Jun 14

Royal British Legion London to Paris Charity Cycle Ride

Royal British Legion London to Paris Charity Cycle Ride
31 August – 4 September 2017

A team of Farmers Boys (people who served in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment) are riding in the 2017 Royal British Legion London to Paris Charity Cycle ride, currently the team consist of Farren Drury, John Marsh (both taking it very seriously) and myself (just taking it seriously).

We have a Team Page and each of our individual fundraising efforts will combine in the Team effort. So – if you would like to get behind us individually or collectively – sponsor any one of us or the Team AND the Royal British Legion and the great people it supports will be very happy – and so will we!

John: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Marsh-FarmersBoys-PedaltoParis17
Mike: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Cornwell4
Me: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/FarmersBoysL2P17
The Farmers Boys Team: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/FarmersBoysL2P17

Jun 14

Th Death of Geoff Young,

Geoff Young, a 4th Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment veteran from WW2, who wrote a book providing a soldiers view of the 4th Battalions exploits from D Day until the VE day.

The following message has been received from Geoff’ son Mark:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved father passed away last Friday 9th June, after a stay in hospital following a fall at home.

The Regimental Museum played a very important part in his life, and he was delighted to have received the Legion d' Honneur medal last July along with his friend Roy Goulding. He was always most grateful to you and your colleagues for arranging that most memorable event.

Margrit our mother is now very frail and has requested a very small family funeral. In the meantime we are requesting that donations in Dad's memory be made to the Wardrobe Museum

I will be in touch when I have more details of arrangements.

our most sincere condolences to his family

Jun 9

The Devizes Reunion 2017

The Devizes Reunion was took place on Sun 4 June 2017.  Due to poor communications and the late publication of the event date, especially to those members not on the internet, the turnout was not what we are used to.  Those attending congregated in the Market Place Devizes at 1200hrs.  (Photo 1).  The Standards were marched to St Johns Church and the remainder followed them at their own pace to arrive by 1212hrs.   An excellent memorial service was led by the Venerable Alan Jeans and was supported by the St Johns Church Choir.  After the service the congregation moved from the church to the Devizes and Roundway War Memorial where a wreath was laid in memory of the soldiers of the Wiltshire Regiment.  The Last Post and reveille was sounded by Fran Cowley (Wiltshire Regiment Band) Who had during the same week reached the ripe age of  90 years old.  (photo 2).   The day concluded with a total of 54 people sitting down to a first class lunch, supplied by Annies Catering, in the Devizes Town Hall.
Jun 1

The Death of Sgt DJ (Steve) McPherson

    

 I pass onto you the news received this morning from Bill & Jill Sherman regarding the death of 23564973 Sgt DJ (Steve) McPherson.

Steve died on 31.05.2017, he served with Royal Berkshire, DERR, Glosters and 1 Wessex from 1958-1980 seeing duty in Cyprus, Malta, BOAR, Malaya and Belize.

Our sincere condolences and deepest thoughts are with Steve’s family at this very sad time.

May 18

22nd JULY 2017 SALAMANCA DAY (RIFLEMAN’S GATHERING)

22nd JULY 2017

SALAMANCA DAY (RIFLEMAN’S GATHERING)

CELBRATING

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE RIFLES REGIMENT

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 web site: https://www.therifles.co.uk/event/the-rifleman-s-gathering
There are more details of the event that can be gleaned from The Rifles Website: www.therifles.co.uk

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
Chairman
The Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association

May 15

The death of Michael Collins

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the very sad news of the death of Cpl Michael Leonard Collins on Monday 1st May as reported by his son Ian. Our thought are with Ian and his family at this very sad time.

Michael served from 1954-1973 with DERR seeing service in Cyprus etc.

Michaels funeral will take place on Wednesday 31st May 11.15am at Kingsdown Crematorium Swindon and all are welcome to attend.

Feb 12

Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Association

Dear Association Member,
There will be an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Association at 1100 hrs on Saturday 18th February 2017 at the Wyvern Club, Devizes, in order to agree the revised draft of the Association Constitution.
Please find attached the following:
a. The Calling Notice and Agenda
b. The revised draft Constitution.
c. A suggested draft Constitution by Colonel Daly.
d. The findings of the Executive Committee on both draft Constitutions.
e. The draft Minutes of the Previous AGM held in Aldershot on Sat 8 October 2016 (for information only and for agreement at the next AGM)
f. A letter from Maj Gen Welch Chairman of the RGBW Regimental Charities to all Former Officers and Soldiers of the RGBW Forming Regiments.
Coffee and tea will be available from 1030 hrs at the Wyvern Club, Devizes, for the EGM on 18th Feb. Please note that there is very little parking at the Wyvern Club so please allow time to park elsewhere in Devizes and walk to the Wyvern Club.
Please let Sue Nelmes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01962 828532) know whether you are able to attend the EGM ASAP. Maximum numbers at the Wyvern Club is 120 and if numbers exceed this then the EGM may have to be held elsewhere. If this does occur, then you will be informed by email and information will be placed on the Association Web sites and Facebook sites.
Please note that the only issue that will be discussed at this EGM will be the draft Constitution. There will be no discussion on RGBW Trustee or other Regimental matters.
Due to the lack of clerical support in the Rifles Office, Gloucester, you may receive this information more than once as every effort is being made to contact all members of the Association.
Stephen Oxlade

Col (Retd) S J Oxlade MBE
Chairman

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Feb 6

The Death of Mr Albert Strange,The Gloucestershire Regiment

Mr Albert Henry Strange, a WW2 veteran from The Gloucestershire Regiment passed away on 22-01-2017, in his 98th year. The funeral will take place at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 14th February at Holy Trinity Church, 32 Watermoor Roads, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JR. The Service will be followed by the burial at Chesterton Cemetry. The family would like members of the Regiment to know that they are particularly welcome to attend the funeral. Those members who wish to attend are encouraged to contact Loreley Connor via e-mail...This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jan 24

letter from Major General Nicholas Welch, Chairman RGBW Regimental Charities.

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment on Saturday 18th February 2017. It will take place at The Wyvern Club, 51 Church Walk, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3AA. The meeting will begin at 1100 am. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and approve the new Constitution of the Association.
· Many are already aware that Lt Col (Retd) Tim Lerwill and Mrs Sue Nelmes, who previously worked from the Salisbury office, have moved to Winchester. In sum Salisbury office functions are now run from Winchester. Meanwhile e-mail addresses have remained the same (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). As a result of this move Major General Nicholas Welch seeks a Project Leader / Chairman to lead on the Salisbury Officers’ Lunch. Volunteers should make themselves known to the General through either Office.
· The Rifles office Taunton, with the aid of volunteers, is managing the disposal of surplus items in the possession of the RGBW Trust, stored in Gloucester. A catalogue is being prepared and will be available in due course. Once the catalogue is released there will be a period of three months during which bids will be received. Bids will be considered and awarded after the three month period has elapsed. Explanatory rules and bidding proformas will accompany the release of the catalogue.

Lastly, you would wish to be aware of the following functions taking place this year:

· Association EGM – Devizes (see above) – Saturday 18th February
· Gloucestershire Reunion – Saturday 18th March | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
· Dedication of a Memorial Stone to LCpl WELCH VC, Stratfield Saye – Saturday 29th April | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
· Devizes Reunion – Sunday 4th June
· Salisbury Weekend – Saturday 1st July - Officers Lunch |Association Dinner Dance || Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service
· Maiwand Weekend (Reading) – 22nd & 23rd July
· Chavenage Lunch – Sunday 22nd October
· Ferozeshah Reunion – Saturday 2nd December

Jan 24

The Death of Col PJ King OBE

Phillip King died today, Sunday 22nd January 2017, at 3.25am. He had been diagnosed with cancer less than 6 months ago and had been in St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich since Christmas. He was 57.

A private family funeral and burial will be held at St Mary’s Church in Naughton, Suffolk, the village to which he and Jan moved in Summer 2016.

The celebration of Col King's life is on the 4th February at St Michael & All Saint's church, Sandhurst at 11.30am. Followed, at approx. 1pm by a wake in the R.M.A. If anyone would like to attend, the family do ask they let them know as they will need names and licence plate details to add to the list on the gate so people can enter camp.
Col King wanted no flowers but asked for donations to St. Elizabeth Hospice and for The Wardrobe (The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum).

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