You will recall that HHQ is organising a battlefield tour this year. The aim of the tour is to highlight the various actions in which all six antecedent regiments were involved at the beginning and end of WW1 in southern Belgium and Northern France (including both VC actions).
The BFT Programme 2018 v1 can be found at this link. There are still a few places left on the bus for those of you who would like to come. The cost is £240 and includes all transport and three nights hotel accommodation including bed and breakfast in shared rooms. Single occupation of rooms may be available for a supplement of £48.
Please book in with HHQ before sending payment so that we can confirm availability of hotel rooms. The cost of fares cannot be reimbursed so you are strongly advised to arrange travel insurance and do not forget to apply for a EHIC from the DWP (free).
Commanding Officer’s obituary.
Sergeant Maughan,who was tragically murdered along with Constable Norman Prue on Sunday 6th May 1979 in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh whilst carrying out his duty as a Link Intelligence NCO with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, was a shining example of all that is good in the modern soldier. He was fearless and grimly determined to carry out the difficult, often extremely dangerous duties he had to perform, for which he always willingly volunteered.
He joined the regiment after service in the Royal Navy and when the regiment went to Ulster, he realised that intelligence duties were his metier. In all he had spent over six years in the province, during which time he became an invaluable expert, sadly undoubtedly the reason why he was murdered. l, in common with other commanders for whom he worked and whom he briefed, put great store by his views, his opinions and his assessment; many a successful operation owes its success to the painstaking and careful work he did. In 1977 he was Mentioned-ln-Despatches for his outstanding performance.
Along with his family, fiancée and friends, all whom have our heart felt sympathy, we all mourn a gallant son, friend and soldier. Tragically the IRA have rid themselves of a formidable foe; he died in action doing his duty, the most honourable death for any man, in particular a soldier of the Queen. HWKP
Those who served with Sgt Maughan will never forget him and his courageous efforts to secure peace in Northern Ireland.”
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