The Chairman
of the
Warwickshire and West Midland Page

Colonel Bob Carruthers OBE TD
2020 has been a challenge without our normal gatherings, but contact has continued by telephone, email and zoom. Wreaths were laid at the NMA on Normandy Day and again on Remembrance Sunday by the Chairman representing the Fusiliers and C/Sgt Bert Page the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. We did manage a socially distanced Church Service in St Mary's Warwick in October under the guidance of our Chaplain, Keith Punshon, and the Church leaders. The Choir as always were fantastic, and it gave those attending an opportunity to reflect.

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Col Bob

Normandy 2020

8th November

It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the death of Roger Jones.
Roger was an Ex Royal Warwick and did 3 years at B Coy, Barrows Lane in the MT as a full Corporal.
After leaving his civilian job at Lyndon scaffolding, he went to work as a mercenary in South Africa.
Guard of Honour at his Funeral were : David Pollock, and past members, Lee Brannigan and Carl Pocock.

I thought that Roger ended up as a Sgt ? I remember him as a top rate soldier, and born leader.

Below is the TA's finest Coy at the time , B Coy ( Warwickshire ) 5th ( Volunteer) Bn RRF holding the Fort in Germany in 1973. Who would dare to go against them ? ( Paul...the forgotten Bn ! )

Front Row from the Left

Paddy Flynn,Jim Flemming, ?, Roly Cooper,Harry Wiles,Tony Smith, ?, Philip Burton ( OC) Eddie Coomber, Richard Gale, ( ? ) Harold, Brian Lee,Lee Brannigan,ROGER JONES, Dave Robinson, ?

Bert Page, Mick Sullivan and Fluff ( sleeping )in the second row.

The unveiling of the WW1 Refurbished Badge Wiltshire 3 May 2018

David Seeney and Ray Shorthouse at the dedication of a walk in Herefodshire in memory of a local man Pte Harry Smith 1 Royal Warwickshire who fell exactly 100 years ago 18 August 2018.

On the 24th of August 2017,

Blyth Town Council kindly hosted a Memorial Service to honour Royal Warwickshire soldiers who died in a tragic accident in Blyth on the 24th of August 1917.

A number of Warwickshire Fusiliers travelled up to Northumberland, and we were warmly welcomed by The Fusilier Northumberland Association and 5 RRF. A great Regimental Family day.

I gave the following address at the Service.

The two English Regiments returning from Dutch service in 1694 entered the English Army as the 5th and 6th of Foot. The 5th became The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers ,the 6th The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

In 1881 we became the Royal Warwickshire Regiment being disbanded in 1968 to form 2nd Bn. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Two of our greatest soldiers were Montgomery and Slim.

In WW1 we raised 31 Bns - - some 47,570 men, of which 11,500 did not return. One of the Bns was the 3rd/5th Bn who merged with the 3rd/6th Bn to become the 5th Reserve Btn, a Home Service Bn.

On the morning of Friday 24th August 1917, Lt Col Chatterley and over 600 of his men from the 5th Reserve Bn the Royal Warwickshire Regiment set off on a route march from their camp to the nearby town of Blythe. It was a hot day and they halted at the beach to bathe and cool off. As the men were hot and sweaty in their serge uniforms many stripped off into the inviting water. None were aware that the tide was ebbing and that there were deep channels cut into the sand by the currents. There was also a strong westerly wind and a strong sea running, the tide here runs south to north and pushes out to sea. Coming from mainly Birmingham most of them had never seen the sea.

Within minutes some of the men were in difficulty and began swimming franticly against the strong currents but making no headway. Those who were considered strong swimmers went immediately to help their comrades and these men were also in a short time in difficulties. Some 15 were battling hopelessly against the currents.

2nd Lt. Brown quickly organised his men into lines and joining hands they waded out to rescue the now drowning soldiers. They managed to get 7 men out of the water. The undercurrent was so strong that it was almost impossible to even wade and try to reach any other of his men. 2nd Lt. Brown was swept off his feet and carried away by the swirling water. The Chaplain tried desperately to save him but in vain and found himself in severe difficulties. He was dragged from the sea utterly exhausted. There were no boats immediately available either in the bay or on the shore. Sadly, later boats did appear but they were too late to save the 9 men.

2nd Lt.'s attempts to save his men and his inability to retain his grip was probably explained by the fact that he was seriously wounded on the first day of the Somme, resulting in limited movement of his right arm.

Most of the bodies were returned to their relatives in the Midlands and the body of 2nd Lt. Brown, which was recovered from the sea several days later, is buried in Halton Churchyard.

At the coroner's inquest, it was noted that the commanding officer had asked a 15 year old fisher boy about the state of the sea before the bathing parade was formed. The lad told him the tide was at an ebb. The CO took this to mean that the sea was at its lowest and calmest. It was of course at its most dangerous. One elderly fisherman, seeing the men get ready to take the plunge remarked to his colleagues that they would never get out alive.

The inquest uncovered the total lack of sea swimming experience amongst the men from landlocked Birmingham. The Coroner asked Private James " Can you tell me anything about it?"

James - "I only went out about 30 yards and it took me all my time to get back"

Coroner - "why?"

James - "Because of the waves. I have not been used to the sea"

Coroner - "Ever been in the sea before?"

James - "Never."

Coroner - "? Never"

James - " Friday last was my first view of the sea"

Coroner - " Can you swim?"

James - "Yes - in the baths"


The Regimental Dinner Club of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment (VIth Foot) was established in 1876 when the first dinner was held at the "Ship and Turtle" in Leadenhall Street, London in June of that year and the dinner has taken place annually, except when wars have intervened.
Membership is open to Regular Commission Officers who served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment or The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and officers having commanded the Territorial Army battalions of these Regiments. Also eligible are Regular Officers of other Corps who have been permanently attached to regular battalions of both Regiments and officers of other Regiments who fought with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in wartime.
Officers having a close connection with the Regiments may be offered Honorary Membership at the discretion of The Committee.
The annual subscription is £5.00.
The Club Members, and usually their Ladies, meet annually for black tie dinner in the Judge's Dining Room of The Shire Hall in Warwick in April. However, this framework is subject to variation in alternate years.