THE QUEEN’S REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Patron: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
RHQ PWRR UPDATE 13-19 MARCH
No4 Board Appointments:
Lt Col SP Houghton – SO1 Sub System Management D Progs Andover.
Lt Col R Hicks – SO1 Experiments D Futures Andover.
Lt Col MPC Myles – Chief Strat Comms CJTF – Op SHADER IRAQ.
Major AP Carre – U3/5 FHQ Current & Future Ops Op NEWCOMBE MALI (in the rank of Acting Lt Col).
LE/SSE Commissioning. The LE/SSE Commissioning window for applications is now open. Potential candidates can now see opportunities for LE/SSE commissioning on a separate search option, shortlist opportunities and submit an application within the Digital Transfer Platform (only available on MODNET). The application window will remain open until the 31 Mar 23.
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Historical – Op TELIC 20th Anniversary. Monday 20 March marks the 20th anniversary of the start of operations in Iraq. The MOD will mark the occasion by laying a wreath to commemorate the sacrifice of those who lost their lives or were injured whilst serving on Op TELIC.
Colonel Jon Wright. Jon Wright died unexpectedly on the last day of a skiing holiday in France on 11 March aged 59. It had been thought that he had slipped on ice whilst walking from his chalet sustaining a fatal head injury, but the French authorities have since confirmed that he had collapsed and died from a heart attack. Those in the regimental family who knew him are understandably devasted by the news. Jon assumed command of 1 Pl A Coy 1 QUEEN’S, (England’s most senior infantry platoon of the Line) in Gibraltar in April 1985; apart from a tour as a platoon commander at IJLB Shorncliffe, he stayed with that Battalion until the formation of the PWRR serving in Northern Ireland as a platoon commander (Forkhill) and as RSO (Belfast). A talented hockey player he gained Infantry Colours. As Adjutant in Minden he was involved in a serious car accident, in which the other occupant of the car, a brother officer, died. Despite being very seriously injured and in a coma for many months Jon made a full recovery thanks to the first class treatment he received and his own personal determination to overcome his injuries (albeit carrying their effects for the rest of his life).
Service in the PWRR saw him as a Staff Captain in Hong Kong then OC A Coy 1 PWRR (England’s senior infantry company of the Line) in Omagh and Canterbury, Bn 2IC of 2 PWRR and then Commanding Officer of 2 PWRR taking in tours of Iraq and Northern Ireland (Ballykelly). Later staff appointments included stints at the Army Personnel Centre, HQ ARRC and NATO Allied Command in Virginia. His last appointments were in Colombia as Defence Attaché and Senior Military LO UN Verification Mission. In retirement he agreed to become Chair of Trustees for the PWRR and Queen’s Regiment Museum (intending to attend a meeting next week). A much loved officer, he will be sorely missed.
Colonel Mark Tarver. Mark Tarver died on 15 March. He was commissioned into the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1958 and served as OC A Coy 3 QUEEN’S before commanding 2 RRF.
Captain George Wakely. George Wakely died on 13 March. He was commissioned into the Queen's Royal Regiment in 1959 having won the Queen's Medal at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served with the 1st Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 1st Battalion The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and in the 1st Battalion The Queen's Regiment as Assistant Adjutant. He was an accomplished Russian speaker.
Private Roy Ince. Roy Ince, who died on 3 February, served with the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
Veterans’ Survey. The Office for Veterans’ Affairs, in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance, has recently launched a priority setting partnership survey, which aims to create a Top 10 list of what needs investigating to help improve care for former service personnel and their families, friends and carers? They are looking for the following people to answer a new short survey which will influence future research:
· Family, friends, and other supporters of veterans
· Healthcare professionals who work with veterans and families
A link to the survey can be found here: https://jla. onlinesurveys.ac.uk/veterans- health-psp-survey
The survey asks for suggestions or comments about all areas of physical and mental health and wellbeing that need further investigation. You can write as much or a
little as you like, about anything that you feel is important.
Welfare/Benevolence. Statistics for the period are:
1x Bespoke wheelchair
1x Removals costs
1x Tree felling (prevention of damage to a house)
Declined as need met by other charities
Declined as incorrectly allocated
Pending, awaiting further info such as VoS
G8 Fundraising – Easy Fundraising. The Easy Fundraising Internet shopping initiative was launched two weeks ago. To date it has attracted 52 supporters and raised £132.83 for the Regiment (which includes the Queen’s Royal Surrey and Queen’s Regiment elements of the fund). Approximately 7,000 serving personnel and veterans see a version of this sitrep – if everyone who receives the sitrep contributed via Easy Fundraising (which, it is emphasised, is entirely free to the individual shopper) a staggering £17,880 would have been raised in the same period.
Surrey Infantry Museum Newsletter. The latest edition of the newsletter is attached.
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