22 years of the Army life of Richard Growden
These are the Colours of the 3rd Battalion the Light Infantry. When I joined the Army, having completed training, I joined the 3rd Battalion the Light Infantry and stayed with the Battalion until it amalgamated with the 2nd and 1st Battalions Light Infantry in 1993.
This of course was a sad time for the Battalion but it was thought necessary to reduce the recruiting and retention problems that all Infantry battalions started to face at that time. This photograph shows the Colours before they were finally laid to rest in Winchester Barracks Garrison Church in 1998.
|Courses taken during my service
|The 22 Year Roll
|Basic yacht Handler
|Training Depot Shrewsbury
|Heavy Goods Vehicle
|United Nations Cyprus (3 LI)
|Free Fall Parachute
|Catterick (3 LI)
|Jamiaca (3 LI)
|Skill At Arms Instructors
|Cyprus (3 LI)
|Canoeing Sea Water
|Tidworth (3 LI)
|Platoon Sergeant’s Battle Course
|Falkland Islands (3 LI)
|Middletown, Northern Ireland (3 LI)
|Jungle Warfare Instructors
|Depot Winchester, Platoon Instructor
|Omagh, Northern Ireland (3 LI)
|Field Firing 3-5 Qualification
|Weeton (3 LI)
|Unit Fire NCOs
|Brunei (3 LI)
|Kenya (3 LI)
|First Aid Instructors
|Germany (3 LI)
|Unit Search Advisor
|Cyprus (3 LI)
|Small Arms Training Custodian
|Falmouth (6 LI), Permanent Staff Instructor
|Germany (2 LI)
|Dungannen, Northern Ireland
|Germany (2 LI)
|Commando Training Centre (Royal
Marines), Senior Command Course Instructor
|Colchester (1 LI)
|Iniskillen (Northern Ireland) (1 LI)
|Cyprus (1 LI)
|Infantry Recruiting Team, Warminster
(HQ Infantry Team Leader)
In the Army Recruiting Team, one event we participated in was to host under-priviledged children at Warminster Training Centre. This photograph shows myself and three young children having won “Army Be The Best” medals on a small drill competition that I arranged for them. When the children arrived they were given “Army Be The Best” bags and uniforms and then took part in many different activities throughout the day, the items in their bags being essential to complete the days activities.
While in Germany in 1992 I formed the Battalion Rugby League Team which went on to win the first ever match between two Army units for Rugby League in the Army. Since that year Rugby League has grown within the Army and is now a recognised sport.
In January 1997 the 1st Battalion the Light Infantry were put on full standby for the troubles in Bosnia and at this time I was B Coy Sgt Maj. This photograph shows the 4 Chinook helicopters air lifting the Battalion from an exercise area to Brize Norton.
In November 1998 the Battalion deployed from Cyprus to Jordan to carry out an exercise with the Jordanian Army. As a Battalion exercise all elements of the Battalion were moved to Jordan and set up camp in the middle of the desert. This photograph shows me on Remembrance Day with the tented camp in the background. I was the camp Sergeant Major.
A new team as part of the instructional team of Casino Platoon in 1986. This photograph was taken a month before I was due to leave and re-join the Battalion who at this time were serving in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
The Mess Members who became firm friends of mine and who I eventually said goodbye to in Dec 98. The front row is Gilly Gilbert, Dinger Bell, Shiner Carter, Geordie McVay, Shep Sheperd, myself and in the corner under the picture of General De La Billier Ako Atkinson who continued to make his mark all the way through our Army career.
This photo shows one of the training teams that I was a member of when I was a Training Instructor at Peninsula Barracks in Winchester. From L – R Smudge Smith, Bob Ham, Steve Wilkinson, Phillipson, Lt Tricks, R Growden, Daz Green, Ian Shaletto.
The members of the WO’s & SGT’s Mess 1LI marking the return of the Tigers Head.
This is the training platoon that I was a member of. The Light Infantry Training Barracks was at Shrewsbury, this photograph was taken on completion of those in the photograph having been awared their Beret after 12 weeks of training.
This was a photograph taken at the Platoons Pass out parade conducting the double past when leaving the parade square on pass out.
These are a collection of photographs that were taken during the reinforcement deployment exercise that the Battalion was involved in on completion of the Falklands war.
This photograph shows me at the loading and unloading weapon bay, at a vehicle checkpoint in Cyprus which our platton section manned during the United Nations Peacekeeping Tour.
This was one duty which as the peacekeeping force the Battalion had to operate during a deployment.