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PostSubject: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   15/9/2008, 15:23

At the weekend had a friend over from Canada who was formally Royal Signals he was stationed at Quebec Barracks and we drove up from Iserlohn on Sunday the camp is totally empty but a member the Civilian Guard Force showed us around on Friday this week (19 Sep 08) the military will had over to the Stadt and a local German chap has requested that one of the old original single story wooden buildings is retained for a future museum

Never served there but thought would give you an update on the Royal Signals units know the site already has some of the information

1956 – 1959 12 Inf Bde Gp Sig Sqn
1959 – 1961 212 Sig Sqn (Inf Bde Gp)
1961 – 1964 12 Inf Bde Group HQ & Sig Sqn
1964 – 1970 12 Inf Bde HQ & Sig Sqn
1970 – 1977 12 Mech Bde HQ & Sig Sqn
1977 – 1981 5 Fd Force HQ & Sig Sqn
1981 – 1993 12 Mech Bde HQ & Sig Sqn

1993 renamed 4 Armd Bde HQ Sig Sqn (204) see below

204 Sig Sqn was formally Llanelly Barracks in Hubblerath
1957 – 1959 4 Gds Bde Gp Sig Sqn
1959 – 1961 204 Sig Sqn (Inf Bde Gp)
1961 – 1964 4 Gds Bde Group HQ & Sig Sqn
moved to Aldershot Barracks in Iserlohn
1964 – 1968 4 Gds Bde HQ & Sig Sqn
moved to York Barracks in Münster
1968 – 1970 4 Gds Bde HQ & Sig Sqn
1970 – 1977 4 Bde HQ & Sig Sqn
1977 – 1981 4 Sqn 2 Armd Div HQ & Sig Regt
1981 – 1993 204 (4 Armd Bde) Sig Sqn

4 Armd Bde HQ is now 4 Light Bde HQ with the Sig Sqn now stationed in Catterick Garrison with 21 Engr Regt moving to Claro Barracks in Ripon replacing 38 Engr Regt who have moved to Antrim in Northern Ireland

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Steve study
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PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   15/9/2008, 17:52

Excellent stuff Steve.

Thank you for the information.

Paul.
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Registration date: 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   15/9/2008, 20:25

Steve wrote:
4 Armd Bde HQ is now 4 Light Bde HQ with the Sig Sqn now stationed in Catterick Garrison with 21 Engr Regt moving to Claro Barracks in Ripon replacing 38 Engr Regt who have moved to Antrim in Northern Ireland

Best regards
Steve study

I'll think you'll find that they are now 4 Mech Bde, who took over from 19 Light Bde! Who were up until recently 19 Mech, HTH. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   16/9/2008, 11:16

Thanks you are correct Armd to Mech excuse the error
Regards
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Places Served: Bicester-Soltau-Canada-Kineton-Paderborn-Osnabruck (Inc Gulf 1) Donnington-Civy Strasse.
Registration date: 2008-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   22/10/2008, 20:08

I spent three years at Quebec Barracks from 1989 to 1992, I was RAOC attatched to 23 Engr Regt. I quite enjoyed the unit but didn't like Osnabruck much, and her indoors hated the quarters (we lived at Lotte) when that tour came to end we were happy to leave.
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Places Served: 74c Deepcut, Bordon,Detmold, Hohne, Osnabruck, Soest
Registration date: 2008-10-12

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   24/10/2008, 06:30

I was there when 23 Engr Regt was formed ( 1983-86). We were in Roberts Barracks at first as the KOSB were still in Quebec Barracks. I was canteen cowboy on their last night.
We lived in Dodesheide on the other side of town what a journey that was.
My second daughter was born in the MRS in Belfast Barracks.
Loved Osnabruck.
We went back last year while on holiday and was sad to see what had happened to the place.

Oh and Jim Blakes burgers are as good now as they were then.
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Places Served: Bicester-Soltau-Canada-Kineton-Paderborn-Osnabruck (Inc Gulf 1) Donnington-Civy Strasse.
Registration date: 2008-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   24/10/2008, 06:48

Hi Bob, I think the main reason I didn't like Osnabruck much was because I'd spent the previous four years at 5 Ord Bn Paderborn and that spoilt us, me and the wife loved it there, great unit and a great town.
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Places Served: 74c Deepcut, Bordon,Detmold, Hohne, Osnabruck, Soest
Registration date: 2008-10-12

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   24/10/2008, 19:52

Hi Andrew , I think I passed through Paderborn on a couple of occasions when I was stationed in Detmold( 1976/80) I then went to Hohne ( 1980/83) . I enjoyed Osnabruck because it was so big, the missus wasn't too keen as she grew up and lived in villages/towns. Osnabruck was a bit of a culture shock for her.In saying that we probably made more friends there than anywhere else.My 3 years I spent with 23 were really good though and Osnabruck had plenty to keep the wife and kids occupied.
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Places Served: Bicester-Soltau-Canada-Kineton-Paderborn-Osnabruck (Inc Gulf 1) Donnington-Civy Strasse.
Registration date: 2008-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   24/10/2008, 20:08

I don't suppose you knew any of the lads from 4 ADOC did you? I know it's a long shot but you never know.

We would on occasion find ourselves at Hohne (stationed at Soltau at the time) and would usually drop in on the Roundhouse for a pie & pint of milk. I have to say, I thought Soltau was the arse of the world, until I went to Hohne! mind you Fally wasn't exactly shangri la was it. I think the only thing that bit of Germany had going for it was the weekend run to Hamburg.

Btw, what's 74b Deepcut?
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Localisation: 16th Light Anti Aircraft Regt
Cap Badge: Royal Artilley
Places Served: Osnabrook
Registration date: 2010-04-04

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   4/4/2010, 18:20

I was at Quebec Barracks which was in Atter, outside Osnabrook from April 1954 until January 1956 with 16 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA in RHQ troop doing National Service. There were and otherv na also 26, 30 and 32 Batteries. I remember the RSM was RSM Kirk, the CO was Lt Col ERG St. John, the provost Sgt was Sgt Sydall and other names .... I remember the dogs with handlers who patrolled outside the wire, a guy who was brought back to camp having been absent 2 years, court mart/d & was found not guilty as Pt 2 orders had not been issued at the time - he almost got back pay! Happy days ?
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PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   6/4/2010, 11:20

How do you find this stuff out, Steve, got a good memory?

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Places Served: Honiton,Barton Stacey, Bordon, Osnabrueck BAOR.
Registration date: 2011-01-05

PostSubject: R.A. Ski Team   26/2/2011, 17:37

Johnb wrote:
I was at Quebec Barracks which was in Atter, outside Osnabrook from April 1954 until January 1956 with 16 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA in RHQ troop doing National Service. There were and otherv na also 26, 30 and 32 Batteries. I remember the RSM was RSM Kirk, the CO was Lt Col ERG St. John, the provost Sgt was Sgt Sydall and other names .... I remember the dogs with handlers who patrolled outside the wire, a guy who was brought back to camp having been absent 2 years, court mart/d & was found not guilty as Pt 2 orders had not been issued at the time - he almost got back pay! Happy days ?
I have lots of photos of RA, that went to Bad Hartzburg winter 55 Did you go, I was the only REME with the team.
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Registration date: 2008-01-03

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   28/2/2011, 11:34

My Dad was in Quebec Bks as a Lancashire Fusilier, speaking from A young teenagers point of view Osnabruek was a great posting.
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Registration date: 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   27/4/2011, 22:23

Like Johnb. I was in Quebec Bks from July 1954 until March 1956/. NS of course ! For you later old sweats, we got 4 shillings a day, ( 20p.), we were stopped 3s 6d ( 17.5 p) a week for National Insurance and only paid to the nearest 25p each pay day. The rest went into credits to pay for a battledress burned with a hot iron or a No. 4 Enfield mislaid on Trg Area A at Achmer. That left £1. for fags at 5p for 20 & a plate of chips each night in the NAAFI.

I was in BHQ Tp., 32 (Minden) Bty, we had L60 Bristol Bofors, 40mm., 120 rpm, towed by Fordson 3-tonners. I can confirm JohnB's tale about the squaddy who went AWOL. His battery office never sent in the absentee reports ( 1 for file, 1 to regt., 1 to RMP & 1 to his local fuzz). It happened. An NS soldier got 2 weeks leave in UK twice during his service, a Reg. got 3 weeks at a time. If an NS man joined the regular queue at the Hook of Holland, his leave pass would be stamped for a return boat in 3 weeks. A squaddy from the Outer Hebrides might be delayed by bad weather, an absentee report could be held back to give him the benefit of the doubt. And by then a clerk could be demobbed, situation forgotten. Another lad, a regular bombardier, an ex-boy soldier had a wife who was careless with money. His solution was to move on, try for a Hong Kong posting and dodge the local traders. An ex-boy had the right to move, he made formal application for "......a posting to the East". The BSM knew about his financial problems but had little time for this junior NCO. He spoke with the BC, a posting was granted. His move was out of 32 Bty. into 26 Bty who, as the BSM said, were housed in blocks east of 32's accommodation.

How do we remember it all? Easy! I've an album stuffed with pics, a head full of memories. NS was hated in the main, but I had some good times too, and made some good mates. Seven of us are still in contact and all went back to Quebec Bks before it was pulled down for a more relaxed ego trip. But in the 1950's, a few years after the war, the locals weren't friendly. "Boy soldiers! " they sneered, wondering how the might of the Wehrmacht could have been outsmarted by these spotty faced eighteen year olds. Some of us who
thought about such things wondered too !
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PostSubject: Re: Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück   8/5/2011, 09:35

Looking at the list of units in Quebec Barracks, there is a considerable gap in the 70ies dates.

I STAFFORDS took over from 1 RRW in 1973 and handed over to 3 PARA. We were equipped with 432s. We belonged to Task Force C, 12 Mech Bde, part of 2 Div.
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