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The Queen's Birthday Parade 2022

The Queen's Birthday Parade 2022

 

Personalities on Parade

 

 

Ensign to The Colour Lieutenant C Bashall

Charles was born in Aldershot where his father, Lieutenant General Bashal CBEl was based with the Parachute Regiment. As he grew up, he followed his father’s career around the country including two years in Germany. After school, Charles went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University. His time with the Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps convinced him to choose a career in the military. Before attending Sandhurst he spent six months in Auckland working at Kings College school assisting with adventurous training. Charles was commissioned into the Irish Guards in April 2021 and has been to America with the Battalion. His mother and sister are both doctors and his younger brother works on a ranch in Australia.

 


 

 

Regimental Sergeant Major Griffiths

Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major) Griffiths joined the Army in late 1999. During his 22 years of service, he has been deployed on multiple operational tours including to Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also exercised in Kenya, Belize, Poland and Cyprus. He was a member of the Guards Parachute Platoon serving with the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He was a Colour Sergeant instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained and taught Officer Cadets.


As Company Sergeant Major of Number 1 Company, one of the highlights was Trooping the Colour in 2017 as the Right Guide of Number 2 Guard. He was then posted to ITC Catterick where he trained trainee Guardsmen wishing to join the Foot Guards. He was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major on 18th March 2021. He is married to Kelly and has two children, Summer and Olly.

 


 

 

Sergeant of the Colour Party CSgt Smillie

Colour Sergeant Smillie is from Bangor, Northern Ireland and joined the Army in March 2004. During his time in the Irish Guards, he has served on operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has completed multiple overseas exercises including in Kenya, Belize and America. He has also completed two tours of duty in the Falkland Islands. His career has seen him employed as an instructor at ITC Catterick, the Army School of Ceremonial and as a Platoon Sergeant at the Army Foundation College Harrogate as well as a long spell within the Battalion’s Drums & Pipes and in his current role as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant. His most enjoyable role to date was that of the Battalion Drum Major where he commanded the machine gun platoon. This will be his sixth Queen’s Birthday Parade. In previous Birthday Parades, he had the role of The Lone Drummer and a Drum Major. He has a son, Brandon, and has been married to Holly since 2021.

 


 

 

Youngest Guardsman Drummer Knox

Drummer Teo Knox is 18 years old and grew up in the small village of Donaghcloney, Northern Ireland with his sister and two brothers. He joined the Army Foundation College in October 2020 at the age of 16. He then moved on to the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick where he passed out in December 2021. That month he joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and moved into the Corps of Drums where he began to learn to play the Flute in preparation for the Queen’s Birthday Parade. After this summer’s State Ceremonial and Public Duties, he is hugely looking forward to the overseas deployments as part of the Machine Gun Platoon in the Battalion’s new role as a Security Force Assistance Battalion.

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