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Old 10-01-19, 09:01 AM
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Does any know the date that the PRI - President of the Regimental Institute was created? and is there a reference anywhere confirming it?

Most of those I have already asked feel it was quite early possibly pre WWI or even Victorian?

I would be interested to hear members views. Thank you.

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Old 10-01-19, 03:11 PM
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President of the Regimental Institute (Fund) - Is was mainly a shop (stores) where items like Regimental ties and other items could be bought from the regimental fund.

The PRI is ultimately a CO responsibility a designated officer will be appointed PRI to sign off daily accounts. Would need to see records to confirm.

PRI came about in 1860 regiments put aside a building with a nominated regimental officer as PRI - prior to the NAAFI it provided a place where soldiers could relax and purchase items - alcohol excluded, with the formation of NAAFI it received a dividend on profits.

Still in existence with some units today and in recent times can be 'privatized' within the overall control of the CO.
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Old 11-01-19, 09:56 AM
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Hello Mike

Thank you for your interesting reply.

Some people I'd asked had mentioned a 'Canteen' and a connection with the NAAFI. So, putting it all into context is much appreciated.

I wonder if you have any idea where a written reference might be found?

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Rob,
Some information here https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk...nstitute-dover
Shows the Regimental Institute building inside Dover Castle built 1868.

Here is a 1944 Hansard reference to non-public regimental institute funds when a unit disbands:

https://api.parliament.uk/historic-h...ntal-institute

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Thank you for the links.

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Rob,
Some information here https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk...nstitute-dover
Shows the Regimental Institute building inside Dover Castle built 1868.

Here is a 1944 Hansard reference to non-public regimental institute funds when a unit disbands:

https://api.parliament.uk/historic-h...ntal-institute

Tim
With regard to Dover Castle the building is now The "NAAFI" Restaurant
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On the same theme, but don't know when they started was "Sands" we called them Sandies a Salvation Army run Canteen where you could get Tea Sandwiches and such, had live in staff one I used at Ballykinlar Northern Ireland, another at RAF St Athens Wales, am sure there's more Rippon Barracks comes to mind also?
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The RAF had Malcolm Clubs: "Mallies".

There was one such and a PRI [army] and a PX [USA] all at Joint HQ Rheindahlen Germany in the the 1970s up to about 2000.

These in addition to a "Cloggy" and a "Belgie" bar, and a YWCA ["Whydub"] all within easy walking distance of the NAAFI.

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Thank you all for your posts.
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In addition to Sandes there was also 'Red Shield' mobile canteens both Salvation Army as well as 'Toc H' (Talbot House), Methodist Canteens, Church Army/Church House, YMCA, WRVS, Red Cross, Saint Johns and other organisations sprang in WW1 to supplement regimental canteens and continued into the Cold War - The PRI only by then being a Regimental Shop not canteens.
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