1715 - 1969




The official news letter of  THE SHINERS CLUB 

Edition  No.10

Summer  2007 Supplement

 26 Oct  2007   

This is just a quick report of our fantastic Stockport weekend. We had over 50 sitting down to a very enjoyable meal. As usual, with the aid of some old soldiers photos etc we had a good Friday night putting the world to rights. Saturday night was excellent with some very generous people bringing fantastic prizes for the raffle and my thanks go out to them. As a result of which we raised over £200 which speaks volumes for the generosity of the people who come to Stockport. I also told the members  the date of the Swindon lunch which is 18th May 2008.Our next Stockport weekend is 17th and 18th October 2008.A more detailed report I will put in the Christmas letter. As I said at the opening this is just a brief report.

Regards to all.



After a long deliberation The JUDGES decided the COMPETITION WINNER was number 3. Mr Brian Kirk it was a difficult decision as some of the entries were very good and some we could not publish.

8th Army

I came across this News Letter a while ago mounted in a frame, the first ever news letter of the Italian campaign it looks genuine I might put it on Ebay.  One side is in English and the other in Italian.  (Pete)


Andy Anderson has left a message on the board re: old muckers  & Rosenmontag a brief explanation follows (Pete):

Rosenmontag (literally "Rose Monday") is the highlight of the German "Karneval" (carnival), and is on the Collop Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. This event can be compared to the American "Mardi Gras," though is celebrated on Monday, not Tuesday. It is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but most heavily in the "Hochburgen", German carnival strongholds, which include the Rhineland (especially Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz).

It is not a national holiday, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in these strongholds and many other areas. Many companies also give employees a whole day off, although every now and then there are efforts to cut that free holiday in some companies.

The Karneval season begins at the 11th of November and the "street carnival" starts on the Thursday before Rosenmontag, which is known as Weiberfastnacht ("women's carnival").

Celebrations usually include dressing up in fancy costumes, dancing, parades, heavy drinking and general public displays of debauchery.

Things quiet down the next day, for it is "Veilchendienstag" (Shrove Tuesday). Rosenmontag also takes place all over the country and is very popular, people that watch the parade are also dressed up, sweets are thrown everywhere and everyone says "Hellau" or "Alaaf" - a great experience for the young and young at heart.

A Flock of Seagulls recorded a song called "Rosenmontag" for their 1983 album "Listen". The song was eventually used as a b-side and consisted of Arthur Baker-inspired hip-hop beats with guitar noise.


Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenmontag" (click the underlined links for more info Pete)

Edition  No.9

Summer  2007

 10 Aug  2007   


           Once again time for a newsletter.

        On a sad note I have to report the passing of two old friends.

        On 1st June I was informed of the death of John (Johnny) Haines. He collapsed following a heart attack while on holiday in Menorca. He was 78 years old. His funeral was held on 22nd June at St. Mary’s Church, Winterbourne Gunner, Salisbury. In accordance with his wishes he was buried with his wife. I sent the regimental flag for his coffin and flowers on behalf of the Shiners. I was told by Tom Knight the 10th was very well represented. It was a small church and not everyone could get inside. John lived alone and was looked after by his nephew, Mr David Aitkin who was very pleased with the number of Shiners who attended the funeral.

         On 4th July I was informed by Tom Knight of the death of Mrs Marjorie Hedley, aged 84. Her funeral was held at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon on 13th July. Marjorie was the widow of Walter Hedley (known as Stinker) who joined the 10th in 1934 as a bandboy with Norman Wisdom. He was Squadron Sergeant Major in 1947 and left the regiment in Aqaba to be commissioned. He retired as Major Quarter Master in 1966. Marjorie and Walter were married in 1941 after France and before he went to the desert. I sent flowers on behalf of the Shiners and some members of the 10th attended.  

   That, I am pleased to say, is the last of the obituaries.

A bit more info on Walter Hedley. He was born in 1917,joined the Tenth in 1934 as a bandboy. Retired as a Major QM in 1966. He would have been 90 this year. Served with the Regiment in France, North Africa and Italy. Was my SSM when I joined the Tenth in 1947. Could tell a good story,I think he was funnier than Norman Wisdom, but then I've never met Sir Norman. Walter was known in the Regiment as "Stinker", a great character, all who served in the 1940's50's & 60's would know him well. He married Marjorie in 1941, after France and before the Regiment went off to the desert.   Tom Knight   

Scally Rally

Day1          A couple of weeks ago I had an email from John Etheridge. His son, Michael, is taking part in the Scally Rally in September. It is a race for charity and Michael’s chosen charity is St John’s Hospice on the Wirral, where his mother was cared for after chemotherapy. If anyone would like to donate to the charity I can give you John’s email address, it is friartuck01@ntlworld.com  The Scally Rally is a race for cars which cost less than £100 (and we have all had a few of those) and goes through Europe to the eastern coast of Italy. If anyone wants any more information on the rally the web-site address is www.scallyrally.co.uk  


This is the car that Mike is doing the Rally in, almost finished. Mike wants to thank all who have donated and if you haven’t, there is still time.

Bon Voyage Mike.


            Swindon Sunday lunch was very well attended again this year. I apologise for not being there myself due to work commitments. Swindon numbers seem to be going up and Stockport numbers going down, but we are getting some new members attending Stockport this year. It is an enjoyable weekend but we all know Swindon is the geographical area for the 10th. Wherever you attend it is a long journey so we cannot have it both ways and all of us are not getting any younger. 

          I had a question asked a few weeks ago. What is the origin of the colours on our regimental tie, stable belt and flag? I must admit I do not know. Can anyone enlighten me? An example is the Royal Tank Regiment colours, brown, red and green. That as far as I know is “through mud and blood to the green fields beyond”. Have our colours any similar meaning? 

           On another tack, does anyone know of any vehicles which were mined in Aden? I personally know of one, it would be about 1966 or early 67. This particular incident, as far as I can recollect, was the first one. I was down at Bovington doing a bit of argy-bargy in the trials wing on my tanks, I was in the NAAFI one night and started talking to this gentleman who was in the 10th, I knew him very well at the time  but, for the life of me I cannot remember his name. As far as I can recollect I cannot say whether it was a Ferret, Saladin or Saracen. He was badly injured that is why he was shipped back to Bovvy, but the commander, or the troop leader was fatally injured and I cannot remember their names. If anyone can elaborate on this particular incident or any more I am sure Pete Hill will appreciate your information. 

            Pete has also established a link to the Soldier Magazine on our web-site and is going to publish the details of our Stockport reunion on it as well as other sites.

           There will be a photograph of Prince Charles inspecting the Army Air Corps with our newsletter on our site. The photograph was a presentation of medals for service in Afghanistan. Your suggestions for a caption  with the photo  will be appreciated and the best one will be awarded a bottle of something from the Shiners Club.

Come Guys I have only had six entries to date what's happened to all those Red blooded Hussars I once knew have they all faded away


 30 Aug 2007

The Competition is for UK Residents only  members in other countries may enter but no prizes will be sent abroad.



The Competition Top 6 Entries

1.  "Ok for a touch and go"
2.  "Can one touch one or would one mind if one touched both"
3.  "In my day you wore the life jacket over the uniform"
4.  " One used to have a chopper as a small boy and it was this big"
5.  "Go on!!  My Kingdom for a grope, just one little grope". 
6.  "Camillas were this size at your age".

            On a mercenary note, back to Stockport. At the moment we have only 40 names coming. To get on a par with Swindon we need as many again, but there are still several of our regulars not yet sent for tickets. We do not want our numbers at Stockport slipping dangerously. We all know what that means. 

           Thanks to your generosity the Shiners Club funds are reasonably healthy but we do need to keep it up. The Acton Court is holding the price of the meal as last year which is very good of them. People who are coming to Stockport need to book their accommodation because there are other groups who have weekends there. The date of the Stockport weekend is 20th October. I hope to see many of you there. It will be nice to see everyone again.

            We are getting new members on a regular basis which is a good thing for the Shiners Club. The more the merrier.  

            Looking forward to seeing you all again.


            Regards June,& Ron


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Webmasters Corner.

Hi all,


Guys I will be on Holiday in Spain from the 10th to the 24th September
could you please HOLD the Emails until I return The Website will continue as usual and you can leave messages etc.
Pete Hill (webmaster)                                 (Click Pictures to Enlarge)

I still Need information on Mined vehicles, Barry Dunnings I know you are out there tell us about your mine incident. The Crew of the Scammel who ran over a mine whilst towing me from Dhala to Thumier, (I am sure they did it on purpose just to wake me up) If I could have your words that would be appreciated.

My Email Address is peter@xrhgb.com


I received the following email from Jim Milsom:

I've posted a message on the blog page of your site to inform people that my proposal for a trip to Paderborn isn't really a goer because only 13 people have expressed an interest with perhaps another 3 who may be interested - or maybe not.   Its not really feasible with such small numbers.   We must all be getting too old!

If there is anyone on the Shiners Club Email List who is not getting the news letter via Email please let me know.


This is the latest from Ebay @ £125 :

Here is a superb and rare Regimental Messengers Pouch badge for the 10th Hussars the badge is chromed with screw fittings on the back and was worn from 1930-37. This is a nice rare piece for the 10th Royal Hussars.

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