(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;
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.
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.
Col Longsdon was Head of Public Affairs and Director of Marketing
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
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,
charity for people with disability, .
Between 1993 - 1999 he was on the
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
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
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 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
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
predeceased him in 1958.
Alan Pemberton MBE - Coldstream Guards
Greville Tufnell - Grenadier Guards
Charles Marriott - Rifle Brigade
Samuel Charles Enderby - 9th/12th Lancers
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
In 1973 he married Mary Justina Compton and they have two daughters.
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
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
Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms between 1954-77.
Charles joined the Queen's Body Guard in 1987 as an
In 2002 he was promoted to
Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant and in 2007 to the highest rank
Lieutenant (but below the appointed rank of
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
Merrill Lynch and
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
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
Toboganning Club since 2002.
David Innes OBE - Royal Green Jackets
Tom Wills - Coldstream Guards