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Editorial EARLY in the New Year we start to review the activities of 1047. A whole year is too wide a field to cover in one journal, and that reduced in size, but the truth is that the present support for The Eagle, both inside and outside the Regiment, is insufficient to preserve its finances from bankruptcy. We aim to produce our next copy in the summer. and

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but this will be impossible unless more serving members and Old (‘omrades buy their Regimental journal. \Ve are glad to have again as publishers F. J. Parsons of Folkestone, who published The Eagle. in pre—war days. The summer passed very pleasantly and quietly at Dedelsdorf. The airfield was an enormous asset and was in constant use: all we lacked was a swimming pool, for the summer chose to be very hot. in June we. were delighted to welcome our Colonel, Colonel F. \Vilson Fitzgerald, D.S.O., M.C., to Dedelsdorf. He inspected the Regiment on parade and later drove up to Berlin to visit 'A’ Squadron. We hope he will repeat his visit this summer. During the summer rumours, invariably started by our civilian employees, flew round about impending'moves all over Germany. Rumours were ignored and large building works started, on Married Families Quarters and, ominously, a Squash Court. Sure enough, a fortnight before its completion we were told to move to North— hampton Barracks, \Volfenbiittel, to relieve the 13/18th Hussars. For everyone performing this move a fortnight of moderate discomfort followed, though luckily the distance to be travelled was comparatively short. “'0 found the

barracks perched on a small hill, exposed to every cold wind that blows. The buildings form a large hollow rectangle with the long sides facing east and west. They are comfortable but ugly. A road runs round the outside and on the further side. of the road are grouped the very adequate garages. Unlike Dedelsdorf most of the amenities are already here, but those we lack are being built as fast as the R.E.’s can be persuaded. The town amenities of Brunswick are close and at Wolfenbiittel within walking distance. Another most welcome addition is the Band: we are very glad to have them with us. The only serious shortage is playing fields. The Hartz Mountains are close for those who ski, and they are said to retain their attraction throughout the year. There are those who still prefer Dedelsdorf, but

soon they will cease their laments. This time it really does seem certain that our stay will be two or three years. I hope the next copy of The Eagle will bear out this prophecy! Finally, before I retire gracefully from the Editorial Page, I must thank all contributors, who have

been very co—operative. May my successor find as pleasant a task! Congratulations to :7 The Rugby Team,'on reaching the 4th round of the A.R.U. Cup. The Boxing Team. on reaching the semi—final of the 5th Division Champions ships. Lt. Davies Cooke and Sgt. Edwards, on their performance in the Modern Pentathlon. M. F. Tremlett, on playing for M.C.C. against the West Indies.

Obituary [Jeri-GENERAI. SIR HAROLD Fawri's,

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C01 0x151. F . Wusox FITZGliRs‘iH), D_S,O., MC.

Those Old Royals who served with The Royals in the South African \Var will have learnt with regret of the death, on 27th of October, of their Medical Officer during most of that campaign. He came to the Regiment

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Director—General of the Army Medical Services 1929-1934, and of the British Red Cross Society 1934—1938. He was appointed Hon. Physician to The King in 1023, and he was also a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. LIEUT—COLONEL JOHN MONTAGL‘E BENETT— STANFORD. Jack Benett, who died on 18th Novem— ber, is probably hardly known to the present generation of The Royals. He joined in Colchester in 1890 as a 2nd Lieut, and resigned in August 1892 in York. He inherited Pythouse Tisbury in VViltshire as well as property at Brighton, and a villa

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lessly, giving a concert on Christmas Eve, a ‘Smoker’ in the Naafi on Christmas Day, and music for the Regimental dance on Boxing Day: and to the Cooks,

who produced such quantities of food— and good food too. The usual football matches were played, on Boxing Day. The Sergeants beat the Officers 4-2 and thus avenged last year. Later the Officers and Sergeants were defeated by the rest 4—0. We attribute this entirely to Sgt. Appleton, who fed his side continuously on gin and lime out of a glass boot.

New Year's Eve saw the first, and last, performance of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ This pantomime, produced by Tpr. Duncan, played to a full house and was a huge success. Tpr. Duncan made a delightful leading lady with a pretty turn of voice, Sgt. Roberts charmed us as the Prince and lulled us with his melodies: while Tpr. Sharp made a brilliant \Vitch and fairly shook the stage with his hideous cackle. L/Cpl. Filmer and Tpr. Joyce personified the spirit of Spivdom, Tpr. Burke remained speechless and most im~ pressive: Lt. D—Cooke was Bashful but gave us a Inost stirring rendering of ‘The Battle of Hastings.’ Tpr. Brett produced all the scenery, of which perhaps the Honey— moon Car was the masterpiece. We should like to congratulate all the players and thank them for a very‘good evening's entertainment.

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PROBABLY for the first time the Regiment and the Greys celebrated Water— loo Day together. It was a pity that the Inniskillings could not join the Union Brigade owing to the distance, but their telegram of ‘good luck’ was much ap— preciated. The Greys arrived at mid—day in full force, and ready for battle, complete with families—pipe band—horses—and all the ‘ Fun of the Fair’ : so it was not long before they were all seated for lunch, at which the traditional pint was served. The first events were 5 a—side football matches starting with the Officers, who must have had a good lunch to judge by the horizontal positions at half time: however, it was a hot day. Several comic and wrestling, and apple and bucket (no apples) : Married Families blindfold race, Children's

race and Jeep Musical Chairs. The race went true to form, every known being scattered over the aerodrome. events were run in the most happy friendly spirit, so the final results and ners do not matter.

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Some of the afternoon‘s highlights were the. comical cow of the Greys doing the Highland Fling, the Quartermaster giving away cigarettes as prizes, the Greys R.S.M., Mr. Warry, dismounting head first at the gallop during the VC race, the calls of the dog owners and the results of the calls (Nix), and lastly the Inter Regiment Relay Race, where some notable legs Were on show. We must give the Regiment credit here as the combined leg power of Major McCalmont, M.Q.M.S. Douglas, S.S.M. Maguire, A.S.M. Saxton, Cpl.

to include a Musical Ride in the Tattoo,

to be held in Berlin during August. The Royals were selected to take part, and with us The Greys, 7th and 10th Hussars. The moment we heard the news the call was sent out for volunteers. Only twelve men were required but the Regiment could have supplied treble that number from the response. Unfortunately most of the old hands who could already ride were in jobs from which they could not be spared for anything like the time required. However a ride was formed and the menage made, and off they went enthusiast» ically. The plan was for each Regiment

Heard and

Tpr. Cox proved too swift for the Greys. \Vc must mention the Greys pipe band, who throughout the afternoon and evening gave a fine performance of marching and piping. The party broke up after tea but the Sgts. stayed for a dance and the pipes could still be heard well into the night. So finished Waterloo Day and everyone was completely satisfied with the Duke of \Vellington’s behaviour one hundred and thirty-two years ago.

Musical Ride ~— Berlin IN June of this year it was finally decided

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to train its own contingent and to fore— gather sometime in' July at the Greys barracks in Luneburg, which has a first class indoor Riding School. There the whole Ride was to start training under Major M. Borwick of The Greys. The Royals' contingent went to work with gusto: half the Ride were old hands. but the other half were youngsters who had done little or no riding before this, so the

standard they had achieved by the time they left for Luneburg was a credit to their keeness and capacity for hard work. Once the whole Ride were together the work really started ; in fact to walk into either stables or school during the. nest few


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weeks was to put the clocks back ten years ~wisps, grooming kits, hoof picks in the former and half forgotten words of command in the latter: “ Circle left, figure of eight, toe up, lower leg back." Then trudging round the Riding School on weary feet learning the figures of the Ride on the ground to the strains of the German Police Band from Hamburg. All this passed and then we were con— sidered fit to be seen in public and our respective Colonels asked down to see us. There was a fair amount of quite natural inter Regimental rivalry but by now the Ride was going well, the horses had quiet— ened down and got used to lances, swords, noise, colour, bands, and were behaving

remarkably well. General McCreery came down to see us and expressed himself both pleased and satisfied and' so we were then ready for Berlin. At the end of July we loaded all

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The ten finally selected to perform were : S.S.M. Maguire, Sgt. Colyer, Sgt. Appleton, Sgt. Childs. Sgt. Watson, Tpr. Barden, Tpr. Clutterbuek, Tpr. Burke, Tpr. Smith 97, and Tpr. Brown (Trumpeter). SSM. )Iaguire assisted Major Borwick in the training and a share of the credit must go to him. The team was housed at Spandau Barracks and after one or two rehearsals we. commenced the Tattoo proper on the. 11th of August. Everything went well from the start and luck stayed with us throughout. Both horses and men kept sound and the weather fine. The Tattoo was a success and the Ride came in for special praise. On the last night there were audible sighs of relief at the end of the final charge,

and all that was left now was to jog con~ tentedly back to Spandau stables and barracks and start to pack up.

NE cannot attain any position of responsibility in the Royals without being given, during the course of a career, one or two assignments which are, frankly, non-military, and for which one is lament— ably unqualified. Our senior officers, how— ever, have the happy knack of persuading people that they are most admirably suited for such tasks. And so occasionally we see the junior officer or NCO. wearing a really haggard look, the outcome of mingled pride and frustration. This particular operation can, I suppose, be classed in a rough military category, but you will understand that no one felt any surprise at the magnitude of the task when our Sqn. Ldr., with all the unconcern he could muster, unfolded the plan. A selected force. of A Sqn., on detachment in Berlin, consisting of 2 officers, 6 X.C.O's. and 15 troopers, had been commissioned to undertake one of the most formidable administrative jobs in the Berlin Tattoo, the distribution of tickets,_ programmes and souvenirs. After much preliminary groundwork there was a dress rehearsal for the benefit of the staff. On the following, Saturday, afternoon a matinee for German children at which we dis— tributed sweets: that evening a perform~ ance for hospital patients. Monday, August 11th, saw the first of the remaining six performances, attended by British, American, French, Russian and German people. Headquarters for this operation was at the main gate of the Mayfield (part of the Olympic Stadium) where the Tattoo was held. To this office flocked our minions

from the I4 outlying ticket offices, handing in 5 different currencies and receiving 4 sets of tickets in different languages. We had 30 soldiers under command to sell programmes and another 30 to sell souvenirs: these also were constantly coming and going. The permanent atmosphere of our office resembled \Vembley two hours before the Cup Final. Tickets were sold in clubs and canteens throughout the day; at 5 o’clock we col— lected the unsold ones and from then till 10 we checked and counted and, of course,

sold. On the final night the Germans had become so enthusiastic that the stands were full at 7 o’clock. We had 60 men to prevent unauthorised entrances being used and 3 companies of Military Police to assist in crowd control, but the mass of people broke right through and swarmed all over the stands. Altogether some 30,000 people saw the Tattoo that night, 6,000 more than

the normal capacity. It was not our first experience of a crowd out of control. During the children’s matinee, while dis— tributing sweets, we had been mobbed by

15,000 ‘Oliver Twists.’ He usually arrived back at the Squadron about 2 am. Next morning would be spent counting piles of money, ankle deep in Capt. Dimond's bedroom, and working out attendance figures for anxious pressmen. This left us little time before ‘Zero hour ' came round again. It was a memorable job for which the Squadron earned praise: however we offer our sympathies to anyone else who has a similar task at the next Tattoo.


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In June we were honoured by a visit from our new Colonel, who came out to the

Regiment for a week, We hope he enjoyed his evening in the Mess as much asiwe enjoyed seeing him there with us. On Waterloo Day we really let our hair down, of course, when combined with the

Greys the festivities 0f the Regimental Day were carried out to the full. We all completely enjoyed our gala in the evening, and thanks are due to the Greys Pipe Band, and to “ Pipey” who entertained us so well. We were strongly represented in the sporting events that afternoon and al~ though we shamefully admit we were just beaten, we made up for it in the evening.

Back Row : Lt. L. P. S. “'ilson, 2,"Lt. A. L. Sinith~MaxwelL Capt. J. A. Dimond, )I.C., Lt. D. F. S. Godman.

2/Lt. J. M. S. Carr, Capt. V. Edwards (R.E.M.E.), Lt. J. B. Evans, Lt. G. \V. Mcliclvie, . Bucknall.‘ Lt. G. C. Soltan, Capt. A. B. Houstouu, M.C., Capt. B. J. Hodgson. Lt. P. D. Reid, L t. R. C. 271d Row .' Capt. R. C. B. Arthur (R.A.‘M.C. ), Lt. J. F. R. Moddrel, Capt. \V. A. Abercrombie, Lt. P. ’l. Miles, Lt. H. T. Jones, Lt. P. P. Davies-Cooke, Capt. C. Monkman (R..v\.Ch.D.), Capt. A. C. Barker, 3rd Row :

Capt. N. H. Ellis.

Front Row .' Capt. H. D. Head, Major P. B. Fielden, M.C., Major .-'\. Graham, M.C., Major E. F. Gosling. I.t.-Col. A. H. Pepvs, D.S.O., Major R. H. Amory, Major M. J. P. Starkey, Capt. IE. T. Greavesv Capt. C. \V. J. Lewis.

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but three things in life that one cannot hide.

Love, smoke, and a man riding on

a camel. We would make one addition to this ancient proverb—Time. we have bid adieu to many old faces who have passed into the great world beyond the Gates~our gates, anyway. We wish them all every success. Like the flow of a river, many others have joined us lately and to them we extend a most

hearty welcome. And that goes to all the ‘v‘ new ” wives who have now joined their husbands out here. We survived a very hard winter and then proceeded to enjoy the wonderful weather of

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and we did full justice to the court, which,

thanks to the usual pack of unnamed stalwarts in the Mess, appeared almost over night made, of course, from salvage.

Our Mess dances became a fortnightly feature and were looked forward to with interest by everyone. Special praise is due to the ladies of 84 (L00, stationed near us, who supported us in strength and helped to make these evenings so ‘ successful. We hear Appy is now seriously contemplating giving dancing lessons. All eyes and some earts are turned to the future. \Ve could not let these notes pass without a special word of praise to our shooting team. We have now a large precentage of first class shots and it is not surprising that shooting has risen in popularity. A Mess competition was won by Sgt. Evans, D.C.M., with R.S.M. Morgan. M.M. second, and S.S.M. Kelly third. In a Regimental individual shoot Sgt. Bowen took 1st place, with the R.S.M. a very close second. We have also been very well represented in Brigade and Division shoots by the R.S.M., M.Q.M.S. Crockett and S.S.M. Ireland, all taking honours. The latter was also in the Regimental team at the last meeting at Bisley. A most successful event in which the Regiment was so ably represented was the great Tattoo in Berlin. S.S.M. Maguire, Sgt. Appleton, Sgt. Childs and Sgt. Colyer had, we gather, a time they will never forget. It will be agreed by those who saw it that the Musical Ride in which these members took part proved to be one of the most popular items on the programme and we would congratulate them on a very ‘fine performance.

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Some of our old friends have migrated to the Territorials and the Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, now allied to us, have gained them. The latest one is S.S.M. Stevenson, “ Smiler Steve." Although far away we want them to know that they are still very much with us in the spirit of the Mess. We learn with regret that R.S.M. ” Jock " Coates is shortly retiring from Army life, and to him this message is specially re— peated. Good luck in your new life from all of us. Regimental Sports proved a successful day, although marred by bad weather to— wards the en. We much missed our Sgts. Walters and Edwards, the former on release and to whom we also wish the best of luck. Sgt. Edwards was away repre— senting the Regiment in a modern Pen— tathlon in which he acquitted himself with honours. He has also been selected to represent the Division, and is now their Captain, and has also represented the Regiment in a B.A.O.R. eleven. Another great day for the Mess was the Horse Show combined with our old friends of the “ blue," the Cherrypickers. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Members of the nth Hussars and several other old friends and guests, among whom was S.S.M. “ Geordie " Hoyle, now 4th Hussars,

were dined in style in the Mess. In the evening the usual fun and games took place 'with the assistance, of course, of our \V.A.A.F. ladies, still turning up and, we

must add with all due modesty, still enjoying it. Together with a host of Wives (or is it “ Clutter " ?) an extremely enjoyable even— ing was held. The less said about changing stations the better. But we understand all the “ Qs ” thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to such another Exercise. We said Cheerio and Good Luck to the Ij/IStl’l Hussars who have left for the UK. We have welcomed our Bandmaster, Mr. Trythall, and Sgt. Slade to the Mess.

We were all pleased to have the Band parade for our Service on Remembrance Sunday. This was held in the Church in the town and the Regiment marched there and back in pre-war style. Functions in our new Mess continue with vigour and enthusiasm and Sunday night is now our party night, almost in the old


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style, whist drives and Housey being held on “ quiet ” evenings during the week and proving very popular. The Mess Silver, our old friends and members will be pleased to hear, is now with us again, for which thanks are due to the Bandmaster for whipping it quick out to us with his Band boxes. Shootin’, sportin’, game and vermin, for the extermination of, is in full swing, with

M.Q.M.S. Douglas, Sgts. Evans, James, Kinder, and Brown leading the field. We have successfully exterminated a con— siderable number of hare since our arrival which have been consumed in Mess to our great enjoyment. One member was heard to remark that he now feels nervous in the presence of greyhounds, while others can be seen furtively fingering their ear—holes. Sgts. Brown and Mantle represented us in the Regimental boxing team, the latter having bad luck in the semi-finals. Sgt. Jack Hammond deserves praise for the

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sporting way he offered to make up a sudden deficiency in the team, and for the gallant fight he put up. Our best wishes go with him and Mrs. Hammond on their return to the 13/18t11 Hussars. A most enjoyable evening was spent in the Oflicers’ Mess where we were enter— tained to supper and games, both Sporting and Dramatic. Fortunately for all con— cerned no score was kept, and neither was Taffy’s drop kick photographed. A new expression has crept in—" He's having a B.J." meaning a whale of a time. We all wish Mick Kelly and Jim Old heartiest congratulations on completing .22 years of undetected crime. They also had a B]. We close our notes now in the bustle of preparing for Christmas and take this opportunity of wishing all Old Comrades and Members a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Back Row : Bdsm. Alcock, Tpr. Maberley, Bdsm. Tait, Bdsm. Potter, Tpr. Hogg, Bdsni. Cook, Boy Scott, Bdsm. Shipton.

AMzddle‘R'ow .' Boy McGill, Tpr. \Voodward, Tpr. Lewis, Bdsm. \Vade, Boy Kegie, Bdsm. Mott, Bdsm. \Villiamson, Tpr. Keith, Tpr. Darling, Brlsm. Mountifield, Tpr. Molcher. FVoni Row : Bdsm. Kerr, Bdsm. Thornton, Bdsm. Kemp, L/Cpl. Quaife, Sgt. Slade, Lt.-Col. A. H. Pepys, D.S.O., B.M. Trythall, Major B. F. Gosling, Cpl. Old, L/Cpl. Dover, Bdsm. Hammill, Tpr.

Tinker, Tpr. Hughes.

The T gives us great pleasure to renew contact with the Eagle after so long, and we should like to record very briefly our activi— ties during the past eight years. Regimental bands were disregarded as such very early in the war, as many bands— men were required to play a more active part in the ranks. The Regiment moved to Palestine in 1938 and was followed by the main section of the Band, under T/M Kelly, now O.R.S.M., and afterwards under ‘ Stain— less’ Stevenson. Eventually, after providing many concerts and entertainment, we were disbanded. The remainder in the U.K., who were,

mostly Boys, moved to Edinburgh under Benson, Bowen, Raynor, Back Row: Sgts. Hamilton, Wood, Horsefield, De Bruin (Netherlands), Linehan, VVestcott, Vowles, Finch. ‘ ‘ Lee, Nash. _ 4th Row : Sgts. Bligh, Empringham, Rapkin, \Veller, Baker, W'right, Joyce, Mantle, Cummings (;\.C.(,.) 3rd Row : Sgts. Appleton, Jones, Bradley, James, Evans, D.C.M., Roberts, Crowther, Colyer. s 5 read.‘ 2nd Row .' Sgt. Slade, SSgt. Skirrow (R.E.M.E.), A.Q.M.S. Churcher (R.E.M.E.), , Q.M.s.1. , . Bury, Venn, Palmer, Brennan, Crockett, S/Sgts. Couzens (RJE.M.E.), Rumgay (R. .

McNally (A.P.T.C.), A.Q.M.S. Petitt (R.E.M.l£.) Morgan, M.M., l.t.»C01. A. Front Row : S.S.M.’s Maguirc, Kelly, T.Q.M.S. Hill, R.Q.M.S. Old, 'R.S.M. M.M., Ireland, Butter— H. Pepys, D.S.O., Capt. B. J. Hodgson, 1)).NI. Trythall, S,S..\l’s. Austin, worth.

Bandmaster A.A. Singer, A.R.(7.M., who reformed the Band, and those ex—Boys

now comprise the mainstay of the present Band. The Band was then known as the Band of the 3rd (Horsed) Cavalry Training Regi— ment, and was soon capable of performing

Band regularly at hospitals, factories, War Sav— ings Drives and recruiting campaigns. The Band attained a very high standard and were accepted once again for B.B.C. trans— missions, which they did regularly. During the critical years, funds were urgently required for the Regimental Com— fort’s Fund and dances were organised by the Band in Redford Barracks, which realised the grand sum of over £1,000, a

proportion of which was given to the Comfort's Fund of The Royal Scots Greys. In 1942 we were sorry to lose Band Sgt. “Doc” Freeth, who elected to undergo a three years’ course at Kneller Hall for a Military Bandmastership, and we are pleased to record that he has been appointed Bandmaster of The Royal Berkshire Regiment.

Sgt. Slade, who had been at duty since 1939, returned to the Band at the terminv ation of the 3rd (Horsed) Cavalry Training Regiment, as Band Sgt. We also welcomed


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back two old stalwarts in 1945, who had been with the Regiment for a long period, in the person of ‘ ’l‘anky ' Old and ‘ Dumpy ’ Dover. Later in 1945 the Band was detailed for a tour which took us on a visit to the B.L.A., where we spent a most enjoyable six weeks with the Regiment in Denmark. This was our first contact since 1958 and very pleasing it was to see some of our old comrades. In the latter part of that year we lost the services of Cpl. ‘Mary’ Lythell and Bdsn.

Honey,

our

famous

flautist,

who

transferred to the bands of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards respectively. Three other members, Sam Harding, Madcap Webb and Norman Broadhurst have returned to

civilian life and are now playing with well known orchestras at home.

Others who

have left the Band are: Harry Smith, our stalwart bassist. ‘Busty' McCabe, solo cornet, and Roy Lambert, solo clarinet.

In December 1945, we again packed our bags and proceeded on a tour with the CM. Forces, arriving in cold and snowy Austria

on December 27th. having spent Xmas in the brilliant sunshine of Udine. Italy. We toured the whole of the British Zone in Austria and travelled the length and breadth of Italy. Whilst relaxing in Venice, Mr. Singer was recalled to England immediately, and we learned later that he had been appointed Director of Music to the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover. We were very sorry to lose such a fine musician and bandmaster, who had

done so much to raise the standard of the , Band.

We wish both he and his family

every success in their new life.

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Sgt. Slade took over the reins of the Band and carried on the good work until he was relieved of his responsibilities by the arrival of the new bandmaster, Mr. A. F. Trythall, who joined the Regiment whilst the Band was in Vienna in 1946. We extend a hearty welcome to Mr. Trythall and his family and trust that their stay will be a long and happy one with The Royals. The tour culminated with our partici— pation in the Vienna Searchlight Tattoo,

when we massed for several events with the bands of The Coldstreain Guards and The Royal \Varwickshire Regt. \Ve left Austria in July 1946 and returned to Edinburgh, where we were attached to The Highland

Training Centre.

Our duties for Scotitsh

Command were many and varied, and duringr the recent visit of Their Majesties to Scot— land we performed on several occasions at The Palace of Holyrood House. Shortly after our return from abroad, we resumed our acquaintance with the BBQ, and broadcast regularly. In Edinburgh we welcomed two former Bandsmen, Peter Hammill, from the Regi— ment, and D. Thornton, who had been

serving elsewhere. Last October we were notified by the War Office that we were to rejoin the Regiment in B.A.O.R.: and since arriving in Germany we have settled in and been made very welcome. A small section of the Band recently had the privilege of playing at the British Embassy in Copenhagen and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. After so many years away from the Regiment, we are pleased to be back again, as after all ‘Home’ in the Army is with one's regiment.

News from Home Notes on the Territorial Army HIS is the first contribution to the Eagle emanating from those “ Royals in Exile " who form the permanent staff to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry (T.A.) Those of you who have been with the Regiment long enough may recall the some— what unobtrusive and unadvertised de— parture of a few of the ’ old familiar faces ' early in 1047 for a probably remote des—

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tination in the wilds of darkest Scotland. Happily, through the medium of these present notes, we may do our best to restore

your belief in our continued existence and, in no less a degree, in this extremely cri— lightened and well compiled journal, we may receive happy reminders of your own well remembered personalities. Arriving in Cupar when the snow lay round about ‘deep and crisp and even,’ chaos and desolation confronted our de-

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eager to learn the job. Many have re— joined after demob from the Regular Army, professing a desire to maintain in a measure some connection with their old Army life, which after a period spent in civil life, they find was not so bad after all.

After overcoming our initial surprise and despondency, we sent out Sgts. May and Illingworth with consignments of coloured beads and small mirrors to barter with the natives, with R.S.M. 'Jock’ Coates acting as interpreter (he having apparently mast— ered the language during explorations at an earlier period when he had pushed as far northwards as Aberdeen). It was not long before we had acquired full trading con— cessions and the pioneers of our present well—knit organisation were conveniently settled in. If you should chance to be wandering in our vicinity at some future date, your attention will first be drawn to a highly attractive board bearing the colours and insignia of our famous and battle-tested territorial unit. Next you may observe the flittings to and fro of Cpls. Thomas, Taylor and White, the first dimly recognisable despite unmasticated particles of “ bergoo” still adhering to the ends of his extremely well spaced moustache, the other two, so much “gone native” as to manifest symptoms of growing tufts of heather on unlikely places about the head and body. Entering the now orderly and renovated pile serving as our H.Q you may overtake ”Quort Mort” poring studiously over his books and ledgers or carrying out intense and unre— mitting operations against a variety of warlike paraphernalia in his trim store. Next door your ears may be assailed by the incessant scratching of industrious pens and the clicking of typewriters as our busy clerks engage themselves in piling up the masses of Literature over which our harassed

We have out stations at Dundee (Sgt. May), Kirkcaldy (Sgt. Illingworth) and at Dunfermline (S.S.M. Stevenson) and Sgt. Hobday, whom we welcome as a more recent arrival, may be starting yet another at Leslie. During winter, T.A. training has been reduced to a minimum but we have im— proved the time by holding D. & M. and W/T. Courses for all the staff. Camp in r948 will be held at Kircudbright in July, when it is hoped to obtain the assistance of the K.D.G's. we take the opportunity of congratulating Capt. and Mrs. Whitworth on their marriage and wish them many happy years together. R.S.M. ‘Jock' Coates left us recently after com— pleting his ‘pontoon' and we wish him all the luck that is going in civil life and to his successor R.S.M. Armitt (RTR) we extend a hearty welcome. Many old Royals have either been seen or dropped in to see us, including Sgts. Lawrie and Cundall (“ D ” Sqn.) and 'Sgt. Edmond (“ , " Sqn.), L/Cpl. Scott (“ A” Sqn.), L/Cpl. Henderson (“ I) " Sqn) and Tprs. Johnstone and Dickson (”A“ Sqn.). So don't forget that should any serving member living in Fife or its environs drop in, we shall be more than pleased to see them.

In

conclusion,

we

trust that the

Regiment will have a happy and prosperous time in the New Year and sign ourselves “ YEOMEN."

Adjutant, Capt. \Vhitworth, must eventu~

ally cast a discriminating eye. You may even be lucky enough to espy the familiar rotundity of S.S.M. Stevenson, should it be one of the rare occasions when he has man~ aged to tear himself away from the Dun— fermline outpost. Despite the faint response of our first recruiting drives, we have achieved more during later months and can muster ap— proximately a hundred all ranks. Volun— teers have been of a good type, keen and

0. (LA. News from the O.C.A. will be printed in our next copy. “70 very much like to hear from Old Comrades, and if any of you have some news to tell please do not hesitate to send it to the Editor. There must be plenty of good stories known to you which would look very well in print! \Vc do not get enough outside contributions at present.


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Type vi.

lvpr.“ Cannot be classed as a horsev tyipe exactly but appears in the stables at about 0750 hrs. each morning, leans against a horse until it moves away and then returns

Types

to breakfast. ” 0h would some power the gifz‘e'ed gie us 2‘0 see ourselves as others see us,"

hopping lame explaining that “ it seems to have twisted its ankle ! ”

A CAREFUL study of the Royal Dragoons who have visited the Regtl. Stables during the past month or two has shown that our riding enthusiasts can be divided into different types and recognised instantly by certain obvious characteristics. A complete list of these types is given below for the aid of Regtl. Equitation Ofiicers, Riding School Proprietors etc. :

Type iii. The Hunting Gents. These are usually very large. men in boots followed by very small dogs in whelp. lnvariably ask for double bridles and martin— gales on the quietest of horses and through force of habit corner unfortunate officers in the mess afterwards and give a detailed account of the line they took during the afternoon and the simply impossible ob— stacles they negotiated in following it. NB. The hapless victim is usually the Equitation oflicer who is inclined to be somewhat cynical about the whole thing, knowing as he does that the animal the ” gent ” rode can't jump a stick anyway.

Type i. The Complete Novire. Starts for the stables, the centre of an admiring crowd of morbidly curious friends all eager to be present and give advice at the scene of disaster but none wishing to take the leading role in the per— formance. Becomes unnaturally silent when his horse is produced and he realises it’s not quite as easy as it's made to look by such experts as Tom Mix, Sgt. Major Maguire, Errol Flynn etc. Successfully avoids such obvious pitfalls as falling off the far side when mounting, sitting facing the rear or getting both legs on the same

side of the horse as per Lady Godiva, moves off to the accompaniment of “ Ride ’im cowboy ” “Come on Steve ”! and " D’ye Ken John Peel " and when he finally falls off is cheered to the echo with ” Another Redskin bites the dust.” This concludes the performance and our hero returns to his barrack room giving thanks to the Almighty for the Mechanised Army and resolves to learn the Task System by heart. Type ii. The Pseudo Horsey Ty e. Strolls into the yard with a nonchalant air sucking a straw and carrying a murderous looking whip anything up to four foot long, being a cross between a punt pole and a fly swat (“ Mif bat ” to you, Mrs. McC ! ) Enquires in a loud voice if there are any “ frisky studs he can gallop around for an hour or two? ” passes one or two remarks about his old friend the Gaekwar of Baroda, and finally. arrives home with his horse

Type iv.

The "Before the war he were cavalry " type. This type does not visit the stables to ride, let that be quite clear. His opening gambit is usually a'quotation from “ Ani— mal Management 1933 ” to the effect that

“ horses with less than X feet by X feet bed space should sleep head to tail in sum— mer ” and is this being seen to? He goes on to state that “ ln Palestine in my troop we always used ” etc. ad iufiuitum, and ends by telling old Fritz, the oldest inhabitant of the stables, to get a hair cut. He then retires to the mess and a chota peg (burra peg in summer) having completed what he considers a good evening's work. Type v.

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The Racing Swine.

A devoted band of horse ldvers these people. They have a language all their own and embroider their speech with such phrases as “ left at the post " “ upsides "

“ got a flycr " ‘——” ” —~e ” and “—~"! (the last three terms are usually used in referring to a bad horse). They rise at five, sleep all day (to avoid eating, so they say), play poker till three in the morning, and spend the remaining. two hours of the day plotting new and ever more fiendish schemes for relieving «the general public of their pocket money.

Racing FTER a very hard winter during which the problems of forage and exercise were

a

constant

source

of anxiety,

the

Regiment started the season with a. string of fourteen horses in the yard. This consisted of six thoroughbreds and three half—breds belonging to the Regiment, two thoroughbreds belonging to the Divisional Commander and two thoroughbreds and. a half—bred belonging to HQ. 15 Inf. Bde. As the season progressed some of our outside owners changed but the horses have all remained in the yard. The thaw usually reaches the Eastern part of Ger— many about a fortnight later than the \Vest so that we expected our horses to be rather backward compared with those of Regi— ments stationed on the Dutch border and in the Ruhr. As it was, we only had three horses ready for the first meeting at Dort— mund and as even these were not fit we had no high hopes of success when we arrived on the course.

However, the meet~

ing turned out a great success for the stable. :llrirz'buum (Major Starkey), belonging to the Divisional Commander, won the Dort— mund Victoria Cup by four lengths. Christ— doru (Major McCalmont) in the same colours was third in the Novice Hurdle, and the Regiment's jupiter (Lieut. Jones), a half— bred which we obtained from let—(‘01. Moseley last year, won a half—bred hurdle race. After this meeting we realised that if anything our horses were slightly more forward than other people's and at the next meeting, which was at Hanover a fortnight later, we were represented by eleven runners. The horses were still rather backward but were really well in themselves, and the betting fraternity went

down to Hanover with their months pay in hand intending to back their opinions to some tune. They must have. had a pretty good meeting as we won six races and were

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Type vii. " The Ladies." This is not a fashion magazine but they can be recognised by the fact that their hair is very slightly longer than that of most subalterns. Hints on the care and maintenance of side saddles will be found at Appendix “ B ” at the back of the book, and God help you if you don't read them.

Notes very unlucky not to win two more. Our winners were Albmio (Major McCalmont), (‘oi‘momu (Major McCalmont), Cherusleer (Major McCalmont), Fraulein Luchv (Lieut. Jones). jufiiler (Lieut. Jones) and Night Club (Lieut. Cubitt). .lIaibaz/m (Major Starkey) got a very bad start in the mile but ran a good second, and Pascha (Lieut. Godman) fell two hurdles from home when leading by a good twenty lengths. Night Club gave the stable supporters a very nasty few minutes. After going off with a ten lengths' lead in the first half mile she came the most appalling jerk at the forth fence, but horse and jockey picked themselves up immediately and coming into the straight she again took the lead and went on to win comfortably by ten lengths. These are the sort to back. After this meeting up till. the present, the stable has continued to send out an average of about two winners a meeting. We had some bad luck with lameness, and jupiler, after being unbeaten this season with four races to his credit, will probably not be able to start again this year. The trouble came after the Hanover meeting on June 28th and 29th when the going was very hard. \Ve had a very good meeting on the whole getting two winners, three seconds and a third. Cormormi (Major McCahnont) beat Fraulein Luvky (Lieut. Jones) a head in the sprint event. jupiler (Lieut. Jones) won the Hanover Half ‘Bred Derby, Cher/usher (Major McCalmont) was second beaten a head in the Hanover Thoroughbred Derby, and Serpentine (Major Starkey) was only beaten a head in the Champion Hurdle. After this meeting, however, five horses were laid up with big legs. In many ways our most pleasing victory was at Hamburg July meeting. Here we had Drvilmmpf, a rather undis— tinguished four year old, in a good mile and


vear. ‘ Recently Brandy, another horse which we acquired from Lt.—C.ol. Moseley, has won us two half-bred chases with Capt. Carr—Ellison in the saddle. He had at various times in the past two years competed unsuccess— fully in Show Jumping and Hunter Trial

The number of bottles of champagne cracked for some of the winning jockeys must very nearly have endangered their amateur status. Altogether it has been an extremely successful and enjoyable season for the‘ Regiment A few statistics of the season are given below :7

Major McCalmont Lieut. Jones .. Major Starkey . .

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Tpr. Beeforth Capt. Carr-Ellison Major Fielden

Lieut. Cubitt Lieut. Godman . . Sgt. Brown Lieut. Reid

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REGIMENTAL JOCKEYS. Winners. 2nd. 3rd. Unpl.

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furlongs, fourth. Albmw, belonging to HQ. I5 Inf. Bde., who is as yet unbeaten, put up a really fine performance at the beginning of the ‘year when winning the Distel Hurdle at Hanover. Receiving two kilos from 5 DG’s Coriolarms and one from I RB’S Sabine he ran right away from the opposition and won very easily by ten lengths. Coriolmms went on to win four hurdle races and Sabine two. Album) himself won again very easily at Hamburg but then unfortun— ately developed a leg. \Vhen he finally came sound again he went through a rather hurried preparation for the Champion Chase at the final Hanover meeting and carrying top weight won pretty easily from the English horse Surf Rider to whom he was conceding no less than twenty—two pounds. He pulled up very lame and was on three legs over the last two fences. The stable was right out of luck at the last three meetings, for although we scored eight seconds with Altbmg, Cormoran, Serpentine (twice), Sago (twice) and Storm (twice) we only won one race outright. This one victory made up for a great deal however. Major Higgins of the Ox & Bucks entrusted his Italian five year old horse Storm to us before he himself left for Nigeria. He was a difficult horse to train, owing to his having extremely thin soles to his feet and in fact he had his shoes taken off and never left his box for the first month after he came to us. After running him over seven furlongs twice it was decided that the distance was too short for him and with the softer going in the autumn he ran twice second over one and a half miles,

beaten half a length both times by the German St. Leger winner Sio/zm/e/s. At the final Hamburg meeting he got in the “ Cesarewitch " among the bottom weights and ridden by Major Fieldcn won very easrly by three lengths. This final victory brought the stable’s total of winners for ,the season to twenty—six. It is interesting to note that the stable had only three blank meetings the whole of the year and all three of these were at Dusseldorf. Whether this was due to the extreme distance .the horses had to travel to get there it is difficult to say but ten hours in the back of a three tonner is not the best of preparation for a race horse a few days before he is due to run and few of our horses ran up to their true form on this attractive little course. Besides riding work every morning eight Officers and two O.Rs. have had rides in public during the year, so the season’s racing has given anyone who rides a reasonable weight extremely useful ex— perience of race riding, which they could never have obtained elsewhere. . A large party, known to the embarrassed but gratified trainer as “The Brains Trust," attended stables every evening and any winner from the stable could always count on a good reception to the unsaddling enclosure from the faithful . band of Regimental supporters who attended meetings even as far distant as Dortmund.

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Half Bred Derby at Hanover and the Cesarewitch and Quorn Cup at Hamburg. The latter was won by Cormoran (Major McCalmont) by a short head from the Rifle Brigade's Kampfgesell. Cormomn has been a real money spinner this year winning six of his nine races. His first defeat came when trying to take on the best in Germany at two miles in the Hanover Gold Cup. In this race he finished third which was a more than creditable effort considering that he doesn’t really get more than a mile. At the final Hanover meeting he easily defeated the Grey’s Agamemnon in a match for £25 a side over seven furlongs. He was conceding nine lbs. to Agammmon who was the leading German three year old of 1944. jupiter broke down completely after winning the Half-Bred Derby which was a great pity as he never looked like being beaten in any of his races and would certainly have won several more stakes before the end of the

competitions but after an initial outing on the. flat he came into his own with two really spectacular victories over fences. His junip— ing was a joy to watch, but he too fell a victim to the hard going and will not run again. Old Never Ready, who seems equally at home in any form of competition, turned out once at Hanover to gain second place in a hurdle race, beaten only a length by Felix a winner of three races last season and two more this time. Our sprint mare, Fraulein Lucky, who never runs a bad race, has been out eight times this year. She won by six lengths carrying top weight first time out and since then has been no less than four times se-

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were the Victoria Cup at Dortmund, the

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The latter came to us from the Life Guards and brought with him some very good lads, two of whom ride pretty good work. The forage situation does not get any better but we hope to overcome the various problems as we have done in the past. Among the races won by us this year

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the Graditz Stud in Berlin, as head lad.

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a quarter handicap. He had run four times and his only success had been when winning a small maiden race at Dortmund in the hands of Major Starkey. At Hamburg he got in among the bottom markers - in the handicap, and staying on strongly under Major McCalmont's expert pressure, got home in a tight finish from Abendruf and Maflzill who had been respectively first and third in the Hanover Derby. Back at home the only time he shows any sign of life is when chased up the last three furlongs by Major McCalmont's dogs. The story goes that at Hamburg two of the lads stood at the turn into the straight and barked at him with surprisingly good results! We were very lucky in having excellent gallops on the aerodrome and Hans Blume, aformer German trainer from

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Riding Notes AFTER :1 very long and severe winter, the beginning of the 1947 Show season seemed to come upon us somewhat abruptly. We found ourselves much handicapped by having had no indoor riding School in which the horses could be exercised during the Winter and given proper preparation and schooling towards the end of it. There were, in fact, only a few weeks from the

time the horses were first taken out of the stables, where they- had been standing, roughed up and cold, since last November, until the Rhine Army Horse Show at the beginning of May. To be wise after this event, as it is so easy to be, we probably tried to bring them on too fast in our anxiety to produce some results at this, the biggest show of the year in Rhine Army.

It should be mentioned that only a very small nucleus of the horses that had been so successful in 1946 was still available, in the shape of (.‘asvada, Riskov and Never Ready, and this paucity was reflected in results throughout the season. Golden Eagle broke down and had to be returned to the Vets, while Niglz/ (72(1) and Pasrlm were masquerading as race horses: in addition (list-(Ida was away almost the whole sum— mer in England or at International Shows. We made a good start at the Rhine Army Show when Newer Ready, ridden by Major Gosling, was placed second in the Open Hack Class (the winner Radian, belonging to Hanover Garrison, has since joined our stable).

ln

the

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Eagle and Quick Tempo; Cascade (Major Gosling) jumped a clear round but the others all fell by the wayside and were unplaced. Cascade was entered in the Open Jumping but she was far from fit with a bad catarrh, which she had had on her for some weeks, and stopped

about,

half way round. Never Ready (Lt. Jones) was fifth in the Best Trained Horse Class, and that was the nearest we got to the money on the second day. It was a disappointing show for us, but we really had little grounds for expecting to do much better. Cascade,

with

Major Gosling as rider,

was one of the horses selected to go and jump in England. At Olympia she jumped quite well in the Prince of \Vales’s Cup and was only just out of the last six who com— peted in the final; in the King's Cup she jumped badly and failed to get through the first round. She performed creditably in the Open Jumping at Windsor where she hit the last fence after getting round the rest of the course with only two % faults.

Shortly after her return to Ger-

many Major Gosling was sent with her as captain of the British Team at the French International Three Day Show at Baden— Baden. By this time she was really fit, and showed her best form when she jumped extremely well to win the big event of the first day. She was again jumping ex— cellently on the second day, when she suddenly stopped at the one but last fence. On the third day was the “ Nation's Cup " over a formidable course; this was won by the

French

Team,

with

Great

Britain,

represented by Cascade, Aladdin (R.H.G.), and Pain/tins Pilate (5 R.I.D.G.), second. It was an admirably run show with many interesting Continental obstacles, and the

team were royally entertained. Meanwhile, Never Ready and Riskov were keeping the flag flying in Germany and were joined towards the end by Pasclza who had proved a misfit in the racing stable. He and Major Fielden made a successful visit to Berlin in September, where they were third in the Open Jumping and second in the Touch and Out Competition. Pascha also won an Open Touch and Out at Bruns— wick with Lt. Cubitt in the saddle. Never Ready’s record for the season was ;_Rhine Army Horse Show: Open Hack Class (Major Gosling) 2nd.

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Hanover Gymkhana: Best Trained Horse (Lt. Hanover Show : Grade “C' Jumping (Lt. Best Trained Horse (Lt. Royals and 11th Hussars: Grade “C” Jumping (Lt.

Jones) Ist. Jones) 3rd. Jones) 3rd. Jones) 1st.

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the German guests were welcomed free of charge. Twenty—seven Units took an active part in the Show, and an excellent display of

skilful riding and jumping was witnessed. The well-known Major McCalmont, Lt. Jones, and the ladies Mrs. Gosling, Mrs. McCalmont, Miss Scott, and Mrs. Winter

Riskov had the following successes:— Bad Oeynhausen Show: Grade “C” Jumping (Major Gosling) 4th Hanover Gymkhana: Grade “C" Jumping (Major Starkey) Ist Hamburg Show: Grade “C" Jumping (Major Gosling) 2nd Both horses also put up creditable performances on many other occasions; with so few horses with any ability they were often in the hands of riders of rather less experience, who enjoyed their ride even if they did not get into the money. During the last two months the horse situation in B.A.O.R. has been thoroughly overhauled and reorganised, one result being that our numbers have been considerably reduced. On the other hand we have got rid of almost all the ‘non—productive’ horses, of which we had far too

many; these have been replaced by horses which have proved ability of various degrees, and we face next season with a

stable whose reduction in size is more than offset by the much improved quality of its components. Our new station also offers the use of an indoor riding school in which both riders and horses can practice during the winter and early spring, and in addition to individual work a class of volunteers is even now submitting itself to the sadistic attentions of a riding school instructor. A devoted band indeed : may their efforts be rewarded.

were victorious in the face of some verv fine opponents. .

Regimental THE Regimental Horse Show this year was run as a combined operation with our friends the 11th Hussars, an ar—

rangement that was clearly to the advantage of both Regiments, as the problem of ex— pense and man—power could be shared between us. Our airfield at Dedelsdorf was admirably suited as a show ground and was perhaps rather more easily ac— cessible to most units than the 11th Hussars station; it was therefore decided to hold

the Show there, the date being September 13th. Although the Show was to be run on our ‘home ground’ the 11th Hussars played their part nobly in all the preliminary organisation. A most efficient assistant secretary came about a month ahead and did much of the secretarial donkey work, while a team of other ranks arrived over a week before the Show and put in a great deal of hard work on the task of erecting the various rings. Other officials visited us from time to time and gave every possible help. By far the greater part of our share of the tasks was done by S.S.M. Maguire and the other members of the Musical Ride, who had been performing in Berlin; they worked with tireless en— thusiasm on both the Show rings and the Hunter Trial course with excellent results. Many

Great Horse Show in Dedelsdorf LAST Saturday there was arranged here by the Royal Dragoons a grand Horse Show, which took place amidst excellent and brilliant weather. The best riders from the several Regiments took part; all told about three hundred

horses of the Race and Hunter class were in competition. Refreshments abounded in the form of excellent beer, cakes, and tea etc., to which

others,

notably

the

Signal

Staff,

also made substantial contributions to the success of the Show. We were lucky enough to have a perfect day for the event, which began at 10.30 with class 'C ’ Jumping in which we were faced

with

an

entry

of

165.

However,

we had two rings going simultaneously and this formidable class was got through in a surprisingly short time, the eventual

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This extract from the local German press (Die Liineburger Zeitung) is particularly distinguished by the complete inaccuracy (with one exception) of the last paragraph. It can only be supposed that the riders mentioned are pillars of the local black market. To prevent our readers being completely misled we are publishing a rather more sober and factual account entitled—

Horse

Show

the greatest care not to hurt himself on any of the obstacles. The next event was the Grade ‘C' Pair Jumping (31 pairs),

and this was won by the 11th Hussars' Zift (Major Arkwright) and Rosemary (Lt. Gibson). The results of the first two events savoured somewhat of dishonesty, but the Open Jumping which followed, over a stiffish course, was won by the 4th Hussars with Grand Parade. (Major Romney), with the better—known Pontiux Pilate and Pepper Pot 2nd and 3rd out of a field of 35. Meanwhile thc Grade 'C’ Touch and Out was being jumped off in another ring (98 entries) and this was won by 802 Horse Transport Company. The last event, the Open Hunter Trials,

attracted 113 entries. This was run over a course of about a mile with 16 obstacles of great variety. The number of entries compelled us to run it off in pairs which complicated the judging to some extent. However, this was successfully overcome and the eventual winner was Hanover Garrison’s Kansler (Capt. Frisby). The same stable and rider also provided the 2nd with Dusty, while 13/18th Hussars’ Forester (Lt. Col. Hermon) was third. Thus the day ended, none too soon perhaps for some of the organizing staff. However, we all enjoyed ourselves and we hope and believe that the many competitors did likewise and that, after all, is the main purpose of any Show. For ourselves, not the least of our pleasures was the happy spirit of friendly co-operation in which the show was organised and conducted from start to finish, a small triumph in itself,

winner being the Royals' Never Ready

and we gratefully acknowledge both this, and the full half share which the 11th

(Lt. Jones), who appears to dislike the whole business of jumping so much that he takes

think was a most successful meeting.

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Meet Pythagoras HE same spirit, which inspired the hypotenuse, happily lingers on: and within our midst the torch of knowledge still flickers bravely. Our sympathy for this work is unbounded, and we trust that the following brief articles may extend the light of learning :—

Education “ If thou art Dun, we'll draw that from the

mire." * IN June this Department suffered the loss of Sgt. Morgan, who left to take up a post at the College of the Rhine Army, and the redoubtable trio Cpls. Read and Ball, and Tpr. Tipton, who left for England, Home and Beauty. Voluntary Education was at a standstill, due perhaps to a number of things: one, the evenings were too warm and balmy to waste sitting in a classroom : two, the Instructors were usual—

1y to be found cooling off at the bar in the canteen:

and

three,

the

N.A.A.F.I.

at

Celle presented too large a temptation especially on \Vednesdays and at week— ends. The children were taken off our hands with the advent of Miss Maxted, known

to one and all as “ Claire Voyance," and in the words of one of the Staff “Thank Gawd." No more were we to be subjected to Nature Vt'alks on which our little dears wanted to know the names of every con— ceivable herb and plant on the whole camp. and no longer were we to be the objects of our comrades derision. ‘C’ Squadron Trainees continued to come over to the Centre in between bouts of D. & M., drill, and what have you, and

from this motley crew were found two potential Instructors, Messrs. Rowson and Northrop. Just after the move from Dedelsdorf to Wolfenbtittel, our esteemed Education Offic~

cer, Lt. Bucknall, filed away to take up more serious work—that of handling a troop of “Woolly Bears," and his place was taken by Lt. P. T. Miles. The Staff missed the mid-morning breaks in the library, but under the pressure of new work this was soon forgotten.

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A pellucid report on the work of the Education Centre.

No. .2 and 3.

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Extracts from Regimental

History. No. 3 is now published for the first time. A lesson in the basic art of office correspondence : departments please note.

Centre Difficulties arose and were surmounted. They usually concerned stores and such like commodities. Captain Dimond ar— rived to begin the Hobbies Centre, and the

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" When is the Library open ? " or “ Why don't you get some new books in this place. For proof of this see Cpl. Garvey's grey hair. But on the while, we are a happy enough Department, struggling through regardless, and who can describe our joy when our efforts are rewarded? Imagine, if you can, our elation when, after our English classes, some trainee comes into the Library

and takes out a book by Dickens or Jane Austen, where heretofore his tastes had been in the direction of “ The Gun Slammer” and “ Singing Guns " and other tales of the wild and woolly \Vest. However, this is not always a sign that such classics are read. On one occasion a certain trooper from the north of Hadrian's Wall, borrowed

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a huge tome of European History. He had the book out a long time but was not study— ing itathe volume was helping to square off his big pack. We hope 1948 will bring us bigger and better brains and thereby enable 3 nostri juvenes duodecem menses conscripti ’ (Epist. Roberti ‘Lib. I. 48) to absorb and retain the mass of knowledge we are likely to produce. * Who can

quote author, book,

chapter

and verse? A special souvenir copy of The Eagle is being offered for the first correct solution. All entries must be. clearly marked

BENEFIT in red

ink,

enclose a3d. B:A.F.S.V. or PO. and be addressed to the editor.

new R.A.E.C. representative. Sgt/I. Jor— dan came down. Under the work of Captain Dimond, Lt. Miles, and Sgts. Blyth and Jordan, the Education Centre was trans— formed. The Library grew, a Projection Room, Music Room, Carpentry Shop, Art Room, and Reading Room, not to mention

an Information Room, came into being, andthe good word went out to Squadrons for the names of people interested. In a short space of time, Evening Lectures and

Instruction

began,

and

the

Centre

was back in its stride. L/Cpls. Rowson and Northrop went to C.O.R.A. and emerged as Regimental Instructors, and they too began Evening Classes. Now please don’t think that things over in the Centre are as smooth as silk—on the contrary, we still get chaps coming in about Courses. These appear to be under the impression that they are. " entitled " to a Course. They fail to realise that a Course is a privilege, and, if their application bears no fruit, they refuse to speak to us for a month or two. Some have been known to go away muttering under their breaths about “Pencils and so—and—so." One can only surmise What the hymn of hate is. One Instructor vows that he knows a trooper who builds wax models of the Education Staff and sticks pins in them whenever his numerous applications are rejected. People choose the awkwardest times to get a grip on the Staff. We are buttonholed

in

the

N.A.A.F.I.,

collared

on the Guard Mounting parade, sought out in the middle of our “ duff ” at lunch— time, and asked the same old questions :v

How

the

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1814 Napoleon, after fighting against and being defeated by Britain, was imprisoned on the Isle of Elba. In March of 1815 he escaped, reached Paris and during ” The Hundred Days " made a last bid for victory. France rose for him en masse. Yet again a state of war

existed between Britain and France; and

with the Allies in retreat and victory in sight, came the Battle of \Naterloo and disastergfor the French. The date was June 18th, 1815; the place VVaterloo— near

Brussels;

the

Allies

British

and

Prussians; the commanders W'ellington and Napoleon. The Duke of Wellington decided to stand and fight on a ridge of ground. The French advanced and with weight of numbers and artillery forced a gap in the allied defences. The situation was critical. How« ever the Union Brigade, consisting of the Royals on the right, Inniskillings in the centre and Scots Greys on the left, were

ready waiting in a hollow on the reverse side

of

the

ridge.

The

Brigadier,

Sir

\Villiam Ponsonby, was ordered to charge and so timed it as to catch the French Infantry in the act of crossing a slightly sunken road. This factor and the surprise of three Cavalry Regiments appearing at the gallop over the crest of the slope, where there. had previously been nothing, allowed the Brigade to be among them with little

won

the

Eagle

resistance. This was aggravated by the close formation of the Infantry,which only allowed the outside ranks to fire. The Royals advanced with three Squad— rons abreast and were soon cutting down the. enemy in scores. Within a few minutes the three divisionsgl7,ooo men—were in hopeless rout. The centre Squadron was well to the fore under Capt. Clarke, who

sighted 40 yards to his left an officer carrying a standard with an eagle on top and trying frantically to carry his precious charge to safety. Calling out " Right shoulder forward! Attack the colour! ” Clarke led direct at it and catching the officer up, ran him through the body. The standard and the eagle fell across the horse’s head where it was secured by Cpl. Styles, who was standard bearer, and whose duty

it was to go wherever his Squadron Leader led. This trophy, once secured, was car— ried to safety out of the battle. The Eagle and Standard were of the 105th French Regiment of the Line, and in 1881 Queen Victoria gave the Regiment the honour of wearing the Eagle on the officers forage caps and having it embroi— dered on the Guidon. The original Eagle and Standard hold a place of honour in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. The replica of this Eagle appears on the cover.


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Regimental HE last Regimental Mascot was Jock. a Goose, whose eight years of service with the Regiment probably constitute a record for service with the colours for his species. His Army career began in Ireland in 1921, where he was bought by the regi— ment to be a part of the Christmas dinner. but Jock, however, had other plans and went absent. He did not re—appear until the

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Officers Field Boots, for which he always had a special predilection. The story is told to this day of how once he met his match when he made for Her Majesty Queen Mary, who was visiting the Regiment ' with His Majesty King George V. Queen Mary repulsed his sallies with a masterly exhibition of thrust and parry with her umbrella,

and

Jock

retired

a

chastened

and wiser goose.

afterglow of the season of goodwill his life was spared. He travelled with the Regiment as its mascot to Hounslow and Aldershot, and later to Egypt. Perhaps he was embittered by his narrow escape, or perhaps it was his way of maintaining discipline, for his truculence earned him the respect of all, and many were the attacks he made against

He was in Egypt when fate overtook him in 1920. Over indulgence in the, sweets of the Orient caused fatty degener— ation of the liver to set in. After a final fatal fling on presents from Groppis, the story goes, jock's ‘foie’ was too ‘gras' to cope. He died as he had livedra most unusual bird.

“A” Departmental

(1)) Subject .'—~Redundant Stationery. To .'—‘O.C. H.Q. Squadron. PRI ,s’ Misc}: 30th Jan. '47. Receipt of Troop Roll Book, together with debit note for 2/— (to be paid not later than as soon as possible), is acknowledged. Your attention is called to the fact that I am not at present employed as a troop— leader (my FRI/Misc)? dated 215t Jan. ’4; refers), owing to there being no vacancy for me as such under the existing reduced establishment. In the current Regtl. Roll of officers I am shown as Major (I.F&G), an appointment for which I am peculiarly

RUAYL

Mascots

festivities were over, and in the benevolent

The following important correspondence has been extracted from the files of one of our hard—working Departments. (11) From O.C. HQ. Squadron. To :7Major ....... Harem-17!]; One Troop Roll Book. Amount Um Two shillings. To be paid not later than As soon as possible.

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Squadron

Notes

suited, and there seems therefore little. prospect of my being available for employ— ment as a Tp. Ldr. in the near future. I

HESE notes date from March when the Squadron was called “X" Squadroni a combination of ”A” and “D” Squadrons. On June 1st, following the resuscitation of

was promoted Major, for devotion to duty,

” (7 ” Squadron, “ X ” Squadron was re—

in 1941. In this connection it may be noted that I have a Troop Roll Book already in my possession, in which are recorded in some detail particulars of the Machine Gun Troop of 1931, including the items that Horse No.H.Q.1.j. was due for stomach—pump on Wednesday and that Horse No.H.Q.29 was dead. Further information is available at this office. In view of the circumstances outlined above, Troop Roll Book is returned here—

designated “A Squadron and I shall refer to the Squadron as ”A" Squadron through—

with, together with debit notc (to be paid

not later than as soon as possible). The Commanding Officer directs me to return the copy addressed to him at the same. time. Major (I.I“.&G.)* afu/P.R.I. Copy to :»-~Q.M. * Instructor in Fencing and Gymnastics.

out.

On March 4th “A" Squadron moved to Berlin. This involved a drive of 180 miles over snow and ice covered roads. The march was completed in twelve and a half hours without a casualty, which was a credit» able, performance. The Squadron took over Mackenzie King Barracks from " D," Squadron, The Inns of Court Regiment: the barracks had originally housed a battalion so accommodation was not short, and it was good. The British Garrison of Berlin,

apart from the R.A.I“., Army Services and Control Commission element, consists of two Infantry battalions and one Armoured Car Squadron. The role allotted to “A" Squadron was mobile reserve in the Internal Security Scheme ; but training for this task or in fact any other training was restricted by considerable guard duties. The main

guard commitment was the guard over Headquarters British Troops Berlin, where the Squadron earned a fine reputation. Guards or no guards*all ranks were pleased to have escaped from the somewhat monotonous existence of Winter in the Zone, and were ready to take hold with both hands of anything that Berlin offered. Berlin is an island beyond the Iron Curtain lying over 100 miles within the Russian Zone. The city is divided into four Sectors, American, French, Russian and British. and entry is allowed into all Sectors, but

to stray from the confines of the Sectors into the Russian Zone is “ streng verboten." The British Sector offers as good entertainment to the soldier as will be found anywhereian excellent N.A.A.I’.I. Club, Cinemas, Opera, a first class Study Centre, the Olympic Stadium and unequalled frat l The Olympic Stadium itself provides a fine running track and Football ground, and around it are built swimming pools, indoor and open, gymnasiums and all types of Sports grounds. Squadron Sports were held on \Vhit Monday, May 26th, asa preliminary to a


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Being the only R.A.C. Unit in Berlin, “ A " Squadron was honoured by a considerable number ofl distinguished visitors. On March 25th the Army Commander, General Sir Richard McCreery, visited the Squadron and inspected the barracks and canteen. In May, Major General Churcher. the new G.O.C. 5 Division, put the Squadron Leader through his paces for half an hour in the Squadron Office, and saw the canteen.

D.M.S. Rhine Army, Major General

Sir

Edward Phillips, was next on the list; he

match with 84 British Military Hospital arranged to take place on W'aterloo Day. It was a good try out, mainly distinguished by the sick report the next day. By Waterloo Day we were fitter, and the Sports were an unqualified success. The Hospital led on points at the start, throwing the cricket ball much further than our best, but they were subsequently trounced by 45 points to 30 points. Our families,

able to entertain our new Colonel, Colonel F. \Vilson-FitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., on

june 25th for two nights. The Colonel inspected the Squadron on parade on the

. tied with the local German team.

We

have some promising bowlers, the fielding has been good, but our batting has lacked a certain polish. The Squadron has more than held its own in Aquatics, thanks to the S.Q.M.S. and Mrs. Brennan. A series of Water Polo matches was played in which we managed to beat a battalion side; the S.Q.M.S. has been the backbone of attack and defence. Mrs. Brennan put up a three star performance in winning the B.T.B. Ladies’ Championship Diving.

“A”

Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Brennan and Patric

ia, Mrs. Finch and Roger, Mrs. Bowen, Sheila and John, and Mrs. Crowther con— tributed wholeheartedly to the afternoons sport : but the girls from the 84th ran faster than our wives—they possibly need to. Lord Basing TD, an old Royal, then serving with H.Q., B.T.B._ kindly gave away the prizes. The last Sports meeting in which the Squadron took part was the B.T.B. Open Championships. Tpr. Holland did well to win the 400 metres and Lieut. Lavender to be second in the 100 metres. The Squadron Cricket side was led at the beginning of the season by Tpr. Taylor 21, and we were sorry to lose him in June, when Sgt. Kinder took over. \Ve managed to win two matches and in the last game we

Squadron

First Stop, Berlin»

looked over the canteen. l.).M.S. was quickly and possibly ominously followed by D.D.H. HQ. B.A.O.R. On june 9th Major General E. 0. Herbert, who succeeded Major General E. P. Nares as G.O.C. British Troops Berlin, inspected our accommodation and vehicle parks; the canteen was included. \Ve were delighted to be

Berlin:

Col. FitzGcmld inspects ‘ A ’ Sqn.

first morning and spoke to all ranks. Later in the day he was taken on a conducted tour of Berlin by the Squadron Leader and visited the Russian Sector to see Unter Den Linden, the Chancellery and Hitler’s Bun— ker, at the doors of which the bodies of the

Fiihrer and Eva Hitler were burned. The next morning the Colonel drove to Potsdam where he saw the Neue Palais and Sans Souci, after which he returned to R.H.Q. All ranks hope that he will be able to repeat such a pleasant visit next Summer. In June we first learned that our tour of duty in Berlin had been extended from four to six months. This carried us over the period of the Tattoo. Apart from the Musical Ride, the Squadron was given a

and Row .' L/Cpl. Smith, Tpr. Baldwin, Tpr. Currell, Tpr. McGlory, Tpr. Winstone, Tpr. Stacks, Tpr. Burnett, Tpr. Raftery, Tpr. McLellan, Tpr. Altman, Tpr. Galbraith, Tpr. Stevens, Tpr. Webb, Tpr. White, Tpr. ( 1.” Front Row : Cpl. Clarke, Cpl. Taylor, Cpl. Bousfield, Sgt. Nash S.Q.M.S. Brennan, 2/Lt. J. M. S. Carr, Lt. G. C. Soltan, S.S.M. Butter-worth Major P. li G odman, 2/14. A. I ,. SmitlrMaxwell, Sgt. Benson, Sgt. Joyce, Cpl. Hall, Cpl. Bowers, (31)]. Fiedlen. M.C., Capt. j. A. Dimond, M.C., Lt. l). [3. Lawton.

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Back Row .' Tpr. Mills, L/Cpl. Collins, Tpr. Thompson 30, Tpr. Bix, Tpr. ‘ ith 97 Tpr. Bent, L/Cpl. Kimble, Tpr. Elliott, Tpr. Taylor, Tpr. Hutchins, Tpr. MacPherson, Tpr. Best. Tpr. Skinner. Tpr. (,‘larke, Tpr. Davies, L/Cpl. Penib crton, Tpr. Birchmore, Tpr. E 3rd Row .' Tpr. McGarry, Tpr. Johnston, Tpr. Fryers, Tpr. \Vood, Tpr. Smith 11, Tpr. Wi ams, Tpr. Fearon, Tpr. Bradley, l,.,’(71)1. Dick, Tpr. Roberts, Tpr. Kirkley, Tpr. Bradford, Tpr. Markey, Tpr. Miller, L/Cpl. Cotterill,Tpr. Ronth.

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considerable administrative task. We were responsible for selling all tickets. programmes and souvenirs. This involved dealing in four different currencies and lang— uages. There was little sleep for those involved, but the hard work was fully recompensed by the knowledge that the Tattoo had been an unqualified success from every point of view. The ruins of Berlin seemed very gaunt and

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bleak in the snows of March. In Spring and Summer they showed us a beauty which was not left behind without regret. However, it was good to get back to the. Regiment in the beginning of September. Since then we have completed the move to \Volfenbiittel and we are now busy taking every measure to combat the on— slaught of Winter, which has already de— scended on us.

In the change over we. had to say goodbye to a large number of old “ B " and “ C " Sqn. personnel who were required for the newly formed ” C ” Sqn. which started their role of the Training Sqn. The only original members of “B " Sqn. now left with us are Sgts. Edwards, Colyer and \Vright and Major Greaves. Goring, whom old members of the Sqn. must surely re— member, is now Regimental Post Corporal ; stories are told of his unbounded ferocity towards those who approach his Office after hours! The shortage of men in the Regiment made it necessary for a Sqn. to take over the majority of ‘ B ’ vehicles, and this task was given to “ B ” Sqn. on September 4th, but we are now cheered with the news that the New Year will see us back as a normal Sqn. In contrast with the Gifhorn and Dedels— dorf days, we now live in one large two-storey barrack block, the rooms accommodate from two to six men each, our views are of

garages on the side, and a large oblong patch of grass on the other. The P.R.I. and Sports Stores have Claimed ” Squatters “ rights within our midst ! In the Regimental Sports Meeting every— one who represented the Sqn. put up a very good performance considering the lack of training, and we did well to gain second place to “ C " Sqn. who had the advantage of youth.

out

P.T.

before

breakfast,

but

when

it

became too dark to see whether or not other Sqns. were doing it as well, it was decided to give it up at this early hour ! Five members of the Sqn. have been playing for the Regimental Rugby XV which has had a most successful season: Tpr. Davies, Tpr. Bundy, Lieut. Moddrel, Capt. Barker and Major Greaves. Three old Royals have returned to us from the rigours of civilian life : Sgt. Bradley, Tpr. Fortun and Tpr. Standing. Tpr. Smith, Cpl. \Vhitbread, Sgt. Deben— ham and Sgt. Bradley have been joined by their wives since the last edition of the Eagle ,' several other families are. expected within the next few months. We take this opportunity of congrat—

W WM ,. ,y WWWMMHM mm.» W

“ Y ” Sqn.

The Soccer XI took second place in the. League, Sgts. Edwards and Debenham being the mainstays of the side. we con— gratulate the former on playing'for B.A.O.R. The following have played for the Regi— mental side : Sgt. Edwards, Sgt. Debenham, Cpl. \Vhitbread. Tpr. Colson, Tpr. Goss, Tpr. Hebbert, Tpr. Sanderson and Lieut. Moddrel. A Cricket League was started, but not completed while we were at Dedelsdorf: of the two matches played against HQ. and ” C ” Sqns. we won both. Tprs. Draper and McManus have represented the Regiment in the Inter—Unit Division Boxing Competition. Sgt. Mantle (HQ. Sqn.) was knocked out in the semi— finals of the competition, whereupon Tpr. McManus very gallantly offered himself for similar treatment in the finals, having had practically no training. The Sqn. has until recently been carrying

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“B ” SQN. was once. again formed from the original “Y ” Sqn. on June 1st. No time was wasted in scrapping the “ Y " signs on vehicles and notice boards, and putting up the old “ B ” Sqn. markings: we never really got used to being called

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“B” Squadron

Capt. E. T. Creams, S.S.M. Ireland, (1 First Row .' Tprs. MCMan us, Sheppan l, Cpls. Comfort, Davidson, S h ts. Wright & Colyer, Baker, Lt. J. F. R. Moddrel, P almer, Sgts. James , Bradley, Cpls. Webster, Blackmail, Tprs. Depledge, r. Major A. Graham, M.C., Capt. A. C. Barker, Lt. P. D. Reid, S .()..\I.S. and Golder. Greeuley, McClellan, Gunn, Second Row .' Tprs. Bayley, Parker, Corlleld, Smith 50, Standinfi, Stanley, Hawthorne, l‘lunter, \Vhiteway, Villa, Prince, Pirrie, Rushtou, Donaldson, Brindle, \Vells, Troth. Burgess, jubb, Cannon, L/Cp]. Third Row : Tprs. Breenand, Ayrton, Bell, Warburton, Brown, Buckley Cavill, Briddon, Baum, Evans 35, Taylor, Griffin, Tprs. Kenny, Qui gley. Fourth Row : Tprs. Hargreaves, Stirling, Dolling, Hillier, 7vans 7o, Senscecall, Lynch and Whitliani.

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ulating Sgt. Wright and Sgt. Debenham on the birth of a daughter each. It will be of interest to past members of the Sqn. to learn that the “ swarming " days are now very much over, and that the

assiduously kept petrol and mileage book is now beginning to add up to make sense !

“C” AFTER six months of suspended anim— ation, during which we formed part of “ Y ” Squadron, we received our charter to reform towards the end of April at Dedelsdorf. we were told to come into operation on June 1st, and to be prepared to train up to So recruits at a time, as well as to run any Regimental courses that might be required After seven months of life we have accomplished a good deal, and have re-established ourselves in the work and sport of the Regiment. We look back to the days before we started training, early in May: Major Starkey had rejoined the Regiment from the \Var Office and, with S.S.M. Austin, M.M., began to collect a nucleus of instructors and men to form the permanent staff of the Squadron. (Quite a few of these were members of the old " C ” Sqn.) The M.I. Room block was taken over together with the Education Centre and in spite of daily crises and innumerable problems, June Ist somehow found us with staff,

instructors,

drivers

and

vehicles,

and 34 men from A ” and “ B ” Squad— rons to train. Teething troubles fortunately were very few and by mid-July intake had become output and the first batch of trained men had been sent to “ A " Squad— ron in Berlin.

Since that day, when we

first felt that we had got something in return for all our work, many trainees have

come and gone with, we hope, favourable memories of their short stay in the Squadron. At the end of July we welcomed a draft of six volunteers of the Polish Re— settlement Corps—the first to reach B.A.O.R. under a new scheme. Some have now left us, and we wish them the best of luck in their new Squadrons; but we are fortunate to have retained four who are now the mainstay of the Regimental Ski-ing Team. In September, we heard of the impending move to Wolfenbiittel, and on the 19th of

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\l'e congratulate all MT. drivers on the way they have managed to keep their vehicle wheels turning in spite of desperate opposition on the part of several “ old stager " vehicles, which have shown a strong dislike to the countless journeys thev have been expected to perform. i

Squadron October the advance party left; the main party followed on the 23rd. \Ve are 'accommodated in a large barrack block with two instructional wings in another partly bombed block. Certainly from the entertainment point of view we are much better off than at Dedelsdorf, and if rumours

about our length of stay here are to be believed, we should enjoy our new station very much. At the moment we have very few trainees, but in April we settle down to train the new intakes, using the methods that have been adopted for the National Serviceman who starts to arrive at the end of the year. To pass on to the sporting activities, representatives of the Squadron have done consistently well in the field of sport since we reformed.

Lieut.

Evans,

Sgt.

Birch,

L/Cpl. Scholes and Tpr. Bird all played consistently for the Regimental Cricket Team, and both L/Cpl. Scholes and Tpr. Bird made large scores at times when runs were badly needed. Tpr. Hart was con— stantly in the field as an umpire for the team, and his departure on demobilisation takes a great deal of enthusiasm and keen— ness with him. For the Rugger Team 2/Lieut. Ferrand and Sgts. Wescott and Hamilton have all played regularly, and we congratulate Sgt. Westcott on being chosen to play for B.A.O.R. At Hockey, Lieut. Evans, Sgts. Linehan and Westcott and Tpr. England were all regular members of the Regimental team. Lieut. Evans also played for 5 Division versus Hamburg District. Finally, we had a large number of representatives in the Boxing Team, including Cpl. Burnell, Tprs. Allman, Barrington, Fearon, Hughes 85 and Hughes 08. This team has done very well so far, as can be seen in the Boxing Notes. In July, in the Inter-Troop 5-a-side Soccer Competition, the MT. Troop did

McKelvie, S.S.M. Austin, M.M., Front Row .'Sgts. \Vood, Rapkin, Empringham, Linehzm, Hamilton, V1 )wles, Lt. J. B. Evans, Lt. R. C. Buclmall, Lt. G. \V. Westcott, Cpl. Harwood, Major M. J. P. Starkey, Capt. S. W. I 3. Carter, Lt. H. T. Jones, so .M.S. Crockett, Sgt. Appleton, S 0at. Jones, St,at. Bligh, Sgt. Cpl. Lloyd. “"ilson, Coombs, \\"hite, Mil. Second Row .' Tprs. Jones, \Val ters, \Vallac‘e, Horn, \Velsh, Harvey, Cpls. Rimmer, Lott, L/Cpls. Fearn, Eggar, Clarke, thorpe, Sheppard, Scholes, Ranson, Kurpiewski, Cpl. Fletcher. Ashton, Shears, Third Row : ’l‘prs. Radford , Blackledge, Sharp, James, Banner, Benson, Byers, Shorter, L/Cpl. Stanley, Tprs. Haw thorn, Tester, Harper, Duffield, Norris, Lawrence, Andrews, Edwards. Coolier, Brandon, Fourth Row : Tprs. Smith, Hubbard, Haynes, Carr, Appleby, Hodgson, Ellis, Alcock, Henderson, Payne, Norman, Telford, Edwards, Yates, Coombes, Price, \Villies, Crow. Chapman. Back Row : Tprs. Bea], Thomas, Hughes, King, \Vojda, Simpson, Thomas, Skipper, Potter, \\'escombe, Hughes, Claydon , Wilson, Jubb,

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very well to be runners up to the winning H.Q. Squadron Troop. “C" Squadron won the Inter—Squadron Soccer League, and would have won the. Hockey League if bad weather had not prevented us playing our last match. The Squadron were easy winners of the Inter—Squadron Athletics Meeting held on September 5th. During the past few months there has been a constant change of faces in the Squadron. Capt. Houstoun has become P.M.C. and his place as 2.i,ic filled by Capt. Carter: 2,,"Lieut. Ferrand has joined us from the U.K. Many also have left, in— cluding Lieuts. Colvin and Maitland, Sgts.

HHQ Headquarter Squadron being large and unwieldy, it was decided to ask the various departments to write their own notes. Before we give them their heads, however,

Simpson, Birch, Jefferson and Yates, Cpls. Such, Keyes, Rainford and Hughes, Tprs. Speedie, England, .\letcalf and Atkinson, and very many others. \Ve wish them the very best of hick in their civilian life. Looking to the future, who knows what lies in store for us this coming year—and who cares l—for with the fall of snow, and

the coming of frost, this is no time to medi— tate

in [idle

moments.

Finally,

a

little

bird whispers in our ears as we are going to press, The Echo/f is reappearing before the next edition of the Eagle, so beware!

you spivs and drones! \Voolly Bears.

not to mention

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FOR the first time since the cessationiof

hostilities, the Tech Group is working under practically ideal conditions. We are all housed under one roof, with \Vorkshops,

Tech Stores, Welders, Tyre Repairers, Electricians, etc, all on the ground floor, and any amount of German Machinery to help us. On the first floor are the offices and, above that, the Band, so we have

‘music while we work.” And work ” is right, as there is more than sufficient to keep us occupied. \Ve shudder to anticipate the future, and visualise long lines of cars awaiting “'orkshops, having

Major Parkhouse, the very best of luck . also Captains Head and Ellis, who have recently joined us. i

In the. near future we hope to form a basket ball team and, after seeing the Officers' team, we are looking for some six feet, 14 stone chaps, who want to become fitters, so that we stand a chance.

It was decided to form a Hockey Team ”in the Group, but after running through the number of applications for a place, it was found that the T.Q.M.S., despite his bulk, could not possibly manage the eleven positions on his own, so for the time being we shall just have to forget the hockey. In conclusion,

we would

like

to wish

Capt. Carr-Ellison a speedy recovery from his hunting accident, and trust he. won’t

be “ off the road " much longer.

been the victim of the earnest, but unskilled,

attention of National Service Men. Work has prevented much football: we. played the Q.M.’s Group the other day and drew 2-2. Both our goals were scored by Tpr. Dumbreck, at least the ball rebounded off his foot into the net. Three members of the Group were in the Regimental Boxing Team. Tpr. Lewis, IS, gave an excellent exhibition of good, clean boxing, and won all his three fights; Cpl. Burnell also did very well, only losing one fight, and that a very close affair; Sgt. Mantle was not so lucky, losing his first fight on points and being K.O.’d in the second.

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Our working facilities are greatly im— proved here in the way of workshops. Already one. can notice the change in expression as fitters grope under old Daimlers for the inevitable lost spanner. Many faces have come and gone. We have said goodbye to A.S.M. Saxton, who has departed for 128 Sub \Vorkshops, and we wish him every success. A.Q.M.S. Churcher has taken his place. We should like to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Churcher on the birth of their daughter. The Motor Cycle Club has unfortunately faded away, and the only original member left with us is S/Sgt. Rumgay, who is going at General Demobilization. We need some brave volunteers to reform the Club this summer.

Leader, Major McCalmont, and his successor,

we would like to wish our late Squadron

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L.A.D. IFIZ here continues in much the same vein. REMF. personnel are scarce in B.A.O.R. and a lot of our work is done by German labour. We had great fun and games moving the workshop equipment from Dedelsdorf: in fact a few members of the Group are still complaining of nightmares (apparently the main theme of these disturbing dreams revolves round the disappearance of two stoves. How strange f).

Signal

Troop

Notes

This is the Sigtmop calling : INCE the last edition of the Eagle many changes have taken place in this Troop. Lieut. Jenkinson has become a civilian and been replaced as Signals Officer by Lieut. Cubitt. The duties of Signal Sgt. and Regimental Signals Sgt. have also changed hands during the last six months; Sgt. Cotterell replacing Sgt. Oliver and Sgt. Horsfield relieving Sgt. Tait : both are settling down well. We wish these and all others who have left us the best of luck in civilian life. We also welcome to the fold many new faces: Cpl. Wilkinson, who has taken over the tedious duty of Signals Cpl. and has made a grand job of things: and ngn. Connor, Dvr. Cox and Dvr. James who have all arrived from France. In the sporting world we are doing well and everyone in the Troop is quite keen. \Ve have now formed a football team and will accept challenges from all Sqns.: up to now we have played several games against the Cooks but the results are better left out. \Ve are not discouraged though, as all we. have to do is ask them how they got on against us during the past Cricket season.

No hard feelings, please, Cooks,

and we are looking forward to many more games. (Plus a good feed). We feel we must mention L/Cpl. David for ins Ivery sporting side of life. He is our guiding star and a member of the Regimental Rugby Team and Running Team, and also did a little in_the Boxing Side.

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IN the immediate post-Christmas period Army Cooks are traditionally incapable, and we hope you interpret this as exhaustion arriving from the strain and exertion of producing your Christmas fare. If the dinner was worthy of the effort made by the staff, both English and German, then

it must have been very good. At the head of this department is Captain Abercrombie, aided by that ace of cooks Sgt. Cummings. The previous Messing Officer, Captain Smith, has now departed for civilian life; we wish him the best of

luck and also Cpl. Spatcher, Cpl. Abel, Tpr. Pte. Pte.

Williams, Pte. Owen, Pte. Salter, Hayes, Pte. White, Pte. Travers, Mercer, Pte. Irvine, Pte. Morier,

Pte. Parker, Tpr. Davies, Tpr. Hedges, Tpr. Redgrave, Tpr. MacDonald, Tpr. McCullogh andPte. VVoodhoods. We were very disappointed to lose the services of Tpr. MacDonald, our heavyweight boxer. While he remained the cooks were feared and respected. The role of cooks’ protector has now fallen to Pte. Hartington. Our football team has had a good season, beating the 'Signals (several times), the L.A.D., and losing to the Q.M's. group. Distinguished members are Captain Aber— crombie, prominent for his loud cries of encouragement; Sgt. Cummings, who turns out in immaculate white shorts; L/‘C. Filmer a dashing right winger; Cpl. Craig, who has a lucky knack of getting injured in the first game and spending the remainder recovering; and Cpl. Snow, whom we recognise as a future Frank Swift. Finally, we should like to congratulate

Cpl. Craig on his marriage, and wish the Regiment ‘Good eating for 1948.‘

Q.M.

Group

Wolfenbuttel

INCE our arrival in Wolfenbtittel several members of the group have left us, and we wish them every success in civilian life. Tpr. Bundy, who fought a long battle with the QM. for the right to drive the Volkswagen, is indeed a loss, both for his mechanical eccentricities and his sporting prowess. We welcome his successor, Tpr. Davies. The many friends of Sgt. Walters. late of the Clothing Dept, will be glad to


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Fourth Row : Cfn. Sharp, Bradbury, I,/Cpl. Pritchard, Pte. Gillies , Dvrs. Mathews, Davies, L/Cpl. Banks, Dvr. Hunter, Cfn. Bland, Ptes. (.0ddit ‘ . Ireland, Beech, Bush, Peel, Childs, (:fn. MCIx ell, Cpl. Nevin, I’te. Hickey, Lg’Cpl. Filmer, Ptes. Mowatt, Ch apman, Cpls. Hayden, Shears, ' lprs Hoare, l’ettcr, Phillips, Golder.

Q.M.S.I. McNally, T.Q.M.S. Hill, R.S.M. Morgan, M.M,, 17mm Row .' S.S.M. Maguire, Capt. H. D. Head, Capt. C. W. J. Lewis, Capt. A. B. Houston, M.C., Lt. P. T. Milos, Capt. W. A. Abercrombie, Capt. N. H. -l Churcher, S/Sgts. Couzens, Skirrow, Rumgay, Sgts. A.Q.M.S. Roberts, Sgt. Kelly, Capt. V. Edwards, Lt. I’. P. Davies-Cooke, R.Q.M.S. Old, SS .M. Cummings, livans, D.C.M. Swami Row : Cpls. Snow, Terry, Perry, Tprs. Clutterbuck, Flynn, l./Cpls. Hamilton, Rowsou, Northrop, Tpr. Moon, Sgts. Bowen, Lee, Crowther, he Bruin, Raynor, Mantle , Cpl. Wilkinson, Tprs. White, Griffiths, Taylor, \Varren, L/Cpl. Gardener, Cpl. Howe, Tprs. Cuthbertson, Hannah. Third Raw .‘ Tp rs . Adams, Allen, L,’Cpl. Hand, Cpl. Burnell, Tprs. Grant, Hurcomb, Shelly, Robinson, Ellis, Cox, Chilvers, Gibbons, Robson, L/Cpl. Bruntou, Tpr. Sunderland, Cpl. jennings, Tprs. W ells, Shopland, Barden, L/Cpl. Rockall, Tprs. Hall, Eddowes, Hammersley, Norris, Plumbley.

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know he is back in the Clerical Dept. of the Bristol Gas Co. While with us Sgt. Walters was a tower of strength, both on the administrative and sporting side. Congratulations to Cpl. Lynd on his recent promotion for sterling work with the Ration Department, and to Sgt. Weller on attaining his Senior rank. R.Q.M.S. Old has just‘celebrated his twenty second year in the Army, and with the Royals. We congratulate him and wish him every

further success, and hope his well known countenance will never be missed from the Cellars of the Sgts. Mess. from where, we believe, he obtains his strength and in— spiration.

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The group has maintained its interest in sport. Congratulations to Cpl. Lynd, L/Cpl. Hamilton, Tpr. Davis, and, prior to demob, Tpr. Bundy, on playing for the Rugby team : and to Cpl. Shone and L/Cpl. Roache on representing the Regt. in the Boxing team. L/Cpl. Rockall has played for the B Football Team and we hope he will soon graduate to the Ist XI. The Group Football XI, energetically led by the Q.M., has had many friendly tussles with Tech. Group and the Cooks. These ‘Minor Internationals' are thoroughly en— joyed. We give the Regt. our blessing for 1948 and return to the land of AB. 108, AF.

P.1954 and, of course, size 18 trousers in lieu.

Sporting Life fIERE in Wolfenbiittel Sportsraum is severely limited and the Big Three of Soccer, Rugger and Hockey now have some serious rivals. Indoor sports are becoming increasingly popular and the gymnasium is in great demand. This is a remarkable building, being incorporated in the Argo Theatre and combining the properties of Theatre, Cinema, Gymnasium, Boxing Ring, Basketball and Badminton Courts. Outside this emporium we have a Squash Court and Miniature Range, and the use of Swimming Baths in Brunswick: also an energetic P.T. staff. Opportunities for taking exercise are not lacking. We had hoped to get some skating this winter but the exceptionally Inild weather

has so far prevented it.

Ski-ing has been

possible at times and, several attempts, both skilled and amateur, have been made

on the‘ slopes. On the local fields and ploughland hares abound: several devoted bands have apparently determined to exterminate them, but the hare population never seems to decline. Notable among the guns are Cpls. Goring and Welton and Captain Kinsman and ‘Mustapha,’ a very swift saluki, who is altogether, too fast and seldom lets a hare escape. Pheasant and partridge are not plentiful, but are occasionally harassed, while duck exist in some numbers, but are

not easily beguiled into shot. But more of these pleasures in our next copy.

Athletics HE first event of the season was a triangular match between Royals, 7th Hussars and R.A.C. Training Centre, held at Belsen in june. Towards the end of May we summoned our more athletic young men for a trial on the Dedelsdorf track. The result was hotly contested but was finally won on the relay by HQ. Sqn. from Y. At Bclsen we were outdone in the field events but more than held our own in the relays, owing to the exceptional

speed of Sgt. \Valters. The Tug-of—War team pulled everything before them. Some spectacular times were recorded, but a high jump of 5’ II” by the 7th Hussars was the best performance. In the end we finished second to the Training Centre. Later in June came the I3 Brigade Team and Individual Championships at Luneburg. Here, competing against In— fantry teams, we were aware of a severe handicap. The foot soldier's training gives


Regimental 100

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metres:#

3, Cpl. Raftrey. 200

Hop, Step and jump :7

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Sgt. Westcott; 2, L/‘Cpl.

Burton;

(II .8 seconds).

I,

metres :——

Burton;

(34’ 4%”).

High Jump .'—~

metres :—

Tpr.

I, Sgt.‘de Bruin; 2, L/Cpl. 3, Sgt. Gregory.

I, L/Cpl. Burton; 2, Sgt. VVestcott; 3, Cpl. Raftrey. (24 .6 seconds). 400

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Holland;

3, Sgt. Gregory.

2,

(57.

Tpr.

Griffiths;

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I,

Capt.

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2,

Tpr.

Thomas;

Shot .'g I, Sgt. Westcott; 2, L/Cpl. 3, Sgt. Roberts. (36%,! M’),

Buckley;

‘ 3, Tpr. Osborn.

800 met-res :— I,

Tpr.

Pemberton;

3, Tpr. Barrington. 1500 metres :— I, Tpr. Osinski;

2,

Tpr.

Taylor;

(2 min. 27.6 secs). 2,

Tpr.

Barrington;

3, Capt. Carr-Ellison.

Discus :— I, Tpr. Thomas; 2, Sgt. Bligh; 3, Tpr. Murray. javelm :7 I, L/Cpl. Burton;

2, Tpr. Barrington;

3, Tpr. Grant. 5000 metres .'— ’ I, L/Cpl. Sheppard;

3, Lt. Maitland. Long jump :—

2, Lt.

Bucknall;

(I5 minutes, 20 seconds)

I, Capt. Barker; 2, Cpl. Keyes; 3, Sgt.

“'estcott.

(18’

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Boxing WING to the move of the Regiment from Dedelsdorf, the training of the Regimental Boxing Team had to be post— poned about four weeks. This meant a considerable increase of work for all concerned. The Divisional team champion— ships were due to commence during the last week in October, and only four weeks remained in which to prepare the team. As soon as all the Squadrons had arrived

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In. September the Regimental Sports meeting was held, and easily won by “ C " Squadron. The ‘Victor Ludorum’ was Lszl. Burton (“8” Sqn.) with Sgt. Westcott (“ C ” Sqn.) a close second. The Tug-of—War was an interesting event: HQ. Sqn. had been pulling the LAD. ‘ wrecker ’ round the aerodrome and, under the Quartermaster’s masterly direction, found “A” Sqn. much easier meat. A polished performance was given by Tpr. Holland in winning the 400 metres, and

L,"Cpl. Sheppard, just out of hospital, ran 5,000 metres in great style. ‘-\t the end of the day the Commanding Officer presented the prizes. The results were: I, “ C " Sqn., 7o; 2, “ B " Sqn., it): 3, “A” Sqn., 30; 4, HQ. Sqn., 17. In November we entered a team for the 13 Brigade Cross Country Championships, at very short notice to the team who, not unnaturally, did not compare verv brilliantly with all the. infantry opposition. Lprl. Sheppard, however, represented the Regiment in the 5 Division Meeting and did very well to finish 9th. This year a new era of thsical Training under Q.M.S.I. McNally has hit the Regt. and will, we hope, enable our athletics to start on level terms with all opposition.

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difficult to attain. However, Capt. Barker reached the Divisional Championships in the High Jump, where he came third, and Tpr. Holland in the half-mile.

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Sgt. Mantle. Tpr. Hughes. Tpr. Lewis, Lt. Lavender. Tpr. Hughes. Tpr. Thompson.

# Cpl. Burnell.

—— Cpl. Shone. ! T pr. Draper.

— Tpr. Barrington — Tpr. Allman.

at Wolfenbi'lttel, a conference of all those

interested and willing to help was held. At eight o’clock each morning, they set out on forty—five minutes' road work, and in the evening they went to the boxing—room and worked for another forty—five minutes there. Some famous boxer once said that fancy training equipment never made a boxer, only sheer hard'work would do the trick. The Royals' boxers certainly proved his words. The only available equipment was some half dozen skipping ropes, four punch bags made from the kit bags of some un— happy ex—Royals and four or five medicine balls. But, nothing daunted, they set to work. It would be impossible to write about the boxing team without mentioning Sgt. Instructor Martin of the A.P.T.C. No hen ever kept a more watchful eye over her brood than Sgt. Instructor Martin did over his little band of warriors. It would be difficult to write of all the jobs he was re— quired to do, but they ranged from holding the smaller Hughes' false teeth whilst he boxed, to keeping a check on the number of N.A.A.F.l. pies consumed each evening by Lewis and Roache (Not to mention Tpr. Potter.) just two weeks before the first match of the competition, a letter was received from 5 Division informing us of the composition of the team, which was; one heavy weight, one light heavy weight (12—7 and under), two middles (II—6 and under), three welter

weights (Io-7 and under), three light weights (9—9 and under) and one feather weight (9 stones and under.) The problen which we were faced with was how to fit the boxers into the weights required to the best advantage. For the first match against the Manchester Regi— ment the team was 2-—

Two of the team were fighting at a disadvantage. They were Tpr. Lewis and Cpl. Burnell. Lewis was only just over welter weight but could not get down to 10—7 and consequently had to fight middle weight. Burnell was six pounds over weight just seven days before the match and had to do some drastic things to make the weight, but he managed it and also won his fight. The match against the Manchesters was a great success and it was not decided until the last fight, which as usual, was the first string welter weight. Everyone fought extremely well, determined no doubt, not

to waste the long hours of training they had done in preparation for the contest. The training was not wasted for the Manchesters were beaten six fights to five. And so the first milestone had been passed and everyone was justifiably pleased. The Boxing team had tasted blood and were out for more. They were supported wholeheartedly by the Regiment who had turned out in force to see them fight the Manchesters. In fact the team was a going concern. The next Boxing match was against the Dorsets and unfortunately there is not room here to give an account of each fight in that memorable contest. Sufficient to say that the Dorsets gave us an excellent match and they were unlucky to lose. Having beaten the Dorsets the team were all set for the final, against the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, which was held in the R.E. Gymnasium, Charles Barracks, Brunswick, on

December 11th.

The Divisional Commander was present and the Royals’ band played music before the contest and during the interval. The match opened with Tpr. Stevens boxing feather weight against Pte. Breggs.


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And so the Divisional Championship was over. The Royals had been fairly beaten, but they had learned a lot and gained more. It would indeed be a pity if, after having done so much, they should allow Regimental Boxing to take a back seat again. The anchr rests with the younger members of Squadrons, who, at the present moment may never have worn a pair of boxing gloves. The opportunities afforded them

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to “ have a go " are limitless. Let us hope that they will take them. In conclusion a word of thanks is due to the members of the original team who, by the time the next boxing season opens, will have been demobilised, and to Capt. Head who has been their inspiration. They have done a far more important job than perhaps they realise. Very good luck to them in their return to civil life.

Cricket DURING the idle. winter months your correspondent has been leisurely col— lecting the various scorebooks and scraps of paper that were in use throughout the summer, and now presents the averages. They are not complete as all trace of two and a half matches has disappeared, but I hope they will not be considered unfair. We had promise of a good team: Major Greaves and Lieut. Jenkinson played for the B.A.O.R. XI, and the wicket—keeper Lieut. Miles, for 5 Division : Capt. Hodgson, Lieut. Evans, I4/Cpl. Hamilton and

Back Row: Capt. Dimond , Tpr . Potter , LC 1 Roache, Sue, ’ . Martin, Tpr. Lewis, Cpl. Burnell, Sgt. , p. Mantle, Tpr. Fearon, Sgt. Brown, Tpr. Hughes 08, Sgbt. DII ash, Sgt. Evans. Front Row .' Tprs. Stevens Hughes ’85, Thompson, Draper, Cpl. Shone Tpr Barrinctou p

Stevens lost on points after a fight which left no doubt as to the verdict. Cpl. Shone boxing as Ist string lightweight fought L/Cpl. Merriless and managed to Win his fight on points easily. Tpr. Barrington, 2nd string lightweight, fought Pte. Haydn and lost after a particularly gory session. _ Sgt. Hammond fought as 3rd string lightweight and met one of the toughest opponents ever. Sgt. Hammond managed to wm but had to fight every inch of the way to do so. _ Tpr. Thompson fought as 3rd string welter weight but was K.O'd by his op— ponent, who made things difficult by boxing south paw style. Cpl. Burnell beat his opponent after a terrific two fisted fight which was hotly contested right up to the final bell. i Tpr. Lewis fought Ist string middle weight against Pte. Hughes of the Ox. &

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Bucks and gained a clear points decision over him. L/Cpl. Roache fought Lieut. Wrider and nearly knocked him out in the first round. But Wrider recovered in an amazing way to beat Roache on points. ' j Tpr. Hughes in his usual role as light heavy weight was knocked out by Pte. Robson who obviously had much more ring experience than his Royals opponent. Tpr. McManus fought heavy weight and met Cpl. McMorran. A special word of praise is due here as McManis had taken his place in the team at very short notice and was far from fighting fit, and he knew he was meeting a man of some considerable experience. However, he entered the ring

determined to sell the fight dearly, which he certainly did. In the end he was floored by a wicked punch from McMorran which finished the fight. But be upheld the Royal's tradition and “ had a go." . The Royals lost 18 points to Is.

Tpr.

Hebbert were not far behind : Capt. Barker and L/Cpl. Scholes, in a batting class of their own, occasionally, by sheer ferocity of attack, did appalling damage to the enemy bowling : the remainder of the faith— ful were Cpl. Knight, L/Cpl. Bird, Tpr. Bird and Tpr. Griffiths; these four could usually be seen defending the last remaining wickets or fielding deep midwicket both ends, and doing all with great goodwill. And yet the record is somewhat disap— pointing: Won 6, Lost 7. We did indeed miss Major Gosling, R.Q.M.S. Old and S.S.M. Stevenson, cricketers of long reputation. When duty did not claim them (it took S.S.M. Stevenson to England early in the Summer), many and varied were the ex— cuses which prevented an active part in the field. Next summer we very much hope to see these veterans displaying their skill. Perhaps too the presence of “ A” Squadron would have given us added strength: their absence certainly deprived us of Capt. Dimond, an umpire well qualified to inspire us with confidence, since last year, so rumour has it, his direction of the

game was masterly.

The season opened hopefully: the first three matches were won with steadily increasing margins and we were full of confidence for the fourth, which was the final of the 13 Bde. Competition. All

illusions were then smashed: the incon— sistency of the qualified run makers was suddenly exposed and the inability of the remainder to score at all only too sadly confirmed. The bowling was certainly more consistent and sometimes good. Against most people a reasonable number of straight balls was sufficient: the matting wickets usually provided the necessary freaks to disconcert the better bats. Except for Lieut. Jenkinson the bowlers did not claim any great guile, but every side except the Greys was dismissed for a reasonable total. After this first defeat we remained in— flicted with batting inconsistency but played some very enjoyable matches, notably against 35 Wing, whom we just defeated by nine runs, and the 7th Hussars. Then at the beginning of August the Regimental team visited Berlin as the guests of “ A” Squadron : the tour was nobly sponsored by Major Fielden and was timed to coincide with the Tattoo.

Our cricket, due per—

haps to excess of entertainment, did not come up to scratch ; but it was a very enjoyable trip and has, we hear, sent pangs of jealousy through the Winter Sportsmen. One more match in the ‘Zone' completed the season. By the time this appears in print Cricket will not be far away: we hope Major (ireaves will maintain his true form throughout the Summer and will lead a strong Regimental side. There are many gaps since last year and plenty of opportunity for new enthusuasts. We also hope to


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provide ourselves with a good ground in the neighbourhood. This. if it materializes, should prove an invaluable asset.

26.6.47 v. 1

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at

4 for 23). '. 11 Air Format-ion Signals at .Dedelsforf. Lost by 46 runs.

Not Highest 11 A.1“.S. 91 (J'enkinson 4 for 26, Hamilton 3 for 38).

Innings. Out. Score. Total. Average

Major Greaves Lieut. Jenkinson Tpr. Hebbert L/Cpl. Soholes Capt. Barker Lieut. Miles Lieut. Evans L/Cpl. Hamilton

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95 69 28 37 31 42* 26 24

1 * Not Out.

317 136 117 126 55 90 78 62

Royals 45 '(Scholes 22).

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Name.

. Greys at Luneburg. Miles 26).

Greys 163 for 4. Won by 9 runs.

35 Wing 60 (Details not available). '. R.A.C. Training Centre at Dedelsdorf. Lost. by 1 Wicket. Royals 97 for 5 declared (Scholes 34, Evans

26).

Average

Maidens

BOWLING AVERAGES.

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Lost by 6 Wickets.

Royals 162 for S declared (Greaves 85,

. 35 Wing at- Dedelsdorf. Royals 69 (Barker 18).

R.A.C. Training Centre 98 for 9 (Greaves 5 for 36).

. 7 Hussars at. Dedelsdorf.

\Von by 65 runs.

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Major Greaves

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Capt. Hodgson

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Tpr. Hebbert

12 120 109 242 187 153

. 84 G.C.C. at Dedelsdorf. “(on by 93 runs. Royals 170 for 5 declared (Miles 42 Not Out. Scholes 37, Bird 34). 84 G.C.C. (Hebbert 5 for 21, Greaves 4 for

17). . 35 Wing at Celle. Lost by 6 Wickcts. (Scores not available). '. R.A.F. Gatow at Gatow. Lost by 54 runs.

CATCHES. Lieut. Miles

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Major Greaves

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Cpl. Knight

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L/Cpl. Seholes

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R.A.F. 144 (Jenkinson 5 for 62, Hebbert 4 for 30). Royals 90 (Hodgson 22, Evans 20).

r. I Bn. York and Lancaster Regt. at Berlin. Lost by 4 Wickets.

28.5.47 v. HQ. 5 Div. at Brunswick. Won by 3 Wkts. 5 Div. 157 (Jenkinson '7 for 56). Royals 160 for 7 (Greaves 67, Jenkinson 66).

Royals 111 (Greaves 45, Hebbert 28).

Won by

York and Lancaster Regt. 114 for 6 (Jen-

5 Wickets. Green Howards 77 (Hodgson 4 for 29, Knight 3 for 7, Hamilton 3 for 11). Royals 121 (Barker 31, Hebbert 28, Hamilton 24). .

. 121 British General Hospital at Brunswick. Lost by 61 runs.

19.6.47 v. 1 B11. Green Howards at Celle.

kinson 4 for 40).

121 B.G. Hospital 181 (Hamilton '7 for 37). Royals 120 (Greaves 95).

control the ball correctly and our goal— keeper was not greatly troubled. Then, due to the excellent play of Sgts. lidwards and Himsworth, the Royals took command and some first-class football was seen: in fact the Lancers were extremely lucky to preserve their goal intact. Three minutes from half-time an excellent pass by Sgt. Himsworth to Smith resulted in the latter passing the ball in front of Carson, at centre forward, who gathered and placed it, well out of reach of the advancing goalkeeper, into the net. With the change of ends the Lancers seldom crossed the half way line, and only the poor finishing of our forwards prevented a score. They seemed too eager and in most cases over—ran the ball.

Football On Saturday, April 19th, the two teams formed up on our excellent ground at Dedelsdorf. The weather was fine and warm with a strong wind blowing from the south. Experience had taught us that the wind always increased towards the evening, so our Capt, Sgt. Edwards. having won the toss decided to play against the wind. .A number of people were greatly surprised but his judgement proved ab— solutely correct. There was a good crowd present including some 50 Lancers. For the first ten minutes the Lancers,

making use of the wind, were superior to

However,

in the thirty—second minute a grand pass to Comley on the right wing resulted in a good cross in front of the goal for Horslcr to run in and tap it into the. net. Six minutes later a pass from Horsler was cleverly taken by Carson, who headed in for the third goal. A lone raid by the Lancers resulted in Cook (now with the Regt.) taking a fairly long shot which took Teasdale unawares and scored a goal. This completed the scoring and the Regt. were worthy winners. The team for this game was: Tpr. Teasdale; Cpl. Miles, Cpl. Debenham; Tpr. Milsom, Sgt. Edwards (Capt), L/Cpl. Atkinson; Cpl. Comley, Sgt. Himsworth, Tpr. Carson, Tpr. Smith, Tpr. Horsler. In the semi—final we were drawn against the 7th Hussars on their ground.

WHEN we last wrote these notes we re— marked that considerable interest and excitement had been roused over the then forthcoming Cavalry Cup. The matches certainly were most exciting and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We regret that our name is not inscribed on the cup as we were beaten in the semi—final. We were fortunate to draw a bye in the first round, and in the second played the 16/5th Lancers on our ground. The Lancers had only recently arrived from Austria and were an unknown quantity, but our team were very fit and full of confidence.

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Won by 7 Wickets. VVorcesters 90 (Hamilton 5 for 23, Hodgson Royals 124 for 5 (Jenkinson 69).

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Dedelsdorf.

However,

it was agreed to play at the Hindenburg Stadium, Hanover, as the ground at Soltau was simply a sand pit. Prior to this game Tpr. Teasdale had accepted a Class B release and it was most difficult to find another goalkeeper. Our forwards also needed more shooting practice as they were always inclined to over— dribble: A few weeks previously we had played the Hussars on their ground in a fricndlv match and had been most decisively beaten by 6 goals to I, which made it imperative to strengthen the team, if at all possible. After much debate It was decided to keep the same team with the exception of goalkeeper, left back and centre forward. \Ve were. able to call upon Cpl. Keyes. of ‘A’ Squadron, who was luckily attending a course at R.A.t.

Training Centre. Although out of traili— ingr we should like to congratulate him on his excellent performance. Tpr. VViggins, just back from a course, played left back and Tpr. Weddell centre forward. On May Ist, long before the game started, it became apparent that the supporters on both sides would not allow the players to take all the limelight: many amusing ‘rigouts’ were seen and the noise from rattles and hooters was terrific. It was most heartening to see and hear these things after a break of so many years. From the start it was an all out effort with both teams determined to enter the final: at typical cup tie match with the Hussars most confident in view of their previous victory. Our fellows were not affected and played really first-class football. It was ajtreat to see Sgt. Himsworth open up the game with his dribbles and accurate passing; it was also noticeable how very closely he was shadowed whenever he had the ball. The Hussars were just a little superior and were the first to score, but in the last few minutes we equalised and with the last whistle the score was one

goal each.

Extra time of half an hour was

played: the Hussars had badly injured to resume were playing exceptionally very confident. \Ve still

one player too and our fellows well, so we were lacked a good

centre forward however,

and had to be

content with a draw. The replay took place next day and was almost identical to the previous day's play. The Hussars scored first, we equalised. they scored a second goal and with the last kick, amidst terrific excitement,

Cpl. Debenham scored our second equaliser. The noise must have been heard over the length and breadth of Germany. Extra time was again played, but in this the Hussars definitely proved their superiority and eventually ran out the winners by four goals to two. We had made two changes for the replay: Sgt. Himsworth was injured and unable to play, and Cpl. Debenham moved to centre forward. lf Cpl. Debenham had played here on the previous day there is little doubt we should have won as he took his chances extremely well and showed plenty of the drive which had been previously lacking. \Ve take this opportunity of congrat— ulating the 7th Hussars on their win and


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also on their victory over the Horse Guards in the final. It was at least gratifying to have been beaten by fire eventual

Winners. Most of our matches this season have been ‘friendlies,’ and we have found it most difficult to collect a really good team, due to the release and transfer which takes place daily. Owing to redeployment there is no Cavalry Cup competition this

year. We had hoped to find some footballers among the Band, but have been disappointed. VVe still hope to get them inter-

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season. It is essential to concentrate on regular soldiers, as we definitely cannot afford to lose as many as five players in one release group. Before we finish we wish to congratulate our Quartermaster, Capt. Lewis, on referee— ing a number of important matches in B.A.O.R. this season, and for his continued

interest and encouragement of our players. Hearty congratulations also to Sgt. Ed— wards who, by sheer hard work, gained his place in the Rhine Army and Combined Services teams. He has also been a regular player for 5 Division as well as the mainstay of the Regimental team.

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“write off ” as regards hockey. Hockey enthusiasts are hoping that the position may be reversed next season. 10. 4.47 v. 35 Wing

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. 13/181311 Hussars ..

Away

Lost (5—3

20. 9.47 v. R.A.C. Trg. Centre

Home

Lost: 4—2

27. 9.47 v. 135 Wing .. .. 1.11.47 v. 1 Ba. Ox 8!, Bucks

Home Draw 2——2 Home Lost 1—2

Won 3—1

lst Round 5 Div. Championships.

25. 4.47 v. 2 Wilts. . Home Draw 0—0 Semi-final 5 Div. Championships. 2. 5.47 v. 2 Wilts. . Away Lost, 4-2 Replay.

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1st Round 5 Div. Championships. 19.11.47 v. 2 Wilts. Away Lost 0—8 3.12.47 .v‘. 123 Wng . . Away Draw 1—1 13.12.47 v. 5 Div. Signals Regt. Away Draw 0—0

Pentathlon—August

1947

Hockey ALMOST before the snow had melted we were involved in the inter—Unit Knock-out competition. We did, however, manage to play a few games in the Regiment before taking the field in the first round against the R.A.F., Celle. It was the same side which had beaten us so badly in the. Autumn and why they were allowed to play in an army competition will no doubt forever remain a mystery. But it turned out to be very fortunate as we were able to get some practice as a team and after a shaky start we won 3—1. It was a good match and Sgt. Roberts in goal played a sterling game. As our next opponents had gone into suspended animation we were due to play the 2nd Bn., W'iltshire Regiment who were

finalists in 130 Brigade. We were without Capt. Barker or S.S.M. Stevenson, but we had very adequate reserves and Lt. Jenkin— son at inside left did a great deal to enable us to draw o-o. Extra time was played but there were no goals and we were forced to have a replay at Hanover. Further depletions to our team caused havoc in our defence and they had scored four times before we had been on the field 15 minutes. we pulled up a little and scored twice but their initial burst had been too much for us and we lost 4—2. That was virtually the end of our season’s hockey which was precipitated by a sudden heat wave. Major Greaves and Capt's. Gatehouse and Barker were, however, selected to play in a Div. Trial. It was an

extremely hot day and they say that they did not intentionally go to Hanover instead of Brunswick, where the match was played, but needless to say they didn’t play in any Div. match! We had one final match with the ghost of our former team against the I3th/18th at Vt'olfenbiittel. The pitch when it rained was like an ice rink, though both teams were on their feet long enough to score 9 goals, 6 of which unfortunately went into our net.

We started playing again in September, but due to the imminent move the Regtl. team was unable to have any extensive practice, which was unfortunate in the light of the forthcoming inter—unit Hockey Com— petition. Notwithstanding this, at full strength our Hockey team was very formid— able. In the competition we were norrowly beaten by the 43rd Light Infantry in the first round, but since then we have had some good keen games and the opportunity has been taken to try out a number of new players. Our ground at Wolfenbiittel is unfortun— ately only playable in dry weather as it has a mud surface. Then it is very good ; but normally it precludes any chance of practice. Capt. Barker, Lt. Evans and Cpl. Old were given trials for 5 Div. and the first two played against Hamburg District. Several of our Hockey players also play in the Rugger team and due. to the success of that team in the Army Cup they are a

THE Regiment was represented in the B.A.O.R. Pentathlon Team by Lieut. P. Davies—Cooke and Sgt. Edwards, who competed at Bad Freiburg, in the French Zone,

against the French Army, and at

Aldershot, where 46 contestants collected to decide on the Team for the 1948 Olympic Games. The Pentathlon is a survival of the Ancient Greek Olympic Games. In those days the Greeks chose their national Hero at these Games and one of his tests was to be champion in the Pentathlon. He had to ride a horse until it dropped, pick himself up and run some fantastic distance until he came to a river which he swam. He then drew his sword and fought with an adversary until one was wounded or his sword was broken. All this would take place in one day!

The Modern Pentathlon now consists of five events. Riding 23; miles hunter trial with about 20 jumps, ditches, etc. : a cross country run of 27.} miles: 300 metres free style : fencing with the Epeé, one touch to count: and pistol shooting with either pistol or revolver at a man's silhouette target at 25 metres (20 shots). Each event takes place on a separate day.

Training began with the 5th Dragoon Guards at Munster where eight volunteers from B.A.O.R. collected for riding instruction under Major Whetstone and Capt. Robson, 5th Dragoon Guards. The other four events were also practised every day under the expert advice of R.S.M. Fountain,

A.P.T.C., from the P. & R. T. School Pader— born. This lasted a week and was deemed seven days of unmitigated Hell as torn muscles tried to obey commands from weary bodies. One member fell out here as he had not enough riding capabilities. The re— mainder then went to Paderborn for more concentrated training on Swimming, Running, Fencing and Pistol Shooting. Then came the big moment when two of the re— maining seven had to be weeded out. They must have felt very disappointed. The team picked was, Capt. T. Brown (S. 8: T. H.Q. 5 Div.), Capt. J. W. Spicer, 1st Royal Fusiliers, Lieut. P. Davies— Cooke, L/Cpl. Martin, 5th Dragoon Guards, and Sgt. Edwards as reserve. The Team made the 24 hour journey to the French Zone and had a terrific welcome. The French Team, who had been selected

from the whole of the French Army, were a bit put out when the B.A.O.R. Team took Ist, 3rd and 4th places in the riding, but easily outclassed B.A.O.R. in the remaining events. The B.A.O.R. Team looked on this defeat as valuable practice for the British Army Pentathlon in which they were shortly to compete. This was proved by the fact that in the final result they had four places in the first ten out of 46 competitiors. The four best all rounders were chosen to represent the British Army in Sweden. Lieut. P. Davies»Cooke was the reserve, but could not travel owing to the Govern— ment's Currency Restrictions.


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Rifle HE Regimental Rifle Team which started training in May last year was chosen almost as much for the availability as for the skill of its members.

It had, however,

the tremendous advantage of being trained by that indefatigable Nimrod and Bisley Veteran S.S.M. Ireland, a musketry wizard well versed in the mysteries of distance judging, trigger squeezing, and bolt drill. After firing off an almost unbelievable number of rounds 011 various ranges around Dedelsdorf, the Rifle Team set off for the

A.R.A. meeting at Bisley, and the Army Cup, in the beginning of June. The Team consisted of Captain Kinsman, S.S.M. Ireland,

S.S.I.

Mayne,

Cpl.

Blackburn,

Cpl. Newman, Cpl. Gilliam and Tpr. Villa. At Bisley were already collected a number of Regimental Teams who had been training there for several weeks and presently on the arrival of the various B.A.O.R. and C.M.F. contingents the matches began. Every form of competitive shooting was indulged in, some of which were extremely strenuous and even S.S.I. Mayne, an A.P.T.C. stalwart, paled visibly at the pros— pect of running 300 yards and firing off almost as many rounds muffled in a gas mask. Luckly, however, no—one forgot their ”anti-dim” as did a competitor from one famous Regiment who got fogged up, and having stumbled blindly off in the wrong direction was last seen asking a small fir tree where the targets were. Although the Regimental Team won no cups several members enriched themselves materially on the pool bulls and everyone gained valuable experience. In July the Regimental Team took part in the 15 Brigade Meeting at Luneburg.

Rugby

Football

WHEN the season first opened we realized we had the material to build up a good rugger side. The enthusiasm of Captain Abercrombie and Lt. Moddrel knew no limits, and we found ourselves

tossing up to decide whether to play rugger, cricket, or tennis: the weather did event

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Lt.

Reid,

RSM.

Morgan and

M.Q.M.S. Douglas joined our ranks with notable success as they led their respective classes for several events and, before being eventually overwhelmed, showed the In— fantry that a cavalry man can handle a rifle, when need be, with as much skill as he does a B.E.S.A.r or a two pounder. Here again our competitors scored a number of pool bulls though it must be admitted (whisper it softly) that some one also scored a magpie on the red safety flag. In August 5 Divisional Rifle Meeting took place at Putlos, where the Regiment was represented by Captain Kinsman, R.S.M. Morgan and M.Q.M.S. Douglas. Here the valiant efforts of the Royals Team were dogged by misfortune. M.Q.M.S. Douglas, after shooting brilliantly, was arrested by the musketry equivalent of a petrol stoppage but, unhappily, was unable to deal as summarily with the former as he does with the latter. Captain

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and Tpr. Davies, who have both played consistently for the XV. The first match was played on Saturday, October 4th, against the ij/Itith Hussars on their ground, later to become our home field. The game was rather scrappy but it proved to us that, all being well, a good season lay ahead of us. An early fault was that nobody really woke up until at least ten minutes after kick off: this has been ' remedied and really hard play begins with the first whistle and only ceases with the last. The forwards are a robust, fast and hard working pack, and it is difficult to pick out individuals; however Captain

Abercrombie, captain of the team and leader of the pack, with Captains Arthur and Houstoun and Lt. Moddrel are the mainstays. \\'e have become accustomed to look forward with great eagerness to the one supreme run which has become a part of Captain Houstoun’s every game; he has discovered a ‘ hand off ’ which, when

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put into use, has the disastrous effect of flattening at least r/sth of the opposing XV. Tpr. Bundy is another forward with similar steam roller tactics; a brick wall

will fail to stop him when he feels the line can be reached. (Tpl. Lynd is a hard working forward of the more serious type, and the pack is completed by Tpr. Clutterbuck and z/Lt. Ferrand. The three quarters (under the control of Major (ireaves) are, as they should be, the main scoring power. In the centre Major (ireaves and Sgt. VVestcott have combined very effectively, and by their knowledge of each other’s play are capable of penetrating even the most solid defence ; the latter is a fast and very strong runner. On the wings Capt. Barker and Lprl. ‘David have the necessary speed and determination to carry them through when ever given the slightest opportunity ; the latter's hands are apt to let him down, a fault he well knows and is trying to conquer. \Ve

C

Kinsman came to grief and the R.S.M.; like Horatius, was left to hold the bridge

alone. This he did nobly and after shooting consistently well was unlucky not to be amongst the prize winners. After long and gruelling hours on the blistering ranges an occasional dip in the Baltic was very re— freshing and the Meeting was an exceptionally agreeable one. To sum up: although the Regimental Rifle Team had no very spectacular successes last year it gained much useful experience. In 1948, with better range facilities and aided by the immense knowledge of A.Q.M.S. Petitt, who has joined the Regiment as Armourer, there is every prospect of the Royals proving themselves a redoubtable force in the Army Rifle Shooting World.

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ually cool and we had our first practice game on September 24th. There was no difficulty in collecting thirty players who, though not all proficient, had at least the interest and determination to play the game. In the four practice games we dis? covered two good players, Sgt. \Nestcott

Bar/c Rom .' Cpl. Snow, Sgt. Hamilton, Tpr. Clutterbuck, Capt. Houston, Capt. Barker, Cpl. Lynd, l,,’Cpl. Rickuss, Lt. Evans. ["nm/ Roar : L/Cpl. Scholes, Sgt. \Vestcott, Capt. (ireaves, Capt. _-\berrrombie. Capt. Arthur, Lt. Moddrel, Capt. Edwards.


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still have Capt. Edwards as our Fly Half; he is quick off the mark, sure with his hands and a safe tackler; he is inclined to

sell too many dummies and so is liable to be ‘caught in the act,’ but he has made

many an opening with his ‘Dummy.’ L/Cpl. Hamilton was scrum half until he broke his ankle; his service from the base of the scrum was excellent, and it was a

great loss to the side when he had to be content as a spectator; various changes have had to be made in this position, and a

permanent successor has not been chosen. Last, but not least, we find our ever

watchful, safe tackling, energetic little full back, Tpr. Davies. This is his first rugger season, in spite of which the side have the greatest confidence in knowing that he is our last link. Sgt. Yates and Tpr. Hughes, both for— wards, have left us for civilian life. They are serious losses to the side ; we know the

former intends to keep up his rugger, but the latter, known as ' The little old man of the side’ may consider giving it up. The following have also played for the XV :— Lt. Evans, Lt. McKelvie, Lt. Smith— Maxwell,

Sgt.

Hamilton,

L/Cpl.

Scholes,

Tpr. Rickuss, Tpr. Barrington. We would like to congratulate Major Greaves and Sgt. Westcott on playing for B.A.O.R. A Div. trial game has been held, and the following stand a very good chance of playing for the Div. XV. z—Major Greaves, Sgt. \Nestcott, Capt. Edwards, Capt. Abercrombie, Capt. Arthur, and Lt. Moddrel.

This year the Regiment entered for the A.R.U. Cup Competition and reached the fourth round. The first three matches were won fairly easily, but the fourth was a terrific struggle; in this round we met the Royal Horse Guards at Menden. The ground was extremely wet which made the

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going very heavy ; we had feared this and anticipated that in any case our opponents would try to make a forward game of it and bottle up our three quarters. This is exactly what happened. In the first five minutes a penalty was given against the Blues in front of their posts; unfortunately it was missed. The game then settled down into a clean slogging match between the two packs,and three—quarters on both sides got little chance. The tackling and falling was such that there appeared little likelihood of a score. Whenever our threequarters got it however, they looked danger— ous. By full time there was no score; at half time of extra time still no score. After two minutes of the second half of extra time Capt. A. Dickinson dropped for the Royal Horse Guards. This really decided the game, for try as we did to force a goal, we were held in check; a further two tries were scored by the enemy for— wards during the last five minutes. A really grand game which might have ended differently on a dry ground, which would have given our three—quarter’s a chance to assert their superiority. Everyone played a good game, Lt. Moddrel being outstanding in the pack.

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rst Round— v. 45 Ed. Regt. R.A. at Wolfenbiittel. Won 19~3. 2nd Roundw— v. 7 Hussars at Wolfenbiittel. Won 29“}. 3rd Round v. 3-7 Fd. Regt. R.A. at Xienburg. Won IIHO. 4th Round— v. Royal Horse Guards at Menden. Lost o—Io.

=(0fficers)-——Winter

most Sundays through the Winter intrepid bands have drawn rifles from Squadron Arms Stores and warned out for lunch. .They have been seen, garbed more radiantly even than Esquire’s sporting advertisements, driving into the blizzard of a German Winter—and have, surprisingly enough, returned. A modest reticeence has so far beeen appropriate to the

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size of the bag, but I feel that now the. time has come to pay tribute to the activities of these gallant expeditions. Sport has been confined to two forests: Emmen and Sprakensehl. A typical day at Emmen was last Sunday. The beaters met the party at the agreed RV and the forstmeister conducted us to the first stand : the beat produced one hare.

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All the morning we walked and stood in freezing snow and the boaters silently beat the woods: we very nearly shot “ein Fuchs” (English: fox). By 2.30 it was considered that all concerned were cold and miserable enough to enjoy their lunch« or breakfast,

as the

Forstmeister

insists. Breakfast is warming—by about 3.50 we are positively refreshed. For the next half—hour a rapid fusilade accompanies any animal movement inside the forest and no quarter is given. Late in this particular afternoon pig were put up by the heaters (two anyway)vto the accompaniment of loud angry cries of ”Schwein— scliwein!”wthe sight of a pig, funnily enough, instils into the German breast a feeling of great anger and ferocity. One breaks and is wounded: he disappears

Ski-ing

Jorrocks, “waits for no man ”w nor apparently does the Editor of the Eagle. In vain we pointed out to him that we have had only a few days ski—ing on indifferent snow, that it was too early to make any forecasts about the Regimental Ski Team's chances of success in the B.A.O.R. Cham— pionships, and that at the moment of going to press there was no snow this side of Moscow (Ou sont les neiges d’autan ?). So here, such as they are, are ski—ing notes for the season 1947—48. The Regiment is extremely lucky in being only an hour and a half from the Harz Leave Centreione of the two Leave Centres in B.A.O.R. After preliminary races at the end of November, enough snow was found by the first weekend in December for ski—ing to begin. About ten members of the Regiment who had skied before foregathered at Altenau that week— end as a Regimental Ski Team had to be found before December 15th. We are fortunate in having among recent reinforcements Tprs. Woods, Steere and Short from the 16/5 Lancers—all 0f/Wl1011} had represented their Regiment in B. l‘.A. These three with Capt. Houstoun, Lieut. Reud and I./Cpl. Ostrowski, who have skied before 1n places

as

Poland,

Pontresma

and

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painfully into the undergrowth. Twenty Officers pursue and throw themselves on to the trail of blood in the snow. Majors who had not been seen out of a trot for years are covering the. ground ventre a terre. Backwards and forwards the Officers hunt (Sgt. Evans has been sent on to the end of the ride to view him away.) Whoo— Whoop! here he is—the wretch—lying in a bush! Finished—Nol—he charges the Adjutant who clubs him with the butt end—another half dozen rounds and all is up. What a day ! At Sprakensehl the heaters shout loudly all the time: they are much that way. A three—legged hind has shot: some of us are led to believe that will be a lot of woodcock in March.

Notes

“TIME and the Surrey ’Ounds,” said Mr.

such

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1947

Langlauf races at the B.A.O.R. Championships. Apart from the old 'sweats, however, there have already been a number of enthusiastic newcomers to Winter Sports. Such notables as the Adjutant, equipped with the longest pair of ski in the Oberharz, and the brothers Miles (one step forward and two steps back) have already made their mark on the nursery slopes, and, it is understood, vice versa.

The German guides, making the whole thing seem ridiculously easy, give really good instruction. The slopes ring with the time honoured injunctions to “Bend more ze ker-nees ” and “ Schwing to re links ze botty.” The more proficient have, when the snow permitted it, been on several of the longer runs available in the area. So far the snow, or rather the absence of it, has

made the woodland pitches of the runs even more harrassing than usual: bare rocks loom up as one rounds every blind corner, and hidden roots are still near enough the surface to enmesh the ski of the unlucky, thereby occasioning many a “sitzmark” (impromptu bustle-over—hatpins evolution, a speciality of the Ski~ing Officer.) However, in spite of the manifold dangers, no bones have been broken so far, and it is

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