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Quartermasters (Maint) Department
Night at the Dogs
Quartermasters Department organised their annual trip to the
Dogs on the 10th June 2004. This year the
vacation was in order to say farewell to two seniors leaving
the fold to pastures green.
WOII (RQMS) P Carr left to take up the post of RQMS
at Regimental Headquarters London, WOII (TQMS) W Wilson
left to take up the post of Regimental Sergeant Major at
the Cadet Training Centre – Frimley.
event was nearly a “no go” after a few problems involving
transport. This eventually got sorted out after a phone
call from the Mechanical Transport Officer – Capt Jasinski.
A contingency plan was organised at the “Toucan-Van-Damme”
being a “Curry and a fight” with a meat raffle! I was
particularly grateful about this as I had problems keeping
the pig cold in the garage.
Everyone met outside the Quartermasters Department where all
were picked up by LSgt “Snorbitz” Waters and then
departed to two pick up points. After the first pick up, a
call was received by LCpl “forgot to put my hairgell on”
Swinhoe. He was eventually picked up and we left for
Reading Dogs Stadium.
arriving at the dogs myself and CSgt “Noisy” Auld met
with the desk staff and collected the six pack tickets that
everyone had paid for in advance. LSgt “tighter than a
ducks backside” Jackson tried very hard to hide his
excitement as he realised that for a couple of quid he got a
few drinks and a scoff, this was later quashed after he
realised his pound bet wouldn’t last all night!
were placed, syndicates were organised and money was lost.
Gdsm “crazy-boy” Davies was jumping for joy as he
realised his `dog had come home` on his each-way super stake
accumulator, for a £2 stake he won £1.62 – everyone’s a
a very successful event at the Stadium everyone left on the
“Bus of Pleasure” for a sing song and made our way back to
the Sergeants Mess. The Regimental Sergeant Major had
kindly agreed that members of the department could use the
Sergeants Mess for the presentations. The Quartermaster
presented gifts and said a few kind words to our departing
colleagues. It must be said that it looked as though the
TQMS had a little tear in his eye – the reason was shown
later as all found out he had been performing his “Tequila
Stuntmen” party trick at the bar prior to the speeches!
few tips for those thinking of venturing to the dogs:
Dogs can win at
random – there is no “fix” and the winning dog does not
always have the largest testicles!
not always go down well in a confined area.
form is all well and good, but finally getting to grips
with it as the last race finishes is nothing to show off
Dept welcomes WOII N Sprot who takes over as RQMS and
WOII A James taking over as TQMS.
Can’t wait for the next adventure…………………….apparently a trip
to Salisbury Plain Adventure Park is planned!!!
Quartermasters (Tech) Department
Changeover of departmental heads
May Capt DP Hall took over as Technical Quartermaster
from Capt Howick
In June WOII AP James took over as Technical
Quartermaster Sergeant from WO1 W Wilson
all departments involved in the LSI in January this year, in
achieving a good report for the Battalion
TQMS W Wilson on his promotion to WO1 (RSM) at Frimley
LCpl Hoggarth on his completion of the G4 Internal Drill
course held at Pirbright in late December 2003 gaining his
promotion to LCpl in March.
LSgt Smith on his marriage to Lisa in June 04.
The Catering Department
COMBINED SERVICES CULINARY COMPETITION 2003
4,5 and 6 November saw the annual tri-service culinary arts
competition at Sandown Park. LSgt Kelsey decided to enter
the Young chef of the Year, which is called a Blue Riband
Event. A Blue Riband event is an event which is usually
judged by a TV Chef, ie. Gordon Ramsey, Albert Roux, Gary
Kelsey got a bronze medal which was very commendable, there
was only a silver awarded in this class, so he was a very
good second. The highlight of the Army Day was that the
Princess Royal was guest of honour.
photograph shows LSgt Kelsey in conversation with the
Princess Royal and judges for the whole event.
M.T, under the ever watch full eye of the M.T.O Captain
Jasinski and Jazz his faithful blood hound continue to
push on through the year in high spirits.
the helm and steering through the ever lasting list of
transport requests stands the MTWO Dec “CONNICK DALE
DUNNAM” Donaghy with his faithful crew of Sgt Bob “12
months left” Kelly & Sgt Rob “these vehicles are VOR”
platoon has adjusted to the requirements of a Mech regiment
with minimum fuss and for the old and bold this is a vast
contrast to Kits and Kapes.
90% of the platoon has gained, since the return from
Londonderry, their C, C+E and Hazmat licences.
Driver Training Cell headed by L/Sgt Dave “ tubey grip”
Shipsey & L/cpl Daz “the GENERAL” Green have
maintained a constant flow of drivers to the Bn.
approachable and friendly manner has adhered them to many a
CSM, however their means justifies the end.
Congratulation must go out to Gdsm Garthwaite and Mrs
Garthwaite on the new addition to their family earlier this
year and to Gdsm Legg and Mrs Legg on the two new
additions to their family.
must finish with a big thank you to L/Sgt Des O’Conner
without him the Pl and the Bn would not have gained their
water wings in the local pond/ cess pit,
The M.T. together, and with their trusty shipmates maintain
a high standard any Transport platoon would be proud of.
all I would like to apologise to all the wife’s who have
there husbands in the Signal Platoon. I will try to get them
home for there tea before 7 o’clock in future.
Signal Platoon has broken yet another RSO since returning
from Londonderry and is now onto there 3rd;
Capt Lowther is the New RSO and RIP Capt Jones.
There must be something in the Signal Platoon water system,
especially since BOWMAN arrived.
BOWMAN (Better Of With Map And Nokia) system is new
technology even the Civil sector does not have the
technology that is being developed fro the Forces. We are at
present better of than most services with Secure Voice and
data than the rest of the Armed services.
The Signal Platoon have had a good year, they have been
rather busy with BOWMAN and with the trials and at times
have been pulled from pillar to post. The platoon was split
shortly after Easter for some well deserved Adventurous
Capt Jones placed 5 members of the Platoon on a Sailing
course down at Gosport and LSgt Jones now feels that
he is among the Nelsons of this world, where as Gdsm
Oxnard was RTUed from his course for being sea sick on
Day 2 and 3 (day 1 was in the harbour and the course was
only 5 days long).
The rest deployed to Fremmington, the Platoon where split
into 3 groups to rotate through certain activities.
On one of the days the platoon went Paint balling and had a
great day of shooting paint balls at trees and buildings (oh
and the RSWO). The cunning fox in the Platoon was Peanut
lung Gdsm Ferret, who always seemed never to be shot,
always that far behind with his asthma inhaler sucking it in
like it was fresh air, that we had fired all our balls and
non to shoot him with. So he ended up being the winner in
many games we were given to act in.
THE SIGNAL PLATOON WARRIORS
Dryden and Gdsm Morris have just returned from a
Brunei Jungle trial with Royal Marines. They spent over 30
odd days in Brunei and getting into the jungle for VHF and
HF trials. Apparently fun was had by all apart from the DRY
flight courtesy of Brunei airways during the 19 hour flight
and mouths like Ghandi’s flip flops. The RSWO was a keen
volunteer and was told in polite terms to “Ram It” it.
sad loss to the Signal Platoon to see that CSgt Cooper
going to Blandford to teach on the All Arms Regimental
Signals Officers Course.