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.
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  


The King’s Regiment Association Liverpool Branch will be holding its AGM in Townsend Avenue Barracks, Liverpool on Thursday 12th August 2021, commencing at 1200 hours. All KRAL members are cordially invited to attend. If any member has any item that he\she would like to be added to the agenda, please contact the Branch Secretary Mr Stanley Castell BEM.  


The King’s Regiment Association Liverpool Branch are planning a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire) on Thursday 16th September 2021, which will include tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival and lunch for Association Members and their families. If we have enough interest we will arrange a coach to leave Townsend Avenue Barracks, Liverpool at 0900 hrs.

If you are interested, please let me know in writing, by messenger (via Facebook), by email, or by text - all my main contact details are included in the bi-monthly KRAL Newsletter (pages 2 and 20). Please also let me know total coach seats and lunch seats required.

If you would like to attend, but would prefer to make your own travel arrangements, but would like to also be included in the lunch, then contact me (as above) to let me know numbers so that we can plan accordingly.

Once figures are known, I will contact those who have shown an interest with confirmed date and costs.

Eric Roper - KRAL  

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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