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:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/medals/20140730-%20Guidance%20-

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.

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