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By 23664986 Sapper Manning GR The recent demolition of Inglis Barracks at Mill Hill brought back many memories of my first arrival in Inglis Barracks. In August 1959 I reported to 1 Training Regiment Royal Engineers, Farnborough, for my basic training. I had originally joined the Sappers, as a 17- year old, to be trained […]
Recollections from Geoff Bushell Having gained experience of sorting office and mail guard duties in the “kipper factory” I was ready for further adventure. I applied for a posting to Libya and was was summoned for an OC’s interview during which Major Dunkeld informed me that my application for posting was successful but that I […]
Colonel Jim Anderson TD In his excellent account of our Brigadiers, Doug Swanson starts the piece about Brigadier John Norris Drew by saying “The earliest that most of us will remember…” The whole article brought back many memories to me, particularly as I go back a bit further. But let’s start at the beginning. As […]
Recollections from Cliff Hands Arriving at HPCCD RE at almost 2100hrs on a Wednesday had to spend the night in the Guardroom and got bedding and a room space the next morning after a visit to see OC Admin and marched in by the Chief Clerk as if I was on a charge, was told […]
Memories of an aging Postie Peter Capon Well here I am looking out of my office at the trees and listening to the familiar sounds of thunderflash, blank ammunition and the left right left of a group of marching soldiers with their arms shoulder high. Funny many years ago I was outside doing the marching […]
Recollections from WIlliam Skeel Serving as a section Cpl with 40 Postal Unit RE in 1960, part of my job was receipt/dispatch of the surface mail parcels and AO. One morning, I set off with a crew of Sappers and drove to 79 Water Transport Unit RASC in Shamshipo to pick up a landing craft […]
Recollections from Gordon Ronald Wardell (Reg) The latest Posthorn brought back loads of memories for myself. I joined Postal at 16 PTS KNIGHTSBRIDGE in January 1950. In March 1950 I was posted (First Posting) to Bad OEYNHAUSEN. I was met there by a L/Cpl Pete White (a national serviceman) from Thetford Norfolk. He asked my […]
Recollections from John Jackett Memories can be triggered by the most unusual things, this idea of who else within PCS was born in 1939, has been in the back of my mind for several weeks. Marj and her sister Mary (69 + 71) were invited to the Village primary school last week by their Great-Niece […]
Recollections from Ted Jenkinson I joined the Army as a Three Year Regular on 17th March 1952. First stop Malvern for Induction and then to Cove for injections (Ouch!!), and Basic Training. Next stop – Gibraltar Barracks, Driver Training. The Army decided I would make a good Driving Instructor. All went well until I discovered […]
Recollections from an unknown newspaper If you want to catch Sergeant J .Macdonald of the Royal Engineers Army Postal Service you have to get up early in the morning. At any time after 04:30 Sergeant Macdonald, along with 14 sappers of the REPS will be busy in the Army’s travelling post office, sorting out thousands […]