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Typical Alfie, his goldfish named "Bunjie" (after Staff Bunclark) had just died, so he organised it's burial at sea, (flushed down the loo at Bulford)
May 12
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"Just heard the very sad news that Alfie Birkhead has passed away. Alfie was one of those rare people who was a joy to know."
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"Well done and Congrats James."
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"so sad to hear about big h rest in peace mate from Bob chester and sandy"
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"Alan and George, without a doubt two smashing blokes, a privilege to know. George is still going strong, very sad to hear of Alan's passing."
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"Well said Jack. He always had time for blokes like me, who were straight out of basic training and didn't have clue."
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Mick Bruce

Chaz Chapman is trying to find the family of Mick Bruce.

Mick was killed in Belfast on 31. 5. 1972. Any help would be appreciated, and I will pass any info received onto Chaz.


Posted on October 4, 2009 at 20:50

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At 16:32 on January 16, 2016, Derek (Lofty) Dyde said…
Hi Barney there are some names from a long time ago I nearly argued about some of them but thought better of it.i was convinced the back row far right was gordie Wright
At 17:34 on March 29, 2015, Mike Blenkinsop said…

Hi Barney,

Good to hear from you, book is full. Have sent you a pm which details the situation more accurately.

Just in case someone reads your earlier post about Waterstones or Amazon stocking it, it is because as soon as you apply for an ISBN number which every book has to have, somehow the 'big boys" pick it up and start advertising it, without any reference to us!

Best wishes,


At 22:44 on February 16, 2014, brian george wiseman said…
Hey Barney, that is sad news about Geordie Brennan. A great bloke. I knew him at 19Sqn. The last time I saw him he was Master Driver London District at Regent Park Bks.
At 20:50 on February 15, 2014, Robert Allen said…

Hi John, hope you and yours are all well. Have just today, posted another 40+ photos on the site. Haven't had time to add names as yet but will do in the next few days. If you get ten minutes to spare, have a look because there are several of your old mate "Whistling Jack Atherton" I have told Jack that he looks like a SAGa holiday rep on the ones outside the bar! Regardes, Bob Allen.

At 16:12 on December 3, 2013, Bill patey said…
Hi Barney good to here from you , hope you are well hope to see you at a re union sometime regards bill patey
At 10:58 on November 24, 2013, brian george wiseman said…
Hi John, I was in Ctp 19 Sqn 71-75. As for Alfie he had a fall the week before the reunion. He suffered a fractured skull with a bleed on the brain. He also had a breathing tube put in his throat. They put him in an induced coma because of the bleed. He opened his eyes from the coma a couple of weeks ago and they took the tube out last Thursday. They will be putting him into a general ward in the next couple of day's. He still has a way to go but improves daily. Regards Brian.
At 17:30 on October 3, 2012, Sydney Lobban said…

Hi John,

 I think we were quite lucky in the sense that we did not spend much time in the camp, we had often weeks away on the road, getting our laundry delivered by a 1 tonner & wages every Monday via the nearest Post Office, which could be a bit tricky sometimes if we ran out of cash, more than once!!

Enjoyed Smoky Joe's cafe in Retford & many of the girls were not against buying us a drink if we had spent all our extra allowance of £6 weekly,


At 17:45 on August 23, 2012, brian george wiseman said…
Hi John, I cannot place John scaley Williams. The only Williams I can remember were Dvr Josh Williams and his brother Ssgt John Williams, Both fron the Rhonda South Wales. Regards Brian.
At 15:45 on August 21, 2012, brian george wiseman said…
Hi John, ref Dave Taylor he left 3 Sqn Malaya/Singapore for 19 Sqn Bulford. I then met up with him again when I was posted to 19 Sqn in 1971 on disbandment of 3 Sqn in Singapore. Regards Brian.
At 12:11 on February 12, 2012, PETE ALDOUS said…

Hi John have found photo of myself- Roy (paddy) Langly and Bob chester Both of whom are mentioned in the news article on your site.    Have got them on to computer but can not get them onto this site for some reason If you let me have an Email address I will try to send them to you as an attachment and perhaps you could post to site . regards pete




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