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July 2016

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A Message from the Regimental Colonel to All Serving and Former Members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery

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he scale of our Tercentenary Service of Thanksgiving at Salisbury Cathedral and the Royal Review on Knighton Down made it impossible for me to thank

everyone personally for their participation and involvement. These historic events were, of course, heralded by the journey of the Captain General’s Baton around the globe and throughout the United Kingdom. Serving and former members of our Regiment, and their families and friends, have risen to the challenge in so many different ways to ensure that our Tercentenary is marked in classic Gunner style. There are more celebrations during the remainder of the year, but the ‘capstone’ events have been delivered.

Articles Please note: Articles should be written in Microsoft Word format and should be checked by your Chain of Command. Please send photos as original JPEGS; at the highest resolution; (not embedded in the article) and supplied with a caption. Publication of articles is subject to space. The Editor has the right to delay/delete articles for publishing. Articles should be received by the 15th day of each month and submitted to: [email protected] Gunner Publications RHQ RA, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT Fax: 01980 84 5210 If you want to look us up on the Gunner page of the Army website, go to: www.army.mod.uk/artillery/31589

This endeavour has taken professionalism, enthusiasm, sheer hard work and, when necessary, a good sense of humour. Our Regiments and Formations are routinely working at a high tempo but collectively, and individually, people have borne the solemn responsibility to recognise and celebrate the 300 years of Service by our forbearers, cheerfully and with great zeal. I have been truly touched by the large number of people who have ‘gone the extra mile’ to ensure that we prevailed. When I addressed the assembled troops on the eve of the Royal Review rehearsals, I quoted Churchill and said “doing our best is not enough, we must succeed.” All members of our fine Regimental family have absolutely succeeded. I am most sincerely grateful for the dedication, diligence and selflessness that I have witnessed. Thank you all very much indeed. Col Richard Collinge OBE ADC Regimental Colonel

Royal Artillery Shoot

OPSEC

Guns still available for 2016/17 season

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Join all ranks, both serving and retired, on the Royal Artillery’s driven pheasant shoot, Salisbury Plain.

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Editorial

July 2016

Registered Charity Number 244656

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ollowing the 300th Anniversary celebrations we move back to the more regular business of the Royal Artillery, with a special commemorative version of RA 300 to follow. However, the guns of The King’s Troop RHA that were recently charging on Knighton Down, were charging on the battle fields of the Somme 100 years ago. Between 25 June 1916 and 0729hrs on 1 July 1916, the Royal Regiment of Artillery fired 1,732,873 rounds in the opening barrage along a 14 mile front from 1,463 guns. That equates to approximately 10,000 rounds being fired every hour. The Royal Regiment has dramatically advanced technologically since the Battle of the Somme; and how we are very much a key component in any commander’s mind when conducting their planning. Breaking news; Bdr Guba 3 RHA has been selected to represent Malawi in Taekwondo at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Royal Regiment now has two athletes representing their countries at Rio 2016, a proud statistic for the Regiment. Good luck to Capt Stanning and Bdr Guba. Also the Army Women’s 520kg Tug of War team are through to the English National Finals in June. What is significant about that? Well, the whole team are Gunners apart from one woman who is an AGC clerk serving with 4 Regt RA, a team to be proud of and support. If the women’s team are successful at the Nationals, they will hopefully be heading to Sweden for the World Championships in September – an update will follow. On page 7 we have the longest-serving CaptainGeneral’s visit to the HAC where she unveiled a bronze of herself by sculptor Antony Dufort. On page 8 we have another episode of Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE with some good photos. Ex BRIEF ENCOUNTER; on page 10 we hear about the 13 UOTCs being put through their paces by Capt Richard Goffin and his team. One of the pictures show some students on a gun run in pain/grimacing or maybe even enjoying it! 29 Cdo Regt RA have written a very historically enjoyable article while entertaining 11 RAMa down in Plymouth – please see page 11. On page 12 we hear about Ex DRAGON’s CHALLENGE, the TomassonBlackburn trophy, who were the last soldiers killed from P Bty (The Dragon Troop) RA killed in NI. They have created a challenging competition to find the best detachment in P Battery RA. The GCC course recently visited SAAB Development facility in Gothenburg, see page 14, and had an absorbing and engaging tour of their facilities. 101 Regt RA on the 30 April were granted the Freedom of Northumberland; a huge honour and marched through the streets of Blyth, see page 15. It’s a busy magazine so I hope you enjoy the read.

Contents

Front cover: Photographed by Maj Anne Peden. Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE – NRHQ RA, Leg 9. Back cover: P Bty (The Dragon Troop) RA fired two Royal Salutes in York over the month of June in celebration of HM The Queen’s Coronation and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday..

Gunner Regulars Contents 2 A message from the Regimental Colonel 4 Regimental News 17 RAA 18 Postings and promotions 22 Ubique 24 In memoriam 28 Sport 32 Notices 34 Competitions

Up Front features 7 HM The Queen becomes the longest-serving

Captain-General of HAC

8 Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE 10 Ex BRIEF ENCOUNTER 11 29 Cdo Regt RA and 11 RAMa 12 Ex DRAGONS CHALLENGE 13 Ex JOINT WARRIOR and GRIFFIN STRIKE 14 Ex SWEDEN LOCATOR 15 Geordie and West Riding Gunners 16 Isle Of Man Post Office Stamps celebrate 300 years

of the Royal Regiment of Artillery

Gunner Sport 28 The RA Hunt Relay 29 14 Regt RA Rugby 7’s 30 Ex SICILIAN CYPHER

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The Welfare Secretary of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund is pleased to receive calls for assistance from the serving and retired regiment at any time. If you need assistance or you know of someone who does, please telephone him on (01980) 63 4309 or (Mil) 94322 2309.

Regimental Assistance Grants In April the RACF disbursed £53,326 (10% increase on the same period last year) on 118 (9% increase) individual cases. From all sources the sum of £150,934 was disbursed on those cases, making an average grant of £1279 for the month. In May the RACF disbursed £51,919 (6% increase on the same period last year) on 102 (1% increase) individual cases. From all sources the sum of £159,001 was disbursed on those cases, making an average grant of £1559 for the month.

From a 42-year-old veteran I would like to say a big thank you for helping me, by making a payment for my orthopaedic bed. I do not know how war veterans would get by without your worthy charity.

From a 65-year-old veteran Your donation has allowed me to purchase a cooker and a washing machine. This will be of tremendous help and I am truly grateful for the generosity.

Alanbrooke Lunch T

he Spring lunch of the Alanbrooke Club was recently held at The Rag and was a most enjoyable success. Mr Tom Newton Dunn who is the political editor of the Sun spoke about Europe and the current political scene, which was a fascinating insight to the political issues of today. Some young regimental officers also attended as a part of their junior officers’ education and greatly enjoyed the day. The next lunch is Thursday 6 October so why not make a diary note to come?

Alamein Dinner T

he Alamein Dinner 2016 will be held on Friday, 21 October in the RA Mess, Larkhill. The dinner will take the form of a ladies’ guest night and is open to officers of the Royal Regiment, serving and retired, and their guests. A number of individuals distinguished in all walks of life will be invited as regimental guests. Dress for serving officers is Mess Dress – Full Ceremonial Evening, (stiff shirts) and for retired officers/civilians evening dress (white tie) decorations. The cost will be £40 per head which includes pre-dinner drinks and all wines served with the meal. Tickets are on a first come first served basis upon receipt of payment. Please complete and return the application form below together with a cheque for £40 for each person attending, made payable to the Royal Artillery Institution. Further information may be obtained from the Regimental Secretary, Col RW Robson by telephone: 01980 845528 or email: [email protected] or his PA, Jane Campbell by telephone: 01980 845788 or email: [email protected] Applications for accommodation and the hire of stiff shirts should be made to the Mess Secretary, RA Mess by telephone: 01980 845814 or email [email protected]



RACF

Regimental news

Alamein Dinner 2016 – Friday 21 October

Rank and Name ...................................................................................................

From a 86-year-old WWII widow I have the good fortune to thank SSAFA representatives who called to see me, I found them a great comfort. They left me a cheque which is gratefully and graciously received.

RHQ RA, Artillery House, Artillery Centre, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 4

Address................................................................................................................ ............................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................. Telephone No............................Email................................................................... I wish to apply for......................tickets for the Alamein Dinner on Friday, 21 October 2016 Guest details........................................................................................................ I enclose a remittance in favour of the Royal Artillery Institution to the value of £................................................ I have the following dietary requirements............................................................. When completed, please return your form and remittance to: Jane Campbell, PA to the Regimental Secretary, Regimental Headquarters Royal Artillery, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT

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Regimental news

Hail and Farewell Dinner

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he next Hail and Farewell Dinner will be at Larkhill on 27 September. Anyone (not serving their last post with a regiment) who has recently, or is about to retire is welcome to attend, with partners, as guests of the Regiment. Should they, or anyone wish to attend the event, please contact: SO2 Regt Pol 01980 845929, [email protected] The dress is black tie.

Regimental events



August 1

12 Bty, 12 Regt RA – Minden Day

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32 Bty, 16 Regt RA – Minden Day

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93 Bty, 5 Regt RA – Le Cateau Day

September 1

L Bty, 1 RHA – Nery Day

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58 Bty, 12 Regt RA – Arrah Day

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RA Ceremony of Remembrance

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he annual RA Ceremony of Remembrance will take place at Hyde Park on 13 November. As in the past there will be a limited amount of seating available. Anyone interested in being allocated seating is requested to contact SO2 Regt Pol 01980 845929 or [email protected]

The Mansergh Memorial Award

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he Mansergh Memorial Award is presented annually by the RAA in recognition of an act of outstanding bravery not recognised in any other way. In the absence of such an act, the award may be given for an individual special achievement in the Regiment. The award, which comprises an illuminated certificate and an inscribed brass carriage clock, is presented by the Master Gunner at the Royal Artillery Assembly. Further details have been forwarded to the Chain of Command and Commanding Officers.

RA Historical Society Newcome Hall, Larkhill Friday 21 October, 1030-1500hrs

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Male Football 6s Victor Ludorum,

Larkhill 8

Female Football 7s Victrix Ludorum,

Larkhill 12-14 Basketball Victor and Victrix Ludorum 13

T Bty, 12 Regt RA – Battery Day

13 97 Bty, 4 Regt RA, Lawson’s Day 13

132 Bty, 26 Regt RA – Le Cateau Day

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18 Bty, 32 Regt RA – Quebec Day

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8 Bty, 29 Cdo Regt RA – Alma Day

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10 Bty, 47 Regt RA – Assaye Day

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Hail & Farewell, Larkhill

October 5

RE v RA Golf, Sandwich

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Alanbrooke Lunch, London

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Sports Dinner, Larkhill

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Alamein Dinner, Larkhill

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The King’s Troop RHA –



Anniversary Day

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O Bty, 1 RHA – Leipzig Day

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C Bty, 3 RHA Balaclava Day

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Central WO’s & Sgt’s Mess Dinner



Night, Larkhill

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55 Bty, 26 Regt RA – Lucknow Day

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59 Bty, Army Training Regt,



Pirbright – Asten Day

Information supplied to The Gunner is subject to change. Please check with the individual organisers concerned that the information is still current.

RegimentalLectures events 2016 The Shrapnel The cost is £18 per head including a buffet lunch. Names of RAHS members and guests attending with car details and a cheque payable to the RAHS to the Secretary by Friday 7 October please. E Mail: [email protected]

Please note Change of Email Address [email protected]

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Up front RA

The Duncan Essay Duncan Essay titles

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1 Is the Royal Regiment equipped and capable (pan-DLOD) of supporting Divisional level combat operations against a peer/near-peer enemy? Where do we need to invest or disinvest?

The following rules are to be adhered to:

2 What type of organisation should the Royal Artillery be to meet the demands of 2025 and beyond? 3 How does the UAS community develop and sustain its STA capabilities when most of its focus and effort is placed on flying and adherence to aviation policy. What specialised KSE are required inside the GCS crew and ISTAR Tac pty to exploit the benefits of UAS? 4 Defence’s current short range (SHORAD) and very short range (VSHORAD) GBAD capabilities are both expensive and in short supply. In a congested air operating environment is this approach still valid compared to the use of cheaper MANPADs in greater numbers? 5 Given a better-educated and highly aspirational population from which to recruit, how should the Gunners attract and maximise talent? 6 Despite CGS’s launch of the Army Leadership Code, there are still examples of poor behaviour and leadership on a regular basis, from which the RA is not immune. How do we make the vision of the Army Leadership Code a reality? 6

he Duncan Essay is an annual essay writing competition which is open to all serving members of the Royal Artillery (Regular and Reserve) and is sponsored by the Royal Artillery Institution. The competition is open to all ranks. Warrant Officers who are due to attend the Late Entry Commissioning Board (LECB) are strongly encouraged to submit an entry. Essays must be the original work of a single author.

 Essays are to be between 2,000 and 3,500 words in length and must be unclassified.  The submission must be anonymous, using a nom de plume or motto that will be recorded against details provided on a covering letter which must include the rank, name, address and other contact details.  The nom de plume is to be inserted into the document header or footer so it appears on every page – the author’s name must not appear on the submission – and pages are to be numbered.  Unless specifically stated here, essays will be written in accordance with the Joint Services Command and Staff College Essay Writing Guide April 2012 Edition. Referencing (eg footnotes and bibliographies) must conform to this guide. An E-copy may be requested from SO2 Pers, RHQ RA or may be found on this link: http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/Organisations/Orgs/ Army/Organisations/Orgs/ag/Organisations/Orgs/dgpers/Organisations/ Orgs/DPO/corpcols/ColRA/Pages/ColRA.aspx  Those essays not submitted in the correct format will be discounted.  The essays may be illustrated with pictures, diagrams, charts, graphs but their source should be stated for copyright purposes.  Essays are to be submitted in hard copy on A4, single sided using Microsoft Word (or another Word compatible application) using Arial 11 font with 1.5 line spacing.  They are to be submitted in paper form as above and on a CD. A hard copy is required so that the author can ensure that the formatting is correct  Essays that have been submitted to military journals (eg The British Army Review, The RUSI Journal or The Journal of the Royal Artillery) can be included; however, all essays will become the copyright of the RAI and may be reproduced in journals and magazines belonging to or associated with the RAI (at the discretion of the Regimental Secretary). In accordance with the timeliness given by formations, essays are to be sent through the chain of command to Commander HQ 1 Arty Bde, Commander Jt GBAD, Commandant RSA, Deputy Commander Surveillance 1 ISR Bde who, in turn, will be invited to select the three best essays for onwards submission to RHQ RA. Those personnel in E2 staff appointments may send their essays directly to RHQ RA. All essays are to be sent to SO2 Pers, RHQ RA by no later than 30 September 2016. The winning entries will be decided by the Regimental Colonel, after a panel of markers has graded the papers. The panel will be appointed shortly before the closing date. Prizes will only be awarded to those personnel whose submission is of sufficient quality – where essays are not up to the required standard, no award shall be made. A gold and silver medal are available and cash prizes of up to a total of £3000 may be given annually. Successful entries will attract a formal notification to the chain of command that could be reflected in overall performance assessments (OJAR or SJAR). In the future, an overall performance A-grade will require evidence of mental agility, rigour of thought and self development – the essay is one mechanism of providing that evidence. The results will also be promulgated in RAI publications and the medals and prizes will be presented at the RA Conference on 1 December 2016. The decision of the panel is final.

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HM The Queen becomes the longestserving Captain-General of HAC T

he Queen has celebrated becoming the longest-serving Captain-General of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) by unveiling a specially commissioned bronze bust. The Company, which includes all parts of the HAC, not just the serving regiment, has had a member of the Royal Family, and more recently the monarch, as its titular head for nearly all of its 479 years. Earlier this month, the Queen, who became Captain-General on her accession to the throne 64 years ago, surpassed the previous longest server, George IV. The Queen was welcomed to the Artillery Garden, the grounds of the Company’s headquarters, by the President and Colonel Commandant of the HAC, General Sir Richard Barrons, with Prince Michael of Kent, Royal Honorary Colonel of the HAC, also in attendance. With over 1,200 members of the HAC and their guests looking on, the Queen unveiled the bronze, by sculptor Antony Dufort, before meeting members from all parts of the Company, including the Regiment, the Band, the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers, the Special Constabulary, the Light Cavalry and the HAC Cadets. Lt Col Mark Wood, Commanding Officer of the HAC Regiment said, “We've got a long, proud history and association with the Royal Family and the Queen in particular as our Captain-General. To have her here today to mark her longest service as our Captain-General has been absolutely amazing and we're incredibly privileged, particularly in what is such a busy year for Her Majesty. “Let's not forget that essentially the Queen was, in modern language, a reservist in the Second World War. So I think she understands the service that the regiment provides.” A unique regiment, the HAC was formed in 1537 but for the last century has been part of the Territorial Army, now Army Reserve. It is a surveillance and target acquisition (STA) regiment but has recently re-acquired one of its traditional roles – artillery, with the formation of the Para Gun Troop. The Regiment also provides Guards of Honour in the City and fires Gun Salutes at HM Tower of London.

Photograph: Credit to Chris Jackson

Photograph: Credit to Matt Chung

Photograph: Credit to Matt Chung

Photograph: Credit to Matt Chung

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Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE A

young-at-heart crew from NRHQ RA were invited to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime yearlong adventurous training expedition called, Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE. They wondered what leg they would crew and were overjoyed to discover that they had managed to secure one of the Caribbean stages between 21 February and 6 March. Unlike many other RA crews, the mustered crew from NRHQ RA had some amazing and mind blowing statistics: between them they had accumulated 309 years of military service, meaning that they would be older than the 300 year anniversary that this voyage of discovery was celebrating since the RA was formed in 1716. Skipper and First Mate (Paul and Bill) flew out a day early to take over the yacht, St Barbara V; on the island of Antigua where they were met by a cheerful and familiar face from the previous crew, one could not help being cheery in a place called, Jolly Harbour. The next morning everyone woke early and were divided into three watches: Blue, Red and White; who would rotate through a pattern of the ‘on’; the ‘off’ and the ‘Mother’ watches. After breakfast and before the sun hit midday, everyone was given a series of safety briefings covering the 275 Newton life jackets; the man overboard safety equipment mostly found around the pushpit and life raft drills, as well as location of the first aid kit, engine checks and other above and below deck naming of parts. This was particularly important for the two doing their Comp crew qualification. There were some worried looks on a few faces when the Skipper decided to check and hoist the bright orange storm jib and the tri-sail – good for over 38 and over 40 knots of apparent wind, respectively. Did the Skipper know something that he wasn’t sharing with the crew? They happily learned that it was a mandatory pre-sailing drill. Phew! After a quick spot of lunch; they headed out of Jolly Harbour for their first practice sail. Everyone jumped into action depending on their particular watch rotation and motored out of the bay avoiding other yachts coming in. Once out beyond the last marker buoy, the main sail was hoisted, followed shortly by the head sail (No.2 Yankee); and as the sails filled out they turned southward into the wind to practice some seamanship skills. After a rusty start and oiling of the old joints; the crew practiced sail handling, deck management, steering, tacking, gybing, International Rules for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS) and channel markers.

The crew: Col Paul Molyneaux - Skipper, Maj Bill Ross – First Mate, Maj Anne Peden, Maj Jon Ball, Maj Rob Ware, Maj Stephen White, Maj Adam Merchant-Wincott, Lt Col Rick Eve – Comp Crew trainee, Maj Les Webb – Comp Crew trainee

Day four would be a longer passage from Antigua to Terre Deshailes on Guadeloupe. At 1100hrs, they were back on board and turned south for Guadeloupe on a broad reach. Shortly after 1600hrs, there was a cry of “thar, she blows,” as two Humpback whales were seen swimming less than 15m off the port side. Post scrambling for cameras, this excitement triggered much singing...mostly Corp or rugby songs and other English ditties. The crew arrived in Terre Desailes just as the sun was setting, and anchored in a broad bay. No sooner had the boat been packed for the night, when a little French voice called out, “Quelle heure souhaiteriez-vous vous prendre votre petit déjeuner?” Only in France, could the crew order pain aux raisins and croissants for boat delivery at 0700hrs the next day. After a quick explore, we sailed off the anchor and headed out of the bay with two reefs in the main sail. Turning south, the bearing was set for Les Saintes, found amongst small islands to the south of Guadeloupe. This particular passage kept everyone alert, with strong winds funnelling between the islands and the boat healing over with the lee rail in the water and waves crashing over the bow. Spirits soared once again when a magnificent square rigged Barque was sighted. They sailed onwards into the darkness, arriving by moonlight at Les Saintes.

Nelson’s Dockyard

Rousseau

Day three took the crew on their first passage from Jolly Harbour to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour (Antigua); it was a pleasant warm up of 25.1 nautical miles. With the sails set they zipped along quite merrily with each crew member taking their turn to helm, as this was good practice for everyone on-board, including the novices. Despite the two metre swell, St Barbara V handled well, making for some tough steering but with gentle handling she cruised through the waves without any problems. Man overboard drills were practiced outside the harbour entrance. Turning to harbour they saw the masts of a parade of super-yachts waiting to greet the super St Barbara V arrival.

Day Six passage was Les Saintes to Rousseau on Dominica. The Skipper and Steve decided to pump out the black water tank and needed to sweeten it by adding several bucketful’s of salty water. The crew arrived at Rouseau in Dominica at sunset. This was once a British colony until 1978 when it became independent. Day Seven; the crew did some adventurous pursuits and sampled local cultural delights on Dominica. These were extraordinary. The first activity was canyoning. They swam behind the guide in single file along the canyon, which starred in the film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean three,’ to a series of imposing waterfalls requiring scrambles up the slippery rock

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Upfront Upfront walls. After lunch at a local cafe, the crew were taken to Trafalgar Falls: the product of a combination of tropical and volcanic scenery. They were led, by their barefooted guide, beyond the “Please do not proceed beyond this point” sign, up a challenging scramble to the foot of a two hundred metre waterfall and yet another plunge pool; where a secondary flow oozed hot spring water from a deep orange rock face. This couldn’t be matched by any commercial spa baths anywhere in the world. Life was tough sometimes. Their last stop on this mystery tour was snorkelling on the stunning Champagne Reef where natural bubbles floated upwards from the sea bed. They spotted many tropical fish but none more impressive than the Lionfish. After all the thrills of the day, a special birthday dinner was arranged to celebrate the First Mate’s fortieth – again birthday, with cake and candles smuggled into the restaurant, a fitting conclusion to a truly memorable day. Day Eight was a long overnight passage from Dominica to Montserrat. The morning was spent filling the boat with fuel and water: but they were unable to find somewhere to refill the gas bottles. At midday, they struggled to sail away due to the very light winds and set the sails goose-winged and switched to the No.2 Genoa. An hour later, they spotted a pod of 15 porpoises swimming alongside and joshing about in the bow wave. Throughout the night, there were four hourly watch changes and regular brews with biscuits for morale. Around 0200hrs, the enormous cruise liner (Cunard Britannia) was found bearing down on their position without moving to indicate they would overtake with a clear distance: a quick call on the radio by the First Mate, asked them if they would be kind enough to avoid the collision course they appeared to have set with St Barbara V. They kindly bore away, lit up like a Christmas tree. The remainder of the night was spent under sail as the wind picked up, and both the Genoa and Main swelled and creaked in the darkness, until arriving on Montserrat (an Irish colony) in time for breakfast.

Montserrat Volcano A few relaxing hours ashore allowed the crew to visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO); this included watching a 25 minute information film about the recent devastation that this active volcano can produce. We set sail for St Kitts 45.1 nautical miles away and arrived at 0200hrs. After a short nights kip, day ten was a maintenance day and there were plenty of chores to be undertaken. Bill and Adam marched off with three empty gas bottles and returned sweaty and sun burnt. Welcome sundowners and dinner were enjoyed by all after a brief explore of Fort Thomas where the British guns remain in place. Everyone woke to a beautiful morning in St Kitts with breakfast as usual, al fresco in the cockpit. Later in the day, the crew learnt about “not looking in another’s cockpit” and “permission to lay alongside.” (For gentlemen readers short of gift ideas for their girlies: buying a brooch showing the flags QR1 makes for an unusual and charming pressie). The crew headed out of the harbour at 1000hrs under Jon’s direction as acting skipper and Steve took the helm. The winds were rather light, so they decided to fly the colourful rainbow spinnaker. Once launched, it was a splendid sight. The total passage

today would be 130 miles to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The day and night passed off peacefully with both moon and stars eventually reappearing, making navigation by stars between the spreaders much easier. Their passage today meant the crew sailed past Richard Branson’s, Necker Island, unfortunately, his message-in-a-bottle invitation to cocktails seemed to go adrift. The afternoon was spent chilling out at the Bitter End Yacht Club for lunch, swimming and a welldeserved rest. Dinner that evening was also spent ashore in a restaurant with an amazing view across the bay.

Most glorious Day Thirteen was their last sailing day: Virgin Gorda to Wickham Cay, British Virgin Islands. The morning’s setting was surely one of the most glorious of the expedition, clear blue skies, marvellous cool temperatures (well...until 0800hrs that is), and a most idyllic picture postcard setting, The Baths – on route to the final destination. Mooring off these colossal granite boulders, they enjoyed frolicking and snorkelling in the crystal waters to observe the colourful marine life (such as Parrotfish and Dorey’s). Upon entering Wickham Cay later that afternoon, the first port of call was the refuelling point in preparation for the next crew; plus the search for gas was at last met with success. Sadness was washed away with sundowners as the trip was almost over. Day Fourteen in BVIs was fully dedicated to cleaning, maintenance and preparation of the boat for handover. Since St Barbara V was now back to her gleaming former glory, the only option was for the crew to dress her in her finest flags, including those of some sponsors, Inzpire and Arun Sails, this lady was the most glamorous yacht in the marina, she released her youthful crew to venture into town for their final run ashore and to sample the local lobster delights. The next morning, the Skipper and First Mate waved the crew farewell as they took a taxi to Beef Island airport; then an island hopper back to Antigua. But wait...hold the press, rumours were spreading that their BA flight back to the UK had been delayed two days. Cheshire cat grins spread in unison across the faces of the Leg nine crew. What a result for this special young-at-heart crew. They had one more day of sailing: spent hoisting the sunglasses, making fast the swimwear and charting the clouds as they lay back to enjoy the final delights of this splendid once-in-a-lifetime RA expedition.

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Ex Brief Encounter

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n Friday 11 March, 13 UOTC teams, from Aberdeen to Southampton, travelled to SPTA to compete in the annual UOTC Royal Artillery Competition – Ex BRIEF ENCOUNTER. The exercise educates potential officers on both Regular and Reserve Officer careers, as well as giving them the chance to experience the capabilities that the Royal Regiment are able to provide on the modern battlefield. Over the weekend, all teams and directing staff participated in a series of round robin stands, geared to showcase the Royal Artillery in its diverse nature. In total the exercise had 15 stands all organised and manned by soldiers and an officer of the Royal Regiment. Nine of the 15 were information stands designed to expose teams to the operational context of the RA. The remaining six were competition stands based around arduous military activities, which challenged the UOTC OCdts teamwork, cohesion and determination. The following is a detailed list of each event: Ser (a)

Regt (b)

Stand (c)

Stand Type (d)

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King’s Tp RHA

Kings Troop Challenge

Competition

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1 RHA

MLRS & AS90

Information

Observation Post

Information

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5 RA

LCMR

Information

4

7 Para RHA

Gun Run

Competition

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12 RA

LML & Stormer

Information

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14 RA

Live Firing Gun Position

Information

Burden Carry

Competition

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Royal Artillery Quiz

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The competition was a very close run event, with little to separate the performance of competing teams. By the end, every single cadet had enjoyed a well-executed competition and had gained an in-depth insight into the Royal Artillery. Final scores had Leeds UOTC finish with first place honours, closely followed in second place by Birmingham, with third place going to Northumbria. The following is a list of winners for all the competition stands: Ser (a)

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RA Quiz

East Midlands UOTC

The whole event co-ordinated by Capt Richard Goffin RA, had been a roaring success – with initial feedback already suggesting that the competition will attract many more teams for next year. The ability to deliver this exercise being in no small part to the professionalism and drive of the exercise supporting staff, who strived to display our wider Regiment in the light it deserves.

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Regimental Upfront news

29 Cdo Regt RA and 11 RAMa take a trip down memory lane

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icking our wounds following a French victory on the football pitch, the officers of 29 Cdo Regt RA hosted the Commanding Officer of 11th Marine Artillery and a group of his staff to a historic tour of Plymouth’s historic defences, most of which were designed to deter our traditional rivals. There are 216 defensive sites in the Plymouth area dating from the early 1400s to the final days of the Coast Artillery in 1956. 29 Cdo Regt RA has the privilege of living in the biggest of these sites – we are surrounded by defensive architecture that has been adapted over the years to reflect changes in threat and technology. For the Gunner officer, the study of these sites provides the perfect classroom to refine our knowledge of our craft and test the timeless military principles of defence. The tour began with an overview of Plymouth’s defences and the history of the Royal Citadel over coffee and bacon baps. The Royal Citadel was not the first fortification on the Hoe; Plymouth Castle was constructed in the early 15th century to defend against French raiders. In 1403, Breton corsairs raided the town and the area they laid waste to is called Bretonside. A chain was laid across the entrance to Sutton harbour and its windlass housed in a tower known as a Barbican. Today this term endures as the name of the historic quarter of our city. In 1592 the Lord Mayor, Sir Francis Drake, petitioned Good Queen Bess for a fort to cover the approaches to the harbour, and Drake’s Fort was constructed. Commanded by the redoubtable Sir Ferdinando Gorges, its most famous visitor was Pocahontas. Fiercely puritan, the city declared for Parliament in the English Civil War and held out against the Royalist forces under Prince Maurice during a siege that ran from 1643 until 1646. Never subdued, the restored monarchy had no intention of allowing this West Country stronghold and strategically vital port to fall to a future adversary and the great Citadel was begun in 1665. Never tested in action, the fortress achieved some notoriety when French pirate, (our Gallic

guests called him an admiral), Rene Duguay Trouin, escaped from the Citadel where he was held prisoner in 1695. Equally embarrassing was the visit of French spy, Robert, Comte de Paradès in 1778 when he sat on the battlements sketching the guns and their arcs of fire for over an hour before the Guard was summoned. The Orderly Sergeant noting that De Paradès was clearly a gentleman, escorted him around the fortress allowing him to complete his reconnaissance at leisure and report back to the French Fleet. His report is available online and he even includes the recommended locations for the sappers to dig trenches to assault the Citadel from the western side. As ranges extended so did the defences, and the ring of fortifications extended outside of the city under Palmerston from the late 1850s. The team jumped into the boats of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines and headed out into Plymouth Sound to see the inner ring of fire which included batteries on Drake’s Island, Cawsand, the Torpedo station at Piers Cellars, the Breakwater Fort and Fort Bovisand. From the water we were also able to pick out the remains of Drake’s Fort which was incorporated into the Citadel. Against such defences the likely course of action to neutralise the dockyard was a landward assault (having landed unopposed at Looe or Torbay) and the final stop on the staff ride was the centre piece of the North East defensive line, Crownhill Fort. Completed in 1872 by the Royal Engineers, Crownhill Fort was described by Gen Totleben, the genius Russian Engineer of Sevastopol, as magnificent. It is the perfect location to study the art of defence and the science of gunnery. As the pictures highlight, the weather could not have been better and the sea off Plymouth was the perfect backdrop for French and British Gunners sniffing the morning cool. Many thanks to 1 Assault Group and Ed Donahue of the Landmark Trust whose tour of the casemates, barbettes and caponiers of Crownhill Fort was quite superb.

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Ex DRAGON’S CHAL

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n 1972 Bdr Tomasson and LBdr Blackburn were the last soldiers from P Battery (The Dragon Troop) RA to be killed in action during the troubles in Northern Ireland, and as such, the Tomasson-Blackburn trophy was commissioned. It serves as the prize for the best Detachment within P Battery. With expectations for a sunny late April, the Dragons deployed onto a cold, wintery Warcop Training Area for the second instalment of the Battery’s Best Detachment Competition. The week-long exercise began with low level detachment training coupled with grouping and zeroing, culminating in a 36 hour competition. The previous year saw the birth of the competition and as a first instalment it highlighted points to work on, the key; to ensure the next competition to be more physical and complex – 2016 did not fail in meeting this requirement. The first phase of the competition began with a 12 hour round robin of various stands with six detachments moving tactically between locations. Covering distances (navigation permitting) of over 25km on movement alone, the stands varied in complexity and difficulty which included an hour-long assault course, a complex recovery stand, casualty evacuation (casevac), navigation, a special to arm test and a complex observation stand – consisting of a casevac serial, followed by 15 minutes to gather as much information from an insurgent HQ (created and led by 4/73 (Spinx) Special Observation Post Bty RA. It was safe to say after the first phase of the competition all soldiers had been thoroughly tested and were exhausted both mentally and physically. All the details of the competition were kept secret to all exercising troops – rumours ran amok regarding what would happen next. Phase two saw detachments prepare for what was thought to be a simple two mile march and shoot, in full battle kit. However, the detachments were contacted one km up the first hill, resulting in an 800m casevac serial. Following this, the detachments continued a further mile uphill to the range. The shoot proved challenging, with soldiers engaging targets on an IBSR range at irregular distances up to 300m in a plethora of firing positions. This was perceived as the end of the competition. However, once all detachments completed firing and soldiers were relaxing and cleaning their weapons, Detachment 12 THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 • [email protected]

Commanders were issued fresh orders (tackling the unexpected is a thread which the command team is keen to exercise) to line up ready for a battery best effort two mile run back to Moorhouse Farm. In a surprisingly cheery fashion they rallied their soldiers and displaying true grit and determination, all detachments ran back in good times. Upon completion, a detailed kit inspection served as the final test, and after 36 hours to the joy of the soldiers, the competition was complete. Up to 40km was covered in 36 hours. The trophy was awarded this year to team MAMBA 2, which was led convincingly by Bombardier Steel – the Detachment was flawless throughout and were gallant victors. The Rushton Cup was also awarded to the best Gunner and was judged on a holistic performance capturing efforts both throughout the year and during the exercise. Competition was fierce but for a second year in a row Gunner Cracroft claimed the prize. Creating a strong sense of team cohesion, competitive spirit and rivalry, Exercise DRAGON’S CHALLENGE served as a fantastic opportunity to test the strengths of our junior leaders in a taxing, highpressured environment. The question of what next year entails is already being asked, and in true Dragon fashion, it will be a surprise…

by Lt James Harvey

LLENGE

Upfront

Ex JOINT WARRIOR and GRIFFIN STRIKE A

pril is always a busy and important month for the Commando Gunners as the Lead Commando Group is validated on Exercise JOINT WARRIOR. This year the Regiment deployed on both JOINT WARRIOR and GRIFFIN STRIKE at the same time, which saw Franco-British CJEF activity take place off the south west coast, the Bristol Channel and once ashore at Castlemartin and Sennybridge, while in the high north in the stunning surrounds of Cape Wrath a LIVEX (Live Field Exercise) was taking place with naval gunnery, mortars and participants from cross nations. GRIFFIN STRIKE was an interesting challenge working to a French MCC before landing in South Wales and joining 3rd Division, and in the case of 29 Cdo Regt RA, the OSG under Comd of 1 Arty Bde proved a step change in terms of assets available to the LCG. A further challenge was added by being a live exercising brigade in a virtual CPX (Clinical Performance 29 Cdo Regt RA personnel aboard HMS Bulwark in anti-flash gear Examination). After amphibious rehearsals in the Portsmouth and Plymouth areas (including a gun raid) the task force moved around the Scilly Isles for the main amphibious assault. 148 (Meiktila) Cdo Bty RA landed ahead of the force to establish the anchor OP and 42 Cdo supported by 8 (Alma) Cdo Bty raided ashore and secured their objectives (CALFEX) before a long move to Sennybridge.

Final attack 148 (Meiktila) Cdo Bty RA was now projected forward once again as part of the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group and the final attack (TESEX) took place, although sadly the latest 105mm ammunition ban meant that the guns were silent in Castlemartin. Their deployment was important although it has been nearly three years since we last completed a full amphibious assault. The VIKING FST was put through its paces as we tested this new regimental capability, 8 (Alma) Cdo Bty RA personnel conducting day and night gun raids and the Brigade JFC deployed both afloat and ashore (SACCEX). Sadly there were no real French Gunners for us to work alongside, but we did conduct live naval gunfire from FS La Motte Piquet and FS Cassard (GUNEX). Once theatre entry had been achieved the Lead Commando Group redeployed to Sennybridge for a series of Company and Commando attacks by 42 Cdo supported by 8 (Alma) Cdo Bty RA. It was great to have an LCMR Troop from 53 (Louisberg) Bty RA on board and counter battery fires skills were quickly re-established.

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Upfront

Ex SWEDEN LOCATOR T

he Gunnery Career Course (GCC) assembled for the 32nd time back in September 2015. Forecast into the yearlong course programme was a scheduled visit for the Surveillance Target Acquisition (STA) section to the SAAB manufacturing and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. This was pertinent to the STA section as the Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar (MAMBA) used extensively by 5 Regt RA. After a little false direction from our trusty satellite navigation system, we finally arrived at the elusive SAAB facility neatly hidden within the mountains and re-entrants that make up the topography of Sweden. Upon arrival, we were met by the SAAB representatives from the Surface Radar Solutions Division. The Division delivered a number of interesting and informative presentations that detailed future capabilities that could take the MAMBA Weapon Locating Radar system to 2030 and beyond. Firstly we looked at RACCOON, a software program utilising three dimensional mapping built within a standalone ruggedized laptop. MAMBA requires horizon data, known as ‘crest profile’ to be entered into the system; this allows the beam to form correctly just above the ‘crest’ giving the best chance to detect munitions whilst remaining hidden from sight. Currently to do this we have to conduct ground recognisance, or extract the information directly from a map. RACCOON software will work out the crest profile using the three dimensional mapping of the Area of Operations (AO), it can also suggest possible hostile fires locations within that AO, even providing possible angles of approach and trajectories various enemy munitions could take. This can then provide the local commander with optimum sites to deploy his MAMBA Weapon Locating Radars (WLR). The Battery Command Post (BCP) or the Detachment Commander (DC) can conduct the planning during either deliberate MAMBA operations or dynamic hasty locating missions ultimately saving valuable time and man-hours. Secondly, we looked at VENOM (Virtual Engagement of NonOffensive Munitions), a simulation program that incorporates a

SSgt Sowter explaining the MAMBA operating system.

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The team wearing anti-static clothing before viewing the build phase within SAAB.

Field Artillery Terminal (FAT) using either a Wi-Fi network or a direct plug into MAMBA. This creates a simulation of incoming Rocket, Artillery or Mortar (RAM) fire enabling the MAMBA to track and warn of any potential munitions inbound. It can utilise a mixture of ‘near real time’ scenarios selected by the end user, thus allowing the detachment to conduct multiple missions, practicing the reporting procedure in a timely manner and conduct the best possible dry training available, any time, at any location. VENOM can also be utilised by the Gunnery Training Team (GTT) giving them the ability to support and run multiple scenarios within a virtual environment without the burdens concerning ammunition and transport requirements to the selected training areas. VENOM is capable of delivering the very best in future simulation training for the MAMBA, it is simple to use, provides excellent training opportunities and is a key enabler to deliver a capability beyond 2030 to the wider army. Both these systems are part of an on-going project by the Surveillance Target Acquisition (STA) thread during GCC 32 giving a valuable, informative and a better understanding of vital upgrades needed for the future. We are now able to formulate new plans to acquire upgrades and possible platforms that will keep us current, competent and battle worthy in the not too distant future. On the final day of the visit, SAAB hosted the GGC contingent to a splendid dinner, we in turn, presented a Royal School of Artillery presentation, which now sits pride of place within the main hosting room. This proved to be an excellent way to finish such an informative visit provided by SAAB and the STA Branch. The Gunnery Career Course left with a far better understanding of future capabilities available today and further developing the relationships within the STA community.

by SSgt R Ellis

Upfront

St George’s Day and HM The Queens Birthday parade Emsworth

Geordie and West Riding Gunners granted Freedom of the County of Northumberland

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n Saturday, 30 April, 101 Regt RA were granted the Freedom of Northumberland in Blyth. The Freedom is the County’s highest civic honour and local people turned out in their hundreds to show their support. The parade was attended by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland Col Glenton CBE (Late RA), Mr Ronnie Campbell MP, Mayor of Blyth, Councillor Margaret Parker, Councillor Grant Davey Leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Kath Nisbet MBE Civic Head and senior military guests included the Regiment Colonel Royal Artillery, Col JR Collinge OBE ADC (Late RA), Honorary Colonel 101 Regt RA, Col DR Harrington (Late RA) and Honorary Colonel, 269 (West Riding) Bty RA, Col AC Roberts OBE (Late RA) and music was provided by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Whilst showers preceded and ended the parade, the sun shone from the minute the marching troops stepped off. Marching for the first time to a band those on parade grew in stature and confidence, the Army Reserve officers and soldiers turned in a faultless ceremonial performance.

Proud Lt Col Sean Grant, the Regiments Commanding Officer said, “Our soldiers are proud to have paraded in Blyth today symbolising the support we receive from the wider community across the North East of England. We are very grateful to the Vice Lord Lieutenant and to the Leader, The Civic Head and all of Northumberland County Council for their recognition of the service given by members of the Regiment, over 157 years of Artillery Volunteers in Northumberland. “Receiving the Freedom of the County of Northumberland is especially significant in this year when the Royal Regiment of Artillery celebrates its 300th Anniversary.” Sgt Mark Ferron, an Army Reservist from Blyth, had the honour of leading the parade in one of the 19-tonne Armoured Multiple Launch Rockets Systems said, “This was the first time I have taken part in such a large parade in my home town and it was a fantastic experience, especially driving the regimental colours. To be involved as the parade marched through the town centre was an extremely proud moment that will stay with me for the rest of my career.” The Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Kath Nisbet MBE said, “We are very proud of the county’s close association with 101 (Northumbrian) Regt RA, who have a base in Blyth itself. By granting the Freedom, we are saying thank you for all that they do.”

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n Thursday 21 April at 1030hrs, the Hampshire town of Emsworth marked St George’s Day and HM The Queen’s Birthday with a parade through the town centre, led by 170 (Imjin) Bty, 12 Regt RA. 170 (Imjin) Bty RA holds the highest collective military honour that can be awarded by the United States, for its role in one of the fiercest battles in the Korean War. The Battery has a special ceremony every year celebrating this award on St George’s Day. The honour title ‘Imjin’ was granted by HM The Queen for the Battery’s part in the Battle of the Imjin River. Soldiers from 170 (Imjin) Bty RA and Veterans from the local area, joined by children from Thorney Island Community School, marched through the town, accompanied by the Pipes of 19 Regt RA – The Scottish Gunners. Members of 170 (Imjin) Bty RA and Veterans were presented with red roses to mark the occasion by the Madam Mayoress of Havant, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Giles Malec, 12 Regt RA.

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Up front RA

Isle Of Man Post Office Stamps celebrate 300 years of the Royal Regiment of Artillery

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sle of Man Post Office, in association with the Royal Artillery, is pleased to present a set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of The Royal Regiment of Artillery and its remarkable achievements. The £2.44p stamp and the supporting material, features Maj Kate Philp, a hero of modern warfare, who lost her leg in a mortar attack in Afghanistan. After her recovery Maj Philp went on to train soldiers for later tours and accompanied Prince Harry on his walk to the South Pole with the charity Walking With The Wounded. A true modern day hero. Maj Philp visited the Isle of Man to launch the stamps on 9 May, which coincided with The Captain-General's Baton visit to the Island during its global circumnavigation, and to give a talk to local business women. Walking With The Wounded are the nominated charity for this event. CEO Ed Parker said, “These beautifully designed stamps mark an important historical milestone for ‘The Gunners’. It’s very good to see today’s vulnerable veterans being supported at an event which reflects an illustrious military history.” This stunning collection, and the first stamp issue created for the Post Office by Glazier Design in London, depicts some of the uniforms worn by the gunners in the regiment’s 300 year history along with a reflective background image complimenting the artillery of the time. The 45p stamp depicts the earliest soldier of the Royal Artillery in 1716 dressed in the coat of blue and red facings, and carrying a sword and a linstock with a cannon being pulled by a horse shown in the background. The 50p stamp shows an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery which was founded in 1793. He wears a uniform based on the Light Dragoons of the day along with a leather helmet, and the background scene shows foot artillery of the period. The 95p stamp depicts a gunner of the 4th Mountain Artillery Battery in 1890. The unit was raised from Punjab Sikhs and the soldier is shown wearing practical khaki and Indian slippers and is against a background of officers with mules carrying screw guns. The £1.27p stamp is based on a photograph of Maj J R Drinkwater, Royal Field Artillery, a Manxman who served in the First World War. He is shown wearing a khaki service dress uniform with his rank displayed on the cuff. The background shows an 18 pounder gun, the standard field gun of the war. The £1.69 stamp depicts Manxman Lt Cowley of the 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery with a 40mm Bofors gun at Tobruk, a North African harbour in the background. Finally, the £2.44 stamp depicts Maj Kate Philp of the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan in 2008 wearing desert camouflage, with a Warrior fighting vehicle in the background. Maj Philp served two tours in Iraq but while on operations in Afghanistan the armoured vehicle she was commanding was damaged by an improvised explosive device and her left leg

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had to be amputated. Maj Philp’s image is used in the stamp collection as a reminder of the cost of war and consequences for veterans. Commenting on the stamps, General Secretary of the RA Charitable Fund Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll MBE said, “The Royal Regiment of Artillery is a famous regiment who have fought all over the world as their motto ‘Ubique’ indicates. We are extremely proud of our connection with the Isle of Man and in this, our 300th anniversary since our formal formation, we are extremely grateful to the Isle of Man Post Office for helping us commemorate such an important anniversary with their set of six excellent stamps depicting the Gunners through the ages. They are a first rate tribute to the men and women of the Royal Regiment of Artillery who have served throughout the ages defending their Country.” Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: "We are pleased to celebrate 300 years of the Royal Artillery, a significant milestone for such an illustrious regiment. The stamps capture the history of the Gunners over the years in their uniforms against reflective battle landscapes, and we are grateful to Glazier Design of London who commissioned the stamp designs and the Royal Artillery's historian Frank Baldwin who helped prepare the accompanying issue text. We were also delighted that, to make it a special occasion, Maj Philp, who features on our stamps, visited the Island to help us launch the stamps.” Maj Kate Philp said, “The 300th anniversary of the Regiment presents an opportunity for us all to reflect on our service; mine makes up a small contribution to that history, yet fills me with pride and brings a smile to my face. Joining the Gunners was an easy decision: as a female, it presented me with the best opportunity for hands-on command of soldiers and to do so in a variety of roles – truly living its motto, ‘Ubique’; that was the ‘head’ decision. But my instinct told me that wearing this cap badge was where I fitted – the people were my people; that was a decision of the heart.” To view the stamp collection and to order, visit: www. iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/royal-artillery-300/

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The Royal Artillery Assembly

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he Royal Artillery Assembly was a resounding success. This year we celebrated 300 years of the Royal Artillery. We were pleased this year to welcome over 550 Gunners, both serving and retired, with their families who enjoyed a weekend of comradeship, entertainment and the Grand Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. The Saturday morning was taken up by the RAA AGM chaired by Maj Gen John Milne CB, ably assisted by Brig David Radcliffe CB and Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll, each of whom reflected how well the past year has gone and how busy the Branches and our Standards Bearers have been. The Assembly began with the presentation of the CaptainGeneral’s Baton which was proudly paraded by one of our long standing members, Mr Frank Yates from the Sheffield Branch along with a Piper from 103 Regt RA and our very own Standard Bearers. There was also a presentation from Brig Simon Humphrey OBE, the Project lead for Ubique 300. His presentation covered the project from conception to reality, culminating with a showcase of some of the epic photos from the circumnavigation of the globe. The annual awards this year were presented by Maj Gen John Milne. The awards are presented for outstanding service and support to the RA charities. There were many proud winners and Artillery House would like to send its warmest congratulations to all recipients. The Standard Bearers competition was held on Saturday afternoon in the Norcalympia. It was a close fought competition that was eventually won by Mr Tug Wilson from Hartlepool Branch, with Mr John Boyd and Mr James Young coming second and third respectively. We would like to thank the Judges and the branches for supporting their entrants.

The Sunset Ceremony, performed by the Lancashire Artillery Band from 103 Regt RA was a splendid start to the Saturday evening, and with the Captain-General’s Baton in attendance there were many photos taken with regiments and branches alike. Everyone that attended should be congratulated on the proud way in which the regimental family embraced its 300 year anniversary. I simply could not write this report without including a special “Thank You” to all those who helped in the organisation and running of this year’s Royal Artillery Assembly. Without some outside help our small team could not come close to putting on such a marvellous and worthwhile event. Most noticeable this year were 14 Regt RA and 103 Regt RA which provided much appreciated support in terms of manpower, transport, equipment, displays and the band. Also, a thank you to all those regiments who supported us by allowing their representatives to attend; we had over 200 serving soldiers this year and hope that this only grows over time. I would like to add a special thank you to the RASM, WO1 Roger Bramall and his team, WO2 (RABSM) M Lewis, WO2 B Green and Sgt M Davey, for bringing all the military elements together so seamlessly – without their assistance we could not have achieved yet another high quality event. Thank you also to our small and dedicated team from the North West. Finally, thank you to all the branches who supported the assembly and to all the standard bearers who, once again, did us and themselves proud. [email protected] • THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 17

Ubique

47 Regt RA Reunion Dinner. It was the first annual reunion and was held on 23 April.

Julian Brazier MP, PUS for Reserve Forces visited RSA in April, seen here talking to Reservists training on a LBTA with Maj Andy Skiffington in attendance.

Mark Stonelake representing the United Kingdom at the Invictus Games, Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on 8-12 May. Photograph: Credit to Roger Keller/Help for Heroes

On Sat 23 April, 19 members of GCC 32 ISTAR/GBAD challenged themselves to ascend and descend Mount Snowdon as many times as possible in a 24-hour period to raise money for the Army Benevolent fund. During which the team managed a total of 46 climbs collectively which equated to a distance of 414 miles and 160,000 ft, raising a total of £1826 for a very deserving cause.

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The Royal Artillery Football Club Veterans went to Portugal for their annual golf break. From left to right: Steve Burnett, Matt Carmichael, Pete Jackson, Clint Webbe, Kevin Young, Gavin Kirk, Fitzroy Thomas MBE, Steve Wallis MBE, Ron Harvey and Lee Pollard.

The Snowdon Salute at the height of almost 1085 metres was a ‘first’ and was in every way a spectacular event. Its delivery required significant and meticulous detailed planning, and relied heavily upon support from 101 Bn REME, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Natural Resources Wales and a Cwmbran UAS firm, Resource Group, with whom 104 Regt RA have close links, to realise this ambitious event. The Salute was accompanied by the reading of a historical vignette, commemorating welsh gunners as an integral part of the Baton’s journey.”

Biggleswade Branch was formed on 10 June 1946 and we celebrated our 70th Anniversary with a Garden Party on 5 June. The sun shone and the event was attended by 60 guests. In the first photo taken on Sunday are (l-r) Captain Allan Solly Royal Artillery (Membership Secretary of the Royal Artillery Association), Mr Ken Page (Longest serving member of the Biggleswade Branch), Ted McKenzie (Chairman), Ruth Bell MBE (Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire), Cllr Michael North (Deputy Mayor of Biggleswade), Mr Terry Harragan ( President of the Biggleswade Branch and WO2 (BSM) Rob Matthews (BSM of 49 (Inkerman) Bty RA (our affiliated unit). The second photo was taken in 1976 – self-explanatory. [email protected] • THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 19

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Birthday Honours and Awards Promotions in and Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath As Knight Commander As Companions Maj Gen Nicholas Ashmore Promotions in and Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire As Knight Commander Lt Gen Andrew Gregory As Officers Lt Col James Cook As Members Capt Carlos Hamlet Maj Christopher Lane Lt Col William Prior PO Steve Hoyland (RN member of 148 Cdo Bty RA) Joint Commander’s Commendation Maj Paul Milton MBE Chief of the General Staff Commendations Maj Taff Evans Maj Glyn Williams

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Apr 17 Sep 16 Dec 16 Apr 16 Sep 16 Sep 16 May 16 Jan 17 Jun 16 Sep 16 Apr 16 Sep 16 Jan 17 Jan 17 Sep 16 Sep 16 Jan 17 Apr 17 Apr 17 Sep 16 Jun 16 Apr 16 Sep 16

Update 2Lt JE Cadbury 2Lt LM Denyer 2Lt P Dixon 2Lt PJS Evans 2Lt O Fincham 2Lt BN Griffiths 2Lt JA Harrison 2Lt J Landers 2Lt BG Manley 2Lt CJC Scouller 2Lt AP Thomas 2Lt PJS Tigwell 2Lt C Valle

Tp Comd Tp Comd Tp Comd Tp Comd Tp Comd BRO Tp Comd Tp Comd Tp Comd Bty Recce Offr STA TAC GP Comd STA TAC GP Comd Bty Offr

32 Regt RA 1 RHA 16 Regt RA 7 Para RHA 26 Regt RA 7 Para RHA 4 Regt RA 12 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 5 Regt RA

Promotions To Lieutenant General Maj Gen RE Nugee To Colonel Lt Col PR Bates Lt Col JP Cook Lt Col KR Harris Lt Col CA Hewitt To Warrant Officer Class One WO1 JD MacMillan To Warrant Officer Class Two WO2 S Renwick WO2 NC Rodgers To Staff Sergeant SSgt TL Allen SSgt M Cartwright SSgt D Clifton SSgt CJ Darker SSgt P Downs SSgt NJW Fletcher SSgt MJ Foster SSgt DK Gosney SSgt DJ Hayes SSgt N Reilly SSgt MJ Rozycki SSgt DI Spriddle SSgt ML Young-Husband To Sergeant A/Sgt DJ Noble A/Sgt K Ramage A/Sgt SM Riley A/Sgt M Wilson A/Sgt SB Wiseman To Bombardier Bdr AS Anthony

PJHQ

ATC (P) 14 Regt RA

29 Cdo Regt RA 4 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 1 RHA 32 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 47 Regt RA 47 Regt RA 47 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 19 Regt RA

5 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 14 Regt RA 32 Regt RA

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Bdr CN Bekker Bdr MR Box Bdr JT Cooksley Bdr MR Court Bdr AB Davies Bdr J Davies Bdr SR Dicks Bdr JA Dyment Bdr JM Ennis Bdr HE Flowers Bdr AA Frazer Bdr DM Frisby Bdr JD Futcher Bdr JF Griffiths Bdr AH Janse Van Vuuren Bdr DP Jenkins Bdr TF Jenks Bdr C Jones Bdr ME Lee Bdr DJ Lewis Bdr CD Longley Bdr LD Malone Bdr D McCurdy Bdr DD Meikle Bdr GT Mitchell Bdr B Rai Bdr P Shawcross Bdr MLC Steward Bdr LJ Thurston Bdr DC Wright To Lance Bombardier LBdr R Alexander LBdr CC Alroe LBdr BJ Baker LBdr JK Best LBdr PK Boadu LBdr LD Bowley LBdr AG Broad LBdr RA Brown LBdr R Burns LBdr L Darboe LBdr KM Denson LBdr RK Derrick LBdr AJ Fitzgerald LBdr DM Gardner-Wright LBdr DP Gordon LBdr NVK Guaniqio LBdr JJ Hampton LBdr MC Hardiman LBdr KM Hayes LBdr KA Herne LBdr MP Hertz LBdr JP Higgins LBdr LJ Hulyer LBdr SM Jackson LBdr JM Kemaka LBdr SA Kitching LBdr D Knowlson LBdr K Lentini

47 Regt RA 5 Regt RA King’s Tp RHA 16 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 26 Regt RA King’s Tp RHA 5 Regt RA 47 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 5 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 26 Regt RA

32 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 29 Cdo Regt RA 26 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 19 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 16 Regt RA King’s Tp RHA 29 Cdo Regt RA 26 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 4 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 29 Cdo Regt RA 32 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 3 RHA 32 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 32 Regt RA

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Update update LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr LBdr

SD AD A LA BP SJ NAM JW IA AF MT RD P GSL R JM KA HR K SA MC

Lowe Lowe-Fassam Masinga Mccann Metcalf Preece Roberts Rowley Scobbie Sidebotom Silverwood Smethurst Speight Taylor Theron Thorneycroft Todd Vitalis Vulatola Waslin Weeson

26 Regt RA 1 RHA 26 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 3 RHA 4 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 26 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 32 Regt RA King’s Tp RHA 16 Regt RA 16 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 32 Regt RA 16 Regt RA

Gazette COMMANDS AND STAFF REGULAR ARMY Brig WJF Kingdon late Royal Regiment of Artillery retires 22 April 2016 Regular Commissions Lt Col BL Howell retires 18 February 2016 Lt Col DA Kernohan retires 30 April 2016 Lt Col EJ Tyson retires 18 April 2016 Maj RJ Orvis retires 10 April 2016 Regular Commissions (Late Entry) Maj JG Barclay retires 1 March 2016 Maj (Acting Lt Col) M Martin MBE to be Lt Col 15 February 2016 Lt Col CA Purvis retires 22 March 2016 Maj TG Thornton to be Lt Col 12 February 2016 Intermediate Regular Commissions PAG Alexander to be Maj (on probation) 1 April 2016 with seniority 12 February 2015 (formerly Territorial Army) Capt DJ McDonald retires 16 February 2016 Capt GA Mowbray retires 12 March 2016 Maj SR Smyth retires 24 February 2016 Intermediate Regular Commissions (Late Entry) Capt AD Hart retires 18 March 2016 Capt RG Moodie retires 8 April 2016 WO1 JJ Davis to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 MG Doherty to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 EJ Ellershaw to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 RJ Enever to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO2 MA Greenhalgh to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 DJ Groves to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 RDM Heard-Smith to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 1 DJ Heath to be Capt 1 May 2016 WO1 DJ Homer to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 JE Kennaugh to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 RJ Leigh to be Capt 2 April 2016 22 THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 • [email protected]

WO1 MJ Ravenhill to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 WP Saint to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 CR Shepherd to be Capt 20 May 2016 WO1 SM Smith to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 AS Talbot to be Capt 15 April 2016 WO2 PS Threadgill to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 DJ Wagstaff to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 RA Walsh to be Capt 2 April 2016 WO1 TP Watson to be Capt 2 April 2016 Short Service Commissions Capt RDW Margolis retires 17 March 2016 Capt GB Thornton retires 2 February 2016 Lt TS Hore to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt CJA Jee to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt RJL McArthur to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt JJA Millar to be Capt 2 January 2016 Lt RJ Morris to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt BP Murphy to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt A M Robinson to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt SE Smeddle to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt (Acting Capt) GLE Wade to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt MBR Woods to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt PD Woosey to be Capt 15 December 2015 Lt ST Woosey to be Capt 13 April 2016 OCdt Benjamin James Braithwaite from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Thomas David Buller from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt James Alexander Bush from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Sarah Alison Carew from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Jessie Casey from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Joe Matthew Coolican from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Kidane Samuel Jacob Cousland from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Jacob Michael Day from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Thomas Charles Augustus Hall-Wilson from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Louis Douglas Kirkpatrick from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Alastair Howard Sebastian Loy from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Joshua John McAleer from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt James Thomas McElroy from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt James Robert Francis McLoughlin from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Adam Naismith from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Sophie Louise Nicholls from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Thomas Miles Parsons from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Joseph Pearson from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016

Update OCdt Nicola Eva Reid from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Martin Shaun Smiles from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Daniel James Oliver Toms from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Joseph Francis Ward from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Tara Michelle Watson from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 OCdt Paul Harry Wilson from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to be 2Lt 16 April 2016 ARMY RESERVE Brig WJF Kingdon is appointed Honorary Colonel 103 Regiment Royal Artillery Army Reserve 1 April 2016 in succession to Maj Gen SR Skeates CBE tenure expired Col DR Harrington is appointed Honorary Colonel 101 Regiment Royal Artillery Army Reserve 1 April 2016 in succession to Col WT Gracie TD tenure expired

These listings are derived from information provided by APC and the London Gazette. They have been checked for accuracy of reproduction. Accuracy of information itself lies with the originators.

Last Post FIELD – Maj Ronald Field died peacefully at home on 18 March aged 84. Beloved husband of Jacqueline, father of Neil and Keith. Much loved by 3 grandchildren. ALLISON – Maj Robert Whitelaw Allison sadly lost a hard fought battle with cancer on 4 March and died in Nicosia General Hospital, Cyprus. He was buried in Dhekelia Military Cemetery on 15 March. Beloved husband of Dorothy and father of Mel and Nicky. Much loved and greatly missed.

TRUELL – Lt Col George Truell fired his last round on the 6th May, aged 89, after his courageous battle over the last few months. He was known affectionately as the ‘Father of 45 Regiment’, serving 3 full tours in the Regiment, seeing action in Korea at the battle of Imjin, commanding a battery in the Far East during the Indonesian confrontation and then commanding the Regiment in Germany. A full obituary will follow.

ROYAL ARTILLERY RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB Fixtures Schedule and Results Date

Time

Fixture & Result

Venue

3V Trophy Sun 21 Feb

14:00

Heroes Trophy Sat 12 Mar 14:30

Leicester Storm v RA – Won Leicester 26-22 Nottingham Outlaws v RA – Nottingham Lost 44-12

Hopson Trophy6 Sat 9 Apr 18:00

Castleford District v RA – Lost Castleford 24-20 Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Round 1 Tue 17 May 13:30 Infantry v RA Catterick Sebastopol Cup Wed 8 Jun 14.30 RA v RM Larkhill Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Round 2 Wed 22 Jun 15:00 RE v RA Ripon Royal Artillery Inter Unit 9’s Competition – The Challenge Cup Wed 29 Jun 09:00 RA Inter Unit Rugby League 9’s Larkhill Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Round 3 Wed 6 Jul

14:30

RA v AGC

Worthy Down

Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Round 4 Wed 13 Jul 14:30 RA v AAC Larkhill Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Semi-Final Wed 27 Jul 14:30 TBC TBC Army Corps Championship Competition – Lawson Cup Final Sat 3 Sep 12:15 TBC Bradford

WEBB – WO1 Master Gunner James Arthur Webb sadly passed away on 4 April in Bedford aged 95. James joined the Territorial Army in response to the Munich Crisis. He fought in North Africa, Italy, Austria before being demobilised in 1945. However, he swiftly rejoined the Regular Army and attended the Gunnery Staff course in Anti-Aircraft Artillery and became an instructor in all aspects of AA Artillery. He was selected to attend the first Surface to Surface Guided Weapons course held at Fort Bliss, USA and also qualified in Free Flight Rockets. He retired from the Royal Regiment in 1965 and joined Shropshire County Council and eventually retired from Anglian Water Authority. He was a keen golfer (handicap 10), enjoyed badminton, a good swimmer and active until his demise. His wife Mary predeceased him. Sadly missed by his two daughters Maureen and Gillian, a loving family, and friends. [email protected] • THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 23

In Memoriam Update update memoriam

Denis Rollo 1929-2016

D

enis Rollo began his military career with National Service as an airman in the Royal Air Force, serving in Egypt and North Africa. He recalled driving to Bir Hackeim one day for ‘a nosey around the battlefield’ and discovering the remains of an Italian outpost with its inhabitants still inside. In typical Denis fashion he was always a man of action who liked things properly organised, he quickly arranged a decent burial for them. Denis then joined the Army as a Regular, working his way up through the ranks. His final tour as a Warrant Officer was in 39 Missile Regiment in 1968-1970. He was the BSM of 36 Missile Battery RA and latterly Assembly and Test Commander for Honest John rockets. He was always absolutely clear in what was required, and in his eyes there was no room for woolliness or lack of clarity in nuclear rocketry. In 1969 he was in Libya on Exercise VOLABLE with 39 Missile Regiment. The headquarters and support included Denis Rollo as RSM, infantry companies from gunner regiments together with an artillery battery, a tank squadron and an engineer troop. In September a military coup took place, at the head of which Muhammar Gaddafi subsequently emerged, and the battlegroup was detailed off for operations. The majority deployed to RAF El Adem. In late November two stay-behind companies were formed, one for El Adem and one for Tobruk. At that point Denis and Lt Michael Phillips (later Historical Secretary of the RAI) hauled down the last Gunner regimental flag to fly in Libya and were the last of the Battle Group to leave. Back in BAOR Denis and Phillips were tasked to obtain an Honour Title for 36 Battery, which is the senior Madras Artillery battery. They spent many months researching and putting together the application. In 1970 the battery was awarded the Honour Title ‘Arcot 1751’. At this point Denis was commissioned as (what was then) a SRC officer. In 22 Air Defence Regiment he worked for and obtained the Honour Title ‘Alem Hamza’ for 42 Battery. Denis was awarded the LS&GC

Medal on 16 November 1971. Promoted Captain in August 1972, Major in December 1977, and went onto retired pay on 31 December 1979. He then became an RO (Retired Officer) at RA Records, MoD Establishments and finally in HQ DRA, which was then in Woolwich. Increasingly involved in gunner history, he succeeded Lt Col M E S Laws, the authority on the descent and provenance of batteries and regiments, continuing his work in recording and indexing this important information. What is perhaps not well known was his interest and expertise in military uniforms. On one occasion Denis, the RASM and Paul Evans (the Librarian at Firepower) were at a meeting of the Army Dress Committee when the uniforms for the newly restored Lovat Scouts were under discussion. Denis gave a highly detailed description of what badges, tartan and headdress were to be worn. The chairman looked at his 2IC and asked how such details could be cross– checked for accuracy before the next meeting. Denis took off his reading glasses, put them back on again and said, “With respect, General, it was the uniform I wore when I was BSM with them.” The General looked at 2IC and said, “You heard Maj Rollo; get on with it.” Upon retirement he focused much of his time on the Royal Artillery Library, where he could often be found surrounded by books and archival papers, carrying out detailed essential research. Along the way he wrote definitive books on the guns and gunners of Malta, Gibraltar and Hong Kong, all indispensable guides, and became an authority on Coast Artillery. His book on Singapore gunners is held in the Archives, as yet unpublished. He also wrote a short history of the National Artillery Association and of the Orkney and Shetland Volunteers and Territorials. Denis not only proof-read and made extensive corrections to the modern series of the History of the Royal Artillery, never allowing a supposition or an assumption to go unchecked for validity – he also contributed much of the detail

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to them. Another book, a successor to ‘Laws lists’ on the descent of regiments and batteries, still awaits publication. During his career, Denis garnered an amazing array of awards from the Regiment. In 1973 he received the Napier Award; in 1984 the Lefroy Gold Medal. In 1994 he was awarded the Royal Artillery Medal for outstanding service to the Regiment. He was a four-times winner of the Alfred Burne Memorial Award for the best piece of historical work in the years 1978, 1990, 1992 and 1999. Denis’s sense of humour and personal charm made him great company. He was a valuable member of the RA Historical Society, the RA Historical Affairs Committee and the RA Historical Trust – indeed, one of its founding trustees. He served the Regiment over some 65 years, and his legacy in the recording and accuracy of Gunner history is immeasurable. He was arguably the best, most prolific historian the Royal Regiment has produced, and we have been fortunate to have him. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, son Bernhard and daughter Brenda, thirteen grand-children and twenty great-grandchildren. He was a muchloved family man and is greatly missed by them all.

In Memoriam

Lt Col Guy Lawrence

G

uy Lawrence was commissioned into the Regiment in 1959 as a National Service officer after training at Oswestry and Mons. His first posting to 4 RHA in Hohne marked him out immediately as an above average officer. Having completed his National Service he returned to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank where he had spent two years after leaving Winchester. However, it didn’t take long for him to realise that life in the Army suited him better than banking. He joined 29 Field Regiment shortly before they changed role to supporting the Commando Brigade, for which he had to pass the demanding Commando Course. He was very proud of his ‘Green Beret’. It was in Plymouth that he met and married Dilys Rodgers with whom he enjoyed an outstanding partnership of more than fifty years. They were inseparably supportive of each other throughout Guy’s long military career. When 29 Commando Regiment were posted to the Far East, Guy moved across to be Assistant Adjutant of the newly formed 95 Commando Regiment. After an abortive spell at Middle Wallop he joined 1 RHA in Hildesheim before moving with the regiment to Aden in 1965. 1 RHA were based in Little Aden with the batteries rotating between different troop bases in South Arabia. This meant a mixture of internal security in Aden and operations in support of both British and Federal Regular Army units up-country. Here Guy was involved in an unusual incident. Sir Mortimer Wheeler, the renowned archaeologist and ex Gunner Brigadier, was trying to obtain some marble tablets with Arabic

inscriptions dating back to biblical times. These tablets were in the Yemen, not too far from Guy’s base, and he was tasked to get them. This was done through the local sheikh who arranged for them to be brought across the border at night, one tablet per camel. Guy, with the help of 500 dinars provided by the authorities bought and stored them in his tent. They were flown one by one back to Aden by the RAF and handed over to the head archaeologist, though one tablet found its way to the British Museum in London. Leaving Aden later in 1966 Guy was posted as exchange officer to 4 RCHA in Petawawa, Canada. A spell in Germany followed with 19 Field Regiment then a staff job at HQ 2 Div. Success in the Staff College exam took him to Camberley before a posting as MA to Chief of Staff NORTHAG.

He remained in Germany as battery commander of the Eagle Troop before the Regiment moved to Northern Ireland with Guy as second in command. This included being Military Governor of the Maze Prison, a hairy appointment with death threats as normal. After time as a Tactics Wing Instructor at Larkhill Guy was promoted to command the Junior Leaders Regiment at Bramcote. Naturally, this was probably the most enjoyable time of his career where he and Dilys entertained a steady flow of distinguished visitors to the Regiment. During his time at Bramcote he was asked to lead the mounted farewell parade at Woolwich for General Sir Harry Tuzo. Having never ridden, a crash course at The King’s Troop fortunately prepared him for a successful day. There followed an Intelligence posting with NATO in Brussels and Liaison Officer with 1st Dutch Corps in Apeldoorn, a posting to which he was particularly suited as he spoke Dutch, his mother’s native tongue. Guy’s later career, as both a serving and retired officer took him into the world of Army security. Initially at the MOD, then in HQ 43 Brigade in Exeter and finally at HQ Land Command at Wilton. After his final retirement he worked tirelessly for the ABF, Fight for Sight and, together with Dilys, NADFAS in Salisbury. To Dilys, Patrick and Richard, along with their families, we extend our love and sympathy. Guy Lawrence is remembered as a gifted and charming officer.

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Update update In memoriam

Maj DLO Horne

M

ajor Donald Horne died peacefully in hospital near his home in Gloucestershire after a short illness on 8 April. Having served his National Service in Germany as a trooper in The Royal Scots Greys, he was commissioned into the Regiment from RMA Sandhurst in 1954. He was posted to Hong Kong where he contracted polio – and affliction which he manfully overcame throughout his active life. For example, he had been a vigorous Modern Pentathlete, but when unable to compete he was tireless in his efforts to pass his knowledge and skills on to others in the Regiment. He recuperated back in the UK at Osbourne House. Here he learned bridge and the young subby set about defeating a number of senior officers who were also being cared for there. He joined 52 Locating Regiment at Larkhill from where he enrolled at RMCS Shrivenham. As his CO at the time said, “He went to get a degree but came back with a wife.” He married Jane at Bickleigh in Devon on December 31 1955. He was then posted to 29th

Field Regiment RA in Cyprus. Its guns removed, Regiment's officers and men became part of the police force tasked with defeating the EOKA terrorists. While Donald protected the local people, Jane took in a significant menagerie of rescued animals. After three years in Cyprus, the Regiment returned to The Citadel in Plymouth to become part of the Royal Marine Commando. Donald returned to Shrivenham for a Staff Course and having qualified as an ‘electronic buff’ was posted to Anglesey for three years to help develop the next generation of missiles. His next three year posting was to Germany with 94 Locating Regt as Battery Captain and subsequent Battery Commander of Bhurtpore Battery. Then back to Shrivenham on a guided missile course where he gained his long sought for MSc degree. On leaving the Army, Donald taught Mathematics and Computer Science at Malvern Girls College. He continued to exercise his passion for the Modern Pentathlon with the Pony Club where his courses and general encouragement ensured a number of

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boys remained in what an institution dominated by the fairer sex. In 1976 he took a team of four young men to the World Championships in Canada where the team and two individuals won competitions for their age group. Horses were a passion and horse trials in particular. He helped create events, build courses and ran the start box from Scotland to the South of England. He received the Cubitt Award for services to the Pony Club and was delighted to personally receive his award for services to British Eventing from the Princess Royal at Gatcombe. In later life his wife Jane took to politics becoming Chairman of her local council and a committed Conservative Party activist. Throughout, Donald was a consistently energetic and equally committed consort. He leaves three children, Penelope, Andrew and Alexandra. Testaments to Donald’s wise, kind, gentle but firm hand, all are happily married having produced for him eight talented grandchildren. A memorial service for Maj Horne is to be held at Taynton Church, Newent on July 16 at 11.30 am.

In Memoriam

Capt David Seath

I

t was with great sadness we learned of the tragic death of Capt David Seath on 24 April, after collapsing during the 2016 London Marathon. Dave was running the marathon in order to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity to give back to his fellow servicemen and women. Dave was without doubt a showman and very conscious of what was considered to be good form and the image he portrayed. He was very firm on what a British officer should look like, from never being seen at a party without a champagne bottle under his arm to his shameless wearing of salmon pink and mustard coloured trousers. We know Dave was image conscious because of the multitude of photographs with him placed firmly in the centre. An Advertisers dream; I have never known anyone pose for as many photographs as Dave and he can rest easy knowing that we will always have an image of him close to hand. Whilst Dave’s sense of fun and his showbiz persona drew people to him it was the thoughtful, loyal and

caring aspects of his character that cemented lifelong friendships. Dave would always go out of his way to help his friends, regardless of whether he met you yesterday or had not seen you for a decade. His selfless behaviour was not confined to those he held dear but was given widely in all his charitable work. He would give of his time and of himself freely; constantly seeking out the next opportunity to assist those less fortunate. It is entirely fitting that Dave’s final act would be in support of those he did not know personally but whom he knew required his help. Dave’s high principles were matched by his courage, both physical and moral. From an early age he had shown a casual disregard for his own safety, from parachute jumps at the tender age of sixteen to taking up lacrosse at University. Dave’s courage was matched by his love of arduous sports and outdoor activity

so it is unsurprising that he began his military career with the Royal Marine Reserves, following a tour with 19 Regt RA and spent his most recent service with 29 Cdo Regt RA. Having served bravely in Afghanistan in 2012 Dave was well aware of the inherent dangers of deployment and yet fought hard to return there as he had been set to do later this year. An intelligent, diligent and professional soldier Dave had been selected to return to Afghanistan in the rank of Major. An adoring son and brother, a loving partner, a devoted friend and a steadfast soldier, Dave will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

The Victor and Victrix Ludorum 2016-2017

T

he RA inter-unit sports competition has been running since March this year and will culminate at the RA Boxing in spring 2017. The current standings are:

Men

Rugby

Total

7 Para RHA

20

20

14 Regt RA

18

18

19 Regt RA

15

15

16 Regt RA

15

15

12 Regt RA

13

13

1 RHA

11

11

32 Regt RA

9

9

4 Regt RA

9

9

29 Cdo Regt RA

7

7

5 Regt RA

7

7

47 Regt RA

5

5

3 RHA

5

5

74 Bty RA

5

5

26 Regt RA

0

0

King's Tp RHA

0

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Sport

The RA Hunt Relay

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ompetitors from across the country battled it out in a bid to win the Royal Artillery Hunt Relay, in Wiltshire at the end of April. Thirty teams of four riders had to beat the clock, and each other across a fast but quite technical hunt relay course for the coveted Greer Trophy. The winning team were The Portman, who pipped an incredibly speedy Avon Vale ‘Seniors’, to the post in a nailbiting final. Ed Paice, Relay Organiser, said, “Once again we had a glorious day on Salisbury Plain for a really exciting and entertaining event. Despite the RA Hunt being more generally used to jumping shell holes and tank tracks, the team created a great course with a mix of knock-downs and substantial brushes – including a water jump complete with scary ducks! Now in its fifth year, the event seems to grow with popularity each year, and I’m really pleased to be seeing more Pony Club and non-hunt Teams entering. I’m already being asked for next year's date… watch this space.” Third and fourth place were presented to The North Cotswold and The Wilton Thrusters, respectively. Competitor William Fox Grant, said, “I keep returning to this event as it is truly one of the best. The course is challenging, the atmosphere always amazing, and the competition is super. Not only does the event act as a kick-off for the relay season, it gives us an opportunity to see what our rivals are up to. I cannot speak too highly of the RA Hunt’s efforts on this event.” Teams were also judged on turnout by Maj Neil Cross MFH – current Master and former King’s Troop Commanding 28 THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 • [email protected]

Officer and Lt Col John Jago, ex Royal Horse Artillery and VicePresident of The Hunt. The Military men undertook a rigorous inspection process, with top prize awarded to the South and West Wilts, complete with their ‘bobble hat’ team silks. Lt Col Angus Cameron MFH and Senior Military Master said, “We had a really terrific day, with some fast and competitive riding providing superb spectator sport, all under the shadow of an AS90, parked in the middle of the course to provide a stunning backdrop. It’s great that, as a generally ‘non-jumping’ hunt, we are able to attract such a high-standard of teams, and the support all the teams give each other is great to see, it creates such a fantastic atmosphere.”

The Portman claim first place to be presented with the coveted Greer Trophy.

Sport

14 Regt RA Rugby 7’s T

he first date in the Regiment’s Rugby 7’s diary was the Inter Gunner Tournament on 4 May. With a team drawn from members of those on ERE postings at 14 Regt RA and players who are on courses at the Royal School of Artillery, we sported a team of veterans and young blood alike. After no more than one Rugby 7’s training session, we started the day in Pool two along with six other teams from the Royal Regiment. The first five games saw us unbeaten, scoring enough points to top the pool and go through to the semi-finals to play 19 Regt RA. After a tough but well deserved victory, the effects of playing seven games in a matter of hours was beginning to take its toll on the players. The Final saw 14 Regt RA come out as runners up, after a tired game against very well drilled 7 Para RHA. On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year to date, we finished the day with a burning red hue and silver medals. After the performance at the Gunner Rugby 7’s, the Regiment was invited to play at the Army Inter Unit 7’s Tournament at Aldershot Stadium on 18 May. In contrast to the Gunner 7’s, this was the wettest day of the year to date. With a vastly different squad to the previous tournament and a strong group, we had a shaky start and went through to the plate competition. With bellies bursting from the Hog Roast provided, we went on to play the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in a very competitive Plate final. Many of the squad had played and lost to the Fusiliers in another very competitive game during the Rugby Union season, making our 21-19 victory all the more rewarding. Many thanks to the all players for their relentless hard work. This season 14 Regt RA have seen Capt Hine, Sgt Taura and LBdr Blythe represent the Gunners in Rugby Union, Sgt Fulton, Bdr Qoroya, LBdr Toanivala and Gunner Butler represent the Gunners in Rugby League and most notably, LBdr Mbanjwa has been selected to play for the Army Rugby League team this season.

by 2Lt Forrester

Burnt under the sticks at the Gunner Rugby 7’s Tournament

Gunner Butler taking a clean ball in a line-out against the Royal Welsh

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n the morning of Friday 11 March, elements of the 7 Para RHA Cycling Team (Capt Quarmby, SSgt Keech, SSgt Skeggs, Sgt Clapp, Sgt Colvin, Bdr Bush, Bdr Chapman and Bdr Kaye) were fortunate enough to partake in a team training camp in Catania, Sicily, as part of Ex SICILIAN CYPHER. So off we left for Heathrow at ridiculous o’clock all bleary eyed; bikes in bike boxes and baggage in tow ready to tackle the Sicilian countryside. Banter had already started with our drivers being ordered to sing along to whatever was on the radio. As soon as we landed, gathered our baggage and boarded the minibuses, we started our short journey to the hotel. We’d heard rumours about the Sicilian driving but were astounded at how unreal it was. It’s like a modern version of a game of chicken mixed with dodgems; the morning question of who was driving was pretty much preceded by playing rock paper scissors!

Covered 66 miles For our first ride we headed north out of the city for a leg stretch and covered 66 miles (4200ft climbing) along the coast line towards Taormina as part of a round trip. Straight away we could tell that the quality of the roads far exceed those back home. Early into the ride Jordan ‘Bushy’ had a mental tyre blow-out whilst coming down quite a fast hill; it sounded like the local mafia had unleashed their arsenal on us invading their territory. Verging on almost perfect conditions with the sun beaming out of the sky we found a nearby coffee shop, repaired the damage and cracked on. After a lengthy climb up to the picturesque ancient hillside town of Taormina we stopped for lunch with mesmerising views over the coast. The food was pretty darn good too. Sunday saw a big day in the saddle covering 106 miles (4900ft climbing) heading south out from Catania, along the coast to Syracuse and back. At roughly the 70 mile point and on a full stomach, we hit one of the many climbs of the week. Some 1700ft with plenty of switchbacks made for a draining climb; very near the end of the climb I felt pretty exhausted and was glad to hear those words “right lads we’re going to stop at the local garage in a minute.” After a double chocolate muffin, a Gatorade and a leg stretch we were ready to go on our way. Suddenly the fog reeled in and I was expecting a ghost ship of the Titanic to appear in the distance that quickly cleared as we made our descent. The last 20 miles consisted of a fast sprint back to the hotel, dodging goats and random pigs that decided to inadvertently cross the road at any unsuspecting moment. That evening we were sat in a restaurant and Bushy was in a bad way from the long ride.

Conquered Monday, we conquered Mount Etna. I don’t think I’m going to forget this one for a while; cycling 12 miles, ascending 3900 vertical feet up the largest volcano in Europe. At about the 500 metre point of the climb the snow had appeared in abundance, but thankfully the roads were immaculate; not a dust of it on the roads and no ice whatsoever. An extremely surreal experience cycling in what seemed a ‘Winter Wonderland.’ When we got to the top we were getting rather strange looks from all around 30 THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 • [email protected]

as everybody was dressed in ski gear with skis draped over their shoulders, and we were wandering around in lycra with our bikes. Tom ‘Topper’ Kaye had already set the trend of consistently being the first up every climb at the beginning of the week and certainly didn’t falter for this one and the rest of the week; does this man feel no pain or was it his secret diet of Diavola Pizza that he had every night without fail giving him super powers? Ascending definitely kept you warm but the descent was bitterly cold until we got back down below the snow line. On Tuesday we took a fast sprint of 50 miles with 2800ft of climbing out to Messina. We were flying and continued to chain gang and practise riding as a group along the slick speedy roads. There was that perfect silence where all you could hear was the noise of the wheels cutting the air at great velocity. Towards the end we were chasing through and reeling in the traffic; which made for an exciting ride.

Toughest route yet On the final day of riding we embarked on the toughest route yet through the Nebrodi Regional Park on the northern edge of Sicily; this ride promised to push the climbing endurance to the limit. It most certainly didn’t disappoint with ascents and views that were extraordinary; certainly more arduous than the Essex and Suffolk countryside. We took one of the vans that day as a support vehicle and took turns to drive. I finished with 53 miles ridden and 6000ft climbed. A few of the team went on to 78 miles and climbed in excess of 8900ft that day. Jake ‘three crashes’ Clapp had another mishap and came off at one of the hairpin corners of a blistering 12 mile descent, a lucky escape indeed with but a few grazes. I think we encountered all four seasons that day with snow-capped mountains, sunny beaches, ascending hillsides in the rain and even a spot of hail. At breakfast every morning I could see the look of dread on the waiters face as to how many times he would have to go back into the kitchen to make Espresso’s for us; I’d put money on that he went to the reception to see when we were leaving so he could have a well-deserved rest. We all had a fantastic week and thoroughly benefited from the team bonding mixed with hilarious banter; I don’t think I have laughed that much for a long time. The hardships of cycling, absorbing those rays of sunshine and eating much needed fine Sicilian food mixed with great company certainly reminded us of life’s pleasures and our passion for cycling. Reflecting upon our journey brings back memories of the joviality and hilarity that ensued each day. Good times indeed.

Conquered Unfortunately only a few members of the 7 Para RHA Cycling Team were able to partake in the RA Champs on Wednesday, 27 April. With incredible dedication and perseverance the team became the RA Unit Champions. Congratulations to Sgt Colvin, third place; Bdr Chapman, seventh place; Capt Quarmby, eighth place; Bdr Kaye, 11th place; Lt Moxley, 25th place; LBdr Burba, 31st place.

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Sport

Army Boxing Championships

Gnr Thapa 29 Cdo Regt RA – Most Gallant Boxer of the evening selected and awarded by Lt Gen Jaques (Chairman of Army Boxing)

Gnr Stronoch 3 RHA being awarded winner and Army Heavyweight Champion

Gnr Bradshaw 26 Regt RA being awarded his winner’s medal as Army Champion Welterweight alongside the RA Boxing Team Manager Capt Armstrong 3 RHA [email protected] • THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 31

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INFORMATION WANTED

DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Ivor John Morgan-Shirley Bullen on 9 June 1956, at St Mary's, Staindrop, County Durham.

3 RHA If you have served, or are serving, in 3 RHA, in whatever rank or cap badge, the Past and Present Members Association would like to keep you informed of current and future events. Please complete the online members registration form at: 3rhappma.com/members/ and we will send you updates of activity within your Regiment.

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Ben Mackey-Valerie Crompton on 23 July 1966, at our Lady of Lourdes, Southport. Contact via email: [email protected] GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY BASEY - GATES On 18th June, 1966 at St. Theresa’s Church, B.P. Camp, Little Aden, South Arabia, WOII Frank Basey to Miss Eileen Gates.

FOR HIRE MARQUEE FOR HIRE 47 Regt RA has a marquee available for hire. It is 21m x 12m and comes with silk lining although all other items can be ordered at a competitive price. Usual price for the full marquee is £2500. Smaller sections of the marquee can be hired at a lower rate. Prices include erecting and dismantling. For more information please ring BC 31 (HQ) Bty on Mil: 94322 5990 or Civ: 01980 845990 or email [email protected] uk

INFORMATION ESCORTED HACK ON SALISBURY PLAIN AND BBQ All Hunt members and their friends are offered a two-hour escorted summer hack on the savannah of Salisbury Plain (Centre) on the afternoon of Saturday 8 Aug. Meet at the back of the Queen’s Building, Larkhill Racecourse 16.00 hrs for a 16.15hrs departure (no horses in front of the Queen’s Building please). £10 cap will be taken towards Hunt funds. Please contact Lt Col Angus Cameron MFH if you would like to go. Tel: 07899 896691 or [email protected] btopenworld.com The hack will be followed by a BBQ organised by the RA Hunt Supporters Club at the Queens building. All welcome £5 per head, drinks will be additional. Please could you inform Mike Tennick before hand to give an idea of numbers - [email protected] or 07769299369.

REUNIONS 13 (MARTINIQUE) 1809 BTY REUNION The reunion will be held over the weekend 7-9 April 2017. At the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill, Dudley. Anyone requiring further information contact: Kevin Brooks-Usher by email: [email protected] hotmail.co.uk REUNION 16 REGT RA 16 Regt RA Reunion will be held on Sat 30 July. At Wortley Hotel Scunthorpe. Bar and BBQ open at 1830hrs. For details call Gus Goodall 01652648713 or email: [email protected] FORMER MEMBERS OF 20 REGT RA REUNION A Weekend reunion for former members of 20 Regt RA is being held at The Holiday Inn, M6 Junction 2, Coventry, on 12-14 Aug. For further details please contact the Reunion Organiser, David Williams on [email protected] or telephone 01432 769375 THE SCOTTISH GUNNERS’ REUNION DINNER The Scottish Gunners’ Reunion Dinner will be held at the RA Mess, Larkhill, on Fri 18 Nov. It is open to all serving and retired officers who have previously served in The Scottish Gunners, The Highland Gunners (19 Regt RA) or The Lowland Gunners (40 Regt RA). If you wish to register interest or have any questions, please contact the Reunion Dinner Secretary, Capt Alex O’Neill:[email protected] 14 (COLE’S KOP) BTY REUNION 14 (Cole’s Kop) Bty reunion will be held on Friday, 22 July and Sat 23 July at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, Emsworth, PO10 8DH. Facebook: 14 (Cole’s Kop) Bty Reunion

RA TRIALS AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT PEGASUS STATUE REUNION DINNER 7 Para Regt RHA are kindly inviting all supporters and members, both past and present, of the The inaugural RATDU Reunion Dinner will be airborne forces to help them in raising money held for all past and current serving members on for the splendid new statue of Pegasus and Fri 30 Sep in the WOs and Sgts Mess Larkhill. Bellerophon to be erected in Merville Barracks, Further details from the Reunion Secretary WO2 Colchester. The statue will be an enduring and Chris Norris, Royal Artillery Trials & Development impressive symbol for all men and women Unit, Capability Directorate Combat Support, who have served within the British Airborne Building 50, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill, Forces. If you are interested and wish to donate Salisbury, SP4 8QT, Tel: 01980845316 or Email: then please visit our page at crowdfunding. [email protected] justgiving.com/Pegasus16. 32 THE GUNNER • JULY • 2016 • [email protected]

AIRBORNE GUNNER REUNION DINNER The 7 Para RHA Officers’ Mess reunion dinner will be held on Fri 30 Sep at the Royal Artillery Mess, Larkhill. The dinner is open to all serving and retired officers who have previously served in 7 Para RHA. Contact for all enquiries Capt Mick Hayes, RCMO, 7 Para RHA, Merville Barracks, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7UT. Telephone: (Civ) 01206 815554, (Mil) 94660 5554 or email: [email protected] 4 REGT RA REGIMENTAL DINNER 4 Regt RA will be holding a Regimental Dinner for all serving and retired officers’ who have served with 4 Regt RA, at the Royal Artillery Mess, Larkhill on Fri 10 Feb 2017. Former officers who would like to attend should contact Capt Deej Wood, Regimental Dinner Secretary, RHQ, Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, Thirsk, YO7 3EY. Email: [email protected], Phone: 01845 595205 26 REGT RA BIG WEEKEND BASH 26 Regt RA will be holding a Big Weekend Bash at Mansergh Barracks during 23-24 Jul. It is a whole XXVI family affair: all past and present members and their families are warmly invited to come and celebrate with our Regiment. There will be a parade on Sat 23 Jul, followed by a Fun Day with fairground rides, live bands, games for all age groups, fete stalls and some physical challenges, with live bands in the evening. On Sun 24 Jul the Regiment will hold a church service in the local area followed by Sunday lunch in the Messes and JBs. For further information on the events, travel queries and attendance, please email the QM Maj Gary Leadbitter at [email protected], or BSM 19 (Gibraltar) Bty RA at [email protected] For those with DII (F) access, information will be held in the Deliver/ Regt projects page and updated regularly. Comprehensive information on how to register your attendance will follow by 25 Feb. REUNION 16 REGT RA 16 Regt RA Reunion will be held on Sat 30 July, at the Wortley Hotel Scunthorpe. Bar and BBQ, open at 1830hrs. For details call: Gus Goodall 01652648713 or email: [email protected] com 3 RHA PPMA The PPMA Annual Reunion will be held on the weekend 9-11 Sep at the Copthorne Hotel, The Waterfront, Dudley, DY5 1UR. The weekend is open to all who have served in the Regiment, Past and Present, irrespective of cap badge. Full details will be published on www.3rhappma. com and the PPMA Facebook page. Contact: Paddy O’Neill email: [email protected] Tel: 01206 751999

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53 (LOUISBURG) AIR ASSAULT BTY RA REUNION The next reunion will take place over the weekend 28-29 Oct. All former members and serving members are invited to attend. Venue for the event is Table Table, Lincoln Road Newark. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Barry Key via email: [email protected] for more information 94 NEW ZEALAND BATTERY OLD BOYS’ REUNION I have arranged a 94 New Zealand Battery old boys’ reunion (for those who served with the Battery in 42 Regt RA) for 2-3 Sep at the Holiday Inn, junction 10, Walsall, (call direct 01922 618800). To book your room please use the following reference “BO1 94 Battery old boys reunion” The cost per night for a double or twin room, including breakfast, is £55. The carvery on the Sat night is £12.50 per person. I am hoping that during Saturday we could visit the Arboretum.

Please contact via email: [email protected] or 07545094909 94 LOCATING REGT RA REUNION Join us, meet old friends and a have great weekend. On 7-9 Oct at the Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn, LL19 7LG. It promises to be better than ever. Details: Nights Price per person 1 - Saturday £62 2 - Sat + 1 £110 3 - Sat + 2 £165 4 - Sat + 3 £200 Extra Nights £50 Single Supplement Charge £7. Includes; daily breakfast and evening meal plus the formal dinner and dance on Sat night. Payment method; details on application form. Bar prices; Happy hour rates throughout the weekend. For an application form contact: [email protected] hotmail.com Facebook: 94 Locating Regt RA Reunion

G PARACHUTE BTY (MERCER’S TROOP) RHA The ninth All Ranks reunion will take place at the Cliffs Hotel, Blackpool, from the 18-20 November. A number of serving members of the Battery will also attend. All ex-Mercer’s personnel are welcome to attend this very popular and successful reunion, and if not already on the mailing list, should contact Rod and Maureen Bolton on [email protected]

FOR SALE BLAZER BUTTONS – RA CYPHER Buyer seeks a complete set of RA Cypher blazer buttons – must be the old hand engraved type not machine engraved. Please contact: [email protected] hampoloclub.com Tel: 07880 555555 POLO Collector seeks pre-1960 paintings, trophies and bronzes to do with the history of Polo. Contact: [email protected] or 07880 555555

Letters Dear Editor On 1 September 1962, a party of 30 Territorial Army gunners from the Essex Yeomanry and the Royal Bucks Yeomanry man-handled a 3/4 ton 3.7” mule pack howitzer to the summit of Snowdon. The route was the Pyg Track from the Pen-yPas Hotel, and up the zig-zags (before they were improved). Initially the piece was dismantled and dragged on three metal sledges. At Glaslyn it was reassembled and hauled on drag ropes. Finally it was manhandled, piece by piece. The exercise took eight hours. Regards Lt A J MacTavish RBY (Retired) (A long time)

Dear Editor Enclosed is a photo that I found inside an old book obtained at a book sale. I do not require the photo back, but would like to know what history it holds. Yours faithfully G Reynolds Late 34 (Seringapatam) Bty RA

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he employment of the first tanks by the British Army on the Western Front in September 1916, although symbolic rather than decisive in its effects, ushered in a new form of warfare - tank warfare. While much has been written on the history of the tank, this volume brings together a collection of essays which uncover new aspects of the history of these early machines. Leading military historians from Britain, France and Germany offer insights into the emergence of the tank before the First World War, during the conflict, as well as what happened to them after the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Based on painstaking research in archives across Europe, each of the chapters sheds new light on different aspects of the history of First World tanks. Two chapters consider why the Germans failed to recognize the possibilities of the tank and why they were so slow to develop their own machines after the first British tank attack in 1916. Two other chapters chart the history of French tanks on the Western Front and after the end of the war. Tank communication, the employment of British tanks on the Western Front, as well as the activities of British Tank Corps intelligence, are also explained.

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