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The Old Guard Meets

In July 2017, two former subalterns, Johnny Gough and Brian Wilson, both in their nineties, who had served in 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards, and who had been in the same intake at 161 OCTU Aldershot in 1943, and who had last seen each other in Normandy seventy-four years earlier, met at Johnny’s home in Newry, Northern Ireland. 

Brian had come from his home in Western Australia and, after attending the Trooping the Colour in London, was delighted to accept Johnny’s invitation to visit. It was a splendid reunion, made more so by Johnny arranging luncheon with four other younger ex-Micks.  It was an occasion to forget age and instead to remember what binds us together: shared experience in the Micks and what the Regiment stands for.


At the luncheon (from left to right): Bill Hall, Edward Cooper, Johnny Gough, Brian Wilson, Bru Bellew


Brian Wilson and Johnny Gough

Johnny Gough



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