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covert meant I didn’t get even close to the target! Fish gutting and filleting: I didn’t mind but not sure how I’d have felt if it had been a rabbit like last year. Paintballing: STAFFORDS vs RRW. We did whoop their ass but we had the boys making up our numbers so does it still count? All in all, a weekend I


will never forget! The laughs, the tears, the laughs. Thank you to all the guys who had to look after us on what should have been their weekend off and still had the enthusiasm to keep us all going. Sorry to our minibus driver who we convinced it was a good idea to let us stop at Tesco to use a porcelain


toilet… and got him into trouble and, finally, thank you to the Welsh wives and soldiers who helped make the weekend a complete success.


All that is left for me to say is, “I’ll see all, you wonderful ladies, again in 2010 somewhere on a German training area…”


Ferozeshah Day – 12 December 2008 by WO1 (RSM) Mitchell


The Battle Honour Ferozeshah is celebrated to commemorate the glorious actions of the 80th of Foot on 21st December 1845 which culminated in CSgt Mathew Kirkland securing the black standard of the Sikh Army after Captains Best and Scheberras and Cpl Brown had fallen whilst attempting to take it. The captured Sikh Standard remains to this day in Lichfield Cathedral. The Battalion celebrates Ferozeshah every year by entrusting the Queen’s and the Regimental Colours to the WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess for safe keeping until midnight when they are duly returned to the Officers’ Mess.


This year’s celebrations started at 0800 hours on a cold and icy morning on 12th December with a Battalion muster parade in Tidworth.


The Officers’ Mess Colour Party consisted of Lt Shergold, Lt Causer, WO2 Brown, CSgt Price and CSgt Mulingani and the brand new WO1 (RSM) Baz Mitchell on his first day as RSM of the 3rd Battalion. The CO decided to inspect the newly-formed C Company before returning to the dais to take the salute from the Battalion. Prior to the Battalion marching past, the Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess Colour Party marched onto the square to take over the Colours: the Colour Party consisted of WO2s Heap, Mears and Travis, CSgts Henney and Walker and the RSM. On completion of the drill parade, the Colours were secured in the WOs and Sgts’ Mess ready for the traditional Ferozeshah photo. After a quick change by the Colour Parties,


the Battalion went to watch the WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess being taught a lesson in football by the Cpls’ Mess with a 4-1 hammering.


In the evening, the WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess held a regimental Dinner Night with over 170 guests present; the guest of honour was Pte George Parry who served with The South Staffordshire Regiment in World War II and who was a Prisoner of War twice during the war. At midnight, the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess Colour Party handed the Colours back to the Officers’ Mess Colour Party in the pouring rain and blistering winds with all guests taking the sensible option of watching through the windows of the nice warm Mess.


RSM Mitchell escorts the Colours to the WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess


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