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 Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?

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PostSubject: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 12:24

My father was based here as part of 9th Airbourne Squadron Royal Engineers (part of 16th Independant Paras) in the late 1940's. I am accompanying him for a first time visit back to Hameln next month. Does anyone know if it would actually be possible to visit the Barracks or if there is someone I could contact at the site to request this?
My father is now 82 and this would mean a lot to him.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 12:50

Jean,

Bindon Barracks has now been handed back to the Germans, see link below for some info and pics, I guess you can visit without to much trouble although as the Barracks is now in civilian use access to the inside maybe a problem, but you'll be able to walk around the outside.

http://baor-locations.com/BindonBarracks.aspx

Good luck with your visit.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 13:58

Thanks very much for the info - I'm sure the old photo's will bring back memories for him. We will be arriving in Hameln by train from Hannover - have the Barracks been renamed since handback (so I can ask a cab to take us there)?
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 14:14

Hi Jean
Understand now Linsinger Kaserne and open but will check and send a private message
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 15:56

Jean

Thank you very much for perhaps unknowingly confirming that 9 Sqn were indeed based in Hameln in the period Autumn 1948-late 1949

Your father could be of even more help if he knows where the unit was before the move to Hameln The Brigade were based in the far north of Germany (Schleswig Holstein) when they first came to Germany in Spring 1948 but the exact location of 9 Sqn is the subject of some debate
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   6/4/2010, 16:12

I'll try and find out from him and get back to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   7/4/2010, 10:58

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Jean

Thank you very much for perhaps unknowingly confirming that 9 Sqn were indeed based in Hameln in the period Autumn 1948-late 1949

Your father could be of even more help if he knows where the unit was before the move to Hameln The Brigade were based in the far north of Germany (Schleswig Holstein) when they first came to Germany in Spring 1948 but the exact location of 9 Sqn is the subject of some debate

Hi JPW
Having the following information that looks good
Royal Engineers History
2 Parachute Brigade arrived in Germany from the UK in the spring of 1948 together with 3 Airborne Squadron which went to Hameln. On withdrawal from Palestine, 6 Airborne Division reformed in Germany and was reduced to one brigade group which took the title 16 Parachute Brigade commemorating the numbers of 1 and 6 Airborne Divisions. 9 Airborne Squadron became the brigade Sappers and reformed based on 3 Squadron and the other airborne Sapper units. 9 Squadron's stay in Germany was short; it returned to the UK in 1949 but before then had won the BAOR Rugby Football Cup beating 1 Royal Tank Regiment by 11 points to 3 in the final.
Royal Signals History
http://www.216parasigs.org.uk/history/2ipbss.htm
http://www.216parasigs.org.uk/history/16ipbgss.htm

Hope this helps
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   7/4/2010, 11:12

Steve

Thank you

I had worked out from other sources the outline movements of 2/16 PARA BDE (including 9 Sqn) during their brief stay in Germany which appear elsewhere on the site (but need amending

Not even the Sqn themselves are certain of these moves. Hamelin is now definite but there are there are a number of unconfimed options (eg Neumunster, Rendsburg, Schleswig or even Flensburg) for their initial move to Schleswig Holstein in Spring 1945 .
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PostSubject: Re: Is it possible for a veteran to visit Bindon Barracks?   7/4/2010, 15:54

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Steve

Thank you

I had worked out from other sources the outline movements of 2/16 PARA BDE (including 9 Sqn) during their brief stay in Germany which appear elsewhere on the site (but need amending

Not even the Sqn themselves are certain of these moves. Hamelin is now definite but there are there are a number of unconfimed options (eg Neumunster, Rendsburg, Schleswig or even Flensburg) for their initial move to Schleswig Holstein in Spring 1945 .

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Like the signal squadron the squadron will have troops attached to the brigade units so would be all over the area
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