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Major Mick
October 19, 2020

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Major Mick

October 19, 2020

So, I was reading today’s Daily Telegraph when I came across a large photo of an old guy in a homemade corrugated tin boat. Aged 80 he was rowing 100 miles on the Chichester Canal for charity, in twice weekly stints on Tuesdays and Saturdays. His  goal of collecting £1000 has  long been reached as he is currently on £9000 for his local hospice with 60 plus miles to go. The boat is made from 2 pieces of corrugated tin, some curtain hooks and a piece of hosepipe apparently  and it capsized twice in early tests, it looks like it might fall apart if he sneezed.  In keeping with recent tradition the ex army officer has been nicknamed Major Mick. On closer inspection of the picture I recognised the rower, step forward Mick Stanley!

Undoubtedly one of the nicest officers I ever met,  Mick Stanley is one of those rare mainstream officers who served a full 35 years and was content to pursue goals other than promotion. A talented writer and a great conversationalist it must be 45 years since I last saw him but I always remember him with some affection.

The DT article is unusually accurate in detail apart from stating he served 35 years in SCOTS DG when we all know he was a major in 3DG on amalgamation. I think!

You can probably access the photo and article via the DT online.

Just thought this might be of interest.

October 19, 2020

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Major Mick

October 19, 2020

David, I saw him launching & then rowing the thing tonight on TV ! I recognised the name first, & on seeing his face thought "Yes, the same guy I knew "! I might be totally wrong (not unheard of, I know !), but I thought Mick Stanley was a former Paymaster of ours who transferred into the Regiment, or am I thinking of someone else ? Anyway, good on him, hope he reaches his "goal" without getting too wet ! John (JKW)

October 19, 2020

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Major Mick

October 19, 2020

He was a Sqn Ldr in Herford pre amalgamation I recall John. I only joined 3DG in Muenster so I can’t comment on whether or not he transferred in. You weren’t in Herford were you, I think you were ERE then?

October 20, 2020

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Major Mick

October 20, 2020

Michael joined in 1965 with Harry Hall ,I remember them both as young lieutenants in Detmold as I was on provo as they used to drive in and out of the main gate fast in their motors

October 20, 2020

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Major Mick

October 20, 2020

You're right, I was ERE pre Amalgamation David, Recruiting Sgt in Chester ACIO, joining "D" Sqn in Edinburgh shortly after & then coming to Herford 2 years later.  I could have sworn Mick Stanley transferred into us from the RAPC, if not him, who was it that did just that ?  John (JKW)

October 20, 2020

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Major Mick

October 20, 2020

Can’t think who that might have been John, Sean Mahoney transferred from 3DG to the RAPC though. I was only in 3DG from about 69 to amalgamation. I never knew Jonnie Hall was known as Harry lol, I only ever remember him as Jonnie (JMFC) or more usually Colonel, Brigadier or General lol.  Mick Stanley was unusual in being known as ‘Mick’, not a common abbreviation of Michael in cavalry regiments. D. Perhaps Bob will know?  

October 21, 2020

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Major Mick

October 21, 2020

David, the RAPC to the Regiment (not sure if it was to 3DG or SCOTS DG ) officer transfer is bugging me ! I'm convinced I'm correct that it happened - can you, on your "net" ask around, I'm certain someone will remember, probably one of the older officers you may still be in contact with ? John (JKW)

October 22, 2020

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Major Mick

October 22, 2020

John, my ‘net’ is extremely small these days. It comprises this forum, an occasional message from Nigel Dunkley in Germany, a couple of friends from my time in HQ 1BR Corps, the odd exchange with Frankie and little else. I have been a very poor ‘old comrade’ over the years. In the early post military days I was in touch with several ex Regimental friends but as the years passed my own laziness coupled to a very busy lifestyle and, I must confess, a waning interest in things Regimental contact diminished and then ceased. I can tell you that from Herford days until I left the Regiment on ERE in 1989 no Pmr transferred in. Other than that I am of little use to you in this matter I’m afraid. I can well understand how something like that bugs you though, it would me! Stay safe.

October 22, 2020

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Major Mick

October 22, 2020

 

What do you want to do ?
New mail

October 23, 2020

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Major Mick

October 23, 2020

Capt Lassetter was paymaster 64/65  I think he may have been in the regiment for national service and then returned to the regiment as RAPC.

What do you want to do ?
New mail

October 23, 2020

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Major Mick

October 23, 2020

Thanks Freddy, but that's not the guy I'm thinking of - I can picture him now in the Pay Office, & then later wearing our cap badge, but STILL not sure which Regiment, although I'm inclined to now believe it was 3DG, possibly in Detmold ? John (JKW)   PS I still think it was Major Mick Stanley !!

October 24, 2020

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Major Mick

October 24, 2020

JK, I have emailed Mick Stanley to congratulate him on his 100 mile tub trip and to ask him if he remembers who transferred from RAPC into the regiment. Wait out! Lol.

October 24, 2020

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Major Mick

October 24, 2020

Mick Stanley has just replied to my email. Absolutely charming man, he clearly remembered me after nearly 50 years. Anyway it wasn’t him! Mick, like Freddy mentioned Joe Lassiter and, like me, mentioned Sean Mahony but could think of no-one else.

October 24, 2020

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Major Mick

October 24, 2020

Mick Stanley has just replied to my email. Absolutely charming man, he clearly remembered me after nearly 50 years. Anyway it wasn’t him! Mick, like Freddy, mentioned Joe Lassiter and, like me, mentioned Sean Mahony but could think of no-one else.

October 24, 2020

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Major Mick

October 24, 2020

Thanks David, I got the message 1st time tho' !! Obviously a (very) senior moment on my part, I may even have been thinking of a Paymaster in JL's who transferred into a Cavalry regiment, or was there a REME officer who transferred over to us ? Grasping at straws I know, but I really do think I'm not totally wrong on this - lol !  John (JKW)


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