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Amalgamation of Armourers and Gun Fitters to a new Career Employment Group (CEG) as

"Weapons Mechanic"

Some of you may not be aware that in 2000, the Soldier Manpower Committee took the decision to amalgamate the Armourers and Gun Fitters and call the new trade "Weapons Mechanic".  At the time this was greeted with some dismay, and the Association decided that it was time to make our voice heard.  Below are a number of letters and responses discussing the issue, and it should be noted that our then then President, Eric Stratford and Secretary, Chris Dennis took a leading role in helping to retain the name "Armourer".


Peter Gunn, Course Designer (Weapons) at SEME started the ball rolling in May 2000

The following article then appeared in the Craftsman Magazine

Eric Stratford - Correspondence


Eric Stratford wrote to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh our Colonel-In-Chief in September 2000

The temporary Equerry to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh responded in September 2000

The Private Secretary to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh responded in November 2000

Chris Dennis - Correspondence


Chris Dennis wrote to Brig R.J. Croucher ADC DEME (A) in September 2000

Chris Dennis also wrote to the Craftsman Magazine Editor in September 2000

Brig R. J. Croucher ADC DEME (A) responded to Chris Dennis in October 2000

So, a successful campaign by our President and Secretary, achieving the  goal of retaining the historical name