The beginning of the second week saw Lt Lynch-Staunton and LCpl Samuels join Lt Pryor and Tpr McGarrigan in St Moritz to tackle The Cresta Run and attempt to bag a share of the trophies on offer at the Army Junction Championship.
With the Championship on Thursday the new pair were left with little time to prepare. After beginners school on the Monday and a couple of falls at Shuttlecock under their belt they were thrust into the championship along with racers from a number of other regiments. The KRH team were split to make pairs and while Lt Pryor and Tpr McGarrigan competed together, Lt Lynch-Staunton and LCpl Samuels remained as a novice duo.
Due to falls in the first run, The Regiment was out of running for the 17th/21st Lancer's Cup, but with two personal bests Lt Pryor came away the victor, by some 8 seconds, in The Novice Cup.
On the back of this success Lt Pryor was invited to stay out a further week to train with the Army team. Much to his relief his progression continued and he came away victorious in The Services Silver Spoon race as well as riding the Cresta Run from top.
All in all a great return for the Regiment to The Cresta Run and some firm foundations laid for future seasons. The team would especially like to thank the trustees for their financial support without which, this season would not have been possible.
As is the case every year, the end of November signals the work dodging winter sports enthusiasts to jet off on various expeditions around Europe, leaving the rest of the regiment to work hard in preparation for the Regiment’s Christmas stand down. The inevitably anti-social Orderly Officer rotation and extra work required from the SNCO’s undoubtedly made the prospect of Ex COLLODEN HAWK a particularly easy sell. A week of fishing, deer stalking and walked up shoots was an excellent break from the hustle and bustle of day to day work.
The Officer’s and Warrant Officer’s messes set off on a predictably long mini bus journey into the depths of Scotland to enjoy a week of bonding, field sports and a few ‘wee drams’ of the local drink of choice. The trip also coincided brilliantly with the hallowed fields of the Battle of Culloden, which was the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil; the battle may not be synonymous with armoured warfare but both the 10th and 11th Hussars fought in the battle, it also had a staggering effect on the tactical development of the professional army, and all left with a renewed interest in the Jacobite rising of 1745.
By Lt Sam Rutter, Photos by Maj Sarah Owen, RMO.
As January 2016 leaves just quickly as it arrived, so too does the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. To mark its anniversary and tell his story, John Dingley has written a book, called Challenging the Beast, about his time as 2nd Troop Leader, B Sqn, 14th/20th King's Hussars.
In 1990, the 14th/20th King's Hussars were part of 4th Armoured Brigade (known as the forgotten brigade) and had to look on from Longkesh Camp, Northern Ireland, as the 7th Armoured Brigade deployed to the Gulf. Upon their return to York Barracks, Munster, B Squadron, 14/20 H, found all of its tanks had been cannibalised for spare parts by the 7th and that seemed like the last nail in the coffin of non-deployment. However, just before some post-NI leave the Squadron was told that it would be joining 7th Armoured Brigade in the Gulf after all and that new tanks would be delivered in due course.
John never kept a diary during the campaign, but instead has written his book using his notebooks from orders groups, his photographs in the scrapbook he made in 1993, and his Squadron Leader's account of the battles in which they took part. At the time of the Gulf War, B Squadron Leader was Major Richard Shirreff who is now, General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE, the Regimental Colonel of the KRH.
John said that he 'wanted to write [his] story so that it could be shared with soldiers and families in future generations. It also does a little to highlight the imbalances between 7th Armoured and 4th Armoured brigades both in equipment but also news coverage and eventually awards.' He also hopes that troop leaders of today and in the future might find it a useful account about the rewards and challenges of tank troop leading.
While the book is a way to keep the memory alive of those who have "passed off the square too early" such as Cpl Lythgoe and SSM Skip Rae, John hopes that it will remind those who served in the Gulf with him of the various personalities of B Squadron, the 14/20 H, and educate and entertain those others who are interested.
If anyone would like to buy the book it is currently only available from the Amazon Kindle store. You can go to purchase it using this link and if you think it worthy, John would be grateful for a review: CLICK HERE.
KRH Association and serving members of the regiment.