2023 IBB & IJLB Reunion Weekend

Oswestry Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September

Dave Hards, Geoff Camm, Ronnie Paterson and Reverand Colin Paterson at 2023 IJLB Reunion

Friday saw the Annual Golf Competition take place at Oswestry Golf Club with competitors and wives assembling at the cub at mid-day. Coffee, Tea and Bacon Butties were provided. At 12.45 pm the Golf Society Assembled on the first tee and glasses of port were served. Pete Curtis then made the toast to our golf buddies who have passed away since 2022.

A super afternoon of golf ensued in fine weather conditions. After a severe contest of nip and tuck ala the Ryder Cup, the eventual Champion for 2023 was Ron Cooke.


Saturday Morning IBB & IJLB Annual General Meeting was held in the Conference Room, Lion Quays Hotel, and commenced at 10.30 am.

The Meeting was brought to Order by the Treasurer, Geoff Camm. The members present were 31 and 33 apologies

On completion of the meeting, the Treasurer declared the AGM closed and would reconvene at the same venue on Saturday 7th September 2024.


Saturday Evening IBB & IJLB Annual Reunion Dinner held in the Conservatory Suite Lion Quays, Oswestry assembled for pre-dinner refreshments at 7 for 7.30 pm in a convivial atmosphere.

Our Trumpeter, Kath Gavan,  sounded the Dinner Call, and the assembled company took their positions at the 7 tables. The Reverand Colin Paterson delivered Grace and folk took their seats.

As is our custom, Geoff Camm requested all to stand while we paid our Fallen Comrades respected condolences of those members who had passed away since our last dinner at The Wynnstay Hotel in 2022. Ronnie Paterson read out the following names:

ALEX GRANT Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, KEN NICOL Gordon Highlanders, JOHN SUTHERLAND MBE Queens Own Highlanders, BRIAN EAGER Irish Guards, ROY BAlLLIE Royal Green Jackets, BERT SCORGIE Gordon Highlanders, PHILIP HALL Gloucestershire Regiment.

The Last Post was sounded.

Two minutes silence was observed then Revillie was sounded.

Following this, a dinner was served and enjoyed with much banter of the year just past.


Following the dinner the Members and Guests were brought to order by Geoff Camm, and the Loyal Toast to His Majesty, King Charles was duly proposed and received with much applause.


Our Guest of Honour was introduced by Ronnie Paterson, Col Tim Collins OBE and former Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rangers and Colonel 22 Special Air Service Regiment.

He delivered his speech in his customary jocular manner and made comments to highlight the state of Britain Today with the need for leadership. He suggested that Voluntary National Service was being looked at as a way of “getting back to basics” and related this to how Junior Soldiers developed during training.


Ronnie Paterson then presented our GOH with a B Squadron 22 SAS bottle of Malt Whisky, which was gratefully received. Our GOH then presented Floral Bouquets to Mrs Christine Camm, Mrs Gillian Paterson and Ms Val Doogan for their dedication and assistance to the association.

Finally, our GOH presented a suitably inscribed Cut Glass Gift to Mr Barry Thorne, one of the first-ever junior soldiers at Tuxford. This was to commemorate his dedicated service to the association.

And, not unexpectedly, After Dinner Banter took place until the wee small hours.


Those attending the Memorial Service, conducted by The Reverand Harvey Gibbons assembled in front of the IBB and IJLB Memorial.There was a tremendous turnout of over 50 members and their wives. The IBB & IJLB Standard was then brought on parade by Bill Mckenna in a most exemplary manner. The Standard was Blessed by the Rev Gibbons.


Harvey Gibbons then conducted the service in fine form with great voice and deliverance.

Bob Towns, MBE then recited The Gospel according to St John Chapter 15 verses 9-13. He concluded Greater Love has no one than to lay down his life for one’s friends.

Bob Appleby read the introduction which included a reference to the IBB & IJLB history from, Tuxford, Harrogate, Plymouth, Oswestry, and Shorncliffe until 1985. He then read out the names of those who had passed since our last Memorial Service. They were:

ALEX GRANT Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, KEN NICOL Gordon Highlanders, JOHN SUTHERLAND MBE Queens Own Highlanders, BRIAN EAGER Irish Guards, ROY BAlLLIE Royal Green Jackets, BERT SCORGIE Gordon Highlanders, PHILIP HALL Gloucestershire Regiment.

Bob Appleby then recited that long-respected address:

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

The Last Post was sounded, and two minutes of silence took place. Following this tribute to our Fallen Comrades listed above.

Pete Curtis then stepped forward and laid the IBB & IJLB Poppy Wreath at the base of our Memorial Stone.

Reville was then Sounded. Several members went forward to the Memorial Stone to lay named personal Remembrance Crosses at the foot of the Memorial.

At mid-day, the IBB & IJLB Standard was with due ceremony placed in St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry, attended by several Members, and wives, the Reverand Havey Gibbons duly officiated.


In conclusion, the Association had another outstanding Reunion Weekend from the golf on Friday at Oswestry Golf Club who looked after our golfers and their wives so very well. The course was set up beautifully and Ian Woosnam would be so pleased with how his boyhood club has continued the progress of young males and females. The late Friday Afternoon is dedicated to them.

The Lion Quays Hotel was our first event there and yes there were a few issues with arrival procedures and room charges. This has now been sorted for next year. The Friday evening dining was a bit slapdash, and we need the Committee to sort this out for next year. Our PREZZO and SIMLA had to be cancelled due to the lack of support. Some members and wives ate in the main restaurant and others used the Indian Restaurant located within the Lion Quays resort above the Spa. The meal was commented to be very good but service a bit slow.

As previously mentioned, the hotel has been reserved for our 2024 Reunion from Friday 7th   to Sunday, 9th September 2024.


I would like to thank all members for their support over my 5 years of tenure as Secretary of our wonderful IBB & IJLB Association. In particular to Geoff Camm our Treasurer whom without his support I may have erred. The Dementia which I have had for over 3 years now is affecting my short-term memory quite a lot now. But you all know me well. I will keep going as long as I can and continue to support the association. I wish Willie McKerr the new Secretary every success in running the duties of our fine association. It would be remiss not to also welcome John Foley the new Treasurer similar success in handling the monetary accounts.


It has been an absolute pleasure to serve the Association as Treasurer for the last 8 years,

We have moved steadily forward moving the accounting systems and banking into the ‘Electronic Age’ Our website has been modernised, and communications to members updated to include regular email info. Our PRI shop has been developed on line and and on Facebook and the IJLB Facebook page now has over 1,400 registered users.

It is essential as we move forward that membership recruitment is continualy reviewed if The Association is to continue to Flourish.

I hand over to the New Treasurer with the Association in good financial health thanks to the continued support of its members.

I wish John, Willie, Graham Fowler and Graham Lacey along with Darren West my best wishes as they develop a stratedgy for the future.

Needless to say that Ronnie and I have enjoyed working as a team to further the objectives of The IBB & IJLB Association. His tireless work and committment to the cause has been outstanding. We will continue to support from the ‘back benches’ and are sure the future is in good hands.




Welcome to the October edition of the IJLB newsletter, as we say farewell to summer and welcome the autumn! And what an autumn it’s shaping up to be, with incredible stories from our last two months. Then we’ve got amazing items in our PRI Shop to help you prepare for the festive season, which is only two months away (eek!). The weather may be starting to cool down, but we’re continually warmed by the incredible generosity of our members, indeed one individual donated £1000 so thank you for everything you do to help our Association. If you feel that way inclined, then our Treasurer will accept your donation and put it to good use.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter finds you all well and coping with the autumnal change in the UK Weather. Brrrr.


There is a New PRI Item available which was requested by members at our Annual Dinner, An IJLB Cumberband’s to wear when dressed for dinner in, Black Tie.

The New Cumber band is available in PRI Shop

If you are interested in purchasing one, please email The Secretary.

IBB & IJLB Articles – Newsletters

Please do consider emailing any suggested article for inclusion in our bi-monthly newsletter to our secretary.

We’re also excited to announce an incredible line-up of events for 2022 including several proposed visits. These will be mentioned below.


On Friday evening there were two friendly Supper Meals. One was held at the PREZZO Restaurant and the other at The Simla Tandoori. Both had excellent attendance and convivial conversation abounded in both locations.

Saturday morning the Annual General Meeting took place in our new venue for the AGM of the Wynnstay Hotel, tea, coffee was available for all attendees. There was a total of 48 members present with apologies either by email or verbally from 29 members unable to attend. Following the sad passing of our long time, Life President, Ray Ironmonger, Graham Fowler was proposed, seconded, and appointed Life President of our Association. Congratulations go to him. Ian Cartwright, MBE was appointed as Life-Vice President.

Brian Kilty has stood down as Chairman due to his increased duties and responsibilities at the Military Wing of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. Brian gave an excellent brief at our AGM on Saturday. Please see later in the Newsletter a separate article appertaining to how veterans can access this medical service.

Graham Lacey has taken on the mantle of Chairman, and he is to be congratulated on taking on this responsible position.

On Saturday evening we held our Reunion Dinner at the Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry, considering the ravages of COVID the attendance was excellent 74 members accompanied by the wives sat down to a delicious three-course dinner with wine.

The Guest of Honour was Colonel Jon Fleming, Parachute Regiment, the Commanding Officer, IJLB Shorncliffe, 1979-1981. Our member Fred Hardie (RSM IJLB Shorncliffe,) looked after him and his wife during the evening. His address was whimsical and enlightening. The Committee is working on yet another former IJLB, Shorncliffe CO for next year’s Reunion.

Two Old Comrades RSM Fred Hardie and Colonel Jon Fleming

Sunday morning, we held an Act of Commemoration at our IJLB Memorial Stone in Cae Glass Park, opposite the Wynnstay Hotel. The Chaplin from, Oswestry School, Felicity Parker conducted the well-attended service in brilliant sunshine. Our new Life President laid our Poppy Wreath as you will observe above photograph.

This was followed by much hugging and kissing as we all bid farewell to our friends for yet another year.

This Service was so enjoyed by all present that it has been decided to repeat it in 2022.

Loads more photographs have appeared on our IJLB Facebook Page as well as on our IBB & IJLB website.

Please note that the 2022 Reunion will be held in Oswestry from 3-5 September. The details of this will be published in due course.

The Veterans Orthopaedic Service (VOS), located within The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) in Oswestry, Shropshire, is a world-renowned Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedic clinical care and research that treats patients from every part of The United Kingdom. RJAH was established in the immediate aftermath of The First World War and thus, has a legacy as a military hospital that pioneered orthopaedic treatments for injured military patients. For many years, RJAH has been treating both serving personnel and veterans from all the Armed Services. In 2014, The Veterans Orthopaedic Service was established as a bespoke service by Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer, a serving officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps; a highly experienced Consultant Trauma and Lower Limb Arthroplasty Surgeon, with operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan where he treated both serving military and civilian trauma casualties. It was Colonel Meyer’s initiative, leadership and inspiration that not only established VOS but has led it to become the go-to choice of Veterans from every corner of the United Kingdom Since the establishment of VOS, there has been significant expansion and demand for treating veteran patients. In 2019, the service had 2463 patients, including over 300 surgical procedures.

Therefore, to meet the increasing demand and need, in 2018 a fund-raising appeal was initiated for a new bespoke Veterans Ward within RJAH. With the support of a significant donation of £6 million from Headley Court Trust, the initial target of £1.5 million was greatly exceeded. As a result, in February 2020, VOS was delighted to announce that a new two-storey Veterans Centre, specifically designed for providing the highest standards of care to our veteran patients, was to be built. Facilities will include a state-of-the-art Outpatients Department that will provide a range of orthopaedic treatments, rehabilitation, and welfare services. There will also be several training and research facilities; together with administrative space for key personnel, which are vital to the efficient running of the overall Veterans Orthopaedic Service. 2 This will provide a veteran’s footprint within an NHS Centre of Excellence. Whilst the Centre primarily provides Veterans Outpatient Services necessary to cope with the expanding demand, importantly it will also house a Veterans Hub that will allow a wide range of support and advice on welfare issues, including mental health, PTSD, homelessness, debt, and benefits. VOS will work with Shropshire County Council and United Kingdom Military Charities within the Centre to provide this support. Whilst VOS is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, our strategic ambition is to enable other centres of outstanding NHS practice to develop similar Veterans Services; thus, establishing a network of Veterans Secondary Healthcare Services throughout the United Kingdom. The Veterans Orthopaedic Centre will open in the summer of 2022. As with the whole of the NHS, there have been significant restrictions and limitations imposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, but the Veterans Orthopaedic Service has now returned to full operation in its support of The United Kingdoms Armed Forces Veterans. Referral Procedure and Process. The Service is available to any former Member of HM Forces (both Regular and Reserve) regardless of when they left service or how long they served. Under the Armed Forces Covenant and NHS Patient Choice Framework, referral to VOS is via your GP. · England. Under Patient Choice, you can be referred to a provider of your choice. Your GP will advise you of the process · Wales. Your GP will follow the Welsh Veteran Policy so that you can be referred out of the area for treatment · Scotland. Funding will be agreed upon by the relevant Health Board to facilitate referral. For More Information · Contact: Brian Kilty, Head of Veterans Support & External Liaison · Phone: 01691 404527 · Email: brian.kilty@nhs.nhs.com


It has been reported that mental health support for homeless war veterans at the UK’s largest barracks is to face the axe. Homeless British Army veterans have demanded the government fund mental health services at the UK’s biggest military base as they are set to be axed.

Former squaddies warned stopping services at The Beacon in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, would be ‘devastating’ for those battling PTSD and substance abuse. They said the centre gives them a chance to turn their lives around after leaving the Armed Forces and struggling to cope with civilian life.

MPs from across the House of Commons backed their calls, saying they were ‘concerned’ mental health services face being cut. They lashed out at the government for decreasing funds for veteran supported housing in recent years.

The Beacon is a specialist supported housing service for veterans, but it is set to run out of funding for those with complex needs. It has helped more than 340 British soldiers since it opened in September 2011 yet faces closing its services on September 30th. Government funding has ended, and local government funding has dried up in recent years – with experts predicting it would cost £2.75million a year to save.

Veterans living at the Beacon Centre told MailOnline they were ‘devastated’ it could shut and were fearing for their futures. Private Dave Karan, 33, who spent 12 in the military and did two tours of Afghanistan, has lived at the site since 2018 after he was medically discharged. He said: ‘I joined the military in 2007 and since then I’ve been in Afghan twice. ‘I went straight out of training to go on tour, and you had to grow up quickly. It takes a lot of adjusting when you come back because when you’re on tour you’re always alert. I still sleep with my light on, because I need a sense of comfort if I’m alone. I moved into the Beacon after a period of sofa surfing’ The staff have helped me with lots of things such as setting up with local doctors and dentists.

‘I also got to volunteer with Veterans’ Woodcraft and I now teach woodwork to others. It’s been really good for me and I’ve found a hidden talent which I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for here. It’s devastating that other veterans might not be able to take advantage of these opportunities. This place is a safety net that will disappear if funds are cut. I want to let the Government know that this is an important place. It caters for a lot of veterans with various issues. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes in life, but this service allows veterans to sort their lives out. In the army, you’re spoon-fed but once you’re discharged, you fend for yourself. Places like this are vital and teach your life skills. I don’t know what will happen if these services are lost. It’s a worrying time for everyone.’


The Journey of British Soldiers in the Air

On the 1st of September, they celebrated the Army Air Corps’ 64th birthday. The Army Air Corps was formed when Air OP and Light Liaison Flights were amalgamated. They became responsible for the operation of the Army’s light aircraft for reconnaissance, the direction of artillery fire and general liaison flying.

After a busy summer, we are now gearing up for exciting autumn with a packed programme of lectures and events, details of which you’ll find below. We thank you for your continued support of the Museum, which helps make it such a lively and vibrant place. Do please get involved in our events, keep in touch via our social media channels, and come and visit us soon!

The Museum of Army Flying is a British military aviation museum about the history of flying in the British Army. It is located beside the Army Air Corps Centre in Middle Wallop, close to Andover in Hampshire, England. Please log onto the website for precise details.

The Committee has provisionally booked a guided visit from 4-6 March 2022 we are awaiting final costings which will be published in due course.


The British army is deployed on Operations and Peace Keeping duties throughout the world.


Outside the UK, the largest number of UK Armed Forces deployments are currently training or on operations in Africa. There are many short-term military training teams to help build the capacity of African national military forces to meet the defence of their peoples. So that they can respond appropriately and proportionally to the security threats they face.], including terrorism and the illegal wildlife trade.


Operation Cabrit is the name of the UK operational deployment to Estonia where British troops are leading a multinational battlegroup as part of the enhanced Forward Presence (EFP). UK Armed Forces have a leading role in NATO’s EFP in the Baltic States, to enhance Euro-Atlantic security, reassure our Allies and deter our adversaries. The EFP in the Baltic States is a deployment of robust, multinational, combat-ready forces to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, on a persistent, rotational basis. About 900 British personnel rotate continuously alongside Danish, French, and host nation forces. They consist of, A Light Cavalry Squadron, of approximately 150 personnel, deployed to Poland and is under the command of 2 US Cavalry Regiments. Additional units include elements from Royal Military Police, Intelligence Corps, Royal Signals and Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. Enhanced Forward Presence is just one aspect of a wide range of UK support to NATO


History – Argentinean Landing

In March 1982, Argentinean scrap metal merchants landed on the Falkland Islands’ dependency of South Georgia and raised the Argentinean flag. This was followed by an invasion of the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982. The United Nations Security Council condemned the invasion.

Surrender – Argentine Forces

On 21 May 1982, British troops landed at Port San Carlos and began to move towards Stanley. Our troops won a significant battle at Goose Green, which laid the foundation for victory. After an intense air and artillery barrage and the capture of dominant mountain ridges around Stanley, the Argentinean Commander on the Falkland Islands surrendered all his forces on 14 June 1982 following the final battle and capture of Tumbledown Mountain, overlooking Port Stanley by 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.


Following the 1982 conflict, the UK established a garrison on the Falkland Islands, consisting of naval, land and air elements. The situation on the South Atlantic has altered substantially since the War. Argentina is now a democracy, committed to ongoing issues over the Islands.


Afghanistan – A Haven for Global Terror, The Foreign Secretary,

Truss said in a statement ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) and UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday.

If we want to avoid Afghanistan becoming a haven for global terror then the international community – including Russia and China – needs to act as one in its engagement with the Taliban,”

The foreign secretary’s comments come amid an out-of-the-blue escalation of tensions between Russia and the UK on Tuesday after a pair of back-to-back announcements by British police and the European Court of Human Rights on the poisoning scandals from 2018 and 2006 involving former spy Sergei Skripal and former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, which once again accused Moscow of responsibility for the crimes. Russia vocally rejected the allegations and pointed to their odd timing ahead of the expected face-to-face meeting between Lavrov and Truss.


There has been a request to produce an IBB & IJLB Christmas Card.

If you have any photographs of Snow Clad, Oswestry or Shorncliffe. The secretary would be pleased to accept them for use. These can be emailed to his email address below.

That’s all for now folks, until our December Newsletter, STAY SAFE, that’s an Order!

Yours aye


Ronnie Paterson


IBB & IJLB AssociationTel: 07919 334444 or 01702 876571


August 2021 Newsletter


Your committee recognise that for many Veterans and their families, aspects of life after leaving the Services can be challenging.  With over 50 Veterans’ organisations in the UK, we understand that it can be frustrating to find just the right person to help with a problem.  

For those who work in Veteran’s support organisations, please check out the Resources tab; there may be something useful for you there and because we are not perfect, there may be some resources and organisations that we have missed. 

Because when Veterans work together, they make life better for Veterans.


As this Newsletter is published on our website and on the IJLB Facebook Page I respectfully remind members that there are only 4 weeks until our Reunion Dinner. If you have been waiting until the easing of all restrictions on 21st June, you are now free to book. However, I urge you to do so now to avoid disappointment.

The Committee once more publish the details of the 2021 IJLB Reunion below:

Friday 3rd September Golf at Oswestry Golf Club

First Tee 1330 Hours Bacon Rolls and Coffee on arrival. Cost £35.00.

Friday 3rd September 1930 Hours Informal Indian

Tickets for Indian meal are on the Website under PRI shop and should be paid for in advance,

Friday 3rd September 1930 Hours Informal Prezzo Italian Meal.

Italian meals Menu is also listed on our website. These will be paid for on the night based upon the menu choice. Please email the Secretary with your choice of Italian meal as PREZZO require to be informed before arrival. Currently there are only 4 attending this. PREZZO ARE ONCE MORE APPLYIN THE VETRANS DISCOUNT.

If you do wish to attend PREZZO please do email the Secretary with your Menu selection at


Trip to Shrewsbury

There has been no interest in this therefore it is, CANCELLED

Saturday 4th September 10.30 Hours IJLB Association AGM

This will be held in The Wynnstay Hotel

Saturday 4th September 1930 Hours Reunion Dinner.

This is a formal dinner evening held in The Wynnstay Hotel Function Suite.

Tickets are available from the PRI shop and should be paid in advance. Members will be prioritised on a first come-first-served basis. All bookings must be done and paid for by Wednesday 25th August 2021.

IJLB Reunion Dinner Details:

Saturday 4th September 2021

£37.50 per person


Creamy leek and potato soup


Pressed ham hock terrine with sauce gribiche, warm focaccia roll, mixed leaves


Roast breast of chicken, garlic roasted parsnips, sage and apricot stuffing, red wine jus.


Pan-fried sea bass fillet, wilted greens, white wine cream sauce.


Caramelised red onion and goats cheese tart, butternut squash, rocket, balsamic dressing.

All main courses are served with buttered new potatoes and

a panache of seasonal vegetables


Chocolate and raspberry torte


Blueberry cheesecake


Traditional bread and butter pudding


Coffee and mints

When booking can attendees, please email secretary@ijlb.com with their choice of meals plus the names of guests and their Regiment and IJLB company so we can organise Regimentally or IJLB Company Tables

Sunday 5th September we are organising an IJLB Memorial Service, details of which will be posted separately.

Details of those who have booked and paid so far are detailed On The Reunion Post https://ijlb.com/ijlb-2021-reunion/


During the Falklands War, will be remembered primarily for two things: as the first and most bloody land battle between the UK and Argentina and as the incident where the BBC opened its mouth too soon. Secretly landing near the settlement, British soldiers had prepared for a surprise night attack on the Argentine forces when the BBC announced their plans to the world, the Argentines included. This angered the British commanding officers on the ground so much that one of them, Lt. Col. H. Jones, vowed to sue the BBC and the Ministry of Defence for treason. However, he pushed through with the operation in the hope that the Argentines would believe it was all a ruse to catch them off guard. Jones’s hope proved to be well placed. 2 Para at 02.30 am mounted a Battalion Attack supported by other elements of the Task Force. HMS Arrow pommelled the enemy area and Support Company 2 Para set up and established a Fire Base. At 06.35 am the attacked the Left Flank of the Argentine defensive positions. Having successfully secured that area B Company crossed their Start Line ay 07.10 a.m. clearing two positions on high ground to the west. Colonel Jones plan was for D Company would pass through B Support Company to the south. The immediately came under heavy small arms fire but succeeded in taking out two platoon positions. While the fighting was going on A Company passed by them. Two platoons hooked round the small bay of Darwin Hill.

Colonel Jones with his Tac HQ followed the track that led to Darwin Hill coming up behind A Company as they were about to assault Darwin and came under sustained machine gunfire. A Company were kept under this fire for over two hours from well defended enemy positions. The Argentine forces had set up their machine guns in defilade and were concentrated for one to fire while the other reloaded and vice versa. The Paras were now very exposed in almost flat unprotected ground. The impetus had to be maintained or they would have lost even more men. The OC A Coy and his 2 IC, with a small party including the Adjutant made an assault up Darwin Hill but had to pull back as the suffers losses including two officers. Colonel Jones at the same time with part of his Tac HQ had moved around the base of the hill in a gully to take out another position. At this time, he was felled by another machine gun duh in on the hill. He was sadly killed in this action.

There had been much said and written about his death since the end of the Falklands War. Was it foolish to risk his life and therefore the entire operation to take Darwin? Or was it the fact that he died in the finest traditions to be at the front and share the risk.

Colonel ‘H’ Jones grew up with the philosophy of soldering,

He was intolerant in some ways.

He would not suffer fools.

He was a a real leader.

He was an in effect an, ‘Outstanding, Leader of Men.’

The leader of the Argentine forces, Lt. Col. Italo Piaggi, believed the British wouldn’t be so stupid as to reveal their plans over public radio, so he did nothing to augment his defences.

Major Chris Keeble who had taken command on the death of his Commanding Officer and successfully forced the Argentines to surrender. This was only done following a conversation from one of the houses when he informed the Argentine command in Port Stanley. Either they surrender to 2 Para or the fight on and die.

Though numerically inferior in number 2 Para were anything but. ended up taking 250 Argentines as prisoners during the battle.  The number of enemies killed where the stood was estimated at over 300 hundred. There burial was hampered by dreadful rain flooded the mass Argentine grave.

The 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment lost 18 killed in the battle and 35 wounded. They set the seal for the remainder of the Falklands War.

As someone who was their and took part in the Final Battle on Tumbledown before the entire Argentine Command raised the White Flag over Port Stanley. My humble opinion is that they carried on the traditions of the Parachute Regiment members who won the Battle Honour, Pegasus Bridge.

However, in completing this article I need to mention that the Parachute Regiment now have the following Battle Honours from 1982 almost 40 years ago.


Falkland Islands

Goose Green

Mount Longden

Wireless Ridge

Army Lead Aviation Task Force (ATF-1

Army Lead Aviation Task Force (ATF-1) is generated by 1st Aviation Brigade based on the requirement for the mission or operation.  

The Brigade was formed in 2020 and unites the Reconnaissance capabilities of the Wildcat Helicopter of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC) with the Attack element of the Apache Helicopter used by 3 and 4 Regiment AAC. 

Other units within the 1st Aviation Brigade include 5 Regiment and 6 Regiment Army Air Corps who are the Reserve component of the Brigade and the specialist aviation engineers of 7 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The success of the exercise is centred on both individual and collective skills that the ATF has trained throughout the last 12 months MAJ LAMBERT,

ATF-1 will, in future, form part of the Army’s contribution to the Global Response Force. The Force was created as part of the Army’s transformation plan called Future Soldier that will see Combat Aviation at the centre of any Global Response Force.  

The Combat Aviation Brigade and ATF-1 can deploy with the full range of find, strike, and lift capabilities provided by Apache Attack Helicopters, Wildcat Reconnaissance Helicopters and Chinook Support Helicopters.  

During the exercise an Apache and Wildcat Helicopter formed an Attack Reconnaissance Team (ART) to carry out an aviation assault. 

The Wildcat observed the enemy forces and confirmed the enemy target from a discrete location using its on board sights and sensors. This information was passed to the Apache crew via a digital link who then demonstrated the potent strike capability of the Apache Attack Helicopter by the simulated destruction of the target. 

The final phase of the aviation serial saw two Chinooks drop a Company from 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment on the area to conduct a raid on the enemy location.

Chief of Staff 1st Aviation Brigade, Major Lambert, said “Exercise Pinion Dawn 21 simulated real-world conditions that tested ATF-1’s preparedness to conduct combat aviation operations at readiness.

He said: “It’s the culmination of a steady progression of training that has tested the skills of all within ATF-1 who have recently returned from Op Cabrit supporting Exercise Spring Storm. The success of the exercise is centred on both individual and collective skills that the ATF has trained throughout the last 12 months. I’m delighted with the performance of the ATF and all those who have trained on Exercise Pinion Dawn 21.”

Army Officer receives new Space Operators Badge

A Royal Logistic Corps officer has become the first Army recipient of a new “Space Operators” badge, marking the official opening of the UK Space Command.

02 August 2021 10:52

Lt. Col. “Mad Jack’ Churchill

John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar

Lt. Col. “Mad Jack’ Churchill JOHN MALCOLM THORPE FLEMING “JACK” CHURCHILL, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar (16 September 1906 – 8 March 1996), nicknamed Fighting Jack Churchill and Mad Jack, was a British Officer who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow, and a Scottish broadsword. He is known for the motto “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed.” Born in Surrey and educated at King William’s College on the Isle of Man, Churchill graduated from Sandhurst in 1926 and served in Burma with the Manchester Regiment. He left the army in 1936 and worked as a newspaper editor. He used his archery and bagpipe talents to play a small role in the film The Thief of Bagdad. Churchill resumed his commission after Poland was invaded. In May 1940 Churchill and his unit, the Manchester Regiment, ambushed a German patrol near L’Epinette, France.

Churchill gave the signal to attack by cutting down the enemy Feldwebel (sergeant) with a barbed arrow, becoming the only British soldier known to have felled an enemy with a longbow in WWII. After fighting at Dunkirk, he volunteered for the Commandos. Churchill was second in command of No. 3 Commando in Operation Archery, a raid on the German garrison at Vågsøy, Norway on 27 December 1941. As the ramps fell on the first landing craft, Churchill leapt forward from his position and played a tune on his bagpipes, before throwing a grenade and running into battle in the bay. For his actions at Dunkirk and Vågsøy, Churchill received the Military Cross and Bar. In July 1943, as commanding officer, he led 2 Commando from their landing site at Catania in Sicily with his trademark Scottish broadsword slung around his waist, a longbow and arrows around his neck and his bagpipes under his arm, which he also did in the landings at Salerno. Leading 2 Commando, Churchill was ordered to capture a German observation post outside of the town of La Molina, controlling a pass leading down to the Salerno beachhead. He led the attack by 2 and 41 Commandos, infiltrated the town and captured the post, taking 42 prisoners including a mortar squad. Churchill led the men and prisoners back down the pass, with the wounded being carried on carts pushed by German prisoners. He commented that it was “an image from the Napoleonic Wars.” He received the Distinguished Service Order for leading this action at Salerno. In 1944 he led the Commandos in Yugoslavia, where they supported Josip Broz Tito’s Partisans from the Adriatic Island of Vis.

In May he was ordered to raid the German held island of Brač. He organized a “motley army” of 1,500 Partisans, 43 Commando and one troop from 40 Commando for the raid. The landing was unopposed but on seeing the eyries from which they later encountered German fire, the Partisans decided to defer the attack until the following day. Churchill’s bagpipes signalled the remaining Commandos to battle. After being strafed by an RAF Spitfire, Churchill decided to withdraw for the night and to re-launch the attack the following morning. The following morning, one flanking attack was launched by 43 Commando with Churchill leading the elements from 40 Commando. The Partisans remained at the landing area; only Churchill and six others managed to reach the objective. A mortar shell killed or wounded everyone but Churchill, who was playing “Will Ye No Come Back Again?” on his pipes as the Germans advanced. He was knocked unconscious by grenades and captured. He was later flown to Berlin for interrogation and then transferred to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. In September 1944 Churchill and a Royal Air Force officer crawled under the wire, through an abandoned drain and attempted to walk to the Baltic coast. They were captured near the coastal city of Rostock, a few kilometres from the sea. In late April 1945 Churchill and about 140 other prominent concentration camp inmates were transferred to Tyrol, guarded by SS troops.

A delegation of prisoners told senior German army officers they feared they would be executed. An army unit commanded by Captain Wichard von Alvensleben moved in to protect the prisoners. Outnumbered, the SS guards moved out, leaving the prisoners behind. The prisoners were released and after the departure of the Germans, Churchill walked 150 kilometres (93 mi) to Verona, Italy where he met an American armoured force. As the Pacific War was still on, Churchill was sent to Burma, where the largest land battles against Japan were being fought. By the time Churchill reached India, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed and the war ended. Churchill was said to be unhappy with the sudden end of the war, saying: “If it wasn’t for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years.

In 1946 Twentieth Century Fox was making Ivanhoe with Churchill’s old rowing companion Robert Taylor. The studio hired Churchill to appear as an archer, shooting from the walls of Warwick Castle. After World War II ended, Churchill qualified as a parachutist, transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders, and later ended up in Palestine as second-in-command of 1st Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry. In the spring of 1948, just before the end of the British mandate in the region, Churchill became involved in another conflict. Along with twelve of his soldiers, he attempted to assist the Hadassah medical convoy that came under attack by hundreds of Arabs. Following the massacre, he coordinated the evacuation of 700 Jewish doctors, students, and patients from the Hadassah hospital on the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. In later years, Churchill served as an instructor at the landair warfare school in Australia, where he became a passionate devotee of the surfboard.

Back in England, he was the first man to ride the River Severn’s five-foot tidal bore and designed his own board. In retirement, however, his eccentricity continued. He startled train conductors and passengers by throwing his briefcase out of the train window each day on the ride home. He later explained that he was tossing his case into his own back garden so he wouldn’t have to carry it from the station.

He finally retired from the army in 1959, with two awards of the Distinguished Service Order, and two Military Crosses. So, Jack Churchill wore with pride his DSO and Bar and MC, and Bar

He died aged 86 in Surrey in 1996


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