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Yes Al, I was in Derry May to Sep '74 with the section and then most of '75 in 8 Brigade.
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I  was in Lisburn 1973, Mick Robinson one name i can remember from the time.

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I never served in 3 BAD but was in 7 GM Coy at Wulfen from 72-74.  As for being a "computer genius" this is very optimistic but I did serve at DSCS for a long period and when I retired in 1993 went to work for an IT Services company as a Quality Management consultant.  Other faces in Derry in 73 were Ken Hogg, Tony Prole and Geordie Dinning.  Anybody know their wherabouts?

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I never served in 3 BAD but was in 7 GM Coy at Wulfen from 72-74.  As for being a "computer genius" this is very optimistic but I did serve at DSCS for a long period and when I retired in 1993 went to work for an IT Services company as a Quality Management consultant.  Other faces in Derry in 73 were Ken Hogg, Tony Prole and Geordie Dinning.  Anybody know their wherabouts?

Hi Alan,

I remember playing football with you at Wulfen. Dennis Johnstone was the team manager and there are quite a few ex 7 GM/154FAD lads here on the forum so enjoy the banter.

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Andy,Greetings across the years,its been a while since Derry.I remember it all like yesterday.Whatever happened to the WRVS lady(Wilson I think she was called)very accommodating.Left RAOC in 91 after 24 yrs thought enough was enough.Living in Tewkesbury the home of VSs ,where are you? all the best Tony Prole


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Tony,
Great to hear from you.  It's Alan not Andy (Senior moments, eh?) but I know its 37 years since we last served together.  I retired in 1993 and then went into business consultancy, finally retiring in Feb of last year.  I live in a village to the north of Andover.  Still remember the great team we had in Derry - my most fulfilling (and scariest!) job ever. 

For Willie M,
Yes I remember our footballing days in Wulfen.  Looks like you followed me to HK just after I left (twice!).  I managed the Comp Ord team there on my 2nd tour - took over from Chuck Thomas.  I've followed the threads on 7 GM and 154 with great interest and nostalgia.  Hope you are well and enjoying life.
Cheers, Alan
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Sorry about that senior moment Alan,I seem to remember an Andy as well but I cannot remember his surname.May the next 37 be as much fun.Tony


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The memories are flooding back!  I served with Boyd Squires, Tug Wilson, Rip Kirby, Dave Greenaway, Keith Negal and Frank Haley in Derry in 1973 - busy times and dangerous times but the teamwork and support was second to none.  Any more of you derry-boggers out there?

Hi Al, long time!! Derry early 74, did the Magherafelt & Strabane bits (lived in the garden shed at the back of the nick) then down south to replace Al Bramah (RIP), took over from Ozzie Grey who filled the gap till I got there. One helluva night in Ebrington before leaving. Back to BBK in 79 - was like I never left!!!

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Hi Arthur, great to hear from you.  In 73 we were centred on Ebrington and had to travel around from there.  The detachments came just after I left I think.  Strabane will always strike a chord with me - a hijacked dormobile with a big bomb inside.  Took about 5 hours and I was being watched  (and he took notes!) by Martin McGuinness now the glorious Deputy 1st Minister in NI Assembly then commander of the provos in Derry.  Todays terrorist is tomorrow's political leader (if he lives that long).
Hope you are well and enjoying life.
Cheers, Alan.
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The memories are flooding back!  I served with Boyd Squires, Tug Wilson, Rip Kirby, Dave Greenaway, Keith Negal and Frank Haley in Derry in 1973 - busy times and dangerous times but the teamwork and support was second to none.  Any more of you derry-boggers out there?

Hi Al, long time!! Derry early 74, did the Magherafelt & Strabane bits (lived in the garden shed at the back of the nick) then down south to replace Al Bramah (RIP), took over from Ozzie Grey who filled the gap till I got there. One helluva night in Ebrington before leaving. Back to BBK in 79 - was like I never left!!!


And guess who is was that handed over to you in 79, Arthur.  There are still some unbelivers on this site that think you don't exist

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Ian, exist Arthur


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Ian most definately exists. He handed over the Welsh Guards in '74 & the QOHldrs in '79. My BBK life started with the Welsh Gds & finished with them as when I handed over they were back as roulement regt. Nice chap called Guthrie was CO - wonder what became of him!!!!

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Almost forgot - we were probably the 2 shortest chaps to wear gds berets until Kev Callaghan took over from me in '79

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Tony,
Great to hear from you.  It's Alan not Andy (Senior moments, eh?) but I know its 37 years since we last served together.  I retired in 1993 and then went into business consultancy, finally retiring in Feb of last year.  I live in a village to the north of Andover.  Still remember the great team we had in Derry - my most fulfilling (and scariest!) job ever. 

For Willie M,
Yes I remember our footballing days in Wulfen.  Looks like you followed me to HK just after I left (twice!).  I managed the Comp Ord team there on my 2nd tour - took over from Chuck Thomas.  I've followed the threads on 7 GM and 154 with great interest and nostalgia.  Hope you are well and enjoying life.
Cheers, Alan

Alan.

I may have just missed you on my 1st tour of HK. Are you still in contact with Chuck Thomas we were in touch until about 89 and I believe he may have settled back in St Helens which is about 20 mins from where I reside now, would be great to get in touch. He was a b Presiding Member of probably the best Sgts Mess that I have served in. Any news would be appreciated.

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Almost forgot - we were probably the 2 shortest chaps to wear gds berets until Kev Callaghan took over from me in '79


Hi Arthur.

How are you pal, long time since Bracht in those great rugby days and the occasional "Aperitif" in the club house. I will PM you and give you an update on the last 31 years!!

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Ian most definately exists. He handed over the Welsh Guards in '74 & the QOHldrs in '79. My BBK life started with the Welsh Gds & finished with them as when I handed over they were back as roulement regt. Nice chap called Guthrie was CO - wonder what became of him!!!!

Had a small dose of 7RHA in 74 and 3 Queens in 79, the Queens CO turned up in RheinD as Col G4 Log in 1980 and came looking for me. It was quite entertaining to see the CSups officers stand up smartly as we were having a chat and in popped CATO when he heard.  Just a social visit to see Sarn't Major Grey, said the Col, no need to worry.  They all thought there was a problem with ammo stocks, ho ho.  The guy even brought his teenage son to meet me.

Oh, Arthur, remember Putlos 85 with 1WG and 39 (or was it 37)?

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Corps MILAN shoot - brill time, never forget Andy Green's face on the recce when QM & MTO from WG started shouting "02 over ere boyo". Sent Sid to dance with RSM in the mess - hilarious!!!!
7 were a good bunch - their CO was Bill Cornock, another who made the higher echelons. Shows what having a good ATO can do for your career!!! 
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My next door neighbour is ex 7 RHA, and was in S Armagh 74, he vaguely remembers the ATO hotel suite at BBK, but none of the occupants, but then the poor bloke spent most of his time in woods and fields, he was COP


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Was at the knicker factory Lurgan fron 8th Dec 1973=06th March1974, very interesting time.  


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I think I've served over a quarter of my career with 321.

I'm undertaking an academic research project into how we got to do EOD the way we do now (the actual title is a bit more formal than that, but thats the gist of it) and its all based on the lessons learnt in NI in the early 1970s.

I'd be very keen to talk to anyone who served as an operator in NI between 1969 and 1980 - especially those earlier years.  If any of you would like to tell a young whippersnapper of an AT like me (with a mere 23 years service) what it was like in the bad old days, I'd be very grateful.  There may even be beers in for you. 

Please PM me if you'd like to help.  Cheers.

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I was there in 71 as a driver and spent 4 years with 321 EOD at wilton.
There were 2 AT's and two drivers for the Belfast area.
We worked as teams.24 hrs on 24 hrs off. Or I thought we worked as teams.
We had a timber box with our favorite piece of equipment a fish hook and line. I worked with Terry as his number 2.
As a team member I stood over the devices with a torch as he defused them.
Tony Butcher took over from us and was killed using the first remote unit.
I have a quite a few hairy memories including the large job with the Capt at the power station, Which according to a book I was never there.

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Spent a tour in Armagh with 321 EOD in 1984  time as the Eager Beaver Operator, unusual for a Pet Op but needed to escape from Muenster Supply Depot! Lucky to have met some real characters - a certain 'Brad' Bradshaw to name but one!!!


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On an ATs upgrading you have to give a lecture on a subject of your choice. Brad's was "cunnilingus" (excuse spelling). He had all these ATs doing tongue exercises etc. I cann't remember what else happened, as when I heard about it, whilst at NAAFI break, at CAD K I cracked up. Anybody know more? 

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There was a lot of tongue twisting in 321 as I remember, mainly trying to make sure the incident log, report and what you called in to the HQ answerphone all tied up.


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