Sad farewell to the ‘ Fighting G’
On the 15th of September
2015, HMS Gloucester will unceremoniously leave Portsmouth docks in tow
behind a tug on her final voyage to a scrap yard in Turkey where she
will be broken up.
Affectionately known as the ‘Fighting G’ HMS Gloucester has been laid
slowly rusting at her berth in Portsmouth since she was decommissioned
on the 30th June 2011.
Much like our own proud Regiment her
name will disappear into the history books. This will mark the end of a
long association with our Regiment and City.
She is the eleventh Royal Navy ship to bear the name Gloucester, the
first can be traced back to 1564. But in their wisdom the Admiralty have
decided that this is the end of the line, the last HMS Gloucester. In
future no warships will be named after Towns or Cities.
Generation of sailors have been proud to serve aboard the ships that
they could identify with their hometown, much like we infantrymen who
were fiercely proud to identify with our fighting County Regiments, none
more so than we Glosters.
Farewell the ‘Fighting G’………………
ASSOCIATION REUNION CORNWALL
September 2015 From 1100 hrs at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, The
Keep, Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1EG
Calling all Ex,
Serving and Reserve members of the DCLI, Light Infantry, The Rifles and
Cornwall ACF. Come and meet some old friends!
2015 is the
centenary of the Battle of Loos where all of the predecessor Regiments
of the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire (RGBW) Regiment
fought and 2015 is also the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the
To commemorate these battles, there will be an
Association event in Windsor in late October. Security precludes further
information being made public now but further details are available from
our County Offices in Gloucester and Salisbury.
Col. Stephen Oxlade.
RIFLES BATTLEFIELD TOUR
last Executive Committee meeting concern was raised at the very high cost
of the visit. I have now received the following: Read on
The RGBW Trustees have now kindly agreed to subside the costs of the 2 day
Battlefield tour for Association members (but not partners) at a cost of
£237 per member and a further £100 contribution for Standard Bearers in
recognition of their attendance throughout the year at reunions and
funerals, much of which is done at their own expense.
On 28 April 2015 at 12:07:50, Stephen Oxlade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
programme is as follows:
23 Sep - fly from Southampton to Amsterdam, collected by coach and
taken to a hotel in Loos.
24 Sep - Battlefield tour of Loos with a qualified tour guide and
25 Sep - Battlefield tour of the Battle of the Somme 1916 with a
qualified tour guide and documentation.
- Sat 26
Sep - National commemoration in Loos with marches, speeches, wreath
laying and a reception given by the Mayor and community of Loos.
- Sun 27
Sep - Coach to Amsterdam for return flight to Southampton.
National Commemoration Day on Saturday involves a Drumhead Service at the
cemetery in Loos, followed by a march with standards to the war memorial
in Loos for speeches and wreath laying. This will be followed by a
reception for all by the Town Council. Many Regimental Associations from
the UK are taking part and so it is important that we are well
represented. There will be national and international media coverage.
Trustees have kindly agreed to subside the costs of the 2 day Battlefield
tour for Association members (but not partners) at a cost of £237 per
member and a further £100 contribution for Standard Bearers in recognition
of their attendance throughout the year at reunions and funerals, much of
which is done at their own expense.
There are a
number of options for you to select from:
is the full tour with 2 Rifles - travel, accommodation, tours and all
meals less one dinner. See attached from the tour company with more
- Partner £667, Assoc Member £430 and a Std Bearer £330
is to make your own travel arrangements to and from Loos and whilst you
are in Loos to the battlefield tour locations but be accommodated with 2
Rifles in their hotel.
Costs are -
Partner £389, Assoc Member £132 and a Std Bearer £32.
is to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements but attend the 2
days of battlefield tours and the Saturday commemoration event.
Costs are -
Partner £237, Assoc member and Std Bearer no charge
is to just attend the Saturday Commemoration event and march with the
Association. There is no charge but it would be helpful to know numbers
details on the options and those who have expressed an interest are on the
attached performa. Please note that those going for the full tour will
need to pay a deposit of £100 by 12 May for the hotel and flights
cost which will follow.
the attached performa or state your intention by 8 May to Lesley at
RHQ Gloucester stating your intention email@example.com
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Latest News |The
Gloucester is building
up to the start of the Rugby World Cup, with four matches
being played in the City. As part of the World Cup, the City
is launching a series of sculptures across the City,
christened Scrumpty. We are delighted to be a part of the
trail and our Scrumpty, five feet high and weighing half a
ton, is being painted by an ex Gloster, Simon McCouaig. It has
been christened ‘Old Bragg’ and will be wearing both Gloster
and RGH badges. Scrumpty will arrive outside the Museum in a
blaze of media coverage in the first week of August. We are
also host to a children’s Scrumpty Trail, ten mini-sculptures
hidden throughout the Museum.
Anyone who can find all ten will
have the chance to win one of the mini sculptures. Finally,
some of you may be aware that the Webb Ellis Cup, the Rugby
World Cup trophy is touring the country and spent an afternoon
in Custom House recently, attracting lots of interest and
We have previously planned to
mount a Special Exhibition on Rugby to coincide with the World
Cup. This has changed for two main reasons. First, we learnt
that the Gloucester City Museum was laying on its own Special
Exhibition, had managed to collect some iconic items and had
commissioned a special art exhibition featuring past and
present local rugby legends. Therefore, we are working in
partnership with them and have offered the City Museum the
best rugby items we have in our collection to use in their
display. Secondly, the Special Exhibition on Waterloo has been
an outstanding success and The Waterloo Exhibition will remain
until next March/April, when we intend to mount a Special
Exhibition on The Somme. This plan is subject to 1 RIFLES
agreeing to continue the loan of The Waterloo Casket from
their Officers Mess; it is the centrepiece of the exhibition.
We hope to get a copy shortly of the
documentary filmed in the Long Room and shown on Forces TV in
June about POW’s in Korea. The intention is to view it and
consider how best to make use of it in the Korean Gallery.
showcase, which displays musical instruments and weapons used
by the Frampton Volunteers in about 1800 is now in place and
adds considerably impact to the Napoleonic War Gallery and the
Museum. The conservation of the items and the showcase itself
have both been funded by The Friends, a reminder of the
contribution they make to the Museum, together with a donation
from the Frampton Fair.
Last month we
asked if anyone could explain how a bugle inscribed with the
name of a bugler (E Dickson) could have been found hidden
under the floorboards of the Dover home of the late Drum Major
Buss. We would still like to hear from anyone who can identify
have just launched a new Gloucester Museums Pass in
association with the City Museum, Folk Museum and National
Waterways Museum. Anyone purchasing a pass will gain unlimited
access to all four museums for twelve months. Prices are £10
for an adult and £20 for a family – a real bargain!
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
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:
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
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
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)
DERR/RGBW Soldier lost His Home And Much Memorabilia In Australian Bush
Vicky Whiteway writes from Australia:
Benjamin Henry Whiteway, my husband, served with the regiment
(DERR/RGBW) for 14 years, ending back in 2001. He has proud memories of
his time in the Army and enjoyed every minute.
After an injury Ben felt his career prospects were limited. We wanted to
start a family and so he left and joined the police in the UK. In 2006
we migrated to Australia, transferring into the Police here.
we lost our home in the Sampson flat bushfires. Searching under Ben
Whiteway and Bushfires will get you to the many news stories. One
The reason for my e-mail is, when searching through the ashes we have
come across his medals, which were in a fireproof box, but very little
was left of it. All his photos and memorabilia have been lost. He looked
in vain for any trace of the bronze infantry soldier the team gave him
when he left, but sadly there was nothing to recover.
While Ben says he’s ok with it, I know he regrets leaving these memories
behind and he’d be thrilled if there were a way to get his medals
restored (if at all possible) or reissued.
I know that he has tried, unsuccessfully, to get in touch with two of
his army friends since the fire. Matthew “Robbo” Roberts and Steve
Saunders were both at our wedding. If there is any way you can pass on a
message to them and ask that they contact him via my e-mail or directly
that would be awesome. Bens direct e-mail is: b w
he’s on Facebook as Bill White. He’d love to get in touch and maybe get
a few copies of photos.
If there is anything you can do to help us that would be amazing.
Thanks, in anticipation - Vicky
Vicky's letter was received at Salisbury office. For medal
replacements she has been advised to approach the MOD Medals Office at:
The Ministry of Defence Medal Office
If you know of the whewrabouts of Matthew “Robbo” Roberts and Steve
Saunders ask them to contact Vicky Whiteway at:
THE RIFLES COMMEMORATIVE BATTLEFIELD STUDY
TO WATERLOO 2015
A. Waterloo 2015 Commemorative Battlefield Study dated 10
Further to Reference A I am pleased to be able to provide you with more
information with regard to travel arrangements, accommodation and
personal requirements for The Rifles Battlefield Study (BFS) to Waterloo
20-23 September 2015.
2. The nominated hotel which is located in
Brussels will be the Bedford, which is a boutique hotel situated
approximately 450 metres from the Grand Palace. The hotel offers a
number of facilities such as a fitness suite, Piano bar and free WIFI in
public areas. There are also a number of bars and restaurants in the
near vicinity of the hotel. Breakfast will be provided daily by the
hotel at no additional cost.
3. Travel will be by coach and ferry, with
two coach departure options anticipated (depending upon numbers). Two
coaches will leave from Ward Barracks, Bulford and one coach will leave
from Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliff, Kent. Parking at these
locations will be at nil cost however you will be required to provide me
with your vehicle registration and your preferred parking location in
advance. A form will be sent nearer to the event requesting details.
4. Option 1 – 2 coaches will depart from
Ward Barracks, Bulford at 0800 on Sunday 20th September. On
arrival at Ward Barracks you will be met by RHQ personnel. Please allow
plenty of time to park as the coach will need to leave Bulford promptly
in order to avoid missing the ferry crossing. The coach will then
proceed direct to the Ferry terminal. Lunch will be available on the
ferry at your own expense.
Barracks Bulford Map
5. Option 2 – 1 Coach will collect
passengers from outside Sir John Moore Barracks, Kent at 10:30 on Sunday
20th September. Sir John Moore Barracks have a car park
situated directly outside the camp which is overseen by the security
staff at Shorncliff. Please note however parking is at your own risk
therefore I would suggest you remove all valuables from your car. The
coach will then proceed to the ferry terminal where it will convene with
the other group.
Moore Barracks, Shorncliff
6. On arrival at Bulford you will be met by
Tracy Froud and The Regimental Secretary John Poole-Warren. For those
individuals who opt to travel from Shorncliff you will be met by Nick
Haynes who is one of the Directing Staff (DS) on the tour.
7. The ferry will depart from Dover at
approximately 12:00hrs. (John Poole-Warren and I will be on the
coach/ferry and at the hotel should you have any questions).
8. Groups will travel in air conditioned
coaches. Each coach will be provided with a member of the RHQ team.
9. The programme has now been finalised and
is shown below, full itinerary is at
Sunday 20th September
Depart Bulford/ Shorncliff by coach
Arrive Dover Ferry Terminal at 11:30hrs.
Depart 12:00hrs (timings may change slightly)
Arrive Brussels the Bedford Hotel at 17:00hrs.
A briefing will take place for all participants
in the Hotel conference room timings to be confirmed.
Breakfast at the hotel
The twin battles of Ligny and Quatre
Bras and the withdrawal through Genappe.
(Picnic lunch provided)
Arrive back at the hotel
at approx. 5pm. Evening free
Tuesday 22nd September
Breakfast at the hotel
Full day at Waterloo (lunch at own expense)
Return approx. 6pm.
Gala Dinner at The Bedford Hotel (cost
Wednesday 23rd September
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Wellington’s
HQ in Waterloo. Free time before we depart back to the UK. Lunch
and dinner at own expense
Arrive Ashford International 16:30.
Arrive Bulford Barracks 19:15
10. The average temperature in September will
be approximately 19c, so comfortable casual clothing including a hat is
recommended. Dress for the Gala dinner on Tuesday 22nd
September is planters (tie no jacket) cocktail dress for ladies.
11. Everyone must be in possession of a current
British passport with a minimum of 6 months remaining before expiry.
12. You are required to produce a copy of your
insurance certificate which must be sent to RHQ by 1 July 2015 at
the very latest. Similarly everyone must be in possession of a European
Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It is regretted that we are unable to
take anyone without proof of medical insurance and possession of an EHIC.
Next of Kin
13. The next of kin form is attached
this will need to be completed and returned with your full payment.
This form is important for us in case there is an accident or illness.
Notice of Attendance and Cost
14. The final settlement will be due in early
June however I will contact you nearer the time to arrange
payment and car registration details. If you are interested in
attending and have not yet paid a deposit then please complete the
enclosed payment slip
Annex A and return it together with your cheque to RHQ. Your
cheque should be made out to the ‘Rifles Regimental Trust’ and sent to
Tracy Froud at RHQ no later than 26th February 2015.
15. I should also point out that payment will
be non-refundable unless we are able to locate an alternative interested
party. You should therefore make arrangements to have this amount
covered through insurance, should you be unfortunate enough to be unable
to complete the trip.
16. Should you have any queries please do not
hesitate to get in touch on 01962 828523 or email Tracy Froud
Assistant Regimental Secretary (Projects)
A Gloster's War Horse Horse nicknamed 'The Sikh'
real-life War Horse story of a horse named ‘The Sikh’ who
accompanied Lieutenant A.C. Vicary of the Gloucestershire Regiment, her
devoted master, throughout the whole War, regularly coming up to the
trenches. Together they led the 61st in their victorious march through
Serbia and Bulgaria, as well as spending time in the trenches of France
and Flanders and the Balkan battles,
the soldiers ‘The Sikh’ would have witnessed the terrifying
and machine gun fire
as she carried her
Officer between the battle lines.
She proceeded with the Regiment to South Russia, and followed the
Regiment home to the UK through Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.
Her duty done, she continued the
journey to Devon, for a well earned retirement at the home of Lt. Vicary
. (As Lt.Col. AC Vicary
became CO 2 Glosters 1917)
Sikh' was just one of the one million horses sent to Western Front during
war one. The horse was lucky to survive the conflict as only 67,000
returned home, after 933,000 tragically died.
The incredible story was unearthed by Chris Chatterton, the curator of
the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Chris was reading a book
about The Glosters and came across a mention of 'The Sikh', who arrived
with Lt. Vicary and the 2nd. Battalion Glosters at the Battle of
Ypres. Chris did some more research and it really is a remarkable
story. Sikh was viewed by many men in the 2nd.Battalion as an
Omen of good luck.
The brave horse was bred in Australia and sold to India. 'The Sikh'
arrived in North China with the 36th Sikh Regiment where it passed into
the ownership of Lt Vicary in 1913. The 2nd Glosters were in Tientsin, China
at that time. When WW1 broke out the battalion
was given orders to return to Europe and prepare for war, arriving back at
Southampton, 8th November 1914. They deployed to France on the 18th December
1914. Vicary had
obtained special permission to take 'The Sikh' with him.
'The Sikh' was the only
horse to accompany the Battalion from China, braving a treacherous
eight-week boat journey from China to Europe.
The mare spent the
voyage in a makeshift open box on the deck - exposed to stifling heat
and typhoons as the ship travelled to the UK, dodging German battle
ships in the Mediterranean, according to the ship's log.
Whilst the soldiers
were banned from sleeping on deck because of atrocious weather, the
horse was left out in the elements and only allowed to stretch her legs
when officers went ashore at Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Said and
Sikh was a loyal
companion to Vicary throughout the entire First World War, supporting
him and his troops in the reserve lines and support trenches. 'The Sikh' managed to
survive despite the desperate conditions for war horses.
On average, the
British Army lost 15 per cent of its horses every year of the conflict,
though just a quarter of horse deaths were caused by enemy action,
according to the War Office's Statistics of the Military Effort of the
British Empire during the Great War, 1914-1920.
Vicary ended the war
with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having won a Military Cross and two
Distinguished Service Orders medals for his gallantry. (The London
Gazette 31 December 1929 records Maj. & Bt. Lt.-Col. A. C. Vicary, D.S.O.,
M.C., retired on ret. pay, 1st Jan.1930, and is granted the rank of
Lt.-Col. He Died in 1976).
After an illustrious
and adventurous life as a war horse, 'The Sikh' died in peaceful retirement at Vicary's home in Devon.
Spending the remaining days of this animals
outstanding life in Devon, was reminiscent of the hero in best-selling Morpurgo's book.
After the remarkable story of 'The Seik' was unearthed last
month, it has now been revealed that a dog survived the same journey!
Chris Chatterton, curator of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum,
unearthed the remarkable story last month but after looking deeper into
the archives he has found mentions of a dog called Buller.
He said: “We found a brief mention of the dog and the horse accompanying
Lieutenant A C Vicary and both ending up in retirement with him in
Devon. Chris intends to research further and if he is successful you
will be able to read his findings here.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S ROYAL REGIMENT (Berkshire & Wiltshire)
REGIMENTAL PROPERTY SALE 2014
[Note a similar sale of Gloucestershire Regiment chattels will follow
issued 06/5/15 Read this letter before proceeding click here
Notice Amdt 1
(Disposal of Surplus Regimental Silver)
In June 2014 a Board of Regimental DERR Officers, chaired by Brigadier
Mackereth, determined that surplus Regimental silver is to be disposed;
that Gifted items are to be offered to individuals (still alive) or
their families and/or direct descendants should they wish to have them
back and the remaining items are to be sold, in the first instance, to
Members of the DERR Officers, members and Old Comrades of the Regimental
Association. Any items not bid for will be put up for Public Auction.
The Rules of the Sale.
Practical information required is as follows:
Location. All items are held in the RIFLES Office in The Wardrobe,
Viewing dates and times:
1. Thursday 29th January 1000hrs – 1200hrs
2. Wednesday 4th February 1400hrs – 1600hrs
3. Friday 6th February 1000hrs – 1200hrs
4. Wednesday 11th February 1400hrs – 1600hrs
CATALOGUE REVISED 6th Feb 15
Catalogue. A Catalogue
listing all items and their values is attached at Annex A.
Alternatively, members may apply for a catalogue by sending an SAE – an
A4 envelope with stamps for £1.00 is required (£6.00 from overseas) –
to: The RIFLES Office, The Wardrobe, 58 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EX.
Gifted items. Gifted items (not shown at Annex A) are to be offered in
the first instance to those individuals who presented them, if alive, or
their families and/or direct descendants.
Bidding Proforma. Members must
bid in writing for items at the list price only, using the Bidding
Proforma at Annex B. If Members wish to bid for more than 10 items, they
should reproduce extra copies of the proforma – Note that each one is to
"Applicants may bid at the minimum price less 25% but, on the basis that
there may be a number of applicants bidding for an item, applicants are
to indicate the maximum price that they would be prepared to pay for an
Closing Date. The closing date for submitted Bids is 31st January 2015
[revised now 14th February]
Successful Bids. The Regimental Board of Officers will reconvene as soon
as practical in February 2015 and no later than 20th February to
determine successful Bids, Successful applicants will be notified by
email, letter or telephone NLT 28th February 2015.
Payment. Payment must be made by cash or cheque at the time of
collection from The RIFLES office, Salisbury.
Adrian Carton de Wiart who Commanded the 8th Battalion Glosters during the battle of
was a one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fought in three major conflicts
across six decades, surviving plane crashes and PoW camps. His story is
like something out of a Boy's Own comic.
To read the full and fascinating account by Peter Crutchley as told in
the BBC Magazine follow this link:
| Posted: December 02, 2014
Head of South Korean Army visits Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan arriving the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Escorted by Col. Rob Dixon
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S military heritage was honoured by a visit from the
head of the South Korean Army.
Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan visited the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum today (December 2).
He had a tour of the museum before moving on to Gloucester Cathedral.
Before the visit he had lunch with veterans of the Korean War at Imjin
Barracks, near Innsworth.
The Gloucestershire Regiment saw heavy fighting in the Korean War and
was involved in the pivotal Battle of Imjin River in April 1951.
General manager of the museum and former Mayor of Gloucester, Chris
Chatterton, visited the South Korean city of Paju in April to visit the
new memorial there to the Gloucestershire Regiment.
He said: “It’s a great honour to welcome the General here. It shows the
impact of the sacrifice made by the people of Gloucestershire during the
war. It’s something that will never be forgotten.
“We wanted to show them the amazing hospitality I experienced when I
visited South Korea in April. It’s nice to be able to reciprocate that.”
General Yo-Hwan also visited the cathedral to see a stone cross carved
by Colonel James Carne, who fought with the Gloucestershire Regiment in
Korea and was taken as a prisoner of war. He later won a Victoria Cross
for his service.
Tomorrow he will complete his visit by attending the unveiling of the
Korean War Memorial in London.
The Battle of Imjin River left 141 British soldiers killed and over
1,000 wounded, missing or captured after defending Hill 235 from more
than 27,000 Chinese soldiers.
Brigadier Andrew Cliffe, a defence attache in Seoul who is accompanying
the general on his visit, said: “He wanted to meet the veterans and
express his thanks. Korea is a real success story because in the last 60
years it’s gone from a country that has received international support
to being in a position where it can give aid itself.”
Gloucester Mayor Debbie Llewellyn said: “I’m delighted that the general
took time from his massive schedule to come and see us. We owe the
veterans a deep debt of gratitude. Hopefully we can grow this
relationship even further.”
VIDEO: Korean army chief thanks veterans:
The Chief of Staff of the South Korean army visits Gloucester to tha...
If any former inhabitants of this barracks are
interested this is how it looks now, seems a lot of car repair firms use
the old MT area and the blocks are up for lease as light industrial,
office units, hasn’t changed too much, unlike the rest of Berlin.
Regards Dave Lewis ex Gloster.
1962 with clasp "Cyprus 1963-64"
New Clasps Cyprus 1963-64
Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963
to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with
clasp "CYPRUS 1963-64". Applications for the new clasp will be accepted
from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be despatched
towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review).
Applications will be dealt with in date order.
details see this link to the Veterans-UK website:
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
The South Korean city of Paju have honoured the Glosters who took an heroic
last stand in the Korean War by erecting a multi-million pound giant
The towering beret, which is set against the backdrop of photographs of all
the men who fought in 1951 from the Gloucestershire Regiment, was unveiled
before the eyes of several veterans on St George’s Day 2014.
The memorial is designed as a lasting tribute to the events of 1951 when for
almost four days, fewer than 800 soldiers from the Glosters held off an army
of 6,000 Chinese at the Battle of Imjin River, slowing down their advance
into South Korea
The monument is 6.2metres wide and 2.2metres tall lists all of
the names of men who fought.
Paju is close to the border with North Korea and the battle in which the
Glosters fought was near to the city at Imjin Hill. One of the hills that
surround the city has been renamed Gloster Hill as a further tribute.
Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton said: “In some respects the Korean War has
been forgotten in Britain, maybe because it came relatively quickly after
the Second World War. We perhaps don’t tell the story as well as we should
do in the city, but in South Korea it is hugely important and their children
learn all about what happened.
First sight of the centrepiece!
“The memorial is extremely impressive and is a fitting tribute
for the years to come.”
It follows on from a generous donation of £94,000 from South Korea to the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, in Gloucester Docks, last year when
dignitaries from the country visited the city.
The museum has recently undergoing a major refurbishment and will
feature an impressive section on the Korean War, aided by the money that was
donated in 2013.
Cutting the tape
Colour Party Marches On
Veterans March On
The British Ambassador delivers a message from Her Majesty The Queen
To the People of Paju
Always knew we are the Golden Boys!
contribution of the RNF
Our veterans presenting scholarships to local school children
Mayor Lee with Huw Evans from
Bringing Jobs and Investments.
Millions of pounds and thousands of new jobs could flood into Gloucester
when a new trade agreement is signed with the South Korean city of Paju.
Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton and Paju mayor In-Jae Lee will sign an
agreement between the two cities when they meet on April 22.
It could be an economic boon for Gloucester as fast-emerging, futuristic
South Korean companies eye up the UK market as the next place to open up for
business. The Gyeonggi-do Province, in which Paju lies, is home to
technology giants Samsung and LG.
Gloucester will be promoted as a ‘gateway to the UK’ by Mr Chatterton when
he visits Paju on a privately-funded trip with Robert Dixon OBE and Chris
Ryland, chairman and vice chairman of the Trustees of the Soldiers of
Read more: http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Unveiling-South-Korea-memorial-Glorious-Glosters/story-21013627-detail/story.html
Do you Remember Bill Griffiths?
Bill writes: I have just written a very short memo
regarding my attachment to the Glosters 1967 to 1970...Berlin, Honiton
and Northern Ireland.
At the end of which, we held a dinner in the WOs Sgts Mess thinking
that the end of the Regiment was imminent as we had been told we were
to amalgamate with the Hampshires...this as you know didn’t
happen....But I have my Pewter Pot showing the dates of the Regiment
the 28/61st being...1694 to 1970.
Each of us present at that dinner were given one...I wonder how many
of these have survived....I still have mine, and it is one of the most
highly treasured items I have from my thirty nine years in
Uniform....Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and RAPC.....
26 years as a regular and thirteen with the TAVR
Bill sends his best wishes and would be pleased to hear from you.
Story>>> see also
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
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
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>>>>
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