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					              MIDDLESEX                            YEOMANRY
                           (Duke of Cambridge’s Hussars)
                    ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
                                      Spring 2006


Advance Dates

AGM and Ordinary Meeting                           25th        April        2006
79th Annual Dinner / Lafone Day                        st
                                                   21 / 22nd October        2006
Ordinary Meeting (November)                        To be confirmed
Remembrance Sunday                                 12th        November     2006
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The Pearson Shoot                                  12           December    2006

Meetings of the Middlesex Yeomanry Association

 A number of Quarterly meetings of the Association have taken place at the Lafone Club at
47 (Middlesex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron TA Centre, since the last publication of the
newsletter. Attendance has remained broadly unchanged but it has been pleasing to see some
‘new’ old soldiers renew their acquaintances with the Association, and reminisce their
memories of their time in the Squadron / Regiment. We are pleased to inform all members
that Col (Hon. Col.) Don Grocott has assumed the mantle of president. Business has been
conducted eloquently and decisions on the future of the Association, the band, the annual
dinner and other matters, continue. It is not envisaged that any major changes will be made
to the calendar of events although it was noted that there were gaps in the year where the
Association were ‘quiet’ and other times when many events followed one-another quite
quickly.

The Association remains in a healthy financial situation and membership is increasing. We
look forward to another successful year, and look forward to continuing engagements with
the band and the Squadron. Thanks go to Capt. Dave Gibson (PSAO) for the provision of
drinks and a small buffet and also his help in ensuring the evenings passed without problem




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Meetings

The AGM of the Association will take place in the Lafone Club, of the TA Centre in
Honeycroft Hill, Uxbridge, on Tuesday 25th April 2006 at 7 p.m., preceeded by the quarterly
meeting. All members of the Association and representatives of the Squadron are welcome
to attend.

The Combined Cavalry Association Memorial Parade

This years Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade and Service will be
held on Sunday 14th May 2006, in Hyde Park. Usual Association and Squadron policies
prevail. The parade commences at 11:00. Attendances have remained good in the last couple
of years but again the Association actively encourages all members who can get to Hyde
Park, to attend and continue to provide support this essential and prestigious part of our
history and to this special calendar event.

Once more, with ‘royal’ involvement in the parade, security is heightened this year and
unless tickets for that seated or standing area are obtained beforehand, from the Combined
Cavalry Old Comrades Association, or from Andrew Bridges (Secretary of the Association),
personnel will not be allowed to sit in the designated area, or stand in the areas to the front of
the bandstand. Access will be through entry points at the end of Serpentine Road, and The
Broadwalk. Ticket holders please note that the Serpentine Road entrances will close
promptly at 10:55 a.m. The Association is still unable to confirm who is taking the salute.
The CCA OCA ask to re-affirm that No Ticket – No Entry.

I have been unable to transcribe the drawing of the standing and seating area, into this
newsletter but can assure all members that sufficient marshalls and police will be on hand to
assist.

Royal Signals Reunion June 2005 Blandford

The next Royal Signals Association Reunion will be held at Blandford Camp on the 1st and
2nd of July 2006. (Please note that this is a week later than normal) Information and
photographs of the RSA Reunion 2005 are available on the following website.
www.army.mod.uk/royalsignals/rsa




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Middlesex Yeomanry Annual Dinner.

Firstly last year’s dinner. David Valentine (acting Dinner Secretary) wrote; Over 70 old
comrades and current serving members of the squadron took their seats for the 78th annual
dinner at the TAC last October on the Saturday evening before Lafone Day.

The improved turnout may have been due to the fact that the squadron were holding their 24
hour 'Gymathon' for the Mari Cancer Fund that weekend, but was also in no small part to the
efforts of Gray Seal who ended up with a table and a half of 305 (Parachute Brigade) veterans
who travelled to Uxbridge from far and wide for the opportunity to share some old memories.
We were again joined by Eric Cox in the company of his wife and would again like to
express our gratitude for his generosity as he donated a further £250 to the Association from
the sale of his book, Nine Lives to Berlin.

Due to the excellent turnout and the hard work undertaken by Andy Cummings and his team,
the dinner was a great success and the benevolent collection at the end raised £531.36 for the
Mari Cancer Fund. There was clearly an increased number of post war comrades in
attendance and it is hoped that this trend will continue in the coming years as the dinner
continues to be a great opportunity for us to catch up with those with whom we served.

In common with previous years, the annual Lafone Dinner will take place at the Territorial
Army Centre, in HoneyCroft Hill, on the Saturday evening immediately before the Annual
Lafone Day Parade, at this time the date being Saturday 21st October. Tickets will be priced
at £20 each, and can be obtained from Mr David Valentine, Honorary Treasurer, whose
address is at the back of the Newsletter, or by completing the form at the end of the
Newsletter and sending it to him. The Squadron Commander has agreed to approach the
Commanding Officer 71 Signal Regiment to ask if he will accept the appointment as
Honorary Guest for the evening.

The Pearson Shoot

Acknowledgements go to Col (Retd) Ted Scarlett for his organization of another successful
evening of shooting. Numbers were enhanced with the attendance of Association members
from 3 Squadron ((Airborne Signals) who later became part of 309 Parachute Squadron, (I
hope that is right Ted). I hope the picture is sufficiently legible for individuals to be
identified. My thanks to Mr H for the electronic photography. Sadly, we could not live up to
our successes of last year, and were soundly beaten by the Squadron team. I am sure this is
only a temporary setback and we will again renew our competitive spirits at the end of the
year. Congratulations to the members of the Squadron and to the Association team. At least
all those members of the Association who attended, were given the opportunity to shoot the
weapons that to some, were familiar.



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The tankards were presented by the Col Beakom TD. Deputy Commander of 2 (NC) Signal
Brigade in one of his last acts before relinquishing his appointment, and the Squadron
Commander was able to reciprocate by presenting the Deputy Commander with a Middlesex
Yeomanry plaque.

Below are photographs of Col. Scarlett with friends from his old Yeomanry days. Further
below is a photograph of the Association shooting team




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47 (Middlesex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron.

Despite difficult times in the press and television, recruiting within the Squadron remains
good, and we are close to full-strength. With the new re-structuring of the whole of the army,
but in particular the Territorial Army, we are sadly leaving 39 (Skinners) Signal Regiment
and moving to 71 Signal Regiment. We say goodbye to many good friends and thank both the
regiment and the Worshipful Company of Skinners for their excellent support of both the
Squadron and Association.

Our new role with 71 Signal Regiment will mean that we will be an active part of 2 (NC)
Signal Brigade’s ability to deliver support to UK Operations, as and when needed. The
Squadron hopes to be able to continue at the forefront of providing that support, particularly
with their location so close to London. We look forward to our new role and the issuing of
new equipment in the future.

In addition, the Squadron will have a new troop based at the TA Centre near to Booker
Aerodrome, who come from 60 (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars) Signal Squadron, again as
part of the army re-structuring. We welcome our new troop members.

Individual members of the Squadron are being mobilised and we say a temporary goodbye to
SSgt Gary Cheshire and wish him a safe tour in the ‘Sandpit’.

The Squadron is sad to announce the passing of Sgt Marianne (Mari) Loftus after a long and
courageous fight against illness. On behalf of the Association and the Squadron, we send our
sympathies to her family.

Association Band Report

Maj. W Miller TD (Retd) informs us;

2005 was a good year for the band. Several public engagements gave good publicity for the
Squadron and the Association. Several member of the Association attended some of the Band
concerts and were very pleased with the smart turn-out of the band, as well as the quality of
their music, non more so that the Association President and the Squadron Commander. We
appear to have settled down to a regular attendance of 25 – 30 musicians, well organized by
the band secretary Ron Keevil, who keeps everyone informed of our engagements etc. The
band rehearse every Sunday morning at the White House Community Centre, The Avenue,
Hampton and rehearsals star at 10 a.m. under the baton of Michael Robinson, who insists on
a high quality. If you I know of any musicians who would like to pop in, please send them
along, particularly if they can play a trombone or trumpet; we would be very pleased to see
them.



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Our thanks once again to those of you who send in donations to the band fund, but please
make your cheques out to :-The Middlesex Yeomanry Band, and not to me personally. I will
continue to pass them on and my address is on the back of the Newsletter. Our thanks also go
to Marion Hawkins for her donation to the band in the name of her late husband. Ted was a
great supporter of the band and both he and Marion attended whenever they could. At the
moment we have only one definite engagement, that being on 10th June at the Hampton
Carnival. We have several unconfirmed bookings but will publish these when known.


 Major Dusty Miller
 Band President



Editors notes / Distribution of the Association Newsletter.

With the World Wide Web and the Internet providing faster and quicker cost-effective
delivery of information, if any member of the association would like their Newsletter
transmitted in electronic format, may I ask them to let me know and I will ensure this
happens. I acknowledge those who have already contacted me and confirmed their
willingness although they may still receive a paper copy until the membership list is
amended. If you receive a printed copy but would favour an electronic copy, then please
Email the membership secretary at Info@MXYeo or to me at Info@MXYeo.

I apologise for the late publication of the Spring edition, due in part to illness a scarcity of
information to publish, over the Christmas and New Year period

May I thank Mrs Marion Hawkins for the generous donation towards the production of the
newsletter and thank her for her telephone calls. Ted was a keen supporter of the newsletter,
even after he relinquished his position as Editor, and both he and I discussed on several
occasions, the best way forward for its publication. I will be most pleased to consider any
historical notes that Ted compiled in previous years, with a view of publishing some in the
future.

We will also be happy to produce this newsletter in large print if any Association or
Squadron members suffer with diminished vision.


Editor




Middlesex Yeomanry Association website
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Mr Graham Kneafsey (Membership Secretary) is continuing to liaise with the Royal Signals
website manager with a view to having our own website as a link through the Royal Signals.
Graham is designing the web pages and hopes to have current news, copies of past and
present newsletters, historical photos including former soldiers, and a link to allow personnel
to contact old comrades and or leave messages and / or photos. He took the opportunity to
demonstrate some of the site at a previous quarterly meeting and those present were
impressed in the work and photographs shown. We will keep you informed of when the site
is ‘live’.

News of past Members




Although sadly departed, above is a photograph of the late Bill Stirrup, as some association members my
remember him.

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                                 Last Post and Reveille

 Edward Arthur CHANDLER – 10th Mar 2005

 I have asked his family for some information and background to his military life

 Frederick BAX – not known at this time.

 Dennis BRADLEY - 2nd Apr 2005

Sgt. Marianne (Mari) Loftus

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Sgt Marianne (Mari) Loftus following a long
fight against illness. Mari was born in a small village near Oban in September 1957, and
grew up north of the border before her military life brought her south. She joined 5 (QOOH)
Signal Squadron for a short while before she became, and remained, a keen and very active
member of 47 Squadron for many years, both as a detachment commander and latterly as a
recruiting Sgt. The Territorial Army became a major part of her life and her knowledge,
coupled with her enthusiasm made her a respected member of the Squadron. She attended
regularly and eagerly helped with summer functions as well as assisting the Association
Dinner Committee. Mari was a keen supporter of the Squadron and the Association and
helped to develop the mess dress standards for female SNCOs. It was whilst serving with the
Squadron that she met and married Simon and started a family. Despite her illness, Mari
continued to attend as often as she could and continued to help the recruiting team. Her
funeral was held at W Herts Crematorium and many of Mari’s family travelled from Scotland
and further afield, to pay their respects. The Squadron and the Association were very well
represented, with particular acknowledgements to Col. Paul Wilmott OBE (late 47
Squadron) Deputy Commander 2 (NC) Signal Brigade, and Col (Hon. Col.) Grocott TD,
president of the Association.

We send our sympathies to her husband, her son and to all of her family.




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To Mr David Valentine. Annual Middlesex Yeomanry Association Lafone Dinner

I require ……….……. Ticket(s) at £20 each.                            Total Cost
£…………………….

Names of ticket holders are

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Signed……………………………………………………

Name………………………………… Date…………..

Address
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Cheques made payable to the Middlesex Yeomanry Association




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