Contact Keith S. Gover,
Hon Secretary, at 8, Blackthorn Mews,
Pewsham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3PG.
Tel: 01249 444453 Email:
Keith Gover - Secretary
Brigadier Francis Henn CBE.
Brigadier Jolyon T Jackson
Thank you for your interest
in the 43rd Wessex Association.
Since the completion of the Allies campaign
in Northwest Europe in May 1945 many groups
and Association have been formed which
embrace veterans of various battles
(such as the Normandy Veterans’
Association, the Market Garden Association
and the Arnhem Veterans’ Club).
Additionally – Regimental and
Old Comrades’ Association
together with the Royal British Legion
have provided comradeship and care for
the individual veterans themselves. Generally
speaking, Regimental Offices safe guard
the histories and achievements of the
separate regiments and corps but very
little cognizance has been afforded to
the special and dedicated fighting entities
which were assembled for the specific
purpose of pursuing defined objectives,
such as the liberation of Europe.
Such entities ranged from Army Groups
to Armies, Army Corps, Divisions and support
forces such as Armoured Brigades, Artillery
Regiments, Royal Engineers, Royal Army
Medical Corps and support logistic. Many
of the support forces became part of an
Infantry Division or were attached from
time to time. As the objectives were achieved
the Armies and their Divisions were either
disbanded, reformed or scattered leaving
their combined victories, human losses
and victories to the whims of history
and anecdotal recollection.
A number of Divisions which were part
of the British 2nd Army have formed Associations
specifically to bridge the gap between
the organizations which look after the
individual veterans and those who wish
to honour and recall the traditions of
the cohesive fighting units brought together
during the 2nd World War. The 43rd Wessex
Association is such an organization. One
special feature which belongs to the Association
is the Divisional emblem of the Wessex
Wyvern which has the distinction of having
been worn by a unit of the British Army
since 1935. Today it is the emblem of
the 43 (Wessex) Brigade TA.
The principal purposes of the Association
are to link the veterans and traditions
of the old Division with the present day
Brigade so as to preserve its history,
honour and maintain its memorials and
to provide a veterans’ Association
for those whose units were disbanded and
for whom no other Old Comrades Association
If you would care to join with us in
our endeavours please complete the Membership
Application form by clicking on this link.
and return to myself for attention.
Yours in comradeship
The 43rd Wessex Association