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Sgmn
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Number of posts : 30
Age : 80
Localisation : Leeds, ex-Dundee
Cap Badge : Jimmy
Places Served : Germany; Cyprus
Registration date : 2012-12-04

PostSubject: Help!   22/2/2013, 14:46

My memory is truly knackered and I could use some help, please. I know I was in the Royal Signals, and I know where, but what units I was in, well, I just haven't a clue!

I started off basic training at Somme Lines, Catterick, in late 1954.

Then I trained as OWL in '55, but can't recall which Catterick Lines.

Next up was our depot at Newton Abbot, autumn 1956.

Next was R. Sigs at Bunde, '56.

Followed same year in Minden.

1958 saw me at Chester depot, prior to Kykkos, Nicosia.

Any help naming these units, please, I'd be most grateful.....

EDIT: I have just re-read the above, and feel pretty stupid. But memory loss comes with my illness, unfortunately, so please excuse me.
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steve
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Number of posts : 753
Age : 68
Localisation : near Cuxhaven
Cap Badge : Royal Signals + Royal Engineers
Places Served : Verden-Aller + Willich + Iserlohn + Hameln
Registration date : 2010-02-14

PostSubject: Re: Help!   22/2/2013, 17:30

Sgmn

Here goes
3 Training Regiment - Bourlon Lines to Lincoln in 1956 or
4 Training Regiment - Gaza Lines
Depot - Rawlinson Barracks Newton Abbot

6 Armoured Division Signal Regiment - Birdwood Barracks Bunde
61 Lorried Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron – Kingsley Barracks Minden
Depot - Saighton Camp Chester

2 Wireless Regiment or
3 GHQ Signal Regiment
Cyprus District Signal Regiment
4 Air Formation Signal Regiment
3 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron
50 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron
51 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron
Have listed all Cyprus units for your time so check out
http://www.britains-smallwars.com/cyprus/cyprusunits.html

Hope this helps
Steve
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ciphers
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Age : 83
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)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

PostSubject: Re: Help!   22/2/2013, 17:51

All of us using 'non de plumes' are not much help if someone is trying to find you .. if Sgm was to give us his name there are 6 Armoured Sigs guys on the list, even 61 Lorried Inf Bde.

Len (Ciphers)
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Places Served : Germany; Cyprus
Registration date : 2012-12-04

PostSubject: Re: Help!   22/2/2013, 17:55

Many thanks, Steve. I don't recognise most of them, but the odd one or two helps me identify a bit more, and faint memories return. Like being on permanent fire picket at Nicosia, and checking the camp cinema before performances. I also remember a bar in Ayios Something or other, which was run by two French ladies! Very Happy And the NAAFI Club in town where I was first introduced to my downfall - brandy sours....
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PostSubject: Re: Help!   22/2/2013, 18:02

ciphers wrote:
All of us using 'non de plumes' are not much help if someone is trying to find you .. if Sgm was to give us his name there are 6 Armoured Sigs guys on the list, even 61 Lorried Inf Bde.

Len (Ciphers)
ex 6 Armoured Div Sigs
Hmmmm, might work. I was seldom if ever called anything but Chris. My given name is Ian Christie, and at that time I was from Dundee.
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Places Served : Farnborough, Hohne, Ulster, Berchtesgaden,Chatham..
Registration date : 2012-04-29

PostSubject: Re: Help!   23/2/2013, 02:06

Sgmn wrote:
ciphers wrote:
All of us using 'non de plumes' are not much help if someone is trying to find you .. if Sgm was to give us his name there are 6 Armoured Sigs guys on the list, even 61 Lorried Inf Bde.

Len (Ciphers)
ex 6 Armoured Div Sigs
Hmmmm, might work. I was seldom if ever called anything but Chris. My given name is Ian Christie, and at that time I was from Dundee.

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PostSubject: Re: Help!   24/2/2013, 10:32

Sgmn wrote:


Then I trained as OWL in '55, but can't recall which Catterick Lines.

Reading a book last night (Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove) I came across mention of a French river, the Aisne, and I am almost certain my training was done at Aisne Lines. Memory jogged after all these years! Very Happy
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