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On 31st March, 1969, parades are to be held in London, Detmold and Bovington to mark the creation of The Blues and Royals, and to read a Loyal Address from all Banks to our Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty The Queen. Members of the Comrades’ Association are cordially invited to attend the parade in London at Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk. They should arrive at the guardroom by 1045 hours. After the parade the various Messes will be open to ex-members for drinks.
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VISIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ANNE 27 OCTOBER 1968
Her Majesty presenting Long-service
and Good Conduct Medals to S.C.M. Lane and S.C.M.C. Clarke
Princess Anne talking to Tpr. Lawton and other members at a Chieltain crew. Captain Parker Bowles is on the ten
The Commanding Officer
presenting R.C.M. Godlrey-Cass to Her Majesty Major Dickinson (the Curator) and
S.C.M. Frearson showing Her Majesty exhibits in the Household Cavalry Museum Her Majesty signing the Visitor‘s
Book in the Museum
Her Majesty meeting Corporal and Mrs. Rea in the Corporals’ Club
Her Majesty‘meetlng S.C.M. and Mrs.
Clark in the W.O.‘s and C‘s. at H Mess Page 9
Captain Lambert showing Her Majesty
R.H.G. armoured cars and tanks on the square. The Commanding Officer and S.O.M.C. Spencer are on the lelt
S.Q.M.C. Clarke showlng crippled chlldren a Chieftain tank Reproduced by courtesy of The Windsor, Slough & Eton Express
SPORTS DAY 1968
The Colonel 01 The Blues presenting the
i The R.C.M. showing Col. Sir Henry Abel
The Adjutant beating Ct. Corbett in the Oﬁicers’ 440 yards race tor
Templer Trophy to Cpl. Barnes, 3 Tp
Smith the R0" 0' R-C-M-S 0' The Blues
C Sqn. Ct. Glll Is on the right
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a prize given by Mr. Champ, who >
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R.C.M.s past and present
from left to right—Capt. Evans, Mr. Ford, Capt. Stringer, Mr. Neill, Mr. Jobson,
and Mr. Godfrey-Cass
Mr. Berrisford, Capt Price. Mr. Martin -
Tpr. Edwards watched by
S.Q.M.C. Varga at the long iump
Mrs. Darley awarding a prize to
Cln. Mitchell, R.E.M.E. Pie. While A.C.C. (now L/Cpl. R.H.G.) Is on the righl
Chain of Command raceâ€”Q.M.S.l. Perry, A.P.T.C., Capl. Dunlop, R.E.M.E., Maj. Rayner. Capt. Palmer (on bicycle), Mai. Morris and the Commanding Officer.
Major Nuttall, Sir Harry Legge-Bourke and Major Eyre
THE COMRADES ASSOCIATION DINNER
The Colonel oi The Blues, the Commanding Officer and Maior-General Deane-Drummond,
Colonels Hopkinson, Lane Fox and Redgrave
The Committee Table
G.O.C. 3 Division
The Comrades Page 13
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VISIT OF MAJOR GENERAL B. U. P. EUGSTER G.O.C. HOUSEHOLD BRIGADE
The Band [ed by s.o.M.c. Doxey about to march past
The Major-General inspecting
Q.M.S.|. Perry A.P.T.C., the Colonel, the R.C.M. and the
Commanding Officer (L/Cpl. Kissock standing)
Slow march; The Major-General taking the saluie
The Regiment lormed up on the square
S.Q.M.C. Preece and C. of H. Preece
s.c.M. Glles, Cpl. Sherwln and Mrs. Worthy, wife at Tpr. Worthy
Major (Q.M.) Coles (Retd.) with the Master Cook W.O.l. Murray A.C.C.
C. of H. Dean, L.G., Cs. 0! H. Stephenson, Thomas and Williams
MEET OF THE TEDWORTH HUNTâ€”CACHY BARRACKS, PERHAM DOWN
The Commanding Officer with the Chairman 01 the Tedworlh, Brig. Walsh and the hunt terrierman
Capt. Stringer on Neogothlc, Capt. Smiley and Tpr. Parkinson
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMISTICE BRUSSELS, 1968
C. at H. Sellars, S.0.M.C. Doxey and L/Cpl. Kay
Capt. Wilkinson with The Blues detachment
C. 01 H. Stacey
LULWORTH RANGES DECEMBER, 1968
Dedication 0! Royal House Guards pewheads at Holy Trinity, Windsor, r. .
Remembrance Sunday, 1968
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Household Cavalry Regiment Musical Ride rehearsing in Kensington Palace
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Queen’s Birthday Parade; The Standard Party Walking Past
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THE REGIMENT Reglmental Headquarters Lieutenant Colonel M. A. Q. Darley Maior J. A. C. G. Eyre Captain A. H. Parker Bowles
Captain R. C. Wilkinson
. D. Godfrey Can
Maior J. S. Crisp Maior J. H. Pitman Lieutenant The Hon. G. Lambert S.C.M. Clark, D. S.Q.M.C. Varga, G. Cpl. Hardgrave, S. Cpl. Jones, N. L/Cpl. Baldwin, K.
Tpr. Lloyd, C.
M.T. . . . . .
dc Eyle Cole, R. Gennings, D. McIntyre, R. O‘Toole, C. Williams, C.
L/Cpl. Fisk, P.
Orderly Room 0.R.Q.M.C. Craig, E. S.Q.M.C. Yates, R. CoH. Desborough, J. Cpl. Jones, C.
. Sturrock, V. . Hodgson, D. . Perry, L. . I’yke, B.
Lieutenant W. R. Marsh S.Q.Itri.C. Whittington, D. Cpl. Desborough. W. L/Cpl. Arnold. E. Tpr. Chaﬁey, W. Tpr. Croser. B. Tpr. Edwards, C. Tpr. Eastwood, P. Tpr. Fisher. D. Tpr. Gaskell, F. Tpr. Hester, E.
Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.
Laycock, I’. McHale, A. Moloney, J. Paul, C. Preece, R. Proudtoot, A. Scarrott, J. Slade, E. Talbot, D.
SONS Post Cpl.
S.Q.M.C. Clarke, J. S.Q.M.C. Spencer, D. Cpl. Calden, P.
Cpl. Kent, D.
Captain 0. M. Price
R.Q.M.C. Beadle, F. R.Q.M.C. Handley, J. COH. Scriven, R. Cpl. Anslow, R.
Tpr. Nisbet, R. Cpl. MacDougall, W. L/Cpl. Leach, R. Tpr. Beaney, W.
Tpr. \Vhite, M.
Regimental Slgnals CoH. Preece, G. Cpl. Martin, M.
Cpl. Lloyd, JV. Cpl. Lockett, T. L/Cpl. Embrcc, H.
Reglmental Trumpeters Musn. Brammer, M. Musn. Hardy, J.
Mu sn. \Vhennell, R.
Personnel Attached to Royals . Harkncss, P. Col-I. Chapman CoH. Peck, J. Cpl. Aucutt, G.
Cpl. Clay, K. Cpl. Jones
Medical Centre Surg./Maior J. P. Page L/Cpl. Fcldwick, L.
Miscellaneous . Mullen, R.
Provost CoH. Lawson, P.
Ofﬁcers” Mess S.Q.M.C. Denny, J. Cpl. Idle, B. Cpl. Smith, T. L/Cpl. Landon. M. L/Cpl. Sherwood, E. L/Cpl. Stratlord, J.
40 Bernard Street, London, W.C.I
. . . . . .
Chillingworth, K. Davidson, T. Gibson, F. Giles, M. Hall, J. Lake, M.
W.O.‘s and N.C.O.’s Mess CoH. Williams, R. Cpl. Thompson, J. Tpr. Benstcad, R.
. Douglas, R. . Murphy, D. . Worthy, B.
S.Q.M.C. Doxey, A. S.Q.M.C. Prcccc, D. CoH. Howick, D. Cpl. Dickman, J. Cpl. Kcnrick, D.
Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.
Harvey, A. Hayward Ikins, T. McGreary, A. hicLeod, M. Shaw, S. Slater, A. Sowerby, J.
Attached Personnel H.Q. R.A.P.C. biaior M. \V. Stevens S/Sgt. Sharpe, T. Sgt. Crowther. J.
Pte. Lopata, J. Pt. Percy, J.
A.P.T.C. Q.M.S.l. Perry, R.
Q.M. Department Captain \V. A. Stringer
S.C.M. Giles. R.
R.Q.M.C. Swann, R. CoH. Mallinson, P. Cpl. Rumbelow, H. Cpl. Rac. J. L/Cpl. \Vhite, A. Tpr. Callaghan, N. Tpr. Corker. G. Tpr. Dean, R.
. Pitt, D. . \Vhitworth, B. L/Cpl. Coles, I’. L/Cpl. Kay, D. Tpr. Smaldon, L. 'l‘pr. \Vatson, J.
\\’.O.I. Murray, J. Sgt. McDonald, L. Cpl. Garth, G.
Cpl. \Vright, B. L/Cpl. Conway-Lee L/Cpl. Edson, S.
L/Cpl. hicLaughlin, T.
. . . . . . .
Bailey, N. Homer, M. Davis, J. Norton. A. Lewis. I’. Reed, L. Tucker, A.
SQUADRON Squadron H.Q. Major R. C. Rayner Captain J. S. Olivier S.C.M. Lane, B. CoH. Thomas, L. Cpl. Horan, L.
L/Cpl. Chessher, R. L/Cpl. Docherty, J.
L/Cpl. Heathcote, I. Tpr. Bates. D Tpr. Bullock, T. Tpr. Elvy, D.
BLUES . . . .
Harding. J. Page. I. Smith, I. Shillabeer, M.
Squadron H.Q. Muior The Hon. A. H. G. Broughton Captain C. H. Tweetlie S.C.M. (lowdery, J. S.Q.M.C. O’Dell D.St.J.
Foxtrot Troop Squadron Office Lieutenant H. “K. Davies S.Q.M.C. Hunter, J. CoH. Greenwood, C.
Alpha Troop Ct. J. C. Gill Ct. G. T. R. Birdwood
Cpl. Greene, B.
. Ballard. A. . “'eston, B.
Tpr. Aitken, J.
Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.
Brunton, A. Buoy, 1’. Chambers, 8. Edwards, T. Gasson, J. Grogan, I. Hammersley, \V. Higgins, G. Johnson, L.
. . . . . . . .
Johnson, D. Lees, M. McWiIliams, J. O’Gorman, P. Oliver, 5. Spurs, D. Simpson, J. Thomson, J.
CoH. Stephenson, A. CoH. Barnes, B.
. . . . .
Cpl. O’Halloran, D. Cpl. Pinks. M. L/Cpl. Liddell, J. L/Cpl. Moore, G. L/Cpl. Robinson, D.
Blake, J. Brady, G. Buckle, J. Chaloner, G. Clarke, J. Sanderson. T. Thomson, E.
Cpl. \Vorthy, B. L/Cpl. Cox. B. L/Cpl. Pollock, K. L/Cpl. Timmis, R. Tpr. Allen, T. Tpr. Broadhurst, K. Tpr. Cartwright. R.
. . . . . . .
Clews, J. Culiington. B. Greancy, D. Pritchett, J. Rawsthorne, A. Shaw, A. “'ood. M.
L/Cpl. Smith, T. Bravo Troop L/Cpl. Saltmer, A. Douglas, I. . Howson, B. . Hatherhall, B. Jones, K. . Mountfort. L. . hiitchell. P. . elson, K.
L/Cpl. Stevenson, D. Tpr. Bates, P. Tpr. Cooper, B.
Tpr. \‘Valdron, R.
Ct. J. W. B. Robertson CoH. Jamiesun, M CoH. Potter. F. Cpl. Barr, M. Cpl. Bcllas, E. L/Cpl. Stokes. M. Tpr. Bursill, IE. Tpr. Coﬁey, J. Tpr. Cooper, l. Tpr. Cridgc, M. Tpr. Dalziel, J. Tpr. Gripton. I.
li/I./Cpl. Smith, B. liarr. Purcell, M.
Officers’ Mess Tpr. Smith, w. 'l‘pr. Winstone, B.
W.O.‘s and N.C.0.‘s Mess
Medical Centre L/Cpl. Andrews, P.
li/Cpl. Marchington, L. li/(Zpl. \Varren, W
I./Cpl. Jones, I’. Tpr. Coleman, 1’. Tpr. Drogomerecki, J.
Q.M. Department Ct. R. C. P. \Vhetherly Ct. R. D. G. Corbett CoH. Robson, P. Cpl. McKenna, D. L/Cpl. Chapple, J. L/Cpl. Charleton. W. L/Cpl. Forester, R.
L/Cpl. Grimes, G.
. Stephenson, \V.
Tpr. Bird. P. Tpr. Clark, I.
Tpr. Hill, B. Tpr. Hutton, L.
Lloyd, M. Parkinson. H. Shortman, J. \Velsh, M.
CoH. Stanford, P. Cpl. Howells, D.
L/Cpl. Fox, G.
Charlie Troop W.O.‘s and N.C.0.’s Mess Lieutenant R. A. Campbell Ct. The Hon. M. S. A. Agar CoH. Stacey, M. L/Cpl. Collett. R.
Kneen, J. . Priestley, \V. Shaw, I. . Shears, D. \Vebb, D.
L/Cpl. Fry, M L/Cpl. King, J. Tpr. Harvey, N. Tpr. Hewitt, J.
Tpr. Clayton Tpr. Cooke, L.
Tpr. Butcher, J. Tpr. Hudson, K.
Tpr. Lawson, P. Tpr. Ricketts, H.
. Hughes, Ni.
Grooms (Melton Mowbray) CoH. Midwinter, J. CoH. Smith, G.
Tpr. Ridgway, B.
L/Cpl. Villcrs, L.
Trainees in Riding School Harrow Ride
Cpl. Owen, R. Tpr. Church, M.
L.A.D. R.E.M.E. Attached to R.H.G.
Captain S. B. Dunlop W.().I. Beer, \V.
“'.O.II. Jeffery, D. . . . .
L/Cpl. Muff, E. L/Cpl. Stacey, M. Tor. Bell, C. Tpr. Binch, B. Tpr. Collett, G.
Dodsworth, R. Jones, J. Paton, S. Ratcliﬁe, H. Seddon. J. Scott, C.
Echo Troop Ct. M. R. Sorby Ct. R. M. Steel Ct. P. R. D. Walker-Okeover CoH. Ollington, M. Cpl. Davis, J. Cpl. Meldrurn, C. Cpl. Potter, R.
L/Cpl. I./Cpl. L/Cpl. L/Cpl.
Allsop, A. Collett, T. Cousins. P. Drew, R.
. Hannant, B. . Hankin, I. McAnulty, R. Paterson, A. Rougvie, M. Share, I. Swan, R. Thompson, P. Waterman, D.
. . . . . .
‘l‘pr. Malia, A. Tpr. Maddams, R. Tpr. Malinowski, R.
Personnel attached to Royals
I./Cpl. Strcvens, B. Lieutenant J. W. \Vyburd Ct. H. T. Hayward CoH. Hawley. H. L/Cpl. Donnellv, A.
Woodward, D .
Lieutenant The Earl of Normanton CoH. Burton Iohnson, H. Cpl. Carter, G. Cpl. Fearn, B. Cpl. Mapley, L. L/Cpl. Kettley, B. Tpr. Cox, P. Tpr. Farrow, A. Tpr. Garnett, I. Tpr. Ieifries, M.
Recruits Troop . . . .
A: Waldtm, R.
Tpr. McGuinness, P.
Officers’ Mess L/Cpl. Bennett, T. L/Cpl. Kissoek, D.
. Grifﬁths. .I. . Henesy, M. . Hill, G. . Hopper, R. . Houzam, J. . Manners, D. . Mayes, C. . Porrin, J. Stewart, B.
S/Sgt. Morson, C. S/Sgt. Thomas, T. Sgt. Ambler, T. Street, D. , . \Valker, L.
. Boath, A. . Gurden. B. . Jasper, B. . McKie, G. . Rowe. C. . Williams, D. . \Vilson, A. L/Cpl. Dowry. \V. L/Cpl. Mills, P. L/Cpl. Simpson L/Cpl. Wardle, E.
Remount Rider’s Course L/Cpl. \Vhite, J. Cin. Babb, T . Cfn. Brooks. D. Cfn. Corp, M. Cin. Crawford. J. Cln. Davies, M. Cin. Farley. J. Cln. Hazeldine, J. Cln. Harries, M. Cin. Hughes. T. Cfn. Love, R. Cfn. Mitchell, A. Cln. Mitchell, P. Cln. Quinnell, J. Cfn. Ramsden, E. Cln. Riley. K. Cin. Stowells, G. L/Cpl. Mulgrove, F. (A.C.C.)
L/Cpl. Lemon, D.
Park Royal Ride
Tpr. \Vhite, R.
Lieutenant P. T. Fletcher CoH. Thompson, J. CoH. Kelsall, C. Cpl. Sherwin, P.
T/L/Cpl. Brown, M. L/Cpl. Keenan, C. L/Cpl. Redden, T.
Turnham Ride Hyett, S. Moore, S.
Tpr. Cross, P. Tpr. Currah, M.
THE BAND Captain E. W. Jeancs W.0.II. Braxton, \V. Tpt. Major \Vatson, A. CoH. Battine, P. CoH. Simms, \V. L/CoH. Hammill, P. L/CoH. Middleton, R. Cpl. Commins. T. Cpl. Wilson, 1’. L/Cpl. Blogg, G.
. . . . . . . . .
Briggs, E. Dane, T. Daniels, D. Dodson, S. O’Donnell, D. Palmer, N. Riddell. G. Sedgwick. K. Sowter, R.
L/Cpl. Todd, R. I,/Cpl. L/Cpl. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn. Musn.
. . . .
\Vatts, S. \Vise, P. Bull Cabriel, \V. Gee, C. Hawkins. J. Havne, G. Jaskulski, C.
Leslie, J. Mansﬁeld, R. Orritt, C. Parsons. A.
. Philp. R. . l’latt. S. . Sellors. R. . Tanner, R. . Turner, H.
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT R.C.M. J. Kidman
Headquarters Squadron H.Q. Squadron Office
S.Q.M.C. Thompson, D. Cpl. Thompson, T.
L/Cp‘. McGregor, D. Tpr Wrigley M
CoH. O’Dell, B. .
Saddler Tpr. Blumentbal, P.
Officers’ Mess Cpl. Bradley, A. Tpr. Harrison, J.
Tpr. Jones, R. Tpr. Twmn, M.
Tpr. Jones, R' . I./C. Tramees Cpl. Roberts, P.
. ' . . Patterson. M. L/CoH. Pomroy, H.
HP. Stall Tpr. Wass, R.
. Wmterburn, P.
S.Q.M.C. Kersting, A. CoH. Smart. R L/CoH. Thompson, I. L/Cpl. Maskell
L/CoH. Edwards, I. L/Cpl. Stavely, T. Tpr. Boardman, J.
Tpr. Morgan, R.
Military Attache PARIS
H.Q. LONDON District
Lt. Col. G. F. Lane Fox
Major D. J. Daly
Tpr. Chillingworth. G.
Tpr. Kostromin, W.
Junior Leaders’ Regiment R.A.C.
H.Q. 5 Inf. Bde.
Major J. N. P. \Vatson
Major T. C. Morris
H.Q. R.A.C. 3 Division
Cpl. Mansﬁeld, R.
Major C. V. C. Booth Jones
Major B. H. 17. \V'right
L/Cpl. Tomlinson, J.
Pharmacy Regimental Barber
H.Q. 1 Division
Cpl. Fisher, J.
Major The Hon. B. C. Wilson
Major H. 0. Hugh Smith
F.Q.M.C. Woodman, E.
F/S/Cpl. Smith, P. Page 28
L/CoH. Shatwell, R. Tpr. Pass, V.
No. 1 (Gds) INDEP. COY PARA
Tpr. Cartlidge. T. Tpr. Padgett, T. Tpr. Pritchard, R. Tpr. Tompkins, S.
L/Cpl. McLean, S.
Tpr. Sammons, T.
L/Cpl. Aindow, K.
JUNIOR GUARDSMAN’S COMPANY CoH. Farrar, T. CoH. Wright, P.
L/CoH. Sayer, C. L/CoH. Shaw, A. L/CoH. Slawson, J. L/CoH. White. A. Tpr. Burton, K.
Equitation Troop, Windsor CoH. Pecke, A. L/Cpl. Henderson, C.
W.0.’s and N.C.O.’s Mess
O.M. Staff CoH. Sellers, J.
aptain D. V. Smiley . K. Brennan
Tailors L/Cpl. Law, K.
S.C.M. Cooper, J.
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY TRAINING SQUADRON
Regimental Headquarters Captain J. D. Smith Bingham
L/Cpl. Johnstone, R. Tpr. Allison. P. Tpr. Bell, D. Tpr. Banham, D.
H.Q. 5 Dlvlsion
Captain T. N. P. W. Burbury
Cornet P. S. G. Mcdlicott
H.O. Household Division
Captain J. C. M. L. Crawford
Maior (QJVL) J. T. Sallis
1 Para. Regiment
Lieutenant D. M. Culhbertson Smith
Captain C. J. Simpson Gee
SOLDIERS H.Q. 1 (B.R.) Corps. W.0.I. Beynon, A. L/Cpl. Austin, S.
THE BLUES IN RETROSPECT 1900—1918
MONS Tpr. Toney, J.
Tpr. Johnson, K.
E.T.W. R.A.C. Centre H.0. 7 Armd Bde and Sig. Sqd. S.Q.M.C. Feitham, R.
\V.0.I. Ladds, J.
H.Q. 1 Div. and Sig. Sqn.
CoH. Renton, F.
R.M.S.M. Kneller Hall W.0.II. Norris, F.
A.P.R.O., BAHREIN H.0. 2 Div.
Cpl. Wins Smith, J.
L/Cpl. Pentith, '1'. R.M.A., SANDHURST H.Q. RHEINDAHLEN Garrison
The Otticers’ Mess, Hyde Park Barracks; Sentry with carbine
L/CUH. Stubley, I.
Cpl. Westwood, M.
R.A.C. Para. Squadron
H.Q. BAHREIN Garrison L/Cpl. Fry, 1.
Cpl. Forrester, R.
Cpl. hiain. M.
L/Cpl. Smart. \V.
BRIXMIS Berlin CoH. Hunt, C.
CoH. Deacon, E.
J.L.R. R.A.C. S.Q.M.C. Story, E. CoH. Laws, L.
C.L.R.D. L/Cpi. Freeman, K. VV.O.II. Green, B.
3 DG Air Troop EL ADEM CoH. Ball, E.
CoH. Sampson, \V.
KUWAIT Liaison Team
Col-I. Jackson, E.
“7.0.11. Hague, M.
CoH. Mannering, V. S.Q.M.C. Bellwood, H.
Wolverhampton F.V.R.D.E., Kirkcudbright CoH. Joyce, 0.
CoH. Wilmon, R., B.IE.M. Tpr. McMahon, M.
Household Cavalry Hospital Army Apprentice College, ARBORFIELD CoH. Buckingham
S.Q.M.C. Fielding, D.
Col-I. Ewers, N.
H.C.R. (HOLDEE) “A” Squadron 1 E.T.R.
Col-I. Hill, J.
W.0.I. Martin, G. W.0.II. Kitney, G. “1.0.11. Tolometti, D. “’.O.II. Frcarson, C. S.Q.M.C. Tribe, K. CoH. Donnelly, J.
R.A.C. Signal School
Long Service List
S.Q.M.C. Liquorish, H.
S.Q.IVLC. McLachlan Kitchen, A.
CoH. Febbrarro, M.
R.A.C. Admin. Wing
CoH. Spencer, J. CoH. Taylor, T. L/(Jpl. Dillon, R. Tpr. Bond, 13. Tm. Claridgc, D.
Blues training with the Vickers Machine Gun
The Coronation oI H.M. King George V, 1911
H.M. King George V Inspecting The Blues
at the Presentatlon of Standards Parade, 1927
Major-General‘s Inspection, Cavalry Barracks, Windsor
The Officers at The Blues, Regents Park Barracks, 1927: Back rowz—Ct. R. E. Laycock, Lt. Sir P. Grant-Lawson, Bt., Lt. E. Merry, Lt. E. G. Jackson, D. of M. Bilton, Capt. S. P. Keyworth, Lt. H. Abel Smith, Vty. Maj. Rees—Mogg, Ct. R. E. Cotterell, Surg. Maj. Anderson, Lt. R. Shaw, Ct. E. Brassey, Lt. W. R. Sale. Front row:—Lt. H. R. Broughton, Lt. The Hon. 0. Weld Forester, Lt. F. B. de Klee, Lt. Col. H. C. L. Combe, Lt. Col. A. R. Innes Ker, Maj. A. E. Turner, Lt. Col. R. Evans, Lt. L. A. Gollan Lt. C. Lancaster.
The Band at the unveiling ol the Cavalry Memorial at Stanhope Gate, Hyde Park Page 33 Page 32
Stoney Castle Camp, Pirbright, 1935
Change ol Station, Windsor to London, 1933: The
Blues halted on the A4. Tpr. (later Mai.)
third (mm the lront
Hum King Edward Vlll reviewing The Blues, Hyde Park, 15th May, 1936 Reproduced by courtesy of Sport & General Rehearsal in Hyde
Park lor the 1934 Musical Ride
Funeral ol H.M. King George V, 28th January, 1936 Reproduced by courtesy of Sport & General Poupan Page 35
Capt. Ward and R.C.M. Twidle inspecting the King’s Liie Guard, Hyde Park Barracks, 1936
H.M. King George VI, Colonel-ln-Chiei, as painted by Oswald Birley
THE LIFE GUARDS and BLUES ASSOCIATIONS PROPOSED VISIT TO BELGIUM, 1969
It is my intention, all being well, to again organise a Party of Members to visit Belgium this year. 1) The proposed dates are 26th June to 3rd July. 1969. 2)
3rd Day—Market Day. Morning free till 10.30 am, then depart by coach for Poperinghe, arriving pm. 2.30Lunch H atam. Toc11.30 Visit to at pmReception at 12.30 for Return by Lissenthoek and Mont Rouge to
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H-M-Km9 George VI and HM.
Queen Elizabeth returning irom the State Opening oi Parliament, 1937
Day—Leave Victoria Station by the 10 am. Boat Train. Arrive Ostend about 3.40 pm, and then by coach to Ypres, arriving about 530
Menin Gate Ceremony with at 9
2nd Day—At Ypres. Morning free. Reception by the Afternoon tour of Lunch. Burgomaster. Salient Towns: Zonnebeke, Zandoorde, ZilleReturn to Ypres tor Dinner. beke, etc, Menin Gate Ceremony‘
Then on to
stopping at Arras for Lunch. Cambrai,
Gate Ceremony Men Ypres for Dinner of Armentieres, 4th Day—Leave Ypres for Tour Bethune, Notre Dame de Lorette. Vimy and Valenciennes,
Mons for Dinner and the night. _ Then Reception 5th Day—Morning tree at Mons, followed by Lunch In the afternoon return to Pyres byadifferentroutet Dinner. Stay the night. Page 37
61h Day—By coach from Ypres to Ostend. Lunch. Afternoon free. Dinner. Stay the night.
Thursday, June 5th
7th Day—Morning free at Ostend. Lunch. Afternoon trip to Sluis in Holland. Return to Ostend for Dinner, and stay the night.
Depart London (Tower of London) Arrive Southampton for ferry to
8th Day—After Breakfast, leave in time to get the Morning Boat for Dover.
1900 hrs. Le Havre
Then by train to
Friday, June 6th
Victoria. Arrive Le Havre 0700 hrs. Note
Depart via Tancarville Bridge, Honfleur, Deauville, Cabourg to Pegasus Bridge and the British invasion beaches of Sword. Juno and Gold. Arrive at Arromanches—visit D-Day Museum—
but the broad outline will remain the same. 3) The Total Cost will be about £38 per person. A member of the Blues Association will pay E5 less. 4)
free time and lunch. Depart mid-afternoon, driving to Port en Bassin, American Omaha Beach and American cemetery of St. Laurent-Colleville to Bayeux. Visit cathedral and tapestry, then British War cemetery and on to Caen. Time in Caen to see some of its treasures before dinner and overnight stop.
On booking a Deposit of £6 per person is required,
£2 for member of the Blues Association. 5) Passports are required. 6)
It is advised to take a packed lunch for the outward Boat trip.
7) The Balance of the Cost will be collected on board the Boat, and it is required in BELGIAN FRANCS, obtainable through a Bank.
Saturday, June 7th Depart Caen after breakfast, driving through battle areas of Tilly, Balleroy, Forest of Cerisy, St. Lo and Villiers Bocage (lunch stop en route) to Le Havre, leisure time in Le Havre late afternoon. Depart Le Havre 2300 hrs.
Deposits must be paid by the 22nd May, 1969, please.
A. C. MILLIN (Organiser).
Sunday, June 8th Arrive Southampton about 0900 hrs, for coach to London. The cost of £21 per person (V-form amount 29) includes aircraft-type reclining seat on the sea crossings. Cabin accommodation and meals on the ferry are not
included in the £21 but lunch and dinner on 8th June and breakfast and lunch on 7th June are Only double rooms are available in hotels. Applications to:—
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Guards Armoured Division, Farewell to Armour Parade, 9th June, 1945
1 H.C.R. patrolling in Palestine 1940
Reproduced by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
2 H.C.R. armoured
cars led by A.E.C. on the road to Arnhem, Holland, 18th September,
1944 Reproduced by
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1 H.C.R. patrolling in
Daimler Scout Car passing burning German vehicles, Belgium, 3rd September, 1944
Lt. Col. Abel Smithâ€™s Staghound
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2 H.C.R. Staghound In France, 4th August, 1944 Reproduced by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
The wedding of H.R.H. The Princess Elizabeth and of H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, 1947
Lawson a! Wesendori, 1949
Major-General Keightley accompanied by Lt. Col. Grant-
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King's Birthday Berlin, 1950
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1950—1956 Capt. Darley on Emlly Little
at the 1952 Olympic Games, Helsinki
Major-General Marriott, commanding Household Brigade with the quarter guard Menden
Major Rook on Starlight winning the 1953 Badminton Three-Day Event
State Opening of Parliament. 1946
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S.Q.M.C. Lippe reporting the quarter guard to Major-General Johnston, G.O.C., London District,
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Nicosia, 13th June, 1957: EM. Sir John Harding taking the salute from Maior Watson and Captain Coombs
The Regiment led by the Band marching out of Cavalry Barracks, Windsor Windsor on its way to Cyprus, January, 1956
Reproduced by courtesy of Sport & General
Blues patrol halted In a village
Exercise Starlight, Libya, 1960 Reproduced by courtesy of Central Press Photos Ltd.
The Governorâ€™s Escort Troop
Captain Sir N. Nuttall, BL, being congratulated by HM. The Queen alter winning the the Grand Military Gold Cup on Stalbridge Park, at Sandown,
Exercise Starlight, ,\
Libya, 1960 Reproduced by courtesy of Central Press
S.C.M. Ferrie with recruit ride in Rotten Row 1961
Photos Ltd. Page 49
tJIe training 1&61~
Lt. Col. Hopkinson, Brig. The Marquess Douro and Capt. Broughton,
Harewood Barracks, Herlord, 1963
Major-General Sir R. Howard-Vyse,
K.C.M.G., D.S.O., Colonel at The Blues
_. Fl.C.M. J. Neill, M.B.E.
Escort to H.M. The Queen, Sennelager, 1955: Major Burbury, S.Q.M.C. Swann with Regimental Standard and S.Q.M.C. Clarke
Soviet Army General Yacobovski
inspecting Blues Guard 0! Honour under Capt. Lord P. Bereslord
Blues Squadron exercising at Kota Tlnggi, Malaya, 1967
H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince Philip arriving on the Parade Reproduced by courtesy of Central Press Photos Ltd.
The Blues Pentathlon Team, winners of the 1963 Rhine Army Championship: L/Cpl. Watts, Cpl. Bamling, Tpr, Drummond, Major Watson
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Lt. Col. Hopkinson receiving a Standard trom Her Majesty.
The Silver Stick, Col. The Hon. J. Berry, O.B.E., commanding
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Merger As a result of the amalgamation of the Regiment with The Royals, on the 1st April, 1969, the Association will merge with the Royals Regimental Association and
will be known as THE BLUES May,
This was 1968.
Membership of the Association
Life Members Annual Members
In 1969, 193 Life Members and 5 Annual Members joined the Association and 8 Annual Members converted to life Membership.
Luncheon and Tea will be provided and a full programme of mounted and dismounted sports will be organized.
Queen’s Birthday Parade An extremely limited number of free tickets for this Parade on Saturday, 14th June, 1969, and for the Final Rehearsal on Saturday, 7th June, 1969, 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.
Field of Remembrance The Field of Remembrance will be opened at 12 noon on Thursday, 6th November, 1969. Assemble 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.
Christmas Cards Subscriptions (Annual Members only) The annual subscription is now complete the enclosed proforma.
Members requiring either The Blues and Royals or HCR. Cards should order on the enclosed proforma. The cost per card is normally approximately 1/4 (post and packing extra).
All Members are reminded that it is their responsibility to keep the Hon. Secretary informed of any change of address. Members who joined under the One Day's Pay Scheme should notify the Hon. Secretary immediately
of their address,
Annual General Meeting
ZANDVOORDE. The annual visit to Zandvoorde, Zillebeke and Ypres it is hoped will be run again at the end of June and beginning of July. Members wishing to go should contact the organizer, Mr. A. C. Millin at 92 South Coast Road. Peacehaven. Newhaven, Sussex (Tel.: Peacehaven 4140) as soon possible, Details are at page A grant of £50 towards the cost has been authorised
from Association Funds. This will be held in the WC. and N.C.O. Mess,
Household Cavalry Regiment, Wellington Barracks at 6 pm, on Saturday, 3rd May, 1969. All Members are entitled and encouraged to attend,
Annual Dinner The Annual Dinner will be held in the Chatham Restaurant, Victoria Station, at 7 pm. on Saturday, 3rd May, 1969. Dress: Lounge Suit. No decorations. Bars will be open at 6 pm.
Tickets will be limited to 300.
Under the will of the late Miss A. D. T. A.
Association, in memory of her grandfather and father who ioined The Blues in 1846 and 1875 respectively. This sum has now been invested. ASSOCIATION BADGE. Lapel badges for the new Association are available from the Hon. Secretary price 2/6d.
Each Member is
entitled to one ticket only. Applications for Tickets on the enclosed proforma to the Hon. Secretary by Saturday, 19th April,
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Levy Board for the improvement of racing, since 1962. A thriving Tote means more money for British racing. Bet with the Tote.
Cavalry Memorial Service The Combined Cavalry Old Comrades‘ Service will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday, 4th May, 1969. 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 Moos Mess Household Cavalry Regiment at Welington Barracks, Birdcage Walk.
Annual Reunion The Annual Reunion will be held at Stony Castle, Pirbright, on Sunday. 31st August. 1969. during The Blues and Royals Annual Camp. Members wishing to attend should complete and return the enclosed proforma to Officer Commanding, The Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron by 17th July, 1969.
TREASURER'S REPORT The accounts again show that the Finances of the Association are in a satisfactory state.
There is an excess of income over expenditure in This once again is the Balance Sheet of £1061. due to the increase in membership amongst serving members. I recommend that a further 21.000 be invested with the U.S.T.C, Fund in April.
JULlAN BERRY, Colonel, Treasurer
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for planning numerous raids on the Continent in co-operation with Mountbatten's Combined Operations Command. It was Laycock who made the Commandos what they'were; he found a way to instil discipline without discouraging initiative and other battle<winning qualities. When Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed Supreme Commander in South-East Asia at the end of 1943 Laycock was appointed to succeed him as Chief of Combined Operations. He was promoted to Major— General at the exceptionally early age of 36, only four years after having been a captain. He proved to be an ideal choice for his new post and in it he did outstanding work in training and in the development of equipment for combined operations, for which he was made 0.8.,
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Major-General Sir Robert Laycock, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., who died yesterday at the age of 60, was Governor of Malta from 1954 till 1959. In the Second World War he made a great reputation as a daring and resourceful leader of commandos, and he was Chief of Combined Operations from 1943 till 1947. From his earliest days Laycock had a great love of adventure. As a schoolboy and, later as a young officer he used to spend his holidays sailing in tramp steamers to the ports of many countries in Europe, and he once sailed round the Cape as an Able Seaman in a Finnish Windjammer. He was a keen amateur yachtsman and a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and was an ardent fox—hunter. These activities naturally developed his strong personality and his qualities of initiative and self-reliance, attributes which served him well as a leader of men. Robert Edward Laycock was born on April 18th, 1907, the son of Brigadier General Sir Joseph Laycock. He was educated at Eton and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned in the Royal Horse Guards in 1927. At the beginning of the Second World War he served for a time on the staff of G.H.Q., France, but was brought home to go through the war-time Staff College at Camberley. When the first call was made for
volunteers for Special Service, Laycock sent in his name, and was promoted from Captain to Lieutenant»Colonel to form one of the first commandos. His chance to get into the war came when he was given a Special Service Battalion of five commandos in the Middle East which became known as “Layforce”, and with this he carried out a number of small operations, including a night raid on Bardia, an attempt to seize a bridge over the river Litani in Syria, and a rearguard action during the
evacuation of Crete.
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headquarters was ambushed by a strong party of Germans, but Laycock jumped into an abandoned British tank and drove it at the Germans and thus escaped.
He also took part in Lieutenant-Colonel Keye's raid on
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. In 1954 he was appointed Governor and CommanderIn-Chief of Malta in succession to Admiral Sir Gerald Greasy. His term of office, which was twice extended, comcided with the difficult period of negotiations between the island’s political leaders and the British Government over the integration plan. The talks on this plan finally broke down in 1958. The United Kingdom Government suspended the constitution, for the third time in Maltese history, and Laycock governed, under emergency powers, with a non-political advisory council, until the end of his term of office in 1959. He drew up a 5-year development plan, which was under way before he left. f IIOur deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and
Rommel’s headquarters in November, 1941. Owing to bad weather he was unable to re-embark his men in the submarines from which they had landed. and most of them were eventually taken prisoner, but he himself escaped into the desert with one of his sergeants and returned, thin and wasted, after existing for 41 days behind the enemy's lines. Early in 1942 he was brought back to England to take command of the Special Service Brigade with the rank of Brigadier. In this appointment he was responsible for the training and organization of all the Special Service troops in Great Britain. including American units, and
MAJOR A. F. L. HUTCHISON Late
By Colonel H. S. Hopkinson, M.B.E., Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry
Loretto. He joined the Army in 1943 having earlier planned to become a doctor, like his father. On Commissioning he joined 1st Household Cavalry Regiment in Germany in 1945 and served on with The Blues thereafter. He thoroughly enjoyed the halcyon post war days in our various stations in Germany, where there was plenty of military work but ample time for fishing, shooting, rugby and cricket. He was one of Julian Berry‘s "Boys" in “B" Squadron and served with success as both troop leader and Squadron Second-in-Command. Training interested him a great deal and he became Gunnery Officer spending many frustrating days on
Hohne Ranges waiting for the mist to rise or the fires to go out. “Hutch" led the first military convoy up the Autobahn to Berlin after the airlift finished. The convoy was
escorting a load of hay which was all the B.A.O.R. authorities could think of sending the beleaguered Garrison! The convoy lost contact for some hours and there was pandemonium in Berlin until they arrived safely having established cordial relations with the Russian army by means of vodka drinking in an Autobahn lay by. There followed a happy spell with the Training Regiment in Carlisle where he made full use of the sporting opportunities. Added to this he was near
Scotland and home. He commanded the Limassol Squadron of The Blues in 1958 and then became Secondin—Command in 1960. He also helped with the reorganisation of the Household Cavalry Museum in its early days. His kindness, patience and pleasant sense of humour were much in evidence over the years leading up to our move to Germany in 1982. He retired in 1962 much as we wanted him to stay on. Since retiring. Alan has been working with the TA. and later T. and A.V.R. in the Dumfries area, it is indeed very sad that Alan should have died in the prime of life, but one can only be thankful that he enjoyed life to the full and he had a successful career in the Army which was his mainstay and interest in life. He leaves behind a wife, Morag, and a son, Graeme. to whom we send our heartfelt sympathy.
a boyish, lithe figure, in neat but faded khaki drill, his rather disreputable cap slightly on the side of his head and a lock of hair curling up. His face is brown and his eyes very blue. He is laughing of course. He always will.
after his fiftieth birthday, and none who knew him in the Blues, and later In the 1st Household Cavalry Regiment can fail to have been moved by a moment of great sadness at the death of one who, to us in those days, seemed so indestructibly youthful. We who knew him then know that there was nothing remarkable militarily about his eight years in the Regiment. From being a competent, respected and immensely popular troop leader he became a first-class signals officer and later a successful adjutant. His bare record of service discloses little else except a very well earned Mention in Despatches. No decorations or promotion to high rank are recorded on those pages. His talents and qualities would probably have earned him both outside the Regiment, had he so wished. But the
truth is that Ian only desired to serve his friends and the Household Cavalry to the very best of his considerable ability.
This was the key to the great affection which we
all felt for him.
Looking back over the years I believe
him to be the most loyal, generous, kind and human man I ever knew. His peculiarly infectious sense of humour, his charm, his gaiety and his sense of fun will live with me always. I would like to linger, with
those of us who knew him then, for a moment on those days, for memories
the sake may give
of his young son Shamus. Our pleasure to him as the image of
his father recedes. Although he was a few years younger than myself he had already joined the Regiment when I arrived after being at Oxford. But he soon became a great friend and no one could wish for a more agreeable companion with whom to share the delights and tribulations of being a young officer in pre-war England. I believe it
is on record that he, I and one other shared the entire Orderly Officer’s duties for one month! But it was during the war that Ian really came into his own. Before it one remembers the gay, good-looking, dashing young officer throwing himself—almost immoderately sometimes—into every sort of activity, regimental and otherwise. Life was fun, not too serious, and above all meant to be enjoyed. The war, however, gave him
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In 1946 Ian decided, to the great regret of all of us, to leave the Regiment. Since then, through force of circumstances I had seen relatively little of him. This last summer. however, we met several times. Mentally he was still the same lan, laughing, refusing to take
things seriously, the great debunker. ill. On the afternoon of sleep and never awoke.
But he was clearly 31st
The Church at Butlers Marston was crammed for his funeral. full of friends. old and new, from all walks of life—a measure of the love and affection which all felt for him. In the churchyard outside, under a lowering sky, and with thin snow falling, I could not think of Ian lying under the vast pyramid of flowers. I saw only
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The following Loyal Address was delivered to Her Majesty The Queen by Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO, DCL, Colonel of The Blues and Royals :— “Madam, On this day, which marks the formation of The Blues and Royals, a new Regiment in Your Majesty’s Household Cavalry, formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and The Royal Dragoons (lst Dragoons), we, the Ofﬁcers, Warrant Ofﬁcers, Non-Commissioned Ofﬁcers and Troopers of The Blues and Royals offer our Loyal Greetings to Your Majesty. our Colonel-in-Chief, assuring your Majesty that we shall continue to bear true allegiance and strive faithfully to uphold the honour and high example of the two ancient regiments from which we are formed. GERALD TEMPLER” Her Majesty The Queen was graciously pleased to reply :— “I
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United you may go forward with conﬁdence into the future. ELIZABETH R. Colonel-in—Chief."