At the Extraordinary General Meeting held at Devizes on the 18th February 2017 a revised Constitution for the Regimental Association was adopted and is now to be lodged with the Charities Commission. For a copy click here
OF THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
RIFLES & ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE, BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
I would like to make All Members aware that the Regimental HQ (Salisbury) Office in The Wardrobe Regimental Museum is to close wef 16th December 2016. It will move to RHQ The Rifles (Salisbury), Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS over the Christmas Stand Down and is to re-
Contact details are:
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lerwill OBE salisbury@the-
AO Sue Nelmes aosalisbury@the-
As a result of this Move, the Annual Newsletter has been delayed. The Office will work on the 2017 Edition during January for publication in March. Branches are requested to forward their Notes to reach the Editor by NLT 27th January 2017.
This delay requires me to alert All Members to the Annual Gatherings (Reunions) now to allow you to make your plans to attend.
The Dates are:
1. GLOUCESTER – Saturday 18th March
2. DEVIZES – Sunday 28th May
• Saturday 1st July – Officers Lunch (Wardrobe) & Association Dinner & Dance (SWGC)
• Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service and Lunch (Wardrobe)
• Saturday 22nd July – Church Parade, Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens & AGM
• Sunday 23rd July -
Attendance returns for the reunions will be available on the Association web site shortly.
IMPORTANT. I wish to draw your attention to the Extra-
Lastly, I wish All Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Col (Retired) SJ Oxlade MBE
MR COLIN JOHN CRIDDLE
You will wish to be aware of the recent death of Mr Colin Criddle. Following a short illness Colin died on Friday 27th January 2017, aged 93 years old. Colin enlisted into the Army in June 1942 and after training with the 15th Infantry Training Centre, at Gloucester, travelled to Dover and reported to 4th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry.
Following long periods of defence duties as well as hard training he sailed, with his Battalion, to Normandy on 18th June 1944. Soon they played their part within Operation EPSOM. Hill 112, to the South West of Caen, was a further objective for a further offensive, Operation JUPITER. Colin’s own thoughts and impressions of this costly battle can be seen and heard within the Somerset Military Museum.
Battlefield Casualty Replacements enabled the unit and formations to fight on. After crossing the Seine Colin was sent to a Field Hospital having been injured by shrapnel. He re-
The funeral of Mr Colin Criddle will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017 at St Mary the Virgin Church, Fore Street, North Petherton, Somerset, TA6 6QA beginning at 12.30 pm. Family flowers only and donations, if desired, to British Limbless Ex-
Colin Criddle is survived by his widow, Joyce. If writing to the family please address their daughter, Mrs Joy-
CASSEL MEMORIAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT (Posted 29 July 2016)
The memorial has been re-
At Cassel in 1991 a memorial plaque was unveiled in the town square by HRH Duke of Gloucester and Major General Robin Grist who at that time was Colonel of the Regiment.
The plaque is dedicated in Proud Memory of Brigadier NF Somerset CBE DSO MC and the 228 officers and men of the 2nd & 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, who fought and died from Waterloo to Cassel and Ledringhem covering the evacuation of the British and French Forces at Dunkirk, 11-
Glosters Veteran, 88 year old Clifford Rowland and his wife Irene are members of the Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association and are also prominent members of the British Army Association (BAA). Each year on behalf of the BAA Irene organises an annual Pilgrimage to the war cemeteries. Included in the itinerary is a visit to Cassel and the Glosters memorial where a short ceremony is held and wreaths laid.
Whilst the original location of the memorial in 1991 was ideal, unfortunately over the years there has been a marked deterioration. Run off from the park walkway above the memorial has badly soiled the plaque so much so that before any ceremony could take place Cliff & Irene had to clean up the area. This was accomplished thanks to the kind assistance of a local café proprietor who loaned them buckets and brooms!
The need to provide additional parking in Cassel has meant the local authority has now officially designated the area in front of the memorial as a car park. Cars are now parked within twelve inches of the memorial completely obstructing it from view and making it difficult for visitors to find. The annual ceremony now out of the question, those attending found that the Standards were unable to be dipped and the wreath layers had to squeeze between the parked cars to gain access.
Not to be phased by the problem Cliff and Irene and those attending felt that it was time to bring their concerns to the good people of Cassel and so Cliff sought an audience with the Town Mayor in order to put forward a suggestion to re-
Photo Cliff Rowland at Cassel
Cliff found the Mayor to be extremely appreciative of the problem and without hesitation he drove Cliff to the Cemetery and a site was chosen requiring a new section of wall to be built. This has now been completed and the memorial is situated in its new home on a wall overlooking several graves of Glosters bordered by a manicured green lawn, a fitting and peaceful location for families and visitors for many more years to come.
Well done Cliff and Irene.
We are extremely grateful to the Mayor and good people of Cassel in making this re-
Somerset Branch Notes January 2017 (as submitted for inclusion in the Association Newsletter)
Our annual Imjin Commemorative Lunch was again a great success, 114 guests from various Branches of the association, and friends from the Marines, Paras and Sappers made up the number. The venue was the Hyde Suite at Taunton Rugby Club where we are always made most welcome. Our ladies and our Social Secretary Mike Kemish did an excellent job with the raffle which enabled us to send a cheque for £400 to the Army Benevolent Fund, now call the Soldiers Charity.
Replica of Col. Carne's Cross to take pride of place in a new South Korean museum
Photo Sam Mercer MBE hold the original Cross.
Once again the people of South Korea will show their gratitude to the Glosters for the contribution made by the regiment in the history of their country when they open a new museum in the City of Busan dedicating the Korean War.
To be given pride of place in the new museum will be a replica of the stone Celtic Cross carved by Lieutenant Colonel Carne VC whilst held as a prisoner for nineteen months in solitary confinement. The Cross was carved using his only tools, two rusty nails and an improvised hammer. The original cross can be seen in Gloucester Cathedral.
Dignitaries and surviving Gloucestershire Regiment veterans of the Battle of Imjin will visit Busan in South Korea, for the opening of the museum.
This year is the 65th anniversary of the battle, which is expected to be the last milestone anniversary attended by the few surviving veterans.
September 2015. A small party from the Branch travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire. We were guests of the Taunton Branch of the Royal Engineers Association.