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  • IMJIN COMMEMORATION SERVICE GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL
  • Update on Proposed Pandemic Memorial Service
  • Calling Notice Association Annual General Meeting for 2021
  • Farewell to John Cornwell
  • 14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER
Oct 3

IMJIN COMMEMORATION SERVICE GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL

Thanks to the excellent planning of Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum DL and Debbie Hards, of the Rifles Taunton Office, a moving commemoration Service was held in Gloucester Cathedral to remember the sacrifices made by the Gloucestershire Regiment; as well as those by other antecedent regiments of the Rifles, British, Commonwealth American and Korean forces and the Korean population.

Phil Miller has provided two hyperlinks from the Glosters website for those who would be interested in watching the Cathedral Service and then the March through the city of Gloucester.

https://glosters.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d25954a6911d9135900deb686&id=3494e9022c&e=4534583cd1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K_OWsEG9KU

Underneath is a selection of stills from the day

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Aug 24

Update on Proposed Pandemic Memorial Service

Update on Proposed Pandemic Memorial Service

Earlier in 2021, realising there were many Association members who had passed away who we were unable to say our Regimental Farewells to, it was suggested we hold a Memorial Service at the Wardrobe to remember those who had passed away since 23 March 2020.

We were looking to try and hold the event on 19 September by utilising the provision of a marquee for a corporate event to be held at Wardrobe a few days earlier. Unfortunately that has not been feasible and escalating cost have meant that we have had to put the plans on ice for the time being.

I appreciate that there is a consensus that members would like to hold a short service to collectively remembers their Comrades who have passed on during the pandemic. To that end it is intended to try and arrange something in 2022.

I envisage this being a topic that will be covered during the Annual AGM.

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Jul 6

Calling Notice Association Annual General Meeting for 2021

Calling Notice Association Annual General Meeting for 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting for the Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association will be held on Saturday 16 October 2021 in The Training Wing Lecture Theatre of 5 Rifles in Ward Barracks, Bulford Camp .

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Jun 13

Farewell to John Cornwell

John Cornwell was the youngest survivor of the D-Day landings.

Extract from 'The Sun' WAR HERO FAREWELL John Cornwell who was youngest survivor of D-Day landings aged 15 laid to rest aged 94 in moving funeral.

Gloster Veteran John Cornwell who was the youngest survivor of D-Day Normandy landings at the age of 15 has been laid to rest. Soldiers paid a touching tribute to the Second World War hero in a moving funeral that took place in St Mary's Church in Prestbury near Cheltenham. John died on May 19th aged 94. Webmaster published a copy of a tribute paid to John by his family on the 2nd of June.

Roy Roberts, a retired RAF wing commander and chairman of the Royal British Legion in Cheltenham, who organised the funeral said "John was a long-time member of the Royal British Legion and a poppy seller.

Six soldiers from 1 Rifles carried his coffin Credit: SWNS

Representing the Gloucestershire Regimental Association was Standard Bearer Scott McBryde of the Stroud Branch.

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May 27

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER Sadly we have just received the news from Mrs Diane Halsey, that her father David K Carpenter has passed away at the Age of 96.

As 14784824 Private D K Carpenter joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1944 rising to the rank of WO1. In 1959 on the amalgamation with the Royal Berkshire Regiment

WO1 D K Carpenter continued to serve with DERR and finally retired from the Army in 1979.

Apart from serving with the 1st battalions of the Wiltshire Regiment and DERR his service included a tour of duty with the Kings Africa Rifles.

After having served for 34 years in the Regular Army he went on to become a Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London.

Those of DERR who served in the UN tour of Cyprus in 1985 – 1986 may recall him visiting the Battalion. The image below shows him in his uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard alongside WO 1 Rod Hicks on his last day as RSM prior to his being commissioned.

A portrait of D K Carpenter in his ceremonial uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard hangs in the Regimental Museum in Salisbury. The Association send it commiseration to Mrs Diane Halsey and her family.

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