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The County Office, Gloucester

Rifles County Office:

31 Commercial Road


GL1 2HE.



Jul 21

The death of Band Sgt BL (Bernard Lea) Weltch

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of 5577635 Band Sgt BL (Bernard Lea) Weltch aged 86 on 6th July 2017. Bernard served with the Wilts regiment from 1946-1957, his funeral will take place on 25th July at 1200hrs Exeter Crematorium, anyone whom may of known him or would wish to attend will be welcome.

Jul 5

The death WO2 RG (Roland Gerald) Clarke

I have been passed today the very sad news of the death of 23859130 WO2 RG (Roland Gerald) Clarke. Roland served with DERR from Dec 1964 till April 1981. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are sent to Roland’s family at this very sad time.

Funeral 10 am 13th July 2017 at Swindon Crematorium

Post Code SN 25 6 SG

Jun 29

The death of Major Donald Welsh


It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of Major Donald Welsh formerly of the Wiltshire regiment and latterly of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment.
Major Welsh died on the 22nd June 2017, aged 88 years, at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. His funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium, Whiteway Road, Bath BA2 2RQ on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 1.45 p.m.

If any wish to give donations they will be gratefully received for the Macular Society or Help for Heroes and can be sent to the Funeral Directors, Messrs E. Hooper & Son at 13, St. James’s Parade, Bath BA1 1UL Tel. No. 01225 422040.

If it is your wish to send condolences to Donald’s daughter Mrs Penny Fyall they can be sent to her at Donald’s former address – 11, Pierrepont Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1LA.

Our sincere condolences and wishes are with Penny and her family at this very sad time.

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!

The Farmers Boys Team:

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




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:
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

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

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