A PRESENTATION ON THE
Richard Stacpoole-Ryding (Editor) and
Andy Chaloner (Deputy Editor) attended the presentation, along with the other
five members of the team that helped create the book ‘Maiwand The Last Stand of
With approximately 100 guests in attendance the day began with everyone meeting and catching up on recent events. The whole team expressed a feeling of void following the 18-month period working closely together researching and writing the book.
The hour long presentation, based on the book by Richard Stacpoole-Ryding, was presented in the sumptuous lecture hall by David Chilton who explained the complexities of the battle aided by maps and photographs.
Following a question and answer session, fielded by David Chilton (left), Martin McIntyre and Richard Stacpoole-Ryding, a closing speech was given by Colonel Ian Gibson, the Commanding Officer of the REME School of Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering.
Guests were then invited to take lunch in the Officers’ Mess where a champagne reception was held.
Artefacts and images of the 66th (
Pictured left is the helmet and belt worn at the battle of Maiwand by Major Ready who was in charge of G Company and the baggage train. Other items pictured are of British and Afghan weapons including rifles, swords and daggers.
Two of the highlights were Lieutenant
Colonel Galbraith’s medal and Bobbie, the regimental dog, who survived the
battle and returned to
Recounting the story of Bobbie is Lt. Col. David Chilton (right) to a group of guests. Bobbie attracted a good crowd and could be said to have been the centre of attention that day.
Richard Stacpoole-Ryding (left), author of the book, was on hand to sign copies of the book for those guests who bought them.
He was asked many questions on how he wrote the book and how it was researched. The burning question was what is his next book and when will it be available. The reply was that at present he was having a sabbatical to contemplate that very question!
The day was very successful and all
proceeds from the lunch tickets, raffle and book sales raised a goodly sum for
the Army Benevolent Fund. For the team that helped create the book it was a
fitting setting to close the ‘final chapter’ on a long and exhaustive
definitive study on the role of the 66th (
THE ARMY BENEVOLENT FUND
The ABF was founded in 1944 to assist
the millions of men and women returning to civilian life. It is the Army’s
National Charity, committed to the welfare of soldiers, ex-soldiers and their
families in times of need. This has become particularly important with the
ever-rising casualties in
For over sixty years the ABF has worked tirelessly to provide financial and practical support to both the Regular and Territorial Army, and operates in partnership with Regimental and Corps Benevolent Funds, and in close co-operation with other Service Charities.
Each year the ABF needs to raise, and in turn disburse, more that £6 million if it is to be able to fulfil its commitment to those in need.
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