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1967 THE early part of this year was overshadowed by the death of Brigadier Tony Pepys who commanded the Regiment twice during the war and once subsequently and was our Colonel for ten years until 1964. In addition to his notable professional qualities and his thoroughly successful enthusiasm for all the concerns of the Regiment. he will be remembered as a man of evident kindliness and humour. His obituary. written by the Colonel of the Regiment. appears overpage. 1967 is seeing some pretty drastic surgery on the body of the British Army from which neither B.A.O.R. nor the Royal Armoured Corps has escaped intact. The blade-work is being effected under all sorts of headings: phased

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Editorial

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Obituary

Ski—ing

L’Oiseau en France

Football

The Regimental Association

Racing

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Boxing

Egg Jelly in the Bush

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Births

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whatever the heading, limbs of the khaki corporation have been dropping off all around us, sadly not excluding regimental friends of very long standing. Happily the Regiment has come through so far unscathed. the 1st Dragoons as always: long may we remain. Regrettably there exists no long term all risks insurance policy against involvement in reductions. but surely the best policy. to which we must subscribe, is professional emminence. What of Tangier. Balaclava and Waterloo. or Ypres and the Somme. or Alamein, Sicily and Normandy?

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None of these past successes puts any weight in today’s balance: battle honours just aren’t negotiable currency. What does surely matter is how we set about our task of the moment. Right now it is to contribute towards the security of western Europe against the threat of impressive military potential on the other side of the wire. and regardless of politicians’ mouthings. the new-look. slimline B.A.O.R. or the not invariably pointful time consumers that litter the pages of the Regimental Diary before even the Commanding Officer can lay his hands on it. that remains our purpose- The better we can fulfil that purpose and its relevant accessories. willingly and well. the better our chances of continuing unity. Certainly the environment of B.A.O.R.

verges on the ideal for losing track of our raison d’etre; very much a world of woods and trees. dogs and rabbits. The intervals between training periods are packed tight with a multitude of superimposed excitements, variously regarded as offering either ample opportunity or total confusion; perhaps reality lies somewhere in betweenv ample opportunity for total confusion. Meanwhile it’s great for making tomorrow seem like yesterday. Nevertheless. several days of the year are salvaged for strictly regimental amusements. The Colonel of the Regiment and Lady Fitzpatrick spent a few thoroughly enjoyable days with us in mid-March and Waterloo Day saw our first attempt at a simple Son et Lumiere presentation of the battle. The idea has lots of scope and next year a touch less Son (and rain) and rather more Lumiere are planned to aid the dramatic impact. But the object will remain of producing an uncomplicated portrayal of the event without involving too many people for too long. other than the Band, of course. on whose excellence it necessarily relies. A varied selection of visitors have stayed with us, notably men from the Ministry who came to judge the worth of the regimental system (no easy task in three days in peacetime in barracks). and a handful of university careers advisors who. accompanied by General Sir John Hackett. C.-in-C. B.A.O.R.. came into the field to see how well the beret might replace the mortar board. We offer a very warm welcome to 2/Lt. N. Wheeler and 2/Lt. R. N. O. Couper who have joined the Regiment this year. and bid farewell to Lt. A. H. Scott. Lt. J. M. Shepherd-Cross and 2/Lt. R. I. Smithers who have recently left us. Lastly, please accept the Editor’s apologies for the lateness of this issue. promised by my predecessor in office for July. In the 1965 editorial it was remarked that “it is no longer possible to go to press in the middle of the training season.” Certainly it is difficult!

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

Obituary NEVITABLY one thinks of Brigadier Tony Pepys in connection with the Regiment. The Royal Dragoons have had no more dedicated nor more active sup— porter within the memory of his contemporaries. This is by no means intended to imply that his life was entirely confined to Regimental affairs. He had a vast circle of friends in all walks of life, of all ages and with widely varying interests. He joined the Regiment in 1924 and served almost continuously with it. He first found himself in temporary command, albeit very briefly, on 27th December, 1941, when a single bombing attack caused the death of Colonel Heyworth and wounded the Secondin-Command, Major Joy. As the Adjutant at that time, I can testify to the inspiring effect of his leadership which was needed so much on that afternoon. He assumed command in September 1942, in time for the

Battle of Alamein, when the Regiment particularly distinguished itself. He was subsequently awarded the BSD. In November of that year he and Major Gosling were blown up on a mine in Agedebia, and as a result he lost the lower part of one leg. One

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The following two letters were among the very many messages of sympathy received by the Colonel of the Regiment:— From: Lt.-Col. M. G. Borwick 2nd February, 1967 Dear Desmond,

I read with great sadness this morning of the death of Tony Pepys. As he forbade any public appreciations of himself, I feel that I, as Chairman of The Greys Old Com-

rades’ Association, should express our deepest sympathy to you and all Royals. There never was a better soldier, Royal, or a finer gentleman. so, on behalf of all former Greys, I want, through you, to express our real sorrow on the death of a very great friend, whom so many of us knew and liked so well. Yours sincerely, MICHAEL BORWICK. Chairman, The Royal Scots Greys Association.

his active service, but by the

summer of 1944 he was back again with the Regiment which was by then serving in North-West Europe. In January 1945 he again took over command and had the satisfaction of participating in the liberation of Denmark where he made a number of lifelong friends. After a break at the Staff College in 1946 he reassumed command in February 1947 and remained with the Regiment for the next two years, after which he was promoted to command the 22nd Armoured Brigade (London Yeomanry Brigade). He became Colonel of the Regiment in 1954 and held this appointment for ten years. His Colonelcy was notable for the tercentenary celebrations and for the Regiment being granted the rights of a Privileged Regiment of the City of London. This latter honour was brought about entirely due to his own persistent efforts. He was a great sportsman, a very good friend and a fine officer. The Regiment and all his many friends will miss him greatly. G.R.D.F. it

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Brigadier The Lord Grimthorpe, O.B.E., A.D.C. 3rd February, 1967. My Dear General, We were so shocked to hear of Tony‘s death, I feel I must write to you to say what a great friend he had been for so many years and what a pillar of strength in so many ways in matters that we all hold on to with such affection, The Club, Field Sports, and, always—first—The Royal Dragoons. I spent so many happy evenings in his flat, surrounded by his splendid collection of Regimental pictures and mementoes, it is unbelievable I shall never go there again. I am sure you will write an obituary for him for the papers—please say what a wonderful friend he was for old and young. Yours ever, CHRISTIE, Deputy Commander, Headquarters, Malta and Libya.


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L’OISEAU EN FRANCE “ The Almighty, in His infinite wisdom. did not see fit to create Frenchmen in the inmge 0f Englishmen." W.S.C.. House of Commons, 10 December. 1942. This is not to say the French are better or worse than us; it is simply that they are different. For a start they eat snails, sparrows and frogs legs. In France a leg of lamb costs about £5 and a litre of wine 23. 3d. Food is a kind of religion to a Frenchman, and one

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house is quite an experience. It won’t really matter if you arrive 30-40 minutes after the time you were asked. On arrival you may be offered a glass of “porto,” as the French drink port before and never after dinner. Being foreigners. and very lowly ones at that. we are nevertheless always regarded as the guests of honour and placed accordingly at dinner. Everyone seems to speak at once on different subjects across the table, and very loudly. I feel much as I imagine a soldier would under a heavy cross—fire with occasional ricochets coming his way. One has to be very brave to leave cover and intercept; whenever I do work out a sentence in time and actually produce it at the right moment. a general ceasefire ensues and I am left stammering out my French in silence. After two hours or more of this concentration, always remembering to hang on grimly to your one and only knife and fork throughout the five or six courses. one needs to relax and go on listening watch. How easy it is to switch off altogether and let the clouds of French roll over your head. After dinner, the girls are never asked if they would like to wash or spend a penny. All Frenchwomen are angels, which I find sometimes hard to appreciate. The signal to leave. and one must never depart earlier without appearing rude. is the arrival of the tinned orange juice. Once this is downed, quick march, au revoir; never is it the done thing to write and thank.

‘ Mad dog avec Englishman ’ We are regarded as slightly eccentric because we prefer to live in the country and not stuffed up in a tiny flat in town. Perhaps we are missing something, but we are cer-

tainly keeping alive in their minds the traditional ideas of an Englishman and his castle/ garden. Of course there are snags. We have no dustbin collection and so trail all our rubbish to the edge of an abyss and hurl it into the river below. This being at the bottom of our garden not only provides a death trap for the children, but smells and breeds mosquitoes, Our drains also smell. sometimes badly, sometimes worse, accord-

ing to the will of the prevailing wind; and worse still, we have some real live French

fleas (I normally don’t speak about these but by the time this Eagle is printed we shall be packing up anyway and not be preparing to welcome any further Regimental guestsl). They only appear in the dark, and many a sleepless night have we spent trying to catch the little beggars who, I believe, jump higher in proportion to their size than any other living creature. Not that that’s of any comfort! Even during the periods when we’re rid of them, one always imagines they’re around and automatically starts itching. I am sorry that I cannot tell you much about the military side of life, except that I know that no civilian clothes, dogs or women are ever seen inside the barracks. Special permission from the highest authority had to be sought by my mad English husband to be granted permission to take his mad English dog to the office. I doubt it will be granted again, since this particular young black labrador knocks over countless Colonels in the passage, tears up valuable documents, empties a mass of w.p.b.’s, spreads mud everywhere and is generally lost or out of master’s control. Of course there are differences: I don’t wonder. I know what the French think, for instance,

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system. tepid beed and food. (Whisky, on the other hand, is something else). It may be, however, that on our return, I will be

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The Regimental Association Honorary Secretary: Major C. W. J. Lewis, M.B.E., Home Headquarters, The Royal Dragoons, T.A. Centre, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey. Telephone: Croydon (01 688) 0734. EFORE giving details of the various activities of the Association during the past year. attention is drawn to the change of address of the Honorary Secretary. as shown at the head of these notes. Please do make a note of this. It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our late President. Brigadier A. H. Pepys. 0.5.0.; his loss will be most keenly felt in the Association. He will be sadly missed by us all, as he was always most kind. thoughtful, and with the interest of the Regiment and the Regimental Association always uppermost in his mind. We also have to record the death of the following old Royals and we offer our sincere sympathy to their families: Err-Trumpeter Major (Ben) Foster. ex-Farr,’Sgt. (Charlie) Heath,

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Between

the World Wars, all Asmciation functions were normally held here. when it was the HQ. of the Westminster Dragoons, and our

thanks are due to The Royal Yeomanry Regiment for allowing us to come back. The first function was held on lst April, when the draw for the Grand National Sweepstake was held, followed by a dance at which the Band of The Middlesex Yeomanry entertained us. Due to a slight mix-up in the bookings of the hall. we had to make some last minute changes, as the hall was in use by the BBC. for their recording of “Dr. Findlay's Casebook.” but except that some members may have required some prescriptions for throat trouble the following morning. it was not necessary for the famous “Doctor” to Show his skill on the evening. Prior to the draw and dance, the Annual General Meeting of the Association was held, at which our President very kindly took the chair, taking the opportunity to thank the Committee for their hard work which had resulted in the Association being so well supported.

toast of “ The Regimental Association,” the Commanding Officer said how much they and enjoyed the visit of the Regimental Association party to Detmold in June. 1966. and that he was hoping that it would be possible to repeat this visit in 1968. The proposed dates cannot be given until the training commitments of the Regiment are known. On the Sunday following the annual reunion. the parade and service of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades’ Association took place in Hyde Park, when H.R.H. Princess Margaret took the salute. Despite the inclement weather, the Regimental saws: ' i t. m... :5 ._. 3': ~

muster was extremely good. with a total of almost 100 on parade, This year the Regimental wreath was carried on parade by tax-R.S.M. J. Edwards. This was quite a memorable week-end, and a noticeable feature of this year’s reunion was the reappearance of several old and wellknown faces in our ranks. and we do hope that this trend will continue. This year brings the 251h Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein. and we shall be organising a dance at Elverton Street on Saturday. let October, so do keep this date clear for this function. Again the cost of this dance will be borne by the Social Club. ;.

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Unfortunately, the drill hall at Elverton

Street is not large enough for the annual reunion dinner, but we were most fortunate to be able to have the use of the Queen’s Royal Rifies’ drill hall in Buckingham Gate. This is situated very centrally. and convenient for most members, and we would like to record our thanks to the Queen’s Royal Rifles for their help. The reunion was again a great success, and a total of 192 members sat down to dinner. We were delighted to

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welcome Lt,-Col. P. D. Reid, the Command-

ing Officer, and also R.S.M. J. S. Clark and his party of 45 members from the serving Regiment. Proposing the toast of “The Royal Dragoons.” our President said that he had recently visited the Regiment; he was most pleased with the high morale of the Regiment and said that they were in very good heart. Replying to the toast and proposing the

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ANNUAL REUNION, 1967 V‘HE

following

members

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guests

attended the annual reunion. 1967:

Lieut.-General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick. K.C.B., 1).s.o.. M.B.E.. M.C. (presiding). and Lady Fitzpatrick. Brigadier R. Heathcoat Amory. M.C..

Colonel K. F. Timbrell. C.B.E., M.c.. Lt.-Col. A.

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North.

Lt.-Col. and Mrs. P. D. Reid. Major P. W. F. Arkwright. Major J. E. R. Bowlby, Major A. B. T. Davey. Major E. F. Gosling. Major and Mrs. C. W. J. Lewis and daughter,


Major and Mrs. M. Noble. Major and Mrs. E. L. Payne. Major D, S. A. Boyd. Major and Mrs. D. M. Rogers. Capt. F. C. D. Green. Capt. P. T. Keightley. Capt. M. Kinshott. Capt. P, T. Miles, Capt. N. H. Morgan. M.V.0.. M.M.. Capt. H. De Pinna Weil. Capt. J. G. HamiltonRussell. Lt. G. R. H. Chamberlain. Lt. A. N. D. Bols. Lt. R, W. Pride. Lt. E. C. York. Mr. and Mrs. D. Brennan. Mr. and Mrs. W. H, Butler. Mr. and Mrs. J. Burrows. Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Bonhomme. Mr. J. T. Brown. Mr. C. A. Bowles. M.M.. Mr. E. Banks. Mr. S. W. Bird. Cpl. Barrett. Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Brown. Mr. A. Cole-Evans. D.C.M., S.S.M. Crabb. R.S.M. Clark. Mr. L. Doust. Mr. W. Delhanty. Mr. D. H. Douglas. Mr. and Mrs, A. G. Drury. Mr. A. P. Drinnan. Mr. J. Edwards. Cpl. Falvey, L/‘Cpl. Freeman. Mr. and Mrs. J. Griffiths. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Griffin. Mr. and Mrs. H. Grace. Mr. K. Gardner. Sgt. Harty, Mr. H. A. Hatherill. Mr. S. Harris. Mr. H. M. Healey. S/Sgt.

Hall. Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Johnson. Sgt. and Mrs. J. King, Mr. M. M. Kelly. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Locke. Mr. H. Lambert. Mr. P. Law— rence and guest. Mr. J. C. Moreton, Mr. P. C. Moreton. Mrs. E. Mander. S.Q.M.S. MacKay. Mr. and Mrs. R. McBride. Mr. S. H. Morgan. Cpl. Murphy. Mr. H. Norris, Mr. J. Ovens. Mr. and Mrs. J. Pulford, Mr. and Mrs. E. Parkin. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Payne and guests. Mr. E. Pearson. Cpl. and Mrs. J. Proctor. Mr. R. W. Rogers. Mr. J. Roberts. R.S.M. and Mrs. P. Ranson. Mr. G. J. Skeets. Mr. T. R. Simpson. Cpl. Sweeney. Mr. J. Stirling, Mr. J. B. Stone, Mr. R. W. Siriet. Mr. and Mrs. N. Slade and guests. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. T. Stacey. Mr. B. Turp. R.V.M., Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas and guests. Mr. E. G. Vaughan. Mr. S. E. Wood. S.S.M. Wood. Sgt. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Willgoss and guests, Mr. and Mrs. P. Wickenden and guests. Mr. N. H. Willison. Plus forty—two members of the serving regiment.

iHOCKEY Regiment Wins B.A.O.R. Six-a-Side Trophy

EGG JELLY IN’fflE BUSH FEEL I should explain the meaning of the term “egg jelly’ to those who are not familiar with the Australian language. Their language is called ‘ Strine,’ and ‘egg jelly’ is their way of saying ‘actually.’ Unfortunately, I am blessed with this as a name. having previously punctuated every sentence with the word ‘ actually.’ I have since eliminated the word entirely from my limited vocabulary, but I seem doomed to be stared at with suspicion by anyone hearing me addressed for the first time.

giving a more than realistic account of life as an A.D.C. to a British Governor in

On the loose I had always wanted to see more of Australia than just Tasmania and flying visits to Sydney and Brisbane, so I was granted leave to drive round Australia in my impractical black English Mini. I left Government House with considerable apprehension. which proved well founded as a wheel fell off before I reached Devonport where I hoped to board the ferry to Melbourne. After spending a day in Melbourne. I tried to leave for Sydney, but managed to lose my way in

Australia, and in whose footsteps I was to

Melbourne, mainly due, I think, to the trams

follow. During my first day at Government House I was entrusted with the relatively simple task of meeting a distinguished bishop and his chaplain and presenting them to His Excellency in his study, and thereafter to remain in my office until required to show them out. Unfortunately. His Grace had a chaplain more advanced in years than himself and I succeeded in confusing their appointments and presented the chaplain as the bishop and the bishop as the chaplain. After retiring in disgrace into my office. I was shortly rung for to see the bishop to his car. Hastening to make amends. I marched the venerable gentleman away and. opening a large door, thinking it to be the front door. stood back for the bishop. who marched forward with a firm step straight into the ladies ‘loo.’

which constantly threatened my survival, and I was forced to take another route. I stopped at a garage to ask the way only to meet a large Alsatian which removed several portions of my anatomy. assuming me to be a thief. After these slight setbacks all went well and, having successfully negotiated Sydney without hitting anything. I arrived in Brisbane a week later. After four days of extreme luxury and comfort at Government House, I drove due north and into the bush for the first time. Roads in the outback are not roads as we know them, but are usually rutted with deep corrugations which the small wheels of my Mini Violently disliked. Staying at two cattle stations on the way. I volunteered to do anything I could to help (as one normally does) expecting nothing further to come of it. In Australia this is not

You rang, sir? Not long ago an article appeared in The Eagle, written by an officer of the Regiment.

The Regimental team had high hopes of a very successful season, due mainly to the pre-season build-up. The Regiment played twelve games winning all. In the B.A.O.R. Cup first round we played 42nd Regiment R.A.7a good team—but we did expect to win. This was a very good and evenly contested match. After full and extra time the game ended in a one goal draw. The replay took place at the gunners ground and we lost 2 goals to nil. Not to be out done, the six-aside team put in some very hard training under S.S.M. Woods and Sgt. McMahon. The Regiment which we had doubts about was 7 Signal Regiment, who in fact can boast no less than four Army and seven Royal Signals players and was the team that had put us out last season. As it was we did meet 7 Signals and won this match 2 goals to nil in the 4 Division qualifying round. The following is a record of the games played in the Six-a-Side BA.O.R. Trophy by the Regimenu;

4 Division Northern Section Royals v. 2 Signals Royals v. 4 Ac. Workshop Royals v. 7 Signals Regiment 4 Division Semi-Finals Royals v. 14/20 Hussars Royals v. 14 Field R.A. Royals v. 4 Div. Engineers B.A.O.R. Royals Royals Royals

Finals v. 16 Signal Regt. v. 5 Fd Regt. R.A. v. 4 Div. Engineers

B.A.O.R. Final Game Royals v. 4 Div. Engineers B.A.O.R. Six—a-Side Champions The Royal Dragoons Team S/Sgt. Bryan, Sgt. McMahon, Sgt. Greatrex. Cpl. Melbourne. Cpl. Birt, L/Cpl. McEvoy, Cfn. Searles. Cfn. Musgrove.

As can well be imagined, my term of office ended rather earlier than expected, but I would prefer to think that it was because His Excellency returned to England for medical treatment.


the case, and every night I went to bed worn out and exhausted.

“A”

More loosely on the loose

Squadron

Eventually I got to Cairns, the northern-

most town on the Great Barrier Reef. and then headed inland for Darwin. via Mount Isa, the world’s largest copper mine. I suffered a slight setback en route for Mount Isa, breaking all four shock absorbers by driving into a large hole to avoid a kangaroo considerably larger than my car. I was delayed for three days waiting for spare parts to be flown out but. apart from severe overheating problems, I reached Darwin safely Darwin is the capital of the Northern territories. gateway to the north, and has the highest alcohol consumption per head in the world~at least it seemed like it. Staying in Darwin raised problems as for the first time since leaving Tasmania I had to find somewhere to live. having previously either stayed with friends or just laid down on the side of the road (which is the only alternative when you are hundreds of miles from any human habitation). Luckily, the Salvation Army came to my rescue, which I felt was justifiable having listened to their music. Unfortunately time was running short so I was unable to stay long enough to be converted and left two days later for the Kimberleys, the great cattle country of Western Australia. Miraculously, my car managed to keep going, often averaging between 10 and 15 miles per hour for days on end. At times the heat during the day made driving impossible and I drove at night with only President Sukarno’s political broadcasts on my wireless for company. Leaving Katherine, the road deteriorated to such an extent that I was often forced to drive in between the gum trees to avoid the rocks and stones which a car with a fourinch ground clearance could not attempt, even with a sump guard and the best will in the world. Three days later I reached Wyndham, which has little claim to fame apart from having the highest temperature in the world. Here I was filled with optimism by a garage mechanic who remarked that my Mini was the first he had seen with an engine in it! Leaving Wyndham with nothing but enough water to survive for a week I set off

Cheating !

for Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek where I took my car to the garage hoping to cure the terrible knockings which the engine had developed. They offered me a substantial sum for my car, being rather short of scrap metal at the time. but I refused because the next aircraft was not due for a week. Realising the shortcomings of my car, having somehow staggered on to Derby. I managed to find a driver who was prepared to take my car on the back of his vast transporter to Port Headland. He agreed on the understanding that he would not be liable if the car fell off and that I gave him two bottles of whisky. Naturally, I accepted this proposition. little realising that 1 would be sitting on the transmission hump for the following thirty-six hours. At last I reached Government House without being turned away at the main gate. Selling my car raised few problems, thanks to high octane aviation spirit in the petrol tank, black boot polish on the scratches and a very stupid salesman who believed me when I said the car had been well looked after and never been off the main roads. THANK YOU! The Editor wishes to thank all those who have contributed notes and articles in this issue. Keep up the good work in time for the next.

The Editor welcomes interest and photographs.

articles

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In spite of the fact that The Eagle is now published twice a year, it would seem as easy as in previous editions to fill the first paragraph of the Squadron notes with the many welcomes and goodbyes that have taken place since August. Let it suffice to say a general welcome to all those who have entered, suitcases in hand, through the impressive portals of the Squadron block, and a general farewell to all those who have left to take up ‘ directorships,’ and au revoir to those whom we might see back in the Squadron at some later date. One of the last is, we hope, Major Arkwright who commanded the Squadron for a very successful eighteen months, and for whom we gave a quiet party in early February. The highlight of the last eight months was Exercise “Queen Cobra.” We did not care for the constant witdrawals we were forced to do over the first few days, however, we really found our forte in a series of spectacular advances in the second week. Second Troop succeeded in cutting off a large party of enemy at one point, but the subsequent slaughter was stopped by the umpires. Tpr. Emberson managed to set light to Major Arkwright’s tank whilst refuelling but. luckily for both, the Squadron Leader’s sleeping bag remained intact. The area around Munster seemed rich with game and it was noticed that First Troop’s tanks were always well festooned; it was the writer’s pleasureable experience to have tasted one of Tpr. Bull’s jugged hares~a meal ‘par excellence.’ Those of us who didn’t know the origin of the Sergeant Major might have been excused for believing him to be a French peasant, for he was frequently seen in typically French garb riding a very old bicycle (lent by the Squadron Leader) for the purpose of some illicit spying; only the strings of onions were missing.

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“ 0h goody, Compo!" S.S.M. Watorski, Lt. C. M. F. Scott and S.Q.M.S. Mackay check the rations.

UEI and Admin. followed a short time after “ Queen Cobra.” Everyone worked hard for a good report on the tanks and an even better one on the Admin. The rooms were again decorated by the living-in members of the Squadron, and they were without exception quite amazingly well done. All are to be congratulated and, in particular, Tprs. Batchelor and Drennan who won the room competition. In the sporting line the Squadron has been successful in winning both Divisions of the football league, the two teams being ably captained by L/Cpl. Crabbe and by Cpl. Brown. We also won the orienteering, being represented by 2/Lt, Wheeler, Sgt. Burroughs and Tprs. Gregory and Frampton. We all enjoyed the two Trackless exercises held in March, and we were staggered how quickly Royal Dragoons can walk when put to it. Of course there were accusations of crews getting lifts and of catching the train to Altenbeken, but no one believed they were founded on any fact!

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Close Leaguer during autumn training.


too cold for them and were sent EREw L/Cpl. Dufton to Cyprus and Tpr. Greenfield to Aden. We shall undoubtedly hear a lot of banging on from Greenfield when he

(CB9)

returns.

Squadron

Major Boucher sending for the barber.

Editor: Your notes for The Eagle; they’re late again. Sqn Ldr: Go away, I’m busy. Editor: So am I. Sqn Ldr: That makes two of us. I wonder what everybody else is doing? Editor: Writing notes—they're late too. Sqn Ldr: But I’ve only just finished writing _them . . . Editor: Yes, I know, but that was for last year.

At this stage it was recalled that we now go to Press twice a year, and last year has suddenly become this year. So out came last year’s desk diary, and for some reason it opened at 9th December where someone had written “ Gas Chamber for ‘B’ Squadron.” What had we done to deserve this? Could it have been because we had let all those bulls loose on Exercise “ Queen Cobra?” But I am getting ahead of myself. Last year’s notes ended with our having returned from Larzac and preparing for the Brigade’s exercise. Gradually people started returning from leave, courses, Wertach. and

all the thousand and one other places that seem to be popular at that time of the year. However, by the first week in September the

Squadron was complete and Sunday, llth September. saw the start of the Autumn training. This was an excellent exercise lasting a fortnight and taking place in the Munster/Warendorf area. In the second week the Squadron was detached for three days and worked with l RHF, with whom we struck up an excellent understanding. The most notable occasion on the exercise was the incident of the bulls when one unfortunate farmer had his herd of young bulls loosed three times within the space of three days. Everyone seemed to think it was our fault although we hotly protested our innocence. The winter months were now approaching and with them came the usual rush of regimental courses. Within the Squadron we achieved excellent results on these: Tprs. Shaugnessy and Godding both received good reports on a Bill Gunnery Course; Tprs. Shepherd, Morley and Bailey all passed a Driver AFV BIII Course, and Tprs. 429 Williams and Spice passed a Signals AFV BIII Course. Five members of the Squadron also managed to get themselves upgraded to BI, Cpl. Garvey by attending a Signals AFV BI Course and Tprs. Smith, Thomson, Ayres and Marshall by attending a Drivers AFV BI Course. We congratulate the following on their promotions: Sgt. Weeks, Sgt. Wilkins, Cpl. Garvey and Cpl. Lisney, and more recently L/Cpl. Craig. During the winter months two members of the Squadron decided that Germany was

The winter months came and went as did UEI and FFR. The Squadron acquitted itself well on both these inspections, especially so as most troop leaders and troop sergeants were away either on courses or instructing on courses. All junior NCOs and troopers are to be congratulated on the hard work they put in during these months. Now we have just returned from two weeks troop training at Soltau. This was an extremely valuable fortnight, and although the Squadron did not obtain such good results on the Troop Tests as last year we all learnt a lot. The points that stick in the memory are firstly 4th Troop arising like Phoenix from the ashes at 3 o’clock on the second morning of the Troop Tests and gamely struggling on in an attempt to complete the course, and secondly the strange

“There‘ s a place for you in today’s Army!”

case of the missing Dozer. Enough said on that! It is worthwhile here saying a special thank you to our fitters who, under the able leadership of W.O.II Bumfrey and Sgt. Traynor, worked wonders in keeping our tanks on the road. It is said that they are delighted with the new voice procedure because that is more or less what they used to use anyway. Movement within and out of the Squadron has been kept to a minimum, although we welcome our new Squadron Leader Major

Boucher, who ha? just completed two years as DAAG in Malta. In the sporting events for this year we have made an excellent start by winning the Buckley Trophy for the inter-Squadron boxing when in a very exciting evening we just pipped “ C ” Squadron. The team was Tpr. Williams, Capt. Lockhart, Lt. Chamberlain, Tpr. Way, Tpr. Craig, Tpr. Swannel, Cpl. Murphy, Tpr. Blackwell, Tpr. Clarke, L/Cpl. Taylor and Tpr. Pennings. Sgt. Bell was the trainer, manager and chief second.

S.Q.M.S (now 5.5.M.) Woods finds spud-bashing thirsty work.

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§q999119n T must happen soon. now that The Eagle is coming out every six month, someone is going to ask for Squadron notes, but this time we will have stolen a march on them! Everyone is either on leave or a course, guarding the nuclears at Sennelager or ski-ing at Wertach; R.H.Q. isn’t breathing down our necks, so we can settle down and write this. (Eight weeks later: I found this in my drawer at the time our new Secondin-Command. Capt. Aylen, arrived and announced he was the Editor of The Eagle)! One Exercise . . . We last went to press just before Exercise “Queen Cobra.” This was a Brigade autumn exercise, ourselves and 1 R.H.F. versus 3rd Carabiniers and 3 Queens The exercise took place in the flat country around Munster—not ideal tank country, with a number of narrow roads, streams, bogs and weak bridges. Callsign 33 carried out a very dashing advance, outflanking the enemy and surprising their SHQ and Echelon having lunchfithe only snag was the bridge which gave way on one side! There was obviously a jinx on our radio on this exercise, with S.H.Q. suffering very much more than its fair shareiyou name the fault, we had it. We understand that Lt. Brook is still trying to contact a sufficiently large glazier firm; that farmhouse did once have glass in its windows! At the end of the exercise we lost our Second—in-Command, Captain Connell—we wish him well in his new job, doing trials at the F.V.R.D.E. ranges at Kirkcudbright.

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Br'gadier P. J. Howard-Dohson and Major Boncher. .

L/Cpl. Freeman.

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Ready for count-down—Lt. Wrigley.

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Tpr. Crittenden, who left his gas mask behind.

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Tpr. Ayros snatching a quick brew.

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. . . after another S.H.Q. and most of the Troop Leaders and Sergeants spent the next fortnight umpiring the Scots Greys and 11 Brigade on Exercise “Eternal Triangle." whilst A.Q.M.S. Brooker (congratulations on your promotion!) and the rest of the Squadron got the tanks ready for Exercise “Check Mate,” in which we went as an independent Squadron under command of the Canadian Brigade, This was quite an experience—

The Importance of Being Earnest—Capt. Aylen, L/Cpl. Ford and Major Boyd.

1 P.P.C.L.I.’s 3-ton canteen wagon was a most welcome visitor to our hide while the deployment phase of the exercise was taking placeiperhaps the S.Q.M.S. could follow this example! S.Q.M.S. Poulter got on excellent terms with his opposite numbers and soon arranged to acquire most of the P.P.C.L.I.’s more attractive 61098 items. Callsign 38 had a most exciting battle and claims to have knocked out half a squadron of enemy tanks with his Browning. It was during the early stages of this exercise that the Squadron did a night move which in— cluded the fording of a river: the first two or three tanks had no trouble, but after that they got stuck in the one short clay stretch. The ’dozer and A.R.V. had crossed first and both did noble work and got the whole Squadron across. The Squadron Leader had several anxious moments for not only did we have to cross the ford but it was our only route of withdrawal when the enemy might well be pressing us! However, the return trip was successfully completed the following day; no losses were sustained and we knocked out two-thirds of an enemy Squadron into the bargain. so it was well worthwhile. Returning from the exercise everyone worked extremely hard to get the tanks ready for CIthuite a lot of midnight oil was burnt (3rd Troop?), but all troops achieved excellent results. Mr. Smithers decided that he couldn’t take it any more and departed for the fleshpots of civilian life in London (before the CIV!). We understand he has since put on quite a bit of weight. Lt. Hewson took Cpl. Livingstone, L/Cpl. Hughes 15


and L/Cpl. Coleman off to Bovington for six months to do Chieftain Trials. Congratulations to Sgts. Straw and Cook on their promotion (Sgt. Cook has now gone to reinforce “A” Squadron) and also to Cpls. Davis and Fullick. The establishment of Lance Corporals has now been increased— congratulations to the following on their joining the Corporals’ Mess: L/Cpls. Williams (who boxed very well in the B.A.O.R. meeting and who will be representing B.A.O.R. shortly), McEvoy (whom we are sorry to lose to Reece Troop), Sproats (who is now a Clerk BI and 432 Ambulance Commander par excellence~he now runs H.Q. Squadron), Haynes. Hughes. Coleman, Tucker, Barber. Hamilton, Rudge and Styles (whom we welcome back from Tech). We are sorry to say goodbye to Cpl. O’Dwyer. Dunkin, Rantell, L/Cpl. Savage. and wish them good luck in Civvy Street, also Hourigan who is now with UNFICYP in Cyprus. Ye Olde Bucket is going from strength to strengthiour new infra red grill is a great success and increased our turnover considerably. We have now knocked a hole in the wall and the old S.H.Q. Troop Store is being made into a ‘Basha’ Dining Room. We have recently held a couple of Families’ Nights with buffets provided by Cpl. McGill fithese were enjoyed by everyone and we look forward to more in the future.

As these notes are completed we have just returned from our stint of two weeks’ troop training at Soltau which went off very well. It was good to see the Squadron setting about the programme with lots of enthusiasm; the Fitter Troop did thoroughly well to keep everything going and largely thanks to them all crews took a full part in all the training. The fortnight was rounded off by the Inter-Troop Tests, in which lst and 2nd Troops are to be particularly congratulated on being 2nd and 3rd overall. 3rd Troop. led by Sgt. Heath, wasted a lot of time (in fact most of the night) practising hull down positions in soft country, but the A.Q.M.S. was delighted to give the ARV a bit of exercise. Now we are hard at it preparing for our move back to Hohne (what. again!) at the end of June for the annual firing followed by another couple of weeks’ training. Sports—wise we have made a good start to the year. We won the inter-Squadron hockey shield, beating “B” Squadron 2—1 in a very closely fought final. We came second in the inter-Squadron sports pentathlon, beaten only by H.Q. Squadron who shut up shop for the day and produced a strong team. Our basket-ball team then went on to reach the final of the Brigade sports pentathlon meeting, a thoroughly creditable effort.

Sgt. Matthew looking for trouble. Sgt. Straw. Tpr. Shirley pumping up the tyres. 34A moves up. The Corps Commander visiting Troop Training.

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L./Cpl. Blundell, Sgt. Heath, Capt. Aylem L/Cp]. Ford and Cpl. Livingstone discuss the ‘big picture.’

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Sgt. Melia relaxes after a bit of gardening.

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L/Cpl. Blundell ‘listens out.’

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Sgt. Hayes, Tpr. Allen, Tpr. Smith, L/Cpl. Styles.

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S.S.M. Simpson with Tprs. Overton and Kennard in the Club.

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“ C ” Squadron party in full swing.

Tpr. Starling. L/‘Cpl, Grant and Tpr, Sayers. Tpr. Scott working flat out. “Droop.” or what the Gunnery School shouldn’t see, L/Cpl. Hughes. L/Cpl. Coleman. Lt. Hewson, Tpr. O’Connor, L/Cpl. Bolt. Sgt. Weeks. Q.M.’s Lackey. Capt. Ayrton and Tpr.

Stevens. “The Eyes and the Ears " tight shut in Denmark.


Reece Troop ANKS have never been a popular word in Reece circles, but even we were surprised when eight out of the fifteen men who left the Troop at the end of last season managed to avoid going back into them; in fact most of the stores, clubs and rest-rooms in the Regiment are now run by ex-Recce men. We received a new ‘standard load ’ of soldiers at the beginning of the year, and with their arrival the average height of the Troop sank to 5 ft. 5 in.—it is rumoured that Tpr. (Tiger) Lyons is still the only soldier in the Regiment to have built-up heels on his DMS boots. Sgt. Edwards has joined us from “A” Squadron, and as he very ably instructed the driving course we feel that he should survive the season. We began the year with crew trainingi usually a simple enough affairfbut this year we were presented with a new angle on ‘ The Perfect Chauffeur ’ by Tpr. Reid who, having been a pedestrian all his life. preferred to remain one and so drove his Scout car along the pavements instead of the roadsehe looks forward to a successful first season as a commander. By an overwhelming majority it was voted to remove Tpr, Notridge from the driver’s seat and put him in the turret; we feel that there is now a considerably better chance that we will finish the year with sixteen cars instead of fifteen and one wreck as we did last year. Tpr. Rixon’s car has been re-named the Torrey Canyon as the threat of oil polution from it is far more permanent than its namesake. Cpl. Simms and L/Cpl. Desatels still form our R.E.M.E. backing together with their tool box of varying sized hammers, but unfortunately they look like losing their mobile ‘Gin Palace’ —the international half-trackeas it is step-’ ping down in favour of more modern equipment.

This year the Troop is being cut down to twelve cars instead of the usual sixteen. which will make life considerably easier and we should now be able to keep the twelve permanently on the road as we will have a pool to choose from.

To Denmark Just before the Troop started the new training season at Soltau we all drove up to Denmark where we stayed for two weeks with the Jutland Dragoons at Holstebro; the Royals were last there at the end of the War when we were the first allied Regiment to liberate the town. This undoubtedly accounted for the fantastice welcome and hospitality that was shown to us during our time thereithe local Press also taking a great interest in our visit. We were attached to one of their Reece Squadrons for the period; however, not all the time was spent

on military matters for we played them at every game common to both countries and a few that weren’t quite so common! The results of most of these matches are better left unpublished but we did manage to beat them at bowling, darts (which they don’t play!) and we reckon that we would have beaten them at cricket if they’d had a pitch! On the extra-mural side of life. most of our forty crates of beer went in the first fortyeight hours followed equally fast by most of our money, and as the Danish conscript gets less money than we do the start of the second week was—by Royals standardsirather dry. Tpr. Holmes, in an attempt to make his fortune, took a few thousand cigarettes to Denmark and immediately sold every one of them to the Danes; however, by the time the end of the second week came around, he had run out of all his money and all his cigarettes so had to borrow from a friend in order to buy back some of his own cigarettes at an increased price! The two weeks were an unqualified success from our point of view and many friends were made; unfortunately Danish Regiments do not seem to visit us in a similar manner and so we may not have an opportunity to repaying them.

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Tech Troop RE-GROUPING TO use a military term. the troop is re‘

grouping.

Since the last notes were

written considerable changes have taken place. Capt Ayrton has left to take over ‘ Boots and Socks.’ leaving the ‘Nuts and Bolts ’ to Capt. Williams, who arrived just in time to take part in the Christmas festivities. Mr. Titmarsh sits in the T.Q.M.S.’s chair and has now fully recovered from last year’s visit to Larzae. S.Q.M.S. Louch has swopped his FAMTO set-up for Sgt. Hunt’s G 1098 store and they are both currently using the ‘ new broom ’ technique to great advantage. Tpr. Henson has newly arrived to fill the hole left by L/Cpl. Styles who went to “C” Squadron Tech on his promotion. The FAMTO staff, under Sgt. Hunt, still remains the same efficient team, though their

mobility has been improved by works study and the fact that Tpr. Pyne is now a qualified driver. L/Cpl. Jordan and Tpr. Biekmore

continue to provide MT spares at short notice and have both been known to go to the correct bin first time. On the office side Cpl. Brandon still renders the returns aided and abetted by Tpr. France and Tpr. Brownless who recently rejoined us from E.R.E. at Bovington. Tpr. Donovan left us on marriage—as some one put it “ He has gone to a cushy base job in ‘ B ’ Squadron Office.” The petrol for the Regiment is still being humped around by the brothers L/Cpl. and Tpr. Heal. The arrival in the Regiment of the new Stalwart vehicles with their highlevel load carrying platforms has created problems and new muscles for them. Let us hope that by the end of the training season the troop returns to barracks fitter and wiser in the methods of keeping the Regiment supplied with the endless spares required to keep our vehicles rolling.

Regimental Orderly Room Those of you who have been waiting for the follow-up to our last literary masterpiece, published in 1827, may be surprised to hear that there have been a few changes in the staff since then. But as we are rather pushed for space here, I shall just record the events since the last publication of this magazine. We welcome W.O.I. H. S. Weaver, B.E.M._ and Mrs. Weaver to the Regiment and to this department, and hope that they will both enjoy themselves with us. With his arrival, Sgt. Wennell will now have to think up a different excuse for his arriving home late! Other arrivals to our distinguished midst include L/Cpl. Munro (back from the Troop rest home in Cyprus) and Tprs. Swannell. Weston and Hulett. The latter two are excrewmen, and have now settled down in R.H.Q. It is only occasionally that they turn up for work in the morning dressed in denims, and the only thing to bring a tear

to their eyes is the mention of ‘NAAFI wagon ’ or ‘tank park.’ We say farewell to S/Sgt. Muir, who has left us for greener pastures at Bovington. He is now employed in a clerical capacity at Armour School, and not as some people think, as Curator of the R.A.C. Museum. There has been a tendency of late to try to change the Orderly Room Staff sport of Egyptian P.T. to that of Bobsleigh, but regrettably it is announced that this has proved unsuccessful. We found the course at the end of R.H.Q. passage unmanageable at high speed. and the payment of building a banked curve to overcome this cannot now be provided by P.R.I. funds. Finally, to those of you who have queried our prowess at training in the field. it is confirmed that all of us have now succeeded at having ‘ attended ’ at least one Regimental exercise since the Regiment arrived in B.A.O.R.


coming along well, and at the time of going to print an excellent result is expected. We would like to welcome Bdsm. Williams, White and Willis to the fold, also to congratulate Bdsm. Tenderowicz and Davidson on getting married and L/Cpls. Brittain and Mexter on their promotion. We are glad to report that L/Cpl. Meikle (our Jim) seems to have given up the ghost and is now lavishing all his affection (and spare time) on a newly purchased auto. Bdsm. Goodwin is at the moment attending a course at the Royal Military School of Music and we are looking forward to his return to swell the ranks. Bdsm. Skews is still trying to pass his driving test and at the last attempt got as far as the rear gate of camp where he pranged his Land Rover into one of the posts. He has since made amends by winning the Commanding Officer’s Silver Trumpet for the

THE BAND The Band has once more had a very busy season keeping the morale of the Regiment and the German civilian population at a high level. Clarion Lyonaise The eight Herald Trumpeters returned to France as one of the first tasks after the last edition, to perform at the British Trade Fair. They played fanfares specially composed for the occasion by Trumpet-Major Shearn at the opening of the fair, and later offered a further composition of his at the Opera House in the presence of their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent, who appeared to be delighted by the music gusting in their direction by the Silver Trumpets.

second year running. The annual Silver Trumpet Competition was held on the 5th December and our gratitude is extended to the R.S.M. for allowing it to be held in his Mess. The results were as follows:# 1. Bdsm. Skews 171.83 2. Bdsm. Chatwin 164.00 3. Bdsm. Graver 155.17 Two supernumerary trumpeters were promoted to the Guard Roll:— 1. Bdsm. Martin 131.67 2. Bdsm. White 125.00 In conclusion it should be recorded that the Band has made itself so at home here in Germany that the Bandmaster has now given up his lust for bagpipes and is now training the Trumpeters in the finer arts of Alpine Horn playing. TUTTI (Muted)

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Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Kent heralded by the Regimental Trumpeters at the opening of the British Trade Fair, Lyon.

It is strenuously denied that a diplomatic inconvenience was caused when the customs at the border found various national flags in the baggage of the Trumpet Major and Sgt. Watts. We have also not been forgotten in

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the Detmold area giving concerts at Bad Pyrmont, Bad Meinberg and Bad Salzufien, where we were favourably received. It is commonly thought that we are the only Band who can keep a German audience rocking left to right at a steady 120 for ten minutes or more when required. Schutzenfests in Gutersloh and Detmold have also been attempted: these were thoroughly enjoyed by the Band. with free beer flowing into the early hours of the morn— ing by which time a few suspect sounds had become audible. After the flap of the Christmas Concert had passed, and very successfully too, the Band settled down to prepare for the Kneller Hall inspection. S.S.M, Wood, on enquiring what that noise was from the practice room and hearing that it was scales, made that immortal remark, “Hmm. Nice.” The Bandmaster runs around with bits of paper saying, “What happens if we do a left wheel here. Staff?” Nevertheless. preparations are

RRlVALS and departures have been too numerous to mention all. but the most needed have been ASM. Mercer and S/Sgt. Town. The departures this coming season are alarming but we’re not dismayed. An old. welcome(?) face in Detmold has been

help in handing over the responsibilty for tels repair to us. We now have a new “ ballroom” for S/Sgt. Cleminson and his boys to repair their sets in, and we hope that Sgt. Gill will be happy now that he doesn’t have to slum it in 4 Armoured’s Tels Shop.

Major John Till. the E.M.E. of lpoh days,

who is now at 4 Armoured Workshop R.E.M.E. With the CO. and Second-inCommand both ex-E.M.E.s of the Regiment we should get lightning service. This winter we went mad and entered for almost every competition available. Our football team was quickly squashed in the first round of the Craftsman’s Cup by 9/12L L.A.D., but we made up for it by having five members in the Regimental Smallbore Team. which came seventh in B.A.O.R. and runners-up in the Brigade rally. Sgt. Traynor took a very fit team to S.T.C. Silberhutte for two weeks. A report four days later said that he was stuck up a tree. He quickly learnt to go round and not through them! There is no truth in the rumour that he is going again next year. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Royal Signals Troop for their

The “.0. Squadron Six-a-side Hockey Team, winners of the Brigade Pentathlon Meeting event.


A Case for Commission by Purchase T is not only the shape of hats or the 1 length of skirts which change with fashion. Equally subject to change are ideas, opinions and beliefs. A woman may look awkward in last week’s toque, but not perhaps as awkward as should her husband, tramping around in yesterday’s prejudice. No Victorian would have imagined that his beliefs would provide a target for criticism for the next fifty years. And it is possible that now, when democracies throughout the world are threatened by military coups. the system despised for a century as commission by purchase may once more be regarded with favour.

Dragoons. and to include in their number the four troops of the Tangier Horse, who were to be posted home. The Regiment was oflicered under the system now known as Commission by Purchase. It was a complicated system. and from the earliest days it was liable to corruption. An officer who commanded a Troop or a Regiment was paid according to a fixed establishment. As establishments are diflicult to compute exactly. and as military etl'ectiveness is not eauatable financially. it was possible to turn a Regiment into a lucrative business. Further. because paying the troops constitutes the final authority for employing them, it did mean that military power was not concentrated. but widely

The Origins A glance at the origins of the system is sufficient to point its advantages. In the middle of the seventeenth century Cromwell, at the head of a national army. dismissed Parliament and executed the King. The subsequent rule of this regicide was tiresome and oppressive enough to earn for martial law the traditional and deep—rooted dislike of every Englishman, and when the monarchy was eventually restored after Cromwell’s death. Charles II took steps to see that the possibility of military coups should be reduced: it was he who introduced the system of commission by purchase. King Charles is normally associated with spaniels, Nell Gwyn and Restoration comedy, but in between these pursuits he is recognised as having shown considerable political genius. His talent for creating civilised and effective institutions was remarkable. He created the Royal Society; the Royal Hospital. Chelsea; the modern Navy and. perhaps the most eflective and flourishing institution of all, the Royal Dragoons.

distributed.

The Bloodless Revolution Whatever the argument about corruption, it is probable that the revolution in 1688, known as the ‘Bloodless’ or ‘Glorious’ Revolution. which enthroned the Protestant King William III in place of the Catholic, King James II, was bloodless precisely because of this system. In any revolution it is the army which decides the issue, but it is the actual process of producing the verdict which decides whether the revolution will be peaceable. If the control of an army is concentrated in one hand, those who are not on the side of the army feel that their lives. their livelihoods, their families and their possessions may well be forfeit. But in 1688 the control of the army was vested in as many hands as there were political opinions. There was. of course. apprehension. but not the sort of terror which leads in so many revolutions to terrorism. People could afford to wait and see. The mood was right and to this moods the Royals contributed. It is usual for the Royals to solve difficult problems effectively and without fuss. The revolution of 1688 provided a problem of particular difficulty for the Regiment. and the Regiment showed particular skill in

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the instructions of the King the Regiment was raised by the Earl of Peterborough for service in Tangier. Raised under the name of the Tangier Horse in 1662, the Regiment arrived in its first overseas station in January. 1663.

Possibly also. because a man’s

life as well as his livelihood depended on the “firm ” he worked for. it was a system less amenable to corruption than a business conducted today under the Companies’ Act.

By 1683, however, overseas garrisons

had become as expensive and unpopular at home as they are today. and on 19th November, 1683, a commission was issued to John Churchill to raise the Royal Regiment of 24

solving it. The matter appears to have been arranged largely between the Colonel of the Regiment. John Churchill, the Commanding Officer, Viscount Cornbury. and

all these indignities the Regiment must acquiesce because its political influence ls limited.

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The Case Against To return to the original question. Why is commission by purchase so widely condemned? Perhaps because of the inefficient conduct of the Crimean War: perhaps the hatred of the Victorians for any system where corruption was possible; perhaps because of the organisational machine of von Moltke? The ministries, the staffs, the mobilisation plans, to these juggernauts such an independent system is anathema. But these are surface reasons. and there are two

Second-in-Command,

Major

Robert

Clillord. In November, 1688, the Duke of Orange sailed down the English Channel and landed on the coast of Devon. While Churchill remained in London. the Regiment, under Cornbury. moved to Salisbury to join the King’s forces in resisting the advance of Orange from the West. From Salisbury. on the night of 12th November. Cornbury set out with part of the Regiment to join the forces of the Duke of Orange. The remainder of the Regiment stayed at Salisbury under the command of Clifford and loyal to the King. These proportions reflected the dilemma between loyalty to one’s King and to one’s religion, and the defection of Cornbury was sufficient for James to recognise that flight was the only course left to him and eventually he escaped to France. The action of the Royals was timely, well judged and well executed; it saved England from a continuance of the civil war, bloodshed and religious slaughter which had been the curse of Europe for a century. The Regiment cannot take all the credit! Other regiments were involved, among them the Blues and the Eighth Horse. The robust good sense of Englishmen played a part in preventing hysteria and anarchy which, in such circumstances. too often occur. Experience suggests. however, that sense, efficiency and sound judgment are not sufficient to prevent massacre if the constitutional arrangement of power has its own builtin reasons for fear. It is suggested that the chief credit for the ‘bloodlessness’ of the 1688 revolution must go to the system which fragmented, but did not remove. the nation’s military power 7 to the system which is now known derogatorally as commission by purchase. Nor need the system be inefficient. Marlborough’s army was raised under it and was one of the best armies ever produced. Its administration was the envy of Europe. The means of controlling its political power were flexible, something which cannot be said of most armies today; the establishment could

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simpler, may be preferred. First most people learn history at an age when they have little experience from which to judge the merits of what they are told. History is taught, and normally written. not by soldiers and statesmen but by historians. If ever there was a case of the ‘ blind leading the blind.’ the learning of history is one. “ History,” as Henry Ford said, “is bunk.”

Secondeand infinitely more important~ the overwhelming horror with which a puritan nation discovered in 1843 that the price of commissions had been undercut acutally within the clandestine love-bed of the Commander-in-Chief. Finally, it is tempting to suggest that the seizure of governmental power by the military in Greece, a civilised and cultured

nation, in April of this year, might not have occurred had the total internal political influence of her army been diminished by a dispersion of the allegiances of its officers. a dispersion which could have been achieved by a system of purchasing commissions.

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Correspondence From: Ex-Farrier S/Sgt. B. Turp, R.V.M. January. 1967. Dear Editor. May I heartily congratulate you on the copy of our Eagle. It was a very good one, more so to me, the small paragraphs of jokes. 1 have read every copy of the Eagle since it made its first appearance whilst we were stationed in Lucknow. I was also interested in the article and photograph of the resting place of Capt. Tidswell. He was a grand chap, and it may interest old Royals who knew him that in the St. George’s Hospital (King Ward) there is a cot with

a plaque at its head which was given by the parents of Capt. Tidswell. I suppose you, like us, have just been enjoying Christmas gatherings. Well, I spent twenty-one years in the Regiment and I spent every one of my Christmases in the Regiment, my first being in December, 1902. Most of my Christmases were spent abroad in India, South Africa, France, and then Ireland. I don’t regret one single day I served in our Regiment, except the day I took my discharge. There is one outstanding event I had in my service, which occurred on the 24th March, 1918, when I had the pleasure of

drawing my sword and using it on the enemy in a grand charge we had that day. We were commanded by Major C. Turner, and we also had Lts. Darcey, Harris and the Hon. Cubitt. We unfortunately lost Mr. Cubitt by machine-gun bullets. We killed about a hundred and captured a fair number. I spent a fair amount of my time playing football and at one time I was a member of our Regimental team. I spent the last nine years in trying to run our team. Now I have settled down in the Royal Hospital with three other Royals who all served alongside me. This is a wonderful place and one wants for nothing. The Secretary of the Comrades’ Association pays us several visits and so do other members of the committee. Now I suppose I had better belt up. but in doing so, may I say to all young Royals that the Regiment is what you make it and.

if you try, it will be the finest Regiment in the British Army. The old Royals are: Ex-Sgt. Saddler Thirkettle (89 years), Ex~Sgt. Instructor H. Morgan (87 years), Ex-Cpl. Farrier M. Bullock (82 years), Ex-Farrier S/Sgt. B. Turp, R.V.M. (81 years). Cheerio to all of you and happy times and a safe journey wherever you may be. God bless you all, Yours truly. B. TURF, Ward 6. The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, S.W.3. Note—At the time of writing this letter,

Mr. Turp had just undergone an operation on both eyes and, to quote him, he

says, “I am just getting in good trim again.”—Editor. From: Major A. C. Woodroffe 14th December, 1966. Dear Editor, You asked in your Editorial. in the last edition of The Eagle for members of the Association to supply you with articles for possible inclusion in later editions. I must confess that one of my reasons for complying with your request is that I would very much like to get in touch with exmembers of the Royals who served from 1917 until 1926. during which time I was a serving member. In 1917 I joined the Band as a Boy, at which time the Bandmaster was S. S. Smith,

Wintle, later Colonel Wintle of “ This is Your Life " fame, and for whom I once acted as lst Servant. I well remember on one occasion Colonel Wintle requested permission to be absent from dining in the Officers’ Mess and spent practically all evening trying to teach me Troop Tactics. I must have proved to be a very stupid student, for I can only remember the fact that from time to time he called me a bloody fool, and no doubt he was right. On one memorable occasion when I was waiting on the quayside for transportation to France at the beginning of the war, I noticed Brigadier Hodgson standing with a group of officers and was astonished to hear him call out, “Hey there, Sergeant. I know you. You were in the Royals at one time, but you weren’t a Sergeant then.” He even remembered my name which, considering that it was 1939, and I had left the Regiment in 1926, was a most remarkable feat of memory. He went on to say, “I trust that you will continue in the field of promotion.” I am happy to say that I did not let my old Commanding

Officer

down,

for

eventually

I

managed to make the grade and finished my wartime service as a Major, mainly due, I’m sure, to the excellent training I received whilst in the Royals. With every good wish to you, present and past members of the Regiment. Yours sincerely. Quay Villa, A. C. WOODROFFE, Devoran, Near Truro, Cornwall.

From: General Sir John Anderson, K.C.B., C.B.E., 0.5.0., A.D.C. 14th December. 1966. (Passed to the Editor by the Colonel of the Regiment) My dear Desmond, A catalogue of the Military Drawings and Paintings in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen has been in preparation for the past five years. It was considered that it would provide a great opportunity for interesting and encouraging Regimental officers in the study of military history and uniforms if the catalogue were to be provided with a large number of illustrations, above the normal, from the wealth of material available. The first volume of the catalogue, consisting of the plates and an introduction to the whole work, is scheduled to be pub‘ lished by Phaidon Press in December. Two volumes of text will follow some twelve months’ later. We are arranging with the publishers for a complimentary copy of this book (of which the first volume will be on sale to the public at 95s.) to be sent to your museum, where my co-trustees and I hope that it will serve as a useful book of reference for the future. It would be appreciated if attention to the book could be drawn in your Regimental Journal. Yours ever, Chairman. Army Museums Ogilby Trust.

the Band Servant was ‘Nazzer ’ Pearce, and

the Trumpet Major was ‘Punch ’ Perry. The Commanding Officer was Colonel ‘ Billy’ Miles, the Second-in-Command Major W. T. Hodgson (later Commanding Officer), the Adjutant Capt. ‘Bunty ’ Hewitt and my Squadron Leader, Major F. W. Wilson-Fitzgerald. Sergeant Hinton was the Orderly Room Sergeant and, strangely enough, I caught up with him in Jerusalem during the late war when we were both Captains. Without a shadow of doubt. one of the most interesting characters was Lt. A. D. 26

Going Out? Keep in touch with old friends and old times. Order your “ Eagle ” from: The Secretary, The Royal Dragoons Regimental Association. Keep in Touch. When you finish your service keep in touch with the Regiment as an old comrade. We welcome and need your support. Help by attending reunions and buying the “Eagle.” Do BOTH through membership of the Association, price £1 ls. 0d.


SKI-ING LANGLAUF

ANGLAUF training started rather late this year due to the Administrative Inspection and we were only able to train on skis for three weeks before our first race. In the light of this the team did extremely well in all the races. We were very fortunate to have the services of Rayner MentZ. who was kindly lent to us by the German Army at Kempten for our training at Wertach. His life was somewhat divided. spending the days torturing us and the nights in the nurses’ quarters at Kempten. conclusively proving that sex and langlaufing can go together, but only if you have the condition (which we did not). We were lucky having but a few accidents, which surprised anyone who ever saw us on our skis. but unfortunately Cpl. Dougill had a bad “ Gestiirz " with two birds on the Buron run and had to return with a fractured arm.

We left the gateway to the south somewhat reduced in numbers, relying on Cpls. Tucker and Harman and Tprs. Langton and Head and our own answer to Zimmerman, Tpr. Anderson. Our first race at Lermoos was the 4 x 10 km. relay which was our most successful attempt, with Lt. Brook, Cpl. Tucker, Tprs. Langton and Head all doing fast times under considerable handicaps, having only one sound pair of skis between us at the end. The Individual and Patrol races went well but without quite the same measure of success. except for Lt. Barne who took off his abfahrts for the 15 km, Individual race and egged his way round the course showing great promise for Langlauf captain next year. Cpl. Harman replaced Cpl. Tucker. who was unwell, for the Patrol race; he skied exceptionally well and retained his place for the remainder of the races. We finished 9th overall in the competition which qualified as for the B.A.O.R. Championships at Oberjoch. We met up with considerably stiffer opposition at Oberjoch which, combined with our very limited knowledge of the mystical art of waxing, made our performance little to write home about, although valuable experience was gained by everyone. Our sincere thanks go to Tpr. Carpenter whose indefatigable minibus never failed to start and always appeared at the right place at the right time. DOWNHILL Again this season we started our ski-ing a little late due to military commitments but we had the help of being able to train at Herford in November. The old indoor riding school built by the Regiment in 1959 has now been converted into an indoor ski-ing school complete with plastic ramp. So, fit and well, Hanmer, Barne and Shepherd-Cross dragged themselves away from the bright lights of Detmold and started ski-ing with Eric Haller once again in Ztirs. We were a little luckier this year as we were without Smithers and

Chamberlain and were thus able to guarantee an early start most mornings. Barne mixed his priorities on one or two occasions but could usually be relied upon to join us before midday. By 8th January we were all ski-ing reasonably well and looking forward to the first races at the Divisional meeting at Lermoos. Disaster into victory Then. disaster! Shepherd-Cross. who up until then had been behaving and performing impeccably, suddenly seemed to go to pieces; there was no longer that sense of urgency and determination marking his approach to competition ski-ing; no more up at 7.30 to take snow temperatures and wax skis: no more slalom training—indeed it was a rare and worthwhile occurrence if he even managed to stray away from the nursery slopes. Perhaps there was feminine interest there which required his attention. his guiding hand and his steadying influence during a young girl’s first nervous few days on skis? Nevertheless for the team things looked bad and we were most relieved to hear that the Commanding Officer would not be visiting us. However, all turned out well and Shepherd-Cross’ performance in the races was shattering. Knowing that some— one special is near did him wonders and such was the strength of his example that we managed to win the Alpine Competition for the third consecutive year. To you, FionaAour grateful thanks. Alpbach From Lermoos we travelled on to Alpbach for a race in memory of a ski instructor who was tragically killed a few years ago. The race, a Giant Slalom, was superbly organised and had many Regimental team entrants, so could be regarded as a good guide to current form. Regrettably we were racing only as a three-man team so could not afford a fall. but with Barne ski-ing divinely we managed to come third behind the 15th/l9th Hussars and some gunners, which was most encouraging. St. Moritz The team then broke up as Barne had to go to Detmold for a few days and Hanmer to St. Moritz to ski for the Army so we didn’t compete at Oberjoch in the B.A.O.R. races.

The Regimental Team. Lt. Barne, Capt. Hanmer, Lt. Shepherd-Cross.

At St. Moritz a discreet veil must be drawn over the numerous activities that were indulged in. Needless to say, Woodward and Scott were in good form and it was rumoured that they had come for the bobbing. Brook came over and hit this quaint little village in his customary fashion as one of the last of the big spenders. However, having parted with 24 shillings for two glasses of rather insipid milk in the King’s Club he decided to take his custom elsewhere and for the rest of the week a lonely white Porsche would be found parked facing the lake, the windows thoroughly steamed up. On the 30th January. tiresome as it was, we had to race again. The first race. a Giant Slalom. was immaculate and we came third which was really very clever of us. The remaining two races produced problems. The Slalom (which must surely rate as the lowest form of amusement) was definitely confusing and Hammer and Barne both came to grief. Shepherd-Cross stood up but would have been quicker with his skis on his shoulders. walking. The Downhill was equally unsuccessful and we didn’t feature very prominently. although Brook turned in a good time, 342 per cent slower than the winner. And the future? Next year we hope to improve. 29


Football SINCE the last publication of The Eagle we have had our successes and failures. Success in the shape of the Divisional League which is the main competition in the area. and our failure in the Cavalry Cup which was a shattering blow to all our hopes. Having completed all our games in the Divisional League the balance shows the following:— MATCHES GOALS P W D L P F A 181323288225 We entered for the Army Cup B.A.O.R. Section. This competition is run on a Divisional basis, the winners of each Division playing off in the B.A.O.R. semi-finals and final. In our section we reached the semifinal and were drawn at home to 4 Division R.C.T. However, at the last minute, Little Wembley was unfit and the game was transferred to Lemgo to be played on the ground of the 3 Queens. This game was undoubtedly the outstanding game of the season and we were two goals up in the first 15 minutes. Both sides played hard, attractive football and no punches were pulled. At the end of full time the score stood at 4—4, which meant we had to go on to 30 minutes more to decide the winners. Unfortunately for us the 4 Division R.C.T. scored one more goal and ran out winners 54 after a very hardfought game. In the Cavalry Cup we were drawn at home against the Scots Greys and this promised to be a good, hard match. We went into full-time training for a week prior to the game and on the morning of the game our team were in fine fettle and ready to set about their task of winning round one in the competition. The Greys were obviously in

the same frame of mind and although nerves played quite a big part in the first twenty minutes both teams missed chances. The man of the match was the Greys’ centre-half, Cpl. Birie. who also is the B.A.O.R. centre— half; he dominated the middle of the field throughout the match. Our own defence put in some sterling work and tried at all times, but our forwards did not seem to get going at all and were often played out of the game. Gibbs in our goal brought off some spectacular saves but alas in the 26th minute was beaten by a very scrambled goal scored by the Greys after several attempts to blast a shot through our packed defence. This unfortunately was the deciding goal of the match and put paid to our Cavalry Cup hopes for yet another year. During the season Sgt. Wood has captained the team well and maintained good team discipline and morale. The following represented the Regiment during the season: Sgt. Woods, Cpl. Birt, Cpl. Budgen, L/Cpl. Crabbe, L/Cpl. Sibley, L/Cpl. Blundell, Tpr. Gibbs, Tpr. Butler, Tpr. Beal, Tpr. Sexton, Tpr. Holmes. Bdsm. Baines. Cpl. Carr (A.C.C.), L/Cpl. Beard (R.E.M.E.), Tpr. Sharkey. Since the advent of The Eagle track suit badge, awarded as a Regimental Colour for outstanding performances, the following have been presented with the badge by the Commanding Officer2~ Sgt. Wood, Cpl. Birt, L/Cpl. Sibley, L/Cpl. Crabbe. Tprs. Butler, Gibbs, Sharkey, Cpl. Budgen. Well done. In closing we hope that we can build up a team for next season who can take us nearer to that much coveted trophy, the Cavalry Cup.

It was an attractive idea but was severely dogged by ill Chance from the outset. The history of last season doesn’t make terribly exciting reading but we did manage to produce a couple of winners, lots of near misses and a few crashing falls, so it was not without its moments. Take Your Pick came to us out of Capt. Tim Forster’s Lambourn yard at the back end of the year and ran thrice on the flat, picking up money at each outing which ensured his adequate nourishment for the winter. He has had four hurdle races so far this season. finishing second each time. He has had his potogroph taken quite a lot but always gets his nose in the wrong place. However. it makes for exciting racing! Savilla worked happily and hard through— out last season; out of fourteen starts she won two and was placed nine times, and has started the current season in a similar fashion. In her initial outing. a sharpener on the flat, she was involved in a great finish to be placed third in the photograph, losing out by a neck and a nostril, and then went

on to win a good chase two weeks later. Savilla has now scored for us six times. Her performance and appearance belie her years and do great credit to Tpr. Partridge who has looked after her since she came to us. Hephaestus didn’t rob any banks last season but is still with us and, surprisingly, is still sound. In his opening jumping run this year he dumped our newly acquired regimental jockey, Tpr. Macdonald, exceedingly hard on the floor when taking the third from home strictly by the roots. Next time out, however, he got the whole way round without falling or being pulled up, an event without equal since . . . ‘2 Regrettably his owner-jockey, heaving a fantastic sigh of relief having landed safely over the last lying 4th, forgot that to retain that placing is worth good money and allowed Hephaestus to complete the race in his own good timeithat is, mostly static. Pity! And that’s about that. We are full of hopes of increasing our numbers. but then we always are.

Racing Stable him also go our very many thanks for two years of enthusiasm and hard work, far too infrequently rewarded. The syndicate is now a dead duck; in fact it was pretty badly crippled by the loss of Sandshoes during last season and dissolved finally by Lt. Mackie taking on Hephaestus.

THE past four months have seen several changes in the Regimental Racing Stable. Major Arkwright, who had held the licence for the past two seasons, has returned to the homeland taking with him Totti Fay, who, although by Archive, never allowed her breeding to interfere with her racing. With 30

Savilla hits the front, crossing the water jump on her way to winning the Preis Von Badbergen.

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Boxing DON’T believe the Regiment has ever really taken boxing very seriously, nevertheless every year we do put tw0 evenings aside for the Inter-Squadron Competition. This year the standard of boxing was rather higher than in previous years. The Squadrons really made an effort. trained their teams hard and produced in every case a full team of eleven. The winners this year were:~ Bantamweight: L/Cpl. Jordan, “HQ.“ Sqn. Featherweight: Tpr. Pyne, “HQ.” Sqn. Lightweight: Tpr. Clark, “ B” Sqn. Second string, Light welterweight: Tpr. Kennard, “ C ” Sqn. First string, Light Welterweight: Tpr. Craig, “ B ” Sqn. Second string, Welterweight: Tpr. Thompson. “ C ” Sqn.

First string, Welterweight: L/Cpl. Williams, “C” Sqn. Light Middleweight: Lt. G. R. H. Chamberlain. “ B ” Sqn. Middleweight: Tpr. Why. “ B ” Sqn. Light Heavyweight: Tpr. Salisbury. “A” Sqn. Heavyweight: Tpr. Johnson, “A" Sqn. Nearly all the bouts were hard-fought and the participants may be pleased and proud to know that the spectators enjoyed watching them. “ B” Squadron won the competition and wrested the Buckley Trophy from HQ. Squadron; it was a very close score. only one point between the two Squadrons. L/Cpl. Williams and Tpr. Why, who both did extremely well, went forward to the 4 Division Individual Championships. Tpr. Why lost in the semi-finals and L/Cpl. Williams lost in the finals to the Army champion, both very creditable performances.

Sal ling Fastnet Race The Regiment has chartered the very fine Rustler 31. White Knight, owned by the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club, for Cowes Week and the Fasnet Race. She will be crewed entirely from the Regiment, and it is hoped that there will be a survivor from the race to tell the tale in the next edition

Mohne See and the Baltic T‘HE theme for sailing this year will be maximum variety. All tastes are being catered for, from dinghy sailing and Baltic cruising to ocean racing and (we hope) square-riggers. The Regimental Bosun7a 16ft. fibreglass dinghy, generously given to us by the Old Comrades Association! is at the moment being prepared for its second season on the Mohne See, where it gave excellent service last year. Eight soldiers will be going to Kiel on two of the Baltic Helmsmen Training Courses and those who pass will be able to skipper 30 square metres in the Baltic. A 30 and a 50 square have been booked for a total period of four weeks for three soldiers’ cruises and for an officers’ cruise for those who are unable to sail at Cowes Week.

of The Eagle. The navigator has been given

large scale charts of the Scilly Isles and the Seven Stones, plus an inflatable globe showing all known trade winds heading in the general direction of Europe. Finally there is a whisper in the wind that an ofiicer and six soldiers may be spending a week on the szmark, the Danish

790-ton square-rigged training ship. So, if all goes according to plan, we can look forward to another thoroughly amusing season. 32

SALVETE Capt. T. J. Williams V E very warmly welcome Capt. John Williams and his family who. over the past six months have settled in to live with us quickly and evidently happily. Capt. Williams improved himself enormously by joining the Regiment in December,

is normally esteemed a bonus, just try it on the tank park, his habitat, between first parade and NAAFI break on a bleak morning doomed to dismal failure by a meteorological cocktail of snow, hail and force 7 gale (gusting 8 t0 9 up the denims).

Quartermaster, 25 years after first slipping into khaki in the Boys’ Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in February. 1941. With maturity came also a severe inhibition of his pedestrian ambitions, and in 1942 he was posted to the Armoured Reinforcement

VALETE Major S. N. Kent-Payne Major Stanley Kent Payne joined the Regiment at Detmold, replacing Bill Baker as Quartermaster in the middle of I965. He had originally transferred from the Queens Royal Irish Hussars in July 1963 whilst serving at Headquarters Western Command

Regiment, then in North Africa and later

but it was not until 1965, his having spent

in Italy. serving with that Regiment until the end of the war and his posting. in May, 1945, to the 7th Hussars. During the following thirteen years Capt. Williams escalated from trooper to R.Q.M.S., holding the latter appointment on amalgamation in 1958 in The Queen‘s Own Hussars. into which Regiment he was commissioned in 1965. His last job before becoming a Royal was Technical Quartermaster at the Gunnery School at Lulworth, so perhaps we ought not to be too surprised by his marked competence. Capt. Williams has. however. one big snagriinvariable cheerfulness. And if this

two years defeating the problems of the K.C.L.Y.. that a vacancy occurred giving him the chance to join the Regiment and make his mark. This he did very quickly and we were all very sad when. because of domestic problems, he decided in 1967 that he must leave the Army for civilian life. Stanley was always a practical and very

1966,

and

took

the

chair

as

Technical

understanding

Quartermaster.

who

made

many friends during his short time with us. and who contributed much to the Regiment. He took infinite pains to overcome even the smallest problem of both the families and of individual men. He is much missed by us all and we wish both him and his family a happy and rewarding career in civilian life.

Officers’ Mess Notes 01‘

‘Just call me Captain’ The following paragraph was taken from an article by Colonel H. deB de Lisle. which recorded his impressions of a visit to Berlin in 1907 and which was published in The Eagle of that year: “In regimental messes ceremonial etiquette is carried to even further lengths. When a senior oflicer drinks wine with a junior, the latter rises. bows. drinks, bows again, and sits

down. A junior otficer seated near his Colonel, wishing to return the compli-

ment. could not turn to him and ask permission to drink his health. He must send for a waiter and request him to inform the Colonel he would like to have the honour of drinking his health. Having gone through all this ceremony, he then proceeds with the rising. bowing etc. Again. a subaltern would never dare address his captain without giving him his full title. and the custom of using nicknames between officers of different ranks is unknown."


Presentation of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s

Waterloo Wreath, 1896 N the year 1896 Baron von Eckhardstein. a major in the Brandenburg Kurassier ' Regiment, was senior Military Attache at the German Embassy in London. In 1919 he published his ‘Recollections and Political Reminiscences' in a work of two volumes. It is from Volume I of this work that the following account of the Baron’s visit to the Royal Dragoons at the Curragh is taken. an occasion to which General Makins referred in his own reminiscences ‘ Those were the days. 1893-1897 ’ in The Eagle, 1958. “By command of the Emperor. I was now entrusted with a special mission to Ireland. At that time. The Royal Dragoons. of whom Wilhelm II was Colonel-in-Chief. were stationed at the Curragh in County Kildare. In the previous year Wilhelm II had arranged for the ceremonial presentation of

a wreath for the Regimental Guidon by a member of the Embassy Staff on the Anniversary of Waterloo. the lSth June. Count Hatzfeldt. our Ambassador in London. entrusted me with the presentation of the Imperial Wreath. and on the evening of 17th June I arrived in Dublin. The Commanding Officer of the Regiment had sent one of his officers. Lieutenant Pitt. who was known in the Regiment as “The Pride of Kildare.’ to meet me. and he received me at the station with the greatest possible courtesy. Very early next morning we travelled to the Curragh. where. on arrival, we mounted the chargers awaiting us and rode out to the camp. I was wearing the white fulldress uniform of the Brandenburg Kurassiers and was mounted on a very fine. upstanding gelding. light brown in colour. which The Royal Dragoons had selected for me.

When we arrived at the parade ground the Regiment was already drawn up in review order. The Commanding Officer, accompanied by his adjutant, came up at the gallop to receive me and invited me to take position before the centre of the Regiment. After the band had played the National Anthem the Commanding Officer made me a very cordial address of welcome as representative of the Emperor. on conclusion of which I began my speech to the Regiment, the text of which I had arranged with Count Hatzfeldt. Special reference was made to the great fame which the Regiment had earned for itself by their dashing attack on the glorious day of Waterloo, and to the traditional comradeship in arms existing between the British and German Armies. The speech ended with the words: “ May the day be far distant when the Regiment may have to march against any civilised country, and I am convinced that it will never have to fight against the country the ruler of which is its Colonel-inChief.” “The Watch on the Rhine” was now played by the band and when the notes had died away we advanced to carry out the ceremony of placing the wreath upon the Regimental Guidon. A Sergeant of the Regiment had taken charge of this massive tribute when I dismounted from the train and now. at a word from the Commanding Officer, he approached me with his precious burden disposed upon a lance. The bearer of the Guidon, to which I was to attach the wreath, was before me. I dropped my reins so as to have both hands available to lift the heavy object from the lance, but my charger. taking sudden alarm at the fluttering of the ribbons, shied off violently to the left. In doing so he came down, and I lay beneath him still gripping the wreath. As the animal struggled to rise I crept out from beneath him. and with much trouble re-mounted on his regaining his feet. despite the concussion and painfully bruised ribs caused by this mishap. After this the ceremony proceeded without further incident. Two Dragoons held the startled charger by the bridle. the wreath was

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raised and handed to me once more so that

I succeeded in attaching it to the Guidon. The parade concluded, the Regiment returned to barracks and I was the guest of the officers at a lunch given in the Mess in honour of the occasion. I was treated with the greatest possible kindness and attention by all the officers and it was a very great pleasure to me to spend these few hours among the extremely courteous and gentlemanly Royal Dragoons. This enjoyment was only slightly marred by the severe pain from my bruised ribs, though I felt myself at a disadavantage in that the emerald green grass of Ireland stained my white uniform, my helmet was half dented in, and other articles of my military equipment showed similar defects. Representatives of the English Press had been present at the Ceremony, and as a result the papers, on the following day. pub— lished long accounts 0f the proceedings at the Curragh, which were very favourably received. But the French Press also concerned itself with these proceedings. and, as was to be expected, their accounts had been

so contrived as to produce anything but a favourable impression. Amongst others. the Figaro published a very sarcastic and facetious article under the heading “The misfortunes of a German Envoy.” The fact that the British Cavalry charger had taken fright at the glitter of the Imperial wreath and had sprung away from it was represented as a bad omen for the future of German-English relationship. When, a few days later. I met the Prince

of Wales on the Newmarket Racecourse. he looked me up and down. back and front, shook with laughter. and exclaimed. “I hear the authorities want to prosecute you for removing the entire Emerald Isle. but I can see no speck of green upon you!” The photograph accompanying this story appeared in the Illustrated Navy and Army, a contemporary magazine of the period. NOTE: Kaiser Wilhelm II was Colonel-inChief of the Regiment 1894-1914. The presentation to the Regiment of a wreath in commemoration of The Battle of Waterloo became an annual habit of the Emperor. *Editor.


Sergeants’ Mess IJIFE appears on the surface to have bee quiet since the publication of our last notes. but this is not so. Mess life has been reasonably lively, with weekly dances. when a number of friends from other Regiments have visited us. The Friday Mess nights are still very much to the fore, and the majority of members now possess mess dress, which has prompted favourable comments from all who have seen us on formal occasions. On 22nd October we held the Alamein Ball in the Sergeants’ Mess. when some four hundred guests enjoyed dancing to music provided by the Regimental Band; this night was made even more memorable by the attendance of numerous old friends. Brigadier and Mrs. Howard - Dobson.

Brigadier and Mrs. Armitage and S.Q.M.S. and Mrs. Weller to name but few. November was spent mainly in preparation for the Annual Inspection. We marched around the tank park so often, practising for the Admin. Day Parade that the vision of the famous ‘Wooselum' Bird came to mind: there’s no doubt that one more time round and we would have all disappeared. However. the great day came and went, leaving us all freed from suspense. but the festive season bang on top of us. A Regimental concert organised by the Band got us ofi to a flying start. It is surprising how much talent we have hidden in the Mess! An all ranks’ dance followed two days later, where a good time was had by all. The R.S.M. was presented with a longpromised ‘ Benghazi ’ kettle by our R.E.M.E. friends: no shortage of ‘brews ’ now. A teen-age dance was organised in the Mess for the ‘not-so-young’ of our children. To see the well turned-out young ladies and gentlemen enjoying themselves made us realise how time flies. The Christmas draw. held on the evening of the 23rd. was a very enjoyable evening with prizes for all (if only a box of matches for some). New Year’s Eve was spent dancing until midnight when ‘first-footing’ became the order of the night. One couple disappeared

beneath the mud on the way to the Band quarters» . no names, no mud pack! February saw the first round of the Cup. when our old friends The Greys came in strength. Football-wise we lost. but a couple of very pleasant hours were spent jawing in the Mess after the game. March came and we welcomed the Colonel of the Regiment to our midst with a cocktail party. S.Q.M.S. and Ronny Shone paid us a surprise visit. but they're making such a stack in ‘blighty’ that no amount of talking could persuade Ronny to join the Regiment. W.O.ll Tompkins is due to move to Herford in the near future. when we hope to see quite a lot of him and Mrs. Tompkins.

Marriages Tpr. Dunn to Dagmar Dorothea Mundt, at Harburg, Germany. on 10th June, 1966. Tpr. Williams (429) to Rosslyn Margaret Clegg, at Enfield, on 11th June, 1966. Bdsm. Tenderowitz to Pamela Woolway, at East Malling, on 2nd July, 1966.

Cpl. Brown (496) to Eileen Mary O’Donnell, at Detmold, Germany, on 30th July. 1966. Tpr. Joyce to Evelyn Rhodie, at Chester, on 6th August, 1966.

Corporals’ Mess “B” Darts Team.

To close, we wish those who have left us.

all the best. wherever they may be. and to those who have swelled our ranks. welcome 7-may your stay be a long and happy one.

Corporals’ Mess N‘ ESS life here in Detmold is booming. * The regular Saturday night socials have proved to be a great attraction to most other

Corporals‘

Messes

in

the

Brigade.

consequently our circle of friends has increased to such an extent that we now find ‘ welcome’ on the mat wherever we go. September. 1966. was a reasonably quiet month. mess-wise, due to exercises, etc. We like to think we held up our own end quite well. 22nd October was a highlight. when the Alamein Ball was organised in the German canteen. which was enjoyed by all: much chatter. drinks and eats, plus a first-class

band turned the evening into one long remembered. November saw the commencement of the Inter-Mess Games League. Many interesting evenings. most of which proved enjoyable. were spent before eventually all opposition was crushed and we won the cup. Congratulations and thanks to the Mess Darts ‘B’ Team and Cpl. Pickering. who became darts champion of the Mess. Hard luck. Cpl. Jackson. November also saw the commencement of the Administrative Inspection. which kept

us all busy preparing for the big day, 15th December. Somehow. we all got over the rush and excitement just in time to start the festive season. Once again the Entertainments Committee went to work and organised a full and sound programme for both the Christmas and New Year activities which, if all rumours are correct, were completely successful. and before we could look around we had to go back to work. which was for some of us a relief! On 18th February. our friends from The Greys visited us for the first round of the Cavalry Cup. They won. but that didn’t prevent us from enjoying our get-together afterwards in the Mess. The sound of pipes could be heard emanating from the Mess long after the last bus had left for Fallingbostel. How the pipers eventually got home is still a mystery. March came round and we were all pleased to welcome the Colonel of the Regiment. who once again came along to join us in a quiet drink before lunch on the 20th. Who was it who couldn’t get the double (on the darts board) that he was asked to get by the Colonel? A few more beers previously might have done the trick. It was a pity that the visit was so short. but programmes are always likely to fall behind times. The visit will be long remembered by all those present. To close, we wish all the best to those who have left our midst. and a big welcome to those who have joined us.

L/Cpl. Dyer to Barbara Bryant, at Harrow. on 6th August, 1966. L/Cpl. Docherty to Susan Haynes, at Brent, on 22nd August. 1966. Tpr. Bailey (118) to Joan Knock, at Southwark, on 27th August, 1966. Tpr. King (355) to Josephine Anna Benson, at London. on lst September, 1966. L/ Cpl. Neafsey to Maureen Elizabeth Brice, at Redbridge, on 10th September, 1966. Tpr. Ingram to Janet Fowler, at Leicester, on 12th September, 1966. Tpr. France to Marita Elizabeth Lunderen, at Lancaster, on 16th September, 1966. Tpr. Robinson (256) to Linda Patricia Miller, at Brighton, on 12th October, 1966. Tpr. Youngs to Bridget Hamia Healy. at Detmold. Germany, on 12th November, 1966. Tpr. Ford to Rosina Ann Clerk. at London, on 14th November, 1966. Tpr. Thompson to Susan Margaret Lesley Cummings, at Sheppey, on 26th November,

1966. Tpr. Cooksey to Elizabeth Denise Foakes. at London, on 27th December. 1966. Bdsm. Davidson to Susan Ethel Folley, at Rochester. on 11th February, 1967. Tpr. Grimes to Sylvia Margaret Evans. at Stoke Newington, on 4th March, 1967. Cpl. Livingstone to Agnes Penman McLuckie, at Perth. on 18th March. 1967. Tpr. Donovan to Janet Christine Tomkins,

at Detmold. Germany. on 3lst March. 1967. Cpl. Bridge to Regina Barcz. at Detmold, Germany, on lst April, 1967.

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Births To Tpr. and Mrs. Benn, at Glossop Hospital, Sheffield, on lst January. 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Sexton. at B.M.H..

To Cpl. and Mrs. Lee, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 6111 October, 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Hawes. at M.R.S.,

Rinteln, on 51h January, 1966. a daughter.

a daughter. To Cpl. and Mrs. Squires. at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 15th October. 1966, a daughter.

To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Golding. at Krankenhaus, Detmold, on 19th March. 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs, Gregory. at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 27th April. 1966. a daughter. To W.O.lI and Mrs. Titmarsh. at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 14th May. 1966. a daughter. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Stratford. at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 23rd May, 1966. a son. To Capt. and Mrs. J. A. Aylen, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 24th May. 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Swannell, at B.M.H.. Rinteln. on 27th June, 1966. a son.

To Cpl. and Mrs. Budgen. at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 2nd August, 1966. a son.

To Cpl. and Mrs. Bryant, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 3rd August, 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Mason, at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 4th August. 1966. a daughter. To Cpl. and Mrs. Murphy, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 18th August. 1966. a son. To Sgt. and Mrs. Weeks, at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 18th August. 1966, a son. To Cpl. and Mrs. Vallins, at B.M.H.. Rinteln. on 20th August, 1966. a son. To Lt. and Mrs. C. Eddison, at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 24th August, 1966. a daughter.

To Tpr. and Mrs. Davies (076) at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 24th August, 1966. a daughter. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Blundell. at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 25th August, 1966, a daughter. To Capt. and Mrs. A. E. Woodward. at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 30th August, 1966. a son. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Summerfield, at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 3lst August, 1966, a

daughter. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Chamberlain, at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 4th September, 1966,

a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Rawlings. at Sherbourne, Dorset, on 24th September, 1966, a son. To Tpr. and Mrs. Thomson, at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 4th March, 1967, a son. To Tpr. and Mrs. Bolton, at B.M.H.,

Sennelager.

on

11th

October,

Commanding Officer

Lt.~Col. P. D. Reid

Adjutant

Capt. J. M. Loyd

Second-in-Command

Major D. J. S. Wilkinson

Regimental Sigs. Officer

Lt. J. W. S. Lewis

R.S.M.

1966,

To Bdsm. and Mrs. Williams, at B.M.H.,

Rinteln. on 26th October, 1966. a daughter. To L/Cpl. and Mrs, Fullick. at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 28th October. 1966. a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Fairey, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 26th November. 1966, a son. To Cpl. and Mrs. Sweeney. at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on lst December. 1966. a son. To Tpr. and Mrs. Shirley, at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 9th December, 1966. a daughter. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Craig. at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 19th December. 1966, a son. To L/Cpl. and Mrs. Crabbe. at B.M.H.. Rinteln. on 29th December, 1966. a daughter. ’To Tpr. and Mrs. Allen. at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 15th January. 1967, a son. To Cpl. and Mrs. Collingwood. at B.M.H., Rinteln. on 15th January. 1967, a son. To Cpl. and Mrs. Petterson, at B.M.H., Iserlohn. on 27th January, 1967, a daughter. To Tpr. and Mrs. Hayward, at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 14th February, 1967. a daughter.

To Tpr. and Mrs. Howard. at B.M.H., Rinteln, on 261h September. 1966. a daughter. Bdsm. and Mrs. Nolan, at B.M.H.. Rinteln, on 7th March, 1967, a son.

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HEADQUARTER SQUADRON S.H.Q. Major 0. J. Lewis Capt. F. Fletcher S.S.M. Paul

M.T. TROOP Lt. F. Fletcher S.Q.M.S. Cummins Sgt. Grinyer Cpl. Johnson

R.H.Q. TROOP S.Q.M.S. Tucker Sgt. Melia Cpl. Hore

Cpl. Howell

Cpl. Emery L/Cpl. Sibley

Tpr. McGowan Tpr. Boreham

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

Tpr. Davis

Tpr. Hendley

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Tpr. Hanley

L/Cpl. Adams

L/Cpl. Hill

Pcarce Glass Mowbray Morris Goggins

Tpr. Carington Tpr. King

L/Cpl. Williams

L/Cpl. Ody Tpr. Curren

L/Cpl. Jordan

Benn Provost Allison Augustine Beers Amey

Tpr. Smith (780) Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Sambrook Harvey Tolhurst Robinson (126)

Tpr. Winn

Tpr. Haighton

Tpr. Carpenter Tpr. Grant

RECCE TROOP Lt. D. P. L. Hewson Sgt. Edwards

Tpr. Sanders

Cpl. Budden Cpl. Plumb Cpl. Pearce

Q.M. (TECH) GROUP Capt. T. J. Williams T.Q.M.S. Titmarsh S.Q.M.S. Louch Sgt. Hunt Cpl. Brandon Cpl. Cooper

Tpr. Berwick Tpr. Hawes

L/Cpl. Heal Tpr. Heal

Tpr. Bickmore Tpr. Bro‘wnless Tpr. France Tpr. Pyne

REGIMENTAL ORDERLY ROOM W.O.I Weaver Sgt. Wennell

Cpl. Lee Cpl. Freeman L/Cpl. Munro L/Cpl. Kirkby Tpr. Weston Tpr. Hulctt Tpr. Swannell Tpr. Raven

F.F.R. TROOP Sgt. Evans Cpl. Black L/Cpl. David Tpr. Saunders Tpr. Harding

BAND W.O.I Mackay

L/Cpl. Schooley Tpr. Norris

Tpr. Howard

Sgt. Burgess

Tpr. Trist—Collins

Cpl. Atkinson

Tpr. Smith (118)

Tpr. Williams

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

Tpr. Dunn

L/Cpl. Trachy L/Cpl. Meikle

Cpl. Elmslie L/Cpl. McEvoy L/Cpl. Brodie

L/Cpl. Grant

Joyce Wall Robinson (499) Thornhill Westall Reid (039) Gray Smith (986) Notridge

Tpr. Rixon Tpr. Lyons Tpr. Collins Tpr. Stapley Tpr. West PRovosr TROOP Sgt. McCormick

Cpl. Sweeney Cpl. Falvey L/Cpl. Gange L/Cpl. Fielding L/Cpl. Salter

S/Sgt. Fisher T/M. Shearn Sgt. Everson

Sgt. Watts

L/Cpl. Brittain Q.M. GROUP

Capt. A. S. Ayrton R.Q.M.S. Leech S.Q.M.S. Remfry Sgt. Chambers Sgt. Owen

Cpl. Byrne Cpl. Carter

L/Cpl. Mexter L/Cpl. Nolan

L/Cpl. Hobson LLCpl. Maytum Bdsm. Baines

Bdsm. Chatwin Bdsm. Davidson Bdsm. Batch

Cpl. Hildred Cpl. Jackson Cpl. Morley L/Cpl. Pentecost L/Cpl. Stratford Tpr. Farmer

Bdsm. Graver Bdsm. Hagger

Bdsm. Keys Bdsm. Martin Bdsm. Skews

Tpr. Gillard

Bdsm. Stephens Bdsm. Tcnderwicz

Tpr. McBryan

Bdsm. White

Tpr. MacForbes

Bdsm. Williams (136)

Tpr. Pritchard Tpr. Stevens Tpr. Swinton

Bdsm. Williams (767) Bdsm. Willis Bdsm. Goodwin

Rinteln, on 2nd October, 1966, a son.

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OFFICERS” MESS STAFF

REGIMENTAL COOKS

. Humble

S.Q.M.S. Thorpe

Cpl. McGill

. Connell

Cpl. Collingwood

Tpr. Anderson

L/Cpl. Thompson Tpr. Mason Tpr. Kendall Tpr. Parsons Tpr. Stevenson

P.R.l. OFFICE S.Q.M.S. Brooks Cpl. Bridges Cpl. Petterson

. Simms . Vaughan . Russell . Gordon L/Cpl. Desautels

S.H.Q. TROO!’

Tpr. Turnbull

L/Cpl. Dyer

L/Cpl. Thompson

Sgt. Bell

Tpr. Painter

Tpr. Goodman

Lt. C. E. T. Eddison

ROYAL SIGNALS TRUOP Sgt. McMahon Cpl. Nash L/Cpl. Johns

L/Cpl. L/Cpl. . .

Cpl. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Garvey Edwards Mitchell Mee

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Kaufmann Kennedy Godding Spice

Sgt. Weeks Cpl. Murphy L/Cpl. Summerfield Tpr. Vider

Tpr. McDonald Tpr. Wartanowicz

Sig. Norsworthy Sig. Swinhoe

Head Marshall Parker Morley Clarke Pennings

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Ayres Shepherd Doubtfire Thomas

SERGEANTS' MESS STAFF Sgt. Bosher

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

Tpr. Kearns

H.Q. L.A.D. R.E.M.E. Capt. R. Tarsnane Z/Lt. G. Ross Clift

. Gilfillan . Hunter L/Cpl. Wrigley Cfn. Purdom Cfn. Reynolds Cfn. MacEwan

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

L/Cpl. Bocio

W.O.I Mercer

Cfn. Jones

Tpr. Putland

Tpr. Smith (780)

S/Sgt. Gill

Cfn. Williams

Tpr. Batchelor Tpr. MCGinlay

S/Sgt. Cleminson S/Sgt. Miller

Cfn. Physick Cfn. Smith

ADMINISTATIVE TROOI‘

Tpr. Crimp Tpr. Phillips

Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Cpl. .

PAY OFFICE Capt. E. Brooks S/Sgt. Mongan Cpl. Ward Cpl. Hankinson

S.Q.M.S. Mackay Cpl. Lisney Cpl. Bryant L/Cpl. Best L/Cpl. Craig Tpi-_ Jackson

Tpr. O’Connor Tpr. Cambell Tpr. Murphy

2ND TROOP Z/Lt. J. P. Wrigley Sgt. Wilkins

. Green

Tpr. Minns

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

Murphy Sayers Hudson Mitchell

M.I. ROOM STAFF Sgt. Kinstrey

CPL Guerrini Tpr. Sambrook

” B ” SQUADRON

Appleby McDonald Gill Cook Edwards Laing

- Taylor . Pickering

S>H,»Q-

Dickinson Perkins Rowlinson Hill

Cpl- 5316 Tpr. Mason

Major W. S. H. Boucher Capt. B. J. Lockharl 5-S~M- WOOGS

Sedgwick Savage Young Baker

15'] TROOP Lt. E_ N. Brooksbank Sgt. Wood Cpl. Dougill

4‘IH TROOP

Wilkinson Wilson Murphy Shaughnessy Dennahy Williams

L/Cpl. Unsworth

3RD TROOP

L/Cpl. Taylor

Lt. J. M. Shepherd~Cross

Tpr. Swannell Tpr. Wardcll

Sgt. Greatrex Cpl. Boon

Fi'i'IER TROOP

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

L/Cpl. Smithers Tpr. Nash Tpr. Kemp Tpr. Cooksey Tpr. Caple Tpr. Craig

W.O.II Bumfrcy Sgt. Traynor Cpl. Howells Cpl. Oxenbury L/Cpl. Peters L/Cpl. James

Tpr. Thomson Tpr. Blackley Tpr. Williams

Cfn. Taylor Cfn. Allen Cfn. Musgrove

Howell Blackwell Crittenden Beale Bailey

Tpr. Smith

“ C" SQUADRON “A” SQUADRON

S.H.Q.

S‘H‘Q‘ Major J. J. F. Scott

Capt. J. A. Aylen S.S.M. Simpson

Major D. S. A. Boyd

Capt. D. H. Spencer

S.S.M. Watorski S.H.Q. TROOP

Tpr. Youngs

Tpr. Flude

4TH TROOP

S.H.Q. TROOP Sgt. Hayes

Tpr. McKenzie Tpr. Bolton

Cpl. Melbourne L/Cpl. Barber

4TH TROOP 2/Lt. R. N. O. Couper

Sgt. COX Cpl. La Roche L/Cpl. Parkes

Tpr. Lines Tpr. Lewis Tpr. Byrne

Tpr. Drennan Tpr. McCormack Tpr. Bramble

Z/Lt. N. N. Wheeler Cpl. Smith L/Cpl. Woollard

Cpl. Strudwick L/Cpl. Hughes L/Cpl. Tucker

Tpr. MacDonald Tpr. Callaghan Tpr. Partridge

Tpr. Wastling Tpr. Hogan Tpr. Baldwm

Sgt. Matthew Cpl. DaVIS ‘ L/Cpl. Hamilton

L/Cpl. Blazier

Tpr. Batchelor

Tpr. Scott

LCpl. Ford

Tpr. Fairey

Tpr. Kendon

Tpr. Anderson

Tpr. Evenden

Tpr. Rawlings

Tpr. Williams

L/Cpl. Coleman

Tpr. O’Callaghan

Tpr. Farrell

Tpr. Shirley

Tpr. Palmer.

TPF‘ Thompson

Tpr. Frampton

lST TROOP

Tpr. Fairs

Tpr. Cronin

Tpr. Kennard

Tpr. Mills

Lt. C. M. F. Scott

Tpr. Thornton

Tpr. King

Tpr. Smith

Tpr. Haine Tpr. Howell Tpr. Ward

Tpr. Nettleingham

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr.

ADMINISTRATIVE TROOP

Sgt. Millett Cpl. Brown L/Cpl. Harman Tpr. Bull Tpr. Holmes Tpr. Smith

S.Q.M.S. Lloyd C l. Chamberlain ‘

Tpr. Gillett T r. Gregor

Sgt. Burroughs Cpl. Cain

FIT'I ER TROOP S/Sgt. Town

ADMINISTRATIVE TROOP S.Q.M.S. Poulter

Cg]. Cooper

Tgr. Johnsoii

L/Cpl. Carroll

Sgt. Hollis

Cpl. Fullick

:13); Eli/1:350“

L/Cpl. Haynes

Cpl. Gibb

L/Cpl. Golding L/Cpl. Styles

Tgr' Simmons Tpr. Hourigan

Tpr. Rochford Tpr. Gainey

Ep. Stufirtl lgpl. Bi en

Tpr. Roberts

Tpr. Ashmore

{1/ p1. Briwn

Tpr. Shell

CiCPPh'lli' er

Tpr_ Syme

Cfn. G idips

L/Cpl. Crabbe L/Cpl. Docherty

Tpr. Back Tpr. Longhurst

3RD TROOP Lt, C. M. Barne

Tpr. Starling Tpr. Cooney

Bennett Gillard Lane Bridgen Gardiner

L/Cpl. Whiting L/Cpl. Greenfield

Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr. Tpr_

Overtou Peasegood Cokayne Robinson Langton

Tpr. Callaghan

Tpr. Shayne

L/Cpl. Beard

L/Cpl. Rudge

Tpr. Gregory

Tpr. Fletcher

L/Cpl. Carr

L/Cpl, Catlin

2ND TROOP

Tpr. Coram

Tpr. Hart

19,} TROOP

Tpr. MarkWIck

Tpr. Rennolds

Lt J W Bucknall Svt Straw Capl- Dixon L/Cpl Williams Tpr '

Tpr. Murray

Tpr. Tpi. Tpr. Tpr.

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Sgt. Heath

FITTER TROOP

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Cfn. Norman

Tpr, Faulkner 2ND T1100],

Tpr. DaVIS

C.fn. S arliner

Cfn. SE31“ es

LL J. F. Mackie

Tpr. Marlow

Cfn. Francis

Tprl Allen

Tpr. Ford

Sgt. Cook

Tpr. Williams

Cfn. Gallagher

Tpr. Rose

Lt. P, M_ R, Brook

Tpr. Barry

L/Cpl. Neafsey

Tpr. Whyte

Cfn. Doyle

Tpr. Reid

Sgt. Clark

Tpr. Thornburrow

Tpr. Osborne

Tpr. Pink

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Major A. B. T. Davey Major (Q.M.) E. L. Payne W.O.I Ranson UNITED STATES ARMOR CENTRE Lt.-Col. W. R. Wilson-Fitzgerald BRITISH MILITARY DELEGATION.

FRANCE

R.A.C. TRAINING REGIMENT Sgt. Wight Sgt. Wilkinson Cpl. Murtagh

Cpl. Vallins Tpr. Moran

JUNIOR

LEADERS REGIMENT, R.A.C. Major J. A. Dimond S/Sgt. Darling Sgt. Hales Sgt. Best Sgt. Whellans Sgt. Boakes L/Cpl. Woollard Sgt. Briggs Tpr. Thorn

Major S. E. M. Bradish-Ellames BRITISH MILITARY DELEGATION,

HEADQUARTERS, B.A.O.R. Major J. B. Evans Cpl. Wittin

LIBYA W.O.II Warren HEADQUARTERS, BRITFOR, CYPRUS Major T. A. K. Watson HEADQUARTERS, UNFICYP L/Cpl. Dufton HEADQUARTERS, ADEN S/Sgt. Jubb R.A.C. CENTRE Lt. A. N. D. Bols Tpr. Goody W.O.II Blackallar Tpr. Hall S/Sgt. Muir Tpr. Kent S/Sgt. Bujko Tpr. Lane S/Sgt. Hall Tpr. Mellor Sgt. Sarll Tpr. O’Driscoll Cpl. Deane Tpr. Often Cpl. Taylor Tpr. Powell Tpr. Boyce Tpr. Wasey Tpr. Dawes R.A.C. GUNNERY SCHOOL Major P. W. F. Arkwright S/Sgt. Hearn Tpr. Ambler Sgt. Hayward Tpr. Collins Cpl. Brown (405) Tpr. Honeysett Cpl. Newton Tpr. Lawson Cpl. Reeves

HEADQUARTERS. I L/Cpl. Dutschak Tpr. L/Cpl. Taylor Tpr. Tpr. Brooks Tpr. Tpr. Campbell Tpr. Tpr. Dunn

(BR) CORPS Peters Rankin Salisbury Wood

HEADQUARTERS, Ist DIVISION S/Sgt. Leese Cpl. Cairney Sgt. Squires Cpl. Sowerby Cpl. Brown (602) Tpr. Crowley

HEADQUARTERS. 3rd DIVISION L/Cpl. Norman HEADQUARTERS, 4th DIVISION L/Cpl. Emmett

HEADQUARTERS, I7th DIVISION Major D. Miller HEADQUARTERS, HOME COUNTIES DIVISION Sgt. Bayne HEADQUARTERS, (WR and NH) DIVISION Major (Q.M.) W. G. Baker 42

HEADQUARTERS. 5th INFANTRY BRIGADE Sgt. Heller

HEADQUARTERS, 7th ARMOURED BRIGADE Cpl. Harris HEADQUARTERS, 201/1 A RMOURED BRIGADE Capt. A. E. Woodward Sgt. Baillie-Hamilton Cpl. Hayes Tpr. Ingram HOUSEHOLD CA VALRY REGIMENT Cpl. Proctor

THE LIFE GUARDS Capt. C. N. Haworth-Booth S.A.F., MUSCAT

Lt. N. M. B. Roberts K.C.L. Y. (SHA RPSHOOTERS) Capt. P. T. Keightley W.O.II Crabb Sgt. Acton Tpr. Howell RECRUITING ORGANISATION S/Sgt. Webster Sgt. Webster Sgt. Harty Sgt. Routley P. & E. ESTABLISHMENT Tpr. Tomson Tpr. Webb SENNELAGER TRAINING CENTRE L/Cpl. Roach

ARMY AIR CORPS U.K. Lt. I. M. D. L. Weston FARELF Lt. B. H. Coode B.A.O.R. Cpl. Barrett HQ. 2 WING L/Cpl. Dawson Tpr. Freund HQ. 3 WING L/Cpl. Finch Tpr. Greenfield R.A.C. PARACHUTE SQUADRON Lt. G. R. H. Chamberlain Sgt. Corcoran Tpr. Fuller Tpr Baker Tpr. Hanlon Tpr. Davies Tpr. Weaver Tpr. Edwards 2 ARMOURED DELIVERY SQUADRON Sgt. Priestman

R.M.A., SANDHURST Capt. J. G. Hamilton-Russell MONS OFFICER CADET SCHOOL Tpr. Brady Tpr. Deacy Tpr. Huckstepp F.V.R.D.E. Capt. T. W. P. Connell Sgt. Wallace Tpr. Blake Sgt. Cameron Tpr. Curtis L/Cpl. Aldridge Tpr. O’Sullivan Tpr. Ash


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extra siabiliiy. All-coil suspension. Complete underbody seal. Buill-in bellanchars.

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DOUBLE DIAMOND

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Rheindahlen. Soesl lWeslphalial: Feldmann & Coo, Gmbh, Arnsbergersirasse 7,477 Soest

(Westphalialo Or General Motors Continenlal S.A., Wesl German Sales Deparlmenl, Noorderlaan 75, Anlwerp, Belgium.

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. confidently. Sperry NaVIgators offer self»

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position automatic contained fixing, visibility regardless.

0 Free Pension.

NAVAL & MILITARY GROUP

0 Free Uniform or cash allowance 0 Additional allowances for certain skills and qualifications

SPERRY GYROSCOPE Division Sperry Rand Limited Stonehouse, Glos. England

0 Pre— release courses for serving members of HM, Forces.

Telephone: Stonehouse 2231

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