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The reported passing of former members of the Regiment, the notifications of funerals, memorial services etc. 
once verified will be published on the website notice board.
Names will be added to our ‘In Memoriam’ page.
Notifications received via this website will  be forwarded to the respective county office.
Notice Board                 In Memoriam


Back Badge Reunion

 24 March 2018
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 Reunion Devizes
03 June 2018
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 Reunion Salisbury
7/8 July 2018
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Maiwand Reading
22 July 2018
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Imjin Commemorative Lunch
20 May 2018 
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Commemorative Service
02 December 2018

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January 2018 Association News sheet



For 2018 we have changed the format of the Back Badge Reunion. We hope that you will like it.
Instead of the evening dinner involving an overnight stay for many, we have moved to a midday lunch and have chosen Dr. Foster's Bar and Restaurant in the Gloucester Docks complex. With the Back Badge Service moved to the morning we hope that this will benefit those many members who have been reluctant to be driving home late at night or facing an ever increasing hotel bill.
We hope to see you on the day! 

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The 2018 Back Badge Reunion will commence with the annual Service at St. Mary De Lode Church, Archdeacon Street (off lower Westgate Street), Gloucester GL1 2QT. at 1130hrs
Following the Service there will be a parade forming up * outside of St. Mary De Lode Church at approx 1230hrs and marching via Westgate Street, Southgate Street. Fall out in Longsmith Street.
The Reunion Lunch will be held in the Doctor Fosters Waterfront Bar and Restaurant in the Docks complex.
*Revised parade assembly point
The outline programme of events is:

Saturday 24th March
1100hrs Standard Bearers assemble for Rehearsal

1115hrs All to be seated in St Mary De Lode Church

1130 hrs Service Commences

1230hrs Parade Fall in
Ladies note. Coffee & Tea
will be available at Dr.Fosters

1300 Reception at Dr Fosters.

1400hrs Lunch commences

The cost of the Reunion Lunch which includes a 4 course meal with wine on the table is at an excellent price of only £20.00 per head!
One again Johnny Coppin will be with us and leading us in singing
‘The Glorious Glosters’
As a very special concession, and for the first time since our colours were laid up they will be proudly displayed at the function for all to see and salute.

This will be a ticket only event, please retain your tickets to gain admission.

If you require accommodation. Nearby Hotel, Travel Lodge is within walking distance of the venue and SOGM:Located in Gloucester Quays
Address: Gloucester Quays, St Ann Way, Gloucester GL1 5SF. phone: 0871 984 6427


Where is Dr. Fosters?
It's a stones throw from the Regimental Museum. Leaving the museum turn right. Walk past Herbert Warehouse (Council Offices). You will see Dr.Foster's ahead on the corner of the main basin. Enter at the rear down steps or walk around to the waterside where much of the Onedin series was filmed.
For those with mobility problems please note that we will be on the ground floor. For wheelchairs they have a ramp at the rear entrance.

For enquiries relating to this event
Contact Len Keeling 07414 945062 or email:





20th May 2018
we now look forward to this years event when  will be  pleased to welcomed fellow Association members, and guests once again to our Annual Imjin Lunch.
Surprise Surprise!! This year we thought it is time to ring the changes.

We are delighted that coming along to entertain us with favourite songs from the war years and the  60’s and 70’s is a lady who has already endeared herself to the Somerset Branch members. She is a brilliant singer and a lovely lady, we are sure that you will enjoy her contribution.

Lynsey Leigh Davies

 The event will take place on the
20th May 2018
in the Hyde Suite at Taunton Rugby Club
Booking Form To Print off
Hope to see YOU there.

[This is a self funding Branch event]





 IMPORTANT - Do we have your current contact details on file?
Changes are afoot with the closure of RHQ Gloucester.
The Gloucester Bristol side of the Regimental Association will be managed independently headed by Lt, Col. Rob Dixon.

 It is important that we keep you in touch with the Regimental family, reunions, events etc. Not all news is appropriate for publication on Facebook.

The website database shows over 700 active email addresses but unfortunately there are a further 300 members who over the years have changed their email addresses but didn't get around to notifying  Lesley or the webmaster.

Please take a minute to check yours a
Click the envelope symbol by your name and your currently recorded email address will be visible.
 If it is correct there is nothing more to do. If it is out of date please open and complete this form.
Change Your Details
If you cannot find your name listed you can add your details here using the same form




Regimental Association Annual General Meeting Devizes
1100hrs. Saturday 27th January 2018
The Venue:
The Wyvern Club, 51 Church Walk SN10 3AA

Note from Col (Retd) Mike Cornwell, Chairman of the Regimental Association

Please find attached a renewed Calling Paper for the 2017 AGM of the Regimental Association together with the minutes of the 2016 AGM.

For a copy of the last AGM held in Aldershot 8th October 2016 click here.

Those attending are requested to forward names and numbers to Association Secretary, Mike Godwin via email at 
The Wyvern Club will be laying on a army style Curry lunch after the AGM. We need to provide firm figures a week before.

Parking is limited at the Wyvern Club site. There are several pay and display car parks in Devizes. A word of Caution, the nearby Morrison car park is not free if staying more than 2 hours Penalty£80 reduced to £50 for prompt payment.



 Lt. Col. (Retd)|  Tim Lerwill OBE MA. Rifles Secretary South West

You should be aware that Lt. Col. (Retd) Tim Lerwill OBE MA.  Based in the* Salisbury office will retire from his post as Rifles Secretary South West on 15th December 2017.
 With his assistant, Admin Officer Sue Nelmes, having already moved to pastures new on promotion and with no replacement in the pipeline, the Salisbury Office will close on the 8th December.
hopefully pro tem.

From that date, all enquiries and correspondence should be addressed to –

  1. | 01962 828527 for Rifles  Regiment matters.

  2. | 01823 333434 (Mike Motum) as Focal Point for RGBW matters.

  3. (Mike Godwin, Association Secretary) for all Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association matters.

Although the Salisbury Office closes, Lt. Col. Lerwill has accepted an invitation to become a Trustee of the RGBW Regimental Charities Trust and will remain, also, a member of the Wiltshire Regimental Committee.  He will also become, The Rifles County Colonel for Wiltshire.

Tim thanks everyone for welcoming him into our Regimental organisations and associations over the past decade and proffers his very Best Wishes for the future. We wish him well in his chosen path.

* Salisbury Office moved into accommodation at Peninsula Barracks, Winchester early in 2017.




2Oth MAY 2018

We look forward to welcoming fellow Association Members with guests and friends from other Branches of the armed forces to the Somerset Branch Annual Imjin Commemorative Lunch,
this year with Entertainment and Raffle

 The event will take place on the
20th May 2018
in the Hyde Suite at Taunton Rugby Club

Booking Form To Print off
Hope to see YOU there.

[This is a self funding Branch event]

Surprise Surprise!! This year we thought it is time to ring the changes.

We are delighted that coming along to entertain us with favourite songs from the war years and the  60’s and 70’s is a lady who has already endeared herself to the Somerset Branch members. She is Lynsey Leigh Davies, a brilliant singer and a lovely lady, we are sure that you will enjoy her.




Family Time To Remember As Our Regimental Family Gather On Remembrance Sunday 2017
HRH spent Several Minutes At Our Memorial Plot
Gathering at Horse Guards  Remembrance Sunday 2017

Gathering at Horse Guards  for Cenotaph Parade 2017

Below are Just a few members at the Somerset Branch quarterly meeting held 29th October 2017
New members and Association members from other Branches always welcome.
For details email Secretary Phil(Dusty) Miller

Ben Casey Keith Rogers Sammy Cobourn Willie Tong

Branch President Mike Motum Keith Rogers
Sue Stuart Jenny Casey Lynda Rogers Tony Taylor won a Teddy
Tony Taylor Sammy Cobourn Maj. Alan Ladds Ben Casey
Mike Kemish Phil Miller Denis Bowman
Sonia Miller Joy Boman Tony Taylor Stella Silcocks
Lynda Roger Sue Stewart Jenny Casey Annie Cobourn Tony Taylor Sammy Cobourn Steve May Rod Silcocks
Alan and Tisha Ladds Ben and Jenny Casey
Keith and Lynda Rogers David and Joy Boaden
Phil and Sonia Miller Rodney and Stella Silcocks
Richard Tong and Susan Susan and Sammy


            Letter From Colonel (Retd) M J Cornwell OBE Association Chairman 25th Oct 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Firstly my apologies that you may well receive this message more than once.  This one from me and perhaps another from the RGBW Association Secretary, but it is an effort to try and get the contents out to our membership.

The wonders of modern communications are only as good as those who wish to use it and looking at the Rifles and RGBW website hit rate not many of the members are using it to keep themselves abreast of what is happening.

Whilst the new Association Secretary is emailing the attachment to all members whose email addresses he holds, we still have many who do not use computers.

May I ask that local branches display the attached notice or at least bring its contents to its members if they are unable to use a dedicated notice board.

If anyone has any bright ideas of how we can pass on updates to those not using computers without raising a sizeable postage bill their views would be appreciated.

Yours Aye



Dear Members,
It is inevitable that attempts to keep members abreast of the changes within the running of the Rifles and RGBW Association will not have reached everyone.  

The migration of contact details of our membership from the Rifles Database to our newly appointed volunteer Association Secretary post has not been as successful as one would have wished. We are persevering and making good progress. Meanwhile some individuals wish to remain hidden and consequently one will always struggle to make contact. It is hoped the issues raised below go some way to informing all on important points.

Most will be aware that the Rifles County office at Salisbury has closed. The subsequent move of manpower from Salisbury to Winchester saw Sue Nelmes becoming the initial focal point for RGBW matters at Winchester. Furthermore, Lesley Bradshaw’s departure from Gloucester in May 2017, resulted in Debbie Hards at Taunton taking on many issues relating to Gloucestershire and Bristol. The Taunton office continues to run such matters while the Rifles office in Gloucester is preparing for closure at the end of March 2018.

Our regimental museums maintain those close links to our former regiments and are ideal havens for those wishing to reminisce. The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Archives will remain at the Custom House (see the web site ) , run by their own Independent Charitable Trust. For those not aware the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum at the Wardrobe, Salisbury is also run by an Independent Charitable Trust (see web site ).    

Sue Nelmes leaves MOD employment at the end of October 2017 and Tim Lerwill departs at the end of the year. These departures take place at a time when the MOD must reduce its Civil Service numbers and Regimental Headquarters are having to bear their share of the reduction. The subsequent reduction in Rifles Offices is leading to a geographical realignment and change.  It may seem alien to some but reduced manpower within Regimental Headquarters must be focused primarily on the serving regiment. You may wish to be aware The Rifles now organise regional matters in the following way:

  • South West and West – contiguous with 6 RIFLES, covering Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
  • North & Midlands – contiguous with the newly formed 8 RIFLES, covering Durham, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Shropshire.

·         London & South – contiguous with 7 RIFLES covering Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and London

Replacing Lesley and Sue, will be a volunteer Association Secretary, presently Mike Godwin. Whilst the Association may be able to provide him with IT and equipment to carry out this role, he is a volunteer and therefore like all of us will have limited time per day to devote to the task.

One way in which we can assist Mike is making sure that the contact details he has inherited from the Gloucester and Salisbury offices are up to date. If you have concerns that you have not been receiving regular email updates then please contact Mike Godwin, via email, his address is .

In the past the Association has produced an Annual Newsletter where events of the past year have been recorded, future events publicised, with their respective calling notices, and articles published on historical actions of our antecedent regiments.  The newsletter was produced between the two County offices with full time staff which included their time and resources.  A volunteer Secretary will not have the wherewithal to commit to such an undertaking, however what it proposed is that a monthly newssheet is produced and distributed electronically as well as being placed on the Association web site and social media.   It still has to be resolved how to distribute to those not using IT based communications. Local branches may well be able to assist in this aspect.

Because of the motion carried at the EGM held in March, the Association has created an intermediary committee level which will assume the responsibility of organising those Association Reunions held in each County.  Therefore, Gloucestershire County Committee (County Chairman - Lt Col DR Dixon OBE; Secretary - Dartagnan Griffin) will co-ordinate the Back-Badge Reunion; Berkshire County Committee (County Chairman – Lt Col RB Paddison MBE DL; Secretary – Peter Richens) will co-ordinate the Maiwand Reunion and the Wiltshire County Committee (County Chairman - Lt Col SJ Venus MBE; Secretary - David Fielding) will co-ordinate the Salisbury Reunion.

Articles to be included in the Rifles Regimental Journal (The Bugle), will be called for by the Rifles Taunton Office (Lt Col MJR Motum and Debbie Hards) will act as the sub editor’s office.  Articles will appear under the headings of our three counties.

At local branch level little will change other than your point of contact for passing on information for the Association will be via Mike Godwin ( and that you may be asked to provide a member to sit on County Committee meetings (two times a year).

The Association’s web site ( ) is probably the quickest means to publicise news and events and this can be done by asking the webmaster to enter the details onto the site by emailing him at  But may we also please inform the Association Secretary as well so he can pass out the relevant news as well via the email distribution lists.  

Whilst on the matter of  web sites, it will be natural for members to gravitate towards their Regimental web sites and a votes of thanks are due to Phil Miller and Jim Waterfall for running the respective sites ( and ) and keeping the link between members going. Cross linking and providing hyperlinks to each other’s sites can ensure we spread the message further afield

For the Association to maintain it success communication to and from the members is vital.   As we transit from a support system of paid staff to a single volunteer post we will have to embrace both the modern and traditional means of passing on news to each other. So, may I ask, if you know of an Association member who does not use computers to pass this information on.

Thank you for your time and patience.

Colonel (Retd) M J Cornwell OBE Chairman



Message from Lt. Col (Retd) Robert Dixon OBE Chairman of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Branch of the Glosters, RGBW and Rifles Association.
I am delighted to announce that Dartagnan Griffin has agreed to take on the role of Secretary for the Bristol and Gloucestershire Branch of the Glosters, RGBW and Rifles Association.

We will be writing to invite all Branch Chairman and their Secretaries to an inaugural meeting once we have identified a suitable date.

This Remembrance Sunday we will be laying the Regimental Wreath at the Gloucestershire Regiment War Memorial on the corner of Gloucester Park as part of the Civic Ceremony starting at 1045. Sam Mercer, Korean Veteran, will be coming up from London to attend. There will also be a service in Gloucester Cathedral at 1500 which we will be attending. It would be great to see as many Old Braggs as possible there.

Regards to all


Lt Col (Retd) Robert Dixon OBE
Chairman of the Trustees & County Colonel The Rifles Gloucestershire
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Custom House, Gloucester Docks,Gloucester GL1 2HE

DL 0044(0)1242 870076
Mobile 0044 (0)7974769695
Museum 0044 (0)1452 522682



                                                                 6th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
                                                                          REGIMENTAL  ASSOCIATION

Notice is given of the 6th AGM
To be held at 1100 hours on Saturday 27th January 2018
at The Wyvern Club, 51 Church Walk, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3AA Coffee/Tea will be available from 1030 hours in the Skittle Alley Annex






Col (Retd) M J Cornwell

Dated 20th September 2017


Message from
Lt Col (Retd) Robert Dixon OBE


At a meeting held earlier this year it was decided to change the RGBW Rifles Regimental Association constitution by splitting it into three to reflect the geographical territories from where the antecedent regiments were recruited: namely Gloucestershire and Bristol, Wiltshire, and Berkshire.

I ‘volunteered’ to get the Gloucestershire and Bristol Branch off the ground as chairman. The individual Gloucestershire and Bristol branches will now be under this umbrella. The aim is for the County Branch to run the annual Back Badge Reunion at the weekend nearest to Back Badge Day and we alternate the venues to accommodate both Bristol and the districts of Gloucestershire. Next year 2018 it will be a lunch held at Dr Fosters pub in Gloucester on Saturday 24 March following the Back Badge Service at St Mary’s de Lode in Gloucester. Full details will follow in due course.

The County Branch now needs to recruit a secretary and we are looking for a volunteer. There will be some initial work to do in taking over and bringing up to date a database and then circulating details of meetings. The aim is only to hold 2 meetings a year including Back Badge day but we will support the branches and disseminate information of other events of interest.

The overall aim of the County Office will be to keep the name of The Glosters and RGBW alive in Bristol and Gloucestershire and encourage those leaving the Rifles from our area to join and be part of the wider family.
If you are interested in helping as Secretary please drop me an email to and I will get in touch to discuss further.
Rob Dixon



Other News



Vicki Hopson of The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum tells us that they have some surplus (original) copies of the Back Badge Regimental Journal.
  As they have complete sets in the archives they are offering these individual surplus copies for sale.

If you are interested and need more information contact Vicki Hopson, at the

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum,
Tel 01452 - 522682



 A Brand New Book to Pre-Order
On sale in the SOGM shop from the 17th October

Soldiers of Gloucestershire in 100 Objects!



16th September 2017




A once only opportunity to obtain a piece of our Glosters/ RGBW silverware or other artefacts of interest.  This is your opportunity to bid now before any unsold items go on offer to the general public in three months time. Once it’s gone it’s gone! 

1. Introduction. As many will already know RGBW chattels are the subject of an ongoing disposals exercise by the Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust. An early priority was identifying objects for transfer to the ownership of The Rifles. Several objects that inspired members of the RGBW, and those from its forming regiments, now fulfil a similar role within The Rifles. Meanwhile other objects have been claimed for display by our Museums and have been or are now being accessioned. Concurrently Salisbury conducted a sale of RGBW chattels that, in the main, were previously the property of a DERR Trust. Proceeds from the sale benefitted RGBW Regimental Charities.

2. Background. This next step consolidates objects that have been stored at Gloucester and which may now be surplus to requirements. Those objects appear in this catalogue. The purpose of this catalogue is to bring this latest disposal to the attention of The Rifles, our Museums and RGBW Association members. The process has been primarily designed to ensure that those who served in The Gloucestershire Regiment and The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment have an opportunity to acquire surplus items, whilst meeting the requirement of the Charity Commissioners that reasonable value is obtained in any process of disposal. Those who served in The Wiltshire Regiment and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment will wish to note that some regimental items of cutlery, crockery and a few small salvers, from the 62nd of Foot, are also included.

3. Disposal. The Rifles Office Taunton, with the aid of volunteers, is managing this disposal on behalf of the RGBW Regimental Trust. Objects have been valued by independent professional auctioneers. This
disposal of RGBW Regimental Charities’ artefacts is not an auction. A catalogue listing all items and their values has been produced. The objectives of the catalogue are:
•   Objective One. The catalogue forms a record and base document for managing disposals as well as explaining the rules of disposal.

 •   Objective Two. The catalogue brings potential disposals to the attention of The Rifles, The Gloucestershire Regiment Museum Trust (GRMT) and The Rifles Wardrobe Museum Trust (RWMT) in addition to RGBW Association members. Following publication of the catalogue, and for up to 90 days, 
The Rifles, GRMT, RWMT and RGBW Association members may bid for objects  or, in the case of charitable trusts, request the potential transfer of an object/sbetween Trusts. 
Discretion on the release of further objects to The Rifles or the two Museums will rest with the Trustees ofthe RGBW Regimental Trust. They will need to be satisfied that the item is needed for display.

•   Objective Three. The catalogue may help to bring the disposals process to the attention of donors or, where known, their immediate descendants. If requested, Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust will generally be willing to return anobject to a donor, or immediate successor.

•   Objective Four. The catalogue brings the disposal process to the attention of members of the RGBW Regimental Association, 
offering them the opportunity to purchase an object for a fixed price. Bids to purchase can only be made onthe prescribed bidding form. Transfers and sales to individuals will not be confirmed before the closure of bidding for all on Monday 25th September 2017. 
This three month period will allow potential bidders to hear about the disposals process, consider options having accessed the catalogue, and submit a bidding form or forms.

•   Objective Five. Much time has been taken in compiling a comprehensive catalogue and so minimise any requirement to travel and view objects. 

4.         Those objects that are surplus to requirements, following disposal, and for which no successful bid has been achieved will be put up for public auction.

a. Bidding. Members should bid, in writing, offering to purchase an object at the list price. Bids will only be accepted on the prescribed forms (see Enclosures 1-3). 
Any modification or amendment to a bidding form may lead to the bid being disqualified. This is not an auction. Bids must be received by post or e-mail ( ) by no later than 4.00pm on Monday 25th September 2017. Each bid must be made on a separate form. In addition particular attention is drawn to the need to complete each section of the bidding form including a summary of your Service details and Association membership. 

b. Viewing. The photographs and descriptions within the catalogue should minimise any requirement for personal viewing. 

c. Bidding Process. Individual members may only bid for a maximum of five objects. There can be no assurance or guarantee that any one individual will be successful with any one of up to five bids. If more than one bid is received for an object, any extenuating reason (see bidding form) may be considered by the Bidding Committee who will oversee the process. Thereafter, and as appropriate, all bids for that object go ‘in to a hat’ where the successful bid will be drawn, supervised by an Independent Person.
In addition, where there is more than one bid for an object a second and third bid will be drawn as ‘reserves’ in case the first named fails to honour their bid. 
d. Reserve Bids. Any Association member who wishes to place more than five bids, may further submit up to five Reserve Bids. Reserve Bids will only be considered by the Bidding Committee if the item for which a Reserve Bid has been received has not already been allocated. Reserve Bids must be submitted on the correct bidding  form.
e.Consideration of Bids. All bids will be considered, by the Bidding Committee, in October 2017.
f. Communication Regarding Bids. Successful applicants will be informed by telephone or e-mail. The process will take time. There will be no communication with applicants of unsuccessful bids.

g. Public Auction. Any item for which no successful bid has been achieved, nor has been approved for transfer between Trusts, will be put up for public auction.

h. Collection of Objects. Items will only be posted in exceptional circumstances and at full cost to the purchaser. Where it is difficult for an individual to collect an item personally from either the Rifles Taunton Office or the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, we would ask that a friend does so to minimise the workload. All items must be collected within 30 days of notification. Thereafter an object will be offered to the second named bidder. If the second named bidder fails to honour their bid within a further 30 days, the Trust reserves the right to place the object at public auction.
i. Allocation of Priorities. Where more than one bid is received for an item officers will generally have priority for items of Officers’ Mess property. The same will apply to WOs & SNCOs and Corporals  for property from respective Messes. However, this general approach does not stop individuals from bidding across the catalogue up to a maximum of five items. Give some thought to the completion of your bidding form to assist the Bidding Committee with the award of bids.
j. Payment. Payment should be made by cash, electronic transfer or cheque (The Rifles Office Taunton) prior to collection. Appropriate details will be passed to successful bidders. Subsequently the consolidated receipt will be transferred to The RGBW Regimental  Charity.

WARNING: all items, with only a tiny number of exceptions, have been ‘well used’ and their condition reflects this. Purchasers should expect silver to be dented and/or scratched, pictures to need attention, including reframing, and books to be very worn. The auctioneers valuations do reflect condition.


 To View the catalogue on line click here 

Individual Bidding Form

Reserve Bidding Form

Rifles & MuseumBidding Form


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All enquiries relating to the sale should be addressed to:
The Rifles County Office
Mount Street
Taunton TA13QB
Tel: 01823 333434 




 On Monday 21st August 2017 a ceremony was held at Rishton, Lancashire to mark the centenary of Second Lieutenant Hardy Parsons of the Gloucestershire Regiment being awarded the Victoria Cross. The ceremony culminated with the unveiling of the Parsons VC paving slab.
In attendance were:

Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Colonel Alan Jolley OBE TD DL.

Deputy Mayor of Hyndburn, Clr. Mohammad Ayub.

Major General(Retd) Robin Grist OBE Gloucestershire Regiment.

Contingent from Bristol University Officers Training Corps.

David Warry R&RGBW  Somerset Branch – Glosters wreath layer.

John Gallager DERR.

Joe Eccles Glosters.

Chairman and Members Rishton RBL.

Standards representing RBL – Glosters – Rifles Assoc. And Standards from other organisations.

Press Coverage

2BR Lancashire News

Accrington Observer


 Can You Find Time To Chat With A Korean Veteran

Hi Gentlemen,
.Debbie in the Taunton office has received a phone call from a Mr Martin Francis, he is very concerned about his father, former Pte. 21187321 Charles Francis, a Korean Veteran who fought in Battle of the Imjin and was subsequently taken prisoner. He served in the Glosters from 1948 to 1953.

Charles lives in  sheltered accommodation  in Stonehouse and does not see anyone, apart from carers who come in but they are restricted by their employment conditions to only a few minutes at a time.
 Charles is having problems regularly falling with various hospital admissions, and he is very confused and desperately lonely.
Charles more than did his bit for Queen and Country, now he is old and alone and needs to see a friendly face for a chat from time to time. If you can spare a little time to call on him it would be much appreciated.
 His Son Martin does not live in this country, his home and work is in the Middle East. He has been visiting for a few weeks but flies home today.

Hopefully there are many fellow Glosters in the Stroud Valley’s and Gloucester area who will be pleased to organise a visit from time to time to help one of our heroes. If you can his details are.
Mr Charles Douglas Francis
Flat 3 Sherborne House
Sherborne Close
GL10 2HB

Rather than make cold calls it is suggested that you first phone:
Jackie: 07581 044653
Or his son Martin: 07437 224100


Northern Ireland Veterans' Association Operation Banner annual service of commemoration.
The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

16 September 2017. A Service is to be held in the Arboretum Chapel followed by a parade to the Ulster Ash Grove and wreath laying. The return march will include a salute taken by the bereaved.
The invitation extends to all bereaved and veteran's families.
Also invited are veterans, bereaved and families of the RUC/PSNI, the Northern Ireland Prison Service, members of the emergency services and any other Crown services involved in Operation Banner.

Units are invited to parade their Standards

( Ben Casey will parade the Somerset Branch Glosters Standard,  and Brendon Mitchell will lay th
e Glosters wreath they hopes to meet  up with fellow glosters NI veterans )

Date: 16 September 2017
Time: Chapel Service 1130 hrs.
followed by a parade to the Ulster Ash Grove
Venue: National Memorial Arboretum Chapel and Ulster Ash Grove

Mike Sangster, NIVA Administrator; Tel: 020 7681 0608 Mobile: 07539 131709
Getting to the Arboretum
Croxall Road
DE13 7AR
Tel: 01283 245 100


 Centenary of Armistice Day
Sunday 18 November 2018

13th Battalion (Forest of Dean)

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire is planning an event on Cheltenham Race Course to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day 2018.

Nearer the time we will be asking for Glosters, RGBW and Rifles veterans to join in in a march past dressed in WW1 uniforms.

6 Rifles have indicated that they will be representing the Army today and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars aim to provide a mounted troop.

As the Glosters contribution to WW1 was 24 Battalions and ‘8000 Gloster Poppies left in Flanders fields’ we bore the major brunt of the County’s war sacrifice. It would be great if we could muster at least a Company’s worth of veterans to march. (I still have my boots but not WW1 pattern).

The immediate logistic problem is how to get hold of a significant number of WW1 uniforms, the cap badges will not be a problem! If anyone knows or has links with a film company or store where these could be lurking than please let me know., and I will get in contact. No harm in letting me know you are interested in supporting this event and helping with the organisation.

It should be a great occasion with plenty of publicity and a great opportunity to have those wonderful cap badges on display again. – Lest they forget!

Contact details below.

Semper Glevum

Rob Dixon

Lt Col (Retd) Robert Dixon OBE
Chairman of the Trustees & County Colonel The Rifles Gloucestershire
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The Soldiers of Gloucestershire and The Friends of the Museum were  invited to at a Service of Rededication of the World War I Wayside Cross at Woodchester, a village south of Stroud on Saturday 10th June 2017. 
The Princess Royal attended along with the Ld-Lieut of Gloucestershire.


The Princess Royal speaks to Scott McBryde





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The history of this wooden cross is unique; it is the only memorial commenced and completed during WWI, most memorials to the fallen of World War I were not commissioned until after November 1918. There had been private plaques in chapels to mark those serving in the Crimean and Boer Wars and, indeed, Cheltenham has a war memorial to those who died in the ‘South African War 1899 -1902’, but this was a result of an individual taking action to mark the deaths of those in the village around him as the stalemate of the trench warfare continued.
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Veterans' Clinic that may be of interest to those of us requiring hip and knee replacements

The service is open to those who have served with the UK military, including National Service, and treats arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.

The service is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, a consultant military orthopaedic surgeon who has been a consultant at RJAH for over three years.
A graduate of Birmingham University Medical School, Lt Col Meyer of the Royal Army Medical Corps completed his orthopaedic training on the Oswestry/Stoke rotation, before his consultant military appointment in 2011.
Lt Col Meyer has served as a Medical Officer in both the Gulf War and more recently in Afghanistan, where he was involved in treating local civilians, as well as injured troops. He has special clinical interests in hip and knee replacement and in trauma and being a military consultant has helped him understand the experiences and expectation of veteran patients.

Who can attend the Veterans’ clinic?
• Veterans who are serving or have served with the UK Military, including National Service, who require treatment for arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.

When is the Veterans’ clinic held?
• Twice a month on a Tuesday morning, usually between 9.00 – 12pm.

How can I be referred to the Veterans’ Clinic?
• Via your GP

Who should I contact for more information?
• Lt Col Carl Meyer’s Medical Secretary, Rebecca Jones, by Telephone: 01691 404344 or Fax: 01691 404067
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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. 

Glosters Veteran, 88 year old Clifford Rowland (Photo) 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

The Dedication of the Memorial at Cassel 1991


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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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