HM 17th Regiment of Infantry in America
"The Corps in general are pleas’d at going to Louisburgh, but it would have added greatly to their Satisfaction to have had you with them...As I imagine we shall not have the pleasure of meeting at New York, shall conclude with my best wishes for your health & Success, and assuring you, that I shall upon all occasions, to the utmost of my Ability, act for the good of the 17th."
Lt. Col. Roger Morris to Brigadier General John Forbes, Colonel of the 17th, Albany, NY, 20 March 1757
Regimental Association News
The following items of interest and announcements come from the Royal Tigers Association and the Tigers in the News Service. For further information, contact the parties listed in the announcements (substituting @ for "at" and . for "dot", which is used to block spam readers) or our Society at hm17thregt at yahoo dot com.
9 December 2009 Passing of Mr. David Chard, Funeral Services
As previously reported
(Dec 6th) Mr David Chard
passed away 2nd December 2009 aged 63.
Davids funeral service will take place at Gilroes Crematorium Leicester on Monday14th December at 1045hrs
9 December 2009 Passing of Monica Hubbard
It is with deep regret that I have to annouce the death of Monica, wife of Jim Hubbard. Monica attended all the re-uniuns and the trips to Duxford, she will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to Jim and their family.. Monica's funeral will take place at Gilrose on Thursday 10th December at 1200hrs.-- Mel Gould
9 December 2009 Rollo's Property Restored
Later that day, the bag was left on a doorstep in Halifax Drive, Stocking Farm – along with a copy of the Mercury story. However, a collection of non-military wristwatches remains missing. Mr Roulston's own campaign medals and mementos were safe at home. Mr Roulston, who served with the Territorial Army and throughout the 1960s in Hong Kong, Borneo, Aden and Malta, said: "I was over the moon when the police called me to tell me the bag had been returned. Whoever gave it back had obviously read the Mercury because he left the cutting from the paper with the bag. "I'm so relieved to have the collection back, especially the medals." Pc Steven Plumb said: "This is a great result and the victim is very happy to have some of his items returned to him, but we are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward. "We are particularly interested in locating the person who left the items in Halifax Drive. "We are keen to hear where they got the belongings from and hope they will be able to help us locate the other missing items. "We are appealing for people to contact us if they witnessed the original theft, if they know where the remaining items are, or if they know who is responsible."
Contact Pc Plumb on 0116 222 2222.
6 December 2009 Passing of Mr. David Chard
It is withI have to inform you of the death of Dave Chard. I will send details of the funeral when I receive them.-- Mel Gould
4 December 2009 Social at Wigston
This popular event has been organised every year since 1999 by Denis Foran and as proved to be very popular, it is a very informal and relaxed event, a time to meet old friends. Last year, in particular, was very well attended because we were joined by a number of Royal Anglians from the Leicester area. This year the social will take place on Friday 4th December beginning at 1930hrs and Denis has done away with the entrance fee this year.
Put this in your diary and I would urge everyone, who can, to make the effort to attend. (South Wigston WMC is located on Blaby Road, the main street through )
Photos from the Wigston Event may be viewed here: http://www.hm17thregiment.org/wigstonphotos1.htm
2 December 2009 Passing of Captain D. E. A. Michael
Death of Captain D E A Michael
2 December 2009 Silver from Regimental Veteran Runner-up for Prize
1 December 2009 Update on Mr. David "Bull" Gardner
Just to give you an update on my fathers, ( ) progress. He is now out of a coma and has been moved to the Brain Injury Unit at the Leicester City General Hospital.
Many people will know him as, , or by his nickname BULL. He will be at the Leicester City General Hospital for the forseeable future.
29 November 2009 Mr. David Gardner in Hospital
David has been admitted to the City General Hospital and is in a coma. There has been a requested that those who rememember him (there were two brothers) to visit him and sit by his bedside and talk to him to help him come out of the coma. I will try to keep you informed of his progress.
14 June 2009 Final Parade of the Northamptonshire Regiment
R ANGLIAN: TALAVERA 200: The Last Regimental Call To Arms of the
Please find attached the Last Regimental Call to Arms of the Northamptonshire Regiment which is to take place on 25 July 2009 in Northampton. It is self explanatory.
I would be most grateful if you could now pass on this Call to Arms to those who you know will wish to attend, either by parading or supporting. Please also pass it on to persons of influence in Northamptonshire and encourage them to do the same. The Regiment is hugely keen that the Northamptons get the fitting farewell that their years of loyal service deserves.
Maj Bill O’Driscoll, The ’s Area Secretary for Northamptonshire, is the responsible Regimental Officer for this parade. All queries should be directed to him 01604 635412
Lt Col (Retd) K Hodgson OBE
The Royal Anglian Regiment
The Last Regimental Call To Arms of the Northamptonshire Regiment
Major Tom Dormer TD, Chairman Northamptonshire Regiment Association, writes:
On 28th July 1809, the 48th of Foot, The Northamptonshire Regiment saved the day at the Battle of Talavera during the Peninsular War.
In scorching heat Wellington recognised the decisive moment in the Battle as a large gap opened up in the British line due to a rash charge by the Guards Brigade. The 48th of Foot were ordered forward, dependable and solid as ever.
An observer of the Battle, William Napier, wrote “at this moment the centre of the British line was absolutely broken, and the fortune of the day seemed to incline in favour of the French when, suddenly, Colonel Donellan, with the 48th Regiment, was seen advancing through the midst of the disordered masses. At first, it seemed as if this Regiment must be carried away by the retiring crowds, but, wheeling back by companies, it let them pass through the intervals, and then, resuming its proud and beautiful line, marched against the right of the pursuing columns, and plied them with such destructive musketry, and closed upon them with such a firm and regular pace, that the forward movement of the French was checked. The French wavered, lost their advantage and the Battle was restored.” After the Battle Wellington said, “The Battle was certainly saved by the advance, position and steady conduct of the 48th”.
On the 200th Anniversary of this great battle, fought by the soldiers of Northamptonshire, the Regiment is to parade in Northampton for the very last time between 1330 and 1440 hrs. All former members of this famous Regiment are therefore called to parade on Saturday 25th July at 1330hrs in Abington Street, Northampton. The Northamptonshire Regiment will then march to All Saints Church alongside its present day equivalent, C (Northamptonshire) Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers), led by the Minden Band of The Queen’s Division. The salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant of the County and the Mayor of Northampton in attendance of the Regiment, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, with the Colonel of the Regiment, the
The Northamptonshire Regiment has a proud history stretching from its feats in the Peninsular War in the 19th Century, through two 20th Century World Wars, and the Poachers have served with honour in conflicts across the World, most recently in Iraq last year. Nearly every family in the County of Northamptonshire will have had some connection with the Regiment over the past two hundred years and many still have today.
It is my proud duty to call upon all veterans and comrades of the Northamptonshire Regiment and the people of Northamptonshire to witness this last parade. Although this is a sad occasion, there can be no greater honour for a County Regiment of Infantry than to march off parade for the last time, almost two hundred years to the day of its famous victory at Talavera. We therefore look forward to your help in showing that these great feats of history are not forgotten and in honouring the men who, over two hundred years of conflict, gave their lives fighting for their Country with the Northamptons.
Major Ian Chance, Officer Commanding C (Northamptonshire) Company,
2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers), writes:
It will be a huge privilege for C (Northamptonshire) Company, to parade alongside the Northamptonshire Regiment Association on this historic day. The Colours of the 2nd Battalion, which are to this day still emblazoned with the ‘Talavera’ , will be proudly flying, guarded by the soldiers of C (Northamptonshire) Company, many of whom come from the County.
As well as celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Talavera, this parade will mark the day on which the Northamptonshire Regiment Association has chosen to disband, thus handing over all Regimental responsibilities for Northamptonshire to The Royal Anglian Regiment. We are honoured to take part in this historic occasion and we are proud to be entrusted with the torch carried by the Northamptons so bravely, for so many years.
The members of C (Northamptonshire) Company hope that the Regimental Family and people of Northamptonshire ensure, where possible by their presence, that this fine Regiment gets the fitting farewell that their centuries of loyal service to the Crown deserves.
Maj Bill O’Driscoll, The Royal Anglian Regiment’s Area Secretary for Northamptonshire, is the responsible Regimental Officer for this parade. All queries should be directed to him (01604 635412; Email: 1ANGLIAN-AO at mod dot uk ).
PS. Mr Denis Foran will be parading with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association Standard
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