BEFORE T.C.

 

 

BEFORE T.C.
 
SQUARE BASHING.
 
If you have any photos of your time before T.C., and would like them put on this page, please send them to me. Keep it down to 1 - 3, to start with and see how we go.
E-Mail:-
kirby_boy7491@btinternet.com
If you can't E - mail them please send them to me, at:-
8 Northwoods, new Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9LP.
Les Haines, Webmaster.
I will start this page off with my photo of West Kirby No 5 Recruit School of training.
 
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 No. 5 School of Recruit Training,  West Kirby,  E'Sqdn. 19c flt. Hut 15c.
JAN/April 1947 me with the X above, in front of the hut window. .
The Winter was so bad, half of the station were sent home for 5 weeks, the remainder had the problems of keeping the camp running. the photo above was taken in April, hence the snow had gone by then.
 
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Thanks to Cliff East, the Archivist of the West Kirby Association,
my mate Dennis King, 2nd from right back row, and I were re-united,
in September 2005 as photo below.
 
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First handshake at the British Berlin Airlift Memorial in 2005, for 58 years,
last time was on leaving West Kirby and going our separate ways.
Dennis is on the right slightly taller than me. We found we both had been in Germany on the Berlin Airlift.
We kept in touch by E mail and phone after our meeting up again.
 
Sadly Dennis Died on the 07/04/2013.
 
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R.A.F. ABINGDON.
 
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John Hawkins kitted out at R.A.F Abingdon April 1960.
 He was with the last of the National Service, mostly farm
workers and teachers. John is back row 4th from left.
2 more photos from John, one in R.A.F. Bridgenorth, and one
at R.A.F. Kidbrooke.
 
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R.A.F. BRIDGNORTH.
 
 
 
Bridgnorth
 
Bridgnorth 1959
Above photo, John did his square bashing there in the spring of1959.
sent in by John Harding .
 
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Above three photos,  from John Hawkins, square bashing at R.A.F. Bridgnorth.
Did not start until June as I had a burst appendix 2 weeks into joining.
Ely Isle military hospital for op. Nissan hut wards, then sent home for 2 weeks R and R.
 
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Square bashing at RAF Bridgnorth, No. 7 School of recruit training.
Oct - Dec1962, Phil Crook 291, 7 Flt A Sqn RAF Bridgnorth Oct 1962
 
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Hut 158 7 Flt A Sqn RAF Bridgnorth Oct - Dec 1962
The following were known to have served at RAF Lyneham:
Rear row L-R 2nd Steve Rothery 3rd Phil Crook
First row L-R 1st Mick McLean (aircrew)
 
Above two photos sent in by Phil Crook.
 
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 R.A.F. BRIDGNORTH
 
Bridgnorth   
The following photo and story, were taken from the Bridgnorth Website,
Webmaster is Mr Gwynne Chadwick, with his and Peter's permision.
 
Drill Cup Rediscovered by Peter Williams
 
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In the Autumn of 2006, I awoke on a golden October morning with memories of my days at RAF Bridgnorth when 10 Flt. 'A' Squadron won the Station Drill Cup. I had been part of the winning team and now felt well qualified to search for it. I set myself this task and I was convinced that it would not take long to trace, but I deluded myself as this account will tell.
I began publicising my quest with the help of the Shropshire Star. A reporter kindly gave my tale a nudge start and following her report I received my first response from a retired Wg. Cdr. living in Telford who assured me that the RAF didn't get rid of silverware that readily and that it had probably been stored in a Maintainance Unit. His guess was Quedgeley but I could make no contact with the MU and found out later that the site was being sold for housing development.
When Bridgnorth closed for business in 1963 the Stanmore site was auctioned off by the local firm of Nock Deighton. I felt sure that they could provide an answer to the question of the lost trophy. One of their senior staff telephoned to explain that the firm had the task of site clearance only, with no brief for selling the contents of the camp. However, he very kindly thought my quest was newsworthy and passed my name to a reporter on the Bridgnorth Journal who promptly rang me for the story. A Wolverhampton reader followed up with a telephone call and words of encouragement, suggesting that I make appeals through various web sites, one of which proved very useful - the RAF Police site.
From that site, I learned, from an ex-Provo, that the cup had been moved to Swinderby (the successor to Bridgnorth for basic training). Despite the knowledge that Swinderby closed within the last twenty years my hopes were raised and, I felt that the cup still existed. My hopes were dashed however; when I learned, from the same source, about the theft of silverware that had taken place at military base in the South of England. To avoid incrimination the thieves had dumped much of the haul in the Thames. The likelihood being that my trophy was amongst those items.
By now, after chasing so many false trails, I began to tire, but I held on to the belief that it was still to be found. Little did I know that a chance visit to the RAF Museum at Hendon in April this year would bring me closer to tracking my prize. On that visit some paintings attracted my attention and on my return home I was a prompted to write a letter to ask for information about the artist. In my letter I asked an additional question as to how I could trace the lost trophy. The Keeper of Research very kindly directed me to the MOD suggesting that I put a question to them within the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. Within days I had a reply to say that the cup had been found and was stored at RAF Halton.
His task now done, my informant at the MOD directed further enquiries to Halton where the Deputy Chief of Staff, Sqdn Ldr S G Williams showed sympathetic response to my request for the cup to be released in time for the Cosford Parade and the Bridgnorth re-union. With restored spirits I reflected on a quotation from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament, "To everything there is a season, and a time under heaven. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance". Now, after two and a half years of researching in excess of thirty possible sources for help, I consider that time has come.
 
Peter Williams. August 2009
 
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Just received (18/10/2010), the above from John Holloway.
1954 at Bridgnorth and they meet again in 2004,
at the first NSRAFA parade at Cosford.
 
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Following item sent in by Leslie Caddle.
I was called up and joined the RAF for National Service on the 22 Jan 1958. I admit like many others I am sure did not want to go but decided to enjoy it if I could. I was posted to Bridgenorth after Cardington with greatcoat, boots size 14 (I only needed a size 12), shirts, pullover and tie. As I am 6ft 6ins they couldn’t‘t fit me out so did my basic training mainly in my own clothes. At the end of square bashing I was given the choice of the police or air movements which I chose. I was posted to Kidbrook, the crème de la crème of RAF camps to do my trade training. After that was finished I was posted to Northolt for the remainder (or so I thought) of my service.
It was a good camp with a good crowd of officers and men. The c/o was a flt.lt.Lucas and he was a gentleman. Everything went well for me, I was placed in the cargo office and became the man in charge on my shift. We had a/c from India , Belgium , France and America . Everything went well until the day I was on my bed when a man came running in to say – Get dressed in your best blue pack a kitbag and go to the guardroom as quick as you can. There is an a/c waiting for you at Abingdon to take you to Cyprus .
When I reached Abingdon the Beverley was on the tarmac waiting for little me????, everyone else was on board. I was lucky that my seat had been kept for me by a man I had done my Air Movements training with and it was good to see him. We went to Malta (6 hours flying) for an overnight stay. The following afternoon we left for another 6 hours flight to Nicosia and the dreaded transit camp. I of course had no sunny weather kit so had to do the rounds at Nicosia . Three days later I was told to get my stuff and get on board the Hastings which was sitting on the tarmac with all four engines running to fly to Amman (needless to say my hat flew down the tarmac and time was wasted getting it). We were sent to Amman to help the Para’s who were leaving the Country. Lucky for us they had their own loading parties and we sat on a/c seats on the tarmac and soaked up the sun. We returned to Nicosia after the Para’s had all departed before getting on another Beverly flying back to Abingdon via Malta and Orange (in France for fuel). So ended my overseas positing… I would like very much to get in touch with the man I travelled with but unfortunately I have no recollection of his name.
I was demobbed in January 1960 and retuned to Carlisle, to my old job which I didn’t like and on the 29 May that year I started working for BEA and so started 4 years at London Airport before transferring to Belfast on my marriage for a further 33 very happy years.
Leslie Caddle.
 
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 CARDINGTON.
 
No Station Badge authorised.
 
 
 
 
Above photo sent in by Noel Dunmow, 8th July 1956.
 Noel is in the front row, 2nd from right.
 
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Cardington
 
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Above 4 photos sent to me by Ron Boyland.
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  R.A.F. HEREFORD.
 
   
    Hereford
 
Above sent in by Clifford Johnstone, Hereford Aug1951- Oct1951.
Clifford is in the 2nd row down 8 from left.
 
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Ken is in middle row 3rd from right.
 
 Square bashing before trade training at Hereford and posting to
RAF Upavon - HQTC in September 1956.
 
Home on sick leave early 1956.
Above 3 photos, sent in by Ken Thomas.
 
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R.A.F. KIDBROOKE.
 
No Station Badge Authorized.
 
 
John Hawkins at Trade training  R.A.F.Kidbrooke, movements School.
 
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R.A.F. PADGATE.
 
No Station Badge Authorized
 
Above photo sent in by Ken Thomas.
 
Above two photos of Brian Samuels from his Padgate days.
Known as Sam.
 
I did line the route for king Faisal of Iraq in July 1956.
 It was classed as our passing out parade from Padgate.
I ended up in the middle of Parliament Square. Luckily it did not rain on our parade.
Above 2 photos sent in by Jim Semple for Brian Samuels.
 
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R.A.F. WILMSLOW.
 
No Station Badge Authorized
 
Brian Smith 1956, sent in via Jim Semple.
 
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