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Nov 27

The Death of Eric Tideswell, Glosters

886995 Eric Austin Tideswell passed away peacefully on Friday 3rd November 2017 surrounded by his family. Eric was a veteran of the Battle of the River Imjin, (B Coy Signaller), spending two years as a prisoner of war before returning to his family. He had previously served throughout the Second World War. He is survived by his son, two daughters and four grandchildren. A family funeral took place in Nottingham on Friday 24th November.

Nov 27

The death of Reg Simkins, Glosters

We are notified by Bob Lane from his RBL Branch of the death of fomer Pte. Reg Simkins who passed away on the 13th November aged 98/99 Reg served in both WW2 and with the Glosters in Korea.
His funeral will take place at 1200hrs Monday 4th December 2017 at St. Mary’s Church , Church Street, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon SN3 4NB.
Glosters Standard Bearer Ben Casey, Somerset Branch will be in attendance.
Following the Service there will be refreshments at Grange Drive Community Centre SN3 4JY
Further information can be obtained from Mr Robert Lane at 01793 828315 or 07792234788 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nov 22

Major Sandy Fraser, Royal Berkshire Regiment

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Major Sandy Fraser, Royal Berkshire Regiment, died peacefully on 13th November 2017 aged 93 years old.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 1st December at 1500 hrs at the church of St James the Great at Cradley (near Malvern) WR13 5LH.

Those who wish, may contact his daughters Angela & Fiona on Tel 01621 860372 or
jamesjhoward@btinternetcom or at:-

Mrs Angela Howard and Dr Fiona Hind
3 D’arcy Way,
Tolleshunt D’Arcy,

Nov 16

Severn Branch Christmas Lunch

Severn Branch Christmas Lunch

Severn Branch will be holding their annual Christmas Luncheon on December 6th at the Dog at Over in Gloucester for members, guests & widows with Mike Cornwall attending as a special guest.

submitted by Steven Knight

Nov 14

Pte Terry Leonard

We have been informed by Adrian Leonard that his father Pte Terry Leonard died peacefully on Friday 10th November 2017. Terry served in The Royal Berkshire Regiment from 1957-1959 at Brock Barracks and Cyprus.
Once funeral arrangements are known they will be published here

The funeral of Pte Terry Leonard Royal Berkshire Regiment will take place on Wednesday 29th November at 12pm at the Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport-on-Seven, Worcs DY13 8DE.

A celebration of his life will take place at the following location:

The Franche Village Club
Wolverley Road
Worcs DY11 5JN

Nov 8

Major (Ret'd) Phillip Damien Newman

Major (Ret'd) Phillip Damien Newman

It is with regret that I have to inform you that Major (Ret'd) Phillip Damien Newman, The Royal Berkshire Regiment died on the 14th October 2017, peacefully in his sleep aged 93 years.

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Nov 6

Farewell from Sue

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with much sadness that I write to say goodbye to you all, I am moving on to pastures new  transferring across departments to Ministry of Justice, it has been a pleasure to serve you for the past ten years I have made many friends and will miss you all dearly, for those of you whom may wish to keep in touch please contact Mike Godwin or John Venus who will give you my contact details, I have of course given them my consent to do so. I will of course still bump into some of you at reunions, and of course the local supermarket, you can’t get rid of me that easily!!!!

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Nov 5

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Nov 3

Newsletter 2017

The Newsletter


In February 2016 Mr Percy Franklin was delighted to receive a letter from the French Embassador in London stating that the President of the Republic of France, Monsieur Francis Hollande, had authorised the award of the Le’gion d`honneur in the rank of Chevalier, in recognition of Percy’s military engagement and involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.

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Oct 23

Farewell Fund For Sue Nelmes

Farewell Fund For Sue Nelmes

Dear All

Sue Nelmes is leaving the Ministry of Defence after many years, the last 12 of which have been working in the Regimental Offices in Salisbury under whichever Cap Badge had its Regimental Flag flying from the mast head during that period. Sue has always been a very people orientated person and has been the first contact for many who have had to provide the sad news of the passing of a regimental colleague. Her support for the Association has been first class and it is primarily because of requests from members who value her that it has been decided to set up a fund to present her with a farewell memento.

Anyone wishing to subscribe to the fund as a mark of our appreciation is requested to either:

a. Send a cheque made payable to “RGBW Charities” with “Sue Nelmes” name endorsed on the back. Please send cheques to:

Mrs Debbie Hards
The Rifles Office
14 Mount Street

You can send you donation electronically to:

Sort Code: 30 98 45
Account Number: 00587321
Account Name: The Rifles Taunton Office
Please use “Sue Nelmes” as a Reference.

Closing date for the Fund will be 30 November 2017.

Kind regards
Mike Godwin
Association Secretary




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