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Les Pattenden
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 18:46

You are still a sprog in a way Jimsigs, the oldest person I speak to on line is 95 mind you I don.t know if he did any Army time, I will have to ask him next time we speak, see if he can remember his number Wink
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Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 20:20

Talking about sprogs etc, which I suppose I am (an old sprong - how's that), reminds me of the statemens made to me in my Army career.

'Oh, you are too young for promotion etc, wait until you get some experience under your belt

THEN LATER

Sorry old chap, you are simply too old for this/that etc

SO

As Too old followed immediately after being too young, then just wasn't a space in between. You went from too young to too old overnight.
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 20:26

I know what you mean, fortunately I was in a very small unit but that didn't stop me getting an interview with the OC to ask about promotion, I think I had been serving all of 14 months cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 20:48

jimsigs1 wrote:
Talking about sprogs etc, which I suppose I am (an old sprong - how's that), reminds me of the statemens made to me in my Army career.

'Oh, you are too young for promotion etc, wait until you get some experience under your belt

THEN LATER

Sorry old chap, you are simply too old for this/that etc

SO

As Too old followed immediately after being too young, then just wasn't a space in between. You went from too young to too old overnight.


In my estimation you did very well Jim.
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 21:06

Thanks for that Brum. I did try all sorts of things to get on - courses, upgrading etc. Even tried for a commission, went to Barton Stacey for a short service commission and came away with a 'deferred watch' which meant to say, border line come back in six months. Never bothered as I was already a Sgt anyway and life was great. The recommendation came from the CO of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars whom I was attached to in Tidworth 1957-9.
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Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 21:35

Come on Jimsigs .. we were never 'Sprogs' .. surely we were Nig Nogs ...
and as for being too young, bin there, dun that ...

Len (Ciphers)
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 22:19

Perhaps not Ciphers. Anyway been there, done it etc. I'd join all over again. I often thought how the old boys volunteered in 1939 for the LDV later Home guard. Some fellas were retired Majors & Colonels with a row of medals etc. If the balloon were to go up again lets get our old uniforms on Ciphers.
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Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 22:54

May have posted this before .. my ode to the Home Guard ..

Len (Ciphers)
Dad's Army


Armed at first with broomsticks, or handle from a pick,
with cardboard tank, and milkman's horse, sometimes just a stick,
The Home Guard were the last resort should Germany invade,
And to the amusement of the village, each Sunday held parade.

They suffered much derision, often the butt of jokes,
But really, did they deserve it, for they were just plain folks.
Names such as Dad's Army, fell from peoples lips,
But they were ready to stand and fight, with Hitler, come to grips.

Local Defence Volunteers were recruited from each parish,
But local wags, soon changed this tag, to the Look, Duck and Vanish.
Teacher, banker, milkman, and some old soldiers too,
Dressed in khaki misfits, they presented a motley crew.

But remember the Territorial, who also faced derision,
Who at the outbreak of the war, filled the ranks of mock divisions.
So let us take our caps off, and remember with fond regard,
And raise a loud resounding cheer, Hurrah!, for the Home Guard.


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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 23:09

Heer Heer to that Len, I had two brothers in the Home Guard cheers
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 23:52

Great Ode to the Home Guard Ciphers.

Les, you must me the baby of the family, just about a post war baby at that, with two much older brothers in the Home Guard.
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   28/1/2012, 23:57

Nearly right, I am second youngest of twelve, eight brothers all except two have seen service
some RAF some Navy one all three cheers
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 00:02

You've got your own army there. Bet the years of service collectively add up.
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 00:07

Yes I expect they do Jimsigs, never really thought about it, can't really check properly as have lost two and one in his 80s has dementure so may never know, my father lost a leg in the trenches during first war and worked for Vickers during the second, unfotunately died of cancer in 52
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 00:13

Quote :
'Oh, you are too young for promotion etc, wait until you get some experience under your belt

THEN LATER

Sorry old chap, you are simply too old for this/that etc

You should have been a tech Jim

L/Cpl.....18
Cpl........19
Sgt.......24
Civvy.....27
Mr,with various titles till date... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 00:16

Quote :
If the balloon were to go up again lets get our old uniforms on Ciphers.

Let me know when this happens....I`ll leg it to the other side... Laughing
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 00:43

Gordon,

I did alright as a Radio Op

LCpl 18

Cpl 18 & 6 months

Sgt 19 & 10 months

Slowed down after that
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Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 08:12

jimsigs1 wrote:
You've got your own army there. Bet the years of service collectively add up.




Myself and my two Sons have 57 years between us.
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Registration date : 2012-01-28

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 08:57


Wow Jimsigs1 with a number that dated, you will remember the boats leaving the british Isles loaded with Roman Leagionares then. Wot a site that must've been. lol. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 09:12

Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 10:10

Before that Tony, I met the Roman Leagionares when they ARRIVED in the British Isles.
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 10:21

Must'v been rough on the feet back then, wearin those deerskin wraps with ammo studs in the sole. and 7.62 was a seven point serated spear just sixty two inches in length made of stone. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 11:25

Very impressive Shelldrake, now that is a few years, unfortunately I think that the time most of my brothers served would have just been the statutory National Service, I think I would have served the longest and that was a mere 9yrs, although given the choice I would have stayed until buried lol Very Happy Very Happy
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Number of posts : 1298
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 15:11

Tiny,

.303 not 7.62
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 16:08

Oh but of course my sincere appolagies Sir.
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PostSubject: Re: Army numbers   29/1/2012, 17:05

Shelldrake one was a Cpl of Horse what was the unit your other son serve in

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