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No. 24 DETMOLD 1965 I START with an apology to all our readers no longer serving, or serving away from the Regiment. I know how they look forward to getting The 7oumal in June each year and how irritating it must be to have to wait a further six months this year. The fact is that it is no longer possible to go to press in the middle of the training season. It is also preferable to try and cover a year’s news as a whole, and therefore we shall be publishing in time for Christmas from now on. This year our starting point is the Ist of April, 1964. Three events of outstanding importance have happened since then. In October, 1964, The Change of Colonelcy. A tribute to Brigadier Pepys appears elsewhere, I will merely add my own sincere good wishes for a long and happy retirement. The Regiment could have no more fitting successor than General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick who, in the twelve years since he gave up Command, has risen to the rank of Lieut.—General and G.O.C.—in-C. Northern Ireland Com— mand. To those of us who knew him then, this was not unexpected. Even so we have watched his successive appointments with admiration. Colonel RAC HQ Northern Army Group, CRAC 1 (BR) Corps, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Director of Military Operations, and Chief of Staff HQ BAOR. We were delighted to be able to welcome Sir Desmond and Lady Fitzpatrick here just before they left Germany. The second major event has been the move to Germany. Fortunately “A” and “ C ” Squadrons returned from Cyprus in April last year, allowing some eight months for them to complete their interrupted conver— sion to tanks. The detachment of “C” Squadron as the Demonstration Squadron at the School of Infantry from October to















December was a great help in preparing for BAOR. The Regiment is indebted to The Queens Own Hussars for an excellent handover in January of this year which enabled us to settle in and begin the training season with the minimum of interruption.


The third outstanding event has been the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The Battle Honour that to quote from Atkinson’s history “It re—


cords the most brilliant and conspicuous episode in the Regiment’s career, an achievement of outstanding importance at the most critical moment in one of the greatest of the British Army’s battles.”


I felt it appropriate to include in this number, an article on Napoleon’s Eagles compiled by the late Brigadier—General Sir Ernest Makins, and previously unpublished. The Anniversary celebrations are fully covered in ‘ Events in I965,’ but it is our great regret that we were unable to participate with The Greys to the extent that we would have wished, and that the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards were not in BAOR for a Union Brigade function. With the present decline in recruiting for the Army, the efforts of Spud Lewis and his team of special recruiters is a source of constant admiration to us. We see all around us the problems of the less fortunate regiments and corps, and our sincere gratitude goes to this team. The announcement of the re—organisation of the Territorial Army by 1967 prompts me to mention The Sharpshootets. They will be very much in our thoughts these next few months as the details are worked out. We sincerely hope that they will not be affected.







Dragoons have been further strengthened over the past eighteen months. Despite our Allied Regiment being stationed in Canada, as The Journal shows we have made contact

Re—arranged from notes made by the late Brigadier General Sir Ernest Makins, K.B.E., c.B., n.s.o., Colonel of The Royal Dragoons, January, 1931, to October, 1946.

Lt General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick,

K.C.B., C.B., D.S.0., M.B.E., M.C. Colonel of the Regiment.

on a remarkable number of occasions. Finally The Journal itself. I make no apologies for the reversion to page width layout which I find more attractive and easier to read. I feel sure the absence of Squadron Notes will attract much criticism; apart from the poor quality sent to me and the lack of good photographs, I find I have lost my sense of humour on my fourth and certainly last year as editor. I hope that the coverage of ‘Events in 1964 and 1965 ’ goes some way to make up for this. Old Royals will also note the lack of news on games and sports. This is not deliberate, the fact is that normal sport has been heavily upset by the move and the strenuous training season. Added to this the field of activity has been very much widened as the article ‘In Search of Adventure ’ shows.

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IN Napoleonic times French Regiments consisted of three battalions, each of which carried an Eagle atop the pike of their Standard or Colour. Certain of these Eagles were adorned with golden wreaths. These had been given by the City of Paris to those regiments which had fought at the Battles of Jena and Friedland, and later also, at Napoleon’s request, to regiments who fought at Austerlitz. However, on February 18, 1808, Napoleon decreed that there should be only one Eagle per regiment—to be carried by the Ist Battalion—the other two battalions to carry Fanions. This order was issued because so many Eagles had been captured. In all, some fourteen of these Eagles are known to have come into the hands of the British Army. Of this number, only five were captured on the battlefield; but one more, a fifteenth, was captured at Waterloo by the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, who very unfortunately lost it. A trooper of that Regiment named Penfold claimed to have captured that of the 54th or 55th Regiment. “After we charged I saw an Eagle, which I rode up to, and seized hold of. The man who bore it would not give it up so I dragged him along by it for a considerable distance. Then the pole broke about the middle, and I carried off the Eagle. Immediately after that I saw a comrade, Hassard, in difficulties, and giving the Eagle to a young soldier of the Inniskillings, I went to his aid. The Eagle got dropped and lost.” It was a great pity that thus each regiment of the Union Brigade is not now represented by an Eagle. It will always be a matter for regret that the historic Union Brigade was broken up by the amalgamation of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the 5th Dragoon Guards. The fourteen Eagles were all presented by the Duke of Wellington to the Prince Regent, and on their arrival in England were placed, on his order, in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall—later The Royal United Service Institution and now the Government Banqueting Hall. In 1835 the remaining thirteen were removed to the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, where they remained intact for well over a century. Today, only ours remains at The Royal Hospital. With the agreement of the Regiment, it was removed from the Chapel and hung in the hall in 1955. It was not until 1838 that The Royals were granted its Eagle as their badge. On 2nd May of that year a communication arrived from the Horse Guards, to say that Her Majesty had given her gracious permission for the Regiment to assume on their Guidon and appointments, the Eagle of the 105th Regiment D’Infanterie de Ligne, captured by it at Waterloo. Whatever the design








0f the Eagle was in 1838, at the present time it is a very poor imitation of the original Eagle which Queen Victoria authorised us to wear. In 1939, General Makins took the matter up with the War Office, having the Chelsea Eagle photographed to show the authorities the difierence. The only objection given was the cost of making a new die, although the Regiment assumed responsibility for that. Alas, the war supervened, the matter was pigeon-holed and has not been raised again. The only adverse comment ever heard by General Makins was that the wives of officers would have to have their diamond brooches re—set—hardly a valid objection. Perhaps someday the matter will be put right.







Napoleon’s Eagles at one time in possession of the British Army (1) These four Eagles were surrendered to the British on (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)


capitulation of Martinique in 1809. The 82nd Regiment had evidently delayed obeying Napoleon’s order. Surrendered on the capitulation of Guadaloupe in 1810. The only Eagle captured by the British with the golden wreath. The 8th had been presented with their wreath in Paris on their way to Spain. Captured at Barrosa by the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers without its tricolour. On Friday, 16th April, r852, this Eagle was stolen from the Royal Hospital and never recovered. The present one is a dummy and only the stafi is original.


Picked up on the battlefield in the Pass of Maya in the Pyrenees in May, 1813, by our 28th of Foot (The Gloucester Regiment), who, by strange coincidence, had Opposed the enemy. Stolen while in The Chapel Royal and never recovered.


Picked up in the dried bed of the River Ceira, one of the tributaries of the Douro—apparently dropped by the bearer when the river was flooded after the action of Fozd’Arouce, on 15th June, 1811. Ney’s corps of Massena’s Army then retreating from the lines of Torres Vedras, was roughly handled and driven across the river by Wellington’s 3rd Light Division.


Both these Eagles were captured at Salamanca on 22nd July, 1812, when, in the words of a French ofliccr, “Well— ington defeated 40,000 men in 40 minutes.” The two Salamanca Eagles are the spoils of the finest cavalry charge that British horsemen ever delivered on a battlefield. The death ride for 1200 of Napoleon’s infantry, by Lt Marchant’s Brigade, which annihilated an entire French Division in less than quarter—of—an—hour. The 62nd was disposed of in less than two minutes. Napier describes how, “bewildered and blinded, they cast away their arms demanding quarter.” Two young subalterns in the infantry following the cavalry managed to grasp two Eagles before the bearers could break them off their staffs. Lt Pierce of the 44th (Essex), a regiment in the 5th Division, got that of the 62nd. Ensign Pratt 30th (East Lancashire) attached for duty to Major Cruikshank’s Portuguese, serving with the 3rd Division, got that of the 22nd. Tpr Why trekking near Wertach, Bavaria, 1965




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Both these Eagles were found stored in the ancient Royal Palace of Buen Retire, which was being used as an arsenal

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August, 1812, the garrison surrendered without firing a shot. Captured during the charge of the Union Brigade at Waterloo. The Eagle of the 45th Regiment was captured by Sgt Charles Ewart of The 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons, re-entitled the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) in 1877, and more recently The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons). This Eagle was handed over to the Greys on Waterloo Day, 1956, and is now in the United Services Museum, Edin— burgh. The Eagle of the 105th Regiment was captured by Capt Kennedy Clark of “The Royals,” who ran his sword through the French officer acting as Port Aigle. The Eagle fell across his horse’s head and the neck of the horse of Cpl Styles who was with him. Clark ordered Styles to the rear with the Eagle. “ He had a fight to get through with it, and had literally to cut his way back to safety.” He was rewarded in the same way as Ewart and given an ensignancy in the 6th West Indian Regiment on 23rd April, 1816, passed on to Half-Pay on 20th December, 1817, and died on 9th June, 1828. Capt Kennedy~Clark was wounded twice and had two horses killed under him at Waterloo, and was awarded the C.B.; but he received no recognition for his capture of the Eagle. For a long time it was assumed that Cpl Styles had done so. It was not till 1839 that Clark established his claim to the exploit, reinforced by regimental eyewitnesses. He was granted a distinguished augmentation to his coat of arms, embodying the Eagle and the figure of a Royal Dragoon; he reversed his double-barrelled name to ClarkKennedy and became CD. of the 7th Dragoon Guards. He was an MP. on several occasions and died as Lt Col Sir Alexander Kennedy Clark Kennedy of Knockgray, K.C.B., K.H., Colonel of the 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons in 1844. '

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VT is with regret that we have to record that Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O., relinquished his appointment as Colonel of The Regiment on the

12th October,

1964. This is not the place to give the details of his distinguished career, much of which can be found in [he regimental histories and in the 1955 edition of this Journal. It is fitting, however, to record that he was gazetted to the Regiment in August 1924, and exactly eighteen years later had risen to command for the first time—a month before El Alamein. Sadly Brigadier A' H' Pepys, 1350' he was severely wounded, losing a foot, shortly before the battle; but with singular determination was able to return to take over command again in January 1945. After a year at The Staff College in 1946 he returned to command for the third time from January 1947 until January 1949.

.. He was appointed Colonel on the 9th December, 1954, succeeding Colonel F. W. Wilson FitzGerald. Throughout the ten years he has tenaciously safeguarded our interests, and given unstinted time, trouble, and effort to all matters affecting the Regiment. He will be particularly re— membered, and the Regiment has cause to be very grateful to him, for his foresight, imagination, and Wise handling of two major problems affecting us in this period. Firstly, his unsparing ecforts on our behalf in 1958 and 1959 to prevent the amalgamation of the Regiment, when The Royal Armoured Corps was being reduced in size by this means. Secondly, for taking the initiative and seeing through all the lengthy proceedures that led to The Regiment being granted The Freedom of The City of London in the tei‘centenary year of 1961. Brigadier Pepys was a frequent visitor both in Germany, in Malaya, and latterly at Tidworth. In the past two years he has taken the opporzunity to attend many of our sporting and other

Captain Kennedy Clark 9th/12th Lancers, for the information The Editor is grateful to Lt Col A. J. Clark Kennedy, his sword, carried at Waterloo, included which These, effects. on his great—great—grandfather’s in London earlier this year, Exhibition Waterloo the in exhibited and other personal items, were Journal. the He hopes in due course to write an article for cc chopper,” used instead of the Dragoon He writes that the sword is a light cavalry pattern his great—great— which in regiment other only The it. on cipher ‘RDG’ an has and time, at that He would welcome any Light Dragoons. grandfather served was the 8th King’s Royal Irish too glad to pass them only be would Editor the and comments on these two unexplained facts ' on from readers of the Journal.

events. On his .retirement from the Colonelcy we express on behalf of all past and present members of The Regiment, our appremation of all that he has done for it. We are truly grateful and extend our best Wishes to him hoping that he will continue to visit us as often as possible.


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Tapics of interest CAPTAIN C. R. TIDSWELL Readers of our 1964 edition may be interested in the following correspondence generated by the article on Major Ben Tidswell’s grave at Abu Simbel. Little Roydon. Tonbridgc. Kent. 17th July. 1964. Dear Edito:. I was much interested to read in your July issue of the discovery. at Abu Simbel. of Major Ben Tidswell’s grave. I do hope it will be secured and preserved. He died lrev fore I was bo:n. but I think the following account may be of interest to o.‘ficers and men of my generation with whom I served in the Royals in the First World War. The Regiment was involved in action behind the Hindenburg Line early in October. 1918. The 6th Cavalry Brigade (from the History of which I quote) “ was ordered to follow up the successful penetration of the redoubtable Le Tronquoi Tunnel by the Australians. starting from Maguy La Fossc. This attack did not get very far owing to a strong German counter—attack, although the Brigade, Royals. 10th Hussars and 3rd Dragoons were heavily involved. On the 15th October we withdrew." Quoting fro-m my diary for 15th October—— “Trekked all day and arrived at the village of Etricourt. Not one single building of any sort was left standing. Our horses miserable. standing out 0:: breast lines in pouring rain and feet of mud. We ourselves slept huddled together in leaky and broken remains of Nissen huts. There we cked out the rest of October in there or less continuous discom— fort while re-fitting.” This, of course, was one of the worst areas of the Somme Battlefield (1916) and during this time I and several of my brother officers of “B ” Squadron went out to look at some graves in a plot on the hill not far from our quarters. Amongst several hundred graves.

Visitors to the Regiment during the year in—

20th October. 1918. and duly reported. I should be Inost interested if you can tell me whether he was (as I suspect) a son of Major Ben Tidswell?

Yours sincerely. A. R. COOKE (The Royal Dragoons. 1917-1920)

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25th July. 1964. Nr. Tcwkcsbury. Dear Major Dimond. It was so good of you to have sent me a copy of your Journal. I found it waiting for me on my return from abroad. I have been meaning to write and thank you to: it and now this morning your letter arrived. Now. about this relative of ours.

Ben Tidswell never married. brothers.

He had two

Robert and Richard. and. C.


Tidswell (Morny) was Richard’s son. Yours sincerely. PHYLLIS M. TIoswm,L

TIII: KliGIMlSN'l‘Al, Ass<,>r:IA'I‘IO\' The Regiment acknowledges with gratitude two major gifts from the Association in 1965. Firstly. to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. the gift of £100 towards the purchase of a fibreglass dinghy. This, it is hoped. will be sailing on the Mohne See in 1966. Secondly, for the generous gift of an annUIl trophy to the best athlete of the year. The first award of this was made in 1965 to Lopl Black. HQ Squadron. at






Then. in May, the visit of the Commanding Olficer and Mrs. Worsley to Canada for the presentation of their new Guidon. Visitors at Tidworth. in the shape of Maj Harry Gray, Col Bomber Bateman and Capt John Beveridge. As if this were insufficient. we were further dc‘ighted to find Leo Noiles flying for the Brigade, and a frequent Visitor to the Mess. Maj Peter Wilson dropped in on the advance party on a flying visit to the Weser in January. Finally. we have just heard from Maj Watson. with Headquarters. Cyprus District. that he has made contact with the RCD Reece Squadron. presently there for a second tour. We look forward to further contacts in 1966. a

RiaoIMINI‘AL News We congratulate Lt Col R. E. Weislcy on his appefintment to command 7th Armoured Brigade in the New YCJI‘. We also congrltc— late Maj P. D. Reid on the news; that ha: is to

be the next Commanding Officer. in December. We welcome the following to the Regiment: Maj (Q.M.) and Mrs. S. N. Kent—Payne: 2Lts J. W. S. Lewis, G. R. H. Chamberlain. R. I. Smithers. I. M. D. L. Weston. C. M. F.





K.C.B., on, D.S.O., M.B.E., M.C. We heartily congratulate The Colonel of The Regiment. firstly, on his promotion and appointment to be General Officer Com— manding—in—Chief, Northern Ireland Command and, secondly, on the award of a K.C.B. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. *



BRIGADIER G. T. A. ARMI'l‘AGIi. M.B.E. We congratulate Brigadier Armitage on his appointment to be Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 1 (BR) Corps in March. 1966. ‘k



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all marked and inscribed, we came upon that

of Captain C. R. Tidswell (Morny) Royal Dragoons, attached R.F.C.. killed in action, 16th October, 1916. He had been missing since 1916. This was discovered by us about

elude: The Rt. Hon. Fred Mull.:;y. M.P.. General Sir William Stirling. K.C.B., (I.B.E..


Lit—COL. P. MASSEY, M.c. (Retd.) We congratulate Colonel Massey on his appointment as Secretary to The Honourable Artillery Company on 25th June, 1965.

THE NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM APPEAL The attention of readers is drawn to this outstandingly important appeal, details Of which appear on page 10. A cheque for £57 125. 4d. has already been forwarded by the Regiment. More money is urgently needed. *



ENGAGEMENTS We congratulate the following on an nouncing their engagement: Lt B, H. Coode to Miss Sally-Jane Cowley; Lt D. H. Spencer to Miss Pamela Marshall; Capt J. G. R. Hamilton—Russell to Miss Alison Heard; Capt A. P. G. Stanley—Smith to Miss Penelope Maguirc. ‘k



ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOON News Despite our Allied Regiment being in Canada, we have been fortunate enough to make many contacts in the year. Firstly. the RCD Recce Squadron overlapped with ours in Cyprus in 1964, a reason for many well— remembered reciprocal visits.

Scott, J. P. Wrigley and Ssgt Muir. We are glad to see the following back with the Regiment after their duties away: Maj M. B. Noble, Maj D. J. S. Wilkinson. Maj W. R. Wilson FitzGerald. Capts P. T. Keightlcy. A. E. Woodward, J. M. Loyd, Lt D. H. Spencer. RQIVIS Leech. WOII Warren, SQMS Cummings. SQMS Tucker. Ssgt Thorpe. Sgts Acton. Boakes. Baillie— Hamilton. Mackay. Heller and Hayes. During the past year the following have left the Army. and we wish them all good fortune: Maj C. E. Winstanley. Capts W. M. G. Black. P. A. Arnison—Ntwgass. Lts D. S. B'Irrington— Browne. E. C. York. J. H. Lloyd. 2Lt M. A. E. Casey, RSM’s J. D. Bradley. F. G. G. Vowles, SQMS Clarke. The following have left on extra—regimental employment or have taken up other duties away from the Regiment, We wish them luck in their new appointments: Maj J. A. Dimond. M.C.. Maj B. J. Hodgson. Maj T. A. K. Watson. Maj W. S. H. Boucher. Capts A. B. T. Davey. J. J. F. Scott, B. J. Lockhart, J. A. Aylen.

C. B. Amery. J. W. L. Bucknall. Lts C. N. Haworth—Bocth. C. M. Barrie. RSM Ranson.






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WOII Darling, S.Q.M.S.’s Woods, Lees-z. Bujko, Ssgt Hall, Sgts Camerca. Slll, Rainger. Corcoran, Wood, Webster. Wallace. Heath. Best, Wight, Whellans.

We welcome to the Reiimeit. Lt A. (i. P. Meager, WOI Toms, WOII Herbert. AQVSS Burnfrcy, Ssgt Gill and Sgt Gray (all REMF). Ssgt Smith (ACC) and Sgt Gallagher (Royal Signals).

(Rcval Signals), Sgt Rowland (RAPC). We csngtatulate the following on their prty m:;ion: Capt (QM) A. S. Ayrton, Capt T. W. P. Connell, Capt J. G. Hamilton—Russell, Lts G. R. H. Chamberlain. J. W. S. Lewis,

We say goodbye to 2Lts M. R. Newhv. P.


J. F. Mackic, A. H. Scott. J. M. Shepherd— Cre.:s; RSM’s Clark, Ransom; SSM Simpson; SQMS‘S Tucker, Cummings, Brcoks, Webster.


Eemfrv, Thorpe and Jubb; Sgts Melia, Harry, Clark. Hayward, Pain. Everson, Hunt, Wilkin—

F. Hall, WOI Morris, \V’OII’S Efren Porter. Prince, Sgts Quigley and Fosziham (all REME), WOII Smith (ACC), Ssgt Tompkins


son, Chambers, Tatham, Briggs and Fisher; T/Maj Shearn; also WOII Porter, Sgt Smith, Sgt Freeman (REME), Sgt. Gallagher (Royal Signals), WOII Smith (ACC).


The National Army Museum Building Appeal THE object of the Appeal is to raise funds to provide and equip a new National ’ Army Museum. The Army’s achievements are a national heritage. The treasures and records which derive from the Army’s long service to the Crown and the People deserve to be displayed for the nation in surroundings worthy of their historical, educational and cultural importance. We hope to establish the new Museum in the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the Commissioners of which are prepared to grant a lease of 999 years, of a uniquely appropriate site. Plans for a building are being submitted to the Royal Fine Art Commission and planning permission is being sought. The Government has agreed to meet the cost of maintaining and staffing the new museum, but for the site and the cost of the building and equipment we must rely on private generosity. We have already received promises exceeding £352,000. Our target is to raise a further £750,003. All money will be used to establish a National Army Museum worthy of the nation. Please help as much as you can. The National Army Museum is a registered Charity. We ask for :— A donation in the form of an outright gift, or a Subscription by a Deed of Covenant for seven years or more paid by Bankers Order, or Consideration of a Bequest. Please support the Appeal by writing to:— The Secretary, The National Army Museum Building Appeal, Landsdowne House, Berkeley Square, London, W.1.




Going Cut? Keep in touch with o‘d friends and old times. Order your “Eagle” from: The Secretary. The Royal Dragoons Regimental Association, Hill House, Beckenham Lane, Brornl 1y, Kent. 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 Is. od.

Return from Cyprus On the 26th March, “A” and “ C” Squadrons became part of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force, donning their sky blue berets and scarves. Alas not for long; and just not long enough for either of them to qualify for the UN Medal, despite their having operated in the three months of fiercest fighting. “A” Squadron ceased to be operational after only ten days, handing over to The Life Guards, and returning to England about the 16th April. “ C ” Squadron remained at Ktima teaching a Swedish battalion how to operate Scout cars and showing them the area. They returned to England on the 26th April. Not a man in either Squadron would have missed those three months. Instances of provocation, frustration, horror, danger and excitement were felt by most of them at one time or another, and to most it is a period of soldiering that they will not forget. Both Squadrons were the wiser and better for the experience on their return. at * * RE Demonstration, Chatham 2Lt Shepherd-Cross and a troop from “ B ” Squadron took part in this annual demonstration from the 25th May to the 4th June. *



Visitors’ June This was a busy month, firstly a visit by newly commissioned officers from the REME School at Arborfield. This was followed by a visit of thirty cadets from Downside CCF.

United Nations Patrol

Both parties were shown round the Regiment and its equipment. at



Recruiting by the Recce Troop Unhampered by all the disadvantages of tracked vehicles, Recce Troop, re—formed and

re—equipped after Cyprus, entered into a full programme throughout May, June and July. Demonstrations with the aim of improving recruiting formed the major part of their itinerary. In this period they took part in two recruiting displays at Dagenham and at Hackney Marshes directly benefiting our own recruiting organisation. They also formed part of a much larger Tri-Service display at Brands Hatch. Exercise “Chequered Flag,” as this was called, was given to the crowd of 100.000 before the start of the 1964 European Grand Prix. Apart from a static display behind the pits, six Ferrets drove round the track as part of the Cavalcade. The troop also officiated at the Army Point—to—Pofnt at Tweseldown. The turnout










Training on Salisbury Plain From thc third week in August until the end of September the Regiment trained almost continuously on the Plain. Starting with crew and troop training we progressed to Squadron training and, after a break while the area was cleared for Exercise “Storm King,” completed the period with a series of regimental «exercises ranging from Ludgershall to Warminster and back. The weather throughout was perfect and, looking back now from the restrictions and frustrations of Soltau, we realise how good the training area was.

The Dagenham

Beauty Queen.

of men and machines on all these occasions brought in favourable comment from many different sources. *



Exercise “ Storm King ” “ B ” Squadron took part in this 19th Brigade exercise as part of the enemy force. It was a strenuous exercise flowing back and forth across the Plain, being marred by the tragic crash of a USAF fighter bomber close to the Squadron leaguer area. *



Demonstration Squadron, Warminster “C” Squadron moved to the School of Infantry early in October to take over this task from “B” Squadron 5th Royal Inni— skilling Dragoons Guards for three months.

hour exercise. We were delighted to see such familiar figures as Capt Burnside, their Pay— master, and Lt Sinker. *



Visit by Cheam School Twenty boys from the school choir were entertained by “C” Squadron on the 6th July. Their programme included rides in tanks, reporting their position over the radio. and shooting on the FMR. They were also shown the Officers’ Mess and finally astonished the QM and their hosts with their capacity for cakes and ice cream at tea in the dining hall. *


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Reece Troop in Northern Ireland Two sections flew to Northern Ireland in Argosy aircraft in July for Exercise “Brief Wind” with the Lancashire Fusiliers. Using Ballykinla as their base the party enjoyed the scenery of the Mountains of Mourne from a distance, but less enthusiastically when they climbed Slieve Donard—the highest peak. Tprs Cook and Fullick were forced to cool

off in a waterfall on the way down. *




KCLY Annual Camp Appropriately the Sharpshooters chose West Down Camp, Tilshead, for their Camp in July. This afforded both Regiments the opportunity for social exchanges as well as enabling us to loan them certain individuals and to set and assist in a final twenty—four

‘ Brew-up’ for Fourth Troop. “A" Squadron

Farewell to General Carver On his return from Cyprus and before he gave up command of the 3rd Division. Major-General Carver paid us a farewell visit and lunched in the Officers’ Mess early in September. The Officers are indebted to him for the gift of three books for the Officers’ Mess library.

Visit of Army Recruiting Staffs At the suggestion of Maj Lewis, we were able to invite the Officers and Warrant Officers from recruiting offices in our area to spend a couple of days in the field with us in September. We were delighted to see them and hope that they enjoyed it. making con» tact with men they had engaged for us. This was a most rewardng detachment

with the Squadron being expected to turn out all its vehicles several times each week in exercises or demonstrations. The facilities of the School. the exercises. and the up—todate equipment of the other demonstrating arms. raised “C” Squadrons standard of training to a high level by December. When individual courses began in the Regiment in December. a number of crewmen from “A”








and “ B ” Squadrons joined “ C” Squadron for a period to help them over the last three weeks of the course. “C ” Squadron returned to Tidworth on the 16th December. *



Visit of GOC 3rd Division Major-General Blacker, the new Divisional Commander, visited the Regiment on the 6th October. After a tour of the barracks he lunched in the Oflicers’ Mess. ‘k



Visit of The Rt. Hon. Fred Mulley, MP. The Secretary of State for Defence (Army) visited on the 22nd October. Arriving after lunch, he toured departments meeting mem— bers of the Regiment at their normal work

and took tea in the Officers’ Mess before he left. i


Visitors from New Zealand

A party of thirty all ranks from The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps were attached to the Regiment from the 30th October until the 3rd November. Together with a similar party of gunners they had taken advantage of empty RAF Transport Command aircraft to spend two weeks in England. Soon after their arrival they were crewed into vehicles of the Recce Troop, RHQ and “ B ” Squad— ron and made to take part in Exercise “Powder Horn” specially set for them on Salisbury Plain. Later they visited demonstrations at The School of Infantry including a Squadron Fire Power demonstration by “C” Squadron. Finally they visited places of interest in the area including Salisbury and Longleat. After leaving us, the two contingents joined forces and spent a fortnight on ceremonial guard duties in London, before returning to New Zealand the way they came. Their visit was an unqualified success as far as we were concerned, and many friends were made at all levels. From correspondence with them after their return, they too seem to have enjoyed their stay with us.



Lord Mayor’s Show A detachment of two officers and fifty men from “A” Squadron were invited and





took part in the procession with the Band on the 14th November. *



Exercise “ Sarum Tatum II ” Two troops of “A” Squadron took part in this exercise on Salisbury Plain from the 9th to 17th November run by The RMA Sand— hurst. Those who took part were impressed by the energy of the instructors or the fitness of the cadets, we are not quite sure which. At any rate they enjoyed it. During a break in the exercise the cadets were entertained in the Oflicers‘ and Sergeants” Messes in barracks. ‘A'



Annual Administrative Inspection This was carried out this year by Brigadier Ward—Harrison. This was his last visit to the Regiment before he handed over to Brigadier Butler. The Regiment is indebted to him for his understanding and help at all times and in particular to his seeing that the detach— ment of two squadrons to Cyrus did not unduly affect our conversion to tanks. We wish him all success at the Imperial Defence College.


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‘ Hotel Quebec.’ The Colonel of The Regiment and Tpr Kent

Brigadier Pepys’s Farewell Visit Brigadier Pepys paid a farewell visit to the Sergeants’ Mess in January. *



The Move to Germany The advance party, some eighty strong, left England by air on 5th January. One of their additional tasks successfully carried out, was to find private'accommodation for some forty families for whom there were no quarters available. The main body of the Regiment moved by air from Gatwick to Gutersloh over the period from the 10th to 23rd February. *



Divisional Commander’s Farewell Major~General Blacker, paid a farewell visit to the Regiment at the end of January. The following is an extract of his address to the Officers and N.C.O.s: “ Before you leave the 3rd Division and go to Germany I want to say goodbye to you, and to thank you for all you have done during

your time in it. I don’t suppose many armoured regiments have ever had so varied a year and had so many problems to solve. As a background you have had the task of con— verting to tanks and being ready for service anywhere in the world as part of The Strategic Reserve—tasks that are normally quite enough in themselves. But to them you have had to add sudden reconversion to armoured cars and departure to Cyprus, where you rendered very fine service in a role which undoubtedly—if it didn’t solve the Cyprus problem—gave time for tempers to cool, and prevented a very serious international crisis. To do this and still produce the Demonstra— tion Squadron at Warminster; and at the end of the year earn an outstandingly good report at your Administrative Inspection, is an achievement which you can all be proud of. In fact for your Regiment it has been a

memorable year. And all carried out without fuss and bother and flap. as it should be. I congratulate you—well done!” *



Visit of The Colonel of The Regiment We were delighted that General and Mrs.

Fitzpatrick were able to pay a' visit to us before they left Germany for Northern Ire— land. Owing to bad weather they were un— able to fly from Rheindahlen. travelling by car instead on the afternoon of the 28th February. That evening they dined in the Commanding Officer’s house with senior serving officers of the Regiment. The following day they toured all departments, meeting soldiers of all ranks at their work or in messes, and visiting trade training classes. In the evening the Colonel dined in the Officers’ Mess. On the 2nd March the day began with further visits to different parts of the regiment. At midday, General and Mrs. Fitzpatrick met the Corporals and their wives in the Corporals’ Mess. In the afternoon they met junior soldiers and their wives at a tea party in the Junior Ranks’ Club, and in the evening attended a social given by the Sergeants and their wives in the Sergeants’ Mess. General and Mrs. Fitzpatrick left Detmold the following morning by air after what was

to us a most enjoyable and memorable viSit.











from each sabre squadron took part in this NAT) exercise as enemy against an ad hoc force of British, French. German and Dutch units. The exercise was held both on the Sennetagcr training area and round Detmold and was a useful introduction for exercises later in the year.



Hcogeveen Marches

Reece troop protesting slightly at the out— set. volunteered to enter a team for the Maple Leaf marches held each year in celebration of that town's liberation by the Canadians in 1945. The team thoroughly enjoyed their weekend and the wonderful hospitality of Dagch families. and returned with a ‘Very Good ’ diploma. *

The Colonel of the Regiment visits “A" Squadron

Visit of Cranwell Cadets An Officer and seven cadets from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell stayed with us for a week early in March. They were able to try out all our vehicles and equipment and in addition visited units of other arms Finally they spent a weekend in nearby. Dusseldorf before flying back to Cranwell. * * 1k Ski-ing A troop each from “A,” “B” and “C” Squadrons were able to start ski-ing for the first time this year. In February and March troops from “A” and “ B ” Squadrons were sent for a fortnight’s course to the winter warfare centre at Silberhutte in the Harz mountains. Here in addition to being taught downhill and cross—country ski—ing they learnt to survive and fight in the snow. A troop from “C” Squadron went to the Outward Bound Centre in Bavaria as reported on page



Parade for H.M. The Queen During Her State Visit to Germany in May. Her Majesty spent the 26th of May visiting troops, in the course of which she took he salute at two large parades at Senne— lager. The first of these was a dismounted parade of some six thousand men on the Lippsprfinge airfield, followed immediately by an armoured parade in front of the wind— mill on the Sennelager training area. The Regiment took part in the mounted parade with the 20th Armoured Brigade Group and the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. As the accompanying photographs show, it was a most impressive spectacle involving some three hundred armoured vehicles and nine hundred men, being the largest to be held since the war. At the start the six regi— ments were dismounted in front of their vehicles drawn up in line in front of the Royal Box. After Her Majesty had driven along the line in a Land Rover, regiments turned outwards from the centre and double marched to the front of their vehicles prior to mounting and starting up. The vehicles reversed some three hundred yards in line and then formed column of squadrons for the march past in which turrets were traversed and guns dipped. There followed an advance in review order with guns dipped for the final Royal Salute. As Her Majesty left the ground, all crews mounted on top of their

The Right Honourable Fred Muliey, M.P., Maj Hodgson, SSM Paul

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Exercise “ Left Foot ”

“ B ” Squadron Headquarters with a troop

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The Regiment approaching the


Her Majesty reviews the Armoured Parade

vehicles and gave Three Cheers. Aside from preparing the vehicles, rehearsals were surprisingly few. The vehicles were concentrated on the ground ten days in advance and crews went across daily. Many will not easily forget the visions of ‘Will she start?’ or of being left in front of the Royal Box alone to be towed ignominiously away backwards in full View. Fortunately it happened on rehearsals but not. visibly at any rate, on the day. * 'A' * Troop Training The Queen’s parade had eaten into our training time and as a result we had to load

for a last weekend’s more advanced manceuvring before returning to Detmold on the 8th June.

and move to Soltau the same evening.

ment and Capt I. G. Hamilton—Russell attended the dinner given by the Army Board in the Banqueting Hall, Whitehall. After dinner the guests, who included Her Majesty, watched a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade given by massed bands and Standard, Guidon, and Colour parties of forty-three Waterloo Regiments. Representing the Regi-


weather was kind and so were the authorities in allowing us to train over the weekend. A full week of troop training was finished with troop tests run by Reg-{mental Headquarters, and won by 3rd trooo of “C” Squadron much to the fury of RHQ troop. who did the dummy run prior to being enemy for the remainder. They might have won it. We finished the period by driving on to Hohne




Waterloo Celebrations For this the 150th anniversary, celebrations were held in London, Brussels and, of course,

Detmold. Firstly London. At the exhibition held in Wellington Barracks from the 21st May to

the 7th July. the original Eagle captured by the Regiment was on display together with other items of regimental property including a case of Waterloo medals and some pictures. On the 12th lune The Colonel of the Regi—

ment were Lt Coode, RSM Clark, RQMS

Titmarsh and SSMS Paul and Crabb. After

‘ C" Squadron drive past














strong including the Band, were joined the next day by the Guidon party from London. Despite a tented camp grey under rain the Royals had no difficulty in finding warmth and entertainment in Brussels. Parties were given bv the British and Dutch Military Attaches. The‘French Attache excused himself on the grounds that he could not understand why we were celebrating Waterloo, but he regretted he would be away rehearsing for 1966—the To hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

The Standard and Guidons of the “Union Brigade”

the parade the Guidon parties of The Skins, Greys and Royals attended a Union Brigade Social at Albany Street. Finally, on the 21st June, Maior Wilson

FitzGerald, 2Lt Mackie, SSM Warren, Sgt Louch, chl Guerrini, and Tpr Precious attended a dinner given by the Lord Mayor in the Mansion House. Secondly,





replica of the Waterloo Eagle and two parade states of the 18th June, 1815, were loaned for an exhibition held in the British Embassy. On the I 5th June, Lt C01 and Mrs. Worsley attended the Anniversary Ball also held in the Embassy, at the invitation of Her Brittanic Majesty’s Ambassador. The story goes that as the evening wore on, the band started up a catchy and familiar tune and several couples moved into a waltz. “ What a rice custom,” murmured a Flemish officer who was looking 0:1. It was the Belgian National Anthem! Simultaneously another party from the Regiment under Major Bradish—Ellames was arriving at an airfield outside the city to take part in a church parade at Hougomont Farm on the 18th. This party, some fifty-five

In spite of rain the service did not fail to impress all those present. The Guidons standing in the hollow square formed by the forty regimental contingents—the wall surrounding the orchard still had the loopholes from the battle—every Standard, Guidon and Colour displayed the honour Waterloo. The lesson was simple—“ United we over— came aggression, united we can do it again.” Finally, the Band gave two performances in The Henschel Stadium, Brussels and in Ant— werp. Twenty bands, the cavalry massed under Mr. Evans, gave an impeccable per— formance on both occasions. As the con— tingents left their airfield camp one could sense the Belgian Air Force sentry saying to himself “What are those English doing in their tented camp all this time in the rain ” ? Fifteen thousand British all ranks were remembered. Our time had not been wasted. Lastly Detmold. With the important celebrations already described, the Anniversary was celebrated quietly in the Regiment. As is now customary the annual swimming sports were held during the day but were not improved by rain. In the evening 21 Waterloo dinner was served in the dining hall and great credit goes to Ssgt Smith for this magnificent spread. This was followed by one of the best All Ranks’ Dances held for years. It went with a swing from the start and rewarded the outstanding efforts of Capt Hart— Dyke, SSM Simpson, Sgt Tatham and others. *



Rhine Army Horse Show Yet another major event to detract from the month available between the end of troop training and annual firing. Mention must, however, be made of the success achieved by Capt Connell, Sgt Owen and his team of carpenters; and, of course, the Reece Troop

Regimental Waterloo All Ranks' Dance. 1965








for the construction and running of the Show Jumping Ring. *


Reece Troop in Denmark The highlight of the Recce Troop’s year—— an exchange training visit to The Jutland Dragoons from the 5th to the 18th July. The four hundred mile journey to Holstebro took two days with a night stop near the frontier. The tour got off to a good start at once with a shooting competition and a football match, and in no time both units spoke each other’s language. There followed a novel and entertaining rally set by our hosts, whose tasks included not only driving and map reading, but also hand grenade throwing from the scout cars, an obstacle course, and finally, catching, cleaning and cooking a fish. The latter was not so difficult as it sounds. The check point to catch the fish was a trout farm belonging to a Danish MP, with seven hundred fish in each pool. The first weekend the Troop went to Copenhagen to sample the delights of The Tivoli. The Whitbread Tavern seemed the best place to Tprs Robinson and Finch. Cpls Hore, Wilkins and Tprs Taylor, Leary, Finch and Robinson spent an afternoon in Sweden where they found the beer cheaper. It was almost a reluctant return to Holstebro for the last two—day exercise. During the visit the Troop took the oppor— tunity of paying official visits on the Mayors of Aalborg, Aarhus, Vejle, Middlefart, Odense and Kolding, and presented them each with a regimental plaque and an address of greeting from the Commanding Officer and all ranks. It was these towns and cities that had sheltered and so royally entertained squadrons of the Regiment after the liberation of Denmark just twenty years before. The gesture was obviously very much appreciated everywhere.

Visit to Holding

Annual Firing and Regimental Training For the first ffme since 1948 the Regiment moved into a single tented camp on the Hohne ranges on the 7th July. Despite some rain every day for the first twenty-three days, shooting was enjoyed and from the report since received, was well up to standard for this our first year in BAOR. After Castle— martin and Lulworth the programme and the ranges themselves were a distinct advance. We did, however, yearn for more hard targets. We moved up to Soltau on the 27th July straight into a regimental exercise for A Squadron. It rained non-stop for the thirty—

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for A Squadron’s exercise for twenty-four hours and still came up smiling. Judging by their letters (thirty-six of them) on return, they enjoyed it all! So did we, and hope that they will come again. *


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Visit by The Jutland Dragoons Eye

Cpl Brown does a bore sight

Four tank crews from the Ist Battalion arrived on an exchange visit on the 28th July and stayed for the remainder of regimental training until the 12th August. We were glad to welcome Lt Niels Olsen, their leader, who had earlier visited us in Detrnold to arrange their stay. They took over tanks in each squadron and became just part of us. Their proficiency has been admired by all of us and this has been a very happy stay. We hope further visits will take place in future years.

six hours of this exercise and the area became so waterlogged that all training was severely curtailed for the following week. The period was rounded off with similar exercises for both the other two squadrons. *






WAS lulled into Army life simply by being in love with a soldier. During our engagement, when I was way up in the clouds anyway, he appeared to have nothing much to do except come to parties with me and, as I got to know him better he seemed to have less and less to do. Nothing, I said to myself, would deter me from becoming an “Army wife.” Our wedding day, I realised afterwards, was conveniently fixed at a time when his friends would not be on manoeuvres and could, therefore, enjoy drinking themselves silly at at my parents’ expense. Our honeymoon, needless to say, was continually in jeopardy of being curtailed by a military call to arms which frankly didn’t enthral me. Gradually I started coming down to earth, and the realisation that everything in the garden wasn’t

going to be quite as rosy as I’d expected. To start with he was on the permanent staff of the T.A. which meant he was never home at weekends and every other night was a 'drill night; so after two years we went, for what I thought would be a rest, to regimental soldiering.

Little did I realise that this meant he could never be late for first parade, that other people’s problems would keep him later than anyone else at the office, and that he would consider it necessary to drink in the Mess with the boys every day before lunch. (It was some months before I discovered everyone got an hour and a half for lunch). Instead of drill nights we now had band nights. All too often he squeezed himself into his messkit and departed, with the fond words “Enjoy your evening, darling” and a promise not to wake me on his return. However, the early hours of the morning would find me awake, despite his wobbly efforts to remove boots and spurs downstairs. Now he had a captive audience, and being in high spirts, would confide in me all the hilarious happenings of the evening, tell other people’s funny jokes and admit how much he’d lost at poker. Then into bed and fast asleep. This left me with the sound of his heavy breathing and the counting of endless sheep in an effort to snatch a little more beauty sleep before I’d have to cope with getting him on parade. This involved being sympathetic to his condition and administering alka seltzers and fresh orange juice for his breakfast.


Visit of the Marlborough CCF

Three officers and thirty-three cadets from

I learnt to be quite an efficient boiler Stoker and batwoman so long as I remembered which way

Marlborough College spent a week with us at the end of annual firing and the beginning of regimental training. They undoubtedly enjoyed driving our vehicles most of all, with perhaps a conducted tour of the East German

round his eagles went, and didn’t forget the application of anti-dim to the inside of his gas mask on Thursday mornings. Exercises though I dreaded. Off he’d go to play soldiers for weeks on end, loving every moment while I sat home counting the days and preparing myself for the mountain of

frontier a close second.

dirty laundry, the starving husband and filthy body that would eventually return to me.

They exercised by

night, visited Hamburg, Celle, Belsen, and

put money on the “ Ambassadors Cup.” Finally, they were stuffed one into each tank

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After these few sobering years of matrimony and a number of light—armed skirmishes, I realise that I have lost the battle for my husband’s affections and concede victory to the Regiment. Since when I have come to regard it as an ally. It does provide me with the only social life I get; it also provides me with a dress problem: I can’t wear red because it Clashes with his mess kit, dreamy floor length lace is no good when there are spurs about. I must try not to wear the same thing twice running as the same people are sure to be at every party. The military like dancing in tents or cookhouses, or tents in cookhouses, but I have to forego the comfort of a stole in case I become all too attached to my partner who will be wearing medals and troops of buttons, or epaulettes, or cross belt and pouch, or shoulderfuls of chainmail, or the whole lot.

The Army too provides me with a house, the size and state of which varies indescribably


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from one place to another—as does the garden. However, we are provided with all too frequent opportunities to move from one part of the world to the next, which involves packing up, filling in innumerable forms, checking the inventory, being jabbed, coping with children, dogs and packing cases; and sorting out the enormous amount of so called junk we manage to accumulate in a surprisingly short period. I have learnt a bit of tolerance I hope with his way of life; I have tried to show an interest in military matters, share in the eternal Wives’ Club, give endless dinner parties and produce babies to earn us more points (which is, by the way, why Army wives are so prolific). I am getting better


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at remembering the names and faces of his soldiers and rank and regiment in a momentary glance. I now don’t nag about the number of cigarettes he smokes. I try not of the night by some message or siren. It’s odd to think besides, what else could he do?


their wives, and at recognising someone’s ask about our next posting. I no longer to mind when he’s removed in the middle that I shall simply hate it if he retires—

LAos Colonel C. A. Banham, to whom the Editor in indebted for an article on Laos’ New Year, writes of his most interesting job where he expects to remain until the autumn of 1966. *



AUSTRALIA Capt P. M. R. Brooke, approaching the end of his second year as ADC to His Excellency The Governor of Tasmania, is due back in 1966. He writes that he is about to spend his leave ‘ Going Bush ’ and promises to write an article on it next year. *



BOVINGTON Maj J. A. Dimond, Asistant Chief Instruc—

tor at the Junior Leaders Regiment, reports that he and fellow Royals are keeping their end up. WOII Darling has forsaken the flute for an office job, adeptly getting the senior boy’s band on parade at the right time and place. He keeps his hand in by conducting at church on Sunday mornings. Sgt Whellans has settled down well' as a percussion instructor and is always on the lookout for new Xylophone numbers. SQMS Shone was recently struck down with acute appendicitis and spent a rather uncomfortable few weeks in Weymouth hospital. He is now recovering and back to the task of fitting out all shapes and sizes from the clothing store. Sgt Hales is the Peter Pan of the junior intake. By day he wields a pace stick with flourish and alfection, and in the evenings may be seen with a host of boys fishing from our boat off Weymouth. Sgt Best spends his days in a whirl of blankets, keys, ration packs, tents, lanterns, and hand charts, and sometimes manages to please the large Cpl Major under whom he works in one of the junior squadrons. Cpl Petts is an impressive policeman, and of course knows all the ways and wiles of wouldbe offenders. chl Woolard does a great job keeping up with insatiable demands for small

arms ammunition, and now has a second small son to keep him awake at night. Tpr Young drives anything on wheels, and handles the 39-seater bus with confidence and a certain verve. Maj Miller has recently left the Centre for Borneo. Sgt Thornton is one of the mainstays of the D & M School technical stores. Cpl and Mrs. Harris seem to keep the Brigadier and Mrs. Armitage happy at the ‘White House.’ We are glad to hear such good news. *



PARACHUTE SQUADRON RAC Sgt Corcoran writes from an exercise in Germany, one of many they take part in all over the world. Both he and Tpr Weaver represented the Squadron when they won the 3rd Division Minor Units Athletics. Tprs Paramor, Baker and Hanlon are with a detachment in Bahrain and enjoying the sun. They all hope to meet up at the end of the year in an exercise there. ‘A'



DOUGLAS DUNLOP Now RAPKIN The Editor thanks Mr. Rapkin for his

letter with the sad news of the death of exch1 Bowyer reported elsewhere. He is at present with The Civil Service in the Department of Technical Co—operation. Ex-chl Barker, RAPC, is still in touch with him. *



Maj W. S. H. Boucher writes from Malta where he is DAAG. We miss the usual humorous article from him, but we look forward to his editing The ioumal on his return. The Editor is grateful to him for sending an Adjutant General’s Confirmatory Order from the Peninsular War. He is at present running the P010 in Malta. *



Brigadier K. F. Timbrell, M.C., stayed with the Regiment in December. Still serving in Saudi Arabia, but last heard of at Millbank Hospital and Osborne in August recovering from a severe attack of amoebic dysentry. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Reece Troop cook their trout (see page 23)

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The Regimental Association


Honorary Secretary: Major C. W. J. Lewis, M.B.E., Home Headquarters, The Royal Dragoons, Hill House, Beckenham Lane, Bromley, Kent.

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(Top) Sgt Webster, (Left) Sgt Heath, (Right)

Sgt Routley, (Below) Maj C. W. J. Lewis, MBE. We salute the efforts of Spud Lewis and his team who once again placed the Regiment top of the recruiting league in the Royal Armoured Corps in 1964. With a cap badge strength of 588 all ranks, the Regiment is in a most envious position, well able to fill its establishment and

the ever increasing demands for extra regimentally employed posts.

This achievement is a most

remarkable one stemming from August, 1961, when the Regiment was able to organise recruiting

properly and to form a Home Headquarters. At that time less than half the Regiment were regular soldiers, and with the approaching end to National Service, the future was not a bright one. Yet by March, 1962, only eight months later, the organisation had found the two hundred—odd recruits needed, and had had their recruiting efforts temporarily restricted by the War Office. In January, 1962, the best month, fifty-three recruits were found. Since that time the organisation has more than kept pace with our wastage, indeed many recruits have also been found for 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and the 9th/12th Lancers. Without these magnificent efforts the life of the Regiment would be a miserable one. To Spud and his organisa— tion, therefore, we send our sincere thanks. Their efforts would not be possible but for the help and energy of all the officers and NCOs of the Army recruiting organisation in our area. Also the help given by the Sharpshooters in providing accommodation and a number of recruits. To them both also go our thanks.







The Regimental Association 150th Anniversary Celebrations in London, 12th June, 1965 The Band with Standard & Guidons of the “Union Bn'gade”

’HOW delighted we all were to hear that our President had been awarded the K.C.B. in the ' - Birthday Honours. Congratulations were sent to him at the time but we take this opportunity of again conveying our heartiest congratulations to Lieut.-General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.B.E., M.C., and Lady Fitzpatrick, on this great honour. Since our last notes the Association has been most active. Membership has increased slightly, but there are still a large number with whom contact has been completely lost. We are doing our utmost to locate these and we do ask members to assist. One very notable addition is ex—SSM Bunston who was at one time the Champion Man-at—Arms of the Regiment. After the last war he emigrated to Australia and this year he returned on holiday, We were delighted to be able to welcome him and Mrs. Bunston at our Waterloo celebrations, and to see them both looking

fit and well. The Reconnaissance Squadron serving in Cyprus kindly presented a silver tankard to the Sergeants’ Mess in August, r965, through Sgt Plumbley. The Regiment is very grateful for this gift.

LANCE—CORPORAL OXLEY It is with deep regret that we report the death of chl Oxley in a parachuting accident in France in September, 1965.

Thanks to the wonderful support we received from our members and the serving Regiment, the annual sweepstake on the Grand National showed a very good profit. As a result, and despite quite heavy expenditure, we have a good balance in hand. As the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo fell due this year, the Committee decided that this historic occasion should be well commemorated. Firstly, it was decided as a mark of our appreciation for their help and co-operation, that a presentation of £100 should be made to the Serving Regiment. This we understand is to be used towards purchasing a dinghy for the Regi— . ment. Good luck to all that sail in her.







It was further agreed that the Regimental Associations of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the Royal Scots Greys should be invited to take part in a “Union Brigade” celebration. This they gladly accepted and it was duly held on Saturday, 12th June. That evening the Standard and Guidon Parties of the three Regiments took part in a display on Horse Guards Parade at the end of which they joined the function at Albany Street. When the colours and escorts arrived they marched the length of the Drill Hall and, the colours were placed in fittings at the bandstand where they remained throughout the evening. It was an historic and grand sight, due in no small measure to the smartness and turn out of the escorts which was of the highest possible standard. This was clearly much appreciated judging by the applause from the fairly large gathering present. We were glad to welcome for the evening our three ‘Chelsea Pensioners’ and the escort parties from other Cavalry Regiments. The 1965 Annual Reunion and Dinner was again a great success. We were very pleased that our new President was able to be present. Despite the fact that the Regiment had recently moved to Germany and could not therefore attend in any strength, a total of 152 were present at the dinner with many more attending later. Lieut.-General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick made a short but most interesting speech at the conclusion of which he presented the gift of £100 from the Association to the serving Regiment. This cheque was accepted on behalf of the Regiment by Maj J. A. Dimond, M.C., who thanked the Association for their generosity and told those present how the money was to be used. He stated that he considered the Association was strong and active of whom the Regiment was justly proud. Many wives were again present at the Reunion and it is obvious that their attendance at this function is now an established custom. The Combined Annual Memorial Parade of ex—Cavalrymen’s Associations was held in Hyde Park on the Sunday following the Annual Reunion. After the turnout in 1964 we had again hoped for a good muster but it was not to be. Although a total of 41 Officers and ex—Officers paraded, the attendance of the remainder was very poor and most disappointing. Surely it is not a great sacrifice to ask our members to attend this Parade in greater numbers, to pay our respects to those of our comrades who gave their lives in two World Wars? If half of our London member— ship only attended this Parade we should have a record turn out. The 1966 Parade will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday, Ist May, and we do ask all our members who can march to make a note of this date now and do their utmost to come. Those that cannot march can be accommodated in seats at the Bandstand. No apology is made for this appeal as we feel that it should be a must with you all.

Maj and Mrs. M. B. Noble

WOII R. W. Darling. Mr. W. Delhanty. Mr. L. R. Doust.

Maj D. M. Rogers. Maj P. D. Reid. Capt L. R. Burnside.



M.C. Brigadier G. T. A. Armitage, M.B.E.

LtCol A. M. Bame, 0.3.12.

LtCol and Mrs. P. B. Fielden. LtCol R. North and son.

Maj and Mrs. B. J. Hodgson. Mai S. Kent Payne.

Mr. H. Norris.

Mr. and Mrs. W. English.

Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Precious. Tpr R. Precious. Mr. C. D. Pugh. Sgt P. D. Rainger and guests. RSM and Mrs. P. Ransom. Sgt P. Sarll.

Mrs. J. 0. Evans. Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Foster and

Mr. B. Saunders. Mr. R. W. Siriet. Mr. and Mrs. A. Starr. Mr. J. Stares. Mr. J. Stirling.

Capt and Mrs. E. L. Payne.

. and Mrs. J. Griffiths.

Capt J. F. F. Scott. Capt H. De Pinna Well. Capt W. H. Yates.

. and Mrs. W. C. Griffin. .H. A. Hatherill, son and guest. . and Mrs. S. Harris.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Sullivan and guests. Mr. C. W. Toone. Mr. C. H. Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. R. Turner.

. and Mrs. J. Happs. . H. M. Healey.

Mr. B. Turp, RVM. Mr. E. G. Vaughan.

. and Mrs. A. Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. G. Vowles.

Lt C. M. Barne. Lt J. M. Shepherd—Cross. Mr. and Mrs. G. Acres. Mr. and Mrs. W. Albin. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Baker. Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Bird. SSM A. Blackaller. Mr. C.






Sgt and Mrs. J. M. Heath Mr. R. L. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Johnson and guests.

SSM R. Watorski and guest. Mr. and Mrs. J. Wayte. Mr. and Mrs.J. Walsh. Sgt A. Whellans.

Mr. G. G. Kinnane.

Mr. N. H. Willison. Mr. S. E. Wood.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Brown. Mr. J. D. Bradley. Mr. J. Brown.

Tpr A. Lane Mr. J. L. Locke

SQMS A. Brooks.

Mr. F. Milner

Mr. R. A. McBride.

Miss D. Wright. Mr. J. Whitefield.

Guests of the Association Lt Col H. S. L. Tottenham (Commanding Sharpshooters). Maj E. Smethurst (Chairman Sharpshooters Association).


Mr. J. Crowley (Hon. Secretary Sharpshooters Association). Miss R. Seppings (Regimental Aid Society).

VFHE articles following require only a short introductory note to * show the enthusiasm with which the Regiment is tackling the many activities variously described as ‘ Extra-Mural,’ ‘ Adventure Training’ or ‘Outward Bound.’ Never before have such facilities and money been available to us and full use is being made of them.

Search Outward Bound This embraces Trekking and Canoeing and perhaps in due course Rock Climbing and Sub—Aqua; the instructors’ qualifications for the latter being difficult and lengthy to obtain. 2Lt Scott and SQMS Tucker qualified at The Outward Bound School in North Wales at the end of 1964, and the former gained his BAOR canoe instructors’ certificate soon after arrival. Since then 2Lts Lewis and Chamberlain, and ch1 Thompson have qualified at the Army Outward Bound Centre in Norway. Five more NCOs are due to have been trained there by the end of the year. With trained instructors it was possible to make a start using the centre reserved by the Regiment in Bavaria for this purpose and for Winter Warfare training. As is described in the following article, parties of about eighteen men are sent down for a Four of these courses will have been run in 1965 and we hope many more


Lieut.—General Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick, K.c.B., C.B., 0.3.0., M.B.E., M.C. (Presiding). Mrs. W. T. Miles.

Mr. J. C. Moreton Mr. A. McLeod and guest.

guests. . and Mrs. H. Grace. . and Mrs. E. Grifl‘iths.

Capt D. Miller. Capt D. B. Owen.

Association Members Who Attended the Annual Re-Union and Dinner, 1965

Maj D. S. A. Boyd. Maj J. A. Dimond, M.C.

Mrs. F. J. Mander

Mr. P. C. Moreton

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Drury. Mr. J. Edwards.

Capt B. J. Lockhart. Capt. P. T. Miles.

Capt N. H. M.M.

guest. Mr. A. Cole-Evans, D.c.M.

Mr. and Mrs. P. Drinnan.

Capt A. B. T. Davey. Capt F. C. D. Green.

Ex-SQMS Bill Clifford.

Brigadier K. F. Timbrell, M.c.


Mr. F. G. Coleman.

Ex-Farrier Maj John Cope.

LtCol and Mrs. R. B. Moseley.


Maj A. McQueen.


Brigadier A. H. Pepys, D.S.O. Brigadier R. Heathcoat Amory,


Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Butler and

Ex—Saddler Sgt G. C. Thirkettle (87). Ex-Sgt (Billy) Morgan (85). Ex-Farrier Ssgt (Bert) Turp, RVM (80). Since the publication of our last news letter we regret that the following members have died and we offer our deepest sympathy to their relatives:—


Mai and Mrs. C. W. J. Lewis and daughter. Maj O. J. Lewis.

At the Annual General Meeting it was agreed that each year the Association would present a sports trophy to the Regiment for the best athlete in that year. We congratulate chl 1. Black on winning this trophy for 1965. Two more of our members have been admitted to the Royal Hospital at Chelsea this year making a total of three. We are pleased to say that all are very fit and well and we do ask members to visit them, should they be in the vicinity of the Royal Hospital. They would be delighted to see any member. The names are as follows:—


fortnight at a time. in the future.



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Ski-ing The distance and expense of ski-ing from Tidworth, made it by necessity an officer only sport. This will change completely now that we are in Germany. With great foresight the Commanding Officer instructed Lt Hanmer to try and find a hut, for our use as a centre, in Bavaria both in the summer and the winter. One was earmarked whilst the team were training for the Army Championships, but on later inspection proved no good. However, at the same time a casual call on the Burgermeister of Wertach produced an admirable alternative in a village nearby. This consists of beds for twenty and rooms to cook, eat, and live all based on the Gasthaus. When the team returned at the beginning of February, covered in glory, the experts were put to work to take the first party of soldiers to Wertach. This was 2Lt Smithers and a troop of “ C ” Squadron, and was an unqualified success until they were recalled owing to a local outbreak of asian flu. Unfortunately the snow then disappeared. We intend to make full use of the centre as soon as the snow returns. In addition to this purely Regimental centre, two troops, one from each of “A” and “B" Squadrons, spent a fortnight at the winter warfare centre at Silberhutte in the Harz Mountains. This they very much enjoyed and we hope they may provide the nucleus for a Langlauf team in the coming season.



beyond static line jumps. The aim? 1966.






to gather a team for the Army Free Fall Championships in

Gliding Again a flourishing club running on the airfield in the barracks. Cpl Webber, REME, chl Pearce, Tprs Smithers, Heimerdinguer, Frampton, Brodie and Denver, with a little assistance from. the PRI, are all learning at every opportunity. We hope that more members will be able to mm the club soon and already there is a waiting list.

Sailing Dinghy and ocean sailing by all ranks is in progress. The first class organisation of the Kiel Yacht Club, and the Inter-Services Sailing Club at the Mohne See only two hours away are being made full use of. Again the training of qualified instructors is essential before the sport can be thrown open to everyone, and the emphasis this first year has been on this. In May, Capt Hart-Dyke acting as instructor ran a course at Keil. At the end of it not only had he gained his Baltic qualification, but 2Lt Mackie and Sgt Edwards that of a class II helmsman, and 2Lt Smithers and Cpl Jefieries were rated as Baltic Mates. As we go to press, Capt Hart-Dyke, 2Lt Smithers and two novices are away on a week’s training cruise, to be followed by a similar party under Sgt Edwards and Cpl Jefferies. Finally to round off the year, 2Lt Mackie is to run a seamanship training course for the three best novices. The talent to follow this pursuit fully in 1966 seems assured. 2Lt Weston has similarly got dinghy sailing off to a good start. In the most appalling weather he ran a course to qualify Sgt Hayes, ch1 Grinyer and Tpr Langton as helmsmen. They in turn are using the break from training in August to run, each in turn, a course for eight novices—all Other Ranks! This beginning and the fact that with the assistance of the Regi— mental Association we shall have our own boat next year, should allow a large number of soldiers to sail.

WERTACH l965”5

lst Troop, “A” Squadron, at Silberhutte

Free Fall Parachuting With the training courses, the club, the airfield, and the aeroplane available in the Barracks have it is hardly surprising that we are having a go. Cpl Thomas, Royal Signals, and chl Oxley Full credit goes also to Sgt both passed the course and graduated to zo-second delay jumps. graduate Mathew, chl Shorter and Tpr Why for having done the courses albeit that they dld not

OUR first Course was made up of soldiers from RHQ troop, Recce troop and other departments of HQ Squadron. The Course was divided into two sections who would canoe w1th Lt Scott and go hill walking with Capt Loyd on alternate days.

On the first day of the Course we all sorted ourselves out and built a gymnasium in the village hayloft. This consisted of a few mats, shells, balls and other ‘get fit kit.’ We set off on








the second day with an early morning run before breakfast. The canoeists started off by learning the basic rudiments of canoeing on the large lake just below our base; towards the end of the day we tried a stretch of river providing swift water which accounted for Tpr Blazier and Tpr ‘Loui the lip’ Kent getting the first of many duckings. By the end of the first week everyone had a vague idea of both activities. In the second week one party went to a local lake where they spent three days under canvas. They found some fast water and a rapid which gave excellent practice in controlling the boats in tricky conditions. On the second day they repeated the fast water experience and in the afternoon, as the sun had come out, canoed slowly round the beaches looking at all the local ‘ produce,’ finally ending up in a cafe with a glass of beer. The third day on the lake was spent trying some hard water which accounted for most members of the team. Tpr ‘ Stumpy’ Pulford had unfortu— nately left his wallet in a Mess tin when he went over. The whole lot sank to the bottom leaving a penniless Pulford dripping on the bank. ch1 Boon who shared a canoe with Ssgt Lloyd, ended up as wet as the rest of them, but only because of the somewhat reckless way in which his crew member handled his paddle. The walkers had meanwhile been attempting some rather high climbs. This made some realise that perhaps, after all, they were not cut out for climbs like the north face of the Matterhorn, but hills rather more the height of Sidbury or Clarendon Hill! The parties switched round and, in the same manner as the first week, repeated the three—day scheme. The third week was taken up by our final exercise; the trekkers moved to an area near the Austrian border while the canoeists motored down to Lake Constanz. The trekkers got in four climbs in the exercise, the last few being over 6,000 feet, quite an achievement when one remembers that Ben Nevis is only just over 4,000 feet. Some of the final ascents of the hill had to be done with great care and a lot of actual climbing.








The canoeists meanwhile were continuing their long paddle from one end of the lake to the other—a total of about sixty miles. The firm day they reached the town of Lindau where they borrowed the local German army gym to sleep in—the second they paddled on up the lake to Freidrichshafen where they took over the local camping site. During the evening the German population were treated to a demonstration of capsize drills given by chl Thompson and chl Boon who agreed to stop Chasing the unfortunate girls out for a quiet evening’s rowing, and put on

the demonstration. On the third day the party paddled further up the lake to the town of Meersburg where again a Camping site was taken over. On the final day three of the canoes paddled over to Konstanz which was our goal—Tpr Pulford, who was trying to do a spectacular demonstration of how to get out of a canoe properly, slipped on the quayside and, in front of a large audience from all countries, slid gracefully down the bank and disappeared from sight in the water, the applause was deafening! Throughout our stay in Bavaria we were amazed at the friendliness of the people, particularly those in Wertach itself. All in all it was a most exhilarating Course.

ARE YOU MARRIED ? Then read this. The Soldiers Widows’ Fund. Do you realise that for a monthly premium of only two shillings, you can ensure that in the event of your death whilst serving, your widow will receive an immediate cash sum of £400. Don’t be foolish and think it can’t happen to you. Since the fund started two soldiers in the Regiment and sixty~two in the Army have died who were not members, with all the hardship that this entailed for their widows and children. Be sensible, visit the Paymaster as soon as you can and join by filling in AFN 9284. You can read further details of the scheme in DCI (Army) No. 86/1964 and in General Routine Order No. 158/ 1965.

Sergeants’ Mess THIS last year has been an eventful one for the mess as a whole. We can only hope to cope with the outstanding events, and apologise at the start should we miss out any minor points. In June, 1964, we held a very successful Waterloo Ball that, thanks to a lively committee and the Regimental Band, was up to our usual standard. In July we had the hard task of saymg farewell in to RSM I. D. Bradley, after 27 years’ with the Regiment. We dined him and Mrs. Bradley out the fine style; quite a few well-known faces were to be seen at the dinner table that night. After which meal, farewell presentations were made to both of them, Ssgt Tompkins making a fine speech, could remember it. would no doubt be of assistance to present—day politicians—if Ssgt Tompinks hours. Then we all settled dOWn to dancing and talking until the early 12; again a night to remember, December on held was dance A combined farewell and Christmas Taffy Evans was to be seen in with a number of old faces there once again. Most Friday nights the corner. the mess; Friday night being mess night, and Taffy living just round Queen’s Own Hussars. The We were delighted to take over in BAOR from our old friends SQMS, who preceded Quarters The party. advance our with jug a over re-told was tale a Many “ I am here to take them telling by Mess Carabiniers’ the in stir a quite caused the advance party, quarter only to find that over from you.” After realising his mistake, he shot off to take over his place, this time he had taken over the wrong one. What next? He hurriedly went to the right only to collect a 5DM fine on the way—just not his day! Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps visitors, September 14th, 1964














July has so far been spent in a fortnight at Hohne, where an excellent shoot all round was the result; or so Sgt Boakes would have us believe. The words “thunder box” are taboo in the hearing of Ssgt Smith. What did really happen? To those members who have left us for cushy numbers in UK. during the last year, we send our best wishes—Champ Darling, Trumps Whellans and Henry Bujko, to name but three. To those who have swelled our ranks, our welcome, and we hope they will spend many happy years with us, Recent visitors in Germany include SQMS Ernie and Mrs. Weller (Mrs. Weller having to drive home more than once); Ssgt and Mrs. Mcmillan; W011 and Mrs. Ted Dixon, all from Sennelager; WOII Pedro Williams, now attached to the 15th/19th Hussars at Munster. To all there is a Welcome on the mat and We hope to see more faces this coming year.

Corporals’ Mess

Dining out RSM and Mrs. Bradley

We held our official opening night in the new Mess on March 27. Where did they all come from? The mess was bulging at the seams, with a steady flow of guests right up to 11 pm; we felt sure that they were going out of the back door and round again, possibly for more of the excellent punch produced by SQMS Jubb. Shortly after our arrival in Detmold, the Colonel of The Regiment paid us a visit and spent some happy hours in the mess with old friends. Whose head rolled?—oif the photograph. April and May were quiet months in which we made the most of successful Saturday night socials and instituted weekly whist drives. Once again, mess nights were held regularly. The RSM

was stopped by more than one wife to say that her husband had arrived home the worse for wear. You can’t explain to the wives the excitement of cockfighting and jousting, they would not understand. However, the RSM has still to introduce Polo—in the quiet period in August no doubt. SSM Paddy Paul has developed oversized muscles in his right arm through working over— time on the “ one—armed bandit ”—still no profit! The new pattern Mess Dress, introduced by Mr. Bradley before he left, has proved popular, and a presentable form of wear even here in BAOR, the home of Mess Kit. In June this year, the 150th anniversary of Waterloo, our Guidon Party went to London and Brussels, and there is a separate article on this. Mess—wise, stories were told of hard work and drill sergeants, but for all that we noticed that Paddy Paul was even more portly; SSM Chif Crabb rather tired, we suspect from too many late nights, he never did catch that train from Londonl; One more of TQMS Joe Titmarsh quieter than usual; and from the R.S.M. not a word. “Jungle Jim’s” mystery tours. A Waterloo dance was held, with a variety of bars that served the stud that cheers. Two excellent bands kept the younger members and guests shaking a wicked hip, and Ssgt Smith produced a most excellent buffet that is still the talk of the garrison.

THE acquisition of a first class mess in Germany is the highlight of the period covered by these notes. Despite the lack of a proper home at Tidworth, in July 1964 we held a farewell Social in honour of RSM Bradley. All best wishes go to him and Mrs. Bradley in their new life. We were extremely pleased to be able to entertain the Colonel of the Regiment and Mrs. Fitzpatrick in the Mess in March 1965. With a good ' turnout of married and single members a most enjoyable party ensued. A Waterloo Dance was held in 1965 in the German Canteen. The dance was a huge success right from the start thanks to a lively Committee and the indefatigable Regimental Dance Band. Our congratulations particularly go to Cpl Caimey and Trumpet Maj Shearn for this event. Those of us who live in Hakedahl will be pleased to know that the Back Gate is now open, no further need to fall over the perimeter fence after a convivial night in the Mess. We regret that we have failed in our efforts to persuade the QM to erect safety nets under the Mess windows. With the Mess being redecorated during our absence on training we look forward to an expandingsocial engagement calendar in the autumn and winter. Our congratulations go to those members who have passed on to the Sergeants’ Mess and also to those who have swelled our ranks during the last year.









for approximately 1; hours. The aim of course being a concert to the Regiment. We must here give a “ Bravo ” to the RSM who hired a village hall for the evening and therefore enabled us to present a concert which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those present. The next morning the Band had a shoot with L.M.G.’s followed by a viewing of a “ Battle Run ” by “ B ” Squadron. All this made a pleasant change and even the Bandmaster looked the part in semi-battle order. The usual changes have occurred but perhaps a major change was that of Staff “Champ” Darling taking over BSM at The Junior Leaders Regiment and Sgt. Fisher taking over his reins with the Band. We also congratulate Cpl. Shearn on his appointment to Trumpet Major where he has another channel to expend his abundance of energy. Also Cpl Everson to Sgt. Very few domestic changes have occurred sfnce the last issue, but Bdsm Keys has strengthend the family list with a daughter. It’s really sons we want as future bandsmen. Bdsm Maytum is about to get married so he may provide the answer. Sportswise we are coasting along with Bdsm Thorn out in front with his road—walking. We congratulate him on his many successes, both in service and civilian events. We wish him all the success which he deserves. Well done. IF the opening phrase fails to hit you in the eye, it is either because the author has run out of journalistic cliche’s or, the Band programme is so full that we haven’t had time to even think of your reading enter— tainment. So to the point of Band business. Our affairs were wound up at Tidworth early this year and we took up the reins once more in B.A.OR. where the accent has been on Massed Band, and our engagements included the The Queen’s Birthday Cocktail Party, and a Police Show at Paderborn. At present we are re— hearsing for a two Band Concert in Detmold with The Carabiniers. Perhaps the highlight was the visit to Denmark marking the 20th Anniversary of the liberation, This tour was undertaken on our own initiative, and first suggestions to the Danes, through the British Embassy, were re— ceived with enthusiasm. Inevitably, such a visit takes a lot of planning and negotiation, particularly for financial assistance. The tour was only finally approved a few days before we left on 2nd May.

We are now looking to future engagements and an opportunity to visit Berlin for the Tattoo. We send best wishes to all past Band members and will be glad to hear from any of you but certainly look us up when we are about.

Our first port of call was the town of Randers where the Danish Engineer Regiment did host in true Danish fashion. Here we gave a concert outside the Town Hall at mid—day, starting a very

successful tour, followed by two more concerts including a performance for the Engineer Regiment who had done us so well.

We then gave a concert at Alborg after which, in the evening, the Band

were entertained by members of the old resistance group. At Arhus we marched through the town to a reception at the Town Hall. In the evening We gave a concert at the University. We moved on to Fredericia where we once again marched through the town and then gave a concert at the Town Hall. The Dance Band played at a dance in the evening. After giving a concert at Kolding the Band were very well entertained in the Town Hall by the Mayor. Finally, a concert in Odense before returning. It was sad that we could not end our tour in Copenhagen, but our principal engagement there was cancelled owing to a strike at the Carlsberg breweries. The tour completed saw us very quickly into reahearsals for the Queen’s part of the massed bands for the Armoured Parade at Senne‘ager. During master was several times in danger of being mowed down by a wavering tank. to jump clear of his rostrum, and the rostrum was rescued seconds before a identical spot. On the day of course, (as always), everything went well and straight line.

visit when we formed rehearsals the Band— Once or twice he had tank moved over the all tanks kept a fairly

Since then we have obtained a number of local engagements, as a result of which we have become better known and our programme is filling up rapidly. The latest engagement is worth mentioning because this involved visiting the Regiment in the field. We called this Exercise “Treble Clef” with the wireless and signal instructions given as follows: The Band will net in on A440 V.P.M. at 1930 hours, Wed, 21st July 65, and remain on net

With the Danish Engineer Regiment’s Corps of Drums, Randers

Radio Intercept Anon: “Hello 12 Contact at GR 123456, three 413s crossing my front, am engaging, Over.” “Hello 24 Contact at GR 654321, two tanks and one APDS advancing toward me, am with— drawing, Over.” “ Hello Twee Twoo have stopped to wemove twoo twee twunks fwom my twacks, Over.” “ Hello 39 Fox Trot am delayed having just been interfered with by call Sign 31, Over.” “ Hello 93 am just passing a Water truck — Now Over.”







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IL Tootem Trumpetum!’ as the Spaniards are wont to say, but all in all, by and large, be that as it may, literally speaking, we reckon we have got through a fair amount of work this year—in a manner of speaking, or words to that effect. They all come in through the door marked “ A” a few bashes with a hammer, swabs, alcohol, stitched and screwed up again, and once more the occupants of Emergency Hangar X have put new life into a tank/wagon/cooker/gun/thing (P) and out he goes of the door marked “B.” Sports afternoons become a rarity sometimes—in fact most times—but the end result seems worth the effort when 50 tanks bang away right on the button for two solid weeks. Off-duty capers linger in the memory, and the attached party is one. We supped some stufl that night. Amongst the leavers this year we will remember Spike Enzer, who had a be— whiskered answer to everything, from long—distance spitting to life on Mars. Good luck at Bovington, Spike, and be sure to investigate the Zimmerman MG. We need some EMERS on it. 2Lt Hall left for brighter, brainier things, and Lt Meager joins us for a spell, to see how an L.A.D. is run. “A” Squadron section have lost ‘Q’ Porter after nearly two years. The parade at Sennelager was a great success, despite Capt Mair losing six bottles of champagne to other E.M.E.s on the day. Two have still to be refunded to him by ‘ Q’ Bumfrey and the unhappy crew of “ B ” Squadron A.R.V. The intrepid Ssgt Brooker took to winter sports this year. Not for him the unaccompanied journey down the nursery slopes. It is rumoured that a half-track thundered in pursuit, complete with stretchers, first aid kit and, of course, an urn of tea. The EM.E. had also taken on a new role this year, as sylph—like, in shorts and T-shirt, he leads the pack of ‘ 105 Wheelers ’ round the roads of Detmold. Cfn Rushby distinguished himself at Hohne by trying to boil petrol to wash up in. He went One the same exercise Sgt Gray got out in a blaze of glory (fortunately not too badly hurt). sufficienzly exasperated with chl Borland that he threw a 300 watt charging set on his foot. Fortunately it was not running so no ill feelings were generated. The LAD has done well at In the sport this year. At Tidworth we reached the semi—finals of the Craftsman’s Soccer Cup. Regimental Athletics Meeting we won the tug-of—war thanks to some hard early morning training Many say that by Sgt Gray. Cpl Willis won the long jump and Cpl Maynard the shot put. Cpl Maynard trained hard for this event throughout the year by constantly swinging the lead







cavalry barracks, in the one remaining stable and veterinary block. This is an excellent stable but once again we had to rebuild to give us room for thirteen horses. Sgt Cooke is now quite an expert havmg bUilt stables in Germany, Malaya and Tidworth. Several horses were entered for the Army Hunter Trials at Tidworth in 1964 and, although none were successful everyone enjoyed themselves except Lt Haworth-Booth who, unfortunately came unstuck and, ended the day in hospital. Capt and Mrs. Aylen, Capt Amery, Lts Brooks— bank, Haworth—Booth and Hewson hunted from Tidworth mostly with the Eeaufcrt. In January with the move to Germany imminent, the stables in Tidworth started thinning down. Capt Aylen drove his horse box to Germany with a vast load of kit, three horses and ch1 Williams and Tpr Partridge to start the stables in Detmold. Sgt Cooke followed in February with Tpr Jordan and three more horses in what was a fairly eventful journey. One horse took offence at being put aboard ship, trying to escape when forty feet in the air. It was finally loaded five minutes before the ship sailed. The ‘Ficlden Fand’ has at last been spent on a horse box, an enormous diesel furniture van which has been converted for six horses. Several entries were made for the Rhine Army Horse Show but lameness and coughing re— duced performers to the racehorses Athnai and Tatti Fay who, with Mrs. Worsley and Mrs. \Vcodward respectively, gained a fourth in the Hunter Trials. With appetites whetted by a visit to the Greys and a most enjoyable day's local hunt with the Von Aserbergs at Brakel, those with suitable horses hope to partake a great deal more in the autumn. There have been many changes among the grooms in the year. The loss of chl Parnwell has been felt most as he had worked in the stables since Aden in 1960. Others to leave are Tprs Paramor and Enticknap, the former now jumping with the RAC Parachute Squadron. We wel— come in their place Tprs Jordan, Partridge, Walton, Finney and Blackwell. We congratulate ch1 Williams on his promotion, it is good to see him back after a period of two successful years as a tank driver in “ C" Squadron. To them all a vote of thanks for their hard work and long hours and particularly to Sgt Cooke still in charge and usually seen with a broom in his hands. No one is very sure whether this is for sweeping, leaning on or for beating grooms.

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Cpl Edwards and Miss Barcz reached the final of the mixed doubles—tennis that is and the REME BAOR Meeting at that. Cpl Edwards also reached the semi-finals of the men’s singles at the same meeting. To sum up an enjoyable year, hard work and play and another to come. No doubt we are to hear more of the following cries when frankly we don’t believe half of them.

“Have you got a bolt so long with threads which go half way down to fit a Ferret whatsit?” “I’m not the driver.” “ It’s not my tank.” “The Gunner is on Education.” “I told the REME about it last week, sir.” “I’m off down to the stables.” out?” “Mr. Coode says.” “ Ssgt. Brooker says.” “Is it true that the Colonel is buying himself “Could you manage a small job on the horse box?”

E q u]' t a t i 0 n There are eight V VHE stables now have more horses than at any time since leaving Malaya. and five race— will, you what them call hinters, or jumpers show hacks, polo ponies, four a few more to 10m horses. We hope to get more racehorses and po‘o ponies in time and perhaps one Army horse for any— the show jumpers and one—day event horses. We intend to get at least to ride in Hunter opportunity the them give and on grooms the teach to primarily but one to ride, in what used to be a German Trials and other events. Our stables are in the middle of the town


Savilla being led in by Tpr Partridge after winning the Ambassadors Cup, Hannover








Polo The Regiment never fielded a team in Tidworth, but Capt Lockhart and Lt Lloyd played regularly for “The Eagles,” who also included Capt Charles Lockhart, QOH, and Brigadier Hobson. The stables were bedevilled by coughing throughout the season, which, on two occasions prevented us putting out a Royals’ team. Despite the loss of both Capt Lockhart and Lt Lloyd, the return of Maj Wilson FitzGerald (2) and the recruitment of new players in Lt Coode (2), 2Lt Hewson (2) and 2Lt C. M. F. Scott (2), ensured that the game would be played in BAOR. Seven ponies were ordered from The Argentine to add to the one that went from England. These arrived in April together with a splendid groom called Harry who, although English, had spent so much time in the Argentine that he found difliculty in speaking it. The ponies have turned out to be a thoroughly satisfactory and promising buy. The team was unable to enter for the Inter-Regimental as the ponies were not then fit. How— ever, soon after, we entered for two minor tournaments one of which we won. We are now in the throes of the Captains and Subalterns.

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From that day the stable has gone from strength to strength. As always, there were problems. We had no stabling, as the one block which we took over on arrival was filled with polo ponies. The 3rd Carabiniers, however, came to our rescue, and very kindly gave us the use of one of their stable blocks, as well as allowing us to build our own stables in their barracks. This building is not yet completed at the time of writing, but we should be finally installed by mid-August. Grooms are a problem; with Tpr Boyce, who looked after Ardent Venturer and Monarch’s Thought, in Tidworth on a six-month farrier course, and Tpr Partridge being our only Groom with any experience. Partridge, however, has done sterling work, and he has recently been joined by ‘ Richard,’ 2 Dutch groom, who was employed in Tidworth by Michael Allenby of the 11th Hussars, until he Closed his stable down prior to moving to Germany himself. Richard we knew well in Tidworth, and since joining us in Germany he h;s been a tower of strength. Even if our horses are not always the fastest on the course, there is no doubt that they are the best turned out. A word on the actual performances of the horses; briefly, we have had a total of 15 runners and from this have had three winners and two thirds. Savilla, who came from Tim Forster’s successful English stable has won twice, once on the flat and once over hurdles. Athnai has run three times without success. That he has ability we know from his performances in gallops, but he has so far not shown it on the racecourse. Of the syndicate horses, Hephaestus, who arrived from England with a doubtful reputation, has established himself firmly as the s:able character with a mind very much of his own.

He has, however won once and

Athnai Hephaestus Sandshoes Tatti Fay

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The Ministry of Defence, like God, moves in a mysterious way its wonders to perform. Although racing can surely not have constituted a major planning factor when selecting the date for the move of the Regiment, the final choice could hardly have worked out better for us. True we had to leave behind a few loose ends in England—in the shape of Ardent Venturer and Monarch’s Thought still —but by and large we were able to enjoy a full, if disappointing, season in England, and conwas season English the as far As racing. German of opening the for time in here out arrive and his cerned, Ardent Venturer confirmed our fears of 1964 that he was a thoroughly bad horse, at Sandown. contribution towards his keep consisted of being third in a very moderate novice chase to Monarch’s Thought gave us plenty of excitement and ran two good races—once being third Hereford. Threepwood at Wincanton, and once finishing se:ond in a useful three—mile chase at one of his However, on the day that really mattered, that of the Grand Military, he was having field. Both horses off-days and was never going well, to be beaten into fifth place in a goodish attention solely to German were sold at Ascot Sales recently, and we were then able to direct our racing. able to start. afresh in Fortunately, the memories of racing men are short, and we were horses with us, SaVilla, owned two out brought We confidence, and hope renewed with Germany Worsley. Two horses, how— in partnership by Capts Aylen and Loyd, and Athnai, owned by Mrs. syndicate to raise enough money ever, did not constitute a racing stable, and we decided to set up a to Colonel Philip Fielden, who was to buy three more from England. The money raised was sent opinion, suitable for .German racmg. given carte blanche to buy three horses which were, in his the job on, and Within four weeks The results were startling. Colonel Philip kindly agreed to take horses. three we had, delivered in Detmold,


third once (this after

being forced out on a bend and having to circle round and come in again at the back). His legs are a constant worry, particularly on tracks such as Harzburg, but so far (touch wood) he is standing up. Sandshoes, bought in Ireland where he has won five races in his day, is our greatest hope. He has run only twice, the second time being third in a useful hurdle race at Harzburg. Given

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luck and provided he stays sound, he seems sure to win races out here. Tatti Fay, also bought in Ireland, has classic Steeplechasing breeding, being by Archive out of Steel Point mare, but has yet to run. She is a completely unknown quantity, but she certainly has the looks and breeding to make a good horse. The Ambassador’s Cup meeting—the last relic of British racing in Germany—is now over. It was something of a triumph for the stable. We had three runners. Athnai ran his best race so far to finish nearer the front than the back in a large field on going which clearly did not suit him. Sandshoes ran an outstanding race to be third, beaten by a length in a good class hurdle race. Savilla won the Ambassador’s Cup after an epic struggle from three out with an 11th Hussar trained horse. This really set the seal on a thoroughly satisfactory start for the stable. It was the first time that the race had been won by an English trained horse since the Regiment last won it in 1959. We have now won it every time we have taken part in it—and it revived old memories to see the Band doubling from their vantage point on the rail to get to their music stands in time to play the Regimental March as the winner was led in! All in all, things have started well and Stall Brit Royal Dragoons is now firmly established. Whilst we may not have achieved the heights of the Fielden/Beeforth era, We still get enormous enjoyment out of it, and have had the opportunity of renewing our friendship with the countless Germans who have always been so helpful to us.

Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) In October Maj Noble was sent to Warminster to prepare himself for the rigours of Squadron Leading, and arrived back in December considerably thinner—to hand over to Capt B. J. Lockhart. Capt Lockhart decided it was all too much for him and immediately disappeared on four weeks leave. When he returned he found that at last we had obtained 3 Permanent Staff Officer, some— thing that past Adjutants had for years been trying to acquire. In January Mr. Vowles left the Army and to him must go the thanks of the whole Regiment for the hard work he put in during his four years with us. We welcomed in his place Mr. Ranson whom many Kent members will remember from his days as a PSI in Canterbury. Sgts Mackay and Thorpe have both returned to the Royals as has Cpl Straw and have been replaced by Sgts Sarll and Rainger and Cpl Cain respectively.

A three-day exercise was organised for the second week, aptly named Exercise “Big Ben,” being the Colonel’s last exercise before handing over command. This was a great success and covered just about every lesson that had been learnt during the past year—advance, withdrawal, escape and evasion. demolition guard procedure, OP procedure. to name but a few. The most encouraging feature of camp was the high standard of radio communications; when visited by the DRAC. Major General Holden, during the firrt week, he remarked that the standard of radio was the best he had ever seen by a TA regiment at any stage of camp—high praise indeed! One of the highlights of camp was the performance of our newly formed band who played for a guest night and for the Church Parade on the second Sunday. Full credit must go to Mr. Machin the Bandmaster who started it all from nothing and has now organised them into a flourishing concern. At the moment they suffer from being considerably under strength, but we hope

Having got over the Administrative Inspection which turned out to be a QRIH invasion, Brigadier Butler coming from Tidworth and LtCol Weston-Simons and Maj Sutro from Shornclifie, we began to plan for the exercises which would take us up to camp. “B” Squadron under Maj Voelcker had already taken part in Exercise “Cotswold Chase” in Gloucestershire, an escape and evasion exercise run by 129 Infantry Brigade with 23 SAS as enemy. In March we ran Exercise “Comets Folly II ” for all subalterns. This was a two-day exercise starting on Salisbury Plain and moving through Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset ani Surrey. We were indebted to 5 R.Tks. who pro— vided a troop of tanks to act as enemy on the first morning. One troop leader was seen mounted in a Land Rover and armed with a bren gun bravely trying to halt the three tanks, and in fact reported that he had knocked one out. In April We ran Exercise “ Hermes ”—a signals exercise —in conjunction with 44 (HC) Signal Regiment and the local police.

that they will now go on from strength to strength. \V'e-were glad to welcome back at camp Maj Aston who has now taken over from Maj Rooke as Second—in—Command. on We are now busily sorting ourselves out again after camp before the Permanent Staff go the block leave during August. Our next big event is running the communications once again for to LtCol Bridge Horse Trials at the end of August. Very soon after that we shall say goodbye Bea To:tenham who hands over command to Maj H. H. Wood.

Annual Camp this year took place at Proteus Camp, near Ollerton, in the middle of Sherwood Forest. During the first week each Squadron established its own Squadron Camp to carry out troop training. “A” Squadron under Mai Newitt found themselves in a most picturesque spot surrounded by rhododendron bushes, “B” Squadron managed to establish themselves next door to a golf course much to SSM Blackallers delight until he was struck down with gout the day before the Squadron moved to camp.

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OVER the past two years the tall lithe figure of Bdsm Thorn in green tracksuit, the apparently effortless rhythm and speed of his walking denied only by his set determined face, has become a familiar sight on the roads in and around barracks at Tidworth and Detmold. Whether we have seen him pounding along the road tended by a friend on a bicycle or covering lap . after lap of the Little Wemblcy track while his family wait ,patiently at the side, we have been conscious and admiring of his courage and single mindedness of purpose in pursuing his sport. Since he came 12th in the London—Brighton race in September 1964, he has competed in twenty races. In these he has gained nine first places, three seconds, two thirds, one fourth, two fifths, a tenth, a fifteenth and a thirty—eighth place. We congratulate him Bdsm P- Thorn on these efforts and Wish him the best of luck in the forthcoming Hastings—Brighton (14th August) and London—Brighton (4th September) races and in his future racing. He holds his sights high—to the next Olympic Gamesfibut there is not one amongst us, whatever his sport, that cannot profit from his example.

BERTRAND STEWART ESSAY COMPETITION 1966 Prize 1580. Closing date 22nd June, 1966. Subject:— “We have often, in the past, been accused of training to fight the last war. The tactics taught and practised for Limited War in the mid-sixties, twenty years after the last war, seem to show that we are in danger of following historical precedent. “Are we right to plan for a stereotyped brigade group type of battle bearing in mind the type of enemy we may expect to fight? “ How far have we failed to reflect modern weapons, techniques, equipment and En— fluences in our tactics? “Discuss this and consider what changes might be necessary in tactical doctrine and methods to fight small scale wars outside Europe.” General conditions for this essay competition will be the same as for the 1965 competition and can be found in DCI (General) No. 12 of December 1964, except that the address of the Army Quarterly and Defence

Journal shown in paragraph 5 is now 43, Cardington Street, London, N.W.1. GEORGE KNIGHT CLOWES MEMORIAL PRIZE ESSAY 1966 Prizes: Ist Prize £35. 2nd Prize £15. Closing date: 31st March, 1966. Subject: “The problem of the married soldier is not a serious one in a mainly short service army, such as those of most Continental countries and our own in the days of National Service. With a long—service professional Army it creates very real problems of accommodation. movement. finance and morale. “Discuss the Military problems created by early marriage amongst officers and other tanks of the present day British Army.” General conditions for this essay competition will be the same as for the 1965 competi— tion and can be found in DCI (Army) No. 94 of 24th June, 1964. except that the address of the Army Quarterly and Defence Journal shown in paragraph 7 is now: 43, Cardington Street, London, N.W.I.


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Bradley had established himself as a great regimental character. His personality endeared him to his contemporaries and he was widely—known and respected throughout die Regiment. His greatest assets were his unfailing cheerfulness and optimism and his great enthusiasm. These, coupled with real Cockney humour and repartee, made him able to get the best from those under him. He made countless friends in the Regiment, and among those who have left in recent years. He joined in September, 1937, serving in the Regimental Signals Troop until the out— break of war. For the first three years of the war he was a command operator and NCO in “ C ” Squadron, and later a troop sergeant in “ D ” Squadron. He left the Army for a year in 1946, settling in Denmark. He returned to be Regimental Signals Sergeant and MT Sergeant from 1947 to 1499, until he was promoted to SQMS “A” Squadron. He left the Regiment in Egypt in 1952, to go to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry as a Warrant Officer, returning as SSM “A” Squadron in 1954. He was promoted to be RSM of the Sharpshooters in December 1958 and in 1960 he returned to the Regiment making a direct change over with RSM Vowles.

He received the new Guidon from Field— Marshal Sir John Harding when it was presented in 1954 at Tidworth, and has since carried it on Trooping parades. He was devoted to the traditions and good name of the Regiment and particularly to his own Mess. His marriage was a very happy one, and “Emmy” is as keenly missed as he is. We wish him the best of good fortune in his new job at the Ministry of Defence, and to both of them all happiness and the hope that we shall see them often. RSM E. G. G. VOWLES Mr. Vowles joined the Regiment from the Inns of Court as a sergeant in 1948. He was quick to settle down and prove himself a capable troop sergeant and gunnery instruc— tor. He was promoted to SQMS just before the Regiment moved to Egypt in 1951 and to be SSM of Headquarters Squadron in March 1952. He showed outstanding ability in this difficult job in which he remained for three years before becoming SSM of “B” Squadron. He was almost a new generation of Warrant Oflicer being only thirty-one years of age when he was promoted. His technical ability and proficiency in the field were out» standing. Coupled with this his sense of duty and discipline, and his organising ability in





times of internal security operations in Egypt or on training in BAOR. were of the highest order. He was promoted to be RSM of the Regi— ment in October 1958 where he remainded until exchanging with RSM Bradley at the KCLY in 1960. He made a great success of both jobs and particularly in the last two years has been of enormous help to the Regiment and the Regimental Association. On his retirement in 1965 at the comparatively early age of forty—five we express our gratitude for his service to the Regiment and wish him and Mrs. Vowles the best of luck and happiness in the future. He is now working in the Ministry of Defence.






RSM P. C. RANSON We offer our congratulations to Mr. Clark and Mr. Ranson on being appointed RSM of the Regiment and the KCLY respectively. RSM Clark appointed at the are of forty joined the Regiment as a Sergeant in Novem— ber 1952. He has served continuously with us except for two years with The Fife and Forfar Ye:manry from 1954 to 1956. RSM Ransom was appointed at the age of forty—one. He joined the Regiment in March 1947 and has served previously with the Sharpshooters from 1959 to 1962.




an extremely kind—hearted man who was ever ready to assist anyone, including the last— jomed recruit. At sport he represented the Regiment at most games but particularly ex— celled at soccer, hockey and tennis. For many years he was captain of the regimental soccer tea n and under his captaincy we won the Feikestcne and District League on our return from Egypt in 1936/37. At work or at play Jock always gave of his best and expected all others to do the same and ensured that they did so. By his wonderful example his troop was always one of the best in the Regiment and as RQMS he took a very keen interest in the welfare of the Regiment as a Whole. It came as a great shock to us to hear that he had died suddenly in the Chase Farm Hospital on 3rd July after a very short illness at the early age of 57. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and mother.



TPR G. R. JONES George Robert Jones was the oldest Royal Dragoon and it was with regret that .inform— ation reached us that he had died at the age of 91, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia. He served with the Regiment in South Africa in the 1900 period and was at one time batman to the late Capt Edward York. When he left the Regiment he joined the London Gas Board and when he reached the age of retirement he emigrated to Rhodesia to join his daughter. He was buried in Rhodesia and a wreath was laid on behalf of the Regiment. Our sympathy goes out to his daughter who is still living in Bulawayo. CPL BOWYER We are sorry to record the death of Anthony Bcwyer in an accident over Easter 1964. Cpl Bowyer,

CPL L. R. BULL Perhaps the greatest tribute one can pay to Cpl Bull who died suddenly at Tidworth in April 1964, is that he was one of the ‘charac— tcrs ’ of the Regiment. Despite this his service with the Royals only amounted to just over six years. ‘Old Man Bull” as he was affectionately known joined in January 1956 at the age of thirty-four. He had seen some war service with The Middlesex Regiment, The Fifth Fusiliers and the 17th/213t Lancers before leaving the Army for a spell in 1947. He was promoted Corporal in 1957 but was badly hurt in a motor accident in 1958 and was away for over a year. He went to Aden with the Regiment but was taken ill as they left for Malaya in 1960, rejoining us at Tidworth for his ‘niche ’ in the MT office in 1962. His sudden death in 1964 was felt by a great many of us, even those away in Cyprus at the time. We offer our condolences to his widow and family. TPR M. S. TIBBLES

Michael Stanley Tibbles joined the Royals after the amalgamation of his old Regiment the 12th Royal Lancers in 1963. He soon

proved himself to be a competent soldier mastering three trades in armoured cars and converting to tracks with no difficulty. He was seconded to the R.A.C. Centre as part of the Stalwart trials team in 1963, returning to

RHQ troop in 1964. He was a popular and valuable soldier whose death in a traffic accident in Berlin at Easter this year was tragic. We extend our sympathy to his family in their great loss. THE HON. R. O. D. WINDSOR-CLIVE It is with great regret that the Regiment has learned of the death of Roland Windsor— Clive in July 1965. He served as a SecondLieutenant in Aden and Malaya from 1960 to 1962 in “ C ” Squadron. RSM G. H. COATES George Henry Coates joined the Regiment at Hounslow in 1927 and served continuously until the latter end of 1946 when he was then the RQMS. He left the Regiment to take up the appointment of RSM of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, a rank he held until he completed his service in 1948. After leaving the service he was employed by the National Provincial Bank in London. Within a few months of joining the Regiment, Jock, as he was known to us all, had won the trophy for the best recruit at small arms shearing and throughout his service he was always a keen shot and his name will be found on some of the trophies competed for. He was also an excellent instructor in small arms and machine gun, and at one time served in the Machine Gun Squadron. Of a shy reserved manner Jock Coatcs was

FARRIER QMS J. COPE John Cope was born in February 1885 and enlisted into the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. When Regiments were amalgamated in 1922 he was transferred to the Regiment as Farrier Major and immediately became a most popular member. He was respected and liked by all ranks, and when the Regiment left the United King— dom in 1927 it was regretted that John Cope could not go with them due to his impending retirement. It was with regret that we received informa— tion that he had died as the result of a road accident at Bradford earlier this year. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his widow and family.



who left

the Regiment in

Malaya in 1962 was an accomplished amateur photographer. In addition to his normal skills, he was an official regimental photographer and covered most of the major visits and parades as well as taking photographs of individuals and of troops for recruiting pur— poses. We extend our sincere sympathy to his widow and daughter. ANDREW JOHN BURGESS The Regiment extends its sympathy to Cpl and Mrs. Burgess on the death of their son, Andrew John, on 3151: October, 1964.

DIANE HASTINGS The Regiment extends its sympathy to Tpr and Mrs. Hastings on the death of their daughter, Diane, on 17th May. 1965.

Marriages Capt T. P. Hart—Dyke to Wanda Krystyna Hermione Mostyn, at Lichfield, on 4th April, 1964. Capt A. E. Woodward to Jill Hutchinson, at St. Michael’s, Chester Square, on 22nd

May, 194. Lt B. H. Coode to Sally—Jane Cowley, at the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, on 21st August, 1965. Ssgt Brooker to Patricia Irene Costern, at Maidstone, on 8th May, 1965. Ssgt Tompkins to Doris Maude Fletcher, at Chipping Norton, on 27th June, 1964.

Sgt. Gallagher to Patricia Ann Taggart, at Sunderland, on 3rd April, 1965.

Sgt Smith to Gladys Thompstone, at Cirencester, on 19th December, 1964. Cpl Birt to Doreen Rita Robinson, at Poole, on zrst December, 1963. Cpl D. J. Brown to Margaret Joan Laishley, at Salisbury, on 6th June, 1964. Cpl R. J. Brown to Pauline Anne Sutton, at Hendon, on 26th June, 1965.

Cpl Bryant to Diane Linda Peacock, at Andover, on 19th December, 1964.








Cpl Cain to Hilda Irene Taylor, on Ist May, 1964. Cpl La Roche to Aileen Jones, at Sidcup. on 19th December, 1964. Cpl Maynard to Eloise Hyacinth Brown. at Lower Clapton, on 21st December, 1964.

Cpl Peckett to Margaret Anthea Archer. at Salisbury. on 17th April, 1965. Cpl Reeves to Helen Denise Archer, at Derby, on 12th September, 1964. Cpl Reid to Dorothy Joyce Somerton. at Andover, on 22nd August, 1964. chl Hennessy to Heide Marie Hellmich. at Detmold, on 28th June, 1965. Cpl Sexton to Elizabeth Jane Weeks. at Alderbury St. Mary, on 19th June, 1965. ch1 Lee to Jacqueline Judith Edwards, at Leicester. on 24th October, 1964. ch1 Murphy to Rayma Burley, at Alder— shot, on 23rd January, 1965. chl Shorter to Carmel Wilhelmina Bowden, at Lulworth, on 20th June, 1964. ch1 Smith to Valerie Rose Moore, at Mitcham, on 5th June, 1965. chl Theed to Iris Jeacock, at Brockley, 10th December, 1964. ch1 Thomas to Vera Tullett, at Hove, 20th June, 1964. chl Wilkins to Gillian Sylvia Sims, at Oakley, on 5th September, 1964. Tpr Beers to Yvonne Kathleen Wood, at Southchurch, on 26th December, 1964. Tpr Blazier to Joan Elvina Newman, at Bexley, on 15th May, 1965. Tpr Budden to Sandra Caroline Allen, at Leicester, on 8th August, 1964. Tpr Callaghan to Esther Teresa Kelly, at Wimbledon, on 2nd January, 1965. Tpr Charman to Primula Daphne Wood, at Battle, on 2nd June, 1965.

Bdsm Cleveland to Brigid Ann Hill, at Bromley, on zrst November, 1964. Tpr Coram to Margaret Ann Mansell, at Walthamstowe, on Ist May, 1965.

Tpr Collins to Maureen Ann Osman, at Tidworth, on 20th June, 1964.

Tpr Denton to Ann Maureen Knight, at Canterbury, on 26th August, 1964. Tpr Dickinson to Kathryn Rawnsley, at Todmorden, on 3rd April, 1965. Tpr Dunkin to Ann Barnes, at Wokingham, on 2rst December, 1964. Tpr Emery to Angela Barrett, at Haywards Heath, on 5th July, 1963.

Tpr Ford to Maureen Inglethorpe, at New Malden, on 28th November, 1964. Pte Freeman to Gloria Dawn Eggleton, at Andover, on 25th January, 1964. Tpr Golding to Irene Violet Glover, at Salisbury, on 6th June, 1965. Tpr Harding to Veronica Beaven, at Tid— worth, on 29th July, 1964. Tpr Hamilton to Patricia Mary Hamilton, at Ruislip, on 6th May, 1965.

Tpr Hayward to Ellen Small, at Bromley, on 16th August, 1964.

Cfn Hunter to Katrina Daphne Stone, at Hastings, on 30th January, 1965. Bdsm Keys to Julia Claire Johnson, at Barton, on 20th July, 1964. Tpr Kaufmann to Margaret Ann Ashley, at Battersea, on 3rd October, 1964. Cfn Johnson to Patricia Cornell, at Prescott, on 19th December, 1964. Tpr Leaney to Janet Mary Bradford, at Brighton, on 24th October, 1964. Tpr Maton to Frances Ann Dee, at Brent, on 8th May, 1965.

Tpr Murphy to Brenda Phylis Shipton, at St. Barnabas Cray, on 17th July, 1965. Sigmn Pearce to June Margaret Finney, at Billbrook, on 6th February, 1965. Bdsm Pyne to Susan Carol Burns, at Sur— biton, on 26th May, 1962.

Tpr Quarman to Jean Ann Watts, at Andover, on 7th November, 1964. Tpr Sandland to Valerie Ann Train, at Lewisham, on 315t October, 1964. Tpr Salter to Mary Jane Owens, at Hemel Hempstead, on 19th December, 1964. Tpr Starling to Veronica Ann Joy, at Norwich, on 5th December, 1964. Tpr Stratford to Margaret Dutton, at Crewe, on 18th March, 1965. Tpr Sussex to Blanche Olive Brenchley, at Thanet, on 16th January, 1965. Tpr Swannell to Valerie Ellen Abbott, at Camberwell, on 21$t November, 1964. Tpr Unsworth to Beatrice Alma Wright, at Charlton, on 31'st October, 1964. Cfn Warren to Julia Dixon, at Ealing, on 13th February, 1965. Tpr Ward, A. R., to Susan Brenda Trenwith, at Hemel Hempstead, on 16th May, 1964.

Tpr Ward, R. J., to Andrea Kathleen Wheway, at Failsworth, on 17th October, 1964.






Births Mai and Mrs. Hodgson, a daughter, Claire Lucia, on 8th September, 1964. Mai and Mrs. Watson, a son, Simon Peter Knox, on 27th July, 1964. Mai and Mrs. Wilkinson, a son, John Michael Scott, on 5th August, 1965. Capt and Mrs. Arkwright, a son, Francis Jocelyn Philip, on 8th March, 1965. Capt and Mrs. Hart—Dyke, a son, Paul Percival, on 4th January, 1965. W011 and Mrs. Porter, a son, Gary John, on 7th March, 1965. SQMS and Mrs. Cummings, a son, Simon Christopher, on 12th October, 1963. Sgt and Mrs. Hunt, a son, Kevin Stuart, on 23rd April, I965. Sgt and Mrs. Wood, a daughter, Angela, on 9th July, 1965. Cpl and Mrs. Birt, a daughter, Wendy Catherine, on 1st June, 1964. Cpl and Mrs. Burroughs, a son, Andrew Michael, on 3rd March, 1964. Cpl and Mrs. Byrne, a son, Louis Barry, on 12th October, 1964. Cpl and Mrs. Fox, a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, on 18th June, 1964.

Cpl and Mrs. Howell, a daughter, Sandra Elaine, on 4th October, 1964. Cpl and Mrs. Jefieries, a daughter, Teresa, on 13th August, 1963. Cpl and Mrs. Reid, a daughter, Maria Jane, on 6th May, 1965. Cpl and Mrs. Smith, a son, Dean Robert, on 20th August, 1964. Cpl and Mrs. Sweeney, a daughter, Hazel . Irene, on grst March, 1965. chl and Mrs. Hutt, a son, Philip Edwm, on 27th December, 1964. chl and Mrs. Johnson, a daughter, Yvonne Iris, on 8th July, 1964. chl and Mrs. Postma, twin daughters, Claire and Alison, on 18th December, 1964. chl and Mrs. Roddis, a son, Wayne, on 5th September, 1964. chl and Mrs. Shirley, a daughter, Carol Ann, 011 16th August, 1964. chl and Mrs. Vallins, a daughter, Kerry Michelle Francis, on 25th March, 1964. chl and Mrs. Williams, a son, Robert George, on 3rd August, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Abbott, a daughter, Donna Lorraine, on 6th May, 1964.

Tpr and Mrs. Allen, a daughter, Terri Pauline, on 5th August, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Bickmore, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, on 18th November, 1964. Cfn and Mrs. Dunn, a daughter, Michele, on 12th December, 1964. Pte and Mrs. Freeman, a son, Kevin Stanley Thomas, on 4th June, 1964; and a second son, Larry Paul, on 29th April, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Garvey, a son, Paul Joseph, on 12th September, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Haighton, a son, Robert Brian, on 26th May, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Harding, a son, Clive, on 22nd July, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Harman, a son, Shearn Nicholas, on 15th May, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Heal, a son, Daryl Andrew, on 28th October, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Holtom, a son, Jeffrey Douglas, on 30th April, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Morris, 8. daughter, Jean Lesley, on 14th December, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Mowbray, a daughter, Debbra Ann, on 21st July, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Pain, a daughter, Fariah Claire, on 13th December, 1964. Bdsm and Mrs. Pyne, a son, Nicholas, on

27th January, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Quarman, a son, Timothy John, on 29th July, 1965. Bdsm and Mrs. Roberts, a son, Gareth Vaughan, on 23rd July, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Roach, a daughter, Debra Marie, on 17th August, 1964. Pte and Mrs. Salter, a daughter, Christina Angela Maureen, on 15th October, 1962; and a second daughter, Cindy Caroline Annamarie, on 17th June, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Savage, a son, Carl Antony, on 13th September, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Swannell, a son, Alan Michael, on 25th May, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Wainwright, a daughter, Karen Lesley, on 5th August, 1964. Tpr and Mrs. Weston, a son, Andrew John, on 10th May, 1965. Tpr and Mrs. Young, a son, Mark Wayne, on 12th July, 1965.






Ssgt Thorpe

REGIMENTAL GAZETTE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS Lt Col R. E. Worsley, 0.13.11, Commanding Officer. Ma) J. B. Evans, Second-in-Command. Capt P. W. F. Arkwright, Adjutant.

Sgt Bosher Sgt Heller Cpl Brown

Cpl Grinycr Cpl Howell

Capt J. M. Loyd, RSO ,and_Assistant Adjutant. Lt D. H. Spencer, IO and RHQ Troop Leader. WOI J. S. Clark, RSM.

HQ. SQUADRON Maj S. E. M. Bradish-Ellames Capt T. P. Hart—Dyke

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Joyce Leaney Mulligan Palin

ADMINISTRATIVE TROOP SSM Paul SQMS Webster Cpl Melbourne ch1 Stimson Tpr Ansell Tpr King Tpr Pentecost

WOI Evans, G. E.

Tpr Ody Tpr Roddis

Sgt Fisher Sgt Everson

Tpr Salter

T/M Shearn

R.H.Q. TROOP Ssgt Lloyd Sgt Greatrex Cpl La Roche

Tpr Robinson Tpr Sharkey

Tpr Taylor Tpr Thomhill Tpr Webb

ch1 Craft ch1 Meikle

Cpl Taylor ch1 Pearce Tpr Adams Tpr Blazier Tpr Bolt Tpr Borley

Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm

Tpr Jiee

Bdsm Hobson

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm

Keys Maytum Mexter Pyne

Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm Bdsm

Skews Tenderowicz Thorn Williams

Kent Meider Morris Pearce Sibley

Tpr Smithers Tpr Pulford

Tpr West Tpr Why RECCE TROOI’ Lt B. H. Coode Sgt Bell Sgt Harry Cpl Budgen Cpl Hore

Cpl Sexton Cpl Smith

chl Trachy

Brittain Creavin Batch Goodwin

Bdsm Heibert

OFFICERS’ MESS Tnoop Ssgt Jubb Cpl Roberts chl Smith Tpr Batchelor

TRAINING WING Capt T. W. P. Connell Tpr Haighton

Tpr Abbott

FARM N.C.O. Cpl Cairney

Sgt Owen

Tpr Czirpentcr

Cpl Sowerby Cpl Sweeney

Tpr Chapman


Tpr Connelly

Cpl Wiskow

SPORTS N.C.O. Cpl McCormick

Tpr Charman


Tpr Cottrell


Ssgt Muir

Tpr Curran

Cpl Brandon

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Capt W. H. Mair Lt A. G. P. Meager

Cpl Lee ch1 Fiske Tpr Donovan Tpr Munro

David Deacy Dockery Fielding

Tpr Fox

Tpr Straitford Tpr Tucker Cpl Freeman

Tpr Hall Tpr Hartley

ch1 Bridge

Tpr Hendley Tpr Honeysett


Tpr Howard

Capt (QM) W. G. Baker Capt (QM) A. S. Ayrton RQMS Leech TQMS Titmarsh Ssgt Remfrey

Tpr Hurd

Sgt Sgt Sgt Sgt

Baillie-Hamilton Chambers Hunt Louch

Tpr Harding

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Maton Mowbray Murphy Norris O’Kane

Tpr Reid Tpr Sambrook Tpr Sanders

ASM Toms Ssgt Atkinson Ssgt Gill

Sgt Sgt Sgt ‘

Buttolph Freeman Smith Clarke Cogan

Edwards Hayward Hunter Laing Maynard McLelland Taylor Thomas ch1 Dunn

A.C.C. WOII Smith Cpl Barrett Cpl Jefferies Cpl Reid ch1 Brown chl Taylor ch1 Young Pte Cosgrove Pte Fatrington Pte Freeman

Pte Salter Pte Scott Pt: Townley ROYAL SIGNALS Sgt Gallagher Sgt McMahon

Cpl Carter Cpl Thomas

ch1 Hall ch1 Wood Sig Nelhams Sig Pearce Sig Scott Sig Swinhoe Sig Paton

R.A.P.C. Capt E. Brookes Ssgt Portsmouth Cpl Horne Cpl Tucker Cpl Ward

Tpr Smith (118)

Cpl Cpl Cpl Cpl Cpl

Tpr Smith (599)

Cfn Cfn Cfn Cfn

Tpr Smith (401)

Cfn Hunter

S.H.Q. Maj W. R. Wilson FitzGerald

Tpr Ward

Tpr Howell

Tpr Baylis

Tpr Glass

Lt D. G. Hanmer

Tpr Wellard

Tpr Brodie

SSM C. C. F. Crabb

IST TROOI’ 2Lt C. M. F. Scott

Byrne Deane Ellsmore Jackson Johnson

Cpl Cpl Cpl Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Newton Wickenden Williamson Bickmore Gardner Heal (84o) Heal (527)

Tpr Jordan Tpr Lane

Tpr Webber

Tpr Cox Tpr Hayward

Tpr MeDermott

SQMS F. Brooks

S.H.Q. TROOP Sgt Evans Cpl Brown

Cpl Reeves ch1 Coram chl Emery

Tpr Pedder Tpr Wartanowicz

Tpr Willson Tpr Cooper


Tpr Youngs Tpr Robins


Tpr Jones Tpr Townsend

Tpr Bocio Tpr Callaghan


Tpr Crittenden

Capt P. T. Kcightley

A.P.T.C. SI Skepper


Tpr Moon

Cpl McGill Tpr Callaghan

Cribbett Evans Farrant Francis

Cfn Richards

Cpl Burroughs

Tpr Cray

Crowley Dean Docherty Finch Freund

Cfn Rigby Cfn Rushby Cfn Williams

Tpr Augustine Tpr Austin

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Turpin Tpr Robinson

Tpr Allison

Cpl Wilkins chl Boon chl Fullick chl Hennessy ch1 Savage Tpr Aldridge Tpr. Austin, S. Tpr Blundell Tpr Chamberlain

Blake Emmett Huckstepp Hudson Kendall Lawrence Stamper Thomson

DRAGOONS Cfn Jones Cfn Pond

Tpr McGowan

Cpl Hildred M.I. ROOM STAFF Cpl Kinstrey Cpl Guerrini Tpr Sayer


Tpr Stevens Tpr Swannell Tpr Trist-Collins



Cpl Atkinson Cpl Burgess Cpl Watts


Cpl Vallins LCpl Black ch1 Shorter ch1 Williams Tpr Allen




Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Wall Grant McDonald Parkcs Chesson Emberson Scammell

Sgt Millett ch1 Brown Tpr Thomson Tpr Stocker

Tpr Lewis Tpr Grimes Tpr Salisbury

Tpr Pearce Tpr Heymerdinguer Tpr Ford Tpr Keogh

Tpr Collins Tpr Bramble Tpr Gillett Tpr Brady

3RD TROOP Lt J. W. S. Lewis

Tpr Johnson

Sgt Edwards Cpl Bayne

Tpr Parsons

Tpr Neafsey

Tpr Harman 2ND TROOP

Tpr Gill Tpr Ringrose

Lt J. F. Mackie

Tpr Starling

Sgt Cox Lspl Holmes

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

ch1 Smith

Tpr Cooney

Notridge Hamilton Frampton Denver



Tpr Stevenson 4TH TRoop

Tpr Precious Tpr Gregory Tpr Williams

Lt A. H. Scott Sgt Wilkinson Lepl Taylor






Tpr Finnie

Tpr Westall Tpr Williams


R.E.M.E. WOH V. Herbert

Sgt Hayes Cpl Budden Tpr Ambler

2ND Taoop

Tpr Carthy

Sgt Cooke

Sgt Hollis

2Lt A. N. D. Bols

Tpr Mills

ch1 Williams Tpr Jordan

Cpl Thomas Cpl Williams

Tpr Davidson Tpr Goody Tpr Haynes

Tpr Farmer

Tpr Blackwell

ch1 Nicholson

Sgt Clark Cpl Straw chl Hayes

Tpr Kaufman Tpr Barrett Tpr Woollard

Tpr Ashmore

chl Gibb

Tpr Allen

Tpr Cohen

ch1 Bryant Cfn Butcher

Tpr Wray Tpr Webb

Tpr Bake Tpr Partridge

Cfn Beard Cfn Dickenson

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Scott

Tpr Walton

“ B ” SQUADRON Maj M. B. Noble

Capt A. E. Woodward

Cpl Willis ch1 Borland chl Munday Cfn Hartley


SSM Warren

Cfn James Cfn Peters

Tpr Pennings Tpr Pritchard

3RD TROOP Lt G. R. H. Chamberlain

IST TROOP 2Lt E. N. Brooksbank

Sgt Priestman Cpl Peckett

Sgt Mackay Cpl Petterson

chl Dawson Tpr Blacklay Tpr Campbell

Lepl Taylor Tpr Baker

Dunn Dufton Kearns Lisney


Tpr Dunn Tpr Fuller Tpr Grant Tpr Morley

Tpr Painter Tpr Powell

Tpr Mitchell Tpr Shirley Tpr Sussex


Tpr Anderson

Ssgt Brooker, B.E.M. Sgt Church Cpl Glister Cpl Webber chl Byrne chl Stuart Cfn Hughes Cfn Killen

Tpr Cokayne Tpr Craig

Cfn Norman Cfn Phillips

4TH TROOP Lt N. M. B. Roberts Sgt Boakes Cpl Livingstone

3RD TROOP 2Lt R. I. Smithers

Cfn Whiting

Tpr Coggins Tpr Davis

Tpr France Tpr Oflen

Officers and Soldiers at Extra Regimental Employment

Tpr Stapley

Lt F. Fletcher

KCLY WOI Ranson WOII Watorski


Tpr Reid Col. C. A. Banham, M.c.

Tpr \Y/illiams

Tpr Schooley


MINISTRY OF DEFENCE Maj B. J. Hodgson Capt (QM) E. L. Payne Capt A. B. T. Davey


WOII Blackallar Sgt Rainger Sgt Wood Sgt Sarll Cpl Cain Cpl Falvey

Cpl Bryant

Tpr Unsworth

Tpr Kirkby Tpr McNieholas Tpr Provost

Tpr Weston

Tpr Greenfield

Sgt Melia

Tpr Jackson

2ND TROOP Lt J. M. Shepherd—Cross

ch1 Summerfield

Mai P. D. Reid

Ssgt Hall Cpl Harris

Tpr Baker

Lt C. M. Barrie

Cpl Short

Sgt Tatham

Tpr Byrne

Cpl McLaren

Tpr Carrington

Tpr Ayres Tpr Boyd

Tpr Gibbs

Tpr Savage Tpr Thomas Tpr Young R.E.M.E. AQMS Bumfrey

Sgt Gray Sgt Traynor

Cpl Howell Cpl Oxenbury

4m TROOP ‘2Lt I. M. D. L. Weston

Maj T. A, K. Watson


Cpl Murphy

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Bull Doubtfire Dougill O’Connor

Davies Downes Gibbs Hamilton

Tpr Sayers Tpr Sedgwick

ch1 Garvey chl Oxiey Tpr Clarke Tpr Dennahy

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Tpr Roberts

Cfn Taylor

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr


Tpr Langton Tpr Styles Tpr Wilkinson

Tpr Williams

Sgt Pain Cpl Weeks

Tpr Best


Tpr Hughes

Barber Crimp Ford (147) Markwick

Tpr Parker Tpr Rose S.I-I.Q.


Tpr Jones

Tpr Benn Tpr Dawes


Tpr Head Tpr Putlartd

Capt B. J. Lockhart

Tpr Quarman Tpr Smith Tpr Wilson

SAF MUSCAT Capt J. W. L. Bucknall

RAC DEPOT Tpr Grinstead Tpr Dixon Tpr Enticknap Tpr Basson




S.H.Q. TROOP Mai D. J. S. Wilkinson Capt J. G. Hamilton-Russell SSM Simpson

Tpr Rixon

Sgt Matthew Cpl Cook ch1 Dixon


Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Coleman Edwards Ford (213) Golding Kendon McEvoy

Tpr McGinlay

Tpr Rudge Tpr Stockford

Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr Tpr

Dunkin Evans Fairey Hastings Mellor O’Donnell

Tpr Rantell Tpr Sproats


rsr TROOP 2Lt D. P. L. Hewson Sgt Acton Cpl Morley chl Hill Tpr Brooks

Tpr Butler Tpr Davis

Tpr O’Driscoll Tpr Smith Tpr Standen


7UNIOR LEADERS REGIMENT RAC Maj J. A. Dimond, M.C. AAC (UK) Lt. C. N, Haworth—Booth

Ssgt Hearn Sgt Dawson

Sgt Hayward Cpl Squires chl Allsopp ch1 Craig chl Thurston

Tpr Dawson Tpr Gange Tpr Gregory Tpr Lawson

Tpr Lines Tpr Rawlings Tpr Smith








Sgt Poulter




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