About The Association
Junior Infantrymen’s Battalion
Infantry Boys Battalion
Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion
Junior Infantry Wing
The Association was founded in the late 1990s by the late Charlie McGrogan, who laid down the structure and constitution on which the Association is based.
The Association as we know it today really took off when Bryan (Wobbly) Roberts started a small personal website dedicated to IJLB which included a forum allowing us to communicate.
The Association continues to support young men and women who wish to enter into an Army career through associations with AFC Harrogate, School Combined Cadet Forces and Army Cadet Contingents.
Our members give these young people the benefit of their experiences in both military and civilian life. Passing on information as to how the excellent training we received helped our careers both in and outside of the military.
From small get togethers in a TA Centre in Milton Keynes we have progressed to having full on Reunions in Oswestry on an annual basis, they are always very well attended so make sure you book early.
The “Golf and Port Society” GAPS meets on the Friday prior to the Saturday Reunion. Then on the Saturday we meet for lunch and in the afternoon there is time to meet and greet with a formal reunion dinner in the evening, the next reunion will be on 7th September 2019.
We are constantly adding to the Gallery to develop a fitting memorial to all those who served as Junior Leaders.
If you have any photographs of your time no matter where you served send them to us to include in our archives.
The Memorial was constructed and dedicated in 2009 with some 300 + former Boys and Junior Leaders from all over the world on parade in Oswestry, exercising our right, IJLB having been granted the Freedom of Oswestry, to march through the town.
The Memorial was funded completely by donations from members and regimental associations. A formal dinner was held in one of the former gyms at Park Hall Camp on the Saturday prior to the parade on the Sunday morning, followed by a curry lunch. The entire proceedings being organized by a small three man Sub Committee of the Association.
Our yearly reunions attract ex juniors from all over the world and from all the intakes no matter where you were stationed as Junior Leaders over the years.
You will, no doubt find some old friends in attendance but the brotherhood between all ex juniors is so great you will soon feel at home and among friends who went through the same training. They all have amazing tales to tell!
If you were a member of any of the above units including Permanent Staff and Civilian Instructors you are eligible for membership and are very welcome to join us.
Simply fill in the Application form on the website to gain access to a host of benefits. Click Here.