History

Formation

The Grenadier Guards Old Comrades Association was formed as a result of a suggestion made after a review of the Brigade of Guards held by His Majesty The King in April 1913

First Meeting

H.R.H. The Colonel, having approved the formation, and the then Lieutenant Colonel Commanding The Regiment having been assured of generous financial support, called an inaugural meeting of all ranks. This was held on the 14th November 1913. At this meeting, officer bearers and a Committee were elected and rules were drawn up.

By April 1914

On the 17th April 1914, five months after the first meeting, the membership had reached 1,000. Immediately prior to the outbreak of the Great War, branches had been formed at Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.

First AGM

The first Annual General Meeting was held at Chelsea Barracks on 26th March 1915.

Now 40 Branches

From then on, and up to 1949, other branches were formed (see the Short History of the Association in the Thirty-Fifth Annual report (1950)). Today, after some re-organisation, there are now 40 Branches with members of the Association spread all over the world and the Life Membership Roll gives a total of 10,620 members.

New Name

The title of the Association was changed to the "Grenadier Guards Association" at the Annual General Meeting held on 1st April 1967.

Registered Charity

The Association is Registered under the Charities Act 1960 (No 287265)

Rules

The Association Rules and By-Laws for Branches were revised as recently as March 2015 but the Objects of the Association have not changed since the beginning in 1913 and these are:

  1. To promote the efficiency of the Grenadier Guards (hereinafter called “The Regiment”) and to maintain its history, traditions and esprit de corps.   
  2. To relieve either generally or individually, persons who are serving or who have served in the Regiment and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship and distress.
  3. To assist distressed and needy beneficiaries, or their dependents, by way of grants, gifts, supplementary allowances or otherwise and, where necessary, to promote their education and advancement in life.
  4. To pay for such items, services and facilities, by way of donations or subscriptions, to charitable institutions or organisations which provide, or which undertake, in return to provide such items, services or facilities for distressed and needy beneficiaries.
  5. Subject to such consents as may, from time to time, be required by law to purchase, take lease or exchange any property required for the purposes of the Association and lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same.
  6. Subject to such consents as may, from time to time, be required by law to borrow or raise money for the purposes of the Association on such terms and such security as may be thought fit.
  7. To invest funds and property of the Association for use for purposes of the Association in such investments as may, from time to time, be authorised by law.
  8. To accumulate funds of the Association for such periods as may, from time to time, be authorised by law.
  9. To constitute and form branches of the Association to further the Objects of the Association in accordance with the By-Laws established by the Association for its Branches.
  10. To do all such other things as shall be necessary for the attainment of the said Objects.

Terms of Membership

The Terms of Membership are :

  1. Serving Members:
    All Serving Officers, Serving Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Guardsmen who have completed recruit training.
  2. Members:
    All Officers who have served in the Regiment.
    Officers and Soldiers of other Corps or Regiments who have formerly served in the Grenadier Guards or the Regimental Band.
    Discharged Soldiers, provided they have completed their recruit training in the Regiment and have been awarded a character assesssment of not less than "Satisfactory".

Members of Associations of other Regiments of the Household Division may be elected as Associate Members of branches.

Subscriptions

Association Subscription Rates - Life Membership:

  • Up to the age of 55 years - £5.00
  • 55 years of age or over - £3.00

All subscriptions are paid to the Branch Secretary and the monies retained in Branch funds.
Applications for membership should be made through the nearest Branch Honorary Secretary (see list of Branches and Secretaries Telephone Numbers)

Magazine - "The Grenadier Gazette"

Regimental Magazine.

A joint Regimental/Association Magazine titled "The Grenadier Gazette" is published each year in March/April and copies, with payment, can be ordered through the Local Branch Secretaries or direct from Association Headquarters in London.