NAMES FROM THE PAST
RING A BELL ?
Any information please.
The late Kenneth Coonie Royal Signals about 1956 ?
A 6ft Geordie lad
This photo was taken in the Post Office EngineeringTraining School in Penarth in 1953/55. All these men were from the Wales & Border Counties area
Most would have been conscripted into the armed forces about the same time.
Roy Taylor-Old Colwyn. Ray Teasdale-Old Colwyn. Arthur
Jones-Llandrindod Wells. (Royal Signals)
Brian Hart-Chester. Dave Jones-Old Colwyn. N.Roberts-?. F.Price-?. Gordon Norgrove-Hereford (Royal Signals). Roy Morris-Swansea.
Ken Barton-Chester. Ken Oakley-Dyserth. Ron Hughes-? Tony Bradfield-Colwyn Bay. John Griffiths-Haverfordwest.(Royal Signals)
Some, will have served in Royal Signals in Catterick or 3TR Lincoln in the period 1955 to 1958
and also in other branches of the armed forces during this time
There were quite a few other Post Office engineers (now BT) in various troops whom I would like to include on this site,
so please get in touch at the address below
This photo taken when attending the PO engineering
'A' course in Penarth 1954.
Arthur Jones (Llandrindod Wells, Powys) Service no. 23194861 Royal Signals 7TR & 1TR 1955 - '57. Ex PO/BT engineer
Gordon Norgrove (Hereford) Ex PO Engineer
'A' & 'B' courses in Penarth 1954/55
Catterick 7TR & 1TR 1955 -56
(Haverfordwest) Ex PO/BT engineer
7TR Catterick Nov 1955/57
Roy Jones ( Llanelli) Ex PO/BT engineer
7TR/1TR/3TR Catterick & Lincoln 1955/57
John Mollett (Swansea) Ex PO/BT engineer
Catterick. 7TR/2TR/ Hong Kong 1955/57
Arthur Jones (Llandrindod
Wells) Ex PO/BT engineer
Catterick 7TR/1TR Germany 1955/57
Gordon Norgrove (Hereford) Ex PO/BT engineer
Catterick 7TR/1TR 1955/56.
Nick Morrissey Army no. 23306577 (now
Called up in May 1956, my intake group was 56-09, and posted to 1TR for my training. Trained as a radio tech and finished 16th of June 1956
. Due to finishing 2nd in my class and the first guy wanted to stay on as an instructor I got the pick of the overseas postings and chose Hong Kong
I had a very enjoyable eighteen months at the Hong Kong Signal Regiment. Was demobbed at Chester
I am eternally thankful to my National Service as it led to my subsequent employment of 35 years at IBM as a hardware engineer here in Australia.
Ron Kent reminisces
Was a Telephone Exchange operator (with Bob
George) in Catterick (inside the guard room) & Lincoln (in the Royal Lincs
and later as batman to the Adjutant, Major C Kilminster.
Footballers Jimmy Melia (Ex Liverpool FC) and William (Willie) Hamilton 16 feb 1938
to 22 oct 1976. Debut at Sheffield United 1956 were in the same barrack room.
Then moved to two troop (red triangle) and the dreaded SSM Waller.
Another mate was Freddie Marshall in the post room. Also knew Allan Johnson who took the Sobraon Barracks photographs
Steer Army No.23163309
(link to squad photo #51)
I must have been at 7TR in August 1955, though I don't now recall in which troop,
except that our instructors were Sgt Dixon, Cpl Deary and L/Cpl
Dolphin - names, [though spellings may be different, I think], that
were never to be forgotten !!
I was then straight from school after "A" levels and rather suddenly
found myself to be 23163309 Signalman Steer P. After basic training
I was posted to 10 Wireless Training Squadron at Garats Hey Camp at
Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire to train as an Op Spec.
Other names from the past
Douglas Boxall (Regular. Cpl, later Sgt). Brian Coelho (Cpl. London). Barry Macgregor (Cpl, last heard in theatre in Canada)
Brian Chadwick (Cpl. Midlands). Harry Green (L/Cpl. Newcastle under Lyme). John Soo (Cpl. Canada) (Found)
Ali Khan (L/Cpl). Pete Rimmer. . David Cruickshanks
Grayham Greenwood (Cpl). Tom Sorbie (Cpl). Ray Strudwick
for information on James Bryan Wasley who served at Catterick
camp during National Service mid 50's.
He was later posted toThe Royal Air Formation Signals and was later Stationed at Baden-Baden Germany
If anyone recognises names or faces
please let me know.