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. -
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.
Click the image (top left) to enlarge (PDF file)
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:
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"
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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
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 £6.95.
You can follow our Forum discussion here. Click Here
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.Click Here
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
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
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
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
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
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 :)
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
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.
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
* 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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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: http://www.1420h.org.uk/Gallery/cpg15x/thumbnails.php?album=33
Just click on a photograph, then click the enlargement again for an even larger view.
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
The only income remaining to Noah's Arc is our Annual Draw and a small Shop profit. However our costs have seen a huge rise
with increased postage costs and stationery, etc.
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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 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.
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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