Jan 24

The Death of Major Rod Hicks MBE

Through the Regimental grapevine we have heard that Major Rod Hicks MBE, former RSM and QM of DERR and QM of the Royal School of Music at Kneller Hall has passed away over.

His son Rodney has asked that anyone who has memories, thoughts or comments that he may use to collate as a Remembrance of his father to email them to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The funeral of Major (Retd.) Rodney George Hicks MBE, will be held at Kingsdown crematorium on Friday 17th February 2017 at 12.30pm.

Family flowers only please, Dad would hate money being spent unnecessarily.

A wake service will be held after the crematorium at Kempsford Village Hall. Buffet & beverages will be provided.

All very welcome to attend the crematorium and wake.

It is confirmed that the crematorium is:

Kingsdown Crematorium and Cemetery
Kingsdown Road
SN25 6SG

Kempsford is about 8 miles north of the crematorium

Jan 21

50th Anniversary Reunion Wessex Volunteers TA

50th Anniversary Reunion Wessex Volunteers TA

Lt. Col (Retd) Adrian Grazbrook writes:

1 Wessex reunion - 1 April 2017
I am writing to you in connection with the 50lh anniversary reunion to mark the formation of the TA Battalion, The Wessex Volunteers, which later became 1 Wessex (in succession to 5 Glosters).

I imagine that some of you may have served with the Battalion, either as TA soldiers or Regular attached.

All the details will be found in the two enclosures to this letter(attached below).As we do not have a nominal roll It would be much appreciated if you could circulate the details to any personnel who may have served with 1 Wessex, with the request that they in turn circulate to anyone else outside the Association who might be interested.

Adrian Grazebrook Lt. Col. (retired)

For details of 1 Wessex Reunion Click here>>>

For Proforma for 1 Wessex Reunion Click here>>>

Jan 9

The death of Pte J Grady 5th Wilts

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the message I received today from 5572953 Pte JA Grady’s daughter Pauline regarding her father’s death.

Pte Grady died on 21/12/2016 aged 99 yrs. He served with the 5th Bn wilts from 1940-45.

A Catholic service will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 1300hrs at St Thomas Moore Church Sheldon Birmingham followed by a cremation at 14.30 at Yardley Crematorium, all of which are welcome to attend.

Please pass on this very sad news to anyone whom may wish to know, our thoughts are with Pauline and her family at this very sad time.

Jan 5

Back Badge Reunion 2017


The Gloucestershire Reunion of The Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017. The Reunion comprises three parts:

• Back Badge Church Service at St Mary de Lode Church, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, GL1 2QT. All are asked to be seated by 1.45 pm.
• Afternoon tea reception, from 3.00 to 4.00 pm, within the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral.
• Evening drinks at The Gables Hotel (Best Western Bristol North), Bristol Road, Falfield, GL12 8DL, beginning at 6.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.00 pm.

The Reunion Dinner will include a three course meal. One bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine, as well as water, will be placed on each table. The cost is £20.00 per head and includes coffee and mints after dinner. Pre-dinner drinks are not included within this price. After dinner there will be music and for those that wish, dancing. With respect to transport, Branches should liaise with each other concerning arrangements and funding of coaches.

The Gables Hotel have set aside a number of rooms on the night of 18th March at a cost of £72 per standard double room, including breakfast. Rooms should be booked direct with the Gables Hotel on 01454 260502 quoting the booking reference allocation Rifles/RGBW.

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Jan 4

The death of Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley

The death of 23866102 Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley aged 80 yrs. Tom served in the D&D’s and the DERR from 1961-1970.
Tom passed away in the early hours of the 22 Dec 2016 at his home on the island of Jersey His funeral will take place at Jersey crematorium on the 9 January 2017 at 12 o'clock

Dec 20

New Constitution

Dear Members,


Many are already aware there will be an Extraordinary Meeting of The Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association at Devizes on Saturday 18th February 2017.  The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the Association’s new Constitution.  Adoption of the Constitution at the Annual General Meeting held, this Autumn, at Aldershot was not possible.  It will be exceedingly disappointing if the new Constitution is not successfully adopted on Saturday 18th February 2017.  Consequently should any member have any comment on the wording of the proposed Constitution, as attached, you are asked to send succinct notes clearly stating the paragraph to which you may refer as well as any suggested wording by way of replacement or addition.  


The most recent version of the Constitution is attached.  Please any keep comment simple, short and to the point and send it to Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Lt Col (Retd) Tim Lerwill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 9th January 2017.  Thereafter the Chairman of the Association will consider comment with the Executive Committee and President.


Yours sincerely


Mike Motum        


The Rifles County Secretary

For Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire

Custom House, Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2HE, Gloucestershire || 01452 522682  || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14 Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3QB || 01823 333434 || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dec 17

Pte Ronald Charles Hawkins, DERR

The death of 23933423 Pte RC (Ronald Charles) Hawkins aged 74. On the 14th December 2016. Ron served from 1962-71 DERR Regular, 3yrs Reserve plus 1yr 38 Days TA Army REME

Our thoughts and sad condolences are sent to his family at this very sad time.

Dec 17

EGM Calling Notice

I would like to make All Members aware that the Regimental HQ (Salisbury) Office in The Wardrobe Regimental Museum is to close wef 16th December 2016. It will move to RHQ The Rifles (Salisbury), Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS over the Christmas Stand Down and is to re-open for business on Wednesday 4th January 2017. It will continue to support the Association from this new location. Contact details are:

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lerwill OBE  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01962 828501

AO Sue Nelmes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 01962 828532

AS a result of this Move, the Annual Newsletter has been delayed. The Office will work on the 2017 Edition during January for publication in March. Branches are requested to forward their Notes to reach the Editor by NLT 27th January 2017.

This delay requires me to alert All Members to the Annual Gatherings (Reunions) now to allow you to make your plans to attend. The Dates are:

  1. GLOUCESTER – Saturday 18th March
  2. DEVIZES – Sunday 28th May
  • Saturday 1st July – Officers Lunch  (Wardrobe) & Association Dinner & Dance (SWGC)
  • Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service and Lunch (Wardrobe)
  • Saturday 22nd July – Church Parade, Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens & AGM
  • Sunday 23rd July -  Remembrance Service, Brock Barracks

Attendance returns for the reunions will be available on the Association web site shortly.

IMPORTANT. I wish to draw your attention to the Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Association called for Saturday 18th February 2017 to take place at the Wyvern Club, Devizes. The Calling Notice is found below. The aim is to approve the Revised Constitution. This will be emailed to All Members together with a Meeting Agenda at the end of January 2017. As many as are able are encouraged to attend.

Lastly, I wish All Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Col (Retired) SJ Oxlade MBE


Nov 24

514915 Capt EA Millard DERR deceased

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the sad news received from David Leadbetter informing us of the death of 514915 Capt EA (Eric) Millard.

Eric served with the DERR and his service history spans from 1960-87. Funeral details are to follow.

Please pass on this very sad news to all whom wish to know.

Monday 5th December @ 14:40
Barnham Crematorium
Canterbury Road (A260)
Nr Canterbury
Kent CT4 6QU

Nov 19



 Many will be sad to hear of the recent news concerning the death of Mr Michael (Dickie) Dawes, aged 68 years old.  Born on 1st May 1948, he enlisted in April 1966 and subsequently joined 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment.  Following his initial years Dickie Dawes became one of an exceptional group of Non-Commissioned Officers serving at regimental duty and beyond.  He made his mark during successive operational tours in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.  He was Mentioned in Dispatches in 1972 and awarded the British Empire Medal in 1979.  Later, he fulfilled an ambition by attaining the rank of WO1.  Thereafter, and having completed regular service, he was re-employed within a non-deployable role.    

 The Funeral of Dickie Dawes will be held at the South Bristol Cemetery and Crematorium, Bridgwater Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol, BS13 7AS (0117 903 8330) on Friday 2nd December 2016.  The Funeral Service will begin at 1.00 pm.  Family flowers only, donations if desired may be made to ‘Cancer Research UK’ via the Funeral Directors: Arthur. E. Davey & Sons, 82 Silver Street, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 2DS (01275 852307).  Members of The Gloucestershire Regiment and their families, as well as others in the Army that knew Dickie and his own family, will be welcomed.

 Representatives from the Association and The Rifles are also welcome as are Standard Bearer with their Standards; medals may be worn.  Similarly the wearing of regimental ties and blazers is encouraged.  The Service will be led by Padre Andrew Latifa of 1 RIFLES.  Following the Funeral Service there will be a wake at Woodspring Golf Club, Yanley Lane, Long Ashton, BS41 9LR.  Those attending the wake are asked to pass their names to Mrs Debbie Hards, the Administrative Officer at The Rifles office Taunton (01823 333434) || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. || 14 Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3QB.  This will allow necessary information to be passed to the family in a coordinated manner. 

 Those that wish to write to Dickie’s widow, Mrs Melanie Dawes, may do so at the following address:  8 Braikenridge Close, Cleveland, North Somerset, BS21 5LA.