The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

May 25

LCpl Mr Peter Simpson late DERR

LCpl Mr Peter Simpson late DERR

We have been informed by Maj (Retd) Ron Simpson of the sad news, that his brother passed away on the 18th May 2018.
Peter served with the DERR from 1960 - 1965 and saw service in Malta, Libya, Cyprus and Tidworth.
Funeral details are to be confirmed at a later date.
With sincere condolences to his family and friends.

May 24

The Funeral of Peter Pickard

You may recall from my last email about Peter Pickard who passed away aged 74 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary 29th December 2017, with no family or friends to claim his body. The local authority are now arranging a basic funeral.

The following message from Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum sums up the support that is shown to our ex serving soldiers within the Association:

Earlier today I was amongst a very large number that attended the service, at Westbury-on-Trym Crematorium, of Mr Peter ‘Pixie’ Pickard. Peter was given an outstanding send off. The RBL in Bristol deserve our thanks for getting the word out having been contacted by Bristol City Council. RBL had a large number of Standards present and the Regimental Forest of Dean Standard was invited to lead. The service was led by a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, named Claire; she did a first rate job.
The Chapel was full. Military and regimental support was evident through: two Lt Col staff officers, in uniform, from Abbey Wood; a strong cohort from 6 RIFLES in No 2 Dress; many former Glosters; Colonel Tim Harper (former CO 7 RIFLES); a large number of former servicemen and women; RBL bikers; and, a good number of civilians who knew Peter Pickard from his life long association with Bristol. There were some flowers and two wreaths (one being from our Association) placed within the garden following the service. With respect to the coffin the Grand Union was draped together with a No 1 Dress hat and belt, flowers and a Glosters scarf. The Association will arrange for his name to be placed in Bristol’s Book of Remembrance.

Please also see the following link:

May 16

The Death of Mr Gerry (Jock) Mullen, DERR

Mr Gerry (Jock) Mullen

Gerry was tragically killed in a recent traffic accident. He served with the DERR in Tidworth & Minden.
His funeral will take place at St Bedes Chaple Teeside Crematorium Middlesbrough 29th May at 1pm. Donations to Air Ambulance.

May 16

The Death of Ronald Fowler, Glosters

Mr Ronald Fowler

Ronald died with no confirm date of his death.

He served from 1965-1974 B Coy, 5 Platoon, Glosters. From 1971 - 1974 HQ 11 Armoured Brigade.

His funeral will take place at Cheltenham Crematorium 22nd May at 1.45pm.

May 16

The Death of Mr Peter Pickard, Glosters

Mr Peter Pickard

Peter was 74 yrs old when he passed away in the Bristol Royal Infirmary 29th December 2017. With no family or friends to claim his body and register his death, the local authority are now arranging a basic funeral.
Peter served 18 years in the 'Glorious' Gloucesters Regiment and fell ill during the last year of his life.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday 23rd May at 9.30am at the Canford Crematorium with the coffin leaving at 9.10 am.
R. Davies Funeral Directors 381 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8TN. Tel:0117 9424039.

May 3

Free Family Event - The Rifles B&W Museum

The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

A fascinating and captivating FREE family storytelling event is coming to The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury this May Half-Term. "Tales from the Trenches" will be stories told by storyteller Michael O'Leary who will interpret and retell real-life First World War stories from the museum's Archive collection, specially for a younger audience.

  • Drop-in, 2 x 30 minute sessions (10.30am and 11.30am)
  • Suitable for children aged 7 plus.
  • All children who attend the event must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children who attend the event can visit the museum for FREE on the day.
  • Date: Thursday 31 May, 10.30am and 11.30am


Event Entry: FREE Museum Entry: Children – FREE (Children who attend the event can visit the museum for FREE on the day); Adults - Normal Admission Prices, FREE to Regimental Association members with membership card.


The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum 58 The Close Salisbury SP1 2EX
Tel No: 01722 419419 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website:

May 1

The interment of Mr Raymond Hayes,Wilts

The interment of Mr Raymond Hayes is to take place at St Boniface Church, Nursling, Hampshire SO16 0YB on Saturday 5th May 2018 at 1200hrs. For further details, Raymonds son Paul can be contacted on 07984990188. Raymond servered in the Wiltshire Regiment.

Apr 12

The Death of Lt Mark Daymond, Wilts

Lt. Mark Daymond died on the 5th April 2018. (DOB 05.09.1936) Lt. Mark Daymond lived at Kels, Penwarne Lane, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6PF . The family are planning a small family funeral in Cornwall and a memorial service later in the year to be held in Box, Wiltshire, the date of which will be notified.

Apr 9

25 Chalets left

Hurry up and book as there are only 25chalets left for the DERR@60 event

Apr 6

The funeral service of Capt James Macmillan

The funeral service of Capt James Macmillan will take place at St Mary's Church in Bures St Mary, Suffolk, CO8 5AA on Friday 20 April at 10am. He will then be buried along side his late wife Caroline at 11am in the village cemetery. His family have said that anyone who knew James would be most welcome."


Macmillan James Michael died peacefully on 26th March 2018, aged 77.  A gentle man, loved by all who knew him.  Funeral service at St Mary's Church, Bures, Suffolk, at 10 a.m., on Friday 20th April, followed by burial with his beloved Caroline.  Donations please to Farleigh Hospice or RNLI, c/o Hunnaball of Colchester, 41 Mersea Road, Essex, CO2 7QT.

The Times Friday April 6 2018

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