The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

Supporting veterans from Gloucestershire's, Berkshire's and Wiltshire's infantry regiments

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  • Update on Proposed Pandemic Memorial Service
  • Calling Notice Association Annual General Meeting for 2021
  • Farewell to John Cornwell
  • 14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER
  • The Death of Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE

Jun 13

Farewell to John Cornwell

John Cornwell was the youngest survivor of the D-Day landings.

Extract from 'The Sun' WAR HERO FAREWELL John Cornwell who was youngest survivor of D-Day landings aged 15 laid to rest aged 94 in moving funeral.

Gloster Veteran John Cornwell who was the youngest survivor of D-Day Normandy landings at the age of 15 has been laid to rest. Soldiers paid a touching tribute to the Second World War hero in a moving funeral that took place in St Mary's Church in Prestbury near Cheltenham. John died on May 19th aged 94. Webmaster published a copy of a tribute paid to John by his family on the 2nd of June.

Roy Roberts, a retired RAF wing commander and chairman of the Royal British Legion in Cheltenham, who organised the funeral said "John was a long-time member of the Royal British Legion and a poppy seller.

Six soldiers from 1 Rifles carried his coffin Credit: SWNS

Representing the Gloucestershire Regimental Association was Standard Bearer Scott McBryde of the Stroud Branch.

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May 27

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER Sadly we have just received the news from Mrs Diane Halsey, that her father David K Carpenter has passed away at the Age of 96.

As 14784824 Private D K Carpenter joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1944 rising to the rank of WO1. In 1959 on the amalgamation with the Royal Berkshire Regiment

WO1 D K Carpenter continued to serve with DERR and finally retired from the Army in 1979.

Apart from serving with the 1st battalions of the Wiltshire Regiment and DERR his service included a tour of duty with the Kings Africa Rifles.

After having served for 34 years in the Regular Army he went on to become a Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London.

Those of DERR who served in the UN tour of Cyprus in 1985 – 1986 may recall him visiting the Battalion. The image below shows him in his uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard alongside WO 1 Rod Hicks on his last day as RSM prior to his being commissioned.

A portrait of D K Carpenter in his ceremonial uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard hangs in the Regimental Museum in Salisbury. The Association send it commiseration to Mrs Diane Halsey and her family.

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May 18

The Death of Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE

It is with Sadness that we learn of the death of Christopher Newbould who passed away on the 14th May. Christopher's military career with the Glosters spanned nearly 40 years. In civilian life he was recognised as an experienced and much respected tour guide specialising in military war site tours and lectures.

His interest in battlefields began at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Military History prize in 1961. Since then, during a career with The Gloucestershire Regiment, he has toured battlefields worldwide — interspersed with operational service in Borneo and Northern Ireland. During his service he lectured at several Army schools and was a member of the directing staff at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, experience that has proved invaluable in developing his story telling ability.

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Feb 9

The Death of Neil Begley - DERR

 

Neil Begley, known to many as Jock, who was a Cpl in 1DERR serving from 1979 to 1991 and mainly known as a PT Instructor, sadly passed away om22 January 2021 after a short illness in Hospital.

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Feb 2

The Death of LIEUTENANT COLONEL R A F JARMAN -Glosters

LIEUTENANT COLONEL R A F JARMAN Many will wish to be aware that Lieutenant Colonel Robert Jarman has died recently, aged 88. On deployment to Korea with 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, Bob Jarman was a JNCO within the mortar platoon. His return to the UK for officer selection coincided with Spring 1951. After returning to Korea on board the SS Empire Fowey, he served the remainder of the tour with the mortar platoon.

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