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Bowyers Visit to 1 Mercian, Bulford Garrison, 17 February 2022

On Thursday, 17 February, 2022, a party of 17 Bowyers visited the First Battalion of our affiliated Regiment, The Mercian Regiment, at Bulford Garrison on Salisbury Plain by kind invitation of the Battalion's Commanding Officer, Lt Col Dean Canham, MBE. It was a fabulous and engaging day of "hands-on" events for us Bowyers – including Marksmanship drills with Glock 9mm pistols on the range, being given tutorials on various rifles, the General Purpose Machine Gun, mortars and the Javelin missile system, battlefield casualty-drills, instruction on the Warrior armoured-personnel carrier and having an Army field-rations’ lunch – truly "al fresco"! – in a field-canteen. The day ended with us donning our Dinner Jackets to attend a formal 1 MERCIAN Officers' Mess Dinner to commemorate the Regiment’s Meeanee Battle Honour won exactly 179 years earlier on 17 February, 1843. As ever, the day highlighted the very special and close relationship which exists between The Worshipful Company of Bowyers and our Regiment and, through the generosity of the Bowyers’ attending, raised over £1400 for The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity.

Mark Elliott
Court Assistant

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