News From the Glosters

RE: Les Allen’s Funeral & Wake

I would like to add my thanks to all who attended, despite the Clergy, it was an outstanding day with amazing feedback and thank yous from family & friends.
The undertakers were particularly impressed with our professionalism and conduct.
Attached is a video link to the service which I did not know was running.
Well done everyone, “By our deeds we are known” was never more demonstrated!

Yours aye
Martin Vine

PS: Hope everyone got home OK, I had to stop halfway for a power nap 😊

Veterans ID Card

The Veterans’ Recognition Scheme has a two-phase rollout. Phase 1 is complete; with Service leavers receiving a recognition card as part of the discharge process.

Phase 2 is to extend the scheme to existing veterans so that they can more quickly, easily and securely prove they served in the UK Armed Forces so they can access the services they need.

There is a need to future-proof the roll-out and ensure that we are giving ID cards only to those with verified service to guard against fraudulent use as veterans become able to access a wider range of benefits.

In the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan (2022-2024) the government committed to exploring the secure, digital verification of veterans’ status. This work is underway, and we are currently working with veterans and other stakeholders to ensure any solution meets the needs of all veterans. This will support delivery of the Phase 2 roll out of ID cards. The government is still committed to delivering ID cards but cannot give a timescale for final delivery as this work is in progress.

Last reviewed 15 February 2022

Source New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers - GOV.UK (

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Message from The Webmaster

Hi there

Some of you may have noticed some changes with this website!

My name is Jim Waterfall and since the death of Dusty Miller I have taken over the duties of webmaster for the Glosters. I realise that I have a very hard act to follow after Dusty’s magnificent contributions to the Association and the Glosters website over the years and I hope that you will be as supportive of me as you were of Dusty.

Whilst I am not a Gloster, I did serve for 17½years with 1DERR, leaving with the rank of Sgt in 1991 (20 years including Junior Soldiers at Oswestry).

I have made changes to the website as it was in, my opinion, in need of a makeover, making it easier to navigate and more relevant to you.

One thing that I will ask of you all is that this is YOUR website and we need you to contribute material for the website, photo’s, reports on events, news on our veterans in fact anything that you may think a Gloster maybe interested in.

One last point, as with DERR, I do not believe that whilst there may be ex-servicemen, there is no such thing as an ex-Gloster, once a Gloster, always a Gloster.

So I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you as your webmaster and to carry forward Dusty’s legacy into the future.