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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.
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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:

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Message from the President of the Association

The President of the Regimental Association, Brigadier P E O'R-B Davidson-Houston CBE, asks that the following is drawn to the attention of Members:

The Charity Commission has authorised the new Constitution (2017) of The Rifles and The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association - (Registered Charity Number 1038526), which was previously approved by the membership at the Extraordinary General Meeting held at the Wyvern Club, Devizes on 18th February 2017.

Under paragraph 13 of the new Constitution (2017), the first County Chairmen are appointed by the Trustees, and thereafter by the Trustees in consultation with the County Committees. The President of the Regimental Association is delighted to announce that the following have been appointed by the Trustees as the first County Chairmen with effect from 1st July 2017:
• The County of Gloucestershire and the County and City of Bristol - Lieutenant Colonel D R Dixon OBE.
• The Royal County of Berkshire - Lieutenant Colonel B R Paddison MBE DL.
• The County of Wiltshire - Lieutenant Colonel S J Venus MBE.
The following appointments were endorsed at the Extraordinary General Meeting:
• The Chairman of the Regimental Association - Colonel M J Cornwell OBE
• The Secretary of the Association - Captain M K Godwin
Nominations are being sought for the Treasurer's postion, which is currently vacant.

Colonel Michael Cornwell is now arranging a first meeting with Captain Mike Godwin and the County Chairmen. There are a variety of issues that will be initially addressed by this forum. In addition a date and arrangements for the AGM, 2017, will be publicised in due course.

Yours sincerely,

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Mr Mr Paul Hayes, the son of Former WIltshire Soldier 23039193, came into the Museum asking that the following Information be passed on to the WIltshire Regiment and DERR Regimental Association.

23039193 Pte Raymond Patrick Hayes who served with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment from 17 June 1954 to 14 June 1956 passed away on 9th December 2016. His ashes will be interred shortly at St Boniface Church Nurseling ,Southampton.

Should anyone wish to attend the interment of ashes further details may be obtained from Mr Paul Hayes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile telephone number 07984 990188.

He isn't asking for any Standards or Regimental Representation merely the word passing around the Wiltshire Regiment Old and Bold.

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