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The Group Photographs were taken at Helmond Castle (2004) on a beautifully bright morning, it was great to meet Gordon Dalton again, for many years a resident of the town.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Turret `Gilly'

Oscar Thomas; Len Watson; Bill Thomas; Ben Howe; Alan Westby; Richard Theobald; George Young; Stan Hook; Ernie Clarke; Edwin Reetham;Bill Howlett; Ken Sadler; Gordon Nursaw;Clive Ridge; George Turner; Bernie Higham.

Seated: Bill Rees; Gordon Dalton

Other veterans included in party but not at Helmond — Ken Pearce; John Boyton, so I have superimposed their `heads' on the card.

Gilly's youthful good looks fooled me — his Birthday was in fact his 85th!!!!

Tony Mason was also at the All Hallows Service.

Hans Steenmetz will shortly be the proud possessor of a unique hand carved `Scottish Lion' badge supplied by Edwin Reetham, calligraphy by Clive Ridge. Thanks to both of you.

 

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15th RECCE

NEWSLETTER

15th Scottish Reconnaissance Regimental Association

Published by Tim & Gail Chamberlin , Lancaster House, The Capes, Aslockton Nottingham NG13 9AZ
___________________________  chamberlin@snc.org.uk

 

MAY  LUNCH

 

We met in what proved to be a crowded room for drinks. Rev Ernest Clarke conducted a thoughtful grace which was followed by an excellent lunch in the very special atmosphere of the Army & Navy Club enjoyed by 47 members and guests (see attached list). The loyal toast was proposed by Richard Theobald which was followed by a toast to the regiment. The toast to absent friends was proposed by Dr. Ernest Jellineck with a special thought for Bert Bonner and Doug Peterson.

We were delighted to welcome Hans and Nelly Steenmetz and we were able to thank them again for all their help during our visit last October to Tilburg . Hans spoke movingly about events that had taken place during the war in Holland .

Apologies and messages of goodwill were received from: George Blount, George Bunn, Harry Brooks, Tony Mason, Edwin & Gwen Reetham, Bert Swann, Arthur Watkins, Alan & Peggy Westby, Jean & Josette Wahl.


"RECCE CORPS" LUNCH

 

Des Warner reminded everyone that the "Recce Corps" lunch will be held on 15th November. Des stated that he had enjoyed the lunch and particularly the fact that family and friends were involved.

EXHIBITION

 

George Foster informed us that there will be an exhibition dedicated to the "Reconnaissance Corps" to be held at the Victory Club on 9th & 10th July - opening times 1000 - 1600: open to veterans both days and to the public on the Sunday.

George seeks information on Trooper Clifford Steel 14503116. He enlisted in January 1943 at the age of 18, and originated from Horwich near Bolton . Trade shown in paybook as Driver/Operator. The paybook and photos have the following signatures: Alec Brook, Alfred Little, R. Rugene(?) Bill Henderson and Eck(?). Can you shed any light on any of these names?

 

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TREASURER'S REPORT
by Bill Mincedorf

 

I am pleased to report that the Association's funds are in a healthy state. During the past year there have been 12 generous donations from members for which many thanks.

As a result of Tim's application to the Lottery Funding Heroes Return Scheme, we obtained a grant for the reunion visit to Holland and once again thanks are due to Tim & Gail for their organisational skills and commercial dealings.

Ou bank balance as at 4th April was X4,642 and even after making provision for today's reunion lunch the balance should still be in excess of 13,000 which is most satisfactory and sufficient for our forseeable requirements.


RECONNAISSANCE REBORN

The Army's first new regiment in more than three decades began operations on 6th April. The Special Reconnaissance Regiment is highly trained and will operate alongside the SAS.

The badge has a Corinthian style helmet and sword and the scroll reads "Reconnaissance". The helmet faces forward and suggests the viewer is being watched while the wearer behind the mask is anonymous. We wish all members of the newly formed unit every success in pursuit of the Queen's enemies.


AMONGST MY SOUVENIRS

 

Those of you who returned to "blighty"on the coach from Holland last year will recall that we had to vacate the vehicle at the customs whilst a search was conducted. We thought it was a bloody cheek and that their time could have been better spent preventing the flow of illegal immigrants.

HOWEVER............... Perhaps they had good reason.

The TIMES of 7th April carried the headline

"War veterans' coach had S12.5m cocaine on board"

The coach carrying veterans from a pilgrimage to France last October was on the same route as ouselves. The driver used the veterans as an unwitting but respectable front for his activities, placing three holdalls of the Class -A drug amongst the pensioners' luggage. The 53year old driver, Alan Turner, was jailed for 12 years. So, well done to those plucky Customs chappies for achieving a result !!

 

`THE KEEPER OF THE TREES'

 

Stan Hook has recently visited the National Arboretum and has checked up on our tree, which, as you can see, is thriving. It has now grown to 5'5" tall and is number 26 in Plot F13. The Regimental Plaque is stillprominently positioned in the chapel.

 

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ANNUAL REUNION
PORTSMOUTH

NIGHTS OF 17th, 18th & 19th OCTOBER

 

Please find enclosed a form with details and outline costings for your attention. The historians amongst you will know that the 21st October will witness the j 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and it was my intention to include a visit to the historic HMS Victory in our itinerary. I have discovered that, although access to the main deck is possible, the  rest of the vessel is difficult to clamber around. I believe that the planned programme is better suited to our group and that any "powder monkeys" who are keen to see the ship could do so either on the way down to the hotel or after the reunion.

 

 

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                    THE LADIES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Barbara Hook; Ruby Turner; Annie Howe;Peggy Westby; Margaret Ridge; Eileen Theobald; Margaret Bennett; Gwen Reetham; Wyn Rees; Sharron Reetham; Audrey Arnold; Gail Chamberlin; Oliver Stubbs; Rose-Marie Sadler; Nelly Steenmetz; Dora Clarke; Rosemary Howlett; Doreen Watson; Kath Higham; Sue Robins

 

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George Blount Ivor Fate; Bernard Johnson; Bill Ponting; Arthur & May Watkins; Betty White;

Had all intended to join our party but where unable to do so for a variety of reasons – mostly of a medical nature.

 

 

ANNUAL REUNION TRIP 17th -20th OCTOBER 2005

This year we are planning a reunion trip to Portsmouth for three nights based at The Royal Beach Hotel, South Parade, Portsmouth .

 

The outline cost includes three nights bed, breakfast & evening meal with a Regimental Dinner on the 19th October. A Coach excursion on the 18th October around the Isle of Wight and on the 19th coach and entry to the nearby D-Day Museum and the Royal Marine Museum at Eastleigh. No lunches either day or entrance fees for I.O.W. activities have yet been finalised, so are not included in the outline costs.

 

                             Cost per couple                                 £450

 

                              Cost per single                                 £250

 

To enable us to gauge the interest for this reunion, it would be helpful if you could complete and return this form as soon as possible to:

 

Tim Chamberlin Lancaster House The Capes

Aslockton

Notts NG13 9AZ

 

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NAME (Please print) .......................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................ ....................................................................................................................................

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(Please indicate all persons in your party.)

 

 

Hotel requirements:

 

Single ............................... Double....................... Twin.............................

 

Any dietary requirement? ...........................................................................

 

 


 

I have made an PDF and Word document that the membership can print and to send in for the trip.

     Word format file, just click on the file.

     PDF format file, just click on the file.

 

15TH SCOTTISH RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT
ATTENDEES FOR LUNCH, TUESDAY 10TH MAY 2005

AUDREY ARNOLD                   MARGARET BENNETT

FRANK BERESFORD

SIR JOHN & LADY EDITH BOYNTON

TIM & GAIL CHAMBERLIN

ERNEST & DORA CLARKE

GRAHAM & JULIA ELLSWORTH

GEORGE & SUE FOSTER

ALBERT GILLINGS

BERNIE & KATHLEEN HIGHAM

PAUL HIGHAM STAN HOOK

BEN & ANNIE HOWE

BILL & ROSEMARY HOWLETT

DR. ERNEST JELLINEK

WALTER KEMSLEY

DAVID LETFORD

BILL & BETTY MINCEDORF

KEN PEARCE BILL & WYN REES GARETH REES                         SHEILA RICHARDSON

KEN & ROSEMARIE SADLER

HANS & NELLY STEENMETZ

RICHARD & EILEEN THEOBALD

BILL THOMAS

GEORGE & RUBY TURNER

DES WARNER

LEN & DOREEN WATSON

BETTY WHITE JEREMY WINTERSON

GEORGE YOUNG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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