News From the Glosters

The funeral of Tony Taylor

Service Notice. We have now received details and service requests for the funeral of Tony Taylor of The Gloucestershire Regiment, who passed away on Wednesday 20thDecember 2024. His daughter Dawn has requested full Association support for the funeral which will take place at Weston Super Mare Crematorium, Ebdon Road, Worle, Weston Super Mare, Somerset, BS22 9NY on Tuesday the 16th of January 2024 at 1330hrs.

The county chairman will be supplying the regimental Drape, Wreath, Hat and belt and Dawn has also requested a Bugler, Standard bearers and pallbearers if possible. Could any standard bearer who is available to attend please contact me directly. We have already had two volunteers as pallbearers, four more are required, if possible, again names to me please in advance.

All Tony's pals and association members are welcome to attend the funeral and afterwards, at 1445hrs, there will be a wake at the 49 Social Club, 24 - 28 Baker Street, Weston super Mare, Somerset, BS23 3AE.

Anyone wishing to attend the wake should contact me to book catering numbers for Dawn. Tony requested that any donations at his funeral should be made to the Regimental Association to enable its continued funeral support for members and families.

There will also be a collection on the day, but for those who cannot attend or for easier payment, bank details are RGBW Association Somerset, Sort Code: 30 99 51 Acct No 00545601 and include “TT” in the description box. Thank you

Reminder - Service Notice: Tony Taylor

Reminder - Service Notice: Tony Taylor of The Gloucestershire Regiment. The service will take place on Tuesday the 16th of January 2024 at Weston Super Mare Crematorium, Ebdon Road, Worle, Weston Super Mare, Somerset, BS22 9NY at 1330hrs. The wake afterwards is being held at the 49 Social Club, 24 - 28 Baker Street, Weston super Mare, Somerset, BS23 3AE.

Post Service Report – Brian (Bri) Wright

Friday saw the funeral of Brian Wright take place at Torbay Crematorium, Devon, and later a celebration of his life at The Crown and Sceptre, St Marychurch, Torquay. The Regiment was extremely well represented, It was a huge challenge to get over 150 people into an 80-seater facility but using every square inch of standing room we accomplished it! I would like to thank Len Keeling for organising the minibus down from Gloucester, the four Standard Bearers: Scott McBryde, Roger Smith, Steven Tierney and the local British Legion representative. Also grateful to the six volunteer pallbearers on the day, Eddie Kenneford, Ben Casey, John Davies, Tony Jones, Allan Winchester and Dave Stone.
Chas Deacon the Celebrant held it all together nicely and the two Senior Rank musicians from The Rifles gave a great rendition of the Last Post, leaving hardly a dry eye in the building. The live service video link has been taken down for editing but will be published again shortly using the details issued previously. Feedback from the family during the day was outstanding and made all the hard work very worthwhile. I would like to thank Bob, Sadie and Clair for hosting the day's events including the most welcoming celebrations I have ever attended in a Pub. Last, but not least, a huge thank you to all the members of the Regiment who turned up and made the day such a great success, it was a great tribute to the “Glosters” family and its former members.
Should anyone have missed donating during the day, and would like to do so, the details are as follows: RGBW Association Somerset. Sort Code: 30 99 51 Acct No 00545601 and include “BW” in the description box, thank you.

Martin Talling
“by our deeds, we are known”

Brian Wright's funeral

The funeral of Brian Wright which took place yesterday was well supported due to his popularity.
The crematorium was small hence standing room only nonetheless the Standard Bearers, Buglers x2, wreath presentation and general military side was professionally organised by Martin Talling and went down well with family and friends
RIP Bri
Len RU

Brian Wright's Funeral - Webcast

For those who cannot attend in person the funeral service of Brian Wright will be live streamed;
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Webcast details for the service of Brian Wright at 10:30 (GMT) on Friday 8th December, at Torbay Crematorium Chapel, run by Torbay & District Funeral Service are as below.
Link:
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Password: 643919
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Update on Brian Wright's Funeral

Updated Service Notice: A service for Brian Wright will be held on Friday the 8th of December 2023 at 1030hrs at Torbay Cemetery & Crematorium, Hele Road, Torquay TQ2 7QG. The Regimental Association will be giving his family full support for a military funeral with a regimental Drape, Wreath, Hat and belt, Pall Bearers, Standard Bearers and Bugler. Len Keeling will be bringing a 19-seater mini bus from Gloucester, (front entrance SOGM on Commercial Road at 0600hrs (TBC)) He is happy to fill the remaining seats on a first-come first-served basis. With possible pick-up on-route at Gordano Services Junction 19 of the M5. Anyone wishing to book a seat is to contact Len directly at 07414945062. Dress Regimental Ties. Brian's family cordially invites any Gloster friends and family to attend the service and the wake afterwards, which will be at the Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, Torquay TQ1 4QA. There is only a small car park at the back of the pub, but there is a large bus/car-friendly car park at the Babbacombe model village; and 2 other car parks with good capacity next to Bygones and behind the Driftwood Café. There is also free street parking in various areas, with the closest being marked on the undermentioned map. All locations marked are less than 2-8 minutes amble from the pub. For information, Fore Street is pedestrianised.

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 😊

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-pgO2s780

Post Funeral Report - Leslie Alfred Ralph Allen, 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, 1930 – 2023

Post Funeral Report - Leslie Alfred Ralph Allen, 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, 1930 – 2023

Yesterday saw the funeral of Les Allen take place at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire and later a celebration of his life at Totten. The regiment was well represented with the last commanding officer giving a regimental tribute, both County Chairman's with four standard bearers in attendance and a total of eight standards on parade. The Korean military attaché, Lt Col Yang was also present with his family. It was also nice to see many other non-Gloster veterans on parade. There is a video link attached for the service and a photo taken at the wake after a well-earned beer.
Feedback from the family was outstanding and made all the hard work very worthwhile, the association really does live up to "by our deeds we are known"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-pgO2s780

Service Notice Update - Leslie Alfred Ralph Allen, Ist Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, 1930 – 2023

Funeral details have now been updated, for Korean and Imjin veteran Leslie Alfred Ralph Allen, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, who died on the 19th of July 2023.

The last commanding officer 1 Glosters, two county chairmen and a four-man standard party will support the family at the service, providing the Regimental drape, wreath and standards; the Rifles are supplying a bugler.

All association veterans and serving Rifle personnel are invited to attend.

The funeral will take place at Romsey Abbey, Church Lane Romsey SO51 8EP at 11 30am on Thursday 24th August.

There will be a celebration of his life held afterwards at the Totton Recreation Club, 66 Rumbridge Street, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9DS. “By our deeds, we are known

The Funeral of Leslie Allen,

No More Parades - Service Notice: Funeral details have now been released for Korean and Imjin veteran Leslie Allen, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, who died on the 19th of July 2023. The Association County Chairman will be supporting the family at the service, providing the Regimental drape and wreath and the Rifles are supplying a bugler. We are still trying to supply standard bearers. The funeral will take place at Romsey Abbey, Church Lane Romsey SO51 8EP at 11 30am on Thursday 24th August. There will be a celebration of his life held afterwards at the Totton Recreation Club, 66 Rumbridge Street, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9DS.

Funeral of Major Philip Henry Hall MBE

The funeral of Major Philip Henry Hall MBE will take place at All Saints Church, Lydiard Millicent, Nr Swindon, SN5 5LS on Monday 20th March 2023 at 11.00 am. Family flowers only, donations if desired may be made to Myeloma UK (Myeloma.org.uk) and ABF, The Soldiers Charity (soldierscharity.org). The service will be followed by a reception at the Bolingbroke Arms, Hook Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8DZ. All are welcome to attend but please inform either Mrs Debbie Hards (01823 333434 // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mrs Tracey Clarke (07887 556364) in advance. Several will know Sandra Hopwood, Phil’s partner, and correspondence may be addressed to her at 12 St Peter’s Close, Goodworth Clatford, Andover, Hants, SP11 7SF. Mrs Tracey Clarke is Philip Hall’s daughter and next of kin.
Letters of condolence may be sent to Tracey at 26 Goose Green, Hook, Hants, RG27 9QT.

Please be warned there is limited parking in the vicinity of All Saints Church.

Service Reminders For This Week (4):

Service Reminders For This Week (4):

Stephen (Steve) Edward James Wright, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, the funeral service will be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Fore Street, Torquay, TQ1 4QY on Monday 30th of January 2023 at 13.45. Please wear what you are comfortable with. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, for the Rowcroft Hospice at Home team by retiring collection.


Mark Bessell, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, the funeral service will be held at Bristol South Crematorium, on Friday 3rd February at 3 pm. No flowers please, but if you would like to show your appreciation for the impact Mark has had on your life, please donate to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team which brought Mark home to his family.


Philip Miller, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, the funeral service will be held at Sedgemoor Crematorium Stretcholt TA6 4SR at 1100hrs on Monday 30th January 2023. No flowers please, but should anyone wish to donate, there is a just-giving site at: Crowdfunding to In memory of Philip Allen (Dusty) Miller 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment 28th/61st on JustGiving

Richard Smith will be held at Gloucester crematorium on Friday 3rd February @ 1pm and the wake will be held at Stroud rfc , family flowers only , donations to Gloucester royal hospital intensive care unit charity

Upcoming Funerals

Listed below are dates and times for upcoming funerals

  • Phill Miller-Somerset 30 January 11:00hrs
  • Richard Smith- Gloucester Crem 3 February 13:00hrs
  • Alan Putterill- Cinderford Crem 17 February 13:00hrs
  • Ivor Panting- Glos St Barnabas ch ( burial) 24 February time tbc
With the exception of Alan Putterill all will have bearers, wreath and bugler