Association: Essex

County Colonel: Col Charles Thomas TD DL

Colonel Thomas joined the 5th Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1975. After service as a Private, Officer Cadet and Platoon Commander, he  volunteered for  a Short Service Volunteer Commission with the Regular Army. This included attendance at the Regular Platoon Commanders’ Course and  an attachment to the 1st Battalion, during which he commanded a Platoon for an operational tour in Belfast in 1979. He returned to the 5th Battalion, serving until 1991 as Rifle Platoon Commander, Mortar Platoon Commander, Company Second-in-Command, Company Commander of 3 (Essex) Company, and Battalion Second-in-Command.  In 1991, he was appointed SO2(V) at HQ 54th (East Anglia)Brigade with a responsibility for Officer Cadet training.  In 1993 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was selected to command the 6th Battalion. After handing over command in 1996 he was appointed Commandant of the Essex Army Cadet Force, an appointment he held until 2001. He was elected Chairman of the Essex Forum, Reserve Forces & Cadets Association in 2002. He is also Chairman of the Regimental Chapel Committee and was appointed County Colonel for Essex in 2015.


County Colonel: Colonel Charles Thomas TD DL

Chairman: Colonel Thomas: 136 Holst Avenue, Witham, Essex, CM8 1SX

tel: 01376-576376


Colchester Branch

Chairman : Major Chris Wright

Secretary ; Lieutenant Colonel Brian Davenport


Chelmsford Branch

Chairman: Eddie Yorston

Secretary:  Mick Chapman :13, Lynbrook Close, Rainham, Essex RM13 8DD

Phone 01708 520948 Mobile 07717 000407



Essex Regiment Museum

Essex Regiment Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ

Tel: 01245-605700


Regimental Chapel

The Regimental Chapel of The Royal Anglian Regiment and The Essex Regiment, Eagle Way, Warley, Essex CM13 3BN

Monthly Services are routinely held on the first Sunday of each month starting at 1100hrs.

Visits to the Chapel to view the Regimental artefacts and memorials can be arranged via RHQ The Royal Anglian Regiment.   Email:

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