Easter 1981, I was dined out from 2 PC Regt RE, at South Cerney having completed my 22 years of service:
CO – Peter Westcott
2 i/c – Geoff Manning
RSM – I handed over to Bob Randall.
SSM – Barry Wilding
UK Postal Inspection team – ???? (My abject apologies for the lapse once more, it`s all a VERY long time ago)
Next door hangar to us, was UK PCS Courier team base: Eddie Dent, ????
Names on my leaving supper include: Barry Wilding, `Yorky Ashton (SSM RCT),…….. no other Posties living in!
In 1982 we were invited back to the Summer Ball –
L to R: Me, Marj, Jack Griffiths, Evelyn Butler, Bridget Norris & Hubby (Admin staff), Sandie & Pete Golightly, Barbara Inkpen / Stevenson and Col Peter Westcott.
1982 – Falklands war, RSM Bob Randall arrived as advance party at Ascension Island, found the Naval buildings allocation officer: “Require a CDO for forces mail, please” Politely informed that this was ******* war zone. OK, says Bob, there are 600 bags of mail arriving on the next `Herc …….. He related this little snippet to me in 1984, when the awake for Dick Inkpen took place at South Cerney.
Courtesy of Peter Capon: In 1986, staffing of 2 PC Regt including 20 PC Sqn, comprised:
21 PC Sqn are listed as being:
I have been referring to my `Filed` bits and pieces in my search for names, `Cerney RSMs board (dates have been corrected in table, original board attached below) would probably interest quite a few:
|RSMs of UK Spt PU RE – Later: 2 PC Regt RE|
|Stationed at: Duke of Gloucster Barracks, South Cerney Cirencester GL7 5RD|
|Rank||Name||Dates from||Dates to||Remarks|
|UK Support PU / PCCU RE – NOTE: RSMs were based at HQ 3 Div Bulford with SSMs at South Cerney. Moving to South Cerney prior to 2 PC Regt forming there in 1979.|
|WO 1 (RSM)||WE (Bill) Twigg||Oct, 1973||Nov, 1974||Dates taken from RSM Boards – subject to errors?|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Norman JFH Lockwood||Nov, 1974||Jan, 1975||Was at Bulford, may have covered for a few months|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Paul A Stoddart||Jan, 1975||Nov, 1976||Posted to Hong Kong|
|WO 1 (RSM)||E C (Ted) Wolton||Nov, 1976||?, 1978||Posted to Hong Kong|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Paul A Stoddart||Dec, 1978||Apr, 1979||Last RSM of 3 Div|
|Redesignated to 2 PC Regt RE|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Paul A Stoddart||May, 1979||Jul, 1980||1st RSM of 2 PC Regt RE and completed career|
|WO 1 (RSM)||D John Jackett||Mar, 1980||Mar, 1981||Last 12 mths in UK|
|WO 1 (RSM)||RG (Bob) Randall MBE||Mar, 1981||Apr, 1984||Set up CDO Ascension for Falklands war [Apr 84, supervised Dick Inkpens funeral as RSM]|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Gordon Ferguson||Aug, 1983||Dec, 1985|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Peter G Capon||Dec, 1985||May, 1987||Commissioned|
|WO 1 (RSM)||George Kehoe||May, 1987||Aug, 1989||Commissioned|
|WO 1 (RSM)||Alec Carson||Aug, 1989||Apr, 1992||Commissioned into TA|
|WO 1 (RSM)||F Macleod||Apr, 1992||Apr, 1993||Change of cap badge to RLC|
|80 PC Sqn RLC|
|WO 2 (SSM)||Graham Gritt||1989||1993|
|WO 2 (SSM)||P A Dinsdale||Apr, 1993||Aug, 1994|
|WO 2 (SSM)||P Barclay||Aug, 1994||Nov, 1996|
|WO 2 (SSM)||N C Owen||Nov, 1996||Nov, 1998|
|WO 2 (SSM)||R Ellis||Nov, 1998||Mar, 2001|
|WO 2 (SSM)||N S Wardell||Mar, 2001||Jul, 2003|
|WO 2 (SSM)||M A Dixon||Jul, 2003||Jan, 2006|
This board was retrieved from a cellar, once Lou Lister and I started making enquiries!!
It is a frightening thought, looking back at these names, how many of them are no longer with us!!
REspect as always.