This is the current state of the IJLB and JIB sign at Hospital Hill Shorncliffe!

If we can get enough support from ex Shorncliffe intakes to join The Association we are proposing to engage in a project to renovate and re site this iconic memorial to all who served at The Camp.

We have a local ex Shorncliffe Junior who is willing to coordinate with us in this fabulous project. However we can’t get involved unless we obtain the support of you ex Shorncliffe juniors who need to join our ranks and get involved in The Association and this project.

This is your chance to make a difference and to ensure a lasting memory of the time you spent as a Junior Leader.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring those who served at Tuxford, Plymouth, Harrogate, Oswestry and Shorncliffe together within one project on behalf of all ex Junior Leaders.

To Donate go to The Association PRI shop and you can Donate directly from there by purchasing a donation

How much does it mean to you?

Join our ranks today and support this worthy cause.

Army Humour!

Army Humour!

Charles Derbyshire Reflects on a day in Training at IJLB Oswestry in the 1960’s

Potholing at IJLB – The Army sense of humor

They called it Adventure Training.   I called it torturous insanity.   I mean abseiling off viaducts was one thing, scrambling up sheer rock faces hundreds of feet up was another but crawling on your belly, hundreds of feet underground through dark, damp confined spaces was never my idea of a jolly time.

But there I was, in the worst environment imaginable undergoing panic and claustrophobic attacks in silence when we found ourselves sitting huddled in quite a cavernous area.   There was a stream running into what looked like a blank wall.   But it wasn’t a blank wall, there was a tunnel running under it which was invisible under god knows how many feet of murky freezing water which, we were informed, we would be going through.

The plan was that an instructor would go first with a rope around him, once through the tunnel he would tug on the rope to signal he was safely through and the next man could go.  So, in turn we would set off using the rope as a guide and as soon as the man before us had got safely through he would tug on the rope.

It all seemed pretty straightforward as we watched the instructor disappear under the water and waited for the signal he was through.   And we waited……. and waited……… and waited.   After a good five minutes or so the rope tugged.   Now, underwater swimming is normally quite good fun but even the best swimmers were only good for about two minutes or so under water.   None of us said anything.   We didn’t need to, you could tell just by looking at the expression on our faces what we were all thinking.   The remaining instructor ordered the first man to go through and off he went.   The same thing happened – five minutes then the tug and off went the next man.   I was busy looking for an escape when I was prompted it was now my turn.   Gripping the rope I took what I thought might be my last ever lungful of air and proceeded to haul myself along the underwater tunnel when, after about ten seconds I felt a pair of hands on my shoulders as I was hauled upwards into fresh air.   I had emerged on the other side of the wall with a stern command not to tug on that f*&$£*@ rope until I was told to.  Which happened when the obligatory five minutes had passed.

I was far too overjoyed at still being alive to be angry at being had, in the most cruel and obnoxious way possible, to the great amusement of the instructors and the guys who went through before me.   I considered I had escaped a fate worse than death and my appreciation of the comedy in this episode was slow in coming.

Dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Update

Dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Update

First of its kind in UK

Attention all members who suffer with hip or knee problems!

Did you know that Oswestry boasts the first dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre where us ex squaddies can be fast tracked for treatment?

Run by Lt. Colonel Carl Meyer RAMC, who established clinics for veterans some years ago, this new centre will allow him to operate out of a dedicated set up providing a full range of orthopaedic care to veterans and military personnel in an environment that is familiar to them and address their specific needs.

Association Chairman Brian Kilty says”The facility here at Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital (world renown) is exclusively for veterans and referral is via your GP. Anyone coming should let me know and I would be delighted to meet and greet and support any admin etc.”

Last week  w/c 15/10/2018 a launch for the Centre was held in Westminster where fundraisers presented a cheque for £100,000.

Our Chairman Brian Kilty attended the function in his capacity of a member of the fundraising organisation and on behalf of The Association.

Rubbing shoulders with many in high positions we continue to support veterans from all services.

Both individuals and organisations can support this project. Please contact our Chairman for further details.







Dates for your diary:

Friday 6th September 2019 Golf .

Saturday 7th September 2019 AGM during AM

Saturday 7th September 2019 Annual Reunion Dinner at Wynnstay Hotel Oswestry .

Full details will be posted on Forum and details updated as we confirm the bookings