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Brassey, Hugh
Enderby, Charles
Longsdon, Shaun
Marriott, Charles
Moss, Johnny
Innes, David
Pemberton, Alan
Shand, Bruce
Tufnell, Greville
Wills, Tom

Colonel (Robert) Shaun Longsdon, son of the late Wing Commander Cyril Longsdon of Foxcote, Warwickshire and the late Evadne Lloyd (nee Flower), was born on 5 December 1936.  He was educated at Eton College between 1949-1954 and a commission into the 17th/21st Lancers followed a year later.  After an early career as a Troop Leader and Squadron Second-in-Command in Germany, he returned to England in 1960 to become Adjutant of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry.  In 1962 he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the Imperial Staff;  Commanded HQ Squadron 17/21 Lancers in Germany 1964-1966;  Adjutant 1966-1968;  attended US Army Armour School, Fort Knox, Kentucky 1967;  attended Staff College, Camberley 1968;  Commanded Independent Armoured Car Squadron, Cyprus 1969-1971; UK Commander in Chief’s Committee, Wilton, Salisbury 1971-1973;  Second-in-Command 17/21 Lancers, Germany 1973-1974;  Student National Defence College 1974.  Col Longsdon's other major key appointments include:

Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff  (1975-1977). Senior Personal Staff Officer to the professional head of the army. Coordination of his private office, including preparation and organisation of briefing for Ministers, Officials, Chiefs of Staff and Senior Officers of the armed services. 

Commanding Officer, 17th/21st Lancers (1977-1979). Germany and the United Kingdom.  Commander and Chief Executive of a regular armoured regiment.

Instructor, The National Defence College
.  (1979-1981).  A member of the Directing Staff of this tri-service college, training mid-career officers of above average ability for key command and policy making positions both in the Ministry of Defence and within their own Service.

Colonel, 17th/21st Lancers.  (1988-1993).  As Colonel of the Regiment he fulfilled the role of non-executive Chairman during the sensitive negotiations leading to his regiment's amalgamation, brought about as a result of the Options for Change programme.
 

Between 1981-1994 Col Longsdon was Head of Public Affairs and Director of Marketing for the Knight Frank & Rutley Group, a major firm of International Property Consultants, dealing with all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property throughout the United Kingdom, and in 20 countries world wide.  He quickly developed a broad understanding of property management and marketing and made a wide range of contacts within the industry.  Between 1995-7 he was Managing Director of family company Visual Insurance Protection Ltd specialising in creating photographic records of household property for insurance purposes. Col Longsdon's association with the Arts is well documented and he has played a leading role, so to speak, with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Governor in 1982 and as Member of the Governing Council; between 1988-1999 he was Chair of the Marketing Advisory Group.

In 1985, The Queen's Body Guard's quincentennial year, Col Longsdon began his career with The Guard as Exon. Within two years he had risen to the rank of Ensign and in 1993 he was appointed Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant.  Following the retirement of Col Greville Tufnell in 2002, he was appointed Lieutenant (Commanding Officer).  Col Longsdon is due to retire in December 2006.

Col Longsdon's association with charitable and benevolent organisations has been long and gratifying.  He has been a Church Warden at his local Church (St Peter's Church, Southrop) since 1994 and Chair of his Parish's Council since 1997.  In 2004 he was elected as Chair of the Gloucestershire Branch of SSAFA (Sailors, Soldiers and Air Force Association) which is the National charity helping serving and ex-service personnel and their families in times of need.  Another of Col Longsdon's passions is with Leonard Cheshire Home, the charity for people with disability, .  Between 1993 - 1999 he was on the Management Committee of the Leonard Cheshire Home of Gloucestershire, becoming Chair 1995-99.  He became a Trustee of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation 2000, becoming first, Chair of the Public Affairs Committee and in 2001 Chair of the Leonard Cheshire Central Region.

In November 2005 Col Longsdon visited Ethiopia representing Leonard Cheshire at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the Leonard Cheshire International (LCI).  It had been planned that he should deliver a speech at the Reception to be held at the British Embassy on 4 November, but due to the unstable political situation, all activity in Addis Ababa was at a virtual standstill and the reception had to cancelled.  Leonard Cheshire's Services in Ethiopia are provided by two separate organisations - Leonard Cheshire Services and The Leonard Cheshire Foundation. The Leonard Cheshire Foundation bases its activities on skills training where its staff run training courses for disabled children in a number of locations throughout the country - leading to self sufficiency and eventual economic empowerment. Between them they support almost 10,000 disabled children throughout the country.  Each acts totally independently of the other and indeed there is little spirit of co-operation. Although it was planned that Col Longsdon should be able to devote time to both organisations, restrictions on his movement meant that he was unable to meet the Executive Director of the Foundation.  True to character, Col Longsdon found a way around the obstacles and below is an edited version of his report: 

"........Through the Leonard Cheshire Services Outreach Programme, mobile clinics, which are based up on two specially equipped buses and which annually tour the Regions, reach out to all areas of the country.  Children in need are identified and brought to the Rehabilitation Centre at Menagesha some 26km outside the capital.  Once there, and after corrective surgery, they are fitted with the necessary walking appliances (made on site) and learn to walk again.  After approximately six months, and an intensive period of physiotherapy, they are able to return home as active members of their community.  They are also taught basic reading and numeracy skills which, in a country where only 2% of disabled children attend school, enable them for the first time to join in the formal education system.  At any one time there are 70 children at Menagesha, each of whom stay some four to six months and the centre treats some 150 children each year. Outreach tours are further extended by identifying and assessing new cases, following up old patients, and replacing and repairing orthopaedic devices. Finally, there are the Community Based Services, where field workers go out into the communities within and around Addis Ababa and teach such basic disciplines as primary health care, hygiene and road safety.  Since the Reception had been cancelled I was given the opportunity to call on the Ambassador, Mr Robert Dewar, and make clear to him just how much LCI appreciates his strong support for all Leonard Cheshire activities in Ethiopia.  Considering the pressures of the political situation, that the Ambassador should find time to see me was particularly appreciated. I was also able to meet Mr Paul Acroyd of The Department of International Development (DFID).  The 2004 UN Human Development Report ranks Ethiopia 170th out of 177 on the Human Development Index; 92nd out of 95 on the Human Poverty Index, and 137th out of 144 on the gender related Development Index.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, Ethiopia is one of the four African countries singled out by the British government, where it is proposed that the total African Aid budget is increased from £1.2 billion to £2.5 billion by 2008.  Last May's democratic elections in Ethiopia had made possible the delivery of aid through budget support, which matches well with the LCI objectives, with DFID ensuring proper channelling of resources to disability projects.  However, the current political situation, unless it is quickly resolved, which is unlikely, will inevitably lead to donors holding back.  (See The Times, Friday November 4, 2005).  All this achieved on an annual budget of £700,000 (£300k revenue and £400k capital). Virtually all fundraising is carried out in Ethiopia and I shall be returning to Addis Ababa in November 2006 to take part in the annual 21k fundraising walk.  I never cease to be amazed during my all too short visit by the total dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of everyone I met"

When Col Longsdon isn't managing or raising awareness for his charities he relaxes in a variety of country pursuits and when in London is a keen visitor at his clubs - Cavalry and Guards, White's and Pratts.  See 1954 and 1966 versions of Shaun Longsdon

The Military Cross is a plain silver cross, 1.75 inches across. On each arm of the cross is an Imperial Crown and in the centre of the cross is the Imperial and Royal Cypher of the reigning sovereign (George V, George VI, or Elizabeth II). The reverse is plain with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm. The ring welded to the top of the cross is joined to the plain straight suspender ring by a small ring (3 rings). The ribbon is watered white (1.375 inch wide), with a central violet stripe (0.5 inch wide). Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand MC and bar was born 22 January 1917 to Philip Morton Shand (1888-1960), an architectural writer and critic and Edith Marguerite Harrington (1893-1946, later Mrs Charles Tippett).  He joined the 12th Lancers in 1937; served in France and North Africa during the Second War.  He was wounded, taken prisoner, and awarded the MC in 1940 and again in 1942.  Maj Shand returned a hero from the war and on 2 January 1946 he married The Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of Roland Calvert Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe and Sonia Rosemary Keppel.  They had three children, Camilla Rosemary, now Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sonia Annabel and Mark Roland Shand. The Hon Rosalind Shand died in October 1994 having long suffered from osteoporosis.  Shand was Vice-Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex between 1974 - 1992. He was Master of the South-Down Hounds for 19 years and an established wine merchant.

Maj Shand was an Officer of The Queen's Body Guard between 1971 - 1987.  He began his career with The Body Guard in 1971as a Junior Exon. He was promoted to Ensign in 1979, a position he held until his rise to Clerk of the Check and Adjutant in 1985. He retired from The Body Guard in 1987 on his 70th birthday and died on the morning of 11 June 2006 aged 89 years.  A gentleman of the first order, this modest and courageous man will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

On 17 July 2005 Her Majesty The Queen signed a Warrant granting her daughter-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall, a new coat of arms to signify her position as wife of the heir apparent to the throne, The Prince of Wales. The shield shows of the arms of the Prince of Wales impaled with the already existing arms of the Duchess' father, Major Bruce Shand. The shield is supported on the dexter side by the Prince's own dexter supporter, and on the sinister by a boar taken from the Shand crest. Over the shield is the single-arched crown to which the Duchess is entitled as consort of the heir apparent, as laid down by the Royal Warrant of Charles II dated 9 February 1661.

The arms of Major Shand, used in the sinister (right hand side of the shield when viewed from the front; the right hand side is theOn 17th July 2005, Clarence House announced the new Coat of Arms for Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.The crest shows both the Coat of Arms of her husband, HRH The Prince of Wales, and her father, Major Bruce Shand. On the left hand side of the central shield is the Royal lion Supporter of The Prince of Wales while on the right-hand side is a boar taken from Major Shand’s Crest. dexter and considered superior to sinister) half of the Duchess' shield, are blazoned (a verbal or written description of armorial bearings) with Azure (armorial tincture blue) a Boar's Head erased behind the ears Argent (armorial metal silver) armed and langued (describing the tongue of a creature) Or (armorial metal gold) on a Chief (a broad horizontal band covering the uppermost portion of the shield) engrailed (decorate or mark the edge of with small curves) Argent between two Mullets (star with 5-points) Gules (armorial tincture red) a Cross crosslet (a plain cross with each of its four limbs also terminating in a cross) fitchy (pointed at the foot) Sable (armorial tincture black). The sinister supporter is blazoned with a Boar Azure armed and unguled (describing the hooves of an animal) Or langued Gules and gorged (encircled around the throat) with a Coronet composed of crosses formy and fleurs-de-lys (armorial charge in the form of a stylized lily) attached thereto a Chain reflexed (curved backwards) over the back and ending in a ring all Or.

Duchess of CornwallThe Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Rosemary Mountbatten-Windsor, formerly Parker Bowles, née Shand) (born 17 July 1947) is a member of the British Royal Family. She is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the thrones of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms.

Colonel Sir Hugh Brassey KCVO, OBE, MC (Obituary from The Telegraph Friday 12 April 1990).... The Military Cross is a plain silver cross, 1.75 inches across. On each arm of the cross is an Imperial Crown and in the centre of the cross is the Imperial and Royal Cypher of the reigning sovereign (George V, George VI, or Elizabeth II). The reverse is plain with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm. The ring welded to the top of the cross is joined to the plain straight suspender ring by a small ring (3 rings). The ribbon is watered white (1.375 inch wide), with a central violet stripe (0.5 inch wide).
Colonel Sir Hugh Brassey who died aged 74 was a splendidly versatile figure: soldier, courtier, public servant, polo-player, fox-hunter, pianist and poet.  During the 21 years with the colourfully attired Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard, he rose from Exon in 1964, to Ensign to Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant to Lieutenant (Commanding Officer) in 1979; he retired from The Body Guard in 1985 when 70 years old.  A tall, commanding presence, Brassey adorned this company of retired military men which enjoys the proud claim of being the oldest Corps in the world.  A devoted Wiltshireman, Brassey had been Lord Lieutenant of the County since 1981 and was Chairman of the Malmesbury Bench for 28 years.  A kinsman of the great 19th century railway contractors, Hugh Trefusis Brassey was born on 15 October 1915 and educated at Eton, where he was the founder of the College's first jazz band, and at Sandhurst, where he was runner up for the Saddle. He was commissioned into the Royal Scots Greys.  In 1941 Brassey was the machine gun Officer in the hard-fought campaign against the Vichy French in Syria when he was attached to the Australians.  In 1942, he was commanding "A" Squadron of the Scots Greys at Alamein and from there moved to Command "C" Squadron in Tripoli and "D" Squadron in Italy, which included the hazardous Salerno landing.  He was then brought back to England to Command the HQ Squadron, with whom he landed in Normandy on D-Day plus one: finally Commanding "B" Squadron in the North West Europe Campaign, at one stage Commanding the whole Regiment, In 1944 he was awarded the MC and the Croix de Guerre. After the war he Commanded the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry from 19555 to 1958 and then became second-in-command of The Yeomanry Brigade TA.  He was ADC (TA) in The Queen's from 1964 to 1968 and Colonel of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from 1973 to 1978.  Brassey was a regional director of Lloyds Bank and President of both the Chippenham Conservative Association and Wiltshire Association of Boys Clubs.  Although he loved ceremony and was a first-class organiser, Hugh Brassey was totally un-pompous and a marvellous communicator with the ability to see the funny side of everything.  Brassey was appointed OBE in 1959 and KCVO on 1985. On 18 July1939 he married Joyce Patricia Kingscote (bn: 17 March 1917), daughter of Captain Maurice Kingscote, of Kingscote Gloucestershire, they had two sons and three daughters, the eldest, Fiona Gillian (bn: 1942) predeceased him in 1958.        
Colonel Alan Pemberton MBE - Coldstream Guards
Colonel Greville Tufnell - Grenadier Guards
Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant - Maj Charles Marriott - Rifle BrigadeMaj Charles Marriott - Rifle Brigade

 

Major Samuel Charles Enderby - 9th/12th Lancers

Charles Enderby was educated at Wellington College between 1953-57 then accepted as a cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  After a growling, but educational, two years he was commissioned in the 12 Lancers, serving with the 9/12 Lancers until 1985.

In 1973 he married Mary Justina Compton and they have two daughters.

Maj Enderby lives in Hexham, Northumberland and is Chairman and Managing Director of Hexham Steeplechase Company Ltd.  Since 1991 he has served as a Justice of the Peace and relaxes by shooting, gardening, reading and bird ringing (also known as bird banding).

Maj Enderby was destined to be involved with The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard given that his father was Colonel Samuel Enderby CVO, DSO, MC was a respected member of The Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms between 1954-77.  Charles joined the Queen's Body Guard in 1987 as an Exon.  In 2002 he was promoted to Ensign, 2006 to Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant and in 2007 to the highest rank of Lieutenant (but below the appointed rank of Captain).
 

 

Lt Col Johnny Moss MBE - Welsh Guards  

WJH Moss MBE was born on 5 April 1943.  He was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1961 at the tender age of 18, becoming Adjutant in 1970.  In 1972 he was honoured with the appointment of Extra Equerry to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who himself was a Colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1953 and later that year Field Marshal.  His demanding appointment as Extra Equerry was cut short in 1973 by an even more demanding challenge at Middle Wallop where he completed the demanding training for his helicopter-pilot licence in the Army Air Corps.  Lt Col Johnny Moss attended the Oxford Air Training School in 1976 and holds a civilian recognised commercial helicopter-pilot licence. 

Between 1979 - 1981 he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General (DAA & QMG) Headquarters 3 Infantry Brigade before Commanding 3 Regiment Army Air Corps between 1982 - 1985.  He transferred his vast experience to the Staff College Camberley as an instructor between 1985 - 1986 before retiring from the Army in 1987.  

From 1987, until the present day, a seamless transition took place from Army Officer to civilian businessman in the form of senior positions at JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and UBS Private Bank.   

Lt Col Moss is a devoted family man who married Annabel in 1969.  His two daughters have made him a very proud grandfather of four grandchildren.
 
It goes without saying that the interests of a man that flies military helicopters should befit his courage and sense of danger.  Therefore, it is unsurprising that the interests of Johnny Moss are flying, shooting, skiing, motor sport and Cresta Run, he has been Secretary of the St Moritz Toboganning Club since 2002.

 
Brigadier David Innes OBE - Royal Green Jackets
Major Tom Wills - Coldstream Guards

 

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