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EDITORIAL FEW Regiments can feel the effects of present Army Policy as we do here in \Volfenbiittel.

Half the Regiment is com—

posed of National Service Soldiers who, having done their training in ' (‘ ’ Squadron, stay with us for rather less than a year. ‘A’ Squadron represents the Regiment in Berlin ; a handful of men are with the T.:\. ;

t/ze gent. . .

2 HE first man home in a rigorous contest

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one or two with the airrlift and the balance endeavour to maintain 15o vehicles and carry out other odd jobs. However, the Inspecting Brigade Commander found us a happy and efficient Regiment imbued from top to bottom with Regimental tradition and so we hope and believe we are. It was with great regret that we said good—bye to l,t.—L‘ol., :\. H. Pepys, l).S.O., Klanuary Nth, but everyone was delighted that he was able to confirm that Lt.—Col. R. Heathcoat—Amory, M.("., was to be given the Command of the Regiment. We wish them both the best ol‘ luck on their new appointments. we would like to congratulate Lt.~Col. and Mrs. Heathcoat~Amory on the birth of a son and Major Starkey and Capt. McKelvie on their recent marriages. Several people pointed out the incorrect dates in the article on Major Morton in our last number of the “ Eng/r." Inaccuracies touching Regimental History are to be deplored and the Editor promises to he more careful in the future. The lack of photographs in this Edition is regretted but it is hoped that the summer months may produce a larger number. ‘A' Squadron are to be congratulated on winning the Berlin 7—a—side Rugger Compe— tition against several units which were at full strength. Now that the Blockade is lifted we hope they will be able to participate more fully in Regimental teams. As everyone in the Regiment is now to have a copy of the ” ling/r " it is thought that many may want to send them to their families. “rappers for this purpose are available in Squadron Offices. The material for this edition of the journal has been rather hastily collected and the inexperience of the Sta fl doubtless shows in the unpolished result. Nevertheless a, great deal of useful experience has been gained and it is hoped that future editions will improve. it will be a very great help





towards this if all contributors would note that their copy should be neatly typed in double spacing on one side only of the paper. Photographs should he in sharp focus, highly contrasted and printed on glossy paper. Matt surfaced prints and pictures either not in focus or not showing sufficient contrast, reproduce very badly indeed. For this reason several interesting photographs submitted [or publication in this edition have had to be withheld.

(Obituary It is with very great regret that we have to announce the deaths while training, of: Tpr. Appleby. Tpr. Bullock. Our most sincere sympathies go to their families.


of Pliolographs

T is with very great pleasure that we can announce that Major K. G. Balfour has presented four volumes, containing 650 photographs, to the Regiment. These photographs cover many activities of the Regiment from the days of Palestine in 1939 to Denmark in 1945 and are available for inspection at the Cavalry Club, 127 Piccadilly, and copies of these photographs which are all numbered, can be obtained

from Mr. Hardwick of \l'allace Heaton and C0,, 127, New Bond Street, \\'.I.


wishing to view these books should ask for them at the Secretary’s office on the first floor and permission has been granted whereby past and present officers who may be non~members may enter the club for this purpose. It is intended that these books will remain at the club until October Ist, 1949. We would like to record our sincere thanks for this gift. especially realising the amount of hard work that went into compiling it.

LL-Col. A. H. Pepys. D.S.0. ON 8 January, Lt.—Col. Pepys gave up command of the Regiment on his promotion to Command 22nd (11A,) Armoured Brigade with its Headquarters in London. He had commanded the Regiment from the time when he took over from Lt.—Col. Lloyd shortly before the Rhine crossing in March, 101,5, and before that for a month in North Africa in m4: when he was badly





wounded and lost a leg from a land-mine in the follow—up after Alamein. Joining the Regiment from Sandhurst 011 27 August, 1924, he became A.D.C. to General Strickland, then G.O.C. in Egypt from 1927 to 1929 when he became ADC. to Lord Halifax (then Lord Irwin), Viceroy

of India and remained at that post until 1931 when he returned to the Regiment which was then in India. From 11155—1938 he was Adjutant and then graduated from Squadron Leader to 2i. c. The Regiment, and took over command of the. Regiment . from Lt.—Col. Joy, just before Alainein in October, 1942. After being wounded short— ly after this and being in hospital in South




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gatherings of Old Comrades does not pay adequate tribute to a great cause and to the indefatigable efforts of our worthy Secretary Mr. W. Thomas.


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House (Pimms) Bishopsgate, E.C.2, was an unqualified success. The food and ser— vice was really terrific! ” Who said England was Starvingl ” There has been a lot of controversy as to whether we should revert to the old ” sit down ” dinner. we as a Committee do our best to give you the best value obtainable under existing condi« we saw in the way of variety that there is much more to be said for this type of ” all in feeding " than the “ wait for it I’m coming along " of the sit down days. How— ever, we are always ready to consider the ideas of the other man and would welcome your suggestions for future events of this This year (it the request of many old members we returned to the formalities 0f “ after dinner speeches." After the Royal Toasts Colonel F. W.

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175 members and serving Royals attended this years Reunion and we are sorry space will not permit us to give all names. The Buffet Supper which was held after, the

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who will be remembered by those who served with the Regiment during the Indian Tour 1904-1911, spoke in support of the Old Comrades Association and tried to convey to those still serving in the Regiment, whether time serving or National Service men, how much they are missing by failing to keep in touch with the Old Com— rades Association. In conclusion he said 1~ "Gentlemen, I have only recently become a member of this Committee but I have an uncomfortable feeling that for


tions and we feel, after this show, and what


encourage the young soldiers to join the Association on leaving the Regiment. He also appealed to Old Comrades to send along any Photos, etc., which would help take the bareness off the walls of the Serjeants' Mess. In replying for the Old Comrades, Major



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D.S.O., )l.C., proposed the Toast of “ The Regiment." He congratulated the Commanding Officer who had just arrived from the Christening of his son. The Old Comrades gave vent to “ three hearty cheers ” for the Regiment and sang with much gusto, “ For they are jolly good fel— lows." The R.S.M. Mr. N. Morgan. M..\l., and Bar, in proposing the health of the Association said he would do his best to

were 500 it would still fail to be representa— tive of the old associations and affection that so many have for the old Regiment. With great deference, I suggest that in the Regiment itself there may be a failure to arouse sufficient enthusiasm for the object and aspiration of the Old Comrades Associa— tion—so may I ask the present Commanding Officer to make a special effort through his Adjutant and Squadron—Leaders to give the Association a real boost on his return. To the other ranks here from the Regi— ment to—night, may I say—“ Go back and tell your buddies the sort of atmosphere that a gathering of Old Royals can produce wit is for them to carry on these great traditions and perpetuate wonderful mem— ories. To all Old Comrades Wherever they may be, I would say that, however important your particular date on the evenings that Old Royals are assembling, just forget it and come alongeif you don't dance, that's too bad; if you don't drink, that's worse,

but there always remains that happiest of human associationsgreminiscence, in which we can all indulge to the full and always remember~‘ ONCE A ROYAL, ALWAYS A ROYAL.’ "




The last Toast of the evening was to Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel F. W. Wilson—FitzGerald, D.S.O., M.C., proposed

by Brigadier R. Peake, D.S.0., OBIS. In reply the Colonel said that he was the link between the Regiment and the 0_(‘.A. and he would do all he could to foster the great understanding between the two. He thanked members for attending and hoped next year the number would be even greater. The Combined Cavalry Parade was held in Hyde Park on Sunday. the 1st May. in glorious sunshine. Most of those who attended the Reunion were on parade but it is very disappointing when one looks round at the “ Sight—seers " and notice so many who should be taking part in the parade. This is the only occasion when all Cavalry Regiments gather to pay homage to our Comrades of the 1914—1918 and 1039— 1945 Campaigns and we would like many more old Royals to march with us on this parade. The wreath was placed on the Cavalry Memorial by Field Marshal Lord Birdwood. The bands of The Royal Horse Guards, The Queen’s Bays, The 3rd Caribineers and the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars led the four divisions in the parade. VISIT TO GERMAXY By the time these notes arrive in print it is hoped that a party of our members will have made their long awaited yisit to the Regiment and believe us we are looking forward to it.

However, more about this

in the next number of “ The Eagle."

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report the deaths of the following .lh'. ]. H. Brno/rs. Known to so many Old Comrades as “ Donny." He had been a pillar of strength of the O.C.A. never hay— ing once missed a function or a (‘onnnittee Meeting from IQZO until iojo. After leav~ ing the Regiment in 18d; Mr. Brooks served' with the Metropolitan Police, retiring with the rank of Inspector in 1010. Mr. j. T/Irz‘sm who served with the Regi— ment during the South African \Var and later well known as a baker and confectioner in Bermondsey for many years, retiring in

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1030 to live at Caterham where he (lied.

.llr. G. 11'. Darinell left the Regiment about 1927 and served with the Metro— politan Police (Mounted Branch) until taken ill, he was an invalid for a number of

years and died in 1947. Ally. john Scott served in the Regiment for many years as Regimental Shoemaker. After leaving the Regiment in 1919 he was in business as a wholesale leather merchant in Farnborough, Hampshire where he died. Mr. A. Barr served in the Regiment as early as 1883 and was an inmate of Chelsea Hospital where he died at the age of 89. He was interned at Brookwood Cemetery.



FUTURE Fiixcrioxs The Committee have. yet to decide as to the nature of our future functions but all members will be notified in plenty of time. Lastly let us again print the address of our Secretary. If you know of an Old Royal wishing to become a member let him know. \l'. Thomas,


60, Carey Street,

It is with deep regret that we have to

DRAMATIC .The Dramatic Society was formed, or reformed, within the Regiment at the

beginning of 1949 and began rehearsal immediately on a one act play for the B.A.O.R. Drama Festival at Bad Oeynhau— sen#28th Februaryiznd March. Our first choice of play " Hands Across the Sea " eventually won the B.A.O.R. Competition, but was acted on that occasion by the Dramatic Society of another Unit. We had been asked to forego our first choice and chose instead “Mr. Fothergill joins the Angels," a short farce by William Dinner.

London, \\'.C.2.

SOCIETY Mrs. G. Graham, wife of Major A. Graham, M.C., was a hard working producer and got good results from a young but enthusiastic group of players. The play was produced within the Regiment before an appreciative audience prior to the performance before the critics in the Bad ()eynhausen Festival. In the Drama Festival we were playing against Societies of far greater experience and far longer standing. \Ve did not win


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“A ” Squadron Seven-a-Sz'de Team the Competition, but we have added to our

stage experience and at the moment are selecting a play for our next production.

(Rig/z! lo lrfl) : Major Greaves, 2/Lt. Roe, Capt, Diinond, 2/Lt. BreWster, L/Cpl. Mitchell, Tpr. Soper,

Cpl. Davison.





THE Squadron has just taken over from ”C” Squadron of the 11th Hussars in Berlin. Prior to our move from “'olfen— biittel our numbers were made tip from 85 to I43. Those in the Squadron who were in Berlin previously have been busy picking 11p old threads, and have been helping the " New Comers ” by their knowledge of the City. A mere handful remembers Berlin as it was when the Squadron were here 18 months ago 1—Capt. Dimond, S.S.M. Butterworth, Sgt. Bowen, Sgt. Finch, Cpl. Rimmer, L/Cpl. Clarke, L/Cpl. Dick, LKCpl. Taylor, L/Cpl. Mellors, Tpr. Willis, Tpr. Fletcher.

“76 had to fly in in small groups from Buckeburg; our luggage was limited, but some how we managed to bring in every— thing we required. The Sgt./Major at the Air Booking Centre at Minden was heard to remark that he was convinced that per— sonnel of “A” Squadron Royals had sold, given away, or otherwise disposed of the majority of their kit, as almost without exception every man was under weight, however wireless sets, dogs and numerous prize possessions mysteriously appeared in Berlin ! ! Prior to the take-off of one group, a keen Driver/Mechanic was heard to enquire of the R.A.F. crew, if the mainten— ance Task of the day had been carried out. " We don’t do such things,” came the reply; a vote of no confidence was passed



by the members of the "A" Squadron party ‘ ! HoweVer a safe landing “as made at Cato“ in the dark : on coming in to land the runway lights VVcic on. “ (‘yaVvd Flak "

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Football Challenge Cup without losing a single match. Corporal Smith, Lance Corporal Raftrey and Trooper Snow did i11— valnable work in the team. We also won the Inter Squadron Novices Boxing (‘0111petitio11, which was a creditable effort as the majority of our boxers were from our young entry. S.S..\I. Austin, who is to be congratulated for his energetic coaching, received the Buckley Trophy on behalf of the Squadron from the Commanding Officer at the prize giving. The Squadron entered a team in the Small Bore League r1111 by 31 Independent InfantrV Brigade. They were 1“unueis up to II. Q. Squadron in the \ov embeI competition, and to' ‘”B Company of the Imresters in December. “'0 were not to be left undisturbed for

one of our smallest and keenest N.C.O.’s,

remainder were swallowed up elsewhere in the Regiment. The Squadron Leader tore down the notice inscribed ‘ Squadron Leader ' 011 his office door and erected one marked ‘ Equita— tion Oflicer’ in its place. Apart from a strong smell of decayed manure and saddle soap in the passages of " B " Squadron block, which indicated his occasional pres— sence, few people realised he still existed. Peace 1eigned till October 13th,1()48. 011 this day the calm and stillness of‘ B Squadron block was suddenly shattered by the arrival of SSM. Austin from " C " Squadron, and before the Squadron Leader


4th and 5th drafts to join the Regiment, were posted to 11s on November Irth and goth respectively. The 4th draft did two weeks Cr.M.T. in the Squadron before going to “ (l " Squadron for seven weeks technical training. The Squadron did not take long to settle down and make itself heard in the field of sport. Under the able leadership of Sergeant

All sporting activities are amply catered for at the Olympic Stadium and the Sqnad~ ron is well represented in all fields of sport. The Squadron seven 11 side Rugby Football Team won the B.T.B. knockout compe— tition, beating the Queens, The Royal \Velsh Fusiliers, and a combined R.A.S.C./ R.A.E.C. Team in the finals. In the three games the Team scored 50 points, and had 3 points scored against them. On Pay Parade one afternoon shortly after our arrival the Paying Officer noticed who had already been paid, looking terribly excited and obviously bursting to tell the Rear link operator something. After the Rear link operator (another NCO.) had stepped back from the Pay table with a handful of notes the “ little corporal " could not restrain himself any longer. “ Dick," he shouted. " Dick—the Regi— ment through strength five and I don’t know what to say to them.” Six married families accompanied us to Berlin. They and the Squadron are now well settledin, and are enjOV ing the change of being a detached Lnit. Berlin


We then set to work in earnest to prepare for the arrival of two drafts of young soldiers

whispered a startled voice.

“B” SQUADRON No news from this Squadron appeared in the last issue of the Eagle, for the excellent reason that there was none, because the Squadron as such had ceased to exist. For the first three months of 19.18 the Squadron possessed most of the soft V ehicles in the Regiment, and was in effect a glorified bus service. It was not however, an economical arrangement to provide a complete Squadron headquarters and staff to maintain a M. T. troop, and accordingly in May the Squadron quietly disintergrated. Sergeants Bradley and ColVer and all the driVers and their Vehicles returned to their proper home in HQ. ” Squadron, and the



long, however, as ‘A” Squadron had to be

had time to balance the liquitation Accounts “ B ” Squadron had started again. Captain Barker returned as Second in Command, and in an incredibly short space of time could be heard counting sheets Vvith S. Q. M. S. Ven11.\\'e towed a few Vehicles 0\ (1,1 fiom the heghnental \\01kshop 11nd a posse of men transfeired f10m “A’ Squadron, who formed the main part of the Squadron, did their best to get them in w01king order. The fOIIOVVing officers and sergeants were posted to us: Lieut. Maitland and z/Lieuts. Porter ,Browne, Roe and Silben‘ad. Sergeants Edwards, Brennan, Jones, Baker, Brown and Rapkin.



DRAF [S of iccruits haVc been Min 1110 ste'tdily in thc Squachon for tiiining since




made 11p to strength before leaving for Berlin. As a result we had to lose everyone except the 5th Draft and Squadron head» quarters personnel. At the time of writing “ C " Squadron are even trying to remove some of these: we should be able to find the 0ch driver who will be capable of sending their Traffic Accident Chart 11p to the skies. \\'e have moved over into the block vacated by ”A” Squadron in order to make room for " C " Squadron who will be receiving further drafts this summer. \Ve were very sorry to lose so many N.C.O.s and men who helped to build up the Squadron but, at least we have not been disbanded this time.


wings are now well into their stride turning out trained drivers, operators and gunners. In this connection, we have recently taken

over the administration of the recruits from ‘ B ’ Squadron, and we welcome the G.l\I.T. instructors into the Squadron. Since our last issue. both the Wireless and l). t\" .M. \Yings have come under new man— agement. In the \\'i1‘clcss\\'ing we welcome








THE JOURNAL or Lieut. Hanmer and Sgt. Horsfield who have taken over from Lieut. Soltan, who has

gone to ‘A’ Squadron, and Sgt. \Vood, who left us to go to the Fife and Forfar Yeo— manry. We wish them both luck in their new jobs. We also said " au revoir " to Cpl. Fearn who has gone to ‘ B ’ Squadron. From the D. & M. \Ving Lieut. Evans left to go on a 6 months course in England where we feel sure he will do extremely well. In his place we welcome Lieut. Ferrand. Capt. \Vinstanley left us recently to go to H.Q. Squadron, and we welcome Capt. Miles in his place. We have also said a reluctant ‘ good-bye ' to many who have left us to sample the “ joys ” of civilian life, among them being Cpl. Dore, L./Cpl. Pattenden, Tprs. Yates, Coombes, Ashton, Andrews and many others. We would like to wish them much happiness and prosperity. (Cripps willing l) in their future careers. By the time these notes appear in print,

Cpl. Watson will probably have joined them as he is, I understand, negotiating his release even now. We wish him also the best of luck in his new venture. In the realms of sport the Squadron has made its mark on the Regiment as Lieut. Evans has captained the Hockey team to many important victories, and the Squadron was well represented in the boxing team with seven of the team. We offer our congratulations to Major Starkey and Capt. McKelvie on their recent marriages, and wish them all happiness for the future. As I write, the news has come through of the tragic death of Trooper Appleby in a driving accident during training, and we would like to extend our sympathy to his mother on her great loss. Finally, we would like to give a welcome to all those arriving during the coming year, and wish them the best of luck.


HE Royals it’s us ” as Napoleon might have said. Anyway we had 318 men in the Squadron in January and would no doubt have had more if there had been any left in the kitty. However we are back to normal again now and are struggling along with a mere 200 or so. ”A” Squadron relieved us of several features we had thought permanent, amongst them Sngt. Douglas, Sgt. Bowen and Finch and Cpls. Clarke and Brett. , Cpl. Hards went off to

the Fife and Forfar and Cpl. Powell, L,‘Cpl. Quaife and Bandsman Hughes could stand it no longer and bought themselves out. “ It was a nuisance ” to lose Capt. Bachrach who went off to the U.K., but we welcome Capt Church in his place. Capt. CarrEllison left the army to become a man of leisure and Capt. Houstoun took his place

as Tech. Adjt. for the same reason.


Miles went to “C” Squadron and Capt. \Vinstanley is now Squadron 2 i/c. Q.M.S.I. McNally has gone to Hanover and S/Sgt. Taylor joined in his place. Cpl. Colson will be much missed in our football and cricket team, and Sgt. Raynor is a great loss to our boxing team. S.Q.M.S. Spreadbury went on Python a11d’S.Q.M.S. Palmer

now has the Q. Stores in which to keep his fishing tackle. We understand that he recently had on charge a fish, 3 lbs., alive, large which he kept at home in the bath.

He said he had to keep it there as Capt. Winstanley disapproved of anything fishy in the stores. We are however reliably informed that Mrs. Palmer insisted on the fish being returned to base and that a 1033 was accordingly made out and acted upon. We had a white Christmas which we certainly did not pray for as it was quite cold enough without snow. The Bandmaster organized a first class Pantomime in the Gymnasium which deservedly played to full houses. Tech. Group made the scenery and Cinderella’s coach was a masterpiece. Stanley Holloway did some excellent impersonations of Lt. Davies—Cooke, the band performed with their usual per— fection and S.S.M, Bayliss’s daughter Joan sang charmingly. The Squadron Boxing team won the Regimental Inter Squadron Competition beating “ B ” Squadron in the semi—finals and ”C” Squadron in the finals. Our novices were beaten by 3 points by “ B” Squadron in the finals of the novices. Dur—

ing these competitions there was some very keen boxing and the teams are to be con— gratulated on the progress they made culminating in winning the Inter Squadron Competition. Our .22 shooting team has met with no small success. They were runners up in the Brigade League and in November won the prize for the highest score in the month. At football we continue to supply most of the Regimental Team to wit~~S.I. Taylor, Cpls. Lawrence, L/Cpls. Wesley and Shipton, Tprs. Grcaves, Goldie, Gleunen, Baker and

at hockey T.Q.M.S. Hill, Sgt. Slade and Cpl. Old represented us in the Regimental Team. ,

Spring came and went one day in April which was excuse enough for Capt. Hodgson to declare the cricket season open. We expect to have a really good cricket team this summer chosen from the large number of enthusiasts in the Squadron. The turn of the year also sent Cpl. Welton off in pursuit of fish to catch a 3-;- lbs. trout and four fish total weight of 8% lbs. the same day. The C0. and the Squadron Leader who flog the water for hours without reward should consider taking piscatory instructions from the Post Cpl. The Old Comrades rally was attended by the Q.M., R.S.M., R.Q.M.S. and Sgts. Evans D.C.M., Perry Mantle, Colyer, Cpl. Dover, . L/Cpl. Sheppard, Tprs. Plumbley and Tarry from the Squadron. They took with them our best wishes to all members of the Squad— ron past and present wherever they may be.





football team. However we expect to do well in the coming cricket season. we thank the Signal Troop for the loan of Drivers Kath and Seel. They were rather confused at first and so were the MT. clerks who found that they had been driving the wrong vehicles on the wrong work tickets. To overcome this difficulty we thought of giving one a jeep and the other a 3 tonncr so that they could tell the difference between their vehicles more easily. M.T. office's dream is a gift of nine Volkswagons for use of the Married Fam— ilies. We tender our sincerest apologies to all those families who, on indenting for a staff car, have ended up in a 3 tonner. We do our best. ' Lt. Morris is leaving us and we wish him luck in his new job while we welcome Capt. Davies—Cooke in his place. We congratulate Cpl. Lynd, L/Cpl. Luff, Tprs. Blake, Burnett and Cooke on the big part they played in helping H.Q. Squadron to win the Inter Squadron Boxing Competition and Tpr. McCairn on his part in training them in our elaborate, private gymnasium above M.T. Block. The Troop has not yet succeeded in driving 50,000 miles without an accident to qualify for the prize. Someone always runs into something in the last few miles so we suppose the nervous strain is to blame. We shall continue to persevere and Heaven help the next man who has to use his A.F.A. 3676 when we are on the 45,000 mile mark I

M. T. Troop Notes

QM. Group

The M.T.O. and MT. Sgts. are at times not too certain whether they run a Trans— port Troop or a Transit Camp as the number of men who pass through our garage doors are innumerable. We mean this literally as the new doors recently presented so grac— iously to the Troop by the QM. appear to some to be invisible, judging by the number of drivers who sail through them when they are closed. During the winter most drivers carried out coal duties at one time or another and we hope that no radiators or family quarters felt the cold through lack of exertion on our part, even though our education may have suffered thereby. A number of good drivers have left us recently leaving gaps hard to fill in our

UNDER the present conditions of service it is inevitable that there should be some changes among the staff. Though these have been quite numerous there are still some of the “ old stalwarts ” left. Tprs. Copeman and Baldwin having been demobbed, we wish them the best of luck.

Sgt. Finch left the Ration Stores to join "A” Squadron in Berlin and Sgt. Bailey has been appointed i/c. The Palace of Plenty. Cpl. Hamilton vacated his position in the clothing store for more strenous work in the “ Field of Duty," and the group is now able to continue its work unaccompanied by the strains of some barbarous piece of music 1 On the promotion of Sgt. Goring and his transfer to the Sergeants' Mess, L/c. Sheppard took over the Cobblers' and Tailors’ shops.

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Tpr. Johnston also left us? to go to the File and Forfar Yeomanry. Heartiest congratulations to Capt. l.ewis 011 his award of a Regular Commission and Appointment as Quartermaster, which, we feel is a timely reward for 25 years service with the Regiment R.Q.M.S. Old is run— ner——up ” with 33 yeais ser.\ice Of the sporting pIetensions of the "1011p C.apt Lewis is Hon. Sec. of the B. A. O 1\. lxefe1ees Committee and had the distinction of refereeing the B.A.O.R. v. British Army in England. Cpl. Shone has boxed for the Regiment, and Tpr. Blake has also boxed in Regimental Competitions. \Vith yet another year ahead and the old rivalry renewed we return to the hallowed, Utopian precincts of the G. 1098 club.

Tech. Troop Notes





Sgt. Mantle, Sgt. Rayner and Tpr. ’l‘rickey in particular distinguishing themselves in the ring. 'l‘prs. tireaves and Goldie are also to be congratulated on playing in the Regimental Football Team; although they are comparative newcomers to the group they will not unfortunately be with us next season. Then however we shall still


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Tech. Group are still where they were when the last ‘Eng/L” went to press. In this time however several new faces have appeared and some of the older ones have left. We were very sorry to say goodbye to Capt. R. H. Carr—Ellison who left 11s in February to go back to the land after two years as Tech. Adjutant, to Sgt. Rayner, and to all the others who have left 11s recently on release. We wish them all the best of luck and hope to see them again at future Old Comrades Re—unions, when perhaps more of the serving Royals can attend than at present. At the same time we would like to welcome all those who have joined 11s in the last six months, including Capt. H011stoun MC. who has succeded Capt. Carr— Ellison. In spite of the long hours and hard work required to build scenery for pantomimes, make chevrons for N.C.O.s and mend the occasional puncture, the Tech. Group has been well represented in the various forms of sport during winter. We produced sev— eral members of the Squadron boxing team,

be boarding the Nord Express for the last time to begin civilian life in Denmark after 22 years in the Regiment. For longer than most of us can remember he has held undis— puted sway over the Tech. OlllCC. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Regiment and the mysteries of Establishments and the like will he missed no less than his stately presence. Our best wishes go with him. So far but little news has trickled thiough, round or under the Iron curtainllrom ‘ Oui lierlin Office" Mech. S/Sgt. Douglas and his party with “A” Squadron, but we gather that life behind the blockade has its com— pensations. It now appears that the Berlin Autobahn will be open by the time that this appears in print, when all “A” Squadron efforts to enjoy the undistrubed privacy of a forgotten army will be foiled, and we will see something of them again. Finally our congratulations and best wishes go to M.Q.M,S. and Mrs. (‘osgrove on the birth of a son on the 1th December, J13 (the proud owner of what must be the Iirst pram with independent suspension in l3.A.().R.) and to (pi. and Mrs. Bush on their marriage on April 2nd.

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SERGEANTS’ WE are pleased to write that we are still at Vl’olfenbtittel; the Mess has at last

had the necessary alterations made and has been re—decorated. It is indeed most com— fortable and this would appear as a sign of moving although to date no such rumours

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cause of “A" Squadron going to Berlin, we do not know. There are many i'neinbers with the Squadron at Berlin and their absence is noted in many ways, social and sporting.

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Army where it was easy and profitable, but jz‘bbed at going further afield where danger lurked, and supplies were diflicult. On some distant stations the soldier had to exist practically on salt provisions as at sea. The soldier on Foreign Service to-clay doesn’t expect Army life to be soft; but he knows that at key centres overseas NAAFI will be looking after his interests, that NAAFI will provide games and facilities for Sport and Entertainment. NAAFI can do, and pay for, all this because it is run solely to benefit serving men and women. It has no shareholders, and serves

no private interests. All available profits are used to improve the lot of those who serve.



Although life in Berlin is not painted so rosy as during the last tour of duty there, there was no lack of enthusiasm from the members selected to go. Christmas and The New Year was colebratcd in the normal Army style. We beat the Officers at football ; a very success— ful pantomime was given by the Band and members of the Regiment. The wives gave a most successful dance for all Ranks of the Regiment ()ur fancy dress dance was greatly enjoyed. With so much on, we still managed to find time for a drink. Early in the New Year Colonel Pepys left to take over the 22nd Armoured Brigade as Brigadier. His going was greatly felt as he is a Royal to his finger tips. Many will remember how much confidence he inspired during his period as CO. during the War. “’0 had a farewell party in the Moss and the trumpctcrs gave him his first. ‘ General Salutc.’ Colonel Pepys gave the members one of his ‘ Churchillian ’ speeches. We wish the ‘ Brig.‘ every success. We are delighted that Colonel Hoathcoat— Amory has been selected to command the Regiment. This has been a good time for the (1.0.7Coloncl in January and a Father in March. We offer both the GO, and Mrs. Amory our heartiest congratulations. During the period we have had two exchange visits with the Ist Constabulary


A Iypiml RL‘IMHI'II/Il in [be new type NAAFI Club for O.R‘S. Bot/J at home and abroad I/m’c it a xtnndard air/z to provide big/2 qua/fly refi‘mbmcm at muomrb/c prim.

U15 to the fact that there are now some twenty to twenty—five Regimental Bands in the British Zone of Germany with their parent major units, two being in close proximity of the jISt Lorricd Infantry Brigade, our services to other units have not bccn called upon quite so often as heretofore. Perhaps this is a blessing in some respects but a Band like any other similar organi— zation must bc able at all times to exercise its compctaucc (or othcrwise,) and the ultimate aim of a good Band is to be c011— sistcntly efficient in all it’s spheres of activity. Experience in this matter is only gained and achieved by constant concentration and diligent rehearsal in the practice room and, which is more important, opportunity to put the schcmc to the test by continually performing before an audience. It is absolutely futile to rehearse \vcck in and week out and never give a perfor— mancc.





Regiment—US. Army. The whole scheme was a huge success and many pleasant memories are to be heard from these visits. The ‘ Yanks ’ had spam here and our fellows ‘ Scotch ’ (lease lend in aversc). The members who attended the American Zone had a first class time with everything possible at their disposal and the hospitality second to none. Members of the Mess have been busy in scvcral spheres and we do congratulate 1! R.S.M. N. H. Morgan for winning a first in the 7 Armd. Div. Hobby Competition (photograph and a special in the l’>.A.O.R. Competition. Many photo— graphs in the recent ' Eagles ' have been his work—there are some in this journal). Sgt. Wilkinson for also getting a special in the same B.A.O.R. competition (photo-

sraphyl Sgt. Edwards for again being Captain of the B.A.O.R. Football Team. For the many Sergeants that represented their Squadrons in the Boxing Competition. Sgt. Ostrowski for prizes at ski—ing. Sgt. Fooks on his engagement to Miss R. L. Berry of the \\'.V.S. Sgt. Acres on having the best ankles in the Mess (Ankle Competition). Sgt. Dawes (R.E.M,E.) on having the worst.

NOTES Never—the—lcss we have been able to devote a good deal of practice to some good arrangements recently published and some of the younger men and boys have made good headway thus being able to fill some of the gaps rccentlycaused within the membership. From reports received by the Band President it appears that we have given good account of ourselves in and around the district. Performances to the German public have been given each month and now that the weather is more ‘summerlike’ we shall be playing more often out-of—doors. Most bands all over the Zone were fully occupied during the latter part of January when the “ Wochc Hilfe ” was organised. _ We in common with others were kept busy and a full programme of work was under— taken. Concerts in aid of charities were given at Lebenstcdt, Salzgitter, Helmstedt, \\'olfeubuttel and Goslar. We massed bands with the Band of the Sherwood Foresters





for the performance at Goslar which was given in the Opera House before an absolute ‘Full House.’ It is hoped to mass again this summer for a return concert in our own ground. In October last we were again selected to go on a short tour in Denmark (which by the way never fails to be very popular) and in spite of the fact that we did not touch Copenhagen as we had hoped to do we spent a very enjoyable couple of days. Our headquarters were at Kolding on the Isle of Fyn and our billet was a youth hostel and in spite of being nearly ”blown up and gassed ” each day and night by some of the ' boys ’ letting off locally procured “squibs” we were quite comfortable. Each meal was a good and handsome sight and very varied which seemed to add extra pleasure to the lives of Tait, Darling,

Hogg, Hank and Co. Concerts were given in Kolding, Odense,




of ”Cinderella and it was most gratifying to have the backing of so many able artistes from all squadrons to put it over: Many people still remark about the agility and dexerity of the “Corps de Ballet who really were a highlight. - Congratulations to L./’Cpl. : and Mrs E. \Vade on the birth of a daughter and also to Bandsman and Mrs. J. Alcock on the birth of a son. During the Winter months the Band helped to field a good soccer XI in conjunc— tion with HIQ. Squadron and for the. Inter Squadron Football league wore successful in being runners up to “ B ” Squadron. Congratulations to the Band “A’ ’six—a— side hockey team which outclassed all other teams in the recent Regimental Department— al contest. A very creditable performance by all concerned. Our stalwart Solo Clarinetist, star foot“


and Haderslev in aid of the

United Nations T.B. campaign for the children of war stricken Europe and the inhabitants were very appreciative of our performances This was shown in no small measure by the familiar rhythmic hand— clapping of the audiences especially at the Odense football stadium where we formed up and marched around the ground during the interval. Many of the members renewed old ac— quaintances and in spite of the time lapse between the post war years the Band seems to get a very warm welcome each time we have the privilege of visiting the land of “ milk and honey." A successful Christmas Pantomime was devised for part of the festive season when we were able to stage an All Male production




baller, L/Cpl. Ian Shipton has made a full recovery after his nasty mishap whilst playing for the Regimental side against the Paratroop Battalion at Hildcsheim and we welcome his return to the Band again. The Band Sergeant has also been on the sick list quite recently and we understand that he is making a steady recovery after an enforced stay in Hanover Military Hospital during the Easter period. Boy ; G. McGill has recently rejoined the fold after being in the United Kingdom attached to the K.D. G. Bandsmen Molcher and ‘Taffy' Lewis have returned to civil life after serving their conscript service with us and we hope they will look back on their service period as a happy interlude.

skill. Boxers went in hard, boxing them— selves to a standstill on several occasions. They showed a reckless disregard for per— sonal safety, going in with their guard down, and rising immediately they were floored without the customary pause for breath, and their incredible capacity to take punishment was shown by an abund— ance of blood. It was in fact fighting rather than boxing, but it is a good foundation and many showed considerable ringcraft when they later entered the Open competition. . The Open, as was to be expected, gave us

ANOTHER football season has almost ended and it is with a sad note that we have to say that it has not been a successful season so far as the Regimental football team is concerned. The Inter—Squadron football champion— ship has been played off and we should like to take this opportunity of congratulating “ B ” Squadron on winning the league. This they did very easily as can be seen by the league table given below. Included in their team was the majority of the Regi— mental team, including Sjt. Edwards and this undoubtedly was the deciding factor. Inter-Sqn. Football League—Final Positions ' Squadron





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top place with the .0x and Bucks Light

Open Novices competition we felt embold— ened to ” enter the lists ” of the Hanover Districts Championships. (W'inners of which went on to a higher level.) Our lack of experience however told against us and we were decisively beaten by the Forresters. We have two cups to compete for as the Buckley Trophy has now been added to the Commander Robson’s Shield. This means that every Squadron has now to




provide a Novices and an Open Team, The two events were run off consecutively in the hope that the continuous training over a month or so would bring keen No— vices up to the standard required, where they could be considered for their Squadron Open Team. Throughout this concentrated dose of boxing, teams voluntarily submitted to rigorous training, some Squadrons even rising before breakfast to run in the snow. The Novices competition brought forth all the qualities of amateur boxing except

better boxing as opposed to fighting and the competitors profited noticeably from the advice of their seconds. Everyone went in hard and there were some very good bouts though it is impossible to single out any fight for particular commendation. Squadrons are to be congratulated for producing such keen and fit teams for this,

the first year since the war, when we have had a complete boxing programme. I think the enthusiasm shown by the spec— tators was a tribute to the Boxers and to Q.M.S.I. McNally for a series of most enjoyable evenings.


The Regimental team entered for the 31 Brigade League and eventually tied for

B OXING T has been a full year for boxing in the Regiment. Starting in October with an



Infantry. ~A deciding game was played and although we had ground advantage we had to admit defeat by 3 goals to 2. We congratulate the winners on a very clean and sporting game. In the Army Cup we drew 63 Coy. R.A.S.C. in the first round and ran out winners by 2 goals to Nil. Our next game was against the 3 Parachute Battalion and in this game we found that our opponents were very fit and very quick on the ball and beat us by 6 goals to one. This game was marred by a rather serious accident to L./C. Shipton who had his jaw fractured and

as a result has not played any more football this season. We are hoping however to see him back in harness next season as he is a very good inside forward and one of the very few forwards we have in the Regiment today who will have a shot at goal. Our first match in the B.A.O.R. Challenge shield was against H.Q. I6 Parachute Brigade and we beat them by 4 goals to three after a very scrappy game. Our next game was against H.Q. Danish Brigade on our own ground and this team again was too fast for us and we were defeated by 4 goals to 2. We have also played a number of friendly games with both British and German teams and the following are some of the results :— I Foresters Won 6 goals to Nil Veinenburg Lost 3 goals to I 3 Para. Bn. Lost 3 goals to 2 Horse Guards I’ 4 goals to 2 Horse Guards 4 goals to I Horse Guards 2 goals each I Para. Bn. I goal each 2 Para. Bn. 4 goals to 2 I Para. Bn. 3 goals to I I Foresters Drew I goal each The next item of interest was the draw for the Calvalry Cup. All Units in the B.A.O.R. drew a bye in the first round and in the 2nd Round we were drawn at home against the 3rd Hussars from Lubeck. This game was played in the most atroci— ous weather as a blinding snow storm was blowing for the whole of the game and it was bitterly cold. The 3rd Hussars were first to score and it looked as though we should be very decisively beaten. We then fought back but the Hussars scored another goal. Early in the second half we were








awarded a penalty and Sjt. Edwards made no mistake with the spot kick. Then for some unknown reason the 3rd Hussars team seemed to lack team work and seemed more content in going for the man instead of the ball and with the result that 3. more penalties were awarded and which Edwards converted and just before the end of the game Chapman headed another goal to make the score 4 goals to 2. We were extremely lucky to win this game as the 3rd Hussars were a much better team than

we were but they have only themselves to blame for the defeat. We were again fortunate to be drawn at home in the 3rd Round against the 5th I).G. and a very excellent game was seen, al— though a very high wind was blowing and after extra time had been played the score was 2 goals each. Sjt. Edwards played extremely well in this game and tries his hardest to obtain a win but although we were the better team our forwards were unable to take advantage of the superiority and a replay was necessary. The replay took place on the following Wednesday and after our superiority in the first game we were very confident that we should make certain in this game, although Capt. Greaves our centre forward had been selected to play rugby for the Combined Services on that day and would not therefore be available. However in this game there was no doubt that the “ Skins" were a far better team than we were and eventually ran out winners by three clear goals. We wish them the very best of luck and we have just heard that they have now beaten the Greys and are going to U.K. for the final. Good luck Skins." A very noticeable feature

of this game was the complete lack of conti— dence shown by our goalkeeper, and he obviously was not in his best form and on his normal play he could have saved two of the goals very easily. Several new drafts have arrived in the Regiment and we are now talent spotting for new players and if we are to do well next season it is obvious that we must tind forwards who are fast and can shoot. This has been our great weakness during the present season and while the midlield play has been good our forwards have been “goal shy." It is proposed to play football even during the summer months with a view to locating new blood and it is hoped that in our next note we shall be able to report success. We again congratulate Sjt. Edwards on being selected as Capt. of the B.;\.O.l{. Football Team and he has played several first class games with them this season. He has also been a tower of strength with our own team and if we had eleven players who would play for go minutes as Sjt. Edwards we should have little to fear from other

This season has been our most successful for many years; and though we did not reach the Army Cup finals; an ambition that every team has at the beginning of every season ; we had a number of victories to our credit that we feel proud of. In the Army Cup we had a hard fight against HQ. 31 Brigade on a bad grass pitch, and under these conditions we were lucky to force a draw. However, in the


This match was the hardest and most satisfying of our victories. We had our full team and knew we were up against some tough opposition. We made a good start and at half time we were leading by 2 goals to 0. But after the interval we were hard pressed and though our forwards were able to break away a few times, it was entirely due to the splendid efforts of our defence that we only had 1 goal scored against us. . We did not play another match in this competition until after Christmas, and in the B..—\.(’).R.

semi—final we played the Ist Wireless regim— ent on a rough ground at Hanover. In spite of our full team we were defeated 4—2, losing to a very steady side. Our defence played a good game but the forwards could not get going 011 the loose surface. Cfm Gallagher scored 2 very pretty opportunists goals,

but we were just not good enough, and we were a very disappointed team.





Capt. Barker, Lt. Evans, and Cfm. Gallagher played in a trial for 7th Armd. Div. The Regimental team consisted of Sgt. ‘lones goal, Sgts. Lint-ham and Brennan backs, TQMS. Hill, Capt. Greaves, and

Lt. Reid halves. Sgt. Slade and Cfm. Gallagher wings, tip]. Old and Lt. Evans insides and Capt. Barker centre forward. Lt. Evans captained the team and we were well supported by O.R.Q.M.S. Kelly as umpire who supplied valuable comments on the team. Matches won II, lost 6, drawn 2.


are sorry to hear that T.Q..\I.S. Hill, and Cpl. Old intend to retire because of old age, but we hope they will give us assistance to train the younger generation next season.

Stop Press : It is rumoured that Bunker Hill did not throw his stick in a corner of the Sgts. Mess as usual after the last match,

so perhaps he intends to have one more try with a pair of invisible feet this time.

P. T.



To those players who are leaving us for civilian life in the near future we wish them the very best of luck and to those who are remaining we say—keep fit and practise regularly. The following have played for the Regi— mental team during the present seasm z~w Capt. E. T. Greaves, Sjt. Edwards, Cpl. Smith, Lawrence, L./Cpls. Shipton, Raftery, Wesley, Tprs. Glennan, Gretrcx, tircaves, McCracken, Baker, Tedder, Rockall, Chapr man, Goldie, L/C. Colson, Tpr.Crocker and

Sjt. Rapkin.



1948-49 replay we won comfortably by 4 goals to 2. At this time the R.E.s had just finished building our pitch which we claim is one of the best in B.A.O.R. Unfortunately once we got used to it we were at a disadvantage on grass, and sand. In the second round of the Army Cup we defeated 3 R.H.A. by 4 goals to 2. In the next round we were lucky to get a walkovcr and found ourselves drawn against HQ. Hanover district.

In other competitions, we were very scl— dom able to put out our full team; in the Brigade league we came out 2nd to the Ox. and Bucks, and in the Hanover District competition we were knocked out in the first round by it} Para. Sigs. Sqn. Before Chrstmas we did play a second team. but again lack of players prevented us doing this throughout the season. The Band too produced a team on at least two occasions. We could not complete the inter squadron cup, because of other sports, but though on paper HQ. Squadron should have walked it, both " B ” and “A" Squad— rons turned out good teams and “C” Squadron were the booby prize winners. I.t. Evans and Sgt. Slade played for Hanover District on two occasions and

HE annual B.A.O.R. P.T. Competition was run on the Inter Squadron-Company basis comprising a team of twenty two men and two assistant P.T. instructors. The Regiment could only enter one team and it fell to A Squadron to enter it. The forthcoming move to Berlin by ”A” Squadron gave everyone the opportunity of leave so we had to wait until they had all returned before we could get on. The selection of the team was difficult—some were capable but'not too keens—others were keen but not capable. Eventually the team was decided and Cpl. Barrington and LCpl. Brett were given a team of twelve men each. By the end of the roth day they began to take shape—(the work they did put some off RT. for the rest of their lives). It was decided that the Brigade Competition should beheld in the “ Muscle Factory " as they called it at Wolfenbiittel on the 3rd March. The teams competing were : The Royals, Ist Ox. and Bucks. LI. and Ist Battalion Sherwood Foresters. Points were awarded up to 1000, divided between wrturn out, leadership, class arrangements, performance, etc. The turn out was excellent. How they managed to get the oil from their hands will remain one of the mysteries. Tpr. Bromley set a problem when he (lashed into the








Gym. on the morning of the competition and said that they had only size nine Gym. shoes and he wanted size eleven. He caused more accidents with men tripping over his feet than there had been in the Gym. in twelve months. However he got his size elevens from somewhere. The competition was won by the Regis ment with 874 points, the Ox. tv Bucks. LI. came second and the Foresters third. This meant we could go forward to represent the Bigade in the 7th Armoured Division Competition Unfortunately Berlin called and it was decided that we would have to scratch. I think we would have done well with more training after our victory. Mention must be made of the instructors Cpl. Barrington, Lprl. Brett, I. Cpl. Great— rex and L‘Cpl. Mitchell. Cpl. Barrington, I think, surprised everybody by his leader— ship very ably supported by l. Cpl. Brett who has gone to Berlin with “A" Squadron. The final result of the B.A.O.R. Competi— tion held at Detmold on 20th April was: Ist, 42nd Field Regiment R.A. with 844.5 points. Let us see what next year brings.



Season 1948 E started the season with eight government horses and Siorno an Italian thoroughbred which we bought regimentaly from Fergus Higgins. The stable was increased by Philip Fielden importing a Gold Bridge mare Worlz'ngz‘mz Pride known by her intimates as Auntie, and a halfbred Flash I' which Ralph Carr—Ellison brought out from England. A further addition to the stable was Happy Duke a halfbred government colt, which Cpl. Beeforth col— lected from the Vets on the old boy net. He is to be congratulated on his choice. Unfortunately, :1/ba110 a brilliant hurdler

and son of I’l‘t'irix out of the Z’lzaros mare Assurame broke down early in the season, and we had equal bad luck with (lavas/em who broke down when he looked a winner at Hanover in his 2nd race. The stable jockeys were Peter Starkey, Philip Fielden, Ralph Carr Ellison, Archie Smith Maxwell, Cpl. Beeforth and Alec

Cubitt who deserted early to Show Jumping on account of weight.

Training gallops were impossible to come by and eventually through hard work by Philip Fielden we acquired a well harrowed sand‘cum—dirt track about a mile and a quarter in length within easy reach of the camp. This track only allowed us to work half speed, so we had to send our horses to the courses on which they were due to race. about a fortnight early. However, with Philips organising rations for the grooms. Hans Blume fixing the German Clerks of courses for stabling‘, Cpl. Beeforth foraging, and a watchful eye being kept on the stables generally by Peter Starkey and Ralph Carr-Ellison we managed to be the leading stable for the 3rd year in succession. In May we were unlucky as (‘ormomu (Starkey) was second to Brigadier Hardings Maibaum, Slumo (Fielden) was second to A/drrsr/Ir/d. and Lit/lga/zsz‘er (Starkey) was second to Lt—Col. L'sher ].£‘//Ir’/)I in the Morse Code Race. But in June we broke our duck with our halfbred Lzrfz‘gmzster (Fielden) beating the 11th Hussars thoroughbred Smfririer in a 2 mile chase at Dortmund. At Hanover in late June Alt/11113; (Starkey) opened by winning the Cocktail Stakes 0f 5 furlongs against very moderate oppOsition. Lz/ftgansicr (Starkey) kept the ball rolling by winning the Hanover National Hunt Chase to be folbwecl by Gundz'kar (Cpl. Beeforth) beating our own fancied Cormoran (Fielden) in the Steward Handicap 7 fur« longs. Ralph Carr—Ellison riding Happy Duke got second to the Rifle Brigade's .lIol/y Bar/1r at the same meeting. At Dortmund Grand Military Meeting,

the improving Happy Duke. (Starkey) was second



over hurdles,

and the

stable favourite Clzerztskt’r ran fourth in the Grand Allies Cup 1.},- miles. After rather an unsuccessful Grand )Iili— tary, we took on the German amateurs at Hamburg in the Silver “hip, and Drie/eampf (Starkey) trotted tip at too-50. At Hanover in September, Ralph Carr— Ellison on Happy Dir/re won in the Autumn Cup, and was second on Candi/ear in a o furlong Handicap. Later at Hanover, Happy Daley (Fielden) continued in his improvement and won handsomely The Handicap Hurdle 2 miles.



French at Baden we entered Slurlm (Starkey) in their amateur Ahcnd l’reis. 57on ran extremely well and was second to Ira/estigz'vusc which had come down from Chantilly, beatingr (Rm/om (3rd) which ran our champion .vllrr/zdrrr/‘ to 2 lengths in the Grand Allies Cup at ,l)ortmnnd.




improved a great deal, but we must improve still more if we are to do any good in the National Small Bore Rifle Association match (1049) for which we have entered two




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Berlin and the other from the remainder of the Regiment.

In October at Dortmund we had a good

The results of the 51 Lorried Infantry

meeting winning the Autumn double. In the Caniln'idgeshire, Cpl. Beeforth came

Brigade series of Small Bore, matches can be viewed with satisfaction. HQ. Squad— ron must be congratulated for coming second to ‘ C ’ Company Ist Battalion The Oxford— shire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who won the competition with some very fine scores. We are assured that the ammunition supply will improve during the latter end of 1949 so we look forward to still better results in the near future. The following were the results of the 31 Lorried Infantry Brigade Small Bore League Nov, 48gMarq 49. 1st ‘C’ Coy. Ist Bn. Ox. & Bucks, 82 points 2nd ‘ H.Q.' Sqn. The Royals 79 points 5rd ‘ Hg Coy. Ist Bn. Oxf. & Bucks. 78 points 4th ‘A’ Sqn. The Royals ...... 75.13- points 5th ‘ B ’ Son. The Royals...... 69 points

with a terrific run, and was unfortunately

crossed in the last furlong by The Royal Fusiliers Stardust, and we won on an objection. Then Lily/Ygazzs/rl' (Starkey) took on two 11th Hussar thoroughbreds, and unfortunately was only able to beat one

of them. In the Casarewitch Storm (Fielden) ran well, turning on the tap when Abcazdmf faded at about a mile and held a late challenge by the Blues (llrz'z'sidom. At the same meeting, Carr—lillison's Flash I' (Starkey) tracked leading till the last, and won with a bit in hand. At Hanover in November, we didquite well, and but for Happy Dir/ac (Starkey) and Candi/ear (Starkey) being beat a short head and a neck respectively, we should have done very well. Storm; did particularly well getting second in our November Handicap (Fielden) and winning the next day a 2 mile hurdle (Starkey). In the High Hopes Handicap on the last day the stable money was spread on ll'orliizygfonr Pride (Fielden) but Drie/eampf (Cpl. Beeforth) got a flier and carried on to win. In the last chase that day Lafigansirl' (Starkey) was crossed and peeked badly two out and was beat by HIT/Ulls‘fllr owned and ridden by LtrCol. Hillard of C.(I.G. In all, six Royal Dragoons had 74 rides in 22 days racing, winning Lt races, second in 20 races and third in 7 races. The stable as a whole thank Cpl. Beeforth for his unremitting work and advice on training the horses. And all five jockeys are most grateful to Brigadier Harding and Lt—Col. Payne Gallway for the kindly stick they gave ins for mistakes made, and hope

we shall need less stick in 1940-

Ri/le Shooting

After all this success, Ralph's own horse

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10 teams took part in the above named League, so as can be seen the Regiment did very satisfactorily. Before closing these notes I would like to thank Lieut. J. R. B. Maitland (the exWeapon Training Officer) who put in a great deal of work into organizing the Shooting and we all wish him the best of luck in the trio King's Hussars.

Bugger Notes The Rugger season was not a good one for the Regiment. Only a few members of last year's Rugger Team were left. and some of these found their loyalty divided between Rugger and Hockey. Owing to this, it was seldom that the full team turned out, and I feel the story might have been different. Capt. Greaves was still with us, but _he

decided, that owing to an old injury to his leg, he would play Hockey for the most part. However, he did represent the Regiment for B.A.O.R., and played for a Combined Services Team against Oxford University. Capt. Barker and Lieut. Evans left Rugger for Hockey. Capt. Houstoun.





whose famous hand off was renowned last season, was absent most of the season. Cpl. Lynd was still with us, and played regularly both for us, and Hanover District. Of the new members of the team, Lieuts. Roe and Brewster, Lngl. Mitchell and 'l‘pr. Soper were a very helpful addition to the side, and all played fairly constantly, though duty and England were forever calling. Cpl. Hamilton was very unlucky to break his ankle, and we wish him every

success in the other fields of sport. 0f the matches during the season, the match against the 11th Hussars and the 1st Para. Battalion both in the B.A.O.R. Cup, stand out. At both times the team was at full strength. Against the nth Hussars, we won zo—o, and all who saw this match agreed that our three~quarter line played well. \Vith

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beaten us and who subsequently won the competition. For the first half we more than held on, and at half time the score was 3—8 in their favour. Soon after half time, 2 Lt. Brewster broke away and made it 6-5. However, gradually the superior Stilll‘t‘ ina told. and when their fiy—half got three quick tries, it rather disheartened the team. However, though we fought on, they crossed twice more. and ended a very good game. Owing to the fact that Capt. Greaves has taken most of the Rugger team to Berlin, we have scratched from the seven—a—sides. 0f the future, the outlook is not bad ; we should have a number of this year‘s team with us, and no doubt we shall find Rugger players in plenty in the new troops.



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to form a Regimental Ski—ing Team, mainly from the old skiers of the year before. to enter for the B.A.O.R. Ski—ing Champion— ships. The team arrived in Austria on the Mir January at Erhwald, from where we went by bus to St. Anton in the Austrian Tyrol. We were billeted in small hotels and pen— sions which were very comfortable and quite cheap. Training began as soon as we had been fitted out with skis and boots and graded into classes. Our instructors were Austrian guides from the Arlberg Ski Club, who took great pains to teach us all the tricks of the

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The weather was very unkind to us, it was extremely cold for the first ten days, and a blizzard was always blowing at the top of the (ialzig.

However, by the 19th January,

the day of the downhill race, we were sufficiently good to be able to race down the Salom slopes without too many falls. Cap— tain Houstoun joined us on the 16th January from Klosters in Switzerland. The race consisted of two runs down a course of about 1.1, Kilometres, we just managed to beat the 11th Hussars who were our closest rivals by 38 seconds. On the 20th January we had the slalom race, which

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was held on the same slope as the downhill race ; we won this race as well, by quite a. large margin, as unfortunately the 11th Hussars were disqualified. The team point assessment for both races was as follows 3‘ — Royals 3rd Hussars 564.20 Greys


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l.TH()l.'GH The Army Benevolent Fund is now approaching the fifth anniversary

the needs of the individual. \Vith a net— work of corps and regimental associations

of its creation, there is still a large number

scattered all over the British Isles, in addition to the Soldiers', Sailors' and Air-

of people interested in the Army who are ignorant of the Fund's existence or unaware of its objects. During the last year large sums of money accrued from the surplus X..~\.A.F.l. profits and from the gifts of people anxious to express their appreciation of and gratitude to the Army for their splendid achievements in the various theatres of the war. In order that this money should be equitably distributed the Army (‘ouncil created the liund iu the summer of rope with liield Marshal The liarl of t‘avan as its first l’resident, and a Board of distinguished officers and civilians. lfnlilic the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and

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mens’ Families Association and the Forces Help Society, there already existed the necessary machinery for investigating the needs of individuals and of giving the immediate and adequate assistance which each case deserved. The charitable funds of corps and regimental associations. which in prewar days found it hard to meet the needs of the comparatively'small regular and Territorial Army, were in most cases quite unable to deal with those of an Army which at the height of the war numbered four to five million men and women. The task which The Army Benevolent Fund set itself, therefore, was to ensure

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hardship as possible should be relieved. The. amount of money novv being distributed by The Army Benevolent liund should enable assistance to be given to int‘lividuals 011 a scale which should make it possible for them to make a fresh start. Very many regiments, if they had to rely entirely on their own resources, could only give small amounts to individuals as would have no permanent effect on their future. N'early one and a half million pounds have already been given by The Army Beneyte lent Fund to the many charitable organi~ sations \vhich alleviate distress among sold— iers and their dependants It has been decided that priority in making grants shall be given to corps and regitnental benevor lent funds, and in consequence it is becom— ing necessary to reduce the amounts to be given to combined service associations. It is unfortunately clear that demands to alleviate individual distress are steadily increasing, and, in spite of help from the Fund. corps and regimental funds may find it Cnfticult to meet all the demands made upon them. It is hoped, therefore, that regimental funds may be partly replenished



from local resources, from n-ieuibers and ex—inembers of the regiment, or from friends who have a special interest in contributing

to the needs of the less fortunate. Help is also being given to the many organisations concerned in the training of the disabled and the care of the aged and of orphaned children. Furthermore, by mak— ing grants to appropriate organisatitms The .\rtny Benevolent littnd is contributing to— wards, the education and technical training

of those young people who have either served in the .\rruy or whose parents have done so. Many of these young people, who can ill afford to pay the fees at Universities and 'l‘raining Colleges. are «being helped \vith money provided by The Army Benevos lent liund to qualify for professional and business careers, and many children orphaned hy the war are thus able to obtain the education which their fathers would have provided for them. The object of this article is to give a short account to all soldiers. ex-soldiers and their friends in order that they should have a greater knowledge of the work being done by The Army Benevolent l’und, May. 1949.

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