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5:58 PM (14 hours ago)
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Many members will be on their way to the Smoke for Black Sunday, in this week which saw the funeral of Gdsm Michael Roland, Alan Cleverley posted this:
The regiment gave him a great send-off that I am sure his family will be proud of even in these sad circumstances and I am sure we all hope that this is the last one we have to attend.
I was so happy and proud to see the large turnout of non-serving Grenadiers and also men and women from other regiments and services, The local people lined the streets for him and even the primary school on the rout came out and the children paid there respects.
I think that maybe most of them did not quit understand the significance of what they were doing or what was going on but I feel confident that it is something they will always remember and as they get older it will dawn on them and It will remain with them as I am sure it will for all who were there.
The service was held in the lovely little church of St. Peter in Tollerton, Michael was carried in by 8 Guardsmen to the Regimental Slow March Scipio.
The Hymns were The Lord is my Shepherd and Thine be the Glory which were sung with great enthusiasm.
The Regimental Collect was said and for those who have become a bit unfamiliar with it over the years I post it here for you all.
O God grant that thy servants, the Grenadier Guards, may ever be mindful of their proud and costly heritage, that continuing to guard what is right, and fighting for what is just, they may so serve thee here in this life that they may be counted worthy to join those who now continue their service in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
This was followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
At the end of the service Michal was born out of the church to the strains of the Grenadiers return played on Fife and Drum which I personally found very moving.At the entrance to the church the firing party fired there salute to Michal before he was born away with his family for a privet cremation
All in all it was a sad day but we can all be happy that everyone present did their best to give Gdsm Michael Roland the best send-off that he deserved. God bless him and I am sure his sole was born away by the Patron Saint of soldiers whom he was named after, St. Michal the Ach Angel.
Lest we forget
New members:
24096390 Gordon anning 2nd Battalion  Served 1967/1973 lives in High Wycombe Bucks  looking to make comms with Les Scholes, Phil Shelburne, Dereck Hearn,John Gearing
22545920 S.W.F. DAVIES 1953-1959 .GDS. DEPOT  1953-1954 2ND  BTN  1954-1955 (EGYPT) - L/SGT.GDS. DEPT  (SQUAD INSTRUCTER) 1955 - 1956  L/SGT - SGT. 3RD  BTN MALTA - CYPRUS 1956 - 1959 (PTN SGT.  MT SGT ). SEPT  1959 (TO CIVY STREET).3 BROTHERS IN REGT (DECEASED) 2623975 CQMS  BILL DAVIES. 2628360 SGT. GEOFF DAVIES. 23165423 L/SGT. JOHN DAVIES.
Have also been in touch with a Paul Wood awaiting details.
M Tarkenter tells me:
I work on the National Express Coach Network, (hence the silly-o'clock-sending!), and they have just released an internal memo, detailing an agreement they've reached with MoD to provide a massive 60% discount for all serving military personnel and I thought you may be able to pass on the details, if you don't aleady know of the scheme, to all serving Grenadiers, via your contacts.  I have already sent details of the scheme to Jay at RHQ but I can send you all the info, if you can make use of it.
Rumour Control in Scotland:
There is a question mark over the Scots Guards, which has the worst recruitment record of the five Household Guards battalions, although it is expected that the Coldstream Guards are more likely to be axed, with their name being attached to the Grenadier Guards.
Read the whole article at:
Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)
Brief description of job:
The Training and Development Officer (TDO) reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the Training and Development requirements of DMWS and its wider interests. This is a key senior role in the Senior Management Team, with a broad portfolio of both corporate delivery and support functions, ensuring the safe provision of relevant training requirements and qualifications for DMWS customers and staff.  The TDO will be responsible for increasing the level of relevant skills and knowledge within the DMWS workforce through provision of training and learning support to all DMWS employees.
This position will require an organised yet innovative approach to training and development. The focus will be on specific welfare training and induction for staff, leading to an accredited welfare qualification. However, there is an opportunity to develop the role to include wider welfare issues.       
Click here to read more
New NDM Report Available From G O Hughes
As you aware Sir John Holmes, GCVO, KBE, CMG, has been appointed to carry out the reconstituted medal review and has commenced work by calling for submissions from the various medal campaign groups.  In addition, he is making arrangements to have personal meetings with the campaign group representatives. 
Click HERE to see a copy of the NDM submission dated 3 May 2012, which Sir John would have received.  There are many reasons for the NDM, but the submission is only part of the story, the coming meeting with Sir John will be critical to our success.
You may also wish to be aware that a number of veterans have expressed their concern, that despite the commitment all outstanding military medal claims would be reviewed, the long service group of medals have been excluded from the Terms of Reference, yet again, and without reason.  On behalf of these veterans, we have asked Sir John to consider revisiting the decision for their exclusion.
We hope that this time the review is finally run in a fair and transparent way, thereby giving veterans the opportunity to have their grievances heard in a proper manner, some of which go back almost 70 years.

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James White

show details 7:49 PM (51 minutes ago)

Arrived back Friday from a blustery and wet Gippo expedition to the Cumbria/Yorkshire Dales border. Actually I went to visit the summer home of 'proper' Gippos at Appleby,- Dont go, nowt there! I did manage to get to the Tan Hill Pub (highest pub in England) always worth a trip, and also managed a trip on the Settle to Carlisle Railway well worth it. We stayed quite close to Warcop Camp, mainly used by Support Companys in my day,  for those 'Bayonets' that haven't had the pleasure of Warcop Trg Area it makes Otterburn look quite Cosmopolitan, a very bleak place whatever time of the year!

 Jan Thompson has passed me her contact details should anybody wish them, I know there was a few asking for tel numbers and home address etc.

Now for this weeks mixed bunch:

From B Goodson:The East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards Association announce the death of 22955585 - Ron Shaw, a Sandwich based Grenadier. We have been informed that Ron was 72 years of age when he passed away and was diagnosed with cancer just 11 days before he died. Ron leaves a widow (Glynis or Glenys), two sons (Nathan and Andrew) and 4 grandchildren.The funeral is being held in St. Clements, Church Street, Sandwich, CT13 9EH at 1200 hours on Monday 1 November 2010. There will be a burial thereafter.

Re John Tilbury: (I apologise that this was late due to my holiday, but I know a few lads asked before I went away- thanks to Spot for this:)The funeral and service of thanksgiving  for John was held at St John’s Church , Old Coulsdon Surrey CR5 1HB on Thursday 28th October 1010, at 1-30pm, and was conducted by The Rector, The Reverend Paul Roberts. It is suggested that instead of flowers, John would have appreciated support for:-

The Colonels’ Fund Grenadier Guards  or ‘Help for Heroes’

If you wish to make a donation in John’s memory please send cheques (made out to The Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards or Help for Heroes) to the Funeral Directors W.A.Truelove and Sons, 187 Croydon Road, Caterham , CR3 6PH      Tel – 01883 345345  After the service at the Crematorium, mourners were welcome to go across to Heathy Farm (pub) to join the family for a buffet and afternoon tea. There was Photos and other items to look through and share memories of John. John’s family looked forward to seeing you all on what will be a sad and difficult day, but John would have wanted everyone to meet up afterwards, have a cup of tea or something stronger and reminisce on old times when you may have known him or served with him in the Regiment.

From J Fox re the passing of J Tilbury:
All Guards no matter what Regiment should give thanks for John Tibury.His book on Caterham Barracks was an awesome publication Any Guardsman who served and did his basic training there or was later based there, 
must surely have strong emotions upon reading that book. When I purchased my copy I had brief correspondence with John and he indicated that they had hoped to produced a follow-up but I never heard of another volume  
God Bless John for actually capturing part of my history John Fox  23761031 Grenadier Guards 1960-1962 
From E Edwards: Just to let you know that David Frank Shacklock 23252504 passed away on 3rdSeptember 2010 at the age of 72 he was cremated on the 27th September at Markeaton crematorium sorry for the lateness of this notice but have been waiting on his son for more details on his service dates, squad etc, but did not get them. I do not know when he served but would think he did national service with a 232 number may be.

New Members:
24306076 Graham Wallace ex 1st and 2nd Battalion and left the regiment in 1983.  I was a member of the London association and hold a blue card. I live in Cambridgeshire and after meeting Pat Mason the other night, have
decided that I would like to be more involved with the local association and therefore Pat has very kindly agreed to register me with the Cambridge branch. (When did you join Graham?)

Also had comms with a Colin Hampshire formally known as Guardsman Colin Roach but I have had my name changed by deed pole. I served in the 2nd battalion for 6 years, 3 years in the boys and 3 years in the men’s from 1970 to 1976. I had the nick name of Spock. I can remember such great times and thought it was about time that I met up with a few old friends. Im awaiting full details before adding him to the list

From: Robin Sjoberg 
Good afternoon, I wonder if you can help me.  I was at Sandhurst in 1961 and 1962, intake 30 Ypres Company.  Our Platoon Sergeant was Sergeant Jo Ford of the Grenadier Guards. We are nearing our 50th anniversary and have begun the task of making contact with past cadets and staff.  I wonder if you have any contact with ex-Sergeant Ford and whether you can pass me an address or forward a message to him.
Robin Sjoberg 
From Anne Marshall Lincoln Branch:
We have started a website for our branch
From R Seale:
David Fryer Sculptor who produced the porcelain model of the Grenadier Drummer has produced a 'bronze' of HRH The Colonel.  David offers one of a very milited copy to the Association at and agreeable price to present to HRH on his 90th brithday. The second Bronze produced is avaliable to see by agreement on or around 27th November then it goes to its new owner.
David Fryer's details e mail  tel 01989 770402
From: Dennis Ward 
In reply to Barry Fleming's e-mail re the trees at the NMA, I have made further enquiries from the curator of the NMA regarding the purchase of a further 50 trees. He informs me that there has been a misunderstanding, as the 350 donations are to sponsor the existing trees as no new ones are scheduled to be planted. I trust you will make the necessary adjustments in your next newsletter. I entirely agree with Keith Jones's comments that the money would be better spent in improving the Household Division site, though I have been reliably informed that the Household Division HQ are aware of this.
From Pat Mason:
In the Cambridge Branch Library we have some old Grenadier Gazettes for 1977: 80:- 87: 91. 
Household Brigade Magazine   1936 Autumn
         "          "              "            1937 - Coronation Number
Guards Magazine Summer 1973 & Winter 1990
Victoria Cross & George Cross - Imperial War Museum
With your knowledge  - do you think  anyone is likely to be interested in them or have most branches got them already ?
From RHQ LSgt Ellingham:
I have a price for the 2011 Battlefield Tour to Italy:
Departing Wellington Barracks on Wednesday 14th September, travelling to Dover for the short sea channel crossing to Calais, then continuing our journey south to Metz, where we will overnight at the Mercure Metz Centre, for dinner, bed and breakfast. Departing Metz on Thursday 15th September, for the long journey to Fiuggi, Italy, where we will stay at the Ariston Hotel for 7 nights on a half board basis. Departing Italy on Thursday 22 September for the journey home, stopping overnight at Metz, before returning to England on Friday 23 September.

9 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast :

2 x Overnight Stops at the Mercure Metz Hotel       

 7 nights at Ariston Hotel, Fiuggi                        

Accommodation & Ferry Crossing Cost:                650* per person (based on sharing a twin/double room)

110* per person single roomsupplement

* These prices are based on 30 passagers

If you wish to make a firm booking I will require a 100 deposit per person, as soon as possible.  With a second payment of 300 due by 1st April 2011, with the remainder of the balance due by 1st July 2011.

More details to follow.



As at  29 Oct  2010

This list covers events, which have been notified to the General Secretary at the time of writing, and therefore this Diary of Events is far from complete.




Articles in for 2011 Gazette



Order your 2011 Grenadier Calendar



Aylesbury Branch Lunch



Field of Remembrance



Remembrance Day, Cenotaph Parade



Birthday of The Prince of Wales



Branch Report due in



Walsall Branch Dinner



Bristol Branch Dinner



Liverpool Branch Dinner



Derby Branch Dinner



The Royal Tournament – Earls Court



Worcester Branch Christmas Lunch



Bath Branch Christmas Lunch



Shropshire Branch Lunch



Nottingham Branch Christmas Lunch



Kingston Christmas Lunch






Branch Accounts due in



Executive Committee Meeting



Association AGM



Regimental Remembrance Day



First Guards Club Dinner



Grenadier Day

Branch Secretary
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