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Fighting With Pride supports the health and wellbeing of LGBT+Veterans, service personnel and their families – in particular, those most impacted by the ban on LGBT+ personnel serving in the Armed Forces prior to January 2000. They are proud of the achievements of our serving LGBT+ personnel. They serve in every part of the Armed Forces and are supported at every level of command. In stark contrast, and despite the passing of over 20 years since the ‘gay ban’ was finally lifted, no attempt has been made to support the recovery of the thousands of LGBT+ service personnel dismissed or forced from service prior to 2000.

For any of our Association that were affected by this, they can connect and / or contact |Fighting with pride using the following link: Fighting With Pride: The LGBT+ Military Charity

National Secretary
October 2023

Numerous queries have been made regarding the official portraits of King Charles III, least of all, when they will be received.

The Direction received from the Palace via the Cabinet Office is that NO portraits / photos of TM The King and / or Queen are to be used either temporarily - e.g., for attestations or for hanging in Mess / Guardrooms.

The Palace is arranging for formal portraits to be done of both in appropriate uniform / dress but until these are done and authorised, portraits of the late Queen are to continue to be used / hung if an image of the Sovereign is required.

On Saturday 7th October the East Midlands held their 23rd Annual Dinner at the Leicestershire County Cricket Club. I was fortunate enough to be invited along with my wife Julie. This was my first such invitation from a Branch since taking post as National Secretary and with no preconceptions, I was struck by the location, formality, decorum, and overall organisation: something that I had only traditionally experienced in a full-time Mess. The East Midlands Branch has a strong and diverse membership including former Naval and RAF personnel, some of which were in attendance that night. The service and menu were faultless as was the company and having left the Regular Army just over two years ago, it was a stark reminder of one of the few nuances of the Military, that I truly miss, along with the rich humour and camaraderie, and as such it was a great treat. To top it all, there was the usual raffle and low and behold my wife won a hamper; perfect as we near the Christmas season. As with most such events, after the formalities of the dinner and the traditional toasts we retired to a separate area where we were further entertained by the 5-piece “Spirit of the Sixties” Band.

In accordance with extant Association Rules and endorsed by the National Chairman, Col (Retd) Chris Mason (Sheffield Br) has been nominated as the new Regional Representative for North East England and Yorkshire. As per Association Rules, his tenure will be for 3 years from 16 October 2023.

We wish Chris every success going forward.

National Secretary
October 2023

The most recent Westminster Abbey Turning of the Pages (TOP) Ceremony took place on Saturday 7 October 2023 and was undertook by members of 16 Medical Regiment which are based in Colchester, Essex. For the RAMC and indeed Westminster Abbey, this is a unique Ceremony that goes back to the last Century, so how did it all start and what is the significance...

The Turning of The Pages Ceremony started in November 1929 as a monthly event in the Chapel House on Mondays. Up until 1976 this Ceremony was carried out by 18 Coy RAMC (RAM College & Queen Alexander Hospital Millbank) half a mile away. They would march to the Abbey carrying within the Ammunition Pouch the Letter of Authority from the Lord Major which provided a quasi-Freedom of Westminster to march unimpeded. From 1976 – 1988 the ceremony fell into abeyance although it was on occasions carried out by 144 Para Fd Amb (V). In 1988 the Ceremony was resurrected as a monthly event by the then Regt Sec (Lt Col Fagg) but was only offered to Regular units in the south. In 2000 it was decided to offer the ceremony to all UK units including the Reserves (TA). In July 2004 it was decided to move the books into the Nave of the main Abbey and place then under the Memorial window alongside the Mural Tablet. Between July to September 2004 the Cases were Refurbished with the First Ceremony in the Nave held in September 2004. The Ceremonial Party of 5 Represents the MO and 4 Stretcher Bearers.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.