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National Service

cookie273uk

master brummie
I was also stationed in Singapore 1954/55 at RAF Seletar on 205/209 Squadron, Coastal Command (Sunderland flying boats), my Wife was with me in married quarters. Eric
 

JackiePritchatt

master brummie
What is it Eric my father-in-law said exactly the same he would love to, he passed through as well going to see friends in Australia. He use to take the photo’s, the photo with the airplane was taking off to Selectar, writing on the back part of Lord Jedder’s escort. The other is the money.
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cookie273uk

master brummie
The only thing we disliked was the climate, 89/90 EVERY day of the year plus the high humidity, night time was the worst especially sleeping under mosquito nets which was mandatory (we were 15 miles outside the city), this was was before air conditioning just ceiling fans. We were only there for 15 months, the previous 15 months we were in Hong Kong with a much better and healthier climate. Have attach a pic of our married quarters Eric
 

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Jeffrey77#

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June 1953 saw me as a N/Serviceman at 6 TR Royal Engineers at Worcester for a few weeks before transferring to the Royal Military Police at Inkerman Barracks Woking.
After a very long time training I was posted to Trieste (where's that?) and then to Brecon before going back to Woking for a signals course.
 

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paul stacey

master brummie
My father Bomb Harry Kitchener Stacey RA,, was in Singapore from, 33 to 36, putting in the huge 15" guns on the islands in Singapore Harbor, as defense. They were never used of course, as the sneaky Japanese, came down the Jahore peninsular, said the worst thing was the mosquito's.
 

Ken1947

knowlegable brummie
My older brother was one of the last to do N/S. He hated every minute of it and they made the last ones do an extra 6 months. He was in the Royal Warwickshire so local regiment. He did twelve months in Hong Kong and the rest in Germany. That was the very early Sixties.
in 1965 I decided to join up and he begged me not to because he hated it so much. As it happened I loved it and if I was 18 now I would do it all over again.
 

Smudger

master brummie
My older brother was one of the last to do N/S. He hated every minute of it and they made the last ones do an extra 6 months. He was in the Royal Warwickshire so local regiment. He did twelve months in Hong Kong and the rest in Germany. That was the very early Sixties.
in 1965 I decided to join up and he begged me not to because he hated it so much. As it happened I loved it and if I was 18 now I would do it all over again.
Most N/S blokes said they hated it at the time, but i reckon most of them enjoyed the experience. I was a Regular & at the beginning i hated it & consequently paid many a visit to the guardroom, but after a while i began to enjoy it. I was in Germany the same time as your brother early 60`s & it was brilliant.
 

Ken1947

knowlegable brummie
Most N/S blokes said they hated it at the time, but i reckon most of them enjoyed the experience. I was a Regular & at the beginning i hated it & consequently paid many a visit to the guardroom, but after a while i began to enjoy it. I was in Germany the same time as your brother early 60`s & it was brilliant.
When I joined late 65 there was still a few ex N/S who became regulars after there initial service ended.
A great way to travel back then but all these places have gone now. Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibralter.
Still great memories for me.
 

paul stacey

master brummie
I was a boy in 62, men's service, 64, met a few NS, who signed on as regulars, and a few still marking time, I remember the last Guardsman NS, Irish Guards I think , discharged from Pirbright, ( they said he was back squaded so many times he did 3 years), but that, I think was just to us kids. Paul
 

johnny082

master brummie
Somewhat confused about this being February 1939 as the National Service Act didn't come out until September 1939. Also I didn't think women were included for N.S at that time, or am I confused as usual?
 

pjmburns

master brummie
I am sure I read somewhere that rallies were held all over the country prior to WW2 to encourage people to enlist. People knew war was inevitable. When war was declared parliament passed the National Services Act.
The platform party was probably made up of serving members of the armed forces - that would certainly have included women. Especially nurses.
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Just reread this thread, we had great banter a few years ago, sad we that so many have passed on, I really enjoyed their stories, still time marches on, been hospital myself a couple of times over the past 2 years, and it is an eye opener, best and kindest regards to all on this site, we were lucky in many ways, managed to see a bit of the world, and have great mates as well.
 

Richard Dye

master brummie
Just reread this thread, we had great banter a few years ago, sad we that so many have passed on, I really enjoyed their stories, still time marches on, been hospital myself a couple of times over the past 2 years, and it is an eye opener, best and kindest regards to all on this site, we were lucky in many ways, managed to see a bit of the world, and have great mates as well.
Well said Paul, we should be thankful for what we have little or much! Sometimes when the chips are down it's too easy dwell on what we don't have!
 
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