hello Bob, hope you are well sorry I havn,t been in touch for a while iv,e been rather pre occupied, plus weve been away in the lake district nice, good hotel and nice weather the wife and me go quite regular, she,s just recovering from a break down so I trying to do every thing she wants. I havn,t been in touch with Mick for some time he,s having trouble with his Skype keep in touch Bob regard Brian.
Hello Bob, Just been looking at the Tank Transporter web site thinking back all them years putting names to faces is the hardest job, we can look at photos but are unable to put names to them, I got made up to L/Cpl and sharing a room with me was a guy called Jack Banks from Maryport he was a regular when he got demobed he got married and came to live in the same town as me unfotunatly Jack died, I don't have any photos of him I was just wondering if you remember the name keep in touch regards Brian.
Your quite right again Bob, we have crossed paths but cant remember each other. I too was one of the founder members of the weight lifting club, the stairs to the small room above the kitchens was just inside the main entrance to the canteen. We started with improvised weights made from cans filled with concrete and that curved bench made for us in the REME workshops. Our idol to inspire to was Steve Reeves the body builder and film star, but sadly shortly afterwards I was courtmartialled and posted to 16 coy Wuppertal and never acheived the body I then required. Sad init, Cheers, Mick.
Right Bob, most of the names you mention I cant place, however I do keep remembering the faces of the blokes in the photos. Now Fred Judge was an Ex Boy like me from Bordon and we were great pals. He was the unit photographer, had a studio up in the attics above the cookhouse block, seemed to live on Blue Ribbon choclate bars, taught me how to ride a motorcycle when I got to be a section commander.His family were quite well off, he was running a Borgward Issabelle Combe which I borrowed once or twice, until he came into some money and he bought the brand new Opel Kapitan, which he used to race up and down the Autobarn near by with much pride and a little to much zeal. Speak to you all again soon, thats if anyone else is ready your page Bob. Cheers Mick.
Thanks Bob, sound advice, your quite right of coarse, there were many insidents that happened in my 12 years in the mob, all stored in the back of my mind, that particular one came out looking at the other comments posted on the site. Ill speak to you again about the blokes you mentioned. The black and white photos on the site are bringing the memories flooding back now, most of them good. Cheers Bob, Mick.
Hello Bob, Yes Im in regular contact with Brian Stent, I notice he said all the crews were reluctant to carry on after the fatility and after all these years I must apologise that my thoughts were always about my involvment and how the blokes fussed around me after my return to the convoy. Im ashamed to say its taken 55 years for me to be reminded that there were other people involved, most of all the chap himself and his other crew members and everybody else on the convoy. Regards Mick Gill.
I was on Motorcycle escort and witnessed the fatility, saw him going into the wheels. I stopped the convoy, reported the insident and was sent on ahead to warn the harbour party, I was accompanied by Walter the polish Corporal and shortly after crashed into each other, me ending up in a german catholic hospital for a few hours and later finished the detail in the back seat of the leading champ observing. A sad day indeed, Mick.
Hello Bob, Thanks for the response to the fatality, it was a bad day for all the crews on the convoy nobody wanted to carry on but we had to, I noticed in a comment from Bob Morris you had trouble at the Dutch border Venlo, was you coming back from Antwerp to Munchen Gladbach I did quite a few of them runs. regards Brian.
hello Bob, thanks for the response to my query about the photo with my mate on, I keep thinking back to my n/service and things that happened, a detail we were on we had Antars at the front of the convoy we were behind with the DTs we got held up because of a fatality with one of the Antars crew I was wondering if you were on the same detail, I think they called the lad Querk or Quail he fell off the Antar under the wheels very sad regards Brian.
Hello Bob, In reply to your last text I can remember Terry Finch very well, we were parked up in a village one night and he picked up a German girl he had her in the back of his wagon all night next morning he was put on open arrest. Do any of these names ring a bell with you Alf Russell, Pete Smith, Dave Moulds al n/s. Keith Gwynn, Jack Banks both regulars regards Brian.
hello Bob, been looking through your photos no 48 the guy in the middle is it Terry Finch, and the one with the Diamond T Trailor on its side ware was that taken, reason I ask I was on a detail going through Hamburg at 6-0 clock in the morning when we lost a load in the same way the driver was a sgt Wright and photo 16 whats his name regards Brian.
Hello Bob, I can remember Blyth and Glover do you remember Captain Walawilkinson he was a right pain, Bob and me chat regular on Skype he once told me about the problem you once had at the Dutch border, Mick Gill was a regular he made it to corpral he came home on leave with Brock and they both went awol did you no Keith had died, did you have to do the extra 6 months due to lack of regulars. What part of the country are you from Bob I live just outside Doncaster regards Brian.
Hello Robert, I was at Senni the same time as you it was about May 1960 I was national service I can remember some of the names from your photos, and I can remember going to vogalsang what platoon was you in I was c platoon diamond Ts, can you remember a corporal called Mick Gill, Frank Hobbs, and Bob Morris we keep in touch my E _Mail address is email@example.com and mobile no 07868180498 hope we can keep in touch regards Brian.
Hi Robert. I will try to post photos on the site, I only have a few of Senne, mainly on the Larzac run, a lot of them are too faded to post, but quite a few of Ranby. My Grand daughter says she will send them, hopefully soon. I think this is a great site, I did not realise there were so many of us oldies still around. There are a few more names that I recognise, our son has been very ill for the last year which has left him paralysed so we are kept busy with the grandchildren. Thank goodness we are still able to keep going. Anyway all for now, great to hear from you and others I knew. I was in Senne from March 1966 until Dec 1967, I was then posted to Malacca, Malaysia. regards from John Guppy
Hi Robert, Good to hear from you. I am not certain why we were on the tractor, could it have possibly been an A2 course, as you say it was over 50yrs ago when I was in A troop and what a great bunch of lads, we had some good times both at 19 & 23 Sqds. I can recognise quite a few faces. On second glance I can see that it was not Bill Holland, it was 1992 he died suddenly. I retired in 1994 after 34yrs then 10yrs as a civil servant. I will try to put some photos on line if I can. Regards from John Guppy
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