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)
Gazelle Hotel
Glyn Garth
Menai Bridge
Anglesea  LL59 5PE
Tel: 01248-713364
secretary.general.wga@gmail.com

Assistant Secretary General
Neil Rice (24446066)

58 Chetwynd Drive
Whitestone
Nuneaton
Warwickshire  CV11 4TJ
Tel: 02476-320221
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)
43 Pwll-Evan-Ddu
Coity
Bridgend  CF35 6AY
Tel: 07973-255527
terenceoshea@gmail.com
1st Monday of month 1930 hrs
United Services Mess Wharton Street, Cardiff

East Glamorgan
Ken Haines (23523287)
Trevone
Dyffryn Road
Rhydfelin
Pontypridd  CF37 5RW
2nd Wednesday of month 1930 hrs
Gelliswastad Club, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd

Llanelli, Cardiganshire & Pembrokeshire
Alan Cunningham (241251905)
9 Alden Drive
Cockett
Swansea  SA2 0FY
Tel: 07971-229465
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)
27 Mount Gardens
Harrogate
North Yorkshire  HG28BS
Tel: 01423-879326
jeffheenan-wgalb@hotmail.co.uk

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

Monmouthshire
Steve Liversage BEM (24141822)
7 Shawn Close
Hill Top
Ebbw Vale
Gwent  NP23 6QQ
Tel: 07968-643371
vicar54@outlook.com
2nd Thursday month 2000 hrs
Alternating between the Abergavenny Angel Hotel and Constitutional Club, Pengam

Montgomeryshire, Shrophsire & Midlands
John Williams (23860183)
83 Balmoral Crescent
Oswestry
Shropshire  SY11 2XH
Tel: 07860-829206
j83williams@talktalk.net
Meetings every 3 months at the Shrewsbury Beaconfield Club

North England
Stephen Ollerhead (23929723)
10 Penfold Way
Dodleston
Chester CH4 9NL
Tel: 01244 661091
Branch meet last Sunday of Each month at 1200hrs at the Tudor Rose Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Ellesmere Port CH66 9PD - all are welcome

 

North Wales
Paul Wilkinson (24472203) 
Fieldside Cottage
Kew Lane
Great Holland
Essex  CO13 0JF
Tel: 07749-121926
north.wales.secretary@gmail.com
Bangor - 3rd Monday of the month, 1900 hrs
Waverley Hotel,  Station Rd, Bangor LL57 1LZ
Wrexham – 1st Thursday of the month
The Wrexham Memorial Club

Ogmore
Mike Jones (23523201)
40 Garfield Avenue
Litchard
Bridgend  CF31 1QA
Tel: 01656-650367
mike_jones928@msn.com
2nd Monday of the month, 1930 hrs
Caefatri Public House, Coity Road, Bridgend

Swansea & West Glamorgan
Peter Williams (23877300)
12 St Peters Avenue
Fforestfach
Swansea
West Glamorgan  SA5 5BX
Tel: 07887-366775
peterwilliams300@googlemail.com
3rd Monday of the month at 1900 hrs
St James Club, St James’ Gardens, Swansea

Welsh Guards Band
Colour Sergeant Richard Hunter
Band of the Welsh Guards

Wellington Barracks
Birdcage Walk

London  SW1E 6HQ
Contact here

Welsh Guards Reunited
Dennis "Knocker" Knowles (24122474)
69 Bryntiron
Mountain Ash
Mid Glamorgan  CF45 4EX
Tel: 01443-477510
knowles781@btinternet.com
http://www.welshguardsreunited.co.uk/


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