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.
Following a reorganisation of the regimental funds in 2014 it was agreed that the Association Fund would be transferred to the Welsh Guards Association and used for the purposes of that charity. The Welsh Guards Association was registered with the Charity Commission on 9 October 2014 and as a result of a uniting direction (made on 29 October 2014) made by the Charity Commission it is regarded as part of the Welsh Guards Charity for registration and accounting. The Welsh Guards Association is thus linked to the Welsh Guards Charity but it still retains its own charitable status, as Charity Commission number 1152766-1. However, it continues to be governed by the terms of its Constitution and is administered by its own Trustee body. The purposes of the Welsh Guards Association are:
- To promote the efficiency of the Welsh Guards by fostering esprit de corps and by such other means as the trustees shall from time to time determine.
- To assist persons who are currently serving or who have served in the Welsh Guards and the dependants of such persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
- To commemorate and remember those members, or former members, of the Welsh Guards who have lost their lives or suffered injury, or put themselves at risk of loss of life or injury, in service to the public.
2017 saw further changes within the Association, not least the amalgamation of several branches (the details of which can be read in the Summer 2017 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.
2019 saw the Association celebrate its centenary and the details of the celebratory lunch held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff on Friday 20th September can be found here with the Centenary Brochure available to read online here.
Each year the Association conducts a Battlefield Tour and the details of this will be found in the events section of this website about 9 months prior to the tour. Spaces are limited and those wishing to attend should reserve their seat as soon as details are released. The Terms of Reference can be found here.
Maldwyn Jones (24263892)
Anglesea LL59 5PE
Assistant Secretary General
Neil Rice (24446066)
58 Chetwynd Drive
Warwickshire CV11 4TJ
There are a number of association branches around the UK. Their details are listed below.
Ken Haines (23523287)
Pontypridd CF37 5RW
Tel (Home) 01443 492316
(Mobile) 07973 577 834
2nd Wednesday of month 1930 hrs
Gelliswastad Club, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd
Llanelli, Cardiganshire & Pembrokeshire
Alan Cunningham (24125105)
9 Alden Drive
Swansea SA2 0FY
2nd Wednesday of every 2nd month, 1930 hrs
The Royal Navy Association Club, 26 Swansea Road, Llanelli SA15 3YT
Allan Miller (24185069)
125 Benhurst Avenue
Essex RM12 4QN
Tel: 07885 736566
Steve Liversage BEM (24141822)
7 Shaw Close
Gwent NP23 6QQ
2nd Thursday month 2000 hrs
Alternating between the Abergavenny Angel Hotel and Constitutional Club, Pengam
Montgomeryshire, Shropshire & Midlands
John Williams (23860183)
83 Balmoral Crescent
Shropshire SY11 2XH
Meetings every 3 months at the Shrewsbury Beaconfield Club
Stephen Ollerhead (23929723)
10 Penfold Way
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
John Burns (24823395)
45 Bangor Road
Wrexham LL14 2SR
Tel: 07758 074189
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
Mike Jones (23523201)
40 Garfield Avenue
Bridgend CF31 1QA
2nd Monday of the month, 1930 hrs
Caefatri Public House, Coity Road, Bridgend CF31 1NJ
Swansea & West Glamorgan
David Williams (24623938)
17 Golwg yr Eglwys
Swansea SA4 8EE
Tel: 07779 246345
3rd Monday of the month at 1900 hrs
The Cwmfelin Social Club, Courtney Street, Manselton, Swansea SA1 9NR
Welsh Guards Band
Colour Sergeant Richard Hunter
Band of the Welsh Guards
London SW1E 6HQ