Back Badge Reunion 13th
The 2016 Rifles and RGBW Gloucestershire
Reunion is being held at St. Mary De Lode Church, Archdeacon Street
(off lower Westgate Street), Gloucester GL1 2QT.
followed by a reception in the New County Hotel,
In the evening the formal dinner will take place in the Gables Hotel,
Bristol Road, Falfield, GL12 8DL.
All members of the Regimental Association and the OCAs are cordially
invited with their guests.
Details and Booking form
see below a message from Joanna Worsley.
Lt Col AEH Worsley MBE
It is with heartbroken
sadness I let you know that my husband
Henry Worsley has died following complete organ failure; despite all
efforts of ALE and medical staff in Punta Arenas.
Henry achieved his goals of
raising over £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund, to help his wounded
colleagues, and completing the first unsupported crossing of the
Antarctic. A crossing made, under exceptionally difficult weather
conditions, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest
Shackleton’s the Endeavour expedition; his lifetime hero.
On behalf of myself and
family I wish to thank the many hundreds of you who have shown unfailing
support and great generosity to Henry throughout his courageous final
Henry , served with the Royal Green Jackets and later The Rifles. He
commanded the 2nd Royal Green Jackets, and commanded the 2001 British
military operation in Afghanistan, known as "Operation Veritas". He also
served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. He was awarded the MBE in
1993 for distinguished service in Northern Ireland and in 2002 he received
the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in Yugoslavia in 2001. He
retired from the Army in October 2015.
Grand Military is a national
hunt race meeting held annually at Sandown Park racecourse, this year’s
renewal, the 153rd, will take place on Friday 11th March. The meeting
consists of six races, which includes 4 professional races and 2 for
military jockeys: The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Memorial Amateur
Handicap Hurdle Race; and the Grand Military Gold Cup. The Grand Military
meeting provides a thrilling day of quality racing in a relaxed
environment to meet former comrades and celebrate service in the Armed
Premier tickets can be purchased at the discount price of £13, redeemable
with the promotional code GM2016, or Grandstand tickets for £6, redeemable
with the promotional code GMGS16 when booking in advance at
www.sandown.co.uk or via telephone: 0844 579 3012. This represents a
saving of up to £12 per ticket as premier tickets for the fixture will
cost £22.50 in advance or £25 on the day. If you might be interested in
securing a regimental or Corps box Sandown will also offer discounts to
Finally, if interested in leasing a horse for the Grand Military Gold Cup
as an individual or group, it is more affordable than you might think, you
can get more information from Major (Retd) Charlie Lane, 01749 812140 or,
The Massed Bands
and Bugles of The Rifles
Horse Guards Parade 1st & 2nd June 2016.
Featuring The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas,
The Royal Gurkha Rifles Pipes and Drums,
The Band of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
The Quirinus Band and Bugle Corps.
ACF Band & Bugles from
Somerset and Durham
Will also participate
Tickets on sale from 4th Jan 2016. Prices range from £10
Keep your eye on
The Rifles Network
website for more information on how to purchase your tickets.
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Veterans march in Windsor
Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets to applaud war veterans as they
marched through Windsor town centre
More than 100 members from the Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire,
Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association (RGBW) took part in the
march which saw roads closed in the town for 20 minutes on Friday.
Soldiers from 4th Battalion The Rifles, based in Aldershot’s New
Normandy Barracks, also joined the parade, with the Shrewton Silver Band
providing the music.
The parade was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War
and the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Loos.
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In the next six weeks
the Museum will launch the new website, which will be clearer
and easier to navigate than the old one. It will also have
over 18000 items from the Collection, illustrated for the
public to see. This major upgrade, which also includes a new
Collection Management system has been made possible by the
Armed Forces Covenant Fund, and will be a significant step
forward for the Museum. We are also grateful to Montpellier PR
for their work on the project. This new website, in addition
to the upgrade of the displays and exhibits, funded by our
grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, puts the Museum into a
leading place amongst military museums.
year the Museum will mark significant events of World War
One; 1916 was the year of a great battle on the Western
Front, The Somme, which tends to dominate the other
peripheral campaigns that were taking place around the
world. The Museum will mark this anniversary, as well as
events in the Middle East.
• The Museum will stage a special display of the Somme
throughout this summer. The first day of the battle, July
1st 1916, is remembered because of the numbers of dead and
wounded (19,240 British and Commonwealth soldiers died and
twice as many more wounded). It is impossible to
comprehend the scale of this tragedy and the impact it had
on towns and villages across Britain, but it is often
forgotten that this battle went on for a further 141 days.
Every regiment of the British Army includes “Somme 1916”
amongst its battle honours and eight Gloucestershire
Regiment battalions took part; the 1st, 1/4th, 1/5th,
1/6th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 13th Glosters, all spent time
in this limited geographical area of France. The battles
will be explained on story boards or on multi-media
screens and important artefacts will be on display,
including, it is hoped an exceptional piece of Glosters
history, borrowed from another museum. Keep an eye on the
website for an announcement very soon.
• There will also be an smaller exhibition this summer
marking the Affair* of Qatia where the Royal
Gloucestershire Hussars were involved on St Georges Day,
April 23 1916, against a German-led Turkish force
attempting the reach the Suez Canal across the wastes of
Northern Sinai. A squadron of the RGH were overwhelmed,
only a few yeoman escaping, the remainder being either
casualties or taken as prisoners of war. Later in the
year, during August 1916, this Turkish army, advancing on
the Canal, was finally beaten at the Battle of Romani, the
RGH again playing their part.
*The 1920 Army Council definition of an ‘Affair’ is any
engagement involving less than a full division of British
As the New Year gets
under way, the Museum is always looking for enthusiastic
volunteers to help staff the reception desk, the shop and
the small cafe. If you have spare time and a willing to
give this to the cause of the Museum, please give the
Museum Director a ring on 01452 522682.
this message to a friend
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
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Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
(photo Daily Mail)
News from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Museum has
launched its own lottery in partnership with Unity Lottery,
offering you the chance to win £25,000 every Saturday for just £1
a week. 50p comes straight back to the museum, so you can support
our future and with 1 in 63 chance of winning!
To sign up
online here or you can download the form to post.
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