Noah's ARC is the home of all those that served in 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 with the Royal Hussars (PWO) to become one of todays Royal Armoured Corps regiments The King's Royal Hussars. But today we are proud to boast possibly the largest ex-members club of old comrades from any Regiment past or present.
Our aim is to perpetuate the memory of the 14th/20th King's Hussars and if ever you marched behind our Guidon you are most welcome to join us. If you did not, we equally welcome you in visiting us.
Hawk on a Walk
Bryan Lythgoe sets off on his challenge to walk from Fulwood Barracks in Preston, to Peninsular Barracks in Winchester, at 0700hrs this Thursday, 19th May 2016. He is raising money for The Regimental Welfare Fund, he has passed the £2000.00 mark but would like help in rasing so much more for this great cause. To read more or add your support please use the links below
Noah's ARC Reunion 2017 News
The website along with the Facebook pages is going to be constantly updated so as to keep you all informed with the plans of your annual reunion so please keep an eye on all platforms. If you have any questions please contact the Chairman or one of the committee members.
6th Gurkha Regiment Annual Reunion
6 Gurkha Regiment are holding their annual reunion on the 5th September 2016 in Farnborough. We are in contact with 6GR and the organisers informs me that all Hawks are welcome.
If anyone is interested and would like to join Noah's ARC in Farnborough could you please let us know.Click on the Link below to le us know on the Forum.
Noah's ARC Annual Reunion 2016
Another fantastic weekend with Noah's ARC at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool draws to a close, click below to read more.
Regimental Flag - Noah's ARC
As you all saw at the reunion I had a surprise for all members in the form of a flag, stressful and harder than you would think. I have written a page on the making of the Flag, I hope my memory is right. The question at the end of this is How does British Industry survive these days?
Please take a look and read the page and share any thoughts you have on the forum.
Regimental Snare Drum Comes Home
The committee recently came to rediscover a snare drum that was used by the regiment through Darren Walker. The Drum was found to be on sale in a shop in Leeds.
The committee held a vote and agreed to bring the Drum back home and purchased it on behalf of Noah's ARC. The Drum was on display at the 2016 Noah's ARC annual reunion. If you see or hear of any other regimental artefacts please contact the Chairman or one of the committee members.
CLICK HERE to see the Snare Drum
Darren Walker's Fight with the effects of GWS
Darren Walker did a presentation to the Royal British Legion on Saturday 19th March 2016. To view the presentation please click on the link below
Visit to the King's Royal Hussars in Tidworth
This weekend saw some of Noah's ARC's members visit the King's Royal Hussars in Aliwell Barracks. The regiment was magnificent and could not do enough for us for which I and everyone else is most grateful for. If you are interested in what happened please click here or follow this link.
Noah's ARC Newsletters Online
Minutes of Noah's ARC Committee Meetings
One of the policies this committee wanted to introduce was allowing all members of Noah's ARC to read the minutes from any committee meeting we have, well we do act on you behalf. The minutes are not doctored in anyway and everything said is listed on the minutes.
If you would like to read those minutes please go to the Committee Minutes page on the Noah's ARC website. this link is ONLY available on the homepage.
Since the meeting Rachel Walker was asked to join the committee as she has done so much for us, she has agreed to do so. Welcome to the Committee Rachel.
Northern Reunion and Remembrance Service - The Barton Grange Hotel 2015
The Regimental Northern Reunion and Remembrance Service took place in Barton, Preston during the 7th and 8th November 2015.
At the end of the meal Brigadier Price informed everyone of the closure of HHQ(N) and its functions being moved to Winchester with Major (Ret'd) Steve Penkethman. He also thanked Ms. Jenni Pennell for all her service to the Regiment whilst she worked at HHQ(N). Jenni was given honorary membership of the regiment in gratitude for all her hard work and service to the regiment at the Home Headquarters in Preston.
Lt. Col James Porter(Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars) said a few words on how the regiment had performed over the past year and what they would possibly be doing in the next 12 months.
After which everyone retired to the bar area and continued to enjoy themselves until the early hours.
On Sunday Morning everyone marched at 10am to The Parish Church of St. Lawrence in Barton for a remembrance service. The Banner of the King's Royal Hussars led the way to the Church in the capable hands of Michael (Dusty) Fogg and was presented to the Chaplin at the beginning of the Service.
During the service Wreaths were laid by all parties, including one on behalf of Noah's ARC by the chairman of the committee.
At the end of the service the Banner was returned to Mr. Michael Fogg and everyone moved to the columbarium for the Interment of ashes: Lt Col Brian Draper MBE, Sgt Eric Hill, Tpr Thomas Davies.
President of the Noah's ARC Committee
The committee are please to announce that Denny Draper has accepted our invitation to become President of the Noah's ARC Committee.
Welcome Denny (Click Here)
A Day For Everyone to Remember
The spontaneos rendition of 'Sussex By The Sea' by the group of 1420H lads assembled for a photograph added to
the wonderful spectacle of KRH exercising their Freedom of Preston.
The Regimental Rosette
Awards to our President and Chairman
"This is in recognition of your significant contribution to the Regimental Association through
the establishment of Noah's ARC its Presidency and Chairmanship for so many years."
We are deeply saddened by the death of Brian (Drac) Draper. Brian has suffered great pain of late and at 13:50 on 8th May he passed away peacefully with his wife Denny, Son Lee and daughter Natalie, at his bedside.
Forty members travelling as a Group representing Noah's ARC joined members of The Regiment, of the Regimental Association, and a 6GR contingent in celebrating with the Mayor and people of Medicina the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Medicina in 1945, a battle honour celebrated within the Regiment still.
The website provides the online ability for old comrades to purchase tickets for events to be held over the Tercentenary weekend of 17-18-19 July 2015. Just click the image below.
Browse the catalog, choose your favourites, make your bid - and then keep your fingers crossed :)
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:
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 (represented by Col Peter Garbutt (Reg Sec) & Captain James Scott) and The Royal Hussars (represented by Col Tom Hall & John Cook) were also unveiled.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Info: Send Email Enquiry
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?
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.
"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 gifts.ie.14th/20th 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 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
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.
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
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
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"
Add your own "JAI" on our Forum here: Click Here
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 £1.95.
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
For full details please email Moge: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Annual Newsletter is important to us in order to keep in touch with our many Members who don't have internet access to visit our Website.
You can help us keep up our quality service by pledging a Weekly/Monthly/Annual Subscription.
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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.
Click Here for More Details