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A large brown envelope arrived one spring day of 1959 that was to change my life dramatically. It contained details of my National Service call up – the recruiting office was at Redruth and I was to use the enclosed railway travel warrant for medical requirements at the DCLI barracks at Bodmin. I was nineteen […]
We formed on the above date with Peter Wescott as President, Noddy Lockwood as Chairman, Eddie Lyons as Treasurer and myself Jim Steer as Secretary. To be accepted as a Branch we had to have 20 members. Names I can remember are Mick Atkinson, Joe Beedles, Donald Campbell, George Cleasby, Ray Fenn, Rod Norman, Reg […]
Jim has asked me to divide this article and the photos that accompany it, into three sections. All ranks quoted are as at the date that we served together. This first part takes me to my marriage in September1960, moving out of Barracks and acquiring our first Married Quarter Hiring at South Harrow. The second […]
Part Two : From T.A. to L.O.A in War Zones HQ AER & Training Centre at Mill Hill ( again) – Jan 60 to Aug 65 Shortly after I arrived Maj Fancourt left and Maj Don London arrived as our new OC, this heralded a modernisation of the work load of Training the “TA Postmen”, […]
Part Three (and last) : Exercising on Alt for Retirement Ex FPO – Berlin & Brussels – 1967 L/Cpl Chippy Carpenter and I went from Tidworth, to celebrate The Berlin Tattoo and then British Week Brussels, WO i/c Maurice Timmins and his guys made us welcome and looked after us very well, even Capt Sullivan […]
Soon after I was eighteen years old, I received my papers to go to Newcastle for an interview, medical and x-ray, to see if I was fit enough for military service. At that time, if I remember rightly, I was asked, quite seriously, what service and unit I wanted to join. I was quite naïve […]
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 […]