THE ASSOCIATION

The Grenadier Guards Regimental Association was formed in 1913 and is the largest regimental association in the British Army. It has branches across the world; the East Kent Branch is one.

The Association is a registered charity existing to fulfil the following functions:

  • To maintain a connection between past and present members of the Grenadier Guards, and thereby promote their mutual interests and the welfare of the Regiment generally.
  • To grant financial assistance to needy members or their widows, or on behalf of their children, provided their adverse circumstances are of an unavoidable nature and that the funds of the Association permit.
  • To circulate information concerning the Regiment and the advantages of service therein, and to encourage desirable candidates to join.
  • To arrange meetings in London or such other place as may help, to promote the objects shown above.

The Objects of the Grenadier Guards Association are:

  • to promote the efficiency of the Grenadier Guards (hereinafter called ‘the Regiment’) and to maintain its history, traditions and esprit de corps; and
  • to relieve, either generally or individually, persons who are serving or who have served in the Regiment and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship and distress.

In furtherance of these Objects the Association, through its Trustees, shall have the power:

  • to take all necessary action to publicise and disseminate information concerning the Regiment’s history, deeds and traditions and to encourage recruiting;
  • to execute and administer charitable trusts;
  • to receive, take and accept any gifts of property whether subject to any special trusts or not;
  • to receive and accept contributions by way of donations or otherwise and to raise funds for the said Objects provided that the Trustees shall not undertake any permanent trading activities concerned solely with the said raising of funds;
  • to assist distressed and needy beneficiaries or their dependents by way of grants, gifts, supplementary allowances or otherwise and where necessary to promote their education and advancement in life;
  • to pay for such items, services and facilities by way of donations or subscriptions to charitable institutions or organisations which provide or which undertake in return to provide such items, services or facilities for distressed and needy beneficiaries;
  • subject to such consents as may from time to time be required by law, to purchase, take lease or exchange any property required for the Association and lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same;
  • subject to such consents as may from time to time be required by law, to borrow or raise money for the Association on such terms and such security as may be thought fit;
  • to invest funds and property of the Association for use for purposes of the Association in such investments as may from time to time be authorised by law;
  • to accumulate funds of the Association for such periods as may from time to time be authorised by law;
  • to constitute and form branches of the Association to further the Objects of the Association following the By-Laws established by the Association for its Branches; and
  • to do all such other things as shall be necessary for the attainment of the said Objects.

Membership applications will be dealt with by Branch Secretaries who will issue the appropriate membership card and maintain a record of any subscriptions paid.

There are four categories of membership:

Serving Members

All serving Officers, serving Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Guardsmen who have completed recruit training.

Members

All Officers who have formerly served in the Regiment.

Officers and Soldiers of other Corps or Regiments who have formerly served in the Grenadier Guards and the Regimental Band before the advent of CAMUS.

Discharged Soldiers, provided they have completed their recruit training in the Regiment and have been awarded a character assessment of not less than “SATISFACTORY”.

Associate Members

Members of Associations of other Regiments of the Household Division and members of the Regimental Band of the CAMUS era are known as Associate Members

Honorary Members

Ladies (including Grenadier widows) and Gentlemen who have not served in the Grenadier Guards, but who have given outstanding service to the Regiment (e.g. Medical Officers, Chaplains etc) and others in line with the By-Laws for Branches, Section 2, paragraph 2.

Notes:
  1. The Executive Committee reserves the right to reconsider the membership accorded to all categories.
  2. Discharged men or Army Reservists with a character reference less than “SATISFACTORY” may apply to join the Association provided that they can show that their conduct since leaving the Colours has been satisfactory. Applications should be made in writing to the General Secretary for special consideration by the Executive Committee who are empowered to elect or re-elect them.
  3. Any member shall be struck off who has been convicted by the Civil Power if, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, the offence is of a serious nature. Members dealt with under this Rule may apply for re-election, being subject to the provision of point 2 above.
  4. The Executive Committee reserves to themselves the right to expel any member or exclude any applicant from membership.
  5. Those members of the Association who cease to belong under the Rules shall have no claim to a refund of any subscription or other payments made by him under these Rules.

Membership applications will be dealt with by Branch Secretaries who will issue the appropriate membership card and maintain a record of any subscriptions paid.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions into the Headquarters Fund are not payable by any member.

At a local level and at the discretion of Branch Committees, with the agreement of members, local rates for subscriptions may be set, collected and retained by Branches to support their general expenditure.

Donations

All members shall be actively encouraged to donate an annual sum to the Association Headquarters Fund and where applicable, by way of a Gift Aided Donation. This enables the Association to claim a refund of income tax on all such donations; thereby helping to further the objects of the Association.

All donations to the Headquarters Fund of the Association (including Gift Aided donations) and legacies will be transacted through the Association Office. Member’s donations/subscriptions of a routine nature should be sent to the Branch Secretary concerned, for retention by the Branch.

The Day’s Pay Scheme

This is a voluntary scheme whereby serving Officers and Soldiers can contribute monthly to Regimental Charitable Funds direct from their pay. All those eligible are encouraged to do so to help support the Association’s welfare effort which is, in turn, supported financially by a monthly Regimental grant.

RHQ has 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 NCO can use to check on an as-and-when basis.

However, 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:

  1. Get a Copy of Your Own Service Records
  2. Get a Copy of the Records of Someone Deceased (restrictions apply)

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 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 NCO.

The following shows the location of all Branches of the Association.

Contact detail of each Branch Secretary can be obtained from the Regimental website:

Bath Manchester Surrey & East Hampshire
Bristol March Walsall
Derby Matlock & Chesterfield Wessex
East Kent Medway Wigan, St. Helens & District
Essex * Norfolk Windsor
Gloucestershire Northamptonshire Wolverhampton
Kingston & District North Staffordshire Worcester &  Hereford
Leicestershire Nottinghamshire Yorkshire
Lincoln Oxfordshire Overseas: North America
Liverpool Reading
London Suffolk

* It is understood that this Branch is to close in 2022

The following shows the location of all Branches of the Household Division Association.

Further details can be obtained from Association HQ on 0207 414 3285 or email assnnco@grengds.com

Birmingham Luton Warrington
Blackpool Manchester Wiltshire
Chester Morecombe Bay Wolverhampton
Cleveland & South Durham Reading North Yorkshire
Colchester Solent Windsor
Louth Telford Household Division Corps of  Drums Association

REGIMENTAL REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019

On Sunday 19th May 2019, personnel from the Grenadier Guards took part in a service of remembrance in central London.

Black Sunday is a regimental day when serving and former Grenadier Guardsmen come together to pay tribute to those killed and injured. All Grenadiers hold this as an incredibly important day to remember our dead and our wounded from conflicts past.

The parade took place at Wellington Barracks and the Guards Chapel before both serving and former personnel marched together to the Guards Memorial by Horseguards where the Duke of York (who was then Colonel of the Regiment) laid a wreath in memory of fallen comrades.

The next parade in the magnitude of the 2019 parade, and parades previous to that year, is to be held on Sunday 15th May 2022. We hope we can bring you an updated video thereafter.

Video length 2 minutes 45 seconds
(All credit to Alex Schmidt and YouTube)

REGIMENTAL REMEMBRANCE DAY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

During 2020 and 2021, Covid-19 restrictions meant that the usual large scale Remembrance parade was not possible and had to be cancelled.

Instead, it was replaced by a short, but poignant video of Remembrance, circulated for all to watch instead at home, produced very professionally again and viewed by an international audience across many time zones and as far afield as California and Tasmania.

That video is available on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tv/CO7RMQ0BK03/