Six Days in Malaysia - 1st Battalion 1950-53

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Monday 28 May 2012 3:39 pm

In January, Hugh Wilmer, Ian Tedford and Donald Cameron returned for six days to Malaysia to see if they could find bases and buildings used by 1st Battalion between 1950-53. This is an entertaining report on their trip and the adventure they enjoyed together.

They had all served together there under their CO, Bill Henning, later to become Hugh’s father-in-law. The idea originated with Hugh in 2009; he wrote to the other two who enthusiastically approved.  All three wives firmly agreed this was a men-only affair.  One of the wives referred to the trio as the three geriatric delinquents.  Ian, having later served also with the Gurkhas, had interests relating to their operations. 

Read on brave reader  - full report available to download as PDF file >>

News from The Black Hackle - May 2012

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Thursday 24 May 2012 3:44 pm



Second  Quarter 2012


To all of our members, friends and families we extend our greetings and best wishes.

Thanks to all of our members and friends for their support and involvement in our activities.


Wits Week is held annually as close as possible to the anniversary of the battle of Caprara, 15/16 April. This year the parade and commemoration service took place on Saturday 14th.

The Regiment went all out to ensure that the HQ was looking spic and span ahead of the functions and anything that moved, or did not move, was painted. The floor of the hall has been newly tiled and this has made a real difference to the venue. The Officer Commanding has had the owners of the building investing in substantial maintenance which has made the HQ a credit to the Regiment. Besides the tiling a new security fence has been erected as have new shade port coverings and general maintenance has been carried out.

The WO’s and NCO’s Formal dinner was held on Sat 31st March, well supported and enjoyed by all who attended. The NCO’s did an excellent job of decorating the entrance using two Ratel combat vehicles, camouflage nets and potted shrubs, providing an excellent theme which welcomed the guests.