For sixty years
Caterham Barracks in Surrey was the home of No.16 Coy., the
Guards training Company.
Thousands of Coldstreamers passed through the hallowed portals
into an experience that has stayed with Guardsmen for life.
Many have written about this special place, but to endure
and enjoy the twenty weeks of basic Guards training,
is a badge of courage that is worn for life.
It is this education that has ensured our Regiment has survived
and prospered for 350 yrs.
Construction work on Caterham Barracks commenced in 1850,
built to the new 'Army Living Programe',
with modern sanitation, heating and lighting, each man allocated
60 sq. ft. of living space.
The Barracks were handed over in 1877, the home to four Regiments
of Foot Guards, occupied by over 12,000 men.
The standard of discipline and training established the benchmark
for the Guards training Company,
which eventually took the
barracks as its HQ.
The original twelve weeks basic was augmented by a further
eight weeks period of 'Battle Training' in various locations,
then settled at Pirbright, with its ranges and large area's
of heathland for simulated battle engagements.
The last training recruits marched out of Caterham in 1961
and the Depot finely closed in 1990,
taking with it over a hundred years of Regimental history.
By this time the whole of the training was undertaken at Pirbright
In 1994 The Guards
Infantry Training Company, No. 14 Coy. was established at
Vimy Barracks, Catterick North Yorks.
There has been Army training at Catterick since before World
War One, but this was the first time in the Foot Guards history
that a permanent Company had been active here.
The initial move was fraught with so many integration difficulties,
plus accommodation was always a moot point.
It was with great relief when in 2003 the Guards Training
Company moved to Helles Brks,
alongside the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Gurka Rifles.
This intense competition was the spur that No. 14 Coy needed
to move forward.
During the last two years the standard of young guardsmen
has improved along with their training.
Sgt Lee Westerman with
his Plt. of young Trainee Guardsmen, during battle training
|I was in my car and
heading for Helles Barracks at Catterick Garrison once again,
having had a few bad months it was nice to get out in the
fresh air again.
Arriving at the barracks I had a steady walk to the NAAFI
for a cup of char and a chat to Ian of Victoria prints,
who as usual was selling his military wares to family of the
Gentlemen, Before I start my report you may find the following
information something a bit more informative;
THE FOOT GUARDS COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S
One to Five
Issue of Kit,
6 to 11
Adjutant's Drill Inspection,
NuclearBiological & Chemical (NBC) Training.
First Aid, Introduction Exercises,
Map Reading and Adventure Training.
12 to 17
2 Weeks of leave,
Light Support Weapon (LSW) Lessons.
Tactical Exercise 2,
NBC, First Aid and Drill.
18 to 23
Urban Warfare Training,
Company Commanders Drill Inspection,
Machine Gun Lessons,
March and Shoot and Battlefield Tour to France.
24 to 26
Pass-out Parade and 10 days of leave.
ON THE MOVE AGAIN
Here we go again, on Friday 3rd August 2012,
I decided to attend the Passing-out-Parade of No 25 Platoon at the
Guards ITC, Helles Barracks. Catterick Garrison.
It was a pleasant day with the sun occasionally breaking through as
a drove along the country lanes; I find it a quieter drive going this
On arriving at the barrack gates I opened my passenger side window
to ask for a programme only to be informed by the Corporal that it
would cost me £1.00,
I knew he cut backs were bad but this took the biscuit. I called in
the NAFFI for a cuppa and spoke to Ian of Victoria Prints who I have
known for some years now,
I then spotted an old friend and former Company Sergeant Major here
at Catterick John Hardy who welcomed me warmly;
he is now running a very successful photography business and selling
framed photographs of servicemen who pass-out.
Time to head for the parade ground; it was to be a very busy day,
what with the Para's already passed -out, to be followed by the Guards
and then the Line Regiments later in the afternoon.
The stands started to fill up and right on time WOII Company Sergeant
Major, Pete Downes, Grenadier Guards marched smartly on parade.
Addressing the seated audience he informed the families and friends
of the Trainee Guardsmen what the parade would consist of and what
not to do and what to do and when to do it.
He then Marched off to bring the Platoon on parade.
The band of the Royal Engineers provided the music today as they led
No 25 Platoon on parade, to the music of 'Guards Armoured'
thank god they had a bass drummer who knew how to keep the beat.
CSM. Downes halted the Platoon in the centre of the parade ground
and having given them their dressing, marched forward to hand the
Platoon over to the Commander Captain Brown.
Twenty Eight Trainee Guardsmen on parade which consisted of 5 Grenadier
Guards, 3 Scots Guards, 8 Welsh Guards, 4 Irish Guards and 8 Coldstream
The two stick orderlies in Inspection party were Coldstreamers, unfortunately
I did not know the name or Regiment of the Inspecting officer,
except that he was the Commanding Officer of the ITC Catterick.
I must congratulate the band of the Royal Engineers for the music
played during the inspection,
March Millitaire, The Great Escape, Lord of the Dance, Fame and Glory,
Abba on Broadway and Gladiator a pleasure to listen to.
The parade was exceptional, the arms and foot drill and the dressing
on the march of these young men was of great credit to their instructors,
a message also echoed by the Commanding Officer in his speech.
Sgt Canavan Welsh
L/Sgt Mc Curry.
| Best Endeavour:
|| T/Gdsn Biddulph. Grenadier
|| T/Gdsn Lang. Scots Guards.
| Best at Physical Training:
||T/ Gdsn Stanton. Coldstream
|Best at Drill
|| T/ Gdsn Banks.
||T/Gdsn Clancy. Irish Guards.
For the first time ever, the prize for Best
Recruit was shared between
T/Gdsn Nelson. Grenadier
Guards and T/Gdsn Clancy. Irish Guards.
In closing the Commanding Officer paid tribute
to the members of the Platoon,
their Instructors for a very fine parade and wished the Guardsmen
well in their respective Battalions.
He also thanked the families and friends for the support and attendance
and to finish the Padre passed on his congratulations and closed
The Platoon Commander dressed the Platoon in three ranks and approached
the Commanding officer to seek his permission to march the Guardsmen
off parade and to their Battalion,
which of course was granted.
And so these young men marched smartly off parade to the music of
'Hielan Laddie' and 'St Patrick's Day',
but as they came past their families and friends the din caused
by the applause, screams and shouts caused the lads to lose step
but II am glad to say soon regained their composure.
I t was a satisfied veteran who left Catterick highly please at
what he had seen.
Mannie Cook Hon Secretary
INTO THE BREECH
Platoons: On Parade
Friday 13th (who's superstitious)
and Bill Spence and myself set off from Middlesbrough,
bound for Helles Barracks Catterick Garrison
to witness yet again another Passing-out-Parade.
The weather was fine but chilly as we reached Catterick,
there had been a Passing-out-Parade for the Para's
so the NAFFI was rather full.
After a quick cuppa we both went to visit the Company
Office where we were met by the Inspecting Officer
Regimental Adjutant of the Grenadier Guards and WOII
CSM P Downes Scots Guards and both welcomed us warmly.
We then headed towards the parade ground as the families
and friends started to converge on the same place,
taking their seats in the stands.
WOII CSM Downes then strode smartly onto the parade
ground, standing in front of the stands informed the
visitors on what was to happen, and when and where
to applaud. Before striding off to meet the platoon,
as he did, I clapped him, he turned on his heel and
glared at me, but he knew it was a wind up.
So the parade began with No 21 & 16 Platoons marching
on parade as one platoon with the music Guards Armoured
played by the Band of the Kings.
There were a total of Forty One trainee Guardsmen
passing out, fourteen from the Army Training College
at Harrogate and twenty seven from Catterick.
Seven Grenadiers, ten Scots, five Irish, eight Welsh
and eleven were Coldstream in all.
I am not going into details about the parade format,
enough to say it was not up to the usual standard.
Maybe because they decided to put both platoons together,
but the CQMS Scots Guards was not very pleased with
Both Stick orderlies messed up as they halted at the
one about turning about before the other in front
of the stands,
arms flapping about while marching, heads flinging
back as the came to mark time,
losing step not a pretty sight, enough said. (Well
it was Friday 13th)
No 16 Platoon.
Platoon Commander..... Capt Morley (Not on Parade)
Platoon Sergeant:........... Sgt Lloyd. Grenadier Guards.
|| Coldstream Guards
No 21 Platoon:
Platoon Commander: ....Captain Campbell,
Platoon Sergeant:.. Sgt Swain, Irish Guards.
|| Scots Guards
No 21 Platoon Prize Winners:
||T/Gdsn Swinford Grenadier Guards.
||T/Gdsn Ryan, Coldstream Guards.
|Best at Physical Training:
||T/Gdsn McLean, Coldstream Guards.
|Best Drill and Turnout:
||T/Gdsn Christie, Coldstream Guards.
||T/Gdsn Campbell, Coldstream Guards.
| Soldiers Medal:
|| T/Gdsn Slater, Grenadier Guards.
I can tell you every time the CSM called out Coldstream Guards
he looked over at where we stood and grimaced.
No 21 Platoon Major Generals
Platoon Commander L/Sgt Davies, Coldstream Guards
|T/Gdsn Parry S
All in all a good day for the Coldstream Guards much to the
dismay of CSM Downes, knowing we were in attendance.
The boys marched off, now Guardsmen, to rapturous applause
from the stands.
Before leaving the parade ground CSM Downes informed the parents
to make sure the lads returned sound on Monday,
but while on leave he asked the mothers to put the laundry
basket in the bedroom of their sons on the Sunday morning
and went on to say the Grenadier Guard would rise and do the
ironing and ask if there was any more to be done, then to
the Scots then the Welsh, followed by the Irish
until he came to the Coldstream Guard who he said would look
at it turn over and go back to sleep.
At which point we booed him. All in good fun.
What a day. Mannie Cook
There should have been a Passing-out-Parade
on Friday 18th November 2011 but it was delayed until Friday
25th November 2011.
I was determined to attend this one as I had been missing
from Catterick for most of the year due to ill health.
As I left Middlesbrough with my travelling companions Billy
Spence and Colin Westerman, it was a chilly but fine day,
but as we approached towards Catterick the sky was getting
darker and darker until the heavens opened.
I had my doubts about any parade, but it eased off slowly.
We entered the barracks and as we passed the parade ground
I noticed the families already in their seats in the stands,
obviously the Parade time had been brought forward.
We parked up and headed straight for the Parade ground and
as we did one platoon was already forming up.
Luckily I noticed something blowing in front of me and picking
it up found it to be a programme of the day..
The three platoons marched smartly on
parade being led by The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band playing
the 'Guards Armoured.
to be three Platoons Passing-out, No 17,19 and 26,
No 17 Platoon from the Army Foundation College at
Plus No's 19 and 26 from the Guards ITC, the total
number of trainee Guardsmen passing out were approx
96 with eleven of them being Coldstreamers.
The Company Sergeant Major of the Guards ITC
is now WOII CSM Pete Downes, Grenadier Guards
He was just finishing his welcoming speech to the
families as we took up our place at the end of the
'CSM' Downes took up his position in the centre of the square
and halted the platoons, advanced and gave them their dressing,
before marching over to the senior Platoon Officer and handing
over the Parade.
He then made his way over to the the corner of the square
to meet the Inspection party.
The two accompaning Stick Orderlies were from the Grenadier
Guards because the Inspecting Officer was to be,
The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General
Commanding the Household Division,
Major General G P R Norton CBE late Grenadier Guards.
The parade then got underway as per the usual procedure and
then the wind got became a !hurricane! and the rain poured
people were covering themselves with the blankets and brolly's
were being blown inside out,
I thought at one time Colin Westy who had my brolly had joined
the Guards Para, but these lads braved it out.! Well Done!.
As the platoons started to march past in Slow and Quick time
we decided enough was enough and retired to the NAAFI.
Unfortunately I have little information on the Platoons except
No 17 Platoon.
Captain Leonard, Irish Guards.
Sgt Paxton, Scots Guards.
L/Sgt Perry: Grenadier Guards.
L/Sgt Clough: Grenadier Guards.
L/Sgt Mann: Coldstream Guards.
L/Sgt Quimuri: Welsh Guards.
Major Generals Section
|Best at PT:
|Best at Drill &
Section Commander: L/Sgt Perry
to Billy Spence for the photo's
Now they are Guardsmen!, well they
will be after this Parade I am about to witness.
CSM John Hardy, Scots Guards, marched on parade and gave
his usual forthright speech to the families and friends
of the trainee guardsmen.
Mobile phones switched off, no smoking, when to applaud
and when not to, and to stand when the inspecting Officer
party marched on parade.
He then marched off to bring the platoon on parade.
Today it was the turn of No 20 Platoon who marchedon, led
by The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band.
To the music of Guards armoured.
23 Trainee Guardsmen, 8 Coldstream, 8 Scots, 5 Welsh and
The two Stick orderlies came from the Coldstream Guards
but the inspecting officer was a Grenadier, unfortunately
not named in the programme.
The Platoon Commander; Lt Cowdry, Scots Guards.
Platoon Sergeant Sgt
Dowling,... Irish Guards.
L/Sgt Talbot,........ Irish Guards.
L/Sgt Jones,.. Grenadier Guards
L/Sgt Little,........... Scots Guard,
I have to admit that this was a very
good parade; the platoon performed the ultimate in Foot
and Arms drill,
and thanks to a base drummer who has finally learned how
to keep the right beat
In his closing speech the inspecting officer paid tribute
to the platoon and the training staff for a job well done.
He he also thanked the families' ands friends for their
T/Gdsm Tierney, Coldstream Guards.
Best Shot and the Soldiers Medal;.........................
T/Gdsm Nunn, Grenadier Guards.
Best at Physical Training;..............................................
T/Gdsm Owili, Scots Guards.
Best at Drill and Turnout and Best Recruit;...... T/Gdsm
Walkden, Coldstream Guards.
Major Generals Section:
Section Commander L/Sgt Jones Grenadier
||T Gdsm Stewart
|| T/Gdsm Walkden
The formalities over it was once again
time for the now Guardsmen to stretch their legs and March
off the parade ground
with the music of "Hielan Laddie and St Patricks Day"
they marched smartly past their families and friends to
rapturous applause and the stamping of feet.
Finally CSM John Hardy in his closing speech reminded the
families to make sure their sons returned to camp in good
and anyone feeing a bit sick to get back and he would cure
before releasing them to return to the NAAFI to await their
My thanks to WOII CSM John Hardy for allowing me to permission
to use his photographs in this report.
Get on Parade.
No. 26 Platoon
to enlarge Pics.
Curser over Pics for Text
A New Year A New Start
No. 26 Platoon
Due to the Government cut backs, training at the Guards Infantry
Company was held back during the previous year.
So on Friday 18th March 2011,the first Platoon
to pass out this year was to be No 26 Platoon.
Once again I made my way
once again to Helles Barracks in Catterick Garrison to witness the parade,
only this time I was being chauffeured by my Branch Vice President
We arrived at the Barracks which was bathed in glorious sunshine
and walked down to the NAFFI for a cup of char
and to pay a visit to Ian Sixsmith and his business partner
Graham Prince MBE of Victoria Prints,
who were displaying their goods of Military collectables.
We then made our way to the Parade Ground to enjoy a bit of
fresh air and sunshine prior to the parade starting.
The families and friends of the trainee soldiers started arriving
and took their seats.
Onto the parade ground
marched WOII (CSM) John Hardy, (Scots Guards) and facing the
stands instructed the audience
on what and what not to do during the parade, before marching
off to bring the Platoon on parade.
With the band of the Heavy Cavalry & Cumbrai Band leading,
the Platoon marched smartly on to the Parade Ground
to the traditional music of ‘Guards Armoured’
They then took up their position in the centre of the parade
ground, the CSM gave them their dressing,
before handing them over to the Platoon Commander,
Captain Campbell (Irish Guards).
He then marched away to meet the Inspecting Officer who had
arrived escorted by the two Stick orderlies,
who were both Coldstream Trainees, which was to be expected
because the Inspecting Officer was,
R C N Sergeant,
Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Coldstream
During this time the Band were carrying out a slow and quick
Also on parade was the imaculate Regimental Sergeant Major
of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards WO1 A Stokes.
With the Inspecting Officer in position the parade got underway
with the General Salute to the music of ‘Scipio’,
by the Inspection.
Coldstream, FiveWelsh, FiveScots, Two Irish and Two Grenadier's
Amis Coldstream Guards
Oddy. Irish Guards.
Stott Grenadier Guards
Rowlands. Irish Guards
Inspection over, it was then time for the March Past in Slow
and Quick Time and I must congratulate the base drummer
who has finally mastered the beat, which made for excellent
Marching and Drill by these young men
The Platoon then advanced in review order in preparation for
the awards ceremony.
Brown. Coldstream Guards.
| T/Gdsn Hawker.
at Physical Training:
| T/Gdsn Harris. Welsh Guards.
at Drill and Turnout:
T/Gdsn. McCann. Scots Guards.
Adams. Coldstream Guards.
Garratt. Grenadier Guards.
The newly passed out Guardsmen,
then received the Blessing
from the Battalion Padre.
Followed by the Address from the Inspecting Officer, Lt. Colonel Sergeant
In his Address he
once again thanked the families and friends
for their support and help during the six months training,
he congratulated the instructors for a job well done and finally
to the new Guardsmen for an excellent parade which for him
was a privilege to witness and wished them all good luck in
their respective Battalions/Incremental companies.
Finally came the March Off and as they marched past the stands
there was a crescendo of applause and stamping feet.
Major then invited Mac and myself back to Company Office for
a cuppa and sandwich and to meet Lt Colonel Sergeant and his
It became more of a Coldstream day as we were also joined
by Captain Paul Downes and later as we left to return home
met Captain Neil Sprot
who is now with the 1st Royal Welch.
This had been an excellent
day in very good company.
I have to make sure that the the Lt Colonel’s photo
is on this report so he can show his sons.
With Thanks to CSM Hardy
for the Squad Pics.
No. 24 Platoon
(Abridged) for award of the Meritorious Service Medal
to Captain J.S. Beattie Coldstream Guards
Presented by the Major General Commanding the Household Division
Beatty joined the Army on the 8th Dec.1980 and following
his 6 mths training at the Depot he passed out in April
He quickly demonstrated outstanding potential, gaining
promotion and a posting back to the Guards Depot, as a recruit
instructor in 1987.
Following 3 yrs as a Plt. Sgt.he was posted to the RMAS
as Colour Sgt. Instructor in 1992 and then returned to the
1st Bt. as CQMS.
In Nov.1996, he returned to RMAS as a CSM and then took
up the appointment of Drill Sgt. with his Battalion.
responsible for the training of the Bt. for the Queens Birthday
Freedom of the City Parades for London and Berwick, and
the Presentation of New Colours to his Regiment.
He was responsible for the Bearer Party for Lt. Gen. Sir
William Rous funeral,
where he handled the intricate funeral arrangements with
immense tact and diplomacy.
He has twice organised the Annual Inspection of the Scouts
Association by Her Majesty the Queen, gaining high praise
from the Association for the immpeccable support.
In April 2001 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One.
For two yrs. that followed he was the Regimental Sergeant
of Old College RMAS, where he was an inspiration to all.
His ability, dedication and further potential were recognised
and he was selected for Commission in the Coldstream Guards
in April 2003.
Captain Beatty has provided almost
22 yrs of faithful and meritorious service to the Colours.
His Commanding Officer at the Royal Military Academy descibes
'one of the most outstanding soldiers he has commanded in
30 yrs Service'.
He has provided an impressive mix of unwavering support
to his family in difficult circumstances.
At the same time, total dedication, loyalty and allegiance
to the Colours that is recognised today by the award of
the Meritorious Service Medal.
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