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eye ! I see you started with one of yourself mate LOL
Sgt-Major's goat 'is stick under the wrang airm, Wullie!
The Sgt Major is infact a Major-you need to go to Specsavers
Errrrhummmmm I need to interject here. Jimmy........Jim is correct he said the Sgt Major with his pace-stick under his right arm instead of left. But you are also correct because the Major has his stick under his right too.
RESULT?????? A DRAW...........now where's me coat??? I'm off.
Thank you Jim for your last HD disc you are definitely getting the hang of using the camera.
Jack, thanks for the Queen Mary 2 disc, brought back memories of Hamburg (weren't you allowed near the Reeperbahn?), particularly liked the amazing model railway set-up.
Saw the QM2 when she came to the Clyde, took a trip on a ferry boat to
escort her downriver when she left but didn't get a chance to go aboard.
Nice pic Big Jim. Lovely Scouse Melvin always spoilt me when I was a lad. Alan Wingate? Well we all know what happened to him!!!
ralph I dont but if it cant be printed then I understand
Thanks. Big Jim, Brought back some wonderful memories. Great photo.
I've just had a thought.....Does anybody have any info on the welfare or where abouts of the guys in this football team???
Mike we all know about Crazy( Brian ) Davies who doesn't? but Jim Read at the back centre will be with us in April. Nobby (Colin ) Clarke would have been in the picture but he had left the regiment by then I think. Spud ( John ) Taylor was not on the photo he was the goalkeeper I don't know what happened to him service-wise but he used to attend our Get Togethers along with his wife until illness struck him down,hoping he is at least reasonable by the way. I knew of most of them but don't know of the whereabouts or health issues.
Prew you are right--names on photo-Robbie Symes-passed away a few years ago;;The Clarke is Keith Clarke(known as 028)did come from the Hull area;;I did leave 68/42 in Nov/Dec 1964;;;It was a relief to getaway ;;fell out of favour with 68/42,when we came back from Cyprus--to the dock;;Plymouth was ok and Cyprus;;even under the reign of ONE TONY HEAL;;but then it seemed to have changed when we was at the dock;;;i even didnt like Lippy;;(It seemed as though we were treated like idiots by some people ;;) with Tony HEAL you knew where you stood;but others to me were people just didnt treat you like a person who knew his job and could always be poking there noses in to find fault---I went from Lippy to a posting where you was treated as a valued person of a unit;;; and i still hate it when i hear or see people still using their rank after leaving the forces;;:::Thats me off my soap box now;; if any one doesnt agree or like what i have said**TOUGH***
Yes Nobby/Colin I thought I was right......not always mind you. I knew the other Nobby Clark came from Hull. I didn't know dear old Robbie Symes had passed on.........was it him who had trials with Celtic or Rangers way back? I may have misread that one somewhere.
Yes I have to agree 68/42 was OTT in many ways but that is how it was in those days. I stand to attention when the wife walks in the flat and asks me.........sorry details me...... to pop the kettle on. I salute move smartly and sharply to my left switch on the kettle 2-3 about turn to the fridge...........oh 'eck you've started summat Nobby Clarke the Golfer. By the way the only time I saw inside a guardroom was when I was on guard and you know by getting the old "stickman" on a regular basis that was not very often......................
I remember Charlie Hawkins as being the CO's driver as a Lance/Jack under B A B Taylor (Lt Colonel). So he moved up after I left in '65. He had the slashed peak cap then and got away with it we got real ballkings if we got caught..........same with the cycle chains down the trousers........Oh happy days!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep them coming Jim that one was taken on the Regt drive to Germany from Pembroke Dock
Eyup Big Jim some of us have work to do you know even though we are retired we don't just sit there being a good husband and putting our feet up when the better half is hoovering. Rant over..........the pics do bring back wonderful memories that goes without saying and thanks for re-posting those memories they cannot take them away from us EVEN THE GOVT.
That was a drag going out to Germany via ferry/road....... to me it was just a bind but of course it had to be done.
When I said some of us are working I am in the throws of sorting this H4H's concert as it does not put itself together. I will not be bothering about the Chelsea Pensioner this time as they let us down a couple of years ago. I am also getting a concert together for a local special school for children with bad learning difficulties.........there is not only me but I suggest these things and just get on with doing the main things,it's very rewarding.
Jim -nice to see some of the people from 68Bty-We see jack wright at our **RAT PACK**meetings---wonder where the others are and what are they doing now--on some of the other pics you have put out some i know ??but i left 68Bty in Nov1964--to move on----so any who joined 68/42 after then i would not know;;anyway keep up the good work;;;its good to remember things;;;Cheers;;;;;
Good Foties as usual Jim........a few faces there the guy stood next to Ralph Lind with the shovels in the centre is Williamson....can't remember his first name. He always came across as being baby faced but he boxed I believe so he was one of those disguised characters...still a good lad the. Terry Mallinder/Charlie Hawkins/along with Bill Brown he was in 68bty at one time as we had two by the same name and both boxed I think. Ginger Newman as well as " Crazy" now who doesn't remember him? he lives in Northern Ireland so I will be giving him a buzz shortly that will shake him, and I wonder if he will send me a cheque for 48 pence again? Another in one of the pics is George Mason and I often wondered what happened to him he came from Sheffield and the last time I saw him was about 1967..........oh blimey that's done it..............more later.
My broadband has been down for about a week so I've just caught up with the FOTIES. Great stuff Big Jim, don't let Prew wind you up. You are doing a grand job.
Jim you are doing a grand job I will second that or in Dixie's case "third" it. You have to decide who the chief winder upper is Jim........Dixie or me? Sorry to be a pain but Crazy told me that Williamson's first name is Brian ........his namesake just thought it worth a mention. No this ain't a wind-up honest!!
Great guy Col Lothian..........he was 68bty's Battery Commander ( Plymouth/Cyprus ) was of course a Major then. As has been stated before Tony Heal used to run the Battery and Maj Lothian used to let him..........he had an easy time by what has been said in the past. He would turn in at 0900hrs and be on his way out or home after a cup of tea, can't be bad when you can get it. He must have done something right though making full Colonel.
These brave guys were after me by about 8 years or so apart from Tommy Walker........how is he these days? we have not heard anything for ages,haven't seen him for quite a few years now I roomed with him in Malton I think it was. If you are in touch give him our regards..........thanks.
That's the Tommy we know Jim and pleased to hear he is ok.
Changing tack slightly here's one for Chris
I found this when looking through the details and history of our own local area here in Sheffield where the Garrison Hotel is housed. Apparently 29 Field Battery (Howitzer) was here and was the last army unit and that was Feb 1930. Prior to this date "E" Battery RHA was here in the 1870's 32nd Brigade Royal Field RA was here in 1901.
This is ironic in a sense there was a Great Sheffield Flood in the year1864 and a Sgt Foulds was stationed in the barracks in quarters by all accounts and sadly two of his children drowned......how ironic the name Foulds.
The guy holding the rifle is Cpl. Alan Concannon RAOC.
It was in Belfast when Alan & I were doing Public Relations with Capt. Bill Cobham.
Is Charlie Hawkins still serving??? LOL He seems to have been in since the BOAR WAR.
Prew 2 things.
1) if you want to meet up with some old comrades why dont you come to the next 49 reunion Nov 2016 mate, you will be more than welcome. (well by me anyway) LOL
2) can you get any more info on 32 Brigade mate, would be appreciated.
After our quick conversation yesterday Chris..........I will certainly have a word with the Garrison Hotel owner.......we must have met but cannot remember his name off hand, did he give it to you by any chance? You say he was ex- RMP and eventually SAS. Fancy him saying I was a nice bloke he must have been drunk when you both spoke..............I wonder if I owe him summat? Lol. I will do some digging no problem.