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Eric England

Number of posts : 232
Age : 65
Localisation : China
Cap Badge : REME 1972 - 1984
Places Served : Arborfield, Deepcut Camberley 25 Lt Regt Catterick/NI, 4 Lt Regt Catterick/NI, 655 Sqn AAC Detmold, QRIH Padderbon, 9/12 Lancers Muenster, 655 Tank Tptr Sqn Fallingbostel, HQ REME 3rd Armd Div Korbecke, SEE Arborfield, HQ REME Trg Center Arborfield.
Registration date : 2013-04-22

PostSubject: Re: Hobart Barracks - Detmold   25/4/2013, 16:07

How many of you spent an evening or two in the half way house?
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PostSubject: Re: Hobart Barracks - Detmold   21/8/2017, 02:07

I was 8 yes old when I came to Detmold , my dad was in R.H.A at the time we lived on Londoner strassa hackedel flats on the hill , remember having to get on green army bus to Hobart school use to go through side gate from main road pull up side of gym building I still remember when the driver use to crunch the gears when trying to reverse back up to the school , also remember the big Bus that was converted into a mobile shop , what else oh ye the German couple who had shop down in basement next block along , dam I sure miss those days , anyone remember when it snowed all us Army kids use to sleigh down the hill side of the married blocks too.
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Age : 80
Localisation : Meanwood, Leeds
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Places Served : Catterick;Newton Abbot;Bunde;Minden; Chester; Nicosia
Registration date : 2017-09-17

PostSubject: Re: Hobart Barracks - Detmold   17/9/2017, 14:31

SlickBrown wrote:
....before that it was Some Lancers I think?
Yep, 9th Lancers. I was attached to there from Minden. Had a very cushy number charging batteries. No guard duties, no parades, even lived in the battery-charging place, no inspections either! Work denims always full of holes, though, from little splashes of battery acid.....
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PostSubject: Re: Hobart Barracks - Detmold   8/1/2018, 20:18

I was in Detmold from '65 to '68 with 71A/C Wksps. Tiny Davies was OC at the back end and Frank Penfold the Adj.
I married in '66 and lived in a private hiring in Karl Strasse, (first left after the swinging tit lights) until I got a pad and moved out to Elsen nr Schloss Neuhaus and Paderborn.
I believe the Blues & Royals were there initially, followed by 3 Carbs. 3 RHA and 4 Armd Wksps were also there.
The AAC Club was, originally, the Cpls Mess, in the cellar.
The airstrip was one of the coldest places you'd want to be. When it rained it turned to ice and covered the cars so you needed a lighter to melt the door lock, just to get the key in.
The Half Way House was a regular drop-in for a rest after walking up the hill.
Mutte's was one of the regular hangouts for us, only small, but very friendly.
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Localisation : Bourganeuf, France
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Places Served : Arborfield, Bordon, Verden (twice), Newton Abbot, Tidworth, Colchester, Detmold, Wilton, Bielefeld, Northern Ireland (69 & 72)
Registration date : 2014-11-14

PostSubject: Hobart Barracks - The Airstrip - I remember it well   13/1/2018, 12:24

Remember the airstrip well.  I was the documents clerk with 4 Field Workshops REME in 1974 (4 Armoured Workshops REME having been retitled to 4 Field Workshops REME).  1 RHA had replaced 3 RHA.  I had a flat in Londoner Strasse which was up the hill after going out of the rear of the barracks.  My first son was born in Rinteln whilst I was in Detmold.  It was also my shortest posting by distance as I moved from being the documents clerk in 4 Field to being the LAD clerk in 1 RHA which was about 200 yards from 4 Field.  Was also there the night that the Cpls Mess which was at that time above the cookhouse, burnt down.  It certainly lit up the night sky.
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