Within six months of the end of the 1914-18 War, senior Welsh Guardsmen met under the chairmanship of the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel Murray-Threipland, to consider the formation of a Welsh Guards Comrades Association “to maintain connection between the past and serving members of the Welsh Guards and thereby promote their mutual interest and welfare of the Regiment generally”.
There were other objectives, which included “the circulation of information concerning the regiment and to encourage desirable candidates to join” and “to arrange social gatherings in suitable places”. At a meeting in Cardiff on 29th November 1919, it was agreed to form local Branches. A copy of the Minutes from this very first General Meeting of the Association can be read here. In 1965, “Comrades” was omitted from the Association title to encourage serving soldiers to be active members and the links between past and present have continued and are greatly enjoyed.
Until 1992 the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel was President, and the Superintending Clerk at Regimental Headquarters was the General Secretary. In that year a regimental office was opened at Maindy Barracks, Cardiff and a past-serving Guardsman from within the Association became General Secretary, a position later changed to Secretary-General. Newsletters were introduced in the 1970s and at the same time the Association Report became the Welsh Guards Magazine.
Association events have included a biennial dinner, darts and shooting competitions, battlefield tours and numerous of other occasions which bring past and present Welsh Guardsmen together, none more so than on St David’s Day. The branches form the heart of the Association and are administered by enthusiastic volunteers who arrange many social events and uphold the standards and traditions of the Regiment in their areas.
2017 has seen further changes within the Association, not least the amalgamation of several branches (the details of which can be read in the Summer Newsletter here), the formation of a new voluntary post of Assistant Secretary General and the cessation of the posting of hard copy Newsletters (at a cost of over £3,000), to be replaced by a downloadable newsletter which is sent electronically to all Branch Secretaries (and held on this website) and which can be either read online or printed and handed to those not connected.
Maldwyn Jones (24263892)
Assistant Secretary General
Neil Rice (24446066)
There are a number of association branches around the UK. Their details are listed below.
Terry O’Shea (24047142)
1st Monday of month 1930 hrs
United Services Mess Wharton Street, Cardiff
Ken Haines (23523287)
2nd Wednesday of month 1930 hrs
Gelliswastad Club, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd
Alan Cunningham (241251905)
2nd Wednesday of every 2nd month, 1930 hrs
The Royal Navy Association Club, 26 Swansea Road, Llanelli SA15 3YT
Jeff Heenan (23523251)
Errold Jones (24581438)
1st Monday of month
Ex Servicemen’s Club, Merthyr Tydfil
Steve Liversage BEM (24141822)
2nd Thursday month 2000 hrs
Alternating between the Abergavenny Angel Hotel and Constitutional Club, Pengam
Montgomeryshire & Shrophsire
John Williams (23860183)
Meetings every 3 months at the Shrewsbury Beaconfield Club
Last Sunday of the month at 1200 hrs
Cheshire’s Mess, Chester Castle
Alan Loose (24141839)
Bangor - 3rd Monday of the month, 1900 hrs
Harp Inn, Bangor High Street
Wrexham – 1st Thursday of the month
The Wrexham Memorial Club
Mike Jones (23523201)
2nd Monday of the month, 1930 hrs
Caefatri Public House, Coity Road, Bridgend
Peter Williams (23877300)
3rd Monday of the month at 1900 hrs
St James Club, St James’ Gardens, Swansea
Welsh Guards Band
Richard Hunter CSGT