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
She proceeded with the Regiment to South Russia, and followed the
Regiment home through Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.
. (As Lt.Col. AC Vicary
became CO 2 Glosters 1917)
Serving in France, Flanders and during Balkan battles, just
the soldiers ‘The Sikh’ would have witnessed the terrifying
and machine gun fire
as she carried her
Officer between the battle lines.
After a sea crossing from France, she continued the journey to Devon,
for a well earned retirement at the home of Lt. Vicary.
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.
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:
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum - December Newsletter
Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers of
Since the Museum re-opened in April, there have been nearly
7,000 visitors, with 500 coming in November. More photographs
have been added to the 1960-94 multi-media screen and the
intention is to add more in the coming weeks. The Special
Exhibition on ‘Recruiting for WW1’ will remain until and
includes some remarkable and moving photographs.
The Gloucester City & Folk Museum has artefacts relating to
the Frampton Volunteers, which they have offered to our Museum
on a semi-permanent loan. The objects include Colours, weapons
and band instruments. As the Museum has little to display from
the county Militias and Volunteers the Trustees have decided
to investigate installing a new display case, with the help of
The Friends, where visitors can see some of these items.
The Museum Shop has a wide range of regimental memorabilia as
well as many interesting items for the military enthusiast of
all ages. There are many Christmas stocking fillers ranging
from jigsaws, books, badges, cufflinks and glassware. We
always have a last minute Christmas rush on these items so
please order now whilst stocks last.
The last posting date for Christmas is Friday 19th December
and our on line Museum Shop is
Why not visit Gloucester Docks over the Christmas period and
tour the museum with family and friends ? There is something
for all the family as stated on our Tripadvisor reviews. The
museum will be closed 25th and 26th December, open on Sat
27th, closed 28th & 29th, open Tuesday 30th, open Wednesday
31st, closed 1 January, and open Friday 2nd January. Normal
opening times thereafter.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Prosperous and
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| Posted: December 02, 2014
Head of South Korean Army visits Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan arriving the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Escorted by Col. Rob Dixon
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S military heritage was honoured by a visit from the
head of the South Korean Army.
Republic of Korea Chief of Staff General Kim Yo-Hwan visited the
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum today (December 2).
He had a tour of the museum before moving on to Gloucester Cathedral.
Before the visit he had lunch with veterans of the Korean War at Imjin
Barracks, near Innsworth.
The Gloucestershire Regiment saw heavy fighting in the Korean War and
was involved in the pivotal Battle of Imjin River in April 1951.
General manager of the museum and former Mayor of Gloucester, Chris
Chatterton, visited the South Korean city of Paju in April to visit the
new memorial there to the Gloucestershire Regiment.
He said: “It’s a great honour to welcome the General here. It shows the
impact of the sacrifice made by the people of Gloucestershire during the
war. It’s something that will never be forgotten.
“We wanted to show them the amazing hospitality I experienced when I
visited South Korea in April. It’s nice to be able to reciprocate that.”
General Yo-Hwan also visited the cathedral to see a stone cross carved
by Colonel James Carne, who fought with the Gloucestershire Regiment in
Korea and was taken as a prisoner of war. He later won a Victoria Cross
for his service.
Tomorrow he will complete his visit by attending the unveiling of the
Korean War Memorial in London.
The Battle of Imjin River left 141 British soldiers killed and over
1,000 wounded, missing or captured after defending Hill 235 from more
than 27,000 Chinese soldiers.
Brigadier Andrew Cliffe, a defence attache in Seoul who is accompanying
the general on his visit, said: “He wanted to meet the veterans and
express his thanks. Korea is a real success story because in the last 60
years it’s gone from a country that has received international support
to being in a position where it can give aid itself.”
Gloucester Mayor Debbie Llewellyn said: “I’m delighted that the general
took time from his massive schedule to come and see us. We owe the
veterans a deep debt of gratitude. Hopefully we can grow this
relationship even further.”
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of Gloucestershire Museum - November Newsletter
Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers of
Since the Museum re-opened in April, there have been 6,700 visitors; the
new chronological layout from 1694 to today is a success. ‘Flip books’
in each gallery provide more detail on a specific event or campaign and
there are multi-media screens, which feature ‘Jack’s Journey’ for
children, in addition to more background on events, people and objects;
they are ideal for showing pictures and film.
The demand for archive information, mainly related to WW1, is almost
overwhelming; since April, David Read has responded to over a 130
requests. Artefacts, including diaries and papers, continue to be
donated and are welcome, although uniform, unless exceptional, is
The website (www/soldiersofglos.com) has been updated and is well worth
a visit if you cannot get to the museum. Chris Chatterton, the new
Museum Manager, was until May, Mayor of Gloucester. There is now a
coffee shop in the foyer, which is increasingly popular and the shop
itself is stocked for Christmas. There has been a drive to recruit
volunteers for a wide variety of tasks from digitising the archives to
running the coffee shop. Currently we have 40 volunteers but more are
needed; please enquire if you might be able to help.
The Special Exhibition until next April is on ‘Recruiting for WW1’ and
mainly features 12th Glosters in Bristol; it includes some remarkable
and moving photographs. Each month artefacts from the ‘Reserve
Collection’ together with a pen picture of three soldiers who served in
WW1 are displayed. This month they are Charles Faulkner from Cardiff,
John Shipway DCM from Chippenham and Ernest Hopkins from Gloucester; all
were fighting with 1st Glosters in 1914. In December, they will be
William Owen from Mitcheldean and Albert Handy from Shipton on Stour,
who were both with 1st Glosters in 1914. The third will be Edward
Forrest from Horfield who won a DCM with the RGH in Palestine 1918. A
new showcase and multi-media screen was added in October to display
artefacts and photographs from 1960-1994 covering the Glosters from
Berlin to Ballykelly via Belize and Belfast and the RGH in Gibraltar and
Our events programme including workshops and activities for young
children is being finalised and will be available on the web site
shortly. In addition, we are mounting a display at the ‘Antiques for
Everyone’ Fair at the National Exhibition Centre 4 – 7 December. Further
details on the website.
combined might of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force rugby teams faced the famous Barbarians at Bath Rugby’s picturesque
Recreation Ground on Tuesday 11th November. With 2014 marking the
centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the game had taken on
BaaBaa's won 31-15
Ray Peart who was
blinded by a terrorist bomb in Belfast 1973 is undertaking a charity
event. It will consist of a 4 mile walk followed by a 1000m swim..
The monies raised will be donated to the
Rifles to support the injured & the families of the fallen. Barclays Bank
PLC are matching the first £750 raised under their £4£ scheme. If anyone
would like to show their support can forward cheques payable to THE RIFLES
REGIMENTAL TRUST, if they wish to contact me at 33 Fieldfare, Abbeydale,
Gloucester. GL4 4WH or telephone 01452-533839. this event will be
undertaken 5th November 2014
Tue 11 Nov 14 Forest Green Rovers will be playing Eastleigh FC in what will
be “The Remembrance Fixture” in aid of the Royal British Legion.
There is a 50% reduction as can be seen on the attached poster which means
that adults can watch the game for £8.50, those under 16 - £6.00 and
children under 10 – free.
If any soldiers, families or friends wish to take up this offer then please
contact Helen Taylor or just turn up on the night for what should be a
memorable evening. There will be 4 RBL standards, the Nailsworth Silver
Band, The Lord Lt of Gloucestershire, The National Vice Chairman of the RBL,
the County Chairman and other dignitaries in attendance. It will be a
fitting way to remember the 78 members of Nailsworth who gave their lives in
the Great War.
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If any former inhabitants of this barracks are
interested this is how it looks now, seems a lot of car repair firms use
the old MT area and the blocks are up for lease as light industrial,
office units, hasn’t changed too much, unlike the rest of Berlin.
Regards Dave Lewis ex Gloster.
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:
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)
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.
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20th Op Grapple Tour (25th - 28th September 2014).
See below and the attached itinerary
from Capt Maurice Evlyn-Bufton
From our previous visit
|There are 40 places for this 'adventure'. The price does not
include flights, which we will want you to book directly [see
info. on flyer], but everything else has been arranged, with any
monies taken but not allocated to fixed costs, being paid
directly to the GCF Bosnia charity post 'tour'.
The 3 day visit to Bosnia will combine the opportunity for a
'battle field tour' of Gorazde, I daresay a couple of beers and
many stories with importantly, the opening of the English
Speaking Laboratories and refurbished play ground/football pitch
at Gorazde's Primary School, dedicated to those we lost on Op
Grapple. More information go to
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.
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