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PLEASE NOTE: If you are aware of the passing of a former member of the Regiment it would be appreciated if you would please provide as much information that is available to you in order that we may pay homage to our colleague and to show respect to the family.
To report the passing or to place notifications of funerals, memorial services etc.
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Once verified details will be published on the website notice board.
Names will be added to our ‘In Memoriam’ page.
Notifications received via the website will be forwarded to the respective county office.

Notice Board                 In Memoriam


Back Badge Reunion

 23 March 2019
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 Reunion Devizes
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 Reunion Salisbury
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Maiwand Reading
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Imjin Commemorative Lunch
 May 2019 
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Commemorative Service
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An announcement within The Daily Telegraph of Saturday 3rd November 2018 states: 

Lt. Col. HRA (Tony) Streather OBE, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on 31st October 2018. Beloved father of Charlie, Peter, Phil and Sally and dedicated, loving grandfather to Ashley, George, Antony, Tom, Polly, Kate and Will. A Celebration of life will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Hindon, Wiltshire on 1st December at 12 noon. Donations in his memory will be forwarded to the Gurkha Welfare Trust and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and may be sent to Bracher Brothers Funeral Directors, Newbury, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QL.

PhotoTony Streather during the first ascent of 7,708m (25,290ft) Tirich Mir in 1951

Lt. Col Mike Motum writes:

Lieutenant Colonel Tony Streather OBE assumed command of 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment on 1st March 1967; he succeeded Lieutenant Colonel Radice. Notes in the Back Badge journal of June 1967 include: 

Lt Col Tony Streather joined The Gloucestershire Regiment in Korea in 1951, taking in the first batch of reinforcements after the Imjin Battle. Previously he served in the Indian Army, having been commissioned in 1945 into the Rajputana Rifles. For most of his time in India and later in Pakistan he was seconded to various Irregular Forces on the NW Frontier, and served with the Zhob Militia, the Tochi Scouts and the Chitral State Scouts. For a period after partition he was ADC to the Governor of the North West Province and had a ringside seat at that tragic time.

He remained with the 28th/61st until 1955 before going to RMA Sandhurst as an instructor. He returned to the Battalion in 1959 as Company Commander and later as Adjutant. He then went to the Army Outward Bound School as Chief Instructor, mainly working with Boy Soldiers, climbing, canoeing and living in the mountains of Wales.  He returned to the Battalion in Cyprus in 1963 and as OC B Coy during the “Little Emergency”, was awarded the MBE, and later became Second-in-Command. After Cyprus he served briefly in Malaya, where he was instrumental in the return of the silver candelabra which had been lost in Burma in 1942 - the candelabra is now regimental property of The Rifles and is with 1 RIFLES. Subsequently he moved to Hong Kong to join 1/6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles and saw six months active service in Borneo. He returned from Hong Kong to assume command of 1st Battalion.     

The journal continues to summarise Colonel Streather’s main interests, outside active service soldiering, of horses and climbing. Many recall the CO being mounted when commanding the Back Badge parade, in Berlin on 26th April 1969. HRH the Duchess of Gloucester, accompanied by Brigadier Heidenstam, Colonel of the Regiment, took the inspection.  Some may wish to read the attached obituary.

Yours sincerely,       

Mike Motum

To read the obituary of Lieutenant Colonel H R A Streather OBE, as published in the The Daily Telegraph >>



The Association Chairman writes:29 Oct 2018

I have a total o f six tickets for the Field of Remembrance which takes place in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Thursday 8th November, from the Regimental Association. Entry into the Garden is between 9am and 10:30 am. Anyone wishing to have any of the tickets please contact me on

Yours Aye

Michael Cornwell



Honouring Pte Francis George Miles VC
On The 100th Anniversary Of The Day His Gallant Actions Earned Him The Victoria Cross

The Memorial Plaque

The Villagers, Family & Friends Gather Prior To The Unveiling

Maj (Retd) A H (Tony) Ayres Rifles County Colonel Gloucestershire meets the RBL- Glosters - RGBW  Standard Bearers

Maj General Robin & Mrs Grist

Tony Linker Bob Townley and Alan Putteril.

Gloucester & Somerset Branch Members

Robert Walker Chairman Forest Branch (Right) with Mike Houghton MBE

Yours truly posing with Scott McBryde

Standard Bearers From Lydney - Stroud -Gloucester - Forest of Dean Branch

Brig. Gen. Retd) Martin Vine OBE The Last CO of 1 Glosters With Major(Retd) Tony Ayres Meet The Current Generation

Major General Robin Grist Gave An Interesting Account Relating The Service Of Francis Miles VC

Children of Clearwell School Sang 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary'

These Young Descendants of The Miles Family Who Performed the Unveiling Of The Memorial Are Interviewed By BBC TV



Henry John Waylen was a member of the Territorial Force who fought with 1st/5th Glosters in France and subsequently joined one of the two Glosters battalions that went to Macedonia. There he contracted tuberculosis. He returned home, was discharged from the Army and died in 1917. His grave was never given a proper headstone.
Tewkesbury Historical Society alerted the CWGC who subsequently made a headstone which was installed by Pte Waylen’s grave in May of this year.
On 10 October the local Community officially welcomed Pte Waylen home and a service was conducted at the graveside by the Reverend Charles Whitney.  John Sidebottom, Pte Waylen’s only surviving relative, had travelled over from Australia and laid a floral wreath at the grave.  He gave a short talk during which he informed everyone that after shortly after their son Henry’s death Mr and Mrs Waylen also passed away.  This was in all probability from the flu epidemic which swept the UK at the time.
Royal British Legion and Association Standards were paraded at the Service.  Wreaths were laid by the RBL, The Rifles (on behalf of the Association) and the local community.  Mr Sidebottom also laid a wooden cross with the Glosters Back Badge at the grave.


J Waylen's relative Mr John Sidebottom


Reverend Charles Whitney officiated


3 Standard Bearers of The Rifles and RGBW Association



25 September scroll down for Further details

Gloster Pals

Pte Francis Miles VC

Glosters NCO's

Update from Rob Howells to be read in conjunction with the earlier message from Lt.Col. Rob Dixon Below :

For the attention of our fellow members who have worn the Back Badge.
The planned Gloucestershire Remembers Sunday 18th November 2018 is to be held at Cheltenham race course.
Following a meeting today (7th. Sept) with Rob Dixon and Len Keeling we are now moving forward to the next stage of “Recruiting” you, we need 50 able bodied to join the company of WW1 uniformed for this parade at the Race course.
We have sourced sufficient uniforms and once we have your names we will be asking for your sizes to kit you out!
It is hopeful that there will be passes available for your wife, partner, husband, with parking at the race course to enjoy the races.

For more details please email me mobile 07887565588
Or Len Keeling

On Sunday 18th November the official Gloucestershire tribute to the sacrifices made by men and women of the County during the Great War will be held at Cheltenham Race Course in conjunction with the November Race meeting.

The racing starts at around 1300 but before this there will be a parade from the Race Course Station up the home straight past the Grandstand to commemorate all those involved.

There can be no argument that the greatest contribution to that war effort from the County was made by The Gloucestershire Regiment, all 24 Battalions. Approximately 40,000 men served in the Regiment of which 8,544 were killed and many, many more wounded in both body and spirit.

This photograph shows men of the 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment who took part in the battle of Loos in 1915. They were in the first wave of the attack as part of the 1st Division attack near Bois Carré opposite Hulluch. The battalion’s War Diary describes the opening of the attack:
“….the assault was pushed home with the utmost resolution…. The officers fell as the position of their bodies showed, leading their men, and 16 out of 21 officers were lost. The bodies of our dead indicated how they died with their faces towards the enemy.”
Nearly 900 men of the battalion went into action and more than 600 of them became casualties by the time the battalion was relieved.


After the parade the participants will be free to enjoy the racing and other activities and to raise a glass to those who served and fell.

The outline form of the parade is to have at least 50 ex Glosters leading the parade in WW1 uniforms. We will be filmed by ITV entraining at Gotherington Station, detraining at the Race Course and then leading the parade down the course in front of the Royal Patron just prior to the start of racing.

If you would like to take part please send an email to Rob Howells  with your contact details and dates of service. Further details including size of uniform required and logistic arrangements will then follow in due course.

I have been volunteered to lead the contingent and would be most grateful for your support. Len Keeling has kindly agreed to act as Parade RSM. There will be traditional 28th/61st refreshment when the parade is over. 
It should be a most enjoyable and entertaining reunion but let us not forget the true purpose of this tribute to our past comrades in arms.
Rob Dixon

Update 25th September 18


At the request of the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and with the support of the sport of Jump Racing through The Jockey Club, a major event will mark the Centenary of the Armistice on Sunday 18th November 2018 at Cheltenham Racecourse. Entitled ‘Gloucestershire and Racing Remember’, it will form part of the November Race Meeting.

A contingent of the Gloucestershire Regiment in WWI uniform will march in from the Racecourse Railway Station and parade on the racecourse accompanied by a military band. A mounted contingent of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars will lead an Act of Remembrance.
Weather permitting there will be a simulated dog fight of WWI era aircraft above the racecourse. There will also be static displays during the day of WWI military hardware and vehicles.
In the Centaur Hall there will be an exhibition featuring WWI casualty management, medals, uniforms and equipment, Gloucestershire’s war poets, the contribution of racing to the war effort, the birth of the RAF, photographs of munitions and aircraft factories, and much more.
ITV have indicated that they will feature the planned events during their racing programme that day. The event has been most generously sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management and Spirax Sarco.


During the day, the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire will host lunch, consisting of canapés, main course and pudding. Wine will be on the table and there will be a cash bar. There will be an auction of a restricted number of unusual lots followed by a silent auction of smaller items after grace. Proceeds will be shared between Combat Stress and the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Charitable Fund.
Please join us at what will be an unique event. Lunch tickets will include parking, entry to the Racecourse and its facilities, Gloucestershire and Racing Remember, the High Sheriff’s Luncheon and Afternoon Tea.

Lunch guests are invited to arrive by 11am for an Act of Remembrance. Lunch 11.45.
First race 13.15. A ticket application form is below.
Racegoers are invited to wear period attire to enhance the spirit of this event.

  The event is a full race meeting and is expected to attract over 20,000 people as well as being televised by ITV.

Cheltenham Gloucestershire Racing Remembers Lunch Invitation

Lunch Booking Form



 Lt.Col. Daniel Burges VC DSO
 Photos from of the unveiling (18th September 2018) of a VC Paving Stone commemorating the actions of Lt Col Dan Burges VC DSO on 18th September 1918 while in command of 7th Battalion, The South Wales Borderers. Photos show Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and Riflemen from 6 RIFLES || Major James McArthy OC A Coy 1 RIFLES || Brigadier James Daniel Head of Soldier Training and Special Programmes at MOD Abbey Wood || Major General Robin Grist, alongside the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol delivering his talk on Lt Col Dan Burges VC DSO || Lt Col Gareth Davies RTR HQ South West.
For the script of Major General Robin Grist’s talk read on>>>>.



Volunteer Wanted!

The Regimental Museum Is Calling For Volunteers. Can you spare a few hours of your time to fill an interesting role and still serve your Regiment..................

We are looking for a volunteer Museum Administration Officer who can work around 16 hours per week. If you would like to know more please get in touch, either send us an email - or give us a ring - (01452) 522682


[1] Imperial War Museum website - - oral history interview with Mr B J Murphy recounting life experiences. 



Click this link
June 2018 Association News sheet


A Well Deserved Award!
Ray Peart BEM
will be delighted to know of the recent announcement within the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2018. Ray Peart, formerly of The Gloucestershire Regiment, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for ‘services to injured Service personnel and to Charity’.

Some will have a feel for the extraordinary scale and longevity of Ray’s charitable work assisted by his wife, Claire, family and close friends. A few of the major beneficiaries have included: BLESMA; Blind Veterans UK; and, The Rifles Care for Casualties.

Dame Janet Trotter, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, has been in contact to extend her congratulations. Later in the year HM Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, on behalf of HM The Queen, will present the BEM to Ray Peart. 

Those wishing to write to Mr R H Peart BEM are welcome to do so at either his home or e-mail address. Details are: 33 Fieldfare, Abbeydale, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 4WH ||    

Lt.Col. (retd) MJR Motum DL


The Funeral Of Peter 'Pixie' Pickard 23rd May 2018

Peter died aged 74 on the 29th December 2017 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary with no known surviving family members or close relations.
All we have been able to establish is that Peter did serve in the Glosters but unfortunately he does not appear in the regiment’s data base. We were completely unaware of his passing or his whereabouts prior to his death. We now learn that he was living in sheltered accommodation in Bedminster Bristol. We are able to confirm that he was a Gloster and so far nothing else. It is said that he served for 18 years. One former member recalls him as a mate whilst serving in Chester and Swaziland but then lost contact.

Since his passing Peter’s body was held in the mortuary whilst the local authorities tried to trace possible relatives but without success.
So with no surviving family members or close relations, the funeral was arranged by the Local Authority. Sadly, it was looking that no one would be present to say their final goodbyes.

His story was picked up by the British Legion Riders Branch in Bristol, who started an appeal to get anyone who knew Peter or well-meaning strangers to come and pay their respects and say their final goodbyes. This message went viral on social media resulting in fellow Glosters other veterans from all branches of the armed services  and the wider population making their way to Bristol for the funeral from across the country.

The British Legion Bikers organised a full motorcycle escort to Peter's funeral at Canford Crematorium

Lt. Col. Mike Motum was one of many who attended the funeral in Bristol.
He has submitted this account.

Earlier today I was amongst a very large number that attended the service, at Westbury-on-Trym Crematorium, of Mr Peter ‘Pixie’ Pickard. Peter was given an outstanding send off. 
The RBL in Bristol deserve our thanks for getting the word out having been contacted by Bristol City Council. RBL had a large number of Standards present and the Regimental Forest of Dean Standard was invited to lead. The service was led by a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, named Claire; she did a first rate job.

The Chapel was full. Military and regimental support was evident through: two Lt Col staff officers, in uniform, from Abbey Wood; a strong cohort from 6 RIFLES in No 2 Dress; many former Glosters; Colonel Tim Harper (former CO 7 RIFLES); a large number of former servicemen and women; RBL bikers; and, a good number of civilians who knew Peter Pickard from his life long association with Bristol.
There were some flowers and two wreaths (one being from our Association) placed within the garden following the service. With respect to the coffin the Grand Union was draped together with a No 1 Dress hat and belt, flowers and a Glosters scarf. The Association will arrange for his name to be placed in Bristol’s Book of Remembrance.





  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


Back Badge Reunion 24th March 2018

For Photos of the Reunion In Gloucester Click Here


    A Gloster Who Became A Flying War Hero
With the RAF celebrating its Centenary it is interesting to note that one of the earliest members of the Royal Flying Corps was a Gloster.

Lieutenant Leslie Archibald Powell (27 June 1896 – 1960) was a World War I flying ace credited with 19 aerial victories.

Archibald Powell, a Bristolian educated at Bristol Cathedral School was a journalist before the war, working for the Western Daily Press.
At the outbreak of the war he enlisted into the Royal Navy and found himself in a land battalion of the Naval Division and saw service at Gallipoli. In 1916 he transferred from the Navy into the Gloucestershire Regiment and saw fighting on the Somme before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps 11 Squadron.

 He flew as an observer/gunner on Bristol F2B Fighters. All but one of his victories came while he was teamed with Andrew McKeever a Canadian. The two of them were a formidable team nicknamed the Hawk and the Gnat they scored multiple daily victories more often than not. Powell's victory roll began with triple victories on both 7 July 1917 and 5 August. He would score another triple triumph on 31 October and double victories on 23 September and 16 October 1917. He closed out his list with four victories scored in a running dogfight between his plane and seven German fighters. Powell's Lewis machine gun jammed while they were being attacked by another German fighter. McKeever rolled the Bristol into what seemed a death dive, and the German sheared off. McKeever recovered at 20 feet altitude before managing to escape the surviving Germans.

His Awards:

Military Cross (MC)

T./2nd Lt. Leslie Archibald Powell, Glouc. R. and R.F.C.

    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions in attacking enemy aircraft in superior numbers at close range, destroying some and driving down others out of control. He has also done excellent work on photographic reconnaissances, and has, in every instance, displayed the greatest gallantry and splendid offensive spirit.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 January 1918 (30466/636)

Military Cross (MC) Bar

T./2nd Lt. Leslie Archibald Powell, M.C., Gen. List and R.F.C.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Since his name was last brought to notice he has destroyed eight hostile machines. On one occasion, with his pilot, he engaged eleven, enemy aeroplanes, his pilot bringing down one. On another six Albatross scouts and two two-seaters were encountered, two being brought down and three others engaged with indecisive results.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 23 April 1918 (30645/4858)






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.


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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
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




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
See their website:



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


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

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