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   If you are a REGISTERED member of the East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards Association, please also log into the "Branch Members Login" area of this website and see the messages intended for registered member’s eyes only. 

The following are for general awareness of all visitors to our website:

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR JOSEPH (JOE) CONNOLLY
Message posted: 30 August 2019

Gill Connolly, Luke and Natasha wish to inform all those concerned that Joe's funeral will take place at 2pm (1400 hrs) on Thursday 26 September 2019. 

The service will be held at Woking crematorium (The Crematorium, Hermitage Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 8TJ) and afterwards at Knaphill Working Men's Club (2 Highclere Road, Knaphill, Surrey GU21 2PN). 

Can those wishing to attend please confirm their attendance with Luke Connolly ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ((NB: EMAIL ADDRESS AMMENDED)) to allow for catering requirements? 

Alternatively, provide attendance confirmation direct onto Joe Connolly's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/joseph.../posts/1319330208243339...). 

The family request no flowers to be sent, but donations to Help for Heroes will be taken at the venue; should you wish to donate. 

For those not attending on 26 September 2019, but who would like to leave a donation to Help for Heroes, in Joe's memory, please visit https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/donate-online/ to make an online donation. Once at that link, please ensure you tick the box marked "Are you donating in memory of someone?" and then enter the name, Joe Connolly, where it says "Please tell us who you are donating in memory of".

If you wish to send a condolence card, or message to Gill, Luke and Natasha, then please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and this will provide the postal address to send to. 

 


 

JOSEPH (JOE) CONNOLLY
Message posted: 28 August 2019

Den and Dave Barrett have asked us to assist with getting the following message passed to as many Grenadiers as possible and is sent on behalf of the Connolly family:

"It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that Joe Connolly passed away early hours Sunday morning (25 August 2019).  Words cannot explain how we are feeling.  All I can say is that he went peacefully in his sleep.  I will let everyone know funeral arrangements once I know myself.  Thank you, Gill and Luke Connolly"

Joe Connolly


 

FORCE'S VETERANDS ID CARD
Message posted: 20 February 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have launched (as of 18th February 2019) a new Veterans' ID card which will enable public and charitable sector services to instantly recognise the service of a Veteran. This card will provide proof that a Veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a Veteran - which is one day’s service.

Currently, there is no way for existing Veterans to easily prove the fact that they have served and the administrative burden on providers when verifying that a person is a Veteran can be considerable, both in time and cost. This card will allow you to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.

However, this card will not be held by all Veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches

> Phase 1: To all Service Leavers only, as part of the discharge process with effect from 18th February 2019, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018

> Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time - before the end of 2019

Some genuine Veterans in need may not have the capacity to apply for one.

Therefore, please do not take the absence of a Veterans' ID card as proof that a person is not a Veteran. Instead continue to use your existing processes to verify their Veteran status (click here for the related article regarding applying for service records)

Veterans should contact the Veterans' UK Helpline number for further relevant information. Their details are below.

Telephone: 0808 1914 218

 

Website – www.veterans-uk.info 



OBTAINING GRENADIER SERVICE RECORDS

Message posted: 14 February 2019

RHQ have received numerous requests to check service records for service history.  This is to advise of the process for ex-service personnel record requests.

The Archive Department, at RHQ, only now has a record (register) of service numbers and names to confirm an individual was a Grenadier, which the Association SNCCCO can use to check on an as-and-when basis.  However, the process for reviewing service records is now as follows:

All Records of Service (including Officers) have been transferred to the Ministry of Defence and RHQ are no longer able to answer any queries about individuals who have served in the Regiment.

 Please send your enquiry to Army Disclosures, Army Personnel Centre, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX or visit:

If you have any questions, please telephone the Army Personnel Centre helpdesk on 0345 600 9663.

Individuals – or their attorney’s/next of kin’s – should complete the relevant forms in order to obtain the information required, which can then be disclosed to them for the relevant purposes.

The same process should be followed if Branches need to obtain information for specific purposes (e.g. welfare cases), albeit through an internal request system via the Association SNCO.


 

 

ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST:

Grenadiers Reunited Newsletter
Jim White (ex-signals Warrant Officer) sends a weekly newsletter to over 1,300 Grenadiers all over the world. Recipients are from all battalions and from the 1940's to the present day. If you are not on Jim's list and would like a copy of the newsletter (FREE AND WITH NO CATCH) then email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


We Were Brothers in Arms - Frank Clark

We Were Brothers in Arms is an attempt to understand the experience of battle during WW2 through the personal experiences of the ordinary soldier.

Frank Clark has gathered together the amazing stories of British soldiers during the eleven months of frenzied warfare that followed D-Day, and combined them into this fascinating volume. As a veteran himself (serving in WW2, Korea, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and during the Cold War), Frank is well versed in the adrenalin of battle, and here he brings together the tales of a wide cross section of fighting men on the front line. There are stories from the infantry, the assault troops who stormed the Normandy beaches and forced bridgeheads. The dashing reconnaissance men in their thin-skinned, tanks sending back vital radio reports; the parachutists, dropping behind enemy lines to fight, the sappers building bridges and clearing minefields under fire; the gunners, bringing down fast, furious and accurate barrages; the signallers, patching up communication links; the non-combatant stretcher-bearers, the doctors tending the wounded, the support services bringing up food and ammunition. This book tells their story of war, and reminds us why their sacrifice should never be forgotten.

We Are Btrothers In Arms

We Were Brothers in Arms is a compelling account of the last months of war told through eye witness accounts, some never before published.

Frank has met all publishing costs, so by ordering though the East Kent Branch, RHQ or via the author (Frank Clark) will ensure that the full cost of the book is donated to The Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards (registered charity no. 1062257). Ordering via Amazon or the publisher of the book will mean only the profit going to the charity.

The 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards returned from Afghanistan at the end of October 2012 after a grueling but highly successful operational tour. Sadly, 5 Grenadiers were killed in action and there were 46 battle casualties, of which 11 were amputees. A Victoria Cross was won but sadly posthumously. Such a grim toll shows only too clearly that the task of helping our Grenadiers is sadly only just beginning and we will need to continue to raise funds into the future. Your purchase of Frank's book will help raise much needed funds.

To order a copy, please make contact with the East Kent Branch (via our Contact page) and we will provide detail on how to order.

Product details

·     Paperback: 400 pages

 ·     First Published: 1 December 2013

 ·     Language: English

 ·     ISBN-10: 1783061863

 ·     ISBN-13: 978-1783061860

 ·     Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm

 ·     Cost for Paperback (unsigned): £16.99 + P&P

·     Cost for Paperback (signed by the author): £20 + £2.80 P&P (sent by the author)

 

The Killing Zone

 The latest book to be published by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) RM Dorney MBE (one of our Vice Presidents) is available for purchase on the Amazon website.

The Killing Zone

It should also be available in all good bookshops and many supermarkets.

All profits from the sale of 'The Killing Zone' will be donated to The Colonels Fund Grenadier Guards and combat stress charities.

The Killing Zone is a detailed and personal account, from ground level of the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards last tour of duty in Helmand province.

To go to the Amazon purchase page CLICK HERE.

Available in paperback and in Kindle versions. Please also tell your friends and family about the book and help make this a best seller.