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Great day out at Oldham celebrating 300 years of the Royal Artillery
August 3, 2016

Great day out at Oldham celebrating 300 years of the Royal Artillery

Royal Artillery Association and Royal British Legion Branches from Oldham, Bolton, Manchester, Central Lancashire, Ashton and Stockport held a Tercentenary parade to celebrate 300 years of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.         Present at the event was the Mayor, Cllr Derek Heffernan, and Mayoress, Di Heffernan, alongside the General Secretary of the RA Association and RA Charitable Fund, Lt Col Vere Nicoll MBE.  The service was led...

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Dragon  Days
July 22, 2016

Dragon Days

21 July is commemorated by  P and 127 Batteries,  two of the four Gunner batteries with “Dragon” as an honour title. 21 July is the anniversary of the battle of Chinkiang, fought between British and Chinese forces in Chinkiang (Zhenjiang), Kiangsu Province, China, on 21 July 1842 during the First Opium War.      The battle of  Chinkiang is modern day  Zhenjiang   75 years ago in 1942, P battery had returned fro...

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All because of a little white ball!
June 30, 2016

All because of a little white ball!

A recovery through golf I’ve been asked the same question a few times recently, “Why do I play Golf, isn’t it just a good walk spoilt”?  Well apart from being in the open countryside where there is no pollution in the air, getting a great workout and meeting up with good friends who share my love of golf, would be my normal answer!   BUT there is one other reason why.  In 2003 I was told that my breakdown was attributed to my...

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My Girl, a pleasure boat that has been on the water in Weymouth since the 1930s is honoured by the Gunners!
April 11, 2016

My Girl, a pleasure boat that has been on the water in Weymouth since the 1930s is honoured by the Gunners!

My Girl saw service in the Second World War when, in 1939 she was requisitioned by the Royal Artillery to ferry Gunners, ammunition and supplies to the coastal defences.  Her skipper at the time was Mr Ron Hill and together with his brother Bert they manned the small vessel throughout the war, carrying troops from the harbour to the sea forts along Weymouth and Portland.  The little boat was painted grey at the time to camouflage her on these dangerous jou...

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Comarade visit to Sgt Tom Wain
January 18, 2016

Comarade visit to Sgt Tom Wain

The President John Marshall, Chairman Michael Backhouse and Secretary Peter Grice of the Lincoln & District paid a visit to a retired Gunner, Sgt Tom Wain who with his wife resides in a home in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.   Tom is 90 years of age and joined the Royal Artillery in 1944 joining 14 Regiment RA.  Tom then went on to serve in India and Korea on the 25 pounders. Tom remembers how deep and cold the snow was in his days in Korea. Tom and h...

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