About the Association

This website and its forum, which currently has around 250 members, is owned and operated by the Association and managed by an elected committee of volunteers (No-one is paid in any way) on a not for profit basis with the aim of reuniting ex members, including Permanent Staff and Civilian Instructors, of the following units, which it is doing very successfully.

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

The Association

The Association was founded in the late 1990s by the late Charlie McGrogan, who laid down the structure and constitution on which the Association is based.

The Association as we know it today really took off when Bryan (Wobbly) Roberts started a small personal website dedicated to IJLB which included a forum allowing us to communicate.

The Association continues to support young men and women who wish to enter into an Army career through associations with AFC Harrogate, School Combined Cadet Forces and Army Cadet Contingents. Our members give these young people the benefit of their experiences in both military and civilian life. Passing on information as to how the excellent training we received helped our careers both in and outside of the military. 


Our Membership includes ex boys from the very first IBB intake at Tuxford in 1952 up to the last IJLB passing out parade at Shorncliffe in 1985 when the unit was disbanded, we also have members up to 1991 when JIB was also disbanded, our members are spread world-wide including, America, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Bosnia and Spain to name but a few, with many travelling to Oswestry for the reunions.

The Association is very active socially with many events and get togethers every year.



From small get togethers in a TA Centre in Milton Keynes we have progressed to having full on Reunions in Oswestry  on an annual basis, they are always very well attended so make sure you book early. The “Golf and Port Society” GAPS meets on the Friday prior to the Saturday Reunion. Then on the Saturday we meet for lunch and in the afternoon there is time to meet and greet with a formal reunion dinner in the evening, the next reunion will be on 7th September 2019.


On the Saturday morning of the reunion weekend sees the Annual General Meeting of The Association where members can discuss the work done during the year and obtain reports of Association Business.

Remembrance Sunday

We always have a strong representation at Remembrance Sunday in Oswestry after which we retire to The Fox for lunch and drinks.


There is a very well supported informal Golf group who play on a regular basis all over the UK and sometimes the world. Anyone interested in joining should contact The Association Secretary for information.


We have a very active forum where you can join in the banter and read about the experiences of other members before, during and after boys service. We boast a wide range of Ranks from our military days with many gaining Commissions during their service. We have several Lt Colonels amongst our members but on the forum they revert back to Junior Soldiers to travel down memory lane.


There is an extensive Gallery of thousands of photo’s, have a look there is bound to be someone you know in there.


The Association has its own Memorial to the unit in CAE GLAS Park, Oswestry.

The Memorial was constructed and dedicated in 2009 with some 300 + former Boys and Junior Leaders from all over the world on parade in Oswestry, exercising our right, IJLB having been granted the Freedom of Oswestry, to march through the town.

The Memorial was funded completely by donations from members and regimental associations. A formal dinner was held in one of the former gyms at Park Hall Camp on the Saturday prior to the parade on the Sunday morning, followed by a curry lunch. The entire proceedings being organized by a small three man Sub Committee of the Association.

With the sad demise of virtually all the Regiments we knew and loved, the Association offers the chance to meet up with those you served with as young boys.

Our reunions attract ex juniors from all the intakes over the years.

You will, no doubt find some old friends in attendance but the brotherhood between all ex juniors is so great you will soon feel at home and amongst friends who went through the same training. They all have amazing tales to tell!

The Association offers you the chance to catch up with pals from many, many years ago and also to make new friends, so why not become a member and revisit your youth.

If you were a member of any of the above units including Permanent Staff and Civilian Instructors you are eligible for membership and are very welcome to join us.