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Artillery Clerks'

The next Reunion Weekend is at Larkhill between the 7th and the 9th of June 2019.

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Welcome to the Artillery Clerks' Association website.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Artillery Clerks' Association, which was formed at Woolwich on Saturday 7th March 1998.

Providing a focal point, it is essentially an old comrades association of former Artillery Clerks, either serving or retired, promoting comradeship amongst its members.

The Artillery Clerks' Association is affiliated to and is a branch of the Royal Artillery Association (RAA). All members of the Artillery Clerks' Association are granted life membership of the RAA on acceptance.

Each year the Association holds reunions in the UK and Germany. The next UK reunion is to be held at Larkhill between the 7th and the 9th of June 2019. The Germany reunion will be confirmed later in the year.

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2019 Larkhill Reunion Dinner Calling Notice Letter

2019 Larkhill Reunion Weekend and Dinner

The 85th Artillery Clerks' Reunion and Association Dinner will be held in the Royal Artillery Sergeants' Mess, Larkhill over the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019. The Calling Notice can be downloaded by clickng on the letter image shown.

Notification of attendance must be completed and sent, either by post, email or using the link below to the Reunion Secretary by Friday 17th May 2019 to book your place and accommodation for the weekend and Reunion Dinner.

Please inform the Reunion Secretary via the link below should you not be able to attend the Reuion Weekend. You can leave a message which will be read out to members during the Reunion Dinner.

There are two options available for paying for the Reunion weekend and Association Dinner:

  • Post: Payment by cheque, made payable to the 'Artillery Clerks' Association' and sent to the Reunion Sec, or;

  • Electronic transfer: Complete the attendance form, email it to the Reunion Secretary or use the link on the web site and make an electronic bank transfer, using your surname as the reference.

    • Acct No: 40945706
    • Sort Code: 20-75-01

Further information can be found on theReunion Weekendpage within this website.

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Crossed Quills Edition 22

Crossed Quills Edition 22

This year's Crossed Quills has now been published and will be in the postal system soon. Here is the electronic version which will be catalogued on our "Crossed Quills" page on this website.

The edition is packed full of Association news and information along with an interesting article by Joe Falzon taking a look at the British Army's involvement in the Battle for Imphal in 1944.

The Minutes from the 2018 Reunion held at Larkhill can be found between pages 22 and 27, with particular note to the voting in of an increase of the Annual Subscription to £15.

A selection of pictures from the Larkhill and the Bielefeld Reunions are added in near the end of the publication.

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Artillery Clerks and World War 1

submitted by Stephen Read, the Association Historical Secretary

With the end of the First World War commemorations it is a good time to reflect on the many thousands of Artillery Clerks that served with Royal Field Artillery or Royal Garrison Artillery during the period 1914 to 1918.

This World War 1 Artillery Clerks list has been drawn up from medal lists held by the National Archive and puts names to a small percentage of those Artillery Clerks that served so bravely in the ‘War to end all Wars’.

Replacement Medals or Veterans Badges

External link to the Government website relative to applying for replacement medals or veteran badges

Do you need a replacement Veterans Badge? Have your medals been lost or stolen? Well apply for them at the Government website associated with this very aspect.

"Serving to Lead" by Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL

Image of the front cover of Sir Freddie Viggers book Serve To Lead

The book "Serving to Lead" was published by Troubador on the 28th October. The book, authored by Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL, covers his 36 years military service in the British Army and his later Parliamentary duties as Black Rod. The book is available after the release date.

"Serving to Lead" charts the career of one of the most senior officers in modern British Army history. It is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a considered but accessible `insider view' of the military and our Parliamentary traditions. Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL completed 36 years' military service before joining Parliament as Black Rod in 2009.

Exploring themes of `lessons learned' through Service and leadership, this memoir covers important moments in our country's defence history and in which Sir Freddie played key roles, including the Northern Ireland Troubles, the civil war and rebuild of Bosnia, and the aftermath of the collapse of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, where he was the most senior British Army officer on the ground. The book also explores the Army's 21st century `people' challenges encountered in the role of Adjutant General, fighting to improve the lot of soldiers and their families. It includes his evidence to the Iraq Inquiry.

The author's experiences in Westminster give fascinating insight to the House of Lords and the role of Black Rod, a job from which he was forced to retire in 2010 following a devastating stroke. As with all anecdotes in this book, Sir Freddie's long road back to recovery is recounted with humour and candour, alongside his approach to living a fulfilling retirement - despite his significant health limitations - through enduring regimental connections and recent charitable work.