150th Anniversary of Australian Artillery in 2021 Announcements

There’s been a lot of communiques arriving this week for the planned 150th Anniversary activities. As per the attached flyer there are two major events planned; Sun 1 Aug in Canberra and Sat 6 Nov (weekend after Cup Day) in Sydney.

In addition the old Queens Banner will be laid up at the School of Artillery (Pucka) between 7-14 Nov. There are also local commemorations planned as well as commemorative items and books.

The Association hasn’t planned any activities yet. I expect the events will be discussed at the AGM and future committee meetings. Personally I can see a motorcycle trip to Cbr and maybe Sydney for events. I’m sure there are some members who would be interested.

Supporting Legacy in 2020

We have received the following email from BRIG Perry regarding supporting Legacy in 2020 given the current restrictions.

Good afternoon all

As many of you may know, I am a Legatee, having been dragooned into service with Mornington Peninsula Legacy some 22 years ago, where I have been Treasurer, President and Secretary.

It seemed to me to be an appropriate extension of my service to community after 33 years with the Army Reserve.

When I commenced we had 3400 Widows and dependents and now we are down to just on 1000. Whilst this may appear that we are on the “home stretch” nothing is further from reality. We have a steady inflow from SVN and the number of disabled dependents remains quite high. In addition the demographic has also changed and our volunteer workforce has also altered significantly.

Legacy is somewhat unique in that we only conduct one formal fund raising event per year, in the first week of September, where our traditional  mode of attack has been the sale of badges in the street and particularly in shopping malls and other places where there is a good traffic of shoppers.

The lockdown of Covid-19 has swept away our area of operations and we need to replenish our working fund by Click & Collect.

The aim for the Mornington Peninsula is $50,000 and that works out to about $1000 per Legatee 

The bank details are available from secretary@artilleryvic.com.au (I’d rather not make the details publicly available).

If you require a receipt and/or a badge to display on your already decorated chest please email the secretary who will put you in contact with BRIG Perry.

If you still have job or you are a self-funded retiree, try starting @$20 otherwise $10

P.S. I realise that some of you are already involved with Legacy and may be able to contribute elsewhere, however I would prefer you gave to my lot.

Keep safe and be generous

Warmest regards

Doug Perry

Please support this initiative.

VJ Day – 75th Anniversary – from MGStJP

VJ Day – 75th Anniversary
The Master Gunner St James’ Park has prepared a video-message in which he addresses the 75th Anniversary of VJ-Day; the end of WW2 and the part played by the Commonwealth family of Gunners.
The MGStJP has asked that the video be widely distributed across the serving and retired members of all Commonwealth Artillery Regiments before Saturday 15th August 2020.

Use link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSMc7LxlIWk&feature=youtu.be

Message from the Master Gunner St James’s Park

(From 21 April)

FROM THE MASTER GUNNER ST JAMES’S PARK

I am sure all members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, serving and retired, and all members of our sister artillery regiments in Commonwealth countries, will join me in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen, our Captain General, on the occasion of Her 94th birthday today.  We wish Her and also His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh continuing good health as they isolate at Windsor Castle.

Normally we would be proud to mark our Captain General’s birthday with gun salutes at a number of locations but Covid-19 means that is neither appropriate nor possible.  However, we plan to share footage of previous salutes held on 21st April as a mark of respect to Her Majesty.  

These gun salutes are certainly not the only events that we have been forced to cancel or delay as a result of the pandemic.  The Royal Artillery Association Assembly, due to be held in Blackpool in mid May, has been provisionally rescheduled for October.  I very much hope it will be able to occur, not least because firstly this is the centenary of the formation of both the Royal Artillery Association and the Royal Horse Artillery Association and secondly that these two important organisations have decided to merge in recognition of the fact that we are all Gunners.  The Blackpool gathering will be the first ever combined Assembly.  Please remember that the Association is there to support you and your family, particularly now with the pressures of the lockdown; if you know of a serving or retired member of our Regiment, or their dependants, who need help, do use our Regimental networks.

Other events that have been disrupted include recruit training, all training at Larkhill, the events to mark the centenary of the Royal School of Artillery in July, memorial services to celebrate the lives of distinguished former members of the Royal Artillery, sports meetings, dinners and much more.  However, the serving regiments remain busy and, in a number of areas, are providing support to the NHS and related organisations; I congratulate them, as always, for their professionalism and commitment as they go about their business, never seeking the limelight but still doing a first class job.

Most importantly, I wish you and all your families continuing good health and wellbeing during these unprecedented and most challenging times.  As Gunners we need to continue to look out for one another; please do that, especially where you know of hardship, for the Regiment can and would like to help.

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB

Master Gunner St James’s Park

May News

We’ve made a few changes to the website. You will notice a scrolling banner of recent pictures on the main page, as well as addition of sponsors to the association. We’ve also added newsletters and articles we get in from other associations.