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February 1, 2021

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February 1, 2021

Whilst at JLR (76) I was part of an intake of about 10 Scots DG (all jocks). The only reason I was going Scots DG was that my dad had been a Grey. In the last term we had to do research and write something of interest about the regiment and present it to the class. I am sure that the ex JLR will know what I mean. So everyone else was doing the Greys, in the library was a book which was almost like brand new " I serve". I am sure most of you if not all will have seen it. I can still picture it now, red, very heavy, new and untouched.  There was one Scots DG instructor there at the time (ex Grey) who shall remain nameless, when he found out what I was doing for my project the air was full of language which as a young teuchter loon from Aberdeen I had never heard before and if I remember right I got a bit of hassle from some of the juniors as well. Thats the way it was, the good old days!

Anyway, I have always been looking out for the book but it has always been too expensive. I also noticed that most of the books for sale were in USA, I wonder why that was?

The reason behind this topic then, I just bought a copy, pristine condition and I couldn't believe the price, £32 including postage, which is absolutely amazing, I snapped it up straight away. I did my home work and the sellers seems reputable, I cant wait to get it.

I had to tell someone, if I had told the wife she would have thought I was daft getting all excited about an old book about an old Regiment.

They really are hard to come by and normaly quite expensive and as said, usual in the USA so I am quite chuffed. Maybe see a photo of my old SSM, JK :)

Best wishes guys

Cliff

 

 

February 2, 2021

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February 2, 2021

Hi Cliff, You've bagged yourself a bargain there, £32 incl P&P ! I've seen it on Ebay for £69.99 plus almost a fiver postage, & that's from Huddersfield, not the USA ! Reading inside, when originally published, it was free to those who had given money to the fund, but 50 shillings in old money ( bet you don't remember those !) to anyone else - mind you, that was 5 weeks wages for me as a Jnr Ldr in '62. I don't think you'll see me in the book Cliff ;  I know I'm old & still going  (fairly ) strong, but I reckon that book was written & published well before I wore the cap badge !! Happy reading, & let us know on here your thoughts on the book, I'm sure a lot will be interested. Best wishes & Keep Safe, John (JKW)  

February 3, 2021

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February 3, 2021

Not quite right John! I had the 'pleasure' of proof reading Part 3 about the Napoleonic Wars in 1965. I do not think it was a punishment! It was published in 1966 and I hope Part 3 is free of errors. My reward was a copy of the book which I still have. So John you were well under way wearing the cap badge when it was published. Cliff the book ends with WW2 so no post war personalities. Hope you receive your copy. Freddy

February 6, 2021

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February 6, 2021

3 BIG events then,  in '66 Freddy ; the book was published, England won the World Cup, & 3DG won the Cavalry Cup at Burton Court (I remember it well ) - we at least may have got a mention if it had been published a tad earlier !! John (JKW)

February 7, 2021

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February 7, 2021

Bill George SSM A Sqd had a load of them in Dec1966 ,I and a few others bought a copy ,still have mine, Len ps Take care every one !!!

February 7, 2021

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February 7, 2021

Bill George didn't give me one, then again, he never did like me ever since I cut his head accidentally  during  a night exercise ! Next morning he & SQMS Danny Huxley made sure I got the smallest sausage at breakfast  !! John (JKW)

February 9, 2021

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February 9, 2021

Bill George was my first ever SSM when I joined The Regiment in 1966. I remember his wife (Don't remember her name though! ....."Betty" springs to mind (Lovely Lady )) sent "poor old Bill" around A Sqdn block on  Christmas day  - my very first away from home - to gather up EVERY  Soldier (not on duty) and bring them to their house, where we had a lovely Christmas dinner and played party games afterwards. P.S. I can't believe you hit "Old Bill" and got away with it John.....right hook was it ? lol.   Mick. P.P.S. I to have a copy of  "I SERVE" I bought it from book company a few years ago called "Repton & Clover" ( for £40 ! )

February 11, 2021

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February 11, 2021

Micky, the incident when I injured Bill George was during a night exercise ( on foot) whereby small patrols had to penetrate the "enemy" defences & capture the prize ( a crate of beer). I located the area, & to get the "enemy" (Bill George & Co) distracted, I hurled a brick towards the metal roof where they were hiding - it landed with a clatter, but bounced off hitting Bill G on the head. Amid the screams & swearing, I raced in & grabbed the crate, throwing an oil stained hanky to him to stem the blood flow ! On returning to SHQ, Capt. Cable Alexander, (who was acting Sqn Ldr & was known to NOT like his SSM), informed me he'd been told over the air of the incident, said I was a "naughty J/NCO" but smiled & said  "Go and enjoy the beer" ! Hence the reason for the tiny sausage served up by the SQMS next morning, with a bandaged Bill George in the background giving me vile looks !! John (JKW)

February 12, 2021

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February 12, 2021

baby sat for Bill George a couple of times in Cyprus , always plenty of beer and food plus 5cyp pounds.

February 12, 2021

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February 12, 2021

Bill was my Flight Sergeant in 1 Flt AAC in Hobart ,were I did babysitting for him a few times ,he had me working in the office till I did a ground handlers course/ Rear Observer to help out with the REME ,thus being a R.Ob I got 1/9d a day  extra on my pay . By the time I came back to the Regiment he was SSM  A Sqn I went on the provo with Joe Duda ,then MT with Paddy Barrascale as P.O.L storeman. Yes they were interesting days and jobs .

February 13, 2021

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February 13, 2021

Nice one John, but,......he lived lol. I never knew that BG was up in Hobart Bob......tell us more ! and Len, when I was in Pergamos I used to babysit for for "Beastie" Savage. Didn't BG's wife want all the wives to wear a badge with their husbands rank on it so that she could be first in the pay queue ?.....if you remember it was cash in those days and we (The husbands that is) were in Libya so they had to go to the pay office for their wages !    Mick.

February 14, 2021

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February 14, 2021

Mick if you have a look in C Sqn pics here you’ll see a a brand new trooper in BD outside C Sqn block 1963, and a air trooper ground handler etc in Larzac 1966 . 1 Flt AAC Hobart was all Carabiners,Bill George top dog ,Dick Richards and Merv Gardiner CPls the other 10 or troopers including myself . Early 1965 Bill George got promoted and was replaced by Terry Pixton and by the time I rejoined the Regt in late 66 after Larzac  BG was A Sqn SSM .

February 14, 2021

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February 14, 2021

Mick , did hear something about beasties wife , baby sat for him in Detmold I was in shq troop then he was our Sgt, I went to 6troop as a driver/op      in Cyprus , John Noonan was our troop Cpl and gobbie Golbourne our troop sgt happy days .I went out with the advance party .


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