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Welcome to Noah's Arc, the Home of the 14th/20th King's Hussars

The Guidon of the 14th/20th King's Hussars
The Guidon of 14/20H

This is the home of the 14th/20th King's Hussars - the finest Regiment of the British Army in which anyone would ever want to serve. The Regiment was amalgamated in 1992 to become the King's Royal Hussars but we are now proud to boast possibly the largest ex-members club of any Regiment.

Our aim is to perpetuate the memory of the 14th/20th. If ever you marched behind our Guidon, you are most welcome. If you did not, we equally welcome you in visiting us. -

Our Purpose

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The Future of Home HQ (North)

Message from the Colonel of the Regiment

The much-awaited announcement on the future of Home Headquarters in Fulwood Barracks, Preston, has now been made (2 March 2015).

General Shirreff has laid out his reasoning and the facts about the difficult decision that he has had to make.

You can read all about it on our Forum here:

Fulwood Barracks

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The National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum
Proposed Site

The Eagle Has Landed

For many years some of our Members have campaigned for a representation at the NMA of our Regiment.

Today (12/12/2014) I'm pleased to report that Darryl Cartwright (representing club President Drac Draper) and I (representing Sir Michael and Lady Palmer), and attended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, witnessed the unveiling of the dedicated paving stone to the 14th/20th King's Hussars.

It is not yet in its final resting place in the yet-to-be-built 'Heroes Square' (which could be as much as 18 months away), but it was pleasing to see us finally represented within the NMA.

In addition to the 1420H stone, the Paving Stones of the KRH (repesented by Col Peter Garbutt (Reg Sec) & Captain James Scott) and The Royal Hussars (represented by Col Tom Hall & John Cook) were also unveiled.

The 14th/20th Paving Stone
Reunion 2015

Imperial Hotel Fully Booked

Imperial Hotel Sell-OUT

No matter how huge a hotel we find for our reunions it seems that we sell out!

All accommodation for 16th May 2015 at Hotel Imperial, Blackpool has now been fully booked (that's over 250 already). Guests booked receive free entrance to all of our functions.
If you want to attend a function, and don't need accommodation, or if you book in to other local hotels, you can still join a function by making a payment of £19pp. This will provide entry to the function room, which is self-contained, with discounted bars, Gala Dinner, entertainment and dancing.
To book your entry you must call the event manager on 01253 754601. She can also advise on local hotel availability.

Once again we grow and grow and grow...

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Special Ops Heroes

Special Ops Heroes

Bill Bentley MM - 14th/20th King's Hussars

Bill Bentley is famous for several escapades that I know of, but mostly for:

1) Rescuing an injured Argentinian,
2) Rescuing a comrade whose leg Bill had to remove the remains of, with his pen-knife.

Bill served in the 14th/20th King’s Hussars from August 1972 until February 1979 but was detached for about four years with the Para Sqn and at Hereford. He has revealed his time at Hereford for the first time ever in the public domain, because it will in any event come out in a new book, written by Lord Michael Ashcroft, called 'Special Ops Heroes'.

The book contains quoted extracts of Bill’s own version of what actually went on at the battle for Goose Green, down in the Falklands, in 1982.
All profits from the sale of the book 'Special Ops Heroes' will go to forces charities.
It’s available as a Hard Cover and as a Kindle download and you can order it right away here:   Special Ops Heroes

Remembrance 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

Whitehall, Barton Grange, Hong Kong, ...wherever you live

The story is the same. The 100th anniversary of WW1 has captured the imagination of the general public and we have seen a welcome resurgence of
"We Will Remember Them".

Around the country members of Noah's Arc have been displaying their poppies, their cap badge, and their medals.
How great to see that we can come together for a single cause.

Remembrance Day 2014   Remembrance Day 2014
299th Anniversary

9 November 2014 - Our 299th Anniversary

From Dormer's Dragoons to...

* 1715 - As James Dormer's Regiment of Dragoons our regiment were immediately
        mobilised to fight the Jacobean Rebellion at Preston in Lancashire.
* 1751 - 14th Light Dragoons
* 1798 - Granted the Prussian Eagle
* 1861 - 14th (King's) Hussars
* 1922 - Amalgamation with 20th Hussars to become the

14th/20th King's Hussars

A Hawk in Ireland

A Hawk in Ireland

By Geoff Hutchinson

With kind permission from Geoff Hutchinson we are pleased to publish his personal memoirs of "A Hawk in Ireland"

A good read for everyone who served in our Regiment, especially those who served tours in NI. Thank you Geoff.

You can read the Document here: Click Here

The KRH Regimental Northern Reunion

KRH Association

Note: The KRH Officers' Dinner will be held at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Tuesday 11th November; 7:30pm for 8:00pm.

Dinner Jacket, no medals.

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November 8th-9th 2014


The Northern Reunion of the King’s Royal Hussars Regimental Association will this year be held on Saturday 8th November at the Barton Grange Hotel, near Preston.
This will be followed on Sunday 9th November by the Remembrance Parade and Service when the Guidon will be present and will be marched into church.
General Sir Richard and Lady Shirreff are coming up, as is Col Tony Singer and the next Commanding Officer, Lt Col James Porter and it will be an opportunity for Lt Col Peter Garbutt (Retd. Regimental Secretary) to reacquaint himself with friends from the North West again.

Members of Noah's Arc are encouraged to attend the Northern Reunion. It is a great opportunity to come together in a show of support. In addition Major John MacGregor’s and Sgt Stanley Shore’s ashes will be placed in the Regimental Columbarium; there are 11 members of John’s family attending both the Dinner and Remembrance Service.

See you there?

Barton Grange

Our New Diary - On Sale Now

2015 Diary of the 14th/20th King's Hussars 2015 Diary of the 14th/20th King's Hussars

Unique 2015 (A5) Leather-feel Diary

A Unique Leather-bound diary tooled with the emblem of the 14th/20th King's Hussars.

The 2015 A5 Diary is tooled with gold foil of silver foil as shown in the images.

Each Diary contains pages for:

  1. Personal Details
  2. Calendars to 2017
  3. International Holidays and Information
  4. World Temperature Guide
  5. Conversion Tables
  6. Year Planner
  8. London Overground
  9. London Underground
  10. Rail Network Guide
  11. Maps Section
  12. Forward Planner

A diary with a lovely feel and beatifully made.

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Our Latest Honorary Member

Thapa Nam Sing, 6th (QEO) Gurkha Rifles

Thapa Nam Sing, 6th (QEO) Gurkha Rifles

Having corresponded with Thapa for a few years (Medicina connection) I'm pleased to welcome him as a Honorary Member of the 14th/20th. An Olympic Boxer and a legend amongst the Gurkha community he is most welcome.

He says:
"My dear Mr. Robert Harrison and all members of 14th/20th King Hussars Regiment's Association, I find a great surprised once arrived from Nepal in evening on July 15, 2014, Hong Kong my wife told me there is a parcel then found the wonderful King Hussars Regimental T shirt, special badges and a token letter. I really appreciated, thanks a lot. I am very proud and very glad on wearing your famous Regimental T shirt. I am deserving your gifts with great dignity, regards and respects. Once again many thanks. It's wonderful."

Namaste and welcome, Saheb

Our New Facebook Group

The Home of the 14th/20th King's Hussars
The Home of the 14th/20th King's Hussars

The Home of the 14th/20th King's Hussars

Our Forum is still thriving but it has become clear that there is a huge migration to Facebook as a Social Media exchange service. Noah's Arc have taken steps to ensure that internet safety is paramount and so our group on Facebook is a 'Closed' Group. You need to be an approved Member of our Group in order to be able to see comments.

You can apply to Join here: Click Here

Regimental Open Weekend

KRH Cap Badge
KRH Cap Badge

September 26th - 28th

The King's Royal Hussars will be hosting a Regimental Open Weekend from 26th - 28th September 2014 and would very much like to invite the wider Regimental Family to enjoy a weekend of catching up with old comrades and seeing what the Regiment is up to.

  1. Friday 26th September 14 - Cocktail Parties
  2. Saturday 27th September 14 - The Open Day
  3. Sunday 28th September 14 - Regimental Parade and Drumhead Service

For details please visit KRH website: or send email to :

Honorary Colonel of Noah's Arc

Major-General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

We have a Honorary Colonel

Well, two actually. We are pleased to announce that Sir Mike & Lady Palmer have accepted our appointment as "Honorary Colonel" of Noah's Arc.

Sir Mike's desire is that the name and memory of the 14th/20th King's Hussars lives on for ever. We could not ask a better reason for joining us than that.

Full details here: Click Here

REUNION 19 - MAY 2015

The Imperial Hotel

We're On The Move

Following three highly successful years at Hotel Sheraton in Blackpool we are once again on the move.

May 15th/16th, 2015
Welcome to the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

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Hotel Sheraton

Close to 400!

Ever since the Regimental Band (via Wiggy) made it clear that they would not only be attending our Reunion - but actually playing! - we knew our attendance figure at this year's do was going to be a good one. But nobody expected this! Despite telling everyone who hadn't booked not to attend, still they came in droves. At one time there were more people on the path outside the hotel (it was a lovely warm evening) than you will see at any reunion other than Noah's Arc.

You can read the Full Report here. Click Here

Watch videos taken at the Event here: Click Here

Medicina 2014

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April 16th 2014 marks the 69th anniversary of the
Battle of Medicina.

In 2012 a party of 25 members of Noah's Arc made an emotional and highly cherished vist to the town to share with Mayor Onelio Rambaldi, Councillors and the people, their celebration of Liberation - in which the 14th/20th King's Hussars played an important role alongside our friends, the 6th Gurkha Rifles.

To commemorate this event Noah's Arc have commissioned a custom flag which will again be hoisted during our Annual Reunion.
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Lt Colonel O'Bree is a former commanding Officer of the 6th Gurkha Rifles. He sends the following:

My greetings to you and all your members and on behalf of the 6GR Regimental Association both for the 69th Anniversary of the Battle of Medicina on the 16th and for a very successful Noah's Arc Reunion on 24-26th. I will raise a glass (of Italian vino!) to 14/20H that weekend.

With good memories of our happy meeting with you all at Medicina in 2012, Ciska and I are already looking to seeing you, Linda and your comrades in April next year.

Jai 14/20th King's Hussars, Jai 6th Gurkhas! (Jai = 'Long Live" in Gurkhali.)

We recently sent a message to Medicina wishing them all the best during their 69th aniversary celebrations. I have received the following reply:

Thank you,
for my part, the administration and the citizens of Medicina.

Your greeting is very welcome and we look forward with joy to the celebrations of 2015.
Greetings, Mayor Onelio Rambaldi".

And from the Warrant Officers and Sergeants of the Medicina Lines in Brunei we've received the following:

As you are aware this year marks the 69th Anniversary of the Battle of Medicina.
The battle honour was only awarded to two regiments – 14th/20th King's Hussars and 6th Gurkha Rifles. Many years later Medicina Lines, Brunei Garrison, was named after this Battle which took place on the 16 April 1945.
To mark this event the Warrant Officer’s and Sergeant’s Mess, Medicina Lines, Brunei Garrison are for a second occasion holding a Dinner Night to celebrate the Battle of Medicina. During the Dinner accounts from the Battle will be read out followed by a performance by a Gurkha Piper and a Troop of Gurkhas performing a ‘Kukri Dance’. I have attached a copy of the Dinner Booklet and photographs from last years Dinner night for your interest.Click here to view
Last year we were fortunate enough to be provided with preliminary research material and a 14th/20th King's Hussars, Regimental flag by Col Draper which was used as part of the room dressing. The 14th/20th King's Hussars Regimental Flag will again be proudly displayed during the Dinner this year. Furthermore, we are also fortunate enough to have a former soldier of 6th Gurkha Rifles now resident in Brunei attending the event to help in this year’s celebration.
We ask your blessing and good wishes for this occasion to help keep this important tradition alive as well as the links between the 14th/20th King's Hussars/KRH and Medicina Lines.

We'll see you in 2015 "Jai 6GR" - "Long live the 14th/20th"

Add your own "JAI" on our Forum here: Click Here

REUNION - Bursting at the seams!

Annual Reunion

Back to 300!

Hotel FULL. Gala Dinner FULL. That's the story for this year's Annual Reunion taking place 24-26 April this year. We currently stand at close to 300 attendees on the Saturday with just a few places remaining for those unfortunate enough not to have secured a booking. The Hotel will provide a buffet for them which enables them to make use of the discounted bar.

You can read Reunion details here. Click Here

New Lapel Badge Now In Stock

New Sticker and Lapel Badge?

Available Now!

Noah's Arc have been granted the rights to use this famous pony & hussar image of Norman Thelwell within our items for sale. Up now is our "if you ain't..." Lapel Badge for just £1.95.

You can follow our Forum discussion here. Click Here

The Regimental Band of the 14th/20th King's Hussars
The Band of the 14th/20th King's Hussars

Members of Noah's Arc attending our reunion next year are in for a special, extra-special treat.

We are happy to announce that our Regimental Band will play a concert at Hotel Sheraton on Saturday 26th April 2014.

...which will blow you away - these guys haven't played together for decades

"Sussex By The Sea", Regimental Marches, and some extras that you will not want to miss ...definitely not to be missed - book in now if you haven't done so already.

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New Sticker and Lapel Badge

New Sticker and Lapel Badge?

Would you buy these badges?

Noah's Arc have been granted the rights to use this famous pony & hussar image of Norman Thelwell within our items of clothing etc. Kicking off with "if you ain't..." windscreen sticker, and a soon-to-follow lapel badge, you can follow discussions on our Forum.

You can follow our Forum discussion here. Click Here

National Arboretum Memorial

National Arboretum

Is this Our New memorial?

We will soon see a new Memorial dedicated to the 14th/20th King's Hussars placed in Heroes' Square at the National Memorla Arboretum. Design options for our new paving stone are now closed in favour of the image shown left. Including the title within a scroll it truly represents our Regiment's cap badge.

You can follow our Forum discussion here. Click Here

The Heroes of Ramnuggar

Friday 22nd November marks the 165th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramnuggar. On the 22nd November 1848 on the banks of the Chenab in the Punjab, HM 14th Light Dragoons fought a savage battle in order to force the Sikhs back across the river. Colonel William Havelock led his troops not only to the edge of the river but into it, where they became almost immobile and suffered heavy losses including the loss of Colonel Havelock.

Our regiment still 'celebrates' that battle today, so I ask all visitors to join us in a salute to- "The Heroes of Ramnuggar"
You can join in the Toasts in our Forum Click Here   or   See Ramnuggar Today Here

The Noah's Arc Calendar

Never miss an important event again

Want to know what's coming up soon? Visit our Calendar often to find out:

9th November - KRH Association Annual Reunion
10th November - Remembrance Day Parade
12th November - King's Royal Hussars Officers' Dinner
23rd November - KRH South West Reunion Ramnugger Dinner

Full details available on our Calendar: Click Here

Medicina - Our Special Relationship

The Festival of Barbarossa - Medicina

During September the Festival of Barbarossa takes place within the city of Medicina, Italy. You can read full details about the Festival in a translation within our Forum Click Here
We at Noah's Arc sent a message to the Mayor, Governors and people of Medicina wishing them much happiness during the festivities. Governor Matteo Montanari has replied to say:

"Thank you for your attention to Medicina. There is a Special Relationship between our city and the Noah's Arc. See you soon" - a special relationship indeed :)

Shy Talk, September 2013

Click to read Shy Talk September 2013

This edition of Shy Talk brings details about our 2014 Reunion at Hotel Sheraton, Blackpool. If you want to keep up to date with what's going on with Noah's Arc you can do so by clicking on the image to the left.

Have a read of our Shy Talk Newsletter (you'll need Adobe Reader for PDF files).

'Shy Talk' was suggested by my late good friend, Don Davies, to whom its production each year is dedicated. Bob_H

National Arboretum Memorial

Arboretum Plaque

New Memorial for the National Arboretum?

A discussion on our Forum supports the dedication of a new memorial to all who served in the 14th/20th King's Hussars.

You can follow the discussion here.
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New Noah's Arc Fundraising Venture

Noahs Arc Fundraising

Easyfunding to Boost Noah's Arc Funds?

We've teamed up with 'Easyfundraising' in an attempt to boost our bank balance ahead of preparations for next year's reunion. To take part all you have to do is visit our cause, sign up, and do your online shopping.

There are over 2000 popular retailers online and it won't cost you a penny more but everything you spend will generate a donation for us. It couldn't be simpler and signing up is a doddle.
Visit our new web page providing information on how we're doing and details of free competitions etc. Click Here

KRH Regimental Association

KRH Regimental Association - SW Old Comrades

South West Association Old Comrades Gathering
31 May - 1 June 2013

* Friday 31st May - Golf for the Bill Butcher Memorial Trophy at the Dorset Golf & Country Club

* Saturday 1st June - Gathering from 12:30pm in Dorset

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Reunion 17 - 18th/19th April 2013

Weekends Don't Get Better Than This!

It seems that each year we seem to be saying that the most recent Reunion was the 'best ever'. Whether it was true in the past or not it certainly is this year. A nice friendly get-together for the early-starters on Thursday, an unbelievably enjoyable 'Oompah' night on Friday and yet it was followed by an equally enjoyable "50s - 70s" night on Saturday.

Add to that the best weather we've seen this year and it was approaching perfection. With around 190 on Friday and pushing towards 250 on Saturday it was a bumper of a weekend.

Report online: Read it here  You can view photographs them by clicking here:
Just click on a photograph, then click the enlargement again for an even larger view.

KRH Parade and Northern Reunion - Saturday 10th November, 2012

Leyland Homecoming Parade

At 11:30 the Regiment will be conducting a Homecoming Parade through the streets of Leyland. This is a great opportunity for us to see our great Regiment on their return from Op Herrick 16.

The Northern Reunion will be held at the Barton Grange Hotel and, on Sunday 11th November, the Remembrance Service will be held in the Church of St Lawrence, Barton. The Regimental Guidon will be on parade.

Parade details on our Forum - Click Here

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New Website of the 6th (QEO) Gurkha Rifles

Click to visit 6GR Website

We are pleased to point you in the direction of the new website of 6GR. Our affiliation with 6GR goes back to 1945 when C Squadron fought alongside the 2nd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles in Medicina. Although outnumbered the group inflicted heavy losses on the German occupiers. The battle of Medicina was annually celebrated by us during our time in the Regiment.

In commemoration of this action the 14th/20th adopted the crossed kukri and 6gr adopted our Hawk as arm badges. The KRH have continued this tradition. Click Here to visit 6GR

The Regiments' Fallen Remembered

Remembrance Day at Whitehall

The Remembrance Parade and Service at Barton was held over the weekend of 8th/9th November as ever, followed by the internment of the ashes of G 'Billy Whiz' Nicholls and Bill Woodcock into the Columbarium.

Meanwhile, this was the scene (photo left) in Whitehall during the London ceremony attended by our Colonel in Chief. (Photo courtesy of John Kelly)

Attendees at the KRH Association Reunion enjoyed a great evening although, once again, numbers at the dinner were nowhere near the attendance of old - we really must endeavour to boost attendance next year. Reports on Regimental activities from the Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel DJB Woodd and the CO, Lt Col G Harrison were well received. We can all be very proud of our Regiment.

Mesopotamia 1916-1918, Wadi River to Ramadi

Mesopotamia 1916-1918, Wadi River to Ramadi

Sergeant RE Holland, 14H

This book is compiled from the papers and diaries of a soldier who ran away from home at the age of 16 to join the army during the Mesopotamian Campaign 1916-1918.

Compiled by his son, Michael Holland (14/20H 1961-1978), and presented at our April 2008 Reunion in Southport by Michael's brother Robin Holland (14/20H 1957-1979), this is a vivid account of warfare from a soldiers point of view, and one that is a 'must have' for all who served in the 14th/20th, and soldiers who served their country.
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