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May 15

The death of Michael Collins

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the very sad news of the death of Cpl Michael Leonard Collins on Monday 1st May as reported by his son Ian. Our thought are with Ian and his family at this very sad time.

Michael served from 1954-1973 with DERR seeing service in Cyprus etc.

Michaels funeral will take place on Wednesday 31st May 11.15am at Kingsdown Crematorium Swindon and all are welcome to attend.

Feb 12

Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Association

Dear Association Member,
There will be an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Association at 1100 hrs on Saturday 18th February 2017 at the Wyvern Club, Devizes, in order to agree the revised draft of the Association Constitution.
Please find attached the following:
a. The Calling Notice and Agenda
b. The revised draft Constitution.
c. A suggested draft Constitution by Colonel Daly.
d. The findings of the Executive Committee on both draft Constitutions.
e. The draft Minutes of the Previous AGM held in Aldershot on Sat 8 October 2016 (for information only and for agreement at the next AGM)
f. A letter from Maj Gen Welch Chairman of the RGBW Regimental Charities to all Former Officers and Soldiers of the RGBW Forming Regiments.
Coffee and tea will be available from 1030 hrs at the Wyvern Club, Devizes, for the EGM on 18th Feb. Please note that there is very little parking at the Wyvern Club so please allow time to park elsewhere in Devizes and walk to the Wyvern Club.
Please let Sue Nelmes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01962 828532) know whether you are able to attend the EGM ASAP. Maximum numbers at the Wyvern Club is 120 and if numbers exceed this then the EGM may have to be held elsewhere. If this does occur, then you will be informed by email and information will be placed on the Association Web sites and Facebook sites.
Please note that the only issue that will be discussed at this EGM will be the draft Constitution. There will be no discussion on RGBW Trustee or other Regimental matters.
Due to the lack of clerical support in the Rifles Office, Gloucester, you may receive this information more than once as every effort is being made to contact all members of the Association.
Stephen Oxlade

Col (Retd) S J Oxlade MBE

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Feb 6

The Death of Mr Albert Strange,The Gloucestershire Regiment

Mr Albert Henry Strange, a WW2 veteran from The Gloucestershire Regiment passed away on 22-01-2017, in his 98th year. The funeral will take place at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 14th February at Holy Trinity Church, 32 Watermoor Roads, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JR. The Service will be followed by the burial at Chesterton Cemetry. The family would like members of the Regiment to know that they are particularly welcome to attend the funeral. Those members who wish to attend are encouraged to contact Loreley Connor via e-mail...This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jan 24

letter from Major General Nicholas Welch, Chairman RGBW Regimental Charities.

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment on Saturday 18th February 2017. It will take place at The Wyvern Club, 51 Church Walk, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3AA. The meeting will begin at 1100 am. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and approve the new Constitution of the Association.
· Many are already aware that Lt Col (Retd) Tim Lerwill and Mrs Sue Nelmes, who previously worked from the Salisbury office, have moved to Winchester. In sum Salisbury office functions are now run from Winchester. Meanwhile e-mail addresses have remained the same (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). As a result of this move Major General Nicholas Welch seeks a Project Leader / Chairman to lead on the Salisbury Officers’ Lunch. Volunteers should make themselves known to the General through either Office.
· The Rifles office Taunton, with the aid of volunteers, is managing the disposal of surplus items in the possession of the RGBW Trust, stored in Gloucester. A catalogue is being prepared and will be available in due course. Once the catalogue is released there will be a period of three months during which bids will be received. Bids will be considered and awarded after the three month period has elapsed. Explanatory rules and bidding proformas will accompany the release of the catalogue.

Lastly, you would wish to be aware of the following functions taking place this year:

· Association EGM – Devizes (see above) – Saturday 18th February
· Gloucestershire Reunion – Saturday 18th March | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
· Dedication of a Memorial Stone to LCpl WELCH VC, Stratfield Saye – Saturday 29th April | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
· Devizes Reunion – Sunday 4th June
· Salisbury Weekend – Saturday 1st July - Officers Lunch |Association Dinner Dance || Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service
· Maiwand Weekend (Reading) – 22nd & 23rd July
· Chavenage Lunch – Sunday 22nd October
· Ferozeshah Reunion – Saturday 2nd December

Jan 24

The Death of Col PJ King OBE

Phillip King died today, Sunday 22nd January 2017, at 3.25am. He had been diagnosed with cancer less than 6 months ago and had been in St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich since Christmas. He was 57.

A private family funeral and burial will be held at St Mary’s Church in Naughton, Suffolk, the village to which he and Jan moved in Summer 2016.

The celebration of Col King's life is on the 4th February at St Michael & All Saint's church, Sandhurst at 11.30am. Followed, at approx. 1pm by a wake in the R.M.A. If anyone would like to attend, the family do ask they let them know as they will need names and licence plate details to add to the list on the gate so people can enter camp.
Col King wanted no flowers but asked for donations to St. Elizabeth Hospice and for The Wardrobe (The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum).

Jan 24

The Death of Major Rod Hicks MBE

Through the Regimental grapevine we have heard that Major Rod Hicks MBE, former RSM and QM of DERR and QM of the Royal School of Music at Kneller Hall has passed away over.

His son Rodney has asked that anyone who has memories, thoughts or comments that he may use to collate as a Remembrance of his father to email them to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The funeral of Major (Retd.) Rodney George Hicks MBE, will be held at Kingsdown crematorium on Friday 17th February 2017 at 12.30pm.

Family flowers only please, Dad would hate money being spent unnecessarily.

A wake service will be held after the crematorium at Kempsford Village Hall. Buffet & beverages will be provided.

All very welcome to attend the crematorium and wake.

It is confirmed that the crematorium is:

Kingsdown Crematorium and Cemetery
Kingsdown Road
SN25 6SG

Kempsford is about 8 miles north of the crematorium

Jan 21

50th Anniversary Reunion Wessex Volunteers TA

50th Anniversary Reunion Wessex Volunteers TA

Lt. Col (Retd) Adrian Grazbrook writes:

1 Wessex reunion - 1 April 2017
I am writing to you in connection with the 50lh anniversary reunion to mark the formation of the TA Battalion, The Wessex Volunteers, which later became 1 Wessex (in succession to 5 Glosters).

I imagine that some of you may have served with the Battalion, either as TA soldiers or Regular attached.

All the details will be found in the two enclosures to this letter(attached below).As we do not have a nominal roll It would be much appreciated if you could circulate the details to any personnel who may have served with 1 Wessex, with the request that they in turn circulate to anyone else outside the Association who might be interested.

Adrian Grazebrook Lt. Col. (retired)

For details of 1 Wessex Reunion Click here>>>

For Proforma for 1 Wessex Reunion Click here>>>

Jan 9

The death of Pte J Grady 5th Wilts

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the message I received today from 5572953 Pte JA Grady’s daughter Pauline regarding her father’s death.

Pte Grady died on 21/12/2016 aged 99 yrs. He served with the 5th Bn wilts from 1940-45.

A Catholic service will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 1300hrs at St Thomas Moore Church Sheldon Birmingham followed by a cremation at 14.30 at Yardley Crematorium, all of which are welcome to attend.

Please pass on this very sad news to anyone whom may wish to know, our thoughts are with Pauline and her family at this very sad time.

Jan 5

Back Badge Reunion 2017


The Gloucestershire Reunion of The Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017. The Reunion comprises three parts:

• Back Badge Church Service at St Mary de Lode Church, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, GL1 2QT. All are asked to be seated by 1.45 pm.
• Afternoon tea reception, from 3.00 to 4.00 pm, within the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral.
• Evening drinks at The Gables Hotel (Best Western Bristol North), Bristol Road, Falfield, GL12 8DL, beginning at 6.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.00 pm.

The Reunion Dinner will include a three course meal. One bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine, as well as water, will be placed on each table. The cost is £20.00 per head and includes coffee and mints after dinner. Pre-dinner drinks are not included within this price. After dinner there will be music and for those that wish, dancing. With respect to transport, Branches should liaise with each other concerning arrangements and funding of coaches.

The Gables Hotel have set aside a number of rooms on the night of 18th March at a cost of £72 per standard double room, including breakfast. Rooms should be booked direct with the Gables Hotel on 01454 260502 quoting the booking reference allocation Rifles/RGBW.

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Jan 4

The death of Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley

The death of 23866102 Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley aged 80 yrs. Tom served in the D&D’s and the DERR from 1961-1970.
Tom passed away in the early hours of the 22 Dec 2016 at his home on the island of Jersey His funeral will take place at Jersey crematorium on the 9 January 2017 at 12 o'clock


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