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1967 was a very eventful year. We learned that we were to be amalgamated with our old friends the Royals, that we were to convert to Chieftains. the very latest tanks. and that we would go back to Germany in 1969, for a tour as an armoured Regiment. This was quite a mouthful. but the Regiment has never been defeated yet, even by the Ministry of Defence, and no doubt we will take it all in our stride and make a great success of it.


However, to go back to the beginning again. On 2nd January, 1967, the W.O.‘s and C.0H."s Mess Annual Dinner from the officers pursued its normal happy course. The gilt came off the ginger bread immediately afterwards as we set off to Dorset on an Exercise appropriately named “Windchill". After four years in Germany we saw how hard it was to exercise properly in England. While understanding the feelings of all who wish to preserve what remains of the peace and beauty of rural England. we must have somewhere to train. If it was not for the many retired officers who allow us to park on their land. life would be very difficult. An additional modern hazard is that our radios often come over loud and clear rin the T.V. channel and outraged citizens have complained that Alf Garnctt‘s Obscenities have been blotted out by even riper remarks to erring drivers.

On 9th January at dinner was held for Captains Mitchell and Blake, both recently retired. On 11th January our C.R.A.C., Brigadier W. G. 0. Butler, D.S.O., M.C., visited the Regiment. (Later in the

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year in June he was tragically killed with the pilot and crew of a helicopter which crashed near Bristol). In the afternoon he started the Inter Squadron Cross Country. CoH. Kersting was the individual winner and “A” Squadron won the team event.

Later in the month, after two Generals had visited us by helicopter. it was discovered that the new Square, where they landed. had been built over the old Officers” Mess ice house. the walls of which were rapidly collapsing under the weight of these machines. If they had gone through, this would have been the most expensive traffic accident ever in the Cavalry Barracks.

We held a Regimental Run and Shoot which CoH. Kcrsting again won. He obviously must have profited by his tour with Lord Patrick Berest‘ord in

the GJards Parachute Company. These l:tt-r left us at the end of February for Pirbright, having spent fifteen months in North Block. We hope We civilised them a little. March found us sitting like lambs in our classrooms but we went out like lions and defeated the examiners on the Equipment and Vehicle Inspections and got an outstanding result. Twenty hardy soldiers went off to the Highlands to ski. This was not a great success as the weather was particularly vile. Life became much better in the spring. The Officers thoughts turned towards something, even if it was only love of home. The result was that “C” Squadron went to Somerly, Lord Normanton‘s home, in the New Forest, where they spent a week in glorious weather and “A" Squadron Leader took his Squadron home to Devon, where they worked hard on foot, mounted, and at amusing themselves in between. On their return “A" Squadron was reorganised in preparation for their pending six months tour in Cyprus. The island has practically become our second home in the last decade. At the same time the Major General came down for an informal inspection. at which we displayed our foot as opposed to cavalry drill, for the first time for many years. As all our recruits now go to the Depot, where they only learn foot drill, we have all had to revert to marching around in quick time in threes. Only those in the Household Cavalry Regiment still perambulate in the more stately mode. There was an added complication. arms drill with the sterling machine gun. Perhaps this novelty distracted the Major General, for our efforts were well received.

At the beginning of May some of “B" Squadron began coming back from Malaya. although some thirty volunteers remained behind to help The Life Guards. At the time of writing, February. '68. there are still twenty-three of them out there. Windsor held a Festival of Sport in which various individuals took part. playing soccer against the T.V. All Stars Later. 2,000 and also a rugger exhibition match. people invaded the barracks. where a cycle race was held under the aegis of Cpl. Pitt. The programme included adult tricycle races and ended up with the "Mackeson Criterium“. an international event sponsored by Barclays Breweries. Immediately after Page 11

this there was a record turnout at the Comrades” Dinner. It is hoped that [this record will be well and truly beaten this year and that more pre—war oflicers will be able to come. There was a good turnout as well the next day at Cavalry Sunday.

this farm accounts now show a serious loss of milk and :trout, thanks to their gluttony) and then carried out live firing and battle runs on Castle Martin Ranges.

On our return to Windsor we found we were almost outnumbered by 160 men of The King’s Troop R.H.A., plus other Visitors from all over the place, who had come for the Windsor Horse Show. The Show was as good as ever in spite of being washed out on the last night. Our band covered themselves in glory which perhaps made up in part

This left the barracks very empty, and as usual this was the time when everyone wanted lots done. In the Recruiting world we visited Middlesex, Dagenham, Liverpool and Guildford, and we lent our vehicles to practically every Cavalry Regiment for their recruiting teams to use. They all came back, plastered with weird slogans, but none the

for missing their trip to EXPO ’67 in Canada, which was cancelled at the last minute. We bade farewell to Lieutenant—Colonel R. M. F. Redgrave, M.C., the Officers giving a ball in the Mess, decorated with figures borrowed from Pinewood Studios, which was a good final fling for him. He handed over officially on 19th May at a Farewell Parade. On 26th May a Welcoming Parade was held for Lieutenant-Colonel M. A. Q. Darley. Other Officer change overs at the same time affected the L.A.D. and the hospital, Captain Dunlop replacing Captain Lucas, as E.M.E., Major Page replacing Major Charter, as R.M.O., and after 30 years” distinguished service Major (Q.M.) Coles, retired and was replaced as T.Q.M.

by Captain (Q.M.) Price. On 5th January the Oflicers’ Club Dinner was held in London, and the same day “A” Squadron Advance Party departed for Cyprus. “C” Squadron set off for Wales later in the month, stopping with the Adjutant at Crickhowell

worse. On 25th June, a day on which the heavens opened, we welcomed a large number of Old Comrades at Windsor. Although the wet weather programme appeared to consist of packing more and more tightly into the bars, we did manage to complete the Church Parade before the downpour, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as their hosts. In July we practiced packing ourselves into our vehicles in preparation for a quick move by air. Now that at last the R.A.F. have enough aircraft to move us all it seems that there is nowhere to go! The other complication, as usual, is the Officers’ Mess Landrover. This is naturally a very high priority vehicle, but we still have not found the correct balance between the payload and the number of Mess waiters, heavily armed, necessary for its protection. They just do not all fit in. A Tactical Cadre Course was held for the Car Commanders. Both sides

Directing Staff and pupils retired exhausted at the end, but convinced they had won. Our Sports Day on the 12th July suffered from a lack of competition with “A” Squadron away and no records fell. The Commanding Officer managed to get a ride to his old haunts in Cyprus in August to visit “A” Squadron, but otherwise it was a very quiet month. “C“ Squadron joined the crowds of soldiers milling about on Salisbury Plain for a short while. They were visited by the G.O.C. 3rd Division Major General Deane Drummond, under whose command we came more firmly than ever at the end of July, as all our links with London District save Barrack Administration have technically been severed. However, we still keep in touch with our old friends at Whitehall from time to time. One never knows, they might have something to contribute to our welfare from time to time, and if we stopped talking to them they might all fall asleep. On the lst September we had an unusual wireless exercise, providing the communications for the “Daily Telegraph” Golden Horse Shoe 50-mi1e ride near Brighton. Some of the riders looked a little sore towards the end, but we did not lose any. The rest of the month was taken up on Salisbury Plain and in East Anglia getting ready for the big Autumn Exercise “Overdale”, which was held in the Eifel Mountains in Germany. It is described in detail elsewhere. The best points of this exercise were the glorious weather and lovely country side, very different from the North German Plain. On our return, we settled down for individual training until Christmas. The Adjutant and Second in Command changed over. Captain Legge Bourke made good his escape from both his Adjutantal and his Editorial

Desks (he is much missed in the latter) being replaced by Captain Parker Bowles, and Major Lane Fox went to Paris as A.M.A. while Major Eyre took his place. The Colonel took the Salute at Remembrance Sunday after reading the lesson for us in Church on 12th November. On the 15th November the officers bade a sad and very grateful farewell to S.Q.M.C. Young, who ran the Officers’ Mess impeccably for so many years. After weeks of rumour, on 23rd November the Colonel came down to announce our amalgamation. After all the threats of resignation and general excitement the event proved far less terrible than anticipated and everyone realised that we were very lucky to have such splendid future comrades as the Royals. Both ourselves and the Household Brigade will be strengthened by this infusion. From what we have seen of the Royals so far they definitely have the same outlook on life. Most of us are also reconciled to a change from armoured cars to tanks for a spell, particularly as we will have Chieftains. While you cannot use them to visit all the places one would wish, at least you travel in comfort with unlimited kit, or so they say! The year wended its way to a happy close (in spite of 190 RE. Tests under Q.M.S.I. Perry) with the return of “A" Squadron, who had done a very good tour in Cyprus, and in spite of the Breathalyser We had a Merry Christmas. Before our blood became too diluted, the local Blood Bank descended on us and took away some twenty gallons, leaving us ashen faced and prostrate. Brigadier the Marquess Douro, now a civilian, visited us, as did Colonel E. J. S. Ward. We are looking forward, in conjunction with our Old Comrades, to making our last year our best one.

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The major exercise of the year often takes place abroad and 1967 was no exception. Having prepared for six months to exercise in the Libyan desert, we were told at fairly short notice that we were going to Southern Germany instead. Similarly, having done a great deal of airportable training during the year, we were eventually transported to Germany on the Townsend Civilian car ferry! The outward journey was fairly uneventful, apart from 2 Ferret drivers who tried to kill their commanders by going to sleep and driving ofl the autobahn: luckily no one was hurt and the Ferrets were undamaged. We passed through Shorncliffe, Dover. Zeebrugge. Grobbendonk and Geilenkirchenflall names which will mean little to the most of my readers. but which I have no doubt will remain embedded in the minds of “C" Squadron for years to come.

We arrived in the exercise area some two days after leaving Windsor with all vehicles except Major Eyre‘s Landrover, which had broken down at Zeebrugge. On arrival it was raining and we found we had been given a 6-figure map reference on top of a bare hill in which to harbour R.H.Q., “C” Squadron and the Regimental echelon. Some of us being fairly old hands in B.A.O.R. immediately moved away from the top of the bare hill and made for the nearest barn. “C" Squadron encamped for the night in the local railway station which was disused, and spent rather a miserable and uncomfortable night. Next day we moved into a very comfortable dance hall in a nearby village, next door to the local pub, where we stayed until the exercise itself began four days later. Page 15

The local pub keeper appeared to be extremely pleased to see us and was very kind in allowing us to use this enormous dance hall for the whole squadron to sleep in, but no doubt his financial s1tuation improved considerably during those four days, because his daily takings went from 40 marks a day to 400. The local population was extremely hospitable and during these two or three days we managed to get in some very useful troop training. and most troops managed to see the remains of the Siegfried Line fortifications which were very close y.

The main difficulty at this stage was keeping everyone occupied because the vehicles had stood up to the 500-mile drive out to Germany extremely well, and there was little or no maintenance to be done. Most soldiers found the opportunity to meet the local talent and consume inordinate quantities of the local beer.

The exercise itself started with a nightmare drive in the dark to secure a river lineeboth sides started at the same time with the same distance to go, and our drivers (no doubt trained at Brands Hatch) won

by some ten miles.

Having sorted out the chaos and communications the next morning, lst Troop were despatched to sally behind the enemy lines and report on the enemy‘s parachute dropping zone. They managed to get some 10 miles behind the enemy line and carried out a useful morning‘s work. S.H.Q., who were trying to maintain wireless contact with them. found themselves in roughly the same area and had great difficulty in getting back to our own lines. Unfortunately, on the return trip, Captain Palmer and most of 2nd Troop got “put in the bag“ by the paras, but the Squadron Leader managed to escape. On that night and early the next morning, various

troop battles were fought in conjunction with our

friendly infantry, the D.L.I. and the Green Howards, but the enemy succeeded in pushing us back some ten miles and capturing one of 2nd Troops Ferrets, which was found abandoned twelve hours later about 20 miles away. The withdrawal took place in its normal organised way though permanently harrasscd by enemy in red berets in stripped Landrovers, which were seen to be considerably battered by encounters with Ferrets on the first night of the exerciseione well known enemy commander had his Landrover knocked sideways by three different troops of “C” Squadron, when trying to form a road block with it, (Too right. ED.)

The Regiment had a rest period of 12 hours in the middle of the exercise, and were pulled out of the line into reserve. However, the enemy at this stage elected to fly troops into our rear areas by helicopter, and our short rest period was con— siderably disturbed.

4th Troop managed to shoot down 6 enemy helicopters and the troops alighting from them, and in doing so covered themselves with gloryion the same night 5th Troop got themselves captured by 8 or 10 enemy free fallers while they were in bed, but luckily managed to escape unhurt, except for the loss of an important piece of equipment by their troop leadergthis curbed his social life on return to England considerably.

In the remainder of the exercise we were involved in watching for enemy parachute drops and then pushing forward to rout the enemy#led by our

3rd Troop at this stage got very excited at being in the centre of an enemy parachute drop, and were very relieved when they found that the parachutes only supported dummies. lst Troop were working with the D.L.I. and having captured some enemy in the middle of one night. set up a very realistic P.O.W. cage. The Squadron Leader, arriving at their position in the early hours of the next morning, the last morning of the exercise, was suprised to see the P.O.W. without boots and with their hands above their heads, up against a wall. We moved into a very comfortable dance hall to recuperate from the exercise, and spent 36 hours enjoying the village hospitality before setting forth on the return journey. The Squadron Leader and 2 1C. were seen late at night being recruited into the D.L.I. by a stray Corporal from that Regiment, who had arrived in our village by no known means. 5th Troop Leader, having been invited to shoot with one of the local hunters staying in our village, ended up taking part in the middle of the night in a tame cat shoot in the village, causing consternation amongst the villagers. The bag was not disclosed.

the exercise, some 800 men and 150 vehicles had

to get on to the Ferry. This was considerably more than we had had on the ferry on the way out to Germany, and there was a tremendous scrum and all soldiers on board felt extremely sorry for those few civilians who had hoped they would be travelling in comfort.


The ship took 2 hours longer to cross the Channel than normal as there was a force nine gale ~—some sensible officers and men remained on deck and had a thoroughly entertaining voyage the whole night. but those people who were down below had a very rough and unpleasant trip, which they Will take some time to forget. The wisest person on this occasion was the Colonel, who flew back with the RAF. The exercise was, in fact, a great success from our point of view. ThOSe who have been in B.A.O.R. previously used their local knowledge to. their advantage, and the more recently joined recruits had a good experience of European exercrses.

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SPORTS REVIEW 1967 SQUASH The Regimental TeameMajor Wright, Major Morris, Surgeon/Captain Charter, Captain Lucas and Lieutenant Olivier—won the London District Finals defeating lst Battalion Grenadier Guards 5-0. then they met a strong team from Junior Leaders’ Regiment R.E. in the Semi-Final of the Eastern Command Championship, and lost an exciting match 3-2.

SOCCER At the start of the year the Regimental Team was playing extremely well under the leadership of Ct. Sorby, but after a good win over Home Postal R.E. in the London District KO. Cup, team selection and player continuity became a problem and the match results were disappointing.

Inter Services Runners-up and Army Fencing Champions back Hum—Corporal Drummond, Corporal Thompson. sitting—Q.M.S.I. Perry, Major Trooper Bruce

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shops from his predecessor, but Rugby as well. Next year, with more talent to choose from, may we hope for the revival of past glories?

CROSS COUNTRY In the first round of the Cavalry Cup we lost 5-3 to 4th/7th D.G., who we beat 5—4 in the lst round of the Cavalry Cup in 1963. This was a most exciting game and the two fine goals by Reid and one by Jones were not enough to see us through once we had lost Ct. Sorby with a severely-cut head, sustained in a collision with a forward from the 4th/7th D.G.

The Inter Squadron Cross Country, for the Mayor of Windsor‘s Cup, was run over a 5‘2 mile course through Windsor Great Park on heavy going with very mixed results. All personnel of the Regiment under 35 years of age ran, and it is pleasing to report that CoH. Kersting was the

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Championship held at Pirbright, and came fourth. Cpl. Bright was released from his P.T. course to compete, and ran extremely well, to finish fifth in the individual competition.

team very nearly emerged as Inter Service champions. After beating the Navy 8-4 and drawing with the R.A.F. 6-6, the R.A.F. were adjudged winners by four hits, a real photo finish.


The results of the season’s fixtures other than Army competitions were: 15 matches. 14 won. 1 lost (R.M.A. Sandhurst).

Pride of place in Regimental Sport for 1967 must go to the Regimental Fencing team who, in Aldershot in June, won the Army Inter Unit Team Fencing Championships for the first time since 1935. In the Eastern Command Championship, not only was the team successful but the individual competitions were won by Regimental fencers:

The new season brought the same problems of fielding a settled team, and with the known players in “A” Squadron still not available, we started off in the Army Cup with a very difficult draw away from home against 16th Battalion R.A.O.C. To the delight and surprise of all, we came away good winners. Unfortunately, the luck of the draw was against us with another away match against last year’s Army Cup finalists—R.A.PC. Depot. This time there was no upset of form and we lost 7-2. All hopes must now rest on a good run in the Cavalry Cup.

Individual Foil—Cpl. Barnes. Individual Epee#Tpr. Bruce. Individual Sabre—Major G. F. Lane Fox. The culmination of a long hard season was the Inter Services Unit Team Championship (The Unit Team Champions of the Navy. Army and Air Force) at the Royal Tournament, where the Regimental

Representing the Regiment throughout the season: Major G. F. Lane Fox, Q.M.S.I. Perry, S.Q.M.C. Denny, Sgt. Bennett, Cpl. Barnes, Cpl. Thompson, Cpl. Drummond, L/Cpl. Cameron, Tpr. Bruce.

BASKET BALL Another successful season with the majority of last year‘s players again available. After playing and winning against most of the local teams in friendly matches, we finally came to grief in the

RUGBY Corporal Lewis “A” Squadron collecting the cross country team prize

At the start of the new season, it was not always possible to field a team. With the loss of Captain Lucas, on posting, and half of last year‘s team in Cyprus with “A” Squadron, the search for anyone with playing ability was a full time job for Captain Dunlop, who not only took over the work—

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The team event was won by the cross country

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WOs and NCOs

MESS 1967

In spite of our membership being the lowest for a very long time due to the small establishment we now have and the absence of “A” Squadron during their tour in Cyprus, 1967 has been a successful year.

Basket Ball Team 1967 Trooper





Final of London District Championships against 10th Signal Regiment R. Signals (who we had beaten in a friendly match) by 52-44. A good start to this year was made in the Parachute Bde Championships when we were defeated in the Final by 7th R.H.A. by 1 point. Those who played for the Regiment included: Q.M.S.I. Perry, CoH. Deacon, Cpl. Rumbelow, Cpl. Currey, Cpl. Murphy, Tpr.

I./Cpl. Duff,

Alurpliy. Q..\l.S.I.






Mitchell. Cfn. Reid. Cfn. Quinnell, Cfn. Mitchell (32), Sig. Duff.

The New Year‘s Eve dinner was up to its usual standard. It was the last dinner to be prepared by the Regimental Master Cook, CoH. Taylor; we now have W0. 11 Murray (A.C.C.) swilling water all over the kitchen saying to all and sundry, “If it’s wet its clean”.

CRICKET Like most sports cricket suffered from the lack of players. With “A" Squadron preparing and moving to Cyprus and the English summer being most unkind, fixtures were at a minimum. The Guards Depot was the team’s undoing in the London District K.O. competition. We failed by just 34 runs. The remaining friendly fixtures were played with more spirit than skill but we managed to succeed in winning all except the match against the Welsh Guards. Highlights of the season were a startling Captain’s innings of 106 by Cpl. Fearn in the match against HQ. R.C.T., and some extremely fast bowling by Sgt. Street of the L.A.D. R.E.M.E.

Monthly dances were continued during the early part of the year and were very popular with both Mess members and our friends in the Windsor area.

On 3rd February we were visited by Colonel Ferris St. George. to celebrate his fortieth Regimental birthday, He entered the Mess to the sound of a Fanfare, played by the trumpeters, and found a number of old acquaintances waiting to greet him. The occasion was an ideal opportunity to display our recently acquired crested table mats, along with the silverware we purchased in Germany. Our guest then worked off the excellent lunch by riding during the afternoon.

The highlight of 1967 was the dinner held on 17th March at which we said a belated farewell to Ted Mantel], Ken Ball, George Vince and Jock Wilson, all of them by then well settled in civilian life. Unfortunately Kenny King and Jack Woolley were unable to attend.

enscribed cigarette box as a memento, and we were delighted to receive from him two beautiful old prints. Unfortunately R.C.M. Martin had to give the box to the Colonel with one hand and take it back with the other, in order to have it repaired: he had previously dropped it!

In June there was a great change in faces in the Mess. We welcomed our “B” Squadron members back from the Far East, and said goodbye to “A” Squadron who went to Cyprus, and to our racing members who went to Royal Ascot. Our tent there (Ascot not Cyprus!) was as popular as ever, and many old faces were seen between the races.

Comrades Day was held on 25th June and apart from very bad weather, which was looked upon by (Ascot not Cyprus!) was as popular as ever, and great success.

During the latter part of 1967 we were to sit down to dinner on three more occasions to say farewell to members on their departure into Civilian life. Major (Q.M.) Coles, M.B.E., was first: his retirement was helped on its way in a very noisy fashion. S.C.M. Young, who had prepared so many of our dinners in the past, came next. He became most popular with those members not fortunate enough to be sitting at the top table. As he presented a cigar cutter to the Mess, Mr. Martin could do nothing but call for all the cigars from behind the bar, that these were of the pre-cut type made no difference. Our final gesture of the year, made towards our new civilian members, was a cocktail party at which we said farewell to S.Q.M.C.s Reeves, Flannigan and Truslove and CoH. Newman, and wish all them every happiness.

Once again, with very little warning, the festive season was upon us. Mess members from “A” Squadron returned, just in time to take part in the Mess draw. This took place on 19th December, after having cocktails in the Officers’ Mess: The draw was given a new look by R.Q.M.C. Swann, and took the form of “Take Your Pick". Every member had a prize, the lucky ones had two.

We entertained Lieutentant-Colonel and Mrs. R. M. F. Redgrave, M.C., to cocktails on 20th May.

a. Mrs. I“. A. Q. Darley presenting S.C.M. Beynon

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This was the Colonel‘s farewell visit to the Mess before his departure to the MOD. The opportunity was taken on this occasion to present a suitably

In spite of the shadow cast by the “breathalyser” 1967 was seen out by a very lively dance on the 31st December.

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Major R. C. Rayner

We left England on a sultry June day and arrived after a six-hour flight to the blazing 100 degree heat of a Cyprian summer. Even if many of us in “A" Squadron were not to enjoy the mission on which we had been sent, to most the sun and the blue Mediterranean were new and exciting and the prospects of six months on the island were sweet enough.

Apart from a mobile patrol which woke up all the children in Dhekelia we had one further guard on the port at Famagusta. This included the occasional trip to sea with a blindfolded greek skipper to dump “surplus” stocks of ammunition. Needless to say our ship somehow avoided the rocks but we were reminded of the seriousness of our task at the port by Makarios’ proud display in Nicosia of two Ferret scout cars pinched from Famagusta docks the previous year.

Once more into the breach

“If God had not made brown honey, men would think figs much sweeter than they do." (Cypriot proverb).

Abandon Ship

We reached our camp near the Turkish hamlet of Pergamos, some four miles north of Dhekelia and the sea, to be welcomed by the smiling brown faces of the advance party and a neat layout of cool modern buildings with well tended flower-beds. Over the gate sat a ruffled wrought iron eagle and behind stood an equally ruffled R.S.M. in the R.A.F. Regiment, not quite certain how to play these new tenants~“the brown jobs.” He need not have worried, we got on famously and by the time the RAF. had departed, we had struck up many firm friendships.

Our task was not a pleasant one and within just twenty-four hours we knew all there was to know about it. In the Sovereign Base Area there were scattered important administrative units together with an odd assortment of highly secret radio stations, which we were detailed to guard on almost continuous watch. One of these stations looked remarkably quiet but we were told categorically that we did not “need to know” what lay inside. After a week a somewhat sheepish staff officer moved us to a different spot for inside lay an empty nissen hut! The only radio station we did not guard lay right alongside our camp and one night a Turk from the village attached his donkey to the aerial and pulled out no less than fourteen miles of copper wire. We heard later that he had been acclaimed as a hero and we were given two miles back. Those that stole for their own pockets were not so fortunate for on another occasion some swill disappeared from the cookhouse and the Turk concerned, a swineherd. simply vanishediwe later heard on good authority—under the village “green".

Each day our armoured cars seemed to shine more brightly in the sun. As far as we were con— cerned we were the most powerful force to appear on the island for several years, but were given no chance to show our knuckles until the final hour. It is true that the diminutive training area near the camp did allow us to deploy the odd troop but we soon got very bored with this until, in desperation, three troop finally set fire to it. Also we organised two most interesting shoots on the Pyla ranges which lay against the sea. This became quite a combined ops with Ct. Brennan, the gunnery officer, attempting wild aerobatics in a helicopter to keep the goats off the targets and Ct. Sorby in a very stubborn launch making rude gestures at any fishermen who ventured into the impact area, presumably to collect any fish we had managed to stun. Eventually only one “hard target“ remained on the island for us to shoot at and this was a rusty old “Honey" tank that had lain in Ordnance Depot for years. It was a great character this tank, as some workman had only recently managed to start it, with the result that he had been carted off, and with him. most of the perimeter fence. We were determined to play with it before administering the “coup de grace”. But the chance to become the first Blues to own a tank was denied us at the eleventh hour, for the beast was suddenly shipped out all the way to North Africa to face a firing squad thereemuch to our dismay.

Being such a distance from the sea had its disadvantages but at least we were blessed by a fresh diurnal breeze. Each day, however. We had a shuttle service to the beaches and all except one were soon able to swim quite well. Poor Cpl. Ballard never learnt except that he was quite magnificent on his back blowing off like a whale. With the run—down of British Forces on the island we had great opportunities for water ski—ing. sailing, gliding. polo and many other sports and we had plenty of our

own equipment for under-water diving. Cpls. Collett and Le Tiec were perhaps our best at this and many an unwary trooper was dragged under with bubbles bursting from his ears At the same time CoH. Doxey ran an excellent riding course. At sailing, Cpl. Wills-Smith excelled and was chosen to represent the Army against the R.A.F. on the island. The Squadron Leader also acquired a 12 ton yacht, “Natanis”, which was used for adventure training. Cpl. Shatwell discovered, amongst others, that most of his adventure was to the side of the boat, but once we nearly met our doomsday in a frightening waterspout. Ct. Wyburd, during October, trained a competent swimming team which were runners-up in the military competition, and Cpl. Carter ran a formidable softball side which he pitted against the Canadians with great gusto. All these sports we were able to practice at “Snake Island", the Squadron leave Camp near Kyrenia, which came as a welcome relief from the somewhat montonous guard routine. More is written about this elsewhere, no doubt carefully edited by S.C.M. Cowdery who arrived one day—not to dig sand castles with his pace-stick!

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a grand job pushing out an endless supply of bedding and chamber pots, many of which were never seen again, and Cpl. Martina, who was later congratulated by the General, was given the immediate temporary rank of Sergeant for his tirelesg efforts in the cookhouse. Also S/Sgt. Thomas had a splendid time running out “Blue Cinema”, as it was named, and somehow he managed to get

friends, in particular, Roy and Judy Finlay, who were as gay as ever at the Harbour Club, and most of us made new ones. We also visited the graves of all members of the Household Cavalry, which were in good order, and to hold a small Armistice Service at the cemetery at Nicosia. As for Cyprus, it would seem a tragic mistake for us to withdraw any further British Forces from an island which costs us so

L/Cpl. McGuinness and Trooper Shortman

on Natanis

Throughout the first few months of our tour tension was lessening in Cyprus and the many roadblocks were slowly being withdrawn. This was fortunate for some of our blacker brethren and particularly for Mr. Olivier, who was constantly mistaken by the Greeks for a Turk. Then at the end of October a Turkish freedom fighter, who had been banished from the island, landed secretly, was discovered, and the fuse was lit. Next followed the unpleasant incident when Grivas stormed Kophinou and Ayios Theodorous. That night we could see gun flashes from our camp and by the following morning Top Secret signals were pouring in. After several more days of gathering storm came the Turkish ultimatum aimed so, we believed, at fixing the Greeks once and for all.

The Squadron, which had been on alert, was now deployed to block all entry points into the Sovereign Base Area with the secondary task of assisting with the evacuation of British Passport holders from Nicosia, Famagusta and Larnaca, should the situation call for it. Mr. Routledge’s troop was, at the same time, despatched to

Episkopi to guard British interests in the West. Our

forces in Dhekelia included a large number of Sandhurst cadets who had arrived for an exercise— some exercise! An interesting problem arose as to whether they were suitable cannon fodder to be placed in the front line, but they dug some deep dark holes and seemed as happy as we were in doing the “real thing”. Excitement again mounted in the Squadron when we were ordered to bomb up with main armament ammunitionidiscreetly behind the orange trees so neither side should see. Indeed we did get the opportunity to shoo several armed patrols out of the area, but no shot was fired. (Photo: John Goldblatt)

Road Block Cyprus, November, 1967

Finally, when invasion seemed imminent, and the sky was thickening with Turkish aircraft, came the order to evacuate Nicosia. This was a rehearsed operation controlled by our new Commander, Brigadier Curtis, whilst our former Chief, Brigadier Davies-Scourfield, the eminent master of the Dhekelia drag-hounds, had moved to be with General Lloyd Owen at the main HQ. in Episkopi. Our camp now filled quickly with wretched evacuees until there were six hundred of them, and our administration staff, together with the few R.A.F. who remained. were at full stretch. S.Q.M.C. Tribe did

away with the “A" films he showed to the swarms of children that descended on him. But then the war was over, however not before the General had once more visited us at great inconvenience to himself to give us the news personally of our

little and where we are again, I believe, immensely popular. Meanwhile, politically. the Cyprus problem remains yet unresolved.

amalgamation. “If the stone falls on the egg. alas for the egg——

In retrospect. I believe we all enjoyed our six months in the sun. Several of us met up with old

If the egg falls on the stone. alas for the egg."

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was most conducive to jollificalion and the many guests were full of praise for the committee’s efforts. Quite a few of the braver members swam at some


time during the evening, but the S.C.M. resisted all

WOs and NCOs

attempts to get him into the water—being too busy competing with the Garrison Sergeant Major from Dhekelia in the noble art of drinking pints of gin.


(The contest was adjudged a draw as neither partici-


pant seemed liable to fall or submit)! The occasional failure of electricity from the temperamental generator seemed to add to the fun (Sabotage? ED.) and dawn found some energetic but not very able Mess members attempting to clear up and return the stores to their place of origin.


Until then our Mess functions had been unspoilt by interruptions from the local populace, but this happy trend was not to continue. Our next effort, a Cheese and Wine party, had hardly begun when an explosion near the British Forces Broadcasting Station Sovereign Base Area resulted in the patrol and duty troop being turned out denuding our Mess of several of its members. However, the “flap" did not last very long and the latter half of the evening turned out very well. On clearing up the following morning it became apparent that goldfish are not partial to cheesefino matter how much wine they have been given.

Before the Squadron left for Cyprus it had been decided that we would have a Squadron N.C.O.‘s Mess in the true tradition of the Regiment, and plans were made with this in mind, The Silver Stick approved our Tropical Mess Dress and the tailor at Windsor was kept busy supplying blue patrol trousers to go with the white jackets which we had ordered from the tailoring contractor in Cyprus. By the time we left England we were full of hopes and ideas for the Mess in Pergamos. But, as CoH. Jamieson would say, “The best laid plans 0’ mice and men gang aft agley.” We were informed by our hosts, the R.A.F. (pronounced R-A-F and not “Raf"—a point of etiquette on which we were soon corrected) that no buildings were available and we would have to join the existing messes. This was all right for the Senior N.C.O.'s

. and by gum it does “yer” good!

who were able to enjoy the benefits of the R.A.F. Sgts. Mess, but not so good for the Junior N.C.O.s, who were obliged to use the N.A.A.F.I, Admittedly the Pergamos Club. as it was grandiosely named, was very well appointed with juke boxes, bars and billiards, but it was not in the “True Blue” tradition that our Junior N.C.O.’s should be deprived of their Mess life. After a few weeks of looking for accommodation, we at last found a suitable building—or rather buildings. As the R.A.F. were in the process of closing down the camp they vacated two large huts that had been previously used as Churches, and it was agreed that we should take them over and convert them into a Mess. After they had been duly deconsecrated by the respective Padres, the desecration became complete as the amateur bar builders amongst our numbers landed their misdirected hammers on their inexpert thumbs to the accompaniment of oaths that were more cavalry than clerical. Between the two huts the S.Q.M.C. and CoH. Burton-Johnson put in many perspiring hours constructing a patio, the centre piece of which was a splendid goldfish pond complete with a rockery and fountain. The goldfish had been “liberated” from a large pool that was kept by the R.A.F., and it was an amusing sight to see four large N.C.O.s, armed with torches and various scoops, thrashing around in the water in an attempt to catch a few small goldfish. It is a matter of some conjecture as to how many young ladies fell for the line of “Come and see the goldfish with the green tail”! Page 26

We officially opened in early August with a “Discotheque Dance", to which many of our new friends in the R.A.F. and neighbouring units were invited. It was a great success from the start. Disc jockeys Cpls. Challenger and Demellweek-Pooley sat on the platform at one end of the dance floor surrounded by record players and psychedelic decor as they churned out a varied selection of music interspersed with a highly amusing commentary. Cpl. Martina provided what was to prove the first of many excellent buffets; and the N.C.O.’s Mess was well and truly launched. From then on the Mess went from strength to strength. Every evening “developed" until one by one the members drifted away, usually to the strains of some ditty being rendered or “rended” by the Mess “choir”. The vocal qualities of Keo beer sound even better when produced by a Welsh Staff Sergeant! In early September the Mess held a Beach Bar-B-Q in Dhekelia. Never having attempted a party of this sort before, we started with a certain amount of trepidation, but thanks to a large generator and lighting set borrowed from the nearby Royal Engineer Squadron, and Cpls. Midwinter and Fisk with their group of minstrels, the beach was transformed into a veritable “fairground” of coloured lights and music. By clever use of a windscreen wiper motor, our L.A.Di section had built an electrically driven spit on which two sheep turned slowly over the charcoal fire. The whole setting

At the end of November the RAF. finally gave up all claim to the camp and we took over what had been their Sergeants’ Mess. The move was marked by a formal Cocktail Party, with everyone looking immaculate in their highly starched white jackets. At least, that was the way it began, but after sampling a few of Staff Sergeant Thomas’s concoctions that masqueraded as cocktails, the iackets became as creased as their wearers. Although the nights were beginning to get quite chilly, the party soon spilled itself out on to the patio, where an enterprising member had produced .a tape recorder. Cpl. Meldrum had made the disastrous mistake of locking himself out of his top floor bunk and when the party finished a gang of “friends” found a ladder and proceeded to help him “break and enter“. How this was achieved without any damage being done to either property or limbs, Will forever remain a mystery, as the explanations the following morning were hazy to say the least.

As our tour was nearing its close and our Mess darts team remained unbeaten by any other Mess, CoH. Hawley and L/Cpl. Collett organised a Mess darts competition. This was very hotly contested and finished with a thrilling final betwen L/Cpls. Fisk and Timmis, which the former won. He was presented with an inscribed tankard to commemorate his victory, During the weeks that the competition was being played off, CoH. Kersting was busy persuading all and sundry to purchase tickets for the Christmas Draw. The ever-increasmg list of ticket holders bore witness to the effectiveness ofhis brand of blarney. The games night that he organised for the promotion of ticket sales was slightly marred by the outbreak of trouble between the Turks and Greeks, which meant that quite a few of the N.C.O.s were on duty.

This bogey of being turned out beset us again a few nights later when we had a Mess dinner, although the HQ. at Dhekelia had the decency to wait until after the coffee before alerting all the Squadron. Consequently, when it was suggested on a Mess Meeting that we should have a Farewell Ball, some wit remarked that “with our luck it might just be enough to spark off World War 3”, but plans were laid nevertheless. As it turned out, all the trouble had died down and the threat of invasion receded by the night of the Ball, and we were able to enjoy ourselves and say goodbye to our friends and “military acquaintances” in peace. Although the Mess “esprit-de-corps” is now somewhat lost due to the division of Senior and Junior N.C.Os at Windsor, and our insular freedom constrained by the communal life of Combermere, the N.C.O.s who served with “A” Squadron at Pergamos wil always remember the happy times in the Mess, even after the grim memories of guards in the Alma Camp “cage” have faded.


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“A” Sqadron Polo Team. Evidently polo ponies were scarce!

Armistice Service, Nicosia

March. Her Majesty arrived in time to see the old Life Guard return to barracks and to give permission for it to dismiss. Her Majesty then visited the Riding School and watched the training of remounts in progress. before touring the stables 01’ both Squadrons. Everywhere Her Majesty went She delighted everyone with her interest and her obvious knowledge of horses and horsemanship. Before leaving. The Queen visited both the W.O.‘s and N.C.O.‘s Mess and the Officers” Mess.


On 9th May, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia arrived to pay a State Visit to this country. His aeroplane landed at Heathrow and he then drove by car to the Tate Gallery. There he was met by Her Majesty The Queen and together they then drove in State to Buckingham Palace via the Embankment, Parliament Square, Whitehall and The Mall. For this Escort, The Blues Squadron found the two leading divisions.

State Opening of Parliament 1967

There have been many changes in the Mounted Regiment and in the Squadron during the year. In

early May Lieut.-Colonel M. A. Q. Darley handed over command of the Regiment to Lieut.—Colonel Sir James Scott, The Life Guards. In June, Major H. 0. Hugh Smith took over as Squadron Leader from Major J. N. P. Watson, who has gone to the R.A.C. Junior Leaders’ Regiment at Bovington; and Captain Sir Rupert Mackeson became second in command of the Squadron. In July we exchanged one Life Guards Adjutant. Captain W. T. V. Loyd. for another, Captain N. S. Lawson.

Foinavon at Wellington, J. Buckingham up

In April, Foinavon, the surprise winner of the Grand National, was stabled for a short time in Wellington Barracks. Later in the day he attended a reception at St. James‘s Palace in aid of the Cancer Research Fund. He was accompanied by his jockey, J. Buckingham, and of course, his nanny goat. Before the busy season got underway, a party of officers and N.C.O.s spent a most interesting day at the Equine Research Centre at Newmarket. We are extremely grateful to Brigadier Clabby and his staff, and we are very much hoping that we may be able to pay another visit next year.

During the summer and autumn we have said goodbye to Lieut. C. J. Simpson-Gee, Lieut. R. A. Campbell and Lieut. R. C. Wilkinson. In their place we welcome Cornet D. J. Enderby, Cornet P. T. Fletcher, and Cornet The Earl of Normanton. In March, R.C.M. Greaves of The Life Guards, was commissioned and has now taken a great deal of work off the Mounted Squadron by forming H.Q. Squadron; he was succeeded by R.C.M. J. F. Kidman of the Blues. Finally, S.Q.M.C. J. C. W.

Cooper left us and CoH. D. St. J. O’Dell was promoted to succeed him. A

The highlights of the year was the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to Wellington Barracks on 16th


R.C.M. Kidman with Michael Craig rehearsing for

The Major General inspected the Regiment on 4th May. Because there were so many commitments this summer, we had planned on holding only a small mounted parade in Wellington Barracks. On the day, however. it was pouring with rain and the Major General inspected the Regiment dismounted in the Riding School. He appeared to be pleased with what ‘he saw.

Surgeon Colonel F. Hayward and Clancy

The following day, The Queen, accompanied by King Faisal, reviewed The King's Troop R.H.A. in

Hyde Park. Their Majesties drove to and from Buckingham Palace in a landau with a Sovereign‘s Escort, commanded by Major J. N. P. Watson. The Blues Squadron also found the Standard Party and the third and fourth divisions of the Escort. There were more horses on parade for this review than on any other occasion since the Coronation. It was a glorious May day, and although the Gunners obviously played the main part, there were many admiring comments on the spectacle the Sovereign’s Escort made against the green background of Hyde Park. The Queen‘s Birthday and the Garter Ceremony took place on warm sunny days. although the Major General‘s Rehearsal for the Birthday Parade had to be postponed until the afternoon. There was no State Visit in July this year. and nearly everyone was able to get away for a fortnight‘s leave before

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The Life Guards Squadron set off for camp, at the beginning of August. We went to Pirbright on 29th August. A description of our camp appears elsewhere. In the autumn, we found two Sovereign‘s Escorts two days running; on Slst October for the State Opening of Parliament and on lst November for the State Visit of the President of Turkey. Both Escorts were commanded by the Squadron Leader, and unfortunately both Escorts had to be cloaked because of the weather. The President of Turkey arrived at Victoria Station; there is no doubt that the area round Victoria makes a very dingy start to a State Visit compared with the Tate Gallery.

all around Tweseldown. These trips are very popular, and are extremely good for both horse and rider.

CAMP 1967

At the moment we are planning to send the Blues Mounted Band to the Frankfurt International Horse Show in March, and a Musical Ride to America in the autumn. We have started our planning for the investiture of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle in July, 1969, and now there are rumours of a State Visit at Windsor in July, 1968. 1968 is probably going to be the busiest year on record.

Trooper Macgregor and Quickstep

For our camp in 1967, we went back to Stoney Castle Camp, Pirbright. Despite the success of the trips to Petworth, everyone agreed that it was nice to be back at Stoney Castle with all its facilities. Events conspired to prevent us from getting our horses properly fit, and as a result we boxed our horses down to Pirbright. The decision amply justified itself as we were able to get an enormous amount of work, and of course enjoyment, out of our horses. When you read of the succession of parties that took place, remember, too, that during the day practically every man was in the saddle for an absolute minimum of three hours. During the first few days we concentrated upon completing our annual classification, and upon getting ourselves and our horses fit. Each troop built their own lane of jumps. and CoH. Johnson and CoH. Wright designed and directed the construction of the handy hunter course, in the field behind the officers’ Mess. While we were at camp the troops competed for the inter troop shield. This was won by 3 Troop. Christmas was well and truly celebrated. We held a children’s party on 17th December; and this year there was a Christmas dinner in the cookhouse on Wednesday, 20th December. The advantage of this was that the whole Regiment was present instead of just those unfortunates who were on duty on Christmas Day. They had a second Christmas Dinner on the day. Our plans for fox hunting and drag hunting have been severely curtailed by the restrictions imposed because of the appalling foot and mouth epidemic. We hope that we will soon be able to restart our regular trips to Aldershot. Twice a week, whenever possible, we send eight men and horses down to school over the jumps that abound

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Sports Day was held on Sunday, September 10th. The rain, held off for us, and the whole event was a great success. Field Marshal Sir Gerald and Lady Templer were there, and very kindly presented the prizes. The day was very well attended, and we were particularly pleased to see many people from the Guards Depot. Each troop had their own party. Two and Three Troops held very successful parties at Stoney Castle. One Troop was more ambitious; they all set out for Brighton and they all came back too. An excellent All Ranks Dance was held in a marquee, loaned to the N.C.O.’s Mess by a brewery. The Band produced a first rate group, there were plenty of ladies present, and every one enjoyed themselves enormously. At 0600 hours on Friday, September 15th in pouring rain the Squadron Leader led a party of men and horses on to the Brookwood road on the way back to London. It was a long and dreary journey in appalling weather, but we had a very happy camp to look back on.

Her Majesty The Queen with members

of the Warrant Officers and NonCommissioned Oflicers’ Mess, Household Cavalry Regiment. Wellington Barracks, l0th March, 1967 (Photo:

Jay & Barrel)

The Handy Hunter Competition was won by Tpr. Share on Kangaroo, with L/Cpl. McWilliams on Nicola and Tpr. Malia on Lucifer equal second and Tpr. Ridgway on Quominus fourth. In the inter troop show jumping competition the indiVidual results were lst L/Cpl. Cox on Clipper, 2nd Tpr. Corker on Susannah. 3rd Tpr. Share on Kangaroo. Tpr. Waldron on Lucifer was fourth. Three Troop won the team prize in both competitons.

On Monday. September 11th, the Major General visited us. After watching midday “Feed Away" he visited the W.O.’s and N.C.O.‘s Mess and then lunched with the officers. before ensuring absolutely fair play in the officers versus N.C.‘O.’s Handy Hunter Competition. We thoroughly enjoyedhaving him with us, and we hope that he enjoyed his Visit.

WO's and NCO's MESS After two years Summer Camp spent at Petwort-h Park without the ammenities for a W.O.’s and N.C.O.’s Mess, we were all glad to return to the traditional Mess life at Stoney Castle this year. The Squadron moved into camp on 30th August and on the following evening our round of entertaining began with a visit from S.C.M. Keyworth and his Squadron N.C.O.s from the Household Cavalry Training Squadron at the Guards Depot. On the following Thursday we were well into our stride with a highly successful dance which was held in a large marquee produced for us by Ind Coope Brewery. The next evening a Squadron All Ranks Dance was held with equal success. Coach Page 31

with all that that implies. The evening was a success as could be seen by the faces of those who managed to turn out for the Cub Hunting the next morning at 0500 hours. The officers kindly invited the senior N.C.O.s to their Mess the next evening. Need more be said. Thursday, 14th September, our last day at camp came all too quickly and many of our newly-made friends turned up to say farewell over a drink. As night turned into day and the prospect of a 40-mile ride to London came ever nearer, it was a comforting thought that there was another 11 months before that marathon ride happens again.


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For over two hundred years, and perhaps more. black horses carried the Blues into battle. They travelled to the Peninsula, twice during the nine— teenth century they went to Egypt, to the Boer War, to France and Flanders in the First World War and to Palestine and Syria in the Second. However, in the Boer War, where there were large horse casualties, mainly from sickness, a number of locally bred ponies were purchased. Two hooves of such a pony which was used by Lt. Marjoribanks, later Lord Tweedmouth and Commanding Oflicer of the Blues for most of the 1st World War, may be seen in the Museum at Windsor.

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The purchase of enough black horses, who are large enough, of an adequate standard of looks and conformation has always been a problem. The R.A.V.C.. who are currently responsible for the purchase of all Army horses. buy the majority in Ireland. A potential Household Cavalry Horse must stand at least sixteen hands high and be well enough built to carry a man. who in full uniform and with an Army saddle will certainly ride not less than fourteen stone, and often a great deal more. Some white markings on the head and legs are acceptable. but for preference the horse should be black all over. The majority of horses are bought when they are three or four years old and are sent in the first place to the R.A.V.C. Depot at Melton Mowbray.

They are then sent to the Household Cavalry in London. The Squadron leaders of the mounted Squadrons take it in turn to chose the remounts one at a time. The horses then start their training by the remount riders of the Household Cavalry, under the overall direction of the Riding Master. Before a black horse appears on parade, he has to pass a number of tests to the satisfaction of the Commanding Officer. Wearing a Household Cavalry State Bridle with double bit, an Army saddle and ridden by the man who has trained him and who is wearing a sword, the horse first has to perform a number of riding school manoeuvres. He is ridden

first with both hands and then with one only, as he will be when he is on parade. He must stand still while a trooper in Queen’s Life Guard order mounts and dismounts, for some horses are afraid of the gleam of cuirasses. Then he is ridden past and finally right up to a band. Last of all he is taken out into the streets to prove that he is safe in traffic. Despite all these precautions, an occasional rogue slips through the system and misbehaves himself on some great occasion. It is important to remember that each time this happens, the event is invariably reported in the national press, and frequently appears on television. The fact that a horse misbehaving himself attracts such general publicity is enough to show that these mishaps are very rare. Contrary to popular opinion, the Household Cavalry does not keep special horses for the mounted bands. Most black horses appear with the band at one time or another during their service. Naturally, some of the older quieter horses specialise in the work, while others manage to make it perfectly clear that band work is not their metier. The useful life of a black horse varies very greatly. The oldest horse in the Blues is Clancy. who is twenty—three, while The Life Guards have one horse of twenty-six and another of twenty-four. The average age of retirement is about seventeen or eighteen.

Since 1950, all horses who enter the Household Cavalry during the financial year are all called by a name beginning with the same letter. For 1967/68 this is S. But whatever name a Squadron Leader may give a horse. he will invariably be known by a nickname. The two Blues drum horses, grandly named Hannibal and Hercules, are known to all as Joe and Charlie. The horse Meteor is Gus to everybody: not all the nicknames are quite so polite. It has always been so. and these nicknames are just one expression of the great affection that Blues have always felt for their own particular black ‘un. Page 35




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The rebuilding of the new Knightsbridge Barracks has now been going on for a complete year; it is, therefore, very reassuring to hear that the Contractors are up to their schedule. The Barracks are due to be completed in October, 1969, and, providing that this date is met. it is estimated that the Household Cavalry will return to their traditional home in January or February, 1970.


There is a very close liaison between Sir Basil Spence‘s supervising architect. Mr. John Dangerfield. and the Household Cavalry. Mr. Dangerfield has now become a great friend of the Household Cavalry. and is frequently to be seen in Wellington Barracks. He has very kindly organised regular visits to the site. Everyone has been very impressed by the

tremendous amount of thought that has gone into all the planning, and it is obvious that the standard of workmanship by Messrs. McAlpines’ men is of a high order. On their side both the architects and contractors seem pleased by our interest in our new home. Many people question the suitability of a modern building as a setting for the Household Cavalry. Those of us most intimately involved are looking forward to a plentiful supply of hot water and roofs that don‘t leak. Long standing tradition alleges that both the old Hyde Park Barracks and Wellington Barracks were condemned around the time of the Boer War. Living in a barracks. which isn't under sentence. will be a welcome change after 100 years! Page 37

Household Cavalry Training

Squadron 1967

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ! by Captain I. C. M. L. Crawford

During its second year of existence at Pirbright, the Household Cavalry Training Squadron has continued to make its mark. On hundred and twentyseven recruits have been through the Squadron in the twelve months to December, 1967. On the Square the Squadron has acquitted itself with varying degrees of distinction. High standards are maintained by all ranks on this most revered of all tarmac surfaces, and gone are the days when officers swung left leg and left arm simultaneously. The day has now come when one can look to the right of the line and witness as fine an exhibition of foot drill as anywhere else on the Square. (I Don’t Believe itiED.) However, the more sophisticated honours awarded for expertise on the Square still elude us. In the Pace Stick Competition S.C.M. Keyworth, COH. Peck and L/CsoH. Donnelly and Fortt only managed to bring up the rear. On the weapon training side one of L/CoH. Fortt‘s Troops became the first Household Cavalry Troop to win the Commandant's Prize for the March and Shoot. This is quite an achievement as the March and Shoot course is extremely tough and a very high standard is required to win the prize. Since then another winning Troop was within 89:”, of the Depot record. At the end of the year we saw the introduction of the G.P.M.G. and the disappearance of the old Bren Gun, which has now ended its long career at the Depot altogether. In the realm of Sport the Squadron has met with some success. The Squadron won the Brownlow Cup for the inter-Coy recruit boxing competition, the inter-Coy .22 shooting competition, and came second in the Depot Cross country competition. Also, when the Depot was unable to enter the London District Swimming Championships, the Squadron entered a team which, under the coaching of S.C.M. Keyworth, won the London District and Eastern Command Units Freestyle and Relay races, and went on to come second in that race in the Army Finals. A remarkable achievement indeed, without any backing from outside the Squadron. Troopers Daniels, Marsh and Rowley, who were part of this team, will no doubt be swimming for the Regiment next year, 1967 saw the first Junior Troopers down at the Junior Guardsmen‘s Company, an innovation which should prove rewarding for the Depot as a lot of basic training will be covered there before recruits reach the Depot, and for the Mounted Squadron,

as CoH. Wright, with limited facilities. is endeavourIng to turn out horsemen for mounted duty in London. The Brigade Squad was restarted this year and the task of signals instruction has fallen to the Household Cavalry. It is refreshing to hear the S.C.M. and COH. Peck talking signals instead of drill! We have had a visit from The Gold Stick, who passed a Platoon off the Square. The Silver Stick made a number of visits, formally and informally. The Household Cavalry Recruiters visited the Depot and the Blues Band came down one Saturday for what proved to be a memorable Commandant’s Parade. They are apparently not booked to appear in the 1968 season! They did much better at the Squadron Dance, where their special talents appealed to the more cultured audience. It was a good dance and included a cabaret, laid on by the permanent staff. Some recruits were heard to remark that they knew all along their instructors real vocation was pantomime.

The main advantage of being attached to The Life Guards in the Far East last year was that I was able to detach myself for a month on leave in Australia! I was particularly glad to do this, because I would have gone sheep farming in New South Wales had I failed to get into Sandhurst. I therefore spent four weeks in June travelling in New South Wales, Brisbane and Darwin, taking great interest in the way of life that might have been mine. I came away with very pronounced views on the prospects of migration. Of primary importance is the nature of the Australians themselves. While expatriates from various European countries naturally tend to stick together, there is a very real feeling that Australians are Australians, whatever their country of origin, and the immigrant is very quickly absorbed into the community, and made to feel at home. Everyone I met was very friendly, whether they were contacts made through friends at home, the man who served in the local all-purpose shop, or the lonely worker in the outback farms or mountain development scheme. Admittedly, being British seemed to help, as the majority of Australians I met still call Britain “Back Home” and like to hear all about it—even while sympathizing with “our present misfortunes".

The Blues Officers at the Depot had a bad year. Captain Parker Bowles had a very nasty fall at Ascot, which abruptly terminated his racing career, and Ct. Robertson suffered two attacks of jaundice. They were replaced in relays by Lieutenant van Cutsem, Captain Simpson-Gee, Lieutenant Nares and Cts. Corbett and Whetherly. We hope they all found their time here an eye opener.

The Australians are a nation of hard workers. In the towns they work hard because competition is fierce. However, demand is growing all the time, and, in addition to all business currently operating, there is room for yet more, if value is given for money. In the outlying countryside, where life is mainly agricultural. they work hard for two reasons. If they don’t, their enterprise fails, and if they do there is a lot of money and success to be had.

After his accident Captain Parker Bowles moved back to Windsor and exchanged jobs with Captain Legge-Bourke. We have been led by three different leaders. Major Pyman, Major Cooper and Major Paravincini, who looks as if he might stay a bit longer. (If he does not “release” any more prisoners,#ED.)

Material encouragement is given by the Australian Government to all immigrants, by which means they are able to become self-supporting in a comparatively short space of time. For instance, in many parts of the country, once you have lived in your council house for a few years, you are judged to have paid enough to own the houseea sort of government supported hire-purchase scheme. Prices, however, are high, and a “skiver” will not earn the correspondingly high wages; Australia does not want those who are not prepared to do an honest day's work.

We have lost COH. McMillan and L/CoH. Pomroy to civilian life, but we gather that Pomroy has returned to the Regiment. Perhaps he will return here to complete his tour! L/CsoH. Coulson and Jones, L/Cpl. Fry and Tprs. Seddon and Moloney, have all returned to the Regiment. Arrivals at the Depot were L/CoH. Patterson, L/CoH. Slawson, Cpl. Shaw and Tprs. Brown and Maclean. In 1968 we look forward to the arrival of the Royals. Their first potential instructors are expected here in July. We hope that they will settle in at the Depot as smoothly as we have.

Jobs open to the immigrant are legion. Farming offers plenty of opportunities as the country is being opened up more and more. Industry and private businesses in the towns are always expanding, and offer great scope for newcomers. Mineral resources are being discovered in great quantities, especially in Northern Australia and the North of Queensland.

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Skilled workers on the Snowy Mountain Development Scheme were earning up to A$7O a week. And in addition there are always openings in the Australian Armed Forces, and the possibility of service in Vietnam. (It might appeal to some!) The lighter side of life is equally attractive, In June, when I was there, it was mid-winter, yet I was bathing and water-skiing in the sea off Sydney (at the beginning of the month, anyway). In Darwin. at the end of June, I basked on the beach in a temperature of 80 degrees F. The climate is hot, but dry, without the unpleasant humidity that makes life difficult. All sports flourish in Australia, with playing fields provided by local government to a far greater extent than elsewhere. Furthermore, many of these, such as tennis courts, are floodlit, so there is great opportunity for young people to reach the top, as the record books show they so often do. This is, admittedly, a somewhat biased account, but I was there mainly to enjoy myself. and my impressions were picked up in passing. I have not pointed out the less pleasant sides of Australian life, for as I was indeed enjoying myself, these were not readily apparent. But I came away from the country with a definite impression of a thriving and expanding community which was not moaning about Britain joining the Common Market and letting down the Commonwealth, but saying. with a great deal of truth. that they were not unduly worried about it, as they were carrying on an ever-expanding trade with the countries in their own part of the world. Page 39

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Although equipped for fast cruising, Guiding Light needed various modifications. including an extra fuel tank, automatic fire fighting equipment in the engine compartment, and various other bits of safety equipment. The first race was the Wills International Race organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in July. The boat was ready the previous week-end. but unfortunately we went to too good a dinner in the Gloucester at Cowes on the Saturday night, leaving the boat by the steps After a very good meal we returned to Guiding Light at midnight to find her high and dry. and had to spend a very uncomfortable night on board, hoping to get her off with the tide. We were very lucky she sustained no damage at all. Having had various last-minute problems with the scrutineers, we arrived at the start of the race in Southampton water with some 30 other boats, with 300 yards visibility and the wind blowing force six. The course lay out to the Forts and then back down the Solent through Bournemouth Bay to Old Harry Rock, across to St. Catherine’s Head south of the Isle of Wight, to the Nab Tower and back into the Solent to Lymington and thence back to Hamble. Guiding Light, though capable of about 30 knots, had to be restricted because of the heavy seas

I967 to about 18 knots throughout the race, and especially south of the Isle of Wight. where the sea was very rough she bucked like the proverbial bronco. We took various items of food and drink to sustain us during the race. but found no time at all either to eat or drink. or even to smoke a cigarette. The organisers of the race. realising we were two total novices. gave up hope of ever seeing us again, but more by luck than good management we arrived at the finish some 7 hours and 150 miles later to win one of the minor prizes. the unlimited diesel prize. As an introduction to power boat racing. this was a thrilling race, but both of us hoped that in the future races the weather would be rather smoother and we would enjoy them rather more than on this occasion. The other two races we entered. the Royal Motor Yacht Club race from Poole Harbour, and the “Daily Express" International Race from Cowes to Torquay, were both run in a sea as smooth as glass and both were fairly uneventful. In the “Daily Express" Race we managed to finish 26th out of about 60 starters, but felt it an achievement to reach Torquay in any position. Power Boating is a sport which requires fitness on the part of the drivers, a reliable boat. and the ability to navigate competently. Although many people think that this is only a millionaire sport, this is not so. The larger and faster boats do undoubtedly cost a great deal and are mainly owned by large organisations who compete in the racing world to help their companies in their salesibut as proved in the “Daily Express" Race this year, the smaller boats, given reasonable weather, can do very well, although they are only driven by outboard and reasonably inexpensive engines. I have only savoured power boat racing on the fringegeven then it is a sport which is more thrilling than mostAand if I can ever manage to drive one of the faster boats in international racing, the enjoyment and the challenge will be far greater. Major B. F. Wright and Lt. Lord Normanton offshore racing

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SPRING CRUISE I967 By Captain 1. R. W. Palmer

Let us hope that, in spite of the defence cuts. opportunities for servicemen to travel free of charge with the Royal Navy or Royal Air Force, will occur in the future. This is an account by two oflicers who were fortunate enough to make such a voyage. A day-to-day account of our travels from Singapore to Okinawa, Hiroshima, Korea. Hong Kong and Macao aboard H.M.S. Fearless, might read like a letter from an old lady on a world cruise to her aged sister wintering in Bournemouth. so I will try and describe the more generally interesting aspects of our journey and avoid the sordid details.

We left Singapore on 27th March and sailed for Okinawa, a small island about 200 miles off the southern tip of Japan. Okinawa is a major supply point for the war in Vietnam and has four airfields as well as as a Special Forces Training Centre and numerous Ordnance Depots. We berthed opposite the Cunarder liner Caronia, and were welcomed by a US. Army trumpet band. Their choice of tunes led us to believe that they were on temporary loan from Mr. Louis Armstrong. After the formalities some of us were despatched to the Caronia to offer an invitation to the passengers to come and look round Fearless as she was to be opened to the public later in the day. To my amazement we were greeted at the foot of the gang plank by ex R.C.M. Ford of the Blues, who, at the time, was Master at Arms of the Caronia. An amazing coincidence.

The Americans at Okinawa were most hospitable in every way. They even challenged us to a squash match, which we readily accepted. But we were disillusioned when we turned up with our conventional squash equipment. We were accused of being “soft” and handed rackets racquets, which are much bigger than squash racquets, and a hard rubber ball, and made to play their game of squash. Their game is much faster and indeed more dangerous as the court is quite small and there is less room to get out of the way! They beat us at their game but we beat them at our game afterwards. so honour was satisfied on both sides.

After many sad farewells, particularly from the daughter of the Admiral of the Seventh Fleet, whom we nearly took with us, we sailed for Hiroshima on 4th April. At Hiroshima we were greeted by a large delegation of local dignitaries, including the current Miss Hiroshima dressed in full national custome. The party came on board but conversation was somewhat limited, which was particularly frustrating for those who were introduced to Miss Hiroshima! We visited the Naval Academy at Etajima and were shown round the War Museum which contains relics of the last war, including the one man suicide submarines used by the Japanese at Pearl Harbour. There are also pictures of Kamakasi pilots taken just before a mission. In all the pictures it was amazing to see that the pilots showed no outward signs of fear or apprehension. In contrast we visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum where one can get a vivid impression of that terrible day, 6th August, 1945. The Memorial Cenotaph outside the Museum is dedicated to all the fallen victims of the atomic bombing. The inscription on it reads: “Rest in Peace, for the error shall not be repeated". It is shattering to note that over twenty years later an increasing number of people in Hiroshima die each year from the effects of nuclear radiation. On 7th April the Governor of Hiroshima held a banquet. This was a full scale geisha party at which we ate Japanese delicacies served by geisha girls in national costume. Raw fish was a struggle to start with but with seaweed and sake it is really quite good once one has overcome the initial difliculty of getting it into one‘s mouth. After the meal the geisha girls performed a national dance. This was too much for the officers of Her Majesty’s Navy, who had been sitting cross legged for over three hours, and they swept aside the geisha girls and did an Eightsome Reel to the delight of all except the musicians, who found it diflicult to provide adequate music on a three-stringed guitar and a flute. At this stage we left the comfort and security of Fearless and travelled by train to Kyoto. which is the centre of “Old Japan”. We saw endless temples, some very beautiful and then went on to Tokyo on the famous New Tokadio “Bullet” train. The 300-

mile journey took 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two halts. Travelling in this train is rather like travelling in an aeroplane. There is a public address system and announcements in two languages give apprehensrve passengers all the information they might like before they can settle into their seats. There are also hostesses who patrol the corridors smiling sweetly and dispensing food and drinks. One can also make telephone calls to any part of the world while travelling at speeds of up to one hundred and thirty m.p.h. Tokyo is huge, ugly, and fascinating. Life moves at a fantastic pace the impression one got was that everyone had a definite purpose. All the industrial workers seemed to be co-ordinated towards a common aim of promoting Japan’s status as an economically stable world power.

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illusions we had of being good sailors. It was really quite rough and the twenty-four hour journey to Ho-ng Kong was extremely uncomfortable. Hong Kong is as delightful as it is made out to be, but it is a place of great contrast. In some areas such as Aberdeen one sees people, many of them refugees, living in the most unbelievable squalor. On the other hand, the merchandise in the shops, the luxury of the hotels, and the skyscraper buildings, all reflect the wealth of the colony. Tommy Cooper, an ex Blue, was appearing in cabaret at the Mandarin Hotel, and proved himself to be a genuine comedian. We were also pleased to see Mr. Godfrey-Cass, who was R.C.M. Hong Kong Garrison. We flew back to Singapore on the 25th of April on an Indulgence flight in an RAF. Beverley. I have made no mention of the life we had at sea. One might imagine that a ship’s company would become bored due to the lack of facilities for sports and outdoor games. This is far from being the case—endless deck hockey matches were played on the flight deck with tremendous enthusiasm. while others underwent rigorous training on the vehicle decks so that the various teams were kept fit for prearranged matches which were played in every

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Early History of the Blues 1650-1660 by S.Q.M.C. C. W. Frearson

1654 The Troops of Berry's Regiment were widely dispersed during 1654, another year of relative quiet. The end of hostilities with Holland strengthened Cromwell's control over afiairs in England.


An idea of the dispersal of the Regiment, at least in March, 1655, may be gained from a list of Troop stations given in James Thurloe’s “Collection of State Papers” (1742) vol III:— “Colonel Berry‘s Troop at Newark, Notts. Major Butler’s Troop at Bristol. Captain Robinson‘s Troop at Bristol. Captain Unton Croke’s Troop at Exeter. Captain Hutton‘s Troop at or near Marlborough. Captain Hawkridge‘s Troop at or near Marlborough".

Shortly after Cromwell‘s second invasion of Scotland, a minute of the Council of State, dated 8th August, 1650, records the resolution to: “write to Sir Arthur Hesilrigge . . . and to desire him to raise a regiment of Horse and two of Foot and to do his best endeavour with them, for opening the passage between the Army and Berwick and preventing any irruptions of the Scottish Army" (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, 1650.) The Regiment of Horse referred to was to become the Blues. while the Regiments of Foot became the Coldstream Guards. Commisions for the Regiment of Horse, which was to be raised from the four Northern Counties, were granted to Sir Arthur on 29th August

and the following were the senior officers commanding the Regiment’s six Troops of fifty men each: “Colonel. Sir Arthur Hesilrig. Major. Henry Sanderson. Captains. Robert Hutton. John Ogle, Edward Fenwick, Man Dowsson“. (Sir Charles Firth, “Regimental History of Cromwell's Army" vol. I.) After mustering, the Regiment moved from Newcastle into Scotland and were stationed at Linlithgow.

I651—BERRY'S REGIMENT In February, 1651, Hesilrig‘s Regiment routed a party of three hundred Scottish Horse and Dragoons. near Stirling. The Scots retreated into boggy. inaccessible ground, “But our men, when they could ride no further, left their horses and pursued them on foot; killed 5 of them and took 32 with a Lieutenant." (Mercurius Politicus, 1651). In April, in a similar foray, Captain Dowson was murdered after promise of “quarter". His place was taken by an Oxfordshire gentleman by the name of Unton Croke, (or Crooke), who was to command the Regiment at the Restoration. Croke was a typical Roundhead oflicer endowed with more than average courage and resourcefulness. Within two months of joining the Regiment he had, with his Troop, suppressed an insurrection by the Earl of Eglinton at Dumbarton. In June, the former Captain Lieutenant of Cromwell‘s own Troop of the “true Ironsides”, James Berry, was appointed to the command of the Regiment. A ruthless republican, Berry had been a clerk in a Shropshire ironworks. He was eventually to become the military commander of Wales and the border counties. His fortunes rose and declined with Oliver Cromwell, who was his friend. In “The Page 44

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Career of James Berry" Professor Sir James Berry reproduces a blue, square, gold—fringed Troop Standard, said to have been carried in Berry's Regiment. The Standards of New Model Regiments tallied with the colour of their coats, thus, “red" Regiments, (the majority), carried red Standards. This may explain why no account books can be found to show how the Earl of Oxford‘s Regiment were equipped with clothing in January, 1661. The simple answer is that the Troopers wore the blue coats they had worn under Berry. Fortuitously, this happened to be the livery colour of the Earls of Oxford! In the late summer of 1651, Berry‘s Regiment were active against Scots levies near Glasgow and in Western Scotland. On lst September they took part in the brutal capture of Dundee. which they pillaged. Two days later, Charles II was defeated by the Parliamentary army at Worcester and fled into the long years of his Continental exile.

1652 Both Scotland and England became pacified after the flight of the King. N0 incidents or skirmishes through the year 1652 bring to light the stations of Berry‘s Regiment, but they were certainly in Scotland.

Berry‘s Troop, at Newark, frustrated the so-called Rufford Abbey Plot in March and in the same month. the five Troops in the West violently subdued the “Wagstaffe Rebellion” which started at Salisbury and ended at South Molton. Croke’s Troop played the leading part in the action, and fought it out with the rebellion’s leaders in “house-to-house” fighting at South Molton. Croke wrote a report to Cromwell, which was reported in the Mercurius Politicus. Cromwell appears to have promised the young Captain advancement as a result. In this year, Berry was appointed Major General of Wales and the Border Counties, still retaining command of the Regiment which remained in the West.

1656 Berry and his Troop were stationed in Ludlow during this year, Berry, in fact, had lodgings in the castle. which he urged the Protector to “pull down and give me the ground to build on“. adding that the building would “one of these days, I feare, fall down and knocke somebody on the head.” (Thurloe, “State Papers”) Croke's Troop were at Hereford.

1657 In Spring 1657, the Regiment returned to Scotland. where Monck had been alarmed by the spread of Quakerism. A Cornet Ward. of Berry‘s Troop had been converted and on examination before the Governor of Aberdeen, refused to uncover “soe that the Martiall was ordered to take of his cap.” (Firth, “Regimental History of Cromwell‘s Army” vol. 1.) Ward was dismissed and sent back to England.

1653 1658 In late September, 1653, Berry's Regiment left Scotland and returned to England, a move which is significant insofar as Baxter, in “Reliquae Baxterianae" (1696), asserts that James Berry played a major role in the seizure of complete power by Oliver Cromwell, who was appointed “Lord Protector" on 16th December of this year.

In January, 1658, a Troop Quartermaster of Berry‘s Regiment was stabbed to death by a fanatic, “being at the church in Forfar, in prayer. after the sermon.” (Mercurius Politicus 1658). In March, Croke received his promised advancement ——to Major!and shortly afterwards, the Regiment

again returned to England. Cromwell died 3rd September 1658 and in escorting the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University to proclaim Cromwell’s son Richard as Protector, Croke and his Troop were pelted by the scholars “with caret and turnip tops from a safe distance” (Sir Alexander Croke, “Genealogical History of the Croke Family” 1823 vol. II).

16 5 9—CROKE'S REGIMENT In May, Richard Cromwell resigned the Protectorship and a three-cornered fight for power began between the Army, the Parliament and the Royalists. Berry threw in his lot with the Army which openly broke with Parliament on 5th October. A week later, the Parliament responded by cashiering 1,500 officers, prominent among whom was James Berry. Fairfax and Monck rallied the Army to support a Free Parliament. The Fleet and the garrison at Portsmouth followed the example. Unton Croke was given command of Berry’s former Regiment and marched with the Regiment from Salisbury, by way of Sarum, Warminster and Hurst Castle, to Portsmouth.

1660 Throughout January, Monck marched from Scotland to London. The Parliament approved a revised list of officers of Croke‘s Regiment on 10th January, Colonel. Unton Croke. Major. George Sedascue (former Adjt. Gen.) Captain. Nathaniel Witham (Governor of Portsmouth), Noel Butler, David Gascoigne and Thomas Randall. On 29th February, 1660. Croke and his Regiment “cordially supported the Restoration of the Ancient Race of Monarchs” (Genealogical History of the Croke Family.) The Regiment were on duty in Devon where disturbances had occured, when. on 29th May, 1660, Charles 11 entered London.

l660—THE ROYAL REGIMENT In July. 1660, the Officers of Croke‘s Regiment were replaced by Royalists and the Regiment, still in the West of England became “The Royal Regiment”. It was commanded by Daniel O’Neill, a forty-eight year old veteran of the Royalist armies who had fought at Newbury, Naseby and Marston Moor. He had fought under Charles II during the invasion of 1651 and at Worcester. He was a close personal friend of the King and had been Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles I. Throughout 1660, Parliament pressed Charles II to disband the Army which had restored him to the throne. Charles II. dependent on Parliament for money, a commodity of which he was always short, had to give way. But The Royal Regiment was one of the last to escape disbandment. Finally. in the last days of 1660. the Regiment was paid off at Bath and disbanded. Charles II dissolved Parliament on 29th December. 1660. Page 45

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The Captain was found guilty of “having by words and gestures, when the Men were paraded,” (for Church Parade)—“behaved towards the Major of the Regiment in a disrespectful, contemptuous and insolent manner, and having soon after on the same day, upon the Major having called him a little aside, and representing to him the impropriety of his Conduct in absenting himself without leave, behaved to him, the Major, in a most disrespectful, contemptuous and insolent manner, in the presence and hearing of the Adjutant and a Cornet of the Regiment.” Verdict: “That he, Captain John Flory Howard, be publickly reprimanded at the Head of the said Regiment, and that he be suspended from Rank and Pay for the space of Twelve Calender Months”. From R.H.G. Letter Book No. 42.

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programme for “Music While You Work". 25th March. “Easter Sunday". The wedding of WC. “Bob" Hoggarth. The Band played for the service in the Guards Chapel. and a small Dance Band played in the W.O.’s Mess afterwards. 26th March, “Easter Sumluy" saw the Band on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, the first of the Castle‘s Military Band concerts. 20th & ler April. Military Band concerts at the Brighton Horticultural Society Show held in the Dome. llfh, 12th, 13th & 14111 May. The Royal Windsor Horse Show with the Mounted Band of The Household Cavalry. two Directors of Music and two Mounted Drummers on parade. 7th & 131‘}: June, The Mounted Band took part in the Trooping. 24th 26th & 30th July. Again the Mounted Band. this time at the International Horse Show at White City. 6rhi12th August. One of the highlights of the seasoniBournemouth. The Band is always a great success here. with the holiday crowds flocking to the concerts. 27th August—2nd September. This time back in London playing for the tourists at the Victoria Emankment Gardens. [Or/1 April, 30th June, 17th August, 16th October, 24th October, 3rd November. Dates with the BBC. From the various letters Captain Jeanes receives it seems the Band has quite a large following. 21st December. The Band were engaged for the premier of the film “Half a Sixpence". playing in the “pit" at the beginning and end of the performance. November. The Band said farewell to the Mounted DrummerkHarry “Dolly" Gray. On this occasion it was “Goodbye Dolly". Over the years “Dolly” had become a well-known figure appearing as Mounted Drummer of “The Blues” on such occasions as The Trooping. The International Horse Show. In addition he often appeared on films and in photographs in the press.

The Household Cavalry Drag competed in all the major Horse Shows this year. We successfully came lst in the Regimental Class on all occasions, and were reserve champions at Newark and Camberley. The team was sadly reduced to 4. as Superior Gentleman had to be put down in the late summer. We are now searching far and wide for a suitable replacement. The driving has been shared between Major Morris, Captain Crisp and S.C.M. Cowdrey, who

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Odds and Ends The Reminiscences of Mr. William F. (Paddy) Mullan Clerk of Works R.E., from May 1919 10 January 1951 When the 1914-18 war ended, in which I served from start to finish as a time-serving RE, I was stationed in Colombo, Ceylon. I returned home again in May, 1919, and was posted to Hyde Park Barracks, but in a few months I transferred to Combermere Barracks, Windsor. 1 think it was the 2nd Life Guards who were there. At any rate, I have always looked upon them as “giants“. Every man seemed to touch 16 stone and over six foot. A big proportion of them were farmer’s sons from Ireland. Charlie Wright D.S.M. was R.C.M. By the way it was ordained at that date that all senior ranks must possess a 1st Class School certificate or cease to hold their rank. Charlie informed me that rather than go to school and sit with troopers, he would walk out of the main gate. However, as luck would have it Charlie did put down his name to attend school. The 1921 coal strike called the troops out the very day the exam. was to take place, and would you believe it. everyman who had put his name down for school were given their certificate and Charlie got his “FIRST”—and soldiered on. At that date in Combermere Barracks the barrack warden was a Mr. Reynolds, with wife and two grown up daughters—both since married and separated! However, one fine day I espied Mr. Reynolds crossing the barrack Square towards the Main Entrance Gate~I occupied the RE. Bungalow next to the Guard Room. Reynolds appearance gave me a shock. He was impeccably dressed in Morning coat with spats, pin-striped trousers, Canarycoloured waist coat and shining topper. Primrose coloured gloves, an ebony walking stick with gold knob, etc. I said, “Good Morning, Mr. Reynolds‘ What is on today? a Wedding?”. “Oh no,” he replied. “You see I am president of the Barrack Wardens and Barrack Labourers Union. We have been agitating for a substantial rise of pay and I have received instructions from the War Office to attend a Conference up there today to explain our case for a rise, as we could not live on our present pay.” So I wished him the best of luck, etc. I saw him next day and asked him how he got on. “Well", he said, “WeAthere were other delegates there—were cordially received by High Officials who couldn‘t have been nicer to us. Cigarettes and tea were handed round and they listened intently to all we had to say as to our poor rate of pay and as to what Army pension, etc., we had. They were most interested in how I put our case. I expect we will get all we asked”—and rubbing his hands gleefully, he remarked, “We will then begin to live”. It so happened that Reynolds was over 60 and re-engaging year by year. In a few weeks time he got the shock of his life—a final notice (3 months to finish). On informing me of this bit of bad news, I said “Mr. Reynolds, you’ll pardon me saying so, but what could you expect? You attending a conference at the War Office pleading poverty, and you all dressed up as if you were attending a Levee at Buckingham Palace. Mr. Reynolds I expect the ‘very nice Heads' Page 50

who interviewed you were most interested in your ‘get up” gold knobbed cane and all! No, you should have gone dressed to suit your poverty—stricken claim and I‘m sure that notice to quit would never have been posted! They probably branded you as an agitator!" He replied, “I never thought of it like that". To conclude—A relief for Mr. Reynolds was appointed—a Mr. Simpson late R.S.M. of Royal Irish Rifles. A very perky little man, and very cute. His last job was on the boats escorting Belgian Refugees from Harwich to Belgium, etc. On the Big Day when Simpson arrived at Windsor Station the whole Reynolds family were there to greet him, what forI couldn‘t say. Mrs. Reynolds was a very big stout woman some 18 stone weight: Reynolds was very short, broad, grey headed, and handlebar grey mustache. All arrived in a conveyance (horse—drawn buggy) and a welcoming in tea was there ready to greet Mr. Simpson. The usual chatter accompanied the tea. Mother and daughters going all out to impress—the climax arrived when, in a moment of lull, Mrs. Reynolds, resting her cheeks on both hands, elbows on table, focussed poor little Mr. Simpson across the table and said. “My-a-My, just fancy you coming here to take the bread and butter out of my dear husband‘s mouth"! !! curtain? “No”. Simpson got a bit of his own back in that he point blank refused to take over the stock until a physical check was made by O.I.C. barracks. Great deficiencies were discovered, partly rectified by quantities of sheets that had been found up in the ceiling, through a trap door, plus stuff under the floors, it took some six months to “square" it up before Reynolds got out and Simpson in! As I relate, Simpson was a tiny wee man who invariably wore a straw boater set at a jaunty angle ~he was amusing. The new hospital had just been completed—please note it has approximately 18 roof slopes. Very difficult to keep weatherproof. The old hospital became an R.E. Office and Store. The barrack labourer, Mr. Maunsell, lived upstairs but grew heaps of mushrooms in the cellar. Speaking—or writing—of barrack labourers one such person in Windsor got a pub in Datchet. He and his missus—who could dispose of a “Fair Share”ibarricaded themselves in, refusing to “open”. Loud bangings on the front door to open only produced two heads from the top floor window, crying. “Opeanhy we haven‘t got enough for ourselvesionly got one 36 gal. today"!! As “D" had only one large front tooth his appearance was comical. I mentioned that I occupied the RE. Bungalow. That was its official name and was occupied by the Clerk of Works, single or married. A window in rear was very convenient to “The Raglan” and served its purpose. You will probably observe a small window in the wall opening intoior didithe Pharmacy. Well, I had that made. It came about like this. The Farrier,

W.O. Class I (McKenzie) later had a pub on Gt. North Road. He very confidentially whispered to me that he was frequently “caught” standing in front of the fire reading a paper, by the Veterinary Officer. Of course, the Vet. didn’t say anything but he (W.O.) did feel somewhat sensitive about it. He asked me if I could suggest anything. Being always full of ideas (Engineers for infinity) 1 could cut out a small window opening facing Parade Ground! “Splendid idea”, said Mac. “I will provide the Curtain”! So now he could stand or sit and read his Daily Paper Gd. “Daily Mail”) and keep an eye on the arrival of the Vet. from across the Square! Hence the window in the wall. I must relate a True Storyinot by any means that the foregoing yarns are not true, they ARE. But this one, can to this day be proved on inspection —but waitWI had a big staff of direct labour at that time and amongst whom was one labourer, a very faithful servant named Bill Lloyd. He had a son named “Alby” who was a jockey on the French Turf. War was declared and I believe “Alby” joined up in one of our Cavalry Regiments in France. That was all that was known of him. The end of the war came and “Alby” was still missing. The War Memorial outside the Parish Church was erected in High Street. It recorded, along with other names of the dead, “Lloyd, Albert”. Time marches oniBill Lloyd was doing up my front garden at the RE. Bungalow when a taxi pulled up at the Guard Room and out stepped Alby. Old Bill hustled over to greet him—that is if he could believe it. Yes, it was Alby. And if, as I said, you disbelieve me, just have a look at that memorial and you will see where “Lloyd, Albert’s” name was chiselled off. So Must it be! (It is, we checked it.-ED.) On the day when Queen Mary visited Combermere Barracks, of course, the Married Quarters would be her chief concern. So one Quarter in “A” Block was specially furnished up for the assumed Royal Inspection, but they were wrong! Her Majesty apparently was not to be put in “Blinkers”. “Oh No”, she said. “I prefer that one”, pointing next door to the proposed Quarter. A much worried housewife, with soapsuds up to her elbows, opened the door. Her Majesty said, “Have you a bathroom”. “Oh No”. said Mrs. Her Majesty thought a moment and, turning to her escort, said. “Have a bathroom fixed and I will see it in six months time”. And she did. MUTINY! (No. merely an Indignation Meeting by Household Cavalry). . Prior to War 1914-18 when the Regiments lst and 2nd Life Guards and Blues changed stations, Windsor to London. and vice versa. It was the recognised thing that the Landlords around Knightsbridge accepted the Married soldiers coming up, and ditto the Windsor landlords. Married soldiers going down. But at end of 1914-18 some# probably for higher rents—refused to keep to old gentleman‘s agreement. Hence the Regimentscould not change and hence the Indignation Meeting in N.C.O.‘s Mess, Hyde Park Barracks.

Great excitement got uplI was in Windsor at the time and was R.E. Foreman of Works W.O.

(Serving). Now it so was that in Victoria Barracks, Windsor, several blocks of Married Quarters J, K, L, M, S, Cyprus Villas (now Transport Quarters) were kicked to pieces by occupying Troops during 1914-18. One day a Mr. Lufi called at Victoria Barracks to interview the CO, Sir Victor McKenzie. He informed Sir Victor that he (Luff) was an Alderman of Windsor, that Sir Victor had several blocks of Quarters in Victoria Barracks, and if Sir Victor did not put them in order and occupy them, he, Mr. Luff, and the Town Council, would. He said that Windsor streets were crowded with ex service men homeless. That did it, coming on top of Indignation Meeting. When all this got up to top level a conference was ordered by G.O.C. London District, Lieut. General Jefferys. It was held

in the open near the Gymnasium in Victoria Barracks, Windsor. Questions and answers were fired at all, from Chief Engineer (Walker) C.R.E., Colonel Monroe, D.O., Captain Hughes, RE, and your ’umble writer. It went something like this: Gen. to CE. “What have you done about it”? CE. “I passed the task to C.R.E.” Gen. to CE. “What did you do in this matter”? C.R.E. “I gave instructions to the DO. (Captain Hughes). To Do. “Well, what is the picture now as regards putting all those blocks in repair”? D.O. “I’m attending to it”. And then looking at me standing there with my foot rod, a book and pencil, he said. “What about you”? Well, no rank ever frightened me, when I know in my mind I was right#so I let go with. “I’m ready to start.” Turning to the A.Q.M.G. he said. “Earmark £1,000 for this work”, and looking at me he said. “If anyone interferes with you, come straight to me!” Iengaged some 80 Direct Labour set all to work on repairs to J.K.L.H. Blocks plus Cyprus Villas. Unfortunately a strike of plasterers started so I had recourse to all poineers of the Brigade of Guards. To quote the CDC. the Regiments must change over—they must Pig it in the Blocks even if not completed in timeiand orders are orders. So all was peace! Mr. Luff was silenced. COSTING! (Combermere Barracks) 1921. When the new scheme of costing—reducing everything from bullets to barracks into £.s.d.—a start was necessary I presume. So one fine day at Combermere Barracks I had a message that a very high officer had arrived from W.O., and wanted to see me. I dashed out and found him—Staff Colonel —at the Main Gate. 1 saluted in best sapper manner and he informed me that, as costing had been ordered, he had come down to make a start on Combermere Barracks. He did not—or would not A—come inside the Main Gate, but simply indicated to me—pointing with his canei“What is that building there”? That I replied is the Officers. Mess. “And what is that place”? That is the Barrack Blocks and stables under same. “And these low buildings on the right"? They are the Pharmacy and Shoeing Shed, Tailor‘s Shop. Several other questions followed and then, after a pause, he said. “£30,000”! And that is how the basis of costing for Combermere Barracks was FIXED!!! Page SI

A Wine-In Instant Education—Or Nearly! An Olympian Feacskt comes to a Sticky End By Capt. (Q.l\1.) W. A. Stringer

At the invitation of the D.A.D.A.C.C. London District. Iwas invited to visit the Hotel Olympia Exhibition at Olympia, first attending a mid-day Sherry Party at Horse Guards to honour the occasion. On my way there I stopped off at Welling— tion Barracks to collect the Household Cavalry Regiments Messing Officer.

counterparts and a Chief Petty Officer who wanted to show us the pride and joy of Portsmouth with which they were going to win the cookery competition. Drinking up we went into Olympia and made our way to the Services" stand. There the Chief Petty Ofiicer with great pride showed us a magnificent wicker basket of flowers and fruit, the whole lot being made out of chocolate and sugar. The Messing Officer H.C.R. leaned forward on his umbrella to get a closer look and reached out with his hand to pick it up. Alas, his umbrella could not stand the strain. it bent, it twisted and finally gave way. With a despairing groan the Messing Officer dived forward, and to cries of horror from the Navy and roars of applause from the R.A.F. disappeared head foremost into the basket. He arose, spouting chocolate, dripping cream, his eyes gazing wildly around for an avenue of escape from the enraged Senior Service. There could only be one solution. I took them all to a bar which Providence had placed close at hand.

After about an hour and a half of the Sherry Party, we decided that if we were to see anything of the Exhibition we had better get a move on. The Messing Officer H.C.R. and myself got cut off from the main party so caught a taxi and made our own way there. Unfortunately the tratfic was so congested at Olympia we had to be set down on the opposite side of the road outside a pub. We decided that before we risked life and limb in crossing that busy road we had better go in and “have one". Inside the pub it was as though England was once again at War, for everyone was a serviceman and in uniform. It was not long before the two of us had made friends with our Naval

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In a corner of Combermere between the Signals Instruction Rooms and the Driving and Maintenance Lecture Hall, there lurks an Ivory Tower of Learning. In this sweat-shop of academic activity, periodic battles are fought against the encroaching tide of ignorance. Soldiers who visit within these cloistered confines are encouraged to pour out their innermost thoughts in words and good English: the men who produced such gems asi“The Royal Army Dental Corps deal in soldiers’ teeth", and “The reason for NATO. was so communism would get bigger over the world", will long be remembered. Proximity to London has an effect on the men’s imaginative writing, but “London traffic is a potential sound in the background” is perhaps going a bit too far while “London has very little disadvan— tages" conjures up visions of pygmy population problems. Courses at the Centre are also attended by Welsh Guardsmen, which must be the origin of one soldier’s pipe dream that “The men’s main hobby is growing leaks and showing them at the end of the season”. Nor does the Church escape the notice of the unintentional wit. As one proper charlie put it:—“The R.A.Ch.D. is the Royal Army Chaplin Department” while anotheriobviously with agricultural connectionsiproduced “The R.A.Ch.D. is the Royal Army Champing Department”. Finally a few statistics. Education Courses started at Combermere in January. 1967, and since then 3 courses for Army Certificate First Class, 4 courses for Second Class and 5 courses for Third Class have been run. The overall pass rate works out at about 75 per cent. In addition to Education Courses. weekly sessions of training and general interest films alternate with Current Affairs lectures by Dr. Ernest Newman in. the Cinema. Since January, 1967, our pupils have obtained 10 First Class, 19 Second Class and 8 Third Class Education Certificates.


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I was positive (+) this “WK (1 job for Intercom

the work of Squelch.

us the current situation was grintibut not my volt.

A 300 cc. megucycle opened up outside and the assassin roared oli. I opened the safe with my morse

The Squelch agent was eventually arrested on u Molar Minor charge of being in possession of false

kev and found that my agent had once been rear

Antennae Readings. On being screened. he asked for Mike Rofonc (his mouthpiece) but was put in a cell and churged. His resistance was poor. so



to Slidex in the Fanatic Alphabet: "November Handicap. Liverpool Echo. Double Whiskey. Victor HugoiLes Miserables and Egg Banjo."

link on u choin gang. and had been blackmailed

into calibrating with Squelch. I got out pronto just us the first sunruys came over the horizon. I picked up my assistant Churlie Whiskey and sent (1 Cipher

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The QM’S Box By Captain 5. B. Dun/op

What the Tote puts

back. Since July 1956, Tote Investors have sponsored races worth £137, 900 on 33 different racecourses. The Horserace Totalisator Board has contributed more than 24.2 million to the

Levy Board for the improvement of racing, since 1962. A thriving Tote means more money for British racing. Bet with the Tote.

It all began in March when the Quartermaster succeeded in obtaining a 1934 vintage horse box with the intention of completely rebuilding it in time for the first meet the following winter. The Adjutant, sensing an easy killing, bet the Q.M. a bottle of champagne against the box successfully carrying “Gothic" to the first meet. The Q.M.. a born optimist, accepted the bet and then proceeded to call on as many people as possible to achieve his aim. Taking the original apart required more strength than skill, and was done by the QM. him— self, assisted by an axe and brute strength from the R.S.O., Captain The Hon. G. Lambert. By the end of May the original box was reduced to so much scrap metal beside the Officers’ Mess garage: Cpl. Rea was narrowly prevented from sweeping it up with the rest of the rubbish. Before re-assembly most of the metalwork had to be replaced, and A.S.M. Millgate was sent for to assess the position and the amount of work required. Unfortunately this initial comments on viewing the scrap are not recorded. However, he agreed that it might be possible to do something. The wheels, brakes and a good portion of the metalwork were taken to the LAB. for measurement and replace— ment where possible. There, the metalsmith, L/Cpl. Seetree, started bending and drilling the new girders. and L/Cpl. Dowry took the brakes apart. Throughout this time the general opinion was that the Adjutant‘s Champagne was quite safe, as it seemed impossible that the pile of scrap metal could ever be anything else. Undaunted, as soon as the new girders were available, the QM. transferred the whole lot around the back of the stables and put the frame together again. The replacement of the woodwork was done by Cpl. Fearn, assisted by the Quartermaster. an aluminium roof put on the top by L/Cpl. Seetree, and the whole issue painted in a colour remarkably similar to “issue" drab olive. When this was completed at the end of August it appeared possible that the work might be completed in time. and the OM. was beginning to lick his extensive chops. All that remained to be done was to replace the brakes and fit the lights required by law. For this, the vehicle as it now was. was moved to the L.A.D. for completion. Unfortunately it was

three months since the brakes had been delivered to the L.A.D. and they were nowhere to be found. Whether they were fitted to one of the Squadron vehicles in error, sold for scrap by the new E.M.E.. or stolen by the Adjutant, is not known. However, the A.S.M. was not discouraged and managed to obtain suitable brakes from somewhere. Once the spares were obtained the A.S.M., assisted by most of the L.A.D. who were not involved on Exercise Overdale, fitted a fully operational hydraulic brake system, flicking indicator lights, and side and stop lights.

When the rest of the Regiment returned to Windsor from Exercise Overdale, we found the vehicle very nearly completed and ready for the road. It appeared that the Adjutant had lost his champagne and he wasn‘t prepared to ofier a small bribe to the L.A.D. to prevent the trailer moving out for the first meet, despite prompting that this might be the easiest way out. The vehicle was, in fact, completed by the 26th October, when there was a Commanding Officer‘s Inspection of Vehicles. The trailer was not presented for inspection!

On the 4th November, Gothic was persuaded to enter the finished trailer, and he and the QM. set off for the first meet, where we are assured the QM. had a good day. As it was a week-end there were very few around at the time, but it has been suggested that the Quartermaster was seen to hack back from Bagshot. where the trailer had broken down with two punctures. However. this did not prevent the QM. enjoying his champagne. the original bet not having included any condition about the return journey. and besides the Adjutant was away on one of his frequent spells of leave and was. therefore, unable to query his Mess bill.

At the time of going to press the box is still on the road, and. now that the foot and mouth restrictions have been lifted. is seeing regular service. It is hoped by all concerned in the LAD. that it will continue in service without breakdowns for as long as possible. as A.S.M. Millgate has now been posted and it is questionable whether anyone else would be able to understand the brake system.

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The accounts again show that the Finances of the Association are in a satisfactory state. There is again an excess of income over expenditure in the Balance Sheet which is £579. This has, in the main, been caused by the increase in membership amongst serving members. The Dinner and the Magazine have again been quite heavily subsidised, but I consider that this is justified in the present Financial position of the Association. As there will be a surplus of cash at the Bank in the next few months. I recommend that a further £1,000 be invested with the United Service Trustees Combined Fund in April.

British Legion

The Annual Reunion will be held at Comber— ere Barracks, Windsor, on Sunday, 7th July, 1968. Members are invited to march behind the Association Banner to the Church Service at Holy Trinity. Assemble 1000 hrs. on the Barrack Square. Dress: Lounge Suits. Decorations will be worn. There will be a Bufiet Luncheon in Barracks

Benevolent work in the Army (see A attached).

The Association now pays an Annual Subscription to “The Friends” of St. George’s Memorial Church, Ypres, in Belgium. The Manchester Branch of the Association has now been closed down.


Annual Reunion

immigrants. Full details from the Hon. Sec.


The Combined Cavalry Old Comrades‘ Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday, 5th May, 1968. Dress: Lounge Suits (Overcoats) Decorations will be worn. Assemble at 10.50 am. on Regimental Marker in Broad Walk East. The Association Banner will head the contingent. Members are requested to ensure a large turnout. After the parade, Members will be welcome in the W.O.‘s and N.C.O.’s Mess Household Cavalry Regiment at Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk.

more, he is prepared to advise any would-be


Cavalry Memorial Service

Major the Lord Wrottesley, M.C., who is resident in South Africa would like to get in touch with any Comrades in the Union. Further-



S‘ock-in-hand—members’ badges—at cost 2410 Cash at bank 1, 26 13


The Annual Dinner will be held at Combermere Barracks, Windsor, at 7.15 pm. on Saturday, 4th May, 1968. Dress: Lounge Suit. No decorations. Bars will open at 6 pm. Applications for Tickets on the enclosed proforma to the Hon. Sec. by Saturday, 27th April, 1968.


Annual Dinner

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Members requiring either the Blues or H.C.R. Cards should order on the enclosed proforma. The cost per card is normally approximately 1/- (post and packing extra).

Christmas Cards

10,861 shares in the United Services Trustees

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the W.O.‘s and CsoH. Mess, Royal Horse Guards, Combermere Barracks. Windsor, at 6 pm. on Saturday, 4th May, 1968. All Members are entitled and encouraged to attend.

Combined Charitable Fund at cost (Valuation: I967; £12,512—1966; £10,606) CURRENT ASSETS

The Field of Remembrance will be opened at 12 noon on Thursday, 7th November, 1968. Assemble at The Blues Plot in St. Margaret‘s Churchyard at 11.30 am. The Badge Cross will be planted by the Colonel at 11.45 am. Dress: Lounge Suits. Decorations will be worn.


Annual General Meeting

Field of Remembrance


All Members are reminded that it is their responsibility to keep the Hon. Sec. informed of any change of address. Members who joined under the One Day‘s Pay Scheme should notify the Hon. Sec. immediately of their address.






The annual subscription is now due. complete the enclosed proforma.

An extremely limited number of free tickets for this Parade on Saturday, 8th June, 1968. and for the Final Rehearsal on Saturday, lst June, 1968, are normally available to the Association. The majority of tickets are for the Inner Line of Sentries (standing). To save postage, applications are not acknowledged.

Balance at lst January, 1967 Add excess of income over expenditure for the year to 31st December, 1967

Subscriptions (Annual Members only)

Queen’s Birthday Parade


The Membership of the Association is now: Officersfi214: Life Members!1,19l (including 444 under the One Day‘s Pay Scheme). Annual Members—87. TOTALi1.492. In 1966, 162 Life Members and 7 Annual Members joined the Association and 25 Annual Members converted to Life Membership.


after the Parade 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. Royal Horse Guards by Friday. 28th June, 1968.

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Presentation of a Household Cavalry Squadron Standard to the St. George’s Memorial Church at Ypres on the

It has been very interesting seeing all the changes. When we first went out we had to walk and scramble over the ground from Hellfire Corner on the Ypres Menin Road, to Zillebeke. The latter Village was nothing but MUD. Ypres itself was a shambles. There was no life to be seen anywhere other than the hordes of the Chinese Labour Corps who had been imported to do the cleaning up. I shall never forget it. Now, very different.

3rd ofJuly 1967 By Colonel F. F. B. SI. George, C.V.O.. formerly The Life Guards

Hard to tell that it all

ever happened. A great tribute to the Belgian people‘s indomitable spirit, and their hard work in restoring good order out of absolute chaos. I have visited the St. George Memorial Church many times and have always been impressed by its great simplicity. To me it seems that it is just the memorial which those to whom it is dedicated would

the beloved Sovereign of those who in the First War gave their lives. So Idccided to give it, and asked the Church authorities if they would care to accept it for laying up in their Church. They kindly gave their Consent. This having been obtained, Her Majesty The Queen was approached and her gracious approval was given. The path was then clear for a date to be fixed, and all the arrangements made for an Escort to travel out. Consent for them to wear uniform was got from the Belgian Government, and a hundred and one little details to ensure that all went smoothly on the day. That it did so was largely due to the staff work put into the project by my old friend Major A. J. Dickinson late of the Blues who ran it all from R.H.Q. Household Cavalry at Horse Guards. He in

\\: Ypres Guide: Trooper Hanson, L,G.; LEfi to right: L/Cpl. McKie. L.G. . C. Millen; Lt. Colonel F. F. Harlow, L.G.; Burgers-aster of Ypres; George; Lady Gunston: Air. and A\'ll'5. John Alford; Alaior A. J. Dickinson. (Photo: Kris \Verrebrouck)

The Editor has asked me to write an account of the gift of a Standard that I made to the St. George Memorial Church at Ypres in July of this ear. y Although this Church happens to bear the name of my family, it is in no way a memorial to us, but was built after the first war in memory of all the soldiers of the Empire who gave their lives in defence of the Ypres salient, of whom my brother was but one. Some years ago now, I think it would have been about 1950, when I was commanding The Life Guards, I found two old First Life Guard Standards in Combermere Barracks, Windsor. It was when the late Lord Athlone was our Colonel. I asked him whether we each might have one of them. seeing that they dated back prior to the day on which it was ordained that Standards. which are consecrated. should in future only be laid up in consecrated buildings. Page 60

He obtained the gracious approval of his late Majesty King George VI that he himself should keep one in his home in Kensington Palace, and that I might have the other. The Standard which was allotted to me had the distinction of having been carried on one of the Escorts provided for the Coronation of King George V, in June, 1911. From the time that I was given it until this year it was kept in my old home in Gloucestershire, Hill Court, Shipton Moyne, Tetbury. My brother 2nd Lt. H. A. B. St. George was killed in November, 1914, somewhere between Zillebeke and Klein Zillebeke. two little villages a few miles out of Ypres. 1 think 1 have been going out there on and off for more than 45 years. Firstly, with my Mother when we went in 1919, and then fairly consistently up until now, except for the years of World War II.

(Photo: Kris \‘i'errebrouck‘: Left to F. F. B. McKic, Hanson,

right: Padre Powell, Lieutenant Colonel St. George. C.V.0.. The Standard; L/Cpl. L.G., S.C.M. Harlow, L.G., Trooper LG.

have liked and approved. It bears the name of our patron Saint of England which is also my name. With my brother lying not many miles away, 1 have for a long time now felt that I would like to do something for this Church. I thought of the Standard. It seemed to me a worthy gift for perhaps two reasons. It is an old Household Cavalry Standard which will always be a reminder of what the three Regiments. the First Life Guards, the Second Life Guards. and the Blues suffered in defence of the City of Ypres. The second reason is that it is a Standard which was carried at the Coronation of King George V,

The Menin Gate. Ypres.

, Left



Household Cavalry Trumpeter

sounds the "Last Post” L/Cpl, McKie, L.G., Trumpeter Trooper Hanson. L.G.



his turn was greatly assisted by the Bishop of Fulham’s Office in London, and by the British Military Attache in Brussels. Brigadier M. H. A. Hunter, C.V.O., D.S.O., O.B.E.

In Ypres itself we had every help from the Burgomeister Monsieur Dehem and Monsieur Annoot, the Town Clerk. the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: and last but by no means least Padre Powell who conducted a very beautiful Service. The date July 3rd was chosen because it coincided with a visit that was being paid to the Page 61

battlefields by the Household Cavalry Comrades. headed by the indomitable Mr. A. C. Millen late of the Blues. I think his party numbered about 24 and many of their wives came along too, so we were well represented. The Service was held at 10.00 a.m. and followed closely the procedure laid down in standing orders. This service impresses by its simplicity. I had with me my sister Lady Gunston, my daughter and sonin-law Sally and John Alford, and Major Dickinson so it was a very proud day for us all. On the way to the Church Major Dickinson let me in to a well-kept secret. We had made a little bronze plaque to put up in the Church describing what the Standard was and what it stood for. It has a Household Cavalry badge on it. He told me that this badge was the one that belonged to the late Colonel Eion Merry of the Blues. and he had it put on because he knew that he was my great friend. I was very touched. He was, indeed, my great friend. After the Service we were all invited by the Burgomeister to the Cloth Hall for a reception. He made a speech saying the nicest things about the British Army. Mr. Millen and I tried to reply and prress to him what it means to us to have the friendship of Belgium, and of Yypres and its neighbouring towns in particular. Quant a nous, nous n’oublierons jamais. As for us, we shall never forget. We had our photographs taken in the hall of the Cloth Hall at the foot of the stairs, the trumpeter and Escort to the Standard looking very smart in their uniforms.

Padre Powell and his wife came to luncheon with us in the Hotel Sultan where the Comrades were staying. After lunch we all went over to the Household Cavalry Memorial on the Zandvoorde Ridge where Trumpeter Hill of the Blues who was then in plain clothes sounded the Last Post and the Reveille. He did this beautifullly. and it was most impressive looking out from this ridge over the heavily fought over ground of more than fifty years ago. V Then on to Hill 60 where we had tea. Sheep are now grazing on Hill 60. After tea to Zillebeke. where we visited my brother’s grave and several others of the Household Cavalry and the Brigade of Guards who are buried in the Churchyard. Then into the Church to look at the memorial window to my brother, and then to the Burgomeister’s house for another reception and refreshments, and where some of us were given little bronze shields of the Zillebeke coat of arms; St. Catherine. of “Wheel” fame. I and the family then had to break off as we had a date at Talbot House over in Poperinghe, followed by a dinner engagement with the Poperinghe Burgomeister Monsieur De Sagher. Finally, to the Menin Gate in the evening where our Escort and Trumpeter were on parade, once again in uniform. They were invited by the Belgians to sound the Last Post, followed by the Belgians sounding the Reveille. The Comrades asked me to stand at their head and at the end say “They shall not grow old . . . ” An honour indeed for me to be privileged to stand before men who some 53 years before had fought on this ground with my brother.

Letters to the Editor 17 Ashford



. Dear Sir,

I enclose some items which may of use to you when preparing “The Blue“. The photograph of the band is reproduced from a larger one I believe taken late in 1917. Yours truly, David P. Geall.

(Ex Tpr. 22205201).

partake of some light refreshments. This brief interval sufficed the inexperienced commander to effectually club the Regiment, troops sections, and files were in a hopeless confused mass just as the General re-appeared in the distance, and approached the parade. It was a critical moment. something had to be done, and that quickly, to restore order in the ranks. The gallant Captain was, however, equal to the occasion and promptly gave the following impromtu word of command. “Royal Horse Guards! - ~ - your eyes! Find your places! March!” The inspecting General found “The Blues” in perfect order when he reached the parade.

FROM A SERVING BLUE During the past year that I have been away from the Regiment, there have been a large number of comments addressed to me, some of them quite sarcastic, regarding two of our Regimental customs, namely, why do Corporals wear Crowns over their chevrons, and why are Blues allowed to salute without caps on. While on the one hand I may be the only member of the Regiment who does not know the full details of these customs, it has occurred to me that on the other hand there may be other members of the Regiment who may also be in doubt. I thus thought it might be a point

of interest for the next edition of the Blue. I remain, Sir, Your obedient servant, etc, etc.

L/Cpl, Harris,


I am sure you are not the only member of the Regiment who does not know the history behind these two customs, which so excite those not fortunate enough to be "Blues". I hope the following explanations will give you the "ammunition" you or any other reader may require.

Band of the Household Battalion


Extracts from:—


Crowns worn above chevrons by Household Cavalry N.C.O.’s

Cavalry of the Royal Household

Established 1878


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The King being desirous that his Guards should enjoy all the advantages which can be derived from the Command and Care of the General Officer Commanding the Army in Chief, and their duties upon His Majesty’s Person should be conducted upon the same principle as those of the Troops of the Line, is pleased to order. that the two Colonels of the Regiments of Life Guards, and the Colonel of the Royal Horse Guards, shall respectively make all Applications concerning Promotions, Exchanges, Leaves of Absence, &c. to the General Commanding the Army in

Chief, in the same manner as the Colonels of the Three Regiments of Foot Guards; and the General Commanding the Army in Chief will give such orders as he may think necessary for the performance of the Duties of Honour over His Majesty’s Person, and of other Duties within the Metropolis and elsewhere, as well to the Horse, as to the Foot Guards. and all other Troops. The Gold Stick will continue to perform the duties of that Office and will receive from His Majesty in Person the Parole and Countersign, and will report to His Majesty

in Person. as usual, as well as to the General Ofiicer Commanding the Army in Chief. He will also specially report to His Majesty the receipt of any Order from the General Commanding in Chief. Note—Corporals of the Regiments of the Life Guards, and of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. rank with the Sergeants of the Cavalry and Infantry of the Line, Extracts from the Brigade of Guards Magazine 1889 .........


Chevrons were first worn by N.C.O.s in 1803. There is no extant Regimental Order about the introduction of the crowns worn above chevrons by Household Cavalry N.C.O.s, but the first reference to them is in a letter from the depot of the lst Life Guards in England to the Regiment, in France, 1815, after Waterloo; “1 have to inform you that Lord Harrington has ordered embroidered crowns to be worn above corporals’ bars”. It is reasonable to suppose that the distinction was given to the other two Regiments of Household Cavalry at the same time, and that it marks the fact that shortly after Waterloo. the Prince Regent appointed himself Colonel in Chief of the lst and 2nd Life Guards, and of the Blues. It goes without saying

that both crowns and chevrons were only worn on undress uniforms. On state uniforms, the aigulettes are the badges of rank for N.C.O.s, although officers wear aigulettes and also stars. Saluting without Head-dress in the Blues The Blues salute without head-dress, The Life Guards do not. At the Battle of Warburg (3lst July, 1760), the Colonel of the Blues led 22 Squadrons of cavalry against a French Army ranged between Ossendorf and Warburg before the rest of the Army, under Ferdinand of Brunswick, could join battle. Granby lost his cocked hat and wig at the beginning of the charge. When Ferdinand arrived. Granby would have saluted him and reported his success. This is the only reasonable explanation of the custom of saluting without head-dress in the Blues. The Life Guards were not present at Warburg. Had the custom anything to do with Household Cavalry duties in Royal

by Sir William Fraser

palaces. the custom would undoubtedly belong to The Life

An amusing anecdote as related by Sir William Fraser in his book on the Duke,

Guards, as well as the Blues. The manner of saluting at the time of Warburg was by removing the hat with the right hand and bowing. There are, unfortunately no existing Letter or Order books of the Blues for this period which could confirm the actual origin of the custom to this incident at Warburg. which a number of artists and writers

On a certain occasion the Blues were inspected by the Inspector General of Cavalry of the day. After manoeuvring under the Colonel for some time, the Regiment was handed over to a Captain of the Regiment to be put through some movements, while the General retired to

made famous. Page 63

On the outbreak of war in

1939 he rejoined the

Regiment. Shortly afterwards a bad motorcycling accident, coupled with a previous injury to his shoulder received while hunting, made him medically unfit to go abroad.

He remained at Windsor with the Training Regiment, helping to train the reinforcements for the two Household Cavalry Regiments. His generosity, gaiety and great personal charm were sorely missed by all of us with the lst Houserhold Cavalry Regiment in Palestine.

305187 Tpr. BRUCE-SMITH, Alexander Richard, Margaret St. Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


Born Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, 4.3.18.

Enlisted R.H.G. 11.6.36. Medically discharged 15.6.37 after 1 year’s service.


Tpr. GOODMAN, Hugh Dennis. (Died 6.5.67)

of Bess Barn, East Dean, Eastbourne. Born Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey. Enlisted 4.6.1914. Joined Regents Park Bks. 9.6.14. Served Gds. M.G. Regt.

B.E.F. 1915-16, 18-19. Awarded 1914/15 Star, Brit. War and Victory Medal. Discharged 3.6.1930 after 16 years” service.

On my retirement I bought a house near Boy and was delighted to renew our friendship. He led a busy life,

running the estate, organising shooting and fishing, both


of which sports he indulged in with great skill. He was a keen sailor, a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, a

member of the National Hunt Committee and a steward at Fontwell Park. In spite of these many activities he

2805 BRAY, J. (Died 12.1.67). of 1 Tressillian Road, Brockley, London, SE4.


always found time to do thoughtful and kind things for his friends. In every way he was a wonderful neighbour.

Band. CoH. ARNOLD, Frederick Richard.

(51.365.236.67) of 46a Aboyne Drive, Raynes Park, London,

His untimely death at the age of fifty-six will leave a

great gap in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. To his widow and two sons, the eldest of whom is at present serving with The Blues, we offer our deepest sympathy.


(Died 13.1.67)

Born St. Pancras, London. Enlisted 6.7.1903 as Boy Musician, 1904 Trumpeter.

of Criglea, Manor Road, Marple, Cheshire.

Served B.E.F. 1916-17. Enlisted R.H.G. Oct. 1914. Served M.G. Corps France, Egypt, Belgium, Germany. Discharged 1919. Rejoined World War II, recommissioned 1940.

Awarded British War and Victory Medal. L.S.G.C. Discharged 5.6.30 after 26 years” service.

Served N.

Africa 1942. Claims Commission attached R.E. serving in Egypt, Greece,

Austria and Cyprus. Retired 1956.



Late Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

Lord Brassey of Apethorpe died at the age of 62 in June, 1967. He succeeded his father, the first holder of

By Colonel Sir Peter Grant~Lawson, Bart. I first got to know Boy Normanton well when he joined

The Blues in 1930.

We discovered a mutual love of horses

in general and of racing and hunting in particular. He was a fine horseman. utterly fearless, and always keen to

ride anything that was offered. It was, however, on two 01 his own horses that he rode over the Aintree course— once in the National of 1933, in which he fell, and again in the same year in the Molyneaux Chase, when he successfully completed the course.

His father’s death in 1933 led him to resign his commission in 1935 in order to look after his estate. We continued. however, to see a good deal of each other out hunting in the Pytchley country, over which Boy rode with

his customary verve.


Cpl. COLBY, R. (Died 27.7.67).

of Castle View, Forest Gate, Windsor Great Park.

the title, in 1958. After







Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Blues on 22nd October, 1924. He resigned his commission in March. 1928. Subsequently he joined the Leicester Yeomanry. He took part in the Normandy fighting and in the run from the Seine to Brussels and on to Njimagen. His car was blown up and Lord Brassey was wounded in the

foot. He was awarded the MC. and commanded his Regiment. After the war he commanded the Leicester Yeomanry and in 1962 was appointed Hon. Colonel of the Leicester and Derbyshire Yeomanry. He was awarded the TD. in 1945 and his association with the Territorial Army spanned to 37 years.


Tpr. GUILLOUD, William. (Died 24.1.67)

of 24/26 William Street, Slough, Bucks.


Born Slough, Bucks.

of Box 2393, Smelter Site P.O., Kitimat BC, Canada.


Enlisted R.H.G. 30.1.1941. Served 2 H.C.R., N.W.E. Awarded 39/45 France and Germany Stars. Defence Medal. Discharged 13.5.1946 after 5 years’ service.

He shared his father's love of the countryside, farming the Estate at Apethorpe. Training of Gun dogs was one of his lifelong interests and latterly he had taken part in the production and trials of Hovercraft.

A memorial service to him was held in the Guards


Tpr. GRAY, Thomas John (Died 12.9.67)

of The Old Farmhouse, Norton, Shifnal, Shropshire.


Tpr. GOODMAN, Arthur. (Died 16.4.67).

of Flat 2, The Fridays, East Dean, Sussex.

Chapel on 14th July. 1967.

Arm./S./Sgt. HEWSON, C. J. (Died 17.8.67)

Born Newhaven, Sussex, on 25.9.1902.

Enlisted R.H.G. 20.9.1922. Discharged 19.9.1930 after 8 years’ service.

Born: Wimbledon, London. Enlisted R.H.G. 4.5.1900. Served B.E.F. 1914-15. Secret Mission Contantinople 1918-19. Awarded 1914 Star and Clasp, L.S.G.C., War and Victory Medals. Discharged 31.10.19 after 19 years‘ service.






D/CoH. HORROCKS, Harry. (Died 28.4.67)

Born Brighton 28.4.1896.

Educated Bradford Grammar School and R.V.C. London.

Enlisted 7.9.1914.

Joined R.V.C. 3.1.1917 from London University O.T.C. Served in India from l9l7el922 and from 1925;30. North West Frontier, Khyber and Afghanistan.

R.H.G. 9.9.1914 at Regents Park Barracks.

Awarded British War Medal, N.W.F. 1919 Medal and Clasp. Appointed Vet/Major in 1927 and transferred to The Blues on 10.9.36. Household Cavalry Composite Regt. 11.9.39 and to the Remount Depot Melton on 15.12.39.

The Earl of Normanton


of 16 Ohitty Road, Southsea, Portsmouth.

M.R.C.V.S., of Chippenhurst Manor, Cuddeston, Oxon. Born at Leyburn, Yorks. 13.9.1895.

Vet. Lt./Col. 3.1.40. Retired 1943.


Cpl. KEYWORTH, Eric Samuel (Died 25.9.67)

of 38 Lynton Road, New Malden, Surrey.

Served Household Bn. 1.9.16728.1.18.

Born Regents Park, London, 21.7.1908.

Gds. M.G. Regt. 10.5.18.

Awarded 1914—15 Star, British War and Victory Medal

Enlisted 30.4.1942. Transferred from R.A. to R.H.G. 9.6.1942. Wireless Instructor. Served U.K.


Discharged 6.8.1946 after 4 years” service.


Discharged 6.9.34 after

18 years‘ service.

Donated £25 to Comrades’ Association in his Will. Page 65

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Household Cavalry Museum

Museum Notes

The Museum Committee have authorised the sale of items surplus to requirements to members and former members of the Household Cavalry. All proceeds will be paid into the Museum Fund.

The Household Cavalry Museum is situated in Cavalry Barracks, Windsor, just inside the Main It is open to the public and admission is free. Times of opening: Monday to Friday 10 am. to 1 pm. 2 pm. to 5 pm. Sunday ll a.m. to 1 pm. 2 pm. to 5 pm. Saturday CLOSED TRUSTEES . . . . lhe followmg officers are trustees by Virtue of their appomtments: Admiral of the Fleet, the Earl Mountbatten B K.G. P. ., G. .B., .M., . . Eif.(:.1L.llr~:I.rja’G.C.v.’o.,(1:150.C O G C SI —Colonel of The Life Guards. Gate.


A valuation has been placed on each lot by Captain R. G. Hollies Smith, F.R.G.S. This is the MINIMUM which the committee will accept. 1


. . . ach item has a lot number which must be quoted on bids. Postal bids only will be accepted and should be sent to:— The Curator, The Household Cavalry Museum. Cavalry Barracks. WINDSOR, Berks. Bids to reach the Curator by LAST p057, MONDAY, 15, JULY‘ 1968.


Field Marshal SirGerald TempleLK-G'sG-C-B-t G-C-M-G-t K-B-E-t D-S-O-= D'C-L 439101151 Of The Blues. Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E. iLieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry. —Commanding The Life Guards. ~Commanding The Blues. ~Commanding Household Cavalry Regiment.

Lieutenant-Colonel I. B. Baillie Lieutenant-Colonel M. A. Q. Darley Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Scott, Bt. COMMITTEE Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E. Lieutenant-Colonel M. A. Q. Darley

Envelopes to be endorsed “AUCTION" in the top left hand corner.

iChairman. #Commanding Royal Horse Guards (The Blues).

Major T. R- S. GOOCh

iRegimental Adjutant. RCP- 0-C-

Ma'or J. A. C. G. E re Major R. H. Egar, Ry.A.P.C.

—21.C. R0 al Horse Guards (The Blues. #Treasurez )

In the event of EQUAL BIDS, the EARLIEST bid will take precedence.

Major (Retd.) A- 1- DiCkil’lSOH


The decisions of the Museum Committee will be final.

S'Q'M‘C' C' W‘ Frearson

_A5515tam Curator.

NO CHEQUES should be. send with initial bids. . _ ,

The ”a Guard‘s‘

, The HIGHEST bidder Will be notified and given the opportunity to purchase.


10 11 12 13 15 16





Officer‘s Shabraque, 1 LG 1901-1927 OR’S Sheepskin, 1962

£70 £10

Officer's Sheepskin 2 LG


Officer’s Oflicer’s Oflicer’s Officer‘s Officer‘s Officer's Officer’s Officer’s Officer’s

{1 7 ,

Sheepskin 2 LG Lambskin Small 2 LG Lambskin Small LG Lambskin Small LG Lambskin Large LG Lambskin Large LG Shabraque, Victorian Shabraque, Victorian Shabraque, Victorian C 1890 I\J N N N


THE LIFE GUARDS Headstall, Officer‘s Charger 2 LG

3 Odd Bit Bosses LG 1901-1910

The library continues to grow by virtue of gifts and loans from the National Army Museum library and a number of scrapbooks, albums andpersonal papers from a variety of sources. A “Household Cavalry Index of the Household Brigade MagaZlne from 1862 to date is being made. The library contains all extant Regimental Records from 1780 to 1945. During this year typescripts of the War Diaries of the 1st Household Cavalry Regiment (1939-45) and 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment (1941-1945) have been added. Gifts of books, especially biographies or campaign histories

are W€1C0m€RESEARCH Applications for research in Household Cavalry Records should be made in writing to the Curator. stating the field of research to be undertaken. Enquiries on any subjects connected with the Household Cavalry may be made in writing or by telephone. Photo copies of documents or books are available at a fee of one guinea. BEQUESTS AND GIFTS A Daimler Scout Car (Dingo) has been acquired in perfect order. It will be shown by the Museum at the entrance to Barracks with Guards Div. signs and 44. It is hoped, eventually, to form a collection of sporting trophies won by Household Cavalrymen at national, international or county level. Any assistance from readers of this magazine in this particular subject will be welcome. DISPLAY Some showcases have been, or are to be improved as regards presentation and layout. The new Ipex cases, obtained and filled at minimal cost, contain models, documents, pictures and medals depicting the following Household Cavalry Battle Honoursze Dettingen: Peninsular: Tel el Kebir: Relief of Kimberley: Gheluvelt (Zandvoorde): Messines (Wytschaete): Arras l9l7: The Scarpe: Syria: Palmyra: and the Nederrijn. Four remaining showcases will illustrate The Life Guards in Aden and Oman (1958-9) and The

Blues in Cyprus (1956-9). Good photos from these campaigns would be welcomeeeilther negative or if prints, not less than six by eight inches and depicting outstanding events.



ORs‘ State Sword. No Scabbard



. _





Postcards are on sale in the Museum depicting items on Show. including the lst Lite Guards, Waterloo Bugle and Kettledrum, a full dress coat of The Blues (1788-1812) and the William IV



, 3(1)


j g: 1155: 11:3 822:: giggfpsuprjrs .g .

It is hoped that these will be popular souvenirs of a visit.


The Committee would be grateful for any information of the whereabouts of the next-of—kin of:— 2267 TPR. E. PARRATT.



We have in our possession a 1914-18 War Medal bearing his name which was found in the sea


1 Odd RHG Oflicer’s Shoulder Scale, 1840-57

Off the COBSI Of South Africa. Page ()7

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3rd Troop

NOMINAL ROLLS as at January lst, 1968

Ct. Brennan, T. K. CoH. Jamieson, M. S. Cpl. Taylor, I. L/Cpl. Davis, J. Tpr. Allsop, A. I.

R.H.Q. Household Cavalry Colonel H. S. Hopkinson. M. B.E., Silvpelr Stick. CoH. Vaudin, S. .Cross, C.

Cpl. Baylay, D. L/Cpl. Jennings. M.

Assistant P.T. Instructor L/Cpl. Wills-Smith, J. J. . McMullen, D. M. . Sntith, S. A.

Oflicers’ Mess Cpl. Ballard, A. E.

. Smith, I. E.

L/Cpl. Sloan, M. M. 'Ipr. Chillingworth, K. Tpr. Giles, M. J.

. Calcraft, l3. Tpr. Oakcs, \V.

. Hopper, R. W. . Jones, P. W. .Sherwood, E. R. . Thomas, P. H.

4th Troop


Lieut. Routledgc, M. R. CoH. Hawley, H. Cpl. Mcldrum, C. Cpl Challenger, J. F. Tpr. Binch, ..V


Regimental Headquarters

5th Troop

Lieut. Colonel M. A. Q. Darley. Major Sir Nicholas Nuttall. Bt.

Lieut. Olivier, J. S. CoH. Kersting, A. W. Cpl. Collett,R .E. J. L/Cpl. Villers, L. Tpr. Burton, K.

Captain A. H. Parker-Bowles.

Captain The Hon. G. Lambert


R.C. M. G. Martin.


Squadron H.Q.

Training S.Q.M.C.


Maior T. C. Morris. Captain C. J. Simpson-Gee Lieut. R. C. Wilkinson. Lieut. R. A. Campbell. Lieut. H. W. Davies. Ct. H. T. Hayward.

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

Major R. C. Rayner. Capt. D. V. Smiley. S.C.M. Cowdery, J. S. CoH. Thomas, L. H. Cpl. Desborough, W. C. Tpr. Bullock, T. Tpr. Fyles, A. J.

Ct. R. M. Steel. S.C.M. Clark, D. S.Q.M.C. Clarke, J. Cpl. Barnes, D.


QM.s.I. Perry,R. (A..PT.C). L/Cpl. W" hite,A

L/Cpl. Cooney, P.


Tpr. Gennings, D. Tpr. Chesshcr, R. Tpr. Kay, D

S.Q.IM.C. Reeves, D. CoH. \Vhittington, D. Cpl. Kenrick, D. Cpl. Thompson, J. L/Cpl. “’illiams, C. Tpr. Bates, G. Tpr. Chafiey, \V. Tpr. Chambers. E. Tpr. Croser. B. Tpr. Dean, R. Tpr. Eastwood, P. Tpr. Kemp, F.

Orderly Room 0.R.Q.M.C. Craig, J. CoH. Yates, R. Cpl. Jones, C. Cpl. Quinton, G.

Cpl. Sturrock. V. L/Cpl. Baldwin. K. Tpr. Perry, L.

T.Q.M. Department Captain 0. M. Price.

R.Q.M.C. Beadle, F. CoH. Scriven, R. Cpl. Anslow, R. Cpl. Mannering, V.

Tpr. Leach, R. Tpr. Beaney, W. Tpr. White, M.

Cpl. Ball, E.

Cpl. Owen, R Tpr. Talients. V.

Surgeon Maior J. P. A. Page, M.D.. B.Chir. S.Q.M.C. Fielding, D. Pte. Mullen (R.A.M.C.). Cpl. Buckingham (L.G.). Pte. Cressey (A.C.C.). Tpr. Lake. Cpl. Bernatovitch (R.A.M.C.).

L/Cpl. O’Neill, B.

CoH. Hunter, J. CoH. Kingston, J. Cpl. Rea, J Tpr. Barker, M. Tpr. Bentley, R. Tpr. Davies, R. Tpr. Douglas, R. Tpr. Ellis, T.

CoH. Ollington, K. J.

. Dodsworth, R. . Padgett, J. T. . Watson, J. D.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Lawson, P. O’Neill, J. J. Scott, C. A. Webb, C.

L/CoH. Deacon, E. S. Cpl. Ritson, D.

Pass, R. Redshaw, M. Scarott, J. Soden, K. Souter, \V. Stephenson, W.

Edwards, C. Gallagher, J. Hall, HealEy, K. McHale, A Price, A. Ratclifi'e, H. Slater, A. Stewart, G. Stone, M. W'aldron, C. Williams, P. Worthy. B. A.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Hatllerall. B. Harvey, A. Hill, D. Sanderson, ’1'. Shears, J. Sowerby, J. Taylor, N.

Medical Orderly L/Cpl. McGuinncss, P.

Cpl. Hill, J.

Cpl. Demellweek-Po oley, G . Cpl. \Vriglcy, P. Ptc. Durrant.

Sig. Duff. Sig. Smith.

R.E. w.0. II. Clarke, T.

Cpl. Pinks, M Tpr. Clarke, J.

. Lloyd, C. . O‘Toole, C. . Walker, G

R. C. P. Whetherly. IC./CoH. Smith, G. Cpl. Stacey, P. A/Cpl. Main, M. Tpr. Buckle, J.

. Chapplc, J. . Claridge, D. . Thomson, E.

. Currie, J. . Jones, K. . Shaw, A.

Officers’ Mess Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

W.0. II. Strecther, B.

Gibson, F Kissock, D. Moody, B. Murphy, D. Stratford, J.

Ct. R. D. G. Corbett.


CoH. Robson, P Cpl. Holt, M.

Cpl. Risk, R. Cpl. \Varman, P. L/Cpl. Camplin, R. L/Cpl. Gafiey, C. L/Cpl. Matthews, G.

Cpl. Hawtin, J. Cpl. Murphy, G. L/Cpl. Pitt. D. L/Cpl. Rowland, V. L/Cpl. Smaldon, L. Tpr. Newitt, P. Tpr. Watson, J.

. Bailey, W.

A/L/Cpl. King, J.

. . . .

Tpr. Clayton, W.

Broomfield, P. Farquhar, D. Garth, G. Henderson, H.

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Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Corker, G. Cullington, B. Fordyce, P. Forester, R. Greatly, D. Mufi, E. Nelson, K. Nisbet, R. Parker, J.

. Jenkins, K. . McGeoghie, D. . Parkinson, H.

Clark, D. Clews, J. Hill, D. Hutton, R.

. White, A. . Yates, J.

Squadron Ofiice

Tpr. Mitchell, P. Tpr. Smith, T. Tpr. Sweeney, L.

A/L/Cpl. Cameron, D.

L/Cpl. Dickman, J.


L.A.D. R.E.M.E. “1.0. II. Jeffery, D. Cpl. Hawkes, I. Cpl. Wilson, A. L/Cpl. Dowry, W.

. . . . .

A/L/Cpl. Bennett, T.

A/L/Cpl. Saltmer, A

L/Cpl. Reynolds, .l. L/Cpl. \Nilliams, D. Cln. Hughes, D.

Medical Orderly Tpr. Feldwick, L.

Blackburn, R Daniels, P. Flatman, J. Herries, M. Kelly, F.


. Paton, S. G. . Pritchard, R. . Stacey, M. B.




. Mitchell, P. . . . .

Reid, J. Roseblade, C. Smith, F. Stowells, G.

. White, J. . Mulgrove.

Cpl. Forrester, R. Cpl. Burnard, F. L/Cpl. Balls, R. L/Cpl. Benstead, R. L/Cpl. Hay, B. L/Cpl. Leivers, R.

. . . . . .

Bush, H. Decylecole, R. Dickson, A. Gibson, D. Gunning. M. Ikins, T

. Redford, C.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

. . . .

Roxburgh, J. Slade, E Swallow, G. Talbot, D.


2nd Troop . Bell, C.

L/Cpl. Fry, M. G. G.

Tpr. Mountford, L Tpr. Scott-Tellord, J. Tpr. Spooner, G. Tpr. Stevenson, D. Tpr. Wood, . A/L/Cpl. Corrigan, P.

L.A.D. R.E.M.E. Captain S. B. Dunlop. “1.0. I. Beer. Sgt. Cuthbertson, W. Sgt. Pears, T. Sgt. Rhodes, W. Sgt. Street, D. Cpl. Bennett, C. Cpl. Gurden, B. Cpl. Savage, C. Cpl. Seetree, C. Cpl. Ward, C. L/Cpl. Williams, D. Cln. Babb,

Tpl'. Worthy, B. F.


CoH. Chudleigh, J. F. Cpl. Carter, G. D. Cpl. Potter, R.

Rawsthorne, A. Scddon, D. W. Shortman, J. Toney, J. Welsh, M.

Lieut. G. N. van Cutsem.

Captain R. Payne.

W.O. II. blurray, J. Cpl. McDonald, L. Cpl. Martina, D.

Q.M. Department Capt. W. A. Stringer. R.Q.M.C. Swann, R. S.Q.M.C. Cooper, J. S.Q.M.C. Truslove, P. CoH. Mallinson, P. CoH. Taylor, N. (L.G.). Cpl. Aucutt, G. Cpl. Howiek, D. Cpl. Fearn, B.

Pyke, B . . . . Tpr.

Echelon A/S.Q.M.C. Lane, B CoH. Greenwood, C. Cpl. Kent, D. Cpl. Weston, B. Cpl. Worthy, B. A/L/Cpl. Cox, B A/L/Cpl. Tomlinson, J. Tpr. Blake, J Tpr. Brady, G. Tpr. Broadlturst, K.

3rd Troop

CoH. Stephenson, A. Cpl. Joyce, 0. A/L/Cpl. Harrison, M. Tpr. Bates, P.


W.O.’s and CoH.’s Mess L/Cpl. Meadows, T. L/Cpl. Proudloot, A

Higgins, S. D. Hughes, M. Johnston, P. A. Jones, R. Lloyd, R. W. Mitchell, A. M. Muir, B. F. Page, I. Priestley, W.

S.H.Q. Troop

4th Troop Ct. J. C. Gill.


Tpr. Kneen, J. Tpr. Shaw, S. Tpr. Thring, R.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

. . . . . . . . .

L/Cpl. Rowe, C. L/Cpl. Palmer, A. Cfn. Quinnell, J. Cin. Crawford, I. Cfn. Mitchell, A.

Maior B. H. F. \Vright. Captain J. R. \V. Palmer. “1.0. I. A. Beynon. A/CoH. Preece, G. Cpl. Hunter, J. L/Cpl. McKcnna, D. A/L/Cpl. Horan, L. Tpr. Liddell, A.

. Mom—e, G. . Robinson, D. . Wallwork, D

2nd Troop Lieut. S. M. Corbett.

Lieut.-Co[onel A. J. Parkhill. Pte . Cunningham,

Oflieers’ Mm S.Q.M.C. Denny, J. Cpl. Collinson, R. Cpl. Hardgrave, S. Cpl. Idle, B. L/Cpl. Landon, M. Tpr. Callaghan, M.

. Hewitt, J. w.


lst Troop Lieut. H. G. C. B. Stucley. CoH. Cryan, G. Cpl. Barnes, B. A/Cpl. O’Halloran, D. Tpr. Charleton, W.

A/CoH. Wilmott, R., B.E.M.

R. Signals Sgt. Bennett. Cpl. Murphy. Sig. Britton.

Provost Clay, K. Sterndale, A. Davidson, T. Hester, E.

. Heathcote, I.

. Collett, T. G. . Pollock, K. . Cartwright. . Chillingworth, R. . Sllatwell, R. A. . Green, C. . Rowlcy, D. . Timmis, R. W. . Drew, R. E. . Andrews, P. L/Cpl. Lewis, B. A. Tpr. Bates, D. Tpr. Brewer, R. Tpr. Chillingworth, G. D. Tpr. Collett, G. A. Tpr. Cousins, G. A. Tpr. Dillon, R. A. L. S/Sgt. Thomas, T. Cpl. Drummond, D. Cpl. Ross, R. Cpl. Dickson, J. M. L/Cpl. Le Tiec, L. L/Cpl. Boath, A.

L/Cpl. Sayer, C. J.

5th Troop Cpl. Cpl. Tpr. Tpr.

Cpl. Mitchell, 1’. H.

I..A.D. R.E.M.E.

Squadron Oflice

O’Neill, T.

ATTACHED PERSONNEL H.Q. R.A.P.C. Major M. W. Stevens. S/Sgt. Sharpe, T. Cpl. Currey, P. Cpl. Thompson, T.

“A” Troop Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Layeock, P. McGregor, M. Aioloney, J. North, M.

S.Q.M.C. Tribe, K. E.


Household Cavalry Hospital

CoH. Storey, E. CoH. Lawson, P. Cpl. Campton, S. Cpl. Lloyd, W. Cpl. Calden, P. Cpl. Embree, H. Cpl. Rumbelow, H. L/Cpl. Brown, P. L/Cpl. Jones, N. Tpr. Arnold, E Tpr. Balsillie, D. Tpr. Bell, C. Tpr. Bell, D. Tpr. Day, D.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Lieut. W. R. Marsh.


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

Tpr. Bruce, W.

Echelon . Holmes. A. B. . I. owe, E. . Shears, D.

Ct. Sorby, M. R. CoH. Doxey, A. Cpl. Midwinter, J. C. L/Cpl. Fisk, P. E. Tpr. Donnelly, A. J. W.

. Harding, J. . Lesh, K. R

CoH. Smart, R.

. O’Neill, D.'

L/Cpl. Thompson, 1.

. Tompkins, S. 1".

. Allison, P. . Baltltam, D.



Tpr. Gaskell, F. Tpr. Johnstone, R.

. Alaskell, \V.

HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT BLUES Squadron Headquarters Maior H. 0. Hugh Smith. Captain Sir Rupert Mackeson, Bart.

S.C.M. Giles, R.

S.Q.NI.C. O’Dell, D.

Squadron Oflice Cpl. Green, B.

Tpr. Mayes, C.

Squadron Stores Cpl. Howells.

Tpr. Grimes, G.


SQUADRON . . . . . . . . . . Tpr.

Butcher, J. Clark, I. De Burgh, R. Edwards 461, T. Garnett, I. Gasson, J. Grace. R. Hammersley, \V. Higgins. G. Ivison, A. Lees, M.

. . . . . . . . .

McAnulty, R. Oliver, S. Rnckclilf, H. Simpson. J. Smith, C. Spurs, D. Thomson, J. VVass, R. “'atson, C.

Captain W. N. H. Leggc-Bourke. Ct. J. W. Robertson. W.0. II. Keywurth, L. S. S.Q.M.C. Martin, K. CoH. Donnelly, J. Coll. Peck, J. L/CoH. Bright, R.

. . . . .

L/Cpl. Willetts, M. Tpr. Bond, B. Tpr. Brown, R. Tpr. Elvy, D.

Clayton, J. Fortl, R. Martin, M. Patterson, M. Slawson, J.

. White. R. . Wigley, M.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Cartlidge, T. MaeLean, S. Paul, C. Tompkins, 5.

Junior Guardsman’s Company L/CoH. Farrar, T.



Squadron Farriers F/Cpl. Marchington, L. F/Cpl. Warren, W.

Farr. Purcell, M. Farr. Smith, R.

F/L/Cpl. Smith, B. Sick Lines Groom Tpr. Marshall, J.

Olficers’ Mess Stalf L/Cpl. Jones, P. Tpr. Clarke, A. Tpr. Drogomerecki, J.

. Shillabeer, M. \Vinstone, B.

W.O.’s and N.C.O.’s Mess Tpr. Waterman, D.

. Sammons, T.

2nd Troop Lieut. D. J. Enderby. CoH. Johnson, \V. CoH. Kelsall, C. CoH. Burton Johnson, H. Cpl. .Mapley, L. L/Cpl. Fox, G. L/Cpl. Cooper, J. Tpr. Applehy, S.

. Hayward, N. . Hencsy. M.

Boulton. Bursill, E. Coleman. P. Gridgc, M. Gripton, 1.

Orderly Room Clerk

CoH. Chapman, L.

Twinn, M. Sweeney, W.

L/Cpl. Mills, M. L/Cpl. Redden, T.

Equitation Wing Tpr. Strevens, B. Tpr. Goodwin, R.

. Johnson, L.

lst Troop Cornet P. T. Fletcher. CoH. Thompson, J. L/CoH. Jones, C.

Cpl. Whitworth, B. Cpl. Shefiield, J.

. . . . . . . . . .

Houzam, J. Hughes, T. Lazcnby, P. Lemon, D. Aladdams, R. Perrin, J. Ridgeway, B. Simpson, D. 593. Stewart, B. \Voodward, I).

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Malinowski, R. hianners, D. Nlarsh, T. Nioran, K. Paterson, A. Ricketts, H. Roberts, 1’. Rougvie, P. Share, J. Stokes, M. Urquhart, M. \Valdon, R. \Valdron, R. \Vinterburn, P.

3rd Troo

Tpr. Blumenthal.

Recruits’ Administration Staff

Cpl. Barr, M. L/Cpl. Keenan, C. L/Cpl. Aindow, K. Tpr. Buoy, P.


. Hill, G.

Tpr. Bird, P Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

A.M.A. PARIS Lieut.-Col. G. F. Lane-Fox.



Capt. (Q.M.) J. 'r. Sallis.

W.O. II. Hague, M.

H.Q. 7th ARMOURED BRIGADE Capt. (Q.M.) F. Whennel. S.Q.M.C. Feltham, R.

2nd AD. SQN. R.A.C. Cpl. Turner, D.

HONG KONG W.O. I. Godfrey Cass, D.

Cornet The Earl of Normanton. CoH. Stanford, P. CoH. Potter, F. Cpl. Bellas, E. L/Cpl. Kettley, B. L/Cpl. NlcVVilliams, J. L/Cpl. Ritson, R Tpr. Aitken, J. Tpr. Butler, R. Tpr. Cox, P. Tptr. Hankin, I. Tpr. Harrison, J. Tpr. Hewitt, M. Tpr. Hudson, K. Tpr. Jefiries, M. Tpr. Malia, A.

H.Q. lst (B.R.) CORPS L/Cpl. Austin, S.


Tpr. Fry, I.

Tpr. Smart, W.

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



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

Tpr. Harris, D.

H.Q. RHEINDAHLEN GARRISON CoH. Tucker, A. Cpl. Williams, R.

Cpl. Westwood, A. Cpl. Williams, A.

“A” SQN. lst R.T.R. Cpl. Febbrarro, M.

HQ SON HCR Vet. Lieut.-Colonel P. W. Dean. R.C.M. Kidman, J.

S.Q.M.C. Varley, T.

Squadron H.Q.



Tailor Shop

w.0. II. Allcock, H. CoH. O’Dell, B. Ofiicers’ Mess

L/Cpl. Henderson, P.

Cpl. Bradley, A. Tpr. Jones, R.

Tpr. McGregor, P.

L/Cpl. Law, K.

M.I. Centre Tpr. Rowland, G.

Tpr. McManon.

A.A. SCHOOL, CHEPSTOW Major The Hon. B. C. \Vilson


Tpr. Austin, J.

\V.O. II. Woodman, E. CoH. Taylor.

M.T. Tpr. Stavely, T.

Riding Instructors W.0. II. Ferric, R. L/Cpl. Roberts, P. Cpl. Sherwin, P.

Tpr. Howson, D.

R.A.C. CENTRE S.Q.M.C. Smith, P.


CoH. Edwards, I. Tpr. Kostromin, W.


Lieut.-Col. R. M. F. Redgrave, M.C. Major C. V. C. Booth-Jones. Capt. J. S. Crisp. CoH. Green, R. CoH. Allinson, W.

Remount Troop Tpr. McGregor, D.

W.O.’s and N.C.O.’s Mess

Cpl. Baugham, H.


Cpl. Mansfield, R.

Cpl. Stubley, I. Cpl. Thompson, T.

HOLDEES Major J. H. Pitman. Captain T. N. P. W. Burbury. 2nd Lieut. P. S. G. Medlicott. S.Q.M.C. Frearson, C. CoH. Lolthouse, H. L/Cpl. Gratton, A. L/Cpl. Pentith, T.

L/Cpl. Shaw, A. Tpr. Boardman, J. Tpr. Fisher, D.

S.Q.M.C. Green, B. (Forest Gate). CoH. Jackson, E. (Manchester). CoH. Spencer, J. (Wemhley). CoH. Taylor, T. (Durham). CoH. Sampson, W. (Newcastle). CoH. Ellis, D. (Bradford). CoH. Hill, W. (Bristol). CoH. McDougall, W. (Edinburgh).

Barber Saddlers

Tpr. Pritchett, J. CoH. Liquorish, H. CoH. Sellars, J. Cpl. Smith, T. Tpr. Bartrick, B. Tpr. Hyett, J. Tpr. Jones, R. Tpr. Thorne, P. Tpr. Preece, R.



Cpl. Fisher, J.

W.0. I. Stanton, P. Cpl. Bell, T. Cpl. Evans, J. Cpl. Sargeant, M. Tpr. Allen, T. Tpr. Chaloner, G. Tpr. Iceton, D. Tpr. King, A. Tpr. Payne, L.

Major J. N. P. Watson. CoH. Laws, L. CoH. King, D.

CoH. Preece, D. L/Cpl. Freeman, K.

Maior J. A. C. G. Eyre.

R.M.A., SANDHURST Capt. The Hon. A. H. G. Broughton. CoH. Marsh.

R.A.C. B.T.U., CATTERICK CoH. Deaville, J. CoH. Cooper, D.

Cpl. Lockett, T.

A.A.C., ARBORFIELD CoH. Buckingham, P.

CoH. Ewers, N.


S.Q.M.C. Missenden, C.

Tpr. Jones, R.


Tpr. Scott, G.

S.Q.M.C. Thompson, Riding Instructor and N.C.O., I.C. CoH. Peeke, Farrier. Tpr. Morgan, Groom. L/Cpl. Henderson 374, Coach. Tpr. \Vildgoose, Groom.

RJ’. Tpr. Johnson, D.

Lieut. G. H. Tweedie.

W.O. II. Ladds, R.

H.Q. WESTERN COMMAND Major M. K. Tatham.


W.O. I. Slade, E.

W.O. II. Hoggarth, R.




Capt. J. D. Smith-Bingham. CoH. Vcitch, G.

CoH. Cooper, T.

Director of Music: Captain E. W. Jeanes, L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M. W.O. II. Braxton, W. S.Q.M.C. Croft, D. Tpt. Major Watson, A. L/CoH. Iiattine. L/CoH. Hammil.

L/CoH. Middleton. L/CoH. Simms, W. L/CoH. Higgins, N. L/Cpl. Briggs, E. L/Cpl. Commins, T.

L/Cpl. Riddell, G. L/Cpl. Wilson, P.

L/L/Cpl. Blogg, G.

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L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl. L/L/Cpl.

Dane, T. Daniels, D. Dodson, S. Evans, K. Gache, R. Palmer, N. Sedgwick, R. Todd, R.

L/L/Cpl. W'ise, P. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn.

Bull, M. Firth, 0. Gabriel, W. Gee, C.

Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn.

Hayne, G. Hawkins, J. Lodge, J. Mansfield, R. O’Donnell, D. Parker, R. Sellors, R. Sowter, R. \Vatts, S.

. . . . . . . . .

Hodgson, D. Leslie, J. Orritt, C. Tanner, R. Turner, H. Whenncl, A. Parsons, A. Philp, R. Platt, S.

Tpr. Brown, M. Tpr. Brammer, M. Tpr. Hardy, M. Tpr. Hodgson, C.



Cpl. Dugdalc, G.

Cpl. Dochcrty, J.

H.Q. HOUSEHOLD BRIGADE Capt. J. C. M. L. Crawford.

MONS. O.C.S. Tpr. Johnson, K.

H.Q. LONDON DISTRICT lst PARACHUTE REGIIVIENT Major D. J. Daly. Lieut. D. M. Cuthhertson-Smith.

Kneller Hall


Cpl. Cooper, T. L/L/Cpl. Renton, F.

S.Q.M.C. Bellwood, I'I.

Cpl. Alvis, F.

T. and A.V.R. CENTRE. LLANELLI \VO. I. Kitney, G.

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