EDMONTON, Jan. 5... A Royal Airforce Britannia aircraft touched down at RCAF Station Nama here?
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Background: EDMONTON, Jan. 5... A Royal Airforce Britannia aircraft touched down at RCAF Station Nama here this evening bringing 72 British soldiers to train under cold weather conditions in Alberta.
The huge turboprop airliner brought 39 members of the Queen's Royal Rifles (Territorial Army), 18 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and 15 members of "L" (NERY) Battery, 2 Royal Artillery.
The platoon of Queen's Royal Rifles (TA) will train with the 2nd Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, in Calgary, until Feb. 2. The Queen's Royal Rifles are affiliated with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and close liaison has been maintained between the two regiments over the past years.
The 18 members of Inniskillings form the advance element of some 170 troops from "B" Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, scheduled to arrive Feb. 2 to participate in cold weather exercise "Frozen Jump" with Canadian Troops at Camp Wainwright, ending March 13.
The advance element of Inniskillings, together with the 15 artillerymen, will receive training as cold weather instructors from Canadian Army specialists prior to the main party's arrival Feb. 2.
Commanding the platoon of Queen's Royal Rifles (TA) is Lieutenant The Hon. Michael Baird, a former officer of the Coldstream Guards. An Eton and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, graduate, his father is Viscount Stonehaven of Scotland.
Heading the advance party of Royal Inniskillings is Captain C.P.R. Ryall, second-in-command of "B" Company.
THE QUEEN'S ROYAL RIFLES (TA)
The Queen's Royal Rifles (TA) is a recent amalgamation of Queen's Victoria's Rifles (KRRC) and the Queen's Westminsters (KRRC). These two ancient regiments in their time have been the products of previous amalgamations, the most recent one being that between the Queen's Westminsters and Civil Service Rifles in 1921. The Queen's Royal Rifles is now the sole survivor of all the County of London Volunteer Regiments which were initially raised in 1792 when the country was threatened by Napoleon 1. Both regiments sent contingents to the South African War (1900-02) and fought in the first World War (1914-18).
QVR and QW saw much service in the Second World War (1939-45). QVR along with two regular Green Jacket battalions, the 2nd Bn The King's Royal Rifle Corps and the 1st Bn The Rifle Brigade, took part in the gallant defence of Calais, which diverted much German armour away from Dunkirk and made possible the evacuation of the BEF. Later QVR became the 7th and 8th battalions KRRC while QW formed the 11th and 12th battalions KRRC which served as motor battalions in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Greece.
On the conclusion of the Second World War both regiments resumed their Territorial Army roles in their respective drill halls - QVR at 56 Davies Street and QW at 58 Buckingham Gate. These two Drill Halls are retained today.
The Regiment is affiliated to the 2nd Green Jackets the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Most of its' officers have seen service with the regular battalions and the ties and traditions of the Rifle Regiments are strong. The Regiment is also, through its Green Jacket connections affiliated with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, and through their officers either posted in London or visiting the country, close liaison is kept.
Detachment Commander - Lieut The Hon Michael Baird
Lieutenant Baird who will command the Ever Ready Platoon in Canada has joined us only recently but has already proved his value. He was educated at Eton and afterwards went to the RMA Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. He served with them for three years, two years of which he spent in Kenya. Since leaving the Army he has been working in a stockbroking firm.
His father is Viscount Stonohaven and his home is in Scotland. Michael Baird's hobby is shooting.
1st BN THE ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS
This famous Irish Regiment, the senior Irish Regiment of the British Army, was originally formed in 1689 from the townsfolk of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. From that date on the Regiment has served throughout the world and in practically every campaign fought by the British Army. In the Seven Years War in American, in the West Indies, in Egypt and Italy, in Portugal, Spain, Belgium and France, in South Africa and, of course, in both World Wars the Regiment time and time again covered itself with fame. Napoleon said of the Regiment "It does not know when it is beaten." Wellington acclaimed them as the Regiment which saved the centre of his line at Waterloo and for their conduct in the Boer War King Edward VII granted the Regiment the grey hackle now worn in the blue caubeen headdress. Since the end of World WAR II the Regiment has served in Hong Kong, in Malaya during the Communist Rebellion, in Jamaica, in Egypt during the troubles there in 1951/52, in Cyprus during the troubles in that country, in Kenya during the Mau rebellion, in Germany and more recently in Kenya again and in the Kuwait operation.
The Pipers of the Regiment wear the saffron kilt and play the Irish Brian Boru pipes. They are the only Irish Regiment in the British Army to play these pipes which give a much wider range of tunes than the Scottish pipes or the Irish War Pipes played by the other two Irish Regiments.
The Regiment which is 100% Irish enlisted and hales from all parts of Ireland is normally stationed in Gravesend, Kent as part of the NATO Mobile Reserve.
Major G.D.J.R. Russell, Officer Commanding B Company, 1st Bn The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Major Gerald David Russell was commissioned into the Regiment from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in July 1948. Since then he has served with both the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Regiment in Malaya, Jamaica, Egypt, and Cyprus. Major Russell attended the Staff College Camberley in 1959 and subsequently held a staff appointment in Hong Kong. While serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment in Egypt and Cyprus in 1954 to 1956 Major Russell held the appointment of Adjutant of the Battalion. He has been commanding a Rifle Company of the 1st Battalion since his return from a Staff Appointment in 1963. Married with two children, Major Russell is now 35 years of age.
Commanding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel T.M. Troy MBE
Officer Commanding B Company - Major G.D.J.R. Russell
Second in Command - Captain C.P.R. Ryall
Pl Commander - Lieutenant B.J. Lewis
Pl Commander - 2/Lieutenant D. Cunningham
Pl Commander - 2/Lieutenant P.J. Reade
Pl Commander - Captain R.G.N. Boulton
Company Sergeant Major - CSM S. Pollock