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The Officers’ Mess by Maj Hill, PMC


It was a hectic and fairly complicated start to Mess life in Belfast. As ever, any move requires a degree of hard work in setting up in a new location and a lot of thought and arranging of Mess chattels to get to a standard that the CO is happy with. This was further complicated by 2 MERCIAN occupying a Station Mess with 19 CSS as the other major unit but, for anyone who has visited us in Northern Ireland, it is quite apparent who the dominant unit is within the Mess! Thanks to Simon Boyle for all the effort he put into setting up our home.


One of a few Black Tie Dinners – Spot the 19 CSS Mess Member


Socially, life has been enhanced by the number of people living in, almost 50. This makes for a jovial and entertaining atmosphere and some hard partying. The Summer Ball was a great success which saw a number of people stagger in to breakfast the following morning still in Mess Dress and, at fairly short notice, the Christmas Ball was also a triumph (the preparation was not helped by most of the Ball Committee being on an operational recce the week before). Interspersed between these two main events were numerous Regimental and Black Tie dinners and livers-in parties, some more successful than others. The Mess has seen a number of high profile visitors including The Colonel in Chief, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, C in C Land, GOC 3 Div and Commanders 19 and 38 Brigades. All visitors were very complimentary and this is an accurate reflection of the 2 MERCIAN Mess; we make people feel welcome no matter who they are – of course it helps to be a Brigade Commander or higher.


A future QM? L-R Maj Cotterill, Capt Spencer, Lt Hattersley


L-R Maj Gilby, Hill and Boyle


I don’t think Capt Hallam appreciates the debrief from Lt Bellfield 48 October 2009


Time for the IO to go to bed – Capt Boudet-Fenouillet The Mercian Eagle


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