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Message from Lawrie Hodges.
The date of the 2014 SCLI/LI/RIFLES Reunion at Taunton
will be Saturday 26th April.
After much searching for a new venue in view of the closure
of the Police Club at Taunton which has been the home
for the Reunion for the past 12 years, I have decided
that the Reunion in 2014 will be held at The Lawns Social
Club which was the former RBL Club in Taunton. It is in
the same road as the Police Station and approximately
400 yards North. It is therefore within walking distance
of the Guest Houses and Hotels were the majority of those
attending stay. Other venues were looked at but they were
either too small or wanted to apply high booking charges.
That also included the TA Centre, which with the hourly
rental for the number of hours required for the three
specific areas we would have needed to use, ie Hall, Bar
and Kitchen, coupled with having to pay for two persons
to look after security of the main gate and the car park,
would have amounted to in excess of £300. That cost
would have had to be added to the admission charge before
food or anything else was considered.
Yes the admission charge will rise for 2014 from the £5
that has been the figure for a number of years, but that
will purely be down to the rise in food costs. Like the
Police Club, The Lawns will not be imposing any hire charge.
Rest assured the cost will be kept as low as possible.
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Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry
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or any mistakes please email
SCLI 50 at Wells
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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they have been archived, but I will send you a link if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
LI Assoc. ( Taunton Branch )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 M Vigus Tel: 01726 852640
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The SCLI Colours that were presented at Europa Gibraltar
1962 (Photo supplied by Stephen Taylor)
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