7 PARA RHA - An Elizabeth II Presentation Figure of an Airborne Gunner, 1961
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Height overall: 14cm (5.5in)
Silver. Standing figure of a parachutist mounted on a tapering cylindrical ebonised base, applied with a presentation plaque inscribed ‘To Lt.Col.T. St.G. Caulfield, MBE, RHA. From WO’s S/Sgts & Sgts 33rd Parachute Light Regiment and 7th Parachute Regt. RHA 1960-62.’ Maker’s mark of Garrard & Co.,112 Regent Street, London. Figure height: 7cm (2.75in). Hallmarked London 1961.
7th Parachute Light Regiment Royal Horse Artillery was the redesignation of 33rd Parachute Light Regiment Royal Artillery in 1961. It claimed airborne heritage back to the 53rd Airlanding Light Regiment, R.A., which fought in Normandy in 1944 and took part in the Rhine Crossing (Operation Varsity) in March 1945. The redesignation was marked with a march past led by Caulfield.
Brigadier Toby St.George Caulfeild, C.B.E., R.A., (1919-2005), was descended from the Elizabethan soldier Toby Caulfeild, Baron of Charlemont (1565–1627) who fought under the Earl of Essex in Ireland and built Caulfeild Castle, County Tyrone. Educated at Wellington College, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, and saw active service with the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1940 and in the Far East, 1942-45. He served in the Korean War, 1952, and the Malayan Emergency, 1958-59. He was Instructor at the Staff College, 1955-57; Officer Commanding, 7th Parachute Regiment, R.H.A., 1960-62; and the UK National Military Representative, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, 1971-74.