First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
1950 to 1971 and then to 2000
This page is compiled from the photographs and other records of Martin Farndale who served with First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (“1 RHA”) from Troop Commander to Commanding Officer between 1950 and 1971 and remained closely associated with the Regiment, including as Honorary Colonel until he died in 2000. The page has been compiled by his son, Richard Farndale, who also served with 1 RHA as Adjutant and Battery Captain E Battery.
Hopefully the captions are as accurate as possible. If anyone visiting this page is able to correct or add to the information (who is who etc), please email Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page should be read together with:
· A page of more detailed documentary material regarding 1 RHA during these periods of time.
· A page of video and audio material recorded by Martin Farndale, which, amongst other matters, concern the history of 1 RHA.
Egypt 1949 to 1951
When Martin Farndale joined 1 RHA, as a subaltern, the Regiment had moved from internal security duties in Palestine to the Canal Zone in Egypt in 1947. The Regiment served in the Canal Zone until June 1951.
1 RHA take part in the Searchlight Tattoo, Moascar, Egypt, October 1949 (Martin Farndale had not yet joined 1RHA at this stage, though he was already in Egypt with 80th LAA Regiment, but 1 RHA took part):
Martin Farndale joined E Battery in the Canal Zone in 1950 (he later moved to B Battery on the way home).
Life in the Canal Zone in about 1950:
Martin Farndale left A spitfire in the Canal Zone about 1950
Scenes from the Sinai Desert in about 1950:
The Pyramids, Cairo
Martin Farndale completes a cross country race, Egypt, about 1950
Observing the fall of shot, perhaps about 1950, Sinai
Athletics Team, perhaps 1950. Martin Farndale front row second.
The OP Tank (perhaps a Cruiser?) The guns, Sexton III (mounted 25 pounders)
The 1 RHA trumpeters, Egypt, about 1950
The Regiment is inspected by Field Marshall Montgomery (“Monty” of Alamein), about 1950:
Monty inspects Martin Farndale’s Troop in Fayid, Egypt, about 1950
The Regiment puts on a fete, Fayid, Egypt, about 1950:
Royal Artillery Ball, Fayid, July 1950 and other social events:
Martin Farndale, Rob Maxwell (looking away), Anne Buckingham (later Farndale), Sylvie later Maxwell
Sexton III Demonstration, Fayid, Egypt
In the Sinai:
Orthodox Priest, Sinai, about 1950 Mount Sinai
Hockey Team, Egypt, about 1950
Martin’s OP map, Milla Pass, Snai, 1951
1 RHA Officers, Fayid, Egypt, May 1951
The Regiment returned to England in June 1951.
(The Tatler, 18 July 1951)
Munster, British Army on the Rhine, 1952 to 1954
1 RHA were stationed at Waterloo Barracks, Munster from April 1952. The Regiment were still equipped with Sexton III guns (mounted twnety five pounders). The Regiment was part of 20th Armoured Bridgade and 6th Aroured Division. The Regiment sereved there until June 1958, though Martin was stationed elsehere in 1954, so this recod covers the period up to 1954.
Regmental Hide, about 1953
The Gun Park Waterloo Barracks, Munster
Berlin, about 1954
Officers’ Mess Ball, Waterloo Barracks, harking back to the Regiment’s Egypt days:
Norman Joplin left and Martin Farndale right
Hildesheim, British Army on the Rhine, 1964 to 1965
The Regiment had moved to Hildesheim near Hanover by which time it was equipped with the 155mm self propelled gun, the Cardinal. Martin Farndale re-joined the Regiment in 1964 to command the Chestnut Troop as Battery Commander.
Chetsnut Troop Silver at its Foundation Day Dinner, 1 February 1965, Hildesheim, Germany
Chestnut Troop Formation Day Dinner, 1 February 1965
The Chestnut Troop, about 1965
BC Chestnuts with the Burgermeister Alkmaar at Hildesheim, 1965
Chestnut Troop on the Gun Park, Hildesheim
Autumn exercises, Germany, 1964
Freedom of the City of Alkmaar, Holland with the Chestnut Troop
Guns of the Chestnut Troop at Farewell Parade, Hildesheim, 1965
Aden, South Arabia, 1965 to 1966
In May 1964, the Regiment left Germany after 13 years there, and converted to a Light Regiment.
There are also audio recordings relating to 1RHA’s time in Aden including a recording of the Battle at Dhala.
The Regiment training at Larkhill prior to operations in South Arabia.
The Regiment then moved for two years on active service to South Arabia. Here it was constantly in action along the Yemen Border against local tribesmen and the Regiment took part in the later Radfan Operations. The Regiment was amongst the last to leave Aden, and it then moved to Colchester in England.
There is also a page of more detailed documentary material regarding 1 RHA including during its time in Aden.
Tobruk Section, The Chestnut Troop, on the Yemen Border at Beihan, November 1965 Beihan Cam Entrance, South Arabia, 1965
Tobruk Section Gun Drill November 1965
BC Chestnuts landrover on border patrol 1965
Ferret of the 4/7th Dragoons, Border Patrol, 1965 Lieutenant Peter Ashton-Wickett, Border Patrol, 1965
Arab soldier, Border Patrol, 1965 Observing fire on the Yemen Border, 1965
Alkmaar Troop at Wadi Ayn, November 1965 Alkmaar Troop Observation Post, Yemen Border 1965 (Ataba)
Ross Troop, Mukeiras, November 1965 Lieutenant Bill Johnson, Mukerias, 1965
Liaison with the local school at Little Aden May 1966
Martin Farndale’s colour slides of Aden:
BP Camp, Little Aden, November 1965 BP Camp from Jebel, January 1966 Oil Refinery, Little Aden, January 1966 Aden from Little Aden, January 1966
BP Camp, Little Aden Regimental sign, BP Camp, Little Aden OR Beach, Little Aden, January 1966 All Ranks Club, Little Aden, March 1966
1 RHA Mess, Aden, April 1966 Martin Farndale’s room, BP Camp, Little Aden, December 1965
Gun Salute, Fort Morbut, Aden Tenskye Beach, teamer, Point Aden, December 1965 Queen’s Accession Salute, E Battery, Steamer Point, Aden, February 1966
Air lifting gun by Wessex, Aden, November 1965 Air lifting landrover by Wessex, Aden, November 1965 Capt Henderson and Lt Col Baines, JNCO’s Course, Aden, October 1965 Tarshyne Beach, Steame Point, Aden, December 1965
JNCO’s Course, Aden, October 1965 JNCO’s Cadre Course, Aden, 1965 Soccer, Boxing Day, 1965
The Tote, Camel races, Boxing Day 1965 The Camel races The donkey races
Beihan, November 1965 Artillery Camp, Beihan, January 1966 Beverley, Beihan Airport, October 1965 Dust storm,, Wadi Beihan, January 1966
Officers, Airstrip, Beihan, including Ashton Wickett and Hebbelthwaite Beihan Gun Practice, January 1966 Boy at Beihan airstrip, December 1965 Arab officers, Beihan, January 1966
Gunnery practice, Beihan BC’s tent, Beihan, Jauary 1966 Vickers MMG Section, Beihan Officers’ Mess, Beihan, January 1966
Vickers MMG 105mm light gun in gun pit, Beihan, November 1965 BC Chestuts, Maj Farndale, firing MMG, Beihan, January 1966 0.5MG, January 1966
Sug Beihan, January 1966 Bedouin, Beihan Bedouin in the Empty Quarter Bazaar, Beihan
Empty Quarter north end of Wadi Beihan Ruins of Minah, Wadi Beihan, January 1966 Sug Beihan Mountains near Beihan, January 1966
Sug Beihan Casevac after miing, Wadi Aya, November 1965 Bedouin, Beihan Mablagah Pass, January 1966
Negd Margad Pass, Yemen Border, November 1965 Wadi Ayn Camp, January 1966 Ackmaar Section ready for BC’s inspection, November 1965
Guns in Wadi Kirr near Beihan, November 1965 Ghaniyah Fort near Beihan, Yemen Frontier, October 1965 Arab soldiers brew up, November 1965 Harib in the Yemen, November 1965
Arab houses, Ayn, November 1965 Gebel Atabah Observation Post, November 1965 Mountains approaching Mukeiras, November 1965 Ross Section awaiting BC’s inspection, November 1965
Ross Section awaiting BC’s inspection, November 1965 Radar, Mukerias, February 1966 B Sub (Bdr Cotterill), Chestnut Troop, Mukeiras, October 1965 Chestnut Troop, Mukeiras, December 1965
CP Landrover, Mukeiras, November 1965 Green Archer Rader, Mukeiras, January 1966 Mukeiras, November 1966 Mukeiras Camp, January 1966
Officers’ Mess, Mukeiras, January 1966 Bedouin near Mukerias, March 1966 Stalwart on top of Kariba Pass, December 1965 E Battery CP, Kariba Pass, covering convoy, December 1966
E Battery Kariba Pass, gun position, January 1966 1065mm smoke shell, Mukeiras, February 1966 Radfan Mountains, October 1965 Operation Ghia, March 1966
Operation Ghia, March 1966 (BC Tac) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Orders Group) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (CO 3 RFA) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Area Command – BC, Political Adviser, BC Chestnuts (MBF)
Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Sioux helicopter) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (BSM B Battery at Command Post) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (BC and Squadron Leader in joint operations)
Operation Ghia, March 1966 (engaging defensive fire) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (forward base) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Wessex lifting guns) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (piquetting) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (landing piquets)
Operation Ghia, March 1966 (CO’s Tac, top of Gebel Urr) Operation Ghia, March 1966 Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Wadi Hatib, BC’s signaller with Sqn Leader) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (BC Chestnuts, Wadi Hatib)
Operation Ghia, March 1966 (Wadi Hatib) Operation Ghia, March 1966 (back at Attak at end of operation) Arab village, Dhala, December 1965 Dhala Airstrip, March 1966 Beverley aircraft at Dhala strip, November 1965
Section leaving Beihran, January 1966 Waalaw guney tests, April 1966 Atack February 1966 Bedouin, Atack, February 1966
Observation of Fire Course with MBF, Atack, October 1965 Atack, February 1966 Guides at Atack Beverley aircraft at Atack, March 1966
Training before Op Ghia, Atack, February 1966 ‘Fed’ recce and B Battery, February 1966 Loading for Op Ghia at Atack, February 1966 Arabs at airstrip, Beihan, January 1966
Bedouin at Atack, February 1966 B Battery road move to Atack, February 1966 AAC Scout, February 1966 Op Ghia February 1966, 1 RHA Sioux
(Evening Post and News, 30 July 1966)
Colchester, England, 1969
The Regiment had been stationed in Colchester since 1967 when Martin Farndale returned to command the Regiment in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. The Regiment was now part of 19th Infantry Brigade and was equipped with 105mm Pack Howitzers. It was also part of the NATO mobile force, designed to operate on the flanks of Europe. I those roles the Regiment travelled widely including to Denmark soon after Martin Farndale took command.
Martin Farndale’s Appreciation Paper on taking command of 1 RHA:
(The Guardian Journal, 25 September 1969)
HMS Maidstone, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1969 to 1970
In September 1969 the Regiment was ordered to Northern Ireland were t was stationed on an old submarine supply ship, HMS Maidstone in Belfast harbour. For the hard winter months, the Regiment kept the peace across its half of the city of Belfast by constant patrols, setting up road blocks and dealing with rioters.
General Sir Ian Freeland visits HMS Msaidstone in January 1970 CO’s landrover outstide RHQ at Springfield Road Police Station, Belfast
Ops Room, Springfield Road
Lt Col Farndale and the Town Clerk of Nottingham planning the Freedom of Nottingham Parade on HMS Maidstone, December 1969 (also Major Ken Meley, the QM Tech, right in the first photograph)
1RHA’s base on HMS Maidstone October 1969 to March 1970
Colchester Express, 18 December 1969
(Belfast Telegraph, 17 December 1969) (Belfast Telegraph, 24 December 1969)
E Battery handing over North Howard Street to the Royal Scots in March 1970
(The Stapleford & Sandiacre news, 20 February 1970)
(Belfast Telegraph, 9 March 1970) (Belfast Telegraph, 9 March 1970)
Detmold, British Army on the Rhine, 1970 to 1971
There are also audio and video recordings regarding 1 RHA in BAOR in the 60s and early 70s.
In June 1970, the Regiment moved back to Germany, to Detmold, to joint 20th Armoured Brigade. It was then equipped with Abbot self propelled guns, with tank Ops and armoured vehicles.
(Evening Post and News, 3 April 1970)
(Long Eaton Advertiser and South Derbyshire Chronicle, 5 February 1971)
(Nottingham Evening Post, 31 March 1971) (The Guardian Journal, 1 April 1971)
(The Guardian Journal, 5 April 1971) (The Guardian Journal, 15 April 1971)
(Evening Post, 27 April 1971)
The Commanding Officer, Lt Col Farndale RHA, in his Centurion Tank
The CO inspecting the Stables
The Freedom of Nottingham, 22 April 1970
There is also a video recording of 1 RHA’s Freedom of Nottingham Parade in 1970.
(Evening Post and News, 20 April 1970) (The Guardian Journal, 21 April 1970)
(Evening Post and News, 22 April 1970)
Lt Col Farndale receives the Freedom of the City of Nottingham on behalf of the Regiment
(The Guardian Journal, 23 April 1970)
(The Guardian Journal, 23 April 1970)
(Evening Post and News, 2 May 1970) (Evening Post and News, 28 May 1970) (Evening Post and News, 12 December 1970)
A CO’s Farewell – Good-bye to 1 RHA as Commanding Officer
1 RHA at the Jubilee Parade, Sennelager, July 197
Rehearsal for Nottingham Parade, 2 June 1978
1 RHA exercising their right to march through the City of Nottingham, Queen’s Birthday, June 1978:
1 RHA exercise their right to march through the City of Nottingham, June 1982:
General Farndale (then Commander 1 (BR) Corps) taking the salute, Sword Guard, about 1984:
Talking to Chestnut Troop, 1984 Talking to LBdr Joyce of B Battery, Hohne, 1984 Met by Major Phil Cottam, BC E Battery, Hohne, 1984
Meeting the Command Post team, 1984 Presting Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to Sgt Bray and Bdr Harley, Hone 1984
Speaking to the Crew Commanders’ Course, Hohne 1984 Drinks with the Crew Commanders’ Course in the JNCO’s mess, 1984
Lunch in the Sergeants’ Mess, met by the PMC, WO2 Carden, Hohne 1984
(Evening Post, 8 August 1987)
(Nottingham Evening Post, 4 November 1988)
(Nottingham Evening Post, 21 November 1989)
Farewell to General Farndale as Honorary Colonel 1 RHA, 1989, Hohne:
David Tenant and Martin Farndale in Hohne in 1989
1 RHSA exercising the Freedom of Nottingham in 1989:
RHA 200, 1993: