Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Updates to

The main CRA website has been moved to a new hosting company. This change should have been entirely un-noticed by visitors to the site but if you experience any problems viewing and of the website of downloading any files, please contact the webmaster.

One of the benfits of the change will be the ability to add a "Guestbook" to the site and we hope to have this functionality enabled shortly.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

CRA AGM 13th November 2008

This year's AGM was held at Southover on 13th November. Attendance was up on previous years and the evening was full of reminiscence and debate as well as the formal business of the meeting.

The minutes will be published on the main CRA website shortly - in the meantime, the Chairmans report to the AGM for 2007-8 has been published. If you follow the link to:

and click on the link to "Membership Application Forms, Minutes, Rules & other documents" you will find the report together with minutes from previous AGM's. When time permits we intend to add the Chairman's reports from previous AGM's to ensure that the website provides a complete history of our Association.

Cornwall Boys

Shortly after Remembrance Sunday, in November 2008, I was visiting friends in Cornwall when, on information provided by our Chairman, Mike Crick, I was able to locate the graves of two former pupils of Christ’s College who had died during the Second World War and whose names are on the memorial in the school hall.

Fl Lt Ronald Frederick Gore RAF who died on 16 March 1944 lies in Grave No 24 in a Commonwealth War Grave plot in Illogan Cemetery in the churchyard of St Illogan near Redruth.

Lt Derek Albert Davis RN who died on 23 June 1945 rests in Grave No 18 in a similar CWG plot within the churchyard of St Merryn near Padstow. The nearby Cornish Arms contains information about the wartime Royal Naval Air Station named HMS Vulture which was active during the war just outside the village of St Merryn.

Brian Fuller (CCF 1951-57)
CRA President.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Former Christ’s College Boys at Gallipoli

As this time of Remembrance it may be of interest to Centarians that the Headmaster incorporated the following text into his address at the Cadet Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday.

In October 2008 a small group of Old Finchleians and, more specifically, ex-cadets and members of the cadet Centarian Regimental Association, visited the First World War battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey.

In 1915 this campaign had seen some fierce fighting with terrible casualties being experienced by both the Turkish defenders and the Allied invading forces consisting mainly of British, Australian and New Zealand troops. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) which landed there are commemorated in many military cemeteries in the area situated above Anzac Cove which Turkey recognizes as a memorial site and which is visited every year by ANZACs on 25th April, Anzac Day, the day of the initial landings.

Research by Old Finchleian President, Mike Crick had revealed that two ex-pupils of Christ’s College, named on the School War Memorial, had lost their lives in this campaign. The group of Centarians consisting of Brian Fuller, David Groom and John Millen discovered the whereabouts of these two boys – not much older than senior boys in the school today.

Eric Wyatt Patton who was at CCF from 1906 to 1910 had joined the 3rd Battalion of the Australian Infantry, died on 9th May 1915 and is remembered on the Memorial to the Missing in Lone Pine Cemetery just above the landing beaches at Anzac Cove.

George Horace Smith was also at CCF from 1905 to 1907. He joined the 8th Battalion of the Australian Infantry and died on 27th April 1915, aged 22, just two days after the landings and is buried in Shell Green Cemetery also just above Anzac Cove.

On Anzac Day in 1985 near the landing beaches a memorial was unveiled which contains the famous reconciliation statement made in 1934 by Turkish leader, Kemal Ataturk:-

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives …… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours ….. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

CRA Membership Database

Your committee is currently updating the database of membership records. If you believe that we do not have your current postal address, telephone number or e-mail addresss, please contact a member of the committee or e-mail

Friday, 24 October 2008

CRA AGM 2008

The 2008 CRA AGM will be held at Southover on the 13th November at 20:00. Members will receive a calling notice shortly. In the meantime, please put the date in your diary and make every effort to attend.

For those members wishing to remind themselves of events at last year's AGM, the minutes have now been posted on the main CRA website at .

Saturday, 31 May 2008

CRA Dinner 2008 - Report

28 Centarians and their guests sat down to dine on the 30th May 2008 at Southover. This was a disappointing turnout and I suspect that members who hear about the outstanding speeches and excellent food will wish that they had attended the 2008. I hope that next year will see a return to numbers of diners in the high 40's or even the elusive 50.

Pierre’s catering was, once again, exemplary and I suspect that once again Centarians will have anticipated the late finish. However hard we try to finish at a reasonable time there is always something that conspires against us - and this year was no exception.

Our speakers this year were Steve Goldsmith, Gary Tucker and Peter Johnson and a number of members were heard to remark that Peter's speech was the best in living memory (and that's a very long time).

The low numbers always puts pressure on costs and this has lead to a loss for the association. Please make every effort to attend next year if only for the sake of the CRA's bank balance

Thanks as always to Mike Crick for his assistance with menu cards, Geoff Owen for the drinks arrangements and to Pierre for the catering.

Photographs from the event can be seen in the slideshow further down this page. Alternatively, visit and follow the link to "Photographs and Reports from CRA Dinners" to see the 2008 pictures. Also on the 2008 page is a link to the text of Peter Johnson's excellent and thought provoking speech.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Ricochet - The Journal of the CRA

The editor of Ricochet is looking for articles for the next edition to be published shortly.

If you have any news items or have recently been in contact with long lost members, please get in touch as soon as possible. Any articles (with pictures if possible) will be warmly welcomed.

CRA Dinner 2008

This year's dinner will be held on Friday 30th May at Southover. If you have not yet responded to the dinner invitation please do so as soon as possible to help with planning. If you have lost, or did not receive the invitation, you can download another copy from:

As always, the food will be excellent, the speeches illuminating and you will have the chance to catch up with old friends in a convivial atmosphere.

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As many members will be aware, keeping the C.R.A. website up to date is a time consuming task.

Accordingly, this blog will allow your committee to keep you informed of news and events. If you're technically minded, you can even subscribe to receive the postings in an RSS/Atom feed reader such as Google Reader

The CRA Website at will continue to be the official online presence of your association. Reports and photographs from events will be located there as well as membership forms, rules and other documents.

You committee hopes that you will find the CRA Blog a convenient way of keeping up to date with the activities of the Centarian Regimental Association.