The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

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

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  • The Funeral of LIEUTENANT COLONEL RONALD ERNEST COLEMAN JP
  • The death of Gerard Croft -1Glos
  • The Death of Lt Col Ron Coleman, Glosters
  • The death of Steve Milner 1 Glosters
  • The death of John Patrick Rogers RBerks
Apr 22

BATTLE OF IMJIN RIVER 22ND - 25TH APRIL 1951

BATTLE OF IMJIN RIVER 22ND - 25TH APRIL 1951

Today, 69 years ago, saw the first day’s action on what was to become known as “The Battle of the Imjin River” or “The Battle of Gloster Hill”. During the next few days, history has written about some of the greatest acts of unit gallantry and outstanding performance of duty, made by the men of a small British Army Brigade in South Korea.

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Apr 16

The Death of Brian Goucher, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Brian Goucher, Royal Berkshire Regiment, passed away aged 82, on Tuesday 14 April. Brian had been ill for several months and in the last week had been readmitted to a local hospice where he had hoped to spend his last days. Details of the funeral, which in the current situation will be limited to family only is not known at this stage

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Apr 11

Valedictions

Valedictions

I am only too well aware of the paucity of the tributes that I am able to print for the members who have passed away. Part of the problem is the loss of our two excellent Regimental Offices in Customs House and The Wardrobe and the collective knowledge that was held by those who worked there. Ian Spence, in his time as the Regimental Secretary, did institute an process whereby members were encourage to write their own Valediction, so that somewhere there was a baseline to write something pertinent on a member's passing. Sadly those details seemed to have been lost.

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Apr 10

Cenotaph 2020

Cenotaph 2020 The Royal British Legion has been responsible for the Cenotaph Dispersal since 1927 and has just initiated the process for Regimental Associations to register for the 2020 Remembrance Sunday. I have registered the Association requesting 50 places.

This year the annual Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on Sunday, 8th November.

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Apr 10

The Death of Alan Cottrell DERR

On 8th April 2020 Alan Cottrell passed away after a valiant fight against Covid-19. Alan was serving with 1 DERR in 1966 as a member of the Support Platoon with A Company in Clifton Barracks, Minden, West Germany. He was a stalwart supporter of the Regimental Association and a regular attender of the annual Cenotaph Parade at Whitehall. Once out of the Army he was the manager of a local football team in the Swindon area in his spare time, as well as being a passionate supporter of "The Robins".

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