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THE

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LIST OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

LIGHT AID DETACHMENT

LT.—COL. G. R. D. FITZEATRICK, 13.5.0.) M-B~E~: M-C-

SIGNAL TROOP NOTES FIFE AND FORFAR YEOMANRY

THE MAKINS SHIELD

SERGEANTS’ MESS NOTES

DRAGOONS IN THE GULF

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The Regiment’s Contingent in the Coronation Procession

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It is never easy to keep the Editorial year in true perspective, and this year more than ever there is a tendency for recent events to blot out those in the more distance past. This is hardly surprising in view of the happenings in the last few months, so before the memory fades altogether it may be as well to give a brief review of the whole year. The last Waterloo Day—the beginning of the Editorial year—saw the Regiment heavily committed with internal security duties, one squadron being detached at Moascar, and the rest of the Regiment carrying out such a number of patrol and guard duties that there was little opportunity for anything else. We were also beginning to feel the shortage of manpower which was to cause a few months later the dis—bandment of “D” Squadron. One Squadron (each Squadron in turn being away for six weeks) was to remain detached until Christmas, when it was recalled, not to join in the festivities, but to be detached on another mission: this time to the South in readiness to deal with any interference by the Egyptians with the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Zone. During the summer, as will be seen from Squadron and Sporting Notes, the usual training and sporting activities of the season were

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carried out as far as patrolling would allow— Summer Camps at Bir Odeib, the Regimental Rifle Meeting and the newly introduced D. and M. Competition for the Old Comrade Shield. This last proved a great success, combining as it did a thorough inspection to award marks for maintenance and an exhaustive test of driv— ing which quickly discovered any weaknesses of judgment, competence or handiness on the part of drivers. We were all sorry to learn, in September, that Lt.—Col. Fitzpatrick was to relinquish com~ mand on being appointed to the Staff of H.Q. Northern Army Group. Although we had realised that he was destined for promotion be— fore the end of his full tour of Command, it was a great loss to us all that he should leave us after only eighteen months. C01. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick will be greatly missed by us all: they will, however, remain quite close neighbours of ours in Germany, where we look forward to seeing them frequently. Lt.-Col. Massey was appointed to assume command and we all welcome him as our new Commanding Officer. He and Mrs. Massey, who rejoined us in October with three potential Royal Dragoons we had not seen before, are well known to all of us who served during

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The Christmas festivities, although interrupted by heavy patrol activity, were enjoyed more than ever for being our last in the Canal Zone. From then on the days flashed by, every minute being occupied by handing—over to the advance party of The Life Guards. Glad as we were to sail, in H.M.T. Empire Ken on 28th January, this was as nothing com— pared with our relief at disembarking at Southampton on 8th February, being welcomed home by C01. and Mrs. Wilson FitzGeraid in person, and by telegrams from Royals at Carlisle and with the Fife and Forfat Yeomam‘y, and from the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards—our late neighbours on the Canal. Owing to the severity of the winter most of the barracks we were to occupy at Tidworth was uninhabitable, and almost the whole Regiment went straight on leave from the boat. Leave, in fact, was top priority until 25th March, by which time we had all as much as we could afford and probably more than was good for us. Then began preparations for the Guidon Presentation parade, not made any easier by the rocky and mountainous nature of the square at Mathew Barracks. The parade is fully reported elsewhere. . It is sufficient to record here that the large number of old Royals, the appreciative remarks by all who saw the parade, and above all the C.I.G.S.’s inspiring speech, all helped to make this milestone in our long history a memorable day. As this Eagle goes to press, we are within a few days of sailing for Germany, and most of us will be very happy to get there. Much as we enjoyed being in England, our stay was of a most inconvenient duration. We look for— ward once again to settling down to work in a permanent station and to taking a successful and prominent part in military life in B.A.O.R. During the year, four silver State Trumpets have been presented by Commanding Officers, past and present: Col. F. W. Wilson FitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., 1932-1935Lt.-Col. R. Heathcoat—Amory, M.C., 19491952. Lt.-Col. G. R. D. Fitzpatrick, D.S.O., M.B.E., M.C., 1952—1953. Lt.—Col. P. Massey, M.C., 1953. a:

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as a boy nearly 29 years ago and served in the Band until going to duty with “A” Squadron as a Corporal at Meerut. He then became Ofl'lcers’ Mess Corporal, from which he graduated to bc Mess Sergeant of The Armoured Car Mess in Abbassia, where he was known to almost every

Armoured Car Officer in the Eighth Army. He rejoined the Regiment in England in January 1944, as S.S.M. of HQ. Squadron, and for the last seven years has been R.Q.MS. He has represented the Regiment regularly at Hockey and Cricket since before the war, and has earned the undying gratitude of all Officers i/c funds at Audit Board time! \Ve wish Lt. and Mrs. Old and their family the best of luck with the Yeomanry. Major D. N. Macdonald and 2/Lt. M. G. N. Walker are to be congratulated on winning the Canal Zone Inter-Regimental Tennis Doubles Tournament at Fayid last October. 2/Lt. Walker was also runner-up in the Men’s Open Singles. *

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It must be some time since four past and present Royals rode in the same race at a Point to Point. This happened this year in the Members’ Race at the Fife Hunt Point to Point. Capt. P. D. Reid being second, 2/Lt. J. G. T. Black third, Lt. W. H. O. Hutchison (late “A” Squadron) an “ also ran,” and Lt. D. B. Owen parting company at the second fence.

* THE REGIMENTAL HISTORY Some copies of The Regimental History 16611935 are still obtainable. For details, apply to The P.R.I., The Royal Dragoons, B.A.O.R. II.

THE EAGLE You can get The Eagle sent to you at any address after you leave the Regiment. Apply to the Editor for details and a subscription; form.

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A few weeks before the Regiment left Egypt R.Q.MS. J, B. Old returned home on being commissioned Lieutenant (Q.M.), to join the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. All past and present Royals will join in congratulating him on his Commission. Lt. Old joined the Regiment

CONTRIBUTORS 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. II.


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LT.-COL. G. R. D. FITZPATRICK, D.S.O., M.B.E., me. It was in September 1953, that Lt.-Col. Fitz— patrick left the Regiment to take up a new staff appointment in Germany as Colonel R.A.C. at H.Q., Northern Army Group. His time in command had been regrettably short, little more than a year and a half, and we were all most sorry to see him go. Lt.—Col. Fitzpatrick was commissioned in September 1932, and he served with the Regi— ment in India, Egypt, England and Palestine up to the outbreak of War. An outstanding horse— man, he rode many successful races in India and, as Equitation Officer he was responsible for training the Regimental Young Soldiers Dummy—Thrustinxg Team which won at Olympia in 1938. It was in Palestine as Regimental Intelligence Officer that he won the Military Cross. In 1940 when the Regiment was mechanised, Lt.—Col. Fitzpatrick was Adjutant. Thus on his shoulders fell much of the responsibilty and hard work involved in the conversion. Need— less to say all went with exemplary efficiency, and the Regiment was in action in the Western Desert in less than six months. At the end of 1941 he went to the Staff School at Haifa, and then became Brigade Major of 2nd Armoured Brigade in the thick of the fighting at Gazala in May and June 1942, which ended with the fall of Tobruk and the with— drawal to the El Alamein line. He became M.B.E., and was next appointed G.S.O. I of 1 Armoured Division. As a Liaison Ofl'icer with the American Forces he took part in the landings at Anzio early in 1944.

He rejoined the Regiment that autumn to lead “A” Squadron in the fighting in Holland. In February he took over command of 8 K.R.I. Hussars in 7 Armoured Division, and took part in that Regiment‘s successful operations across the Rhine to the outskirts of Hamburg, for which he was awarded the D.S.O. In 1946 he went to the War Office as G.S.O. I in the Staff Duties Directorate, and then attended the Joint Service Staff College at Latimer. His next appoinment was as Colonel at the Staff College, Camberley, from whence he took over command of the Regiment from Lt.—Col. R. Heathcoat-Amory in January 1952. At that time the Regiment was taking part in internal security operations all over the Canal Zone, and it was not for some months that we all assembled again at Balaklava Camp. Whatever the situation, whatever the complica— tions, Col. Fitzpatrick was always his calm self, and every man in the Regiment came to realise his tremendous drive and efficiency backed by a wealth of experience, and last but never least, a piquant sense of humour. Our affairs pros— pered during the next eighteen months in almost every sphere of activity; on she polo field, where the Colonel was a prominent member of the Regimental Team that lost only one match, and

in other games in which the Regiment took part; in training exercises in Egypt and Sinai, and in a series of alarms and excursions which punctuate service in Egypt nowadays. He left the Regiment taking with him the good wishes of all who had served under him. We wish him every success in what we are cer— tain will be an outstanding future.

’ The Makins Shield This year, for the first time since 1939, the Makins Shield is being competed for as an Inter—Squadron Trophy. Points for this are awarded to Squadrons according to placings in a number of events covering all aspects of work and sport. The following events have already taken place: Steele Cup: Best Rifle Shot; Count Quadt Cup: Football; Robson Shield: Open Boxing; Buckley Shield: Novice Boxing; Scissors Cup: Athletics; Cavalry Depot Bowl: Swimming; De Lisle Cup: Cricket; Challenge Shield: InterSquadron Hockey; Tennis Trophy; Burmeister Cup: Sten and Pistol Teams; Inter—Troop

Football; Inter-Troop Hockey; Basketball; Moti Ram Cup: Best Sten and Pistol Shot. The position so far is as follows: Ist “C” Squadron 142 Points 2nd H.Q. Squadron 1241 Points 3rd “B” Squadron 113 Points 4th “A” Squadron 49 Points The following competitions will be held in Germany and the results will decide the win— ning Squadron of the Makins Shield: Old Comrades Shield: Driving and Mainten— ance; Katyal Cup: Cross Country Running; McEwan Younger Cup: Gunnery; Squadron Drill Competition.

Lieutenant-Colonel G. R. D. Fitzpatrick, D.S.O., M.B.E., M.C.


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In the Autumn of last year the Regiment was asked to provide a training team for the army then being formed by the Sheikh of Qatar. The following account by Lt. Owen Lewis tells something of the team’s activities and the impressions they gained of this remote and littleknnwn state. In October the Colonel sent for me and ex— plained that the Regiment was sending a train— ing team to Qatar, to train Arabs in armoured car work. It was to be a three-month tour. At the time nobody really seemed to know much about Qatar. Some one in G.H,Q. had flown over the country and was able to point it out on the map: a peninsula of about a hundred and fifty miles in the south west corner of the Persian Gulf. A paragraph in the Foreign Office booklet on the Middle East was a little more helpful. It stated that Qatar was an independ— ant Sheikdom south of Bahrain Island, that once the main trade had been pearling, but in the last few years oil had been found, on the royal— ties of which the economy of the country was based. The paragraph went on with one or two wise remarks about local customs and ended up on the cheerful note that the Moslems were very religious and that there was Prohibition. Music was NOT allowed. We set off by air via Cyprus, Beirut and Kuwait, spending a night at Bahrain before chartering a plane for Qatar the following day. It was fortunate that the day of arrival was a Friday, for not only did the Political Officer and most British members of the Police manage to come and meet us, but being the Moslem holiday there were no troubles with customs and passports. Qatar turned out to be as desolate as could be imagined. On one side of the peninsula was Doha, the capital city, thirty miles from Doha was Umm Said, the oil port, whilst on the other side of the peninsula was Dukhan, the second prefabricated oil town. The Qataris are a mixture of townsmen, once mainly int-crested in pearls but now engaged in public works or the many development projects, and Bedouin who either still wander the desert or form part of the bodyguard for His Excellency the Ruler. The Police Force, members of which we eventually became, was British officered, whilst most of the native other ranks were Bedouin or mercenary troops from nearby Arab states. The armoured car mess of which the Royals N.C.O.s were the founder members, was a converted Arab building. The flat roofed rooms

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were built onto the outside walls with a court— yard and garden in the centre. Comings and goings being very important in the Arab world, we all went to visit the Ruler. Sheikh Ali bin Abdulla a1 Thani, on our first morning. The Palace was impressive from the outside but the courtyard inside with cows and goats resembled a farm yard. We were received on a veranda carpeted with priceless Persian carpets over which the odd goat would stray occasionally. On either side sat members of the Fedowi (household bodyguard) who were formed of friendly Bedouin or hereditary retainers of Sheikh Ali, some with gaily coloured

silk handkerchiefs dangling from the butts of their revolvers. His Excellency seemed pleased to see us and chatted continually whilst we drank our traditional three cups of Arab coffee. Christmas found us still in Qatar. Until then we had been busy organising stores and fitting up the armoured cars, but unfortunately there was no one to train. There had been a little indiscipline in the Ruling family and no Qatari was allowed to put foot in an armoured car. Simultaneously, the Adonis, local mercenary troops, disgraced themselves temporarily by murdering Englishmen in various parts of the Gulf. None of this was pre—meditated, but just a series of unfortunate coincidences. . The result of all this was that we all found ourselves doing other police jobs. Sgts. Gunn and Blackaliar qualified for danger pay by taking “B” vehicle driving classes. Sgt. Watorski might have joined the immortals of the Orient had he failed to notice that there was no recoil system on our two twenty-five pounders. Tpr. Boyd spent his leisure time with the oil comTelegrams would come through at pany. highest oil company priority—“ Paddy Royals wanted football Dukkan Friday.” Whilst all this was going on I was busy intriguing, drink— ing cups of coffee and finally feasting with the leader of the Benni Hadja.

The oft described Arab feast has no doubt lured many a sane man to wander, thirsting for knowledge and romance, amongst the Arabs. There is plenty of colour about an Arab feast —the sheep on the bowl of rice—the wild Bedouin praying in unison, the host plucking off the best bits for the guest of honour; but much is omitted by most chroniclers of the East. The three hour wait amongst the tiny uninvited guests of a Bedu camp; the game torn to pieces by the falcon before it reaches the dish; the flies that blacken the food before one is invited to plunge the right hand into the mess of grease,


I returned to the Gulf with a few days in hand to prepare for the return of the Sheikh from India, where he had been on holiday. We decided that Sgt. Watorski should remain at the palace working the command set, and that the remainder of the crews should form the escort from Urnm Said. For the homecoming all the minor and major Sheikhs of Qatar turned out. Each had with him his personal Fedowi, some mere children of fifteen toting enormous .45 revolvers. At last the ship arrived and in came the Sheikh’s motor Dhow (or Sambock) dressed .over all with three enormous maroon and white Qatar flags, each large enough to be a sail. At the jetty chaos reigned. To be found in the crowds were a police guard of honour, oil company men to present their firm’s good wishes, Sheikhs waiting to kiss the ruler’s nose, negroes falling over themselves to kiss his hand and in the midst a bewildered master of the British India ship. Eventually we set out for Doha, stopping regularly for small parties of Bedu, picturesque with camels and falcons, waiting to welcome home their ruler. Whilst all this was going on Sgt. Watorski was dashing madly about in Doha, driving the remaining armoured cars into static positions, working the command wireless, and keeping a friendly eye on Shakir, an ex-Arab Legion Scammel driver, who had since become Com— mandant of Artillery, Qatar, when not actually driving the Fire Engine. A great deal of thought had been given to this parade, but even in the best regulated amnies things can go Wrong. Whilst the escort was some fifteen miles out Sgt. Watorski’s runner, an excitable Bedu, got the idea in his head that we were just outside the town. He dashed off and told Shakir, who started firing

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the salute. Shakir, with stop watch in one hand, would walk from gun to gun and fire them personally. All went well until an enthusiast in the crowd nipped in and pulled the string at the wrong moment. Botlh gun teams then worked like maniacs loading and firing regardless of Sha-kir. Firing continued until the ammunition was exhausted, by which time the Ruler had had a 51 gun salute, but was still eight miles away. It was in stony silence that the procession arrived, five motor cyclists (the sixth having fallen off), jeeps with bearded crews, Daimlers and His Excellency’s car flanked by lancers and festooned with Fedowi guarding his body with theirs. Once more back to training—more recruits were arriving from England and all went smoothly except for occasional interruptions. Regularly some unscrupulous dhow master would drop a load of pilgrims on our desert shores some thousand miles short of Jedda, their destination. All the resources of the police would be required to round up and feed the unfortunates, who were not always very appreciative. The odd murder was always an excuse for “lesson three on the two pounder ” to be post— poned for a couple of days. A fire was always the signal for a general alarm, chiefly because the new fire engine when unpacked, was found to have arrived less hoses. Still, it was a colourful spectacle on its way to a fire, and the provision of some garden-type hose gave it quite an impressive performance. . By the beginning of April, we had been replaced by the eight British civilians whom we had trained. Among these were Warburton and Kane, late 0 “C” Squadron. I am sure they will make a success of the job. In conclusion, one thing must be said. It is always easy to criticise any army or police force, and it must be remembered that Qatar is only just beginning to get acquainted with western civilisation and that its police force did not exist four years ago. The natives (and this in— cludes the native troops) are still complete strangers to the way of the white man, but we made many friends, and among them were some of the kindest and most likeable characters I have ever met. In some respects their culture is below the standard of that of the Northern Arab, but they show great character and loyalty. This article presents only the humorous side of our four months’ stay in Qatar, and naturally we found much to laugh about. No doubt our mistakes and strange ways will keep the Qataris laughing about us for several generations.

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rice and offal. Then come the final belchings and the dish is carried away to a nearby tent for the children and lesser beings. Our host proudly displayed his many wounds, all won in hand—to—hand fighting with Ibn Suad, we were told, and then it was time for us to leave. Eventually it was decided to train Britons to take over from us. The first arrived, but by the will of Allah the Government ran out of petrol for a week so training was delayed. The first trainee took one look at the belly plates of a Daimler and promptly became a drill instructor. By now, January, official interest in armoured cars had waned. I was sent to England to do a little recruiting and general business for the Government of Qatar.

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Was it through fear or fortune’s grace, Or a valour too exalted, The closing squadrons checked their pace, Drew rein and halted? “ They’re fey! ” a Scotsman shrieked, “ they’re

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Then our hopes rose high, for the Russian ranks Were shattered, cleft and breaking, As The Royals full on their wavering flanks Charged earth-shaking: Right and left they hewed their way, Those English lads on St. Crispin’s Day.

For the phalanx first in the battle’s brunt Like a wedge had riven and sundered, From front to rear and from rear to front, Rode the three hundred! Hurtling and trampling their mighty array. Reapers for death of St. Crispin’s Day.

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The Light Brigade and the Charge they made By song have grown more glorious; Honour the Charge of the Heavy Brigade Valiant and Iictorious. The Rose and Thistle and Shamrock spray Are emblems meet for St. Crispin’s Day.

Our chance had come on St. Crispin’s Day.

“Left wheel into line! Take ground to the right! Charge! Greys and Inniskillings! ” We heard the order, we watched the sight With deep heart-thrillings. Three hundred we, three thousand they, It was one to ten on St. Crispin’s Day

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At a walk—at trot—a gallop at last, Aslant the slope they thundered: Down in the valley below stood fast Scarlett’s Three Hundred! Facing the foe like lions at bay, Guarding the pass on St. Crispin’s Day.

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Darker and darker as denser it grew, That thunder cloud impending; Faster and faster as nearer it drew Grimly descending Like vultures scenting an easy prey, They swooped from above on St. Crispin’s Day.

With a Gaelic shout and a Celtic yell Old Scarlett’s heroes rushing, A hurrican loosed, on the foemen fell, Crashing and crushing; Isles of red in a sea of grey Merged by the shock on St. Crispin’s Day.

’Twas at Agincourt, that field of fame, King Hal with his knights and bowmen On St. Crispin’s Day made St. Crispin’s name Of happiest omen. Now wreathe afresh with laurel and bay The name and fame of St. Crispin’s Day.

May our soldiers still be like those of yore, Brave youths and veterans hoary, , Such as sleep by the Somme and the Euxine shore On the pillow of glory. Worthy are they of a worthier lay, Who fought and won on St. Crispin‘s Day.

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Regimental Rifle Meeting A Regimental Rifle Meeting, the first since before World War II, was held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of September at Fanara Ranges. Com— petitions took place for the Miles Cup (Bren pairs), the Steele Cup (Inter-Squadron team match—bren and rifle) and the O‘Shaughnessy Vase (Individual Rifle). The latter cup was last competed for in 1938. Brigadier Goldsmith, Chief of Staff, Headquarters British Troops in Egypt, presented the prizes to the winners who were as follows: The Miles Cup Ist Tpr. Hardiman Cpl. Evans 2nd Capt. DaviesCooke S.S.M. Joyce 3rd Sgt. Poulter L/Cpl, Williams The Steele Cup Ist “C” Squadron 2nd “H.Q.” Squadron 3rd “D ” Squadron The O’Shaughnessy Vase Ist S.S.M. Joyce 2nd

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“ A ” SQUADRON The Regiment’s activities in the Canal Zone are dealt with elsewhere in The Eagle, and it is sufficient to say that the Squadron played a prominent part. The year passed quickly with usual manoeuvres and training, coupled with security patrols and operations. All this did not prevent us from enjoying whatever respite we had, and some of the more pleasant happenings are worth recording. A most enjoyable week was spent training in the area of Ain Sukhna in the Gulf of Suez, during the month of July. The coast here consists of lovely sandy bays, clear water and fascinating coral reefs. After training was com— pleted each day we were able to climb the rugged mountains which run down to the sea, or swim out to the coral reefs and see the milliards of multi—coloured fish in amongst the coral. With the aid of under-water swimming masks much more could be seen of this wonderful sight so close to the arid desert. Numerous games were played, including a “ free for all” Water Polo game which was most popular! The week was so much enjoyed that numerous week-end parties were organised to visit the same place. The bathing was the great attraction, which after the rather dirty and salty Great Bitter Lake at Fanara was so delightfully fresh, and with

perfect sandy beaches free from sharp stones and sea shells. In August, which is normally the hot month of the year, we moved to Ismailia

for a period of five weeks. Full use of the Y.M.C.A. beach was made. Canoes, sailing boats and motor boats could be hired. Many a hot and dusty patrol was rounded off by a visit to this popular spot. Full opportunity was taken of the leave arrangements in the summer, and some lucky ones had saved enough money to fly home by the leave scheme. Many others visited Cyprus where cycles, motor cycles and small cars could be hired comparatively cheaply. This fascinating island of fairly—tale castles and lovely cool pine forests in the mountains was therefore easily toured and enjoyed. All this was apart from the leave camps, on lovely sandy beaches near interesting old towns. Local leave camps were also fully used whenever the vacancies arose.

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with a team of All Ranks in the Sten and Pistol competition for the O’Shaughessy Vase. The team consisted of Major Timbrell, S.S.M. Ralpkin, Sgt. Weston, Cpl. Crowson, L/Cpl. Allison, Tpr. Molloy and Tpr. Miller. Individuals, however, have done well in various events such as running, swimming and boxing, which shows that we have the talent and can have a good crack in Germany. The inevitable Changes in personnel have taken place, and among the many who have left is S.S.M. Rapkin, who has gone for duty to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. In his place S.S.M. Bradley has returned to us—he was last serving as S.Q,M.S. in 1951. We take this opportunity of wishing good luck to those who have departed and welcome newcomers. We were chosen to accompany the advance party of The Life Guards on training and patrol

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visits to various places, which brought to a close our stay in the Canal Zone. . With photographs and memories of our share in ensuring the security of the Zone we have much to look back on, and feel with everyone else in the Regiment the pride with which we received our farewell messages from those with whom we had served. The journey home gave us the opportunity of winning a Regimental Darts competition, and a Rifle competition, shooting at empty Beer tins dropped over the side of the ship; a small consolation for our efforts in the Makins Shield! In conclusion, we look forward to taking our place in Germany with the Regiment, and having the opportunity of visiting new places and making new friends. We hope the next issue of The Eagle has accounts of the Regiment occupying its usual place being well to the fore of events in Germany.

“B”SQUADRON It is hard to believe that it is April in England, the weather report is shocking, and the frost has

hardly cleared off the grass in Mathew Barracks. Oh, to be in Egypt by the warm sparkling waters of the Bitter Lake, the sun shining from a cloudless sky, the larks singing and rows and rows of healthy Dragoons stretched flat on their beds after a fatiguing morning’s work! Change of air dulls the memory, and it is hard to recol— lect just what we did do in our third and last year in the Canal Zone. There was quite a turnover in Officers before we came home. z/Lts. Sorley, Alington and Davies left us, and 2/Lts. Davey, Black, Walker and Scott replaced them—balance plus one! Lt. Wilkinson looked in for a month or two before going off to Bovington as an instructor, and Capt. Hodgson arrived from Sandhurst to take over from Capt. Reid who is now estab— lished as Adjutant to the Fife and Forfar Yeo-

manry. Capt. Bucknall, Capt. Reid’s predecessor, joined us here, at Tidworth, after his honeymoon, and we congratulate him on his marriage and wish him all good fortune and happiness in the future. In October we said good-bye to S.S.M. Baker who went to the Fife and Forfar as R.S.M. All ranks were more than sorry to see him go, after two years sterling work as Squadron Sgt-Major. We wish him the best of fortune north of the

border and hope to see him again soon. S.S.M. Joyce joined us with a strong team of represen— tatives from “ D ” Squadron when it was broken up. Among the National Service Men we miss are Cpls. Fulton and Bairds, and L/Cpl. Greenaway—Squadron Clerk and Regimental centreforward. Summer training took place south of Bir Odeib on the Gulf of Suez. A party from the 3rd Grenadier Guards came with us and took part in all the schemes we did. This provided interesting and realistic training for both armoured cars and infantry. A feature of our first two days there was the recovery of a threetonner which sank in a salt pan when the echelon opened out at first light. Attempting to reach it the Squadron Fitters half track sank, followed by the Command half track. The Grenadiers then deployed three of their four Honey tanks (Anti Tank Gun tractors) which likewise gave up in the morass. Appeals to R.H.Q. at Fayid produced two Scammells manned by a keen gang of “ recoverers.” They lost one Scammel for a time, but eventually managed to extract all of Her Majesty’s property without serious damage.

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tow a Daimler through all the phone lines in camp, ending up almost in the Battalion Com— mander’s tent. W'e carried out two interesting exercises with the 3rd Infantry Division near Tel—el—chir during this period. But for a few patrols and stand—to’s nothing much happened so far as the Internal Security situation was concerned. SPORTS NEWS Our chief success in the world of sport was to win the Scissors Cup for Athletics on Ala— mein Day, the first time H.Q. Squadron have been defeated since the war. We were runners— up to the L.A.D. for the Inter-Squadron Football Cup, and had a high proportion of Regimental players. S.Q.M.S. Brennan, one of the mainstays of our swimming team, unfortunately crocked himself before the Inter-Squadron competition, otherwise we might have been able to retain this cup. We won the Chain of Command Swimming race on Waterloo Day, the final event of the individual swimming competition, and came second once more in the Inter—Squadron Boxing to “C” Squadron. In the military contests towards the Makins Shield we came second by a narrow margin in the Drill competition, a sat~ isfactory result as we had missed most of our practices owing to a flap. The overall results in the shooting competition were disappointing, but Cpl. Evans and L/Cpl. Hardiman won the Bren Cu , and Tpr. McAllister showed great aptitude by winning the individual revolver shot competition. The Squadron team were second in the revolver cup. A number of members took advantage of the

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leave scheme to spend a holiday in Cyprus during the summer. Cpl. Croft enjoyed it so much that he went twice. Sgt. Cole-Evans went home for the Corona— tion, and looked fit when he came back some months later—a long walk? In the Canal Zone we took part in a vast parade on an airfield in the morning, and enjoyed the rest of the day as a holiday. A periodic flap took place over the Christmas period which involved the Squadron in a certain amount of unplanned wandering in the Desert, and we celebrated the New Year near the Suez—Cairo road. Thereafter intensive preparations went on for handling—over to iThe Life Guards, and we boarded the Empire Ken in Port Said harbour on 28th January. DEPARTURES Now it all seems a long time ago, a lot of familiar faces have disappeared, and a lot of new ones have taken their place. We are sorry to be on the point of saying good-bye to Major Armitage. He has deserted us to become acting Second—in—Command for the time being, and in a few weeks he goes to 20 Armoured Brigade as Brigade Major. He has commanded us for over two years and we could not have asked for a better Squadron Leader. We are sorry to see him go and we congratulate him on his new job, and wish him and Mrs. Anmitage good luck in the future. We shall soon no doubt find our— selves up against him on schemes in Germany. In conclusion, to all past, present and future members of the Squadron—good luck and good hunting.

“C” SQUADRON Time waits for no man, and as these notes take shape the memories of the Canal Zone, their main theme, begin to fade. There was that sudden move of the Squadron up to Ismailia on 12th May. The Squadron Leader was informed at 9 pm. on the nth that the Squadron was to be up there soonest on the 12th. An all night pack-up ensued. On arrival in Ismailia the atmosphere was that of alertness and suspense on the part of our Infantry in newly prepared positions and traffic posts. Six weeks passed in the camp of the Ist Parachute Battalion, and as each week passed the tenseness reduced. Our hosts made us feel thoroughly at home and we enjoyed our stay. We celebrated \Vaterloo Day with “C ” Squadron, The Greys, who were also detached

from their parents. Lunch, games and water polo in the afternoon, and a “ Smoker ” in the evening. It was noticed that, where necessary, Officers and Sergeants made adequate 3—tonner drivers on the return trip! There was the week we spent at Bir Odeib. This was a very pleasant change from the usual routine of Guards and cable cutting patrols. We completed our Troop training, brought our drivers up to scratch to win the D. and M. Competition 3 week later, and found out more of the mysteries of coral reefs and aquatic life. Boyd 68 won the A.E.C. Driving and Mainten— ance, Peck the D.A.C., Bracewell was 2nd in the D.S.C. and Burgess 4th. McGregor was 2nd in his 3—tonner. In the Makins Shield Competition the


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The Escort to the Guidon Squadron is at the moment just ahead on points and this has been brought about by winning the following competitions: Open and Novices Boxing, Squadron and Inter—Troop Hockey, the Inter-Squadron Tennis, the first half of the Drill, and of the Gunnery and the Rifle Shooting. We hope to hold our lead until the presentation on Waterloo Day. We regret a serious accident to Tpr. McCoy who lost a leg when his Scout Car overturned. It is good to hear that he is recovering quickly in Ireland and is as cheerful as ever. On the disbandment of “D ” Squadron the Squadron benefited by the addition of an overstrength Troop, who settled in very quickly. Capt. Davies—Cooke came to us as 2 i/c, and Capt. Hanrner went on a Gunnery Instructor’s course. We understand that Capt. Davies—Cooke has finally discarded his Imprest Tin (inten— tionallyl). We believe that Sgt. Malkin has a secretly tattooed parachute on his person, as although a qualified “jumper ” he is not allowed to wear the emblem on his B.D. We were sorry to lose S.S.M. Jones on his promotion to R.Q.M.S.; S.S.M. Wood took his

place and S.Q.M.S. Phillips joined us. A lot of new faces have come to the Squadron and a number of old stagers have left; we cannot mention them all by name, but wish them all

success. We are sorry that Lt. Lewis, the Armoured Car adviser to the Sheik of Qatar, has now

joined another Squadron, but are glad to report that we still hold two of his minions, Sgt. Watorski and Tpr. Boyd. The army had the last laugh on Tpr. Wiffin by holding him much longer than was necessary, but we have no doubt that he will bounce back shortly. ' A change of glasses has altered Yarwood’s appearance for the better. Leave and the Guidon Parade are foremost in all our minds. “Gun beating ” at the bus stop has unfortunately been noticed and acted upon by higher authority. We all now look forward to a change of countryside and Germany. Squadron teams were as follows: Novices’ Boxing—Renkevic, L / Cpl. Barnaby, Bailey, Evans, L/ Cpl. Hoole, O’Regan, Jackson, Andrews, Cpl. White, Shuck, Otter, George, Freeman, Taylor, L/Cpl. Barr, Cpl. Cummings, Fitzgerald and L/Cpl. Allkins. Open Boxing—Cpl. Wheatley, Cpl. White, L/Cpl. Goodhead, L/Cpl. Barnaby, Tprs. Booth, Renkevic, Bailey, Evans, Jackson, Green. Hockey team chosen from: Major Greaves, Capt. Davies-Cooke, 2/Lt. Trouton, Tpr. Prentice, Cpl. McClymont, L/Cpl. All‘kins, Cpl. Osborne, Cpl. Clayton, Cpl. Cummings, L/Cpl. Hall, Tpr. Yarwood, Tpr. McGregor, Sgt. Warren and Tpr. Bunting. Squadron Tennis—Major Greaves, 2/Lt. Trouton, Sgt. Malkin, Sgt. Shone, L/Cpl. Hall and Tpr. McGregor.

“ D ” SQUADRON Writing one’s own. obituary is normally a somewhat morbid activity. In the case of “ D ” Squadron, however, this is hardly so. Although we were disbanded in October 1953, our members were posted to the other Squadrons so that something more substantial than our ghost re— mains to tell our tale. Immediately after Waterloo Day, we set off for Moascar to relieve “ C” Squadron of their patrolling activities in the North of the Zone, and to enjoy the hospitality of the 1st Bn. The Parachute Regiment, between bouts of Internal Security duties. Although the camp at Moascar was hotter and even less luxurious than our own, our airborn friends made us feel thoroughly at home. We much admired their home—made N.A.A.F.I. Canteen, and basked in the shade of their imported palm trees. While there, we all enjoyed the change of scenery and our frequent swims in Timsah. Each troop in turn spent a week at El Ballah with the 1st Bn. The Coldstream Guards, where they learnt a little more about soft sand and unditch— ing bogged vehicles. In intervals of patrolling, a good deal of map reading training was done and all vehicles were repainted. We also put in some practice for the Driving and Mainten— ance Competition, as a result of which we got top marks for Maintenance but failed to win the trophy by quite a narrow margin. Tpr. Lawson is to be congratulated on winning the

3-tonner event; he is now back on his tractor driving the straightest furrows in Scotland, we hope! We returned to the Regiment at the beginning of August feeling we had been away long enough, and quite glad to be back. The Squadron Leader went home on leave to get married, taking with him our congratulations and our best wishes for his future happiness. We then went off on a week’s Summer Camp to Bir Odeib which followed the usual pattern of troop training and exploration above and below sea level. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all: the ground was new to a large number of us as there had been many comings and goings in the eight months since we were last there. Back in Camp once again there followed the usual round of cable cutting patrols and similar amusements. In September we took part in the Regimental Rifle meeting, and although we only gained 3rd place in the Inter—Squadron Team Competition, we gained distinction in some of the other events. S.S.M. Joyce, who had worked untiringly at training the Squadron in the finer points of Marksmanship, won the O’Shaughnessy Vase Individual Rifle, thereby giving the lie to that old libel on Sergeant— Majors: “ Do as I say, don’t do as I do ” l Other placings were as follows: Miles. Cup (Bren Pairs), 2nd, Capt. Davies-Cooke and S.S.M. Joyce; 3rd, Sgt. Poulter and L/Cpl. Williams. By October we were suffering from an acute


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man-power shortage as were all the other Squadrons, and the time came to disband. Our final Squadron activity was our farewell “ Smoker ” in the S.Q.M.S. Stores, when a vast amount of beer was drunk, memories of our short life were recalled and through the door a steadily increasing stream of empty bottles and full Dragoons passed out into the night ready to serve again elsewhere another day. It was a sad day when on 14th October troops

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(which had been kept together as far as possible) and individuals went off to their new Squadrons, the Squadron sign was uprooted, and the flag hauled down by S.S.M. Joyce and given to Major Houstoun. We had had a short life, but a very happy one: in the words of one our founder—members,

it was good while it lasted. To all past members of “D” Squadron, still serving or in civilian life, we wish the very best of luck.

This year, as last, our chief aim has been to

improve ourselves in our wartime duties, and to kill the all-too—easily adopted attitude that we are the static home base of the Regiment and are far too busy to get involved in training and similar frivolities. Not that we ever have subscribed to such a philosophy, but it is awfully easy to tend that way when so much of our time is necessarily taken up with routine main‘ tenance duties in camp! Although we have not had the large scale exercises that we had last year, to practice the whole Squadron in our operation role, we have had many opportunities to get our various bits and pieces out. We have, during the past year, taken a bigger part in the various Internal Security patrols and operations in which the Regiment was involved —anti-sabotage patrols, road blocks and guard duties, all of which helped to give some of our backroom boys an airing. The Departmental Notes which follow this give more details of the activities of our members; here we shall deal with our doings as a Squadron. The majority of these may be summed up in one phrase “The Makins Shield” —that all-embracing trophy the ingredients of which are detailed elsewhere. Although the Squadron strength is nearly half that of the whole Regiment, that does not give us quite the advantage it appears to, and indeed, the other Squadrons show not the least sign of being overawed :by our bulk! Here are the results of the various competi— tions so far completed (not in chronological order): Steele Cup for Small Arms. H.Q. Squadron second. “C ” Squadron beat us in this, rather to our surprise. It was an off—day for us, and part of our failure at least can be attributed to staying too long in the aim.

This fault is more than usually disastrous under the Egyptian sun, causing the target to perform the well—known local dance. Cpl. Stanley, Regi— mental VY/eapon Training N.C.O._, had put in some very stout work in preparing for this Cornpetition, which all Squadrons will be ready to acknowledge. Drill Competition. H.Q. Squadron fourth. “C” Squadron won again; we did, however, get top marks for turnout. The second half of this Competition is still to be held. Inter—Squadron Football League. HQ. Squadron second. The issue was in doubt until the final match, in which we were beaten by “ B ” Squadron. Open and Novice Boxing. Open—H.Q. Squadron third; Novice—second. Our team trained hard and showed great enthusiasm— the novices especially shewing most encouraging form. L/Cpl. Bruce did well as a lightweight, boxing soundly and being unperturbed by what— ever his opponents handed out. Athletics—The Scissors Cup. This Competition, which we had won for four successive years, was held on Alamein Day. This year we were narrowly beaten by “B” Squadron, the result being in the balance almost until the last event. Our star performers were Capt. Roberts, our E.M.E., in the 220 and 440, Bands— man Philip 61 in the 100 and 440 yards, Tpr. Bailey 1 mile, R.S.M. Edwards, Cpl. Stone and Bandsman Smith throwing the shot, hammer and javeiin respectively. We were handicapped by a leg injury to Capt. “ Wint” Dimond who usually scores points for us on the flat. We won the Tug—of—War, thanks largely to staunch support by the portlier members of the Band. Swimming. H.Q. Squadron first. The time we spent training all members of the Squadron

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Gunnery. H.Q. Squadron third. If our fire orders were not quite up to standard, we achieved the distinction of hitting the target more often than “C” Squadron, the winners! Burmeister Cup, Slen and Pistol. were third.

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relinquished command, but retained his allegiance to the Squadron on taking over Second— in—Command. He was relieved by Major Houstoun, whom we welcome to the Squadron after an absence from the Squadron of four years. As these notes go to press, we lose from Squadron Headquarters S.Q.M.S. Weller, for so long holder of that unenviable post of S.Q.M.S. H.Q. Squadron. According to Capt. Dimond’s computations he has in his time com— pleted over 36,000 AF’s P I954—other S.Q.M.S.s please note. We wish him a quiet and peaceful time in his new job as S.Q.M.S. Mainwaring, Sgt. for Married Famiiies. R.A.P.C., joined as Regimental Pay Sergeant in July, and in intervals of wrestling with pay problems, has taken a leading part in the Pan— tomime and Squadron Hockey Team. Lt. (now Capt.) Wilkinson has left us for Bovington, and

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was relieved by Lt. Wilson FitzGerald, whom we welcome to the Squadron, as also we do to Capt. Woodbridge, R.A.M.C., who in spite of all attempts to keep him in the Zone, rejoined us in UK. As we were least affected by the unusual patrol activity over Christmas, we took a lead— ing part in Mr. Trythall’s Pantomime—now a regular feature of Regimental life. Capt. Dimond and Sgt. Mainvwaring as a cobbler and robber respectively, filled the vocal roles excel— lently, the latter also showing almost too much promise as a juvenile delinquent. The Squadron Leader also appeared to have got involved in the cast as a local Acting Lance Robber of low repute. The Squadron was represented by a number of others, both back stage and in front, the Adjutant and Cpl. Marlowe of the Signals doing sterling work as Stage Manager and Electrician. All credit goes to our own Noel Coward, Mr. Trythall, for writing, producing and directing the show, and to the Band who produced their very good best for all three performances. Christmas over, all our efforts went to preparing for the hand-over, when the Q and Technical branches at all levels worked long and hard. With the hand—over successfully behind us, we embarked on H.M.T. Empire Ken with few regrets and sailed happily home. On arrival at Southampton we were met by C01. and Mrs, Wilson FitzGerald, and members of the Advance Party, and then we knew we were home. Since then our time has been full with preparations for the Guidon Parade, leave and Germany. Comings and goings of members of the Squadron have inevitably been too numerous to mention individually—to them all we say Hail and Farewell respectively and wish all success with us or in civilian life. The epidemic of Matrimony—still spreading—has hit the Squadron hard. Major Houstoun, Capt. Dimond and Capt. Ferrand were among the early cases, Cpls. Plum‘bly and Jackson holding out a bit longer. To them all and to all of those which are still coming to our notice, our warmest congratulations and all good wishes. Finally, as our thoughts turn to Germany, one thing remains to be said, and that is how very sorry we were when Col. Fitzpatrick left the Regiment in October to go to Northern Army Group. We would like to say here on behalf of all members of the Squadron, how much we appreciated all he did for us: and we hope that we will be seeing him very soon in Germany.


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Band Notes We are now in a position to gather our thoughts and cast our mind‘s back to the past comings and goings of the Band, after enjoying a very pleasant leave period of six weeks and having concluded all the preparation of the “ presentation” on 27th April. Having survived the heat of the Canal Zone, a rough passage back to the United Kingdom, and a very cold spell of English weather during our initial few weeks’ leave, we at least feel somewhat refreshed, even though the sun tan has long departed from our manly chests. Much has happened since the last publication of the Regimental 3‘ournal and we feel sure that we, The Band, carried out all the various duties and engagements assigned to us and we trust we have upheld the good name of the Band and, of course, of the Regiment. Our programme has been a very full one indeed, and although our duty activities were more or less confined to Passing—Out Parades, Wednesday Regimental Night Guard Mounting, Weekly Church services and an occasional con— cert for the Regiment we certainly had a full programme for outside Regiments and Units who were forever requesting the services of the Band from the Band President. These ranged from Ceremonial Parades, Broadcasts from the local FBS at Fayid, Dance Band engagements Massed Bands, Officers’ Messes and Cocktail Parties, to providing Trumpeters for funerals. During the hot season it was a source of headache for the Band Sergeant to provide ex— change of clean dhobi (No. 3 Dress) for all the various functions which piled one on top of the other. We hear it was an even greater headache for the S.Q.M.S. of “How Queer Squadron” to fiddle the Vote Seven to enable the “ Whites ” to go down as dirty Cooks’ clothing. Judging from the galaxy of civvy shirts in the Band at the time it would have been a much easier operation to turn the Band out in Square Dancing attire. Cpl. Herriot’s “Tropical Trilby ” troubled Tinker so much that he decided to leave the Band and go home to Manchester. During Coronation Week, Massed Bands were required all over the Zone, and it looked as though we were to be very fortunate in escap— ing all the Massed Bands arrangements by being selected to play on 2nd June at the British Embassy Gardens in Cairo, but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it had to be cancelled and we were obliged to combine our musical efforts with all the other Bands in the Zone. This was quite a disappointment to

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us all as we had looked forward to our first visit to that City. A Massed Band of eight Regimental Bands combined in a display of Slow and Quick marching performed at the Kitchener Road Stadium at Moascar on Coronation Day, at the Polo Ground at Fayid the following evening, and again at Tel E1 Kebir during the same week. On the last occasion we stayed overnight with the Band of the East Surrey Regiment. We had read and heard a good deal of “ Tek ” and, having stayed there for one night, we decided without a division that Fanara was a much better spot! We partook in a combined Bands and Choirs Celebrity Concert which was broadcast and recorded by the local Broadcasting Service from the R.A.F., Abyad, cinema, which was

attended by the C.-in-C., CDC. and many V.I.P.s in the Zone and was presented as the “Song of Britain.” It was acclaimed as the largest and best concert yet ever undertaken by the Bands and Choirs of the Zone. We combined with the Bands of the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the Highland Light Infan— try for this; the choirs were conducted by Capt. J. Dimond, M.C. Another Broadcast feature was presented by us when we produced 3 “Waterloo Day” pro— gramme and the Band and Trumpeters per— formed a musical description with script by the Commanding Officer, of “The Battle of Waterloo.” Although we say it ourselves, the effort was a huge success. Nothing was spared to get correct the details of this glorious victory. The voices of practically the whole of the PBS. staff and that of the Commanding Officer were fused together in order to get the right atmo— sphere. Intense musketry fire fairly roused the studios and must have caused the G.H.Q. staff to raise their eyebrows at such a realistic battle scene. We paid one or two visits to the local Leave Centres at Pinewood Camp, Lake Timsah, and also to “ Seaview Camp ” at Port Fouad, but our real change of scenery was a return visit to “Golden Sands ” at Famagusta in Cyprus, where we were one of the few selected Bands to entertain the troops there on leave. We went there in the middle of July and for the first two weeks of August. We made the journey by means of “The Humphrey Gale,” a Tank landing craft and, being the only troops aboard, the Bandmaster was promptly informed that he would be O.C. Troops, a job that no—one seemed to want to undertake for some reason. The crew were entirely Chinese except for the ship’s officers,

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but we must admit that the “ Chop Sucy ” was most welcome after our trip up along the Canal Road. But for a stop in “ Mid Med ” the crossing was quite smooth and, although conditions were not exactly “ de luxe," most of the members managed to survive. The thought of a duty-cum-leave tour in Cyprus offset any temporary discomfort en route, and on arrival we lost no time in getting into the crystal clear Mediterranean sea and, in the cool of the Cyprus evening, drowned any regrets or sorrows in Keo Brandy and Com— mandaria Wine, “ ad lib and a piacere.” The Dance Band section paid two week—end visits to Pine Tree Camp in Troodos, near Mount Olympus, and soon found that they re— quired about ten blankets apiece to keep the cold out at night. The month’s change was really invigorating and was enjoyed by all, and in spite of the “ cash in hand ” running out during the last week of our stay, many of the very fine wrist watches usually sported by the members seemed to vanish overnight. Please note that the absence of the Bandmaster’s watch is caused through a mechanical failure and he did not “pop” or “flog” same as some members are inclined to

suggest. The Trumpet Major, “ Kid ” Mountifield, and eight Trumpeters were selected to sound “ Last Post” and “Reveille” at the El Alamein Remembrance Service at that famous battle area, and they travelled by coach together with representative contingents from Moascar, and were billeted in an English Club in Alexandria. Although their stay was short, it afforded them a very good opportunity to visit that place and from all accounts they acquitted themselves in excellent style, the sounding being noted in reports received after the ceremony. A few hectic weeks before Christmas saw the Bandmaster and Band very busy producing the usual pantomime. This year it was baserf on “Ali

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monopolised the Tannoy System for a render— ing of “ All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor.” And so came the New Year and February, which saw us packing our Band boxes once again in preparation for our return to the UK. on the Empire Ken. It was a great time for us all, the Band Sergeant having many willing helpers to pack, mend, screw down and paint the boxes in preparation for the trip.

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although the going was anything but easy, and, except for a few who gave up the ghost we were able to provide morning coffee sessions for the troops and families alike which passed the long days away and was much appreciated by all. Some evening talent concerts were provided for the troops, and we were lucky to have a fast— talking comedian who kept the troops laughing from the time he began to the end of his act. The lusty singing at times of “The Royal Dragoons ” as we sailed along the North African Coastline and past the “Rock” must have left no doubt to the folk ashore in those parts as to who was on the “ Ken.” We are very proud of the Four Silver Heraldic Trumpets and distinctive Banners that have been presented to the Band and Regiment by the present and past Commanding Officers of ' the Regiment, and we trust they will be sounded on many occasions in the future when time and place warrant the sounding of clarion calls. Finally, we would like to congratulate Cpl. Stone, Bandsman Leslie Smith and Bandsman Alec Philip on their successes on the sports field and in the field events at the Regimental Sports. Congratulations also to L/‘Cpl. Herriot and Bandsman Whellans on their recent marriages, and to Bandsman and Mrs. Gray on the birth of a son, also to Band/Sgt. Tait and Sgt. Darling on passing their Army Ist Class Certificate of Education, ‘ We wish to convey to two former members who are Student Bandmasters at the Royal Mili— tary School of Music, our congratulations on having passed the War Office Examination for promotion to Bandmaster, Students Wade and Mott. We are sorry to see Trumpet-Major Mountifield leaving us after twelve years’ service with the Band, and wish him all the luck in his new life in Coventry. Another loss to the Band, but a gain to the Orderly Room, was the departure of L/Cpl. Lock who left us a few months ago, and we trust he will be happy in his new employment.


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M.T. Troop The M.T. Troop carries on even though its members sometimes wonder how—and even, judging from chance remarks, why! The more comings and goings there are among the personnel of the troop, the more reluctant the vehicles seem to be to do either. Since we have had a complete change over of men during the past year, life has at times been diflicult. Our troop outing to Bir Odeib was a major event of the year and was enjoyed by all. Some members, however, found that it was a much hotter variety of sun in the desert than the one they were used to in the vehicle park, and for them, wearing a shirt was a painful practice until the sunburn had'faded several shades. Tpr. Chalmers claimed to have been the recipient of a sabre wound from a swordfish: although his comrades were convinced that he had only been frightened by a minnow, the first aid box (for once in the right place at the right time) came into its own, and he was suitably swauhed in bandages. During the past year we have undergone ordeal by R.E.M.E. and Annual Part II Inspec— tion, from both of which we emerged with noth— ing worse than a heavy expenditure of midnight oil by the M.T.O. After the former inspection, which relegated a number of our more vener— able vehicles to the workshops, the Mule Carts really came into their own, almost having to break into a trot to keep up with the pressure of work. Tpr. Dempster was rapidly qualifying for the accident rate booby prize (having a formidable number to his debit), until the L.A.D. diagnosed a hitherto unknown brake ailment. Many of the troop managed to have a few days’ leave at one of the leave camps in the Zone or in Cyprus, where they enjoyed them— selves if the glint in Cpl. Thorpe’s eye is any indication. The hand-over to The Life Guards was carried out to the touching accompaniment of tears from one or two of our drivers: it was not the farewell to their vehicles which affected them so much as paying for deficient tools. As the vehicles were handed over, so they seemed to break down (mechanically—not into tears!), at the prospect of a change of management, no doubL On the voyage home, for once we were able to forget the cares of driving, and to concentrate on the joys of a winter cruise. As we passed Tangier in a full gale, many of us were tempted to follow our predecessors footsteps if only to feel solid earth under our feet.

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After the voyage most of the troop went on leave, while a valiant few kept the wheels turn— ing at Mathew Barracks. Now we are prepar— ing for Germany, where our advance party is already making ready for our arrival, and we hope for an even more pleasant year than the last.

Q. M. Group We are writing these notes in an entirely different atmosphere from that in which we last wrote our notes for The Eagle. This time we are huddled over our fires, with our great— coats on, instead of being dressed in open neck shirts and KD clothing. Whilst we are delighted to be away from the Canal Zone we cannot say that we are pleased to be at Tidworth, as the camp is one which has been used for T.A. Units during their cam'i‘ and has been allowed to deteriorate in the mean— time. Whilst every effort has been made to improve things, we are afraid that our efforts have met with little success due, no doubt, to the excess tape which has to be cut to obtain the necessary stores! We can, however, look back on our three years in the Canal Zone with interest, and although it left a great deal to be desired, we have many amusing and memorable incidents, both at work and at play, to look back on. In the Inter-Troop Football Competition which was completed a few months before we left Egypt we are proud to say that we won this competition without being defeated by any other troop side. We played a total of nineteen games, seventeen of which we won and two games were drawn, with a total of 72 goals for, against six scored against us. This was done without any Regimental players whatsoever being in the team, so will other troops please note that Regi— mental players are not all carpenters, brick— layers and ration storemen! To have won the cup two years out of the three years spent in the Zone reflects great credit on the troop and we should like to congratulate all those who helped us to obtain this most satisfactory result. Due to the absence of leave camps in the Zone the Group used to proceed for week—ends to the Red Sea coast of Egypt south of Suez, and these were most enjoyable. Although it was intended for the group only, it was surprising to see the number of men who claimed alliance with the group, and this of course meant that the trips were more popular and thoroughly enjoyed by all concerned. We should like to thank Sgt. Ayrton for the work that he did to

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organise these trips so successfully. Although one of the boats received a severe battering one night during a storm, this in no way reduced the enthusiasm for the trips. It was grand to see the Cook Sgt. and the S.Q.M.S. of H.Q. Squadron in our midst and we should like to thank the cooks, particularly Tpr. Docherty, for most excellent food that was produced on these outings. To the Carpenters we give our thanks for the excellent jobs that they did on the assault boats, called “Typhoon” and “Monsoon,” which were a great asset to the fishermen in the group. In November we really set to work on pre— paring for our hand—over to The Life Guards which took place in January. This was indeed a very hard and difficult time as troops were still out on patrol until a week before the hand— over, which greatly added to our difficulties. However, with an increased consumption of electric light by night, we were able to complete the hand-over and did not require to leave a rear party behind in the Canal Zone, everyone being most keen to leave that part of the world with the least possible delay! We were quite content to leave the Land of Romance and Pyramids to The Life Guards. To all the Squadrons we say thank you for your assistance in the very quick and smooth hand—over, and when we say that one Squadron was handed over complete with vehicles, tools and wireless stores in six hours, it speaks very well for the effort made by Squadrons to lighten our task. Since our last notes R.Q.M.S. Old has left us on being commissioned as Quartermaster to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, and we wish him the best of luck and very good wishes in his new station. We welcome S.S.M. Jones who has joined .us to take over R.Q.M.S. in his place. Our turnover of National Service Men is still very great and to those who have left us for civilian life we offer our very best wishes and good luck; no doubt some will return to us after they have been in civilian life a little while. We are pleased to see that Cpl. Thornton has decided to remain in the Regiment a little longer and has signed on for another tour of three years, and we are delighted that L/Cpl. Hall has also decided to forget about his hotel for the present and has becorne a regular soldier. Well done, and congratulations on promotion to Corporal in the group. We have now heard that one of our old stal— warts is rejoining the group in the person of S.Q.M.S. Weller who is returning to look after the interests of the married families in Germany. We offer him a hearty welcome and hope that

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his stay will be as happy as his previous tour, although no doubt some married families will cause him a headache or two. To other newcomers we ofler our hearty welcome and hope that they will remember that the group is “ Second to None,” and we are sure that they will help to maintain that record. About our trip from Port Said to Southampton we shall draw a veil, as we should like all our readers to remember that we are soldiers and not sailors. In a few days the majority of the group will be leaving on the advance party to take over from The XV/XIX Hussars. As a large per— centage of the group have already been in the B.A.O.R. we are looking forward to our move very much indeed. No doubt we shall be ex— tremely busy with the take-over for the next few months, but the fact that we are going to Germany is an excellent morale raiser. To Cpl. Plumbley, who has recently married, we offer our congratulations, and we hope that his cheerful smile will remain. Finally, to the QM. we offer our congratula— tions on completing a total of 30 years with the Regiment, and we hope that many others will follow that example.

Light Aid Detachment Another year has passed and once more the time has come to put pen to paper and record our activities of the past year. Last year at this time we were all wondering and debating whether we would be accompany— ing the Regiment home to U.K. Events could not have turned out better however, as we all came home without exception, much to the delight of those regulars who had recently joined us! We all said our farewells to the Canal Zone during the latter part of January and happily sailed from Port Said on the Empire Ken on 28th January. It is understood that no tears were shed at the thought of leaving. The voyage home was thoroughly enjoyed by all, ex— cept for three rather unfortunate storms during the first four days of the voyage, which appeared to upset some of us more than others. The ship actually broke down in the Mediterranean; word later went round that the Chief Engineer was just about to call on us for some technical advice when the ship’s engineers managed to repair her. An Inter—Squadron tug-of—war was organised by the Quartermaster on the ship, and congratulations must go to the team on reaching the final, only to be beaten by the Sgts.’ Mess.


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Work, as can only be expected, has always been at high pressure point, particularly when endeavouring to maintain a Squadron at Ismailia, and in the latter stages, one at Suez. But somehow or other we managed to keep the wheels turning. Many of us took advantage of the U.K. and Cyprus leave schemes and came back feeling very much the better for the change. In October we were very sorry to say good— bye to Col. G. R. D. Fitzpatrick, who left us for a Staff Appointment in Germany. However, it is hoped that it will not be long before we have the pleasure of seeing both C01. and Mrs. Fitz— patrick again in Germany. Only one three—day exercise of note took place during the year, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. It was rather a pity that more time could not have been spent in the desert, both from a training point of view and from the enjoyment everybody derived from it. In January we held our first “ Smoker ” a; some time. Cfn. Shaw, at the piano, led us in community singing, and a most enjoyable even— ing was had by all, judging by the amount of beer that was consumed. Our thanks must go to Mr. Trythall for so kindly lending us the Band Room, and to Sgt. Sutherland and his staff for the wonderful buffet supper. Arrivals and departures I regret are too numerous to mention, but to all those who have recently joined us may your stay be a happy one, and to all those who have left us for civilian life, a special word of thanks and best of luck for the future. We welcomed last year S / Sgt. Hill and Cpl. Lamont, and it is with regret that we say good-bye to S / Sgt. Dunckley and Cpl. Whitfield who are both leaving us shortly for civilian life. It is interesting to note that only two of our number still remain with us who were actually with the Regiment in Germany before, namely S/Sgt. Dawes and Sgt. Morton. Congratulations to A.S.M. and Mrs. Morgan on the birth of a son last July. In the sporting world we can feel justly proud of our achievements, considering we are now only 65 strong due tO the reversion to Lower Establishment. Football: winners of the Inter— Squadron league, and joint runners—up in the Inter-Troop competition; winners of the R.E.M.E. Birthday 6—a-side competition. Congratulations must go to the team on this very fine performance, namely to Sgt. Lloyd, Cfn. Powell, Bell, Slater, Birch and Booth, the last five having now returned to civilian life. Con— gratulations to Sgt. Lloyd, Cfn. Birch and

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Booth on being selected to play for the Regiment, and to Cfn. Birch and Booth on being selected to play for Canal South District. Hockey: Runners-up in the Inter-Squadron League. We lost our final match after a very hard-fought game to “C ” Squadron. Runners— up in the Inter-Troop 6-a—side competition. Cricket: Winners of the Inter—Squadron league. Congratulations to S / Sgt. Dunkley who led the

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must be made of those who played for the Regiment. The Regimental team on one occa— sion nurnbered six from L.A.D., namely, Cfn. Shaw, Birch, Booth, Slater, Wall and Sgt. Lloyd. We are now all looking forward to going to Germany in May and to a very enjoyable stay there. What a contrast it will be to the sand, heat and flies!

Signal Troop Notes At the time of going to press the Signal Troops have had practically a complete tum— over during the last year. To account for this there is the new establishment of the Royal Signals in B.A.O.R. and the usual re-employ— ment and release of the remainder. We con— gratulate Capt. Wilkinson and Sgt. Joule on their appointment as instructors at Bovington, and we hope that Sgt. David will find plenty of time for “ Hams ” when he retires into civilian life in the near future. During the past year the troop, as usual, has een kept very busy. We have supplied every— thing from 3 Boxing commentary to footlights for a very successful pantomime. In the period September to November we were employed on both regimental and larger schemes. These were quite successful, although at times we re— sorted to every kind of aerial. It is now thought that the “H” aerial should be adopted, it appears popular in this country. Finally, during the closing stages in Egypt there was the hand-over, this went off very satis— factorily with only a few deficiencies, although at the time we still had to maintain a wireless net with the Squadron in the field. FOOTNOTES 1. Has anyone seen my buzzer? 2. Sgt. Dick is said to have applied to the B.B.C. for an audition as a commentator. 3. It has now been proved conclusively that eighteen volts is the wrong voltage supply for the use with a W.S. Ig—Result, a loud ex— plosion.

Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Coronation Contingent.

FIFE AND FORFAR YEOMANRY Last summer the Regiment went to Camp at Chickerell, near Weymouth, for its annual fort— night’s camp from 26th July to 9th August. This coincided with Bank Holiday week—end,

and there is no doubt that there are now several owners of elderly baby Austins “driven from the back seat” who are sadder but wiser men. We hope that they have profited from the experience of meeting an Armoured Car on a narrow country road in Dorset. In the second week we had a three-day regimental exercise starting on Salisbury Plain, where the civilian traffic was less congested than on the South Coast, and had the pleasure of a visit from Brigadier, W. Al. Ponsonby, O.B.E., C.S.O., Scottish Command, who had several friends in The Royals in India before the war. This year we go to camp at Parkhouse Camp, near Tidworth, in September, where we shall be administered by “C” Squadron of The Blues. It is indeed sad that, by not camping in May as was anticipated, we shall miss the opportunity of the two Regiments coming into contact for the first time in the United Kingdom. Lt.‘Col. B. H. Thomson has taken over command of the Regiment from Lt.—Col. J. D.

Hutchison, M.C., T.D., Capt. P. D. Reid arrived in the New Year to take over the appointment of Adjutant from Capt. R. C. Bucknall We congratulate Capt. Bucknall on his marriage. The wedding was near Salisbury on 30th January, and a number of Yeomen attended, including the Training Officer’s twins. We wish Capt. and Mrs. Bucknall the best of luck. Lt. (Q.M.) Old is now our Quartermaster and is happy enough executing the write-off Of our deficiencies like an old hand. R.S.M. McGuire, who has been posted to a Ministry of Supply Establishment at Kirkcudbright, has been succeeded by R.S.M. Baker. The Adjutant reserved a room for the latter before his arrival at our local temperance hotel, but he did not waste time in moving to a more dignified hostelry presided over by an ex—Sergeant—Major of The Scots Guards. The Yeomanry Officers’ Ball was held at Teasses in July by kind permission of Brigadier W. C. G. Black, O.B.E., M.C., T.D., Hon. Colonel of the Regiment. The guidon, which was displayed in the entrance hall, was guarded by two troopers wearing the fuil dress uniform of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. The guests


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included Major—General J. Scott—Elliot, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., who commands 51st (Highland) Infantry Division. The Regiment was represented at the Coron— ation by Major Mathewson, Capt. Panton and 23 Other Ranks. From all reports received it would appear their turn—out was of a high standard. , Last summer Major Houstoun, late Adjutant of the Yeomanry, arrived back in Fife for his marriage which took place not far from Cupar. The highlights were a joint guard of honour composed of Royals and Fife and Forfar Yeomanry in full dress, and a most entertaining and typical speech from the bridegroom. We wish him and Mrs. Houstoun the best of good for—

tune. It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce the death of Tpr. Rowntree of the permanent staff, who was killed in an unavoid— able armoured car accident last summer.

At the time of writing several members of the permanent staff are about to pay a visit to Tidworth to attend the Ceremony of the Pre— sentation of a new guidon to The Royals. We hope they will watch the parade carefully so that they may be able to assist the Yeomanry who are due to be presented with a new guidon next year. The following National Service Men joined the Yeomanry from The Royals during the last twelve months: Tprs. Boyd, J. D.; Simpson, W. T.; Corbett, R., Jarrett, C.; Lawson, R. B.; Aimer, C.; McIntosh, D.; Peebles, D.; Smart, W.; Laing, A.; Beveridge, D.; Neaves, C.; Lumsden, B.; Smith, W.; Thomson, R.; Meldrum, T. K.; Robertson, P. F.; Donaldson, B.; and Doig, J. The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry would like to take this opportunity of wishing “Welcome Home ” to all ranks of The Royals, and the best of luck on their return to Germany.

SERGEANTS’ MESS NOTES Once again the time for Eagle Notes is at hand, so with a cry of Nil Desperandum and the accompaniment of a raucous blast on the hunting horn, your Sergeants’ Mess Special Correspondent will try to maintain the standard set by his predecessors in reporting our doings of the past year. As these notes are written the Regiment finds itself, albeit only temporarily, in England, to the great joy of all. Our usual week-end gath— erings have been replaced by a general weekend exodus “to go home to Mum! ” During the week—and this may surprise some of our past members—the main topics of conversation are the intricacies of Ceremonial Drill—with a capital “D.” As preparations for the parade for the Presentation of a Guidon are upon us, our thoughts turn to the occasion when His late Majesty King George V presented the present Guidon at Beaumont Barracks, Aldershot, on Ioth June, 1925. On that day, 471 all ranks were on parade, 256 being mounted—those were the days! The mess is the proud possessor of the actual Parade State signed by the then Adjutant, Capt. S. C. Dumbreck. Now, to use a popular phrase, for “ a Recap ” of the past year. The Egyptian sun in its usual Obliginvg fashion, kept the mess garden in fine order during the summer, providing scope for the pesticulturalists to ply their skill, and keeping the mess vegetarian, Curly Weston, in forage. Most of us managed to spend a week by

the sea, combining training and pleasure to the great enjoyment of all. The summer weather also exercised the ingenuity of members of those Squadrons detached for operational reasons, in keeping their liquid refreshments cool. As Waterloo Day approached, great activity was evident in preparations for our dance and social evening, special praise being due to Herr Von Maple. Although “C” Squadron was detached, they were ably represented by their S.S.M. When these celebrations were over, the time came to say cheerio to S.S.M. D'oughy Baker and R.Q.M.S. Jim Old. Our heartiest congratulations to Doughy on promotion to R.S.M., and to the R.Q.M.S. on being commissioned as Lt.-Q.M. They are both much missed in the Mess, and we all hope to see them again before we leave for B.A.O.R. It was not long before the wintry nip in the air announced the approach of Christmas. Although the usual get—together at this season was prevented by the Internal Security patrol activity for the 14 days over Christmas and the New Year, those on duty at this time had their spirits buoyed up by the thought of our voyage home in the near future. Reports of H.M.T. Empire Ken’s movements at this time were watched with almost feverish anxiety! On 9th January we held our farewell dance. Over 300 guests attended, and although we say it ourselves, we like to think that this is some

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indication of the popularity of the Mess. Our thanks to our “attached” members must be recorded for all the Work they did in producing the Garden Ballroom. On the great day when the Advance Party of The Life Guards joined us, our hopes really began to turn into reality. At last We took our leave of Fanara and moved up to spend four days in the Transit Camp at Port Said. Punc— tually on 28th January we boarded the Empire Ken and sailed for home. As we entered the Mediterranean we found the sea in one of its less kind moods, but once clear of Algiers the weather improved and we were all able to enjoy the voyage. That great thrill of all soldiers, the first sight of Dear Old Blighty, we enjoyed to the full, as, in perfect weather we entered Southampton Water on Ioth February. Now we are all back from our leave, and as already reported, are busy preparing for the Guidon Parade and making ready to entertain the Old Comrades after the ceremony. Congratulations are due to S.S.M. Jones on promotion to R.Q.M.S., and S.Q.M.S. Wood on promotion to S.S.M.; also to the following for

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distinguishing themselves in the field of sport: the R.S.M. and Sgt. Lloyd who continued to lead the Regimental Football Team, of which the C.-in-C. made special mention in his fare— well visit; Sgt. Wheadon who represented Canal South District at Swimming; finally, to Sgt. Benson for winning the Wooden Spoon for the lowest score in the Mess shooting match. It is of interest that the last winner of this trophy, Major Bartlett, was in attendance at the presentation. We extend our thanks to the Officers for pro— viding refreshments at the Officers v. Sergeants’ Falling Plates Competition (won by the Ser— geants—Bi!) At the Annual Rifle Meeting, S.S.M. Joyce won the O’Shaughnessy Vase, the R.S.M. being runner-up. In conclusion we bid farewell to W.O.II Marple, Sgt. W’headon, Sgt David, Trumpet Major Mountifield and S / Sgts. Kenchington and Dunkley—the last two of whom are now swotting their Centurian D. and M. We close with a hearty welcome to all new members of the Mess, and our congratulations to S.S.M. Wood on his marriage.

O.C.A. NOTES The period since the last publication of The ' Eagle has been a most eventful one; firstly, we welcome home the Regiment and although our welcome is followed by an almost immediate “Goodbye,” we note with pleasure your next destination which has happy memories for a number of Old Comrades who paid you a most enjoyable visit when last you were stationed in Germany. Our congratulations go out to Brigadier R. Heathcoat—Amory, M.C., and to C01. G. R. D. Fitzpatrick, D.S.O., M.B.E., M.C., on their promotion, and to Lt.—Col. P. Massey, M.C., on being given command of the Regiment. We reported in our last notes the retirement of our Chairman, Brigadier Roger Peake, D.S.O., O.B.E., and we now take great pleasure in announcing his successor. This is Major

K. G. F. Balfour, M.C., who has been an active member of the Committee. The Committee is delighted that Major Balfour has taken on the chairmanship, for he is a firm Chairman and a delightful fellow. Very old Royals may remember Major Balfour’s father who served in the Regiment at the end of the last century. The report on the 1953 Reunion was too late for inclusion in our notes of the last edition of

The Eagle and it is with much satisfaction that we report that the dinner was well attended and

much enjoyed. We had as our guests Major Andrew Houstoun and the men of the Regiment who had come from the Canal Zone to take part in the Coronation procession. A special appeal was made at the dinner for a “strong as possible” parade at the Combined Cavalry “Old Comrades’ ” Service and the response was excellent. We had one of the largest parties of Old Comrades on parade. A picture of the Old Com~ rades marching to the service appeared in the last edition of The Eagle. We were represented at the Royal Review of ex-Servicemen and women held in Hyde Park last July. As the applications to attend exceeded our allotment, a ballot was held and the 25 suc— cessful members, ably led by Brigadier S. C. Dumbreck, took part in the Review. The day was hot and most tiring and we are proud to report that our members saw it through to the end. The 1954 Reunion was brought forward from Cup Final Night—May Ist—to March 27th, as the Regiment’s stay in England was likely to be of short duration. It proved a most successful gathering, with many serving Officers present and 70 other ranks of the Regiment as our guests. Nearly 200 were present and enjoyed a first-class dinner. The Colonel of the Regiment proposed the toast to “The Regiment,” and


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11 pm. The presentation of a New Guidon to the Regiment is an event to be cherished and remembered. Many Old Comrades and their wives

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Harding, G.C.B., C.B.E._, D.S.O., M.C., A.D.C. Amongst the Old Comrades on this parade were several who had been on the parade at Aldershot in 1925 when the old Guidon was presented to the Regiment by the then Colonel-in—Chief of the Regiment, His late Majesty King George V. The Field Marshal spoke to every Old Comrade on parade and the many smiling faces gave evidence of humorous exchanges. And, of course, mention must be made of Old Comrade Bertram Turp’s spectacular flight to attend the ceremony with none other than the Field Marshal himself! This was front page news in the London Press and quite rightly soSpectemur Agenda! As a further point of interest, the oldest Comrade on parade was Mr. F. H. Finch, of Winchester, who joined the Regiment in 1898. This was indeed a most memorable occasion and all Old Comrades present were visibly impressed by the excellent bearing of the Regiment on parade and our con— gratulations are sent to Lt.-Col. P. Massey. R.S.M. Edwards and members of the Sergeants’ Mess are heartily thanked for their hospitality and the manner in which they looked after the

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SPORTING Football Notes Another football season has ended and although we have not had the successes that we had in the previous season, the Regimental team has achieved very notable successes as will be seen below. In the Regimental Inter—Troop Competition which was played during the summer months, the Q.M. Group were successful in carrying off the Trophy after playing a total of nineteen games without being defeated, and only losing two points in two drawn games. This compe—

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The L.A.D. 6-a-Side Football Team petition HQ. Squadron was considered to have an extremely good chance of winning the Trophy, but they fell by the wayside and eventu— ally finishcd third behind “B” Squadron. In the Canal South Major League the Regi— mental team played extremely well, and it was thought that they would win the championship for the third year running. Our nearest oppon— ents were 22 Field Engineer Regt., and when we beat them by 6 goals to 3 on their own ground our hopes seemed fully justified. Our stiffest obstacle was then the 3 G.H.Q. Signal Regt. on their ground, and sure enough this game was our first and only league defeat in the Canal South Championship for the three years we were stationed there. The game was played in a very strong wind and the Signals, winning the toss, elected to play with the wind. They made very good use of the ball and within four minutes of the commencement of the game we were two goals in arrears, one goal coming from a free kick just outside the penalty area, and the other being headed by our own right back. With the score still at 2 goals to nil at halftime, and the wind now in our favour, it looked as though we had an extremely good chance of gaining the points, but although we scored one goal, the equalising goal did not materialise and we were eventually beaten by 2 goals to 1. It was a great record to lose only one league game in three years, and this was given great prom— inence in the local sports news which was broad— cast on the Forces Radio in the Canal Zone. Since leaving the Canal Zone we have lost seven of our regular players and we are now having to commence at the very bottom of the ladder to find a team, but we hope to do this once we are settled in our new station in Germany.

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We must take this opportunity of wishing the very best of luck to all those players who helped us so much during their National Service, in— cluding in particular Cfn, Birch (Aston Villa), Tpr. Canning (Birmingham City), Cpl. Fulton, L/Cpl. Greenaway, Cfn. Booth, Tprs. Brown, Thomas and Kelly. We hope to find as good talent as we have lost when we open the season again, and we look to all potential players to assist. If we had remained in the Canal Zone for the season there is no doubt that both Cfn. Birch and Booth would have been playing for the Army XI. When the Army South XI very soundly thrashed the Army North XI by 7 goals to 1 we had three players in the winning side, and this alone was a great credit to our players —well done! When next we write our notes for The Eagle we hope to give you news of our first season in Rhine Army Football, and whilst we know only too well the difficulties of finding a good team again, we are sure that with the help of everyone we shall be prominent before the season closes.

Swimming Notes A Regimental swimming team started training once a week in April for the Inter-Unit Championships in August. An individual contest was held on Waterloo Day to unearth more talent, but little was forthcoming. Eighteen teams took part in the Canal South Championships from which the first three were to go for— ward to the Canal Zone Finals. On the first day we managed to come first in our group of six which took us to the local finals next day. This result was better than we had expected, and particular credit reflected on S.S.M. Jones who, in performing a lively breaststroke, swam himself out of his pants. He continued regard— less to complete the course midst the cheers of all present. In the local finals we came third to two exceptionally strong teams which had done much serious training. We spent the next ten days training furiously to compete in the Canal Zone finals against three teams from the North. These finals took place at Moascar, and the standard of swimming was very high indeed, practically every record being broken. Once again The Green Howards, who had beaten us at Fayid, were placed first. The Regiment finished fifth out of six, a satisfactory result considering the lack of opportunity for training during the summer.


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For the future it would be well to remember that it takes longer and is far harder to get fit for serious swimming than for almost any other form of sport. Supervised coaching is also an essential if standards are to reach those set by other units. Entries for Waterloo Day were disappointing. Many reasonable swimmers seemed loth to display their talents which was a pity. As a result the “Gladiators ” had the water to themselves, Major Anmitage winning all three freestyle ra:es, with Tpr. Eastwood (“A” Squadron) second, and Tpr. Dimmack (HQ. Squadron) winning the breast and backstroke events. S.Q.M.S. Brennan (“B” Squadron) won the diving. “B” Squadron were successful in the Chain of Command Race, and hold the shield for a year. We had two children’s races which pro— vided a nice double for R.Q.M,S. Old’s family. Our Water Polo team started the season well, but we did not have enough reserves to replace players when Squadrons were away on training or at Moascar. There is no doubt that an InterSquadron league early in the season would have produced more talent, and would be well worth— while if we serve in such a station again. The last swimming event was the Inter— Squadron competition in September for the Cavalry Bowl. This was won by “HQ.” Squadron from “ C ” Squadron.

Hockey Notes During the year a number of men who had not played hockey before started to play. Several of these newcomers to the game have shown great promise and have played in the Regimental Team. When we get to Germany it should be possible to get a good side together. With a Squadron in Moascar from May until a few weeks before the Regiment’s return to England, and the Regiment’s many other commitments, little Regimental hockey was played this year. We entered for the Army Egypt Cup, but not for the League. In the first round of the Cup we surprised both the 73 H.A.A. Regt. and ourselves by heat— ing them 5-4 after being three goals down in 15 minutes. Capt. Evans was in great form, scor— ing all five goals, three of them from the only three penalty corners we had. In the next round the Cheshire Regt. beat us by I goal to nil after extra time. In .:his game We were without Major Greaves and two of our regular players, but it did give experience to some new players. Among those who played for the Regiment were the following, who only started the game this season: Tpr. Prentice—a good, fast right wing and very keen. L/Cpl. Allkins—a solid, if rather slow, back. Cpl. McClymont—a right inside with good stickwork, but he holds on to

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the ball too long. Cpl. Osborne— a first class left wing who has unfortunately left the Regi— ment. He should make a really good player if he continues with the game. Tpr. Yarwood— right half, rather slow but quite steady. He should go farther with experience. L/Cpl. Hall —back, a rather temperamental player who, at his best, is very good, but he has rather too many bad days. Cpl. Clayton—left half, an all—round games player; he is fast but apt to wander out of position. The following more experienced players also represented the Regiment: Major Greaves, Capt. Evans, 2/Lt. Trouton, R.Q.M.S. Jones, S.Q.M.S. Brennan, S/Sgt. Dunkley, Sgt. Shone, Sgt. Mainwaring and Cpl. Cummings. The Squadron hockey was won by “ C ” Squadron, who did not lose a match. They were followed by L.A.D., H.Q., “ B ” and “A” Squad— rons. “ C ” Squadron had 12 men who playe for the Regiment during the season. During the summer an Inter—Troop Six-a—side league was held. This did not prove a great success as only about ten of the nineteen teams took much interest in it. The league was won easily by C 2 (3rd and 4th Troops “C ” Squadron) who did not lose a match. Seven members of this team later represented the Regiment. C 3 (5th and S.H.Q. Troops “ C ” SquadSqn.) were runners—up with R.H.Q. third. This tournament is an excellent way for men to learn the principles of ball control. If more interest

is shown in the competition the standard of Regimental Hockey will improve a great deal. “ C ” Squadron’s superiority was no fluke, but the result of encouraging men to take up the game and learn the principles of ball control in the six—a-side tournament. Hockey is a fairly easy game to play well enough to enjoy as many found out during 1953; unfortunately they nearly all came from the same Squadron. It is to be hoped that more men will take the game up in the coming season.

. Rugby Notes The Regiment again, as in the two previous seasons in the Middle East, was weak in the back division. This was unfortunate because the pack was seldom wanting in. weight and in— variably got the ball more often than our opponents. The improvement among the forwards was frequently marked by good binding and allowing the ball to come through unhindered. To offset this there are still too many infringements of the laws amongst the forwards, and we were all too often penalised, unhappily nearly always in our own “ 25." Sgt. \Wheadon was a first class hooker and full of fire in the loose. We never had a natural scrum half, Lt. Boyd being in U.K. for most of the short season, but


Tpr. Bailey played extremely well in his absence, and cotnbined well with his “twin,” Tpr. Burke. Sometimes we were fortunate to have 2/Lt. Walker at fly half, and the manner in which he cut through and swerved was a lesson for the backs. His absence for the Army (Egypt) Cup game against 3 G.H.Q. Signal Regt. must have made a big difference, the only doubtful consolation being that 3 G.H.Q. Signal Regt. then went on to beat all—comers and win the cup. Several young players have joined us in U.K.

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P010 Notes Polo continued to flourish in 1953. and we played our final farewell match in January 1954, the day before the Regiment moved to Port Said. No more ponies were acquired, and we sent one to the “Skins” when they arrived from Korea early in the year. The Lebanese Stallions did well on the whole, and were all playing match polo before we left, although one seemed a bit on the large side for local conditions. Several oflcicers who came out during the year started playing, and some eighteen serving officers have now some experience of the game. Whether there will be an opportunity of playing in B.A.O.R. seems doubtful, but the next time the Regiment goes East we should be able to continue the game. The usual series of tournaments took place during the year. In May we played in the

tournament of the Subaltern Cup which We had won the previous year. It appeared that we should have to give away a vast number of goals so Birkbeck played to lower the team’s handicap. We started successfully by beating an inex— perienced Gunner team 12-5, giving them 4 goals. In the second round we played G.H.Q. and gave them one goal. They scored early on to lead by two goals, but we managed to level matters by the fourth chukker. Unfortunately, just after the final bell Lt.-Col. Fitzpatrick was hit hard on the knee, which virtually paralysed him for the last minutes of the game. Birkbeck nearly scored a deciding goal, but eventually it was the G.H.Q. back who took advantage of an opening to score against us. In November we successfully retained the Inniskilling Cup which we had won the previous Christmas. In the first round we avenged

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our defeat at the hands of G.H.Q. in the previous tournament. We then disposed of the Gunners in the second round, and qualified to meet R.A., Moascar, in the final at Moascar. Lt.—Col. Massey had to go home on the day of this match so Armitage, who had been unabie to play for two months, took his place. It was a cold, rainy afternoon and the ground was slip— pery in patches. We started indifferently and were 2% goals down after two chukkers. How— ever, we pulled ourselves together and settled down in our proper places to win eventually by 5 goals to 3%. We were lucky to retain this cup. The following represented the Regiment during the year: Lt.—Col. Fitzpatrick, Lt.-Col. Massey, Timbrell, Armitage, Wilson FitzGerald and Birkbeck. In low handicap competitions teams included Houstoun, Ferrand, Boyd and Davey. We played two farewell matches. The first at Fayid was a six chukker affair against a strong team. After a very fast open game the Regiment

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won by 13 goals to 3. It was a much closer match than the score suggests, but the ball ran well for us whenever we tried to score. On our last day we played Moascar and gave them 3 goals to lose by 6 goals to 5. We had handed our ponies over to the Life Guards so did not play all the usual team. So ended three years of polo in the Canal Zone which had been thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part. From 1952 to 1954 the Regiment won 14 matches out of 16 played. We were sorry to say good-bye to our old friends of the Fayid and Moascar Club, and hope that the game will continue to flourish so long as they remain in Egypt. Throughout our time in Egypt the Regimental grooms did tremendous work to keep the ponies fit, and the interest and enthusiasm they showed was first class. All in all our casualties were remarkably light, which reflects great credit to all concerned in running the stables.

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In April “ Joinville, our Bordeaux, was bottoms up on the beach and looking more than unseaworthy. “ Caprice,” the Snipe, was looking very tired too. Work on the former started in earnest in May and, every afternoon until well into June, sweating bodies toiled under the afternoon sun to get her “ on the road.” It was chiefly officer work, but Tprs. Jones and Stading helped considerably with the jobs which required technical skill. When all was done the rudder could not be found, so a secondhand one, found lying around was modified and fitted. A trial run at the end of June found her going well and the aged rudder held on. We entered “ Joinville ” for the Fast Miscel— laneous Handicap Race on the first day of the Fayid Ofl'icers’ Yacht Club-cum-R.E. Yacht Club Regatta held on the 4th and 5th July. The helmsman was Wilkinson, and the crew Alling— ton, Hanmer and Parkhouse. “Joinville” was going well when the rudder began to break up and we had to retire. Soon after coming ashore four very amateur carpenters could be seen working until daylight failed on another old rudder, also found lying around. This was modified to fit “Joinville ” and, on the Sunday morning we raced again in the Fast Miscel— laneous Handicap.” Wilkinson was again at the helm, supported by Evans, Boyd and Park— house. “Joinville” went even better and we were heading for a win when the rudder, once again, began to break up. We nearly went over,

shipped gallons of Bitter Lake, then began to sail her under in the strong breeze, but eventu— ally struggled across the finishing line against the wind and took second place. On corrected time we were three minutes behind the winner and we lost a good six minutes during the crisis. Our success despite rudder trouble was due to the unexpected speed of “Joinville,” particularly when close hauled, the excellent helmsman— ship of Wilkinson, and the tremendous baling efforts of Evans and Boyd during the crisis. The latter, however, jeopardised his claim to fame by dropping his baler overboard, but we soon managed to find another old milk tin. Two rudders in two days was too much and we agreed, unanimously, that we would not sail again until we had a new rudder. This took nearly two weeks to complete but great work by Tpr. Jones and Cfn. Carr, assisted by L/Cpl. Hildred and Cfn. Shillito, produced a really strong rudder which we tested on the 18th July, the day before the annual race for the “ White Cup” for which we had entered “Joinville.” “ Joinville” got away to a good start with Wilkinson at the helm, and a crew consisting of Allington, Hanmer and Parkhouse. The race was of two legs; across the lake to the Blue Lagoon, lunch there, and back again. There was a good wind and we went over well in the morning. About fifteen yachts competed, and two launches containing spectators, officials, and Abbas with food and drink, accompanied us.


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The luncheon party was a very enjoyable one, and it was stated, after the race, that some boats

were found to be tied together, under water. when they were preparing for the start of the second leg. An officer seen wearing a “ shufti— scope” was suspect. The scene in the small Blue Lagoon just before the start of the second leg will not be forgotten by those who were there. A small vessel sailed by two airmen capsized; several others, including “ Joinvilie,“ went

aground, and our fellow Bordeaux and late Royal Dragoon—owned “ Sahbi ” was seen at the one minue gun aground and closely embracing another yacht which was not identified. All these incidents were not entirely due to the enjoyable luncheon party. There was very little water in which to manoeuvre for the start and the wind sometimes came in a hot fierce blast across the Sinai desert and sometimes did not come at all. Finally, we got away to a surprisingly good start and were soon well placed. “Joinville” really went well reaching back across the lake to the F.O.Y.C. and we were the fifth boat to cross the finishing line. When the corrected times were announced we found that “Joinville ” had won the White Cup, and we were all tremendously pleased with this success.

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The shortage of trade tested helmsmen made a period of instructional sailing essential and, with David Wilkinson as instructor, 3 number of officers took the helm. There was also an afternoon’s sailing for the Troopers and Craftsmen who had hclped so much during “Join— ville‘s ” preparation. We raced “Joinville’ 7 again at the Phoenix Boat Club Regatta, and took an equal third in a fast miscellaneous handicap on the first day. On the second day the wind failed just after the start and we lay becalmed for half an hour. During the latter stages of this period we all had a swim and pushed the boat towards the next mark. When the wind returned we felt it necessary to lower our racing burgee, but completed the course and had an enjoyable run. For the rest of the season “Joinville” was often out except for a period when the rudder again broke. John Evans put in many hours’ work on “ Caprice,” and it was a sad blow when she broke adrift during a storm and was badly battered. “Joinville” was sold without difiiculty before we left, but “ Caprice ” was beyond economical repair and was left to Abbas, a cheerful individual and one of the few “natives” we shall miss.

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The Old Guidon is received by the Escort


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Th e Old Guidon and Escort

PRESENTATION OF THE GUIDON

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The Troop

The parade for the Presentation of the New Guidon was held at Assaye Barracks, Tidworth, on 27th April. If the wind was at first a little cold, the setting for the Ceremony was otherwise perfect. Bright sunshine and the trees surrounding the square in full leaf lent sparkle and contrast to the colours of the par— ade: the sentries keeping the square in prewar full dress, the Band in their Blue “ No. I "’ Dress, and the long double line of the Regiment filling the whole far side of the square., As the ceremony began the four Squadrons, each represented by three officers, two sergeants and fifty—four rank and file, were drawn up in line. On the right was “C” Squadron, which had the honour of finding the Escort for the Guidon, with “A,” “B” and “H.Q.” Squad— rons on the left. The Old Guidon, escorted by two sergeants and with double sentries patrolling beside it, took its place on the left flank and at right angles to the parade. Col. F. W. Wilson FitzGerald then arrived, escorted by a section of Armoured Cars. After acknowledging the General Salute sounded on the State Trumpets, he mounted the saluting base. The four silver State Trumpets, recently presented by past and present Commanding Officers, bore on their banners the devices orig— inally carried on the Lieutenant-Colonel’s and

Captains’ Guidons in I684—the badges of King Henry II, King Henry V, King Henry VI and Queen Elizabeth I—thus commemorating the privilege to which we alone were entitled, of carrying Royal badges on Troop Guidons. As his escort of a troop of Armoured Cars drove off the square, a General Salute greeted the arrival of Field Marshal Sir John Harding, G.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., A.D.C., Chief of The Imperial General Staff, who was to pre» sent the New Guidon on behalf of Her Majesty

The Queen. After being received by The Colonel, the Field Marshal then inspected the Regiment, pausing frequently to talk to men, some of whom had served under him in the desert, or had seen him when he visited us in the Canal Zone last year. With the end of the inspection came the time

for the Old Guidon to be trooped for the last time. To the strains of Les Hugenots and The Standard of St. George the Band marched and counter-marched in slow and quick time across the front of the Regiment, returning to its original position in front of the Escort Squadron. The Band and Escort Squadron in line then marched across to the Old Guidon which R.S.M. Edwards, having saluted with sword drawn,

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Squadron. On “General Salute” being given, corner men turned outwards in traditional readiness to protect the Guidon against attack from all quarters. And so came the moment for the Old Guidon to make its last journey past the ranks of The Regiment. Although worn and tattered with service and thirty years of travel, it has never been more proudly carried. On reaching the right of the line the Escort Squadron rejoined the Regiment. R.Q.M.S. Jones in slow time and with great steadiness bore the 01d Guidon across to the left of the parade from where, rejoined by Sgts. Stirling and Lynd as Escort, it was marched off the parade to the strains of Auld Lang Syne. For many> this was the most poignant moment of the parade: not a few of the spectators had been present on the parade when H.M. King George V presented the Guidon in 1925, and for all of us the Old Guidon had associations with the momentous events in which the Regiment had taken part since then. Drums were then piled and the New Guidon was brought on parade by the Quartermaster, Major (Q.M.) C. \V. J. Lewis, M.B.E., who alone of those on parade was serving in 1925. The Assistant Chaplain General, The Reverend K. A. Punton, O.B.E., B.A., Q.H.C., and his assistants then came on parade and the Service of Consecration began. After the blessing, the C.I.G.S. then addressed the Regiment: “ Colonel Massey and all ranks of The Royal Dragoons. It is a high honour for me to have been commanded by Her Majesty The Queen to present you with your new Guidon today. This Guidon which has just been solemnly consecrated has emblazoned on it the many Battle Honours your Regiment has won. These names of famous Battles and Campaigns fought

in many parts of the World, together with other earlier Battles, for which no honours were awarded, contain your Regiment’s history—a splendid tale of service to Sovereign and country, of devotion to duty, of courage, self-sacri— fice and comradeship. In it you will always find great inspiration and encouragement for the future whatever it may bring, It was my privilege for a time during the fighting in the Western Desert in 1942 to have your Regiment under my command. I know, therefore, from personal experience, what a very high standard of efliciency, of courage and endurance, the Regiment maintains. I have ban able to apply your famous Regimental Motto and judge you by your deeds. You came through then as you have in the past with flying colours. Be sure you continue to live

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up to your great reputation, and always be ready to face the judgment of any man by your deeds. First raised in 1661 as the Tangier Horse, The Royal Dragoons is the oldest Cavalry Regiment of the line and has fought with great distinction in almost every War in which the British Army has been engaged in the past 275 years. In all its long record of devoted and distinguished service two battles stand out-— W’aterloo and El Alamein. In both these battles, which marked turning points in history, The Royal Dragoons played a most important and distinguished part. I hope that you will continue your present custom of commemorating the Regiment’s participation in these two famous battles as typical of the magnificent fighting spirit that the Regiment has always displayed in every battle and campaign in which it has been engaged. You have a famous name and a glorious tradition of which all who have ever served in the Regiment have every reason to be very proud. Make absolutely certain that they are never sullied or tarnished. In years gone by when a Guidon was carried on the battle-field, it was the rallying point of the Regiment. Today it is the symbol of the indomitable spirit that led your forbears to rally and continue the fight regardless of the cost until their task was done. This Guidon will be with you to remind you of your splendid inheritance of fame and glory; to encourage you to emulate the deeds of your forbears, and to inspire you in your duty. Guard it closely; preserve the great spirit and tradition of your Regiment that it symbolises; and may it always be to you a source of strength and courage, and a constant reminder of your duty to your Queen and Country. I wish you good luck and success in all your undertakings” The Commanding Officer then replied: “Sir—On behalf of all ranks of the Regi— ment I thank you for the honour that you have paid The Royals in coming here today to pre— sent this Guidon. Our most earnest endeavour will be to prove ourselves by loyalty and service to our Queen and Country worthy of the trust committed to us and to be true to those traditions to which you have referred and of which we are so justly proud.” Tlte Guidon was then received from the C.I.G.S. by S.S.M. Bradley. As the General Salute was given he moved off in slow time to the strains of the National Anthem, carrying the Guidon to join the Regiment.

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Trooping the Old Guidon, 1925

The Ceremony was brought to a close by the Regiment marching past the C.I.G.S. in column

The Consecration

of Squadrons, the Guidon, escorted by S.S.M.s Joyce and Vowlcs, being in the centre of the column. After the Parade, Field Marshal Sir John Harding inspected the Old Comrades, and later had luncheon in the Ofiicers’ Club with past and present officers and their families. At the same time the Old Comrades were entertained in the Sergeants’ Mess. Among other guests, the following were present: Lady Harding, General Sir Frank Messervy, General Sir Brian and Lady Robertson, Major-General J. M. W. Martin, Mrs. Freeman Thomas, Mrs. W. Hodgson, Mrs. W. T. Miles, Mrs. C. Swire, Col. P. D. Weir and

Lt.—Col. C. R. H. Porteous, The Royal Canadian Dragoons. The following past officers and in many cases their families, attended the ceremony: Brigadier-General Sir Ernest Makins, Brigadier S. G. Howes, Brigadier S. C. Dumbreck, Brigadier R. Peakc, Col. P. R. Davies-Cooke, Col. R. C. Kidd, Col. H. M. P. Hewitt, Lt.-Col. R. B. Moseley, Lt.-Col. A. M. Barne, Major The Lord Basing, Major K. G. F. Balfour, Major D. A. F. Harris, Major C. C. H. Hilton Green, Major E. F. Gosling, Major P. G. Thin, Major A. G. N. Haddon Paton, Capt. D. F. Bradstock, Capt. H. E. F. de Traflord, Capt. G. H. Pitt—Rivers, Capt. W. W. B. Scott, I. C. Browne, R. C. McNeile, the Rev. R. W. Miles, T. J. S. Nicolson, A. C. M. Porter, Dr. N. Young, F. C. Green and J. Faulder.

WANTED HELMETS AND PLUMES It is becoming increasingly difficult to

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Regimental

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equip men in Full Dress on special occa— sions through lack of correct equipment.

Colour Plate of The New Guidon, may

Old Comrades who have items of Full

be obtained from The P.R.I., The Royal

Dress in their possession wouid be doing the Regiment a service if they would pre-

Dragoons, B.A.O.R. II, price I/- (excluding Purchase Tax), or Messrs. Gale and

sent or loan them. In particularly short supply are Officers’ and Other Ranks’

Polden,

helmets with or without plumes,

Wellington

Press,

Aldershot,

price 1/7 each (including Purchase Tax).

If you can help, please inform the P.R.I., The Royal Dragoons, B.A.O.R. II.

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REGIAMENTAL HEADQUARTERS Major J. C. Parkhouse, 2 i/c

Capt. J. B. Evans, Adit. Lt. S. E. M. Bradish—Ellames, A/Adjt. Lt. W. R, W'ilson FitzGerald, Regt. Sigs. Offr.

Major A. B. Houstoun, M.C. Capt. J. A. Dimond, M.C. Capt. C. E. W. Ferrand Capt. G. O. Roberts, R.E.M.E.,

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Capt. P. Woodbridge, R.A.M.C. Lt. N. H. Matterson, A.S.M. N. J. Morgan, R.E.M.E. B/M. A. F. Trythall R. Q.M.S. Jones

.Q. M. S. Crockett .S. M Vowles Q. M. S. Weller S.QM S. Brennan Sgt. Ayrton

Sgt. Baguley, Sgt. Benson Sgt. Collerton Sgt. Colyer

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Cpl. Stanley, Z. W.

Cpl. Routley

Tpr. Stephenson, T. E. Tpr. Stone, B. A. Cpl. Stone, H. G. l/Cpl. Sturgess, H. J. G. Bdsm. Syms, D. R. L/Cpl. Taylor, J. Bdsm. Thomason A. P. Boy Thorn Cpl. Thornton Tpr. Thompson, R. Cpl. Thorpe, J. Bdsm. Tizard, V. W.

Sgt. L. Sheppard

Tpr. Sivier, W. I /Cpl. Skinner, A. V. Tpr. Slater, F.

Burley, R. Buy, A. Carpenter, A. Cartwright, R.

Tpr. Cemm, T. D. Tpr. Charles, G. Tpr. Collyer, B. J.

Tpr. Jones, N. C.

L/Cpl. Corner, J. Tpr. Condon, R.

Tpr. Joseph, J. B. Tpr. Kay .

L/Cpl. Cooke, S. T.

Bdsm. Kyekie. R. \V.

Tpr. Coyle, W. Cpl. Crowhurst, L. L/Cpl. Cunningham, J. Boy De-La—Haye, L.

L/Cpl. Depledge, W.

Tpr. Kelly, 540 Tpr. Kelley, F. Tpr. Knight, M. D Bdsm. Lacken, J.

Tpr. Dempster, J. R.

L/Cpl. Lock

Tpr. Dixon, G.

Sgt. Lloyd

Cpl. Duff Tpr. Duflield, R.

L/Cpl. Lornic, C. Tpr. Luck, R. A. Tpr. Mann, R. Tpr. Manson, A. E.

Tpr. Egerton, A.

Tpr. Ellerby, G. E. L/Cpl. Elliot.H

Tpr Martin, C. H L/Cpl. Mathers, R. N. L/Cpl. McAllist’er

Tpr. Alexander, F.

Tpr. Elliott, W. H.

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Tpr. Agar, R.

L/Cpl. Emery, F.

Tpr. McGill, W.

Tpr. Alderman, R. F. Tpr. Amos, P.

Tpr. Evans, B. A. Tpr. Facey, H. J.

Tpr. McIntosh, G. T. A.

Tpr. Armstrong, F. Tpr. Badiali Bdsm. Baker, C. H. Tpr. Bailey, W.

Tpr. Farrell, A. Tpr. Fletcher, R.

Tpr. Banks, G. T. Tpr. Bannister, J.

Tpr. Gibson

Tpr. Mitchell, J. Tpr. Morley, W. Tpr. Mosley, P. C.

Tpr. Godfray, W.

Tpr. Myatt, R. S.

Tpr. Finney, B.

Tpr. Gaunt, J, D.

Bdsm. Barclay, T. Tpr. Barr, A.

L/pCpl Gough Tpr. Gow, C.

Tpr. Barley, R.

Bdsm. Gray, J. Tpr. Green, R. B. Tpr. Greenwood

Tpr. Beadle, K. L/Cpl. Belcher, J.

Tpr. Binfield, \V. Tpr. Bird, T. Tpr. Birrell, C.

L/Cpl. Blackband, J. Tpr. Bleakley, V Tpr. Boston, G. Tpr. Booth, G. Tpr. Brackenbury, R. Tpr. Brader, D.

Tpr. Gregory, R. A. Cpl Hall, B. J.

Bdsm. McNamara, J. L/Cpl. Mitchell, H. S. Tpr. Mitchell, C.

Boy Pearce, P. Bdsm. Philip, T.

L/Cpl. Hayes, B. W.

Bdsm. Philip, A. S.

L/Cpl. Herriott, R. A.

Cpl. Plumbly, G. R. Tpr. Polles, R. Tpr. Potter, A. Bdsm. Rangley, L. Tpr. Rennie, C. P.

L/Cpl. Bruce, E.

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Tpr. Barman, K.

Tpr. Huxley, J. G.

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Tpr. Brannen. J. Tpr. Bredc, R

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Sgt. Morton, R. E. M.E Sgt. Sutherland, A.C.C Band Sgt. Tait Sgt. Viggars

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Bdsm. Smith, R. Bdsm Smith, A Tpr. Smith, A Tpr. Smith: C. Tpr. Sobey, F.

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Tpr. Coleman, J.

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Tpr. Jones, F T. Tpr. Jones, D.

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Major (Q.M.) C. W. J. Lewis, M.B.E., Quartermaster R.S.M. J. Edwards Sgt. J. Titmarsh, O.R.Sgt.

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“A” Major K. F. Timbrell, M.C. Capt. R. H. D. Fabling

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Tpr. Gill, J. Tpr. Gray. R.

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Tpr. Hawkeswood, D. Tpr. Hill, F.

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Tpr. Turner, T. S. Tpr. Thomas, B. \V.

Tpr. Chapman, N.

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