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brian beckett
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Age : 78
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Places Served : Tower of London(initially in Royal Fusiliers) Aldershot, Sennelager & RAF Bruggen
Registration date : 2009-02-04

PostSubject: national service   21/8/2009, 19:40

I was in the army attached to the RAF in Germany in late 1950s. A statement, normally shouted in a bar, always likely to cause a reaction was 'National Servicemen make the best tradesmen!'
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ciphers
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Number of posts : 962
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: national service   21/8/2009, 23:39

AH!! but you were speaking of RAF ...

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PostSubject: Re: national service   22/8/2009, 09:19

Quite right Brian,we were the best,after all we had to be able to read and write,even if we could'nt spell.

Alan ex LAC 1952-1954
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Number of posts : 960
Age : 67
Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

PostSubject: Re: national service   22/8/2009, 09:44

Chemist wrote:
Quite right Brian,we were the best,after all we had to be able to read and write,even if we could'nt spell.

Alan ex LAC 1952-1954

You didn't go through the dreaded West Kirby did you Alan? Not far from me and the history of the place fascinates me because it is just farmers fields now.

Obviously far too young (ahem) to have been involved in national service myself but have read a lot about it and thought to myself that it must have been "orrible". Having said that, I would love to see some of the scrotes doing similar these days.
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PostSubject: Re: national service   22/8/2009, 11:29

Yes,but for the full two years..Not a couple of weeks for a stupid TV programme.
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PostSubject: Re: national service   22/8/2009, 12:53

Teabag wrote:
Chemist wrote:
Quite right Brian,we were the best,after all we had to be able to read and write,even if we could'nt spell.

Alan ex LAC 1952-1954

You didn't go through the dreaded West Kirby did you Alan? Not far from me and the history of the place fascinates me because it is just farmers fields now.

Obviously far too young (ahem) to have been involved in national service myself but have read a lot about it and thought to myself that it must have been "orrible". Having said that, I would love to see some of the scrotes doing similar these days.

No I missed West Kirby but most of my postings have gone or worse taken over by the "brown jobs".Finished up at Waterbeach-now RLC Ithink, and they took RAF Abingdon where I lived as a lad BEFORE THE WAR (WW2) Alan
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Number of posts : 29
Age : 78
Localisation : Tameside CHESHIRE/part time Sutherland SCOTLAND
Cap Badge : RAMC
Places Served : BAOR, Norway NI Belize ,Malaya, Hong kong ,BOBC Norway, Nuneton , Taunton , Woolwich ,Tidworth,, Worthy Down, Aldershot
Registration date : 2008-03-26

PostSubject: Re: national service   4/11/2010, 21:22

I agree with Gordan some of the unwashed could do with 2 years NS, It did me no harm as the start of 35 years service in the RAMC 1958 -1991 starting in Prestatyn Barracks Osnabruck,in fact the guys I met then we still have a reunion every year, so if there is any out there who were in 7 Fld Amb at that time lets hear from you.
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Phlegmwahn
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Number of posts : 39
Age : 69
Localisation : Scarfskerry, Caithness
Cap Badge : Royal Engineers
Places Served : Paderborn, London, Rheindahlen, Dhekelia, Laarbruch, Brunssum, Hannover, Minden, Bulford, London
Registration date : 2008-11-22

PostSubject: Re: national service   5/11/2010, 00:01

National Service was OK in it's day, but these days all the services will be too busy to sort out the casualties of broken Britain. Today's military is a very different beast; more complex, more technical and altogether more sophisticated. I imagine today's serviceman or woman would rather have someone they could trust covering their back.
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Number of posts : 1291
Localisation : Sutton Coldfield
Cap Badge : RAOC
Places Served : Dad, Hamburg, Bad Oeynhausen, Iserlohn, Bury, Osnabruck, Worcester. Me Detmold, Bielefeld, NI, HK
Registration date : 2008-01-03

PostSubject: Re: national service   5/11/2010, 11:41

I agree that it's probably not workable, but it would be nice to see some sort of NS though, because they do need sorting out
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Number of posts : 29
Age : 78
Localisation : Tameside CHESHIRE/part time Sutherland SCOTLAND
Cap Badge : RAMC
Places Served : BAOR, Norway NI Belize ,Malaya, Hong kong ,BOBC Norway, Nuneton , Taunton , Woolwich ,Tidworth,, Worthy Down, Aldershot
Registration date : 2008-03-26

PostSubject: Re: national service   5/11/2010, 20:49

The old training camp in the middle of Salisbury Plain is still there it would give the unwashed a good bit of fresh air and I am sure some of the older end of the services would like to teach them drill ,disapline and in most cases maners, that way they could do Natianol service with out hindering the lads and lasses that are regulars.

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brum
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 76
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: national service   5/11/2010, 22:53


That camp you're talking about Brian, perhaps it's the village of Imber, where the
Infantry practice house to house fighting.

There's lots of houses for the Shite to live in.

The Infantry need not be discomfited, they could carry on as usual.

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Age : 67
Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

PostSubject: Re: national service   6/11/2010, 11:55

brum wrote:

That camp you're talking about Brian, perhaps it's the village of Imber, where the
Infantry practice house to house fighting.

There's lots of houses for the Shite to live in.

The Infantry need not be discomfited, they could carry on as usual.


With a magazine of 20 rounds, load!
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Places Served : Boys Coy Borden,6 Trg Bn Yeovil,114 Coy RASC/13 Coy RASC Mulheim a d Ruhr, Recruiting Omagh ,NI. 2 Div RCT,4/HQ & 33 Sqn RCT. 245 Sqn RCT TA Reading, 232 Sqn RCT TA Plymouth, 1 Sqn RCT Colchester,HQ London. HQ BAOR
Registration date : 2011-02-19

PostSubject: Re: national service   22/4/2011, 13:32

I felt sorry for the NS and often spent my money on them having a good Sat night in Mulheim,I am trying to convince my PM to plant trees to absorb carbon,using the unemployed, putting them into units called 'In The Service of Our Nation" for a year and under Mil Law. We have lots of room in Australia and would resolve many problems
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Number of posts : 2808
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Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: national service   22/4/2011, 15:56

qmauri wrote:
I felt sorry for the NS and often spent my money on them having a good Sat night in Mulheim,I am trying to convince my PM to plant trees to absorb carbon,using the unemployed, putting them into units called 'In The Service of Our Nation" for a year and under Mil Law. We have lots of room in Australia and would resolve many problems

What's this /

Are you advocating sending ne'er do wells to Australia ?

I think that's been tried before mate ! alien
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PostSubject: Re: national service   23/4/2011, 06:53

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Quite right Brian,we were the best,after all we had to be able to read and write,even if we could'nt spell.

Alan ex LAC 1952-1954

OI Alan GUEST..RAF types on here, well I never, the brylcreem boys. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: national service   23/4/2011, 06:54

brum wrote:
qmauri wrote:
I felt sorry for the NS and often spent my money on them having a good Sat night in Mulheim,I am trying to convince my PM to plant trees to absorb carbon,using the unemployed, putting them into units called 'In The Service of Our Nation" for a year and under Mil Law. We have lots of room in Australia and would resolve many problems

What's this /

Are you advocating sending ne'er do wells to Australia ?

I think that's been tried before mate ! alien

Indeed, I was transported to the 'Colonies' in 1966. confused
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brian beckett
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Number of posts : 47
Age : 78
Cap Badge : rasc
Places Served : Tower of London(initially in Royal Fusiliers) Aldershot, Sennelager & RAF Bruggen
Registration date : 2009-02-04

PostSubject: Re: national service   23/4/2011, 10:12

[What's this /

Are you advocating sending ne'er do wells to Australia ?

I think that's been tried before mate ! alien [/quote]


Then they came back and beat us at cricket!

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Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

PostSubject: Re: national service   23/4/2011, 20:03

brum wrote:
qmauri wrote:
I felt sorry for the NS and often spent my money on them having a good Sat night in Mulheim,I am trying to convince my PM to plant trees to absorb carbon,using the unemployed, putting them into units called 'In The Service of Our Nation" for a year and under Mil Law. We have lots of room in Australia and would resolve many problems

What's this /

Are you advocating sending ne'er do wells to Australia ?

I think that's been tried before mate ! alien

They've just sent one back haven't they? Some nasty piece of work who has lived there for years but never became a citizen. Looking at the amount of foreigners robbing us blind, it's a pity we can't do the same and send them home. Oh forgot, they are in the EU aren't they?
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Shelldrake
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Number of posts : 2994
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: national service   23/4/2011, 21:45

Not all of them are in the EU, Teabag. As for the rest, we would be "Violating their Human Rights"!! Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: national service   24/4/2011, 00:45

So if the UK brouht back National Service, you could conscript all these 'Eastern Europeans' now resident in the UK a multi national British Army, I like it. Imagine the ACC having to cook all those delicacies for the Easter Europeans, Roll Mop Herrings and red cabbage with Chips.
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PostSubject: Re: national service   24/4/2011, 07:25

I don`t think there would be many Eastern Europeans left in the UK if conscription was brought back Laughing Laughing
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: national service   24/4/2011, 07:40

Les, we already have a UK Multi National British Army. With Iraq and Afghanistan we have been recruiting from the "Foreign and Commonwealth", surprised you haven't received a Brown Envelope yet! Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: national service   24/4/2011, 08:12

Colonel Shelldrake, no brown envelope with call up for me. Not long after arriving in the Colonies I joined the Australian Army Reserve, 1967-1973 did 6 years with the Provosts, plus 35 years as a copper here, 1967 - 2003. bounce

Plus my boy service at AAS Chepstow, done enough I think. cheers

Stick some of those new Britons in Khaki, SIR ! affraid
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: national service   24/4/2011, 08:21

Fair do's! We'll put you down as First Reserve for Libya! Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: national service   25/4/2011, 01:44

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Fair do's! We'll put you down as First Reserve for Libya! Very Happy Very Happy

No Ta Colonel, ball boy will do me, or perhaps linesman. Surprised I wore a uniform both khaki and blue, from 15 years old to 55 year old, plus I lived in Army married quarters as an 'Army Kid' from 1948 to 1961 and barracks 63-66. let me retire in peace sir. pale
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