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  • Farewell to John Cornwell
  • 14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER
  • The Death of Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE
  • Forthcoming BBC Programme on Belsen
  • Association County Representation on Management Board
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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May 18

The Death of Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE

It is with Sadness that we learn of the death of Christopher Newbould who passed away on the 14th May. Christopher's military career with the Glosters spanned nearly 40 years. In civilian life he was recognised as an experienced and much respected tour guide specialising in military war site tours and lectures.

His interest in battlefields began at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Military History prize in 1961. Since then, during a career with The Gloucestershire Regiment, he has toured battlefields worldwide — interspersed with operational service in Borneo and Northern Ireland. During his service he lectured at several Army schools and was a member of the directing staff at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, experience that has proved invaluable in developing his story telling ability.

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Mar 4

Forthcoming BBC Programme on Belsen

Forthcoming BBC Programme on Belsen

involving the Father of

Major Clyde Aylin

Major Clde Aylin reports that he has recently been filmed by the BBC about a programme they are making to be shown next month (March). It is about the part his father, a young Royal Artillery officer, played in the liberation of Belsen in April 44 and the DP camp which he then created for thousands of destitute men women and children.He fed the hungry,gave shelter to the homeless and tended the sick and the dying.It may be of interest to those who served with me.

Clyde’s father was a talented artist and encouraged his flock to paint and draw as a part of their Rehabilitation and this appears to be an area of interest.These are a couple of caricatures while he was serving on South Coast Defence in 43. He edited the Battery magazine and did all the caricatures and cartoons with a mapping pen and ink! His war diaries, drawings and book were presented by Clyde to the Gunner museum (yet to be built) at Larkhill. Clyde opines that Like most of our Crown Jewels, Woolwich has been sold! Clyde recall that his father was an educated man ,who spoke two European languages fluently. After enlisting on the outbreak of war was the Battery clerk (he could read and write) in his Gunner Battery on Gib, before being sent back home by his Battery Commander to be commissioned at Llandudno. After coastal defence he was the first ALO at RAF Tangmere with Douglas Bader's mob. He flew bombing ops in Bostons and Mitchel aircraft. He was very critical of the accuracy of RAF bombing!. Come Nov 45, he was demobbed without a pension initially til Monty banged the table in the Lords for wartime officers like my Father. He was latterly rewarded for his work in 46,by being appointed head of Repatriation and Resettlement in the BMG of Germany. Clyde natuarlly is very proud of his achievements.

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Feb 16

Association County Representation on Management Board

Association County Representation on Management Board

For some time a gap needed to be filled within the governance structure of Association that would provide a conduit between the Branches and the Trustees/Management Board. I am glad to be able to inform the membership that we now have a full representative team.

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