TODAY SAW THE MOD AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT LEAVE THE 1st THE QUEENS DRAGOON GUARDS ALONE WHEN THEIR COST CUTTING AXE FELL. THANKS GOES TO ALL WHO HELPED SAVE THE REGIMENT. THE MPs WHO BACKED US, PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENT AND A SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO RICHARD GOLDSBROUGH.
A BIT OF HISTORY
1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) is the Cavalry Regiment of Wales and the Border Counties (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Cheshire). It is the senior Regiment of the Line in the British Army and has 324 years of distinguished history.
It is one of the most operationally experienced Regiments in the Army having seen action as the reconnaissance force during the First Gulf War in 1990/91, the Second Gulf War in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2008/09 and their latest tour being 2011/12.
When the MOD cuts were first hinted at, past and present members of the QDGs realised that we were in the firing line to be axed, this was due to what is viewed as ‘system of precedence’ in the Royal Armoured Corps. Traditionally, under that system, the regiments that have survived the longest unchanged are put in the firing line first to be amalgamated into other brigades. Put simply it is a process of “your turn next”.
The possible threats to the QDGs sparked anger on the social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter and also through my Blog, where supporters of the regiment are being urged to contact their MPs.
Please click on the following links to go to the pages within the blog that asked for your help, thankfully you did come out and help in large numbers. I would like to say thank you for spending your time to our call to arms.
Today at 12;30hrs the Government and MOD did what we had asked and have spared the QDGs from their cost cutting axe. Richard Goldbrough said in an e-mail on the 25th May, quoting from Harriet Beecher Stowe: “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone”
Today he added: “We left no words unsaid and no deeds undone….And we, now have no tears that need shedding because….We grabbed the moment”.
When I last spoke with Richard he was on his way to the pub for a well earned pint or three, and I did likewise, seperated by distance yet together in mind and spirit.
By involving our MPs in the way that we did, by the number of MPs that backed us, the pressure we put down in the halls of Westminster by asking the right questions, having answers to their questions and by showing sound reasonable alternatives I think and feel that the MOD had to change their outdated reasoning of “Your Turn Next”.
I just hope that Cardiff will be rady for the Post Exercise Party!!!!!!!!
Please click on the following link to go to the QDG Web-Site. Thank you: http://www.qdg.org.uk/index.php
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED KEEP THE REGIMENT IN PLACE & SAVED IT FROM THE AXE