British Element Trieste Force
Faro della Vittoria
For ex-service men, especially those who served in BETFOR. We also welcome our friends in TRUST and all who know and love Trieste.
Last Post: Terry Crimp
We have received the very sad news of the death of Terry Crimp. Terry was our Honorary Treasurer from the reforming of the Association until ill health forced his resignation. He was unfailingly cheerful but determined that things should be right. The photo above shows him in that mood.
Terry served in Trieste as a driver in the RASC:
He became the personal driver of the GOC, Major general Sir John Winterton.
Terry will be remembered as a good friend and an energetic faithful servant of the association.
Terry was accompanied at reunions by his loving wife Irene who survives him:
Seeking information about BETFOR ex-servicemen: If you are seeking information about a relative or friend who served with BETFOR please look first at our Roll Call where members' names are listed according to their regiments. Telephone numbers are given. You may be able to trace someone who served with your relative. Alternatively a notice may be placed in our quarterly journal. Contact Geoff Fleet, Hon Editor email: email@example.com
giving as much detail as you know..
BACK COPIES OF JOURNALS
Tom and Sara Jacobs have generously agreed to take on the task of making back copies of journals available to members. They already do sterling work in sending out the quarterly journal to members. We are very grateful to them.
Copies are charged at £2. They are printed by a process which makes them of a higher print quality than the originals.
Tom and Sara can be contacted at:
6 Hawthorn Close
Phone: 01726 75205
BETFOR ASSOCIATION; VISITS, REUNIONS AND REGIONAL GET-TOGETHERS
2017 Annual Reunion and Annual General Meeting Clayton Hotel, Cardiff. 17th-19th March
Hon Secretary Roy Boyles writes on the message board:
The 11 floor hotel is 123 metres from CARDIFF GENERAL station and at the bottom end of the main street Saint Mary's and 203 metres from JOHN LEWIS which is some sort of retail therapy depot. Hope that is helpful !
At the 2016 AGM Roland Cole, our Hon Treasurer was elected to be Chairman and David Griggs, who has done sterling work as Hon Membership Officer, was elected Vice Chairman.
Following the death of Fred Greenwood, Tom Jacobs was unanimously elected to the committee.
TRIESTE for the independent traveller
Larry Southgate has put together a mini-guide to help anyone who may wish to visit Trieste independently. Follow the link top right to Larry's page.
Local Betfor Association meetings are regularly arranged. Please try to get to one of these near you. They are usually held in a local hostelry where you can have a drink and a light lunch. If you do not see one in your region, please have a word with the Hon. Secretary, Roy Boyles
Thursday 20th July- Gusto Bistro, Commercial Road, Southampton,. Contact John Barron 01794 514680
Major General Sir John Winterton KCMG CB CBE
Commander of the British, United States Zone & Allied Forces Military Governor
This portrait was presented to Terry Crimp. Look carefully at the inscription.
Membership of the Betfor Association: Membership or associate membership is open to all those who served in Northern Italy between 1945 - 1954 during the period of the Allied Military Government of the Free Teritory of Trieste and those with links to BETFOR and Trieste.
Welcome to the message board of the Betfor Association, the place to share memories of your time in Trieste, make comments and ask questions. If you are not a member but share our interest in Trieste, please tell us about yourself and your interest in Trieste. (Click on the link at the top (right) of the page to go to the message board.)
Editor Geoffrey Fleet 01872 225520
Secretary Roy Boyles 0115 9215735
Larry Southgate 01614 858507
Webmaster Harry Dixon 01744 883298
Gerald Cockroft 0118 9734346
Court yard Duino Castle
Your photos of Trieste in the days of BETFOR or in modern times. Click the link at the top of the page.
If you have photographs that you would like to see published in the photo albums, click on the "Public Upload" button on the Photo Albums page and follow the instructions.
There are albums for all Betfor units.