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The Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association once again will be
pleased to welcomed fellow Association members, and guests to our Annual Imjin Lunch.
It will take place on the.
23rd April 2017
in the Hyde Suite at Taunton Rugby Club.
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Hope to see YOU there.
114 guests enjoyed a superb lunch with good company.
£400 was raised for the ABF Soldiers Charity.
[This is a self funding Branch event]
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.
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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.
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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
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,
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
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.
2016 Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here on line.
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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.
The parade was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War
and the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Loos.
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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
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.
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.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S ROYAL REGIMENT (Berkshire & Wiltshire)
REGIMENTAL PROPERTY SALE 2014
[Note a similar sale of Gloucestershire Regiment chattels will follow
issued 06/5/15 Read this letter before proceeding click here
Notice Amdt 1
(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,
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 REVISED 6th Feb 15
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
"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
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.
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.
Regards Dave Lewis ex Gloster.
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
Read more: http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Unveiling-South-Korea-memorial-Glorious-Glosters/story-21013627-detail/story.html
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.
Story>>> see also
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Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
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