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LIST OF CONTENTS EDITORIAL

HOCKEY

CORRESPONDENCE

SWIMMING

BRIGADIER H. B. SCOTT, D.S.O.

CROSS—COUNTRY

A CRIMEAN WAR PHOTOGRAPH

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A ROYAL’S EYE-VIEW OF THE W.V.S. FAREWELL VISIT OF THE COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT ,.

REGIMENTAL ORDERLY ROOM

BRIGADIER A. H. PEPYS, D.S.0.

M.T. NOTES

RECOLLECTIONS OF BALACLAVA

QM. GROUP

THE ROYAL DRAGOONS AID SOCIETY

R.H.Q. AND SIGNAL TROOP LIGHT AID DETACHMENT

SQUADRON NOTES: SKI—ING “ ON THE ARMY ” “A” SQUADRON SERGEANTS’ MESS NOTES “B” SQUADRON EQUITATION NOTES “C ” SQUADRON HINTS FOR HORSEMEN “ HQ.” SQUADRON BAND NOTES TO WESENDORE IN SUMMER, 1954 BOYS’ SQUADRON THE MAKINS SHIELD FIFE AND FORFAR YEOMANRY BETWEEN THE LINES O.C.A. NOTES

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THE CRIMEA, 1854-1856 GRAND MILITARY GOLD CUP SPORTING NOTES:

Colonel F. W. Wilson FitzGerald, D.S.0.. M.C., Colonel of the Regimen t, 1946-1954. taking the Salute. Farewell Parade, El Alamein Day, 1954.

FOOTBALL

THE SOLDIERS, SAILORS’ AND AIRMEN’S FAMILIES’ ASSOCIATION (SSAFA)

BOXING

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS

CRICKET

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occupants as the desert.” In spite of this we have enjoyed a large number of visitors from allied armies including Afghanistan, Lebanon and Jordan. Our affiliated Regiment, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, too, has been well represented, notably by Lt. “Ras ” Rasmussen, and we hope to see more of them over here in the near future. Less than a month after our arrival “A” Squadron set off for Hamburg where they ably represented the Regiment in the Queen’s Birth— day

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March Past, escorting the Guidon which was carried in S.S.M. Bradley’s armoured car. Waterloo Day was celebrated in traditional manner and by then we were in the thick of the Summer Training Season. This culminated

in “Battle Royal” at the end of September, in

The Danish Newspaper, “ Aarhuus Stiftstidende,” invited six members of the Regiment, R.S.M. Edwards, S.S.M. Finch, S.Q.M.S. Brown, Sgt. Collyer, Sgt. Evans, D.C.M., and L/Cpl. Rochford, for the 10th Anniversary of the Liberation.

EDITORIAL The past year has been a busy one, beginning as it did with our arrival at Wesendorf. Not a month has gone by without some majOr event to punctuate it. In fact some months seemed at the time to consist solely of such punctuation. The last year will chiefly be remembered by all past and present Royal Dragoons as marking the end of Colonel F. W. Wilson FitzGerald’s long and happy term of Colonelcy. Such changes are never without their sadder side, especially when, as in this one, they mark the end of nearly half—a—century’s service of the Regiment. All Royals of every age will wish to join in expressing their appreciation of Colonel and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald’s innum— erable activities on behalf of the Regiment. Their keen and active interest in every aspect of Regimental life and the Regimental Association were a constant encouragement to us all. There could be no more popular choice of successor than Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O. He will be well-known to the many hundreds of

present Royals and Old Comrades who served under him during the three periods when he commanded the Regiment. We were delighted to see him for a brief visit in March, and look forward to seeing him again before very long, when we will be able to give a proper loyal welcome to our new Colonel. Before touching briefly on the events of the year, a short description of our present station might be of interest. The camp, which lies in the middle of the North German Plain, some 80 miles south of Hamburg and eight miles from the Russian Zone, was built for the Luftwaffe just before the war. The excellent buildings are so widely dispersed in the heath and fir trees which cover this part of Germany that a walk round the camp is almost a day’s march. What was the airfield provides us with excellent playing fields. The one great draw— back to Wesendorf is its isolation—the nearest British troops are 20 miles away and in fact the station was known to its previous German

which for the first time we found ourselves taking part in Atomic Warfare. After a strenuous, waterlogged but extremely interesting IO days we returned to. prepare for El Alamein Day and our Farewell Parade to Colonel Wilson FitzGeraldi Winter was soon upon us, outstaying its welcome with a vengeance. The Band by then had arrived and did much to help us celebrate Christmas in a suitable manner, although un— fortunately not in time to enable the Bandmaster to stage one of his inimitable pantomimes. Training during the winter carried on at a tempo undiminished even by the foot of snow and 25 degrees of frost which continued inter— mitently until the middle of March—undiminished that is except in the case of Driving, as we were soon to learn the limitations of German roads under these conditions. The snow fortunately cleared for a day or two to allow our Annual Administrative Inspection to take place as planned: this was carried out by Major-General K. C. Cooper, D.S.O., O.B.E., who gave us a satisfactory report.

In spite of the inclemency of the weather, our football team continued to go from strength to strength achieving the distinction of being runners-up in the Cavalry Cup. Their doings are fully reported in the Sporting Notes. Our heartiest congratulations go to Major Lewis, R.S.M. Edwards and all members of the team.

We wish them the best of luck and victory in the Cavalry Cup next year. April saw the Annual Vehicle Inspection= the official arrival of Spring and a visit by Cadets of the Christ’s College Contingent of the C.C.F. The last was by far the most entertaining of the three—and not only because the Spring bore a monotonous resemblance to winter! The keeness, interest and ubiquity of

the cadets was a most refreshing experience, and one which made even the oldest sweat feel quite youthful. One Signals N.C.O. could hardly be— lieve his ears when he intercepted a youthful treble, uttering phrases straight from “ The IVth form at Greyfriars ” issuing from a set being expertly operated by another cadet. As we go to press another training season has begun: with out first year at Wesendorf behind us we look forward to a successful year of work and sport, and wish the best of luck to all Royal Dragoons of every vintage and to all friends of the Regiment wherever they may be.

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All members of the Regiment wish to extend their sympathy to Cpl. and Mrs. Wight and L/Cpl. and Mrs. Lornie on the tragic death of their children Kenneth Wight and Marjorie Lornie who were drowned last summer.

Correspondence CHRIST’S COLLEGE CONTINGENT COMBINED CADET FORCE ‘ 26th April, 1955. Dear Col. Massey, I should be very grateful if you could, through your Regimental Orders, convey to all ranks of your Regiment the very sincere thanks of all of us who visited you recently. We realise that many men were given extra work or lost some of their facilities or leisure as the result of our presence, but at no time during our stay did we hear anyone express anything but the utmost interest in us and at all times we met with courtesy and the utmost consideration. We appreciated that we received at all times much more consideration than we had the right to expect from a Unit with such heavy responsi— bilities and commitments. We were accorded every honour that could be offered by one Unit to another, and we took away with us the highest regard for your Unit and the very happiest of memories.


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I am certain that the visit not only afforded us very valuable experiences but also left in the

Cadets’ minds the best possible impressions of an eflicient and happy Unit of the Regular Army, doing its duty with the same keenness and readiness as in the past, and keeping alive

its best traditions. We wish your Regiment the very best of luck and success in all your work. Yours sincerely, D. \VArrERSON, Officer Commanding Christ College, C.C.F.

lutely perfect. I felt proud and honoured to be the representative of the Regiment flying with the Field Marshal. Please ofier these photos to the Sergeants’ Mess. The best of luck to all and may God bring you one and all safely home again. “Once a Royal always a Royal,” I remain yours sincerely, EX-FARRIER STAFF/SGT. B. TURF. The Sergeants’ Mess is most grateful to Mr. Tm‘p for the photographs he kindly presented.

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looking lad would be approached and was usually persuaded to join. Sergeant-Major Bradshaw, of the Royals, caught me on 11th January, 1898, and I have never regretted it. “Darky” Holloway (another recruit) and I were sent to Hounslow, where the Regiment was stationed. I will always remember the sentry on the Gate who, when on a saddle-tree makers’ course at Woolwich, earned the nick— name of “The Woolwich Foghorn.” He had the hell of a voice and was soon taken off Main Guards as he used to wake up the Colonel’s family by passing the call so loudly during the night. After reporting to the Orderly Room and being given a meal in the Canteen, we were

taken to a room in the Reserve Squadron, which

lows,” blue slacks, breeches, overalls, stable jackets and serge. We were not issued with a tunic until we had six months’ service, and all the recruits in stable jackets used to march behind the Regiment on church parade. In the evening, after we had finished our cleaning up——there was some cleaning up, too, with boots, spurs, sword and lance to be polished and burnished, and belts to be pipe clayed—the Canteen was a popular resort. The

Joined 1898 — still going strong!

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Canteens were run by the Regiment, and after morning parade we would get a “cheese rymer” (a crust of bread and cheese) for 1% . The Wet Canteen sold beer at 6d. the halfgallon can: you very rarely saw a man drinking on his own. We used to drink in firms, the can being passed round, and on the day before pay day the whole “school” contributed towards our sixpennyworth. Our food and living conditions in those days were rough—I don’t know what the young lads of today would have thought of it, but I expect they would have stuck it as we did—as one happy family. I could go on and on, but think I had better finish now, with my very best wishes to the Old Regiment. Yours sincerely, Joe LAWRENCE (Captain, Retired). (Capt. Lawrence has just very kindly pre— sented the Regiment with Cavalry Drill, 1898, and White’s Farriery, by fumes White, Vet. to the Regiment, 1797-1804).

CONTRIBUTIONS ' Contributions of Photographs, cartoons or articles of general interest are required for Next Year’s Eagle. Please send them to the Editor, The Royal Dragoons, B.A.O.R. 11.

Captain Joe

Lawrence. Dog and Pot Inn, Stoke Poges, Bucks.

I am voicing the opinion of all the Old Com— rades who were there that day when I say that the Regiment is as good as ever. The young lads made a wonderful show, and as we flew over the parade ground the lines looked abso—

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consisted of recruits and young horsemen. For our first ten days, while our uniform was being tailored, we did foot—drill in mufti and were shown the ropes by an old soldier. Eventually our kit arrived—Jack boots, Wellingtons, “high

The Editor, The Eagle. Dear Sir, I am enclosing the photograph taken when I was about to fly to Tidworth with the Field— Marshal for the presentation of the New Guidon to our Grand Old Regiment. It was a very proud moment for me—an Old Royal of 21 years’ service with the Regiment.

Ex-Farrier S/Sgt. B. Turp with the C.I.G.S.

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Dear Editor, You mention in The Eagle, which I get regularly, that you welcome letters and photographs of interest. Perhaps the following memories of my early days in The Regiment may interest some of the younger Royals, as well as the older Old Comrades who joined when I did. The accompanying photograph will show that 47 years with the Regiment and later the TA. have not done me much harm! Fifty-seven years ago the finest recruiting agent was the Full Dress, especially that of the Cavalry. In London most of the recruiting was done in Trafalgar Square. Recruiting Sergeants in Full Dress would stand by the posters depicting the various regiments which hung on the railings of the National Gallery. Those old recruiters could tell a good tale, and any likely-

Brigadier II.

Scott, I].S.0.

It was with the deepest regret that the Regi— ment learnt of the death on 24th January, 1955,

While commanding Gazala battle.

of Brigadier Henry Balfour Scott, D.S.O., at

Shortly after this, at the end of 1942, he left the Regiment to command the 4th C.L.Y., being given command of a brigade in North West Europe in 1944. Although the Regiment did not serve under him We were to see much of him in Germany just after the war.

the age of 47. He was gazetted to the Regiment in 1927, and from the first it was evident that he was to make a Cavalry Officer of exceptional ability. Always setting the highest standard for those who served under him, he never failed to sur— pass it himself. His example, strength of character and understanding of those he led, which made him such an outstanding officer in peacetime were an inspiration to those who served with him when war came. A talented horseman and a fine polo player, he took to mechanisation and armoured warfare with equal facility and success. His courage and leadership, always of the highest order, earned him the immediate award of the D.S.O.

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In the words of his obituary notice in The Times, “He was to his generation the perfect example of a regular Cavalry officer.” His great charm and his sense of humour Won him

countless friends, and to them his death is an irreparable loss, as it is to his Regiment and to all members of the O.C.A., whose reunions he attended so regularly. We extend our most sincere sympathy to Mrs. Scott and to his only son.


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M.B.E., M.C.—a French Officer who joined us for the duration of the war, under this punning pseudoym, as a Subaltern after the Fall of France in 1940. He did not tell me how he obtained it. Photography, in the middle of the last century was in its infancy; the photographs that

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have survived are in poor condition, and this one was no exception. I took it to the Victoria and Albert Museum to consult the expert there and he was quite hopeful that a good photo— grapher could make a sufliciently good copy for reproduction. He showed me several old photographs, which had been copied—many of them having been taken in the Crimea. I took our old photograph to Wallace Heaton Ltd., of New Bond Street, who produced a quite successful copy. E.M.

FAREWELL VISIT OF THE COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT Colonel F. W. Wilson FitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., paid the Regiment a visit in October.

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many ways it was a sad occasion, as it was his last visit to us before he handed over the Colonelcy to Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O., at the end of the year. The [Colonel and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald were met at the Hook of Holland and arrived at

Wesendorf in the evening of Wednesday, 20th

Photograph taken at Scutari, 1856.

R.S.M. Wilson, T.S.M. Tripp, T.S.M. Clements, T.S.M. Feldwick,

T.S.M. Norris.

We reproduce in this number of The Eagle a photograph taken at Scutari in 1856, just prior to the return of The Royal Dragoons from the Crimean War. The photograph depicts five noncommjssioned officers of the Regiment and what makes it more interesting is that their names are inscribed on the back. These names: R.S.M. Wilson, T.S.M.s Clements, Feldwick, Morris and Tripp, are all, with the exception of Wilson, mentioned in the memories of Clements, which were published in The Eagle in four quarterly numbers in 1932, under the title of “Captain George Clements, a Crimean Veteran,” together with a later photograph of him, shorn of his beard and whiskers. George Clements took Her Majesty’s Shilling from a Recruiting Sergeant of The Inniskilling Dragoons in Trafalgar Square on the 15th August, 1846; as this happened to be a Sunday, the Sergeant could not do more than present Clements with the Shilling, and told him to come to the Public House called “ The Hamp-

shire Hog ” in Charles Street, Westminster, and

used as a rendezvous by recruiting staffs, in order that his enlistment could be confirmed. Clements duly reported to the Inn on the following day, but the Inniskilling Sergeant never turned up; however, another Sergeant found him, took him off to be medically examined, and sworn in, giving him another shilling much to his surprise. It was only after everything was completed that Clements found that he was enlisted into “The Royals” and not “The Inniskillings,” and that The Royals’ Sergeant had put a quick one over the Inniskillings. Clements never heard anything more about the matter, and went over to Ireland to join the Regiment, in which he served for 34 years. He got his commission as Quartermaster in 1870 and retired with the rank of Captain in 1880. He became Secretary of the Norfolk Club in Nor— wich from which he retired after 29 years in 1913, and died in 1916. So far as I know, we have no record of his companions in the photo— graph. This old photograph was sent me by M.

October. Later the same evening the Colonel went to the finals of the Open Boxing Compe— tition, and after watching some excellent fights he very kindly presented the prizes to the winners, and the Robson Shield to “A” Squad— ron for the highest aggregate score in the Novices and Open Competitions. Immediately

after the boxing, the officers’ wives and the ladies of the W.V.S. were asked into the Officers’ Mess for supper to meet Colonel and Mrs. Wilson Fitz-Gerald. On Thursday morning the Colonel inspected the camp and in the evening he dined in the Officers’ Mess. He then paid a short visit to the Other Ranks’ Dance in the gymnasium. On Friday morning he addressed all ranks in the gymnasium. He said that his visit was a sad occasion for him as it marked the end of forty—six years of close connection 'with the Royals. He described the part played by the Royals at the Battle of Alamein twelve years before and said that he was confident that there was still that same Cavalry spirit in the Regiment as there always had been in its history of nearly three hundred years. In the afternoon the assault troops took part in a competition in which each section had to negotiate six obstacles in Battle Order, run 200 yards and then fire ten rounds on the 200 yards range. The competition was a great success and most sections completed the course in excellent time. Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald presented “B”

Squadron with the cup for the best aggregate score of all three sections; the third section of “ C ” Squadron had the best individual score. Saturday, the twelfth anniversary of the Battle of Alamein, was celebrated by a mounted parade. The Regiment was lined up in two ranks “crews-front ” along one side of the parade ground while the Colonel inspected us, and then the vehicles moved off by troops, wheeled twice and drove past the saluting base four abreast with their guns dipped in salute. After the parade, the guests who numbered over 100, were invited to lunch in the Officers’ Mess. The Regiment played the 2 R.H.A. at football in the afternoon, winning by 4 goals to 2; in the evening the Colonel visited the Sergeants’ Mess Dance where a bouquet was presented to Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald by Mrs. Thornton. On Sunday there was a special Church Service at which the Colonel read the lesson, and after lunch the whole Regiment lined up to cheer the Colonel as he and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald drove

away. Colonel Wilson FitzGerald was gazetted to the Regiment in 1908 when it was in India. An excellent horseman who was later to become an instructor at Weedon and an all—round sportsman (he was a mainstay of the Cricket team throughout his service) he found India an ideal introduction to the military life at which he was to excel. After taking part in the arduous and unpleasant duties arising from the Johannesburg Riots in 1913, the Regiment left South Africa for home. During this voyage Lt. (as he then was) Wilson FitzGerald took over the Adjutancy. He held this appointment until 1917, a period which saw the Regiment move from England to Flanders to join the Cavalry Division, their introduction to trench warfare and some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Colonel Wilson FitzGerald’s


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Ernest Makins as Colonel in October, 1946. During the next eight years he and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald frequently visited the Regiment in Germany. Notable events during his Colonelcy were the inspection at Chester by our late

In December, 1931, ten years after his pro—

Colonel-in-Chief, H.M. King George VI, in

motion to Major, he took command of the Regi-

1950, and the presentation of a new Guidon at Tidworth last year. All those who served in the Regiment with him, and during his Colonelcy, will remember with gratitude his unceasing work for the good of the Regiment. We look forward to seeing Colonel and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald whenever they come to visit their son now serving in the Regiment.

ment at Secunderabad. His four years of command were notable for the efficiency and success the Regiment achieved in all its activities both at work and sport. On relinquishing command of the Regiment in 1935, Colonel Wilson FitzGerald retired from the Army, He succeeded Brigadier-General Sir

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On 9th December, 1954, Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O., was appointed Colonel of the Regiment to which he had been gazetted just 30 years earlier. Between 1924 and 1949 when he was promoted Brigadier, he served in Egypt, India, the Middle East and North West Europe with only brief intervals Of duty away from the Regiment. He was in command at the time of the Battle of El Alamein, the Rhine Crossing, and again from 1947—1949.

To nearly all who read this 7014mm he will be a well—known figure. An inspiring personality, a wonderful sense of humour and a brilliant gift of leadership made success seem inevitable; low morale was an impossibility under his command. After an equitation course at Weedon, Lt. Pepys, as he then was, accompanied the Regiment to Egypt in 1927. There he became A.D.C. to the G.O.C., graduating as it were in 1929 to being appointed A.D.C. to H.E. The Viceroy of

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India—an appointment which reflected considerable honour on the Regiment and one for which he was admirably suited. A fine horseman and having an excellent eye, he played polo regularly for the Regimental teams which had such resounding success during the tour in India. He became Adjutant in 1935 and after a short spell as Staff Officer to the D.G.T.A., rejoined the Regiment in Palestine, As Squadron Leader he took “A” Squadron up to the desert just four months after mechanisation had been ordered, commanding the first party from the Regiment in active operations against the enemy. In December, 1941, he became 2 i/c, taking over command from Lt.—Col. Joy in September, 1942, a month before El Alamein. It was largely due to his planning that the Regiment’s part in this battle met with such success, and he received the award of a D.S.O. shortly afterwards.

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Army Medical Services. In the interval he served on the Military Mission in Washington and commanded the 6Ist Training Regiment at Barnard Castle. After landing in Normandy as G.S.O. I (Liaison) 7th Armoured Division just after D Day, he rejoined the Regiment as second—in-command in Holland in September 1944, and took over command in January, 1945. With a year’s break (during which he attended the Stafl College) in 1946, he commanded the Regiment until January, 1949—a period which saw the Rhine Crossing, VE Day and the Liberation of Denmark.

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Brigadier Pepys then relinquished command on being promoted to command 22nd Armoured Brigade, T.A. On his retirement in 1951, he became Secretary of the British Field Sports Society, devoting his time to the protection of those sports which have taken a place in his life second only to his Regiment. In 1952 he was appointed to the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.

in which he was travelling was bIOWn up on an old minefield, severely wounding him and causing the loss of his left foot. It is typical of him that in spite of such a wound, his one thought was to rejoin the Regiment. This he achieved in under two years despite the opposition of the

When his appointment as Colonel was announced the Regiment sent this telegram: “We are delighted to be serving again under your command ”—a message which will be echoed by all Royal Dragoons.

RECOLLECTIONS OF BALACLAVA BY W. KEYTE, Late Troop-Sergeant-Maior, The Royal Dragoons N 13th November the Royal Dragoons were detailed in Brigade Orders to furnish the outlying picket on the 14th, a duty which required one Subaltern, two Sergeants, two Corporals and 36 Privates. This order was copied into the Regimental Order book. Capt. P., with the Non—Commissioned Officers and,

men for the duty, were ordered the same afternoon. Rations, etc., were served out, except the rum, which was to be issued the following morning; had it been given out the same day it would have been consumed too quickly. The picket was increased to form an outlying picket by day and a double inlying picket by night. The morning of the 14th broke cold and dull. The Brigade turned out, as usual, about daylight and remained mounted till Lord Lucan returned With his patrol from reconnoitring the outposts. Before he returned the wind began to blow with great force and rain came down in torrents. On his return Lord Lucan found the Brigade drenched, and dismissed the men to the lines, which in the meantime had become something like a swamp. As soon as the horses were made

fast to their picket lines the wind increased to a gale, and gradually till it reached a perfect hurricane. The men inside their tents kept their backs against the canvas, trying their utmost to keep the tent bellied out, but all to no purpose, and tent after tent was blown down till only two remained standing in the whole Regi-ment. During the destruction and roar of the storm the men were full of jokes and good humour and were willing to do anything for the best; between nine and ten o’clock the storm began to moderate. But what a plight men and horses were in. If fame could be attached to being stuccoed with mud and dirt, then we were all famous that day. Amidst all these difficulties the men for the picket were ready mounted about ten o’clock and were paraded by the Adjutant. Capt.

Wheatcroft, of the Inniskilling Dragoons, took command and inspected the men and horses.

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Advance by files from the right; walk march.” On arriving on the picket ground (near N0. 4 Redoubt) vedettes were posted, the old picket relieved, and dismounted horses linked together, by which time we began to feel that our wet clothing was anything but comfortable. Nevertheless, most of the men were cheerful, and our Captain (a smart Cavalry Officer, and a thorough soldier) appeared quite happy, which set us a good example. We were not on the ground above an hour or so when it commenced to snow rather heavily, and the ground was covered to a depth of several inches. The vedettes were relieved every half—hour, and the pickets mounted and dismounted frequently in order to keep the blood in circulation. The Captain noticing several of the men were looking rather shaky, asked if some of us could not make a fire. (Previous to 25th October fires and smoking were forbidden on picket). Some old thistletops and weeds were show— ing above the snow close to us, and enough were rooted up to make a fire. There was an old araba or country waggon about 100 yards from us which had not been left in our charge, but which had been abandoned through the in— clemency of the weather. When the Captain saw it, he said “I believe that that araba be« longs to the camp on the hill; it must not be touched.” At the same time he smiled and turned his back; some of the fellows took this as a hint, and in a few minutes four stalwart fellows came up to the fire and relieved them— selves of what was the body of the araba broken into fragments. The Captain, looking serious, said, “I hope you fellows have not destroyed the araba,” and looked in the direction where the wheels were; the other part had been piled on the fire. For a moment, he looked angry. “The very thing I cautioned you not to do,” said he. “ Now you’ve done the mischief make a good fire.”

One of the men picked up an indiarubber bed, marked “ W. S. Coney, Royal Dragoons,” which had been blown on to the plain during the storm, and which now made a seat for the Officers at the fire, who sat on the lee side and in consequence got badly smoked. Several of the men also sat down to get a warm at the fire, but it was a mistake, for when they moved away they got chilled and benumbed and became almost helpless; in fact, two men had to be sent back to the Regiment unfit for duty and were replaced by two others. At the same time a ration of grog was sent to us from the Regi— ment, which was gladly received, and the Captain’s servant bringing out some refreshment

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for his master, he very kindly distributed it among some of the shaky men. The weather had now considerably abated, and the afternoon wore away without further incident. In the evening the picket mounted, numbered off, and were equally divided. Capt. Wheatcroft took the right division, the Subaltern the left; the Captain’s party took up their right ground near our lines, the Subaltern (with myself as Senior Sergeant) marched and took up his right ground inside the Greek churchyard at Balaclava; the priest’s house had been recently converted into a hospital for the 93rd Highlanders. We dismounted and gave our horses a feed, which the poor animals badly needed. Our young Subaltern was rather unwell from exposure all day; the refreshment which his servant brought he kindly gave me to divide with the men. At the same time our thoughtful Adjutant sent the remainder of the rum to us, one gill to each man which was received with joy. The grog came at a most opportune time, together with a camp— kettle of boiling tea, made and given to us by the hospital cook of the 93rd (good 93rdl). That kettle of tea I always consider to have been the essence of hospitali—tea. It was mar— vellous to see how animated we all became after the inward man was refreshed and warmed up. Our young Officer was so cold and unwell that he was allowed to lie down on the hospital boards, having given me the necessary orders, and when the patrols went out and returned or if anything went wrong I was to let him know. I took charge of the first party and patrolled across Balaclava plain, and having reported all correct to Capt, Wheatcroft, I returned to my division of the picket and reported to my Officer half—an-hour after I left. The Captains similar party patrolled to Balaclava, reported, etc., and so on, the parties patrolling the plain all night. The night was bitterly cold with severe frost, and icicles hung from our beards; the moon showed out occasionally and lit us up. Nothing of importance happened beyond a couple of horses slipping down on the frozen pools, which were covered with snow, and giving their riders the trouble to get them up again. My comrade, Sgt. Hill, narrowly escaped having his leg broken by his horse falling on to him. However, his party got him up all right minus his right boot, which had come off in the struggle. A nice predicament to be in at 2 p.m., with the thermometer about 18 degrees below freezing

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ever, we got through that cold night with no serious casualties. I am glad to say our young officer was well enough to march his party to join the Captain’s on the day picket ground next morning, which was fine with bright sun shining. A fire was made from roots and grass, snow melted in the mess tins, and tea was made, which, although it was not good, was hot and refreshing, and for the time being a stimulant. Of a sudden the vedettes near N0. 4 Redoubt began to circle. Our Captain and the picket were mounted in a moment; the former tried to gallop to the picket, but his horse sulked and would not leave the picket (no time to shoulder in). “Will you please exchange horses, sir?” “ Yes; dismount.” The Captain galloped off to the Redoubt, whence he soon discovered a body of the enemy’s horsemen advancing in the direction of the causeway over the hill; he returned, advanc— ing the front rank of the picket in skirmishing order, the rear rank acting as a support, and the picket moved forward about 200 yards. By this time the enemy had come over the hill, halted, and took up their position between No. 2 and No. I Redoubts (Canrobert’s Hill); several of

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them dismounted, and appeared to us to be marking out ground for some purpose. They

remained about three-quarters of an hour, mounted, and retired. From what we heard soon after, it was a reconnaissance party under General Liprandi and the two Russian Grand Dukes. We retired to our picket ground and dismounted. Nothing more of note happened till we were relieved about midday. No doubt the enemy entertained the idea that after such a dreadful storm on the previous day our cavalry would not be much on the alert as usual. If they did imagine such a thing they were disappointed, for Lord Lucan and his staff were ready for any emergency very early on that morning. I can say that our cavalry would have been glad to have another rub at them before we changed our line and encamped on better ground. In conclusion, I must say I feel most thankful to a kind and merciful Providence for having spared me for 41 years since that dreadful storm which caused so much destruction on the land and sea. I feel convinced that any man who is now surviving, and who served in Her Majesty’s Forces on 14th November, r854, will never forget that terrible hurricane.

THE ROYAL DRAGOONS AID SOCIETY The following is an extract from the Annual Report for 1953/54:— Finance. The accounts for the year show that the financial position of the Fund is in a very healthy state, there being an excess of Income over Expenditure of 7£102/9/—. Income from subscription increased slightly, the amount received being £133/2/—. A donation of £8/6/- was received from the Regiment being a percentage of certain funds allotted to Charities on their voyage home. During the year the sum of £750 was invested in 337? Defence Bonds. Two donations were made during the year, one to the Royal Soldiers’ Daughters’ Home and thc other to the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association. The rebate of Income Tax recovered on Covenants decreased considerably, tlte amount received being £51/3/10, as against £81 in the previous year. The balance of the Comforts Fund stands at £610/7/ro. Cases. Applications for assistance increased this year, 40 were received, of which 9 were refused, 5 otherwise assisted and 3 withdrawn, giving a total of 23 monetary grants made. Financial assistance was given for removal

expenses, funeral expenses, rent arrears and hire purchase arrears, and in one instance a small weekly allowance was made towards the cost of a widow in a home. The amount expended on the 23 grants was £167/18/4, which averages {7/6/- per grant. The Committee are indebted to the R.A.C. War Memorial Benevolent Fund for their con— tinued co—operarion. Employment. The task of finding employment for ex—members of the Regiment falls on the National Association for the Employment of Ex—Regulars, who during the year under review placed 22 Ex—Royals in suitable positions. This organisation is widely known and has many contacts with large public and busi— ness concerns. Discharged soldiers and those about to take their discharge should bear this Association in mind, for advice and assistance is always available for those who apply. The thanks of the Committee are due to Brigadier R. Peakc, the Office Visitor, for his work on behalf of the Society during the year. The Committee also wish to place on record the

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“A” SQUADRON In our last notes we wrote how we were looking forward to the fleshpots of Germany after the comfortless shelter of Egyptian tents and Tidworth’s draughty huts. Although it was not long after our arrival here that we were exercising the soldiers’ privilege to grumble, none of the few remaining veterans of the Canal Zone deny that we are now comfortably installed so far as accommodation goes. The radiators with their little cans of water, unlike the coke fires of Tidworth, can at least be adjusted to a reasonable temperature and those who remem— ber Egypt find it delightful to have plenty of windows to break, to the despair of the Secondin—Command and the joy of the German contractors—who incidentally delight to trample over the colourful flower beds laid out so well by Cpl. Gill. Before we left Tidworth, those of.us who were not on leave, or like certain members of S.H.Q. absent without leave, had the pleasure of seeing

the Squadron Cross—Country Team win the annual competition. This proved to be a good omen for our Sports in B.A.O.R. for we went on to win the Cross Country again in Germany. This was followed by a notable success in the Inter-Squadron Boxing. This was an event to be particularly proud of us none of us had any great experience in the Ring. Our next achievement in" the sporting world was when H.Q. Troop won the Inter-Troop Football. This team played 23 games, losing only one of them;

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to keep contact with the Squadron at remarkable distances during schemes. In the realm of D and M we have been very busy dividing our efforts between keeping the cars on the road for a succession of schemes, and an almost continual search for the Squadron Leader’s bicycle which many people think is better lost. Fortunately, in spite of our rather embarrassing position in the Accident Competition, and the very large mileage done by our drivers, we have had no serious mishaps. Unlike another Squadron, We prefer to keep our Daimlers with all wheels on the ground and not pointing skywards. Even the drivers fresh from Carlisle seem to know this rule. Our annual trip to the Ranges last year took place in pouring rain which never let up once. However, we were kept warm by a conflagration in the Oflicers’ Cookhouse tent which took place whilst we were all admiring another cheerful blaze on the next range caused by a tank belong— ing to another Cavalry Regiment catching fire. The only other incident to relieve the general gloom brought on by the appalling weather at Hohne was the sight of the Squadron Leader being washed out of his tent by a small river which took the wrong turning during the night. On a more serious note our performance on Exercises, in particular “ Battle Royal,” has been well up to the usual high standard of work and

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intelligence expected of the Squadron and the Regiment. Many members of the Squadron have left us, including one Assault Trooper, whom we lost for two days whilst on an exercise. S.S.M. Bradley has rejoined us after a long absence and we are also glad to welcome back Sgt. Howley. To the great regret of all S.Q.M.S. Hards has had to leave us having contracted tuberculosis. Our greatest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Hards and her family, and we confidently hope to see Mr. Hards back with us soon, as latest reports say that he is doing very well in hospital. The leave resources of Germany have not yet been fully exploited although many of us have been to Bad Harzburg for the ski-ing, and to Brunswick and Hamburg for other entertainments. Now that most people can make themselves understood a little in German, there will probable be more members of the Squadron making friends with our new allies and travel— ling rather further to see some of the more famous sights, and pleasanter views of this country than those of Luneburg Heath. In closing, we wish the Squadron continued success in all that it undertakes throughout the year, and hope that the new members of the Squadron who have just joined us will carry on the example set by their predecessors.

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Squadron Competition for the Scissors Cup to hold off a strong challenge from the other Sabre Squadrons. Unfortunately, H.Q. Squadron, with a very strong team, took the Cup comfortably, though five medals went to members of this Squadron. The success of H.Q. Squadron was no doubt due to the fact that Capt. Fabling has left us to command them and also to get married; a com— bination of events regretted by all of us, except possibly by Capt. Fabling. The old S.H.Q. which has stuck together for so long is also breaking up. Cpl. Crowson has left us, but writes that he may be back—an

example which many old members of the Squadron may well follow. Indeed, L/Cpl. Best found “Civvy Street” too energetic and has returned. Cpl. Kempton has been sent to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, but to make up for this Cpl. Leese has returned from exile and already has established an illegal amateur wireless station somewhere in the roof of the Squadron Block from which it has been possible

(With some apologies to Keats)

My back aches, and the gentle dripping of my nose Bids fair to drown the steady hum of drizzling rain Which, from some unknown source, ceaselessly flows Towards the one and only unblocked drain. In damp secluded spots mosquitos breed And nightly sally forth to dine upon those Unprotected Royals on whose blood they feed And on whose morning lumps practise the MOs. Tis Summer here in Wesendorf. The pine trees drip: Migrating birds book early seats to warmer

parts And those with nests look forward to the trip To cosy spots, in Gifhorn or perhaps the Harz.

The Sergeants’ Mess have stoutly held the view That atom bombs, exploded far from here Have caused this havoc to the world they knew And, worse than death, may yet affect the beer,

As each day dawns upon this gloomy place There’s no need to look out to know its raining And Tangier Horsemen, in this year of grace Can only keep their sanity by hours of training.

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“ B ” SQUADRON Our scribe opened last year’s notes, at Tid— worth, by saying “ It is hard to believe that it is April in England, the weather is shocking and the frost has hardly cleared 05 the grass at Mathew Barracks.” As our Squadron notes go to press in March, 1955, the weather is somewhat worse than shocking and it would be no exaggeration to say that the snow, drifting in places over a foot deep, has hardly cleared of the grass in Combermere Barracks since last December. With the thermometer showing 28 degrees of frost now and then, those of us whose only winter soldiering has been in Egypt, have to brush up on our frost precautions. However, many have seized the excellent opportunities that the nearness of the Harz Mountains offer, to take up ski—ing, and ice hockey is the local winter sport on a home—made rink in camp. There has been a considerable turn—over of Officers since we left England. Capt. Hodgson gave up command of the Squadron to assume the gargantuan task of commanding “HQ.” Squadron. Major Macdonald, his successor, joined the Squadron in July. 2/Lts. Walker and Black left us at the end of their National Service in September and October to join the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. 2 / Lt. Clowes arrived in time for the Army manoeuvres, with 2/Lt. Hart-Dyke, who was shortly followed by 2/Lt. Thellusson. Lt. Burnside joined us from “ C ” Squadron, for a short and sweet sojourn as acting second—in-command during Capt. Bucknall’s absence on leave in England. Lt. Matterson joined us in January very “clued up ” after a year’s T.T.O.’s course at Bovington. In early March we said good—bye to S.S.M. Joyce and his family on their way to join the permanent staff of the Fife and Forfar Yeamanry; we wish them all the best of luck in their new appointment; and welcome S.S.M. Finch and his wife who have arrived to take their place. Early last Spring, Sgt. Evans left us to return to “HQ.” in his old job as police sergeant, and S.Q.M.S. Brennan left shortly after him to join the 67th Training Regiment in England, after handing over the S.Q.M.S. department to S.Q.M.S. Lynd—good luck to them both! ‘Many young Regulars and National Service Men have come and gone since last June; we welcome the new arrivals and wish all the very best of luck to our friends who have left us. Among the many we shall miss are Sgt. Kenny, L/Cpl. Shacklock, L/Cpl, Bennett, L/Cpl. Finnis, Tpr. Ridlington, Tpr. Connelly, Tpr.

Taylor 906, Tpr. Griffiths and many others. We take this opportunity of saying a rather belated “ welcome ” to some newcomers to our permanently attached fitters and Royal Signals sec— tion: Cpl. Peacock, Signalman Saunders and his wife, L/Cpl. Chilvers and Cfn. Odger; and we heartily congratulate S/Sgt. Hill, Tpr. Butler and Tpr. Dickinson on their marriages and wish them every happiness.

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airfield,” which although it will never be immortalised in verse, compares well with “ How they brought the news from Aix t0 Ghent ” and other epics! It gave us all a sense of achievement, after motoring about for ten days in the rain, trying to beat the umpires and get to grips with our friends the Belgians who were representing the enemy.

SPORTS AND COMPETITIONS Support Troop provided the winners of the El Alamein day assault troop competition, which was watched by The Colonel of The Regiment,

Col. Wilson FitzGerald, on his farewell visit. L/Cpl. Harvey and Tpr. Grifliths in the Han.

THE GREAT OUT-DOORS We found ourselves in the thick of summer training shortly after our arrival in this theatre and, after a short period, soon shook the sand out of our boots and returned to the familiar routines of operating in Europe. The culminating scheme of the year was, of course, the Army exercise “ Battle Royal.” When, to quote the old jingle “a little bit of heaven fell from out the skies above,” and “A” Squadron were temporarily atomised, we leapt (once more) into the breach, and apart from a brief 12 hours’ rest were operating all the time. The highlight of this exercise for us, was the “ dash to Gutersloh

In the Regimental swimming sports we had a close competition in the Squadron relay with “C” Squadron and, after a tie, Tpr. Scully was unfortunately beaten in the swim off. We missed Major Armitage and S.Q.M.S. Brennan very much here!

In the Regimental Novices Boxing Competition, Tpr. Cartmell was adjudged the best boxer in the final. The Squadron was also the close winner of the Regimental Drill Competition. Tpr. Syme, who recently joined Administrative Troop, has proved himself in the football world by being chosen to play for the Regiment in the B.A.O.R. Cup final. L/Cpl. Lyon was a reserve. The match is reported elsewhere in The Yournal. Looking back to May, 1954, when we de— trained at Celle, and motored into Combermere Barracks, it has been a busy year for the Squadron; the E1 Alamein day mounted parade, summer manoeuvres, the “Part Two Inspection ” have all kept us hard at it. Many of our friends have gone and new faces are always appearing, but the old core still soldiers on! So in closing, let us say “ roll out the old, and bring' in the new, and to all you “B” Squadron men, past, present and future—Good Luck! ”

The Makins Shield The results of The Makins Shield for 1954 were as follows :— ISt “C” Squadron 170 points 2nd “B” Squadron 134 points 3rd “HQ.” Squadron 129 points 4th “A” Squadron 69 points The Old Comrades Shield for Driving and Maintenance was not competed for owing to

the move from Egypt, and only half of the Drill Competition was completed for the same reason. Results so far for 1955, with about half the events to be decided, are:— Ist “B” Squadron 56% points 2nd “C” Squadron 51% points 3rd “A” Squadron 44 points 4th “H.Q.” Squadron 27% points


Dear Tom, old boy, I have been here only three weeks, so far, but already I find it a smashing place. We have a good picture—house which shows all the latest features—even Cinemascope—and a N.A.A.F.I. which serves all sorts of cream cakes and things. It’s got a bar too, and we go down every night and knock ’em back. This German beer (they call it “ Bier ”) has got quite a kick but it’s good stuff. I managed seven pints the other night, so you can see I have already got my drinking legs! I am also interested in one of the N.A.A.F.I. girls; she is a redhead and really smashing, called Anita and quite often she takes me to her home, so last week I took her ski-ing in the mountains (I can ski like anything now) and this week we are going again. We go in a Volks— wagen which you can hire for only sixpence— and you have a chauffeur thrown in too. When we aren’t in the N.A.A.F.I. We have Squadron smokers and dances nearly every week. I took Anita to one of those too, and we get famous jazz bands down to entertain us quite often. It’s smashing out here and there isn’t any discipline at all—we don’t do parades or guards or anything. I bet you wish you were here too. Write to me soon and tell me what it is like back in civvy-street—you poor sap! Your “ regular friend,”

HARRY. P.S. The food in the cookhouse is far better than I get at home, He took out an envelope, addressed it and put on a stamp and then started another letter after much thought: Dear Mum, Thank you for your letter; no I was not home— sick or seasick coming over here and I like the camp very much. So far we haven’t done very much except the odd drill parade and guard, but by now I am an old soldier and those don’t worry me. We work every day on the armoured cars and the Squadron Leader told me the other day that he is already impressed by my progress and is going to give me a strip-e. He said I might get another one soon, too.

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There isn’t much to do here really, but that doesn’t worry me, because there is a good library and I spend most of my spare time in the evenings in there, reading and writing. We have a Navy, Army and Air Force Institute canteen here (N.A.A.F.I. for short), and sometimes I go in there for a cup of tea (it has a German staff) usually when I know the Padre will

be there as well. I go to church every Sunday morning and may join the Regimental choir. I haven’t been able to go out of camp yet, because we have to arrange transport, as we are such a long way from a town, and every time I want it, it is being used for the Regimental soccer team (they are very keen on sport here), but I hope that I shall be able to get out a week on Saturday. Well, Mum, I must close now as we have to get on parade. Please write soon. With love from, HARRY. P.S. I hope your rheumatism is a bit better. He put down his pen, sealed up the envelope and looked for a stamp. As he did so the door opened and Lofty came in; a tall youth with a miserable expression permanently printed on his face. “Lend me a stamp till Friday night,” said Harry. ‘ “ Can’t. Sorry. No money. Are you coming to the N.A.A.F.I.” “I can borrow some money from Charlie.” “I can’t yet. It’s Staff Parade at 9.30, and I haven’t put all my kit together yet.” “ How many more days have you got left?” “Ten, if I don’t get charged again tonight. I ask you, fourteen days’ jankers, just for sleeping on guard!” Lofty looked at his watch. “You know, I think we ought to go to the beer bar one of these nights. Lots of people do,” he said. “ That red-head in the N.A.A.F.I. got my cup of tea for me again last night; I think I’ll say hello to her tonight,” said Harry. “ One of these days I think I’ll go out of the camp. It might be something to do! ” “Maybe, but I’m not keen.” Lofty turned and opened the door. “ Anything you want doing?” “ No, it’s all right, thanks. Cheerio.” “Cheerio.” Lofty went out and then suddenly put his head round the door again. “ How long have you got to push now?” “ Only thirty-two months,” said Harry. “Lucky so-and—so.” Lofty closed the door and left Harry to his blancoing.

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N a small barrack room in the middle of Germany, a young soldier sat writing, his bed littered with pieces of webbing, newly cleaned. This is what he wrote: 568 Tpr. Batchett, H. T., “ B ” Squadron, ' 51/31 R.D.H., B.A.O.R. 65.

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The British contingent, which formed part of the United Nations of the mid-nineteenth century against Russia in the Crimea, was com— posed of five infantry divisions and one cavalry division. The cavalry were commanded by the Earl of Lucan and consisted of a Heavy Brigade and a Light Brigade, each of ten squadrons. Lower Establishments being no new thing to the British Army it took five regiments to make up the ten squadrons. Once again tE-e Royals found themselves serving alongside the other regiments of the Union Brigade of Waterloo, together with .the 4th and 5th D.G.s The Brigade was commanded by Brigadier—General Scarlett. The Royals embarked at Liverpool in six small sailing vessels between Ioth May and 30th May, 1854, and the last to leave did not arrive at Varna on the coast of Bulgaria until 8th July. An officer of the regiment who served throughout the campaign has said: “ It was intimated that horses and men could be drafted from other regiments to complete the required strength; but the state of efficiency of the Royal Dragoons was at that time, as I believe it has always been since, such that it required no external assistance; and in this, I fancy, it was our boast that we stood alone of all the regi— ments of the Cavalry Division.” He himself travelled in the sailing vessel “Pedestrian.” He writes, “Our chief anxiety, of course, was about our horses, but the adop—

tion of a good system of treatment from the beginning resulted in our accomplishing the voyage of something over three thousand miles with only one casualty.” Arrived at Constantinople, the Regiment were ordered to Varna and the ships were towed through the Bosphorus with little incident other than a mutiny of the ship’s crew of the “ Pedestrian.” “ With ball cartridge, prepare to load ” ordered the Troop Leader to six troopers. “ Each man made a half turn to the left; each right hand sought each pouch box and, seizing a cartridge, waited for the next word, ‘Load.’ The charges were driven home and the ramrods rattled back into their places and the six men faced to their front and came to the ‘carry.’ ‘Prime—Ready,’ shouted the Troop Leader” and that was enough for the mutineers. On reaching Bulgaria the main occupation of the Regiment was endeavouring to recover “The

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from the voyage out. This was not made easy by the lack of rations for both men and horses and by the incidence of cholera. However, on 26th September they embarked for the Crimea. That evening a gale blew. “Large quantities of water found its way below amongst the terrified troop horses. First a horse or two fell and rolled under the feet of their neighbours. All efforts to get them on their feet again were unavailing and soon a struggling mass of terrified horses was rolling from side to side. To crown our misfortunes the spar—deck gave way, the heavy spars falling in and crushing the animals beneath during a more than extraordinary roll of the vessel.” Of 110 horses only II survived the night to land at the Bospltorus before transferring to a steamer which brought them to Balaclava by 4th October. On arrival 75 horses were received from the Light Brigade, which enabled the Regiment to mount its second squadron.

II BALACLAVA Patrolling was now the main duty of the regiment and this continued in bitterly cold weather until 25th October. On this day the Cavalry Division had stood to as usual half an hour before dawn, when a message came to say that the Russians were advancing in force, and so, instead of the expected “dismiss” to a much desired breakfast, the Heavy Brigade received the order “draw swords” and the word to advance. “Day had fairly broken when the first line of the enemy had reached the foot of Can— robert’s Hill, the entrenchment on the summit of which was firing its corronades pretty rapidly. Shortly afterwards came the sharp pattering of musketry, the smoke of which was the only thing we could see, when all of a sud— den, Without any apparent reason, a cloud of disorganised soldiery rushed pell mell down the southern slope towards our leading regiments. We soon made these out to be Turks, and the sight of our allies, of whose good qualities behind entrenchments we had always heard, running away from the Russian attack had not a very inspiriting effect on our breakfastless interiors, Whilst not being at the moment aware of the overpowering Russian force we vented our indignation in loud anathemas on the nimble Turks, who were pursued down the hill by swarms of Cossack Lancers, who perhaps did more to terrify than inflict actual loss.”


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the right flank of the Russian line. The charge was most effective. The right wing of the enemy broke and fled. Col. Yorke kept the regiment together, and together the troops bore down on the main body behind. Seconds later the 4th Dragoon Guards struck the enemy to the left of the Royals as the whole mass of enemy began to break and lose formation. In a moment they were in flight. Near at hand the Light Brigade watched the retreating Russians and were eager to complete

the rout. Unfortunately their commander, Lord

Had the Russians pressed their advantage the port of Balaclava must have been in very real danger. Fortunately the 93rd Highlanders blocked the road and repulsed the Russian attack with great gallantry. Meanwhile the Earl of Lucan had received the order “ Eight Squadrons of Heavy Dragoons to be detached towards Balaclava to support the Turks, who are wavering.” Brigadier-General Scarlett, therefore, moved off with the Heavy Brigade, less the Royals who were required to remain with the Cavalry Division. His route took him across the front of a huge mass of advancing Russian cavalry which could not yet be seen because of the Causeway Heights. Sud» denly he looked to his left and there saw this vast array of horsemen bearing down upon him. General Scarlett and his Heavy Cavalry Brigade were now about to perform “ one of the great feats of cavalry against cavalry in the

history of Europe.” There were some 4,000 Russian cavalry on the slope only a few hundred yards away. Scarlett gave the order to his 300 troopers “ Left wheel into line." Because of the broken nature of the ground it took some time for the men to form up. Troop Officers dressed and

redressed the line as though they were on a ceremonial parade. Meanwhile the mass of Russian cavalry descended towards them. Then surprisingly the Russian Cavalry halted while two wings were thrown out to encircle tlte British. Scarlett took up his position in do centre of the front line, drew his sword and ordered his trumpeter to sound the charge. For a few moments the pace was slow, for the Heavy Brigade had to pick their way over the broken ground. Then they were clear and the Greys and the Inniskillings crashed into the Russians, followed a moment later by the 5th Dragoon Guards. “How can such a handful resist, much less make headway through such a legion? ” wrote an eye witness. “ Their huge flanks lap round that handful, and almost hide them from our View. They are surrounded and must be annihilated! ” Nieanwhile the Royals were in an agony of impatience at being left with the Cavalry Division. The sight of the Union Brigade dis— appearing into the Russian mass was too much for them to endure. A cry was raised by our men, “By God, the old Greys are cut off! ” Their trumpets sounded the gallop and, with ranks imperfectly formed, the regiment charged

Cardigan, felt it his duty to remain where he was in obedience to orders issued earlier in the day. He was heard to remark “ These damned Heavies will have the laugh of us this day.” As it was, the enemy started to remove the British guns from the redoubts captured from the Turks. To prevent this the dubious order was issued, which being misunderstood, sent the Light Brigade to disaster. The original intention was to employ the Royals and Greys on this task, but “ Somebody said ‘ Let the Light Cavalry go on,’ and on they went between two flank fires to take some guns in front; we followed at a trot.” The Royals now came under a heavy fire from skirmishers on their right front, whilst the fire from the enemy batteries was causing many casualties. The Heavy Brigade was accordingly halted to cover the Light Brigade’s retreat. “ The whole ground round us seemed literally torn up with missiles and one wondered how it was that so few men were hit. I heard a smart young trumpeter, named Aslett, come up to the Troop Sergeant—Major and say ‘What shall I do now, SergeantaMajor? ’ His right arm had been torn off by a round shot at the shoulder and was hanging down supported by the sleeve of his coatee. It was during the next few minutes that Yorke, Elmsall, Campbell and Hartrepp were wounded.” About this time the French Fourth Chasseurs d’Afrique executed a brilliant charge over the near slopes of the Fedioukhine heights, which drove away the batteries pounding the left flank of the Regiment. A little later Lord Lucan gave the order to retire and the Royals returned to the position from which they had started and were at last able to take their breakfast. The Heavy Brigade charge, leSs publicized than the gallant but unfruitful exploit of the Light Brigade, had been a remarkable achieve— ment. The Heavies had routed many times their own number and so great was the moral ascendcncy gained that Russian Squadrons would no longer keep their ground at the approach of British cavalry.

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If the Regiment had not charged when and where they did the result of the action might well have been different. As it was the resolute impact of the Royal Dragoons upon the enemy

once again assured the victory to the Union Brigade. It was the intention to have had Col. Yorke severely censured for leading a brilliant and successful charge without orders!

However, as

he had his leg removed by a round shot later in the day the proposed censure for use of initiative never materialized.

III For the next few days alarms were frequent as it was believed that the Russians would

resume the attack.

On 5th November, at the

battle of Inkerman, the cavalry were posted in support, the Royals being in rear of the French Infantry on the heights above the plain of Balaclava. Once it became apparent that no threat was intended to the port the regiment was ordered to Inkerman where it remained until the close of the action. Throughout November men and horses suffered severely from the bitter cold. On 14th November torrential rain fell, the wind blew and finally developed into a gale of tremendous force. Tents blew away, not one was left standing and at 2 a.m. it began to snow. The gale killed a dozen horses of the Regiment from exposure and the men’s health suffered seriously. Cold and exposure, monotonous rations, lack of fresh vegetables and meat led to dysentery, jaundice and scurvy. At the same time lack of transport necessitated the use of cavalry chargers as beasts of burden. This told heavily on the underfed and frozen animals, the Royals losing 30 in the month of January. With the spring conditions improved, drafts and reinforcements arrived from England and the regiment was brought up to strength. Acti— vity, however, did not lessen, picquets and outpost duty, if anything, increased. In September, Sevastopol was at last stormed with success, the Royals being in support. Thereafter peace nego— tiations were begun. On I 5th November the regiment embarked at Balaclava for Scutari where they remained until May 13, 1856, when they sailed for England by steamer, arriving at Portsmouth at the end of the month. A General Order dated 16th October, 1855, reads, “The Queen has been graciously pleased to command that in commemoration of the gallant conduct of the Regiment, the words ‘Balaclava’ and ‘ Sevastopol’ be borne on the standards.”


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It is extremely difficult to know exactly when one football season ends and the new one com— mences, but we will endeavour to give accounts of the game since the arrival of the Regiment

in Germany until the Cavalry Cup Final which was played on Easter Monday, I955. During the summer months there was great activity with the competition for the Inter— Troop Cup. A total of 24 Troops entered for this competition and each Troop had to play each other once. To carry out this programme it was necessary to use two football grounds each day with at least two games on each ground and sometimes three games being played. However, the competition Went extremely well and A— H.Q. were worthy winners, being beaten only by the Q.M. Group, who were the runners-up in the competition. During August the Regimental team started playing friendly matches and were entered for the Army Cup, the Cavalry Cup, 7 Armoured Divisional Cup and the Divisional League. Below we give the result of the matches played

in the various competitions, and we should like to take this opportunity of congratulating all the players on the successful season, and very very much regret that they were unable to add their

names to the Cavalry Cup for the first time. THE ARMY CUP This competition was combined with the B.A.O.R. Cup and the winners of the B.A.O.R. Section entered the semi—final stage of the U.K. competition. In the first game we were drawn at home to 2 R.H.A. This game was played on El Alamein Day in October and resulted in a win for the Regiment by 4 goals to 2. Next we were drawn away against the 4 Hussars and taking a fair percentage of spec— tators with us, we went to Hohne to play the Hussars. Our opponents started off in great form and by half-time were leading by 2 goals to nil. After the interval there was a complete change to the game with the Regiment winning by 4 goals to 2. When the draw for the next round arrived we found that again we were drawn away, this time against 7 Armoured Division Signal Regi— ment, but this proved an easy victory by 7 goals

to 2. We had now reached the quarter final stage and we found that we had to play 77 H.A.A.

NOTES Regiment R.A. on their ground at Delmenhorst. Undismayed we travelled overnight to play the Gunners and after an extremely good game,

which included extra time, we eventually drew with six goals all. The replay took place at Wesendorf on the following Saturday, and with a thaw having set in and heavy rain the ground was a quagmire, but both teams put up an excellent show and at full time were level with one goal each. Extra time was again played and the issue was made safe when We scored another two goals without reply from the Gunners. Now we had reached the semi-final, excitement was intense and this increased when we found that we had been drawn to play against

the Lancashire Fusiliers on a neutral ground at Minden. We had had several good “battles” with the Fusiliers in the Middle East and they had beaten us in the Cup competition out there

after an extra game and extra time; we were very keen that the decision should be reversed in this match. Playing on a ground covered with snow, football from both teams was of a high standard and by half time each side had scored three goals. The game, which had been played at a very fast pace was bound to tell dur— ing the second half, and early in this period the Fusiliers took the lead, which they held until the last half minute of the game, when Cpl. Cunningham, picking up a loose ball, beat the defence and equalised the score. Extra time was necessary and we managed to obtain another goal without reply and ran out winners by 4 goals to 3. We were lucky to win this game but great credit was due to the team for the wonderful fight they put up when all seemed lost. We now had to play the Durham Light In— fantry in the final and this was scheduled for Minden on 5th March. and a special train was organised to convey our supporters. When we arrived at the ground it was found to be in a most appalling condition, and with ice and water on the pitch it was very doubtful if the game could be played. However, due to the great distances in travel it was agreed to play and although we took an early lead we had to admit defeat by 3 goals to I. Since then the Durhams have won their semi—final game in

the Army Cup, and We wish them the very best of luck when they play the final at Aldershot on 28th April. Everyone was delighted to see Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O., at the game, and We were very sorry that We were not able to give him the satisfaction of seeing us win the game.

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7 ARMOURED DIVISIONAL CUP In the first round of this competition we had to play the Sherwood Forresters on their ground and this was a very one—sided game with the . Regimental team winning by 12 goals to nil. We now had to play the 8 Hussars on our ground and we had received information that they were a very good quick side and we should require to be on our best behavour to win. It was a very good game indeed and after a very even game we took the honours by 2 goals to nil. The 8th Hussars were unlucky in that their centre forward was badly injured and had to leave the field, and this is always a handicap to any team. We now had to play the 4 R.H.A. in the semi— final of the competition and this was played on their ground at Hohne. The Gunners were in grand form and gave our boys a bit of a shock and we had to fight extremely hard to hold them to a draw of 5 goals each. Extra time was played and we again managed to last the pace better and obtained the winning goal. A very good, clean sporting game and thoroughly enjoyed by all players and spectators alike. We hope to have many more games like this one. In the final we had to play zrst Field Engineer Regiment and this was scheduled for the Garrison ground at Hohne. Again the ground was covered with snow, but we had played quite a lot of football on this type of ground so it was

not a handicap to our players.

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the Sappers played very good open fast football and deserved to hold a one goal lead at the half way stage. Our team in comparison had never played worse and if they continued to play in the second half as they had done in the first half then they were certainly in for a very sound thrashing. However, on returning to the field they took complete control of the game and scored three goals without reply from the Sappers and were deserving winners by 3 goals to I. At the end of the game the cup and medals were presented to the players by the Divisional Commander.

CAVALRY CUP As the Regimental team had never won the Cavalry Cup and had only appeared in the final on one occasion, that being in 1903, everyone was most keen to do their best to obtain this cup for the Regiment. In the first round we had to travel to Liineburg to play against the 8th Hussars on their ground, and having played them already in the Divisional Cup we knew only too well that we should require something special if we were to obtain a victory.

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With a‘ high rwind blowing the game was played at a very fast pace with the 8th Hussars definitely better with the long swinging passes which invariably found their man. In this game we had to make two late changes, bringing in Sgt. Myers at inside forward and playing L/Cpl. Lyon out on the right wing, where he had not played before. With seven minutes to go to full time the 8th Hussars were winning by two goals and spectators had already commenced to leave the field when Cunningham crashed home a long shot with his left foot which gave the Hussars goalkeeper no chance whatsoever. This inspired everyone in the team and four minutes from time we obtained the equaliser. This meant that extra time had to be played and the previous fast pace by the Hussars took their toll and we scored another two goals to give us victory by 4 goals to 2. Again the fighting spirit of the team had brought its just rewards. We now had to play the 13/18 Hussars on our ground, and we had played this team previously and had been held to a two—goal draw. This was again a typical cup tie and extra time

had to be played, but this time no result. The replay took place the following day and again the game had to go to extra time before we gained the verdict to enter thesemi—final by 3 goals to I in our favour. In the semi—final We had to travel to Herford to play against the 3 Hussars. The 12th Royal Lancers who are stationed in Herford, were extremely good hosts and looked after our players and spectators very well; we should like to take this opportunity of thanking them for all their very kind assistance. The weather for this game was really first class, and on a very good grass pitch the result of the game was never in doubt and we ran out winners by 3 goals I. Whilst we were playing the 3rd Hussars the Blues were playing the 9th Lancers at Detmold and won the right to play against us in the final which was scheduled to be played at Hindenburg Stadium on Easter Monday. This really was a grand game and in the first seven minutes, three goals had been scored, tw0 by the Blues and one by us. During the second half we managed to equalise after some extremely good play and extra time had to be played. Excitement was now intense with the spectators giving full vocal support. Both teams were striving hard to obtain the lead and eventually Tpr. Breslin received a good pass and running on to the ball took a first time shot and gave the Regiment the lead, However, our lead was short— lived as the Blues managed to equalise when


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their inside left shot a very good goal. With ten minutes still left to play the Blues obtained what proved to be the winning goal and our players had to be content with being runners—up. Hearty congratulations to the Blues on their success and as they took their chances so they thoroughly deserved to win. It must, however, be stated that it was found the day before the match was played that our outside left, Sgt. Lloyd, was suffering from knee trouble and was , unable to play in the final. 7 ARMOURED DIVISION LEAGUE In this competition the Regiment had to play seven games and with one exception we won all these games, mostly by very good margins. The only team to lower our colours in this league were our old friends, 4 R.H.A., who deserved to win their game by 2 goals to 1. Taking the season as a whole it has indeed been very successful, and with a little luck it might have been the best season that the Regi— mental team has had, but that is football, and what makes it such a good game. We should like to thank all the players for a wonderful show. We did not have any stars, but a good team of players who never knew when they were beaten and never accepted defeat until the final

whistle was blown. Good luck to them all, in— cluding those who have now left us. We must also thank R.S.M. Edwards for the excellent way he has captained the team throughout the sea— son. We all know that he is a little slower than he was, but he is still a wonderful asset to the team and without his support and help it is doubtful if the team would have reached the heights that they did. The following have played regularly for the Regiment: R.S.M. Edwards, Sgts. Lloyd, Brooks, Cpl. Cunningham, L/Cpl. Miller, Tprs. Beard, Brown, Blackburn, Syme, Sloan, Murphy, Cooper and Breslin. Well done! We hope you manage to win the Cavalry Cup in 1955/56.

Boxing Notes During the past year two Regimental competitions have taken place, commencing with the Novices’ competition in early September, and the Open competition in October. Entries for the Novices’ competition were very large and it was hoped that as a result of the talent unearthed, we should have a good team for the Inter-Unit Boxing competition held in the latter half of November. A Squadron obtained a commanding lead on points, due no doubt to their extremely good

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entry, and the final points at the end of the Novices’ competition were: A Squadron ............... 216 points B Squadron 106 points C Squadron 130 points H.Q. Squadron ............ 55 ponts The finals of the Open competition were held on 20th October, when the Colonel of the Regi—

ment, Col. F. W. Wilson FitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., presented the winners and runners-up with medals. The winners and runners—up of the Open Boxing competition were: Featherweight: Winner: Tpr. Breslin, A Squadron; runner— up: Tpr. Murphy, C Squadron. Light Middleweight: \Vinner: Cpl. Barnaby, C Squadron; runner-

up: L/Cpl. Gibson, H.Q. Squadron. Lightweight: Winner: Tpr. Cartwright, H.Q. Squadron; runner—up: Tpr. Rencevic, C Squadron. Light Heavyweight: Winner: Tpr. Hunt, C Squadron; runner— up: Tpr. Bramley, C Squadron. Bantamweight: Winner: Cpl. Rowlands, H.Q. Squadron; runner—up: Tpr. Waghorn, H.Q. Squadron. Middleweight: Winner: Tpr. Lakin, H.Q. Squadron; runner-up: Tpr. Bean, C Squadron. Light Welterweight: Winner: L/Cpl. Miller, A Squadron; runner— up:' Tpr. Taylor, B Squadron. Heavyweight: Winner: Tpr. Prentice, C Squadron; runner— up: Cpl. Hulston, A Squadron. Welterweight: Winner: Tpr. Prentice, C Squadron; runner— up: Tpr. Emery, H.Q. Squadron. Best Boxer: Cpl. Wheatley, C Squadron. Best Loser: Tpr. Breslin, A Squadron. A surprise feature of the Open Boxing com— petition Was the special contest between Tpr. Breslin, of A Squadron, and Tpr. Eccles, C Squadron, with Tpr. Eccles winning and Tpr. Breslin a very good loser. At the end of the Open Boxing competition the Colonel of the Regiment presented the medals to the finalists and presented the Commander Robson Shield to A Squadron, who had the best aggregate for both the Novices’ and the Open Boxing competitions. The final results for the Novices’ and the Open Boxing were:

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Cricket Notes Bad weather and the necessity of building a pitch from scratch on the airfield, prevented us from playing much cricket last season. The following record of results shows that although we lost more than we won, there were several close finishes. Played 5; Won 1; Lost 4. v. R.A.F., Celle—lost by 2 wickets. v. 13/18 Hussars—won by 4 runs. v. 12 L.A.A. Regiment R.A.—lost by 9 runs. The game against 12 L.A.A. Regiment, in which we were eliminated from the B.A.O.R. Knockout Competition after being completely “ washed—out ” twice, ended in a downpour with Major Greaves being caught on the boundary with the last ball of the match. 2/Lt_ Wright scored 61, Major Greaves 45 and Tpr. Tune 36 in this match. Major Greaves captained the B.A.O.R_ team in which Capt. Hodgson and 2/Lt. Wright also played. In the Regimental team, Tpr. Tune showed great promise as a batsman, and Craftsmen Williamson and Morris bowled and kept wicket respectively with good results. The Inter-Squadron League ended in a triple draw, with H.Q. Squadron, C Squadron and the L.A.D. eaoh losing one match. “Battle Royal” and the weather prevented the playing of extra games to determine the outright winner. There were several close finishes in this league, H.Q. Squadron beating A Squadron by only one run. The prospect of the coming season seems good, with several of last season’s players still available, We shall miss Major Greaves, and it is unfortunate that Major MacDonald will also be leaving us before nhe season is over. However, with kinder treatment from the weather and the demands of exercises, we can hope for greater success in 1955.

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Hockey Notes With the loss of many of our more serious players during the summer, we had a young and inexperienced side. However, the team played well in “friendlies,” but unfortunately it was not possible to field the full side during any of the cup games. In the first round of the Divisional Cup we beat the 2nd Forresters 2—1 after extra time, after a game spoilt by too much rough play. In the next round we played the H.Q., R.E.M.E., 7 Armoured Division and drew 4-4 after a fast game. They led by 3-1 at half—time, and 4-2 with about 15 minutes to go, but in a very good spell we levelled the scores. Though we spent most of the extra time in their circle we could not score. In the replay the R.E.M.E. won 2-0 after a game that did not come up to the standard of the first. We lost 3-1 to the 12 L.A.A. in the Army Cup after a fast and very clean game; we had plenty of chances to win, but the shooting in the circle was even worse than usual. The forwards were a fast line who played well until they got into the circle. With Tpr. Rich— ardson, the most improved player in the side, and L/Cpl. MacPherson the best ball player, the left wing was a fast and strong pair. Cpl. Fitzgerald, in the centre, was our most dangerous player in front of goal, Tpr. Burrel, on the right wing, was fast and positioned himself well. Right inside we never filled, though had Sgt. Manwaring been able to play, we might have done so. The defence was steady but rather slow; Cpl. Lock at left half, played well towards the end of the season, but right half was always weak, though when Sgt. Shone played here at the end, we seemed to have the right answer. Sgt. Cummings, in goal, played well in the important games. It was found impossible to run the six-a-side Troop League during the summer, but a knock— out tournament will be held in the Spring. The Squadron League has not been finished, but it does not look as if “ C ” Squadron will have it all their own way this season. The most encouraging factor of the season has been the great interest shown by all Squadrons.

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Cross Country running this year was made diflicult by the bad ground conditions. Nevertheless, the Regimental run, on 14th January, 1955, proved successful for “A” Squadron, whose team was in good training and ran well in spite of the ice and snow which covered the 5% mile course. Tpr. Lucas, “A” Squadron, did well to cover the distance in 36 minutes. L/Cpl. Emery, “HQ.” Squadron, the Regimental Captain, was a close second, having led Lucas most of the way. Tpr. Wilkinson, “A” Squadron, was a good third. The final placings were: “A” Squadron, 84 pts.; “HQ.” Squadron, 122 pts.; “B” Squadron, 132 pts.; “C” Squadron, 221 pts. Mrs. Massey very kindly presented the prizes after the race.

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on his fourth tour in “C” Squadron, and Capt. To say that last year was a busy one is no mean understatement: it is equally true to say that it has been refreshingly (and sometimes, bewilderingly) full of novelty, change and new interest. The only monotonous note has been the weather about which readers no doubt hold their own decided views! Almost as soon as we arrived we joined in the summer spate of training exercises and found ourselves being exercised in a variety of different roles and places under a number of different formations. “Battle Royal” was the culmination of the manoeuvre season and saw us take the field in our biggest scheme ever. We will not vie with other Squadrons’ tales of valour— suffice it to say that we returned from the battle most thoroughly exercised, much wiser and more confident than we had set out. Mention should, however, be made of the exploits of Sgts. Warren and Watorski who, after being “put in the bag” escaped from captivity and eventually fought their way back to the Squadron. Just what underground activities they carried out in the meantime we shall never know, but they well deserved the Brigade Com— mander’s congratulations which they received on their return. The autumn saw the beginning of a series of changes among the members of the Squadron. Major Greaves left us in October to go the 67th

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Training Regiment, where we wish him and his family the best of luck. We would all like to thank him for all he has done while he has been Squadron Leader, not least for the leading part

he played in the Squadron’s victorious efforts to win the Makins Shield. We welcome in his place Major Houstoun, now

Sivewright who took over from Capt. Davies— Cooke on the latter’s posting to HQ. Squadron. Among the many others who have left us for civilian life or jobs outside the Regiment are Lts. Squires Burnside and Trouton, 2/Lt. Bowlby, S.Q.M.S. Phillips, Sgts. Tillott, Malkin, Warren and Jubb. To them all, including those whom space does not allow us to mention, we wish the best of luck wherever they may be; we hope to see quite a few of them again in the not—too—distant future. The New Year saw us in the middle of block leave, the second Ice Age (We had three last winter) and preparations for the Annual Inspec— tion. We survived them all. We should perhaps mention that Tpr. Rigby was complimented by the G.O.C. for having the best darned socks in the Regiment! In February, the Assault Troop, on the strength of providing the winning Section in the Assault Troop Competition on El Alamein Day, tried its hand (and other parts of its anatomy) at Winter Warfare by making an expedition to Bad Harzburg. We found that we took to ski— ing in much the same posture but without the same familiarity that a duck takes to water. How— ever, Lt. Birkbeck’s demonstrations of the prone position showed us how easy it really is. As mentioned earlier, we had a successful year in sport, winning the Makins Shield. This year

as the competition draws to a close, we are not quite so well placed, but have every intention of making a fight of it in the remaining events, although recent releases have deprived us of many of our leading gladiators. Results to date show that we have 51>} points to “B” Squadron’s 56%, with II competitions still to go. Our placings include 1st, Open Boxing and Swim— ming, and 2nd in the Gunnery, Novice Boxing and Drill Competitions. With five Musketry Competitions still to count, we are hoping for great things from Lt. Phillipi and Sgt. White, the Regimental Weapon Training experts! In conclusion, these notes would not be complete without mentioning the termination of Col. F. W. Wilson FitzGerald’s appointment as Colonel, and expressing our appreciation of all that he and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald have done for us. We look forward to seeing our new Colonel, Brigadier A. H. Pepys before very long, and bidding him a loyal welcome from all members of “C ” Squadron.

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PADRE’S NOTES “ Those wretched bells! ” sighed the trooper sadly. “ Sunday morning isn’t what it used to be.” Striking signs of the times, or should I say pealing signs. Signs too of the fact that around the camp there is “ somewhere,” a new Padre. I say “somewhere,” because really the times that I have literally left the straight and narrow on my rounds are without number. The camp here at Wesendorf seems to afford adequate opportunity to the newcomer for getting lost and I for one have made the most of this opportunity. My first effort of twenty minutes from the Medical Centre to the Officers’ Mess I think must be a record. But as the days went by, gradually with the aid of the ever present trooper, I began to learn. Whenever I left the rails he was always ready to help me back with a wide grin, “Oh, no sir! This isn’t the Sergeants’ Mess, this is the Guard Room.” The “wretched bells” mentioned above are the product of an ingenious device we have lately rigged up in the Wireless room above the Church. It is very simple actually, we play a record of the bells of St. Margarets’, West— minster on a gramophone and the sound thereof is relayed over the camp through loudspeakers. It makes a really merry jangle, and should im— press fairly satisfactorily on the minds of all and sundry that there is something going on in the Church on Sundays at 10.30 hrs. and on every day of the week at 07.15 hrs. So our friend is right, “Sunday isn’t what it used to be,” and I hope that as time goes on it will be even less like it used to be. Although taking things by and large, the Church attendance in the Regiment is reasonably good, and Morning Prayer generally sees the vast majority of our hundred-odd chairs filled. Quite a good record really, but one which I feel we can beat, or should be able to if given the active support of those who cannot, or will not regain conscious— ness until midday. It does seem such a pity not to attend service in a Chapel like the one we have got here in Wesendorf. It is beautifully furnished and gradually we are getting more of what we find lacking. For instance, we now have a Family Bible on the Lectern in place of the pocket size edition that was there before. It does really make a difference, from the points of view both of reading and of appearance. The other one, although it served its purpose all right, bore some resemblance to

a stamp in the middle of a ballroom, perched up there on the very much larger lectern. We have, too, very recently, purchased a very hand—

some Altar Prayer Book which has lent a cer— tain amount of tone to our chancel. These things are small in their own way, but, I hope, indications of bigger things to come, and by the time that this magazine has gone to press the blue prints of our Sunday School should have become a reality. At the moment I find that the children are very keen, but the difficulty of finding teachers presents a big problem. I have, however, the active support of the mothers and a few of them have very kindly volunteered to help me out. So with their support, and that of a couple of very enthusiastic troopers, who are always ready to give of their time and energy, I should be able to get things moving. Baptisms, since I have come, so far number four in all: Carolyn Marsh, David Ian Hows, Kenneth Geoffrey and Christopher John Daw— son. V'Ve wish them every blessing in this beginning of their Christian lives and hope sincerely that they will in time go on to be confirmed and made full members of the Church.

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On the 23rd March at 1500 hours, a Confir— mation service was held in the Garrison Church, Celle, at which the Regiment was well represented by its six candidates: Sgt. and Mrs. How, Tprs. Duncan, Smith, Huxley and Edwards. The service itself, performed by the Lord Bishop of Barking, was very impressive, and on a different level, but just as impressive, was the tea that was provided afterwards. Never have I seen so much food altogether in one place gefore, or since, and never have I seen it vanish so quickly. I only hope it will not lead to men assessing the value of Con— firmation by the number of cream cakes it is possible to eat in an hour. In conclusion, I would like to say a sincere “thank you” to everyone in general, both Ofl'lcers and men, for their kindness. As you all

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probably know, it is not much fun being a strange man in a strange place, there is inevitably the loneliness and feeling of being out of place that comes to all of us. But somehow, with the Royals, that feeling does not seem to last very long and one feels at home within a few days. I have only been here a matter of a few months, but during that time I have everywhere encountered a spirit of friendliness and encouragement which has done a lot towards getting me established as your Padre. An establishment of which I hope you will make full use; and I can assure you, no matter what trouble or otherwise you are in, you can at all times rely on my support—within limits of course! _ THE PADRE (The Rev. C. I. Comyns, OF).

A ROYALS EYE VIEW OF THE W.V.S. High in the citadel of R.H.Q. is a suite of rooms in which billiard balls roll freely on the floor, darts are thrown with gay abandon, and the air resounds with the shriek and throb of an over-worked gramophone. Table tennis balls fly menacingly about the room and, on certain occasions, the whole place takes on the aspect of a den of vice; little groups of card players may be seen gambling in corners by candlelight and to the accompaniment of thunder. If one were able to eavesdrop the Social Call line to the U.K. one would hear the tender twitterings of love-birds. Yet in spite of all this debauchery the more staid visitors continue to concentrate on games of chess or draughts, in glancing through the latest magazines or newspapers, and even in reading “The History of the Royal Dragoons,” one of the 3,000 books available in the library.

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The amateur photographer is particularly catered for and films for developing and printing roll in and out at an alarming rate. The serviceman can also send flowers to any part of the world. Indeed, such is the efficiency of the organisation that even the most bashful client need not worry. To avoid embarrassment a list of numbered standard messages is provided to accompany the flowers. It is possible, therefore, for a blushing soldier to ask for message No. 68 and on payment of the necessary sum the flowers will be delivered to his parents with a neatly written card “ The CO. insists that I pay for new Daimler stop Please send Postal Order stop Love and kisses Harry end.” Those who suffer from “Wanderlust” are not forgotten. Leave can be arranged varying

from holidays in Rome, Austria, Holland, on top of a mountain, in fact, anywhere apparently, except a twelve weeks’ leave in Gloucester, Cardiff or Dundee! Any “leave—happy” person wishing to take flight from the Wesendorf barricade as soon as possible has only to fill in a few forms, write a letter and “ Hey Presto,” a brand new passport and air ticket to the U.K. or any other Utopia, appear. Who, then, art the organisers of this exuberant revelry? They are, Gentlemen, those tolerant and patient “ Ladies in Green—the W.V.S.” who, in spite of broken legs and twisted ankles never fail to preside over the riotous festivities which they have created (sic). Many an vex—patient in the Sick Bay or B.M.H. remembers their visits with gratitude, because of the letters written home for him when he was unable to write, or the packet of cigarettes which were suddenly produced because his own ration had not yet arrived. The versatility of the W.V.S., however, is not confined within the bounds of Wesendorf. Apart from the continental holidays already mentioned, numerous outings are arranged to places of interest and the Highbrows may visit performances by the “Don Cossack Choir” or “ Scala Milan Opera Company,” whilst the Jazz lovers can listen to Bill Coleman and his Negro Band, or laugh at the “Fol—de—Rols ” to their hearts’ delight. In other words, all tastes are catered for. Those in search of excitement may visit Berlin, complete with a conducted tour of the Eastern Sector, embark on a “ Mystery Tour”


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or be present at the weird and wild midnight ceremonies at Bad Harzburg during the Witches’ Carnival. Such are but few of the activities organised by our “ Guardian Angels ” during the time we have been in Wesendorf. In conclusion, we would like to congratulate

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H.Q. SQUADRON This year has seen us become European soldiers again. For the majority this is new, but there are some 40 who knew Germany before in Wolfenbuttel and even Dedelsdorf. Soon after our arrival in May various parts of the Squadron were involved in large exercises. This culminated in Exercise “ Battle Royal,” when the whole Squadron took to the field round Minden and Bielefeld. The Makins Shield for 1953 was won by “C” Squadron, with the Squadron second. Best congratulations to the winners, but we intend to do much better this year. Here are the results of the competition so far:—

Cricket: “ HQ.” Squadron first. We won this competition despite the weather and demands of exercises by beating the other Squadrons but losing to the L.A.D. Our team varied a good deal but Capt. Hodgson and Lt. Wilson FitzGerald were our mainstays, with Cpl. Hayes and L/Cpl. Blackband (Royal Signals) often bowling well, and L /Cpl. Burman making several good scores. Tennis: “HQ.” Squadron first. We were perhaps fortunate to win so easily. The following played for the Squadronz’ Capt. Hodgson, Lt. Wilson FitzGerald, 2/Lt, Evans, Sgt. Mainwaring, Sgt. Lloyd, L/Cpl. Smith and Tpr. Evans, of the Orderly Room. Swimming: “HQ.” Squadron fourth. Boxing: In the Novices’ Boxing, “HQ.” Squadron were fourth. Our entries were not nearly as big as the other Squadrons, but all who did enter acquitted themselves well. In the Open Boxing, HQ. Squadron were second to “C” Squadron. We were a shade unlucky not to be first. Finalists including Tpr. Waghorn, Tpr. Cartwright, Cfn. Rowlands and L/Cpl. Emery. Drill: HQ. Squadron second equal with “C” Squadron.

The first half of the competition took place in December. Considering the short time possible for practice, S.S.M. Vowles is to be congratulated on producing such a good Squad. Inter-Troop Football: “A” Squadron won this and “ Q.M.” Troop were runners—up. This was a fine effort by “ QM.” Troop, who were last year’s winners. Cross-Country : “HQ.” Squadron were second to “ A” Squadron. This took place in ice and snow, which made conditions very bad. L/Cpl. Emery was a good second and Tpr. Gaule, although still lame from an operation on his toe, ran well to be third. We are well placed in the Maintenance Competition, having led since it started, but are now being pressed by “C” Squadron. We should do well in both the Soccer and Hockey, as we have at least half the Regimental team in each

sport. The change of personalities has continued with the usual fury. Capt. Dimond left us in August to go to the Training Regiment at Carlisle as Adjutant. Capt. Hodgson came from “B” Squadron to replace him and then took over the Squadron when Major Houstoun was made “ C ” Squadron Leader. We were all very sorry to lose him but is is “C” Squadron’s gain. Capt. Davies—Cooke joined us in October, but after a bad illness in November had to be invalided home. We wish him the best of luck in his farming. Capt. Ferrand at present is 2 i/c “H.Q.” Squadron, having given the “ M.T.” Troop into the tender care of Capt. Lewis. Whilst the Officers have moved around, S.S.M. Vowles has remained as the “ continuity man ” and is now reaching three years of Sergeant-Majorship in “ HQ.” Squadron. S.Q.M.S. Fletcher took over from SQ.M.S. Weller on arrival at Wesendorf. We were pleased to welcome the Band back

The Commanding Officer presents the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to the R.S.M.

in November to share and enliven our long winter. In January for the Administrative Inspection Parade “ HQ.” Squadron turned out 154 strong. It was a fine sight, even if several had not seen a parade ground for years. The very short visit by the new Colonel of the Regiment was much appreciated by all ranks. To him we wish all success and to C01. Wilson FitzGerald may we say we hope we will see him again soon. To all past members of “HQ.” Squadron we wish the best of luck. Finally, congratulations to Tprs. Sobey,

Greenwood, Hembling, Harris, who have seen the light and signed on for a further period of service.

Regimental Orderly Room The greatest event in the world of bumf this last year was when the Quartermaster’s depart— ment was officially held to have issued more than the Orderly Room. As all concerned will no doubt agree, this was hardly lack of effort on our part! After Capt. I. B. Evan’s departure for 7th

Armoured Division, Capt. S. E. M. BradishEllames took over as Adjutant, and is at present helped by 2/Lt. T. L. Wright as Assistant Adjutant and 1.0. Schemes are not our strong point. However, O.R.Q.M.S. Gaunt, who joined us as Chief Clerk in Tidworth, L/Cpl. Smith and Tpr. Brett all pushed their 3—tonner on to “ Battle Royal” and helped cook the Echelon meals.

Each afternoon the desks are left empty, while we supply the various regimental teams. Tpr. Sloan plays goal for the Regiment (the rest of us organising trains and buses all over Germany to watch the team’s efforts), Cpl. Lock plays for the regiment at hockey, while L/Cpl. Smith and Tprs. Brett and Instone play rugger. Tpr. Oliver is too busy answering questions regarding release to have time for sport, and Tpr. For— rester merely hopes for release. L/Cpl. Williams however, works, and our invaluable German typist brews coffee and tea in the best tradition. Tpr. Brett, firmly National Service, did, how— ever, win the competition for the best Recruiting Poster! The Laugh and Tear Up file has seen some amusing items, among which the following are worthy of inclusion: Orderly Officer Report: Could the Adjutant arrange for the birds to be kept out of the Dining Hall—they come in through the doors.” Registration of Dogs. “I wish to register my dog Sam. Particulars as follows: Name: Samuel H??? Age: Say 5. Colour: Black. Size: Big. Sex: Moderate. Pedigree: You’re a snob! Clubs: Junior Lamp—posts. Sports: Tweedle. Delay regretted —— A.O.D. — A.B.H. Finally, the following practical joke was actu— ally initialled by all except one of the Officers concerned when placed in the Troop Leaders’ file of “B” Squadron (not by us):


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Mr. Scott. Dusting Radiators and Polishing Rad Caps: Mr. Black. Cleaning Windows: Mr. Clowes. Dusting Lamp Shades: Mr. Hart-Dyke. Checking and signing for accommodation stores daily at last light: Mr. Thellusson. Mr. Boyd will be i/c this party and will be responsible for drawing cleaning materials, He will ensure that none of the party leave camp on a Friday evening, with a View to the high standard required for the Squadron Leaders’ In— spection on Saturday mornings. Kit layout for Saturday morning inspection will be as follows: Denims will be lined up on the floor and made square with cardboard packing in suitable places. All denims will be stamped with Number, Rank and Name by 28th June. Stamping kit will be drawn from S.Q.M.S. by Mr. Davey, who will render a certificate to the Q.M. to this effect. If the Squadron Leaders’ Inspection is unsatisfactory, officers will stand by their denims at 0700 hrs on Sunday mornings. Any constructive suggestions to improve the efliciency and cleanliness of the room will be forwarded weekly by Mr. Thellusson to the Squadron Leader per correct channels.

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Unlike the rest of the Regiment, the M.T. has had two moves in the last year—after settling down in Wesendorf, we found ourselves chased from one end of the hangar to the other by the expansion of the stables! No longer are we helped out by the two subsonic Mule Wagons which were such a

feature of the camp at Fanaraz‘ here we have a detachment of the German Service Organisation which provides much of the administrative transport requirements. This, at least in theory, leaves us completely free to pursue the more operational side of our job, including exercises, education, individual training, recreational transport and fatigues! In January the Commanding Officer decided that the M.T. office would be a suitable place to entertain the G.O.C. after our Administrative Inspection Parade. Accordingly chaos reigned for days while we made ready our humble office for the Personage. Clerks, drivers and sundry experts armed with brushes, paint and distemper tried their hand at interior decorating. On the day the final touches were applied and the office was so transformed that we felt quite out of place. A few minutes later a further transformation took place when the water main burst, flooding the whole place! In February we were deeply involved in Mud Trials of the new Saracen A.P.C. To those of us who had spent the summer being waterlogged in the various exercises, these trials presented little novelty. After such experience with land and water (usually mixed in equal proportions) it is per-

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haps not surprising that We are getting increasingly familiar with the Air. The M.T.O. is try— ing to get pale blue denims from the Q.M. and it is quite a normal occurrence for Dragoons to welcome, refuel, and even try to repair visiting aircraft which land just outside our hangar. Capt. Ferrand and Tpr. Jones have now left us, but not before Tpr. Jones had become a proud father. We welcome Capt. Lewis as our new (or is he new?) M.T.O., and congratulate Cpls. Thorpe and Gilson on getting married. Others are applying for leave with equally honourable intentions, and some just applying for leave. Finally, we wish good luck to all those who have left us for civvy street——surely a very “ gefahrliche fahrbahn.” WHAT WE WANT To KNow: Who was the trooper, who when charged on office, was presented with a medal? Who filled the petrol tank With Anti—Freeze? Who is to manage Pan-Wesendorf airways? Can Tpr. Joseph get aircraft fitters pay?

Q.M. Group It is now twelve months since we arrived in our present location and what strikes us most is the great similarity of the surroundings in this station to the Canal Zone—they are both miles from anywhere. Since our arrival here we have been kept extremely busy with last training season’s intensive programme and keeping up to date with our paper work. However, we have survived the training season and the Annual Part II inspec— tion of the Regiment has been completed with good results. There appear to be still some people in the Regiment who think that the Q.M. Department can collect stores and clothing from the heavens, and who take too literally our motto “The impossible we do at once.” No doubt this will happen one day and we shall be supplied by helicopter, but the Q.M. does not appear to be too keen on this! Although we have been extremely busy there has still been time for sport and we should like to congratulate the Group Football team on becoming runners—up in the Inter—Troop competition. They were the only Troop that beat the ultimate winners (“A” HQ.) and great credit is due to them for this excellent performance, L/Cpl, Coleman and Tpr. Stephenson have both played for the Regimental team, and acquitted themselves well. We were also well represented in the Boxing and Basket Ball and in the latter Sgt. Thornton has been a member of the Regimental team.

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Our sincere congratulations to Sgt. Ayrton on his promotion to W.O.II as T.Q.M.S. of H.Q. 6 Armoured Division. We were extremely sorry to lose this valuable member of our group and we sincerely hope that the time is not far distant when we shall see his face back in the Regiment again. Congratulations to Sgt. Thornton (Tech. Sgt), Sgt. Webster (Carpenter) and Cpl. Hall (Clerk) on their promotions. It is rumoured that our stalwart, Cpl. Plumbley is about to leave the Ration store and join the M.T., where, no doubt, his unmilitary activities will be much appreciated. Although we are sorry to lose him, we feel sure that peace and tranquility will prevail once again in the Group Barrack rooms. We should like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on becom' ing a father. We wonder if his son will follow his father’s footsteps. The main Regimental event since our arrival in B.A.O.R. was the El Alamein Day Parade, and the painters and signwriters can be justly proud of their hard work which was in evidence on the actual day. After their hard work, even by floodlight, to complete the vehicles, the painters proceeded to that well known spot Bad Harzburg, and thoroughly enjoyed their stay. No doubt the experiences of the Regiment on Exercise “ Battle Royal” will be published elsewhere in this edition, but we are sure that the veil will be drawn over the experiences of the Q.M. on his ration—drawing expeditions. On at least two occasions his driver insisted that the

The Q.M. is interviewed by the B.B.C. “I was a L/Cpl. in B Squadron at the time.“


indeed have found it difficult to keep up to our correct standards, and we take this opportunity of thanking them for their help. We have had the normal release of National Servicemen and also the normal intakes. To those that have gone out to civilian life we wish the very best of luck, and to those that have joined our group we say “ Welcome.”

R.H.Q. and Signal Troop With the advent of Atomic Warfare training R.H.Q. decided to re-organise itself into arm— oured vehicles for the greater protection of the “Hub of the wheel.” This produced many changes both in equipment and manpower. During the past year we have seen many faces passing through the troop; we wish them luck and hope they enjoyed their stay. Sgt. Dick has left and is now S.Q.M.S. in “C ” Squadron. Sgt. Smith arrived for a short time but was soon sent to Bovington. Now Sgt.

Cummings has taken up residence. The Royal Signals Troop is still in the capable hands of Sgt. MacMillan, who manages to keep the wireless sets up to a high standard of efliciency regardless of the cannibalistic tendencies of some people. The main difficulties of the troop are getting to their parent Squadron in Luneburg—a journey which can be fraught with disaster as Signalman Crone will tell—some vehicles cannot stand upright. All of the Troop have been on leave since arriving in Germany and many have got married. Congratulations to them and also good luck to those others who are contemplating this dangerous course! During the year we have been on many exer-

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digging Atom proof shelters to long-range wireless communication, in both of which we have been reasonably successful. By the time these notes are in print we will have driven to the Rhine and back three times—a journey which is pleasant in nice weather and when the Saracen steering is good. The Saracen has become our new command vehicle and as such some members of the Troop have taken it halfway round Germany for Generals to see. Let us hope that we have been a good advertisement. In Sport we have not shown much form as a Troop, but we still supply representatives for

every branch of Regimental activity. Cpl. Cunningham has scored many goals for the Regiment in Soccer, and we congratulate him in his selection for an Army Trial. Unfortunately he leaves us all too soon. With the new training season coming on we are hoping to find some new means of communication to cope with all the changes which seem to be occurring. It is too early yet to forecast what this will be.

Light Aid Detachment After being pressed for weeks we are at last putting pen to paper to provide a little “light aid ” for the Regimental 7ournal. This is only one of the “aids” we are asked to produce, ranging from repairs of Oflicers’ spurs to the provision of an organist for the Church Services. iMost of the time since we last wrote for the Youmal has been spent in Germany, enjoying the air and gay delights of Wesendorf. Some still say they prefer sand, heat and flies! We very soon made our mark in Germany by straining the R.E.M.E. Recovery resources in

the whole of B.A.O.R. to the utmost, with as pretty an impromptu recovery exercise as was ever set. We must admit though it would be unfair to take all the credit. We would never have had the brilliant idea of putting a Scam— mell in the middle of a river without the able advice, nay the active assistance, of an Officer of the Regiment, who shall be nameless. We hear he is still being pressed to pay for a bridge which was unfortunate enough to get in the way of operations. The next spot of excitement was the Army Exercise “Battle Royal”; the L.A.D., as usual, biting the dust at the rear with the sick, lame and lazy. The weather was shocking and tempers rather frayed at times. The story goes that at a particularly hectic stage of the proceedings, when the L.A.D. had more crocks than men, a message was sent requesting the

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best and quickest way to and from the Supply Point was via the various ditches, and although it took two break-down vehicles several hours to extract the vehicle and the rations from the water-filled ditches, the driver still insisted that it was bad luck. The remarks of the QM. will not be published! There has been a marked increase in the strength of the group of late, and it is now noted that as well as that famour figure “ Minor,” there is also a “ Megs ” and another “ Major.” We should like to take this opportunity of welcoming back to the group L/Cpl. Bosher who left us in the Middle East. No doubt the comfort of the Ration Store is much more appealing than civilian life. Our notes would not be complete without a word for our very efficient German staff. Without their loyal help and assistance we should

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these strange beasts. So far we have had visits from representatives of the Canadian, South African and Australian Armies and we are now brushing up our Russian for the next visitors. The usual tactical roles were rather reversed at a recent Divisional R.E.M.E. Signal Exercise when the E.M.E. was busily passing back battle sitreps while the M.T.O., who had gone out as tactical adviser (shades of Qatar), was struggling underneath the vehicle adjusting the clutch.

A.S.M. Morgan receives his LS. and G.C.M.

L.A.D. to march over to the Squadron location to feast their ignorant eyes on the perfect slit trench which had been dug for their “edification ”; whereupon a senior member of the

L.A.D. replied, “If ——

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his slit trench tell him to bring it over here.” We take our hats off to the Troop Leader who succeeded in knocking all four wings oif his Daimler without impairing its operational efficiency. The El Alamein Parade was apparently quite a success from all the spectators’ reports we have heard. At least the Scammells were able to trundle past without any encumbrances swinging out behind. We did think we had one customer when we noticed one Daimler giving another a nudge in the rear halfway through the March Past, but all was well and apparently none of the spectators noticed any— thing amiss. Shortly after this the Commanding Officer gave his permission for attached personnel to wear the “ ROY ALS ” titles on their uniform. This makes us feel more than ever “Royals R.E.M.E.” After this we had a relatively quiet period until the Administrative Inspection in January, except for a few small incidents during Exercise “Thin Ice ” in December. Since the Adminis— trative Inspection nothing of note has occurred except for the problem of conducting Saracen Mud Trials in a raging snowstorm. Needless to say We did find mud and, true to the Royals’ tradition, promptly sank into it. Talking of Saracens, we appear to have gained the reputation of being the technical experts on

We have had the usual large turnover of personnel and it would be impossible to name them all, but for all those who have left us we send a special word of thanks for the sterling work they did and wish them the best of luck wherever they may be. To those who have joined us during the last year we give a hearty welcome, and hope their stay will be a happy one and that they will keep up the standard set by those in the past. In particular, we wish the best of luck to the old E.M.E.,‘Capt. Roberts, who left us last October to become a bloated capitalist, and welcome our new E.M.E., Capt. Cox. On the field of sport we have not quite maintained last year’s good record but it was not for the want of trying. Football—unplaced in the Inter-Troop league; the Inter-Squadron league matches have not yet been played. Until re— cently, however, we did supply three members of the Regimental team, namely, the old perennial, Sgt. Lloyd, Cfn. Dawber and Cfn. Wil-

liamson. Cricket—joint winners with HQ. and “C ” Squadron. Basket Ball—still in the competition which has not been been decided yet. Hockey—results still undecided. As a closing note we would like to congratulate Cpl. Shillito on the recent addition to his family, and S/Sgt. Hill on entering the wilds of matrimony.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to equip men in Full Dress on special occasions through lack of correct equipment. Old Comrades who have items of Full Dress in their possession would be doing the Regiment a service if they would present or loan them. In particularly short supply are Officers’ and Other Ranks’~ helmets with or without plumes. If you can help, please inform the P.R.I., The Royal Dragoons, B.A.O.R. II.


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SKI-ING “ ON THE ARMY ” The temperature may well be —30” outside. Inside, it is slightly warmer. The seat of my trousers is beginning to thaw out, and I can feel the clamp seeping in. I am sitting with my companion in a snow cave which together we built in four hours. The earlier part of the day was taken up in getting here so as to enable us to dig the hole and stay in it during the night. No . . . we are not survivors of an air crash; we number among the blessed few of a large number of volunteers. You may well ask where we are and why! Norway is a country which stretches from North to South over a length of more than a thousand miles. It has deep narrow valleys running along its length. At the bottom of these, where there are not narrow lakes, are rivers. On the low temperature map of an atlas there is a small circle marked at —403C two—thirds of the way down the length of the peninsular and near the centre. It is here that the warming influ— ence of the Gulf Stream has no effect, and some— where in this circle is the town of Elverum. At the beginning of the last war it was here that the King of Norway took refuge with his par— liament while defended from the Germans to the south by one platoon, and while the town was flattened by bombs. Now the town houses the Infantry School of Winter Warfare, where, for the last four years, a course in winter war— fare has been run for British Ofi‘icers each Winter. ' The joining instructions for the 1955 course had as its intention the training of Officers in the techniques of winter warfare at Company level. Even this slightly vague intention in no way hinted at the ambitious scope of the six weeks’ course, nor at its corollaries which proved to be of more importance than the course itself. From the joining instructions it was still a ski-ing holiday “ on the army.” The three most important subjects dealt with on the course were tactical considerations, per— sonal mobility (as opposed to ski-ing in the English sense) and bivouacing with and without tents. In addition to these three main aspects there was a galaxy of entertaining side—shows. Some of the ones I remember best were firing recoilless guns, playing hide and seek with infra

red adaptions on rifles, driving Weasels, and watching many very well organised demonstrations of equipment, mines and demolitions, camouflage, and recovery of vehicles. The problems of winter warfare are twofold: first, there is the problem of maintaining the

soldiers’ fighting fitness and, secondly, overcom— ing the hinderance to mobility. This is, of course, an over—simplification. The first is a problem in administration and morale, and the second one of training, as the only satisfactory solution is to have a unit on skis. The greatest aid to mobility is the Weasel, a rubber—tracked vehicle behind which ten men can be towed at about 20 to 30 m.p.h. However, as there are only eight in a Norwegian infantry battalion they are not an answer to the problem of mobility but only an aid. Of the tactical considerations the most prevalent at unit level and above is the advantage given to the offence by winter conditions, and at lower levels the advantages given to the defence. As has been said, Norway is cut by rivers and lakes running from North to South. In summer they provide protection, particularly from invasion from the East; in winter they are no longer an obstacle. Six inches of ice will carry a section in close formation or a light vehicle, and 27 inches a tank of Centurion class. At Platoon and Company level the advantage is given to the defence, because on foot the assault is virtually impossible, on snow shoes not much better, and on skis is still very difficult as the skis have to be discarded when in close combat. This was amply demonstrated. The only hope of success is in a downhill assault with the ski bindings undone, although when this is tried by the inexperienced the skies most certainly arrive at the enemy posi— tion, but invariably by themselves! To fitin with the requirements of the mountainous country and the need for an increase in

fire power to assist the assault, the organisation of the Norwegian army is on an American basis. The Kombinert Regiment—the equivalent of an independent brigade—is the lowest organisation to hold all branches of the army, and within the Battalions, Companies and Platoons there are heavy weapons Companies, Platoons and Sections. These hold mortars and recoiless guns. Using this organisation, small independent formations, which this country favours, can easily be formed. The conception of ski—ing in Norway is different from anything I have met with elswhere. It is not a sport, but a means of getting from place to place. Often it is the only means. In the

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mobility.” We learned to do the diagonal walk, not a dance step, but a half-run, half—lope; we learnt to do it with a pack; and then with a pack and rifle; and when we thought we were good we had our ability tested in a IO kilometer civi— lian ski badge race and a 30 kilometer military race with pack and‘rifle; after which we did not think ourselves good any longer. The ability to live out at low temperatures and in deep snow is the be-all and end-all of winter warfare. The type of equipment is, of course, the major factor of living out. However, to be completely at home in such conditions one must be able to survive even if the equipment available is very limited. This requires sound technique and practice. Bivouacing is in three main categories. The first type in a tent, the second in a brushwood shelter, and the third in a snow cave or igloo. The site of a bivouac is all important. It should not be at the bottom of a valley as it is there that the coldest air collects, nor should it be on the top-most peak, because, as Our instructor put it, “There is too much air there that should be somewhere else.” The top of the tree belt is preferable, for there brushwood is obtainable, and brushwood is one of the most important factors in all three types of bivouac. There should be at last a hands depth of brushwood beneath you when you go to sleep. Cutting brushwood is the longest and most demoralising job you can be allotted on preparing for the night. There is no technique which I could discover which would prevent snow getting up your arms and down your neck. But whenever I had an insufficient quantity beneath me I passed a very unpleasant night. Between the brushwood and the sleeping bag you put as many items of clothing as possible, and in this way, together with wearing two pair of long under— pants, two layers of string vests and woollen shirts, and two woollen pullovers, a warm night can be had. The climax of the course was the five-day exercise. Among the many things we learnt on it was the technique of being towed behind Weasels; the greatest aid to mobility. It does, however, entail experience and alertness by the driver and his look—out. Also it is very tiring, particularly as to fall means bringing everybody else down with you, and when you are carrying a pack and a rifle it is an effort to get untangled. Many were the occasions when we remained in the snow helpless with laughter. However, on the last day of the exercise we travelled 80 kilometres in this fashion and found it hard to laugh towards the end. The final night

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we spent in snow caves. Mine, when heated to just below 0°C by means of blocking the door and burning one candle, enabled me to sleep

without undue discomfort, although it was more from exhaustion than anything else. In this way did the course end. The course from an instructional point of view was a success. It appeared at the start to be over—ambitious, but by admirable instructional technique and the infinite care taken in preparing the lessons, all of which were given in English, it turned out to be otherwise. But that the course was a success from this stand-point was not its most important accomplishment, for it enabled us to get to know intimately a number of Norwegians and to understand their way of life, about which, I for one, had been very ignorant before. I returned, full of admiration for the Norwegians; with a knowledge of their way of ski— ing; and knowing I had spent six most enjoyable weeks very profitably. I will certainly endeavour to return even if my personal inclination keeps me to the ski lifts.

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Our farming policy during the past year has been designed so that we shall reap the benefits of capital investment in 1955—56. Such profits as we have made, and they are not great, have been put back into the farm. There are four major enterprises at the present time. We bought a few pigs from our predecessors and have now succeeded in build— ing up their numbers to 40. Our aim is to step up our holding to 70 at a time, and to this end, we built a further pig sty during the winter months. We suffered a set back during the winter when three of our sows refused to pro— duce on three separate occasions. The pigs are entirely swill—fed, and on the whole have been successful. We supply the Messes and Families with cheap, and it is claimed, quality pork at intervals. Our pigs are not suitable for bacon production as we do not supplement the swill with bought feeding stuffs. The chickens, ducks and geese have, except for the latter, been a further source of farm in— come and have been sold in small quantities in the P.R.I. shop to the families. We brought IOO day-old pullets and 40 day-old cockerels in the summer. Our chief enemies during that time were the numerous crows who took every oppor-

tunity to swoop down and kill the chicks. Our 40 ducklings were extremely successful and we intend to buy more for the table this year. The geese suffered heavy casualties from liver disease which, unfortunately, was very prevalent in this area. We intend to step up our poultry enter— prises during the coming year and look forward to better results in 1955—56. The Market Garden has produced a variety of cheap and fresh foods for sale to the families and Messes. Labour has been our greatest

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problem here. One enthusiast, since demobilised, succeeded in hoeing away half a bed of young leek plants in addition to the weeds. Flowers, lettuces, cabbages, raspberries, strawberries, cauliflowers, leeks and tomatoes, are some of our produce, and we hope to produce them in even greater quantities in this coming season. We have repaired the glasshouse at our own expense, and so have been able this year, to grow masses of young plants ready for planting out as soon as the better weather appears. The land under cultivation in and around the camp has been increased since we arrived here. We have ploughed up a large area of the airfield and are seeding it down to oats this year. We are taking a cash crop of rye off the areas that have been under the plough before. We grow potatoes to supplement the issues to the Messes, Never before has a writer seen such quantities of Colorado beetles as there were in this area last year. We should be proud of the fact that England is clear of this pest. No farm notes would be complete without a mention of Alphonse Athenboscher who is the farm foreman. The farm is largely his creation. He is a refugee from the Eastern Zone of Germany, and works hard and loyally for the Regi— ments who have been at Wesendorf. We have obtained the advice of the most successful local German farmer, formerly the Burgermeister of Wesendorf, about our farming policy, and this has been a great help. The soil is very sandy and lacks depth, and stable manure has been a vital help in maintaining fertility. It has been a most interesting year, and we look forward with confidence to being able to report more successfully in the next issue of The Eagle. The success of our efforts can be seen in the many satisfied faces of the Families on leaving the P.R.I. shop.

SERGEANTS’ MESS NOTES After a wet spell in U.K., we arrived in B.A.O.R. to find it even wetter but considerably Cheaper. Over the year we have said “Chin-Chin ” to a number of old faces and welcomed back into the fold numerous others. In sport, R.S.M. “ Skip” Edwards still leads the field, closely followed by Ginger Brooks and Ken Lloyd (R.E.M.E.). Sgt. Manwaring

(R.A.P.C.), is our hockey player and also a keen tennis fan. In the shooting world, Skip Edwards, Cole— Evans and Frank Ireland more than hold their oWn. Amid much trepidation the Mess shot for the Wooden Spoon which was won outright by

Ken Dick, to the great relief of attached members. Sgt. Benson had a “ Dry Leg” this year.

On the recent visit to Denmark for the roth Anniversary of the Liberation, R.S.M. Edwards, S.S.M. Finch, S.Q.M.S. Brown, Sgt. Cole-Evans and Sgt. Colyer led the eight men delegation. At the time of going to Press, they are nor sufficiently lucid to give us a full account, though we understand that the Danes’ food is mostly liquid and the party met a number of ex—Royals who are now settled in the Aarhus

area. Exercises and still more exercises are the main theme these days, so it is rare to have a full Mess, though Fridays, much to Mams trials and

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The Commanding Oflicer was keeping goal—somewhere!

tribulations, is Mess night. The Silver, having now joined us makes a brave display and is much admired by visitors. The Officers versus Sergeants’ Mess Football Match was, much to the surprise of everyone and with the use of a Fire Hose, won by the Oflicers. At the semi-final of the Cavalry Cup in which we played the 3rd Hussars on the 12th Lancer’s ground at Herford. After the match their Mess was like a re-union party with members of three messes re-meeting after a period of years.

Entertainments opened up for the winter sea— son with the El Alamein Ball which coincided with the visit of the Colonel of the Regiment, Col. F. W. Wilson F-itzGerald. Mrs. Thornton pnesented the Colonel’s Lady with a large bouquet of red carnations. Our next effort was a “ Tramps’ Ball” where two members success— fully parted a section of the “ dorf ” from about DM 50 between them; this was followed by a “ Pirates’ Frolic ” at which all had a fairly “ rip— ping” time. The Christmas Draw was a great success, as was the whole Christmas festivity.

EQUITATION NOTES The past year has been a quiet but important one for the horsemen in the Regiment, devoted to building up a stable which now numbers 32 hacks, polo ponies and racehorses. On our arrival in Germany we took over ten “ teen-agers ” from 15/19th Hussars, including some which had been useful show jumpers in their day; nearly all of them were beginning to feel their age, as they had already been past their prime during our last tour in Germany, but we did achieve a few successes Show Jumping and at Hunter Trials last year. During last summer a few of us managed to play polo on borrowed ponies at Munsterlager some 50 miles away. This is an excellent ground in a delightful setting, but too far from the regiments now playing polo. It was therefore

decided to move to Fallingbostel for this season : as this is no nearer to us, we have made our own ground on the airfield, and it already shows promise. Basing our polo stable on the teen-agers, we have now increased it by another ten ponies privately or Regimentally brought out from England. During the Winter the Colonel ran a polo ride in our excellent riding school, and the young entry are making good progress, although they will not be up to tournament standard until next season. For this year’s Inter—Regimental Tournament on 26th June we are counting on older, schooled ponies bought from the Bays and R.H.A. A beginners’ ride for young Officers was also run during the Winter. We were extremely


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lucky in having an excellent instructor in Mrs. Sivewright. Unfortunately she broke her ankle when her horse slipped in the school, but we are glad to see that she is now making a good recovery. A few days later Sgt. Benson also broke his leg riding. We wish him a speedy recovery and would like to express to him and all the stable staff our thanks for all their hard work. The severity of last winter caused a lot of extra work in the stables, but it has borne fruit in the condition the horses are showing

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Horse still tied up Horse nailed to floor (Faulty shoeing) No spark No spurs

Horse too full Horse empty Horse fed up The Stables.

Fails to Turn:

Horse too heavy Horse too stiff No reins

Band RIDER FEELS DISCOMFORT :‘

HORSE STOPS or WON’T FACE BALL:

HORSE DOES NOT STOP :

(Hyperion). Nlighty Challenge. 5 b.g. by Challenge—Little Love. Saline. 5 b.g. (German TB). Heidesand. 7 b.g. (German HB). Owners are Major Fielden, Capt, Bradish— Ellames, Lt. Birkbeck and Lt. Philippi. At this date Selskar Abbey alone has run this year. He ran according to plan at Hamburg in April and then won a small German flat race at Verden fairly easily. He has improved enormously since coming to Wesendorf from Epsom last October and should do well. Cpl. Beeforth returned to duty in the Racing Stable in March after a spell with 4/7 D.G.; “lads ” include Tpr. Terrell (an Epsom apprentice) and “Toni” who was with the 11th Hussars. Hals und Bein brech!

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Racing Notes In 1955 there will be only nine days’ racing under British Military Rules (five at Hanover, three at Bad Lippspringe, and one at Castrop Rauxel). It is therefore economical for owners to have horses that are qualified also to run under German Rules. The Regimental Racing Stable is training at present six horses owned privately by officers of the Regiment and two from the 4/7 D.G. The Regiment’s horses are :— Hesabuty. 3 ch.g. by The Cob.—Coup’s Gift. Selskar Abbey. 4 b.g. by Remember II—June Baby. Ski Jump. 4 grg. by Airborne—Solar Path

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now. A summary of Shows in which we were placed is given below; we hope that next season We will have a much longer list:— Rhine Army Horse Show: Paddy IX. Lt. Phillipi. 3rd, Hunter Class. Luneburg Horse Show: Penny. Lt. Birkbeck. Class “A” Jumping. 5th Inter—Regimental Hunter Trial. Hohne Garrison Horse Show: Penny. Lt. Boyd. 3rd Class “ L ” Jumping. Jock. Lt. \Vilson FitzGerald. 2nd Class “ L ” Jumping.

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HORSE JUMPS— Intentionally : Unintentionally :

HORSE DOES NOT JUMP :

Girth not fastened Legs not same length Wrong horse Saddle back to front

No air Reins too tight Ball too big Ball too hard

Reins broken Hornet beneath saddle Horse pointing home— ward Spurs too long

Obstacle too low Too much spark Mixture too rich Stupid horse

Obstacle too big (try expert)

HORSE STILL DOES NOT JUMP:

Try another expert

HORSE STILL DOES NOT JUMP:

Try another horse

Once again our Editor eagerly awaits our tit— bits of Band news and the writer scratches his head and tries hard to remember all that has come to pass in the past twelve months which, we hope, will be of interest to present and past members of the Band and Regiment. Much water has flowed beneath the proverbial bridge since we returned with the Regiment from the Canal Zone and although we did not come to Germany at the same time as the Regiment we were kept very busy in the United Kingdom where we stayed at Perham Down, just over the hill from Tidworth. Our “foster” unit at Perham Down, 32 Assault Engineer Regiment, was most helpful to us and we were afforded the use of very good billets and the service of what might be called a “ help yourself” Q.M.’s department. The Band was much in demand during the summer months both for duty and other en— gagements. On the 4th of June we played at Eton College on the occasion of Founders’ Day and it was a great success from all aspects. We stayed with the Horse Guards at Combcrmcre Barracks, Windsor, for the week—end and the weather, in spite of the bad summer which we all experienced, was perfect. We played on Agar’s Plough for the cricket match in the after— noon and for the very good firework display during the later hours of the evening, which was preceded by the annual water sports. The Colonel of the Regiment, Col. F. W. Wilson FitzGerald, and Mrs. FitzGerald spoke to us all, as did many present and past members of the Regiment and they all enjoyed our programmes. Our next engagement was a duty one and

Notes was in aid of the S.S.A.F.A. Tattoo which has become an annual affair and is held at the White City. We and two or three more Cavalry Bands assembled for rehearsals for the massed hands. This necessitated the Band being rigged out in pre-I939 dress. Our first dress parade was nothing short of a nightmare, and Very few of the band had any idea how to don our “Reds” and overalls. However, by slow and painful elimination we managed to eradicate the Gilbertian effect, and at long last we turned out a Very smart looking Band. We all enjoyed our stay in London and we shall be returning to the White City Stadium once again in 1955 for a similar tattoo. Whilst in town we also did a recording for the BBC. in the Bandstand series and from all reports the programme was enjoyed by all who were able to hear it, especially by those here in B.A.O.R. Another of our engagements was undertaken at Southport for the annual Great Flower Show of the North. Once again we stayed at Formby and were well looked after. One or two Old Comrades made themselves known to us whilst we played in the show, including Mr. Hester. The Band played for an Armed Forces Day parade at Sitaftesbury in Dorset for the Ameri— can Centre there, and the B.M., who attended a rehearsal of the parade, had to make quite a few adjustments to the Drill Manual in order to comply with “ Sound Off,” “About Faces ” and what have you. After all the formalities of the parade the Band were entertained by our American friends and needless to say a good time was had by all.


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A return trip was made by our four silver trumpeters at a later date and they went to sound “ Last Post ” at nearby Wincanton where the local inhabitants had erected a memorial plaque to some American Airmen who perished in an accident there during the War. (A photograph appears elsewhere in The Eagle show— ing the trumpeters during the sounding). We also provided an eight—man escort at the Weddings of Capt. >Hanmer and Capt. Evans, our past Adjutant. These were undertaken in pre—war uniform and a photograph, appearing elsewhere, shows the Guard of Honour. We are sorry to report that the following have now left us and we wish them all the best: Cpl. Brown, L/Cpl. Herriot, Bdsm.

Tizard, Barclay, McNamara, Lacken, Robb and McGill. We welcome back to the fold, Bdsm. Whiteman, after a successful course at R.M.S.M. at Kneller Hall, and also to his bosom friend, Bdsm. Pearce, both from Leicester. To offset these losses we welcome to the fold no less than four new faces from Wales in Bdsm. Pritchard, Jenkins, Davies and Price, and we trust that their stay with us will be a very happy one. Also a newcomer is Bdsm. King, who has been solo corner in the Dalkeith Band and to him we wish a happy stay. Some other

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new members are at the Depot and they will be joining us in B.A.O.R. in the near future. The new boys who joined us in England whilst at Tidworth are coming along very well. They are Boys Thorn, De La Haye, Watts, Burgess and Craghill and all five will be an asset to the Band in a very short space of time. We are very pleased to report that our Kneller Hall Inspection is now over and finished with, and though we have not officially received our grading we have heard that it is up to the top class. This is very gratifying to all concerned and great credit must be given to all who worked so very earnestly and keenly to obtain good results. It is hoped that the Band will be going off to Denmark in the early part of May to give some concerts and to “ show the Flag ” in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Libera— tion. Concerts are to be given in the principal towns and cities and we hope to renew some friendships which exist between the Danish population and the Regiment. In conclusion, we would like to congratulate Band Staff-Sergeant Tait on his promotion and also on the birth of a son. Congratulations also go to Bdsm. Scott and Whellans and their wives on the births of a son and daughter respectively, and to Cpl. and Mrs. Williamson on the birth of a son.

BOYS SQUADRON During the past year, a recruiting drive has been made in schools through Youth Organisa-

tions and the Press, to increase the number of boys in the Regular Army. The establishment of the Boys Squadron has now been increased to 300 boys and fortunately, as the R.A.C. is an attractive corps as far as boys are concerned, We do not appear to have had any lack of suitable entrants. The yearly output is now about 70 boys; this will increase in 1956 to over 100. 150 boys have already been posted to Regiments and 70% are already N.C.O.s, From our records the Royals have had five boys to date, Wythe, Burr, Gordon, Wayman and Alexander, Boy/Cpl. Wood is joining at the end of the Easter term; he captained the Squadron Football team during the past season and should give a good account of himself.

For the benefit of any Old Comrades who did not see previous ioumals, the terms are as follows:— The Squadron works normal school terms and has school holidays, the syllabus being shared between Education, Military Training and Sport. Education is emphasised throughout a

boy’s two years’ training, and so far the results have been most satisfactory. There has not yet been a complete failure amongst candidates entered for the Army Ist Class Exam and, last

term, out of a total of 47 boys sitting the Army 2nd Class Exam, 39 were awarded certificates. These excellent results are mainly due to careful coaching by an experienced Educational Staff. Military training starts with two terms G.M.T., a boy learning drill, weapon training and simple fieldcraft, then normal crewman training at the R.A.C. Schools on latest equipment, passing Trade Tests in the normal way. Finally, a boy undergoes a term’s Tank Commanding before joining the Regiment at the age of 18 years. All boys are coached in Games, Boxing and Athletics.

It has been a most successful year;

we won the Aldershot District Boys’ Athletic Championships against six other Boys’ Units,

and last November we defeated the R.A.O.C. by II fights to 4 in the finals of the Aldershot District Enlisted Boys’ Boxing Championships. In February we won the Aldershot CrossCountry Running and just before Easter were

THE JOURNAL or THE ROYAL DRAGOONS equal first with the Ist Training Battalion, R.E.M.E., in the final of the local monthly Cross—Country League; a boys’ team competing against major Units! R.A.C. Records are entirely responsible for postings and ensure that there is a fair distribution of boys between Regiments. However, a boy with a claim to the Royals will be posted to the Regiment. Boys join between the ages of 15% and 16%, but Records make exceptions in special cases. Terms are six years and three years’ reserve liability from 18th birthday. Pay on enlistment is 2/6 per day, progressively increasing after two years to 4/— per day, and men’s rates of pay after 17% years of age. Three weeks holiday are given at Easter, Summer and Christmas with full pay and Ration Allowance. The Instructors, both Officers and N.C.O.s, are specially selected to represent their Regiments, and are expected to take part in all sports and give up a considerable amount of their spare time for the welfare of the boys. An excellent and close co~operation exists between

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the Squadron and parents, and in addition to

the annual visit, a number of parents come down to visit their sons at odd week-ends. Parents can rest assured that their sons are properly supervised during their recreation hours; the boys are happy and morale is high. The parents of the boys who are at present in the Squadron have all expressed their satisfaction with their sons’ progress and the conditions under which they work and live. The Royals are now well represented at the Boys’ Squadron by Sgt. Kimble and Lt. J. G. Trouton, who has taken over Blenheim Troop. Any boy, or Old Comrade who has a boy who is considering joining the Boys’ Squadron, should write me at the Boys’ Squadron, Bovington Camp, Wareham, Dorset, and I shall be delighted to send more detailed information. Major R. K. B. Hrrcncocx, M.C., Boys’ Squadron, R.A.C., Bovington Camp, Nr. Wareham, Dorset.

FIFE AND FORFAR YEOMANRY It was with great pleasure that we were able to welcome C01. and Mrs. Wilson FitzGerald to Fife in August last year. The Colonel had been shooting grouse in Angus with Major “ Ginger ” Houstoun, and paid an unofficial visit to the Yeomanry on his way home. He kindly attended a small Regimental Rifle Meeting where he presented the prizes one Sunday after— noon, and was able to meet most of the Royals Permanent Staff. In the evening he was entertained to dinner by Brigadier W. C. G. Black, the Honorary Colonel of the Yeomanry, whose son Tim has recently returned after completing his National Service with the Regiment.

We had an enjoyable camp on Salisbury Plain at the end of September, when the weather was surprisingly kind considering how unpleasant the summer had been. Fortunately the Regimental Band were in Tidworth at the time, and the officers of the Yeomanry were most grateful when Mr. Trythall kindly arranged for them to play at a guest night in the Mess. We were very pleased to see Col. “ Kate ” Savile one evening for dinner. Many officers will remember him as AG. 17 at the War Office. He is now a most energetic farmer in Hampshire. We have had several changes in the Per— manent Staff in the last year. R.S.M. Baker was not with us for long before he was whisked away and given a commission, upon which all ranks of the Yeomanry offer him the heartiest con—

gratulations. We understood that he was bound for the “ Golden Sands ” in Cyprus, but we have recently heard that he is actually sorting out the East African Pioneers on the “ not so Golden Sands ” at Kabrit. At least he should know his way around the place. We are very pleased to have R.S.M. Rapkin in his place, to welcome S.S.M.s Joyce and Phillips, and Sgt. Tillott to Fife, and sorry to have said farewell to S.S.M. Bradley and Sgts. Acres and Brown. History has repeated itself in that one Royals R.S.M. has been succeeded by his son in the same appointment. R.S.M. Rapkin (senior) was R.S.M. to the Yeomanry in 1914. He is at present staying with his son, and renewing many old friendships in Fife. A very successful children’s Christmas party was held in the new Drill Hall at Cupar, which was well attended by all the children of the Royals and Civilian Permanent Staff, who greatly appreciated the magnificent Christmas tree kindly presented by Brigadier Black. The Officers’ Dance was also held at the new Officers’ Mess in Cupar for the first time, and was much enjoyed by all present. Our annual administrative inspection was held last month by Brigadier Cracroft, commanding 30th (Lowland) Armoured Brigade, assisted by two of his staff officers, Major Cumming and Capt. White of the Royal Scots Greys. We are glad to say that the report was encouraging.


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We are now beginning to prepare for this year’s camp, which is to be held at Kirkcud— bright in July, as it was three years ago, which means plenty of work for us all. The Quartermaster, who was recently promoted to Captain, an honour which he more than deserves, is as busy as ever in this respect, when he is not organising a Charity Dance in aid of S.S.A.F.A. or the Officers’ bar tent at our local point—to— point. Our thanks are due to the Fife Territorial

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Association who, apart from building four excellent married quarters at R.H.Q., have also acquired a very nice house for the Quarter— master in Cupar, and more recently still a most suitable quarter for future Training Officers or Adjutants near-by. We were pleased to see Capt. Hodgson recently on his way to fish on the Dee. We only hope that more past or present Royals will pay us a visit if they are coming this way.

O.C.A. NOTES

The Silver Trumpeters at the Dedication of the American Memorial. Wincanton.

The Royal Dragoons Old Comrades’ Association Annual Reunion, 1955

The members of the Committee representing The Royal Dragoons Old Comrades’ Association Wish to extend a hearty vote of thanks to all members who gave their loyal support during the past year and to extend a warm welcome to all our new members. The Annual Reunion, held on Saturday, 7th May, 1955, at The Red House, Bishopsgate,

London, E.C.2., was a great success. Members started arriving before 5.30 p.m., and the bars were soon very busy. The Annual General Meeting commenced at 6.35 p.m., and was presided over by our new President, Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O. The Chairman (Major K. G. F. Balfour, M.C.) gave a brief outline of the work carried out by the Committee during the past year and ended by

asking members present to help our membership by encouraging Old Royals to join the Association. The meeting ended at 7 p.m. and again the bars were fully occupied. At about 7.30 pm, 90 members sat down and enjoyed an excellent dinner which included steak and kidney and mushroom pudding. The Colonel of the Regiment (Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O.) proposed the toast of The Regiment and said how happy he was to be appointed Colonel of The Regiment. He thanked all members for their kind wishes and told of his Visit to the Regiment in Germany, where he was very impressed with all he saw. He stated that the book on the history of The Royals, during the last war, was in the hands

The Band provides a Guard of Honour at Captain Hanmer’s Wedding.


THE JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL DRAGOONS of the publishers and would be obtainable in August or September of this year and advised all present to secure a copy, for he thoroughly recommended this book which contained also 40 photographs, many of which were taken in action. The Commanding Officer (LL-Col. P. Massey, M.C.) gave an outline of the work carried out by the Regiment in Germany and stated that they had acquitted themselves well in the field. This had been another Gold Cup year, Major P.

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of time and worry. In conclusion he said that The Royals were still the best Regiment and proposed the toast to the Old Comrades’ Association. Members again collected around the bars and the chatter and laughter was enough to prove that we had again enjoyed a very good evening. One last remark on the reunion is that we sincerely hope that still more Old Royals will

come along to the reunion next year which will again be held on Cup Final night.

B. Fielden, M.C., winning the Grand Military

The Grand Military Gold Cup 1955.

The Last Fence. Major P. B. Fielden on Skatealong leading Cottage Lace (Captain MacEwan).

Steeplechase on Skatealong. At sport the Regiment were doing very well, but the main success was at football for, although being beaten in the finals of the Army Cup (B.A.O.R. Section) and the Cavalry Cup (B.A.O.R. Section) they had indeed upset many fancied teams. He stated that the Band was at present in Denmark having been specially invited to play there, and that they would be taking part in the S.S.A.F.A. Tattoo which was being held at the White City, London, in the near future, and hoped that many would go to see and hear them. The highlight of his speech then followed, when he stated that arrangements were being made for a large party of Old Comrades to visit the Regiment in Germany next year for the Waterloo Day Celebrations and hoped that an aeroplane could be chartered at about £12 per person, thus saving a great deal

The combined ex—Cavalrymans’ Association held their Annual Parade and Service on Sunday morning, 8th May, in Hyde Park, and there were 60 Old Comrades present. We still do not compare favourably with other Cavalry Regiments, so again We appeal to Old Royals to turn up for this Memorial Service and March past, and not to be content to witness it from the sides of the road, as many did on this occasion. All Old Comrades will be pleased to know that Colonel F. W. WilsonaFitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., who has relinquished his office as Presi— dent has very kindly consented to remain on the Committee of the O.C.A., where his support and advice ‘has always been of such value. We take this opportunity of respectfully thanking him for his successful work during his term as President since the war.

GRAND MILITARY GOLD CUP On 18th March, Major P. B. Fielden became

one of the few officers to ride his own horse to victory for a second time in the Grand Military

Gold Cup at Sandown Park. The field this year numbered eleven, the largest number since the war, and included eight horses which had previously won over fences. Favourite at 11-10 was Major W. D. Gibbons’s Cottage Lace, which had won three novices chases and two handicap chases during the current season. Major Fielden’s Skatealong was second favourite based on form showed on his only previous race in England when he won a two—mile novice chase at Kempton in February, beating nine others, six of which fell. Her Majesty The Queen was in the paddock before the race and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were also present. In the early stages of the race Major Fielden kept Skatealong among the leaders; after the water the second time round he was in front with Crushed Ice. Shortly after this Cottage

The Grand Military, 1931.

Captain R. B. Moseley’s Slieve Green.

Lace made a bad mistake which left him with a lot of ground to make up. Major Fielden jumped the last three fences in front; at the last Capt. McEwan on Cottage Lace, was making up ground but was still almost three lengths behind the leader. Here Cottage Lace fell on landing and Skatealong was left an easy winner by 12 lengths from Crushed Ice with Triple Torch a

further I 5 lengths away. After the race Her Majesty presented the Cup to Major Fielden in the unsaddling enclosure. Skatealong’s history is interesting in that it shows that experience in the hunting field make up a lot for lack of racing experience. He was bred in Ireland and hunted there as a young horse. He did not race until the 1953 / 54 season, when he was unplaced in three amateur flat races and won one point—to—point out of three starts—all in Ireland. He was bought by Capt. Charles Radclyife (late The Greys) as a six year old for Major Fielden last August, and was hunted by Major Fielden with the Heythrop


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been successful in 1953 with Atom Bomb. In the intervening year they had produced Roughan (a chestnut gelding by Show Ring) which had jumped the last fence in front but was then narrowly beaten by Major Blacker’s Pointsman (a prominent runner in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup) and Point of Law.

1931 1953

1955 Royal Dragoons who have ridden the winners of this race are shown below:—

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Major J. I. Tidswell’s “ Larva ” by Vulcan. 5 years. II.7.—Mt. J. F. Burn Murdoch. Mr. H. L. Powell’s “ The Midshipmite ” by Torpedo. Aged 8. 11.7.—Major J. F. Burn Murdoch. Capt. R. B. Moseley’s “ Slieve Green.”— Capt. R. B. Moseley. Major P. B. Fielden’s “ Atom Bomb ” by Desert Cloud. 10.8.—Major P. B. Fielden. Major P. B. Fielden’s “ Skatealong” by The Skate. 7 years. 12.o.—Major P. B. Fielden.

The Soldiers,’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA) “SSAFA CHAMPIONS THF CAUSE OF SERVICE FAMILIES” Massed Bands at The S.S.A.F.A. Tattoo, White City, 1954.

Although it was in 1885 that Major (later Colonel Sir James) Gildea first formed what was to become the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association, it is surprising how few people realise the full scope of this now very large organisation, which has been in continuous existence since that date. Even as far back as the Boer War this Association spent over a million pounds helping Service families, and ex— penditure in both the first and second world wars was many times as large. Now that we are at peace, however, what can S.S.A.F.A. do to help the family of the Serving and ex-Service man? First and foremost, it is a voluntary welfare organisation designed to look after every aspect of family welfare. S.S.A.F.A. tries, when the Serviceman is separated from his family, in some measure, to

take his place, for all of us know how difficult it is for his wife to deal with the many problems of present day living without the help of her husband. The Overseas Service of S.S.A.F.A., which started during the last war, and which has repre— sentatives in the main Commands overseas, exists to help in all the many problems that arise through separation. Throughout the British Isles there are 15,000 voluntary representatives of the Association, who can visit families in their own homes and give them practical help. This help may take the form of advice or, in necessitous cases, an imme— diate grant. These representatives also visit and report at the request of Regimental Asso— ciations.

The S.S.A.F.A. Clothing Branch can provide bedding, clothes and footwear for families with small incomes, who owing to the high cost of living, have little or no margin to meet all their clothing requirements. When Father is away and Mother falls ill the problem often arises as to who can look after the children. S.S.A.F.A. provides the answer in Springbok House, nr. Chelmsford, which takes care of small boys and girls in happy, friendly surroundings. S.S.A.F.A. runs a Nursing Service, consisting

of qualified hospital trained nurses, who look after the health of the children and mothers in overseas stations. The entire cost of the Nursing Service is now borne by public funds, but it is still administered and controlled by the Asso— ciation. There is always a demand for an inexpensive but properly conducted club or hostel where Service or ex—Service families can stay when visiting or passing through London. In Nevcrn Square, London, the S.S.A.F.A. Married Families’ Club provides hotel amenities for families, with special facilities for children, and has fre— quently helped stranded families to find both shelter and advice. The Club operates without profit. In 1886, a year after the Association was formed, the Oflicers’ Branch of S.S.A.F.A. was

established. By its Charter, the Oflicers’ Branch is precluded from drawing on the general funds of the Association, but has to rely entirely upon donations especially earmarked for this Branch. In 1904, the O‘Hicers’ Branch built a block of flats

at Wimbledon, and named it Queen Alexandra’s Court. These flats are occupied rent free by deceased officers’ widows of the three Services, and elderly unmarried daughters of limited means. This year alone, there have been over 120 applications for help and from those who wish to be considered for residence there. Rent grants are being paid to 48, who are unable to gain admittance. These are some of S.S.A.F.A.’s more obvious activities, but most of the Association’s work takes place behind the doors of modest looking homes where families seek to hide their grief and trouble from the curious gaze of the out— side world. And because S.S.A.F.A.’s thousands of voluntary workers _have scrupulously re— spected the myriad confidences they have re— ceived, much of the Association’s most intimate

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Births Sgt. Brooks, a daughter, Linda Susan, on 3rst December, 1954, at B.M.H., Hanover.

L/Cpl. Wilson, “ A” Squadron, a son, Michael James, on 27th September, I954, at the Nursing Institution, Burton—on-Trent.

17th January, 1955, at B.M.H., Hanover.

Bdsrn. Scott, a son, David Ian, on 3oth December, 1954, at B.M.H., Hanover.

S.S.M. Joyce, a daughter, Ruth Constance, on S/Sgt. Tait, a son, Malcolm Stuart, on 17th February, 1955, at Combermere Barracks, Wesendorf.

Capt. J. W. E. Hanmer

T.Q.M.S. Crockett

.Q.M.S. Jones .

Cpl. Cunningham to Diana Westbrook, on

Tpr. Butler ’117 (“B” Squadron) to Joyce Hunter, on 4th December, 1954, at St. Hilda’s

Tpr. Jones ’396 (HQ. Squadron) to Jill Anora Phompson, on 19th March, 1954, at Wallasey Register Office, Cheshire. Sgt. Brooks to Brenda Hadrill Atherton, on 8th May, 1954, at Stand Church, Whitefield, Manchester.

Church, South Shields, Co. Durham. L/Cpl. Gibson to Agnes McLaren Stewar, on 31st December, 1954, at St. John’s Church,

King’s Park, Midlothian. Tpr. Bird ’326 (“ A ” Squadron) to Jean Wilma Carrington, on 19th January, 1955, at the Register Office, Stourbridge. V

Cpl. Barnaby to Joy Henstock, on 15th May, (954, at St. John’s Church, Carrington, Nottingham.

Sgt. Webb to Phyllis Joan Slark, on 29th January, 1955, at Woking Register Office.

L/Cpl. Carter to Joan Sanderson, on 7th August, 1954, at Aspley Parish Church, Aspley Lane, Nottingham.

Tpr. Dickinson to Evelyn Bishop, on 5th February, 1955, at St_ Michael’s Church, Gars— ton, Liverpool.

Capt. J. W. E. Hanmer to Audrey Melissa Congreve, on 17th July, 1954, at St. Saviour’s,

Sgt. Manwaring (R.A.P.C.) to Barbara Doreen Handley, on 20th February, 1955, at St. Joseph’s Church, Wealdstone, Middlesex.

Walton Street, London.

Deaths Majory Lornie, daughter of L/Cpl. Lornie, on 5th July, 1954, at Combermere Barracks, Wesendorf.

Kenneth Wight, son of Cpl. Wight, on 5th July, 1954, at Combermere Barracks, Wesendorf.

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“ HQ.” SQUADRON Capt. R. H. D. Fabling

R.S.M. Edwards

Pte. Henderson (A.C.C.) to Audrey Mary Gunning, on 27th November, 1954, at St. Peter’s Church, Woolwich.

Second—in-Command

Major C. W. J. Lewis, M.B.E. Capt. P. A. Woodbridge, R.A.M.C. Rev. C. J. Comyns, R.A.Ch.D.

Capt. C. E. W. Ferrand

Cpl. Jackson to Winifred Silburn, on 26th February, 1954, at Preston Register Office, Preston.

Commanding Officer

Lt. W. R. Wilson FitzGerald z/L-t. T. L. Wright

S.S.M. Vowles, a son, Stephen John, on 8th March, 1955, at B.M.H., Hanover.

Marriages

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Capt. O. J. Lewis

Sgt. Hows, a son, David Ian, on Ist March, 1955, at B.M.H., Hanover.

Cpl. Shillito (R.E.M.E.), a daughter, Karen Deirdrie, on 27th March, 1955, at B.M.H., Hanover.

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Capt. B. J. Hodgson

19th March, 1954, at the Register Office, Ealing.

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Lt.~Col. P. Massey, M.C. Major J. C. Parkhousc Major P. B. Fielden, M.C. Capt, S. E. M. Bradish—Ellamcs

Major A. B. Houstoun, M.C., a son, William

Cpl. Williamson (Band), a son, Alistair John, on 29th December, 1954, at B.M.H., Hanover.

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Capt. R. C. T. Sivewright, M.C., a daughter, Amanda Jane, on 25th June, 1954, at St. Ives, Cornwall.

Robert, on 20th December, 1954, at B.M.H., Hanover.

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. Vowles .' .S. W'eller .M.S. Fletcher . . '. . . ‘ . .

Cole—Evans, A. Collerton, J. Colyer, P. Crowhurst, L. Cummings, S. Gunn, J. Sheppard, L.

g . Thornton, D. . Webster, D.

. Hall, B. . Hill, R. . Jackson, H.

. Lock, H. . Mackay, J. . Plumbly, G. . Routley, A.

. Sell, T. . Thorpe, J. L/Cpl. Agar, R. L/Cpl. Bosher, J. L/Cpl. Burman, R. L/Cpl. Buy, A. L/Cpl. Coleman, S.

L/Cpl. Connell, A. L/Cpl. Elliot, W. L/Cpl. L/Cpl. L/Cpl. L/Cpl. L/Cpl.

Gibson, D. Hicken, I. Howard, D. Jefferies, W. Jones, J.

L/Cpl. Lloyd, G. L/Cpl. Mitchell, C. L/Cpl. PaV, M.

. Andrews, R. . Angus, M. . . . . .

Armstrong, F. Ashmore, K. Badiali, J. Beadle, K. Beckett, E.

. Bird, T. . Birrell, J ‘. . . . '.

Birkett, B. Booth, J. Booth, D. Bottoms, T. Brailsford, D.

. Brannen, J. . Breslin, N. . . . .

Brett, E. Brummel, H. Bryson, G. Burrell, A.

. Cemm, T. . . . .

Chadney, A. Chapman, N. Clay, D. Connelly, M.

. Hill, F. . . . . . . .

Horsell, L. Howcs, D. Hutchinson, K. Instonc, R. Jerrim, L. Jones, F. Jones, G.

. Joseph, J. . Kay, E. . Kemp, B. . Kielty, J.

. Knight, M. . ‘. . . . . , . . . . . ‘ .

Lakin, F. Langridge, M. Lawler, R Ling, G. Lowdon, K. Lydon, A. McLaren, R. Mankelow, F. Manson, A. Medhurst, E. Moore, J. Morley, K.

. Cooper, R.

. Nichol, J.

. Corston, C. _. Darby, E.

. Oliver, D.

. Davies, P. , . . ' . . ‘.

Dixon, G. Docherty, J. Dolphin, B. Duncan, A. Edwards, R.

‘. Edwards, R. . . , . . . ‘ . . .

Egerton, A. Emery, F. Facey, H. Fletcher, R. Forrester, J. French, A. Gaulc, L. Gavagan, M.

L/Cpl. Robson. S. L/Cpl. Sivier, L.

1 Greenwood. F. . Grihault, E.

L/Cpl. Smith, C.

. Hammett, W.

L/Cpl. Thompson. B. L/Cpl. Topping, K

. Hardy, R. . Harris, R.

L/Cpl. Williams, D.

‘. Hartley, K.

L/Cpl. Yard. T. Tpr. Alexander, M.

. Hembling. B. . Hildred, S.

. Parker, R. . Parsons, M. . Peck, B. . Perkins, W'.

‘. Pettit. I. . Rackham, C. . Rennie, C. . Rice, J. . Rose, P.

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Scott, C. Seymour, C. Short, J. Sloan, A.

. Smith, R. . Sobey, F.

. Southernwood, D. . Stage. L. . Stephenson, T. _ . Stevens, R. . '. Swanston, C. . Taylor, J. . Thomas, J. . Thomas, R.


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Tpr. Vining, A. Tpr. Waghorn, G. Tpr. Ward, P.

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. McDonnell. . Duffield. . Acford.

Tpr. Williams, D, Tpr. Wiskow, M. Tpr. \Vorsley, D.

. Cornell, K. . Beard. . Brown.

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Bdm. Smith, A.

. Best. L/Cpl. Rochford.

Bdm. Philip, A.

Bdm. Taylor, M. Bdm. Thomason, A.

Tpr. Ashdown. Tpr. Blackburn.

Bdm. Philip, T.

Bdm. Watts, A.

Bdm. Price, A. Bdm. Pritchard, K.

Bdm. Whellans, M. Bdm. Whiteman, R, Boy Craghill Boy De la Haye

Tpr. Blake. Tpr. Bainbridge.

Bdm. Jenkins, J. Bdm. King, E Bdm. Pearce, B.

Bdm. Rangeley, L. Bdm. Scott, D.

Bdm. Smith, L.

Tpr. Braithwaite. Tpr. Burr.

Tpr. Birch. Tpr. Coult Tpr. Collender. Tpr. Tur.

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Clarke. Dempsey. Davison, R.

Docherty, J. Docherty, J. Ellerby, G.

Edge, R. Gillson, M. Gentile, A. Gray, R.

Gregory, D. Hall, R. Hood, N. Holland, J. F. Jenkins, E.

Kearney, J. Kinnie, A.

Laidlaw, J. J. Tpr. Matthews, T.

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Murray, G.

McGilligan, A. Mercer, W. Nicholls, G. Perry, D. J.

Phillips, C. Robinson, P. Rollinson, B. Richards, A.

Rogerson, J. Smith, J. W. Tune, G. Turrall, R. Wainwright, G.

Wheatley, C. Wilson, J. Watts, D. Wood, G.

Tpr. Young, C.

Tpr. R.E.M.E. Capt. S. J. Cox 2/Lt. J. Threlfall W'.O.I Morgan

Sgt. Garlinge, W. Sgt. Lloyd, C.

Sgt. Cpl. Cpl. Cpl.

Morton, D. Davis. F. Giblett, R. Lamont, R.

Cpl. Shillito, I. Cpl. Warner, J Cfn. Allen, S.

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Bonella, W. Booth, B. Clarke, E. Crinnian, A. Everitt, M. Gilchrist, H. Henry, J. Higginson, S. Limbert, F. Low, J Mann, I.

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Renshaw, E. Ross, A. Storer, R. Surridge, L. Thomas, R. Vipan, D, Waddington, B.

Sgt. Sutherland, H. L/Cpl. Brookes, C. L/Cpl. Herdman, D. Pte. Anderson, M.

Pte. Ball, B.

S/Sgt. Smith, A.

. Sutherland, D. W.

L/Cpl. Davis, P. L/Cpl. Hawcutt, J.

. Sunderland, J.

. Davis, H. J. ROYAL SIGNALS

ngn. Patrick, J. W.

ngn. Myers, B.

Sgt. Benson. Cpl. Beeforth.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

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. Marsh, R.

STABLES

A.C.C. Cpl. Drury, R

R.E.M.E.

. Maunder, J. . Pead, F.

i . Pye, D.

Berridge, C.

Hogg, G. Hughes, H. Martin, I. Matthews, J. Scholey, M.

. Coppin, R.

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. Henderson, A.

. Smith, S.

. Brown, E. . Brooker, T. . Clarke, R.

L/Cpl. Johnstone, D. C. L/Cpl. Cooke, E. Tpr. Cousteils, A. Tpr. Clarke, R.

Amos. Bleakley, A.

Slater, J. Storey, L. Smith, A.

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. Green, R. . Potter, A. . Pemblington.

. Williams. . Wilkinson.

SQUADRON

Wright, W. Major D. N. Macdonald, M.C. Capt. R. C. Bucknall.

ROYAL SIGNALS Sgt. McMillan, I. Cpl. Marlow, T.

L/ Cpl. Hancock, K. ngn. Crone, D.

ngn. McKay, J. ngn. Erikson, E. Dvr. Newbury, G.

R.A.E.C. Sgt. Myers, D.

Lt. L. R. Burnside. Lt. D. S. A. Boyd. Lt. N. H. Matterson 2/Lt. P. J. Clowes. 2/Lt. T. P. Hart—Dyke. 2/Lt. P. R. V. Thellusson.

S.S.M. Finch, T. P. S.Q.M.S. Lynd, L.

Sgt. Bellamy

Sgt. Able, C. Sgt. Ireland, F.

R.A.P.C.

Sgt. Ranson, T. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt.

Sgt. Manwaring, I. “A” Major K. F. Timbrell, M.C.

Lt. W. S. H. Boucher. 2/Lt. J. J. F. Scott. 2/Lt. A. P. McNeile. 2/Lt. P, Baring. 2/Lt. A. H. D. Nash. S.S.M. Bradley. S.Q.M.S. Brown. Sgt. Acres, J. Sgt. Howley.

Sgt. Paul, J. A.

SQUADRON

Remfrey. Evans, D. Taylor, L. Titmarsh, C. Whitbread, F.

Cpl. Chapman, J.

Sgt. Blackaller, H. Cpl. Vickers, C.

. Lownie, D. . Gill, J.

Cpl. Astbury, K.

. Wilson, J.

. Leadbetter, D.

Cpl. Allison, L. Cpl. Allsopp, W. E.

. Barker. . Scott, F. . McKerron.

. McCormick, W.

Cpl. Hulston, R. R.

Cpl. Culkin, K. Cpl. Cox.

Cpl. Ingram, W. Cpl. Stanley, Z.

L/Cpl. Palmer, L. H.

. Stafford. . Ford, C. . Fennah, P.

. Strain, D. . Gater.

. Fitzgerald, R.

. Sarll, R. . Wickenden, P. . Caines, R. . Harvey, R. . Husband, W. . Hartley, L.

. J aques, P.

L/Cpl. Lyon, J. L / Cpl. McPherson, N. L / Cpl. Mould, R.

L/Cpl. Pugh, M. L/Cpl. Purslow. L/Cpl. Springthorpe, B.

. Dellaway, R. . Dickinson, K.

. Dickson, L. . Day, L. . Drake, A.

L/Cpl. Smith, L. L/Cpl. Tasker, W.

. Depledge, W. . Eastwood, D. . Eddom, R.

L/Cpl. Taylor, J.

. Eyley, J.

L/ Cpl. White. L/Cpl. Ward, A. Tpr. Acton, G.

. Evans, J.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Bamford, G. Barter, L.

Baker, J. Baillie, A.

Tpr. Beale, A. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Blaney, P. Burfield, R. Birrell, A. Buttery, K. Browne, K. Brown, B. Butler, T. Beecroft, C. Brooks, K.

. Edwards, E. . . . . .

Ewing, W. Forsyth, I. Gregory, R. Gordon, R. Goldsworthy, C.

Gale. . Hamilton, G. . Hammond, R. . Harris, J.

. House, J. . H'll 1 . . Hillback, R. . Hurdle, E. . Ingram, B.

. Jackson, M.

Callander, J.

. Kelly, B.

Cartmell, D.

. Kelly, B. . Kirkbride, R.

Tpr. Coxall, P.


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Tpr. Lewis, R. Tpr. Laws, R. Tpr. Mankelow, F. Tpr. Millward, V.

Tpr. Morris, J. Tpr. McGill. Tpr. Marsden, R. Tpr. Maclellan, J.

Tpr. North, P. Tpr. Norman, D. Tpr. O’Hara, T.

JOURNAL

OF

THE

S/ Sgt. Hill, G. L/Cpl. Robson, C.

DRAGOONS

Tpr. Palmer, M. Tpr. Petts, E.

THE

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

Tpr. Price, G.

Tpr. Porter, A. Tpr. Rush, T. Tpr. Ratty, A.

Tpr. Rolph, D.

Syme, W. Shailes, L. Tarling, J. Taylor, R.

Tpr. Smith R. Tpr. Springthorpe, P.

L/Cpl. Duquemin, W. L/Cpl. Godfray, W. L/Cpl. Michelagnoli, C.

Tpr. Bailey, W. Tpr. Finney, B. Tpr. Grady, B.

L/Cpl. Lornie, C. L/Cpl. Dempster, J.

Tpr. Brede, R, Tpr. Condon, M.

Tpr. Foreman, A.

Tpr. Raynsford, R. T.

Tpr. Worley, F. Tpr. Waterhouse, E. Tpr. Weare, J

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Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

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Smith, A

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HQ. 6 ARMD. DIV.

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DRAGOONS

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Terrell, A. Trotter, W.

Cfn. Odger, C.

ROYAL

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Todd, A.

ROYAL SIGNALS ATTACHED L/Cpl. Chilvers, D.

THE

L/Cpl. Stirling, J.

ATTACHED

Cfn. Byrom, G. Cfn. Weaver, M.

JOURNAL OF

Capt. J. B. Evans. Sgt. Brandon, S.

Tpr. Walker, G.

Tpr. Scott, J. Tpr. Scully, B.

R.E.M.E. Cpl. Roberts, M.

ROYAL

W.O.II Ayrton, A.

Tpr. Tupp, K.

LOR. INF. BDE. Tpr. Shortland, R.

HQ. 20 ARMD. BDE. Major G. T. A. Armitage, M.B.E.

HQ. 61 LOR. INF. BDE. W.O.I Payne, E.

SQUADRON HQ. 91 LOR. INF. BDE.

Major A. B. Houstoun, M.C.

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2/Lt. J. A. G. MacDermott. S.S.M. Wood, W. R. S.Q.M.S. Watorski, W. . Dick, K. . Shone, E. . Hows, A. A. . Jubb, J. . Stirling, J.

. Brooks, F. G. . White, B. . Dawson, C. . Hall, R. A. . Hayes, B. W. G. L/Cpl. Carter, T. H. L/Cpl. Edwards, E. J.

. Beith, W. . Banks, G. T.

. Jeffares, M. J.

. Brennan, J. . Brooker, J. T.

. Liron, M. A. J.

. Coyle, E. J.

. . . . . . . . . . .

. Cunnington, D. R.

. Culbertson, D. H. A. T. . Cocksedge, F . Coward, D. G. . Cook, T. L.

. . . . . . .

Cooper, R. G. De—La—Haye, H. De-La—Haye, E. J. Etchells, G. F. Edwards, C. R. Fidoe, B. Ferriday, J.

. Greenslade, E. . Green, F. S. G.

. . . .

Griffiths, A. A. Grundy, C. Hopkinson, A. L. Harrison, G. E.

. Lawton, H. . Lockhart, S. H.

Leaver, K. P. Morris, L. Morgan, D. W. Murray, W. F. McKay, K. T. Monument, J. D. Newton, R. H. Offland, J. E. B. Partington, J. T. Prentice, P. H. Packham, D.

. Ragg, S. T.

. Rigby, L. R. Rees, . Ridgway, J. E. . Rush, G. W.

. Wayman, A. M.

. Hayes. R. F.

. Turner, P.

. Brader, D. J. . Richardson, G. . Saunter, R.

. Hill, B. . Howes, F.

. . . . .

L/Cpl. Binns, C. L/Cpl. King, M. J. . North, S. A.

L/Cpl. Booth, W. E. Tpr. Anderson, G. K. Tpr. Amy, C. Tpr. Alexander, K. T.

Tpr. Bean, B. K. Tpr. Boam, E.

. Hay, J. . Harris, S. P. . Hughes, R. W.

. Hicks, A. M.

. Jones, G. L. Jones, D . Jinks, E. . Joyce, M.

Tpr. Turner, R. 1912 LT. LIAISON FLT. Tpr. Fisher, E. 67 TRG. REGT. R.A.C.

Major E. T. Greaves. Capt. J. A. Dimond, M.C.

2/Lt. G. M. Luck.

S.Q.M.S. Brennan, D. Sgt. Malkin, W D. Sgt. Weston, J. Sgt. Baguley, E. Cpl. Ballas, J.

Capt. D. J. S. Wilkinson.

Sgt. Smith.

Lt. J. G. Trouton.

Sgt. Kimble, F, A.

Capt. P. P. Davies—Cooke. Lt. D. B. Owen.

Cpl. Wheatley, J. Cpl. Farrant. L/Cpl. Irvin. L/Cpl. Corcoran. Tpr. Hall, F. C. Tpr. Howes, J. C.

. Sweeney, M. C.

. Hart, W. . Hill, J.

L/Cpl. Langley, F.

. Harrison, A.

MONS O.C.T.U. Tpr. Bell, E.

. Rowland, C. L. . . . . . . .

L/Cpl. Malone, F. E. L/Cpl. Yarwood, R. L/Cpl. Andrews, T. W.

Major C. E. Winstanley.

Smith, E. J. Smith, S. J. Smith, D. J. Smith, E. W. Smith, R. A. Smith , J . Sh e rgold, B. H. Turner, A. F. Taylor, R. Wright, B. Watson, M. Woodcock, G. F.

R.A.C. CENTRE Sgt. Warren. Tpr. Evans, J.

BOYS SQN. R.A.C.

HQ. 56 ARMD. DIV., T.A.

INT. CORPS DEPOT

Capt. A. J. A. Cubitt.

Major N. W. Reed—Fclstead.

. White, R.

. Withers, D. A, FIFE AND FORFAR YEO., T.A.

. Wootton, B.

. Johnson. L.

Tpr. Jarvis, G. R.E.M.E.

ATTACHED

Major A. Graham, M.C. Capt. P. D. Reid. W.O.I Rapkin, R.

Cpl. Reeves, K. L/Cpl. Kent, G. Tpr. Cooper, R Tpr. Beddow, J.

S/Sgt. Dawes, F. E.

L/Cpl. McLaughlin, B.

. Walker, L. T.

W.O.II Joyce, E. H.

Cpl. Scriven, J. D. Cpl. Peacock.

L/Cpl. Kilby, C. I.

. Strangward, D.

W.O.II Phillips, A.

Cfn. Laing, J. A.

ROYAL SIGNALS ATTACHED ngn. Ellerton, N. K. P.

Sgt. Tillotr, S. D. Sgt. Clark, J. S. Cpl. Kempton, R. J.

L/Cpl. Sproston, W.

Tpr. Bracewell, D. Tpr. Bramley, T. Tpr. Bottomley, D. J.

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

Gough, G. Hanley, B. Hunt, H. Longhurst, A. J. Pine, W. Stuchberry, C. Smith , D .

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