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October 17, 2020

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October 17, 2020

I saw a photo this am, more of which later, that reminded me of the many courses we completed in the course of our army lives. I am going to try to recall my own.

JLR: ACE 2 ACE 1. B3: Gunner, Signaller.

Adult Service: B1 Sig, HGV3, B3 Dvr/Mech (T and W) AA Drill Instructor, Unit Fitness Officer, Unit Hygiene Officer, Unit Accounts, Unit Press Officer,

 

Additionally: Civil Service German Linguist and Interpreter. GCE A level English and German, GCE O Level German, English, General Studies. Hockey Umpire.
I know there were more but that’s all I can remember.

So let’s see others’ lists which I am sure will dwarf my own.

The photo? It was a picture on the JLR site of the Lulworth Gnry Inst A Pass Roll of Honour. 1973 one Sergeant Webster SCOTS DG.

October 17, 2020

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October 17, 2020

Yes, Wee Frankie sent me that pic today of the Roll Of Honour depicting my "A" Pass Grading on the Lulworth Gunnery Instructors Course. On return, Captain (as was) Mel Jamieson said to me "Congratulations, that must mean you can hit the target every time with the 1st round" !! I had to point out that it meant nothing of the kind, it was my ability as an instructor that was graded , but hey, Mel was an officer after all ! Courses - similar JLR one's to you David, plus my driving licence gained in Senior Trades Troop. Adult service ; Upgrade to HGV status from the 1 Tonner JLR wagon I passed on ( no re-test, just refresher training & a paper pass by the MT S/Sgt ), Recruiters Course @ Woolwich, Unit Projectionist Course somewhere in the Midlands, Small Arms Instructors Course @ Sennelager, Surveillance Division Course (sneaky beaky for COT work in NI) @ Netheravon, 7th US Army NCO's Academy Course at Bad Tolz ( the ONLY Englishman on the Course of 132 Candidates, & the Regiment had me believe Bad Tolz was in the USA - well I was only 19 !). The Course with the most illuminating tales to tell was the Yankee one, unbelievable some of the things involved - mind you, the COT (Close Observation Troop) course was another eye opener too. Any more ? That's all I can think of at the mo'. John (JKW)

October 18, 2020

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October 18, 2020

I was the first regimental projectionist in the history of the Regiment ( I think ), Catterick Camp 1959, I was a projectionist in civvy street 1957/8, you will know the cinemas John, Royal, King Street, Winter Gardens Albion Street New Brighton, nice cushy job in my little camp Cinema, until Kelly spotted me ambling along, followed by an interrogation and a general character assassination plus  a not so nice statement about my general dress, hair style and when was the last time my shoes had seen polish I was told to get to the Regimental tailor and have my generous fitting uniform tailored to 3DG standards, plus report to RHQ and I will be assigned to a proper Job, when I reported to said office, no one had heard of me, seemed the Lancers hadn't signed me over with the rest of the equipment, left me with feeling of not being wanted or appreciated, I should have been sent for counselling and been given immediate 2 weeks leave?

October 18, 2020

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October 18, 2020

And here's my "Pennyworth" David...I did do my ace 3 but then it changed to EPC and EPC(A) ! Anyway I do remember the following courses (no particular order as I'm hopeless with dates) EPC, EPC(A), Dvr mech (Bovington) - Judd "Wilky" took me for the verbal examination - (There's a "blast from the past"), Sig class 1, Dvr B3 (When I joined in 1966), Fire NCO's course (Deepcut)  Gnr Mech (Berlin) , All Arms RQMS/CQMS course (Deepcut....again ), a few others - probably - but non spring to mind at the moment.....and so ad infanitum.      Mick.

October 18, 2020

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October 18, 2020

Charlie (fellow projectionist !), My career as one was purely as a Recruiting Sgt , projecting reverse image films of "ruffy tuffy" soldiers & tanks  from the recruiting caravan at places like the Cheshire Show & Congleton bi annual Show piece, hoping to get young lads interested in signing up to the Regiment. With regards the Wallasey cinemas, I remember the one in King St was the Gaumont, on the corner, can't remember the Royal though. The Winter Gardens in Albion St was my fave Saturday afternoon treat as a youngster, buying a halfpenny packet of ice cream wafers from the shop opposite to munch through during the cowboy films ( couldn't afford the ice cream as well !), watching the pre show on stage yo yo demonstrations & Pathe News before Tom Mix & Co sorted the baddies out ! You were probably showing that film up in the Projectionist Room behind me !! John (JKW)  

October 18, 2020

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October 18, 2020

Where to start mmmmmm recruit B3 radio ( a pass) Catterick 1963. Ground handler Rear Observer Detmold 1 Flt AAC 1964. HGV bowser dvr 71 Wks AAC Detmold 1964 . B 3 Saladin dvr ( George Chute ) Chester 1968. NCO’s cadre The Dale 1968 ,First Aid Inst , RMA 2 Guildford 1968 ,Stalwart instructor 1969 , NBC instructor 1970 ,Army method of instruction RAEC  1970 ,AAC med centre 7 Regt Netheravon 2 years ,Scots DG Osnabruck 1973/4 B 1 Radio op, Sigs Instructor Bovvy 1974,Search Team instructor 1975 Chatham . Tactics Lulworth 1975 ,14/20 H Recruit Sgts Woolwich 1978 ,Preston Careers office 1978/80 ,Outward bound instructor Norway 1981 , so 3 Regts, 3 ERE postings 3 trips to NI ,a lot of teaching from First Aid to radio ,HGV ,Tatics and being safe in NI . SQMS Hohne ,Finally a SSM of a TA Sqn DLOY Chorley . Yep a busy life and wouldn’t change a thing . Then civvy street got a job as a Planning Mgr with Trust House Forty for the North of UK from Birmingham to Inverness ,then as a Distribution Mgr for Argos looking after Northern England,Scotland and Ireland. Had enough at 57 and retired,feckin busy life .Now as they say “ living the life of RILEY “


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