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:
07 Aug 2014
I had hoped that our Association would make a major contribution to the NI
Veterans Association event at the Arboretum on Sat 20th Sep. On further
investigation it has been established that it is just a general get
together with no formal structure and therefore we will down scale our
attendance. I know that some Branches still wish to attend and they are
welcome to do so but attendance will organised at the Branch level rather
than by the Gloucester or Salisbury office.
Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Loos which began in
the late summer of 1915. This was the major battle of that year and the
Gloucestershire Regiment, the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the Wiltshire
Regiment all fought in it. It is hoped to have a large Association event
next year in recognition of this and further details to follow.
With best wishes,
The Rifles and RGBW Association
.Andrew Salmon author of “To the Last Round”
is giving a talk on the Imjin Battle at Gloucester Rugby club 1900hrs 14
His talk recounts the deeply moving and powerful true story of the
immense courage, incredible fortitude and “never give up” spirit of our
own glorious Glosters, The Gloucestershire Regiment.
The evening is brought to you jointly by GROK and Gloucester Rugby. GROK
is an organisation formed earlier this year to promote and foster the very
special relationship that exists between the City of Gloucester and the
Republic of Korea (and in particular, the City of Paju, near to the site
of the Battle of the Imjin River, which has grown from the rubble of the
war into a thriving commercial city of more than 400,000 people in little
more than sixty years).
We fully expect the evening to be over-subscribed, so it would help
tremendously if you could please RSVP to Ian Kirby, General Manager of
GROK on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07767 236762. No later than 7th
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
70th Anniversary of the
Battle for Hill 112 - 43rd Wessex Heritage Trust
10th -12 July 2014.Members, their family and
friends of the Heritage Trust have been cordially invited by both the
mayor of Mouen and L'Association Odon / Cote 112 to join them in
ceremonies to mark not only the 70th anniversary of the liberation of
Europe but in particular the battle on and around Hill 112.
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The Grand re-opening of the Soldiers of
Gloucestershire museum following a massive re-vamp will take
place on the evening of Friday 30th May 2014 at 1800hrs. All Regimental
Association members are invited to attend.
After being closed
for 5 months for a half a million pound refurbishment, made possible by the
Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum has reopen to the public..
The museum has benefited from a complete redecoration including digital
interactive, new models, display cases with fascination facts in every room,
and many unseen priceless artefacts.
Museum Manager Lavinia Drake said ‘ “It’s been fantastic to see all the hard
work pay off, the displays look amazing. It’s brilliant
seeing visitors from babies to seniors in their nineties listening to
soldiers stories, trying on real uniforms or looking for clues in the
children trail- OPERATION: ANIMAL HUNT! I’ve enjoyed walking through the
museum seeing families posing for photographs in a variety army uniform, and
couples discussing the hardships of what life would have been like during
the first world war. All the ideas and history coming together to create an
educational and engaging visitor attraction.”
DAY TEA PARTY- 10th May
The Museum is hosting a1940’s event on Saturday 10th May
2014, to celebrate the 69th anniversary of VE Day.
The museum is being joined by second world war re-enactors, who’ll be
dressed in authentic uniforms with military displays and vehicles outside in
Back Badge Square. Visitors can enjoy tea and cake on vintage china, after a
tour around the museum, whilst listening to some classic hits from the blitz
era. With a make do and mend workshop for all ages, and activities for the
youngsters, it proves to be a great afternoon out for the whole family.
just £5 for adults and £3.50 for children, which includes tea, cake, museum
admission and activities.
Events start from 12pm-5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Dress code:
1940s is encouraged.
Association Members free entry on production of your membership card.
VOLUNTEERS ENLIST TODAY, YOUR MUSEUM NEEDS YOU!
Can you spare between 2-6 hours once a week/fortnight?
The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, has reopen after a Heritage Lottery
Funded refurbishment, there are a variety of volunteer roles, to suit
different interests. All training will be given, no experience necessary,
interest in military history is desirable.
Tea Room Assistant- Making tea/coffee, serving cake, talking to customers,
clearing tables and washing up. A sociable role, hours available between
10am-4pm, Mon- Sunday.
Shop Assistant- Serving customers, using a till, money handling, talking to
visitors about the museum and history, assisting museum staff. .
Workshop Assistant- Help out museum staff with adult and children's
workshops, to assist participants with making, creating and learning.
Events Assistant- Be part of the events team if you can help with either or
all: planning fundraising events (talks, balls, quiz’s, walks, dinners,
trips, concerts, etc), stewarding.
Please contact Lavinia Drake for more information or to become a volunteer:
01452 522682 Option 2 for the museum, option for manager. Or email
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
Sir/Madam, (See update below)
I am writing to you on behalf of the Northern Ireland Veterans’
I would like to inform you of our annual Service of Remembrance, the
details of which are shown below.
Please would it be possible to inform your members of the service in
your association newsletters and/or email shots.
I fully appreciate that it is early but we would like as many veterans
to learn of our service and, if possible, attend.
If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact
Yours with appreciation
(NIVA Events Co-ordinator)
The Northern Ireland Veterans' Association Service of Remembrance 2014
will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 20th September 2014 at the National
Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
The service will commemorate and remember all those who lost their lives
in service of the Crown as a result of the conflict in N. Ireland.
The service will be followed by a parade down to the Ulster Ash Grove
for the laying of wreaths.
Following the laying of the wreaths, there will be a 15 minute pause
before the parade forms up for the return march to the visitor centre
during which the guest of honour will take the salute.
The service is open to all and all Associations are welcome to parade
their standards. It would be appreciated if Associations arranging for
groups of their members to attend could notify us of numbers and confirm
if their standard will be parading.
We look forward to welcoming you to our annual memorial service.
UPDATE 31 March 2012 Message from Chairman
of the Regimental Association Col. S. Oxlade.
The Northern Ireland Veterans’ Association Service of
Remembrance 2014 will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 20th September 2014
at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
The service will commemorate and remember all those who lost their lives
in service of the Crown as a result of the conflict in N. Ireland. The
service will be followed by a parade down to the Ulster Ash Grove for
the laying of wreaths. Following the laying of the wreaths, there will
be a 15 minute pause before the parade forms up for the return march to
the visitor centre during which the guest of honour will take the
The Association will sending a contingent to this event with Standards.
As you know, the Arboretum has our Regimental Memorial and there will be
a small wreath laying service at our memorial.
If you would like to attend, please would you inform the Gloucester or
the Salisbury office by 30 May 2014. Transport will be provided from
some of the major cities and towns in our regimental area. Details to
follow when numbers are known.
2014 Edition of the Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here
on line for your convenience.
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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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Sorry, but it is that time again!
This year I will be walking the Lyke Wake Walk across the Yorkshire
Moors, approx 40 miles over a weekend in June.
Please see below the link to my sponsor page.
Please donate whatever you can, my charity is Help For Heroes'
Uniting Families with
Outdoor activity breaks for
any armed forces family that includes a person with a disability.
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OPPORTUNITY TO BUY.............A MUST FOR ALL GLOSTERS............BUT
(Posted 11th Mar 14)
In the late 1980s, General John Waters suggested that the
Gloucestershire Regiment should record the memories of Gloster
regimental stories, myths, anecdotes and incidents to ensure they were
not lost over time.
Contributions were invited by these serving and retired and two booklets
were produced titled Memories of the Old and Bold 1987 and Soldiers
Memories 1990 of the Gloucestershire Regiment. There are a few booklets
left and before advertising on Ebay I thought they should be offered to
ex members of the Regiment for a small sum that will go towards our
The 1987 edition consists of approximately 70 A4 pages of double sided
type written text with memories and tales between 1930 and the mid
1980s. The 1990 edition covers the same time period and is approximately
60 pages single sided text. There are many amusing stories in each and I
know they will be greatly enjoying by many Glosters who were serving at
the time. If you served later you will still find them interesting as
many exploits of our regimental characters are captured as well some
poems written by Glosters and stories from Korea.
The cost of both editions is £13 each including postage or £20 including
postage for both copies. As we cannot collect the gift aid, some may
like to give more for these rare editions of our regimental history and
to support our museum. Please do so !
Please send a cheque payable to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
with your name and address to The Shop, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire
Museum, Back Back Square, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2HE.
Demand is expected to be high so please act quickly.
PS. Just to add, if easier and you wish to pay on line - go to the
donation page on the museum web site and enter in the comments box what
you would like and your address. The link is here:
See our photo gallery
for the 2013 Back Badge Reunion Photos>>>>>
latest fund raiser.
News From Ray
undertaking my annual sponsored walk & swim in aid of the Rifles 6th
November. To date including pledges & contribution from Barclays I have
£1955. I would be grateful if you could send this information out, I can
be contacted by phone 01452 533839 or by post at 33 Fieldfare, Abbeydale,
Gloucester GL4 4WH. Any support would be great. Many thanks Ray.
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.
Phone: 01452 522862 |http://www.glosters.org.uk/|Registered