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BACK BADGE REUNION - SATURDAY 23rd MARCH 2019
1. Introduction. In 2018 the new-look Back-Badge Reunion proved most successful. As some will be aware a portion of ‘Dr Fosters’, the location of last year’s lunch, has been converted to office use. Consequently this year’s gathering will be held at the Walls Social Club, Hammond Way, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3YL. As before a Church Service at St Mary de Lode and subsequent march through Gloucester will precede the lunch and gathering.
2. Background. Some key points for the day include:
· Church Service at St Mary de Lode. The service will begin at 11.30 am. Please take your seats by 11.15 am. As before Canon Nikki Arthy has kindly agreed to lead. All are most welcome and we plan on members of our former Regimental Band accompanying the service. It is hoped HM Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire will attend.
March through Gloucester.
step off 1230hrs.The march will begin near to the West door of the Church, on Archdeacon
Street, and proceed to Westgate Street. The salute will be taken on the
steps to Gloucestershire County Hall. The march continues along Westgate
to Southgate Street before turning in to Longsmith Street. There
participants will halt and fall out.
· Transport. Mr Andy Casey is kindly making available transport to Walls Social Club from outside the Church and also Longsmith Street. If required, please annotate the proforma.
· Gathering. 1300hrs - Lunch approx 1400hrs Walls Social Club is kindly arranging lunch at a most reasonable price of £20.00 per head for a three-course menu plus coffee or tea. It is hoped that a bottle of red and white wine will be available at each table for no extra charge.
· Widows. The committee wish to encourage attendance by our regimental widows. Where known please assist with practical help, information and keep me informed. The regimental grant can cover the cost of a number of regimental guests and this year the priority is our regimental widows.
· Standard Bearers at the Church. Please attend the brief rehearsal at 11.00 am.
3. Participation. Those from the wider regimental family of Regulars, Reserves, Cadets, Association as well as key supporters from the community are encouraged to submit a proforma. Tickets will be issued in advance. Please assist in spreading the word to the widows of our comrades; the committee can facilitate attendance as regimental guests.
4. Concluding Comment. We really look forward to seeing as many as possible at the Church Service, the March and for the lunch and gathering at Walls Social Club. I am most grateful to all of those that are helping me to organise this very special occasion. Should anyone have any queries you are most welcome to contact me direct. Please now complete the attached proforma, as per the instructions, and spread the word.
Glosters Veterans Club
I mentioned that our Museum would be available for use as a meeting place and club when the participants for Gloucestershire Remembers met there for the initial briefing on 27 November. It has been agreed by The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Regiment Trustees that this can now go ahead with immediate effect.
A bar will be built in the present Library which is adjacent to the Long Room and also next door to the kitchen area. A secure cupboard will be provided for keeping drinks, glasses and bar goods. It is also our aim to provide draft beer and cider. Prices will be cheaper than those in a pub.
In order to bring this into operation SOGM requires that a small committee of Gloster Veterans be brought into being to run it. They will receive the full support of myself and Vicki Hopson, our Museum Director, to get it off the ground and get it under way. So if you are interested in helping with the set up please email me on email@example.com and let me know what day of the week and time is best for you to come to an initial meeting at SOGM to get it going.
As I explained this has to be a win-win situation for both Gloster Veterans and SOGM as we receive absolutely no funding any more from MOD or official sources but we are determined to survive to keep the Glosters Colours flying for ever in our County. The Colours will from now on be on permanent display in The Long Room, or The Regimental Mess as we will re-title it.
The membership deal will be as follows.
An individual subscription of £5 per month or £50 per annum (saving £10).
Joint - £7.50 per month or £75 per year (saving £15)
Family £8.50 per month or £85 per year (saving £17)
Free use of The Regimental Mess at least once per month. Dates and frequencies to be decided by your committee.
Free Tea and Coffee at the Café for members whenever they visit the Museum.
Discounts on certain items in the shop, particularly Regimental items.
Access to private events at the Museum, such as lectures, receptions, early access to new exhibitions.
Please give this notice as wide a distribution as possible.
The Cyprus Emergency Memorial
David Littlemore whose inspiration and hard work brought the memorial to fruition has recently published a booklet on the building of the Cyprus Memorial. He has made it an online version.
Gloucestershire & Racing Remembers 18th November 2018
|A MESSAGE FROM LT. COL. ROB DIXON|
Today was an outstanding success in remembering the sacrifice made by our Regiment in World War One. I am just so grateful to the team that came together and gave their time and energy into making it such a memorable day. I have had lots of comments saying how moving it was to see us old comrades making the effort to dress up and honour our forbears in such a way. The Glosters Regimental spirit was so apparent. Thank you all for your banter, your Gloster humour and your pride. It is something that cannot be recreated but is so special when it comes together. Thank you Len Keeling for your organisation and hard work behind the scenes, thank you Rob Howells as our acting QM, to the colour party and to 03 for the van.
I will keep you all posted on this website concerning turning the Museum Long Room into a regular meeting place for all Glosters. I welcome all ideas and would be delighted if a few of you could be representatives to work with me to make it happen.
Well done. You can be very proud of yourselves.
|HRH Princess Anne took the Salute|
Parade Marshal Len Keeling. A Big Thank You Len For A Job Well Done
|Entraining at Toddington Station Ready for anything!!!|
|The Glosters in WW1 uniforms led by Lt.Col. Rob Dixon|
|The Glosters 28/LXI|
|The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars|
|6th Rifles and the Cadets|
|Ready for inspection by the Lord Lieutenant prior to the Act of Remembrance|
|Army Cadets march on parade|
|Proud Sea Cadets|
|Air Cadets in the 100th year of the formation of the RAF|
|6th Rifles and ACF|
|Gloucestershire Regiment Contingent|
|Gloucestershire Regiment Contingent|
|Glosters followed by the Sea Cadets|
|Representing the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars|
|Proud to Remember|
|Replica WW1 Fighter|
|WW1 Military Ambulance|
|Exhibition of WW1 casualty management|
|Various displays including the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum - Military Charities - Schools and more|
|A re- enactment group|
|Simulated WW1 Dog fight using replica aircraft|
|Simulated WW1 Dog fight|
|The Calvary Royal Gloucestershire Hussars|
|The Calvary Remembering the Contribution Given By The Horse in War|
|Rifles on the march|
|The March Past|
We Are Proud to Remember All Who Served and Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice 1914-1918
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
LIEUTENANT COLONEL H R A STREATHER OBE
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.
Streather during the first ascent of 7,708m (25,290ft) Tirich Mir in 1951
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.
Association Chairman writes:29 Oct 2018
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.
The British Legion Bikers organised a full motorcycle escort to Peter's
funeral at Canford Crematorium
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
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Back Badge Reunion 24th March 2018
For Photos of the Reunion In Gloucester Click Here
A Gloster Who Became A Flying War Hero
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.
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.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 23 April 1918 (30645/4858)
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.
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 www.soldiersofglos.com ) , 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 www.thewardrobe.org.uk ).
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:
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 ( email@example.com) 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 (www.rgbw-association.org.uk ) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (www.glosters.org and www.derr-farmersboys.org ) 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.
A Brand New Book to Pre-Order
The forms are in PDF format
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WOODCHESTER WAYSIDE CROSS
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MEMORIAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
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.
The Dedication of the Memorial at Cassel 1991