ROPOSED FORMATION OF A AMPHIBIOUS NATIONAL BRANCH OF THE
ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS AND ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT
Mike and I have recently had several discussions with regard to forming a national branch of the RASC / RCT Association Mike will be meeting with LT Col Jonathon Knowles Controller of the RASC / RCT Association early next month.
It would help Mike if he had some idea how many of you would be interested in joining a National Branch.
Eligibility for full Membership.
This is from memory as I don’t have a RASC / RCT Association rule book to hand and may have changed since the Association converged with the RLC Association.
EX serving members of the RASC or RCT
EX serving members of other Corps or Regiments who have been on strength of a RASC or RCT Unit in our case this would be 116 Coy, 18 Coy or 18 SQN.
The above cost for life membership is £6.00 if you are already a life member then obviously there would be no charge.
Eligibility for Associate Membership
Any person who has been involved and done work for the branch the cost of this is an annual subscription of £1.00.
Some of the advantages of becoming a branch are.
Easier access to funding from the Association.
A quarterly newsletter (The Waggoner)
Regular updates of RASC / RCT functions.
Please let Mike or myself Know if you are interested even if you are an active member of your local branch or if you are a life member not affiliated to a branch.
Information that will help Mike
Full postal address and telephone number
Life membership no (if any)
Name of branch (if any)
Dates served with 116 COY / 18COY / 18 SQN
Update on Formation of an Amphibious Branch of the RASC & RCT Association
On the 19th of October 2012 an informal meeting was held at the Barnstaple Hotel Barnstaple to discuss the formation of a National Amphibious Branch of the Association. Mike Ross opened the meeting and gave a brief summary of the proposal, Geordie Routledge gave a brief history of the RASC / RCT Association. All those that attended were in agreement that we should move forward and form a branch, over 30 application forms were handed out and Mike received most of them back before the end of the weekend.
A lot of work needs now to be done for the Branch to be up and running, initially it looks as though Mike will bear the brunt of this, I am sure that he will accept any help that we can give him he has agreed to set up a Branch Bank account, once that is done he will request life membership fees. We then need to form a committee from members if you would like to volunteer let Mike or myself know we hope to have a meeting in early 2013 possibly in London. Well that’s as far as we have got up to now I shall update as information becomes available.
If you need a membership form let me know and I will send one by email.
Update @ 05/12/2012 As you will all have seen in the Guestbook the Branch bank account has been set up by Mike, Mike has forwarded members details to The Controller and you should all recieve the December issue of The Waggoner Magazine in the post shortly. An interim Comittiee has been set up and this will be confirmed at the meeting in May. To date we now have 44 members with more on the way.
2013 Committiee Meeting
THE ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS & ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT AMPHIBIOUS ASSOCIATION BRANCH – 10TH May 2013
The meeting was opened by the Chairman Mike Ross at 1400hrs Friday 10th May 2013 at Regents Park Barracks Albany Street
London NW1 in the WO’s and Sgt’s Mess.
An opening address from the President was read by Mike Ross.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT
It has been a remarkable year for this new Branch of the RASC & RCT Association. The Amphibious Branch didn’t exist a year ago. Now it has had yet another wonderfully successful reunion in North Devon, under the energetic and enthusiastic direction of its mentor Mike Ross and moved on to become what is possibly the largest and I’m sure the happiest bunch of ex-army ‘truckies’ in
the country. Mike tells me we now have over 70 members – a wonderful credit to all the work that the new committee has
put in and the enthusiasm with which it has been driven by you all. Well done all round to the Committee, and Mike in particular.
Although 0 to 70 is a statistic that Top Gear would be proud of, we will need to ensure that we have the sticking power to maintain those numbers before any momentum falls away. There can only be a finite number of us who went through 18 Squadron, and that number is bound to dwindle with time, so it seems we must achieve two further goals now as well as to continue recruiting new members when we can. One important goal must be to keep our current members happily involved and try to get as many as possible to the next reunion. We also need to keep the network active on the welfare side and make sure that, where need is identified, the Corps Benevolent Trust is called on and used. There is a lot of support available and should be asked for when needed.
Lastly, I have to apologise for not being able to be there with you. When Mike reads this out I shall be in Marchwood attending the Association’s Maritime Officers reunion, and trying to persuade several former officers who served with 18 Squadron to join the Amphibious Branch as well. Good luck to you tonight and I look forward to catching up when I read the Minutes
Apologies for absence from David Pepperell and Alan Cookman.
The committee was confirmed and are listed below with appointments.
President: Lt Col (Retd) David Pepperell.
Chairman/Treasurer: Major (Retd) Michael Ross. MBE.
Secretary: Mr John Routledge.
Alan Cookman, David McNamara, Peter Reeder, Jack McKee, Phillip Butler, Hedley Stokoe.
The committee approved of the constitution which had been presented by the President prior to the meeting. Each member of
the committee had received a true copy along with the agenda for the meeting.
Statement of the account was presented by the Treasurer and was agreed by the committee as a true copy of the balance.
Attendance at the Corps weekend on 13th/14th July 2013 was discussed and the Chairman mentioned that he would be attending
the Church parade only.
Attendance at the AGM at Deepcut on 5th October 2013. The President, The Chairman and Secretary would be attending the
AGM at Deepcut.
Remembrance 2013. It was agreed that the Association purchase two leaf crosses, one for the Royal Army Service Corps and
one for the Royal Corps of Transport. These crosses would be placed in the Field of Remembrance this November 2013.
The Chairman spoke at length with reference to the reunion in October 2014.
Wednesday 15th October 2014 Assemble at the Barnstaple Hotel
Thursday 16th October 2014:
Trip to Lundy Island. Coach to Ilfracombe and return to the hotel. The cost of the coach a fifty three seater is £275. The cost of the ship is £27 per head. However it is hoped that a grant from Association Headquarters will cover this expenditure or a big part of the trip.
Friday 17th October 2014:
Dedication of our new standard will take place at 1030hrs in the hotel. This service will be conducted by our fellow amphibian Hugh Montgomerie. Jack McKee will be our standard bearer for the service.
Ten Pin Bowl at the “Let’s Go” next door to the Hotel. This event will commence at around 1245hrs. Alan Cookman and Danny Chandler will be the organisers of the event. There will be prizes and the committee has approved of £35 to assist the cost for prizes. Once again, we are hoping that a grant will assist the expenditure for this event. If there are not efficient funds, this event will be at Individual cost.
AGM 1530hrs. This meeting will take place in the Hotel and will be chaired by our President.
1930hrs Dinner party for the Taunton and Borden Boys. Alan Cookman will be organising this dinner once again.
Saturday 18th October 2014:
Golf competition 1000hrs individual cost, with a prize for the winner. Once again the committee voted over £35 for the prize. No assistance for this event.
Dinner 1900hs for 1930hrs.
The committee was all in favour for inviting Lt Col and Mrs J Knowles to the dinner night. The committee would like to remind everyone that the dress for the dinner night will is jackets and ties and appropriate for our ladies.
The Hotel prices are listed below:
If you only require dinner only then the charge is £25 pounds per head and you must Book in for every dinner. Accommodation charge is: £57.50 per person per night which includes dinner and breakfast. There is a £20 single supplement per night
Grace will be given by Hugh Montgomerie.
Loyal Toast will be given by Bill Pryor
Entertainment for the evening is a Lady Singer called Sarah who has come strongly recommended by fellow members of our
amphibious family. She will entertain us after dinner for about 45 minutes and then the raffle will take place and our entertainer will conclude her evening entertainment by another 40 minutes. Our disco will play to a late hour.
Next meeting of the committee is
provisionally booked for 29th
May 2014 at Regents Park Barracks.
To view the latest issue of The Waggoner click the link below you will need adobe pdf reader to view
Issue no 55 August 2013.pdf
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Issue no 52.pdf December 2011
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ww11 dukw 3.pdf
MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION
1 L13244 Pepperell David
2 L14132 Ross Mike
3 L10264 Routledge John
4 L14122 Chimes Ray
5 L11294 Stokoe Hedley
6 L14123 Michael John
7 L14475 Gould Cedric
8 L14124 Harris Gordon
9 L14125 Reeder Peter RIP
10 L14126 McNamara David
11 L14932 Walker Dave
12 L14127 Proctor Andy
13 L14149 Greenway Johnny
14 L14128 Rawlings Lester
15 L14129 Mckee Jack RIP
16 L14130 Butler Philip RIP
17 L14131 Pryor Bill
18 L14147 Rand Bob
19 L14133 Ritche James
20 L14134 Everette Mick
21 L14135 Hutchings Ray
22 L14136 Turner Don
23 L14137 Chandler Daniel RIP
24 L14138 Wells Michael
25 L13335 Cookman Alan
26 L14139 Osborne Peter
27 L14140 Webb George
28 L14141 Raistrick Bob
29 L14143 Montgomerie Hugh
30 L14148 Roberts Victor
31 L14143 Read Robert
32 L141445 Phills Des
33 L14150 Hoyland Tony RIP
34 L14151 Shanley George
35 L14152 Fox Richard
36 L14153 Hart Dennis
37 L14154 Skipsey Bill
38 L14155 Hurrell Fred
39 L14156 HAND BARRY
40 L14157 BROOKS BILL
41 L14158 HOBBS KEN
42 L14159 MUNSLOW DAVE
43 L14160 SMITH ALAN
44 L14161 MARTIN RUSSELL
45 L14162 JOHNSON JOHNO
46 L14163 THOMPSON PETER
47 L14164 FISK DEREK
48 L14165 TOMLIN EDWARD
49 L14166 PETERS TERRY
50 L14167 HARKER ANDY
51 L14168 TUCKER LEN
52 L14169 TAYLOR JIM
53 L14170 THOMAS GEORGE
54 L14171 COULSON NORMAN
55 L14001 McALWANE JOHN
56 L14002 KUBINSKI HENRY
57 L14172 DEVIS MALCOLM
58 L14307 HORTON JOHN
59 L14306 COOK JOHN
60 L14305 KNIGHT JOHNNY
61 L14371 WALTON MICHAEL
62 L14372 BORHAM CHRIS
63 L14370 MITCHEL BOB
64 L14369 HASLETT TOM
65 L14479 SOLLIS DAVE
66 L14477 STORR CLIFF
67 L14466 FOWLER PETER
68 L14476 WALKINGTON PETER RIP
69 L14459 REUBEN REYNOLDS
70 L14460 PANKS PETER
71 L14474 WESTON JOHN
72 L14473 EDWARDS PATRICK MALCOLM
73 L14472 KING GEOFFREY (ROCKY)
74 L14368 PROFFITT COLIN
75 L14471 LAW JOHN (JOCK)
76 L14470 McMANUS BOB
77 L14461 WATKINS WILLIAM (BILL)
78 L14462 WICKENDEN NORMAN (WICKY)
79 L14463 WATT BRUCE (JOCK)
80 L14463 LEWIS EVAN (SCOUSE)
81 L14465 LEWIS BILL
82 L14469 JEREMY DAVID
84 000330 BLANCHARD (BING) BARRY
85 000331 BLYTH ALEX
86 000329 DOLMAN ALAN
87 000398 DADSWELL RON (Col Ret)
88 000399 RAYER JOHN
89 000400 CRAWLEY BILL
90 000403 Geordie Raine