THE QUEENS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION CHICHESTER BRANCH
Secretary: Treasurer: Eddie Drew
Tele: 01243866887 Tele : 07851842243
Minutes of the meeting held at the Chichester City Club on Wednesday 26th September 2018.
The meeting opened with a minutes silence for those no longer with us.
Apologies: T Tilley, D Johnson, D George, J White, B Dixon, T Talman, L Wildish, D Covey, J Covey, P Mead, P Tilley, J Butler, G Maidment, M Sharp, C Berry, P Edward, J Cooper, L Coombes, P Catchpole, J Bailey, R Constable.
Members present: D Tilley, E Drew, E Hensby, A Drew, B Keen, M Bright, S Ingrey, R Jenner, F Hill, T Booker.
Welfare: Alan Drew stated that he had a cataract operation last week and he thanked Pete Edwards and Richard Jenner for providing transport.
Richard Jenner stated that he is willing to provide lifts to those that needed them. You can contact Richard on 07720286482.
All members were sent a copy of last months minutes via email or post. There were no matters arising, it was proposed by Eric Hensby and seconded by Richard Jenner and accepted as a true record by members present.
Chairmans report: Dave Tilley thanked all members attending the meeting. The Priez trip was a success and enjoyed by all. Dave reminded everyone of the Drumhead service in Priory Park on the 30th September at 11:00hrs. Muster at 10:45 by the bowls club.
Secretaries report: Correspondence in:
a) Email from Eric Hensby Following email about receiving assistance with dodgy hips and knees Steve Scudder, Lifelong Learning Adviser & Veterans’ Health Lead at Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex has kindly been in touch to say that there is perhaps a closer clinic to you run by Lt Col Ben Caeser from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.
I have attached the referral forms which only need to be given to your GP to complete and send off. Ben often has a fast turn around and generally sees people within a couple of week for first consultation (depending on deployments, there are others in the clinic though). Steve has had three veterans from his breakfast club go to see Ben- the biggest case where two knee replacements were needed. From first consult on Dec 17 the vet had his first new knee in Feb 18 and the second new knee in May 18. Feel free to badger you GP if you need to!
b) Email from Alasdair, The funeral of Major Robin Sinclair-Lee will take place at St Mark's Church, Woodcote, Purley CR8 3QQ on Friday 5 October starting at 11.30am..
c) Email from Alasdair, ref to where the Wreath for Remembrance is to be sent to, only one per Branch.
d) Email from Alasdair The recent return of 55 sets of remains from North Korea to the US has prompted a timely change in policy by the MOD over DNA testing. We are still missing up to 295 bodies from the Korean War but with the exception of Pte Edmunds (1 WELCH), and one or two others for exceptional reasons, we have never gathered a comprehensive DNA database (in contrast to the US and Australia) making it very hard to identify remains when they come to light. The MOD issued an appeal (attached) for families of Korean War MIA to come forward on 1 Aug. So far there has only been a very small number of enquiries. While this mainly concerns the Glosters, we had an officer and 135 ranks from the Middlesex and the Queen's Royal Regiment who formed the Middlesex Company that were sent to Korea.
If you have a relative who went to Korea and was KIA but had no known grave you may wish to contact the MOD to
provide a DNA sample to help identify any remains that are found. All the details are in the attached letter.
e) Email from Alasdair ref The Horsham Branch are hosting an Association reunion lunch on 23 September to which all members are invited. Attached is a leaflet that gives all the details and how to apply for a ticket. Please apply direct.
f) Email from Pete Shrewsbury, reserving two tickets for the Christmas Dinner on the 3rd of December.
g) Email from Alasdair EVERYONE REMEMBERED – 656,000 FALLEN STILL TO BE REMEMBERED
Background. As you probably know the British Legion has launched the Thank You Movement and are working hard to help the armed forces community get involved. As part of the Movement they are also hosting the Everyone Remembered initiative which is detailed here:
In 2014, we at The Royal British Legion were inspired by the words of a school child visiting a war cemetery in
Belgium, she wrote to us and said "I know that not everyone can be remembered as individuals, but I felt it was a
shame for some people to have dozens of poppies and crosses while others had no one left to remember them."
Everyone Remembered is that place, where all 1.1million Commonwealth Service men and women who fell during
World War One will be individually remembered, including any who died from war related injuries up to two years
after the conflict ended.
You can leave your own unique commemoration on our website to one of the fallen. Individuals like Private John
Edward Thompson, who died on 15th September 1914 aged just 18 years old: Private Charles Saxby Davies of the
Canadian Infantry who fell aged 23; or Rifleman Bal Sing Gurung of the Gurkha 4th Rifles whose age remains
You can remember a family member, someone from your local area or any of the many still left to be remembered.
You’ll be helping us create a lasting legacy and ensure that none who fell are forgotten. It only takes a minute to
create a lasting legacy, by visiting: http://www.everyoneremembered.org/. Please support this initiative if you are
in a position so to do.
a) Minutes of Monthly Meeting Emails and Postal correspondence sent to members.
b) Email to Alasdair with notes for the Journal.
Treasurers report: Eddie Drew gave out a report of the finances, anyone wishing to check these see Eddie
Eddie would like to thank Pete Catchpole and Neville Crowe for their donations.
Entertainment: Our next major function at the City Club is the Christmas Dinner on the 3rd December, a two course lunch of Breast of Turkey, and a choice of dessert at a cost of £19 pp. This year prize for best Christmas Jumpers. Please bring a raffle prize. The cut off date for bookings is the 26th November 2018.
AOB: Eddie Drew reminded all, reference applications for the Cenotaph Parade 2018, anyone wishing to attend on the 11th November need to forward their details to Henry Thomas via Henry.firstname.lastname@example.org. By the end of July at the absolute latest. Should you be going to the Cenotaph on 11 November, there will be a curry lunch at the Freemasons Arms, Long Acre, London, WC2E 9NG after the Parade.The cost will again be £10 per head, payable on the day.In order to let the venue know the number of meals required, please email Adrian de Villiers at email@example.com if you wish to eat lunch.
Bob Keen stated when a vote is required could the agenda be published so that members that cannot attend the meetings can email their say.
Dave Tilley stated that the Silhouettes for Remembrance is to be erected at Chichester railway station on the 5th November 2018. On parade at 10:30 hrs Dress QRA or RSA uniforms and Standard.
The Chichester County Council have not provided any details when the Poppy Appeal Launch is to be.
This year’s diary dates 2018:
30th September 2018 Drumhead Service Priory Park Chichester.
31st October 2018 Official Meeting.
30th October 2018 2day Trip to France Battlefield tour with R S A
8th November 2018 Field of Remembrance London.
11th November 2018 Remembrance Day Parade at Cenotaph.
28th November 2018 Official Meeting.
3rd December 2018 Christmas Dinner in City Club.
There being no more business to discuss the meeting closed at 20:23hrs. Next Meeting is on the 31st October 2018.
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