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Armourer – Name Change

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”.

26 May 2000

Peter Gunn, Course Designer (Weapons) at SEME started the ball rolling with a letter to Maj. Gen. Judd

September 2000

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

06 September 2000

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

20 September 2000

The temporary Equerry to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh responded to Eric Stratford

25 October 2000

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

03 November 2000

The Private Secretary to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh responded to Eric Stratford

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

ARMOURER