driver had made arrangements for us to visit the bridge and to see
first hand how the ferry vessel was operated.
may be difficult to believe but the Senior Navigation Officer, was a
lady in her late twenties! I Quickly checked the 'muster' station in
case of emergency but we docked safety.
for us on the Quayside was Betty White who was warmly applauded as
she climbed aboard the coach. The driver Ron was also born on the
island and was able to navigate the coach along the narrow roads
ensuring we saw all places of interest.
moved Into the commentary seat to deliver amusing and
details about life on the island. She pointed out the land that her
had occupied; where she first met Bryan
and as we swept down the
the terrific views of the sea with the sweep of the cliffs.
Island was home to countless bodies of troops during the war and
lack Watch' in particular had probably proved to be the most
in helping increase the Island's population! Betty pointed out some
new buildings which did seem out of character with the
architecture and where Ventnor radar station had been sited, a prime
target for the Luftwaffe,
light lunch was taken at an old watering hole favoured by Bryan and
The Royal Solent Yacht Club. The sea view were magnificent and
beautiful old three-masted sailing ship drifted by right on cue.
After lunch we viewed Carisbrooke
the driver suggested it was a difficult place to visit so we pressed
on to Osborne House. There was not sufficient time left to visit he
interior but the gardens and gift shop were available. Osborne House
was a favourite residence of Queen Victoria and much
interior and the
gardens are virtually
caught our appointed ferry and once more had the opportunity to
visit the bridge. The skipper pointed out the four stations from
where the vessel could be steered including sideways! He informed us
that the old rule of 'sail before steam' was long gone and some of
the new breed of amateur sailors were a real danger to themselves
and other shipping.
coach deposited us back at the hotel and a convivial time was spent
the bar and at dinner which was served in the main
to note the different nationalities working in the hotel, several of
whom were Russian.
a leisurely breakfast we departed the hotel Wednesday morning for
the nearby D-Day
has every reason to be proud of its image, the boulevard along the
seafront and the gardens were in very good order. The Museum houses
the 'Overlord' embroidery which is an incredible work of art, an
immense amount of time, dedication and skill has resulted in a
beautifully made tribute to all those involved in
Museum contains a wealth of material and exhibits which were
thoroughly inspected by our group.
next port of call was The Royal Marines Museum, housed in an
historic part of the barracks. A welcome drink and lunch was
promptly provided and some of us indulged in rather large cream
cakes. Bernard Johnson,
a former Royal Marine, was justly proud to show us some of
most interesting exhibits and tableaux.
left us here to return to her nursing duties.
took us on a tour of the island upon which
stands. He pointed out the street where Charles Dickens had lived in
what appeared to be a rather 'Bleak House'.
was a marvellous view of the city from the nearby dominating hills.
Portsmouth City Council had decided to build an impressive tower to
commemorate the millennium which was a few years behind schedule,
today was the grand opening but unfortunately the glass lift which
was on the
outside of the tower, lammed on the inaugural trip, with the mayor
other local worthies half-way up and the party had to be rescued by
passing 'abseilers' some hours later.
Watson & Bernard Johnson were dropped off at the tower and were
pleased that they made the effort to ascend the tower, as the views
Regimental Dinner was held in a private room and we were pleased
John Boynton's son in law Roy Lawrence. The Reverend
Clarke said the Grace in his customary moving tones. Richard
Theobald proposed the Loyal toast followed by a toast to the
Regiment. Gilly' proposed the toast to 'Absent Friends' and
mentioned some people who were particularly in our thoughts given
the location of the venue.
mentioned the possibility of the 'Scottish Lion' reprint details of
which you will find in his bulletin.
Johnson reminded us all that the 200 anniversary of the Battle of
on the coming Friday,
history. Bernard amused us all by recounting the many pitfalls
Admiral Nelson. would have had to overcome If he had been obliged to
fight the battle hide bound by today's multitude of Health &
Safety issues. Avery pleasant evening was enjoyed by
following morning after breakfast we said our goodbyes with a
commitment to meet again in 2006.
HALLOWS IN THE FIELD
& Eileen Theobald; Ben & Annie Howe; George Turner and
George Young represented the Regiment. Richard laid a wreath on our
Some of you may have noticed that Songs of Praise on that
evening was from All Hallows which has special meaning to members of
the Reconnaissance Corps.
placed a cross in
the Recce plot at the
Field of Remembrance near Westminster Abbey.
& I attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at
Albert Hall on
which was a most
moving affair. George
Turner and George Young were both on parade at
but because of the long wait before parading, George Turner stood
down. George Young marched with about 14 other Reconnaissance Corps
and you may well have seen him on the television as he
pass the Cenotaph. Well done George. a fine effort!
Watson wrote a piece about his wartime experiences, which was
in local libraries.
know he is an 'old soldier' but it was advertised as memories of a
LION ON PATROL
have spoken to Walter Kemsley about re-publishing the Regimental
History. It is a very difficult book to find as there were only 500
printed in 1950.
proposal is that the original text would be re-printed retaining its
would be added.
information, clarity or enlargement of events detailed
new information relating to the Regiment, people, places
and events during its existence.
since the war e.g. significant re-unions, events, post-war
careers, tree planting. plaques etc..
new edition would be enhanced by the inclusion of many relevant
of you have, I know, stories and experiences that are worthy of
reaching a wider audience. This is your opportunity to ensure that
your voice is heard.
me a call if you woutd like-to
discuss this worthwhile project.
recently on the wireless I have heard the 'Royal
Anglian Regiment' referred to as the 'Royal Anglican Regiment'
--Presumably, their Regimental song must
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