Regimental Family News and Sport
Pictured is Mr Jack Whitehouse, along with Colonel Dickie Head, and Major George Grieve, both serving with Headquarters ARRC at Gloucester. Jack is a former member of 265 Battery, 67 Regiment Royal Artillery. As a member of the Regiment he fought throughout the Second World War. Jack was evacuated from Dunkirk in June 1940, and subsequently fought in the North African campaign. Having taken part in the Anzio beach landings Jack and the remainder of the Regiment were engaged in heavy fighting for over 5 months, before final breaking out to move further North up the Italian peninsula. Jack finished the war serving in Palestine.
Jack is pictured at an event to celebrate his 99th Birthday, during which messages of congratulations were passed from both the Regimental Colonel, and the RA Association. A great but truly humble man, it was an honour to be able to mark this occasion with Jack, and we are already looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday next year.
Three of our Standard Bearers on parade, Canterbury,Dover and Kent District. The Service took place at the Methodist Church Hall and Memorial Gardens, Sandgate Road Folkestone.
Bury St Edmunds Re-dedication Ceremony
On Friday the 11th of May 2018 at 1100hrs the Bury St Edmunds Branch of the Royal Artillery Association (RAA) held a re-dedication ceremony for a new hornbeam memorial tree at its site near the War Memorial on Angel Hill.
The new hornbeam tree commemorates ” those Gunners from West Suffolk who gave their lives in the service of their country”. The original tree and plaque was donated by Brigadier Denis Blomfield Smith who was the Branch President at the time. The tree unfortunately died due to ground contamination. A replacement tree was investigated by Captain Jos Bird the Branch Chairman and with help from “Bury in Bloom”, the Town and Borough Councils it was obtained and planted on the 30th November 2017 with a promise of a rededication ceremony in the Spring.
Following a few words of welcome to members and guests from Captain Jos Bird, Canon Cedric Catton performed the rededication ceremony and on completion Colonel Roger Bowden the Branch President thanked our guests for their involvement in providing and planting the tree and for the attendance of the Branch members and wives.
Following the ceremony guests and members retired to The Fox inn to further celebrate the rededication ceremony.
Please note the Bury St Edmunds branch of the Royal Artillery Association meets regularly on the 1st Friday of each month at 1100hrs at the Fox Inn on Eastgate Street.The Branch currently has 25 active members and 12 to 14 regularly attend the Friday get togethers. New members would be made most welcome !
RA Charitable Fund Visits Veteran's Aid
Sandra and I made our way to East London to see first-hand our Gunners being helped by Veteran’s Aid. Homelessness is something your Regimental charity comes across too often, a roof over your head, a place to call home, is the beginning to opening doors to a brighter future. The hostel is currently being refurbished; it's a warm safe environment with experts on hand to help to get people back on their feet. Having met our Gunners currently living in the hostel it was great to see their lifes being turned around. One Gunner that we met has since moved out and found housing; we will be able to assist him further with furnishing his new permanent home. A truly humbling trip and very clear the money is spent on the need of the individuals. The RACF is always by your side to assist during times of need.
Leeds Branch lay up their old Standard
On the 21st April Leeds Branch of The Royal Artillery Association laid up their old Standard. The Standard will now be on permanent display at Yarnbury Rugby Club which has close ties with the Armed Forces. The branch would like to thank key organisations in enabling Leeds Branch to find this fitting home for the c1947 Standard. Thanks also go to Yarnbury RFC who will now have the standard in their main club room on permanent display.