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De la Légion d'honneur
December 13, 2016

De la Légion d'honneur

The Legion of Honour, full name National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur), is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.   We have been aware of two veterans that have been invested with this medal and we felt it only right to honour these occasions.   Mr Frank Yates from the Sheffield branch of the Royal Artillery Association was invested with...

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Our Standard Bearers
November 30, 2016

Our Standard Bearers

Over the years I have come to meet and know a vast number of RAA members who are truly dedicated to upholding and endorsing the values and principles of the Royal Regiment and its association; but none more so than our Standard Bearers. Royal Artillery Assembly 2016   Men and women of all ages and abilities have taken it upon themselves to do that bit extra for the regiment and its veterans and they have become personal friends of those of us who work in y...

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Normandy veteran, Gunner Peter Chesney, 92, receives France’s highest honour
November 15, 2016

Normandy veteran, Gunner Peter Chesney, 92, receives France’s highest honour

AN OLD Hillingdon soldier has received France’s highest honour for his part in the Normandy landings of World War 2, thanks to the efforts of his surgeon.   Peter Chesney, 92, was presented with the Legion d’Honneur at a simple ceremony in Hillingdon Hospital’s Beaconsfield East Ward on Thursday, 3 November.   The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley, pinned the medal on to Mr Chesney’s jacket, watched by Mayoress Diane He...

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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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