THE ARMOURERS' ASSOCIATION
Motto: Make All Sure We Are One'
Amalgamation of Armourers and Gun Fitters to a new Career Employment Group (CEG) as
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