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The Story of the Taiwan POW Camps....
August 3, 2018

The Story of the Taiwan POW Camps....

This is the story of the Japanese prisoner of war camps on the island of Taiwan (Formosa) during the Second World War and of the men who were interned in them. It seems that  many people  know about the hardship and suffering of the POW's working on the Death Railway in Thailand and Burma, but few know about the "hell-camps" of Taiwan. We hope to tell the story of the suffering and deprivation endured by the POW's so that all will know - and hopefully nev...

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The Italian Job
July 13, 2018

The Italian Job

On Thursday 21 June a small party comprising Lt Col Philip Shepheard-Walwyn, COS RHQ RA, Allan Solly, RAA Secretary and Philip Garbutt, RAA Standard Bearer departed the UK bound for Italy to take part in the 30th reunion of the National Italian Artillery Association.     Our invitation came by way of a follow up to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last September between the Royal Artillery Association and the artillery associations of It...

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REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO COMMEMORATE 5TH BATTERY RFA AT BOIS DES BUTTES
June 8, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO COMMEMORATE 5TH BATTERY RFA AT BOIS DES BUTTES

Dear Friends of 5 Battery, Ageing Lancastrians are prone to begin boring their younger companions with the preface: “When I were nobut a lad ....”; so here am I, having spent more than three days in your company, remembering a time over sixty years ago when, as a young national serviceman, I came as close as I could to following in my grandfather’s footsteps as a proud member of the Royal Regiment.    I hope I didn’t bore you...

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Gunner Sunday โ€“ Another Great Regimental Family Gathering
May 4, 2018

Gunner Sunday โ€“ Another Great Regimental Family Gathering

The annual Gunner Sunday parade and service was held on Sunday 29th April. The slightly unseasonal weather did not stop the largest gathering of serving and retired Gunners and their families since the event came into being, joining our artillery In-Pensioners at the Royal Hospital.  It was an impressive show of support to the Regimental Family.        Our Royal Artillery Standard Bearers joined pensioners on parade where they were inspect...

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Dedication of New Gates at Woolwich Garrison Church
April 26, 2018

Dedication of New Gates at Woolwich Garrison Church

On 11th April the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust hosted a Service to dedicate new gates to replace the wooden barrier that obscured the interior from passers-by. The ceremony of unveiling was carried out by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO before a congregation of distinguished guests, including Earl Howe from the Ministry of Defence and the French and German Military Attachés. Also in attendance were Matthew Pennycook (local MP), Pieter van der Merwe (Depu...

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