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BRIAN ANTHONY COOKE - died 5th April 2017
Mr Brian Anthony Cooke died on Wednesday 5th April
2017, aged 76. Brian served in the Army from 1960 to
1965 joining the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
for recruit training at Bodmin. Thereafter he served
with 1 SCLI in Germany, Plymouth, Gibraltar and Libya.
For his final two years in the Army he was attached
to the Support Weapons Wing of the School of Infantry,
at Netheravon, as a driver.
The funeral of Mr Brian Cooke will take place on Thursday
13th April at Taunton Crematorium, New Wellington Road,
Taunton, and Somerset, TA1 5NE beginning at 12.30 pm.
Afterwards all are invited to the Windwhistle Inn, Cricket
St Thomas, Chard, TA20 4DQ for refreshments. Colourful
clothing has been requested to be worn.
Family flowers only and donations may be sent to Bishops
Funeral Services, Cillerhayes, Chard, Somerset. On the
day these will be split between ‘Cancer Research’
and ‘The Beacon Centre, Taunton’.
23867455 J L (Les) Summers - Rest in Peace
23867455 J L (Les) Summers died on Thursday 30 March
This message is from his daughter Sarah Wakfer
My Father passed away very peacefully last Thursday
surrounded by myself, two of his beloved brothers and
sister in law.
His funeral service will be held next Friday 7th April
at 12.00 noon at Treswithian Downs Crematorium, Camborne.
There will be family flowers only and Dad has asked
for donations in lieu of flowers for Hayle Royal British
Our family are very proud former and current Service
personnel and whilst Dad did not want any fuss, everyone
is very welcome to attend the service and celebrate
his extraordinary life. Dad lived a proud, determined
and dignified life to the very end.
Dad is survived by me, his only child and our son,
his Grandson, three brothers and extended family. Our
hearts are broken.
Thank you. With kindest regards,
Sarah Wakfer (nee Summers)
He served in the SCLI in the 1960's and was one of Bobby
Bogan's boys in Aden where he received the C in C's
The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry
The 33rd Annual SCLI/LI/RIFLES Reunion
Will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Lawns
Social Club, located at Mary Street, Taunton, Somerset,
TA1 3PE, the same venue as last year.
The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry
(A 9 Year Regiment)
Webmaster estimates that during those 9 years 3000
soldiers served with the regiment, 242 are recorded
in Obituary pages.
During the past 15 years a lot of effort has been
put into finding any veterans of SCLI, which I think
must all be about 70 years old or older.
I know about 100 came from Bristol, many were NS as
myself, where are they ?
Should you have any information, could you please
New picture of A Coy - Jan. 1960
Pic supplied by Rex Brain - click to enlarge and read
all the names.
If you come across broken links
or any mistakes please email
SCLI 50 at Wells
Click image to enlarge.
The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry
I have created a new guestbook for the SCLI website,
the older guestbooks have been replaced due to spam. Should
you particularly want to see something in the old books,
they have been archived, but I will send you a link if
you wish. Do not post a message in them as nobody will
In fact all the guestbooks have been renewed on www.lightinfantry.org.uk
due to the generosity of a group of SCLI veterans,
they all know who they are, I have thanked them for you
all. Very gradually as I see the books used I will upgrade
them to remove all the adverts as I have done on SCLI.
Please note that SSAFA will help Ex Servicemen who have
a problem, its no good going to your old Regt.HQ. they
do not have funds to help.
The confidential support line is 0800 731 4880
This site is devoted to the history of
the regiment from 1959 to 1968. If you served in the Somerset
& Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI) during those years
the webmaster (ex SCLI) would like to hear from you with
any memories of especially 1963 to 1968. Pictures are
especially welcome. e-mail
The Parent Regiments
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Somerset Light Infantry
I appeal to any ex members of the SCLI
whatever your rank
to help build this site as a lasting memory of a great
regiment. Please contact the site curator. All pages will
be added to on a continual basis, so check back often.
The 1st Battalion The Somerset
and Cornwall Light Infantry served at Osnabruck until
June 1961, when it moved, by way of Plymouth to Gibraltar.It
is interesting to note that as Barrymore's (13th) Foot
and Fox's Marines, the two parent regiments first met
(and shared the same battle honour) at Gibraltar. Gibraltar
Day is now celebrated annually on 6th October as the Regimental
Day of Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry. The old Regimental
Days of Jellalabad, Lucknow and Paardeburg are still remembered,
with short histories published in Battalion Orders.
Among the distinctions brought from its parent regiments,
the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry has the Royal
Blue Facings and Royal Bugle Cords of the Somerset Light
Infantry, the red patch commemorating the red feathers
of the Light Company of the 46th Foot (later the 2nd Battalion
the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) and the privilege
of wearing the sash knotted on the right side ,a unique
distinction usually associated with the gallantry of the
13th Foot at Culloden.The green head-dress, whistle cord
and No 1 Dress Uniform are common to all Light Infantry
Regiments.The parent Regiments were raised: in 1685 as
Huntingdon's Foot (now The Somerset Light Infantry), in
1702, as Fox's Marines, and in 1740 as the 57th (later
renumbered 46th)(1st and 2nd Battalions The Duke of Cornwall's
Light Infantry). Their names remain the names of the two
Territorial Army Battalions.
The 1st Battalion received Colours in May 1962 whilst
stationed in Gibraltar, the Colours being presented on
behalf of Her Majesty The Queen by Field Marshal The Lord
Harding of Petherton. The 1st Battalion served in West
Berlin, Gravesend and Aden before becoming part of the
new Regiment in 1968..
In 1968.07.10 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry redesignated
upon formation of "large" regiment from Light
The Rifles & Light Infantry
Association (Somerset Division)
We meet at Jellalabad House, 14
Mount Street, Taunton. Meetings are now held on the last
Tuesday morning each month throughout the year ( Apart
from December ) at 1100hrs.
Contact Lawrie Hodges on Taunton 01823-279109. Click
HERE for more information
LI Assoc. (Bristol Branch). We
meet at the TA centre in Whiteladies Rd. Bristol on the
third Thursday of every month except August and December.
There are lots of ex LI men in and around Bristol we could
do with your support. Tel: 0117 9861674
LI Assoc. (Bodmin). Meetings Quarterly
Contact the Secretary
Mr S Rowland 01208 75392.
LI Assoc. (Bath) Secretary Mr
J Watson 01225 426689. Meeting 1st Friday of each month
at Army Reserve Centre, Bath.
LI Assoc. (Norton/Radstock) Secretary
Mr R Collins JP 01749 675495. Meeting last Friday of each
month at RBL Club, Midsomer Norton.
Click image to enlarge
The SCLI Colours that were presented at Europa Gibraltar
1962 (Photo supplied by Stephen Taylor)
3D SCLI Screen Saver
[14th Sept 2005]
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All those who have served in HM Armed Forces.
Subject: New Message Forum
There is now a new message forum, free from those annoying
pop-ups and adverts, it has been supplied due to the generous
donations of SCLI & LI veterans.
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