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Hi just thought I'd post a short note having found this site I joined the 42nd when it was stationed in Devizes however having finished training in the early 70s I was sent out to Northern Ireland to join the regiment seem to spend my time in and out of Ireland some time in Germany fallingbostel.
I joined as just a gunner became the gun layer and driver of the 105 under Sgt Newman I became very fast coming into action I remember a sergeant Davies thought he would teach this young newcomer a lesson and we had a competition to see who could lay the gun the fastest needless to say I did and received a slap on the back of my head for doing so.
I was with the regiment when the gun exploded during live firing.... It was decided that day to give another gun sub the chance to do the first firing... Resulting in not being able to live fire some time until the reason for the explosion was found................ however when we did start my gun sub was chosen again to do the first firing.. never did understand why it was decided that the crew would retire from the gun prior to firing however I was always sat on my own in the gun layer's position maybe when the gun was fired I guess I shouldn't have beaten the other gun subs sergeant
There was also a John (Black) Hammond in HQ Bty.
Wooooooo i only joined in 1970 your photo looks just a bit older than that
Noticed the photo of Willie Shaw and others I remember I have a photo of willie myself and Captain Houghton at Larkhill about 1963/4 demonstrating the first idea for a land rover hover craft. If I work out how to down load photos to the site I will post it, What was the disaster and when was it he died????
Here you go Clive:
Thanks Jim for the info remember the disaster now.
Came as a shock to hear about Willie after all these years.