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A couple of weeks later I had a typical short notice ad-hoc task with the Brigadier of 39 Infantry Brigade. He stormed into our shabby portacabin in the overcrowded MT park. I immediately recognised him. We all stood up at attention and he turned to me, “Get a car! Have you a weapon! Follow me!”
“Yes, Brigadier Rose!”
He turned steely eyes and unsmiling face, “Don’t you call me by my rank, where we are going it will get us killed ok!”
We drove in silence to Dundalk and parked the car up to see hundreds of mourners for the funeral of three U.D.R. soldiers who had been murdered by ambush. Brigadier Rose just wanted to pay his respects, low key and without any fuss

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Three UDR soldiers buried in DUNDALK? Hundreds of mourners present? Brig goes on an armed incursion to the Republic of Ireland?

Either bad at map reading or one for the Walt thread!

Brig Rose commanded 39 Bde Dec83-Dec85, so that should thin it down
 
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Interesting medal group for sale at DNW in their February 2021 medal auction

Looks like the write up has been done by the vendor - recipient

I quite liked this snippet

A couple of weeks later I had a typical short notice ad-hoc task with the Brigadier of 39 Infantry Brigade. He stormed into our shabby portacabin in the overcrowded MT park. I immediately recognised him. We all stood up at attention and he turned to me, “Get a car! Have you a weapon! Follow me!”
“Yes, Brigadier Rose!”
He turned steely eyes and unsmiling face, “Don’t you call me by my rank, where we are going it will get us killed ok!”
We drove in silence to Dundalk and parked the car up to see hundreds of mourners for the funeral of three U.D.R. soldiers who had been murdered by ambush. Brigadier Rose just wanted to pay his respects, low key and without any fuss

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Dundalk ?
 
He has more than the location wrong in that story. Rose commanded 39 Bde from 83 to 85. The only incidents I know of where there were multiple UDR fatalities during time were both in 6 UDR (8 Bde). In the first one four soldiers were killed, but I don't think they had a joint funeral, they are all definitely buried at different churches. In the second one two soldiers were killed. They might have had a joint funeral because they are buried in the same place and were related in some way, in-laws I think.
 

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The four deaths incident was in the summer of 83 and he took command in Dec 83 - so it can't be that one.

There were no multiple UDR deaths (x3) during his command (According to CAIN). There were at least two RUC multiple death incidents, including the RUC Newry mortar attack.

But I am pretty sure there was never a multiple UDR service funeral in Dundalk attended by hundreds of mourners ... and a Brigadier.
 

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Interesting medal group for sale at DNW in their February 2021 medal auction

Looks like the write up has been done by the vendor - recipient

I quite liked this snippet

A couple of weeks later I had a typical short notice ad-hoc task with the Brigadier of 39 Infantry Brigade. He stormed into our shabby portacabin in the overcrowded MT park. I immediately recognised him. We all stood up at attention and he turned to me, “Get a car! Have you a weapon! Follow me!”
“Yes, Brigadier Rose!”
He turned steely eyes and unsmiling face, “Don’t you call me by my rank, where we are going it will get us killed ok!”
We drove in silence to Dundalk and parked the car up to see hundreds of mourners for the funeral of three U.D.R. soldiers who had been murdered by ambush. Brigadier Rose just wanted to pay his respects, low key and without any fuss

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I doubt that any UDR soldiers lived in Dundalk.
 
Interesting medal group for sale at DNW in their February 2021 medal auction

Looks like the write up has been done by the vendor - recipient

I quite liked this snippet

A couple of weeks later I had a typical short notice ad-hoc task with the Brigadier of 39 Infantry Brigade. He stormed into our shabby portacabin in the overcrowded MT park. I immediately recognised him. We all stood up at attention and he turned to me, “Get a car! Have you a weapon! Follow me!”
“Yes, Brigadier Rose!”
He turned steely eyes and unsmiling face, “Don’t you call me by my rank, where we are going it will get us killed ok!”
We drove in silence to Dundalk and parked the car up to see hundreds of mourners for the funeral of three U.D.R. soldiers who had been murdered by ambush. Brigadier Rose just wanted to pay his respects, low key and without any fuss

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That's quite the imagination on display there
 

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Bubbles_Barker

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He was in my troop. His MiD was for helping stop the assassination of Gerry Adams by loyalists.
Can’t vouch for the rest of it but he was deffo one of my CP drivers in 84-86.

Just a pity he feels the need to flog his gongs.
 
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He was in my troop. His MiD was for helping stop the assassination of Gerry Adams by loyalists.
Can’t vouch for the rest of it but he was deffo one of my CP drivers in 84-86.
That bit I believe as it's in The Gazette, the rest not so much.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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That bit I believe as it's in The Gazette, the rest not so much.
He might have written the other bits up a bit, it’s hardly walting.

He was (and still is I hope) a good bloke.
 
Mike Rose travels with an illegal armed escort to a multiple UDR funeral in Dundalk? The best belly laugh I’ve had in months. Fantasy worthy of a Corbyn manifesto.
 

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Gen. Rose always had an air of calm and effortless style about him; I was "lucky" enough in 1985/86 to have been selected to drive and maintained his Bedford MK G3 Plans box body which served as his field office when he was Head Shed at HQ 2 Div. I was however, disappointed that he never offered to be my co pilot or to share the driving on those long slogs through Cold War Deutschland. He chose instead to slum it in a L/R and carawagon combo with a driver that looked like a throwback WW2 Spiv.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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Went for £22K.

I’d hope the RLC Museum would have them but I doubt they even bid.
 

Hohenidoom

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Went for £22K.

I’d hope the RLC Museum would have them but I doubt they even bid.

Having "volunteered" to move parts of the RLC collection out of the old Corps mess, I think they've got their hands full!

The sheer amount of deeply interesting, valuable and worthwhile stuff left unceremoniously in storerooms was almost scandalous. Cracking collection, though.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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Having "volunteered" to move parts of the RLC collection out of the old Corps mess, I think they've got their hands full!

The sheer amount of deeply interesting, valuable and worthwhile stuff left unceremoniously in storerooms was almost scandalous. Cracking collection, though.
I think we paid about £25K for Dalton’s Rorke’s Drift VC in 1985, could be wrong. I do remember contributing especially as it was the only one of the 5 that the RCT didn’t actually own. That medal room was moved from Aldershot to Deepcut and now to Worthy Down. I hope they keep it in the Mess rather than the museum.
 
Having "volunteered" to move parts of the RLC collection out of the old Corps mess, I think they've got their hands full!

The sheer amount of deeply interesting, valuable and worthwhile stuff left unceremoniously in storerooms was almost scandalous. Cracking collection, though.
Isn't that the case with many Regimental museums and RHQs. Moral of story is don't donate family stuff, if its only a medal group with an MC or DCM don't bother sadly they have better groups in the display cases!
 

Bubbles_Barker

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Isn't that the case with many Regimental museums and RHQs. Moral of story is don't donate family stuff, if its only a medal group with an MC or DCM don't bother sadly they have better groups in the display cases!
The RCT Medal Room is an absolute cracker - looking forward to seeing it in its new guise at Worthy Down at some point in the future.

ETA: turns out Dalton's VC sold to the RCT in 1986 for £67,000 - my £25 was well spent!
 
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