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.

 

Secretary General
Maldwyn Jones (24263892)
secretary.general.wga@gmail.com

Assistant Secretary General
Neil Rice (24446066)
asst.sec.gen.wga@gmail.com

 

 

There are a number of association branches around the UK. Their details are listed below.

Cardiff
Terry O’Shea (24047142)
terenceoshea8@gmail.com
1st Monday of month 1930 hrs
United Services Mess Wharton Street, Cardiff

East Glamorgan
Ken Haines (23523287)
2nd Wednesday of month 1930 hrs
Gelliswastad Club, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd

Llanelli
Alan Cunningham (241251905)
alan.cunningham1@ntlworld.com
2nd Wednesday of every 2nd month, 1930 hrs
The Royal Navy Association Club, 26 Swansea Road, Llanelli SA15 3YT

London
Jeff Heenan (23523251)
jeffheenan-wgalb@hotmail.co.uk

Merthyr Tydfil
Errold Jones (24581438)
errold438@yahoo.co.uk
1st Monday of month
Ex Servicemen’s Club, Merthyr Tydfil

Monmouthshire
Steve Liversage BEM (24141822)
vicar54@live.co.uk
2nd Thursday month 2000 hrs
Alternating between the Abergavenny Angel Hotel and Constitutional Club, Pengam

Montgomeryshire & Shrophsire
John Williams (23860183)
j83williams@talktalk.net
Meetings every 3 months at the Shrewsbury Beaconfield Club

North England
Steve Ollerhead
Last Sunday of the month at 1200 hrs
Cheshire’s Mess, Chester Castle

North Wales
Alan Loose (24141839)
north.wales.secretary@gmail.com
Bangor - 3rd Monday of the month, 1900 hrs
Harp Inn, Bangor High Street
Wrexham – 1st Thursday of the month
The Wrexham Memorial Club

Ogmore
Mike Jones (23523201)
mike_jones928@msn.com
2nd Monday of the month, 1930 hrs
Caefatri Public House, Coity Road, Bridgend

Swansea
Peter Williams (23877300)
peterwilliams300@googlemail.com
3rd Monday of the month at 1900 hrs
St James Club, St James’ Gardens, Swansea

Welsh Guards Band
Richard Hunter CSGT
Contact here

Welsh Guards Reunited
Dennis "Knocker" Knowles (24122474)
knowles781@btinternet.com
http://www.welshguardsreunited.co.uk/


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