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Remembering IRA bomb victims with memorial service at M62 Hartshead Moor Service Station

Member of the Regimental Family gathered to remember the victims of the IRA bombing in 1974.  Both the Royal Artillery Association and the serving Regiment were in attendance to pay their respects.

   

     

Captain Tony Ryder is a former regular army officer, who at the end of his service became a member of The Full Time Army Reserve.   Although retaining his original Royal Artillery capbadge (he can’t be convinced to do otherwise), Tony has been a member of 102 Battalion REME since 2013.   On Thursday 14th December during our Permanent Staff Christmas function, Tony was awarded The Voluntary Reserve Service Medal for 10 years service with the Reserve.   All in all Captain Ryder has completed 34 years military service!

100 Years old, truly 'Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner'

Thank you so very much for your great response to my father’s ‘100th’ birthday, I am very grateful and he was utterly thrilled to get a card from the Master Gunner an all ranks.  How special.  I send 2 of photos of him just so you can see how thrilled he was. The other one is of him during the war as a gunner.  I am immensely touched by your kind actions. Forever grateful, and forgive me if I have been truly boring!!!!!

     

A couple of weeks ago I contacted you regarding my father, Arthur Stearn, who would be 100 on 15th January. Having served throughout WW2 in the Royal Artillery he was absolutely delighted to receive the card sent to him to help him celebrate his special day. I would like to thank you on his behalf for this gesture and attach a photograph of him with his card. It was no surprise when I visited him on his birthday to see him dressed in his blazer with his regimental badge and proudly wearing his RA tie as this is his preferred attire when he needs to look smart and he was ready for his party! I have also attached a photo which I took on last Remembrance Sunday before we took him out.

          

Canterbury Branch celebrate a Birthday

The Committee and their partners from Canterbury Branch had a lovely lunch with Capt Leslie Gosling and his wife Joan to celebrate his forthcoming 102nd Birthday on the 3rd December. We met at the Gate Inn, Westmarsh Nr Canterbury and had a very enjoyable few hours. We presented Leslie with a cake but could not fit all the candles on. It is a great honour for us to have Leslie as our President and we hope he remains so for a long time to come. 

97 Bty Families day that the RACF/RAA helped to fund

 

The Menin Gate is a reflection of the special importance of Ypres in our hearts, and our attendance there 100 years after the battles demonstrates that the British public still feel the same.

The Royal Artillery Association Thirsk Branch

Thirsk RAA branch meeting and Dinner held in the Officers mess 4th Regt RA

 

The Royal Artillery Association Gala Weekend

The Royal Artillery Association were pleased to welcome their members and their families to Folkestone for the much anticipated Gala Weekend.   

The weekend began with presentations on the Saturday afternoon which included updates on the Regiment, the RAA & RACF.  We were pleased to be able to welcome Gen D Cullen, Brig D Radcliffe, Col I Vere Nicoll and the new Regimental Colonel, Col W J Catto.  

The evening began in the ballroom with a performance by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. A real treat for our members and one to be remembered for a long time. This was followed by a Gala Dinner in the Channel Restaurant were we sat over 80 guests and enjoyed some great food and company.   

We would like to thank the Canterbury Branch for their organisation of the raffle and prizes which raised over £600 for the RA Charitable Fund.  

Finally, thank you to all the branches who supported the event and to all the standard bearers who, once again, did us and themselves proud.