Apr 7

Dave Sutton-Thompson's funeral

Just to let you know that Dave Sutton-Thompson's funeral has been booked for next Friday 8th April 2016 at 2.30pm at Sedgemoor Crematorium, Stretcholt, TA6 4SR. If you are coming to the funeral please arrive at 2.20pm for the service. Please pass this info onto everyone you might feel appropriate and who also knew Dave.

Mar 17

The Death and spreading of ashes of John Brooker


NAME..................................JOHN CHARLES BROKER
ENLISTED AT........................DEVIZES
ENLISTED ON.......................15TH AUGUST 1960
YEAR OF BIRTH....................1939

His service included Malta 03/12/62 -18/07/63 being in the UK before and after said dates.,
He transferred to Army Reserve 16th Aug 1963 (at the soldiers own request after due notice)

Colours on date of transfer 3y 2 days Place Exeter

Bev Cuerden was recently approached by an elderly lady living in Oldham (Mrs Brooker)requesting me to help her take her husband’s ashes back to where he was born in Tidworth, Hampshire.
We will be spreading his ashes on his mother’s grave on Saturday 2nd April at 1130hrs. At
St Marys Mortuary Chapel
Shipton Road
Sth Tidworth
Wiltshire, SP9 7ST.
There will be a short service with bugler and standards, then anyone who wishes to pay their respect will be invited back to the RBL Club. Tidworth, Penning’s Way, SP9 7SU, for a few drinks and a light buffet.
If anyone is able to attend it would be an honour to have you there even if you only come to the RBL. I will be in attendance and would love to meet Some of our Veterans Honoured supporters.
Thanking you all in advance..

Our thoughts are with Mrs Brooker and her family at this very sad time.

Jan 16

Thanksgiving Service for Lt Gen Sir Christopher Wallace KBE, DL

Tuesday 19th Apr 2016, Winchester Cathedral at 2.30pm

Wallace: Lt. General Sir Christopher Brooke Quentin, KBE, DL. Died suddenly on 7th January, 2016 after a long, courageously borne battle with Amyloidosis. Loving husband of Delicia, father & grandfather whose humour, compassion & wisdom remained to the end. Private funeral. Thanksgiving, Winchester Cathedral, Tuesday 19th April, 2.30pm. No flowers. Donations to UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund c/o Spencer & Peyton (Tel: 01256 323 165) (D/Tel 15 Jan 2016)

For those wishing to attend the Thanksgiving Service in Winchester Cathedral on Tue 19th Apr 2016 at 2.30pm please advise: The Rifles (London Office) 52-54 Davies Str, London W1K 5HR, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: 0207 491 4936

Nov 27

The Death of Mrs Margret Martin

As you know Margaret passed away peacefully on Tuesday 24th Nov, the arrangements for the funeral have been made.

The Humanist service will take place on Wednesday 9th December at Lichfield & District Fradley Crematorium, WS13 8GA,  at 13.30 & the Celebration of Life for Margaret after the service will take place at, Fradley Arms, Rykneld Street, WS13 8RD (just round the corner from The Crematorium).

Peter asked for you to wear bright colours, not black please.
Flowers will be family only.
Donations to Macmillan Nurses & St Giles Hospice Whittington, there will be a donation box at the crematorium.
(If you wish to give a donation and cannot attend please send Cheque to the following)

E F Edwards Funeral Services
23 Lower Gungate,
B79 7AT

Please can you let Michele know if you will be attending the service and/or the Wake.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 07851240303.(please do not phone Peter or myself) thankyou.

Oct 29

Regimental Commemoration - Windsor - Fri 23 Oct 15

It was a Regimental Commemoration by the Regimental Association of The Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Loos and the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War, in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duke of Gloucester who both Patrons of the Association.

There was a march from from Victoria Barracks Windsor to Windsor Castle with the salute being taken at the Guildhall by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the Lord of the Royal County of Berkshire. This was followed by a service in St George’s Chapel and an afternoon tea reception in the State Apartments in Windsor Castle with our Royal Patrons. The Band was the Silver Shrewton Band and members of Berkshire ACF and 4 Rifles participated in the day.

It was a memorable day which was greatly enjoyed by the 350 members of the Association and their guests.

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Oct 1

Somme 1916 Commemorations

1. The Somme Commemorative event will take place on 1st July 2016 at Thiepval. The event, likely to be a large scale event, is to be a ticket-only event. Public may bid for tickets through a Public Ballot: 8000 only are available. Details may be found at www.Somme2016.org. The Ballot is open now and will close on 18th November 2015.

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Sep 27

Honours for D-Day Veterans


The realisation that the 70th Anniversary of D Day in 2014 would be the last occasion when France would welcome veterans of its Liberation in any numbers moved the Government to recognise ALL surviving veterans with the award of the Légion d’Honneur.

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Sep 15

Laying up the 43rd Wessex Assoc Standard

"Choral Evensong incorporating the Laying Up of the 43rd Wessex Association Standard in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 10th October".

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Sep 15

GSM (1962) with clasp “Cyprus 1963-64”

Those “of a certain age” who served in Cyprus as members of the British Peace Force during the period 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964, may be interested to know that Royal Assent has been given for the belated award of the GSM (1962) with clasp “Cyprus 1963-64.” For full details see this link to the Veterans-UK website:


Cyprus 1963-64

Following The Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review the government has announced that a new clasp to the General Service Medal has been given approval. The Ministry of Defence Medal Office will assess applications for the clasp against the criteria below. Applicants for the clasp must have been:

a member of a unit deployed in Cyprus (whether previously a resident unit in a Sovereign Based Area (SBA) or a reinforcement unit)

on the island of Cyprus for a continuous period of 30 days or a cumulative period of 45 days between the dates of 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964 inclusive

As the United Nations (UN) authorities rejected a claim to backdate the award of the United Nations Force In Cyprus (UNFICYP) Medal from 27 March 1964 to 21 December 1963, no period of service in Cyprus prior to 27 March 1964 may count towards the qualifying period for the UNFICYP Medal. Applications are being accepted and will be assessed and dealt with in a strict date order.