Plymouth & District
Ex Services Association
The Federation of Plymouth & District Ex Services Association celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. The main responsibility of the Federation is to co-ordinate and produces the annual Festival of Remembrance each year. It does so without funding from any other organisation or agency whatsoever, with the exception of the Lottery Fund which contributed to the 2004 Festival.
This year’s Festival will take place on Friday the 10th November 2006 at the Plymouth Pavilions commencing at 1900 hrs (7.00. pm) All ticketing regardless of seating location within the Pavilions is priced at £6.00 available through the Box Office at the Pavilions. Telephone number 229922. Tickets will be on a first come basis. There is provision for disabled categories.
In conjunction with the production of the Festival of Remembrance we support all functions and ceremonies of the Ex Service Associations within the Federation by paying a Public Liability Premium for 9 parades for its associated members this year. It is hoped to continue with this provision so that
The Federation has to seek funding to continue to promote Ex Service Associations and the Festival of Remembrance each year. The format of this years Festival will move to a more dramatic sponsorship than in the past and I hope that the public of
Next year we will ensure that a Veterans Day (27th June each year) is recognised in
The Federation of Plymouth & District Ex Services Association.
The Merchant Mariners have notifed the Federation in Plymouth that all Merchant Seafarers who served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets during WW11 and afterwards up to the 31st December 1954. Will be issued with the MOD Veterans Badge with a difference, the under secretary of state for defence and the MOD Veterans Policy Unit has agreed that the Veterans badge can be superimposed upon the Red Ensign. This design recognises and applauds the unique place that the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, being classed as civilian organisations, have with the HM Armed Forces and the importance of the Merchant Navy and the Fishing Fleets in WW11 and conflicts since.
Ingeneral terms the badge will be available to all those who served in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, full details of qualifing service and entitlement will be circulated when the badges are available in about two months time.If you think you quilify please contact Ron Carter on 01752816288
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31 Dec 2005 1100 Wreath laying Ford Park Cemetery Lt G HINCKLEY
then at the Conservative Club
5, 12, 19, 26 Feb 1000 Standard Bearers Instruction, Sea Cadet H Q Bridgewater Somerset
04 Mar 1100 No 4 Area RNA Standard Bearers Competition CTCRM LYMPSTONE
14 May 1000 Atlantic Sunday Parade. Council House march to Barbican
11 Jun 1015 WEYMOUTH Veterans Parade
26 Aug NAVY DAYS Details when known
03 Sep MERCHANT NAVY National Day
Oct PLYMOUTH Branch R N A 60th Anniversary. Re-Dedicate
Standard St Andrews. Details when known
Branch Ceremonial Officer
THE FORMATION OF THE RIFLES
You will be aware of the Army Board’s initial decision on
RGBWLI and the DDLI will form 1st Bn The Rifles [1RIFLES] based at Chepstow, the other battalions will be based as follows:
· 2nd Bn The Rifles - Ballykinler
· 3rd Bn The Rifles - Edinburgh
· 4th Bn The Rifles - Bulford
· 5th Bn The Rifles - Paderborn
· 6th Bn The Rifles - TA battalion, with HQ in Exeter
· 7th Bn The Rifles - TA battalion, with HQ likely to be in Brock Barracks in Reading
The cap badge of The Rifles will be a Light Infantry style Bugle, and the Back Badge will be carried forward into the new regiment and worn on No 1 Dress Hats of all battalions; we will continue to argue to wear the Back Badge on all forms of dress.
Despite our preference, to be consistent with Rifle history, the Rifles will not have Colours. Battle honours will be incorporated in a Maltese Cross, inscribed with representational honours from the four founding Regiments, to be worn on the Cross Belt (officers) or Belt Buckles (soldiers) as appropriate.
The Rifles will have a single Colonel Commandant – a senior serving officer. He will appoint Deputy Colonels Commandant to assist him in his duties in respect of the battalions and counties. There will be a Deputy Colonel Commandant specifically for RGBWLI and our four counties.
Regimental Headquarters of The Rifles will be at Winchester. However, The Rifles will continue to have a number of outstations, including Gloucester and Salisbury; thus, the formation of the new regiment is likely to have little effect on our museums – the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, and the RGBW Museum at The Wardrobe in Salisbury will continue to be the homes of our heritage.
We shall continue to maintain close links with our counties, cities and towns; the ending of arms-plotting will mean that 1RIFLES will be based at Chepstow when not on operations. However all soldiers currently serving with 1RGBWLI, if they wish, may find a place in any of the regiment’s battalions. With regular battalions based at both Chepstow and Bulford, we will be able to provide close support to our TA battalions, affiliated ACF detachments and CCF contingents.
The Regimental Association will, in due course, be part of a much larger association. It is hoped that branches in the same town or city will attend each other’s functions, but change will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. We will retain our branch standards which will continue to be of great importance in carrying forward our heritage.
The future is clear; we are now set on course to merge with 1DDLI in Chepstow in 2007 to form 1RIFLES. We have the opportunity to take with us into the new regiment, the professionalism and excellence that has made the RGBW so successful in the last few years, whether on operations or in sports. Much work needs to be done to sort out the detail, but I am confident that our excellence will be carried forward into the 1st Bn The Rifles, and that all who serve in The RIFLES will have an even greater opportunity for a rewarding, fulfilling, and enjoyable career.
Colonel of the Regiment
REGIMENTAL COUNCIL'S RESPONSE - 03 NOVEMBER 2005
FORMATION OF THE RIFLES –
RGBWLI REGIMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 28 OCT 05
Earlier this year, the Regimental Council agreed to support the Army Board’s desire for the Infantry to reorganise into large Regiments. The Council met most recently to consider the implications of the decisions made at the meeting of the Colonels of the Light Division on Wednesday 19th October 2005. The Council’s views were as follows:
§ Strongly supported the creation of a large regiment to be called The RIFLES.
§ Welcomed the retention of strong links with our Counties and the appointment of a Deputy Colonel Commandant for Gloucestershire, Bristol, Berkshire and Wiltshire.
§ Welcomed the recent appointment of Lt Col David Brown, RGBWLI to be the first Commanding Officer of 1RIFLES to be based in Chepstow on its formation in 2007.
§ Welcomed the decision to wear the Back Badge across the new regiment on No 1 Dress Hats but urged the Colonel of the Regiment to continue to argue for the Back Badge to be worn on all forms of dress within all battalions of The RIFLES, and affiliated Cadet detachments.
§ Argued for the Brandywine Flash to be incorporated into the uniform of The RIFLES.
§ Noted with disappointment that The RIFLES would not carry Colours; however, it was recognised that Colours would not be compatible with the new regiment which is to be founded on a Light/Rifle regiment ethos.
§ Acknowledged that the Regimental Headquarters of the new regiment would be in Winchester, but welcomed that Gloucester and Salisbury would be outstations.
§ Stressed the importance of the continued support of the Branches and members of our Regimental Association.
The Regimental Council recognised that the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Light Infantry was but one element of the new regiment. This made it difficult for our negotiating teams to carry the day on many things that we held to be important.
Finally, the Regimental Council acknowledged that there was much still to be done. The RGBWLI Future Working Group will be consulting and making recommendations to the Colonel of the Regiment on such matters as customs and traditions, dress and the implementation plan over the coming months.
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF THE BACK BADGE
14,607,724 (2005 est.)
Fit for military service
12,046,268 (2005 est.)
US Dollar figure
Percent of GDP
386 Challenger 2
Personnel (Regular Army)
Personnel (Territorial Army)
Personnel (Royal Naval Reserve)
Personnel (Royal Marines Reserve)
Aviation training ship
Strategic lift vessels
942 (including helicopters)
A Complete list of British service personnel from the 1st of January 2005
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40,160 (includes some 5,500 Royal Marines)
109,850 (trained and untrained but excluding 3,450 Gurkhas)
Royal Air Force
(figures include all trained and untrained personnel)
4 x Vanguard Class submarines each with 16 x Trident (D5) Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) deploying with 48 x warheads per submarine. If necessary a D5 missile could deploy with 12 x MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles). Future plans appear to be for a stockpile of 200 operationally available warheads and 58 missile bodies. Strategic Forces are provided by the Royal Navy.
4 x SSBN
11 x Tactical Submarines
3 x Aircraft Carriers (1 in refit)
11 x Destroyers
20 x Frigates
6 x Amphibious Warfare Vessels
22 x Mine Counter Measures Vessels
5 x Offshore Patrol Craft
18 x Inshore Patrol Craft
1 x Ice Patrol Ship
4 x Survey Vessels
3 x Harrier Squadrons (includes 2 x squadrons assigned to Joint Force Harrier)
9 x Helicopter Squadrons
3 x Royal Marines Commando Groups
ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY
3 x Fleet Tankers
4 x Support Tankers
6 x Fleet Replenishment Ships
1 x Aviation Training Ship
4 x Landing Ships
1 x Forward Repair Ship
6 x Roll-on Roll-off vessels
Merchant Naval Vessels Registered in the
163 x Large Tankers
236 x General Cargo Ships
62 x Refrigerated Cargo Ships
152 x Cellular Container Ships
58 x Ro-Ro Ships
25 x Passenger (Cruise) Ships
8 x Large Tugs
Note: This listing refers to vessels of 500 gross tons and over.
109,850 personnel (excluding some 3,540 Gurkhas)
1 x Corps Headquarters in Germany (ARRC)
1 x Armoured Divisional HQ in Germany
1 x Mechanised Divisional HQ in UK
4 x Divisional/District HQ's in UK
1 x Divisional/District HQ's in Germany
3 x Deployable Combat Brigade HQs in Germany
4 x Deployable Combat Brigade HQs in UK
13 x Regional/Non-deployable Brigade HQs in the UK (includes 2 x Infantry Brigade HQs in Northern Ireland)
ROYAL AIR FORCE
5 x Strike/Attack Squadrons with 60 x Tornado GR1/4
5 x Offensive Support Squadrons (includes 2 x squadrons in the Joint Force Harrier) with 43 x Harrier GR7/T10 and 22 x Jaguar GR1A/3/3A
4 x Air Defence Squadrons with 70 x Tornado F3
4 x Maritime Patrol Squadrons with 20 x Nimrod MR2
5 x Reconnaissance Squadrons with 24 x Tornado GR1/4A, 12 x Jaguar GR1a/3/3A, 3 x Nimrod R1 and 4 x Canberra
2 x Airborne Early Warning Squadrons with 6 x AEW Sentry
15 x Transport and Tanker Squadrons with 18 x VC10, 8 x Tristar, 51 x Hercules
6 x Support Helicopter Squadrons with 31 x Chinook, 37 x Puma and 18 x Merlin
2 x Search and Rescue Helicopter Squadrons with 18 x Sea King HAR3/3A
5 x RAF Regiment Surface to Air Missile Squadrons
8 x RAF Regiment Ground Defence Squadrons
4 x RAF Regiment STO Squadrons
1 x Permanent Joint HQ
1 x Joint Force HQ
Under Command Director Special Forces - 3 x SAS Regiments (including 2 x TA), 4 x Special Boat Squadrons, 1 x Joint NBC Regiment
Joint Helicopter Force
1 x Air Assault Brigade HQ
4 x Royal Navy Helicopter Squadrons with 33 x Sea King HC4, 6 x Lynx AH7 and 8 x Gazelle
6 x Army Air Corps Regiments (including 1 TA) with 116 x Lynx, 113 x Gazelle and 5 x Islanders (67 x Longbow Apache being delivered)
6 x RAF Helicopter Squadrons with 31 x Chinook HC1/2, 37 x Puma and 18 x Merlin
Joint Force Harrier
2 x Royal Navy Squadrons with 17 x Sea Harrier F/a2 and 4 x T4/T8
3 x RAF Squadrons with 40 x Harrier GR7 and 3 x Harrier T10
NATIONAL POLICE FORCES
Eligibility for Armed Forces Veterans Badge extended
Further improvements to honour the
Eligibility for the popular HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been widened to include those who served between the end of the Second World War and
Defence Secretary, John Reid said:
"The many heroic acts and sacrifices of our veterans and their families must never be forgotten. This is why we established the Veterans Badge in the first place. It has proved enormously popular, with over 100,000 issued to date.
"It has always been our intention that the Veterans Badge will be available to all veterans. To make the issuing of badges simpler, so far only applications from those who served during the First and Second World Wars have been accepted.
"I am very pleased that from today, fittingly on Remembrance Sunday, I am extending this to include those who served up until the end of 1954 and during the inter-war years."
The free HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was launched in May 2004 with the intention that it would be made available to all First World War veterans and the Second World War veterans who, under the National Lottery's Heroes Return scheme, travelled back to the battlefronts where they had fought.
Because the badge was so popular, eligibility was quickly extended to include all Second World War veterans and has now been extended again.
Further extensions to the eligibility criteria of the Badge will be announced in due course.
Included in yesterday's announcement are the widow(er)s of those Service personnel whose spouse died as a result of an injury or illness attributable to their military service and who are in receipt of a United Kingdom war widow(er)'s pension. Applications will of course continue to be accepted from those veterans who served during the First or Second World War and their spouses, as detailed above.
Those wishing to apply for the badge should send their name, address, date of birth, service number, period of serve and theatres of service to:
Members of the Youth organisations in Plymouth and surrounding districts will be paying there own respects at ST Andrews Church today. The March Royal Parade around ST Andrews Roundabout into ST Andrews Church, these organisations will be carrying the Veterans Associations Standards. Inside ST Andrews a service of remembrance will take place with a wreath laying ceremony at the alter. The parade will muster at the Lord Mayors Parlour from 10.15am.
AUDIENCE SEATING AREA
RIGHT HAND ENTRY LEFT HAND ENTRY
GROUP B - NAVAL ASSOCIATIONS GROUP A - ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
1. R N A PLYMOUTH 2 . R N A SALTASH 1. R B L
3. SUBMARINERS 4. ASSOC OF W R N S 3. R.B.L. ST.BUDEAUX 4. R.B.L. BRIXTON 5. ROYAL MARINES ASSOC 6. HMS GANGE5 ASSOC 5. R B L IVYBRIDGE 6. R B L SALTASH
7. MERCHANT NAVY ASSOC PLYMOUTH 7. R B L TORPOINT 8. R B L PLYMPTON
8. ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY ASSOC 9. R B L CROWNHILL WOMEN’S SECTION
9. POLISH NAVY VETERANS 10. R B L ST BUDEAUX WOMEN’ SECTION
10 RUSSIAN CONVOY CLUB 11. R B L PLYMPTON WOMEN’S SECTION
11. MARITIME VOLUNTARY SERVICE
12. MERCHANT NAVY ASSOC S.E. CORNWALL
13. RNA RAME PENNINSULA
GROUP D - AIR FORCE ASSOCIATIONS GROUP C - BRITISH ARMY
1. ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOC 1. ROYAL TANK REGT. ASSOC
2. R A F REGT. COMRADES ASSOC 2. ROYAL ARTILLERY ASSOC
3. WOMEN’S AUXILIARY AIR FORCE ASSOC 3. ROYAL ENGINEER’S ASSOC
4. AIRCREW ASSOC 4. DEVONSHIRE REGT ASSOC
5. ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS ASSOC 5. DEVON & DORSET REGT ASSOC
6. LIGHT INFANTRY PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT
7. ROYAL GLOUCESTERS,
8. R A S C & R C T ASSOC
9. A T S & W R A C ASSOC
10. PARACHUTE REGT ASSOC STH.DEVON
11. COLDSREAM GUARDS ASSOC
GROUP F - OTHER ASSOCIATIONS GROUP E - CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATIONS
1. WEST COUNTRY AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST 1. B E F VETERANS DUNKIRK ASSOCIATION
2. SOCIETY OF ST GEORGE 2. FIRST ARMY ASSOCIATION
3. WOMENS ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE
3. BURMA STAR ASSOCIATION
4. WOMENS LAND ARMY
4. FAR EAST PRISONERS OF WAR
5. WAR WIDOWS ASSOC 5. NORMANDY VETERANS ASSOC
6. RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS 6. PLY & S
7. BRITISH KOREANS VETERANS ASSOC
8. NATIONAL MALAYA & BORNEO VETERANS
9. ADEN VETERANS ASSOC
GROUP H - THE BRITISH ARMY GROUP G - THE ROYAL NAVY
1. 29 CDO REGT R.A. 1. HMS DRAKE
2. 300 TROOP 131 INDEP CDO SQDN ROYAL ENGINEERS 2. HMS RALEIGH
3. 383 PETROLEUM TROOP ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS 3. HMS VIVID ROYAL NAVAL.RESERVE
4. A COY. 4TH BATTALION DEVON & DORSETS 4. M O D HOSPITAL UNIT, DERRIFORD
5. C SQDN 443(WESSEX) FIELD HOSPITAL 5. 3 CDO BRIGADE / 42 COMMANDO R.M.
GROUP J - ROYAL AIR FORCE
1. PLYMOUTH CAREERS OFFICE
GROUP K - THE CIVILIAN SERVICES
1. THE HOME FRONT (Mrs W PARSONS) 2. DEVON & CORNWALL CONSTABULARY
3. DEVON & CORNWALL SPECIAL CONSTABULARY 4. MINISTRY OF DEFENCE POLICE SERVICE
5. DEVON FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE 6.
7. BRITISH RED CROSS 8. R N L I
9. SALVATION ARMY 10. MARITIME VOLUNTEER SERVICE
GROUP M - HONOURED GUESTS GROUP L - CADETS AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS
COLOUR PARTY OF THE U S A - 1. SEA CADET CORPS
2. SEA CADET CORPS - RM CADET SECTION
3. DEVON ARMY CADET FORCE
4. TORPOINT ARMY CADET FORCE
5. PLYMOUTH AND CORNWALL WING - AIR TRAINING CORPS