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Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum - December Newsletter
Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers of Gloucestershire

Since the Museum re-opened in April, there have been nearly 7,000 visitors, with 500 coming in November. More photographs have been added to the 1960-94 multi-media screen and the intention is to add more in the coming weeks. The Special Exhibition on ‘Recruiting for WW1’ will remain until and includes some remarkable and moving photographs.

The Gloucester City & Folk Museum has artefacts relating to the Frampton Volunteers, which they have offered to our Museum on a semi-permanent loan. The objects include Colours, weapons and band instruments. As the Museum has little to display from the county Militias and Volunteers the Trustees have decided to investigate installing a new display case, with the help of The Friends, where visitors can see some of these items.

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The Museum Shop has a wide range of regimental memorabilia as well as many interesting items for the military enthusiast of all ages. There are many Christmas stocking fillers ranging from jigsaws, books, badges, cufflinks and glassware. We always have a last minute Christmas rush on these items so please order now whilst stocks last.

The last posting date for Christmas is Friday 19th December and our on line Museum Shop is here.

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Why not visit Gloucester Docks over the Christmas period and tour the museum with family and friends ? There is something for all the family as stated on our Tripadvisor reviews. The museum will be closed 25th and 26th December, open on Sat 27th, closed 28th & 29th, open Tuesday 30th, open Wednesday 31st, closed 1 January, and open Friday 2nd January. Normal opening times thereafter.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Prosperous and Safe 2015.

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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.”

 

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Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum - November Newsletter
Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers of Gloucestershire

 
Since the Museum re-opened in April, there have been 6,700 visitors; the new chronological layout from 1694 to today is a success. ‘Flip books’ in each gallery provide more detail on a specific event or campaign and there are multi-media screens, which feature ‘Jack’s Journey’ for children, in addition to more background on events, people and objects; they are ideal for showing pictures and film.

The demand for archive information, mainly related to WW1, is almost overwhelming; since April, David Read has responded to over a 130 requests. Artefacts, including diaries and papers, continue to be donated and are welcome, although uniform, unless exceptional, is declined.

The website (www/soldiersofglos.com) has been updated and is well worth a visit if you cannot get to the museum. Chris Chatterton, the new Museum Manager, was until May, Mayor of Gloucester. There is now a coffee shop in the foyer, which is increasingly popular and the shop itself is stocked for Christmas. There has been a drive to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of tasks from digitising the archives to running the coffee shop. Currently we have 40 volunteers but more are needed; please enquire if you might be able to help.

The Special Exhibition until next April is on ‘Recruiting for WW1’ and mainly features 12th Glosters in Bristol; it includes some remarkable and moving photographs. Each month artefacts from the ‘Reserve Collection’ together with a pen picture of three soldiers who served in WW1 are displayed. This month they are Charles Faulkner from Cardiff, John Shipway DCM from Chippenham and Ernest Hopkins from Gloucester; all were fighting with 1st Glosters in 1914. In December, they will be William Owen from Mitcheldean and Albert Handy from Shipton on Stour, who were both with 1st Glosters in 1914. The third will be Edward Forrest from Horfield who won a DCM with the RGH in Palestine 1918. A new showcase and multi-media screen was added in October to display artefacts and photographs from 1960-1994 covering the Glosters from Berlin to Ballykelly via Belize and Belfast and the RGH in Gibraltar and at Badminton.

Our events programme including workshops and activities for young children is being finalised and will be available on the web site shortly. In addition, we are mounting a display at the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ Fair at the National Exhibition Centre 4 – 7 December. Further details on the website.

 

The combined might of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force rugby teams faced the famous Barbarians at Bath Rugby’s picturesque Recreation Ground on Tuesday 11th November. With 2014 marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the game had taken on added significance.

Update:     . BaaBaa's won 31-15

See: http://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/poppy-rugby-celebration-on-remembrance-day/       
 

 

 

Ray Peart who was blinded by a terrorist bomb in Belfast 1973 is undertaking a charity event. It will consist of a 4 mile walk followed by a 1000m swim..

The monies raised will be donated to the Rifles to support the injured & the families of the fallen. Barclays Bank PLC are matching the first £750 raised under their £4£ scheme. If anyone would like to show their support can forward cheques payable to THE RIFLES REGIMENTAL TRUST, if they wish to contact me at 33 Fieldfare, Abbeydale, Gloucester. GL4 4WH or telephone 01452-533839. this event will be undertaken 5th November 2014

 

On Tue 11 Nov 14 Forest Green Rovers will be playing Eastleigh FC in what will be “The Remembrance Fixture” in aid of the Royal British Legion. There is a 50% reduction as can be seen on the attached poster which means that adults can watch the game for £8.50, those under 16 - £6.00 and children under 10 – free.

If any soldiers, families or friends wish to take up this offer then please contact Helen Taylor or just turn up on the night for what should be a memorable evening. There will be 4 RBL standards, the Nailsworth Silver Band, The Lord Lt of Gloucestershire, The National Vice Chairman of the RBL, the County Chairman and other dignitaries in attendance. It will be a fitting way to remember the 78 members of Nailsworth who gave their lives in the Great War.
 

Click here for invitation>>> Click here for 50% reduction>>>

 

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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. daveandmeg@nowmail.co.nz

 

 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:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/medals/20140730-%20Guidance%20-%20Medal%20Review-new.pdf
 

 

JUNIOR SOLDIERS REUNION, WYVERN BARRACKS – SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015

I (Phil Lalor) am organising a Reunion of Ex Junior Soldiers who served in Junior Soldiers Company, Wyvern Barracks, Exeter at any time in its history and who were badged either Devon and Dorset Regiment, Gloucestershire Regiment, Royal Hampshire Regiment or Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment.
 Any Officers (quite a number of ex officers have expressed an interest in the 2015 reunion) or Adult Instructors who served in the Company are most welcome.
The Reunion will take place in the Officers Mess of the Exeter UOTC (The old Junior Soldiers Accommodation Block) and will commence at 1900 Hours.

 Any people attending will have to confirm this with me (Phil Lalor), you should include names of wives etc, as soon as possible, either by phone on 07876734230 or by e mail:
lalor1@blueyonder.co.uk.  The reason for this is because Wyvern Barracks is still a Military Establishment all persons who enter or leave Wyvern Barracks have to be checked in and out.  Anyone who turns up without prior notice will not be admitted.

There are a limited number of car spaces and anyone wishing to take advantage of this facility will have to give their car details including make, model and registration in advance. There will be a BBQ on the evening. 

I will be producing a letter giving all the relevant details for the reunion (including the cost per head for the food) and this will be sent to those wishing to attend and they are asked to send a cheque for the cost of the food, which has to be ordered in advance.  Thank you and hope to see you there (Phil Lalor)

 


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

 

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 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.

 

 



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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




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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.

Read more: http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Unveiling-South-Korea-memorial-Glorious-Glosters/story-21013627-detail/story.html
 

 

  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
https://sites.google.com/site/billgriffiths838/home
Bill Griffiths.

 

The 2014 Edition of the Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here on line for your convenience.
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20th Op Grapple Tour (25th - 28th September 2014).

See below and the attached itinerary
from Capt Maurice Evlyn-Bufton


       
From our previous visit

There are 40 places for this 'adventure'. The price does not include flights, which we will want you to book directly [see info. on flyer], but everything else has been arranged, with any monies taken but not allocated to fixed costs, being paid directly to the GCF Bosnia charity post 'tour'.

The 3 day visit to Bosnia will combine the opportunity for a 'battle field tour' of Gorazde, I daresay a couple of beers and many stories with importantly, the opening of the English Speaking Laboratories and refurbished play ground/football pitch at Gorazde's Primary School, dedicated to those we lost on Op Grapple. More information go to www.gcfbosnia.org .

To date the fund stands at £12,500, with a further £10,000 required to achieve full funding. I am confident I can bridge this gap with a summer fund raising event [in London] and also I am intending to run a marathon from Gorazde to Visagrad to raise funds on the Friday we are there (26th September). Anyone want to join me.....?

Thanks also to Andy Paddon and Andy Grant, that have arranged events which have contributed to this fund.

Nihad Gluscic has been outstanding in helping us get to this point,. not just the administrative parts related to the tour, but being the interface with the school, local authorities and the contractors required for the work at the school.

There will also be a hard back coffee table book completed by September, covering the Op Grapple 94/85 tour, estimated cost £25

If you have any photos, you can add these to our Facebook site, Gorazde Children's Foundation, with comments please! These will be drawn upon for the coffee table book. My own endeavours to write a comprehensive account are almost complete, with the book to be called 'Donkey Mail and Bully Beef, the art of survival Bosnia 1994 - 1995'. This will be done by September.
 I do hope you can find time to join what will be a great 3 day trip.

The Proposed Itinerary>>>>

Buy Tyre Covers for Charity !!  All profits go to
GCFBosnia is saluting those that sacrificed their lives in service in 1994, by investing in the town’s future generations. These are the children and grandchildren of those that suffered so terribly in the Bosnian conflict and those they came to protect. Our goal is to raise £25,000 to be donated to the local primary school.

 

 
Show your pride for only
£110.00
for either the front or back badge cover
(£15.00 p/p) 
Looking for more information? Go to www.gcfbosnia.com
Charity Number: 1155036

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Uniting Families with Disabilities

Outdoor activity breaks for any armed forces family that includes a person with a disability.
www.calvert-trust.org.uk/lake-district 01768 772255

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 See our photo gallery for the 2013 Back Badge Reunion Photos>>>>>
 

Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
(photo Daily Mail)

 

News from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum 

 

 Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

 

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Win £25,000

 

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The Museum has launched its own lottery in partnership with Unity Lottery, offering you the chance to win £25,000 every Saturday for just £1 a week. 50p comes straight back to the museum, so you can support our future and with 1 in 63 chance of winning!

To sign up online here or you can download the form to post.

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Phone: 01452 522862 |http://www.glosters.org.uk/|Registered Charity: 1095077

 


Veterans home  in Gloucester
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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.

                                     Click here to view the leaflet

» Donate online at: give.net/glveterans
 

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

 

Big Changes afoot at the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum


The Trustees of the Museum of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire have just been awarded a grant of £500,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist in the proposed major revamp of the Museum. They intend to buy the building from the government, build a restaurant alongside to generate essential funding towards running expenses, convert the attic floor into an extra storey and widen the remit of the Museum. The total cost is assessed as a further £4.5 million. We aim to establish the Museum as a resource of regional perhaps even national significance, acting now to preserve the county’s military history for future generations before more memories are lost for ever.

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Regimental Museum Receives a very welcome cash injection.

 The Mayor of Paju and the South Korean Ambassador were part of a group which visited Gloucester on the 12th March 2014.  
During the visit The Mayor, on behalf of a group from his home City presented the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum with a much appreciated gift of £94,000

Paju is located near the site of the Battle of Imjin River, in which the Glosters fought with great distinction, 22-25 April 1951.
 Those who died in the Battle of Imjin River are remembered annually by citizens  of Paju.

Mayor In Jae Lee was joined by the South Korean Ambassador, Suk-Hawn Park, to present the cheque to the Mayor of Gloucester, councillor David Brown. The money is to be used to enhance and expand a display space at the regimental museum.

Earlier the delegation met with personnel at the headquarters of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC). At Imjin Barracks in the City. The barracks are named after the Battle of the Imjin River, one of the bloodiest battles, during the Korean War. 

Their busy schedule also included a visit to the Cathedral and the offices of the Mayor of Gloucester.

 

 

 

  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!

 

 

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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
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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
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 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.

 

DEDICATION OF THE ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE, BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT AND ANTECEDENT REGIMENTS MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM  12 JULY 2012

The dedication of the RGBW and antecedent Regiments Memorial took take place on 12 July 2012 at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of The Regimental Association of The Rifles and RGBW
 

In spite of appalling weather in the preceding days leading up the the event,  when it was reported that the site was flooded to the depth of 600mm, the floods receded and the sun shone down on us, creating the perfect setting for the unveiling . There were almost 400 members of all ranks present to participate in  the Dedication Service led by  the Chaplain to the Regimental Association, The Venerable Alan Jeans, in the presence of our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief of the 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 https://sites.google.com/site/rgbwreturntogorazde2012/  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
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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.”

For more information on the The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment return trip to Gorazde
, Click here


                              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.

Click for more details and listen at BBC Bristol>>>>

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.
 Continue reading the main story
 

A BBC Report

                                           

 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

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13068545

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13068541

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13068543

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13068547

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13068538

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13100103

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-12821182

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. http://www.itv.com/westcountry-east/glos-regiment-remembered41397/

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.
Part1  http://www.itv.com/westcountry-east/glorious-glosters-pt-171791/

Part2  http://www.itv.com/westcountry-east/glorious-glosters-pt-297027/

By: Claire Satchwell
 

As reported by MARTIN PHILLIPS, Senior Feature Writer The Sun
  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/3536624/60-years-on-How-866-British-heroes-held-off-a-27000-strong-Chinese-army.html

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
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-13156393

 

 


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."

FROM THE PRESS
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

 

 

This may be important to you and your family
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
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 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]

 

ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES FOR MILITARY VETERANS

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

 Click to read the full document PDF format

For further information you can either got to http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm and type in Veterans in the search box or go to http://www.veterans-uk.info/ for further information.

 

                                                                                          
                                      Veterans Badge Extended to 1994
 
The Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been extended to those who served  as recently as Iraq and Afghanistan
T
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]
 

 BRISTOL BLUE GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
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
For Bristol Freedom Parade pictures click here

For Gloucester Freedom Parade pictures click here

For Stroud Freedom Parade pictures click here

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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)]
For more information click here to visit the MOD [Army] Website

Click here For the Rifles Official Website


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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