Betfor Association


The BETFOR Association's Official Website

The aims of the Betfor Association are to enable members to renew old friendships made during service days, to organise reunions, to promote good fellowship and exchange reminiscences through our website and forum and, primarily, via the Betfor journal.






Betfor Association


If you served in Betfor, if you have comments and reminiscences about Trieste, especially if you served in the armed forces in Veneto, Venezia-Giulia or Trieste  between 1945 and 1954, we should be glad to hear from you.

                                                Betfor Association


                                           British Element Trieste Force


                                    Faro della   Vittoria

For ex-service men, especially those who served in BETFOR. We also welcome our friends in TRUST and all who know and love Trieste.


Last Post:  Terry Crimp

We have received the very sad news of the death of Terry Crimp. Terry was our Honorary Treasurer from the reforming of the Association until ill health forced his resignation. He was unfailingly cheerful but determined that things should be right. The photo above shows him in that mood.

Terry served in Trieste as a driver in the RASC:

He became the personal driver of the GOC, Major general Sir John Winterton.

Terry will be remembered as a good friend and an energetic faithful servant of the association.

Terry was accompanied at reunions by his loving wife Irene who survives him:



Seeking  information about BETFOR ex-servicemenIf you are seeking information about a relative or friend who served with BETFOR please look first at our Roll Call where members' names are listed according to their regiments. Telephone numbers are given. You may be able to trace someone who served with your relative. Alternatively a notice may be placed in our quarterly journal. Contact Geoff Fleet, Hon Editor email:
giving as much detail as you know..


 Tom and Sara Jacobs have generously agreed to take on the task of making back copies of journals available to members. They already do sterling work in sending out the quarterly journal to members. We are very grateful to them.

 Copies are charged at £2. They are printed by a process which makes them of a higher print quality than the originals.

 Tom and Sara can be contacted at:

6 Hawthorn Close

St Austell


PL25 3UT

Phone: 01726 75205



           2017   Annual Reunion and Annual General Meeting Clayton Hotel, Cardiff. 17th-19th March

Hon Secretary Roy Boyles writes on the message board:

The 11 floor hotel is 123 metres from CARDIFF GENERAL station and at the bottom end of the main street Saint Mary's and 203 metres from JOHN LEWIS which is some sort of retail therapy depot. Hope that is helpful !

At the 2016 AGM Roland Cole, our Hon Treasurer was elected to be Chairman and David Griggs, who has done sterling work as Hon Membership Officer, was elected Vice Chairman.

Following the death of Fred Greenwood, Tom Jacobs was unanimously elected to the committee.





TRIESTE for the independent traveller

 Larry Southgate has put together a mini-guide to help anyone who may wish to visit Trieste independently. Follow the link top right to Larry's page.

                                 Regional Meetings  

Local Betfor Association meetings are regularly arranged. Please try to get to one of these near you. They are usually held in a local hostelry where you can have a drink and a light lunch. If you do not see one in your region, please have a word with the Hon. Secretary, Roy Boyles

Wednesday 7th JuneThe Feathers Inn, Beacon Street, Lichfield, 1230hrs. Contact Colin Russell 01283 79

Thursday 20th July-  Gusto Bistro, Commercial Road, Southampton,. Contact John Barron 01794 514680
Fridat 21st July at the Rushbrooke Arms,Sicklesmere,Bury St. Edmunds at 11.30 am Contact Charlie Dunnet 01473 745693
Beds/Northants area. Members Derek Bird (655) and Dennis Goodyear (730) are interested in setting up get-togethers in the Beds/ Northants area and wish to see if there is support for the idea. If you are interested, please ring Derek on 01582 969603.



                                 Major General Sir John Winterton KCMG CB CBE
             Commander of the British, United States Zone & Allied Forces Military Governor

              This portrait was presented to Terry Crimp. Look carefully at the inscription.


 Membership of the Betfor Association: Membership or associate membership is open to all those who served in Northern Italy between 1945 - 1954 during the period of the Allied Military Government of the Free Teritory of Trieste and  those with links to BETFOR  and Trieste. 

Welcome to the message board of the Betfor Association, the place to share memories of your time in Trieste,  make comments and ask questions. If you are not a member but share our interest in Trieste, please tell us about yourself and your interest in Trieste. (Click on the link at the top (right) of the page to go to the message board.)


Officers and committee of the BETFOR Association
Chairman  and Hon Treasurer   Roland Cole 01902 790237
Vice Chairman and Membership Officer    David Griggs   01665 589289
Editor Geoffrey Fleet     01872 225520
Secretary    Roy Boyles    0115 9215735
John Darby   0151 2871141
Larry Southgate    01614 858507
Webmaster  Harry Dixon    01744 883298  
Gerald Cockroft   0118 9734346
Tom Jacobs  01726 75205

                              Court yard Duino Castle

Photo albums
Your photos of Trieste in the days of BETFOR or in modern times. Click the link at the top of the page.
If you have photographs that you would like to see published in the photo albums, click on the "Public Upload" button on the Photo Albums page and follow the instructions.
There are albums for all Betfor units.