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Back Badge Reunion
 March 2017


 Reunion Devizes
May 2016 5th June 2016
Details and Booking Form

 Reunion Salisbury
9/10 July 2016
Details and Booking Form

Maiwand Reading
23/24 July 2016
Details and Booking Form


Imjin Commemorative Lunch
23 April 2016 (TBC)
Details Later



Commemorative Service

04 December2016

Details and Booking Form


Regimental Association AGM

To all members of the Regimental Association.

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place in the 4 Rifles Training Wing starting at 1100 hrs on Saturday 8th October 2016. Tea/coffee will be available from 1030 hrs. Please find the papers for the meeting attached.

I do hope that you will be able to attend. If you can, please inform the Rifles Office Salisbury of your name, car type and registration number by Friday 30th September.

Chaiman Col. (Retd) SJ Oxlade.

 - Calling Notice and AGM Agenda>>>

- The draft Minutes of the 4th AGM>>>

- Explanatory Note for the Proposed Changes to the Constitution>>>

- The Proposed Constitution>>>


The 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.
Raymond 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.
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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 Regiment.

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 brooms!

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


Gloucester History Festival
The attached document also includes details with regards the following:
See attached Programme 

A talk on Thursday 8th September 2016 at 1930hrs with regards Lt General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO at Wheatstone Hall, Museum of Gloucester, tickets cost £5.00. Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart the ‘unstoppable soldier’, a war hero who fought in three major conflicts – the Boer War and the 1st and 2nd World Wars. As the one-armed, one-eyed Commanding Officer of the 8th Glosters, he was seen pulling out the pins of grenades with his teeth during the Battle of the Somme.

16th September 2016 20.00-21.00.
 a talk by the historian Andrew Salmon, MBE at Blackfriars, Gloucester with regards The Battle of the Imjin River: ‘The Armageddon North of Seoul.’ Tickets cost £8 /£6 conc. Andrew is the author of “To the Last Round” The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River.



Veterans Breakfast Club at Abbeywood Bristol.

Royal 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
Unit 7
Abbeywood Retail Park
Station Road
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. read on>>>



On Fri 1 Jul at 1730 hrs (seated around 1715 hrs) there will be a service, of about 45 minutes, at Gloucester Cathedral 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 will be 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).

All are welcome to attend.



The National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will take place in Manchester on Friday 1 July, providing an opportunity for people across the country to commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of our ancestors 100 years ago.

On behalf of HM Government, as the national custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion would like to invite your organisation to take part in the National Parade, which will march through the City of Manchester on Friday 1 July.

This Parade will be comprised of National Military, Regimental Associations as well as home front representatives and other individuals with a direct link to those who fought in the Battle of the Somme or contributed to the war effort in France or in the UK.

If your organisation is interested in joining the National Parade, please fill in details of all participants using the attached form at 

and return to  or register online by Tuesday 21 June 2016.

In addition to the National Parade, Manchester will host a Somme Remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral and a heritage experience concluding with an evening concert at Heaton Park.

Tickets for the concert, which promises to be a touching and memorable occasion, are free and can be accessed via

We hope that you will be able to participate in this prestigious event and we look forward to hearing from you.

The Royal British Legion Commemorative Events Team
The Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA


Gloucester Home For Veterans April 2016 Newsletter
 Alabare House

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.




The Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association  welcomed fellow Glosters, and guests to our Annual Imjin Lunch.

114 enjoyed a superb lunch with good company.

£400 was raised for the ABF Soldiers Charity.

Hope to see YOU next year.
23rd April 2017


 British Forces Broadcasting Services recently interviewed  Pte. Sam Mercer MBE for their M*A*S*H Series of programmes. Sam's story is told in five episodes.

                                          Episode One>>.    Episode Two>>>  Episode Three>>>   Episode Four>>>    Episode Five>>>


Replica of Col. Carne's Cross  to take pride of place in new South Korea museum
Photo Sam Mercer MBE hold the original Cross

Once again 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>>>>


 Pte 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. 
After 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 1954.
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.



The 2016 Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here on line.
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NOTE: This is a pre publication copy. If you have ordered and are expecting a hard copy in the post, they are due from the printers on the 18th January and will be mailed out as soon as possible.

The 2015 Newsletter has been placed on the  website that allows the inclusion of photographs and makes the publication more professional.

 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


Please see below a message from Joanna Worsley.

Lt Col AEH Worsley MBE

It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband Henry Worsley has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE and medical staff in Punta Arenas.

Henry achieved his goals of raising over £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund, to help his wounded colleagues, and completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic. A crossing made, under exceptionally difficult weather conditions, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s the Endeavour expedition; his lifetime hero. 

On behalf of myself and family I wish to thank the many hundreds of you who have shown  unfailing support and great generosity to Henry throughout his  courageous final challenge.

Joanna Worsley

Henry , served with the Royal Green Jackets and later The Rifles. He commanded the 2nd Royal Green Jackets, and commanded the 2001 British military operation in Afghanistan, known as "Operation Veritas". He also served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. He was awarded the MBE in 1993 for distinguished service in Northern Ireland and in 2002 he received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in Yugoslavia in 2001. He retired from the Army in October 2015.


 The Grand Military is a national hunt race meeting held annually at Sandown Park racecourse, this year’s renewal, the 153rd, will take place on Friday 11th March. The meeting consists of six races, which includes 4 professional races and 2 for military jockeys: The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Memorial Amateur Handicap Hurdle Race; and the Grand Military Gold Cup. The Grand Military meeting provides a thrilling day of quality racing in a relaxed environment to meet former comrades and celebrate service in the Armed Forces

Premier tickets can be purchased at the discount price of £13, redeemable with the promotional code GM2016, or Grandstand tickets for £6, redeemable with the promotional code GMGS16 when booking in advance at or via telephone: 0844 579 3012. This represents a saving of up to £12 per ticket as premier tickets for the fixture will cost £22.50 in advance or £25 on the day. If you might be interested in securing a regimental or Corps box Sandown will also offer discounts to units.

Finally, if interested in leasing a horse for the Grand Military Gold Cup as an individual or group, it is more affordable than you might think, you can get more information from Major (Retd) Charlie Lane, 01749 812140 or,




The Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles
 Horse Guards Parade 1st & 2nd June 2016.

Featuring The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas,
The Royal Gurkha Rifles Pipes and Drums,

The Band of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
The Quirinus Band and Bugle Corps.

ACF Band & Bugles from
Somerset and Durham
Will also participate

 Tickets on sale from 4th Jan 2016. Prices range from £10 to £30.

Keep your eye on The Rifles Network website for more information on how to purchase your tickets.

Subscribe to the E-Bugle to see updates



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.

The parade was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Loos.
Read on for press report and slideshow>>>



Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
January 2016

Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers of Gloucestershire

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In the next six weeks the Museum will launch the new website, which will be clearer and easier to navigate than the old one. It will also have over 18000 items from the Collection, illustrated for the public to see. This major upgrade, which also includes a new Collection Management system has been made possible by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, and will be a significant step forward for the Museum. We are also grateful to Montpellier PR for their work on the project. This new website, in addition to the upgrade of the displays and exhibits, funded by our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, puts the Museum into a leading place amongst military museums.

This year the Museum will mark significant events of World War One; 1916 was the year of a great battle on the Western Front, The Somme, which tends to dominate the other peripheral campaigns that were taking place around the world. The Museum will mark this anniversary, as well as events in the Middle East.

 • The Museum will stage a special display of the Somme throughout this summer. The first day of the battle, July 1st 1916, is remembered because of the numbers of dead and wounded (19,240 British and Commonwealth soldiers died and twice as many more wounded). It is impossible to comprehend the scale of this tragedy and the impact it had on towns and villages across Britain, but it is often forgotten that this battle went on for a further 141 days. Every regiment of the British Army includes “Somme 1916” amongst its battle honours and eight Gloucestershire Regiment battalions took part; the 1st, 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 13th Glosters, all spent time in this limited geographical area of France. The battles will be explained on story boards or on multi-media screens and important artefacts will be on display, including, it is hoped an exceptional piece of Glosters history, borrowed from another museum. Keep an eye on the website for an announcement very soon. 

• There will also be an smaller exhibition this summer marking the Affair* of Qatia where the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars were involved on St Georges Day, April 23 1916, against a German-led Turkish force attempting the reach the Suez Canal across the wastes of Northern Sinai. A squadron of the RGH were overwhelmed, only a few yeoman escaping, the remainder being either casualties or taken as prisoners of war. Later in the year, during August 1916, this Turkish army, advancing on the Canal, was finally beaten at the Battle of Romani, the RGH again playing their part. 

*The 1920 Army Council definition of an ‘Affair’ is any engagement involving less than a full division of British troops.




As the New Year gets under way, the Museum is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help staff the reception desk, the shop and the small cafe. If you have spare time and a willing to give this to the cause of the Museum, please give the Museum Director a ring on 01452 522682.


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The 2015 Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here on line.
Click the cover picture left to open in PDF format.

If you do not have PDF  the free version of PDF Reader can be downloaded
Quick and easily

Click the logo

NOTE: This is a pre publication copy. If you have ordered and are expecting a hard copy in the post, they are due from the printers on the 18th January and will be mailed out as soon as possible.

The 2015 Newsletter has been placed on the  website that allows the inclusion of photographs and makes the publication more professional.

 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




                                     A Gloster's War Horse Horse nicknamed 'The Sikh'
The 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,
where like 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)


'The 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 Gibraltar.

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.

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.


[Note a similar sale of Gloucestershire Regiment chattels will follow later]

Important Amendments issued 06/5/15 Read this letter before proceeding click here Notice Amdt 1 (2).doc

(Disposal of Surplus Regimental Silver)

In June 2014 a Board of Regimental DERR Officers, chaired by Brigadier Mackereth, determined that surplus Regimental silver is to be disposed; that Gifted items are to be offered to individuals (still alive) or their families and/or direct descendants should they wish to have them back and the remaining items are to be sold, in the first instance, to Members of the DERR Officers, members and Old Comrades of the Regimental Association. Any items not bid for will be put up for Public Auction.

The Rules of the Sale. Practical information required is as follows:

Location. All items are held in the RIFLES Office in The Wardrobe, Salisbury.
Viewing dates and times:
1. Thursday 29th January 1000hrs – 1200hrs
2. Wednesday 4th February 1400hrs – 1600hrs
3. Friday 6th February 1000hrs – 1200hrs
4. Wednesday 11th February 1400hrs – 1600hrs


Catalogue. A Catalogue listing all items and their values is attached at Annex A. Alternatively, members may apply for a catalogue by sending an SAE – an A4 envelope with stamps for £1.00 is required (£6.00 from overseas) – to: The RIFLES Office, The Wardrobe, 58 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EX.

Gifted items. Gifted items (not shown at Annex A) are to be offered in the first instance to those individuals who presented them, if alive, or their families and/or direct descendants.

Bidding Proforma. Members must bid in writing for items at the list price only, using the Bidding Proforma at Annex B. If Members wish to bid for more than 10 items, they should reproduce extra copies of the proforma – Note that each one is to be signed.

"Applicants may bid at the minimum price less 25% but, on the basis that there may be a number of applicants bidding for an item, applicants are to indicate the maximum price that they would be prepared to pay for an item.

Closing Date. The closing date for submitted Bids is 31st January 2015 [revised now 14th February]

Successful Bids. The Regimental Board of Officers will reconvene as soon as practical in February 2015 and no later than 20th February to determine successful Bids, Successful applicants will be notified by email, letter or telephone NLT 28th February 2015.

Payment. Payment must be made by cash or cheque at the time of collection from The RIFLES office, Salisbury.



Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart who Commanded the 8th Battalion Glosters during the battle of the Somme 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:


 By CitizenNews | 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.

Regards Dave Lewis ex Gloster.


 GSM 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.
For full details see this link to the Veterans-UK website:


Slashers Have Beaten The DERR Golf Society To Win The Burma Cup!
At Newbury Golf Club 2nd May 2014


(abridged text from the Gloucester Citizen)
Photos by Christopher Ryland

The 'Likely Lads' with Paju Mayor In-Jae Lee and Gloucester Mayor Chris  Chatterton

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 monument.

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!


The Gathering


Wreath Laying

Remembering the  contribution of the RNF

Our veterans presenting scholarships to local school children

Mayor Lee with Huw Evans from Gloucester RFC

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 Gloucestershire Museum.

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  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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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. Read Bill's Story>>>  see also
Bill Griffiths.


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Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
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Veterans home  in Gloucester

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.

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The development 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
Jane Jennings
Amanda Raybone J.P.
Anthony Raybone
Colonel Ian Harris
Commodore Jamie Miller
Chris Ryland

Claire Segrave

Charles Malet



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, sods law……

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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John Skene MBE  a member of the Greater Bristol Branch of The Regimental Association.
 (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 Japanese forces.

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 Engineer..
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.

Read also: Bristol Post article by David Clensy>>>


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 Bulford.



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 Regiment.
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 4 Rifles 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 Gloucester.
The Rifles County Office,
31 Commercial Road,
Gloucester. GL1 2HE


Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards,

Stephen Oxlade
Chairman of the Regimental Association

The photographs below show the presentation of the first bench donated to 1 Rifles


 RGBW Return to Gorazde Project Photo Update:

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Thank you to all our supporters. All is on track. Team depart 9 -15 Jun.

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.

Further updates are at website  and at the very successful new Facebook site (RGBW.Gorazde) - (approx 100 friends so far!)

Once again, thank you so much to all our supporters who have made this possible.

Col Ian Harri

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 this lifetime.”

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                              The Plaques Refurbished (Mrs Lee-Browne) for Gorazde. Now in Sarajevo. Click thumbnail to enlarge


Bristol -  Gloucestershire Back Badge Service and Parade Bristol 11th March 2012
Photos by Keith Fussell- David Boaden- Sonia Miller
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Ray's 2012 Charity Target

Ray Peart as many of you will know was blinded in a bomb blast in 1973 whilst serving in the Glosters.

For many years since losing his sight Ray has raised many thousands of pounds in support of the Rifles regimental trust and local charities.

He has committed himself to raise funds this year to continue to support our soldiers who have been wounded or families of those who have fallen in action.

Ray will be doing a 1000 metre swim and a four mile walk on Monday 5th November2012. He has already raised £585, with Barclays bank PLC matching up to £750 as part of their pound for pound policy.

If anyone wishes to support this event please send cheques payable to The Rifles Regimental Trust , or contact Ray on 01452 533839 or by mail at 33 fieldfare, Abbeydale, Gloucester, GL4 4WH. Many thanks.

Well done Ray!!


A First World War recruitment song has been performed by  Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts as a tribute to Bristol men who lost their lives in battle.

Bravo Bristol! was written to rally troops to enlist in the 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, which became known as Bristol's Own.

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Will be featured on Inside Out West - BBC 1 West 7th Nov at 19:30



    Human remains in South Korea could be a Gloster

 The remains were found after an eyewitness to the burial came forward.
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 Memorial Bench
 1 Rifles have a memorial garden at Beachley Barracks with an engraved stone, on which are the names of those from the Battalion who have been killed on operations. It has been suggested that the Association should commission two metal benches for the garden. The benches will be metal so they will last.
The cost per bench is £850 and we hope to raise enough money to buy 2 and present them with an engraved plaque from the Association when the Battalion returns in October. Some Branches have already donated but we need more money.


Please donate to this very worthwhile cause either through your Branch to send a cheque to Lesley made payable to RGBW Regimental Charities at the Rifles County Office in Gloucester.
The Rifles County Office,
31 Commercial Road,
Gloucester. GL1 2HE


Thank you very much for your support.
Best wishes,

Stephen Oxlade
Chairman of the Regimental Association




  Click links below to read and view BBC coverage of Imjin60 19th April 2011
.Korean War veterans remember Battle of Imjin River

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 Glosters.

As the 'Glorious Glosters' commemorate 60 years since the Battle of Imjin in Korea, here is the chance to look at a documentary produced by HTV West ten years ago, when regiment members returned to the scenes of battle.


By: Claire Satchwell

As reported by MARTIN PHILLIPS, Senior Feature Writer The Sun

Battle of Imjin River veterans returned to South Korea
A group of war veterans have returned to South Korea 60 years after fighting in the famous Battle of Imjin River



We are grateful to Uley Brewery who produced a 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

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.

When 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 Ale'

They are pictured with Uley's Head Brewer
Ken Lush

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
Friends 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 Cemetery Egypt.
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 years.
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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Hundreds Line the Streets for Gloucester Day Parade
Marching Bands, veterans and knights in shining armour paraded past crowds in the city centre to celebrate Gloucester Day.
Civil dignitaries and the great and good of Gloucester were led on a procession around the Gate streets and beyond by Gloucester town crier Alan Myatt.
Mr Myatt, one of the key figures in organising the event on Saturday, said: "It brought a tear to my eye to see all the veterans, and all the groups and organisations who took part.
"I was ecstatic to see how many people turned up and it was lovely to see all the faces - young and old.
Photo below of some of the Old and Bold who joined the parade



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Hundreds of families of war veterans across the South West could be missing out on large inheritance tax savings, because they’re not aware of a little-used tax exemption. Read on >>>>>

Continuing 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 January 2010, Read on>>>>>


 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

This new award has been created to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism since WW2. Many of our older families who lost loved ones as far back as Korea will of course be included. If you are in touch with such families, please tell them about it and how to claim: Click here to go to the Veterans Agency Website for more details and link to application forms for both the Medal and Scroll

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 Copyright/MOD 2009]



 From 1 January 2008, all veterans should receive priority access to NHS secondary care for any

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                                      Veterans Badge Extended to 1994
The Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been extended to those who served  as recently as Iraq and Afghanistan
he 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.
                                        Obtain your Veterans Badge
You may download an application form to print off  by clicking here.

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                                                 CAP OF HONOUR
The 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
Price £18.99  [details]

Made 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


The Glorious Glosters by The Band of, The Gloucestershire Regiment with special guest Johnny Coppin RSKCD 109.
Click here available from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Online Shop £12 inc VAT

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.

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Marking the end of the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Light Infantry
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The Future
The Rifles Formation Parade held at Basra Palace 1 February 2007

Sporting the cap badges of the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry (DDLI), the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, the Royal Green Jackets and the Light Infantry for the last time
[Picture: Cpl Andy Benson (RAF)]
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The Road Forward

RGBW United with the LI in an act of Remembrance 12 Nov 2006


Freedom Parades
On Saturday October 4th 2008 The Rifles were in Bristol and Bath.

In the morning the Regiment were Granted the Freedom of the City of Bath.

 In the afternoon, having already been granted the Freedom of the City and County of Bristol the Regiment  exercised their freedom rights.

Click here for the Bath Chronicle report and video.

Click here for the Bristol Evening Post report and video.



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