Past and present members

3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (3RHA) has a vibrant Past and Present Members element which has been running in an official capacity for over 20 years. All past and present serving members of the Regiment, including attached Arms such as REME and AGC personnel are entitled to join the PPM through their service to the Regiment. The PPM currently has around 2500 members who have seen operational service in Aden, Kenya, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan

Our Standard Bearers for members funerals are all PPM members who volunteer their time to attend these events up and down the country. We now have two separate Standard Bearer Parties, North and South, which takes some of the travel burden away. 

If you have served with 3RHA in any capacity and would like to find out more about the PPM there is a dedicated Facebook Group which can be found here. The Facebook page is where you will find all the latest news and updates from members including old photos and shared memories. Red Cypher updates are also added along with upcoming events which may also allow you to connect with comrades and friends from your time with the Regiment.

For those who do not use Facebook, we will be sending out regular newsletters detailing the work of Red Cypher, upcoming events and the latest news from the Past and Present Members. You can register for the newsletter which will be sent via email here

You can find the PPM Charter, which details the structure of the organisation here. Also make sure you keep an eye on our events page which details our future event. It can be found here 

red cypher ppm announcement 7th dec 2023

To all members of Red Cypher

I write this message to all serving members and veterans of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery as Chairman of Red Cypher PPM to cover two issues: the location for the PPM weekend in 2024 and a contact list for Red Cypher.

The choice of Newcastle for the 2023 PPM weekend raised significant concerns amongst a number of veterans, not least as many thought there had been a lack of consultation before the location was decided on.  As a consequence, a review committee was asked to look at the long-term location for the weekend.  With a limited number of returns to the questionnaire that was put out, the recommendation from the committee was that the northeast should become the long-term location.  It is a fact that the regimental demographic is moving steadily northwards.  Nonetheless, the President of Red Cypher and the Regimental Colonel are well aware of the strength of feeling that exists amongst some veterans and the challenge for some, both in cost and logistics, of a location in the north of the country.  They have directed that the review committee continues its work and once another report is prepared, they will come to a decision later in the year.  

However, to give some certainty for the next two years, the PPM weekend will be in the Newcastle area again in 2024.  The venue may not be the same hotel, however, and this will be looked at in light of the returns that were provided to the questionnaire.  2025 is the 25th anniversary of the PPM.  To encourage the maximum attendance, a more central location will be sought and advertised as soon as possible.  I appreciate that this information will not please everyone, but this is the decision that has been taken.  And as Chairman, I take heart from the questionnaire where a number of respondents said they would travel anywhere in the country to meet up with former mates and enjoy the camaraderie of Red Cypher.   

At the request of some veterans who do not use social media, we are putting together a list for communication by email.  A form is now available to register your details here and links will be posted on the Red Cypher PPM Facebook page and on the new Red Cypher website ( ) to register contact details.

With my best wishes, Andrew Budd