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Number of posts : 973
Age : 85
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: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   12/2/2016, 15:23

You see here photos taken at our house in Bielefeld 22 Rosengarten Str-1947.Myself wearing a scots Regt cap which belonged to a soldier friend of my fathers. I Used to stand guard at the door.Again the 2nd photo.(rear door).
The one of me with my Dear father(he was then only a Cpl as you will see and still Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Cannot understand why my stripe was not on correctly. I still have that Div badge tucked away.
Strange to think my former Regt now the Royal Dragoon Guards are under that very Div Sign based in Alma Lines. Catterick Camp.

My father  transferred over to The Royal Engineers in 1948.

The photo of me on the main Autobahn is by the Bielefeld - Hillagosen turn.We had to wait for a truck to come along to make it a more interesting photo. Try that these days!!!.
The photos you see of the old tanks were at the back of the Barracks. You see here my youngest sister and my twin on the left.

The tanks were there for about another year then suddenly they were gone!!.May be some ended up in Bovington Tank Museum. Who knows.

This was a great play area for us army children ..all under supervision of course.
Happy days.
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Number of posts : 459
Age : 71
Localisation : Norfolk, UK
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Carlisle AAS, Aden, Hildesheim, Bordon, Fallingbostel, Dover, NI Tours, Osnabruck, Herford, Muenster, UN Nicosia, SBA Dhekellia Cyprus x2, Waterbeach, Civi Street 1988. Retired from VOSA 2007.
Registration date : 2009-07-28

PostSubject: Re: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   12/2/2016, 16:47

My next door neighbour RIP, was based at Langenhagen, Hanover with the RE's. It was his sole task to recover all the tank wrecks laying around the area in 1948 to a central park. I suspect he may have removed them?
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Number of posts : 98
Age : 79
Localisation : Oxford.U.K.
Cap Badge : 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.+
Places Served : B.A.O.R. Uk. Aden. Libya. +
Registration date : 2010-01-12

PostSubject: Re: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   12/2/2016, 19:28

Alan...........Roger that.Many thanks
So it was your dear neighbor who took away one of our favorite play area's.

Well bless him .He is forgiven.As you say May he RIP.

Wonder where that central park might have been.
Len once again I thank you for getting these photos on here for me plus your private email which I am about to reply to.
Your a star man.............Well you knew that anyway didn't you. Smile

Regards to Alan,Len & all others looking in.

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Number of posts : 3020
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   13/2/2016, 12:27

Some good photographs there John/Ciphers, definitely a "Blast from the past", could you imagine anyone having their photograph taken on the central reservation of the Autobahn these days, if you made it to the middle you would be locked up!! What a Face What a Face What a Face
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Age : 69
Localisation : near Cuxhaven
Cap Badge : Royal Signals + Royal Engineers
Places Served : Verden-Aller + Willich + Iserlohn + Hameln
Registration date : 2010-02-14

PostSubject: Re: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   17/2/2016, 16:10

Hi John

Thanks for the great posts, noted your Dad was Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was he 1st Battalion?

As have the following detail for 1st Battalion, Italy Trieste and Pola from Aug 46 to May 47 to Bristol Barracks formally Artillerie Kaserne Lüneburg

Noted the "Green Rat" formation sign for 4th Armoured Brigade, the records show 1st Battalion was command 13th Infantry Brigade of 5th Infantry Division, however under operation command 4th Armoured Brigade in Lüneburg do you know his unit in Bielefeld?
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Number of posts : 98
Age : 79
Localisation : Oxford.U.K.
Cap Badge : 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.+
Places Served : B.A.O.R. Uk. Aden. Libya. +
Registration date : 2010-01-12

PostSubject: Re: Oxford Barracks - John Walker   18/2/2016, 21:17

All I know is my father went over to France about June/July 44.
I have a photo of him taken with a mate he went over with.Sadly his mate did not return.
Also I know my father was badly burnt during attack near Namur .He was the gunner in a bren-carrier
when it got hit.He was in a Belgium hospital(Namur) for 3 months then carried on all the way into Germany.
I feel sure he was with the 43rd Oxon/Bucks.
Does that make sense.
I have a few more photos of my time as as a child in BAOR. Also some of my Father in different BAOR locations.
Will post off to Dear Len by the week end.

Regards to you and Shelldrake above and of course our Len and all others looking in.



Steve.............Just checked our records here.
Yes my Father was 1st Battalion.
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