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Dear All
For those who do not know me, I served with 1DERR & the RGBW for nearly 30 years. I left the army in 1997 and move to Poole where I still reside today.

My apologies for the confusion regarding my initial email. The reason for sending this out was to ensure your contact details are up to date and you continue to receive information from the Association. For some reason there was a glitch with the attached sign up form, whereas some members could open the form while others could not.

Looking to the future I aim to provide the same service as Sue and should you need to contact me I will get back to you as soon as possible. I would also ask that you check the Association web site as another way of informing you of what is going on.

Finally, it will take me a few months to get my feet under the table, so please bear with me during this transitional period.

Kind regards
Mike Godwin
Association Secretary


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Many have already seen the catalogue titled ‘Disposal of RGBW Regimental Charities’ Artefacts’. Bids from across the Regiment have already been placed bids in accordance with the aim, objectives and rules of the disposal. Bids may be submitted by post or e-mail to The Rifles office, 14 Mount Street, Taunton, TA1 3QB || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 4.00 pm Monday 25th September 2017. If you wish to see the catalogue access it via and scroll down until a picture of Sgt Jarvis (India 1908) is seen then: read the context; note the rules and bidding proformas; and, consider the objects for disposal. While the majority of objects are those that have been held at the Gloucester office and largely relate to the Gloucestershire Regiment, there are some DERR and RGBW items as well as those from antecedent regiments including The Wiltshire Regiment. Last if reading this in hard copy and you do not have access to the internet telephone the Taunton office (01823 333434) and a hard copy can be posted at a charge of £5.00.


Lesley Bradshaw left the civil service and Gloucester office in May after many years of valued service. Subsequently the Rifles County Colonel Gloucestershire wrote inviting members of the Regiment to contribute to a farewell gift. To date there has been a very positive response; thank you. Should anyone wish to see the letter from Colonel Dixon please contact Mrs Debbie Hards (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. || 01823 333434) and a copy can be sent by e-mail or post. Should you wish to make a contribution please send a cheque made payable to ‘The Rifles office’ and endorsed ‘Lesley Bradshaw’ on the back to: The Rifles office, 14 Mount Street, Taunton, TA1 3QB. If you prefer to make a donation via electronic transfer please e-mail or telephone Mrs Debbie Hards. The fund will close at the end of September.


A reminder for those who have not yet had an opportunity to respond. The annual Officers’ Back Badge lunch takes place at Chavenage House, Tetbury on Sunday 22ndOctober 2017 by kind permission of Colonel David Lowsley-Williams. The pre-lunch reception begins at 12.00 Noon and lunch follows at 1.00 pm. The cost is £30.00 per head made payable to ‘RGBW Regimental Charities Fund’. This is a Rifles and RGBW function, held in Gloucestershire, organised by Brigadier Martin Vine. Officers together with their wives or partners, from across the regimental family are most welcome at what will prove to be a super lunch, held at an historic family home. Please send your application and cheque to Mrs Debbie Hards, The Rifles office, 14 Mount Street, Taunton, TA1 3QB || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. || 01823 333434 by no later than Thursday 12th October.

Mike Godwin
Association Secretary

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The Cavalry & Guards Club

Dear Fellow Member

Many people have asked me for the Cavalry & Guards Club subscription rates so, for those who are tempted to join whilst they are waiving the £1500 joining fee to new members from The Rifles and its forming and antecedent regiments, please see these attached. Please note that serving Regular & Reserve officers are offered a 40% reduction on the applicable age rate and I believe it is possible for all members to pay in quarterly installments. Once again, for those interested, the C&GC Membership Secretary is Miss Frances Watt who can be reached on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 020 7659 0906. Lt-Col von Merveldt and myself are happy to propose and second any RIFLES applicants.

Best Wishes,

Simon Hill
RIFLES Officers' Club - London

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Centenary of Armistice Day Sunday 18 November 2018

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire is planning an event on Cheltenham Race Course to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day 2018.

Nearer the time we will be asking for Glosters, RGBW and Rifles veterans to join in in a march past dressed in WW1 uniforms.

6 Rifles have indicated that they will be representing the Army today and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars aim to provide a mounted troop.

As the Glosters contribution to WW1 was 24 Battalions and ‘8000 Gloster Poppies left in Flanders fields’ we bore the major brunt of the County’s war sacrifice. It would be great if we could muster at least a Company’s worth of veterans to march. (I still have my boots but not WW1 pattern).

The immediate logistic problem is how to get hold of a significant number of WW1 uniforms, the cap badges will not be a problem! If anyone knows or has links with a film company or store where these could be lurking than please let me know., and I will get in contact. No harm in letting me know you are interested in supporting this event and helping with the organisation.

It should be a great occasion with plenty of publicity and a great opportunity to have those wonderful cap badges on display again. – Lest they forget!

Contact details below.

Semper Glevum

Rob Dixon

Lt Col (Retd) Robert Dixon OBE
Chairman of the Trustees & County Colonel The Rifles Gloucestershire
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Custom House, Gloucester Docks,Gloucester GL1 2HE

DL 0044(0)1242 870076
Mobile 0044 (0)7974769695
Museum 0044 (0)1452 522682
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