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
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.
for press report and slideshow>>>
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’………………
of Gloucestershire Museum August 2015
Dedicated to all those who have served their country as Soldiers
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The August weather may
not have been much fun for holiday makers but at least the
museum provides something different to do and many families
have taken advantage of the very reasonable entry fees. After
eighteen months of negotiation there is at last a Gloucester
Museums Pass, which offers entry for a year to us, the City
Museum, Folk Museum and National Waterways Museum; it costs
just £10 for an individual or £20 for a family.
The passes are available at the Tourist Centre, Gloucester or
from any of the 4 museums mentioned above.
World Cup begins on 18th September, with four matches in
Gloucester and the official FanZone just 400 yards from the
Museum. As a preliminary there is a Scrumpty Trail around the
City with one “Old Bragg” sitting outside the Museum wearing
both Gloster and RGH badges.
The Gloucester History Festival runs from 5th to 20th
September. It includes a talk on the 28th at Quatre Bras and
Waterloo. The link to the Festival website is
September it will be 100 years since the opening day of the
Battle of Loos in which both 1st and 10th Glosters took part.
The latter, a New Army or Kitchener Battalion raised largely
in Cheltenham, where they did their initial training led, with
8th Royal Berkshires, the assault by 1st Brigade of 1st
Division and in a remarkable exhibition of determination and
courage broke through the First and Second German lines before
being checked after advancing 1,200 yards, by which time there
were just 60 officers and men left. The rest were dead,
wounded, lost or left out of battle. The Battle continued for
another 18 days and ended with 10th Glosters being required to
launch another assault this time without achieving anything.
The Battalion arrived in France on 9th August with 30 officers
and 995 men; 247 died at Loos and many more were wounded.
There is a ceremony in Loos on Saturday 26th September and the
book “In the Shadow of the Lone Tree” by Nick Christian, which
tells the story of the 10th Battalion and the 1st Division, is
strongly recommended and is available from the Museum Shop
Finally, over the next month we shall be removing the exhibit
on the VC winners and by October will have resumed ‘Soldiers
of the Month’ using personal artefacts to highlight
individuals, whose story might otherwise be little known.
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
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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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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