Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Association
The KSYA was originally founded in 1943 by serving members of 3rd CLY who had been declared unfit for service due to illness. It was known as the ‘Gin and Tears Club’ and met regularly in London. The annual dinner is known as the Bir El Gubi dinner in recognition of the first action that both regiments took part in during WW2 as part of the only TA Armoured Brigade. Bir El Gubi is in Libya just south of the airfield at Sidi Rezegh.
Since its inception the Association has been a registered charity and aims to look after serving and retired members of the Regiment if they fall on hard times. Today’s Association is transitioning from a WW2 membership base to a more recent membership ranging from those who served in the Cold War to those serving in more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
The main effort is aimed at providing Support to Operations by sending regular welfare parcels to Sharpshooters on deployment and laying on functions back in the UK for families.