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Queen's Regimental Association Chichester Branch


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Edwin Drew

7:23 AM on May 9, 2021

Hi Brian, welcome to the Chichester Branch of the QRA,hope you are keeping well.

Edwin Drew

3:02 PM on June 8, 2017

Hi Gents don't forget to book your place for the Veterans Buffet lunch on the 31st July 2017 at 1100hrs at the City Club, North Pallant, in Chichester, small cost of £10 per head, wives and partners welcomed

Edwin Drew

2:52 PM on June 8, 2017

Allen Drew ( alfie ) says...

Hi Eddy found guestbook all is good got your email from AA Travel she has up date the time to 0630 hrs so all is good take care

Allen Drew ( alfie )

11:41 AM on June 8, 2017

Hi Eddy found guestbook all is good got your email from AA Travel she has up date the time to 0630 hrs so all is good take care

Edwin Drew

3:14 PM on June 6, 2017

Dave thanks, I do hope that members do seek advice at the meetings if they cannot access the site only by communicating will we be able to rectify issues.

Edwin Drew

3:10 PM on June 6, 2017

Hi Annalisa, Glad that you have found the site and pleased that Peter is getting to grips with technology, I am trying my best to keep the site going so all can keep in touch.

Dave Tilley

6:53 AM on April 4, 2017

Well done Eddy for getting the site running we have to teach all the old Soldiers to use a PC

Edwin Drew

6:12 AM on April 3, 2017

just informing all members that this site is still active and we shall be using it more to notify members. Last year was a busy year for the Branch, and we have a few planned for this year. so if you haven't already registered please do so.. hope fully we can increase our membership,

Annalisa Marshall (Catchpole)

6:00 AM on September 18, 2016

Just introducing my dad Peter Catchpole to some more technology! he has enjoyed looking through the site and telling me who is in the photo's.

keep up the good work.

Gerry McMahon

7:46 AM on March 21, 2016

Gerry McMahon says...

Thanks Sir yes Ive been in touch with Eddie & Dave to book tickets for the 4th

   April,looking forward seeing you all again. Mac

Gerry McMahon

6:56 AM on March 21, 2016

Branch President says...

Thank you Sir I look forward to seeing you again.

Thanks Mac

Welcome to the site Gerry. I gather that Eddie Drew has contacted you re the lunch, so hopefully we'll see you there.

Best wishes

David Beveridge

Branch President

7:23 PM on March 20, 2016

Welcome to the site Gerry. I gather that Eddie Drew has contacted you re the lunch, so hopefully we'll see you there.

Best wishes

David Beveridge

Gerry Mac McMahon

11:36 AM on March 20, 2016

Hi To All Queens Men.

My wife and I are coming over from Cyprus22nd March --12 April,and are hoping to get tickets for the Lunch on the 4th of April, I look forward very much to meeting up

with my fellow members of the 3rd Btn The Queens Regt 65 ---77 Cheers Mac

Branch President

5:23 PM on June 5, 2015

Welcome, Chris. Where do you live? If it's anywhere near Chichester you should join our branch and meet up with the large number of ex 3rd Battalion who are members.

Best wishes

David Beveridge

Chris Muckley

2:53 PM on June 5, 2015

Hello to all I served with at 3rd Bn between 1983 and 1986.

I hope you're all still fighting fit.

Best regards,


Bill Heath

8:13 AM on October 28, 2012

Joined in 1962 and left in 1968. rejoined The RE Postal in 1972.

Spent 6 years in C Coy Mortars

Barry Cobbold

10:19 AM on December 29, 2011

hi I am settled in at my new abode at 3 ths Green, Lakeside Chichester PO20 1QH

To contact me by post send to Room 141,26 the Hornet, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7BB, or by Phone 07816205034 I hope to see some of you soon, and I hope some of you will visit Have a very Happy 2012 whoever and wherever you are. Barry


john hotston

2:17 PM on October 4, 2011

I was in the area on another matter, so it made sense to just deliver them. I can not made Remembrance in Chichester this year as I shall be on parade with the Royal Engineers Association Crawley Branch as I carry their Standard.

John Hotston

6:53 AM on September 30, 2011

Branch President says...

Thanks for the photos of Mick's funeral, John. I'll get a selection onto the website when I have time to scan them in. We meet at the Chichester City Club in North Pallant on the last Wednesday of every other month. The next one will be on 30th November. Perhaps you could get to Chi for our Remembrance Sunday parade, jointly with R Sussex: form up by M&S in East Street at 10.30 on 13th November.

Branch President

6:14 PM on September 29, 2011

Thanks for the photos of Mick's funeral, John. I'll get a selection onto the website when I have time to scan them in. We meet at the Chichester City Club in North Pallant on the last Wednesday of every other month. The next one will be on 30th November. Perhaps you could get to Chi for our Remembrance Sunday parade, jointly with R Sussex: form up by M&S in East Street at 10.30 on 13th November.

John Hotston

6:02 PM on September 29, 2011

I did enjoy meeting members of the Regiment, it was a sad day being Mick Gills Funeral. I hope to be able to attend your next Branch Meeting when I find out the date. Had a good brows through the site.

John Hots Hotston

Founder Aden veterans Association

Co Founder Onsa

Tony Talman

6:30 PM on February 23, 2011

I was just browsing through the site and I notice that Colonel David at time had a pint in the Blacksmith Arms in Donnington.

My grandfather (mothers father) was the village blacksmith. He lived in blacksmiths cottages just across the road from the pub. It was once a row of cottages and my grandfather had his forge where I think is now a garage, as the cottages is now just one house., The loo was at the end of the garden.

In the Pub on the wall there is a photo of my grandfather sitting in the pub. I was born in Bridge Cottages which is just down from the village pond. At just 5’6” and shrinking I do at times believe my father was a Canadian soldier, but my eldest sister disagrees As we all know the build up to D Day they had to be accommodate somewhere.

Look forward to seeing you all in May.

Tony T DCM


12:03 PM on October 7, 2010

Hi Barry Whats it like benig charge at the dinner night. you did look great in the

photo. Col David will have to look out now as i think you might takeover the role.

All the best dino.

Michael Mick Ward

6:22 AM on September 19, 2010





7:56 AM on August 7, 2010

Hi to you all at chichester from me in deal hope to see you all at The Royal Sussex dinner very good site best wishs dave.

Branch President

11:00 AM on August 6, 2010

Hello Brian - welcome. How about trying to get down here for the next Albuhera Dinner (200th Anniversary)?

Brian Fox

11:13 AM on August 5, 2010

In a rare moment when I'm not busy (still working and loving it) It's good to read messages. I don't get down to West Sussex very often, even less since my mum passed away. I'm aware I am not an active ex member but do like to hear how members are getting on. Good Luck to All.:)

Branch President

8:15 AM on April 26, 2010

Ian Hassam (and others). If you want a response sent personally to you, you need to include your email address in the text of your message. The email address you provide in the box below your name can only be seen by me as webmaster.

ian hassam

12:18 PM on March 13, 2010

This is for Richard Steele -- I served with you in Germany with 2 Queens and yes we had a blast in Werl !! if you should get this please contact me. I live in Langley BC Canada - 24135417 CPL Ian Hassam - 2 Queens

Martin 'Para' Davies

1:24 PM on March 3, 2010

I joined A Coy in lemgo and then moved to the A/Ts, did a stint with the Sigs, and the QMs, was provo in Gib and COS HQ Coy in Catterick which is where I left 3Queens, the site is outstanding, I am in touch with a few old friend from the old mob, but would like to hear from more, my email is

[email protected]

best wishes to all old comrads

Martin 'Para'

tony lovell

9:19 PM on February 24, 2010

any body who remembers me please contact me at [email protected] i was in 3 queens

Branch President

12:40 PM on January 31, 2010

Mick - your email address doesn't appear here so we can't contact you. Send us an email from the new 'Email Us' page, or post another message here with your email address in it.

There is some info on the next Albuhera Dinner on the 'Latest News' page.

David Beveridge

Mick Tees (S.O.M.)

9:41 AM on January 26, 2010

'Afternoon all, Could you please send me details of your branch dinner, via the above email address. Ta muchly. Mick Tees


6:13 AM on December 15, 2009

Iwould like to take this opportunity to wish all members and visiters to this web site a very Happy Christmas and a fun filled New Year

Barry Cobbold

5:32 AM on December 13, 2009


Paul Daines

9:13 AM on December 8, 2009

:roll:Wold like to wish everyone in the Chichester queens Branch a very merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for all the hard work that you put into it Barry, Pete, and Col David Paul (Dino)


1:06 PM on December 3, 2009

Many names many memories on skype


1:02 PM on December 3, 2009

Many names many memories,on skype.62/74 ,royal sussex/3 Queens


3:59 AM on November 2, 2009

Hi Adam, you will get what you are looking for from " Home Counties Medal Services" run by Chris Rollason, 53 Bodiam Crescent, Hampton Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9HQ. or Tel: 01323 506012. best of luck, let us know how you get on. Barry

adam hall

4:45 AM on October 14, 2009

Hi, I am looking for a queens regiment blazer badge, I have just got one from RHQ pwrr Howe bks, and it colour?[green dragon and red backing}:unsure:, as I remember when I was in 3rd bn back in the early 80`s, it was silver and gold and a bit bigger, can anyone help me find one:), thank you Adam Hall.


6:04 AM on July 26, 2009

Hi Rob Its very nice to hear from you, the only reason that we use Sussex by the Sea along with Soldiers of the Queen is that being in Sussex 99% of our members are Ex Royal Sussex And / or 3rd Bn the Queens Regiment. whilst we do appreciate that "Braganza" along with all of the other regimental Marches are excellent tunes we do not have enough space or time to put them on this web site. I hope this explains the situation without offending and we would certainly like to hear from you again Yours Aye Barry


7:24 AM on July 17, 2009

From an ex Q.R.R. Berlin & Iserlohn--greetings to all--I have been a member of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Association for too many years to remember now


7:18 AM on July 17, 2009

Hi, I see you do not mention 1st Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment and their rendition of "Braganza" played so often by the 1st Queen's band back in the 1949- 1954 era


5:32 AM on June 9, 2009

Sorry about not asking about your back but it was more than likely payback for the suit joke, and it came back too me as I have had the same problem with my lower back, so its your turn to to laugh David

Branch President

2:15 PM on June 1, 2009

Patience is a virtue, Barry!! All done now. I'm glad you enjoyed the Mayor Making, and my back is much better - thank you for asking! :roll:


5:29 AM on June 1, 2009

David, I had a nice day at the making of the Mayor ceremony will let you know all about it when I see you. When can we expect the 2009 photo's

Barry Cobbold

5:24 AM on June 1, 2009

Paul and Nick, thank you for your messages Ref: the Albyhera Dinner, it is always good to know that members and guests enjoy themselfs anmd that they appreciate the work done in the background, I look forward too seeing you both at Lewes. Do keep useing the Web Site it keeps David on his toes,

Paul Daines

10:36 AM on May 19, 2009

Had a great night at the albuhera Day. The food was good also the company to. My thanks to Barry and Peter for all there hard work. Great to see so many old friends from the past. Roll on Lewes, cant wait to see every one again

Branch President

2:28 PM on May 17, 2009

Thanks for your kind message, Nick. It was good to see you and some other old hands from the distant past. Glad you enjoyed the evening and look forward to Lewes and then to seeing you at our dinner again next year. Keep checking the website!

Nick Shepperd

12:31 PM on May 17, 2009

Thank you for a most memoable Albuhera Day.The organisation was superb and so was the level of service. We are both looking forward to a repeat performance next year.

Barry Cobbold

2:43 AM on May 16, 2009

To all members and friends, A Very Happy Albuhera Day, I am looking forward too tonight with great joy

paul daines

2:29 PM on April 29, 2009

Hi Barry Thanks for the welcome to the branch, look forward to meeting every one at the Albuhera dinner an having a great night. paul

Nick Shepperd

2:05 PM on April 22, 2009

Well done,Barry.Wearing roo many hats can lead to headaches,but,you seem to be coping well. See you in May

Barry Cobbold

5:05 AM on April 21, 2009

If any senior member of the Horsham Branch reads this perhaps they can let me know why I am refused permission to access your brach site, and also can anyone send me Colin Friends Address.

Branch Chairman

4:59 AM on April 21, 2009

Thank you Mr President for your rapid response to my E mail and attachment

Branch President

2:04 PM on April 20, 2009

AGM Minutes and notice of Albuhera Dinner are now up on the site. Look forward to seeing all of you on 16th May!

Barry Cobbold

5:35 AM on April 20, 2009

Hi Nick, sorry for lack of advertising for Albuhera Dinner but we are learning as we go on and I am sure we will get most things right sooner or later

Barry Cobbold

5:31 AM on April 20, 2009

I am very pleased to welcome Paul (Dino) Daines to the branch and even more pleased that he will be attending our Albuhera Dinner this year along with his wife. I am sorry for the delay in publishing the AGM minutes I have been on a well earnt holiday

Nick Shepperd

8:48 AM on April 19, 2009

Wot,no AGM minutes? See you all in May ( another un-advertised function ) Nick S

Richard Steel

9:12 PM on March 13, 2009

Just got my MBA and captaincy but now diagnosed with having ALS and 2 years to go. Shit. I would like to see old mates wand piss it up while I still have my facilities! Any bids? ex 2 Queens full screw in Int Sect., (1968 to 1973) wankers. Love Richard

Richard Steel

9:17 PM on February 20, 2009

I was a Corporal in 2 Queen's and lost touch with most of the lads. Ended up as a Captain in a Canadian Regiment (what a shower) I wouldnt mind saying hello to some of my old mates. Best Regards Richard 24146844:D

Barry Cobbold

5:42 AM on February 4, 2009

Looking forward to seeing as many old friens as possible at the AGM on 7th March in London

peter alner

12:13 PM on February 1, 2009

ok, col. you tell the big round one i done it

Branch President

:9:02 AM on January 30, 2009

Well done, Peter. Welcome aboard!

peter Alner

8:39 AM on January 30, 2009

have got you now david

Barry Cobbold

5:15 AM on December 18, 2008

I would like to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful & healthy 2009

Branch President

7:49 AM on December 10, 2008

Hi Tony: good to hear from you! I sometimes go to the Blacksmith's Arms in Donnington; is there any connection with your family there? It would be very good to see you at our next Albuhera Dinner - next year it's actually on the right day; details in the November Minutes on this site. Hope to see you there. David Beveridge

Ton y Talman

11:38 AM on December 9, 2008

Dear Colonel, having lived in France for 17 year, I have never lost site of my allegiance to my native land. Or the fact that nature implanted in my breast and indissoluble attachment to the country of my birth and infant nurture. I was born in Donnington blacksmith cottages, which is now one house. My grandfather was the village blacksmith. I shall do my very best to be at the Albuhera Dinner in May and look forward to meeting you all. Tony T

Barry Cobbold

5:57 AM on December 4, 2008

Thanks David for letting the world know Im thick but Im thankful that you keep this site up to date, So you cotinue with your bit and I will continue with mine, No need to keep my E-mail; Address private.

Iain Smith

3:57 AM on July 18, 2008

I served with 1st Bn from 79 to 84, I would like to meet with some of my old friends and members of 1 queens, where can I get further info ? Thanks

matt barnes {barney}

11:30 AM on July 16, 2008

hi was wondering if anyone could help me track down my medals which were stolen portslade ex 3 queens 1987-1991 maybe by chance they have been handed in some where,but i wont hold my breath on that.medals where NI and gulf.if i cant get originals back possibly someone knows how i can get copys,id like to sort this one way or another by november, so i can go back to my home town of Lewes for parade,its long overdue.

mike collins

6:57 PM on June 26, 2008

Hello All Wishing you all the best for veterans day from the Queen`s Regiment site members. with events planned throughout the weekend we are sure a lot of you will have some fun and memories will flood back All the best and stay safe Mike collins webmaster :lol:

Allen (Alfie) Drew

6:08 PM on June 19, 2008

Hi to you all.good site most of you now me but here we go, R/Sussex 3/Queens 1963 to 1973 A.coy A/tks drive for the Bat Deacon, now just past 65 years, and looking good, what you say Barry, and look out for me on Skype barry, All thr best to the site ...............................Alfie


11:56 PM on June 10, 2008

Not sure I can make Lewes agian this year but maybe when I retire. If I,m near Chichester I will look you all up

Branch President

10:16 AM on June 2, 2008

Well, well! Amazing how word gets round once someone finds a web site. It's great to hear from you all!! I've been running the site for a couple of months now, and it's gradually getting more stuff on, so keep visiting. It would be really good to see any of you who are near Chichester at one of our regular gatherings (see Future Events) so just drop in. If you want contact details (phone numbers or email) for any of us just send a message via the EMAIL button below and we'll get back to you. What's your email address Birdbrain? I'm going to try very hard to get to the next Lewes Reunion in September 2009. Best wishes and hope to see you soon - David Beveridge

Dilly Davies

12:58 AM on June 2, 2008

Hullo Chichester nice looking at the photos hullo to Col David from Birdbrain and I think Barry Cobbold could do with losing some weight

John A Girdler

5:07 PM on May 30, 2008

Hello All, Just got your web site passed to me by Les Deacon, It is a very good web site and Congratulations on haveing this web site, I was Middlesex, 4th Bn, 1st Bn, 3rd Bn Th Queen's Regiment, Medical Discharged, I live in Northern Ireland and I say well done and keep up the good work. John ....Upstart......Belfast.

Tony Talman

2:30 PM on May 30, 2008

Just found the site. Chichester being where I was born, my hometown I decided to join the branch. I look forward where possible to making the annual branch festivals. I joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1961 and retired from the Queens Regiment in 1983. Best and worse 22 years of my life. Best wishes to you all. Tony

derek apples cox

12:45 AM on May 30, 2008

Just found your site ,I Hope to be at your next meeting MT Sgt 1 royal sussex /3Queens 1962/1974

Mick Tees (S.O.M.)

2:56 PM on May 29, 2008

Hello people, just found your site, nice easy to follow lay out. Just one small point; the truly correct wording in the song is...'When you go FROM Sussex' even though I have to admit I've seen both versions a number of times. Any way 'Excellent site well done. Service, 1959-1968, 1 Royal Sussex/3 Queens, mostly remembered for Sigs.

Robert Jones

12:40 PM on May 29, 2008

Les has ask me to put a link to your site which i have done, sorry it took a bit of time but i am in Belize 7 hours behind, best regards bob Jones 3 Queens 1969-83

Leslie Deacon

11:24 AM on May 29, 2008

Hello to Dave and all members of the Chi branch ! Here is ex 23868882 Sgt Les "the bat" Deacon (A Coy, A/Tks - 61-73). A big welcome to the web and congrats on your new site. We are are : From here in Germany, I do the admin and mod on the Battalion website for Bob Jones (recce) in Belize. We have many pics of most of do visit us ! We also have a large contact database of members of the Regiment. We will link your site with ours, if we may. Dave, I have just recieves rare pics of you in Aden from Dimple. (7 Pl) Colin Beech, please contact me ....we have been searching for you ! ([email protected]) I hope to see you the latest in May Best regards take peaceful care Les

Nick Shepperd

5:25 AM on May 28, 2008

Greetings one and all! For those that don't know me from the R.Sussex site,I served from'64 to'73,with all my time in Sig Pl.Congratulations on a well laid out site,especially from an association branch.For those that are not aware,the R.Sussex/3Queens website is active,with probably a thousand plus photos. Keep upright and breathing,I hope to be with you next May. Nick Shepperd

colin beech

7:46 PM on April 8, 2008

i would ke to contact Dave Rutter.. last seen running london marathon dressed as a bride 1974 75