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PostSubject: Absence with leave   11/9/2011, 15:30

Hi All,

Sorry for missing parades ect over past three weeks but I have just had two weeks furlough in Cyprus. Been trying to find my old camp from the 1950's. Could have sworn I left my lighter on the table. If so it's now under a 5 story block of flats.
Hope you are all well

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   11/9/2011, 16:42

Nice to have you back Jim ..Hope you enjoyed it.
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   11/9/2011, 19:40

That lighter is long gone, Jim....if it's not nailed down, the Cypriots figure it's up for grabs!
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   11/9/2011, 20:01

It probably had run out of fuel anyway Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   11/9/2011, 21:15

jimsigs1 wrote:
Hi All,

Sorry for missing parades ect over past three weeks but I have just had two weeks furlough in Cyprus. Been trying to find my old camp from the 1950's. Could have sworn I left my lighter on the table. If so it's now under a 5 story block of flats.
Hope you are all well

jimsigs1

Which camp was that Jim ?

I did a similar pilgrimage when I was staying in Larnaca. I went to take a look at Ziyyi (pronounced "Ziggy") camp, where I'd been with QOH as UN Force Reserve.

The camp was still there, full of Greek Rambos but the sleepy little Turkish fishing village of my memory had disappeared under blocks of flats.
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   12/9/2011, 21:19

Hi Brum,

My camp in the 1950's was a mile from Famagusta centre, just past the roundabout which had a junction. One road went to Salamis and the panhandle, one went to dhekelia and the other road was the road to Nicosia. Our camp was just a little way along the Nicosia road. Then at 2 mile point was 2 Wireless Regt and at 4 mile point it was 625 Ord Depot. Sorry BAORers for digresing to Cyprus.

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   14/9/2011, 10:12

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Hi Brum,

My camp in the 1950's was a mile from Famagusta centre, just past the roundabout which had a junction. One road went to Salamis and the panhandle, one went to dhekelia and the other road was the road to Nicosia. Our camp was just a little way along the Nicosia road. Then at 2 mile point was 2 Wireless Regt and at 4 mile point it was 625 Ord Depot. Sorry BAORers for digresing to Cyprus.

Jimsigs1

I visited FamaG a few years back. I'd never seen so much barbed wire in my life, damn shame.
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   17/9/2011, 08:04

Talking about AWOL, can I put in a leave pass from 1 October to 30 November? affraid

Off travelling, cruising..Greek Isles, the Med, Transatlantic, Panama Canal.
sunny Ships:Ruby Princess/Coral Princess.

Into Rome and out of LA.

SKI - Spend Kids Inheritance. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   17/9/2011, 08:22

Beachley Boy wrote:
Talking about AWOL, can I put in a leave pass from 1 October to 30 November? affraid

Off travelling, cruising..Greek Isles, the Med, Transatlantic, Panama Canal.
sunny Ships:Ruby Princess/Coral Princess.

Into Rome and out of LA.

SKI - Spend Kids Inheritance. cheers

Wish I was rich! Leave granted and enjoy yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   17/9/2011, 12:54

Hope he`s rich enough to bring us all back pressies Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 05:07

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Hope he`s rich enough to bring us all back pressies Laughing

Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid. Razz

Price some of these cruises. www.cruise1st.com (my agent)Some bargains out there. I book through Cruise1st Australian office.

SKI - Spend Kids Inheritance.

Thanks for the leave pass. Basketball

PS I will be over in UK next May. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 07:24

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Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid.


What does this tell us about Teabag Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 08:04

Gordon. wrote:
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Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid.


What does this tell us about Teabag Twisted Evil

Well, he probably drinks a bit but not when he has work the next day which is every day during school term. I gave up smoking three years ago but have recently started again. Rather the fags kill me than stress! As for bad women, if you point me in the right direction Iwill try to oblige. I'm solvent, own my house outright and it wouldn't bother me if the washing machine broke down and i had to go and buy a new one tomorrow. I'm just not rich sadly but at least I'm not one of those boring gits who say they don't drink, smoke or go with bad women! Have a nice cruise and don't get seasick! pale
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 10:51

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Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid.


What does this tell us about Teabag Twisted Evil

Well, he probably drinks a bit but not when he has work the next day which is every day during school term. I gave up smoking three years ago but have recently started again. Rather the fags kill me than stress! As for bad women, if you point me in the right direction Iwill try to oblige. I'm solvent, own my house outright and it wouldn't bother me if the washing machine broke down and i had to go and buy a new one tomorrow. I'm just not rich sadly but at least I'm not one of those boring gits who say they don't drink, smoke or go with bad women! Have a nice cruise and don't get seasick! pale

General TEABAG, Sir, I promise to get seasick, drink grog, smoke, grab every woman I can on the ship, in the true tradition of a British Solider (and Aussie Copper) cheers
Plus, the Greeks need some Euros into their economy. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 10:54

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Greeks need some Euros into their economy

Stay clear of the riots Les affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 10:58

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Greeks need some Euros into their economy

Stay clear of the riots Les affraid

Thanks Gordon, are we live ? Yes we go to Athens, hope the natives settle down mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   18/9/2011, 17:14

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Teabag wrote:
Gordon. wrote:
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Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid.


What does this tell us about Teabag Twisted Evil

Well, he probably drinks a bit but not when he has work the next day which is every day during school term. I gave up smoking three years ago but have recently started again. Rather the fags kill me than stress! As for bad women, if you point me in the right direction Iwill try to oblige. I'm solvent, own my house outright and it wouldn't bother me if the washing machine broke down and i had to go and buy a new one tomorrow. I'm just not rich sadly but at least I'm not one of those boring gits who say they don't drink, smoke or go with bad women! Have a nice cruise and don't get seasick! pale

General TEABAG, Sir, I promise to get seasick, drink grog, smoke, grab every woman I can on the ship, in the true tradition of a British Solider (and Aussie Copper) cheers
Plus, the Greeks need some Euros into their economy. Razz

That's more like it. Can't let the side down, can one?
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   19/9/2011, 10:14

Teabag wrote:
Beachley Boy wrote:
Teabag wrote:
Gordon. wrote:
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Not rich mate, but I prepared for my retirement, a man who does not drink, smoke or goes out with bad women always has a quid.


What does this tell us about Teabag Twisted Evil

Well, he probably drinks a bit but not when he has work the next day which is every day during school term. I gave up smoking three years ago but have recently started again. Rather the fags kill me than stress! As for bad women, if you point me in the right direction Iwill try to oblige. I'm solvent, own my house outright and it wouldn't bother me if the washing machine broke down and i had to go and buy a new one tomorrow. I'm just not rich sadly but at least I'm not one of those boring gits who say they don't drink, smoke or go with bad women! Have a nice cruise and don't get seasick! pale

General TEABAG, Sir, I promise to get seasick, drink grog, smoke, grab every woman I can on the ship, in the true tradition of a British Solider (and Aussie Copper) cheers
Plus, the Greeks need some Euros into their economy. Razz

That's more like it. Can't let the side down, can one?

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   25/9/2011, 16:13

jimsigs1 wrote:
Hi All,

Sorry for missing parades ect over past three weeks but I have just had two weeks furlough in Cyprus. Been trying to find my old camp from the 1950's. Could have sworn I left my lighter on the table. If so it's now under a 5 story block of flats.
Hope you are all well

jimsigs1


Wish I'd known Jim, we could have met up for a Keo/Efes. Have you visited the Round Tower in Kyrenia, there is a book inside which is signed by quite a few guys from 2nd Wireless Regiment (amongst others)?
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   25/9/2011, 17:52

[quote="Shelldrake"][quote="jimsigs1"]Hi All,



Wish I'd known Jim, we could have met up for a Keo/Efes.


Funnily enough, there's an Italian restaurant in our village that sells Efes.

They're Turks really but half the buggers 'round here can't tell the difference ! drunken
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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   26/9/2011, 17:33

Hi Shelldrake,

Pity we didn't meet up. Whilst there in Kyrenia, I visited the Brit Memorial to the 300 odd Brit squaddies who died in Cyprus between 1955 & 1959. As you know I was there 1955 to 1957. I visited Nicosia and went through the Green Line Border. Didn't realise that I was in Ledra Street. We called it in my day 'Murder Mile'.

Here's a picture I took of the Brit Memorial :
Sorry for the size but you can at least pick out the Corps & Regiments etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   26/9/2011, 18:22

Ledra Street, 1955/56, not a good place to be especially in uniform. I worked at CSO's (Ciphers) Branch right across the road from GHQ MELF and travelled the road from Nicosia to Kykko Camp twice daily .. sure had to keep your wits about you and a finger on the trigger.
SGT Hammond RAOC killed in 1958 was a friend of mine when he was a Cpl. May he rest in Peace, his little boy who was with him when he was killed (they were buying an ice-cream) would be 56 now.

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   26/9/2011, 20:35

Hi Ciphers,

Great Memories etc. I purchased a Triumph Speed Twin (ex Police bike) in 1956 whilst serving in Famagusta. Toured most of the Island on the bike except one or two out of bounds places like Paphos (no go area). Sometimes, my touring when off duty was curtailed due to various types of curfew which were imposed from time to time.

Here's a picture of me and the bike



and here is a picture of the time of Ledra Street



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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   26/9/2011, 20:47

Ciphers,

Here is a picture I took of the Brit Memorial showing your friend, Cpl (later Sgt ) Hammond.
Hope its clear enough.

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PostSubject: Re: Absence with leave   26/9/2011, 21:11

[quote="jimsigs1"]Hi Shelldrake,

Pity we didn't meet up. Whilst there in Kyrenia, I visited the Brit Memorial to the 300 odd Brit squaddies who died in Cyprus between 1955 & 1959. As you know I was there 1955 to 1957. I visited Nicosia and went through the Green Line Border. Didn't realise that I was in Ledra Street. We called it in my day 'Murder Mile'.

Here's a picture I took of the Brit Memorial :
Sorry for the size but you can at least pick out the Corps & Regiments etc.

I expected to see a lot of Gunner names on the memorial, Sappers too, a lot of RASC, of course. What I did not expect to see was that great list of RAF dead.

Working as they were, on guarded locations, how did they get so many killed ?

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