21Bty AssociationThe 21 Association Standard
The reverend Michael Harman RN(retd) conducted the service in the absence of the Command Padre, Peter Scott. Michael gave a wonderful sermon and it was indeed a very proud, and slightly emotional moment when the Standard was unfurled, dedicated and then laid upon the alter. Maj Gen Davies, Col Lyne-Purkis and Maj Thomas all kindly agreed to do the readings during the service.
We were very honoured that the Commander British Forces, Gibraltar, Commodore Parr, RN kindly agreed to attend the dedication service. We were also pleased to welcome Lt Col John Perez, CO, RG to the service. Unfortunately Col Perez had been unable to attend any other events due to previous engagements. Other guests include the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Capt (retd)Solomon Levy, formerly of the Gibraltar Defence Regiment, who still holds the record for firing the number of Royal Salutes on the Rock, 175!! Capt Levy is also President of the local RBL Branch. We also had representatives from 50 , 27 and 47 Regiments, which completed the presentation ceremony within our own family circle.
After the service the Kings Chapel congregation provide us all with light refreshments and this gave the CBF, a chance to talk with everyone.
In September 2007 we celebrated our 10th Annual Reunion and were able to dedicate our own 21 Association Standard. With Gibraltar as our battle honour there was only one place we could hold such an event – Gibraltar itself..!
On Thursday 27th September the BC, BSM WO2 Simon Jones, and eight members of the serving battery arrived along with the Association ‘advance party’(committee members)! An ‘O’ group took place that evening in the Elliott Hotel bar, and as usual, took until the early hours of the morning to discuss all relevant matters!!!
A Standard has always been, and will be the focal point of any Regiment, Battery Association, Branch. Ours was to be no exception, designed on the Battery Flag, it was indeed a proud moment for the Association when WO2 Steve Buck (CVHQ) carried the Standard up to the altar escorted by a member of 21 (Gibraltar 1779-83) AD Bty on one side and a member of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment on the other, thus making the continuous link between Gibraltar, the serving battery and the Association.
photographs of the 21 Association Standard Ceremony