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This day 59 years ago
January 1, 2022

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1974
This day 59 years ago

January 1, 2022

This day 59 years ago I got on a train at Lime Street station for Darlington Yorkshire ,then a bus to Catterick Garrison. That journey changed my life forever, joining the 3rd RTR at Alma Bks in the snow . It made me realise that there was more to life than the cobblestone streets of Birkenhead, the plains of Canada,the grotty streets of Kenya , cities in West Germany including Berlin,Norway,Denmark ,Austria,Italy,Spain,France ,Switzerland too, garrison towns in Germany . Even got married there and had children and grandchildren born there ,meeting and working with guys and wife of ,that I’m still calling FRIENDS today 2022 . Hope all you guys /gals had a comfortable evening on the demise of 2021 ,ready for the challenge of a new year. You look at the new generation and think they will never have what we experienced or sacrificed growing old . Happy New Year.

January 3, 2022

Joined: May 14, 2014
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This day 59 years ago

January 3, 2022

Hi All. Happy New Year to everyone....can't be any worse than 2021 ? Yes Bob but  it's about 55 years for me to though and I ended up in Cambrai bks (next door..... I think ?) for me though it was a bit later.... 13th June 1966. and no snow. I too went to Germany and like you all my children were born there ( Rachel - my Eldest - wish she had gone back  (with hindsight) and stayed there ! My career in the Army ....well I did do as many places as youself + Cyprus ( never went to Norway(I think ?) and Denmark..... well that' another story.) but in my case it was El Adem in Libya and not Kenya (Kenya ?)  you'll have to elaborate a bit on that one Bob ! did you say your off to India again ?... Our gallivanting days are over I think ! (to old ?)...... Anyway Chaps, like I said, "HAPPY 2022 to you  ALL    Mickey S.

January 3, 2022

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1974
This day 59 years ago

January 3, 2022

Mick ,no only my daughter was born in Rinteln ( Detmold) 66,my son was Saighton camp Chester ,that was ( 68) the reason I never did Cyprus ( pregnant wife couldn’t travel)  Kenya was on a special job,one of my instructors jobs was Outwood bound ( trained in Norway mountaineering,canoeing,trekking etc) was that back in the early 60’s when the regiment 14/20H was in El Adam guys went to Kenya climbing Mt Kenya and were killed under a rock fall ( an officer,a cpl,and a trooper);they were buried on the mountain. There was a very old pre war soldier who immigrated to Kenya and found out about the unmarked graves and informed RHQ at an old soldiers meeting . So myself and a young officer were given the job of training a team of  troopers of putting a headstone on the grave on the side of the mountain at 15000 feet . His name was Ted Kelso and until his death me and Him were  great friends ,I’m still n contact with his son in Nairobi. As far as India ( Goa) be been going there for nearly 20 years , and other than Australia,New Zealand,Singapore and the USA to great cos we don’t have to learn another language,all English speaking. As you can imagine we’ve as family done all of Europe and North Africa,either with our caravans or flights ,used to drive down to Spain/ Southern France when we had N I leave etc . Now myself and oldest granddaughter have done the USA every year since 2000 either Vegas,Florida or California ( it gets us out the house) . Kay my other half has done Eygpt ,Syria ,Pakistan,Iran, China and Uzbekistan to name a few ,just can’t stand about anymore. With all this travel we’ve friends from all over the Western Europe including a professor from Siberia,all from Goa holidays,normally we do 6 to 10 weeks in Jan to March ,but not since COVID,yuk going next year though for minimum of 3 months .( old bones need sunshine)  Okay that’s my favourite thing where is yours???

January 4, 2022

Joined: May 12, 2014
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This day 59 years ago

January 4, 2022

58 years for me beginning with JLR. Then 1year civvy street before joining Mick at Cambrai Bks, I think QOH were the Training Regiment. I must have been the only recruit to be given a single bunk, be excused the drill and other basic training because I was ex JLR and doss around until trade training started lol.   Post trade training I was posted to York Barracks Muenster with XRH. Transferred to 3DG when they took over from XRH.  Then posted to  Herford. Transferred to SCOTS DG on amalgamation. Then Osnabrueck, ( NI Tour), Catterick,  Sennelager ( NI Tour, Canada, 7 months Zimbabwe), Tidworth, Soltau, Bielefeld, Riyadh, Bielefeld, York.   In 93 1 retired from the regular army  and joined the TA. Territorial Army Public Information Officers Unit (TAPIO) Served in  Cyprus and BAOR and then UK. The first 2 were short tours. I resigned from the TA in 1998 as my civilian career began to make it difficult to meet the TA minimal training commitments. Total  army service incl TA 34 years.   Both of our children were born in St Franziskus Krankenhaus Muenster. David our first born sadly died there and is buried in Lauheide the German Cemetery beside the erstwhile US base where we undertook nuclear site guards (near Telgte).   During my many years service in Germany I completed my A levels [English/German]  and the Civil Service German Interpreters Exam in Mulheim, ( both whilst stationed in Osnabrueck)  My Open University degree ( BA English/German) with help from Muenster and Paderborn Unis was finally finished whilst we were in Tidworth, it was a slog! The sports and education facilities in the army were unparalleled and I took full advantage of them, well certainly the latter!   V and I have travelled the world as you all seem to have done. I won’t bore you with the myriad different countries and islands etc we have visited over the years. But we are done with foreign travel now, we can reach our holiday home on the East Yorkshire Coast in  just over an hour with easy access from there to many of the resorts, cities and towns that Yorkshire has to offer. When travel to Germany becomes viable again we will visit friends there ( my cancer allowing) as the Hull/Rotterdam ferry is within a 40 minute journey from home and Muenster is but a 3 hour (max) road journey from the Dutch port. And that’s about the limit of our travel aspirations for the future. Happy New Year everyone.      


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