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Scots Guards Regimental Gathering

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The Colonel, HRH The Duke of Kent, attended The Gathering on Sunday 2nd October, at Brechin Castle. A fantastic day, where the Scots Guards family were able to celebrate and toast the Regiment. Both the Pipes and Drums from the 1st Battalion and The Regimental Band of The Scots Guards made the journey up to Scotland to make the weekend a wonderful salute to all things Scots Guards

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HRH Duke of Kent with the Battalion Pipe Major

 

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WO1 Casson-Smith, CAMUS leading the Scots Guards Band

 

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1st Battalion Pipes and Drums

 

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HRH Duke of Kent speaking to Members of the Scots Guards Association

 

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Regimental Adjutant, Major (Retired) J R Kelly, and Captain J Ford inspecting a photo album from Black Sunday

 

Somme 100

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Scots Guards have been participating in events to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. These have included the vigil at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and the memorial service at Thiepval Memorial, France.13590498_840042752768735_6329404953136198612_n

Scots Guards training the LONDONS

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Members of the Recce Platoon instructing the LONDONS on Close Target Reconnaissance on Ex IBERIAN STAR in Spain. The exercise has been a great success and given the Scots Guards the opportunity to work closely with our affiliated Reserve Regiment.
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1st Battalion News

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Waterloo

The Battalion (Bn) marked the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo through a series of events across the UK and Belgium. Several members of the Battalion went to Waterloo for anniversary that included the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and commemorations at Hougoumont Farm, the scene of the 2nd Battalion’s valiant efforts. Back in the UK the a Colour Party was at the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral while the Officers hosted the Warrant Officers for a Waterloo dinner night in Catterick.

The Colour Party at Hougoumont Farm under the watchful eye of WO2 (CSM) Little

The Colour Party at Hougoumont Farm under the watchful eye of WO2 (CSM) Little

Scots Guards at Hougoumont Farm

Scots Guards at Hougoumont Farm

Mounted Gunnery

Left Flank and B Coy deployed to Warcop in June to trial the new mounted gunnery shoots for Mechanized Infantry from their respective vehicle platforms. Left Flank fired from their MASTIFF vehicles while B Coy trialled shoots from HUSKY for the Mortar Platoon and JACKAL for the Recce, Snipers, Anti-tanks and Machine Guns. In the glorious Cumbrian sunshine both companies produces some excellent shooting and results. All crews passed their Annual Crew Test (ACT), qualifying them for the remainder of our year on readiness.

A LF MASTIFF moves down range

A LF MASTIFF moves down range

A Machine Gun Platoon JACKAL in contact

A Machine Gun Platoon JACKAL in contact

Unit Move to Aldershot

The Battalion is now firmly established in our new home at Mons Barracks, Aldershot. While further from home for many of the Battalion, the excellent facilities both in camp in the Aldershot Garrison make up for it. The Officers and Sergeants are now neighbours, with both enjoying far better accommodation than in Catterick. The junior ranks now have their own cookhouse instead of having to share one with three other regiments, while their accommodation remains similar to that in Catterick. Just outside the front gate of camp is the new the Garrison super-gym as well as the Army Sports Centre so there is no shortage of things to keep us occupied.

Parade Square and Company Offices

Parade Square and Company Offices

Junior Ranks Accommodation

Junior Ranks Accommodation

Upcoming

Looking to the future the Bn will continue to develop our understanding of Mechanized Infantry with C Coy deploying to America in September to conduct exercises alongside the 1st Armoured Division in their Stryker armoured infantry vehicle. BGHQ elements will support them as LOCONs but not before completing CAST on return from Summer Leave. Teams from the Machine Gun Platoon will compete in the 3(UK)Div Mounted Gunnery Competition against other JACKAL crews from across the Army in October while LF and the remainder of B Coy will complete CT1 and 2 training on Salisbury Plain later that month. LF will also deploy to Denmark in November to conduct a joint dismounted exercise with our Danish counterparts.

The F Company ‘Operation PRISMED’ team with Mr Paul Bates of the London Ambulance Service at the end of a busy four days of training.

Military Aid to the Civil Authorities

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As part of the London District task to provide Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) F Company was directed to organise the training of 1418 military personnel in Wellington Barracks over five days in late January in order to cover the NHS Industrial Action (IA). This was due to be followed by coordinating the delivery of eighty crewed ambulances to North-West London during the IA. Fortunately the strike was called off, but not before 1180 personnel had been trained.

Bond Girl Miss Olga Kurylenko joins the St James’ Palace Detachment on 2nd January.

Bond Girl!

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During the first Queen’s Guard of 2015 the Guardsmen of the St James’s Palace detachment were very pleased to get a visit from a Bond Girl! Miss Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) is dating Mr Max Benitz (author, Six Months Without Sundays: The Scots Guards in Afghanistan) and she was his guest at the Queen’s Guard Officers’ Mess on the 2nd January.