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COMMANDING OFFICERS
1st Bn Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment
(Berkshire & Wiltshire)
Lt Col G.F. WOOLNOUGH M.C. 1959-1961  
Lt Col D.E. BALLANTINE O.B.E. M.C. 1961 -1963

Lt Col F.H.B. BOSHELL D.S.O.         

1963-1965  
Lt Col J. R. RODEN M.B.E          1965-1967  
Lt Col T. A. GIBSON M.B.E        1967-1969  
Lt Col  D. T. CRABTREE         1969-1972  
Lt Col W.G.R. TURNER M.B.E.           1972-1975  
Lt Col  C. B. LEA COX        1975-1977  
Lt Col D. A. JONES     1977-1980  
Lt Col G. COXON M.B.E.            1980-1982  
Lt Col  W. A. MACKERETH          1982-1984  
Lt Col A. C. KENWAY      1984-1987  
LT Col S.W.J. SAUNDERS    1987-1989  
Lt Col D. J. A. STONE           1989-1992  
Lt Col H. M. PURCELL    1992-1994

 
THE COMMANDING OFFICER
The C.O. is the top soldier of any Infantry Battalion, normally someone who would have soldiered within his Battalion from Subaltern upwards. By the time he reached Lieutenant Colonel the Lance Corporal in his first Platoon could well be a senior Warrant officer or even the Regimental Sgt Major. Such is the way of a British Infantry Battalion. To most Soldiers the C.O. was a distant figure who you didn't wish to meet on orders 'The guard room beckons'

Listed below are the Commanding officers of the 1st Battalion Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment from the birth of the Regiment through to the amalgamation with the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1994. Further images will be added in the future to prove that the 'CO' had indeed soldiered in his younger days.

 

Lieutenant Colonel G.F. WOOLNOUGH M.C.

Lt Col G F WOOLNOUGH MC

 

Lieutenant Colonel D.E. BALLANTINE O.B.E. M.C.

Lt Col BALLANTINE

 

Lieutenant Colonel F.H.B. BOSHELL D.S.O.  

Lt Col BOSHELL

 

Lieutenant Colonel RODEN M.B.E   

Lt Col RODEN (As Brig)

 

Lieutenant Colonel T. A. GIBSON M.B.E

Lt Col GIBSON

 

Lieutenant Colonel D. T. CRABTREE  

Lt Col CRABTREE

 

Lieutenant Colonel W.G.R. TURNER M.B.E 

Lt Col TURNER

 

Lieutenant Colonel LEA COX  

Lt Col Lea COX

 

 

Lieutenant Colonel D. A. JONES    

Lt Col JONES

 

Lieutenant Colonel COXON M.B.E.   

Lt Col COXON

 

Lieutenant Colonel   W. A. MACKERETH  

Lt Col MACKERETH

 

Lieutenant Colonel A. C. KENWAY  

Lt Col KENWAY

 

Lieutenant Colonel S.W.J. SAUNDERS 

Lt Col SAUNDERS

 

Lieutenant Colonel D. J. A. STONE 

Lt Col STONE

 

Lieutenant Colonel H. M. PURCELL  

Lt Col PURCELL

 
 
                             
 
                        
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