KRAL Constitution
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Who Can Join?
The Liverpool Branch has been reformed to recognise the fact that there are 2 regular and 1 Army Reserve battalions in the Regiment formed in 2007 from the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment the King’s Regiment and Queens Lancashire Regiment. 
The membership of the Branch is open to anyone who served in any battalion of The King’s Regiment, widows, widowers, and partners of deceased veterans. Associate membership is available to veterans who have listed affiliations with the Regiment.
What Do We Do?
The Branch exists to support the Association in:
  • Fostering the esprit de corps among serving and former members and keep them in touch with each other.
  • Preserving the traditions of the Regiment.
  • Encouraging recruitment.
  • Assisting serving and former members of the Regiment to find work.
The Branch provides a means of help and support to its members particularly those who find themselves in need and have nowhere else to turn.
The Branch runs a programme of events throughout the year both commemorative and social. New ideas for such events are always welcome. The Branch is run by a committee elected by the membership. New Members are always welcome.


Forty one Association members and their guests attended the National Memorial Arboretum for a Memorial Service in remembrance of those members of the Regiment who lost their lives in Northern Ireland during ‘Op Banner’.

Gathered in 'The Glade' within the 'Ulster Ash Grove' on a lovely sunny Autumn morning, a short service took place conducted by the Reverend Stella Wallace-Tween of the National Arboretum. A short address was given by Major Peter Oakley MBE, Branch President. Mr Eric Roper laid a remembrance poppy wreath and read out the Northern Ireland Roll of Honour. Mr George Prosser presented a Regimental plaque to the Reverend Stella Wallace-Tween and thanked her for conducting what was a very moving service.


Pictured L-R Mr Stan Castell BEM, Maj Keith Hastie TD, Maj Peter Oakley MBE,
Maj Ray Taylor and Clare Cunliffe  


Some of you may be familiar with the story of the regimental plaque made in Hong Kong which carries the names of seven of our Kingsmen killed in Northern Ireland in 1972. Graham Walker found the plaque in the store room at Ardwick Barracks along with several MFO boxes of stuff and furniture that was going to be 'skipped'. Graham was given permission to look at the contents in the store room. After looking around he informed the staff he would try and relocate or look after some of the items. He made up an MFO box of what he thought should be saved.
Graham went away to arrange transport and returned to Ardwick Barracks a few days later. On inspecting the MFO box he noticed several items that he had stored were missing. He was told that an ‘auctioneer’ had been brought in from Birmingham and had removed some of the items that he had placed in the MFO box. Graham managed to save the memorial plaque and other items.
Graham also attended Belle Vue Barracks and found further memorabilia. There were several plaques where 'bayonets' had been removed and were missing, before being left in boxes. He managed to save some of those items as well. Graham later arranged for the plaque to be passed to Major Peter Oakley MBE for safe keeping. On behalf of the regiment, Major Peter Oakley MBE approached Clare Cunliffe, Curator of Urban and Military History at the National Museums Liverpool, and asked if they would take and care for it – they readily agreed to do so.
Major Peter Oakley MBE delivered the plaque to Clare on Thursday 29th July 2021. It will have to go into quarantine and consequently will not be displayed immediately.
Eric Roper  

KRAL Officers Mess
At our recent meeting the committee all agreed that the newsletter should not be uploaded to the web site and should be restricted to subscribed members only via email. We are hoping that we will be contacted by those who previously received the electronic edition by email or by viewing online and have left the association, and who might reconsider and re-join.  We are also hopeful that those who viewed the Newsletter on the web site, may contact us and might be persuaded to join.
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