The Association is Actively Recruiting

We would Like To Welcome The Following New Members

Darren West IJLB Shorncliffe

Ron Gittings IJLB Oswestry

Geoff Mitchell IJLB Oswestry

Keith Evans IJLB Oswestry

Chris Wright IJLB Shorncliffe

Adrian Bold   IJLB Shorncliffe

Robert Kernaghan IJLB Harrogate and Tuxford

Roy Pierce     IJLB Oswestry

Mike Coughlan IJLB Shorncliffe

Steve Gibson IJLB Shorncliffe

John Bonnewell IJLB Oswestry 


We look forward to Introducing yourselves in the Forum and to meeting you in the future

Deus Vult



This is the current state of the IJLB and JIB sign at Hospital Hill Shorncliffe!

If we can get enough support from ex Shorncliffe intakes to join The Association we are proposing to engage in a project to renovate and re site this iconic memorial to all who served at The Camp.

We have a local ex Shorncliffe Junior who is willing to coordinate with us in this fabulous project. However we can’t get involved unless we obtain the support of you ex Shorncliffe juniors who need to join our ranks and get involved in The Association and this project.

This is your chance to make a difference and to ensure a lasting memory of the time you spent as a Junior Leader.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring those who served at Tuxford, Plymouth, Harrogate, Oswestry and Shorncliffe together within one project on behalf of all ex Junior Leaders.

How much does it mean to you?

Join our ranks today and support this worthy cause.

Army Humour!

Charles Derbyshire Reflects on a day in Training at IJLB Oswestry in the 1960’s

Potholing at IJLB – The Army sense of humour

They called it Adventure Training.   I called it torturous insanity.   I mean abseiling off viaducts was one thing, scrambling up sheer rock faces hundreds of feet up was another but crawling on your belly, hundreds of feet underground through dark, damp confined spaces was never my idea of a jolly time.

But there I was, in the worst environment imaginable undergoing panic and claustrophobic attacks in silence when we found ourselves sitting huddled in quite a cavernous area.   There was a stream running into what looked like a blank wall.   But it wasn’t a blank wall, there was a tunnel running under it which was invisible under god knows how many feet of murky freezing water which, we were informed, we would be going through.

The plan was that an instructor would go first with a rope around him, once through the tunnel he would tug on the rope to signal he was safely through and the next man could go.  So, in turn we would set off using the rope as a guide and as soon as the man before us had got safely through he would tug on the rope.

It all seemed pretty straightforward as we watched the instructor disappear under the water and waited for the signal he was through.   And we waited……. and waited……… and waited.   After a good five minutes or so the rope tugged.   Now, underwater swimming is normally quite good fun but even the best swimmers were only good for about two minutes or so under water.   None of us said anything.   We didn’t need to, you could tell just by looking at the expression on our faces what we were all thinking.   The remaining instructor ordered the first man to go through and off he went.   The same thing happened – five minutes then the tug and off went the next man.   I was busy looking for an escape when I was prompted it was now my turn.   Gripping the rope I took what I thought might be my last ever lungful of air and proceeded to haul myself along the underwater tunnel when, after about ten seconds I felt a pair of hands on my shoulders as I was hauled upwards into fresh air.   I had emerged on the other side of the wall with a stern command not to tug on that f*&$£*@ rope until I was told to.  Which happened when the obligatory five minutes had passed.

I was far too overjoyed at still being alive to be angry at being had, in the most cruel and obnoxious way possible, to the great amusement of the instructors and the guys who went through before me.   I considered I had escaped a fate worse than death and my appreciation of the comedy in this episode was slow in coming.

Dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre

First of its kind in UK

Attention all members who suffer with hip or knee problems!

Did you know that Oswestry boasts the first dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre where us ex squaddies can be fast tracked for treatment?

Run by Lt. Colonel Carl Meyer RAMC, who established clinics for veterans some years ago, this new centre will allow him to operate out of a dedicated set up providing a full range of orthopaedic care to veterans and military personnel in an environment that is familiar to them and address their specific needs.

Association Chairman Brian Kilty says”The facility here at Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital (world renown) is exclusively for veterans and referral is via your GP. Anyone coming should let me know and I would be delighted to meet and greet and support any admin etc.”





Dates for your diary:

Friday 6th September 2019 Golf .

Saturday 7th September 2019 AGM during AM

Saturday 7th September 2019 Annual Reunion Dinner at Wynnstay Hotel Oswestry .

Full details will be posted on Forum and details updated as we confirm the bookings

Join the Association

Simply just click the Badge                         Recruitment IJLB Video Click the picture






Memorial Tree

Memorial Plaque at National Arboretum

The IBB & IJLB Association after much hard work we were able to plant a Memorial Tree at the National Arboretum along with a dedication plaque in tribute and honour to all who served in IBB & IJLB.

Many of us made the long journey to National Arboretum for the planting and dedication and after we  were given a tour of the NA which you could not see all in a day.

The most important part was that we have a Memorial Tree that everyone can see the contribution over years that the IBB & IJLB  gave to the Armed Services.

On the right you will see Graham Fowler our retired Treasurer standing over the Memorial Tree     

Memorial Oswestry

The Memorial for all IBB & IJLB soldiers is in the centre of Oswestry in Cae Glas Park with a lot of hard work done by the members of IBB & IJLB Association voluntary to raise the funds it stands as a tribute to all and every Remembrance Sunday a wreath is laid  in there honour and each year passing more and more attend this parade.  Lets us not forget and become apart of what as bound us in our youth and sustained through of service and to all who gave there all while servicing Queen and Country. 



Welcome to the IBB/IJLB Website

A warm welcome to the official website of the Infantry Boys Battalion & Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Association . If you served in any of the following units then this Association is for you :

Infantry Boys Battalion – Tuxford/Harrogate/Plymouth.
Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion – Plymouth/Oswestry/Shorncliffe.
Junior Infantry Wing – Oswestry.
Junior Infantry Battalion – Shorncliffe.

The video is , as far as we are aware , the only film of a Passing Out Parade from the Oswestry era which exists and was shot by the late Tam Melvin of the Black Watch who was not only a Junior Leader in the early 1960s but returned as a PS Instructor in the early 1970s . The POP is the Summer of 1973 , you may well recognise some of the faces.

We trust that you will find our new website easy to use and to navigate around and look forward to hearing from you.



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