The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

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The County Office, Gloucester

Rifles County Office:

31 Commercial Road


 GL1 2HE.


Tel 01452 522682


Sep 16

Reminder on RGBW Matters



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

Sep 16

Association Secretary Update

Association Secretary Update

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


Sep 1

The Death of Ronald Connolly (John)


Mr Ronald Connolly, John as he was known, died on Friday 18th August, aged 88. John was a Korean Veteran serving with the 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment.

The funeral of John Connolly will take place on Thursday 7th September 2017 at St James Church, School Lane, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 4PN. The Service will begin at 2pm. Family flowers only, donations if desired, to Prostrate Cancer UK, via John Hall Funeral Directors, Yew Tree Cottage, Bulley, Churcham, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 8AS. .
Should you wish to write to John’s widow Ann, please contact this office for the address. Last, please pass this information on to those that may wish to know.

Aug 14

Interment of Wiltshire Soldier Ashes

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.

Aug 1

The Death of Geoffrey Hobbs DERR

I bring the sad news of the death on the 17th July, of Sgt Geoffrey Hobbs DERR.
His cremation will be at Wessex Vale Crematorium Hedge End Southampton SO30 2HL at 1345 hrs on the 8th August 2017.

Aug 1

The Death of Barry Carter, DERR

It is with great sadness that I bring to you the news of the death of our great friend and comrade Carter MVB (Barry) ex DERR, some of you I know will already know this information but I now can bring you the details of Barry’s funeral.

Barry’s funeral will take place on Monday 7th August 1400hrs at Shepton Mallet Crematorium where all who wish to attend will be welcome, afterwards his wake will be held at the Bell Inn Evercreech.

Jul 21

A message from the President of the Association

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,

Jul 21

The death of Band Sgt BL (Bernard Lea) Weltch

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of 5577635 Band Sgt BL (Bernard Lea) Weltch aged 86 on 6th July 2017. Bernard served with the Wilts regiment from 1946-1957, his funeral will take place on 25th July at 1200hrs Exeter Crematorium, anyone whom may of known him or would wish to attend will be welcome.

Jul 5

The death WO2 RG (Roland Gerald) Clarke

I have been passed today the very sad news of the death of 23859130 WO2 RG (Roland Gerald) Clarke. Roland served with DERR from Dec 1964 till April 1981. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are sent to Roland’s family at this very sad time.

Funeral 10 am 13th July 2017 at Swindon Crematorium

Post Code SN 25 6 SG

Jun 29

The death of Major Donald Welsh


It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of Major Donald Welsh formerly of the Wiltshire regiment and latterly of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment.
Major Welsh died on the 22nd June 2017, aged 88 years, at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. His funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium, Whiteway Road, Bath BA2 2RQ on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 1.45 p.m.

If any wish to give donations they will be gratefully received for the Macular Society or Help for Heroes and can be sent to the Funeral Directors, Messrs E. Hooper & Son at 13, St. James’s Parade, Bath BA1 1UL Tel. No. 01225 422040.

If it is your wish to send condolences to Donald’s daughter Mrs Penny Fyall they can be sent to her at Donald’s former address – 11, Pierrepont Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1LA.

Our sincere condolences and wishes are with Penny and her family at this very sad time.

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