Light Infantry & Rifles Association Reunion, to include celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Light Infantry


Saturday 16th June 2018



As you will be well aware, this year is the 50th Anniversary of the formation of The Light Infantry and we are planning to celebrate this auspicious occasion at the Reunion on Saturday 16 June at the Shrewsbury Town Football Club ground. We have amended the format of the Reunion slightly, in order to make it a rather special event, so please take account of the new timings.

General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE DL will be taking the salute, supported by a bevy of Generals (Brims, Evans and Regan) and, following the Drumhead Service, Review, and March Past, we have laid on musical entertainment with the Melodic Belles, the Veterans’ Band & Association Buglers and the Waterloo and Salamanca Band and Bugles, who will Sound Retreat at 1810. There will even be an inter-county song “sing-off”, so be prepared.

As I mentioned in my last Chairman’s statement, we will be charging an entry fee this year and in the future so we can continue to run the Reunion for as long as there is sufficient demand from The Light Infantry and Rifles Association members. For this year only the BBQ will be complementary.

In order to make this day a success we need your support.  So please purchase your tickets for the Reunion, the All Ranks Dinner on Saturday evening and for the Draw.  Also, please encourage other Light Infantrymen and their families to attend, especially if they have not been before, as they will no doubt be pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, camaraderie, and standard of the war stories – that get better with time. 

I look forward to meeting you at our 50th Anniversary celebration.

Lt Gen T P Evans CB CBE DSO


The 2018 application form for the reunion can be found on the right.




  • 0900 - Stadium gates open for setting up stalls.
  • 1000 - Shuttle bus from Frankwell car park (last shuttle 1245).
  • 1100 - Bars and stalls open.
  • 1130 - Bn photographs inside the stadium (each Bn to organise own marshals etc):
    (a) 1130 - 1LI (b) 1150 - 2LI (c) 1210 - 3LI
    (d) 1230 - 4LI (e) 1250 - 5/6/7/8LI (as required).
  • 1230 - BBQ starts.
  • 1230 - Coco’s 50/50 Auction.
  • 1245 - Drinks in the Sovereign`s Suite for invited guests and nominees from 1LI, 2LI, 3LI & 4LI (priority to Vesting Day veterans).
  • 1345 - Veterans fall-in on the parade square.
  • 1400 - Drumhead Service - to include memorial service, Last Post, one minutes silence and Reveille, Review, Speech by General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE DL. March Past & Salute.
  • 1515 - Musical entertainment (in and around the marquee):
    • 1515 - 1600 Melodic Belles
    • 1600 - 1645 Veteran’s Band and Association Buglers
    • 1645 - 1730 Melodic Belles
  • 1730 - County Songs (in and around the marquee): Sung by Counties in the following order of seniority: Somerset, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Durham, Hereford.
  • 1730 - BBQ ends.
  • 1800 - 50/50 Auction prize winners announced.
  • 1810 - Sounding of Retreat with the Waterloo and Salamanca Band and Bugles, supported by the Association Buglers.
  • 1900 - Pre-dinner drinks in the Sovereign’s Suite.
  • 1900 - Shuttle bus starts (last shuttle 2045).
  • 1945 - All Ranks Dinner, Waterloo/Salamanca Mess Band to support.
  • 2000 - Bars close, or slightly later if shuttle buses take longer to get everyone away.