With regret and sadness we inform you of the death of “Shep” Sheperd who served in the 1st Bn from 1968 until 1980, predominately in B Coy. Shep was found dead at his home in Coldstream on the 7th March. He was living alone, Police Scotland and the Procurator Fiscal attempted to trace family to take responsibility for his funeral without success. Bob Bolton, formally of the Regimental Band, has taken responsibility for this and the funeral will held at Melrose Crematorium, on Tuesday 9th April at 2 pm. In addition to Bob officiating at the funeral, as lay preacher, he is raising funds to cover the funeral cost of £2,345. For those who may wish to assist
FROM GEERT STEEVENS
It’s 75 year ago that the Allies launched the operation Market Garden. KOSB liberated Achel (Belgium – 20 september 1944) Five heritage associations of our region have a plan to commemorate the start of the operation in our region. This will taking place on 20th September 2019 at the Meuse-Escaut Canal at Lille St.-Hubert (St-Huibrechts-Lille), Hamont, Kaulille, Budel, … Before we finalize our plan we like to know who will attend the commemoration? Of course the KOSB is kindly invited to participate. FYI: The friends of the Suffolk Regiment have confirmed. Maybe you can help with our investigation: Do someone have war diaries from the KOSB during their campaign in Belgium (18-23 september 1944) Kind regards, Geert Stevens Hamont-Achel (Belgium)
FROM LINDA ROBSON
I have been asked by one of the gentlemen organising this in France, to publicise this in the UK. I am contacting you as you have 35 of your soldiers buried there. The local commune in France is organising an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Goodwood. On June 7,at Banneville-la-Campagne Military Cemetery, a commemorative ceremony will bring together veterans, veterans’ associations, military bands, British and German officials and local institutions as well as more than 500 children to participate. by interpreting songs or reading texts they have written and each laying a flower on each grave.The children will wear a T-shirt commemorating the sacrifice of the soldiers and presenting a message of peace. On June 8 and 9, various events will be held in Grentheville, including children’s exhibits and history and heritage associations, presentation of objects and materials related to Operation Goodwood and life. daily of the time and concerts of music schools. One of the cultural and educational components is the creation of a rotating exhibition in the communes concerned by the battle, the installation of a temporary exhibition and a permanent showcase at the Pegasus memorial museum.Another component will be the installation of educational materials with presentation materials for a tourist and memorial tour, in the battle area, in the various municipalities that wish to do so. kind regards Linda Robson Contact address for event: email@example.com
REGIMENTAL EVENTS DIARY 2019
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REGIMENTAL EVENTS DIARY 2019 – as at 28 February 2019 – New events and updates are shown in RED
Tuesday 19th – The ashes of Sergeant Bill Speakman VC were interred at Pusan military cemetery, Korea.
Saturday 9th – London & Sothern Counties Branch AGM – 1130 hrs, The Warwick Public House, 25 Warwick Way, Pimlico, London SW1V 1QT – followed by lunch
Wednesday 13th – Lanark Branch AGM
Friday 5th – RRS Officer’s Dinner, Edinburgh
Thursday 25th – Gallipoli Day
Sunday 12th – Gallipoli Service at The Royal Hospital Chelsea (Parade at 10.30 am).
Thursday 16th – London & Southern Counties Branch General Meeting, TA Centre, 95 Horseferry Road, London SW1 at 6.00 pm.
Friday 24th – Regimental Golf Competition.
Sunday 26th – The KOSB Challenge Cup Race, Kelso
Saturday 1st – Colonel’s Rehearsal of Trooping the Colour, Scotland Office, Whitehall. (Arrival recommended between 10 and 10.15 am.) Further details from London & Southern Counties Branch.
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th – Arnhem Battlefield Tour.
Thursday 6th June – Founder’s Day Parade, Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Wednesday 19th – Officers’ Club London Lunch
Friday 26th – Minden Golf Competition
Saturday 27th – Minden Celebration Berwick
Thursday 1st – Minden Day
Thursday 12th – KOSB Malaya and Borneo Veterans Dinner.
Thursday 10th – London & Southern Counties Branch General Meeting, TA Centre, 95 Horseferry Road, London SW1 at 6.00 pm
Saturday 19th – 1KOSB Signal Platoon reunion.
Thursday 7th – Official Opening of the Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey – 11.00 am. (Ticket only event; entry before 10.30 am.)
Saturday 9th – Service and Cross Planting, KOSB Regimental plot, Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey.
Saturday 9th – London & Southern Counties Branch Autumn Lunch at 12 noon in the Victory Services Club, London.
Sunday 10th – National Remembrance Parade, the Cenotaph, London.
Friday 15th – Cruickshank Dinner, St Boswells.