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The reported passing of former members of the Regiment, the notifications of funerals, memorial services etc.
once verified will be published on the website notice board.
Names will be added to our ‘In Memoriam’ page.
Notifications received via this website will  be forwarded to the respective county office.
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Back Badge Reunion

 24 March 2018
Provisional Date
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 Reunion Devizes
28 May 2017
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 Reunion Salisbury
1/2 July 2017
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Maiwand Reading
22/23 July 2017
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Imjin Commemorative Lunch
23 April 2017
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Commemorative Service
02 December 2017

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A once only opportunity to obtain a piece of our Glosters/ RGBW silverware or other artefacts of interest.  This is your opportunity to bid now before any unsold items go on offer to the general public in three months time. Once it’s gone it’s gone!




 1. Introduction. As many will already know RGBW chattels are the subject of an ongoing disposals exercise by the Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust. An early priority was identifying objects for transfer to the ownership of The Rifles. Several objects that inspired members of the RGBW, and those from its forming regiments, now fulfil a similar role within The Rifles. Meanwhile other objects have been claimed for display by our Museums and have been or are now being accessioned. Concurrently Salisbury conducted a sale of RGBW chattels that, in the main, were previously the property of a DERR Trust. Proceeds from the sale benefitted RGBW Regimental Charities.

2. Background. This next step consolidates objects that have been stored at Gloucester and which may now be surplus to requirements. Those objects appear in this catalogue. The purpose of this catalogue is to bring this latest disposal to the attention of The Rifles, our Museums and RGBW Association members. The process has been primarily designed to ensure that those who served in The Gloucestershire Regiment and The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment have an opportunity to acquire surplus items, whilst meeting the requirement of the Charity Commissioners that reasonable value is obtained in any process of disposal. Those who served in The Wiltshire Regiment and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment will wish to note that some regimental items of cutlery, crockery and a few small salvers, from the 62nd of Foot, are also included.

3. Disposal. The Rifles Office Taunton, with the aid of volunteers, is managing this disposal on behalf of the RGBW Regimental Trust. Objects have been valued by independent professional auctioneers. This
disposal of RGBW Regimental Charities’ artefacts is not an auction. A catalogue listing all items and their values has been produced. The objectives of the catalogue are:
   Objective One. The catalogue forms a record and base document for managing disposals as well as explaining the rules of disposal.

    Objective Two. The catalogue brings potential disposals to the attention of The Rifles, The Gloucestershire Regiment Museum Trust (GRMT) and The Rifles Wardrobe Museum Trust (RWMT) in addition to RGBW Association members. Following publication of the catalogue, and for up to 90 days, The Rifles, GRMT, RWMT and RGBW Association members may bid for objects or, in the case of charitable trusts, request the potential transfer of an object/s between Trusts. Discretion on the release of further objects to The Rifles or the two Museums will rest with the Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust. They will need to be satisfied that the item is needed for display.

Objective Three. The catalogue may help to bring the disposals process to the attention of donors or, where known, their immediate descendants. If requested, Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust will generally be willing to return an object to a donor, or immediate successor.

Objective Four. The catalogue brings the disposal process to the attention of members of the RGBW Regimental Association, offering them the opportunity to purchase an object for a fixed price. Bids to purchase can only be made on the prescribed bidding form. Transfers and sales to individuals will not be confirmed before the closure of bidding for all on Monday 25th September 2017. This three month period will allow potential bidders to hear about the disposals process, consider options having accessed the catalogue, and submit a bidding form or forms.

Objective Five. Much time has been taken in compiling a comprehensive catalogue and so minimise any requirement to travel and view objects. 

4.         Those objects that are surplus to requirements, following disposal, and for which no successful bid has been achieved will be put up for public auction.

    5. Rules. The following rules apply:

a. Bidding. Members should bid, in writing, offering to purchase an object at the list price. Bids will only be accepted on the prescribed forms (see Enclosures 1-3). Any modification or amendment to a bidding form may lead to the bid being disqualified. This is not an auction. Bids must be received by post or e-mail ( ) by no later than 4.00pm on Monday 25th September 2017. Each bid must be made on a separate form. In addition particular attention is drawn to the need to complete each section of the bidding form including a summary of your Service details and Association membership. 

b. Viewing. The photographs and descriptions within the catalogue should minimise any requirement for personal viewing. 

c. Bidding Process. Individual members may only bid for a maximum of five objects. There can be no assurance or guarantee that any one individual will be successful with any one of up to five bids. If more than one bid is received for an object, any extenuating reason (see bidding form) may be considered by the Bidding Committee who will oversee the process. Thereafter, and as appropriate, all bids for that object go ‘in to a hat’ where the successful bid will be drawn, supervised by an Independent Person.
In addition, where there is more than one bid for an object a second and third bid will be drawn as ‘reserves’ in case the first named fails to honour their bid. 
d. Reserve Bids.
Any Association member who wishes to place more than five bids, may further submit up to five Reserve Bids. Reserve Bids will only be considered by the Bidding Committee if the item for which a Reserve Bid has been received has not already been allocated. Reserve Bids must be submitted on the correct bidding  form.
e.Consideration of Bids. All bids will be considered, by the Bidding Committee, in October 2017.
f. Communication Regarding Bids. Successful applicants will be informed by telephone or e-mail. The process will take time. There will be no communication with applicants of unsuccessful bids.

g. Public Auction. Any item for which no successful bid has been achieved, nor has been approved for transfer between Trusts, will be put up for public auction.

h. Collection of Objects. Items will only be posted in exceptional circumstances and at full cost to the purchaser. Where it is difficult for an individual to collect an item personally from either the Rifles Taunton Office or the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, we would ask that a friend does so to minimise the workload. All items must be collected within 30 days of notification. Thereafter an object will be offered to the second named bidder. If the second named bidder fails to honour their bid within a further 30 days, the Trust reserves the right to place the object at public auction.

i. Allocation of Priorities. Where more than one bid is received for an item officers will generally have priority for items of Officers’ Mess property. The same will apply to WOs & SNCOs and Corporals  for property from respective Messes. However, this general approach does not stop individuals from bidding across the catalogue up to a maximum of five items. Give some thought to the completion of your bidding form to assist the Bidding Committee with the award of bids.
j. Payment. Payment should be made by cash, electronic transfer or cheque (The Rifles Office Taunton) prior to collection. Appropriate details will be passed to successful bidders. Subsequently the consolidated receipt will be transferred to The RGBW Regimental  Charity.

WARNING: all items, with only a tiny number of exceptions, have been ‘well used’ and their condition reflects this. Purchasers should expect silver to be dented and/or scratched, pictures to need attention, including reframing, and books to be very worn. The auctioneers valuations do reflect condition.

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All enquiries relating to the sale should be addressed to:
The Rifles County Office
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Taunton TA13QB
Tel: 01823 333434


On behalf of all members of the Regiment The President of the Regimental Association sent your loyal greetings, see below, on the occasion of your patrons 96th birthday.





The President and all members of the Regimental Association of The Rifles and the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment send their loyal greetings and best wishes to their Patron and Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of his 96th Birthday on Saturday 10th June 2017.

“Swift and Bold”

His Royal Highness acknowledged « Your message of good wishes for my birthday is very much appreciated »


Signed   Philip, Colonel in Chief



The Soldiers of Gloucestershire and The Friends of the Museum were  invited to at a Service of Rededication of the World War I Wayside Cross at Woodchester, a village south of Stroud on Saturday 10th June 2017.
The Princess Royal attended along with the Ld-Lieut of Gloucestershire.

The Princess Royal speaks to Scott McBryde



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The history of this wooden cross is unique; it is the only memorial commenced and completed during WWI, most memorials to the fallen of World War I were not commissioned until after November 1918. There had been private plaques in chapels to mark those serving in the Crimean and Boer Wars and, indeed, Cheltenham has a war memorial to those who died in the ‘South African War 1899 -1902’, but this was a result of an individual taking action to mark the deaths of those in the village around him as the stalemate of the trench warfare continued.
 Read on>>>


  Monday 21st August 2017 is the centenary of 2Lt Hardy Parsons GLOSTERS being awarded the VC.
His birthplace was in the County of Lancashire. Consequently, and in common with nearly all such previous ceremonies, the Parsons VC paving slab will be laid at Rishton, near Blackburn, Lancashire. Hardy Falconer Parsons was the son of the Revd and Mrs Ash Parsons of the Leysian Mission, City Road, London. He was educated at King Edward VII School at Lytham St Annes and Kingswood School, Bath.
Thereafter he began his studies as a Medical Student at the University of Bristol.

Subsequently, at 20 years old, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in the 14th (Service) Battalion of The Gloucestershire Regiment. On the night of 20/21 August 2017 near Epehy he led his men in an attack. An extract from The London Gazette, dated 17 October 1917, records the following:

For most conspicuous bravery during a night attack by a strong party of the enemy on a bombing post held by his command. The bombers holding the block were forced back, but Second Lieutenant Parsons remained at his post, and, single-handed, and although severely scorched and burnt by liquid fire, he continued to hold up the enemy with bombs until severely wounded. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty undoubtedly delayed the enemy long enough to allow of the organisation of a bombing party, which succeeded in driving back the enemy before they could enter any portion of the trenches. The gallant officer succumbed to his wounds.

The Mess at the Bristol University Officer Training Corps, Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road, Bristol is named the Falconer Parsons VC Mess in his honour.
On Monday 21st August 2017 a ceremony at Rishton, Lancashire will be held to mark the centenary of this gallant act. It will culminate with the unveiling of the Parsons VC paving slab. Members of the Regiment will be welcome to attend. As and when more is known it will be passed on via the Association.
Update Read on>>>


Invitation from Lieutenant General Tim Radford CB DSO OBE, Chairman The Rifleman's Association
is addressed to the Five Pillars of the Regiment. Read on>>>

22nd JULY 2017

The attached poster and Invitation from the Chairman of the Rifles Association is addressed to the Five Pillars of the Regiment, the Association being an important element of those pillars.

This year, in our 10th Anniversary Year and on Salamanca Day 2017, the first of what will become an annual Rifleman's Gathering will take place at Allianz Park in London. Riflemen from the serving, forming and antecedent Regiments (and their families) are invited to this first Gathering that will take place in the evening of 22 July 2017. The Gathering will provide a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and has a package of activities to match the occasion. We need to get the message out to every Rifleman to muster in numbers that befit our excellent Regiment, forged through conflict over the last 10 year.

It would be a great opportunity for members and their families of The Rifles and RGBW Association to demonstrate their support for the Regiment.

The event is taking place at Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, London NW4 1RL commencing at 16:00 hours and going on until 23:59 hours. The event is free in terms of entry, though we are asked to download and print off an e-ticket which one can do by following the hyperlink to the relevant website:

There are more details of the event that can be gleaned from The Rifles Website:
The Trustees of the Rifles Regimental Charity Trust, which now incorporates the Association are prepared to consider contributing towards the cost for coaches initiating travel from Somerset, Gloucester and Salisbury to Allianz Park should the counties be able to generate sufficient interest in attending. At this point in time, I have left the Royal Berkshire side of the Regimental Family out of the arrangements purely because you have your own Association function taking place on the same evening, so I trust no offence is taken by those members.

It is appreciated that there will be association members who are not privy to using the Internet and we would therefore ask Branch Secretaries to publicise as much as possible through their monthly meetings.
Michael Cornwell
The Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association




The Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association  once again held a very successful lunch on the 23rd April 2017 and
£400 was raised for the ABF Soldiers Charity from the proceeds of the raffle.

we now look forward to 2018 when  will be  pleased to welcomed fellow Association members, and guests once again to our Annual Imjin Lunch.

Hopefully It will take place on the.
22nd April 2018
in the Hyde Suite at Taunton Rugby Club
Yet to be confirmed.
A Booking Form To Print Off will be available later.

Hope to see YOU there.

[This is a self funding Branch event]






 took place on Saturday 18th February 2017 the purpose of which was to agree the revised draft of the Association Constitution.
Minutes awaited


                       Invitation from The Gloucestershire Branch of the Aden Veterans Association

It is fifty years since the British completed the withdrawal from Aden, on 29th November 1967
We have received an invitation from The Gloucestershire Branch of the Aden Veterans Association to join them at the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Withdrawal from Aden. Being held at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday, 26th November 2017, at 1415hrs.
There will be an informal gathering and lunch beforehand at Jurys Inn, Cheltenham. Transport will be available from the hotel to the Cathedral and return. Cars may be parked at the hotel.
This event is in addition to the National Service in York, which is on the actual anniversary and is for those who cannot attend York. The National Standard will be at Gloucester Cathedral; other Branch Standards are most welcome.

If you would like to attend the lunch and book transport, please complete the slip below and return to: Sally Welzel, 1 Linnet Close, Gloucester, GL4 4AU,
before 1st September 2017
Click link below for more details and booking form 




The London Gazette
Publication date: 20 January 2017; Supplement: 61825; Page: 1174
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards for outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research.

Antarctic to 2016
Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Edward Henry Worsley
Antarctic explorer.

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 challenge.

Joanna Worsley

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.



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Last month saw the opening of the Gloucester Heroes Bridge in Paju, South Korea. It is the largest foot suspension bridge on the Korean peninsula and spans a gorge on Kamak-San, close to the Glosters lines during the Battle of the Imjin River. The Korean people have named it in honour of the men of the ‘Glorious Glosters’ in recognition of their sacrifice 65 years ago. We are looking forward to walking over the bridge next year!Last month saw the opening of the Gloucester Heroes Bridge in Paju, South Korea. It is the largest foot suspension bridge on the Korean peninsula and spans a gorge on Kamak-San, close to the Glosters lines during the Battle of the Imjin River. The Korean people have named it in honour of the men of the ‘Glorious Glosters’ in recognition of their sacrifice 65 years ago. We are looking forward to walking over the bridge next year! Further details are here.



As we approach Christmas, there are lots of things happening at the Museum and in the Docks that may be of interest. 


Our Special Exhibition on the Battle of Somme will be continuing over the next few months. However, the Victoria Cross group awarded to Carton de Wiart, CO of 8th Bn during the Somme will be returning to the National Army Museum in a couple of weeks. If you haven’t been in to see them, and the exhibition, it is well worth a visit. Read more about the amazing de Wiart here: 


The annual Victorian Christmas Market is being held over the weekend of Nov 17-19. Why not combine a visit to the Market with a trip to the Museum. In addition, there will be an ice-rink in Orchard Square for the next two months. If you purchase a skating ticket, you will receive a substantial discount to the Museum! 





Another interesting item on the market that the Museum has been pleased to assist with is a limited edition of the military Series 1 Land Rover, produced by the Corgi Vanguard range of classical vehicles. The Series 1 was issued to the 1st Bn. Glosters and taken to the Korean War in 1950. The shop link here gives the background to the Battle of the Imjin River. This model would make an ideal Christmas present.


We have some exciting plans for 2017 and look forward to updating you further in the next couple of months.


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Multi-million pound bridge opens in memory of the Glorious Glosters in Korea

To read report by Gloucester Citizen chief city reporter Daniel Chipperfield click here>>>



The Not Forgotten Association is a unique national tri-service charity which provides entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.
Newsletter read on>>>



       Former Gloster Honoured By The French.
Raymond Moore from Wellingborough was recently presented with the Légion d’honneur by the mayor of Wellingborough Cllr Malcolm Waters. Mr Moore, who turns 92 next week, enlisted to the forces at the age of 18 and served in the D-Day landings on Gold Beach in Normandy. Mr Moore, who served in the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, then went to Belgium, Holland, India, Japan and Singapore. Daughter Jeanette proudly watch as her father received his award earlier this month, and said: “I am very proud of him.
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The memorial has been re-located.

At Cassel in 1991 a memorial plaque was unveiled in the town square by HRH Duke of Gloucester and Major General Robin Grist who at that time was Colonel of the Regiment.

The plaque is dedicated in Proud Memory of Brigadier NF Somerset CBE DSO MC and the 228 officers and men of the 2nd  & 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, who fought and died from Waterloo to Cassel and Ledringhem covering the evacuation of the British and French Forces at Dunkirk, 11-29th May 1940.

                                                                                                  Photo Cliff Rowland at  Cassel

Glosters Veteran, 88 year old Clifford Rowland and his wife Irene are members of the Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association and are also prominent members of the British Army Association (BAA). Each year on behalf of the BAA Irene organises an annual Pilgrimage to the war cemeteries. Included in the itinerary is a visit to Cassel and the Glosters memorial where a short ceremony is held and wreaths laid.

Whilst the original location of the memorial in 1991 was ideal, unfortunately over the years there has been a marked deterioration. Run off from the park walkway above the memorial has badly soiled the plaque so much so that before any ceremony could take place Cliff & Irene had to clean up the area. This was accomplished thanks to the kind assistance of a local café proprietor who loaned them buckets and brooms!

The need to provide additional parking in Cassel has meant the local authority has now officially designated the area in front of the memorial as a car park. Cars are now parked within twelve inches of the memorial completely obstructing it from view and making it difficult for visitors to find. The annual ceremony now out of the question, those attending found that the Standards were unable to be dipped and the wreath layers had to squeeze between the parked cars to gain access.

Not to be phased by the problem Cliff and Irene and those attending felt that it was time to bring their concerns to the good people of Cassel and so Cliff sought an audience with the Town Mayor in order to put forward a suggestion to re-locate the Memorial to the Cassel Communal Cemetery War Graves Extension where many soldiers of the Glosters are buried.

Cliff found the Mayor to be extremely appreciative of the problem and without hesitation he drove Cliff to the Cemetery and a site was chosen requiring a new section of wall to be built. This has now been completed and the memorial is situated in its new home on a wall overlooking several graves of Glosters bordered by a manicured green lawn, a fitting and peaceful location for families and visitors for many more years to come.
Well done Cliff and Irene.
We are extremely grateful to the Mayor and good people of Cassel in making this re-location possible.

The Memorial Plaque now located in the Cassel Communal Cemetery War Graves Extension


Veterans Breakfast Club at Abbeywood Bristol.

Royal British Legion, Bristol are delighted to announce a new breakfast club for veterans. The Launch will be on:

Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 at 10am at

Frankie & Benny’s
Unit 7
Abbeywood Retail Park
Station Road
Bristol BS34 7JL
Tel: 0117 9699011

Over the past year Veterans' Breakfast Clubs have been springing up across the country and have snowballed in the last 12 months expanding abroad as well. Clubs are for ex-service members to gather for breakfast with lots of coffee flowing and a chance for service banter, meeting old mates and finding new. For many once they leave the services and ‘the gate closes’ it is a struggle to fit into ‘civvy street’. The clubs have brought back the comradeship and the comradery. In many areas once a month has been simply not enough and they have also expanded to include special days for families and events. read on>>>



On Fri 1 Jul 2016 at Gloucester Cathedral a service was held to commemorate those who served at the time of the Somme campaign.  During the service the citation for Lt Col Carton de Wiart’s VC, won while commanding 8 GLOSTERS at La Boiselle on 2-3 Jul was read out by Lt Col Rob Dixon, County Secretary, Rifles. De Wiart’s medals are currently on display at SOGM (on loan from the National Army Museum).



Gloucester Home For Veterans April 2016 Newsletter
 Alabare House

Currently there are two former Glosters and one Rifleman that are being supported by Alabare in Gloucester, amongst other servicemen from other Corps and Regiments.



 British Forces Broadcasting Services recently interviewed  Pte. Sam Mercer MBE for their M*A*S*H Series of programmes. Sam's story is told in five episodes.

                                          Episode One>>.    Episode Two>>>  Episode Three>>>   Episode Four>>>    Episode Five>>>


Replica of Col. Carne's Cross  to take pride of place in new South Korea museum
Photo Sam Mercer MBE hold the original Cross

Once again the people of South Korea will show their gratitude to the Glosters for the contribution made by the regiment  in the history of their country when they open a new museum in the City of Busan dedicating the Korean War.
 To be given pride of place in the new museum will be a replica of the stone Celtic Cross carved by Lieutenant Colonel Carne VC whilst held as a prisoner for nineteen months in solitary confinement. The Cross was carved using his only tools, two rusty nails and an improvised hammer. The original cross can be seen in Gloucester Cathedral.

Dignitaries and surviving Gloucestershire Regiment veterans of the Battle of Imjin will visit Busan in South Korea, for the opening of the museum.
This year is the 65th anniversary of the battle, which is expected to be the last milestone anniversary attended by the few surviving veterans. To read the report published in the Gloucester Citizen read on>>>>


 Pte Anthony Paul (Tony) Eagles MBE sadly passed away on the 29th February 2016.  He was 87 years.
Tony enlisted on the 16th October 1945 and joined 27th Trg Bn, Derby. Moving then to Colchester he finally joined the 61st in July 1946 in Berlin.  Tony went on to serve in the Intelligence section from B Company.  On returning back to B Company he then went on to serve in Bermuda and Jamaica where he joined the Corps of Drums in 1948. 
After his Python leave he was posted to the Royal Hampshire Regiment.  Eventually Tony returned to the UK and joined 1 Glosters in Colchester in 1950  where he re-joined the Corps of Drums.
In November 1950 Tony was sent to Korea where he served in Bn HQ, 1 Glosters. and was subsequently captured at the Battle of Imjin, where he remained a POW until 13th August 1953.  Tony left the army 10th January 1954.
Tony was instrumental in setting up the British Korean Veterans Association in 1978.  He served 6 years as National Chairman 1982 – 1988.  He was a member of the National War Memorial Committee which had the Korean War Memorial sited at St Paul’s Cathedral.  Tony was awarded the MBE in the Birthday honours in June 1989 whilst he was Executive Vice-President of the British Korean Veterans Association. 

 Tony's  funeral took place on BACK BADGE DAY Monday 21st March at 1300hrs St Georges Church, Grange Road, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0PE Tel: 01452 307456 followed by cremation at Gloucester Crematorium.

If you wish to write to his widow  Sheila her address is available from Lesley at RHQ Gloucester.



The 2016 Regimental Association Newsletter is now available here on line.
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NOTE: This is a pre publication copy. If you have ordered and are expecting a hard copy in the post, they are due from the printers on the 18th January and will be mailed out as soon as possible.

The 2015 Newsletter has been placed on the  website that allows the inclusion of photographs and makes the publication more professional.

 For those who would prefer a hard copy of the Annual Newsletter, it remains available upon subscription of £2.00. Should you wish to receive a copy, CLICK HERE to obtain a form that you should print off and submit together with a cheque, to the
Salisbury Office by NLT the AGM on 17th October 2016.
(Rifles County Office, The Wardrobe,58 The Close, Salisbury. SP1 2EX


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.
Read on for press report and slideshow>>>



                                     A Gloster's War Horse Horse nicknamed 'The Sikh'
The 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,
where like the soldiers ‘The Sikh’ would have witnessed the terrifying artillery 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)


'The 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 Gibraltar.

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.


Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart who Commanded the 8th Battalion Glosters during the battle of the Somme 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:


 By CitizenNews | 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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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.


 GSM 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.
For full details see this link to the Veterans-UK website:


(abridged text from the Gloucester Citizen)
Photos by Christopher Ryland

The 'Likely Lads' with Paju Mayor In-Jae Lee and Gloucester Mayor Chris  Chatterton

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 monument.

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!


The Gathering


Wreath Laying

Remembering the  contribution of the RNF

Our veterans presenting scholarships to local school children

Mayor Lee with Huw Evans from Gloucester RFC

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 Gloucestershire Museum.

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  Back Badge Reunion a Great Success!

A huge thank you to all those members of the Association who attended the Service and marched through the City of Gloucester on Saturday afternoon. The turn out was considerably larger than the previous 2 years and the reception by the citizens of Gloucester was as warm as it has always been. Planning has started for next year and the date will be known shortly. Thank you once again for attending and if you didn’t then you must next year !  

Lets make next years event an even larger gathering so the City of Gloucester remembers the Association and those who wore the Back Badge and who did so much for their county and country with great pride. 

Stephen Oxlade Chairman

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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. Read Bill's Story>>>  see also
Bill Griffiths.

 See our photo gallery for the 2013 Back Badge Reunion Photos>>>>>

Remembrance Sunday Whitehall Cenotaph 10th November 2013
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Veterans home  in Gloucester

Opening the homes has also been made possible thanks to the dedication of an active group of local supporters, including; the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Chatterton and representatives from The Rifles. The group is headed up by Brigadier Simon Firth CBE, who is himself an ex-Gloster. We are also grateful to the many organisations and individuals who have given generously to support the home.

We’re delighted to announce that ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity will be donating £30,000 to the Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans each year for the next three years. The funding received from The Soldiers’ Charity will go a long way to help provide support for the homes, which cost £65,000 a year to run.

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The development of this home is actively supported by our Gloucestershire Ambassadors:
Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Robert Bernays, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Councillor Chris Chatterton, Mayor of Gloucester
Ian Mean – Editor of The Citizen
Brigadier Simon Firth CBE
Jane Jennings
Amanda Raybone J.P.
Anthony Raybone
Colonel Ian Harris
Commodore Jamie Miller
Chris Ryland

Claire Segrave

Charles Malet



Somerset Branch All Steamed Up!
Early Saturday morning, 28th September saw members and partners of the Somerset Branch gathering at Bishops Lydeard railway station ready to board the West Somerset Railway’s steam hauled train to take us to Blue Anchor, home of latest post service facility opened by the charity, Afghan Heroes.
Members chose this unique way to travel when they decided to visit the latest ‘Retreat’. Rebranded in June this year from the former Smugglers Inn, now renamed the ‘Smuggled Retreat’ and with five bedrooms and adjoining cottage it is ready to welcome former service personnel needing a base where they can overcome the traumatic experiences of recent warfare.

It is not surprising  that the Somerset Branch has developed a close affinity to ‘Afghan Heroes’ for it was on  Back Badge day 21st March last year, as Glosters gathered at the Ashcott Retreat to raise a glass or two to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Alexandria 1801, when in walked the first soldier to take advantage of the unique post services facility offered by Afghan Heroes. A Rifleman from 1 Rifles who prior to amalgamation served with the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment  and wore the Back Badge with pride.
The visit started off rather damp to say the least. It rained steadily as we waited for the photographer who for some reason failed to show so it was a bit of a rushed job to take a group photo before we got soaked! After we boarded the train the rain stopped, sods law……

It was a pleasure to have lads from Ashcott Retreat with us for the visit, they are always most welcome. Simon, the Manager and Mentor at Blue Anchor and his team did us proud, everyone enjoyed their meal and said they would return.





NCO's Cadre Minden


  Former Gloster Craig Marshall has been busy following up on his interest in the Korean war and the Glosters heroic stand at the Battle of the Imjin River.

He has extracted news reports from the archives of the 'Bristol Evening Post' as reported daily at that time. They make interesting reading such as the story of Des Fox and Herb Graham who having twice escaped their captors were marched in front of the Chinese Colonel who clearly despaired of them and gave them safe conduct passes to freedom!



To read the extracts published in the Bristol Evening Post read on>>>>

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John Skene MBE  a member of the Greater Bristol Branch of The Regimental Association.
 (Update: announced 12 November 2012. John is to be nominated for the City of Bristol's highest civic honour. Conservative leader councillor Peter Abraham will nominate John Skene MBE for The Lord Mayor's Medal. The honour is awarded each year to those adjudged to have given outstanding service towards improving the quality of life of others, often through voluntary charitable work

John was recently the guest of HRH Prince Andrew, along with other Burma Veterans, at Buckingham Palace. Prince Andrew spoke at length to John and other Burma Veterans, he was interested in their stories which enlarged his views following the Prince's recent visit to Burma.

John was born in 1919 and served as an engineer before he was called up to join the Glosters in the Spring of 1940.He served in France with the B.E.F. and was driven back across the Channel by Hitler's Army.

He saw short service in the coastal defence of Yorkshire in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was then transferred to the Far East joining Field Marshal Bill Slim's troops taking back the Kohima Area of Burma from the Japanese forces.

His experiences in this campaign were horrendous and affected the rest of his life. He saw native children who had been tied to trees and used as Bayonet Practice by Japanese soldiers, He had fellow soldiers killed and maimed all around him until finally he himself was seriously wounded when a 600 lb. shell exploded close to his head. He survived but has suffered recurring headaches all the rest of his life.

Eventually he returned to civilian life and employment in 1946,as an Engineer..
He received the MBE in recognition of his services to engineering in 2002

Lt Col. (ret'd) R. E. Coleman JP (ex Gloster)
Greater Bristol Branch, RGBW Regimental Association.

Read also: Bristol Post article by David Clensy>>>


Presentation of the Memorial Bench Seat to 4 Rifles

 Col. Stephen Oxlade, Chairman of the Regimental Association presents the Memorial Bench seat to 4 Rifles on behalf of the Regimental Association Branches who contributed to the purchase. The seat will be erected in the Memorial Garden at Ward Barracks at Bulford.



The dedication of the RGBW and antecedent Regiments Memorial took take place on 12 July 2012 at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of The Regimental Association of The Rifles and RGBW

In spite of appalling weather in the preceding days leading up the the event,  when it was reported that the site was flooded to the depth of 600mm, the floods receded and the sun shone down on us, creating the perfect setting for the unveiling . There were almost 400 members of all ranks present to participate in  the Dedication Service led by  the Chaplain to the Regimental Association, The Venerable Alan Jeans, in the presence of our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief of the Regiment.
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 4 Rifles Memorial Bench For The Garden of Remembrance at Ward Barracks, Bulford
 4 Rifles have a memorial garden at Ward Barracks where friends and family can visit and quietly remember those lost in recent conflicts. The Regimental Association, having raised funds for a similar Bench for 1 Rifles at Beachley It has been suggested that the Association should commission a further bench for the garden at Bulford.  
The cost of the bench is £800 of which £200 has already been raised.  As with the bench at Chepstow we will present it with an engraved plaque from the Association.

Please donate to this very worthwhile cause either through your Branch or individually. Send a cheque to Lesley made payable to RGBW Regimental Charities at the Rifles County Office in Gloucester.
The Rifles County Office,
31 Commercial Road,
Gloucester. GL1 2HE


Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards,

Stephen Oxlade
Chairman of the Regimental Association

The photographs below show the presentation of the first bench donated to 1 Rifles


 RGBW Return to Gorazde Project Photo Update:

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Thank you to all our supporters. All is on track. Team depart 9 -15 Jun.

BBC Points West/Radio Glos are now to accompany us for 3 days of filming. Points West will feature us on Tue, Wed, Thu 12,13 and 14th Jun. The dedication of the 2 x memorials is on Wed 13 Jun.

Further updates are at website  and at the very successful new Facebook site (RGBW.Gorazde) - (approx 100 friends so far!)

Once again, thank you so much to all our supporters who have made this possible.

Col Ian Harri

Former RGBW L/Cpl Andy Grant.
Andy Grant from Boston Spa, who previously served in 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (RGBW).
was ordained into the Priesthood by The Archbishop of York On Sunday 3rd June in York Minster.

A week after his ordination, Andy Grant will be going back to Gorazde, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with twelve other ex-RGBW soldiers to re-erect two memorial to four colleagues who died there in September 1994. Andy, along with the Battalion’s Padre, the Revd Patrick Irwin, will bless the memorials to Privates Ben Hinton, Philip Armstrong, Martin Dowdell, and Chris Turner.

Andy Grant said, “I’ve been serving four parish churches within the Benefice of Bramham, Boston Spa, as a Deacon for a year, and this first year has been a real privilege, and great learning experience. During this period that I was made aware of a plan by Colonel Ian Harris (whom I served under when in the Army) to return to Bosnia with a team to re-dedicate some memorial stones in honour of colleagues who died there back in 1994. The plan has since flourished, and the trip is now a reality, and it is a great honour for me to be invited along to lead the service of re-dedication as a minister.

“It is hard to say beforehand what impact this trip may have upon me, as I was injured in one of the incidents where our colleagues were killed, but it is a unique opportunity to restore these memorial stones to their rightful place, to honour the memory of fallen friends, and one which I would not want to miss. The accident itself was extremely traumatic and I recall God's protecting hand on my life that day in a very real way. What is difficult to understand or explain is why those other lads were not saved - this will remain for me always an unanswerable question in this lifetime.”

For more information on the The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment return trip to Gorazde
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                              The Plaques Refurbished (Mrs Lee-Browne) for Gorazde. Now in Sarajevo. Click thumbnail to enlarge


Bristol -  Gloucestershire Back Badge Service and Parade Bristol 11th March 2012
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  Click links below to read and view BBC coverage of Imjin60 19th April 2011
.Korean War veterans remember Battle of Imjin River

Gloucestershire Regiment remembered. As reported by ITV West Country
A new exhibition which commemorates the bravery of the Gloucestershire regiment has been opened at the Soldiers Of Gloucestershire Museum. It coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the battle of Imjin in the Korean war, in which led to the regiment being called the Glorious Glosters.

As the 'Glorious Glosters' commemorate 60 years since the Battle of Imjin in Korea, here is the chance to look at a documentary produced by HTV West ten years ago, when regiment members returned to the scenes of battle.


By: Claire Satchwell

As reported by MARTIN PHILLIPS, Senior Feature Writer The Sun

Battle of Imjin River veterans returned to South Korea
A group of war veterans have returned to South Korea 60 years after fighting in the famous Battle of Imjin River



We are grateful to Uley Brewery who produced a Special Brew to mark the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin in April 2011

The ale is available in a number of Real Ale pubs in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
Chas Wright

Chas Wright, proprietor of Uley Brewery says "We feel a special affinity with the Glosters, our County Regiment and with the Late Rev. Sam Davies MBE".
Sam as you know  was padre to the Glosters at Imjin and was himself taken prisoner along with the wounded.

When Rev. 'Sam' finally return to civilian life he became Vicar of Uley and maintained his close links with the regiment.


On the  15th March 2011
Ben Whichurch and Bert Fulgonil, Veterans of the Battle of the Imjin River were present at Uley Brewery to Start the brewing process of the 'Glorious Glosters Ale'

They are pictured with Uley's Head Brewer
Ken Lush

Capt. Charlie Stevens 6 Rifles, adds the
second batch of hops to the Glorious
Glosters Ale under the watchful eye
of Uley Brewery's head brewer, Ken Lush.



News From George Rogerson
Friends of George Rogerson will be pleased to hear that Gorge is back at home, taking it easy and recovering from a heart attacked suffered a few weeks ago. I am sure we all wish him a speedy recovery to full health.
George and Anita had planned to be in Gloucester for the Imjin and Back Badge Reunion on the 2nd of April but unfortunately will not be able to make it. But send their good wishes to everyone.
George, who lives in Chirk near Wrexham is Chairman of his local Branch of the Royal British Legion. Where it is clear the press report below, he and Anita have been very active.

George says  "the branch needed a new Standard and that led to a new flagpole which ended up with what we have today, there was no plans laid down just some ideas I had and some I used from a trip to El-Alamein Cemetery Egypt.
I had great encouragement from the Branch and locals, and was assisted in the build my my good friend Keith who is pictured to my right and has been to a few reunions as a guest and is a branch committee member."

Members and friends gathered for a special ceremony at the Royal British Legion Club in Chirk on Sunday afternoon. A new branch flag was officially unveiled followed by the dedication of a plaque by a Second World War veteran to mark the sacrifice of members of the armed forces over the years.
The flag and the plaque now have pride of place in the grounds of the club which has been lovingly face lifted by officials and members.

The new branch flag was unveiled by Wrexham’s deputy mayor Cllr Ian Roberts. Gron Roberts, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, dedicated the plaque.
Prayers were led by branch padre, the Rev Ben Parry.
The grounds were renovated over a period of six weeks by branch chairman George Rogerson with the help of his wife Anita, treasurer Mike Davies and committee member Keith Dalby.’
Mr Rogerson said “we also had a lot of support from members of the local community and we hope people of Chirk will come to the club to have a look at and what we have done and to enjoy the front of the building.”

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Hundreds of families of war veterans across the South West could be missing out on large inheritance tax savings, because they’re not aware of a little-used tax exemption. Read on >>>>>

Continuing care for Veterans
The purpose of this note is to remind those involved in the care of veterans that:-
As long as the clinical need remains, the commitments contained in the Command Paper, ‘The Nation’s Commitment: Cross-Government Support to our Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans’ and the Department of Health Written Ministerial Statement on the Medical Care of veterans of 11th January 2010, Read on>>>>>


 Renaming of RAF Innsworth to Imjin Barracks, Friday 21st November 2008

Veterans of the Imjin Battle in attendance at the ceremony . Ben Whitchurch - Tony Fulgoni
Col Guy Temple - Sam Mercer - Tony Eagles

Uniformed representatives of thirteen NATO nationalities were present.
Imjin Barracks will be home to the Allied Rapid Reaction Force from 2010. A force of about 1,000 drawn from NATO forces. Amongst those representing the Regiment at the ceremony were Maj Gen Robin Grist, Brig Martin Vine, Brig Simon Firth, Lt Col Guy Temple, Lt Col John Denley, Lt Col Rob Dixon, Major Leslie Ramsden and ex Korean POWs Sam Mercer, Tony Eagles, Ben Whitchurch and Tony Fulgoni. An oak tree was planted by the CGS to mark the occasion


 Veterans The Elizabeth Cross – Died On Operations Recognition Award

This new award has been created to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism since WW2. Many of our older families who lost loved ones as far back as Korea will of course be included. If you are in touch with such families, please tell them about it and how to claim: Click here to go to the Veterans Agency Website for more details and link to application forms for both the Medal and Scroll

Note: Not all deaths of Service personnel are included in this scheme. To Quote the MOD.The death of any service person, whatever the circumstances, is a tragic loss to his or her family and to the Armed Forces as a whole, but the Elizabeth Cross was instituted specifically to recognise the unique challenges that service personnel face on operations and from terrorism, and the particular burden this places on Service families.

[Picture: Sgt Andy Malthouse, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]



 From 1 January 2008, all veterans should receive priority access to NHS secondary care for any

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                                      Veterans Badge Extended to 1994
The Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been extended to those who served  as recently as Iraq and Afghanistan
he current HM Armed Forces and UK Merchant Seafarers badge scheme have both been extended to include everyone who has ever served in the UK Armed Services There is no qualifying length of Service.
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                                                 CAP OF HONOUR
The final Chapters in the history of the Glosters have now been added. On sale at the Online shop or over the counter at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester Docks
Price £18.99  [details]

Made in Bristol Blue Glass; this special edition Gloucestershire Regiment Back Badge paperweight by CGA Engraving of Dursley.  Each order can be personalised by adding your name and years of service or rank & number. For each paperweight sold a donation will be made to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Inscribed £25.90 inc P&P With no inscription £23.90


The Glorious Glosters by The Band of, The Gloucestershire Regiment with special guest Johnny Coppin RSKCD 109.
Click here available from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Online Shop £12 inc VAT

An album of music and songs that evoke the Regiment's strong association with its county, and a rare combination of military band and a singer/songwriter. Released in 1990 and voted one of the best six albums of the year by Gramophone magazine. The music includes "Folk Song Suite" by Vaughan Williams, "The Intermezzo From 1st Suite in E flat" by Gustav Holst, and "Three English Dances" by Roger Quilter. The songs include the specially commissioned title song "The Glorious Glosters", "Contrasts" by Ivor Gurney, and new arrangements of Frank Mansell's "The Roads Go Down", F.W. Harvey's "Song of Gloucestershire" and "Warning", and Leonard Clark's "This Night The Stars".
An album of timeless English music.
Engineered by Richard Millard. Produced by Andrew Bennett and Johnny Coppin.

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Marking the end of the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Light Infantry
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The Future
The Rifles Formation Parade held at Basra Palace 1 February 2007

Sporting the cap badges of the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry (DDLI), the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, the Royal Green Jackets and the Light Infantry for the last time
[Picture: Cpl Andy Benson (RAF)]
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