Honouring Pte Francis George Miles VC
On The 100th Anniversary Of The Day His Gallant Actions Earned Him The Victoria Cross

The Memorial Plaque

The Villagers, Family & Friends Gather Prior To The Unveiling

Maj (Retd) A H (Tony) Ayres Rifles County Colonel Gloucestershire meets the RBL- Glosters - RGBW  Standard Bearers

Maj General Robin & Mrs Grist

Tony Linker Bob Townley and Alan Putteril.

Gloucester & Somerset Branch Members

Robert Walker Chairman Forest Branch (Right) with Mike Houghton MBE

Yours truly posing with Scott McBryde

Standard Bearers From Lydney - Stroud -Gloucester - Forest of Dean Branch

Brig. Gen. Retd) Martin Vine OBE The Last CO of 1 Glosters With Major(Retd) Tony Ayres Meet The Current Generation

Major General Robin Grist Gave An Interesting Account Relating The Service Of Francis Miles VC

Children of Clearwell School Sang 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary'

These Young Descendants of The Miles Family Who Performed the Unveiling Of The Memorial Are Interviewed By BBC TV


Captain Manley James VC
Odiham 22 June 2018
Left -  Tony Walsh Salisbury Branch. Right -  Harry North Somerset Branch
Representing the Regimental Association at the Dedication of a Memorial Stone
Captain Manley James VC
On The 100th Anniversary of The day his gallant actions earned him the Victoria Cross

Henry John Waylen was a member of the Territorial Force who fought with 1st/5th Glosters in France and subsequently joined one of the two Glosters battalions that went to Macedonia. There he contracted tuberculosis. He returned home, was discharged from the Army and died in 1917. His grave was never given a proper headstone.
Tewkesbury Historical Society alerted the CWGC who subsequently made a headstone which was installed by Pte Waylen’s grave in May of this year.
On 10 October the local Community officially welcomed Pte Waylen home and a service was conducted at the graveside by the Reverend Charles Whitney.  John Sidebottom, Pte Waylen’s only surviving relative, had travelled over from Australia and laid a floral wreath at the grave.  He gave a short talk during which he informed everyone that after shortly after their son Henry’s death Mr and Mrs Waylen also passed away.  This was in all probability from the flu epidemic which swept the UK at the time.
Royal British Legion and Association Standards were paraded at the Service.  Wreaths were laid by the RBL, The Rifles (on behalf of the Association) and the local community.  Mr Sidebottom also laid a wooden cross with the Glosters Back Badge at the grave.


J Waylen's relative Mr John Sidebottom


Reverend Charles Whitney officiated


3 Standard Bearers of The Rifles and RGBW Association


 Lt.Col. Daniel Burges VC DSO
 Photos from of the unveiling (18th September 2018) of a VC Paving Stone commemorating the actions of Lt Col Dan Burges VC DSO on 18th September 1918 while in command of 7th Battalion, The South Wales Borderers. Photos show Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and Riflemen from 6 RIFLES || Major James McArthy OC A Coy 1 RIFLES || Brigadier James Daniel Head of Soldier Training and Special Programmes at MOD Abbey Wood || Major General Robin Grist, alongside the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol delivering his talk on Lt Col Dan Burges VC DSO || Lt Col Gareth Davies RTR HQ South West.
For the script of Major General Robin Grist’s talk read on>>>>.


Family Time To Remember As Our Regimental Family Gather On Remembrance Sunday 2017
HRH spent Several Minutes At Our Memorial Plot
Gathering at Horse Guards  Remembrance Sunday 2017

Gathering at Horse Guards  for Cenotaph Parade 2017


16th September 2017



Lieutenant Hardy Parsons VC. Rishton Lancs. 21st. August 2017


 On Monday 21st August 2017 a ceremony was held at Rishton, Lancashire to mark the centenary of Second Lieutenant Hardy Parsons of the Gloucestershire Regiment being awarded the Victoria Cross. The ceremony culminated with the unveiling of the Parsons VC paving slab.
In attendance were:

Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Colonel Alan Jolley OBE TD DL.

Deputy Mayor of Hyndburn, Clr. Mohammad Ayub.

Major General(Retd) Robin Grist OBE Gloucestershire Regiment.

Contingent from Bristol University Officers Training Corps.

David Warry R&RGBW  Somerset Branch – Glosters wreath layer.

John Gallager DERR.

Joe Eccles Glosters.

Chairman and Members Rishton RBL.

Standards representing RBL – Glosters – Rifles Assoc. And Standards from other organisations.

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2BR Lancashire News

Accrington Observer

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