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Anniversary Reunion Wessex Volunteers TA
Lt. Col (Retd) Adrian Grazebrook writes:
1 Wessex reunion - 1 April 2017
I am writing to you in connection with the 50th anniversary reunion to
mark the formation of the TA Battalion, The Wessex Volunteers, which
later became 1 Wessex (in succession to 5 Glosters).
I imagine that some of you may have served with the Battalion, either as
TA soldiers or Regular attached.
All the details will be found in the two enclosures to this
letter(attached below).As we do not have a nominal roll It would be much
appreciated if you could circulate the details to any personnel who may
have served with 1 Wessex, with the request that they in turn circulate
to anyone else outside the Association who might be interested.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
OF THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
RIFLES & ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE, BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
I would like to make All Members aware that the Regimental HQ
(Salisbury) Office in The Wardrobe Regimental Museum is to close wef 16th
December 2016. It will move to RHQ The Rifles (Salisbury), Peninsula
Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS over the Christmas Stand Down
and is to re-open for business on Wednesday 4th January 2017. It will
continue to support the Association from this new location.
Contact details are:
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lerwill OBE email@example.com / 01962
AO Sue Nelmes firstname.lastname@example.org / 01962 828532
As a result of this Move, the Annual Newsletter has been delayed. The
Office will work on the 2017 Edition during January for publication in
March. Branches are requested to forward their Notes to reach the Editor
by NLT 27th January 2017.
This delay requires me to alert All Members to the Annual Gatherings
(Reunions) now to allow you to make your plans to attend.
The Dates are:
1. GLOUCESTER – Saturday 18th March
2. DEVIZES – Sunday 28th May
• Saturday 1st July – Officers Lunch (Wardrobe) & Association Dinner &
• Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service and Lunch (Wardrobe)
• Saturday 22nd July – Church Parade, Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens & AGM
• Sunday 23rd July - Remembrance Service, Brock Barracks
Attendance returns for the reunions will be available on the Association
web site shortly.
IMPORTANT. I wish to draw your attention to the Extra-ordinary General
Meeting (EGM) of the Association called for Saturday 18th February 2017 to
take place at the Wyvern Club, Devizes. The Calling Notice is found below.
The aim is to approve the Revised Constitution. This will be emailed to
All Members together with a Meeting Agenda at the end of January 2017. As
many as are able are encouraged to attend.
Lastly, I wish All Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy
Col (Retired) SJ Oxlade MBE
Many are already aware there will be an Extraordinary Meeting of The
Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental
Association at Devizes on Saturday 18th February 2017.
The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the Association’s new
Adoption of the Constitution at the Annual General Meeting held, this
Autumn, at Aldershot was not possible. It will be exceedingly
disappointing if the new Constitution is not successfully adopted on
Saturday 18th February 2017. Consequently should any member
have any comment on the wording of the proposed Constitution, as
attached, you are asked to send succinct notes clearly stating the
paragraph to which you may refer as well as any suggested wording by way
of replacement or addition.
The most recent version of the Constitution is attached. Please any
keep comment simple, short and to the point and send it to Lt Col (Retd)
Mike Motum (email@example.com)
and/or Lt Col (Retd) Tim Lerwill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by Monday 9th January 2017. Thereafter the Chairman of the
Association will consider comment with the Executive Committee and
& ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE, BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
I would like to make
All Members aware that the Regimental HQ (Salisbury) Office in The
Wardrobe Regimental Museum is to close wef 16th December
2016. It will move to RHQ The Rifles (Salisbury), Peninsula Barracks,
Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS over the Christmas Stand Down and
is to re-open for business on Wednesday 4th January 2017. It
will continue to support the Association from this new location. Contact
Attention is drawn to the Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM)
of the Association called for Saturday 18th February 2017 to take place
at the Wyvern Club, Devizes. Agenda and Revised Constitution will be
emailed to members on 23rd January 2017
114 guests enjoyed a superb lunch with good company.
£400 was raised for the ABF Soldiers Charity.
[This is a self funding Branch event]
& RGBW CHATTELS DISPOSAL - PHASE 2
You will be aware that those Regimental Chattels surplus to need today
are passing through a disposal phase with monies earned credited to the
Regimental Trust Fund. You will recall that Phase 1 – individual
purchase – was completed in 2015 realising £13,751.25.
Phase 2 – public auction of all items not bid for
were handed to an Auction House in December
NOTICE OF SALE BY AUCTION –25th January 2017 at
You are to be aware that the first items for Public
Sale go on offer at the Woolley & Wallis showrooms, 51-61 Castle Street,
Salisbury SP1 3SU on Wednesday 25th January 2017.
You may wish to attend and bid for your Regimental
items. If so you need to be aware that there are viewing days –
• Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Monday
23rd January between 1000hrs – 1600hrs
• Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th January
between 0830hrs – 0945hrs (pre-auction)
Monday 21st August
2017 is the centenary of 2Lt Hardy Parsons GLOSTERS being awarded the VC.
His birthplace was in the County of Lancashire. Consequently, and in
common with nearly all such previous ceremonies, the Parsons VC paving
slab will be laid at Rishton, near Blackburn, Lancashire. Hardy Falconer
Parsons was the son of the Revd and Mrs Ash Parsons of the Leysian
Mission, City Road, London. He was educated at King Edward VII School at
Lytham St Annes and Kingswood School, Bath.
Thereafter he began his studies as a Medical Student at the University
Subsequently, at 20 years old, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in
the 14th (Service) Battalion of The Gloucestershire Regiment. On the
night of 20/21 August 2017 near Epehy he led his men in an attack. An
extract from The London Gazette, dated 17 October 1917, records the
For most conspicuous bravery during a night attack by a strong party of
the enemy on a bombing post held by his command. The bombers holding the
block were forced back, but Second Lieutenant Parsons remained at his
post, and, single-handed, and although severely scorched and burnt by
liquid fire, he continued to hold up the enemy with bombs until severely
wounded. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty
undoubtedly delayed the enemy long enough to allow of the organisation
of a bombing party, which succeeded in driving back the enemy before
they could enter any portion of the trenches. The gallant officer
succumbed to his wounds.
The Mess at the Bristol University Officer Training Corps, Artillery
Grounds, Whiteladies Road, Bristol is named the Falconer Parsons VC Mess
in his honour.
On Monday 21st August 2017 a ceremony at Rishton, Lancashire will be
held to mark the centenary of this gallant act. It will culminate with
the unveiling of the Parsons VC paving slab. Members of the Regiment
will be welcome to attend. As and when more is known it will be passed
on via the Association.
Last month saw the
opening of the Gloucester Heroes Bridge in Paju, South Korea.
It is the largest foot suspension bridge on the Korean
peninsula and spans a gorge on Kamak-San, close to the
Glosters lines during the Battle of the Imjin River. The
Korean people have named it in honour of the men of the
‘Glorious Glosters’ in recognition of their sacrifice 65 years
ago. We are looking forward to walking over the bridge next
year!Last month saw the opening of the Gloucester Heroes
Bridge in Paju, South Korea. It is the largest foot suspension
bridge on the Korean peninsula and spans a gorge on Kamak-San,
close to the Glosters lines during the Battle of the Imjin
River. The Korean people have named it in honour of the men of
the ‘Glorious Glosters’ in recognition of their sacrifice 65
years ago. We are looking forward to walking over the bridge
next year! Further details are
we approach Christmas, there are lots of things happening at
the Museum and in the Docks that may be of interest.
Our Special Exhibition on the Battle of Somme will be
continuing over the next few months. However, the Victoria
Cross group awarded to Carton de Wiart, CO of 8th Bn during
the Somme will be returning to the National Army Museum in a
couple of weeks. If you haven’t been in to see them, and the
exhibition, it is well worth a visit. Read more about the
amazing de Wiart
The annual Victorian Christmas Market is being held over the
weekend of Nov 17-19. Why not combine a visit to the Market
with a trip to the Museum. In addition, there will be an
ice-rink in Orchard Square for the next two months. If you
purchase a skating ticket, you will receive a substantial
discount to the Museum!
Another interesting item
on the market that the Museum has been pleased to assist with
is a limited edition of the military Series 1 Land Rover,
produced by the Corgi Vanguard range of classical vehicles.
The Series 1 was issued to the 1st Bn. Glosters and taken to
the Korean War in 1950. The shop link
the background to the Battle of the Imjin River. This model
would make an ideal Christmas present.
We have some exciting plans for 2017 and look forward to
updating you further in the next couple of months.
Not Forgotten Association is a unique national tri-service charity which
provides entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving
wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with
disabilities. Newsletter read on>>>
Former Gloster Honoured By The French.
Moore from Wellingborough was recently presented with the Légion
d’honneur by the mayor of Wellingborough Cllr Malcolm Waters. Mr Moore,
who turns 92 next week, enlisted to the forces at the age of 18 and
served in the D-Day landings on Gold Beach in Normandy. Mr Moore, who
served in the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, then went to
Belgium, Holland, India, Japan and Singapore. Daughter Jeanette proudly
watch as her father received his award earlier this month, and said: “I
am very proud of him.
MEMORIAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
The memorial has been re-located.
At Cassel in 1991 a memorial plaque was unveiled in the town square by HRH Duke of
Gloucester and Major General Robin Grist who at that time was Colonel of
The plaque is dedicated in Proud Memory of Brigadier NF Somerset CBE DSO
MC and the 228 officers and men of the 2nd& 5th Battalion
of the Gloucestershire Regiment, who fought and died from Waterloo to
Cassel and Ledringhem covering the evacuation of the British and French
Forces at Dunkirk, 11-29th May 1940.
Photo Cliff Rowland at Cassel
Glosters Veteran, 88 year
old Clifford Rowland and his wife Irene are members of the Somerset
Branch of the Regimental Association and are also prominent members of
the British Army Association (BAA). Each year on behalf of the BAA Irene
organises an annual Pilgrimage to the war cemeteries. Included in the
itinerary is a visit to Cassel and the Glosters memorial where a short
ceremony is held and wreaths laid.
Whilst the original location of the memorial in 1991 was ideal,
unfortunately over the years there has been a marked deterioration. Run
off from the park walkway above the memorial has badly soiled the plaque
so much so that before any ceremony could take place Cliff & Irene had
to clean up the area. This was accomplished thanks to the kind
assistance of a local café proprietor who loaned them buckets and
The need to provide
additional parking in Cassel has meant the local authority has now
officially designated the area in front of the memorial as a car park.
Cars are now parked within twelve inches of the memorial completely
obstructing it from view and making it difficult for visitors to find.
The annual ceremony now out of the question, those attending found that
the Standards were unable to be dipped and the wreath layers had to
squeeze between the parked cars to gain access.
Not to be
phased by the problem Cliff and Irene and those attending felt that it
was time to bring their concerns to the good people of Cassel and so
Cliff sought an audience with the Town Mayor in order to put forward a
suggestion to re-locate the Memorial to the Cassel Communal Cemetery War
Graves Extension where many soldiers of the Glosters are buried.
Cliff found the Mayor to be extremely appreciative of the problem and
without hesitation he drove Cliff to the Cemetery and a site was chosen
requiring a new section of wall to be built. This has now been completed
and the memorial is situated in its new home on a wall overlooking several
graves of Glosters bordered by a manicured green lawn, a fitting and
peaceful location for families and visitors for many more years to come.
Well done Cliff and Irene.
We are extremely grateful to the Mayor and good people of Cassel in
making this re-location possible.
The Memorial Plaque now located
in the Cassel Communal Cemetery War Graves Extension
Veterans Breakfast Club at Abbeywood Bristol.
British Legion, Bristol are delighted to announce a new breakfast club
for veterans. The Launch will be on:
Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 at 10am at
Frankie & Benny’s
Abbeywood Retail Park
Bristol BS34 7JL
Tel: 0117 9699011
Over the past year Veterans' Breakfast Clubs have been springing up
across the country and have snowballed in the last 12 months expanding
abroad as well. Clubs are for ex-service members to gather for breakfast
with lots of coffee flowing and a chance for service banter, meeting old
mates and finding new. For many once they leave the services and ‘the
gate closes’ it is a struggle to fit into ‘civvy street’. The clubs have
brought back the comradeship and the comradery. In many areas once a
month has been simply not enough and they have also expanded to include
special days for families and events.
On Fri 1 Jul 2016 at Gloucester Cathedral
a service was held to commemorate those who
served at the time of the Somme campaign.
During the service the citation for Lt Col Carton de
Wiart’s VC, won while commanding 8 GLOSTERS at La Boiselle on 2-3 Jul
was read out by Lt Col Rob Dixon, County Secretary, Rifles. De Wiart’s medals are currently on display at SOGM (on loan from the
National Army Museum).
Gloucester Home For
Veterans April 2016 Newsletter
Currently there are two former Glosters and
one Rifleman that are being supported by Alabare in Gloucester, amongst
other servicemen from other Corps and Regiments.
of Col. Carne's Cross to take pride of place in new South Korea
Sam Mercer MBE hold the original Cross
the people of South Korea will show their gratitude to the Glosters for
the contribution made by the regiment in the history of their country when they open a new
museum in the City of Busan dedicating the Korean War.
To be given pride of place in the new museum will be a replica of the
stone Celtic Cross carved by Lieutenant Colonel Carne VC whilst held as a
prisoner for nineteen months in solitary confinement. The Cross was carved
using his only tools, two rusty nails and an improvised hammer. The
original cross can be seen in Gloucester Cathedral.
Dignitaries and surviving Gloucestershire Regiment
veterans of the Battle of Imjin will visit Busan in South Korea, for the
opening of the museum.
This year is the 65th anniversary of the battle, which is expected to be
the last milestone anniversary attended by the few surviving veterans. To
read the report published in the
Gloucester Citizen read on>>>>
Anthony Paul (Tony) Eagles MBE sadly passed away on the 29th February
2016. He was 87 years.
Tony enlisted on the 16th October 1945 and joined 27th
Trg Bn, Derby. Moving then to Colchester he finally joined the 61st in
July 1946 in Berlin. Tony went on to serve in the Intelligence section
from B Company. On returning back to B Company he then went on to serve
in Bermuda and Jamaica where he joined the Corps of Drums in 1948.
his Python leave he was posted to the Royal Hampshire Regiment.
Eventually Tony returned to the UK and joined 1 Glosters in Colchester in
1950 where he re-joined the Corps of Drums.
In November 1950 Tony was sent to Korea where he served in Bn HQ, 1
Glosters. and was subsequently captured at the Battle of Imjin, where he
remained a POW until 13th August 1953. Tony left the army 10th January
Tony was instrumental in setting up the British Korean Veterans
Association in 1978. He served 6 years as National Chairman 1982 – 1988.
He was a member of the National War Memorial Committee which had the
Korean War Memorial sited at St Paul’s Cathedral. Tony was awarded the
MBE in the Birthday honours in June 1989 whilst he was Executive
Vice-President of the British Korean Veterans Association.
Tony's funeral took place on BACK BADGE DAY Monday 21st March at 1300hrs
St Georges Church, Grange Road, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0PE Tel: 01452
307456 followed by cremation at Gloucester Crematorium.
If you wish to write to his widow Sheila her address is available
from Lesley at RHQ Gloucester.
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website that allows the inclusion of photographs and makes the publication
For those who would prefer a hard copy of the Annual Newsletter, it
remains available upon subscription of £2.00. Should you wish to receive a
copy, CLICK HERE to obtain a
form that you should print off and submit together with a cheque, to the
Salisbury Office by NLT the AGM on 17th October 2016.
(Rifles County Office, The Wardrobe,58 The Close, Salisbury. SP1 2EX
Veterans march in Windsor
Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets to applaud war veterans as they
marched through Windsor town centre
More than 100 members from the Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire,
Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association (RGBW) took part in the
march which saw roads closed in the town for 20 minutes on Friday.
Soldiers from 4th Battalion The Rifles, based in Aldershot’s New
Normandy Barracks, also joined the parade, with the Shrewton Silver Band
providing the music.
A Gloster's War Horse Horse nicknamed 'The Sikh'
real-life War Horse story of a horse named ‘The Sikh’ who
accompanied Lieutenant A.C. Vicary of the Gloucestershire Regiment, her
devoted master, throughout the whole War, regularly coming up to the
trenches. Together they led the 61st in their victorious march through
Serbia and Bulgaria, as well as spending time in the trenches of France
and Flanders and the Balkan battles,
the soldiers ‘The Sikh’ would have witnessed the terrifying artillery
and machine gun fire as she carried her
Officer between the battle lines.
She proceeded with the Regiment to South Russia, and followed the
Regiment home to the UK through Turkey, Greece, Italy and France. Her duty done, she continued the
journey to Devon, for a well earned retirement at the home of Lt. Vicary . (As Lt.Col. AC Vicary
became CO 2 Glosters 1917)
Sikh' was just one of the one million horses sent to Western Front during
war one. The horse was lucky to survive the conflict as only 67,000
returned home, after 933,000 tragically died.
The incredible story was unearthed by Chris Chatterton, the curator of
the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Chris was reading a book
about The Glosters and came across a mention of 'The Sikh', who arrived
with Lt. Vicary and the 2nd. Battalion Glosters at the Battle of
Ypres. Chris did some more research and it really is a remarkable
story. Sikh was viewed by many men in the 2nd.Battalion as an
Omen of good luck.
The brave horse was bred in Australia and sold to India. 'The Sikh'
arrived in North China with the 36th Sikh Regiment where it passed into
the ownership of Lt Vicary in 1913. The 2nd Glosters were in Tientsin, China
at that time. When WW1 broke out the battalion
was given orders to return to Europe and prepare for war, arriving back at
Southampton, 8th November 1914. They deployed to France on the 18th December
1914. Vicary had
obtained special permission to take 'The Sikh' with him.
'The Sikh' was the only
horse to accompany the Battalion from China, braving a treacherous
eight-week boat journey from China to Europe.
The mare spent the
voyage in a makeshift open box on the deck - exposed to stifling heat
and typhoons as the ship travelled to the UK, dodging German battle
ships in the Mediterranean, according to the ship's log.
Whilst the soldiers
were banned from sleeping on deck because of atrocious weather, the
horse was left out in the elements and only allowed to stretch her legs
when officers went ashore at Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Said and
Sikh was a loyal
companion to Vicary throughout the entire First World War, supporting
him and his troops in the reserve lines and support trenches. 'The Sikh' managed to
survive despite the desperate conditions for war horses.
On average, the
British Army lost 15 per cent of its horses every year of the conflict,
though just a quarter of horse deaths were caused by enemy action,
according to the War Office's Statistics of the Military Effort of the
British Empire during the Great War, 1914-1920.
Vicary ended the war
with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having won a Military Cross and two
Distinguished Service Orders medals for his gallantry. (The London
Gazette 31 December 1929 records Maj. & Bt. Lt.-Col. A. C. Vicary, D.S.O.,
M.C., retired on ret. pay, 1st Jan.1930, and is granted the rank of
Lt.-Col. He Died in 1976).
After an illustrious
and adventurous life as a war horse, 'The Sikh' died in peaceful retirement at Vicary's home in Devon.
Spending the remaining days of this animals
outstanding life in Devon, was reminiscent of the hero in best-selling Morpurgo's book.
****** Update! After the remarkable story of 'The Seik' was unearthed last
month, it has now been revealed that a dog survived the same journey!
Chris Chatterton, curator of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum,
unearthed the remarkable story last month but after looking deeper into
the archives he has found mentions of a dog called Buller.
He said: “We found a brief mention of the dog and the horse accompanying
Lieutenant A C Vicary and both ending up in retirement with him in
Devon. Chris intends to research further and if he is successful you
will be able to read his findings here.
Adrian Carton de Wiart who Commanded the 8th Battalion Glosters during the battle of
was a one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fought in three major conflicts
across six decades, surviving plane crashes and PoW camps. His story is
like something out of a Boy's Own comic.
To read the full and fascinating account by Peter Crutchley as told in
the BBC Magazine follow this link:
| Posted: December 02, 2014
Head of South Korean Army visits Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan arriving the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Escorted by Col. Rob Dixon
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S military heritage was honoured by a visit from the
head of the South Korean Army.
Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan visited the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum today (December 2).
He had a tour of the museum before moving on to Gloucester Cathedral.
Before the visit he had lunch with veterans of the Korean War at Imjin
Barracks, near Innsworth.
The Gloucestershire Regiment saw heavy fighting in the Korean War and
was involved in the pivotal Battle of Imjin River in April 1951.
General manager of the museum and former Mayor of Gloucester, Chris
Chatterton, visited the South Korean city of Paju in April to visit the
new memorial there to the Gloucestershire Regiment.
He said: “It’s a great honour to welcome the General here. It shows the
impact of the sacrifice made by the people of Gloucestershire during the
war. It’s something that will never be forgotten.
“We wanted to show them the amazing hospitality I experienced when I
visited South Korea in April. It’s nice to be able to reciprocate that.”
General Yo-Hwan also visited the cathedral to see a stone cross carved
by Colonel James Carne, who fought with the Gloucestershire Regiment in
Korea and was taken as a prisoner of war. He later won a Victoria Cross
for his service.
Tomorrow he will complete his visit by attending the unveiling of the
Korean War Memorial in London.
The Battle of Imjin River left 141 British soldiers killed and over
1,000 wounded, missing or captured after defending Hill 235 from more
than 27,000 Chinese soldiers.
Brigadier Andrew Cliffe, a defence attache in Seoul who is accompanying
the general on his visit, said: “He wanted to meet the veterans and
express his thanks. Korea is a real success story because in the last 60
years it’s gone from a country that has received international support
to being in a position where it can give aid itself.”
Gloucester Mayor Debbie Llewellyn said: “I’m delighted that the general
took time from his massive schedule to come and see us. We owe the
veterans a deep debt of gratitude. Hopefully we can grow this
relationship even further.”
VIDEO: Korean army chief thanks veterans:
The Chief of Staff of the South Korean army visits Gloucester to tha...
If any former inhabitants of this barracks are
interested this is how it looks now, seems a lot of car repair firms use
the old MT area and the blocks are up for lease as light industrial,
office units, hasn’t changed too much, unlike the rest of Berlin.
1962 with clasp "Cyprus 1963-64"
New Clasps Cyprus 1963-64
Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963
to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with
clasp "CYPRUS 1963-64". Applications for the new clasp will be accepted
from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be despatched
towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review).
Applications will be dealt with in date order.
details see this link to the Veterans-UK website:
HONOURING THE GLOSTERS (abridged text from the Gloucester Citizen)
Photos by Christopher Ryland
The 'Likely Lads' with Paju Mayor In-Jae Lee and Gloucester Mayor
The South Korean city of Paju have honoured the Glosters who took an heroic
last stand in the Korean War by erecting a multi-million pound giant
The towering beret, which is set against the backdrop of photographs of all
the men who fought in 1951 from the Gloucestershire Regiment, was unveiled
before the eyes of several veterans on St George’s Day 2014.
The memorial is designed as a lasting tribute to the events of 1951 when for
almost four days, fewer than 800 soldiers from the Glosters held off an army
of 6,000 Chinese at the Battle of Imjin River, slowing down their advance
into South Korea
The monument is 6.2metres wide and 2.2metres tall lists all of
the names of men who fought.
Paju is close to the border with North Korea and the battle in which the
Glosters fought was near to the city at Imjin Hill. One of the hills that
surround the city has been renamed Gloster Hill as a further tribute.
Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton said: “In some respects the Korean War has
been forgotten in Britain, maybe because it came relatively quickly after
the Second World War. We perhaps don’t tell the story as well as we should
do in the city, but in South Korea it is hugely important and their children
learn all about what happened.
First sight of the centrepiece!
“The memorial is extremely impressive and is a fitting tribute
for the years to come.”
It follows on from a generous donation of £94,000 from South Korea to the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, in Gloucester Docks, last year when
dignitaries from the country visited the city.
The museum has recently undergoing a major refurbishment and will
feature an impressive section on the Korean War, aided by the money that was
donated in 2013.
Cutting the tape
Colour Party Marches On
Veterans March On
The British Ambassador delivers a message from Her Majesty The Queen
To the People of Paju
Always knew we are the Golden Boys!
contribution of the RNF
Our veterans presenting scholarships to local school children
Mayor Lee with Huw Evans from
Bringing Jobs and Investments.
Millions of pounds and thousands of new jobs could flood into Gloucester
when a new trade agreement is signed with the South Korean city of Paju.
Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton and Paju mayor In-Jae Lee will sign an
agreement between the two cities when they meet on April 22.
It could be an economic boon for Gloucester as fast-emerging, futuristic
South Korean companies eye up the UK market as the next place to open up for
business. The Gyeonggi-do Province, in which Paju lies, is home to
technology giants Samsung and LG.
Gloucester will be promoted as a ‘gateway to the UK’ by Mr Chatterton when
he visits Paju on a privately-funded trip with Robert Dixon OBE and Chris
Ryland, chairman and vice chairman of the Trustees of the Soldiers of
Back Badge Reunion a Great Success! A huge thank you
to all those members of the Association who attended the Service and marched
through the City of Gloucester on Saturday afternoon. The turn out was
considerably larger than the previous 2 years and the reception by the
citizens of Gloucester was as warm as it has always been. Planning has
started for next year and the date will be known shortly. Thank you once
again for attending and if you didn’t then you must next year !
Lets make next years
event an even larger gathering so the City of Gloucester remembers the
Association and those who wore the Back Badge and who did so much for their
county and country with great pride.
Stephen Oxlade Chairman
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Photo by John Murphy and David Boaden
Do you Remember Bill Griffiths?
Bill writes: I have just written a very short memo
regarding my attachment to the Glosters 1967 to 1970...Berlin, Honiton
and Northern Ireland.
At the end of which, we held a dinner in the WOs Sgts Mess thinking
that the end of the Regiment was imminent as we had been told we were
to amalgamate with the Hampshires...this as you know didn’t
happen....But I have my Pewter Pot showing the dates of the Regiment
the 28/61st being...1694 to 1970.
Each of us present at that dinner were given one...I wonder how many
of these have survived....I still have mine, and it is one of the most
highly treasured items I have from my thirty nine years in
Uniform....Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and RAPC.....
26 years as a regular and thirteen with the TAVR
Bill sends his best wishes and would be pleased to hear from you.
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Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
(photo Daily Mail)
News from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Museum has
launched its own lottery in partnership with Unity Lottery,
offering you the chance to win £25,000 every Saturday for just £1
a week. 50p comes straight back to the museum, so you can support
our future and with 1 in 63 chance of winning!
To sign up
online here or you can download the form to post.
Opening the homes has also been made
possible thanks to the dedication of an active group of local supporters,
including; the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE,
the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Chatterton and representatives
from The Rifles. The group is headed up by Brigadier Simon Firth CBE, who
is himself an ex-Gloster. We are also grateful to the many organisations
and individuals who have given generously to support the home.
We’re delighted to announce that ABF -
The Soldiers’ Charity will be donating £30,000 to the Gloucestershire
Homes for Veterans each year for the next three years. The funding
received from The Soldiers’ Charity will go a long way to help provide
support for the homes, which cost £65,000 a year to run.
of this home is actively supported by our Gloucestershire Ambassadors:
Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Robert Bernays, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Councillor Chris Chatterton, Mayor of Gloucester
Ian Mean – Editor of The Citizen
Brigadier Simon Firth CBE
Amanda Raybone J.P.
Colonel Ian Harris
Commodore Jamie Miller
Somerset Branch All Steamed Up!
Early Saturday morning, 28th September saw members and
partners of the Somerset Branch gathering at Bishops Lydeard railway
station ready to board the West Somerset Railway’s steam hauled
train to take us to Blue Anchor, home of latest post service
facility opened by the charity, Afghan Heroes.
Members chose this unique way to travel when they decided to visit
the latest ‘Retreat’. Rebranded in June this year from the former
Smugglers Inn, now renamed the ‘Smuggled Retreat’ and with five
bedrooms and adjoining cottage it is ready to welcome former service
personnel needing a base where they can overcome the traumatic
experiences of recent warfare.
It is not surprising that the Somerset Branch has developed a close
affinity to ‘Afghan Heroes’ for it was on Back Badge day 21st March
last year, as Glosters gathered at the Ashcott Retreat to raise a
glass or two to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of
Alexandria 1801, when in walked the first soldier to take advantage
of the unique post services facility offered by Afghan Heroes. A
Rifleman from 1 Rifles who prior to amalgamation served with the
Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment and wore
the Back Badge with pride.
The visit started off rather damp to say the least. It rained
steadily as we waited for the photographer who for some reason
failed to show so it was a bit of a rushed job to take a group photo
before we got soaked! After we boarded the train the rain stopped,
It was a pleasure to have lads from Ashcott Retreat with us for the
visit, they are always most welcome. Simon, the Manager and Mentor
at Blue Anchor and his team did us proud, everyone enjoyed their
meal and said they would return.
NCO's Cadre Minden
Former Gloster Craig Marshall has been busy
following up on his interest in the Korean war and the Glosters heroic stand
at the Battle of the Imjin River.
He has extracted news reports from the archives of the
'Bristol Evening Post' as reported daily at that time. They make interesting
reading such as the story of Des Fox and Herb Graham who having twice
escaped their captors were marched in front of the Chinese Colonel who
clearly despaired of them and gave them safe conduct passes to freedom!
To read the
extracts published in the Bristol Evening Post read on>>>>
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Skene MBE a member of the Greater Bristol Branch of The Regimental
(Update: announced 12 November 2012. John is to be nominated for the
City of Bristol's highest civic honour. Conservative leader councillor
Peter Abraham will nominate John Skene MBE for The Lord Mayor's Medal. The
honour is awarded each year to those adjudged to have given outstanding
service towards improving the quality of life of others, often through
voluntary charitable work).
John was recently the guest of HRH Prince Andrew, along with other Burma
Veterans, at Buckingham Palace. Prince Andrew spoke at length to John and
other Burma Veterans, he was interested in their stories which enlarged
his views following the Prince's recent visit to Burma.
John was born in 1919 and served as an engineer before he was called up to
join the Glosters in the Spring of 1940.He served in France with the
B.E.F. and was driven back across the Channel by Hitler's Army.
He saw short service in the coastal defence of Yorkshire in the Royal
Welch Fusiliers and was then transferred to the Far East joining Field
Marshal Bill Slim's troops taking back the Kohima Area of Burma from the
His experiences in this campaign were horrendous and affected the rest of
his life. He saw native children who had been tied to trees and used as
Bayonet Practice by Japanese soldiers, He had fellow soldiers killed and
maimed all around him until finally he himself was seriously wounded when
a 600 lb. shell exploded close to his head. He survived but has suffered
recurring headaches all the rest of his life.
Eventually he returned to civilian life and employment in 1946,as an
He received the MBE in recognition of his services to engineering in 2002
Lt Col. (ret'd) R. E. Coleman JP (ex Gloster)
Greater Bristol Branch, RGBW Regimental Association.
Presentation of the
Memorial Bench Seat to 4 Rifles .
Col. Stephen Oxlade, Chairman of the Regimental Association
presents the Memorial Bench seat to 4 Rifles on behalf of the
Regimental Association Branches who contributed to the purchase. The
seat will be erected in the Memorial Garden at Ward Barracks at
DEDICATION OF THE ROYAL
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
AND ANTECEDENT REGIMENTS MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
12 JULY 2012
The dedication of the RGBW and antecedent
Regiments Memorial took take place on 12 July 2012 at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas,
Staffordshire in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of
Edinburgh, Patron of The Regimental Association of The Rifles and RGBW
In spite of appalling weather in the preceding
days leading up the the event, when it was reported that the
site was flooded to the depth of 600mm, the floods receded and the
sun shone down on us, creating the perfect setting for the unveiling
. There were almost 400 members of all ranks present to participate
in the Dedication Service led by the Chaplain to the
Regimental Association, The Venerable Alan Jeans, in the presence of
our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief of the
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Memorial Bench For The Garden of Remembrance at Ward Barracks,
Bulford 4 Rifles have a memorial
garden at Ward Barracks where friends and family can visit and quietly
remember those lost in recent conflicts. The Regimental Association,
having raised funds for a similar Bench for 1 Rifles at Beachley It
has been suggested that the Association should commission a further
bench for the garden at Bulford.
The cost of the bench is £800 of which £200 has already been raised.
As with the bench at Chepstow we will present it with an engraved plaque from the Association.
Please donate to this very
worthwhile cause either through your Branch or individually. Send a cheque to Lesley
made payable to RGBW Regimental Charities at the Rifles County Office in
The Rifles County Office,
31 Commercial Road,
Gloucester. GL1 2HE
Thank you very much for your
Chairman of the Regimental Association
The photographs below show the presentation
of the first bench donated to 1 Rifles
RGBW Return to Gorazde Project
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Thank you to all our supporters. All is on track. Team depart 9 -15
BBC Points West/Radio Glos are now to accompany us for 3 days of
filming. Points West will feature us on Tue, Wed, Thu 12,13 and 14th
Jun. The dedication of the 2 x memorials is on Wed 13 Jun.
Once again, thank you so much to all our supporters who have made this
Col Ian Harris
Former RGBW L/Cpl Andy Grant.
Andy Grant from Boston Spa, who previously served in 1st Battalion The
Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (RGBW).
was ordained into the Priesthood by The Archbishop of York On Sunday 3rd
June in York Minster.
A week after his ordination,
Andy Grant will be going back to Gorazde,
in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with twelve other ex-RGBW soldiers to
re-erect two memorial to four colleagues who died there in September
1994. Andy, along with the Battalion’s Padre, the Revd Patrick Irwin,
will bless the memorials to Privates Ben Hinton, Philip Armstrong,
Martin Dowdell, and Chris Turner.
Andy Grant said, “I’ve been serving four parish churches within the
Benefice of Bramham, Boston Spa, as a Deacon for a year, and this first
year has been a real privilege, and great learning experience. During
this period that I was made aware of a plan by Colonel Ian Harris (whom
I served under when in the Army) to return to Bosnia with a team to
re-dedicate some memorial stones in honour of colleagues who died there
back in 1994. The plan has since flourished, and the trip is now a
reality, and it is a great honour for me to be invited along to lead the
service of re-dedication as a minister.
“It is hard to say beforehand what impact this trip may have upon me, as
I was injured in one of the incidents where our colleagues were killed,
but it is a unique opportunity to restore these memorial stones to their
rightful place, to honour the memory of fallen friends, and one which I
would not want to miss. The accident itself was extremely traumatic and
I recall God's protecting hand on my life that day in a very real way.
What is difficult to understand or explain is why those other lads were
not saved - this will remain for me always an unanswerable question in
information on the The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire
Regiment return trip to Gorazde,
Refurbished (Mrs Lee-Browne) for Gorazde. Now in Sarajevo. Click
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Bristol - Gloucestershire Back Badge Service and
Parade Bristol 11th March 2012
Photos by Keith Fussell- David Boaden- Sonia Miller
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Gloucestershire Regiment remembered. As reported by ITV West Country
A new exhibition which commemorates the bravery of the Gloucestershire
regiment has been opened at the Soldiers Of Gloucestershire Museum. It
coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the battle of Imjin in the
Korean war, in which led to the regiment being called the Glorious
We are grateful to Uley Brewery who produced
Special Brew to mark the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of
the Imjin in April 2011
The ale is available in a number of Real Ale pubs in Gloucestershire
and the Cotswolds. Chas
Wright, proprietor of Uley Brewery says "We feel a special affinity with
the Glosters, our County Regiment and with the Late Rev. Sam Davies MBE".
Sam as you know was padre to the Glosters at Imjin and was himself
taken prisoner along with the wounded.
Rev. 'Sam' finally return to civilian life he became Vicar of Uley and
maintained his close links with the regiment.
On the 15th March 2011
Ben Whichurch and Bert Fulgonil, Veterans of the Battle of the Imjin River were
present at Uley Brewery to Start the brewing process of the 'Glorious Glosters
They are pictured with Uley's
Capt. Charlie Stevens 6 Rifles, adds the
second batch of hops to the Glorious
Glosters Ale under the watchful eye
of Uley Brewery's head brewer, Ken Lush.
News From George Rogerson
of George Rogerson will be pleased to hear that Gorge is back at home,
taking it easy and recovering from a heart attacked suffered a few weeks
ago. I am sure we all wish him a speedy recovery to full health.
George and Anita had planned to be in Gloucester for the Imjin and Back
Badge Reunion on the 2nd of April but unfortunately will not be
able to make it. But send their good wishes to everyone.
George, who lives in Chirk near Wrexham is Chairman of his local Branch of
the Royal British Legion. Where it is clear the press report below, he and
Anita have been very active.
George says "the branch needed a new Standard and that led to a new
flagpole which ended up with what we have today, there was no plans laid
down just some ideas I had and some I used from a trip to El-Alamein
I had great encouragement from the Branch and locals, and was assisted in
the build my my good friend Keith who is pictured to my right and has been
to a few reunions as a guest and is a branch committee member."
Members and friends gathered for a special ceremony at the Royal British
Legion Club in Chirk on Sunday afternoon. A new branch flag was officially
unveiled followed by the dedication of a plaque by a Second World War
veteran to mark the sacrifice of members of the armed forces over the
The flag and the plaque now have pride of place in the grounds of the club
which has been lovingly face lifted by officials and members.
The new branch flag was unveiled by Wrexham’s deputy mayor Cllr Ian
Roberts. Gron Roberts, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second
World War, dedicated the plaque.
Prayers were led by branch padre, the Rev Ben Parry.
The grounds were renovated over a period of six weeks by branch chairman
George Rogerson with the help of his wife Anita, treasurer Mike Davies and
committee member Keith Dalby.’
Mr Rogerson said “we also had a lot of support from members of the local
community and we hope people of Chirk will come to the club to have a look
at and what we have done and to enjoy the front of the building.”
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care for Veterans
The purpose of this note is to remind those involved in the
care of veterans that:-
As long as the clinical need remains, the commitments contained in the
Command Paper, ‘The Nation’s Commitment: Cross-Government Support to our
Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans’ and the Department of Health
Written Ministerial Statement on the Medical Care of veterans of 11th
Renaming of RAF
Innsworth to Imjin Barracks, Friday 21st November 2008
Veterans of the Imjin Battle in attendance at the
ceremony . Ben Whitchurch - Tony Fulgoni
Col Guy Temple - Sam Mercer -
Tony Eagles Uniformed representatives of thirteen
NATO nationalities were present.
Imjin Barracks will be home to the Allied Rapid Reaction Force from
2010. A force of about 1,000 drawn from NATO forces. Amongst those
representing the Regiment at the ceremony were Maj Gen Robin Grist, Brig
Martin Vine, Brig Simon Firth, Lt Col Guy Temple, Lt Col John Denley, Lt
Col Rob Dixon, Major Leslie Ramsden and ex Korean POWs Sam Mercer, Tony
Eagles, Ben Whitchurch and Tony Fulgoni. An oak tree was planted by the
CGS to mark the occasion.
Veterans The Elizabeth Cross – Died On Operations Recognition Award
Note: Not all deaths of Service personnel are included in this scheme. To
Quote the MOD.The death of any service person, whatever the circumstances,
is a tragic loss to his or her family and to the Armed Forces as a whole,
but the Elizabeth Cross was instituted specifically to recognise the unique
challenges that service personnel face on operations and from terrorism, and
the particular burden this places on Service families.
[Picture: Sgt Andy Malthouse, Crown
ACCESS TO HEALTH
SERVICES FOR MILITARY VETERANS
From 1 January
2008, all veterans should receive priority access to NHS secondary care for
Veterans Badge Extended to 1994 The Armed
Forces Veterans Badge has been extended to those who served as
recently as Iraq and Afghanistan
The current HM Armed Forces and UK
Merchant Seafarers badge scheme have both been extended to include everyone
who has ever served in the UK Armed Services There is no qualifying
length of Service.
You may download an application form to print off by
CAP OF HONOUR
final Chapters in the history of the Glosters have now been added. On sale at the Online shop or over the
counter at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester Docks
BRISTOL BLUE GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
in Bristol Blue Glass; this special edition Gloucestershire Regiment Back Badge paperweight by CGA Engraving
of Dursley. Each order can be
personalised by adding your name and years of service or rank & number. For each paperweight
sold a donation will be made to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Inscribed £25.90 inc P&P With no inscription £23.90
An album of music and songs that evoke the Regiment's
strong association with its county, and a rare combination of military band
and a singer/songwriter. Released in 1990 and voted one of the best six
albums of the year by Gramophone magazine. The music includes "Folk Song
Suite" by Vaughan Williams, "The Intermezzo From 1st Suite in E flat" by
Gustav Holst, and "Three English Dances" by Roger Quilter. The songs include
the specially commissioned title song "The Glorious Glosters", "Contrasts"
by Ivor Gurney, and new arrangements of Frank Mansell's "The Roads Go Down",
F.W. Harvey's "Song of Gloucestershire" and "Warning", and Leonard Clark's
"This Night The Stars".
An album of timeless English music.
Engineered by Richard Millard. Produced by Andrew Bennett and Johnny Coppin.