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Ken Day
December 15, 2015

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Ken Day

December 15, 2015

Hi All

I have just had a long chat with Ken Day who has just turned 80 years young. He is suffering with alzheimers but is otherwise OK, for those who do not remember him he served with 3DG from 58 - 71 then with 14/20th served with 3DG in Catterick,Tidworth,Aden etc .He and Inga now live in Luton.

 

December 15, 2015

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Ken Day

December 15, 2015

Yes Gary I remember Ken from our time in Detmold,Munster and Herford and as was 14/20KH in 76/77 I met him at Bovington a long with the Elsdon twins and Ken Higginbottom ( later Davies) plus Hy Fy then a Major .

December 19, 2015

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Ken Day

December 19, 2015

Yes Gary, got to know Ken in Detmold when he was Tp Sgt of Conqueror troop in 'B' Sqn, at the time I had the rather dubious honour of being Conq Tp fitter ! As you can imagine I spent many hours with the troop, sweaty toolbox in hand, we did manage between us to keep most of the tanks on the road using lots of temporary repairs ( bodges ) with black sticky tape and lengths of locking wire etc. Ken was always on the ball and ready to help-out when needed, had a few beers together when broken down or " awaiting spares " etc. It was a busy time for us all, but happy days, also remember two of his drivers, Jim Smith and Jim Turnbull, both sadly no longer with us. Please pass on my very best regards to him when you are next in touch.

December 19, 2015

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Ken Day

December 19, 2015

I remember Ken from Detmold - I was in my prime as a boxer, & with Ken also keen on the noble sport, it was suggested he & I spar in helping me prepare for the BAOR Championships in Berlin. The idea was that, with Ken being much lighter than me (I was Middleweight, he a Lightweight I think), it would help sharpen up my reflexes by adapting to his speedier movement / punches. Unfortunately I must have got carried away, and Ken ended up on the canvas - he took it in good part, but his wife didn't, later on berating me in no uncertain terms for giving her hubby a black eye ! She never let him spar with me again. Please give Ken my kindest regards when next speaking to him - he might even remember our "contest" ! John (JKW)

December 19, 2015

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Ken Day

December 19, 2015

As I am sure tankman will recall Maj 'maintenance' Maxwell (ex B Sqn will remember the middle name and tremble!) decided that as the conc troop were more than likely to be absent on parade each troop would consist of 3 cents and  1 conc and so it was that Jim Turnbull joined 3 troop with Sgt Mac  Macpherson as the commander. I seem to recall the conc had a commanders cupola that he could happily spin around in quite independently. I think there was also a tannoy so instead of the radio op having earphones on and being tied to the turret he could enjoy his compo with the rest of us! If I dreamt the above tankman can put me right. Ken's daughter will I am sure pass on the latest news.

December 20, 2015

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Ken Day

December 20, 2015

Fred, your memory has not dimished over the past decades ! I think you're quite correct about the commanders cupola and radio op's tannoy however when I was posted from the Regt to 5DG the Sqn still had a troop of 3 Conquerors, mighty impressive they were too when all three were running. We did manage to have a full complement for the Queens visit in 1965, I drove the ARV on that day, so probably wasn't in a position to appreciate the spectacle of the parade. Happy memories from several decades ago, where have the years gone ?

December 21, 2015

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Ken Day

December 21, 2015

Picture of Ken on a tank driver instructors course at Bovington. Only representative of the Regiment on the course. Go to archive B Sqn. Click on pic to enlarge. Ken remembers the boxing. Being thumped by JKW was probably quite memorable!


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