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PostSubject: Catterick Camp   4/3/2012, 08:36

For all you bleeps,Ex and serving and anyone else who had the misfortune to serve at Catterick.
A Facebook page has been created entitled Catterick Camp History.There are a lot of old and interesting pics,which might be of interest to you


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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   5/3/2012, 00:05

Gordon,

Don't subscribe to Facebook so presumably there must be other web pages that record photos etc. I only served at Catterick once - 1968-72 and it wasn't that bad provided you had a car so that you could at least get out and about with your family etc. We bought ourselves a caravan and used to take the kids on most weekends to Marsk by the Sea and surrounding areas. It was a cheap weekend for us. Also, we were not that far from Scotland so that was another escape. What we missed then they have got now - a very large Tesco store and much improved married quarters over the prefabricated Swedish designed cold & damp buildings.

Richmond wasn't bad if you were single and a drinker - a pub on nearly every corner. Suprised at the number of ex military personnel who have since clung to Catterick Garrison area since they have retired. Don't know what the attractions are. !!!
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PostSubject: Catterick Garrison & yesteryear & Today (2012)   9/8/2012, 09:07

I quite liked the facilities at Catterick Garrison when I joined up in 1963, and again in '64 whilst awaiting posting to Germany. There were quite a few facilities for squaddies at Camp Centre. The big NAAFI Club with Ten Pin Bowling, restaurant and bars. there was athe Camp Cinema, chippies and various Pubs around such as the Colburn Lodge Arms.

Many years later, in the 1970s when stationed at 11 Sigs, Helles Lines, I had a wander down to Camp Centre, and all the old facilities had been closed down or demolished years previously. Even the Garrison swimming pool at the sandes Soldiers Home ahd been taken over by the 'Powers that be' for some sort of top secret military gaming venue....... all so sad. I do remembe rhtem building the then new Military hospital which I udnerstand is now shared by the NHS for the local population around Richmond and area. I do remember the old BMH Catterick when it was a load of old wooden buildings - I ended up there one time after a drunken escapade when at stationed at Vimy C barracks whilst on a course in the early 1970's.

Occasionally I swing through Catterick Garrison when travelling up to Scotland to visit family. Catterick Garrison is like the back of beyond to what it used to be many, many years ago. Even the Sally Army Canteen near to the the Bhagdad Gym is all gone now..... Sad

Oh those bacon butties, mugs of sweet tea and egg banjoes of yesteryear..... Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   10/8/2012, 16:54

Drinking dens around Catterick and Richmond. Hmm, yes I ended up in a few of them. As a fresh faced, wet behind the ears 18 year old in November 1963, I was introduced to some of the peculiar ales and beers in some of the village Pubs around Catterick. drunken

I came from a relatively sheltered upbringing, so it was a social eye opener when I was lumped into 12 man barrack rooms with around 60 others for Basic Training with lads from all social backgrounds. It was a strange time for me. I signed up on the dotted line as it were on November the 5th 1963 at the ACIO in Plymouth. I was given a Rail Warrant and £3-00 spending money and told to report to Catterick. Those were the days when trains still ran from Darlington Station to Richmond Station. affraid

It was a strange time indeedy. The Basic Training (Phase One) was supposed to be 8 or 12 weeks, not sure what. But it was cut short to just over 6 weeks due the Kennedy assassination when the US Military were put on 'Defon 3' ready status. All basic training entries that month were shortened, and the lads passed out in quick time to be sent to Trade Training (Phase Two). Lots of people were sent out to Germany (16 Sigs) for Comcen Op training. I went to 224 as a trainee Spec Op., but failed the Morse tests, and ended up out at 16 Sigs to do my B3 Comcen Op training before being posted to 28 (BR) Sig Regt.

The next time I literally sh*t myself was when I was sent on a tour of N Irn to be a proper soldier as my CO told me at 223 Sig Squadron (Radio) Winchester.

All a long time ago, now I have my memories of good times, bad times and mediocre times. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   10/8/2012, 17:26

Drinking Den's .... never found one myself ..

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PostSubject: I was that Fat, Greedy Little Soldier.... Hmm, was I??   28/9/2012, 11:30

So it went on into my adult life. I just could not keep my nose out of others business. The old saying –“Curiosity killed the cat!” was something I just did not understand. I was a bit ‘slow’ on the uptake! Many other times I was tempted to listen into the conversations of adults. This was so after I failed several exams at school when I was 15 or 16 years old. The old saying – “those who listen at keyholes never hear anything good about themselves!” So true, as I used to try and listen in to my parents conversations ‘about me!’ No

Oh the paranoia that used to set in. This was simply because I was a lazy little blighter when at school. Later, when I left school and home, there were many temptations in the ‘Big Cruel World’. Free of family restraints and parents nagging me, I managed to avoid them for a while, as I had been brought up to be a ‘Gentleman and Scholar’ I joined the British Army (Royal Corp of Signals) – boy! Here was I, thrust into the adult world aged 18 years, and all sorts of temptations all around me. As it was said, back in the 1960s ‘Wine, Women and Song’. It was not so much ‘Wine’, but ‘whine, moan, groan!’ Well that was like a kid in a candy store to me. Lead me to the NAAFI Bar, and I would be tempted with drink and food. Sleep drunken

I was supposed to be a fit young soldier, but the temptations of food and beer was too much. As an adult I prided myself on ‘common sense’ and not being ‘like them other folks’. But, boy, I was just as tempted by things as anyone else. I was always told that my ‘Eyes were bigger than my belly!’ and that was true. I could be tempted by tasty food even after having a good meal under my belt. If there was Chocolate Gateaux and Ice cream to be had, I could always find room for it. It did not always do me good, as my overindulgence often ended up in the gutter after eating far too much. But that temptation for you, anything that looked tasty, I ate it! My problem was that I had no will power. If someone suggested going out for a good ‘knees up’, I would be there ready for a night out on the tiles. If I didn’t go out with the lads, I thought that I was missing out on something. After a few hours of carousing, I usually got bored and wanted to be someplace else. Then if someone suggested to go to ‘some place else’, I then didn’t want to go as I was far too comfortable where I was. It a case that the ‘grass was always greener…...’ at the other place. When I went to that ‘other place’, I wanted to back at the ‘original place’.

But today I am a bit older and wiser I hope, and temptations just don’t grab my excitement any more. I’m too old to stuff myself with food like I used to, and I can’t run as fast I used to if tempted to be in a place that I shouldn’t be in. I can still be tempted by life’s cornucopia of pleasures. I like browsing through Farmers Markets, and I always like tasting the wares. One of my favourites is Cheese. Oh I do like a strong cheese, the stronger the better. Any cheese will tempt me to buy some; the problem is I usually eat the lot. Then there are the ‘Coffee and Cake’ mornings. I usually drink too much coffee and scoff more than one or two cakes. Then there’s the chocolate – did I mention the chocolate. Well probably not, I was too engrossed in all the other temptations. But I do like a nice Black Forest Chocolate Gateau, or a savo lol! bounce ry Cheese Cake - you just cannot beat it!
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   30/9/2012, 20:31

I only stopped in Catterick Camp a short time at Bourlon Bks after completing an 18 mth tour at Palace Bks.What I can remember about it was doing my taxi driver for the taxi rank in the camp centre on the sly.There were quite a few of us doing our drivers for the taxi coy until the RSM found out.But by then I was going out to civvy st so, I wasn't too worried.I forgot to mention folks that I gained my Class One HGV licence courtesy of a very good friend at 60 Squadron. cheers


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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   1/10/2012, 05:28

I got a job as a Taxi driver when I left. Only lasted a week - don't like people talking behind my back.
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   1/10/2012, 08:58

I was at Catterick camp 7 times Sad .Only on short courses and transit ..Thank god
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8 Sigs x 3,11 Sigs x2 and 24 Sigs x 2
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   1/10/2012, 21:20

Only in Catterick once myself ... back in 1951 ... here is a photo of Somme Lines after the renovation ..

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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   2/10/2012, 09:14

lol! lol!
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PostSubject: "Where's Yer Bra You C***t!"   4/10/2012, 00:11

I still have nightmares over the Baghdad Gym where physical torture was practiced on us virginal, greenhorn you 18 and 19 year olds during Basic Training in November 1963. the PTI Corporals always had it in for me in my mind. I was a tad chubby as a youngster (still am). Every time the squad was scheduled for PT, this particular little Corporal always asked me at the top of his voice if I was missing any items of clothing?
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"Where's yer f**cking bra, you little t**d...!!!"


You see, when doing star jumps, my Moobs would bounce up and down like they had a life of their own..... it was sooo embarrassing...!" Embarassed Sad


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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 12:16

Depot Para Regt & Airborne Forces Maida Bks Aldershot. The Gym where mony a potential airborne sojer sweated the shuchs aff his erse tae become a Para.The PTI's were sadists
especialy when it came to the Milling.Then doon tae the log race,stretcher race,trainasium (spelling)and frequent road runs around Aldershot and the ranges.


affraid affraid tongue tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 14:33

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Depot Para Regt & Airborne Forces Maida Bks Aldershot. The Gym where mony a potential airborne sojer sweated the shuchs aff his erse tae become a Para.The PTI's were sadists
especialy when it came to the Milling.Then doon tae the log race,stretcher race,trainasium (spelling)and frequent road runs around Aldershot and the ranges.


affraid affraid tongue tongue

I swear this bloke gets more Glaswegian my the minute.

Stand by for the Rab C Nesbitt avatar ! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 15:36

Weell He is a weegie Brum affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 17:42


aaayyy, there seems to be a surplus of the buggers !

I say, one doesn't find Embra represented here.

Most odd, what ?
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 18:42

I`m right in the middle of the two
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   4/10/2012, 22:02

I am still looking for an avatar of Rab C. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   5/10/2012, 05:30

Gordon. wrote:
I`m right in the middle of the two




Bit like the Kai Thais of Bugis Strasse - neither one nor the other, what? Embarassed Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   5/10/2012, 08:34

I lived in weegie land for a couple of years when i escaped the MOD.
The job prospects were greater than on the beautiful island..
Much preferred it to Embra.
.but the Bugis Strasse location topped them both
,beenie boys or not..
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   5/10/2012, 12:06

Many thanks Gordon for the link.Very much appreciated.RJ21
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   20/6/2016, 10:37

Does 11 Signal Regiment have a modern incarnation nowadays (2016). I know the Sigs no longer have any presence in Catterick Garrison, and have not done so for many years. All my early basic training (Phase One) and some courses were carried out at the old Vimy Lines, or 8 Sig Regiment when that wa sin existence for training coruses. I did do some courses down at 30 Sigs at Blandford Camp, Dorset many, many years ago. I think it was a one week course - Combat Powerman, or how to connect up and start up a small Landrover towed trialer mounted generator pack. I think that i just managed to pass it, I was a full corporal at the time.

I understand that 11 Sigs is located elswhere in the UK now.

I haven't post my 'blah' on thsi Froum for a while, and seem to ahve an attack of verbal diarhea this morning, but that might be 'coz it is raining and my knees ache. Time for more coffee...!! affraid Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: Catterick Camp   25/6/2016, 21:46

Uncle Vanya

Good to have you back

11 (Training) Signals Regiment is now based at Blandford which has taken over from Catterick as the "home" of the Royal Signals.
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