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Headquarter Company by Maj Westwood


As ever, Headquarters Company has been exceptionally busy during the pre- Deployment Training as we gear up for Op Herrick 10. The Company’s new OC, Maj Jerome, has returned to the Battalion after two years as an instructor at Senior Division and one year as the Operations Officer at RTMC. In addition, the Company has a new CSM in the form of WO2 Worboys who, despite spending considerable time having to wear an eye patch (no more pirate jokes, please) has made considerable impact since his return from his time as a PSI at Stoke. We have said goodbye to WO2 Brocklesby who is leaving the army after 22 years to become an electrician: the Company and the Battalion wish him well.


While Headquarters Company is providing the bulk of the OMLT life support for the tour, we are also preparing for the Rear Party functions which we will provide. Having learned many lessons from the previous tour, considerable work is underway to maintain the effectiveness of Rear Party. In addition to providing support to those in Palace Barracks, Rear Party is setting up to provide support back on the mainland and maintain our presence in the counties. We helped with the successful completion of both CALFEX and MRX during very severe winter weather: deep snow and driving winds were a perfect environment to acclimatise for a summer tour of Afghanistan where the temperature is expected to exceed 45°C. The PRI shop has progressed from a run down little-used shop to one which is now stocking many lines to cater for soldiers and their families. Not only is the PRI shop catering for 2 MERCIAN BUT it is also being used by the other units within Holywood Station and from around Northern Ireland. The PRI stock now includes such diversity as Tyrone Crystal, the new 2nd Battalion bath and hand towels and regatta jackets. PRI is also selling prints of the Battle of Alma and the new Storming of Objective Fan painting. In addition, we are also selling wristbands so that individuals can show their support for 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan.


Cpl Skinner has taken over the stewardship of Pte Derby XXIX who is growing considerably larger than his predecessor: he has had a very successful first outing at the hotly contested Nottingham Forest vs Derby County football match and he was present at the Battalion rugby team versus Derby Veterans team in a “farewell to the counties” match in February. As a Company, we have had some notable successes including several individuals representing the Battalion at such varied pursuits as Triathlon, Iron Man, Golf and Angling.


The Mercian Eagle


Front Row Left to Right: Cpl Bennett (Fig11), WO2 (RQMS) Triandifilou (Fig 11), Cpl Buck, WO2 (RQMS) Lewis, Maj (QM) Cotterill, Capt Spencer, CSgt Catton, Cpl Duggan (Fig11), LCpl Parker (Fig 11).


Back Row Left to Right: Sgt Bell, Pte Pettinger, LCpl Mason, Cpl Allseybrook, Cpl Dineen, Cpl Campbell, LCpl Porter, Sgt Hartshorn.


Quartermaster


by Maj G D Cotterill This article is being written as we near the end of pre-Deployment Training (PDT) and finish off desert kit issues and equipment distribution for OP Herrick 10. As per the norm, we have been extremely busy since the last issue of The Mercian Eagle. We have achieved a green grade on the Combined Inspection Week (CIW): for the old and bald [do you mean that…? – Ed] amongst


the readers, the CIW replaced the LSI and ECI [and for the very old and very bald, what is that? - Ed]. We administered all the PDT exercises including the running of the Combined Arms Live Firing Exercise (CALFEX) for the whole of 19 Brigade and still managed to remain sane (wibble wibble).


There has been and will be movement on the promotion and other fronts within the QMs Dept as follows:


LCpl “Mace” Mason moved to Civvy street in March 2009 after 22 years’ loyal service. Mace has been an outstanding storeman


Soldiers of 2 MERCIAN training on GPMG in the SF rôle October 2009 43


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