The Royal Logistic Corps
Conductor’s Parchment Ceremony 2014.
30 May 2014.
(Conductor’s Branch, Vice Chairman)
The Royal Logistic Corps, “Conductor’s Parchment Ceremony”
2014 was held
at the Joint Officers/Sergeants’ Mess, Buckley Barracks, Hullavington,
the home of
Firstly there was a rehearsal and briefing by the Senior
Conductor, WO1 (Cdr) Z McLoughlin
Then the arrival of the
At 1200hrs, saw the arrival of this year’s
Colonel, The Royal Logistic Corps, Colonel JS Grinstead, MBE,
ADC.The Royal Logistic Corps, Adjutant, Capt G Strydon RLC,The Royal Logistic Corps, Senior Conductor, WO1 (Cdr) Z McLoughlin RLCandThe Royal Logistic Corps, Regimental Sergeant Major, WO1 (CRSM) A Meek RLC
On entering the Joint Officers/Sergeants’ Mess, the
“The Conductors Parchment Ceremony” 2014
Presenting this year’s Parchments was: - Major General (Retd) MD Wood
Also in attendance were
The Conductors Parchments were presented to the following Warrant Officers Class One:-
(Cdr’s Cockram, Rann, & Sedgwick)
WO1 (Cdr) Adrian Cockram
RLC- Ammunition Technician, Senior Ammunition Technician, Defence Academy.WO1 (Cdr) Violet Sedgwick RLC - Postal & Courier Operator, Command Postal & Courier Warrant Officer, Army Headquarters. WO1 (Cdr) Julian Rann RLC– Chef, Command Food Services Warrant Officer,
General Wood presented Mrs Cockram with a Bouquet of Flowers, and Cdr Sedgwick’s Father with Boxed Bottle of Vintage Port.
presenting the Parchments to the Serving Conductors, General Wood was invited
to present a Framed Parchment to 96 years
old Former Conductor, Frank Hagley, Ex RAOC who
had been appointed Conductor in 1944. Cdr Hagley
was accompanied by his son Brian, who had returned from
General Wood then addressed all those present, firstly thanking the Former Conductor’s and their Wives/Partners for coming along and supporting the New Conductor’s on receiving their Parchments.
He then spoke about the history of the Conductor Appointment, and pointed out, here was a Conductor from 1944 and 3 New Conductor’s in 2014. General Wood said that his own time uniform ends next year, when he finishes Appointment of Colonel Commandant, The Royal Logistic Corps, he explained that he will have spent over 50 years in uniform, starting at age 13 when he was an Army Cadet.
Finally General Wood spoke to the 3 New Conductor’s, firstly congratulating them on their Appointment, and then informing them of their duties and responsibilities that the Appointment holds as head of their respective trades, not only to the Serving Soldiers, but also to the Conductors Branch.
General Wood informed them that they held the end of the piece of rope that stretched back to 1327 and that they had to hold onto it until the next New Conductors are appointed next year.
General Wood and the Official Guest then left for a short break prior to having Official photographs taken with Serving Conductor’s.
Those of us who were left retired back to the Sergeants’ Mess Dining Room/Bar for a final chat prior to the
It was disappointing for the second year running, that only the Senior Conductor was present at the Ceremony and that none of the Serving Conductors, or those Conductors who had gone on to be Commissioned were not there to watch and support the New Conductors receive their Parchment, as they had been supported, when they received their Parchments. Hopefully, after reading this point, they will make every effort to attend next year’s Parchment Ceremony.
(R – L. Former Cdr Frank Hagley & his Son Brian)
Finally, this was The Senior
Conductor, The Royal Logistic Corps, WO1 (Cdr) Zane McLoughlin
At 1500hrs the
B. Row: - L-R (Lance Orderly) WO1 (Cdr) Cockram. WO (Cdr) Rann. WO1 (Cdr) Sedgwick. WO1 (RSM) Diprose. (Lance Orderly)
F.Row:- L-R. WO1 (CRSM) Meek.
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