards in Malaya, many more soldiers are away fulfilling the most varied of tasks throughout the Army, and as one Squadron returns, another will leave this summer for a six months tour of duty in Cyprus.

The Mounted Squadron in London is now firmly entrenched in Wellington Barracks, and watches with disbelief as the contractors actually move into Hyde Park to begin preparations for the new Knightsbridge. Zealous eyes look at the new Combermere, which was, in the end, completed in time to welcome us back from Germany. Any ancient comrade, straying into his old haunts either in London or Windsor, would hardly know he was in the same town, so much have the outward signs changed. We hope, however, that he would feel as much at home and as welcome as ever. We hope, too, that as many as possible will come and see us again on Comrades’ Day this year. We will have much to tell, whether it be of Europe or Asia, London or Singapore.

All enquiries and correspondence should be addressed to The

Editor, “The Blue," Royal Horse Guards, The Blues, Combermere Barracks,

WINDSOR, The Mounted Squadron’s Camp at Petworth

Berks,


Harewood Barracks, Herford— Combermere Barracks, Windsor 1966 was a year full of change and reorganisa— tion. Not only did we return to Windsor after nearly four years in Herford, but the whole Regiment had to be reorganised when three Troops were called to go to the Far East with The Life Guards. This number was then increased to a complete Squadron two months later. Because of the short notice it was decided that only volunteers would be sent. As about half the Regiment asked to go, despite the fact that everyone knew we would be returning to England in the summer, the task of choosing the final complement was not an easy one. Regardless of the upheaval to each Squadron, the Regiment had to continue to fulfil its normal roles and tasks in B.A.O.R. As those who have read past editions of The Blue will know, the winter in Germany was mainly spent in individual trade training, and 1966 was no exception. There were, however, moments of light relief. The Regiment decided to concentrate its winter sport and warfare training on the soldiers rather than to go all out for the various competitions in Switzerland and Austria. As a result we rented a hut at St. Andreasberg in the Harz Mountains, where fortnightly parties of twelve men continued to be taught skiing by our own officers for as long as the snow lasted. In addition, some forty men went to Oberjoch in Bavaria for fortnightly courses. Lieut. Stucley spent the winter instructing soldiers, including some of our own, at the Silberhutte Training Centre, also in the Harz Mountains. Other variations to the routine included Lieut. CuthbertsonSmith‘s commando type patrols, who had the greatest pleasure in infiltrating H.Q. 4th Division, who were braving the wintery blasts in the field in January. “C” Squadron also braved the elements with an Escape and Evasion Exercise, which made some of those going to Malaya look forward even more to a change in climate. March was “Border Month” and each Squadron sent Patrols up to the Iron Curtain, whilst the remainder of the Officers and senior N .C.O.s put on their thinking caps for Brigadier Abraham’s R.A.C.

Study Period at Sennelager.

This Tactics Forum.

with our opposite numbers in The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars and the 10th Hussars, started us thinking again of the Summer Exercises which would be our virtual Swan Song in B.A.O.R. By April the reorganisation for Malaya was taking place and the Squadrons were moving out of Barracks for Troop and Squadron training, in order Page 10

to shake their new faces into place. The winter had provided some 120 men with the Trades of either Driving, Signals or Gunnery, and they now had the chance to learn the arts, as opposed to the mechanics. of their new trades. Amongst the changes was the arrival from the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars of Captain. now Major, B. H. F. Wright, on his transfer to the Regiment. He immediately found himself exercising against his late Regiment, assisted by a Ghanaian Officer, Lieut. T. Akpandah. who was spending a 2-week attachment with us. As “"B Squadron left for leave in England and their move to the Far East, R.C.M. Stringer was commissioned as our New Quartermaster to take over from Captain (Q.M.) F. Whennel, on his posting to 7th Armoured Brigade, and R.C.M. Martin became “the Regimental". At the same time a decision which had been in the offing for several years was finally made to hand over the responsibility for cooking within the Regiment to the Army Catering Corps. In the past, several individual A.C.C. Cooks had always been attached to the Regiment, but now total responsibility lies in their hands, and many of our old Regimental Cooks have changed their cap badges to improve their career prospects. The changeover has worked very well despite some very divided loyalties. May was to be our last full month of operational training and duties before the business of preparing the Regiment for handover to the 4th Royal Tank Regiment began. Cornet The Viscount Somerton commanded a Staircase Party for H.M. The Queen at The British Embassy in Brussels on May 11th, during her State visit to Belgium, when she entertained Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Belgians to a Banquet and Reception. Lord Somerton, S.C.M. Cowdery and eleven soldiers, were dressed in No. 1 Dress Ceremonial with Swords, and it is believed that this was the first time such a duty has been carried out abroad by the Regiment since before the First World War. Before taking leave of our Saladin Armoured Cars, the whole Regiment moved up to Hohne Ranges on May 16th, to fire a farewell fusilade. The programme consisted of static shooting, both by day and night, and various Battle Runs. The latter were much more ambitious and more fully tactical than

ever before as the Regiment had been chosen to experiment with some ideas for future use by other Regiments. The result was a more or less realistic Run by each Troop, firing at snap and moving

Sir

Rupert

Mackeson’s

Troop leaving Harewood Barracks,

Herford,

on

Exercise

targets as they made a tactical withdrawal. The runs were watched by Major General Forrester, G.O.C., 4th Division and C.R.A.C., Brigadier Abraham. By way of variety, the middle three days of the Firing period were spent on our last full Regimental Exercise in Germany, aptly called “Exercise Copper Horse”. Our enemy were the Recce Troops of the

Royals,

l3th/l8th Hussars

and l7th/215t

Lancers, all commanded by Major Burbury, whilst the area, to the South East of Bremerhafen, had seen a different generation of Blues also rounding off, their Wars in Germany, even if against a very different “enemy”. The Commanding Officer remembered the area much too well and he provided, as a result, a very hard working Exercise. We then rounded off our visit to Hohne with a night drive of some 150 miles, via the highways and byways of Hanover back to Herford. In June we had one more Border Patrol to complete and this was accomplished with the help of some of the 18 N.C.O.s and soldiers of The Inns of Court and City Yeomanry, who were spending their last “Camp” with us before their impending disbandment as a Regiment in the reorganisation of the Terrtorial Army. The “Yeomen” spent a fortnight with us, which we hope they enjoyed. Also in June were the Rhine Army Hunter Trials where the “black uns" had their last outing under the Regiment’s auspices in Germany. It was very sad to have to see the disbandment of the stables, which we inherited from The Life Guards and which had both trained men for London, and also given a great deal of pleasure to all those who wished to ride. Perhaps our closest links with the Germans themselves had been in the riding world, and the kindness of such people as Baron Clemens von Nagel will never be forgotten. It was all the sadder, therefore, that the horses had to be spllt up and dispersed to Saddle Clubs and Reglments .all over B.A.O.R. Without the raison d'etre, of training soldiers for London, no Regiment or Corps could

possibly have justified keeping the stable as a gomg concern, despite the splendid Riding School and its facilities. We only hope that those who now have both the “plugs” and the “fliers" Will enjoy them and that the Riding School can be preserved for its rightful use at some time in the near future: We ended June with a Dance in the Officers Mess, both to raise money for the Polo and Horse Show Funds and also to say goodbye to some or

our many friends throughout B.A.O.R.

We suc-

ceeded on both counts and the evening seemed to be

a great success. With this safely behind us we got down to packing up, clearing up, boxing up, and generally checking everything in sight for our handover to the 4th Royal Tank Regiment. They, 1n their turn, had just handed over to The Life Guards in Malaya. We, in our turn, would then have to take over The Life Guards equipment, which had been stowed away in various Ordnance Depots in England to await our arrival. It was, therefore, to be a three-cornered changeover, with a long gap between The Life Guards leaving Windsor and us taking over. This meant a steady stream of families returning to Windsor to snap up any Quarter or Hiring that became available around the Windsor area, and Major D. J. Daly. the Second in Command,

Cornet Viscount Somerton testing the aim of his Saladin before firing

with S.C.M. Godfrey-Cass. and a small Advance Party. trying to prepare the ground for our eventual arrival. In addition to this there was the whole of “B“ Squadron‘s equipment and stores to be looked after in Herford until 4th R.T.R. should arrive. This thankless task fell to the lot of S.Q.M.C. Handley who. needless to say. found it more than difficult to find anyone available or free to help, other than his miniscule “rear party”. At the end of July Major R. Vickers. M.V.O., as Second in Command of 4th R.T.R., arrived much to all our relief, and the handover actually began. Page 1 1


left behind.

NIGHT FIRING “C” Squadron Ferret Scout Cars firing

With the baggage somewhere between Herford and Southend, every chit signed and every private car groaning, the last party finally left, by air from Hanover, on August 22nd. “C” Squadron had left ten days earlier and the Commanding Officer was the last of all to depart, some three days later. Whilst the rest of us were thankfully on leave,

Major Daly and his party were still struggling at Windsor to sort out literally thousands of packing cases of equipment, and also to fit the families into the new Quarters, all of which were, at that stage, completely without furniture. When we reassembled in mid-September, we found a very different Combermere to the one we had

NIGHT FIRING Lieut. H. G. C. B. Stucley’s Saladin Armoured Car firing

The new Barracks is very well designed

and a wonderful change from the grimness of Herford‘s Harewood Barracks. The Life Guards had left the Guards Parachute Company as sole occupants. and the latter. commanded by Major Sir Nicholas Nuttall, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Back once again to being an Airportable Regiment within the Strategic Reserve, we had to move fairly sharply to get ourselves sorted out. for within a fortnight of returning to duty. both “A" and “C“ Squadrons were to find themselves in the field on “Exercise Link West“, the main Strategic Reserve Exercise of 1966. It was only when this was successfully over that we could begin to take stock. The Band had arrived from London to take up residence with the Regiment again after their years in London, and Captain The Lord Fermoy had also returned to Regimental duty. Cornets M. R. Sorby, T. K. L. Brennan and R. C. P. Whetherley, had been commissioned, and we had been joined by Captain (now Major) T. C. Morris, on his transfer from The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. We soon got to know the Parachute Company, whilst in the Officers’ Mess we played host to the Officers of the South Wales Borderers, who were mounting Guard at the Castle. The round of welcomes now began in earnest. The Mayor entertained the Senior Officers in the Guildhall, the Silver Stick, Colonel David Tabor and the G.O.C. London District, Major General Eugster, visited us, as did Major General Deane Drummond, the G.O.C. of 3rd Division, and on October 28th the Colonel of the Regiment spent the day with us, both he and Lady Templer attending the W.O.’s and CsoH. Mess “Welcome Home Ball" in the evening. The winter training season then seemed to be upon us once more, and individual Courses started in the splendid new Instruction Block in Barracks. Despite this, HQ. Squadron took to the quagmire of Salisbury Plain and vowed to avoid itwif possible —for ever more. As usual, we held an Armistice Sunday Parade and marched to Holy Trinity Church and back. Sadly, the Rev. Eric Dawson Walker was ill, but is happily now up and about again. One of the highest priorities was a visit to the Guards Depot at Pirbright to see how our Recruits are now trained under the Foot Guards’ eagle eyes, and a large party of Officers and Senior N.C.O.s came back much impressed with everything that they saw of the new style Household Cavalry Training Squadron, which is proving to be much more satisfactory than when it was at Windsor. We soon found that Windsor is not all Airportability Training, Individual Courses and Salisbury Plain. One of our tasks is to test the proficiency of Cadets at several West London schools; we are helping to train Cadets from both Eton College and Windsor Grammar School; we have played host to Army Saddle Club Courses in the Equitation Wing, and have produced displays for recruiting drives from White Hart Lane to Brightoniincluding a learned discourse on the “Battle of The Bulge” for both Windsor and Slough Cinemas. It is all in a day’s work!

Major R. C. Ray-

ner

briefing

Squadron

“A”

on

the

Square at Herford

Brigadier Butler and the

Commanding Officer

Tprs. Brown, O’Neill, Andrews, Youngson, L/Cpl. Shaw on exercise “Rhine Maiden”, an “A” Squadron trip down the Rhine before our return to Windsor

On the other hand the sporting side also has its place. Apart from the reports to be seen elsewhere, since our return we have sent large parties of soldiers to Aviemoor in Scotland to ski, and a party, under CoH. Chudleigh, has sampled mountaineering in Snowdonia in a blizzard. The Year came to an end on a more festive note, with a Christmas Dinner for the Regiment and the Parachute Company, with the Commanding Officer‘s health being proposed by Tpr. Johnson, a Blue serving with the Company. All the Senior N.C.O.s and their wives were asked for a drink by the Officers just before the Christmas leave started, and as the year ended, our first Christmas in England for four years seemed to leave the Barracks a very quiet place indeed. In the coming year we hope to see most of “B“ Squadron back from Malaya and there are various Exercises on the planners‘ boards, but the main news is that “A” Squadron will probably be leaving in the middle of the year for a short tour of duty in Cyprus as an independent Squadron. This news may well bring back a few memories to more than one generation of our readers!

The Regiment laid on a presentation to show that the Battle of the Ardenncs did include some British Troops. During the showing of “The Battle of the Bulge” in Windsor. Cpl. Rowley is showing some Cadets a Battle Map of the area Page 13


SPORTS 1966

CRICKET HOCKEY Our record in 1966 was far from sparkling. With the exception of Cpl. Fearn. our mainstay. most of the real talent scented to have disappeared to Malaya. HQ. 2nd Division brought about our downfall in the Army Cup. but our great success was in beating the l7th/2Ist Lancers by 9 wickets away from home. Captain Mitchell was a vociferous Captain, Lt. Olivier mercifully connected as often as he missed. and Captain Legge-Bourke took to wicket keeping in desperation. Cpl. Deacon somehow once took 8 for 9 and no one has been allowed to forget it. The season was rather more fun than successful. The normal team was, Captains Mitchell, Legge-Bourke. Lt. Olivier. Cpls. Deacon, Wills Smith. Fearn, Spooner, Cfn. Palmer, Tpr. Austin. A.Q.M.S. Jeffrey, Tpr. Rowland.

Despite having one of the better sides for many years at the beginning of the season, we lost some of our best players in Ct. Stucley and Cpls. Westwood and Cross. Nevertheless, Tpr. Austin, who was selected for the B.A.O.R. XI, and Ct. Enderby, kept the fire alive and in the 6-a-sides we were only beaten in the semi finals by 7th Signal Regiment, the eventual Army Cup winners. In our friendly matches we played 14, won 9, lost 4 and drew 1. Those who played for us were Major Wright, Lt. Stucley, Ct. Enderby, A.S.M. Millgate, C.S.M.I. Perry, S/Sgt. Vaughan, Cpls. Bright, Pomroy, Cross, Westwood, Wills Smith, Cotgrave, Tprs. Soden, Cameron and Austin. The 7-a-side Rugby Team. L.-R. StandingfiCfn. Dean, Cpl. Drummond. Cpl. Green, Captain R. Lucas. Seated~ Cpl.

Marjerison, Tpr.

Boosey,

Cpl.

Ellis

The Quartermaster-’5 idea of a Cross Country Run

SOCCER

BOXING

The Regiment seems to be very good at winning Friendly matches but never shines in Cup matches. The result was that we were beaten 5-4 by 3rd R.H.A. in a very good game in the Army Cup, and, in the Cavalry Cup, 13th/ 18th Hussars after a replay. having held them to a 3-3 draw at the first time of asking.

We did not produce a Team for the Inter-Unit Competition but Tprs. Allison and Bruce both reached the finals of the 4th Division Individual Championships before being beaten. The news that the Training Squadron have just won the Guards Depot Boxing augurs well for the future.

FENCING The problem was not finding a team but finding enough opponents to give everyone a match. We now have a very strong nucleus with many promosing novices, as was proved in the Competitions, Where we were second to the 11th Hussars in the B.A.O.R. Final, only on the number of hits, having shared the bouts. In the Army Finals at Aldershot we had our revenge and beat the 11th, only to be pipped with second place by the Royal Corps of Transport, by one hit in the final bout. The final score was 44-43. Those who shared the glory were: Foil—C.S.M.I. Perry, Ct. Nares, CoH. Denny. Cpl. Drummond. Epee—Sir Rupert Mackeson, Tpr. Bruce. Sabre—Major Lane Fox, C.S.M.I. Perry, Tpr. Cameron.

Those who played for the team during the season included: CsoH. Peck, Parker, Cpls. Ashdown, King, Lockett, Pinks, Bright, Lott and Le Tiec, Tprs. Allison, Bruce. Liddell, McKenna, Moody, Dodsworth and Cfns. Dean, Reid and White. The L.A.D. succeeded in beating the favourites, “C“ Squadron, in the final of the inter-Squadron knock-out. This season. with Cornet Sorby leading his team from the goal mouth, we await developments.

RUGBY Having lost many of the mainstays of 1965, the outlook was gloomy, but Captain Lucas, our E.M.E., knocked together a very respectable team, which succeeded in sharing the R.A.C. Cup with 2nd R.T.R. The appalling weather meant a shortage of games, but later in the season the 7-a-sides proved our most successful metier. The team won the 4th Division Cup, beating both 7th and 22nd Signal Regiments, both very good teams by Army standards. Those who played for the Regiment included Major Lane Fox, Captains Smiley and Lucas, Lieutenant Cuthbertson Smith. Cornets Olivier and Dickinson, CsoH. Ellis and Burton Johnson. Cpls. Aucutt, Barnes, Margerison, Drummond, Savage. Holland, Murphy, Green. Ellis, and Tprs. Boosey. Dodsworth and Cfn. Dean.

Sir Rupert Mackeson fencing

BASKET BALL A successful season in which the team won every friendly match and every match in their League Pool and Winners Pool. We finally came to grief in the semi final of the B.A.O.R. Knockout Competition, being knocked out by the winners. 27th Missile Regiment R.A. TeameC.S.M.l. Perry. Cpls. Deacon, Murphy. Sargent, Margerison, Reid. Baylay, Tprs. Shatwell, Cooper. Sig. Duff.

SQUASH Captains Smith Bingham. Smiley. Mitchell. Lucas and Lt. Olivier succeeded in winning the 4th Division Cup for the Regiment but unfortunately lost to 5th Field Regiment in the B.A.O.R. Semi Final.

PENTATHLON After our pioneering success of previous years in B.A.O.R., it was most disappointing that there were so few other entries for this year’s Competition, that it was finally cancelled after all the preparations had been made. As a result, the Regiment ran its own competition on a very small scale, with the support of 26th Regiment R.C.T., whose Captain Allen swept the board. It was unfortunate that our most experienced Pentathlete, Tpr. Bruce, was unable to compete at Aldershot, due to illness. This “gladiator" sport again floundered in B.A.O.R. because of the feeling in many Regiments that it is too difficult to do well without having spent months in training, regardless of any military duties. The Regiment has proved that it is, and should be, fun for the average competitor. but the gap between the average Regimental competitor and the Army Competition is so vast, that it is very hard to encourage enough soldiers to take it up. Only when many more Regiments do so will the competitive aspect make this wonderful sport a viable proposition for the average beginner. We keep trying! Page 15

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The Fly on the Adjutant’s Wall

WOs and CsOH MESS 1966

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Westphalia to Windsor by On January lst we had the traditional New Year's Day Dinner, given by the Officers of the Regiment. Despite this someone devoured the Colonel’s whip. The CO. and R.C.M. gave a repeat of their pantomime hit, “Hey, Look Me Over”, which brought the house down. During the subsequent rebuilding of the Mess, which had nothing to do with the Dinner, the bar had to be moved to the neighbourhood of the R.C.M’s flat. Late night choruses of “Harry Sims he had a Wife” worked wonders for R.C.M. Stringer’s insomnia. By February 12th We were saying farewell to those Senior N.C.O.s who had volunteered for Singapore, a far cry from the days when Household Cavalry horizons were bounded by the Pirbright Canal. W.O.I. Gordon Ingham, Trumpet Major Con. Andrews and S.Q.M.C. Bill Phillips, came out on a visit and received retirement presentations of binoculars and cutlery. On May lst R.C.M. Martin became 38th R.C.M. of the Regiment (the first R.C.M. was appointed in June, 1802). R.C.M. Martin took over from R.C.M. Stringer at a time when the latter was on crutches, with one foot encased in plaster of paris, on which was written: “R.C.M.s to walk are prone Pondering Areas and Rolls, But R.C.M.s of 18 stone Should beware of Bunny Holes.” Mr. Stringer retired to the Quartermaster‘s chair, and we congratulate him upon his Commission. In May the Regiment set off to fire at Hohne, which is a sort of Teutonic Lulworth, very conveniently near to the village of Hamburg. Many Senior N.C.O.s took this last opportunity of saying goodbye to the Riepebahn‘s antique shops. The R.C.M. presenting Colonel Tabor with an inscribed Decanter

The Colonel and Lady Templer with R.C.M. Martin

Uneasy Stages In_ a patch of wet weather in July an al fresco cocktall party, plus barbecue, took place. This was in lieu of a farewell party and turned out a fine evening. though the going was a bit heavy for high heeled lady guests. The tentage for this event was erected by a very high powered fatigue party of l R.C.M., 6 Cpl. Majors and 10 Cpls. of Horse. From August 15th, when 4th R.T.R. took over the Mess, the covered wagons rolled up the autobahn, roofs loaded with carrycots, cardboard boxes and contraband, heading West. The Main Party left on August 22nd in two largeaircraft, with the R.C.M. acting as O. i/c. families. a new experience for both the families and 1m. . On September 19th we returned to duty at Windsor, where the new barracks was “signed up” well enough to find one‘s way about, after four years from home. The first main social occasion was on October 28th, when the Welcome Home Ball was held, and among the more distinguished guests were: Field Marshal Sir Gerald and Lady Templer Colonel Sir Henry and Lady Abel Smith Brigadier and The Hon. Mrs. Tabor. There were large numbers of familiar faces, long missed, and an enormous gathering enjoyed an even more enormous buffet, thanks to Cpl. of Horse Tom Taylor. The retiring Silverstick, Brigadier Tabor, was presented with a decanter and gave us a valuable print as a memento.

On Armistice Sunday the LG. Comrades somehow outnumbered our own. Lunch was served in the Mess and the “Parade" led on till the dusk of a very wet day. The R.C.M. was in “dock”, having dropped a crate of Swiss watches on his foot. Monthly Dances started in November, and these continue. On December let we, and our wives, were kindly invited by the Officers to cocktails, which was followed by the Mess Draw, organised by S.Q.M.C.s Swann and Beynon. Having learned the hard way that the Mess, large as it is, can be crowded if all our friends turn up at once, an effort was made to reduce the number entertained at the New Year‘s Eve Ball. We hardly succeeded, and just as good a party was, we hope, had by all. It should be noted that we are now a W.O.s and CsoH. Mess, rather than an N.C.O.s Mess. This is due to the fact that the Junior N.C.O.s now have their own Mess which, despite being redecorated, is now in running order just as it was in Germany.

MARCH Colo/2617 Have you got the names of the volunteers for Malaya yet? They will probably have to leave in a fortnight. A (If/(tant# No, Colonel.

Second-in-C0mmand— Do you know when the 4th R.T.R. Advance Party arrives yet? A djutant— No.

C0101181; Are you running in the Mayor of Windsor’s Cross Country Cup race tomorrow?

Second-iii-Command— You knowI wanted Cpl. Bloggs to go on the Advance Party. Now I hear you have put him on a Christian Leadership Course for the whole of August. A diulanl— No, but he is going as a Drill Instructor to Pirbright next week.

MAY Colonel— Why is the Square looking like a hop scotch pitch laid out for a sword dance? I thought you only allowed hockey on it. A djutant— No, Colonel. Actually it is a plan of The British Embassy in Brussels for practicing the staircase

party. A djufanri No, Colonel, but I‘m giving the Mayor Dinner tonight, and I have a feeling he won’t be running either.

APRIL Q Movements, Dusseldorf——

Do you realise that your men going to Malaya were only allowed 66 lbs. each on the aeroplane and that most of them had 90 lbs.

E.M.E.— Will you please remind the Colonel that a 150 mile cross country drive from Hohne, for the whole Regiment, two weeks before our handover inspection, is not the best way of staying friends with workshops, 4th R.T.R., or anyone else. A djumm— No, anyway, it’s only 135 miles, even if you don’t get any sleep.

A (Ijufmzrg

No. Sorry, but they are such very big hard men.

JUNE Squadron Leader? When “B" Squadron left you said I could have Cpl. Bloggs to run my M.T. Store. Did you know that he is now down to take over the Mess Silver at Windsor, on the Advance Party?

Brigade Major—

A djumnffl No.

A djutant#

1 know your Yeomanry Regiment want some action, but don‘t you think you might get rather more than anyone asked for if you let the Inns of Court loose on a Border Patrol? N-n-no.


Equitation Oflfcer— If they want a Pentathlon Course, I shall want seventy men for five days to build it. Adjutant— That‘s what you think. Squadron Leader—

I am trying to get my Squadron ready to handover, and now you want twenty-five men to build a Pentathlon Course. Are you barking mad? A djutant— Woof ! Stafi Officer— You know about the Pentathlon. Well, I‘m afraid we will have to scmb it, because we can‘t raise enough entries. I do hope you aren‘t too disappointed. Adjutant— Oh, what a pity!

Regimental Policemanfi There is a German lady her, sir. She had heard weare gotng and she is asking to see the Adjutant. It‘s about her daughter. A (Ijumntg You could have put that slightly differently, Cpl. Mudd. Adjutant 4th R.T.R.— Shall I forward on anything that crops up to Windsor?

The Blues Squadron

Adjutant— Yes, please.

The Life Guards I shall be in Italy.

Singapore SEPTEMBER (at Windsor) Colonel— All Well?

INDONESIAN BORNEO

A djutant— Sit down a minute, Colonel. would you.

JULY Second-in-Command (from Windsor)—

Don‘t send any families back until I let you know. The new furniture did not arrive today and Heaven knows when it will now, and the contractors will not let us pick it up ourselves. Can you cope your end? Adjutant—

No. Seven families left this morning. Q Movements— I thought you said you would need 10 Railway Wagons for the baggage, but I’m afraid your 77 prams probably mean you will need an extra two. Incidentally, those families got off all right yesterday. A djutant— Really ?

OCTOBER Colonelfi We will be sending a Squadron to Cyprus on the bigger establishment, probably next Spring. Of course, we don‘t know yet when “B" Squadron’s men come back, but there shouldn‘t be any problem should there? A :1infant— N0, Colonel. I’m joining the S.A.S.

NOVEMBER Quartermaster— Sorry I didn‘t see you hunting on Wednesday.

AUGUST Quartermaster—

A djuttmt— No, and I didn’t see you on Salisbury Plain on Wednesday either.

You know those old cast lockers that we have been holding on to since The Life Guards left. Well, there are 243 soap dishes deficient. I think we’ll have to pay. Adjutant~— No, you’ll have to pay. S.Q.M.C.— Sir, sorry to bother you, but is the OM. with you? because they won’t accept my beds, folding until I find 177 caps plastic, protective, bed legs for the use of—which we never had! A djutantfi Uuh? ?

DECEMBER Colonel— Have you got the names of those volunteers for Cyprus yet?

The Blues Squadron, The Life Guards, formed at Windsor in early June. It consisted of the three recce troops (one from each sabre squadron) which had been sent back to The Life Guards in February. The balance was based on “B" Squadron, but included personnel from all squadrons, plus a few Life Guards. It was decided to call the squadron “The Blues Squadron" once it joined The Life Guards, to lessen the inevitable confusion if we continued to call ourselves “B" Squadron, The Blues. The original deployment of The Life Guards in the Far East was to be R.H.Q., “B" Squadron, HQ. Squadron and part of the Air Squadron at Seremban: “C" Squadron at Wong Padong in Sarawak; the balance of the Air Squadron at Brunei; and The Blues Squadron at Singapore. We were to relieve “B” Squadron, 4th R.T.R., who, by coincidence, were originally to have relieved us in Herford. The advance party under Captain D. V. Smiley, arrived in Singapore on June 3rd and soon were immersed in the usual complications of taking over. By the time the main body arrived on June 23rd, after a much delayed flight, all was in order and the squadron was soon in a position to get out and explore Singapore. Our home in Singapore is in Nee Soon Garrison. This is a very large cantonment which was built to house an artillery brigade before the war. During our stay it has held a large variety of units and all the troops withdrawn from Borneo have passed through. Our working area occupies a small corner of the Garrison on the side of a hill. All the offices and stores are “(trap bus/ms". which are reasonably comfortable but are inhabited by large flying beetles, whose name denotes one of their more unpleasant habits.

The barrack block is half a mile away and

messes are similar distances. A djuttmt; Where did Ihear that question before?

Singapore is so near

the Equator that the climate has little variety—1t is

either hot and damp or hot and wet.

W.N.H. L.-B.

There have been few personality changes in the squadron. as it was designed to remain constant

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throughout our tour until Blues were replaced by Life Guards. In January, however, S.C.M. Tolometti returned to England on his way to take up a posting as R.Q.M.C. to the Truical Oman Scouts in Sharjah. He is planning to do a short attachment at Windsor, allegedly to work under the R.Q.M.C.: rumour has it that he is instead moving down the road to brush up on camel riding at Billy Smart‘s circus. The Area Commander, Major General R. F. B. Hensman, C.B.E., A.D.C., visited the Squadron on July 5th and met many members of the Squadron. On August 11th Lieutenant General Sir Michael Carver, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., paid us a brief

visit on taking up his appointment as Army Commander. The Officer Commanding Household Cavalry, Colonel D. J. St. M. Tabor, M.C., came out

from London in October. He spent the morning of 13th at Nee Soon. He had a good look around the Squadron‘s lines and was entertained to drinks in both the Corporals‘ and Senior N.C.O.’s Messes. He was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Sir James Scott, Bart, who was saying goodbye to us as Commanding Officer of The Life Guards, and by Major 1. B. Baillie, who was shortly to take over. We are due to move from Nee Soon at the end of February to Selarang Barracks at the eastern end of the island. This move will form part of the redeployment of The Life Guards which will then be R.H.Q., The Blues Squadron, H.Q. Squadron and part of the Air Squadron in Singapore; “B” Squadron in Hong Kong; and “C" Squadron with the balance of the Air Squadron at Seremban. We will be joined in Selarang by 42nd Light Air Defence Battery R.A. Selarang is a recently modernised barracks but unfortunately is designed for an infantry battalion and lacks all the essential facilities for the large number of vehicles. guns and other equipment that will be moved there. Page 19

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In early April about fifty Blues will return to Windsor, including both the Squadron Leader and Second-in-Command. From that time the Squadron will be predominantly a Life Guards Squadron and will be designated “A" Squadron. which had been disbanded in April, 1966. The remainder of the Blues will be due to return to Windsor by the autumn. This will complete The Blues first tour in the Far East and The Blues first armoured car tour with The Life Guards since the disbandment of the First and Second Household Cavalry Regiments. Needless to say the adjustment has been easy and the squadron has enjoyed its service with our sister Regiment as much as (we hope) the several Life Guards in the Squadron have fitted in with us.

EXERCISES AND TRAINING The armoured car squadron in Singapore has a very wide variety of possible tasks and our training has reflected this. We have carried out exercises in internal security, counter-insurgency and limited war. We have trained in vehicles and on foot in the very congested area of Singapore island, in the relatively straight forward country in Malaya covered by rubber plantations and paddy fields. and in jungle. A substantial proportion of the Squadron have become fully trained in airportability and a similar part will have experience of amphibious warfare, including beach landing. Finally, we have worked more closely with helicopters than we have been able to in the past, and have learned what an invaluable asset they are. As soon as the squadron was completed in Singapore, troops were immediately sent out to learn their way around the island and to test radio communicatons both by day and night. This prepared us for Exercise “COLD COMFORT IV", a joint service internal security exercise under H.Q. Singapore Area from July 5th—8th. This practiced British forces in defence of the base against enemy infiltrators and in general I.S. roles. The squadron co-operated with lst Battlion Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders and 2nd/ 10th Gurkha Rifles in various tasks. L/Cpl. O’Neill patching up Cfn. Surton if" ~

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In August the Squadron moved nearly 200 miles to an area north of Malacca to train in IS. and counter-insurgency in typical Malayan country. The area in question was in fact very active during the Malayan emergency. Many of the estate managers had been there at the time and were well aware of the tasks and problems for armoured cars. Their co-operation and hospitality contributed towards the success of this exercise. Our own support troop acted as enemy and were worked very hard indeed. Almost immediately afterwards, during early September, we took on “B" Squadron, The Life Guards, in a conventional armoured car exercise which ranged over the west coast area from Port Dickson to Muar. R.H.Q. acted as controller. A lot of thoroughly inconclusive discussion took place as to whether this was the first time The Blues and The Life Guards had exercised against each other in armoured cars. Both these exercises exposed the weak points of our vehicles which have in most cases had long and hard lives. Later in September we again returned to the same part of Malaya to fire our 76-min guns and .30 brownings at Asahan Ranges. Compared with Hohne this is a very inadequate range. However, we managed to carry out half troop battle runs and a night firing practice as well as the normal direct static shoot. In addition we have done a good deal of small arms shooting, both for classification and competition. 2nd Troop won the inter-troop competition, but the Squadron’s team in the Singapore Minor Units Competition was not successful.

The rest of the year saw our activity on a smaller scale. The support troop, under Corporal of Horse Thompson ever since our arrival, has been training with 3rd Commando Brigade’s N.C.O. Cadres. Recce troops have been sent to demonstrate anti-ambush drills to the Jungle Warfare School in Johore. In two small exercises in November and December troops were called upon to act in a tank role providing direct fire support for attacks on dug-in Marines and Gurkhas. This task, which would be heresy in North-West Europe, has to be accepted by the armoured car regiment in this theatre. In January we took part in an exercise in the jungle training area in eastern Johore. Although we have had some allocation of helicopters before, in this case we had the exclusive use of half the Air Squadron, i.e., three Sioux helicopters, under Major The Hon. P. H. Lewis, XV/XIX H.

This enables us

to practice in considerable detail, co-operation on various tasks including recce, communications and resupply. Without their ability to bring underslung loads to the most inaccessible tracks in the jungle, two difficult recovery jobs would have taken several hours longer than they did. It is worth noting that the portable equipment they lifted is not held by our L.A.D. and had to be borrowed specially for this exercise. Friendly troops included lst Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, O.P. parties of the Royal Australian Artillery and considerable RAF. backing, to move and resupply the rifle companies. The enemy, provided by “C" Company, 2nd/10th Gurkha Rifles, simulated a Viet Cong type force. The exercise was controlled by Lieutenant Colonel B. N. L. Fletcher, K.S.L.I., and the Squadron Leader, with the 2nd i/c commanding the Squadron itself. Undoubtedly the recce troops and support sectlons gained a lot of valuable experience from this exerC1se in operating in really diflicult country for armour.

In the autumn some twenty five members of the squadron were trained at the Far East School _of Joint Warfare in Singapore, in our airportability tasks. Armoured vehicles were loaded into mock-ups of four types of aircraft, and in addition.tram1ng with Belvedere and Wessex helicopters was given.

In January and February our emphasis is on amphibious warfare with the arrival of HMS. FEARLESS in Singapore. Two exercises, each taking one recce troop, are to take place. The first will include an assault landing with 2nd Battalion Royal Greenjackets over beaches in Western Malaya, while the second will be of a similar nature but with the 3rd Commando Brigade landing at Hong Kong. The Squadron is due to close its accounts with a ten-day exercise in March, under command 28th Commonwealth Brigade, with a Gurkha Battalion as enemy. Again we expect to have the Air Squadron with us and it should serve to wind-up our tour as The Blues Squadron on an interesting note.

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helicopter landing at Squadron 11.0. in the field


SPORTS and GAMES A short sharp storm in the morning will put all the games fields under water. As this is the rule rather than the exception we have not been able to play many field games. We have managed to play a few games of football with a certain amount of success, but only one game of cricket. Tpr. Jones was one of the more successful bowlers when playing for the Nee Soon Garrison side. Basket and volley ball are played on dry days among the troops. Individuals have been encouraged to pursue their own pastimes, the most popular being water-skiing, deep sea diving, fishing, sailing and golf.

Ex BARRAWIN G From Captain 0. V. Suzi/(iv

Tprs. Baldwin and King

ATHLETIC SPORTS Very soon after arriving we entered a team for the Singapore minor unit competition. Considering the unfitness of everyone and the sudden change in climate we were quite pleased to finish fifth. Cpls. Margerison and Hunter did well in the throwing events, L/Cpl. Pentith and Tpr. Harrison ran well in the mile and half mile while Tpr. Edwards came third in the long jump. If our sprinters had done as well we could have come closer to winning.

AQUATIC SPORTS The Squadron water polo team played several matches but without much success. It is, however, fair to say that the majority of our games are against major units. We have a useful number of players in CoH. Thompson, Cpl. Margerison, Cpl. Drummond and L /Cpl. Pentith. In The Life Guards inter squadron swimming competition we were second to “B” Squadron. Of the individuals, Cpl. Drummond won the 200 metres free style and L/Cpl. Pentith the 100 metres back stroke.

FISHING IN SINGAPORE After the many restrictions on freshwater fishing in England, Singapore is almost an angler’s paradise. There are about thirty privately owned fishing ponds on the island. They are regularly stocked with three main species Song fish (up to 30 lb.) Grass Eaters (up to 201b) and Carp (up to 251b,). Ledgering is the most common method of catching them with boiled tapioca root used as bait. Live bait is not used a great deal but live cockroaches (about two inches long) are quite successful with the grassies. Fishing tackle is very cheap and of very good quality. The best “Abu” ledgering rods made of fibreglass cost around M $20 whilst split cane are much cheaper at around five dollars. The Squadron has quite an active “club” about fifteen strong, who periodically take over a pond for a day and have a competition. The more hardy types (Ct. P. T. Fletcher wishes to be mentioned here) prefer all night fishing when the water is cooler and the fish (and mosquitoes) seem to be hungrier. The possibilities of sea fishing are being explored at the moment. There are plenty of sharks about but no one seems very sure of either how to

catch them or what to do with them. Shark Fin Soup of course.

There‘s always

WATER SKIING There are not many places in the world where a soldier can enjoy an afternoon‘s water skiing for as little as seven shillings. But thanks to the generosity of the Nuffield Trust in supplying the necessary equipment, over 70 per cent of the Squadron have been able to water ski. The boat is kept at Ponggol on the north-east coast of Singapore, and the most popular beach is about a mile across the Johore Straits on an island known as Snake Island. Nobody believed that the island lived up to its name in that it was infested with poisonous sea snakes, until Captain Crawford was attacked by one on his first visit to the island. The snake was beaten off but Captain Crawford was again set upon, this time by women, also eager to taste his blood no doubt. However, their intentions were strictly honourable and the poison was soon sucked out of him “Bond style”. Cpls. White, King, Margerison and Tprs. Mitchell and Willetts are among many who have become highly proficient monoskiers. The former three are also boat drivers. At the time of writing enthusiasm is waning, perhaps as a result of over indulgence during the Christmas period, but we are confident that a team from the Blues Squadron, would better the recent performance of the H.C.R. Cross Channel Swimming Team, in a Cross Channel water ski race!

For the month of October Ct. P. T. Fletcher and myself were sent as umpires on Exercise Barrawmga in Australia. . The exercise took place in Queensland some sixty miles north-west of Rockhampton and lasted just over three weeks. Ct. Fletcher umpired 42nd Commando Regiment R.M. from H.M.S. Bulwark while I umpired “A” Squadron lst Australian Cavalry Regiment. _ The exercise consisted of 6th Task force which included two Australian infantry regiments and an armoured car squadron and 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment hunting out a Vietcong type of enemy. The showpiece of this exercise was the buildlng of a Vietnamese Village with a complete underground tunnelling system, by the Royal Australian Engineers. Apart from the tunnels the Engineers, operating in a completely undeveloped area, built several bridges, new roads, an air strip and a barracks. An Australian armoured car or cavalry squadron is made up of one heavy troop (Saladins), three ferret troops, and a land rover troop, equipped with a radar, known as the anti-tanksurveilance troop. Apart from the normal S.H.Q., which are M113 command vehicles, and echelon there is also an ARC. troop which is capable of lifting an infantry company or a medium battery including the guns. Meanwhile Ct. Fletcher was nursing glasses of gin and tonic at two pence a tot on H.M.S. Bulwark. He had spent the last fourteen days on board travelling from Singapore, including three days at Labuan in Borneo. The task given to the marines was to patrol by Wessex helicopter, L.C.V.P. and Gemini dinghys to the coast and from then on by foot. This was no picnic for the boat crews, firstly due to the difficulty in “mapreading”, secondly the journey took about six hours through a twelve knot current and shark-infested waters. At the same time a hundred or so miles off the east coast a large naval exercise was in progress involving British. Australian and New Zealand ships. The climax of this exercise Aboard

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was the live firing at an off shore island and an air strike by the Buccaneers from H.M.S. Victorious. During our stay we managed to visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and included a day’s racing. Lastly, two old Blues, now Australians, were located. Firstly, ex-Mus. Donovan, now a Sgt. in the Australian Armoured Corps, who is an M.113 instructor at the D. & M. School. Secondly, Tpr. Mcbevey and ex cook from “C” Squadron when they were stationed at Famagusta in Cyprus. He is an M.113 driver and has recently returned from Vietnam. Ct. Fletcher returned to Singapore by H.M.S. Bulwark and arrived back in mid-November, while the author had the unique experience of missing a British Eagle aircraft and having it return to pick him up just on its point of take off.

DIVE ! DIVE ! from Captain J. C. M. L. Crawford

On Monday, December 19th, 1966, L/Cpl. Hay, Tpr. Willetts and Tpr. Waldron were welcomed on board H.M. Submarine Andrew by a most hospitable crew. We were being allowed to accompany the crew on a three-day Fleet Exercise in the South China Sea. On the first night, Naval Hospitality was amply proved as we waited on H.M.S. Forth (the Submarine Depot Ship) while a technical hitch was put right—We were glad to see that such things are not confined to the Armyeand early next morning we steamed away from the Fleet Landing Jetty bound for the open sea. The next three days were straight out of some gripping film sequence, as we dived to avoid depth charges, lay on the ocean bed to avoid detection, lay at periscope depth to torpedo some unfortunate frigate, or surfaced to attack “Indonesian” Bumboats with our main gun on the outer casing. Throughout all these manoeuvres the Captain encouraged his “Pongo” visitors to ask questions, handle equipment, and take part in the “watches”, doing his best to feed our interest and satisfy our curiosity. Impressions of Submarine life was varied. The Submariner is dedicated to his under-water life, and knows that he is a cut above the rest of the Navy. Discipline is relaxed, perhaps even casual, except when there is a job to be done, and then the “attackteam” is remarkably efficient. We felt that all members of the crew, owing to their continuous proximity, would have to be, or become great friends. otherwise friction would abound. Overall there is great friendliness both among themselves, and towards their guests. There were,

too, one

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Space is obviously restricted, and would seem to become overpoweringly so when on a long voyage. Fresh air is at a premium and fresh water and washing facilities are in very short supply. As We returned to the Depot ship on the afternoon of Thursday. December 22nd, we all agreed that this had been a fascinating experience but, so far none of us have run away to sea for good. despite

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year. according to the season: in this case a chain mail coat of gold. (Only the king or his deputy is considered important enough to carry out this oflice. and as little as 35 years ago any commoner who as much as entered certain Royal Chapels would be liable to pay for his t‘orwardness with his life). We were highly entertained by the wonderful sight of the King arriving in a huge vintage yellow Rolls Royce, surrounded by the Royal Guards. As he dismounted and walked towards the Temple, we were amazed by the sight of a female petitioner prostrating herself at the feet of the King in complete subjection, and it reminded us that the King is still revered as a sort of semi~god under the Buddha. The King is a good looking man with a rather boyish, studious face. He is obviously very talented, since besides other accomplishments he has written two symphonies. The Royal Family are immensely popular and it was refreshing to note that, at all public ceremonies, films, etc., when the National Anthem, which lasted 85 seconds, was played, everyone stood rigidly to attention.

BANGKOK and THAILAND Front Lt. G. N. van CUTSEM

A Temple in Bangkok

It must be rare indeed, that one visits a place with a tremendous reputation, and finds that it fully lives up to it. However, in the case of Bangkok, both Simon Corbett and myself came back convinced that it actually exceeds its reputation, particularly in its renown for the splendour of the temples and the beauty of the girls. In so many cities the older and more attractive parts are built around, and overlook, the waterways, for the obvious reasons that trade and commerce were once largely carried out by means of water transport. Bangkok is no exception and indeed to this day a considerable amount of trade is still carried out along the main Chao Phya river and its many connecting rivers and canals. Wishing to obtain a good insight into the older character of the city, we selected a water taxi, and set forth on a seemingly endless journey around the waterways. This journey was great fun, but we would not advocate it to anyone with a weak constitution. We were whizzed over cross canals at 20 miles per hour, narrowly missing other boats. There were no traffic lights, it was a question of survival of the fastest. The boatmen expertly wielded the propellers on the end of their shafts, lifting them clean out of the water and traversing them around like threshing Maces, causing the boats to swerve and zig-zag. Conversely one idled for 30 minutes in a boat jam, whilst a water policeman endeavoured to maintain his balance, standing on top of two boats, grinning broadly, whistling incessantly, and probably only succeeding in further elongating the queue. These delays, however, provided an excellent opportunity for haggling with the locals in their boats over a wealth of varieties of fruit and vegetables in the Floating Market. Unlike the

Chinese, the Thais are so full of charm and smiles when bargaining, that though the end result is the same, one does not notice one has been “had”, but merely remembers their pleasantness and courtesy. These last qualities we were to meet everywhere in Thailand and are the result of the strict upbringing of their children by the Thais. “Respect for elders and betters" is no hollow cliche there. During our river tour we were able to see some of the most famous sights of Bangkok, such as the Royal Barges, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun), and the spires of the Royal Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Pra Kaew). To western eyes the intricate designs on all these buildings are simply staggering, as they are covered in sea shells, semiprecious stones, coloured glass, and gold leaf. They stretch up into the deeply blue sky, and the sun, catching them, makes them shimmer and glisten. Armed as we were with cameras, we went nearly berserk, and did not stop taking photographs until we had exhausted a week‘s supply in two days. This proved to be very expensive as films cost 60 Bahts or Ticals apiece in Thailand (£1).

Nor were these

Palaces and Temples less impressive internally, solid gold thrones, studded with jewels, solid gold Buddhas one of which weighed 8 tons, and was only discovered 10 years ago, marble floors, and everywhere wealth and splendour, left an indelible picture on my mind. One day whilst looking at The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabopitr) we were lucky enough to coincide with a visit to the Temple of King Bhumipol otherwise known as Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty. Alas, his beautiful wife Queen Sirikit was not with him. He had come there for the purpose of dressing the Buddha, who gets three changes of clothing a

One of the more interesting things we discovered about Thailand was that they have a sort of National Service of religion, whereby 92 per cent of the male population, including the King himself, do a period of 3 months as novice monks when aged about 21. During this period the monk is attached to a monastery and has to go out begging daily. Many Thais proudly claim that they gave the King alms during his period as a monk, though now by repute he could buy out Paul Getty. In fact as many as 12 per cent of the male population spend the whole of their lives as monks. Should you be one of the 8 per cent of the male population who does not become a monk, beware, for the first question a

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prospective father-in-law will ask you is not whether you can support his daughter in the manner to which she is accustomed, but rather does your religious training make you worthy enough to marry her. The Night Life is excellent, good food is abundant and relatively cheap; drink, however, is prohibitive, the girls as the Thais would say “Number One”. There are many good night clubs where one can see both modern entertainment and Classical Thai dancing. The Massage Parlours which are regarded as perfectly respectable in Thailand, are numerous, well-advertised and luxurious, catering for every taste. All the good hotels have massage parlours and in fact it is a bit of a status symbol. They also have excellent room service. There is no need for a Jeeves in Thailand as the girls are brought up to believe their job is to serve the men. After all, where else would one have tooth paste put on one’s brush? I have already mentioned certain Thai customs, and it would be true to say they are slightly hidebound by them. Luckily they are very tolerant of Western infringements. President Johnson made two monumental blunders on his recent visit there. Firstly, by crossing his legs and pointing his foot at the King, a great insult, as the foot is considered

the lowest and least worthy part of the body; Secondly, by erecting a radio mast for his intercontinental radio communications higher than the nearby temple, presumably an insult to the Buddha. Should one have the chance, there are many other worthwhile things to see and do, both in and out of Bangkok. Cock fighting, Fish fighting, Thai Boxing, in which everything except teeth are permitted as weapons, and a visit to the snake farm to see the feeding of the snakes and extracting of the venom. Feeding a King Cobra struck me as being the second most dangerous activity in Bangkok. The most dangerous was having a ride in a three-wheeled motor cycle taxi and playing “chicken" with oncoming taxis on both sides of the roadiindeed, this could be called the National sport of Thailand. 1f dangerous driving is the National sport, Thai silk must be the national industry.

Nothing can be

more refreshing, than relaxing, after a week in Bangkok, in the ancient town of Chiengmai, to the north near the Laotian border. and seeing the fabulous and beautiful Thai silk being woven on hand looms. One can buy Thai silk there for 15/a yard, compared with £5 a yard in England. From Chiengmai it is but a short distance into the jungle to see the Elephants hauling logs and the hill tribes dressed in brightly coloured garments and living the same life as did their ancestors driven down from Mongolia. To anyone travelling to the Far East I would say Bangkok and Thailand are musts, espeCially when compared to the other capitals such as Singapore. Honk Kong, or Tokyo all of which are modern in outlook. and lack its special charm and quaint beauty. Page 25

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The Blue who Always Was by S.Q.M.C. C. W. Frearson

“On February 4th the remains of the late Sir John Elley were removed from his residence, West Cholderton, near Andover, for interment in the Chapel Royal. at Windsor, At the request of the gallant General, the funeral was private. and eight of his brother officers of the Blues bore the pall." (“Gentlemen‘s Magazine", 1839.)

Sir John Elley was a remarkable man, even in his own remarkable age. He was born in 1766, the son of an eating-house keeper, in Furnivall‘s Inn Cellars, Holborn, and at an early age was an apprentice tanner with Mr. John Gelderd, of Meanwood Tannery, near Leeds. John was a tall lad, of good appearance. John Gelderd‘s daughter, Anne, did not spurn the attentions of the young apprentice, and eventually they became engaged to marry, when John was about twenty-one years of age. Elley would not have supposed at that time, that although fate had marked him for fame, it had also destined him to lifelong bachelorhood. However, he fitted in well with the Gelderd’s humble domesticity, and it was a period of his life that he was not ashamed to recall, even in his distinguished old age.

ENLISTMENT AND ACTIVE SERVICE Before John Elley and his fiancee could be married, Anne fell ill and died. John attended her funeral, “with great grief”, in the chapel in which they were to have married. He could not bear the continuance of his former life and on November 5th, 1789, he enlisted in the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards Blue, at Leeds. His decision had been made under the stress of grief and early in his service, he was only dissuaded from leaving the Regiment by the Vicar of Headingley. His Troop officer, Captain Miles Staveley, observed some promise in the young soldier and within a short time Corporal Elley was enjoying his new life. With his father’s financial assistance and the good offices of Captain Staveley, Elley was able to purchase the Warrant rank of Troop Quartermaster. On June 8th, 1793, four troops of the Blues sailed for the Netherlands, and, still holding Warrant rank, John Elley was appointed Acting Adjutant to the four troops, who were to kick their heels in Winter Quarters at Ghent, until the next April brought the “war season”. It was still the age when war followed elaborate rules an dhad some of the chivalry of cricket. Page 26

Acting Adjutant Elley was blooded at Premont on April l7th, 1794. and acquired a taste for powder that lasted a life-time. Landrecies followed. then Villers en Couchee (where 300 cavalrv engaged

10,000 French), on April 24th. Two days-laterhElley made a name for himself at Beaumont. He was at Willems on May 10th. By his conduct in these two latter actions, and the continued profit of the eating house, he was enabled to purchase a Cornetcy on June 6th, 1794. That Winter. the disastrous retreat of the British Army through Holland took place, in one of the severest winters ever. British infantrymen were found frozen to death round the rum jarfithe pot de chambre froze in Parson Woodford‘s bedroom. The Army struggled out of Holland and across north-west Germany. The Blues eventually sailed home from the Elbe estuary in October, 1795. For almost twenty years France dominated the continent. and Britain, fearful of an invasion, became an armed camp. During this period the strength of the Blues almost doubled. On June 26th, 1796, when the Regiment was stationed at fashionable Brighton, John Elley purchased a Lieutenancy. and three years later was Captain of a troop.

CANTERBURY The Royal Regiment of Horse Guards Blue were quartered at Canterbury from October 10th, 1803, until October, 1804. The invasion scare continued, but officers and men of any Regiment alerted for invasion did not think “invasion” all the time. Thoughts occasionally turn from Mars to Venus, and thuswise, enters scandal. One young Cornet, Edward Goulburn of the Blues, who was later to attain the dignity of a Welsh judge, wrote some extremely scandalous verses which he published privately in 1805. In these verses, every serving officer of the Blues was castigated to some degree. Each was given a pseudonym, but an obliging contemporary of Goulburn added a “key” to the copy which is in the Household Cavalry Museum. Elley figures under the title of “Lothario” and herewith are some of the verses referring to him: “Yon matron, who once innocence enjoyed, Demands from thee, her hopes, her joys destroyed, Whilst her fond lord drags out a wretched life, And weeps the lost affections of his wife,

Cursing the hour, when from suspicion free, He hospitably asked thee in to tea. That hour when on the Dean-Johns’ public walk, At evenings close, he marked thy cautions stalk; Each look, each glance, replete with amorous fire, Punting to gain thy wanton soul's desire." (From: “The Bluevaid" (A Satyrical Poem). by Edward Goulburn, Esq., Royal Horse Guards, 1805.)

Captain Elley was not the most scandalously treated officer. A footnote explains that the “Matron” in the verses was the wife of a highly respected member of the Canterbury clergy.

ROYAL FLAVOUR The move of the Blues to Windsor, in October, 1804, brought them into close contact with King George III, who took a great liking to Elley. “For instance, His Majesty was a great stickler for ‘Blae Blood' or family pedigree; one morning, speaking of Elley, immediately after the interview I have before related, he praised him very greatly, his expressions were, ‘Fine man! Fine man! No family! No family! Fine soldier; Fine soldier!’ ” (Undated letter in the Household Cavalry Museum, signed “W. C. Watmough”.)

Captain Elley was now appointed Major (by purchase) November 29th, 1804, and thereafter moved to the staff of his erstwhile patron, Major General Miles Staveley. In 1807, he became Assistant Adjutant General to the Cavalry Division in the Peninsular, with the Regimental rank of Lieutenant Colonel, taking part in the famous retreat to Corunna, during which the Cavalry Division fought the rearguard action. Altogether, he spent many arduous years in the Peninsularfithe Blues were only engaged there from November, 1812, to March, 1814, taking from March to July to reach Boulogne. Elley was not averse to making use of his favour with the King. Between 1807 and 1811, the Blues band used to give Sunday evening concerts on Windsor Castle terrace for the Royal family and the burgesses of Windsor. At one of these concerts— “Colonel Elley unexpectedly made his appearance on the terrace, having returned from Spain abruptly, owing to some slight he had received there. The King was walking with the Queen hanging on his arm. All at once, he discovered Elleyihe let go the Queen and ran fairly at him, seized him by the arm, and then with the Queen on one arm and Elley on

the other, he continued to walk the remainder of the evening. What their conversation might be, ‘tis impossible to say, but from the earnest and excited manner of both, it was important. The result was that Elley returned to Spain almost immediately and resumed his staff duties." (ibid.)

‘SALAMANCA‘ Lieutenant Colonel Elley took part in every major battle of the Peninsular campaign. Staff officers were not then so far removed from the “sharp end“—at Talavera for example, in the charge of 160 cavalry officers and men, only Elley and seven others who took part escaped wounds or death. It was in 1812 that his famous horse, Salamanca, enters the story. This charger was Elley‘s constant com— panion in battle for the rest of his active serv1ce life. “I shall pass on to another celebrity connected not only with the Blues. but with Sir John Elley, and that was the horse which he named Salamanca, and which was his favourite charger. Sir John dearly loved him, and well he might, for the noble creature carried him

through many a long march under the burning sun, over the sandy and waterless plains of Spain.” . . . . . . “Salamanca followed, and here the gallant horse fell, severely wounded. Sir John was forced by other duty to leave him for a time, and on the ground, the gallant charger lay, helpless and bleeding, without a drop of water to soothe his agony through that long, long night, but when morning light enabled men to distinguish the wounded from the dead, Sir John was at it’s side and every care that love and gratitude could shew was taken of the poor helpless creature by the master he had borne so bravely. The horse having recovered from his wound was then named ‘Salamanca’ in honour of the day, and now, once more we see Sir John upon his gallant steed.” (ibid.) (From a letter in the Museum, believed to have been written by Captain Lord William Lennox.)

The battles of Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Orthes and Toulouse followed, and they both returned home with the Regiment. “It must have been an amusing sight to have seen Sir John walk up to his old horse and tell him ‘they were 01f again’ on the morning Marching Orders came to embark for Belgium, but it is related that Sir John went to the stable and, patting his charger, made use of those words. At all events both went, and in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade, which Sir John had obtained leave to lead at Waterloo, both were again conspicuous. Sir John, getting surrounded by several cuirassiers managed eventually to cut himself out, but it is questionable whether he would have succeeded in doing so had it not been for the extraordinary conduct of Salamanca, who, while his master was freely using his sword, was busily kicking and biting the French horses, in fact, fighting tooth and nail on his own account. Sir John used to laugh heartily in recounting Salamanca‘s tricks on that occasion." In the Waterloo campaign, Lieutenant Colonel Elley was Deputy Adjutant General to Lord Uxbridge. This was his last battle and he was made a Knight of the Bath in the same year. He remained in the Army of occupation until 1818. LATER LIFE Sir John was not the only officer who has relinquished high ranking staff appointment to command the Regiment, but he was the first man who had been commissioned from the ranks to do so. He briefly assumed command on his return from France. At least one Waterloo veteran had a grouse about the severity of his command: “Elley kept us constantly at work. We generally had a Field Day at Winkfield Plain. on the Monday. a march in heavy Marching Order on Friday, foot drills twice a week and Riding School Drills interminable.” (From “Celebrities 1 have Known", Lennox.) Page 27


On August 12th, 1819, he was promoted to Major General, but such was his affection for the Regiment that he commonly preferred the uniform of the Blues to that of a general officer. The following anecdote shows that he could hold his own with the French, either in battle or in banter: “On a lengthened tour he once made through Europe, after the war" tie. of 1815) “although a Major General, he always wore the uniform of the Royal Horse Guards. When he arrived at Vienna, he was invited to dine at a full dress dinner at the British ambassador's. on the occasion of King George IV‘s birthday. He was covered with orders bestowed by the different Sovereigns of Europe in 1815: and among these gorgeous ribands and crosses. the modest Waterloo medal appeared.

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In 1826 he was appointed Governor of Galway and became Colonel of the 17th Lancers in 1829. King William IV was as fond of the grand old man as his father, George III had been. The King, himself often prone to verbal infelicity, frequently gave banquets at Windsor Castle, in St. George’s Hall. These were the occasion of the fashionable, lengthy and very sentimental toasts of that period. Ladies were never present, and gentlemen were not ashamed to brush tears away whenever something rather moving was said—which, as large quantities of wine were consumed—was often. The N.C.O.s of the Blues often lined the Hall during these banquets: “On one occasion, Sir John Elley was present and after dinner was suddenly astonished by the King proposing his health in eulogistic terms. The Old Blue did not, however, for one moment lose his presence of mind, but rising, thanked His Majesty for the honour he had done him, and, in conclusion said, ‘I entered as a private soldier in the Regiment now standing behind us, I served through every rank in that Regiment, and am now a General Officer in your Majesty‘s Service, but I can honestly say that I worked hard for what I have got and have no one to thank for it! " (From a letter believed to have been Captain Lord William Lennox.)

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“FOR BETTER OR WORSE" Barrack Office, 18th Sept, 1798. To: Major Corbet, Royal Regt. of Horse Guards. Northampton. Sir. in answer to your letter of 17th Instant. I am directed by the Barrack Master General to acquaint you. that agreeable to your request, he has no objection to three women per Troop remaining in the barracks at Northampton. I have the honour to be Sir, etc., etc. N.B.~“Troop"=50 to 60 men. “in barracks"ithey lived in blanket partitioned barrack rooms.

From Regimental Records Selected by Mr. Z. A. Goodacre, Custodian. Household Cavalry Museum, from Documents and Records in the Museum Library.

lodged in the office of Military Boards for general guidance, and to direct that you cause an Instrument in exact conformity to that pattern, to be forthwith provided for the service of the Regiment under your Command, the cost of which is to be charged against the Public. The punishment of Marking for desertion is to be inflicted on the Parade, and in the presence of the Men. It is inflicted in the Cavalry by the Trumpet Major, in the Infantry by the Drum Major, and in the Rifle and Light Infantry Corps by the Bugle Major. and the N.C.O.s are to be instructed by the Medical Officers attached to Regiments, how to apply the Instrument properly but effectually, as well as the substance (whether ink or gunpowder) with which the mark is to be coloured. This punishment is never to be inflicted with the Instrument except under the superintendence of a Medical Officer."

“BUT CAN YOU READ THIS?" Schedule “A" Form of Oath (for Recruit) 1799. “I ......... do make oath that I am by trade a ......... and in the best of my Knowledge and Belief was born in the Parish of ......... in the County of ......... and that I have no Rupture, nor ever was troubled with Fits, and am no way disabled by Lameness or otherwise, but have the perfect use of my Limbs: that I am not an Apprentice; and that I do not belong to the Militia, or any other Regiment, or to His Majesty‘s Navy or Marines, as witness my hand at the ......... day of ......... 1799.”

“IT‘S SAFER BY RAIL . . .” lst October, 1841. “The General Commanding in Chief desires that escorts proceeding by Rail Roads in charge of Deserters, do not load their Musquets until they shall have quitted the Trains, and that, whilst travelling by Rail Road Carriages, the Deserters be handicuffed." (From General Order Book 9)

“WHICH BRAND DO YOU PREFER SIR?” Horse Guards, 5th May, 1842. “The General Commanding in Chief having decided that the marking of Deserters under the Mutiny Act, shall be conducted under a uniform system throughout the Army, I have the honour to notify you, by Lord Hill’s desire, that a pattern of the Instrument recommended for this purpose is

“FOR THE BON VIVANTi" Horse Guards, 3rd December, 1845. “The following dietary having been approved by the Secretary at War for prisoners confined in District Military Prisons, will be adhered to until further Orders in all Garrison and Barrack Cells: For Prisoners NOT in solitary szfinement. Breakfast—Ten ounces of Oatmeal or twelve ounces of Bread and half a pint of Milk. DinneriFour pounds of Potatoes with Salt and half a pint of Milk. SupperiHalf a pound of Bread and half a pint of Milk. For Prisoners in Solitary Confinement by Sentence of Courts Martial. BreakfastiEight ounces of Oatmeal or ten ounces or Bread and half a pint of Milk. Dinner;Three pounds of Potatoes with Salt and half a pint of Milk. SupperiHalf a pound of Bread and half a pint of Milk.“

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themselves in one of the most serious offences a soldier can be guilty of. The Commander in Chief, with a view to prevent as far as possible the recurrence of such crimes, has been pleased to direct, that, henceforth, whenever soldiers are placed under restraint, requiring them to remain uncovered, they shall in all cases be deprived of their caps, and of such other articles as may be calculated to be used as missiles, in order that they may have neither the temptation nor the opportunity of committing such outrages.”

“SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN” 9th March, 1883, Regents Park Barracks. “All children on the strength of the Regiment who are not baptized, and whose certificates have not been sent to the Orderly Room for insertion, must be baptized, and their certificates sent to the above office by the 2nd proximo. The Regimental Corporal Major will report parents who fail to obey this Order.”

“UNTO EVERYONE THAT HATH, SHALL BE

GIVEN” (St. Luke XXIV—29) “In future, all Non Commissioned Officers selected for promotion to the rank of Troop Corporal Major, will be required to have a balance in the Regimental Savings Bank of a sum not less than £15, to increase within a reasonable period to £25.”

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“YOUR HAT, SIR?” Horse Guards. lst November. 1851. “Several instances having recently occurred in which offenders. when under trial by Courts Martial,

or examination before the Commanding Officer, have become excited, and have so far forgotten themselves and the respect due to their superiors, as to throw their caps at the Court or the party engaged

5th August, 1888, Regents Park Barracks. “The Commanding Officer received a notification from the War Oflice. that it is intended to gradually replace the present class of Trained Army Schoolmistresses by the wives of W.O.s, N.C.O.s or Soldiers, who. on passing the necessary examination, will be appointed Acting Schoolmistress. The Commanding Officer wishes to know as early as possible. if their are any candidates in the Regiment. desirous of qualifying for the above appointment. The pay will be as follows: On appointment £30 per annum. After 7 years service £35 per annum. After 14 years service £40 per annum. Page 31

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THE LAND OF PARKAS

The “Parka“. that hooded monstrosity which is one of the very few articles of clothing designed by the Army to keep you warm rather than to look respectable, has a very ancient and strange history. It was only when lwent to the far north of Canada that I realised how much we owe to the Eskimo and his curious habits.

Pictures of Eskimo mothers often show a baby tucked safely away in the hood of their parkas. but seldom show their teeth. This is hardly surprising because the teeth of most old Eskimo women are worn down to the gums from a lifetime of chewing seal skins. This, I found, rapidly removed much of their attraction. Every time a garment is worn and becomes damp or wet, the skin dries very hard. The only way parkas and boots can be softened before wearing again is by chewing and this, thank heavens, is a woman‘s job in the Arctic.

The Army today has every reason to be grateful to the Eskimo for the origin and design of its “parkas”. The kind issued is, in fact, like an Eskimo summer parka, which is made of duflle cloth. The origin of this garment, and the women who chewed it. captured my imagination. Here was a life, I thought, as I was made to quit and cross my stirrups for the umpteenth time, that was even more uncomfortable than my own.

To obtain his “initial issue“ of parkas, the Eskimo had no Quartermaster Stores, but had to get out his dog team and harpoon and go hunting. Nowadays it is probably a rifle and a skidoo, a motor toboggan. After hours of travelling he would see a seal sunning itself on an ice flow. This has to be stalked until within harpooning distance, then, a quick strike and the seal is hauled back on to the ice. The hunter draws his knife and bleeds the seal. His children, who have accompanied him, rush in and scoop up the warm blood in their hands, and gulp it down. He cuts off the flippers and gives it to them. The children really tuck in, tearing off every shred of meat, until they are left with a gruesome hand—like skeleton of bone and sinew. Imagine them standing around while the hunter completes his gutting, their faces smeared with blood from ear to ear, with bloated tummies, and grinning happily.

The next step in parka production is up to the women. Whatever animal is killed, be it a walrus, bear. caribou, or seal, it freezes stiff in a few moments, and has to be thawed out and skinned. The meat is removed for food, the blubber laboriously scraped off, and unless the pelts are destined for the fur trade, all the hair has to be removed. The sheer physical effort is a great deal more than one hour’s grooming, and the stink has to be imagined. Finally, the skins are stretched, dried and softened before being “custom tailored” into clothing, there being no “sealed pattern”.

Today, in the North, the motor toboggan, or skidoo, is changing Eskimo hunting habits. Controversy rages rather like “wheels versus tracks” in our Army, as to whether it can ever replace the husky team. “Does a skidoo have its own built-insense of direction like a team of 16 dogs?”—“Will it track down its own fuel supply or even keep running for an extra day or two on an empty tank?” Generally, the further north and isolated a Community, the more faith is put in the dog team.

These hardy sled dogs just curl up outside their masters igloo on dark, bitter, winter nights. Their outer coat of coarse hair is up to six inches long, and beneath this they have a thick inner coat of warm, oily, wool.

There is literally nothing that

they can get their teeth into, that they won’t eat, including each other or even people, should they fall or flounder in the snow in front of them. There are only two exceptions to this rule, namely, wolf flesh, which huskies avoid, however hungry, and the polar bears liver, which is toxic because of its high concentration of Vitamin A. In summer they run loose, eating lemmings, shrimps, mussels and vegetation. Their acute sense of smell has often saved men from starvation, by directing hunters on to distant herds of caribou, or on to a polar bear hiding behind the snow hummocks.

There is always the danger of breaking down in a skidoo, so the only safe way to travel is to adopt the tactics of our own reconnaissance patrols, that of travelling in pairs. Probably the safest solution to the controversy has been adopted by an

Eskimo trapper in the lnuvik area, who travels in a bright yellow skidoo, towing his sledge, on which his entire husky team sits. heads high and noses in the wind.

There are now many soldiers who have completed winter warfare courses, and are familiar with the hideous discomforts of living in the snow. Few, however, have been practiced in igloo building. A snow house can be built in a few hours. The snow is cut into blocks, bevelled slightly and built round in circles. The tricky bit is placing the last few blocks on the roof and not dropping the key block straight through inside. Once it is complete, you cut a hole for the front door, make a drainpit inside for condensation, and build an access tunnel. Explain the hardships of Eskimo life to a soldier and they will agree, but they‘ll say. “At least an Eskimo has got a woman to keep him warm.” This is fair enough comment if you can stomach it!

The belief of Eskimos sharing a wife with a stranger obviously has substance, and indeed must have been very hard to avoid. The fact is that an igloo is a very small place. The main sleeping platform will seldom take more than three adults; there is certainly no guest room, no television, and insufficient light to read “Sporting Life”. A small, spluttering, soap stone oil lamp, burning blubber, a block of snow across the door, and a few sweaty bodies, soon raises the temperature to just on freezing point. Eskimos shed garments, but in winter wear fur sleeping clothes. Unfortunately, these together with unwashed bodies, can’t help being breeding places. The only air comes in through the porous snow blocks. The guttering lamp and heat from malororous bodies soon makes the atmosphere stifling and quite unbearable to a European.

Eskimo women are often barren. In the extreme cold of the winter months they don’t even have their periodic cycles. It is amazing how they have babies at all, let alone how the children survive. Needless to say they are as tough as old boots, and this has little to do with biting frozen leather.

At the time of writing, the Editor of The Blue has given up smoking for Lent, and switched his attention to a jar of sweets. I am not sure that I would not prefer to hear the mastication of an Eskimo girl on the corner of my parka: it‘s that salty tang which attracts them and there are no messy wrapping papers.


THE MOUNTED SQUADRON 1966

1966 has been a Mounted Squadron.

fairly busy year for the

Due to the Spring election, our first parade was the State Opening of Parliament on April 21st. This was fortunately about the only fine day we had that month. It was our turn to provide the marching party for this year‘s Cavalry Sunday Parade on May 131. Under the command of Captain J. S. Crisp the party had to march from Wellington Barracks for the first time. However, nobly supported by the Band we arrived at Hyde Park in fine fettle.

The State Visit of the President of Austria

Two days later the whole Regiment paraded. dismounted, on the Square in barracks for the Silver Stick‘s Inspection. This was followed on May 12th by the mounted inspection by the Major General in Hyde Park. Our first Escort of the year was for the President of Austria on May 17th. We then had a week’s break before starting rehearsals for Trooping the Colour. Major J. N. P. Watson commanded the Sovereign’s Escort for this year’s Parade on June 11th. The horses were then allowed a rest on the following Monday. when the Regiment embussed for Windsor to line the route for the Garter Ceremony. In the Princess Elizabeth Cup, which was held at the Richmond Royal Horse Show. Tpr. Winstone (R.H.G,) was runner-up to Tpr. MCKie (LG). Tpr. Shaw (R.H.G.) was placed third. Various officers and men competed in the Royal Tournament during the first half of July.

(Photo: “The Times"

Later in the week the President of Pakistan arrived on a State visit. Due to his mode of travel the escort formed up at the Tate Gallery instead of Victoria Station. We then proceeded, via the embankment, to Parliament Square where we joined the traditional route to Buckingham Palace. This brought a long but successful ceremonial season to an end.

During the year Captain J. S. Crisp departed and Lieutenant Sir Rupert Mackeson. Bt, arrived as Squadron 2nd i/c. S.C.M. Kidman has left us temporarily and S.C.M. Giles succeeded him in September. We also say farewell to Captain Glyn, who is retiring from the Reserve after many years”

service, and we wish him every success in the future.

Typical British weather greeted the King of Jordan on his arrival Escort on July 10th. Fortunately the Regiment was cloaked, as it was for the Captain‘s Escort with Standard, which the Squadron provided the following day. With The Life Guards at Pirbright during August, our time was spent mounting guard daily and making preparations for our own camp. This year we again went to Petworth, where, thanks to excellent weather and various equine activities, we spent a highly enjoyable September. Details of the camp will be found in a separate article. “Black Velvet”, aged 28, before his last Guard

The Regiment as usual provided stewards to help at The Horse of the Year Show in October. CoH. Missenden was in charge of the party. On November 13th a dismounted party, com— manded by Lieutenant R. C. Wilkinson, paraded for the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. The party had the unpleasant experience of standing over a particularly odorous drain throughout the service.

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The Major General, preceded by Lt. C. Simpson-Lee.

the

Orderly

Ofl'icer.

inspecting

the Squadon


THE BAND

Wellington Barracks-in-Waiting OR

How we learned to stop worrying

Bearskin in Brigade Waiting!

and love The Foot Guards

Tprs. Gridge and Bursill decided to ease the problem of transporting kit bags from the top floor to ground level by hurling them from the troop room window. Without the benefit of a gunnery course at Lulworth, the first kitbag scored a direct hit on the car of the Superintending Clerk, Coldstream Guards. They have recently finished paying the bill.

After we moved to Wellington Barracks at the end of 1965, it was not long before we realised we were not the only inhabitants, nor the first comers. Between the stables and the Riding School were two large buildings, seemingly populated by men permanently garbed with bowler hats and umbrellas who always arrived in dark green staff cars. These men, who, by their bearing alone. seemed to demand a salute, seemed to command a variety of soldiers and musicians who. from day to day. mount guard from these barracks, hence the motto “Septem juncta in uno", which to us signifies the fact that as often as not The Queen‘s Life Guard leaves barracks intermingled with The Queen‘s Guard. The Queen’s Guard mounting outside the Orderly Room

To begin with, relations with these soldiers were quite cordial, apart from a reciprocal disrespect when, on the one hand a Royal Salute was blown, commanding the attention of Mounted Regiment personnel only. and on the other hand, when “Point of War" was played by Foot Guard Drums, which appeared to be a point of interest rather than significance to those involved in stable routine. After a time, however, these details were resolved, and the next point to be raised was the state of the yard or square, which was in need of repair. Although this was resurfaced at vast expense to the tax payer, five R.S.M.s in succession formed up to the Regimental complaining of the accoustics, or lack of them, afforded by the new surface. The Regimental Corporal Major, who had his eye on a rifle (presumably “in—waiting”) which spends most mornings leaning against the outside of the Orderly Room door, merely remarked that the new surface was most suitable for horses, a bad topic to raise, as Foot Guards, for some reason, seem to dislike mounting Guard from the exact spot that The Queen’s Life Guard have just vacated. The situation was further aggravated by other incidents. A street-lining party marching out of

barracks on The Queen’s Birthday Parade was successfully delayed by the Mounted Band for some ten minutes. which apparently entailed an increase in pace which was almost without precedent, in order to conform with the estimated time of arrival on the ceremonial route. On Boxing Day The Queen‘s Life Guard (a Life Guard Guard, of course) met head on with The Queen‘s Guard in the spur road leading to the barracks. Neither side was prepared to give way, and in spite of the inferior numbers of The Queen‘s Life Guard. a draw was declared before both sides adjourned to recover their dignity. The Squadron led out to water at midday one day and found a car parked in front of the water troughs. S.C.M. Giles immediately summoned S.Q.M.C. Humphreys and his provost staff. One of them, however, showing an unaccustomed excess of zeal, broke a window in order to release the hand brake. We are still waiting for the bill from the Foot Guard officer who owned the car.

Life is further enlightened by numerous weddings which take place in the Guards Chapel, next to the Riding School. Those who have attended these functions as honoured guests state that, occasionally, while the congregation is waiting with bated breath for the bride to murmur “I do", they hear a particularly ripe phrase from S.C.M. Ferrie echoing round the Chapel instead. The Brigade of Guards do not. however, take all this lying down. Their present come-back is to march a band past the Commanding Officer’s window every day at midday. Since this is the traditional time for Orderly Room, many a man has left the office not knowing if he is due for 28 days inside or promotion. In conclusion it must be stressed that there is a certain amount of social contact with our friends, whether it be queue barging in the N.A.A.F.l., or griping in the W.O.‘s and N.C.O.'s Mess. R.S.M. Graham of the Scots Guards was effusive in his praise of the provost staff: so effusive in fact that the Adjutant investigated and discovered how much he enjoyed the prisoners~ cocoa in the Guardroom before Guard Mounting each day. We are most fortunate in having the services of Sgt. Irwin, who runs the Household Brigade stable and acts as Liaison Officer and interpreter when required. Many of us will be sorry to leave them when we move to our new barracks (1984‘?) but as to whether the sorrow is reciprocated is quite another matter. W.T.V.L.

On the Regiment‘s return, the Band moved down to Windsor, having completed the normal summer engagements on the South Coast. This year we also went to Jersey where we received a great reception at the “Battle of Flowers" in July. The new Band Practice Room at Windsor is an unrecognisable improvement and makes life considerably easier for all concerned. It is, however, uncomfortably close to the Square and the Adjutant seems to delight in calling us out very early on cold foggy mornings. Some details of our future programme may be of interest:— April 20th-2lst—At Brighton for the Horticultural Society's Concerts. May

llth-l4th—The Band, mounted, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

May 26th-June l4th—“Expo 67" in Montreal, Canada, when we have a full programme of engagements. You will. of course, continue to hear us on “Music While You Work", whether you are or are

not working! The Band has just completed an LP. Record for E.M.I., which will be on sale in May before we leave for Canada. It includes: Quick March, Slow March, Trumpet Fanfare. Trumpet Marches with Band, Trot and Canter Tunes and a Bandstand programme of music. It will be available and on sale at: The Museum (at any time).

The Comrades’ Dinner. The Officers‘ Club Dinner. and on application to the Director of Music. who will be delighted to supply copies to any Blue who wishes to try them. At the time of going to press, the price is not yet known. Page 37

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Sea, Sunshine and Song in Sussex THE SQUADRON CAMP AT PETWORTH

In I965 Captain Michael Wyndham (formerly The Life Guards) on our behalf contacted his cousin Lord Egremont (son of Lord Leconfield. a previous Commander of The Life Guards). who very generously placed Snowhill House together with a two acre field near Tillington at our disposal. We were established there with 40 horses on rope and post lines for five days. No Squadron member who had experienced that enjoyable sojourn really looked forward to Stoney Castle in 1966. so we applied for Snowhill House and Lord Egremont very kindly agreed that we should spend eleven days there in the first half of September with 60 horses. This allowed for four days either end at Aldershot (Beaumont and Rushmoor) for the purpose of resting, recuperating sick horses (the ride from London was 36 miles), weapon classification and the staging of a squadron hunter trials on the ready-made course at Rushmoor to round off the camp.

Tprs. Hewitt and Barnes at Clymping on Sea

The Squadron Field Contest in Sussex comprised two map reading and horse-mastership competitions. The first was a ride to the sea from Arundel Park to Clymping beach (West of Littlehampton), about ten miles each way. Each troop selected four teams which were boxed from Petworth to the start point in relays. and the scheme lasted three days. Marks were awarded by inspecting officers at each end of the course, and a map reading debriefing olficer at Clymping. Team members then changed into bathing trunks and swam their horses out to sea. This (with one notable exception, who wrote to the Ministry of Defence that his family‘s holiday had been completely ruined by our antics) was voted a very popular sensation by the hundreds of other beach users who crowded round us with cameras and applause throughout.

Mr. Bing Crosby with members of the Squadron

from

Heaven”,

“White

Christmas".

“Road

to

Morocco”, and other famous ditties.

and facility of access at every point.

You could

canter non-stop for a mile through chestnut copses,

Our second exercise was over a lS-mile line leading from Petworth Park to a cross country circuit on the east of the town. 16 local questions linking points on the route had to be answered and a number of small hurdles negotiated. The line selected was remarkable for the unspoilt beauty of the terrain

laid with smooth turf rides, or strike a straight line across as many as six adjacent fields because there was always a gate where you wanted one.

That the

local people were very friendly and understanding is proved (to quote only one example) by the patient, good-humoured way in which they repeated the same

The last halt at Fernhurst

Just after this we, in our turn, were entertained. Mr. Bing Crosby, who was staying at Petworth House, paid us a visit and, accompanied by Corporal of Horse Tribe on the mouth organ, sang “Pennies Page 39


answer for each questioning team that clattered up to their establishment or cottage door.

redder and redder as more logs were piled on and our mammoth roasted pig lost no subscribers.

The Field Contest, the aggregate of the two competitions, was won by Cpl. Warren's team. including Troopers Cox. Mitchell. Appleby and Maskell. The Major General duly presented them with rosettes when he made his official visit to our camp the following day.

Abandoning the camp tw0 mornings later, a detachment rode down to Petworth House, where Lady Egremont and her daughter Carlyn waited (beautifully mounted) to say good-bye. We trotted and then cantered past in line, raising our hats and giving a cheer (something like the lSth Century “Huzzah"~ so we fancied!) before re-forming column and riding away with “Auld Lang Syne” echoing across Capabilty Brown‘s lakes and landscape.

At six o’clock the next evening at the behest of the Town Council. we donned blue forage caps and service swords and staged a march through Petworth. Led by four trumpeters, Lieut. R. C. Wilkinson, and a composite troop of 36 walked and trotted round the narrow streets to the sound of fanfares. They then dismounted in the Market Square for inspection by the Squadron Leader, accompanied by C.S.M. Kidman and Farrier Staff Corporal Smith. The town was so packed with both inhabitants and visitors from the surrounding villages, that in spite of the close co-operation of the police, room for manoeuvre was fractional. But this difficulty was amply atoned for by the colossal enthusiasm with which our display was received by the crowds. (It was a shame that there was scarcely a single man of recruiting age to be seen in the neighbourhood ! ) The party broke their journey home to ride past “The Horse Guards" at Tillington. This was a tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bowker, the landlord and his wife whose co—operation, apart from the provision of refreshment in their charming Inn. included a daily canteen service and constant use of their telephone and bathroom. During our stay their sign was being re-designed with a more regimental flavour and, as may be imagined, their bars are now so full of pictures, photographs and other Blues knick—knacks, as to compete quite hotly with the museum at Windsor. Bad weather only marred the proceedings once: that was when a gale blew up on the night of the bonfire smoker. Froth was spewed from the tops of beer mugs, the words of such favourites as “Coming’ Round The Mountain", “Tipperary" and

A letter following us from Petworth House said: “Had we been able to respond in like manner to ‘should auld acquaintance be forgot‘, our choice of song would have been ‘Will ye no‘ come back again?’ We cannot thank Lord and Lady Egremont enough for their kindness.

SPORTS NEWS MOUNTED SPORTS 1966 has seen a great variety of Mounted Sports in which a great number of Blues participated. Pride of place goes to Show Jumping, where the Blues team came second out of 11 teams at the Royal Tournament at Earls Court in July. Our team. consisting of CoH. Doxey, Cpl. Thompson and Cpl. Stubley. jumped three clear rounds both in the semi final and final only to be beaten on time in the last jump off. CoH. Doxey introduced Ol'tlt‘lt‘ to show jumping with a 2nd at Epsom and 3rd at Maidenhead in Foxhunter Competitions: Cpl. Stubley came a creditable 3rd on Maximilian at Clapham with three clear rounds on Bank Holiday Monday, and Outlaw continued a distinguished show jumping career, being 3rd in the Kings Cup, winning the Mappins Cup at Woolwich and gaining many other successes, piloted by both S.Q.M.C. and Cpl. Thompson. S.C.M. Ferrie kept the flag flying at dressage, gaining numerous successes with Mandarin and Indigo.

“The Local”

In the combined training sphere, CoH. Doxey on Oracle and Cpl. Thompson on Maximilian were the two most successful Blues. CoH. Doxey won the Military Novice Horse Trials, and was 3rd in the Civilian Section at Mixbury: Cpl. Thompson was second in the Military Novice Horse Trials. second at Northwood and placed on other occasions. Our tent pegging team performed well against strong opposition throughout the countryside. coming 2nd out of 7 teams before a crowd of 70,000 at Guildford on Easter Monday and second at Clapham. CoH. Wright, Cpl. Smith and Col-l. Doxey were frequently successful competitors in this type of event. These formed part of the activity ride which gave several performances in the South of England. The Household Cavalry Quadrille. L.-R.—S.C.M. Ferric. Col—l. Doxey. Lt. Col. Darley. S.Q.M.C. Thompson (L.G.)

'1 he Regimental Coach, driven by Captain Crisp, at the White City

Tpr. Lemon on Juniper won a Bronze Horseshoe in the Sunday Telegraph 60 miles long distance ride over the Yorkshire hills and dales in September. This was a gruelling contest in which a large number of contestants fell by the way-side. The Regimental Quadrille succeeded in winning the Quadrille of the Year Competition at the Horse of the Year Show, Wembley in October. Finally, a farewell to the gallant horse Jocelyn who, after a successful season in all competitive sports last summer, has been retired for a new career of motherhood with Major The Hon. B. C. Wilson.

CRICKET 1966 The cricket season of 1966 was a disappointing one, due mainly to the fact that many of our matches were either cancelled or postponed by inclement weather. The results of the matches played, however,

were about even. One of the highlights of the season was the HURSTBOURNE TARRENT Village XI near the home of Brigadier Tabor. L/Cpl. Main and L/Cpl. Grifl'iths put up a great partnership of 104'. the former scoring 82 not out and the latter 22 not out. L/Cpl. Main was also the top scorer of the season with 250 runs. Our Captain Tpr. Harris has now left for Berlin and will be badly missed next season. The following Blues played for the team:* L/Cpl. Main. L/Cpl. Grifliths, L/Cpl. Greene, Tpr. Harris (Capt), Tpr. Hewitt. Tpr. Harrison 882.

“The Wild West Show" were half erased (often quite

FOOTBALL 1966’67

appropriately) by the wind; smoke swept across the ground and hats flew within inches of the embers. But the Cowdray girl grooms and other beauties continued dancing lustily enough, the fire went

and a few match games it began to show good

The team had a slow start but after practice results. As last year we are members of the Hanwell and District League. The team is placed third at

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the moment and is leading section three on the Boughty Cup. The regular members of the team so far this season have been:— L/Cpl. Howells. L/Cpl. Main, L/Cpl. Griffiths. Tpr. Waldron. Tpr. Hewitt, Tpr. Harrison. ‘ We are looking forward to the Cavalry Cup this year in which we have been drawn awav to the 13th/18th Hussars at Tidworth. d

The Household Cavalry Training Squadron THE GUARDS DEPOT

RUGBY The 1965-66 season was a great success for the H.C.R. Team as they managed to win through into the Prince of Wales Cup final where they were narrowly beaten by the Coldstream Guards. The representatives from the Blues were:— L/Cpl. Main, Tpr. Rowlands. Tpr. Rackclifie, Tptr. Hankin. The 1966-67 season got off to a poor start and we were unable to form a team until December. However, several members did turn out regularly for the London District team, including Tpr. Rowlands and Tptr. Hankin. In December the situation improved and at last a H.C.R. team took to the field and beat the Grenadier Guards at Caterham in the first round of the Prince of Wales Cup. We also played the Guards Depot and were well and truly beaten. We are due to play them in the second round, so no doubt we will have an early exit this

Sir Rupert Mackeson (Right) and Lt, Law (Left)

Typical of the efficiency of the female mind, the nurses arrived half an hour late, and, as usual, the Household Cavalry arrived three quarters of an hour ahead of schedule, so there was quite a long time to wait in the rain at Brighton. But when the nurses did arrive eventually, the Household Cavalry were raring to go! By the time Westminster Bridge was finally reached everyone was completely soaked and looked completely shattered, but honour was at least satisfied!

REGIMENTAL BOXING COMPETITION

time.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON WALK In early December some nurses from a hospital in North London challenged the Regiment to a walk from Brighton to London, just over 50 miles. The Regiment accepted the challenge and on December 10th the two teams congregated at Brighton Technical College. The purpose of the walk was to raise money for the Spastics Society. Both The Life Guards and the Blues took part in the walk, the prominent Blues being L/Cpl. Idle, L/Cpl. Sloan, Tprs. Juby, Thomson and Maskell. The result was an overall victory for the Household Cavalry.

On December 13th an Inter-Squadron Boxing Competition took place in the Troopers Dining Hall. Originally the idea was to have a Life Guard fighting against a Blue, but this was not possible in all cases, as there were sometimes more from one Squadron in a certain weight class. L/Cpl. Cox, L/Cpl. Thompson and Tpr. Stratford all won their Light-Welterweight contests while Tpr. Minto won his Light-Middleweight fight and Cpl. Chapman won his Middleweight contest. The most amusing fight of the evening was between Lieut. Sir Rupert Mackeson, Bt. and Lieut. V. R. A. S. Law—The Life Guards. Although Lieut. Law won, Sir Rupert Mackeson left his impression on Lieut. Law’s nose to the extent that Lieut. Law is now in hospital having an operation.

ATHLETICS Tpr. Hankin receiving the 440 yards Cup from Mrs. Darley

On Thursday, July let, following the State Visit of the King of Jordan there was an Athletics Meeting at The Duke of York’s Barracks. between The Life Guards and Blues Squadrons. Both teams had put in practice beforehand, and were therefore fielding their star performers. Few people could recall when such matters had been decided without the aid of a horse. The Blues were fortunate in having two accomplished runners in Cpl. Main and Tpr. Waldron. but The Life Guards' needs were answered in part by Tpr. lddon‘s magnificent win in the mile. and by having bigger farriers than The Blues in the Tug of War. The final result of the competition was a win for the Blues Team, with Cpl. Main proving to be the highest scoring athlete. Mrs. Darley very kindly presented the winners with their prizes. It is hoped to make this Sports Meeting an annual event in the future.

A year ago the Household Cavalry Depot moved from Windsor to Pirbright, where it became known as the Household Cavalry Training Squadron and a part of the Guards Depot. For the first time since 1950 “Septem Juncta in Uno” (The Household Brigade motto for the uninitiated) reached fruition. That the integration went so smoothly, starting at eight o’clock on Monday, January 10th, 1966, when the first recruits marched on to the Square, is due in no small way to the goodwill, help and co-operation extended from all sides of the Guards Depot. There were certain misunderstandings to be ironed out and many a Foot Guards N.C.O. was confused and vocally upset to find recruits of the Blues saluting without any form of headdress in sight and equally on our side many Foot Guard traditions, customs and quirks, reduced us to amazed (and occasionally humorous) silence. The addition of the H.C.T.S. to the Guards Depot has, however, undoubtedly been a great success. Due to superior training facilities, a more streamlined organisation, and more advanced instructional methods, the recruit who passes out of the Guards Depot after fourteen weeks training is of a much higher calibre than the recruit previously turned out from Windsor. In the Sports world the H.C.T.S. has done reasonably well. The sporting facilities at Pirbright are excellent, as are the opportunities for partaking in practically every known sport. The Squadron won only two Cricket matches during the summer; Captain Crawford and CoH. Peck were two of the team’s mainstays. The Football results have been much happier, as we are at present not far from the top of the league. CoH. Peck, as in the past, leads the team from his goalmouth. Rct. Bell distingulshed himself by being the first Household Cavalry soldier to play for the Depot Football team and shows immense promise. The Squadron Rugby players won all their matches up until Christmas and Captain Parker Bowles and Rct. Lloyd 382 both played regularly for the Depot team and the latter has played for the Junior Army team. There was a Squadron Cross Country trial in which every— one took part, and even the S.C.M. did half the The Permanent Staff L.-R.—Rear Row: Tprs. Seddon, Sayer. Smith (L.G,), Fry,_Cartlidgc, Colcs (I..G.). L/Cpl. Jenkins (L.G.) and Tpr. Drew. Centre: Cpl. Jones. L/COH. Ariartm, L/Cpl. Fortt, L/CoH. Donnelly, CoH. Perkins (L.G.). I../CoH. Recys

(L.G.). Cpl. Clayton. L/CoH. Rey— nolds (L.G.),

L/CoH.

Pomroy and

L/Cpl. York (LG) Seated: CoH. Peck, CoH. Desbnrough, Ct. J. W'. B. Robertson. S.C.Ivi, Kcyworth. Major H. A. IVS. l’yman (L.G.). Colonel H. S. Hopkinson. M.B.F.., Silver Stick. WINDY C. \V'. W’ordsworth (I..G.), chtl. Adjutant. Captain A. H. ParkerBowles, S.Q.M.C. Martin, Ll. M. A. Achormick (L.G.) and CoH. Mitclicson (L.G.)

Captain A. H. Parker Bowles winning at Warwick in November

course in Drill order and with his pace stick at the carry. Ct. Dickinson won the Depot hurdles in the Summer and Rcts. Corris, Tompkins, Watson and Bell all got through to the Boxing finals, the last named winning the “Best Losers’ Cup. To summarise the sporting situation, it has been found that to do very well here we need a nucleus of games-playing permanent staff. During the year we have had working visits from the Silver Stick, Colonel Tabor, and his successor, Colonel Hopkinson. Both the Regimental Commanding Officers, the Silver Stick Adjutant and a bemused party of officers and senior N.C.O.s from the Blues at Windsor, also came down to Pirbright at various times. The annual Silver Stick’s Inspection went off smoothly in July, whilst the Blues Band, here for a Commandant’s Parade in June, endeared themselves to many when a Drum Stick head flew off dangerously close to where the Regimental Sergeant Major was standing. A very “with it” Squadron Dance was given for 400 guests in December, which was a great success and many a supposedly leaden-footed recruit showed remarkable speed on the dance floor. During the reviewed year we have lost Captain Crawford to Singapore and Ct. Dickinson, CoH. McMillan and CoH. Fell to civilian employment. S.Q.M.C. Clark returned to the Regiment and his place was taken by S.Q.M.C. Martin. Captain Parker Bowles and Ct. Robertson arrived before Christmas as also did CoH. Desborough, L/CoH. Donnelly, Cpl. Clayton. An acquisition was Cpl. Jones who joined us in July from R.A.O.C. as Squadron Clerk. In conclusion, a year of great importance to the Household Brigade has passed. The experiment of having Troopers and Guardsmen trained together has proved a success and the H.C.T.S. looks forward to the future with confidence.


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JULIAN BERRY, Colonel, TREASURER.

We have audited the above Balance Sheet and Income and Expenditure Account with

A limited number of tickets for The Queen’s Birthday Parade on Saturday, June 10th, 1967, and the Final Rehearsal on Saturday, June 3rd, are normally available. Tickets are mostly for the Inner Line of Sentries (Standing).

1. There is no great change in the state of the Finances of the Association, which continue to be in a healthy position. 2. There is again an excess of Income over Expenditure on the balance sheet which, considering the cost of the printing of the Magazine and the amount to which the Dinner is subsidised, I consider to be more than satisfactory in this difficult financial period, 3. As there will be a surplus of cash at the Bank in the next few months I recommend that a further £500 be invested with the United Services Trustees Combined Fund in April.

BALANCE, BEING EXCESS OF INCOME OVER EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR, CARRIED TO ACCUMULATED FUND

Queen’s Birthday Parade

TREASURER’S REPORT

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The Annual Reunion will be held at Cavalry Barracks, Windsor, on Sunday, June 25th, 1967. Members should assemble for the Church Parade on the Barrack Square by 1030 hrs. There will be 3 Buffet Luncheon followed by a full programme of events and tea in the afternoon. Members requiring Luncheon and Tea should complete the enclosed proforma and forward to the Quartermaster by Friday, June 16th, 1967.

ANNUAL DINNER Cost of Dinner Less sale of tickets

Annual Reunion

Soldiers and Airmen Combined Cavalry Parade Royal Cambridge Home for Soldiers’ Widows Royal Chelsea Hospital Royal Soldiers’ Daughters School

The Household Brigade of Guards Comrades’ Association (Winchester Division) invites applicatons from all members of The Blues Comrades’ Associaton for Hon. Membership if they live within a 20-mile radius of Winchester. Applications to: Hon. Secretary, 71, Dale Valley Road, Southampton.

British Legion Coldstream Association National Association of Regular Sailors,

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The Combined Cavalry Old Comrades’ Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday, May 7th, 1967. HRH. The Princess Margaret will take the Salute. Dress: Lounge Suit with decorations. Members should assemble at 10.50 am. and fall in on the Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East. It should be noted that The Blues will have a Banner on parade for the first time. After the parade, members will be welcome in the W.O./N.C.O.’s Mess Household Cavalry Regiment at Wellington Barracks.

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT for [he year ended 3131 D]4 CEMBER I 966

Cavalry Memorial Service

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Dress: Lounge Suits (no decorations). The Bar will open at 6 pm. Application for tickets on the enclosed proforma t0 the Hon. Secretary by Friday, April 28th, 1967.

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£11,380 12

May 6th, 1967.

Stock in handgmember’s badges‘4at cost 52 1 2 Cash at bank 423 12

The Annual Dinner will be held in the Chatham Restaurant, Victoria Station at 7.15 pm. on Saturday

The Hon. Secretary will be pleased to answer any written enquiries on the following:— Army Benevolent Fund

Audit Fee

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All Members are entitled and encouraged to attend.

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Members requiring either The Blues or H.C.R. Christmas Cards should order on the enclosed proforma by October 16th, 1967.

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(valuation October 31st, 1966; £10,606—

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Warrant and Non Commissioned Officers’ Mess, Wellington Barracks at 5 pm. on Saturday, May

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All Members are reminded that it is their responsibility to notify the Hon. Secretary immediately of any change of address.

INVESTMENT 10,861 shares in the United Services Trustees Combined Charitable Fund (at cost)

Addresses

The Field of Remembrance will be opened at 12 noon on Thursday, November 9th, 1967. Members should assemble at The Blues Plot in St. Margaret‘s Churchyard at 11.30 am. Inscribed Crosses to commemorate the 248 Blues who fell in the two World Wars will be in position. A Badge Cross will be planted at 11.45 am. before the Service at 12 noon.

Balance at January lst, 1966 Add excess of income over expenditure for the year to December 3lst, 1966

The subscription is now due from Annual Members. Please complete the enclosed proforma.

Field of Remembrance

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The Membership of the Association is now 180 Officers, 722 Life Members and 93 Annual Members.

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Tprs. Lemon and Maskell receiving their rosettes from Lady Legge-Bourke

tion of the new Household Cavalry Cross. at which the Silver Stick invited the Chaplain of the Household Brigade to give the Blessing by the Regimental Cloister where the new cross now stands. The Chapel was packed with members of the Mounted Squadron. Comrades and their families. and many supporters. Among those attending were H.R.H. Princess Alice. Colonel Sir Henry and Lady May Abel—Smith, and Sir Harry and Lady Legge—Bourke. who all lunched in the barracks before going on to Kensington Palace. Soon a throng of over a hundred Comrades collected on the field with families and serving personnel. The crowd. amounting to sortie five hundred. spread themselves around the arena. the

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The Winners of the Comrades Race—Mr. T. Smales (2nd), Mr. G. Hayward (lst), Mr. A. Millen (3rd)

luncheon tent, the bar and the troop side shows. Corporal Major Frearson’s historical tent, which was a great draw, included Jack Charlton’s England Cap, a pictorial history of Combermere, a model of the new Combermere, many photographs of “Vintage Blues” and a galaxy of full dress, drums, trumpets and banners, etc. One Troop‘s attraction was guessing the weight of Hannibal, the Drum Horse; Two Troop‘s, tossing the horse shoe; Three Troop’s swinging the apple; the Farrier‘s, a coconut shie and the Squadron Headquarters Staff, a balloon race. (The Winner's balloon flew to the South of Holland). The inter—troop competitions included a tug-owar, an obstacle race and mounted wrestling. There was also a recruits’ alarm race in which Tpr. Boardman came first, Tpr. Harrison second, and Tpr. Moran third; and a musical chairs contest which was won by Tpr. Hewitt, with Tpr. Purcell as runner—up. There was a fine entry for the Comrades‘ race which, though it may have been over-handicapped. resulted in a neck and neck photo finish with Mr. G. Hayward home by a whisker from Mr. T. Smales second, and Mr. A. Millen third. The Mounted Squadron produced a splendid turn-out for the fancy dreSS competition. The judges’ panel, consisting of Lady Legge-Bourke, Mrs. J. N. P. Watson, Mrs. D. J. Daly and Mrs. J. Kidman and Mrs. J. Cooper (wives of‘ the S.C.M. and the S.Q.M.C.). watched a colourful and amusing cavalcade troop round them: among others, a NAAFI girl (Tpr. Stokes), a Medieval Knight (Tpr. Stevens), and a Surgeon-Colonel (Tpr. Shillabeer). To prolonged and raucous cheering the final placings were announced as follows: First. Tpr. Thomson as a Caveman, second, Tpr. De Burgh as a Bunny Girl and third, Tpr Smith 019 as an old-style American cavalry man. The day‘s schedule was smooth and entertaining throughout and was conducted in a noteable atmosphere of high spirit and gaiety. Tpr. Thompson as a Cave Man


His long leave that year was spent on a big game shooting expedition with Prince Youssouf Kemal a famous Egyptian sportsman. Andy and Prince Youssouf became life long friends. They went on many shooting and fishing expeditions together and sailed to many parts of the world in Prince Youssouf‘s yacht in search of big game and fishing. On the amalgamation of the First and Second Life Guards in 1922 Andy was transferred to the Blues. His friendliness, his enthusiasm, both for his work, and for every form of worthwhile regimental activity soon made him extremely popular with all ranks of the Regiment. Andy took great interest in the Regimental rugger

the operations against Raschid Ali in Iraq, in

team. which he trained. His enthusiasm and the strict discipline he enforced secured a very fit team. The Blues’

frontier.

1941, that

Eion Merry got his M.C., for his skill and gallantry in commanding Mercol, a small column consisting of “A” Squadron in trucks, two R.A.F. armoured cars, two rather ancient 4.5 howitzers, R.A. and R.E. reconnaissance parties and R.A.S.C. transport with seven days” rations. petrol.

ammunition and water.

This column was sent to round

up El Fawzi el Raschid, a guerilla leader who was giving considerable trouble and proved a very formidable oppo-

nent.

Eion’s column defeated El Fawzi, whose force was

over 500 strong with 71 well—armed trucks, in a spirited engagement, and forced him to withdraw over the Syrian

chief rivals were usually the Welsh Guards. Andy was elected Mess President and took tremendous

Eion, being of a very reserved character, those who had not the privilege of knowing him well failed to realise his great sense of humour. An example being when he

presenting an old State Trumpet

trouble to ensure that the cuisine was excellent and that

ordered his trumpeter to sound Cease Fire at the conclusion

to Lt. Col. J. D. Crashley, T.D.. of The Governor General’s Horse Guards of Canada. our

‘the wines were of the highest quality. He was a connoisseur of good wine and good food. He knew all ranks in the Regiment, and all members of the married families indivi— dually. Everyone possessed a deep affection for him. His life was dedicated to their welfare. When Andy’s retirement became due, the age limit for his rank, Lieutenant-Colonel having been reached, he had become so indispensable that strong representations were made for his promotion to brevet Colonel. Due to his outstanding qualities he received his promotion, to the joy of every member of the Blues. The sad day arrived at the end of 1937 when Andy’s time for retirement finally arrived. Every serving Blue felt that a loved member of the family was departed for good. Andy went to New Zealand for a richly earned fishing holiday. Whilst he was there rumours that war was immi-

of hostilities with the Iraqi Rebels, just as though it was the end of an exercise on manoeuvres. He was a strict disciplinarian, a man quite impervious to personal danger, with a tremendous sense of duty and a heart of gold. He was a fine horseman, a good shot and keen fisherman. After the war I spent many happy days with him shooting grouse over pointers on his Belladrum moors, and walking round his magnificent herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. His death comes as a great blow to his many friends

The Colonel of the Regiment

affiliated Regiment, during his visit to England

nent reached him.

The

following

Obituaries

are

reproduced

from

Household Brigade Magazine SURGEON COLONEL E. ANDERSON By Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith. K.C.M.G., K.c_v.0., D.S.0. A greatly loved and respected member of The House— hold Cavalry has passed on. Andy, the name by which he was known to a multitude of friends, had just completed

OBITUARIES

Cavalry to the recruits. He always possessed a keen sense of humour. On one occasion, an already irate MajorGeneral arrived at his hospital on his tour of inspection. An explosive tirade was being delivered, in the middle of which Andy turned to his medical colleague and said “Shall

we certify him!!” The end of the war meant Andy‘s final

required to

usual lively interest in every aspect of the cultivation and production of the farms, one of the largest privately owned

conflict had few trained medical personnel. He therefore volunteered and was attached to the Army of Montenegro. On one occasion when Andy was attached to the Montenegrins he was invited by the General commanding to watch an assault on a mountain position. He noticed With surprise that the attacking battalion consisted of old men with white beards. The General, when asked the reason, replied “Why not, they are all men near the end of their

was signed, Andy set sail for home and before his ship reached England hostilities again broke out; he immediately

re—offered his services.

On December 13th, 1966 Trooper K. J. Waldron was tragically killed in Nee Soon when the Ferret Scout Car he was commanding on a brake test overturned. It was natural that he should join The Blues as he already had a brother serving with the Mounted Squadron and at the end of his basic training he was posted to Herford in the autumn of 1965 where he joined ‘B’ Squadron. He volunteered for service in Malaysia and came out to Singapore as a member of Squadron Headquarters. He was later posted to 2 Troop. Waldron was a cheerful and popular member of the Squadron and will be greatly missed by his many friends. We all extend to his family our deepest sympathy on their sad bereavement.

by his example the great traditions of The Household

tend the sick and wounded; the countries involved in the

useful lives. The young men will be required to rebuild their nation when hostilities cease!" When the armistice

TROOPER KENNETH JOHN WALDRON

I first met Buck when he was home on leave in 1917 and asked me to dine with him and his wife, Gladys Cooper, at the Savoy. When I joined the Regiment in France in 1918 his was one of the first welcoming faces to meet me

his medical training at the time that the first Balkan War Doctors were urgently

On this occasion he was lent to

He took a noble part in alleviating, in

spite of lack of medical supplies, the sufferings of the tens of thousands of Turks, dying from cholera. When the war terminated he returned home to carry out research work. In 1913 Andy was commissioned into the lst Life

Guards as

Medical

Officer.

He soon

became a most

popular member of the Regiment. He served with The Life Guards throughout the war and he was mentioned in despatches in 1915. During hs service in France, Andy was introduced to the art of dry fly fishing. One evening he was enjoying his favourite sport at a quiet pool, trout were just commencing to rise. he was buoyed up with anticipation for a good bucket of trout. Suddenly shells started falling into the pool. The German gunners were never forgiven for spoiling his evening‘s catch. Soon after the First World War Andy answered an advertisement for a doctor to accompany a safari in Africa.

and we have been the closest of friends ever since. No one had more friends than Buck and he and the club he built up, owned and ran single-handed were a unique institution. The club was conceived by a small party of Blues Ofl‘icers in a dismal hutted camp in Trones Wood after the Armistice and he made it flourish from the word go. He gave an immense amount of pleasure and fun. He was a marvellous host and loved and was loved by people of all ages. It was sad in the last two or three years to watch him bravely fighting crippling arthritis and constant pain, but his end was a happy one in the home of his beloved daughter and her husband, Robert Morley, and his grandchildren.

He will be long remembered with affection by all his friends.

fruit farms in the world. He loved to roam in the mountains above the farm. where some of the rarest flora in the Cape still exists, and in which he took the deepest interest. In 1955 he paid a last visit to England. I well remember taking him one evening to Buck’s Club. He received a tremendous ovation. He spent a happy summer visiting his brother officers” homes, and fishing their dry fly rivers, and salmon rivers as of yore. He returned to South Africa where he was living when, at the age of 85 he passed on. Andy was a great Blue, and Household Cavalry man. By his life of unselfish service for his comrades, by his love, and pride in his Regiment he has helped not only to maintain all the best traditions of the Household Troops,

but added to them. the Turkish Army.

By the Earl of Sefton

to England to place his services at the disposal of the Regiment he loved so well. He was soon re-employed as Medical Officer to the Training Regiment of the Household Cavalry. He played a most invaluable role in ensuring that the drafts for overseas consisted of absolutely fit men. He also imparted

broke

1912.

CAPTAIN HERBERT JOHN BUCKMASTER

He packed his bag and hurried back

retirement from the life he enjoyed so well. He settled in South Africa where he had been born, on the fruit farm belonging to his uncles. He took his

out in

and our sympathy goes out to his widow and family.

.

.

His memory will remain fresh in many minds. his noble example will be handed on to future generations.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. J. H. MERRY, M.C. By Colonel Sir Robert Gooch. Bt., _D.S.O. (Formerly The Life Guards)

Eion Merry and I first met as Lower Boys together in Bunny Hare’s House at Eton. Subsequently he jomed the Blues and I the Life Guards. so we saw a good deal of each other before the Second World War. During this

war we both served in the First Household Cavalry Regimcnt in the Middle East and Italy, first as Squadron Leaders then when I got command of the Regiment, Eion was my He subsequently for two years. Second-in-Command commanded the Blues just after the war. It was during

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J. F. HARRISON by Major The Marquess of Northampton, D.S.O. As a contemporary at Eton and in the Blues of Colonel Jack Harrison who died on October 25th at the age of 82, I should like to put on record what a grand sportsman and great character he was all his life. He may chiefly be remembered as playing Polo for England, and as the best English back at Polo for a period of not less than 26 years; also as probably the best heavy-

weight rider to hounds for a much longer period.

But he

was also. in his younger days, an ideal regimental oflficer. With great attention to detail. and always with a kindly smile, he demanded from everyone under his command his very best effort for the good of the Regiment. As a subaltern there were only the few experts among the other ranks who could beat him in military competitions such as shooting with rifle and revolver. or fencing. I always remember a typical incident when his Squadron in 1917 was by night digging a line of support trenches some 200 yards behind the front trenches: they were being assisted by a small party of Sappers under two temporary officers: after a short time two of the Sappers went up to Jack and said. “Please Sir. may we work under you? We haven’t much

confidence in our officers". At polo he was. from 1910 to 1914. a member of the Blues team that swept the board. They won all four major cups in 1912. and three out of four in each of the other four years. He resigned from the Army in 1919, but, Page 49

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playing for variou

s teams, he won the Cowdra Park Cu (1919, 1922, 1930, 1935 and 1936) the Huntii/igdon Coir) (1925 and 1926) and the Prince of Wales Cup (I928, 1930 and 1935). ‘In 1933 he raised and captained the Knaves team, who in 1934 won the Coronation. the Ranelagh, the Buenos Aires and the Sutton Smith cups. all in the same

304062 S.Q.M.C. GREEN, John Roland (Died 4.9.66) of 147 London Road. Waterlooville, Portsmouth. Hants.

Born in 1886 at Islington.

I

Enlisted R.H.G. Oct. 29th, 1906.

polo in his .old Regiment, and his enthus iasm led to the Regiment Winning the three major tournaments in 1962.

Served B.E.F. l9l4—15, E. Africa 191518 and subsequently King‘s African Rifles till 1921. \Voundcd 1915. Awarded 1914 Star. War, Victory and L.S.G.C. Medals. Discharged Oct., 1927. on completion 21 years' service.

for a few seasons, but for nearly 40 season s he hunted. with his Wife and eight daughters, from his house at Melton Mowbray, where he kept a vast stable establishment. A

4903 TPR. WARDLE, Harry (Died 1211.66) of 23 Caversham Road. Kcntish Town. N.W.S. Born Sheffield. Enlisted 2nd LG. in Jan, I909.

season.

Between 1959 and 1962 he did much to revive

He was Master of the Hertfordshire Hound s

friend of mine remembers seeing a long train of horseboxes

passmg through Kettering station. He asked whether it was

a cavalry regiment moving to new quarters, but was told it was Colonel Harrison‘s annual train moving his establi

Served Gds.

M.G. Regt.

1918-19 and

discharged. R.H.G.

1915

Star.

War,

Victory and

the end of the hunting season. He was a first-class shot in any company, and took a great personal interest in his own shoot of partridges and pheasants on his Hertfordshire estate, as he did indeed in the management of the estate. He was a very steady rifle shot at deer in Scotland. and in all sport no one knew more than he about the wild life and habits of foxes, birds

of Little Slade, Upper Basildon. Reading.

He was a warm-hearted friend to all. and especia lly

permanently

in

the Museum,

to

which

he has

left

his

uniforms.

the age of 72. will have been received with deep sorrow

by his many frinds throughout the country.

He had been

admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital at Windsor after a short illness, and after an operation passed away on the afternoon of May 18th, 1966. Many of his friends and representatives of the Regiments of Household Cavalry attended the funeral at the Holy Trinity Church, Windsor,

on May 23rd, 1966. Walter Twidle was born in Halifax in

On

attaining he age of 18 he applied to have his name placed on the "waiting list” for the Blues. He was finally approved

for service at Hyde Park Barracks by Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Wilson on November 4th, 1912, and embarked with the Blues to Zeebrugge on November 6th. 1914. On September lst, 1916, he was posted as an Acting Corporal-

of—Horse to the Household Battalion.

It was with this

Battalion in May, 1917, at the Third Battle of Scarpe, that he was awarded the Military Medal and was wounded. On the disbandmen of the Battalion in January. 1919. S.C.M. Twidle was posted to Italy. He became R.C.M. of the Blues on March 12th, 1933, and held this appointment until March 12th, 1939. Although this was not the longest period of office recorded, his

“reign” of six years is still spoken with awe and reverence by those who were lucky enough to serve under him. When he retired after 27 years’ service in the Blues, in 1939, his Commanding Officer, Colonel The Lord Forester, wrote: "An oustanding man, who has deservedly risen to the highest position in the Regiment open to Warrant Officers.

A strict disciplinarian, yet loved and respected by all ranks.” During the Second World War he served as a Sergeant in the Special Constabulary in Yorkshire and returned to his old Regiment as Custodian of the Museum in 1955. For five years he built up, recorded and cared for the treasures under his care. Indeed, without his labours, the present new Museum would be a poorer place. From 1960

until his death he worked in the Otficers‘ Mess Ofiice where he looked after the accounts. Walter Twidle was a splendid man, devoted to his Regiment, which he served 50 faithfullyfia man of sterling character, of soldierly bearing and with a dry sense of In his lifetime he became a legend, but I feel humour. that the epitaph he would most have appreciated is that

to the end he was a true “Blue.” Our

sympathy goes

their great loss.

out to his son and

daughter in

Monday;Friday Sunday Saturday

10 a.m.~l pm. 11 a.m.#1 pm. CLOSED

2 p.m.——5 pm. 2 p.m.—5 pm.

ORGANISATION

Enlisted R.H.G. Apr. let, 1901. aged 18 years at Windsor.

Prisoner of War l914-18. Awarded 1914 Star and Clasp, War and Victory Medals. Discharged 20.4.1923 after 12 years’ service. 305057 TPR. COOPER, Christopher James (Died 21.11.65)

of 34 Ravensbury Road, London. S.W.18. Born Walkley. Yorks.. 1915. Enlisted R.H.G. in 1933. Served with I H.C.R. Mddle East 1940-44, Italy, 1944 and Defence Medals. Released April, 1946. 304707 CPL. BARRETT, William John (Died 205.66) of 34 Bodley Road. Littlemore, Oxford. Born Banbury. Oxon, Oct., 1906.

TRUSTEES The following oflicers are Trustees by virtue of their appointments. Admiral of The Fleet, The Earl Mougttéagtein . . . ., G.C.B., O.M., . . . ., OGfCBSIigfiDICSTO’. P C Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, K.G., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., K.B.E., D.S.O., D.C.L. Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E. Lieutenant Colonel I. B. Baillie l R. M. F. Red rave, M.C. l ‘ Liiiittzlrliihtt E31311; M. A. Q. Darlgey

. Colonel The Life Guards. Colonel The Blues. . Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Household‘Cavalry. . Commanding The Life Guards. ' Commanding The Blues. Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment.

Enlisted R.H.G. 4.10.1926. Transferred Reserves 1934 Rejoined on Mobilisation 1.9.39. Served 1 H.C.R. ME. 1940-44, Italy, 1944.

COMMITTEE

Awarded Africa Star/VIII.

Released 18.12.1945. 1120

Band/OOH. LIQUORISH, Charles (Died 12.4.62)

of 54 Netherby Road, S. Ealing, W5

Born Aldershot.

1894.

T'm ‘ of o enin : g p l 65

Born Petworth, Sussex.

N.W. Europe 1945. Awarded Africa Star, 193945, France/Germany, War and

REGMENTAL CORPORAL MAJOR W. TWIDLE, M.M. by Major A. J. Dickinson. The news of Mr. Walter Twidle‘s death this year at

The Household Cavalry Museum is situated in Cavalry Barracks Windsor just inside the main It is open to the public and admission is free.

L.S.G.C. Medals.

I466 CPL. BRABY. Ernest James, M.V.O., M.B.E. (Died 27.10.66).

to those who shared in his enjoyment of sport. We shall all miss him very deeply, but he will at least be remembered

gate.

1922-30. Awarded

ment from Leicestershire to his home in Hertfordshre sh— at

or deer.

MUSEUM NOTES

Enlisted R.H.G.

12.5.1904. Served Dragoons 1895-1903.

Served S. Africa 1900-1903. Appointed Band/CoH. 1915. Awarded Queens and Kings S. African Medals with Clasps, L.S.G.C. and War and Victory Medals with B.E.F. in l914-18 War. Discharged 1920 after 16 years’ service. 2976 L/CPL. HUNT, Bertie Cecil of Farm Cottage, Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E. Lieutenant Colonel R. M. F. Redgrave, M.C. Major C. W. Wordsworth Major G. F. Lane-Fox Major R. H. Egar, R.A.P.C. Major (Retd.) A. J, Dickinson S.Q.M.C. C. W. Frearson Mr. Z. A. Goodacre

Chairman. C LG Commanding R.HG. Regimental Adjutant rep. 0. . . . 2 1/c R.H.G. Treasurer. Curator. ASSIStant Curator. Custodian.

LIBRARY

Born Blandford. Enlisted Dorset Yeomanry 1911 aged 24, as Trumpeter. Transferred R.H.G. 1917 and Demobilised 1919.

678 CoH. STRUTT, James of 5 New Cottages, Kings Walden, Hitchin, Herts.

It records. in incorporated been and nuscripts ' B ui'ld'mg s . and Works has now ' ' of Public ' by the Ministry l'brar , built illeHIJI/usleum yand houses the Household Cavalry Collection of books, ma also allows facilities for study and research.

Born Witham, Essex. Enlisted 1898.

RESEARCH

Served S. Africa 1899-1900. Awarded S.A. Medal with 4 Clasps and Discharged 1919 after 21 years.

1549

L.S.G.C.

S.Q.M.C. STIRK, Charles William (Died 31.3.66)

of 58 Gratwicke Road, Worthing, Sussex. Joined R.H.G. in the Field 1914. Served Guards M.G. Corps 1916. Commissioned into The Green Howards. Awarded 1914—15 Star, War and Victory Medals.

304034

Tpr. LOCKIE, David (Died 21.12.66)

of 40 Neyland Crescent, Reepham Road, Norwich.

Born in Midlothian in 1884. Enlisted at Edinburgh May 18th, 1903, into the Household Cavalry at the age of 19%, joining The Blues at Regents Park Barracks. Served with B.E.F. 1914-1919. Transferred to Gds. Machine Gun ch1. in 1918. Discharged on termination of engagement May 17th, 1924, after 21 years’ service. Awarded 1914 Star and Clasp, War, Victory and l..S.G.C.

Medals

Applications in writi no for. research to be carried out are undertaken. The purchase by tfhe mac hine enables the enquirer to have a permanent record at a ee D Committee of a photocopying of one guinea.

BEQUESTS AND GIFTS

re ‘iation for a leoacy of £500 under the will . ' D 'n0 the ast year the Committee I L and th e giftc of £500 from the Army app their Guards. ecord Life The y formerl en. ofurtlh: late ILord Fairhav Museums Ogilby Trust.

POSTCARDS

the . . ‘ ‘ . . g . . . items on show, including . sub. ects of ‘ ‘ ‘ the Museum de icting in Postcards are now on sale It is hoped that these Will Waterloo Bugle, and Kettledrums and the coat pof Charles J Lorraine. be popular and useful souvenirs of a visit. Page 51

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Letters to the Editor From Mr. A. C. MILLEN, 92. South Coast Road, Peacehaven, Newhavcn, Sussex.

ZANDVOORDE AND YPRES 1966

Building and Civil Engineering Contractors

KIRK 81

KIRK

LIMITED

On the occasion of H.M. The Queen’s State Visit to

Belgium in May. a combined party of Blues. The Life Guards and their ladies visited Zandvoorde and Ypres. lt once again proved to be a most successful venture and was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. The party travelled by boat from Dover to Ostend on May 13th and went by Coach to Ypres where we watched the MeninAGate Ceremony that night. On Friday, May 14th, H.M. The Queen was to visit Ypres. Col. F. F. B. St. George, C.V.O., joined the party that morning and remained for the rest of the day. We Visited Wythehaete. Zandvoorde, where a wreath was laid on the War Memorial. and Zillebecke, when the Burgo» master entertained us. The party paraded with members 01 the British Legion, prior to the Queen’s arrival, and afterwards watched a Marching Display by Army Bands and a display at the Menin Gate. Saturday, May 15th, was spent travelling to Rotterdam where we spent two nights. Visits were made to the Dutch Bulbfields. Later we returned to Ypres, visiting Antwerp and were entertained by the Burgomaster of Ypres

new At the Zandvoorde Memorial.

L.-R.7Messrs. Rowe

(L.G.). Harris. Barlow (L.G.), Garratt (L.G.), Shepard (L.G.), Laver (L.G.), Lowman, Miller, Colonel St. George

on arrival.

Associated with

GOOD BUILDING for over Seventy Years

Our party returned to England the next day after a most successful and enjoyable trip. It was unanimously decided to try and repeat the tour in the following year. Any members interested should contact me or the Hon. Secretary. Here is the outline programme:— l—Dates: June 30th to July 8th inclusive. 2—Travel by Coach from and to Ostend. SiPi-ogramme. The Tour has been extended by two days, to include the ceremony of Laying-up of a Life Guard Standard, which Col. St. George will be able to attend, and two extra outings. Day l—Victoria, Ostend, Ypres (Hotel Brittanique). Menin Gate Ceremony at 9 pm. Day 2—Market day at Ypres. Burgomaster's reception in morning. (Lunch). Afternoon visit to Poperinghe

and Toc H. Day 37Morning free at Ypres. (Lunch). Afternoon visit

From Mr. R. J. ROBERTSON (formerly CoH.) of “Tarkwa”, 43 Filching Road. Eastbourne. It occurred to me that it might be of interest to your readers to hear of the retirement of PC. Harry Ward. B.E.M., of the Eastbourne Police "Downs Patrol“. P.C. Harry Ward retired in August after 30 years service in the Force, during which time he became one of Britain‘s best known policeman and earned many commendations. Ward was an Old Blue leaving the Regiment in May, 1936.

His Chief Constable. Mr. R. W. Walker, writes “I wish to express my appreciation to RC. Ward for revealing

in life and conduct the best traditions of the Police Service.” P.C. Ward has been succeeded as “Downs Patrol” by PC. Williams, also an ex Blue.

to Bruges and Sluis in Holland, returning to Ypres.

Day 47M0rning Ceremony at St. George’s Church of Laying up of Life Guards Standard, in memory of all the dead of the Household Cavalry. (Lunch). Afternoon visit to Zandvoorde, Zillebeke (Reception), Wythehaete, etc. Return to Ypres, with Menin Gate Ceremony at 9 pm. S—Travel to Brussels (Lunch), Liege, Aachen. Cologne (Dinner, bed and breakfast). 6—Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim (Lunch). Afternoon trip on Rhine to Boppard. Return by coach to Rudesheim (Dinner, bed and breakfast). 7—Morning free in Rudesheim. (Lunch). Afternoon

PUTNEY SW15 Telephone: PUTNEY 724.4 (i5 lines)

Telegrams: FOURKAYS, LONDON, S.W.I§.

excursion to Weisbaden.

Return to Rudsheim

(Dinner, bed and breakfast). 8~Rudesheim, Mainz, Kaiserlautern. Saarbrucken. (Lunch). Saarlouis, Remich. Luxembourg, Arlon. Bastogne (Dinner, bed and breakfast). Day 9*Bastogne, Namur, Brussels, Ostend. (Lunch). Afternoon boat for Dover, then train to Victoria. 4~Total Cost: £35—lOs.-0d. (not including spending money). SiDepOSit of £2 for each man and £5 for each lady if with with the Blues’ Association. and £5 per person if With the Life Guards. The deposits are required by May 7th, 1967. The remainder of the cost will be collccted in That is 4,265 Belgian francs 0n the boat going out. Belgian francs for each person, obtainable through any bank. 67Passports are required, and can be obtained through your nearest Labour Exchange.

77Packed lunch for the boat is advised.

>

Anyone wishing to stay for a further period can do so, as the tickets are usable for three months.

From Mr. G. HAYWARD, M.M.. of 321. Long Drive. South Ruislip. Middx. On Sunday, July 24th,

1966, a Service was held in

Westminster Abbey to commemorate the Institution of the Military Medal by HM. King George V on March 25th. I916. Over 300 holders of the Medal attended in addition to a large congregation. The parade was inspected and salute taken at the March Past by the President of the League Major General A. E. Walford, G.B.. G.B.E.. M.M.. Royal Canadian Artillery. The Standard of the Miltary Medallists League (to which I was escort) was borne from the Chapel of St. George to the Sacrarium and was laid upon the High Altar. The Service was conducted by The Very Rev. E. S. The Parade Abbott. M.A., D.D., Dean of Westminster. was televised by B.B.C. in "Town and Around" on Monday,

July ZSIh. I966. Page 53


From MAJOR THE EARL OF ANCASTER, L.L.,.I.P.,T.l). British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, Frankland Moore House.

24,000 Limbless Ex-Service Men

185-187 High Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex. Telephone: SEVen Kngs 1124.

await a word from you

Jack Charlton (Leeds United and England)

‘ We believe that readers of the Blue could and would wish to help BLESMA in our Search for limbless ex-Service men. and women who can benefit from our specialised servtccs: which services are freely available to them whether or not they are members of BLESMA.

Our aim is that no limbless ex-Service man or woman should suffer undue or unnecessary hardship and we can today provide financial help where the need exists. We

A word of encouragement and a token of help—needed, now, by British

also help in the provision of aids and amenities within the

Ex-Service men who have sacrificed

21 full life.

completely unable to help themselves.

Money is urgently needed to help

home, and our three BLESMA Homes at Blackpool, Crieff and Portsmouth are available for rest, recuperation and permanent residence. We are constantly finding large numbers of limbless ex-Service men who are not in receipt of their full entitlements of pension and allowances, and many today are benefiting from the help and advice they have received from BLESMA in their individual cases. Our help. financial and otherwise, is also available to the widows of limbless ex-Service men. There must be many of the surviving 24.000 limbless ex-Service men who are known to your readers but who are not yet in touch with BLESMA. Would you please

Many

of them

are

these men conquer their handicap—money to equip and maintain homes in which they can be given convalescence, or care and comfort in their

old age.

BLESMA is not aided by the State.

Donations

and

Will you help?

information:

Major the Earl of Ancaster, T.D., Chairman of Appeal (8.12)

Another way you can help. Do you know any British

Midland Bank Ltd., 89, Charterhouse Street. London, E.C.1.

From S.Q.M.C. D. R. FIELDING

Ex~Service man or woman who has lost a limb and

It appeared to me that a great many people were not

aware

would benefit from specialist help and advice? Le! BLESMA know.

BRITISH LIMBLESS EX-SERVICE MEN'S ASSOCIATION

that Jack Charlton served in the Blues for his

National Service. He was born at Ashington and was posted to 67th Training Regt. R.A.C. at Carlisle in October, 1953. on reaching National Service age. Subsequently he was allocated to the Blues as an Assault Trooper and served in “B" Squadron until his discharge in September, 1955. He was a regular member of the Regimental Football team and captain the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Royals in the 1955 Cavalry Cup Final iin B.A.O.R. Jack. whose elder brother is Bobby of Manchester United, has played for Leeds ever since he was 17. He gained his first England Cap against Scotland in April,

(Registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act 1948 and, as a charity. under the Charities Act 1960.)

help by bringing the Association’s services to the attention of your readers and inviting them to inform the General Secretary, BLESMA, at the above address of any former members of the Royal Horse Guards who are limbless but not in touch with BLESMA so that we can make our services available to them? With many thanks.

From Mr. J. PARRIE, of 3, Walpole Terrace. Brighton. 7.

1965, and has played in all England‘s sides since as Centre Half. Probably his greatest triumph to date was his part in England's World Cup win in 1966. I am sure the best wishes of all our members go with him for his future successes on the football field and on the golf course. Incidentally. one of his England Caps is now on view in

the Museum at Combermere Barracks. Windsor. SPECIAL TERMS TO ALL REGULAR AND EX-REGULAR SERVICE PERSONNEL AND UNITS AND MESSES. AT

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only) ON

Telephone: 57151 (4 lines) (Day)

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ED‘VARD CRISP—Musician

Born Southwark in 1884. Enlisted 12.1.1898 for 12 years in Corps of Hussars of the Line (14th RH.) at age of 14, serving with them in India from 1906-1910. ‘ Enlisted into 2nd L.G. in 1910 aged 26. Transterrcd to

Guards 1\l.G. Regt. serving with B.E.F. 1916—19. Posted to R.H.G. in 1922. Awarded War and Victory Medals and also L.S.G.C.

1113. 34044 Tpr. THOMAS WESTACOTT Born at Swimbridge. Barnstaple. Devon. In 1886.

PREFERENTIAL CONCESSIONS on all forms of insurance, at home and overseas, including car. kit, household, whole of life or endowment, educational, Terminal Grant Trust. etc. We also

Enlisted R.H.G. Mar. 21st. 1904. aged 18 at Regents Park Barracks. Served with B.E.F. 1914-1916 and 1917-1919. Guards M.G. cht. 1918. _ Awarded 1914 Star and Clasp. War and Victory Medals. Dischargcd 25.4.1922 after 18 years service. Now :1ng 80.

specialise in advice to service personnel on Insurance Investment

when he won the decoration. EDITOR’S NOTE We stand corrected. We do not now believe that any

Pensioners H. N. Harvey and T. Westacott Members may be interesed‘to know that among the Iii-Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. are three old Blues. Their combined ages are 227 years.

FERENTIAL TERMS OF INTEREST WITH INCOME TAX RELIEF.

and provision for Estate Duty.

Mutiny, and not as a Midshipman in the Crimea. He was actually in Command of a Troop of the 3rd Light Cavalry

Naval V.C‘.s were awarded during the Crimean War!

PRE—

READING

V,C. when a Lieutenant in the 17th Lancers in the Indian

From Major A. J. DICKINSON

Discharged Feb. 9th. 1933. after 23 years service. Admitted Royal Hospital March. 1933. He is now aged 82. H.P.

Many thanks for the copy of “The Blue" 1966, but there is a howler on page 37. Sir Evelyn Wood won his

304385

F/Cpl. HERBERT NORMAN HARVEY

Served with R.H.G. 1919-38 and 1939-41. Transferred to R.A.S.C. in 1942 and then R.E.M.E 1942-43 and R.A.S.C. 1943-45 Awarded Defence. War and L.S.G.C. Medals. Entered Royal Hospital April 18th. 1966. Ang 65.


NOMINAL ROLLS as at January lst, 1967 R.H.Q. Household Cavalry

R.A.C., B.T.U. (Catterick)

Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E., Silver Stick. CoH. Cross, C. Cpl. Pollock, K CoH. Vaudin, S. L/Cpl. Jennings, K. Cpl. Baylay, D.

CoH. Cooper, D. CoH. Taylor, T.

H.C.T.S. (Permanent Stafi)

Captain The Hon. A. G. Brougham

Cpl. Lockett, T.

R.M.A., Sandhurst

SERVICE Tpr. Storey

PUBLICATIONS LIMITED

S.Q.M.C. Martin, K. I./CoH. Coulson, D. L/CoH. Donnelly, J. L/CoH. Martin, M. CoH. McMillan, A. CoH. Peck, J. L/CoH. Pomroy, H.

Cpl. Clayton, J. Cpl. Jones, C. L/Cpl. Farrar, T. Tpr. Drew, R. Tpr. Fry, M. Tpr. Moloney, J. Tpr. Sayer, C. Tpr. Seddon, J.

Oxford University Lieut. G. H. Tweedie

Cambridge University GUARDS PARA COY Ct. H. W. Davies Maior Sir Nicholas Nuttall, Bt. 'I'pr. Johnstonc, R. Tpr. Johnston, 1’.

. Thompson, I. . Banham, D.

Courses R.A.C. Centre Lieut. The Hon. G. Lambert

From Mr. GEORGE BROOKS of 17. Sancroft Road. Eastbourne. I feel I must write to say how much I enjoyed receiving the Regimental Magazine, “The Blue" in its present form and Wish it every success. I am forwarding a photo of the late Colonel Burnaby‘s servant, I think his name was Storey. It was given me about 20 years ago by a family then living at Blandford. Dorset. who thought it would be of some interest to me having served in the Blues. Perhaps a few enquiries may help to bear this out. Also I am wondering if I am the sole survivor of the bearer party to the late Prince Francis of Teck at St. George‘s Chapel, Windsor, October 26th, 1910. I have wonderful memories of the late Mr. Meach, late Mr. Brand, Mr.

welcomes

SPECIAL RECRUITERS

enquiries

S.Q.M.C. James, R. (Leeds) S.Q.M.C. Green, B. (Forest Gate) . Cryan, M. (Durham)

. Ellis, D. (Bradford) . Hill, W. (Bristol)

from regiments

1907, to January,

1918.

+ From Mr. GEORGE LOWMAN. of 29, Keswick Close, The Rookeries, Bull Lane, Rayleigh, Essex. The following might be of interest to put in next year’s Blue. I was the first one in the Regiment to know that the armistice had been signed on November 11th, 1918. We had an idea that it was going to be signed during the night of the 10th, 11th. Lord Tweedmouth, who had a billet in some old brick

H.Q. London District

Lawson, I’. (Liverpool) MacDougall, W. (Edinburgh) Oliver, J. (Stoke-on-Trent) Sampson, \V. (Newcastle-on-Tyne) Spencer, J. (Wcmbley)

considering

Inns of Court and City Yeomanry ——_—-——

the

Captain J. H. Human W.O. II. Allcock, H. CoH. Ollington, M. CoH. Smart, R.

publication

R.A.C. Centre

CoH. Stanford, P. Cpl. Taylor, I.

Cpl. Sargent, M. L/Cpl. Bowman, D. Tpr. Bartick, B. Tpr. Chambers, E. Tpr. O’Toole, C. Tpr. Thorne, I’.

Cpl. Evans, J. Cpl. Midwinter. J.

atteinte a cette date et a cette heure. Signe: Marcehal Foch.” The original message is now in the Museum.

__+_

____— H.Q. 4 Gds. Bde. CoH. Hardgrave, S. CoH. Laws, L.

CoI-I. Preece, D. L/Cpl. Walker, L.

magazine

247 Pro. Coy, BERLIN

____— Captain J. Col-I. Allanson, W.

S.Q.M.C. Varga, G.

H.Q. R.A.C. WESTERN COMMAND

BRIXMIS CoH. Wilmott, R.

Major M. K. Tatham

\V.O.I. Slade, E.

BAHREIN H.Q. Household Brigade

S.Q.M.C. McLachlan-Kitchen, A. R.

Captain J. D. Smith-Bingham

Service Publications Ltd..

MADRID F.V.R.D.E., Chertsey

Caxton House, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex—Telephone: 4536 (four lines)

CoH. Veiteh, G. C. S.Q.M.C. Bellwood, H.

HONG KONG F.V.R.D.E.. KIRKCUDBRIGHT \V'.O.I. Godfrey-Cass, D. L. Tpr. McMahon, M.

ADEN l PARACHUTE Regt. Cpl. Stacey, M. I’. Lieut.

D. M.

Cuthbertson-Smith

H.Q. MELF A.A.C., Arborfield Capt. T. N. P. W. Burhury I’.

CoH. Buckingham,

I survived the “White Man’s Grave“ despite Blackwater Fever, and returned to England in 1922. I finally left the

H.Q. R.A.C. 3 Div.

Regiment in 1934 after 2]

Cpl. Dugdnle, G.

Page 56

Capt. H. 0. Hugh-Smith Tpr. Perry, L

Ministry of Defence

the years spent in West Africa counted as double service.

years actual service.

(Q.M.) F. Whennell

Junior Leaders’ Regiment R.A.C.

to this

L/Cpl. Howson, D.

of 2, Wood Fen Road, Littleport, Cambs.

L/Cpl. Harris, D.

H.Q. 7 Armd. Bde. S.Q.M.C. Feltham, R

From M. A. E. OAKES (ex Col-I.) 304188, I wonder how many Blues can claim a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with only 14% years service. The reason this happened to me was that I did 3 tours of duty with the 3rd Battalion the Nigeria Regiment, and

Cpl. Westwood, A.

H.Q. Berlin Inf. Bde.

Capt.

works in Bohain, gave instructions to Col-I. Andrews and myself that, no matter at what time of the night the armistice was signed, we were to take the message to him. I took the message down in morse code at 5 am. and was taking it to Lord Tweedmouth when I got a terrific shock. Outside Lord Tweedmouth’s billet was a sentry. I said to him. “Jim the armistice has been signed and it is all over." He pulled his revolver from its holster, put it to his head and blew his brains out. At first I thought he was going to shoot me. Here is the message I took down from Eiffel Tower at 5 a.m.. November 11th, 1918: “Marechal Foch a commandants en allies (1) Les hostilites seront arretees sur tout le front a partir du onze Novembre onze heures (heures Francaise) (2) Les troupes allies nont pas a depasser jusque a nouval ordre la ligne

H.Q. Rheindahlen Garrison CoH. Tucker, A. Cpl. Williams, R.

of items similar

Mai. D. J. Daly E.R.E. (Abroad) Germany

E.R.E. (U.K.)

Millen and Mr. Sheppard having served in the Regiment from September.

. . . . .

Call. Ewers, N.

H.Q. Penang Garrison

________ Capt. (Q.M.) J. T. Sallis


THE

REGIMENT

‘A'

SQUADRON

Regimental Headquarters

* I.O.—Cap:ain The Lord Fermoy R.S.O.—Captain J. W. N. Mitchell R.C.IH.—R.C.M. C Martin

HEADQUARTERS

Major R. C. Rayner S.C.M. Cowdery, J. CoH. Thomas, L. Cpl. Owen, R.

L/Cpl. Collett, '1‘.

SQUADRON

L/Cpl. Shatwell,

Squadron H.Q. Kidrnan, J.

L/Cpl. Shortman, Tpr. North, M.

L/Cpl. Bennett, T.

J.

T.Q.M. Department

‘ Maior C. J. Coles, M.B.E.

R.Q.M.C. Beadle, L. (Tech) S.Q.M.C. Flannigan, CoH. Scriven, R. Cpl. Mannering, V.

J.

Cpl. Anslow, R. L/Cpl. Leach, R. Tpr. Clark, 1. Tpr. Fry, I.

Captain 0. M. Price S.Q.M.C. Reeves, D. Cpl. Alvis, F. Cpl. Kenriek, D. Cpl. Williams, W. L/Cpl. Turner, D. L/Cpl. \Villiams, C. Tpr. Bates, G. Tpr. Boosey, D. Tpr. Chafiey, W.

lfisk, l’. Jones, K. Lewis, B. O‘Neill, I). Scott, C.

lst Troop Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Hester, E. Kemp, F. McGregor, M. O‘Neill, T. Pass, R. Podbylski, J. Redshaw, M. Ward, C. Worthy, B.

S.Q.M.C. Truslove, P. L/Cpl. Chant, P.

Tpr. Borland, \V.

. Allen, T. . Cousins. l’.

. Fidler, D. . Pritchard, R. . Stacey, M.

2nd Troop . . . .

Donnelly, M. Jones, P. Riley, D. Andrews, P.

3rd Troop CoH. Sellers, J. Cpl. Ball, N.

Saddler

Cpl. Compton, S. Cpl. Butler, K.

Ct. T. K. Brennan

Emiglord, K.

S.Q.M.C. Handley, J.

Ration Store

CoH. Potter, F. Cpl. Carter, G. L/Cpl. Chillingworth, R.

Medical Centre Surg. Captain M. Charter, L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S. CoH. King, . Tpr. Grocott, G. L/Cpl. McGuinness, P. Tpr. Youngson, W'.

C.S.M.l. Perry R. (APTC)

. . . .

Allsop, I. Elvy, D. Smith, S. Thomas, P. Thorne, P.

. . . .

Giles, M. Lowe, E. McMahon, D. MeMullen, D.

L/Cpl. Freeman, K. Tpr. Mountlort

Ct. M. R. Routledge CoH. Kersting, A. L/Cpl. Meldrum, C. L/Cpl. Timmis, R. Tpr. Brewer, R.

Tpr. Murphy, D.

L/Cpl. Proudioot, A.

S.Q.M.C. Beynon, A. Cpl. Dcsborough, W. Cpl. Miller, P.

. . . . . .

Cartwright, R. Chillingworth, K. Corby, L Harding, J. Lake, M. Taylor, N.

L/Cpl. Mitchell, 1’. L/Cpl. Moody, B. Tpr. Bell, C Tpr. Brown, R.

Echelon (2) S.Q.M.C. Feltham, R. Cpl. Ballard, A. L/Cpl. Gennings, D. L/Cpl. Shaw, A. Tpr. Chillingworth, G.

. Hall, K. . Maekay, D. . Rawsthorne, A.

. Yates, J.

L.A.D. R.E.M.E.

4th Troop

N.C.O.’s Mess P.T.I. Instructors

Lt. J. S. Olivier CoH. Hawley, H. Cpl. Stacey, M. L/Cpl. Rowley, D. Tpr. Dodsworth, M.

Echelon (l)

Col-I. Burton-Johnson, H. CoH. Hunt, C CoH. Tribe, K. Cpl. Bright, R. Cpl. Cooper, I.

Ct. M. R. Sorby CoH. Mallinson, P. Cpl. Potter, R. L/Cpl. Collett, R.

S.Q.M.C. Store

Regt. Signals

R.

. . . . .

L/Cpl. Smith, T.

M.T. “00p

Maior T. C. Morris S.C.M.

5th Tr00p

S.H.Q. Troop

Commanding Officer—Lieut. Colnel R. M. F. Redgrave, M.C. 2. I./C.—Maior G. F. Lane Fox Adiutant—Captain W. N. H. Legge-Bourke

Heathcote, I. . Holmes, A. . Seddon, D. Shears, D.

S/Sgt. Parsons, J. Cpl. Hayley, Cpl. Drummond, D. L/Cpl. Le-Tiec, L. Cin. Palmer, M.

. . . .

Sangster, C. Dufi, P. Crawford, I. Mitchell, A.

R.A.P.C. Families S.Q.M.C.

Major M. W. Stevens S/Sgt. Sharpe, T. Cpl. Demellweek-Pooley, G. Cpl. King, B.

S.Q.M.C. Norris, F.

Cpl. Wrigley, P. Pte. Atton, M.

‘3!

SQUADRON (THE BLUES SQUADRON, THE LIFE GUARDS)

A.C.C. Q.M. Department W.0. II. Murray, J. Cpl. Maedonald

L/Cpl. Copeland, T. Pte. Marchant, D.

Cpl. Risk, R.

Lieut. W. Stringer R.Q.M.C. Nlarsh, W. CoH. Bateman, R. Cpl. Howick, D.

L/Cpl. Hawtin, J.

L/Cpl. Grifiiths, B.

“A” Troop

Oflieers’ Mess CoH. Story, E.

Cpl. Wink, H. L/Cpl. Brown, J. L/Cpl. Jones, N. Bell, C Bromage, C. . Bullock, T. Croser, B. Currie, J. Dewey, B. Tpr. Fyles, A.

Gaskell, F. . Lawson, l’. Layeoek, P. . Meakin, M. . Mitchell, A. . Scarrott, J. . Stephenson, W. . Tapley, P. . Williams, P.

Worthy, B.

89

S.C.M. Young, L. Cpl. Collinson, R. Cpl. Febbrarro, M. L/Cpl. Hewett, R. L/Cpl. Landon, M. Tpr. Bond, B. Tpr. Callaghan, N.

Ct. P. T. Fletcher CoH. White L/Cpl. Embree L/Cpl. Rumbclow Tpr. Talbot

Lt. J. R. W. Palmer CoH. Preece L/Cpl. Calden

L/Cpl. White Jones, R. Stone, N. Smaldon, L.

Stables

Tpr. Fisher Tpr. Owens

. . . .

Ratcliffe Harrison Oakley Chessher

. . . .

Baldwin Clayton Slater Sweeney

L/Cpl. Hart, F.

Carpenter

Barber’s Shop

L/Cpl. Fearn, B.

L/Cpl. Pitt, W.

2nd Troop Lt. G. N. van Cutsem CoH. Robson Cpl. Coughlan L/Cpl. King Tpr. Smith

Tailor’s Shop Regtl. Sports Store CoH. Taylor,

N.

(L.G.)

Tpr. De Bear, M.

Tpr. Soden, K.

S.Q.M.C. Patntore, W. S.Q.M.C. Spencer, D.

S.Q.M.C. Clarke, J.

Cpl. Quinton, G.

3rd Troop

R.E.M.E. L.A.D.

Ct. D. J. Enderby CoH. Green Cpl. Joyce L/Cpl. Brown Tpr. Willetts Tpr. Waldrolt 30

Captain R.

Lucas

R. Signals Troop

w.0. II Millgate, R.

Sgt. Cpl. Cpl. Cpl.

Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Cpl.

Bennett, J. Baillie, S. Murphy, P. B. Sharpe, A.

L/Cpl. Valks, J. Sig. Barker, H Sig. Britten, C. Sig. Dufi, A.

Atkinson, D. Rhodes, W. MacEaehern, A. Cuthbertson, W. McAndrew, C.

Cpl. Savage, C. L/Cpl. Seetree, C. L/Cpl. Wilson, A. Cln. Bailey, T.

. . . .

Tallents Welsh Mitchell Boardmnn

Ctn. Smith, F. Cfn. Stowell, G.

4th Troop Orderly Room 0.R.Q.M.C. Craig, J. CoH. Yates, R. L/CoH. Deacon, E.

Page 58

.M.C. F' ld'

S.Q.M.C. Stratiord (L.G.) CoH. Whittington CoH. Theakston (L.G.) Cpl. Murphy L/Cpl. Davis (L.G.) Cpl. McEwan (ACC.) L/Cpl. Deegan (ACC.) Cpl. Cornish (L.G.) Tpr. Davies Tpr. Moore 104 Tpr. Ikins

D.

Pt . L

'

.

R.A.M.C.

Cin. Hammond Cl'n. Dawdry Cin. Sinton Cfn. Debbage Cpl. Dommett L/Cpl. Hayes

S/Sgt. Snowdon L/Cpl. Price Cpl. Brown

Support Troop CoH. Hunt (L.G.) Cpl. Drummond

CoH. Thompson Cpl. Forrester Tpr. Paul Tpr. Shears Tpr. Stewart Tpr. Benstead Tpr. Balsillie

Tpr. Chapman (L.G.) Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

. Hill

CPL Lloyd

. James,

Tpr. Hutton Tpr. Beaney Tpr. Robinson Tpr. Benton Tpr. Walker Tpr. Dickson Tpr. Thring Tpr. Curzon (L.G.) L/Cpl. Slade Tpr. Barker Tpr. Mole

L.A.D. (R.E.M.E.)

. G ll

l

Diamond (L.G.) King (LG. Lancaster ( . .) Mosling (L.G-) Nlead (L.G.)

Tpr. Stanham (L-G.)

'l‘pr. Greany Tpr. Sowerby

Ct. S. M. Corbett Cpl. Slawson, J. Tpr. Doeherty, J.

Cpl. Nicholson

R. Signals

I./Cpl. Walbyofi L/Cpl. Pearce Cfn. Mason

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY HOSPITAL S.

72

Pay Olfice

Cpl. Smith

Post N.C.0. Training S.Q.M.C.s

Tpr. Gallagher Tpr. Mayo Tpr. Moore

lst Troop . Douglas, R. Rea, J

—— CoH. Taylor, T. Tpr. Cressey, J. Tpr. Kneen, J.

5th Troop

Major J. A. C. G. Eyre (Sqn. Ldr.) Captain D. V. Smiley (2 1/0) Captain J. C. M. L. Crawford (2nd Capt.) S.C.M. Tolometti (Leaves 8 Jan., 67) Tpr. Webb CoH. Hunter L/Cpl. O’Neill Cpl. Challenger Tpr. MeGeoghie Cpl. Margerison Tpr. Cooper l. McKenna Tpr. Sanderson . Burnard Tpr. Hatherall . Hay Tpr. Jones 19 . Pentith Horan

Sig. Cartwright

Provost Cpl. Clay, K. Cpl. Kent, D. Cpl. Sterndale, A.

Cooks

Danton, T. . Hughes, N. Judson, W. . Page, I. . Preece, R. . Price, A. . Rowland, V.

5.11.0. Troop

Tpr. Turner (L.G.).

l9

Tpr. \Vearing (L.G.)

L/%pl. Tomlinshritg,’ J.

(:51. cfil‘ii‘riéfirf (A.C.C.))

L/Cpl- Balls

' $3}ng

:3; 02,115?

Tpr. Gibson 409

Cpl. Salmon, F. (R.A.M .C.) Pte. Wormall, P. ( R . A. M.C.)

Pte. Matthews (A.C.C.)

Tl)!“ Bentley . Tpr. Letvcrs

' Edwards .

Tpr. Gibson

Tpr. “atson


Orderlies

Icr

Squadron Oflice

SQUADRON L/Cpl. Cooney L/Cpl. Idle Tpr. Jones 58 Tpr. Gratton 'I‘pr. Juhy

S.H.Q. Echelon Maior B. H. F. Wright S.C.M. Kimcy, G. CoH. Kingston, J.

Corrigan, l’. Fordyce, P. Stevenson, D.

L/Cpl. O’Halloran. D. Tpr. Bates,

B.

Col-l. Black, F. Cpl. \Vcston, B. Cpl. Worthy, B. Tpr. Broadhurst, K. Tpr. Bruce, \V.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Burnie, G. Smart, W. Shelley, \V. Clcws, J.

L/Cpl. Greene

Drogomerecki Shaw Stratiord Sammons

Tpr. Henderson

044

Squadron Stores L/Cpl. Howells

Cooks Carpenter’s Shop Cpl. Mitchell L/Cpl. Thomas

1st Troop L.A.D. R.EM.E.

. Jackson

L/Cpl. Mansfield

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Lt. H. G. C. B. Stucley CoH. Lane, 3.

Day, D. . Feldwick, N. Shaw, A.

Cpl. Hill, J. Cpl. Mills, M. Tpr. Clarke, J.

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Ct. A. J. Nat-es

Cpl. Sturrock, V.

CoH. Stephenson, A. Cpl. Barnes, B.

Liddell, J. . Saltmer, A. Watson, J.

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Col-l. Newman Tpr. Kostromin Tpr. Staveley

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CoH. Hague, M. Cpl. Pinks, M.

L/Cpl. Pritchett, J.

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